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A Birthday Party Goes to the Dogs Aaron Franklin on Fatherhood


Great Summer Jobs for Kids What’ll Your Kids Read This Summer? ARTÍCULOS EN ESPAÑOL




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JUNE 2016

smart parenting • healthy homes




Parenting with Franklin

as it Gets

This Summer

Don’t Take Shortcuts:

A Paw-ty that Gives as Much

17 Ways Kids Can Cash-in



en español

16 Family Matters

46 Museum Exhibits 46 Family Events 52 Parenting Events 52 Storytimes

18 Asuntos Familiares

Living Vicariously Through Your Children

20 Lifelines

Warning: Summer Heat Ahead

22 Learning Curve

Summer Reading List

26 Family Connections

Awaken That Antique Laptop

45 Ten Things…

For Road Trips!

49 Remembering My Roots

Father’s Day

56 Just for Grins

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Viviendo Vicariamente a Través de Sus Hijos

48 Recordando Mis Raíces

El Día del Padre

52 Piensa Positivo

Brillando con Luz Propia

Play It Safe Product recalls

8 Around Austin 55 Kidzone

7 Games to Play in the Park

A Father’s Day Dilemma

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30 Family Fun Guide 32 Summer Camp Guide 54 Focus on Doctors

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Scarlett, a Cover Kid winner, cools off at the Brushy Creek splash pad. Cover photographed by Nichole Renee

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austinfamily BY SHERIDA MOCK

June 2016

N ow begins the sweet season of summer: lazy days, family vacations and the hot, hot sun. Our June issue is sure to play delightful companion

Volume 24, No. 3


Kaye K. Lowak

to all your warm-weather activities.


First up is our Q&A subject for this, the month of Father’s Day. What a pleasure it was to interview Aaron Franklin, the founder of Franklin Barbecue—you know, the place where people line up for hours hoping to secure a few bites of that famous smoked brisket? Well, he’s a delightful interview subject—full of energy and humor—so I hope you enjoy his musings on fatherhood and fire.


Sherida Mock:

We’ve also lined up a slew of answers to that well-worn summer question: “What is there to do?” Flip on over to our Family Fun Guide to read our roundup of activities bound to amp up the good times. And if a good book is on your summer agenda (and it absolutely should be!), Jennifer VanBuren has a summer reading list for all ages and stages. Our KidZone column lists seven games to play in your neighborhood park or backyard. Of course, we also want your family to stay safe and healthy this summer, so Brenda Schoolfield contributes some important tips on beating the heat. Make the most of this beautiful sunshine, and give your dad a hug on Father’s Day!

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Dr. Betty Kehl Richardson, Barb Matijevich


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Play it product recalls


Government Recalls Cradle Swings, Bat Capes and Sleepwear Fisher-Price is recalling about 34,000 infant cradle swings because when the seat peg is not fully engaged, the seat can fall unexpectedly, posing a risk of injury to the child. The recall involves three models of the swings: CHM84 Soothing Savanna Cradle ‘n Swing, CMR40 Sweet Surroundings Cradle ‘n Swing and CMR43 Sweet Surroundings Butterfly Friends Cradle ‘n Swing. Affected units were sold at buybuyBaby, Target and other stores nationwide and online at Amazon. com and other websites between November 2015 and March 2016 for about $170. Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled cradle swing and contact Fisher-Price for revised assembly instructions. Ikea is recalling about 11,000 bat cape costumes because the fabric hook and loop fastener at the neck of the cape can fail to detach readily during use, posing a strangulation hazard to children. The recall involves black capes with gray stripes. Ikea, Lattjo and the numbers 60311650 and 18937 are printed on a white label sewn into the seam of the cape. Affected units were sold at Ikea stores nationwide and online at between November 2015 and February 2016 for about $13. Consumers should immediately take the recalled bat capes away from children and return the capes to any Ikea store for a full refund. Eleanor Rose is recalling about 5,900 loungewear sets because the loungewear fails to meet federal flammability standards for children’s sleepwear, posing a risk of burn injuries to children. The recall involves two different styles, including a girl’s gown and a boy or girl’s top and pants set. The loungewear was sold in sizes 12 months to size 12. Affected units were sold online at between November 2014 and February 2016 for about $30. Consumers should immediately take the recalled loungewear away from children and return it to Eleanor Rose for a merchandise credit towards the purchase of another Eleanor Rose product. af The U.S. Consumer Products Safety Commission works to protect the public from unreasonable risks of serious injury or death from more than 15,000 types of consumer products.

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GO TO WWW.AUSTINFAMILY.COM FOR WEEKLY UPDATES OF AROUND AUSTIN NEWS university are responsible for grading students’ college coursework and for the provision of the college credit.

Austin Eco Bilingual School was named one of the best IB schools in the U.S.

School Honors

Austin Eco Bilingual School was recently featured in Newsweek as one of the best International Baccalaureate schools in the U.S. The school is a Spanish Immersion International School that serves nursery, preschool and elementary aged children.

In 2015-2016, OnRamps served more than 3,300 students and 100 teachers in over 30 districts and 66 high schools with five courses. The initiative hopes to engage more than 6,000 students in seven courses during the 2016-17 academic year.

College-Level Courses To improve college readiness and student success statewide, UT Austin is collaborating with Texas Tech University to expand the dual enrollment initiative TEXAS OnRamps. Abigail Scharf’s poster took 2nd place in the 2016 Law Day contest.

Caitlin Legg, a homeschooled student nominated by the Williamson County Bar Association, won second place in the poster contest for grades 9 through 12.

OnRamps courses are delivered through President Dwight D. Eisenhower estabpartnerships between universities and lished Law Day in 1958 to challenge school districts. The high school teachers Americans to understand how the who facilitate the courses participate rule of law impacts their lives, and to in yearlong professional learning develop the knowledge and skills necactivities. Faculty members at each essary to participate in a democracy.


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Lift a glass on June 10, Iced Tea Day. Show your patriotism on June 14, Flag Day.

State Bar Contest

In May, the State Bar of Texas and Texas Young Lawyers Association (TYLA) awarded the winners of the 2016 Law Day contest, an annual competition that invites Texas students “We are honored and humbled by this to submit essays, photographs and recognition,” says Adriana Rodriguez, posters that celebrate the rule of law. head of schools for the Austin Eco Abigail Scharf, a student of Northwest Bilingual School. “I am extremely proud Elementary School in Pflugerville of the work put in by everyone involved.” and nominated by the Austin Bar Association, won second place in the poster contest for grades K through 2.

OnRamps helps deliver college-level coursework to high school campuses, with support from university faculty and academic departments. UT Austin created the program in 2011; now Texas Tech will replicate and expand OnRamps, starting in fall 2016.

Must -Do This Month

Celebrate the official start of summer on June 20, the summer solstice.

Clothing Drive All Mattress Firm stores in Austin are hosting a clothing drive to benefit local foster youth and families. Through June 26, 2016, Mattress Firm will accept clothing and monetary contributions during normal store hours. All contributions go to Foster Angels of Central Texas and Helping Hand Home for Children.

Mattress Firm is accepting clothing donations for foster kids through June 26.

In addition to the clothing drive, Mattress Firm will hold a school supply drive July 11 – Sep. 4, a shoe drive Sep. 12 – Oct. 30 and a toy drive Oct. 31 – Dec. 18.

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Laundry Pod Dangers A new study released in late April by the American Academy of Pediatrics indicates that laundry detergent pods are a dangerous threat to young children. Emergency department doctors at Dell Children’s Medical Center say they, too, have noticed an increase in these cases. “Most of the time, when kids get into household cleaners, they get exposed to a small amount and then quickly spit it out,” says Sujit Iyer, MD, assistant medical director at Dell Children’s ER. “But in this case, a super-concentrated amount explodes in their mouth.”

By the Numbers


90% 214,000 billion Portion of runaway or homeless kids who are from a fatherless home.

Source: U.S. Census Bureau

Source: U.S. Census Bureau

To keep children safe, Dell Children’s recommends the following:

•  Keep items high and secure. Eric Higginbotham, MD, •  Use multiple layers of protection. medical director of For example, store items in a the emergency hard to open container, which department at is also placed out of reach. Dell Children’s •  Consider using liquid agrees. “Even detergents instead of pods. small amounts can cause more serious Keep the number for Poison side effects than Control handy: 800-222-1222. other things that Doctors at Dell Children’s advise kids get into.” you keep laundry pods far out of reach of small children.

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Spending on Father’s Day gifts in the U.S.

Number of stay-at-home dads in the U.S.

Source: National Retail Federation

Cedar Park Childcare

Kiddie Academy recently opened a new location in Cedar Park. Kiddie Academy provides educational childKiddie Academy care for children recently opened a new location in Cedar Park. ages 6 weeks to 12 years. The new location is at 1602 Medical Pkwy. The center is open Monday through Friday from 6:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.

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Signing Day The second annual College Signing Day in late April celebrated the academic achievements of over 800 graduating seniors and 500 eighth graders who will be among the first in their families to pursue higher education. Inspired by the NCAA’s National Signing Day, the event focuses on giving academics as much significance as achievement in athletics. Students are encouraged to prepare themselves for

career opportunities by completing a professional training program, acquire a certificate or an associate degree at a community college or complete a degree at a college or university. UT Austin’s Dr. David Laude welcomed students to the campus. Other dignitaries included Austin Mayor Steve Adler, President Colette Pierce Burnette of Huston-Tillotson University, Provost Charles Cook of Austin Community College, superintendents Dr. Paul Cruz of Austin ISD, Dr. Jodi Duron of Elgin ISD

Hurricane Season The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) is urging Texans to begin making plans to protect themselves and their families during the 2016 hurricane season, which begins June 1 and continues through Nov. 30.

Texas DPS wants you

DPS officials say it is possible for a storm to severely impact Texas, even without making direct landfall in the state. The rain bands associated with a tropical system have an extremely wide reach, and winds can reach 157 miles per hour. In addition, hurricanes and tropical storms can spawn tornadoes and cause extensive damage from flooding.

to be safe and pre“Texans should not wait pared this hurricane until a storm is in the Gulf season. of Mexico to begin planTexans are urged to assemble ning for a disaster,” says DPS Director an emergency kit, consider needs Steven McCraw. “Early preparation can for family members with disabilities be crucial to protecting lives and prop- or special needs, erty when a storm threatens our state.”

and Dr. Douglas Killian of Hutto ISD. District school board members, higher education leaders, community leaders, funders and philanthropists were also present to show their support for the Class of 2016.

Over 1,300 students celebrated College Signing Day in April.

make plans for pets and stay informed about weather conditions. If you or someone you know might need assistance during a disaster, register for the State of Texas Emergency Assistance Registry (STEAR), a free registry that provides local emergency planners and responders with information about needs in their communities. To register, contact 2-1-1 Texas, the state’s free 24-hour helpline. No matter where you live in Texas, you can dial 2-1-1 or 877-541-7905 for community resources. For more information, visit

Special Olympics Texas athletes competed in track and field events at the 2016 Spring Games. Photo by Laura Jenkins.

Special Olympics More than 800 Special Olympics Texas athletes from the Central Texas area competed in various track & field events in early May at the 2016 Spring Games, held at Leander High School’s Bible Stadium. Athletes, ranging from ages 8-71, trained for at least eight weeks leading up to the area-wide event. Competitors 12 years and up competed as a means to qualify for the statewide Summer Games, which was held Memorial Day weekend in Arlington.


