Family Friendly Archives - 365 Things to Do in Austin, TX
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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!

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

 

If you are famous for your homemade dip, sauce, snack, or sweet treat and your friends and family constantly ask you to bring it to every celebration—it might be time for you to turn pro. It’s time again for H-E-B’s Primo Picks Quest, where Texans compete for cash prizes (the grand prize is 25K!) and the opportunity to have their product sold at H-E-B stores across the state. They are asking the most creative and mouthwatering, Texas-based food and beverage entrepreneurs or small businesses to participate.

Since its inception in 2014, the Quest for Texas Best competition has received more than 1,500 entries from over 200 Texas towns yielding almost 200 new products on H-E-B store shelves across the state. 

Last year, Kyle, Texas’ Chef Julie Albertson took home the top prize for her Texas Pie Company Original Pie Dough Puck—the secret to making the perfect, homemade pie. Check out the rest of last year’s winners here
This year’s final round of judging will be held right here in Austin at the Central Texas Food Bank on August 10th and 11th. If you are interested in going for the glory, you must enter here before Wednesday, April 5, 2017.

Good luck and good eatin’ to everyone!

Above: the 2016 Austin-area winners. Left to right: First place, KITCHUN’s No-Grain-Ola (Austin); Grand prize, The Texas Pie Company Original Pie Dough Puck (Kyle); Second place, The Culinary Cowgirls’ Lone Star Queso (Austin)

 

From Go-Karts and Bumper Boats, Mini Golf, Carnival Rides, Bowling and Laser Tag, there’s something fun for everyone at Austin’s Park N Pizza.

When you get hungry, take a break from all the fun and enjoy the newly remodeled family friendly buffet, featuring salads, pizza, pasta and desserts made fresh daily. Or kick back in our Bar & Grill with locally sourced, chef-inspired fare and craft beer and cocktails as well as soft drinks.

Planning a birthday party? Austin’s Park and Pizza makes it fun and easy with packages available for any budget.

Win a package of four FREE “Unlimited Attractions” admissions worth more than $150. Just follow Austin’s Park n Pizza on Instagram and tag who you’d bring along for your chance to win a free day of fun! The winner will be chosen at random.

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Visit AustinsPark.com for hours of operation, complete ride, attraction and game listings, food and drink menus, and full details on all the great package deals.

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One of the markers of any great city is its dedication to the arts—and on that score, Austin is pretty darn great. It’s a thriving art city and this annual event is your chance to see a ton of talent in once place. Art City Austin, a three-day art fair and festival will return for its 67th year March 31 –April 2 at the Palmer Event Center. Individual artists from across the country (125 to be exact) will showcase their work. A combination of street art and contemporary art from local and national artists will be on display.

The festival grounds will also feature multiple art installations created by local artists and commissioned specifically for the occasion by Art Alliance Austin. Noteworthy artists this year include award-winning photographer Clifton Henri, Austin fine jewelry designer Haley Lebeuf, and Jay Long, a long-time Art City Austin artist.

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Food and drinks will be available for purchase and live music from a wide variety of local musicians will be coordinated and curated by Black Fret. As always, this is a family friendly event that offers designated children and family areas featuring hands-on arts and crafts activities with support from community partners Umlauf Sculpture Garden & Museum and The Contemporary Austin.

Tickets to Art City Austin range from $10 for a single-day admission to $25 for the Collector’s Pass which includes access to the Friday, March 31st VIP preview reception plus weekend access to the festival. Children 12 and under receive free admission. Parking will be available with priority to Art City Austin attendants at the Palmer Event Center Garage for $8. For more information on Art City Austin and to purchase tickets, click here.

Here’s the full schedule:

Friday, March 31st
4-8 p.m. Community Preview Event
6-8 p.m. VIP & Collector’s Reception

Saturday, April 1st
10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Sunday, April 2nd
10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

If you’ve been thinking about adopting a new family member, or if you’re looking for a way for your dog to enjoy SXSW—this is the event for you! Lovers of all kinds unite under one WOOF for the ultimate Puppy Party! PrideBites, Bumble, and Tito’s Handmade Vodka are coming together to throw the ultimate dog friendly bash benefitting Austin Pets Alive! Bring your dog(s) down and celebrate!

