Where to Get Wet in South Austin

 Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Dick Nichols Pool
For families with kids, there's one thing that makes Austin bearable in the sweltering summer months, when school is out, the days are long and it's unbelievably hot — and I don't mean hiring a babysitter so you can go see a movie or sip a frozen 'rita. I'm talking free fun...family fun... That's right — I'm talking about swimming! All day, every day! Splash pad, neighborhood pool, sprinklers in the back yard, it doesn't matter — when it's summer in Austin, all is well as long as you get wet at some point during the day, and reset your internal temperature just enough to bear the heat for another sunrise.

Here's the not-so-good news: Almost all of Austin's public pools are set to close after August 24, 2014, which is right around the corner. And then school starts up again. School! Go ahead and have a good cry about that fact (or do a happy dance, depending on your perspective); I'll wait.

Ricky Guerrero Splash Pad
You're back? Oh, good! So, the fact is, there's less than a month left for swimming and splashing fun in the sun. If you're willing to drive all over town, there are probably enough free pools and splash pads in Austin to visit a different one every single day for the rest of the summer. If you're a Southie, like me, and you like staying south, you already know there's a dearth of splash pads on our side of the river. In fact, there are only a handful that I know of:
I took Pearl to the Ricky Guerrero splash pad in the early evening on a sunny Tuesday, and there weren't too many other kids there — just enough to make it fun, but not so many that it felt too crowded. This splash pad is tucked away in a cute little neighborhood off W. Mary Street, just east of S. Lamar. The splash pad area is wonderfully shady, perfect for the heat of summer. 


The playground next to Ricky Guerrero splash pad; see the cannon?
There is also a playground near the splash pad that has, of all things, a metal cannon!! The playground was not shaded at all, and the cannon was too hot for Pearl to climb on when I took her — plus, you know, she's not really into cannons especially; but I can imagine there must be lots of little kids who would love to scramble all over that thing.

So, those are the only splash pads and fountains I know of that are south of the river. However, South Austin also has a scattering of great public pools. Pearl and I also visited the pool at Dick Nichols Park, near our 'hood. We loved the cool fishy murals that greeted us at the pool's entrance as well as the ones painted on the walls inside.

Cool fishy mural at entrance to Dick Nichols Pool
Man, that pool is enormous! (See photo at the top of this post.) There are lap lanes on the far side, plus a large area that is 3.5 feet deep for recreational swimming. There is also a circular kiddie pool, which is where Pearl and I spent most of our time. It's only 1.5 feet deep, perfect for my toddler, and is mostly enclosed by an iron fence, so Pearl could get out and trot around a bit without her mama worrying too much about her running off to the bigger pool.

The water in both the kiddie pool and the main pool was warm like a bath. It wasn't the most refreshing temperature, until we got out — then we were actually a little chilly in the breeze! We definitely enjoyed the pool at Dick Nichols Park, but here are a handful of caveats:
  • I recommend wearing flip-flops or water shoes, especially if you're going to use the restrooms, which are kind of, well...as Pearl put it, when we walked through — "Dirty, mama, dirty!"
  • There is not much shade anywhere inside the pool area, so be sure to bring your sunscreen and sun hat.
  • There isn't really anyplace to put your things besides on the concrete or the grass, so leave your valuables at home, and don't bring anything you don't want to get splashed. You might also want to bring a chair in a bag if you want a place to sit other than on the ground or in the water.
  • There is one picnic table inside next to the kiddie pool, and it is shaded. But just the one.
Kiddie pool at Dick Nichols
Along with the pool and the waterscape, Dick Nichols Park also has an awesome playground — but like the pool, most of it isn't shady — and some amazing trails for hiking and biking.

Most likely, the above caveats about the pool at Dick Nichols would apply to most of the public pools around town. Following is a list of all the neighborhood pools in Austin that are south of the river. All the city pools listed below are FREE and open daily for recreational swimming from 11 AM – 8 PM through August 24, 2014. (Most pools also have dedicated hours for lap swimming and swim lessons; check out the full city pools schedule for more information.)
Ready to swim at Dick Nichols Pool
Do you know of any other free, fun places to get wet in South Austin? If you do, please leave a comment and tell us about it!




Catherine A. Morris is a writer as well as a once-and-future teacher, musician, jogger and triathlete living in southwest Austin, Texas. Yes, most of her former passions and pastimes have given way, at least for now, to her current, main passion and pastime: caring for her two kids, toddler Pearl and baby Zephyr. Pearl and Zeph make Catherine and her husband laugh (and cry) on a daily basis, and give Catherine plenty of good reasons to seek out free, fun activities to keep everyone alive, engaged and happy from one moment to the next.

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Austin Nature & Science Center Bingo Cards


Our family has been to the Nature and Science Center more times than I can count.  I think we're pretty lucky here in Austin to have a fantastic free place where kids can play, learn, and explore inside and out.  I wanted to come up with another excuse to take my kids there, so I made this printable game of Nature Bingo to take along with us and play while we were at the Center.  It worked great with my kids, so I thought I would share it!   


Here are some directions and tips on how to play:

  • There are five unique cards, so you can play with up to five players (or play multiple games). 
  • Use a pen to cross off each item as you find it, or if you have round, price stickers, we found that those worked really well for marking the squares. (I held the stickers, and the kids asked me for them as needed.) 
  • We played that the first person to get three in a row was the first winner, and the second winner was the one to fill their whole card. 
  • There are multiple ways to find many of the objects. For example, you can find a turtle shell in the Trade Counter indoors, or you could spot a shell on a live turtle in the pond. 
  • This game would probably work best with kids age 4-9. 
  • If your children haven't yet been to the Nature and Science Center, I recommend visiting a few times before trying the game. If the place is new for them they will want some time to just play and explore. Plus, I think it's a little less overwhelming when kids already have an idea of some of the places they might look for the things on their sheet. 
  • I tried to pick objects that will be at the Center no matter the season, so you can play all year. 
  •  Have fun!
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Admission to the Austin Nature and Science Center is free. To read more about visiting the Center with kids, head over here.

Austin Nature and Science Center
301 Nature Center Dr
Austin, TX 78746


Katey writes about activities for families and children at Having Fun at Home. You may also enjoy posts Katey has written about exploring the Bee Cave Sculpture ParkBarton Creek Greenbelt, Longview Park, Austin's Superlative Landmarks, the Elisabet Ney Museum, and Oakwood Cemetery. She has also written about taking kids to explore fun Austin stores like Callahan's, The Natural Gardener, Nature's Treasures, and Zoo Keeper Exotic Pets.

