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austinfamily • smart parenting • healthy homes columns 12 Test Drive Game reviews by ESRB, www.esrb.org 13 Family Matters by Dr. Betty Richardson Speak now

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14 The Learning Curve by Jennifer VanBuren A closer look at sight words

Positively positive parenting your pessimistic kids Sue LeBreton

18 Ten things…for a super spring break! 22 Lifelines by Sara Rider Please pass (on) the salt 24 Family Connections by Richard Singleton “Can you wear me now?”

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63 Films by Jack Kyser Labor Day

Have the BEST playdate for friends with Down syndrome! Marie O’Bryan

64 Humor by Susana Fletcher I’ll sleep when I’m dead

extras 19 Focus on Doctors 28 Camp Guide 2014

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calendar 52 Family Events 57 Storytimes 57 Parenting Events

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26 How NOT to spend your theme park vacation Michelle Shirk

9 Play It Safe Product Recalls 10 Around Austin 61 Kidzone Have a crafty spring! YMCA Austin 62 Books Recommendations Pam Heller

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myself simultaneously slowing down to appreciate the beauty around me, yet looking ahead for what’s to come over the next month or two or three. Spring break, Easter, the end of school and summer vacation are a few things that have me gazing over the horizon. This year I’ve come to terms with this habit and I’m just going to roll with it! I think many of us tend to think this way; maybe it’s a parent thing? So in light of this multitasking way of life, the articles this month feed your “stop and smell the roses” side and your “what’s up next” side, too. Sue LeBreton offers her tips for positive parenting so you can enjoy the here and now of family life, and Marie O’Bryan helps parents provide a very special playdate for some very special kids. And yes, we’re peering over our glasses at the next big thing: vacation! If you’re heading to an amusement park this spring or summer, read up on Michelle Shirk’s humorous take on making it an affair to remember. I guess there’s no better clichéd tagline than “hurry up and wait” during the month of March. I’m going to do my best to appreciate each day while also looking onward to the future. That seems like a smart way to navigate these modern times, don’t you think? Happy late winter/spring/early summer, everyone!

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around austin EANES ISD STUDENTS URGE DRIVERS TO “SLOW DOWN FOR ME” BY THE NUMBERS

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Must-do this month Skip the high-dollar vacay and spend spring break volunteering around Central Texas! Play tourist at famous spots around Austin and rekindle your love for the capital city! Stock up on end-of-year gifts for teachers and support staff – you’ll need plenty, so start saving up now!

Leander ISD sent 12 students to perform with the Texas All-State Band, Choir and Gonzalez Convention student performances entertained music educators from around the state. All-State is the highest honor a Texas music student can receive. LISD students making the All-State Band are Austin Cernosek and Courtney Regester, Cedar Park High School; John Malito, Ryan Murray, Rachel Campagna, Helena Haddox, Victoria Lynn, Vista Ridge High School; and Samuel Acosta, Rouse High School. Isaac Johnston of Leander High School made the All-State Jazz Band, while Victoria Lee of Vista Ridge High School made the All-State Orchestra. Students making the All-State Choir were Monte Turner of Rouse High School and Alaina O’Laughlin of Vista Ridge High School.

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The students constructed portfolios to begin the process of building resumes and met in small groups with women leaders from the community regarding their careers. The leaders came from a variety of professions including managers from Outback Steakhouse, engineers from Intel, educators and entrepreneurs. The enriching experience provided information on leadership opportunities and future career ideas for the students.

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BAND AID SCHOOL OF MUSIC STUDENTS RAISE MONEY FOR AUSTIN TEACHERS Austin’s youth took education into their Jam Fest. Band Aid School of Music owner Eanes Education Foundation. teachers’ salaries in Austin and showed the the live music capital of the world,” Mays reports. “Band Aid is built on great music education and serving our community, so it’s a perfect event for our bands to [support.] To us, it’s an honor to help our next generation of artist evolve, emerge and learn to pay it forward.”

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Our daughter Kristin, age 12, socializes almost totally through social media. In addition to avoiding talking with peers, I’m told she doesn’t raise her hand in class. When called on she looks down, mumbles and can’t be understood. Her teachers try to get her to speak out but they don’t have much success. We want her to be assertive and speak up in her interactions so she’ll be successful have selective mutism. Could this be the case?

child improve her communication. model relaxation. If a situation causes anxiety, demonstrate how to use deep breathing and relaxation techniques as well as problem-solving skills rather than talking at length about how the situation is awful or hopeless.

Why do some children not speak up? One of many reasons cited is the increasing use of technology instead of face-to-face verbal interactions. School personnel have noticed there are increasing ing eye contact. There are other reasons for not speaking up. One reason involves living with a highly-controlling caregiver: controlling people tend to use a lot of negative reinforcement and the people living with them often fear not saying or doing the right thing, and react to the manipulation by not speaking. Non-verbally they say, “You can’t make me talk.”

do rather than just saying she can’t do something. Highly successful people often speak of a parent telling them they could succeed at most anything.

Betty Richardson, Ph.D, RNC, LPC, LMFT, is an Austin-based psychotherapist who specializes in dealing with the problems of children, adolescents and parents.

Another reason for a silent child involves having a parent who does all the talking for him; the child’s silence becomes a habit. Lack of speaking in some children can involve an inner self-esteem problem, shyness, introverted tendencies or even a hearing problem. And selective mutism is a rare psychiatric disorder The following suggestions hold promise for improvement regardless of the cause of not verbally communicating regularly. 1. Have your child evaluated by and work with a mental health professional to learn skills for decreasing anxiety and increasing communication. 2. Limit the use of cell phone and computer time. 3. Enroll her in an activity involving interacting with others in a special interest area. opportunity to use gestures, writing or in some way provide an answer herself.

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the learning curve BY JENNIFER VANBUREN

Sight words are words that appear frequently in text children learn these words “by sight.” Once a child learns to recognize and identify words on a sight word list, they will be able to an even higher percentage in books designated for early readand Ham” and P.D. Eastman’s “Are You My Mother?” are sight words. Even chapter books contain a high percentage of sight words. For example, in “Charlotte’s Web” you will read, “Where’s Papa going with that ax?’ said Fern to her mother as they were setting the table for breakfast.” Notice that the underlined nonsight words contain the meaning of the sentence. When read with automaticity, the child can focus on comprehension. Schools commonly use the Dolch Word List, which was com-

In general, starting in preK and through third grade, teachers present new sets of sight words appropriate to the age includes the following words: a, and, away, big, blue, can, come, look, make, me, my, not, one, play, red, run, said, see, the, three to, two, up, we, where, yellow and you. Think of the sentences and stories a child can write or read using this simple list. “Look, said the big blue bird, I can jump!” In this sentence, every word except “bird” is on the Dolce sight word list. Add a picture of a blue bird jumping, and the child should be able to read and just as importantly, comprehend the story.

