San Antonio Scoop: Family-friendly Events in November

From October through the end of the year there is no shortage of options for all ages and interests. Just take a look at the first weekend in November!

Each month I curate this list to include events that offer family-friendly experiences encompassing nature, art, culture, performance, science, history, literacy, health, community service, and other ways we can engage with our kiddos in meaningful ways. For your reference, when clicking through tabs below, know that they run Monday (or whatever day is the first of the month) through Sunday; that way, each tab covers a full Friday–Sunday weekend spread.

Have an experience-filled November!

Friday, November 1

Picture Book Voting Booth, all day at McCreless Library | FREE!
Kids can stop by the McCreless Library and vote for their favorite picture book character! Kids can show their civic pride by choosing their favorite character in a mini-voting booth and getting their “I VOTED” sticker when they’re done. Who will win? Pete the Cat? Peppa Pig? Or a write-in candidate? Stop by to find out!

Storytime with Miss Money Honey, 10:30 A.M. at The Twig Book Shop | FREE!
October is National Bullying Awareness month, and children’s author Becky Page debuts her new book, Miss Money Honey and The Riddle, and her character in person. The book, through a riddle, will show children how to identify and handle a bullying situation and teach the value of friendship and acceptance of other’s differences. The book will be available for purchase.

BODYTRAFFIC, 11:00 A.M.-12:00 P.M. at Carver Community Cultural Center | FREE!
Virtuosic, stylized and confident, with a diverse repertoire, BODYTRAFFIC-Los Angeles Contemporary Dance Company, has taken its place on the international touring scene of the dance concert world. In this one-hour matinee, students will engage with the dancers through interactive conversations and performances. Recommended ages: 3rd–12th grades.

November 1–3

Day of the Dead San Antonio at La Villita Historic Arts Village | FREE!
This program includes artistic displays, activities for children, musical performances, a suite of gastronomical treats, dancing, and naturally, opportunities to learn about the historic and cultural importance of Mexico’s Día de los Muertos celebration. See full schedule of events.

Saturday, November 2

Nature Scavenger Hunt, 9:00–10:30 A.M. at Phil Hardberger Park West | FREE!
Join the PHP Conservancy in the Children’s Nature Play Area, next to the playground on the NW Military side of the park. Children will be given scavenger hunts to look for things found in the park and will win a small prize.

Arbor Day for SA, 9:00 A.M.–12:00 P.M. at Olmos Basin Park | FREE!
Join the Parks Department to celebrate San Antonio trees and nature at this family-friendly event with activities, presentations, crafts, and tree climbers.

Expressive Therapeutic Rhythm Making, 10:00–11:30 A.M. at 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.

Farm Day, 10:00 A.M.–2:00 P.M. at Mission San Juan | FREE!
Explore the roots of San Antonio food culture from the Spanish colonial missions to modern food, health, and wellness through games, cooking demonstrations, and outdoor activities—a total of 26 different activities. Click the link for full list of participating organizations.

Diwali SA, 5:00 P.M.–12:00 A.M. at Hemisfair | FREE!
There will be live entertainment, food, and handcrafts for sale, 2,000 floating diyas to be released, and a DJ area for dancing the night away. The event concludes with a spectacular fireworks display!

Haunted Evening Swim, 6:00–8:00 P.M. at San Antonio Natatorium | FREE!
Join the Parks Department for its annual event with Halloween-themed activities and costume contest. This year’s theme is Dia De Los Muertos. Open to all ages.

Sunday, November 3

Family Day See + Do: Día de los Muertos, 12:00–3:00 P.M. at San Antonio Museum of Art | FREE with museum admission
Celebrate this special holiday through theatre, art, and music. Decorate a sugar skull, craft ofrendas, make Catrina-inspired art, and contribute to our community altar. [Pro tip: Arrive before noon and everyone gets in FREE!]

Free Family Day: Curtain Up!, 12:00-5:00 P.M. at McNay Art Museum | FREE!
Did you know that artists Pablo Picasso and David Hockney both designed for the theatre? Learn, imagine, play-act, and experience creativity live and on stage. Shadow puppets, paper collage, and performance combine for family fun. Experience a free family day full of art activities, exhibition tours, performances, and more.

Tuesday, November 5—Election Day

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.

Friday, November 8

Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory, 8:00 P.M. at River Walk Plaza, Tobin Center | FREE!
A sweet boy from a poor family dreams of finding one of five golden tickets hidden inside chocolate bar wrappers which will admit him to the eccentric and reclusive Willy Wonka’s magical factory. One after another, tickets are discovered by ghastly children—but will the lad find the last remaining one and have all his dreams come true? Movie begins at 8:00 P.M., Plaza will open 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, November 9

A Journey to Mars, 9:00 A.M.–1:00 P.M. at Scobee Education Center | FREE!
Join the Scobee for a family friendly STEAM event. Activities for kids and a free planetarium showing (limited seating) to coincide with the CORE4STEM Family Day on Saturday, November 9th.

