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Free, family-friendly events in San Antonio this June 2016

Summer in San Antonio sure gets hot but don’t let that stop you from enjoying all of the free fun you can have with your family this month!

We’ve made every effort to ensure that this list is accurate and up-to-date, however, some venues/events/activities make changes without notifying us. We recommend contacting them before visiting to be 100% sure that their free offerings are still available.

Recurring Events

Tuesdays, Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays, San Fernando Cathedral, Main Plaza, 115 N. Main, 78205, at 9:00 p.m., 9:30 p.m., 10:00 p.m.
San Antonio | The Saga. This free video art installation, created by Xavier De Richemont, plays three times a night, weather permitting, on Tuesdays, Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays on the facade of San Fernando Cathedral.

Wednesdays, McAllister Park in the Dog Park/McAllister/Salado Creek Trailhead, Sunset
The San Antonio League of Sidewalk Astronomers (SALSA) offers free stargazing to the public every Wednesday evening beginning at sunset.

Fridays, The Twig Book Shop, 306 Pearl Parkway, Suite 106, 78215, 10:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m.
Miss Anastasia’s Wild and Wacky Pre-weekend Twiglet Storytime is held twice on Fridays during the summer, beginning Friday, June 3. Enjoy a wild and wacky story time session with Miss Anastasia and make a delightful craft. All ages welcome.

Free in San Antonio this month

Wednesday, June 1: Cibolo Nature Center, Herff Farm, 33 Herff Rd, Boerne, TX, 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
CNC: Little Explorers! Little Explorers will come for fun and adventure using their five senses to discover nature. They will listen to stories, sing songs, play games, explore the outdoors, and make crafts to take home. For more information, contact Stephanie Colvard at stephanie@cibolo.org or 830-249-4616.

Wednesday, June 1: Krispy Kreme (1117 North Loop 1604 East, 78232 | 12328 IH 10 West, 78230 | 2703 S.E. Military Dr., 78223), 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Free Family Night at Krispy Kreme: donut decorating, crafts, and games for all ages.

Thursday, June 2: John William Helton San Antonio River Nature Park, 15662 FM 775, Floresville, TX 78114, 6:45 p.m. – 9:45 p.m.
Join us for a movie in the park and summer kick off! Bring your blankets, beach towels and lawn chairs for a Luau party and free screening of Surf’s Up. For more information, call: 210-302-3267.
This event was postponed due to weather forecasts. It’s been rescheduled for June 23. More details to come.

Thursday, June 2: The Historic Pearl, 303 Pearl Pkwy, 78215, 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
First Thursdays at Pearl Celebrating Father’s Day! Music, happy hour specials, and in-store discounts and specials kick off an evening of celebrating dad.

Friday, June 3: Alien Worlds Westlakes, 1255 SW Loop 410 #123, 78227, 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Meet the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles live and in person today!

Friday, June 3: The River Walk Plaza at the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts, 7:00 p.m.
Bring your blankets and chairs to enjoy the San Antonio Symphony’s free “Mahler’s Titan” Simulcast. This FREE San Antonio Symphony simulcast will be shown on the 30-foot video wall of the River Walk Plaza at the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts.

During the simulcast, there will be a public Paint to Beethoven contest to be enjoyed by all ages! Top prize winners will be awarded a family 4-pack to a 2016-2017 season San Antonio Symphony concert.

Evening event schedule is as follows:
7:00 p.m.: Art contest registration and check-in. Pre-concert activities including door prizes for San Antonio Symphony tickets and merchandise and children’s activities.
8:00 p.m.: Simulcast of the San Antonio Symphony performance of Beethoven’s Violin Concerto and creation of art works by art contest participants
8:50 p.m. Intermission: judging of art contest and awards to top winners
9:10 p.m.: Simulcast of the closing half of the San Antonio Symphony performance of Mahler’s “Titan” Symphony
10:00 p.m.: Event conclusion

The evening will also feature:
– Drawings of San Antonio Symphony door prizes throughout the event
– An Art Auction of student art pieces from the 2016 Paint to Music Contest hosted by the San Antonio Symphony League

Friday, June 3: John James Park, 3910 Rittiman Rd., 78234, 8:30 p.m.
Join Slab Cinema for Movies by Moonlight. The movie is The Good Dinosaur. Get there early for a good spot. The movie will start at dusk.

Saturday, June 4: Free Fishing Day in Texas!
Visit the Texas Parks and Wildlife website for info on where to fish without a license this Saturday.

Saturday, June 4: Home Depot locations around San Antonio, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
FREE, once-a-month workshops for kids, ages 5 – 12 at participating Home Depot stores. This week, your child will build a Father’s Day Trophy Smart Phone Holder. Kids’ workshops are on a first come/first served basis. Register your child online ahead of time to make sure there is room available.

