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.
When: December 10, 17 , 21, 22 and 23, 10-11 am
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.
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 Showsprogram 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.
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.
WHAT TO DO Spin around the roller rink at Playland Skate Center! With a state of art sound system pumping out tunes in the 27,500 square foot rink, the entire family will have a blast skating and burning off some energy. Worried about how to entertain the kids when they are out of school for Winter Break? Playland will be open daily (excluding Christmas Eve and Christmas day) starting Monday, December 19 through January 2, 2017.
Cost: $8.00 per person includes roller skates
Where: Playland Skate Center, 8822 McCann Drive, Austin
WHAT TO BUY Tickets to a show at ZACH Theatre! Perfect for husbands, wives, sons and daughters, coworkers, grandparents and more, tickets to see A Christmas Carol – A Rockin’ Family Musical would make a great gift for anyone on your list.
Running from November 23 – December 31, 2016 in ZACH Theatre’s Topfer Theatre, A Christmas Carol – A Rockin’ Family Musical by Charles Dickens is Austin’s newest and most rockin’ holiday tradition! Each year, ZACH’s A Christmas Carol features new hit songs and reimagined carols that create an infectious spirit that will have everyone dancing in the aisles. ZACH’s fresh and inspired adaptation of Charles Dickens’ beloved classic juxtaposes the traditional Victorian setting and costumes with a modern musical score that spans all genres. Come celebrate the season with three soulful ghosts, the Cratchit family’s boundless love, and Ebenezer Scrooge’s miraculous and joyous transformation. Recommendation: Six and up. Tickets start at $25.
WHERE TO GIVE The Saint Louise Houseprovides housing and essential services in Austin to women with children who are experiencing homelessness. While their Christmas wish list is taken care of this year, they do need gift cards to various stores to help the families with their needs throughout the year. Some suggestions for which stores they need gift cards to: HEB, Target, Walmart. With 100 families on their wait list, making a cash donation (via mail or credit card online) is also a great way to help. Find more information here.
WIN A family four-pack of tickets to the December 17 matinee performance of A Christmas Carol: A Rockin’ Family Musical, valued at $260 and admission for a family of four to Playland Skate Center.
In the spirit of giving, the folks from Springfree Trampoline are giving 365 Things to do in Austin readers another chance to win a trampoline, just in time for Christmas!
As we approach the holiday season, Springfree Trampoline wants to provide one Austin family with the “Best Gift Ever” — a FREE Springfree Trampoline. Between now and November 30, 2016, you can enter for a chance to win a Large Oval Trampoline, FlexrHoop™ (basketball hoop), and FlexrStep™ (ladder), plus delivery and installation*. (A total value of $2,646.)
Springfree Trampoline, Manufacturers of the world’s first “Smart Trampoline” is located in the Domain. Sensors on the trampoline mat connect via Bluetooth® to your tablet. Using your body as a controller, the sensors track your movement creating an interactive experience. With games to exercise both the body and brain tgoma encourages families to go outside and be active.
Entering is easy! Complete the form below by midnight on Thursday, December 1, 2016. Good Luck! Only one entry per household. Must be at least 18 years old to enter. The prize holds no cash value and cannot be exchanged. A winner will be contacted via email and given 24 hours to respond to claim the prize. If no response is received, a new winner will be chosen.
*Free delivery and installation within 45 miles of any Springfree store. Fees and restrictions may apply.
What’s more American than baseball and fireworks? Join Round Rock Express as they celebrate a special Red, White & Blue Weekend to celebrate America’s Independence Day.
The Round Rock Express vs. Iowa Cubs games are scheduled for July 1, 2, and 3rd at 7:05 pm. Enjoy the game, munch on a hot dog or some delicious food and sip an ice cold beer. Then, stay for the fireworks after the last inning!
If you’ve never experienced a Round Rock Express baseball game, you and your family are in for a treat. The excitement, the excellent selection of food and drinks, the music and cheering, combined with two grassy lawn areas and a Fun Zone with a playground for the kids…. it all adds up to good, old fashioned family fun time!
