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

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

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

Photo Credit: The Long Center




Mark your calendars! Trailer Food Tuesday at the Long Center is back next Tuesday, July 7th.

trailer food tues

This month the trailers include:

  • Mmmpanadas
  • Cool Beans
  • Little Lucy’s mini donuts
  • Thai kitchen express “Eat Thai or Die”
  • My Granny’s Kitchen
  • Wholly Kabob
  • Rosarito
  • Pop Art
  • Mission Dogs
  • Sno Labs
  • Quality Seafood Market
  • Peached Tortilla
  • Bandwagon TX
  • Foodapalooza

There will be more than just food including these vendors and activites:

  • Kong Screen Printing: Onsite Screen Printing of TFT and Austin themed shirts
  • Goodwill will be collecting donations
  • Rickshaw Boots and Flops: shopping experience
  • Trailer Food Diaries Cookbook signing from 5p-7p with books on sale ($5-$20)
  • Free Camp Gladiator Workout at 6p
  • The Band this month is MilkDrive

Mark your calendar for next week, July 7th and the August 4th date.

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


If you like movies and ice cream, head over to Amy’s Ice Cream. Every Monday night through August 17th Amy’s is going to have a movie night, showing classics that are appropriate for the whole family.

For those that are new to Austin, Amy’s makes some of the best ice cream around. Their Mexican Vanilla is my personal favorite.

Summer Movie Schedule
June: 29: Horton Hears A Who
July 6: Three Amigos
July 13: Hercules
July 20: Charlie & The Chocolate Factory
July 27: Osmosis Jones
August 3: Hotel Translvania
August 10: Shrek
August 17: Toy Story 1 & Toy Story 2

When: Monday Evenings, now – August 17th

Time: 8:45-ish

2624 Burnet Road
Austin, Texas 78756

Photo Credit: Amy’s Ice Cream Facebook Page


This festival is the perfect way to experience Austin in one day. It brings together everything that we love about Austin, great music, family fun, local vendors — it showcases the city perfectly.


If you want to make sure you fit in, I would advise a costume. They’re having a costume contest, so the weirder the better. You’re also welcome to bring your dog along for the day as long as you keep him on leash.

When I first came to Austin this was one of the first fun runs I ever did, I’ve always said that there’s really not much “fun” about a fun run, but this one is totally different. Along the race there are tons of fun stops – it’s really not like anything you have done before.

Fest passes are just $20 each and Kids Under 12 are free with adonation of 3 non-perishable items to the Capital Area Food Bank

Adult 5K registration is $35 and Kids 5K (under 12) registration is $20. You can add a fest pass to your 5K registration for $10. Kids under 12 are free with a donation of 3 non-perishable items to the Capital Area Food Bank.

For other fun  happening this weekend, visit our Weekend Top Picks!

When: today, June 27th

Time:     Festival – 2:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
                5K – 7:00 p.m.

The Long Center
701 West Riverside Drive
Austin, Texas 78704

Photo Credit: Keep Austin Weird Fest & 5K Facebook Page

Today Mueller Lake Park is brining us Music In The Park! Summertime is full of free fun around town! Tonight pack a picnic and head out for live music from Rich Restaino and The Obits for some harmony-heavy Americana music!

Free parking in available in the McBee Parking garage behind the Thinkery.

If you are looking for more fun around Austin. Check out our Weekend Top Picks

Admission: free

When: today, June 26th

Time: 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Mueller Lake Park
4550 Mueller Blvd.
Austin, Texas 78723

Photo Credit: Music In The Park Facebook Page

Many thanks to Hill Country Galleria for partnering with us to bring you this comprehensive roundup of 4th of July events and celebrations. The Hill Country Fest offers FREE activities on July 4th at Hill Country Galleria. Visitors can expect over 75 local art vendors, live music, barbecue, festival food, fair rides & games, and of course, fireworks!

