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Free in San Antonio: March & Spring Break 2016

Free family fun in San Antonio during March and Spring Break 2016!

Special thanks to contributor Sara Phillips of Sensibly Sara* for creating this month’s Free in San Antonio: our list of free, fun, family-friendly events this March (and during Spring Break!). 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.

The rest of the country is just starting to warm up but we’ve been enjoying gorgeous weather for months. March is no different. Enjoy the phenomenal weather and check out the 80+ free, family-friendly events in San Antonio during March and Spring Break!

(And, don’t miss our other Spring Break post: 50+ Things To Do During Spring Break in San Antonio!)

Recurring Free in San Antonio 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, 10:30 a.m.
Miss Anastasia’s Wild and Wacky Pre-weekend Twiglet Storytime.

Free Fitness
Check out the San Antonio Parks and Recreation Department’s schedule of free fitness and exercise classes each month.

Free, family-friendly events in March!

Tuesday, March 1: Witte Museum, 3801 Broadway, 78209, 3:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
#Free Knowledge #FreeTuesday at the Witte Museum – no admission!

Tuesday, March 1: 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, March 1: 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, March 1: The DoSeum, 2800 Broadway, 78209, 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 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.

Wednesday, March 2: 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, March 2: 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, March 3, Yanaguana Gardens, 434 S Alamo St, 78205, 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Book Garden and Story Time at Yanaguana Gardens at Hemisfair Park. Every Thursday in Yanaguana Gardens, bring your kids to Hemisfair for a fun, outdoor story time! Hemisfair staff provides a mobile book garden for kids to enjoy. Borrow books from the library to take home and bring books from home to donate to the library. And hear great stories each week.

Thursday, March 3, Hemisfair Park, 600 Hemisfair Park, 78205, 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
BASF and The University of Texas at San Antonio will hold a fun-filled, hands-on activity for creative minds of all ages to learn about the monarch butterfly, its habitat, migration pattern and metamorphosis from a larva to butterfly. Families can attend one of two 45-minute educational programs, which are free and open to the public.

Saturday, March 5: 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 Toy Wagon. 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, March 5: Phil Hardberger Park West (Urban Ecology Center Gathering Hall), 8400 N.W. Military Highway, 78231, 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Kids of all ages will love Dinosaur George, also known as George Blasing. The world renowned paleontologist will present an amazing program on Texas dinosaurs complete with a wide variety of fascinating props. No registration is required. Free to attend but a donation of $3 per person or $5 per family is appreciated.

Saturday, March 5: University of the Incarnate Word, Rosenberg Sky Room, 847 E. Hildebrand Ave., 78212, 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Free to attend, the 2016 Girls Global Summit with Women’s Global Connection is best suited for middle and high school girls and women. What does it mean to be a global citizen? Teams of school-aged girls lead the group in a fun half-day in exploring that question. Expand your horizons by immersing yourself in the issues facing girls and women around the globe. Whether you’re a community leader, mom, teacher, mentor… or …a girl just getting a sense of the larger world, THIS event is for you! There is no cost to attend AND lunch will be provided. Be sure to RSVP here for the free Girls Global Summit.

Saturday, March 5: Yanaguana Garden at Hemisfair, 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Mockingbird Fest at Hemisfair Park is an all-day celebration of tasting, moving, and discovering all the things that make Texas great! Educational activities for kids will explore our state’s history, natural wonders and cultural traditions, while local chefs, breweries and wineries will serve up the flavors Texans love. There’ll be arts, crafts, music and more. It’s an event about Texas, for Texans! Free and open to the public.

Saturday, March 5: Lakeshore Learning, 327 NW Loop 410, 78216, 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Free craft for kids. This week kids create a Bug Eyes Headband.

