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Hear ye! Hear ye! Directly from Sherwood Forest Faire, Robin Hood and his merry band of outlaws are stirring up mischief this summer at Austin Scottish Rite Theater. Come see Robin, Maid Marian, Friar Tuck, Little John, and all the rest outwit the Sheriff of Nottingham in the original adventure story of Merry Olde England. With live music by Alan A Dale accompanying the fantastic Sherwood Forest Faire players, this is action-packed fun for the whole family!

Sherwood Forest Faire, now in its ninth year, is a popular Texas destination. This production, especially written and produced for Austin Scottish Rite Theater’s young audiences, provides a rare opportunity for families to experience the characters of Sherwood Forest Faire indoors in a convenient Austin space.

Enjoy the historic Austin Scottish Rite Theater, built in 1871 with its newly restored comfy seats and a gorgeously restored starry ceiling! Kids get the best seats in the house—on carpets close to the action. Open seating for all. Free show parking as available with metered street parking also nearby. Tickets available online and at the door.

Location: Austin Scottish Rite Theater, 207 W 18th St., Austin

Tickets: Available online at https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3527404 until one hour before show time, and then sold at the door. $12 general 12 and up; $8 children under 12; under 2 years freeAdvertisement

Showtimes:

Saturday, August 25 – noon & 2:00 p.m.Advertisement
Sunday, August 26 – noon & 2:00 p.m.
Friday, August 31 – 7:00 p.m.
Saturday,  September 1 – noon, 2:00 & 7 p.m.
Sunday, September 2 – 10:00 a.m. & noon

More Information: http://scottishritetheater.org/show/the-legends-of-robin-hood/

Facebook: www.facebook.com/austin.scottish.rite.theater/

Giveaway: Win a family four pack of tickets to see The Legends of Robin Hood at the Austin Scottish Rite Theater! Complete the form below by 9 a.m. on Wednesday, August 22, 2018. One winner will be selected and contacted by email. The winner will have 24 hours to respond to the email to claim the prize. If no response is received within 24 hours, a new winner will be chosen. The tickets are non-transferable and hold no cash value.

Fireworks light up the night sky every Fourth of July to celebrate our nation’s independence, and thanks to our friends at Springfree Trampoline, this handy roundup of Fourth of July events has all of the festivities happening in the Austin area.

As an alternative to heading out to a celebration or festival, gather your friends and family to celebrate in your backyard! Turn your backyard into the ultimate fun zone this Fourth of July with a Springfree Trampoline! Take advantage of the 4th of July sale… the BEST SALE OF THE YEAR and save up to $897 when you take 50% off ALL accessories! Plus, add delivery & installation starting from $99*, regularly priced at $299! Offer ends July 5, 2018.

Bastrop Patriotic Festival

When: Friday, June 29 (8 am to noon) – Saturday, June 30, 2018 (10 am – 10 pm)

Where: Fisherman’s Park, 1200 Willow St., Bastrop

This family-friendly even celebrates our Nation’s Independence with food booths and children’s activities, live music, a pet parade, skydivers, and fireworks!

A Star-Spangled Independence

When: Sunday, July 1, 2018, 10 am – 5 pm

Where: Pioneer Farms, 10621 Pioneer Farms Dr., Austin

Join the fun at this star-spangled Independence Day festival featuring an array of family fun — historical exhibits, hayrides, music and a colorful display of independence flags. Red-white-and-blue historical exhibits, farm animals and hayrides are planned, along with music and other other old-fashioned festivities straight from the 1800s. Check our calendar to see which events are offered on Sunday. The days will be Austin’s version of a midsummer festival, a popular activity in the late 1800s. Plan to come early and stay late for this old-fashioned weekend outing that replicates the family-friendly summer holidays in Old Texas.

Round Rock Express Independence Day Celebration

When: Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Where: Dell Diamond, 3400 E. Palm Valley Blvd., Round Rock

Join the Round Rock Express on July 3 for the biggest fireworks show of the year, presented by eBay.

H-E-B Austin Symphony July 4th Concert & Fireworks

When: Wednesday, July 4, 2018, 8:30pm

Where: Vic Mathias Shores, 800 West Riverside Drive, Austin

Spend this Independence Day with 100,000 of your closest friends! Central Texans will hurry to claim their grassy spot with the Austin Symphony Orchestra this July 4th for the largest Independence Day Celebration in the state. Tens of thousands of families will be decked out in red, white, and blue and heading down to Vic Mathias Shores (formerly Auditorium Shores) this July 4th for an amazing event complete with a fireworks display over the city skyline backed by symphonic patriotic classics.

Leander’s Liberty Fest

When: Wednesday, July 4, 2018, 3-10pm

Where: Entrance off of San Gabriel Pkwy

This free admission, family-friendly event includes live music, food and craft vendors, children’s activities, and a spectacular fireworks display.

Wells Branch 4th Fest

When: Wednesday, July 4, 2018, 10am-10pm

Where: Katherine Fleischer Park, 2106 Klattenhoff Dr., Austin

The day begins with a short parade starting at KF Park at 10am. Spectators are welcome to line the street to watch. When the parade returns, there’ll be an afternoon of entertainment under the big tent, concessions from local restaurants and community service groups offering a variety of items to enjoy, and activities for the kids around Katherine Fleischer Park. KF pool will be open and free to the public as well. Fireworks begin at 9:30pm at the soccer field adjacent to the recreation center on Shoreline Dr.

