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8 Editor’s Note Parenting is Hard Job
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features 12 Habits of Successful Parents
Successful parents don’t fly off the handle when their kids act up, but they also don’t cave in when it comes to enforcing the rules. And if they get stuck, successful parents raise their hands and ask for help, according to veteran San Antonio area family therapists, educators, advocates and parenting program administrators.
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Holiday Etiquette for Tots, Tweens and Teens If you’re already dreading the thought of taking your rambunctious brood to Grandma’s for a holiday meal, you know that manners don’t come naturally to children. Though most parents strive to teach children niceties like “please” and “thank you,” good manners don’t begin and end with the magic words.
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Spotlight Gratitude Games: Fun Ways To Reawaken Appreciation in Kids By Christina Katz
Let’s face it, kids do not always feel grateful for everything they have. But just because they do not feel appreciative every minute of every day does not make them ingrates. And for better or for worse, if you constantly nag your kids with lines like, “Do you realize how lucky/ fortunate/blessed you are?” They will just tune you out eventually. An attitude of gratitude is something children need to be reminded to practice without excessive pressuring. In fact, if you can make scavenging for gratitude an opportunity for fun every year, everybody wins. You may be surprised to learn that your kids are a lot more appreciative than you thought. And they may decide that expressing what they are grateful for isn’t as much of a pain as they imagined. So, go ahead. Make gratitude games an annual habit every Thanksgiving season. Here are five ways to motivate your kids to dig deep and rediscover an inner well of thankfulness without feeling put out: For more on the five fun things you can do to motivate your kids to develop an attitude of gratitude visit www.ourkidsmagazine.com
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arenting is a one of the hardest jobs ever. Take for example the fact that once you become a parent, no longer are you responsible for making right choices and decisions for yourself, but there is now a little person to take into account. No longer are you the only one affected by your decisions and choices. There are a growing number of resources and organizations available in San Antonio that can help parents or soon-to-be- parents gain the skills and confidence needed to be good stewards of their children, both large and small. In this month’s issue of Our Kids Magazine, freelance writer Renee Haines, talks to several area experts about the habits of good parents. Now we don’t mean to indicate that the habits mentioned in the article are the only skills required, but that instead they are merely some identified by our experts. We know there is no way that all the habits can be listed in such an article – it would take a much more in depth piece, or perhaps a book to focus in on a more extensive list of good parenting habits, behaviors and practices. Got a parenting tip you’d like to share with readers? Send me an e-mail at cynthia@ ourkidsmagazine.com. The flu season is upon us. Read our article on “Fighting the Flu” and learn what the leader of the City of the San Antonio Metropolitan Health District suggests we do to protect ourselves and families from this illness that sometimes turn deadly. Dear Santa Letters and Photos of Christmas Babies Parents are your kids planning to write Dear Santa letters this year? Well, send the letters to Our Kids and we will make sure Santa gets them and may possibly be printed in the December issue. Also, were you a Christmas baby? If you were born between Dec. 23 and 31 of any year, send us your photo and it may be used in our December issue. Send letter and Christmas baby photos to Our Kids Magazine, P.O. Box 1809, Castroville, TX 78009 or e-mail to email@example.com by Nov. 13, 2013. Happy reading!
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Meningococcal Disease Facts Meningococcal disease typically strikes without warning. About 10 percent of people carry meningococcal disease in their throats with no side effects, but there is currently no way to identify who will be affected by the disease. Certain individuals are at higher risk of contracting the disease including: ■■Infants, adolescents and young adults; ■■College students living in dorms and military personnel living in barracks; ■■Those with certain medical conditions, particularly individuals with no spleens; and ■■Anyone traveling to the “meningitis belt” in sub-Saharan Africa. Meningococcal disease can lead to permanent injury or
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Holiday Etiquette for Tots, Teens and In-Betweens By Malia Jacobson
f you’re already dreading the thought of taking your rambunctious brood to Grandma’s for a holiday meal, you know that manners don’t come naturally to children. Though most parents strive to teach children niceties like “please” and “thank you,” good manners don’t begin and end with the magic words. What about the tot who squirms at the dinner table and jumps up after two minutes? What about the grade-schooler who runs wild at friends’ homes? Or how about the highschooler who shrinks during introductions? If you’re raising a manners-challenged child, you’re not alone. Childhood manners mishaps are as common as children themselves, says Chris J. Rock, etiquette coach and founder of Etiquette and Protocol Consulting in Winston-Salem, N.C. The good news – youth is a time to learn and practice appropriate behavior, and mistakes are expected. Even better, swift etiquette intervention can lay the groundwork for a lifetime of civility.
Toddler/Preschool: Table Training The golden rule – treat others as you’d like to be treated – is the basis of all etiquette, says Rock. So how soon should parents start teaching children manners? “You can’t start them too young,” she notes. “There is no certain age when the magic begins.” That means establishing family behavior norms early on. If you don’t want your children to run indoors, traipse through airplane rows, or jump on furniture, correct these behaviors in “toddlerhood” with a firm, gentle reminder: “That is not how we act in this family. It doesn’t matter what other children do.” Toddlers have notoriously short memories, so catchy songs can help etiquette lessons stick, says Rock. “We sing ‘Yes is better than Yeah’ with our grandchildren,” she says. Table manners training can also start early. Rock recommends introducing flatware as soon as children can hold it (often in late infancy or early “toddlerhood”), discouraging eating with the hands and gently stretching the time tots can sit still during meals. Start with just four or five minutes, and build to 15 or 20. Children as young as 2 can be taught how to ask to be excused from the table when finished. Elementary Years: Social Graces The grade-school years bring more friend visits and sleepovers – potential manners minefields, since kids will be 10
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away from parents’ watchful eyes. Teaching children to be a respectful guest in friends’ homes will ramp up confidence at a time when children are developing a social identity (and increase the odds of receiving a repeat invitation). Pre-playdate, remind children that being a guest means respecting the household rules while at the home of friends. If the host family removes their shoes at the door or doesn’t allow snacking in bedrooms, a guest should comply. To show respect, ask children to address their friend’s parents as “Mr. and Mrs. Smith” unless directed by the parents to do otherwise. And for an especially nice touch, follow up a sleepover or a special playdate with a personal thank-you note from the child.
Tweens/Teens: Introduction Anxiety Want your tween or teen to make a good impression? Teach them to make a proper introduction, a habit that pays lifelong dividends. To start, insist that children learn to introduce themselves with confidence and greet new acquaintances with eye contact and a firm handshake. “Today’s teens are typically more comfortable interacting with technology than they are face-to-face. And yet, those who master the ability to meet and greet others with ease will always be viewed more favorably,” notes Deborah King, president of Final Touch Finishing School in Seattle. The basics of a positive introduction include standing up straight, making eye contact, smiling, saying hello and your name in a clear voice and extending a firm handshake. Like any skill, repetition is the key to mastery. “It’s important for parents to know introduction protocol themselves so they can model correctly,” says Rock. For example, when introducing two parties, the senior or more important person’s name is said first. Likewise, when introducing two friends, use equal terms for both; never use first and last name for one and just first name for the other. Polish introduction prowess by encouraging tweens and teens to introduce you and others at social gatherings and in group settings. Soon, they’ll be ready to take on the world –civilly, of course. Malia Jacobson is a nationally published freelance writer and mom of three.
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It’s harder to be a great parent today, but there’s also more help
uccessful parents don’t fly off the handle when their kids act up, but they also don’t cave in when it comes to enforcing the rules. They are actively involved with their children’s education, but they don’t over-emphasize test scores at the expense of family-fun time. And if they get stuck, successful parents raise their hands and ask for help, say veteran San Antonio area family therapists, educators, advocates and parenting program administrators. “Don’t isolate yourself,” says Yesenia Gonzalez, director of parenting programs for AvanceSan Antonio, which has helped at-risk parents of young children for 40 years with 90 percent-plus success rates by most measures. Gonzalez says successful parents form support networks with other parents and also seek help from outside organizations, no matter how basic the challenge. “One of our men was going to be a new father. He was terrified of changing diapers. One of our new volunteers was a male nurse, and he said, ‘I can show you how to do that.’” In other words, don’t be shy about asking for help, especially when it comes to communicating with your kids’ teachers, Gonzalez says. “Teachers like to have parents involved. I enjoyed it,” says Paulette Mallard of San Antonio, who recently retired after teaching in the South San Antonio School District for more than 30 years. Mallard says students become more motivated when motivated parents ask for parent-teacher
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conferences, join the local PTA, volunteer and attend school-sponsored events. “If there isn’t any kind of motivation, kids can get into a slump,” Mallard says. Then there are the parents who study all the literature, show up for school functions and still risk losing it when their kids exhibit bad behavior. “Parents can get too intellectual or too emotional,” says Brent Evans of Boerne, who has been a family therapist for 40 years.
