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    Sit, Relax, Listen, Enjoy!

    Strings in the Park is a first ever, family-friendly, Austin-unique, Fall weather concert promoting Austin’s original music and community green spaces. 

    This event is 100% no cost. Parking is free, too.  All are welcome.

    Our venue features tons of picnic tables, cafe tables and seating, fresh-made pastries and coffees, huge wine and beer selection, tailor made salads and sandwiches, the large lawn, a large shaded deck, clean bathrooms, a popular playground, a walking trail, a lively creek, shady trees, and more.

    This concert features Austin innovator Will Taylor,  string quartet and backing musicians, with Austin music legend Guy Forsyth (winner, Best Male Vocals, Austin Music Awards, 2018) in an afternoon of rejuvenating serendipities. 

    Bring picnic blanket and fixings or just drop-in! 

      Arté a Té | Art For You!



      Come and enjoy a beautiful day of connection & community,

      -Performance by local ATX jazz band
      -Artisan prints, cards, and photography
      -Handmade jewelry, candles, and pottery
      -Curated Italian wine tasting
      -Drawings to win prizes
      -Tarot Card readings
      and so much more!


      Santa Fe-based immersive art collective Meow Wolf left quite an impression yesterday at their Fractallage party when the organization made their first foray (outside their origin film release this week) into South by Southwest (SXSW). The group spent most of the night Monday evening transforming Empire Control Room and Garage into a Meow Wolf satellite installation complete with visual art, immersive activities (tube dating by Tinder for example) both inside and outside the venue while a roster of exceptional DJs entertained the crowd and set the mood for a surreal (and completely satisfying) experience.  

      We entered the venue through the Seventh Street side gate to find a bevy of tapestries and colorful banners artfully arranged over the exposed to the air space outside the Garage where Gold Room was performing. The chill-wave sounds being produced perfectly set the mood as fans slowly bopped along to the infectious beats while warm sunlight streamed into the garage and onto the languid audience milling about Empire’s backyard. 


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      The backyard was an entirely different story albeit, fit nicely alongside the performance space adjacent to the decorated patio that featured Tinder Tube Dating (yeah, we don’t know either) using “Experience Tubes.” The exercise pokes fun at how we connect on social media versus real life. Light blue carpeting had been laid over the ground with colorful pillows and foam-stuffed couches to create a kind of chill-out area from space is the only way we can describe it. EVERYONE was smoking pot out there. 


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      Inside, an indoor exhibit had been set up. A man in a captain’s uniform stood near three oversized buttons inside the foyer to the Control Room. He explained (while in character) that the buttons controlled the lighted serpent affixed to the ceiling. Folks were invited to press the buttons to change the lighting sequence and music being piped into the room. Actors in costume milled about portraying sentient beings from another planet trying to suss out people and their actions while visiting the mysterious Earthlings. Costumes included LED lights that responded to the music being played. A giant, fantastic lighted “barnacle” held up the far wall of the Control room and held flowers in which touching the metal wire stamens activated the glowing lights in the display. High tables and seats along the wall allowed visitors to sit and absorb the peaceful environment Meow Wolf created. 


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      We sat outside earlier chatting with staff who talked about working with the organization and their aggressive growth plans (which includes Austin.) Danny, a gentleman who works with sound and audio for Meow Wolf stated he’d been working for the New Mexico trendsetters since 2014 and felt blessed to be a part of something so cool. He was exceedingly kind as was each staffer who arrived in Austin with the collective as if a directive had been handed down that said Meow Wolf employees can only project happiness upon the world. Perhaps that is the credo of Meow Wolf? To project happiness. We know the perma-grin plastered on our faces while we were at Meow Wolf’s Fratallage installation was about as real as you get. Meow Wolf is pure joy. 

      Last Saturday, local music concert series, Microsessions featured four Austin artists performing short, 20-minute sets for fans who got to sample each artist, then choose one they’d like to see more of at the conclusion of the event. The format is dubbed “Speed dating for live music” and promises five sets over two hours, often from new and upcoming local acts. Microsessions has primarily used Music Lab for their venue-space but have been exploring other options around Austin. 

       Austin artists Wiretree, Christina Cavazos, Grace Pettis and River Has Many Voices performed for a sold-out audience in small-format rooms with groups of around 30 people watching. Group guides led folks to their designated stages, offering complimentary drinks and information about Microsessions and the invited acts. It was evident, Microsessions founder Paul Schomer carefully curated the lineup Saturday. Each act complimented the other while offering original material in an intimate setting. House concerts were the model for Schomer and scale was the issue. Schomer downplayed his brainchild, emphasizing the simplicity of his project.  But most good ideas are, in fact simple, aren’t they? 

      “It’s not really rocket science, but I’ve learned that you can’t just slap it together. Musicians really like it for the intimacy, the undivided attention, and audiences seem to like getting told what to do! Bands get to swap fans, which isn’t common. It’s a good way to try out new material, too,” says Schomer about his series which he’s honed over the past couple years. 

