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

This month you’ve got plenty of options when it comes to nature and outdoor movie screenings. Just take a look!

Be sure to check the San Antonio Public Library for its full schedule of summer activities and events, including the Mayor’s Summer Reading Club and special presentations like Dinosaur George.

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Saturday, June 1

Family Fishing Tournament, 9:00–11:00 A.M. at Boerne Lake (Boerne) | FREE!
The goal of the event is to provide a free opportunity to introduce the sport of fishing to children as well as create a safe environment for parents and children to enjoy the outdoors together. The first Saturday in June is “fish without a license day” in the State of Texas; therefore, adults fishing in this tournament are not required to carry a fishing license to participate. Each team must have a member who is 18 or older on or before the tournament date, and at least one member who is 17 or younger on or before the tournament date. There can be up to three children per one adult registration. Register online

Workshop: Putting Green, 9:00 A.M.–12:00 P.M. at Home Depot stores | FREE!
Exercise mental strength with a game of tabletop golf. In this hands-on workshop you and your child can discuss the mindset, jargon, and strategy of the sport as you build a putting green to master your hole-in-one. Once your course is built, your child can look fore-ward to decorating 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 certificate of achievement, workshop apron, and commemorative pin while supplies last. Children must be present at the store to participate in the workshop and receive the kit, apron, and pin.

Family Fun Hike, 10:00–11:30 A.M. at Friedrich Wilderness Park | Suggested donation: $3 per person, or $6 per family
Celebrate National Trails Day and enjoy a family-friendly guided hike along the trails of Crownridge Canyon Natural Area. Hike will cover approximately one mile. Southern Wildlife Rehab will also be at the Crownridge trailhead with their education ambassador animals including skunks, an opossum, bats, and more! RSVP required. For more information, call (210) 207-3782 or email [email protected] 

Expressive Therapuetic Rhythm Making, 10:00–11:30 A.M. at The Ecumenical Center | FREE!
The first Saturday of every month. These sessions are open to anyone, no experience necessary. Led by Jorge Ochoa, occupational therapist, expressive therapeutic rhythm making can have many benefits including accelerating physical healing and boosting your immune system and an overall feeling of well-being.

Summer Reading Begins with Splat the Cat, 10:30 A.M. at The Twig Book Shop | FREE!
Come learn about the summer reading program and pick up a Splat Punch Reading Card to participate. 

Symphony at SAPL, 2:00–3:00 P.M. at Great Northwest, Guerra, and Las Palmas Branch Libraries| FREE!
Join the San Antonio Public Library for 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. Find out how special classical music can be!

Summer Kickoff Party, 2:00–3:00 P.M. at Central Library | FREE!
Join the San Antonio Public Library for an out-of-this world party full of interstellar play, hands-on activities, and crafts! All ages welcome.

Outdoor Movie: Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation, 7:00–10:00 P.M. at Mission Marquee Plaza | FREE!
Entertainment, food trucks, and a showing of the featured PG-rated film on the original jumbo screen. Guests are encouraged to bring lawn chairs, blankets, and snacks to enjoy during the movie. The grounds are pet friendly, and on-site parking is available. Venue opens at 7:00 P.M., movie begins 15 minutes after sunset. 

Sunday, June 2

Ride N’ Read, 11:00 A.M.–2:00 P.M. at McAllister Park Trail Head Lot | FREE!
In partnership with REI and Ride for Reading San Antonio, join this event for a day of learning! Learn bike skills, learn to read, and learn about your local parks! REI bicycle mechanics on-duty for minor repairs and giveaways. 

Monday, June 3

WE LIVE HERE, 6:00–9:00 P.M. at Brick at Blue Star | FREE!
Come see a neighborhood in transition through the eyes of talented six-grade photographers. A youth-led, pop-up photo event exploring place and displacement in San Antonio’s East Side. Program at 7:00 P.M. Produced by Light Catchers Society at Booker T. Washington Elementary School with event support from SA Heals and the H. E. Butt Foundation.

Tuesday, June 4

Free Family Night, 6:30–8:30 P.M. at The DoSeum | FREE!
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.

