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Groundwork Music Project is hosting their 7th Annual Fall Family FUNraiser on Sunday, October 22, 2017! Join this fabulous organization for an afternoon of music and fun at Cherrywood Coffeehouse.

This perennial favorite is back with the usual variety show of live music by Groundwork Music Orchestra (with students), Tameca Jones, Jon Dee Graham, and Walker Lukens. Bring the kids for face painting, balloon animals, and more.

What: Groundwork Music Project’s Fall Family FUNraiser
When: Sunday, October 22, 2017Advertisement
Time: 3-6 p.m.
Where: Cherrywood Coffeehouse, 1400 E. 381/2 Street, Austin
Cost: Tickets are $5 a person at the door and include entry in a raffle.
RSVP: Facebook Event Page

In honor of national Family Volunteer Day on Saturday, November 18th, bring your family to Austin Families Give Back, an event hosted by Generation SERVE (formerly Little Helping Hands)! Your family will learn about giving back to the community while sampling hands-on service activities to benefit nonprofits across Austin. This event will be free and open to the public and all
ages are welcome to attend!
Please pre-register to attend with your family. Shifts are available between 10:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.
What: Austin Families Give Back: Family Volunteer Day 2017
When: Saturday, November 18th: shifts available between 10:30am and 4:30pm
Where: Millennium Youth Entertainment Complex, 1156 Hargrave St.
Cost: Free!
Visit for more information and to register!

Kids and adults of all ages will be movin’ and groovin’ at the Hush Hush Music Bash, a FREE family-friendly event that will take place at The Domain. For those who can’t make it to ACL Music Festival and have FOMO (fear of missing out), Hush Hush is the perfect way to get your live music fix while preparing your kids to be future festival-goers in a smaller, more intimate setting.

From babes in strollers to teens, kids of all ages are welcome!

Fun activities include:
– Rain stick making at the Bright Horizons at Westlake booth
– Jumping on Springfree Trampolines
– Giveaways
– Cool down with Steel City Pops (available for purchase)
– Dance contest

3 pm: DJ Bill
3:30 pm: RIDERS AGAINST the STORM (RAS)Advertisement
4:15 pm: Superfun Yeah Yeah Rocketship
5 pm: Koo Koo Kanga Roo

What: Hush Hush Music Bash
Where: The Domain, Amy Donovan Plaza, 11410 Century Oaks Terrace, Austin (in front of iPic Theater)
When: Sunday, October 15, 2017
Time: 3-6 p.m.
Cost: Free!
RSVP: Facebook Event Page

Presented by: LiveMom, Spare the Rock, Spoil the Child, The Domain, with music sponsored by The Austin Diagnostic Clinic and Springfree Trampoline Austin.

Back by popular demand, Rosita y Conchita is an imaginative adaptation of Erich Haeger and Eric González’s award-winning children’s book about two sisters who try to reunite on the Day of the Dead. Along the way Rosita keeps getting lost, but she miraculously finds her way to Conchita through familiar sounds and images. This touching story comes to life with live son jarocho music by Son Armado, professional actors, and puppetry. All ages will delight in the rhyming bilingual dialogue and stunning images.

Children love to gather around on the rugs in front of the stage to watch the action in the historic Austin Scottish Rite Theater, Austin’s oldest and theater. Going through a recent renovation, parents can relax in the newly re-upholstered seating under a historically restored starlit ceiling. It’s magical!


What: Rosita y Conchita: A Dia de los Muertos Play in English and Spanish

Where: Austin Scottish Rite Theater, 207 W. 18th Street, Austin

When: Saturdays and Sundays, September 30 – October 29, 2017, 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.

Cost: $12 adults, $8 children 2-12, under 2 are free

More information:

Giveaway: Enter here for a chance to win a family four pack of tickets to see Rosita y Conchita 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 9:00 a.m. CST on Wednesday, September 27, 2017.

A brand new KinderCare is opening in Round Rock on August 21, 2017! KinderCare Education is the nation’s largest provider of early childhood education, and local families are invited to tour their newest child-care center during the Family Party and Grand Opening Celebration on Saturday, August 19th. Guests will enjoy refreshments and fun activities that will include educational games and giveaways.

