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A DAY FOR DAD

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MAKE THIS FATHER’S DAY ONE TO REMEMBER

THE PERFECT PARTY

10 TIPS FOR PLANNING YOUR CHILD’S BIRTHDAY

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25 TIPS FOR GREAT FAMILY TRAVEL

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HOW TO BREAK THE HABIT

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While the first day of Summer isn’t officially here until June 20th, most kids are out of school and ready to go on vacation. If your family is planning to Magazine leave town for some rest and relaxation, read Judy M. Miller’s article “Going Somewhere?” for good advice that will help you prepare your entire family in advance of the trip. For many kids, summertime also means party time. In this month’s Party Directory, Denise Yearian lays out “10 Tips to Planning Your Child’s Birthday Party”. June is also the time to pause and thank your dad. I’m happy with anything my kids get me for Father’s Day, but when it comes to my own parents, it’s always hard to find the right gift. This month, Kimberly Blaker’s article “A Day for Dad”, poses some very thoughtful ideas for how to celebrate Father’s Day that go beyond the typical new wallet or tie. I will never forget my first son’s addiction to his pacifier. It had to be the specific brand otherwise he didn’t like it and would have a meltdown. After our pediatrician advised us to wean him off, we threw them out and told him that the trash man took them. I know it wasn’t very creative. In the article “Parting with Pacifier” by Malia Jacobson, she explains why and how to wean your child from their “pacy habit.” And, as always check out our calendar for the latest events going on, from free movies to the new exhibits and shows that are in town. Happy Reading

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A DAY FOR DAD Make This Father’s Day One to Remember By Kimberly Blaker

Fathers play a significant part in children’s lives. They influence children’s self-esteem and school performance, are important role models, and among other meaningful roles, make fun-loving playmates. Father’s Day is just around the corner; so don’t be caught scrambling for the perfect way to show you care. Try some of these ideas, and make it a special day just for Dad that both of you will enjoy. Video Surprise – Make a “World’s Best Dad” video that he’ll treasure for years to come. Put on your brainstorming cap for your own ideas, or try some of these. On videotape, share special memories of your dad, sing to him, read him a poem, or do skits. Get the whole family involved and conduct interviews with each other with Dad as the main topic. Don’t forget your props such as a banner or collection of his prized possessions including sports trophies or equipment that tell who he is. Finally, be sure to let him know just how much he means to you. King for the Day – It isn’t everyday that dad is waited on hand and foot. Offer to be his loyal servant for the day, and bring him coffee and toast in bed; fetch his newspaper; lie out his clothes, bath towel, and mat; be host or hostess and serve 8

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his beverages and snacks; clean up after him and anything else to give him the royal treatment. Memories of Dad – Purchase a scrapbook, and create a record of memories about your father and you. Include photos of special outings, events, and holidays you’ve had together and other memorabilia from family vacations and activities such as concert or sporting event ticket stubs, postcards, and brochures. Next to each photo or item, describe your memories of those times together with your father. A Man to Remember – Get your creative juices flowing, and write a poem for your dad. You need not be a poet to come up with a few thoughtful words to say how much he means. Describe the impact he’s had on your life, how he’s helped you to become the person you are today, and what he is to you. Then print it on stationary, matte and frame it. Musical Moment– Take your father to see his favorite band or performing artist, enjoy a jazz or blues festival, or pack up some lawn chairs, and enjoy a local concert-in-the-park. Togetherness Takes Two – Has your dad been putting off the dreaded task of cleaning out his attic, basement, or garage? Give him a gift of shelving materials and brackets, wall Connect With US @ facebook.com/OurKidsMagazineSA


racks and ceiling hooks, and storage crates. Then spend the day helping him to get it organized while catching up on old times. World’s Greatest – Let dad know that he’s the greatest 365 days a year! Give him a “World’s Greatest Dad” coffee mug, t-shirt, book cover, book marker, wallet card, or other trinket that he’ll see or use regularly. Sports Buff’s Surprise – Take your dad for a sporting good time. Play a game of golf, tennis, or basketball, go fishing at the river’s edge, or enjoy a paddle around a lake. If being a spectator is his thing, purchase tickets and go with him to his favorite sporting event such as a baseball or soccer game, boxing match, or auto race. Weekend Getaway – Get in touch with nature and each other on a camping trip for two. Either rough it in a tent or rent a mini cabin at a state park, and spend your weekend enjoying nature hikes, sight seeing, fishing, boating, playing cards and just taking it easy together.

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PARTY DIRECTORY

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10 Tips on Planning Your Child’s Birthday

Birthdays are milestones that mark another year of growing, another year of change. But for many parents, these milestones are more like millstones when faced with the daunting task of putting together their child’s birthday party. Following are 10 tips to help:

1. Get your child’s input.

Several weeks before your child’s birthday, ask him how he would like to celebrate. Give him parameters based on your time, budget and preferences. Discuss his interests and determine if the party can be centered on one of these.

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2. Consider the options.

One way to host a party with your child’s interest is to have the event at home. Should you decide to choose this route, you’ll have two options: do it yourself or hire outside help. If you have time and desire to give the party yourself, the possibilities are unlimited.

3. Make a manageable guest list.

The recommended number of children will depend upon whether the party will be held inside or outdoors. If the weather is nice and you’d like to have it outside, you can easily invite 15 guests. However, if the party is indoors, limit it to no more than 10 children. Some experts suggest using a formula of 1 to 1 ½ children per your child’s age. For example, if your child is 4-years old, invite 4 to 6 friends; if 8-years old, have 8 to 12 guests. The key is to keep it manageable.

4. Time it right.

Unless the party is a sleep-over, keep it to two or three hours (1 1/2 hours for children 4 years and younger). Make a list of activities you are planning and the approximate length of time each one will take. Remember that a well-planned party allows for both quite and active play. Guests should be given Connect With US @ facebook.com/OurKidsMagazineSA


PARTY DIRECTORY time to warm up to the setting, release energy during the party, and calm down before heading home. Since the children will be arriving at slightly different times, plan a simple but flexible activity to keep them busy and free you to welcome other arriving guests.

5. Decide on activities.

When selecting games, consider the number of children, their ages, and whether the games will be held inside or outdoors. Choose ones that are easy to explain, fun to play, and will involve all the children. Cooperative games are best because they take the spotlight off any one child and focus on the team as a whole. What’s most important is to be flexible. If the children aren’t enjoying themselves, stop, and move on to something else. And always plan more activities than you need.

6. Go for kid-fun grub.

When serving food, stick with kid-friendly basics—sandwiches, pizza, veggie strips and pretzels. If you want to make it festive, cut the sandwiches into interesting shapes, or turn the pizza into a clown face with pepperoni eyes, a cherry tomato nose and a strip of green pepper for the mouth. The cake can be special, too, by allowing the children to ice and decorate their own cupcake.

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7. Ease up on decos.

Simple decorations can go a long way. A few helium balloons and crepe paper can make any room look festive. Choose party favors that are fun, but inexpensive such as a toy related to the party theme or a bag filled with a blend of fun-to-eat but healthy treats. For those wishing to spend a bit more, an activity, such as painting t-shirts or planting flowers in pots, is fun. Most important, be flexible, creative and stay within your budget.

