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KSAT Kids: Ready for summer? Witte, San Antonio Zoo, youth camps to open just in time

This week’s kid spotlight highlights the Espinoza family and their virtual lemonade stand

San Antonio family creates virtual lemonade stand to raise money for food bank
San Antonio family creates virtual lemonade stand to raise money for food bank

Hello parents, teachers and students!

Can you sense we’re getting close to the end of the school year? The weather is turning warmer and the kiddos are clearly getting anxious to be outside.

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott recently announced that child care centers and youth clubs can reopen immediately, and that camps and youth sports can open on May 31.

The local school districts have announced their Class of 2020 graduation plans for area high schools, with the latest being Judson ISD.

In this week’s kid spotlight, we feature the Espinoza family and their 3- and 5-year-olds who started a virtual lemonade stand as a giving tool. In total, they raised $4,000 for the San Antonio Food Bank. Way to go!

Many family-friendly places are also starting to make public their reopening dates following the COVID-19 pandemic. The San Antonio Zoo and the Witte Museum have both made their dates known, but we are still waiting on theme parks such as Fiesta Texas and SeaWorld. We do have an update on when San Antonio pools can reopen.

For those looking to stay at home, KSAT Kids has several virtual offerings that can both entertain and educate the little ones indoors. The San Antonio Zoo is offering exclusive virtual meetings with animals, and both the San Antonio Public Library and Hemisfair have tons of digital content including sing-alongs, virtual story time, and even homework help.

Want more? KSAT Kids is now producing a weekly kids news brief where you can find all the latest information. To view the latest edition, click the link!

And don’t forget, right now on our website we have a map where you can find free school meals during the closures. We also have a list of places offering free Wi-Fi for students and their families during the pandemic.

Perhaps you would like to celebrate a high school graduate? KSAT has photo galleries where graduates and their loved ones can upload their pictures and give details you want to share.

Stay safe and wash your hands, everybody!

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Here’s what can be found on KSAT Kids for Thursday, May 21:

Kid Spotlight

San Antonio family creates virtual lemonade stand to raise money for food bank

Lemonade stands recently have been put on hold, but that wasn’t the case for one family, as their three and five-year-olds started a virtual lemonade stand as a giving tool.

Arica Espinoza, mother of three and five year old Andi and Aldus Espinoza, has added teacher to her resume, much like the hundreds of thousands of parents across the country.
Arica Espinoza, mother of three and five year old Andi and Aldus Espinoza, has added teacher to her resume, much like the hundreds of thousands of parents across the country. (KSAT)

Do you know a classroom or school that is doing amazing work and deserves to be featured in KSAT Kids? Nominate a student, teacher or school by emailing ksatkids@ksat.com.

Stay at home activities

San Antonio Zoo introduces ’exclusive’ virtual meetings with animals

On Tuesday, the San Antonio Zoo introduced three new “exclusive virtual encounters" that could be streamed in the living room or the corporate board room.

San Antonio Zoo hippo pool
San Antonio Zoo hippo pool (KSAT)

San Antonio Public Library website offers over 30,000 e-books, virtual story-telling and homework help

San Antonio’s libraries have been closed for several weeks during the COVID-19 pandemic, however, its online resources including over 30,000 e-books are still accessible.

San Antonio Public Library website offers over 30,000 e-books, virtual story-telling and homework help
San Antonio Public Library website offers over 30,000 e-books, virtual story-telling and homework help

Hemisfair’s #Parkitathome program provides virtual story time, activities & sing-alongs

Keeping the kids entertained at home can be difficult during the COVID-19 pandemic, which is why Hemisfair is helping out families with its #Parkitathome program. It includes virtual readings, educational sing-alongs and arts and craft activities.

Hemisfair’s #Parkitathome program provides virtual story time, activities & sing-alongs
Hemisfair’s #Parkitathome program provides virtual story time, activities & sing-alongs

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