Remaining Calm Evans, who has offices in Boerne and San Antonio, says successful parents remain calm when children misbehave and let the child know that misbehavior will result in immediate consequences, not with a ban on participation at some later event. “I go by soccer rules: yellow card, warning; red card, you’re out of the game. You will lose all your
privileges now,” Evans says. “Consequences are not effective if they’re not immediate.” Parents can allow their children to redeem themselves with a chore they are not normally expected to do, he adds. Parents should help their school kids with homework and organization, he says, but they should not over-emphasize grades and tests. “You don’t want to make academics the most important thing,” he says. Allow kids to play, which helps them develop social skills. “Get outside and do family activities. It’s not just screen time, but green time,” Evans says. The time to seek professional help is when parents see a pattern of bad behavior or events that don’t respond to typical parenting strategies. Pamela McGuire, a 20-year veteran of family counseling in school and private practice settings, is executive director of San Antonio’s Center for Family Relations, which helps families cope with divorce and family conflict. Structure and consistency are keys to successful parenting, she says.
Maintaining Structure Pre-determined schedules for bedtime and “dinner together without electronics” are important. Schedule a family meeting once a week for 30 minutes to discuss schedules, talk about the week, share
ideas for family activities or delegate chores, suggests McGuire. At the end of the meeting, celebrate with a treat or an outing. “Family meetings are when everybody plans to be there at the same time, and where everybody comes prepared,” McGuire says. “If you can treat your family very well, you can go out and treat others well.” When it comes to family rules for behavior, be consistent, and “don’t be afraid to let your child get angry” about the rules, she says. Acknowledge their feelings, but don’t join an argument. “Explain until you can’t explain anymore, and then stand silent,” McGuire says, “You will have stayed the course.” Like Avance, McGuire’s center offers free classes for parents of young children, although Evans and Avance’s Gonzalez says parents of older children are also welcome to contact their organizations.
About the Research Smart phones, social media apps and online games now available to many children are adding to parenting challenges. Set time limits and monitor online activity, family therapist Evans says. Years of research on nutrition and sleep have confirmed the importance of instilling good eating and sleeping habits.
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Research that once focused on the negative effects of physically punishing a child is now turning to not just spanking, but yelling. A study published in September by researchers at the University of Pittsburgh looked at the effects of harsh verbal discipline on middle school students with mostly middle-class parents over a two-year period. Shouting, cursing or insults led to increased signs of depression and problem behavior on a level comparable to the negative effects cited in other studies that focused on physical discipline, the researchers reported.
Finding Resources Today’s parents don’t have the immediate family resources of previous generations. Relatives live farther away in today’s mobile economy, says McGuire. “When we were pioneers, we had clusters of family around. Grandma or grandpa could help,” she says. “What’s happened is we don’t have that sense of support. It’s hard for parents now.” However, today’s parents can find more online
support networks and also more community resources such as school counselor offices, parenting centers, classes, family therapists and the local PTA. Shellie Cecchini, president of the North East School District Council of PTAs, says several studies have found that actively engaging parents leads to positive outcomes for student success. “The child realizes school is important to them, so it becomes important to the child,” she says. The PTA helps parents become classroom volunteers or participate in other school-related activities. “Even if you can’t spare the time, just joining makes a big difference,” she says, because numbers help when advocating for students at the state level. PTAs, for example, were part of the successful drive this year to persuade the Texas Legislature to reduce the number of mandated high school tests from 15 to five, Cecchini says. PTAs also offer help for those who want to learn how to become more successful at parenting. “We have a lot of parent education programs that are free,” Cecchini says. “All it takes is a phone call to ask for that help.””
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How to make it: 1. Trace two feet (with shoes on) on brown construction paper. 2. Trace two hands on each color of construction paper. 3. Cut out all the hands and feet tracings. 4. Put the two feet tracings together to make the turkey body and head, placing the heels together one on top of another, and spreading the bottoms apart. Glue. 5. Cut two feet out of the orange scraps, then cut a diamond shape for the beak. 6. Draw on the eyes or use wiggle eyes. Make the wattle out of red construction paper. Glue each piece onto the body. 7. Glue the red, orange, and yellow construction paper hands behind the brown body to make the tail. 8. Position the two tan hands on either side of the body to make the turkey’s wings and glue them in place.
New Vaccines, Smart Nutrition
Help Families Fight the Flu By Lisa Y. Taylor
hile families look forward to the holidays, another less anticipated time of the year has arrived – the flu season. Washing hands regularly and eating healthily are among the precautions parents have their children take to avoid the dreaded virus. Still, the most crucial action is having them get a flu vaccination, says Anil Mangla, chief of epidemiology with the City of San Antonio Metropolitan Health District. Toward that goal, more vaccination options than ever are being offered during the 2013-2014 flu season. “The best prevention is to get vaccinated,” Mangla says. “There are various vaccination choices, so it’s important for each individual and their health provider to have a conversation about which is right for the patient.”
Immunization Choices Mangla stresses the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommendation that people ages 6 months and older get vaccinated against the flu. During the last flu season, more than 150 flu-related pediatric deaths were reported, according to the CDC. Another sobering statistic says that about 20,000 children under age 5 are hospitalized each year because of complications from the flu. The good news is that across all age groups, last season’s vaccine was found to be 60 percent effective in preventing the flu. Traditionally, flu vaccines have been trivalent, meaning they protect against three different strains. The trivalent vaccine is available in a standard dose shot for people ages 6 months and older; a high-dose shot for seniors age 65 and older and in an egg-free shot for adults (ages 18-49) who have allergic reactions to previous vaccines which contained egg. New this season is the quadrivalent vaccine made to protect against four flu strains. It is available in a standard dose shot for people as young as 6 months, and a standard dose nasal spray for healthy individuals ages 2 through 49. However, the quadrivalent vaccine can be difficult to find. Of the 135 million flu vaccine doses projected to be 22
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available in the United States, only about 20 percent are estimated to be the quadrivalent type. Mangla notes that some children ages 6 months to 8 years require two doses of flu vaccine, including those who are getting vaccinated for the first time. Parents can ask their physician, nurse, clinic staff or pharmacist which flu vaccine options are available for their children. “The CDC is not recommending one vaccine over another,” Mangla says. “The message is to get vaccinated.”
Symptoms and Treatments If the flu strikes, its symptoms feel more severe than those acquired from a cold virus, Mangla describes. “You will likely have a high fever, feel weak and lethargic, be coughing and sneezing and perhaps experience dehydration,” he says. Other than recommending rest and plenty of fluids, a physician may prescribe antiviral medications as a flu treatment. One of the most common antiviral drugs is Tamiflu, which is approved for patients as young as 2 weeks old. Antiviral drugs can reduce flu symptoms, shorten the duration of the virus and prevent serious complications such as pneumonia. “Antiviral medications work best when taken within the first few days of getting sick,” Mangla says. “The entire medication needs to be completed. Patients shouldn’t stop taking it after one or two days, even if they feel better.” Schools Prepare Flu symptoms may begin one to four days after the virus enters the body, so people could be contagious without knowing they are sick. To minimize the spread of the flu, local school districts encourage parents to get their children vaccinated. Last month, Harris Middle School in the North East School District presented a flu vaccination clinic for its students.
The San Antonio School District is also making it easier for students to obtain vaccinations. At a health clinic expected to open in the spring on the campus of Fox Tech High School, University Health System physicians and nurses will provide immunizations, physical exams, sports physicals and minor acute care for the district’s students and their siblings ages 18 and younger. “We expect the work on the clinic to be completed in late spring, but by January we will have a mobile unit in place that will be ready to go out to schools for assistance with immunizations and other needs,” says Leslie Price, district spokesperson. The district’s policy is to allow a student who has had the flu or flu-like symptoms to return to school if he or she has been fever-free for 24 hours without the use of medications.
Boosting Immunity At the first sign of the flu in their kids, some parents immediately rush to the grocery store and buy orange juice. Consuming vitamin C found in uncooked fruits and vegetables can assist in preventing the flu and colds, according to Abby Kurth, a certified clinical nutritionist with the Center for Complementary Medicine in San Antonio. Examples include oranges, strawberries, kiwi, papaya, bell peppers, cauliflower, broccoli and kale. As a vitamin C supplement, she suggests a drink
mix called Emergen-C that comes in varieties made for children and adults. “Combined with water, the mix makes a bubbly and fizzy drink, and it comes in different flavors,” she says. “It’s an easy way to get vitamin C into kids.” Another virus-fighting supplement that she says tastes sweet and appeals to children is a black elderberry product called Sambucol made in chewable tablet and syrup forms. Probiotic foods, including yogurt, sauerkraut and a fermented milk drink called kefir, strengthen the immune system, Kurth adds. “In general, yogurt that has less added sugar and a variety of live bacteria strains, including acidophilus and bifidus, is more beneficial,” she says. “Research in animals has found that the immune system cannot fully develop without having healthy bacteria in the gut.” Eating a broad assortment of unprocessed foods and minimizing sugar can also bolster the body as it battles the flu. “There are no super foods, but it takes all of them,” Kurth says. “If we stick with foods in their natural form, such as a wide variety of seeds, beans, eggs, fruits and vegetables, we do pretty well in balancing the immune system.” Lisa Y. Taylor is a San Antonio freelance writer and the mother of three daughters.
