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Camp Twin Lakes — where the everyday grind is wiped away and your sense of adventure and fun are renewed! We are here to make your kids feel welcome. To help them quickly realize this is a place where they belong and can be themselves. Try new things. Make new friends. And be a part of something great. Your kids will have an amazing experience this summer, all in a safe, inclusive and nurturing environment. Featuring a wide variety of both water and land activities, Camp Twin Lakes has something to excite everyone – whether it’s kids, families, church groups, executives or the truly young-at-heart.

Experience Overnight and Day Camp in the heart of Hill Country just minutes from Austin. Camp Twin Lakes is THE camp in Cedar Park. Situated on 55 acres of park land, it features 2 lakes, the Wet Willie Water Slide, canoeing, kayaking, swim beach, Aqua Park, pools, archery range, paintball field, sports complex, covered pavilions and 3 indoor lodges. Our themed camps have the power to change the course of a summer and help kids develop in positive ways. We provide a safe, supportive and fun environment filled with new activities every day — all in the great outdoors.

 

Dates: June 6 – July 28 (Summer Overnight Camps), May 30 – August 15 (Summer Day  Camps)

Location: 204 E. Little Elm Trl., Cedar Park, 78613

Cost: Day Camp, $188–$284;  Overnight, $375–$749

Website: camptwinlakes.ymcagwc.org

Contact: 512-250-9622 option 6

GIVEAWAY: Win a spot for your child in the YMCA Camp Twin Lakes Day Camp program! Valued at $200, this giveaway amount can also transfer to a an overnight camp spot. This giveaway is available for children ages 7-14 years old. The prize is non-transferable. All entries must be received by Friday, May 18 at 5 p.m. CST. To enter, complete the form below.

The Austin Scottish Rite Theater is bringing back a favorite for kids of all ages this spring! Bring the family to watch A Migrant’s Tale: Pancho Rabbit meets danger at every stage of his journey to find his missing Papa, but the greatest danger of all is his untrustworthy guide. Kids and grown-ups alike will be inspired by this resonant and powerful story. Original live music by Chris Ledesma and stunning renditions of Tonatiuh’s award-winning illustrations fill the Austin Scottish Rite stage.

From the original book by Duncan Tonatiuh, adapted for the stage exclusively for Austin Scottish Rite Theater, Pancho Rabbit and the Coyote is the winner of several awards including Pura Belpré Author and Illustrator Honor, Kirkus Best Books of 2013, Best Multicultural Children’s Books 2013, Notable Children’s Books from ALSC 2014 and others.

Enjoy the historic Austin Scottish Rite Theater, built in 1871 with its newly restored comfy seats and a gorgeously restored starry ceiling! Kids get the best seats in the house—on carpets close to the action. Open seating for all. Free show parking as available. Metered street parking also nearby. Tickets
available online and at the door.Location: Austin Scottish Rite Theater, 207 W 18th St., Austin

Tickets: Available online at https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3342588 until one
hour before show time, and then sold at the door. $12 general 12 and up; $8 children under 12; under 2 years free

Showtimes:
April 7, 8, 14, 15 at 11:00 am
April 21, 22, 28, 29 at 11:00 am and 12:30 pm

More Information: www.scottishritetheater.org

Facebook: www.facebook.com/austin.scottish.rite.theater/

Giveaway: Enter for a chance to win a family four pack of tickets to see Pancho Rabbit and the Coyote at the Austin Scottish Rite Theater. The winner picks which performance to attend. All you have to do is leave a comment or fill out the form below by 5:00 p.m. CST on Wednesday, April 11, 2018.

Ingredients:

1 classic story, myth or fairy tale
1 group of expert improvisers
1 audience full of great ideas

Combine all ingredients and mix together until you have a totally new hilarious story!

Saturdays and Sundays in August, Austin Scottish Rite Theater and Hideout Theatre present “Once Upon a Whaaa?!”, a fully improvised mashup of some of our favorite classic stories. The skilled improvisers from the Hideout Theatre will take the Scottish Rite stage to completely remix well-known stories using suggestions from the audience. Since it’s improvised, each show is totally unique, never seen before, never to be seen again!

What would happen if Prince Charming had to win a singing competition to wake Sleeping Beauty up? What if Snow White went on a road trip? Find out Saturdays and Sundays in August at 11:00 AM at Austin Scottish Rite Theater!

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Showtimes

Sat August 5 – 11:00 AM
Sun August 6 – 11:00 AM
Sat August 12 – 11:00 AM
Sun August 13 – 11:00 AM
Sat August 19 – 11:00 AM
Sun August 20 – 11:00 AM
Sat August 26 – 11:00 AM
Sun August 27 – 11:00 AM

Tickets: $12 adults, $8 children under age 12. Purchase online or at the door.