8. Ask for helping hands.

If you are giving the party by yourself, get help on the big day. An extra pair of hands (or two or three!) is essential no matter what age the children are. As you prepare a guest list, ask a few close friends or relatives to come and help. If there are no willing volunteers, hire a teen. Chances are she needs the money and would enjoy the event.

9. Pick a party entertainer.

If you want to hire a party entertainer, get references from family and friends. Also, check local resources or contact a party retail center and ask for referrals. Once

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■■Does a staff member host the party (or do you)? ■■What is the cost? ■■Is a deposit required?

Before making the final decision, stop by the facility and watch a party underway. How smoothly is it run? Is the facility safe? Is it clean? Are the bathrooms easily accessible? Are the guests enjoying themselves? Is the host or hostess friendly and good with kids? Do the guests have plenty of time to enjoy the activities, or are they rushed from one event to another? Does the food look appealing? By taking the time to stop by, you’ll learn a lot more about this place than if you just make a phone call. Above all, remember that because your child’s birthday comes only once a year, it deserves recognition. Whatever you choose, make it special. You are, after all, celebrating a milestone – another year of growth, another year of change. -Denise Yearian is the former editor of two parenting magazines and the mother of three children and four grandchildren. Connect With US @ facebook.com/OurKidsMagazineSA


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Going25Somewhere? Tips for Great Family Travel By Judy M. Miller

Do you remember family vacations from when you were a child? Was packing done in a frenzy, and at the last minute? Or did you just calmly walk out the door with your family because your parents did all of the planning and packing? Growing up, my brothers and I did little to get ready, other than to straggle into the car during the wee hours of the morning. Here are some tips to prepare for a fun vacation that involves the entire family from planning through returning home. As a mom of four, there are tips I’ve been using and fine-tuning for close to two decades. These tips will help alleviate your stress in planning and preparation.

Invite Kid Input

What do members of your family enjoy? Start polling your kids on what they might like to do. What do they want to see? What are they curious about? We keep a dream list, a travel destination bucket list, in our family. Involve your children in the planning of activities and optional sight seeing; this gets them excited about the trip, and they might come up with some wonderful ideas you hadn’t thought of. One of our recent vacations included a biologist-led estuary kayak trip-an idea and request from our

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passionate-about-science daughter. Everyone enjoyed it and we’re going to do it again this summer.

Encourage Research

Take into account your kids’ ages and stages, likes and dislikes. Visit destinations that offer a variety of activities and food options for you and your family. Take turns being the vacation leader. Some trips, like skiing, may have to wait until everyone can participate. Consider what each child’s interests and activity levels are. Kathy Besse, a former flight attendant and mother of two, encourages her kids to research destinations on the Internet, “My son is a history buff, so we try to include places of historical significance.” Water sports are a must-do with my kids, so we make sure to include a destination that includes water, even if that water ends up being a hotel pool in the dead of the Midwest winter. Get the maps out. Show them where you are considering traveling. Have each family member do research from the perspective of what they enjoy most. Even the youngest can be included in this. Perhaps they travel with their special stuffed animal or doll, or in a beloved princess or warrior outfit. My Connect With US @ facebook.com/OurKidsMagazineSA


children, when very young, did both. We also made sure we had some of their favorite music and DVDs with us.

Pack Early, Pack Smart

Give your kids the job of packing for themselves. All family members should have a backpack or similar bag for their books, snacks, games, electronics, etc. They should also keep a change of clothes and, possibly, pajamas and a swimsuit within the knapsack. Bags get lost. This is also a great idea if your family is going to make an overnight stop on a long trip. Why unpack the entire car for a few things? My kids are so accustomed to packing their backpacks that they keep them partially packed at all times with a change of underwear, socks, travel-sized toiletries, and a plastic bag for dirty clothes. At least once every summer, when boredom eventually sets in, I rise early and knock on my kids’ bedroom doors, “Let’s go; thirty minutes to pack!” They’re up in no time packed and ready for a quick overnight to a destination we decide on as we drive.

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Personalize Checklists

Create a general packing list for your trip and have the kids follow it. Leave a few lines for them to fill in with their favorites. Separate which items go into the suitcase versus the backpack for the plane or car, such as books or a Nintendo DS. Don’t forget to add batteries and chargers to the list. Leaving things behind is no fun, so keep the lists on your home computer to be reused and updated as needed. Pack the lists in the bags and refer to them when repacking for the return trip home. Use clipart or stickers as lists for children who can’t read yet, for example a picture of a swimsuit. For multiple items, repeat the clip art or stickers in a line, or if kids know their numbers by sight, put it in front of the clip art, for example, “4” and a picture of shorts. Kids love to pack themselves. When mine have packed, they put their open suitcases and backpacks, with their lists lying on top, in our hallway. This makes it easy for me to double-check. I do the final zip-up.

Be Ready, Early

Begin packing your bags several days before you leave. Have a staging area in your home where you can do this. We use our hallway. The kids fill their suitcases as I do laundry. If traveling by car, pack it the night before. Despite appearances, vans and SUV’s only have so much room to hold luggage and the extras. A cramped long ride in the car is miserable.

Pack Smart and Save Big

How “lean” can you pack? Unless you have a special membership, you will likely be charged for checking baggage. Inquire when you make your reservations. The costs add up quickly for extra checked bags with

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hefty fee increases on overweight or oversized bags. (AirlineBagFees.com has a helpful chart of fees of domestics and international charges). With my family of six, these charges can be prohibitive. I much prefer to use that money on our vacation. You can get along with packing far less than you think. A good rule of thumb is to not pack more than each family member can carry and pull at the same time. My kids quickly learned to pack light.   I layer my kids for flights; the planes are cold and many airlines charge for blankets and pillows, if they even offer them. If you have to pack on the heavy side (an extended trip or cold weather requiring heavier and bulkier clothing), under-pack a suitcase or two, to allow for last minute redistribution among the luggage at the airport.

Remember the Details That Matter

Here are a few small considerations that will make everyone’s trip happier and prevent annoying mini-disasters: Visit destinations that offer a variety of activities and food options for you and your family, and take turns being the vacation leader. Decide ahead of time which parent is handling documents and tickets. The other parent should have copies of the documents. Leave another set of copies at home, along

with copies of your credit cards and phone numbers in case cards or documents get lost or stolen-it happens. Carry baby wipes for everyone. These come in handy in many different situations - the wiping of hands and feet, cleaning up spills, sanitizing airplane tray tables, just to name a few. Give everyone their own pack with extras packed away for the return. And, don’t forget the tissues. For car trips, include some clean old towels and a few 20-gallon-sized trash bags. Sometimes, those disasters can be a bit messier than we imagined. When you stop, put the nasty towels inside the trash bag and dispose of. Carry a first-aid kit. Make sure everything is replenished and in-date. Have you ever had your luggage tear, a hem come loose, or a hole appear in that nice flotation device you packed? Pack a roll of duct tape; it has a multitude of uses. Bring gallon-sized zip lock bags along. My foresight was rewarded three years ago when we drove twelve hours home with two vomiting kids. Do a Trial Security Check Run and Security Overview You will be going through airport security if flying to your destination. Inform your children of what to expect before hand, and go over it several times. I encourage you to role-play as well. We’ve spent so much time teaching our kids about strangers and “good touch, bad touch.” So it is important

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that we help our kids understand, in age-appropriate language, why total strangers (TSA agents) may be touching them inappropriately. Assure your children that you will be present, right next to them as security personnel are running their hands over them. Go over the removal of shoes and screening of themselves and their personal belongings. Lia Stallworth, a school counselor and mother of two, has her children wear slip-on shoes. Explain to the kids that they should be quiet, listen, stay with you, they can have something to drink after they complete the security check (our kids bring empty bottles, since there is no charge for the drinking fountain water), and that this is not a good time to have discussions about the state of the Middle East or weaponry and explosives. Ask your older sons to forgo the trendy sagging to alleviate any pants or shorts crumbling to the floor when belts are removed in the security area (this happened to my oldest years ago).

