Events


February 1–12

Pony Express Love Letters

FREE!

Briscoe Western Art Museum

210 W. Market St San Antonio, TX 78205

10:00 A.M.–5:00 P.M.

Spread the love! Visit during museum hours and create a handwritten letter, compose a sonnet on a vintage typewriter, or fill in a Valentine’s Mad Lib for a loved one. Members of the San Antonio Calligraphers’ Guild will also be on hand to address your written masterpieces on Saturday, February 2 and 9, 10:00 A.M.–5:00 P.M. Modern-day “Pony Express” riders hand-deliver the letters on Thursday, February 14 to all recipients in the downtown area. Letters outside the delivery area will be mailed courtesy of the Briscoe Museum with a special Pony Express stamp. Free admission to letter writing stations. Letter materials and delivery/postage are free.

Saturday, February 2

Western Heritage Parade & Cattle Drive

FREE!

San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo 723 AT&T Center Pkwy San Antonio, TX 78219

9:00 A.M.–2:00 P.M.

Events from 9:00 A.M. – 11:00 A.M.

9:00 A.M. 5K Run

9:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M. Rodeo Wrangler Breakfast

11:00 A.M. Parade begins under I-35 on W Houston Street

Step back in time to celebrate historic Texas roots and the kick-off to the San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo! The parade route runs through the streets of downtown San Antonio and features participants who represent the heritage of our Lone Star State and the Old West. Fort Hood 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Sam Houston Caisson, Texas Heritage Riders, and of course, a herd of Texas Longhorns are just some of the snapshots that celebrate the legacy of this great State. At the Rodeo Wrangler Breakfast (La Villita) you can check out the fun kids’ games, family activities, and chuck wagon biscuits and gravy. See event listing for full schedule.

Kids Workshop: Heart Candy Box

FREE!

Home Depot Stores

(look up the Home Depot Store closest to you)

9:00 A.M.–12:00 P.M.

Celebrate love and kindness with a personalized candy heart box. In this workshop, you and your child can build a heart-shaped box for Valentine’s Day, perfect as a gift for someone you love or to stash all your super sweet Valentine’s Day goodies and keepsakes. Once the heart is built, your child can customize it with paint and stickers. All workshop 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.

First Saturday: Alamo Round Up

FREE!

The Alamo

300 Alamo Plaza, San Antonio, TX 78205

9:00 A.M.–4:30 P.M.

Dust off your cowboy boots and join this special First Saturday at the Alamo to kick off the San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo with a cowboy-themed day. Living history demonstrations will include period medicine and games, weapons of the Old West, firing demos, children’s drills, tales from the cattle trail, and more.

Wonderfully Wild

Suggested donation: $3 per person, or $6 per family

Friedrich Wilderness Area

21395 Milsa Dr, San Antonio, TX 78256

10:00 A.M.–12:00 P.M.

Drop-in family fun. Southern Wildlife Rehabilitation will be on site with their education ambassador animals to discuss animal adaptations and other fun facts. For more information, call (210) 207-3782 or email nicole.mcleod@sanantonio.gov.

Song Fest

FREE!

Trinity Baptist Church

319 E Mulberry Ave, San Antonio, TX 78212

4:00 P.M.

Presented by The Children’s Chorus of San Antonio. CCSA launches the inaugural festival of the female voice! Young women from across San Antonio will participate in a day of rehearsals and camaraderie in partnership with adult and professional ensembles culminating in a free performance at 4:00 P.M.

Concert(210) Series

FREE!

St. Philip’s College

1801 Martin Luther King Dr, San Antonio, TX 78203

7:00 P.M.

Presented by San Antonio Symphony. Designed to bring meaningful arts experiences into the community, celebrating shared culture and providing access to our broader audience who would not otherwise have the ability to immerse themselves in the arts. Many performances are offered at no cost. Other programming depending on the venue is available for a nominal ticket fee.

Sunday, February 3

Family Day See + Do: Journey to Japan

FREE with museum admission

San Antonio Museum of Art

200 West Jones Avenue, San Antonio, TX 78215

12:00–3:00 P.M.

Experience the beauty of Japanese culture through family tours and art activities including samurai helmets, origami, Noh theatre masks, and sumi-e brush painting. Children 12 and under are free. [*Pro tip: Arrive before noon on Sundays and everyone gets in for FREE!]

Tuesday, February 5

Little Read Wagon

FREE!

Harlandale Community Center

7227 Briar Place, San Antonio, TX 78221

4:00–5:30 P.M.

Put on your play clothes and join us for story time and activities as we talk, sing, read, write, and play our way towards being ready to read! For children 0–5 and their adults.

Free Family Night

FREE!

The DoSeum

2800 Broadway Street, San Antonio, TX 78209

5:30–7:30 P.M.

Wristbands will be given out at 4:00 P.M. at the entrance. Wristbands guarantee entrance to Free family Night. Once all wristbands are given out, capacity is reached. Everyone must be present to receive a wristband. Parking is limited; please plan accordingly. No outside food allowed inside. Limit stroller use or use umbrella strollers only inside the museum.

