San Antonio moms launch splashy summer program of fun and learning
As summer break kicks off, parents may be facing a large-scale version of the Sunday scaries, coming up with months of activities to keep kids active and engaged. While encouraging kids to get out of the house with “Go play outside” is every bit as valid as it’s always been, a new San Antonio initiative comes pre-loaded with tons of ideas from local parents and experts.
The Summer of Play event series is anchored by three playdates: June 9, June 14, and July 14, taking place at splash pads around town. These get-togethers are held by the San Antonio Charter Moms online community, with over 9,000 members on Facebook, but everyone is invited, and attendees can come and go as they please.
A central goal of the series is to combat learning loss, or the way learning decays while away from school or while dealing with some major scheduling drain like the pandemic. This series focuses on hands-on programming that teaches, while also creating opportunities to play on splash pads around the city and socialize.
First up, at Yanaguana Garden at Hemisfair, is STEMulate Curiosity, which teaches kids about math and science. The activities are led by BASIS San Antonio, one of the top 100 charter schools in the United States.
Next is an exploration of “cyber parenting” at Voigt Park led by nextTalk, a podcast that discusses open communication around topics kids may consume on the internet, regardless of what parents would prefer to allow.
Finally, occupational therapist Jorge Ochoa will lead a fun finger bootcamp at Pearsall Park, developing pre-writing skills like using a pencil and drawing shapes.
San Antonio Charter Moms will send a team to answer education questions at each event, and Alamo City Moms will be on hand with ideas for family-centric outings around the city and a favorite summer camps guide.
The series emphasizes the effect of the pandemic not just on learning, but on kids’ habits. Parents can look beyond the Summer of Play to articles, video resources, and collaborations through the Charter Moms that can inspire year-round fun and growth. One resource, identified as the precursor to the Summer of Play, is a self-paced multimedia collection of activities to try at home called Charter a Voyage of Learning.
More information, including Eventbrite links, is available on sachartermoms.com. Don’t forget sunscreen and a snack! All three events run from 10 am to 12 pm.