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Nov 27, 2021: The Union Pacific Railroad Splash Pad is closed for the season.

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#ParkItAtHome

Hemisfair is the place where San Antonio meets, with free community programming year-round. #ParkItAtHome is your resource for the Hemisfair programming you love, adapted for home play or an adventure on your own in the park.

Your gift today will help keep Hemisfair’s community programming alive. Visit our Support page to ensure young minds have access to free educational activities in a world-class urban parks district for generations to come.

Downloadable Activities

Educational, do-it-yourself activities for your next visit to Hemisfair! Enjoy an art scavenger hunt, science activities, a word search and more. Great for kiddos of any age. Download and print the entire activity book or individual sections.

Hemisfair Activity Book (Full download)

Hemisfair Poem Worksheet

Hemisfair Art Scavenger Hunt

Hemisfair Word Search

Hemisfair Butterfly Life Cycle Worksheet

Hemisfair Pollination Science Worksheet

Hemisfair Coloring Pages

Virtual Story Time

Read the books we selected each week for Story Time, then download the STEAM activity to create using materials you can find around the house!

Note: Story Time has returned to the park! Join us every Tuesday at 10 a.m. in Yanaguana Garden for this free family program.

Tuesday, September 28, 2021
Book recommendation:
All That I Am
by M.H. Clark
STEAM Activity:
Make Your Own Stained Glass Window. Click here to download.

Tuesday, September 21, 2021
Book recommendation:
The Wonderful Things You Will Be
by Emily Winfield Martin
STEAM Activity:
Make Your Own Personality Puzzle. Click here to download.

Tuesday, September 14, 2021
Book recommendation:
Henry at Home
by Megan Maynor
STEAM Activity:
Make Your Own Twisty Tree. Click here to download.

Tuesday, September 7, 2021
Book recommendation:
Chill, Chomp, Chill!
by Chris Ayala-Kronos
STEAM Activity:
Make Your Own Fidget Spinner. Click here to download.

Tuesday, August 31, 2021
Book recommendation:
The Hike
by Alison Farrell
STEAM Activity:
Go On A Nature Walk. Click here to download.

Tuesday, August 24, 2021
Book recommendation:
The Name Jar
by Yangsook Choi
STEAM Activity:
Make Your Own Sun Name. Click here to download.

Tuesday, August 17, 2021
Book recommendation:
Jabari Jumps
 by Gaia Cornwall
STEAM Activity:
Make Your Own Pool Noodle Stamp. Click here to download.

Tuesday, August 10, 2021
Book recommendation:
The Bear Ate Your Sandwich by Julia Sarcone-Roach
STEAM Activity:
Make Your Own Bear Puppet. Click here to download.

Tuesday, August 3, 2021
Book recommendation:
I Don’t Want to be a Frog
by Dev Petty
STEAM Activity:
Make Your Own Frog. Click here to download.

Tuesday, July 27, 2021
Book recommendation:
Peace Train 
by Cat Stevens
STEAM Activity:
Make Your Own Name Train. Click here to download.

Tuesday, July 20, 2021
Book recommendation:
You Matter by Christian Robinson
STEAM Activity: Make Your Own Geometric Models. Click here to download.

Tuesday, July 13, 2021
Book recommendation:
Shark Lady by Jess Keating
STEAM Activity:
Make Your Own Shark activity. Click here to download.

Tuesday, July 6, 2021
Book recommendation:
Right now, I AM KIND
by Dr. Daniela Owen
STEAM Activity:
Kindness Bingo activity. Click here to download.

Tuesday, June 29, 2021
Book recommendation:
Thank You, Omu
by Oge Mora
STEAM Activity:
Smelly Spices activity. Click here to download.

Tuesday, June 22, 2021
Book recommendation: Those Shoes by Maribeth Boelts
STEAM Activity:
Shoe Tying activity. Click here to download.

Tuesday, June 15, 2021 (*This week, we’re reading two books)
Book recommendation:
Don’t Feed The Worrybug by Andi Green
STEAM Activity:
Bug Jar activity. Click here to download.
Book recommendation: The Moon Keeper by Zosienka
STEAM Activity:
Foil Moon activity. Click here to download.