Help Yourself to Some Peace of Mind

Even though you practice and preach about it daily, you need to have another in-depth talk regarding safety. Older kids like to explore, so establish the rules and boundaries for the trip. Go over the buddy system and family emergency code, if you use them. Stallworth snaps a picture of her kids before every trip. “I take a picture of my kids with

my cell phone before we board the plane. It’s the most recent picture of them in case one of them should get lost.” If the family splits into smaller groups to do different activities, each group should have a cell phone. If traveling outside the U.S., go over drinking water and what food can be eaten and in what form. Also discuss “do not touch” of animals children raised in the U. S. commonly consider safe, like dogs and cats. There is no way of knowing if the animals one encounters are safe. If you have a critterlover like I do, explain that touching any critter is not safe.

Make Memories Kids love to have mementos of their trips. Encourage yours to get something unique that will remind them of their trip. “My son collects currency, coins, and rocks,” says Kathy Besse. She gives her kids disposable cameras, “The kids have a photo album that they add to. My daughter has a scrapbook. She keeps her pictures and postcards in it and writes about her trips as well.” Vacations are special family time. The more prepared you are and the more involved your entire family is, the more you will enjoy your trip. Safe travels!

Judy M. Miller is a freelance writer living in the Midwest with her husband and four children. She is a Certified Gottman Educator and the author of What To Expect From Your Adopted Tween and Writing to Heal Adoption Grief: Making Connections & Moving Forward.

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Parting with the Pacifier How to Break the Habit By Malia Jacobson

Ready to help your child give up a pacifier? Here are some tips for navigating the tricky transition. Whether they’re crystal clear, neon-bright, or covered in rhinestones, pacifiers are the modern baby’s accessory of choice. Thanks to studies showing that they reduce the incidence of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS), most pediatricians have given pacifiers the green light. A study in Pediatrics found that a whopping 68 percent of parents give them to their babies before six weeks of age. Babies aren’t the only ones who love them; parents quickly become addicted to the pacifier’s soothing effects on their offspring. Unfortunately, it often becomes a habit that overstays its welcome.

Why Wean?

While some children give up non-nutritive or comfort sucking on their own, others cling to the habit well into the preschool years. According to Lotus Su, D.D.S., of Pediatric Dental Associates, using a pacific too much or for too long can contribute to dental problems, including deformation the palate and shifting of the teeth, as well as mouth breathing and dry mouth, which may increase susceptibility to tooth decay. Many doctors and dentists recommend ending the habit before permanent front teeth begin to emerge, which can happen before kindergarten. “I recommend stopping pacifier use by age three,” says Dr. Su. “The earlier a pacifier habit is stopped, the less likely that there will be any dental problems.” Potential problems extend beyond the teeth. Pacifier use is associated with otitis media, or middle ear infections. Minor health upsets like gastrointestinal infections and oral thrush are also more commonly seen in pacifier users. Parents may be swayed by medical data and dentists’ recommendations, but kids often need some coaxing to give up the long-held habit. Guilt-inducing lectures about dental problems or germs may be counterproductive, causing them to dig in their heels. Instead, help them become confidently pacifier-free with these tactics. 20 Our Kids Magazine | June 2016

Literary Loss

Before embarking on a pacifier-purge, check out some children’s books on the topic. After listening to stories like The Last Noo-Noo by Jill Murphy or Pacifiers Are Not Forever by Elizabeth Verdick, your child may be more receptive to the idea.

The Paci Fairy

Steal this idea from Supernanny Jo Frost: have your child place his pacifiers in a large envelope to mail to the “pacifier fairy.” Put the envelope in the mailbox together before bed. Once he’s asleep, swap the envelope for a new toy. When he wakes up, excitedly take him to the mailbox to find his new treasures.

Make the Cut

Snipping a small hole in a pacifier can help it lose its appeal quickly, encouraging a child to give it up on his own. Be sure to dispose of a broken pacifier promptly, because it can harbor bacteria or become a choking hazard if a child continues to use it.

Out of Sight, Out of Mind

Parents seeking the quickest route to pacifier-freedom can simply throw them all away. Kelly Stallings opted for the coldturkey approach with daughter Taylor. “The first night was rough, but after that, she didn’t care,” she says. Just make sure to get rid of each and every one, so your child isn’t tempted to relapse (and you’re not tempted to cave). No matter how stubbornly your child clings to a beloved binky, eventually it will be a thing of the past. Once your child is free of the pacifier habit, you’re free as well—from relentlessly searching for them, washing them, and buying them. Enjoy your well-earned liberation. At least, until the next must-have item comes along.

Malia Jacobson is an award-winning health and parenting journalist and mom of three. Her latest book is Sleep Tight, Every Night: Helping Toddlers and Preschoolers Sleep Well Without Tears, Tricks, or Tirades


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June 10-12 / Texas Folklife Festival: More than 40 different ethnic and cultural food booths, serving more than 150 culinary delights, will be available on the festival grounds. Along with food, the Festival presents a wide variety of craft demonstrations, educational activities, and fun for the whole family. There will be live entertainment on six stages, including Ballet Folklorico, Lebanese, Ukrainian, Hawaiian and Native American dancers; plus Country, Cajun, Rock ‘n’ Roll, Tango and more music. More than 50 artisan-vendors and up-close opportunities to see craft demonstrators showing off their skills: Basket makers, weavers, bread bakers, wood carvers, blacksmiths and historical reenactors. Friday from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m./ Sunday from noon to 7 p.m. Adult tickets are $10 in advance or $12 at the gate. Children’s tickets are $5. Children under 5 are allowed in free. Institute of Texan Cultures, 801 E. Cesar Chavez Blvd.  210-458-2224. http://www.texancultures.com/festivals_events/ texas_folklife_2016/

Public Pools Set to Open June 11 San Antonio’s outdoor public pools will open June 11 for the summer swim season. You and your family are invited to stay cool and fit this summer by visiting the department’s many outdoor pools. Admission is free. Hours at most pools are 1 to 7 p.m. with the exception of five pools that are open from 2 to 8 p.m. For more information, call 210-207-3299 or got to http://www.sanantonio. gov/ParksAndRec/ParksFacilities/ AllParksFacilities/Pools.aspx The pools will remain open throughout the summer.