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Giveaway: Birthday Party at Hop N Happy

 Tuesday, July 29, 2014


If you're on the lookout for some air conditioned entertainment, North Austin's brand new "play headquarters," Hop N Happy, is the place to be!  Hop N Happy opened its doors this past Saturday and now daily invites active young bouncers and climbers to come wear themselves out!  I took my energetic crew yesterday morning and they had a blast trying all the shiny, new play equipment.

Located on Anderson Mill Road between Highway 183 and Ranch Road 620, Hop N Happy opened in the space that used to house Extreme Fun.  The layout might look familiar, but the facility has been completely renovated.  The owners of Hop N Happy, local parents Wes and Rebecca Gunn, gutted the space before laying new carpet and tile, painting and adding colorful decor, and purchasing all new furniture. The 9,000-square-foot space is so bright and clean, and is now filled with six brand new indoor play center certified inflatables!


Ideal for children ages 2 - 10, Hop N Happy offers a nice variety of play equipment. Kids can bounce to their hearts’ content in the Funtopia playground, have a friendly race in the obstacle course, fly down the 20’ double slide, and perfect their aim on the sports shootout. 

Bigger kids will migrate toward the three huge inflatables with slides and rock climbing walls. The preschool set will enjoy exploring two slightly smaller inflatables, where only children age 5 and under are allowed to play. All ages will have fun throwing balls, jumping in the foam pit, and flying down a slide built into the hillside.  

If you remember the ol' lava pit from Extreme Fun, you'll be glad to hear that Hop N Happy's is greatly improved. Padding has been added for safety and steps on the inside of the pit make it easier to exit. 

Best of all, the old foam was thrown out and replaced with 2250 new covered balls called Rounders. Rounders are conical foam shapes that provide a softer, safer landing.  They are also pretty great for stacking. My six-year-old enjoyed building towers in the pit.  (My one-year-old preferred throwing the Rounders down the hill and slide.) 

While the kids play, parents can lounge in the Adult Party Room with the Longhorn Network and free Wi-Fi. Hop N Happy will soon be adding seating in the main play area as well.  

It's a nice size space - big enough to keep kids moving, but small enough that you can monitor them with minimal effort. As a parent who prefers sitting to chasing, I appreciated the wide-open layout that allowed me to see all of the inflatables at once. 

Two more parent-friendly perks that Hop N Happy offers: You can buy snacks and drinks from the front desk, or you can bring your own! Plus, a cozy Mother's Room is furnished with rocking chairs and changing tables, for taking care of baby.

Hop N Happy welcomes kids for Open Bounce seven days a week, from open to close. (See below for business hours.) Just don't forget your socks!

Now through the end of August, guests can enjoy a Grand Opening Special of $2 off regular admission:
  • Ages 5 & Under - $6.75 $4.75 + tax 
  • Ages 6 to 10 - $8.75 $6.75 + tax 
  • Adults - FREE
  • Call for the group rate (10+ kids)
Also in celebration of their Grand Opening, Hop N Happy would like to give one lucky Free Fun in Austin reader a free birthday party package (valued at $229)! Parties include one hour of play to get started, then 45 minutes in a private room with a dedicated party hopper to assist you and your guests.

To enter to win the birthday party package, simply fill out the form below.  For a bonus entry, be sure to like Hop N Happy on Facebook! One winner will be selected using random.org on Tuesday, August 5, 2014 and notified by email. 

If you cannot see the form, please visit the original post to enter



Hop N Happy
10401 Anderson Mill Road
Suite 110A
Austin, Texas 78750
Phone: 
(512) 215-0898


Open Bounce Hours:

Monday - Friday: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Sunday: 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. 


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Clothing Exchange and Donation Drive


A clothing swap is a fun, budget-friendly way to trade the clothes, shoes, and accessories that you no longer wear for new-to-you outfits!

Head to First Baptist Church in downtown Austin on Saturday, August 16, 2014 for the annual Clothing Exchange and Donation Drive, benefiting local foster families. From 9 a.m. to noon, the public is invited to "bring what you can and take what you need." You do not need to be a foster family to participate. 

If you do have foster children, you are invited to shop without bringing anything to donate.

Please visit the event website for more information.

First Baptist Church
9th and Trinity
Austin, Texas

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Clothing Swap at HOPE Farmers Market


On the first Sunday of each month, The Austin Clothes Exchange hosts a free clothing swap at HOPE Farmers Market.  This weekend, on Sunday, August 3, 2014, from noon - 3 p.m., bring your gently used clothes and shoes to be swapped. The swap is free and open to the public. 

For more information, visit the Facebook event page

412 Comal Street
Austin, TX 78702

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Back to School Clothing Swap

As you prepare for the new school year, why not clean out your closets and share what you no longer need with others?  On Saturday, August 2, 2014, from 9 a.m. - noon, you can exchange those unwanted clothes for new ones at the Back to School Clothes Swap! 

What to do:

  1. Pre-sort your clothing donations by type and size at home. Infant to adult clothing in good condition will be accepted at the swap.
  2. When you arrive at the swap, place presorted clothing on marked tables.
  3. Then, you can shop for free from others' donations!
This is a free event where you bring what you can and take what you need. 



Leftover items will be donated to FreeStore Austin

For more information, visit the Facebook event page or email raairhart@gmail.com.

Crestview United Methodist Church
1300 Morrow St
Austin, Texas 78757

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Jazz Up Your Date Night at Brass House

In Austin, we're lucky to have access to a huge amount of free live music. And not just some kid mangling "Stairway to Heaven" on his guitar-- really good free live music. Blues, country western, alternative, classical, you name it.

I recently discovered a great free music option: the weekly jam session at Brass House.


If you haven't heard of Brass House, don't feel bad. It's a relatively new jazz bar located on Brazos and 2nd Street. Brass House is similar to the Elephant Room but it's bigger, brighter, cleaner, and a little quieter. (In short, it's much less of a dive.)


Every Wednesday evening starting at 9:00, Brass House holds a jam session where any musician can come play. A four-piece jazz band hosts the evening, playing a few songs on their own and then playing backup for the other musicians.

The quality of the playing is fantastic. The last time I went to the jam session, an elderly man called "Captain Joe" got on stage and blew everyone away with his trumpet skills.


Brass House offers a very extensive drink menu. A draft beer costs around $4, a glass of wine costs about $8, and a cocktail costs around $10. Their cocktails are a bit pricey, but just about everyone there had one in hand so they must be good. Plus, you're not paying for the entertainment.