KinderCare Education makes it their passion to nurture a sense of discovery, joy, and wonder in every child, every day, at every one of its nearly 1400 centers across America. KinderCare is the most accredited early childhood education provider and focuses on creating a world of learning, joy and adventure for children ages six months to twelve years. To bring these learning concepts to life, children and their parents will enjoy the following activities during the grand opening party:

  • Color a pre-printed wall mural
  • Visit a (temporary) tattoo bar
  • Showcase creativity in the chalk corner
  • Try out the all new playgroundAdvertisement
  • Cozy up with a book at the Book Nook
  • Take a guided tour with KinderCare staff

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What: KinderCare Family Party and Grand Opening Celebration
When: Saturday, August 19, 2017 at 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Where: Round Rock KinderCare Learning Center, 1900 S. AW Grimes Blvd., Round Rock
Cost: Free

The Austin Summer Musical for Children’s 2017 performance of The Jungle Book is coming to the BOyd Vance Theater August 12-27, 2017. The non-profit organization provides live musical theatre productions for the children of Central Texas as a way of fostering community, building interest and enriching the lives of children through music and theatre.

The fully costumed and choreographed production is presented FREE of charge. It is written, planned and performed by a board of community volunteers who share their free time to ensure that the children of Austin and Central Texas will be treated to a quality show.  There are 17 free public performances, produced for children ages 2-12.

The Jungle Book

Banished by the ferocious tiger, Shere Khan, a human boy named Mowgli and his panther friend, Bagheera, are on the run in the deepest parts of the jungle. On their journey, the two meet a sinister snake named Kaa, a herd of elephants and a giant bear named Baloo, who teaches them the swingin’ musical rhythms of the jungle. After surviving a dangerous encounter with a band of monkeys led by King Louie, Mowgli and Bagheera are forced to run for their lives. When Shere Khan returns, our heroes must rally their fellow animals into battle and restore peace throughout the jungle.
While the show is free, you do still need to have a ticket for entry to the theatre. Tickets are available 30 minutes prior to the show with online tickets available for select performances.

When: Saturday and Sundays, August 12-27, 2017
Time: Saturdays at 11 a.m., 2 and 4 p.m.
Where: Boyd Vance Theater, inside Washington Carver Museum, 1165 Angelina St., Austin

Tip: Arrive early to make sure you get a place in line to get tickets! Lines can be long and tickets are available on a first come, first served basis. Only six tickets allowed per family. Tickets are released 30 minutes before show time.

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1 classic story, myth or fairy tale
1 group of expert improvisers
1 audience full of great ideas

Combine all ingredients and mix together until you have a totally new hilarious story!

Saturdays and Sundays in August, Austin Scottish Rite Theater and Hideout Theatre present “Once Upon a Whaaa?!”, a fully improvised mashup of some of our favorite classic stories. The skilled improvisers from the Hideout Theatre will take the Scottish Rite stage to completely remix well-known stories using suggestions from the audience. Since it’s improvised, each show is totally unique, never seen before, never to be seen again!

What would happen if Prince Charming had to win a singing competition to wake Sleeping Beauty up? What if Snow White went on a road trip? Find out Saturdays and Sundays in August at 11:00 AM at Austin Scottish Rite Theater!



Sat August 5 – 11:00 AM
Sun August 6 – 11:00 AM
Sat August 12 – 11:00 AM
Sun August 13 – 11:00 AM
Sat August 19 – 11:00 AM
Sun August 20 – 11:00 AM
Sat August 26 – 11:00 AM
Sun August 27 – 11:00 AM

Tickets: $12 adults, $8 children under age 12. Purchase online or at the door.

Giveaway: Enter here for a chance to win a family four pack of tickets to see Once Upon a Whaa?! The winner picks which performance to attend. All you have to do is leave a comment or fill out the form below by 9:00 a.m. CST on Friday, August 4, 2017.

Kids decorating cookies with sprinkles and frosting is so much fun! Better yet, it’s mess-free when done at a bakery! Baked by Amy’s, located off of 183 in north Austin, is offering two cookie decorating classes for kids this summer. For only $25 per person, they’ll provide the cookies, decorations, an instructor, and they will clean up the mess, too!

Can’t make a class? Bring a group of 8 or more in to decorate cookies without an instructor. They will set up a table for the group to have fun with icing and sprinkles for only $5 an item.

