Free in San Antonio through May 4, 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!

Heads up! Register now!
This summer, the Microsoft store at La Cantera offers FREE game coding, game designing, and movie making camps for kids ages 8-13, starting June 2. Spots are sure to go quickly, so make your reservations today.

Friday, May 2, 7:30 p.m., San Antonio Botanical Garden, 555 Funston, 78209
Starlight Movies in the Garden Series: Breakfast at Tiffany’s (movie begins at dusk)
Picnics, blankets, lawn chairs welcome. Light concessions will be offered for sale.

Friday, May 2, 7:00 p.m., Alamo Drafthouse Westlakes and Stone Oak locations
Free admission (all ages welcome!) to watch the Spurs on the Drafthouse’s super big screen in Game 6 (Friday at 7:00 p.m.) and Game 7 (Sunday, time TBD) as they go for their fifth title.
An 18% gratuity will be added to all food and beverage checks during Spurs screenings.

Friday, May 2 – Sunday, May 4, various times and various San Antonio Library branch library locations
The San Antonio Library offers free, fun sessions for kids this weekend (and most weekends). Their calendar has all of the up-to-date information including times and addresses. This weekends’ events include Come & Go Crafts at the Thousand Oaks Branch Library (Sat.), Dinosaur Day at the Westfall Branch Library (Sat.),  Science Experiments Live! for Young Children at the Landa Branch Library (Sun.), and Yu-Gi-Oh! Dueling on the Patio Semmes Branch Library (Sun.). Also scheduled at branches across the city are bilingual events to celebrate Día de los Niños. Visit this calendar for dates and locations.

Saturday, May 3, 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m., BlueStar, 116 Blue Star, 78204
Blue Star Family Day: Discover Printmaking!
Families learn how to use different printmaking techniques with help from local artists.

Saturday, May 3, 10:00 a.m., Landa Gardens, 233 Bushnell, 78212
A free performance by Mestizo escuela de baile Folklorico 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.

Saturday, May 3, 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m., So Bro Pizza Co, 1915 Broadway
In anticipation of the release of The Amazing Spiderman 2, Spiderman himself makes an appearance at So Bro Pizza Co, Broadway’s newest pizzeria. No admission charge. Regular lunch menu available.

Saturday, May 3, 12:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m., 115 Plaza de Armas in downtown San Antonio (in the courtyard along Commerce Street)
Mercado O’liva. Enjoy San Antonio’s newest outdoor market: shop local artisans and vendors, watch food demos, buy refreshments, listen to live entertainment, and learn about plans for the new restaurant, O’liva, set to open in that area later this year.

Sunday, May 4, 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m., San Antonio Museum of Art, 200 West Jones Avenue, 78215
San Antonio Museum of Art’s First Sundays for Families: Animal Instincts: Events and activities for kids and families inspired by Bob Kuhn’s exhibit, Drawing on Instinct. Scavenger hunt, hands-on activities including watercolors, animal portraits, and storytelling in the gallery. Kids 12 and under are FREE! Everyone is admitted for free on Sundays at SAMA from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Almost Free Fun in San Antonio:

Saturday, May 3, 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m., Phil Hardberger Park East – Salado Creek Classroom, 13203 Blanco Rd.
First Saturday Program – Snakes Alive
Learn to distinguish Texas venomous snakes from non-venomous ones and learn other characteristics of snakes native to our area. Meet and touch friendly snakes and participate in a kid-friendly craft. This program is popular, so register ASAP. A donation of $3 per person or $5 per family is suggested. Register by calling 210-207-3106 or email Su************@sa********.gov.

Hat tips to San Antonio mom bloggers Inga with San Antonio Charter Moms, Christine with SA Movie Examiner, and Stacy with Kids, Stuff, World, who suggested a few of the events listed above!