San Antonio Scoop: A Guide to Family-Friendly Events in April

You’ll notice there is plenty packed into the first weekend of April, with fewer events toward the middle and end of the month. I’m guessing that’s because Fiesta® time in San Antonio runs April 18–28. Our Guide to Family-Friendly Fiesta Events will be coming soon, so stay tuned!

Easter is Sunday, April 21. Still looking for a community Easter egg hunt? ACMB can help! Take a look at our Egg Hunts & Spring Events roundup of local events for ideas!

 

Tuesday, April 2

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. 

American Girl Live!, 7:00 P.M. at Tobin Center for the Performing Arts | Tickets $29.50–$100.00
A new, original, 90-minute musical that celebrates the power of girls and strength of friendship. Audiences join five spunky campers and their fearless counselor at Camp American Girl, an overnight camp in the North Woods. Overcoming fears and obstacles along the way to having the summer of their lives, these brave campers rely on wisdom and advice delivered by Rebecca, Maryellen, Julie, Nanea, Luciana, and Melody—the beloved American Girl dolls they’ve brought along to camp—who inspire audiences in surprising and delightful musical numbers, each reflecting their historical eras. VIP tickets available.

Wednesday, April 3

Growing Up Wild: Seed Need, 10:00–11:30 A.M. at Friedrich Wilderness Park | Suggested donation $3 per person, or $6 per family.
For ages 4–7. Explore seeds as food for people and animals, and learn how animals spread seeds! Growing Up Wild builds on children’s sense of wonder about nature and invites them to explore wildlife and the world around them. RSVP required. For more information, call (210) 207-3782 or email [email protected]

Thursday, April 4

Growing Up Wild: Grow As We Go, 10:00–11:00 A.M. at Salado Open Classroom, Hardberger Park East (Blanco Rd.) | FREE!
For ages 4–6. Children explore the life cycles of familiar wildlife and understand that living things grow and change. Nature walk, snack, and bird craft included. Class size is limited, and registration is required. For registration assistance, call (210) 492-7472. Contact Susan Campbell at [email protected] for more information.

Jr. Chef Food Demonstration, 5:00–7:00 P.M. at Guerra Library | FREE!
DIY glow-in-the dark cupcake icing demonstration presented by the teens behind MasterChef Junior. This event will be led by San Antonio’s top Jr. Chefs Nayeli, Jayden, Neko, and Thomas from the MasterChef Junior show. Teens ages 10 and up are welcome to take part in this one-of-a-kind event and have the chance to meet the crew. 

Friday, April 5

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 Brie & Anthony Acoustic Duets, face painting by IPaintU by Brie, crafts by Inspire Community Fine Art Center, and a popup by Spare Parts!

April 5 & 6

Into the Woods Jr., 7:00–8:30 P.M. at Magik Theatre | Tickets $10
Be careful what you wish for, as Stephen Sondheim’s and James Lapine’s cockeyed fairy tale comes to life in this adaptation of their groundbreaking, Tony Award-winning musical. Into the Woods Jr. features all of your favorite characters—Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Jack (and his beanstalk), and the Witch—in this lyrically rich retelling of classic Brothers Grimm fables. Performed by the students of the Magik Performing Arts Academy.

Saturday, April 6

Strong Minds and Happy Hearts: A Conversation on Children’s Mental Health & Emotional Wellness, 8:30–11:00 A.M. at Oak Hills Church | FREE!
Learn about warning signs, how to find help, how to work with your school, and more. Attendees will have the opportunity to visit with community organizations and learn about great resources, participate in table conversations, and hear from experts during breakout sessions. 

Workshop: Birdhouse, 9:00 A.M.–12:00 P.M. at Home Depot stores | FREE!
Encourage a love for nature and ornithology in this hands-on workshop where you and your child can build a birdhouse. Once your birdhouse is built, your child can decorate 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, receive a free 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, 10:00–11:30 A.M. at The Ecumenical Center | FREE!
Monthly sessions open to the public. 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. To reserve a seat, please email [email protected] or call (210) 616-0885.

KLRN Kids Day in the Park, 10:00 A.M.–1:00 P.M. at San Pedro Springs Park | FREE!
Join KLRN and Daniel Tiger from Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood as we celebrate the Week of the Young Child. Enjoy the outdoors, games, and activities as you play and build memories with your family and friends.

