This summer we found an amazing activity for our children. Kids love to climb. They always try to find good trees to do so. Bouldering is a form of rock climbing that requires of smaller rock formations, either natural or artificial. The Austin Bouldering Project has such artificial formations. Since the formations are not very tall you don’t really require ropes or harnesses, and they are surrounded by soft floor that will break the fall, just in case.
Bouldering challenges our kids in many ways! Some of them started forgetting their fear of heights so they could have a little bit more fun. They took gradual steps sideways and up. Others found out just how strong they really were and how hard work brings results! We loved looking up and watching them try to figure out what their next step was going to be.
We usually began in the children area, but they soon required more challenging grounds. Even our camp counselors had a blast and lead the fearless exploration with their example!
During the summer we learned the importance of no-kill shelters in Austin. We visited Austin Pets Alive! And the Austin Animal Center. Both of them have the goal to find a forever home to any pet regardless of age, health, species or breed.
The Austin Animal Center is run by the government but it works with programs and partnerships that help it achieve its goal faster. It even works together with Austin Pets Alive! And Austin Humane Society. Not all dogs and cats are found in the shelters, but most of them are in the foster program. Foster animals are the ones that have temporary homes with amazing people that are willing to keep them safe and healthy until they find their home. This is one of the best ways to help shelters, especially during march through june when they overflow with puppies and kittens.
Everytime we visit, we want to take all of the animals with us!
Mexicans celebrate their country’s independence from Spain on September 15th. The MACC keeps that tradition alive with their “Viva Mexico” celebration next Saturday. Attendants will have a taste of food and folklore that surrounds mexican culture. The center is open year round and is dedicated to the preservation, creation, presentation and promotion of the cultural arts of Mexican Americans and Latino cultures.
We have been there many times and absolutely love it! We usually take a sort hike from or to the center which is conveniently located on the path of the Lady Bird Lake Hike and Bike trail right next to Rainey Street. When we arrive through the trail the first thing we see is the Tejano Music Legends sculpture. It depicts the Perez brothers playing the saxophone and the Ramos brothers engaged in song.
We also love the Caminos Legacy Murals. It was commissioned as a community arts mentorship project lead by J. Muzacs. Many teenage students in the Caminos program painted the mural. It depicts the vibrant community they live in as well as their perspective on the future of their own culture.
The center is open from Monday to Friday from 10am-5:30pm and Saturdays from 10am-4pm unless there is an event. Other amazing activities to look forward to is their open invitation to create Dia de los Muertos altars. Check out their web page for more information.
Some kids love taking hikes, others not so much! There are reasons why we encourage our kids to walk but the main one is to keep them healthy. This is why we are proud that during the summer our kids walked on average 3.5 miles a day. Most of the days we walked that much to get to and from our bus stops, and while exploring during our adventures. If the weather was nice, we did a long nature walk on Fridays.
When you walk more oxygen flows to your brain. Promoting oxygen flow allows your brain to learn faster and to adapt to anything you set your mind to!
When you walk you reach places that you wouldn’t be able to go to by car or other means.
When you walk your legs and feet may hurt, but it is usually because your muscles are getting stronger! Other reasons include: wearing your shoes backwards. Dragging your feet.
When you walk you help the environment by skipping the pollution your car may generate.
So now you know why it is important, take a hike and you’ll find out why it is also so much fun!