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Speech Development Bl ssoms in Early Years T
here are few things more exciting as a parent than watching your child’s ability to communicate with you grow and blossom. Between birth and age 3, children’s language skills develop dramatically, and there is often a wide range of normal when it comes to children saying their first words. “The typical benchmark for a child saying their first word is 12 months old, but it’s often analogous to when children take their first steps. There can be wide age variations as to when children say their first words,” says Ellen Meyer Gregg, a professor of audiology and speech-language sciences at the University of Northern Colorado. Here’s a road map to help guide you through the early years of speech-language development: Language in the First Year A newborn’s cries are the earliest form of communication. When you respond appropriately to your infant’s cries, your child learns to expect a response. From birth through 12 months, reciprocal communication patterns develop between you and your baby. For example, your baby might coo or babble, you respond back and your baby coos again. Breastfeeding also establishes a conversational pattern between mother and baby. “The baby is sucking, while you are quiet. If the baby stops sucking, you might try to rouse the baby. 24
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There’s a turn taking happening that is like a conversational pattern,” says Gregg. During the first year, your baby might play a game with you where he drops something, you pick it up and then he drops it again. This type of game playing also lays a solid foundation for communication, because it’s reciprocal, says Gregg. If your baby doesn’t seem to be hearing well or responding to sounds, especially loud sounds, you may want to consult your pediatrician. Children who have had multiple ear infections may have difficulty acquiring speech language skills, although this isn’t always the case. Another cause for concern is if your child is averse to social interactions and doesn’t want to make eye contact or be touched. “Usually, the best place to start is with your pediatrician. If you’re not comfortable with the doctor’s response, then it is time to consult a speech-language pathologist who holds a certificate of clinical competence,” notes Gregg. Visit the American Speech-Language Hearing Association’s website at www.asha.org for more information on how to find a certified speech language pathologist in your area. A Vocabulary Explosion in Year Two Although most children say their first word around their first birthday, there can be a huge age span with some children saying their first word as early as 8 months and others not until 15 months.
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SAMA and Botanical Garden Team Up for Tour The San Antonio Museum of Art will join with the San Antonio Botanical Garden this month to present their first-ever joint tour celebrating the exhibition “Lethal Beauty: Samurai Weapons and Armor.” This tour begins with a docent-led gallery talk about the Japanese exhibition and is followed by a picnic lunch in the gardens. It ends with a tour by Landscape Architect Mike Pecen focusing on San Antonio’s Kumamoto En Japanese Garden. The Kumamoto En Japanese Garden is part of the Sister City relationship between Kumamoto City, Japan and San Antonio. The garden was constructed between March and April of 1989 by a team of volunteer craftsmen and landscapers from Kumamoto, Kyoto, Tokyo, and San Antonio. The joint tour will take place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 2 and 9. Cost is $20 for members, $30 for nonmembers. Price includes lunch and transportation. Register at 210-978-8121. www.samuseum.org
Mayor’s Light Up Downtown Holiday Contest Buildings throughout the downtown area will be illuminated to compete for awards and distinction in several categories. Residents will have the chance to vote for their favorite displays. Vote online beginning Nov. 29 through Dec. 12. For more information call 210-207-8998 or visit www.lightupdowntownsa.com
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Ongoing Exhibits Family Theater
Set Your Clocks Back Daylight Savings Time ends Nov. 3. Don’t forget to “Fall Back.”
Now Available Year-Round:
Birth Certificates and Immunization Records at Four Branches of the San Antonio Public Library Originally a summer pilot program, records are now available year-round at the following branch libraries: Cortez (until Nov. 3), Las Palmas (starting Nov. 4), Great Northwest, Thousand Oaks and Mission through a partnership between the San Antonio Public Library, the Office of the City Clerk and San Antonio Metropolitan Health District. Records will be provided in-person only with the proper supporting documents of identification. Hours of operation are Monday through Friday, noon to 5 p.m. Beginning on Nov. 4, libraries will expand these hours from library opening to 5 p.m. See www.mysapl.org for details.
Thanksgiving Camp Offers Crafting for Kids 6 to 14
The Parks and Recreation Department’s Thanksgiving Holiday Camps give youngsters a chance to create holiday arts and crafts and play games. The camps, for youth ages 6 to 14, are offered at 15 Parks and Recreation Community Centers. Hours are 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. The cost is $3 per participant per day. Lunch and a snack are provided. For more information call 207-3000 or visit www.sanantonio.gov/parksandrec/calendar.aspx
1 Friday El Dia de los Muertos Celebration: Entertainment, activities, food booths and more at La Villita to celebrate the Day of the Dead. Dance and drum procession by Las Monas. Sponsored by the Department for Culture and Creative Development. Free to the public. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. in La Villita’s Maverick Plaza, Arneson River Theatre and Plaza Juarez. 210-207-8614. www.muertosfest.com Family WaterSaver Gardening: Want to spend some quality time with your family while learning how to have a great looking low-water garden? This class is designed for the entire family to enjoy. Explore gardening in this interactive, hands-on art and crafts course. At the end of the presentation you and your family will be taken on a tour down Watersaver Lane and participate in an educational scavenger hunt. Cost of class is $25 (includes one to two adults and up to three children ages 5-10) and admission into the park. 10 a.m. to noon. San Antonio Botanical Garden, 555 Funston Place. Register online at firstname.lastname@example.org. 210-207-3270. email@example.com Wild Beginnings: 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. This month’s theme is “Animal Helpers.” 9 to 10 a.m. $35. Register online. San Antonio Zoo, 3903 N. St. Mary’s St. 210-734-7184. www.sazoo.org Zoo Explorers: Kids 4-5 and their caregivers take part in Zoo Explorers and interact in a fun-filled environment with stories, songs and animal close-ups. This month’s theme is “Animal Helpers.” 11 a.m. to noon. $35. Register online. San Antonio Zoo, 3903 N. St. Mary’s St. 210-734-7184. www.sazoo.org Home School Programs: Kids 6 years and older can enjoy a special nocturnal zoo tour. Cost is $15/member adult and child; $25/nonmember adult and child. The tour begins at 6:30 p.m. San Antonio Zoo, 3903 N. St. Mary’s St. 210-734-7184. www.sazoo.org Growing Up Wild-Terrific Turkeys: Children ages 3 to 6 learn about wild turkeys through hands-on activities and kid-friendly crafts. Learn what turkeys eat and what they sound like. Registration required. Suggested donation $3 per individual or $5 per family. 10 a.m. to noon. Phil Hardberger Park,13203 Blanco Road (Salado Creek Classroom). 210-2073106. www.sanaturalareas.org Miss Anastasia’s Twiglet Storytime: Miss Anastasia combines storytime and a delightful craft every Friday. 10:30 a.m. to noon. Free. Twig Book Shop in the Can Plant Building, 306 Pearl Parkway Ste. 106. 210-8266411. www.thetwig.indiebound.com Dots & Squiggles: Fun and engaging lessons taught by early childhood educators provide children ages 1-3 the opportunity to experience a wide variety of activities that incorporate art, sensory exploration, movement, music, story time and dramatic play. 10:30 a.m. Free with museum admission. San Antonio Children’s Museum, 305 E. Houston St. 210-2124453. www.sakids.org 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. Hours vary by date. Every Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Admission is $8 for persons 2 years and older, and free for children under 2 years. San Antonio Children’s Museum, 305 E. Houston St. 210-212-4453. www.sakids.org Mom’s Coffee and Conversation: Enjoy complimentary coffee and conversation with other moms while giving your children a place to play and explore together. This is a great way to foster new friendships for parents and children. 9 to 10 a.m. Morgan’s Wonderland, 5223 David Edwards Drive. 210-495-5888. firstname.lastname@example.org
2 Saturday SAPAR’s low-cost Thanksgiving Camp days give kids a chance to create holiday arts and crafts.
Family Walk with Crafts: This walk is planned for families with young children and will proceed at a leisurely pace on the paved trails of the park. Make a fall craft after the hike. Participants are limited to 15 November 2013 | OurKidsMagazine.com
Dia de los Muertos Fireworks Celebration: This free, family event features art and crafts vendors displaying their unique Day of the Dead creations. Also, the event will feature face painters, live painters, ice carving, a classic car show, a special 15-minute flamenco show, memorial balloon release and fireworks display. 6 to 9 p.m. Woodlawn Lake Park, 1103 Cincinnati Ave. 210-207-7275. http://www.sanantonio.gov/ parksandrec 43rd Annual Veterans Day Parade: The Greater Randolph Area Veterans Council (GRAVC) will sponsor the Universal City’s 43rd Annual Veterans Parade. The viewing stand will be in the Randolph Plaza Shopping Center parking lot, but spectators are welcome to gather all along the Pat Booker Road in Universal City. Contact gravcjamison@ hotmail.com for more information. Scouting the Zoo: Scheduled workshops make it convenient to earn a Scout the Zoo patch while also making new friends from other scout groups. Each month workshops geared toward a different division will feature a different topic at separate times for girls and boys. The girls’ workshop is open to Brownies and will focus on “Animal Habitats.” It runs from 9:30 to 11 a.m. The boys’ workshop is for Webelos and is titled “Naturalist” and runs from 1:30 to 3 p.m. Cost per workshop is $16 for members, $21 for nonmembers and $13 for parents. San Antonio Zoo, 3903 N. St. Mary’s St. 210-734-7184. www.sazoo.org
The Department for Culture and Creative Development is hosting a two-day Dia De Las Muertos celebration in Market Square November 2 and 3. A Drum and Dance Processional will be featured.
