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Back in March, we couldn’t really prepare for remote learning, since nobody knew what to expect and what to prepare for. This time around it is different. I know exactly how to get ready and what to stock up on. Here’s my Back to Virtual-School List:
August 4, 2020

Three Paws series
We have a new book review! Three Paws & Three Paws’ New Family was written by Karen Struck. With this book series, the author is encouraging children to "dream their life and live it".

The two-part series Three Paws and Three Paws’ New Family feature an Alaskan Grizzly cub named Boots. Boots sustains an injury that leaves him with a bit of a physical challenge. His dream has always been to be an expert salmon catcher, but this injury sets him back on his dream. 

Read the book review of a fellow Live Grow Play Austin reader and enter for a chance to win your own copy. This is a set of 2 books and comes with a cute teddy bear.
July 30, 2020


Listen up, bookworms and Moms and Dads of future bookworms! Does your kiddo love to read or love to listen when you read to them?

We receive many children’s book review requests and just can’t keep up with reviewing all the books ourselves anymore. We'd hate to turn the authors down since we love books and we love to support the awesome people who help educate and entertain our little ones.

We know that many of you are or have little book lovers at home, so we wanted to see if anybody would be interested in a “Read and Share” program, where you have the opportunity to receive free books in return for book reviews? Read on for details.
July 21, 2020

The Grateful Thread masks

With the statewide mask mandate currently in place and – although not required – many parents voluntarily and out of precaution wanting their kids under the age of 10 to wear a mask, the demand for kids face masks is high.

Marianne, a stay-at-home mom of three kids (4, 3 and 15 months) from Cedar Park, sews for fun all the time (costumes, linens, alterations, etc). Here's how she started her face mask business The Grateful Thread. Plus, see our beautiful masks she made for us.

July 14, 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. 

July 6, 2020


Splash Pads are allowed to reopen. See below which splash pads are open and which splash pads are still closed. 

Note: splash pads hours subject to change. Always check the splash pad's website before visiting.
July 2, 2020

Drawings Nursing Homes
As we all know, nursing homes, long-term care facilities, and assisted living communities have been hit extra hard by our current health crisis. As per the CDC, “Given their congregate nature and resident population served (e.g., older adults often with underlying chronic medical conditions), nursing home populations are at high risk of being affected by respiratory pathogens like COVID-19.” However, not only are they particularly vulnerable when it comes to their health, they’re also hit extra hard with isolation.

Many residents haven’t received in-person visits from family and friends since March, as most facilities limit community entry to essential visitors only (those necessary for resident care and community operations) and don’t allow in-house social visits, public events or outings.

In addition – and that is an ongoing situation and not specific to COVID-19 – some residents may not have family and friends close by or may not have visitors at all. 

We therefore invite families in and around Austin to join us in bringing a smile to many sad faces, and this is how.

June 13, 2020

COTA Bike Night
We did something super cool on Tuesday. Of course, we picked the hottest day of the week, but it was a blast and probably a once in a lifetime experience — although, we could do it again every Tuesday in June, September, and October (minus October 27).

So, what did we do? We rode our bikes on the only Formula 1 and MotoGP racetrack in the country — Austin's Circuit of The Americas!

June 12, 2020


In Austin, popular childcare options include day cares, nannies, mothers-day-out programs, stay-at-home parents, and possibly family members. There are pros and cons to every option, and there is no right childcare solution for every family.

Unfortunately for the Giovannoli family, they were stuck on waitlists for all of their top daycare options, nannies felt too expensive, and their families lived too far away. Out of necessity, parents Drew and Alexandra discovered the concept of a "nanny-share".

Learn more about nanny-share and nanny-share options in Austin.
June 12, 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