Free family-friendly activities in San Antonio during March 2015

March welcomes spring to San Antonio with tons of free, family-friendly events and activities. Enjoy the weather and the free fun, all month long!

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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, 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 every Saturday from 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m in the Kampmann Library Portal (on-site at the Briscoe Museum). 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.

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 March 2015, listed by date (check back often as more will be added!):

Sunday, March 1, San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo at the AT&T Center
Stop by a participating Chick-fil-A to get a coupon good for FREE RODEO GROUNDS ADMISSION to be used on Sunday, March 1.

Sunday, March 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.)
First Sundays for Families: (12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.) free for kids, adults are $10 each. This month is: Contemporary Art Month: Black and White. Kids’ activities included for free this Sunday are: pinhole cameras, print-making, optical illusion drawings, portraits, and more!

Sunday, March 1, Floore’s Country Store, 14492 Old Bandera Rd., 78023, 6:00 p.m.
Family Night and Free Dance featuring Drugstore Cowboys.

Tuesday, March 3, at participating IHOP Restaurants 
FREE pancakes! It’s the 10th anniversary of 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.

Tuesday, March 3, LEGO Store at North Star Mall, 5:00 p.m. until supplies last
FREE LEGO® Store Monthly Mini Model Build! This month: LEGO® Robot. 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!

Saturday, March 7, Phil Hardberger Park West, Urban Ecology Center Gathering Hall., 8400 NW Military Hwy., 78231, 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Dinosaur George brings his entertaining, educational presentation to Hardberger Park for all ages to enjoy. See replicas of dinosaur skulls, and those of giant killer birds and big Texas mammals. Ends with a craft. FREE to attend, with a suggested donation of $5 per family or $3 per individual.

Saturday, March 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 book ends with either sports of flower stickers. 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 7, Mission Park Pavilion, 6030 Padre, 78214, 9:00  a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
The San Antonio River Authority (SARA), National Park Service, and Bexar County invites you and your family to the free event, Get Outdoors! at Mission Park Pavilion. This free festival includes ways you and your family can enjoy outdoor recreational activities in San Antonio. Exhibits, hands-on activities, giveaways, presentations, and demonstrations will all be included to connect you to the local organizations and businesses who’ll help your family have a great time outdoors in San Antonio.

Saturday, March 7, Providence Catholic School, 1215 N. St. Mary’s, 78215, 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
FREE Health Fair with Zumba, Fearless Fitness Bootcamp and health screenings by UTHSCSA School of Nursing

Saturday, March 7, La Villita, 418 Villita St., 78205, 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
La Villita Living History Days. Living historians present life during the Texas Revolution. Live demos include wood working, flint knapping, cooking, land surveying, spinning wheel, corn husk dolls, and more.

Saturday, March 7, Maverick Library, 8700 Mystic Park, 78254, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Head to the Maverick Spring Festival! This free, family-friendly festival includes a book sale, fun crafts for kids, live music, dog adoptions, and a family friendly movie.
Book Sale: 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Craft: 12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Pet Adoptions: 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Family movie and refreshments: 3:00 p.m.
Acoustic world music: 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Saturday, March 7, Lakeshore Learning, 327 NW Loop 410, 78216, 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Free craft for kids. This month kids create a hold-it-all buggy clip.

Saturday, March 7 (10:00 am. – 9:00 p.m.) and Sunday, March 8 (12:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.), Wonderland of the Americas, 4522 Fredericksburg Rd and Loop 410
Lost in Wonderland. Costumed characters stroll throughout this event and fun photo booths with everything from Beetlejuice to Dr. Who with entice you to take a picture. Vendors will offer: clothing, collectibles, toys, comics, gifts, jewelry, accessories, handmade, home décor, gifts, candles, pottery and more. Free admission.

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

Tuesday, March 10, San Antonio Museum of Art, 200 West Jones Avenue, 78215, 1:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
The San Antonio Museum of Art’s free Spring Break Family event, Patterns Across Cultures, includes lots of hands-on activities around cultural traditions and math concepts.

Tuesday, March 10 – Thursday, March 12, McNay Art Museum, 6000 N. New Braunfels, 78209, various times
Free Spring Break Family Days at the McNay Art Museum. Kids and adults alike will love the free, hands-on art activities as well as a photo booth, kids’ performances by Ballet San Antonio, and more. Don’t forget a can of food for the San Antonio Food Bank!
Tuesday, March 10, 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Wednesday, March 11, 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Thursday, March 12, 2:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Thursday, March 12, McNay Art Museum, 6000 North New Braunfels Avenue, 78209, 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
The McNay’s Second Thursday of the month provides free museum admission and docent-led tours. Food truck are on site and you can enjoy live music and more.

Thursday, March 12, Arneson River Theatre, 418 Villita St, 78205, 7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Folk Dance Performances. Enjoy performances at the San Antonio Folk Dance Festival at Arneson Theatre.

