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Parents, you made it. Spring break is over! You deserve a night out. It just so happens that the Thinkery is planning an awesome parents’ night out to give you the break that you deserve, and they are partnering with the new Alamo Drafthouse Mueller!

On Friday, March 31, from 6-10:30pm, children ages 4 and up (children must be potty-trained) are invited to enjoy an exclusive night at the Thinkery while their parents enjoy dinner and a movie at the new Alamo Drafthouse location. Kids will have a blast with the museum all to themselves. There will be pizza, hands-on science, technology, engineering, art and math (STEAM) activities, exhibit exploration and more.

What: Parents’ Night Out at the Thinkery
When: Friday, March 31, 2017, 6-10:30pm
Where: The Thinkery, 1830 Simond Avenue, Austin
Cost: $40 for the first child; $25 for each additional sibling. Cost does not include tickets or food and beverage at Alamo Drafthouse. Thinkery Members participating in PNO will receive FREE cookies or popcorn at Alamo Drafthouse Mueller!

Tickets must be purchased by Wednesday, March 29, 2017.

Bring the kids of all ages out to the annual Bike Rodeo, sponsored by the Pflugerville Police Department, on Saturday, March 25, 2017.

Activities Include:

  • Bicycle Registration
  • Safety Instructions
  • Riding Instructions and 8 different challenges
  • Police, Fire and EMS demonstrations all day
  • Child ID’s
  • Displays by Central Texas Law Enforcement Agencies
  • Pflugerville Fire Department onsite with truck

What: Bike Rode
When: Saturday, March 25, 2017
Time: 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Where: Pflugerville High School Parking Lot, 1301 W. Pecan Street, Pflugerville

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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.


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!

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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:

For those of you who are not heading out of town during Spring Break, we’ve put together some ideas on the best ways to have the most family fun in Austin during Spring Break 2017!

Live Music

It’s SXSW time, which means there are plenty of options to hear some live music in Austin. If you’d like to catch some live music but have your kids in tow, there are several family-friendly options. 365 Things Austin (Family) is a proud sponsor of:

See more of 365 Things Austin Family’s Top Picks for Family-Friendly (official and unofficial) SXSW events here.

Where to Eat in Austin

First and foremost, fuel up one of Austin’s 10 Best Coffee Shops for Families.

Looking for family-friendly dining options this spring break? Our Kid’s Eat Free list will help save you some cash.

How about taking a Taco Tour of Austin? Check out the 14 Best Places to Eat Tacos for some inspiration.

If you opt out of traffic and SXSW crowds, you can always make it a pizza and movie night with these Pizza Delivery options in Austin.

Eat like a local or eat like a tourist if you’re a local…. here are some Austin restaurants to cross off your foodie bucket list during SXSW. Kristy has rounded up her favorite Favor places for more delivery options.


Head to the Long Center on Monday (March 13) night for an outdoor screening with Cartoon Network.

Yee Haw, y’all! It’s time for Rodeo Austin. There’s enough stuff happening at the Rodeo to keep you busy all week long.

Eat, drink and sing at Musicians for Microcredit while alleviating poverty around the world at Whole Foods in the Domain on Saturday and Sunday, March 17 & 18.

Road Trip, Anyone?

Load up the kids in the car to explore 5 Lone Star parks that prove everything is bigger in Texas!

Day trips are fun, too!

Outside Adventures

Parks are always a safe bet for fun for all ages. Mueller Lake Park is one of our favorites. Have you been yet?

Get out on the water! The Rowing Dock is open all week long for Spring Break fun. Here are more options to kayak or canoe in Austin.

Pack a picnic and take the kids (and the dog) out for a hike. Here are the Top 5 Tucked Away Hiking Trails in Austin.

Need more breathtaking views? Climb to top of Mt. Bonnell. Or head over to the 360 overlook, also known as Pennybacker Bridge.

Sad that you aren’t jetting off to some tropical destination? Take the kids to watch flights take off and land at the ABIA Family Viewing area.

If you have any train lovers in your family, spring break is the perfect time to hit up all of the trains for kids to ride in the Austin area.

If you’re a tourist or a local, it’s always fun to take a photo in front of one of Austin’s many murals around town.

Explore some caves around Austin… maybe you can spot a bat or two, as well.

Indoor Options

There is a chance that it may rain at some point during Spring Break. For that reason alone, we have a backup plan for some indoor activities.

Indoor Rock Climbing is an adventure that kids both big and small will enjoy.

Put the bumpers up at one of Austin’s many bowling alleys.

Perhaps art, history and culture are on your radar this week? Be sure to explore one of Austin’s many museums.