Saturday, June 4, Phil Hardberger Park West (on the field behind the playground), 8400 N.W. Military Highway, 78231, 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Pooch Parade and National Trails Day Celebration. Bring your dog on a leash and take a walk with the San Antonio Big Dawgs Association. The Pooch Parade begins at 10:30 a.m. Prizes are awarded for the most unique costume, the best costume and the cutest dog. A donation of $3 per person or $5 per family is suggested. Call 210-492-7472.

Saturday, June 4: The Alamo, 300 Alamo Plaza, San Antonio, Texas 78205, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
First Saturday at The Alamo! On the first Saturday of every month, the grounds of the Alamo are transformed back in time to the 1830s. Visit for a full day of living history fun that the whole family will enjoy. Learn about life in frontier Texas with special demonstrations and crafts.

Saturday, June 4: Cibolo Nature Center, Herff Farm, 33 Herff Rd, Boerne, TX, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
FARM: Summer Family Fun Festival! Come celebrate summer at the Cibolo Nature Center! The event is free. For more information, contact Ben Eldredge at ben@cibolo.org or 830.331.8464.

Saturday, June 4: The Twig Book Shop, 306 Pearl Parkway, Suite 106, 78215, 10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Free children’s event to kick off The Twig’s Summer Reading Program! Join Miss Anastasia and a costumed character, arts and crafts, and a simple snack. Meet Spot from SPOT ON and sign up for the SPOT ON Summer Reading Program. Kids can earn prizes all summer long (June 4 – August 19) for every 10 books they read (or, for every 10 books their parents read to them).

Saturday, June 4: Tobin Center, 100 Auditorium Dr, 78205, 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Help the San Antonio Food Bank fight hunger with the Ford River Walk Lucky Duck Race & Concert. The event is free but you can pay to ‘adopt’ ducks online or at a booth. One $5 duck adoption will provide 35 meals. Enjoy a free concert by Mitch Webb & The Swindles.

Saturday, June 4: Lakeshore Learning, 327 NW Loop 410, 78216, 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Free craft for kids. This week kids create a Crafty Bird Feeder.

Saturday, June 4: Alien Worlds San Pedro,  6900 San Pedro, Suite 121, 12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Meet the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles live and in person today!

Saturday, June 4: Alamo Drafthouse Park North, San Pedro @ Loop 410, 5:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Meet the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles live and in person today!

Saturday, June 4: Mission Marquee Plaza, San Antonio, 78214, 8:30 p.m.
Join Slab Cinema for Movies by Moonlight. The movie is Minions. Get there early for a good spot. The movie will start at dusk.

Saturday, June 4: Converse North Park, 8200 Spring Town, San Antonio, 78109, 8:30 p.m.
Join Slab Cinema for Movies by Moonlight. The movie is Minions. Get there early for a good spot. The movie will start at dusk.

Sunday, June 5: McNay Art Museum, 6000 N New Braunfels Ave., 78209, 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
The McNay Art Museum will celebrate William J. Chiego, its longtime director, with a community-wide event. Free and open to everyone, the festivities will include an ice-cream social featuring Lick Honest Ice Cream, art-making activities, a chalkboard tribute & photo op, and a Coney Island LIVE! Performance.

Sunday, June 5: San Antonio Museum of Art, 200 W. Jones, 78215
Free admission to the San Antonio Museum of Art (10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.)
AND
First Sundays for Families*: More than Meets the Eye! (11:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.)
Join us for a special multi-sensory family day that encourages integration of the senses into gallery exploration and art-making.  Experience the museum and the creative process from a new point of view. Kids get free admission. After 12:00 p.m., adults pay $10 each. *PLEASE NOTE* new time for First Sunday for Families beginning in January, 2016: 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Monday, June 6, Yanaguana Gardens, 434 S Alamo St, 78205, 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Imagination Playground at Hemisfair. This free, organized play event at Yanaguana Garden takes place every Monday from 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Hemisfair puts out their Big Blue Blocks for children ages two and up. Hemisfair staff and volunteers lead organized play that is fun, active and educational.

Tuesday, June 7: Santikos Theaters in San Antonio, 10:00 a.m. 
Head over to a Santikos Theater near you for free summer movies. Arrive early for best seating. Today’s movie is The Peanuts Movie. For more information, visit: Santikos.com.

Tuesday, June 7: Regal Movie Theaters in San Antonio, 10:00 a.m. 
Head over to a Regal Theater near you for almost free summer movies. $1 per person. Arrive early for best seating. Today’s choices are: The Lego Movie and Max. For more information, visit: RegMovies.com.

