Enriched Family’s August 2019 Austin Family Activities List
August Fun in Austin!
Hi friends! We are nearing the end of summer, but still have a couple of weeks left to pack in some fun activities. Hope you enjoy Enriched Family’s August Activities List and use it to plan some exciting family adventures before we shift back into school mode. And don’t worry, I’ll have information and resources coming your way soon for the school transition…keep your eyes on the blog!
The highlighted resources this month include a list of local mom’s groups on Austin Baby Guru, as well as a NYT Parenting article on starting your own mom’s group, and a Live Grow Play Austin list of local play groups, mom’s groups, and dad’s groups. Happy playing!
As far as Austin events, August never disappoints for free family activities. The list goes on and on, but I have highlighted the AISD Back to School Bash and Safety Fair (this weekend); Austin Symphony’s free Concerts in the Park (this weekend); The Big Latch-On promoting national breastfeeding month (this weekend); Crux Climbing Center’s Family Fun Day; Figment Creative Labs’ End of Summer Bash; Girlstart’s Back to School STEM Saturday; Planning for Families with Special Needs workshop; UMLAUF Sculpture Family Day; free movies in the park; Bullock Museum H-E-B Free First Sunday (this weekend); and The Thinkery Community Night! Spotlight: LGBTQ Family Pride. Great fee-based activities are plentiful as well - don’t forget about the Austin PRIDE Festival, the wonderful film festivals at The Paramount, or any number of great museum and children’s theatre offerings. Finally, you still have time to check out the Woodland Faerie Trail at Zilker Botanical Gardens (until August 10th)! And so much more! I hope you have fun planning and exploring with Enriched Family’s August Activities List! Please share the list with your friends.
(Please note, the following is provided for informational purposes only; the information is accurate and true to the best of my knowledge, but there may be omissions, errors or mistakes, and no guarantees are made. This list is by no means exhaustive, just a sampling of events that caught my eye that I wanted to highlight. Additional good sources for activity lists are included at the end of the post.)
Highlighted Resources: Local Parent Groups Lists and Tips on Starting Your Own Group
Details: Looking for a mom’s group in the Austin area, but not sure where to start? Austin Baby Guru has a consolidated list on their website which highlights a sampling of local moms groups. Check it out! Still can’s seem to find the “right” group for your unique needs or want to expand the local offerings? NYT Parenting has an article on starting your own mom’s group. Happy connecting! In addition, Live Grow Play Austin has a local list of play groups, mom’s groups, and dad’s groups.
Free Educational/Cultural/Fun Activities
Details: More than 120 community organizations and district departments will provide information and activities to prepare AISD students for a safe and successful school year. Key services:
Presentations on safety and educational best practices will help prepare students and parents for their first day of school and beyond.
Free health screening and booster seats.
Interpretation available in American Sign Language, Arabic, Burmese, Dari, Farsi, Kinyarwanda, Mandarin, Spanish, Pashto, Swahili, and Vietnamese.
FREE BACKPACKS! Austin ISD students must be present to receive a free backpack filled with school supplies, while supplies last.
When: Saturday, August 3rd, 2019 | 8:00am-12pm
Where: Palmer Events Center, 900 Barton Springs Rd, Austin, TX 78704
Details: Kids frolicking, couples lounging on blankets, old friends in their trusty folding chairs, lone bicyclists and pedestrians who have been distracted from their destinations—all united by the sound of music. The Hartman Foundation “Concerts in the Park,” presented by the Austin Symphony Orchestra, brings together ardent enthusiasts and unwitting attendees alike just as similar events did in town centers years ago.
When: Sundays, through August 25th, 2019 | 7:30pm
August 4 – Strings program
August 11 – Brass
August 18 – Woodwinds
August 25 – Big Band
Where: Hartman Concert Park in front of the Long Center City Terrace, 900 Barton Springs Rd., Austin, 78704
Details: Join the Central Texas Breastfeeding Coalition (CTBC) as they host the Big Latch-On. This is a fun and FREE event celebrating breastfeeding during World Breastfeeding Week and National Breastfeeding Month. ****The Latch-On happens promptly at 10:30am**** Please arrive by 10:20 am to complete registration. Bring a blanket or chair to sit on.