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National Running Day Just in time for National Running Day on June 1, USA Fit Austin seeks to bust the top myths about what an actual long distance runner looks like. USA Fit Austin is registering

“Most people don’t believe they can members through June 30 for full and half marathon training. complete a full or half marathon for various reasons,” says Organizer and Head Coach Linda Brown.“Our mission is to show people they absolutely can succeed.” According to Brown, people should know that: • Marathoners don’t have to be young. • Marathoners don’t have to be athletes. • Running long distances is not dangerous to one’s health. • Runners don’t have to be a certain weight or size to successfully run a full or half marathon. The local full and half marathon training group program is accepting online registration for its 2016 season now through June 30 at The season will kick off with two orientation events on June 11 and 18 in the TXDOT parking lot at 150 E. Riverside Dr. Members of USA Fit Austin defy all of the myths, says Brown, and they’ve completed half and full marathons during their first seasons with the group. Runners meet Saturday mornings for ability-based group trainings, enjoy weekly seminars and social events throughout the season and benefit from the encouragement and expertise of certified coaches. To learn more, visit af

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Don’t Take Shortcuts: Parenting with adden.

Photo by Wyatt McSp


by Sherida Mock

Aaron Franklin is the famous name on

the sauce-covered lips of every barbecue fan, not just in Austin, but around the world. He is owner of Franklin Barbecue, host of the PBS series “BBQ with Franklin,” and author of “Franklin Barbecue: A Meat-Smoking Manifesto.” But the biggest role he plays is husband to his wife, Stacy, and father to his daughter, 2-year-old Vivian. In honor of Father’s Day, he shared with us how his low-andslow philosophy of cooking applies to parenthood, as well.

Austin Family: How do you manage family and work time? Aaron: It’s hard, owning a restaurant, because we cook

24 hours a day here. Sometimes my shifts start at midnight, and sometimes I have to get here at 5 a.m. But it actually works out pretty okay, because I can get a lot of my work done while Viv is sleeping. Unfortunately, I also have to sleep sometimes. It’s tricky.


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And then, we have to travel a fair bit for work. We’re going to Sweden this summer for a round of barbecue dinners, and she’s going. We did pop-up dinners all last summer, too, and she was at every one of those. We’re a traveling family.

Austin Family: Does Vivian travel well? Aaron: Yeah, she really does, although we haven’t traveled overseas with her since last summer. She was 18 months old then. This time, she’s gonna be doing cartwheels up and down the aisles. It’s gonna be real hard to contain that one. She’s getting feisty.

Austin Family: What’s family time like at home? Aaron: Viv loves to hang out in the kitchen, which is super

cool. She’ll be sitting there with her little plastic knives or she’ll wipe the table when we’re done eating. She really loves to cook. She’s got her own little kitchen on the side of our kitchen. That’s what we do together. Stacy and I are lucky if we can be home for about 8 hours a day. I work an awful lot.

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Austin Family: How about consistency? Aaron: If you’re going to play it by ear, you should do that

all the time. Be consistent with it [laughs]. But you can’t accomplish much if you’re all over the place. You’ve got to be able to develop a clear plan, and it’s the same thing with raising a kid. It’s the same thing with running a restaurant.

Austin Family: What was your childhood like? Aaron: I grew up with my grandparents living just up Aaron, Vivian and Stacy Franklin travel together around the world, spreading the barbecue gospel. Photo by Wyatt McSpadden.

the street from us, so I spent time in both of the family businesses. My grandparents had a music store, which is where I started working when I was about 12. I pretty much had a full-time job by the time I was 13 or 14. And oddly enough, my parents ran a barbecue restaurant.

Austin Family: So, when Vivian arrived, did that do anything to your schedule?

Aaron: I don’t take a day off of work, ever. It never

stops. But I actually took two days off when Vivian was born. But my schedule didn’t change. I was cooking a lot of ribs and doing a lot of overnight shifts, so I could get home after lunch. It was a good time for that. We planned her. We’re big planners. We had been working for a long time so that Stacy could get out of the restaurant a little bit. My best friend, Benji Jacob, became the general manager and relieved Stacy of a lot of duties, allowing her to go be at home with Vivian for several months. We finagled it pretty well. We are definitely not 9-to-5ers.

“You can’t make something do what it doesn’t naturally want to do.” Austin Family: What do you know about barbecue that you bring to parenting?

Aaron: All of it. It’s amazing. You know, that’s the thing

about staring at fires: you have a lot of time to think. That’s one reason I like cooking the overnights. It’s the only alone time I ever get. It’s amazing all the similarities between cooking barbecue and parenting—that’s heart and soul you put into a piece of meat that took 20 hours to make. If you put heart and soul and a lot of love into something, you can get that out of it. It’s kind of the same with a child. It’s kind of the same with life in general. Don’t take shortcuts. Pick us up at HEB, Whole Foods and Central Market

Franklin Barbecue has been ranked the #1 barbecue joint in Texas by Texas Monthly magazine. Photo by Wyatt McSpadden.

Austin Family: Does your daughter like barbecue? Aaron: She’s had barbecue just twice. The first time

was on her first birthday. We did little chopped beef sandwiches. She loved it! Of course she did; it’s got tons of sauce. Then about 3 months ago, we were hanging out up here one morning, and I had a particularly good piece of brisket, so I put it on the counter for her, and she loved it. That’s a slippery slope…[laughs]

Austin Family: A lot of dads will be unwrapping grills and smokers this Father’s Day. Any advice for them?

Aaron: Take your time. Have patience—it’s all about

patience. You can’t make something do what it doesn’t naturally want to do. You can guide it, and you can try to influence things—influence your smoker, influence your fire, influence your child. That’s kind of our umbrella theory around here: just guide things. Let things organically happen. Don’t force it, and take your time. Have fun. af

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A Paw-ty that GIVES as much as it GETS

by Laura Wolstenholme

Laura Ewing was an old hand at hosting birthday parties—she’d thrown countless shindigs for her two children at their home in Austin. But as her daughter Skylar’s 6th birthday approached, Laura knew she wanted to create a fresh and memorable celebration. An idea crystallized: since Skylar adored dogs, why not use a canine theme? She did some online research and came across the website for Austin Pets Alive, an animal shelter that impressed her for its no-kill policy. Austin Pets Alive does not euthanize the animals that enter its doors. The shelter often accepts unwanted animals from other shelters, providing food, care and foster and adoption programs. Laura noticed on its website a page encouraging birthday parties as opportunities for philanthropy. This capped Laura’s idea for the party—she would host an event that would celebrate Skylar and simultaneously benefit her favorite animal by requesting donations to the shelter. To make sure Skylar understood the concept of a philanthropic birthday party, Laura discussed the implications with her daughter. Laura explained that since they would be asking for donations to the shelter, Skylar would probably not receive birthday gifts at her party. Skylar was enthusiastic—she definitely wanted her party to benefit the shelter. The two began planning. The party’s theme and unique setting easily lent itself to creative party food and activities. Laura gleaned a multitude of ideas from Pinterest, party websites and recipe


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books. Synthesizing these ideas, she created a party that was fun and absorbing for all involved.


Laura let her imagination go wild when planning what to eat. With dogs in mind, she created funny titles for each food served, which the children found hilarious.

Arranged within easy reach of the guests, the party snacks included:

The party invitation included a donation wish list that Laura pulled from the Austin Pets Alive website. This gave the guests an idea of what items to bring. Some guests brought both a donation and a birthday gift for Skylar. By the party’s end, Laura and Skylar had achieved the goal of their party: to have a wonderful time with their guests and to help their new furry, four-legged friends at the shelter. af

•  Pup-corn (popcorn) •  Paw-sta (pasta) salad

Laura Wolstenholme is a freelance writer.

•  Bonewiches (ham & cheese sandwiches shaped like a bone) •  Chewsticks (beef jerky) •  Fruit kibble (grapes) •  Fire hydrant water •  Pup-eroni sandwiches (pepperoni and bread rolls) •  Dog treats (a large pan cookie cut into small sections)


The centerpiece of the party was a set of three cakes shaped like terriers, each with its own food and water bowls. Inspired by a recipe in a cupcake cookbook, Laura baked, shaped, assembled and decorated the cakes herself. The colorful cakes, iced white with chocolate streaks, had red gumdrops for tongues, purple ones for noses and chocolate candies for eyes.


Finding decorations for a dog-themed party was easy, Laura says. She found tablecloths and balloons decorated with paw prints, and paw prints for the walls at a party store.

Laura planned for several activities, but as it turned out, she did not have time to use all of them. •  Stuffed Pet Adoption: Laura laid out a dog bed, on which she arranged a bunch of stuffed animals. As guests arrived, they were allowed to choose or “adopt” a pet and fill out an adoption certificate. •  Collar Craft: Guests could create a collar for their adopted pet using colorful pipe cleaners and beads. They could also create a bracelet for themselves. •  Water Bowl Craft: Each guest decorated a water bowl for his or her new pet. Laura had purchased paper bowls about the size of cupcake holders, but firmer. Party guests used stickers and markers to decorate their bowls. •  Dog Parade: Laura planned for the children to form a parade displaying their adopted pets, collars and water bowls but they ran out of time. Pick us up at HEB, Whole Foods and Central Market


Wish List Items

(Check your targeted shelter for specific brands and types) • Collars and leashes • Rawhide chews • Peanut butter • Dog food, both canned and dry • Stainless steel bowls • Durable, washable toys • Poop bags • Blankets and towels • Carriers and crates • Gift certificates to pet supply stores

Local Shelters Austin Pets Alive Austin Humane Society Austin Animal Center Williamson County Regional Animal Shelter Texas Humane Heroes

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My husband pushes our sons (10 and 16) and daughter (12) to excel in sports. He coaches some of their teams, and when he’s not coaching, he’s that guy yelling at the kids and the referee. He won’t let them quit. He expects them to get college sports scholarships. How much encouragement is too much?

Have you considered that your husband might be living out his own dreams? He could be living vicariously through your children.

A research study in the Netherlands at Utrecht University looked at this concept. The study found that the more a parent views a child as an extension of themselves, the more the parent is likely to expect the child to “fulfill their own unrealized ambitions.” Could denying your children the chance to choose activities around their own interests create adult children who—like him—have unrealized ambitions? Children sometimes develop interests that surprise parents. These interests can lead to excelling at a profession that neither parent would have chosen for their child. For example, the architect for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic stadium became interested in architecture when, as a child, he saw a building that made a lasting impression on him. At the time, he didn’t even know the word “architect,” but he decided he was going to build buildings. His parents didn’t stop his dream, and today he’s a world-renowned architect. A good question to ask yourself is, “How can I make sure my children get to follow some of their dreams and not just my dreams?” Here are some suggestions:

1.  Listen to your children to discover their interests and help them learn more and do more in their area of interest. One of the best mothers I know discovered her son’s interest in sports cars and unusual cars. She and her husband take their son to many places to see cars and help him research them. Will he continue this interest and turn it into a lifelong career or hobby? No one knows, but his family is helping him follow his passion.


