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departments 6 On the Web May Featured Web Content

8 Editor’s Note Having the T-A-L-K

9 FYI n Children’s Museum Breaking Ground n Food Bank Providing Summer Meals

28 Health Sense n Exercising and Playing in the South Texas Heat

32 b.a.b.y. Waiting for Baby

47 Your Kids in Our Kids Mommy and Me

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It is no secret that Texas is an enormous state. But what might surprise you are the many thrilling options for an adventure-filled vacation close to home.


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on the cover 6 10 Ways to say “I Love You” 10 Vacationing Close to Home 28 Playing in the Texas Heat Photo by JENN BROOKOVER


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eems like it was just a few days ago in the wake of the Sandy Hook Magazine Elementary School shootings that Our Kids published an article about explaining tragedies to your kids. Most recently, during the days following the Boston Marathon bombings and subsequent tragedies in and around that city, parents once again were left in a quandary – should I have the TALK or shouldn’t I. Magazine I can remember when the TALK meant one of your parents sat you down and had the dreaded and embarrassing conversation about where babies come from. We’ve gone from talking about life to talking about shocking and unexplained tragedies that snuff out lives or permanently alter the lives of innocent people. Magazine So did parents have the TALK with their kids? Parents interviewed by Our Kids and those whose views were aired on nationwide TV news programs following the Boston tragedies, tended to base their decision on the ages of the children. Parents saw very little reason to have the discussion with young children, especially given the fact that at that age most parents still have firm control over what kids see in the media, on the Internet and hear in the home and over the radio airwaves. But what about those parents with kids of school age who are going to hear friends, teachers and other adults discussing the issue? Of the parents I spoke with, all had the TALK. Most expressed they did not want to, but felt it was necessary to the emotional well being of their child. During an interview on Good Morning America the day after the Boston Marathon bombings, child psychologist Dr. Janet Taylor shared the following: “One hallmark of terrorism and a terrorist act is psychological, meant to get you off your game.” She recommend that parents re-establish their routine as quickly as possible.

Other tips offered by experts include: ■■Point to the people who helped the victims and then find simple things your kids can do so they don’t feel helpless. One mom and daughter lit candles for those people hurt in the Boston attacks. ■■Restrict the amount of information your kids receive about tragedies. Don’t overload them with information about the events. They do not need to know every detail. ■■Ask them what they think about the tragedy. And listen for any clues suggesting they are having trouble with the news. ■■Seek the help of a professional counselor if kids are having nightmares weeks after the tragedy and are in fear of their safety and that of family members.


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he San Antonio Food Bank will once again provide meals to area youth this summer as part of its 11th annual Summer Food Service program. The meals will be provided at 150 sites around the city from June 3 – Aug. 28. The program is part of a larger U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) initiative created to ensure that children in lower-income areas continue to receive nutritious meals during summer vacation when they do not have access to school breakfast or lunch. While millions of children nationwide depend on free or reducedpriced breakfast and lunch at school nine months out of the year, only a fraction of those children take advantage of the free meals provided by the Summer Food Service Program during the summer months. The Summer Food Service Program helps children get the nutrition they need to learn, play and grow throughout the summer months when they are out of school. The program, under the guidance of the San Antonio Food Bank’s Nutrition Department and prepared by the Food Bank’s Community Kitchen, provides 25 percent of a child’s recommended daily allowance (RDA) for nutrition. Here in Bexar County, one out of every seven children who qualify for free or reduced-price school meals participates in the Summer Food Service Program. Since 2002, the San Antonio Food Bank has participated in the Summer Food Service Program, growing from 500 meals at 20 locations in 2002 to more than 4,000 meals a day at more than 135 feeding sites in 2012. To locate a Summer Food Service Program site in your area, visit or contact Kassandra Burnias, Children’s Program Manager, at 210-431-8331.

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he San Antonio Children’s Museum will break ground on a new 70,000-square-foot facility May 31. The museum’s new structure, estimated to cost $45 million, will be situated at Broadway and Mulberry Avenue across from Lion’s Field and inside the corridor that currently houses the San Antonio Museum of Art, the San Antonio Zoo, the Botanical Garden and the Witte Museum. The museum is presently situated downtown at 305 E. Houston St. in a 40,000-squarefoot space. Visits to the museum have increased over the years. Museum officials say they anticipate 400,000 or more visits annually in the new space. The new museum is expected to be completed in 2015.

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ouglas MacArthur High School, 2923 MacArthur View, will be the site of the 40th Annual Free Spirits Track Festival in June and July. The meet benefits local youth and charities. Meets are open to males and females of all ages and will be held Monday afternoons beginning June 10 and continuing through July 22. A $1.50 registration fee per event is required. Admission is free. Registration starts at 5:30 p.m. with races beginning at 6 p.m. Awards will be presented to all finishers. Organizers say the event promotes healthy competition, good sportsmanship and great fun. Visit for more information and a list of events or call 210-822-6634.

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feature Great Options for Families in Texas By Yvonne Vasquez


t is no secret that Texas is an enormous state. But what might surprise you are the many thrilling options for an adventure-filled vacation close to home. Whether you need to plan a weekend trip or several days of fun for your family, you can make this a reality without spending a fortune. Austin never disappoints when it comes to offering a generous lineup of sites to keep the family busy on your next vacation. With all of the selections in the area, it is the perfect place to combine entertainment with education. The Texas Memorial Museum – part of the Texas Natural Science Center – at the University of Texas is a fascinating place to visit. In addition to dinosaur, fossil, gem and mineral exhibits, this museum boasts a working paleontology lab where visitors can interact with scientists at work. Austin Nature and Science Center (ANSC) in Zilker Park combines science with plenty of fun for families within a beautiful nature setting. The Naturalist Workshop at ANSC allows visitors to view nature through magnifying glasses and microscopes. Wildlife exhibits feature birds and animals that have been orphaned or rehabilitated. The hands-on Dino Pit is a great place for kids to experience the joys of scientific discovery while digging for fossil casts in the sand. While visiting downtown, consider taking a fun-filled sightseeing tour with Austin Duck Adventures, an amphibious Hydra Terra vehicle that takes you from the road right into Lake Buchanan. Another big draw for families is bat watching at the Congress Avenue Bridge. Jordan-Bachmann Pioneer Farms is a self-described


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living history park in northeast Austin. Visitors can stroll through five different areas, each with its own historic theme. They include an 1887 Cotton Planter’s Farm, an 1841 Tonkawa Encampment, an 1873 Texian Farm, an 1868 German Emigrant Farm and a rural village called Sprinkle Corner. Experience the sights, smells and sounds of Texas history throughout 90 picturesque acres and revel in the past with your family. Your children can also visit with farm animals at the Scarborough Barn. This is a fascinating way for the family to gain a true appreciation of Texas ancestors and how they lived. The park is open weekends only. The Gulf Coast has always been a popular vacation destination for many local residents. One of the biggest draws in Corpus Christi is the Texas State Aquarium. If you haven’t dropped in for a visit lately, you’ll be pleasantly surprised with its latest additions. The Aquarium’s newest attraction, “Stingray Lagoon,” is sure to be a hit. You can touch and hand-feed more than 30 stingrays. The Hawn Wild Flight Theater spreads the message of conservation and entertains audiences with an array of trained birds and small mammals. “Islands of Steel” is now the aquarium’s largest indoor exhibit, featuring an underwater view of an oil platform. And then there’s H-E-B’s Splash Park, an interactive water play area. Owen’s Paleo Park is a fun fossil dig site. Both parks are included in the price of admission. As if that isn’t intriguing enough, you’ll find sea turtles, otters, dolphins and sharks, plus creatures from the Amazon rainforest and floating creatures that sting – and much more at the aquarium. Another treasured hotspot in Corpus Christi is the USS Lexington vintage aircraft carrier. In addition to the various


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Zoo in Johnson City, Enchanted Rock State Park and the National Museum of the Pacific War in Fredericksburg, Hamilton Pool Nature Preserve in Dripping Springs, and Natural Bridge Caverns and Wildlife Ranch in New Braunfels. The Canyon Lake area, known as the Water Recreation Capital of Texas, has long been a popular place for fishing, skiing, sailing, hiking and camping. But many people have yet to experience the newer Canyon Lake Gorge, a surprising change to the landscape that was formed after the flood of 2002. The gorge is a phenomenon that features previously unseen dinosaur tracks, waterfalls, springs and geologic formations and numerous fossils. At this time, the gorge is open for guided tours only, ages 7 and older, but it is well worth a visit. This is a natural area, however, so keep in mind that no restrooms are available during the three-hour tour. The tour can be somewhat demanding, so it is not recommended for people with health challenges. Looking for a new adventure to add to your vacation? Wimberley Zipline Adventures has just the ticket to raise your adrenaline. Not for the faint of heart, the course includes eight different zip lines, some at speeds of 30 miles per hour. Your bravery will be rewarded with incredible views of canyons, fields and hillsides. Trained guides will instruct you through “flight school,” so no previous experience is required. Minimum age is 10 years old and there are also weight restrictions, so inquire when making reservations. If you have ever considered a dude ranch vacation for your family, look no further than Bandera, the “Cowboy Capital of the World.” Guest and working ranches abound throughout this area. If you are looking for a place to relax and escape the faster pace of daily living, this might be just the answer. Most offer horseback and trail rides, home-cooked meals, campfire circles, swimming, hiking, music and entertainment. Additional activities like fishing, games and sports may also be available. Mayan Dude Ranch, Silver Spur Ranch and Dixie Dude Ranch are popular with families. Sugar and Spice Ranch is tailored for mothers and daughters who want to experience bonding through horsemanship. Vacationing close to home can be an exciting option for your family. With a little research, you will discover many more places to see. But there is definitely plenty of fun to be had in the great state of Texas. So what are you waiting for? Start planning your next close-to-home vacation today. Yvonne Vasquez is a San Antonio freelance writer and mother of one son.


