Spring Break is coming up March 9–13, 2015, for most families in town. Even though there will be no school that week, it will still be learning time in our family. Whether your kids are passionate about STEM, the arts, history, or nature, San Antonio offers lots of choices to keep the learning going. Some of these suggestions are day camps, while others are activities for families to do together.
STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math. Great careers and a lifetime of discovery await your kids if they are turned on to science and technology. These activities are not just for mad scientists, however—your budding artists will appreciate discovering the rhyme and reason behind the beauty.
The San Antonio Children’s Museum is offering two Spring Break Camps: Explore with Light and Color (for ages 4–6), and Engineering Challenge (for ages 7–10), Monday, March 9–Friday, March 13. These camps will be the last ones offered at the downtown location, which closes March 29, 2015; the new facility, The Do Seum, will open in June 2015.
The Geekbus, a project of SASTEMIC, is hosting Robotics Spring Camp, Wednesday–Saturday, for kids ages 8–14. Participants will get a behind-the-scenes look at the FIRST South Super-Regional Competition at the Convention Center and develop their own LEGO robotics skills.
The new Hill Country Science Mill in Johnson City makes a great family day trip. My kids and I went to the grand opening on February 14, and wrote about it. All ages, from toddlers up to middle school and beyond, can find something to enjoy. The beauty of the exhibits draws you in, and the maker carts inspire you to keep learning at home.
- Ballet in the Park, on Saturday, March 14 at 7:00 P.M., is an opportunity to see a free public performance by Ballet San Antonio at Travis Park.
- Zenshin Daiko will perform Japanese drumming arts at the Witte Museum on Sunday, March 15 at 2:00 P.M.; included with museum admission.
- The Carver Community Cultural Center presents the Delta Showcase of Talent Gospel Fest on Sunday, March 15 at 4:00 P.M.
The McNay Art Museum has Free Spring Break Family Days: Unwrapped on Tuesday and Wednesday from 2:00–4:00 P.M. and Thursday from 2:00–6:00 P.M. Families can create with Inspire Fine Art Center and enjoy the new exhibit Rodin to Warhol: 60th Anniversary Gifts and Recent Acquisitions. Read more about enjoying the McNay with your family.
- SAMA is hosting a free family event, Spring Break Fun: Patterns Across Cultures, on Tuesday, March 10 from 1:00–6:00 P.M. There will be projects for kids of all ages that use patterns to integrate math into the arts.
- SAMA’s weekly Playdates, for ages 2–6, continue through Spring Break, with Shape Up on Wednesday, March 11 at 10:00 A.M.; be sure to register in advance.
- Art Crawl, gallery tours on every second Thursday for caregivers and babies up to 18 months, continues on Thursday, March 12 at 10:00 A.M.
For your young Monets and Picassos, several art studios in town are offering Spring Break camps:
- Artworks has half-day and full-day camps Monday–Friday for kids ages 5–12. Each day explores a different medium, including drawing, dyeing, and painting.
- Pinot’s Palette offers Little Brushes Spring Break Camp in the mornings on Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday.
- Whimsy Art Studio has kids’ classes during Spring Break; check the calendar for details.
- Painting with a Twist, with locations at Artisan’s Alley, Northwest, and more, has all-ages painting classes for kids and caregivers to do together.
- The Royal Canvas has Spring Break camps Monday–Friday; check the calendar for details.
- Clay Casa has Spring Break classes at its Embassy Oaks and New Braunfels locations; call for details.
A great time to visit the Briscoe Western Art Museum with kids is during the Lil Partners Story Time Stampede, every Saturday from 2:00–4:00 P.M., in the Kampmann Library Portal. At any time, check out a Buckaroo Bag for hands-on activities that you can play with in the galleries.
Jewels of the Court: A Journey Through Fiesta’s Coronation, an in-depth exhibit about the history of Fiesta coronation, opens on March 7 at the Witte Museum. My daughter will be clamoring to see the beautiful dresses and crowns.
San Antonio Parks and Recreation offers Spring Break camps at multiple locations; call 210-207-3000 for more information.
The Cibolo Nature Center and Farm, in Boerne, offers kids’ activities, including Spring Break Camp: Pirates of the Seven Cs, Monday–Wednesday. The Little Explorers program is offered Tuesdays at 10:00 A.M. On Saturday, March 14, at 10:00 A.M., Kids Club at the Farm will feature Fairy Houses, Gnome Homes, Leprechaun Lodges.
Check the San Antonio Public Library events calendar for activities at your local branch.
Bexar Bibliotech has Tiny Techolote Stories & Crafts on Tuesdays at 6:00 P.M. and Sundays at 2:00 P.M.
Green Tree Tennis Club has two camps scheduled: All Day Sports Camp and Junior Tennis Camp.
Have you been to any of these places or events in the past? Or, do you have more ideas to add enrichment to Spring Break? Please leave a comment to share your experience or add an idea.