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2.  Do something about your own interests that you couldn’t pursue in the past. Take piano lessons, write a book, study martial arts or take art lessons. Do something that fulfills your own unmet goals and dreams. 3.  If you must choose activities for your child, limit it to one or two of your choosing, and let the child have a choice, too. Send your child to a summer camp that is all about one of his or her interests. Allow your child to take lessons in art or music, or join a club. Mutual interests can provide positive bonding for a parent and child. It’s when you begin to push and even coerce a child into living out your unrealized dreams that problems may occur. Around the teen years, children are trying to separate from their parents and become individuals. Children can become frustrated and even depressed or angry if they are too tightly controlled by parents and not allowed to follow some of their own individual interests. It’s an important part of the parental role to help a child become his or her own unique individual. We all live a little vicariously through our children. We feel a great sense of pride when one of them receives recognition, earns a blue ribbon or excels at what they do. It’s only problematic when we have pushed too hard and think their success is essential to our happiness. af Betty Richardson, Ph.D., R.N.C., L.P.C., L.M.F.T., is an Austin-based psychotherapist who specializes in dealing with the problems of children, adolescents and parents.

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Mi marido empuja a nuestros hijos (10 y 16) e hija (12) a sobresalir en los deportes. Él entrena a algunos de sus equipos, y cuando no está entrenando, él es ese tipo gritándoles a los niños y al árbitro. No los deja salirse. Espera que consigan becas deportivas para la universidad. ¿Hasta qué punto es considerado demasiado?

¿Ha considerado que su marido podría estar viviendo sus propios sueños? Él podría estar viviendo vicariamente a través de sus hijos.

En un estudio de investigación en los Países Bajos en la Universidad Utrecht vieron este concepto. En el estudio se encontró que entre más ve un padre en su hijo una extensión de sí mismos, es más probable que el padre espere que su hijo “cumpla sus propias ambiciones no realizada”. ¿Pudiera ser, que al negar a sus hijos la oportunidad de elegir actividades entorno a sus propios intereses, crean hijos adultos que—como él—terminan teniendo ambiciones no realizadas?

A veces los hijos desarrollan intereses que sorprenden a los padres. Estos intereses pueden conducir a sobresalir en una profesión que ninguno de los padres habría elegido para su hijo. Por ejemplo, el arquitecto para el Estadio Olímpico de Tokio 2020 se interesó por la arquitectura cuando, siendo niño, vio un edificio que hizo una impresión duradera en él. En ese momento, ni siquiera conocía la palabra “arquitecto”, pero él decidido que iba a construir edificios. Sus padres no impidieron su sueño, y hoy él es un arquitecto de fama mundial. Una buena pregunta que debe hacerse es, “¿Cómo puedo asegurarme de que mis hijos lleguen a seguir algunos de sus sueños y no sólo mis sueños?” Aquí están algunas sugerencias: 1.  Escuche a sus hijos para descubrir sus intereses y ayudarles a aprender y hacer más en su área de interés. Una de las mejores madres que conozco, descubrió que a su hijo le interesaban los coches deportivos y coches inusuales. Por lo que ella y su marido llevan a su hijo a muchos lugares a ver coches y le ayudan a investigarlos. ¿Continuará este interés hasta convertirlo en una carrera


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o un pasatiempo de por vida? Nadie lo sabe, pero su familia le está ayudando a seguir su pasión por los coches. 2.  Haga algo acerca de sus propios intereses que no pudo seguir en el pasado. Tome clases de piano, escriba un libro, estudie artes marciales o tome clases de arte. Haga algo para realizar sus propios sueños y metas incumplidas. 3.  Si usted tiene que elegir actividades para su hijo, limítese a elegir una o dos pero también deje que su hijo tenga una de su elección. Envíe a su hijo a un campamento de verano que tenga que ver con uno de sus intereses. Permita que su hijo tome clases en arte o música, o que entre en un club. Interese mutuos pueden proporcionar una unión positiva entre un padre y un hijo. En el momento en que usted empieza a empujar e incluso forzar a un hijo a vivir sus sueños no realizados, es cuando pueden ocurrir los problemas. Alrededor de la adolescente, los hijos están tratando de separarse de sus padres y convertirse en individuos. Los hijos pueden sentirse frustrados e incluso deprimidos o enojados si están demasiado controlados por los padres y no se les permite seguir algunos de sus propios intereses individuales. Es una parte importante de la función de los padres el ayudar a un hijo a convertirse en su propia persona. Todos vivimos un poco vicariamente a través de nuestros hijos. Nos sentimos orgullosos cuando uno de ellos recibe un reconocimiento, gana un listón azul o sobresale en lo que hacen. Es sólo un problema cuando empujamos demasiado duro y creemos que su éxito es esencial para nuestra felicidad. af Betty Richardson, Ph.D., R.N.C., L.P.C., L.M.F.T., es una psicoterapeuta con sede en Austin que se especializa en el tratamiento de los problemas de los niños, adolescentes y padres.

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Warning:: Warning Summer

Heat Ahead

Kids look forward to summer fun in the sun. But especially here This combination of temperature and humidity is called in Austin, where the average high in July is 96° F, we need to the heat index, and the higher the humidity on hot take steps to protect our children from heat-related illness. days, the more cautious you should be. If your child is playing in full sun, add 15° F to the heat index. “Children can develop heat-related illness, especially during the first few weeks of extreme heat in the sumPlan Ahead for Safety mer when they haven't had time to acclimate to the heat,” says Dr. Jill Nichols, an Austin pediatrician. Dr. Nichols stresses the importance of planning ahead to stay heat-safe. “If your child is going to a camp where he Hotter Than You Think will be active in the heat, find out exactly what he will be doing ahead of time. Make sure the staff is familiar with The thermometer temp can be misleading. Heat affects heat-related illness and how to prevent and manage it.” the body more as moisture (humidity) in the air increases. Here’s why: Children or teens playing sports during hot months need to prepare. “Ease into high levels of physical activity,” says When our bodies get hot, we sweat. As sweat evaporates, Dr. Nichols. “A high school athlete who doesn’t exercise at it cools us down. When the temperature is high and humidity all in June or July and then goes to football training camp is low, sweat can evaporate and cool us quickly. But when in August will be at increased risk of heat-related illness.” temps and humidity are both high, sweat can’t evaporate as fast. This is when it’s easy for your child to overheat. Know if the medicines your child takes can interfere with the body’s response to heat. Some of these are antidepressants and antihistamines. Consult your pediatrician or pharmacist.


And Remember This

Drink Fluids

•  Stay hydrated and drink before you feel thirsty. Encourage infants and children to drink often. •  Don’t offer liquids that contain a lot of sugar—they don’t help and can be dehydrating.

Drink Enough Before, During and After Exercise

•  Children ages 9 to 12 should drink about 3 to 8 oz. every 20 minutes during exercise. •  Teens should drink about 34 to 50 oz. per hour during exercise. •  Avoid very cold liquids; they can cause stomach cramps.

Exercise in the Cooler Parts of the Day

•  Limit outdoor activities between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. •  Shorten exercise or practice sessions. •  Take frequent and longer breaks.

Use Caution With Exercise in Children Who Are Ill, Recovering from Illness, Overweight or Have Medical Conditions

•  Children who are ill or are recovering from illness should avoid or limit exercise and sports. •  Children who are overweight or who have medical conditions, such as diabetes, may become overheated more easily.

Wear Light-Weight, Light-Colored, Loose-Fitting Clothing

•  Dark clothing absorbs heat. •  Choose breathable fabrics, if possible. •  Dress appropriately for the temperature. •  Temperatures inside a parked car can rise very quickly: 20° in 10 minutes or less, according to Travis County EMS. •  Even if you plan on being gone just a few minutes, take your child with you. •  Make it a habit to “look before you lock!”

Never Leave a Child in a Parked Car


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Signs of Heat-Related Illness If someone becomes overheated, it is important to recognize the problem right away and get help. Overheating can lead to heat exhaustion and heat stroke. Heat stroke can be fatal. Sometimes heat cramps are the first sign. Other signs are: •  Struggling to continue the activity

•  Feeling really tired or weak

•  Negative changes in behavior or thinking

•  Nausea, dizziness and headache

•  Confusion

•  Fainting

•  Cold, pale and clammy skin or hot, red, dry or moist skin

•  Vomiting

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Extreme Danger



Extreme Danger

Source: National Weather Service (NOAA)

What to Do If someone becomes sick from the heat, act quickly: •  Get help from someone who is trained in first aid or medical care or call 9-1-1. •  Move the person to the shade or an air-conditioned place. •  Have the person lie down. •  Remove extra clothing and protective gear. •  Cool the person quickly using cool— but never icy—water. Use a tub, spray bottle, hose or cool, wet cloths placed on as much of the body as possible. •  Give the person sips of water.


Source: Travis County EMS

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SUMMER READING: Load Your List with These Recent Gems Long summer days can be made magical with the transformations that come from reading a good book. There are libraries filled with the classics, as well as books new to the scene. Harry Potter and Magic Tree House. Dr. Seuss and Eric Carle. There are timeless favorites that you may have read with your children over and over again. Is this the summer to try something new?


The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) is the world's largest organization dedicated to library service for children. We have pared down their recommended book list to those written since 2011. Find the entire booklist at

Grades K-2

Grades 3-5

Grades 6-8

Boot and Shoe

The Grand Plan to Fix Everything

Axe Cop


Better Nate than Ever

by Marla Frazee This is a charming and very funny story of two dogs who share their daily routine, until a squirrel mixes things up.

Chirchir Is Singing

by Kelly Cunnane, illustrated by Jude Daly Chirchir, who lives in rural Kenya, wants to be helpful to her family, but nothing ever seems to go right.

Chu’s Day

by Uma Krishnaswami, illustrated by Abigail Halpin Bollywood fan Dini is moving to India. Will she get a chance to meet her favorite movie star?

by Jason Shiga In this choose-your-own-adventure style graphic novel, a boy’s choice of chocolate or vanilla ice cream leads to wild adventures.

by Malachai Nicolle, illustrated by Ethan Nicolle Axe Cop, an axe-wielding police officer, tries to save the world in this humorous graphic novel. by Tim Federle Nate has a plan that, with a little luck, will take him from his non-fabulous Pennsylvania town into E.T.: The Musical.

Close to Famous

by Neil Gaiman, illustrated by Adam Rex Chu goes on outings with his mother and father, who continually worry that he might sneeze.

Tales: One Dead Spy

by Nathan Hale Just before Nathan Hale is executed as a spy in the Revolutionary War, he tells others some American history.

by Joan Bauer Foster’s determination and her delicious home-baked cupcakes help her fit into her new home in Culpepper, West Virginia.

The Eagles Are Back

The One and Only Ivan

Friends with Boys

Marisol McDonald Doesn’t Match/Marisol McDonald no Combina

Out of My Mind

by Jean Craighead George, illustrated by Wendell Minor A young boy helps a ranger feed and watch over one of the last pairs of bald eagles in the Hudson Valley region.

by Monica Brown, illustrated by Sara Palacios Marisol is Peruvian, Scottish and American. She has brown skin and red hair, and loves peanut butter and jelly burritos.


