Little Local Lunches
School lunches have a bad reputation. And, generally speaking, they deserve it, considering that congress just two weeks ago refused to approve new rules proposed by the Agriculture Department that would have added more fresh fruits and vegetables to American kids’ plates every day, while cutting down on the overwhelming prevalence of pizza. Evidently... [Read more of this review]
Texas Science Festival (October 15 and November 5-6, 2011)
Setting his hand on fire, filling gyms with smoke, exploding flower pots and dangling school principals in the air are all part of Steve Wolf’s “Science in the Movies” show. The Texas Science and Engineering Festival will kick-off its second annual celebration of science and engineering on Saturday, October 15 at the south steps of the Texas... [Read more of this review]
Aquarena Springs (San Marcos)
No swimming pigs but still worth the drive!
I wish we could have seen Aquarena Springs back in its heyday. It’s a shadow of its former self of swimming pigs, underwater mermaids and sky gondolas over the boardwalk. Now it’s perhaps more educational than theme park, but Aquarena Springs is still a fun little stop worth making on your way... [Read more of this review]
The Texas Lice Squad
image credit: CDC
Have you ever heard of The Texas Lice Squad? Well, neither had I until yesterday. After noticing my kid scratching lightly at the crown of her head, I did a quick check. ”Please, please, please don’t be…” Crap. You want to talk heeby-jeebies? I got the heeby jeebies. There weren’t a... [Read more of this review]
Borrowed Sugar (local news and discussion website)
There are no shortage of Central Texas news websites, and Borrowed Sugar is an East Austin start-up that puts a spin on local news. For those of you familiar with Babycenter or City-Data, Borrowed Sugar incorporates the idea of community forums into a news aggregate site. It’s similar to the Community Impact newspaper but adds a virtual... [Read more of this review]
All Things Kids (Georgetown)
Kudos to All Things Kids in Georgetown for many, many reasons. This store could just as easily be renamed “The Thinking Child’s Store” where every toy for sale has been carefully selected for the explicit purpose of stimulating a young mind. Five years ago when I started taking my daughter out and about, I said so many times to... [Read more of this review]
Jumpstreet Indoor Trampoline Park (Cedar Park)
Update: Angela in the comments (see below) said that kids under 7, with someone 12 years and up who has paid admission, may enter the otherwise restricted areas. Had I known this, I would have happily paid admission to let my kids play everywhere, but I still would love it if there were an hour for kids just under 7 to play wherever they like.
Since... [Read more of this review]
Inner Space Cavern (Georgetown)
When it’s over 100 degrees outside and the pool is getting old, why not find a way 50+ feet below ground to stay cool? That’s just what we did. Off to Inner Space we went with friends! This was the first “spelunking” expedition for our kids, and probably the third time that hubby and I had visited the cave over the years.
We... [Read more of this review]
Movie review: Cars 2
image credit: Disney and Pixar
My three year old adores his Cars cars and Radiator Springs play set, and since I first caught wind of Cars 2, I’ve been waiting for the movie release to take him. He’s not a sit down and watch a movie type of kid, said to qualify this review. So far every movie that we have ever dragged him to (for the... [Read more of this review]
Staycation: Hyatt Regency Hill Country Resort and Spa (San Antonio)
To celebrate our anniversary, hubby and I made this into a family affair and took the kids to the Hyatt Regency Hill Country Resort and Spa in San Antonio. We had previously stayed here with friends, just an overnighter when our friend, a frequent flyer at the resort, received discounted rates. The experience was memorable, and we wanted to come... [Read more of this review]
Art and Nature at Laguna Gloria (central Austin)
Our family ventured, several days ago, to the original of Austin Museum of Art’s two locations, Laguna Gloria. The primary building on the grounds is an Italianesque villa that houses a permanent collection, as well as rotating exhibits; the current exhibit is called Art and Nature (an apt description of the whole operation, actually). Although the... [Read more of this review]
Quarry Splash Pad (Williamson County)
Hooray for the new Quarry Splash Pad at the Southwest Williamson County Regional Park! This place couldn’t have opened at a better time, seeing as how our weather forecast pretty much just predicts HOT for the foreseeable future.
Thank you, KVUE.
My friends and I decided to pack picnic lunches and head to the new splash pad with the kids to check... [Read more of this review]
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