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See children’s theater and more Austin family events, March 26-April 1

See children’s theater and more Austin family events, March 26-April 1

Events Zilker Garden Festival. Many kids events within the garden festival, including building birdhouses. $10 adults, $4 children 4-12. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday. 2220 Barton Springs Road. zilkergarden.org Theater “Elephant and Piggie: We Are in a Play!” The Mo Willems story comes to the stage. 2 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays through April 30. 11 a.m. Saturdays. $16-$21. Zach Theatre’s...
Get your tickets to Parents’ Night Out at new Alamo Drafthouse, Thinkery

Get your tickets to Parents’ Night Out at new Alamo Drafthouse, Thinkery

The new Alamo Drafthouse at Mueller will have family-friendly activities, including in the Barrel O’ Fun, but it turns into the Bar O’ Fun at night.
Get free tickets to Pollyanna Theatre’s “All Aboard”

Get free tickets to Pollyanna Theatre’s “All Aboard”

“All Aboard” is on stage with Pollyanna Theatre Company at the Long Center. Austin family theater group Pollyanna Theatre Company will be presenting its newest play “All Aboard” beginning next week at the Long Center.
Register now to make lemonade for annual Lemonade Day

Register now to make lemonade for annual Lemonade Day

Finn Holt was the 12-year-old winner of the 2016 Austin Lemonade Day contest. Photo from Austin Lemonade Day.
Does your kid not conform? She might be seen as smart, UT study says

Does your kid not conform? She might be seen as smart, UT study says

A new study in the Journal of Experimental Psychology: General looked at how kids who followed adults’ directions were viewed in the United States versus in Vanuatu in the South Pacific. Researchers, one of whom is UT assistant professor of psychology Cristine Legare, showed two different videos to adults. One video showed an adult doing a task (making a necklace) and then a child doing that...
Woman who made CDC anti-smoking ad talks about her experience

Woman who made CDC anti-smoking ad talks about her experience

Amanda Brenden might look familiar. Often, people can’t quite remember where they have seen her. Brenden has been on your TV and in magazines. She’s not your typical celebrity. She’s a mom of three children from Eau Claire, Wis., who is trying to get pregnant women to understand the danger of smoking while pregnant. Brenden is part of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention&rsquo...
Cost of daycare the same as college tuition, study finds

Cost of daycare the same as college tuition, study finds

Childcare Aware of American (yes, it’s a group that wants you to be aware of how much child care costs and change that) has some interesting statistics for the new group of parents: Millennials. In Texas, the average cost of having an infant in a child care center is $9,207. The cost of having an infant and a 4-year-old (a completely plausible scenario) is $17,020. Turns out the cost of public...
Chess takes 14-year-old Emily Nguyen from Austin around the world

Chess takes 14-year-old Emily Nguyen from Austin around the world

Emily Nguyen was 4 when she found a chess set at the Round Rock Public Library. “She wanted to move the chess pieces, she wanted to play,” her mother, Uyen Tran, says. Soon, her father, Nam Nguyen, was teaching her as he had her older brother, Anthony. A year later, Emily was competing in tournaments. “I like calculating everything and knowing I have the power to do whatever I want...
Be inspired by authors visiting Austin in April

Be inspired by authors visiting Austin in April

A fledgling luchadora, a playground game for the ages and a princess warrior are all coming to Austin. While books themselves can certainly transport young readers, seeing an author in person does that and more, bringing the ideas, characters and words to life — not to mention inspiring authors-in-training for the future. April is full of author events in Austin aimed at picture-book readers...
Zach Theatre announces its 2017-2018 season. What’s in it for families?

Zach Theatre announces its 2017-2018 season. What’s in it for families?

