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

Y’all, don’t look now, but somehow we made it to July. Congratulations, families! It kind of snuck up on us amongst the thunderous storms and below-triple-digit weather that closed out June. 

Don’t forget; whether it’s 90 or 100 degrees outside, be sure to carry a bottle of water wherever you go this summer as you enjoy some of these indoor and outdoor offerings we’ve rounded up!

Tuesday, July 2

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.

McGruff Crime Dog Puppet Show, 2:00–3:00 P.M. at Pan American Branch Library | FREE!
Join McGruff the Crime Dog and learn about safety for kids.

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.

Star Wars: Episode V The Empire Strikes Back, 7:30–10:00 P.M. at Hemisfair | FREE!
Three years after the destruction of the Death Star, Imperial forces continue to pursue the Rebels. After the Rebellion’s defeat on the ice planet Hoth, Luke journeys to the planet Dagobah to train with Jedi Master Yoda, who has lived in hiding since the fall of the Republic. In an attempt to convert Luke to the dark side, Darth Vader lures young Skywalker into a trap at Cloud City. In the midst of a fierce lightsaber duel with the Sith Lord, Luke faces the startling revelation that the Vader is in fact his father. Come to the event dressed as your favorite character! All movies start at dusk and are pet-friendly. Bring chairs and blankets. Free Downtown Tuesday parking in COSA facilities. Food, beverages, and treats available to bring to the film from Dough Pizzeria Napoletana, Con Safos • Cocina y Cantina, Chocollazo, and Paleteria San Antonio.

Small Foot, 8:00 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, July 5

Art in the Park, 7:00–9:00 P.M. at Hemisfair | FREE!
Join Hemisfair for a night full of diverse artistic activities for kids that happens on the first Friday of every month and will be at held Central Games Plaza.

Saturday, July 6

Get Fit SA: Family Scavenger Hunt, 9:00–11:00 A.M. at Hardberger Park East (Salado Outdoor Classroom) | FREE!
Stop by the Texas Children in Nature and Fitness in the Park table to pick up your scavenger hunt checklist. Then, using Leave No Trace principles, explore the park while searching for clues of plants and wildlife along the trails. This self-paced program is a great chance for families, scout troops, and nature groups to get outside. 

Workshop: Tow Truck, 9:00 A.M.–12:00 P.M. at Home Depot stores | FREE!
Save the day with a tow truck in this hands-on workshop. Together you and your child can build a custom toy tow truck with an operational boom to rescue model vehicles from ditches and embankments, move disabled vehicles, or simply put the model on display. Once construction is complete, your child can customize it with paint and stickers. All 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, 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.

Expressive Therapuetic Rhythm Making, 10:00–11:00 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.

Spider-Man Into the Spider-Verse, 7:00–10:00 P.M. at Mission Marquee Plaza | FREE!
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.

Sunday, July 7

Family Day: Superheroes, 12:00–3:00 P.M. at San Antonio Museum of Art | FREE with Museum admission; FREE admission for children 12 and under
Put on your cape and help us celebrate all things heroic! Emboss a superhero icon, make power cuffs, collage a superhero splash page, and do more fun art activities inspired by the special exhibition Men of Steel, Women of Wonder. (Pro tip: Arrive before 12:00 P.M. and everyone gets in free!)

Tuesday, July 9

Happy Tails Entertainment, 10:30–11:30 A.M. at Leon Valley Public Library | FREE!
Learn about and observe five African animals. Attendees will have a chance to touch one or two of the animals.

Enchanted, 8:00–11:00 P.M. Travis Park | FREE!
Outdoor 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.

Wednesday, July 10

Get Fit SA: Family Scavenger Hunt, 9:00–11:00 A.M. at Hardberger Park East (Salado Outdoor Classroom) | FREE!
Stop by the Texas Children in Nature and Fitness in the Park table to pick up your scavenger hunt checklist. Then, using Leave No Trace principles, explore the park while searching for clues of plants and wildlife along the trails. This self-paced program is a great chance for families, scout troops, and nature groups to get outside. 

Friday, July 12

Teen Gathering: Art OUT Loud, 2:00–4:00 P.M. at McNay Art Museum | FREE!
Hey Folx! Join us at the McNay for an afternoon of upbeat gallery discussions, art-making, and community. LGBTQ+ teens and friends are invited to gather in a safe, inclusive space to learn about artists creating work about identity and belonging.

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, 8:00 P.M. at Tobin Center for the Performing Arts | FREE!
Movie starts at 8:00 P.M.; plaza will open at 7:00 P.M. Teen Miles Morales becomes Spider-Man of his reality, crossing his path with five counterparts from other dimensions to stop a threat for all realities. 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.