Saturday, March 5: La Villita Maverick Plaza, 418 Villita St., 78205, 12:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Science Fiesta is a free, family-friendly event designed to inform, engage and excite people of all ages. The event will feature a science fair with posters by San Antonio scientists, a panel on science policy, science-themed artwork and an interactive area for children. In addition, best-selling author and journalist, David Epstein will deliver our featured presentation and host a book signing. Of course, no Fiesta San Antonio would be complete without music, food trucks, and margaritas!

Saturday, March 5: Brook Hollow Library, 530 Heimer Rd., 78232, 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Symphony at SAPL: San Antonio Symphony flutist Martha Long shares her talents and her love of music with children of all ages. Find more dates and locations for Symphony performances at local library branches here.

Saturday, March 5: Central Library, 600 Soledad, 78205, 2:00 p.m. – 2:50 p.m.
Symphony at SAPL: San Antonio Symphony violist Marisa Bushman share her talents and love of music with children of all ages. Find more dates and locations for Symphony performances at local library branches here.

Saturday, March 5: Trader’s Village, 9333 SW Loop 410 near Old Pearsall Road, TBD
Join Trader’s Village and their 5K Roll-a-Thon and Kid Fest! Whether you’re on 2, 4 or 8 wheels you must be rolling. So bring your skates, boards or even your wheelchair and come ROLL with us! Parking is $3.

Saturday, March 5: Woodlawn Lake, 78201, 6:30 p.m.
Free Movies by Moonlight at Woodlawn Lake, sponsored by City Council District 7, Office of Cris Medina. The movie is Pixels. Get there early for a good spot. The movie starts at dusk.

Sunday, March 6: 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*: Make It Pop! (11:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.)
Join us for a fun family day and create animal art inspired by the museum’s collection. Create collages, prints and more inspired by Corita Kent and the other Pop Artists of the 60’s and 70’s. Kids get free admission. After 12:00 p.m., adults pay $10 each.
*PLEASE NOTE* new time for First Sunday for Families 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Monday, March 7, 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, March 8, at participating IHOP Restaurants, 7:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
FREE pancakes with IHOP’s Free Pancakes promotion. Enjoy a free short stack of buttermilk pancakes and consider making a donation for the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals and/or other designated local charities. The goal this year is to raise $3.5 million for charity!

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

Tuesday, March 8: 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, March 8: 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).

Wednesday, March 9: 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, March 9: 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, March 10, Yanaguana Gardens, 434 S Alamo St, 78205, 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Book Garden and Story Time at Yanaguana Gardens at Hemisfair Park. Every Thursday in Yanaguana Gardens, bring your kids to Hemisfair for a fun, outdoor story time! Hemisfair staff provides a mobile book garden for kids to enjoy. Borrow books from the library to take home and bring books from home to donate to the library. And hear great stories each week.

Thursday, March 10: Helton Nature Park, FM 775, Floresville, TX, 78114, 6:30 p.m.
Join Slab Cinema for Movies by Moonlight. The movie is Surf’s Up. Get there early for a good spot. The movie will start at dusk.


Free in San Antonio during Spring Break!

Friday, March 11: FIRST Robotics Regional & Super Regional Competitions, Henry B. Gonzales Convention Center, Hall 4, 8:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
FREE and open to the public, come down to the FIRST Robotics Regional & Super Regional Competitions to see student made robots of all sizes compete! In addition to watching robots throw balls, cross moats, sort trash and climb medieval towers you can participate in activities on the Geekbus, the Air Force interactive trailer and see a real F-16 fighter jet right inside the convention center. This event is great for all ages, there is something for everyone. Learn more about FIRST Robotics: visit their website here.

Friday, March 11: Riverwalk Plaza, 78205, 8:00 p.m.
H-E-B Cinema on the Plaza. Bring your lawn chairs or blankets and enjoy Hoosiers! Snuggle up with blankets and enjoy hot chocolate on the Plaza under the glow of the Tobin Center. The plaza will open an hour before the movie starts. No outside food or drinks are allowed, but concessions will be available for purchase- including full bar service. No Pets Please.