      A former NPR journalist, the Microsessions founder has found a tidy formula. We started the evening with the gentle River Has Many Voices playing acoustic guitar to his lyrics. Otherwise known as Matthew Payne, the singer gave a subtle performance to a rapt audience. Like many Texas songwriter’s he pledges his alligiance to the Church of Townes Van Zandt but who can blame him? Steve Earle (another Van Zandt disciple) will practically fist fight someone over his love of the revered troubadour. 

      We followed that performance with Wiretree‘s full-band set-up which was a great change of pace. A fair amount of music industry friends are fans of this act. Helmed by former solo artist, Josh Peroni, Wiretree’s indie rock/songwriter mashup has a similar ethos to groups like Caveman or closer to home, Okkerville River. We hate to use that word again, but after 11 years of performing Peroni and Wiretree are, indeed underrated. 

      Christina Cavazos followed in a cozy outdoor setting. The singer-songwriter just finished high school and capped her secondary education years by winning a admittance to the prestigious Clive Davis Institute of Music which accepted only 80 applicants this year. The reason is she’s good. Really good. And she’s really young. While some under-18 artists can appear a novelty, there’s none of that with Cavazos. She’s simply the gifted, young performer with a beautiful head of hair. It even says so in her Twitter bio. 

      Grace Pettis was our photographer’s favorite act of the night. This red-headed young lady has been a buzz act around Texas lately. Her website crows about the Dallas-Morning News’ glowing review, while our own shutterbug, had to restrain herself from sending dozens of shots of her pick of the night. We think she’s pretty amazing too. Check some of her songs for yourself. 

      The next Microsessions Austin is February 23 at Imagine Art with Sara Houser, Cari Q, David Hamburger and Ley Line. Tickets and information can be found at the Microsessions website


      Much like January’s Free Week, Hot Summer Nights are a series of free concerts hosted by music venues located in Austin’s Red River Cultural District. Running July 13-16 at various clubs in the area, the performances will feature popular local acts White Denim, The Octopus Project, Magna Carda, Matthew Logan Vasquez (Delta Spirit),  Golden Dawn Arkestra and Moving Panoramas among others. Similar to the Free Week programming, there is a national act included, Andrew Savage of Brooklyn’s Parquet Courts. The event is a chance for Austin music fans to discover local bands in a small geographical area. Club hopping is not only allowed, it’s encouraged.

      Hosted by the Red River Merchant Association which formed in November 2016, the purpose of the event is to promote local venues in an area threatened by downtown development and at the same time give back to the community which supports it.

      “The Red River District itself is a true cultural icon here in Austin and we want to do everything we can to see the area not only survive, but thrive in the years ahead,” said Stephen Sternschein, RRMA board member and owner of Empire Control Room & Garage. “These Hot Summer Nights events are meant to serve as a way for our team to give back to residents here in Austin, as well as provide amazing musicians and artists an opportunity to directly interact the local community. We can’t wait to kick off these first Hot Summer Night events, which will be the first step of many to come for RRMA, and reveal additional plans for the district in the near future.”

      While we love all the bands participating (because they’re Austin acts) several lineups stand out among the huge list of performers:

      Friday – White Denim – Cheer Up Charlie’s

      This show is opportunity for White Denim fans that doesn’t come along everyday. Since their lineup shake up in 2015 when White Denim lost two members to Leon Bridges’ band the James Petralli-led outfit has not performed often. The indie-rockers shifted from a prog-rock bent to more of a blues-rock oriented act with the new formation, inserting Petralli side-project Bob English members into the roster. The results are as entertaining as ever. The support bill includes Deep Time, The Stacks, Go Fever and Tyler Jordan and the Negative Space. RSVP via Facebook here.

      Friday – The Octopus Project – Empire Control Room

      If you haven’t witnessed the astounding visual spectacle of a show by The Octopus Project this is a perfect opportunity to see the UT Film School grads play their hybrid of electronica and power pop. Besides being one of Austin’s hardest-working bands, the group features the unusual addition of a theremin to the mix. Their recent show at Barracuda last month was a reminder The Octopus Project never disappoints. RSVP via Facebook here.

      Saturday –  Magna Carda  – Cheer-Up Charlie’s

      Hip-hop / jazz fusion act Magna Carda’s 2016 release “Cirqulation” was one of the best local albums to drop in Austin last year. The longtime duo of Megz Kelly and Dougie Do added what basically amounts to a jazz/funk trio to back them and the results were magical. Megz has the kind of flow that makes even casual hip-hop fans sit up and take notice. Doug provides the sounds and effects while their crack band ties it all together.

      The supporting acts are no slouches.  Get to Cheer-Up’s early to catch My Empty Phantom, Obscured by Echoes and Lord Buffalo. RSVP via Facebook here.

