Family Unity the Focus at Spring Spectacular

Family Unity (and Free Fun) the Focus At Spring Spectacular

Photo: Child getting face painted

One-day festival hosted by BCFS Health and Human Services-San Antonio

SAN ANTONIO – BCFS Health and Human Services-San Antonio hosted more than 150 community members, parents and children at its inaugural Family Spring Spectacular on Saturday, April 30. The free community event featured a bounce house, caricature stations, balloon artists, giant outdoor Jenga, a bean bag toss, selfie photo station and a traditional cake walk. The one-day festival also featured dancing, face painting, refreshments, games and piñatas.
BCFS-San Antonio’s Family Spring Spectacular celebrated April as National Child Abuse Awareness and Prevention Month, helping connect local families with parenting education programs and support groups that help moms and dads create loving, stable home environments.

Special guest Jimmy Morris, whose journey from high school baseball coach to major league baseball pitcher inspired the 2003 Disney movie, The Rookie, joined the festivities, interacting with families, taking pictures and signing baseballs. Morris also offered free pitching lessons to children and parents alike at a pitching station.

The Basic Medical Technician Corpsman Program Student Choir from Joint Base San Antonio-Fort Sam Houston, comprised of military personnel from the U.S. Navy and Air Force performed the National Anthem to kick off the Spectacular. Bikers Against Child Abuse, a national group of motorcycle enthusiasts whose mission is to empower children, educate adults and unite all against the scourge of child abuse, displayed their bikes for the kids, letting them gun the engines, honk the horns and sit in the saddles.

“We invited local partner organizations to inform families about the different services available to them,” said BCFS Program Director Derek Belz. “We had fun with the kids and their families while also talking with them about how BCFS-San Antonio programs could help them – from parenting education to crisis intervention and free counseling.”

The Spring Spectacular was funded in part by the Prevention and Early Intervention Division of the Department of Family and Protective Services.

BCFS-San Antonio helps youth and families reach their full potential by providing workforce assistance, dropout prevention activities, self-esteem and leadership activities, counseling and more. BCFS’ parenting education programs also help families create safe, loving home environments.

For more information about BCFS Health and Human Services-San Antonio, visit or call (210)733-7932.

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BCFS is a global system of health and human service non-profit organizations with locations and programs throughout the United States as well as Eastern Europe, Latin America, Asia and Africa. The organization is a national leader in medical sheltering and emergency management and response, providing critical emergency support services to federal, state and local governments. BCFS also provides residential services and emergency shelters for children who are abused or neglected; assisted living services and vocational training for adults with intellectual disabilities; mental health services for children and families, foster care and adoption services; medical services; early education; transitional living services for youth who are at-risk and those in the juvenile justice system; residential camping and retreats for children and families; and international humanitarian aid for children living in impoverished conditions in developing countries.