Giveaway: Enter here for a chance to win a family four pack of tickets to see Once Upon a Whaa?! The winner picks which performance to attend. All you have to do is leave a comment or fill out the form below by 9:00 a.m. CST on Friday, August 4, 2017.

Jumping. Fresh air. Outdoor fun for kids (and adults, too). Jump into spring on your very own Springfree Trampoline! And now, Springfree featuring tgoma makes it possible to please both parents and kids at the same time by offering screen time and active time together. That’s right, just imagine being able to give in when your child asks for more screen time without the guilt. Springfree featuring tgoma is an outdoor digital gaming system that allows kids that desired extra amount of time of their tablets while also giving parents the ease of knowing their kids are getting some outside active time as well.

With safety features, including no metal springs, lowered frame and safety nets with flexible rods to protect falls to the ground, Springfree Trampoline is one of the safest ones out there.

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Take advantage of this wonderful spring weather with a trampoline of your very own to jump on. The entire family will get exercise and will have fun while they’re at it! Springfree Trampoline wants you to get ready to go outside to JUMP! Enter to win a trampoline, valued at $2299!

Enter here –> http://www.springfreetrampoline.com/lp/austin-ready-set-go-2017

If you’d like to test out jumping on a Springfree Trampoline, be sure to visit them at their Austin store in The Domain, located at 3220 Amy Donovan Plaza, Suite 116. You can also visit them at one of these events around Austin during the week of Spring Break:

The historic Austin Scottish Rite Theater, built in 1871, is proud to bring you an exclusive staged production based on the beloved song, Puff, the Magic Dragon. Austin Scottish Rite Theater features newly restored seats, a gorgeous starry ceiling, and plenty of carpets for kids to sit on in front of the stage to be up close to the action!

Giveaway: Family Four Pack of Tickets to the Show of Your Choice

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With a new baby sister in the house and the family too busy to play with him, Jackie finds adventure with Puff in the fanciful Land of Honalee.

By special permission from its original authors/songwriters Peter Yarrow and Lenny Lipton. Puff, the Magic Dragon is a play for all ages with live music, puppets, and plenty of action!

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Where: Scottish Rite Theater, 207 w. 18th Street, Austin

When: Saturdays and Sundays in February at 11 am and 1 pm

Cost: General admission for 12 and up, $12, under 12, $8. Tickets are available for purchase online and at the door.

Parking: Free parking onsite with metered parking nearby

Welcome to the tenth day of our 12 Days of Christmas for Austin Families! Be sure to scroll down to the bottom for your chance to win some awesome Austin prizes. Good luck!

WHAT TO DO
On Saturday, December 17th, Santa Claus is coming to town and he’ll be at Top Golf! This time, he’s bringing his own cookies … and cocoa. Bring the little ones to get a complimentary photo taken with Santa, and receive a FREE holiday-themed gift and, of course, cookies and cocoa. Free for the first 200 kids playing at Top Golf!

When: Saturday, December 17, 2016, 9-11 a.m.
Where: Top Golf, 2700 Esperanza Crossing, Austin
More information: https://www.facebook.com/events/1882897758613638/

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WHAT TO BUY
A bike with a bow under the tree is a classic gift to give. Shop local this year when you buy a WOOM BIKE, an Austin company that focuses all of its time and energy on designing high quality and lightweight bikes for children of all ages. With attention to detail including safety, ergonomics, handling, design, and non-toxic parts to create environmentally friendly bikes for kids, these bikes are ideal for families looking to give their kids their first bike or an Upcycle option bike that grows with them. WOOM bikes are designed in Europe. Research & Development takes place in Austria, with the US headquarters located right here in Austin, Texas (5555 N. Lamar STE D101)!  For more information visit us.woombikes.com or follow WOOM BIKES USA on Facebook or Instagram @woombikesusa.

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WIN
(1) WOOM1 Balance Bike Bundle:  Includes WOOM 1 Balance bike (Red, blue, green or purple) + Plus Melon Helmet + Personalized Name Sticker + Anodized Bell, valued at $249. Winners can claim the prize of the package or apply the value of the package ($249) to any other bike purchase in the store. (2) A $50 gift card to Top Golf.

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Welcome to the sixth day of our 12 Days of Christmas for Austin Families! Be sure to scroll down to the bottom for your chance to win some awesome Austin prizes. Good luck!

WHAT TO DO
When the kids feel the need to play, hit up one of Catch Air’s two locations in the Austin area. Perfect for children ages 1-12 years old, these indoor play places make for the perfect antidote to the age old, “Mom, I’m bored!” issue. For the smaller kiddos in the family, separate play areas are perfect for those not quite big enough to take on the massive slides, ball pit, and climbing structures. For families with younger and older kids, this is the perfect place to satisfy the play needs for a wide age range. The Catch Air Round Rock location is brand new and offers an out of this world space-themed experience!