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way from home, or simply away from school, summer is an ideal time to nurture your child’s love of writing. Kids who normally balk at homework assignments and deadlines can relax and write what interests them. With fewer academic distractions, kids can focus on the fun of writing. This year, go beyond the dreaded “What I did during my summer vacation” essay. Offer up these suggestions and opportunities to help your children put pen to paper.

Wish You Were Here Stock your child’s travel bag with postcards this summer. Whether you’re away on a family vacation or your child is at a sleep-away camp, postcards are a fun way to stay connected and get your child writing. Help campers address postcards home and to friends before heading to camp. Children can add the details of their days and pop them in the mail. On a family vacation, seek out postcards of each destination. Have your child write about your adventures and send a postcard home. When you collect your mail after the trip, a unique souvenir and reminder of your journey will be waiting. Keep a Family Travel Journal “We keep a family journal when we travel because I’ve found that it is hard to remember exactly what we did once we get home,” says Lili Panarella who has traveled extensively with her husband and two daughters. Kids and parents can write about adventures as they happen and preserve memories. Each of us experience events from a unique perspective. Your son’s description of falling out of a boat is sure to differ from your view of him launching over the side and bobbing up and down in his lifejacket. Take dictation from younger children whose

writing skills haven’t caught up with their thoughts. Assign each person a day or write as the mood strikes, but make sure everyone participates. E. Ashley Steel, co-author of “Family on the Loose: The Art of Traveling with Kids,” suggests interviewing children about the places you visit. Ask them what they have observed or learned about the people, geography or food. Allow time for reflection and then capture their words on the page as they share their insights. Your kids don’t always have to do the writing to be engaged with ideas and think like a writer.

Use Nature as Inspiration Provide your young scientist with an un-lined journal to record observations. Head outside to draw plants and insects and to write descriptions of the natural world. Kids who prefer non-fiction can stick

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Create a Writer’s Alcove When I was little I wrote in my “office” in the living room. My pens and notebooks were hidden in a discarded magazine rack tucked in a corner behind a red paisley wing chair. Encourage writing by helping your child carve out a quiet space. Some children will thrive with a desk of their own, complete with a drawer for pens, a shelf for paper or a laptop; for others that will seem too much like school. Your child might be happy curled up in any cozy spot where they won’t be disturbed. What secret hideaways are waiting to be discovered in and around your home? Look at your space with new eyes and ask your children what location calls to them. No matter what type of writing your child experiments with during the summer, make a point of separating the creative flow of writing from the mechanics. Nothing stops budding writers faster than having their spelling corrected. If you find yourself distracted by your children’s errors, have them read their work aloud so you can discuss their thoughts and ideas. Patricia Zaballos, author of “Workshops Work! A Parent’s Guide to Facilitating Writer’s Workshops for Kids,” agrees. Some of the kids in her workshops struggle with spelling or penmanship. “I’m sometimes amazed because these writers read sophisticated, nuanced stuff,” she says. She notes that parents and teachers might not see through the superficial errors to recognize the strength of the writing. When we hear our children’s words we are more open to the stories they have to tell. If improving grammar and spelling are goals you have for the summer, set time aside to work on editing after you have acknowledged your child’s effort and creativity. Neighborhood reporter, poet or playwright – your children can be all of them this summer with your support. Write together as a family and share your work. When summer ends you will have a record of your time spent together and apart. And that summer vacation essay in the fall? It will be as easy as sipping a tall glass of lemonade. Heather Lee Leap is a freelance writer and mother of three girls.



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Palo Alto Career Technical Education Summer Camp 210-486-3800

Students in the 10th grade get a fast-track immersion course in topics including Administrative Computer Technology, Aviation Technology, Business Management, Landscape and Horticulture Science, Logistics and Supply Chain Management, and Veterinary Technology. Registration must be completed at Palo Alto College in the Executive Offices, Room 150.

Palo Alto Robotics 210-486-3800

The PAC Robotics is designed to teach students the skill sets involved with a robotic multifunction operation. We offer the opportunity to extend the interest in robotics outside of their normal classroom robotic program and introduce students to a future in the robotics workforce. Students will explore the topics of simple machines using computer-based activities with motorized LEGO kits and various computer software applications.

Palo Alto’s Children’s Leadership Academy 210-486-3800

Trinity United Methodist School

“Encouraging growth through the enrichment of the whole child”

Affordable Private School Education 2 year olds - 5th grade

Accepting applications for 2013-2014 • Child-centered preschool program

Enhanced by Music, All Aboard, Motor Skills and Spanish classes

• Accelerated Curriculum

Music, Piano, Theatre Arts, Technology, Spanish, Latin, Art Library and PE. IPADS issued to 3rd - 5th, Smartboard technology

• Texas Certified Teachers give children the desire to become lifelong learners • Students who excel academically

Trinity’s 3rd, 4th and 5th graders have consistently scored in the top 5% of all students tested nationwide

• Before and after school care available

(210) 684-5214 5319 Newcome Dr.

Texas Alliance of Accredited Private Schools


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The Children’s Leadership Academy is designed to give children the opportunity to experience learning beyond the classroom setting. We introduce, familiarize and provide opportunities for children to practice leadership skills by teaching theories, practicing techniques, applying critical thinking skills, and participating in team building exercises that can be applied to school, sports, and community involvement. All courses include leadership, character development, academic, art, dance and physical education components. Students will be introduced to various education formats that will be presented in a fun and energetic manner. All children will receive a free lunch.

St. Anthony Catholic School Katherine Ryan Summer Camp 205 W. Huisache 78212 210-732-8801

K3 – Kinder Looking for a summer full of exciting, engaging activities? Come join us for enrichment and fun at our Katherine Ryan Pre-Kinder Summer Camp. A well-balanced curriculum that promotes intellectual, emotional and social development of young children.

ART Artworks 1840 Nacogdoches 78209 7715 Mainland #103 78250 210-826-2787

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.

SAMA Summer Camp San Antonio Museum or Art

200 W. Jones Ave. San Antonio, TX 78215 210-978-8100

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

The Royal Canvas 826-7246 5005 Broadway

Let your inner artist come out at our Summer Camps! The Royal Canvas Painting Parlor caters to painters of all ages, desires and experience. Weekly sessions, June 10 – 14, July 15 – 19 and Aug. 5- 9. Special Camps for Teen Girls: Mixed Media Workshop July 22 – 26 and Journaling Workshop July 29 – Aug. 2. Full or half day sessions and sibling discounts. Visit our Website or call for more information.

CHILDCARE Countr Home Learning Center www.countryhome 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, Putt-Putt Golf Course, Gym, 1950’s Style Soda Shop, Movie Theater, Computer Lab, Horseback Riding at Country Home Ranch.  Creative weekly themes add to our Campers’ cultural enrichment and total enjoyment

Goddard School 210-494-2779 21785 Hardy Oak Blvd., San Antonio, TX

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.

Primrose Schools Primrose School at Sonoma Ranch 210-372-1488 14875 Kyle Seale Pkwy., San Antonio, TX Primrose School of Huebner Village 210-479-9200 2410 Huebner Park, San Antonio, TX Primrose School at Cibolo Canyons 210-479-7099 3330 TPC Parkway, San Antonio, TX

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!

The Mustard Seed Early Learning Center 210-688-7003 11555 Galm Road, San Antonio, TX

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Country Home Learning Center An Exceptional Child Care Program

Full and Part-time Programs for Infants and Children up to age 13 • Professionally Designed Accredited Preschool Curriculum • Country Home Waterpark and Splashdeck • Adventure Jungle Indoor Playground • Large Gymnasium and Basketball Court • Putt-Putt Golf Course • Arts and Crafts Lab • 1950’s Style Soda Shop • Computer Lab • Country Home Movie Theater • Horseback Riding and Petting Zoo at Adventure Quest

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camp and summer programs growing in all areas of development – social, emotional, physical, cognitive and language.

DANCE Dorothy Keck 2013Summer Dance Camps Dorothy Keck Dancers 1532 Austin Hwy, San Antonio 829-8489

Pop Star Princess Camp – July 30 – Aug. 1, 10AM – 1PM. Ages 4 – 5, beginner and intermediate. Listen and dance to inspiring music from Disney, Barbie and more. Instruction in tap, ballet, jazz and tumbling. Includes a Pop Star Princess Performance on the last day of camp for parents and friends. We are also offering Saturday Camps this year. Please check our website for more information.

LANGUAGE International Language Center 210-342-2035 110 Gallery Circle, San Antonio, TX

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.

New World Spanish 210-822-2804 1864 Nacogdoches Road, San Antonio, TX

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!

MUSIC Music Masters 210-492-1362 15714 Huebner Road, San Antonio, TX

Summer at Music Masters is a great opportunity for children to engage in a variety of activities while exploring music in a fun way!

Musical Arts Center of San Antonio Stone Oak-Concord Park 700 E. Sonterra Blvd. Ste. 206 (210) 490-1500

North West (IH 10-De Zavala) 12732 Cimarron Path, Ste. 100 (210) 697-7111 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 realworld – such as Rock, Country, Blues, or Latino. Topics also include microphone technique and auditioning

OUTDOOR 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;;

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; 800-460-4401; www.

PERFORMING ARTS Acting Up Drama Academy 210-508-5894 12002 Bandera Rd. #104 San Antonio, TX 78023 Http://

K-4th will have a different theme each week (i.e. Dragons, Divas, Video Games, etc.) using acting, improvisation, theatre games, music, crafts and more! 5th11th grades will learn more intense subjects like Modeling, Comedy, Film, Fashion Design, Stage Combat, etc.! All camps are 1 week except for our special 2-Week Musical!

Camp Showbiz Children’s Magik Theatre 420 South Alamo San Antonio, TX 78205 21-227-2751

Ages 3 – 17. Two and Four week

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Student explore the mechanics robotics in a grade-appropriate environment. Sessions available by grade level. $348 per child.


