San Antonio Scoop: A Guide to Family-friendly Events in September

School’s back in session, and everyone is trying to find their groove again. I know I am! This month we’ll ease into the fall festival season that always packs October and even November with events up and down the calendar. In addition, Hispanic Heritage Month starts mid-September with Diez y Seis celebrations and goes through mid-October, so you’ll find cultural events listed throughout this calendar. 

Saturday, September 1

Geology Rocks, 9:00–11:00 A.M. at Urban Ecology Center, Phil Hardberger Park West (NW Military Hwy.) | Suggested donation: $3 per person or $5 per family
Join Dr. David Turner, professor of geology at St. Mary’s University, as he talks about the study of the earth and provides a hands-on look at what geologists do. Great for the whole family! Bring your own unknown rock for him to identify. Kid-friendly activity included.  

Field Goal Game, 9:00 A.M.–12:00 P.M. at Home Depot stores | FREE!
Recommended for ages 5–12. Kick off football season with a portable, action-packed field goal game. You and your child can build a game to test your aim. Simply flick or drop-pluck the ball through the goal posts to score a field goal worth three points. Once the game is built, your child can customize it with paint and stickers. Play solo or with a friend and switch between field judge/scorekeeper and placekicker. All attendees must be accompanied by a parent or adult at all times. All kids get to keep their craft and will receive a free certificate of achievement, a workshop apron, and a commemorative pin while supplies last.

Ethnobotany Walk for Families, 10:00 A.M.–12:00 P.M. at Friedrich Wilderness Park | Suggested donation: $3 per person or $6 per family 
For ages 5 and up. In the days of no Walmart or HEB, people made what they needed from the plants and animals around them. Enjoy a leisurely walk and explore the uses of native plants for food, fiber, shelter, and more. RSVP required. For more information, call (210) 207-3782, or email [email protected]

Ferdinand, 7:00–11:00 P.M. at Mission Marquee Plaza | FREE!
Outdoor movie screening. After Ferdinand, a bull with a big heart, is mistaken for a dangerous beast, he is captured and torn from his home. Determined to return to his family, he rallies a misfit team on the ultimate adventure. Load up your lawn chairs, blankets, and snacks to enjoy during the movie. Food via local food trucks also available for purchase. Venue opens at 7:00 P.M. and movie will begin 15 minutes after dusk. 

Sunday, September 2 

Free Family Day: Imagination Destination, 1:00–4:00 P.M. at McNay Art Museum | FREE!
Discover enchanting, inventive, sensory play with art activities from another dimension, mesmerizing lights, immersive installations, and lots of fun! Activities include: Shadow Puppet Theatre, Illuminate Dance Studio, glow-in-the-dark art and face paint, DJ Donnie Dee live outside, and much more.

Tuesday, September 4

Free Family Night, 5:30–7:30 P.M. at The DoSeum | FREE!
Monthly on the first Tuesday of the month. The first 1,500 guests will be admitted; arrive early to ensure entry. Parking is limited. No outside food allowed inside. 

Wednesday, September 5

Mommy and Me Baby Shower, 10:00 A.M.–12:00 P.M. at New Braunfels Food Bank | FREE!
You are invited to join Community First Health Plans for a special baby shower. Please call (210) 358-6055 to reserve your spot.

Thursday, September 6

Budding Artists, 10:00–11;30 A.M. at San Antonio Botanical Garden | $10 per registrant includes materials
For children ages 3 – 5 with an adult. Experience nature and art in the classroom and in the garden. They observe plants, make art using a variety of media, talk about nature, and play. Guided activities emphasize the importance and beauty of our earth and our responsibility for the environment. All children and adults attending must be registered separately.

Friday, September 7

World’s Largest Baby Shower, 6:00–10:00 P.M. at Arneson River Theatre | FREE!
Join Mr. & Mrs. Spurs Jesus in welcoming their bundle of joy due to arrive in late September. In honor of their child’s birth, they would like to give back to the community by holding “The World’s Largest Baby Shower” on the San Antonio River Walk. Admission to this event is the donation of at least one of the following items: diapers benefiting the Texas Diaper Bank, nonperishable/unexpired baby food benefiting the SA Food Bank, nonperishable/unexpired baby formula benefiting the SA Food Bank, and/or onesies benefiting the Salvation Army. The goal is to fill a River Walk boat with these items. The Arneson River Theatre holds 1,000 people.