Touch-A-Truck, 10:00 A.M.–2:00 P.M. at Crown of Life Church | $1 for ages 2+
Climb into your favorite truck or honk the horn of a police car. Explore large trucks, heavy machinery, emergency vehicles, and more. Food trucks, face painting, live DJ, and fun for the whole family.

San Antonio Book Festival, 10:00 A.M.–5:00 P.M. at Central Library & Southwest School of Art | FREE!
The annual family-friendly festival brings a full day of author presentations, panel discussions, book sales, signings, children’s and teen activities, and food trucks. San Antonio Book Festival showcases first-time novelists and established writers, introducing attendees to new literary talents and connecting them with their favorite authors. See the full lineup here. This year’s festival features more than 75 sessions! Plan your day with this schedule and parking info

H-E-B Family Saturday, 1:00–4:00 P.M. at Blue Start Contemporary Art Museum | FREE!
This event features various hands-on art activities for all and you can explore the exhibitions in an artistic way. 
Featuring Active Story Time with Raul Gonzalez: Join the Effort Economy exhibiting artist as he brings his paintings to life through active storybook reading and hands-on art projects. Gonzalez’s work focuses on the labor and efforts of the artists’ every day through drawings of him and his daughters. Be creative, get Fiesta ready with the make-your-own-fiesta-medal workshop, learn about shadow play by creating shadow puppets, and more. For more information call (210) 227-6960 or email BSC Education Manager Mari Hernandez at [email protected]

Viva Poesía, 6:00–10:00 P.M. at Mission Marquee Plaza | FREE!
The City of San Antonio World Heritage Office presents this official City of San Antonio National Poetry Month kick-off event, a celebration of the San Antonio UNESCO Creative City Of Gastronomy designation. This event will showcase the confluence of the city’s great wealth of culture by bringing together tasty elements from our rich history of the literary, visual, musical, and culinary arts. It’s a free, family-friendly happening that will feature spoken-word performances, a Haiku Battle for cash prizes, live music, food demonstrations by local chefs, interactive art workshops for the kids, a fruit tree give-away for the community, and a short-film screening. Bring lawn chairs to stay and enjoy live spoken word by Jason Shaggy Gossard, Diamond Mason, Tomas Castillo-Roque, and musical performances by Volcán and Jazz Poets of San Antonio. Featured chefs include Tatu Herrera of Folklores Coffee House, Jesse Rodriguez of Los Locales, Flor Vergara of La Gloria and Chef Kelly of San Antonio Food Bank.

Sunday, April 7

Authors Series, 12:00–4:00 P.M. at The DoSeum | Free with general admission
Ever wonder how stories are created? Kids can immerse themselves in the world of storytelling and learn from children’s book authors. They’ll have the opportunity to meet professional writers and illustrators, hear the author’s stories read aloud, and get their own books signed. Participants will experience reading through imaginative activities, inspired by our featured books. Author Xelena González and illustrator Adriana Garcia teamed up to create All Around Us, a book full of magic, color, beautiful images, and the theme of cycles. Their book received the 2018 Tomás Rivera Mexican American Children’s Book Award.

Monday, April 8

Little Sprouts: Tree Life, 10:00–11:30 A.M. at San Antonio Botanical Garden | $10 adult, $5 child
Trees are nature’s apartments. Who lives in a tree? 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.

BexarFest Premiere, at Tobin Center for the Performing Arts | Tickets $10
The only multimedia festival in America pairing high school production teams with nonprofit organizations to tell the stories that affect us all. Forty-five high schools and their nonprofit partners will unveil their productions at this premiere where more than a dozen technical and creative excellence awards will be presented.

Wednesday, April 10

Nickelodeon Presents: Double Dare Live!, 8:00 P.M. at Majestic Theatre | Tickets $49.50–69.50
On your mark, get set, GO!  The messiest game show on TV is now the messiest game show on the road. All the slime soaking, pie plastering, and booger busting will be hosted by the Double Dare legend himself, Marc Summers! Take your whole family to the show you loved as a child. You might even get chosen to compete to win by answering brain-bending trivia questions, complete messy physical stunts and even run the legendary obstacle course!