Planning a birthday party? Make it special by having it at Catch Air. Scroll down to enter to win a birthday party for up to eight children!

HERE’S THE DEAL
Present the coupon below for $2 off a child’s admission.

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When: Open daily
Locations:
Catch Air – Austin
13450 US-183 #107

Catch Air – Round Rock
1401 Interstate 35 Frontage Rd #130

WHAT TO BUY
Expedition Austin: A Kid’s Guide to the Weirdest Town in Texas 
is a brand new, locally-written book that can turn a ho-hum day into an interactive family adventure through Austin’s cool pools, rad family night sites, foolproof goof-off spots and quirky works of art. Its 120 colorful pages highlight 36 awesome local places like the Cathedral of Junk, Campbell’s Hole, Pinballz Arcade and the LBJ Library in chapters like “Wonder,” “Splash,” “Family Night,” and “Cool School.” Though it includes useful guidebook info like an event calendar and logistics, it is also full of kid-centric add-ons like fun facts, games and missions that make Expedition Austin much more than just a guide.

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 Looking to pick up a copy? Head to one of these Austin-area locations or order online.

WHERE TO GIVE
SafePlace and the Austin Children’s Shelter provides on-campus services for children, young adults and families affected by abuse, exploitation and neglect. Donations are currently being matched by former board members, so now is a great time to provide essentials for the men, women and children who have experienced assault or abuse and are spending their holidays in the shelter. Donating is easy and can be done online here. If you’re looking for a gift for someone who has it all, make a donation in their name as a Tribute gift!

WIN
(1) A birthday party for up to eight children at Catch Air, valid at either the Austin or Round Rock location, valued at $249.  (2) A signed copy of Expedition Austin.

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Welcome to the fifth day of our 12 Days of Christmas for Austin Families! Be sure to scroll down to the bottom for your chance to win some awesome Austin prizes. Good luck!

WHAT TO DO
The Hill Country Science Mill invites you to be a part of creating a monumental holiday mosaic. Join us at the Science Mill to be a part of the coolest mosaic ever made. Use your imagination and creativity to design your original piece that will fit into the 10×10 ft mosaic artwork. They supply the materials, you supply the artistic touch. Fun for all ages! Be sure to keep an eye on their Facebook page each day to see the the image come together. And while you’re there, explore the unique museum exhibits, customized avatar experience, interactive maker stations and our new 3D movie: Titans of the Ice Age.

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When: December 19-23 and December 26-30
Where: Hill Country Science Mill, 101 S. Lady Bird Lane, Johnson City
Cost: Free with admission

WHAT TO BUY
Give the gift of dance this holiday season! Ballet Austin’s Butler Center for Dance & Fitness is passionate about helping you to adopt a healthy and active lifestyle. Their high quality classes appeal to the diversity of our community with an offering of classes that are current and cutting edge for the beginner to the more advanced participant, and they strive to provide a meaningful, enjoyable, and memorable experience every time.
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HERE’S THE DEAL
Purchase a gift certificate* to Ballet Austin’s Butler Center for Dance & Fitness and give the gift that lasts. Receive 15% off any gift certificate* amount with promo code 12days.

*Gift certificates, once purchased, never expire, and may be redeemed at Ballet Austin’s Butler Center for Dance & Fitness. A wide variety of dance & fitness classes for adults. Offer expires 12/18/2016.

WHERE TO GIVE
The Texas Baptist Children’s Home, located in Round Rock, serves and strengthens children and families in the midst of crisis by offering grace, stability, and support. Children, and single mothers with their children, who come to TBCH are often orphans of circumstance – lost, hurting, and hopeless, without a place to turn for help during their time of greatest need. The residential and community-based programs provide a safe home and a stable family environment where they can learn, grow, and ultimately experience a happy, healthy future.

Looking to make gift donations for the families at Texas Baptist Children’s Home. You can find their wish list for items here.

WIN
Four passes to the Hill Country Science Mill.
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Welcome to the fourth day of our 12 Days of Christmas for Austin Families! Be sure to scroll down to the bottom for your chance to win some awesome Austin prizes. Good luck!

WHAT TO DO
The Austin Trail of Lights is one of those must-do holiday events in Austin. Take a leisurely stroll through the trail while taking in the 40 lighted displays with over 2 million lights! Holiday activities include an interactive kids’ area, photo opportunities including the famous rainbow tunnel, a visit with Santa, food and drinks, a carousel with some of the best views of Austin, and more. Take a break by the Yule log and reflect on the memories made at this year’s Trail of Lights.