per hike. Reservations are suggested; walks occasionally change. A donation of $2 per person, or a maximum of $6 per family. 10 a.m. to noon. Meet near the restrooms. Crownridge Canyon, 7222 Luskey. Call 210-207-5320 or e-mail email@example.com for more information. The Rainwater Revival: The 4th Annual Rainwater Revival Celebration offers fun and entertainment for the entire family and presentations on rainwater collection. The event will feature vendors, rainwater system displays, rainwater collection experts, food booths, shopping and live music. A collection of 55-gallon recycled rain barrels transformed into works of art by Hill Country artists will be displayed around Kendall County during the weeks leading up to the celebration and then auctioned off at the event. Free. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Boerne Convention and Community Center, 820 Adler Road, Boerne. 512-479-9426. wwwww.rainwaterrevival.com Apache del Rio Intertribal: Dance to the beat of the drum from Running Waters and make an arrowhead necklace to take home during this Apache Del Rio Intertribal event to bless the new Urban Ecology Center and to tell stories and sing songs about ancestors. Look for education program signs in the park. Free; donations accepted. 9 to 11 a.m. Class size limited to 20. Phil Hardberger Park West, 8400 N.W. Military Highway. 210-207-3106 or 210-226-8339. www.philhardbergerpark.org Diwali Festival of Lights: Drawing some 15,000+ people from across the state, the Festival of Lights is one of the most celebrated Indian festivals and symbolizes the victory of good over evil. Indian dancing, Bollywood Zumba, Diya floats, fireworks, henna tattooing, Indian cuisine and a handicrafts bazaar will be featured. Free. 5 to 10 p.m. in Hemisfair Park (fountain area). www.diwalisa.com Family Yoga on the Grounds with Yogiños: Practice yoga the first Saturday of the month with your family as you connect works of art with yoga postures and practices. Class is offered in English and Spanish. Bring your own yoga mat. 10 a.m. McNay Art Museum, 6000 N. New Braunfels Ave. 210-824-5368. www.mcnayart.org Dia de los Muertos Weekend: A two-day “Day of the Dead” celebration with a drum and dance procession, face painting, music, food, art and crafts. Sponsored by the Department for Culture and Creative Development. Noon to 6 p.m. Market Square. 210-207-8605.
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Tiny Tot Family Campouts: The San Antonio Zoo will present an overnight family campout. This campout is for families with children ages 6-8 years old and the theme is “Eyes in the Dark.” The event runs from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 3. Cost per person is $45 for adult members; $22 child members; $55 adult nonmembers; and $27 for child nonmembers. Campout is complete with an open fire, sleeping outside in a tent, animal encounters and an evening tour. San Antonio Zoo, 3903 N. St. Mary’s St. 210-734-7184. www.sazoo.org Art Studio: Children of all ages can create sensory rich masterpieces inspired by famous artists. This event lets your child practice tactile creativity as they create kaleidoscopes, watercolor flowers and lots more. 2 p.m. Free with admission. San Antonio Children’s Museum, 305 E. Houston St.210-212-4453. www.sakids.org 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. www.thealamo.org MarketPlace at Old Town Helotes: Music, food and fun for the whole family. The MarketPlace is in the heart of Old Town Helotes near the historic Floore Country Store and Helotes Creek. Jewelry, art and crafts, fresh produce and one-of-a-kind pieces are on display.10 a.m. to 5 p.m. 210-695-5964. www.helotes-tx.gov/marketplace “Kids Fun Day” with Trains: The New Braunfels Train Museum is a place for fun for kids of all ages. “Kids Fun Day” is the first and third Saturday of every month. Kids of all ages “Run the Train” and have the opportunity to become junior engineers 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Free. New Braunfels Railroad Museum. 830-627-2447. www.newbraunfelsrailroadmuseum.org El Dia de los Muertos Celebration: see Nov. 1 Investigation Station: see Nov. 1
3 Sunday Art Pavilion: Try your hand at new and fun art and crafts every Sunday. Free with museum admission 3 to 4 p.m. Admission is $8 for persons 2 years and older, free for children under 2 years. San Antonio Children’s Museum, 305 E. Houston St. 210-212-4453. www.sakids.org SAMA Free Admission: No charge for admission from 10 a.m. to noon. San Antonio Museum of Art, 200 W. Jones Ave. 210-978-8100. www.samuseum.org First Sundays for Families: Share Sundays with your family and enjoy the museum’s “Celebrate Diwali” program. Join this celebration of lights with entertainment and art including paper lanterns, rangoli
designs, door hangings (or torans) and henna designs. 1 to 5 p.m. Free for children 12 years and younger. Great Hall, San Antonio Museum of Art, 200 W. Jones Ave. 210-978-8100. www.samuseum.org Dia de los Muertos Weekend: see Nov. 2 Investigation Station: see Nov. 1
4 Monday Tinker-N-Tales: Museum staff lead kids ages 0 to 3 years in activities that build upon their fine and gross motor skills.11 a.m. to noon. Free with museum admission. San Antonio Children’s Museum, 305 E. Houston St. 210-212-4453. www.sakids.org YA Film Club: Teens having fun with film production in Boerne meet from 4:30 to 6 p.m. in the Upstairs Conference Room at 451 N. Main St. in Boerne. For more information, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org 830-249-3053. www.ci.boerne.tx.us Art Pavilion: see Nov. 3
5 Tuesday Pint-Sized Science: This program introduces budding scientists to basic science concepts. 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. 210212-4453. www.sakids.org Toddler Time: Museum staff lead activities building upon your child’s fine and gross motor skills. Toddler Time is held in the Tot Spot exhibit dedicated to infants and toddlers up to 36 months. 2 p.m. Free with museum admission. San Antonio Children’s Museum, 305 E. Houston St. 210-212-4453. www.sakids.org Free Tuesdays at the Witte Museum: Admission is free on Tuesdays from 3 to 8 p.m. The Witte Museum, 3801 Broadway St. 210-357-1900.
www.wittemuseum.org SAMA Free Admission: No charge for admission from 4 to 9 p.m. San Antonio Museum of Art, 200 W. Jones Ave. 210-978-8100. www.samuseum.org Main Plaza Farmers’ Market: Fresh produce market every Tuesday offers cooking demonstrations. Join the fun, shop the farmers’ market and learn how to prepare a feast for the family. 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. 115 Main Plaza. www.mainplazaconservancy.org
6 Wednesday Growing Up Wild-Terrific Turkeys: see November 1 for program details. Medina River Natural Area, 15890 Texas 16, Helotes. 210-207-3106. www.sanaturalareas.org Tiny Tots Classes: One-day class on “Komodo Kingdom” provides an opportunity for 2-5 year olds and their caregivers to experience animals at the zoo through stories, crafts and animal presentations. 10 to 11 a.m. $7 members/$17 nonmembers. San Antonio Zoo, 3903 N. St. Mary’s St. 210-734-7184. www.sazoo.org Home School Programs: This month’s focus is “Amazing Africa” and is geared to home-schooled children grades K-6. Cost is $15/member adult and child; $25/nonmember adult and child. Two sessions, 9:30 to 11 a.m. and 1 to 2:30 p.m. will be offered. San Antonio Zoo, 3903 N. St. Mary’s St. 210-734-7184. www.sazoo.org Story Adventures: Join SACM on an imagination adventure as we strengthen language and listening skills through story time and dramatic play.10:30 a.m. to noon. Free with museum admission. San Antonio Children’s Museum, 305 E. Houston St. 210-212-4453. www. sakids.org 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
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calendar Ongoing Exhibits Institute of Texan Cultures Ramp it Up at ITC! – Skateboarding is one of the most popular sports on Indian reservations, and has inspired and influenced American Indian and Native Hawaiian communities since the 1960s. A new exhibition from the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service, together with the National Museum of the American Indian, celebrates the vibrancy, creativity and history of American Indian skateboarding culture. The exhibit will be accompanied by a locally produced student exhibit, “Ramp it Up: Texas Style,” featuring the artwork of the skate-board club from MacArthur High School. Exhibit runs Nov. 2, 2013 - Jan. 5, 2014. Family Day is Nov. 16, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The 201st Fighter Squadron- Mexico Joins the Fight in World War II – During WWII, Mexico’s only unit to fight in overseas combat was the 201st Fighter Squadron, the Aztec Eagles. These courageous volunteers, who trained in San Antonio, fought alongside U.S. Airmen in the Pacific. Exhibit runs through Jan. 12, 2014.
San Antonio Botanical Garden Holidays in Bloom at the Botanical Garden – See the Botanical Garden all dressed up for the holidays! Seasonal plantings and nature-inspired holiday décor will be on display from Nov. 29 through Dec. 31.
