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Free in San Antonio: February 2015

Free and family friendly events and activities in San Antonio this February 2015

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FREE coffee at participating Chick-fil-A restaurants during February (no purchase necessary)
Come in any time during the month of February and enjoy a small hot cup or medium iced cup of coffee on us.

FREE Valentine’s Day love letter delivered to your sweetheart (in downtown San Antonio only)
Now through February 12. Come by the The Briscoe Western Art Museum until February 12th to write a love letter and we will deliver it to your valentine for FREE! Locations within downtown will be delivered via modern day bike share cupids during lunch on the 13th.

FREE workouts, four times each week in San Antonio at varying locations, with the No Excuse Moms group
This non-profit of nearly 400 moms in San Antonio invites local moms to the 4-5 workouts they lead at different locations around the city. For more information and details on upcoming workout days, times, and locations, find them on Facebook.

Free fitness events across San Antonio during January from the San Antonio Parks and Recreation Department.

Free entrance days at National Parks (fantastic list by local blogger Heather Hernandez with GeeketteBits.com).

San Antonio parks are always free to visit. Here are 20 San Antonio parks we enjoyed last year.

**** Recurring free 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 on Tuesdays, Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays on the facade of San Fernando Cathedral.

Tuesdays, Witte Museum, 3801 Broadway, 78209, 3:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Free Tuesdays at the Witte with no admission between the hours of 3:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.

Tuesdays, 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.

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

Wednesdays, Krispy Kreme (1117 North Loop 1604 East, 78232 and 12328 IH 10 West, 78230), 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Free Family Night at Krispy Kreme: donut decorating, crafts, and games for all ages.

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.

Saturdays, Phil Hardberger Park East (in front of the playground, 13203 Blanco Road , 10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
FREE family-friendly yoga

Saturdays, Lakeshore Learning, 327 NW Loop 410, 78216, 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Free crafts for kids, ages 3 and up

Sundays, 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.

**** FREE events in San Antonio in February 2015, listed by date (check back often as more will be added!):

Sunday, February 1, San Antonio Museum of Art, 200 W. Jones, 78215, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. AND 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Free admission to the San Antonio Museum of Art for everyone (10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.)
AND
First Sundays for Families: (12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.) free for kids, adults are $10 each. This month is: The Art of Tea. Kids’ activities included for free this Sunday are: create a blue and white tea set, sculpt a Chinese ewer or Japanese tea cup, and create a recycled project using tea bags. A special Japanese tea ceremony will be held in the Museum auditorium.

Monday, February 2, Igo Branch Library, 13330 Kyle Seale 78249, 6:30 p.m.
Free acoustic concert featuring guitar and bass duet Jorge and Nicole.

Tuesday, February 3, LEGO Store at North Star Mall, 5:00 p.m. until supplies last
FREE LEGO® Store Monthly Mini Model Build! This month: LEGO® Space Shuttle. On the first Tuesday of each month, LEGO Stores provide a limited quantity of free mini model sets for kids ages 6-14. One free per child while supplies last. Get there early (around 3:00 p.m. or 3:30 p.m.) for your spot in line!

Friday, February 6, Menchie’s locations in San Antonio (see addresses below), 4:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
In celebration of National Frozen Yogurt Day, Menchie’s is giving away free, 6oz. frozen yogurts at these San Antonio locations:

The Shops at Lincoln Heights
999 E Basse Rd, Suite 177
San Antonio, TX 78209

Marbach Road
8223 Marbach Rd., Suite 111
San Antonio, TX 78227

Alamo Ranch
5619 W Loop 1604 N
San Antonio, TX 78253

Friday, February 6, Orange Leaf Yogurt (18 locations in San Antonio and New Braunfels)
In celebration of National Frozen Yogurt Day, Orange Leaf Frozen Yogurt will offer an exclusive buy-one-get-one (of equal or lesser value) discount to their Facebook fans on Feb. 6. All froyo enthusiasts are encouraged to “like” Orange Leaf on Facebook and claim the offer when it is posted on Feb. 4. Offers are redeemable at all of Orange Leaf’s more than 300 participating locations on Feb. 6 with proof of claim via smartphone or printed confirmation. Details on the Orange Leaf website.

Friday, February 6, Thousand Oaks YMCA, 16103 Henderson Pass, 78232 (at the indoor basketball court), 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Free Family Fun and Fitness Night. Activities for the whole family: games, music, Kids Fit classes, gymnastics and tumbling, Zumba, karate, line dancing, moon bounce, and more. Special appearances by HEB Buddy, McGruff Crime Dog, and Rocky the Rhino.

