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Take the Reverse Advent Calendar Challenge – Starts December 1st!

One of our Christmas traditions is the advent calendar. Our kids LOVE to open one little surprise every day in December.

This year, we're going to do something a little different (although we're still doing the usual advent calendar) and we challenge you to do the exact same: A Reverse Advent Calendar. What do you need to do? Read on.

By Birgit Sund on December 1, 2020

How You Can Help Connect Children Waiting for Adoption With Loving Families

The Heart Gallery
November Is National Adoption Month.

Every year over 600 children in Central Texas wait for a forever family, a place to call home. The Heart Gallery is a portrait exhibit and community education/outreach initiative that brings to life the beautiful personalities of children who are waiting to be adopted. Many of these are older children, sibling groups, and children with special needs—often referred to as forgotten children.

Read on and learn about the stories of these beautiful children.
By Birgit Sund on November 18, 2020

How to Get Your Kids Involved in Social Good this GivingTuesday

Central Texas Food Bank
Live Here I Give Here’s Actions for Good campaign is happening November 1st – December 1st as part of the global GivingTuesday generosity movement. It’s a great opportunity for parents and caregivers to share their values around philanthropy and get the kiddos involved in doing some good right here in Central Texas — the place we love to call home.

Giving back makes kids feel empowered and instilling the value of generosity can have lifelong benefits, including: enhancing your mood, fostering optimism, reducing depression, and creating healthy relationships. Generosity has even been linked to higher rates of happiness. Here's how to get your kids involved in Social Good.
By Birgit Sund on November 11, 2020

Give Thanks Fundraiser to Help Fight Abuse and Domestic Violence

Broken Hearts and Calloused Hands
Broken Hearts and Calloused Hands, a non-profit organization located in Lago Vista, TX, with the mission to combat abuse and domestic violence is hosting a fundraiser to raise awareness and funds to help and bring hope to domestic violence victims transitioning out of dangerous situations through providing resources, temporary shelter and counseling for individuals and families.

Prizes include gift cards to local business, incl. Painting with a Twist, Amy's Ice Cream, The Melting Pot, Flat Creek Winery and many more. Read on for details and to get your raffle tickets.
By Birgit Sund on November 5, 2020

What To Do With Too Much Halloween Candy


Too much Halloween candy? Here’s what you can do.
By Birgit Sund on November 1, 2020

Free Childcare Services At Select Travis County Voting Locations Provided By Babysitting Connection



Great news: Austin is experiencing a record-breaking early voting turnout!

Downfall: long lines and long waiting hours, which are strenuous for parents who need to bring their children along with them to the polls.

This is where Austin based babysitter agency Babysitting Connection comes into play. In order to make it easier for families to get to the polls and get their vote and voices heard, Babysitting Connection is offering free childcare for voters in line at select Travis County polling locations during early voting as well as on Election Day. Read on for details.
By Birgit Sund on October 21, 2020

Please Help Dart'em Up Stay in Business

We were sad to hear that Dart’em Up, one of our kids' favorite indoor fun place (read our review of Dart’em Up here), is in danger of having to close its doors forever due to COVID-19 and want to help them raise awareness of their ongoing fundraiser. 

Here's a message from Richard McVay, Owner and Founder of Dart’em Up, one of the kindest and nicest persons we've met and who deeply cares about kids. 
By Birgit Sund on August 14, 2020

Food For Austin Families Fundraiser by Live Grow Play Austin Readers

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.
By Birgit Sund on April 7, 2020

Free Summer Camps In and Around Austin

It's never too early to start thinking about summer camps. Especially when registration for some summer camps are already open or closing soon or when they're free.

Free camps? Yes, there is such a thing as free camps. We've done quite some research to find camps in and around Austin (up to a 2.5 hr radius) that are not a financial burden to families, especially families that already have enough to worry about.

By Birgit Sund on February 24, 2020

I Live Here I Give Here Invites Austin Families to Give Back on Amplify Austin Day

I Live Here I Give Here Invites Austin Families to Give Back on Amplify Austin Day
Volunteering fosters many desirable traits that all parents want their children to possess. However, many children wonder what’s going to be in it for them. How will it directly affect them and their well-being? Many organizations in and around Austin are at the forefront of answering this question and are giving children an incentive to participate in creating a culture of generosity in their community while also encouraging their entire family to join in. 
By Birgit Sund on February 20, 2020