Free (or Cheap) San Antonio Events for Families

Happy 2020, readers! I’ve transitioned out of my role as Community Events Specialist and am piloting a new series where I plan to highlight just a handful of events that have piqued my interest for the current month. My goal, as with the monthly Scoop I wrote for years, will be to include events that demonstrate the diversity of options available for families to have enriching experiences. Since my professional background is in arts and culture, you can bet those sorts of opportunities will always be part of the mix. My goal is to find mostly FREE events but will not be limited by price. Please be sure to pay attention to the particulars for each event, such as advance registration and other requirements where applicable.

If you have an event you think we should know about, feel free to share in the comments.


January Picks

Saturday, January 11, 1:30–2:30 P.M. at The Magik Theatre 
Magik Reader’s Theatre: DreamWeek | FREE!
Featuring the following titles:
I Can Be Anything! read by Willette Hopkins
Dave the Potter read by James Williams
Freedom on the Menu read by Karen Chattum
A talkback will be held after the presentation to answer questions about the stories and the readers. DreamWeek, first presented in 2013, is a modern-day expression of the MLK vision: to lay the foundations of tolerance, equality, and diversity by creating dialogue across cultures and communities. You can find the full calendar of events here.

Saturday, January 11, 6:00–9:00 P.M. at Medina River Natural Area 
Star Party | Suggested donation: $3/person or $6/family
Drop-in and enjoy a winter viewing party. Observe the night sky and learn about the winter constellations and planets. For more information, email [email protected] or call (210) 207-3103.

Sunday, January 12, 1:00–4:30 P.M. at Roosevelt Park, San Antonio River Mission Reach
Picture Your World Weekend Workshop | FREE!
Presented by Green Spaces Alliance of South Texas.
Overlooking a bend in the San Antonio River along the Mission Reach, Roosevelt Park was once used as a training ground for President Theodore Roosevelt’s Rough Riders in 1898. The site was later designed and designated as a park in 1908. The meeting location is the Roosevelt Park Clubhouse. Thanks to the generosity of the San Antonio River Authority, this workshop is free. SPACE IS LIMITED; ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED.

Friday, January 17, 11:00 A.M.–12:00 P.M. at Carver Community Cultural Center
Moving Myths | FREE!
Presented by Houston Contemporary Dance Company. Focusing on themes of courage, Moving Myths exposes students to strong heroic ideas such as standing up to bullies, taking care of one’s family, and facing great danger. The performance uses expressive movement and design to stimulate audience imagination and thought. Recommended for grades 3–12.

Monday, January 20, 10:00 A.M. Begins at Martin Luther King, Jr. Academy
33rd Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. March | FREE!
Each year a variety of educational, inspirational, and celebratory events honor one of the nation’s most revered civil rights leaders. The march is 2.75 miles and starts at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Academy. The walk then travels up Martin Luther King Drive and ends at Pittman Sullivan Park, all on the City’s historic Eastside. To maintain the spirit of the March and for the safety of participants, motorcycles, cars, and other motor vehicles are not allowed in the March procession. Click here for more information about the route and VIA Park-and-Ride info for helpful transportation options.

Saturday, January 25, 10:30 A.M. at Twig Book Shop
Miss Anastasia’s Special Guest Saturdays: “How Do” Dinosaur | FREE!
Take part in the super enthusiastic storytime with local favorite Miss Anastasia plus a special character appearance from the series How Do Dinosaurs…, written by Jane Yolen and illustrated by Mark Teague.

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.