April 10–14

Disney on Ice: Mickey’s Search Party, various times at Alamodome | Tickets $16–110+
Join Mickey Mouse and his friends for a brand new adventure filled with world-class skating, high-flying acrobatics, and unexpected stunts. Help them follow Captain Hook’s treasure map and look for clues in the search for Tinker Bell in immersive, fantastic worlds. Explore the colorful spirit realm of Coco in Miguel’s Disney On Ice debut, sail away with Moana as she bravely saves her island, see Belle in the sky above you as the enchanted chandelier comes to life, and sing-along with Elsa in the icy world of Frozen. Make memories with your whole family during Aladdin, Toy Story, and The Little Mermaid as the search party becomes an all-out magical celebration on the ice, in the air, and all around!

Thursday, April 11

Middle School: Good Buddies, 9:30–11:30 A.M. at Salado Open Classroom, Hardberger Park East (Blanco Rd.) | Suggested donation: $3 per person, or $5 per family
For kids ages 10–14 years old. Students define symbiosis, commensalism, mutualism, and parasitism. They identify animals that live in each type of symbiotic relationship and describe whether symbiotic interactions are cooperative or competitive. Nature walk and craft included. Class size is limited, and registration through this website is required. For registration assistance, call (210) 492-7472. 

Friday, April 12

Challenger Mars Explorer: Family Spring Mission, 6:00–10:00 P.M. at Scobee Education Center | Tickets $25
Launch on a simulated space mission to Mars! Partake in early festivities of San Antonio’s annual celebration of Mexican-inspired traditions and explore what NASA Astronauts may encounter on Mars. Delicious Mexican botanas (snacks) and non-alcoholic beverages will be served throughout your voyage. The mission is from 6:00–8:30 P.M. with optional attendance to a double feature planetarium showing of “Dynamic Earth” and “Seven Wonders” at 9:00 P.M. upon successful completion of your mission.

The Future is Now: Youth Videos from San Antonio, 7:00–9:00 P.M. at Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center | FREE!
Screening and awards ceremony. This first look at the 41st edition of CineFestival features 11 new short films by San Antonio area high school students. Participating programs include the Design and Technology Academy at Roosevelt, Film School of San Antonio at Harlandale, Thomas Jefferson High School, John Marshall High School, Kenedy ISD, Saint Mary’s Hall Digital Cinema, SAY Sí, and St. Mark’s School of Texas Film Studies in Dallas. Hosted by actor/activist Maximo Anguiano.

H-E-B Cinema on Plaza: Black Panther, 7:00–10:00 P.M. at Tobin Center for the Performing Arts | FREE!
After the death of his father, T’Challa returns home to the African nation of Wakanda to take his rightful place as king. When a powerful enemy suddenly reappears, T’Challa’s mettle as king—and as Black Panther—gets tested when he’s drawn into a conflict that puts the fate of Wakanda and the entire world at risk. Faced with treachery and danger, the young king must rally his allies and release the full power of Black Panther to defeat his foes and secure the safety of his people. 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. Plaza opens at 7:00 P.M., movie will start at 8:00 P.M.

Experience Yo-Yo Ma: The Bach Project, 8:00–10:00 P.M. at Mission Marquee Plaza | FREE!
Join ARTS San Antonio for this unprecedented and history-making event. Tickets to the live, in-theatre concert are sold out. However, there is still an opportunity to join in on this culturally diverse experience by attending the simulcast event at Mission Marquee Plaza. Mission Marquee Plaza, with its large outdoor screen, serves the community as a meeting place to enjoy various activities throughout the year including festivals, film screenings, arts and culture events, open-air markets, and more.  

Saturday, April 13

Inclusion Programming, 9:00–11:00 A.M. at Hemisfair | FREE!
Head out to Hemisfair every second Saturday for fun, inclusive activities for adults and children of all ages and abilities.

Let’s Go Fly A Kite, 9:30 A.M.–11:30 P.M. at Hardberger Park West | FREE!
Join in the fun at the open field behind the playground (8400 NW Military Hwy.). Bring your own kite or bring your own plastic grocery bags and reuse them to create a kite.

Photography Walkabout, 9:30 A.M.–2:30 P.M. at Friedrich Wilderness Park | Registration $15
For ages 13 and up. Connect with nature and sharpen your photography skills. Led by local photographer Nancy Cavender-Garcia, this class is designed for beginners and advanced photographers and combines photographic instruction with an informative, in-the-field nature photography session. Workshop includes boxed lunch. Bring your camera and join in for the opportunity to relax, breathe, and create. This event is open to the public.

April 18–28—Fiesta San Antonio 

Check out our annual guide Fiesta in San Antonio: A Guide to Family-Friendly Events—coming soon!