      Saturday – A. Savage (Parquet Courts) – Barracuda

      While we were in Spain last year for Primavera Sound Festival we caught Andrew Savage’s Parquet Courts on the Pitchfork Stage.  The Brooklyn rockers style is hard to define. They played a high-energy show that featured elements of punk, alt-country and indie rock.  Naturally we’re curious about Savage’s solo act. US Weekly and Alex Dupree round out the lineup. RSVP via Facebook here.

      To see the entire roster of bands and stay up-to-date on the latest lineups visit the official Hot Summer Nights Facebook Event page. Despite the event kicking off tomorrow, there’s still some surprises ahead such as the special guest to be announced at Sidewinder on Saturday.

      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

      AUTHOR LINEUPAdvertisement

      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!

      The 2017 Spring & Summer Austin Camp Guide is packed with fun and educational options for both spring break and summer camps for children of all ages and interests. From day camps that focus on art, robotics, acting and more, to overnight camps, you are sure to find something that appeals to your child’s interests.

      American Academy of Robotics


      American Robotics Academy aims to excite, inspire and motivate children about the importance of robotics technology. Our hands-on classes offer an introduction to the fundamentals of engineering design, helping children understand “how things work.” Held in a friendly, sports-like atmosphere, students work in age-appropriate teams and learn how to design, build and test remote-controlled miniature robots. We use simple, motorized machines – all made from LEGO® bricks! – to demonstrate mechanical movements and other effects.

      Dates: June 12 through August 11, 2017

      Northwest Austin
      Live Oaks Unitarian Church, 3315 El Salido, Cedar Park
      Twin Creeks Country Club, 3201 Twin Creeks Club Dr., Cedar Park
      Deerpark Middle School, 8849 Anderson Mill Rd., Austin

      Central Austin
      Highland Park Baptist Church, 5206 Balcones Dr., Austin
      Magellan International School, 7938 Great Northern Blvd., Austin

      South Austin
      Manchaca Baptist Church, 1215 Farm to Market 1626, Manchaca
      First Baptist Church-Oak Hills, 6907 Convict Hill Rd., Austin

      Round Rock
      Great Oaks Elementary, 16455 Great Oaks Dr., Round Rock
      Ridgeview Middle School, 2000 Via Sonoma Trail, Round Rock

      Cost: Full day $325.00; Half day $175.00


      Contact: 512-844-2724

      Discount: 10% off with coupon LM9

      The Art Garage


      Here at The Art Garage, we are passionate about creating a space for children to experience art in a positive, encouraging, and engaging environment. We reach out to kids with themes and projects that relate to where they are in life…whether that’s a popular movie theme or an art medium that your child is most excited to explore. From there, our teachers construct a knowledge base by building on the weekly theme with connections to art history, art techniques, and awesome art projects.

      Our Summer Camps are all lead by art educators, art education students and degreed artists. We all care deeply for art and have been gifted and trained with the ability to teach. Together we are a close team of teaching artists who include art history and fine arts instruction in every camp we lead. Our ratio is one teacher to every nine students, because every child craves individual attention no matter how much they thrive in the group!

      We offer week long art camps from 10a – 2p. Additional care is available from 9 – 10a and from 2 – 6pm for an additional $6/hour per child. Aftercare includes games, movies, and crafts that are in line with the week’s theme.

      Dates: Day camps each day during Spring Break and the week of July 3. The rest of the summer are week long summer camps.

      Location: The Art Garage, 11190 Circle Dr., Austin 78736

      Cost: $239-$269


      Contact: 512-852-9900

      Ashley’s Playhouse


      Ashley’s Playhouse is a drop-in childcare center for children ages 6 weeks to 12 years old. Their magical facility, loving staff and extended hours make it the perfect solution for busy families! Ashley’s Playhouse has an indoor two-story treehouse, acting stage, interactive EyePlay system, cinema room, outdoor playground and daily arts & crafts projects to keep your kids entertained for an hour while your run errands or all day! So whether you need help when school is out, for date night, or just because the kids love playing there- Ashley’s Playhouse has you covered!

      Dates: Year round Mon.-Thur. 7am-10pm, Fri 7am-midnight, Sat. 8am-midnight

      Location: Ashley’s Playhouse, 13343 N. Hwy. 183, Suite 200, Austin

      Cost: One time registration fee of $40 per family and then an hourly rate applies. Infants under 18mo-$13/hour; Toddlers 18mo-3 years- $11.50/hour; Children 4-12 years- $10.50/hour. Siblings are 40% off.


      Contact: 512-872-2755

      Discount: 1⁄2 off registration and one free play hour per child on their first visit.