Saturday, March 12: FIRST Robotics Regional Competitions, Henry B. Gonzales Convention Center, Hall 4, 8:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m.
FREE and open to the public, come down to the FIRST Robotics Regional & Super Regional Competitions to see student made robots of all sizes compete! In addition to watching robots throw balls, cross moats, sort trash and climb medieval towers you can participate in activities on the Geekbus, the Air Force interactive trailer and see a real F-16 fighter jet right inside the convention center. This event is great for all ages, there is something for everyone. Learn more about FIRST Robotics: visit their website here.

Saturday, March 12: Medina River Natural Area Pavilion, 15890 Highway 16 S., 78264, 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Learn about Bees & Beekeeping from Richard Fink. He will share information about honey bees and the important role they play in our ecosystem. He will discuss bee biology, diseases, Africanized bees, and some beekeeping basics. The talk will start at 9:15 a.m. in 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, March 12: San Antonio Water System, 2800 US Highway 281 N, 78212, 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Spring Bloom is SAWS’ FREE gardening event featuring local gardening and landscape experts to guide you to gardening success while saving water. Past events have included food trucks, a children’s area, gardening demonstrations and a plant sale. And of course, the first 1,000 participants get a free plant! A list of speakers and more detailed information will be added closer to the event.

Saturday, March 12: Phil Hardberger Park E., 13203 Blanco Rd, 78216, 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Love to garden? The Native Plant Society of Texas will provide an informational table about native plants that do well in San Antonio. A kid-friendly activity is included. For more information call 210-207-3280.

Saturday, March 12: Friedrich Wilderness Park, 21395 Milsa, 78256, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Capture the beauty of the South Texas landscape while you spend time observing and sketching from nature along the trails of Friedrich Wilderness Park while learning about artists who have long been inspired by the Texas landscape. Bring your own sketchpad or drawing paper; camp stools and art materials provided. Instructor will assist with techniques and ideas to help create a final composition. All levels welcome. Suggested donation: $3 per person or $6 per family. RSVP required. Email nicole.mcleod@sanantonio.gov or call 210-207-3782 for more information.

Saturday, March 12: Cibolo Nature Center, Herff Farm, 33 Herff Rd, Boerne, TX, 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Kids’ Club: Apples! Come learn about Johnny Appleseed and have some fun. No drop-offs. Free to attend but a suggested donation of $5 per family is appreciated.

Saturday, March 12: The Twig Bookstore, 306 Pearl Parkway, Ste. 106, 78215, 10:30 a.m.
Join Miss Anastasia for this special character event to meet Nut Brown Hare! This FREE children’s event includes a LIVE costumed character, storytime , good old-fashioned crafts, and a simple snack.

Saturday, March 12: Lakeshore Learning, 327 NW Loop 410, 78216, 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Free craft for kids. This week kids create a Colorful Carp Wind Sock.

Saturday, March 12: Arneson River Theater and La Villita Way, 12:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Enjoy the free Luck o’ the Irish festival! Experience a free, family-friendly festival of music, food, fun and a festive green river.
12:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.: Concert & Festival at the Arneson River Theatre
2:00 p.m.: Dyeing the San Antonio River green

Saturday, March 12: Travis Park, 301 E. Travis St., 78205, 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Join Ballet San Antonio for free performances at Travis Park. Perfect for the entire family!

Sunday, March 13: 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, March 13: Institute of Texan Cultures, 801 E. Cesar E. Chavez Blvd., 78205, 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Visit the Institute of Texan Cultures on Sunday, March 13, for Free Second Sunday featuring Buffalo Soldier Day and “Invisible Diamonds.” Experience life in African-American regiments that scouted the Texas Frontier, then come inside to learn about the history of baseball in African-American communities across Texas. Witness life in 1870s Texas and see how forts became diverse communities following the Civil War. The “Invisible Diamonds” program will give context to the historical importance of baseball to the African American communities of Texas.

