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Family friendly SXSW events

    Take a break from the SXSW festivities to relax and love on some goats!

    Our event will be held on the beautiful lawn at a private residence in South Austin, TX.

    The event is BYOM (bring your own mat), but we will have mats for rent for $5 each if you do not have your own. We will also supply the goats for loads of fun and laughter! We may event have a guest star or two like a potbelly pig or maybe even one of our French bulldogs!

    We will be holding 3 yoga classes. Class times are 10:00 am, and 11:15 am, and 12:30 pm. There is limited space available for each class, so please register early! A ticket is required to attend or observe.

    Class will run about 30-45 minutes with time at the end for pictures with the goats! Please do not arrive more than 15 minutes before your class time as check in only takes a few minutes and we want everyone to have enough time for pictures with our baby goats! Parking is available on the street in the neighborhood.

    As with all our events, this event is kid friendly! All children must be monitored and children age 5 or older do require tickets.

    All participants are required to sign a liability waiver/photo release before being allowed to participate.

    We will have t-shirts and other merchandise available to purchase and credit cards are accepted.

    **Please note: in the event of bad weather, we will be moving this event indoors or issuing rainchecks. No refunds will be issued**

      Stradigi AI, a leading artificial intelligence solutions provide is sharing one of their latest creations at SXSW with a fully interactive AI-powered café that requires coffee seekers to place their beverage order in American Sign Language (ASL) – only. It’s an interactive learning experience that is only happening @ SXSW – the café (and accompanying interactive booth) can be found at the Fairmount Austin, 5th floor.

        Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Lucy Dacus, Kyle Craft, U.S. Girls, and Red Yarn will perform live for Austin kids and families at the 6th annual MyMusicRx + YOU WHO! Rock Show for Kids at the FADER FORT on Thursday March 15.

        The YOU WHO! Rock Show for Kids is a family friendly, morning concert that benefits MyMusicRx, the flagship program of the Children’s Cancer Association (CCA). MyMusicRx bedside and online music medicine programs deliver the healing power of music to hospitalized kids across the country.

        Since 2014, YOU WHO! shows have cultivated a devoted following of more than 2,500 influential Austin moms, dads, and kids, treating them to up-close performances from artists like Shakey Graves, Sara Watkins, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes, The Zombies, Best Coast, Heartless “Bathtubs”, Tacocat, Aloe Blacc, and Les Claypool. YOU WHO! has raised nearly $80,000 to fuel MyMusicRx programs.

        MyMusicRx has served more than 180,000 children along with their families, caregivers, and medical professionals across the country including through a local in-hospital concert partnership with Dell Children’s Medical Center. In 2018, MyMusicRx will launch its bedside service at St. David’s Children’s Hospital. To ensure long-term, sustainable program growth, CCA has assembled a local advisory board comprised of community members and executives from leading Austin businesses and firms. Proceeds from ticket sales will support MyMusicRx’s local programs.

          SXSW Marketplace, a giant pop-up shop in the heart of downtown Austin, is back for a second
          year. Badge holders and general public who register for a SXSW Guest Pass will be able to
          explore a curated selection of 70+ local and national vendors that will showcase clothing,
          accessories, home goods, art, and more. An impressive range of vendors from cities including
          Austin, Baltimore, Dallas, Jacksonville, and Los Angeles– to name a few.

          For those of you who are not heading out of town during Spring Break, we’ve put together some ideas on the best ways to have the most family fun in Austin during Spring Break 2016! Whether you are staying away from the SXSW madness and hitting up the fun in the ‘burbs or heading downtown to take part in family-friendly live music showcases, there’s a little something for everyone.


          Spring Break at the Bullock is offering daily hands-on activities from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. the entire week of Spring Break 2016.

          The Thinkery is open all week with maker labs, community night on Wednesday, workshops, Baby Bloomers and more. Tip: bring a picnic lunch and then head to Mueller Lake Park to play and eat.

          Music and food trailers and art…. it’s all happening on March 12th at The Contemporary Museum of Art (Laguna Gloria’s) Art Free-For-All.

          All admission and programs at The Blanton Museum of Art are free on the Third Thursday (March 17).

          Live Music

          It’s SXSW! There are several family-friendly options if you’d like to catch a music showcase with your kids.

          See more of 365 Things Austin Family’s Top Picks for Family-Friendly SXSW events here.


          How about taking a Taco Tour of Austin? Check out the 14 Best Places to Eat Tacos for some inspiration.

          If you opt out of traffic and SXSW crowds, you can always make it a pizza and movie night with these Pizza Delivery options in Austin.


          Yee Haw, y’all! It’s time for Rodeo Austin. There’s enough stuff happening at the Rodeo to keep you busy all week long.

