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Splash Pads are allowed to reopen at 25% capacity. While some pools in the Austin area are or will open soon, splash pads are still an unknown. As of right now, one lonely splash pad will open this week.

Note: splash pads hours subject to change. Always check the splash pad's website before visiting.
June 1, 2020


While summer camps are able to open, many summer camp providers are still hesitant and have decided to either offer virtual summer camps only, or to offer both, virtual camps and in-person camps.

Virtual summer camps are — well, they're virtual, and not location-bound. Technically, a child in Austin, Texas could participate in a camp in Anchorage, Alaska this summer. However, we encourage you to support local businesses and give one of the following a try.
May 28, 2020


Water parks are allowed to reopen at 25% capacity starting Friday, May 26, 2020. While most pools in the Austin area have not decided yet whether and when they will reopen, a few plan on opening within the next week.

Note: Pool hours subject to change. Always check the pool's website before visiting.
May 26, 2020

Many children in and around Austin participate in the free or reduced meals programs at their school. When school is over for the summer it can be an expensive time for many families.

Fortunately, many schools and organizations in and around Austin offer a Summer Food Service Program where children age 18 and under can visit a summer meal site throughout the summer while school is out of session to receive free meals, snacks and participate in fun activities. Read on for participating locations. 

May 22, 2020


Yay for warmer temperatures, 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 7, 2020

Austin Youth Fitness
Obviously, this is a difficult time for everybody and many local businesses are getting hit extremely hard. We therefore want to use our little platform and help in any way we can.

We asked local businesses to let us know of any products, services, or activities they're currently offering, that can help Austin families keep their kids busy and make this time as enjoyable as possible for their kids and their whole family. In the coming days, we will be introducing those offers on our blog. Sign up for our newsletter, so you don't miss any of these awesome deals.

Read about Austin Youth Fitness' Home Running and Biking Groups for Pre-K to 8th Grade.
April 9, 2020

Food For Austin Families Fundraiser by Live Grow Play Austin Readers
Last Saturday, the Central Texas Food Bank was able to provide food for 1,515 households at a special drive-thru food distribution in Austin. Do you know how long a car line of 1,515 households looks like? Read on and see for yourself, and join us in raising funds for the Central Texas Food Bank, as more food distributions like this are in the works and monetary donations are desperately needed.
April 7, 2020

Moolah U
Obviously, this is a difficult time for everybody and many local businesses are getting hit extremely hard. We therefore want to use our little platform and help in any way we can.

We asked local businesses to let us know of any products, services, or activities they're currently offering, that can help Austin families keep their kids busy and make this time as enjoyable as possible for their kids and their whole family. In the coming days, we will be introducing those offers on our blog. Sign up for our newsletter, so you don't miss any of these awesome deals.

Read about Moolah U's Online Camps.
April 3, 2020

Squishy Banana Studios
Obviously, this is a difficult time for everybody and many local businesses are getting hit extremely hard. We therefore want to use our little platform and help in any way we can.

We asked local businesses to let us know of any products, services, or activities they're currently offering, that can help Austin families keep their kids busy and make this time as enjoyable as possible for their kids and their whole family. In the coming days, we will be introducing those offers on our blog. Sign up for our newsletter, so you don't miss any of these awesome deals.

Read about Squishy Banana Studios' online, interactive film classes.
April 1, 2020

Sportball's free Zoom Classes
Obviously, this is a difficult time for everybody and many local businesses are getting hit extremely hard. We therefore want to use our little platform and help in any way we can.

We asked local businesses to let us know of any products, services, or activities they're currently offering, that can help Austin families keep their kids busy and make this time as enjoyable as possible for their kids and their whole family. In the coming days, we will be introducing those offers on our blog. Sign up for our newsletter, so you don't miss any of these awesome deals.

Read about Sportball's free Zoom Classes.
March 30, 2020