The Texas Memorial Stadium offers public and private tours which our kids love! We visited just last week and it was a huge success. The tour began at the lobby where we were introduced to the history of the stadium and its recent expansion. Then we got to enjoy the view.
Our next stop was the game day press box where we pretended to narrate a game, and give a press conference afterwards. The view towards the field was closed but we got to use our imagination.
After that we visited the exclusive suites. Each one is different and offers many amenities as well as catering. We learned they are expensive but you can pay for three to five years. We also learned that the official mascot is a longhorn called Bevo. We got to go into the field but not before we did the traditional Hook'em horns sign!
Our last stop lead us to the stark center. It is the longhorns hall of fame. Overall we really enjoyed this tour!!
After visiting the Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired our kids change. They start noticing things that have always been there. They see the ramps and elevators meant for people in wheelchairs. They see some buildings and bus stops offer voice commands and braille signs. They also start noticing the things that we as a community lack. How do the blind go shopping if they can’t see the labels? That was one of the best questions we had last week.
We are grateful that the School offers a small glimpse at the lives of thousands of students of all ages right here in our city. We learned that if you have an issue with your sight you can study there and even live there! The kids are always amazed when they learn that Louie Braille was also a kid, and became accidentally blind at a very young age, and went on to invent the code (Braille) which is now used universally by the blind to read.
The information we get is nicely paired with interactive activities. Children learn how to write their own names on a braille typewriter. They also experience some modifications in day to day objects such as a globe, a clock, and books. Some of them even dare to try to guess the letter by touching the braille code.
As part of our giving back to the community plan we love to take kids to the Central Texas Food Bank. This year they surprised us with an updated children’s tour that included visits to more of their spaces as well as stickers and activities. They also added a community garden. The part we loved the most was the “pizza garden”. It is named so because it contains all of the ingredients necessary to build a pizza (except perhaps the cheese). It is pizza shaped too!
Our children learned about the situation of many kids around them. Now they know that not only the homeless need help getting food, but children with a home that go to schools may not be getting the nutrients they need everyday. They also learned that there is much they can do. They can volunteer at the Central Texas Food Bank or create a food or fund raiser with people around them.
The food bank needs volunteers year round and all of our kids wished they could go and help. They allow children 8 years and older to join. It is a wonderful activity to do as a family. They have a great environment enhanced with hard working people, great music and air conditioning.
Our Art Week explorers can tell you why UMLAUF sculpture garden is worth the visit. They have fun activities for kids such as the sculpture scavenger hunt. Kids can walk around nature to find this wonderful expressions of art. If you have older kids you can always ask them to name the sculptures or go deeper and try to figure out what the artist meant with it. Styles range from realistic to abstract so there is plenty for all!
The museum is open from Tuesday to Friday from 10am to 4pm. It is conveniently located across the Zilker Park Playground. Once you are done with the museum you can do a short walk and have your lunch at the benches next to the playground. If you can’t attend during the week they are also open Saturdays and Sundays from noon to 4. Join them tomorrow at Family Day! They will have Family Yoga, a Sing-Along and a Puppet Theater performance!