Holy cow, it’s August! With back-to-school mode nearly in full swing, we’ve compiled a list of some local events to help kids get ready for class. Feel free to share in the comments any helpful back-to-school events that we might’ve missed.
If you’re a military family, you still have some time to take advantage of the Blue Star Museums program, which provides free admission to institutions around the country from Memorial Day through Labor Day. Locally, you can get in free at Artpace, Blue Star Contemporary, Briscoe Western Art Museum, Casa Navarro State Historic Site, McNay Art Museum, San Antonio Museum of Art, Southwest School of Art, UTSA Institute of Texas Cultures, and Villa Finale Museum and Gardens.
Saturday, August 3
Back 2 School Expo, 9:00 A.M.–1:00 P.M. at Freeman Expo Hall | FREE!
Free school supplies packs, one per school-aged child while supplies last (child must be present), free backpacks (while supplies last), free kids haircuts, and more. Free parking and family fun.
District 1 Back-to-School Wellness Fair, 9:00 A.M.–1:00 P.M. at Edison High School | FREE!
Councilman Treviño and Telemundo 60 invite area families to attend this fourth annual event. School-aged children will receive a backpack filled with school supplies for the upcoming school year. There will also be many community and wellness partners to provide services ranging from immunizations to allergy screenings to dental screenings and more. Each student in attendance will also receive two free meals, thanks to a generous donation from the San Antonio Food Bank. Students must be present to receive supplies and services. Please contact (210) 207-0900 with any questions or if you are interested in donating/volunteering.
Back-to-School Splash Bash, 2:00–4:00 P.M. at Fairchild Pool | FREE!
Join San Antonio Parks & Recreation for activities in and out of the water, plus chances to win school supplies! Activities aligned to the following school subjects: science, social studies, art, P.E., math, writing, and reading. Additional games and activities offered include: splash contest, water musical chairs, noodle races, and aqua zumba.
Back-to-School Bash, 6:00–8:00 P.M. at Hemisfair | FREE!
It’s your last bash of the summer! This event is for all students, parents, and teachers to enjoy! Join Hemisfair for live music, interactive art, backpack giveaways, raffles for teachers, school supplies, health & wellness demonstrations, and a movie screening at sunset.
Monday, August 5
Back 2 School, 10:00 A.M.–2:00 P.M. at PicaPica Plaza | FREE!
Receive a free backpack with school supplies for ages K–12! Free haircuts provided by UCAS, door prizes, and much more. Five hundred backpacks will be given away, first-come, first-served, while supplies last. Health and community resources will be on site: Harvey E. Najim Family YMCA, Avance, Pre-K for SA, COSA Metro Health / WIC Program, Community First Health Plans, PenFed Credit Union, Woodforest Bank, and Alamo Colleges District-Mobile GO Center, plus many more!
Saturday, August 10
Back 2 School Backpack Drive & Health Fair, 10:00 A.M.–1:00 P.M. at West End Baptist Church | FREE!
There will be: free food, free backpacks and supplies for students K–12th grade (children must be present at the event to receive backpacks and supplies), free games, and more! If you would like to be a vendor, donor, and/or volunteer, call (210) 735-9658, go to webcsaves.org, or mail contributions to 925 Culebra Ave., San Antonio, TX 78201.
Son Tus Niños También: Trans Kids Back to School, 5:00–8:00 P.M. at Esperanza Peace and Justice Center | FREE!
The first 50 guests to arrive get a backpack full of school supplies after the event! The purpose of the event is to facilitate a conversation between parents, their children, and teachers on how best to include, respect, and protect trans youth in schools. The event will create a safe space to share the experiences, concerns, and visions of parents of trans kids and trans individuals so that the community can get different perspectives on what is happening here in San Antonio. School administrators, counselors, and legal experts will take the stage to discuss treatment of trans children in schools, legal rights, and procedures. The discussion panel will consist of true experiences and stories of trans children and their parents in the context of U.S. schools. The panel will include updates from those who were part of Trans Kids Back to School 2016, 2017, and 2018.
Friday, August 2
Workshop: Rocket Pencil Box, 9:00–12:00 P.M. at Home Depot stores | FREE!
