SA Busy Kids Guide to Labor Day Weekend 2012Posted by Sarah W on August 29, 2012
How was back-to-school for your family? Exciting? Stressful? Already ready for a break? Whether your family is looking to celebrate or recuperate, there’s a long-weekend to help you do both! It’s Labor Day Weekend. What is your family planning to do? We’ve got some ideas to help keep your kids busy and having fun this weekend.
Festivals and festivities in San Antonio:
If your plans are to take it easy, and maybe explore some fun San Antonio events check out the Labor Day Arts and Crafts Show on the River Walk. Take a stroll and see some awesome SA craftsmanship, the vendors will be set up Friday, August 31 through Monday, August 3rd, from 11 am – 11 pm.
Or visit Market Square for a Labor Day Weekend Celebration on Saturday, September 1 (from 10 am – 11pm) through Monday, September 3 (10 am – 8pm). Enjoy food and live music in el mercado, it’s the 36th annual celebration and it could be a new part of your family’s tradition.
Try something new this weekend. It’s the First Annual Back-To-School Labor Day Music Bash in Eisenhower Park on Sunday, September 2. From 4 pm – 9 pm enjoy this free event filled with live music, food and drink vendors, and games. It’ll be a blast for all ages, and the whole family is invited to come celebrate Back-to-School and Labor Day all in one.
If you want to go big instead of staying home, Sea World San Antonio is having a Fireworks celebration for Labor Day. Spend a day at SeaWorld and get VIP seats for the big finale or find your own spot to see the fireworks fly at 9:45pm on Saturday, September 1 and Sunday, September 2.
Off the beaten path (for a smaller scale celebrating):
Enjoy Dinosaur Stampede Opening Day at the San Antonio Botanical Garden on Saturday, September 1 from 10 am – 2 pm. With regular garden admission your family can spend the day celebrating with special activities like a fossil dig, obstacle course, plant and fern rubbings, dino masks, face painting, dino bingo, plus a first-look at all the new dinosaurs that have invaded the Botanical Garden. Don’t miss Dinosaur George’s special appearance at 12 noon for the ultimate in dino fun. The exhibit runs through December 31st.
Labor Day can be fun and educational thanks to the Sparktruck. Making its tour of the U.S., Sparktruck is coming to San Antonio on Monday, September 3. It’s an educational workshop on wheels, and it’s in town to celebrate the day with 4th through 8th graders. Check out some cool 21st century shop tools, learn, design, and build something with your own hands. The event is hosted by Geekdom downtown at the Westin Center, 112 E. Pecan St. on the 11th floor starting at 9 am. The sessions run by age group and it’s free, but registration is required in advance at sparktrucksanantonio.eventbrite.com.
Morgan’s Wonderland has a special treat for your family on Labor Day. The Jeff Keith Band will be performing fun-loving country tunes from 12 pm – 3 pm on Monday, September 3at the Morgan’s Wonderland Amphitheater. Spend the day at the park and enjoy this special music concert free with park admission.
Spend Labor Day outside the city:
If your family is itching to get out of town for the weekend, try taking a trip to Uvalde for the Palomino Fest & Pro Rodeo Thursday, August 30 through Sunday, September 2. Enjoy carnival fun and games, a real pro rodeo, good-ol-fashioned Barbeque cook-off, plus live entertainment all weekend long. You’ll find the festival at the Uvalde County Fairplex on Highway 90. Tickets are $10 for adults, and kids 10 and under get in free! If you’re looking to stay all weekend, check out the MEGA PASS- it’s just $15 for all three days.
Celebrate Bandera 2012! Make the most of your long weekend and visit the Cowboy Capital of the world. They’re pulling out all the stops to celebrate Labor Day with music, horses, longhorn cattle, gunfights, powwows, bull riding, western shows, and more. There are events scattered throughout Bandera Friday, August 31 through Sunday, September 2. Everything happening downtown on Main Street is free on Saturday and Sunday, but check out the schedule of events for a look at the activities and prices to attend different events. Celebrate Labor Day like you would in the old west at Celebrate Bandera 2012.