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SAMA Playdates: Toddlers can enjoy stories, gallery activities, hands-on art, movement and music during this event designed to cultivate, nurture and inspire creativity while developing an appreciation of art and world cultures. Participants should meet at the front desk. 10 to 11 a.m. Free with museum admission.  San Antonio Museum of Art, 200 W. Jones Ave. 210-978-8183. https://www.samuseum.org/ calendar/event Astronomy in the Park: Join astronomers and other stargazers to observe the sky through large telescopes in an informational program with the San Antonio Astronomical Association. 8 to 10 p.m. every Wednesday.  Free. Lower Bee Tree soccer field parking lot at McAllister Park, 13102 Jones Maltsberger Road. 210-710-4786. http:// sanantonioastronomy.org/ calendar/ Weed Wednesdays – Volunteer at PHP: Hardberger Park’s diversity of flora and fauna is being threatened by exotic invasive weeds and volunteers are needed to combat these weeds each Wednesday from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. E-mail wendy.leonard@sanantonio.gov or call 210-2073292 for directions to week’s location. Phil Hardberger Park, 13203 Blanco Road (East Side). 210-207-3106. http://www.philhardbergerpark.org/ Little Explorers: Preschoolers and their caregivers can use their five senses for fun and adventure as they discover nature through stories, crafts, games, songs and outdoor exploration.

The third Tuesday of each month will feature special guest Mother Nature for story time. $5 per family. 10 to 11 a.m. Cibolo Nature Center & Farm, 140 City Park Road, Boerne. 830-249-4616. http://www.cibolo.org/

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Fiesta Noche del Rio: The Alamo Kiwanis Club Charities proudly presents the annual Fiesta Noche del Rio featuring a cultural cavalcade of artists. Under a starry Texas sky, performers will mesmerize patrons with music, dance and song from the outdoor stage. Locals have lined the banks of the San Antonio River at the Arneson River Theatre in historic La Villita for years to savor the summer outdoor spectacular featuring local artists performing the music, song and dance of Mexico, Spain, Argentina and Texas. Tickets are $20 for adults/$15 for seniors/$8 for children ages 6-14. 8:30 p.m. Arneson River Theatre at La Villita. 210- 226-4651. http://www.fiestanochesa. com/ Free Simulcast Symphony & Student Art Contest: Enjoy a free simulcast on the Riverwalk Plaza of the San Antonio Symphony’s performance of the Beethoven Violin Concerto followed by Mahler’s monumental “Titan” Symphony. During the simulcast, there will be a public Paint to Beethoven contest to be enjoyed by all ages. Top prize-winners will be awarded a family 4-pack to a 2016-2017 season San Antonio Symphony concert. Please, no outside food, drinks, or pets. Free; donations appreciated. Fri and Sat 8 p.m. and Sunday 2 p.m. The Tobin Center,

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Being able to swim is an important skill for every child to have. Swimming is great exercise, it’s an important safety skill, and it’s a fun activity that can occupy children all summer long. The Parks and Recreation Department is able to offer free group lessons during the 2016 regular outdoor pool season thanks to the San Antonio Parks Foundation and presented by University Health Systems with Security Service Federal Credit Union as an additional partner.  More than 2,300 free lessons will be offered.  Group swimming lessons are offered for youth ages 4 and up as well as adults.  Lessons are designed for beginning and intermediate skill levels.  Group swimming lessons include six 45-minute lessons offered on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday over a two-week period.  Session dates for summer 2016 are below.  Times vary depending on the pool site with morning and evening sessions available.

Session I: June 21st - June 30th Session II: July 5th - July 14th Session III: July 19th - July 28th For more information, go to http://www.sanantonio.gov/ ParksAndRec/ParksFacilities/AllParksFacilities/Pools.aspx

“See Us, Hear Us, Know Us” Runs Through December “See Us, Hear Us, Know Us”, a traveling photography exhibition presented by Community First Health Plans featuring portraits and stories of 59 participants of Eva’s Heroes. In addition to individual portraits, the exhibition includes an audio component that expands on the participant’s life: his or her life goals, heroes and why he or she loves Eva’s Heroes. More than 55 national, regional and local companies will host the traveling photography exhibit at various community venues through December 2016. The exhibit and its corresponding audio narratives demonstrate to a broader community the everyday successes and dreams of teens and young adults with intellectual special needs. For more information, go to http://evasheroes.org/see-us-hear-us-know-us/

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Phil Hardberger Park will host it’s annual Pooch Parade on Saturday, June 4 from 9 to 11 a.m. 100 Auditorium Circle. 210-554-1000. http://sasymphony.org/donations-support/ special-events/ Starting Out Wild - Batty Bats: Learn about bats through stories, songs, and hands-on fun! These high energy, engaging programs are a perfect way to foster an appreciation of the natural world. It is recommended that a child be walking and aparent or caretaker attend with each child. Open to ages 1-3. RSVP required. Visit fosana.org to reserve your spot. Suggested donation: $3 per person, or $6 per family. 10 to 11:00 a.m. Friedrich Wilderness Park, 21395 Milsa Drive. 210-207-3782. http:// fosana.org/calendar/ The Good Dinosaur: Free outdoor movie. Bring out your family, friends, and neighbors, along with your own chairs, blankets, and bug spray. Free. 8:30 p.m. John James Park, 1300 Rittiman. 210-207-0950. http://www.slabcinema.com/ screenings/dignowity/17906-03-16-the-good-dinosaurjohn-james-park

Miss Anastasia’s Twiglet Storytime: Miss Anastasia combines story time and a delightful craft each Friday. Free. 10:30 a.m. to noon. Twig Book Shop in the Can Plant Building, 306 Pearl Parkway Ste. 106. 210-826-6411. http://www.thetwig.com/ miss-anastasia Art Strolls - Under the Big Top: Take your infant or toddler out for the morning to enjoy a themed tour of the museum collection and a related sensory playtime for little ones 18 months and younger. Diapers, blankies and yoga pants are welcome. Free for members and $10 for nonmembers. Children under 12 months should arrive at 10 a.m. to tour and play from 10:15 to 11 a.m. Children 12 months and older should arrive at 11 a.m. to tour and play from 11:15 a.m. to noon. Register online or call 210-805-1768. McNay Art Museum, 6000 N. New Braunfels Ave. 210-824-5368. www.mcnayart.org

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Pooch Parade: Join the annual parade of dogs wearing their favorite costumes and walking with their favorite humans! Dog walk begins at 9:30 a.m. Parade starts at 10:30 a.m. Prizes awarded to the winners of the Most Unique, Cutest, and Best Costumes. Free, donations accepted. 9 to 11 a.m. All activities will take place in the open field behind the playground. Phil Hardberger Park, 8400 NW Military Hwy (West Side). 210-207-3280. https://www. philhardbergerpark.org/ special-events/1280-poochparade Roars and SnoresZootennial Overnight: Designed for families, friends and small groups, this overnight adventure is one you won’t want to miss! Visit animals from around the world as you tour the Zoo after dark, meet animals up close and participate in an animal related activity.  Enjoy an evening snack before snuggling into your sleeping bag for the night.  Start the next morning with a continental breakfast and animal presentation, and then spend the rest of the day exploring the Zoo on your own. Ages 6 and up. $45 per person. 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 a.m. San Antonio Zoo, 3903 N. St. Mary’s St. 210734-7184. http://sazoo.org/ education/group-programs/ Child/Adult Team Fishing Tournament: No fishing license is required for this special tournament. Each team must have a child and an adult to qualify and 150 teams will be accepted on a first to register basis. Preregister your team online for free to secure a spot. Check in starts at 7:15 a.m. at the boat ramp. Tournament runs from 9 to 11 a.m. Boerne City Lake Park, 1 City Lake Rd. 830-249-9511. http:// www.ci.boerne.tx.us/629/ ChildAdult-Team-FishingTournament Summer Family Fun Festival: Family-friendly festival to

usher in the summer. 10 a.m to 2 p.m. Herff Farm, 33 Herff Rd., Boerne. 830-2494616. http://www.cibolo.org/ MarketPlace at Old Town Helotes: Music, food and a good time for all as local craftsmen offer treasures from across South Texas. Jewelry, arts and crafts, fresh produce and one-of-a-kind pieces are on display. Free. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. 14391 Riggs Rd., Helotes. 210-6955964.  http://www.helotesmarketplace.com/ SAMA Tours for the Visually Impaired: Docent-led tours for the blind and visually impaired include descriptive language, touch, sound and smell to enhance the visitor’s experience with art.  Guide dogs, sighted companions and others are welcome on the tours, as are wheelchairs and other walking aids. Free. 10 to 11 a.m. Call for reservations. San Antonio Museum of Art, 200 W. Jones Ave. 210-978-8183.  https:// www.samuseum.org/ Fiesta Noche del Rio: see June 3

