Austin Kids Recommended – July 27 – August 2

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Welcome to Austin’s Tiniest Kids’ calendar with just a few carefully selected activities during the coming week, usually hiking, music or art related. For this week, it is all music all the time, because Austin is especially good for that.

Music Under the Star
Friday, July 27, 6 – 9 pm
1800 Congress Avenue
I love when folks who are really talented do something their very own way and The Gourds are just like that. See their brand of alternative, Americana music in a free, outdoors, kid-friendly setting at the Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum. Check out the the special exhibition Texas Music Roadtrip in-between sets, also free!

City of Austin – Music in the Parks at Little Stacey Park
Saturday, July 28, 1:00-4:00pm
1500 Alameda Drive
It’s like the peanut butter and chocolate of a Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup. When you put a beautiful park and live music together, the experience is twice as fun! Check out bluegrass from The Lost Pines and The Bottom Dollar String Band at Little Stacey Park this Saturday.

Austin Symphony Hartman Foundation Concerts in the Park
Sundays, now – August 26, 7:30pm
The Long Center, 701 West Riverside Drive
If that isn’t enough music for one weekend, check out the classical ensemble concerts at the Long Center. This Sunday features a Big Band ensemble playing jazz, light classical and film scores. Bring a picnic dinner and a blanket and if you get there early, walk over to Butler Park and say “Hi” to the turtles. Free parking is available at One Texas Center located at Barton Springs and South 1st Street.

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Austin Kids Recommended – June 29 – July 5

Growing Up Austin - Austin Kids Recommended!

Welcome to Austin’s Tiniest Kids’ calendar with just a few carefully selected activities during the coming week, usually hiking, music or art-related.
This is a July 4th for Kids special edition. Make a July 4th t-shirt on Sunday and check out two options for July 4th fireworks.

Tie Dye Workshop at the Art Garage, for kids 6+
Sunday, July 1, 3:00pm
11190 Circle Drive
You can help your kids make their own red-white-and-blue fireworks t-shirt at the Art Garage. Make reservations and let them know the t-shirt size you need by calling 512-852-9900. It is $15 per t-shirt.

Austin Symphony with Fireworks at Lady Bird Lake
Wednesday, July 4th, 8:30pm
701 West Riverside Drive
I usually prefer the less traveled path, but sometimes I appreciate a tradition too and you can’t get much more traditional than classical music and fireworks on July 4th. You can head out early with a picnic and check out the lake, trails and turtles at Butler Park.

Bob Schnieder’s 7th Annual July 4th Festival
Wednesday, July 4th, 5:00pm
12225 W Highway 290
The July 4th festival might have slightly fewer than the 100,000 people expected at Lady Bird Lake, so it might be a bit easier to manage. They have a great lineup of bands, which is why I guess it is $20 a person and they have their own fireworks.

If you find this helpful, I would love if you would share or tweet or leave a comment. If you want to get Austin Kids Recommended! and Growing Up Austin in your inbox, click here. And like always, check out AustinKidsHike.com, AustinKidsDance.com and AustinKidsDraw.com for on-going activities. If you have an idea for a recommendation, send it to carol@growingupaustin.com. Thanks for reading!


Check Out those Butler Park Sidewalks

Growing Up Austin - Butler Park

I live in an older neighborhood without sidewalks. (Well, only some of the streets have sidewalks and on some streets only some of the houses have sidewalks. It’s very strange.) So I get excited about Butler Park near Lady Bird Lake. There are lots of wide, smooth sidewalks, perfect for my girls’ strollers, the wagon or bikes. There isn’t a ton of traffic and its a good pace for the little ones. Then there is Doug Sahm Hill, with sidewalks that curve all the way around the hill, to the top, where there is a concrete map of the state of Texas, benches and beautiful view of downtown. And there is more. There are turtles in a lake with piers and a splash pad for when it is hot. (Yes, it is definitely hot.) Check it out sometime, it is one of my favorite Austin outdoor spots.