How can parents help their children learn sight words? While teachers in the classroom utilize best-practice techniques in

Cunningham, author of “Phonics They Use: Words for Reading and Writing” explains, “In order to read ing, children must be able to automatically read and spell the most frequent words. As the store of words they can automatically read and spell increases, so will their speed and comprehension.” Once a child learns unknown words through the use decoding tools, such as phonemics–sounding it out—or through context clues and pictures. 14 | March 2014 | austinfamily.com

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the learning at home. Teachers often have “word walls,” which display words students are learning. Consider making such a word wall at home. Not only will it give a visual reinforcement of the sight words, it will show your child that you value his education. In addition, you can use the wall as your own constant reminder of the words you can help your child to identify throughout the day.

and walk.” Set up an object for the toy to interact with, such as a chair or box. Have your child read the cards and

When reading to children, follow the

Get technical

you come to a sight word, and allow the child to identify and read the word. If the child gets frustrated or upset because he just wants to listen to the story, keep calm and do not add to his frustration. Without skipping a beat, continue reading, including the sight words, which you can emphasize. Reading should be seen as a treat, not a chore.

follow the directions. “Superman, run under the chair” or “Teddy Bear, jump down.” How about having Mr. Monkey

when you cannot give your undivided attention. During these times, you can use videos and apps that reinforce sight word-learning. Schools often post links on their websites, or ask your child’s teacher for recommendations. Now get reading!

you give the doll a little prize for following directions, you will take the pressure to perform off of your child.

While working one-on-one with your child is the best bet, there are times

Educator and Georgetown mother of three, Jennifer has kept a sight word list handy for the past 10 years.

Take advantage of your child’s interests. Go to your library or bookstore and ask where they keep emerging reader books, sight words of your child’s grade level. There are even books available that have sight words highlighted, and some that include word cards you can cut out and use as practice. There is a very good your child’s attention. While some words, like “a, can, is, the and pictures, others, such as number and color words, have clear visual components. Have the child match a picture card with its corresponding name.

Get up and play!

Ask yourself, “Does my child learn best with pictures, sounds or movement?” If you are not sure, ask your child’s teacher or reading specialist for her input. If you have a child that is not able to sit still long enough to practice reading, make signs with the words that invite action. For example on the preK/kindergarden one, two, three, play, run” and so on. Go outside and give your child a challenge to put the words into motion: “run here” yellow.” Does your child like to play pretend with superheroes, dolls or stuffed animals? Bring the toys into the game. This works well with the prepositions on the list, such as “on, under, out and over” and

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By Sue LeBreton

“It’s the worst day of my life,” is a com-

mon refrain from my son. When I pick him up from an activity or from school, he often starts with his list of what was wrong with his day. For a person of humor, it can be challenging to parent a child who tends toward the negative.

My standard comeback is that he needs to tell me an equal number of positive comments to balance the negative ones. Sometimes this reduces the list of complaints and at the very least it teaches him perspective. I have always sensed that my son is hard-wired to look at the world this way and a recent study in Psychological Science reported that some people are genetically predisposed to pessi-

things happen but they can handle them appropriately. Luedtke suggests redirecting kids to more optimistic views while still acknowledging that they had a negative experience. “Empathize and ask them how they handled the situation.”

Practice perspective

One of the special joys of being around children is that they live in the moment. If that is a negative moment, take the opportunity to teach them how not to get stuck in this negativity. Luedtke says giving them a time perspective is important. “When you are in it, think and talk about what the consequences will their life long term and that tomorrow can be a better day.

Like two peas in a pod

Can you still help your child see the silver lining if you happen cause it offers you insight into how your child feels. Whether you lean toward the positive or negative, recognize that you are modeling the ability to see a silver lining to your children from the time they listening to our self-talk.

mism. Although it can be frustrating to deal with children who lean into the negative, we do not want to completely turn off this tendency because we have evolved as humans by responding to threats or negatives in our environment.

You’re in the driver’s seat

As parents we can help our children see the silver lining in the clouds and steer them toward a more balanced outlook. Heidi Smith Luedtke, Ph.D., personality psychologist and author of “Detachment Parenting: 33 Ways to Keep Your Cool When Kids Melt Down,” says, “Kids need to see that negative emotions are short lived. They can get dragged farther into the negative if we let them.” Our goal as parents is to teach them that bad 16 | March 2014 | austinfamily.com

Moms like Laurie Fisher-Zottman use this to their advantage. “When we are the ones getting gloomy, it’s a powerful opportunity to show our kid how to handle those emotions. I make comments to my little one all the time like, ‘Grr! It feels like nothing is working today. What can I do? I know. I can take a big breath

Age matters

Keep your child’s age in mind when you react to his or her emotional outbursts; you cannot reason with a two-year-old dren can gain a better perspective on events after they are over, when they are not “in the heat of the moment.” Luedtke recommends physically coming down to their level, absorbing their feelings and giving them a long hug. Try “saying less and hugging more,” says Luedtke. That strategy works for all ages.

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Pass-on the positive

Developing your child’s optimism can make them more resilient. Although it will not happen overnight, Luedtke says an ability to roll with the punches.” Kelly Knuckle encourages positive self-talk with her son. “I interrupt him when he talks negatively about himself or his ability and encourage him to stop and think of three things he likes about himself or does well. I also reward or reinforce whenever Use your powers of observation to help your child carry skills and learning from one situation to another. “Remind [him] of all those things they’ve done that are similar and help them bring that learning forward,” advises Luedtke. With practice and thoughtfulness, both you the silver linings in those everyday situations that are less than perfect. Learning opportunities abound.

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As schools increasingly embrace inclusion, and giv-

this often-misunderstood condition in order to ensure a better playdate for everyone.

with Down syndrome, there’s a good chance that children with Down syndrome and children without Down syndrome will have the chance to meet and become friends in school. For parents whose kids want to host children with Down syndrome for playdates, it’s helpful to know a few things about

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included in class events and social activities. It also helps to know that children with Down syndrome are more similar to children without Down syndrome than many might think. While children with Down syndrome experience mild to moderate cognitive delays, they have the same hopes, dreams and emotions as other children, and a great number of these children grow up to live independent, productive lives in a variety of industries.

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3. A child with Down syndrome is typically more visual than verbal. If you’re offering a child with Down syndrome a choice – for example, cheese or pepperoni pizza – it’s best to show the child both pieces and let him or her pick. If you ask rather than show, he or she likely will say the last item you offer regardless of what he or she really wants.

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opcorn. Salted peanuts. Potato chips. We expect some foods to be salty. But other foods—organic canned tomatoes, a can of soup, or a salad with dressing, we don’t expect to be high in sodium. In fact, we may think we are eating well when we choose them; or that we’re making good food choices for our families when we serve them.

How wrong we can be

Over the last two decades, Americans have often focused on the amount of fat in foods. If we read the label on something we were buying, or if we went online to check the nutritional information for a restaurant menu, we looked at the fat grams. But below the fat on that label lurked another vital piece of information that most of us overlooked—the amount of sodium.

How much is enough?

We all need sodium to live. According to is an essential element that our bodies need to function properly. The American helps our nerves and muscles work. To do this, we need about 500 mg a day, says AHA. The problems start when the amount of that essential element starts to balloon well above what we need for survival. “Eating too much sodium can affect your health in different ways,” says Dr. Caitlin Giesler, a cardiologist with the Seton Heart Institute. “In the general population, it raises blood pressure considerably. It can bring on heart failure in people who are already predisposed to it. And both of these things can increase your 22 | March 2014 | austinfamily.com

risk of heart attack and stroke and even death.” So how much salt should we consume? “For all of us, less than 2,000 mg a day is optimal,” explains Dr. Giesler, “and 2,500 mg is probably okay. For people with heart disease, I recommend 1,500 mg a day and certainly no more than 2,000 mg a day.”

you consider what your serving size actually is, you may actually be eating two servings at one time,” adds Dr. Giesler. In addition to contributing to heart problems, a high-sodium diet can cause problems for the kidneys.