The kids can enjoy the Red, White & Blue Petting Zoo, and can wear swimsuits for the Amazon Zipline, Slip n’ Slide, Water Tag, Screamin’ Demon, Super Slide and Bungee Trampoline. Play to earn prizes at the Hill Country Fair games, including the Bazooka Shooting Gallery, Archery Tag Hoverball, Anti-Gravity Game, Dip Bowling, Ring the Bottle and Spill the Milk.

Live music includes Vallejo (4:15-5:30pm), Dawn & Hawkes (5:45-6:45pm), T Bird & the Breaks (7-8:15pm) and Uncle Lucius (8:30-9:45pm). Enjoy all of your favorite Hill Country Galleria restaurants and eateries, as well as vendors including Schmidt Family Barbecue, Snow Balls from The Candy Jar, beer and wine from Chisos Grill, iced coffee from Bee Cave Coffee Co. and more. Dog friendly. For more information:


Where: Hill Country Galleria, Bee Cave (12700 Hill Country Blvd.)
When: 4-10pm on July 4th
Fireworks: 9:45pm

Get ready to celebrate the 4th of July in Austin with some red, white and blue! Here are a host of ways to celebrate our nation’s independence:

Celebrations prior to July 4, 2015:

Luling Watermelon Thump
Where: Luling (45 miles southeast of Austin)
When: Thursday, June 25 – Sunday, June 28.
Activities: Seed spitting contests, watermelon eating contests, live music and more!
Cost: FREE admission on Saturday, June 27th before 2pm. Admission is also FREE on Thursday, June 25th, starting at 5:30pm and on Sunday, June 28th. Admission varies from $5 – $20 at other times.
More Info:

Elgin Western Days Festival
Where: Memorial Park on Main Street, Historic Downtown Elgin
When: 10am to 6pm on June 27th
Activities: A parade, a festival with live music (free admission), carnival, horseshoe and washer tournaments, vendors and more (admission is free for spectators).
Cost: FREE festival admission.
More Info:

Pflugerville Pfirecracker Pfestival
Where: Lake Pflugerville (18216 Weiss Lane, Pflugerville)
When: 3pm – 11pm on July 3rd
Fireworks: dark (approximately 9:15pm)
Activities: The event features two stages with live music, a children’s area on both the north and south shores of the lake, dozens of food vendors, arts and crafts vendors, businesses on display — all before the pfantastic fireworks show! Stake out a spot on the north beach after 12 p.m., take a walk around the lake, or rent a kayak on site from Pflug Pfun. Check here for a list of what to bring. Special Movie at the Beach: A throwback to 1965, “Beach Blanket Bingo,” will be shown after the fireworks show, on the North shore. Sing along with Frankie Avalon and Annette Funicello!
Cost: FREE. Free shuttle buses will run from Noon to 11:30 p.m., to and from Hendrickson High School only this year. There is no onsite public parking at the lake, except for those vehicles bearing handicapped plates or hanging tags. (Designated lots available for vendors, musicians, staff and event volunteers.)
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Bastrop Patriotic Festival
Where: Fisherman’s Park (1200 Willow St, Bastrop)
When: 4-10pm on July 3rd
Fireworks: at dusk
Activities: This family friendly event to celebrate our Nation’s Independence includes vendors booths and children’s activities at Fisherman’s Park. Austin’s Symphonic Band will be in attendance and the program will conclude with fireworks at dusk.
Cost: FREE
More Info:

The Quarries Fireworks
Where: The Quarries (1400 N. Mopac Expwy., Austin)
When: 7pm on July 3rd
Fireworks: At sundown
Cost: FREE
More Info:

Celebrations on July 4, 2015:

39th Annual Austin Symphony H-E-B July 4th Concert & Fireworks
Where: Vic Mathias Shores (formerly known as Auditorium Shores: 800 West Riverside Drive, Austin, TX 78704)
When: concert starts at 8:30pm
Fireworks: approximately 9:30pm on July 4th
Activities: Tens of thousands of families will be decked out in red, white, and blue, heading down to Vic Mathias Shores for an amazing event, complete with a fireworks display over the city skyline backed by symphonic patriotic classics.
Cost: FREE admission. For the best experience, park north of Lady Bird Lake in the downtown area to avoid congestion in and around Lamar, Barton Springs Road and Riverside. In addition, the Bouldin Creek meighborhood will have parking restrictions in place.
More Info: Click here for details regarding what is allowed in and what is restricted.