On July 1st, wear red to red out the ballpark. On July 2nd, wear white to white out the ballpark, and July 3rd, wear blue to blue out the ballpark. On the 3rd, the team will be wearing patriotic blue jerseys that will be auctionedr off to benefit the 100 Club of Central Texas. July 3rd is also kids day, which means post-fireworks, all kids 12 and under will run the bases.
Three winners will receive four infield reserved seat tickets to each of the games on July 1, July 2, July 3.
What do you have to do to win?
Complete the form below by 9 pm CST on Monday, June 27, 2016. The winners will be chosen randomly and notified by email with 24 hours to respond to claim prize. The tickets hold no cash value. Tickets cannot be transferred or redeemed for different dates. Must be 18 years or older to enter.
Sample the delectable fares from restaurants from The Domain and north Austin at the 9th Annual Taste of North Austin on Saturday, June 11, 2016, from 11am to 4pm. In addition to the food and drink samples, this all-day family-friendly event also has free live music, children’s entertainment, and of course, fabulous shopping.
Aromas of the various cuisines will fill Domain II, enticing guests to sample fares from local restaurants while families can experience the one-of-a-kind children’s play areas and green space in the Domain II.
Family-Friendly Activities Include:
Fun with Springfree Trampoline
Live music by Austin Party Band
Participating Restaurants Include:
Black Walnut Cafe
The Brass Tap
California Pizza Kitchen
Copper Restaurant & Dessert Lounge
CRU Food & Wine Bar
Dos Chivos Mexican Restaurant
Fleming’s Prime Steak House & Wine Bar
Maggiano’s Little Italy
McCormick & Schmick’s Seafood
Mia Italian Tapas & Bar
Nothing Bundt Cakes Arboretum
Punch Bowl Social
The League Kitchen & Tavern
Tiff’s Treats Cookie Delivery
Tony C’s Pizza
Urban – an American Grill
When: Saturday, June 11, 2016
Time: 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Where: The Domain, Phase II between Dick’s Sporting Goods and Dillard’s
11410 Century Oaks Terrace
Austin, TX 78758
Cost: Live music and children’s entertainment are free. Food samplings and VIP access will require wristbands. Beer and wine will be available for purchase at select restaurant booths. Wristbands include 10 tastes will be available for $20 at The Domain’s Simon Guest Services or at the event.
Go big this year with a VIP experience! Receive a goody bag, complimentary drinks and access to the VIP lounge with VIP tickets for an additional $15.
Taste tabs will double as “votes” for a restaurant’s partner charity. The winning charities will receive a Simon Gift card donation.
Would you like to win two wristbands to Taste of North Austin? We’re giving away two wristbands to two lucky readers! What do you have to do to win? Complete the form below by midnight on Thursday, June 9, 2016. Two winners will be chosen randomly and contacted via email. The prize holds no cash value and can not be transfered. Must be 18 years or older to enter.
Bounce Into Spring On The World’s Safest Trampoline
Jumping. Fresh air. Outdoor fun for your kids. Get it all on a Springfree trampoline.
You want to be the best mom ever. But you know that kids aren’t always thinking about safety. That’s why Springfree Trampoline has created the safest trampoline in the world. Our springless design has eliminated the impact areas that cause 90% of all product-related trampoline injuries!
How did they create the safest trampoline?
They removed the springs and replaced them with mat rods.
They moved the frame below the jumping surface making it impossible to fall on.
They added safety nets with flexible rods to protect from falls to the ground.
They’ve gone to great lengths to reduce the chance of injury to give you peace of mind. When your kids are on a Springfree trampoline you know they’re playing safe.
THE BEST PART? They are giving away a Large Oval Springfree Trampoline and FlexrStep (ladder), plus delivery and installation. A prize package worth $2,097! See details on how to enter below.
Looking for something fun and free to do with the kids? Springfree is hosting Get Fit with BAM Academy on April 9th from 12-5pm. Then, stick around for a free concert on the Lawn! All at The Domain.
For the little dancers in the family, a summer camp at Ballet Austin may be just the thing that will continue to inspire your little one during the summer months!