That may sound like a lot of sodium, but those milligrams can add up quickly. And if you divide 2,000 mg by three meals—with no snacks—then you’re

tion, and that can put a strain on the kidneys,” says Dr. Giesler. “But the high blood pressure that the high sodium can cause also affects the kidneys. It can be a vicious cycle of worsening high blood

each day.

failure.”

“If you bake, a teaspoon of salt has 590 mg,” continues Dr. Giesler. So something you bake at home may have more sodium per serving than you realize. The lowest source of sodium? Foods that aren’t processed.

Where sodium lives

“Most non-processed foods have naturally occurring small amounts of sodium, but not high amounts. The sodium in non-processed foods like fruits and vegetables is low, particularly compared to what you’re getting in processed foods.” For example, a can of Hunt’s diced tomatoes in sauce has 310 mg of sodium per serving. And a can of Campbell’s chicken “When you start looking at the labels, you’ll notice that a frozen dinner has

Avoiding a future problem

While American diets may be too high in sodium, for many Americans this extra sodium may not be an immediate problem. “For most people, it’s not something they have to worry about immediately,” admits Dr. Gielser. “But I think that it’s something for parents to be concerned about. Whatever you’re feeding your kids right now is what they’re learning to like. So if you’re feeding them a bunch of high-sodium foods, that’s really going to

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be a hard habit to break later on.” And since a two-year-old eventually for salt can be harmful to future health when other problems like heart disease or kidney disease start to appear.

Taking action

“The number one problem is fast food. And I know it’s hard to not eat fast food when you have kids, but it’s possible to avoid it,” encourages Dr. Giesler. “Certainly, if it’s a huge part of your weekly menu, you need to plan better so you don’t have to stop for fast food.”

your efforts to lower salt a two-month trial.

help their health long term, because these habits are hard to break later in life.”

it and like it, and then other stuff starts tasting very salty.” To kick your family salt habit, Dr. Giesler also recommends cooking with fresh herbs and spices as well as garlic and shallots. “Then you don’t need the salt.”

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worked with physicians and hospitals throughout Texas. She frequently writes freelance articles on health topics for newspapers and magazines.

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Keeping up with your salt intake

Dr. Giesler suggests keeping a list for several days “just to see how much sodium you and your family are actually eating.” “Bread is a primary source of sodium, as is almost any food you eat out. Even a salad can be very salty, because the dressing and any meat on a dinner salad is usually very salty,” says Dr. Giesler. “Invariably, the restaurant will also add tortilla chips or seeds that are usually salted.” “But I think you really do have to experiment to see how much salt you are consuming as a family. Find out where you’re getting too much salt and then target those areas. Make a plan, and then actually do it.” That includes switching to no-salt options for canned foods and increasing the amount of fresh food in the family diet. Dr. Giesler suggests giving Pick us up at HEB, Whole Foods and Central Market

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family connections BY RICHARD SINGLETON

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s our readers well know by now, I’m an inveterate tech junkie. It’s a hobby of mine that brings me immense pleasure. I love to follow tech blogs; I love to keep up with the latest and greatest gadgets; I love tech reviews; I love just about anything tech-related, and extra points if it has an Apple logo on it. One of the most interesting things I do related to technology is to think about the convergence of tech and culture, especially as it relates to kids, families, relationships and the transformative impact that tech may have on relational dynamics. Often you may hear someone attack technology, disparaging tech for stripping away relational connections, sapping attention spans and blindly private spaces – like in the boardroom

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or the dinner table. I’m not sure that’s a fair assessment. It’s probably not overreaching to say that families have been inundated with millennia. This certainly has its challenges, but it does not have to mean that the whole of humanity and society are somehow irreversibly adrift because we have gadgets that have, on occasion, stolen away eye contact at dinner and that have, at times, reduced us into monosyllabic grunting Neanderthals during business meetings. And, just when you think it’s safe to go back into the technological waters, there might be another game-changer on the horizon. and human interaction were literally changed in a moment. No one could have imagined how dramatically affected the culture of communication would be changed by something as simple and sublime as having an evolution of the mobile phone. Apple and the Golden Horde of competi-

able tech.” At the Consumer Electronics the air was thick with the wearable theme. Just what is wearable tech, anyways? It’s more of a range of devices and a philosophy for future designs than it is just one device – unless, of course, there is sung has its Galaxy Gear smart watch, as does Pebble. Fitbit produces the sexy, sleek Fitbit Force. And, most cutting-edge of all, Google has its beta test Google creepy and intrusive and others still out. While the competition elbows and jabs its way toward a clear winning design form and function, what is apparent is that we are in for a new round of players in the arena of technology. Some argue against that, but critical mass seems to be building in an inexorable way. Whether it’s this year or slightly longer, there will be a continued expansion of

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wearable technology. Which begs the question: how will this affect families and what will families do to prepare for it? It wasn’t clear in buried in Snapchat, Twitter and Vine and sands – if not tens of thousands – of text messages each month. After all, some of them were still in preschool! We don’t yet know what will pan out, but we do know that there are principles involved no matter what wearable gadget reigns supreme.

mix of the new and a solid footing of the old. It’s an important part of our humanity. Year after year, we’re faced with an array of cool new gadgets to pile into our briefcases, handbags and backpacks. This year we’ll likely be faced with another round of tech, this one vying for attention on our wrists, sleeves, waist-

Safety. That has to be the key issue with adopting any new technology. We’ve often learned the hard way that children can be too transparent with their private information and that unctuous abusers unassuming children and teens. Whatever new thing comes down the pike, we dare not avoid asking questions and applying insights that will help our children and families use appropriate technology in a safe and thoughtful way.

bands and perhaps even our eyewear. When it’s all said and done, it’s up to you and me to decide if that makes our lives better or if it’s just a little too much to tote. As you explore what works for you and your family, we’ll be keeping an eye out for the goodies, game-changers and gotchas to see if any of them are worthy wearables! Richard Singleton, MACE, MAMFC, LPC, is Rock.

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Spring and summertime mean vacation time, with many families heading off to visit theme parks near and far in hopes of riding roller coasters, eating cotton candy and making memories. Whether you’re planning a quick weekend getaway to Six Flags or an extended Walt Disney World vacation, most of us would agree that the time and money spent on this type of travel are precious. Unfortunately, it’s not unusual to see frustrated and stressed out theme park tourists falling into common time and money pitfalls. One can only assume that these individhave no interest in saving time or money. If you are a contrarian that falls into the latter category, read on! Following the suggestions below will help ensure that you leave your theme park of choice frustrated, broke and desperately in need of another vacation. 26 | March 2014 | austinfamily.com

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Arrive at the park at least two hours after opening time. Who wants to take advantage of lower temperatures and lighter crowds? Not you! Show up around 11:00 a.m. on a day the park opens at 9:00 a.m. and enjoy being greeted by the lengthy attraction queues that have built up over the

the opposite! course of the morning. This tip works particularly well for those visiting during the busiest times of the year.

as possible and hit the lines for your top rides as early as you can.