      Austin Aquarium Summer Camp

      Amanda Bates Lee

      Stingray Camp
      Hands-on learning with a husbandry staff member serving as your guide for three exciting two-hour camp days. Prepare animal diets and feed some of the aquarium’s most interesting residents including stingrays, seahorses, reptiles, birds, and even the giant pacific octopus! Find out which animals at Austin Aquarium are the ultimate masters of disguise in their habitats. Learn about the amazing diversity found in one of the most intriguing groups of animals in the sea, sharks!

      Shark Camp
      Shadow a member of our animal husbandry team, gaining a behind-the-scenes look at what it’s like to take care of the amazing animals living at the aquarium. Learn about the necessity of providing enrichment for the animals in our care and have the chance to design and participate in an enrichment activity for the Giant Pacific Octopus! Perfect for aspiring marine biologists interested in learning about the complexities of caring for exotic sea creatures and understanding issues faced by marine life in their habitats.

      Sea Horse Camp
      This experience is completely hands-on. Discuss life cycles of many animals including sharks and seahorses. Babies will be shown up close and behind the scenes. End with the children growing their own brine shrimp and taking them home.

      Dates: June 26-28 (M-W), 8:30-10:30am SeaHorse Summer Camp (Ages 4-7) ; July 10-12 (M-W), 8:30-10:30am Shark Summer Camp (Ages 13-18); July 17-19 (M-W), 8:30-10:30am Stingray Summer Camp (Ages 8-12)

      Location: Austin Aquarium, 13530 N. Hwy 183, #101, Austin

      Cost: $70 + Tax


      Contact: 512-222-5586

      The Austin Artery

      The Austin Artery provides weekly themed camps with a focus on process over product. This encourages creative thinking, problem solving and autonomy. Weekly themes include: Sculpture, Recycled Art, Art & Architecture, Fiber Arts, World Art & Culture, STEAM (Science, Tech, Engineering, Art & Math), and Puppets. Camps begin daily at 9 am and last until 3 PM. Aftercare is available.

      Dates: Weekly through June and July

      Location: Austin International School, 4001 Adelphi Lane, Austin

      Cost: $210 – $225



      Austin Rowing Club Summer Camps


      Join the ARC coaches for an awesome week of rowing on Lady Bird Lake! ARC is offering two camps this summer “Junior Fun to Row” and “Novice Development Camp”. Junior Fun to Row is open to kids who want to learn the basics of rowing, have fun on the lake and even hop into a kayak! Novice Development Camp is for young athletes who are looking to learn the basics of rowing, racing technique and possibly join the fastest growing sport in the nation!

      Dates: June 12th-August 11th

      Location: Waller Creek Boathouse, 74 Trinity St., Austin

      Cost: $350-$425


      Contact: 512-472-0726

      Austin Scottish Rite Theater Summer Camps


      Austin Scottish Rite Theater’s summer camps offer a week-long exploration of performance topics. At week’s end, campers present a showcase performance on the historic Scottish Rite Theater stage. 2017 summer camps will include Puppetry, Acting, Music, Stage Combat and Shakespeare.

      Dates: Camp Sessions run from June 12 – August 4

      Actor’s Up! (Ages 5 – Grade 4) – One- Week long Acting One: June 6/12 – 6/16 Acting Two: July 7/10 – 7/14
      Puppets Up! (Ages 5 – Grade 4) – One- Week long Puppets One: June 6/26-6/30 Puppets Two: July 7/24-7/28
      Dance Up! (Ages 5 – Grade 4) – One- Week long Dance One: June 6/26-6/30 Dance Two: July 7/10-7/14
      Music Up! (Ages 5 – Grade 4) – One- Week long Music One: June 6/19-6/23 Music Two: July 7/17-7/21
      Battle Up! (Ages 10-18) – One- Week long Stage Combat: July 7/17-7/21
      Shake It Up! (Grade 3 – Grade 7) – Two- Week long Shakespeare: July 7/24-8/4 (excluding weekend)

      Location: Austin Scottish Rite Theater, 207 West 18th St., Austin

      Cost: $250 one-week camp, $500 two-week camp



      Discount: Scholarships can be offered on a case, by case, basis.



      Girls Empowerment Network’s summer day camp, campGEN, serves girls in grades 3-8. campGEN girls participate in fun, interactive workshops during week long sessions that are designed to help girls feel more confident as they navigate girlhood. Girls will gain new skills, new friendships and a new sense of self!

      June 26-30: Calm, Cool, and Creative
      Calm, Cool & Creative- The camp will explore different ways to overcome stress, anxiety and daily pressures. Girls will learn the importance of self-expression and self-care. Activities include yoga, art and craft projects, healthy cooking, writing, storytelling and games.

      July 10-14: Strong, Bold, and Assertive
      Strong, Bold & Assertive- This camp will help girls find their strength and inner confidence. Girls will lean how to project a confident attitude and assert themselves when the time is right. Activities include role plays and skits, a fun community advocacy project and lots of games!

