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volume 30 • number 4
departments 6 On the Web April Featured Web Content
8 Editor’s Note Are Kids Short-Changed with Structured Play?
9 FYI n Sleep Disorders in Kids n Praise Kids’ Efforts, Not Personal Qualities
27 Health Sense n Facts About Autism n Mom Finds Help for Son with Autism
31 b.a.b.y. Cracking the Code to Your Baby’s Cries
features 11 Kids Learn Through Play
39 Your Kids in Our Kids Springtime Fun
The United Nations High Commission for Human Rights says play is so important that it is a right of every child. Despite this belief, child-driven play is seen less and less. So why is play so important? Experts say it is key to healthy brain development.
Parents’ Date Night: More Than Kisses, Candlelight
14 Fiesta Fun 11 Parents’ Date Night 25 Cracking the Code Photo by Kelley Ramotowski
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33 Family Theater 34 Ongoing Exhibits
Read one parent’s take on date night to understand why she says it should be all about reconnecting and remembering why the two of you chose to do the family thing together.
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Are Kids Short-Changed With Structured Play?
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an you remember playing as a child? Some of my fondest childhood memories include making up games or adding new twists to old traditional games such as hide-and-go-seek with my friends. We spent hours on end playing outdoors while exploring our neighborhood. Some pediatricians and other experts believe that a lot of today’s children are being short-changed when it comes to free – or unstructured – play. One such person is Richard Louv, journalist and author of “The Last Child in the Woods.” Louv was the featured speaker at the Children’s Museum Outside the Lunchbox Luncheon held early last month at the Pearl Stable. During that presentation, Louv expressed concern not only that kids’ free play, in many instances, has been supplanted with structured play or other activities, but also that many of today’s kids suffer from what he terms “Nature Deficit Disorder.” Louv says research shows that kids first learn leadership and executive-type skills through play. On the subject of kids and nature, Louv says nature is important to our sense of well being, especially to that of kids. He called on cities around the world to incorporate nature within its boundaries especially given that since 2008 more people now live in cities rather than rural areas. San Antonio’s efforts to add new, and expand existing, natural areas in the city and county didn’t go unnoticed by Louv, as he praised the city for what it is doing with its parks. Read freelance writer Belinda Mooney’s article “The Importance of Play” in this issue to see what others have to say about kids and play.
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Sleep Disorders in Kids A By Cynthia Ladson
bout 30 percent of children have restless nights serious enough that they could be diagnosed with a sleep disorder, according to the Reports show that about 30 percent of kids suffer restless National Association of School Psychologists. nights that could possibly signal a sleep disorder. The organization says the likelihood is even higher for children with special needs because of physical and behavioral differences and side effects from if a child is not able to fall asleep without his or her medications. parents in the room. Sleep disorders can aggravate existing conditions Improving Sleep or cause additional health problems, if left untreated, The institute provides the following 10 tips for according to experts at the Sleep Disorders Clinic and parents not suspecting sleep disorders, but wanting to Lab at the Kennedy Krieger Institute in Baltimore, Md. improve their child’s sleep patterns, “A good night’s sleep is important for all children, Make sleep a priority. Without a good night’s sleep it is especially critical for children with special needs,” says Dr. Jennifer Accardo, clinic director. “Parents know children may have difficulty participating fully in activities such as homework or sports. their child’s sleep patterns best and are often able to Develop a bedtime routine. Everyone needs this, spot a more serious problem if they know the signs,” even adults. A short set of calming activities helps says Accardo. children “wind down” to be ready for sleep. “If parents are concerned about their child’s sleep Keep schedules consistent between weekdays patterns and behaviors, they should consult with their and weekends. Kids who stay up later and sleep in on pediatrician or sleep expert. Sleep evaluations can be extremely beneficial in identifying causes and ultimately weekends may find it hard to return to their schedules during the school week. improving sleep for the entire family.” Keep schedules consistent every day. Going to Five Signs of a Possible Sleep Disorder bed, and waking up around the same time daily trains The institute offers the following five signs that signal your brain to account for the hours you need for other your child could have a sleep disorder. regular activities. Snoring. Children who struggle to breathe or who Make the bedroom a restful place. TV and video noisily pause, gasp or choke in their nighttime breathing games are not only distracting in the bedroom, but they are at risk for obstructive sleep apnea, according to the also produce bright light that signals the brain to wake institute. up. Difficulty falling or staying asleep. Everyone has Sleep in the same place every night. Children who problems now and then, but chronic difficulty falling or sleep on couch, on the floor or in different beds have staying asleep can make it hard for children to stay alert more trouble developing good sleep habits. and focused during the day. Avoid caffeine. Caffeine in sodas, teas, and coffees Sleepwalking, night terrors and other nighttime can keep children and adults awake. activities. At some point, many children walk, talk or Put your child to bed when they are sleepy, but cry out in their sleep, but if it happens often or over a not yet fully asleep. Self-soothing is a fundamental long period of time parents should seek help to find skill for children. Putting children to bed before they are potential triggers, according to an institute report. completely asleep gives them an opportunity to develop Sleeping too much. Children who have trouble this skill. waking up in the morning, getting to school on time Address anxiety. Anxiety commonly affects chilor falling asleep during class have clear signs of a sleep dren with disabilities and makes sleep difficulties worse. problem, according to the report. Take note of sleep problem signs. Tracking patterns Needing parents to be in the room to fall asleep. and signs can help your pediatrician or a sleep expert to The report notes that it might be time to seek guidance more quickly identify the problem and offer solutions. April 2013 | OurKidsMagazine.com
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raising children, especially those with low selfesteem, for their personal qualities rather than their efforts may make them feel more ashamed when they fail, according to new research published by the American Psychological Association. “This type of personal praise may backfire. What may seem like common sense can sometimes lead adults astray in their attempts to help children with low self-esteem feel better about themselves,” says lead researcher Eddie Brummelman of Utrecht University in the Netherlands. The study was published online in the Journal of Experimental Psychology: General. Co-author of the study was Dr. Brad Bushman, a communications and psychology professor at Ohio State University. The study found that children with low self-esteem often received praise for their personal qualities, and that type of praise can trigger greater feelings of shame from failure and may lead to a diminished sense of self-worth. Researchers theorized that children who are praised for their efforts might not associate their self-worth with success, so failure is viewed as a temporary setback or a lack of effort rather than a flaw in their character. Brummelman says the study results may apply generally to children from Western countries, including the United States, but the results may be less applicable to Eastern countries, where adults may use different approaches for praising children. The differences between praising a person and praising his or her efforts may be very subtle, but those differences can have a big impact on children’s selfesteem, adds Bushman. Bushman suggests parents and teachers focus on praising children for their efforts rather than their personal qualities. “In general, it is better to praise the behavior rather than the individual. “If you praise the individual and he fails, it can cause shame and may inadvertently send the message, ‘I am a bad person,’” concludes Bushman.
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he United Nations High Commission for Human (UNHCR) says play is so important that it is a right of every child. Despite this belief, child-driven play is seen less and less in our world. So what’s so important about play that prompts the United Nations commission, the American Association of Pediatrics and other experts to call for increased playtime for kids? “Play allows children to use their creativity while developing their imagination, dexterity, and physical, cognitive and emotional strength. Play is important to healthy brain development,” according to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). Children develop on a cognitive level as the brain is stimulated and they are challenged, on an emotional level as they interact with others and the world around them and on the physical level as they develop things like fine and large motor skills, reports the AAP. The AAP also states, parents even benefit from play because it is a wonderful opportunity to bond and interact with their children on a different level. “Each child needs to be allowed to fully develop into their own unique potential and person, and free play, or available free time in the case of older children, encourages that,” adds the UNHCR.
