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A Short Life With a Lasting Impact

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Can an Interfaith Marriage Work?

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Smarten Up Your Spring Break!

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Family Connections

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Ways to Help Your Child Conquer Bedwetting!

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Ten Things…for Stuffing Easter Eggs!

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Flu Season Never Ends When You’re a Computer

Like Mother, Like Son

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® BY SHERIDA MOCK

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hen I look down at my feet, I see my father’s feet. We share the same weird bump on the top of each instep, and we have the same bony heel. In a strange way, it’s a reminder to me that I carry my dad with me everywhere, a collection of all the things he’s passed down to me: the grumpiness upon waking, the barely-there dimple and the affinity for dark chocolate, among other things.

Volume 23, No. 12

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Sherida Mock: editor2003@austinfamily.com

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What are you passing down to your children? Betty Richardson discusses the ways we can pass on religious traditions. Kimberly Blaker writes about the importance of showing good sportsmanship. Carrie Taylor takes a playful look at passing down her penchant for crying about everything.

Paula Halloum and Margo Vogelpohl

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Dr. Betty Kehl Richardson, Barb Matijevich

CALENDAR EDITOR

It’s spring, and we know you want to get outside. So, we’ve put together a few ideas for that, as well. Check out Paula Halloum’s choice of day trips just a few hours away. Read about Jennifer VanBuren’s ideas for making your children’s spring break a learning experience. Try capturing a bit of nature with Terra Toys’ KidZone activity. And don’t miss Austin’s newest musical tradition, MossFest, on March 6. Our Q&A this month tells the remarkable story of Moss Pieratt, the toddler behind this family-friendly addition to the Kite Festival weekend. Enjoy your spring break!

Betty Kemper: calendar2003@austinfamily.com

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Government Recalls Stools, Bikes and Cookware School Specialty is recalling about 6,000 classroom stools because the stool can break during use, posing a fall hazard. The recall involves new and previously recalled 18-inch tall and 20-inch tall Classroom Select NeoRock Stools with a tilting and rocking feature, for use by children in the classroom. Affected units were sold through Classroom Direct catalogs, School Specialty Furniture and Equipment catalogs, School Specialty Education Essentials catalogs, School Specialty Early Childhood catalogs and on schoolspecialty.com from May 2015 to November 2015 for between $105 and $115. Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled stools and contact School Specialty for a full refund or merchandise credit. Chillafish is recalling about 29,000 children’s balance bikes because overinflated tires can cause the wheel rims to crack and send pieces of the plastic rim flying, posing a laceration hazard. The recall involves Chillafish BMXie, Chillafish Jack and Chillafish Josie balance bikes. The bikes were designed for children ages 2 to 5 and have no pedals and no chains. Affected units were sold at Sam’s Club stores nationwide and online at Amazon.com, Target.com and ToysRUs.com from November 2013 to November 2015 for between $55 and $80. Consumers should immediately stop children from using the recalled bikes until the tires are deflated to a pressure at or below 32 psi and contact Chillafish for a free repair. H-E-B is recalling about 41,000 pieces of cookware because the metal discs that cover the cookware’s rivets can pop off and hit consumers, posing an injury hazard. The recall involves Connect by H-E-B tri-ply stainless steel cookware. It was sold as a 12-piece set or as individual pieces. Affected units were sold at H-E-B stores in Texas from September 2014 to December 2015 for between $20 and $250. Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled cookware and return it to H-E-B for a full refund. 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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G O T O W W W. A U S T I N FA M I LY. C O M F O R W E E K LY U P D AT E S O F A R O U N D A U S T I N N E W S

National Pancake Day Pancake lovers nationwide can enjoy a free short stack of buttermilk pancakes in National Pancake Day celebration of is March 8. IHOP’s National Pancake Day on March 8. Now in its 11th year, IHOP restaurants will give away millions of free pancakes from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. and ask guests to leave behind a voluntary donation for their local Children’s Miracle Network Hospital, The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Shriners Hospital for Children and other local charities.

teachers encourage the excitement of learning and discovery, and welcomes alumni to reconnect with the institution that prepared them for their careers. The traditional finale to Explore UT is a “class photo” taken at the Main Mall. After the photo, there will be free Amy’s Ice Cream (while supplies last) compliments of the University Federal Credit Union.

Austin Diagnostic Clinic

National Pancake Day has raised $20 million over the last 10 years. For more information, visit IHOPPancakeDay.com.

Explore UT On March 5, the University of Texas at Austin hosts Explore UT, a free, day long event that invites Texans of all ages to experience robust research experiences, hands-on demonstrations and experiments.

Dr. Gustavo Rodriguez will open the Cedar Park location of the Austin Diagnostic Clinic on March 7.

On March 7, the Austin Diagnostic Clinic (ADC) will open its ninth Austin-area location in Cedar Park. The clinic will see patients ages 7 and up and will offer on-site lab services, as well as sports physicals for middle school, high school and college students.

The clinic, at 1401 Medical Parkway, will open with family practice physician Dr. Gustavo Rodriguez. In April, family practitioner Dr. Annette Bodoky will join the practice. The Austin Diagnostic Clinic has been caring for Central Texans since 1952.

Must -Do This Month Register your little one for kindergarten. Check local school calendars for dates. Set your clocks ahead one hour on March 13 to begin Daylight Savings Time. Attend a school concert. March is Music in Our Schools Month.

The collection, known as The Genesis Exhibit, spans 3.5 billion years of life on Earth, from the earliest single-celled organisms to dinosaurs and sabertoothed cats. Museum staff are currently unpacking, organizing and cataloging the items, says Torvald Hessel, founder and executive director of TXMoST.

New Fossil Exhibition

Explore UT, March 5, will include a “class photo” on the Main Mall.

Explore UT seeks to broaden the horizons of students and motivate them toward achieving higher education after high school. It seeks to help parents and

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In February, the Texas Museum of Science & Technology (TXMoST), received a gift with dramatic impact for the museum and its visitors. Marty Martin, renowned philanthropist, professor, playwright and creator of museums, has made TXMoST the home to his extensive collection of fossils from around the world.

The skeleton of a saber-toothed cat is now on permanent exhibit at the Texas Museum of Science & Technology.

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Casts and originals of rare fossils include skeletons, skulls, claws, skin, eggs, insects and plants gathered from several museums, including the Smithsonian Institution, The American Museum of Natural History, The Royal Ontario Museum and the Carnegie Museum. Some pieces are already on display. The museum will continue to add to the exhibition as pieces are unpacked and cataloged, says Tanya Laird, director of collections at TXMoST.

Harlem Globetrotters

Harlem Globetrotter El Gato Melendez visited the Children’s Blood and Cancer Center on Jan. 25.

On Jan. 25, Harlem Globetrotter El Gato Melendez visited patients and their families at the Children’s Blood and Cancer Center at Dell Children’s Medical Center. The visit was part of Smile Patrol, an outreach

program designed to spread joy and create lifetime memories. Melendez spoke extensively with the patients and showed off his signature ball-handling skills and tricks.

Scholarships for Outstanding Students Central Texas Medical Center (CTMC) will once again honor 10 outstanding local and regional high school students with $1,000 scholarships. The deadline to apply is Thursday, March 31. “CTMC is pleased to recognize and award students who have worked hard for their scholastic achievements,” says Brad Russell, CTMC director of public relations and marketing. “We look forward to rewarding deserving students again this year with funds that will help them in their college career.” The scholarships, which CTMC has been awarding to area high school seniors since 1997, may be used to cover costs of attending a university, college, community college or vocational/trade school. Proof of enrollment and a tuition

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The deadline to apply for CTMC’s annual scholarships is March 31.

“CTMC is pleased to recognize students who have worked hard for their scholastic achievements. We look forward to rewarding deserving students again this year.” — Brad Russell, CTMC Director of PR and Marketing

statement must be submitted in order to receive the scholarship. The scholarship awards are based on community involvement, work or organization experience, financial need and academic achievement. Application forms are available at ctmc.org/education-events.

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People who say chocolate rabbits should be eaten ears first.

Camp Fair Thank You Austin Family magazine thanks its readers for attending the 18th annual Summer Camp Fair in January. Over 100 camp providers greeted attendees with interactive displays a nd activities at the free event, allowing families to gather information about summer camps in the Austin area and beyond. In addition, 20 families won free summer camp experiences and camp providers entertained attendees on the main stage with music, dance, martial arts demonstrations and more. “We are so glad to bring this free event to the families of Austin every year,” says Kaye Lowak, publisher of Austin Family magazine.

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Source: National Confectioners Association

4Reelz School of Film won the “Best Booth” award at Austin Family Magazine’s Summer Camp Fair.

“We are so glad to bring this free event to the families of Austin every year” — Kaye Lowak, publisher of Austin Family magazine 4Reelz School of Film won the “Best Booth” award for its costumed characters, face painting and interactive iPad demonstrations. The school offers a creative outlet for film buffs of all ages.

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Number of jellybeans produced for Easter. Source: National Confectioners Association

$28.11

Average spent per person on Easter candy. Source: National Confectioners Association

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ho can resist the fun of loading up the family car for a romp through Central Texas? Its vast ruggedness— comprised of hills and plateaus, limestone and granite, caverns and tributaries—is rich with history, towns and natural wonderment no matter which way you go (not to mention some pretty good cuisine, too). And since every good thing is better in threes, we bring you a trio of fun and easy day-trip destinations from Austin. Take your pick or try all three!

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Roughly a hundred miles north from Austin and home to the Baylor Bears, Waco is a mid-sized city threaded by the beautiful Brazos and Bosque rivers, with Lake Waco Mamm oth Na nestled nearby. It tional Monu also offers-up the ment Waco Mammoth National Monument, a five-acre site with an enclosed dig shelter that reveals the sub-fossil remains of several Columbian mammoths that roamed this region about 65 million years ago. Activities at America’s newest national park include trail walking, a dig box and bird watching. Admission to the park is free; a nominal fee applies to the guided tour of the mammoth dig site. Another must-see in Waco is the Cameron Park Zoo. With more than oo 1,700 animals from 300 Z k ar P on er Cam different species, you’ll see (at a minimum) bald eagles, tortoises, bears, giraffes, rhinos, lions and

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even a komodo dragon! Grab lunch at either of the cafes at the zoo before washing it down with some old fashioned soda at the Dr Pepper Museum. Located in downtown Waco, the museum’s exhibits take you back in time to the birth of the oldest major soft drink in America and keeps some of us humming, “I’m a Pepper, you’re a Pepper…”

Enjoy the flavor of true Texas Hill Country as you depart west from Austin and head toward Johnson City, about 60 miles. Who knew amid all that expansive Texas backroad view that here you can hook up with your own 3D avatar and explore the amazement at the Hill Country Science Mill? Ever heard of a fractalarium, Hill Countr y a mindball or a paludarium? How Washington-on-the-Brazos ‘bout a cell phone disco? Admit it, your interest is piqued—so go on in!