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THE WIZARD OF OZ: This new production of THE WIZARD OF OZ is an enchanting adaptation of the all-time classic, totally reconceived for the stage. Developed from the ever popular MGM screenplay, this production contains the beloved songs from the Oscar®-winning movie score, all the favorite characters and iconic moments, plus a few surprises along the way, including new The Magician’s Agency will perform Magic at the Magik Theatre on select songs by Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber. weekends starting June 18 and running through mid-August. Click your heels together and join Scarecrow, Tin Man, Lion, Dorothy and her little dog Toto, as might be talked into a good deed; the Zuckerman family; the they journey through the magical land of Oz to Arables; and the extraordinary spider, Charlotte, who proves meet the Wizard and obtain their hearts’ desires. Watch out to be “a true friend and a good writer.” Determined to save for the Wicked Witch of the West and her winged monWilbur, Charlotte begins her campaign with the “miracle” keys as you rediscover the real story of Oz in this fantastic of her web in which she writes, “Some pig.” It’s the beginmusical treat for the whole family. Show times vary by date. ning of a victorious campaign which ends with the now-safe $30 - $125. Runs through June 5. Majestic Theatre, 224 Wilbur doing what is most important to Charlotte. Adapted E. Houston St.  210-226-5700. http://www.majesticempire.com/ by Joseph Robinette. Based on the book by E.B. White. $15 shows/the-wizard-of-oz adult and $12 child admission. Show times vary by date. Runs through June 12. Magik Theatre, 420 South Alamo. 210-2272751. http://www.magiktheatre.org/ Charlotte’s Web: All the friends are here: Wilbur, the pig who wants to avoid the butcher; Fern, a girl who understands what animals say to each other; Templeton, the rat who Magic at Magik: The Magician’s Agency, starring nationallyrenowned master magician Scott Pepper, will have a multishow run at the Magik Theatre on select weekends through Aug 16. The Magicians Agency is a secret organization founded and operated by magicians who use their unique abilities and skills to take on dangerous missions and make the world a safer place. In this highly original magic and illusion show they follow the path of one particular magician as he attempts to become a full-fledged member of the Magicians Agency and take on his first mission: incredible award-winning magic, mind-blowing illusions, hilarious comedy, audience participation, daring escapes and baffling sleight of hand – guaranteed entertainment for the whole family. Reservations are required. Tickets are $19.95 for adults and $14.95 for kids. June 18-19, 21, 25-26- & 28. Showtimes vary by date. Magik Theatre, 420 South Alamo. 210-2905502. http://www.magiciansagency.com/

Woodlawn Theatre present The Little Mermaid beginning late this month.

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The Little Mermaid: Set under and above the high seas, The Little Mermaid tells the story of Ariel, an adventurous young mermaid who’s got a thing for disobeying the rules and following her heart. Ariel’s fascination with the human world often leads her to the sea surface, a zone that’s designated as “off-limits” by her father Triton, the sea king. One day while sneaking to the surface, Ariel witnesses a shipwreck and rescues Prince Eric, with whom she become instantly smitten. Furious at Triton’s inability to understand her love for the prince, Ariel runs away and strikes a deal with Ursula, Triton’s evil witch of a sister, to experience the life she dreams of on land. Ticket prices TBA. Fri & Sat 7:30 p.m./Sun 3 p.m. Runs June 24 through July 24. Woodlawn Theatre, 1920 Fredericksburg Rd. 210-267-8388. http://woodlawntheatre. org/thelittlemermaid/ To Advertise Call 305-4181


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meals and drinks will be sold on site by Boy Scout Troop 1920. 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. YMCA Roberts Ranch, Comfort. 830491-9669. www.alamochapternwtf.org/ jakesday061210 Kids Club - Fishing: Do you know how to fish, or want to learn? Come down to the Cibolo Creek to do some fishing with the CNC. Bring your own gear, or they will provide it for you! No dropoffs allowed. $5 per family suggested donation. 10 to 11 a.m. Herff Farm, 33 Herff Rd., Boerne. 830-249-4616. www. cibolo.org

The Deco District celebrates ten years with El Grande Dia de Los Artistas on Saturday, June 25. Free with museum admission/Children 12 & under free. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. San Antonio Museum of Art, 200 W. Jones Ave. 210-978-8100. https://www.samuseum.org/calendar/event-detail?eid=7162

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Movies by Moonlight: Bring picnics, lawn chairs and blankets and enjoy an outdoor screening of “Inside Out”. Free plus free parking after 5 p.m. at cityoperated parking garages, lots & meters. Pre-entertainment begins at 7:30 p.m. Showtime is 8:30 p.m. Travis Park, 301 E. Travis. http://www.slabcinema.com/ screenings/travis-park/116-06-07-16-inside-out-travis-park

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Growing Up Wild - Lunch for a Bear: Learn about bears and their habitat through stories, songs, and hands-on activities. Growing Up Wild builds on children’s sense of wonder about nature and invites them to explore wildlife and the world around them. Activities are designed to provide an early foundation for an appreciation of nature. Open to ages 3-7. RSVP required. Visit fosana.org to reserve your spot. Suggested donation: $3 per person, or $6 per family. 10 to 11:30 a.m. Friedrich Wilderness Park, 21395 Milsa Drive. 210-207-3782. http:// fosana.org/calendar/ SAMA Playdates: see June 1 Astronomy in the Park: see June 1 Weed Wednesdays – Volunteer at PHP: see June 1 Little Explorers: see June 1

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Art Crawl: Moms, dads and caregivers

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can put their babies in slings and take a walk through the museum galleries for a guided tour. Talks are geared toward adults while the art selections are chosen to engage the adults and infants 0-18 months. Free with museum admission. 10 to 10:45 a.m. San Antonio Museum of Art, 200 W. Jones Ave. 210-978-8100. https://www.samuseum.org/calendar/ event-detail?eid=6631

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Texas Folklife Festival: see lead page 22 Movie Nights in the Heights: Outdoor movie screening of “Inside Out” in Alamo Heights. Bring coolers full of snacks, chairs and blankets. Free. Movie starts at 8:30 p.m., but get there early for the best seats. 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. Next to the Nature Trails parking lot off Viesca Street, Alamo Heights. 210-822-3331. http://www.slabcinema.com/screenings/ alamo-heights/165-06-10-16-inside-outalamo-heights Fiesta Noche del Rio: see June 3 Miss Anastasia’s Twiglet Storytime: see June 3