Going out for dinner downtown and then heading to Brass House for music and drinks would be an amazing date night. You live in (or near) the "live music capital of the world," so go take advantage of it!

Brass House Website
115 San Jacinto Blvd
Austin, Texas


 


Laura Arnold lives in Central Austin and works for a local tech company. She spends her free time eating an unhealthy amount of queso, buying Groupons and instantly regretting them, and reviewing activities for her blog, Austinite Tips.

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1960s Day at The Bullock Museum


Don your best hippie attire and head to the Bullock Museum on Sunday, August 3, 2014 for 1960s Day!  Enjoy free admission all day and 1960s fun from noon - 3 p.m. 

Travel backward to the 1960s and explore this wild decade with fun for families. Kids will make their own wearable 1960s art, explore 1968 with exhibit guides just for them, and much more. Hippie attire encouraged!

The schedule:
  • Noon - 6 p.m. - Free First Sunday! Enjoy free admission from noon - 6 p.m. Families can explore the Story of Texas through three floors of exhibits that showcase artifacts from around the state. 
  • Noon - 3 p.m. - Special family programs combine art creation, presentations by partner organizations, and gallery activities.
For more information, visit the Bullock Museum website.  

To read about Heidi Okla's visit to the 1968 exhibit at the Bullock, click here.

Bullock Texas State History Museum
1800 N. Congress Ave.
Austin, Texas 78701

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Make a Free Pencil Holder at The Home Depot


The Home Depot invites kids to get ready for school by making a mini-crate pencil holder. On Saturday, August 2, 2014, from 9 a.m. to noon, stop by your local Home Depot for this free, hands-on workshop. 

These workshops, designed for kids ages 5 to 12, teach children do-it-yourself skills, tool safety and instill a sense of pride and accomplishment. All kids get to keep their craft, and receive a free certificate of achievement, a Workshop Apron, and a commemorative pin. 


For more information, and to register online, visit The Home Depot website.

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2014 Barton Springs Fest


The 2nd Annual Barton Springs Fest is coming up on Saturday, August 9, 2014, from 8 a.m. - 7 p.m.  Join the S.O.S. (Save Our Springs) Alliance at Barton Springs Pool for outdoor adventure, snorkeling tours, hikes, and live music on the south hill. There will also be free watermelon, a diving competition, educational speakers and workshops. 


What to expect:
  • 8 a.m. - Blessing of the Springs (shores of the pool)
  • 8:30 - 10:30 a.m. - Eco-Snorkel Tours (by reservation only - email sosinfo@sosalliance.org)
  • 9:30 a.m. - Yoga at the Springs class (outside back gate, under the big tree)
  • 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Music by Mr. Habitat, Bill Oliver, balloon art and endangered species activities for kids (near the shallow end of the pool)
  • 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Poets by the Pool (by the statue at the front gate)
  • 4 - 7 p.m. - Music by Dave Madden BandMinor Mishap Marching Band, and Atash (south hill)
While the Fest activities are free, events that take place within the gates of the pool require that you pay admission to Barton Springs Pool ($1-$4). Also, $5 will be charged to park in Zilker Park, starting at 8 a.m. on Saturday.

Visit the S.O.S. website for more information. 

Outside Back Gate and South Hill Area
2201 Barton Springs Rd.
Austin, TX 78704

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Purple Martin Roost Near Highland Mall

 Monday, July 28, 2014

Everyone's familiar with the Congress Avenue bats, but have you heard of the Highland Mall Purple Martins? No? Well, until spotting a blurb about them on my Facebook feed Friday afternoon, I hadn't either. Come to find out, Purple Martins have been using the oak trees around Highland Mall as their pre-migration roost site for decades. The birds come to North America to nest and breed, then they hang around until their young are big enough to make the long flight back to South America. During this period, they spend their days feeding on flying insects all day before gathering--in dramatic fashion--in the oaks near the mall for the night. My family and I headed down there after dinner Saturday evening to watch the show.


We arrived around 8:15 and were surprised by the size of the crowd already gathered. We parked across Highland Boulevard from the Jack in the Box where the Martins are currently roosting, set up our lawn chairs, and joined the festive bird-watching fun. For the first thirty minutes or so, my boys were decidedly underwhelmed. There were some birds around by then but not many and they were still very high in the sky. Fortunately, our parking spot provided great views of the new ACC construction site, the MetroRail tracks, a bus stop, and the airport's flight landing path--all great distractions for my antsy kiddos.
There was a really festive tail-gating sort of atmosphere, especially once we crossed over to the packed parking lot directly behind Jack in the Box. Many folks had spread out picnic dinners, there were lots of friendly dogs around, and the temperature was surprisingly mild after a blazing hot day. Around 8:40, the bird action really picked up. The number of birds seemed to grow exponentially by the minute as they dropped lower in the sky and began their fancy flying. At times, the birds' flight looked like a choreographed routine. How do hundreds of thousands of birds coordinate their movements so gracefully? The visual spectacle was phenomenal but the sound was amazing too--sort of an electrical hum produced by the energy of so many flapping wings.


The intensity of the birds' acrobatics kept building until about 9:00 when, within the span of just a few minutes, all of the birds landed in the trees. At that point, we could see the branches pulsing as the birds got settled in for the night. My seven year-old described their chirping and rustling like the sound of a giant rain stick. He followed that up by saying, "This was way cooler than I expected that it would be!" My three year-old added, "The birds were like a birthday cake." I am unsure how the two things are related but I do know that the boy loves birthday cake, so I'd consider that a glowing review.


According to the Travis Audubon Society, the number of Purple Martins at Highland Mall builds until late July, then drops gradually until they're all gone in mid to late August. The birds are currently roosting in front of the Jack in the Box at 6419 Airport Blvd (corner of Airport Blvd and Highland Mall Blvd). Get there soon for the best show.



In her life before kids, Emily held jobs as a zookeeper, a middle school teacher, and a tour bus driver in the wilds of Montana--not one of which prepared her for the adventures of motherhood. Now she’s living the good life in Austin with her husband, two sons and a Great Dane. When she’s not off gallivanting with her boys, you might find Emily baking up a mean batch of cupcakes, recalling obscure 80s song lyrics, or dreaming of peace and quiet.

