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For box office use only [CKIDS] March 2013 | OurKidMagazine.com 3 contents march 2013 volume 30 • number 3 11 departments 6 On the Web March Featured Web Content 8 Editor’s Note Spring Break Camps and Activities 9 FYI n Autism Spectrum Disorder n World Autism Awareness Day Concert n Friends Influence Teens’ Drinking 27 Health Sense Moving Toward Fitness 31 b.a.b.y. Meeting Matthew 39 Your Kids in Our Kids calendar features 11 Reviving Family Game Night 34 Highlight It is not uncommon to see families dining in restaurants, more interested in their individual phones and gadgets than talking to each other. It may be this type of behavior, inspiring many to bring back “family game night,” a time in which they gather to play games – where the goal is less about winning and more about reconnecting. 25 Spring Break Family Fun 34 Ongoing Exhibits advertising 15 Camp Directory 31 b.a.b.y. San Antonio and the surrounding area offer numerous opportunities for families to engage in fun activities the whole family can enjoy during Spring Break. on the cover 14 Spring is in the Air 11 Reviving Family Game Night 25 Family Fun Hot Spots Photo by Kelley Ramotowski 4 33 Family Theater Our Kids Magazine | March 2013 coming next month! • Understanding Your Baby’s Cries benefiting the Foundation School for Autism PTO chili cook-off and sensory friendly carnival March 23rd 10am-1pm at the Miracle League of San Antonio Field http://IAMsatx.com Magazine Magazine Magazine Magazine Magazine Magazine Magazine Magazine theMcNay JB Heating & Air Conditioning email@example.com Like us on facebook @ Foundation School for Autism PTO Magazine Magazine Spring Break Free Family Days: Viva Fiesta! Tuesday & Wednesday, March 12 & 13, 2:00–4:00 pm Thursday, March 14, 2:00–6:00 pm See masks, costumes, and fair ground traditions from around the world in the exhibition Fiesta, Fête, Festival: Selections from the Tobin Collection. Tuesday & Wednesday Paper Puppets: Mix patterns and textures to make characters. Rope Tricks: Learn from a Charro. Storytelling in the Galleries: Hear festival tales. Tuesday through Thursday Mask-making: Create a humorous mask based on Commedia dell ‘Arte. 15-minute Family Tours: Pick up free tickets in the AT&T Lobby. Thursday only Picnic on the Grounds: Bring a blanket & enjoy festive fare from Wheelie Gourmet. $ Papel Picado: Watch Kathleen Trenchard cut paper designs. DIY River Float: Build your own festival float for our parade. Parade at the McNay: March with your masterpiece and mask. Meet at 5:45pm in front of the museum. McNay Art Museum 210.805.1768 6000 North New Braunfels San Antonio, Texas 78209 mcnayart.org This exhibition was organized by the McNay Art Museum and is a program of the Tobin Theatre Arts Fund. Right image : Eugene Berman, Costume design for Pulcinella (detail), 1972. Watercolor and ink on paper. Collection of the McNay Art Museum, Gift of The Tobin Endowment. Left image: Natalia Gontcharova, Costume design for a Spanish dancer with a fan, ca. 1916. Watercolor and graphite on paper. Collection of the McNay Art Museum, Gift of Robert L. B. 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Additionally, don’t forget that area theme parks are open at this time. Below is a sampling of spring break camps in the San Antonio area: ■■Spring Break at the Back 40 (the Institute of Texan Cultures) ■■Spring Break Science Camp (San Antonio Children’s Museum) ■■ Stone Oak Theatre Camp (Stone Oak Theatre and Dance Company) ■■Spring Break at the Garden (Botanical Garden) ■■Spring Break Free Family Days (McNay Art Museum) ■■Spring Break Adventure Camp (Witte Museum) ■■ITEC Spring Break Camp (UTSA) ■■Spring Break Camp (Magik Theatre) Summer Camps and Activities Now is the time to begin signing up kids for summer activities. Check out the summer activities including overnight and day camps and other fun and educational opportunities in this issue of Our Kids. Are you looking to revive or perhaps, begin a family game night? Read “Reviving Family Game Night” in this month’s issue. Happy Spring Break and happy reading! 8 Our Kids Magazine | March 2013 EDITORIAL Editor: Cynthia Ladson Magazine Copy Editor: Emilie Jordan-Michael Proofreader: April Lynn Newell PHOTOGRAPHY: Kelley Ramotowski ADVERTISING SALES Account Executives: Mary Anne Jones Pat Ramotowski Magazine PRODUCTION Graphic/Web Designer: Rudy Riojas DISTRIBUTION Distribution Manager: Tony Smith OUR KIDS MAGAZINE LLC is a locally owned magazine published monthly. Advertisements in this magazine are paid for by the advertisers, which allows this magazine to be free to the consumer. Limit of one free copy per reader. Call 210-3054181 ext. 106 to request additional copies. Unless specifically noted, no advertisers, products or services are endorsed by the publisher. All real estate advertised herein is subject to the Federal Fair Housing Act, which makes it illegal to advertise any preference, limitation, or discrimination because of race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status, or national origin or intention to make any such preference, limitation, or discrimination. We will not knowingly accept any advertising for real estate which is in violation of the law. All persons are hereby informed that all dwellings advertising are available on an equal opportunity basis. OUR KIDS MAGAZINE LLC copyright 2013. All rights reserved. Reproduction in whole or part without written permission is prohibited. family f.y.i. Early Autism Spectrum Disorder May Not Last a Lifetime Findings of a recent National Institute of Health study indicates that some children correctly diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) at an early age may lose symptoms as they grow older. ASD includes several related brain disorders, with symptoms ranging from mild to severe. People with ASD generally have trouble with social interactions and communication. ASD affects about 1 in every 88 children. The NIH findings released via their website in late January states that “Optimal outcome” – a term used when symptoms are lost later in life – has been documented in previous ASD studies. The release, however, notes that questions remain about the accuracy of the original diagnosis in previous studies. A research team led by Dr. Deborah Fein at the University of Connecticut at Storrs, sought to investigate whether optimal outcome could be seen in children who had a confirmed ASD diagnosis before age 5. To be included in the study, participants had to be currently enrolled in regular education classrooms and had to have a documented report of their earlier diagnosis from a physician or psychologist specializing in autism. An ASD diagnostic expert reviewed the reports showing only descriptions of behavior. Three groups ranging from 8 to 21 years old participated, with 34 individuals in the optimal outcome group. Participants were matched by age, sex and nonverbal IQ to 44 individuals with high-functioning ASD and 34 typically developing individuals. The optimal outcome group appeared to have somewhat milder social problems at an early age than the high-functioning ASD group. However, both had similar communication and repetitive behavior symptoms. To evaluate their current status, the researchers used a standard set of cognitive and observational tests as well as parent questionnaires. This assessment found that the optimal outcome individuals had no apparent deficits in language, face recognition, communication or social interaction. “All children with ASD are capable of making progress with intensive therapy, but with our current state of knowledge most do not achieve the kind of optimal outcome that we are studying,” says Fein. “Our hope is that further research will help us better understand the mechanisms of change so that each child can have the best possible life.” The study, funded by NIH’s National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), appeared in the February 2013 issue of the Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry. – Cynthia Ladson Free Concert to Kick Off World Autism Awareness Day Dreams Fulfilled Through Music, a local organization involved in sharing and teaching music to persons with special needs, will present a free outdoor concert in front of the Alamo 11:30 a.m. April 2. The concert kicks off the city’s observance of World Autism Awareness Day. April is also National Autism Awareness Month. Some of the featured student groups include the Alamo Angels Accordion Orchestra, the MOSAIC Ringers, Signs of the Time Deaf and Hearing Choirs of Providence Place. The program will highlight the music of Texas and American composers and include several patriotic selections. A number of the student performers are autistic. Darien Williams, who received the national “Yes I Can” award from the Council for Exceptional Children will also perform. “Because music is one of the most important elements in the therapeutic activities for individuals facing the challenges of autism, this opportunity to perform and share their talents with the community is especially meaningful,” says Mary Kathryn Archuleta, March 2013 | OurKidsMagazine.com 9 family f.y.i. Best Friends Influence When Teens Take First Drink By Cynthia Ladson A national study recently published in the journal Pediatrics finds that adolescents who get their first drink from a friend are more likely to begin consuming alcohol sooner. Past surveys show that these teens are more prone to abuse alcohol when they get older. Researchers at the University of Iowa leading the study hope the findings will help in heading off problem drinking among teens. When you start drinking, even with kids who come from families who abuse alcohol, they don’t get their first drinks from their family, says Samuel Kuperman, child and adolescent psychiatrist at the University of Iowa’s Carver College of Medicine. “They get their first drinks from their friends. If they have friends who have alcohol, then it’s easier for them to have that first drink,” says Kuperman. “One-third of eighth graders in the United States report they’ve tried alcohol,” according to a 2011 study of 20,000 teenagers conducted by the University of Michigan and funded by the National Institutes of Health. The 2011 University of Michigan study. The study of 20,000 teenagers, funded by the National Institute of Health, found that by 10th grade, more than half of the teens say they’ve had a first drink. That percentage shoots up to 70 percent by the teens’ senior year. “There’s something driving kids to drink. Maybe it’s the ‘coolness’ factor or some mystique about it. So, we’re trying to educate kids about the risks associated with drinking and give them alternatives.” The team found several variables to be predictors of early drinking in teens: ■■disruptive behavior, ■■a family history of alcohol dependence, ■■poor social skills, and ■■whether most best friends drink alcohol. 10 Our Kids Magazine | March 2013 Of the top variables, a best friend who drank and had access to alcohol was the most important predictor, according to the University of Iowa study. “Family history doesn’t necessarily drive the age of first drink,” notes Kuperman, who has studied teen drinking for more than 10 years. “It’s access. At that age (14 or 15), access trumps all. As they get older, then family history plays a larger role.” The current study drew from a pool of 820 adolescents at six sites across the country. Participants were 14 to 17 years old, with a median age of 15.5, nearly identical to the typical age of an adolescent’s first drink found in previous studies. More than eight in 10 respondents came from what the researchers deemed high-risk families, but more than half of the teenagers had no alcohol-dependent parents. Among those adolescents who reported having drank alcohol, nearly four in 10 say their best friends also drank. Researchers say the results underscore previous findings that teenagers who have their first drink before 15 years of age are more likely to abuse alcohol or become dependent. feature The Family that Plays Together … Game Night Bringing Families Closer By Bonny Osterhage I n a society where the most common form of communication is texts and e-mails, human interaction is falling by the wayside. It is not uncommon to see families dining in restaurants, all of them plugged in to phones and gadgets, ignoring one another in favor of the person at the other end of their online communications. Perhaps it is this lack of quality family time inspiring many to bring back “family game night,” a time in which they gather to play games where the goal is less about winning and more about reconnecting. “Game nights are a time for us to connect and laugh and just be a family,” says Manda Kelley, mother of Reid, age 12 and Lila, age 9. The Kelleys have a “family game night” once a week during the summer months, and about every other week during the school year. It’s a tradition that began when the children were younger, and Kelley says it serves as a great opportunity to catch up with the children about what’s going on at school or with their friends. “Sometimes things will come out that normally wouldn’t during the run-of-the-mill dinner conversation or after-school chatter,” says Kelley. “It’s amazing how much they will reveal when we are not in the normal roles of Mom and Dad, but just hanging out as friends.” president of marketing for Hasbro Games, is quoted as saying, “Family game night invites everyone to turn off the outside world for a short time and reconnect with each other.” Still others think spending time in everyday family leisure activities leads to greater emotional bonding within the family. Selena Dominguez, manager of Learning Express, says she has seen a definite increase in the sale of board games recently. “People want to have a good time and be together. This is a more active way to do that than gathering in front of the television.” Mark Lopez, manager of a local Toy Zone, agrees. “We practically sold out of all our games during the holidays,” says Lopez. “It’s nice to see people involved with their kids again, instead of just sticking them in front of a video game.” It’s In the Cards Research supports what Kelley has discovered. In an article on www.hvparent.com, Matt Collins, vice Board or Bored? That’s not to say that a family game night cannot include video games. While there is still a place for Photo by Kelley Ramotowski March 2013 | OurKidsMagazine.com 11 THE THE ULTIMATE VIDEO VIDE EO O GAME GAME PARTY PARTY ™ ® 888-602-4263 • 210-501-4177 Patented. Reliable. Fun.