Head east of Austin for about 90 miles, and you’ll hit the county seat of Washington County once known as Hickory Grove. Here, of great significance to our state, is the Washington-on-the-Brazos State Historical Site, where the Texas Declaration of Independence from Mexico was signed in 1836. Tour the Star of the Republic Museum and Independence Hall, then engage in “life as it was” at the Barrington Living History Farm.

Blue Bell Creamery 3,000-lb. drawbridge, you’ll certainly feel the spirit of old world charm and oh, “keep yer eyes peeled for them gators!” Note: depending on the time of year, an added perk to your drive to Brenham via Highway 290 is a stunning display of Texas wildflowers. Got your camera?

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Next local stop on your must-see (or must-taste!) list is Bluebell Creamery. Learn about the lip-smacking goodness of this centuryold delight and shop the Country Store and Ice Cream Parlor. Finally, a short 24-minute drive southeast of Brenham is another kind of peek back in time at Newman’s Castle. With a moat and

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Next, take your sharpened mind and imagination down the road to Stonewall, about 15 minutes. Enter the Lyndon B. Johnson State Park and Historic Site; tour the visitor center to gain an appreciation of our 36th president’s life and influences. Another must-see at the site is the SauerBeckmann Living History Farm. Early 20th century life is keenly demonstrated with time-period artifacts and staff who embody what life was like on a working farm. Take a refreshing breath and hit the road one more time, still heading west, about 30 miles into Fredericksburg. At first site you’ll notice the array of shopping and eating establishments; they abound! But make a special point to visit the National Museum rk a hnson State P o J . B of the Pacific War, n o d n y L home of the Admiral Nimitz Museum. Situated on six acres in the heart of this town, three separate museums “honor Admiral Nimitz and all who served in the Pacific War.” af Paula Halloum is a writer, photographer and mother of three who lives in Austin. March 2016 l austinfamily.com

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We’ve all seen it—the parent who stands on the sidelines criticizing the decisions made by coaches and officials; the one who yells at his own child when she makes a mistake; the fan who hurls rude remarks to the opposing team and the parent who always places blame. Some of us have even had the misfortune of witnessing brawls. By Kimberly Blaker

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here’s no question: winning is rewarding and boosts self-esteem. But well-meaning parents sometimes are so caught up in the competitiveness that they lose sight of the real value of sports.

Winning is not just being the victor of a game. It’s becoming the best all around person one can be. Children who carry this with them will be the ones to prevail. What’s the value in losing? Plenty. It teaches lessons in perseverance, humility, respect and acceptance of defeat. Losing means coming out second best. Defeat is not failure. A child or parent who walks away satisfied—whether victorious or not—is the true winner. Sports activities offer opportunities to build friendships and learn lessons on the importance of rules, fairness and honesty, anger management and leadership skills and how to work as a team. In short, they teach important principles of life that will be of immense value in the years to come.

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SUPPORT YOUR CHILD’S SPORTSMANSHIP

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Make the most of your child’s involvement by showing your support and what it means to be a good sport.

Avoid pointing out your child’s mistakes or criticizing. This only serves to make kids feel worse. Your child is most likely already aware of the mistake.

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Practice with your child, but don’t push. Offer pointers and demonstrate proper techniques, but allow mistakes to go without frequent correction. Praise your child’s efforts.

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Allow coaches and officials to do their jobs. If you feel an error was made, remember: it’s a tough job, and we all make mistakes. Realize it will probably work out in the end.

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Cheer on your child and her team. Don’t put down the other team’s players, and be courteous and respectful of the other team’s parents and fans.

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When talking with your child about a game, point out specific displays of sportsmanship that took place to show the difference between being a good sport and poor one.

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If your child isn’t enjoying the sport, don’t force him to stay in it. For many children, team sports aren’t the answer. Help find another activity or a solo sport that is more suited to him.

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Set up a sportsmanship recognition program for your child’s team, offering Good Sports awards to players who set examples of good sportsmanship. If a child is struggling with sportsmanship, look for opportunities to help her brush up on her skills and reward her accordingly as reinforcement.

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Acknowledge and show interest in team members whose abilities don’t stand out.

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Don’t place blame when the team loses.

Read “It’s How You Play the Game: Reclaiming Sportsmanship and Honor” by Bobby Newman. af

Kimberly Blaker is an author and freelance writer. Her articles have appeared in more than 200 publications throughout the U.S.

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BY BETTY RICHARDSON

My husband and I come from different faiths, and until recently it wasn’t a problem. But now we have a baby, and we each want to pass down certain elements of our faiths. We get in heated discussions. How can we work out our differences? It’s not uncommon for a couple to find their interfaith marriage working until, like you, they have children. Then suddenly, each wants the children raised in their own faith. Some folks even agree early on to educate the children in one faith, only to change their minds later. You’re not alone in having different religious views than your husband. Interfaith marriages have been on the rise, from about 20 percent in 1950 to around 45 percent in 2014. The intensity of our religious convictions can rise and fall over time depending on circumstances, pressure from family and friends, our personalities and the state of the marriage. Interestingly, even people who go to the same church can have differing views.

2. Look for similarities in your beliefs,

3. Compromise to reduce discomfort

and strengthen the family unit. In one family, the grandmother was Jewish and her daughter and son-in-law were of two different Christian faiths. The grandmother was uncomfortable with prayers said by the rest of the family, so the daughter asked her mother to say the prayers.

4. There may also be compromises

around food. A Muslim spouse may insist on no pork in the house, while a Buddhist may eat no meat. An interfaith marriage may require creativity and respect in finding acceptable meals. Some partners take turns bringing the children to their place of worship. Some may even go periodically to religious services with their spouse. With rare exceptions, one need not belong to a particular religion or hold all its beliefs to go to services as a sign of respect and love for a spouse.

So what can you do to keep your interfaith marriage working? I checked with a number of interfaith couples representing a variety of religions. Here are some of their suggestions:

1. Remember to love and respect

each other and hold the marriage important in your lives. Marriage is a partnership that implies each partner is invested in making negotiated decisions, so each partner gets some of what they want.

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and customs of both religions. One of the best mothers I know told me her family celebrates Easter, Passover, Hanukkah and Christmas. They also light Sabbath candles in their home.

not just differences. Find common ground like saying prayers before meals, similar religious stories and important values.

5. Learn about the partner’s religious holidays and customs. Some families observe all the holidays

6. Have a sense of humor, even around religion. The same mother said when their daughter was young, she told a babysitter, “My father is Jewish, and my mother is Christmas.”

Keep in mind that whether the children are encouraged to embrace a single religion or to learn and practice each parent’s religion, the reality is that children may grow up to choose a different religion altogether. Also note that in cases of divorce, the courts have said that each parent can have the children partake of their own religious practices. Someday, your children will be grown and selecting their own mates, perhaps of faiths different from you and your husband. One of the best things you can do for your children is to model a good marriage by demonstrating negotiation and compromise, rather than arguing and fighting. 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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B Y J E N N I F E R VA N B U R E N

SOME FOLKS

look forward to using spring break as a travel vacation. Others look forward to some quiet time at home. Time away from school can mean sleeping in, daydreaming, reading a good book or just doing “nothing.” However, this loose schedule can lose its shine after a day or so. Here are some tips and ideas for making your week at home educational and exciting.

GET OUTSIDE

Kids will appreciate some fresh air and sunshine. Go to your local park or find someplace new. Create a scavenger hunt of natural items. Bring home found objects and create nature crafts. Identify plants and animals you meet along the way. There are birds galore this time of year. Can you identify them?

HIT THE TRAIL

Most families have their favorite hiking spots. Expand your horizons by finding a new place. Visit bit.ly/1A1Txrr for a run-down of Austin’s best trails, or visit alltrails.com.

CREATE IN THE KITCHEN Cooking and baking bring many learning

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opportunities. Double a recipe and help your child determine the new measurements. Let him crack the eggs, set the timer and temperature on the oven. You’ll cook up some memories while learning.

EAT A RAINBOW

Head to the grocery store and plan a dish. With blueberries, strawberries, kiwis and more, you can create a fruit salad from every color of the rainbow. Engage older kids by researching the vitamins and nutrients in each fruit. Create a rainbow collage using photos from magazines and grocery store circulars, print them off your computer or draw your own.

will love the together time this activity affords, along with the feeling of autonomy as they create their own meal. For younger children, make a stepby-step flow chart of the process to make a pizza. Have them list out the steps on index cards. Mix them up and make it a game.

READ ON

No article about educational opportunities would be complete without recommending a trip to the library. Have your child list her favorite books and look for similar titles. Set up a reading time, and have your own book ready to go. Make reading feel like a special treat by doing it together.

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MAKE A DAY OF IT

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economical alternative to a full-fledged vacation, and it offers the opportunity for extending the learning lesson at home.

MAP IT OUT

Learning to read and interpret maps leads to a deeper visual literacy—the set of skills necessary to decode and interpret images—and is a great extension activity to supplement map skills learned at school. When taught in a high-interest setting, such as mapping out how to get to Brenham, the skill has more immediacy.

A WEEK OFF

FROM SCHOOL DOES NOT NEED TO BE A WEEK OFF FROM EDUCATION. TAKE THIS OPPORTUNITY TO PROVIDE RICH LEARNING ACTIVITIES FOR YOUR FAMILY.

Kids can see first-hand how mapping is used. What about GPS? Sure, most people can find their way around these days without a map, but what better way to give your kids a sense of local geography than to map out a route? Print a map from an online application such as Mapquest or Google Maps and have your child trace the route, looking for alternatives.

WORK THE FLOOR

The other component of planning for a day trip is what to do once you get there. Going to a museum? Download a floorplan and have your kids decide which exhibit to visit first, the location of the bathrooms, stairs, cafe and gift shop. Go to your destination’s website and look for videos or photos. This helps build anticipation and encourages the whole family to identify their “must see” spots. Going to the zoo or aquarium? They publish a daily schedule of special talks and activities. Check out the schedule with your kids and plan out which ones you will attend. Identify where the talks will be held and map out the route. A week off from school does not need to be a week off from education. Take this opportunity to provide rich learning activities for your family. It does not need to be complicated or extensive. Those little moments can grow into big memories. 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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pril 25, 2014 started like most days. Jessica Pieratt put her toddler son Moss down for his morning nap. He’d been running a slight fever—99 degrees—that she chalked up to teething. But when she checked on him later, he was unresponsive. He died the next day at Dell Children’s Medical Center, the result of what doctors labeled SUDC, or Sudden Unexplained Death in Childhood. He simply stopped breathing.

