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    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

                To sign up your eager adventurer, visit

                Get 15% off with code 365AUSTIN!

                Going to Maker Faire? Get Arty at the Outside Voice ARTtv Party!

                If you’re heading to Maker Faire Austin this weekend, be sure and check out the pop up art party Outside Voice is hosting with Austin Tinkering School!

                This will be Austin’s 6th Annual Maker Faire, an event that brings together all kinds of creative people like tech enthusiasts, educators, crafters, hobbyists and science clubs. The idea is to showcase invention, creativity and resourcefulness in a family-friendly environment. If you don’t know about them already, it’s the perfect opportunity to get to know Outside Voice, an online community that inspires kids and families to make all kinds of art by sharing how-to videos and showing off the cool stuff other people are making through their YouTube Channel ARTtv. From the Outside Voice perspective, art comes in many forms, including cooking, drawing, photography, painting, building, playing and stitching.

                Pop Up Art Party

                At Maker Faire, Outside Voice ARTtv will set up a large area for drawing, painting, collage-making and art lessons. They highly recommend you wear sloppy clothes, because the whole point is to make art without worrying about making a mess! They’ll also have some fun prizes and will be giving away their Outside Voice Drawing Zine, which has some fun ideas for creative summer projects.

                Free Massages!

                On Mother’s Day, the Maker Faire will have a special card making station, a banner for photo ops and (maybe best of all) a free massage station for all the mamas.

                The 4-1-1 on Maker Faire Austin

                Maker Faire will be held May 13 and 14 at Palmer Events Center. If you get tickets online ahead of time, you can save quite a bit as advance tickets are $11 for kids and $16 for adults while they’ll be $15 for kids and $23 for adults at the door. Purchase tickets here.

                Learn more about Outside Voice ARTtv:



                We’re giving away a 4-pack of tickets to the Mini Maker Faire! Complete the form below to win a 4-pack of tickets. All entries must be received by 10:30am CST on Friday, May 12, 2017.

                About the author: Jill Coody Smits is the author of Expedition Austin: A Kid’s Guide to the Weirdest Town in Texas. A freelance writer of many things, she lives south of the river with her husband, daughter and two four-footed sons. After nearly 20 years in Austin, she is still in love with this little big town.

                It’s going to be a cold weekend in Austin! If you develop cabin fever and need to get out of the house, we’ve got a few indoor activities listed below for kids of all ages to enjoy. Stay warm!

                Staci Gray at Strange Brew

                When: Saturday, January 7, 2017, 10 a.m.
                Where: Strange Brew Coffee Shop, 5326 Manchaca Road, Austin

                Get your dance on with bubbles floating in the air with Staci Gray! All ages. FREE!

                ZACH Theater Open House

                When: Saturday, January 7, 2017, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
                Where: ZACH Theater, 1510 Toomey Road, Austin

                Interested in learning more about ZACH Theater’s acting classes and camps at the performing arts school? The event will include sample classes, performances from ZACH actors, craft activities, and more. FREE!

                Storytime at BookPeople

                When: Saturday, January 7, 2017, 11:30 a.m.
                Where: BookPeople, 603 N. Lamar Blvd., Austin

                We hope you are all feeling super this morning because today’s storytime is all about moods! We do hope you’re feeling happy, but just in case, we’ll be reading Today I Feel Silly and other moody tales to help us navigate our feelings.  FREE!

                Sunday Funday: Hot Air Balloons and Gliders

                When: Sunday, January 8, 12-4 p.m.
                Where: Neill-Cochran House Museum, 2310 San Gabriel Street, Austin

                While the ability to fly may seem totally routine, there’s nothing quite like the experience of making something that can climb up into the air! Make hot air balloons and gliders using simple, household materials, extra thin plastic bags, string, straws, and birthday candles with the NCHM staff and volunteers guiding you through the process.  They will also have plans for a few simple gliders with some pre-built examples to launch off of the historic balcony. FREE!

                Storybook Dance Making

                When: Sunday, January 8, 2 p.m.
                Where: Recycled Reads Bookstore, 5335 Burnet Road, Austin

                Read Earmuffs For Everyone! How Chester Greenwood Became Known as the Inventor of Earmuffs, dance, play games with your family and design you own earmuffs. Storybook Dance Making consists of a warm up, game, reading, dance making, and mini-performance with your family. This class is ideal for families with children ages 4-8. Taught by a Dance Waterloo artist, this class is aligned with the National Core Arts Standards in Dance. FREE!