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CONTENTS

November 2015

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volume 31 • number 11

THANKFUL GIVING

PUT GRATITUDE IN ACTION WITH THESE INSPIRED IDEAS

THANKSGIVING FAMILY GAMES

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GREAT WAYS TO KEEP THE FAMILY ENTERTAINED

NATIONAL PARENTING PUBLICATIONS AWARDS

30 GREAT GIFTS FOR GIVING

DIABETES PREVENTION IS KID STUFF, TOO

TEACH YOUR CHILD THE RIGHT HABITS

WEARING IS CARING

BABYWEARING TRENDS

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6 FAMILY FYI

7 ON THE WEB

24 CALENDAR

39 YOUR KIDS

• MLK, Jr. Commission: King Week - Official Artwork Contest

• October Winners • November Giveaway: Veggie Tales Live

• 9th Annual AccessAbility Fest • Zoo Lights

November Fall Fun & Thanksgiving Theme

On the Cover GIA HERRERA

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THE DISH ON MANNERS

TEACHING YOUR CHILDREN PROPER DINNER ETIQUETTE

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P.O. Box 1809 Castroville, TX 78009 210-305-4181 Toll Free 866-465-6936 Magazine PUBLISHER Rudy Riojas, Ext. 104 EDITOR Laura Warner, Ext. 102 CALENDAR Kelley Ramotowski, Ext. 105 ADVERTISING: Pat Ramotowski, Ext. 101 DISTRIBUTION Tony Smith, Ext. 106 OUR KIDS MAGAZINE LLC is a locally owned magazine published monthly. Advertisements in this magazine are paid for by the advertisers, which allows this magazine to be free to the consumer. Limit of one free copy per reader. Unless specifically noted, no advertisers, products or services are endorsed by the publisher. All persons are hereby informed that all dwellings advertising are available on an equal opportunity basis. OUR KIDS MAGAZINE LLC copyright 2015. All rights reserved. Reproduction in whole or part without written permission is prohibited.

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Feast Your Eyes On This Dear Readers,

Thanksgiving is fast approaching! November is the perfect month to realize the many things we are blessed with, and to show gratitude to others. In preparation for Thanksgiving dinner with friends and family, read our article, The Dish on Manners, by Laine Lipsky to help your children be well behaved at the dinner table. This month’s issue features a section dedicated to toys and children’s products approved by The National Parenting Publications Awards. NAPPA’s expert judges, along with parent and kid testers, choose the best products for kids and includes a sampling of some of them in Our Kids. You can find out even more about toys that received the NAPPA seal on their website, NAPPAawards.com, or by downloading the free family organizer app on Cozi. The latest fashion for moms and dads is babywearing. I’ve noticed lots of parents with their babies strapped to them in various ways. Now, it is even easier to find fashionable fabrics and patterns for these baby bjorns, wraps, and backpacks. In her latest article, Wearing is Caring, Rebecca Asher teaches us how to know if our baby is safe while being worn. Did you know November is Diabetes Awareness Month? To learn more about how to help your family prevent diabetes, check out, Diabetes Prevention is Kid Stuff, Too, written by Renee Haines. There are many different things your family can do to stay healthy. Our calendar features many family-friendly activities you won’t want to miss. On the Family Theatre page you can find out about plays your whole family will love, including A Charlie Brown Christmas, Alice in Wonderland, VeggieTales, and many more. Happy Thanksgiving! Laura Warner

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Calling all artists! The City of San Antonio Martin Luther King, Jr. Commission is holding a contest open to current Bexar County residents and student artists. The winning artwork will be the official artwork for the 2016 citywide commemoration. This artwork will be used as the visual representation of the 2016 theme: “King Week: Uniting Communities to Advance Humanity.” Artwork will be accepted until Friday, November 6, 2015 at 5 p.m. A panel of community judges will be selecting the winning artist, who will be publicly recognized as the creator of the official 2015 commemoration artwork, and will receive two all-access passes to all of the Official 2016 MLK, Jr. Commission events. “San Antonio is home to one of the nation’s largest commemorations honoring Dr. King, and utilizing the work of a local artist for our annual commemoration is a great addition to the city’s official events,” said Brandon Logan, Chair of the San Antonio Martin Luther King, Jr. Commission. The city of San Antonio has celebrated the life and legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. since 1987, with an annual series of events leading up to one of the largest marches in the United States honoring Dr. King. The 2016 March and Commemorative Program will take place on Monday, January 18, 2016. The San Antonio Martin Luther King, Jr. Commission organizes the march and leads the community effort on a series of official events that pay tribute to Dr. King. King Week 2016 will include several days of educational and cultural programming in locations throughout San Antonio. Detailed guidelines and information on how to submit entries are available at www.sanantonio.gov/mlk

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Feature

The Dish on Manners Manners: To Teach or Not to Teach … That is the Question. Teaching table manners to preschoolers is a dicey topic, so to speak. Parents are encouraged to really feel this out for themselves before they either enforce something they don’t believe in, or remain passive about something they truly value. The answer for each family rests with that family. Most parents seek balance. They want mealtimes to be fun and relaxing—but if their children behave like animals, they might actually feel frustrated and tense. They want their children to show decent manners in restaurants and at other people’s tables—but they don’t want to impose rigid rules at home to achieve that outcome. Many parents wait. They have general rules, but they wait to teach specific manners until their children are older and can naturally learn skills more easily. Other parents feel it’s better to start early, rather than correct “bad habits” later on. Neither is right or wrong. The right path for you is the one that feels best in your family. The trick is to find your path, stick to it the best you can, watch your little ones for cues, and make adjustments as you go. If you decide to go in for a little helping of manners, here are some nuggets to get started: 8

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by Laine Lipsky

Prepare: Set the Stage

Increase the odds of success and enjoyment as you attempt to tame your sweet little beast. Think of this as a warm-up before your workout. Here are guidelines for a great start:

■■Have realistic expectations. Children are not mini-

adults; they go through real developmental changes that drive their behavior. For example, if you demand that a young one sit still for too long, you will both end up miserable. If your child repeatedly resists something, take a week off. New skills can take a long, long time to master. So, go easy on yourself and your children— learning is hard.

■■Get adults on the same page. Partners must support

each other’s rules, or they will feel resentful and their children will be confused. Find the sweet spot where the adults truly buy-in and can easily model the same desired behavior.

■■Invite the children. To maximize the chances of

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Practice: Try, Try Again. Repeat.

Be mentally prepared to repeat everything – a lot. A lot, a lot. This may annoy you, but it is totally normal. To help ease the way, use these methods every time you practice: ■■Behave the way you want your children to

behave. This is hands-down the best way to teach manners, because your children deeply want to be like you. If you want to hear “please” and “thank you,” make sure you say them…always. Are toys at the table distracting? Model by stowing your toys during mealtime: phone, computer, book, etc. (Heads-up: this one is the hardest for most parents.)

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■■Remove pressure. Practice at a time other than

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■■Use a gentle tone for reminders. Studies show that

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After some practice, offer your children a playful chance to perform their new skills—without expectations of perfection. Please note: these ideas aren’t meant as a bribe for good manners and shouldn’t be withheld for punishment. You and your little ones have worked hard and that’s that. It’s time to celebrate your efforts! ■■Go Out to Eat. Choose a casual restaurant at an off-

peak time. Tell your server you are celebrating your hard work. Clink glasses and say, “Cheers to us!”

■■Invite Others In. Ask an adult to come over for a

snack. Prep your guest to comment specifically on the children’s manners. Openly say how proud you are.

■■Fancy Feast. Dress up your table with flowers

and LED “candles” for a snack or meal. Praise your children for their hard work. Ask how they feel about manners.

