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Slime birthday party

It's fall y'all and that means: it's time for Art Barn ATX' fun seasonal art classes and workshops for the whole family! Check out upcoming events at Art Barn ATX as well as information about celebrating your child's ultimate kids birthday party in today's blog post.
September 26, 2022

Children’s Consignment Sale Just Between Friends Williamson County
Award winning children’s and maternity consignment sale Just Between Friends Williamson County is coming back to Leander on September 28th-October 1st, 2022!

JBF Williamson County is a bargain hunter’s dream with 28,000 sq ft of quality items inspected by a recall specialist for 50-90% off of retail prices.

Bring your family, friends, besties, or make it a meet-up for your Mom group. Children, strollers, and wagons welcome.

Read on for details and enter for a chance to win a $25 gift certificate or one Prime Time Shopping pass.
September 21, 2022

Lonely girl

Are you new to the area? Is your child starting school? Is your child struggling to make friends?

It is hard for parents to watch their child having trouble making friends in the classroom, on the playground, in the neighborhood, or any other place children their age mix and mingle.

Parents feel their children’s feelings and want them to be happy. However, trying to solve their children’s problems for them is ultimately not a solution. Instead, parents may guide their children in the right direction and get involved by talking with their child's teacher, read books about friendship, model behavior, try role play, or give them tools that may help them find their way and build relationships and friendships on their own.

Here is a one tool that will help your child break the ice at and outside of school.
August 25, 2022

 First Day Of School
Is your child anxious about going back to school after a long summer break or nervous about starting school for the first time? The following books will help your kids ease the transition (back) to school, calm the jitters, and get them excited about school. Read on for details.
July 29, 2022

The 'My Friends and I' book

Y’all, we did a thing! We published a book. A book your kiddos will love. 

The 'My Friends and I' book is a perfect little surprise for the upcoming First Day of School for your Preschooler, Elementary School or Middle School student and is also a great way to break the ice and get to know everybody in class!

The book captures memories of the young book owners and 39 friends, classmates, teachers, coaches, family members, or any other person in their lives.

Your child and their friends will answer questions like: What is your favorite food? What do you like to do in your free time? What songs do you like to listen to? What books do you like to read? What do you want to be when you grow up?

A picture box allows them to insert a picture of themselves or to draw a picture of their own.

We're super excited and are giving away 3 copies of the book and have 15% off promo code for all Live Grow Play Austin friends. Read on for details and a sneak peak of the book .

July 20, 2022



The average costs for school supplies every year is $35 which creates an extra burden for already challenged families as well as for teachers, who often spend their own money buying missing supplies for their classrooms and students.

In order to ease the burden of both families and teachers, school districts that are continuously facing tighter budgets, are trying to outsource the financial obligation by requesting that parents help provide  these supplies. 

Here is a list of Back-to-School Programs and School-Supply Drives in and around Austin.
July 13, 2022


These temperatures are brutal, and it's only May! But here's something to always keep in mind: even a cool spring or fall day isn’t safe for leaving a child inside a car

In 2016, Texas led the nation in the number of hot car infant deaths. 

This alarming trend has gone surprisingly unabated. Since 1990, over 600 children have died from overheating in a car. Yet it took Congress until June 2017 to introduce the Hot Cars Act that would require all cars to have back seat child detection technology. 

Until the bill is passed, the best we can do is to educate ourselves so our children don’t become one of the statistics. Here are some things to keep in mind as the temperature climbs toward the sweltering heat of summer.
May 19, 2022

steps you can take to ensure the safety of your infant’s formula
Are you affected by the current formula shortages? The Food and Nutrition Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture shares some steps you can take to ensure the safety of your infant’s formula.
May 16, 2022

It's getting hot! We need places to cool off! Thankfully, there are over 60 pools in the 512 that allow us to do exactly that.

Here's our list. Rate and leave a review for your favorite pool!

May 9, 2022

Texas Foster Care and Adoption Services

May is National Foster Care Month.

In Texas, over 10,000 children, often abused and neglected, are waiting for a foster family or an adoptive home. When neither is not found, these children are having to stay at Child Protective Services (CPS) offices on cots, siblings are being split up and placed in separate foster homes or in residential treatment centers (RTC's).

“Foster care is a challenging journey that takes a lot of a family’s resources. Not all of us are called to take on that responsibility at any point in time. But if we can provide care to the caregivers, we can become part of a meaningful network that is essential for a functioning foster care system. Here are 5 ways you can support a Foster Family.
May 5, 2022