Restored by Light, 6:00–10:30 P.M. at Mission San José | FREE!
A community-wide showcase of the intricate and vivid frescoes that were once visible on the facades of San Antonio’s Missions. This event is a creative and exciting celebration of culture, art, and heritage. Kids activities and Mission tours at 6 P.M. Live concert by USAA Band and Chorus at 7 P.M. Light projection show with tunes by Steven Lee Moya at 8:30 P.M.

First Friday, 7:00–11:00 P.M. at Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center | FREE!
Featuring live music, hand-made wares by vendors who participate in the long running Hecho-A-Mano artisan craft fair, the Guadalupanita Café and Patio, the GCAC’s new pop-up gift shop & art gallery, and a side walk café. The Galería Guadalupe will be open to view The Other Side of the Alamo: Art Against the Myth.

Saturday, September 8

Snakes Alive, 9:00–11:00 A.M. at Urban Ecology Center | Suggested donation: $3 per person or $5 per family
Join Blaine Eaton, member of the Southwest Herpetology Association, and his myriad of Texas venomous and non-venomous snakes on display. Hold a friendly snake after the presentation! Kid-friendly activity included. 

Wild Things!, 10:00 A.M.–12:00 P.M. at Friedrich Wildness Park | Suggested donation: $3 per person, or $6 per family
Open to all ages. Take a walk on the wild side with Tom Kinsey of Learn Nature and get up close with mammals and reptiles and learn about their habitat and behavior. Following the program, enjoy a fun, hands-on craft inspired by wild animals. RSVP required. For more information, call (210) 207-3782 or email [email protected]

Art in the Park, 11:00 A.M.–1:00 P.M. at Hemisfair | FREE!
Join Hemisfair partner Inspire Community Fine Art Center for a free art workshop for kids ages 4–12. To find us once you arrive, just follow the “Art in the Park” signs! Art in the Park is brought to Hemisfair in collaboration with USAA.

Sunday, September 9

Second Sunday: Texas Works, 12:00–4:00 P.M. at Institute of Texan Cultures | FREE!
Experience how Texas Works! Visitors will have the opportunity to learn how Texans, both historically and currently, put in a day’s work. Farming, teaching, construction, and military duties are just a few of the occupations that visitors will enjoy and learn about. There may even be some hands-on work to do!

Social Media: Real Dangers & Real Solutions, 1:00–3:00 P.M. at Coker United Methodist Church | FREE!
Smart phones and social media have changed everything. Learn how to build character and competency with the technology kids love. Led by Kelly Newcom, founder of BraveParenting and author of Managing Media Creating Character. Registration requested. Childcare is available for ages 2 years–5th grade and is limited to 25 children. Please direct any questions to Cheryl Kendall at [email protected]  

Monday, September 10

Little Sprouts: Falling Colors, 10:00–11:30 A.M. at San Antonio Botanical Gardens | $10 per adult, $5 per child
Explore the seasonal changes at the Garden. Bring your little one, age 3 to 5 years, to the garden for kid-friendly fun. Each Little Sprout Monday includes storytelling, kids’ crafts, and hands-on explorations at your child’s pace. Children must be accompanied by an adult. All children and adults must be registered to attend.

Thursday, September 13

Middle School: Overnight Tent Camping Trip, 9:30–11:30 A.M. at Phil Hardberger Park East | Suggested donation: $3 per person or $5 per family
This class is part of the Middle School Fall series of classes for students 10–14 years old. Students will plan an overnight camping trip to Guadalupe River State Park and organize what to bring. Parents and siblings welcome. Class size is limited.

Art at the Fountain: Pop Pictures, 6:00–7:30 P.M. at McNay Art Museum | FREE!
Families can enjoy an art-making activity during Second Thursdays at the Koehler Fountain on the grounds. Admission is free during Second Thursdays, and no registration is required, though RSVPs on their Facebook event page are always appreciated.

