Family Friendly Archives - 365 Things to Do in Austin, TX
Family friendly events in Austin, Texas are an ongoing occurrence. There are always great family friendly places and events to attend!

PDQ (aka “People Dedicated to Quality”) the award-winning restaurant with two locations in Austin and many many devotees, has just announced a bunch of new menu items that have us counting down the minutes to an acceptable lunchtime.

Fans of the restaurant know that the food is ready fast, but that’s where the comparisons to “fast food” end. The new dishes were created by PDQ Executive Chef Michael Brannock and Chef Bryce Bonsack, and include seasonal bowls like the Thai Peanut and Smokehouse BBQ with hand-fried pickles, and premium chicken sandwiches like the Southern Pimento Crunch and Grilled Hawaiian. There are also four new salads, including a healthy Garden Citrus salad and a new Kale Caesar, with shaved brussels sprouts and shaved Parmesan, Asiago, and Romano cheeses.

They’re also rolling out unique sides like roasted garlic broccoli, oven-roasted sweet potatoes with marshmallow fluff and pecans, and hand-breaded fresh zucchini fries. Nearly everything on the menu features PDQ’s 14 homemade sauces and dressings, all made from scratch in-house every day.

PDQ is open for lunch and dinner seven days a week and each location has dine-in, take-out, drive-thru, and event catering. Ok, that’s enough talk about food, we’re off to eat some zucchini fries …

Come on down to the Long Center tonight for Sound & Cinema with The Princess Bride and the sweet sweet sounds of ICING (Covering Cake) before the movieThousands of Austinites will be flocking to the lawn to watch this ’80s classic on a giant inflatable screen with the gorgeous city skyline in the background.

This is all ages and free to the public. In fact, no childhood is complete without a viewing of this movie! You can even stop by the Do512 Family tent for free face painting, temporary tattoos, and a Princess Buttercup hair braiding station.

When: Tonight, June 21st

Time:
Doors and Food Trucks Open – 6:00 p.m.
ICING (Covering Cake) – 7:30 p.m.
Movie Starts at Dark – around 8:45 p.m.

Location:
The Long Center for Performing Arts
701 W Riverside Dr.
Austin, TX 78704

Photo by roho foto via Austin Sound and Cinema’s Facebook page

It’s date night for you and your best pal. Come out to Yard Bar with your pup (and a few of your human friends) for their canine-themed Movie Mondays! Every other Monday starting tonight through November this year, they’ll be screening a dog-centric flick. Popcorn, s’mores, and drink specials are only part of the fun. Grab your lawn chairs and head to the patio. All ages and dogs welcome!

When: Today, June 12th

Time: 8-11 p.m.

Admission is free!

Location:
Yard Bar
6700 Burnet Road
Austin, TX 78757

The schedule will run as follows:
June 12th – Homeward Bound
June 26th – Balto
July 10th – Lady and the Tramp
July 24th – 101 Dalmations
August 7th – Beethoven
August 21st – Iron Will
September 4th – Bolt
September 18th – Turner and Hooch
October 2nd – 8 Below
October 16th – Frankenweinnie
October 30- Cujo
November 13- SURPRISE FEATURE

Tonight’s Hartman Foundation Concert in the Park will be the perfect way to wind down the weekend. These weekly concerts are one of Austin’s true summer treasures. The city at sunset is a beautiful backdrop to the music. Don’t forget to bring a picnic dinner and a blanket!

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

When: Today, June 11th

Admission: Free

Time: 7:30 – 9:30 p.m.

2017 Schedule
June 11 – Woodwinds
June 18 – Brass
June 25 – Big Band program

July 9 – Strings
July 16 – Woodwinds
July 23 – Big Band
July 30 – Brass

August 6 – Strings
August 13 – Woodwinds
August 20 – Brass
August 27 – Big Band

Free Parking is available at One Texas Center located on Barton Springs Rd. @ S. 1st St.

*Paid parking is available at the Palmer Garage for $8

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

This is exactly the kind of thing that Austin does best: a day of great food, drinks, and music. If you’re a foodie—and who isn’t these days?—come spend the day at The Domain and see what the various restaurants at the shopping mecca have to offer. The 10th Annual Taste of North Austin is an all-day family food festival that will feature delectable tastes, beverage sampling, free live music, children’s entertainment, and lots of fabulous shopping. Guests who want to go all-out for the VIP experience will get a goody bag, complimentary drinks, and access to the swanky VIP lounge.

Balloon twisters, caricature artists, and crafts will be on hand for the kids.

When: Saturday, June 10th

Time: 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Cost: Live music and children’s entertainment are free. Wristbands are $20 and include 10 tastes. The VIP experience is an additional $15. Beer and wine will be available for purchase at select restaurant booths.

Location:
Domain II
3225 Amy Donovan Plaza
Austin, TX 78758

Call 512-873-8099 or click here for more information. For the latest deals, contests, and event information at The Domain, click here.

 

If you haven’t taken the kids to Austin’s Park N Pizza yet, the fam is missing out. Imagine the arcade and Go Kart track of your youth, and then multiply it by about 100. This massive entertainment center in Pflugerville is officially the largest in Central Texas (23 acres!). They already have bowling, three Go Kart tracks, 18-holes of mini-golf, rides, laser tag, and two restaurants, but they’ve just announced more attractions.