Laine Lipsky is a parent coach with a Master’s degree in Teaching from Brown University. Laine has two children, 8 and 10, both of whom usually remember to put their napkins on their laps. Our Kids App Available on Itunes & Google Play

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Rake it up. Grab a rake and a pack of leaf bags and head outside to haul in the harvest. Kids can scoop up neighbors’ leaves for free or ask for a small donation to pass on to a community garden or green space. When the work is done, take the leaves to your city’s drop-off site or to a garden center for composting.

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Talk turkey. In the U.S. and Canada, many food banks serve traditional Thanksgiving dinners to people in need. Find a food bank near you using the search engine at FeedAmerica.com and volunteer to work at an upcoming turkey drive. There, you’ll have the privilege of saying thank you to the generous people who bring in the birds, and all the side dish fixings.

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Give the gift of time. Start a family time bank to give kids a chance to help one another. Your teenager might spend an hour designing student council campaign posters for your middle school student who pays it back by folding his big brother’s share of the laundry. Pitching in lets everyone experience the joys of teamwork. Learn more at timebank.org.

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Fill everybody’s bucket. Teach young kids the value of good deeds with the book Fill a Bucket by Carol McCloud and Katherine Martin. To reinforce its message, ask kids to write down good deeds on slips of paper and put them in small tin buckets labeled with family members’ names. Pretty soon, kids will be clambering to see who can fill up their bucket first. And everyone will be happier for it.

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Feature

7 Family Games

for all the Turkeys at Your Thanksgiving by Pam Molnar

Thanksgiving is a time for family and friends to gather – up until dinner is over, that is. When their bellies are full, the men retire to watch football, the kids scatter to empty rooms and the women are often left with kitchen duty. Avoid the after dinner segregation and keep them together with these seven Thanksgiving games and activities.

Toss & Tell –All players sit in a circle. Start by tossing a small turkey stuffed animal or small football to a player and ask a question like, “Who do you think will make it to the Super Bowl this year?” or “What is your favorite memory from elementary school?” This multigenerational game will be a hit!

Leaf Blower – Split the group into two teams. Each team needs to blow a leaf from Point A to Point B using a straw in a relay race style. The next player will blow it back from Point B to Point A until everyone has had a turn. First team to finish wins.

Dress the Turkey – Select a volunteer from the family to be the turkey. Using brown crepe paper streamers, wrap up the “turkey” until he is covered. Decorate the turkey with a yellow beak, feet and colorful feathers made from construction paper or foam sheets. Don’t forget your camera!

I was So Hungry – This memory game is a fun way to get the party laughing. The players sit at the table or in a circle. The first player starts, “I was so hungry that I ate a juicy drumstick for Thanksgiving.” The next person adds something like, “I was so hungry that I ate a juicy drumstick and a mound of mash potatoes for Thanksgiving.” Keep repeating and adding until the whole party is stuffed.

Pass the Cranberries – Using a turkey baster, pick up a cranberry and bring it to a bowl on the other side of the room. The first team to pass all their cranberries from one bowl to the other wins.

Stuffed Turkey – Wrap a piece of candy in brown box tape. Continue to wrap the tape in a ball, adding additional pieces of candy as you go. The size of the ball will depend on how many players and candy you have. (This is a great way to use up the rest of your Halloween candy.) To play, place the ball in the center of the table. Using a pair of dice, each player takes a turn rolling for doubles. If you get doubles, you can start unwrapping the ball to get candy for as long as it takes the next player to get doubles. The ball is then passed to that player and so on until the ball is completely unwrapped. 12

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Fill your Plate – This is a two part game. Use free printables of Thanksgiving meal items – drumstick, cranberries, potatoes, stuffing, corn and pie. Have the kids color and cut out their dinner items. When everything is colored, pass out a paper plate to each player. The game is a spin off of the Cootie game, but instead of building a bug, we are filling our plate. Assign each meal item with a number and each time a player rolls the die, he gets to put that item on his plate. Whoever fills their plate first is the winner. Pam Molnar is a freelance writer and mother of three. It wouldn’t be Thanksgiving at her house without games! Check out her Esty page, PamsPartyPrintables for more party and game ideas.

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Deciding whether a toy, book, game or album will make a good holiday gift can be a daunting task involving a taxing list of questions. Is it made well? It is age appropriate? Will it last? Will the child like it? Most importantly, is it fun? For the last 25 years, the National Parenting Publications Awards (NAPPA) has made it our business to answer those questions for you. Our expert judges and parent and kid testers play with and evaluate hundreds of products each year and choose only the best of the best to receive the NAPPA seal. We’ve put together a sampling of winners below, all of which were recognized for their quality, durability and, of course, the “fun” factor. See more of our winners at NAPPAawards.com, or download the free family organizer app from Cozi and view them on your mobile device.

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Toys & Games (continued)

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I AM MALALA (Young Readers Audiobook Edition): How One Girl Stood Up for Education and Changed the World Hachette Audio, $22.98, www.soundcloud.com/hachetteaudio, Ages 10 and up

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Music Together Singalong Storybooks: Hey, Diddle Diddle, Ridin’ in the Car and Two Little Blackbirds Music Together, $9.95 board book; $13.95 hardcover, www.musictogether.com/storybooks, Ages 1-8

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Miss Melodee’s “Find Your Melody” Album

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Tomorrow Is a Chance To Start Over by Hilary Grist The Secret Mountain, $16.95, www.thesecretmountain.com, Ages 2-8

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Health

Exercise is fun when it’s a Mud Run for kids, a program created by teachers Fred Bailon and John Soto of San Antonio’s Burke Elementary School. PHOTO CREDIT: SALUD AMERICA

Diabetes Prevention is Kid Stuff, Too by Renee Haines

Preventing Type 2 diabetes is a battle that once only focused on adults. Now, kids are the focus of efforts to stop the disease before it begins, with lessons on healthier diets and the benefits of regular exercise at even young ages. “That’s why we’re moving downstream and working with 3- and 4-year-olds,” says Dr. Roberto Trevino, whose nonprofit Social and Health Research Center is expanding its 20-year reach from elementary, middle and high schools to preschool classrooms. Youngsters at Tynan Early Childhood Education Center, a part of the San Antonio Independent School District, are learning how to identify fruits and vegetables, and about healthy exercise. Because kids can start packing on pounds in later years, “it’s better to catch them lean,” Trevino says. Type 2 diabetes used to be called adult-onset diabetes because it was typically found in middle-aged and older adults. Now it’s being diagnosed more often in children. For example, at a medical meeting in Sweden in September, a Houston physician presented the case of a 3-year-old toddler he had diagnosed with having Type 2 diabetes. The case captured international media attention for being what is believed to be the youngest child diagnosed with the disease. A healthier diet and the diabetes drug metformin stopped the disease’s progress for the toddler within six months, and the doctor was able to stop treatments, he reported. Type 1 diabetes is the rarer form of the disease caused Our Kids App Available on Itunes & Google Play

by a lack of insulin and it can’t be prevented. Type 2 diabetes accounts for more than 90 percent of diabetes cases, and the medical community reports it can be prevented or delayed from progressing with a healthy diet and regular exercise. Type 2 diabetes is diagnosed when a body produces too little insulin or develops insulin resistance. Both forms of diabetes can lead to a higher risk for heart attacks, strokes, blindness, kidney failure, nerve damage and other adverse health conditions.