Sunday, March 13: Arneson River Theater and La Villita Way, 12:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
The Luck o’ the Irish festival continues today and adds a festive river parade in downtown San Antonio! Enjoy this free, family-friendly festival in advance of St. Patrick’s Day:
12:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.: Concert and Festival at the Arneson River Theatre
2:00 p.m.: The San Antonio River is dyed green
3:30 – 5:00 p.m.: Enjoy the parade! Route follows: Homewood Suites, Drury Plaza, Aztec Theatre, Hyatt Hotel, Rivercenter Mall, Convention Center, Arneson Theatre.

Monday, March 14, 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.

Monday, March 14: San Antonio Natatorium, 1430 W. Cesar E. Chavez Blvd., 12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Free, basic swim lessons at the San Antonio Natatorium. Kids, ages 6 – 16, can swim for free at the Natatorium in downtown San Antonio. See other weekdays during Spring Break below for more free swimming fun!

Tuesday, March 15: San Antonio Natatorium, 1430 W. Cesar E. Chavez Blvd., 12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Free swim stroke clinics at the San Antonio Natatorium. Kids, ages 6 – 16, can swim for free at the Natatorium in downtown San Antonio. See other weekdays during Spring Break below for more free swimming fun!

Tuesday, March 15: participating Dairy Queen locations, all day
On March 15, 2016, participating Dairy Queen and DQ Grill & Chill® locations will serve fans a free small vanilla soft-serve cone with the signature curl on top, in exchange for a donation to Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. (At participating DQ® locations only. Limit 1 small cone per customer.)

Tuesday, March 15: Witte Museum, 3801 Broadway, 78209, 3:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
#‎FreeKnowledge‬ ‪#‎FreeTuesday‬ at the Witte Museum: no admission! And, this Tuesday, during Spring Break, join San Antonio Youth Literacy between 3:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. for a Read 3 Read Aloud and received a free children’s book!

Tuesday, March 15: San Antonio Museum of Art, 200 W. Jones, 78215, 12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
San Antonio Museum of Art’s FREE Spring Break Family Day! Take the kids to the San Antonio Museum of Art on Tuesday, March 15, from 12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. for Playful Pop Art – A Free Family Event! Celebrate the special exhibition Corita Kent and the Language of Pop with an array of art activities that are fun for the entire family. Experiment with words, color and everyday objects to make your own playful Pop Art inspired collages, drawings and prints. Be a part of a dance or poetry happening at this free family day. San Antonio band Hyperbubble will play their interactive performance, The Coloring Book Concert, at 1:00 pm and 2:30 pm.

And, as on every Tuesday, you can also enjoy free admission at the San Antonio Museum of Art from 4:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Tuesday, March 15: The McNay Art Museum, 6000 North New Braunfels Avenue, 78209, 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
The first of three free Spring Break Family Days at the McNay features the theme: We Are Royals! Follow the footsteps of photographer Cecil Beaton, who dressed his friends as fictional royal characters, and pretend to be a king or queen for a day!

Tuesday, March 15: 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, March 15: 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 later time for Spring Break!

Wednesday, March 16: 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. Explore how sees grow roots, stems, leaves, and flowers and how flowers make seeds to start it all over again! For preschoolers and their caregivers. COST: $5.00 per family. For more information, contact Stephanie Colvard at stephanie@cibolo.org or 830-249-4616.

Wednesday, March 16: San Antonio Natatorium, 1430 W. Cesar E. Chavez Blvd., 12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Free junior lifeguard exploration at the San Antonio Natatorium. Kids, ages 6 – 16, can swim for free at the Natatorium in downtown San Antonio. See other weekdays during Spring Break below for more free swimming fun!

Wednesday, March 16: The McNay Art Museum, 6000 North New Braunfels Avenue, 78209, 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Head to the McNay for the second of three free Spring Break Family Days! Their royal theme continues, as kids create costumes and take photos in a regal setting.