Now less than 2 years after his death, the Pieratts, their extended family and friends are throwing MossFest, a musical celebration of his life. She talked with us recently about her loss and how she found the strength to help others.

MossFest: a short life makes a lasting impact

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Tell us about your family.

My husband and I met in high school at Austin High. We’ve been married almost 7 years. Moss was born in 2013. Madeline is 16 months old, and we have a newborn baby girl. Yes, I’m a little busy right now, but I love it. I feel like I should be spending all my time and energy taking care of three kids, because Moss is supposed to be here. But working on the concert makes me feel like I’m taking care of him.

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Awareness of SUDC is a huge driver for us. Before Moss, I had never heard of a toddler passing away for no known reasons.

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What is MossFest all about?

It’s a free music concert, all day at Zilker Hillside Theater. Moss loved music. I started taking him to music classes when he was 6 months old. We’ll have other activities, as well, like face painting, balloon art and kite building. Knowing that we wanted to raise money for SUDC, we thought, “What kind of event could we do that would be long-lasting and child-friendly and that we would have wanted to take Moss to?” We had this idea of a children’s concert. Awareness of SUDC is a huge driver for us. Before Moss, I had never heard of a toddler passing away for no known reasons. I thought that once my children turned 1, the risk of SIDS went away. After connecting with the SUDC Foundation, we have learned so much. I’ve learned that SUDC statistics are probably inaccurate, because there are many families out there that don’t know it exists.

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A concert is a big project. How do you go from the idea to making it a reality?

It’s been a learning process. [Austin musician] Sara Hickman guided us. She has so much experience in the music industry. The good thing is that the Kite Festival happens on the same day. Our family owns ABC Home and Commercial Services, and they now host it. So we have a team that works on the Kite Festival, and they’ve been a great resource. I thought it would be hard to line up artists, but Sara shared our story, and I was amazed that so many people wanted to be a part of it. We’ve found that there’s not an event like this in Austin—an all-day music festival for kids.

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How did you learn about the SUDC Foundation?

After Moss’s death, a friend passed along information about the organization. SUDC is essentially SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome) for children over age 1. The SUDC Foundation has staff members who are bereaved parents of SUDC. They do grief counseling, support groups, and they’ve just started doing research. They’re working with New York University, Columbia University, Duke University and the Mayo Clinic. There’s a good medical team involved in the research, comparing all the kids to see if there’s a link.

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How has the SUDC Foundation helped you?

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child and is now raising another. I hate to say it, but we live in fear with our daughters, because we don’t know what happened with Moss. There have been so many phases in the grief process that I didn’t anticipate. As Madeline reached the age that Moss was, we felt a peak in anxiety. We don’t know what life is like beyond 15 months old. Is the same thing going to happen to her? And we have a lot of emotions involved in the fact that she’s now going to be older than her older brother. We’ve met some really wonderful families. I’ve made friends in Arkansas and New Orleans. I’ve talked to people in Australia and the UK. It sounds cliché, but they’ve become like family. I’m grateful, and that inspires me to want to support the SUDC Foundation along with knowing that research is not just a vague term, but they are truly doing research on our son. I want to participate in that.

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What has helped you in dealing with this loss?

I wouldn’t have known what to say to someone until now. I just want to talk about my child and to hear other people say his name. I was pregnant with Madeline when Moss passed away, and there was a period of time when I was pregnant but Moss was gone. I had no one to take care of. I felt kind of kicked out of the parent club. So when friends would let me talk about those little normal things like naps and meals, that helped. It helped to not act weird when I was talking about Moss. I love dedicating time each day to Moss. It’s been healing. This concert has been a great project for my husband and I to do together. Men and women grieve so differently, but we work like a team. af

MossFest: a family concert

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BY RICHARD SINGLETON

FLU SEASON NEVER ENDS WHEN YOU’RE A COMPUTER “It’s just a virus.” That’s what our family doctor calmly said twice in the past two weeks. Each one of my kids fell prey to the yuckies that have been making their rounds. We thought for sure that one had flu and the other had strep. Nope. “Just a virus.” Now, that’s a great diagnosis for a high school junior, hours before her big musical. It’s words of bliss to a middle schooler, the day before his big basketball tournament. Not so much if you’re on the other end of the conversation with your IT guy, your massive presentation is moments away and your brand new computer won’t boot. Not good at all if you just became Patient Zero among an email list of family and friends that you’ve potentially infected with the electronic version of the zombie apocalypse. I’m not sure exactly who coined the phrase “computer virus,” but they missed the mark a little. Maybe it should have been “computer plague” or “computer pandemic.” Nah. It just doesn’t have the right ring to it, does it?

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In lieu of a great name, the digitized world has given us the term “malware.” According to Wikipedia, malware is “an umbrella term used to refer to a variety of forms of hostile or intrusive software, including viruses, worms, trojan horses, ransomware, spyware, adware, scareware and other malicious programs.” That voice of your mother saying “cover it” right after you’ve infected the entire room with a massive sneeze comes

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to mind after reading a definition like this.

DON’T CLICK; YOU MIGHT GET SICK.

But something tells me that the e-version of a simple sneeze into your Draculapositioned arm isn’t going to do the trick with your computer and its accursed attraction to getting sick. So pass the pixelated Purell, and let’s think this through.

Be careful of the links that you follow. If it looks like a strange email, it likely is. If you get a warning not to visit a website, don’t. If you land on a site that seems to be sucking the life right out of your computer right before your eyes, leave it immediately and then do a scan.

Make sure you have virus protection. It’s almost a given, but it still needs to be said. And, really, you can take out two birds with one stone here (actually, just skip hurting the animals…they need protection, too). One, make sure that you have virus protection installed on your machine. Two, make sure that you have the latest operating system or the latest update for your operating system on your machine. Use what your IT guy gave ya. It’s one thing to have malware protection on your machine; it’s another thing to have it set up right and working for you. Make sure that you are updating the virus definitions regularly and using your virus protection to scan your computer regularly. You likely can set it and forget it, but do take the time to get it set up right at the outset. Don’t click; you might get sick. Okay, that was lame. But, honestly, be careful of the links that you follow. If it looks like a strange email, it likely is. If you get a warning not to visit a website, don’t. If you land on a site that seems to be sucking the life right out of your computer right before your eyes, leave it immediately…and then, yes, do an immediate scan. Finally, back up, back up, back up. We all know the drill, but we also don’t follow our own massive mental warning lights. How many of us could have saved so much stress by having a great backup plan? There’s really not a lot of excuses anymore. Cloud storage is massive and cheap. Find a plan that works for you and make sure that no matter what digital gremlins come your way, you have a way to emerge from your own personal apocalypse with fresh, clean data, ready to colonize your brave new electronic world…or just return that email to Aunt Gertrude without having to reboot five times. af Richard Singleton, MACE, MAMFC, LPC, is the executive director at STARRY in Round Rock.

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2016 SUMMER CAMP GUIDE DAY CAMPS Page 24 • OVERNIGHT CAMPS Page 43 • SPECIAL NEEDS CAMPS Page 45

i Indicates Spring Break Camp Offered

This month’s Camp Guide sponsored by: YMCA of Austin austinymca.org YMCA of Greater Williamson County ymcagwc.org

day camps 14th Annual Austin Film Festival Summer Camp 512-478-4795 www.austinfilmfestival.com Ages 9 - 18 Rocking workshops that promise to teach, inspire, and help kids and young adults create their very own fabulous, funny, thought-provoking, heartbreaking, award-winning (you never know!) short films.

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i 4Reelz School of Film

Round Rock, TX 512-640-3831 www.4reelzschooloffilm.com Ages: 6 - 17 Half day and full day camps for kids including acting, filmmaking, costume & makeup design, lego stop-motion, movie science FX, and comic book creation. “We learn by Doing!”

Adderley Musical Theatre Summer Camp 512-987-0190 Downtown @The Integrity Academy Barton Creek @ St. Michael’s Academy

Customize your Camp Guide search at austinfamily.com Four Points @ The Oasis www.theadderleyschool.com Ages 3 - 18 Students participate in one, two or three-week ageappropriate singing, acting and dance camps, culminating in a final abridged version of a Broadway show.

American Robotics 1460 Redbud Trl., and 1314 Exposition Blvd 512-992-7899 Ages 7 - 12 Campers will enjoy morning yoga class, music lesson workshops, instrument building, afternoon dance class and a final performance at the end of the week!

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Armstrong School of Music Summer Jazz Workshop

ATX Kids Club Summer Camp Adventures

404 Camp Craft Rd., West Lake Hills 512-474-2331 www.acmsaustin.org 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!

Central and South Austin 512-234-KIDS (5437) www.atxkidsclub.org Ages 4 – 12 Join us for one of the most active, educational and fun summer camp programs in Austin, with a different field trip every day!

Asian American Resource Center (AARC) Youth Storytelling and Teen Leadership Camps 8401 Cameron Road, Austin 512-974-1700 www.austintexas.gov/aarc Ages: Youth camps, 5 - 10, Teen camps, 13 - 17. Theater, music, puppetry and other storytelling traditions through an Asian and Asian American lens. Financial aid available. M - F, 9am - 5pm, 1- and 2-week sessions, $150-$300.

ATA Martial Arts Northwest Austin, Cedar Park and Round Rock 512-402-6461, 512-786-2387, 512-310-0131 www.barrettsata.com, www.roundrockata.com 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.

Austin Dog Alliance 1321 W. New Hope Drive, Cedar Park 512-335-7100 www.austindogalliance.org Ages 5 - 15 Camp activities include learning dog training, tricks, agility and other dog sports. Campers learn about dog health, breeds, body language and more.  Craft activities include making dog cookies and dog toys. 

Austin Girls Choir Austin 512-453-0884 www.girlschoir.com Ages 8 – 16 Austin Girls Choir camps include instruction on vocal skills, note reading, basic harmony and fun songs, with simple choreography.

Austin International School, Run Jump, Splash 4001 Adelphi Road, Austin 512-331-7806

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www.austininternationalschool.org Ages 3 - 6 Our campers will explore other cultures and languages while staying active and filling their days with creativity, activity and motion.