When: Saturday, August 3rd, 2019 | 9:30-11:30am
Where: SFC Farmers' Market (Sunset Valley), Toney Burger Center, 3200 Jones Rd, Austin, 78745
Details: Come and enjoy a Family Fun Day outing at Crux Climbing Center! This is a great way to introduce the entire family, adults and children alike, to the climbing, fitness, and yoga community. Don’t worry, they will show you the ropes, making sure it is a fun and safe day for the whole family. No need to register! Just swing on by! But you can get to the fun & games more quickly by signing the waiver beforehand. First time visitors will have to take a 10 min. orientation. Depending on traffic, there maybe a 10-15 min. wait time for orientation.
10AM – 1PM FREE admission for North Face Global Climbing Day
Kids Yoga (11am-12pm)
Face Painting (10am-1pm)
Dedicated belay staff
When: Saturday, August 24th, 2019 | 10am-1pm
Where: Crux Climbing Center, 121 Pickle Rd #100, Austin, 78704
Details: Free end of summer back to school blow out at Figment Creative Labs. Bring the Family! Enjoy music by @stacicartergray at 1pm. Learn about Figment programs, play, and enjoy the day. Figment Creative Labs features a kid-friendly art studio, STEAM-centric maker space, and creative preschool. Just off Brodie Lane in Austin, Texas, they also offer one-of-a-kind art birthday parties, toddler art play groups, and day camps.
When: Saturday, August 17th, 2019 | 12-3pm
Where: 7809 Brodie Ln, Austin, 78745
Details: Kick off the school year with Girlstart’s Back to School STEM Saturday! Join Girlstart for free and exciting science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) hands-on activities for the whole family at the Girlstart STEM Center in Austin. Reminder: Chaperones are required. Adults must stay with their children throughout the event. Hands-on STEM activities include:
Mini Planetarium Star Shows
When: Saturday, August 24th, 2019 | 9:30am-12:00pm
Where: The Girlstart STEM Center, 1400 W. Anderson Lane, Austin, 78757
Cost: Free and everyone welcome. RSVP today!
Details: Families with special needs - join in a discussion on how to build a team of professionals that will support you and your loved ones in every phase of life! From special needs trusts to maximizing government benefits, the discussion will touch on all aspects of ensuring kiddos with special needs are taken care of! Attendance is FREE - Please RSVP to reserve your spot! Child supervision is provided at We Rock the Spectrum - Austin gym during info session; please feel free to utilize your complimentary daypass after the session!
When: Saturday, August 10, 2019 | 2pm
Where: We Rock the Spectrum - Austin, 7010 West Highway 71 Suite 200, Austin, 78735
Details: FREE Inflatable Games & Carnival Rides, Drag Queen Story Time, 140+ Vendor Booths, Drinks & Food, and more!
When: Saturday, August 10th, 2019 | 11am-7pm
Where: Fiesta Gardens, 2101 Jesse E Segovia Street, Austin, 78702
Cost: $17 adults ($20 at gate); $10 children ages 7-17; 6 and under, free. Tickets here or at gate.
Details: Weekly lactation support group. Bring your infant under 12 months of age to Bosom Buddies, a weekly peer-to-peer group that’s facilitated by an IBCLC at the Breastfeeding Success Company’s South Austin clinic. A scale is available for you to weigh your baby or do your own weighed feeding. This group is open to families who provide breastmilk in a number of ways - you do not have to be exclusively breastfeeding at the breast to attend. This group is open to all, not just Breastfeeding Success Company clients. Please note: While happy to discuss common concerns, more complex issues will require a separate IBCLC visit.
When: Ongoing, Mondays (8/5; 8/12; 8/19, and 8/26) | 1-3pm
Where: Breastfeeding Success Company - South Austin office (111 Ramble Lane, Suite 115, 78745).
Cost: $5 per week. RSVP here.