High school students in the 10th grade get a fast track immersion in technical fields like Aviation Technology, Landscape and Horticulture Science, and Veterinary Technology.

$144 per student.

All programs have various session dates and times. Call 486-3400 or visit for more information.


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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.


Peaceful Rhythm Handwork Classes Locations Vary 210-521-3882

Join us in learning the lost arts of generations past! We introduce children to the basics of hand sewing, embroidery, knitting, crochet, weaving and wool work.  We believe that the work of our hands is so essential for children and their development.  Classes offered for ages 6-12.

Clowvazar Academy Summer School 6391 DeZavala #106 San Antonio, TX 78249 210-690-4800

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.

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Green Tree Tennis Club 4721 Callaghan Rd. San Antonio, TX 78228 681-5261, www. 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!

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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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Love to Swim and Tumble School San Antonio: 15502 Huebner Rd. 78248 Schertz: 6044 FM 3009

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,

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Summer Swim at The Aquatic Center at Palo Alto College Multiple swim classes for various ages. $60 per student on site, $50 online. • Pre-School Swim for ages 2 – 4 • Palo Alto Swim School for ages 5 – 15 • Adult Beginning Swim for ages 16 & older

Alamo Area Aquatic Association Competitive Swimming Teams (Palo Alto College) Encourages and promotes instruction, fitness, and water safety while fostering competitive swimming and diving as a sport. Monthly fees vary by team. • Novice Team for ages 12 & under • Age Group Team for ages 8 – 13

Palomino Soccer Clinic Four day soccer camp available for kids 5-13. $80 per child.

For session dates and times, call 486-3800 or visit

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camp and summer programs 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.


Aladdin Jr! May 17-26 - $8 adults/$5 kids 1 Week Summer Camps now enrolling! 210-508-5894

Antonio Daniels Basketball Camp Cornerstone Christian School 4802 Vance Jackson 78216 210-885-8470

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Boys and Girls ages 7 – 17 welcome. July 22 – 26 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Lunch provided. Watch for special Spurs guest appearances during this camp. Register on line. Limited slots available.

Spurs Basketball Camps 210-444-5021 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.


iD Tech Camps & iD Teen Academies Held at Trinity, UT Austin, TCU & 60+ universities in 27 states 1-888-709-TECH (8324)

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.

FENCING Alamo Fencing Academy 961 Isom Rd. San Antonio, TX 78216 210-260-380

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.

Olympian Fencing Club Summer Camp 435 Isom Road, # 208 San Antonio, tX 210-872-2004

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.

GAMES Gamebuilder Video Game Creation Camps DeVry University San Antonio 888-652-4377

Design and create a one-of-a-kind video game at this fun camp! Coed for ages 8 – 16. Introduction thru advanced instruction.

GYMNASTICS Olympia Gymnastics 210-826-4296 6925 East Sunbelt Drive, San Antonio, TX

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!

The Little Gym Call for ages and rates NorthEast – 210-545-3770, www. Alamo Heights – 210-822-9252,

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.

JUMP ROPE Jump Rope Express 269-0725

We are currently accepting registration for our sessions. Jump Rope Express strives to impact the youth of today through fitness and fun while developing self-confidence, sportsmanship, and character and provides a great bonding experience. Participants work at their own pace, and focus on the “fun” factor while achieving success. Jump Rope Express inspires young people to embark on a lifetime of fitness and develop friendships that last a lifetime.

SOCCER Palo Alto Palomino Soccer Clinic 210-486-3800

Palomino Clinic is a four-day camp that offers skills training and critical character building. Our experienced and talented staff employs disciplined training methods to deliver a week of innovative and fun soccer education. Each session is four days, Monday through Thursday.

SWIM Green Tree Tennis Club 4721 Callaghan Rd. San Antonio, TX 78228 681-5261, 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.

Love to Swim and Tumble School San Antonio: 15502 Huebner Rd. 78248 Schertz: 6044 FM 3009

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.

Martin Swim School 210-403-0351

Swim lessons for 18 months to 85 years of age. Four students per class, private lessons are available. Ninetyfive percent learn in two weeks. Free Underwater Pictures. Call now to register, space is limited.

Summer Swim at the Aquatic Center at Palo Alto 210-486-3800

Multiple swim classes for various ages. Pre-School Swim ages 2 – 4. Palo Alto Swim School ages 5 – 15. Adult Beginning Swim classes for ages 16 and older. Visit our website for more information.

TENNIS Green Tree Tennis Club 4721 Callaghan Rd. San Antonio, TX 78228 681-5261, Green Tree Tennis Camp

Ages 6 – 18 • Call for rates Weekly sessions running Monday – Friday 10 am – 2 pm for juniors ages 6-16 yrs. Great club atmosphere to learn how to play tennis. Basic tennis fundamentals and skills along with stroke production are taught. The camp includes 20 hours of tennis court PLUS pool time!

THEME CAMPS Hill Country Montessori Summer Program School 50 Stone Wall Drive Boerne, Texas 78006 (830) 229-5377

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.  May 2013 |


camp and summer programs SUMMER Adventure Camp

Dig into Dinosaurs! July 15-19; July 22-26; July 29-August 2; August 5-9 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Investigate Dino-mite Discoveries

For more information or to make reservations call 210.357.1910


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Heat Up Your Child’s Summer with Our Super-Fun Summer Camps!

Summer At The Academy San Antonio Academy 117 E. French Place San Antonio, TX 78212 210-733-7331 EXT. 237 Art, Photography, Scrapbooking, Jewelry, Fashion Design & Sewing

Coed for ages 4 and up. June 10 – Aug. 2 Pastels, watercolor, acrylic, drawing & painting, clay, cartooning, glass, leather, pasta jewelry, sewing, photography, scrapbooking, fashion design and more. For the artistic among you, a series of classes that will help you express your creative spirit!

Medieval Battles King Arthur’s Court Star Wars, Gladiators & Roman Military

Coed for ages 6 and up. June 10 – Aug. 2 A collection of classes that captures the sweep of courtly days, as well as the fun warrior games and space battles … or become a general and lead units of thundering knights into battle!

Etiquette, Baking & Cooking, Pasta, Traveling Chef, Pastries, Cakes & Pies


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Animal Lovers

Coed for ages 4 and up. June 10 – Aug. 2 Bugs, birds, fishing, pet care, dinosaurs … calling all animal lovers. Come spend a week learning about and observing a variety of pets!

Reading and Comprehension, Phonics, Study Skills, Creative Writing, Public Speaking

San Antonio Children’s Museum 305 E. Houston 210-212-4453

Computer Classes

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!

Coed for ages 4 and up. June 10 – Aug. 2 Come explore your “building” imagination!

Math Camps

Coed for ages 4 and up. June 10 – Aug. 2 Whether you want to learn basic math skills or plunge into the world of algebra and “probabilities,” our math camps will teach, reinforce and prepare you for moving ahead to the next level of math!

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!

Legos, Rockets, Robotics, Manipulatives, Architecture


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 These classes focus on skills and activities that will boost your confidence and strengthen your reading, writing, testing, and public presentation skills.

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 “behindscene” and “on-stage” action.

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Sports Camp, Cheerleading, Yoga, Zumba, Dance

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!

Theatre, Public Speaking, Creative Writing

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learning in a fun environment while improving your academic performance.

Science, Inventions, Rockets, Forensics, Robotics, Chemistry, Anatomy& Physiology, Microbiology

Coed for ages 4 and up. June 10 – Aug. 2 These classes explore a wide variety of science fields. During each camp there will be experiments, observations, videos and other learning tools introduced. Experience

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 website 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

From academics, sports and fine arts there is something for everyone! Find out more about our Summer Programs 2013 by visiting our website

St. Anthony Catholic School Blue and Gold Summer Camp 205 W. Huisache 78212 210-732-8801

1st – 8th graders will love this camp. Your child will explore his/her imagination, creativity, learning and joy with multiple field trips each week, gardening, science, arts and crafts, and swimming . Daily or weekly dropins accepted on space available basis for fieldtrips.

St. Anthony Catholic School Enrichment and Sports Camps 205 W. Huisache 78212 210-732-8801

For children grades K – 8. Learn to play chess for Beginners, Engineering


2220 N.W. Military Hwy., SATX, 78213 210.377.3030 |

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Summer At The Academy






Boys & Girls, Ages 4 & older

June 10 - Aug 2

SAN ANTONIO ACADEMY CAMPUS (Located in historic Monte Vista) Summer Enrichment Office - 733-7331 ext.


Summer Camps Call Office Now For Details

• 9 Week Sessions • Morning, Afternoon & Evening Classes • Structured Classes for Children as Young as 3 • Open Gym M & W @ 10:30-11:20/$5.00per Child • Open Gym Saturday 9:00 & 11:00 • Gymnastics, Tumbling & Cheer/Tumble Classes • MDO Tues. & Thurs. 9-12:00 • Birthday Parties Gymnastics & Cheerleading

Skill Development & Fun For Beginners To Advanced Gymnasts


6925 Sunbelt Dr. East 78218


New Class Titles for Summer 2013 Soccer - Bowling Acrylic - Drawing Cheerleading - Science Harry Potter – Math Lacrosse – Robotics Photography – Frisbee Baking – Dinosaurs Fencing – Pokemon

Rockets - Basketball Etiquette – Football Out On The Town Chess – American Girl Field Trips - Card Tricks Birds – Bugs - Fishing Zumba – Karate - Clay Architecture – Yoga

Traveling Chef - Sewing Star Wars - Volcanoes Medieval Battles - Golf Computers – Comic Strips Theatre – Cooking - Legos King Arthur – Watercolor Reading - Dodgeball … and many more!

More than 350 Classes

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Spanish Immersion Learning Center

Nurture your child’s inner musician, and give them a gift that will last a lifetime!

