What is Kidcation? It's coming August 12th - 18th! - Family Love In My City

What is Kidcation? It's coming August 12th - 18th!

Monday, July 29, 2013



Kidcation Week is coming! Summer is winding down and the City of San Antonio is throwing a week-long BIG bash before the kids go back to school!

Locals, lucky you that you live in such an awesome city that is offering a weeks worth of special events, attraction deals and restaurant specials!  And non-locals, lucky you, too! Kidcation Week has some great hotel offers as well, if you are looking for a fun family getaway!


The Kidcation Kick Off Festival will be held at Hemisfair Park, Monday August 12th, from 9:30am to 12:30pm. Bring the family out to celebrate with live music from The Zots and Elora & Gasoline Alley, free snacks and appearances from Shamu, the Spurs' Coyote, McGruff the Crime Dog, Whataguy and more! 

Here's a list of the special events planned for the week! Stack them up with an attraction and a lunch or dinner special and you've got a great day planned! Parents, plan an eventful day and take a day off of work to have some fun with the kids. 


MONDAY, AUGUST 12th

Kidcation Week Kick Off FestivalHemisfair Park, 200 S Alamo St, 9:30 - 12:30pm 

"Peitra y El Lobo" Arneson River Theatre, 418 Villita Street, 210-207-8614(Peitra and the Wolf) is a one-act ballet story set in the Iberian Forest of Spain, inspired by the children's story  "Peter and the Wolf" Free. 8-9 pm. 

Movies by Moonlight Hemisfair Park Pre-show entertainment starts around 7:30 p.m. followed by a brief intermission, with the feature film, Despicable Me, beginning at 8:30 p.m. Food will be for sale but also make sure to bring your picnic baskets, lawn chairs and blankets. Sponsored by Slab Cinema.

TUESDAY, AUGUST 13th

Downtown Tuesdays - Free parking at city-operated parking garages, parking lots and parking meters from 5 p.m. to 2 a.m.

Bat Loco Bash San Antonio River Authority100 E Guenther,  210-302-3222- During this special Kidcation Week event families can learn about bats as they watch them emerge from under the I-35 bridge along the Museum Reach of the San Antonio River. This special Bat Loco Bash will have food trucks, live music and fun childrens entertainment such as a kayak demonstration, planting seeds (kids can take plants home to watch them grow) and a visit from the San Antonio Zoo. Takes place from 7:30 to 9pm.

"Peitra y El Lobo" Arneson River Theatre, 418 Villita Street, 210-207-8614" (Peitra and the Wolf) is a one-act ballet story set in the Iberian Forest of Spain, inspired by the children's story "Peter and the Wolf." Free. 8-9 pm.

Movies by Moonlight Hemisfair Park. Pre-show entertainment starts at 7:30pm and is provided by Enchanted Springs Ranch’s Pistol Packin’ Paula and the San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo. The feature film, Racing Stripes, begins at 8:30pm. Food will be for sale but also make sure to bring your picnic baskets, lawn chairs and blankets. Sponsored by Slab Cinema. 


WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 14th


Vaqueronation: Cowboy Day at the ITC Institute of Texan Cultures  801 E. Cesar Chavez Blvd.,  512-485-2275  - From 10 am to 3 pm with Cowboy Docents, Book Readings & Activity Tables.

Toddler Playdate San Antonio Museum of Art - 202 West Jones Ave,  210-978-8102    SAMA Playdates features “Under the Sea” for ages 2 to 4 from 10:00–11:00 a.m. This playdate cultivates and inspires creativity while developing an appreciation of art and world cultures. Toddlers will experience stories, gallery activities, hand-on art, movement and music.

"Peitra y El Lobo" Arneson River Theatre, 418 Villita Street, 210-207-8614 (Peitra and the Wolf) is a one-act ballet story set in the Iberian Forest of Spain, inspired by the children's story "Peter and the Wolf." Free. 8-9 pm.

Movies by Moonlight Hemisfair ParkAnimal Care Services will host a adoption/information session starting at 7:30pm followed by our feature film, Zookeeper, at 8:30pm. Food will be for sale but also make sure to bring your picnic baskets, lawn chairs and blankets. Sponsored by Slab Cinema. 


THURSDAY, AUGUST 15th


Witte Museum 3801 Broadway,  210-357-1910    It’s All About Dinos! From 10 a.m.-Noon in Memorial Auditorium. Free Dino Mask for Children 12 & Younger; Sharp teeth and claws! Strange pointed tracks! Feathers and beaks! It’s all about dinosaurs at this fun-filled morning of discovery and exploration.210-824-4351

Kiddie Park - .50 cent ride tickets and $5.00 unlimited ride bands! This deal will be offered at both Kiddie Park locations: the original on Broadway, and the brand new Kiddie Park PicaPica, located inside of PicaPica Plaza off of SE Military and Roosevelt. Park is open from 10:00 am - 7:00 pm. Cannot be combined with any other promotions, discounts or coupons. Offer doesn't apply to parties.

