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

Hooray—it’s May! Crank up the A/C and grab your water bottle, am I right?! Enjoy these spring/summer-lite days before we are wishing for fall again as June and July come around. 

It’s that time of year when free outdoor movies are in full swing and will continue through the fall. One of the popular places for these screenings is Mission Marquee Plaza, home of the old Mission Drive-in Theatre. If you’ve never been, you should check it out. You can even plan a whole afternoon and evening there. Adjacent to the plaza is Mission Branch Library, and just down the road is the San Antonio Missions National Historical Park along the Mission Reach stretch of the San Antonio River Walk, where you’ll also find plenty of public art. Explore the Southside!

Wednesday, May 1

Little Read Wagon, 9:30–10:45 A.M. at Jane Dubel Park | FREE!
Put on your play clothes and join story time and activities. Talk, sing, read, write, and play your way toward being ready to read! For children 0–5 and their adults.

Friday, May 3 

Art in the Park, 7:00–9:00 P.M. Hemisfair | FREE!
Enjoy painting with Pinot’s Palette, balloon making by Mandie’s Balloons, music by Mariachi Los Soberanos, face painting by IPaintU by Brie, crafts by Inspire Community Fine Art Center, and a pop-up by Spare Parts.

Saturday, May 4

Starting Out Wild: Wild Nature Play Day, 9:00–11:00 A.M. at Urban Ecology Center, Hardberger Park West | Suggested donation of $3 per person or $5 per family
Just for the little ones! Bring your toddlers, 1–4 years old, for an active morning together in the park. Enjoy hands-on nature play activities, crafts, movement, songs, and readings of nature books. You know what your child likes best, so please bring your own snacks and drinks.

Blooming Art, 9:00 A.M.–12:00 P.M. at Home Depot stores | FREE!
Make Mom’s day with a handmade blooming art piece. In this hands-on workshop you and your child can discuss the art of patience as you build a blooming work of art to gift or put on display. Once it is built, your child can decorate it with paint. All 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, a Workshop apron, and a 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 Therapeutic Rhythm Making, 10:00 A.M. at Ecumenical Center | FREE!
Free monthly 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, boosting your immune system, and an overall feeling of well-being. To reserve a seat, please email [email protected] or call (210) 616-0885.

Poetry at the Park: The Ode and Nature, 10:00 A.M.–12:00 P.M. at Crownridge Canyon Natural Area | Suggested donation of $3 per person or $5 per family
Recommended for ages 10 and up. Join Gemini Ink for this family-friendly guided nature walk. This adventure begins with a brief lesson on the poetic ode given by professor and poet Joshua Robbins. Afterwards, the group will head into the woods to learn about the park’s diverse wildlife and hear examples of the ode read aloud along the way. RSVP required. Call (210) 734-9673 or email [email protected]

La Printeria Youth Printmaking Workshop: Jorge Guadalupe Posada, 12:00 P.M. at Artpace | FREE!
In 1871, before Posada was out of his teens, his career began with a job as the political cartoonist  for a local newspaper in Aguascalientes, El Jicote  (“The Bumblebee”). The newspaper closed after 11 issues, reputedly because one of Posada’s cartoons had offended a powerful local politician. Posada went on to become a renowned printmaker and engraver. La Printeria will demonstrate screen printing and allow the attendees to print and then color their own Posada print. Adults must be accompanied by a youth.

Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2, 7:00–10:00 P.M. at Mission Marquee Plaza | FREE!
Movies are projected on the restored historic Mission Drive-in screen. Bring picnics, lawn chairs, and blankets. Park seating; no cars on the lawn. Film starts at dusk. Brought to you by the City of San Antonio World Heritage Office. Pet-friendly.

May 4 & 5

The Daniel Tiger Movie: Won’t You Be Our Neighbor, 10:00 A.M. at Alamo Drafthouse Park North | Tickets: $1–5
A new family is moving into the Neighborhood of Make-Believe, and Daniel wonders if there will be a new friend for him. The Tiger Family welcomes the neighbors and helps them adjust to their new surroundings. Daniel lends an extra hand to help his neighbors make their new place feel like home. This is an all-ages show with “Alamo for All” rules: noisy young fans won’t be asked to leave the theater but cellphones and other devices must stay dark. Lights will stay a little brighter, and the sound will be turned down during the show.