™ www.gametruckparty.com All trademarks are owned by their respective owners. USE THIS COUPON TO RECEIVE ONE FREE CHILD’S ADMISSION WHEN YOU PURCHASE ONE ADULT ADMISSION CAN NOT BE USED WITH ANY OTHER OFFER. NO CASH VALUE. OVER 500 ANIMALS ON DISPLAY! 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Even if you do not agree on the usefulness of video games, some – younger and even older family members – might find the classic board games, not as stimulating. “This form of entertainment engages everyone,” says D.J. Allen, regional director for Game Stop San Antonio. Allen, a father of four, says there are many video games that can be played together as a family. A few that he recommends include Udraw Pictionary and the popular Dance Central and Just Dance. “Dance Central gets the family up and moving,” he says. Hasbro Family Game Night features computer versions of classic family board games, and is a good compromise for those parents who want something traditional while their children may long for something more high-tech. Winning Of course the object of game night is to spend quality family time together, so if games aren’t your family’s thing, there are other alternatives. Wendy Chipman and her two children, Guy, 13, and Lilly, 10, have designated Wednesday nights as “family art night.” “I started this when the children were younger, but Lilly has taken it over,” says Chipman. During “family art night,” the Chipmans assemble scissors, tape, glue, beads and items they collect throughout the week to be repurposed for a project such as bottles, buttons and other “found objects.” Aside from making keepsake art, the family is making memories. “We put on music, visit, talk and check in with each other,” says Chipman, adding that the evening usually concludes with dancing. “We’re kind of famous for dancing around the living room,” she laughs. Game and art nights are inexpensive ways to bond, but every now and then, more costly but equally fun alternatives such as bowling or skating provide good quality family time. Kelley recalls a family trip to Chicago. After a storm rolled in, the family moved their gathering to a bowling alley next to the hotel where the family was staying. “We played all afternoon and had an incredible time,” recalls Kelley. “We still talk about • Creative, Vibrant Child-centered Curriculum • Experienced, Professional Staff • Extended Hours • Low Student Teacher Ratio • Spanish, Yoga, Music, Dance • Handwriting • Without Tears Literacy Program that day as one of the most fun we’ve ever spent together.” Bonny Osterhage is a local freelance writer and mother of two boys. Family Game Night Suggestions Board games are an excellent and inexpensive way to connect as a family. What follows are suggestions offered by some parents and local toy store managers Mark Lopez and Selena Dominguez. Indoors ■■Blokus ■■Spot It ■■Gobblet and Gobblet Jr. ■■Apples to Apples ■■Road Trip ■■Card games i.e., Old Maids, Uno, etc. ■■Bowling ■■Laser Tag “Gobblet is like an advanced Connect Four and Tic Tac Toe game combined,” explains Lopez. “Road Trip incorporates aspects of many other games like word association, and fact memorization,” says Dominguez, while adding, classic board games are still in. “You can’t go wrong with the classics.” Outdoors ■■Tag ■■Four Square ■■Basketball ■■Riding bicycles ■■Volleyball ■■Dodge ball Get Creative Make up your own family game night activity or activities and share them with other Our Kids readers. Send your games, activities and ideas to Our Kids editor Cynthia Ladson at email@example.com. 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Teamwork and People Skills Day campers make new friends; they learn teamwork, people skills, independence and how to overcome challenges; new skills are developed and old skills and talents are honed or strengthened. 14 Our Kids Magazine | March 2013 Additionally, they can participate in activities that help to build character, endurance and perseverance. Local mom Juliette Smith decided to enroll her 7-year-old daughter, an only child, in a day camp last year. Smith says she was not quite ready for her daughter to go away to an overnight camp. “Janice had a great time. Every day she came home excited about camp, her new friends and all the new things she was learning. Camp also made a difference in how she interacted with other kids. After camp, when her cousins and friends would come over, she didn’t try and make everyone play the games she wanted to play. She was more willing to share,” says Smith. 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New World Spanish 10 years serving the San Antonio area & Adults AQUIRE A COMPETITIVE ADVANTAGE IN LIFE © “Children learn life skills that become habits of the heart.” “While my children and I are constantly bombarded by the news which is focused on what is wrong with the world, camp is a living example of what is right.” Another mother recounted a family ski trip where her son started to panic after reaching a steep hill. The mom says she remembers asking her son: “What would you do if you were at camp?” She says her son began to engage himself in positive self-talk that was part of the camp culture and he skied down the hill with a huge sense of accomplishment and perseverance. A number of city organizations offer day camp programs. Check out the YMCA, Boys and Girls Clubs, community centers, the City Parks and Recreation Department, museums, theme parks, churches and non-profit agencies. Some organizations offer day camps that cater to a specific subject or to a group with special needs. These day camps can be separated into categories such as: ■■Academic ■■Sports related, i.e. basketball, football, soccer, volleyball, etc. ■■Recreation (may include some sports, arts and crafts, field trips, etc.) SUMMER CAMP IN SPANISH • Afterschool • Tutoring Mathematics (S.T.E.M.) • Homeschoolers • Preschool Selecting a Day Camp Parents should consider the following when choosing a day camp: OPEN ENROLLMENT Weekly and daily enrollment to provide flexibility for you summer plans. 16 health issue) ■■Religious ■■Outdoor/Adventure ■■Science, Technology, Engineering and ■■Performing and Visual Arts Private and Semi private lessons for Teens & Adults Coming Soon to the Stone Oak Area ■■Special Needs (Kids that share a common 1864 Nacogdoches Alamo Heights 822-2804 216-3098 Our Kids Magazine | March 2013 ■■Activities offered. Ensure that the camp offers some program or activity that interests your child. There is nothing worse than enrolling your child in a camp that does not appeal to him or her – doing so, parents should prepare to hear the I’m bored blues all summer. ■■Transportation. Does the camp provide transportation to and from its location? This may not be a concern if the day camp is in your immediate neighborhood. ■■Day camp hours. Are the hours compatible with other family duties, responsibilities and work schedules? This may be a big issue for working moms or dads. If camp hours are not compatible, inquire about extended hours before and after camp. ■■Cost. What’s included in the monthly or weekly cost? For example, are lunch, outside field trips, special programs, etc. included in the cost or should you expect to pay extra fees if your child participates. Where creating is fun and a child can dream, play and imagine! Arty Parties Art Camps Mobile Art Programs Group Events Summer Camps • Register Now! See Complete Schedule online www.artworksartstudio.com 2 Locations 826-2787 Central • 256-2787 Northwest Summer At The Academy 2013 ■■Groupings. Are campers grouped by age, interests or some other criteria? ■■Camp staff. For your peace of mind, you certainly want to know who is watching your child while he or she is at camp. Don’t be afraid to ask how camp staff and/or counselors are selected and if background checks are performed. ■■Emergencies. How well does the camp plan? Do they have a plan for emergencies? Is there a doctor on call? Is there a designated hospital that kids are taken to in case of emergencies? Do they request the appropriate medical releases from parents? ■■Discipline and Bullying. What is the camp’s philosophy on discipline? How do they handle bullying? ■■Pop-in Visits. Can parents pop in for visits unannounced? ■■Special Needs. Are they prepared to handle your child’s special needs? Cynthia Ladson is editor of Our Kids and mother of one daughter. Boys & Girls, Ages 4 & older June 10 - Aug 2 SAN ANTONIO ACADEMY CAMPUS (Located in historic Monte Vista) Summer Enrichment Office - 733-7331 ext. www.sa-academy.org 237 New Class Titles for Summer 2013 Soccer - Bowling Acrylic - Drawing Cheerleading - Science Harry Potter – Math Lacrosse – Robotics Photography – Frisbee Baking – Dinosaurs Fencing – Pokemon Rockets - Basketball Etiquette – Football Out On The Town Chess – American Girl Field Trips - Card Tricks Birds – Bugs - Fishing Zumba – Karate - Clay Architecture – Yoga Traveling Chef - Sewing Star Wars - Volcanoes Medieval Battles - Golf Computers – Comic Strips Theatre – Cooking - Legos King Arthur – Watercolor Reading - Dodgeball … and many more! More than 350 Classes Accredited By The Independent Schools Association of the Southwest Celebrating Our 25th Year! March 2013 | OurKidsMagazine.com 17 camp and summer programs Summer Program 2013 SAN ANTONIO COUNTRY DAY MONTESSORI SCHOOL Accredited SACS - CASI Now Accepting 210-496-6033 San Antonio Country Day Montessori welcomes children regardless of race, sex, religion, ethnicity or national origin. www.countrydayschool.net Sports Camp • • Spring Break Sports & Tennis Camp Green Tree Tennis Club Call for rates and ages March 11-15 Choose from either our very popular all day sports camp or our wonderful tennis camps for elementary, middle school, or high school age players. Learn tennis; improve your tennis skills and have lots of fun in any of these camps! Contact Information: 4721 Callaghan Road, San Antonio, 210-681-5261; www.greentreetennis. com Applications for Fall 2013-2014 Visit us online Spring Break Camps June 10th - Aug. 23rd WEEKLY SPORTS CAMP M-F 8:00a.m.-5:30p.m. WEEKLY TENNIS CAMP M-F 10:00a.m. - 2:00p.m. (includes swimming) Spring Break Painting! The Royal Canvas Call for rates and ages Sp Brering Ca ak March mp 11 th -15 th Green Tree GROUP PARTIES! TENNIS CLUB • Birthday • Team Sports • Perfect for Company Picnics 4721 Callaghan Rd. (easy access from all parts of town) 681-5261 www.greentreetennis.com Join us March 11-15 for a week full of fun-filled painting! Call now to reserve your spot! Contact information: 5005 Broadway, San Antonio, TX 78209, 210-826-7246, www. theroyalcanvas.com Spring Break Adventure Club Witte Museum Ages 7 – 12 ∙ Call for rates Blue footed boobies? Iguanas? It’s all about nature—birds, beetles, plants, tortoises, and much, much more! Each day is filled with activities, guest expert presentations and visits to the exhibition. Come visit us March 11 – March 15. Contact information: 3801 Broadway, San Antonio, 357-1910; www.wittemusuem.org Spring Break Science Camp Children’s Museum 305 E. Houston 210-212-4453 www.sakids.org/abcamp March 11 - 15, 9 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. Keep your child’s brain sharp this Spring Break by participating in experiments that bubble, move and grow. Before and after care available 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Limited space so register now. Day Camps & Summer Activities ® Two- and Four-Week Sessions For Ages 3-17 EXPLORE, IMAGINE, CREATE and SHINE this summer at San Antonio’s professional family theatre! • Musical Theatre • Classes for Teens • Acting 101 • Movie-making • Discounts Available • Extended Care Acting Up Drama Academy 210-508-5894 12002 Bandera Rd. #104 San Antonio, TX 78023 Http://ActingUpCDA.com K-4th will have a different theme each week (i.e. Dragons, Divas, Video Games, etc.) using acting, improvisation, theatre games, music, crafts and more! 5th-11th grades will learn more intense subjects like Modeling, Comedy, Film, Fashion Design, Stage Combat, etc.! All camps are 1 week except for our special 2-Week Musical! Alamo Fencing Academy 961 Isom Rd, San Antonio, TX 78216 210-260-380 firstname.lastname@example.org www.alamofencing.com The Magik Theatre is supported by: 420 S. Alamo in HemisFair Park 210-227-2751 | magiktheatre.org Ages 8- 16 Fencing captures the imagination, encourages creativity and develops and builds confidence in the physical and mental skills. Please see our website for all camp information. Buy One Get One FREE! Bring this ad and receive one free ticket with the purchase of a general admission ticket. Valid for RAPUNZEL and THE VELVETEEN RABBIT. One coupon per reservation. Reservations must be made by phone. Expires 5/11/13 OK3.13 18 Our Kids Magazine | March 2013 Artworks 1840 Nacogdoches 78209 7715 Mainland #103 78250 210-826-2787 www.artworksartstudio.com If your child likes creating, listening to great music and eating yummy snacks, then Artworks is the place to hang this summer. Half-day and full-day options. Call for schedule and ages. Green Tree Tennis Club 4721 Callaghan Rd. San Antonio, TX 78228 681-5261, www.greentreetennis.com All Day Sports Camp Ages 6 – 16 • Call for rates Weekly sessions running Monday – Friday 8 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. for juniors ages 6 – 16 yrs. old who love all sports. This camp is instructional and features the club’s popular tennis camp and “Swim America” swim lessons. Other sports include volleyball, basketball, soccer plus movie time, open swim, games and much more! Green Tree Tennis Camp Ages 6 – 18 • Call for rates Weekly sessions running Monday – Friday 10 am – 2 pm for juniors ages 6-16 yrs. Great club atmosphere to learn how to play tennis. Basic tennis fundamentals and skills along with