Reduced Playtime “Despite the benefits derived from play for both children and parents, time for free play has been markedly reduced for some children,” says the AAP. Richard Louv, journalist and author of the book, “The Last Child in the Woods” also sees a need for kids to be more involved in independent or unstructured play. Louv expressed concerns while speaking about “Nature Deficient Disorder” at the Children’s Museum’s Outside the Lunchbox Luncheon held early last month. According to Louv, a child’s executive and leadership skills are learned in the first four years of life while involved in independent play. There are many explanations for this reduction in playtime. Some reasons include hectic lifestyles, changes in family structure and instances when enrichment activities and academics are substituted for child-centered play.
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The World Around Them Children learn about the world around them through various types of play. As they interact with their environment and others, they learn valuable skills that will help them cope with life. Imaginative play, where children pretend to be in the adult world, helps them learn to understand the roles adults play. Fears and uncertainties are explored and acted out. As children learn how to conquer and deal with their world, they build skills that lead to confidence and the ability to deal with problems they will encounter as adults. When children are allowed to participate in free play the benefits are myriad. They learn how to share, deal with conflict, work with others and speak up for themselves. Their decision-making skills are honed, and they can develop at their own pace. Their interests are developed as they learn what they enjoy and what they are passionate about. This alone is a precious gift to a child as they discover their lifeâ€™s passions and unique talents. Controlled Play & Passive Entertainment It is true much playtime for kids will involve adults. But when adults totally direct the play, the children are led by what rules and guidelines the adult has put in place. Creativity, group skills and many leadership skills are lost, according to the AAP, when the adults are mainly in control. Passive entertainment is not the same as active play. It is easy to keep children entertained by sitting them in front of a video game or TV program. But active play also develops their body and physical wellbeing. This type of play also has the advantage of preventing childhood obesity, which is on the rise in the United States. Stronger Academic Skills It has also been shown that free play contributes to stronger academic skills. When recess and free time are included in the school day it helps the child to develop not only intellectually, but socially and emotionally as well. Children who have regular free play interact better with others and adjust better to new settings. The social
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Too Much of a Good Thing Society today puts out the message that each child needs the latest and greatest in every video program, interactive book and organized program, and that without those, the child will fall behind. According to the AAP, “Specialized gyms and enrichment programs designed for children exist in many communities, and there is an abundance of afterschool enrichment activities. These tools and programs are heavily marketed, and many parents have grown to believe that they are a requirement of good parenting and a necessity for appropriate development. As a result, much of parent-child time is spent arranging special activities or transporting children between those activities.” While participation in activities such as organized sports and programs can be a good thing and has its own benefits, these things should not be participated in at the cost of free play. Children’s experts say there needs to be a balance so that children have time to be children. The stress of constantly being on the go and moving from one organized activity to another can take a unique toll on children, not to mention the stress on parents and the family as everyone tries to deal with such a hectic schedule and lifestyle. It’s time to take a step back, breathe deeply and enjoy some fun time with your children.
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Child-Driven Play “When parents observe their children in play or join with them in child-driven play, they are given a unique opportunity to see the world from their child’s vantage point as the child navigates a world perfectly created just to fit his or her needs,” according to the AAP. Playing with your child can be a wonderful, magical thing. Simply watching them play can be delightful as you watch them pretend, create and stretch their imagination. Play also allows parents the opportunity to communicate, lead and guide in a gentle way. Parents can also see things that a child might not readily share through play. “Quite simply, play offers parents a wonderful opportunity to engage fully with their children. Perhaps above all, play is a simple joy that is a cherished part of childhood,” AAP says. Belinda Mooney is a freelance writer based in Tuttle, Okla.
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hen I think back on my childhood summers it’s the simple pleasures I remember most. Running barefoot in the grass. Romping with my dog in the backyard. Reading my favorite book in a shady spot under our huge cottonwood tree. Summer is the perfect time to unplug and savor the small things. Here are 10 easy ways to enjoy summer with your kids:
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Eat Berries Not only are they naturally sweet and delicious, but berries are packed with antioxidants, vitamin C and fiber. Your kids will love eating them plain, sprinkling them on top of ice cream or using them to decorate Fourth of July cupcakes. For an easy treat, let your child frost a large sugar cookie with cream cheese icing and then top with blueberries, sliced strawberries and raspberries.
Pitch a Backyard Tent Children love camping, but going on a camping trip can be a lot of work for you. When you are feeling short on time and energy, pitch a tent in your back yard and enjoy the convenience of having a stocked refrigerator and clean bathrooms just a few steps away. You can grill hot dogs and hamburgers and eat outside using paper plates. Before night falls, the kids can run around the yard playing tag or hide-and-seek before they settle in their sleeping bags for a peaceful night’s rest.
Get Wet There’s no better way to cool off and relax on a hot day than taking a dip in your favorite watering hole or local pool. If you don’t have easy access to a swimming spot, let your kids run through the sprinkler. They will love dashing and diving through the cool spray, and your lawn gets a drink too. Afterward, bundle up the kids in large beach towels and let them eat Popsicles in the sun. Grab an Ice Cream Cone Nothing says summer like an ice cream cone. Head to your favorite ice cream shop and let your children get a scoop of their favorite flavor. This is the 14
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Gaze at the Stars Spread blankets on your lawn and head outside with your kids to gaze at the stars on a clear summer night. To help your kids learn their way around the night sky, print out a star map from www.kidscosmos. org or visit http://spaceplace.nasa.gov/starfinder/ for instructions on how to make a star finder and play a star finder game. Pack a Picnic Watch your kids’ eyes light up when you tell them you are going on a picnic. Let them help decide on
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Plant Flowers Planting flowers gives your child the perfect excuse to play in the dirt. Native flowers can be a good choice as they use less water and attract birds and butterflies to your garden. Visit the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center website at www.wildflower.org/collections for a list of recommended native plants in your area.
Read a Good Book One of the best things about summer is that your child can choose books that look fun and interesting rather than reading material assigned at school. Many libraries have summer reading programs that offer incentives to encourage kids to read throughout the summer. Also, reading doesn’t have to be an indoor activity. Encourage your child to find a shady spot outside and delve into a good book. For suggestions of books your child might enjoy, check out the Association for Library Service to Children’s 2013 reading list at http://www.ala.org/alsc/. Laura Lane is a freelance writer and mother of two, who savors summer by eating ice cream as often as possible.
Alamo Fencing Academy 961 Isom Rd. San Antonio, TX 78216 210-260-380 email@example.com www.alamofencing.com
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.
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.
Camp Showbiz Children’s Magik Theatre 420 South Alamo San Antonio, TX 78205 21-227-2751 www.magiktheatre.org
Ages 3 – 17. Two and Four week sessions. Explore, imagine, create and shine this summer. Musical theatre, Acting 101,, Movie making, Teen classes. Extended care available. Visit our website or call for details.
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
Hill Country Montessori Summer Program School 50 Stone Wall Drive Boerne, Texas 78006 (830) 229-5377 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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K-4th grade 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-WeekMusical!
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.
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Acting Up Drama Academy 210-508-5894 12002 Bandera Rd. #104 San Antonio, TX 78023 Http://ActingUpCDA.com
stroke production are taught. The camp includes 20 hours of tennis court PLUS pool time!