CORE4 STEM Family Day, 9:00 A.M.–1:00 P.M. at 10 local college campuses | FREE!
Visit Northwest Vista College, Our Lady of the Lake University, Palo Alto College, San Antonio College, St. Mary’s University, St. Philip’s College, Texas A&M University-San Antonio, Trinity University, the University of the Incarnate Word, or the UT San Antonio for a fun-filled day where you and your family can explore higher education and career opportunities within the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields. In its tenth year, the “A” has been added to STEM and will showcase the arts in this year’s program events.

Miss Anastasia’s Special Guest Saturdays: Bruce the Bear, 10:30 A.M. at The Twig Book Shop | FREE!
Save the date. More details coming soon!

Pop-Up Play Session, 11:00 A.M.–1:00 P.M. at Urban Ecology Center at Hardberger Park West (NW Military entrance) | FREE!
What happens when children direct their own play and adults take a step back to observe? Wonder. Joy. Play! Children 0–5 years (and siblings) are invited to explore a temporary and inspiring play space. Join Playworker Jill Wood of Bayou City Play and San Antonio Public Library’s Little Read Wagon at this free outdoor event, to be held rain or shine. Among the many materials provided to explore there will be some possibly messy materials, such as paint, so play clothes are recommended. Note: The workshop for early childhood educators (“Make Way for Play”) will be happening on the same day in a nearby classroom. Please expect that teachers of young children will be observing and documenting the play session to support their own learning about child-directed play.

Luminaria, 7:00 P.M.–12:00 A.M. at Hemisfair | FREE!
After-dark Contemporary Arts Festival in downtown. Artists will showcase their works in performance, music, literature, dance, visual arts, and much more. Installations will be on display the entire night, and performances will run in a rotating schedule all night.

Sunday, November 10

American Indian Cultures Family Day, at Institute of Texan Cultures | FREE!
Celebrate Native American Heritage Month with Chickasaw stomp dancers, Trinity University Indigenous Peoples club and other special guests that will teach everyone about the culture through dancing, story telling, and more.

November 14–16

Shakespeare on the River: Romeo & Juliet, 7:30 P.M. at Arneson River Theatre | FREE and reserved seating available: $10–25
Arkansas Shakespeare Theatre returns to San Antonio for a 4th year to perform Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, reimagined for audiences of all ages. Plan to arrive early for their pre-show entertainment. The event is free to the public, seating is first come, first served. Reserved seating is available in the front section for $10 per seat. Reserved VIP seating in the box seats are available for $25.

Friday, November 15

Ile Bahia de San Antonio Capoeira, 11:00 A.M.–12:00 P.M. at Carver Community Cultural Center | FREE!
Capoeira is a unique art form that combines elements of martial arts, dance, and acrobatics performed to the background of Brazilian music and traditional instruments. Audience members will not only be thrilled by the agility, athleticism, and precision of the dancers and their movements, but will also enjoy exploring the rich historical significance of the centuries old art form.

Family Flashlight Night, 6:00–8:30 P.M. at San Antonio Botanical Garden | FREE with Garden admission
Discover the nocturnal side of the Garden! Find your way through a Light Maze and take a tour of night blooming plants.

Polar Express Premiere Event, 7:00–11:00 P.M. (multiple show times) at Tower of the Americas | Tickets: $16-19
Kick off the holiday season with a special viewing of The Polar Express™​ 4-D Experience. Grab your PJs and golden ticket for an evening the whole family will enjoy. Admission includes access to the observation deck, 4-D theater showings of Rio, Ice Age, Skies Over Texas, and The Polar Express™​, and pictures with Mr. & Mrs. Claus. Hot chocolate and popcorn available for purchase.

Saturday, November 16

Teen Arts Fest, 11:00 A.M.–4:00 P.M. at Central Library | FREE!
This event highlights and presents a forum for teen artists between the ages of 13–18 years old. Explore teen artistic talent discovered in San Antonio during this annual event. A wide variety of art mediums will be on display such as art installation pieces from local high school art programs, the adjudicated art show, short films, comedy improv, spoken word, music, and art workshops. Witness teen artists create amazing works of art in our Art Slam competition. Additions to this year events include a fashion show, ballet performances and teen-led art discussion panels.

November 16 & 17

Nick Jr. LIVE! Move to the Music, at Tobin Center for the Performing Arts | Tickets: $23–103
You’re invited to sing, dance, clap, cheer and move to the music with your friends from Bubble Guppies, PAW Patrol, Dora The Explorer, Shimmer and Shine, Blue’s Clues and You, Blaze and the Monster Machines, and Top Wing in an unforgettable musical spectacular! The show follows Dora and her PAW co-hosts, Marshall and Rubble, as they team up with their Nick Jr. friends, live on stage together for the first time ever, in a one-of-a-kind adventure!