A dynamic exhibit from The Smithsonian Institute focusing on how skateboarding has impacted the Native American and Hawaiian cultures over the last half-decade will be on display at The Institute of Texan Cultures beginning this month. Be sure to catch “Ramp It Up” while it’s here! Courtesy David Bernie
Admission to the Institute of Texan Cultures is $8 for adults (12-64); $7 for seniors (65+); $6 for children (3-11); free with membership, UTSA or Alamo Colleges identification. Regular hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Saturday; noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. Family Day is Nov. 16, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Institute of Texan Cultures, UTSA HemisFair Park Campus, 801 E. César E. Chávez Blvd. 210-458-2300. TexanCultures.com
McNay Art Museum “CUT! Costume and the Cinema” – Costumes play a critical role in the success of any period film. They set the scene and establish authenticity and ambience. They also reveal clues about a character’s status, age, class and wealth, in addition to his or her role in the story. The films represented in the exhibition depict five centuries of history, drama, and comedy with more than 40 period costumes worn by film stars Sandra Bullock, Daniel Craig, Johnny Depp, Ralph Fiennes, Angelica Huston, Keira Knightley, Uma Thurman, Kate Winslet and many others. More than 30 actors from 27 films, including “Sherlock Holmes,” “The Duchess,” “Pirates of the Caribbean,” “Sense and Sensibility” and “The Phantom of the Opera,” are featured. The exhibit runs through Jan. 19, 2014. Native Son: Prints and Drawings by Luis A. Jiménez Jr. – Born in El Paso, the son of a sign maker, Luis A. Jiménez Jr. became one of the greatest sculptors and draftsmen ever from the state of Texas. Inspired by the flashing neon signs his father made and the brightly colored lowriders of his youth, the artist’s vibrant sculptures garnered him worldwide fame. Runs through Jan. 19, 2014.
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Admission to the McNay is free to members and children 12 years and younger; $15 for adults; $10 for seniors (65+), students and active military with ID. Hours are noon to 5 p.m. Sundays; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays; 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Thursdays; and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays. The museum is closed on Mondays. The museum is closed New Year’s Day, July 4, Thanksgiving and Christmas Day. McNay Art Museum, 6000 N. New Braunfels. 210824-5368. www.mcnayart.org
“Scarecrow Trail Exhibit” – This is a fun new seasonal exhibit of scarecrows, all designed and created by various groups connected to the San Antonio Botanical Garden. Runs through Nov. 8.
Savage Gardens – Capture the excitement with a visit to the Botanical Garden to explore the incredible adaptations of carnivorous plants in this exhibit. Exhibit closes Dec. 1. Admission to the San Antonio Botanical Garden is $10 for adults, $7 for children (ages 3-13), $8 for students (with current ID), seniors (65 and over) and active military, retirees and reservists (with current ID). Regular hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. The Carriage House Bistro is open for lunch Tuesday through Friday 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The garden is open year-round, but closed Thanksgiving, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. San Antonio Botanical Garden, 555 Funston Place. 210-207-3255. www.sabot.org
San Antonio Museum of Art Lethal Beauty: Samurai Weapons and Armor – This comprehensive exhibition of samurai culture celebrates the history and artistic craftsmanship surrounding these universally renowned warriors. A stunning array of long and short swords, full suits of armor, helmets, warrior hats, face masks, daggers, rifles and more showcase a quintessential part of Japanese history. Exhibit on display through Jan. 5, 2014. Admission to the San Antonio Museum of Art is $10 for adults, $7 for seniors (65+), $5 for students and military with ID and free to children younger than 12 years. Hours are 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays; and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sundays. The museum is closed on Mondays. San Antonio Museum of Art, 200 W. Jones Ave. 210-978-8100. www.samuseum.org
10 p.m. every Wednesday. Free. Lower Bee Tree soccer field parking lot of McAllister Park, 13102 Jones Maltsberger Road. 210-710-4786. www.sanantonioastronomy.org
San Antonio Public Library The Winds and Words of War: World War I Posters and Prints Exhibit Opens at Central Library Gallery – An exhibit showcasing 40 vintage World War I (1914-1918) posters returns to the Central Library Gallery. Commissioned by the U.S. Committee on Public Information to build patriotism, raise funds for war bonds, encourage enlistment, and increase volunteerism, more than 300 of America’s most famous illustrators, cartoonists, designers and fine artists donated their services to create more than 700 posters. The exhibit runs through Nov. 24. Library Gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily. San Antonio Central Library Gallery, 600 Soledad. http://mysapl.wordpress.com
Witte Museum “CSI: The Experience” – Enjoy this immersive, interactive forensic science exhibit related to the hit TV series that invites people to use real science to solve hypothetical crimes in an exciting multimedia environment. This exhibit requires a surcharge of $8 for adults and $6 for members and children in addition to museum regular admission. Regular admission to the Witte Museum is $10 for ages 12-64; $9 for seniors ages 65 and older and active duty military with ID; $7 for children ages 4-11; and free to ages 3 and younger. Some special exhibits may require an additional surcharge. Museum hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays, and Wednesdays through Saturdays; 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesdays; and noon to 5 p.m. Sundays. The museum is open year-round except the third Monday in October, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day. Witte Museum, 3801 Broadway. 210-357-1900. www.wittemuseum.org
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7 Thursday Rockin’ Reptiles: Meet the reptiles that call the San Antonio Children’s Museum home. 3 to 4 p.m. Free with museum admission. San Antonio Children’s Museum, 305 E. Houston St. 210-212-4453. www.sakids.org Helotes Ballet Folklorico Classes: Free Ballet Folklorico dance classes offered on the 1st and 3rd Thursdays. 6 to 7 p.m. at Helotes City Hall, 12951 Bandera Road. 210-416-1498. www.helotes-tx.gov Toddler Time: see Nov. 5
8 Friday Family Flashlight Night at the Botanical Garden: Explore the garden after hours. Bring a flashlight. Nature-based family activities that showcase
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9 Saturday Justin Roberts & the Not Ready For Naptime Players: Justin and The Not Ready for Naptime Players dish out unexpectedly intelligent and whimsically rocking music for kids and their parents. Grammy-nominated Roberts logs thousands of miles on the road each year, leading some to call him the hardest working man in children’s show business. Free. 4 to 6 p.m. St. Mark’s Presbyterian Church, 208 W Bandera Road, Boerne. 830-249-3813. email@example.com 2013 Veteran’s Day Parade: The day kicks off at 8 a.m. in Alamo Plaza
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with an ROTC Competition, followed by a wreath ceremony in front of the Alamo at 10:30 a.m. and a parade beginning at noon. The parade starts at Avenue E and 3rd Street and ends at Milam Park. 210-2698581. http://usmvpa.com/ Star Party: Star gazing with the San Antonio Astronomical Society. What’s to see in the crisp, clear winter skies? Reservations are recommended. Suggested donation: $3 per individual or $5 per family. Programs will be held in the large gated pavilion. 6 to 8 p.m. Eisenhower Park, 19399 Military Hwy. 210-207-5320 or e-mail peggy. firstname.lastname@example.org. Veteran’s Day Parade and Celebration: Come out and honor our local veterans during a parade and community celebration in San Marcos. Begins at 10 a.m. Downtown San Marcos, 601 University Drive. www.ci.san-marcos.tx.us Sensory-Friendly Films: Partnering with the Autism Society, AMC
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Theaters brings sensory-friendly films to families affected by autism in the San Antonio area. The auditoriums dedicated to the program have their lights up, the sound turned down and audience members are invited to get up and dance, walk, shout or sing. All shows are at 10 a.m. Dates and films are subject to change so be sure to verify in advance. $4 per person. AMC Rivercenter 9, 849 E. Commerce St. http://www.autismsociety.org/get-involved/events/sensory-friendly-films/ Zoo Theme Day – Harvest Day: Enjoy the cooler weather Harvest Day at the zoo. Harvest Day is a fun-filled day celebrating fall with colorful leaves, terrific turkeys and corn-field critters. Free with zoo admission. San Antonio Zoo, 3903 N. St. Mary’s St. 210-734-7184. www.sazoo.org Wild Beginnings: Program geared to ages 2-3 encourages interaction between kids’ and caregivers in a fun-filled environment with stories, songs and animal close-ups. This month’s theme is “SSSuper Snakes.” 9 to 10 a.m. Cost is $35. Register online. San Antonio Zoo, 3903 N. St. Mary’s St. 210-734-7184. www.sazoo.org Zoo Explorers: Kids 4-5 and their caregivers take part in Zoo Explorers and interact in a fun-filled environment with stories, songs and animal close-ups. This month’s theme is “SSSuper Snakes.” 11 a.m. to noon. Cost is $35. Register online. San Antonio Zoo, 3903 N. St. Mary’s St. 210-7347184. www.sazoo.org Boerne Market Days: Live music, food, kids’ activities and more. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Free. Main Plaza in Boerne. www. boernemarketdays.com. 210-884-8193. Beginners’ Bird Walk: Meet the San Antonio Audubon Society (SAAS) trip leader at the Judson Nature Trail in Alamo Heights at 7:30 a.m. Non-members are welcome and binoculars with instructions can be provided. No charge for this event. For more information contact SAAS. 246 Viesca, Alamo Heights. 210-308-6788. saaudubon.org Family Flicks: “Oblivion Island”(Japan, 2009, 100 minutes) will be presented in the West Courtyard. The event runs from 7:30 to 10 p.m. and is