      July 24-28: Relate, Motivate, Celebrate
      Relate, Motivate & Celebrate- This camp is all about celebrating our differences and discovering our identity! Girls will learn about self- awareness, the importance of diversity and different cultures across the world. Activities include arts and crafts, guest speakers and special surprises.

      Dates: June 26th- 30th; July 10th-14th; July 24th-28th

      Location: 901 Trinity St., Austin

      Cost: $325


      Contact: 512-808-4044;

      Creative Action Summer Camp


      Creative Action Summer Camps are among the most popular in Austin! That’s because our camps are not just fun; they also offer children ages 5-14 enrichment curricula through our 4C principles of creative youth development. We aspire for our campers to be Creative Artists, Courageous Allies, Critical Thinkers, and Confident Leaders. Whether your child is a quiet, “behind‑the‑scenes” player or an outgoing, “center stage” star, there is a place in every camp to nurture their skill and talents!

      Each week features a different theme sure to keep your child engaged and excited about coming to camp. Our Summer Camps take place in four locations around Austin. Join us for Movie Magic, Creative Cafe, Make a Scene!, Urban Gardener, Broadway or Bust, Save the Day!, Outside the Box, and Mad Lab for ages 5-10, and a trio of two-week The Studio camps for ages 11-14!

      Dates: Weekly beginning June 12th through July 24th


      East: Center for Creative Action, 2921 E 17th St., Bldg B, Austin
      North Central: First Cumberland Presbyterian, 6800 Woodrow Ave., Austin
      South: Eden Park Academy, 6215 Manchaca Rd., Austin
      St. Edward’s University, 3001 S Congress Ave., Austin (THE STUDIO, ages 11-14 )

      Cost: $285-$510


      Contact: 512-442-8773;

      Creative Side Jewelry Academy Young Metalsmiths Summer Camps


      Creative Side Jewelry Academy, the top jewelry crafting and metalsmithing school in central Texas, is now offering week-long Summer Camps (ages 10-15). These camps will provide a safe and creative environment where kids have the opportunity to learn fundamental metalsmithing techniques using copper, brass and silver. The camp is led by professional artists and educators. Under their guidance, students will increase fine motor skills while learning to make sculptural jewelry pieces. They will learn sawing, riveting, filing, hammering, drilling, finishing skills, and much more. Students will create multiple pieces throughout the week and be encouraged to develop their own design skills.

      The Creative Side family is excited and honored to open up this world of jewelry making and these ancient techniques to your budding artisan. The gratification the students receive after creating their own design from start to finish is irreplaceable. Creative Side will host an end of the week art show to be named and set up by the kids where parents and family will be invited to join us at the end of the day on Friday to meet the instructors, new friends and view their artwork on display. These kid-focused summer camps are open to ages 10-15. Metalsmithing and jewelry crafting takes a certain set of skills, level of maturity, and ability to focus and take instruction.

      Dates: June 19-23, M-F, 10am -2pm; July 24-28, M-F, 10am -2pm; August 7-11, M-F, 10am-2pm

      Location: Creative Side Jewelry Academy, 321 W. Ben White, #204 Austin, 78704

      Cost: $345 all materials included


      Contact: 512-799-0731

      Discount: Sign up for ALL THREE Summer Camps and receive 5% off total tuition. Use promo code SUMMERCAMP at checkout.

      Crux Crushers Climbing Camp

      Get ready for the most exciting summer break at Crux Climbing Center! Crux Crushers Camps will provide youth with a safe environment to explore their skills in rock climbing, while making new friends and building confidence. On top of it all, campers will participate in yoga, crafts, and fun games!

      Dates: Spring Break: March 13-17; Week 1 (Ages 6-9): June 19-23; Week 2 (Ages 9-12): July 10-14; Week 3 (Ages 6-9): July 24-28; Week 4 (Ages 9-12): August 7-11. All times are from 9am – 3pm.

      Location: Crux Climbing Center 121 Pickle Rd., Suite 100, Austin

      Cost: $300 – $350


      Contact: 512-931-3911

      Fantastic Magic Camp


      Fantastic Magic Camp – Teaching life skills and confidence through magic, juggling, and puppets to kids ages 5 through 12 in Austin, TX since 1993. All our camp sessions are held from 9am to 3pm, with optional Magic Camp Rehearsal Time from 3pm to 6pm for an additional $75 per week.

      Imagine a place where…

      Kids discover their unique inner Magic through learning magic tricks. Campers are surrounded by people who recognize and embrace their uniqueness. A shy girl learns to express herself through the actions of a puppet. Both the timid and adventuresome discover that they can master things they never dream’t they could do, like making cards appear out of thin air or balancing on stilts.

      Children get to engage in robust physical activity and games without ever worrying if someone will pick them to be on a team. Every day is filled with fun, laughter and lots of surprises. Everyone makes friends and learns to care for each other, because nothing else makes sense.