The creators of “Cenicienta” will return with “The Adventures of Enoughie” for the 2017-2018 season at Zach Theatre.
Woman featured in CDC anti-smoking ad talks about pregnancy and smoking and her experience

Woman featured in CDC anti-smoking ad talks about pregnancy and smoking and her experience

Amanda Brenden is featured in Tips from a Former Smoker ad campaign from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Millennial parents, your daycare for one child is like paying college tuition every year

Millennial parents, your daycare for one child is like paying college tuition every year

Child Care Aware of America’s map of cost of child care of Millennial parents found these statistics about Texas.
Chess takes 14-year-old Emily Nguyen around the world

Chess takes 14-year-old Emily Nguyen around the world

Emily Nguyen, 14, is ranked as a junior girls chess player and is going to be playing in the U.S. women’s championship in St.
Ready to spring clean your kids’ toys? Now you can recycle them

Ready to spring clean your kids’ toys? Now you can recycle them

Turn your broken toys into park benches and picnic tables. TerraCycle, Tom’s of Maine   Oh, I know there are toy boxes all over Austin that are full of broken toys that don’t work, haven’t been thought of in years and will never see their former glory again.
WebMD now studying pregnant women who use its app

WebMD now studying pregnant women who use its app

  WebMD is asking women who are pregnant and use its pregnancy app to help gather information about pregnancy risks. The Centers for Disease Control estimates that in the United States about 65,000 women a year have severe pregnancy complications and about 600 died because of those complications. WebMD will be asking pregnant women to share some details including medication use, vaccinations...
Your kids and poison don’t mix. Some reminders for poison prevention week

Your kids and poison don’t mix. Some reminders for poison prevention week

Laundry detergent pods are one of those household items we don’t think of as poisonous, but they are.
Last week for rodeo and more fun things to do as a family, March 19-25

Last week for rodeo and more fun things to do as a family, March 19-25

Events Rodeo Austin. Check out the rodeo, stock show, fair and more. 10 a.m. to midnight through Saturday. $8 adults, $5 child ages 3-12, free 2 and younger. Rodeo, concert and carnival extra. 9100 Decker Lake Road. RodeoAustin.com Theater “Elephant and Piggie: We Are in a Play!” The Mo Willems story comes to the stage. 2 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays through April 30. $16-$21...
IBM makes it easier for nursing moms with rooms, shipping service

IBM makes it easier for nursing moms with rooms, shipping service

Working breast-feeding mothers of Austin, get ready to be jealous. Earlier this year, we visited one of two mothers’ rooms at IBM’s Austin offices and met with Carlie Bower, who is program director for cloud platform development. When she returned to work, Bower pumped breast milk for her son, Elian, who is now 1, as well as milk she donated to Mothers’ Milk Bank of Austin. She plans...
10 things “Beauty and the Beast” can teach your kids

10 things “Beauty and the Beast” can teach your kids

The new live-action “Beauty and the Beast” is full of many good lessons you’ll want your kids to learn, much more than the animated 1991 version. Here are some of those important messages: Women don’t need a man to save them. They can be the hero. Belle saves her father, saves the beast, helps save the castle. ...
Talking STEAM education, moving beyond TV shows with Cartoon Network

Talking STEAM education, moving beyond TV shows with Cartoon Network

Hey, kids. Cartoon Network has begun to figure you out. It knows that you like to do more than just sit down and watch a TV show. It knows you like to run apps, play its games and do more with its characters. And it also knows that it’s a partner in creating a generation of digitally literate people who will have the critical skills they’ll need. “What matters to this generation...
Raising a beautifully blended multicultural child? New book from MixedNation celebrates your family

Raising a beautifully blended multicultural child? New book from MixedNation celebrates your family

Luke Whitehead started MixedNation and the Eracism campaign. Sixteen years ago, when we were expecting our first child, my husband and I wrote a column in the Statesman for a year about raising a multicultural child.
Need a babysitter in a hurry? UrbanSitter app connects you with Austin sitters

Need a babysitter in a hurry? UrbanSitter app connects you with Austin sitters

Parents on UrbanSitter can see sitters who have been used by other parents in their social circles. Lynn Perkins is like many of us.
“Beauty and the Beast” beautiful to look at, beastly to get through

“Beauty and the Beast” beautiful to look at, beastly to get through

“Tale as old as time …” Disney, in all its wisdom, decides to capitalize on an animated classic and turn it into a live-action film. Sometimes it works, especially when it tells a different part of the story or tells the story in a different way. 2014’s “Maleficent” with Angelina Jolie worked because it wasn’t the frame-for-frame story of “Sleeping...
Parents, new free support group open to Austin middle-schoolers with mental health concerns

Parents, new free support group open to Austin middle-schoolers with mental health concerns