stroke production are taught. The camp includes 20 hours of tennis court PLUS pool time! Swim America Swim Lessons Ages 3 & older • Call for rates & dates We teach America to swim for fun and fitness. Swim lessons are for children ages 3 and older. Two week sessions. Beautiful pool area plus experienced instructors. Classes are grouped according to age and skill level. Groups consist of 4 – 6 children/instructor. Summer “COMBO” Program Tennis & Swim Lessons This program is for children ages 5-10 years old and runs for two weeks. Juniors will learn basic skills and fundamentals of tennis. “Swim America” Swim Lessons in the pool area! Classes are grouped 4-6 children/instructor according to age and skill level. Hill Country Montessori Summer Program School 50 Stone Wall Drive Boerne, Texas 78006 (830) 229-5377 email@example.com www.hcmontessori.org Elementary - Our summer program for students 7-12 years of age is jam packed with options! We offer weekly “themed” camps with lots of activities to keep them intrigued, entertained, and involved. Weekly Camps - For those families looking for a week-by-week option for their 3-6 year old, we have a selection of weekly “themed” camps to choose from. Combining fun and learning, your child will have a summer to remember. His Hill Ranch Camp Day Camp Ages 6-10 • Aug. 12- 16 ∙ $250 Day Camp is a great way to introduce kids to camp. It runs Monday through Friday for campers ages 6-10. Campers participate in the activities and are in co-ed groups of 10-12. We ask parents to provide a sack lunch daily. We will supply beverages. Drop off points are at Veteran’s Park in Boerne and at His Hill. Contact information: PO BOX 9, Comfort, TX 78103; 830-995-3388; firstname.lastname@example.org; www.hishill. org International Language Center 210-342-2035 110 Gallery Circle, San Antonio, TX www.ilcsauag.com email@example.com ILCSA offers a comprehensive program introducing children to the world of Spanish in a fun atmosphere. They will learn to express themselves, recognize speech patterns and interact with others. ALAMO FENCING ACADEMY & Teen Aca Think Summer! demies 5 Summer Fencing Camps! CREATE VIDE ATHLETIC UNIQUE FUN!!! O GAMES! firstname.lastname@example.org 210.260.3804 CODE APPS, C ++, JAVA! PROGRAM R OBOTS! www.alamofencing.com Summer Camps 3-8 years old 1 Week Camps Intensive Music Class Puppets & Music Spanish & Music 366-3187 MAKE MOVIE 60+ UNIVER S! SITIES. AGES 7-18. Trinity Univ. of Texa Univ. of Hou s at Austin Stanford ston TCU w w w.interna lD 1-888-709-TE rive.com CH (8324) www.SAMusicMasters.com Country Home Learning Center An Exceptional Child Care Program Full and Part-time Programs for Infants and Children up to age 13 • Professionally Designed Accredited Preschool Curriculum • Country Home Waterpark and Splashdeck • Adventure Jungle Indoor Playground • Large Gymnasium and Basketball Court • Putt-Putt Golf Course • Arts and Crafts Lab • 1950’s Style Soda Shop • Computer Lab • Country Home Movie Theater • Horseback Riding and Petting Zoo at Adventure Quest 8 San Antonio Locations to Serve You • Now Enrolling Fully Accredited by AdvancED, a worldwide organization "Advancing Excellence in Education" 210-687-1002 www.countryhomelearningcenter.com March 2013 | OurKidsMagazine.com 19 camp and summer programs Spring Break Film Camp! Spring Classes Jump Rope Express 269-0725 Coach7755@aol.com www.ezteamz.com Birthday Parties March 22 Talent Show! We are currently accepting registration for our sessions. Jump Rope Express strives to impact the youth of today through fitness and fun while developing self-confidence, sportsmanship, and character and provides a great bonding experience. Participants work at their own pace, and focus on the “fun” factor while acheiving success. Jump Rope Express inspires young people to embark on a lifetime of fitness and develop friendships that last a lifetime. Summer Camp! 210508-5894 Love to Swim and Tumble School San Antonio:15502 Huebner Rd. 78248 Schertz: 6044 FM 3009 www.love-to-swim.com Book your child’s next Painting Birthday Party PLUS Spring Break Camp March 11-15, 2013 Located in Alamo Heights @ 5005 Broadway Street 210.826.7246 www.theroyalcanvas.com | email@example.com May 28 thru August 2, 2013 @ the Hall An Enrichment Program for Ages 3 to Adult G iv per i enc e, enr ol l th em i ng ex e yo nr i c h ur k i e a d S n y i nt M a r y ’s H a l l! b d e in S ds a n educ a ti ona l a s ent umm ll pr e e r @ the Ha Academics Day Camps Fine Arts Sports Extended Care “For-Credit” Classes Register online at www.smhall.org/enrichment A catalog is available upon request and online. Department of Student Enrichment Saint Mary’s Hall | 9401 Starcrest Drive | San Antonio, Texas 78217 (210) 483-9124 | www.smhall.org/enrichment 20 Our Kids Magazine | March 2013 Love to Swim and Tumble School offers awesome programs unlike any other in the city! Kiddos are at the heart of everything we do and they love our exciting swim lessons, tumble lessons, camp programs and preschool. As mommies ourselves, we know how important it is to make development and learning EXCITING, and that’s what we do every day. Mo-Ranch Day Camp Hunt, TX June 4 – Aug. 10, $220 per week Mo-Ranch Outdoor Adventure Day Camp is designed for younger campers, ages 6-11 (must turn 6 by the start of their first session). Our goal is to offer all of the same excitement, variety, friends, fun and adventure of a sleepover camp to children who are not yet ready to stay away from home overnight. Contact information: 2229 FM 1340, Hunt, TX, 78024; 800-4604401; www.moranch.com Music Masters 210-492-1362 15714 Huebner Road, San Antonio, TX www.samusicmasters.com firstname.lastname@example.org Summer at Music Masters is a great opportunity for children to engage in a variety of activities while exploring music in a fun way! Musical Arts Center of San Antonio Stone Oak-Concord Park 700 E. Sonterra Blvd. Ste. 206 (210) 490-1500 North West (IH 10-De Zavala) 12732 Cimarron Path, Ste. 100 (210) 697-7111 www.MusicalArtsCenter.com Electric and Acoustic Guitar – Whether you want to be a real ‘guitar hero’ or want to develop mastery of the beautiful music for classical guitar – or both! - We have a guitar instructor to meet your needs. Private Piano Lessons – More than 25 outstanding piano instructors teach in private studios each equipped with a grand piano. MACSA’s piano instructors specialize in teaching students from beginning to artist level and from ages three to adult. From Jazz and Hymn improvisation to the most challenging of the Classical literature, we have an appropriate instructor for you! Voice Instruction – Classes for young singers and private instruction offered for beginners and experienced singers. MACSA’s voice teachers are classically trained singers and performers. Styles include classical, musical theater, contemporary, and real-world – such as Rock, Country, Blues, or Latino. Topics also include microphone technique and auditioning New World Spanish 210-822-2804 1864 Nacogdoches Road, San Antonio, TX www.nwspanish.com New World Spanish summer camp takes advantage of the fact that children learn by doing therefore we engage them in a variety of activities like songs, games, story time and play pretend. Every week will be a completely different and enjoyable experience! Olympia Gymnastics 210-826-4296 6925 East Sunbelt Drive, San Antonio, TX www.olympiakids.com Summer camp program is a favorite at Olympia Gymnastics. We offer half and full day camps in one week increments. Kids that have unlimited energy have a great time doing gymnastics and playing cooperative group games! Primrose School at Sonoma Ranch 210-372-1488 14875 Kyle Seale Pkwy., San Antonio, TX www.PrimroseSonomaRanch.com Primrose School of Huebner Village 210-479-9200 2410 Huebner Park, San Antonio, TX www.PrimroseHuebnerVillage.com Primrose School at Cibolo Canyons 210-479-7099 3330 TPC Parkway, San Antonio, TX www.PrimroseCiboloCanyons.com Adventure awaits this summer as your child explores something new each day at Camp Primrose. Exciting summer curriculum projects, special events and field trips keeps your child’s imagination growing. Summer at Camp Primrose is filled with excitement! San Antonio Children’s Museum 305 E. Houston 210-212-4453 www.sakids.org Ages 2 ½ - 10 June, July and August This Summer Mark Your Calendars for Exciting and Educational Summer Camps at the San Antonio Children’s Museum! Art and Science camps are this summer. Please visit our websote to discover what camp is right for your child! Registration begins March 1, 2011. San Antonio Country Day School 210-496-6033 4194 Jung Road, San Antonio, TX www.countrydayschool.net From academics, sports and fine arts there is something for everyone! Find out more about our Summer Programs 2013 by visiting our website countrydayschool.net Spring Break Science Camp March 11 - 15, 9am - 3:30pm Keep your brain sharp this Spring Break by participating in experiments that bubble, move and grow! Before & Aftercare available from 8am-9am & 3:30pm-5pm Space is Limited! Go to www.sakids.org/sbcamp to register! Our unique camps provide three hours of fun and activities in a non-competitive, nurturing environment. Each day, different creative themes keep your child on their toes as they take part in exciting imaginative journeys. NOW ENROLLING SUMMER CAMPS AND CLASSES ALAMO HEIGHTS 822-9252 NE SAN ANTONIO 545-3770 www.thelittlegym.com 305 E. Houston (210)-212-4453 www.sakids.org Partnering with Parents. We have been a Primrose family for the last 8 years. From the beginning, we felt that the experience at Primrose was a personalized experience, a partnership with the staff and teachers who lived the “care” in “caregivers.” The values being taught were consistent between school and home. Primrose will forever be a part of our family’s fondest early childhood memories. Anastasia, Primrose Mom ● Proprietary Balanced Learning® System ● Music, Spanish, Computer Technology ● Integrated character development program Primrose School at Sonoma Ranch Primrose School of Huebner Village Primrose School at Sonoma Ranch 210.372.1488 | PrimroseSonomaRanch.com Primrose School of Huebner Village 210.479.9200 | PrimroseHuebnerVillage.com Primrose School at Cibolo Canyons 210.479.7099 | PrimroseCiboloCanyons.com Each Primrose School is a privately owned and operated franchise. Primrose Schools and The Leader in Educational Child Care are trademarks of Primrose School Franchising Company. ©2013 Primrose School Franchising Company. All rights reserved. March 2013 | OurKidsMagazine.com 21 camp and summer programs Spurs Basketball Camps 210-444-5021 www.Spurs.com keyword: Camps Boys and Girls Ages 7 – 18 June, July and August Spurs Basketball Camps presented by Ashley Furniture Homestore are offering 9 camp sessions this June, July and August. Learn basketball skills from select players of the San Antonio Spurs! Choose from Full day, Overnight, Elite, and/or Silver Stars sessions. Summer At The Academy San Antonio Academy 117 E. French Place San Antonio, TX 78212 210-733-7331 EXT. 237 www.sa-academy.org Art, Photography, Scrapbooking, Jewelry, Fashion Design & Sewing Coed for ages 4 and up. June 10 – Aug. 2 Pastels, watercolor, acrylic, drawing & painting, clay, cartooning, glass, leather, pasta jewelry, sewing, photography, scrapbooking, fashion design and more. For the artistic among you, a series of classes that will help you express your creative spirit! Medieval Battles King Arthur’s Court Star Wars, Gladiators & Roman Military Coed for ages 6 and up. June 10 – Aug. 2 A collection of classes that captures the sweep of courtly days, as well as the fun warrior games and space battles … or become a general and lead units of thundering knights into battle! Etiquette, Baking & Cooking, Pasta, Traveling Chef, Pastries, Cakes & Pies Coed for ages 4 and up. June 10 – Aug. 2 These classes focus on skills and activities that center on displaying knowledge of proper etiquette, and creating culinary delights … great recipes and treats go home! Computer Classes Coed for ages 4 and up. June 10 – Aug. 2 These classes explore a wide variety of technological skills and games. From KidTech to Website Design to Adobe Photoshop to Animation to Google SketchUp to Google Earth to Blogging. Learn to be proficient in using your computer, while having fun! Cards, Chess, Pokemon, Math & Table Games Coed for ages 6 and up. June 10 – Aug. 2 Become a champion of board and tables games by taking any, or all, of these classes. Entertain family & friends with “secret” card tricks and “thoughtful” moves. You’ll be the center of attention after these classes! Theatre, Public Speaking, Creative Writing Coed for ages 4 and up. June 10 – Aug. 2 This series of classes will provide you with a wide variety of life skills in such areas as dynamic public speaking, writing, and experiencing “behind-scene” and “on-stage” action. Legos, Rockets, Robotics, Manipulatives, Architecture Coed for ages 4 and up. June 10 – Aug. 2 Come explore your “building” imagination! Science, Inventions, Rockets, Forensics, Robotics, Chemistry, Anatomy& Physiology, Microbiology Coed for ages 4 and up. June 10 – Aug. 2 These classes explore a wide variety of science fields. During each camp there will be experiments, observations, videos and other learning tools introduced. Experience learning in a fun environment while improving your academic performance. 