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plimentary add-ons available for those who purchase their tickets online, it’s much more interesting to just show up at the park and try to crunch numbers on the spot. One day versus multi-day versus annual pass - who cares? Just pick the admission option that sounds best without worrying about whether it makes sense with your lifestyle or future travel plans. You should also be sure not to check area tourist brochures for coupons or to ask about possible discounts for AAA, AARP or any similar organizations of which you are a member.

months before your trip date, spend some time researching ticket pricing your family.

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Avoid perusing a park map or attraction directory ahead of time. If you’re really committed to wasting time, don’t glance at the park’s website or buy a guidebook before your visit. Instead, just wander from attraction to attraction and try to guess whether each one might be of interest to your group. Bonus points if you actually wait in line for a while before discovering a particular ride is far too boring/wild/loud to be appropriate. This tip seems to be practiced by theme park visitors with some frequency, so you will likely notice other patrons in line who also seem to have no idea for what they are waiting.

dine at a counter service restaurant, the excitement of your experience will be further enhanced by the possibility that there may not be a table available for you once you receive

and use good foresight in planthroughout the day. Following these tips should guarantee that your theme park vacation is an adventure. Of course, if ending your day with a migraine and an empty wallet isn’t your goal and you’d prefer to have a fun, relaxing trip instead, you could always “follow” these tips by doing exactly the opposite!

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Camp Jump! 2919 Manchaca Rd., 2117 Anderson Ln. 512-593-6226 www.jump-austin.com Ages 3 - 10 Voted Austin Family magazine’s Most Fun Camp in 2011. Dynamic, theme-based gymnastics, games, activities and arts and crafts keep kids coming back! Texas Licensed facility. Pick us up at HEB, Whole Foods and Central Market

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Curious Einstein Academic Enrichment Camps Multiple locations throughout Austin 512-808-0103 www.CuriousEinstein.com Ages 6 - 12 We provide fun, academic enrichment summer camps taught by popular Texas certified teachers. We encourage continuous summer learning through computers, online resources and hands-on activities.

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Creative Writing Summer Camp Locations throughout Austin 512-542-0076 www.austinlibrary.org Ages rising 3rd - 12th grade Led by professional writers, campers create poetry and fiction in a fun and creative environment. Camp concludes with a beautiful publication of student work.

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Creative Action 2014 Camps Central Austin, Lakeway, Steiner Ranch, Circle C 512-442-8773 www.creativeaction.org Ages 5 - 12 We offer theatre, dance, music, puppetry, film, visual arts and more.

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Dance Discovery Koenig/Burnet, Avery Ranch 512-419-7611 www.DanceDiscovery.com AveryRanchDance.com Age 3 - 11 Ages 3 - 6: Storytime ballet, jazz, gymnastics and theatre arts. Ages 7 - 11: Musical theatre, hip hop, yoga and drama.

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Dancers Workshop 2014 11150 Research Blvd., Ste. 107 512-349-7197 www.dancersworkshopaustin.com Ages 2 and up Dancers Workshop summer camps are full of creativity and fun. Costumed shows conclude each camp. Sign up today for a week your child won’t forget.

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www.eackids.org Ages 3 - 12 Weekly sessions consisting of softball, basketball, soccer, field trips, swimming, cooking, games and puzzles, reading and literacy activities, arts and crafts and more. Weekly themes are based on literature. Fantastic Magic Camp Locations throughout Austin 512-850-4677 www.magiccamp.com Ages 5 - 13 Magic, juggling, puppets and more. We work magic with kids. GattiTown 9900 S. IH 35 at Southpark Meadows 512-301-7777 www.gattitownaustin.com Ages all GattiTown is the best place for great food and great fun! Inquire about our private party rooms, birthday packages, fundraising opportunities and recreational and educational field trips. Girlstart 1400 W. Anderson Ln. 512-916-4776 www.girlstart.org Ages 4th - 8th grade Girlstart offers week-long summer day camps

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IQuest 5145 RR 620 N, G-130 512-537-7664 www.iquestaustin.com Ages PreK - high school Celebrate creativity! Explore! Design! Investigate everything from sports broadcasting to fashion design, from art to tinkertronics. There’s something for all ages across every subject imaginable! Ivy International School Summer Camp 10713 RR 620, Ste.601 512-501-0620 www.ivyschoolaustin.com Ages 2 - 8 Join us for fun with art, sports, games, relays, science, water activities, songs and dance, while discovering the language and culture of Latin America. Our unique one week immersion camps entertain and educate! kidsActing Locations throughout Austin 512-836-KIDS www.kidsactingstudio.com Ages 4 - 19 Full scale productions, fun classes. LaPetite Academy Locations throughout Austin 877-217-9530

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Moolah U Camp Locations throughout Austin 512-443-8851 www.moolahu.com Ages 8 - 16 Kids become business owners for the week! Campers start a company together, create a product, sell it and share the profit.

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McKinney Roughs Nature Camp 1884 SH 71 West, Cedar Creek 512-303-5073 www.lcra.org/naturecamps Ages 6 - 15 Explore the outdoors on 1,100 acres of woodland prairies and pine forest; nature study and exploration, wilderness skills, swimming, challenge course, raft trips, hikes. Austin shuttle available.

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Magellan Summer: Exploring Our World Chimney Corner & Great Northern 512-782-2327 www.magellanschool.org Ages 3 - 7th grade Enjoy five weeks of adventure and discovery. Experience a new country and culture each week through Spanish language immersion led by international staff.

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www.austintheatre.org/camps Ages 4 years - 12th grade Make lifelong memories at the Paramount and Stateside Theatres! We offer a variety of camps for all ages including acting, singing, dancing and even stand-up comedy.

Nitro Swim Center Cedar Park/Round Rock, Bee Cave on Hwy. 71 512-259-7999 www.nitroswim.com Ages 6 months - adult The indoor Nitro Swim Center offers the highest quality swim lessons, non-competitive and competitive swimming around.

Quarries Camp 11400 North Mopac Expy. 512-241-0233 www.hpbc.org/quarries Ages 1st - 5th grade Quarries Camp is always FUN for campers, offering exciting on-site activities and weekly field trips during the entire summer.

One World Theatre - Alice in Wonderland 7701 Bee Caves Rd. 512-330-9500 x130 www.oneworldtheatre.org/summercamp.aspx Ages 5 - 18 (must have complete kindergarten) Campers audition on Monday to determine roles, have a week of fun activities and rehearsals, and on Saturday perform in costume with lines, singing and dancing on the One World stage!

Quest ATX 10815 FM 1625 512-298-9370 www.Questatx.com Ages 6 - 16 QuestATX offers a summer water sports camp. Your child will learn to wakeboard, kneeboard and water-ski in a fun, supportive environment from our experienced and professional staff.

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Rio Vista Farm 13013 Fallwell Ln. 512-247-2302 www.riovistafarm.net Ages 7 - 16 Austin’s originator of English Riding camp. Daily lessons taught by professional trainers, lots of horse time/care, arts and crafts, swimming for hotter afternoons. Friday horse shows for parents to attend.

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St. Francis School Basketball Camp 300 E. Huntland Dr. 512-657-0817 Ages 8 - 13 For more information contact Dustin Armstrong at wolfpack85@icloud.com.