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Top 5 FREE Events (Jul 28 - Aug 1, 2014)

 Sunday, July 27, 2014


Thanks to KXAN for sharing our top picks for free weekday fun:

  1. The Wine Down - Monday, July 28 from 5-7:00 p.m. La Condesa will be on-site providing food samples while guests enjoy happy hour priced glasses featuring Thorny Rose Wines. Music by Riders Against the Storm will be emceed by KGSR. Check out pop-up shops and merchandise giveaways from retailers around the 2nd Street neighborhood. Children under 21 must be accompanied by an adult. FREE! ACL Live at The Moody Theater, 310 Willie Nelson Blvd, Austin.
  2. Trailer Food Tuesdays - Tuesday, July 29 from 5-9:00 p.m. Austin's premier mobile food event is back for another season. Sample the delicious food trucks of Austin in one easy location. Try popular local favorites and enjoy something new. Plus, enjoy music by Horse Opera from 6-9:00 p.m. If it gets too hot, head over to splash in the Liz Carpenter Fountain in Butler Park! FREE! The Long Center, 701 West Riverside Dr, Austin.
  3. Hillside Concert Series - Tuesday, July 29 at 7:00 p.m. Enjoy the final concert in this free summer series. Los AT Boys take the stage at 7:00 p.m., followed by Rueben Ramos at 8:00 p.m. FREE! AB Cantu/Pan American Recreation Center, 2100 East 3rd St, Austin.
  4. Sound and Cinema - Wednesday, July 30 at 7:30 p.m. The Jeff Lofton Quartet will perform a tribute to The Pink Panther, followed by a screening of the film on The Alamo’s giant inflatable outdoor screen. Folding chairs and blankets are encouraged. Picnics are allowed, but no outside alcohol may be brought onto the Long Center grounds. The food trailers will be open by 6 p.m., and the sunset concerts will begin at 7:30 p.m. The movie will immediately follow (after dark). Rated PG. FREE! The Long Center, 701 W Riverside Dr, Austin. 
  5. 101X Summer Cinema: The Goonies - Wednesday, July 30 at 8:30 p.m. Arrive early at Central Market with your blankets, lawn chairs and appetites. Food specials in the café. Movies start at dusk (around 8:30). Rated PG. FREE! Central Market, 4001 N Lamar Blvd, Austin.
And one bonus event that's very nearly free:
  • Children’s Day Art Park: Cowgirl Sue - Wednesday, July 30 at 9:30 a.m. Head to Symphony Square for the final Children's Day Art Park of summer. From interaction with members of The Austin Symphony, who wander the crowds performing for children, to onstage jams by some of Austin's most beloved children's entertainers, it doesn't get much better than these festive Wednesday mornings. 50¢ per child. Adults are free. Symphony Square, 1101 Red River St, Austin.
For more fun events happening all over town, be sure to check out What's Up? Weekly!

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What's Up? Weekly (July 28 - August 1, 2014)


Wondering what's up around Austin this week? Here are some of the exciting events featured on our Free Fun Calendar!

Happening All Week

Alamo Kids Camp: Annie - Monday, July 28 - Thursday, July 31. Verify showtime before heading out. All Alamo Kids Camp screenings are FREE! Tickets are available at the box office on the day of the show, and seating is first come, first served. No children under the age of 3 will be admitted (except on Baby Day, which is Tuesday, when all ages are welcome to attend). Families with loud children will be asked to leave. Alamo Drafthouse Slaughter, 5701 W Slaughter Ln, Austin.

Alamo Kids Camp: Frankenweenie - Monday, July 28 - Thursday, 
July 31. Verify showtime before heading out. All Alamo Kids Camp screenings are FREE! Tickets are available at the box office on the day of the show, and seating is first come, first served. No children under the age of 3 will be admitted (except on Baby Day, which is Tuesday, when all ages are welcome to attend). Families with loud children will be asked to leave. Alamo Drafthouse Village, 2700 West Anderson Ln, Austin.

Alamo Kids Camp: Rio - Monday, July 28 - Thursday, 
July 31. Verify showtime before heading out. All Alamo Kids Camp screenings are FREE! Tickets are available at the box office on the day of the show, and seating is first come, first served. No children under the age of 3 will be admitted (except on Baby Day, which is Tuesday, when all ages are welcome to attend). Families with loud children will be asked to leave. Alamo Drafthouse Lakeline, 14028 N US Hwy 183, Bldg F, Austin.

Cinemark Summer Movie Clubhouse: The LEGO Movie (Round Rock) - Monday, July 28 - Thursday, 
July 31 at 10:00 a.m. The Cinemark summer movie program offers 10 movies throughout the summer for only $1 per ticket. Cinemark Movies 8, 2132 N Mays St #800, Round Rock.

Summer Movie Series: The LEGO Movie - Monday, July 28 - Thursday, 
July 31 at 10:00 a.m. Cost: $1 per person. Southwest Theaters, 13729 Research Blvd, Ste 1500, Austin.

Free Magic Shows - Monday, July 28 - Thursday, 
July 31 at 2:00 p.m. The Fantastic Magic Camp brings back another year of full-day summer camp at Highland Mall, along with FREE magic shows for the community, all summer long. Summer shows begin at 2:00 p.m., Monday through Thursday, until August 21, 2014. A priority seating area will be reserved for Fantastic Magic Camp campers. Highland Mall Center Court, 6001 Airport Blvd, Austin.

Free Admission at the Umlauf - Wednesday, July 30 - Friday, August 1 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Through the generous donations of our community during Amplify Austin, the museum and garden will waive admission fees all summer long. Read about the Umlauf scavenger hunt for kids here. (Please note that the garden is closed on Monday and Tuesday.) FREE! Umlauf Sculpture Garden, 605 Robert E Lee Rd, Austin.

Monday

Baby Bloomers - Monday, July 28 from 9:00 a.m. to Noon. Friends age 0-3 and their families will focus on the letter D this week. They will enjoy dancing, making some art out of dots, sharing stories about dogs, and having lots of fun playing and learning together. Plus, there will be music and dancing with The Que Pastas. Cost: Members $2.50 each / Non-Members $4.50 each. All people attending, regardless of age, must purchase a ticket. Purchase a ticket online as limited walk-up tickets will be available. The Thinkery, 1830 Simond Ave, Austin.

Mr. Will's Music Class for Kids - Monday, July 28 at 10:00 a.m. Mr. Will sings classic and original songs just for kids. Check him out upstairs in the Buzz. FREE! Whole Foods Bee Cave, 12601 Hill Country Blvd, Austin.

