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Family fun is scheduled for Saturday, April 29, 2017 at Y at the Park: Family Play Day! Kids will enjoy age-appropriate booths and games alongside their parents. Families will also get to participate in the Family Fun 1K Challenge/walk through Mueller Lake Park!

In addition to learning about YMCA programs, kids can jump from activity booth to activity booth (there will be over 15 booths to explore) learning about Summer Camp, Project SAFE, Early Learning Readiness, and more!

What: Y at the Park

Where: Mueller Lake Park, 4550 Mueller Blvd., Austin

When: Saturday, April 29, 2017

Time: 10 am – 2 pm

Cost: FREE!

Parking: Free parking is available in the garage behind the Thinkery.

If you have not yet been to an event at Creative Action, this Sunday would be a great time to check out their amazing, family-friendly events. Community Art Sundays is happening from 2-5 p.m. this Sunday, and they are empowering the community with practical, hands-on ways to celebrate and advocate for the art all around us!


Activities include:

  • Grab a slice of a one-of-a-kind custom cake made by the pastry wizards of Sideserf Cake Studio (featured on Food Network’s Texas Cake House)!
  • Leave your mark on a special, giant interactive ♥art installation
  • Design-your-own arts advocacy postcard—Creative Action will mail them to your representative!
  • Voter registration table
  • Musical performances and workshops by Grupo Massa, AllRhythms, and a youth music showcase
  • Nature crafts, garden tours, and ‘bee hotels’ with Sustainable Food Center
  • MamaLingua Spanish language learning app
  • ¡Por amor al arte! activity with Think Bilingual Austin
  • Meet The Princess of Plastic, “Polly Mermaid” 
  • Recycled art jewelry station and colorful still-life drawing sessions
  • Performance of “Araboolies of Liberty Street”—an interactive theatre experience exploring social awareness, teamwork, and diversity
  • Collaborative embroidery project for Creative Action Spark Schools
  • Meet Clifford the big red dog + try Smart Screen Time© Interactive Apps from KLRU-TV, Austin PBS!
  • Connect with and learn from local arts advocacy orgs like Austin Creative Alliance , Texas Cultural Trust and Texans for the Arts
  • Check out I Heart Justice Poster Show, a joint project of Texas Appleseed and AIGA Austin.
  • Free food, drinks, KIND Snacks, Bennu Coffee, and Oskar Blues Brewery Austin beer!

Wow! That’s a whole lot of family fun packed into just three hours. I’ll see you there!

What: Community Art Sunday
Where: Creative Action, 2921 E. 17th Street, Austin
When: Sunday, April 23, 2017
Time: 2-5 p.m.
Cost: FREE

For more information or to RSVP:

Bring the kids of all ages out to the annual Bike Rodeo, sponsored by the Pflugerville Police Department, on Saturday, April 8, 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 Rodeo
When: Saturday, April 8, 2017
Time: 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Where: Pflugerville High School Parking Lot, 1301 W. Pecan Street, Pflugerville

For more information:

Hey parents, have you realized that summer is only a couple of months away?! Eek! With extreme heat and extreme boredom running high in June, July and August, it’s good to have an escape, especially one that is located indoors with air conditioning. Slip into a cold, dark movie theater, sip on a milkshake and voila, summer is splendid!

The annual Summer Kids Camp at Alamo Drafthouse offers up hand-picked, family-friendly movies for kids in the age range of 3-12 years old. The small fee is $1, $3, or $5, with 100% of the proceeds benefiting local non-profits.  Tickets can be purchased in advance…. time to get that calendar out and pencil in a movie day (or two)!

Kids Camp Summer 2017 Lineup

The Pirates! Band of Misfits
Zathura: A Space Adventure

The Iron Giant
Muppets From Space
The Spongebob Squarepants Movie

Song of the Sea
Speed Racer
The Secret Life of Pets

For tickets and more info, visit

Celebrate all things Easter at one of the many Easter events happening in Austin! Eggs hunts, brunches, spring celebrations, visits with the Easter bunny…. there’s something for everyone.

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Friday, April 14, 2017
 Saturday, April 15, 2017
 Sunday, April 16, 2017 (Happy Easter!)

About the author: Catherine Prystup, founder of, is mom to three kids ranging in age from 17 to 4 years old. She enjoys exploring the city and helping to spread the word about the vast amount of family-friendly events and businesses in the greater Austin area.

Jungle Book: Jangal Ki Kahani opens this weekend at the Austin Scottish Rite Theater and runs through the month of April. This fresh Bollywood-styled take on Rudyard Kipling’s beloved classic, Jungle Book, features Mowgli in new adventures learning life lessons from his jungle family.


Featuring original music by Austin’s own Bollywood swing band, The Sacred Cowgirls, the show will please kids and grownups alike with live action, dance, and fanciful settings. Kids get the best seats in the house—on the big carpet close to the action!


Saturday and Sunday, April 1-2, 11 a.m.
Saturday and Sunday, April 8-9, 11 a.m.
Saturday, April 15, 11 a.m.
Saturday and Sunday, April 22-23, 11 a.m.
Saturday and Sunday, April 29-30, 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.

Tickets: $12 adults, $8 children 12 and under; free for children under 2. Tickets can be purchased online or at the door.

Location: Austin Scottish Rite Theater, 207 W. 18th Street, Austin

Parking: Free onsite parking

Suitable for all ages. Approximate length of performance is one hour.

Giveaway: The Austin Scottish Rite Theater is giving away a family four pack of tickets, winner’s choice of performance, to see Jungle Book: Jangal Ki Kahani to one lucky 365 Things to do in Austin reader!

Click Here To Enter

Be sure to follow Scottish Rite Theater for upcoming shows and performances on Facebook and Twitter.


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.

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)