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Antonio Daniels 13th Annual
Summer Basketball Camp Cornerstone Christian School 4802 Vance Jackson
July 22 - 26 • 9am - 3pm Lunch Provided Boys & Girls • Ages 7 - 17
Special Guest Appearances
Special Spurs Guest Appearances
Register at AntonioDanielsCamps.com
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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; email@example.com; www.hishill.org
International Language Center 210-342-2035 110 Gallery Circle, San Antonio, TX www.ilcsauag.com firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
Jump Rope Express 269-0725 Coach7755@aol.com www.ezteamz.com
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Summer Camps 3-8 years old 1 Week Camps Intensive Music Class Puppets & Music Spanish & Music
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 to 5) • 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
Rope Express strives to impact the youth of today through fitness and fun while developing selfconfidence, 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.
La Petite Academy Not So Bummer Summer Call (866) 561-3413 find a school near you.
Calling All Kids Ages 5-12. How are you going to get the most fun out of summer? La Petite Academy’s got you covered! Join us for our Not So Bummer Summer to experience up to nine completely different summer camps- with great field trips! Each week we’ll feature a fun-filled theme, from outdoor adventure to cooking to drama and much more! There’s plenty of fun for younger kids, too!
Love to Swim and Tumble School San Antonio: 15502 Huebner Rd. 78248 Schertz: 6044 FM 3009 www.love-to-swim.com
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 email@example.com
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
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(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!
Olympian Fencing Club Summer Camp 435 Isom Rd. #208 San Antonio, TX 78216 210-872-2004 OlympianfencingClub.com
Ages 6 & up. Kids will learn one of the safest and most unique sports from Olympian and World class experienced coaches. This sport provides a great physical and mental workout and is a lot of fun to learn. Our classes offer challenging mix of physical and tactical training in a safe environment and is suited to both boys and girls. Winter, Spring and Summer camps. Call or visit our website for dates, times and rates.
Primrose Schools 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
SAMA Summer Camp San Antonio Museum or Art 200 W. Jones Ave. San Antonio, TX 78215 210-978-8100 www.samuseum.org
See the world through SAMA’s art camps. From “Drawing Around the World” to “Animation 101,” classes involve gallery visits, painting and drawing, storytelling, music and creative writing
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, April 2013 | OurKidsMagazine.com
Fashion Design & Sewing
Coed for ages 4 and up. June 10 – Aug. 2
Where creating is fun and a child can dream, play and imagine! Arty Parties
Pastels, watercolor, acrylic, drawing & painting, clay, cartooning, glass, leather, pasta jewelry, sewing, photography, scrapbooking, fashion design and more.
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For the artistic among you, a series of classes that will help you express your creative spirit!
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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!
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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!
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Etiquette, Baking & Cooking, Pasta, Traveling Chef, Pastries, Cakes & Pies
June 10th - Aug. 23rd WEEKLY SPORTS CAMP M-F 8:00a.m.-5:30p.m.
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!
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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!
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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.
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!
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
Theatre, Public Speaking, Creative Writing
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.
Legos, Rockets, Robotics, Manipulatives, Architecture
St. Peter Prince of the Apostle Brain Power Summer Camp 210-824-3171 firstname.lastname@example.org
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. Coed for ages 4 and up. June 10 – Aug. 2 Come explore your “building” imagination!
Science, Inventions, Rockets, Forensics, Robotics, Chemistry, Anatomy & Physiology, Microbiology
17722 Rogers Ranch Parkway•San Antonio, Texas 78258•(210) 492-3553
learning tools introduced. Experience learning in a fun environment while improving your academic performance.
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
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.
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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
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Boys & Girls, ages 7-18 9 sessions in June, July & August Spots are limited, register today! Danny Green Basketball Camp! Boys & Girls, Ages 7-14 | June 24-28
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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.
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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.
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!
Country Home Learning Center www.countryhomelearningcenter.com Call 210-687-1002 for nearby location
Our exceptional Summer Camp program includes daily field trips to exciting, fun-filled places. Campers enjoy our Waterpark, Adventure Jungle Indoor Playground, PuttPutt 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.
Vacation Bible School Parkhills Baptist Church 210-494-5219 17747 San Pedro, San Antonio, TX www.parkhills.org
This core event for kids, entering kindergarten – completed 5th grade, evangelizes disciples and motivates kids using solid Bible truths, crafts, games and largegroup activities. Come join us June 24 – 18, 9 am – noon with VBS extra from Noon – 3. Please visit our website for more information and for registration.
OVERNIGHT CAMPS 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. Noncompetitive, non-regimented activities for goal-setting and selfconfidence. Contact information: P.O. Box 8, Tuxedo, NC 28784 800-688-5789; mondamin@ mondamin.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, funfilled 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; 830-3675353; www.vistacamps.com.
Camp Stewart for Boys Hunt, TX Ages 6-16 • June 7 – Aug. 3 $2,550 - $4,590
Camp Stewart for Boys is a privately owned, Christian-oriented, nondenominational 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; 830238-4670; www.campstewart.com
Texas Catholic Boys Camp – Camp Tecaboca Mountain Home, TX 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; email@example.com; 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; firstname.lastname@example.org; 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; 830-238-4630; 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; 210-349-2404; www.girlscouts-swtx.org.
River City Gymnastics & Cheerleading We offer recreational gymnastics classes for boys and girls ages 2 and up and a Girls USAG competitive program for beginners to advanced. We also offer Tumbling classes and All-Star Cheer program, Cheer Prep classes, fun Birthday Parties & more. 103 Kneupper St. Converse, TX • (210) 946-8256
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NEW THIS YEAR! Introducing La Petite Academy’s Summer Recognition program – Kids earn patches for each completed summer session! • Exciting field trips and fun activities that School-Agers helped select! • Weekly themes ranging from outdoor adventure to cooking to drama and more!* • Educational summer school readiness program to keep school near you. kids learning!*
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*Available at participating locations only. Optional workbooks available based on Fall 2013 grade level for each child age five and older. Age groups, sessions, programs, field trips, and hours vary by school. School readiness program available to Pre-K and school-age children only. Field trips available to those children meeting requirements only. See school for details. La Petite Academy® is an equal opportunity provider and employer.
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Our students learn more than swimming and tumbling; they build fundamental skills in a loving environment that fosters development. Here, kids really grow!
Choose LOVE for Your Kiddo 100% Child-Centered Highly Trained Staff State-of-the-Art, Indoor Facilities Mommy Owned and Operated
Lessons • Preschool • Parties • Gifts
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Mother Nature Has Always Been On Staff Scholarship. Citizenship. Leadership. These three tenets drive our educational experience which includes Singapore Math, Core Knowledge, Spalding Phonics, robotics technology and our 1-to-1 Laptop Program. Our students learn in different ways, embrace their obligation to community and develop leadership. St. Luke’s Episcopal School is a nationally recognized independent school providing the finest classical and innovative education from PK3 – 8th grade. CELEBRATING 65 YEARS OF INNOVATIVE EDUCATION
PK3–8th Grade • Call today to schedule a tour of our campus. www.sles-sa.org • 210.826.0664 Notice of Non Discriminatory policy as to students and employment practices. St. Luke’s Episcopal School admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admission policies, scholarship and loan programs, athletic and other school administered programs or hiring practices of faculty or staff.