AdvertisementWhat: Cookie Decorating Classes
When: July 29, 2017 at 1pm (Beach/summer theme); August 5, 2017 at 1pm (Back to school theme)
Where: Baked by Amy’s, 13265 US-183, Austin
Cost: $25
RSVP: 512-918-2253

Each year, Child Protective Services (CPS) removes over 17,000 children from their homes in Texas alone. When these children arrive at foster homes, they often arrive with nothing more than the clothes that they are wearing. On Saturday July 22nd, you can help make a huge difference in the life of one of these foster children while having fun with your whole family and entering to win great prizes at the Carrying Hope “Hope Pack Drive.” Come bring a “Hope Pack” to the Browning Hangar/Mueller on July 22nd from 9am-12pm. The first 150 people to donate Hope Packs for Foster Children will also receive a free family pass to The Thinkery. (One per household.)


After dropping off your Hope Pack, you will be treated to free snow cones from Kona Ice, a free family workout from Stroller Strides and fun children’s activities like face painting, balloon animals and games. Everyone who donates a Hope Pack will also be entered to win items from Kendra Scott, Alamo Drafthouse, ABGB, Whole Earth Provision Co., P.Terry’s and more

A Hope Pack is a backpack filled with age-appropriate essentials and comfort items. Examples include:

  • Toothbrushes
  • Diapers
  • Pajamas
  • Stuffed animals
  • Books
  • Toys

Carrying Hope’s mission is to provide a Hope Pack for every child entering the foster care system. When you donate a Hope Pack, you provide comfort to foster children during their time of crisis and allow new foster parents to spend time bonding with, and comforting the child instead of shopping for necessities.

To create a Hope Pack, visit and choose the age and gender of foster child you would like to help. The packing lists are broken down by gender and ages from newborn to 16 years old so all kids will receive the items that will best help their transition to a new home. Get more information at and by following Carrying Hope on Facebook and Instagram.

What: Kids Helping Kids Hope Pack Drive
When: Saturday, July 22, 2017
Time: 9 am – noon
Where: Browning Hangar at Mueller

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A major milestone of summer is the 4th of July, a celebration of America’s independence that is commemorated by spectacular fireworks shows that take place across the Austin area. There are plenty of ways to celebrate with events starting as early as this weekend. Catch a fireworks show, pack a picnic, and enjoy some live music at one of these 4th of July Celebrations in the Austin area.

Bastrop Patriotic Festival 

Saturday, July 1, 2017
10am – 10pm
Fisherman’s Park
1200 Willow St.
Bastrop, TX 78602
(512) 303-0558

A Water Wonderland for the kids, contests, a petting zoo, a Car Show with the Bastrop Area Cruisers, children’s activity area, a DJ playing music all day, a washer (with cash prizes) and domino tournament, tons of awesome food & treats, the Austin Symphonic band and of course, fireworks (9:15pm).

Bob Schneider’s Independence Day Party

Saturday, July 1, 2017
Doors open at 6pm
Nutty Brown Cafe
12225 Highway 290 West
Austin, TX

Performances by Calliope Musicals, The Avacados and Bob Schneider with fireworks at the end of the show. Tickets start at $25.

A Star Spangled Independence

Saturday, July 1 & Sunday, July 2, 2017
10am – 5 pm
Pioneer Farms
10621 Pioneer Farms Drive
Austin, TX 78754

Family fun includes historical reenactments, hayrides, live music and a colorful display of independence flags. Red-white-and-blue historical shows, new exhibits, farm animals and hayrides are planned, along with music and other other old-fashioned festivities straight from the 1800s. 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. Regular admission will be charged.

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

Tuesday, July 4, 2017
Vic Mathias Shores
800 West Riverside Drive
Austin, TX

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.

The Austin Symphony Orchestra will perform at 8:30 p.m., followed by “mile-high” fireworks at approximately 9:30 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

Independence Day Celebration at Round Rock Express

Tuesday, July 4, 2017
7:05 pm
Round Rock Express at the Dell Diamond
3400 E. Palm Valley Blvd.
Round Rock

Celebrate the U.S.A. at Dell Diamond as the Express will don special uniforms before a spectacular post-game fireworks show.

