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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

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 25, 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

What To Do With Too Much Halloween Candy



Too much candy? Here’s what you can do.
By Birgit Sund on October 31, 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

Scream Hollow Presents: Twisted Christmas [Event + Giveaway]


While Scream Hollow’s Wicked Halloween Park was for big kids rather, Twisted Christmas is a fun event for all ages, for younger kids by day and for older kids by night.

Read on for details and for a chance to win a family-4-pass to Scream Hollow Twisted Christmas.
By Birgit Sund on December 7, 2018

Holiday Fun For The Whole Family At The Domain + Santa Pictures [Giveaway]


If you’re looking for a festive holiday experience, head to the Domain for twinkling lights, carolers, complimentary horse-drawn carriage rides, and a Santa experience that will delight kids of all ages. Read on for details and how to enter the Santa Photo Package Giveaway.
By Birgit Sund on December 6, 2018

The Nutcracker - One Of Austin’s Favorite Ways To Celebrate The Season


Listen up, parents of established or future prima ballerinas and ballet dancers: The Nutcracker, one of Austin’s favorite ways to celebrate the season, is back!

Ballet Austin’s annual production of The Nutcracker never disappoints, with hundreds of dancers, beautiful sets and costumes, and Tchaikovsky’s delicious score performed live by the Austin Symphony Orchestra. From a festive holiday party to an exotic court of sweets, watch as our young heroine, Clara, faces her fears, rescues her prince, and dreams big during the journey of a lifetime! Make memories to last a lifetime when you share this special holiday tradition with family and friends!
By Birgit Sund on November 29, 2018

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 November 26, 2018