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Synergy Dance 3425 Bee Cave Rd. 512-327-4130 www.synergydancestudio.com Ages 2 and up

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Saturday 1 The Monster Who Ate My Peas

Sunday 2 Texas Independence Day Family Activities

Sunday 23 Dinosaur Train Live

The Cat in the Hat 7 p.m. Friday; 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday. Kleberg Stage, Zach Theatre, 1510 Toomey Rd. zachtheatre.org or 512-476-0541. 15th Annual Explore UT 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. University of Texas campus. FREE. No registration required. Check website for events and times. utexas.edu/events/exploreut. 12th Annual It’s My Park Day 8 a.m. to noon. Various locations. Party, free lunch and giveaways at Zilker Park. Email for meeting info. austinparks.org/its-my-park-day. Rodeo Austin Go to website for times, events, prices. rodeoaustin.com. A Smile on My Face Photography Workshop 10 a.m.; 1 and 4 p.m. Students ages 11 to 19. George Washington Carver Museum, 1165 Angelina St. FREE. austintexas.org/includes/events/A-Smile-On-MyFace. Giant Chess 12:30 to 3 p.m. Brush Square, 409 East Fifth St. giantchess.org. Family Matinee-Fantastic Mr. Fox 2 p.m. Windsor Park Branch, 5833 Westminster Dr. library.austintexas.gov or 512-974-9840. Les Miserables 7 p.m. Saturday; 3 p.m. Sunday. Center Stage Texas, 2826 Real St. Students $12; adults $15. kidsactingstudio.com or 512-836-5437. Free Admission to the LBJ Library 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. 2313 Red River St. FREE. lbjlibrary.org or 512-721-0200. The Monster Who Ate My Peas Noon. One World Theatre, 7701 Bee Caves Rd. Students $12, adults $15. oneworldtheatre.org. Family Day at Umlauf Sculpture Garden 12 to 4 p.m. FREE. Ages 4 to 15. umlaufsculpture.org.

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Saturday 29 Zilker Garden Festival

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Texas Independence Day; Dr. Seuss’ Birthday; Read Across America Day 86th Annual Zilker Kite Festival 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (rain date March 9) Zilker Park, 2100 Barton Springs Rd. FREE. zilkerkitefestival.com. 6th Annual Trailsetter 5K 8 a.m. kids run; 8:30 a.m. all ages, walkers and runners. Twin Lakes Family YMCA, 204 E. Elm, Cedar Park. ymcagwc.org or 512-250-9622. Family Fun Days 1 to 5 p.m. YMCA Camp Twin Lakes, 204 E. Elm, Cedar Park. FREE. ymcagwc.org or

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512-250-9622. Improv for Kids 2 p.m. Ages 3 to 10 years. Hideout Theatre, 617 Congress Ave. $7. hideouttheatre.com/improv-for-kids or 512-HIDEOUT. Free First Sundays Noon to 6 p.m. Bullock State History Museum, 1800 Congress Ave. thestoryoftexas.com or 512-936-8746. Texas Independence Day Family Activities 12 to 3 p.m. Bullock State History Museum, 1800 Congress Ave. thestoryoftexas.com or 512-936-8746. Free Hour at the Thinkery 5 to 6 p.m. The Thinkery, 1830 Simond Ave. FREE admission. thinkeryaustin.org or 512-469-6200. CONTINUING: The Cat in the Hat see Saturday 1; Rodeo Austin see Saturday 1; Les Miserables see Saturday 1.

Monday 3

Try It 3 to 4:30 p.m. Ages 5 to 12 years. Wells Branch Community Library, 15001 Wells Port Dr. wblibrary.org or 512-989-3188. CONTINUING: A Smile on My Face Photography Workshop see Saturday 1; Rodeo Austin see Saturday 1.

Tuesday 4

Fat Tuesday - Mardi Gras Community Cinema-The Trial of Muhammad Ali 7 p.m. Windsor Park Branch, 5833 Westminster Dr. library.austintexas.gov or 512-974-9840. Dougherty ARTSreach Presents-Dragons Love Tacos 11 a.m. Spicewood Springs Branch, 8637 Spicewood Springs Rd. FREE. library.austintexas.gov or 512-974-3800. CONTINUING: Rodeo Austin see Saturday 1.

Wednesday 5

Ash Wednesday Community Nights 5 to 8 p.m. The Thinkery, 1830 Simond Ave. Admission is by donation, with a suggested $1 donation. thinkeryaustin.org or 512-469-6200. Wednesday Night Contra Dancing 7:30 to 9:45 p.m. Everyone welcome. Hancock Recreation Center, 811 E. 41st St. FREE. austinbarndancers.org or 512-453-4225. Tiger Woman, A Puppet Show 3:30 p.m. North Village Branch, 2505 Steck Ave. library.austintexas.gov or 512-974-9960. Chess Club 5 p.m. Willie Mae Kirk Branch, 3101 Oak Springs Dr. library.austintexas.gov or 512-974-9920.

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Lego Lab 3 p.m. Southeast Branch, 5803 Nuckols Crossing Rd. library.austintexas.gov or 512-974-8840. CONTINUING: Rodeo Austin see Saturday 1.

Thursday 6

First Thursdays Downtown Buda 5 to 9 p.m. Buda. budachamber.com. Thursday Noon Concerts 12 p.m. concert; 12:30 p.m. lunch. Kid-friendly. Central Presbyterian Church, 200 E. Eighth St. Concert FREE. Suggested donation: children 3 and younger $3; adults $5. cpcaustin.org or 512-472-2445. First Thursday All day to 10 p.m. South Congress Ave. from Barton Springs Rd. to Elizabeth St. firstthursday.info. Lego Lab 5:30 p.m. Ruiz Branch, 1600 Grove Blvd. library.austintexas.gov or 512-974-7500. Science Thursday 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Bullock State History Museum,1800 Congress Ave. FREE for field trips. thestoryoftexas.com or 512-936-8746. Spring Homeschool Day 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Bullock State History Museum, 1800 Congress Ave. FREE. thestoryoftexas.com or 512-936-8746. CONTINUING: A Smile on My Face Photography Workshop see Saturday 1; Rodeo Austin see Saturday 1.

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City Theatre, 3823 Airport Blvd. Ste. D. General admission $10 Thursdays; $12 Friday, Saturday and Sunday. citytheatreaustin.org or 512-524-2870. Tiger Woman, A Puppet Show 10:15 a.m. Windsor Park Branch, 5833 Westminster Dr. library.austintexas.gov or 512-974-9840. First Fridays on the Square 5 to 10 p.m. Historic downtown Square, Georgetown. thegeorgetownsquare.com. Lego Lab 4 p.m. North Village Branch, 2505 Steck Ave. library.austintexas.gov or 512-974-9960. CONTINUING: Rodeo Austin see Saturday 1.

Saturday 8

International Women’s Day Bright Leaf Guided Hikes 9 to 11:30 a.m. Bright Leaf Preserve, Creek Mountain Rd. brightleaf.org or 512-459-7269. Market Days 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Historic downtown Square, Georgetown. thegeorgetownsquare.com. CONTINUING: The Cat in the Hat see Saturday 1; A Smile on My Face Photography Workshop see Saturday 1; Giant Chess see Saturday 1; Rodeo Austin see Saturday 1; The Odd Couple see Friday 7.