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In San Antonio, Trevino says his nonprofit’s work with increasingly younger children is now headed beyond the classroom. “We learned that working with school projects is not enough. We really need to get out of the school and visit with parents,” he says. “Parents are a big factor.” In addition to making more fruits and vegetables available, Trevino is encouraging parents to lead family walks after dinner and at other times that add up to150 minutes a week. “This is not something we made up,” he says about the number. He said studies of people who exercised were compared to those given a pre-diabetes drug. Those who walked 150 minutes a week decreased their risk of pre-diabetes symptoms by 58 percent. Only 21 percent of those prescribed a drug alone showed a reduction in symptoms, he said. While the risk of getting Type 2 diabetes has been linked November 2015 | OurKidsMagazine.com 19


to have fewer public parks, less safe walking areas and smaller fresh produce sections at supermarkets. Nationwide, obesity among all groups has more than doubled in children ages 6-11 and more than quadrupled for those 12-19 in the past 30 years, reports the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In 2012, more than one third of children and adolescents were overweight or obese. With November officially National Diabetes Month in America, public awareness campaigns are now a family affair.

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Alamo Heights Junior School students show off the WeWalk smartphone app invented by student Estrella Hernandez, 14, to encourage healthy eating and exercise. PHOTO CREDIT: SALUD AMERICA!

to Hispanic populations, “it’s more related to poverty than ethnicity,” Trevino says. States with the highest Type 2 diabetes rates are West Virginia (No. 1), Tennessee (No. 2) and Mississippi (No.3), he says. Hispanics make up only one percent of West Virginia’s population, about five percent of the population of Tennessee and only about three percent of Mississippi’s population. Poverty can make it harder to fight obesity and a lack of exercise that puts kids and grownups at risk of Type 2 diabetes, Trevino says, because poorer neighborhoods tend

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Instead of facing the $13,000 a year it typically costs to treat diabetes at one of his clinics, Trevino says parents can visit his nonprofit’s website at sahrc.org to request a $5 copy of a Bienestar/NEEMA workbook. It’s the same Texas Education Agency-approved health publication being used in dozens of area schools. Parents can also find a large selection of videos, reports and action plans at the San Antonio-based Salud America! website at salud-america.org, says Dr. Amelie G. Ramirez, director of Salud America! and a professor at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio “We believe moms and dads are part of the solution to childhood obesity and diabetes,” Ramirez says. Ramirez says parents can sign up at the website and enter their address “to see what changes are happening in your backyard.” For example, an Alamo Heights Junior School

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Ginger Mullaney of San Antonio’s Social and Health Research Center shows pictures of healthy foods and activities to pre-school kids at Tynan Early Childhood Center in San Antonio. PHOTO CREDIT: SAN ANTONIO INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT

student, Estrella Hernandez, developed a “WeWalk” healthy eating and exercise app last year at the age of 13. Kids around the city are signing up at schools and parks for “Mud Runs,” a messy, but fun foot race program started by Fred Bailon and John Soto, two teachers at San Antonio’s Burke Elementary School, as a way to promote physical fitness. “You can find examples and tools on how to get healthier school meals or start a fun run or fitness program, and even sign petitions to urge major companies to market healthier food and drink options to young kids,” says Ramirez. “It’s all about helping parents take small steps toward big reductions in obesity.”

While healthy diets and plenty of exercise for kids and grownups can help prevent Type 2 diabetes, the upcoming holiday season can wreak havoc on the best intentions. Between that big Thanksgiving dinner and calorieladen treats at Christmas parties, how can families engage in holiday festivities without forfeiting all the fun? Dr. Amelie Ramirez, director of the San Antoniobased childhood obesity prevention network Salud America!, has a few sensible tips for kids and adults about how to avoid packing on pounds at this year’s holiday parties. “Fuel up with a healthy snack and drink lots of water before you leave,” advises the School of Medicine professor at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. “At the party, survey the landscape, skip fried foods and choose just one or two things to indulge in – with small portions,” Ramirez says. “Go for the foods you don’t eat every day, like tamales, and skip the ordinary rice, beans and chips. Drink plenty of water, and find a way to squeeze in a walk outside or dance to the party music.”

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Baby

Wearing is Caring by Rebecca Asher

Babywearing dates back centuries and provided a simple solution to transport babies when traveling from tribe to tribe. The earliest proof of babywearing dates back to the 1200s in Europe, depicting St. Christopher carrying baby Jesus in a type of sling. Don’t be so surprised one of the first pictures of babywearing depicts a man carrying a child. Work needed to get done and both genders had to share in the babywearing duties. The trend continues today, offering millennial parents several style options to affix their babies either to their chest or back providing long-term comfort and choices in material. When it’s time to begin your search for baby carriers, the Baby Carrier Industry Alliance (BCIA) recommends checking that the products are compliant with U.S. standards and regulated by the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). According to the BCIA, the consumer is looking for three things in baby carriers: proper labeling, product registration and proof the product has been safety tested. Compliance is an important concern especially when shopping for baby products because many countries that manufacture baby items do not

Miranda Tripp and son Graeton 10 mo. Enjoy a morning walk in their modern wrap by Tuck & Bundle.

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“There are two main concerns about babywearing,” said Dr. Dionne Franco of Northeast Pediatric Associates located on Village Drive, “The first concern is suffocation; parents need to make sure the carrier is appropriate for the infant’s size, and that the head is well positioned. The baby should never be in an acute C-shape or face down. The second concern is hip development. It’s important the baby’s hips are in a frog-like position and not hanging down.”

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What Parents Say One way to spot a trend is to see what other parents are wearing and learning about wearing their baby. Valerie Gutierrez is a psychology professor in San Antonio who recommends babywearing. “It sets a good foundation for their psychological health and helps with an infant’s emotional regulation and neurological development.” Valerie’s husband Michael is a fan of infant carrying and has been carrying their daughter Jacqueline since she was born. “Once I put her in a wrap, she slept better, and I feel closer to her.”

Resources to Know Babywearing International of San Antonio (BWISA) has 2,976 members and provides free babywearing education for all caregivers. Most Babywearing International (BWI) meetings are open to the general public. For members, dues are $30 annually and offer caregivers an opportunity to try on carriers and even rent them for up to a month. Krystal Fare is the president of the San Antonio chapter. She has been a certified babywearing educator since 2011, and is a mother of four. “Most caregivers need personal attention and proper education. Think of baby carriers like trying on jeans; you wouldn’t want to leave a store without

trying them on. Once you find the right fit, it’s magical. Remember, it’s not about the brand, it’s about the fit.” Classes at BWISA are held four times a month Monday through Saturday from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Evening and Sunday hours will be added soon to accommodate more caregivers and parents. The Center for Babywearing Studies also offers parents a training class on how to wear their carrier, along with educational and safety information if they would like to become certified. Go Baby Go is a San Antonio store specializing in babywearing and babywear instruction and demonstrations. For additional information about infant safety as it applies to baby carriers, remember the T.I.C.K.S. rule: ■■Tight

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November 8 9th Annual AccessAbility Fest:

Wear your costumes and enjoy family friendly activities and fun at El Mercado. This yearly festival is for people of all abilities, including those with physical, developmental, sensory and/or mental health challenges. It will feature entertainment, informational exhibits, and experts available to answer questions in a number of subject areas. Free and open to the public. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Market Square, 514 W. Commerce. 210-656-6674. www.accessabilityfest.com

Zoo Lights Holiday Nights Starts November 27 And….the giraffes ARE BACK!!! For the first time in Zoo history, the San Antonio Zoo will be transformed into an illuminated wonderland during Zoo Lights Holiday Nights happening from November 27 through January 3. Wild colors, exotic decorations and intricate animal patterns twinkle in the night to create the kind of holidays only found in nature! A festive soundscape will underscore a journey of light, iconic visuals, experiential displays, festive entertainment and delicious dining to create a holiday celebration that is truly unique and memorable. Also coming in November, giraffes are back! Get closer than ever when you experience our Giraffe Feeding Station. Opening on Nov.20, this fun encounter will be the Zoo’s most interactive exhibit. The Safari Overlook exhibit will feature an exciting giraffe exhibit and feeding station. Guests will be able to feed the giraffe while providing great enrichment and the exhibit will have a shaded overlook supervised and interpreted by Zoo staff and volunteers.