Tuesday, June 7: Witte Museum, 3801 Broadway, 78209, 3:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Free Tuesdays at the Witte with no admission.

Tuesday, June 7: San Antonio Museum of Art, 200 W. Jones, 78215, 4:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Free admission to the San Antonio Museum of Art.

Tuesday, June 7: The Briscoe Western Art Museum, 210 W. Market Street, 4:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Free Tuesday Nights at the Briscoe Western Art Museum! Everyone gets in free on Tuesday nights from 4:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. to enjoy special programs, music, and more. And, remember: during all other open days/times, the Briscoe offers free admission, year-round, to children 12 and under and to all active military and their families (up to 4 people).

Tuesday, June 7: The DoSeum, 2800 Broadway, 78209, 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Free admission to The DoSeum on the first and third Tuesday of every month! Only the first 1,500 guests will be admitted so arrive early. Parking is free but limited – another good reason to be there early. Remember: no outside food allowed and umbrella strollers only inside the museum. The cafe will be open with food and drinks for sale.
PLEASE NOTE: the times have changed to 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. during the summer months.

Tuesday, June 7: Travis Park, San Antonio, 78205, 8:30 p.m.
Join Slab Cinema for Movies by Moonlight. The movie is Inside Out. Get there early for a good spot. The movie will start at dusk.

Wednesday, June 8: Cibolo Nature Center, Herff Farm, 33 Herff Rd, Boerne, TX, 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
CNC: Little Explorers! Little Explorers will come for fun and adventure using their five senses to discover nature. They will listen to stories, sing songs, play games, explore the outdoors, and make crafts to take home. For more information, contact Stephanie Colvard at stephanie@cibolo.org or 830-249-4616.

Wednesday, June 8: Santikos Theaters in San Antonio, 10:00 a.m. 
Head over to a Santikos Theater near you for free summer movies. Arrive early for best seating. Today’s movie is The Peanuts Movie. For more information, visit: Santikos.com.

Wednesday, June 8: Regal Movie Theaters in San Antonio, 10:00 a.m. 
Head over to a Regal Theater near you for almost free summer movies. $1 per person. Arrive early for best seating. Today’s choices are: The Lego Movie and Max. For more information, visit: RegMovies.com.

Wednesday, June 8: Krispy Kreme (1117 North Loop 1604 East, 78232 | 12328 IH 10 West, 78230 | 2703 S.E. Military Dr., 78223), 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Free Family Night at Krispy Kreme: donut decorating, crafts, and games for all ages.

Thursday, June 9: Southside High School, 19190 US-281 S, 78221, 7:00 p.m.
Southside Summer Movies! Enjoy a free outdoor movie, free popcorn and hot dogs (while supplies last), and free books. Bring chairs and blankets. Tonight’s movie is Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

Friday, June 10: Bulverde Community Park, San Antonio, 78163, 8:30 p.m.
Join Slab Cinema for Movies by Moonlight. The movie is Minions. Get there early for a good spot. The movie will start at dusk.

Saturday, June 11: Pearsall Park, 4700 Old Pearsall Rd., 78242, 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Join us for the official kick-off to Fit Pass 2016 – San Antonio’s city-wide wellness adventure and Pearsall Park Grand Opening Celebration. View Flyer (PDF) and register for the FREE Fit Pass Dash www.iaapweb.com (click on the event calendar).

Saturday, June 11: St. Matthew’s Catholic Church, 10703 Wurzbach Rd., 78230, 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Wellness and Community Resource Fair. FREE Fun for the WHole Family! Free Services provided may include:

  • General Health Screenings
  • Health Counseling
  • Eye Exams
  • Ask-a-Doctor
  • Dental Screenings

There will also be live entertainment, zumba, and activites. For more information, Please call 210-226-6178

Saturday, June 11: Medina River Natural Area Pavilion, 15890 Highway 16 S., 78264, 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Join Minna Paul, Education Coordinator for the San Antonio River Authority, as she leads a hands-on lesson to identify biotic factors, such as larval insects and small aquatic organisms in the Medina River. These organisms will then be evaluated to assess water quality. The activity will start at 9:15 a.m. at the pavilion. No registration is required. A donation of $3 per individual or $5 per family is suggested. For more information call 210-207-3103.

Saturday, June 11: Medina River Natural Area Pavilion, 15890 Highway 16 S., 78264, 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Did you know that the San Antonio River starts near downtown San Antonio and travels 240 miles to the beach? Come partake in a fun, unique and free opportunity by the San Antonio River Authority to see a bird’s eye view of the San Antonio River. Explore educational river activities and learn things you never knew about your river. No registration is required. A donation of $3 per individual or $5 per family is suggested. For more information call 210-207-3103.