Never fear, there are plenty of Indoor Play Places for fun all week long in Austin.

Happy Spring Breakin’!

The 3rd Annual Do512 Family Picnic is happening at the Midway Food Park on Tuesday, March 14th, and the whole family is invited to come out to listen live music, eat some good food and have a great time!


3-3:40 pm: Puppets & Folk Songs w/ Red Yarn
4-4:40 pm: Magician Black Bert
5-5:40 pm: Mama K & The Shades
6-7 pm: Kupira Marimba

Dock & Roll Diner
Revolution Vegan Kitchen
Beirut Austin Food Trailer
Celia Jacobs Cheesecake Experience
Stony’s Pizza
Uncle Louie G’s

Magic Show
Face Painting
Arts & Crafts

What: Do512 Family Picnic
When: Tuesday, March 14, 2017
Time: 3-7 p.m.
Where: The Midway Food Park,1905 S. Capital of Texas Highway, Austin
Cost: FREE (Must RSVP, one for each family)

Close out Spring Break with a family-friendly concert and book festival featuring local and national musicians and authors! Families are invited to come celebrate music and books at this year’s Rock + Read at The Domain on Saturday, March 18, 2017, from 2-5:30pm.

Join us on the lawn between Dick’s Sporting Goods and Dillard’s for live music, readings by local children’s and young adult book authors, crafts, giveaways and lots of fun! This is a FREE event for kids of all ages.


2:00 The Que Pastas
3:00 Lucky Diaz and the Family Jam Band
3:30 The Deedle Deedle Dees
4:00 Little Miss Ann
4:30 Joe McDermott Kids Music
5:00 Sugar Free Allstars

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Susan Kralovansky
Emma Virjan
P. J. Hoover
Christina Soontornvat
Jessica Lee Anderson

Stop by the craft-making tent to make a book marker, jump on one of the Springfree Trampolines that will be set up throughout the Domain II, get your child’s face painted, take picture in the photo booth provided by Capital Pediatric Group, have your caricature drawn, win giveaways, and more!

Thanks to our sponsors, The Domain, Austin Diagnostic Clinic and Springfree Trampoline, for making this event possible.

When: Saturday, March 18, 2017 • 2 – 5:30 pm

Where: Amy Donovan Plaza in The Domain, Austin

Cost: FREE!

365 Things to do in Austin (Family) is a proud sponsor of the much loved Family Music Meltdown, a free event with live music and activities for kids of all ages. This annual event brings both national and local bands to Pan Am Park on Wednesday, March 15, 2017 for a one-day show happening during Spring Break and SXSW.

In partnership with The City of Austin Parks & Recreation Department, Family Music Meltdown has become a favorite with Austin families. Now in its fourth year, Family Music Meltdown won’t disappoint with an amazing lineup, activities for children of all ages, food trucks, and a good time for all!

The music lineup includes:

The Groundwork Music Orchestra
Red Yarn
The Deedle Deedle Dees
Ralph’s World
El Tule

AdvertisementIn addition to the live music lineup, there will be hands-on art-making activities with Creative Action, trampolines to jump on courtesy of sponsor Springfree Trampoline, adoptable dogs to love on from the Austin Humane Society, several local nonprofits showcasing what they do in our community, and much more! Emoji’s Grilled Cheese, Whole Foods and Uncle Louie G’s will be onsite selling food and beverages.


What: Family Music Meltdown

When: Wednesday, March 15, from 3 – 6:30 pm

Where: Pan Am Park’s Hillside Theater, 2100 E. 3rd Street, Austin

Cost: FREE!

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Many thanks to Springfree Trampoline for making this event possible and FREE for all to attend!

The Contemporary Austin – Laguna Gloria hosts an Art Free-for-All, an open house for families that celebrates the museum’s family and educational programs. Visitors of all ages may eat, drink, and get to know all The Contemporary Austin has to offer by joining their education staff and Art School Faculty in a day of free art making, demonstrations, performances, and more!


What: The Contemporary Austin’s Art Free-for-All
When: Saturday, March 11, 2017
Time: 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Where: The Contemporary Austin Laguna Gloria, 3809 West 35th Street, Austin, TX 78703
Cost: Free and open to the public

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Looking for something fun to do with kids during Spring Break? It just so happens that this little festival called SXSW is going on at the same time with loads of family-friendly events taking place – many that do not require a badge! We’ve narrowed down the list to include some of our favorites that you won’t want to miss. Note: Some events do require that you RSVP or have a SXSW Guest Pass.