Tuesday, June 8, 2021
Book recommendation: 
Ricky, The Rock That Couldn’t Roll
 by Jay I. Miletsky
STEAM Activity:
Rock Friend activity. Click here to download.

Tuesday, June 1, 2021
Book Recommendation:
The Piñata the Farm Maiden Hung
by Samantha R. Vamos
STEAM Activity:
Piñata activity. Click here to download.

Tuesday, May 25, 2021
Book Recommendation:
Memorial Day
by Clara Cella
STEAM Activity:
Popsicle Star activity. Click here to download.

Tuesday, May 18, 2021
Book Recommendation:
Grumpy Monkey
by Suzanne Lang
STEAM Activity:
Calming Bottle activity. Click here to download.

Tuesday, May 11, 2021
Book Recommendation:
Rusty the Squeaky Robot
by Neil Clark
STEAM Activity:
Play Doh Robot activity. Click here to download.

Tuesday, May 4, 2021
Book Recommendation:
Waiting for Wings
by Lois Ehlert
STEAM Activity:
Butterfly activity. Click here to download.

Tuesday, April 27, 2021
Book Recommendation:
Book Fiesta
by Pat Mora
STEAM Activity:
Fiesta flowers activity. Click here to download.

Tuesday, April 20, 2021
Book Recommendation:
Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes
 by Skye Silver
STEAM Activity:
Body awareness activity. Click here to download.

Tuesday, April 13, 2021
Book Recommendation:
My Happy Ears
by NaTyshca Pickett
STEAM Activity:
Sound tube activity. Click here to download.

Tuesday, April 6, 2021
Book Recommendation:
Let’s Meet A Firefighter
by Gina Bellisario
STEAM Activity:
Label the firefighter activity. Click here to download.

Tuesday, March 30, 2021
Book Recommendation:
How to Catch the Easter Bunny
by Adam Wallace
STEAM Activity:
Bunny activity. Click here to download.

Tuesday, March 23, 2021
Book Recommendation:
Kindness is Golden
by Macy Gilson
STEAM Activity:
Starfish activity. Click here to download.

Tuesday, March 16, 2021
Book Recommendation:
Up in the Garden, Down in the Dirt 
by Kate Messner
STEAM Activity:
Garden flash cards activity. Click here to download.

Tuesday, March 9, 2021
Book Recommendation:
Happy in Our Skin
by Fran Manushkin
STEAM Activity:
Hand tree activity. Click here to download.

Tuesday, March 2, 2021
Book Recommendation:
In The City
by Chris Raschka
STEAM Activity:
Cityscape activity. Click here to download.

Thursday, February 25, 2021 *date changed due to weather impacts
Book Recommendation:
The World Needs More Purple People 
by Kristen Bell and Benjamin Hart
STEAM Activity:
Purple people art activity. Click here to download.

Tuesday, February 23, 2021
Book Recommendation: Lubna and Pebble by Wendy Meddour
STEAM Activity:
Rock art activity. Click here to download.

Tuesday, February 9, 2021
Book Recommendation:
In My Heart by Jo Witek
STEAM Activity:
Heart puzzle mat activity. Click here to download.

Tuesday, February 2, 2021
Book Recommendation:
Wild Symphony by Dan Brown
STEAM Activity:
Make your own maracas activity. Click here to download.

Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2021
Book Recommendation: 
Chopsticks by Amy Krouse Rosenthal
STEAM Activity:
Chopsticks activity. Click here to download.

Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2021
Book Recommendation:
The World Needs Who You Were Made to Be by Joanna Gaines
STEAM Activity:
Make your own hot air balloon. Click here to download.

Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2021
Book Recommendation: The Wonderful Way You Are by Sarah E. Brooks
STEAM Activity: 
Download the free activity guide from Sarah’s website! Click here.

Tuesday, Dec. 29, 2020 *In partnership with the City of San Antonio
Book Recommendation:
A New Alphabet For Humanity by Leesa McGregor
STEAM Activity:
ABCs book activity. Click here to download.

Saturday, Dec. 19, 2020 *In partnership with the City of San Antonio
Book Recommendation:
The Snow Globe Santa by Kathryn Burgess
STEAM Activity:
Make your own snow globe. Click here to download.