22 Our Kids Magazine | March 2013 Sports Camp, Cheerleading, Yoga, Zumba, Dance Coed for ages 5 and up. June 10 – Aug. 2 If you are a sports and exercise fanatic (or just love fun and games), come join us for classes in karate, fencing, soccer, football, basketball, lacrosse, bowling, dodgeball, cheerleading, Ultimate Frisbee, golf, Zumba, Jazz dance & Hip Hop, and Yoga. Math Camps Coed for ages 4 and up. June 10 – Aug. 2 Whether you want to learn basic math skills or plunge into the world of algebra and “probabilities,” our math camps will teach, reinforce and prepare you for moving ahead to the next level of math! Animal Lovers Coed for ages 4 and up. June 10 – Aug. 2 Bugs, birds, fishing, pet care, dinosaurs … calling all animal lovers. Come spend a week learning about and observing a variety of pets! Reading and Comprehension, Phonics, Study Skills, Creative Writing, Public Speaking Coed for ages 4 and up. June 10 – Aug. 2 These classes focus on skills and activities that will boost your confidence and strengthen your reading, writing, testing, and public presentation skills. Summer at the Hall – Saint Mary’s Hall 210-483-9124 9401 Starcrest, San Antonio, TX www.smhall.org Summer at the Hall offers more than 250 courses and camps for students ages 3 – adult and is open to anyone in the San Antonio community. Students are provided a safe, fun, educational and enriching summer experience in days camps, enrichment course, academic, sports, and adventure camps which are taught by instructors from Saint Mary’s Hall, neighboring districts and experts in specific fields. St. Peter Prince of the Apostle Brain Power Summer Camp 210-824-3171 email@example.com Ages 18 months to 10 years old. Camps run June 4 through August 10 from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Varied weekly crafts, games, activities and field trips. St. Thomas Episcopal School 1416 North Loop 1604 East 210-494-3509, ext. 209 Summer Pride -- Call for rates and ages. This program set in weekly units, Monday – Friday, 7:30 a.m. – 6 p.m. The choice is yours. Included is arts, crafts, cooking, science, chapel, stories, in-house visitors and specials. Tiger Connection Community Education – Ages 3 – Adult Classes include language arts, phonics, academic tutoring, math camp, piano, guitar, voice, violin, drama, gymnastics, dance, ballet, tap, jazz, arts & crafts, science, soccer cartooning, computer, karate, pottery, ceramics, quilting, CPR, First-Aid, Girls’ Day Camp, Boys’ Day Camp, Lego Camp, Spanish and Cake decorating. The Little Gym Call for ages and rates NorthEast – 210-545-3770, www.thelittlegym.com Alamo Heights – 210-822-9252, www.tlgalamoheightstx.com The Little Gym camps combine physical activity and games with arts, crafts and special events. Each week offers an interactive learning theme and each day brings a different, creative lesson plan. Plus, flexible scheduling options allow you to sign up for several weeks, a single week or even just a day at a time. Music Masters 210-492-1362 15714 Huebner Road, San Antonio, TX www.samusicmasters.com firstname.lastname@example.org Summer at Music Masters is a great opportunity for children to engage in a variety of activities while exploring music in a fun way! Musical Arts Center of San Antonio Stone Oak-Concord Park 700 E. Sonterra Blvd. Ste. 206 (210) 490-1500 North West (IH 10-De Zavala) 12732 Cimarron Path, Ste. 100 (210) 697-7111 www.MusicalArtsCenter.com Electric and Acoustic Guitar – Whether you want to be a real ‘guitar hero’ or want to develop mastery of the beautiful music for classical guitar – or both! - We have a guitar instructor to meet your needs. Private Piano Lessons – More than 25 outstanding piano instructors teach in private studios each equipped with a grand piano. MACSA’s piano instructors specialize in teaching students from beginning to artist level and from ages three to adult. From Jazz and Hymn improvisation to the most challenging of the Classical literature, we have an appropriate instructor for you! Voice Instruction – Classes for young singers and private instruction offered for beginners and experienced singers. MACSA’s voice teachers are classically trained singers and performers. Styles include classical, musical theater, contemporary, and real-world – such as Rock, Country, Blues, or Latino. Topics also include microphone technique and auditioning SPECIAL NEEDS Day Camp Clowvazar Academy Summer School 6391 DeZavala #106 San Antonio, TX 78249 210-690-4800 www.clowvazar.com Ages 7-18 Cost $350 per month This summer, The Clowvazar Academy will be hosting a three month academic summer camp/school program for children with medium to high functioning special needs. Our topics will include Architecture, Archæology, and Computers as well as Mathematics, English and Anthropology. Seats are limited. Childcare Adventure Jungle Indoor Playground, Putt-Putt Golf Course, Gym, 1950’s Style Soda Shop, Movie Theater, Computer Lab, Horseback Riding at Country Home Ranch. Creative weekly themes add to our Campers’ cultural enrichment and total enjoyment Goddard School 210-494-2779 21785 Hardy Oak Blvd., San Antonio, TX www.goddardschool.com At The Goddard School professional teachers support the healthy development of children 6 weeks to 5 years and encourage each child’s lifelong love of learning. The Mustard Seed Early Learning Center 210-688-7003 11555 Galm Road, San Antonio, TX www.mustardseedelc.com Our mission is to provide a learning community in which each child is growing in all areas of development – social, emotional, physical, cognitive and language. OVERNIGHT CAMPS CAMPING ASSOCIATIONS American Camp Association, Texoma The American Camp Association is the CAMP resource for families. www.CAMPparent.org provides you with expert advice about camp and free searchable database or available camps. Contact information: PO BOX 472264, Garland, TX 75047; 888-559-CAMP; www.acatexoma.org Boys’ Camps Camp Mondamin for Boys Tuxedo, NC Ages 6-17 • $1,075 - $5,950 May 29 – August 25 Since 1922. One- to five-week sessions. Education through wilderness and adventure. Non-competitive, non-regimented activities for goal-setting and self-confidence. Contact information: P.O. Box 8, Tuxedo, NC 28784 800-688-5789; email@example.com; www.mondamin.com. Camp Rio Vista for Boys Ingram, TX Ages 6-16 June 9 – Aug. 3 A Texas Summer tradition since 1921. Beautiful facilities, fun-filled program, exciting activities and dedicated staff provide a memorable learning environment for your son. We emphasize fun, confidence and success! Contact information: 175 Rio Vista Road, Ingram, TX, 78025; 830-367-5353; www. vistacamps.com. Camp Stewart for Boys Hunt, TX AuPairCare offers live in child care services. Au pairs are flexible with your family and enrich your children. Cost of an au pair is less expensive than other childcare. For 45 hours of childcare per week about $350 / week. AuPairCare offers a $550 discount for military families! www.aupair.com Ages 6-16 • June 7 – Aug. 3 $2,550 - $4,590 Camp Stewart for Boys is a privately owned, Christian-oriented, non-denominational camp for boys ages six to sixteen. We are located in the heart of the famed Texas Hill Country, near headwaters of the Guadalupe River. Contact information: 612 FM 1340 Hunt, TX 78024; 830-238-4670; www.campstewart.com Country Home Learning Center www.countryhomelearningcenter.com Call 210-687-1002 for nearby location Texas Catholic Boys Camp – Camp Tecaboca Mountain Home, TX Our exceptional Summer Camp program includes daily field trips to exciting, funfilled places. Campers enjoy our Waterpark, Ages 7-14 • June 2 – July 29 Call for rates A boys camp with two 2-week sessions and one 1-week session offering horseback riding, archery, canoeing, swimming and bead craft, with morning prayer and evening campfire stories. Contact information: 5045 Junction Hwy, Ingram, TX 78025; 830-866-3425; firstname.lastname@example.org; www.tecaboca.com. Girls’ Camps Camp Green Cove for Girls Tuxedo, NC Ages 7-17 • $1,075 - $5,950 May 29 – Aug. 18 Since 1945. One- to five-week sessions. Education through wilderness and adventure. Non-competitive, non-regimented activities for goal setting and self-confidence. Contact information: P.O. Box 38, Tuxedo, NC 28784 800-688-5789; greencove@ greencove.com; www.greencove.com. Camp Honey Creek Hunt, TX Ages 6-17 • June 7 – Aug. 10, $2,400 - $3,500 Girls develop a positive attitude and grow in a caring, safe and wholesome atmosphere. Contact information: 401 Honey Creek W., P.O. Box 140, Hunt, TX 78024; 830-2384630; email@example.com; www. camphoneycreek.com. Camp La Jita Utopia, TX (on the Sabinal River) Ages 7-18 • Check website for rate information Sports, horseback riding, canoeing, dance, crafts, backpacking, swimming, archery, photography, etc. Non-Girl Scouts welcome. Please visit our website for more information. Contact information: P.O. Box 790339, San Antonio, TX 78279; 210-3492404; www.girlscouts-swtx.org. Camp Mira Sol Waring, TX Ages 7-18 • Check website for rate information Designed for inexperienced and experienced campers. Sailing, canoeing, backpacking, cycling, swimming, crafts and more. Please visit our website for more information. Contact information: P.O. Box 790339, San Antonio, TX 78279; 210-349-2404 www. Girlscouts-swtx.org. Camp Sierra Vista for Girls Ingram, TX Ages 6-16 June 9 – Aug. 3 Small, private, traditional cam in the Texas Hill Country. A summer tradition of fun, friends, exciting activities, lifelong memories and life-changing experiences. Contact information: 175 Rio Vista Road, Ingram, TX, 78025 830-367-5353; sierravista.dir@ gmail.com; www.vistacamps.com. Heart of the Hills Camp for Girls Hunt, TX Ages: 6-16 • June 7 – Aug. 3, $2,400 - $4,430 Liberating all-girls atmosphere, Guadalupe River, air-conditioned. Family style dining. Worldwide enrollment, personable! Fun, instruction-oriented, doing the right thing; more than 40 activities. Family owned, operated. Contact information: 2430 Hwy. 39, Hunt, TX 78024 830-238-4650; info@ hohcamp.com www.hohcamp.com. iD Tech Camps & iD Teen Academies Held at Trinity, UT Austin, TCU & 60+ universities in 27 states 1-888-709-TECH (8324) www.internalDrive.com Gain a competitive edge! Create iPhone apps, video games, programs, movies, and more at weeklong, day and overnight programs held at Trinity, Emory, Princeton, Stanford, and others. Small classes for ages 7-17. Also 2-week, Teen-only programs (iD Gaming Academy, iD Programming Academy, and iD Visual Arts Academy) held at UT Austin, Yale, Harvard, Duke, and more. Kickapoo Kamp for Girls Kerrville, TX Ages 7-17 • June 10 – Aug. 3, $1,400-$3,200 Kickapoo’s enrollment of 100 girls ages 7 to 17 enables counselors to give individual attention to campers and stress traditional values. Contact information: 216 Hummingbird Lane, Kerrville, TX 78028; 830-895-5731; www.kickapookamp.com. Rocky River Ranch Wimberly, TX Ages 7-14 • June 9 – Aug. 9, $815 - $1,630 A unique summer camp for girls ages 7 to 14. Sessions include choice of: horseback riding, drama, canoeing, swimming, dance, fishing, arts and crafts, rappelling and more. Contact information: P.O. Box 109, Wimberly, TX 78676 800-863-2267; info@ rockyriverranch.com; www.rockyriverranch. com. Musical Arts Centers of San Antonio, Inc. “Building a Foundation for Lifelong Music”SM • Private Piano Instruction (ages 5 to Adult) • Pre-School Piano (Ages 3 and up) • Private Guitar • Private Voice (Classical & Popular) North West 12732 Cimarron Path, Suite 100 Near IH10/De Zavala Stone Oak 700 E. Sonterra Blvd. Corner of Sonterra & Sigma. Across from Auden’s Kitchen 697-7111 www.MusicalArtsCenter.com Elementary & Middle School Students 4 WEEK SESSIONS BIRTHDAY PARTIES GIRL/BOY SCOUT EVENTS We are available to start a program at your facility. Archery Tag is a mix between archery, LASER QUEST, paintball, dodgeball, capture the flag, and tag. REGISTER ANYTIME • FEE PRO-RATED Contact: Coach Bobby Barrera E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Phone: 210-269-0725 FOR MORE INFORMATION VISIT OUR WEBSITE www.coachbobbysports.com Co-ed Camps Camp Balcones Springs Marble Falls, TX Ages 7-17 • June 2 – Aug. 3, $1,085 - $4,200 A premier Christian sports and outdoor camp dedicated to building quality relationships through spiritual impact and fun. Features air-conditioned cabins with a 4:1 counselor to camper ration. Contact information: 104 Balcones Springs Drive, Marble Falls, TX 78654 830-693-CAMP; email@example.com, www.campiscool.com. Camp Cho-Yeh and Conference Center Ages: 6 – 16 ∙ June 9 – Aug. 17, $815 - $1,825 Camp Cho-Yeh is a co-ed Christian summer camp just north of Houston, Texas serving campers age 6-16. At Camp Cho-Yeh, we firmly believe that a week of summer camp can be one of the most powerful and lifechanging experiences in a young person’s life. Our vision is to build relationships and impact lives in a Christ-centered environment. Established in 1947, ACA accredited. Contact information: 2200 S. Washington, Livingston, TX 77351; 936-328-3200 www.cho-yeh.org. Camp Lone Star La Grange, TX Ages 5-18 and families • June – August, Week and weekend sessions Call or visit our website for rates Camp Lone Star, along the Colorado River, offers a safe, Christian community committed to individual attention and MUNCHKIN’S DAY OUT T/TH 9-12 www.olympiakids.com Spring Break Camp Call for details • 9 Week Sessions • Morning, Afternoon & Evening Classes • Structured Classes for Children as Young as 3 • Open Gym M & W @ 10:30-11:20/$5.00per Child • Open Gym Saturday 9:00 & 11:00 • Gymnastics, Tumbling & Cheer/Tumble Classes • Saturday Mom & Me Classes at 9:00am • MDO Tues. & Thurs. 