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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; firstname.lastname@example.org; 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; email@example.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
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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; 830-8955731; 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; firstname.lastname@example.org; www.rockyriverranch.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; info@ campbalconessprings.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 life-changing 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 uplifting, fun events for youth and families. Contact information: 2016 Camp Lone Star Road, La Grange, TX 78945. 877452-0099; email@example.com; 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 selfesteem. Contact information: 723 Olympia Drive, Trinity, TX 75862; 800-735-6190; www.campolympia. com
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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 nondenominational, Christ-centered adventure camp for boys and girls ages 7 – 16. Contact information: P.O. Box 200, Medina, TX 78055; 830589-7123; firstname.lastname@example.org; www.deercreekcamp.com.
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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; 830995-3388; email@example.com; 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, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.moranch.com
Pine Cove Christian Camps Tyler & Columbus, Texas Grades 2 – 12 • Call or visit website for rates and dates
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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; 903-266-3300, 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,
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sports activities, campfire fun! Visit ymcacampflamingarrow.org or call 1-800-765-9622. 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; email@example.com; 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. Contact information: 498 Faulkner Road, Sunset, TX 76270; 888-681-2173; firstname.lastname@example.org, www.charishills.org
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Date Night Is Not Just About Kisses and Candlelight By Mary Christopher
know you’ve been there. Diaper in hand lost in a stunned silence, staring blankly into your husband’s face. He’s snapping his fingers. He’s waving his hands, desperate to reach the woman behind those glazed eyes. But you are lost in a world ruled by tiny little giants that own you completely and won’t eat anything green. But let us not forget, there used to be someone else here, before all the waffles and Legos. Someone who thought this man hung the moon. Remember? I know, I know. Memory fades. But, that romantic love that once made you sing in the rain remains! It just lies dormant waiting for – date night! I can’t imagine my life without my husband. I need him! He has my back when the ibuprofen has run out and there is vomit in the bed. We need each other to get through this laughing and with a healthy dose of perspective! But you really can find yourself in the “weeds” when those little bundles of joy start to outnumber you. That’s when you need a friend who knows what you are going through, that is on the same page and willing to walk with you. A friendship like this takes commitment and an investment from you. Great relationships are grown! When days are tough, time runs short and you may be neglecting the only ally you have! Now I know the first thing you are going to do is run out to the movies. That is the All-American favorite right? I wouldn’t knock any time spent and you may really love movies. But, for me, a restorative date needs to reinforce that emotional connection that is the love relationship and I just can’t do that
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while watching iRobot kill the hobbit. For me, it has to be a talking date. Any activity goes if you’re able to talk while doing it. So movies are out for us.
Also Out Any sporting activity that is too intense to allow for conversation, karaoke marathons where you become lone witness to the worst concert ever, meditative retreats – you get the idea. Anything else goes! My husband and I once had a date night at Lowe’s. It sounds awful I know, but what happened was unexpected! We wandered up and down each aisle together, talking about this project and that. We talked about what we wanted to build together in our lives and where we were going together. We left a little closer than when we arrived. Success! Not every date night is a success and we learn as we go what works and what doesn’t. We bike through McAllister Park, hike in Government Canyon and
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attend happy hours with glee. Where we choose to go on date night is not important; it is the time spent communicating that is the balm we are looking for to soothe the daily craziness that is the life of a parent.
Reconnecting Don’t use this time with him to tell him everything that he’s been doing to annoy you this week. Save that for fight night. This is date night. And on date night it’s all about reconnecting and remembering why you chose to do this family thing together. My husband has an adorable habit of asking me to marry him, as if we aren’t already. But it’s perfect! It’s in those moments when you remember and you choose each other again that the real magic of date night is found! It’s not all kisses and candlelight here. We’ve made some of the biggest decisions of our lives on date night. No surprise here! Who can think big picture when you are up to your elbows in yogurt and dirty diapers? We decided I needed to be a mom more than a nurse on date night. We decided to kill all the grass in our back yard and create a vegetable garden instead. We recognize our mistakes and we forgive. We decide who we want to be as parents and people and friends. It’s more than dinner and some time alone. It’s the moments when you make decisions about who you are, and who you want to be as a couple and a family. It’s drawing a map from “you are here” to perfect, or, at least your current version of perfect. Teacher says you can’t have a relationship with someone that you … don’t have a relationship with! Careers and potty training can really fill up your calendar, but thinking big picture can sharpen the focus on what you are after: Family! All relationships require attention and an investment of time to be maintained. Remember Heather from college that was such a great friend but you didn’t have time to see her once the babies came? Yeah, me either. That’s why you are not friends anymore. So huddle up. Gather to you in these times of strife those most precious and invest in them! Go on date night!. Mary Christopher is the mother of three and wife of Z Gluhak.
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Facts About Autism By Cynthia Ladson
utism Spectrum Disorders (ASD), a group of developmental disabilities caused by a problem in the brain that often causes communication, social and behavioral challenges, affects some 730,000 children in the United States – 30,000 of whom live in Texas, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The University of Texas at San Antonio College of Education and Human Development department reports that during the 20102011 school year 2,602 students in this city received special education services for ASD. A CDC report released in March 2012 found that 1 in 88 children in the United States have an autism spectrum disorder. In 2006 the number was 1 in 110. Additionally, the study reported that on average 1 in 54 boys, compared to 1 in 252 girls will be diagnosed with autism. While there is no known cure for ASD, early treatment improves outcomes. Studies show that early intensive behavioral intervention improves learning, communication and social skills in young children. One of the most important things parents can do is to learn the early signs of autism and become familiar with developmental milestones their child should be reaching.
Signs to look for include ■■ No big smiles or other warm, joyful expressions by 6 months or later ■■ No back-and-forth sharing of sounds, smiles or other facial expressions by 9 months ■■ No babbling by 12 months ■■ No back-and-forth gestures such as pointing, showing, reaching or waving by 12 months ■■ No words by 16 months ■■ No meaningful, two-word phrases (not including imitating or repeating) by 24 months ■■ Any loss of speech, babbling or social skills at any age ■■ Repetitive use of language and/or motor mannerisms i.e., hand-flapping, twirling objects 32
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■■ No eye contact ■■ Lack of interest in peer relationships ■■ Lack of spontaneous or make-believe play ■■ Persistent fixation on parts of objects
San Antonio area organizations serving or providing resources to parents of children with autism includes: ■■ Autism Community Network (ACN). ACN
serves as a hub for many of the San Antonio programs associated with autism. Founded in 2008, the organization provides Level 1 or a basic screening of children whose parents or doctors are concerned about possible developmental delays. If the screening warrants it, ACN conducts a 4-hour follow up or focused assessment with the child and parents. Included in that meeting are a medical doctor or clinical psychologist, speech therapist, occupational therapist and behavioral analyst. At the end of that assessment, parents receive a diagnosis, says Loree Primeau, ACN executive director. A diagnosis of autism results in another meeting in two weeks between a case worker and the parents at which time, the focus is on helping the child reach his or her potential via services offered by organizations around the city.
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Teacher Education Autism Model (TEAM). In January of this year, UTSA opened a center focused on addressing the needs of children with autism. The center will support teachers working with children with autism while providing low-cost services to Bexar County families in need of applied behavior analysis services for kids up to age 5. The overall goal of TEAM is to increase the number of board certified behavior analysts serving the greater San Antonio community.
■■ The Foundation School for Autism.
San Antonio is home to the only charter school in Texas focused on serving children with autism. The school, operates in cooperation with the Autism Community Network, and provides parents with an alternative to private schools. Opened in 2010, with three classrooms for ages 3 to 6 years old, today the school serves 21 students.
■■Any Baby Can of San Antonio. This
non-profit agency provides services, regardless of income, to families who have a child, birth through 12 years of age, with a chronic illness, disability or developmental delay. The organization offers free services including parent training, counseling and a program designed specifically for families who have a child diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder.