Austin Nature and Science Center 2389 Stratford Drive, Austin 512-974-3880 www.austintexas.gov/ansc Ages 4 - 13 ANSC offers various extraordinary summer camp programs to groups of children in an environmental education-based curriculum. From nature studying, hiking and crafts to caving and stone tool making in older classes.

Austin Sports Arena Ultimate Indoor Sports Camp 3918 Gattis School Rd., Round Rock 512-251-7500 www.austinsportsarena.com/camps 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. 

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Writing Summer Camp

Several locations across Austin 512-542-0076 www.austinlibrary.org Rising 3rd – 12th grade Led by professional writers, campers discover

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Band Aid Music Camp South Austin and Westlake/Riverbend 512-730-0592 www.bandaidschoolofmusic.com Ages 4 - 18 Rock band, rock star, piano, drum, guitar and vocal camps. We have the strongest rock band program in Texas.

The Baron’s Men - Summer Youth Workshop The Curtain Theatre 7400 Coldwater Canyon Dr., Austin www.thebaronsmen.org, workshop@thebaronsmen.org Ages: July 11 - 16 (ages 9 - 14) & July 18 - 23 (ages 15 - 18) Students will have an opportunity to experience the world of William Shakespeare and the Elizabethan stagecraft tradition that the Baron’s Men is so w ell-known for.

i Bear Creek Stables

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

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Bits, Bytes & Bots Computer Adventures Various locations 512-415-4120 www.austintx.bitsbytesbots.com Ages 6 – 14 Offering fun and educational week-long, half-day technology camps in game creation, moviemaking, robotics, Scratch programming, Kodu Game Lab programming and Minecraft®. Low student to instructor ratio.

Blazer Tag 1701 W. Ben White Blvd., Austin 512-462-0202 www.blazertag.com Ages 7 and up Bring in your camp or field trip to Blazer Tag for some out-of-this-world fun!

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Extra Credit! LLC

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

Brandy Perryman Shooting Camp Locations throughout Austin 512-799-8891 www.bperrymanshootingcamp.com Ages 7 - 16

BPSC is a 4-day shooting intense basketball camp mirrored after all the camps Perryman attended and enjoyed the most as a kid.

i Bricks 4 Kidz ATX

Multiple greater Austin locations 512-270-9003 www.bricks4kidz.com/atx 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 www.cafemonet.org Ages 6 and up Hands-on lesson in creativity. Paint pottery, fuse glass or spruce it up on a wood plaque.

Camp Abrakadoodle – Kids with Imagination Leander, Round Rock, Georgetown 512-337-7017 www.abrakadoodle.com/tx-austin 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.  

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Camp Adventure by Kiddie Academy 1602 Medical Pkwy., Cedar Park 512-986-7355 www.kiddieacademy.com/cedarpark 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. With Camp Adventure, your child’s ordinary summer vacation is transformed into a fun and strong foundation for the future!

Camp Avalanche at Chaparral Ice Center 2525 W. Anderson Ln. #400, Austin 512-252-8500 x 160 www.chaparralice.com 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 www.chaparralice.com 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,

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i Camp Doublecreek

800 Doublecreek Dr., Round Rock 512-255-3661 www.campdoublecreek.com 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.

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Challenger School

2919 Manchaca Rd. and 2117 Anderson Ln. www.jump-austin.com 512-593-6226 Ages 3 - 10 Voted Austin Family Magazine’s Most Fun Camp in 2011, 2014, 2015. Dynamic, theme-based gymnastics, games, activities and arts and crafts keep kids coming back.

Camp on the Move 512-658-628 www.camponthemove.com Ages 7 - 14 A field-trip based day camp, a new trip each day. Schlitterbahn twice a week. Come join the fun.

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4829 Switch Willo 512-920-0554 www.campswitchwillo.com Ages 5 - 15 We strive to instill in each child an appreciation for

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horses and the sport of riding. We educate riders in a relaxed, supportive learning environment, with an emphasis on safety. Texas State University San Marcos and Round Rock 512-245-3680 Ages 6 - 18 Our camp will inspire creative writing, thinking and explore various writing styles. Campers will meet new friends. Avery Ranch, Pond Springs and Round Rock 512-341-8000, 512-258-1299, 512-255-8844 www.challengerschool.com Ages PreK - 8th grade Our students learn to think for themselves and to value independence. Results are unmatched.

i Club Z Summer Camp

Round Rock, Austin, Cedar Park 512-219-0700 www.zsclubhouse.com Ages 5 - 12 Awesome field trips, organized sports, wonderful environment.

i Cordovan Art School

3810 Gattis School Rd. #108, Round Rock 816 S. Main St., Georgetown 512-275-4040 www.cordovanartschool.com Ages 5 - 16 Experience the best art camps in the greater Austin

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area! Traditional, technical skills mixed with lots of fun! Ceramics, clay, drawing, painting, animals and more.

Country Home Learning Center 6900 Escarpment Blvd., Austin 512-288-8220 13120 U.S. Hwy. 183 N., Austin 512-331-1441 www.countryhomelearningcenter.com 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 www.dancediscovery.com www.averyranchdance.com Ages 3 - 14 Various themed camps include story time ballet, jazz, hip hop, gymnastics, yoga, arts and crafts and musical theatre. Each camp ends with a great show!

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i Esoteric Farm

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

Extend-A-Care for Kids Summer Day Camp Locations in AISD, DVISD and HCISD 512-472-9402 www.eackids.org Ages 3 - 12 Weekly sessions consisting of sports, field trips, swimming, cooking, games and puzzles, reading, arts and crafts and more. Weekly themes are based on children’s literature.

i Fantastic Magic Camp

Locations throughout Austin 512-850-4677 www.magiccamp.com Ages 5 - 12 Kids discover their unique inner magic through learning magic tricks. Campers are surrounded by people, both young and old, who recognize and embrace that uniqueness.

French for Kids Ecole Jean-Jacques Rousseau 11607 N. Lamar, Austin 512-339-6000 www.austinfrenchforkids.org Ages 3 - 12

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Where French immersion meets academic excellence.

i Fun 2 Learn Code

Austin and Round Rock (see web site for additional locations) 512-900-8380 www.fun2learncode.com 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.

Game Worlds 5930 Middle Fiskville Rd., Austin 512-609-0052 www.gameworldscamp.com Ages 10 - 18 At Game Worlds, kids learn from real-world developers how to make their very own video games! Students work in teams to create their own game!

Girls Empowerment Network, campGEN 4001 Speedway 512-808-4044 ext 106 www.girlsempowermentnetwork.org 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!

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2016 SUMMER CAMP GUIDE Girlstart Summer Camp 1400 W. Anderson Ln., Austin 512-916-4775 www.girlstart.org Rising 4th - 8th grades Girlstart summer camp allows girls to explore science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) in a fun, informal environment and equips them with STEM skills they will use for life. Girlstart’s camp provides unique experiences that develop a strong conceptual understanding of STEM subjects and increases participants’ interest in STEM activities and careers.

Handwriting Club by Extra Credit! LLC 8820 Business Park Dr. #300, Austin 512-689-0236 www.extracreditaustin.com Ages 5 - 9 Summer class options, pending interest and availability. For better handwriting. Pre-screening required. Details online.

i Heartsong

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

Hill Country Science Mill Austin and Johnson City (see website for locations) 844-263-6405

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www.sciencemill.org Rising 4th - 8th grade Explore the exciting world of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) through our award-winning camps; including 3D printing, robotics and more! Special Austin camp available!

Hyde Park Kids Kamp Hyde Park Campus 512-465-8344 www.hpbc.org/kamp Ages Completed 1st - 5th grade Children explore their creativity in music, art, drama, movement and more.

iD Tech Camps @ UT and St. Edwards UT Austin, St. Edwards University and more 888-709-8324 www.idtech.com Ages 7 - 17 Inspired by tech-savvy instructors, students code apps, design video games, mod with Minecraft, engineer robots, build websites, produce movies and more.

Kiddie Academy’s Camp Adventure 2617 Kelly Ln., Pflugerville 512-989-7777 www.kiddieacademy.com/pflugerville Ages preschool – 12 years We aim to make your child’s summer as educational as it is fun. Our Camp Adventure program and

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2016 SUMMER CAMP GUIDE 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!

i KidsActing

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

Kids with Pens Georgetown, Westlake, Central Austin, Wimberly www.kidswithpens.org Ages 9 - 17 Each day includes innovative and inspiring writing prompts and lessons on the fundamentals of storytelling. We laugh, shout, play games and move our bodies. And then we write about it.

Learning Fun101 Locations throughout Austin metro 512-740-3024 www.learningfun101.com Rising 1st – 5th grades Want your child to do something unique and absolutely cool this summer? How about having them learn to build and design robots using the LEGO® bricks?

i Mad Science

Locations throughout Austin metro 512-892-1143 www.austin.madscience.org Ages 4 - 12

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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.

i Main Event

13301 N. Hwy 183, Austin www.mainevent.com 512-401-0000 Ages All During spring break come in for our walk-in specials and have fun!

Max Taekwondo & Yoga 6929 Airport Blvd., Austin 512-371-8989 www.maxtkdyoga.com Ages 6 - 14 Camp is going to be packed with martial arts and Legos...yes Legos. Campers have the choice to train with the Hyper Weapons Camp, or to use their imagination with Legos.

McKinney Roughs Nature Camp 1884 SH 71 West, Cedar Creek 512-303-5073 www.lcra.org/naturecamp Ages 5 - 15 Explore the outdoors and learn about wilderness skills and native plants and animals. Older campers enjoy swimming, a challenge course and raft trips.

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2016 SUMMER CAMP GUIDE Monkey Kung Fu South Austin 512-835-4404 www.traditionalmartialartsacademy.com Ages 6 - up Each child will receive daily instruction of Nunchaku and Monkey Kung Fu, plus time in an inflatable playground.

MoolahU All over Austin 512-443-8851 www.moolahu.com Ages 7 - 18 Kids learn how to make and appreciate money by starting their own business.

Movin and Groovin 1460 Redbud Trl. and 1314 Exposition Blvd. 512-992-7899 www.movinngroovincamp.com Ages 7 - 12 A week long journey of dynamic discovery through music and movement. This camp provides an opportunity for kids to explore the connection between music and movement by giving them handson instruction playing drums, guitar, keyboard, bass and singing.

Nitro Swim Cedar Park/Round Rock, Bee Cave 512-259-7999 www.nitroswim.com Ages 6 months and up

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The indoor Nitro Swim Center offers the highest quality swim lessons, non-competitive and competitive swimming around.