Details: Looking for a cool co-working space with childcare? A fun place to meet up for playdates with your kids? A place to get your fitness on? Or maybe get your happy hour on? All this and more is available at The Hive. Feel free to come sans kiddos OR reserve a spot in the supervised childcare area for only $10/hr. Productivity here we come! There is a beautiful cafe area and lounge where any and all are welcome to visit or work at no charge. The Hive hosts a wide variety of events monthly. August events include Adulting 101: Financial Planning Like a Boss (Sat., Aug 3rd at 11am; *Family friendly live music from 10-11am before info session!); Live at The Hive Saturday Night Music Series (Saturdays, 5pm; music starts at 6pm); and Macy Dot at The Hive (Sat., Aug 24th at 6pm). Check the Hive events page on Facebook for details, including cost (if applicable), and more events.
When: Various events in August.
Where: The Hive Austin, 10415 Old Manchaca Road, Austin, 78748
Infant Massage Class Details: This 75 minute small group class will cover the benefits of infant massage, massage oils, and massage strokes and techniques that can be used with your baby and adapted as he or she grows. The class is suitable for expectant parents, grandparents and other relatives, new parents, and parents with babies under 9 months.
When: August 22, 2019 | 10:30-11:45am
Where: Special Addition Maternity & Nursing Boutique, 7301 Burnet Rd, Ste 200M, Austin, 78757
Cost: $45. Price includes handouts and an oil and is per couple and baby. For expectant parents, dolls will be provided. To register contact Special Addition Maternity & Nursing Boutique.
Baby Care Basics Class Details: This class is 2.5 hours and will cover all the basics you need to know when your newborn baby arrives. This class is suitable for expectant parents, grandparents and nannies/au pairs and other newborn caregivers. Parents with newborns are welcome to join as it is a great refresher class. Class will cover Baby Care Basics for the Well Newborn Baby for the first 4-6 weeks of life. The class will be part theory and part hands-on demo using dolls. Topics include: Newborn appearance; states and cues; reflexes; daily care; feeding; sleeping; soothing techniques; safety; choosing a pediatrician; and dental care.
When: August 24, 2019 | 1:15-3:45pm
Where: Special Addition Maternity & Nursing Boutique, 7301 Burnet Rd, Ste 200M, Austin, 78757
Cost: $65 per couple, includes booklet. To register contact Special Addition Maternity & Nursing Boutique.
Details: Round up your team, grab a smartphone, and set off on the ultimate scavenger hunt! This one is a real puzzler — search for answers hidden throughout the museum. Solve the crossword or word search puzzle and discover your favorite Science Mill exhibit along the way! They have over 50 hands-on exhibits for visitors of all ages.
When: Saturday, August 31st-Monday September 2nd, 2019 | 10am-4pm
Where: Science Mill, 101 S Lady Bird Lane, Johnson City, 78636
Cost: Puzzler Scavenger Hunt is FREE with general admission (0-2 years old – free; ages 3-18 [or with student ID] - $9.50; adult - $11.00; seniors [65+] - $9.00).
Details: Shark Week is back at the Science Mill! Encounter the predator we all love to fear this Shark Week. Join the Science Mill for special showings of Great White Shark 3D. Dig for real baby shark teeth at the Fossil Dig. Separate fact from fiction with Shark Week factoids. Get up close and personal with a giant megalodon shark jaw and MORE. It's a Science Mill adventure you can sink your teeth into! (EarthFlight 3D will play between scheduled showings of Great White Shark 3D; check the front desk for schedule).
When: Monday-Sunday, July 31 - August 4 | 10am-5pm
Where: 101 South Lady Bird Lane, Johnson City, TX, 78636
Tickets: Includes all exhibits and 3D movie: (0-2 years old – free; ages 3-18 [or with student ID] - $9.50; adult - $11.00; seniors [65+] - $9.00).