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by Katherine Applegate, illustrated by Patricia Castelao When Ivan, a gorilla who lives in a downand-out circus-themed mall, meets Ruby, a baby elephant, he decides that he must find her a better life. by Sharon M. Draper A brilliant, impatient fifth-grader with cerebral palsy is given her voice with a technological device, opening the door to a new life.

by Faith Erin Hicks In this graphic novel, new freshman Maggie is determined to make friends and figure out why a ghost keeps following her around.

One Crazy Summer

by Rita Williams-Garcia Three girls spend an unforgettable summer in the 1960s with their longlost mother and learn about Black Power, revolution and forgiveness.

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SCHOLASTIC® Scholastic also publishes booklists for summer reading. The following is a sample of their selections of non-fiction books. Find the whole list at

Grades K-2 The Watcher: Jane Goodall’s Life with the Chimps

by Jeanette Winter This picture-book biography tells the story of the famous zoologist Jane Goodall, whose gift of observation led to years of studying chimpanzees.

Grades 3-5 100 Most Dangerous Things on the Planet

by Anna Claybourne Describes one hundred of the most dangerous things on the planet and what to do if they happen to you.

Grades 6-8 Bomb: The Race to Build—and Steal—the World’s Most Dangerous Weapon

by Steve Sheinkin A gripping account of the development of nuclear weapons and the global fight for control of their power.

GET READING! Public libraries have summer reading programs designed to develop a love of reading and help kids beat the summer learning loss. There are also online summer reading programs, such as The Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge. This free, online reading program focuses on helping kids get a head start on summer learning. Each week, kids can unlock a new story and discover fun facts about some of their favorite authors, enter sweepstakes and win virtual prizes to reward them for their reading. Download reading lists and printables at af Jennifer VanBuren is a Georgetown educator and mother of three. Pick us up at HEB, Whole Foods and Central Market

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17 Ways Kids Can Cash-in This Summer: Real-World Money-Making Ideas for Teens and Pre-Teens by Kimberly Blaker One important way we parents can help kids develop into responsible adults is to teach them the rewards of having a job. Our kids can gain self-esteem, understand the value of a dollar and become more thoughtful in choosing to spend money. Share this list with your pre-teen or teen for a range of ways to cash-in this summer.

Grass is Always GreenerMow lawns 1. The to get fit and make spare cash. Create fliers,

Old for Toys and Games?Sell 3. Too those you’ve outgrown. Make a sign

EntrepreneurCapitalize on nearby 2. Young garage sales by setting up a refreshment

CareOld enough to stay home 4. Kiddie alone? You may be ready to care for other

and be sure to provide your phone number. Include your fees based on yard size, and keep them below the cost of pro services.

stand in your yard. You’ll need a small table and a handmade sign. Breakfast tacos, coffee, lemonade and cookies are always popular.

to attract neighborhood kids, and spread out your wares on the front lawn. Keep your prices reasonable.

children. Plan activities ahead, so you can be one of those valued sitters who keep their charges busy. Don’t forget to clean up.

Little Dirt Never HurtOffer your garage 5. Acleaning services to friends and neighbors. To start, move everything out. Sweep away cobwebs, dust ledges and sweep the garage floor. Neatly return everything back.

FinishingWood fencing requires 6. Fence ongoing maintenance, so offer to paint or

stain them. The homeowner should supply the paint or stain and tools. Follow directions and take your time to do a careful job.


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Tips for Business Success

WashingThis dreaded 7. Window task is your ticket to cash. Clean the

interior windows, including the ledges and tracks. Do exterior windows that you can reach without a ladder.

Follow these tips to play it safe and keep the loot rolling in.

a ZooPet owners are often in a pickle 8. Life’s at vacation time, so offer to pet sit. Do the


Get your parents’ permission before accepting a job, and make sure they know where you’ll be.

sitting in your home, if your parents agree. Or make regular visits to the pet’s home. Follow the owner’s instructions carefully.


AwayOffer to get your neigh9. Weeds bor’s flowerbeds back in shape. Before you start, be sure you know which plants are weeds. When in doubt, ask before you pull. Wear gloves and hose the ground lightly to loosen roots.

for DudsAsk your parents 10. Dollars if you can sell your outgrown clothes.

Check store policies. Make sure clothes are clean. And don’t forget about shoes, coats and accessories.

Dress for the job, and wear old clothes if they could be ruined.


Discuss payment in advance to avoid disputes or hard feelings.


Do your best, not only for your selfrespect, but for the likelihood that you’ll be hired again or can ask for a reference. Don’t ignore mistakes or try to cover *  them up. Inform your employer, offer your apologies and ask what can be done. on time. Call right * Be away if you’ll be late

11. within walking or biking distance. Attach

or can’t make it.

Errand Boy or GirlOffer to run errands a basket to your bike or carry a backpack for easy transport. If you have your driver’s license, offer to do more-distant runs.

it ShineWash cars in your driveway 12. Make or at the owner’s house. Set your price at no

more than your local car wash charges. Have supplies handy: a bucket of soapy water, rags or sponge, a hose and plenty of dry towels.

on the FarmYou don’t have 13. Down to be raised on a farm to make a good

farmhand. Visit area farms and offer your help. Work may include laboring in fields or feeding and caring for livestock.

Your ServiceOffer home cleaning 14. Atservices. You can dust and vacuum, sweep and mop, scour sinks, tubs and toilets and make beds. Ask the homeowner to supply their preferred cleaning products.

PatrolFind out the age and certifica15. Pool tion requirements for lifeguard duty, and

apply at your community pool or YMCA. Keep your skin safe with a quality sunscreen.

DutyDo you love little kids? Ask 16. Daycare local daycare centers if they need a young

helper. Tasks may include assisting with crafts and activities, reading stories, helping with lunch and snacks and cleaning up.

of NatureIf you’re a nature 17. Nurturer lover, contact your area parks department. You may be able to assist with planned activities and events, maintain park grounds or tend a ticket booth.

af Kimberly Blaker is an author and freelance writer. Her articles have appeared in more than 200 newspapers, parenting and women’s magazines and other publications throughout the U.S.

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RUSTY REBOOT: Awaken That Antique Laptop with the Latest Tool I was 28 years old when I bought my first laptop. I was ecstatic. “Imagine the possibilities!” I was untethered, I thought to myself. Well, as untethered as one could be while being plugged into a 30-foot-long telephone line. But never mind that, I had a laptop! And if it sat there too long, I’d be in danger of developing deep vein thrombosis because of its crushing weight. Nowadays, of course, I might as well have also been writing in hieroglyphics. The average toddler is a proficient user of whatever device might be lingering on the coffee table—iPads, smart phones, you name it. Using laptops and other devices for school is just a way of life these days. And that’s especially true of the tech needs for college students. It’s that time of year when our kids are graduating and preparing for new adventures. That usually means that the only thing melting faster than the tires on their cars as they race away from home are the credit cards in our hands that are funding their blastoff into adulthood. Sending kids to school is expensive. Part of the expense that you are going to have is the technology needed to advance your child into their college experience, their trade school or perhaps, their coding camp. Like the ancient 28-year-old me, that usually means coughing up some serious dough. But times are changing so rapidly, and exciting new opportunities are emerging that might help you stretch your dollars more than ever before.


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All of us have “that” closet—the one with old computers, orphaned power cables and unexplainable parts. What if you could resurrect some of that junk and make it useful? I still have that old laptop stuffed away in my garage. It would be impossible to run a modern version of Windows on it. But there’s a very real possibility that it may still have life in it. And if not that one, then certainly one of the others in a pile of laptops I’ve collected over the years. All of us have “that” closet—the one with old computers, orphaned power cables and unexplainable parts. What if you could resurrect some of that junk and make it useful? What if you didn’t have to buy a new laptop for every child in the house every few years? Sure, there’s a need to keep good technology at hand, and you’ll likely need to send your child to college with a

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new or relatively new computer. But what if you were able to send the best laptop of the kids’ fleet to college, and your first-year whiz and the other kids were able to have a blazing fast computer experience back at home with the ramshackle laptop leftovers from a few years ago?

Enter the exciting new world of Neverware. Neverware is an innovative company that has used open source Google software to develop an operating system that runs smoothly and efficiently on aging computers. Machines that would usually be ready for the junk heap have found new life. And, what’s the harm in trying, since it’s FREE! Yes, the home version of this company’s exciting foray into the world of cloud computing is completely free. So rather than turning your grindingly slow PC into a closet companion of old shoes and a lifeless Dustbuster that refuses to stay charged, why not turn your tech guru middle schooler loose on rescuing your old computers from the Island of Misfit Toys? Sure, computers over the years have become less expensive and more accessible, but when it comes to extending the life of your old computers for basic cloud-computing needs, why not save a few bucks, reduce waste and open the door to the possibilities that come with finding some use out of an otherwise useless device. It might even be fun! af Richard Singleton, MACE, MAMFC, LPC, is the executive director at STARRY in Round Rock.

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Family Fun Guide (Schedules can change, please check)

Austin Duck Adventures

Tour Austin by land and by lake! 602 E. 4th St. 512-4SPLASH Hours: Mon - Fri 10 a.m., 12 p.m. 2 p.m. Sat - hourly10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sun 11 a.m., 2 p.m., 4 p.m. Admission: Kids 3-12 $17.95; Students & Seniors $25.95; Adults $27.95+tax

Bob Bullock History Museum Discover Texas history and more. 1800 Congress Ave. 512-936-4629 Hours: Mon-Sat 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sun - 12 to 5 p.m. Admission: Youth $8; Students, Seniors, Military $10; Adults $12

Cafe Monet

Bring the family for paint-yourown pottery, fused glass and wooden plaque painting. Westgate - 4477 S. Lamar Blvd. Triangle - 2700 W. Guadalupe St. San Marcos - 145 E. Hopkins St. 512-892-3200, 512-906-2200, 512-8052800 Hours: Sun - Mon 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. Tues - Thurs 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Fri - Sat 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. San Marcos: Sun 12 to 6 p.m. Closed Monday Tues - Thurs 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Fri - Sat 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Admission: Price of product

Chaparral Ice Center Everything is cooler on ice!

2525 W. Anderson Ln. 512-252-8500 Hours: 12 to 5 p.m. for public skating Admission: $6 and skate rental $4. Kids 5 and under pay $5 including skate rental on Saturday and Sunday


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Ceramics Bayou

Pottery painting, glass fusing, mosaics and clay exploration - create art while making memories. All ages welcome. 3620 Bee Cave Rd. 512-328-1168 Hours: Mon - Wed 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thurs - Sat 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sun - 1 to 6 p.m. Admission: $10+ - all inclusive pricing

iFly Indoor Skydiving

Where the dream of flight becomes a reality. 13265 US Hwy 183 512-774-4359 Hours: Mon - Thurs 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Fri and Sat 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Sun 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Admission: From $54.95

Inner Space Cavern Ready for an adventure?

4200 S. IH 35, Georgetown 512-931-2283 Hours: Mon - Fri 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sat - Sun 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission: $11.95 child, $19.95 adult

Main Event Entertainment Eat. Bowl. Play.

