For the third consecutive year, the Foundation is underwriting admission to the San Antonio Children’s Museum (305 E. Houston St.) for grandparents and grandchildren on Sunday, Sept. 11 between the hours of Noon to 3 p.m. Admission is normally $7 for adults and for children age 2 and older.
Officially recognized by Congress and President Jimmy Carter in 1978, Grandparents Day is celebrated on the first Sunday after Labor Day. It is intended to provide grandchildren with an opportunity to tap into the wisdom of the senior generation, for grandparents to show love to their children’s children, and for everyone to celebrate lives well lived by generations who built our communities.
As part of the promotion, the Museum will give away door prizes of two Grandparent Memberships, each good for a year of free admission for one or two grandparents and up to four grandchildren per visit.
The San Antonio Children’s Museum offers three floors of interactive fun, educational exhibits for hours of family friendly entertainment. Attractions include:
• Science City – Filled with learning experiences and opportunities for children to think like scientists, this exhibit features six interactive zones where kids can engage in open-ended inquiry stations that offer a chance to test their building skills, investigate the science behind circuits, experiment with aerodynamics and momentum, and much more.
• Frost Good Cents Bank – This exhibit introduces kids to fun, hands-on financial learning. Here, kids can role play in a modern-day bank, comprised of a drive-up window, teller counters and an ATM. They can also explore fun, interactive finance stations to learn important lessons about managing and spending money.
• PowerBall Hall – Learn basic science principles using pulleys, gears, flippers, blowers and launchers to project balls through a maze of tubing to a centralized, elevated ball drop. When the drop is full, an alarm sounds and balls shower down into the exhibit!
“Many grandparents and great-grandparents are at the center of care at WellMed,” said Dr. George M. Rapier III, Board Chairman of the WellMed Charitable Foundation. “Time spent socializing with family and friends is essential to healthy living. We are pleased to partner with the San Antonio Children’s Museum to offer this opportunity for so many seniors and youngsters in our community.”
“We honor our hero grandparents on this day and encourage grandparents to bring their grandchildren to the museum to learn and play together,” said Vanessa Lacoss Hurd, Executive Director of the San Antonio Children’s Museum. “Grandparents are a tremendous resource for their grandchildren and the value of this relationship can’t be understated. We are extremely grateful to the WellMed Charitable Foundation for its generosity and support of the Children’s Museum.”
If you go …
The Museum provides parking validation for one hour of free parking at the Houston St Garage located at 240 E. Houston Street. Guests must present their parking ticket at the Museum front desk to be validated.
Free parking is available at the Ellis Alley VIA park and ride (212 Chestnut) near Sunset Station. Transportation to the museum via the downtown trolley system is available by taking the yellow trolley and transferring to the red trolley at the corner of Commerce and Alamo Plaza. The red trolley drops off directly in front of the museum. Trolley fare, with a transfer, is $1.25 each way for adults and $.62 each way for children 5-11 years. Children under 4 years are free.
About The WellMed Charitable Foundation: The WellMed Charitable Foundation (www.wellmedgives.org)
About The San Antonio Children’s Museum: The San Antonio Children’s Museum is a non-profit 501(C)3 organization dedicated to providing engaging hands-on experiences where Kids Play to Learn and Adults Learn to Play. The Museum is a unique and innovative educational resource dedicated to those we serve. Through interactive play, we inspire a journey of life-long learning, ultimately enriching lives and positively impacting the San Antonio community and beyond.
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The WellMed Charitable Foundation (www.wellmedgives.org)