Signing Storytime and Snack (Round Rock) - Monday, July 28 at 10:00 a.m. Join the Baby Signing Time revolution. This class is geared toward children 0-5 years and their parents. Amy from the Signing Connection will lead this storytime that incorporates classic children's books to help you learn basic American Sign Language signs. RSVP appreciated (but not required) by calling 512-388-5048. FREE! Kaleidoscope Toys, 110 N IH 35, Ste 375, Round Rock.

Hola, Hola! Spanish Camp - Monday, July 28 at 10:30 a.m. ¡Hola, hola! Spanish Camp is fun, interactive and creative; you will want to come back to all of them. Ann Benson, expert in bilingual education, will teach you how to effectively use books as a tool to teach your child Spanish. Each parent will learn to read a Spanish book to their child and take it home for Spanish reinforcement. For parents & their children ages 0-5. FREE! Laura's Library, 9411 Bee Cave Rd, Austin.

Lego Lab - Monday, July 28 at 1:00 p.m. With LEGO, you can build anything you can imagine and tell any story you can dream up. Come to the Lego Lab to hear, see, make, and create different stories, all while building with LEGOs provided by the Library. Recommended for ages 5 and up. FREE! APL - Faulk Central Library, 800 Guadalupe St, Austin.

Crafternoon - Monday, July 28 at 2:00 p.m. Drop in for some arts-and-crafts time. FREE! APL - Manchaca Road Branch, 5500 Manchaca Rd, Austin.

Tech Camp: Website Creation - Monday, July 28 at 2:30 p.m. Smart apps can now be made without any knowledge of programming. In this camp, kids will learn how to make a basic app in a few minutes without any coding skills. They will put together a layout, add some buttons, text, and maybe a picture for a logo. Kids will learn how to design an app according to how people will want to use it and, should they make a mistake, they can always go back and fix it or create a whole new one. Although not required, it is a good idea to bring your own laptop or tablet. Recommended for 3rd grade and up. FREE! Laura's Library, 9411 Bee Cave Rd, Austin.

The Wine Down - Monday, July 28 from 5-7:00 p.m. La Condesa will be on-site providing food samples while guests enjoy happy hour priced glasses featuring Thorny Rose Wines. Music by Riders Against the Storm will be emceed by KGSR. Check out pop-up shops and merchandise giveaways from retailers around the 2nd Street neighborhood. FREE! ACL Live at The Moody Theater, 310 Willie Nelson Blvd, Austin.

Family Craft Night (Pflugerville) - Monday, July 28 at 6:00 p.m. Fun for the whole family. Parents and children will work together to color paper fans. Materials available while supplies last. FREE! Pflugerville Public Library, 1008 W Pfluger St, Pflugerville.

Evening Storytime (Round Rock) - Monday, July 28 at 6:30 p.m. This pajama-friendly reading activity is a fun combination of books, fingerplays, songs, and a short film for preschool children ages 3 to 6. FREE! Round Rock Public Library, 216 E Main St, Round Rock.

Movie Mondays at Amy's: School of Rock - Monday, July 28 at 8:30 p.m. It’s another awesome summer in Austin. Bring the kids out to free outdoor viewings of classic childhood mooovies every Monday night. Movie starts around dusk. Rated PG-13. FREE! Amy's Ice Creams, 5624 Burnet Rd, Austin.

Tuesday

Cinemark Summer Movie Clubhouse: The LEGO Movie - Tuesday, July 29 at 9:30 a.m. The Cinemark summer movie program offers 10 movies throughout the summer for only $1 per ticket. Cinemark Tinseltown 17, 5501 S IH-35 Frontage Rd, Austin.

Free Admission to Laguna Gloria - Tuesday, July 29 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Laguna Gloria, 3809 West 35th St, Austin.

Regal Summer Movie Express: Turbo & Walking with Dinosaurs - Tuesday, July 29 at 10:00 a.m. Admission is $1 and a portion of the proceeds will benefit the Will Rogers Institute. Regal Arbor 8 @ Great Hills, 9828 Great Hills Trail, Austin; Regal Westgate Stadium 11, 4477 S Lamar Blvd, Austin; and Regal Lakeline Mall 9, 11200 Lakeline Mall Dr, Cedar Park.

Cinemark Summer Movie Clubhouse: The LEGO Movie (Cedar Park) - Tuesday, July 29 at 10:00 a.m. The Cinemark summer movie program offers movies throughout the summer for only $1 per ticket. Cinemark Cedar Park, 1335 E Whitestone Blvd, Cedar Park.

Family Film Festival: Epic (Bastrop) - Tuesday, July 29 at 10:00 a.m. Doors open at 9 a.m.; show begins at 10 a.m. Seating is limited. No reservations available. 50¢ per person. Lost Pines 8, 1600 Chestnut St, Bastrop.

Family Film Festival: Epic (Georgetown) - Tuesday, July 29 at 10:00 a.m. Doors open at 9 a.m.; show begins at 10 a.m. Seating is limited. No reservations available. 50¢ per person. City Lights Theatre, 420 Wolf Ranch Pkwy, Georgetown.

Staci Gray Performance (Cedar Park) - Tuesday, July 29 at 10:30 a.m. (for toddlers) and 11:15 a.m. (for preschoolers). Staci Gray leads little ones in this special show of music and movement. FREE! Cedar Park Library, 550 Discovery Blvd, Cedar Park.

Sweet Siesta Storytime - Tuesday, July 29 at 10:30 a.m. Settle in for a reading of The Big Book of Slumber and some other snoozily soporific stories designed to lull listeners gently into slumber. FREE! BookPeople, 603 N Lamar, Austin.

Discover and Learn Event - Tuesday, July 29 at 11:00 a.m. This event features What Do You Do With an Idea?, the story of one brilliant idea and the child who helps to bring it into the world. Learn how to grow your idea and discover how to bring it into the world. FREE! Barnes & Noble Arboretum, 10000 Research Blvd #158, Austin.

TEXplorations Family Storytime - Tuesday, July 29 at 11:00 a.m. Where will your imagination take you? At Family Story Time, 2-6 year olds will enjoy an experience just for them with hands-on activities, stories, songs, games, and more. This week, they'll go under the sea and learn about creatures that live in our oceans. Storytime is FREE, but regular admission applies if you would like to visit the exhibits. Bullock Texas State History Museum, 1800 N Congress Ave, Austin.

Music with Mr. Will – Tuesday, July 29 at 11:30 a.m. Rock out with local children’s singer, “Mr. Will” Dupuy. FREE! Brilliant Sky Toys & Books, 701 S Capital of Texas Hwy Suite D-480, Austin.

