The Austin Center for Grief & Loss is hosting the only camp of its kind in Austin. Camp Red Bird is a bereavement summer day camp for children ages 6-12 that have experienced the death of a parent, sibling, or primary caregiver.
It is a safe place where kids can laugh, cry, play, create, remember the person who died, learn that it is okay to grieve, and to understand that they are not alone. It is a place where they can feel ‘normal’, because everyone there has been through something similar and understands what it’s like to lose someone important to them.
Camp Red Bird engages children in therapeutic activities that incorporate art, crafts, nature-based experiences, yoga, and movement to help process feelings of grief. Children who attend camp learn to develop healthy coping skills in a safe and supportive environment.
August is officially upon us, which means school starts in about three short weeks. We decided to make a Back To School Bucket list of summer-y things you should do before school gets back in session. This list has a little something for everyone from school aged kids (and their families) to college ‘kids’ and people who just like to act like kids. Hopefully you’ve had the chance to check some of these off already, but if not, you’d better get on it, the fall will be here before you know it!
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1. Capital Cruises Bat Watching Tour – Summer is prime bat watching season and there is no better place to take in the bats than from on the lake itself. Capital Cruises offers great sunset/bat watching tours that are fun for both locals and Austin visitors. Not to mention that the entire tour makes for some pretty stellar photo opportunities.
2. Benji’s Cantina – Benji’s was new to the downtown scene this summer and their outdoor patio overlooking 6th Street is a must do for a cocktail to cool down. Their cocktail menu is extensive and their food is an all around home run. Pro Tip, go before sundown because the sunset makes the downtown buildings glow, making for the perfect atmosphere.
3. AquaFly Austin – This could be you! Talk about an adrenaline rush like you have never experienced! Flyboarding is exhilarating and is something anyone can do. Go back to school with total bragging rights!
4. Brew Exchange– This spot on West Sixth Street treats beer like a commodity on the stock exchange. Prices for their HUGE ever-changing beer list go up and down by the minute on a huge NYSE style ticker that runs across the ceiling of the bar. Every sunday this month they have their ‘Party on the Patio‘ which includes all day drink specials and a DJ. This place is definitely worth checking out if you haven’t been.
5. Texas Rollergirls – This Saturday is the LAST BOUT OF THE SEASON, so it’s really now or never for you to experience flat track roller derby in 2013. This is a fun for the entire family event as the teams come out to sign autographs and take pictures with fans. And the actual bouts, well you just have to be there to appreciate the excitement! Remember, kids 12 & under are always free!
6. Austin Craft Riot – August 17th & 18th The Austin Craft Riot is filling Austin Music Hall with some of the most talented local artists and vintage vendors. They will have tons of cool local art and a DYI area for you to have your own fun! This is a great one stop shop (in air conditioning) to appreciate local talent, and a great opportunity to start a little Christmas shopping for those hard to buy for people on your lists!
7. Garridos– Are you a student on a back to school budget? Spice it up with Garrido’s $2 Taco Tuesdays and cool down with their daily $4 margaritas, mojitos, and sangria. They have a great covered outdoor patio that backs up to a jungle like landscape. I definitely recommend sitting out back! They also have free valet parking.
8. Lake Travis Zipline Adventures– The name says it all, this is certainly a one of a kind adventure. Lake Travis Zipline Adventures features the 9th largest zipline in the WORLD, reaching speeds of up to 60 miles an hour. The entire experience is just awesome, I can’t recommend it enough.
9. Volente Beach – Nothing says summer like a trip to the water park. Volente Beach is your destination on Lake Travis for water park fun. They have pools, slides, a swim up tiki bar, volleyball, and a whole lot more. It’s a summer stop that is fun for all ages.
10. Kung Fu – The only thing better than treating yourself to an after work cocktail is when the proceeds from that after work cocktail go to a good cause. On Thursday, August 22nd 15% of all sales will be donated to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Kung Fu is always a good time with their games and drink specials so mark your calendar for the 22nd to put your drinking to good use.
11. iFly Austin – (Indoor skydiving) Every Monday and Wednesday from 5:30-7:30pm at iFly is Kids Club Night. Kids get flying-time in the air tunnel, hands-on coaching from the pros, and a DVD of the experience to take with them!
12. Banger’s– You know Austin loves a good Sunday Brunch, and Banger’s Big Band Brunch is one of our favorites. They have live music from 12pm to 3pm and a special brunch menu with items like the Kitchen Sink (every breakfast item you could want on one tray) and the House Cured Salmon Plate (pictured below). They also feature some special drinks like the ‘ManMosa’ – a liter mug filled with a bottle of champagne with a splash of OJ or cranberry juice, and a Build Your Own Michelada bar.
13. Hyatt Lost Pines – It’s only a 25 minute drive from Downtown Austin, but it feels like a different world when you’re here. They have all kinds of ways to get your Texas on, with activities like skeet shooting and horseback riding. If your idea of a good time involves less gunfire and wild animals, they also have an amazing spa and pool area complete with a lazy river. This should be on every Austinites lifetime bucket-list.
14. UT Informal Classes – Why not learn something for yourself? They offer a wide range of affordable classes and they’re open to everyone! They’re also having a ‘back to school’ event on August 17th at Kick Butt Coffee that will have all kinds of activities and close to 40 instructors on hand to help guide you on your journey to self-improvement. Photo credit: Lacey Lynn Seymour
15. 360 Amphitheater – Have you checked out the new 360 Amphitheater at the Circuit of the Americas yet? We’re still buzzing over Austin winning the X-Games bid, thanks in large part to the folks out at COTA! This month the amphitheater is hosting shows from Keith Urban, Lil Wayne, and a comedy festival with Dave Chappelle. Something for everybody.
16. Austin Aquarium – Okay, okay, it’s not actually open yet, but it has certainly been one of the most talked about activities this summer. And right now you can get 50% Off Annual Passes. For those who plan on frequenting the Aquarium, this is a deal that is too good to pass up, but it’s as fleeting as the summer, so don’t snooze!