Round Rock Frontier Days Festival & Parade

When: Wednesday, July 4, 2018, 10am-11pm

Where: Old Settlers Park, 3300 Palm Valley Blvd., Round Rock

The Sertoma July 4th Parade, fireworks, carnival rides, jalapeno pepper eating contest, Swifty Swine Pig Races, children’s games, Sam Bass Shootout, Movies in the Park are all part of the City of Round Rock’s July Fourth Frontier Days Celebration. This year will feature an even grander firework show! The event is FREE!

Georgetown’s SERTOMA 4th of July Celebration

When: Wednesday, July 4, 2018, 11am-11pm

Where: San Gabriel Park, 455 E. Morrow St., Georgetown

Come celebrate SERTOMA’s Annual 4th of July Family Celebration in San Gabriel Park, sponsored by the Georgetown Sertoma Club. Entertainment will be provided for the entire family! The event finishes with a “Spectacular Fireworks Finale” at dusk. The festivities will begin at 11:00 am, with over 60 Arts and Craft booths, and 20 Food vendors. Kiddie Rides, Bounce Houses, and Games along with a Petting Zoo are provided for the children. Entertainment at the gazebo will feature some of the best local and central Texas talent, beginning at 12 noon and will continue all day until the fireworks display.

Farm’s Fun Filled Foam Fest

When: Wednesday, July 4, 2018, 10am-2pm

Where: Sweet Eats Farm, Georgetown

Come enjoy the holiday at Sweet Eats Farm with a foam machine! There will also be fun farm activities including a petting zoo, pony ride, hay maze, jump pad, face painting and much more!

Cedar Park’s 4th of July Parade & Celebration

When: Wednesday, July 4, 2018, 10am (parade) 5-10:30pm (celebration)

Where: Milburn Park, 1901 Sun Chase Blvd., Cedar Park

The parade begins at 10 a.m. The route is along Discovery Blvd, starting at the H-E-B Center (Discovery Blvd and New Hope Dr) and ending at the Cedar Park Recreation Center. The event will feature live music, bingo, a washer tournament (at 4 pm), air castles, free watermelon and a fireworks display. Fees apply for food concessions, face painting, and carnival games and rides.

Pflugerville’s Pfirecracker Pfestival

When: Wednesday, July 4, 2018, 5-9:30pm

Where: The Pfield, 1440 W. Pecan St., Pflugerville

Celebrate July 4th with pfun and pfamily in Pflugerville at the Pfirecracker Pfestival. Returning this year to the Pfield, you can enjoy music from Suede, food trucks, a kid’s area and of course… fireworks! PFREE!

Kyle’s Independence Day Celebration & Fireworks Show

When: Wednesday, July 4, 2018, 6-9pm with fireworks at 9:30pm

Where: Plum Creek Golf Course, 4301 Benner, Kyle

The pre-show celebration at the PCGC Clubhouse is free to the public and includes live music and fantastic viewing. Hot dogs and cold drinks will be sold under the large tent, along with other snacks.

Hill Country Galleria Independence Day Celebration with Vallejo

When: Wednesday, July 4, 2018, 4-9:30pm

Where: Hill Country Galleria, 12700 Hill Country Blvd., Suite T-100, Bee Cave

Enjoy a day-long sidewalk sale! Stroll the streets of the Galleria and shop your favorite stores with outdoor displays. New this year, Hill Country Galleria is starting the festivities early at 4 p.m. with backyard games hosted by Camp Gladiator, including three-legged race, potato sack race, obstacle course, tug of war, and more, offering fun for the whole family. All games will be held on the lawn from 4pm-6pm and crowd participation is encouraged. Afterwards, bring chairs or blankets and enjoy the live music starting at 6:00 p.m. The splash pad will run from 9:00 AM to 9:00 PM on July 4th! Bring swimgear and water shoes for the kids. Firework show will take place at approximately 9:15 p.m. and subject to desirable wind and weather conditions. Parking and admission are always free.

Red, White and Buda

When: Wednesday, July 4, 2018, 9am-9:30pm

Where: Buda Sportsplex, 310 Buda Sportsplex Dr, Buda

Join us for a Patriotic Parade on Main Street. Line up begins at 8:30 AM at City Hall. Awards will be given to the best decorated bikes. After the parade, enjoy free activities and more fun at the Buda Greenbelt near the Buda Public Library! Come back out to Buda Sportsplex for food, entertainment and a spectacular fireworks show! Fireworks begin at 9:30pm.

 

The Domain’s 11th annual food festival, Taste of North Austin, features local restaurants, cooking demonstrations, live music, and activities for all ages.

Returning to its original location on Century Oaks Terrace between Macy’s and Neiman Marcus, The Domain’s 11th annual Taste of North Austin will feature delicious light bites and refreshing beverages from over 25 of the best restaurants in North Austin. The all-day family food festival will take place Saturday, June 16 from 11a.m. – 4 p.m. The community will also enjoy free live music, prize giveaways and children’s entertainment. Guests opting for the VIP experience will receive a goody bag, complimentary drinks and access to the VIP lounge.

