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April Things to Do – Social Distancing Edition!

This month’s “Activity and Events” post is unlike anything we’ve ever done before. It’s likely that none of us have ever lived through a period of bans and quarantining like we are now. For a social people, this is a huge challenge! With schools closing and kids quarantined with us, it complicates things even further. In this April Activities post, we are sharing our “Social Distancing Edition” – ideas, lists and inspiration for making the most of your time inside or separated from the crowds we normally interact with.

March - Kids Activities

125 Things to Do with Kids During the Quarantine

Perhaps the most comprehensive and interesting list we’ve seen put together presented by Stephanie Osmanksi with Parade. Avoid cabin fever with this (seemingly) exhaustive list of ideas! CLICK HERE for all 125…

April - Workout

FREE Online Workouts

Your daily workout routine is what keeps your straight. Add the social component of working out with and around familiar faces and the gym has immense value for many. The ban has stripped this from our daily lives but that doesn’t mean you can still sweat, tone and work out, sometimes still together! For the most comprehensive and helpful list we’ve found of FREE online workouts while your stuck inside, CLICK HERE…

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Harry Potter Digital Escape Room

This online experience puts your and your kids wizardly knowledge and memory to the ultimate Harry Potter test, using lessons, photos and clips from the Potter movies on your quest. The room was created by staff at the Peters Township Public Library in Pennsylvania and is free during the COVID-19 ban. To enter the experience, CLICK HERE…

April - Reading

Let a Celebrity Read Your Kid a Story

Storyline Online has partnered with many celebrities to have them record kids book readings for your family to enjoy! Stories are read by Oprah, Kevin Costner, Al Gore and Chris Pine to name a few. To watch and listed to these free videos, CLICK HERE…

April - Animals

Zoo and Wildlife Web Cams

While all of our zoos, aquariums and wildlife exhibits are closed, we can still see and enjoy watching these animals! The Houston Zoo, San Diego Zoo and National Zoo have great webcams to name a few. You can also see all of Explore.org’s wildlife webcams on their YouTube channel. For a list of even more webcams, CLICK HERE…

April - Weather

Learn about the Weather from a Local Meteorologist

Austin’s own Albert Ramon from KVUE has taken this down time as an opportunity to teach your kids about the weather! He has a number of lesson – with new ones added daily – on his Facebook page. To have your kids learn about the weather from Albert Ramon, CLICK HERE…

 

 

 

 

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March Events

Events and Festivals

7th 6:00 pm-9:00 pm

11th Annual Georgetown Swirl (Georgetown Square) – Enjoy tastings from Texas wineries and great food from local restaurants. Attendees are also in for a fun evening of shopping and live jazz music on the square.

13th-22nd

March - SXSW

South by Southwest (Various Locations, Austin) – Get your badge to partake in 10 days of concerts, screenings, panels, parties, and other events at Austin’s annual music, film, and tech festival.

14th 6:00 pm-9:00 pm

Downtown Walkabout (Downtown San Marcos) – Experience historic downtown San Marcos and check out the local art and entertainment, take advantage of the discounts and specials, and enjoy an evening unique to SMTX.

14th-28th

March - Rodeo

Rodeo Austin (Travis County Exposition Center, Austin) – Pull on your boots for Austin’s largest annual rodeo and stock show. Experience the fair, the food, and a series of concerts featuring a mix of top country and popular music acts.

15th 12:00 pm-6:00 pm

St. Patrick’s Day Austin (Pioneer Farms, Austin) – Austin’s best Irish celebration that authentically displays Irish culture with live music, dancing and food.

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28th 6:00 pm-9:00 pm

Reds, Whites & Brews (Teggeman House, Hutto) – The Reds, Whites, & Brews event will include tastings from Texas wineries and Texas breweries, as well as amazing food tastings from local restaurants.

28th 9:00 am-12:00 pm

Mighty Texas Dog Walk Austin (American-Statesman, Austin) – Spend the day with your best friend, and celebrate over 20 years of this special fundraising walk. Money raised goes to Service Dogs Inc., which trains dogs to assist people with hearing loss or disabilities.

March - Kites

ABC Kite Festival (Zilker Park, Austin) Soar into Spring with one of Austin’s longest-running and most beloved, family-friendly traditions. Join thousands of Austinites for a free, all-day event filled with kite making, flying, and gazing.

