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    The Inflatable Run & Festival Comes to Austin’s Travis County Expo Center on September 22, 2018

    1 Mile / 5K Inflatable Obstacle Course Includes Full Day of Entertainment with Costume Contest, Live Shows, Food Trucks, Carnival Games and a Gigantic Water Balloon Battle

    The most unique 5K run ever designed will be held at Austin’s Travis County Expo Center. The Inflatable Run is a family-friendly event featuring a mile-long course built entirely of kid-friendly, colorful, inflatable obstacles to duck under, bounce off, climb through, and slide down, which racers can run three times, for a total of 5K. The area will be packed with live music, food carts, carnival games, face painting, magic shows, inflatable Zorb balls to ride, a massive water balloon battle and a costume contest. Kids can also meet The Inflatable Run mascot, “Mr. Wacky”, who is, himself, an inflatable tube man. Ideal for families or even company gatherings, the Inflatable Run is suitable for all ages.

    DATE: September 22, 2018
    TIME: 8 AM – 4 PM
    LOCATION: Travis County Expo Center, TX 7311 Decker Lane, Austin TX 78724
    PRICES: Ticket prices start at $10 for adults and Free for youth under 12, depending on the ticket type

    The event benefits Just Care More, a non-profit dedicated to improving the lives of underprivileged, foster and special needs youth. Parents and kids will race through the inflatable obstacle course, dance to live music, or indulge in a tasty treat, all while knowing profits from the run will be donated to a charity helping at-risk youth learn life lessons thru the discovery of hobbies and passions.

    ATTRACTIONS INCLUDE (Subject to Local Availability):
    · 1 Mile / 5K Inflatable Obstacle Course
    · Face Painting & temporary tattoo booth
    · Magic Shows
    · Live Music
    · Inflatable Zorb Balls
    · Water Balloon Battle
    · Pedal Cart Races
    · Carnival Games like skee ball, high striker, basketball, and more
    · Meet & Greet with Mr. Wacky
    · Costume Contest with Great Prizes

    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 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

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

    More Information:


    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.

    Head to the A.B. Cantu/ Pan American Recreation Center on Saturday, December 17, 2016 for Pastries with Santa. There will be pictures with Santa, hot chocolate, crafts and giveaways.  This event is FREE and open to the public.


    What: Pastries with Santa
    When: Saturday, December 17th, 9 am – noon
    Where: A.B. Cantu Pan American Recreation Center, 2100 E. 3rd Street, Austin
    Cost: FREE

    Ah, the days of 14-hours-of-sunlight are winding down, and that can only mean one thing: summer is almost over. Okay, okay, the heat will stick around in Central Texas until well into what the calendar designates as “Fall”, but we say summer is over when the kids go back to school. So, what should you do with your remaining days of (theoretically) unstructured bliss? Make an end-of-summer-2012 bucket list, of course!

    Shore Club Volente Beach Waterpark

    Boasting a recent facelift, SCVB is a great family getaway on the shores of Lake Travis. Start off with a picnic (no uncooked foods, please) on their sandy beachfront and follow it up with a game of water volleyball or rent a wave runner. There are four waterslides of varying intensities, plus the Lazy Lagoon and Pirate Ship for little ones. Gator’s Crossing is a mini-ropes course and looks like a kid’s version of the TV show, Wipeout. Tickets start at $16. Open weekends, late- August to late-September.


    • Go to any local Randalls store to purchase your tickets and get $5 off regular admission 42″ & over tickets!
    • You get a refund on parking if you eat in the Shore Club restaurant, but it’s a bit fancy and they don’t allow wet people inside.
    • Oh, and don’t forget sunscreen!

    Austin Zoo and Animal Sanctuary

    The Austin Zoo began as a goat ranch! It slowly expanded to pigs, deer, donkeys, and ponies. Today they have a wide variety of exotic animals, including lions, lemurs, and something called a Binturong. The zoo’s mission is to provide sanctuary to animals in need through rescue, rehabilitation and education. That leads to a somewhat older animal population than you might be used to at a traditional zoo. Be ready to share with your children the importance of caring and responsibility, instead of merely ooooo-ing and awww-ing at exotic animals. The Austin Zoo has daily, regular hours from 9:30-6 and winter hours from 10-5:30. Admission is cheaper than going to see a movie, starting at $5.


    • Call ahead to find out when feeding time is; that’s when the animals will be most active.
    • Skip the stroller, Mama, unless it is equipped with larger wheels.
    • Bring a picnic lunch!

    Big Bounce and JumpoLine Park

    For all your bouncing needs, Austin has Big Bounce, an inflatable playground, and JumpoLine Park, a building full of trampolines! You can find JumpoLine in Wells Branch and South Austin. They allow all-ages to jump, so, Parents, you get to have fun too! If you want a more structured activity, they offer basketball, dodgeball, and BangBang courts. Big Bounce, in Cedar Park, is like a really big, blow-up fort for kids 10 and under. They have really, really inexpensive admission and allow your child all-day access.


    • Check their websites for current specials.

    For additional ideas, check out Zilker Botanical Gardens, Hamilton Pool, and the Mayfied Park Peacocks.

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