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Family friendly events in Austin, Texas are an ongoing occurrence. There are always great family friendly places and events to attend!

The only thing cooler than a movie in the park is a movie in the pool. It’s that time of year again when Deep Eddy brings you Splash Movie Nights. There are only two more Slash Movie nights this summer so head out to Deep Eddy Pool either tonight or next Saturday.

A movie on the big screen while submerged in a pool is one of the best ways to stay “cool.”

Movie Showings:
Saturday, July 25, 2015 – Big Hero
Saturday, August 1, 2015 – Toy Story

Time: dusk (around 8 pm)

Admission fees cover both the movie and pool entry for the day:

FREE Infant (under 12 months)
$1.00 Child 1 to 11 years
$2.00 Junior 12 to 17 years
$3.00 Adult 18 to 61 years
$1.00 Senior 62 years +

If you are looking for more fun this weekend, check out the Weekend Top Picks! If you’re looking for more movies on the water, check out one of the upcoming showings of JAWS at Texas Ski Ranch. http://texasskiranch.com/events

Location:
Deep Eddy Pool
401 Deep Eddy Avenue
Austin, Texas 78703

http://www.deepeddy.org

Blues on the Green is Austin’s longest running FREE music series. Blues on the Green veterans know the drill, but for first time attendees here is the rundown: You can bring in two factory sealed water bottles, blankets, chairs and your dog (must be on a leash at all times). The number one piece of advice I would say, is ride your bike /carpool, uber, lyft, take the bus or walk if you can. Parking and traffic around Zilker tonight can cause quite the headache.

If you’re new to Austin, definitely plan to go at least once this summer. It really is a rite of passage for living in this great city.

Blues on the Green lovers  — Text “Blues” to 29217 to join the Blues on the Green alert club and get access to exclusive information and contests.

2015 Line-Up:
July 22 – Walker Lukens, Bob Schneider
August 5 – Max Frost, Jamestown Revival
August 12 – Riders Against The Storm, Shakey Graves

Admission: Free

Music Starts: 8pm

Location:
Zilker Park
2100 Barton Springs Road
Austin, Texas 78704

http://www.kgsr.com/promotions/blues-on-the-green/

The only thing cooler than a movie in the park is a movie in the pool. It’s that time of year again when Deep Eddy brings you Splash Movie Nights.

A movie on the big screen while submerged in a pool is one of the best ways to stay “cool.”

Sunday, July 19, 2015 – Jurassic Park
Saturday, July 25, 2015 – Big Hero
Saturday, August 1, 2015 – Toy Story

Time: dusk (around 8 pm)

Admission fees cover both the movie and pool entry for the day:

FREE Infant (under 12 months)
$1.00 Child 1 to 11 years
$2.00 Junior 12 to 17 years
$3.00 Adult 18 to 61 years
$1.00 Senior 62 years +

If you are looking for more fun this weekend, check out the Weekend Top Picks! If you’re looking for more movies on the water, check out one of the upcoming showings of JAWS at Texas Ski Ranch. http://texasskiranch.com/events

Location:
Deep Eddy Pool
401 Deep Eddy Avenue
Austin, Texas 78703

http://www.deepeddy.org

Friday, July 17th 

Saturday, July 18th

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Sunday, July 19th 

Trailer food, live music, and a movie make the perfect trifecta.

Do512 is back at again with the third season of Sound & Cinema at The Long Center. On select Wednesdays this summer they’ll be hosting some of our favorite movies paired with live music before the feature presentation at sunset.

You can enjoy dinner from Food Truck favorites including Frank, The Peached Tortilla, Yeti Frozen Custard, Garbo’s Maine Lobster, Whole Foods, Uncle Louie G’s, and Boomerang’s.

Unfortunately, dogs are not invited to the party.

2015 Sound & Cinema Schedule:

Admission: Free

Food Trailers Open: 6 pm

Sunset Concerts Begin: 7 pm

The Movie Begins: 8 pm

Location:
The Long Center Terrace
701 W. Riverside Drive
Austin, Texas 78704

http://thelongcenter.org/event/sound-cinema/

Photo Credit: The Long Center

 

If you’re looking to stamp your “Official Texan” tour card, attending a stock car race should definitely be on your list.

The KVET 250 revs up this Saturday at Central Texas Speedway, and we’re PUMPED about it. We visited the track last week to race go-karts and in doing so, we got the opportunity to checkout the raceway. They’ve got ample parking, a full bar (that overlooks the pit area), and a track that will keep you on the edge of your seat.

Watch the best drivers in the South battle door-to-door, bumper-to-bumper this weekend at Central Texas Speedway. Use promo code RACE365 to get 50% OFF any online race ticket. Kids 12 and under get in FREE! Redeem the code by clicking the button below:

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The Austin Steam Train Association’s Bertram Flyer takes off from the train depot in Cedar Park and takes riders on a 44-mile round trip journey to Bertram, Texas that spans the South San Gabriel River. Once in Bertram, riders can depart the train for a fifteen minute layover to explore the restored historic Bertram Depot that was built in 1912 by the San Antonio & Aransas Pass Railroad.

 

Watching the train roll down the tracks.

The cars, which have all been beautifully restored, include first class seating on the Santa Fe, City of Chicago, Silver Pine, and Eagle Cliff, all constructed around 1950. Excursion rides on Buckeye Trail and Buckeye Lake, also constructed around 1950 are available, as well as standard coach on six P-70’s that were all built in the 1920’s. There are a couple of adult-only cars and a caboose that’s available as a charter only. The cars are all pulled by an Alco diesel engine. First class and excursion cars have heating and air conditioning.