          Head out to the Oasis on Saturday, March 13th to see not only one of the most beautiful views but also a nice selection of cars at Cars and Coffee.

          Eat, drink and sing at Party for the Planet while alleviating poverty around the world at Whole Foods in the Domain on Wednesday, March 18th.

          Celebrate Holi Festival on Saturday, March 19th at Radha Madhav Dham.

          Road Trip, Anyone?

          Load up the kids in the car to explore 5 Lone Star parks that prove everything is bigger in Texas!

          Outside Adventures

          Pack a picnic and take the kids (and the dog) out for a hike. Here are the Top 5 Tucked Away Hiking Trails in Austin.

          Need more breathtaking views? Climb to top of Mt. Bonnell. Or head over to the 360 overlook, also known as Pennybacker Bridge.

          Go for a drive out of the city to Marble Falls where kids love picking strawberries at Sweet Berry Farm.

          Go say hello to the animals at the Austin Zoo. Have you heard that they have COUGAR CUBS?! Sweet little baby cougars. Aw!

          Indoor Options

          There is a chance that it may rain at some point during Spring Break. For that reason alone, we need to have a backup plan for some indoor activities.

          BookPeople, the World’s Best Indie Bookstore (yes, we are partial) has storytime three times during Spring Break: Tuesday, Wednesday (Tiny Tails Petting Zoo!) and Saturday.

          The Austin Public Library is pretty awesome with their events. Catch a performance of Literature LIVE!’s The Selfish Gardner Puppet Show, hit up a storytime, a movie, play with Legos…. there’s much to choose from.

          Head to the ‘burbs to play at the new Spare Time facility in Pflugerville. Or drive even further north to Round Rock for some play time at Baby Earth.

          The folks at the Hill Country Science Mill have some special activities planned each day of the week during Spring Break!

          Happy Spring Breakin’!

          About the author: Catherine Prystup, founder of, is mom to three kids ranging in age from 17 to 4 years old. She enjoys exploring the city and helping to spread the word about the vast amount of family-friendly events and businesses in the greater Austin area.

          Looking for something fun to do with kids during Spring Break? It just so happens that this little festival called SXSW is going on at the same time with loads of family-friendly events taking place – many that do not require a badge! We’ve narrowed down the list to include some of our favorites that you won’t want to miss.

          SX Create

          Friday, March 11 – Sunday March 13, 11:00 am to 6:00 pm

          SX Create is a 3-day event at the Palmer Events Center where attendees can learn about new technologies that are changing our future, and what today’s innovators are making with those inventions. Technologies showcased in past years range from 3D printing to drones to biohacking. Suitable for older children.

          Youth Animation Workshop

          Saturday, March 12, 10:30 am to 3:30 pm

          Kids interested in animation will love this hands-on workshop, where they’ll learn stop-motion techniques with animator Jeanne Stern. Your $10 entry fee includes a pizza lunch, snacks, and beverages for the duration of the workshop. Attendance is limited to 18 students, and open to ages 10-18 years old.

          The PowerPuff Girls Horn Sweet Horn

          Monday, March 14, 8:00 pm to 9:00 pm

          Fans of the PowerPuff series will love this event, which includes a parade and a screening on the Long Center Terrace of new episodes from the series.

          Do512 Family Picnic

          Tuesday, March 15, 1:30 to 7:00 pm

          This family-friendly event features live music and entertainment from Magician Black Bert, Mayeux & Broussard, Kev Bev & the Woodland Creatures, Buyepongo, Hard Proof, and Folksongs & Puppets w/ Portland’s Red Yarn. Free admission subject to space.


          Toms One X One (A.M. and P.M.)

          March 15-19, 10 a.m. – noon and 5-8 pm

          Bring the family out to Toms on South Congress for tunes, crafts, music lessons and more daily from 10 am – noon. Come back in the evening for One X One P.M. for live music for all ages. FREE!



          Family Music Meltdown

          Wednesday, March 16, 3:00 pm to 7:00 pm

          365 Things Austin Family Top Pick! The third annual free family-friendly concert at the Pan Am Hillside in East Austin includes a stellar lineup of artists, activities for the kids ranging from trampolines for jumping to science activities with the Thinkery. Food trucks will be available but picnics are welcome.

          KGSR Live Broadcasts

          Wednesday, March 16 – Saturday, March 19, 6:00 am to 10:00 am (Saturday 8:00 am to 12:00 pm)

          The Avett Brothers, Chvrches, Borns and Bob Schneider are just a few of the musicians performing at this annual SXSW event. The first 300 guests to arrive will enjoy a free breakfast while listening to live broadcasts by official SXSW artists at the W hotel in downtown Austin. Performances will be held in the Great Room on the 2nd floor of the W. Your $5 donation to the Make-a-Wish foundation of Central and South Texas gets you entry.

