Free in San Antonio through May 11, 2014

Free in San Antonio is published each week on SanAntonioMomBlogs.com. 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.

FREE for Cinco de Mayo:
Monday, May 5, Kate’s Frosting, 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. 2518 N. Main Ave. 78212 AND 7701 Broadway, 78209
FREE margarita mini cupcakes at both locations today to celebrate Cinco de Mayo

FREE for teachers:
Monday, May 6, Chipotle locations, 4:00 p.m. – close
Let your favorite teachers know they can receive Chipotle’s Teacher Appreciation special: Buy One, Get One offer when they show their valid school ID and purchase one other menu item at participating locations.

FREE Swimming:
Four public San Antonio pools are now open on select dates and hours, May 3 – June 14 (then regular summer hours kick in)

Tuesday, May 6, Taco Cabana locations, breakfast hours
Free breakfast taco?!? Our friends at Free Fun in Austin just tipped us off to this freebie deal. Check out their post for details.

Tuesday, May 6, LEGO Store at North Star Mall, 5:00 p.m. until supplies last
FREE LEGO® Store Monthly Mini Model Build!
This month: LEGO Dragon
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.

Tuesday, May 6, Alamo Drafthouse Westlakes, 8:30 p.m.
Free admission (all ages welcome!) to watch the Spurs on the Drafthouse’s super big screen in Game 1 against the Portland Trailblazers. An 18% gratuity will be added to any food and beverage checks during Spurs screenings.

Thursday, May 8, Alamo Drafthouse Park North, Stone Oak, and Westlakes, 8:30 p.m.
Free admission (all ages welcome!) to watch the Spurs on the Drafthouse’s super big screen in Game 1 against the Portland Trailblazers. An 18% gratuity will be added to any food and beverage checks during Spurs screenings.

Friday, May 9, Pearl Amphitheater, 7:00 p.m.
Free Latino music concert: Echale at Pearl
Sonido San Francisco, Chicha Libre, DMK

Friday, May 9, San Antonio Botanical Garden, 555 Funston, 78209,  7:30 p.m.
Starlight Movies in the Garden Series: Vertigo (movie begins at dusk)
Picnics, blankets, lawn chairs welcome. Light concessions will be offered for sale.

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

Saturday, May 10, Eisenhower Park, 19399 NW Military Hwy 78257, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
All About Bees – Family Program
Local bee keepers discuss and describe their experiences with bees.
Reservations are recommended. Call 210-207-5320 or email [email protected]

Saturday, May 10, Amtrak Station, 350 Hoefgen Street, San Antonio TX 78205, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Gather your train lovers and head downtown to celebrate National Train Day at our local Amtrak Station in San Antonio. This free, family-friendly event includes tours of the vintage Southern Pacific steam locomotive No. 794; safety presentations; and awe-inspiring exhibits by talented local hobby and model train shops and enthusiasts, including the  Texas LEGO Users Group. Free parking available at the VIA’s Ellis Alley Park and Ride lot located at nearby 212 Chestnut Street.

Saturday, May 10, 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.

Saturday, May 10, Landa Gardens, 233 Bushnell, 78212, 10:00 a.m.
This Saturday, families can participate in the free “Art in the Park” community art project as part of the Landa Gardens Month, free events for families every Saturday in May at the Valero pavilion. San Antonio mom blogger Inga, with San Antonio Charter Moms, has more details about all of the free Landa Gardens Month events in May.

Saturday, May 10, SA Conservation Society’s River House behind the Steves Homestead Museum, 509 King William St, 78204, 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Attend a free (all ages) lecture about, and demonstration of, the over 200-year-old craft of Mexican Papel Picado, or punched paper, by Kathleen Trenchard, author of the book, Mexican Papercutting. Sponsored by the King William Association as part of Historic Preservation Month. RSVP: [email protected] or call the KWA office 210-227-8786.

Saturday, May 10, Phil Hardberger Park West, 8400 NW Military Hwy., 7:30 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.
Join local astronomers from the San Antonio Astronomical Association to celebrate Astronomy Day at the Hardberger Park Star Party! 

Saturday, May 10, San Antonio Museum of Art, 200 West Jones Ave., 8:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Family Flick at SAMA. Free family movie (Where the Wild Things Are) in the West Courtyard. Bring a picnic for dinner, chairs, and blankets. Movie begins at sundown.

Saturday, May 10, Alamo Drafthouse Park North, and Stone Oak, 9:30 p.m.
Free admission (all ages welcome!) to watch the Spurs on the Drafthouse’s super big screen in Game 1 against the Portland Trailblazers. An 18% gratuity will be added to any food and beverage checks during Spurs screenings.

Sunday, May 11 (MOTHER’S DAY!), Institute of Texan Cultures, 801 E. César E. Chávez Blvd., 12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Each second Sunday in May, July, and August in 2014, the Institute of Texan Cultures waives their admission fee for the entire day. Spend Mother’s Day enjoying one of San Antonio’s wonderful museums for free! 

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