Inspiring Minds for a World of Possibilities

✼ Infants ✼ Toddlers ✼ Preschool ✼ Pre-K ✼ Elementary Bilingual Camps K-5th

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Special Camps for Teen Girls Entering Grades 6-12 July 22-26 Mixed Media Workshop July 29-August 2 Journaling Workshop |

with LEGO, Piano and Voice Lessons, Robotics and Science Explorations. Improve athletic skills and condition bodies for upcoming sports seasons with Basketball, Volleyball and Football.

St. Peter Prince of the Apostle Brain Power Summer Camp 210-824-3171

Ages 18 months to 10 years old. Camps run June 4 through August 10 from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Varied weekly crafts, games, activities and field trips.

St. Thomas Episcopal School 1416 North Loop 1604 East 210-494-3509, ext. 209 Summer Pride -Call for rates and ages.

This program set in weekly units, Monday – Friday, 7:30 a.m. – 6 p.m. The choice is yours. Included is arts, crafts, cooking, science, chapel, stories, inhouse 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.

Summer at the Hall – Saint Mary’s Hall 210-483-9124 9401 Starcrest, San Antonio, TX

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.

The Little Gym Call for ages and rates NorthEast – 210-545-3770, Alamo Heights – 210-822-9252,

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.

Our unique camps provide three hours of fun and activities in a non-competitive, nurturing environment. Each day, different creative themes keep your child on their toes as they take part in exciting imaginative journeys.



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July 23 – 27, 2013; 6 – 8:30 pm Free for all children ages 4 years old to 5th grade. Athens! Escape to Athens with Paul! Imagine leaving a life of privilege and power to face angry mobs, painful imprisonment, and chain-breaking earthquakes—all to spread the lifechanging truth of God’s love. Learn the jaw-dropping story of the Apostle Paul straight from Paul himself! In an ancient “anything goes” culture, Paul will inspire kids to share the truth of God’s immeasurable love today!

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BOYS’ CAMPS Camp Mondamin for Boys Tuxedo, NC Ages 6-17 • $1,075 - $5,950 May 29 – August 25

Since 1922. One- to five-week sessions. Education through wilderness and adventure. Non-competitive, non-regimented activities for goalsetting and self-confidence. Contact information: P.O. Box 8, Tuxedo, NC 28784 800-688-5789; mondamin@mondamin. com;

Camp Rio Vista for Boys Ingram, TX Ages 6-16 June 9 – Aug. 3

A Texas Summer tradition since 1921. Beautiful facilities, fun-filled program, exciting activities and dedicated staff provide a memorable learning environment for your son. We emphasize fun, confidence and success! Contact information: 175 Rio Vista Road, Ingram, TX, 78025; 830-3675353;

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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; 830-238-4670;

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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;; 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, nonregimented activities for goal setting and self-confidence. Contact information: P.O. Box 38, Tuxedo, NC 28784 800-688-5789; greencove@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;; www.

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Camp La Jita Girl Scout Camp Utopia, Texas for girls entering grades 2-12

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;

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Kickapoo Kamp for Girls Kerrville, TX Ages 7-17 • June 10 – Aug. 3, $1,400-$3,200

Kickapoo’s enrollment of 100 girls ages 7 to 17 enables counselors to give individual attention to campers and stress traditional values. Contact information: 216 Hummingbird Lane, Kerrville, TX 78028; 830-895-5731;

Rocky River Ranch Wimberly, TX Ages 7-14 • June 9 – Aug. 9, $815 - $1,630

Sports, horseback riding, canoeing, dance, crafts, backpacking, swimming, archery, photography, and more! Non-Girl Scouts welcome. Visit www. for more information. Contact: Girl Scouts of Southwest Texas, 811 N. Coker Loop, San Antonio, TX 78216; 210-3492404/1-800-580-7247 ext. 391; www. Camp La Jita is proud to be accredited by the American Camp Association.

A unique summer camp for girls ages 7 to 14. Sessions include choice of: horseback riding, drama, canoeing, swimming, dance, fishing, arts and crafts, rappelling and more. Contact information: P.O. Box 109, Wimberly, TX 78676 800-863-2267; info@rockyriverranch. com;

Camp Mira Sol Girl Scout Camp Waring, Texas for girls entering grades K-12

Camp Balcones Springs Marble Falls, TX Ages 7-17 • June 2 – Aug. 3, $1,085 - $4,200

Designed for inexperienced and experienced campers. Canoeing, backpacking, cycling, swimming, crafts and more! Non-Girl Scouts welcome. Visit for more information. Contact: Girl Scouts of Southwest Texas, 811 N. Coker Loop, San Antonio, TX 78216; 210-3492404/1-800-580-7247 ext. 391; www.

Camp Sierra Vista for Girls Ingram, TX Ages 6-16 June 9 – Aug. 3

Small, private, traditional cam in the Texas Hill Country. A summer tradition of fun, friends, exciting activities, lifelong memories and life-changing experiences. Contact information: 175 Rio Vista Road, Ingram, TX, 78025 830-367-5353; sierravista.dir@gmail. com;


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@, www.

Camp Cho-Yeh and Conference Center Ages: 6 – 16 ∙ June 9 – Aug. 17, $815 - $1,825

Camp Cho-Yeh is a co-ed Christian summer camp just north of Houston, Texas serving campers age 6-16. At Camp Cho-Yeh, we firmly believe that a week of summer camp can be one of the most powerful and lifechanging experiences in a young person’s

life. Our vision is to build relationships and impact lives in a Christ-centered environment. Established in 1947, ACA accredited. Contact information: 2200 S. Washington, Livingston, TX 77351; 936328-3200

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 877-452-0099;; www.

Camp Olympia Trinity, TX Ages 7 – 16 • June 9 – Aug. 14, $2,975 - $3,985

Established in 1968, Camp Olympia is an overnight summer camp for boys and girls, ages 7-16. Located on Lake Livingston in Trinity, Texas, the camp offers individualized scheduling of over 40 activities, ranging from waterskiing to golf to horseback riding, so capers get to choose the activities that interest them. Children learn responsibility and cooperation at camp while gaining independence and self-esteem. Contact information: 723 Olympia Drive, Trinity, TX 75862; 800-735-6190; www.

Deer Creek Christ-Centered Adventure Bandera County, TX (outside Medina on Hwy. 337) Ages 7-16 • June 2 – Aug. 3, $755-$1,750

High adventure activities including canoe, kayak, waterslide, zip line, dance, and archery and field games. Deer Creek camp is a non-denominational, Christ-centered adventure camp for boys and girls ages 7 – 16. Contact information: P.O. Box 200, Medina, TX 78055; 830-589-7123;; www.

His Hill Ranch Camp Overnight & Day Camp Ages 6-18 • Weekly sessions 6/17/12 – 8/10/12

His Hill Ranch Camp is a co-ed Christian non-denominational overnight & day camp offering 1 week sessions through the summer. We offer horseback riding, climbing, riflery, canoeing as well as twice daily chapel sessions. Contact information: PO BOX 9, Comfort, TX 78103; 830-995-3388;;

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,,

Pine Cove Christian Camps Tyler & Columbus, Texas Grades 2 – 12 • Call or visit website for rates and dates

Pine Cove Youth Camps offer non-stop fun, recreation and the opportunity for you to really get to know Jesus. Contact information: P.O. Box 9055 - Tyler, Texas 75711, 877-4-Pine-Cove, www.pinecove. com

Sky Ranch Van, TX Ages 5 – 18 • Call for rates

Located in East Texas, Sky Ranch is a GREAT Christian camp offering activities such as Blob, Waterslides, Zip-lines, Jet-skis, paintball and so much more. Spaces limited, register today! Contact information: 24657 Country Road 448, Van, TX, 78790; 903-266-3300, 800-9622267;

YMCA Camp Flaming Arrow Hunt, Texas Ages 6-16 Call for rates and schedule

YMCA Camp Arrow in Hunt, Texas, overnight camp with climbing walls, ropes challenge courses, horseback riding, canoeing, archery, river slide and rope swing, new swimming pool, nature studies, sports activities, campfire fun! Visit or call 1-800-765-9622. Contact information: P.O. Box 770, Hunt, TX 78024-0770; 800765-9622;


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SPECIAL NEEDS 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; 830-385-8916; info@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, 361727-0800;

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; 888681-2173;, www.


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South Texas Heat By April Lynn Newell


hen the South Texas heat hits, parents often find themselves looking for alternatives to outside play to provide their children with necessary physical exercise. Exercise is important, but the heat of Texas summers presents certain hazards of which parents should be aware. Health professionals can give parents an idea of signs to look for, as well as preventive measures to keep their children safe. The dangers of Texas summer heat range from mild to serious, from heat exhaustion to heat stroke. It is important to know the signs of heat exhaustion and how to prevent it. Pediatrician Dr. Karen Gibbons says, “The key to recognizing and preventing heat illness is thinking about it. Plan ahead and keep it in mind as [you and your children] play and exercise and don’t dismiss the early signs. Also, keep in mind that heat illness can happen without exercise, typically on hot, humid days in non-cooled environments.” To prevent heat exhaustion in yourself and your children, Gibbons recommends: ■■drinking several cups of water, milk or juice before any activity outdoors ■■continuing to drink a cup of water every 15 minutes you are in hot conditions ■■wearing light-colored clothing that supports sweating ■■wearing sunscreen 28