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free with museum admission. San Antonio Museum of Art, 200 W. Jones Ave .210-978-8183. www.samuseum.org Free Family Art Day: Enjoy creating various art projects and have a snack – all from the country being represented that day. 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Inspire Community Fine Art Center, 200 Queen Anne Court. www.inspirefineart.org. 210-829-5592. Investigation Station: see Nov. 1 Art Studio: see Nov. 2 Castroville Farmer’s Market: see Nov. 2
10 Sunday Monte Vista Montessori School’s 1st Annual Fall Fiesta: Have fun while supporting the Monte Vista Montessori School. Event features live music, balloon artist, door prizes, silent auction, raffle and more. Free admission. Five percent of all sales go to the school. 2 to 6 p.m. Fun for the entire family. The Cove, 606 W. Cypress St. 210-737-6363. www.mvmfamily.com Veteran’s Day Concert: The Helotes Area Community Band will perform for this event. 3 p.m. Helotes Fire Station, 12951 Bandera Road in Helotes. www.helotes-tx.gov Sunday Jazz at the Witte: Take the entire family to the Witte for an afternoon of jazz with King William Jazz Collective in the museum’s brand new riverfront Will Smith Amphitheater; blankets and lawn chairs are encouraged. Museum galleries close at 5 p.m. Food and drink are available for purchase. Sunday Jazz at the Witte is included with museum general admission. 3 to 6 p.m. Witte Museum, 3801 Broadway. 210-357-1910. www.wittemuseum.org Investigation Station: see Nov. 1 Art Pavilion: see Nov. 3 SAMA Free Admission: see Nov. 3 Boerne Market Days: see Nov. 9
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calendar 11 Monday (Veteran’s Day) Tiny Tots Classes: One-day class on “Hyenas Ha Ha!” provides an opportunity for 2-5 year olds and their caregivers to experience animals at the zoo through stories, crafts and animal presentations. 10 to 11 a.m. $7 members/$17nonmembers. San Antonio Zoo, 3903 N. St. Mary’s St. 210-734-7184. www.sazoo.org Little Sprout Mondays – “Tree Time:” 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. www.sabot.org Art Pavilion: see Nov. 3 Tinker-N-Tales: see Nov. 4
12 Tuesday The Fresh Beat Band: The Fresh Beat Band will perform hits from seasons one, two and three of the live-action music series that teaches preschoolers about music appreciation and how to express their feelings through movement, song and instrumental music. Tickets range from $29.50 - $50. 6:30 p.m Majestic Theatre, 224 E. Houston St. 210226-3333. www.FreshBeatBandLive.com Spider Web Geometry: Students will recognize spiders and their contribution to the environment. They will apply principles of geometry to explore the dimensions of webs and construct a replica web. Kidfriendly craft included. The class is suggested for kids 7 to 10 years old. 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Free. Donations accepted. Class size limited to 20. Medina River Natural Area, 15890 Texas 16, Helotes. 210-207-3106. www.sanaturalareas.org Run With SAMA: Runners of all levels are welcome. Enjoy a 5-10 minute talk on fitness in SAMA’s collection, run and walk with professional coaches and runners from Run Wild Sports, and stretch with yoga instructors from The Synergy Studio. Runners can enjoy free admission to the museum. Free. 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. email@example.com. San Antonio Museum of Art, 200 W. Jones Ave. 210-978-8100. www.samuseum.org Pint-Sized Science: see Nov. 5 Toddler Time: see Nov. 5 Free Tuesdays at the Witte Museum: see Nov. 5 SAMA Free Admission: see Nov. 5 Main Plaza Farmers’ Market: see Nov. 5
13 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. www.sazoo.org Pint-Sized Science: see Nov. 5 Story Adventures: see Nov. 6 Astronomy in the Park: see Nov. 6 SAMA Playdates: see Nov. 6 Weed Wednesdays-Volunteer at PHP: see Nov. 6
14 Thursday Art Crawl: Talks are geared toward adults while the art selections are chosen to engage both adults and infants. Designed for caregivers and babies 0-18 months. Tours begin at the front desk and ends with playtime and refreshments. Front-carrying baby carriers are
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Parents with toddlers aged 6-24 months can register now to come out and enjoy the Stroller Safari at SA Zoo on Wednesday, November 13.
encouraged and strollers are welcome. 10 to 10:45 a.m. Free with museum admission. San Antonio Museum of Art, 200 W. Jones Ave. 210-978-8100. www.samuseum.org Ethni-Reasoning: Students ages 10 to 14 will examine their beliefs and values as they relate to wildlife and other elements of the environment. Students will explore and evaluate possible actions through potential real-life scenarios and write in their nature journals on the positive and negative influences regarding these situations before making an informed decision. 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Free. Donations accepted. Class size limited to 20. Medina River Natural Area, 15890 Texas 16 South, Helotes. 210-207-3106. www.sanaturalareas.org Toddler Time: see Nov. 5 Rockin’ Reptiles: see Nov. 7
15 Friday Youth Matinee – Grupo Pakal: Dancers, adorned in stunning wardrobe and elaborately feathered headdresses, present traditional Mesoamerican dances including Kukulkan and the New Fire Ceremony on the stage of the Jo Long Theatre during this youth matinee performance. The dance, “Grupo Pakal” tells the history and culture of the Mayan Empire with native music. 11 a.m. Carver Community Cultural Center, Jo Long Theatre, 226 N. Hackberry St. www.thecarver.org/education/youth-matinee-series/ Adventure Night Tour: Have you ever wondered what happens at the San Antonio Zoo after hours? If so, you and the kids can find out when you participate in the zoo’s all-new adventure tour. During the tour, you’ll find out which animals are “night owls” and which animals are “early nappers.” Admission is $20 for adult members, $10 for children members; $24 for adult nonmembers, and $15 for children who are nonmembers. 6:30 to 8 p.m. San Antonio Zoo, 3903 N. St. Mary’s St. 210-734-7184. www.sazoo.org Wild Beginnings: see Nov. 1 Starting Out Wild-Terrific Turkeys: see Nov. 8 Zoo Explorers: see Nov. 1 Home School Programs: see Nov. 1 Mom’s Coffee and Conversation: see Nov. 1 Miss Anastasia’s Twiglet Storytime: see Nov. 1 Dots & Squiggles: see Nov. 1 Investigation Station: see Nov. 1
16 Saturday 5th Annual Fall Train Show: This annual train show features numerous large model train layout exhibits including the Kids Run the Train Layout, Lego Train Layout, and about 50-60 vendors. The show is
sponsored by the New Braunfels Railroad Museum. Refreshments are available, as are door prizes, a silent auction, and free train ride tickets for the Landa Park Miniature Railroad for children up to the age of 10. Tickets for the show are $7 for adult 18 years and older; $2 for children 5 to 17 years; and free to kids younger than age of 5. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. New Braunfels Civic Center, 375 S. Castell Ave., New Braunfels. www.nbrrm.org
Demonstrations and exhibit tables are setup under the trees in Alamo Plaza. Events are free and open to the public. 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. 300 Alamo Plaza. 210-273-1730. www.mysalha.org/rgardenertx
Salvation Army Thanksgiving: The Salvation Army’s presents its annual Thanksgiving celebration. Free. 2 to 5 p.m. La Villita, Arneson River Theatre. 210-352-2000. www.salvationarmysatx.org
Bird Walk: Look for birds in their native habitats. An experienced guide leads this walk every third Saturday of the month. Take binoculars. 9 a.m. For ages 10 and older. Participants should meet at the Carriage House. San Antonio Botanical Garden, 555 Funston Place. 210-2073255. www.sabot.org
ING KiDS ROCK San Antonio: Kids can be part of the Rock ‘n’ Roll San Antonio Marathon and 1/2 Marathon race weekend excitement by participating in the ING KiDS ROCK San Antonio Powered by San Antonio Sports. ING KiDS ROCK, is a non-timed, non-competitive event for children Kindergarten through 7th grades. Kids can become marathon finishers on race day by completing a cumulative marathon training program in the weeks leading up to the race. Or, they can choose to run the 1-mile course on race day. Starting times range from 8:30 to 9:45 a.m. depending on age group. $25 preregistration or $30 the date of the event. 800-311-1255. Mail to: firstname.lastname@example.org Market Square Tamalada: This two-day event features tamale vendors, tamale classes, local entertainment, art and crafts and more. Noon to 6 p.m. Market Square. 210-207-8605. Active Family Fun Day: The entire family can participate in a variety of free and fun events. It’s a way for families to stay active and fit while having fun. The event is part of the city’s initiative to help families stay active and fit. Similar fun days are presented at various times at numerous community parks throughout the city. 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Ramirez Community Center, 1011 Gillette Blvd. 210-207-3000. www.sanantonio.gov/parksandrec/calendar.aspx Living History Presentations – U.S. Veteran’s Day: Come see the sights, sounds, skills, clothing and lifestyles of early San Antonio.