Saturday, June 11: Pearl Farmers Market, 312 Pearl Pkwy, 78215, 9:30 a.m.
Yoga Day at Pearl Brewery Farmer’s Market. Enjoy this 45 minute FREE FAMILY YOGA CLASS on Saturday, June 11th. Class starts at 9:30am at the space between Local Coffee and Bakery Lorraine.

Saturday, June 11: Inspire Fine Art Center, 200 Queen Anne Court, 78209, 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Free Family Art Day is a designed as an exploratory experience for children of all ages and their families to try various types of art projects and mediums. June’s theme is Only One You. All ages welcome.

Saturday, June 11: Cibolo Nature Center, Herff Farm, 33 Herff Rd, Boerne, TX, 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
FARM: Kids Club: Family Fishing! Do you know how to fish or want to learn? Come down to Cibolo Creek and do some fishing. Bring your gear or borrow ours. For kids from 3 to 103. $5.00 per family suggested donation. For more information, contact Stephanie Colvard at stephanie@cibolo.org or 830-331-8596.

Saturday, June 11: at participating Lowe’s stores, 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Lowe’s Build and Grow. Your child will assemble a Captain America themed project as part of Lowe’s Build & Grow series. PLEASE NOTE: registration for this event is mandatory and fills quickly! Here’s where to register.

Saturday, June 11: SoFlo Market, 1344 S Flores St, 78204, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
The SoFlo Market is a family friendly and pet friendly event, that features a lively art scene and an alternative shopping experience that includes: handmade and vintage treasures from local artists and vendors, including jewelry, handmade soaps, recycled art, home accessories, skincare, fine art, pottery, local food truck cuisine, artistic activities for kids, and more.

Saturday, June 11: Wonderland of the Americas, 4522 Fredericksburg Rd, Balcones Heights, Texas 78201, 10:00 a.m.
Spacebars and Galaxies Craft Show. Shop the vendors and find unique handmade jewelry, crafts, fine arts, pop culture tees, and many more one of a kind items. Enjoy themed activities.

Saturday, June 11: Pollo Tropical, 17605 IH 35 North, Schertz, TX 78154, 11:00 a.m.
Join Pollo Tropical for the grand opening of their newest location to enjoy the following:

• 11:00 am – Doors Open! First 100 guests to make a purchase inside Pollo Tropical will receive one *FREE meal voucher for their next visit
• 11:15 am – Drawing for free chicken for a year**
• 3 to 5 pm – Energy 94.1FM On-site
• 5 to 8 pm – Live DJ & Dance Party
• All Day- Spin & Win, Pollo Reward$, Balloon Twisting, Face-Painting, Photo Booth Fun and more

*Free Meal Voucher is Be Our Guest Coupon. Limit one per transaction
**Must be present at the time of drawing. Free Chicken for a Year entitles winner to 52 Be Our Guest Cards.

Saturday, June 11: Lakeshore Learning, 327 NW Loop 410, 78216, 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Free craft for kids. This week kids create a Blast Off! Rocket Ship.

Saturday, June 11: All Sam’s Club locations with a pharmacy, 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Free health screenings for members and the public in recognition of Men’s Health Month.

The screenings, valued at up to $150, are free for both members and non-members and will include the following tests:

  • Glucose
  • Total cholesterol
  • HDL (good cholesterol)
  • Blood pressure
  • Body fat percentage
  • Vision (not available at all locations)
  • Hearing (not available at all locations)

Saturday, June 11, Wonderland of the Americas, 4522 Fredericksburg Rd, Balcones Heights, Texas 78201, 4:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
This Father’s Day Car Show benefits Arms of Hope Children’s Home. There will be live music courtesy of Tuff Change, as well as food, vendors and great door prizes!

Saturday, June 11: Mission Marquee Plaza, 3100 Roosevelt Ave, 78214, 6:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.
Join VIVA Poesia featuring Jesse Borrego. The event will include a poetry slam hosted by Anthony the Poet, a film screening and live music performance by Las Tesoros de San Antonio, Conjunto San Antonio, interactive workshops and artisan vendors. Food and drink will be available, including free paletas throughout the day.

Saturday, June 11: Pickrell Park, 200 Aero Ave, Schertz, Texas 78154, 7:00 p.m.
Free outdoor movie at Pickrell Park! Tonight the film is Finding Nemo. Gates open at 7PM. A selection of food and beverage items will be available for purchase. Feature Presentation will begin at dusk.