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sion of the Autism Treatment Center is to assist people with autism and related disorders throughout their lives as they learn, play, work and live in the community. Services are provided 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Services include residential, educational, therapeutic, adult programs, diagnostics and research.
Mom Finds Help for Son with Autism Kim Reince’s son, Drey was only 3 years old when she noticed his speech delay. When the speech therapist saw little improvement in his development and mentioned that Drey seemed to be in a world of his own, Reince worried that something was wrong. “We went to different specialists and had several tests done,” says Reince. “I understood that he had sensory and communication issues, but no one could tell me anything definite. It was during this time that I first heard about autism.” For the Reince family, relief came through the reassuring words of an Any Baby Can staff member. Any Baby Can of San Antonio is a non-profit agency that provides services, regardless of income, to families who have a child, birth through 12 years of age, with a chronic illness, disability or developmental delay. The organization offers free services including parent training, counseling and a program designed specifically for families who have a child diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder. Through Any Baby Can, Reince found the right resources, including an autism therapist who provided a diagnosis and action plan for Drey. The experience initially motivated her to seek education and training to help her son but ultimately led to a new career. Now an assistant director for One for Autism, Reince works with families who have children with ASD. Today, Drey is a fifth grader and participates in Any Baby Can’s health and wellness program. Drey, who has an interest in helping others affected by autism, received the North East School District PTA Reflections District Award for his self-taped and edited production, “Together, We Can Make a Difference.” The production focused on autism awareness. In addition, his Walk for Autism team, “Drey’s Dawgs,” raises funds and has participated in Any Baby Can’s Walk for Autism since the event began. For the last eight years, Reince has also volunteered on the Any Baby Can’s Walk for Autism committee. This year in coordination with Autism Awareness Month, the organization will present its 9th Annual Walk for Autism on April 13 at the AT&T Center. “The walk provides awareness about autism as well as highlights resources available to parents whose children may have been diagnosed with autism or ASD,” says Alfred Chavira, director of Any Baby Can’s Health and Wellness Programs. “We love coming out to the walk. It’s much more than just giving back. It’s making sure other families know that they are not alone,” says Reince. – Irene Maldonado April 2013 | OurKidsMagazine.com
Cracking the Code Understanding Your Baby’s Cries
hat new parent hasn’t found him or herself overwrought, overly tired and completely overwhelmed when trying to soothe a crying infant? Few things in life are as frustrating as trying to decipher the needs of a person whose only way of articulating those needs is through wailing. It’s enough to push every parent to the brink of tears, even those who are experts in baby care. “I remember being so frustrated that I looked at my newborn daughter and loudly asked her, ‘why are you crying,’” admits pediatrician, Dr. Renee Cevey. “I was at my wits’ end, she was only five days old.” In my opinion, being a first-time parent is more difficult than being a pediatrician, says Cevey, whose children are now 8 and 6 years old. “I thought if I feel this way, how must other parents feel?”
Cracking the Crying Code The simple fact is, babies cry. Until they are able to use words or gestures to communicate, crying is their only language. And, like any foreign language, it can take some time to understand. In order to become fluent in your baby’s language, it helps to know some of the standard vocabulary, i.e., some standard types of cries that, although they will vary in tone from baby to baby, all have some basic characteristics. First, and perhaps the most common cry is the “hungry cry.” Prevalent in newborns, this one is easier to identify, as it tends to be frantic in nature, and is often accompanied by “rooting” or turning the head to the side. “If you stick your pinky or a pacifier in the baby’s mouth to calm him down, and he begins to suck before spitting it out in frustration,” it’s probably a hungry cry,” says Cevey. The “tired cry” is whinier in nature and can often be calmed with a pacifier, or by rocking. An infant might try to nestle in closer, while a baby six months or older might exhibit
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signs such as rubbing his eyes, rubbing his head into mom’s shoulder, or yawning. When a baby is in pain, the cry is similar to the hungry cry in its frantic bursts, but is usually much higher pitched, explains Cevey. But how do you know from where the pain is stemming? In the case of a baby with an ear infection, the cries will increase when the infant is lying down, as that increases the pressure behind the eardrum. Pulling the knees in can be an indicator of tummy troubles. To check for stomach distress, Cevey suggests gently pushing on the infant’s tummy to see if it is hard, or whether the pressure causes the cries to increase. Finally, there is the most mystifying of all cries – that of the “colicky” infant. This can be the most maddening of all, as there seems to be no reason for the incessant and inconsolable wails, although studies suggest that the crying can be due to immature neurological systems that cannot deal with new stimuli. “Colic is defined as a baby who cries for more than three hours a day, at least three times a week,” explains Cevey. “It usually begins around 3 weeks of age and typically goes away by three months.” Kathleen Bolner, whose daughter suffered from colic until she was 5 months old, says that, difficult as it was, her colic actually helped Bolner and her husband understand their young daughter’s needs. “Due to the fact that she was up for most of the day and all of the night, reading her cues and learning what cry went with what need was easy,” says Bolner. “I felt like I was an around-the-clock monitoring system that was eventually going to be tested on the type and frequency of each cry. If she was already fed, changed and swaddled, then I could narrow the cry down to boredom or pain.” Once the Bolners were able to decipher the cries, they found they were able to anticipate their daughter’s needs and address them accordingly, thus eliminating any excessive crying. “It is always wise to anticipate the need before it needs to be met,” says midwife Salli Gonzalez, who says she believes keeping babies on a schedule can help. “Sleep and wake times can be followed to help baby get rest
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To Cry or Not to Cry Every new parent has probably heard the phrase, “you should just let him cry it out,” especially when it comes to sleep training. But is that always wise? Gonzalez says no. “Babies need their mommies in the night more than any other time,” she says. “Babies sleep deeper when next to mom or in the same room.” Cevey takes a similar stand, saying that, before 4 months of age, a baby’s crying is indicative of something that needs to be addressed. “I do not recommend letting a baby cry it out before they are four months of age,” she says, adding that studies show that after four months, a baby can change the nature of his cry in order to get the attention of the parents more quickly. At that point, if the baby is not hungry, wet, soiled or ill, then crying might be just what the child needs at that point to decompress. “Sometimes when a baby (older than four months) is overtired, trying to soothe him just stimulates him more,” explains Cevey, who points out that a common misconception among new parents is that a baby shouldn’t be allowed to cry. “It’s not going to hurt your baby to cry,” she adds. In fact, in some cases, it might hurt him not to! When a baby is crying incessantly, it is easy for an overtired parent to take it personally, and grow anxious. The more anxious the parent, the more agitated the baby seems to become. “If you feel like you are losing control, put the baby in a crib or other safe place, step out of the room, breathe and count to 10,” advises Cevey. “It is important to realize that the baby is not doing this to make you mad. He needs something, and it is up to you to calmly figure out what that need is.” A baby that continues to cry after all his needs have been met can be cause for concern. Even if an elevated temperature, or other sign of illness isn’t present, it is still wise to consult your pediatrician. “Parents should never feel silly about calling their doctor,” says Cevey. The best thing for parents to remember is that this stage will not last forever and, if looked at as an opportunity to connect with your child, it can be beneficial. “Even though the sleepless nights were rough, I wouldn’t trade them for anything,” says Bolner fondly. “We learned more about our child during those long, moonlit nights and coffee-filled mornings, and we wouldn’t have had it any other way.”
