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This may come as a big surprise to you, but today there is a 100 percent chance of a wintry mix! That’s because the Hill Country Science Mill in Johnson City is having its second annual Snow Day. The outdoor Science & Art Park will be transformed into a winter wonderland with 20 tons of snow.

This is the perfect activity to get the whole family out of the house today. Go for a lovely drive and give the littlest Texans the kind of winter fun they rarely get to have.

Highlights include a live action ice sculpture, ice piano, snowball catapult launches, mini snowman building contest, snowball radar throws, and more.

When: Today, January 14th

Time: 11 a.m.- 2 p.m.

Tickets can be purchased at the event or online here. Members get in free.

Hill Country Science Mill
101 S Lady Bird Ln.
Johnson City, Texas 78636

*Visitors are encouraged to bring mittens or gloves to keep their hands warm while playing in the snow.


So you’re trying to be healthy this year? That doesn’t mean you can’t happy hour. Picnik just launched their happy hour and this needs to be on your radar!
Thanks to an upgraded bar, patrons of Picnik can now enjoy a tasty cocktail like the Berry Basil Smash or the Pitaya Margarita with their guilt-free meal. Made only with natural, gluten-free ingredients, these cocktails offer a tasty, healthier way to toast to the new year.
Here are the happy hour details:
  • 1/2 price shareable plates on the food menu
  • $2 off wine by the glass
  • $2 off ciders (exception Texas Keeper)
  • $2 off beer

When: Monday – Friday

Time: 3-6 p.m.

Burnet Road
4801 Burnet Rd.
Austin, TX 78756


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If you aren’t going to ACL Fest October 1-2, then you are probably looking for fun things to do far far away from the crazy crowds. Well you are seriously in luck, because Round Rock is being invaded by bull riders and giant monster trucks for an event like no other. It’s the TRAXXAS Monster Truck Destruction Tour! See incredible 10,000-pound, car-crushing giants compete in racing, wheelie contests, and then rock the house with amazing freestyle action. With names like BIGFOOT, SON OF BEAST, OLD SKOOL, and TUFF GUY you know these guys mean business.

In addition to the trucks, catch the nation’s top bull riders competing against the largest professional athlete in the world: the America Pro Rodeo Bucking Bull!

Fans can meet the drivers, riders, and bullfighters and see the trucks and bulls up close at the pre-event autograph pit party.

When: Saturday, October 1st @ 7 p.m. and Sunday, October 2nd @ 2 p.m.

Admission: Tickets start at just $10!

Dell Diamond
3400 E. Palm Valley Blvd.
Round Rock, TX 78665

Go back to school in the mid-1800’s at Zilker Botanical Garden this weekend. It’s September and the beginning of a brand new school year! Bring the kids to the Botanical Garden to see what it was like for kids in school in the 1800’s.


Activities include:

  • Learn old time weather saying that pioneers used to help forecast the weather and see which signs of changing weather you can find throughout the Botanical Garden.
  • Tour the Swedish cabin and see the Esperanza Schoolhouse to learn some new pioneer skills and practice calligraphy.
  • Fashion a feather quill pen and write a letter to a loved one on antiqued paper, complimented with natural inks derived from local plants and resources and then seal it with a traditional wax seal stamp as the icing on the cake!

What: Children in History: Back to School

When: Sunday, September 25, 2016, 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.

Where: Zilker Botanical Garden, 2220 Barton Springs Road, Austin

Cost: Free with Garden entry, $2 adults/$1 children/seniors

For more information contact: 512-477-8672 Ext 13.

Springfree Concert Series: Big Don

When: Saturday, September 17, noon – 5 pm

Where: The Domain, Springfree Trampoline, 3220 Amy Donovan Plaza

Bring the entire family down to jump on some trampolines, win prizes from the Austin Spurs and listen to a live concert by Big Don. FREE!

Outdoor Movie Night at Tom’s: Ghostbusters

When: Saturday, September 17, 7pm

Where: Tom’s, 1401 S. Congress Avenue, Austin
When three parapsychology professors lose their jobs, they decide to battle the supernatural for money in everybody’s favorite…Ghostbusters (1984)! Come join them on their mission at with other Ghostbuster-lovers.

Conservation Day at Austin Zoo

When: Saturday, September 17, 9:30 am – 2 pm

Where: Austin Zoo, 10808 Rawhide Trail, Austin

Come to learn and play at Conservation Day! Fourteen interactive booths featuring local conservation groups and naturalists. The first 200 visitors will receive a free packet of native/heritage flower or vegetable seeds from Native American Seed and Seed Savers. Free with paid Zoo admission.