Saturday, February 7, Downtown San Antonio from Christus Santa Rosa Hospital through Houston Street to the Alamo
Annual Western Heritage Parade and Cattle Drive, part of the San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo (Be sure to visit our list of free Rodeo and Rodeo-related events in February)
9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Free activities and events for families and kids in Alamo Plaza
11:00 a.m. Western Heritage Parade and Cattle Drive

Saturday, February 7, Phil Hardberger Park West, 8400 NW Military Highway, 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Growing Green with New Earth and Ladybug. Mark Manning of New Earth Soils & Compost will discuss and provide information about cost effective composting. He will also explain bio solids, organic disposal and the role of the ladybug. This program is recommended for adults and families with older children. Free to attend but a donation of $3 per person OR $5 per family is suggested.

Saturday, February 7, Home Depot locations around San Antonio, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
FREE, weekly workshops for kids, ages 5 – 12 at participating Home Depot stores. This week, your child learns to build a heart box. All kids get to keep their craft, receive a free certificate of achievement, a Workshop Apron, and a commemorative pin while supplies last. Children must be present at the store to participate in the workshop and receive the kit, apron and pin. Kids Workshop activities are scheduled on a first come/first served basis. Be sure to register online before attending to make sure there is room for your child. Please do not arrive before 9:00 a.m.

Saturday, February 7, TriPoint Event Center, 3233 North St. Mary’s Street, 78212, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
FREE heart screening for teens, ages 14 – 18 provided by AugustHeart. This free heart screening for teenagers can identify selected heart abnormalities in an effort to minimize the risk of sudden cardiac death. Many abnormalities of the heart can potentially cause sudden cardiac death and some of them can be detected by a simple, non-invasive, 20-minute test using an electrocardiogram and/or echocardiogram. Please register your teen ahead of time. Although the screening is free, AugustHeart pays $25 for each teen registered, whether or not they show up so please do show up!

Saturday, February 7,  Semmes Branch Library, 15060 Judson Rd., 78247, 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Friends of the Semmes Branch Library Book Sale: Join us for the Semmes Friends Book Sale. All sales benefit the Semmes Branch Library.

Saturday, February 7, Lakeshore Learning, 327 NW Loop 410, 78216, 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
FREE Made with Love in-store crafting event at Lakeshore Learning. Kids create Valentine’s Day-themed crafts including a pot of heart flowers, a mailbox “buddy,” and from the heart coupons.

Saturday, February 7, The Briscoe Western Art Museum, 210 W. Market Street, 78205, 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.
Story Time Stampede is offered at the Briscoe Western Art Museum on the second Saturday of every month at 11:00am and again at 1:00pm. Children 12 and under, and active duty military with ID receive FREE admission. Adults are $10 each. Seniors (65+), Students (with valid ID), and Retired Military are $8 each.

Saturday, February 7, Market Square, 514 W. Commerce, 78207, 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Free Chocolate Festival! Who doesn’t love CHOCOLATE? Attend this free event which features samples from some of the best chocolatiers in the Alamo City.  Food Booths, Artisans booths, Live Music, Dancing and much more.

Saturday, February 7, Mission Branch Library, 3134 Roosevelt Ave., 78214, 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Enjoy a blend of Hatha and Vinyasa “Family Friendly Yoga.” Children are welcomed to join in.

Saturday, February 7, Arneson River Theater, 418 Villita Street, 78205, 1:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
The Bud Light Battle of the Bands. This free, family-friendly event features four bands competing to become the Official Band of the Riverwalk for 2015. All lyrics have been screened and deemed family-friendly. Beer, soft drinks, and water will be sold. For details and to learn about each of the four competing bands, visit the San Antonio River Walk’s website.

Saturday, February 7, Forest Hills Branch Library, 5245 Ingram Rd., 78228, 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Music with the Deltones: Join us for this musical event! The Deltones sing in celebration of Black History Month 2015 and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., a service sorority of predominately Black, college educated women founded in 1913 on the campus of Howard University in Washington, DC. Special Guests include the Antioch Missionary Baptist Church Youth Choir. Forest Hills Library also presents an exhibit reflecting the sorority’s rich history and its accomplishments January 29 – March 27, 2015.

Saturday, February 7, Tobin Library at Oakwell, 4134 Harry Wurzbach, 78218, 2:00 p.m.
Free event: The San Antonio Symphony at the San Antonio Public Library!
Symphony musicians visit local library branch locations to share their love of music as well as their experiences as professional musicians in the orchestra. Created especially for children, these interactive performances introduce families to the fun of classical music. This performance features violinist Amy Venticinque.