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Texas Folklife Festival: see lead page 22 JAKES Day: Juniors Acquiring Knowledge Ethics and Sportsmanship will host a day of exciting supervised outdoor experiences for youths ages 6-17. Bass fishing, target shooting, turkey calling and a scavenger hunt will be featured along with other hands-on learning activities. Preregistration is required and each child must be accompanied by an adult. Cost is $5 per youth, which includes JAKES membership with magazine and access to all events. (The youth’s guardians are included in this fee.) In addition,

Prickly Pear Cactus Living Museum: Join Elizabeth Day, who will talk about the edible and medicinal values of many native South Texas plants. Kid friendly activity included. Suggested donation of $3 per person or $5 per family. 9 to 11 a.m. Hardberger Park, 13203 Blanco Rd (East Side), PHP East Classroom. 210-2073280. http://fosana.org/calendar/ 2016 Fit Pass 5K Dash: Pearsall Park’s Grand Opening will feature the free Fit Pass 5K Dash. Fitness activities, prizes and wellness vendors will be available to participants. Free. Event runs from 8 a.m. to noon. Register online at www. iaapweb.com. Pearsall Park, 4700 Old Pearsall Road. 210-207-7275. http:// www.sanantonio.gov/ParksAndRec/ Programs,ClassesFun/ProgramsClasses/ Fitness/FitPass.aspx World Oceans Day: Celebrate World Oceans Day by bringing the family out to theme day at the SA Zoo. Activities will be held throughout the Zoo that develop awareness and encourage the protection of our oceans and their inhabitants. This event is free with zoo admission. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. San Antonio Zoo, 3903 N. St. Mary’s St. 210-734-7184. http://www. sazoo-aq.org/education/theme-days/ Beginners’ Bird Walk: Meet the San Antonio Audubon Society (SAAS) trip leader at the Judson Nature Trail in Alamo Heights on the second Saturday of each month. Nonmembers are welcome and binoculars with instructions can be provided. Free. 8 a.m.  246 Viesca, Alamo Heights. 210-342-2073. http:// www.saaudubon.org/ Boerne Market Days: On the second Saturday and Sunday of each month, families can enjoy shopping in an outdoor setting with artists and craftsmen showing their creative talents and wares. Live music, food, kids’ activities and more. Free. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. Free. Boerne, Main Plaza. 210-884-8193. http:// www.boernemarketdays.com./ Fiesta Noche del Rio: see June 3

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The DoSeum presents their new exhibit “Mathletics” to area families starting June 4.

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Mathletics brings together interactive exhibit features that get kids moving and exploring mathematical concepts like ratio, proportion, and scale. Complementing this exhibit and powering up kids learning, The DoSeum is launching the Mathletics Training Program, a summer math program that will get kids moving and outside, all while learning math! Kids who complete all of the challenges will be entered to compete in the Do’Lympics and to win a birthday party at The DoSeum. Exhibit opens June 4.

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Admission: $12; free for children under age 1. H-E-B Free Family Night is offered the first and third Tuesday of each month from 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. For the safety of visitors, all children must be accompanied by an adult 18 years or older, and all adults must be accompanied by a child 10 years or younger. Regular hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday & Saturday; and noon-5 p.m. Sunday (Members only 11 a.m.-noon). The DoSeum’s hours occasionally will change due to special events and programs. The DoSeum, 2800 Broadway. 210-212-4453. http://www.thedoseum.org/

San Antonio Botanical Garden Storybook Houses presents five unique interpretations, selected from a

competitive field of submissions, which will be on display for Garden visitors to explore inside and out. See kid-sized, family-friendly Storybook Houses in this interactive spring exhibition. This engaging playhouse exhibit is the fourth collaboration between the Garden and area architects and designers. Area architects and design teams submitted entries for consideration, utilizing a wide array of styles and materials. A panel of judges representing the AIA, San Antonio Public Library and the Botanical Garden reviewed the designs and scored them based on a variety of criteria such as creativity of design and use/re-use of weather-resistant materials; focus on recycling, reuse or sustainability; accessibility; collaboration with others; and design appeal for all ages of visitors. The winning Storybook Houses entries include: Oh! The Places You’ll Go, San Antonio & the Beanstalk, Diary of a Worm, The Little House and Sleeping Beauty. Exhibit runs through July 10. Wings of the City showcases eight bronze sculptures by internationally renowned Mexican Artist Jorge Marín. For the past 24 years, these contemporary sculptures have traveled throughout the world, as cultural outreach from Mexico.  Public reception/opening:  September 9, 5:307:30pm at the Botanical Garden. Exhibit runs through June 5. Admission: $10 adults (14-64); $8 students, seniors, military; $7 children age To Advertise Call 305-4181


3-13; free for children under 3 and all members. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Closed Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. San Antonio Botanical Garden, 555 Funston Place. 210-2073250. www.sabot.org

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The Life and Legacy of César E. Chávez, Dolores Huerta, and Farm Workers- is a student art exhibit from Columbia Heights Elementary School meant to capture the life and lessons of Civil Rights icons in art. Columbia Heights Elementary School students will pass along the lessons they have learned about civil rights leaders such as Dr. Marin Luther King Junior, Cesar Chavez and Dolores Huerta through two special projects. “A Digital Exhibition of Martin Luther King, Jr.” is a dome show, utilizing the 26-screen Dome Theater to display student artworks dedicated to the Civil Rights leader’s work. “The Life and Legacy of César E. Chávez, Dolores Huerta, and Farm Workers” is an art exhibit telling stories of the battle for labor rights. Originally founded 13 years ago with the help of activist Jaime Martinez, the annual student art exhibit comes to the Institute of Texan Cultures as a part of the César E. Chávez March for Justice Week. The exhibit continues into the spring. Exhibit runs through June 5.

time and archaeologists are sharing the secrets about the Maya for the first time in a singular and unforgettable museum experience. Maya: Hidden Worlds Revealed brings together hundreds of authentic artifacts displayed in more than a half-dozen immersive environments. In this 10,000 square foot exhibit, visitors will have the opportunity to learn how the Maya built their towering temples and created their intricate calendar system. There are hands-on activity stations where the whole family can build arches, decipher hieroglyphs and learn drilling techniques. Maya: Hidden Worlds Revealed uses a combination of authentic artifacts along with multimedia and interactive, hands-on activities to reveal our deep ties to this astonishing civilization. The exhibition was designed to give visitors a glimpse at a cross-section of Maya life from divine kings who ruled powerful cities to the artisans and laborers who formed the backbone of Maya society. It is a once in a lifetime opportunity to see spectacular examples of Maya artistry made by masters of their craft, along with objects from everyday life combined with a look at the scientific work being carried out at key Maya sites across Central America and Mexico. The Witte Museum has enhanced the Maya: Hidden Worlds

