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

Spring Break is coming…and hopefully sunnier, warmer days too. 

Moms (and dads!), this month we’ve included several events for tweens and teens, so be sure to check those out.

Just a few more weeks until Easter Sunday, which falls on April 21 this year. Our annual Egg Hunt & Spring Event Guide will be coming out in March, so stay tuned.

Happy spring!

Friday, March 1

Youth Matinee: The Ensemble Theatre presents I, Barbara Jordan, 11:00 A.M.–12:00 P.M. at Carver Community Cultural Center | FREE!
Recommended for 3rd–12th grades. Houston-based The Ensemble Theatre presents this biographical play celebrating the remarkable life and career of the eminent Texas orator, legislator, educator, and leader of the Civil Rights Movement. Barbara Jordans’ journey, as told by award-winning playwright Celeste Bedford-Walker, is traced from her childhood in Houston’s Fifth Ward neighborhood through to her election as the first African-American in the Texas Senate and the first Southern African-American woman elected to the United States House of Representatives.

Saturday, March 2

Hiking with Kids Basics, 9:15–10:30 A.M. at REI | FREE!
A fun part of parenting is sharing the experiences you have most enjoyed in life with your kids. If you have a love for the outdoors it is only natural you would want to teach your children about its wonders. How to do this while recognizing their special needs is not hard, it just takes a little planning. Be patient and thoughtful, and soon you will find they are as excited as you are about spending a day outside. This program is designed to help facilitate your family fun outside.

First Saturday Hike: Let’s Go Birding, 9:00–11:00 A.M. at Crownridge Canyon Park | Suggested donation: $3 per person, or $6 per family
Recommended for ages 10 and up. In the spring, birds are very vocal while attracting their mates and defending their territories. This is a perfect time to take a walk through Crownridge with premier birding educators Patsy and Tom Inglet, who will help identify and appreciate these avian songsters. RSVP required. For more information, call (210) 207-3782 or email [email protected]

Workshop: Clock Tray, 9:00 A.M.–12:00 P.M. at Home Depot stores | FREE!
Spark a conversation about one of the oldest inventions—hands down—in our hands-on workshop. Together, you and your timekeeper can build a freestanding clock with easy-to-read numbers, movable hands, and a storage tray to house reminders or important trinkets. Use as a learning clock to make telling time fun or as a tool to encourage the value of time. Once your clock is built, 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 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 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.

Art in the Park, 11:00 A.M.–1:00 P.M. at Hemisfair | FREE!
Join us each month for a night full of diverse artistic activities for kids. Parking: The closest lot is off South Alamo Street, just north of Magik Theatre at 420 S. Alamo. The parking rate is hourly, and proceeds go to fund Art in the Park’s free programming. Alternate parking can be found in the area, but please allow yourself extra time as the workshop begins promptly at 11:00 A.M.

Symphony at SAPL, 2:00–3:00 P.M. at Cortez, Pruitt, and Schaefer branch libraries | FREE!
Join the Library for a lively afternoon with San Antonio Symphony’s harpist Rachel Ferris (at Cortez), violinist Mary Ellen Goree (at Pruitt), and trumpeter Lauren Eberhart (Schaefer) as each talented musician shares her love of music and professional experiences with children of all ages. Find out how special classical music can be!

Sunday, March 3

Family Day See + Do: Picture This!, 12:00–3:00 P.M. at San Antonio Museum of Art | FREE with Museum admission
Picture your world through a wide variety of media: painting, drawing, and clay! Get creative in the selfie station and learn about the many cultures represented at the Museum. Children 12 and under are free. [Pro tip: Arrive before noon on Sundays and everyone gets in for FREE!]

Tuesday, March 5

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, March 7

PJ Masks Live! Save the Day, 3:00 & 6:00 P.M. at Majestic Theatre | Tickets: $35–55
Based on eOne’s top-rated animated series, airing daily on Disney Junior, the new show features preschoolers’ favorite  superheroes and familiar songs from the popular show along with brand new music and a whole new adventure. Catboy, Owlette, and Gekko will delight fans of all ages with live performances featuring world-class production, toe-tapping tunes, and a whole lot of super fun as they go into the night to save the day from the Villains along with PJ Robot, who is new to the show for 2019!

March 8–10

Paw Patrol Live! The Great Pirate Adventure at the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts | Tickets $24.50–76.50 + VIP Packages
It’s Pirate Day in Adventure Bay, and Ryder will need all paws on deck as he and the PAW Patrol discover a secret treasure map while on a mission to rescue Cap’n Turbot from a mysterious cavern. It’s up to Chase, Marshall, Skye, and all their heroic pirate pup friends to save the day and find the pirate treasure before Mayor Humdinger finds it first! Be a VIP—a Very Important Pup! The VIP package includes a premium seat, special gift, and exclusive access to a Meet & Greet with characters after the show. Each adult & child (aged 1 & up) must have a VIP ticket.