Details: Music Classes with Miss Ariel (August 7, 14, 21, 28); Gardening Classes for Kids (August 1, 8, 15, 22, 29); Park Rangers Playtime (August 2, 27); Free Baby Play Date (August 6, 13, 20, 27); End of Summer Arty Party (August 3); Balloon Twisting with Silly Sparkles (August 9); Chase Visit! (August 10); Finger Painting (August 13); An ADHD, Anxiety, and Sensory Processing Workshop for Parents (August 16); Kids Yoga with Melanie (August 17); Etsy Sale! (August 18); Salt Painting! (August 23); Hello Kitty Visit! (August 24); Daddy and Me Construction Play Date (August 31); and more! Toybrary Austin is a toy lending library and kids' birthday party venue that also offers drop-in childcare in Austin.
Where: Toybrary Austin, 2001 Justin Lane, Austin, 78757
Cost: Varies. See website for details.
Details: The award-winning, annual Woodland Faerie Trail features Faerie Homes and Gardens created by Austin area gardeners, architects, artisans, businesses, clubs, families, school groups, and others. Explore the abodes of the faeries and gnomes along the Woodland Faerie Trail through the escarpment pathway and see who is home.
When: May 26th through August 10th, 2019
Where: Zilker Botanical Garden: Escarpment Woodland Trail, 2220 Barton Springs Rd., Austin, 78746
Cost: Free with Garden entry (Garden entry is $3.00 per person; Austin residents are $2.00 per adult, $1.00 per child [ages 3-12] and seniors [ages 62 and older]) and open during regular hours (9:00am to 6:00pm; last entry at 5:30pm).
Details: Welcome to Alamo for All - a movie program for young families and guests with special needs. All shows starting before 2pm on Tuesdays follow Alamo for All rules, with more shows on the weekends at Lakeline, Mueller, and Slaughter Lane. Schedule may vary during holidays. At sensory-friendly Alamo for All shows:
Lights are turned up and sound is turned down
All ages are welcome (including infants)
Talking and noise is allowed and guests can move around
Latecomers are admitted
Adaptive technology is welcome (but no other electronics, please)
When: All shows starting before 2pm on Tuesdays at various theaters, with more shows on the weekends at Lakeline, Mueller, and Slaughter Lane.
Where: Lakeline, Mueller, and Slaughter Lane Alamo Theaters; check out some Alamo for All movie picks for kids here.
Details: Austin Parks Foundation's (APF) Movies in the Park is a free series of films presented in partnership with Alamo Drafthouse Cinema’s Rolling Roadshow. For over 10 years, APF has brought movies to neighborhood parks across Austin ensuring Austinites of all backgrounds have access to free outdoor entertainment. APF will be visiting nine different parks this year, so head out to grab some food from the food trucks and enjoy a night under the stars and in front of the screen. Movies start at dusk and will be showing monthly through October 2019.
When and where:
Friday, August 16, 2019 | 8:30pm - Film: Caddyshack (R) | 98 minutes. Lions Municipal Golf Course, 2901 Enfield Rd, Austin, 78703
In addition to the showing, there will be extras and activities by Save MUNY and Criquet. Food and drinks will be available from the onsite restaurant, Players. Starts at 5:30pm.
Details: Oh, those summer nights! Do512, Alamo Drafthouse Austin, and The Long Center present Sound & Cinema on the Long Center lawn. Grab your friends and family and come experience FREE live and local music combined with classic movies and cult films projected onto the Drafthouse's giant, inflatable outdoor screen - all with a beautiful downtown view in the background.
When: Monthly summer event, June-August, 2019. Doors and food trucks open at 6pm; music at 7:30pm; movie starts at dusk, around 8:45pm. August film:
Wednesday, August 14 film: 10 Things I Hate About You (PG-13 | 1h 39min)
Where: Lawn of the Long Center for the Performing Arts, 701 W Riverside Drive, Austin, 78704
Details: Thursdays in August, The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center is showing you a good time and a good flick! Make the end of summer a lot cooler with their outdoor cinema series, presented in collaboration with Alamo Drafthouse Cinema. Pack a blanket or enjoy the soft grass of the Family Garden Play Lawn and watch fun feature films under the open sky at dusk. Visit the Wildflower Center then enjoy the show!