Bastrop Pet and Pal Parade
Where: Starting at the Bastrop County Courthouse (804 Pecan St.)
When: 10am on July 4th
Activities: The Annual Pet and Pal parade will bark, quack and roll down Main Street in Bastrop. Registration will begin at 8 AM and end at 8:45 AM with judging to start at 9 AM. The parade will begin at the Bastrop County Courthouse, proceed down Pine Street to Main, Main to Spring, then end in front of the Bastrop Opera House where awards will be given.
Cost: FREE
More Info:

Bob Schneider’s 4th of July Bash
Where: Nutty Brown Cafe, 12226 Hwy. 290 West
When: 6pm doors, 7:30pm show
Activities: Bob Schneider is back for his annual 4th of July Bash at the Nutty Brown Cafe. Wear your red, white and blue to this celebration of the U S of A with a spectacular fireworks show! Opening acts are Wink Burcham and also The Digital Wild.
Cost: Tickets start at $17 general admission (all ages)
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Cedar Park 4th of JulyParade & Celebration
Where: Parade begins at Cedar Park Center traveling down Discovery Blvd. to the Cedar Park Recreation Center; Celebration is at Milburn Park (1901 Sun Chase Blvd.)
When: 10am (Parade begins) & 4pm – 10:30pm (Celebration) on July 4th
Fireworks: 9:15pm
Activities: Come celebrate and enjoy live music, bingo, a washer tournament, air castles, free watermelon and a fireworks display. Fees apply for food concessions and activities. Live music begins at 5:30pm with Common Thread, Ullrich Ellison and Connection. The Presentation of Colors and the National Anthem will take place at 8pm and then Crossline will perform. The professional fireworks display will begin
promptly at 9:15, after which there will be an “After Glow” dance party with music from Crossline.
Cost: FREE admission; park at the Cedar Park Center or the Cedar Park Recreation Center for the parade and CPHS, CPMS and ACC for the Celebration
More Info:

Georgetown’s Sertoma 4th of July Celebration
Where: San Gabriel Park (455 E Morrow St, Georgetown)
When: 11am-10pm on July 4th
Fireworks: approximately 9:30pm
Activities: 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.
Cost: FREE, but donations accepted at the Park as you exit
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Hill Country Galleria Independence Day Festival
Where: Hill Country Galleria, Bee Cave (12700 Hill Country Blvd.)
When: 4-10pm on July 4th
Fireworks: 9:45pm
Activities: Visitors can expect over 75 local art vendors, live music, barbecue, festival food, fair rides & games, and of course, fireworks! The kids can enjoy the Red, White & Blue Petting Zoo, and can wear swimsuits for the Amazon Zipline, Slip n’ Slide, Water Tag, Screamin’ Demon, Super Slide and Bungee Trampoline. Play to earn prizes at the Hill Country Fair games, including the Bazooka Shooting Gallery, Archery Tag Hoverball, Anti-Gravity Game, Dip Bowling, Ring the Bottle and Spill the Milk. Live music includes Vallejo (4:15-5:30pm), Dawn & Hawkes (5:45-6:45pm), T Bird & the Breaks (7-8:15pm) and Uncle Lucius (8:30-9:45pm). Enjoy all of your favorite
Hill Country Galleria restaurants and eateries, as well as vendors including Schmidt Family Barbecue, Snow Balls from The Candy Jar, beer and wine from Chisos Grill, iced coffee from Bee Cave Coffee Co. and more. Dog friendly.
Cost: FREE admission and parking.
More info:

Independence Day Express
Where: Austin Steam Train Association 9401 E. Whitestone Blvd., Suite C-100; Cedar Park)
When: 10am departure time
Activities: All aboard this special Bertram Flyer to celebrate the red, white and blue! The 44 mile round trip journey spans the South San Gabriel River and stops for a 15 minute layover at the historic Bertram Depot. This ride is 2.5 hours round trip with a 15 minute layover.
Cost: $27+
More info:

Kyle’s Independence Day Celebratiom & Fireworks Show
Where: Plum Creek Golf Course
When: 6-10pm on July 4th
Fireworks: around 9:30pm
Activities: Plum Creek Golf Course will host a July 4th golf tournament beginning after lunch. Starting at 6pm, 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. 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 starts off at 7pm. The free public program starts off with The Blue Water Highway Band performing from 7p – 8:15p followed by The Starlight Symphony Orchestra and Community Choir from 8:30p – 9:30p. No alcohol permitted on school grounds. For additional details, please visit their website.
Cost: FREE. Parking on paved parking lots around the intersection of Kohler’s and Kyle Parkway are the safest locations.
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Lago Vista 4th of JulyCelebration
Where: Bar-K Recreational Park, Lago Vista
When: activities begin at 9:30am on July 4th
Fireworks: roughly 9:30pm
Activities: A parade, 5k and fun run, talent contest, family fun games, tennis, Little Mr/Ms Lago Vista Contest, live music and the fireworks show at “dark 30” (roughly 9:30pm).
Cost: FREE
More Info:

Lakeway July 4th Celebration
Where: Parade starts on Lakeway Drive at the Live Oak Golf Course and concludes at the Activity Center. Activities will take place at the Lakeway Swim Center, 3103 Lakewood Blvd.
When: Parade starts at 8:30am, pageantry of the flags at 10:30am and fun begins at the Swim Center at noon. Pool admission is $3 until 6pm.
Fireworks: There will be no fireworks this year due to ongoing drought conditions.
Activities: After the parade and the pageantry of flags, there will be a keynote address, patriotic music and parade awards.
Cost: FREE
More Info:

Leander’s Liberty Fest
Where: There are two entrances to the festival. Entrance A is located on US 183A South (between San Gabriel Parkway and Hero Way) and Entrance B is located on Hero Way (between Mel Mathis and US 183A).
When: Gates open at 5pm on July 4th
Fireworks: 9:10pm
Activities: There will be live music, featuring Granger Smith and Gary P. Nunn; vendors; children’s activities and fireworks. Leashed pets are allowed, as are canopies and large umbrellas for shade. No outside fireworks, including sparklers. No glass containers or grills. A $10 cooler fee benefits the Veterans Park Project.
Cost: FREE. Parking is available at the Festival Site. Car pooling is encouraged to Liberty Fest 2014. ADA Parking is available on the event site, must have handicapped tag. HEB Plus in Leander is open for Fireworks Viewing only. There is no parking on US183.
More Info:

New Braunfels Parade & 4th of JulyFireworks
Where: Main Plaza, Downtown New Braunfels (Parade) & Landa Park (Golf Course Dr., New Braunfels)
When: Concert starts at 6:30pm on July 4th
Fireworks: 9:15pm
Activities: The parade begins in the Saint Peter & Paul Church parking lot and ends at the plaza with a program, including the presentation of the Colors, a welcome, an invocation, special music, remarks by New Braunfels city officials, a benediction, retiring of the Colors and playing of the bells. The evening kicks off at 6:30 p.m. with a free concert at the Landa Park Dance Slab. This year, Uprizing will perform live music at the Fischer Park Amphitheter, starting at6:30pm.
Cost: FREE
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Red, White & Buda
Where: Parade is downtown, evening activities at Buda City Park (121 Main St, Buda)
When: 9am – 12pm & 7-10pm on July 4th
Parade: 9am
Fireworks: 9:30pm
Activities: Decorate your bike, wagon, scooter or stroller for the parade on Main Street. Awards will be given to the best decorated bikes and additional activities will take place after the parade at Buda City Park. Bring a picnic, a blanket or your lawn chair to Buda City Park for evening activities and fireworks.
Cost: FREE
More Info:

Round Rock Express vs. Nashville Sounds
Where: Dell Diamond (3400 East Palm Valley Blvd., Round Rock)
When: 7:05pm
Fireworks: at the end of ballgame
Cost: Tickets from $7 and up.
More Info:

Round Rock Frontier Days Festival & Fireworks
Where: Old Settlers Park (3300 Palm Valley Blvd., Round Rock)
When: Frontier Days Festival opens at noon (There is also a parade on Old Settlers Blvd at 10am)
Fireworks: At dark
Activities: A parade, fireworks, carnival rides, jalapeno pepper 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. Independence Day festivities will begin with free watermelon at the Lakeview Pavilion in Old Settlers Park and include music from the Austin Symphonic Band. After the fireworks, the original Jurassic Park will screen for free in the park.
Cost: FREE
More Info:

Wells Branch 4th Fest
Where: North Austin’s Katherine Fleicher Park (2106 Klattenhoff Dr.)
When: Activities from 10am – 5pm
Fireworks: Organizers are still in search of a new fireworks site so or check for updates.
Activities: A parade starts at the Park at 10am. When the parade returns, an afternoon of music by Off The Record, food from local restaurants, and activities for the kids around Katherine Fleischer Park. The Katherine Fleischer pool will be open and free to the public as well.
Cost: FREE
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Willie Nelson’s4th of July Picnic
Where: Austin360 Amphitheater (9201 Circuit of the Americas Blvd)
When: Music starts at noon
Activities: To accommodate the 20 artists, this year’s picnic will feature two stages. The Grand Plaza will have picnic tables where fans can eat, drink, celebrate and watch their favorite artists, as well as a shopping area featuring a wide variety of Texas-based vendors. The picnic will also incorporate a very special fireworks display to commemorate the show and to celebrate the birth of America.
Cost: $35 and up
More Info:

July 4th neighborhood

Austin Neighborhood Parades on July 4th, 2015:

We know that if you have little ones, sometimes getting out at night for the big fireworks show is not always doable. No worries. Here is a bonus roundup of local Austin parades where you can get out and soak up some patriotic style in the morning (before nap time):

  • Allandale Neighborhood’s 56th Annual 4th of July Parade – July 4, 9 a.m. The Allandale Neighborhood Association will host their annual Fourth of July Parade, followed by patriotic festivities and awards for participants. To walk or ride in the parade, meet at 8:30 a.m. on Bullard, just south of White Rock, facing Gullett Elementary. The parade begins at 9 a.m. and will travel north along Bullard, ending at the Gullett Elementary sports fields.
  • Barton Hills Neighborhood 28th Annual Independence Day Parade – July 4, 9am. Mark your calendars now to meet at the Barton Hills Market at 8:30 AM on July 4 with your decorated bike, stroller, wagon, or pet. The Parade down Barton Hills Drive to the Barton Hills Elementary playground starts at 9:00am, where games, cookies, and cold watermelon await. (1220 Barton Hills Dr)
  • Mueller 4th of July Parade & Pool Party – July 4, 9:30am – noon. The parade lineup will be at Paggi Square starting at 9:30am. The parade will leave the Square promptly at 10:00am and head down Robert Browning then taking Mattie down to conclude at Ella Wooten Park. The MNA will provide refreshments at Ella Wooten where the Pie Contest will be judged at 11:00am and the pool party will be in progress!
  • NWACA 4th of July Parade – July 4, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. Parade starts at Waterline and Far West in Northwest Austin, then finishes with fun afterward at Doss Elementary.
  • Steiner Ranch July 4th Parade: July 4, from 9am- 11am. The Steiner Ranch family parade will kick off at 9am at the Towne Square Community Center. Children are invited to bring their decorated bikes, wagons, scooters, and strollers to participate in the parade. Other activities will include games and activities, water slide and bounce house, kiddie splash area, chalk and bubbles, and local entertainment. Enjoy face painting, balloon twisting, a DJ, food, prizes and a visit from the Lake Travis Fire Department!
  • Rosedale July 4th Parade – July 4, 9:30 a.m. Join your neighbors at Ramsey Park to celebrate the 4th of July! Gather at the bleachers in the park at 9:30 a.m. to decorate bikes, hats, strollers, etc. and then at 10:00 a.m., promenade around the park. Return to the bleachers for watermelon and a water balloon toss followed by carnival games and baked goods.