March 815

Spring Break Sand Week, 9:00 A.M.–5:00 P.M. at San Antonio Botanical Garden | FREE with Garden admission
Ted Seibert, master sand sculptor, will be at the Garden building an amazing sculpture on-site. Inspired to create your own work of art? Sand pails and shovels will be available for guests to try their hand at sculpting and playing with sand in the Family Adventure Garden. Pack your favorite SANDwiches for a picnic and bring a swimsuit to cool off in No Name Creek (splashing resumes March 3).

Saturday, March 9

Spring Open House, 7:00 A.M.–2:00 P.M. at Mitchell Lake Audubon Center | FREE!
Curious about Mitchell Lake Audubon Center? Head out and hike the trails, visit the native and drought-tolerant gardens, and look for migrating butterflies and birds.

Dinosaur George, 9:00 A.M. at Urban Ecology Center Phil Hardberger Park West | FREE!
World renowned paleontologist George Blasing, aka: Dinosaur George, presents an amazing program about dinosaurs of Texas. Great for the whole family! Kid-friendly activity included. No registration is required. A donation to the PHP Conservancy of $3 per person or $5 per family is suggested.

KLRN Kids Spring Festival, 9:00 A.M.–12:00 P.M. at Pearsall Park | FREE!
KLRN invites you to explore outdoors at the park during Spring Break. Join your local PBS-affiliate for activities, games, and all kinds of fun. Learn about community resources available to local families. You will also have the chance to meet everyone’s favorite monkey, Curious George! 

Slithering Snakes & Other Texas Reptiles, 10:00 A.M.–12:00 P.M. at Eisenhower Park | Suggested donation: $3 per person, or $6 per family
Wild About Texas will lead a family-friendly show teaching kids about the importance of Texas reptiles, including the alligator lizard and snapping turtle as well as venomous and non-venomous snakes. Shed your fear of snakes and learn about evolutionary adaptations and the many benefits of snakes. No RSVP needed. For more information, call (210) 207-3782 or email [email protected]

Ballet in the Park, 6:00 P.M. at Travis Park | FREE!
Bring your lawn chairs, blankets, family, and friends for a dance performance from San Antonio’s premiere professional ballet company, Ballet San Antonio. At 6 P.M., 8-10 year olds with 1+ years of ballet experience can participate in a fun and exciting ballet class. Class is on a first-come, first-serve basis so arrive early to be one of the first 30 students on stage. Bring your basic ballet attire. At 7 P.M., watch the performance by the artists of Ballet San Antonio. An evening of dancing under the stars!

Sunday, March 10

Free Second Saturday: Pioneer Day, 12:00–4:00 P.M. at Institute of Texan Cultures | FREE!
Dress up as a pioneer family and take pictures next to the chuck wagon. There will be family-friendly and hands-on crafts for you to take home.


March 9–15

Spring Break Sand Week, 9:00 A.M.–5:00 P.M. at San Antonio Botanical Garden | FREE with Garden admission
Ted Seibert, master sand sculptor, will be at the Garden building an amazing sculpture on-site. Inspired to create your own work of art? Sand pails and shovels will be available for guests to try their hand at sculpting and playing with sand in the Family Adventure Garden. Pack your favorite SANDwiches for a picnic and bring a swimsuit to cool off in No Name Creek (splashing resumes March 3).

Monday, March 11

Little Sprouts: Wiggling Worms, at San Antonio Botanical Garden | Registration: $5 per child, $10 per adult
Discover why worms are so important to you and me. Bring your little one, age 3–5 years, to the Garden for kid-friendly fun! Each Little Sprout Monday includes storytelling, kids’ crafts, and hands-on explorations at your child’s pace. A parent or guardian must stay with the child. All children and adults attending must be registered separately.

Spring Break Ranch Roundup, 4:00–8:00 P.M. at Briscoe Western Art Museum | FREE with Museum admission
The Briscoe is place to be this Spring Break, and there will be something for everyone. Kids will enjoy programs created especially for them while the adults can relax and enjoy adult libations and live music. Come hungry; food trucks will be on site. Included with Museum admission.

Thriller Live!, 8:00 P.M. at Tobin Center for the Performing Arts | Tickets: $25–55
YOSA Classic Albums Live concert series. For one night only, a dozen of San Antonio’s most exciting bands perform Michael Jackson’s Thriller, from start to finish. Backed up by the YOSA Philharmonic (a full symphony orchestra), luminaries of the local music scene reinvent familiar hits from this beloved classic album. More than three decades after its release in 1982, Thriller remains one the best-selling albums of all time. Don’t miss this rare chance to hear these legendary songs come to life in new and exciting versions.