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FREE but pre-registration required. roundrocktexas.gov or 512-341-3361. CONTINUING: Rodeo Austin see Saturday 1; Improv for Kids see Sunday 2; Free Hour at the Thinkery see Sunday 2; The Odd Couple see Friday 7; Bright Leaf Guided Hikes see Saturday 8.

Monday 10

2nd Annual Woodland Faerie Trail Opens 7 a.m. to dusk. Zilker Gardens, 2100 Barton Springs Rd. FREE with admission. zilkergarden.org or 512-477-8672. Lego Lab 3:30 p.m. Howson Branch, 2500 Exposition Blvd. library.austintexas.gov or 512-974-8800. Family Matinee-Percy Jackson Sea of Monsters 4 p.m. Cepeda Branch, 654 N. Pleasant Valley Rd. library.austintexas.gov or 512-974-7372. Wildflower Days 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday to Saturday; noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave. wildflower.org or 512-232-0100. CONTINUING: A Smile on My Face Photography Workshop see Saturday 1; Rodeo Austin see Saturday 1; Try It see Monday 3.

Tuesday 11

Family Movie Night-Monster University 6:30 p.m. Twin Oaks Branch, 1800 S. Fifth St. library.austintexas.gov or 512-974-9980.

Daylight Saving Time Begins Youth Fishing Derby 7 a.m. Old Settlers Park, 3300 Palm Valley Blvd.

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family events Lego Lab 4 p.m. Cepeda Branch, 651 N. Pleasant Valley Rd. library.austintexas.gov or 512-974-7372. Dougherty ARTSreach Presents-Dragons Love Tacos 10:15 a.m. Carver Branch, 1161 Angelina St. FREE. library.austintexas.gov or 512-974-1010. CONTINUING: Rodeo Austin see Saturday 1; Wildflower Days see Monday 10.

Wednesday 12

15th Annual Rockfest Check web for times. Outdoor stages. Seventh and Neches. FREE to the public. texasrockfest.com. Chess Club 5 p.m. Willie Mae Kirk Branch, 3101 Oak Springs Dr. library.austintexas.gov or 512-974-9920. Lego Lab 4 p.m. Carver Branch, 1161 Angelina St. library.austintexas.gov or 512-974-7372. CONTINUING: Rodeo Austin see Saturday 1; Community Nights see Wednesday 5; Wildflower Days see Monday 10.

Thursday 13

Tiger Woman, A Puppet Show 3:30 p.m. Little Walnut Creek Branch, 835 W. Rundberg Ln. library.austintexas.gov or 512-974-9860. Dougherty ARTSreach Presents-Dragons Love Tacos 11 a.m. Little Walnut Creek Branch, 835 W.

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Rundberg Ln. library.austintexas.gov or 512-974-9860. CONTINUING: A Smile on My Face Photography Workshop see Saturday 1; Rodeo Austin see Saturday 1; Thursday Noon Concerts see Thursday 6; The Odd Couple see Friday 7; Wildflower Days see Monday 10; 15th Annual Rockfest see Wednesday 12.

Friday 14

Faeries by Starlight Call for times. Visit the Woodland Faerie Trail by starlight. $5 per person: $15 per family. zilkergarden.org or 512-477-8672. Dougherty ARTSreach Presents-Dragons Love Tacos 10:15 a.m. North Village Branch, 2505 Steck Ave. library.austintexas.gov or 512-974-9960. DIY Make it Awesome 4 to 7 p.m. Ages 10 and up. Manchaca Road Branch, 5500 Manchaca Rd. FREE. library.austintexas.gov or 512-974-8700. Inside Gospel LIVE SXSW 7 p.m. Carver Museum, 1165 Angelina St. FREE. insidegospellive.com. CONTINUING: Rodeo Austin see Saturday 1; The Cat in the Hat see Friday 7; The Odd Couple see Friday 7; Wildflower Days see Monday 10; 15th Annual Rockfest see Wednesday 12.

Saturday 15

Artists and Artisans Festival 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave. Members and

children under 5 years FREE; children $3; seniors and students $7; adults $9. wildflower.org or 512-232-0100. 45th Annual African Violet Show 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday; 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Sunday. Zilker Park Botanical Garden. Admission to show FREE; entry fee to Zilker Botanical Garden is $1 children 3 to 12 years and seniors 62+; adults 13 to 61 years $2. faavs.org. CONTINUING: The Cat in the Hat see Saturday 1; A Smile on My Face Photography Workshop see Saturday 1; Giant Chess see Saturday 1; Rodeo Austin see Saturday 1; The Odd Couple see Friday 7; Wildflower Days see Monday 10; 15th Annual Rockfest see Wednesday 12.

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CONTINUING: Rodeo Austin see Saturday 1; Improv for Kids see Sunday 2; Free Hour at the Thinkery see Sunday 2; The Odd Couple see Friday 7; Wildflower Days see Monday 10; Artists and Artisans Festival see Saturday 15.

Monday 17

St. Patrick’s Day St. Patrick’s Day Festival 2014 3 to 9 p.m. Shoal Crossing Event Center. Check website for schedule of events. stpatricksdayaustin.com/schedule. Tiger Woman, A Puppet Show 3:30 p.m. Howson Branch, 2500 Exposition Blvd. library.austintyexas.gov or 512-974-8800. CONTINUING: A Smile on My Face Photography Workshop see Saturday 1; Try It see Monday 3; Wildflower Days see Monday 10.

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Lego Lab 3:30 p.m. Windsor Park Branch, 5833 Westminster Dr. library.austintexas.gov or 512-974-9840. Lego Lab 5 p.m. Manchaca Road Branch, 5500 Manchaca Rd. library.austintexas.gov or 512-974-8700. Tiger Woman, A Puppet Show 10:15 a.m. Carver Branch, 1161 Angelina St. library.austintexas.gov or 512-974-1010. CONTINUING: Wildflower Days see Monday 10.

Lego Lab 4 p.m. University Hills Branch, 4721 Loyola Ln. library.austintexas.gov or 512-974-9940. Based on Books Film Series-Perks of Being a Wallflower 6:30 p.m. FREE. Tweens and teens. Yarborough Branch, 2200 Hancock Dr. library. austintexas.gov or 512-974-8820. CONTINUING: A Smile on My Face Photography Workshop see Saturday 1; Thursday Noon Concerts see Thursday 6; The Odd Couple see Friday 7; Wildflower Days see Monday 10.

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Chess Club 5 p.m. Willie Mae Kirk Branch, 3101 Oak Springs Dr. library.austintexas.gov or 512-974-9920. Family Movie Night-Brave 6 p.m. University Hills Branch, 4721 Loyola Ln. library.austintexas.gov or 512-974-9940. Construction Zone-Homeschoolers 1:30 p.m. Ages 5 and up. FREE. Faulk Central Library, 800 Guadalupe St. library.austintexas.gov or 512-974-7400. Construction Zone-Afterschoolers 4:30 p.m. Ages 5 and up. FREE. Faulk Central Library, 800 Guadalupe St. library. austintexas.gov or 512-974-7400. CONTINUING: Community Nights see Wednesday 5; Wildflower Days see Monday 10.

Thursday 20

First Day of Spring Third Thursday Downtown 5:30 to 8 p.m. Downtown Taylor. FREE. 512-352-7446.