      Fantastic Magic Camp was given the 2016 Best Camp Award for, “Favorite Small Local Camp” in Austin and was also voted “Most Uniquely Austin Business” by the Austin Chamber of Commerce in 2012.

      Dates: March 13 – March 17 (one week Spring Camp); June 5 – June 9 (one week camp) ; June 12 – June 23 (two week camp); June 26 – July 7 (two week camp); July 10 – July 21 (two week camp) ; July 24 – August 4 (two week camp); August 7 – August 18 (two week camp)

      Location: Central Austin, 7500 Woodrow Ave,. Austin, 78757

      Cost: $590 for two week camps and $295 for our one week camp


      Contact: 512-988-3045

      Discount: 10% off first camp registration and $60 off additional multiple sessions and/or sibling registrations for two week sessions, ($30 for one week sessions). Use discount code: LiveMom17. Expires: 08/18/2017

      Groundwork Music Project Ukulele Summer Camp


      Embark on a lifetime of musical skills with the Groundwork Music Project. Join us for a unique summer program at which kids learn ukulele, singing and more! Learn to strum, pick and play a variety of melodies. The session ends with campers joining the Groundwork Music Orchestra at a special concert event. All skill levels welcome! June 11th 10:00a.m. recital with Groundwork Music Orchestra at Cherrywood Coffeehouse 15 slots available for each class Groundwork Music Project can provide ukuleles for class time or one can be purchased at a discounted price.

      Dates: June 5-9; Kids aged 7-10 attend the 9:00am-12:00pm class; Kids aged 11-14 attend the 2:00pm-5:00pm class. Performance on Sunday June 11 10:00am at Cherrywood Coffeehouse.

      Location: Groundwork Music Project, 4201 Wilshire Pkwy., Austin

      Cost: $325 for pre-April 15th registrants, $425 for post-April 15th registrants. Sliding scale and scholarships are available by inquiry. The cost includes a book and CD.


      Contact: 512-669-2028

      Jump! Gymnastics Summer Camps

      Imagine a world where superheroes are real, pirates are friendly and every little girl is a princess. Grab your passport and join Jeremiah Frog as he embarks on an adventure through space and time. Camp Jump! offers 1-week half, full and extended day opportunities for children to explore their imaginations through theme-based curriculum featuring gymnastics, art exploration, interactive centers, social integration, dramatic play, yoga, music, and dance. Voted Austin Family Magazine’s Most Fun Camp 3 times. Come find out why!

      Dates: June 5-August 18, Monday-Friday

      North Central: 2117 West Anderson Ln., Austin
      South Central: 2919 Manchaca Rd., #205, Austin

      Cost: Half Day, $220/week (9am-1pm); Full Day, $270/week (9am-3pm); Extended Day, $350/week (9am-6pm); Early Drop off, $50/Week (8am)


      Contact: 512-593-6226;

      Discount: Sign up for 4 weeks of camp to receive a $100 gift certificate towards anything at Jump! 10% sibling discount available.



      Kidventure has been providing the finest Summer Day Camps and Overnight Camps in Texas since 1994. Kidventure runs an active and purposeful curriculum with activities aimed at serving the whole child, including science, athletics, art, team building, and more. Our goal, however, remains to simply help grow happy, healthy kids: We just choose do this through camp activities.

      Austin Day Camp Locations:

      Camp Rough Life: Rough Hollow Highland Village 903 Highlands Blvd., Lakeway

      Camp Steiner: 12550 Country Trails Ln., Austin

      Camp Sweetwater: 5348 Pedernales Summit Pkwy., Austin

      Camp Westlake: Eanes Elementary, 4101 Bee Cave Rd., West Lake Hills

      Dates: June 5-August 18

      Cost: $250 per week


      Overnight Camps

      Dates: Safari (ages 8-12) July 17- August 5; Echo (ages 13-16) June 17-July 9; Apex (ages 17-18) July 18-22

      Cost: $1195-$1725


      Contact: 512-263-8992

      Sherwood Forest Summer Camp


      How many of us wonder if we could have been really great at some type of craft or skill, given an earlier start? Sherwood Forest Summer Camp attendees have the opportunity to try their hands at many crafts and skills that are no longer widely taught. Maybe your child is a natural with a bow? Or perhaps they are made for the stage, but never had a chance to be in a play before. It is amazing what a child can learn without the distractions of the modern world.

      Campers may choose to sleep in Sherwood Castle (yes, it’s a real castle) or in one of the Merry Folks’ Pavilions (with nightly bedtime stories). We offer a healthy, kid friendly menu with options to satisfy even the pickiest eaters. Our catering is performed by Brou HaHa, who has a solid history of serving patrons at Sherwood Forest Faire since its inception. All of our hands-on activities take place in our 23-acre medieval village. Campers will be transported back in time to a world of knights, ladies, and a simpler way of life, while learning skills essential to daily living in the medieval era. No modern entertainment devices will be available.