Mouthwatering aromas will fill The Domain’s open-air corridor, enticing guests to sample fares from participating local restaurants, including:

  • Black Walnut Café
  • The Brass Tap
  • California Pizza Kitchen
  • Copper Restaurant & Dessert Lounge
  • Corner Bakery Cafe
  • Cream Whiskers
  • CRU Food & Wine Bar
  • Cyclone Anaya’s Tex Mex Cantina
  • Grand Lux Cafe
  • The League Kitchen & Tavern
  • Maggiano’s Little Italy
  • Michelle’s Patisserie
  • North Italia
  • Paradise Smoothies
  • Paul Martin’s Austin Grill
  • Punch Bowl Social
  • Schlotzsky’s
  • Southern Pressed Juicery
  • Sprinkles Cupcakes
  • Sushi Zushi
  • Tony C’s Coal Fired Pizza
  • Topgolf Austin
  • Urban-An American Grill
  • Xian Noodles
  • Yard House
  • Z’Tejas Southwestern Grill

The FREE children’s entertainment includes:

  • Glitter Tattoos
  • Balloon twisting
  • Crafts
  • Live Music

What: Taste of North Austin at The Domain

When: Saturday, June 16, 2018

Time: 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Where:
The Domain (between Macy’s and Neiman Marcus)
11410 Century Oaks Terrace
Austin, TX 78758

Cost: Live music and children’s entertainment are free. Food samplings and VIP access will require wristbands, which will be available for purchase at The Domain’s Simon Guest Services or at the event – 10-tastes for $20, or the VIP experience for an additional $15. Beer and wine will be available for purchase at select restaurant booths.

Taste tabs will double as “votes” for the restaurant’s partner charity. The three winning restaurants will receive a Simon Giftcard® donation to support their charity of choice.

Call 512.873.8099 or visit The Domain’s website for more information.

With summer just around the corner, we’re at the height of outside activity time, and what better way to kick off summer festivities than with a Springfree Trampoline!

 

Adding a Springfree Trampoline to our backyard a couple of years ago was one of the best things we could have done; not only does it get the kids outside and active, but it also is a fun way for parents to jump away some weight as well.

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Take a test jump this weekend at the Austin Springfree Trampoline store!

Where: 3220 Amy Donovan Plaza, #116, Austin

Memorial Weekend Hours: Friday 10AM–8PM, Saturday 10AM–8PM, Sunday 12–6PM, Monday 10AM – 8PM.

Contact: (512) 900-4341

Hat Creek Burger Company got its start in a food truck on 6th Street in Austin, TX, in 2008. Founder, Drew Gressett, never intended for the burger concept to turn into a family-friendly restaurant; however, as years passed, and he started a family of his own, his dream morphed into creating a place for the whole family to have fun. With 11 locations spread across both Austin and Dallas and 12 more planned for the next year in cities including San Marcos, Allen, Waco, Temple, Houston, and San Antonio, Hat Creek Burger Company aims to be the family-friendly restaurant for families across all of Texas.

What makes Hat Creek a family destination? For starters, each location has a unique playscape for the kids to run free. This is the perfect solution for parents looking for a place to enjoy a hot meal and not have to worry about keeping the kids entertained. The outdoor patio is the perfect place for parents to relax and have conversation while being able to keep an eye on their children. When starting the building process, Hat Creek’s first questions is always “where is the playground going to go?”

At its start, Hat Creek’s menu only featured burgers, but now the restaurant offers a wide variety of breakfast, lunch and dinner items. Opening at 7 am, customers can stop by or hit up the drive-thru to grab the breakfast of their choice. For those parents on-the-go, they have plenty of hot meals to help make those hectic mornings a little less stressful. Its breakfast tacos, platters and sandwiches are all “build it yourself.” Hat Creek’s breakfast, lunch and dinner menus are all made with integrity featuring ingredients from local suppliers.

All items are made-to-order, so mom and dad can custom order for those picky eaters or those with dietary restrictions. Hat Creek offers Paleo and gluten free options, as well. Hat Creek’s menu has something for everyone. Whether you’re in the mood for a juicy burger (they offer a Skinny version on lettuce instead of the bun, too), a salad, or a sandwich, their menu fits with a ton of lifestyles.

Sticking with its family-friendly promise, Hat Creek also offers half-off burgers every Tuesday for their Family Nights from 5 p.m. until close (9 p.m.). Every Thursday it also has $1 draft beer and wine for adults who might be looking to kick back and enjoy a cold one with friends or get an early start to their weekend.

At Hat Creek, each restaurant is built with mom, dad and child in mind. As a father, Drew’s vision for Hat Creek is to continue to provide a place for parents to have fun alongside their children, while providing fellowship and burgers to everyone who comes in contact with them. Whether it be breakfast, lunch or dinner, let Hat Creek handle dinner and do the dishes.

Map out your summer fun like a pro with the 2018 Summer Fun Guide! There are over 40 events and activities for kids of all ages, guaranteeing a summer full of fun in Austin, Texas.

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General Anytime Fun

Alamo Drafthouse Kids Camp
The Alamo Drafthouse’s annual Summer Kids Camp is a film series of screenings, designed specifically for families, that is affordable and fun for all with a mix of new favorites and classic kid-friendly films. Enjoy classic and family favorite films all summer long for just $1, $3 or $5 with all proceeds benefiting local non-profits.