Monday, June 13, Yanaguana Gardens, 434 S Alamo St, 78205, 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Imagination Playground at Hemisfair. This free, organized play event at Yanaguana Garden takes place every Monday from 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Hemisfair puts out their Big Blue Blocks for children ages two and up. Hemisfair staff and volunteers lead organized play that is fun, active and educational.

Tuesday, June 14: Santikos Theaters in San Antonio, 10:00 a.m. 
Head over to a Santikos Theater near you for free summer movies. Arrive early for best seating. Today’s movie is Minions. For more information, visit: Santikos.com.

Tuesday, June 14: Regal Movie Theaters in San Antonio, 10:00 a.m. 
Head over to a Regal Theater near you for almost free summer movies. $1 per person. Arrive early for best seating. Today’s choices are: Goosebumps and the The Iron Giant: Signature Edition. For more information, visit: RegMovies.com.

Tuesday, June 14: Kiddie Park, 3015 Broadway, Texas 78209, 2:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Get free family admission to Kiddie Park today with unlimited rides for your kids when you purchase Jenna Hager’s new book, “Our Great Big Backyard.” Jenna will be on had to sign books (which you can purchase ahead of time at local HEB stores or at Kiddie Park today. There will also be free pizza (courtesy of Papa John’s) free water (courtesy of H-E-B) and free cotton candy and popcorn (courtesy of Kiddie Park)! There will also be other snacks available for purchase.

Tuesday, June 14: Witte Museum, 3801 Broadway, 78209, 3:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Free Tuesdays at the Witte with no admission.

Tuesday, June 14: San Antonio Museum of Art, 200 W. Jones, 78215, 4:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Free admission to the San Antonio Museum of Art.

Tuesday, June 14: The Briscoe Western Art Museum, 210 W. Market Street, 4:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Free Tuesday Nights at the Briscoe Western Art Museum! Everyone gets in free on Tuesday nights from 4:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. to enjoy special programs, music, and more. And, remember: during all other open days/times, the Briscoe offers free admission, year-round, to children 12 and under and to all active military and their families (up to 4 people).

Tuesday, June 14: Travis Park, 301 E. Travis St., 78205, 8:30 p.m.
Join Slab Cinema for Movies by Moonlight. The movie is The Little Rascals. Get there early for a good spot. The movie will start at dusk.

Wednesday, June 15: Cibolo Nature Center, Herff Farm, 33 Herff Rd, Boerne, TX, 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
CNC: Little Explorers! Little Explorers will come for fun and adventure using their five senses to discover nature. They will listen to stories, sing songs, play games, explore the outdoors, and make crafts to take home. For more information, contact Stephanie Colvard at stephanie@cibolo.org or 830-249-4616.

Wednesday, June 15: Santikos Theaters in San Antonio, 10:00 a.m. 
Head over to a Santikos Theater near you for free summer movies. Arrive early for best seating. Today’s movie is Minions. For more information, visit: Santikos.com.

Wednesday, June 15: Regal Movie Theaters in San Antonio, 10:00 a.m. 
Head over to a Regal Theater near you for almost free summer movies. $1 per person. Arrive early for best seating. Today’s choices are: Goosebumps and The Iron Giant: Signature Edition. For more information, visit: RegMovies.com.

Wednesday, June 15: Krispy Kreme (1117 North Loop 1604 East, 78232 | 12328 IH 10 West, 78230 | 2703 S.E. Military Dr., 78223), 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Free Family Night at Krispy Kreme: donut decorating, crafts, and games for all ages.

Thursday, June 16: Southside High School, 19190 US-281 S, 78221, 7:00 p.m.
Southside Summer Movies! Enjoy a free outdoor movie, free popcorn and hot dogs (while supplies last), and free books. Bring chairs and blankets. Tonight’s movie is The Good Dinosaur.

Thursday, June 16: Mission Marquee Plaza, San Antonio, 78214, 8:30 p.m.
Join Slab Cinema for Movies by Moonlight. The movie is The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. Get there early for a good spot. The movie will start at dusk.

Friday, June 17: San Antonio Museum of Art (Sculpture Garden), 200 W Jones Ave, 78215, open now through Aug. 21
The new, free exhibit, Mi Casa, Your Casa opens today in the backyard of the San Antonio Museum of Art. It’s free and open to the public through August 21. Mi Casa, Your Casa is an interactive design installation created by contemporary Mexican designers Hector Esrawe and Ignacio Cadena featuring 10 three-dimensional open frames in the shape of a house, a simple metaphor of warmth and welcome. More than an installation, it is a space to be inhabited, a stage to be observed, a blank canvas for open expression and interactivity, not one related to technology, but to human physical interaction. It is inspired by the lively street market or mercado of Latin America where human connections are made every day. The Museum will celebrate this exhibit with a free evening event, open to all, on Friday, June 24. Details for that event are below.