Saturday, February 7, Parman Branch at Stone Oak, 20735 Wilderness Oak, 78258, 2:00 p.m.
FREE event: The San Antonio Symphony at the San Antonio Public Library!
Symphony musicians visit local library branch locations to share their love of music as well as their experiences as professional musicians in the orchestra. Created especially for children, these interactive performances introduce families to the fun of classical music. This performance features cellist Lachezar Kostov

Sunday, February 8, Institute of Texan Cultures, 801 E. Cesar E. Chavez Blvd., 78205-3296, 12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Free Second Sunday at the Institute of Texan Cultures: Buffalo Soldier Day. The Institute of Texan Cultures and partner organizations will portray a living history of Buffalo Soldiers on the museum’s Free Second Sunday. Buffalo Soldier Day is set on the museum’s “Back 40” outdoor education area. It includes re-creation 1800s structures such as a frontier fort, log house and one-room schoolhouse. Inside the museum, gallery hosts will be available in the African-American Texans area, offering further information on African-Americans in Texas, including ties to Seminole scouts, and additional contributions African Americans have made in service to the armed forces.

Sunday, February 8, Floore’s Country Store, 14492 Old Bandera Rd., 78023, 6:00 p.m.
Family Night and Free Dance featuring Texas Rimshot.

Thursday, February 12 and Friday, February 13, Travis Park, 301 East Travis Street, 78205
Show the Love in Travis Park: donate $1 to Travis Park at the kiosk and receive a carnation to give to a loved one for Valentine’s Day.

Thursday, February 12, McNay Art Museum, 6000 N. New Braunfels, 78209, 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Join the McNay Art Museum for Second Thursdays, a night of free fun on the museum grounds. Each month features a local band or DJ, food for sale from San Antonio’s best food trucks, and beer courtesy of Crispin Ciders. Catch a free docent-led tour of the collection at 6:00 and 8:00 pm.

Friday, February 13, participating Chick-fil-A locations, after 10:30 a.m.
Arrive at participating San Antonio and New Braunfels Chick-fil-A locations after 10:30 a.m. on Friday, February 13, to pick up your Digital Be Our Guest Card which gives you a FREE breakfast at participating Chick-fi-A locations on your NEXT visit.

Friday, February 13, Travis Park, 301 East Travis Street, 78205, 6:00 p.m. – 8:45 p.m.
Movies by Moonlight presents a Valentine’s Day Special in Travis Park: free outdoor movie. Enjoy an outdoor viewing of Sleepless in Seattle cuddled up to your special someone right before Valentine’s Day. Pre-entertainment at 6:00 p.m., movie begins at 7:00 p.m. Cocktails, food trucks, music, and more.

Saturday, February 14, Pure Barre Stone Oak, 21019 U.S. Hwy 281 N., Ste. 281, 78258, 8:30 a.m. and 9:45 a.m.
“Love Your Body” FREE classes at Pure Barre. This Valentine’s Day, Pure Barre locations around the country are offering FREE classes. To register, visit the Pure Barre Stone Oak location’s website and register for any class on February 14, 2015 using the promo code “LOVEYOURBODY.”

Saturday, February 14, Bexar County Courthouse, 100 Dolorosa, 78205, 1 minute after midnight on 2/14, 10:00 a.m., 12:00 p.m., 2:00 p.m., 4:00 p.m.
FREE, mass wedding ceremonies at the Bexar County Courthouse on Valentine’s Day! Please note: you must get your marriage license no later than THREE DAYS before the ceremony. A free vow renewal service will also be held at 5:00 p.m.

Saturday, February 14, Inspire Art, 200 Queen Anne Court, San Antonio, Texas 78209, 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Free Family Art Day takes place at Inspire Art every second Saturday of the month. All ages are welcome.

Saturday, February 14, The Twig, 306 Pearl Parkway, Suite 106, 78215, 10:30 a.m.
Have Superhero High Tea with Babymouse and Miss Anastasia at The Twig. Wear your favorite superhero costume and join in the fun to hear tales about Babymouse and your favorite superheroes. Story time is followed by a tea party with cake and cookies.

Saturday, February 14, San Antonio River Walk and La Villita, 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
FREE Bud Light Mardi Gras Festival and River Parade: Celebrate Mardi Gras in style with this free festival and parade. The festival includes authentic Cajun food favorites, arts and crafts, activities, and more. River barges will transform the San Antonio River Walk into a floating Bourbon Street. Live music will also be onstage at the Arneson Stage from 11:00 a.m – 7:00 p.m.
Festival: 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Parade: 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Saturday, February 14, Wonderland of the Americas, upper level, 4522 Fredericksburg Rd, 78201, 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
FREE Cupid’s Kids’ Craft Day at Wonderland of the Americas Mall with free balloon artist and free face painting.