Thursday, February 7

Teen Takeover: LOL

FREE!

McNay Art Museum

6000 North New Braunfels Street, San Antonio, TX 78209

6:30–8:30 P.M.

Teens light up LOL: The Art of Comedy on Stage with short, comedic performances to make you LOL IRL. Improv comedy sketches, hilarious scenes from student-directed plays, and comical solo or duet skits are all performed by local high school students. Teen Takeovers are programs by teens for teens.

Adults $10 Student (20 +) $5 children (19 and under) free

Friday, February 8

Family Flashlight Night

Free with general admission ($9–12)

San Antonio Botanical Garden

555 Funston Place, San Antonio, TX 78209

6:00–8:30 P.M.

Get your flashlights and headlamps ready! Discover the nocturnal side of the Garden. Navigate your way through the light maze. Member admission at 5:30 P.M. Tickets available in advance.

Akeelah and the Bee

FREE!

Tobin Center for the Performing Arts

100 Auditorium Circle, San Antonio, TX 78205

8:00 P.M.

An uplifting tale of an inner-city girl (Keke Palmer) striving to become a spelling champ. Akeelah, an 11-year-old girl living in South Los Angeles, discovers she has a talent for spelling, which she hopes will take her to the National Spelling Bee. Despite her mother’s objections, Akeelah doesn’t give up on her goal. She finds help in the form of a mysterious teacher, and along with overwhelming support from her community, Akeelah might just have what it takes to make her dream come true. Movies starts at 8:00 P.M. Plaza opens at 7:00 P.M. No outside food or drinks; concessions are available for purchase (includes full bar). Chairs are provided, but attendees are also encouraged to bring their own blankets and portable chairs. No pets allowed on the Plaza.

Saturday, February 9

Nature Discovery Series: Discover What’s Flying

FREE!

Crescent Bend Nature Park (Schertz)

12805 Schaefer Rd, Schertz Tx 78108

10:00–11:00 A.M.

Learn clues for looking at birds. Get your little ones outdoors to discover the exciting nature right in our own backyard. Kids are encouraged to explore, discover, and ask questions to help grow their knowledge of nature. This free program is designed for families with elementary-aged children, but older and younger siblings are also welcome. Texas Master Naturalist volunteers will lead the themed programs. Pre-registration is required. Contact the Schertz Parks & Recreation Office at (210) 619-1850 to secure your spot.

Vermicomposting for Beginners

Suggested donation $6 per family

Friedrich Wilderness Park

21395 Milsa Dr, San Antonio, TX 78256

10:00 A.M.–12:00 P.M.

Recommended for ages 6 and up. Learn how you can recycle your kitchen scraps into excellent soil for your plants. Mother Nature’s perfect recycling plan! Create a bucket worm bin system for indoor use and train your red wiggler worms to do the work. Fee covers all supplies, including red wiggler worms and small storage. One set of materials per family. For more information, call (210) 207-3782 or email nicole.mcleod@sanantonio.gov.

Black History for Children Book Festival and Stories

FREE!

Carver Branch Library

3350 E Commerce Street, San Antonio, TX 78220

11:00 A.M.–1:00 P.M.

Open to all ages. Contact Braulia.Carrillo@sanantonio.gov or call (210) 207-9180 for more information.

Father/Son Nerf Gun War

$5 per person

Torrey Park (New Braunfels)

776 E Torrey Street, New Braunfels, TX 78130

1:00–4:00 P.M.

Bring your favorite Nerf gun, and elite-style ammo will be supplied. Power snacks provided. Each participant must be registered; all children must be accompanied by an adult. 1st Battle recommended for younger children. Battles at 1:00 P.M. at 3:00 P.M. To register online visit nbtexas.org/signup and click on ticket search.

Symphony at San Antonio Public Library (SAPL)

FREE!

Central, McCreless, and Tobin Library

Central Branch: 600 Soledad Street, San Antonio, TX 78205

McCreless Branch: 1023 Ada Street, San Antonio, TX 78223

Tobin Branch: 4134 Harry Wurzbach, San Antonio, TX 78209

2:00 P.M.

Each library will host a performance. Join a lively afternoon with one of the San Antonio Symphony’s musicians as they share their love of music and professional experiences with children of all ages. Come and find out how special classical music can be!

Monday, February 11

Little Sprouts: Mammals

$10 per adult, $5 per child

San Antonio Botanical Garden

555 Funston Place, San Antonio, TX 78209

10:00–11:30 A.M.

Explore what makes mammals different from other creatures. For ages 3–5 years. 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, February 13

Elementary: Nature’s Recyclers

Suggested donation $3 per person/$5 per family

Hardberger Park East (Blanco Rd.)

13203 Blanco Road, San Antonio, TX 78216

9:30–11:30 A.M.

Students will understand and describe the process of decomposition. Students will also investigate and identify decomposers in compost and then look for them in the field. This class is part of the Elementary Winter series of classes for students 7 to 10 years old. Class size is limited and registration through the park website is required. For registration assistance, call (210) 492-7472.