Thursday, March 12 – Saturday, March 14, Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center, 200 E Market St., 78205, various times
FREE 2015 Alamo Regional Event. Celebrating its Fifth Anniversary, the Alamo Regional Event is the biggest FIRST regional event in the United States with more than 3,500 students participating under one roof. This three-day competition has different divisions competing. FLL is LEGO (mainly elementary kids), FTC is the tech competition (middle and high school), and FRC, the robotics competition, is made up of only highschool participants. The public is invited to watch all competitions and events FREE of charge. And, the Geekbus will be there!

Saturday, March 14, McAllister Park (near the Wurzbach Parkway Entrance), 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
The FREE 9th 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 14, 15890 State Highway 16, San Antonio (meet in the MRNA Pavilion), 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
The Trail Mix: Trail Safety for Families. Meet up at the Medina River Natural Area to explore part of the Howard Peak Greenway Trail. This program, presented by the City of San Antonio Parks and Recreation Department, features a short hike along with trail safety information and fun activities. Families with kids ages 7-12 will love this adventure. Contact [email protected] or call 207-8603. Free and no registration needed but a donation of $3 per individual or $5 a family is suggested.

Saturday, March 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, March 14 and Sunday, March 15, Arneson River Theatre, 418 Villita St, 78205, 12:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. both days
St. Patrick’s Day River Parade and Festival. River parade starts at 3:00 p.m. on Sunday. The San Antonio River turns an enviromentally green shade and transforms, temporarily, into The River Shannon. Live  music, a family-friendly festival, food, games, activities, and more will bring the Luck O’ the Irish to you and your family.

Saturday, March 14, Maverick Plaza at La Villita, 418 Villita St., 78205, 2:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Indian music, dance, food, and more are on display at the Festival of India. A cultural presentation begins at 3:00 p.m. Free admission.

Saturday, March 14, Travis Park, 301 East Travis Street,  78205, 7:00 p.m.
Ballet in the Park: FREE public performance by Ballet San Antonio in Travis Park.

Sunday, March 15, Floore’s Country Store, 14492 Old Bandera Rd., 78023, 6:00 p.m.
Family Night and Free Dance featuring Rex Allen McNiel

Tuesday, March 17, San Antonio Children’s Museum, 305 E. Houston St., 78205, 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Attend the very last HEB Free Family Night at the San Antonio Children’s Museum at its downtown location before it moves north up Broadway and becomes The DoSeum! This free event fills up quickly, so arrive early. Take advantage of San Antonio’s free parking in city garages downtown on Tuesday evenings after 5:00 p.m.

Saturday, March 21, Phil Hardberger Park East, 13203 Blanco Rd. (PHP East-Salado Classroom), 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Myths About Mexican Free Tail Bats. Learn the myths about bats and why it’s important for us to protect them. We’ll also talk about the way bats communicate as well as what their diets consist of. This event wraps up with a kid-friendly craft. No registration needed and this event is free to attend but a $3 donation per individual or $5 donation per family is suggested.

Saturday, March 21, Main Plaza, 100 N Main St, Boerne, TX, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Boerne’s Outdoor Family Fair. Enjoy entertainment while learning about local services and organizations in the Boerne community.

Saturday, March 21, Crib and Kids, 1309 N Loop 1604 W, 78258, 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Don’t miss this FREE event that’s perfect for San Antonio families! Join Crib & Kids and San Antonio Bloggers for a Cardboard Kid decorating party (and a bounce house and other free, kid-friendly activities). Cardboard Kids are 2-foot tall cardboard figures shaped like children that represent one of the thousands of children that are abused and neglected at the hands of adults in our community each year. We decorate them now and, on April 9, we’ll leave them in spots around town to spread the word that child abuse happens everywhere and ChildSafe is available to help those kids. Please join ‪#‎SATXBloggers‬ and Crib and Kids for a fun, FREE, family day to decorate and take home your Cardboard Kid!

Saturday, March 21, Artpace, 445 North Main Avenue, 78205, 1:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Artpace Family Day. Bring your family to Artpace for this free event which encourages creativity and collaboration. Tours of Artpace, Creation Stations, workshops, and a teen zone are included at this colorful event.

Saturday, March 21, Mi Casa Tamales, 25930 IH 10 West, 78006, 4:00 p.m.
Fiesta Especial Meet and Greet. This free, family-friendly event includes food, music, activities, and fun as you meet the 2015 Fiesta Especial Royal Court. Special performances by The 21 Black Band and Rotel and the Hot Tomatoes (starting at 8:00 p.m.). Claudia Garofalo – Co-host, San Antonio Living. RSVP with how many people will attend in your group here: Fiesta Especial Meet and Greet RSVP.

Sunday, March 22, Bulverde/Spring Branch Library, 131 Bulverde Crossing, Bulverde, TX, 78163, 3:00 p.m.
FREE family-friendly concert: Blue Penny. This new duo sings a cappella as well as accompanied by instruments including banjo, mandolin, and penny whistle.