Revealed experience with gallery interactives and Gallery Theater performances featuring Ixchel, the Maya goddess of fertility, motherhood and the moon. Visitors will be able to follow Ixchel through the exhibit and learn how the Maya charted and predicted astronomical phenomena. Exhibit runs through September 5. Splendor On The Range: American Indians And The Horse explores how life changed for American Indians after the Spanish brought the horse to North America in the 1500s. This fascinating exhibition, curated by Bruce Shackelford, looks at the culture and lifeways of tribes throughout the Plains and Southwest before and after the arrival of the horse. Experience this original, interactive Witte exhibit featuring a stunning array of artifacts from the museum’s unparalleled Native American Collection. Exhibit runs through August 21. Admission: $10 for adults (12-64); $9 for seniors (65+) and active duty military; $7 for children (4-11); and free for children ages 3 and younger and to all museum members. Regular hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday and Wednesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday and noon-5 p.m. Sunday. Witte Museum, 3801 Broadway. 210-3571900. www.wittemuseum.org

Medal Mania IV celebrates the creativity of each year’s new Fiesta medals. The Institute will display a sampling of 2016 Fiesta medals along with medals from the past few years. Included is a visual database of medals going back for several decades. Used as giveaways, fundraisers, to trade, or just for fun, the range of imagination seen each year is always enjoyable to behold. Exhibit runs through May 29. Admission: $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.-5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon-5 p.m. Sunday. Institute of Texan Cultures, UTSA HemisFair Park Campus, 801 E. César E. Chávez Blvd. 210-458-2300. www. TexanCultures.com

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races, carnival rides for people of all ages, family-friendly games, a vast variety of cuisines, local bands, street dances, a parade, arts and crafts and more. The Berges Fest parade draws fans from all over to line the curbsides of Main Street in Boerne in the hope of catching glimpses of royalty, heroes, clowns, and merchants alike. Free parking and free admission. Parade is at 10 a.m. Sat. Performance and gate times vary by date. Herff Park/Kendall County Fairgrounds, Boerne. 830-428-8778. http://www.bergesfest.com/

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Texas Folklife Festival: see lead page 22 Free Family Movie Night: The City of Boerne hosts a free Family Movie Night featuring “The Princess Bride” and free popcorn and hot dog for the kids. Bring blankets and lawn chairs. Drinks and food trucks will be available at the park, so please no outside food or drinks. Free. 6 p.m. 531 FM-3351 North, Boerne. 830-428-3231. http://www.visitboerne. org/calendar/free-family-movie-night Sunday Jazz at the Witte: Take the family and enjoy a relaxing afternoon with “Glenn Rexach Trio” in the Witte’s Will Smith Amphitheater; blankets and lawn chairs are encouraged.  Included with museum general admission. 3 to 6 p.m. Witte Museum, 3801 Broadway. 210357-1910.  www.wittemuseum.org Boerne Market Days: see June 11

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Summer Movie Series - The Peanuts Movie: Movies are FREE for all KidX members. KidX is FREE to join. 11 a.m. Lower level Macy’s Wing at Rolling Oaks Mall. Visit http://rollingoaksmall.com/

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Outdoor Movie at Mission Marquee Plaza: The community is invited to experience the magic and nostalgia of one of San Antonio’s historic gems as the Mission Marquee Plaza will be the setting for an outdoor screening of “Minions”. Food trucks and concessionaires will be on hand and attendees are also welcome to bring your own snacks, lawn chairs, blankets and coolers. Free. 8:15 to 10:15 p.m. Mission Marquee Plaza, 3100 Roosevelt Ave. 210-2076968. http://www.slabcinema.com/ screenings/mission-marquee-plaza/10606-04-16-mission-marquee

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Movies by Moonlight: Bring picnics, lawn chairs and blankets and enjoy an outdoor screening of “The Little Rascals”. Free plus free parking after 5 p.m. at city-operated parking garages, lots & meters. Pre-entertainment begins at 7:30 p.m. Showtime is 8:30 p.m. Travis Park, 301 E. Travis. http://www.slabcinema.com/screenings/travis-park/11706-14-16-the-little-rascals-travis-park Art Fit at SAMA: Runners of all levels can come to the museum on the second Tuesday of each month for a leisurely run or walk and a tour of the museum. Enjoy a 5-10 minute talk on fitness, a yoga stretch and a run or walk with professional coaches and runners from Run Wild Sports. Free and runners also get free admission to the museum. 6 to 7 p.m. San Antonio Museum of Art, 200 W. Jones Ave. 210-978-8100. https://www.samuseum.org/calendar/ events-calendar

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Family Flicks - Nocturna: Have you ever wondered why your hair looks funny or where the sounds outside your window come from at night? A young boy named Tim finds out after an unusual discovery on the rooftop of his orphanage plunges him into the secret world of Nocturna, inhabited by curious creatures who control the night. Suggested for ages 7 and up. Take lawn chairs, blankets and picnics. During inclement weather, films will be cancelled. 8 to 9:45 p.m. Free. San Antonio Museum of Art, 200 W. Jones Ave. 210-978-8183.  https:// www.samuseum.org/ Fiesta Noche del Rio: see June 3 Starting Out Wild - Batty Bats: see June 3 Miss Anastasia’s Twiglet Storytime: see June 3

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Father’s Day Fiesta: Dance performances, educational booths, food and family oriented games/activities presented by American Indians in Texas at the Spanish Colonial Missions at San Antonio Housing Authority Park. Free. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. San Antonio Housing Authority

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50th Annual Berges Fest & Parade: This 3-day, familyfriendly festival centers around the German heritage of the Boerne area and commandeers Boerne’s Main Street on Father’s Day weekend. Attracting people from all over Texas, the festival boasts music from one of Texas’s best German folk bands, the Berges Fest Parade, dachshund

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FREE THINGS TO DO IN SA Briscoe Western Art Museum

Free Story Time Stampede on the second Saturday of each month from 11 a.m. to noon and 1 to 2 p.m. Explores the American West through story and art. 210 W. Market St. 210-299-4118. www.briscoemuseum.org

Downtown Tuesdays

Free parking at city facilities, restaurant deals and special events can be found downtown every Tuesday night from 5 p.m. to 2 a.m. Information is available online. www.downtowntuesday.com.

Institute of Texan Cultures

ITC offers complimentary admission on the Second Sunday of every month. 210-4582300. www.texancultures.com

Inspire Community Fine Art Center

Free Family Art Day on the second Saturday of each month from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. 200 Queen Anne Court. 210-829-5592. www. inspirefineart.org

McNay Art Museum

Free admission the first Sunday of each month from noon to 5 p.m. and every Thursday from 4 to 9 p.m. 6000 N. New Braunfels Ave. 210-805-1768. www.mcnayart.org

New Braunfels Railroad Museum

Free Admission every first and third Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Kids of all ages run the train and become a junior engineer. 302 West San Antonio St., New Braunfels. 830627-2447. newbraunfelsrailroadmuseum.org

San Antonio Museum of Art

Free admission every Sunday from 10 a.m. to noon and every Tuesday from 4 to 9 p.m. San Antonio Museum of Art, 200 W. Jones Ave. 210-978-8100. www.samuseum.org

The Alamo

Free interactive living history event from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the first Saturday of each month. Includes live demonstrations, living history and history talks. 300 Alamo Plaza. 210-225-1391. www.thealamo.org.