Friday, September 14

Coco,  8:00–11:00 P.M. at Blossom Park | FREE!
Outdoor movie sponsored by District 9 City Cuncilman John Courage.

September 13 & 14

Bravo! Mi Cultura: Diez y Seis, 8:00–9:00 P.M. at Arneson River Theatre | FREE!
Enjoy dance and music that will take you back to San Antonio’s Hispanic cultural heritage with a celebration for Diez y Seis featuring Fandango Dance Troupe and the dance students of Parks and Recreation. Inclement weather can lead to cancellation.

Saturday, September 15

Kids Zoo Run, 8:30 A.M. at San Antonio Zoo | $35 for registration (1 adult + 1 child)
Ages 1–5 race a 1/4-mile distance. Ages 6–11 race a 1/2-mile distance. Parents are welcome to run alongside their child(ren) during the race. This year, additional zoo general admission can be purchased at time of registration at a discounted price of $7 per person (limit 10). Spectators only. 

Milkweed and the Amazing Monarch Migration, 10:00 A.M.–12:00 P.M. at Voelcker Lane, Phil Hardberger Park East | Suggested donation: $3 per person or $5 per family
Presenter Drake White, master naturalist and butterfly garden expert, will discuss what it takes to bring butterflies to your landscape. Kid-friendly activity included. For more information, call (210) 492-7472.

Art in the Park, 11:00 A.M.–1:00 P.M. at Hemisfair | FREE!
Join Hemisfair partner Magik Theatre for a free theatrical play workshop for kids ages 4-11. Art in the Park is brought to Hemisfair in collaboration with USAA.

STEM Expo, 1:00–4:00 P.M. at San Pedro Springs Park | $10
Presented by Girl Scouts of Southwest Texas. Prepare for an event of STEM-tacular proportions! May no hamster ball go un-turned and no rock wall be un-climbed. When you’re a Girl Scout you come to conquer! Mark your calendars or preregister to reserve your spot. Open to friends, family, girls and boys of all ages. There will be vendors, food trucks, and live STEM demos. Tickets required for ages 4 and up.

Monday, September 17

Little Sprouts: Falling Colors, 10:00–11:30 A.M. at San Antonio Botanical Gardens | $10 per adult, $5 per child
Explore the seasonal changes at the Garden. Bring your little one, age 3 to 5 years, to the garden for kid-friendly fun. Each Little Sprout Monday includes storytelling, kids’ crafts, and hands-on explorations at your child’s pace. Children must be accompanied by an adult. All children and adults must be registered to attend.

Wednesday, September 19

Growing Up Wild: Wildlife is Everywhere, 10:00–11:30 A.M. at Freidrich Wilderness Park | Suggested donation: $3 per person or $6 per family
For ages 4–7 years old. Learn how to identify signs of wildlife. Growing Up Wild builds on children’s sense of wonder about nature and invites them to explore wildlife and the world around them. Activities are designed to provide an early foundation and appreciation of nature. RSVP required. For more information, call (210) 207-3782 or email [email protected] 

Mommy and Me Baby Shower, 10:00 A.M.–12:00 P.M. at St. Phillip’s College | FREE!
Congratulations! You are invited to join Community First Health Plans for a special baby shower. Please call 210-358-6055 to reserve your spot. The baby shower will be located inside Turbon Student Center Rooms 216, 203 & 204.

September 20 & 21

Bravo! Mi Cultura, 8:00–10:00 P.M. at Arneson River Theatre | FREE!
Celebrate Hispanic Heritage month with performances from Fandango Dance Troupe and Parks and Recreation dance students. 

Friday, September 21

Starting Out Wild: We Love Leaves!, 10:00–11:00 A.M. at Friedrich Wilderness Park | Suggested donation: $3 per person or $6 per family
Learn about leaves, shapes, and colors! These high-energy, engaging programs are a perfect way to foster an appreciation of the natural world. It is recommended that a child be walking and a parent or caretaker attend with each child. Most classes take place outdoors. RSVP required. For more information, call (210) 207-3782 or email [email protected]

Movie Night in the Park: Coco, 6:00–10:00 P.M. at City Hall (Helotes) | FREE!
Hosted on the third Friday of each month from May through September. Enjoy food vendors, live concerts performed by the Helotes Area Community Band, children’s activities, and the featured movie begins at dusk. 