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1 Sunday

Halloween Spooktacular Dia De Los Muertos: Join the San Antonio Symphony as they invoke the Mexican spirit of this post-Halloween celebration in an hour-long Family Concert for kids.  Colorful music by famous south-ofthe-border composers such as Ponce, Revueltas and Moncayo may rattle your huesos but will surely leave the audience wanting to dance.  Family Concerts are designed for children age 4-11, but can be enjoyed by people of all ages. Bring the whole family for an afternoon of family fun. Dress in your best Día de los Muertos costume for the Spooktacular Costume Contest – prizes will be awarded from the escenario.   Be sure to arrive at 2 p.m. for Pre-Concert Activities for Kids in the lobby, including an Instrument Petting Zoo with Symphony musicians. $5-$20. 3 p.m. The Tobin Center, 100 Auditorium Circle. 210-223-8624. www. tobincenter.org Dia De Los Muertos Celebration: Participate in artmaking workshops, face-painting, a peace and remembrance procession, and visit community altars while enjoying pan de muerto y chocolate. Performances include the Guadalupe Dance Company and Academy, Grupo Ánimo, and Mariachi Guadalupe. If you would like to participate in making an altar for this year’s festivities, contact Mark Anthony Martinez at 210-2713151 or at markm@guadalupeculturalarts.org. Free. 5 to 7:30 p.m. Performances start at 6:30 p.m. The Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center, 723 S. Brazos St. 210-271-3151. www. guadalupeculturalarts.org/ dia-de-los-muertos Camp Fair 2016 | www.OurKids.camp

7th Annual Fall Train Show: This event will feature large model train layout exhibits, the famous Kids Run Train Layout, Lego Train Layout, and 250 vendor tables with more than 50 vendors. Refreshments and door prizes will be available. A silent auction and free train ride tickets for the Landa Park Miniature Railroad for children up to the age of 10 years old is also available. Admission is $7 for adults 18 years old and older; $2 for children 5 to 17 years old; and free to children younger than 5. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. New Braunfels Civic Center, 375 S. Castell Ave., New Braunfels. 210-542-6121. www.nbrrm.org First Sundays for Families- Dia de los Muertos: Share the first Sunday of each month with the family and Draw inspiration from the museum’s folk art collection as you decorate sugar skulls and masks. Noon to 4 p.m. Free with museum admission. San Antonio Museum of Art, Great Hall, 200 W. Jones Ave. 210-9788100. www.samuseum.org

2 Monday

Helotes Ballet Folklorico Classes: Ballet/folklorico dance instruction for area children at 5:30 p.m. on the first and third Monday of each month. Children and parents should report to the HPD Building, where they will be escorted to the training room for classes. Free. Helotes Police Dept., 12951 Bandera Road. 210-4161498. www.helotes-tx.gov

3 Tuesday

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Special Mentions

Youth Leadership Program Expands to Include Coastal & Marine Resources for Texas Teens

The population of Texas is expected to grow to 30 million by 2020 with over 60% of the population located within 100 miles of the coast. The coast is an important part of the state as Texas has 367 miles of ocean front coastline, 3327 miles of coastal bay shoreline and 350 miles of barrier islands. Texans depend on coastal areas for recreation, seafood and wildlife habitat. In the summer of 2016, the 1st Battalion of the Coastal Brigade will be held in July at Sea Scout Base Camp Galveston.   Those interested in attending must submit an application by March 15, 2016.  It is a competitive application process and only 30 youth will be selected to participate. There will be eight camps to choose from in 2016: Buckskin Brigade (2 sessions), Bobwhite Brigade (2 sessions), Bass Brigade, Waterfowl Brigade, Ranch Brigade and the new Coastal Brigade.  This is a co-ed camp for youth ages 13-17. To receive information about applications, please email Zelina Alvarado, Texas Brigades Program Coordinator, at zalvarado@texas-wildlife.org

H-E-B Free Family Nights Are Back at the DoSeum

The DoSeum, formerly The San Antonio Children’s Museum, is welcoming back H-E-B Free Family Nights on the first and third Tuesday of each month. Free admission will be honored for the first 1,500 guests from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on the designated nights. Free parking will also be available as capacity allows and signs will be set out to note when capacity has been reached. A reminder from the DoSeum that no outside food is allowed inside the facility and that limits on stroller use apply is included in the announcement. For more information, call 210-212-4453 or go to www.thedoseum.org/ HEBFamilyNight.

Kids Are Welcome at Downtown Tuesday

Parents can save some cash by taking advantage of the Downtown Tuesday initiative for free parking at city facilities and plenty of restaurant deals and special events. Bring the kids and head down to the heart of the city and take part in the effort to bring local citizens downtown for an evening. Parking is free at meters and designated city-owned parking lots and garages. A full list of eligible free parking is available at www.downtowntuesday.com/parking-maps. Keep in mind that the Houston Street Garage at 240 E. Houston is unavailable on Majestic Theatre Performance nights. The St. Mary’s St. Garage is located just two blocks north at St. Mary’s and Travis. Full details for Downtown Tuesday can be found at www.downtowntuesday.com.

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5:30 to 7:30 p.m. The DoSeum, 2800 Broadway. 210-212-4453. www.thedoseum.org/HEBFamilyNight 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. www.cibolo.org

4 Wednesday

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. Sundown to 10 p.m. every Wednesday. Free. Lower Bee Tree soccer field parking lot at McAllister Park, 13102 Jones Maltsberger Road. 210-710-4786. www.sanantonioastronomy.org 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 210-207-3292 for directions to week’s location. Phil Hardberger Park, 13203 Blanco Road (East Side). 210-207-3106. www. philhardbergerpark.org 

6 Friday

Family Flashlight Night: If you are looking for a fun family activity and a bit of exploration, head out to the Botanical Garden for Family Flashlight Night. When the sun sets, visitors can see a different side of the garden. Encounter nighttime insects, create a constellation craft and test your directional skills in a light maze. Take your flashlight and a sweater if it’s a cool night. Admission is free for garden members and $5 for nonmembers. 6 to 8:30 p.m. San Antonio Botanical Garden, 555 Funston Place. 210-207-3250. www.sabot.org Starting Out Wild-Turkeys are Terrific!: Learn about turkeys through stories, songs, and handson fun! These high energy, engaging programs are a perfect way to foster an appreciation of the natural world for children ages 1-3. It is recommended that a child be