Saturday, June 18: Mission Concepción, 807 Mission Rd, 78210, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
The San Antonio Missions will host Picnic in the Park this Saturday, June 18, as part of the Partners in Preservation Open House Weekend national parks around the country are celebrating. The free, family-friendly event will be held at Mission Concepción, from 10am-2pm. There will be kids’ activities, tours of areas of the Mission not typically open to the public, live music, food trucks and more.

The San Antonio Missions National Historical Park is one of only 20 national parks to be selected for the inaugural Vote Your Park national campaign sponsored by the Partners in Preservation (PIP). The 20 parks will be competing for $2 million in grants designated for preservation projects at the sites. Winners will be determined by popular vote. To Vote for the Missions, a person should go to VoteYourPark.org and register with an email address and password. Then, go to your inbox and look for email from Partners in Preservation to confirm email. After that, each participant will be able to vote for their park once every 24 hours through July 5th. Be sure to hit “submit votes” at the bottom of the page. If you sign in via Facebook, the voting process takes fewer steps. The parks with the most votes at the end of the voting will win the grant funds to start their preservation projects.

Saturday, June 18: Lakeshore Learning, 327 NW Loop 410, 78216, 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Free craft for kids. This week kids create a Out of This World! Card for Dad.

Saturday, June 18: Bass Pro Shop, 17907 IH-10 West, 78257
Head to Bass Pro Shop for their free Gone Fishing event:

  • Free catch and release pond (noon – 4:00 p.m.)
  • Free door hanger to the first 100 customers per day to visit the pond each day
  • Free photo download (noon – 5:00 p.m.)
  • Free First Fist Certificate (noon – 4:00 p.m.)
  • Free Fishing: How-to guide while supplies last

Saturday, June 18: PicaPica Plaza, 910 SE Military Dr, 78214, 3:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
It’s Mangonada Mania at PicaPica Plaza! This is a FREE Family Festival. Who has the Best Mangonada in the City? Must be 18 or older to participate in sampling and voting, all ages welcome to attend! Come out next weekend to PicaPica Plaza between 3pm-5pm to sample and vote for your favorite mangonada, have an ice cold beer, and listen to our live DJ! Upon arriving head into the plaza to pick up your Loteria Card, from there, head to Flip’z Trampoline Park within the Plaza to pick up your punch card. One punch card per person, MUST be 18 or older to recieve card and samples. All vendors will have items for purchase for all ages.

Saturday, June 18, Phil Hardberger Park West, 8400 NW Military Highway, 78231, 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Join the Alamo Area Texas Master Naturalist for an evening of searching for fireflies.  Discover the wonders of these flying insects. Bring a flashlight. Free and no registration is required but a donation of $3/ person OR $5/ family is suggested.

Saturday, June 18: Mission Marquee Plaza, San Antonio, 78214, 8:30 p.m.
Join Slab Cinema for Movies by Moonlight. The movie is Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Get there early for a good spot. The movie will start at dusk.

Saturday, June 18: Hollywood Park, San Antonio, 78232, 8:30 p.m.
Join Slab Cinema for Movies by Moonlight. The movie is TBD. Get there early for a good spot. The movie will start at dusk.

Saturday and Sunday, June 18 – 19: Trader’s Village, 9333 SW Loop 410 near Old Pearsall Road, 12:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Traders Village presents it’s 6th Annual Dia de los Daddys Car Show and Swap Meet. Enjoy fun foods like hot dogs, chips, and 12 oz. sodas for only one dollar each, while supplies last. Come and enjoy this fun family event. Kids can enjoy the great rides all day. Parking is $4.

Sunday, June 19: San Antonio Museum of Art, 200 W. Jones, 78215, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Free admission to the San Antonio Museum of Art.

Sunday, June 19: Bass Pro Shop, 17907 IH-10 West, 78257
Head to Bass Pro Shop for their free Gone Fishing event:

  • Free catch and release pond (noon – 4:00 p.m.)
  • Free door hanger to the first 100 customers per day to visit the pond each day
  • Free photo download (noon – 5:00 p.m.)
  • Free First Fist Certificate (noon – 4:00 p.m.)
  • Free Fishing: How-to guide while supplies last

Monday, June 20, Yanaguana Gardens, 434 S Alamo St, 78205, 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Imagination Playground at Hemisfair. This free, organized play event at Yanaguana Garden takes place every Monday from 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Hemisfair puts out their Big Blue Blocks for children ages two and up. Hemisfair staff and volunteers lead organized play that is fun, active and educational.