March 11–15

Spring Break Activity Week, 8:00–11:00 A.M. at Mitchell Lake Audubon Center | $5 for adults, $3 kids
Flex your creativity and get some exercise, all while spending time in nature! Feel free to arrive anytime, as each day will have a different theme. There will be crafts and special animal guests to see and learn about. Join a family-friendly nature walk at 9:30 A.M., focused on the daily theme. Bring a picnic lunch and eat outside afterward. Snacks and drinks available for purchase.

Spring Break Camp, 7:30 A.M.–5:30 P.M. at 18 participating San Antonio Parks & Recreation Community Centers | Registration: $3 per child per day
For kids ages 6–14. This camp offers a variety traditional sports, active games, craft projects, and seasonal themed activities. Lunch and afternoon snack provide through a partnership with the San Antonio Food Bank. Register online or in person at a participating center.

Spring Break: Kids are Culture, 10:00 A.M.–2:00 P.M. at Institute of Texan Cultures | Free with museum admission
During Spring Break 2019, the UTSA Institute of Texan Cultures will open the buildings of the Back 40 outdoor learning area. Each day features one of the Frontier-era buildings from the 1800s, plus the barn and one-room schoolhouse. Children and families will be able to explore the role of children on the Frontier as they participate in chores, games, and other activities.

Tuesday, March 12

KLRN Kids Spring Festival, 9:00 A.M.–12:00 P.M. at Woodlawn Lake Park | FREE!
KLRN invites you to explore outdoors at the park this Spring Break! Join your local PBS-affiliate for activities, games, and all kinds of fun. Learn about community resources available to local families. You will also have the chance to meet everyone’s favorite monkey, Curious George! 

Spring Fling Free Family Day, 12:00-4:00 P.M. at San Antonio Museum of Art | FREE!
The Museum will offer FREE admission to all from from 10:00 A.M.–9:00 P.M. + family-friendly activities from 12:00–4:00 P.M. Celebrate the beauty of spring with nature-inspired art activities. Try your hand at making floral crowns, botanical drawings, paper butterfly sculptures, and bluebonnet landscape paintings. 

Movies by Moonlight: Incredibles 2, 6:00–9:00 P.M. at Travis Park | FREE!
Happening on Downtown Tuesday. Head downtown for this Spring Break special at Travis Park, sponsored by City of San Antonio. Free parking in City of San Antonio facilities. Movie starts at dusk.

Wednesday, March 13

Lil Partners Spring Break: Tales from the West, 10:30 A.M.–2:30 P.M. at Briscoe Western Art Museum | FREE with Museum admission
Bring your little ones to the Briscoe to explore various forms of storytelling in the West. Enjoy the Native American tradition of oral storytelling, create your very own Western Claymation mini-movie, and draw a comic strip adventure tale! No reservations required. Caregivers must accompany child(ren).

Ralph Breaks the Internet, 7:00–10:00 P.M. at Milam Park | FREE!
The City of San Antonio is sponsoring back-to-back movies for Spring Break. 

March 1315

Spring Break Free Family Days: Classic and Cool, 2:00-4:00 P.M. at McNay Art Museum | FREE!
Drop in for three days of family fun, crafts, and classic cars during Spring Break. Make your own race track routes, create a custom art car, pose for a vintage family photo, and take in the first McNay exhibition featuring cars as sculptures, American Dreams: Classic Cars and Postwar Paintings. Build your own art car with upcycled materials. Paint your own Op Art tote souvenir. Learn how to swing in this ongoing workshop. Enjoy a live DJ and special live band performance. Get racing with creative racetracks and Hot Wheels. First come, first fun!

Friday, March 15

Dinosaur Dig, 4:30–5:30 P.M. at McCreless Library | FREE!
Enjoy family fun with dinosaur activities, crafts, and best of all, meet T-Rex himself!

Saturday, March 16

13th Annual Fest of Tails: Kite Festival and Dog Fair, 10:oo A.M.–4:00 P.M. at McAllister Park | FREE!
Fest of Tails has events and activities for the entire family. McAllister Park will be filled with live entertainment, various food options, kids rides and games, kite making workshops, and much more. For all dog enthusiasts, pet products and pet adoptions will be available, and information on pet registration, vaccinations, and more, will also be available through various participating animal welfare organizations. Dogs of all sizes and breeds, along with a sky full of kites, fill the park with a beautiful scene on this day of free community fun! All guests are encouraged to bring a blanket and lawn chair to watch the spectacular sky views and to enjoy meeting new furry friends. [Pro tip: Get there early for easier parking and less traffic.]

Monday, March 18

Tween Time: Women Who Changed the World, 3:00–4:00 P.M. at Cody Library | FREE!
March is Women’s History Month. Celebrate by participating in crafts and activities designed to teach about some of the incredible women who truly changed the world.