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FAMILY THEATRE Disney’s Alice in Wonderland - The Family Musical: Lewis Carroll’s unflappable young heroine, Alice, takes a tumble down an enchanted rabbit hole to an off-kilter world of mock turtles, dancing flora, punctual rabbits, and mad tea parties. Playing cards hold court and nothing is as it seems in this land where whimsy and wordplay are the order of the day. Will Alice be able to get find her footing in this bizarre place?! More importantly, will she ever figure out how to get home? $20 adult and $15 child admission. Show times vary by date. Runs through Nov. 1. Cameo Theatre, 1123 East Commerce St. 210212-5454. www.cameocenter.com/ Alice/index.html “Veggietales Live! Little Kids Do Big Things” is a one-night-only show set for Nov. 27 at 6 p.m. Bob the Red: A collaboration between The Tomato, Larry the Cucumber and all of their Veggie friends appear in the new fresh, funny, and unforgettable Magik Theatre and multimedia show at the Tobin Center. puppet troupe Miniature Curiosa (a Henson Grant company), this production features Red Riding Hood the North Pole. The would-be elf is raised unaware that he is like you’ve never seen her before. Thirteen and not so little any actually a human, until his enormous size and poor toy-making more, Red must venture into the forest to deliver a sugar-free abilities cause him to face the truth. With Santa’s permission, birthday cake to her ailing grandmother...but between Red’s Buddy embarks on a journey to New York City to find his birth wild imagination and a hungry wolf on the prowl, it seems father and discover his true identity. Faced with the harsh realunlikely that she’ll live to see another detention hall. This fastity that his father is on the naughty list, and his step-brother paced puppet spectacle is best for ages 7 and up. $15 adult and doesn’t even believe in Santa, Buddy is determined to win $12 child admission. Show times vary by date. Runs through over his new family and help New York remember the true Nov. 8. Magik Theatre, 420 South Alamo. 210-227-2751. www. meaning of Christmas. This modern day holiday classic is sure magiktheatre.org to make everyone embrace their inner elf. $15-$20. Runs Nov. Pinocchio: A magical re-telling of the old fairytale full of color, music, and stunning visuals will entrance audiences of all ages. Teatro del Drago integrates puppetry and shadow theatre alongside actors, telling the tale through movement, puppets and music without the use of spoken dialogue. Show times vary by date. Runs Nov. 11 through Nov. 22. $15-$28. . The Tobin Center, 100 Auditorium Circle. 210-2238624. www.tobincenter.org/ box-office/2015-11/pinocchio A Charlie Brown Christmas: The original tv special became an instant classic when it premiered on television in 1965, and has only grown in popularity since then. Now it comes to life on the Magik stage as Charlie Brown, Snoopy, and the rest of the “Peanuts” gang come to understand the real meaning of Christmas. $15 adult and $12 child admission. Show times vary by date. Runs Nov. 20 through Dec. 30. Magik Theatre, 420 South Alamo. 210-227-2751. www.magiktheatre. org Elf, the Musical-Junior Edition: Buddy, a young orphan mistakenly crawls into Santa’s bag of gifts and is transported to

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21 through Dec. 23. Times vary by date. Cameo Theatre, 1123 East Commerce St. 210-212-5454. www. cameocenter.com/Elf/index.html Veggietales Live! Little Kids Do Big Things: Bob the Tomato, Larry the Cucumber and all of their Veggie friends appear in the new fresh, funny, and unforgettable VeggieTales Live! Little Kids Do Big Things tour.  Join the VeggieTales crew in a musical review that celebrates that with help and faith, even little kids can do big things too! $19.50-$46.50. Nov. 27. 6 p.m. The Tobin Center, 100 Auditorium Circle. 210-223-8624. www. tobincenter.org/box-office/2015-11/veggietales-live#sthash.ZmJnHBB7.dpuf Peter Pan: Peter and his mischievous fairy sidekick Tinkerbell visit the nursery of the Darling children late one night and with a sprinkle of pixie dust begin a magical journey across the stars that none of them will ever forget. In the adventure of a lifetime the travelers come face to face with a ticking crocodile, a fierce Indian tribe, a band of bungling pirates, and of course the villainous Captain Hook. This high-flying TONY Award-winning musical has been performed around the world and delighted audiences for 60 years. Runs Nov. 27 through Dec. 23. $17-$26. www.woodlawntheatre.org/ peterpan To Advertise Call 305-4181


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Muertitos Fest Family Day: A special Muertitos Fest day just for families. Get hands-on with various family folk art workshops, get your face painted and shop for treasures from one-of-akind artist vendors. Enjoy a special family program of music and performances in the SAY Sí Black Box Theatre. Free and open to the public. Noon to 4 p.m. SAY Si Central, 1518 South Alamo. 210-2128666. www.saysi.org/muertitos-fest Animal Botanical 2015: Hands-on learning and fun-filled activities for special needs youth ages 7-19. Campers are paired with buddies who will help them engage in all activities. Buddies are mostly high school and middle school students with an interest and love for special needs youth. $25. 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. San Antonio Botanical Garden, 555 Funston Place. 210-207-3250. www.sabot.org 5th Annual Dia De Los Perros: This funfor-the-whole-family event will have food, music and a dog costume contest. Funds raised will help spay/neuter dogs and cats here in the San Antonio area.  $16-$27. Noon to 5 p.m. The Cove, 606 W. Cypress St. www.facebook.com/ events/520755364742591/ Boerne Handmade Market: This month’s bi-annual, one-day sale of all handmade

The Institute of Texan Cultures offers a “Hands on the Past” program of Texas Archaeology Adventures from noon to 4 p.m. For more information, go to www.texancultures.com. items will include a Kid Market, which offers crafting kids the opportunity to sell their goods at their very own booth. The vendors range from bath and body products to home decor to children’s items and even food items. Food trucks will be selling concessions. There is a playground for children as well as free live music. Free. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Pavillion, 826 John’s Rd., Boerne. 210-663-9046. www.

boernehandmademarket.com Dare to Be Powerful 5K Run/Walk: Participants are encouraged to dress for this run/walk in their most “powerful” costumes. Superheroes are welcome at this event benefitting The Martinez Street Women’s Center. Pre-registration fees are $30 per person/ $15 for ages 10 and under. Race day registration is $35 per

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person/ $20 for ages 10 and under. Teams of five can register anytime for $100 and pets are welcome for an additional $5 donation each. Registration is at 7 a.m. and the race starts at 8 a.m. There will be a costume contest for humans and pets at 9 a.m. Lockwood Park, 801 North Olive St. (listed as 600 Hays St. on Google Maps). 210-534-6638. www.runsignup. com/Race/Events/TX/SanAntonio/ DaretobePowerful5K 44th Annual Veterans Day Parade: The Greater Randolph Area Veterans Council (GRAVC) will sponsor Universal City’s annual Veterans Parade. The viewing stand is in the Randolph Plaza Shopping Center parking lot, however, spectators can gather along the Pat Booker Road route to enjoy the parade. Free. Parade starts at 10:30 a.m. www.universalcitytexas.com/index.aspx?NID=586 Turkeys of Voelcker Homestead: Did you know who wanted the turkey to be the symbol for the national bird? What is a baby turkey called? Why does the President pardon a turkey every year? Find out answers to these questions and more. Parking in the Salado Creek Greenway parking lot. A donation of $3 per individual or $5 per family is suggested. 9 to 11 a.m. Voelcker Homestead, 1201 Voelcker Lane, Salado Greenway Trailhead. Old Voelcker Homestead in Phil Hardberger Park, 13203 Blanco Road. 210207-3280. www.philhardbergerpark.org  Butterfly Tour & Lecture: A walk around the Mitchell Lake Audobon Center’s native garden to observe and learn about different types of butterflies and what to plant to attract them. Free with advance registration. 9 to 11 a.m. Mitchell Lake

“ZOOZOO, Imago Theatre” features penguins playing musical chairs, a cat trapped in a giant paper bag, hippos with insomnia, anteaters as waiters and a madcap revue of illusion, comedy and fun for the entire family. The show will be Nov. 8 at 7:30 p.m. at the Aztec Theatre. Audubon Center, 10750 Pleasanton Road. 210-628-1639. www.mitchelllake.audubon.org Tejas Rodeo in Bulverde: Weekly rodeos, live music, events & steak dinners. Check the website for specifics on the agenda. General admission for Saturday night rodeos is $12 for adults and $6 for children 6-12 years of age, 5 and under free. 7:30 p.m. Tejas Rodeo Co., 401 Obst Road, Bulverde. 830980-2226. www.tejasrodeo.com Primer Sabado: On the first Saturday of each month, this event features the best local entertainment, children’s activities and food offered by the city. The Market Square shops and restaurants will all be open for an afternoon of browsing and snacking. Free. Noon to 6 p.m. San Antonio’s Historic Market Square. 210-207-8600. www.events.getcreativesanantonio.com MarketPlace at Old Town Helotes: Music, food and a good time are served up at this event as local craftsmen offer treasures from across South Texas on the first Saturday of the month. Jewelry, arts and crafts, fresh produce and one-of-a-kind pieces are on display.  10 a.m. to 5 p.m. 14391 Riggs Rd., Helotes. 210-695-5964.  www.helotes-tx.gov/marketplace 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.  www.samuseum.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. 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Alamo. 210-2251391. www.thealamo.org

Friedrich Wilderness Park will host a Starting Out Wild: Turkeys are Terrific! program where kids can learn about turkeys through stories, songs, and hands-on fun. The hour-long program starts at 10 a.m. and is designed for children ages 1-3.