Tuesday, June 21: Santikos Theaters in San Antonio, 10:00 a.m. 
Head over to a Santikos Theater near you for free summer movies. Arrive early for best seating. Today’s movie is Alvin and the Chipmunks: Road Trip. For more information, visit: Santikos.com.

Tuesday, June 21: Regal Movie Theaters in San Antonio, 10:00 a.m. 
Head over to a Regal Theater near you for almost free summer movies. $1 per person. Arrive early for best seating. Today’s choices are: Pan and The Smurfs 2. For more information, visit: RegMovies.com.

Tuesday, June 21: Witte Museum, 3801 Broadway, 78209, 3:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Free Tuesdays at the Witte with no admission.

Tuesday, June 21: San Antonio Museum of Art, 200 W. Jones, 78215, 4:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Free admission to the San Antonio Museum of Art.

Tuesday, June 21: The Briscoe Western Art Museum, 210 W. Market Street, 4:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Free Tuesday Nights at the Briscoe Western Art Museum! Everyone gets in free on Tuesday nights from 4:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. to enjoy special programs, music, and more. Tonight the program includes a book club (at 5:30 p.m.) and a Gallery Talk (6:30 p.m.). And, remember: during all other open days/times, the Briscoe offers free admission, year-round, to children 12 and under and to all active military and their families (up to 4 people).

Tuesday, June 21: The DoSeum, 2800 Broadway, 78209, 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Free admission to The DoSeum on the first and third Tuesday of every month! Only the first 1,500 guests will be admitted so arrive early. Parking is free but limited – another good reason to be there early. Remember: no outside food allowed and umbrella strollers only inside the museum. The cafe will be open with food and drinks for sale.
PLEASE NOTE: the times have changed to 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. during the summer months.

Wednesday, June 22: Cibolo Nature Center, Herff Farm, 33 Herff Rd, Boerne, TX, 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
CNC: Little Explorers! Little Explorers will come for fun and adventure using their five senses to discover nature. They will listen to stories, sing songs, play games, explore the outdoors, and make crafts to take home. For more information, contact Stephanie Colvard at stephanie@cibolo.org or 830-249-4616.

Wednesday, June 22: Santikos Theaters in San Antonio, 10:00 a.m. 
Head over to a Santikos Theater near you for free summer movies. Arrive early for best seating. Today’s movie is Alvin and the Chipmunks: Road Trip. For more information, visit: Santikos.com.

Wednesday, June 22: Regal Movie Theaters in San Antonio, 10:00 a.m. 
Head over to a Regal Theater near you for almost free summer movies. $1 per person. Arrive early for best seating. Today’s choices are: Pan and The Smurfs 2. For more information, visit: RegMovies.com.

Wednesday, June 22: Krispy Kreme (1117 North Loop 1604 East, 78232 | 12328 IH 10 West, 78230 | 2703 S.E. Military Dr., 78223), 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Free Family Night at Krispy Kreme: donut decorating, crafts, and games for all ages.

Thursday, June 23: Southside High School, 19190 US-281 S, 78221, 7:00 p.m.
Southside Summer Movies! Enjoy a free outdoor movie, free popcorn and hot dogs (while supplies last), and free books. Bring chairs and blankets. Tonight’s movie is ZooTopia.

Friday, June 24: San Antonio Museum of Art (Sculpture Garden), 200 W Jones Ave, 78215, 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Come hang out in the San Antonio Museum’s backyard at this free event: swings, hammocks, music, art-making, food and drinks for sale and Mexican Mercado from the Museum Shop! This event is FREE and open to the public. Mi Casa, Your Casa is an interactive design installation created by contemporary Mexican designers Hector Esrawe and Ignacio Cadena featuring 10 three-dimensional open frames in the shape of a house, a simple metaphor of warmth and welcome. More than an installation, it is a space to be inhabited, a stage to be observed, a blank canvas for open expression and interactivity, not one related to technology, but to human physical interaction. It is inspired by the lively street market or mercado of Latin America where human connections are made every day.

Saturday, June 25: at participating Lowe’s stores, 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Lowe’s Build and Grow. Your child will assemble an Iron Man themed project as part of Lowe’s Build & Grow series. PLEASE NOTE: registration for this event is mandatory and fills quickly! Here’s where to register.

Saturday, June 25: Lakeshore Learning, 327 NW Loop 410, 78216, 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Free craft for kids. This week kids create a Crabby Headband.