Saturday, September 22

National Public Lands Day, 8:00 A.M.–12:00 P.M. at multiple locations along San Antonio River | FREE!
Take action to ecologically restore your San Antonio River. The River Trio—Headwaters at Incarnate Word, San Antonio River Authority, and San Antonio River Foundation—invites you to join 300 other volunteers at 8 A.M at Headwaters Sanctuary, Mission Reach Confluence or Acequia Park. Land and water based volunteer opportunities means you can select how and where you would like to protect your River; all activity levels are welcome.

Museum Day Live!, 10:00 A.M.–5:00 P.M. at San Antonio Museum of Art | FREE!
Museum Day Live! is an annual celebration of boundless curiosity. Where will your curiosity lead you on Museum Day Live?! To get your free tickets, follow these simple steps: (1) click here; (2) register; and (3) your tickets will be emailed to you. 

Art in the Park, 11:00 A.M.–1:00 P.M. at Hemisfair | FREE!
Join Hemisfair partner San Antonio Dance Umbrella for a free dance class for kids ages 4-11. Art in the Park is brought to Hemisfair in collaboration with USAA.

Kids Time: Tortilla-making demonstration, 2:00–3:00 P.M. at Carver Branch Library | FREE!
As part of Hispanic Heritage Month, learn how to make easy tortillas! Every participant will roll out their very own mini tortilla. Join the fun.

Southtown Cinema: Black Panther, 6:30–10:00 P.M. at Hemisfair | FREE!
Movie will start at immediately following sunset. Go early for music, activities and eats.

September 28-30

Star Wars: A New Hope in Concert with San Antonio Symphony, at Tobin Center for the Performing Arts | Tickets $49.50-125.00
Relive the mythic storytelling of the Star Wars saga like never before with this very special presentation. This concert features the complete film Star Wars: A New Hope on a giant screen while the San Antonio Symphony performs John Williams’ iconic score live in the pitch-perfect acoustics of the H-E-B Performance Hall.

Saturday, September 29

Dinosaur George, 10:00 A.M.–2:00 P.M. at Confluence Park | FREE!
Learn about prehistoric animals that lived in our land before time while having fun with hands-on activities. Make your own fossil and do some dino-digging. This  family-friendly event will be fun, informative and a dino-mite time! Dinosaur George shows are at 10:30 A.M. and 12:30 P.M.

Sunday, September 30

Words Can Wound, Art Heals, 2:00–4:00 P.M. at McNay Art Museum | Free with admission
Tune into a conversation with Maurine Molak, parent and Co-founder of David’s Legacy Foundation; Erika Prosper Nirenberg, parent and Director of Customer Insights for H-E-B; Stephanie Peterson, Licensed Counselor, Clarity Child Guidance Center; and Preston Abernathy, student. Richard Aste, McNay Director, introduces panelists. This event is for all ages. RSVP and check in on the Facebook event page. 

September 1, 8, 15, 22, 29

SAMSAT Saturdays, 10:00 A.M.–5:00 P.M. at San Antonio Museum of Science and Technology | FREE!
Museum is open to the public on Saturdays. Guided tours available. Inspire innovative minds through the exploration of the past, present and future of science, technology, engineering and math.

September 22–October 28

Zoo Boo, Saturdays & Sundays, 9:00 A.M.–6:00 P.M. at San Antonio Zoo | Free with admission, FREE for zoo members
A family-friendly, non-spooky Halloween celebration! On the weekends, the zoo will be decked out with Halloween fun, complete with trick-or-treat stations, a fun hay maze, pumpkin painting, dance parties, and plenty of games. Families can even enjoy a ride on the Zoo Boo! Express. Little ghouls and goblins are encouraged to wear their best costume for a chance to be in a costume contest. 

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