Sunday, March 22, Floore’s Country Store, 14492 Old Bandera Rd., 78023, 6:00 p.m.
Family Night and Free Dance featuring MC & The Mystyx

Friday, March 27, Gallista Gallery, 1913 S. Flores St, 78204, 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
The Big Squeeze: Texas Folklife’s Accordion Throwdown. Watch young accordion players (21 years of age and younger) show off their talent as they compete for prizes in three categories: Czech/German/PolishPolka; Cajun/Creole/Zydeco; and Conjunto/Tejano/Norteño. Free admission.

Friday, March 27, Arneson River Theatre, 418 Villita St, 78205, 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Free Folkloric/Flamenco Performance.

Saturday, March 28, Phil Hardberger Park West, 8400 NW Military Hwy (PHP Urban Ecology Center), 8:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
Nature Walk: Trees of Hardberger Park. Free to attend but a donation of $3 a person or $5 per family is suggested.

Saturday, March 28, Morgan’s Wonderland, 5223 David Edwards Dr., 78233, 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
FREE Easter Egg Hunt for kids, ages 0-12, at Morgan’s Wonderland, with 15,000 eggs! Brought to you by The Children’s Hospital of San Antonio and produced by 630KSLR.

Saturday, March 28, Labor Street Park, 436 Labor Street, 78210, 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Coca Cola presents a FREE Family Field Day to celebrate new outdoor fitness equipment, a revitalized basketball court and refurbished kickball field at Labor Street Park. A new kickball league and RoTenGo, through a partnership with the United States Road Tennis Association (USTRA), will also be available for community members this spring. This interactive, free event will be full of field day challenges, Zumba, RoTenGo, games, music, dancing and more for your whole family to enjoy. The Mobile Fit San Antonio unit will also be on hand to provide free health screenings, such as blood pressure and Body Mass Index (BMI).

Saturday, March 28, Herff Farm, 33 Herff Road, Boerne, 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Junior Gardeners Club at the Farm: Kids learn about plant lifecycles at this free event. Meet at the kids activity area at the farm.

Saturday, March 28, The Herff Farm (Inspiration Garden), 33 Herff Road, Boerne, 10:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Spring Fever Festival at the Herff Farm. Hosted by Inspiration Garden volunteers at the Herff Farm in Boerne, this free festival provides workshops covering gardening basics, from garden preparation to irrigation, fertilization, native and drought tolerant plants, permaculture, vermaculture, backyard chickens and more.

Saturday, March 28, The Twig, 306 Pearl Parkway, Suite 106, 78215, 10:30 a.m.
Join Miss Anastasia and her special guest, Lyle, Lyle Crocodile at The Twig for a special story time.

Saturday, March 28, Kay Franklin Elementary School, 9180 Silver Spot, 78254, 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Franklin Fiesta. This free admission, family-friendly fiesta includes concessions, a silent auction (including an autographed picture of Tony Parker, four tickets to Disneyland, a diamond necklace from Americus Diamond, and much more), a car show, bounce hours, a petting zoo, face painters, cascarones, a balloon artist, and more.

Saturday, March 28, participating Toys R Us stores in the USA, 12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
“It Takes a Ninja to Spot a Ninja!” Toys R Us Building Event- USA. Choose your favorite LEGO® Ninjago Ninja, build and take home the iconic ninja eyes. Plus, participate in a fun scavenger hunt for a chance to win a prize! Event for children over 5 years of age. Selection varies. One model per child. Quantities limited; no rain checks. All participating Toys “R” Us US locations.

Saturday, March 28, Travis Park, 301 East Travis Street,  78205, 3:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Amor y Arte. Stroll through Travis Park on this lovely spring evening and afternoon and shop locally created handmade goods, artwork, and locally grown foods. There will also be pet adoptions, food trucks, live music, and a DJ.

Saturday, March 28, Branch River Park in Goliad, 445 S. Commercial Street, Goliad, TX, 77963, 7:15 p.m.
FREE River Flicks outdoor movie: Yogi Bear. Bring the kids for a FREE Leave No Trace educational activity at 7:15 p.m. before the movie (which starts at 8:00 p.m.) and don’t forget to bring your blankets and chairs!

Sunday, March 29, at the intersection of South St. Mary’s Street and S Alamo, traveling south along St. Mary’s and Roosevelt, then west on Steves Avenue, and south onto Mission Road to Mission Concepción (for a total of about 2.7 miles)
Síclovía, a free festival celebrating exercise, walking, biking, and more begins at 11:00 a.m. and runs until 4:00 p.m. A nearly three-mile stretch of downtown city streets will be closed off to car traffic so attendees can walk, run, or bike up and down this stretch of San Antonio. Food booths, educational and information booths, exercise demonstrations and more fill out the day with San Antonians getting out to enjoy the fresh air and exercise together.

Sunday, March 29, Floore’s Country Store, 14492 Old Bandera Rd., 78023, 6:00 p.m.
Family Night and Free Dance featuring Jimmy Cribb

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