Around 100 young San Antonians and their families flocked to the Scobee Education Center and Planetarium Wednesday night for a special celebration of Star Wars and all things space organized by Councilman Roberto Treviño and District 1 staff and several educational partners.
May 4, recognized by many as “Star Wars Day” for the play on words “May the Force/Fourth be with you,” inspires devoted fans of the film franchise across the nation to dress up as their favorite character, host Star Wars-themed gatherings, and appreciate the inspiring complexity of space.
While there wasn’t a strong presence of Star Wars costumes among visitors, Treviño – a true Star Wars fan – made sure to get in the spirit of the festivities by wearing his homemade Han Solo costume which included a handmade blaster and leather holster.
Throughout the evening, attendees took part in arts and craft activities like making their own superhero capes, sampled Princess Leia cupcakes, took photos with superhero characters from the nonprofit Champions of San Antonio, and participated in learning activities about space.
Children gathered inside the planetarium for a special movie screening of Attack of the Space Pirates, a full-dome animation show, and little ones winding down from the night’s activities enjoyed a short reading of Star Wars: The Force Awakens by representatives from Bexar County’s BiblioTech.
For Treviño, hosting an event that used Star Wars to “celebrate science and art” was about showing San Antonio youth ways to make learning fun.
“When you love something – when you enjoy it and you have fun – then the work isn’t work,” he said. “You actually are willing to learn how to make something … and before you know it, you’ve done something that seemed insurmountable.”
Assistant Editor Camille Garcia contributed to this report.