For some, May 4 is no different than any other day. But for those with a special appreciation for Luke Skywalker, Chewbacca, Darth Vader, and other Star Wars cronies, the day inspired by a simple pun, “May the Force/Fourth be with you,” calls for celebration of the Star Wars franchise – one of the most popular film franchises of all time – and other space-related topics.
There are a number of themed parties and gatherings going on across the nation and city, but young San Antonians and their families are invited to take part in “May the Fourth” festivities Wednesday night at the Scobee Education Center and Planetarium, 1300 San Pedro Ave., from 6:30-8:30 p.m.
This event is free and open to the public, though specifically designed for late elementary school- and middle school-aged students. Star Wars and other space-themed costumes are highly encouraged.
“May the Fourth will highlight the importance of science, technology and literacy using fun, interactive learning opportunities,” stated Councilman Roberto Treviño (D1) in a news release. Treviño, an avid Star Wars fan, organized the event with District 1 staff and a host of local educational organizations.
Beyond bringing a fun-filled evening to inquisitive young San Antonians, the District 1 office is also hoping to use the Force on May 4 to bring awareness to the importance of science education.
“(Treviño) feels very influenced by his exposure to Star Wars and science and technology,” said Desireé Luckey, District 1 council aide. “This (event) is about giving kids the opportunity to experience that for themselves.”
Along with Princess Leia cupcakes, Rebel cookies, Yoda Soda, Bantha blue milk, and other Star Wars-inspired menu items to snack on, attendees will have the opportunity to take part in fun learning activities and arts and crafts centered around space travel, the planets, and more about galaxies far, far away.
Each of the event’s participating organizations – including San Antonio College, San Antonio Youth Literacy, San Antonio Public Library, SAReads, Boys & Girls Clubs of San Antonio, YMCA of San Antonio, Spare Parts Studios, and H-E-B – will have booths set up with special activities and information about their services, and representatives from Bexar County’s BiblioTech, the first all-digital public library in the United States, will read The Force Awakens to little ones.
The Planetarium will also host a special movie screening of Attack of the Space Pirates, a full-dome animation show, for participants. Heroes and characters from the nonprofit Champions of San Antonio will be available for photo opportunities.
Top image: Storm Troopers wait in an elevator in downtown San Antonio on Star Wars Day, 2015. Photo by Scott Ball.