Life of Pi, 8:00–11:00 P.M. Confluence Park | FREE!
Sponsored by the San Antonio River Foundation. Bring picnics, lawn chairs, and blankets. Film starts at dusk.

Film on the Green: Superman: The Movie (1978), 8:30–10:30 P.M. at San Antonio Museum of Art | FREE!
Suggested for ages 8 and up. An alien orphan is sent from his dying planet to Earth, where he grows up to become his adoptive home’s first and greatest superhero. Film begins at sundown. Bring your lawn chairs, blankets, and picnics. 

Saturday, July 13

Nature Walk and Music, 9:00–11:00 A.M. at Hardberger Park East (Salado Outdoor Classroom) | FREE!
Adam Tudor will lead you in an educational outdoor experience that inspires engagement, creativity, and imagination through music. Registration required. Limited to 25 people. Great for families with young children.

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. This month get ready for a “Silly Senses” theme! Activities include: animal experiences provided by Happy Tails Entertainment, ocean animals water bead activity by Scio STEAM, strawberry lemonade by Pepito’s Italian Ice, Story Time with a reading of Hello Goodbye Dog by Maria Gianferrari, character appearances by The Wonder Squad of Morgan’s Wonderland, and music by DJ Mayhem.

Art in the Park, 9:00 A.M.–12:00 P.M. at Friedrich Wilderness Park | FREE!
It’s National Parks and Recreation Month, and families are invited to drop in and participate in hands-on art activities inspired by nature and the outdoors. Enjoy a special printmaking activity, paint on amate (bark) paper, paint a miniature landscape, and attend an olla clay workshop offered at 10:00 A.M. and 11:00 A.M. Ollas have been used for centuries for irrigation and can be used in the garden and filled with water to supply water to surrounding plants. For more information, call (210) 207-3782 or email [email protected]

Paletas in the Park, 10:00 A.M.–12:00 P.M. at Woodard Park | FREE!
Join Peg + Cat for a summer sweet treat! Join San Antonio’s PBS affiliate KLRN as they serve up paletas and celebrate summer, explore books, and have fun!

Sunday, July 14

El Libro de Lila (Lila’s Book), 3:30–5:30 P.M. at Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center | FREE!
Family Day at CineFestival. Lila, a character in a children’s storybook, suddenly falls out of her paper world and ends up trapped in a place she doesn’t belong. Lila discovers that the only person who can save her is Ramon, the owner of the book, but it won’t be easy since Ramon is no longer a little boy, and has stopped reading and believing in fantasy. Lila and her new friend Manuela set out to convince him of what’s happening and together they face a dangerous journey to the Desert of Lost Memories, to retrieve Lila’s lost book. Sponsored by San Antonio Film Commission & The DoSeum.

Monday, July 15

Molly of Denali Launch Party, 10:00 A.M.–12:00 P.M. at KLRN | FREE! (registration required)
Join KLRN for the premiere of the new PBS KIDS show, Molly of Denali. Follow the adventures of Alaska Native Molly Mabray, a feisty and resourceful 10-year-old Gwich’in/Koyukon/Dena’ina Athabascan girl. The program will showcase Alaska Native values, such as respecting others, sharing what you have, and honoring your elders. Join us for activities, a screening, and fun. Bring along copies of photos of your ancestors to talk about them together. Registration is required.

Tuesday, July 16

Power to the Parent, 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!

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.

Up, 8:00–11:00 P.M. at Travis Park | FREE!
Outdoor 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.

Thursday, July 18

Pretty in Pink, 7:00–10:00 P.M. at Mission Marquee Plaza | FREE!
Entertainment, food trucks, and a showing of the featured PG-13 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.

Friday, July 19

Family Flick: Nacho Libre, at San Antonio Museum of Art | FREE!
Suggested for ages 11 and up. Nacho is a monastery cook, who spends his day feeding orphans and being overlooked by the monastery. When Sister Encarnación arrive at the monastery, Nacho realizes that the only way to win her affection and to save the children, will be by competing as a Luchador wrestler. Film begins at sundown. Bring your lawn chairs, blankets, and picnics. Pets are not permitted on the Museum campus; however, service animals are permitted at the Museum.

Saturday, July 20

Apollo 50th Anniversary Celebration, 9:00 A.M.–1:00 P.M. at Scobee Education Center | FREE!
July 20th marks the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing. Celebrating this historic event with fun hands-on activities for all ages, robotics, drones, guest speakers, STEM resources, vendors, and more including screenings of Capcom Go! in the planetarium.

Passport to the Past, 10:00 A.M.–2:00 P.M. at San Antonio Missions National Historical Park | FREE!
Travel back in time for Latino Conservation Week. Explore Mission San Jose and experience the sights, skills, and smells of the missions in the 1700s. Pick up your Passport to the Past in the Visitor Center. Make clay pots, seed balls, and scented sachets at booths inside the mission. Learn about historical and modern uses of natural resources at this free, family-friendly event.