Friday, Dec. 18, 2020 *In partnership with the City of San Antonio
Book Recommendation:
Eight Winter Nights by Laura Krauss Melmed
STEAM Activity:
Make your own menorah. Click here to download.

Tuesday, Dec. 15, 2020 *In partnership with the City of San Antonio
Book Recommendation:
‘Twas Nochebuena by Roseanne Greenfield Thong
STEAM Activity:
Garland activity. Click here to download.

Friday, Dec. 11, 2020 *In partnership with the City of San Antonio
Book Recommendation:
Snow by Uri Shulevitz
STEAM Activity:
Make your own snow experiment. Click here to download.

Tuesday, Dec. 8, 2020 *In partnership with the City of San Antonio
Book Recommendation:
Diego by Jeanette Winter
STEAM Activity:
Tree painting activity. Click here to download.

Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2020 *In partnership with the City of San Antonio
Book Recommendation:
My First Kwanzaa by Karen Katz
STEAM Activity:
Candle activity. Click here to download.

Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2020
Book Recommendation:
‘Twas the Night Before Thanksgiving by Dav Pilkey
STEAM Activity:
Turkey activity. Click here to download.

Friday, Nov. 20, 2020 *In partnership with the City of San Antonio
Book Recommendation: We All Belong
by Nathalie Goss
STEAM Activity:
Frame activity. Click here to download.

Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2020 *In partnership with the City of San Antonio
Book Recommendation:
Little Acorn by Melanie Joyce
STEAM Activity:
Acorn counting activity. Click here to download.

Friday, Nov. 13, 2020 *In partnership with the City of San Antonio
Book Recommendation:
Hello, Fall by Deborah Diesen
STEAM Activity:
Leaf stamping activity. Click here to download.

Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2020 *In partnership with the City of San Antonio
Book Recommendation:
Rain Boy by Dylan Glynn
STEAM Activity:
Rain cloud experiment. Click here to download.

Saturday, Nov. 7, 2020 *Special Saturday Edition of Virtual Story Time
Book Recommendation: 
I Am A Gift And I Have Many Gifts by Johana Hernandez
STEAM Activity:
Create Your Own Gift Box. Click here to download.

Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2020
Book Recommendation:
Leaf Man by Lois Ehlert
STEAM Activity:
Make your own Leaf Man activity. Click here to download.

Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2020
Book Recommendation:
Big Pumpkin by Erica Silverman
STEAM Activity:
Tissue paper pumpkin activity. Click here to download.

Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2020
Book Recommendation:
I Promise by LeBron James
STEAM Activity:
Star craft activity. Click here to download.

Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2020
Book Recommendation:
Waiting for Wings by Lois Ehlert
STEAM Activity:
Life cycle of a butterfly activity. Click here to download.

Thursday, Oct. 8, 2020 *Virtual Story Time: Hemisfair’s 5th Birthday Edition with Legoland Discovery Center
Book Recommendation: Blocks by Irene Dickson
STEAM Activity:
Building with blocks activity. Click here to download.

Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2020
Book Recommendation:
Alma and How She Got Her Name by Juana Martinez-Neal
STEAM Activity:
Build your name activity. Click here to download.

Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2020
Book Recommendation:
Last Stop on Market Street by Matt De La Peña
STEAM Activity:
Letter mat activity. Click here to download.

Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2020
Book Recommendation: The Proudest Blue by Ibtihaj Muhammad
STEAM Activity:
Tissue paper art activity. Click here to download.

Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2020
Book Recommendation:
I Am Enough by Grace Byers
STEAM Activity:
Affirmation Card Activity. Click here to download.

Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2020
Book Recommendation:
Where Are You From? by Yamile Saied Mendez
STEAM Activity:
Color by Numbers. Click here to download.

Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2020
Book Recommendation:
Fry Bread 
by Kevin Noble Maillard
STEAM Activity:
Make Your Own Tipi. Click Here to download.

Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2020
Book Recommendation:
Pizza Day
by Melissa Iwai
STEAM Activity:
Make Your Own Pizza. Click here to download.

Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2020
Book Recommendation:
Gary & the Great Inventors
 by Akura Marshall
STEAM Activity:
Make Your Own Snow Fluff Experiment. Click here to download.