Happy Father’s Day to all the dad’s out there. I hope that you are able to spend the day with your family doing whatever “dad” thing is up your alley!


The Austin Symphonic Band is at it again with their annual Father’s Day treat offering a free concert at the Zilker Hillside Theatre. They play marches, patriotic tunes and other songs that will get you grooving with pops. Grab dad, a picnic, a blanket and head on out for evening of live music and fun with the family.

Watch for weather updates on the Austin Symphonic Band’s Facebook Page.

Special shout out to my dad today, who I cannot imagine life without. He is such a fantastic role model, hard worker and supporter of our family and myself.  Not to mention he loves me unconditionally despite my many faults!

Admission: free

When: today, June 21st

Time: 7:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Zilker Hillside Theatre
2201 Barton Springs Road
Austin, Texas 78704


It’s no secret that Lake Travis Zipline Adventures is one of my favorite things to do in Austin. Through June they’re having a special “kids fly free” program where any person 17 or under for free with a full price adult. The “kids fly free” program is on Monday, Wednesday and Thursdays and ends June 30th, so get out there while there’s still time.


It’s an adventure from the beginning, as there are five ziplines for you to tackle. Now that the lake levels are back up the views are even more spectacular!  One of the cables is the longest zipline in Texas, and you reach speeds of up to 60 miles an hour. It’s such a rush! The guides are also friendly, knowledgeable and fun. They make the whole experience even better.


Phone: 512-614-1996

Lake Travis Zipline Adventures
14529 Pocohontas Trail
Volente, Texas

Hartman Foundation Concert in the Park will be the perfect, relaxing way to wind down the weekend. These weekly concerts are one of Austin’s true summer treasures. They are one of my favorite things to do to end a summer weekend in Austin.

Each week features a different ensemble of the Austin Symphony. They will play an array of everything from jazz, light classical, pop selections and film scores.

The city of Austin at sunset is a great background as you listen to live music. Remember to bring a picnic dinner and blanket!

Admission: free

Time: 7:30 – 9:00 p.m.

2015 Schedule:
June 7 – Brass Program
June 14 – Woodwinds
June 21 – Big Band Program
June 28 – Strings
July 12 – Brass
July 19 – Woodwinds
July 26 – Big Band
August 2 – Strings
August 9 – Woodwinds
August 16 – Brass
August 23 – Big Band

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

Everyone loves bubbles, and the Long Center is having the ultimate bubble event today.

Activities include Live Music on the Summer Stage from the Jellydots, Kupira Marimba and more; In My Own Backyard, theatre for the very young (0-4 years) presented by Trike Theatre Company and Pollyanna Theatre Company; Jeff Boyer’s Bubble Trouble inside Dell Hall; a Food Truck court, Arts & Crafts tent, local vendors, Coloring Corner, fun activities and crafts, The Thinkery, VIP Lounge for Season Ticket Holders, plus ticket giveaways & specials throughout the day!

They’ll be plenty of opportunities for photo ops. It sounds like an amazing and bubble-filled morning for you and the kiddos.

When: Today, June 6th
Time: 8 a.m. – 3 p.m.

The Long Center Terrace
701 West Riverside Drive
Austin, Texas 78704

Photo Credit: The Long Center