Free Things to Do: Kid-friendly 

click to enlarge JEREMIAH TEUTSCH
  • Jeremiah Teutsch

It’s almost summer, which means that your government-subsidized free daycare (aka public school) goes on hiatus thanks to an archaic allegiance to a rural agriculture economic system that hasn’t been in play for decades. What to do with the wee ones whining “I’m booooored” all the live-long day? We have a few ideas.

Family Flicks at SAMA
The fine folks at Slab Cinema have teamed up with the San Antonio Art Museum to present family-friendly films every second Saturday. While perfectly adorable, the film curation doesn’t pander and instead presents fun classics and artful indies. Take, for example, the June 14 screening of The Red Balloon, the iconic French film, paired with the Oscar-nominated French animated film A Cat in Paris about a cuddly house kitty by day that transforms into a daring cat burglar at night. The films are shown outdoors, but can easily be moved to the indoor auditorium during inclement weather. Sundown every second Sat, San Antonio Art Museum, 200 W Jones, (210) 978-8100, samuseum.org.

Free Family Art Day
Inspire Community Fine Art Center holds a free class for kids every second Saturday at their whimsical location in Mahncke Park. Parents can relax while kids try their hand at a variety of art projects. The non-profit even offers an Inspire Passport that allows Free Family Art Day participants to keep track of their visits in order to earn free T-shirts and discounts on children’s classes. 10am-1pm every second Sat, Inspire Community Fine Art Center, 200 Queen Anne, (210) 829-5592, inspirefineart.org.

Free Kids Night at San Antonio Children’s Museum
Before they move into their big-time home at the “Do-seum” currently being constructed on Broadway, check out the San Antonio Children’s Museum small but interesting current Downtown location. Every third Tuesday, the museum offers free admission to its many exhibits that promise to entertain kids with giant foam blocks, a kiddy airport and a bubble ranch, among other things. The tot spot has activities appropriate for infants and kids up to age 36 months. Also, on Tuesday evenings parking at City-owned lots is free, making this an easy outing to beat the midweek blues. 5-7pm every third Tue, 305 E Houston, (210) 212-4453, sakids.org.

Miss Anastasia’s Storytime
Even adults will likely be charmed by the energetic and enthusiastic Miss Anastasia (Anastasia McKenna), who reads a story and instructs an easy craft lesson at the Twig every Friday morning. A traveling storyteller, McKenna has shared her celebrated tale-telling approach with adults via TEDx and PechaKucha San Antonio lectures. Learn more at thestorytimechicks.com. 10:30am most Fri, 306 Pearl Pkwy, (210) 826-6411, thetwig.indiebound.com.

Free Family Movies at Santikos Theaters
Starting June 10 through July 16, parents and caregivers can catch an early break Tuesday and Wednesday with free, recently released family films that screen at the kid-friendly hour of 10 a.m. Week 1 features How to Train Your Dragon; week 2 features Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2, etc … Films will be shown at six local Santikos locations, including the swanky Palladium IMAX. The theaters will also offer discounted kids’ snack packs that include a kid-sized popcorn and drink plus graham crackers for $3. The free tickets can’t be bought in advance or off-site, so be sure to show up early if your kiddo has his or her heart set on a particular film. Santikos.com. —CE

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