Tween Scene: Zombie Survival 101 (Pflugerville) - Tuesday, July 29 at 2:30 p.m. Get important information on how to survive a zombie apocalypse (or other slightly more likely emergency scenarios). FREE! Pflugerville Public Library, 1008 W Pflugerville St, Pflugerville.

Discovery! Stealing from Goldilocks - Tuesday, July 29 at 4:30 p.m. No fairy tale is safe from an author in search of material. In this hour-long workshop, students will pick apart favorite fairy tales and discover how to twist classic stories into new works of art. Students will leave with an outline and opening (or more) of their own story, and a head full of ideas for how to “steal from Goldilocks” and get away with it. Especially designed for kids in 3rd Grade and up. FREE! Laura's Library, 9411 Bee Cave Rd, Austin.

Trailer Food Tuesdays - Tuesday, July 29 from 5-9:00 p.m. Austin's premier mobile food event is back for another season. Sample the delicious food trucks of Austin in one easy location. Try popular local favorites and enjoy something new. Plus, enjoy music by Horse Opera from 6-9:00 p.m. FREE! The Long Center, 701 West Riverside Dr, Austin.

Grossology For Teens (Round Rock) - Tuesday, July 29 from 6:30-8:00 p.m. Can you stomach some gross-out challenges? If so, you'll have a disgustingly good time. Snacks and refreshments will be served, but be warned, they may be gross. FREE! Round Rock Public Library, 216 E Main St, Round Rock.

Hillside Concert Series - Tuesday, July 29 at 7:00 p.m. The annual Hillside Concert Series will be held every Tuesday evening in July. This week, Los AT Boys take the stage at 7:00 p.m., followed by Rueben Ramos at 8:00 p.m. FREE! AB Cantu/Pan American Recreation Center, 2100 East 3rd St, Austin.

Movies in Your Park: Jumanji (San Marcos) - Tuesday, July 29 at 7:30 p.m. Movie begins at sunset. Pre-movie games begin one hour before sunset. Concessions will be available for purchase. Bring your blankets and lawn chairs. Rated PG. FREE! San Marcos Plaza Park, 201 N CM Allen Pkwy, San Marcos.

Wednesday

Whole Foods Kids Club - Wednesday, July 30 at 9:00 a.m. Join Tina for a great story and crafts for the kids. FREE! Whole Foods Arbor Trails, 4301 W. William Cannon, Austin.

Whole Foods Storytime - Wednesday, July 30 at 9:30 a.m. Enjoy a story reading, an activity, and a snack. All ages are welcome and parents can participate, too. FREE! Whole Foods Mezzanine, 525 N Lamar Blvd, Austin.

Children’s Day Art Park: Cowgirl Sue - Wednesday, July 30 at 9:30 a.m. One thing Austin families can count on every summer is live music and fun galore at the weekly Children's Day Art Park. From interaction with members of The Austin Symphony, who wander the crowds performing for children, to onstage jams by some of Austin's most beloved children's entertainers, it doesn't get much better than these festive Wednesday mornings in the Symphony Square amphitheater. 50¢ per child. Adults are free. Symphony Square, 1101 Red River St, Austin.

Cinemark Summer Movie Clubhouse: The LEGO Movie - Wednesday, July 30 at 9:30 a.m. The Cinemark summer movie program offers movies throughout the summer for only $1 per ticket. Cinemark Tinseltown 17, 5501 S IH-35 Frontage Rd, Austin.

Regal Summer Movie Express: Turbo & Walking with Dinosaurs - Wednesday, July 30 at 10:00 a.m. Admission is $1 and a portion of the proceeds will benefit the Will Rogers Institute. Regal Arbor 8 @ Great Hills, 9828 Great Hills Trail, Austin; Regal Westgate Stadium 11, 4477 S Lamar Blvd, Austin; and Regal Lakeline Mall 9, 11200 Lakeline Mall Dr, Cedar Park.

Itty Bitty Playtime & Yoga - Wednesday, July 30 at 10:00 a.m. Itty Bitty Playtime & Yoga is a playful, educational, and relaxing time for babies and toddlers up to 18 months. Learn new ways to connect with your with your baby through movement, stretching and song. Complimentary juice and coffee served. FREE! Millie & Mox, 5145 North FM 620, Ste B110, Austin.

Cinemark Summer Movie Clubhouse: The LEGO Movie - Wednesday, July 30 at 10:00 a.m. The Cinemark summer movie program offers movies throughout the summer for only $1 per ticket. Cinemark Cedar Park, 1335 E Whitestone Blvd, Austin and Cinemark Hill Country Galleria, 12812 Hill Country Blvd, Bee Cave.

Dog Days of Summer Storytime - Wednesday, July 30 at 10:30 a.m. Dogs are great. They might eat your shoes and dig up your backyard, but you’ll love them anyway – even when they BARK! BARK! BARK! This storytime is all about those lovable companions, the dogs. Enjoy a reading of the silly and hilarious book Mister Bud Wears the Cone and make a new best friend of your own. FREE! BookPeople, 603 N Lamar, Austin.

Kids Yoga - Wednesday, July 30 at 2:00 p.m. Children ages 5-9 can enjoy this class taught by Sat Nam Kaur from Yoga Yoga. Parents must remain in the library. FREE! Laura's Library, 9411 Bee Cave Rd, Austin.

Super Smash Bros Brawl Tournament - Wednesday, July 30 at 2:00 p.m. Are you ready to brawl? Compete in the 2014 Super Smash Bros Brawl Summer Tournament. All dates are seed tournaments for the Championship Finals at the Yarborough Branch Library on August 9. Super Smash Bros Brawl is rated T for Teens by the ESRB. All ages welcome. FREE! APL - Old Quarry Branch, 7051 Village Center Dr, Austin.

Family Movie: Meet the Robinsons (Cedar Park) - Wednesday, July 30 at 2:30 p.m. An orphan who dreams of someday finding a family to call his own finds his fate taking an unexpected turn when a mysterious stranger named Wilbur Robinson transports him into the future. Rated G. Food and drinks in closed-lid containers are allowed. FREE! Cedar Park Library, 550 Discovery Blvd, Cedar Park.

West Lynn Wednesdays - Wednesday, July 30 from 3-8:00 p.m. A fun evening for the entire family with sales, specials, giveaways, and more at locally owned businesses in the West Lynn IBIZ District, right in the heart of Historic Clarksville. FREE! West Lynn IBIZ District, West Lynn St between W 10th St & W 13th St, Austin.