Spiderman: Into the Spider-verse, 8:00–11:00 P.M. at Travis Park | FREE!
Movies by Moonlight, Downtown Tuesday at Travis Park sponsored by the City of San Antonio. Bring picnics, chairs, and blankets. Free Downtown Tuesday parking in COSA facilities. Film starts at dusk.

Friday, June 7

Art in the Park, 7:00–9:00 P.M. at Hemisfair | FREE!
Join Hemisfair each month for a night full of diverse artistic activities for kids. Enjoy painting with Pinot’s Palette, balloon making by Mandie’s Balloons, music by Cello Vida (violin/cello duo), face painting by IPaintU by Brie, crafts by Inspire Community Fine Art Center, and a popup by Spare Parts.

June 7–9

Texas Folklife Festival, at Institute of Texas Cultures | Tickets: $5 for child, $15 for adults; Children under 5 are FREE!
The signature event at the UTSA Institute of Texan Cultures brings the mission to life. The Texas Folklife Festival welcomes Texans from around the state to celebrate and share their unique cultural heritage through music, dance, food, crafts, and more. The festival features more than 250 organizations and individuals representing some 40 cultures that call Texas home. A menu of authentic cuisines includes more than 100 dishes to enjoy. Some 60 skilled artisans and craftsmen come to the festival to preserve and pass on pioneer trades such as leatherwork, blacksmithing, jelly making, basket weaving, chuck wagon cooking, and other skills. Discounted tickets available in advance.

Saturday, June 8

Inclusion Programming, 9:00 A.M.–12:00 P.M. at Hemisfair | FREE!
Join Hemisfair every second Saturday for fun, inclusive activities for adults and children of all ages and abilities! Register here: https://bit.ly/2GDqhAE

Bubble Fest, 9:00 A.M.–12:00 P.M. at Ruby City | FREE!
Presented in partnership with Spare Parts, a local community arts organization that promotes cultural and environmental education and will feature a variety of interactive bubble stations for children to experience outdoors. Since opening in 2005, Chris Park has served as a place of joy and reflection, in accordance with Pace’s original vision, and is open to visitors year-round. Refreshments will be served, music by DJ Despeinada.

Get Out and Play SA, 10:00 A.M.–2:00 P.M. at Confluence Park | FREE!
Enjoy nature-based activities and live animal encounters to encourage families to enjoy the outdoors…because nature provides the best toys! Learn from a variety of community organizations that will be on site. There will be a special guest presentation by the amazing paleontologist Dinosaur George.

Monday, June 10

Big Rig Petting Zoo, 10:30 A.M.–12:00 P.M. at Leon Valley Library | FREE!
Summer Reading Program 2019 Kick Off event! Get up close and personal with big vehicles of all types. Sit inside, sit in the shovels and buckets, and get some great photos. The Public Works Department will be back with even more vehicles this year. Tiger Sanitation is joining the event along with the Leon Valley Fire Department, Leon Valley Police Department, and other big vehicle owners.

June 10, 12, 13

KLRN Kids Summer Festival at Monterrey Park (Monday), Brackenridge (Wednesday), and Cuellar (Thursday) | FREE!
Join the Cat in the Hat and community partners to kick off summer! Visit one of these community parks near you to play games, have fun outdoors, and learn about PBS KIDS activities and resources you can explore year around. Come dressed as a storybook character and you will receive a special treat. All events are free and open to the public.

Tuesday, June 11

Zootopia, 8:00–11:00 P.M. at Travis Park | FREE!
Movies by Moonlight, Downtown Tuesday sponsored by the City of San Antonio. Bring picnics, chairs, and blankets. Free Downtown Tuesday parking in COSA facilities. Film starts at dusk.

Friday, June 14

Kinetic Kids Expo, 10:00 A.M.–2:00 P.M. at Mission Concepcion Sports Park | FREE!
Children with special needs, their family members, and health care providers that support them are invited to join Kinetic Kids for this free expo. Visit with over 50 local and national equipment, service, and support resources and be entered to win some incredible prizes. Children can try out different adaptive equipment, enjoy carnival style games, adaptive activities, sports demos, and more.