Sunday Funday

When: Sunday, September 18, 2-6 pm

Where: Palm Park, 711 E. 3rd Street

Kids of all ages will enjoy hands-on arts and crafts, including face painting by Austin Creative Art Center, spin art from Austin Art Garage, the Imagination Playground, Quick Draw Photo Booth, and much more. Hey Lolly Music puppet show at 3pm, Hideout Theater Improv at 4pm, and The Peterson Brothers at 5pm. Bring a picnic or purchase from onsite food trucks Rosarito, Heretic Handhelds, and PopArt (free popsicles for the first 100 kids).

Austin Museum Day

When: Sunday, September 18, various times

Where: 35 + local Austin museums

Over 35 Austin-area museums will open their doors for FREE on Sunday and participate in hands-on activities while exploring the exhibitions.

Looking for more fun?

Movie in the Park: Zootopia (Cedar Park)

When: Friday, September 9, 2016, 8 pm

Where: Elizabeth Milburn Park, 1901 Sun Chase Blvd., Cedar Park

Pack a picnic, snacks, blankets and lawn chairs for this FREE movie in the park.

Front Door Concerts Launch Showcase

When: Saturday, September 10, 2016, 10 am – noon

Where: Central Market, 4001 N. Lamar Blvd.

This kid-friendly concert will feature live music from Joe McDermott, Staci Gray, Ms. Kat’s Music, Terrence Taps, and Madame Haleigh’s French-to-Music. FREE!

Second Saturdays: Waterworks

When: Saturday, September 10, 2016, 11 am – 3 pm

Where: Contemporary Museum of Art, 3809 W. 35th Street

Make a splashy painting inspired by the waterside setting of the Sculpture Park at Laguna Gloria. Then, learn about the Science of Waveforms and Sound from traveling scientist Daniel G. Benes, who has built a brand-new, interactive demonstration just for this special day! Recommended for ages 2–11. FREE!

PBS Kids at the Alamo: Peg + Cat Mystery Hour

When: Saturday, September 10, and Sunday, September 11, 2016, 10 am

Where: Alamo Drafthouse Lakeline (14028 N. Hwy 183) and Slaughter Lane (5701 W. Slaughter Lane)

Join PBS KIDS’ favorite problem-solving duo Peg and Cat for “The Peg + Cat Mystery Hour.” This special hour of math mysteries kicks off with a spooky Friday-the-13th problem. Then in “The Disappearing Art Problem,” museum guards Peg and Cat are on the case as shapes are being stolen right off the paintings! And finally there’s 1+1 = 2 adventures aboard the Peg + Cat Express, where missing lollipops, bananas, symphonies, and chickens can only mean: there’s a thief on the train!  Reserve your seat with a donation of $1-3, with all ticket sales benefiting education programs at your local PBS station.  This is an all-ages show with Baby Day rules – noisy young fans won’t be asked to leave the theater but we do ask that cellphones and other devices stay dark.

Family Day at the UMLAUF

When: Sunday, September 11, 2016, Noon – 4 pm

Where: UMLAUF Sculpture Gardens, 6005 Robert E. Lee Road

Families can explore the collection, create art, listen to a storytime, take part in a sing-a-long, take children’s yoga and more during this month’s Family Day. FREE!
Looking for more fun?

Take a day trip this weekend!

We still don’t know what the fate of Fun Fun Fun Fest will be, but a highly anticipated music festival from Margin Walker Presents—the new venture of from Graham Williams, co-founder of FFF Fest—was just announced this morning. Right out of the gate, and without any bands officially named, it’s getting lots of attention. The festival will be called Sound on Sound Fest and it’s scheduled to run November 4-6. Mark your calendars for June 28; the full lineup and location details will be unveiled at 10:00 a.m. CT, and then weekend and single-day tickets will go on sale.

With Williams at the helm, Sound on Sound will no doubt host big-name talent, but so far the promoters are only saying that it will feature a “diverse mix of nationally acclaimed and up-and-coming music acts, as well as comedians.”

For more information on the Festival, please visit www.soundonsoundfest.com and for more information on Margin Walker Presents, check out www.marginwalkerpresents.com.