Austin Nature and Science Center
Located close to Zilker Park, ANSC offers hands-on exhibits for children of all ages, a sand pit where children can dig for dinosaurs, a planetarium and more.

Austin Public Library’s Summer Reading Program
The Austin Public Library is your free ticket to a summer full of reading and loads of fun activities this June through August. You can also win prizes for reading! Pick up a reading log at the Library or print one at austinsummerreading.org. For every 20 minutes you read, color in a section. Color sections by number to display a hidden picture! Return your completed log to any of the Austin Public Library’s 21 locations between July and August, 2018. Congratulations, you did it! You’ve earned a prize book. You can earn one prize book per summer. Be sure to check the Library’s calendar for ongoing events all summer long.
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Austin Zoo
Full of shade-packed trees, the Austin Zoo is a sanctuary to animals that are rescued and, many times, rehabilitated. Set on 15-acres on the southwest edge of Austin, the zoo allows Austin families to get a close-up look at over 300 animals, representing more than 100 different species. Read more about the Austin Zoo here.

Barton Creek Greenbelt
Explore the 12+ miles of greenbelt on a hike while getting some fresh air. A splash in some water in the process is a bonus to cool down in the heat of summer.

Barton Springs Pool
Barton Springs is the perfect place to cool off on a hot summer day. Some people are a bit intimidated by the 68-70 degree water, and you will observe shouts and squeals as swimmers take the plunge. But, whether you prefer to inch your way down the steps or to cannonball in, you will emerge from the water rejuvenated and a little more comfortable soaking in the 100 degree heat outside. Read up on some tips on visiting Barton Springs Pool here.

Bat Watching
When was the last time you saw 1.5 million Mexican free-tailed bats bats emerge at dusk? One of our town’s best arguments that we’re still keeping it weird are the huge crowds which assemble in downtown Austin to watch these winged mammals head out to get their dinner.

BookPeople
Austin’s local Indie bookstore is a definite must-do on your summer to-do list! Air conditioning, books on multiple levels, a giant kids’ space, and events, too! You can’t go wrong with a visit to BookPeople.

Bowling
Strike! There’s nothing quite like the look on your little one’s face when he or she finally knocks all the pins down after watching countless gutter balls roll down the lane. Bonus: in the summer, bowling is a great way to beat the heat!

Cathedral of Junk
If “Keep Austin Weird” was a religion, the Cathedral of Junk would be its premier place of worship. It’s a multistory structure made out of all kinds of stuff, from concrete-filled tires to old CDs, street signs, glass bottles and toys. It reminds you of a post-apocalyptic urban setting in a video game or a movie, where survivors have created life anew using fragments of the old world. Extreme upcycling? Whatever the term, it’s gorgeous.

Caving
Sometimes, to beat the extreme Texas heat in the summer, it takes going down hundreds of feet into the earth to cool down. In Central Texas, we have many options for exploring caves, most within a short drive of the Austin area.

Chaparral Ice
In Texas, we’ll do just about anything to escape the heat of summer. Why not have fun while you’re cooling down? At Chaparral Ice, there are always friendly and helpful staff and good music. If you feel like taking it a step further, they offer ice-skating classes for a wide range of ages.

Deep Eddy Pool
When it comes to pools, there are few out there quite like Deep Eddy. Once a swimming hole on the Colorado River, Deep Eddy is a freshwater swimming pool, similar to Barton Springs. Each night, one of the two sides of the pool is drained and refilled with fresh well water, so you practically have a new pool to swim in every other day. Summertime fun includes watching movies in the pool! Check back here for the 2018 Splash Movie Nights schedule, soon to be announced.

Dig in the Sand
Lakes, parks and more offer kids a chance to get a little dirty in a sand pit…. some may also have some hidden dinosaur bones, too!

Dinosaur Park
Just outside of Austin in Cedar Creek, the Dinosaur Park is a must-see for any dino lover. This outdoor museum boasts life-size exhibits of dinosaurs on an easy to navigate trail, complete with a pre-printed scavenger hunt. There is a playground, picnic tables, a dino dig pit (small), and a gift store. Make it a day trip: read more about exploring Cedar Creek, Texas here.

Fishing
Summer is a great time of year to go fishing with the kids. Find a shady spot, pack an ice chest with some cold beverages and wait ’til the fish bite.

Float on Boat Rentals
Don’t have a boat? No problem! Float on Boat rentals offers boats (with or without captains) on both Lake Austin and Travis. It’s the perfect way to avoid the summer heat!

Hat Creek Burger Co.
Beer, burgers, milkshakes, salads…. and a playground! That’s right, a visit to one of the 9 Austin-area locations of this local favorite will satisfy everyone in the family.

 

Kayak or Canoe on Lady Bird Lake
Summer in Austin is all about finding creative ways to cool off. One way to do this is to take a canoe or kayak out on Lady Bird Lake. Yes, it can be a little dicey with younger kids and no, giving them their own paddle is not required. But, if you try it, it’s a great vantage point to check out turtles and resident waterfowl, and catch a nice breeze (of course, the earlier you go, the cooler it will be).

Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
Don’t miss these beautiful grounds located in South Austin. Be sure to visit during the month of June on their special Nature Nights – it’s FREE and possibly a little cooler than visiting during the day!

