If you have children in your family, or if you’re bringing a student group to the Festival on April 2, you’re going to love our renovated children’s space. With author presentations, shows by The Magik Theatre, activities throughout the day, and a new Party Time, young readers will enjoy a day of literary fun at the 2016 San Antonio Book Festival.
Longtime Book Festival goers will find the Holt Family Children’s Reading Tent has been relocated from its previous location in the Central Library Plaza to the Southwest School of Art’s beautiful and intimate McNutt Gardens. (Find the children’s section on the Festival map.) This new location offers protection against muddy grounds as well as an enclosed space for parents and chaperones to spend the day with their young readers.
Middle-grade kids will now be in the Copper Kitchen of the Southwest School of Art. Children can listen to an author presentation in the Copper Kitchen then walk over to the McNutt Gardens for activities and other entertainment. The new venues, combined with Geektown for teens along Augusta and Giraud Streets, form a triangle of entertainment for families bringing kids of all ages to the Book Festival.
AUTHOR PRESENTATIONS & MORE!
Each year SABF draws some of the nation’s best children’s authors and illustrators to San Antonio and this year is no different. Have you browsed our schedule to see this year’s lineup? You can search by venue to see only the authors presenting in the Holt Family Children’s Reading Tent or in the Copper Kitchen.
In addition to author presentations, The Magik Theatre is on the schedule with a performance of “Jack and the Beanstalk.” Storyteller Sarah Loden is back to delight children once again with her imaginative tales. We’re excited to announce the addition of Party Time to the schedule — an hour of interactive fun with the Festival’s illustrators and children’s authors!
LUNCH TIME OPTIONS
We have placed two food trucks on the southwest side of the Festival grounds for parents and nonprofits with kids to have easy access to food during lunch time: Slider Provider and Amore Pizza will be along Augusta Street. The Frost Garden of the Southwest School of Art has been designated as a dining spot during the Festival, but there is seating throughout the SSA grounds. Additionally, the remaining food trucks will be located inside the Festival Marketplace.
ACTIVITIES TO ENTERTAIN THE KIDS
The fun doesn’t end with the sessions on the schedule. There will be a number of activities throughout the day–organized and carried out by beloved San Antonio organizations.
- CONSTRUCT ONE-OF-A-KIND JAPANESE PAPER MARBLING ART WITH ARTWORKS
- BUILD A THREE LITTLE PIGS HOUSE OF STRAW, STICKS, OR BRICKS WITH THE DOSEUM, SAN ANTONIO’S MUSEUM FOR KIDS
- BECOME A POP ARTIST WITH THE SAN ANTONIO MUSEUM OF ART
- DESIGN A THINKING CAP OR CREATIVITY CROWN WITH SAYSÍ
- DESIGN YOUR OWN BEAN SEED NECKLACE WITH SAN ANTONIO BOTANICAL GARDEN
- MAKE RECYCLED ART WITH SPAREPARTS STUDIO
- CREATE A POP-UP BOOK WITH THE SOUTHWEST SCHOOL OF ART
- MEET YOUR FAVORITE LITERARY CHARACTERS WITH BARNES & NOBLE, MAGIK THEATRE, AND THE CHILDREN’S BALLET OF SAN ANTONIO
- SNAP A PHOTO WITH SUPER HEROES FROM THE CHAMPIONS OF SAN ANTONIO
- PLAY BINGO WITH THE SAN ANTONIO PUBLIC LIBRARY FOUNDATION
- GET A FREE BOOK FROM LITERACY CARAVAN
- TOUR THE OLÉ EXPRESS-NEWS HISTORY IN MOTION RV
EXPLORE THE FESTIVAL
While it may be easy to spend the entire Festival day in the McNutt Gardens, we encourage you to explore other areas of the Festival grounds that children (and parents) might enjoy. Our Festival Marketplace will have local authors and vendors selling books and other items for kids. Stop by and check out the Monkey Mind Tales, Mysteries by Vincent, and Reading for Fun booths. The Region 20 Living Science Materials booth will have live animals!
The Central Market Cooking Tent will feature cooking demonstrations throughout the day. Children and parents might delight in seeing professional chefs execute dishes. Click here for the Cooking Tent schedule.