Sunday, May 5

Turkish Fest, 11:00 A.M.–8:00 P.M. at La Villita Historic Arts Village | FREE!
Enjoy a day full of great food, spectacular dance shows, live music, belly dance, art shows, and loads of fun. Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with a Turkish twist! 

Red-haired, Honest, In Love (in Russian language), 3:00 P.M. at Carver Community Cultural Center | Tickets: $21
Presented by Russian Children Theater. Children’s musical performance based on the book by the Swedish writer Jan Olof Ekholm, Tutta Karlsson First and only, Ludwig the Fourteenth, etc. in Russian Language. In the fox family lives a small fox Ludwig, the fourteenth in the genus Larsson. The youngest in the family, he feeds the organic aversion to lies, cunning, and tricks, which are taught by the beast in the forest school, but he loves poetry and even tries to compose songs. Unable to withstand lies, Ludwig leaves school and then runs away from home. Accidentally, he comes to human habitation, where he finds new friends: the writer of the poems Maximilian and the charming Tutta Carlson, who lives in the henhouse.

Family See + Do: Greece and Rome, 12:00–3:00 P.M. at San Antonio Museum of Art | FREE with museum admission; children 12 and under are FREE!
Go Greek with art inspired by ancient Greece and Rome. Craft a mosaic, design a Roman shield, and build your own mini-Parthenon as you learn about life in these fascinating civilizations.


Tuesday, May 7

Free Family Night, 5:30–7:30 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.

Thursday, May 9

Middle School: Stewarding Texas, 9:30–11:30 A.M. at Salado Open Classroom, Hardberger Park (East) | Suggested donation of $3 per person or $5 per family
Students develop a concept of land stewardship as the responsible planning and management of resources such as land, water, and animals. This class is part of the Middle School Spring series of classes for students 10–14 years old. Class size is limited, and registration is required. 

The Teen Brain, 6:30–7:30 P.M. at Pearl Stable | Tickets: $5 for students, $20 for general admission
Presented by Mind Science Foundation. Just what is going on in the teen brain? Join Abigail Baird, PhD (Vassar) as she shares how the neurological growth spurt of adolescence dictates how we learn to consolidate, generalize, and then, at light speed, make use of our experiences to navigate our everyday lives and avoid/survive life-threatening situations.

Friday, May 10

The Jungle Book, 7:00 P.M. at Confluence Park | FREE!
Free outdoor movie sponsored by the San Antonio River Foundation. Bring picnics, lawn chairs, and blankets. Film starts at dusk.

Mary Poppins Returns, 8:00 P.M. at Tobin Center for the Performing Arts | FREE!
Free outdoor movie. Just as all seems lost, Michael and his sister receive the surprise of a lifetime when Mary Poppins—the beloved nanny from their childhood—arrives to save the day and take the Banks family on a magical, fun-filled adventure. 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. Plaza will open at 7:00 P.M.

Saturday, May 11

Inclusion Programming, 9:00 A.M.–12:00 P.M. and 1:00–3:00 P.M. at Hemisfair | FREE!
Join every second Saturday for fun, inclusive activities for adults and children of all ages and abilities. This second session is in place of the cancelled March event.

Migratory Bird Fest, 9:00 A.M.–2:0o P.M. at Mitchell Lake Audobon Center | FREE!
Celebrating 15 years of connecting people to nature through conservation and community education focused on birds and their habitat. The 2019 festival will kick off with a fun run, and will feature van tours of the lake, plant and butterfly walks, live animals, bird of prey show, and more.

San Antonio Donut Fest, 10:00 A.M. at Tobin Center | Tickets: $15
Feast on pastries from dozens of local bakeries and sip on some deliciously brewed coffee, fresh mimosas, and more. Kid-friendly beverages available too. Plus, you’ll laugh and smile with some Saturday morning cartoons, a cereal bar, games, music, and so much more.

