There's Magic Out There: Our Visit to The Texas Book Festival in San Antonio

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Our Visit to The Texas Book Festival in San Antonio

A couple of weeks ago we attended the Texas Book Festival (San Antonio edition) and had lots of fun! It was held at The Central library and Southwest School of Art. There was so much to do, see and enjoy that I wish it was longer. They had various authors, book sales, readings and activities for all ages. I knew we had to go and right off the bat I knew we would be doing the kids version. I planned out what kids activities and areas I wanted to visit as well as kids book readings and sales, but sadly we couldn't even do half of what was on my list because we would stay so entertained in one area that we would lose track of time. 
We started off the day being greeted with people giving out free reusable San Antonio bags for all the fun to come (I love my bag). 
We went to check out the kids area since the Bubble making station was on our must see list and we were excited to see that The San Antonio Childrens Museum was in charge of that activity! We love them and when we saw that they were making dry ice bubbles it was even more exciting since we had performed that Science experiment with them before. My munchkin knew what to do already so he got super bubbly soaked hands ready for fun! Have you tried making dry ice bubbles? When you pop them it looks like a poof of white. Its fun every time and even Clifford came over to say Hi! 


Next we went to go learn how to make our Own Pop up Books. They had colored paper, googly eyes and more fun supplies so you can make your own creation. This was a great activity since a lot of children struggle to learn to read. What a fun way to get children more involved with books, by making there own they will hopefully be more inclined to want to read and show off there own words. 
Then we went to make our own Bookmarks. They had pastels, markers, crayons and brushes with water to make the perfect place holder for your book reading. 
We hopped on over to the Scholastic Literacy caravan. We had been on one of these before. If you haven't been in one they are full of activities for kids to inspire learning in a fun way. At the end when you are ready to get off they have a nice selection of books to choose from because guess what? They give you a Brand New FREE book to take home and keep, read and love! How Awesome is that? If you are in the San Antonio Area click here for a schedule of upcoming places you can visit the Scholastic Caravan at. 
We took a walk over to the tents and stopped at various booths to see what books were for sale and the stories/inspiration behind them. It was fun to see the variety of books and themes. They had plenty of kids books and even some bookmarks. Scholastic had a big booth where they were giving away free pins. My favorite was the one that says" Reading gives you Super Powers". I took that one home with me for sure! 
After a Lunch break while hearing live music at The Festival we knew it was time for some Shopping! We went downstairs to the Book Cellar. They had a great half off sale that day so it was packed! But even still we found a nice spot to sit on the floor and go through the shelves of kids books picking out some fun ones to take home. If your in the San Antonio area and a book lover you should make sure to head on over to the Book cellar and check out the great prices they have on there wide selection of books. You will not be disappointed
After getting our huge Haul of books bagged up we headed on home with great memories from the day, more books to fill our home library and wishes for the next Book Festival in San Antonio because we cant wait to go again! 

Did you go this year to the Texas Book Festival in San Antonio? or have you gone to one in your area? Hope it was fun!

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6 comments:

  1. HOW FUN!!!! And it doesn't look terribly packed, either.

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  2. Love the pictures! They really give the flavor of the event. I hope we can visit next year.

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  3. Alvina... great post! Love how you captured the energy of the book festival with your pictures. Your son is a cutie!

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  4. Great post!! looks so fun and I am bummed we missed it!

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  5. I haven't been to the Texas Book Festival in years. Looks like it's still a lot of fun.

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  6. That looks like fun. We are gonna have to do it next year.

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