#OK2Talk is a support group for teens. Last fall we wrote about the rate of suicide, specifically among middle school girls.
International study being done at Dell Children’s for Niemann-Pick disease reaches full enrollment

International study being done at Dell Children’s for Niemann-Pick disease reaches full enrollment

Pam Andrews, her husband Chris Andrews, and their two children Belle, 7, and Abby, 2, color together in their home in Southwest Austin last May.
10 things “Beauty and the Beast” can teach your kids that you’ll want them to learn

10 things “Beauty and the Beast” can teach your kids that you’ll want them to learn

This image released by Disney shows Dan Stevens as The Beast, left, and Emma Watson as Belle in a live-action adaptation of the animated classic “Beauty and the Beast.
What’s new from Cartoon Network? Talking STEAM education and moving beyond the TV show before SXSW screening

What’s new from Cartoon Network? Talking STEAM education and moving beyond the TV show before SXSW screening

The new “OK KO!” from Cartoon Network premieres Monday at SXSW. Hey, kids. Cartoon Network has begun to figure you out.
Can women have work-life balance and have a career? Lisen Stromberg discusses in new book

Can women have work-life balance and have a career? Lisen Stromberg discusses in new book

Lisen Stromberg wrote “Work Pause Thrive.” Lisen Stromberg was at South by Southwest Sunday signing her book “Work Pause Thrive: How to Pause for Parenthood Without Killing Your Career.
Make art, hear music and more family fun in Austin, March 12-18

Make art, hear music and more family fun in Austin, March 12-18

Events Rodeo Austin. 10 a.m. to midnight through March 25. $8 adults, $5 child ages 3-12, free 2 and younger. Rodeo, concert and carnival extra. Travis County Expo Center, 7311 Decker Lane. RodeoAustin.com Youth Ceramic Workshop. For ages 7-12. 10 a.m. Tuesday or Thursday. $25. Asian American Resource Center, 8401 Cameron Road. Register at austintexas.gov/parksregister. ABC Kite Festival...
Put these things on your spring break to-do lists

Put these things on your spring break to-do lists

The ABC Zilker Kite Festival has been rescheduled to Sunday, fingers crossed. AMERICAN-STATESMAN 2012 Spring break is a great time to reset the clock, as it were, on your family life.
Austin-based SchooLinks helps high schoolers, colleges find match

Austin-based SchooLinks helps high schoolers, colleges find match

This college thing is looming in my house. Every day, a new brochure from some school arrives in the mailbox with my 10th-grader’s name on it. And while we’ve had general “what do you want to be when you grow up, young man?” conversations and even “any idea what school you’d like to go to?” we haven’t really dipped our toes into the confusing pool of...
5 things to do with your kids this spring break in Austin

5 things to do with your kids this spring break in Austin

It’s spring break! Didn’t plan an exotic getaway to the beach? We didn’t either, but we’re planning to have a lot of fun in and around Austin with our families. Here are some of the best events for families Central Texas has to offer: 1. Rodeo Get away from downtown’s hipster hangouts to find the cowboys and pig racers at the Expo Center. Rodeo Austin. We...
Your kids don’t conform? Good news. That’s a sign of intelligence in the U.S., University of Texas study says

Your kids don’t conform? Good news. That’s a sign of intelligence in the U.S., University of Texas study says

Is your kid the kind of kid that would do the exercises with mom if you went to a Tribe class or is your kid the one would be walking around?
Did your kids attend Westminster Presbyterian Day School? Reconnect for 40th birthday

Did your kids attend Westminster Presbyterian Day School? Reconnect for 40th birthday

Westminster Presbyterian Day School’s Ruth Ann Lostracco with her son, Anthony Lostracco, who was one of the first students, and his children Hutton and Parry, who are students at the school now.
Here comes the Easter Bunny! Find him at your local mall

Here comes the Easter Bunny! Find him at your local mall

Sam Peraza, 2, smiles as he looks up at the Easter Bunny Sunday at the Upper Valley Mall. Staff photo by Bill Lackey I have to say, I still don’t understand this tradition of going to the mall to get a picture taken with the Easter Bunny.
Looking ahead: 5 things to do with Austin kids during spring break