Saturday, February 14, Wonderland of the Americas, upper level, 4522 Fredericksburg Rd, 78201, 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Almost-FREE, $1 Valentine’s Day photo booth: For just $1 you and your sweetheart can take a photo in the Wonderland of the Americas Mall’s Valentine’s Day photo booth (upper level) and get a free chocolate-covered strawberry.

Sunday, February 15, Floore’s Country Store, 14492 Old Bandera Rd., 78023, 6:00 p.m.
Family Night and Free Dance featuring Drugstore Cowboys.

Tuesday, February 17, San Antonio Children’s Museum, 305 E. Houston Street, 78205, 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
HEB Free Family Night at the San Antonio Children’s Museum. Kids and adults receive free admission to the San Antonio Children’s Museum every third Tuesday. Take advantage of free parking on Tuesdays at downtown city-operated facilities after 5:00 p.m. Fills up quickly so arrive early!

Saturday, February 21, Wonderland of the Americas Mall, corner of 410 and IH-10, 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Once Upon a Quinceañera. This free event features vendors who provide a variety of services for quinceañeras.

Saturday, February 21, Phil Hardberger Park West, 8400 NW Military, 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Star Party! View the stars with local astronomers. Telescopes will be set up in the open mulched field of the savanna in PHP West. Parking available at the PHP Urban Ecology Center. In the case of inclement weather, the program will move to the PHP UEC Gathering Hall. This program is presented by the Phil Hardberger Park Conservancy, the Alamo Area Texas Master Naturalists, and San Antonio Parks & Recreation. It is free and no registration is necessary. A donation of $3/ person or $5/ family is suggested.

Friday, February 27, Saturday, February 28, and Sunday, March 1, Alamodome, 100 Montana Street, 78203, see times below
35th Annual San Antonio Home and Garden Show. Although tickets for adults are $9 each (and one ticket is good for admission all weekend), kids 16 and under and members of the military who present I.D. receive FREE admission to the San Antonio Home and Garden Show. Highlights of the show this year: the host from DIY Network, Jason Cameron, gives inside secrets on how to transform a house into a dream home; a kids’ station sponsored by Home Depot presents workshops; a pet fashion show; and Michelangelo (the Ninja Turtle) will be on site Saturday.

Fri., Feb. 27 – 2:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Sat., Feb. 28 – 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Sun., Mar. 1 – 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Saturday, February 28, Phil Hardberger Park West on the patio of the PHP Urban Ecology Center, 8400 NW Military, 8:00 a.m. sharp!
Nature Walk: Sunrise Bird Walk on the Oak Loop Trail. Follow expert birders on a trail through Hardberger Park to see, identify, and appreciate the birds in the area. Minors welcomed with parent or guardian. Dogs welcome on leashes if they’re properly socialized. Free to attend but suggested donation is $3 per person or $5 per family.

Saturday, February 28, Briscoe Western Art Museum, 210 W. Market Street, 78205,, 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Military Salute Kickoff Day at the Briscoe Museum: The Briscoe kicks off its new year-round Military Salute Program which offers free admission to active duty members of the military and up to four family members. Admission to the Briscoe will be FREE ALL DAY ON FEBRUARY 28 FOR EVERYONE! Snacks, refreshments, entertainment, guided tours, and presentations are included.

Saturday, February 28, Carver Branch Library (3350 E. Commerce St., 78220) and Johnston Branch Library (6307 Sun Valley, 78227), 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
San Antonio Symphony members perform at two San Antonio Public Library branches. Cellist Ryan Murphy appears at the Carver Branch Library and violinist Mary Ellen Goree will be at the Johnson Branch Library. These family-friendly performances are a great way to introduce your kids to an appreciation of and love for classical music in an informal setting.

Saturday, February 28, The Alamo, 300 Alamo Plaza, 78205, 4:00 p.m. discussion and 6:00 p.m. movie
Slab Cinema presents a free viewing of The Alamo movie (1960 version with John Wayne and Richard Widmark) at the Alamo. Due to inclement weather, this viewing has been moved indoors. At 4:00 p.m. there will be FREE seating for up to 80 people in Alamo Hall to join Alamo curator and historian Dr. Bruce Winders for a discussion on John Wayne’s 1960 production of The Alamo. Then, at 6:00 p.m. enjoy a screening of the film (200 FREE seats available for this showing).

******* Also *******

Sunday, March 1, Family Day at the San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo
FREE grounds admission with a coupon available at participating Chick-Fil-A locations.

Sunday, March 1, San Antonio Museum of Art, 200 W. Jones, 78215, 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
First Sundays for Families: (12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.) free for kids, adults are $10 each (arrive between 10:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. and EVERYONE is free!). The theme is Contemporary Art Month and black and white with free activities including optical illusions, making pinhole cameras, and more.

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