Wednesday, March 16: 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, March 17, Yanaguana Gardens, 434 S Alamo St, 78205, 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Book Garden and Story Time at Yanaguana Gardens at Hemisfair Park. Every Thursday in Yanaguana Gardens, bring your kids to Hemisfair for a fun, outdoor story time! Hemisfair staff provides a mobile book garden for kids to enjoy. Borrow books from the library to take home and bring books from home to donate to the library. And hear great stories each week.

Thursday, March 17: San Antonio Natatorium, 1430 W. Cesar E. Chavez Blvd., 12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Free diving instruction at the San Antonio Natatorium. Kids, ages 6 – 16, can swim for free at the Natatorium in downtown San Antonio. See other weekdays during Spring Break below for more free swimming fun!

Thursday, March 17: The McNay Art Museum, 6000 North New Braunfels Avenue, 78209, 2:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Day three of the McNay’s free Spring Break Family Days brings more royal fun with costumes, photos, and an improvisational performance of The Fairly Silly Fairy Tales by Austin’s Hideout Theatre (Thursday only).

Friday, March 18: San Antonio Natatorium, 1430 W. Cesar E. Chavez Blvd., 12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Free water sports at the San Antonio Natatorium. Kids, ages 6 – 16, can swim for free at the Natatorium in downtown San Antonio. See other weekdays during Spring Break below for more free swimming fun!

Saturday, March 19: Mitchell Lake Audubon Center, 10750 Pleasanton Rd., San Antonio, 78221, 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Join Mitchell Lake Audubon Center for a Spring Break open house! For one day only, Mitchell Lake Audubon Center offers free entry for everyone. There will be kid-friendly crafts and two scheduled family-friendly nature walks (times TBD) during the day for all to enjoy. Or you can hike some of the 7.5 miles of trails, walk around native and drought tolerant gardens, and look for migrating butterflies and birds.

Saturday, March 19: McAllister Park, 13000 Jones-Maltsberger Rd., San Antonio, 78247, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
The FREE 10th Annual ‘Fest of Tails’ Kite Festival & Dog Fair, a San Antonio family (and dog!) favorite event, includes a sky full of kites, dogs of all sizes and breeds, live music, food, arts and crafts, and more. Bring your blanket or lawn chair to watch the gorgeous air show with stunt kite flyers and you can also participate in a community flying exhibition. And bring your dog in costume for the Pooch Parade.

Saturday, March 19, 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 3rd Saturday beginning at 10:00 a.m.Hemisfair puts out their Big Blue Blocks for children ages two and up until noon. Then, at 1:00 p.m., join the Hemisfair staff and volunteers for story time.

Saturday, March 19: Mission Marquee, 3100 Roosevelt Ave, 78214, 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Word and Arts Festival. This free festival includes creative writing and art workshops featuring Carmen Tafolla, Amanda the Poet, and Lydia Lerma, with Fresh Ink Youth Slam, Gemini Ink, Spare Parts, and Artpace. There will also be tree adoptions, food, fitness, & fun!

Saturday, March 19: Lakeshore Learning, 327 NW Loop 410, 78216, 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Free craft for kids. This week kids create a Spring in Bloom Fence.

Saturday, March 19: Trader’s Village, 9333 SW Loop 410 near Old Pearsall Road, 12:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Join Trader’s Village for St. Pet-Trick’s Day! Kids will enjoy free mechanical bull riding, face painting, animal balloons and free admission to the petting zoo at the Brown Expo. There will be a pet adoption, too. If you can’t adopt a pet, you can make donations or bring dog food or any other pet related items to help this non profit group. Admission is free but parking is $3.

Saturday, March 19: La Villita, San Antonio, 78205, 6:30 p.m.
Join Slab Cinema for Movies by Moonlight. The movie is The Sandlot. Get there early for a good spot. The movie will start at dusk.


More free, family-friendly events in March!