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■■taking breaks and staying in the shade as much as

possible. If your child has spent a great deal of the winter and spring months indoors, Gibbons suggests building up their tolerance to the heat. “Spend at least two weeks gradually working up to full intensity play by working, exercising or playing in the hot outdoors in moderation,” she says. Also, do not exercise alone. A partner can help recognize the signs of heat exhaustion. It is also a good idea to describe those signs to your children and their friends so they are aware of the importance of the preventive measures above. Gibbons explains the signs of heat exhaustion as “mild dehydration, lots of sweating, feeling tired, nausea, dizziness, muscle cramps and thirst.” Heat stroke is much more severe than heat exhaustion. The symptoms of heat stroke are the same as those of heat exhaustion, only worse. “These signs progress to vomiting, confusion, headache and a fast heart rate. Heat stroke is a medical emergency and can be fatal. The skin may be flushed and dry and [may result in loss of] consciousness,” says Gibbons. If you or your child feels any of the mild symptoms, says Gibbons, move to a cool area, drink water and put cold water on your skin. “If you, your partner [or your child] has significant neurological symptoms like

stumbling, confusion or seizures, call 911. Otherwise, if you still feel poorly in 20 minutes, see a doctor,” advises Gibbons. Despite the heat, it is still important for children to obtain the proper amount of exercise. Gibbons says children should have at least 20 minutes of aerobic exercise five days a week. To obtain the right amount of exercise without sacrificing safety, Gibbons mentions active games for Wii or Kinect. She also suggests creating family competitions that get everyone up and moving, such as jumping rope. There are a number of other alternatives to beat the heat this summer in San Antonio that also inspire spending quality time with family while emphasizing and teaching great fitness habits and goals. ■■Local parks: look for early morning children’s activities like bird watching, nature hikes and science lessons. Visit ■■Local fitness initiatives: visit to find free events for the whole family that will help the family get up and moving. ■■Indoor pools: the San Antonio Natatorium ( aspx) provides activities and games for children. ■■Indoor sports: skating rinks, indoor football and soccer fields. ■■Gyms: local gyms often provide children’s programs and activities.

■■Indoor amusement and exercise: trampolines and inflat-

able fun are available at some locations. These are fun for your children but do not get hung up on that. Indoor exercise and amusement is not just for kids. For parents, trampolines and inflatables can provide quality exercise without the harsh impact on joints that running or jogging on concrete creates. Parents can also exercise at indoor pools while their children participate in structured activities or swim lessons. Indoor sports can be fun for the whole family as well. Another popular alternative to outdoor play and exercise to benefit parents as well as children is a gym membership. Many gyms provide children’s programs, activities and classes for adults and kids. “A great gym will have great childcare, and great childcare will provide a fitness program for your child, either while you are working out or a separate fitness program on certain days that they can sign up for,” says Sandra O’Dell, a certified Pilates instructor. “Teaching [your children] the value of exercise at a young age is important. Children learn by example so watching you make it a priority and giving them the same experience will help them seek fitness as adults as well. It’s priceless!”

April Lynn Newell is a San Antonio freelance writer and photographer.

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Waiting for Baby Moms Having Kids Later in Life

By Bonny Osterhage


e’ve all heard the phrase “40 is the new 20,” but does that apply when it comes to motherhood? According to recent findings, it could. In June 2012, the National Vital Statistics Report clearly showed a decrease of nearly 18 percent in the pregnancy rates of women in their early 20s over an eight-year time span. Interestingly, during that same amount of time, the pregnancy rate for women ages 40-44 shot up by about 65 percent. It’s a trend that Dr. Karen Hasty, partner at Four Seasons OB/GYN has seen first hand. “As more women have successful careers, they often are not even getting married until their 30s, and then they may still put off having children for the sake of their career,” she explains. That was the case for Melinda Adams, who got married at the age of 36, to a man 15 years her senior. By this time, she had obtained several advanced degrees, and held a high-end executive position with a large corporation. Her job required extensive and sporadic travel, and motherhood was just something that Adams put on the back burner. “I made a very conscious decision that, until I was out of that position, I did not want to start a family,” she explains. “I just didn’t feel that I could handle it all.” However, when Adams decided she was ready for motherhood at the age of 39, a miscarriage due to a rapidly growing, benign tumor, made her realize that achieving it might not be as simple as she once thought. “It was definitely a wake-up call,” says Adams, who was able to conceive again and gave birth to a healthy son, Jack, now 9. “I realized that I might not be able to get pregnant.”

The Magic Number Advanced maternal age is considered to be 35 and over. However, there is no reason that a healthy woman can’t go on to conceive and enjoy a healthy pregnancy. “In my mind it is so outdated to label a 35-year-old as being of advanced maternal age,” says Hasty. “A healthy pregnancy has much more to do with a woman’s weight, underlying medical problems, such as high blood pressure or diabetes, and her desire to take care of herself during her pregnancy.” However, that doesn’t mean there are not pregnancyrelated risks as women age. As Hasty explains it, women 32

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San Antonio mom Courtney Burkholder added a new addition to her family a few years ago at the age of 40. She admits she is more patient with her daughter today than she was in her 20s with her two sons. PHOTO COURTESY OF COURTNEY BURKHOLDER

may be waiting longer to conceive, but their ovaries didn’t get the memo. “Our ovaries still function as though we all have babies in our early 20s,” she says. “As we age, a lot of the ‘good eggs’ have been used, and they do not regenerate.” What that means is that the chances of conceiving decrease as we age, and the chance of suffering a miscarriage increase. There is also an increased risk of chromosomal abnormalities, such as Down syndrome, in the fetus, but Hasty assures patients that it certainly isn’t a “given.” Diabetes and pre-eclampsia are other concerns but, again, it can depend on the individual. “So much of that has to do with the patient’s baseline health,” says Hasty. “If a woman is fit, healthy, and has no medical problems, the chances of complications are fewer than if she has a strong family history of diabetes, is overweight, and inactive. I have patients in their 20s that have far more complicated pregnancies.”

Having it All Physical risks aside, many will argue that the benefits of parenting at a later age are well worth the wait. By the time a woman is in her mid-30s and older, in most cases, she has likely finished school, established a career, is better

Costumes may come and go, but here, savings stay. Low prices on the cutest costumes around. And we’ll pay $$$ on the spot for last year’s costume. No appointment necessary. Nothing tricky about that! prepared financially and typically better equipped to handle the stresses that accompany parenthood. Adams says her perspective on life has changed significantly since her younger years, and that the things that would have bothered her then are less important to her now. “I am better prepared to manage and cope with really high-stress situations now,” she says. “That comes from experience.” Courtney Burkholder, who had her third baby, Abby, at the age of 40, agrees. “I am definitely a different parent with Abby than I was with the boys,” says Burkholder, whose two sons were born when she was in her 20s. “I am much more patient now than I was the first go-round. Things just don’t bother me as much.” Burkholder adds that she is not as hung up on “milestones” and doesn’t feel the same pressures to make sure her little girl accomplishes things early. “These were the things that I worried about when the boys were little, that I don’t care a thing about now,” she says. “I probably pushed them to do things that they weren’t ready for or interested in, but I don’t do that with her.” Of course that isn’t to say that there aren’t still challenges. For Burkholder, it is juggling all the schedules, and she worries that the baby isn’t getting the attention she would have had she been born closer in age to her brothers. “Sometimes I feel guilty that I am dragging her around to all her brothers’ events instead of focusing on her own activities,” she confesses. “And then I feel guilty that I can’t be at all the boys’ events because I have to take her needs into consideration.” Adams worries about another issue – her son’s quality of life as she ages. “The fact is, when he’s in college, instead of having a 42- or 43-year-old mother, he’ll have a 56- to 58-yearold mother and a father nearing 80,” she describes. “Will he have to care for me as a young man when my health begins to decline? I think about that a lot.” To that end, Adams works hard to keep herself in shape and stay active. And, on the occasions that she or her husband has been mistaken for her son’s grandparents, she tries not to take it too personally. “I try to be objective about it, and I’m not all that sensitive about my age,” she says. “I’m glad I have this bank of life experiences to draw from. I am fortunate that I have gotten to have it all.” Bonny Osterhage is a San Antonio freelance writer and the mother of two boys.


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San Antonio’s Cinco de Mayo celebration takes place May 4 and 5 with family-friendly activities. PHOTO COURTESY OF THE CITY OF SAN ANTONIO

Cinco de Mayo Observances Set Exciting, family-friendly fun is the only way to describe San Antonio’s 16th Annual Cinco de Mayo celebration planned for May 4 and 5 in Market Square, 514 W. Commerce St. The celebration will showcase local entertainers including mariachis, Tejano and Conjunto groups and Folklorico. Arts and crafts, children’s activities, food and so much more are also on tap. The event is free. Hours are 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday. Additionally, a Cinco de Mayo Music Concert featuring local and regional talent is planned for the Arneson River Theater in La Villita. That event also includes artisan booths, food and drink.

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1 Wednesday Art in the Garden: The San Antonio Botanical Garden plays host to Art in the Garden, an annual collaboration with Blue Star Contemporary Art Center. The sculpture exhibit celebrates Contemporary Art Month. Guests can enjoy lush plants, eye-catching landscapes, and intriguing artwork. Exhibit will be available until March 2014. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $8 for adults; $6, students, seniors, military; and $5 children ages 3-13. San Antonio Botanical Garden, 555 Funston Place. 210-207-3250. 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. 210-212-4453. 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 in kids. “Caterpillars and Butterflies” is the theme. 10 to 11 a.m. Free with museum admission. San Antonio Museum of Art, 200 W. Jones Ave. 210-978-8183. Midweek Farmers Market: Support local farmers at this community event sponsored by Rackspace. The event, held every Wednesday through September, includes local vendors, entertainment, live music, cook offs, cooking demonstrations and more. 4 to 7 p.m. Free. Rackspace Parking Lot, 5000 Walzem Road. 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. 210-710-4786. Romeo and Juliet: ARTS San Antonio presents Paul Mejia’s “Romeo and Juliet” staring Russian prima ballerina Olga Pavlova. Program will feature some of choragrapher Mejia’s most popular works such as “Jeux,” “Café Victoria” and “Romeo and Juliet.” 7:30 p.m. Tickets range from $125.90 to $29. Purchase tickets from Ticketmaster online at Majestic Theatre, 226 E. Houston St. Celebrate Galveston: Take the Galveston Historic Homes tour and see Victorian and Greek Revival homes located throughout the island’s neighborhoods. The special event, organized by the Galveston Historical Foundation, gives the public a chance to tour the inside of private residences and homes that have been recently restored. Additionally, the island offers a number of other opportunities for visitors during the month. East Beach Grand Re-Opening celebration, May 25; Music and Movies on the Strand, beginning May 4; Island Market, May 18. Visit for more detailed information and a list of additional events.