March 23–24

Monarch Fest, 10:00 A.M.–5:00 P.M. at San Antonio Zoo | Included with Zoo admission
In partnership with the City of San Antonio, the Zoo is hosting a two-day festival celebrating all things monarchs, milkweed, and migration! Receive free native milkweed and native nectar plant seeds, participate in fun games and crafts, and learn how you can help end the extinction of the monarch butterfly.

Sunday, March 24

Surclovia, 10:00 A.M.–12:00 P.M. at General McMullen & Thompson Pl. | FREE!
Hosted by District 5 Councilwoman Shirley Gonzalez. The community is invited to rethink the use of our streets, reclaim our spaces, fill them with kids and families, make memories, and have fun!

Friday, March 29

Teen Night 2019: Art After Dark, 7:00-10:00 P.M. at the McNay Art Museum | FREE!
Make art, hear bands, sip coffee, and hang out at the McNay after hours. This event is reserved for students grades 9–12. No adults, please.

Outdoor Movie: Hop, 7:00–10:00 P.M. at Wendy Swan Memorial Park | FREE!
Sponsored by Parks, Recreation, and Community Services. Film starts at dusk.

Saturday, March 30

WGC Girls Global Summit, 9:00 A.M.–1:00 P.M. at Rosenberg Sky Room, University of the Incarnate Word | FREE!
What does it mean to be a global citizen? Teams of school-age girls lead this fun, half-day summit exploring that question. More than 300 girls from over 20 area middle and high schools are expected to attend. The summit expands horizons and encourages empathy and entrepreneurship by focusing on issues facing girls and women around the globe. All are invited to this intergenerational summit—every age, sex, race, ethnicity, culture, immigration status, sexual orientation, and gender identity and expression. Lunch is provided. Also, scholarships are available for table topic leaders and eligible groups. For more information, email [email protected]

Spring Festival, 10:00 A.M.–1:00 P.M. at Herff Farm (Boerne) | $5 per person, $10 per family
Celebrate the arrival of spring at this historic family farm. Meet local farmers and peruse local produce, meat, eggs, coffee, jams, local honey, all-natural beauty products, and more at the Farmer’s Market at the Cibolo (9:00 A.M.-1:00 P.M.). Participate in a free beekeeping workshop, games, and farm activities for young children, plus science and nature activities for bigger kids. Hikes on the trails for the whole family. Hear from community organizations on issues such as sustainability, stewardship, and more.

Symphony at SAPL, 2:00–3:00 P.M. at Igo, Thousand Oaks, and Parman Libraries | FREE!
Join the SAPL 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. Come and find out how special classical music can be!

Festival of India, 3:00–9:00 P.M. at La Villita Historic Arts Village | FREE!
Hosted by the India Association of San Antonio. Experience India in just a day: Parade of State, Bollywood dance, Indian cuisine, henna, saree wrapping, ethnic clothing, and plenty of opportunities for shopping for Indian wares. 

Sunday, March 31

Síclovía, 11:00 A.M.–3:00 P.M. at Southtown to Mission Concepcion | FREE!
Route runs between H-E-B on S. Flores, past Roosevelt Park, down to Concepcion Park. Síclovía is a free, bi-annual event, organized by the YMCA of Greater San Antonio, that turns city streets into a safe place for exercise and play. The family-friendly event encourages residents and visitors to get out, get active, and explore their city through car-free streets. The Y accomplishes this by activating parks, bringing exposure to local businesses, and inviting community organizations. Participants can enjoy walking, biking, exercise classes, activities for youth, treats for their pets, food trucks, and more.

February 1–March 2

Dr. Seuss’s The Cat in the Hat at Magic Theatre | Tickets: $15 ($12 for seniors and military)
Ideal for ages 3–7. The National Theatre’s adaptation of Dr. Seuss’s The Cat in the Hat returns to the Magik stage. Not a word has been touched or added to Dr. Seuss’s classic, ensuring that anyone who’s read the story will find themselves transported into the world they’ve always imagined. From the moment The Cat in the Hat’s tall, red-and-white-striped hat appears around the door, Sally and her brother know that he is the funniest, most mischievous cat that they have ever met. With the trickiest of tricks and the craziest of ideas, he is certainly loads of fun. He turns a rainy afternoon into an amazing adventure, but what will mum find when she gets home?

March 5, 12, 19

Little Read Wagon, 9:30–10:45 A.M. at OP Schnabel Park | FREE!
For children 0–5 and their adults. Put on your play clothes and join San Antonio Public Library for story time and activities—talk, sing, read, write, and play your way towards being ready to read! This program is rain or shine.

March 9–16

Dr. Seuss’s The Cat in the Hat at Empire Theatre | Tickets: $15–30
Same event description as above.

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 is filled with vibrant original mariachi music. Book by Roxanne Schroeder-Arce with music and Lyrics by Héctor Martinez Morales.

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


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