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Second Edition Is Hitting the Press!

Named the country’s fastest growing city, Austin keeps changing. While a few favorite places have closed their doors since the first edition of Exploring Austin with Kids, a slew of new places have p

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Barton Hill Farms

Barton Hill Farms had been on my “to do” list for a couple of years. Recently, the kids and I got to check it out. The day trip was a hit! It reminded us of the surprises that make exploring new plac

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Austin City Limits Festival

The Austin City Limits Festival spans two weekends and showcases over one hundred bands, bringing local musicians and big acts from across the globe to play on its eight stages. Fans come to catch the

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A Kid's Perspective

“How long did it take you to write the book?” I often get asked. “Four years,” I answer. The next question usually follows, “Did you go to every place you wrote about?” “Yep, and always with kids

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Summer Special!

In celebration of summertime adventures, order your copy of Exploring Austin with Kids and get 20% off and free shipping! * Get new ideas for summer fun, from swimming holes and stargazing to farm

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Sample entry: Veloway

Biking on smooth pavement in the Hill Country sans cars makes an outing to the Veloway worth the trip, especially for young bikers. The 3-mile loop (that can be shortened to 1 mile with a shortcut

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Tips for Hiking with Kids

Pack snacks and water. My kids actually get excited to carry their own water (and will drink more) when it’s in Camelbak packs on their backs or when they carry their own stash of snacks and a drink

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Sample Entry: Camp Mabry

Camp Mabry, an operating military post open to the public, offers a surprising range of activities for young civilians, from tank and aircraft displays to a military museum and even fishing. Extendin

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Meet the Toymakers!

Note: Upon the retirement of owners Paul and Georgean Kyle, Rootin' Ridge Toymakers closed its doors in December 2015. It will be missed! If Fred Rogers were still alive, exploring his neighborhood,

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Holiday Season Book Special

BUY ONE BOOK, GIVE ONE FREE! To celebrate the spirit of giving, buy a copy of Exploring Austin with Kids through the book website and you'll receive a second copy to give as a gift - free of charge! A

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Texas Book Festival signing

Come see me at the Texas Book Festival! I'll be signing copies with the Texas Writers' League from 4:00-5:00 on Sunday. Look for me in Tent 4. Here's a map. If you have a copy already, bring it! My

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Camping Checklist

You're used to packing clothes and toiletries for a trip. When camping, don't forget these things too! Home away from home √ Tent √ Tarp for beneath tent and/or for shoes outside tent door √ Slee

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New book event added to calendar

Looking for something to do with little ones under 5? Come learn about animals that live at night and find out where you can spot them in Austin, dance to animal-themed music, create a bat craft and g

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Zilker Park Map for Kids

Contained within the bounds of Zilker Park, there are over a dozen family-friendly things to do! To make it easy to find them all, I created this handy dandy kid-centric map. You can download a copy o

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Mother's Day App Sale

The app is on sale this week! It's to honor those planner moms who spend hours researching fun things to do as a family and could use a break or a smidgeon of inspiration, the spontaneous moms who whi

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My Editor

My ten-year old daughter thought my author bio a bit too dry (and not funny). So she spruced it up and added a bit of spice. I think she captured the essence of our family pretty well (better than I d

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Book Signings and Events Calendar

Looking for fun ways to get your signed copy? Come on out! Sunday, 2/19/17 Second Annual Children's Book Fair Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm Last year's event was suc

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The App Is Out!

And it's so COOL!!! Not only is it the lightest way to carry the book around with you, but you can call ahead, check hours, or pull up the websites of the places you're headed at the touch of a bu

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Book signing at the Bullock Museum!

This Sunday, March 2nd, Annette Lucksinger will be signing copies of Exploring Austin with Kids and giving sneak peeks of the app! Drop by during the Bullock Museum Free First Sundays event 12:00 - 3

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Book Launch Party!

Come on out to Hill's Cafe on Sunday, March 2nd, from 4:00-6:00 for the big book launch! There will be lots of fun kid activities in addition to the book signing! A juggler and balloon twister will be

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Sample Entry: Big Top Candy Shop

Step into this narrow slip of a store, seemingly miles long to children as their eyes pop at the ceiling-to-floor candy selections, and the phrase “like a kid in a candy shop” is taken to a whole ne

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Sample Entry: Austin Duck Adventures

Visitors will enjoy this open-air tour of the city in an amphibious vehicle that travels from downtown into Lake Austin. Locals will likely learn some new nuggets of information as well. For instanc

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Sample Entry: Zilker Kite Festival

This festival has celebrated the simple joy of springtime kite flying since 1929, making Austin home to the longest continuously running kite festival in the country. Zilker Park is dedicated to

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