Community Night - Wednesday, July 30 from 5-8:00 p.m. At the Thinkery, science and families play side by side. Every Wednesday the Museum stays open late for families to discover new ideas and learn together. Cost: Admission is by donation only, with a suggested $1 donation. The Thinkery, 1830 Simond Ave, Austin.

Krispy Kreme Family Night - Wednesday, July 30 from 6-8:00 p.m. Kids can decorate one FREE doughnut each, plus enjoy crafts, balloons, paper hats, coloring sheets and more. Krispy Kreme, 701 E Stassney Ln and 12586 Research Blvd, Austin.

Texas Radio Live - Wednesday, July 30 from 6-8:00 p.m. Texas Radio Live brings you the very best Texas music with performances from Texas musicians. This week, hear music by John Evans and Hayes Carll. FREE but donations to support the KDRP Radio Mission are appreciated. Guero's Oak Garden, 1412 S Congress Ave, Austin.

Sound and Cinema - Wednesday, July 30 at 6:00 p.m. The Jeff Lofton Quartet will perform a tribute to The Pink Panther, followed by the film screening on The Alamo’s giant inflatable outdoor screen. Folding chairs and blankets are encouraged. Picnics are allowed, but no outside alcohol may be brought onto the Long Center grounds. The food trailers will be open by 6 p.m., and the sunset concerts will begin at 7:30 p.m. The movie will immediately follow (after dark). Rated PG. FREE! The Long Center, 701 W Riverside Dr, Austin.

Strike Out Hunger with the Round Rock Express (Round Rock) - Wednesday, July 30 at 7:05 p.m. Help Strike Out Hunger with the Capital Area Food Bank by bringing two H-E-B branded canned goods in exchange for a FREE lawn ticket to watch the Express take on the Oklahoma City RedHawks. Dell Diamond, 3400 Palm Valley Blvd, Round Rock.

101X Summer Cinema: The Goonies - Wednesday, July 30 at 8:00 p.m. Arrive early at Central Market with your blankets, lawn chairs and appetites. Food specials in the café. Movies start at dusk (around 8:30) but you don’t want to lose your seat. Rated PG. FREE! Central Market, 4001 N Lamar Blvd, Austin.

Thursday

Free Admission to The Blanton - Thursday, July 31 from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. FREE! Blanton Museum of Art, 200 E MLK Jr Blvd, Austin.

Storytime Tours at the Blanton - Thursday, July 31 at 10:30 a.m. These 30-minute thematic tours encourage young art lovers to look carefully and make connections between art, story, and life. Recommended for kids age 3-7 and their adult companions. Space is limited. Tickets available at the Visitor Service Desk. To read about storytime at the Blanton, click hereFREE! Blanton Museum of Art, 200 E Martin Luther King Junior Blvd, Austin.

¡Escucha, Canta, y Muevese! - Thursday, July 31 at 10:30 a.m. Listen, sing, and move with bilingual storyteller and songwriter Sue Young. FREE! Laura's Library, 9411 Bee Cave Rd, Austin.

Free Noon Concert - Thursday, July 31 at Noon. Take a 30-minute lunchtime break to hear singer/songwriter/raconteur Win Bent. FREE! Central Presbyterian Church, 200 E 8th St, Austin.

There's Something Fishy Going on in Texas - Thursday, July 31 at 1:00 p.m. Join Bill Balboa from Sea Grant Texas (a Texas A&M University and NOAA affiliated program) and learn about marine and coastal habitats. You'll learn who, and what, lives there. This includes the different animals animals on the Texas and Gulf Coasts, as well as sharks and rays. You'll even get to touch and see several common Texas marine species. Seating is limited at all programs. Please arrive a few minutes early to gain entrance. For ages 5 and up. FREE! APL - Ruiz Branch, 1600 Grove Blvd, Austin.

Bonzo Crunch (Cedar Park) - Thursday, July 31 at 1:30 p.m. and 2:45 p.m. Kids in grades K-5 can enjoy juggling, magic, and fun with clown Bonzo Crunch. FREE! Cedar Park Library, 550 Discovery Blvd, Cedar Park.

Magician Black Bert - Thursday, July 31 at 2:00 p.m. Magician Black Bert will show the magic of reading. FREE! Lake Travis Community Library, 1938 Lohmans Crossing, Austin.

Super Smash Bros Brawl Tournament - Thursday, July 31 at 2:00 p.m. Are you ready to brawl? Compete in the 2014 Super Smash Bros Brawl Summer Tournament. All dates are seed tournaments for the Championship Finals at the Yarborough Branch Library on August 9. Super Smash Bros Brawl is rated T for Teens by the ESRB. All ages welcome. FREE! APL - Pleasant Hill Branch, 211 E. William Cannon Dr, Austin.

Do or DiY - Thursday, July 31 at 3:30 p.m. Kids ages 10 and up can make beach-themed snow globes. FREE! Laura's Library, 9411 Bee Cave Rd, Austin.

Fish Gallery Summer Reading Program - Thursday, July 31 at 3:30 p.m. Kids can enjoy a story, crafts, touch tanks, and a demonstration feeding in one of the large display tanks. FREE! Fish Gallery, 6500 N Lamar Blvd, Austin.

Yappy Hour on the Patio - Thursday, July 31 from 5-8:00 p.m. Enjoy live music on the dog-friendly patio. FREE! Whole Foods Domain, 11920 Domain Dr, Austin.

Family Science Night - Thursday, July 31 at 6:00 p.m. Families can enjoy a screening of the Disney Nature film Wings of Life. FREE! Wells Branch Library, 15001 Wells Port Dr, Austin.

Live Music at Central Market North - Thursday, July 31 from 6:30-9:00 p.m. Jazz by Bruce Saunders. FREE! Central Market, 4001 N Lamar Blvd, Austin.

Live Music at Central Market Westgate - Thursday, July 31 from 6:30-9:00 p.m. Jonas Alvarez plays Latin rhythms. FREE! Central Market Westgate, 4477 S Lamar Blvd, Austin.


Unplugged at the Grove - Thursday, July 31 at 8:00 p.m. This year marks the 21st Anniversary of KGSR's Unplugged at the Grove. This week, it’s self-proclaimed Obnoxious Southern-Gothic-Roots-Rock-Revival-Punk One-Man-Band Lincoln Durham. FREE! Shady Grove, 1624 Barton Springs Rd, Austin.

