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Peppermint Parkway at Circuit of The Americas [Giveaway]

COTA Peppermint Parkway Logo
Peppermint Parkway is a magical drive-thru holiday experience at Circuit of The Americas featuring one-mile of immersive holiday displays, millions of lights, dancing elves and more, on select nights from November 26th – December 26th, 6 p.m. - 10:30 p.m.

Read on for details and for a chance to win a Sweet Deal admission ticket.
By Birgit Sund on November 19, 2021

The Elf on the Shelf: A Christmas Musical At H-E-B Center Cedar Park [Event + Giveaway]

The Elf on the Shelf: A Christmas Musical At H-E-B Center Cedar Park
How about an Elf on the Shelf that requires no moving around? You heard that right, the elf's doing it all by itself! How? Find out below.

This holiday season, the beloved tradition that has captured the hearts of families everywhere returns to the live stage at the H-E-B Center in Cedar Park on Friday, December 10th!

The Elf on the Shelf: The Musical is the thrilling spectacle of music and dance that transports audiences to the North Pole to glimpse the magical lives of Santa’s Scout Elves. Featuring an original story and score, dazzling sets and costumes, and heartfelt moments that will bring the family together, this joyous and uplifting celebration will leave audiences captivated by the splendor of the season.

Read on for details and enter for a chance to win a family-4-pack of tickets to the show!
By Birgit Sund on November 1, 2021

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

Great Gift Alternatives To Toys For Kids In And Around Austin


Toys are important, toys are fun.

Some toys are amazing and enriching to a child's imagination, learning and creativity.

But: Many toys are just something that gets wrapped up in pretty paper, so your child has something to rip into on Christmas morning, or on their birthday, or on any other gift-inspired holiday. These toys often last only for a short time, are forgotten in no time, and end up on the landfill.

Austin is an amazing city to raise kids.

The Austin area has so much to give and offers some fantastic toy-alternatives that serve your children (and your entire family) well.
By Birgit Sund on November 27, 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

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

German Christmas Traditions And How To Prepare For Christmas The German Way


Christmas is the most important and most celebrated holiday in Germany and is very much enjoyed by children and parents alike. However, the Holiday season and pretty much the entire month of December (even the last week of November) demands a lot from parents in Germany. Preparing for the festivities is very time consuming and due to extreme sugar consumption you’ll see more kids bouncing off the walls and driving their parents insane than in any other month – as the following Christmas traditions will attest.

By Birgit Sund on December 5, 2019

Beautiful Holiday Photos With E&I Photography


Are you still looking for a photographer for your Holiday photos? Angie from E&I Photography still has some open slots specially for Live Grow Play Austin readers.

Take a look at her portfolio and book your Holiday session now.

By Birgit Sund on November 26, 2019

Austin Trail of Lights - One of Austin’s Favorite Holiday Traditions [Event + Giveaway]

Austin Trail of Lights - One of Austin’s Favorite Holiday Traditions
The 55th Annual Austin Trail of Lights, Austin’s largest holiday tradition, and the second biggest event in the city, will return to downtown Austin’s iconic Zilker Park December 10 – 23, 2019. The trail features 2 million lights illuminating the park, 90 lighted holiday trees and more than 70 other holiday displays, lighted tunnels, and the 155-foot Zilker Tree.

Read on for details about the event, how to get there, where to buy tickets, and to enter for a chance to win 4 ZIP passes to the Austin Trail of Lights.
By Birgit Sund on November 21, 2019

Every Child Deserves A Happy Halloween – Free Costumes For Children Of Low-Income Families


Celebrating Halloween should not be a kid’s “privilege”, it should be a kid’s “right”.

Let’s face it: Halloween costumes aren’t cheap. While some costumes can be easily created with items many households have at home, most costumes come with a - for some families hefty - price tag.

Do you have Halloween costumes your child has outgrown of and that you'd like to donate? Or are you struggling to “pay the price of Halloween”? Read on to learn how Costume Connections (and you) can help.
By Birgit Sund on October 2, 2019