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9th Annual AccessAbility Fest: see pg 24 Texas Archaeology Adventures: Celebrate archaeology and the thrill

of discovery with fun, hands-on activities and demonstrations to introduce the entire family to Texas archaeology and teach how people in the past lived. The Institute of Texan Cultures teams with the Legacy: Hands on the Past program at the UTSA Center for Archaeological Research, to offer an afternoon of mock archaeological excavations. Children become artifact detectives as they investigate dig boxes. They can try their hands at pottery making, learn how to create cordage, and design their own rock art. Museum guides will offer interactive tours of the Native American and Paleo-Indian areas. Free. Noon to 4 p.m. Institute of Texan Cultures, 801 E. Cesar Chavez Blvd. 210458-2300. www.texancultures.com Party in the Pasture: Christian Senior Services presents this 11th annual event that brings awareness to the homebound and disabled seniors of Bexar County. The party is casual and family-friendly and will feature barbecue, live country music, silent auctions, kid’s games and entertainment for all ages. $20. 1 to 5 p.m. Rio Cibolo Ranch, 1101 Ulrich Road in Marion. 210-735-5115. www. christianseniorservices.org/news-events/ events/2014-party-in-the-pasture Veteran’s Day Concert: The Helotes Area Community Band presents the patriotic concert “Valor, Courage, Sacrifice” featuring master works by John Phillip Sousa, William Schuman, John Bacchus Dykes, William Paris Chambers, Morton Gould and John Stafford Smith, with a special musical tribute to veterans. Free. 3 to 4:30 p.m. Helotes Fire Station, 12951 Bandera Road, Helotes. 210-695-8877. www.helotescommunityband.webs.com/ To Advertise Call 305-4181


ZOOZOO, Imago Theatre:  Imago’s shows have been described as Cirque Du Soleil-evoking acrobatics mixed with Mummenschanz-like mime. ZooZoo features penguins playing musical chairs, a cat trapped in a giant paper bag, hippos with insomnia, anteaters as waiters and a madcap revue of illusion, comedy and fun that has inspired audiences nationwide. $29-$110. 7:30 p.m. Aztec Theatre, 104 N St Mary’s St. 210-226-2891. www. artssa.org/zoo_zoo 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 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Free. Boerne, Main Plaza. www. boernemarketdays.com. 210-884-8193 Sunday Jazz at the Witte: Take the family and enjoy a relaxing afternoon with “Regency Jazz Band” 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. 210-3571910.  www.wittemuseum.org

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Little Sprout Mondays: Program for

ages 3-4 includes storytelling, kids’ crafts and hands-on explorations at the child’s pace. Early registration encouraged. $7 fee includes one adult and one child. A parent or guardian must stay with the child. 10 to 11:30 a.m. San Antonio Botanical Garden, 555 Funston Place. 210-207-3278. www.sabot.org/education/ childrens-education/little-sprouts

for nonmembers. 10 to 10:45 a.m. San Antonio Zoo, 3903 N. St. Mary’s St. 210734-7184. www.sazoo.org Little Explorers: see Nov. 3

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Astronomy in the Park: see Nov. 4 Weed Wednesdays – Volunteer at PHP: see Nov. 4

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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: 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. www.samuseum.org Yoga For The Youngest: Do the downward dog and then visit the wild dogs at the zoo!  The zoo’s guest yoga teacher will practice some basic yoga moves with participating children and caregivers.  Then they will walk with participants to meet the inspiration for the exercises. Open to children ages 2-6 years old. Cost per person is $7 for members and $17

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Stargazing at the CNC: Experience the wonder and beauty of the universe and check out the fantastic view of the sky from the Nature Center. Pre-register online. $5 for Individuals or $20 per Family. 7 to 9 p.m. Cibolo Nature Center, 140 City Park Road, Boerne. 830-2494616. www.cibolo.org Art Crawl: Moms, dads and caregivers 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. www.samuseum.org

Christmas Celebration at SeaWorld San Antonio Nov. 21 – Dec. 31

Holiday in the Park at Six Flags Fiesta Texas Nov. 21 – Jan. 3

Shop for gifts and get a great view of the Alamo Plaza Christmas Tree at the

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ONGOING EXHIBITS throughout the world, as cultural outreach from Mexico. Public reception/opening:  September 9, 5:30-7:30pm at the Botanical Garden. Exhibit runs through February 14, 2016 Admission: $10 adults (14-64); $8 students, seniors, military; $7 children age 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. 210-207-3250. www.sabot.org

Institute of Texan Cultures

Serving with Honor – Texans in the Military is a student exhibit honoring Texans who have served in the United States military and their families. The ITC has teamed with 11th grade AP “Big Garden, Little Me” allows visitors to the Garden get playful with oversize, interactive displays History students at Brandeis High School of everyday backyard items. Sit in giant chairs, get an ant’s view of a picnic, play the huge Checkers for this latest student exhibit. Presented game, and more at the San Antonio Botanical Garden through the end of the year. in conjunction with the museum’s “Our Part of Victory: Texans in World War II,” the student exhibit expands the scope McNay Art Museum of service, with profiles of Texans who served in any era. The Miro: The Experience of Seeing features more than 50 remarkclass has produced some 25 shadow boxes, with artifacts, able paintings, drawings, and sculptures created by Joan Miro images and text from oral histories, citations and biographies. between 1963 and 1981. Miró: The Experience of Seeing is Among those commemorated are sniper Chris Kyle of Odessa, drawn entirely from the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina San Antonio native Oliver North, and General Dwight D. Sofia in Madrid, Spain. The exhibition features bold, colorful, Eisenhower of Denison. Exhibit runs Nov. 11 through Feb. 14, and often playful compositions that highlight the artist’s inge2016. nuity and offers a fresh assessment of the late period of Miro’s work—something that audiences in the United States have not Admission: $8 for adults (12-64); $7 for seniors (65+); $6 for yet had the opportunity to explore in depth. The McNay is the children (3-11); free with membership, UTSA or Alamo Colleges only southwest venue and final stop of the exhibition’s U.S. identification. Regular hours are 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday tour. Exhibit runs through Jan. 10, 2016 through Saturday and noon-5 p.m. Sunday. Institute of Texan Admission: $10 for adults (12-64); $5 for seniors (65+), students with I.D. (13+), and active duty military; and free for children ages 12 and younger and to all museum members. Regular hours are 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday; 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Thursday; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday; and noon-5 p.m. Sunday. Closed New Year’s Day, July 4, Thanksgiving, and Christmas.  McNay Art Museum, 6000 N. New Braunfels. 210824-5368. www.mcnayart.org