      Location: Sherwood Forest Faire, 1883 Old Hwy 20, McDade

      Dates: Grown Up Summer Camp: June 23-25; Youth Summer Camp: Session I, July 9-15; Session II, Jul 16-22; Session III, Jul 23-29

      Cost: $795



      Discount: $50 discount for each of the following: *paying tuition in full and completing all preliminary paperwork by December 31 (Note: there is a reduced discount of $25 for doing so by March 31st, if you miss the first deadline) *each sibling after the first, if attending together *each week after the first, if a camper attends consecutive weeks *each new camper a prior attendee traps… err, gathers into the fold Discounts are cumulative, so you can qualify for more than one of the above discounts. More details available on our website.

      Sky Candy Circus Sky Camp

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      Calling all kids ages 6 and up who want to run away and join the circus! Come fly high on the Silks, Trapeze and more at Sky Candy Circus Sky Camps!

      Our highly trained and experienced circus teachers will show your kids how to soar on aerial apparatuses and excel in circus skills including juggling, hooping, tumbling, and more. The circus and performing arts are a great path to developing confidence, strength, coordination, flexibility, and body awareness.

      Sky Candy offers circus camps during spring break and throughout the summer. Camps are divided by age, and there is an accelerated training camp for more experienced and/or focused youngsters. All camps run Monday-Friday 9am-3pm and feature a showing and photo op on the Friday of the camp at 2pm. The showing and photo op will be open to all parents and guests of camp participants. Aftercare and scholarships are available; e-mail Sky Candy Youth Program Director Lacy at for more details or with any questions about our Sky Camps or Youth circus programming.

      Dates: Spring Break Sky Camp: March 13-17th; Summer Camps run throughout the summer on the following dates: June 5th-9th, June 12-16th, June 19th-23rd, June 26-30th, July 10-14th, July 17-21st, July 31st-August 4th, August 7-11th, August 14-18th. All camps run 9am-3pm Monday-Friday.

      Location: Sky Candy Main Studio, 507 Calles St., #117, Austin

      Cost: $350


      Contact: 512-800-4998

      Discount: Buy one Spring Break Camp, Get one Summer Camp 10% Off. Buy one camp registration for a child, get sibling(s) in for 10% off each. Please note that discounts cannot be combined. Scholarships are also available- e-mail for more information.

      STEM Career Immersion Camp


      Join the STEM Squad at Concordia University and become a scientist, engineer and programmer of the future! Dive into the adventure of a different STEM career each day as you explore the world of microbes with a microscope you build and take home, investigate clues to solve a crime, program robots to complete crazy challenges, and discover the wonders of e-textiles! Let the engineering design process be your guide as you have a fun and exciting adventure while creating and designing solutions to real-world problems. This camp includes a one-day field trip to the Science Mill in Johnson City.

      Dates: July 10th-July 14th

      Location: Concordia University Texas, 11400 Concordia University Dr., Austin, 78726

      Cost: $325


      Contact: 844-263-6405 ext. 1007

      Summer Spark

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      At Summer Spark day camps, your children come alive as they engage in weekly creative problem solving challenges. With packed schedules, powerful media everywhere, and performance pressure on schools, we believe that a fundamental component of a strong foundation is missing in the lives of many children today. The ability to tackle a problem with no set solution – to think creatively and flexibly, to struggle, fail, and try again, to test, revise, and reiterate. At Summer Spark, we strive to fill this gap. We are all about physical experiments, purposeful tinkering, messy construction. Creativity Unplugged.

      Each week at Summer Spark features a different challenge which provides the opportunity to boost the 3Cs – creative problem solving, collaboration, and confidence. Whether designing a rollercoaster for a marble or building a car from recycled materials, campers apply creativity as they innovate, collaborate with peers in search of solutions, and gain confidence as they learn from set-backs. Summer Spark days are a careful balance between individual and group activity, and time for relaxation, reflection, and play. See what our families have to say:

      Dates: Weekly sessions from June 12th – August 25th available. Camp hours are 9am – 3:30pm with the option of extended hours from 8am – 9am (no charge) and 3:30pm – 6pm ($75/week)

      Location: June & July: Headwaters School (formerly Khabele), 801 Rio Grande St., Austin; August: Acton Academy West, 3423 Bee Cave Rd., Westlake

      Cost: $350/ week



      Discount: Free Registration and Free Cancellation through May

      Synergy Dance Studio

      Preschool Camps (age 3-5), 9-12pm
      Extended hour available from 12-1pm, $190
      Elsa and Friends Preschool, May 30-June 2
      Trolls Preschool, June 26-30
      Moana Preschool, July 31-August 4

      Day Camps (age 4.5-10), 10-3pm, $260
      Extended hours available 9-4pm
      Beauty and The Beast, June 5-9
      Moana, June 26-30
      Pop Star Party, July 17-21
      Sing, August 7-11