Paramount Theatre Summer Camps On-site at the Paramount and Stateside Theatres in downtown Austin and at remote sites across Austin 512-692-0526 www.austintheatre.org/camps 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.

i Quarries Camp

11400 N. Mopac Exwy., Austin 512-241-0233 www.quarriesrec.org 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!

Quest ATX 10815 FM 1625, Austin 512-298-9370 www.questatx.com Ages 7 - 17 Learn to wakeboard, kneeboard and water-ski in a fun, supportive environment from our experienced and professional staff. No equipment or experience is necessary.

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2016 SUMMER CAMP GUIDE Rainbow Station’s The Village Summer Program 11651 W. Parmer Ln., Austin 512-260-9700 www.rainbowstationaustin.org 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.

i Rio Vista Farm

13013 Fallwell Ln., Del Valle 512-247-2302 www.riovistafarm.net 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 www.roundrockexpress.com 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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i Smudge Studio

500 West 38th St., Austin 512-777-1742 www.smudgestudiosaustin.com Ages 5 - 11 Spend your spring break having fun and making art with us at Smudge!Explore several mediums through a variety of fun projects and finish each day with some outside playtime.

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 www.austinbilingualschool.com 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 www.spicewoodcountry.com Ages 3½ – 10 Nine shady acres in northwest Austin with animals, music, swimming, crafts, sports and horseback riding.

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2016 SUMMER CAMP GUIDE S.A.S. St. Andrews Episcopal School 1112 W. 31st St., Austin 512-299-9700 www.sasaustin.org Ages 4 - 18 We offer camps for aspiring artists, athletes, scientists, musicians, chess enthusiasts, cooks and more.

St. Dominic Savio Catholic High School Summer Camps 9300 Neenah Ave., Austin 512-388-8846 www.saviochs.org/parents/summer_camps.cfm Ages 1st - 12th grades St. Dominic Savio Catholic High School is offering numerous camps this summer such as: art, music, robotics, soccer, volleyball and Lone Star Hoops basketball.

St. Gabriel’s Summer Programs 2500 Wimberly Lane, Austin 512- 327-7755 bit.ly/1OefgP3 Camper ages: Incoming Jr. K - 8th grade Come join us for a summer of fun by signing up for one of our Saber Camps (Jr. K - 4th) or Specialty Camps (5th- 8th). St. Gabriel’s Summer Program offers a range of general and specialty camps for your student. So join us for basketball, robotics, music, soccer and more!

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Stepping Stone School at the Brainery! 17 locations in the Austin area 512-459-0258 www.steppingstoneschool.com 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.

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Zilker Elementary www.summerspark.com 512-593-5393 Ages Rising 1st - 6th 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.

Synergy Dance 2314 Bee Cave Rd. #C1, Austin 512-327-4130 www.synergydancestudio.com 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.

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2016 SUMMER CAMP GUIDE TechShop Design & Build Summer Camp 120 Sundance Pkwy. Ste. 350. Round Rock 512-900-4664 Ages 8 - 17 Design and build a Kano computer. Kano is a computer you build and code yourself. It is a project designed for children to learn the basics of computer science.

QuestATX A unique water sports camp for ages 7 to 17 where kids will wakeboard, kneeboard, and enjoy other water fun in a safe, supportive environment.

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TexARTS Summer Camps 2300 Lohman’s Spur #160, Lakeway 512-852-9079 ext 104 www.tex-arts.org 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.

The Magnolia School 2903 RR 620, Lake Travis 512-266-9620 www.themagnoliaschoolatx.com 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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4500 E. Palm Valley Blvd., Round Rock 14010 N. Hwy 183, Austin 512-345-PLAY and 512-258-PLAY

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www.wannaplayplaycare.com Ages 6 wks - 12 yrs Kids bring imagination, we bring the fun.

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Westlake 512-934-1106 www.wacctexas.com Grades K and up Keep your kids active throughout the summer, without baking under the summer heat. They make new friends, learn new skills, discover and experience growth in a variety of sporting events.

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22 locations throughout Travis, Hays and Bastrop counties 512-236-9622 www.austinymca.org 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.

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Hutto 512-846-2360, Burnet 512-756-6180, Cedar Park 512-250-9622, Round Rock 512-615-5563 www.ymcagwc.org 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.

Young Entrepreneurs Club 1900 Cypress Creek Rd., #101, Cedar Park 512-996-9260 www.educenter4me.com Ages 5th - 9th grade Watch for details to come.

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1510 Toomey Rd., Austin 512-476-0594 x236 www.zachtheatre.org/education 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.

OVERNIGHT camps Camp Lantern Creek for Girls 4045 N. FM 1486, Montgomery 936-597-8225 www.camplanterncreek.com 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.

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2016 SUMMER CAMP GUIDE Camp Stewart for Boys 612 FM 1340, Hunt TX 830-238-4670 www.campstewart.com Boys ages 6 - 16 “Low-tech,” wholesome fun, growth, 70-plus activities. Ragsdale family owned, operated. Outstanding role model counselors, worldwide enrollment, home-style cooking. North Fork, Guadalupe River.

Expedition Education Texas and Global adventures 512-638-9722 www.expeditioned.com Ages 8 and up Imagine a summer camp that isn’t site-based. We’re an exploring, learning, doing, connecting, road-trip taking summer camp.

Heart O’ the Hills Camp 2430 Hwy 39, Hunt, TX 830-238-4650 www.hohcamp.com Ages 6 - 16 Care-free all-girls atmosphere, Guadalupe River, air-conditioned. Family style dining. Worldwide enrollment, personable! More than 40 activities. Ragsdale family owned, operated.

Newk’s Adventure Camp 325 Mission Valley Rd., New Braunfels 830-625-9105 www.texasadventurecamp.net Ages 9 - 16

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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!

Pine Cove Columbus, TX 877-4PINECOVE www.pinecove.com Ages 2nd - 11th grades A week packed with fun activities, daily Bible studies, crazy skits, theme nights and so much more.

Sugar & Spice Ranch Camp Bandera, TX 830-460-8487 www.texashorsecamps.com 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.

Vista Camps – Rio Vista for Boys and Sierra Vista for Girls Ingram, TX 830-367-5353 www.vistacamps.com Ages 6 - 16 We provide a safe, wholesome, fun-filled learning camp experience to every boy and girl since 1921.

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!

special NEEDS camps 10 day Reversing Dyslexia Summer Camp 12412 Mossy Bark Trail, Austin, TX 78750 512-331-0668 www.reversingdyslexiacamp.com Ages 6 - 18 Two for one benefit: improve dyslexia, ADHD and allergies with Books Neural Therapy and have a fun 10 day summer camp experience at the same time.

Summer Wonders 3901 Shoal Creek Blvd., Austin 512-203-4540 www.summerwonders.org Ages 4 - 13 A program for gifted students to explore diverse subjects through an integrated, hands-on approach, presented in a fun, creative manner. af

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BY BRENDA SCHOOLFIELD

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edwetting can be frustrating for both parents and children. Being “dry” at night is hailed as a major milestone, so children who continue to wet the bed can suffer teasing and embarrassment. As a parent, you may feel guilty and wonder what other parents are doing that you aren’t. Bedwetting in children is more common than you might think.

“We see several children for bedwetting (nocturnal enuresis) in our practice,” says Linda Lopez, MD, FAAP, an Austin pediatrician. About 16 percent of 5 year olds have nighttime wetting, 10 percent of 7 year olds and 5 percent of 10 year olds. More boys have a problem with bedwetting than girls. Bedwetting decreases as a child gets older.

Why Does It Happen?

There are many reasons a child might have a bedwetting problem: Children who drink most of their liquids in the late afternoon and evening are more likely to wet the bed. Constipation can cause pressure on the bladder. Some signs of constipation in children are stomach pain and soiling. Children of a parent who had a bedwetting problem are 50 percent more likely to wet the bed. If both parents wet the bed, the child is 75 percent more likely. Physical causes, such as a small bladder or a bladder that hasn’t developed control, can make a child wet the bed. Medical conditions, such as urinary tract infection, pinworms, sleep apnea, diabetes and kidney disease, can cause bedwetting.

Should You Take Action?

Unless it is caused by a medical condition, bedwetting usually resolves without any special action by parents. And it may not be a problem, if it doesn’t bother your child. But if bedwetting causes embarrassment or keeps your child from socializing with friends, he needs help. “It’s important to discuss bedwetting with your child’s pediatrician when it starts to interfere with social activities, such as an overnight stay at a friend’s house or camp,” says Dr. Lopez. “Parents often bring up this problem

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during a routine well-child checkup. Evaluation can begin in the office. We start with a history from the parents and urine analysis.”

Bedwetting is associated with a sudden increase in thirst, hunger or headaches

“Your pediatrician may identify an underlying medical condition and refer the child to a urologist if needed,” Dr. Lopez adds.

How Can You Help?

Contact your pediatrician if: Bedwetting is new (your child has been previously “dry”) There are new or unresolved daytime symptoms Your child snores Urination becomes painful

Consult your pediatrician. Once medical conditions are ruled out, you can consider taking steps to help your child stay dry at night. For the steps to work, your child must be motivated and mature

Remember that bedwetting is not your child’s fault. Never punish or belittle him for it.

enough. Wait until he is ready. See the sidebar “Dry at Night: The Plan.” Keep a calendar of wet and dry nights, noting to help you figure out what works and what doesn’t. If these suggestions don’t work, you may consider a bedwetting alarm or alarm clock. Medications are also available. Be sure to talk to your pediatrician to find out what is best for your child. af Brenda Schoolfield is a freelance medical writer in Austin.

Dry at Night: The Plan Go Regularly. Have your child try 3 to urinate regularly (4 – 7 times) during the day and just before bedtime. If he wakes up at night, he should go to the toilet. Sometimes parents have to help with this. Drink Liquids Earlier. Aim for taking 3 in 40 percent of total daily liquids before noon, 40 percent in the afternoon (noon to 5 p.m.) and only 20 percent after 5 p.m. Getting enough liquids earlier in the day helps him avoid guzzling liquids at dinner and before bed. Don’t ban drinking liquids at night; it could be dangerous to his health. Reward Effort. Give rewards for 3 behaviors such as going to the toilet before bedtime or drinking water at breakfast. Keep a record of his progress and give a reward for longer periods of being dry at night. No Sugary or Caffeinated Drinks. 7 Don’t let your child have drinks high in sugar or caffeine (such as colas), especially at night. No Diapers or Pull-up. Don’t use 7 diapers or pull-ups unless your child is sleeping away from home. This can interfere with his motivation for staying dry. Instead, use bed protection and washable linens. Don’t Punish. Don’t use penalties 7 for wetting the bed, and don’t take away rewards.