Sports

6th-8th

GT World Challenge America (Circuit of The Americas, Austin) – For the 6 time at COTA, GT World Challenge America will bring an action-packed weekend with roaring engines from seven different manufacturers as drivers go door to door in a highly competitive series.

25th-29th

March - Golf

Dell Technologies Match Play (Austin Country Club) – The world’s top professional golfers compete in this elite tournament. The course’s back nine is set along beautiful Lake Austin where many spectators watch the action by boat.

Art, Theatre & Culture

11th-22nd

Aladdin (Bass Concert Hall, Austin) – A thrilling new production filled with unforgettable beauty, magic, comedy, and breathtaking spectacle.

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PAW Patrol Live! Race to the Rescue (H-E-B Center, Cedar Park) – No job is too big, no pup is too small! The heroic pups from the top-rated animated series, PAW Patrol, come to Cedar Park for an action-packed, music-filled production

Music

1st 7:00 pm Marc Anthony (H-E-B Center, Cedar Park)

10 8:00 pm – Post Malone (Frank Erwin Center, Austin)

12 7:00 pm – Chris Stapleton (Frank Erwin Center, Austin)

 

 

 

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February Events

Events and Festivals

1st-2nd 9:00 am-2:00 pm

Children’s Book Fair (Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, Austin) – Join in on this free literary adventure and meet popular children’s book authors and illustrators, and enjoy story time and activities.

6th 5:00 pm-10:00 pm

First Thursday in Austin (South Congress Ave., Austin) – One big block party, perfect for all ages. Businesses go all out for this event with sales, drink specials, and discounts.

7th 6:00 pm-8:00 pm

First Friday in Georgetown (Downtown Georgetown) – Spend a great evening with friends and family at First Friday on the Georgetown Square! Enjoy shopping, unique gifts, friendly folks, and great food. All ages are welcome.

9th 12:00 pm-6:00 pm

Celtic Fest (San Marcos Activity Center) – The San Marcos Celtic Festival is a free celebration of St. Brigid’s day which is considered the first day of spring in Ireland. This family-friendly festival will feature traditional Irish and Celtic music, arts and crafts, and more!

21st-23rd

Jugglefest (Navarro High School, Austin) – Now in its 27″ year, this fest features juggling, unicycling, and circus arts. All are welcome to come and learn some new tricks or to simply enjoy the show.

22nd 12:00 pm

San Marcos Mardi Gras Parade (Downtown San Marcos) – The Mistick Krewe of Okeanos Mardi Gras Parade is an annual celebration of Mardi Gras with floats, music, and lots of fun. The parade winds through the Historic Homes District of San Marcos and Downtown

22nd-23rd

City-Wide Vintage Sale (Williamson County Expo Center, Taylor) – Austin’s iconic vintage market since 1977 is coming to Taylor with vintage, antique, and repurposed items to make for a shopper’s delight.

29th 12:00 pm-6:00 pm

Austin Oyster Festival (Republic Square, Austin) – This is one tasty festival you don’t want to – miss and is an annual hit among locals and visitors alike! Enjoy oysters served raw, grilled, roasted, and fried alongside delicious seafood accompaniments, beer, wine, and spirits, all with a side of live local music.

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Sports

16th 7:00 am

Ascension Seton Austin Marathon, Half-Marathon, and 5k (Downtown, Austin) – This annual event attracts more than 20,000 participants from around the world and finishes at the Texas State Capitol. Come out to run, volunteer, or cheer at this Austin tradition.

Art, Theatre & Culture

14th-16th

Ballet Austin’s Restless Hearts (Dell Hall, Austin) – Celebrate Valentine’s Day weekend by treating someone special to ballets by two of the world’s most accomplished choreographers, George Balanchine and Christopher Wheeldon.

18th-23rd

Come From Away (Bass Concert Hall, Austin) – This New York Times Critics’ Pick takes you into the heart of the remarkable true story of 7,000 stranded passengers and the small town in Newfoundland that welcomed them.

Music

5th 6:00 pm

Dashboard Confessional (Stubb’s Waller Creek Amphitheater, Austin)

8th 7:00 pm

Charlie Wilson (H-E-B Center, Cedar Park)

8th 8:00 pm

Sarah McLachlan (Bass Concert Hall, Austin)