Mayfield Park
Visit with the peacocks at Mayfield Park and Preserve, an urban oasis in the center of town. In addition to the feathered friends your children will make, they can explore the shaded trails and ponds. Tip: Combine activities by visiting Mount Bonnell and the Contemporary Museum of Art at Laguna Gloria – they are all very close to Mayfield Park.

Mount Bonnel
Hiking up to the top of Mount Bonnell is definitely an activity best done in the early morning or late evening during the summer months. But the view at the top is well worth the sweat you’ll work up to get there. Read more about what to expect and some tips for climbing with kids here.

Museums in Austin
Whether you’re looking for art or science, history or all things presidential, Austin has a plethora of museums to choose from. Here’s a great list of museums to visit in the Austin area. Make a hot summer day an art day by visiting a couple of art museums with the kids, then lay out paint and canvas at home so the kids can create their own masterpieces.

Parks in Greater Austin
For parents, a great way to get out of the house is by exploring parks with our kids. That said, it can be easy to go to the same parks over and over again. Why not mix it up and try out a new park? We’ve visited a whole lot of parks in and around Austin, and we’ve laid out our favorites from north to south, east and west in a special parks series. If it’s an extra steamy day, check out these favorite parks that offer lots of shade in the summer.

Peter Pan Mini Golf
An Austin institution since 1948, this mini golf course has two 18-hole courses and is a popular spot during the summer months. Go early to avoid wait times and to avoid the heat of the day. Note that only cash and checks are accepted. You can bring a cooler, but no glass.

Playland Skate Center
Playland Skate center is open every day during the summer! Beat the heat and get some exercise in at Playland, in a fun, safe, friendly environment for the whole family! Discount Night every in Thursday for June and July starting at 7pm. Check out their website for daily schedule and other special events. Summer Hours start June 1st!

Rock Climbing
If your kids are climbing the walls, take them to one of Austin’s indoor rock climbing locations for a new twist on getting their energy out. Whether it’s rock climbing or bouldering (rock climbing without the use of ropes or harnesses), kids as young as toddlers can learn the art of climbing at both indoor and outdoor locations located throughout the Austin area.

Round Rock Express
Visit Dell Diamond for a few Round Rock Express games this summer. The Express have a varied promotional schedule, including nightly specials like $1 Hot Dogs on Monday games, ½ Price Tickets on Tuesday games, free tickets with canned food donations on Wednesday games, drink discounts on Thursdays, fireworks on Fridays, giveaways or post-game concerts on Saturday, and free kids inflatables pre-game and run the bases post-game on Sundays! Full promo schedule here.

Science Mill
Check out the new 30-foot-tall stainless steel robotic hand at the Science Mill! With a remote joystick mimicking the robot hand, kids can easily operate this exhibit to make each of the giant fingers move, much like their own. This exhibit is a powerful, interactive icon of creativity, engineering and design. Plus, explore the museum’s 50+ interactive indoor and outdoor exhibits and watch a 3D movie!

Splash Pads
Pools are great, but sometimes, splash pads are even better. Often adjacent to playgrounds, you can get a twofer by playing on the playground and then cooling off in the water. They are almost always free. If you have littles who are still learning to swim, a trip to the splash pad is a lot less stressful than a visit to the pool.

Springfree Trampoline
When kids have the wiggles and lots of energy, head to the Domain to visit the Austin Springfree Trampoline store. With several trampolines set up, your kids will have a blast jumping and testing out all of the cool accessories. Bonus: there’s air conditioning!

Stroll South Congress Avenue
Exploring the stores and restaurants on South Congress Avenue is always a big hit, especially if you have some out of town visitors this summer. If you get hungry, there are plenty of restaurants to satisfy your hunger. Have some extra cash to spend? No problem! There are plenty of cool, eclectic stores to shop at. It’s a mecca of hipsters and an area that’s quite enjoyable for everyone in the family. Be sure to head down to Congress Avenue on the first Thursday of each month (weather permitting) to enjoy vendors, local artisans, live music and more

Texas State Capitol
Who says you can’t combine fun and learning while on summer break? Not us! Take the kids to explore the Texas State Capitol – they’ll learn all about Texas history, politics, and you can even grab a bite to eat in the basement cafeteria. Read more about taking a tour of the Capitol here.

Topgolf
Topgolf is an entertainment venue in north Austin offering point-scoring golf with over 100 climate-controlled hitting bays, with an on-site restaurant and bar. If your kids love golf, Topgolf Austin is once again hosting Summer Academy, a week-long half-day program for kids ranging from 6 – 12. Summer Academy is a fun way to stay physically active, mentally active and engaged with the community all while learning a great skill.

Zilker Botanical Gardens
When you think botanical gardens, you think plants and flowers, right? But the Zilker Botanical Garden is much more – ponds, dinosaurs, wildlife, butterfly habitats and more! Kids of all ages love this beautiful space.

Zilker Zephyr
No trip to Zilker Park or Barton Springs Pool is complete without a ride on the iconic Zilker Zephyr. Kids and adults take delight in this train ride across Zilker Park, offering great views of Austin as well.

Events

Blues on the Green
Austin’s favorite summer tradition is back. 93.3 KGSR’s Blues on the Green invites music lovers out to Zilker Park to enjoy a family and pet friendly night of homegrown music in a relaxed atmosphere. Grab your family, friends, dogs, and blankets, and join us for Austin’s largest FREE concert series. Read some tips on attending Blues on the Green here.