Take schoolwork to another galaxy in this hands-on workshop where you and your child can build a rocket pencil box. Your young aerospace engineer can study the anatomy of a rocket while you construct a handmade case together. Once your rocket pencil box is built, your child can decorate 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, a workshop apron, and a commemorative pin while supplies last.
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. Live music by Carlos Sanchez. Art partners will include Pinot’s Palette, balloon making by Mandie’s Balloons, face painting by IPaintU by Brie, crafts by Inspire Community Fine Art Center, and a popup by Spare Parts. Artisan vendors will include Ellie’s Trinkets, Tres Leches, and Barbacoa Apparel.
Aquaman, 8:00–11:00 P.M. at Plaza Guadalupe | FREE!
Sponsored by City of San Antonio Center City Development & Operations. Bring picnics, lawn chairs, and blankets. This outdoor movie starts at dusk.
Family Flicks: The Incredibles 2, 8:30–10:30 P.M. at San Antonio Museum of Art | FREE!
Suggested for ages 8 and up. The Incredibles hero family takes on a new mission, which involves a change in family roles: Bob Parr (Mr. Incredible) must manage the house while his wife Helen (Elastigirl) goes out to save the world. Bring your lawn chairs, blankets, and picnics. Films begin at sundown. Pets are not permitted on the Museum campus; however, service animals are permitted at the Museum.
Saturday, August 3
IASA Free Health Fair, 7:00 A.M.–1:00 P.M. at Serna Elementary School | FREE!
Free immunizations for kids. Health fair for all ages. Presented by India Association of San Antonio.
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.
Snakes Alive, 10:00 A.M.–12:00 P.M. at Urban Ecology Center, Hardberger Park West | FREE!
Mike Price from Wild About Texas will show and tell about the venomous and non-venomous snakes of Texas. Hold a friendly snake. Kid-friendly activity included.
The Last Hurrah of Summer Concert, 10:30 A.M. at The Twig Bookshop | FREE!
Featuring Will Parker, music for kids ages 1–100. Just one more summertime adventure, y’all! Gather all your buddies, a blanket, and a snack! Help us serenade summer with Will’s whimsical and interactive shows. He accompanies himself on guitar and harmonica while singing songs that open us up to the world of imagination and expression. Be there and be ready to sing silly and High Five Yourself!
When I Grow Up, 1:00–3:30 P.M. at San Antonio Garden Center | FREE!
Presented by Texas Public Radio. Designed to inform, entertain, and inspire, TPR invites children between 6 and 16 years old to meet with a wide variety of professionals. Children and their families meet one-on-one with leaders in the community to learn about their career inspiration, as well as educational and professional paths. Organized like an expo, children are encouraged to meet and talk to the professional “mentors” who represent the careers they are most interested in. The event is free and open to all, and will also include children’s activities and entertainment.
The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part, 7:00–10:00 P.M. at Mission Marquee Plaza | FREE!
Entertainment, food trucks, and a showing of the featured PG 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, August 4
Free Family Day: Andy Invasion, 1:00–4:00 P.M. at McNay Art Museum | FREE!
Q: Who were Prince, Blondie, and Mick Jagger?
A: A few of the celebrities who posed for Andy Warhol.
See portraits of Warhol’s many celebrity friends and use screen-printing techniques, painting studios, and unconventional materials to make lasting family memories.
Tuesday, August 6
Bat Loco Bash, 6:00–9:00 P.M. at River Walk Museum Reach | FREE!
Hosted by the San Antonio River Authority, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, Bat Conservation International, and the San Antonio River Foundation. Takes place near Camden St. bridge on the Museum Reach segment of the San Antonio River Walk. Event will include a bat parade, educational booths, food trucks, live music, bat friends, and a Batmobile™ replica. The public is invited to attend as River Authority staff and partners will lead the talk about the bat colony that currently resides under I-35 while sharing information related to the San Antonio River and the Museum Reach. Wildlife experts from TPWD and BCI will provide bat education and explain the important role bats have in the South Texas ecosystem.
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.
Family Flick: Batman (1966), 8:30–10:30 P.M at San Antonio Museum of Art | FREE!
Recommended for ages 9 and up. The Dynamic Duo faces four supervillains who plan to hold the world for ransom with the help of a secret invention that instantly dehydrates people. 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.
Thursday, August 8
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.
