Presenting… Austin Kids Draw! with Giveaways!

Growing Up Austin - Austin Kids DrawAustinKidsHike and AustinKidsDance were launched last year and good things come in threes, so please welcome the latest addition to the GrowingUpAustin family…

Austin Kids Draw! where you can See Art and Do Art with your kids in Austin, Texas

Kids and art are a great mix because they make for a day that is more active than watching TV and more creative than super-organized activities. And, just like with hiking and dancing, Austin is just about the greatest city on earth.

Did you know that in one location you can participate in arts-and-crafts led by a profession artist, then walk outside and hike along Lake Travis, then drop into a museum to see a great-for-kids-size exhibit, then play duck-duck-goose on the front lawn? Not to mention the peacocks just next door? I don’t think that kind of action happens just anywhere. The range is impressive too, from the very traditional Blanton Museum of Art to the live improv performances for kids where the kids participate along with a real live dog named Steve.

The See Art and Do Art pages provide a calendar, maps and descriptions to help you find the right experience for you and your kids.

And if that weren’t enough, there are my two favorite giveaways of all time, each with brilliant especially-for-kids art and worth more than $90 each!  Enter a comment anywhere on GrowingUpAustin.com to enter. You can enter more than once, as long as your comments say something real. 🙂 Read below for more info.

Giveaway #1  – Deadline tonight, February 6, at midnight!

– 1 Custom silhouette art piece of your child done in person this week by Karl Johnson of Cut Arts
– 1 Women’s Growing Up Austin t-shirt
– 2 Kids’ Growing Up Austin t-shirts
– 1 Austin Go Local discount card

Giveaway #2 – Deadline Thursday, February 9, at midnight!

– 1 Adventures of You and I customized kids book by Bryony Gomez-Palacio and Armin Vit at UnderConsideration
– 1 Women’s Growing Up Austin t-shirt
– 2 Kids’ Growing Up Austin t-shirts
– 1 Austin Go Local discount card

(Comments entered on Monday that don’t win Monday’s giveaway will automatically be entered in the second giveaway.)

 

Silhouette Art by Karl Johnson of Cut Arts

Karl Johnson is in Austin this week to meet with kids, check out their profile and then use a simple pair of scissors to create a unique representation that captures each child’s look and personality. Each cutting is an original, one-of-a-kind work of art that is signed by the artist. Check out this video to see him work his magic. From February 7-12, Karl will be at Austin businesses to meet with kids and to create their portrait for just $25. Be the winner of Giveaway #1 and you can get yours for free! Check out this page for days and locations. Note that you will need to make an appointment ahead of time. (This giveaway is closed tonight, so the winner will have more available appointment times to choose from.)

 

Adventures of You and I Customized Kids Book by UnderConsideration

Adventures of You and IThe Adventures of You and I is a brand new kid’s book with dinosaurs, deep-sea diving, a circus, space travel, a distracted ogre, a toy store and Your Kid. Each book is customized with the name, gender, hair, skin and favorite color of your kid and your kid is along for the adventure on every page.  Each book is printed individually and hand-bound, to create something special that will be treasured for a long while. The book is illustrated by Bryony Gomez-Palacio and written by Armin Vit, both world-wide experts in graphic design and founders of UnderConsideration.  Be the winner of Giveaway #2 and you will get one book for free, custom-made for Your Kid.

 

Women’s Growing Up Austin T-shirt

Growing Up AustinWinners of both giveaways will get a limited edition Growing Up Austin t-shirt with fitted cut and pretty scoop neck!

 

Kids’ Growing Up Austin T-shirt

Presenting Austin Kids DrawHow many interactive kids t-shirts do your kids have, where they get to draw on it and not get in trouble? To celebrate the completion of the Austin Kids trilogy – Hike, Dance and Draw – kids get their very own t-shirt (sizes 2T – Youth M). This isn’t your everyday t-shirt, kids get to find all the hiking, dancing and/or art related words with the included fabric marker. My favorite word in the crossword is wowza. I just like how that word sounds. Both giveaway winners will get two kids t-shirts.