When: May 23, June 13, July 18, August 8, 8 p.m.
Where: Zilker Park, 2100 Barton Springs Road, Austin
Cost: FREE

Together We Can Get Them Outside Celebration
Celebrate the beauty of playing outside at this special event. Stop in at the Springfree Trampoline store in the Domain to pick up some seed planting kits from Burpee seeds, refreshments including GoGo Squeez, take part in some games, and free test jumps, of course! Cool off from the summer heat while celebrating the spirit of going outside to be active!

When: Saturday, June 2, Noon-4 p.m.
Where: Springfree Trampoline, 3220 Amy Donovan Plaza in the Domain
Cost: FREE

A Spoonful of Sugar
This summer, Austin Scottish Rite Theater and the Hideout Theatre present a delightful, family-friendly improv show: Spoonful of Sugar! The Sugar family is in trouble. Their parents are overworked, their children misbehaving and neglected. When they are finally forced to hire on a nanny, the children are pleasantly surprised to discover that their new nanny is magical. ready to infuse their lives with a little bit of whimsy, mystery, and fun! Join us as the Sugars’ new nanny takes us on a series of fantastical adventures, exploring the hidden, magical world behind the every day, which we bring to life with suggestions and help from the kids (and their parents) in our audience.

When: Saturday and Sunday, June 3 – July 1, 11 a.m.
Where: Austin Scottish Rite Theater, 207 W. 18th St., Austin
Cost: $12 for ages 12 and up, $8 ages 12 and under

Summer Kids Series
The youngest animal lover in your life has more reason to celebrate this summer, as our Summer Kids Series gets underway with hands-on activities for kids of all ages as they learn more about the world of animals and the Austin Humane Society. Along the way they’ll find out what it means to care for a pet of their own and be inspired to help animals in need.

When: Tuesdays, June 5 – August 14, multiple times and sessions
Where: Austin Humane Society, 124 West Anderson Ln., Austin
Cost: FREE

Austin Symphony’s Children’s Day Art Park
The Austin Symphony Children’s Day Art Park offers FREE concerts for kids in June and July at a brand new location, the Austin Central Public Library. In addition to the music, there will be arts and crafts, an instrument zoo and more.

When: Wednesday mornings, June 6 – July 25, doors open at 10 a.m.
Where:
Austin Central Library, 710 W Cesar Chavez St., Austin
Cost: FREE

Bubblepalooza
Bubblepalooza, the Long Center’s official start to summer returns on Saturday, June 9, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. The kick off to their All Summer Long series of free community events, this annual celebration of open play on the Long Center’s front lawn is perfect for families of all ages, with live music, games, arts + crafts, trailer food, and of course—tons of bubbles!

When: Saturday, June 9, 2018, from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Where: Long Center for the Performing Arts, 701 W Riverside Dr, Austin
Cost: FREE

 

Second Saturdays are for Families at Contemporary Museum of Art at Laguna Gloria
The Contemporary Austin offers FREE hands-on art-making workshops each month, inspired by the exhibitions on view. Join us to see family-friendly performances, meet local artists, and make art to take home. Recommended for ages 2–11. Reservations are requested to participate in art-making workshops due to limited space; please reserve your spot at the links below beginning the 1st of each month.

When: June 9, July 14, August 11, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Where: The Contemporary Museum of Art at Laguna Gloria, 3809 W. 35th St., Austin
Cost: FREE

Too Many Stories
Too Many Stories! is a Scottish Rite favorite, back by popular demand for weekday matinees in summer 2018. Kallie catches Sam and Bogus getting away with loot they’ve stolen from a department store. With the help of the kids in the Scottish Rite Theater audience, a smart little girl outwits and exhausts the bad guys through story, music, and improvisation. All ages.

When: Wednesday, June 13 – August 1
Where: Austin Scottish Rite Theater, 207 W. 18th St., Austin
Cost: $6 for adults and children, under 2 free

Fans From Fans Summer Fan Drive
The Summer Fan Drive provides new box and oscillating fans to seniors, adults with disabilities, and families with children in Central Texas. Take part in a day of fun with activities for kids, live music, a Pancake Pileup and more at this annual event.

When: June 15, 7 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Where: Threadgill’s World Headquarters, 301 West Riverside Dr., Austin
Cost: Suggested donation of $20 or a new fan

Central Texas Juneteenth Celebration
Watch a parade that kicks off the Juneteenth festivities and then celebrate in the park afterwards with live music, food, activities and vendors.

When: June 16, parade at 10 a.m. and event begins at noon
Where: Chestnut House, 1183 Chestnut Ave., Austin
Cost: FREE

Taste of North Austin
Calling all foodies! Restaurants from The Domain and North Austin are teaming up again for Taste of North Austin, the 11th annual all-day family food festival that features delectable tastes, beverage sampling, free live music, children’s entertainment, and of course, fabulous shopping. Complimentary children’s activities throughout the day will also include balloon twisting, glitter tattoos, crafts and more. Taste tabs will double as “votes” for a restaurant’s partner charity. The winning charities will receive a Simon Giftcard donation.