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screentime™ by Ben Kramer

What I’m about to say may be a bit heretical here in high-tech Austin, especially during SXSW month, but because I work for non-commercial media, I can throw caution to the wind and declare, “Technology is not the all-in-one solution for a kid’s learning life.” There have been and will continue to be amazing breakthroughs in how digital media is harnessed for educational aims, but there are also caveats that remain constant. Here are two: Technology doesn’t replace reading— The act of getting immersed in a printbased world still remains remarkably effective for acquiring new vocabulary, exploring new concepts and envisioning new worlds. As e-readers grow in popularity, it’s important to note that bells and whistles may actually detract from the immersive reading experience. Whether in traditional paper form or via a screen, try to keep reading moments as simple as possible and let the storytelling work its magic.

Digital interactivity doesn’t replace human interactivity—Digital responses to kids can be funny, surprising, encouraging and informative—but they can’t be warm, loving or spontaneous. As we stand in the middle of a digital revolution, you matter more than ever. af Benjamin Kramer, Ph.D., is the director of education for KLRU-TV, Austin PBS. Pick us up at HEB, Whole Foods and Central Market

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Semana Santa La Celebración de la Pascua en mi ciudad natal de Jalisco, México, es muy diferente a la manera de celebrar en los EE.UU. Crecí sin una visita del conejo de Pascua y sin tener que buscar los huevos de Pascua. En México, la celebración es muy diferente; la Semana Santa da inicio el Domingo de Ramos, que conmemora el día en que Jesús entro a Jerusalén y fue recibido con aplausos y palmas. Las cuales los católicos bendecimos en la iglesia, utilizamos las hojas de palma para tejer cruces que colgamos en el espejo de los carros, en la pared de la sala de la casa, negocios y oficinas. En los tres últimos días de la Semana Santa, no hay clases en las escuela y tampoco se trabaja. El primero día de cuaresma, los católicos tenemos una misa especial llamada miércoles de ceniza, en la cual nos ponemos una cruz de ceniza en la frente. Utilizan cenizas tomadas de Domingo de Ramos del año pasado. Ese miércoles marca el inicio de un período de ayuno y rezo que termina el Domingo de Pascua. Los Católicos mexicanos evitamos el consumo de carne roja durante la Semana Santa, ya que eso representa el cuerpo de Cristo. En su lugar comemos mariscos. Una de mis comidas favoritas de Semana Santa son las tortas de camarón con nopales, hechas con camarón seco, huevo, nopales cocidos en una salsa de chile guajillo con especias y cilantro. Para el postre me encanta la famosa capirotada, que se prepara solo en esta época del año. Contiene pasas, almendras, pacanas y esta endulzada con piloncillo. Para ver la receta completa de la capirotada visita austinfamily.com. Rocio Barbosa, madre de dos hijas, vive en Round Rock.

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Holy Week Easter in my hometown of Jalisco, Mexico, is very different from the celebration in the U.S. When I was a child, I never knew what an Easter Bunny was, and I never hunted for Easter eggs. In Mexico, the celebration lasts an entire week called “Semana Santa,” or Holy Week. It begins on Palm Sunday, commemorating the day that Jesus entered Jerusalem and was greeted with applause and palm fronds. Besides using palm fronds at church, Mexican Catholics weave palm leaves into crosses that are displayed in their cars, businesses, offices and homes. On the last three days of Semana Santa, there are no classes in school and no one goes to work. On the first day of Lent, there is a special mass called Ash Wednesday. In that mass, Mexican Catholics perform a ritual that includes drawing a cross on the forehead using ashes taken from the previous year’s Palm Sunday. Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of a period of fasting and prayer that ends on Easter Sunday. Mexican Catholics avoid eating red meat during Lent because it represents the body of Christ. Instead, they eat seafood. One of my favorite Holy Week foods is a dish called cactus and shrimp cake. It is made from dried shrimp, egg, and cactus pads in a guajillo chile sauce with cilantro and spices. For dessert, I love the famous capirotada (bread pudding), which is prepared only during this time of the year. It contains raisins, almonds and pecans and is sweetened with brown sugar. Visit austinfamily.com to see my recipe for capirotada. Rocio Barbosa, mother of two, lives in Round Rock.

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El Amor Verdadero

Cual sea que sea el concepto que tengas sobre la existencia del amor verdadero ya sea pesimista u optimista, eso es lo que repetidamente encontrarás. Fíjate bien, nuestra mente siempre encuentra lo que esta acostumbrada a ver o a creer. Por ejemplo, ¿te ha pasado que cuando estás por comprar algo nuevo, como por ejemplo un coche de cierta marca, empiezas a ver autos del mismo estilo por donde quiera? Es porque tu mente está enfocada en ese estilo de auto. Bueno pues así de poderosa es la mente. Si crees en que no existe la persona ideal pues eso, es lo que verás: solo imperfecciones, defectos y negativas. Cuesta lo mismo en creer que realmente existe el amor verdadero que no creerlo; Así que, ¿por que en no empiezas a practicar en cambiar tu atención? ya veras como empiezan a pasar más prospectos posibles delante de ti, así como el auto. ¡Piensa Positivo!

True Love

Whatever you believe about true love determines what you are going to get. Our brain is conditioned to see and find what it has been used to seeing or believing. For example, has it ever happened to you that when you are about to buy something, like a new car of a certain brand, you start to see more of that same type of car everywhere you go? It’s because your unconscious mind is focusing on that type of car. Well, that’s how powerful your mind is. If you believe that the ideal person for you doesn’t exist, that is what you are going to get. You will only see the imperfections, defects and negative aspects. It takes the same effort to believe in true love as to choose not to. So, why don’t you practice changing your focus? You will see how suddenly more possible prospects walk in front of you, just like the new car. Think positive!

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March 2016 C OMP I LED BY BETTY KEMP ER

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MAKING THE GRADE: AUSTIN’S FIRST PUBLIC SCHOOLS Through Mar. 27. Austin History Center, 810 Guadalupe St. FREE. austintexas.gov or 512-974-7480. THE CRUSADER BIBLE: A GOTHIC MASTERPIECE Through Apr. 3. Blanton Museum of Art, 200 E. MLK Blvd. $5 youth; $9 adults. blantonmuseum.org or 512-471-7324. SHAKESPEARE IN PRINT AND PERFORMANCE Through May 29. Harry Ransom Center, 300 W. 21st St. FREE. hrc.utexas.edu or 512-471-8944. TEXAS CZECHS: ROOTED IN TRADITION ++ Through June 12. Capitol Visitors Center, 112 E. 11th St. FREE. tspb.state.tx.us or 512‑305‑8400.

Family Events Tuesday 1 LITERATURE LIVE! PRESENTS: THE SELFISH GARDENER PUPPET SHOW 3:30 p.m. Pleasant Hill Library, 211 E. William Cannon Dr. FREE. library.austintexas.gov or 512‑974‑3940. SIB KIDS CLUB 6 to 7 p.m. Easter Seals of Central Texas, 8505 Cross Park Dr. FREE. 512‑478‑2581. FAMILY ACTIVITY NIGHT: LAUGHTER YOGA 6:30 p.m. Laura’s Library, 9411 Bee Cave Rd. FREE. westbanklibrary.com or 512‑327‑3045. LADYSMITH BLACK MAMBAZO AND SWEET HONEY IN THE ROCK 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. The Long Center, 701 W. Riverside Dr. $26 and up. thelongcenter.org or 512‑457‑5119.

Cowboy Breakfast at the Long Center, Mar. 4 Wednesday 2

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LITERATURE LIVE! PRESENTS: THE SELFISH GARDENER PUPPET SHOW 10:15 a.m. Dove Springs Rec Center, 5801 Ainez Dr. FREE. library.austintexas.gov or 512‑974‑9840.

LITERATURE LIVE! PRESENTS: THE SELFISH GARDENER PUPPET SHOW 10:15 a.m. Windsor Park Library, 5833 Westminster Dr. FREE. library.austintexas.gov or 512‑974‑9840.

COMMUNITY NIGHT ++ 5 to 8 p.m. Thinkery, 1800 Simond Ave. Donation. thinkery.org.

PERSPECTIVES LECTURE SERIES: THE CRUSADER BIBLE 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Blanton Museum, 200 E. MLK Blvd. FREE. blantonmuseum.org or 512‑232‑8043.

STAR GAZING AT UT ++ 7 to 9 p.m. Robert Lee More Hall, Dean Keaton and Speedway. FREE. outreach. as.utexas.edu or 512‑232‑4265. AUSTIN BARN DANCERS ++ 7:30 to 9:45 p.m. Hancock Rec Center, 811 E. 4th St. FREE. austinbarndancers.org or 512‑453‑4225.

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Friday 4 COWBOY BREAKFAST 6 a.m. The Long Center, 701 W. Riverside Dr. FREE. rodeoaustin.com.

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FIRST THURSDAY 5 to 10 p.m. S. Congress Ave., Barton Springs Rd. to Elizabeth St. FREE. firstthursday.info.

FIRST FRIDAY 6 to 8 p.m. Williamson Museum, 716 S. Austin Ave., Georgetown. FREE. williamsonmuseum.org or 512‑943‑1670. ALICE IN WONDERLAND++ 6:30 p.m. Whisenhunt Theatre - Zachary Scott, 1510 Toomey Rd. $18 and up. zachtheatre.org or 512-496-0594.

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Saturday 5 FRENCH LEGATION BIRTHDAY PARTY All day. French Legation Museum, 802 San Marcos St. FREE. frenchlegationmuseum.org or 512‑472‑8180. MADRONE CANYON HIKE 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. Madrone Canyon, 9411 Bee Cave Rd. FREE. westbanklibrary.com or 512‑327‑3045.

GIANT CHESS ++ 12:30 to 3 p.m. Wooldridge Square Park, 900 Guadalupe St. FREE. giantchess.org. TEXAS INDEPENDENCE DAY 1 to 3 p.m. Brush Square Museum, 409 E. 5th St. FREE. austintexas.gov or 512‑974‑4002. AUSTIN GIRLS CHOIR MADRIGAL DINNER 6 to 8 p.m. 6420 Hart Ln. $16 and up. 6420 Hart Lane, Austin 78731.