 

Austin Go Local Card

Go Local AustinI love my Go Local Austin card. I keep it in my essentials-only wallet with my debit card and use it just about as much. And what is not to like? You get to support local businesses and save money at the same time! Did you know you can buy Go Local cards at H-E-B now? They are still just $10, but both giveaway winners will get one for free.

That is all for today! I hope you like the new site! Have a great week!


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  1. What an awesome site! Thanks for sharing with us. As a homeschooling parent here in Austin, I am always looking for new kid friendly activities and such. Glad to have found you and thanks for the chance at the wonderful giveaways!
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    Carol Reply:

    Cool, thanks! Austin makes me think of homeschooling sometimes, there is so much to do.

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  2. Carol this is awesome! My background is in art, and I love experiencing it with my kids.
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    Carol Reply:

    My background is NOT art. I can’t draw a stick figure. But, sometimes I do it anyway, without any official training or specific expectations and I like it. I painted a just-about room-size mural of the Beatles jumping once. Hey, maybe I’ll get that back out.

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  3. Kassandra

    LOVE this site! My kids and I love everything art! And I LOVE those silhouettes! Absolutely precious!

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    Carol Reply:

    The silhouettes are so cute! He does custom ones too that are super sweet. It is personal art for your house that doesn’t cost a million dollars.

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  4. Brenda p

    So excited to have found your website!! I’m trying raise a creative and confident kid, of course art is the way to
    Do it!

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    Carol Reply:

    I agree it helps a lot and it is fun too.

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  5. What a fabulous website! My kids love everything art, so this site is perfect for our family! The giveaways look great!

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    Carol Reply:

    Ah, thanks, Kassandra! I love the giveaways too. The timing of it all (Karl being in town and TheAdventuresOfYouAndI.com going live and my site going live) all came together in a good way.

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  6. Colette Loudin

    This is a wonderful site! We are pretty new to Austin, and always looking for affordable things to do with young kids. Thanks for the chance to win some great prizes!

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    Carol Reply:

    Welcome to Austin! I hope you love it here!

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  7. Colette

    This is such a great site! We are fairly new to Austin, and always looking for affordable and educational things to do with young kids. Thank you for the chance to win some great prizes!

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  8. Katie

    Gosh, Carol, what will you think of next! Love this new venture. I think we’ll be checking out the improv soon. Fun!

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    Carol Reply:

    The improv is one that I discovered when working on the site. I didn’t understand it at first, but when I saw it in person, it made perfect sense. Kids are pretty random and unpredictable and that works great for improv. The troupe knows how to work with kids, so they are less intimidated and can join in the fun.

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  9. I love the Adventures of You and I Customized Kids Book by UnderConsideration. Personalized kid items is a weakness of mine. You have me sucked in! Fantastic!

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    Carol Reply:

    The pictures are so cool and funky, that is what got me.

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  10. Teri Stewart

    Thanks so much for sharing great events and ideas with us! Since we have moved to Austin and had kids, i have been blown away by how much cool stuff there is to do with them. Thanks!

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    Carol Reply:

    Austin is pretty amazing. Sometimes I just stay home, though. That is good too.

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  11. What amazing silhouettes! I’m excited to have found this website (and met Carol at MomCom!). My little one is a toddler now and we’re always on the lookout for fun things to do with her.
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    Carol Reply:

    Ah toddlers! They are the best! (As I try to get my two down to sleep at 8:42.) I like your post on Valentine’s Day.

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  12. Brooke

    I love introducing my kids to things Art! So glad to have discovered your website today via Free Fun in Austin. Thanks.

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    Carol Reply:

    Cool! I love Free Fun in Austin!

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  13. Liz

    I love you site! There are so many great ideas on here. Thank you!

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    Carol Reply:

    Your welcome! Thanks for reading!

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  14. Susan

    I’m so glad I found your site! Hiking, dancing, and art: what childhood should be made of!

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    Carol Reply:

    Thanks for the comment! Yeah, these are my favorite things. Sometimes we just hang out at home too, though.

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