The Witte Museum

Free admission from 3 to 8 p.m. every Tuesday. 3801 Broadway. 210-357-1900. www.wittemuseum.org

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JAKES Day takes place this year on June 11 at YMCA Roberts Ranch in Comfort with outdoor training and activities for kids ages 6-17. Park, 818 South Flores St. 210-2196748. http://visitsanantonio.com/ Browse-Book/Events/Father-s-Day-Fiesta FIREFLIES: Join the Alamo Area Master Naturalist for an evening of searching for fireflies. Discover the wonders of these flying insects. Park in the PHP Urban Ecology Center parking lot. Bring a flashlight. Free; donations accepted. 7 to 9 p.m. Phil Hardberger Park-PHP West, 8400 NW Military Hwy, Butterfly Meadow. 210-207-3280. http://fosana.org/calendar/ Dia de los Daddys Car Show and Swap Meet: Father’s Day weekend has something for the entire family at this two-day event. Kids can enjoy the great rides all day. Special pricing on fun foods like hot dogs, chips, snow cones, sodas and single scoop ice cream cones for only one dollar each will be available while supplies last. Free admission and $4 parking per vehicle. 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. Brown Expo, Traders Village, 9333 Southwest Loop 410 at Old Pearsall Road. 210-623-8383. http://tradersvillage.com/san-antonio/ events/5th-annual-dia-de-los-daddyscar-show-and-swap-meet/ Moondance Concerts at the CNC: Concert under the oaks and stars at the Cibolo Nature Center featuring The Court Jesters. Bring chairs, blankets, and picnics to this fun and casual event! A food truck will also be on-site for the event. 7 to 10 p.m. Members $7.50/ Non-members $10/ Seniors 65+ $5/ Kids 12 and under free. Cibolo Nature Center, 140 City Park Road, Boerne. 830-249-4616. https:// ciboloorg.presencehost.net/experience/ events/concerts.html Boxing Show: Boxing fans are invited to attend the Boxing Show featuring a variety of South Texas contenders. The gate fee is $8 per person. Children six and under are free. 2 to 5

p.m. Jesse James Leija/San Fernando Gym, 319 W. Travis St. 210-2073151. http://www.sanantonio.gov/ ParksAndRec/NewsEvents/Events/ EventDetails/TabId/3492/ArtMID/15385/ ArticleID/6412/Bo.aspx?Park=&Facility= World Giraffe Day: Celebrate World Giraffe Day by bringing the family out to theme day at the SA Zoo. Activities will be held throughout the Zoo that develop awareness and encourage the protection of our oceans and their inhabitants. This event is free with zoo admission. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. San Antonio Zoo, 3903 N. St. Mary’s St. 210-734-7184. http://www.sazoo-aq. org/education/theme-days/ Bird Walk: Look for birds in their native habitats. An experienced guide leads this walk every third Saturday of the month. Featured birds include hummingbird, Long-billed Thrashers, Black-bellied Whistling Ducks, Green Heron and the Common Moorhen. Take binoculars. For ages 10 and older. Participants should meet at the Carriage House. Walk is free with garden admission. 9 a.m. San Antonio Botanical Garden, 555 Funston Place. 210-536-1400. http://www.sabot.org/ plan-your-visit/walks/ Fiesta Noche del Rio: see June 3 50th Annual Berges Fest & Parade: see June 17

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50th Annual Berges Fest & Parade: see June 17 Dia de los Daddys Car Show and Swap Meet: see June 18

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Roars and Snores takes place at the SA Zoo on June 4 as families with kids ages 6 and up visit the zoo after dark and camp out for the night. join. 11 a.m. Lower level Macy’s Wing at Rolling Oaks Mall. Visit http://rollingoaksmall.com/

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Movies by Moonlight: Bring picnics, lawn chairs and blankets and enjoy an outdoor screening of “Field of Dreams”. Free plus free parking after 5 p.m. at city-operated parking garages, lots & meters. Pre-entertainment begins at 7:30 p.m. Showtime is 8:30 p.m. Travis Park, 301 E. Travis. http://www.slabcinema.com/screenings/travis-park/118-0621-16-field-of-dreams-travis-park

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SAMA Playdates: see June 1 Astronomy in the Park: see June 1 Weed Wednesdays – Volunteer at PHP: see June 1 Little Explorers: see June 1 Growing Up Wild - Lunch for a Bear: see June 8

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Homeschool Student Workshop – Parts of Art: Designed specifically for homeschool students and their parents. Participate as a family in a guided experience of the museum’s encyclopedic collection with a tour and hands-on activity, and extend learning through art at home with materials provided by the museum. Advance registration required. Free with museum admission. 9:30 a.m. to noon and 1 to 3:30 p.m. San Antonio Museum of Art, 200 W. Jones Ave. 210978-8174. www.samuseum.org 

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World’s Largest Swimming Lesson:

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Youth, ages 4 to 12, are invited to get a head start on the basics of swimming for free. The parks department is joining forces with the nation’s top water safety and training organizations to present The World’s Largest Swimming Lesson (WLSL), a Guinness Book of World Records setting attempt at several local pools. For a list of locations or to register, call 210-207-3299. Free. 10 a.m. http://www.worldslargestswimminglesson.org/the-event/ Fiesta Noche del Rio: see June 3 Miss Anastasia’s Twiglet Storytime: see June 3

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El Grande Dia de Los Artistas: Celebrating 10 years in the Deco District, this festival features a Poetry Corner, Kids Activity Area, Live Art Painting, Food Trucks, Atrs & Crafts Booths and various Art Demonstrations. Free. 3 to 10 p.m. Centro Cultural Aztlan, 1800 Fredericksburg Rd., Suite 103. 210432-1896. https://www.facebook.com/ events/1001670553250825/ Sensory-Friendly Films: Partnering with the Autism Society, AMC Theaters brings Sensory- Friendly Films to families affected by autism in the San Antonio area. The program provides a special opportunity for families to enjoy their favorite films in a safe and accepting environment. The auditoriums dedicated to the program have their lights up, the sound turned down and audience

Fourth of July Concert: The Boerne Concert Band performs live musical concerts for audiences in the Boerne, Texas area. The concerts are always free to the public. This group of volunteer musicians is proud to present a wide variety of music to entertain audiences of all ages. Free. 7 to 9 p.m. Main Plaza, 100 Main Street, Boerne. 830-249-8918. www. boerneconcertband.org/

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Summer Movie Series - Norm of the North: Movies are FREE for all KidX members. KidX is FREE to join. 11 a.m. Lower level Macy’s Wing at Rolling Oaks Mall. Visit http://rollingoaksmall.com/

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Movies by Moonlight: Bring picnics, lawn chairs and blankets and enjoy an outdoor screening of “Cinderella”. Free plus free parking after 5 p.m. at cityoperated parking garages, lots & meters. Pre-entertainment begins at 7:30 p.m. Showtime is 8:30 p.m. Travis Park, 301 E. Travis. http://www.slabcinema.com/ screenings/travis-park/118-06-21-16-fieldof-dreams-travis-park Eva’s Heroes Drum Circle: On the 4th Tuesday of every month, Eva’s Heroes hosts a drumming circle designed for individuals with intellectual special needs ages 16 and up. This activity is recreation-based and designed to empower the participants to try new and different things. 6:30 to 8 p.m. (drop off at 6 p.m.). 210-694-9090. http://evasheroes.org/events/

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SAMA Playdates: see June 1 Astronomy in the Park: see June 1

Looking Ahead to July

Texas Comicon 2016 will be at the San Antonio Event Center July 29-31. Also, families can enjoy festivals, concerts and fireworks at locations all across San Antonio, including Freedom Fest at Market Square, an arts and crafts show along the River Walk and extravaganzas at local theme parks. To Advertise Call 305-4181


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