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It’s Fiesta time again and there are plenty of family friendly opportunities for food, fireworks, music and more from April 18-28. Some events that have been favorites of kids in past years include Fiesta de los Niños, Pooch Parade, Fiesta Carnival, Battle of Flowers Parade, Fiesta Flambeau Parade, Texas Cavaliers River Parade, Inner City Track Meet, Children’s Texas History Forum and Viva Botanical. For a complete list of Fiesta events, dates and times see the Fiesta schedule on pages 26 and 27 of this issue of Our Kids Magazine. www.fiesta-sa. org/events/all-events.
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1 Monday Holocaust: Learn and Remember: Exhibit commemorating the Shoah, contains more than 80 photographs from the Mazal Holocaust Library highlighting the atrocities of this historical event. Exhibit on display through April 7, 2013. Central Library, second-floor art space, 600 Soledad. www.mysapl.org. 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 age 3-13. San Antonio Botanical Garden, 555 Funston Place. www.sabot.org. 210-207-3250. April Pools Day: Awareness campaign promoting the importance of public water safety kicks off. The campaign is sponsored by the Water Awareness Through Community Help. This day will be the beginning of a community wide effort in getting the message out that parents/caregivers need to commit to firm and consistent rules regarding who is responsible for watching children in pools, bathtubs or other bodies of water. 10 a.m. YMCA pool, 16101 Henderson Pass. Tinker-N-Tales: Museum staff leads ages 0 to 3 years in activities that build upon their fine and gross motor skills. Activities may include reading, music and exploration of hands-on materials. 11 a.m. to noon. Free with museum admission. San Antonio Children’s Museum, 305 E. Houston St. www.sakids.org. 210-212-4453.
2 Tuesday Holocaust: Learn and Remember: See April 1 Pint-Sized Science: This program 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. Autism Awareness Day Concert: 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 recognition of Autism Awareness Day. 11:30 a.m. Alamo Plaza, 300 Alamo Plaza. www.dftm.org. 210-771-5809.
3 Wednesday Holocaust: Learn and Remember:: See April 1 Wild Beginnings: Program on “Wild, Wild Cats” is geared to kids 2-3. The program encourages interaction of children and caregivers in a fun-filled environment with stories, songs and animal close-ups. 9 to 10 a.m. $35. Register online. San Antonio Zoo, 3903 N. St. Mary’s St. www.sazoo.org. 210-734-7184.
Zoo Explorers: Kids 3-5 and their caregivers interact in a fun-filled environment with stories, songs and animal close-ups. 11 to noon. $35. Register online. San Antonio Zoo, 3903 N. St. Mary’s St. www.sazoo.org. 210-734-7184. Pint-Sized Science: See April 2 Growing Up Wild: Enjoy nature games, crafts, hands-on displays and more designed for children ages 3-7 and their families. During this class “Backbone Bonanza” kids discover invertebrate animals and some of their characteristics. A hike and kid-friendly craft is included. Suggested donation $3 per child or $5 per family. 10 to 11:30 a.m. Phil Hardberger Park, 13203 Blanco Road. www.sanaturalareas.org. 210-207-3106. SAMA Playdates: Toddlers experience stories, gallery activities, hands-on art movement and music during this program designed to cultivate, nurture and inspire creativity while developing an appreciation of art and world cultures. 10 to 11 a.m. Free with museum admission. San Antonio Museum of Art, 200 W. Jones Ave. www.samuseum.org. 210-978-8183. Astronomy in the Park: Join astronomers and other stargazers as you observe the sky through large telescopes in an informational program with the San Antonio Astronomical Association. Sundown to 10 p.m. every Wednesday. Free. Lower Bee Tree soccer field parking lot of McAllister Park, 13102 Jones Maltsberger Road. www.sanantonioastronomy.org. 210-710-4786.
4 Thursday Holocaust: Learn and Remember: See April 1 Violins and Voices: Concert featuring the Youth Orchestras of San Antonio (YOSA) Capriccio Strings and Prelude Strings perform along with the Children’s Chorus of San Antonio. 6 p.m. Free. Covenant Presbyterian Church, 211 Roleto Drive. www.yosa.org. 210-737-0097.
5 Friday Holocaust: Learn and Remember: See April 1 Growing Up Wild: See April 3 Tiny Tots Classes: Special age-appropriate class titled “Bird Songs” designed for ages 4-5 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. Miss Anastasia’s Wild and Wacky: Youngsters of all ages will enjoy Miss Anastasia’s Wild and Wacky preweekend Twiglet Story time 10:30 a.m. The Twig Book Shop at Pearl’s Full Goods Building, 200 E. Grayson, Suite 124. www.thetwig.com. 210-826-6411. 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 to 11:30 a.m. Admission $8 for individuals 2 years and older, children under 2 free. San
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6 Saturday San Antonio Spring Dressage I and II Show: Watch, explore or participate in an Olympic equestrian sport dressage in which competitors and horses perform a series of predetermined movements in an arena 66-feet-by-197-feet. Riders of all ages can participate in this two-day event presented by the Alamo Dressage Association. For a list of riding entry fees and prizes visit www.alamodressage.org. 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is free. San Antonio Rose Palace, 25665 Boerne Stage Road. 830-228-4867. Holocaust: Learn and Remember: See April 1 Snakes Alive: Program features a member of the South Texas Herpetological Association, who will display and talk about venomous and non-venomous snakes of Texas. Participants can hold a live snake. Kid-friendly craft included. 9 to 10 a.m. Suggested donation $3 per individual or $5 per family. Salado Creek Outdoor Classroom, Phil Hardberger Park, 13203 Blanco Road. www.philhardbergerpark.org. 210-207-3106. Fly Guy Buzzes at the Twig: Enjoy “buggy” stories, a flying craft and sweet goodies as the one cute fly everyone loves, Fly Guy, buzzes into The Twig for his first visit. Take your cameras and pose for a picture with Fly Guy. All ages of Twiglets and nature lovers are welcome. 10:30 a.m. The Twig Book Shop at Pearl’s Full Goods Building, 200 E. Grayson, Suite 124. www.thetwig.com. 210-826-6411. Primer Sabado: Confetti egg themed event with local entertainment, arts and crafts, children’s activities and food. Noon to 6 p.m. Free. Market Square at West Commerce and Santa Rosa streets. www.marketsquaresa.com. 210-207-8605. 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 “Fabulous Felines.” 1:30 to 3 p.m. $17. San Antonio Zoo, 3903 N. St. Mary’s St. www.sazoo.org. 210-734-7194. Tiny Tot Family Campouts: Kids ages 6 to 8 and their family will enjoy a campout experience inside the zoo – complete with roasting hot dogs on an open fire, sleeping outside in a tent, animal encounters, and a tour of the zoo. 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 a.m. $55 for adults; $27 for children. San Antonio Zoo, 3903 N. St. Mary’s St. www.sazoo.org. 210-734-7184. Clothing and Equipment Sale: The San Antonio Area Mothers of Multiples will present its semi-annual clothing and equipment sale. Infants, children and maternity clothing, toys, books, movies, car seats, strollers and more. 8 a.m. to noon. Admission is $1. Crown of Life Lutheran Church, 19291 Stone Oak Parkway at Knights Cross.