Thursday, February 14—Valentine’s Day

Art Crawl: Wiggly Squiggly, Red, and Blue

Free with museum admission

San Antonio Museum of Art

200 W Jones Avenue, San Antonio, TX 78215

10:00–10:45 A.M.

Bring your babies into the galleries. Art selections enhance parent-child interactions. Tour includes group play and social time. Free for museum members.

Friday, February 15

Starting Out Wild: Living in a Tree

Suggested donation $3 per person, or $6 per family

Friedrich Wilderness Park

21395 Milsa Dr, San Antonio, TX 78256

10:00–11:00 A.M.

For ages 1–3 years. Discover the many animals that make trees their home! While some build nests, others live in holes or even in a tree’s trunk! Most classes take place outdoors and indoors. RSVP required. For more information, call (210) 207-3782 or email nicole.mcleod@sanantonio.gov.

Saturday, February 16

Snowfest 2019

Tickets: $10 per child, $5 per adult

Universal City Park

1100 North Blvd, Universal City, TX 78148

3:00–9:00 P.M.

The Snowfest & Carnival will be on ball fields at Universal City Park. All afternoon and evening long, your ticket allows you unlimited access to the snow areas and slides, carnival rides, climbing walls, and inflatables! Some rides may have height restrictions, but there is something so everyone. Tickets will be sold online starting February 1st or buy at the gate.

Tuesday, February 19

Science Time with Robots

FREE!

Schaefer Library

6322 US Hwy 87 E, San Antonio, TX 78222

4:00–5:00 P.M.

Dive into the world of robotics with a variety of educational tools and gadgets for kids. Learn about 3D printing, introductory coding, and more! Recommended for school-aged children. Younger children welcome when accompanied by an adult.

Wednesday, February 20

Play Dates: Friendly Faces

FREE! with museum admission

San Antonio Museum of Art

200 W Jones Ave, San Antonio, TX 78215

10:00–10:45 A.M.

Free for museum members. For ages 2–4. Play Dates cultivate, nurture, and inspire creativity while developing an appreciation of art and world cultures. Toddlers experience stories, gallery activities, hands-on art, movement, and music. Space is limited to a first-come, first-served basis.

Growing Up Wild: What Lives in a Tree?

Suggested donation $3 per person, or $6 per family

Friedrich Wilderness Park

21395 Milsa Drive, San Antonio, TX 78256

10:00–11:30 A.M.

For ages 4–7 years old. Discover the many animals that make trees their home. Growing Up Wild builds on a child’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 nicole.mcleod@sanantonio.gov.

Friday, February 22

Canciones: Laboratorio featuring Carrie Rodriguez and Eva Ybarra

FREE!

The Historic Pearl

303 Pearl Parkway Ste 300, San Antonio, TX 78215

7:30–9:00 P.M.

Led by bilingual singer/songwriter/fiddle player Carrie Rodriguez, Laboratorio features a different guest with each performance. Rodriguez and the Laboratorio band explore and stretch the boundaries of what is considered to be Latin music in America today. San Antonio’s “Queen of the Accordian,” Eva Ybarra, will join Rodriguez and Laboratorio. Ybarra is one of a very few number of women accordionists in conjunto music, a genre of music originating at the Mexican/Texas border based on Mexican and Czech-German folk forms such as the polka, mazurka, schottische, waltz, and huapango. Canciones is a free concert series celebrating the sounds of South Texas at Pearl Park. Food and drink will be available for purchase at the Bottling Department.

Saturday, February 23

Symphony at San Antonio Public Library (SAPL)

FREE!

Johnston and Mission Branch libraries

Johnston Branch:6307 Sun Valley Drive, San Antonio, TX 78227

Mission Branch: 3134 Roosevelt Avenue, San Antonio, TX 78214

2:00–3:00 P.M.

Each library will host a performance. Join a lively afternoon with one of the San Antonio Symphony’s musicians as they share their love of music and professional experiences with children of all ages. Come and find out how special classical music can be!

Wednesday, February 27

SPARK: Pull, Lift, and Lower with Pulleys

FREE!

Pruitt Library

5110 Walzem Rd, San Antonio, TX 78218

4:30–5:30 P.M.

Science concepts come to life as children explore through stories and exciting, hands-on experiments.

Well, MY Kid is Resilient, Right?

FREE!

The Harry & Jeanette Weinberg Campus of the San Antonio Jewish Community 12500 NW Military Hwy San Antonio, Texas 78231

6:00–8:30 P.M.

Empowering parents to talk about the hard stuff. Learn about the signs, stages, and resources for common mental health & behavioral health issues and how to talk to your kids about them. The event will begin with a moderated panel discussion allowing parents to understand how the different agencies in San Antonio are coming together to campaign against the stigma of mental health challenges. The second half of the event will give parents the opportunity to discuss specific challenges with a variety of local agencies and build their toolbox of resources.