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Originally a weekend-long music festival to showcase local talent, South by Southwest quickly attracted national and international attention. Now bands and fans come from all over, and the week-long m
Last year's event was such a success, the Wildflower Center is doing it again! Check out quality children's books, meet authors, explore the grounds, play in the children's garden, and participate in
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One thing that’s great about the Texas Book Festival is that you can make it as simple or full as you'd like. Families can be perfectly content hanging out on the Capitol lawn, rolling down hills, rea
Barton Hill Farms had been on my “to do” list for a couple of years. Recently, the kids and I got to check it out. The day trip was a hit! It reminded us of the surprises that make exploring new plac
The Austin City Limits Festival spans two weekends and showcases over one hundred bands, bringing local musicians and big acts from across the globe to play on its eight stages. Fans come to catch the
Don’t leave yourself mourning, “O had I but follow’d the arts!” Go see Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night on the roof of the downtown Whole Foods Market! It’s glorious and devilishly funny. The fairly simp
“How long did it take you to write the book?” I often get asked. “Four years,” I answer. The next question usually follows, “Did you go to every place you wrote about?” “Yep, and always with kids
A scenic hour and a half drive from Austin, Longhorn Caverns makes a great day trip to one of the most beautiful underground hikes in the Texas hill country. Tour guides spin geology, history and Te
In celebration of summertime adventures, order your copy of Exploring Austin with Kids and get 20% off and free shipping! * Get new ideas for summer fun, from swimming holes and stargazing to farm
Biking on smooth pavement in the Hill Country sans cars makes an outing to the Veloway worth the trip, especially for young bikers. The 3-mile loop (that can be shortened to 1 mile with a shortcut
Pack snacks and water. My kids actually get excited to carry their own water (and will drink more) when it’s in Camelbak packs on their backs or when they carry their own stash of snacks and a drink
Camp Mabry, an operating military post open to the public, offers a surprising range of activities for young civilians, from tank and aircraft displays to a military museum and even fishing. Extendin
Note: Upon the retirement of owners Paul and Georgean Kyle, Rootin' Ridge Toymakers closed its doors in December 2015. It will be missed! If Fred Rogers were still alive, exploring his neighborhood,
BUY ONE BOOK, GIVE ONE FREE! To celebrate the spirit of giving, buy a copy of Exploring Austin with Kids through the book website and you'll receive a second copy to give as a gift - free of charge! A
Come see me at the Texas Book Festival! I'll be signing copies with the Texas Writers' League from 4:00-5:00 on Sunday. Look for me in Tent 4. Here's a map. If you have a copy already, bring it! My
You're used to packing clothes and toiletries for a trip. When camping, don't forget these things too! Home away from home √ Tent √ Tarp for beneath tent and/or for shoes outside tent door √ Slee
Looking for something to do with little ones under 5? Come learn about animals that live at night and find out where you can spot them in Austin, dance to animal-themed music, create a bat craft and g
In a small white house with a welcoming front porch where you order at the windows, Casey’s New Orleans Snowballs sits on 51st Street and Airport Boulevard. You’ll spot it from the line of folks that
Jason Rodriguez was “born and raised in South Austin,” and he says it with that classic, laid back, South Austin pride. His family has owned and operated the concession stand near the Zephyr for over
Have you ever wondered what’s inside the big white building on the corner of the Capitol grounds? It houses the Capitol Visitors Center and it is filled with kid-friendly activities and exhibits! I h
Contained within the bounds of Zilker Park, there are over a dozen family-friendly things to do! To make it easy to find them all, I created this handy dandy kid-centric map. You can download a copy o
Add this one to your guidebook! This update will appear in the second printing of the book that goes to press this month: "Be sure to check out the Luci and Ian Family Garden, especially with young
The app is on sale this week! It's to honor those planner moms who spend hours researching fun things to do as a family and could use a break or a smidgeon of inspiration, the spontaneous moms who whi
Tuesday, April 22nd, is Earth Day! Exploring Austin with Kids will be celebrating with a book signing and children’s activities at the Earth Day Fair at St. Edward's University. Concoct tasty compost
My ten-year old daughter thought my author bio a bit too dry (and not funny). So she spruced it up and added a bit of spice. I think she captured the essence of our family pretty well (better than I d
Looking for fun ways to get your signed copy? Come on out! Sunday, 1/14/18 When I Grow Up Festival Asian American Resource Center 10:00 am - 2:00 pm This free, fun, family-friendly festival featu
And it's so COOL!!! Not only is it the lightest way to carry the book around with you, but you can call ahead, check hours, or pull up the websites of the places you're headed at the touch of a bu
This Sunday, March 2nd, Annette Lucksinger will be signing copies of Exploring Austin with Kids and giving sneak peeks of the app! Drop by during the Bullock Museum Free First Sundays event 12:00 - 3
One thing about working on a guidebook is that you can’t put off trying things on the “to do” list. You’ve got to do them now, especially annual events since they don't come around often. Juggle Fest
Come on out to Hill's Cafe on Sunday, March 2nd, from 4:00-6:00 for the big book launch! There will be lots of fun kid activities in addition to the book signing! A juggler and balloon twister will be
Nicole Basham of the local blog, LiveMom, recently interviewed Annette Lucksinger about the book. Check out the interview!
The book will be out soon! You can pre-order it now, or come to the Book Launch Party to get a signed copy. You’re all invited! ...
Step into this narrow slip of a store, seemingly miles long to children as their eyes pop at the ceiling-to-floor candy selections, and the phrase “like a kid in a candy shop” is taken to a whole ne
Visitors will enjoy this open-air tour of the city in an amphibious vehicle that travels from downtown into Lake Austin. Locals will likely learn some new nuggets of information as well. For instanc
This festival has celebrated the simple joy of springtime kite flying since 1929, making Austin home to the longest continuously running kite festival in the country. Zilker Park is dedicated to
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