9-12:00 • Birthday Parties Gymnastics & Cheerleading Skill Development & Fun For Beginners To Advanced Gymnasts 826-4296 6925 Sunbelt Dr. East 78218 March 2013 | OurKidsMagazine.com 23 camp and summer programs WE BRING THE PARTY TO YOU!! uplifting, fun events for youth and families. Contact information: 2016 Camp Lone Star Road, La Grange, TX 78945 877-452-0099; firstname.lastname@example.org; www.lomt.com. Camp Olympia Trinity, TX Ages 7 – 16 • June 9 – Aug. 14, $2,975 - $3,985 Established in 1968, Camp Olympia is an overnight summer camp for boys and girls, ages 7-16. Located on Lake Livingston in Trinity, Texas, the camp offers individualized scheduling of over 40 activities, ranging from waterskiing to golf to horseback riding, so capers get to choose the activities that interest them. Children learn responsibility and cooperation at camp while gaining independence and self-esteem. Contact information: 723 Olympia Drive, Trinity, TX 75862; 800-735-6190; www.campolympia. com Deer Creek Christ-Centered Adventure Bandera County, TX (outside Medina on Hwy. 337) Ages 7-16 • June 2 – Aug. 3, $755-$1,750 High adventure activities including canoe, kayak, waterslide, zip line, dance, and archery and field games. Deer Creek camp is a non-denominational, Christ-centered adventure camp for boys and girls ages 7 – 16. Contact information: P.O. Box 200, Medina, TX 78055; 830-589-7123; email@example.com; www. deercreekcamp.com. His Hill Ranch Camp Overnight & Day Camp Ages 6-18 • Weekly sessions 6/17/12 – 8/10/12 His Hill Ranch Camp is a co-ed Christian non-denominational overnight & day camp offering 1 week sessions through the summer. We offer horseback riding, climbing, riflery, canoeing as well as twice daily chapel sessions. Contact information: PO BOX 9, Comfort, TX 78103; 830-9953388; firstname.lastname@example.org; www.hishill.org Mo-Ranch Summer Camp Hunt, TX Ages 8 – 15 • June 2 – July 20, $695 - $1,435 An opportunity to experience the Christian life, through exciting and adventurous activities. Swim and canoe the Guadalupe horseback ride the hills and have FUN! Contact information: 2229 FM 1340, Hunt, TX 78024, 800-460-4401 ext. 250 or 253, email@example.com, www. moranch.com Pine Cove Christian Camps Tyler & Columbus, Texas Grades 2 – 12 • Call or visit website for rates and dates Pine Cove Youth Camps offer non-stop fun, recreation and the opportunity for you to really get to know Jesus. Contact information: P.O. Box 9055 - Tyler, Texas 75711, 877-4-Pine-Cove, www.pinecove. com 24 Sky Ranch Van, TX Ages 5 – 18 • Call for rates Located in East Texas, Sky Ranch is a GREAT Christian camp offering activities such as Blob, Waterslides, Zip-lines, Jet-skis, paintball and so much more. Spaces limited, register today! Contact information: 24657 Country Road 448, Van, TX, 78790; 903266-3300, 800-962-2267; www.skyranch. org YMCA Camp Flaming Arrow Hunt, Texas Ages 6-16 Call for rates and schedule YMCA Camp Arrow in Hunt, Texas, overnight camp with climbing walls, ropes challenge courses, horseback riding, canoeing, archery, river slide and rope swing, new swimming pool, nature studies, sports activities, campfire fun! Visit ymcacampflamingarrow.org or call 1-800765-9622. Contact information: P.O. Box 770, Hunt, TX 78024-0770; 800-765-9622; www.campflamingarrow.org. Special Needs Overnight Camps Camp Agape Bereavement Camp for Children Burnet, TX Ages 7-12 • Summer only No cost; paid by private donations Camp Agape is a non-denominational, Christian-based program that supports children and families who are grieving the loss of a loved one. The trained staff and volunteers are committed to sharing the belief that through Christ there is HOPE, and will provide a safe and nurturing environment for the children to heal from the pain of grief. Contact information: P.O. Box 1484, Marble Falls, TX 78654; 830-3858916; firstname.lastname@example.org; www. campagapetexas.org. Camp Aranzazu, Inc. Rockport, TX Call for ages, dates & rates Camp Aranzazu is dedicated to enriching the lives of children and adults with chronic illnesses and disabilities by providing unique camping, environmental studies, and retreat experiences to groups with special needs. Contact information: PO BOX 1059, Rockport, TX, 78381, 361-727-0800; www. camparanzazu.org Charis Hills Camp Sunset, TX Ages 7 – 18 ∙ $1,250 weekly sessions Charis Hills is a Christian Summer Camp specifically designed to help kids with learning differences (ADHD, LD, ED and Asperger’s) find success. Our focus is on building self confidence, social skills and independence. 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These days, doing well in science can help kids get a head start toward the most promising careers, according to Tori Austin, coordinator for math, science and S.T.E.M. education for the Region 20 Service Center, here in San Antonio. “The workforce is moving more and more toward science, technology, engineering, and math (S.T.E.M.) fields,” says Austin. This is particularly evident in San Antonio, where major manufacturing, computer technology, energy, and biomedical companies are locating. To enhance their school lessons and help give children a deeper understanding of science, Austin recommends giving children real experiences and providing them the opportunity to ask questions about the world around them. “It’s that inquiry piece that is so important,” says Austin. And one great way to bring these additional experiences to kids is to take them on science focused getaways. The U.S. Department of Education resource guide “Helping Your Children Learn Science,” gives parents suggestions on science attractions and facilities that can be found in most communities. Suggestions include zoos, aquariums, planetariums, and public utilities offering tours. If parents are only interested in traveling across Spring Break is a wonderful time to explore fun and educational hot spots with your kids. Photo by Kelley Ramotowski town they should check out the San Antonio Zoo, Witte Museum, San Antonio Children’s Museum, the San Antonio Botanical Garden, and the Texas Transportation Museum. All offer opportunities for children to experience biology, earth science and physics in ways that will encourage inquiry, says Austin. But if you are hoping to make a day or weekend of your explorations just pick a direction or an area of science that interests you and hit the road. Traveling east with an interest in biology, families can find Moody Gardens in Galveston. Part museum, part aquarium, part botanical garden, and including an IMAX theater, Moody Gardens packs a lot of learning fun into a one-day island-getaway. “Moody Gardens is a non-profit organization that offers a unique experience which is both fun and educational,” says Moody Gardens education curator Jennifer Lamm. “Whether visiting the rainforest or the aquarium pyramid, or catching a movie on the largest screen in Texas, visitors will find themselves surrounded by amazing opportunities to learn about March 2013 | OurKidsMagazine.com 25 ecosystems and animals from around the world. It is our hope that after a visit to Moody Gardens, visitors will be inspired to become more involved in the preservation of the natural world and its inhabitants,” adds Lamm. As you cross the Galveston causeway, visitors can see the blue, clear and pink pyramids that house Moody Gardens’ signature attractions – The Aquarium at Moody Gardens, The Rainforest Pyramid, and The Discovery Museum respectively. As small learners make their way through The Rainforest Pyramid they will begin to see how organisms interact with each other and their environment. They will forever remember what a rainforest is and be able to recognize the types of organisms that exist there. Older students will experience every level of a rainforest from the top canopy to the darker lower levels, and be able to see food chains, and ecosystems at work. The rainforest has undergone a $25 million update. Its entrance leads guests into the upper canopy areas of the rainforest for a whole new perspective on the plant and animal life that live in areas that are not typically seen in the wild or previously seen in the Rainforest Pyramid. The Aquarium at Moody Gardens brings four of the Earth’s ocean ecosystems to visitors – the Caribbean, the North Pacific, the South Pacific and the Atlantic, featuring an array of sea life from around the world. From great white sharks to reef fish saturated with color and from penguins to sea lions the oceans of the world are on display. The Discovery Pyramid houses an open space used for traveling science and history exhibits. Exhibits change several times a year, so parents should check the Moody Gardens website for information on current and upcoming features. Parents should also check the website for educational, feature showings at the facilities IMAX theater. Traveling west from San Antonio with an interest in astronomy, explorers can not only reach for the stars, but also learn how questions about them are answered at the McDonald Observatory near Fort Davis. The approximately six-hour drive from San Antonio to the observatory will take visitors through some of the most beautiful and least viewed vistas in the state, says Mark Cash, public affairs specialist for the Observatory. The facility is in one of the least populated and mountainous regions in Texas. “Many Texans don’t even realize that we have mountains here,” says Cash. 26 Our Kids Magazine | March 2013 The observatory offers a visitor center that is focused on education for all ages and learning levels, and a tour of one of the observatory’s two, huge, research telescopes. The visitors’ center is the checkin point at the observatory. There, guests will find the Decoding Starlight exhibit and enjoy a Solar Viewing Program in the center’s theater. A highlight of the program is a day viewing of solar flares and sunspots through an interactive telescope. Programs in the visitor center are designed to be easy to understand for everybody. You can expect to spend about 50 minutes in the Solar Viewing Program. For an insight into how astronomers explore our solar system and our galaxy, guests can take a 90-minute tour of one of the observatory’s large, research telescopes. Travelers are advised to visit the facility’s website and purchase reserved tickets/passes prior to their visit. Tours often sell out during summer months and holidays. To make the most of the visit, check in with the McDonald Observatory’s website to check the dates for the facility’s most popular event – their Star Parties. Star Parties give astronomy buffs and future astronomers the opportunity view objects in the night sky and have their questions answered by experts. Traveling north from San Antonio on a quest to learn about our earth, its history and structure, you will find Canyon Lake Gorge. Geology novices and experts alike have been trekking to the area to get a look at the earth’s inner workings since a massive flood carved out the gorge. “It was a natural disaster that turned into a geological phenomenon, says Jaynellen Ladd, natural resource specialist at Canyon Lake Gorge. The floodwaters plowed into the earth’s crust leaving behind an amazing, natural, outdoor classroom. Word of the area has spread in the geology world, says Ladd, with people coming from around the world to study the inner workings of a fault system, how an aquifer works and especially how oil moves and is stored in the earth. “It’s a geological wonder, that’s for sure,” says Ladd. And it is all available for parents and kids in a three-hour hike. Visitors should be prepared for a physically challenging walk outdoors, but the hike is not as long as it sounds. The total distance covered comes to about 1 1/4 miles but the tour moves slowly. The tour stops often as tour guides point to areas of geological significance. Hikers can expect the tour to focus on the power of water, how all things in an environment (including man) work together, and biological succession, or how areas move from areas of little life to areas full of vegetation and animal life. Also a big draw to the gorge is two sets of dinosaur tracks that run through the area. Tours can fill up, so parents should check the Canyon Lake Gorge website to ensure availability and reserve spots. Parents should also check the website for information on how to prepare for the hike and details on rules, such as no pets and no rock or fossil collecting. Gina Vera is a San Antonio freelance writer, middle-school teacher and mother of one son. Considering a Virtual Education? Join us on one of our field trips and find out more about Texarkana ISD Virtual Academy. Meet families and faculty on our Alamo/Rio San Antonio Cruise. Tuesday, April 30, 2013 9:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Breaking for Spring Check Out These 4 Not So Well-Known Sites for Family Fun. Most people are familiar with San Antonio’s many historic sites, theme and water parks, and nationally acclaimed zoo, but what about some of the lesser known attractions. Here are five family-friendly attractions you may want to check out during Spring Break. To register for this event go to: www.texarkanaisdvirtualacademy.com/events/ or Call 888-361-2635 A tuition-free public school option for Grades 3–7 using the world renowned Calvert curriculum ■■Canopy Challenge and Zip Line. Natural Bridge Caverns, an amazing natural wonder, now offers family fun high above the Texas Hill Country with its Canopy Challenge Adventure Course and Zip Line. Courses and challenges are available for all ages and levels. Address: 26495 Natural Bridge Caverns Road. ■■Enchanted Springs Ranch. The family will enjoy this old west theme park that also serves as a movie set. Address: 242 Texas 46 West in Boerne. ■■Tejas Rodeo Pro Rodeo. If your kids have dreams of being in the rodeo, this may be a good family adventure for the family. Kids can try their hand at mutton bustin’ and the entire family can kick up their heels as they learn country and western dance. Rodeos offered just about year round. Address: 401 Obst Road in Bulverde. ■■Texas Ski Ranch. This 70-acre action sports facility offers cable lake wakeboarding and waterskiing, rock climbing and more. Kids can also enjoy the ranch’s skate park. Address: 6700 North Interstate 35 North, New Braunfels. Got a favorite family-friendly destination that others may not know about? E-mail cynthia@ourkidsmagazine. com and share it with other Our Kids Magazine readers. — Cynthia Ladson March 2013 | OurKidsMagazine.com 27 health sense Moving Toward Fitness By Cynthia Ladson Since 2010 when San Antonio had the dubious distinction of being dubbed the fattest city in the United States, officials have worked to try and shed the weight of the unflattering title. In 2010 a report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) found that 31 percent of San Antonio residents were obese and 65 percent were overweight. While city officials were not pleased with San Antonio’s ranking in 2010, its residents were none too pleased either. Nor were they overjoyed when in 2012 former All-Star turned NBA analyst (Sir) Charles Barkley took the city to task about the “fattest city” title. Since receiving the ranking, city officials have made it their business to make fitness a priority. And the effort seem to be paying off. Last year the city was ranked the 25th fittest city by Men’s Fitness magazine. This year’s rankings are not yet out, but given the wellness initiatives introduced by the city and the number of San Antonians