Tuesday, April 16

Bidi Bidi Party, 6:00–9:00 P.M. at Historic Pearl | FREE!
In honor of Selena, The Historic Pearl hosts this epic dance party with SoundCream Airstream. Celebrate the Queen of Tejano’s birthday as DJ Manolo Black spins the best of Selena, cumbia, & more! Bring your family and friends for a night of music, dancing, great food, and drinks.

Saturday, April 20

Super Fun Saturday: Fiesta Edition, 11:00 A.M.–1:00 P.M. at Hemisfair | FREE!
Enjoy an afternoon of mariachi performances, pinata making, fiesta medal making, and papel picado crafts. Be sure to catch The Magik Theatre‘s performance of Mariachi Girl following Super Fun Saturday.

April 18–28—Fiesta San Antonio

Saturday, April 24

Youth Matinee: Mad River Theatre Works presents Wing of Courage, 11:00 A.M.–12:00 P.M. at Carver Community Cultural Center | FREE!
Recommended for 3rd–12th grades. Eugene Bullard’s story would be unbelievable if it were not all true. He was a professional boxer, World War I flying ace, jazz musician, and a spy. Who is this remarkable African-America? Born in Columbus, Georgia, Bullard traveled the world, joining the French Foreign Legion after being denied a meaningful place in the United States Army. He rose through the ranks and flew against the famous “Red Baron” as part of the Lafayette Escadrille. But when the Escadrille was incorporated into the new U.S. Army Air Corps in 1917, the color of Bullard’s skin prevented him from taking his place alongside the other American heroes of his day. But that didn’t stop him. He went on to fame as a bandleader in Paris during the 1920s and was a spy against the Nazis. This original play by Mad River Theatre Works shows how Bullard’s determination and perseverance helped him to overcome discrimination throughout his life. It is an uplifting tale of vision and hope.

Youth Open Mic Night, 5:30–7:30 P.M. at SAY Sí | FREE!
In honor of National Poetry Month, the ALAS Youth Theatre Company welcomes all youth poets and performers to SAY Sí’s Black Box Theatre for a special open mic night. The evening will showcase featured poets Lilith Tijerina and Sarah Tijerina and highlight the talents of San Antonio’s youth-artists. Performances can include poetry, music, and more.

Sunday, April 28

The Ugly Duckling, 2:00–3:00 P.M. at San Antonio Botanical Garden | Tickets $15
Part of the Magik on the Road series presented by Magik Theatre. The story tells of a homely little bird born in a barnyard who suffers abuse from the others around him until, much to his delight, he matures into a beautiful swan, the most beautiful bird of all. The story is beloved around the world as a tale about personal transformation for the better.

Dance Kaleidoscope, 2:30 P.M. at Majestic Theater | Tickets $20–35
San Antonio Metropolitan Ballet celebrates its 35th anniversary season with this annual mixed repertory concert featuring excerpts from The Sleeping Beauty. Guest artists include Kristie Latham (BalletMet) as Princess Aurora, David Ward (fmr. BalletMet) as Prince Desire, Jessica Ramm as Princess Florine, and Zane Terry as the Bluebird. The first act will include three new works choreographed by Senior Company members, a variety of professional works including “St. Paul’s Suite” by St. Louis Ballet’s CiCi Houston, and contemporary works performed by our esteemed guest artists. 

Tuesday, April 30

Día del Niño, 4:00–6:00 P.M. at Historic Pearl | FREE!
Celebrated annually in Mexico since 1925, Día del Niño celebrates children. The Historic Pearl honors this tradition in partnership with Mexican Cultural Institute San Antonio and The Twig Book Shop by hosting bilingual storytelling, Mexican games, face painting, and more.

March 22April 14

Mariachi Girl at Magik Theatre | Tickets: $15 ($12 for seniors and military)
Ideal for ages 7–11. Ten-year-old Carmencita dreams of being a mariachi singer and one day joining in performance with her father. However, her father clings to a long-held family tradition of male-only mariachis. When Carmencita’s teacher offers her a book about a female mariachi, everything changes for “Cita,” as she sees a possibility of her dream becoming a reality. Can she celebrate her own heritage and expand her father’s view of the world? Mariachi Girl is an uplifting bilingual production about reaching for your dreams and filled with vibrant original mariachi music. Book by Roxanne Schroeder-Arce with music and Lyrics by Héctor Martinez Morales.

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.