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Family Theater ■■Charlotte’s Web – The classic tale by American author E.B. White about a pig named Wilbur and his friendship with a spider named Charlotte comes alive on stage. Show times are 7 p.m. Thursday, April 4; 7 p.m. Friday, April 5; and 3:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday, April 6. Tickets are $8. Stone Oak Youth Theatre and Dance Company, 21518 Blanco Road, Ste. 101. www.stoneoakyouththeatre.com. 210-481-2400. ■■The Tempest – A family-friendly adaptation of William Shakespeare’s tale about a magical Prospero, who lives with his daughter, Miranda, on a remote island. This Shakespearean tale revolves around magic, intrigue, comedy, romance and an ending where they all live happily ever after! Children will enjoy this light, magical production created to inspire a love of Shakespeare to those who have never seen a Shakespearean play, as well as thrill those who have loved the writer their whole life. 6 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 4:30 p.m. Sundays. Runs April 5-7. $10, adults and $8, children under 5 years old. Purchase tickets online at www.landofvirtuosity.org/ticket. htm. Receipt serves as ticket. The Land of Virtuosity, 1948 Austin Highway. 210-844-4298. ■■The Velveteen Rabbit – This American classic tells the story of a little boy who receives a stuffed rabbit as a gift. The rabbit becomes the boy’s constant companion and as the seasons change the boy comes to love him as a real friend. This classic brings to life a heart-rending story of the transformative power of love. Adapted for stage by Brian Burgess Clark, the production is based on the book by Margery Williams. 9:45 and 11:30 a.m. TuesdaysFridays; 7 p.m. Fridays; and 2 p.m. Saturdays. Runs from April 10-May 11. 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. ■■Mother Goose – Who doesn’t love Mother Goose? Mother Goose nursery rhymes and stories are a childhood must-have. Join the hilarious re-telling of famous stories with a twist. Plus kids get to share their favorite stories. 10 a.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays. $5.50 for children and adults, kids younger than 1 year are free. Runs from April 17-25. The Rose Theatre Company. www.therosetheatreco.com. 210-360-0004.
7 Sunday San Antonio Spring Dressage I and II Show: See April 6 Holocaust: Learn and Remember: See April 1 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. Lowrider Festival: Centro Cultural Aztlan’s annual car festival features mobile works of art including elaborately detailed lowriders, cars with murals, cars that hop, classic cars, arts and crafts, live art paint off, carnival rides for kids and live music. Refreshments available.
10 a.m. to 10 p.m. $7 adults, free for 12 and under. Centro Cultural Aztlan, 1800 Fredericksburg Road. www. centroculturalaztlan.50megs.com. 210-432-1896.
the theme for this month’s class. 9 to 10 a.m. $17 per person. San Antonio Zoo, 3903 N. St. Mary’s St. www.sazoo.org. 210-734-7184.
NEISD Council of PTAs Used Book Sale: Hardcover books and DVDs at $1 and paperbacks at 50 cents will be available at a three-day book sale of more than 80,000 books, including a large selection of children’s books and textbooks. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. today and Saturday; 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free. Littleton Gym, Blossom Athletic Center, 12002 Jones Maltsberger Road. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Tinker-N-Tales: See April 1
Primer Sabado: See April 6
Wild Beginnings: See April 3
First Sundays for Families: San Antonians are invited to share Sundays with their family while exploring the exhibition Pasión Popular. Families can also enjoy handson fun using paint, clay, recycled materials and textiles. 1 to 5 p.m. Free. San Antonio Museum of Art, 200 W. Jones Ave. www.samuseum.org. 210-978-8183.
Zoo Explorers: See April 3
8 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 1/2-6. At the end of the program, meet your pose inspiration on a zoo tour. “Once Upon a Rainbow” is
9 Tuesday Pint-Sized Science: See April 2
10 Wednesday Pint-Sized Science: See April 2
SAMA Playdates: See April 3 Disney on Ice Rockin’ Ever After: Get ready to rock out with some of the most magical idols of all in a musical showcase that features the hottest tunes and talents from across the Disney Kingdom. Watch as Merida from Disney Pixar’s Brave makes her first appearance in a Disney on Ice production. See Sebastian, the chorus of harmless hooligans from Tangled, Rapunzel, Belle and more Disney characters during this production. 7:30 p.m. Wednesday-April 13; 11:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. April 13; and 3 p.m. April 14. Tickets range from $12 to $48 plus a $3 facility charge. Tickets can be purchased from
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Miss Anastasia’s Wild and Wacky: See April 5
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 for 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.
Poteet Strawberry Fest: Poteet’s annual three-day bash, boasting 14 areas of live entertainment that include Country and Western Tejano and regional bands concerts, plus rodeo performances and gunslingers. Festival hours are 6 p.m. to midnight Friday, 10 a.m. to 1 a.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $15 per person, free for children 12 and younger. Free to everyone Friday. Purchase tickets online for $12.50 per person for one day or $10 each for two or more people. Festival grounds are at 9199 N. Texas 16 in Poteet, 30 minutes south of San Antonio. www.strawberryfestival.com. 888-742-8144.
Disney on Ice Rockin’ Ever After: See April 10
Disney on Ice Rockin’ Ever After: See April 10
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. Kids learn words in new languages, sing songs and discover new ecosystems through multi-media explorations and hands-on adventures. Registration required. 10 to 11:30 a.m. $15. San Antonio Zoo, 3903 N. St. Mary’s St. www.sazoo.org. 210-734-7184. Investigation Station: See April 5
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Beethoven 5k/10k Fun Run and Walk: More than 600 runners, walkers, families and their dogs are expected to participate in the 2nd annual event benefiting students in the Young Orchestras of San Antonio (YOSA) programs. Last year $14,000 was raised in support of the 1,500 students in YOSA programs. The event is presented in partnership with Fleet Feet Sports. 8 a.m. Event begins at Central Market, 4821 Broadway. Visit the YOSA website for a list of event fees and to register. www.yosa.org. 210-737-0097.
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Any Baby Can Annual Walk for Autism: The not-profit organization sponsors its 9th annual 2-mile walk that serves as an opportunity to bring awareness and support families with individuals of all ages diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Games will be available. Also featured, will be a resource fair highlighting health, social and other services. The walk begins at 8:30 a.m. at the AT&T Center, One AT&T Parkway. Registration fee is $20. Walkers can register online at www.anybabycansa.org /news-events/walk-for-autism/registration/. Animal Botanical: Children ages 7 and older with special needs explore plants and animals of the Botanical Garden and enjoy 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 210- 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. Strawberry Festival Parade: Families will enjoy the annual Strawberry Fest parade through downtown Poteet, followed by strawberry judging, a berry auction, carnival and fireworks display. 10 a.m. Poteet is about 30 minutes south of San Antonio on Highway 16. www.strawberryfestival.com. 888-742-8144.
Poteet Strawberry Festival features activities for everyone. Freckles the mascot will be on hand to meet kids. The festival is slated for April 12-14. PHOTO COURTESY OF THE POTEET STRAWBERRY FESTIVAL
Texas Book Festival/San Antonio Edition: Presented by the Library Foundation and the Texas Book Festival, this free event offers book-lovers of every age up-close encounters with 50 of their favorite Texas and national authors during panel discussions, signings and more. A kid’s area complete with children’s literary authors will be available. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Central Library, 600 Soledad, and Southwest School of Art, 300 Augusta St. www.saplf.org.
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calendar “Oh Deer!” designed for ages 4-5 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. Tinker-N-Tales: See April 1
16 Tuesday Pint-Sized Science: See April 2 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.
17 Wednesday See Mickey, Minnie, Donald and Goofy with the Disney on Ice Rock Stars during Rockin’ Ever After at the Alamodome April 10-14. PHOTO COURTESY OF FELD ENTERTAINMENT
Pint-Sized Science: See April 2 Wild Beginnings: See April 3 Zoo Explorers: See April 3 Growing Up Wild: See April 3
Tiny Tots Classes: Special age-appropriate class titled “Bird Songs” designed for ages 2-3 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. Tiny Tot Family Campouts: See April 6 Slithering Serpents: Explore snakes of the San Antonio area with members of the South Texas Herpetology Association. Reservations recommended. 10 a.m. to noon. Suggested donation $3 per person; $5 per family. Pavilion 1, Eisenhower Park, 19399 N.W. Military Highway. www.santuralareas.org. 210-207-5320.