13301 N. US Hwy 183 512-401-0000 Hours: Mon 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. Tues - Thurs 11 a.m. to 12 a.m. Fri 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. Sat 9 a.m. to 2 a.m. Sun 11 a.m. to 12 a.m. Admission: Check for promotions starting at $20

Playland Skate

Bring the entire family out to Austin's largest skating facility. 8822 McCann Dr. 512-452-1901 Hours: Tues 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Fri 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. & 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. Sat 1 p.m. to 11 p.m. Sun 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. Closed Mon Wed & Thurs for Private Parties Admission: $6 and $8. Price includes roller skate. Roller blades additional $3 and outside skates welcome

Round Rock Express

Take me out to the ball game! Great family fun, baseball and more. Dell Diamond 3400 East Palm Valley Blvd. 512-255-BALL Check website for schedule Admission: $7 for Berm; from $12 for reserved seats


Hottest, coolest time in Texas! Free parking, free inner tubes. New Braunfels, Galveston, South Padre, Corpus Christi Hours:10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Admission: $55.99 adults; $43.99 kids. Check out promotions for New Braunfels location. Prices vary for other locations

Summerfest @ Gaylord Texan

Texas-sized fun, all in one glorious place! 1501 Gaylord Trl., Grapevine 817-778-1000 Rate: Starting at $199

Michoacana Natural Ice Cream

Bring the family in for a treat! 9426 Parkfield 512-740-2990 Hours: Sun - Thurs 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Fri - Sat 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. View the magazine online at

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Free Fun: Street Art JEREMIAH

21st St. and Guadalupe St.

You’ve seen them plenty of times: photos of your friends and family snapped in front of Austin’s favorite murals. Now it’s your turn! Make a day of it and find them all…


23rd St. and Guadalupe St.


1300 S. Congress Ave.


6th St. and southbound IH-35 Frontage Rd.


S. Congress Ave. and Riverside Dr.


1008 Baylor St.

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S. 1st St. and W. Annie St. GRAFFITI PARK

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This month’s Camp Guide sponsored by: YMCA of Austin YMCA of Greater Williamson County

DAY CAMPS Armstrong School of Music

Summer Jazz Workshop 404 Camp Craft Rd., Westlake 512-474-2331 Ages 12 and up Take a look into the intuitive nature of jazz piano through an overview of its language and structure. Pianists interested in exploring the world of jazz and improvisatory playing will love this 6-week workshop with Paul Matthews!


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ATA Martial Arts

Northwest Austin, Cedar Park and Round Rock 512-402-6461, 512-786-2387, 512-310-0131 Ages 3 and up We provide our students a strong foundation in essential character qualities such as courtesy, respect and discipline. In addition, our programs are designed to improve motor skills and enhance a student’s ability to pay attention and follow directions.

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Austin International School

Run, Jump, Splash 4001 Adelphi Rd., Austin 512-331-7806 Ages 3 - 6 Our campers will explore other cultures and languages while staying active and filling their days with creativity, activity and motion.

Austin Piano School

Parmer/Mopac Area 512-415-1134 Ages 6-11 Join us for week-long half-day camps as we learn about composers, the orchestra or music around the world through crafts, games and rhythm instrument ensembles. Some piano background helpful, but not required.

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Austin Sports Arena Ultimate Indoor Sports Camp

3918 Gattis School Rd., Round Rock 512-251-7500 Ages 5 – 14 Campers have the option of enjoying either a full- or half-day of jam-packed activities designed for kids at any skill level.

Badgerdog Creative Writing Summer Camp

Camp Abrakadoodle – Kids with Imagination

Leander, Round Rock, Georgetown 512-337-7017 Ages 3 - 12 Art camps are fun-filled, action packed events. Camp themes include bugs, pirates, superheroes, princesses, circus and zoo animals plus many, many more.

Several locations throughout Austin 512-542-0076 Ages 3rd – 12th grade Led by professional writers, campers discover and practice the arts of poetry and storytelling in a low-pressure, fun environment and become published authors.

Camp Adventure by Kiddie Academy

1602 Medical Pkwy., Cedar Park 512-986-7355 Ages preschool – school age At Kiddie Academy, we aim to make your child’s summer as educational as it is fun. Our Camp Adventure program and curriculum do exactly that, through themed events, activities and trips. Your child’s ordinary summer vacation is transformed into a fun and strong foundation for the future!

Bear Creek Stables

13017 Bob Johnson Ln., Manchaca 512-282-0250 Ages 7 – 16 Because horses are fascinating, a horse camp is one of the best sources for growth, self-confidence and fun available to a young person.

Bits, Bytes & Bots Computer Adventures

Various locations 512-415-4120 Ages 6 – 14 Offering fun and educational week-long, half-day technology camps in game creation, movie-making, robotics, Scratch programming, Kodu Game Lab programming and Minecraft®. Low student to instructor ratio.

Boost Writing Camp by Extra Credit! LLC

8820 Business Park Dr. #300, Austin 512-689-0236 Ages 4 – 6 Summer options pending interest and availability. For foundations to better handwriting. Pre-screening required. Details online.

Bricks 4 Kidz ATX

Multiple greater Austin locations 512-270-9003 Ages 5 – 13 Build LEGO® models that move! Our themed enrichment camps feature motorized building, crafts, games and creative building time. Campers take home LEGO® mini-figures or accessory packs.

Cafe Monet Summer Art

Westgate, Triangle and San Marcos 512-892-3200, 512-906-2200, 512-805-2800 Ages 6 and up Hands-on lesson in creativity. Paint pottery, fuse glass or spruce it up on a wood plaque.

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2016 SUMMER CAMP GUIDE Camp Avalanche at Chaparral Ice Center

2525 W. Anderson Ln. #400, Austin 512-252-8500 x 160 Ages 7 - 14 Our campers fill their days swimming, going to the park, going on field trips, doing arts and crafts and—of course—ice skating!

Camp De Champs at Chaparral Ice Center

2525 W. Anderson Ln. #400, Austin 512-252-8500 x 160 Ages 6 - 13 Camp De Champs offers 11 weeks of figure skating and hockey skating instruction. Kids receive two lessons daily, as well as public skating time, off-ice training, goal setting, arts and crafts and a new, optional performance recital on Thursday evening of each week.

Camp Doublecreek

800 Doublecreek Dr., Round Rock 512-255-3661 Ages 4 – 14 Camp Doublecreek is Austin/Round Rock’s Best Day Camp for 45+ years. It is an activity-based camp with free transportation from 12 different locations.

Challenger School

Avery Ranch, Pond Springs and Round Rock 512-341-8000, 512-258-1299, 512-255-8844 Ages PreK - 8th grade Our students learn to think for themselves and to value independence. Results are unmatched.


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Country Home Learning Center

6900 Escarpment Blvd., Austin 512-288-8220 13120 U.S. Hwy. 183 N., Austin 512-331-1441 Ages 5 - 13 Children must have finished grade K to attend our summer camp program and field trips. (All ages, starting at 6 weeks, accepted for our year-round program.) Join us for an incredible summer camp experience, featuring child approved special events, exciting weekly field trips and kids’ choice special interest clubs.

Dance Discovery

Central Austin and Avery Ranch 512-419-7611, 512-658-2996 Ages 3 - 14 Various themed camps include storytime ballet, jazz, hip hop, gymnastics, yoga, arts and crafts and musical theatre. Each camp ends with a great show!

Esoteric Farm

15 minutes north of downtown Austin 512-272-4301 Ages 5 - 16 Daily horse-related games and activities and an indoor horse arena. Fun, active and affordable.

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2016 SUMMER CAMP GUIDE Fun 2 Learn Code

Austin and Round Rock (see website for additional locations) 512-900-8380 Ages 7 and up Half- and full-day computer programming camps, including Minecraft mods in Java, Scratch programming, Python, game design, web development, robotics, circuits and stop motion animation.

Girls Empowerment Network campGEN

4001 Speedway, Austin 512-808-4044 ext 106 Ages 4 - 8th grade girls Girls participate in fun, interactive workshops during weeklong sessions that are designed to help them feel more confident as they navigate girlhood. Girls will gain new skills, new friendships and a new sense of self!

Golf in Schools

Locations in Austin 512-371-9506 Fun, high energy and skill building. Perfect for all levels.

GRIT Summer Youth Camps

5811 Berkman Dr. 512-964-2562 Ages 8 - 18 We train inside the gym to cultivate the character, strength and grit required to thrive in our lives outside the gym.


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Handwriting Club by Extra Credit! LLC

8820 Business Park Dr. #300, Austin 512-689-0236 Ages 5 - 9 Summer class options pending interest and availability. For better handwriting. Prescreening required. Details online.


2700 W. Anderson Ln., Austin 512-371-9506 Ages up to 9 Join us this summer for our Music Together classes for children and their caregivers.

iFLY Austin Summer Camp

13265 N. Hwy 183 Suite A, Austin 512-774-4359 Ages 6 - 16 1st Session - 6/6 - 6/11, 2nd Session - 7/18 7/23, 8 a.m. - noon $599.95. Learn to FLY and explore the technology behind indoor skydiving! Ten minutes with personalized coaching Tuesday - Thursday. Five minute Saturday showcase w/ catered breakfast, personalized camp certificates, daily snacks and celebratory treats.

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2016 SUMMER CAMP GUIDE Kiddie Academy’s Camp Adventure

2617 Kelly Ln., Pflugerville 512-989-7777 Ages preschool – 12 years We aim to make your child’s summer as educational as it is fun. Our Camp Adventure program and curriculum do exactly that, through themed events, activities and trips. With Camp Adventure, your child’s ordinary summer vacation is transformed into a fun and strong foundation for the future!


Locations throughout Austin metro 512-836-5437 Ages 3 - 19 Unleash your creativity this summer.


Westlake, Steiner, Lakeway 512-263-8992 Ages 3 - 12 Amazing games and sports, taking new adventure’s and getting as wet as possible. Camp is this incredible opportunity to build self-confidence, to teach responsibility and to instill courage.


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Language, Reading, & Summer Boost by Extra Credit

8820 Business Park Dr. #300, Austin 512-689-0236 Ages 5 - 9 July 11 - 14, 10 a.m. to noon.

Little Hands International Summer Camp

Monkey Kung Fu

South Austin 512-835-4404 Ages 6 - up Each child will receive daily instruction of Nunchaku and Monkey Kung Fu, plus time in an inflatable playground.

Nitro Swim

3620 Hillside Dr, Round Rock 512-355-7174 Ages 18 mos - 5 yrs We offer classroom instruction to children ages 18 months through 5 years. Our aim is to develop the whole child at all stages of their growth.

Cedar Park/Round Rock, Bee Cave 512-259-7999 Ages 6 months and up The indoor Nitro Swim Center offers the highest quality swim lessons, non-competitive and competitive swimming around.

Mad Science

On-site at the Paramount and Stateside Theatres in downtown Austin and at remote sites across Austin 512-692-0526 Ages 6 - 17 The Paramount Academy for the Arts offers camps focusing on musical theatre, playwriting, acting, design, stand-up comedy, filmmaking, songwriting and robotics.

Locations throughout Austin metro 512-892-1143 Ages 4 - 12 Mad Science camps are filled with exciting, fun, hands-on science activities. Children become junior scientists for the week and experience a variety of science adventures.