Saturday, June 25: Centro Cultural Aztlan, 1800 Fredricksburg Rd. #103, 78201, 3:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Centro Cultural Aztlan will present El Gran Dia de Los Artistas to celebrate their first Decade at the Deco Building. Enjoy Live Performances by Urban-15, Las Chicharras, Ian Davies & The Big Dixons, Ghost Tracks, Live Painting, San Antonio’s Potter’s Guild Demo, Over 30 artists and artisans showcasing original and unique works of art, a Poet’s Corner, Children’s Craft Table and more. 

Saturday, June 25: Woodlawn Lake, San Antonio, 78201, 8:30 p.m.
Join Slab Cinema for Movies by Moonlight. The movie is TBD. Get there early for a good spot. The movie will start at dusk.

Monday, June 27, Yanaguana Gardens, 434 S Alamo St, 78205, 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Imagination Playground at Hemisfair. This free, organized play event at Yanaguana Garden takes place every Monday from 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Hemisfair puts out their Big Blue Blocks for children ages two and up. Hemisfair staff and volunteers lead organized play that is fun, active and educational.

Tuesday, June 28: Acequia Park, 8500 Mission Pkwy., 78223, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
The Birds, Bass & Boats Program is free for kids 8 – 15 but registration is required and space is limited. Contact Kayla Gasker at (210) 302-3259 or kgasker@sara-tx.org. Participants will experience paddling, birding, fishing and nature exploration firsthand with direction by local experts.

Tuesday, June 28: Santikos Theaters in San Antonio, 10:00 a.m. 
Head over to a Santikos Theater near you for free summer movies. Arrive early for best seating. Today’s movie is Hotel Transylvania 2. For more information, visit: Santikos.com.

Tuesday, June 28: Regal Movie Theaters in San Antonio, 10:00 a.m. 
Head over to a Regal Theater near you for almost free summer movies. $1 per person. Arrive early for best seating. Today’s choices are: Despicable Me 2 and Home. For more information, visit: RegMovies.com.

Tuesday, June 28: Witte Museum, 3801 Broadway, 78209, 3:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Free Tuesdays at the Witte with no admission.

Tuesday, June 28: San Antonio Museum of Art, 200 W. Jones, 78215, 4:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Free admission to the San Antonio Museum of Art.

Tuesday, June 28: The Briscoe Western Art Museum, 210 W. Market Street, 4:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Free Tuesday Nights at the Briscoe Western Art Museum! Everyone gets in free on Tuesday nights from 4:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. to enjoy special programs, music, and more. Tonight the program includes a book club (at 5:30 p.m.) and a Gallery Talk (6:30 p.m.). And, remember: during all other open days/times, the Briscoe offers free admission, year-round, to children 12 and under and to all active military and their families (up to 4 people).

Tuesday, June 28: Travis Park, 301 E. Travis St., 78205, 8:30 p.m.
Join Slab Cinema for Movies by Moonlight. The movie is Cinderella. Get there early for a good spot. The movie will start at dusk.

Wednesday, June 29: Cibolo Nature Center, Herff Farm, 33 Herff Rd, Boerne, TX, 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
CNC: Little Explorers! Little Explorers will come for fun and adventure using their five senses to discover nature. They will listen to stories, sing songs, play games, explore the outdoors, and make crafts to take home. For more information, contact Stephanie Colvard at stephanie@cibolo.org or 830-249-4616.

Wednesday, June 29: Santikos Theaters in San Antonio, 10:00 a.m. 
Head over to a Santikos Theater near you for free summer movies. Arrive early for best seating. Today’s movie is Hotel Transylvania 2. For more information, visit: Santikos.com.

Wednesday, June 29: Regal Movie Theaters in San Antonio, 10:00 a.m. 
Head over to a Regal Theater near you for almost free summer movies. $1 per person. Arrive early for best seating. Today’s choices are: Despicable Me 2 and Home. For more information, visit: RegMovies.com.

Wednesday, June 29: Krispy Kreme (1117 North Loop 1604 East, 78232 | 12328 IH 10 West, 78230 | 2703 S.E. Military Dr., 78223), 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Free Family Night at Krispy Kreme: donut decorating, crafts, and games for all ages.

Thursday, June 30: Southside High School, 19190 US-281 S, 78221, 7:00 p.m.
Southside Summer Movies! Enjoy a free outdoor movie, free popcorn and hot dogs (while supplies last), and free books. Bring chairs and blankets. Tonight’s movie is Grease (and there will be a classic car show!).

Which activity are you most looking forward to?

Did I miss something? Let me know!

Sara Phillips from San Antonio blog Sensibly SaraSara Phillips writes about her kids and husband, recipes, life, and activities on her blog, Sensibly Sara. She also enjoys writing reviews and hosting giveaways. Sara and her family live in San Antonio, TX.

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