When: Saturday, June 16, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Where: The Domain, between Macy’s and Neiman Marcus, 11410 Century Oaks Terrace, Austin
Cost:
Children’s entertainment and music will be free. Food samplings and VIP access will require wristbands. Beer and wine will be available for purchase at select restaurant booths. Wristbands include 10 tastes will be available for $20 at The Domain’s Simon Guest Services or at the event. VIP experience will be offered for an additional $15.

Movies in the Park
Movies in the Park is a series of free films brought to you by Austin Parks Foundation in partnership with Alamo Drafthouse and presented by Whole Foods Market. Each year, APF and the Drafthouse bring you free movies in parks all over Austin. Bring a blanket and get ready to see Moana on the outdoor screen. Food trucks will be onsite.

When: June 21, 9 p.m.
Where: Patterson Park, 4200 Brookview Rd., Austin
Cost: FREE

Movies in the Park (Wells Branch)
Wells Branch MUD presents Movies in the Park Summer Series at Katherine Fleischer Park. Bring your blankets and chairs and enjoy a fun filled night with your family and neighbors. All movies will be rated PG with free admission.

When: June 16, July 21, and August 18, 8 p.m. concession sales, movie at twilight
Where: Katherine Fleischer Park, 2106 Klattenhof Dr., Austin
Cost: FREE

World Refugee Day
Commemorate the United Nations’ World Refugee Day at the Bullock Museum with a naturalization ceremony, free samples of world cuisine, live music, and activities for families with kids of all ages. Master of Ceremonies, Greg Ciotti, is representing KOOP Radio‘s Community Council whose charter is to highlight individuals and organizations that are giving back in our community.

When: June 16, 11:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Where: Bullock Texas State History Museum, 1800 Congress Ave., Austin
Cost: FREE

Pollyanna Theatre Company’s If Wishes Were Fishes
In Hepp-Galvan’s hilarious new play, these friends (and our young audience) learn to be grateful for what you have, to always appreciate the wonderful people in your life, and to be wary of talking fish. Sarah, Johnny, and Felicia are best friends. They can’t wait to get together every day! They play the best games and always support and encourage each other. One day, when they’re playing, they find a magic fish tangled in a net. The magic fish says that if they free him, he’ll grant them three wishes–one wish each. And that is when the trouble starts. Best for ages 4-9 years old.

When: Saturday & Sunday, June 23 – July 1, 2 p.m.
Where: Long Center for Performing Arts, 701 W. Riverside Dr., Austin
Cost: $10.50

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Zilker Hillside Musical
Pack a picnic and come out to the Zilker Hillside Theatre to enjoy a live performance of All Shook Up! This summer, Zilker Theatre Productions journeys back to the 1950’s — the era of the first Zilker Summer Musical — with the Elvis-inspired All Shook Up!

When: Thursday – Sunday, July 6 – August 18, 8:15 p.m.
Where: Zilker Hillside Theatre, 2100 Barton Springs Rd., Austin
Cost: FREE

Family Cooking Workshop
Cooking is an activity the entire family can enjoy together! When little chefs cook and help select their food, they not only learn healthy habits and expand their palates, but they also are exposed to scientific exploration as they combine different ingredients and see how temperature affects food. Bright horizon’s very own Chef Darrell will be leading families in a cooking workshop where they will prepare an appetizer, main course, and dessert. All children who attend will receive a Bright Horizons apron. This workshop is geared towards children 2 – 6 years old. Spaces are limited! Please RSVP to Westlake@brighthorizons.com with your name and number of attendees.

When: Saturday, July 21, 10:30 am – noon
Where: Bright Horizons at Westlake, 4613-B Bee Cave Road, West Lake Hills
Cost: FREE

Would you like to add an event or activity to the 2018 Austin Summer Fun Guide? Email Catherine@365ThingsAustin.com with details

Camp Twin Lakes — where the everyday grind is wiped away and your sense of adventure and fun are renewed! We are here to make your kids feel welcome. To help them quickly realize this is a place where they belong and can be themselves. Try new things. Make new friends. And be a part of something great. Your kids will have an amazing experience this summer, all in a safe, inclusive and nurturing environment. Featuring a wide variety of both water and land activities, Camp Twin Lakes has something to excite everyone – whether it’s kids, families, church groups, executives or the truly young-at-heart.

Experience Overnight and Day Camp in the heart of Hill Country just minutes from Austin. Camp Twin Lakes is THE camp in Cedar Park. Situated on 55 acres of park land, it features 2 lakes, the Wet Willie Water Slide, canoeing, kayaking, swim beach, Aqua Park, pools, archery range, paintball field, sports complex, covered pavilions and 3 indoor lodges. Our themed camps have the power to change the course of a summer and help kids develop in positive ways. We provide a safe, supportive and fun environment filled with new activities every day — all in the great outdoors.

 

Dates: June 6 – July 28 (Summer Overnight Camps), May 30 – August 15 (Summer Day  Camps)

Location: 204 E. Little Elm Trl., Cedar Park, 78613

Cost: Day Camp, $188–$284;  Overnight, $375–$749

Website: camptwinlakes.ymcagwc.org

Contact: 512-250-9622 option 6

GIVEAWAY: Win a spot for your child in the YMCA Camp Twin Lakes Day Camp program! Valued at $200, this giveaway amount can also transfer to a an overnight camp spot. This giveaway is available for children ages 7-14 years old. The prize is non-transferable. All entries must be received by Friday, May 18 at 5 p.m. CST. To enter, complete the form below.