Symphony at SAPL, 2:00–3:00 P.M. at Memorial, Westfall, & Encino Branch Libraries | FREE!
Join the 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!

Sunday, May 12

Awaken to Spring, 2:00 P.M. at Tobin Center for the Performing Arts | Tickets: $8–28
Join the combined Children’s Chorus of San Antonio choirs in an afternoon of all things bright and beautiful in celebration of Mother’s Day. The program will take the audience on an exuberant journey of the generations, through rich texts and memorable moments woven together in an inspirational gift to all grandmothers, mothers, and daughters!

New World Landscapes, 8:00 P.M. at Tobin Center for the Performing Arts | Tickets: $16–22
The first Texas presentation of Seattle-based digital media artist Adrian Wyard’s newly developed visual accompaniment to Dvořák’s exhilarating New World Symphony features glorious landscape imagery from all across America, performed live to follow the conductor’s directions beat-for-beat. And Youth Orchestra of San Antonio celebrates Troy Peters’ 10th anniversary as music director with dazzling evocations of spring by Lili Boulanger and Aaron Copland.

Monday, May 13

Little Sprouts: Wonderful Water, 10:00–11:30 A.M. at San Antonio Botanical Gardens | $10 per adult, $5 per child
Water keeps us alive and is lots of fun too! Ideal for ages 3–5 years. Each Little Sprout Monday includes storytelling, kids’ crafts, and hands-on explorations at your child’s pace. Children must be accompanied by an adult. All children and adults must be registered to attend.

Mobile Adventures in STEM, 5:30–8:00 P.M. at Central Library | FREE!
KLRN Kids, ages 6–9, and their families are invited to join KLRN at the Central Library for a POWERFUL event as they explore activities and enjoy a special screening from Cyberchase. Enjoy a chance to meet Digit, receive special prizes, and register to receive math-related text messages to help your child grow his/her brain power.

Thursday, May 16

National Public Gardens Day, 5:00–8:30 P.M. at San Antonio Botanical Gardens | FREE!
The Garden welcomes the community to celebrate National Public Gardens Week with after-hours admission. Explore 38 acres of garden space, activities such as culinary demonstrations, guided walks, a Student Sustainability Showcase from 5:00–6:30 P.M, nature play activities, Santikos Art in the Garden by young emerging Mexican artist, Alejandro Martin (aka: Otto), and a special opera performance of excerpts from the Magic Flute by University of the Incarnate Word music department at 5:30 and 6:30 P.M.

Teen Takeover: Road Trip Unplugged, 6:30–7:30 P.M. at McNay Art Museum | FREE!
Hey, teens! Come hang out at the McNay! Take an audial tour of American Dreams: Classic Cars and Postwar Paintings with Road Trip Unplugged. Local teens perform acoustic covers of classic hits from the 1950s and 1960s alongside the 10 dream cars featured in the special exhibition. 

Mary Poppins Returns, 7:00 P.M. at Mission Marquee Plaza | FREE!
Movies are projected on the restored historic Mission Drive-in screen. Bring picnics, lawn chairs, and blankets. Park seating; no cars on the lawn. Films start at dusk. Brought to you by the City of San Antonio World Heritage Office. 

May 16 & 17

Cinderella, 7:00 P.M. at Tobin Center for the Performing Arts | Tickets: $25–45
Join the talented cast of the Children’s Ballet of San Antonio in this magical production. Cast members bring to life the enchantment of this classic story, complete with a wicked stepmother, clumsy stepsisters, a fairy godmother, and of course, a handsome prince.

Saturday, May 18

International Museum Day, 10:00 A.M.–5:00 P.M. at San Antonio Museum of Art | Buy one, get one FREE!
Celebrate International Museum Day with BOGO admission (buy one, get one free), 10% off at the shop (exclusions apply), and 10% off at Tre Trattoria, the Museum restaurant (excluding alcoholic beverages).