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When: December 10-23, 2016, from 7-10 p.m. nightly; Zip Pass entry begins at 6pm.
Where: Zilker Park, Barton Springs Road, Austin
Cost: Free from December 10-16; General admission is $3 per person ages 12+ from December 17-23. Purchase tickets here in advance to avoid long admission lines at the gate.

WHAT TO BUY
When you give a gift membership to the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, you not only support their work in making a better world, you invite someone special to experience the outdoors. Delight your loved ones with a field brimming with bluebonnets, a swing under the canopy of a Texas live oak, the wonder of monarchs dancing among the goldenrods. Members enjoy free visits all year long, and with a Family Level Membership, two adults and their children or grandchildren can enjoy the wonders of every season together. Make memories building a fort in the Texas Arboretum. Make it a day in the Family Garden, learning about wildflowers, witnessing wildlife and splashing in Dino Creek. Join in on exclusive “Wild Family” events with behind-the-scenes tours, cave crawls and more. What’s better than a year of flowers? Give the gift of membership to your family or anyone on your list.

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HERE’S THE DEAL
Use the code “365Family” when you purchase gift memberships and the gift will come in a pretty box with extra passes, a limited edition magnet set and other goodies. Purchase by December 15 for delivery by December 24!

WHERE TO GIVE
The 18th annual Austin American-Statesman Season for Caring  is a partnership between the Statesman’s Editorial and Community Development departments to raise funds that will help families in need and the nonprofit agencies providing services to them. Cash and in-kind donations are used to buy gift cards for groceries, gas, clothing and household essentials; pay utilities; provide necessary medical and dental care; and fund higher education and technical training to allow these families to become self-sufficient. Since the campaign’s inception in 1999, in-kind donations have included everything from autos, home makeovers and new dentures to a state-of-the-art prosthesis and much more.

You can read the latest stories about Statesman Season for Caring families and then make a donation online.

WIN
(1) 10 Admission Passes to the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, valued at $100! Go wild and bring your friends on a field trip to the Center. Make it a play date, an epic picnic or be the best Secret Santa on the block! Learn more about visiting here. (2) A Platinum 2-pack of tickets to the Austin Trail of Lights, valued at $150. The Platinum packages include: Valet parking, Passes to the Trail of Lights, access to the park at 6:00 pm, drink tickets valid at bars throughout the park, ride passes for the Ferris wheel or carousel, and access to the Lounge in Zilker Village where you’ll find restrooms, cookies, cocoa and seating. Purchase required for ages 6 and over; children 5 and under are free with a ticketed Platinum adult.

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Welcome to the second day of our 12 Days of Christmas for Austin Families! Be sure to scroll down to the bottom for your chance to win some awesome Austin prizes. Good luck!

WHAT TO DO
Build a Gingerbread House at Foodie Kids…. a sweet, completely edible gingerbread house! Kids will embellish freshly made, fragrant Gingerbread Houses with candies, cereals, marshmallows and Royal Icing. Gingerbread Men, Hot Chocolate and Warm Cider will be served. Recipes included. A wonderful family event! Thanks to Foodie Kids for making it easier than ever. No mess, no cleanup. They do it all.

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When: December 10, 17 , 21, 22 and 23, 10-11 am

Cost: $45

WHAT TO BUY
Give the gift of looking good this holiday season. That’s right…. buy your friends and family gift cards to Birds Barbershop for the latest dos. Whether getting all gussied up for Aunt Pearl’s Ugly Christmas Sweater Party or just needing a trim to usher in the new year, a gift card would make a great present for friends and family members of all ages. With eight Austin-area locations, it’s convenient no matter which part of town you live in.

Here’s the DEAL: Buy a $25 gift card for only $20. Buy a $50 gift card for only $40. Gift cards must be purchased in the store.

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WHERE TO GIVE
Ballet Austin’s purpose is to create, nurture and share the joy of dance through classically innovative arts. But there’s so much more to what they do. Their community and education programs serve over 50,000 people each year. The Nutcracker School Shows program is one of these initiatives and brings 13,000 Central Texas elementary students to The Nutcracker each year. Its mission is to provide all children, regardless of financial capacity, the opportunity to see a live dance performance at a minimal cost. Teachers are provided with resources such as The Nutcracker Footnotes, a production-specific performance guide with pre- and post-performance details, activities and discussion points.

Help to share the joy of dance with our community. Learn more about Ballet Austin’s Community and Education programs and other ways to give.

WIN
A family four-pack of hair cuts at Birds Barbershop, any location, valued at $176 and a spot in a Gingerbread Workshop at Foodie Kids, winner’s choice of date unless the class is full, valued at $45.

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