NATURE PLAY HOUR ++ 10 to 11 a.m. Lady Bird Wildflower Center, 4801 LaCrosse Ave. $10 adults, $4 ages 5 to 17. wildflower.org.

JAMES HORNER HOMAGE 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. Anderson High School Theater, 8403 Mesa Dr. FREE. 512‑922‑9054.

STACI GRAY 10 a.m. Strange Brew, 5326 Manchaca Rd. FREE. strangebrewaustin.com or 512‑828‑7636.

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EXPLORE UT DAY 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. UT Austin, main campus. FREE. exploreut.utexas.edu or 512‑471‑7753. JAMES AND THE GIANT PEACH ++ 11 a.m. Zach Theatre, Kleberg Stage, 1421 W. Riverside Dr. Starting at $26. zachtheater. org or 512‑476‑0541. AARC SPRING HOLIDAYS FAIR 12 to 4 p.m. Asian American Resource Center, 8401 Cameron Rd. FREE. austintexas.gov or 512‑974‑1700.

FREE FIRST SUNDAYS All day. Bullock Museum, 1800 N. Congress Ave. FREE. thestoryoftexas.com or 512‑936‑8746. CARING BUNNY EXPERIENCE 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Lakeline Mall, 11200 Lakeline Mall Dr., Cedar Park. FREE. MOSSFEST 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Zilker Hillside Theater, 2201 Barton Springs Rd. FREE. mosspierattfoundation.org. ZILKER KITE FESTIVAL 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Zilker Park, 2100 Barton Springs Rd. FREE. abckitefestival.com.

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SUNDAY FUNDAYS: INVISIBLE INK 1 to 4 p.m. Neill-Cochran House Museum, 2310 San Gabriel St. FREE. nchmuseum.org. JAMES AND THE GIANT PEACH ++ 2 p.m. Zach Theatre, Kleberg Stage, 1421 W. Riverside Dr. starting $26. zachtheatre. org or 512‑476‑0541.

Wednesday 9 CONTINUING: Austin Barn Dancers see Wednesday 2; Community Night see Wednesday 2; Star Gazing at UT see Wednesday 2.

Thursday 10 Monday 7 LITERATURE LIVE! PRESENTS: THE SELFISH GARDENER PUPPET SHOW 3:30 p.m. Howson Library, 2500 Exposition Blvd. FREE. library.austintexas.gov or 512‑974‑8800.

Tuesday 8 LITERATURE LIVE! PRESENTS: THE SELFISH GARDENER PUPPET SHOW 10:15 a.m. Cepeda Library, 651 N. Pleasant Valley Rd. FREE. library.austintexas.gov or 512‑974‑7372. FAMILY MOVIE NIGHT: CLOUDY WITH CHANCE OF MEATBALLS 2 6:30 p.m. Twin Oaks Library, 1800 S. 5th St. FREE. library.austintexas.gov or 512‑974‑9980.

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LITERATURE LIVE! PRESENTS: THE SELFISH GARDENER PUPPET SHOW 3:30 p.m. Little Walnut Creek Library, 835 W. Rundberg Ln. FREE. library.austintexas.gov or 512‑974‑9860. MOVIES IN THE PARK - SANDLOT 7 to 9 p.m. Northwest District Park, 700 Ardath St. FREE. austinparks.org or 512‑974‑6400.

Saturday 12 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. HANDS ON HISTORY 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Williamson Museum, 716 S. Austin Ave., Georgetown. FREE. williamsonmuseum.org or 512‑943‑1670. SECOND SATURDAYS ARE FOR FAMILIES 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Laguna Gloria, 3809 W.

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35th St. FREE. thecontemporaryaustin.org or 512‑458‑8191. RODEO AUSTIN KID EVENTS ++ 12 to 11:30 p.m. Travis County Expo Center, 7311 Decker Lane. Varies, some free. rodeoaustin.com. MATTERS OF THE HEART 5 p.m. Zilker Hillside Theater, 2201 Barton Springs Rd. FREE. austintexas.gov. CAROL BURNETT 7 p.m. The Long Center, 701 W. Riverside Dr. thelongcenter.org or 512‑457‑5664. CONTINUING: Giant Chess see Saturday 5; James and the Giant Peach see Saturday 5; Nature Play Hour see Saturday 5.

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CONTINUING: James and the Giant Peach see Sunday 6; Bright Leaf Guided Hikes see Saturday 12; Rodeo Austin Kid Events see Saturday 12.

CARING BUNNY EXPERIENCE 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. Barton Creek Square Mall, 2901 S. Capital of Texas Hwy. FREE.

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FAMILY DAY 12 to 4 p.m. Umlauf Sculpture Garden, 605 Robert E. Lee Rd. FREE. umlaufsculpture.org. LITERATURE LIVE! PRESENTS: THE SELFISH GARDENER PUPPET SHOW 2 p.m. Faulk Central Library, 800 Guadalupe St. FREE. library.austintexas.gov or 512‑974‑7400.

SPRING OPEN HOUSE FUN 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Camp Stewart for Boys and and Camp Heart of the Hills for Girls. 2430 Hwy. 29, Hunt, TX. 830-238-4650. LITERATURE LIVE! PRESENTS: THE SELFISH GARDENER PUPPET SHOW 2 p.m. University Hills Library, 4721 Loyola

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Tuesday 15 IT’S MY PARK DAY All day. FREE. austinparks.org or 512‑477‑1566. FAMILY MOVIE - GOOSEBUMPS 2 to 3:30 p.m. Round Rock Library, 216 E. Main St., Round Rock. FREE. roundrocktexas.gov or 512‑218‑3275.

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CEPEDA FAMILY MOVIE - PEANUTS 4 to 5:30 p.m. Cepeda Library, 651 N. Pleasant Valley Rd. FREE. library.austintexas. gov or 512‑974‑7372. CONTINUING: Rodeo Austin Kid Events see Saturday 12.

SPRING BREAK CLEAN AND GREEN FUN FEST 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. Lake Kyle Park, 700 Lehman Rd., Kyle. cityofkyle.com.

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EARTH HOUR 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. Celebrated worldwide. FREE. earthhour.org.

LATINO MUSIC FESTIVAL All day. Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Culture Center, 600 River St. FREE. austintexas.gov or 512‑974‑3772.

Egg-stravaganza, Mar. 20

SEARCH FOR LOST EGGS 12 p.m. Austin Parks and Recreation, 1009 W. Dittmar. FREE. austintexas.gov or 512‑974‑6090.

CONTINUING: Austin Barn Dancers see Wednesday 2; Community Night see Wednesday 2; Rodeo Austin Kid Events see Saturday 12.

Thursday 17 SCIENCE THURSDAY 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Bullock Museum, 1800 N. Congress Ave. Free for pre-registered groups. thestoryoftexas.com or 512‑936‑8746. THE BLANTON’S THIRD THURSDAYS 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Blanton Museum, 200 E. MLK Blvd. FREE. blantonmuseum.org or 512‑471‑5482. LITERATURE LIVE! PRESENTS: THE SELFISH GARDENER PUPPET SHOW 11:30 a.m. Ruiz Library, 1600 Grove Blvd. FREE. library.austintexas.gov or 512‑974‑7500. FAMILY MUSIC MELTDOWN 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. PanAm Park’s Hillside Theater, 2100 E. Third St. FREE. CONTINUING: Rodeo Austin Kid Events see Saturday 12.

CONTINUING: Giant Chess see Saturday 5; James and the Giant Peach see Saturday 5; Nature Play Hour see Saturday 5; Rodeo Austin Kid Events see Saturday 12.

Sunday 20 LITERATURE LIVE! PRESENTS: THE SELFISH GARDENER PUPPET SHOW 1 p.m. Recycled Reads Bookstore, 5335 Burnet Rd. FREE. library.austintexas.gov or 512‑974‑7460. ROCK + READ 1 to 5:30 p.m. Amy Donovan Plaza @ The Domain, FREE SPRING EGG-STRAVAGANZA 2 p.m. Milburn Park, 1901 Sun Chase Blvd., Cedar Park. FREE. cedarparktexas.gov or 512‑401‑5528. CONTINUING: James and the Giant Peach see Sunday 6; Rodeo Austin Kid Events see Saturday 12.

Monday 21 SHEN YUN+ 7:30 p.m. The Long Center, 701 W. Riverside Dr. Starting at $64. shenyun.com or 512‑474‑LONG. CONTINUING: Rodeo Austin Kid Events see Saturday 12.

Friday 18 SPRING STAMPEDE All day. Pioneer Farm, 10621 Pioneer Farms Dr. pioneerfarms.org or 512‑837‑1215. LMNO SHOW ALL THE CHILDREN BOOGIE 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Scottish Rite Theatre, 207 W. 18th St. FREE LITERATURE LIVE! PRESENTS: THE SELFISH GARDENER PUPPET SHOW 3:30 p.m. Yarborough Library, 2200 Hancock Dr. FREE. library.austintexas.gov or 512‑974‑8820.

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Tuesday 22 LITERATURE LIVE! PRESENTS: THE SELFISH GARDENER PUPPET SHOW 3:30 p.m. Twin Oaks Library, 1105 E. Cesar Chavez St. FREE. library.austintexas.gov or 512‑974‑9980. PAJAMA STORYTIME 6:30 p.m. Laura’s Library, 9411 Bee Cave. FREE. westbanklibrary.com or 512‑327‑3045.

CONTINUING: Rodeo Austin Kid Events see Saturday 12.

CONTINUING: Rodeo Austin Kid Events see Saturday 12; Shen Yun see Monday 21.

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Wednesday 23

QUE PASTAS 10 a.m. Strange Brew, 5326 Manchaca Rd. FREE. strangebrewaustin.com or 512‑828‑7636.

MOTOAMERICA PRE-SEASON TESTING 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. COTA, 9201 Circuit of Americas Blvd. FREE. motoamerica.com or 714‑242‑5954.

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LITERATURE LIVE! PRESENTS: THE SELFISH GARDENER PUPPET SHOW 10:30 a.m. Terrazas Library, 1105 E. Cesar Chavez St. FREE. library.austintexas.gov or 512‑974‑3625. CULTURE NIGHTS 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. AGE Cafeteria, 3710 Cedar Street. FREE. austinpowwow.net. STAR GAZING AT UT ++ 8:30 to 10:30 p.m. Robert Lee More Hall, Dean Keaton and Speedway. FREE. outreach.as.utexas.edu or 512‑232‑4265. CONTINUING: Austin Barn Dancers see Wednesday 2; Community Night see Wednesday 2; Rodeo Austin Kid Events see Saturday 12.