*Details on how to enter the giveaway at end of post.
Image courtesy of Ballet Austin
All camps at Ballet Austin are grouped by age and include the following for Summer 2016:
Imagination in Motion Camp
Adventure Under the Sea or A Wildlife Safari Bring your imagination and let’s put it in motion! The Adventure Under the Sea Camp takes kids on an underwater journey as they dive into a world of jellyfish, dolphins, octopi, and turtles. And The Wildlife Safari takes kids on a journey through jungles, deserts, and forests as they discover many exciting animals of the wild.
Interactive and participatory, each day the children will bring something home. It may be in their hands, in their heads, or in their hearts. Or maybe all three!
Dates & Time:
June 20–24, 2016: 9:30am–12:00pm (Adventures Under the Sea); August 1–5, 2016: 9:30am–12:00pm (A Wildlife Safari)
The Broadway Kids Camp
Broadway Favorites or Disney Favorites The Broadway Kids, is a fun-filled week discovering the many aspects of musical theatre. Children will learn kid-friendly choreography and favorite songs from well-known Broadway musicals including Broadway Favorites or Disney Kids on Broadway.
All children come together at the end of the week for one fun musical show in Ballet Austin’s AustinVentures StudioTheater!
Dates & Time:
June 13–17, 2016: 9:00am–12:15pm (Broadway Favorites); August 8–12, 2016: 9:00am–12:15pm (Disney Favorites)
A Dance Discoveries Camp
Tchaikovsky Classics The Dance Discoveries Tchaikovsky Classics Camp is designed to give children the opportunity to discover dance and movement, create visual arts and learn about famed ballets such as Swan Lake and The Nutcracker.
Dates & Time:
August 15–19, 2016: 8:30am–12:00pm
The Broadway Experience
Musical Theater The Broadway Experience focuses on the ins and outs of musical theatre with a grand finale showcase. This camp will include improvisation, theatrical games, learning lines, and plenty of singing and dancing, all wrapped around the music of iconic Broadway shows!
Students will participate in an informal performance for friends and family showcasing all they learned at camp. Each student will receive a free camp t-shirt.
Dates & Time: TBD
Image courtesy of Ballet Austin
Win a spot in one of Ballet Austin’s 2016 Summer Camp! Winner’s choice.
Enter by ‘liking’ 365ThingsAustinFamily on Facebook or following on Instagram. Enter both for two chances to win!
Fast cars and live music by Denny Herrin; we’ve got your Saturday night sorted out.
If you haven’t already paid a visit to Central Texas Speedway, located just 25 miles South of Austin in Kyle, this weekend is the one to do it!
For this weekend only, when purchasing two general admission tickets, you’ll get the second one free to this Saturday’s stock car race – The Classic Kyle 250. Just enter racing2015 when purchasing your tickets here!
Be sure to also stay tuned for a sweet give-away on our Instagram Page! Central Texas Speedway will have 4 all-access passes ($70 value each) up for grabs and we’ll be choosing the lucky winners.
When: 6:00 pm Saturday, September 12th (Doors at 3:00 pm)
Where: Central Texas Speedway 24801 IH 35 Kyle, TX 78640
About Central Texas Speedway
You can find fast and furious fun for the whole family at Central Texas Speedway, a local track in Kyle, Texas. Central Texas Speedway features several classes of cars in extreme side-by-side racing. The track is one of Texas’ best 3/8-mile, asphalt oval, short tracks and there’s not one bad seat in the house. Get up close to the real action in the general admission bleacher stands or experience the races in style by booking one of the track’s recently renovated Suites.
The Texas Rollergirls bouts are one of the most raved about “things to do” in Austin, and for good reason. This Saturday is the second matchup of their 2014 season!
Saturday is your chance to come out and see what all the fun is about. This is a very family friendly event, and fans are encouraged to come early and take pictures with the girls. Don’t miss out on the excitement!
Here is a fun video they made to get you in the rollergirl spirit!
To win a pair of tickets to Saturday’s games: share, comment or like this post & tell us who you would take. Winner will be chosen using random.org on Thursday.