3 Friday Walk and Roll Rally: Celebrate National Bike Month and support the Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) 17th annual Walk and Roll Rally on Main Plaza. Hear speakers on the benefits of cycling and other active modes of transportation. Free

The modern dance company Philadanco performs at the Carver Community Cultural Center’s Jo Long Performing Arts Theatre 8 p.m. May 3. PHOTO COURTESY OF THE CARVER COMMUNITY CULTURAL CENTER

T-shirts given away while they last, refreshments and door prizes. 8 a.m. Main Plaza. www.walkandrollsa. com. 210-227-8651. Wild Beginnings: Who can resist the cute monkeys swinging in trees. Learn a little more about these fun creatures during the program “Monkeys on the Map.” Wild Beginnings is geared to ages 2-3 and encourages interaction between kids’ 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. 210-734-7184. Growing Up Wild: Enjoy nature games, crafts, hands-on displays and more designed for children ages 3-7 and their families. During this class, “Grow as We Go,” kids explore the life cycles of familiar wildlife and understand that living things grow and change. A hike and kid-friendly craft included. Suggested donation $3 per child or $5 per family. 10 to 11:30 a.m. Phil Hardberger Park, 13203 Blanco Road. 210-207-3106. Miss Anastasia’s Wild and Wacky: Youngsters of all ages will enjoy Miss Anastasia’s Wild and Wacky pre-weekend Twiglet Story time 10:30 a.m. The Twig Book Shop at Can Plant Building, 306 Pearl Parkway, Ste. 106. 210-826-6411. Zoo Explorers: Kids 3-5 and their caregivers interact in a fun-filled environment with stories, songs and animal close-ups. This month’s theme is “Monkeys on the Map.” 11 to noon. $35. Register online. San Antonio Zoo, 3903 N. St. Mary’s St. 210-734-7184. Investigation Station: Kids put critical thinking skills to the test while working with interactive stations designed to encourage them to investigate the world around them. 12:30-1:30 p.m. every Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Admission $8 for persons 2 years and older, children under 2 free. San Antonio Children’s Museum, 305 E. Houston St. 210-212-4453. Starlight Movies in the Garden: Take lawn chairs, May 2013 |


calendar blankets and a picnic and enjoy the three-time Academy Award winning movie classic “Roman Holiday” staring Gregory Peck and Audrey Hepburn while relaxing under the stars. Gates open at 7:30 p.m., movie begins at 8:30 p.m. Free. San Antonio Botanical Garden, 555 Funston Place. 210-207-3255. Philadanco! Modern dance comes to the Jo Long Theatre of Performing Arts by way of nationally and internationally recognized troupe, Philadanco. Known for its innovation, creativity, and preservation of predominantly African-American traditions in dance, the 14-member group combines ballet, jazz and cutting-edge styles. 8 p.m. Tickets are $37.25 and can be purchased through Ticketmaster by calling 800-7453000 or online at Tickets also available at the Carver Box Office. Carver Community Cultural Center’s Jo Long Theatre of Performing Arts, 226 Hackberry St. 210-207-2234.

4 Saturday 3rd Annual Cinco de Mayo “PODER” 5K Walk/Run & Health Fair: Walkers and runners take an educational and historical journey through downtown San Antonio during this walk and run. Event offers music and entertainment and family fun for all ages. Designed to bring families and communities together in a fight against diabetes and obesity in youth, Poder 5K Walk/Run, features a health fair with free screenings and health education for diabetes and glucose, blood pressure, healthy eating habits, exercise and a Body Mass Index (BMI) station. Register at search/event.aspx?id=20058. Packets will be available to pick up the day before the event at Run Wild, 1900 Broadway. Walk/Run begins at 8 a.m. Health Fair is from 8 a.m. to noon. Milam Park, 501 W. Commerce St. Farmers Market at The Cibolo: Texas-produced, highquality organic or natural foods and products such as vegetables and fruits, herbs, organic and grass-fed meats, baked goods, jams and jellies, honey, eggs, freshly prepared sandwiches and hot food, coffee and tea in bulk and natural beauty products. 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturdays. Free admission. Herff Farm, 210-854-1116. Castroville Farmer’s Market: Get fresh locally grown vegetables and fruit both organic and farm grown. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Alsace Tan & Salon, 503 Highway 90 West. 830-538-9141. River City Running Tour of San Antonio: Looking for a new and active way to see downtown San Antonio? River City Run is a 5K running tour of downtown San Antonio. The course is a group oriented jog with 15 stops along the way where interesting and historical information about numerous landmarks are shared with runners. Run is at a leisurely pace, so runners of all abilities are encouraged to join. Runners should meet at Alamo Plaza. 8 a.m. every Saturday and Sunday through June 30. $30 per runner (includes T-shirt and bottled water). Register prior to the run at 210-201-3786.


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Family Theater ■■A Midsummer Nights Dream – William Shakespeare’s classic comedy tale about marriage, fairies, and manipulation will be staged by students from the North East School of the Arts. 7:30 p.m. May 3, 2:30 p.m. May 4, and 5 p.m. May 5. $8 in advance, $10 at the door. Robert E. Lee Theater, 1400 Jackson Keller Road. 210-356-1033. ■■Sleeping Beauty – Enjoy this treasured fairy tale full of curses, fairies, fantasy and beauty. This enchanting musical tells the story of a beautiful princess cursed by an evil fairy and doomed to sleep for a hundred years – only to be awakened by a true love’s kiss. Suggested for ages 3 and older. 9:45 a.m., 11:45 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. May 3. $9. Charline McCombs Empire Theatre, 226 N. St. Mary’s St. 210-340-4060. ■■The Little Mermaid – In this non-Disney adaptation, The Little Mermaid longs for a life in the human world with a handsome prince. The production offers opportunities for children to get involved and on stage by interacting with the actors, sometimes even by dancing on stage or helping to move the story along. Show times are 10 a.m. Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays May 8-25. Tickets are $6. Stone Oak Youth Theatre and Dance Company, 21518 Blanco Road, Ste. 101. www.stoneoakyouththeatre. com. 210-481-2400. ■■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. Tuesdays-Fridays; 7 p.m. Fridays; and 2 p.m. Saturdays. Runs through 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 parent’s lap. Magik Theatre, 420 S. Alamo St. 210-227-2751. ■■Hansel & Gretel – See a new take on the classic Hansel and Gretel. 11 a.m. Saturdays through May 25. $8, children under 5 years old. Purchase tickets online at www. Receipt serves as ticket. The Land of Virtuosity, 1948 Austin Highway. 210-844-4298. ■■Freckleface Strawberry The Musical – Play is based on the beloved New York Times Best Selling book by Julianne Moore teaching kids and adults to learn to love the skin we’re in. Freckleface Strawberry will do anything to get rid of her freckles including scrubbing them with soap, to covering them up with makeup and even wearing a ski mask to school! Will her schoolmates realize it’s Freckleface under her the mask? Freckleface learns that everyone is different – and that’s what makes everyone special. The play’s music and lyrics are by Gary Kupper. 9:45 and 11:30 a.m. Tuesdays-Fridays, 7 p.m. Fridays and 2 p.m. Saturdays. Runs from May 22-June 15. $10 for ages 2 and older, $9 for 60-plus, military and educators with valid ID, free for children younger than 2. Magik Theatre, 420 S. Alamo St. 210-227-2751.

Tiny Tots Classes: One-day class on “Critter Clues” provides an opportunity for 4-5 year olds and their 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. 210-734-7184.

free on-site chair massages, a pregnancy and postnatal fashion show and a screening of the documentary “Birth Story: Ina May Gaskin & The Farm Midwives.” Noon. Tickets are $3 if purchased in advance or $5 at the door. Children 11 and younger are free. Visit to buy tickets.

First Saturday at the Alamo: Enjoy First Saturday, an interactive living history event, designed to give visitors a glimpse of life in early Texas. Includes live demonstrations, living history and history talks. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Alamo. 210-225-1391.

Tiny Tot Family Campouts: Kids ages 3 to 5 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 an evening 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. 210-734-7184.

16th Annual Cinco de Mayo: Two-day celebration filled with local entertainment including mariachis, Tejano and Conjunto music groups and Folklorico dancers, arts and crafts, children’s activities food and more. Free. 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday. Market Square, 514 W. Commerce St. dtops/marketsquare. 210-207-8600. Investigation Station: See May 3 Second Annual Mama Baby Expo: Meet local health and wellness service providers, midwives, doulas, lactation consultants, chiropractors and more. The family-friendly event offers face painting and activities for children, as well as demonstrations of pregnancy fitness and nontoxic products. Enjoy door prizes, live music and food and beverages. The expo will feature local vendors,

Alice! A Ballet Wonderland: For the second year, the Alamo Arts Ballet Theatre presents two performances of the ballet. Complete with a white rabbit, Cheshire cat, Alice and the Mad Hatter, the show provides fun for the entire family. Showtimes: 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday. $15 for children and $25 for adults and are available online at or by calling 210-344-9428. Palo Alto Performing Arts Center on the campus of Palo Alto College, 1400 W. Villaret Boulevard. Cinco de Mayo Music Concert: Historic La Villita’s Arneson River Theater will be the scene of an observance of Cinco de Mayo. Concert will feature local and regional live music, artisan booths, food and drink.

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Sponsored by the Department for Culture and Creative Development. Free. Arneson River Theatre, 418 La Villita St. 210-207-8614 or 210-308-6884.