The Sandlot (PG; 1 hr 41 mins.) - Thursday, August 8 | Sundown ~8:30pm
The ‘Burbs (PG; 1 hr 41 mins.) - Thursday, August 15 | Sundown ~8:30pm
Clueless (PG-13; 1 hr 37 mins.) - Thursday, August 22 | Sundown ~8:30pm
Where: Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave., Austin, 78739
Admission: Free with regular Wildflower Center admission (Free for members; $12 Adults; $10 Seniors (65+); $6 Youth (Ages 5 – 17; children 4 and under are free);
$10 Non-UT Students (with college ID); UT students, faculty and staff are free (with ID).
Details: Paramount is excited to host this series for families that will spark the imagination and inspire a new generation of classic movie lovers! The Family Film Festival consists of weekend matinee screenings that further Paramount's mission to support film education and bring treasured film history to audiences of all ages. August showings include:
Modern Times (Saturday, August 3 | 1pm)
The Sound of Music (Sunday, August 11 | 1pm)
The Neverending Story (Sunday, August 18 | 1pm)
When: June 2 - August 18
Where: The Paramount Theater, 713 Congresss Avenue, Austin, 78701 (parking information here)
Admission: Tickets are $10 for adults and $6 for kids aged 12 and under, available here.
Details: Austin has changed a lot over the past decade, but one tradition you can always count on is the Paramount Summer Classic Film Series, now in its 44th year. They are presenting more than 100 films this summer, so look forward to more well-preserved film prints and dazzling digital restorations—from romance and comedy, to thrillers, family adventures, and more. Escape the heat and join in a three-month-long celebration of the movies! Check out the list of films and showings here.
When: The film series runs May 23rd-August 31
Where: Paramount and Stateside Theaters, 713 Congresss Avenue, Austin, 78701 (parking information here)
Admission: Tickets are $12 (for information on tickets and special pricing packages click here)
Museum Exhibits and Special Programs
Details: Enjoy FREE exhibition admission all day during Free First Sundays, held the first Sunday of every month. Families can explore the Story of Texas through three floors of exhibitions that showcase artifacts from around the state.
When: Sunday, August 4, 2019 | 12-5pm
Where: Bullock Museum, 1800 Congress Ave., Austin, 78701
Details: AARC is proud to present Inter/sected, a photo exhibit that celebrates identities within two diverse and vibrant cultures by featuring portraits by local photographer Ben Aqua (Instagram: @b3naqua). The show highlights Queer Asian Pacific Americans by encouraging participants to explore the myriad ways they self-identify while collaborating with the photographer to make a picture.
When: Exhibit on display July 5-September 22, 2019. During Center hours:
Monday, Tuesday, Friday, and Saturday: 9am to 5pm
Wednesday and Thursday: 9am to 9pm
Where: Asian American Resource Center, AARC Ballroom, 8401 Cameron Rd., Austin, 78754
Details: Curated by the GRAMMY Museum®, Motown: The Sound of Young America is the first major museum exhibition to embrace all facets—music, culture, and politics—of the 1960s biggest sounds in soul. Visit the exhibition at the LBJ Library to explore the evolution of the label, view personal artifacts from some of its biggest artists, and do your take on some of Motown's biggest hits.
When: Exhibit on display April 13, 2019 through January 26, 2020. Open daily from from 9am-5pm.
Where: LBJ Presidential Library, 2313 Red River St., Austin, 78705
Admission: Adults - $10; seniors (62 and over) with valid ID - $7; former military with valid ID - $5; college students with valid ID - $3; Youth 13-18 - $3; children 12 and under - free.
Details: Father-son artist duo Messrs. Su redefine the boundaries of Chinese water ink painting. Photographer and digital artist Pin-Chih layers the traditional calligraphy of his father, Hsuan-Te, to explore psychedelic art, the universe, Chinese characters, philosophy, and architecture.