Looking ahead: 5 things to do with Austin kids during spring break

Bullfighter Wacy Munsellbulllooks for an opportunity to distract a bull named 805 Major Malfunction as fighter Lance Brittan lands after being hooked by the bull when he was saving bull rider Reid Barker in the 2014 Rodeo Austin.
Kites to fly, museums to explore, a rodeo to see with kids, March 5-11

Kites to fly, museums to explore, a rodeo to see with kids, March 5-11

Events ABC Kite Festival. Fly a kite as well as make one. New this year, kids zone with face painting, kite making, hair braiding and more sponsored by St. David’s Children’s Hospital and MossFest Children’s Concert from Texas Mutual with bands like Hey Lolly and Trout Fishing in America. Free. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. (Rain date March 12.) Zilker Park. Parking is available...
Have fun with with Mo Willems’ “Elephant and Piggie” at Zach Theatre

Have fun with with Mo Willems’ “Elephant and Piggie” at Zach Theatre

If your kids love the “Elephant & Piggie” books by Mo Willems, they will be rolling in the aisles of Zach Theatre’s Kleburg Theatre for “Elephant & Piggie’s: We are in a Play.” The play explores themes of friendship. What happens when a friend breaks a toy? Do you stop being their friend? Of course not. Should you share your ice cream cone with your friend? Probably...
Know how to take great bluebonnet photos with your kids

Know how to take great bluebonnet photos with your kids

The bluebonnets are here! You’re going to want to take pictures of your family in the bluebonnets. It’s tradition, after all. Here are six tips on taking photos in the bluebonnets: The quality of your pictures has more to do with the quality of your lenses than any other factor, including the type of camera you are using. Take closeups with a...
Austin moms create apps for bilingual home, kids’ sports games

Austin moms create apps for bilingual home, kids’ sports games

Aileen Passariello-McAleer and Christia Madacsi Hoffman wanted their children to learn Spanish at a young age, and they bet that they weren’t the only moms who wanted to create a bilingual environment at home. The Austin moms created the MamaLingua app, which offers real phrases a mom would actually use with her child. The phrases are things like: “Do you have to go to the bathroom? ¿...
Austin moms want to help family go Off the Grid with game in a box

Austin moms want to help family go Off the Grid with game in a box

Starting Friday night through tonight, it’s officially the National Day of Unplugging. It’s a 24 hour period when people are asked to put away their phones and other electronic devices to connect with their families. Two Austin moms Julie Farnie and Kate Scholz have created a game to help you unplug, especially with your tweens and tweens. It’s also a chance to talk about what values...
New all-kids programming channel coming to KLRU

New all-kids programming channel coming to KLRU

If you love “Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood,” you will be able to watch it on 18.4, KLRU PBS KIDS.
Is your kid ready to search for college? Austin-based SchooLinks helps make a match

Is your kid ready to search for college? Austin-based SchooLinks helps make a match

Each college has a profile page on Austin-based SchooLinks, which was created to help connect high school students to potential colleges.
Let’s go fly a kite and family fun this weekend, March 3-5

Let’s go fly a kite and family fun this weekend, March 3-5

Marc Alcedo shows his daugthers, Avery, 4, left, and Cameron, 6, right, the fine points of kite flying at annual Zilker Park Kite Festival in 2010.
What’s in store for families at new Alamo Drafthouse at Mueller? Take a look

What’s in store for families at new Alamo Drafthouse at Mueller? Take a look

The new Barrel O’ Fun at the new Alamo Drafthouse at Mueller is where many family-friendly programming will happen.
Need a way to unplug? Austin moms want you to go Off The Grid with new game

Need a way to unplug? Austin moms want you to go Off The Grid with new game

Off the Grid allows you to have a conversation with your kids about their use of screens and social media.

Do you remember Doublescoop column in the Statesman?

Before there was Raising Austin, there was Doublescoop, a column that ran in the Statesman several times a week. The goal was to give kids ideas of what to do during the hours between the end of the school day and dinner time. Now author Jane Manaster is looking to connect with the kids, who are now in their 40s, who read her column. She wonders if any stayed in touch with the penpals she encouraged...
Is Texas a great place to be a woman? Survey says …

Is Texas a great place to be a woman? Survey says …

The Women’s March on Austin is one of nearly 300 sister marches happening around the world to take place on Jan.
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