17th Annual Peter Pan Day, 10:30 A.M. at The Twig Bookshop | FREE!
Calling all Peter Pans, lost boys, pirates, piratettes, and fairies! You all are hereby ordered to show your filthy faces for a hearty party. Clean yourself up, toss on your costume, and meet Miss Anastasia for hilarious pirate stories, sea-worthy grub, a treasure hunt, and a rollicking good time. No gold pieces necessary—this is a free event for all our mates. You would be a foolish “land-lover” to miss! Celebrate Peter Pan Day,  ’cause “All children, except one, grow up.”

Black Panther, 7:00–10:00 P.M. at Mission Marquee Plaza | FREE!
Entertainment, food trucks, and a showing of the featured PG-13 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, July 23

How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World, 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, July 26

Superhero Pajama Party, 5:00–9:00 P.M. at San Antonio Museum of Art | Free with museum admission
Put on your favorite superhero PJs and enjoy a marathon of Max Fleischer’s Superman cartoons from 1941. Explore Men of Steel, Women of Wonder, munch on breakfast and cereal-inspired food and drink, and make super art! The cartoons will be played on a loop throughout the evening in our auditorium. Auditorium is seating is limited. Feel free to drop in and out to watch the toons and explore other evening activities.

July 26–28

Mary Poppins, Jr. The Broadway Musical, at Tobin Center for the Performing Arts | Tickets $17
Presented by Choose to Dream. The jack-of-all trades, Bert, introduces us to England in 1910 and the troubled Banks family. Young Jane and Michael have sent many a nanny packing before Mary Poppins arrives on their doorstep. Using a combination of magic and common sense, she must teach the family members how to value each other again. Mary Poppins takes the children on many magical and memorable adventures, but Jane and Michael aren’t the only ones upon whom she has a profound effect. Even grown-ups can learn a lesson or two from the nanny who advises that “anything can happen if you let it.”

Saturday, July 27

National Day of the Cowboy, 12:00–4:00 P.M. at Briscoe Western Art Museum | FREE!
Event highlights include live music, crafts for kids and kids at heart, cowpoke games, museum tours, food truck grub, and more. All ages are welcome, so mosey on down with your family and friends.

Tuesday, July 30

Wall-E, 8:00–11:00 P.M. at Travis Park | FREE!
Outdoor 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.

 July 1, 8, 15, 22, & 29 (Mondays)

Big Blue Blocks, 10:00 A.M.–12:00 P.M. at Hemisfair | FREE!
The perfect play date on the Great Lawn for little ones. Big Blue Blocks allow for creativity and use of fine motor skills besides being tons of fun.

July 2, 9, 16, 23, & 30 (Tuesdays)

Story Time and Book Garden, 10:00–11:00 A.M. at Hemisfair | FREE!
Join Hemisfair each Tuesday morning at Schultze House for Story Time and a fun activity with partner Scio STEAM to accompany it. The Book Garden, a mobile library, will also be available for you to take a free book, or donate any that you’re done with. Perfect for kids under age 4.

July 9, 13, 19, 22, & 27

Alamo City Moms Summer Park Hop, 9:30–11:00 A.M. at Various Local Parks | FREE!
Check link for specific parks and dates. Get out of the house and visit a new (or maybe familiar!) park with Alamo City Moms. Low-key, free, and super casual, we’ll meet up for play, fun, and conversation. Look for an ACMB team member in a logo shirt, say hi, and let the kids do their thing.

July 9, 16, 23, & 30 (Tuesdays)

Play & learn with Little Read Wagon, at Martin Luther King, Jr. Park (Pavilion 3) | FREE!
Put on your play clothes and join San Antonio Public Library for a 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. This event is outdoors, rain or shine!

July 11–August 11

Roald Dahl’s Matilda The Musical, at The Public Theatre of San Antonio | Tickets: $10–45
A joyous girl power romp! This is the story of an extraordinary girl who, armed with a vivid imagination and a sharp mind, dares to take a stand and change her own destiny. With her astonishing wit, intelligence, and psychokinetic powers, Matilda becomes the school’s saving grace. Book by Dennis Kelly. Music and Lyrics by Tim Minchin. 

Jul 12–August 4

The Very Hungry Caterpillar, at The Magik Theatre | Tickets: $15
Ideal for ages 0–5. The timeless classic has made its way off the page and onto the stage. The story by author/illustrator Eric Carle has delighted generations of readers since it was first published in 1969 selling more than 43 million copies worldwide. Carle’s well-known books captivated readers with his iconic colorful hand-painted tissue paper collage illustrations and distinctively simple stories, introducing generations of children to a bigger, brighter world—and to their first experience of reading itself.

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.