Annual Georgetown Quilt Show 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Community Center, San Gabriel Park, 445 E. Morrow St. handcraftsunlimited.org or 512-869-1812. Free Play Gaming 3:30 p.m. Twin Oaks Branch, 1800 S. Fifth St. library.austintexas.gov or 512-974-9980. CONTINUING: Free Hour at the Thinkery see Sunday 2; The Cat in the Hat see Friday 7; The Odd Couple see Friday 7; Wildflower Days see Monday 10.

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Devine Lake Kite Festival 12 to 4 p.m. Devine Lake Park, 1807 Waterfall Dr., Leander. FREE. leandertx.gov. Dinosaur Train Live 3 p.m. The Long Center, thelongcenter.org or 512-474-5664 CONTINUING: The Cat in the Hat see Saturday 1; Improv for Kids see Sunday 2; The Odd Couple see Friday 7; Wildflower Days see Monday 10; 43rd Annual Heart O’ Texas Orchid Show see Saturday 22.

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Tuesday 25

Tiger Woman, A Puppet Show 10:15 a.m. Cepeda Branch, 651 N. Pleasant Valley Rd. library.austintexas.gov or 512-974-7372. CONTINUING: Wildflower Days see Monday 10.

Wednesday 26

Beyond the Bride of‌Bad Film Festival-Attack of the 50 Foot Woman 6:30 p.m. Tweens and teens. Carver Branch, 1161 Angelina St. library.austintexas.gov or 512-974-7372. CONTINUING: Community Nights see Wednesday 5; Wildflower Days see Monday 10.

Thursday 27

Pick Your Flick 5 p.m. Ruiz Branch, 1600 Grove Blvd. library.austintexas.gov or 512-974-7500. Tiger Woman, A Puppet Show 4 p.m. Ruiz Branch, 1600 Grove Blvd. library.austintexas.gov or 512-974-7500. CONTINUING: A Smile on My Face Photography Workshop see Saturday 1; Thursday Noon Concerts see Thursday 6; The Odd Couple see Friday 7; Wildflower Days see Monday 10.

Friday 28

CONTINUING: The Odd Couple see Friday 7; Wildflower Days see Monday 10.

Saturday 29

Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day 12 p.m. One World Theatre, oneworldtheatre.org or 512-329-6753 Annual Zilker Garden Festival 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Zilker Gardens, 2100 Barton Springs Rd. Ages 5 to 12 $3; adults $7. zilkergarden.org or 512-477-8672.

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Give an Hour for the Earth 8:30 p.m. Turn off your power for one hour and inspire climate action. earthhour.org. 16 Annual Hill Country Lawn and Garden Show 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Burnet Community Center, 401 E. Jackson St., Burnet. FREE. yantislakesidegardens.com or 512-588-0696. March Movie Madness-Frozen 2 p.m. FREE. University Hills Branch, 4721 Loyola Ln. library.austintexas.gov or 512-974-9940. Go Fish! Learn-to-Fish Event 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. McKinney Falls State Park, 5808 McKinney Falls Pkwy. $6 park admission; 13 and under FREE. www.tpwd.state.tx.us. CONTINUING: The Cat in the Hat see Saturday 1; A Smile on My Face Photography Workshop see Saturday 1; Giant Chess see Saturday 1; The Odd Couple see Friday 7; Wildflower Days see Monday 10.

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CONTINUING: Free Hour at the Thinkery see Sunday 2; Improv for Kids see Sunday 2; The Odd Couple see Friday 7; Wildflower Days see Monday 10; Annual Zilker Garden Festival see Saturday 29.

Monday 31

Beyond the Bride of‌Bad Film Festival-Blacula 6:30 p.m. Tweens and teens. Carver Branch, 1161 Angelina St. library.austintexas.gov or 512-974-1010. CONTINUING: A Smile on My Face Photography Workshop see Saturday 1; Try It see Monday 3; Wildflower Days see Monday 10.

parenting events Sunday 2

Church, 10010 Anderson Mill Rd. $15. bethany-umc.org or 512-258-6017.

Tuesday 4

Extraordinary Relationships 7 to 9 p.m. Bethany United Methodist Church, 10010 Anderson Mill Rd. $15. bethany-umc.org or 512-258-6017.

Thursday 6

Monthly Moms Meeting 7 p.m. For location email info@northaustin mothersclub.org. Autism is Treatable 12 to 1:30 p.m. Old Quarry Library, 7051 Village Center Dr. meetup.com/austin-autism-treatment-forum or 512-300-3820. La Leche League Held at multiple locations in Austin, Round Rock, Georgetown, Kyle, San Marcos and Cedar Park. For locations and times visit texaslll.org or 512-272-8042. Postpartum Support Group 10 to 11:30 a.m. Every Thursday. Any Baby Can, 1121 East Seventh St. anybabycan.org or 512-454-3743.

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Second Saturday Workshops 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Austin Recovery, 8402 Cross Park Dr. austinrecovery.org or 512-697-8600.

Tuesday 25

Support for Families of Students with Special Needs 6 to 8 p.m. Eastside Memorial High School, 1012 Arthur Stiles Rd. eparentsupport.org or 512-414-5834.

Grief Care: Life After Loss 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Bethany United Methodist

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Open House 10:30 a.m. Spanish Immersion International School, north campus, 2700 W. Anderson Ln. #601. spanishimmersiondayschool.org or 512-299-5732.

Friday 28

Open House 10:30 a.m. Spanish Immersion International School, south campus, 8707 Mountain Crest Dr. spanishimmersiondayschool.org or 512-229-5731. Open House 10:30 a.m. Spanish Immersion International School, Lakeway campus, 107 RR 620, #300. spanishimmersiondayschool.org or 512-466-2409.

storytimes Public library storytime events listed here are free unless otherwise noted. Programs subject to change. Please contact before attending.

Sundays

Storytime Go to website for various events, locations, age groups, dates and times. Austin Public Library. library.austintexas.gov or 512-974-7400.

Mondays

Pre-K Storytime 9:30 a.m. Leander Public Library, 1011 S. Bagdad Rd. leander.lib.tx.us or 512-259-5259. Bookaneers 10:30 a.m. Ages 4 to 6 years. Lake Travis Community Library, 2300 Lohman’s Spur, Suite 100. laketravislibrary.org or 512-263-2885. continued on page 58

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Baby Bookworms 10:30 a.m. ages 0 to 18 months; 11:15 a.m. ages 12 to 24 months. Wells Branch Library, 15001 Wells Port Dr. wblibrary.org or 512-989-3188. Preschool Storytime 7 p.m. Ages 3 to 6. Round Rock Public Library, 216 Main St. roundrocktexas.gov/library or 512-218-7011. Baby Bloomers 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Ages 0 to 3 and their caregivers. The Thinkery, 1830 Simond Ave. thinkeryaustin.org or 512-469-6200.