Friday, August 9
Film on the Green: Wonder Woman, 8:30–10:30 P.M. at San Antonio Museum of Art | FREE!
Suggested for ages 12 and up. Diana, princess of the Amazons, trained to be an unconquerable warrior. Raised on a sheltered island paradise, when a pilot crashes on their shores and tells of a massive conflict raging in the outside world, Diana leaves her home, convinced she can stop the threat. Fighting alongside man in a war to end all wars, Diana will discover her full powers and her true destiny. Films begin 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, August 10
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! Enjoy Hemisfair amenities, equipment, and vendors dedicated to making your visit an immersive experience.
Paint in the Park, 10:00 A.M.–2:00 P.M. at The Greenline | FREE!
Join this event for a day of fun and creativity along the Greenline. Activities for all ages. Materials provided.
Think Science & Discovery Day, 4:00–6:00 P.M. at Tobin Center for the Performing Arts | FREE!
More than hearing about scientific developments—see them up close! Interactive exhibits will showcase some of the exciting scientific work and discoveries happening in San Antonio. Kids and adults will have the chance to experience science in a hands-on way as they visit with innovators themselves. This event is a collaboration between Texas Public Radio and UT Health San Antonio.
Barrio Block Party, 6:00–9:00 P.M. at San Anto Cultural Arts | FREE!
An annual end-of-summer party with music, food, vendors, a bounce house, and so much more. See the student exhibit of work from summer camp and register for the After School Arts Program.
Thursday, August 15
Community Conversation: Teens and Remaking LGBTQ Identity, 6:30–7:30 P.M. at McNay Art Museum | FREE!
Based on interviews conducted at an LGBTQ youth drop-in center, sociologist Mary Robertson wrote Growing up Queer: Kids and the Remaking of LGBTQ Identity. Aimed at youth and their families, this program, moderated by Robertson, recognizes the changing ways youth are identifying their genders and sexualities and the importance of support from family, friends, and schools.
Saturday, August 17
Family Saturday, 1:00–4:00 P.M. at Blue Star Contemporary | FREE!
This event features various hands-on art activities for all. Explore the current exhibitions in an artistic way. Snacks and FUN provided! For more information, call (210) 227-6960 or email BSC Education Manager Mari Hernandez at [email protected]
Captain Marvel, 7:00–10:00 P.M. at Mission Marque Plaza | FREE!
Outdoor movie. Event includes 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, August 18
The Ugly Duckling, 2:00–3:00 P.M. at San Antonio Botanical Garden | Tickets: $15
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.
Tuesday, August 20
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, August 23
Family Flicks: Lu Over the Wall, 8:30–10:30 P.M. at San Antonio Museum of Art | FREE!
Suggested for ages 8 and up. New kid Kai is talented but adrift, spending his days sulking and isolated in a small fishing village after his family moves from Tokyo. When he demonstrates a proficiency at making music on his synthesizer, his classmates invite him to join their nascent garage band, but their practice sessions soon bring an unexpected guest: Lu, a young mermaid whose fins turn to feet when she hears the beats and whose singing causes humans to compulsively dance, whether they want to or not. Films begin 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.
Sunday, August 25
Jack and the Beanstalk, 2:00–3:00 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 us as we climb up to the wondrous world of the beanstalk. Suitable for all ages.
5th Anniversary Open House, 2:00–6:00 P.M. at Tobin Center for the Performing Arts | FREE!
Discover all the Tobin Center has to offer and purchase special ticket discounts during these hours for upcoming performances. Explore and visit with the Tobin’s seven resident companies and others who help operate the performance center. Discover pop-up performances from a cappella and ballet to jazz and opera. Catch free performances as they pop up all over the building… all afternoon! Kiddos can take the Tobin Scavenger Hunt Challenge and win awesome prizes.
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Film on the Green: Superman II, 8:30–10:30 at San Antonio Museum of Art | FREE!
Suggested for ages 8 and up. Superman agrees to sacrifice his powers to start a relationship with Lois Lane, unaware that three Kryptonian criminals he inadvertently released are conquering Earth. 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.
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.
Magik at the Empire: The Very Hungry Caterpillar, at Empire Theatre | Tickets: $15–30
Presented by The Magik Theatre. Same performance, different venue. 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.