"Peitra y El Lobo" La Villita Historic Arts VillageArneson River Theatre, 418 Villita Street, (Peitra and the Wolf) is a one-act ballet story set in the Iberian Forest of Spain, inspired by the children's story "Peter and the Wolf." Free. 8-9 pm.

Movies by Moonlight Hemisfair Park, Enjoy free family movies in Hemisfair park. Pre-show entertainment starts around 7:30 p.m. followed by a brief intermission, with the feature film, Back to the Future, beginning at 8:30 p.m. Food will be for sale but also make sure to bring your picnic baskets, lawn chairs and blankets. Sponsored by Slab Cinema.


FRIDAY, AUGUST 16th


Mom’s Coffee and Conversation at Morgan's Wonderland 5223 David Edwards Drive, 210-495-5888n: Starting at 9am, enjoy complimentary coffee and conversations with other moms while your children play and explore together. Kids can enjoy a coloring activity, a book reading and a free prize for attending (first 100 kids). YMCA Youth Wellness activity. Special pricing between 9am and 10am, Kids are Free with Mom’s $15 Admission, “Tag-a-Long Kids” only $ 8.00. After 10am admission goes back to regular price. See www.morganswonderland.com for pricing.

Kiddie Park - .50 cent ride tickets and $5.00 unlimited ride bands! This deal will be offered at both Kiddie Park locations: the original on Broadway, and the brand new Kiddie Park PicaPica, located inside of PicaPica Plaza off of SE Military and Roosevelt. Park is open from 10:00 am - 7:00 pm. Cannot be combined with any other promotions, discounts or coupons. Offer doesn't apply to parties.

Movies by Moonlight Hemisfair Park, Enjoy free family movies in Hemisfair park. Pre-show entertainment starts around 7:30 p.m. followed by a brief intermission, with the feature film, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, beginning at 8:30 p.m. Food will be for sale but also make sure to bring your picnic baskets, lawn chairs and blankets. Sponsored by Slab Cinema. 


SATURDAY, AUGUST 17th


Watch "The Alamo" at The Alamo - Alamo Plaza - A truly special event during Kidcation Week- The Allies of the Alamo present an outdoor movie screening of “The Alamo” at the Alamo. Blankets & lawn chairs welcome. There will be concession stands, no outside food or drink. For more call 210-225-1391, ext. 10. Only the first 400 visitors in line will get to enter due to space. Gates open at 7:30pm.

Free Admission at the San Antonio Children’s Museum 305 E Houston St - Enjoy free admission and programming from 1:30 to 6:00 pm at the San Antonio Children's Museum presented by Ser Padres magazine. Schedule of events as follows:2-3 pm: Mariachi Vargas Extravaganza Performance3-5 pm: Face painting and arts & crafts3:30-4:30 pm: Storytelling with Miss Anastasia5-6 pm: Healthy lifestyles program presented by National Latino Children's InstituteAll day: Ser Padres cover shoot - be a model when you get your photo taken in front of a Ser Padres magazine cover!

The Pearl & The Twig - Free children's book reading and children centered activities at the Twig and throughout the Pearl Farmers Market featuring seasonal treats, readings and music. The Twig has moved to a new location at Pearl! 306 Pearl Parkway, Ste. 106 in the Can Plant Building across from Arcade Restaurant. 9am to 1pm.

23rd Annual Ballet Folklorico de Navarro Dance Recital Arneson River Theatre, 418 Villita - Featuring Mexican Folklorico dancing, mariachi and other special guests. For tickets and information please call 210-286-6924. 7-9 pm.


SUNDAY, AUGUST 18th 


LET’S READ! Kids Back to School Fest Kidcation Finale - Main Plaza, 111 Soledad St., (210) 225-9800For the Grand Finale of Kidcation Week is this Back to School Festival in “the heart of the city”, Main Plaza. From 9am to noon, families can enjoy Make and Take arts and crafts, airbrushing and hair styling, musical performances, storytelling, book giveaways, an instrument petting zoo and much more. So snag some cool back to school swag (while supplies last) and celebrate education and imagination at the Let’s Read! Kid’s Back to School Fest Kidcation Finale.



Now that's a lot of fun to be had! 

We also have a special Kidcation Prize Pack to give away! Leave a comment and let us know what you are looking forward to during Kidcation and we'll pick a winner Friday morning! 

Enjoy! 

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2 comments

  1. Im looking forward to spending some fun time with my kiddo before he heads off to school for the very first time. This list will sure help me pick out the fun spots. But I do have places Ive never been to that have great deals here for our first visit.

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  2. We are not from San Antonio but we do enjoy visiting this beautiful city whenever possible, right now we are in town for the weekend and it would be pretty cool if we could come back during Kidcation and go to all the special events. Kiddie Park is at the top of our list that's for sure!
    neiddyruiz@gmail.com

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