Monday, March 21, 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, March 22: Witte Museum, 3801 Broadway, 78209, 3:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Free Tuesdays at the Witte with no admission.

Tuesday, March 22: 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, March 22: 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).

Wednesday, March 23: 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, March 23: 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, March 24, Yanaguana Gardens, 434 S Alamo St, 78205, 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Book Garden and Story Time at Yanaguana Gardens at Hemisfair Park. Every Thursday in Yanaguana Gardens, bring your kids to Hemisfair for a fun, outdoor story time! Hemisfair staff provides a mobile book garden for kids to enjoy. Borrow books from the library to take home and bring books from home to donate to the library. And hear great stories each week.

Friday, March 25: River Walk Plaza, The Tobin Center, 100 Auditorium Circle, 78205, plaza opens at 7:00 p.m. and performance begins at 8:00 p.m.
Join the San Antonio Symphony for a free simulcast of the complete “Rachmaninoff” program by the San Antonio Symphony and guest pianist Olga Kern being performed inside the H-E-B Performance Hall. Bring your chairs and blankets and enjoy this FREE event sponsored by our friends at H-E-B. No outside food, drinks, or pets will be allowed. Entry to the Plaza will begin at approximately 7:00 p.m. and the program begins at 8:00 p.m.

Saturday, March 26: Cibolo Nature Center, Herff Farm, 33 Herff Rd, Boerne, TX, 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Junior Gardener’s Club: Plant Lifecycles! Come explore how seeds grow roots, stems, leaves, flowers and how flowers make seeds for it to start over again. No drop-offs. Suggested donation of $5 per family.

Saturday, March 26: Lakeshore Learning, 327 NW Loop 410, 78216, 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Free craft for kids. This week kids create a Cheerful Chick Basket.

Saturday, March 26:  San Antonio Public Library, 600 Soledad St, 78205, 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
The San Antonio Mini Maker Faire is the largest DIY festival around and it’s free to attend (although, registration is required in advance or at the door – RSVP here)! All kinds of makers will be showing their stuff, providing a unique opportunity for learning and exploration for children, teens, and adults.

Saturday, March 26: La Villita Historic Arts Village, 418 Villita St., 78205, 3:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Festival of India. This free event features the cuisine, music, and art of India.

Saturday, March 26: Summit Christian Center, 2575 Marshall Road, 78259, 5:00 p.m. Easter service with free Easter Egg Hunt to follow
FREE Community Event: an Eggnormous Easter Egg Hunt with 25,000 eggs plus a family fair with a petting zoo and pictures with the Easter Bunny.

Sunday, March 27: Summit Christian Center, 2575 Marshall Road, 78259, 8:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Easter services with free Easter Egg Hunt to follow
FREE Community Event: an Eggnormous Easter Egg Hunt with 25,000 eggs plus a family fair with a petting zoo and pictures with the Easter Bunny.

Monday, March 28, 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, March 29: Witte Museum, 3801 Broadway, 78209, 3:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Free Knowledge, Free Witte Tuesdays with no admission.

Tuesday, March 29: 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, March 29: 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).

Wednesday, March 30: 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, March 30: 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, March 31, Yanaguana Gardens, 434 S Alamo St, 78205, 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Book Garden and Story Time at Yanaguana Gardens at Hemisfair Park. Every Thursday in Yanaguana Gardens, bring your kids to Hemisfair for a fun, outdoor story time! Hemisfair staff provides a mobile book garden for kids to enjoy. Borrow books from the library to take home and bring books from home to donate to the library. And hear great stories each week.

Which activity are you most looking forward to?

Did I miss something? Let me know!

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Comments

  1. You have the BEST lists! Pinned!

  2. Great job, as usual!

  3. I received an e-mail message from Inspire that Free Family Art Day has been canceled for this month (3/12). I found this notice on their events page http://inspirefineartcenter.org/events/ (There will be no Fun Family Art Day for the month of March. Come see us on Saturday, April 9th when the program will resume.)

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