Main Event FUN Camps 2016

13301 N. Hwy 183, Austin 512-401-0000 All Ages Bowling, video games, laser tag, lunch, camp t-shirt and more!

Paramount Theatre Summer Camps

Quarries Camp

11400 N. Mopac Exwy., Austin 512-241-0233 Grades K - 6 We provide fun all summer long by taking campers on local field trips and planning fun and creative adventures on our campus!

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Rainbow Station’s The Village Summer Program

11651 W. Parmer Ln., Austin 512-260-9700 Ages infant – 12 years An entire facility dedicated to school-age children. Full-day camp offers weekly mini courses, swim lessons, sports and weekly field trips.

Rio Vista Farm

13013 Fallwell Ln., Del Valle 512-247-2302 Ages 7 - 16 Austin’s originator of English riding camps. Daily lessons taught by professional trainers, lots of horse time/care, arts and crafts and swimming for hotter afternoons. Friday horse shows for parents to attend.

Round Rock Express Baseball Camps

Dell Diamond 512-255-2255 Ages 6 and up The Round Rock Express baseball camps offer big league quality instruction on the fundamentals of baseball. Express camps are open to all skill levels, developing the complete athlete by focusing on physical skill sets, leadership and mental skills.

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St. Andrews Episcopal School 1112 W. 31st St., Austin 512-299-9700 Ages 4 - 18 We offer camps for aspiring artists, athletes, scientists, musicians, chess enthusiasts, cooks and more.

Spanish Immersion

“Layla y la Ballena” 8707 Mountain Crest Dr., Austin; 2700 W. Anderson Ln., Austin; 107 Ranch Rd. 620 S. #200, Lakeway 512-299-5731, 512-299-5732, 512-466-2409 Ages 2 - 11 Children join together to make the story “Leyla y la Ballena” come to life. Every week is dedicated to a theme, which is taught in an enthusiastic, fun-filled environment.

Spicewood Country Camp

6102 Spicewood Springs Rd., Austin 512-346-2992 Ages 3½ – 10 Nine shady acres in northwest Austin with animals, music, swimming, crafts, sports and horseback riding.

Stepping Stone School at the Brainery!

17 locations in the Austin area 512-459-0258 Ages 5 - 13 Every day during the summer the lesson will focus on a different country. Your children will participate in activities that teach them about the history and culture of the country of the day.

Summer Spark

Zilker Elementary 512-593-5393 Ages 1st - 6th grade With packed schedules, powerful media everywhere, and performance pressure on schools, we believe that a fundamental component of a strong foundation is missing in the lives of many children today.


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Synergy Dance

2314 Bee Cave Rd. #C1, Austin 512-327-4130 Ages 2 and up Dance camps include ballet, tap, jazz, hip-hop, also included are tumbling, theatre, crafts and a performance on Fridays. Dance intensives for beginner to advanced.

TexARTS Summer Camps

2300 Lohman’s Spur #160, Lakeway 512-852-9079 ext 104 Ages 2 - 18 Musical theatre, dance and visual arts camps including a musical theatre intensive, weekly “best of” musicals, mini camps for ages 2 - 4 and visual arts camps.

Topgolf Summer Academy

Avery Ranch and Allandale 512-658-2996 and 512-419-7611 Ages up to 12 The game is fun for players of any skill level, and there are tons of other activities to keep the whole family entertained - pool tables, interactive video games, giant Jenga and much more.

Wanna Play

4500 E. Palm Valley Blvd., Round Rock 14010 N. Hwy 183, Austin 512-345-PLAY and 512-258-PLAY Ages 6 wks - 12 yrs Kids bring imagination, we bring the fun.

The Magnolia School

2903 RR 620, Lake Travis 512-266-9620 Ages 3 - 11 Full or part time camps, featuring morning academic booster with language arts and handwriting, reading and math. Plus afternoon weekly themed camp activities. 7:30-5:30, Monday through Friday.

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2016 SUMMER CAMP GUIDE YMCA of Austin Summer Day Camp

22 locations throughout Travis, Hays and Bastrop counties 512-236-9622 Ages 4 - 14 Safe and enriching summer day camps. Enjoy field trips, swimming, games and more in a character rich environment with the YMCA of Austin.

YMCA Camp Grady Spruce

3000 Park Rd 36, Graford, TX 76449 214-319-9944 Ages 6 - 16 Choose from a variety of activities that require multiple attempts to master, prompting campers to face their fears, head-on.

YMCA Williamson County

Hutto 512-846-2360, Burnet 512-756-6180, Cedar Park 512-250-9622, Round Rock 512-615-5563 Outdoor Adventure Camps K - 8th grade, Excursion Camps K - 6th grade, Specialty Camps K - 8th grade, Kinder Camps, 3 years - K. At the Y, we offer a wide array of summer camp options and activities that are designed to make summer fun, exciting, convenient and safe.


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ZACH Summer Theatre Camps

1510 Toomey Rd., Austin 512-476-0594 x236 Ages 3½ - 18 Weekly camps, June 6 through August 19, include acting, dance, voice, comedy, improv and creative drama for beginners to pre-professional students.


Riverview Girls Camp

757 County Road 604, Mentone, Alabama 800-882-0722 Ages 6 - 16 Recognized as one of the South’s favorite all-around summer camps for girls, Riverview’s Christian emphasis and exciting programs are appreciated by both parents and campers! Riverview offers both oneand two-week camp sessions for girls ages 6 to 16. Dr. Larry and Susan Hooks are the owners and have been camp directors since 1983.

Camp Lantern Creek for Girls

4045 N. FM 1486, Montgomery, TX 936-597-8225 A unique girls sleep away summer camp that was created so girls can create their art, find their voice, try new skills, be cheered on whether they succeed or not, get dirty, push boundaries, love nature and so much more.

Newk’s Adventure Camp

325 Mission Valley Rd., New Braunfels 830-625-9105 Ages 9 - 16 A fun, adventurous week that includes high ropes, zip lines, campout, Schlitterbahn, paintball, rock climbing, caving, archery, swimming, tubing, rafting, a dance and much more!

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2016 SUMMER CAMP GUIDE Sugar & Spice Ranch Camp

Bandera, TX 830-460-8487 Ages 5 and up Bonding mothers and daughters through horses. You and your daughter will own horses for a week and do everything together as a team. All-inclusive week-long session and a great way to reconnect with each other.

YMCA Twin Lakes Overnight Camp

204 E. Little Elm Trail, Cedar Park Grades 3rd - 8th New cabins have bathrooms and A/C. Experienced counselors, nutritious meals and new friends. All the activities you love and a whole lot more!

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Special Needs Camps Summer Wonders

3901 Shoal Creek Blvd., Austin 512-203-4540 Ages 4 - 13 A program for gifted students to explore diverse subjects through an integrated, hands-on approach.


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10 Things… for Road Trips! 1.  Wet wipes 2.  Hand sanitizer 3.  Ziplock bags 4.  First aid kit 5.  Snacks


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2016 calendar


++ Denotes event occurs on multiple dates

Museum Exhibits NIKON SMALL WORLD PHOTOMICROGRAPHY Through June 12. Texas Museum of Science and Technology, 1220 Toro Grande Dr., Cedar Park. $11 youth; $15 adults. txmost. org or 512‑961‑5333. TEXAS CZECHS: ROOTED IN TRADITION Through June 12. Capitol Visitors Center, 112 E. 11th St. FREE. or 512‑305‑8400. OUR GLOBAL KITCHEN Through July 24. Bullock Museum, 1800 N. Congress Ave. $8 youth; $12 adult. or 512‑936‑8746. JOURNEY INTO BIG BEND Through Sept. 18. Bullock Museum, 1800 N. Congress Ave. $8 youth; $12 adult. or 512‑936‑8746.

Family Events WEDNESDAY 1

WOODLAND FAERIE TRAIL ++ 7 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Zilker Botanical Garden, 2220 Barton Springs Rd. Free with admission. SPACE 8: A MAKER LAB ++ 2 to 8 p.m. The Thinkery, 1830 Simond Ave. Included with admission. COMMUNITY NIGHT ++ 4 to 8 p.m. The Thinkery, 1830 Simond Ave. By donation.


LIVING HISTORY DAYS 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Bullock Museum, 1800 N. Congress Ave. $8 to $12. thestoryoftexas. com or 512‑936‑8746.

Museum Exhibits page 46 Family Events page 46 Parenting Events page 52 Storytimes page 52 FIRST THURSDAY 5 to 10 p.m. S. Congress Ave., Barton Springs Rd. to Elizabeth St. FREE. FIRST THURSDAY ART RECEPTION 5:30 to 7 p.m. Art Space Art, 231 E. Main St., Round Rock. FREE. UNPLUGGED AT THE GROVE ++ 8 p.m. Shady Grove, 1624 Barton Springs Rd. FREE.

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MADRONE CANYON HIKE 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. Madrone Canyon - Laura’s Library, 9411 Bee Cave Rd. FREE. or 512‑327‑3045.

CONTINUING: Woodland Faerie Trail see Wednesday 1.


FIRST FRIDAYS ON THE SQUARE All day. Historic downtown square, Georgetown. FREE. DOWNTOWN STREET FAIR 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. 800 Congress Ave. FREE. HARRY POTTER TEEN TAKEOVER 5 to 7:30 p.m. Laura’s Library, 9411 Bee Cave Rd. FREE. or 512‑327‑3045. FIRST FRIDAY ART WALK 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Historic Main St., Bastrop. FREE. FIRST FRIDAY 6 to 8 p.m. Williamson Museum, 716 S. Austin Ave., Georgetown. FREE. or 512‑943‑1670. MUSIC ON THE SQUARE CONCERT SERIES ++ 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Downtown square, Georgetown. FREE. thegeorgetownsquare. com. MOVIES IN THE PARK: RANGO 9 p.m. Buda City Park, 204 San Antonio Rd., Buda. FREE. or 512295-7170. CONTINUING: Woodland Faerie Trail see Wednesday 1; Market Days on the Square see Wednesday 1.

Austin Family is now making it easier for you to submit your calendar event. Go to, click on “Submit your event” and send in your entry. The deadline is the 5th of each month preceding the month of the event. Events less than $15 usually are listed. For events more than $15, send details to



KidFish, June 4 KIDFISH 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. S. Shore of Lake Pflugerville, 18216 Weiss Ln., Pflugerville. FREE. KIDS WORKSHOP: FATHER’S DAY TROPHY, SMART PHONE HOLDER 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Home Depot Austin and surrounding areas. FREE. UMLAUF KIDS KRAFT ++ 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Umlauf Sculpture Garden, 605 Robert E. Lee Rd. $10 members. or 512‑445‑5582. FREE LUNCH TO THE COMMUNITY ++ 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Faith Culture Church, 1901 N. AW Grimes Blvd., Round Rock. FREE. AUSTIN LOCAL & LIVE ++ 1 to 3 p.m. Austin Visitor Center, 602 E. 4th St. FREE. AUSTIN BUG (EATING) FESTIVAL 5 to 8 p.m. 2610 Manor Rd. $5 donation suggested. ROUND ROCK EXPRESS VS OKLAHOMA CITY 6 p.m. Dell Diamond, 3400 E. Palm Valley Blvd., Round Rock. from $10. or 512‑255‑2255.