Thursday 24 LITERATURE LIVE! PRESENTS: THE SELFISH GARDENER PUPPET SHOW 10:15 a.m. University Hills Library, 4721 Loyola Ln. FREE. library.austintexas.gov or 512‑974‑9940.

Flashlight Easter Egg Hunt, Mar. 24 Sunday 27

FLASHLIGHT EASTER EGG HUNT 7:15 p.m. Old Settlers Park, 3300 Palm Valley Blvd., Round Rock. RoundRockRecreation.com or 512‑218‑5540.

CONTINUING: James and the Giant Peach see Sunday 6.

CONTINUING: Rodeo Austin Kid Events see Saturday 12.

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Friday 25

MIDDAY MUSIC SERIES AT THE BLANTON 12 to 1 p.m. Blanton Museum, 200 E. MLK Blvd. $5 - $9, free to children 12 and under. blantonmuseum.org or 512‑471‑5482.

CONTINUING: Rodeo Austin Kid Events see Saturday 12; Alice in Wonderland see Friday 4.

Saturday 26 FUNKY CHICKEN COOP TOUR 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Buck Moore Feed and Supply, 5237 N. Lamar Blvd. $12. austincooptour.org.

LITERATURE LIVE! PRESENTS: THE SELFISH GARDENER PUPPET SHOW 3:30 p.m. St. John Library, 7500 Blessing Ave. FREE. library.austintexas.gov or 512‑974‑7570.

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BIG DON KIDS SHOW 10 a.m. Strange Brew, 5326 Manchaca Rd. FREE. strangebrewaustin.com or 512‑828‑7636.

CONTINUING: Austin Barn Dancers see Wednesday 2; Community Night see Wednesday 2; Star Gazing at UT see Wednesday 23.

EASTER EGGSTRAVAGANZA 10 to 11:30 a.m. Riverbend Church, 4214 N. Capital of Texas Hwy. FREE. riverbend.com.

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EASTER EGG HUNT AND EASTER CELEBRATION 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Bethany Lutheran Church, 3701 W. Slaughter Ln. FREE. a bethanyaustin.com or 512‑292‑8778. MUSEUM STUDIES SYMPOSIUM 2 to 3 p.m. Blanton Museum, 200 E. MLK Blvd. $5 - $9, free to children 12 and under. blantonmuseum.org or 512‑471‑5482. CONTINUING: Giant Chess see Saturday 5; James and the Giant Peach see Saturday 5; Nature Play Hour see Saturday 5; Rodeo Austin Kid Events see Saturday 12

LITERATURE LIVE! PRESENTS: THE SELFISH GARDENER PUPPET SHOW 6:30 p.m. Manchaca Road Library, 5500 Manchaca Rd. FREE. library.austintexas. gov or 512‑974‑8700. MOVIE IN THE PARK - FERRIS BUELLER’S DAY OFF 7:45 to 10 p.m. Republic Square Park, 422 Guadalupe. FREE. austinparks.org or 512‑477‑1566.

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iParenting Events

BARNES AND NOBLE ROUND ROCK 2701 Parker Rd. barnesandnoble.com 512-600-0088

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. anybabycan.org or 512-454-3743.

BOOKPEOPLE 602 N. Lamar Blvd. bookpeople.com 512-472-5050

YMCA offers a free Childhood Obesity Intervention Program on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Saturdays throughout the month.Various locations. austinymca.org 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. georgetownproject.org or 512-864-3008.

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

LAURA’S LIBRARY 9411 Bee Cave Rd. westbanklibrary.com 512-381-1400

AUSTIN LIBRARY Branches throughout Austin library.austintexas.gov 512-974-7400 BARNES AND NOBLE ARBORETUM 10000 Research Blvd. barnesandnoble.com 512-418-8985 BARNES AND NOBLE BEE CAVE 12701 Hill Country Blvd. barnesandnoble.com 512-263-7402

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KYLE LIBRARY 550 Scott St. cityofkyle.com 512-268-7411

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Austin area libraries offer storytimes for infants, toddlers, preschoolers and families with children of all ages. In addition, there are storytimes in Spanish, Mandarin Chinese, American Sign Language and other languages. Contact your local library for more information about times and appropriate ages.

WWW.AUSTINFAMILY.COM

GEORGETOWN LIBRARY 402 W. 8th St. library.georgetown.org 512-930-3551

LAKE TRAVIS LIBRARY 2300 Lohman’s Spur laketravislibrary.org 512-263-2885

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CEDAR PARK LIBRARY 550 Discovery Blvd. cedarparktx.us 512-401-5600

BARNES AND NOBLE BRODIE 5601 Brodie Ln. barnesandnoble.com 512-892-3493

LEANDER LIBRARY 1011 S. Bagdad Rd. leandertx.gov/library 512-259-5259 PFLUGERVILLE LIBRARY 1008 W. Pfluger St. tx-pflugerville3.civicplus.com 512-990-6275 ROUND ROCK LIBRARY 216 E. Main St. roundrocktexas.gov 512-218-7001 SAN MARCOS LIBRARY 625 E. Hopkins St. ci.san-marcos.tx.us 512-393-8200 TAYLOR LIBRARY 801 Vance St. ci.taylor.tx.us 512-352-3434 WELLS BRANCH LIBRARY 15001 Wells Port Dr. wblibrary.org 512-989-3188 WESTBANK LIBRARY 1309 Westbank Dr. westbanklibrary.com 512-327-3045 af

BARNES AND NOBLE LAKELINE 14010 U.S. Hwy. 183 barnesandnoble.com 512-249-5644

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Check out these family-friendly events during Rodeo Austin! Cowboy Breakfast, March 4

The Cowboy Breakfast is a super-sized Texas breakfast that kicks off the Fair and Rodeo. Come enjoy pancakes, authentic chuck wagon biscuits and more at this FREE event. Featuring western-themed entertainment, live music and two-stepping lessons, the Cowboy Breakfast is fun for all ages.

BBQ Austin, March 4 – 5

Rodeo Austin’s BBQ Cookoff is now a stand-alone event! BBQ Austin will feature over 100 barbecue teams competing for the title of Texas State Champion. Austin’s Largest Carnival will be open each day, so BBQ Austin has something for the whole family!

Rodeo Rumble, March 12

The Rodeo Austin Rodeo Rumble Kid’s 1K Fun Run is a FREE event for children ages 12 and under. Held in Luedecke Arena and beginning at 9:30 a.m., children get the chance to race on the dirt where the cowboys and cowgirls compete each night! All participants receive a cowbell ribbon and treats. Register online.

Austin’s Largest Carnival, March 12 – 26

Rodeo Austin is proud to host Austin’s largest carnival, complete with rides, games, fair food favorites and more. The carnival offers more than 60 rides and games for the whole family. Unlimited ride one-day and season wristbands are available for purchase before and during the Fair and Rodeo. Take advantage of pre-fair pricing and purchase online in advance. The carnival is open daily from 11 a.m. to midnight during Spring Break and weekends. The carnival opens at 4 p.m. during non-Spring Break weekdays.

Kidstown, March 12 – 26

One the most popular destinations on the fairgrounds for the whole family, Kidstown features an expansive petting zoo full of friendly animals of all types. Don’t miss the special section of baby animals! Take a ride on a pony or learn about where your milk comes from at the Southwest Dairy milking demonstration.

Wild West Show, March 12 – 26

The Wild West comes alive with daily shows and plenty of fun. Tomàs Garcilazo will dazzle audiences with a roping artistry demonstration atop his highly skilled horse. On weekends, catch Mutton Bustin’ Mania or the Ultimate Scramble Championship.

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Sonrisas Dental Center Dr. Farnia received her orthodontic degree from Indiana University. She has received training in the newest advancements, including Invisalign, lingual braces, 3-D imaging, accelerated orthodontics and TMJ treatments. When not in the office, she enjoys spending time with her husband and daughter. See ad on page 1

Dr. Julio De la Fuente

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KID ONE Nature Rubbings! Nature rubbings are a great way to learn about the details of nature while at the same time creating beautiful art or stationary.

What You Need

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Pretty leaf or flat piece of nature. The more pronounced the details, the better the rubbing you’ll be able to make. Sheet of paper. Thin paper is best for showing detail, but you can even use wax or parchment paper. Butcher paper works well for large projects. Crayon with the paper removed. You can also buy crayons made for rubbings.

What You Do Step 1:

Place the leaf under the sheet of paper. To prevent the leaf from moving, you can tape the edges down.

Step 2:

Using the long side of the crayon, gently color on the paper over the leaf in large strokes. Continue until you have rubbed over the whole leaf.

You’ll notice the little veins and shapes of the leaf coming through onto your paper. Repeat with other types of leaves and colors, and soon you’ll have a beautiful work of art to share with others.

What Else to Try The rubbing technique works for any flat object. Try paper clips, coins or lace. For centuries, plaque rubbings have been a way to record and remember historical events and monuments. There are many plaques around Austin that can be rubbed! It’s a fun way to learn and personalize your experience without leaving a mark. af Terra Toys has been providing Austin with classic, fun and beautiful toys, gifts, books and treats for over 35 years. Pick us up at HEB, Whole Foods and Central Market

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just for by Carrie Taylor

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Like Mother, Like Son What do you do when your child turns out just like you? When my son was born, everyone said, “He looks just like his dad!” And my insides boiled, because I spent nine months looking like a stuffed sausage for that child. I even sacrificed my innie belly button. I wanted him to be my carbon copy.

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Let’s back up, because you should know this about me: from a young age, I could be described as “hypersensitive.” I had a lot of emotions. In high school, I wrote poems about dying roses and dyed the tips of my hair black. Nowadays, I sob on the couch after a Cheerios commercial. I really do cry a lot. Today, I cried saying the luncheon blessing at my father’s birthday party. Last week, I cried watching a Beyoncé music video— because I’m not Beyoncé. It’s not a question of why I cry or if I will cry, it is when and for how long. My son is now 1 ½ years old, and I can see my error. The universe granted my impassioned wish: he is me. He cries when Mickey Mouse at the store doesn’t come home with us. He cries when I dance with him too long. He cries when I sing beautiful melodies at bedtime. He cries when forced into a crowd of more than three people.

He cries. Not coincidentally, this means I cry a bit more, as well. It has turned into a sort of mother-son bonding ritual: us covered in each other’s tears, trying to figure out why the other is upset. We do cuddle more often, and that is a plus. People tell me his heightened emotional state is due to the “terrible twos,” and it will pass. That is deeply unsettling because…what’s my excuse? af Carrie Taylor is a native Texan and mother of one.

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