Take a break from back-to-school shopping and celebrate the end of summer with us by heading out to in.gredients this Wednesday, August 21 at 8 p.m. for an Ice Cream Social and Game Night. The folks at Lick Ice Creams will be on hand offering up free samples of their amazing ice cream.
Creative Action After School Program is an after school enrichment program that offers children more than just a place to hang out until mom and dad get off work. In addition to receiving homework help, playground time, and snack time, children participate in a variety of fun, arts-based creativity classes and enjoy a comprehensive enrichment experience in the arts and humanities including Theatre, Art, Music, Language Arts &, Reading, History, Social Studies, Citizenship, Geography, Culture.
With summer drawing to a close and cooler fall weather on the horizon, it's the perfect time to get some inspiration for your home and garden. Talk to the experts as you browse the latest in home design and renovation. The 18th annual Austin Home & Garden Show offers fun for your whole family. From ideas for remodeling to furniture and home decor, the Home & Garden show has everything you need to get your next home project started under one roof. As an added bonus, Do512 Family has 5 tickets to give away for this Saturday and Sunday's show. Learn how you can enter to win free tickets here.
Pay homage to our furry little flying friends in true Austin style at the 9th Annual Austin Batfest on Saturday, August 23 starting at 4 pm at the Congress Avenue Bridge. Enjoy music from 10 bands on two stages, great food & drink, vendors, a bat costume contest and activities. Oh, and don't forget to see the 1.5 million Mexican free-tailed bats take flight over Town Lake at dusk! Tickets $7 at the gate, kids 10 and under free. VIP passes available for $56 in advance.
On Sunday, August 18 from 12 - 4 pm, bring the family down to Zilker Botanical Gardens for Afternoon in the Garden: Nature Journaling. For the Garden entry fee of just $2 per adult, $1 for children 3 - 12 and seniors, kids can wander through the gardens, observe what they see and then document it all in a nature journal.
Just 50 miles south of Austin is one of America's favorite waterparks, Schlitterbahn in New Braunfels. It's August in Texas and there is really not a better way to beat the heat than spending a day in your swimsuit, floating on winding rivers and flying down waterslides. Our editor, Jamie Jett, made a trip down to the cute old town of New Braunfels to experience the park with her 8-year-old-son. Here is her recap...
We have another fun Austin Sound & Cinema event tomorrow, August 14, on the lawn of the Long Center. This week, get down to the sounds (and the awesome unitard-wearing frontman) of Magnifico, Austin's favorite Queen tribute band. After rocking out to Bohemian Rhapsody, stick around for a free screening of Flash Gordon on the giant, inflatable screen from Alamo Drafthouse.
On Wednesday, August 21 through Sunday, August 25, catch the most mythical, magical show on Earth at Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey® Circus Presents: Dragons at the Frank Erwin Center. The Austin premiere of this all-new show will be on the 21st at 7:30pm.
Take a magical trip into the woods this weekend... with your kids? You bet. ZACH Theatre presents a kid-friendly version of the 1980s Broadway hit, Into the Woods, appropriately calling it Into the Woods Jr. Showtimes are at 2 and 7 pm on both Friday, August 16, and Saturday, August 17. Tickets are $10 for kids and $12 for adults.