Editor’s note: Given the current situation, we’re doing our best to make sure the events on this list are still going on as planned. If you plan on attending any of these events, please check with the host/venue before you go to verify it’s still taking place.

Looking for the best free and cheap things to do in San Antonio this week? There are plenty of fun events going on all week, and we have your guide to the ones you don’t want to miss!

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Monday

Virtual Story Time with Ms. Kim at Hemisfair
What: Your favorite Story Time is going digital! Tune in as Ms. Kim reads our Book of the Week, then do the #ParkItAtHome STEAM-related activity on your own using items you find around the house.
When: January 11, 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Where: Online
Cost: Free

 

Tuesday

Michael’s Kids Club Online
What:
On Tuesdays and Thursdays, we create! Please visit the Michael’s website for more information and RSVP for this free class. Classes intended for ages 3 and older.
When:
January 12, 3:00 p.m.
Where: 
Online
Cost: 
Free

After School in the Garden at the San Antonio Botanical Garden
What: Get outside and experience the Botanical Garden during after-school hours! Students will explore science and nature concepts throughout 38 acres of nature in a nurturing and safe setting. For ages 7-12. Limited space. Program primarily takes place outdoors and follows all COVID-19 visitor guidelines.
When: 
January 12, 3:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Where: 
555 Funston Pl., 78205
Cost: 
Rates vary

 

Wednesday

San Antonio Zoo
What: Get out of the house and explore the San Antonio Zoo! Get your tickets for $8 each when you use the code SENSIBLY at checkout.
When: January 13, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Where: 3903 N St Mary’s St., 78212
Cost: $8 (when purchased online with code SENSIBLY)

Astronomy in the Park – Raymond Rimkus
What: SAAA members will have telescopes set up to show you various objects in the night sky. Astronomers will be setup in the large parking lot near the intersection of Cherryleaf St. and Poss Road. *This is a free event open to the public, however it is dependent on the weather so if it is cloudy or raining the event will be canceled. Check the SAAA Facebook page for updates. Note about the start time: It’s a general time – usually they meet before sunset to set up telescopes and then viewing will start as soon as conditions allow (generally about 1 hour after sunset).
When: January 13, 8:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Where: 6440 Evers Rd., 78240
Cost: Free

 

Thursday

Story Time Online with the San Antonio Public Library
What: Preschoolers will experience stories, songs and rhymes enhancing their social, emotional and language development. Parents and caregivers are invited to stay after the program for some informal conversation in our facilitated breakout rooms. This online program is recommended for three to five year olds.
When: January 14, 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Where: Online
Cost: Free

Story Time and Take & Make Craft with Leon Valley Public Library
What: Enjoy stories, songs, and finger plays! Only available virtually through the Facebook Group: “LVPL Online Events.” After, pick up your take & make craft! 
When: January 14, 10:30 a.m. – 11:30a.m. 
Where: Online
Cost: Free

 

Friday

Save on a Visit to Andretti Indoor Karting
As drivers execute hairpin turns and speed along the straightaways, the sleek bodies of superkarts screech across the winding indoor track at Andretti Indoor Karting and Games. The feature attraction at the 100,000-square-foot entertainment complex boasts an adult road course track where racers 15 and older can quench their need for speed. Get your Groupon today!

Story Time at the Twig Book Shop
What: Come join Miss Anastasia at The Twig for a seriously fun story time and a delightful craft. Young and old TWIGLETS will get a real kick out of her highly entertaining storytelling. All ages welcome.
When: January 15, 10:30 a.m.
Where: Online
Cost: Free

Family Flashlight Night at the San Antonio Botanical Garden
What:
 Discover the nocturnal side of the Botanical Garden! Prepare your flashlights and headlamps for the Family Flashlight Night. Make shadow puppets and find your way through a Light Maze. 
When:
January 15, 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Where: 555 Funston Pl., 78209
Cost: Free with general admission ($12 – $15) | Free for members

 

Saturday

Nature Talk: Growing Herbs for Attracting Pollinators 
What: Tune in to hear Ruby Zavala describe the best herbs to plant in your garden that will benefit pollinators and how to prepare your herbs for sachets.
When: 
January 16, 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. 
Where:
Online
Cost: 
Free

Huebner Oaks Farmer’s Market
What: Browse the fresh and handmade goods. The layout has been updated to observe the CDC recommendations. Masks mandatory for both Vendors & Patrons.
When: January 16, 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. 
Where: 11745 W Interstate 10, 78230
Cost: Free

Adventurers Book Club: Raina Telgemeier
What: Join the Adventurer’s Book Club for a virtual chat about the graphic novels created by Raina Telgemeier! Raina Telgemeier is a most popular for her autobiographical books detailing the trials and tribulations of growing up like Smile, Sisters and Guts. Come learn a bit about graphic novels, talk about your favorite Raina books, and participate in a wild and wacky Would You Rather game based on her books! *Registration required*
When: 
January 16, 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. 
Where:
Online
Cost: 
Free

Wishing Lanterns on the River Walk
What: Join the San Antonio River Walk for the experience of casting lanterns into the river in honor of loved ones, hopes, dreams, and wishes. Entertainment includes Asian music and dance prior to wishing lantern release.
When: 
January 16, 5:00 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.
Where:
110 Broadway St., 78205
Cost: 
Free but lanterns are $5 and can be purchased online in advance or at the event

 

Sunday

Shoott Free 30 Minute Outdoor Photoshoot
What: Enjoy sun, social distancing, and supporting local photographers with a free, 30-minute mini photoshoot!
When: 
January 17, 9:00 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Where: 
Various locations around San Antonio
Cost: 
Free session | Pay for the photos $15 or less each

Alamo Heights Farmer’s Market
What: Find something for everyone at Our weekly Sunday farmers market at The Quarry is where you can find us and our freshly handmade products! 
When: January 17, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. 
Where: 255 E Basse Rd., 78209
Cost: Free

Weekend Family Painting at Painting with a Twist 
What: Paint an “The Force” at this trivia class for all ages. Pre-registration is required.
When: January 17, 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Where: 1248 Austin Hwy., Suite 217, 78209
Cost: $39 – $60

Which things to do in San Antonio this week are you most excited about?
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