          KUT Live at the Four Seasons

          Wednesday, March 16 – Saturday March 19, 7:00 am to 11:00 am (Saturday 8:00 am to 12:00 pm)

          Head over to the Four Seasons hotel in downtown Austin for a series of short sets and interviews with 16 of the hottest acts of SXSW this year. Entry fee is $10 for everyone 3 and above, which benefits the Seton Shivers Cancer Center. Included in the $10 admission is a breakfast taco and bottomless cup of coffee.

          South by San Jose

          Wednesday, March 16 – Saturday, March 19; times not available yet

          The San Jose hotel’s parking lot is transformed into a 5-day music festival with free live music, local vendors, and concessions.

          Lucy’s Fried Chicken Revival

          Wednesday, March 16 – Sunday, March 20; noon – 7 p.m. daily

          Head over to Lucy’s Fried Chicken on South Congress for five days of lip-smacking fried chicken, ice cold drinks and an unbeatable line-up of the very best of Texas and Americana music! Free, open to the public and family-friendly.

          MyMusicRX You Who Rock Show for Kids

          Thursday, March 17, 10 a.m. – noon

          For the fourth year in a row, Austin families are invited to rock out at the FADER FORT Presented by Converse. 100% of ticket sales will help MyMusicRx deliver the healing power of music to kids facing cancer and other serious illnesses, including locally at Dell Children’s Medical Center. Advance tickets are $20/adults or $25/day of show. Kids 10 and under are FREE but do require a $0 ticket. A VIP family-of-four-pack is available for $120 and includes complimentary breakfast, concert t-shirts, raffle tickets, and a special swag bag filled with sponsor gifts. All tickets include a pre-show kid’s craft zone, giant owl mascots.

          Quantum Collective Southwest Invasion

          Thursday, March 17 – Saturday, March 19; times not available yet

          This 3-day event takes place on the roof of Whole Foods downtown, right next to the playground!  The family-friendly all-ages music festival features over 30 performers.

          SXSW Outdoor Stage at Lady Bird Lake

          Thursday, March 17 – Saturday, March 19; times not available yet

          This SXSW official event is a series of free outdoor concerts for all ages at the Outdoor Stage at Lady Bird Lake (formerly Auditorium Shores). Tip: It can be crowded, and the only food allowed in are food and beverage items for kids under 5 years of age.

          SXSW Gaming Expo

          Thursday, March 17 – Saturday, March 19, 12:00 pm to 8:00 pm

          The SXSW Gaming Expo is a 3-day event at the Austin Convention Center where gamers can meet celebrities, watch live gaming tournaments, learn about new games in the market and the history of old ones, play a variety of games, and compete in a tournament, and have some fun at a cosplay tournament. Suitable for older children.


          All the Children Boogie

          Friday, March 18, 11:00 am to 4:30 pm

          365 Things Austin Family Top Pick! All the Children wiil surely boogie at this free tribute to David Bowie! Local kid favorites such as Joe McDermott and the Hey Lollies will be playing both their own songs and those of David Bowie, as well as an amazing lineup of local and national bands.

          Girls Rock SX Day Show

          Friday, March 18, 11:00 am to 9:30 pm

          Stop into Cherrywood Coffeehouse for this all-day show featuring female performers. The outdoor area is a great place for kids to play while you relax and take in the music.

          Peelander Fest

          Friday, March 18, 12:00 pm to 7:00 pm

          Peelander-fest hosts a free, all-ages show, all day at the Grackle on East 6th. Acts from as far away as Japan will be performing at the show, which ends with a performance by the headliner, Peelander-Z.


          Rock + Read

          Sunday, March 20, 1:00 pm to 5:30 pm

          365 Things Austin Top Pick! Close out spring break 2016 with the last free concert in our SXSW family music series! The music will be on the lawn at the Domain and storytime will be in the BookPeople tent closer to Dick’s Sporting Good. Kids and adults of all ages will hear favorites such as the Que Pastas and Mister G, enjoy storytime with local authors reading their own books, a craft-making station, and trampolines for shedding that extra energy.

          About the author: Amy Hardison moved to Austin in September of 2001.  She was born and raised in Manassas, Virginia, home of the first and second battles of of Manassas during the American Civil War, and sadly, Lorena and John Bobbitt.  After graduating from William & Mary in Virginia and a 15-year career working mainly for startups, Amy took a break from full-time work to focus her family.  She and her husband Michael have 2 children – Ruby, 5 ½, and Max, almost 2.  Amy enjoys traveling with and without her children, cooking new foods and trying new restaurants, competitive swing dancing, and learning new ways to keep her son Max from destroying her house.