When: Exhibit on display July 5-September 22, 2019. During Center hours:
Monday, Tuesday, Friday, and Saturday: 9am to 5pm
Wednesday and Thursday: 9am to 9pm
Where: Asian American Resource Center, AARC Foyer and Hallways, 8401 Cameron Rd., Austin, 78754
Details: MAKE and DO together at Community Night! Every Wednesday, Thinkery stays open late for families to discover new ideas and learn together. Enjoy the exhibits and educational programs facilitated by staff.
When: Wednesdays in August (August 7, 14, 21, 28) | 4–8 pm
August 7th Community Night Spotlight: LGBTQ Family Pride
During Community Night Spotlight evenings, Thinkery shines a light on a unique aspect of the rich diversity that makes Austin such an amazing place to live, play and learn with educational activities facilitated by staff and special community presenters. On August 7, join in for an official Austin Pride event; a playful family celebration of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer youth, adults and families complete with a mini-Pride parade! This event is for everyone! More information here. Event is free, though donations are welcome.
Where: 1830 Simond Ave., Austin, 78723
Cost: Admission to Thinkery is FREE on Community Nights, but donations are welcome! There is no pre-registration for admission. In order to ensure a safe and enjoyable visit for all guests, Thinkery has a set number of visitors that can be allowed into the museum at any one time. Guests will be admitted on a first-come, first served basis.
Details: Join in for Family Day at the UMLAUF! Bring your whole family and enjoy a full day of fun activities. This event is free and open to the public! The monthly Family Days are designed for families and friends to explore and create. On the second Sunday of each month, they feature a line-up of activities for families to enjoy together. August 11th activities:
12:30 Children's Yoga
1:30 Sing-along with Armstrong Community Music School
2:30 Carolina Storyteller
When: Sunday, August 11th | 12-4pm
Where: 605 Azie Morton Road (formerly Robert E. Lee Road), Austin, 78704
*If you and your family enjoy exploring Austin's many fantastic museums, check out Do512 Family's list of free times to visit Austin museums.
Theatre and other Performances
Details: The City of Austin, in coordination with Zilker Theatre Productions, invites you to join in for one of the longest running free outdoor musicals in the country, the Zilker Summer Musical. This summer, dive into The Little Mermaid! This splashy musical adventure is sure to have audiences singing along with their favorite songs. Based on the animated 1989 film of the same name, and the classic Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale, the show is about a mermaid who dreams of living in the world above the sea and gives up her voice to find love.
When: Thursdays-Sundays, July 12-August 17, 2019 | 8:15pm
Where: 2206 William Barton Dr., Austin, 78746
Details: Long Center & Summer Stock Austin present HAUNTED: A Ghost Story. A witch lives in these woods. Beyond the graveyard, inside the ramshackle cabin. And when the moon is full, she lures children to her lair to devour them from the inside out. At least that’s the campfire story they tell the gullible new kids. But is it true? Two siblings and a peculiar band of outsiders are determined to find out. They venture into the darkness to find the witch, but soon discover they must confront what has truly been haunting each of them for years. Like any good ghost story, this brand new musical by Allen Robertson and Damon Brown is packed with suspense, humor, chills, surprises, and heart. All ages.
When: July 23, 27, 30, 31 and August 3 | Evening and matinee performances
Where: Rollins Studio Theatre at the Long Center, 701 W. Riverside Drive, Austin, 78704
Tickets: $19 for adults ($10 for children); purchase here.
Details: Theatre for the very young uses music, art, and hands-on sensory experiences to connect children to literature. ZACH is proud to present Wake Up, Brother Bear! a unique, intimate production geared toward children ages 6 and under. Watch Brother Bear and Sister Bear experience a full year of glorious seasons: together you see a waterfall melt, meet a butterfly, chase an elusive fish, and skate on an icy pond. Children are invited to join the action to help create magical moments.
When: Through August 25, 2019 | Various times
Where: Presented at Whisenhunt Studio, Zach Theatre, 202 South Lamar, Austin, 78704
Tickets: $10 (adults and youth), available here.
Also, check out these sites for lists of community activities for kids and families in the Austin area:
Happy exploring Austin's many offerings with your families! Please feel free to send us local kids and family events to: hello[at]enrichedfamily.com.
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