      Beginner to Intermediate Dance Intensives (age 7-14), $280
      Extended hours available 9-4pm
      Designed for recreational and company dancers level beginner and intermediate.
      Triple Threat, June 12-16 10-3pm
      Jazz and Hip Hop, June 19-23 10-3pm
      Spirit Sensations (Drill Team), July 24-28 10-3pm

      Intermediate to Advanced Dance Intensives (age 8-18), 12:30-5:30pm, $280
      Previous dance experience is required. Designed for intermediate and advanced dancers.
      Boot Camp/ Stretch Intensive, May 30-June 2 (Tues-Fri) 12:30-3:30pm
      Ballet/Modern Intensive, June 26-30
      Jazz and Hip Hop Intensive, July 10-14
      Drill Team Intensive,  July 31-August 4

      Dates: June through August

      Location: 3425 Bee Caves Rd. Suite C1, Austin TX, 78746

      Cost: $190-$280; Extended hours available upon request. $25 per hour for the week

      Contact:; 512-327-4130



      Half Day, Full Day or Mini Camps in Musical Theatre, Acting, Singing, Visual Arts, Dance and more! Create a rewarding summer with new sessions beginning weekly! Or star in our Summer Musical Production of The Little Mermaid Jr. June 5 – 25 at TexARTS in Lakeway, Texas – the Lake Travis nonprofit for the visual and performing arts!

      Dates: Spring Break: March 13-17; Summer Sessions begin June 5th, and new sessions begin each week through August 18th

      Location: 2300 Lohman’s Spur, STE 160, Austin

      Cost: $250 – $1100


      Contact: 512-852-9079

      Van-A-Gogh-Go! Summer Art Camps


      Van-A-Gogh-Go is a traveling art camp for 11-16 year old campers. We have three different exciting curriculums to chose from or add all three to your schedule for the ultimate art experience!

      We’ll head out into the world for the early part of the day and be back to The Art Garage to create in the studio during the afternoons.

      Campers can expect to bind their own art books, take a wheel-throwing class or try their hand at metal-smithing. They will visit museums and public art works; see iconic Austin and experience the beauty of the hill country. Campers can expect to swim at Deep Eddy, take a dip at Blue Hole or canoe Lady Bird Lake. We’ll create with glass fusion, make mosaic artwork, create large scale paintings, tie-dye our own t-shirts and so much more. This camp will also include art history, art techniques, and the opportunity to reflect on our own work and the artwork of others.

      Van-A-Gogh-Go is lead by experienced and certified art teachers who love sharing the world of art! Our ratio is 6:1 or better, with a maximum of 12 campers per week.

      Dates: June 12-16; June 19-23; June 26-30; July 10-14; July 17-21; July 24-28

      Location: The Art Garage, 11190 Circle Dr., Austin, 78736

      Cost: $445-$465


      Contact: 512-852-9900

      ZACH Theatre Summer Camp

      These exciting camps are for anyone who are ready to dive into their training. ZACH has camps in acting, dancing, and musical theatre where students have a lot of fun exploring skills!.

      Dates: Spring Break: March 13 – 17; Summer Camps: Weekly beginning June 5th through August 17th

      Locations: 1510 Toomey Rd., Austin; 12129 RR 620 N., Austin

      Cost: $275 – $350 per week


      Contact: 512-476-0594 x236


      It’s a rainy Valentine’s Day in Austin, Texas! Grab the umbrellas, put on the rain boots and head to Catch Air’s Austin and Round Rock indoor play places to celebrate Valentine’s Day.

      Stop in anytime today, February 14, 2017, for all day crafts and cookies (while supplies last). The cookies and supplies for crafts are included in the cost of admission, drinks are available for an extra fee.


      What: Valentine’s Day Craft & Cookies
      When: Tuesday, February 14, 2017
      Time: 10 am – 7 pm
      Where: Catch Air Round Rock (1401 S. IH-35) and Catch Air Austin (13450 N. Hwy. 183)
      Cost: Infants are free with paid child’s admission; Children 1-2: $10; Children 3-16: $14; Two 17+ Adults: FREE (per ever 1 paid child); Additional Adults: $7

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      Head out to Central Market on North Lamar this Saturday, February 11th to celebrate friends. Creative Action is hosting this annual event for the family that celebrates friendship with interactive fun for kids and adults!

      Activities include:
      • Live music from Seu Jacinto
      • Friendship parade
      • Cookie decorating
      • Calentines and friendship bracelet creation stations
      • A friendship photo booth
      • And more!Don’t miss this fun and FREE event for the whole family!

      What: Friend Fest 2017
      When: Saturday, February 11, 2017
      Time: 1-3 pm
      Where: Central Market, 4001 N. Lamar Blvd., Austin
      Cost: FREE
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