San Antonio Botanical Garden

Scarecrow Trail Exhibit shows off a seasonal display of scarecrows at the Garden for guests to explore and enjoy. Exhibit runs through Nov. 15. Big Garden, Little Me lets visitors to the Garden get playful with oversize, interactive displays of everyday backyard items. Sit in giant chairs, get an ant’s view of a picnic, play the huge Checkers game, and more — all in the family friendly setting of the amphitheater. This exhibit provides fun photo opportunities for the family. Exhibit runs through Dec. 31. 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

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Cultures, UTSA HemisFair Park Campus, 801 E. César E. Chávez Blvd. 210-458-2300. www.TexanCultures.com

The Witte

Bodies Revealed features real human bodies donated for science education and then preserved, dissected, and respectfully and artistically displayed. Explore and experience the wonder of the human form in person and discover how the human body works. Learn about the body’s complex internal structure in galleries providing an up-close look inside the skeletal, respiratory, reproductive, muscular, digestive, nervous and circulatory systems. Exhibit runs through Jan. 31, 2016 in the Kathleen and Curtis Gunn Gallery. Admission is $8 for members and $10 for non-members, plus general admission. 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. 210-357-1900. www.wittemuseum.org To Advertise Call 305-4181


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Miss Anastasia’s Twiglet Storytime: see Nov. 6 Art Stroll at the McNay: see Nov. 6

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Kids Club - Hotdog Thanksgiving: Celebrate Herff Farm’s 5th Annual Kid’s Club Hot Dog Thanksgiving with food and fun. Participants will be roasting hotdogs and s’mores and making autumn wreathes. $5 per family. 10 to11 a.m. No drop-offs allowed. Herff Farm, 33 Herff Rd., Boerne. 830-249-4616. www.cibolo. org Diwali San Antonio Festival of Lights: DiwaliSA is the only city-sanctioned event of its kind in the nation drawing 15,000+ people from all over the state of Texas. Diwali, the Festival of Lights, is one of the most celebrated Indian festivals and symbolizes the victory of good over evil. Featuring traditional Indian dance, entertainment, food and crafts, this annual event celebrates Indian culture and traditions. Free. 5 to 10 p.m. La Villita, 418 Villita St. 210-207-7234. www.diwalisa. com The Great Amazing Race: Sign up for this annual D.I.T. (Do-It-Together) familyfriendly competition modeled after the

On Saturday, Nov. 14, The Great Amazing Race comes to town and brings local families together to compete in a wacky, teamwork-oriented obstacle course. The event is scheduled to begin at 3 p.m. in Olmos Basin Park. TV show “The Amazing Race,” where teams of two complete a 1-mile course speckled with challenge stations that require teamwork to succeed. Teams can be friends, family members, neighbors or co-workers. Early registration is $48 and race day registration is $60. Check-in is at 2:15 p.m. and the race begins at 3 p.m.

Olmos Basin Park, 500 Devine St, Alamo Heights. 513-518-0528. www.greatamazingrace.info/san-antonio.html Mariachi Vargas Extravaganza Presentation and Performance: The Mariachi Vargas Extravaganza was founded in 1995 with the mission of

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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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Student workshops are held annually as part of the annual week-long Mariachi Vargas Extravaganza. Over 1000 mariachi musicians and vocalists from throughout the world will convene in San Antonio Nov. 15-21 for this event and 100 of the very best will perform on stage on Saturday, Nov. 21st at the Lila Cockrell Theater. For more information, go to www.mariachimusic.com or call 210-225-3353 presenting outstanding mariachi artists, promoting mariachi education, and fomenting cultural pride and diversity in San Antonio. Learn how the Mariachi Vargas Extravaganza started and meet some of the young, award-winning artists performing in this narrated historical presentation. 6:30 to 8 p.m. Mission Marquee Plaza, 3100 Roosevelt Ave. 210207-6968. www.getcreativesanantonio.com Farm Day at Mission San Juan: The National Park Service is developing a Spanish Colonial Demonstration Farm at Mission San Juan and Farm Day is an introduction of this farm to the community. Rangers will offer guided tours of the mission compound and the adjacent farm. Other activities include cooking demonstrations, guided birding walks, education about pollinators important to crop production, viewing longhorns up close and watching a charro perform feats with the horse and a lasso. Visitors can also take a guided bike tour of portions of the acequia system, the colonial irrigation system that brought water from the San Antonio River to the farm fields. The bike tours include a visit to the colonial-era Espada Aqueduct, a type of stone bridge built to continue the acequia over a creek. Bikes and helmets supplied by B-Cycle will be available free on a first-come, first-served basis for several tours throughout the day. Free. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Mission San Juan, 9101 Graf Road. 210-534-8875. www.nps.gov/saan. SARA’s Pecan Jubilee: The community is invited to enjoy activities that include: Pecan Harvesting Demonstrations, Tree Giveaways, Children’s Activities & Games, Tree Identification, Tours, Food Vendors & Live Music. Pecan Dessert

Bake-Off with Grand Prize Winner and Blue Ribbon Awards will also be featured. Free. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. John William Helton-San Antonio River Nature Park, 15662 FM 775, Floresville. 210-302-3267. www.sara-tx.org Star Party – Family Program: Star gazing with the San Antonio Astronomical Society. What’s to see in the crisp, clear (hopefully) autumn skies? Reservations are recommended; call 210-207-5320 or email peggy.spring@sanantonio.gov. Free; donations accepted. 6 to 8:30 p.m. Eisenhower Park, 19399 N.W. Military Highway. 210-207-5320. www.sanaturalareas.org SA Urban Pet Market: This familyfriendly event includes vendors for all pet products/services, food trucks, pet adoptions, interactive dog games with prizes, AKC Canine Good Citizen Testing & much more! Proceeds from the event are donated to the local animal rescue groups in attendance each month. Free. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Travis Park, 301 E. Travis. 210-722-8601. www.sa-UrbanPetMarket.com Harvest Day: Enjoy the cooler weather by coming to Harvest Day at the San Antonio Zoo. Celebrate fall with colorful leaves, terrific turkeys and cornfield critters.  The whole family can enjoy exciting games and activities that teach participants all about the pollinating critters that make this season possible. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. San Antonio Zoo, 3903 N. St. Mary’s St. 210-734-7184. www. sazoo.org Sensory-Friendly Films: Partnering with the Autism Society, AMC Theaters brings Sensory- Friendly Films to families affected by autism in the San Antonio To Advertise Call 305-4181


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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 members are invited to get up and dance, walk, shout or sing. Today’s feature is “The Peanuts Movie”. Dates and films are subject to change so be sure to verify in advance. $4 per person. 10 a.m. AMC Rivercenter 9. 849 E. Commerce St. www. autism-society.org/get-involved/events/ sensory-friendly-films 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. 210-308-6788. 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 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Free. Boerne, Main Plaza. www. boernemarketdays.com. 210-884-8193 Tejas Rodeo in Bulverde: see Nov. 7

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A Walk Through the Zoo: Bring your little Zoo lover in a stroller or a sling for a fun Zoo walk. Meet at the Education Center for some brief information about your adventure, the animals you will see and to pick up a map.  With this informal program, participants can walk through the Zoo at their own pace then meet zoo teachers at the times and places on the map to learn about the amazing animals.  Each month will feature visits with different animals and most of the interpretation will be geared toward parents. Open to kids ages 6-30 months. Cost per person is $7 for members and $17 for nonmembers. 10 to 11 a.m. San Antonio Zoo, 3903 N. St. Mary’s St. 210-734-7184. www.sazoo.org Helotes Ballet Folklorico Classes: see Nov. 2

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Mother Nature’s Storytime- Forests!: Preschoolers and their caregivers can attend and hear the tale of the “Leaf Trouble” and make finger paint trees to

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Art Stroll at the McNay: see Nov. 6