Super Fun Saturday: Spring is Blooming, 11:00 A.M.–1:00 P.M. at Hemisfair | FREE!
Enjoy an afternoon of learning about the plants used in Yanaguana Garden, plant a seedling with Gardopia Gardens, and watch a performance by the Magik Theatre of The Ants Go Marching.

May 18 & 19

The Daniel Tiger Movie: Won’t You Be Our Neighbor, 10:00 A.M. at Alamo Drafthouse Park North | Tickets: $1–5
A new family is moving into the Neighborhood of Make-Believe, and Daniel wonders if there will be a new friend for him. The Tiger Family welcomes the neighbors and helps them adjust to their new surroundings. Daniel lends an extra hand to help his neighbors make their new place feel like home. This is an all-ages show with “Alamo for All” rules: noisy young fans won’t be asked to leave the theater, but cellphones and other devices must stay dark. Lights will stay a little brighter, and the sound will be turned down during the show.

Sunday, May 19

YOSAPalooza, 6:00 P.M. at Tobin Center for the Performing Arts | FREE!
Join YOSA for this fifth annual event featuring all nine YOSA orchestras together for one spectacular concert. A simulcast of the concert will be broadcasted on the giant screen in the Will Naylor Smith Plaza along the San Antonio River Walk. This is a free concert, but tickets in the H-E-B Performance Hall are limited to three per family.

Friday, May 24

Family Flicks: Night at the Museum, 8:30–10:30 P.M. at San Antonio Museum of Art | FREE!
Recommended for ages 7 and up. Dreamer Larry Daley thinks he’s destined for something big, but his imaginative ideas never pay off. In desperate need of a job, he accepts a position as a security guard at the Natural History Museum. During his watch, Larry makes a startling discovery. Thanks to the unleashing of an Egyptian curse, the museum’s animals spring to life after the building closes. Larry must find a way to save the chaotic situation. Outdoor films in collaboration with Slab Cinema. 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.

Sunday, May 26

Museum Family Fun, 11:30 A.M.–2:00 P.M. at San Antonio Museum of Art | FREE!
Participate in a river blessing at the Museum’s River Landing at 11:30 A.M. Then, from 12:00–2:00 P.M., dance and spin beats with the AM Project and make en plein air watercolors and art inspired by Donald Lipski’s F.I.S.H. to celebrate 10 years of the Museum Reach.

Monday, May 27

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

Tuesday, May 28

Story Time in the Book Garden, 10:00–11:00 A.M. at Hemisfair | FREE!
Perfect for kids under age 4. Recurring event held each Tuesday morning and includes a fun activity with partner Scio STEAM to accompany it. There will also be the Book Garden, a mobile library, out in the park so you can take a free book or donate any that you’re done with. It’s a free, take-a-book, leave-a-book library for your family. 

April 22–May 5

Plastic Easter Egg Drive, at The DoSeum | FREE!
Storing unused plastic Easter eggs can be a “hare” overwhelming! The DoSeum’s in-house precious plastics shredder shreds plastic Easter eggs into colorful pieces to be used for workshops around the museum. Help show kids how plastic Easter eggs can be recycled and reused by bringing your unwanted plastic Easter eggs to The DoSeum. For each donation, you will be entered in a raffle to win a Spring Adventure Pack! Inside of your plastic Easter eggs be sure to include your name and phone number. Winner(s) will be selected on Monday, May 6. Donated plastic Easter eggs can be dropped off in the lobby during regular hours of operation. Purchase of admission is not needed to donate plastic Easter eggs.

May 3, 10, 17, 24, 31

Friday Public Programs, 6:30 P.M., 7:30 P.M., & 9:00 P.M. at Scobee Planetarium | Tickets: $4 per child, $5 per adult
Three different presentations for different ages: Attack of the Space Pirates (40 min.) at 6:30 P.M., family presentation for all ages; The Spring Sky Tonight LIVE (50 min.) at 7:30 P.M., children must be 6 years or older; and a one-hour double feature at 9:00 P.M. Losing the Dark and Two Small Pieces of Glass, children must be 6 years or older. Doors open at 6:00 P.M. Tickets go on sale 30 minutes prior to each start time. 

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 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