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    Please join us on Tuesday, Dec. 3 for one of Mueller’s most beloved traditions, the 14th Annual Tower Lighting.

    This free, family-friendly event will feature:
    ⭐️ Music from Northeast Early College High School-Austin Soul Train Drumline and Nash Hernandez Orchestra
    ⭐️ Cookies and prizes from H-E-B
    ⭐️ Coffee from Starbucks
    ⭐️ Treats and giveaways from LaMadeleine French Cafe And Bakery and Colleen’s Kitchen and Mueller Austin
    ⭐️Photobooth from TapSnap

    Event Schedule:
    – 5:30pm: Event begins with treats, music and giveaways
    – 6:30pm: Brief remarks from Kathie Tovo just before the lighting of the tower

    Food trucks will be on-site with food for purchase during the event.

      Given your interest in family events in Austin and the greater area, I wanted to bring your attention to Holiday at the Oaks! On Wednesday, November 20th from 5-7 pm, the Oaks will host a free, kid-friendly event featuring live music, food and beverage tastings, holiday craft making, raffle giveaways from our tenant partners, and of course, photos with Santa. Adult attendees can enjoy a “business off the clock” happy hour networking event with the Lake Travis Chamber of Commerce and all guests are invited to bring a toy to help us “Fill Santa’Sleigh” for Green Santa. The Oaks at Lakeway is a family-focused shopping center and serves as the town center in the beautiful hill country community of Lakeway. This event is perfect for families who are looking for fun activities to do with their kids and wanting to celebrate the holiday season. Santa, horse-drawn carriage rides, and live music are a few of the family fun activities community members do not want to miss. Oaks’ tenants will also provide raffle items, giveaways, retail specials, activities for kids, and adult beverage and food tastings for parents! Highlighting the landscape of the center, most of the activity will take place in two courtyards – a children’s courtyard and an adult courtyard -providing non-stop fun for every member of the family.  The Hudson Bend Middle School cheer squad will be “Santa’s Elves” for the evening and we encourage families to bring a gift card or unwrapped toy to help”Fill Santa’s Sleigh” for Green Santa of Lake Travis Labor of Love. Upon delivery of an unwrapped toy or gift card, your child can hop onto Santa’s lap and deliver his or her Christmas list! 100% of toys and cards donated will go towards foster children. We would love to tell 365 Austin’s readers about our multifaceted, FREE, family-friendly event, and of course, highlight our collaboration with Lake Travis Labor of Love to raise awareness and maximize toy donations. This is our second Holiday at the Oaks, and we plan for it to become an annual staple in everyone’s holiday plans.  Thank you for consideration for feature coverage.

        Baby Art Photography Event! Bring your camera and loved ones. The theme this time is Sunken City — raise your child from the depths!

        Nappy Time Portrait’s new background art theme is Sunken City! Babies’ futures are full of possibilities. Many of their skills are still sleeping deep inside them, waiting to wake up. So our slogan this time is, “Raised from the Depths.” That’s how we were thinking when we created this background. As always, we’ve also created original costumes to fit the theme. You are also welcome to bring your own outfit and share your imagination.

        Nappy Time Portraits are parent participatory events. At Nappy Time Portraits, you are the photographer! Your baby will always have the special, comfortable expressions shown only to mommy. This creates rapport between you and your baby, puts a personal touch on the photos you take, and wrap your pictures in a feeling of accomplishment. Please share your memorable moments with us.

        Nappy Time Portraits events are held regularly in the Austin area. You provide the camera, we provide unique and original backgrounds, each with a rentable matching outfit.

        If you are not familiar with Nappy Time Portraits, please check some of our event photos, so you will know what you will get!

        0-2 years old works best.
        $20 includes costume rental
        We accept CASH only.

        Find us at Brentwood Social House, a baby and toddler friendly cafe with a lot of toys and picture books. Please take your time while waiting.

          Join the ultimate family-friendly urban scavenger hunt on Sunday, May 5, 2019. Proceeds benefit Central Texas children and teens with an ill parent. Teams of all ages welcome!
          The hunt starts at noon, with four hours for teams to do good deeds, complete challenges and visit various clue stops. Then gather from 4-6 p.m. for the after party at Zilker Lodge at Austin Sunshine Camps. Celebrate the winners, laugh at the photos and share stories over food and games.
          Plan now for an afternoon of laughter that will do your heart–and your community–good.
          Tickets are on sale now – buy your tickets today!
          All proceeds to benefit Wonders & Worries

            October 27, 2018
            5:00 PM – 7:00 PM

            Join us for carnival games, treats, and a haunted house. All ages welcome. Attendees get 10 free tickets or unlimited tickets and a snack for $3.