Leander’s Liberty Fest

Tuesday, July 4, 2017
1680 Hero Way
Leander, TX 78641
(512) 528-9909

Celebrate the Fourth of July at Liberty Fest! This FREE, family-friendly event is perfect for the whole family with live music, food and craft vendors, children’s activities and a spectacular fireworks display. Fireworks will be launched from the Capital Metro Leander Station from approximately 9-10pm.

July Fourth Frontier Days Festival & Celebration

Tuesday, July 4, 2017
Old Settlers Park
3300 Palm Valley Blvd.
Round Rock, TX 78665
(512) 218-5540

A parade, fireworks, carnival rides, jalapeno eating contest, Swifty Swine Pig Races, children’s games, Sam Bass shootout, Movies in the Park and skydivers are all part of the City of Round Rock’s July Fourth Frontier Days Celebration. The event is free for the entire family. Independence Day festivities begin with free watermelon at the Lakeview Pavilion in Old Settlers Park and includes music from the Austin Symphonic Band. The SERTOMA Round Rock Veterans Fourth of July Parade moves back to Main Street in Downtown Round Rock. Fireworks begin at dark, and the movie (Lego Batman Movie) begins right after the fireworks.

Wells Branch FourthFest

Tuesday, July 4, 2017
Katherine Fleischer Park
2106 Klattenhoff Dr.
Austin, TX 78728
(512) 251-9814

Wells Branch is famous for its FourthFest celebration. The day begins with a short parade starting at Katherine Fleisher 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. The 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 Drive.

Georgetown’s SERTOMA 4th of July Celebration

Tuesday, July 4, 2017
San Gabriel Park
455 E. Morrow St.
Georgetown, TX 78626

The festivities will begin at 11:00 a.m. with over 60 Arts and Craft booths, 20 Food vendors. Kiddie rides, Bounce Houses and games along with a Petting Zoo are provided for the children. Musical entertainment, featuring some of the best local and central Texas talent, will begin at the Gazebo at 12 noon and will continue all day. A “Hometown Parade”, sponsored by the Leadership Georgetown Alumni begins at 11:00 a.m. at the low water crossing, ending at the Gazebo. The 4th of July Celebration is free. Fireworks will start at around 9:30pm.

Cedar Park’s 4th of July Celebration & Parade

Tuesday, July 4, 2017
10am – 10pm
Milburn Park
1901 Sun Chase Blvd.
Cedar Park, TX 78613
(512) 401-5500

The parade kicks off the day at 10 am on Discovery Blvd. Afterwards, from 4-10pm, the event will feature live music, bingo, a washer tournament, air castles, free watermelon and a fireworks display.  Fees apply for food concessions, face painting, and carnival games and rides. Admission is free.

Pflugerville Pfirecracker Pfestival

Tuesday, July 4, 2017
The Pfield
1440 W. Pecan Street
Pflugerville, TX 78660
(512) 990-6113

Come to the new stadium for live music by The BlueBonnets and SkyRocket, food trucks, and a fireworks show (9:15pm). Free admission.

Kyle’s Independence Day Celebration & Fireworks Show 

Tuesday, July 4, 2017
Plum Creek Golf Course
4301 Benner
Kyle, TX 78640

Starting at 6pm, the pre-show celebration at Plum Creek Golf Course 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. No outside food or drink permitted on the golf course property. Hays CISD Performing Arts Center will entertain with music until the fireworks start. The free public program begins at 7pm. No alcohol permitted on school grounds. When it gets dark enough, around 9:30pm, the fireworks show will launch from the golf course.

Hill Country Galleria’s Independence Day Celebration

Tuesday, July 4, 2017
12700 Hill Country Blvd., Suite T-100
Bee Cave, TX
(512) 263-0001

Enjoy shopping, dining, live music & fireworks at the Hill Country Galleria. There will be a day-long sidewalk sale, live music by The Watters and Vallejo starting at 6:30pm, and a fireworks show starting at around 9pm. Bring blankets and lawn chairs. Free admission.

Red, White and Buda

Tuesday, July 4, 2017
Buda City Park
121 Main Street
Buda, TX 78610

Watch or be a part of the morning children’s parade filled with decorative bicycles, wagons, and unique kid’s floats as it takes route on Main Street. Bounce houses and more family fun can be found at City Park immediately following the parade. The celebration continues at night with live music, activities and a spectacular fireworks display.