5 Sunday River City Running Tour of San Antonio: See May 4 Investigation Station: See May 3 First Sundays for Families: San Antonians are invited to share Sundays with their family and explore the Japanese Children’s Day Celebration. Families can also enjoy hands-on fun using paint, clay, recycled materials and textiles. 1 to 5 p.m. Free. San Antonio Museum of Art, 200 W. Jones Ave. 210-978-8183. Alice! A Ballet Wonderland: See May 4

Blake Hammond (Uncle Fester) in “The Adams Family.” PHOTO BY JEREMY DANIEL

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. 210-212-4453. Fate and Redemption – A Concert: The Youth Orchestras of San Antonio (YOSA) Philharmonic features the winner of its annual concerto competition. YOSA ends the year with two landmarks of the classical repertoire: Tchaikovsky’s Fourth Symphony that wrestles with the inexorable power of fate, while Wagner’s Tannhäuser explores the redemptive power of love. 7:30 p.m. $1018. Trinity University’s Laurie Auditorium, 715 Stadium Drive. Tickets available online at Ticketmaster, www. or 210-737-0097.

16th Annual Cinco de Mayo: See May 4 Cinco de Mayo Music Concert: See May 4

7 Tuesday Pint-Sized Science: See May 1

6 Monday Zoo Yoga: Take part in a playful approach toward yoga that combines animal poses with storytelling, song, breathing, relaxation and play. Geared to preschoolers’ ages 2 1/2 to 6. At the end of the program, meet your pose inspiration on a zoo tour. “Leaping Lotus” is the theme for this month’s class. 9 to 10 a.m. $17 per person. San Antonio Zoo, 3903 N. St. Mary’s St. 210-734-7184. Tinker-N-Tales: Museum staff leads children ages 0 to 3 years in activities that build upon their fine and gross motor skills. Activities may include reading,


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Sound of San Antonio on the River: The family will enjoy this concert series featuring local musicians, artists and educators. Food, beverages and more available. 7 to 10 p.m. Free. Arneson River Theatre, 418 La Villita St. 210-544-3730. The Addams Family: The all-new smash-hit musical comedy comes to the San Antonio stage bringing the darkly delirious world of Gomez, Morticia, Uncle Fester, Grandma, Wednesday, Pugsley and Lurch to spooky and spectacular life. The Addams Family features an original story that is every father’s nightmare. Wednesday Addams, the ultimate princess of darkness, has grown up and fallen in love with a sweet, smart “normal”

young man from a respectable family. Wednesday confides in her father and begs him not to tell her mother. Enjoy the production as Gomez tries to do something he has never done before – keep a secret from Morticia. Some aspects of the show may not be suitable for young children. 8 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, 8 and 2 p.m. Saturday and 2 and 7:30 p.m. Sunday. Tickets start at $25 and are available through the theater box office, Ticketmaster outlets by phone and online. Majestic Theater, 226 E. Houston St. 210- 800745-3000.

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Tiny Tots Classes: One-day class on “Critter Clues” provides an opportunity for 2-3 year olds and their 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. 210-734-7184. Pint-Sized Science: See May 1 SAMA Playdates: This week’s theme is “All the Colors in the Rainbow,” 10 to 11 a.m. Free with museum admission. San Antonio Museum of Art, 200 W. Jones Ave. 210-978-8183.

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calendar Songs,” plus many more. 8 p.m. Tickets range from $75.75 to $15 and are available at www.ticketmaster. com. Laurie Auditorium, 715 Stadium Drive. 210-554-1010. Starlight Movies in the Garden: Take lawn chairs, blankets and a picnic and enjoy the classic movie “Harvey” staring James Stewart and Josephine Hull while relaxing under the stars. Gates open at 7:30 p.m., movie begins at 8:30 p.m. Free. San Antonio Botanical Garden, 555 Funston Place. 210-207-3255. Fiesta Noche del Rio: Enjoy the songs and dances of Mexico, Spain, Argentina and Texas. The event is recognized as the longest running regularly playing outdoor musical production in the United States. Tickets are $15 for adults; $12 for seniors, $5 for ages 14 and younger. Performances staged every Friday and Saturday (except May 18) through Aug. 10. 8:30 p.m., gates open at 7 p.m. Arneson River Theatre, 418 Villita St. 210-226-4651.

11 Saturday 11th Annual Jon’s 5K Run/Stroll: Event to benefit Any Baby Can’s Center for Infant and Child Loss program inspired by the death of Jon Carl Stephenson who died of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) in 2002. The center helps bereaved parents, family members and friends during their time of loss. 8:30 a.m. to noon. Registration fee is $30 for the 5K Run/Stroll; $15 for Kids’ Run for ages 1-11. Free admission to Morgan’s Wonderland for kids competing in the event. Register online at or the day of the event. Registration begins at 7 a.m. for persons 12 and older and 8 a.m. for kids. Awards will be presented following the event. Morgan’s Wonderland, 5223 David Edwards Drive. March for Babies: s This annual March of Dimes 5K walk brings together companies, individuals, families and friends from all over San Antonio, walking to help babies have a healthy start in life. 8 a.m. Gates open at 7 a.m. For more information and to register go to . SeaWorld San Antonio, 10500 SeaWorld Drive. 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. 7:30 a.m. Participants should meet at the Judson Nature Trail in Alamo Heights, 246 Viesca St. 210-308-6788. River City Running Tour of San Antonio: See May 4 Mother’s Day Breakfast at the Zoo: Celebrate moms of all kinds – furry ones, feathered ones and fun and friendly ones – like yours. Kids can enjoy breakfast with their mom at the Riverview Café and hear all about the

Kids of all ages will enjoy spending time with Splat the Cat at the Twig Book Shop May 11.

new moms at the zoo. After which they can prepare breakfast enrichment for a special zoo resident and spend the rest of the day exploring the zoo with family. 8:30 a.m. $45 for adults, $20 for children under 12 and free for ages 2 and younger. San Antonio Zoo, 3903 N. St. Mary’s St. 210-734-7184. Girls of Grace: Conference for teen girls featuring live music, speakers and interactive sessions teaching biblical principles. Conference covers such topics as body image, good health, being content with oneself, relationships, good choices, social media, fashion and other teenrelated topics. Live performances by KING & COUNTRY, Meredith Andrews, Everfound and Point of Grace. Guest Speakers Include Chris Wheeler, Annie Downs, Constance Rhodes and Amber Lehman. 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tickets are $49 in advance and $65 at the door. Call 888.483.0018 for group discounts. Trinity Baptist Church, 319 E Mulberry Ave. Growing Up Wild: Enjoy nature games, crafts, hands-on displays and more designed for children ages 3-7 and their families. During this class, “Not So Creepy Critters,” kids learn about spiders, reptiles and insects. A hike and kid-friendly craft included. Suggested donation $3 per child or $5 per family. Classes held in the large gated pavilion. Reservations recommended. 10 a.m. to noon. Eisenhower Park, 19599 N.W. Military Highway. 210-207-5320. Mothers Day Weekend Celebration: Recognize mom on her special weekend enjoying live music, culinary challenge, arts and crafts, children’s activities, food and

looking ahead to June The Texas Folklife Festival is June 7-9 at the Institute of Texan Cultures and plan to see Paul Mesner Puppets’ production of The Comical Adventures of Old Mother Hubbard and Her Dog at the Charline McCombs Empire Theatre June 14.


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more. 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Free. Market Square, 514 W. Commerce St. 210-207-8605. Girl Scouts Badge Day: In conjunction with the “Girl Power!” exhibit heralding the next 100 years of Girl Scouting, the Institute of Texan Cultures and Girl Scouts of Southwest Texas will collaborate to offer Girl Scouts the opportunity to earn a variety of badges. The day’s activities will focus, primarily, on the visual arts. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Pre-registration and additional fees will apply for badge days. Regular admission is $8 for adults (12-64); $7 for seniors (65+); $6 for children (3-11); free with membership, UTSA or Alamo Colleges identification. Institute of Texan Cultures, UTSA HemisFair Park Campus, 801 E. César E. Chávez Boulevard. Boerne Market Days: This family event has become synonymous with great shopping in an outdoor setting with artists, craftsmen vendors showing their creative talents and wares. Live music, food and more. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Free. Main Plaza in Boerne. 210-884-8193. OH FOR CUTE It’s Splat the Cat: Meet the most adorable kitty cat ever, Splat the Cat! Be ready for some serious kitty business, hilarious story time, messy crafts, silly snacks and a chance to get your picture taken with Splat at The Twig’s new location. Splat is trying to be a

good kitty, really! All ages of Twiglets and cat lovers are welcome. 10:30 a.m. The Twig Book Shop at Can Plant Building, 306 Pearl Parkway, Ste. 106. www.thetwig. com. 210-826-6411. Investigation Station: See May 3 The Promise Ball: The South Texas Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation presents this event. This year’s theme is “A Night in Eden.” Special musical guests will be the Doobie Brothers. The event raises funds for research to find a cure for Type 1 diabetes and its complications. Guests enjoy a cocktail party, dinner and a live silent auction with handheld electronic bidding devices. 6 p.m. $250 per person. Tables and sponsorship opportunities are available. JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort and Spa, 23808 Resort Parkway. 210-822-5336. San Antonio Symphony – Live and Let Die: See May 10 Fiesta Noche del Rio: See May 10

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Tiny Tots Classes: One-day class on “Marsupial Mamas” provides an opportunity for 4-5 year olds and their 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. 210-734-7184.

explore the life cycles of familiar wildlife and understand that living things grow and change. A hike and kid-friendly craft included. Suggested donation $3 per child or $5 per family. 10 to 11:30 a.m. Medina River Natural Area, 15890 Texas 16 South. 210-207-3106.

Tinker-N-Tales: See May 6

Pint-Sized Science: See May 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. 210-207-3250.