Sunday, November 17

Picture Your World Youth Photography Workshop, 1:00–4:30 P.M. at | Registration: $20
Hosted by Green Spaces Alliance of South Texas. Open to youth ages 8–18, the workshop teaches photographic composition and technique through hands-on demonstration, and constructive critique. Participants will produce a visual memory of their day and begin a creative portfolio while experiencing the wonders of the natural environment. Each workshop is led by Program Manager, Carra Garza. Open to youth ages 8–18 and take place once a month at natural areas around San Antonio. Space is limited and registration is strongly encouraged. Fees may be waived for students demonstrating financial need. To request a fee waiver, please email [email protected]

Charreada de la Revolucion, 4:00–5:30 P.M. at Associacion de Charreadas | Tickets: $10 for adults, $5 for children 5 and up
Last show of the season! Doors open at 3:00 P.M.

Tuesday, November 19

Play & Learn with Little Read Wagon, 9:30–11:00 A.M. at Walker Ranch Park | FREE!
Put on your play clothes and join for a story time and activities. Talk, sing, read, write, and play your way towards being ready to read! For children 0–5 and their adults. The event is outdoors, rain or shine.

Wednesday, November 20

Locals Day, 10:00 A.M.-5:00 P.M. at San Antonio Zoo | Admission $8 for locals
San Antonio’s Parks and Recreation Department wants San Antonio to get outside and play by supporting the zoo’s popular Locals Days offer on select days for the rest of the year! On designated Locals Days, residents of San Antonio can get standard admission for just $8 per person, a value of more than 50% discount! Purchase tickets at the front gate with proof of San Antonio residency.

Saturday, November 23

Miss Anastasia’s Special Guest Saturdays: Little Critter, 10:30 A.M. at The Twig Book Shop | FREE!
Save the date. More details coming soon!

Tuesday, November 26

Play & Learn with Little Read Wagon, 9:30–11:00 A.M. at Walker Ranch Park | FREE!
Put on your play clothes and join for a story time and activities. Talk, sing, read, write, and play your way toward being ready to read! For children 0–5 and their adults. The event is outdoors, rain or shine.

Thursday, November 28—Thanksgiving

September 28–November 10

Scarecrow Trail, 9:00 A.M.–5:00 P.M at San Antonio Botanical Garden | FREE with admission
Dispersed throughout the Botanical Garden, visitors will be treated to scarecrows created by community organizations and partners. This artistic exhibit highlights creative and fun interpretations of scarecrows and the harvest season.

October 11–November 1

Bunnicula at Magik Theatre | Tickets: $15
Recommended for ages 5 and older but all ages are welcome. Celebrate the 40th anniversary of the fluffy and fearsome classic tale of a dancing cat, a howling dog, and a vampire bunny—the perfect pet combination for any family. It’s a dark and stormy night, and Chester the cat and Harold the dog sit waiting for their owners to return home from the movies. Chester and Harold are more than just pets; they’re good friends too. When the Monroes finally get home, they come bearing a surprise: they’ve found a bunny in the movie theater. But this is no ordinary rabbit… This is the extraordinary Bunnicula. When the family’s produce starts losing its juice, Chester thinks he knows what’s causing the fantastic phenomenon. Bunnicula is a vampire! Or maybe Chester’s imagination is getting the better of him. Singing and dancing their way through this hilarious mystery, the furry friends find room in their hearts, and in their home, for one very unique bunny.

October 15–November 15

Mexicraneos Street at Houston Street, Downtown | FREE!
As part of a street art exhibition, a series of decorated, sculptural skulls will line Houston Street and around Frost Tower, stretching the celebration into the heart of downtown and spotlighting the newest addition to San Antonio’s skyline.

October 28–November 8

Huicholes Tribute at Briscoe Western Art Museum | FREE with museum admission
Day of the Dead San Antonio is bringing an incredible collection of Huichol art to the museum. Descendants of the Aztec, the Huichol people number about 18,000, most of whom live in the mountains of the Mexican states of Jalisco and Nayarit. Having withstood the Spanish Invasion, they are still striving to keep their culture alive and viable, despite the ever increasing physical and cultural encroachment of their Mexican neighbors. Peyote is a focal point for their ceremonies, and their colorful bead work and yarn work reflects a reverent and symbiotic relationship with nature. Cesar Menchaca founded Menchaca Studio along with Paricuta, a workshop created with the idea of irradiating the hardships these artists encounter when selling their creations. The more than 16 works on display will represent the work, the craftsmanship, and talents of the Huichol people.

November 19–December 19

Tiny Tim’s Christmas Carol at Magik Theatre | Tickets: $15
Tiny Tim longs to have his father home on Christmas day, but mean old Mr. Scrooge won’t give Bob Crachit the day off! There must be a way to change Scrooge’s mind—perhaps a ghost or two will set Scrooge right. Can this clever boy and his best friend Charlotte save Christmas and change the heart of the meanest man in town? With a little help from some kindly sellers at the market and a touch of Christmas magic, anything is possible. Adapted from the classic Charles Dickens’ novel, Tony Award-winner Ken Ludwig and his son, Jack Ludwig, write this heartwarming Christmas tale that is sure to delight all ages. Recommended for all ages.

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. Favorite Restaurant: La Tuna Favorite Landmark: Hemisfair Favorite San Antonio Tradition: Breakfast tacos