SXSW Create

Friday, March 10 – Sunday March 12, 11:00 am to 6:00 pm

SXSW Create is a 3-day event at the Palmer Events Center that gives families a chance to experience the hardware hacking and maker arm of SXSW. This year’s event offers more space, more fun, and even more hands-on excitement. From 3D printing to drones to biohacking and much more, this community event showcases the disruptive solutions that are shaping our future. Open to the public with SXSW Guest Pass.

Youth Animation Workshop

Saturday, March 11, 10:30 am to 3:30 pm

Participants will use their imagination to create miniature worlds using handmade animation techniques such as stop-motion and paper cut-out animation with award-winning Animator, Jeanne Stern. ASoF will provide a pizza party lunch, snacks and beverages throughout the duration of the workshop. Attendance is limited to 18 students, and open to ages 10-18 years old.

Cartoon Network Film Screening

Monday, March 13, 8:00 to 9:00 pm

Join Cartoon Network for new content from The Amazing World of Gumball, We Bare Bears, Ben 10 and Teen Titans Go, and a big surprise, all on the lawn of The Long Center! Free with SXSW Guest Pass.

Do512 Family Picnic


Tuesday, March 14, 3:00 to 7:00 pm

This family-friendly event features live music and entertainment from Magician Black Bert, Mama K & the Shades, Kupira Marimba, and Folksongs & Puppets w/ Portland’s Red Yarn. Food trucks and activities for the kids. Free with RSVP.

Family Music Meltdown



Wednesday, March 15, 3:00 pm to 6:30 pm

365 Things Austin Family Top Pick! The annual free family-friendly concert at the Pan Am Hillside in East Austin includes a stellar lineup of artists including Red Yarn, El Tule, The Deedle Deedle Dees, Riders Against the Storm, Ralph’s World, Strumero, and Groundwork Music Orchestra. Activities for the kids range from jumping on Springfree Trampolines to art activities with the Creative Action, nonprofits showcasing what they do in the community, and more. Food trucks will be selling concessions but picnics are welcome, too!

KGSR Live Broadcasts

Wednesday, March 15 – Saturday, March 18, 6:00 am to 10:00 am (Saturday 8:00 am to 12:00 pm)

Spoon, Hanson, Jimmy Eat World, The New Pornographers are just a few of the musicians performing at this annual SXSW event. The first 300 guests to arrive will enjoy a free breakfast while listening to live broadcasts by official SXSW artists at the W hotel in downtown Austin. Performances will be held in the Great Room on the 2nd floor of the W. Your $5 donation to the Make-a-Wish foundation of Central and South Texas gets you entry.

KUTX Live at the Four Seasons

Wednesday, March 15 – Saturday March 18, 7:00 am to 10:30 am (Saturday 8:00 am to 11:30 pm)

The annual live music broadcast features 20- to 25-minute sets, held in the Lobby Lounge, as well as candid interviews, with performers including: Spoon, The Black Angels, Ray Wylie Hubbard, Real Estate, and many more. Cost is $10 per person, $5 for ages ten and under, which includes a complimentary breakfast taco and all-you-can-drink coffee. All event proceeds benefit the Seton Shivers Cancer Center.

South by San Jose


Wednesday, March 15 – Sunday, March 19, noon

South By San José returns to the Hotel San José and Jo’s parking lot with live music, local vendors and good times. Music starts at noon each day, and the party is always and forever free to attend.

Lucy’s Fried Chicken Revival

Wednesday, March 15 – Sunday, March 19; noon – 6:40 p.m. daily

Head over to Lucy’s Fried Chicken on South Congress for five days of lip-smacking fried chicken, ice cold drinks and an unbeatable line-up of the very best of Texas and Americana music! Free, open to the public and family-friendly.

MyMusicRX You Who Rock Show for Kids

Thursday, March 16, 10 a.m. – noon

The 5th Annual MyMusicRx + You Who Rock Show for Kids, will take place at Fader FORT and features family-friendly music by Shakey Graves, Sara Watkins, Y La Bamba, Baskery, Sky Katz, and Red Yarn. Breakfast tacos, bubble machines, giant owl mascots and a special art guitar craft zone powered by Epiphone. Tickets: $25 adults, kids 10 and under are free.

Quantum Collective Southwest Invasion

Thursday, March 16 – Saturday, March 18; times not available yet

This 3-day event takes place on the roof of Whole Foods downtown, right next to the playground!  The family-friendly all-ages music festival features over 40 performers on two stages.

SXSW Outdoor Stage at Lady Bird Lake

Thursday, March 16 – Saturday, March 18; times not available yet

This SXSW official event is a series of free outdoor concerts for all ages at the Outdoor Stage at Lady Bird Lake. Tip: It can be crowded, and the only food allowed in are food and beverage items for kids under 5 years of age. Free with SXSW Guest Pass.

