Splash into a Summer of Play at Yanaguana with San Antonio Charter Moms and Friends New Event Series Kicking Off June 9th
Splash into a summer – San Antonio Charter Moms invites families to have some fun in the sun while learning a thing or two during the new Summer of Play event series. The family-friendly meetups are designed to help children shed bad habits brought on by the pandemic while having a ton of fun along the way. From increasing finger strength and dexterity to balancing screen time and sharpening social skills – each event offers valuable educational tips from local experts mixed with creative, hands-on activities to keep kids entertained.
About Summer of Play
Summer of Play brings San Antonio Charter Moms’ thriving online community to life through in-person playdates with an informative twist. The casual come-and-go events are free and open to the public at area splash pads around the city. San Antonio Charter Moms Founder and Executive Director, Inga Cotton and team will be on-site to answer education-related questions offering families an ideal opportunity to go straight to the source for expert advice. From discussing local school options, school search tips and expert resources to enrichment activities around town, learning loss solutions and so much more. Additionally, representatives from Alamo City Moms will be on site to share insight from their ultimate summer bucket list of things to do around town, summer camp guide and more.
“Summer presents an ideal time for us all to regroup and get kids back on track by introducing and enforcing good habits and saying goodbye to the bad. After speaking with hundreds of parents, students and educators alike, there is no doubt the pandemic took its toll academically and socially. With all that has happened over the last few years; we can’t wait to come together to discuss post-pandemic challenges and solutions. But mostly, we look forward to having some fun as we laugh, learn and share,” said Inga Cotton, Founder and Executive Director of San Antonio Charter Moms.
Summer of Play is designed as a celebratory next chapter to the nonprofit’s award-winning Charter a Voyage of Learning campaign launched at the start of the pandemic to help parents navigate distance learning and parenting challenges while social distancing. Due to its success, the campaign continues to grow and evolve, offering activities and online support to keep children active, learning, and having fun through the summer and beyond. Summer of Play events are free and open to the public. Families are encouraged to bring a sack lunch and stay awhile.
WHAT: STEMulate Curiosity: A Playdate with BASIS San Antonio
Build your child’s math and science skills through fun, hands-on activities with educators from BASIS San Antonio.
WHERE: SPLASH PAD Yanaguana Garden at Hemisfair
434 S Alamo St. | San Antonio, TX 78205
WHEN: Thursday, June 9, 2022, at 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
WHAT: Conversations to Connect: A Playdate with nextTalk
Kim Elerick, co-host of the nextTalk podcast on cyber parenting, offers advice for building good habits, balancing screen time and keeping kids safe online.
WHERE: SPLASH PAD at Voigt Park
700 El Portal | Hollywood Park, TX 78232
WHEN: Tuesday, June 14, 2022, at 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
WHAT: Strong Hands Strong Writers: A Playdate with TamboRhythms
Occupational therapist Jorge Ochoa explores fun ways to help kids use their fingers and build prewriting skills.
WHERE: SPLASH PAD at Pearsall Park
4838 Old Pearsall Rd. | San Antonio, TX 78242
WHEN: Thursday, July 14, 2022, at 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
San Antonio Charter Moms offers several online communities designed to fulfill the nonprofit’s mission of being the most trusted information source on education in the region. The Facebook discussion group serves as a sounding board and support group to nearly 9,500 “parents helping parents” as they seek guidance on everything from navigating school choice options, summer camps, post-pandemic parenting, cultural enrichment activities and much more. Charter Moms Chats includes live conversations on Facebook where Cotton and guests walk families through pressing education-based topics. The San Antonio Charter Moms website offers a wealth of education-based information, including an in-depth school search tool, the School Choice Guide, designed for searching open enrollment and in-district charter schools in and around San Antonio. The guide is also accessible via mobile app.
About San Antonio Charter Moms
San Antonio Charter Moms (SACM) began as a blog in 2012 when Founder Inga Cotton was inspired to help San Antonio families more easily find good information about high-quality school options. Starting with a focus on the growing local charter school offerings, the blog has evolved into a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that shares fair information about all types of schools. Established in 2018 as a nonprofit, SACM can accept funding that enables it to grow in ways that support accomplishing its mission of being the most trusted information source on education in the region. This growth includes Spanish-language blog post translations, surveying target publics, holding meetings with decisionmakers, supporting public speaking, community outreach and enhancing mobile technology. For more information, visit sachartermoms.com or follow them on Facebook, their Facebook Discussion Group, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube and LinkedIn.