32nd Annual Tejano Conjunto Festival: Five-day festival showcases traditional music born in South Texas using such instruments as the button accordion, bajo sexto, bass and drums. Cost varies day to day. For more information visit Guadalupe Theater and Rosedale Park, 1300 Guadalupe St. 210-271-3151.

14 Tuesday Pint-Sized Science: See May 1 Sound of San Antonio on the River: See May 7

15 Wednesday 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. 210-734-7184. SAMA Playdates: This week’s theme is “My Family, My World” 10 to 11 a.m. Free with museum admission. San Antonio Museum of Art, 200 W. Jones Ave. 210-978-8183. Growing Up Wild: Enjoy nature games, crafts, hands-on displays and more designed for children ages 3-7 and their families. During this class, “Grow as We Go,” kids


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16 Thursday 32nd Annual Tejano Conjunto Festival: See May 15

17 Friday Wild Beginnings: See May 3 Zoo Explorers: See May 3 Miss Anastasia’s Wild and Wacky: See May 3 Investigation Station: See May 3 21st Annual Wildflower Arts and Music Festival: Enjoy the sounds of the Charlie Daniels Band on opening day of this three-day festival. Festival includes live music every day, arts and crafts, children’s activities, interactive exhibits and more. 6 p.m. to midnight Friday, 11 a.m. to midnight Saturday, and 12:30 to 8 p.m. Sunday. A threeday pass is $30, single-day adult is $20 and kid’s pass (age 5-12) is $3. Kids 12 and younger get in free with

a paid adult on Sunday. Galatyn Park Urban Center, 2351 Performance Drive in Richardson. 32nd Annual Tejano Conjunto Festival: See May 15 Fiesta Noche del Rio: See May 10

18 Saturday Bird Walk: Look for birds in their native habitats. Walk is led by an experienced guide every third Saturday of the month. Featured birds include humming bird, Long-billed Thrashers, Black-bellied Whistling Ducks, Green Heron and the Common Moorhen. Bring binoculars. 9 a.m. For ages 10 and older. Meet at Carriage House. San Antonio Botanical Garden, 555 Funston Place. River City Running Tour of San Antonio: See May 4 Investigation Station: See May 3 32nd Annual Tejano Conjunto Festival: See May 15 World Music & Food Festival: Celebrate culture, music, food and arts and crafts. 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. Free. Historic Market Square, 514 W. Commerce St. 210-207-8605. 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 an evening 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. 210-734-7184. 21st Annual Wildflower Arts and Music Festival: See May 17 “Here’s To Our Heroes” Armed Forces Day River Parade: A river parade dedicated to the men and women of the Armed Forces features about 25 professionally decorated floats traveling down the San Antonio River. Floats are themed according to the branch of service, veterans of recent conflicts, military support groups, etc. The floats will feature live entertainment from military groups and local artists who wish to dedicate their talents to honor the troops. 6 p.m. Free. 210-227-4262.

19 Sunday San Antonio Living History Presentations – Visits to the Past: Learn about the sights, sounds, skills, clothing and lifestyles of early San Antonio during this event. Demonstrations and exhibit setup under the trees in Alamo Plaza. Free. 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. 300 Alamo Plaza. 210-273-1730. River City Running Tour of San Antonio: See May 4 Investigation Station: See May 3 Ballet Folklorico Festival: See Mexican Folklorico and Mariachi performances. 6 to 9 p.m. Historic La Villita’s Arneson River Theatre. Sponsored by Ballet Folklorico Festival

iParent SA Program

iParent SA is a program of The Children’ s Shelter and funded in part by Texas Department of Family and Protective Services.

Be a NURTURING FAMILY The Children’s Shelter iParent SA Program is a comprehensive parenting and family strengthening program with immediate and long term outcomes to benefit parents of all ages. Who is eligible? Parents with children ages 0 to 17 iParent offers you: • Parenting Training (Individual or Group-Based) • Family Enrichment Activities • Case Management • Crisis Intervention • Emergency Day/ Night Respite (Temporary Relief During Stressful Times) Where and when are services provided? Our program offers both in-home visits and group-based education. The iParent program duration is 1-2 hours per week for 7-10 weeks. Long-Term services are also available.

Contact: (210) 212-2576 Crisis Line: (210) 383-3239 Crisis Line is open 24/7 May 2013 |


calendar de San Antonio. 210-932-0132. World Music & Food Festival: See May 18 21st Annual Wildflower Arts and Music Festival: See May 17 32nd Annual Tejano Conjunto Festival: See May 15

20 Monday Tinker-N-Tales: See May 6 Ballet Folklorico Festival: See May 19

21 Tuesday Pint-Sized Science: See May 1 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. 210-212-4453. Sound of San Antonio on the River: See May 7

The McNay Art Museum’s Family Play “Oooey Gooey Pictures” is 1 and 3 p.m. May 26. PHOTO COURTESY OF THE MCNAY ART MUSEUM

of Texan Cultures, UTSA HemisFair Park Campus, 801 E. César E. Chávez Boulevard. Investigation Station: See May 3

22 Wednesday Tiny Tots Classes: One-day class on “Born to be Wild” provides an opportunity for 4-5 year olds and their 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. 210-734-7184. SAMA Playdates: This week’s theme is “My Five Senses,” 10 to 11 a.m. Free with museum admission. San Antonio Museum of Art, 200 W. Jones Ave. 210-978-8183.

7th Annual Texas Toy Soldier Show: Take the entire family to see all kinds of toy soldiers and military miniatures. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. Tickets: $7 for adults, children younger than 12 are free. Menger Hotel Ballroom, 204 Alamo Plaza. 210-226-7000. Return of the Chili Queens: Three-day Memorial Day celebration offers family fun and a chilli cook-off. Free. Market Square, 514 W. Commerce St. 210-207-8605. Fiesta Noche del Rio: See May 10

Pint-Sized Science: See May 1

24 Friday Wild Beginnings: See May 3 Zoo Explorers: See May 3 Miss Anastasia’s Wild and Wacky: See May 3 Investigation Station: See May 3 Fiesta Noche del Rio: See May 10

25 Saturday 12th Annual Wilenchik Memorial Doggie Dash: Enjoy timed racing and family fun at the 12th Annual Wilenchik Doggie Dash. Event benefits the Schertz Humane Society. Choose from a 5K race with or without dog or 3K walk with or without dog. Register at 7 to 11 a.m. Pickrell Park, 703 Oak St. in Schertz. River City Running Tour of San Antonio: See May 4 A Salute to Our Military: Salute the men the men and women in uniform during this event. Historical interpreters perform drills and battlefield tactics from all major American conflicts, ranging from the American Revolution to the Gulf Wars. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Regular admission is $8 for adults (12-64); $7 for seniors (65+); $6 for children (3-11); free to members. Institute


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26 Sunday 3rd Annual American Hero 25K Relay: Athletic event open to the public that honors American heroes and raises funds for charities. Free food, drinks and entertainment by Mariachi Las Coronelas, Sarah Centeno, Supra 7 Band, the Lady Heat Ray Cheerleaders and Dara Niemi Band. Families can take part in 5K and 25K solo runs or the 25K relay, 400-meter run for kids 12 and younger. Registration $49, late registration $60, $10 for kids 400-meter run. Packet pickup 3 to 5:30 p.m. the day before event at Spaghetti Warehouse, 1226 E. Houston St. All finishers receive medal, T-shirt, commemorative ribbon. Captains receive an engraved baton. 8 a.m. Free admission to all participants. Wheatley Heights Sports Complex, 1023 Upland Road. River City Running Tour of San Antonio: See May 4 Investigation Station: See May 3 McNay Family Play “Oooey Gooey Pictures:” Experience Vik Muniz’s photographs made with powdered pigments, chocolate syrup and marinara sauce. Visitors will have the opportunity to create their own food-based compositions with photographer Mari Hernandez. Come dressed for a mess. Family Play is the last Sunday of every month. 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. 210-824-5368. Sarita’s Annual Danzas de Mexico: Annual Danzas de Mexico production focusing on dance from various regions of Mexico.

Dancers perform in authentic costumes from Mexico. 8 to 9:30 p.m. in Historic La Villita’s Arneson River Theatre, 418 Villita St. Tickets call $12 per individual. 210-923-5362. Return of the Chili Queens: See May 25 7th Annual Texas Toy Soldier Show: See May 25

27 Monday Tiny Tots Classes: One-day class on “Born to be Wild” provides an opportunity for 2-3 year olds and their 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. 210-734-7184.

explorations and hands-on adventures. Registration required. 10 to 11:30 a.m. $15. San Antonio Zoo, 3903 N. St. Mary’s St. 210-734-7184. SAMA Playdates: This week’s theme is “Become a Samurai Warrior,” 10 to 11 a.m. Free with museum admission. San Antonio Museum of Art, 200 W. Jones Ave. 210-978-8183. Pint-Sized Science: See May 1 Shakespeare in the Park: Enjoy the Magik Theatre production of “A Midsummer Night Dream” during this annual event. Gates open at 6:30 p.m. Play begins at 8 p.m. Free. No outside food allowed. Take a lawn chair or blanket. May 29-June 1. San Antonio Botanical Garden, 555 Funston Place. 210-207-3255.

Tinker-N-Tales: See May 6

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30 Thursday Shakespeare in the Park: See May 29

Pint-Sized Science: See May 1 Return of the Chili Queens: See May 25 Sound of San Antonio on the River: See May 7

31 Friday Miss Anastasia’s Wild and Wacky: See May 3 Investigation Station: See May 3

29 Wednesday

Shakespeare in the Park: See May 29

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 continents and countries. They will learn words in new languages, sing songs and discover new ecosystems through multi-media

San Antonio Symphony: The San Antonio Symphony Mastersingers Women and The Children’s Chorus of San Antonio perform Mahler Symphony No. 3. 8 p.m. $79.60$19.50. Majestic Theatre, 226 E. Houston St. 210-554-1010.

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