Jurassic Park, 7:30–10:30 P.M. at Confluence Park | FREE!
Sponsored by the San Antonio River Foundation. Bring picnics, lawn chairs, and blankets. Film starts at dusk.

Jurassic Park, 8:00 P.M. at Tobin Center for the Performing Arts | FREE!
Cinema on the Plaza. In Steven Spielberg’s massive blockbuster, paleontologists Alan Grant (Sam Neill) and Ellie Sattler (Laura Dern) and mathematician Ian Malcolm (Jeff Goldblum) are among a select group chosen to tour an island theme park populated by dinosaurs created from prehistoric DNA. While the park’s mastermind, billionaire John Hammond (Richard Attenborough), assures everyone that the facility is safe, they find out otherwise when various ferocious predators break free and go on the hunt. Please note that the film is PG-13; we don’t mind if your kids are under 13, but please use your best judgment as to whether the movie is appropriate for them. Plaza opens at 7:00 P.M. No outside food or drinks; concession 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, June 15

50th Anniversary Celebration!, 1:00–4:00 P.M. at Tobin Branch Library | FREE!
Sign up for Summer Reading Kickoff for kids, teens, and adults and get a prize. Activities include moon magnet craft for all ages, moon phases craft and straw rocket crafts for families, face painting and balloon art, community mural creation, mini golf for adults and kids, plus refreshments.

Ant Man and the Wasp, 7:00–10:00 P.M at Mission Marquee Plaza | FREE!
PG-13. Entertainment, food trucks and a showing of the featured film on the original jumbo screen. Visitors are encouraged to bring lawn chairs, blankets, and snacks to enjoy during the movie. Grounds are pet friendly, and on-site parking is available. The venue opens at 7:00 P.M.; movie begins 15 minutes after sunset.

Tuesday, June 18

Free Family Nights, 6:30–8:30 P.M. at The DoSeum | FREE!
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.

Power to the Parent: Temperament & Brain Development, 5:00–6:30 P.M. at The DoSeum | $55 per adult and up to 2 children
This Summer, The DoSeum invites all caregivers to join a new, three-part series with parenting coach Amy Sugarman, a native San Antonian and mother of three. Caregivers are welcome to participate in either the entire series or individual classes. Admission will include materials, dinner for caregivers and children, and child care with our DoSeum education team in an adjacent classroom. Caregivers and children will also be guaranteed entry to our Free Family Nights once each session is complete! Topic on June 18 is Temperament and Brain Development, discover nine characteristics that make up a child’s unique temperament and explore the link between a child’s brain development and behavior.

Mary Poppins Returns, 8:00–11:00 P.M. at Travis Park | FREE!
Movies by Moonlight, Downtown Tuesdays sponsored by the City of San Antonio. Bring picnics, chairs and blankets. Free Downtown Tuesday parking in COSA facilities. Film starts at dusk.

June 18–20

Lil’ Partners Summer Program, 10:00 A.M.–1:00 P.M. at Briscoe Western Art Museum | Free with museum admission 
Designed for Lil Partners and their caregivers, this program includes storytelling, art making, and gallery play inspired by our summer exhibition, Into a New West.

Wednesday, June 19

Growing Up Wild: In a Grasshopper’s World, 10:00-11:30 A.M. at Friedrich Wilderness Area | Suggested donation: $3 per child, $6 per family
For ages 4–7. Did you know grasshoppers have ears on their bellies? Learn about these unique creatures through stories, hands-on activities, and a guided hike. 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 [email protected]

Thursday, June 20

Fishing Fun, 9:00–11:00 A.M. at Medina River Natural Area | Suggested donation: $3 per child
Learn the basics of fishing, including baiting a hook, casting, and how to take a fish off the hook. All supplies provided, including fishing poles. Catch and release only. Class is limited to 15 participants. Recommended for ages 4–7 years old. For more information, email [email protected], or call (210) 207-3213.

The Karate Kid, 7:00–10:00 P.M. at Mission Marquee Plaza | FREE!
PG. Entertainment, food trucks, and a showing of the featured film on the original jumbo screen. Visitors are encouraged to bring lawn chairs, blankets, and snacks to enjoy during the movie. Grounds are pet friendly, and on-site parking is available. The venue opens at 7:00 P.M. Movie begins 15 minutes after sunset!

