Austin Kids Recommended – May 11-17

Welcome to the first edition of Austin Kids Recommended, Austin’s tiniest kids’ calendar. Each Friday, I’ll recommend just 3-5 events, usually hiking, music and art related, during the coming week. It’s Fast, Easy and Fun. To make it even easier, click here to get GrowingUpAustin in your inbox.

Moonlight Hike – Bastrop State Park
Friday, May 11, 8pm, Bastrop State Park
It is hot, hot, hot already, so checkout a hike after the sun goes down, with a guided moonlight hike at Bastrop State Park. This is recommended for kids 6 and older, since it is nearly dark and all. This is a recurring event, so check out the web site for future hikes. Many thanks for this tip goes to Nature Rocks Austin, a non-profit that encourages kids to experience nature in Austin, Texas.

Carolyn Wonderland at the Nutty Brown Theater
Saturday, May 12, opener at 6:30, Carolyn at 8
I love when a brilliant musician plays a kid-friendly venue at a reasonable time. I also love it when they play the Nutty Brown Cafe on a Saturday, when it is easier to get so far South. It’s a little on the pricey side at $15 a person, but if you can swing it, it’s worth it.

Crack of Dawn Hike – Bull Creek
Sunday, May 6th, 8am, Bull Creek Park (check out my Bull Creek page)
It it is hot, hot, hot already, so if the 8pm hike doesn’t work out, check out the 8am Sunday morning hike from the Austin Crack of Dawn Hiking Meetup Group. It is better for kids six and older, since the hikes are long and you need to keep up with the group. If you miss this Sunday, keep an eye on their calendar for future hikes. Many thanks for this tip goes to Lindsay Shugerman from A is for Austin.

Austin Art Yards – Always Open
All the time, click on link above for more info
It might be hot, hot, hot already but it isn’t hot, hot, hot, hot, hot like it will be, so check out the funky folk art around town. This is a favorite of mine because it works for every age kid in different ways, it can be as short or long as you want and it’s very three-dimensional, with lots of textures and colors.

If you have an idea for a future edition of Austin Kids Recommended, send it to carol@growingupaustin.com. If it is included, I’ll include a link to your site.


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  1. Thank you for the mention! Crack of Dawn is indeed a friendly and welcoming group. Just a note…it’s a dog friendly group, so be prepared for many 4-footed hikers as a regular part of the group. 🙂
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    Carol Reply:

    Thanks for the heads up! I updated the calendar entry to mention the dogs!

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