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SATURDAY NIGHT CONCERT SERIES ++ 7 to 9 p.m. Hill Country Galleria, 12700 Hill Country Blvd., Bee Cave. FREE. SUMMER LAUNCH PARTY 2016 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. rooftop of Whole Foods Market, 525 N. Lamar Blvd. FREE. Must RSVP at

CONTINUING: Woodland Faerie Trail see Wednesday 1; Round Rock Express see Sunday 5.

CONTINUING: Woodland Faerie Trail see Wednesday 1.

CONTINUING: Woodland Faerie Trail see Wednesday 1; Round Rock Express see Sunday 5.


FREE FIRST SUNDAYS 12 to 5 p.m. Bullock Museum, 1800 N. Congress Ave. FREE. or 512‑936‑8746. SOUL OF A MUSICIAN SERIES ++ 6:30 p.m. Iron Cactus North, 10001 Stonelake Blvd. FREE. ROUND ROCK EXPRESS VS OKLAHOMA CITY ++ 7 p.m. Dell Diamond, 3400 E. Palm Valley Blvd., Round Rock. from $10. or 512‑255‑2255. CONCERTS IN THE PARK ++ 7:30 p.m. The Long Center, 701 W. Riverside Dr. FREE. CONTINUING: Woodland Faerie Trail see Wednesday 1.


BUBBLEPALOOZA! 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Long Center, 701 W. Riverside Dr. FREE.


TRAILER FOOD TUESDAYS ++ 5 to 9 p.m. The Long Center, 701 Riverside Dr. FREE.


CHILDREN’S DAY ART PARK ++ 11:30 a.m. Symphony Square Amphitheatre, 1101 Red River St. 50 cents. austinsymphony. org. PAINT WITH ME 2 to 3:30 p.m. Bridges to Growth, 805 W. University Ave., Georgetown. FREE. or 512‑864‑3008. ARTS AND CRAFTS 6 to 7 p.m. Wells Branch Library, 15001 Wells Port Dr. FREE. or 512‑989‑3188. CONTINUING: Woodland Faerie Trail see Wednesday 1; Community Night see Wednesday 1; Space 8: A Maker Lab see Wednesday 1.


SUMMER SAFARI 12 p.m. Play for All Park, 151 N. AW Grimes Blvd., Round Rock. FREE.

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Children’s Day Art Park, Wednesdays BY ROCIO BARBOSA

El Día del Padre En Latino América, el padre es la mayor jerarquía de la casa. En la mayoría de los hogares, es el quien provee todas las necesidades, como el pago de la casa, la comida, los estudios de los niños y las necesidades de la esposa. El es respetado por los miembros de la casa. El es quien cuida y protege a su familia.

TWIN BOOK 2 MOVIE CLUB: BIG HERO 6 2 to 4 p.m. Prete Plaza, 221 E. Main St., Round Rock. FREE. or 512‑218‑7002. MOVIES IN THE PARK ++ 8 p.m. Elgin Memorial Park, 1127 N. Main St., Elgin. FREE.

TANGERINE: A MUSICAL TRIBUTE 8:30 p.m. Sekrit Theater, 1145 Perry Rd. from $10. or 316‑518‑0525. MOVIES IN THE PARK: ALADDIN 9 p.m. Buda City Park, 204 San Antonio Rd., Buda. FREE. or 512295-7170.

CONTINUING: Woodland Faerie Trail see Wednesday 1; Unplugged at the Grove see Thursday 2.

CONTINUING: Woodland Faerie Trail see Wednesday 1; Music on the Square Concert Series see Friday 3.



JUNETEENTH STREET DANCE All day. Downtown Elgin. FREE. elgintx. com. MUSIC IN THE PARK ++ 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Pfluger Park, 515 City Park Rd., Pflugerville. FREE. pflugervilletx. gov. ZILKER POPS CONCERT ++ 8 p.m. Zilker Hillside Theater, 2201 Barton Springs Rd. FREE. or 512‑477‑8672.

CELEBRANDO 2016 SALSA AND HERITAGE FESTIVAL All day. Puerto Rican Folkloric Dance & Cultural Center, 701 Tillery St. or 512‑251‑8122. PINE STREET MARKET DAYS All day. Downtown Bastrop. FREE. OVER THE EDGE ++ 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The W Austin, 200 Lavaca St. FREE.

El tercer Domingo de Junio se festeja al padre en México, solamente son festejados por su familia. No hay festivales en las escuelas, ni tampoco se les lleva serenata como se acostumbra a las madres. Se les regalan cosas personales, como camisas, calcetines, perfumes y corbatas. Yo siempre le regale a mi padre calcetines. Era lo único que podía comprarle con mi domingo. El domingo es dinero que algunos padres le dan a sus hijos cada Domingo, para que tengan con que comprar algo que se les antoje. Ya que los niños y adolecentes no tienen ninguna entrada de dinero. En mi casa, festejábamos a mi padre con regalos. Le comprábamos un pastel, y mi madre le cocinaba un caldo de res, acompañado con chile hecho en el molcajete. Es lo que mas le gustaba. En paz descanse, mi Papá. af Rocio Barbosa, madre de dos hijas, vive en Round Rock.


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BRIGHT LEAF GUIDED HIKES ++ 9 to 11:30 a.m. Bright Leaf Preserve, 2222 and Creek Mountain Rd. FREE. brightleaf. org or 512‑459‑7269. KYLE MARKET DAYS 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Historic City Square, 101 S. Burleson Rd., Kyle. FREE. COWBOY IN THE KITCHEN 9:30 and 11 a.m. The Long Center, 701 W. Riverside Dr. $6.50. or 512-743-7966. BUDA BIKE RODEO 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Buda City Park, 204 San Antonio Rd., Buda. FREE. or 512-295-5899. HANDS ON HISTORY 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Williamson Museum, 716 S. Austin Ave., Georgetown. FREE. or 512‑943‑1670. JUNETEENTH PARADE AND CELEBRATION 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Veterans’ Park, Downtown Elgin. FREE. CONTINUING: Woodland Faerie Trail see Wednesday 1; Free Lunch to the Community see Saturday 4; Austin Local & Live see Saturday 4; Saturday Night Concert Series see Saturday 4; Zilker Pops Concert see Friday 10.


FAMILY DAY 12 to 4 p.m. Umlauf Sculpture Garden, 605 Robert E. Lee Rd. FREE. or 512‑445‑5582. CONTINUING: Woodland Faerie Trail see Wednesday 1; Over the Edge see Saturday 11; Soul of a Musician Series see Sunday 5; Concerts in the Park see Sunday 5; Bright Leaf Guided Hikes see Saturday 11.


MR. WILL MUSIC AT THE LIBRARY 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Round Rock Library, 216 E. Main St., Round Rock. FREE. or 512‑218‑7002. ROUND ROCK EXPRESS VS NEW ORLEANS ++ 7 p.m. Dell Diamond, 3400 E. Palm Valley Blvd., Round Rock. from $10. or 512‑255‑2255. CONTINUING: Woodland Faerie Trail see Wednesday 1.


18TH ANNUAL FAIRY TEA PARTY 1, 1:45 and 2:30 p.m. Terra Toys, 2438 W. Anderson Ln, FREE. 512-445-4489 CONTINUING: Woodland Faerie Trail see Wednesday 1; Round Rock Express see Monday 13 ; Cowboy in the Kitchen see Saturday 11.



SAFETY DAY WITH REAL EMERGENCY VEHICLES 10 to 11:30 a.m. Christ Lutheran Church, 510 Luther Dr., Georgetown. FREE. or 512‑864‑3008. CONTINUING: Woodland Faerie Trail see Wednesday 1; Community Night see Wednesday 1; Space 8: A Maker Lab see Wednesday 1; Children’s Day Art Park see Wednesday 8; Round Rock Express see Monday 13; 18th Annual Fairy Tea Party see Tuesday 14 ; Cowboy in the Kitchen see Saturday 11.


SCIENCE THURSDAY 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Bullock Museum, 1800 N. Congress Ave. Free for pre-registered groups. or 512‑936‑8746. MOVIES IN THE PARK: MINIONS 8 p.m. Elgin Memorial Park, 1127 N. Main St., Elgin. FREE. BRITISH INVASION ++ 8 p.m. The Long Center, 701 W. Riverside Dr. $15-$17. or 512‑457‑5115. CONTINUING: Woodland Faerie Trail see Wednesday 1; Round Rock Express see Monday 13; Unplugged at the Grove see Thursday 2; Cowboy in the Kitchen see Saturday 11.


FAN FARE FRIDAY 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Threadgill’s, 301 Riverside Dr. FREE. or 512‑472‑9304. JUNETEENTH FESTIVAL ++ 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Veterans Memorial Park, 109 Depot St., Elgin. FREE. JUNETEENTH RHYTHM AND RIBS FEST 2 p.m. to 12 a.m. Old Settlers Park, 3300 E. Palm Valley Blvd., Round Rock. FREE. MOVIES AT THE LAKE: GOOSEBUMPS 8 p.m. Lake Kyle Park, 700 Lehman Rd., Kyle. FREE. MOVIES IN THE PARK: HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA 2 9 p.m. Buda City Park, 204 San Antonio Rd., Buda. FREE. or 512-295-7170. CONTINUING: Woodland Faerie Trail see Wednesday 1; Music on the Square Concert Series see Friday 3; Music in the Park see Friday 10; British Invasion see Thursday 16; Cowboy in the Kitchen see Saturday 11.

Father’s Day In Latin America, the father is at the top of the hierarchy in the house. In most households, it’s the husband who provides for everyone’s needs, such as the house payment, food, education for the children and the wife’s needs. The father is respected by the other members of the household; he cares for and protects his family. The third Sunday in June is Father’s Day in Mexico, but unlike Mother’s Day, it is celebrated with the family only. There are no festivals in the schools. There are no serenades. Fathers receive gifts such as shirts, socks, cologne and ties. I always gave my dad socks. It was all I could buy with my Sunday money. Sunday money is a little bit that some parents give their children every week, so they can buy what they please. Most children and teenagers in Mexico don’t have any other income. At my house, we celebrated my father with gifts. We would buy a cake, and my mother would cook caldo de res, a soup of beef broth served with chiles ground in a molcajete. It was what he liked best. Rest in peace, Papá. af Rocio Barbosa, mother of two, lives in Round Rock.

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JUNETEENTH EMANCIPATION PARADE 10 a.m. Comal St. and MLK Blvd. FREE. JUNETEENTH PARK CELEBRATION 12 to 8 p.m. Rosewood Park, 2300 Rosewood Ave. FREE. juneteenthcentraltexas. com.

CONTINUING: Woodland Faerie Trail see Wednesday 1.

LULING WATERMELON THUMP ++ 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Downtown Luling. or 830‑875‑3214. PERCUSSION THINGS: COMEDY AND STORYTELLING AT THE LIBRARY 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Round Rock Library, 216 E. Main St., Round Rock. FREE. roundrocktexas. gov or 512‑218‑3275. LEGEND OF ZELDA: SYMPHONY OF THE GODDESSES 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. The Long Center, 701 W. Riverside Dr. $19.50. or 512‑457‑5119.

CONTINUING: Woodland Faerie Trail see Wednesday 1; Free Lunch to the Community see Saturday 4; Austin Local & Live see Saturday 4; Saturday Night Concert Series see Saturday 4; Umlauf Kids Kraft see Saturday 4; British Invasion see Thursday 16; Juneteenth Festival see Friday 17; Cowboy in the Kitchen see Saturday 11.