Theatre en Bloc is proud to present the regional premiere of Cry It Out, an emotional comedic play written by Molly Smith Metzler and directed by Lily Wolff. This newly published piece keeps in-line with Theatre En Bloc’s mission to produce quality theatre that is relevant to communities and situations in Austin, TX.

ABOUT CRY IT OUT

Cooped up on maternity leave and starved for conversation, Jessie invites her forthright neighbor Lina, also a new mom, for coffee on the patio between their duplexes. Despite their vastly different finances, they become fast friends during naptimes—while someone watches from the mansion on the cliff overlooking Jessie’s yard. A comedy with dark edges, Cry It Out takes an honest look at the absurdities of being home with a baby, the power of female friendship, the dilemma of going back to work, and the effect class has on parenthood in America. There will be Optional Talk Backs regarding female friendship, economics and parenthood in America following each performance.

ABOUT THEATRE EN BLOC

Theatre en Bloc is a professional theatre company with a history of producing quality theatre that is relevant to communities and situations in Austin, TX. Founded by Jenny Lavery in 2011, TEB is led by the belief that great art inspires great communities. Our mission is to create and share elegantly rendered theatrical events that collide with the question: What does it mean to be alive in the world today?

Cry It Out features Lee Eddy, Christin Davis*, Jenny Lavery, and Ben Wolfe*.

*Actors Appearing Courtesy of Actors Equity Association

Where: ZACH’s Whisenhunt Stage, 1510 Toomey Road, Austin

Showtimes: May 4th, 6th, May 10th-11th, May 13th-14th, May 16th-20th at 8:00pm

Tickets: Available at www.theatreenbloc.org or by calling (512) 522.4083. There are free tickets available for each show, as well as a variety of payment options from $15 to $70. For groups of 10 and more, please call email jenny@theatreenbloc.org

More Info: https://www.facebook.com/theatreenbloc/ or Twitter @Bloc_en_Bloc

The Austin Scottish Rite Theater is bringing back a favorite for kids of all ages this spring! Bring the family to watch A Migrant’s Tale: Pancho Rabbit meets danger at every stage of his journey to find his missing Papa, but the greatest danger of all is his untrustworthy guide. Kids and grown-ups alike will be inspired by this resonant and powerful story. Original live music by Chris Ledesma and stunning renditions of Tonatiuh’s award-winning illustrations fill the Austin Scottish Rite stage.

From the original book by Duncan Tonatiuh, adapted for the stage exclusively for Austin Scottish Rite Theater, Pancho Rabbit and the Coyote is the winner of several awards including Pura Belpré Author and Illustrator Honor, Kirkus Best Books of 2013, Best Multicultural Children’s Books 2013, Notable Children’s Books from ALSC 2014 and others.

Enjoy the historic Austin Scottish Rite Theater, built in 1871 with its newly restored comfy seats and a gorgeously restored starry ceiling! Kids get the best seats in the house—on carpets close to the action. Open seating for all. Free show parking as available. Metered street parking also nearby. Tickets
available online and at the door.Location: Austin Scottish Rite Theater, 207 W 18th St., Austin

Tickets: Available online at https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3342588 until one
hour before show time, and then sold at the door. $12 general 12 and up; $8 children under 12; under 2 years free

Showtimes:
April 7, 8, 14, 15 at 11:00 am
April 21, 22, 28, 29 at 11:00 am and 12:30 pm

More Information: www.scottishritetheater.org

Facebook: www.facebook.com/austin.scottish.rite.theater/

Giveaway: Enter for a chance to win a family four pack of tickets to see Pancho Rabbit and the Coyote at the Austin Scottish Rite Theater. The winner picks which performance to attend. All you have to do is leave a comment or fill out the form below by 5:00 p.m. CST on Wednesday, April 11, 2018.

Run, jump, scale, and wade your way through the largest touring adventure and obstacle course event series for kids in the nation! Kids Obstacle Challenge is coming to Austin on Saturday, April 21st at Dripping Springs Ranch Park with waves from 8:30 am to 2:00 pm.

Parents are invited to run for FREE with the purchase of a child’s ticket!

Kids Obstacle Challenge attracts thousands of active kids and their parents by inspiring and challenging kids and forging family bonds, through adventure and obstacles. Kids Obstacle Challenge is an adventure and obstacle course event series for kids ages 5-16, with 13-15 fun and challenging obstacles through water and mud!

Kids Obstacle Challenge is designed for kids to push their limits and reach new heights. If you are looking for the ultimate experience that involves the whole family, look no further. Participants can rope swing into a giant mud pit, army crawl through tough terrain, scale up rugged cargo nets, and slide into a muddy paradise! Prepare to Brave Your Adventure and have some muddy family fun!

What: Kids Obstacle Challenge | Austin, TX
When: Saturday, April 21, 2018
Time: 8:30 a.m.–2:00 p.m.
Cost: $32-$66 per Ticket; Parents run FREE
Ages: 5-16
Where: Dripping Springs Ranch Park, 1042 Event Center Dr, Dripping Springs

To sign up your eager adventurer, visit www.kidsobstaclechallenge.com.

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