Free (or Cheap) San Antonio Events for Families

My goodness, we made it through the first month of the year. That was the longest January I can remember! While February may be a shorter month, it’s packed with cool events. So much so I had a hard time narrowing down my list for this post. February is Black History Month and San Antonio has quite a few related offerings for kids to expand their knowledge and cultural experiences.

If you have an event you think we should know about, feel free to share in the comments. And follow the hashtags below on your favorite social media channels for more local happenings this month:


February Picks

Thursday, February 6, 6:30 P.M. at Tobin Center for the Performing Arts 
Family-Friendly Community Drum Circle | FREE!
Facilitated by Jorge Ochoa, drumming circles from all over the city are invited to participate. Connect with the community, bond with family and friends, relieve stress, energize your mind and body, and have FUN in rhythm. All ages welcome. No previous musical experience required. Drums and other hand percussion will be provided. Spaces are limited; everyone must RSVP to participate or observe. To RSVP please email [email protected]

Friday, February 7, 6:00–8:30 P.M. at San Antonio Botanical Garden
Family Flashlight Night | Tickets: $12-15, Children under 3 FREE!
Bring your flashlight and experience the nocturnal side of the garden with the family. Explore night-blooming plants, find your way through the light maze, and get a taste of delicious CHEF recipes. Activities provided by the Bat Conservation International, Compost Queens, Eco Centro, and San Antonio River Foundation, and performance by Acrobatic Gymnastics of San Antonio. Food will be available for purchase from Mi Taquito SA food truck.

Saturday, February 8, 10:30-11:30 A.M. at Carver Branch Library
5th Annual Black History for Children Book Exhibit | FREE!
Increase your children’s knowledge of Black History and encourage the development of good reading habits and skills. Black history books for children will be on display along with a recommended reading list. Children can enjoy reading with a special guest and will receive a free book to keep, Book of Black Heroes: Great Women in the Struggle.

Saturday, February 15, 9:00 A.M.–3:00 P.M. at Central Library
Baby Day | FREE!
The only statewide celebration of the first three years of life! Event includes specialized activities to promote bonding and foster early brain development for families and caretakers with very young children including: story time, Big Blue Blocks, family reading tents, musical performances, and more.

Through February 15, various show times at Magik Theatre
The Magical Piñata | Tickets: $12-15
Recommended for ages 5-8 but all ages are welcome. Adventure awaits when a seemingly plain clay pot magically transports Cucha, a selfish and lonely girl, from her hometown of Zapoteco, Mexico, to a mysterious jungle filled with eccentric characters. Through Cucha’s journey, she discovers the magic of the mundane, the roots of cultural pride, and the power of sharing.

February 15, 10:00 A.M.-8:00 P.M. & February 16, 10:00 A.M.-4:00 P.M. at Mission County Park
21st Annual San Antonio United Pow Wow | FREE!
Hosted by the San Antonio United Pow Wow Association and the American Indians in Texas-Spanish Colonial Missions (AIT). Enjoy the food, dance, regalia, culture, and tradition that this colorful and unifying event has to offer.

Saturday, February 22, 10:30 A.M. & 11:00 A.M. at Blue Star Contemporary Art Museum
Story Time with Artist Raul Gonzalez | FREE!
Enjoy contemporary art alongside stories and movement. Children ages 4-8 accompanied by an adult will enjoy a creative story time in our galleries led by artist Raul Gonzalez. Join one or both readings and stay for a special self-guided activity for kids. Born and raised in inner-city Houston, multi-dimensional artist Raul R. Gonzalez explores topics such as work, fatherhood, labor, the working class, identity, challenging stereotypes, and abstraction through versatile methods of painting, drawing, performance, and dance.

Heather was born and raised in San Antonio and became a mom in 2013 and again in 2018. She never imagined she'd be raising two sons but is grateful for the opportunity! Heather enjoys the outdoors and even mowing her own lawn. She and her husband Santiago look forward to raising two feminist boys who will hopefully be better at Spanish than she is. Her professional experience since graduating from Tufts University with a degree in Art History includes working for a variety of arts and cultural nonprofit organizations, from grassroots to governmental. She spent a few years as a stay at home parent and is easing her way back into the workforce. Her dream job would be to work for Sesame Workshop, or President of the United States. In the meantime, Heather enjoys filling her family's weekends with the diversity San Antonio has to offer.