SXSW Gaming Expo

Thursday, March 16 – Saturday, March 18, 12:00 pm to 8:00 pm

The SXSW Gaming Expo is a 3-day event at the Austin Convention Center where gamers can meet celebrities, watch live gaming tournaments, learn about new games in the market and the history of old ones, play a variety of games, and compete in a tournament, and have some fun at a cosplay tournament. Suitable for older children. Must have a Gaming wristband ($25) or a SXSW badge.

Willie is for Everyone: A Family-Friendly Willie Nelson Tribute Show


Friday, March 17, 10:00 am to 2:30 pm

365 Things Austin Family Top Pick! Local favorites come together at the Austin Scottish Rite Theater for a special family-friendly tribute concert celebrating Willie Nelson! An amazing lineup of local and national bands includes: Nakia, The Barton Hills Choir with Ray Benson, Ralph’s World, Red Yarn, The Que Pastas, Jon Langford, Beth Chrisman, and more! Don’t miss out on the professional hair-braiding station to get that signature Willie look, courtesy of Avenue Five Institute. Adults, $3, $1 for children under 12.

Girls Rock SX Day Show

Friday, March 17, 12:00 am to 10:00 pm

Stop into Cherrywood Coffeehouse for this all-day show featuring female performers. The outdoor area is a great place for kids to play while you relax and take in the music.

Peelander Fest

Friday, March 17, 12:00 pm to 7:30 pm

Peelander-fest hosts a free, all-ages show, all day at Spiderhouse Cafe & Ballroom. Acts from as far away as Japan and Poland, as well as locals, will be performing at the show, which ends with a performance by the headliner, Peelander-Z.

Rock + Read


Saturday, March 18, 2:00 pm to 5:30 pm

365 Things Austin Top Pick! Close out spring break 2016 with the last free concert in our Unofficial SXSW family music series! The live music and book readings by local children’s and Young Adult book authors will be on the lawn at the Domain. Kids and adults of all ages will hear favorites such as the Que Pastas, The Sugar Free Allstars, The Deedle Deedle Dees, Lucky Diaz and the Family Jam Band, Joe McDermott, Riders Against the Storm, and Little Miss Ann. Kids of all ages will enjoy storytime with local authors reading from their books, a book mark-making station, local vendors, and jumping on Springfree Trampolines for an afternoon of fun!

World Music, World Stories Backyard Concert

Saturday, March 18, 1:00 pm to 6 pm

A day of music, stories and culture from around the globe is taking place at The Hill Country Science Mill in Johnson City. Tribu Baharú from Bogota, Colombia, Los Texmaniacs from San Antonio, Texas, Analogix from Fukuoka-shi, Japan, and Hanato Chiruran from Tokyo, Japan will perform in the backyard with the Texas Hill Country as the setting. The concert is free with admission to the Science Mill: under 3, free; ages 3-18 (or with student ID), $8.50; adults, $10; seniors (65+) and military, $8.00.

Tacos + Tunes


Saturday, March 18, 8-11 am

Come enjoy Hat Creek breakfast tacos, coffee, kids’ activities, and music by Anthropos Arts outside of our Domain Whole Foods Market store. Tunes + Tacos is a free event with no RSVP needed, but open donations to Whole Planet Foundation are welcome. Their mission is poverty alleviation through microcredit loans in the U.S. and around the world.

If you’re up early on Friday, stop by for Rodeo Austin’s annual Cowboy Breakfast at The Long Center. The Cowboy Breakfast is a super-sized Texas breakfast that kicks off the Fair and Rodeo. Enjoy pancakes, authentic chuck wagon biscuits, doughnuts, brisket tacos and more at this FREE event. Featuring western-themed entertainment, live music, world renown trick roper, a longhorn and two-stepping lessons, the Cowboy Breakfast is fun for all ages.

The full menu includes:
  • Cowboy Coffee from Texas Coffee Traders
  • Hot Chocolate
  • Biscuits & Gravy
  • Brisket Tacos
  • Smoke Sausage Wraps
  • Catfish Toes
  • Doughnuts
  • Mini Muffins
  • Pancakes and Sausage Link Wraps
  • Kettle Corn
  • Pralines
  • Milk & Juice

What: Rodeo Austin’s Cowboy Breakfast
When: Friday, March 3, 2017
Time: 6-9 a.m.
Where: The Long Center for Performing Arts, 701 W. Riverside Drive, Austin
Cost: FREE

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