Come on down to the Lustre Pearl on Rainey St. for complimentary beverages, awesome drawings, and more.

Most importantly, this event will also be full of adoptable puppies from local rescue group Austin Pets Alive! Come and give them some love, or even a forever home.

Even if you can’t attend, or don’t live in Austin, make sure you register for the event to instantly receive 50% off a PrideBites dog toy on behalf of PrideBites, Bumble & Tito’s Handmade Vodka.

Show Bumble on your phone at the door to get a complimentary Tito’s drink and Bumble x Pridebites dog toy!

When: Today, March 18

Time: noon – 4 p.m.

Register here!

Location:
Lustre Pearl
94 Rainey Street
Austin, Texas 78701

Jumping. Fresh air. Outdoor fun for kids (and adults, too). Jump into spring on your very own Springfree Trampoline! And now, Springfree featuring tgoma makes it possible to please both parents and kids at the same time by offering screen time and active time together. That’s right, just imagine being able to give in when your child asks for more screen time without the guilt. Springfree featuring tgoma is an outdoor digital gaming system that allows kids that desired extra amount of time of their tablets while also giving parents the ease of knowing their kids are getting some outside active time as well.

With safety features, including no metal springs, lowered frame and safety nets with flexible rods to protect falls to the ground, Springfree Trampoline is one of the safest ones out there.

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Take advantage of this wonderful spring weather with a trampoline of your very own to jump on. The entire family will get exercise and will have fun while they’re at it! Springfree Trampoline wants you to get ready to go outside to JUMP! Enter to win a trampoline, valued at $2299!

Enter here –> http://www.springfreetrampoline.com/lp/austin-ready-set-go-2017

If you’d like to test out jumping on a Springfree Trampoline, be sure to visit them at their Austin store in The Domain, located at 3220 Amy Donovan Plaza, Suite 116. You can also visit them at one of these events around Austin during the week of Spring Break:

SXSW is already everywhere, but if you aren’t ready to jump into the melee just yet, here’s an event that will warm your heart and make you fall in love with this city all over again. Mobile Loaves & Fishes invites you to a free movie night at their Community First! Village. Grab chairs and a blanket, bring family and friends, and enjoy this special screening of The Dark Knight.

If you’ve never been to this amazing place, it’s a 27-acre master planned community that provides affordable, permanent housing and a supportive community for the disabled, chronically homeless in Central Texas. Come early to explore, pick your spot, and enjoy your favorite movie snacks. Hot dogs, s’mores, popcorn, candy and drinks will be available for purchase (cash preferred). Concession sales and tips help our Community First! friends who will be serving you to earn a dignified income.

And be sure to stop by the Community Market and check out all the beautiful art and handcrafted products that residents make in our various micro-enterprise programs at the Village. Residents keep 100 percent of the profits from their sales, and get to do what they love!

When: Today, March 10th

Time: 6-10 p.m.
*The event begins at 6, movie starts roughly an hour later.

Cost: The event is free, however a $5 donation would be highly appreciated.

Location:
9301 Hog Eye Road
Austin, TX 78724

Join thousands of fellow Austinites in Zilker Park this coming Sunday, March 5th for the ABC Kite Fest.  The day will start with the inaugural Anteater Fun Run, a two mile jog/walk starting at the Zilker Park Moon Tower and ending at the MossFest Stage at Lou Neff Point.  Individuals can register for the Fun Run at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/abc-kite-fest-anteater-fun-run-tickets-31422602851.

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After the run participants can enjoy the second annual MossFest Children’s Concert which is free to all attendees.  Music acts include Barton Hills Choir (10-10:40), Big Don (10:40-11:10), Hey Lolly, with Puppets! (11:20-11:50) and Trout Fishing in America (12:00-1:00).  Afterwards, attendees can enjoy the ABC Kite Fest, including the kite showcase and contest run by the Exchange Club of Austin.  All monies received for the event benefit Communities in Schools and the Moss Pieratt Foundation.

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When: March 5th

Location:
Zilker Park
Austin, Texas