Zilker Summer Musical: Oklahoma! - Thursday, July 31 at 8:30 p.m. Set in a Western Indian territory just after the turn of the century, this high-spirited rivalry between the local farmers and cowboys provides a colorful backdrop for Oklahoma!, one of Rodgers & Hammerstein's most cherished collaborations. FREE! The City of Austin charges $5.00 per car for parking in Zilker Park. Zilker Hillside Theater,‎ 2201 Barton Springs Rd, Austin.


Friday


Alamo Kids Camp: Babe - Friday, August 1. Verify showtime before heading out. All Alamo Kids Camp screenings are FREE! Tickets are available at the box office on the day of the show, and seating is first come, first served. No children under the age of 3 will be admitted. Families with loud children will be asked to leave. Alamo Drafthouse Slaughter, 5701 W Slaughter Ln, Austin.

Alamo Kids Camp: An American Tail - Friday, August 1. Verify showtime before heading out. All Alamo Kids Camp screenings are FREE! Tickets are available at the box office on the day of the show, and seating is first come, first served. No children under the age of 3 will be admitted. Families with loud children will be asked to leave. Alamo Drafthouse Village, 2700 West Anderson Ln, Austin.

Alamo Kids Camp: Rango - Friday, August 1. Verify showtime before heading out. All Alamo Kids Camp screenings are FREE! Tickets are available at the box office on the day of the show, and seating is first come, first served. No children under the age of 3 will be admitted. Families with loud children will be asked to leave. Alamo Drafthouse Lakeline, 14028 N US Hwy 183, Bldg F, Austin.

4th Annual Texas Robot Roundup - Friday, August 1 from 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Forty-two FIRST Robotics Competition teams from all over Texas and beyond are coming together in Austin. Come watch robots compete in the 2014 FIRST Robotics Competition game – Aerial Assist! The 150lb robots will compete in alliances and score by passing and shooting exercise balls over trusses and into goals. Come learn about FIRST and meet the next generation of innovators and engineers. View full event schedule hereFREE to spectators! Austin Convention Center, 500 E Cesar Chavez St, Austin.


Fun Fridays - Friday, August 1 at 10:00 a.m. Sing! Dance! Play! Fun Fridays is a fun musical and entertainment hour featuring local Austin musicians. Complimentary refreshments will be served. FREE! Millie & Mox, 5145 North FM 620, Ste B110, Austin.

Super Smash Bros Brawl Tournament - Friday, August 1 at 2:00 p.m. Are you ready to brawl? Compete in the 2014 Super Smash Bros Brawl Summer Tournament. All dates are seed tournaments for the Championship Finals at the Yarborough Branch Library on August 9. Super Smash Bros Brawl is rated T for Teens by the ESRB. All ages welcome. FREE! APL - Willie Mae Kirk Branch, 3101 Oak Springs Dr, Austin.

Lego Lab - Friday, August 1 at 4:00 p.m. With LEGO, you can build anything you can imagine and tell any story you can dream up. Come to the Lego Lab to hear, see, make, and create different stories, all while building with LEGOs provided by the Library. Recommended for ages 5 and up. FREE! APL - North Village Branch, 2505 Steck Ave, Austin.


Frozen Friday: Cool Off With Olaf (Round Rock) - Friday, August 1 at 5:00 p.m. Fans of Olaf, everyone's favorite summer-loving snowman, are invited to a sing-along of Olaf's "In Summer" song; a special storytime; and crafts such as building a sand castle and making a snow cloud and snowflakes. Frozen Friday will thrill fans of all ages and prove to be the coolest summer celebration this year. Crafts and face painting begin at 5:00 p.m. Storytime and sing-along will begin at 7:00 p.m. FREE! Barnes & Noble La Frontera Village, 2701 Parker Rd, Bldg A, Ste 700, Round Rock.

Live Music at Central Market North - Friday, August 1 from 6:30-9:00 p.m. Austin's leading ladies of Americana/Bluegrass, the Carper Family. FREE! Central Market, 4001 N Lamar Blvd, Austin.

Live Music at Central Market Westgate - Friday, August 1 from 6:30-9:00 p.m. Orchestral Pop from Dana Falconberry. FREE! Central Market Westgate, 4477 S Lamar Blvd, Austin.

Music on the Square Summer Concerts (Georgetown) - Friday, August 1 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. This summer, enjoy live music on the Courthouse Square each Friday night. Pick up dinner at a downtown restaurant or bring your own picnic (no glass please). This week, enjoy Lone Star Swing Band. FREE! Courthouse Square, Georgetown.

Frozen Friday: Cool Off With Olaf - Friday, August 1 at 7:00 p.m. Fans of Olaf, everyone's favorite summer-loving snowman, are invited to a sing-along of Olaf's "In Summer" song; a special storytime; and crafts such as building a sand castle and making a snow cloud and snowflakes. Frozen Friday will thrill fans of all ages and prove to be the coolest summer celebration this year.
FREE! Barnes & Noble Arboretum, 10000 Research Blvd #158, Austin.

Mr Johnny's Family Music Night - Friday, August 1 from 7-10:00 p.m. Parents can enjoy a great meal on the huge outdoor patio while the kids jump, dance and play along to music with Mr Johnny's Family Band. There's plenty of bubbles, balloons, and interactive fun for all. Special guests The Que Pastas will join in the fun. Open mic for little ones, additional music by Amber & Nick, and great food available for purchase, too. FREE! Señor Buddy's Backyard Restaurant, 8600 Hwy 290, Austin.

Zilker Summer Musical: Oklahoma! - Friday, August 1 at 8:30 p.m. Set in a Western Indian territory just after the turn of the century, this high-spirited rivalry between the local farmers and cowboys provides a colorful backdrop for Oklahoma!, one of Rodgers & Hammerstein's most cherished collaborations. FREE! The City of Austin charges $5.00 per car for parking in Zilker Park. Zilker Hillside Theater,‎ 2201 Barton Springs Rd, Austin.

Check out the Free Fun Calendar for even more ways to fill your week with fun.





In her life before kids, Emily held jobs as a zookeeper, a middle school teacher, and a tour bus driver in the wilds of Montana--not one of which prepared her for the adventures of motherhood. Now she’s living the good life in Austin with her husband, two sons and a Great Dane. When she’s not off gallivanting with her boys, you might find Emily baking up a mean batch of cupcakes, recalling obscure 80s song lyrics, or dreaming of peace and quiet.

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