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29th Annual Light the Way: “A Cardinal Christmas” includes music and dance performances by students from the University of Incarnate Word and the Brainpower Connections schools as well as appearances by several special guests. Also, the official switch will be flipped to illuminate the campus with nearly a million lights. A reception on Dubuis Lawn will follow a candle-lit procession through campus to enjoy the twinkling lights. Take new, unwrapped toys for the Elf Louise Project. Free. 7:30 p.m. Gayle and Tom Benson Stadium, 4301 Broadway. www.uiw.edu/lighttheway Mariachi Vargas De Tecalitlan: Plan to enjoy a performance by Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitlán. This popular group was founded in Tecalitlán, Jalisco, Mexico by Gaspar Vargas in 1898. They have recorded albums, starred in more than 200 movies, and performed all over the world. Now in its’ 5th incarnation, the group members dress in the traditional charro suits customary in the 19th century and sometimes perform dances accompanied by ballet folklórico performers. $30-$105. 7:30 p.m. Lila Cockrell Theatre, 200 E. Market St., 210-207-8500. www.ticketmaster.com/ Mariachi-Vargas-de-Tecalitlan-tickets/ artist/755066 38th Annual AH Annual Holiday Parade: Sponsored by the Alamo Heights Chamber of Commerce, this annual parade begins at 6900 Broadway and ends at 5100 Broadway (Stewart Center). Everyone is welcome to an afterparade party for kid-friendly fun in the parking lot located on the corner of Broadway and Grove Place.  5:30 to 6:30 p.m. www.alamoheightschamber.org/ holiday-parade/ Dairy Day at Voelcker Homestead: Southwest Dairy Farmers or Oak Farms will discuss dairy farming and how to milk a cow. Parking in the Salado Creek Greenway parking lot. A donation of $3 per individual or $5 per family is suggested. Weather Permitting. 10 a.m. to noon. Voelcker Homestead, 1201 Voelcker Lane, Dairy Barn Area. Old Voelcker Homestead in Phil Hardberger Park, 13203 Blanco Road. 210-207-3280. www.philhardbergerpark.org  Judson ISD Thanksgiving Community Feast: Volunteer to help feed more than 2,000 members of the Judson School District community a Thanksgiving meal. Those in need can enjoy a free meal and entertainment. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wagner High School Cafeteria, 3000 North Foster

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Every Tuesday at the Cibolo Nature Center & Farm 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 features special guest Mother Nature for a read-aloud story time. This month’s story is “Leaf Trouble”. Rd. 210-945-5100. www.judsonisd.org

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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. 210-207-3255. www.sabot.org

Little Explorers: see Nov. 3

Tejas Rodeo in Bulverde: see Nov. 7

Flashlight Tour at the Zoo: Bring the whole family for flashlight fun before the feast. Admission is $20 for adult members; $15 for child members; $24 for adult nonmembers; and $19 for child nonmembers. 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. San Antonio Zoo, 3903 N. St. Mary’s St. 210-734-7184. www. sazoo.org

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Family Art Play - Degas and the Little Dancer: The McNay offers a program for families to meet Marie, the young dancer who inspired artist Edgar Degas’s ballerina sculptures, in a reader’s theatre with the Storytime Chicks. Free. 3 p.m. McNay Art Museum, 6000 N. New Braunfels Ave. 210-805-1768. www.mcnayart.org Zoo Movers: A new program at the zoo just for two-year-olds that lets them get their wiggles out.  These classes are geared just for terrific twos so they can concentrate on movement, music, animal “pretend play”, and sensory experiences.  Participants will also meet an animal ambassador and take a “two sized” Zoo tour. Open to toddlers aged 24-36 months. Cost per person is $7 for members and $17 for nonmembers. 10 to 11 a.m. San Antonio Zoo, 3903 N. St. Mary’s St. 210-734-7184. www.sazoo.org

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Sensory Play: Early Childhood instructors set out some great sensory experiences for parents and children ages 2 to 4 years old to enjoy. $15 per member child with parent/caregiver or $30 per nonmember child with parent/caregiver. 10 to 10:45 a.m. San Antonio Zoo, 3903 N. St. Mary’s St. 210-734-7184. www.sazoo.org

Astronomy in the Park: see Nov. 4 Weed Wednesdays – Volunteer at PHP: see Nov. 4

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The Great Turkey Challenge: The San Antonio Food Bank’s The Great Turkey Challenge 5K is a chip-timed 5k Run/Walk on Thanksgiving morning to help fight hunger in San Antonio. Every $15 generated by the race helps provide a turkey dinner to a family in need this holiday season. Pre-registration is $35 until Nov. 25 and Race Day registration is $40. Kids younger than 12 are free. Check-in is at 6:30 a.m. and the race begins at 8:30 a.m. To Advertise Call 305-4181


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Ford Holiday River Parade & Lighting Ceremony: This 34th annual spectacular parade along San Antonio’s River Walk features illuminated floats with celebrities, bands and lavishly-costumed participants. Rain or Shine. Children 2 years of age or older will need a ticket. General admission starts at $15. 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. on the San Antonio River Walk, Historic La Villita’s Arneson River Theatre and Plaza Juarez. 210-227-4262. www. thesanantonioriverwalk.com/events Dickens on Main: This will be Boerne’s 15th Annual Dickens on Main. Festivities include the Holiday Lighting Ceremony, The Stocking Stroll, Bah Humbug-It’s a Charles Dickens “A Christmas Carol,” live ice sculptures, roasting chestnuts, petting zoo, train rides, pictures with Santa and much more. Free. 10 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. Downtown Boerne. 830-248-1617. www. dickensonmain.com 26th Annual Peace Market: Bringing people together in the tradition of open-air markets in indigenous communities around the world, the Mercado

de Paz offers an alternative to holiday retail shopping by giving community direct access to global and local artisans selling one-of-a-kind handmade goods.  Free. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Esperanza Peace and Justice Center, 922 San Pedro Ave. 210-228-0201. www.visitsanantonio. com/Browse-Book/Events/26th-AnnualInternational-Peace-Market Miss Anastasia’s Twiglet Storytime: see Nov. 6 Art Stroll at the McNay: see Nov. 6

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Junior Gardener’s Club- Flowers, Leaves, Fruits and Veggies: Flowers and leaves help make fruits and veggies. Look closely at how our fruits and vegetables are produced and learn what makes each of them special. Open to all ages. Free. 10 to 11 a.m. Herff Farm, 33 Herff Rd., Boerne. 830-249-4616. www.cibolo.org Christmas in Comfort: One of the area’s most popular holiday events, Christmas in Comfort will draw visitors to the Texas Hill Country for holiday shopping and family fun. This event offers more than 125 art and crafts vendors and a full day of holiday activities. Free. 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Santa will be on hand from 11 a.m.

Looking Ahead to December Experience the holiday serenity of the River Walk as you stroll with the family along the banks of the San Antonio River guided by more than 6,000 Luminarias. Warmly glowing candles in sandfilled bags line the walkways to symbolically mark the “lighting of the way” for the Holy Family starting at dusk Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays from Dec. 4-20. The kids may also enjoy “Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer™: The Musical” at the Tobin Center Dec. 21-24.

to 3 p.m. and the Spectacular Lighted Night Parade begins at 7 p.m. Comfort Historic District. 830-995-3131. www. comfortchamberofcommerce.com/events/ christmasincomfort/ Dickens on Main: see Nov. 27 26th Annual Peace Market: see Nov. 27 Tejas Rodeo in Bulverde: see Nov. 7

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Our Kids Magazine November 2015  

Thanksgiving is fast approaching! November is the perfect month to realize the many things we are blessed with, and to show gratitude to oth...

Our Kids Magazine November 2015  

Thanksgiving is fast approaching! November is the perfect month to realize the many things we are blessed with, and to show gratitude to oth...