Wild Turkeys in Texas: The national Wild Turkey Federation will give a kid-friendly presentation on wild Texas turkeys. 10 a.m. to noon. Free. Donations accepted. Phil Hardberger Park West, 8400 N.W. Military Highway. 210-207-3106 or 210-226-8339. www.philhardbergerpark.org
S.A.fari Kids: Come join the wildest club in town and explore animals around the Zoo while building new relationships and skills. This month’s focus is “Reptiles.” Children are encouraged to attend monthly to ensure continuous learning. This is a drop off program for ages 5-7 so parents are not required to stay. 1:30 to 3 p.m. Cost is $12 for members and $18 for nonmembers. San Antonio Zoo, 3903 N. St. Mary’s St. www.sazoo.org. 210-734-7184. Native Plants Walk: Come take a “walk across Texas” at the SA Botanical Garden. This month’s walk features the “East Texas Piney Woods.” During the shaded walk, participants will observe acid-loving woodland species such as magnolia, sweetgum and sassafras.10 a.m. San Antonio Botanical Garden, 555 Funston Place. 210-207-3255. www.sabot.org “Kids Fun Day” with Trains: see Nov. 2 Investigation Station: see Nov. 1 Art Studio: see Nov. 2 Castroville Farmer’s Market: see Nov. 2 Wild Beginnings: see Nov. 2 Zoo Explorers: see Nov. 2
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Walk the Red Carpet: Smile for the cameras! Hat Attack!: Design a costume accessory. 15-Minute Family Tours: Pick up free tickets in the AT&T Lobby. Costume Workshop: Make movie-inspired characters. Feature Film: View Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl. Show Stoppers: Star in a flash mob. Catch a ride to the event from your local library! Shuttles depart from Mission, Cody, and Parman at Stone Oak Library branches.
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Major support of the McNay’s educational programs is provided by the Valero Fund for Excellence in Museum Education and the William Randall Hearst Fund for Educational Programs. The exhibition tour is organized by Exhibits Development Group, USA in cooperation with Cosprop, Ltd., London, England. The Elizabeth Huth Coates Charitable Foundation of 1992 is generously providing lead sponsorship. Major support is also provided by the Semmes Foundation, Inc.; the Marcia and Otto Koehler Foundation; and Terry Touhey. The Capital Group Companies Charitable Foundation, Margaret and Bill Kanyusik, Barbara Wulfe, the Director’s Circle, and the Host Committee are providing additional support. Promotional sponsorship is provided by Santikos Theatres. Images: Left: Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl (2003). Directed by Gore Verbinski. Shown: Johnny Depp (as Jack Sparrow). Right: The Phantom of the Opera (2004). 19th Century. Emmy Rossum as Christine. Costume Design by Alexandra Byrne. Best Costume Award nomination form the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Films.
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Disney in Concert: See scenes from your favorite Disney movies – including “The Little Mermaid,” “Beauty and the Beast,” “Aladdin,” “The Lion King” and more. Listen and watch as favorite Disney stories come to life through Disney visuals and memorable melodies performed by the San Antonio Symphony and four Sesame Street Live will present it’s “Can’t Stop Singing” musical extravaganza on November 30 at the Lila Cockrell Theatre. There will be performances at 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. leading vocalists. 8 p.m. Friday, 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Saturday. Tickets range from $13 to $67 and are on sale Silverman, hailed by the BBC as the greatest living exponent of now. For additional information, call the Symphony box the electric violin, plays the Texas premiere of a uniquely theatrioffice at 210-554-1010. For groups of 10 or more, call 210-554cal new concerto. 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Nov. 19. Call 210-737-0097 for 1066. Show runs Nov. 1 and 2. Majestic Theatre, 224 E. Houston tickets. Lila Cockrell Theatre, 200 E. Market St. http://www.yosa. St. www.majesticempire.com/tickets org/events/gold-series-1/ Mel Brooks’ Musical Young Frankenstein: Continuing with Marionettes: Salzburg Marionette Theatre travels to San its season of silliness, the historic Woodlawn Theatre stages a Antonio’s Trinity University for two shows as part of the four-week run of Mel Brooks’ “Young Frankenstein” on its main Children’s Fine Arts Series. The famous puppeteers will presstage. This wickedly inspired re-imagining of the Frankenstein ent “Hansel and Gretel” and “The Sound of Music.” The stage legend, based on the 1974 classic comedy film of the same is transformed later for the beloved “Sound of Music.” This name, follows Dr. Frankenstein as he attempts to complete his is the 100th anniversary season for the Salzburg Marionette grandfather’s masterwork and bring a corpse to life – with both Theatre and this is their only Texas performance. Performances scary and hilarious complications. Admission is $15 for students are suggested for ages 5 and older. Tickets for the two special and children, $20 for seniors and military and $23 for adults. event shows are $12 per show and are available through the 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday. Show runs Children’s Fine Arts Series website at www.childrensfineartseries. through Nov. 3. Woodlawn Theatre, 920 Fredericksburg Road. org or the CFAS office. Tickets, if still available the day of the 210-267-8388 . show, can be purchased at the box office about one hour “Les Misérables”: Victor Hugo’s epic tale of redemption is told preceding each performance. “Hansel and Gretel” will be through the robust and moving score of one of the world’s presented at 10 a.m. and the “Sound of Music” at 7 p.m. Both most well known musicals. Tickets are $26 for adults; $21 for performances are Nov. 20. Trinity University, Laurie Auditorium, students, military and seniors 60 and older with identification; 715 Stadium Drive. www.childrensfineartseries.org and $11 for children 12 and younger. 8 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays Best Christmas Pageant Ever: “The Herdmans were the worst and Saturdays; 3 p.m. Sundays (final Sunday includes an 8 p.m. kids in the history of the world,” so begins this classic children’s show). Show runs through Nov. 3. The Playhouse SA - Russell Hill book. After the director of the annual holiday pageant breaks Rogers Theater, 800 W. Ashby Place. 210-733-7258. theplayhousher leg, volunteer Grace Bradley finds herself directing the esa.org show. The Herdmans show up to audition and chaos ensues. Willy Wonka: When Willy Wonka’s hallowed chocolate factory This show is guaranteed to make you laugh until you cry, holds a worldwide contest awarding tours to the lucky, five chiltranscending individual religions to tell a story about the human dren emerge as winners. Only Charlie Bucket, the story’s earnest spirit and the ability to become bigger and better than we think hero, stands to win the exotic riches of Wonka’s empire if he we are in times of crisis. Tickets are $10. Show times are 9:45 and avoids the pitfalls of his fellow contestants and stays true to his 11:30 a.m. Tuesdays through Fridays; 7 p.m. Fridays; and 2 p.m. heart. Based on the book by Roald Dahl. Show times are 9:45 Saturdays. Shows run Nov. 20-Dec. 21. Magik Theatre, 420 S. and 11:30 a.m. Tuesdays through Fridays, 7 p.m. Fridays and 2 Alamo St. 210-227-2751. www.magiktheatre.org p.m. Saturdays. Tickets are $10 for adults and children 2-17 and Sesame Street Live: The all-new Sesame Street Live “Can’t Stop free to children under 2 years. Children under 2 admitted free Singing” comes to the San Antonio Lila Cockrell Theatre Nov. must sit on a parent’s lap. Runs through Nov. 9. Magik Theatre, 30. When Elmo casts a spell with Abby Cadabby’s magic wand, 420 S Alamo. 210-227-2751. http://www.sahearts.com/event/ there’s something in the air – and Sesame Street becomes a detail/441783001/Willy_Wonka nonstop, all-singing, all-dancing musical montage. Performances Youth Orchestras of San Antonio (YOSA): A concert celebrating are at 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Nov. 30. Tickets are $17 and $22. family and childhood will be presented by the Youth Orchestras A limited number of $32 Gold Circle seats and $55 Sunny Seats, of San Antonio. The concert features music from around the which includes premium seating and a Meet and Greet, are also world including Humperdinck’s “Hansel and Gretel Prelude,” available. For more information, call 877-504-8895. Visit www. Ravel’s “Mother Goose Suite,” Bunch’s “Embrace: Cocerto ticketmaster.com or call 800-745-3000 for tickets. Lila Cockrell for Electric Violin and Orchestra” featuring Tracy Silverman Theatre, 200 E. Market St. and Britten’s “The Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra.”
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17 Sunday Free Family Day – Live! From the Red Carpet: Experience the glitz and glamour of stage and screen with your family when everyone participates in “Walk the red carpet, Tour Cut!” Your family can get into character by creating costumes and preparing to become a triplethreat performer with workshops in song, dance and acting presented by the Northside Performing Arts Center. For the grand finale – you and other family members can perform in a flash mob on the museum grounds. 1 to 4 p.m. McNay Art Museum, 6000 N. New Braunfels Ave. 210-824-5368. www.mcnayart.org Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon: Get ready to rock ‘n’ roll with the annual Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon. This year’s marathon runs a new, looped course starting at the intersection of Commerce and Cherry Streets. Additionally, 4 miles of Mission Trail have also been included. Entertainment is located along the course. Start times are as follows: bike tour, 6:45 a.m.; wheelchair invitational, 7:25 a.m.; and marathon, half-marathon and 2-person half-marathon relay, 7:30 a.m. Start Line: Commerce and Cherry Streets. Finish Line: Alamodome, 100 Montana St. www.runrocknroll.competitor.com/san-antonio 5th Annual Fall Train Show: see Nov. 16 Market Square Tamalada: see Nov. 16 Investigation Station: see Nov. 1 Art Pavilion: see Nov. 3 SAMA Free Admission: see Nov. 3 Boerne Market Days: see Nov. 9
18 Monday Tots Nature Playtime at the Zoo: Is your 2-3 year old an inquisitive
Phil Hardberger Park will host a lid-friendly “Wild Turkeys in Texas” program on Saturday, November 16 from 10 a.m to noon.