working out these days, many with kids in tow, it appears the city should have little problem staying off the fattest list again this year. Audrey and Joseph Rost and their 2-year-old son Ezequiel travel across town three to four times a week for a family workout at McAllister Park. The Rosts run while their son rides along in his jogging stroller. And to his delight, little Ezequiel is whisked out of his stroller during his parents’ cool down walk and becomes an active participant in the family fitness routine. “After cooling down, we all go to the playground where he gets to run around,” says Audrey. Twenty-three-year-old Ashley Perry says she thinks it is important that her children stay active and busy. The mother of three sees to it that her kids exercise with her daily. “We run or walk usually. Then we do things like coming to the park where they get to climb, run and jump here on the playground.” Anne Marie Bisch uses the trails in the park as well as city-installed fitness equipment. “I think it’s great 28 Our Kids Magazine | March 2013 they have it out here.” Funds for the equipment were provided by a federal grant. Adding fitness stations at about 14 parks was just one of several things officials did to try and improve the city’s health and fitness image. Jason Ross, 28, who works out between three and four times a week, says he thought the 2010 report was pretty accurate. “But I’ve seen a lot of immediate changes and long-term changes in terms of nutrition in San Antonio since then.” A recent poll of several area gyms and fitness centers indicates that workouts are brisk there as well. “The YMCA has seen an increase in membership over the last year,” says Laura Waldrum, director of marketing and public relations for the YMCA of Greater San Antonio, while stressing that it is possible for the whole famility to workout at a YMCA facility. Last year the YMCA took the lead in spearheading the city’s Síclovía program. Síclovía is a family event in which downtown streets are closed to cars and other vehicles and open only to walkers, runners, and bicyclists. The event has been a success and Waldrum says they are looing at increasing attendance at this years’s events. The next Síclovía is planned for April. After participating in last year’s Síclovía, Joey Palacios, KSTX-FM reporter, decided to make fitness a priority. He has since learned to cycle using the city’s B-cycle program. Palacios says he made other We’re d e h c yc SAn Antonio iS A greAt plAce to explore by bike. remember theSe tipS when you’re prepAring for A ride: be prepAred – Check out bicycle tips and maps at www.sanantonio.gov/sabikes be SAfe – Make sure your bike is in good repair and you’re properly equipped with a helmet. be courteouS – Share the trail with others. There’s enough road to go around. . e d i r o t y d A e r S i S.A. Join Us on March 2013 | OurKidsMagazine.com 29 Magazine FREE e Magazin R NEW YEA BY NEW BA R KIDS NEW OU FAMILY ES FINANC Reserving Space for April 2013 through May 2014 ON EDUCATI lifestyle changes including eating healthy and has lost about 30 pounds. Efforts to Shed the Title When it began offering fitness classes in the park at a variety of hours, the city may have eliminated two variables some San Antonians have reasoned kept them from working out more and staying fit. Classes offered through the City Parks and Recreation Department, were conducted free and at times that were convenient, including the noon lunch hour. Classes in yoga, Tai Chi, boot camps and Zumba are just a few of the classes made available. Next, the city installed fitness equipment at various park locations throughout the city. Other initiatives include: ■■making it more appealing to residents to ride Call us Today to Advertise Pat Ramotowski 210-305-4181 ext 101 210-305-4181 ext 103 30 Our Kids Magazine | March 2013 bicycles on city streets by adopting a policy making streets safe for all users ■■installing fitness equipment in 363 schools for physical education and after-school programs ■■installing salad bars in more than 100 schools to improve access to nutritious foods ■■adding walking trails for public use at two libraries, four housing facilities and five public schools ■■expanding Por Vida, the nutrition and menulabeling program that helps adults and children find healthy dining choices ■■distributing 1,200 bikes through “Ride to Own” programs with the YMCA, San Antonio Parks and Recreation Department and San Antonio Housing Authority residents ■■launching a B-cycle bike share program offering 21 bicycle rental kiosks in the downtown area. San Antonio’s improved rankings have been attributed to efforts of a network of community organizations, including the YMCA, San Antonio Sports, San Antonio Food Bank, some area school districts, the Mayor’s Fitness Council and others. What’s Next To continue moving the city toward fitness and health, city officials will introduce a new health and fitness initiative in the Fall of 2013. Details of the initiative are still being worked out. Cynthia Ladson is Editor of Our Kids Magazine and the mother of one daughter. b.a.b.y. Bonding with Baby: Meeting Matthew By Kathy Sena T he baby monitor started squawking as I finished the dinner dishes. Walking into his room, I found my 10-month-old son, Matthew, sobbing and clutching the crib railing. We settled into the rocking chair, the glow from the night light shining across his pudgy cheeks, highlighting a tear and a quivering chin. As we rocked and I hummed a lullaby, I could feel Matt’s weight sink into my chest. With each rocking movement, he let go a bit more, until, with his trademark little shudder-sigh, he fell asleep. It was a scene I dreamed about when I was expecting. That is, when I wasn’t devouring pregnancy books. I didn’t have to be hit over the head with a breast pump to get the message: It’s All About Bonding. Talk to my baby in the womb? Check. Play music that he will recognize later? Check. (I even bought, “Yosemite Sounds,” to commemorate the vacation my husband and I took while I was pregnant). But these were small potatoes compared with the two mommy-baby-bonding biggies: natural childbirth and blissful breastfeeding. I never missed a Lamaze or breastfeeding class. I even stopped by a La Leche League meeting, looking for tips. By my eighth month, I was more than ready to bond with my little guy, who was probably ready to bolt from the womb screaming, “Mom, enough with the Yosemite Sounds!” Somehow my well-planned birthing experience turned into 32-hours of labor, an hour of pushing and finally — with the mother-to-be cursing and “hee” breathing all the way to the operating room — an emergency C-section three days before Christmas. So much for placing the naked baby on my chest while my husband and I wipe away tears of joy. Actually, there were tears of joy. And I did get to touch my son while the doctors sewed me up. But I could almost feel the experts’ disapproval. In the Bonding Olympics, breastfeeding wasn’t our strongest event, either. After consulting with two obstetricians, three lactation specialists and one nurse, I still found myself in a frustrating, exhausting, every-two-hour cycle of pumping milk while my husband fed Matthew with an eye dropper. I think we all were relieved when, after several weeks of roundthe-clock angst, we threw in the towel and switched to formula, at our pediatrician’s suggestion. But even quitting was no picnic. I had to bind my chest to decrease milk production, but my breasts still ached miserably. Then I read somewhere that applying cabbage leaves could reduce swelling. So there I stood in the kitchen, in tears, holding cabbage leaves to my breasts while my husband wrapped my chest with an Ace bandage. Looking back, I can laugh. But standing there in the kitchen, full of milk, pain and guilt, I felt like a failure. By the experts’ accounts, I had blown it big time. Never mind that I held my newborn son on Christmas eve as we listened to carolers singing “Silent Night” outside our hospital room. Or that, after bringing him home on Christmas Day, we’d spend evenings in the living room, lights off, listening to Bing Crosby while Matthew clutched my finger and stared, wide-eyed, at the twinkling tree lights. March 2013 | OurKidsMagazine.com 31 And never mind that he gazed into my face as we snuggled in his grandma’s afghan for 3 a.m. feedings, with Matthew eating happily until every part of his tiny body was asleep except for his bottom lip, which kept making little sucking movements. Never mind that 10-month-old boy who nestled peacefully against my chest that night as we rocked, heartbeat-to-heartbeat. Or the happy squeals that greeted me the next morning. Or that little tango we do that makes him giggle in anticipation of the “dip” at the end. Or the hundred other simple ways we weave ourselves into each other’s hearts. When it comes to “proper” bonding with my son, the experts would probably throw the book at me. But finally, I can honestly tell myself, it’s OK. After all, my sweet Matthew, you and I didn’t do it by the book. Kathy Sena is a freelance journalist and essayist who frequently writes about parenting issues. Visit her website at www.kathysena.com. Why Cabbage Leaves? According to a report in the medical journal Birth, researchers studied both a control group and a group of women who used cabbage leaves to help reduce soreness from breastfeeding. After six weeks, the women who applied cabbage leaves to their breasts between nursing sessions were more likely to still be breastfeeding exclusively, and they breastfed significantly longer than women in the control group. The researchers concluded that the use of cabbage leaves resulted in fewer women giving up breastfeeding. They added that extensive anecdotal evidence from nursing and midwifery experts also supports the use of cabbage for this purpose. One reason for cabbage’s effectiveness may be that sulfur in the amino acid methionine (found in cabbage leaves) increases blood flow to the area. This dilates the capillaries, relieves the engorgement and inflammation and allows the mother’s milk to flow more freely. (The authors neglected to mention one side effect: It makes Mom smell as if she’s been swimming in a vat of coleslaw.) 32 Our Kids Magazine | March 2013 may come and go, but here, ay. Low prices on the cutest around. And we’ll pay $$$ on the st year’s costume. No appointKing of Kings essary. Nothing tricky about that! Early Childhood Development Center We buy ALL seasons ALL of the time! M-F 9:30am - 7:30pm Sat. 10am - 6pm Sun. 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Contact: (210) 212-2576 Crisis Line: (210) 383-3239 Crisis Line is open 24/7 www.childrensshelter.org Magazine Email your resume to email@example.com No phone calls please March 2013 | OurKidsMagazine.com 33 calendar march By Cynthia Ladson Yo Gabba Gabba Live! Get ready for performances by Yo Gabba Gabba Live! at 2 and 5 p.m., March 16 in the Majestic Theatre. The group presents its newest show “Get the Sillies Out” featuring DJ Lance Rock, plus Muno, Foofa, Brobee, Toodee, Plex, and, of course, hip hop legend Biz Markie. In “Get the Sillies Out,” the group has taken fan favorites from the past two tours and combined them with some allnew music and other surprises. Tickets are $25, $35 and $45. Tickets can be purchased at the Majestic Theatre Box Office or online at www.ticketmaster.com/ venueartist/98424/1370489. Yo Gabba Gabba Live! comes to San Antonio’s Majestic Theatre for two performances March 16. PHOTO COURTESY OF YO GABBA GABBA LIVE! what’s inside 34 37 38 Highlight Family Theater Ongoing Exhibits get listed Items to be considered for the calendar must be received at least six weeks prior to publication. The deadline for the May 2013 issue is March 15. E-mail your calendar items and photographs to firstname.lastname@example.org. Information cannot be accepted by phone. 34 Our Kids Magazine | March 2013 1 Friday Growing up WILD: Enjoy nature games; crafts, handson displays and more designed for children ages 3-7 and their families. During this outdoor nature activity “Bird Beak Buffet” children discover the differences in beaks of birds and their food source. 10 to 11:30 a.m. Suggested donation $3 per child or $5 per family. Phil Hardberger Park, 13203 Blanco Road. www.sanaturalareas.org. 210-207-3106. Wild Beginnings: This program geared to kids 2-3 encourages child and caregivers interactions in a funfilled environment with stories, songs and animal closeups. 9 to 10 a.m. $35. Classes also meet March 8, 22 and 29. Register online. San Antonio Zoo, 3903 N. St. Mary’s St. www.sazoo.org. 210-734-7184. Zoo Explorers: Kids 3-5 and their caregiver interact in a fun-filled environment with stories, songs and animal close-ups. 11 to noon. $35. Classes also meet March 8, 22 and 29. Register online. San Antonio Zoo, 3903 N. St. Mary’s St. www.sazoo.org. 210-734-7184. Investigation Station: Kids put critical thinking skills to the test while working with interactive stations designed to encourage them to investigate the world around them. 10:30-11:30 a.m. Admission $8 for persons 2 years and older, children under 2 free. San Antonio Children’s Museum, 305 E. Houston St. www.sakids.org. 210-212-4453. Miss Anastasia’s Wild and Wacky: Youngsters will enjoy Miss Anastasia’s Wild and Wacky pre-weekend Twiglet Story time 10:30 a.m. Story times also scheduled for March 8, 15, 22 and 29. The Twig Book Shop, 200 E. Grayson St. #124. www.thetwig.com. 210-826-6411. 2 Saturday Tiny Tots Classes: Special age-appropriate class titled “Bearly Borns” designed for ages 2-5 and caregivers to experience animals at the zoo through stories, crafts and animal presentations. 10 to 11 a.m. $17. San Antonio Zoo, 3903 N. St. Mary’s St. www.sazoo.org. 210-734-7184. S.A.fari Kids: Monthly program for children ages 5-7 that explores animals around the zoo while building new relationships and skills. Different topics are introduced each month. Parents are not required to stay. This month’s topic is “Animal Tracks.” 1:30 to 3 p.m. $17. San Antonio Zoo, 3903 N. St. Mary’s St. www.sazoo.org. 210-734-7194. 