Free, family-friendly activities in San Antonio through August 3, 2014

Free in San Antonio is published each week on It’s not an exhaustive list but, rather, a curated list of free (and almost free) events and activities families will enjoy. Check back throughout the week as more free events and activities may be added.

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FREE, month-long art classes for kids, ages 5-17, in San Antonio at the Southwest School of Art. Registration is now open and spots fill quickly! Saturday Morning Discovery at the Southwest School of Art provides free two-hour art sessions on Saturdays for one month, for kids ages 5-17. San Antonio children get the opportunity to experiment with many different kinds of art techniques and media, all for free.

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.

FREE swimming at San Antonio public outdoor pools:
The San Antonio public pool swimming season runs through Aug. 16. Hours of operation at the majority of the department’s 24 outdoor pools during the summer are Tuesday through Sunday from 1 to 7 p.m. with some pools open from 2 to 8 p.m.

Tuesday, July 29, Alamo Drafthouse Westlakes, 1255 SW Loop 410, 78227, 11:00 a.m.
Alamo Drafthouse Kids Camp: Despicable Me 2. Tickets are available at the box office on the day of the show, and seating is first come, first served.

Tuesday, July 29, Alamo Drafthouse Stone Oak, 22806 US Hwy 281 North, 78258, 11:00 a.m.
Alamo Drafthouse Kids Camp: Frankenweenie. Tickets are available at the box office on the day of the show, and seating is first come, first served.

Tuesday, July 29, 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. And, if you pay just $5, you can also see the cool (and awesomely disgusting) Grossology exhibit.

Tuesday, July 29, San Antonio Museum of Art, 200 West Jones Ave, 78215, 4:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Free admission to SAMA on Tuesdays

Tuesday, July 29, Under IH-35 at the San Antonio River Walk at river level at the intersection of Camden and Newell streets, 7:30 p.m.
Bat Loco with the San Antonio River Authority (SARA). Each Tuesday, through August 13, join The San Antonio River Authority (SARA), Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD), and Bat Conservation International (BCI) for this educational series about the bats in our area. The series is free to attend and culminates in a Bat Loco Bash on Tuesday, August 12 (that starts at 6:00 p.m.)

Tuesday, July 29, Travis Park, sunset
Movies by Moonlight: Despicable Me 2. Take advantage of free parking on Tuesdays at downtown city-operated facilities after 5:00 p.m.

Wednesday, July 30, Guerra Library,  7978 W Military Dr, 78227, 4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Spikey Mikey Magic Show at SummerFest

Wednesday, July 30, 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.

Wednesday, July 30, Pearl Stable, 200 E. Grayson Street, 78215, 5:30 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.
Free Summer Dance Hall Series at Pearl Stable. This free dance and music series, sponsored by Corona and Cadillac, has a line up hand-selected by San Antonio Jazz legend Doc Watkins. July 30 features Tyler Jackson and the River City Stompers (dixieland/western swing). The Summer Dance Hall Series runs every Wednesday at Pearl Stable, through August 27. Beer, wine, and water are available for purchase.

Thursday, July 31, Main Plaza (downtown San Antonio) 115 N. Main Avenue, dusk
Free Cycle-In Movies at Main Plaza: Wayne’s World

Friday, August 1, Wonderland of the Americas Mall Amphitheater, 4522 Fredericksburg Rd., 7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
This week the Balcones Heights Jazz Festival features Nelson Rangell and Roman Street. Free General Admission. Outdoor seating on the amphitheater lawn is free on a first-come, first-served basis. Typically jazz fans begin reserving their spots with blankets and lawn chairs the morning of each concert. No coolers allowed – food and beverages are available for purchase at a variety of booths, as well as the adjacent food court inside Wonderland of the Americas. For more information, please visit or call 210-732-0055.

Saturday, August 2, El Bari Community Health Center (Muslim Children Education and Civic Center), 5281 Casa Bella, 78249, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
This free health fair includes dental exams, diabetes screenings, heart risk assessment, circulation screening, kidney disease testing, mammogram screening info, nutrition and fitness, Ask a Doc, and door prizes. Sponsored by the Baptist Health System and University Health System. Call 210-888-0671 for more information.

Saturday, August 2, Freeman Expo Hall, 3201 E Houston St, 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Back to School Expo with free school supplies and more! Alamo City Comic Con joined forces with Cox Media to provide this free event to get kids ready to go back to school. Kids will receive: free school supplies while they last, free haircuts, low-cost to no-cost immunizations, free dental screenings, and giveaways. Also visiting the expo will be the Spurs Coyote, Ronald McDonald, mascots from Six Flags Fiesta Texas, and the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles from Alamo City Comic Con.

Saturday, August 2, Wonderland of the Americas Mall, 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
A Celebration of Star Wars is a free, smaller alliterative to the larger Comic Con happening this weekend in San Antonio. Attendees wear costumes, there are kids crafts available, and light saber demos. San Antonio’s own Geek Chic Mama has all of the details for A Celebration of Star Wars.

Saturday, August 2, Hardberger Park, 13203 Blanco Road, 78216, 10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Family-friendly yoga

Saturday, August 2, Lakeshore Learning, 327 NW Loop 410, 78216, 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Free craft for kids, ages 3 and up: you name it door hanger

Saturday, August 2, Phil Hardberger Park Urban Ecology Center (8400 NW Military Hwy.), 1:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Texas Public Radio presents: The Art of Recycling. San Antonio families are invited to join TPR, Blue Star, Inspire Fine Arts Center, and the Barshop Jewish Community Center for this free event to celebrate the art of recycling! Kids will be guided through creating new art using recycled materials. Families can also learn about reusing water, and what the current standards are for what’s allowed in your recycling bin. Snacks will be served and attendees are encourages to bring new art supplies for Big Brothers Big Sisters South Texas. This event is free, but donations are welcomed and encouraged.

Saturday, August 2, Cortez Library, 2803 Hunter Blvd., 78224, 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Intro to magic class

Sunday, August 3, 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 (10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
First Sundays for Families: Ancient Greece and Rome (12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.)
Enjoy free art activities including making mosaics, clay vases, and discovering costumes from the ancient realms of Greece and Rome. Kids get free admission. After 12:00 p.m., adults pay $10 each.

Sunday, August 3, Floore’s Country Store, 14492 Old Bandera Rd., 78023, 6:00 p.m.
Family Night and Free Dance featuring Drugstore Cowboys

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Free kid-friendly activities in San Antonio through August 3, 2014