Tuesdays

Baby and Me 9:30 a.m. Ages 24 months and under with parent. Leander Public Library, 1011 S. Bagdad Rd. leander.lib.tx.us or 512-259-5259. Spanish Bilingual Storytime 10:30 a.m. 3 to 6 years. Round Rock Public Library, 216 Main St. roundrocktexas.gov/library or 512-218-7011. Toddler Storytime Go to website for various events, locations, age groups, dates and times. Austin Public Library. library.austintexas.gov or 512-974-7400. Preschool Storytime Go to website for various events, locations, age groups, dates and times. Austin Public Library. library.austintexas.gov or 512-974-7400. Tales for Tots 10:30 a.m. Toddlers ages 2 and 3 years. Lake Travis Community Library. 2300 Lohman’s Spur, Suite 100. laketravislibrary.org or 512-263-2885. Storytime and Craft 6 and 7 p.m. Families with kids of all ages. Tickets required. Limit of 24 kids per class. Wells Branch Community Library, 15001Wells Port Dr. wblibrary.org or 512-989- 3188. Little Texas Homeschoolers 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Library closed Tuesday 24. Wells Branch Community Library, 15001 Wells Port Dr. wblibrary.org or 512-989-3188. Baby and Me Storytime 9:30 a.m. Ages 0 to 12 months. Georgetown Public Library, 420 W. 8th St. library.georgetown.org or 512-930-3623.

Wednesdays

Toddlertime 9:30 and 10:30 a.m. 18 to 36 months. Round Rock Public Library, 216 Main St. roundrocktexas.gov/library or 512-218-7011. Pre-K Storytime 10 to 10:30 a.m. Leander Public Library, 1011 S. Bagdad Rd. leander.lib.tx.us or 512-259-5259. Babytime 9:30 to 10 a.m. 12 to 18 months. Round Rock Public Library, 216 Main St. roundrocktexas.gov/library or 512-218-7011. Preschool Storytime 9:30 and 10:30 a.m. 3 years and older. Round Rock Public Library, 216 Main St. roundrocktexas.gov/library or 512-218-7011. Toddler Storytime Go to website for various events, location age

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groups, dates and times. Austin Public Library. library.austintexas.gov or 512-974-7400. Book Babies 10:30 a.m. 3 to 24 months. Lake Travis Community Library, 2300 Lohman’s Spur, Suite 100. laketravislibrary.org or 512-263-2885. Storytime with Mr. George 11 a.m. Barnes & Noble, 14010 US Hwy 183. barnesandnoble.com or 512-249-5644. Arts and Crafts 6 p.m. 8 and older with adult. Wells Branch Community Library, 15001 Wells Port Dr. wblibrary.org or 512-989-3188. Wobbles Storytime 9:30 a.m. Ages 1 to 2 years. Georgetown Public Library, 420 W. 8th St. library.georgetown.org or 512-930-3623. Story Pals Storytime 10:30 a.m. Ages 3 years and older. Georgetown Public Library, 420 W. 8th St. library.georgetown.org or 512-930-3623.

Thursdays

Preschool Storytime 9:30 and 10:30 a.m. 3 years and older. Round Rock Public Library, 216 E. Main St. roundrocktexas.gov/library or 512-218-7012. Toddlertime 10:30 a.m. 18 months to 3 years. Round Rock Public Library, 216 E. Main St. roundrocktexas.gov/library or 512-218-7011. Babytime 9:30 a.m. Newborn to 1 year. Round Rock Public Library, 216 E. Main St. roundrocktexas.gov/library or 512-218-3279. Spanish Storytime Go to website for various events, locations,age groups, dates and times. Austin Public Library. library.austintexas.gov or 512-974-7400. Wobbles Storytime 9:30 a.m. Ages 1 to 2 years. Georgetown Public Library, 420 W. 8th St. library.georgetown.org or 512-930-3623.

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Story Pals Storytime 10:30 a.m. Ages 3 years and older. Georgetown Public Library, 420 W. 8th St. library.georgetown.org or 512-930-3623.

Fridays

Community Storytime 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Leander Public Library, 1011 S. Bagdad Rd. leander.lib.tx.us or 512-259-5259. Toddlertime 10:30 a.m. 18 months to 3 years. Round Rock Public Library, 216 E. Main St. roundrocktexas.gov/library or 512-218-7011. Babytime 9:30 a.m. 12 to 18 months. Round Rock Public Library, 216 E. Main St. roundrocktexas.gov/library or 512-218-3279. Toddler Storytime Go to website for various events, locations, age groups, dates and times. Austin Public Library. library.austintexas.gov or 512-974-7400. Preschool Storytime Go to website for various events, locations,age groups, dates and times. Austin Public Library. library.austintexas.gov or 512-974-7400. Briarcliff Storytime 10 a.m. All ages. Briarcliff Community Center, 22801 Briarcliff Dr. laketravislibrary.org or 512-263-2885. Preschool Storytime 11:15 a.m. Ages 3 to 5 years. Wells Branch Community Library, 15001 Wells Port Dr. wblibrary.org or 512-989-3188. Storytime 10 a.m. Georgetown Public Library, 402 W. 8th St. library.georgetown.org or 512-930-3551. Toddler Storytime 10:30 a.m. Ages 18 to 36 months. Wells Branch Community Library, 15001 Wells Port Dr. wblibrary.org or 512-989-3188. Storytime 10 a.m. All ages. Lake Travis Library, 2300 Lohman’s Spur, Suite 100. laketravislibrary.org or 512-263-2885.

Saturdays

Saturday Storytime 11 a.m. Barnes & Noble, 14010 US Hwy 183. barnesandnoble.com or 512-249-5644.

Family Storytime 11 a.m. Round Rock Public Library, 216 E. Main St. roundrocktexas.gov/library or 512-218-3279. Baby Bloomers 9 to 10 a.m. Ages 0 to 3 and their caregivers. The Thinkery, 1830 Simond Ave. thinkeryaustin.org or 512-469-6200.

Saturday 1

Hola-Hola! Storytime 10:30 a.m. Lake Travis Library, 2300 Lohman’s Spur, Suite 100, Lake Travis. laketravislibrary.org or 512-263-2885.

Sunday 2

Texplorations Family Storytime 2 p.m. Ages 2 to 5 years. Bullock State History Museum, 1800 Congress Ave. thestoryoftexas.com or 512-936-8746.

Monday 3

Rockin Kids Club Lego Day 4:30 to 5:15 p.m. Grades K-5. Every Monday. Round Rock Public Library, 216 Main St. roundrocktexs.gov or 512-218-3279.

Tuesday 4

Storytime at the French Legation Museum 10 a.m. All ages. French Legation Museum, 802 San Marcos St. frenchlegationmuseum.org or 512-472-1880.

Tuesday 11

Taste Buds 4:30 p.m. Ages 10 and up. Lake Travis Library, 2300 Lohman’s Spur, Suite 100. laketravislibrary.org or 512-263-2885. Spanish Bilingual Storytime 10:30 to 11 a.m. Ages 3 to 6. Round Rock Public Library, 216 E. Main St. roundrocktexas.gov/library or 512-218-3279.

Thursday 13

Little Yoga 10:30 a.m. Ages 3 to 6 years. Lake Travis Library, 2300 Lohman’s Spur, Suite 100. laketravislibrary.org or 512-263-2885.

Saturday 15

Bow Wow Reading 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. 6 to 12 years. Lake Travis Library, 2300 Lohman’s Spur, Suite 100. laketravislibrary.org or 512-263-2885.

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Tuesday 25

Family Flicks 4 p.m. Lake Travis Library, 2300 Lohman’s Spur, Suite 100. laketravislibrary.org or 512-263-2885.

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