Austin City Limits Festival is right around the corner, which means it’s time to make the perfect totem! If you have big totem dreams but little inspiration, watch this short segment for some how-to tips on KXAN’s Studio 512. How to Create the Perfect Totem for Children Right in Time for ACL If you just want to get to it, print our handy how-to page or read some written tips. Have fun…we’ll see you (and your totem) down at Zilker Park! SaveSaveSaveSave … Continue reading →
The kids loved making a totem for ACL Fest last year, so this year I wanted to try and spread the fun through KXAN’s Studio 512. If you don’t know what a totem is, it’s basically a long stick with something fun and festive attached to the top. They come in very handy in big crowds like the one down in Zilker Park during ACL, and the kids love marching around with it, and planting it at our camp. There … Continue reading →
It may be 102 degrees outside, but there is still so much to do in and around Austin. We’ve been writing up a storm for the LiveMom.com Austin Summer Fun Checklist, and hope you’ll find some fun activities to fill your days with worthwhile, Austin-y good times. The days may feel long now, but school will start soon enough, and you’ll be wishing for some quality time with your babes! Here are a few ideas for ya: Where to Channel Your … Continue reading →
Cue Alice Cooper, because summer is upon us. It can be a bittersweet time as kids move on from elementary to middle school or from pre-k into the kindergarten big leagues. Mostly, though, it’s FUN…sno-cones and swimming pools and sleepovers and fireflies and camp and grandparent visits and…and…and…then what? In Austin, summer break lasts about 80 days and, at times, it can be daunting to try and figure out how to fill those 1,920 hours. Today, I got to visit with … Continue reading →
We had such a fabulous launch party at The ABGB! It was a wonderful celebration of a year of hard but rewarding work and our little labor of love. The weather was cold and rainy, so we brought the fun inside, and the kids had a good time completing this special made-for-indoors mission. Next time you go to ABGB, print it out –you’ll also need to bring some colored pencils or crayons and a deck of cards! Virginia and I are so grateful to friends old … Continue reading →
Happy F-1 week to all of you racing fans! Fast cars, glorious weather, Taylor Swift, plus Usher with The Roots (since The Weeknd cancelled) add up to what is bound to be a pretty awesome time. If you’re coming with kids, there’s a super-cute spread on F-1 in our Wristbands chapter complete with a mission to accomplish, fun facts, practical tips and a fun activity. Pick up a copy of Expedition Austin in one of several retailers around town, or order one … Continue reading →
There are many different galaxies colliding in the Austin City Limits Festival universe. Among them, the nimble hipsters, the teenaged freedom tasters, the parked oldsters and us–the kidsters. In our galaxy, the adults are there for music and craft beer, while the young ones may be more interested in sno-cones, beach balls and doing kid stuff in a world made, in large part, for people over 13 years old. Expedition Austin includes lot of helpful info and logistics, but here’s some more good stuff to tuck in your pocket so everyone in your own kidster … Continue reading →
…hop in our boat!
Everyone’s welcome on our wacky, wild and wonderful trip around the weirdest town in Texas! All you need is an open mind, a sense of adventure and a fun little guide that will get you where you want to go in the most exciting, kid-friendliest way possible.
Expedition Austin: A Kid’s Guide to the Weirdest Town in Texas is an adventure (masquerading as a book) designed especially for kids to have a ball in one of the greatest towns to live in or visit in all of Texas, America and maybe even the world. Really! Austin is so great, in fact, that something like 22 million people visit every year and more people move here than almost anywhere else in the country. Whether you’re lucky enough to call Austin home, or one of the millions visiting from some other cool place, this here 120-page guide will give you the stuff you need to turn an ordinary trip around town into something you’ll want to brag about.
So, grab a paddle, a book, and maybe a friend or two and get your expedition started!