4 Monday Zoo Yoga: Take part in a playful approach toward yoga that combines animal poses with storytelling, song, breathing, relaxation and play. Geared to preschoolers’ ages 2 1/2 to 6. At the end of the program, meet your pose inspiration on a zoo tour. 9 to 10 a.m. $17 per person. San Antonio Zoo, 3903 N. St. Mary’s St. www.sazoo.org. 210-734-7184. Little Sprout Mondays: Program for ages 3-4 includes storytelling, kids’ crafts and hands-on explorations at the child’s pace. No registration necessary. 10 a.m. $3 per child, plus garden admission. San Antonio Botanical Garden, 555 Funston Place. www.sabot.org. 210-207-3250. 5 Tuesday Pint-Sized Science: Pint-Sized Science introduces budding scientists to basic science concepts. Each month kids will explore a different theme such as weather, animals, water, reactions, nutrition and many more. 10 to 10:30 a.m. each Tuesday and 2 to 2:30 p.m. each Wednesday in the Jungle Adventure classroom. Free with museum admission. San Antonio Children’s Museum, 305 E. Houston St. www.sakids.org. 210-212-4453. Toddler Time: Museum staff lead kids in activities that help build their fine and gross motor skills. Weekly activities may include reading, music and exploration of hands-on materials. Class is geared for ages 0-3 years. 2 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. Free with museum admission. San Antonio Children’s Museum, 305 E. Houston St. www.sakids.org. 210-212-4453. Prevent Child Abuse One Child at a Time Conference: Two-day (March 4 and 5) statewide conference will present attendees with the latest information and research available on child abuse, preventing child abuse, working with victims and perpetrators using the latest programs from around the country. Conference is not just for professionals, but anyone interested in helping to prevent child abuse in Texas. For conference cost and registration visit www.preventchildabusetexas. org. The conference will be at the Omni Colonnade Hotel, 9821 Colonnade Boulevard. 7 Thursday Rainbow Fish: Musical about a rainbow-colored fish accustomed to being the most beautiful creature in the ocean. But when she is asked to share her silver scales with other fish, she refuses. Will advice from the wise Octopus persuade her to share her gifts? Suggested for ages 3 and older. The musical, based on the bestselling book by Marcus Pfister, focuses on the value of sharing and true friendship. Show times are 9:45, 11:45 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. Presented by ArtsPower National Touring Theatre, the musical is sponsored by the San Antonio Children’s Fine Art Series of San Antonio.Tickets are $12 and may be purchased online at www.childrensfineartseries.org/joinus.htm or by calling 210-340-4060. Charline McCombs Theatre, 226 N. St. Mary’s St. www.majesticempire.com. 210-226-3333. Evening at the McNay with the Joffrey Ballet: Join the dancers, artistic directors and management of the Joffrey Ballet in celebrating the return of the dancers to San Antonio after more than 20 years. See an exhibit of items from the Ballets Russes era; enjoy gourmet cuisine and special entertainment. 7 p.m. Cost is $200. Purchase reservations at 418 10th St. McNay Art Museum, 6000 N. March 2013 | OurKidsMagazine.com 35 calendar New Braunfels Ave. www.mcnayart.com. 210-226-2891. 8 Friday Investigation Station: See March 1. Sand Sculpture Exhibit: Professional sand sculptor Ted Siebert and the Sand Sculpture Company will transform 24 tons of sand into intricate, giant sculptures of the Alamo and the garden’s signature Moy Grande Hibiscus with a third being completed during March 11-15, giving Spring Break visitors a chance to see how the sand sculpting process works. San Antonio Botanical Garden, 555 Funston Place. www.sabot.org. 210-207-3250. Family Flashlight Night: Take your flashlights and explore the garden after hours 6 to 8:30 p.m. Admission is $8 for adults and $5 for children. San Antonio Botanical Garden, 555 Funston Place. www.sabot.org. 210-207-3250. Joffrey Ballet: Arts San Antonio presents the Joffrey Ballet in the “Rite of Spring.” 7:30 p.m. Tickets range from $29 to $110. Lila Cockrell Theatre, 200 E. Market St. www.sahbgcc.com. 210-207-8500. 9 Saturday Tiny Tots Classes: Special age-appropriate class titled “Animal Antics” designed for ages 2-5 and caregivers to experience animals at the zoo through stories, crafts and animal presentations. 10 to 11 a.m. $17. San Antonio Zoo, 3903 N. St. Mary’s St. www.sazoo.org. 210-734-7184. Spring Break at the Garden: Families and children of all ages can enjoy special “theme days” with handson activities and special presentations throughout the week. Guests will have the opportunity to design and sculpt their own sand art, make lei, create chalk art, learn about sea creatures and more. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $8 for adults, $6 for students, seniors and military and $5 for children 3-13. San Antonio Botanical Garden, 555 Funston Place. www.sabot.org. 210-207-3250. Family Flicks – The Secret of Kells: Take your lawn chairs, blankets and picnic as you enjoy this Oscarnominated film that follows Brendan, a young boy living on the Isle of Iona, as he helps a master illuminator complete the famous Book of Kells. This event is part of a new outdoor film series for families presented in collaboration with Slab Cinema. 6 p.m. Free with museum admission. $10, adults; $7, seniors; $5, students and military with ID; and free for children under 12. Event includes special performances and art activities an hour prior to screening. Refreshments also available. West Courtyard of the San Antonio Museum of Art, 200 W. Trinity United Methodist School Register Now for 2013-2014 ITBS scores rank top 1% in the nation Preschool & Elementary School (210) 684-5214 5319 Newcome Dr. www.trinityums.org Texas Alliance of Accredited Private Schools MEDICAL CENTER AREA 36 Our Kids Magazine | March 2013 Family Theater Jones Ave. www.samuseum.org. 210-978-8183. Luminaria 2013: San Antonio’s annual night celebration of art and artists showcases all art forms including visual, musical, theatre and performance, literary, media and dance. Luminaria takes place in downtown San Antonio in both outdoor and indoor venues. 7 p.m. to midnight. Free. Downtown San Antonio. www.luminariasa.org. 210-212-4999. 10 Sunday Spring Break at the Garden: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (See Saturday, March 9) 11 Monday Spring Break on the Back 40: Spring Break on the Back 40 offers participants an opportunity to experience Texas Frontier in the 1800s by visiting various structures from the era. Each building includes a tour and hands-on opportunities with artifacts, and take-home crafts associated with different aspects of life on the frontier as a Spanish settler, pioneer homesteader, school-aged child, ranch hand and Buffalo Soldier. Spring Break on the Back 40 runs for five days. Each day features a different building and associated activities. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday ■■Happy Birthday, Captain Crankypants – Your kids will enjoy the inactive Theatre for Young Audiences stage productions at the Stone Oak Youth Theatre and Dance Company. Take the kids to help Captain Crankypants celebrate his birthday. 10 a.m. Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. Runs through March 2. Stone Oak Youth Theatre and Dance Company, 21518 Blanco Road, Ste. 101. www. stoneoakyouththeatre.com. 210-481-2400. ■■Jane Eyre the Musical – Students of the North East School of the Arts present a musical drama based on the classic novel Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë. 7:30 p.m. March 1 and 2 and 2:30 p.m. March 3. Tickets are $8 in advance and $10 at the door. North East School of the Arts, 1400 Jackson Keller. 210-356-1033. www.neisd.net/nesa. ■■Rapunzel – Parents and children will love this witty retelling of a fairy tale classic about a strong-willed young girl, Rapunzel, who was taken from her real parents by a wicked witch who pretends to be her mother. With a book and lyrics by two creators of the hit television show Friends, rest assured this fairy tale isn’t going to be business as usual. 7 p.m. Fridays and 2 p.m. Saturdays through March 30. Tickets: $10 for 12 years and older; $9 seniors, military and educators with ID. Free to children 2 and younger, but must sit in parents lap. Magik Theatre, 420 S. Alamo St. www.magiktheatre.org. 210-227-2751. ■■The Three Bears – Godilocks is lost, hungry and looking for a place to sleep. The Bear family just left for a nice spring walk in the woods. What will happen next? Learn manners, and much more in this classic children’s story. 10 a.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays. $5 for children and adults, kids younger than 1 year are free. Runs from March 13-18. The Rose Theatre Company. www.therosetheatreco.com. 210-360-0004. Mount Sacred Heart Catholic School Registering Now for 2013-2014 Call For Your Tour Today! 210•342•6711 mountsacredheart.com † † San Antonio’s ONLY Catholic Montessori Early Childhood Program Ages 2 1/2 - 5 years & † Pre-K4 - 8th Grade Enriched Curriculum 619 Mt. Sacred Heart Rd San Antonio, TX 78216 Community Integrity † Compassion Service March 2013 | OurKidsMagazine.com 37 calendar Ongoing Exhibits INStitute of Texan Cultures ■■ “Girl Power” heralds the next century of Girl Scouting. The exhibit offers visitors a unique perspective on the organization through personal stories, artifacts and memorabilia. “Girl Power” highlights the values and traditions of Girl Scouts that are as relevant today as when the movement was founded in 1912. Feb. 22 through July 14. ■■ “Made in Texas” explores the ideas and everyday items that have their origins right here in Texas. The new exhibit showcases the Lone Star State’s impact on the world – everything from cowboy boots, computers, salsa, Jalapeño jelly, prickly pear wine, ancient stone tools and artificial hearts. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon-5 p.m. Sunday. Through Sept. 29, 2013. Hours: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Saturday, noon-5 p.m. Sunday. Admission: $8 ages 12-64, $7 seniors 65-plus, $6 ages 3-11, free for ages 2 and younger. 801 E. César E. Chávez Blvd. www.texancultures. com. 210-458-2300. McNay Museum of Art ■■ “Fiesta, Fête, Festival: Selections from the Tobin Collection” celebrates some of the world’s greatest festivals. Scene and costume designs from the Tobin Collection reveal that San Antonio’s own Fiesta – from NIOSA and Charreada to the Coronation of the Queen of the Order of the Alamo and Cornyation – belongs to a rich tradition of popular and court celebrations. Runs through June 9, 2013. Hours: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday; 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday; noon-5 p.m. Sunday. Admission: $10 ages 12-64, $5 students, military and seniors 65-plus, free ages 12 and younger. 6000 N. New Braunfels. www.mcnayart. org. 210-458-2300. San Antonio Children’s Museum ■■ “Science City” invites kids to think like scientists in six interactive zones. Hands-on activities that encourage creative and innovative thinking include designing structures that withstand the forces of nature, investigating the science of circuits and experimenting with aerodynamics and momentum on a racetrack. ■■ “Frost Good Cents Bank” introduces kids to handson financial learning as they role-play in a bank with a drive-up window, teller counters and an ATM. They can also explore interactive finance stations to learn about managing and spending money. Hours: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday; 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday; noon-5 p.m. Sunday. Admission: $8; free for children younger than 2. Free kids night is every third Tuesday of each month. 305 E. Houston St. www.sakids.org. 210-212-4453. San Antonio Zoo ■■ Butterflies! Caterpillar Flight School allows guests to experience a spectacular butterfly garden immersed in a lush habitat. Hundreds of butterflies move freely 38 Our Kids Magazine | March 2013 throughout the exhibit delighting guests through intimate interaction. These colorful creatures are curious, approachable and often rest on guests as they stroll through the garden. Guests go home with a greater understanding of these fragile, beautiful butterflies, and a deeper appreciation for the importance of maintaining their habitat to ensure their survival. Exhibit open March through November. ■■ “Africa Live!” features up-close views of hippopotamus, Nile crocodiles, giant bullfrogs, Egyptian cobras, giant elephant shrews and more. Visitors experience the plants and animals of Africa three months after the seasonal rains, including animals from Lake Tanganyika and Lake Malawi that can be seen through underwater windows. ■■ “Africa Live 2” boasts the second tallest aviary in North America, filled with trees, African birds and the colobus monkey. Visitors can see an okapi, dwarf mongoose, and walk through a giant termite mound, coming face to face with a pair of African wild dogs. Hours: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily. Admission: $12 for ages 12 and older, $9.50 children ages 3-11 and seniors over 62, free for ages 2 and under. 3903 N. St. Mary’s St. in Brackenridge Park. www.sazoo.org. 210-734-7184. Witte Museum ■■ Dinosaurs Unearthed highlights the latest discoveries in paleontology, including evidence suggesting some dinosaurs are the ancestors of modern day birds rather than modern reptiles. The story of feathered dinosaurs is an interactive visual spectacle that visitors of all ages can enjoy. Let your curiosity soar as you step back in time to discover some of the most fascinating creatures to have roamed the Earth. Experience life-sized animatronic dinosaurs, complete skeletons, fossils, hands-on interactives, a paleontological dig site where guests can unearth fossils as well as the opportunity to explore current scientific findings. Created with electronics, the animatronic models capture some of the most life-like motions ever created. There is a $5 surcharge in addition general for this exhibit. Runs through Sept. 2, 2013. ■■ ■■ H-E-B Science Treehouse includes a geocaching adventure in which visitors can go on a high-tech scavenger hunt using a smart phone or GPS. Mount Witte is a 20-foot rock-climbing wall for all ages that hones climbers’ organization and problem-solving skills. “Move It! A Game of Action” emphasizes wellness and physical activity with a 10-foot-by-10-foot lighted gaming floor and nine game choices. The H.E.Buddy SkyCycle is an outdoor bicycle ride 14 feet in the air featuring a large weight suspended under a 40-foot cable. Young riders learn the principles of counterbalance and center of gravity. Hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday, WednesdaySaturday; 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Tuesday, noon-5 p.m. Sunday. Admission: $10 ages 12-64, $9 ages 65-plus and active-duty military with ID, $8 ages 4-11, free for ages 3 and younger. 