SAMA Playdates: See April 3 Super WHY! Live: Television series Super WHY! comes alive during its San Antonio tour called “Super WHY! Live: You’ve Got the Power.” The production is based on the top-rated Emmy-nominated preschool series that airs on PBS KIDS everyday across the United States. Super WHY! Live brings entertainment and education together in an interactive experience. 6 p.m. Tickets range from $28.50 to $41.50. Majestic Theatre, 226 E. Houston St. Tickets available at Ticketmaster outlets, online, at the Majestic Theatre Box Office or by calling 800-982-2787. www.ticketmaster.com.
Beginner’s Bird Walk: Join members of the San Antonio Audubon Society looking for birds in their native habitats. An experienced guide will lead the walk. Binoculars with instructions will be provided. 8 a.m. Participants should meet at the Judson Nature Trail in Alamo Heights, 246 Viesca St. www.saaudubon.org. 210-308-6788.
Disney on Ice Rockin’ Ever After: See April 10
Miss Anastasia’s Wild and Wacky: See April 5
Strawberry Fest: See April 10
Investigation Station: See April 5
14 Sunday Disney on Ice Rockin’ Ever After: See April 10 Strawberry Fest: See April 10
15 Monday Tiny Tots Classes: Special age-appropriate class titled
Tiny Tots Classes: Special age-appropriate class titled “Oh Deer!” designed for ages 2-3 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.
Fiesta Especial: Two-day Fiesta experience for children and adults with disabilities and their families. Event features carnival rides, inflatable experiences, food, entertainment, games and more. Special pricing options available for special education departments of local schools. Proceeds from Fiesta Especial provide education, residential services, day programs and recreational activities for children and adults with special needs. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. $5 per person plus food, game and ride tickets.
looking ahead to April Sleeping Beauty is set for the Charline McCombs Empire Theatre May 3 and the Jim Henson Company’s Pajanimals Live! National Tour come to the Majestic Theatre stage May 7.
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New Creations Fellowship parking lot, 8700 Fourwinds Drive. www.FiestaEspecial.com. 210-384-0297. Kid’s Night Out: Kids ages 3 years and older enjoy playing, fun hands-on activities and eating pizza dinner while parents spend a night out on the town. Kids must be potty-trained. Drop off is between 6 and 6:30 p.m. and pick up is at 9 p.m. Cost is $ 30 for one child, $20 for siblings. San Antonio Children’s Museum, 305 E. Houston St. www.sakids.org. 210-212-4453.
20 Saturday Fiesta Especial: See April 20
22 Monday Earth Day Stroller Safari: Monthly program for ages 6-24 months includes zoo-xercise, zing-a-long and an introduction to nature. Meet other parents, and play and sing about animals on a guided stroller tour. Reservations required. 10 to 10:45 a.m. $15. San Antonio Zoo, 3903 N. St. Mary’s St. www.sazoo.org. 210-734-7184. Tinker-N-Tales: See April 1
23 Tuesday Explore the Wolf Wore Shoes: Do wolves wear shoes? Do trees dance? Students in the first through fourth grade explore the impressions children’s books leave on its readers. Class includes a hike on the park trails. 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. Friedrich Park, 21395 Milsa Road. www.sanaturalareas.org. 210-207-5320. Explore The Big Picture: Students in grades fifth through eighth look at the “big picture” as they investigate the park’s ecosystem. Class includes a hike on the trails. 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday. Suggested donation is $5 per session for children and $10 per session for families. Dress for the weather. Friedrich Park, 21395 Milsa Road. www.sanaturalareas.org. 210-207-5320. Pint-Sized Science: See April 2
Kids get an up-close view of their favorite Super WHY! characters when the live stage production of the Emmy-nominated PBS TV series comes to San Antonio’s Majestic Theater 6 p.m. April 17. PHOTO COURTESY OF OUT OF THE BLUE
Fiesta Concert: The Young Orchestras of San Antonio Philharmonic perform as part of the San Antonio College 19th annual Multicultural Conference. 7 p.m. Free. San Antonio College’s McAllister Auditorium, 1300 San Pedro Ave. www.yosa.org. 210-737-0097. Ford Mariachi Festival: Paseo del Rio Association presents emerging talent from area middle and high schools Mariachi bands on board festive floating barges cruising along the San Antonio River. 7 to 8 p.m. and 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. April 23-26. Free. River Walk downtown. www.paseodelrio.org. 210-227-4262.
24 Wednesday Pint-Sized Science: See April 2 Wild Beginnings: See April 3 Zoo Explorers: See April 3 SAMA Playdates: See April 3 Ford Mariachi Festival: See April 23
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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. Runs through July 14, 2013. ■■ “Why We Came: The Immigration Experience” includes a life-sized game board providing a fun way for institute guests to immerse themselves in the modern-day experience of immigrating. 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. San Antonio Children’s Museum ■■ “Tot Spot” features a Baby Zone, a soft play area perfect for babies just learning to sit up, reach, pull and crawl; a Sensory Zone, which will offer a wide array of experiences for toddlers eager to touch and explore everything; a Gross Motor Zone, safe for toddlers learning to walk, run and maneuver; and a Music Zone where little ones can experiment with sound using drums and chimes and other percussion instruments. ■■ “PowerBall Hall” is a fast-aced, gravity-defying ball exhibit that runs on Kid-Power. Featuring an interactive ball wall and hundreds of colorful balls, children learn about basic principles of science as they determine which pulley, gears, flippers, blowers and launchers will project the balls through a maze of clear tubing to a centralized, elevated ball drop. When the ball drop is full, an alarm sounds, the shoot opens and the balls come showering down into the exhibit. 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 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
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the importance of maintaining their habitat to ensure their survival. Exhibit is open through November. 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 reptiles. The story of feathered dinosaurs is an interactive visual spectacle that visitors of all ages can enjoy. Created with electronics, the animatronic models capture some of the most life-like motions ever created. General admission plus $5 surcharge required for this exhibit. Runs through Sept. 2, 2013. Hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday, Wednesday-Saturday; 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.wittemuseum.org. 210-357-1900.
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Explore the Wolf Wore Shoes: See April 23
Museum of American Art through an augmented reality game and then create their own surrealist work of art with San Antonio artist Kelly O’Connor. 1 and 3 p.m. Passes required. Call for pass information. Free with museum admission. Valero Learning Centers, McNay Art Museum, 6000 N. New Braunfels Ave. www.mcnayart.org. 210-824-5368.
Explore The Big Picture: See April 23 Ford Mariachi Festival: See April 23
26 Friday Miss Anastasia’s Wild and Wacky: See April 5
Investigation Station: See April 5
Tiny Tots Classes: Special age-appropriate class titled “Cool Texas Critters” designed for ages 2-3 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.
Ford Mariachi Festival: See April 23
27 Saturday Tiny Tots Classes: Special age-appropriate class titled “Cool Texas Critters” designed for ages 4-5 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.
Tinker-N-Tales: See April 1
30 Tuesday Pint-Sized Science: See April 2
Tiny Tot Family Campouts: See April 6
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