Wherever you are seated on the train, a concession car is easily accessible and includes snacks (pretzels, candy, popcorn) and drinks including water, soda, coffee and Gatorade. We had four kids from ages 10 down to 3 on board during a recent ride. I believe the snack car had to be one of their favorites as we visited that car at least ten times to load up on either snacks or essentials, like a train conductor’s hat for my little one. I was pleasantly surprised to find all items- be it the food, drinks or trinkets to take home- were a price that I didn’t bat an eye at.

Concession Car

The Austin Steam Train Association has many options including fun themed rides that the entire family will enjoy. The Princess Express, Summertime Limited, Halloween Express, North Pole Flyer and Oatmeal Express are just a few train rides that are geared towards families in the coming months. However, if you choose to leave the kids at home, adults have ride options that include the Wine Flyer and an interactive Murder Mystery adventure. Yes, please!

Seating in the Buckeye Trail Car

 

We loved finding all of the restored details on the car.

The Austin Steam Train Association runs year-round. Please visit austinsteamtrain.org for dates and routes. Fares: Tickets start at $20 for children, $25 for adults.

A very special Super Hero Flyer is coming up on August 1, 2015! We’ll be celebrating the kickoff of the August Summer Fun Checklist on this train ride by offering a limited number of FREE tickets!

Super Hero Flyer


Our Bertram Flyer needs a hero! Can you help? Our 44 mile round trip features an action packed 3 hour ride where your super hero enjoys super food and drinks, and a visit by our very own Super Hero Squad! Costumes are encouraged. We will stop for 15 minutes at our historic Bertram Depot for a tour and photo opportunities! All cars are pulled by our 1960 Alco diesel locomotive. Parties of two may be seated at shared tables. This ride is 3 hours round trip with a 15 minute layover, from 10am to 1 pm.

There are two ways to win:

1. Reserve a seat on Eventbrite below. If all seats are sold out, place your name on the waitlist.

Tickets are limited to four members PER FAMILY. If multiple registrations come in for more than four tickets per family, they will be automatically deleted.

2. Enter our giveaway to win a family four pack of tickets to ride on the Super Hero Express.

Complete the form below by 9:00 a.m. on Friday, July 17, 2015. One entry per family. Must be 18 years or older to enter. Prize holds no cash value and cannot be transferred. No purchase necessary to win. The winner will be notified via email and given 24 hours to respond. If no response is received, a new winner will be chosen.

Not able to make the Super Hero Express on August 1st? Take advantage of a 25% discount on the Bertram Flyer with code summerfun25 for any other dates! Tickets must be purchased online.

For further updates on upcoming rides (Thomas is coming, y’all!), be sure to follow Austin Steam Train Association on Facebook and check their website for updates.

Music Under The Star at the Bullock Texas History Museum is back. This year they’ve joined forces with Fun Fun Fun Fest to celebrate ten years of FFF Fest!

The FFF Fest team has curated a great line-up of Texas artists for this annual summer music series. Music Under The Star is casual, relaxed, and best of all free.

If you’re looking for more fun this weekend, check out our Weekend Top Picks.

Admission: free

July 10: Brownout | Sweet Spirit
July 17: Ben Kweller | East Cameron Folkcore
July 24: Octopus Project | Golden Dawn Arkestra

Time: 6 pm – 9 pm

Location:
Bullock Texas History Museum
1800 Congress Ave.
Austin, Texas 78701

https://www.facebook.com/events/1637077676506746/

Now in its 57th year, Zilker Theatre Productions is proud to bring you HAIRSPRAY the musical. This is one of the most anticipated events in Austin every summer. Tonight is opening night!

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The outdoor venue at Zilker is perfect for an evening under the stars, and once the sun goes down, the weather is much more bearable.

Don’t forget to bring a blanket, a loaded picnic basket, a cooler (no glass), bug spray, and anything else you need for a wonderful evening under the Austin sky. Unfortunately, no pets are allowed.

If you’re worried about rain, call the hotline at (512) 479-9491 and get the updates on the status of the show.

Admission: Free

Parking: $5.00 per car

When: Thursday-Sunday – August 15th

Time: 8:15 p.m.

Location:
Zilker Hillside Theatre
2201 Barton Springs Road
Austin, Texas 78704

http://www.zilker.org

Photo: Flickr user Sanjoy Ghosh, creative commons licensed.

Happy Fourth of July! After a year out at Circuit of the Americas due to construction, the annual fireworks are back at Auditorium Shores.

Each year more than 100,000 people gather at Auditorium Shores to hear the Austin Symphony’s July Fourth concert under the fireworks. The Austin Symphony will play patriotic tunes to help us honor our nation’s birthday!

Feel free to come out early. Bring a picnic, blanket, chairs, find a spot on the lawn and get ready for the show. Downtown is a fantastic background for fireworks.

Thank you to all those who have defended and fought for our country. It feels good to be an American!

Admission: free

When: Today, July 4th

Time: 8:30 p.m. – 10 p.m.

Location:
Vic Mathias Shores (Auditorium Shores)
701 W. Riverside Drive
Austin, Texas 78704

http://www.austinsymphony.org/events/h-e-b-austin-symphony-july-4th-concert-fireworks/

Photo: https://www.facebook.com/austinsymphonyorchestra/photos/a.10151329456245212.809872.99396525211/10152933613050212/?type=1&theater