explorer? Take him or her to the zoo for fun nature playtime digging, collecting, questioning, climbing, squawking, pretend playing and looking for nature critters. Session includes a visit from a fun animal ambassador. Cost per person is $7 for members and $15 for nonmembers. 10 to 10:45 a.m. San Antonio Zoo, 3903 N. St. Mary’s St. 210-7347184. www.sazoo.org Art Pavilion: see Nov. 4 Tinker-N-Tales: see Nov. 4
19 Tuesday Spider Web Geometry: see November 12 for program details. Phil
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calendar Hardberger Park East, 13203 Blanco Road. 210-207-3106 or 210-2268339. www.philhardbergerpark.org Free Family Night at SACM!: Adults & Children are free! H-E-B Free Family Night is the third Tuesday of the month, coinciding with the city’s free parking after 5 pm initiative.6 to 8 p.m. San Antonio Children’s Museum, 305 E. Houston St. 210-212-4453. www.sakids.org Pint-Sized Science: see Nov. 5 Toddler Time: see Nov. 5 Free Tuesdays at the Witte Museum: see Nov. 5 SAMA Free Admission: see Nov. 5 Main Plaza Farmers’ Market: see Nov. 5
20 Wednesday Tiny Tots Classes: One-day class on “Tapir Tango!” provides an opportunity for 2-5 year olds and their caregivers to experience animals at the zoo through stories, crafts and animal presentations. 10 to 11 a.m. $7 for members $17 for nonmembers. San Antonio Zoo, 3903 N. St. Mary’s St. 210-734-7184. www.sazoo.org Pint-Sized Science: see Nov. 5 Story Adventures: see Nov. 6 Astronomy in the Park: see Nov. 6 SAMA Playdates: see Nov. 6 Weed Wednesdays-Volunteer at PHP: see Nov. 6
21 Thursday Ethni-Reasoning at PHP: Students ages 10 to 14 will examine their beliefs and values as they relate to wildlife and other elements of the environment. They will explore and evaluate possible actions through potential real-life scenarios. Students will write in their Nature Journals on the positive and negative influences regarding these situations before making an informed decision. 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Free; donations accepted. Class size limited to 20. Phil Hardberger Park East, 13203 Blanco Road. 210-207-3106 or 210-226-8339. www.philhardbergerpark.org Helotes Ballet Folklorico Classes: see Nov. 7 Toddler Time: see Nov. 5 Rockin’ Reptiles: see Nov. 7
22 Friday Don’t Throw It Away at the Botanical Garden: Create recycled pots with materials such as newspaper and paper rolls and then plant them with native seeds. Participants are encouraged to bring bathroom paper cardboard rolls, newspaper, plastic cups, and glass jars. Fee is $10 for nonmembers and $9 for members. 10 a.m. to noon. San Antonio Botanical Garden, 555 Funston Place. 210-207-3270. www.sabot.org Wild Beginnings: see Nov. 1 Zoo Explorers: see Nov. 1 Miss Anastasia’s Twiglet Storytime: see Nov. 1 Dots & Squiggles: see Nov. 1 Investigation Station: see Nov. 1
23 Saturday Alamo Heights Annual Holiday Parade: Sponsored by the Alamo Heights Chamber of Commerce, this annual parade will begin at 6900 Broadway and end at the Stewart Center, 5100 Broadway. 5 to 6:30
p.m. www.alamoheightstx.gov Art at the Jalapeno: Local community comes together to celebrate art in South Texas. Event features live painting, live music and food. Free. 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. La Villita, Arneson River Theatre & Villita Street. 210708-8252. www.artatthejalapeno.com Jane Goodall’s Roots and Shoots-Amphibian Conservation: Join the Zoo’s chapter of Jane Goodall’s Roots and Shoots, and get involved in fun conservation activities each month. This is a drop-off program, so parents are not required to stay. Designed for ages 8-12. 1:30 to 3 p.m. Cost is $12 for members and $18 for nonmembers. San Antonio Zoo, 3903 N. St. Mary’s St. 210-734-7184. www.sazoo.org Investigation Station: see Nov. 1 Art Studio: see Nov. 2 Castroville Farmer’s Market: see Nov. 2 Wild Beginnings: see Nov. 2 Zoo Explorers: see Nov. 2
24 Sunday Investigation Station: see Nov. 1 Art Pavilion: see Nov. 3 SAMA Free Admission: see Nov. 3 Boerne Market Days: see Nov. 9
25 Monday Canine and Kitty Christmas Nights: see Nov.18 Art Pavilion: see Nov. 4 Tinker-N-Tales: see Nov. 4
26 Tuesday An Evening In Alamo Plaza: Food trucks and live entertainment, in conjunction with Downtown Tuesday, will be held in Alamo Plaza. 5 to 8 p.m. 300 Alamo Plaza. 210-207-3677. Pint-Sized Science: see Nov. 5 Toddler Time: see Nov. 5 Free Tuesdays at the Witte Museum: see Nov. 5 SAMA Free Admission: see Nov. 5 Main Plaza Farmers’ Market: see Nov. 5
27 Wednesday Pint-Sized Science: see Nov. 5 Story Adventures: see Nov. 6 Astronomy in the Park: see Nov. 6 SAMA Playdates: see Nov. 6 Weed Wednesdays-Volunteer at PHP: see Nov. 6
28 Thursday (Thanksgiving) 29 Friday H-E-B Tree Lighting Ceremony: Celebrate the official start to the holiday season with the 29th Annual H-E-B Tree Lighting Ceremony. Live musical entertainment starts at 3 p.m. and Lighting Ceremony begins at 6 p.m. Co-sponsored by the City of San Antonio and H-E-B. 300
looking ahead to December Boerne will sponsor the Weihnacht Parade Dec. 7. A special kid-friendly, daytime New Year’s Kids Countdown Party is planned for the San Antonio Children’s Museum on Dec. 31.
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Investigation Station: see Nov. 1
Alamo Plaza. 210-938-8075. Ford Holiday River Parade and Lighting Ceremony: This spectacular parade along San Antonio’s River Walk features illuminated floats with celebrities, bands and lavishly-costumed participants. 7 to 10 p.m. on the San Antonio River Walk, Historic La Villita’s Arneson River Theatre and Plaza Juarez. 210-227-4262. www.paseodelrio.com Santa’s Holiday Parade Welcomes Santa and Grinch: Mall parade features Santa, joined by the Grinch from Broadway’s “How The Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical,” a marching band, mascot characters, elves and children. The Parade starts at Macy’s, winds its way through the mall and concludes at Santa’s Court in the Saks Fifth Avenue Wing. Free. 10 a.m. Lower level North Star Mall, 7400 San Pedro Ave. www.northstarmall.com Feria de Santa Cecilia “Dia del Musico”: A three-day event filled with live music, art and crafts, food booths and more. Noon to 8 p.m. Market Square. 210-207-8605. Dickens on Main: Festivities include the Holiday Lighting Ceremony, The Stocking Stroll, Bah Humbug-It’s a Charles Dickens “A Christmas Carol,” Ice Sculptures, Roasting Chestnuts on Main, Brothers of the Flame and much more. Free. 6 to 10 p.m. Downtown Boerne. 830-249-7277. www.dickensonmain.com Tiny Tot Family Evening Prowl: Experience the zoo after hours as nocturnal animals stir and wake up for the night. This event is for families with children ages 2-5 years. Cost per person is $10 for members and $15 for nonmembers. 6 to 7 p.m. San Antonio Zoo, 3903 N. St. Mary’s St. 210-734-7184. www.sazoo.org Wild Beginnings: see Nov. 1 Zoo Explorers: see Nov. 1 Miss Anastasia’s Twiglet Storytime: see Nov. 1 Dots & Squiggles: see Nov. 1
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30 Saturday La Gran Tamalada at La Villita: Event features hands-on tamale demonstrations by La Familia de la Torre, musical entertainment, local artisans, and traditional food and drink including buñuelos, tamales, aguas frescas and more. Enjoy the Argentinian culture through music, folk and tango dance and attend free classes in Plaza Nacional. Learn and taste the traditional recipes of Argentina in Plaza Juarez with Casa Argentina de San Antonio. Free. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. La Villita, Maverick Plaza. 210-207-8614. Holly Daze: This special performance will feature holiday season dance and musical entertainment. Get into the spirit of the season with exciting holiday performances courtesy of the Parks and Recreation Department. 1 to 5 p.m. La Villita, Arneson River Theatre. 210-207-3132. http://www.sanantonio.gov/parksandrec/ calendar.aspx Viva Voluntarios: Join volunteers to help install native plants and remove non-native plants, pick up trash, remove weeds and spread mulch at Medina River Natural Area. Volunteers are asked to take gloves and water bottles and meet near the kiosk by the parking lot. 8 a.m. to noon. Call 210-207-3111 to sign up. Medina River Natural Area, 15890 Texas 16 South. 210-207-3106. www.sanaturalareas.org Feria de Santa Cecilia “Dia del Musico”: see Nov. 29 Dickens on Main: see Nov. 29 Investigation Station: see Nov. 1 Art Studio: see Nov. 2 Castroville Farmer’s Market: see Nov. 2 Wild Beginnings: see Nov. 2 Zoo Explorers: see Nov. 2
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In this month’s issue of Our Kids Magazine, freelance writer Renee Haines, talks to several area experts about the habits of good parents. N...
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In this month’s issue of Our Kids Magazine, freelance writer Renee Haines, talks to several area experts about the habits of good parents. N...