The XD Dark Ride Motion Theater is a fully interactive 7D adventure for up to eight riders at a time. The XD Theater includes special effects, wind machines, strobe lights, and rapid motion seats. Participants will grab their own blaster guns and compete for scores as they fight against on-screen enemies.

There are six brand-new climbing walls reaching over 28-feet high and featuring a variety of climbing surfaces: metal, piping, and a zipper climb, all illuminated with LED lighting.

Finally, the arcade has been expanded by 3,000 square feet and 25 new video and prize games have been added to an already expansive selection.

Get the crew out there this summer and see all the craziness for yourselves .

 

 

 

 

Imagine, if you will, the perfect Sunday: a late-afternoon dip in Barton Springs, followed by a sunset picnic supper and a little Shakespeare in the Park. Well, we’re in luck friends. Today is the day! Austin Shakespeare’s Free Shakespeare in the Park production is a rollicking and rambunctious fresh look at The Comedy of Errors from guest director, Robert Ramirez, head of the acting program at the University of Texas at Austin’s Department of Theatre and Dance. Produced in collaboration with the City of Austin Parks and Recreation Department for the 34th year, The Comedy of Errors will be performed under the stars at the Beverly S. Sheffield Zilker Hillside Theater.

Don’t forget to bring a blanket and pack that picnic! Shakespeare-loving dogs are welcome, but must be on a leash.

When: Thursdays – Sundays in May

Time: 8 p.m.

Location:
Zilker Hillside Theater
2201 Barton Springs Road
Austin, 78746

Lick Honest Ice Creams is celebrating the opening of their fourth location at Mueller in the best way possible: free ice cream for everyone! Get your one free scoop from 7 to 10 p.m. this evening. The new store is directly across from Thinkery, and it will neighbor recently opened J.T. Youngblood’s, B.D. Riley’s Irish Pub, Halcyon Coffee + Bar + Lounge, Colleen’s Kitchen, and Stella Public House.

Now you have something to look forward to all day. What’s better than a free scoop?

All proceeds from the shop’s opening day will benefit Urban Roots!

When: Today, April 19

Time: 7-10 p.m.

Location:
1905 Aldrich Street, Suite 150
Austin, TX 78723

You may have been thinking the last thing Austin needs is another food festival, but you would be wrong—oh so wrong—to think that. Because the Hot Luck Festival isn’t just another festival, it’s the brainchild of barbecue hero Aaron Franklin, Mohawk owner James Moody, and Mike Thelin, the cofounder of Feast Portland. As the press release says, “together they have curated a Texas-sized get-together featuring world-class culinary talent and a true Austin live music experience.”

Here’s the concept, in a nutshell:

Hot Luck is a chef-driven, celebration of fire, food, music, and camaraderie. An a la carte eat-with-your-fingers picnic and party experience that highlights open-pit feats of culinary know how, and music in your ears that is as thoughtfully created as the food on your plate. Come hungry, thirsty, and bring your dancin’ boots.

Click here to buy your tickets.

When: May 18-21

Where: Hot Luck consists of more than seven events that will be held at various locations centered around Downtown Austin. and throughout the city.

And here’s a list of all the chefs who are participating:

Adam Perry Lang, APL Restaurant (New York); Adam Sappington, The Country Cat (Portland); Alex Stupak, Empellón (New York); Andy Ricker, Pok Pok (Portland); Roy Choi, Kogi BBQ Truck (Los Angeles); Joshua McFadden, Ava Gene’s (Portland); Joshua Pinsky, Momofuku (New York); Matthew Rudofker, Momofuku (New York); and Nong Poonsukwattana, Nong’s Khao Man Gai (Portland).

Chris Shepherd, Underbelly (Houston); Jason Dady, Jason Dady Restaurants (San Antonio); John Tesar, Knife at The Highland Dallas (Dallas); Rebecca Masson, Fluff Bake Bar (Houston); and Steve McHugh, Cured (San Antonio).

Aaron Franklin, Franklin Barbecue; Andrew Wiseheart, Contigo; Bryce Gilmore, Odd Duck; Callie Speer, Bombshell; Chad Dolezal, The Hightower; David Bull, Second Bar + Kitchen; David Norman, Easy Tiger; Fiore Tedesco, L’Oca d’Oro; Jason Stude, Boiler Nine Bar + Grill; Jesse Griffiths, Dai Due; Kevin Fink, Emmer & Rye; Laura Sawicki, Launderette; Michael Fojtasek, Olamaie; Michael Paley, Central Standard; Miguel Vidal, Valentina’s Tex-Mex BBQ; Philip Speer, Bonhomie; Rene Ortiz, Launderette; Sarah McIntosh, Épicerie Café & Grocery; Tatsu Aikawa, Kemuri Tatsu-Ya; Todd Duplechan, Lenoir; Tyson Cole, Hai Hospitality; and Yoshi Okai, Otoko.

Photo by John Valls.

Feel like a little shopping today, but not for the usual stuff? This is a space for self-identified women to sell, showcase, and share their wares, makes, and goods. It’s free and open to the public and you are bound to find something special! Click here for a full list of vendors.

When: Today, April 2nd

Time: 11 a.m.. – 5 p.m.

Location:
Fair Market
1100 E 5th St, Austin, TX 78702