3801 Broadway. www. .through Friday. Cost is included in regular admission, $8 for adults and $6 for children. Institute of Texan Cultures, 801 César E. Chávez Boulevard. www.TexanCultures.com. 210-458-2300. Spring Break at the Garden: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. See Saturday, March 9. Little Sprouts Mondays: Your 3 and 4 year olds can enjoy kid-friendly fun including storytelling, kids’ crafts and hands-on explorations. This week’s theme is “I Spy Birds and Bugs.” 10 to 11:30 a.m. $3 per child plus garden admission. San Antonio Botanical Garden, 555 Funston Place. www.sabot.org. 210-207-3250. Spring Break Science Camp: Kids in the first to third grades will spring into science as they participate in some bubbly, growing, and hair-raising experiments that entertain as well as educate. Children need to bring sack lunches. 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday (March 11-15). Register or sign up online. Beforeand after-camp care is available from 8 to 9 a.m. and 3:30 to 5 p.m. $250. San Antonio Children’s Museum, 305 E. Houston St. www.sakids.org. 210-212-4453. 12 Tuesday Explore! Philopodia: Students in grades first through fourth will explore “What’s not to like about feet (philo = like, podia – feet)” and try and determine if all paws and hooves do the same thing. Other questions to be Auto Zone Twinkle World Spring Break with Ruff Ruffman: Free event for the entire family. Includes fun educational activities. Take your camera for photos with Ruff Ruffman. 10 a.m. to noon. Special appearances by Ruff Ruffman 10:30 to 11 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. to noon. both Tom Slick Park, 700 Highway 151. www.earlyon-sa.org. 210-270-9000. Spring Break on the Back 40: See Monday, March 11. Spring Break at the Garden: See Saturday, March 9. Pint-Sized Science: Pint-Sized Science introduces budding scientists to basic science concepts. Each month kids will explore a different theme such as weather, animals, water, reactions, nutrition and many more. 10 to 10:30 a.m. each Tuesday and 2 to 2:30 p.m. each Wednesday in the Jungle Adventure classroom. Free with museum admission. San Antonio Children’s Museum, 305 E. Houston St. www.sakids.org. 210-212-4453. Spring Break Free Family Days: Enjoy free admission during Spring Break week. 2 to 4 p.m. through March Jones - Malts Berger Thousands Oaks explored include: Do worms have feet? How about clams? Kids will also make a plaster cast of a foot. 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Tuesday and Thursday. Suggested donation is $5 per session for children and $10 per session for families. Dress for the weather. E-mail peggy.spring@ sanantonio.gov or call 210/564-6402 for information and reservations. Friedrich Park, 21395 Milsa Road. www.sanaturalareas.org. Open 10:00 am - 7:30 pm Mon - Sat 402-3362 2818 Thousand Oaks Dr. 78232 1000’s new styles of fashion jewelry and hair accessories for $1.00 WHOLESALE AVAILABLE FOR BULK BUYERS Grand Opening New Location 6065 NW Loop 410 Suite #120 San Antonio, TX 78238 (210) 680-0315 10 rk d. aR der 0 Loop 41 Ban a Ingrom P Mall March 2013 | OurKidsMagazine.com 39 calendar 14. McNay Art Museum, 6000 N. New Braunfels Ave. www.mcnayart.org. 210-824-5368. 13 Wednesday Spring Break on the Back 40: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. See Monday, March 11 for details. Spring Break at the Garden: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. See Saturday, March 9 Spring Break with Ruff Ruffman: Free event for the entire family. Includes fun educational activities. Take your camera for photos with Ruff Ruffman. 10 a.m. to noon. Special appearances by Ruff Ruffman 10:30 to 11 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. to noon. both Tom Slick Park, 700 Highway 151. www.earlyon-sa.org. 210-270-9000. 14 Thursday Spring Break on the Back 40: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. See Monday, March 11 for details. Spring Break at the Garden: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. (See Saturday, March 9) Art Crawl: Gallery tours for caregivers and babies 0-18 months. Moms, dads and other caregivers can put their babies in their slings and take a walk through the galleries. 10:45 a.m. Free with museum admission. $10, adults; $7, seniors; $5, students and military with ID; and free for children under 12. San Antonio Museum of Art, 200 W. Jones Ave. www.samuseum.org. 210-978-8100. 15 Friday “Rockin’ Reptiles” designed for ages 2-5 and caregivers to experience animals at the zoo through stories, crafts and animal presentations. 10 to 11 a.m. San Antonio Zoo, 3903 N. St. Mary’s St. www.sazoo.org. 210-734-7184. 19 Tuesday Free Kids Night: Admission is free for kids and adults the third Tuesday of each month. 5 to 7 p.m. San Antonio Children’s Museum, 305 E. Houston St. www.sakids.org. 210-212-4453. Pint-Sized Science: Pint-Sized Science introduces budding scientists to basic science concepts. Each month kids will explore a different theme such as weather, animals, water, reactions, nutrition and many more. 10 to 10:30 a.m. each Tuesday and 2 to 2:30 p.m. each Wednesday in the Jungle Adventure classroom. Free with museum admission. San Antonio Children’s Museum, 305 E. Houston St. www.sakids.org. 210-212-4453. Laura Ingalls Wilder: Musical chronicles the life and times of Laura Ingalls Wilder and her family’s adventures traveling across America. Laura Ingalls Wilder’s classic books are credited for inspiring youngsters in discovering their pioneering spirit. Performance is about 50 minutes. Presented by ArtsPower National Touring Theatre, the musical is sponsored by the San Antonio Children’s Fine Art Series of San Antonio. 9:45 and 11:45 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $12 and may be purchased online at www.childrensfineartseries.org/joinus. htm or by calling 210-340-4060. Charline McCombs Theatre, 226 N. St. Mary’s St. www.majesticempire.com. 210-226-3333. Investigation Station: See March 1. Spring Break on the Back 40: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. (See Monday, March 11 for details). Spring Break at the Garden: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. (See Saturday, March 9) 18 Monday Tiny Tots Classes: Special age-appropriate class titled 20 Wednesday Global Safari: Take your child on an around-the-world adventure during this program geared to kids ages 4-6. Kids experience the culture, music, people and animals of various continent and countries. They will learn words in new languages, sing songs and discover new ecosystems through multi-media explorations and hands-on adventures. 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St. Mary’s St. www.sazoo.org. 210-734-7184. 23 Saturday 24 Sunday 22 Friday Race for Prevention of Child Abuse: Lace up your sneakers and get ready to race for children in need. Boys Town Texas’ annual “Race for Prevention of Child Abuse” begins at 8 a.m. The family event features a 10K, 5K and 1.5K fun run. Sign up your team today at www.boystown.org/texasrace. $20 registration fee per person, online or $25 fee per person, the day of the race. Valero Energy Headquarters, One Valero Way. Lilly and her Purple Purse Paints San Antonio: Twiglets, dig out your cowboy boots and sunglasses to meet Lilly with her Purple Plastic Purse. Come hear a Lilly tale or two, purple up a craft project, and enjoy a delightful cheesy treat. Take your camera and say “cheese” with Lilly stylin’ in her red cowboy boots and purple purse! All ages of cowboy boot wearing TWIGLETS welcome. Free. The Twig Book Shop, 200 E. Grayson Street, Suite 124. www.thetwig.com. 210-826-6411. Paws in the Park: Share a day at the San Antonio Botanical Garden with your favorite pooch. Visitors are invited to take their dogs (on a leash). Enjoy a number of pet-related activities. Water will be provided throughout the garden as well as “mutt mitts” for dog owners to pick up after their pets. Local animal nonprofit organizations will share educational material. A $5 donation per dog will be collected for the organizations, plus admission. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. 555 Funston Place. www.sabot.org. 210-207-3250. Animal Botanical: Children ages 6 and older with special needs will explore the plants and animals of the Botanical Garden with hands-on activities, crafts and games. Special education instructors will lead the participants on their garden adventures. Advance registration is required. Contact email@example.com or call Sasha Kodet at 207-3270 to register. 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. $25. San Antonio Botanical Garden, 555 Funston Place. www.sabot.org. 210-207-3250. Art in the Garden: The San Antonio Botanical Garden plays host to Art in the Garden, an annual collaboration with Blue Star Contemporary Art Center. The sculpture exhibit celebrates Contemporary Art Month. Guests can enjoy lush plants, eye-catching landscapes and intriguing artwork. Exhibit will be available until March 2014. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $8 for adults; $6, students, seniors, military; and $5 children ages 3-13. San Antonio Botanical Garden, 555 Funston Place. www.sabot.org. 210-207-3250. Tiny Tot Family Campouts: Kids ages 6 to 8 and their family will enjoy a campout experience inside the zoo Paws in the Park: Share a day at the San Antonio Botanical Garden with your favorite pooch. Visitors are invited to take their dogs (on a leash). Enjoy a number of pet-related activities. Water will be provided throughout the garden as well as “mutt mitts” for dog owners to pick up after their pets. Local animal nonprofit organizations will share educational material. A $5 donation per dog will be collected for the organizations, plus admission. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. 555 Funston Place. www.sabot.org. 210-207-3250. 26 Tuesday Pint-Sized Science: Class introduces budding scientists to basic science concepts. Each month kids will explore a different theme such as weather, animals, water, reactions, nutrition and many more. 10 to 10:30 a.m. each Tuesday and 2 to 2:30 p.m. each Wednesday in the Jungle Adventure classroom. Free with museum admission. San Antonio Children’s Museum, 305 E. Houston St. www.sakids.org. 210-212-4453. 27 Wednesday Stroller Safari: Zoo-xercise, Zing-a-long and introduce your child to nature during a Stroller Safari. Sing about animals as zoo staff leads this stroller tour. The program is limited to ages 6-24 months. Class not able to accommodate older siblings. 10 to 10:45 a.m. $15. Registration required. San Antonio Zoo, 3903 N. St. Mary’s St. www.sazoo.org. 210-734-7184. 29 Friday Investigation Station: See March 1. Art After Dark: Free teen night. 7 to 10 p.m. McNay Art Museum, 6000 N. New Braunfels Ave. www.mcnayart. org. 210-824-5368. 30 Saturday San Antonio Pet Expo: Stop, learn, play and adopt at the expo. There will be exhibits, contests for pets, prizes and more. Discounted vaccinations, microchipping and heartworm and flea preventatives available. Families can take pictures with the Easter Bunny at the expo. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. San Antonio Event Center, 8111 Meadow Leaf Drive. www.sanantoniopetexpo.com. 210-853-5659 ext. 108. looking ahead to April Fiesta San Antonio officially gets under way April 18 in front of the Alamo and The Poteet Strawberry Festival is April 12-14. March 2013 | OurKidsMagazine.com 41 OUR KIDS CLASSIFIEDS To place a classified ad call 210-349-6667 Publisher does not endorse nor recommend the following business and we encourage our readers to look carefully into any business before making personal or financial commitments. 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Your Kids In Our Kids 3. 1. Autumn Lynn Guerrero, 16 months 2. Leah Sparks, 4 years old 3. Sarah Walker, 5 years old 4. Cloe and Cleo Walker, 10 and 9 years old 5. Carson Sparks, 4 years old 6. Claire Jennings, 18 months 4. 5. Submit Your Photos for April Issues using Flickr It is now easier than ever to submit your kidsâ€™ photos for publication in Our Kids Magazine. Join our Flickr group today and submit your kidsâ€™ photos. Here is how it is done: Login to www. flickr.com using your Google, Yahoo or Facebook account and join the Your Kids in Our Kids group and submit your photos by clicking on the upload button at the top of the page. By submitting photos to the Your Kid in Our Kids Flickr group page you give us permission to publish your photos in Our Kids Magazine. The deadline to submit photos for April is March 3, 2013. 2. 6. Camp. IT’S IN OUR NATURE. Every kid dreams of an outdoor excursion filled with wild adventures and exotic finds, and SeaWorld seems to have it all. Discovering the mysteries of the deep and becoming friends with some unusual creature such as Dolphins and Sting Rays. Cooling off in the snowy Antarctic where penguins fly through the water to show off their feathers. This summer, get lost with us in our adventures. That’s what being a camper here is all about. REGISTER NOW! SeaWorld San Antonio Day Camps are for 3–4 year olds with an adult and 5–12 year olds for our Ocean Quest. SeaWorld.com • 1-800-700-7786 Connect with Us on Facebook facebook.com/SeaWorldBuschGardensCamps *Program components, pricing and availability subject to change Copyright © 2012 SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment. All rights reserved.