Saturday, Aug. 14, 2020 *Virtual Super Fun Saturday: Story Time Edition with Girl Scouts of Southwest Texas
Book Recommendation:
She Persisted Around the World: 13 Women Who Changed History 
by Chelsea Clinton
STEAM Activity:
Create Your Own Affirmation Board. Click here to download.

Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2020
Book Recommendation:
Spoon
by Amy Krouse Rosenthal
STEAM Activity:
Create Your Own Spoon Activity. Click here to download.

Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2020
Book Recommendation:
All Are Welcome
by Alexandra Penfold
STEAM Activity:
I am Unique Activity. Click here to download.

Tuesday, July 28, 2020
Book Recommendation:
Boy + Bot
by Ame Dyckman
STEAM Activity:
Create Your Own Robot Activity. Click here to download.

Tuesday, July 21, 2020
Book recommendation: Be Kind by Pat Zietlow Miller
STEAM Activity:
Acts of Kindness Activity. Click here to download.

Tuesday, July 14, 2020
Book recommendation:
On My Block 
by Zetta Elliott
STEAM Activity:
Draw Your Community Activity. Click here to download.

Tuesday, July 7, 2020
Book recommendation:
Ricky, The Rock That Couldn’t Roll by Jay I. Miletsky
STEAM Activity: 
Make A Rock Friend. Click here to download.

Tuesday, June 30, 2020
Book recommendation:
Giraffes Can’t Dance 
by Giles Andreae
STEAM Activity:
Create Your Own Giraffe Mask. Click here to download.

Tuesday, June 23, 2020
Book recommendation:
How to Catch a Unicorn by Adam Wallace
STEAM Activity:
Color Your Own Unicorn Craft. Click here to download.

Tuesday, June 16, 2020
Book recommendation: 
The Dark, Dark Night
by M. Christina Butler
STEAM Activity:
Make Your Own Shadow Puppets. Click here to download.

Tuesday, June 9, 2020
Book recommendation: 
What Floats in a Moat?
by Lynne Berry
STEAM Activity:
Create Your Own Boat Activity. Click here to download.

Tuesday, June 2, 2020
Book recommendation: 
In The Tall, Tall Grass 
by Denise Fleming
STEAM Activity:
Backyard Scavenger Hunt Activity. Click here to download.

Tuesday, May 26, 2020
Book recommendation:
What Can You Do With a Paleta?
 by Carmen Tafolla
STEAM Activity:
Make Your Own Paleta Craft. Click here to download.

Tuesday, May 19, 2020
Book recommendation:
How the Crayons Saved the Rainbow
by Monica Sweeney
STEAM Activity:
Color the Rainbow Craft. Click here to download.

Tuesday, May 12, 2020
Book recommendation:
Maybe
by Kobi Yamada
STEAM Activity:
Dream Jar Craft. Click here to download.

Tuesday, May 5, 2020
Book recommendation: We’re All Wonders by R.J. Palacio
STEAM Activity:
Wonder Hero Craft. Click here to download.

Tuesday, April 28, 2020
Book recommendation: And the Robot Went… by Michelle Robinson
STEAM Activity: Robot Craft. Click here to download.

Tuesday, April 21, 2020
Book recommendation: POP!, by Jason Carter Eaton
STEAM Activity: DIY Bubble Wand. Click here to download.

Tuesday, April 14, 2020
Book recommendation: Ben’s Adventures: A Day at the Beach, by Elizabeth Gerlach
STEAM Activity: Make Your Own Kite Craft. Click here to download.

Tuesday, April 7, 2020
Book recommendation: Dragons Love Tacos 2: The Sequel, by Adam Rubin
STEAM Activity: Walking Taco Print-and-Play Craft. Click here to download.

Zoom Backgrounds

Connecting virtually with your classmates or colleagues? Download one of Hemisfair’s virtual backgrounds to make your meeting look like a walk in the park.

Yanaguana Garden – Bank of America Promenade

Yanaguana Garden – Union Pacific Splash Pad

Yanaguana Garden – Playground

Happy Hour at Hemisfair

Treats at Hemisfair

Dog Days at Hemisfair

Colorful Sensory Play at Hemisfair