Trolls, 8:30–10:00 P.M. at Main Plaza | FREE!
After the Bergens invade Troll Village, Poppy (Anna Kendrick), the happiest Troll ever born, and the overly-cautious, curmudgeonly Branch (Justin Timberlake) set off on a journey to rescue her friends. Their mission is full of adventure and mishaps, as this mismatched duo try to tolerate each other long enough to get the job done. Be sure to arrive early to hang out for activities, games, prizes, and more fun! Film begins at dusk, approximately 8:30 P.M.

Saturday, June 22

CineFest: Anina, 1:00–2:00 P.M. at The DoSeum | FREE!
Presented by Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center as part of CineFestival. This movie will be shown in Spanish with English subtitles.

Tuesday, June 25

The Little Mermaid, 8:00–11:00 P.M. at Travis Park | FREE!
Movies by Moonlight, Downtown Tuesdays sponsored by the City of San Antonio. Bring picnics, chairs, and blankets. Free Downtown Tuesday parking in COSA facilities. Film starts at dusk.

Friday, June 28

Family Flicks: Black Panther, 8:30–10:30 P.M. at San Antonio Museum of Art | FREE!
Suggested for ages 12 and up. When young King T’Challa is drawn into conflict with an old foe that puts his homeland Wakanda and the entire world at risk, he must release Black Panther’s full power to save them. Films begin at sundown. Bring your lawn chairs, blankets, and picnics. During inclement weather, films are cancelled. Pets are not permitted on the Museum campus; however, service animals are permitted at the Museum.

Saturday, June 29

YOSA presents Best of Classic Albums Live, 8:00 P.M. at Tobin Center for the Performing Arts | Tickets: $25–55 
Performance will reprise some of the most memorable performances from past YOSA Classic Albums Live shows, including songs from the Beatles’ Abbey Road, Prince’s Purple Rain, Radiohead’s OK Computer, and the Eagles’ Hotel California, plus tracks by Aretha Franklin, Led Zeppelin, Queen, and more. Don’t miss this rare chance to hear these legendary songs come to life in new and exciting versions in a unique, one-night-only event.

Sunday, June 30

Magik on the Road, 2:00 P.M. at San Antonio Botanical Garden | Tickets: $15
Would you trade your best friend for three magic beans? When Jack does, he gets high-altitude adventure and more gold than he could ever spend. Even so, Jack is unhappy. Find out what happens when Jack learns that a true friend is the greatest treasure in the world. Follow Magik Theatre performers as they climb up to the wondrous world of the beanstalk. Suitable for all ages.

Family Performance: Tap Dance, 2:00–4:00 P.M. at McNay Art Museum | FREE with museum admission
Enjoy a lively tap dance performance and learn about one of the first original American art forms as a family.

Wednesdays, June 12, 19, & 26

Summer Matinee, 1:00 P.M. at Scobee Planetarium | Tickets: $4 per child, $5 per adult (prices per show)
On Wednesdays, June 12–August 7, the doors to the Scobee Education Center open to the public for summer matinee ticket sales at 12:30 P.M. with presentations beginning promptly at 1:00 P.M. and ending by 2:00 P.M. On the Wednesdays of “Family Shows” (June 19) there are no age restrictions, and there will be two presentations at 1:00–1:40 P.M. and 2:00–2:40 P.M.

May 3–June 8

Roald Dahl’s Willy Wonka at The Magik Theatre in Hemisfair | Tickets: $15
Ideal for ages 5–10. Roald Dahl’s timeless story of the world-famous candy man and his quest to find an heir comes to chocolate-covered life. The delicious adventures experienced by Charlie Bucket on his visit to Willy Wonka’s mysterious chocolate factory light up the stage in this captivating adaptation of Roald Dahl’s fantastical tale. Featuring the enchanting songs from the 1971 film starring Gene Wilder and new songs by Leslie Bricusse (Jekyll & Hyde, Doctor Dolittle) and Anthony Newley, Roald Dahl’s Willy Wonka is a scrumdidilyumptious musical guaranteed to delight everyone’s sweet tooth.

Heather
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.