LAKE PFLUGERVILLE TRIATHLON 7:30 a.m. 18216 Weiss Ln., Pflugerville. CAR SHOW ++ 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Centennial Plaza, 301 W. Bagdad St., Round Rock. FREE. FATHER’S DAY IN THE PARK 7:30 to 9 p.m. Zilker Hillside Theater, 2201 Barton Springs Rd. FREE. or 512‑956‑7420. CONTINUING: Woodland Faerie Trail see Wednesday 1; Market Days on the Square see Wednesday 1; Soul of a Musician Series see Sunday 5; Concerts in the Park see Sunday 5; British Invasion see Thursday 16; Juneteenth Festival see Friday 17.


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ELGIN WESTERN DAYS FESTIVAL ++ All day. Veterans’ Memorial Park, 109 Depot St., Elgin. 512‑285‑4515. IN THE SHADOW OF THE DOME: SLAVE LIFE IN AUSTIN 3 to 8 p.m. Austin History Center, 810 Guadalupe St. FREE. CONTINUING: Woodland Faerie Trail see Wednesday 1.


ART AND ACTIVITIES ON THIRD THURSDAY 12 to 9 p.m. Blanton Museum, 200 E. MLK Blvd. FREE. CULTURE NIGHTS 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. AGE Cafeteria, 3710 Cedar St. FREE. BLUES ON THE GREEN: WILD CHILD 8 p.m. Zilker Park, 2100 Barton Springs Rd. FREE. CONTINUING: Woodland Faerie Trail see Wednesday 1; Space 8: A Maker Lab see Wednesday 1; Children’s Day Art Park see Wednesday 8; Community Night see Wednesday 1; Elgin Western Days Festival see Tuesday 21.

CONTINUING: Woodland Faerie Trail see Wednesday 1; Movies in the Park see Thursday 9; Unplugged at the Grove see Thursday 2; Elgin Western Days Festival see Tuesday 21.

Elgin Western Days, June 21 - 25

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FAMILY MOVIE: PAN 1:30 to 3 p.m. Round Rock Library, 216 E. Main St., Round Rock. FREE. roundrocktexas. gov or 512‑218‑7002. ART AFTER SIX 6 to 8 p.m. Austin City Hall, 301 W. 2nd St. FREE. MOVIES IN THE PARK: THE GOONIES 9 p.m. Buda City Park, 204 San Antonio Rd., Buda. FREE. or 512295-7170.

CONTINUING: Market Days on the Square see Wednesday 1; Round Rock Express see Saturday 25.

CONTINUING: Woodland Faerie Trail see Wednesday 1; Music on the Square Concert Series see Friday 3; Music in the Park see Friday 10; Elgin Western Days Festival see Tuesday 21; Luling Watermelon Thump see Thursday 23.


ROUND ROCK EXPRESS VS COL. SPRINGS ++ 7 p.m. Dell Diamond, 3400 E. Palm Valley Blvd., Round Rock. from $10. or 512‑255‑2255. CONTINUING: Saturday Night Concert Series see Saturday 4; Free Lunch to the Community see Saturday 4; Elgin Western Days Festival see Tuesday 21; Luling Watermelon Thump see Thursday 23.


TUESDAY 28 CONTINUING: Round Rock Express see Saturday 25.


INDEPENDENCE DAY CUPCAKE DECORATING 2 to 3:30 p.m. Bridges to Growth, 805 W. University Ave., Georgetown. FREE. or 512‑864‑3008. CONTINUING: Community Night see Wednesday 1; Space 8: A Maker Lab see Wednesday 1; Children’s Day Art Park see Wednesday 8.


ROUND ROCK EXPRESS VS IOWA 7 p.m. Dell Diamond, 3400 E. Palm Valley Blvd., Round Rock. from $10. or 512‑255‑2255. SUMMER FILM SERIES: VAUDEVILLE AND VITAPHONE SHORTS 7 to 8:30 p.m. Harry Ransom Center, 300 W. 21st St. FREE. CONTINUING: Unplugged at the Grove see Thursday 2.

CONTINUING: Car Show at Centennial Plaza see Sunday 19; Concerts in the Park see Sunday 5; Round Rock Express see Saturday 25.

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Parenting Events ANY BABY CAN offers free parenting classes in English and Spanish on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. Postpartum support group meets on Thursdays. 6207 Sheridan Ave. FREE. or 512‑454‑3743. YMCA offers a free Childhood Obesity Intervention Program on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Saturdays throughout the month. Various locations. or 512‑236‑9622. BRIDGES TO GROWTH offers a free Love and Logic early childhood parenting class on Wednesdays throughout the month. 7 to 8:30 p.m. 805 W. University Ave., Georgetown. or 512‑864‑3008. LA LECHE LEAGUE OF CENTRAL TEXAS hosts nine regular meetings in addition to play dates and gatherings in Austin, Round Rock, Killeen/Temple, Bryan-College Station and Waco. All breastfeeding mothers, babies and mothers-to-be are welcome to attend.


SPECIAL NEEDS SUPPORT GROUP 11 a.m. Plaza Level Park, 111 Congress Ave. FREE. or 737‑247‑8142.

Storytimes Austin area libraries offer story times for infants, toddlers, preschoolers and families with children of all ages. In addition, there are story times in Spanish, Mandarin Chinese, American Sign Language and other languages. Contact your local library for more information about times and appropriate ages. AUSTIN LIBRARY Branches throughout Austin 512-974-7400 BARNES AND NOBLE ARBORETUM 10000 Research Blvd. 512-418-8985 BARNES AND NOBLE BEE CAVE 12701 Hill Country Blvd. 512-263-7402 BARNES AND NOBLE BRODIE 5601 Brodie Ln. 512-892-3493

BARNES AND NOBLE ROUND ROCK 2701 Parker Rd. 512-600-0088 BOOKPEOPLE 603 N. Lamar Blvd. 512-472-5050 CEDAR PARK LIBRARY 550 Discovery Blvd. 512-401-5600 GEORGETOWN LIBRARY 402 W. 8th St. 512-930-3551 KYLE LIBRARY 550 Scott St. 512-268-7411 LAKE TRAVIS LIBRARY 2300 Lohman’s Spur 512-263-2885 LAURA’S LIBRARY 9411 Bee Cave Rd. 512-381-1400 LEANDER LIBRARY 1011 S. Bagdad Rd. 512-259-5259 PFLUGERVILLE LIBRARY 1008 W. Pfluger St. 512-990-6275 ROUND ROCK LIBRARY 216 E. Main St. 512-218-7001 SAN MARCOS LIBRARY 625 E. Hopkins St. 512-393-8200 TAYLOR LIBRARY 801 Vance St. 512-352-3434 WELLS BRANCH LIBRARY 15001 Wells Port Dr. 512-989-3188 WESTBANK LIBRARY 1309 Westbank Dr. 512-327-3045

PIENSA POSITIVO by Leslie Montoya, host of Despierta Austin

Luchando Contra la Flojera Se llega el momento de entregar ese papeleo importante, proyecto o tarea que tiene un día de vencimiento y no lo tienes listo. El dejar las cosas para el famoso “mañana” puede convirse en un estilo de vida, que con el tiempo se convierte en una identidad. Para cambiar un mal habito solo se necesita profundamente querer y tomar la decisión en ese instante. Un estudio encontró que las personas que dejan un mal hábito al instante, tienen un 10 por ciento mas de probabilidad en no recaer que los que deciden cambiar gradualmente. Si necesitas una estrategia, empieza tu día por hacer o avanzar en la actividad o proyecto que tanto te cuesta hacer. Al hacerlo a la primera hora del día te dejara la mente más desocupada y libre para hacer las cosas que en verdad disfrutas hacer. ¡Piensa Positivo!

Battling Procrastination It’s one day before the due date to turn in that important paper, project or task, and you don’t have it ready. Leaving things for tomorrow can become a lifestyle, which eventually becomes an identity. In order to break a bad habit, it’s crucial to take immediate action. A recent study found that people who immediately quit a bad habit are 10 percent more likely not to relapse than those who have decided to change slowly over time. If you need a strategy, start your day by tackling that activity or project before anything else. This leaves your mind free and at ease, so that you can do the things that you truly enjoy doing. Think positive!

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Celebrate the YMCA’s national initiative, Healthy Kids Day, with some fresh air and family-approved fun in your neighborhood park!

1. Scavenger Hunt

Make a list of things you want your kids to find. Give each team or individual a bag to collect items. The first one at the finish line with all their items wins.

2. Basketball

YMCA pioneer James Naismith invented this game! Work on practicing the fundamentals or keep things fun with a game of H-O-R-S-E.

3. Badminton

Players hit the shuttle to the opposing side of the net. Each time the shuttle hits the ground, the opposing team wins a point. The first team to 21 wins.

4. Hide and Seek

Play in an enclosed area, and make sure children are easy to locate. Pick a seeker, who counts to 10 and uses her skills to find the hiders.

5. Freeze Tag

One player is named “It” and tags the others. Once tagged, children must freeze in place. Adults can supervise or play along as “Un-Freezer”.

6. Captain of the Ship

An adult plays the Captain role and calls out orders. Explain the commands beforehand. Use commands like “hit the deck” (lie on your stomach), “love boat” (dance with a partner) and “shark attack” (run to a designated “safe” spot before being tagged by the Shark).

7. Capture the Flag

Break kids into two groups and designate an item for each to hide and protect. Each team tries to steal the opposite team’s item. Teams can tag and capture opponents, who can be freed by a team member reaching him or her safely. The YMCA of Austin encourages exploration, education and appreciation of our environment. We offer more than 20 summer camps across Travis, Hays and Bastrop counties, where kids can build self-confidence, independence and creativity in the Austin community. Visit

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just for by Carrie Taylor


A Father’s Day Dilemma How do you find gifts for someone who is the complete opposite of you in every conceivable way? As humans, we show love in the way we like to receive it; we speak our own love language, because it’s what we know. For example, my toddler shows his love for me by drawing abstract crayon art on the kitchen floor, because it’s where I spend most of my time. And because toddlers. I like to execute elaborate sentimental gestures. The problem is these gestures seem to fly a thousand feet over my husband’s thick head.


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A few years ago, I concocted one such plan for Valentine’s Day. I made a double batch of strawberry cupcakes, because strawberry desserts are his favorite. I made chocolatecovered strawberries, too, and I wrote a hand-written love letter that would make Lord Byron himself swoon. I placed a line of cupcakes leading from my front door to the back room,

where I set up my strawberry-flavored shrine of love: a table holding the treats, candles, pictures and—the cherry on top—our song playing softly in the background. As I stood in the room ready for his arrival, I heard the door open. “Babe?? Hello? What tha— shoot—what is that?” He entered the back room and looked around, confused. “Why are you standing in the dark?” His shoes were covered in pink icing. He had stepped on the cupcakes, didn’t notice the song playing and looked at me like I was growing horns for standing behind what I guess looked to him like a sacrificial altar. Over the years, I’ve learned simpler is better. I’m thinking for Father’s Day this year, I’ll order a steak dinner to-go from Texas Roadhouse and call it a day. af Carrie Taylor is a native Texan and mother of one.

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