Follow Sound on Sound Fest on Facebook at www.facebook.com/SOSFestTX, on Twitter at @SOSFestTX, on Instagram at @SOSFestTX, and on Snapchat at @SOSFestTX for updates and special promotions. The Festival’s official hashtag is #SOSFest.


Nature Nights happens every Thursday in June at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center! These events are free for the family and offer explorations of plants, animals, and the ecology of Central Texas. Each evening features interactive presentations, hikes with experts in their fields, and nature crafting for kids of all ages.

Today’s Topic: Grow

What do plants and animals need to grow? Discover how the life cycles of animals and plants vary and what it takes to sustain life, and learn how to grow native plants in your own backyard. Author Suzanne Labry will sign Bluebonnet Babies in the Store.

Thursday, June 23: Pollinate

How many pollinators does it take to make a banana split? Come find out! Pollinators play an important role in our ecosystems by pollinating not only our native plants, but our food crops, too. Learn about all the bees, butterflies and other pollinators in the area and their impact on our modern lives. Listen to music by Lucas Miller. Author Laura Logan will sign Little Butterfly in the Store.

Thursday, June 30: Predators

In this Nature Night, get up close to predators of Central Texas as they fly, stalk and slither. Enjoy a presentation on birds of prey on the Play Lawn featuring live hawks and owls. Visit the live snake exhibit to learn about snakes native to Central Texas. Find out what it takes to be a herpetologist from Dr. Travis LaDuc in his special presentation about Texas snakes. Books signed by author Divya Srinivasan will be featured in the Store.

What: Nature Nights

Where: Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave., Austin

When: Thursday, June 16, 23, 30, 2016, from 6-9 pm

Cost: Free! Regular admission applies during the day.

Bonus: Kids 12 and under get a free gift!


Sample the delectable fares from restaurants from The Domain and north Austin at the 9th Annual Taste of North Austin on Saturday, June 11, 2016, from 11am to 4pm. In addition to the food and drink samples, this all-day family-friendly event also has free live music, children’s entertainment, and of course, fabulous shopping.

Aromas of the various cuisines will fill Domain II, enticing guests to sample fares from local restaurants while families can experience the one-of-a-kind children’s play areas and green space in the Domain II.


Family-Friendly Activities Include:

  • Face Painting
  • Balloon twisting
  • Fun with Springfree Trampoline
  • Live music by Austin Party Band
  • Prize giveaways

Participating Restaurants Include:

  • Blackfinn Ameripub
  • Black Walnut Cafe
  • The Brass Tap
  • California Pizza Kitchen
  • Copper Restaurant & Dessert Lounge
  • Corner Bakery
  • CRU Food & Wine Bar
  • Daily Grill
  • Dos Chivos Mexican Restaurant
  • Firebowl Cafe
  • Flaming Pizza
  • Fleming’s Prime Steak House & Wine Bar
  • iPic Theaters
  • Maggiano’s Little Italy
  • McCormick & Schmick’s Seafood
  • Mia Italian Tapas & Bar
  • North Italia
  • Nothing Bundt Cakes Arboretum
  • Punch Bowl Social
  • Salvation Pizza
  • Schlotzsky’s
  • Shake Shack
  • Sushi Zushi
  • Thai Kun
  • The League Kitchen & Tavern
  • Tiff’s Treats Cookie Delivery
  • Tony C’s Pizza
  • Urban – an American Grill
  • Zed’s


When: Saturday, June 11, 2016

Time: 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Where: The Domain, Phase II between Dick’s Sporting Goods and Dillard’s
11410 Century Oaks Terrace
Austin, TX 78758

Cost: Live music and children’s entertainment are free. Food samplings and VIP access will require wristbands. Beer and wine will be available for purchase at select restaurant booths. Wristbands include 10 tastes will be available for $20 at The Domain’s Simon Guest Services or at the event.

Go big this year with a VIP experience! Receive a goody bag, complimentary drinks and access to the VIP lounge with VIP tickets for an additional $15.

Taste tabs will double as “votes” for a restaurant’s partner charity. The winning charities will receive a Simon Gift card donation.

RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/1748900035389577/

Call 512.873.8099 for more information or visit http://www.simon.com/mall/the-domain.

Would you like to win two wristbands to Taste of North Austin? We’re giving away two wristbands to two lucky readers! What do you have to do to win? Complete the form below by midnight on Thursday, June 9, 2016. Two winners will be chosen randomly and contacted via email. The prize holds no cash value and can not be transfered. Must be 18 years or older to enter.