Hiking offers a great opportunity to learn, exercise and enjoy nature, but not all kids seem to like it! Easing into hiking can begin before they can even walk. The millage is not what’s important, but what happens in the hike. Take your time and enjoy your hike!
Our first rule while hiking is “if you can’t se us, we can’t see you”. Some kids will get over excited and try to explore ahead. Especially if they are too young, keeping them in sight is important. If the group is big an adult should be at the beginning of the line and another at the end. Line leaders work well sometimes too.
Learning about Texas history is best when you're out and about. Here are the best places to learn about history!
The Bob Bullock Museum offers a permanent exhibit on Texas history. We like to walk on the second floor and learn about the Austin, Houston, Santana and the independence fight. The third floor is a leap many years later. It displays the oil industry, the music scene and the space race that developed in our beloved state.
During our January Holiday Adventures we visited the Austin Aquarium. It was a great day visit were kids learned a lot about many animals. We saw the expected fish, stingrays and birds and were surprised at the new addition: Lemurs!
The aquarium is specifically tailored to appeal to the younger crowd so we love it. It is very hands on and the tour guides kept us engaged at all times. Speaking of hands on: check out the animals with which we could interact!
The aquarium is open daily from 10am to 7pm so bring your lunch!
Join us in this year's MLK day celebration! Every year the City of Austin remembers Mr. King with a March and Festival. ATX Kids Club is glad to take our kids to this community festival every year! We love the march and the live performances too.
As part of this celebration we like to visit the Texas State Capitol or the LBJ Library to complement a fun day with lot's of learning! Registrations are still open for Garrison Park and Pease Park.
Our favorite park has once again open it's annual Trail of Lights. You can catch it until December 23th. Walk around the North Pole, Candy Cane Lane and Zilker Village, and take a good camera. Also, go to their website to find the free general admission dates!
They will have a special Movie night at the trail tomorrow December 13th with the classic "The Polar Express" so make sure to bring a blanket and your favorite snack!
Every year, Mozar'ts cafe puts on a light show unlike any other. The event has grown through the years and is as good as always. Millionsof lights dance to the rhythm of the longhorn's anthem and Christmas Carols alike.
Stop by at any time from 6-11 every day except Thanksgiving and Christmas Day to enjoy the light show and other amenities. They will have pianists through the event and Christmas Carols on certain days. To help with the overflow of people they have closed the parking lot right in front of the cafe and installed a tent were you can get the best hot cocoa with marshmallows included!
The event is family friendly and the hours are perfect for an afternoon activity in December. Dress accordingly as it gets very cold!
Austin City Hall is located right across Vic Mathias Shores. It's architecture and size separate this building from the massive developments around it. Don't be afraid to walk in as it is community friendly. You can do so from 8 to 5 Monday through Friday.
You can schedule a Tour before visiting or you can just walk in. Why would kids have any business in City Hall you ask? The first answer is The People's Gallery.
The People's Gallery is a showcase of local artists that motivate dialog, understanding and enjoyment of visual art. It is not very interactive, but it's a great opportunity to learn about sculptures, symbols and materials with kids. The best part is that it is a year round and free exhibit. Every year they add to the gallery as they have an open call for submissions from August through October.
Happy THANKSGIVING to all! We are grateful to live in this amazing city that keeps growing and offering us new things to explore. We are grateful for our amazing kiddos that keep comming back. We are grateful for our donors, sponsors and all our supporters!