              We’re opening our doors, inviting the neighbors, and heating up the grill for two fun, after-hours community pool parties this summer at our interactive splash pool!

              Event Dates:

              June 30th from 6-8pm, and
              July 28th from 6-8pm

              Go swimming, play in the sprays and water falls, and take some rides down our two large water slides. We’ll also provide some free snacks for you to enjoy too!

              These events are FREE and open to all- you don’t have to be a YMCA member to join in on the fun, so bring your family & friends!

              Connect with us & get updates/reminders on our Facebook event page.

              Party Rules & Details:

              – No Alcohol/Smoking/Drugs
              – No glass containers
              – You are welcome to bring snacks, food & drinks, please just clean up after yourself so we don’t attract ants!
              – All guests must sign in at our Welcome Center
              – Picnic tables & lawn chairs are available on-site
              – Must follow all YMCA of Austin pool rules & facility guidelines at all times

              Questions? Contact us at 512.933.9622

              Thank you to 183 South for sponsoring these events!

                Republic Square is excited to announce their first FREE fitness series at the square. The series kicks off May 7th with free classes every Monday, Tuesday, & Wednesday throughout the month. All classes begin at 6:30pm.

                -Mondays: Find your inner wild with free yoga by Wild Heart Yoga! (May 7th, 14th, & 21st)

                -Tuesdays: Show your strength with free rowing and circuit training by Rō Fitness! (May 8th, 15th, 22nd, & 29th)

                -Wednesdays: Go Beyond the Barre with free classes by barre3! (May 9th, 16th, 23rd & 30th)

                May is National Physical Fitness month – help us celebrate in Austin style. Child-friendly activities will be provided each night, and all classes are free. See you at the square!

                  Touch-A-Truck is a fun-filled event for families to bond as their children explore the vehicles they’ve seen in movies, books, and just driving around town. From fire trucks and ambulances to backhoes and bulldozers, Touch-A-Truck has them all!

                  SAFE events like this directly support the hundreds of children in our care who receive housing, healing, and support. Touch-A-Truck represents what SAFE is all about: happy, healthy families in our community!

                  Over 6,000 kids and parents will head to Camp Mabry on Saturday, May 12. In addition to Vehicle Zones, this year’s event will feature a Kid Zone with petting zoo, face-painting, barrel train rides, and much, much more.

                  General Admission is $5 per person. VIP Admission is $25 per person – VIP includes early entrance so you can skip the lines and be the first to honk all the horns! Limited quantity available!

                    Come have fun at our annual fundraiser Spring Carnival. We’ll have lots of games and prizes, petting zoo, rocking climbing wall, bungee trampoline, bounce house, face painting, virtual reality, cake walk, music, fire truck, dunk tank, and more! A Silent Auction with lots of great items too!

                    Wristbands are $20 purchased in advance, $25 at the door. Individual tickets can be purchased in advance or day of.

                    Run, jump, scale, and wade your way through the largest touring adventure and obstacle course event series for kids in the nation! Kids Obstacle Challenge is coming to Austin on Saturday, April 21st at Dripping Springs Ranch Park with waves from 8:30 am to 2:00 pm.

                    Parents are invited to run for FREE with the purchase of a child’s ticket!

                    Kids Obstacle Challenge attracts thousands of active kids and their parents by inspiring and challenging kids and forging family bonds, through adventure and obstacles. Kids Obstacle Challenge is an adventure and obstacle course event series for kids ages 5-16, with 13-15 fun and challenging obstacles through water and mud!

                    Kids Obstacle Challenge is designed for kids to push their limits and reach new heights. If you are looking for the ultimate experience that involves the whole family, look no further. Participants can rope swing into a giant mud pit, army crawl through tough terrain, scale up rugged cargo nets, and slide into a muddy paradise! Prepare to Brave Your Adventure and have some muddy family fun!

                    What: Kids Obstacle Challenge | Austin, TX
                    When: Saturday, April 21, 2018
                    Time: 8:30 a.m.–2:00 p.m.
                    Cost: $32-$66 per Ticket; Parents run FREE
                    Ages: 5-16
                    Where: Dripping Springs Ranch Park, 1042 Event Center Dr, Dripping Springs

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