Monday, March 2, 2015

Explore UT

One of my all-time favorite events is happening this weekend, and it isn't just because I bleed burnt orange ;o).  

Explore UT! is the University of Texas' open house.  Many of the departments open up the doors and let you explore what they do.  The day is filled with interesting talks, experiments and hands on activities for all ages.

Go early, as the place fills up very quickly, and parking can be tough to find. Our favorite area was the UT Engineering buildings.  

Some of our don't miss events this year (based on what we enjoyed last year):

* ASME’s Rube Goldberg Machine: 20 Or More Steps to Erase a Chalkboard

* Engineer and build a balloon rocket that you can enter in a race the moon

* Design a building using toothpicks and marshmallows, and test it in earthquake conditions

* Learn how a radar gun works to measure or "clock" speed. You’ll be able to use a radar gun to test how fast a tennis ball travels when you throw it. (okay, oddly enough, my boys *loved* this and spent at least a half hour throwing the tennis ball!)

* Sample liquid nitrogen ice cream and observe flowers, bananas, a racquetball and filled balloons being frozen.

* Get a thermal look at life by taking your picture with an infrared camera, watching heat engines turn fans and power light bulbs (Another unexpected favorite!)

In addition, the Department of Theatre and Dance will present a free performance of MOVE! at 2:00 pm in conjunction with Explore UT. 

Friday, February 13, 2015

Two things to do this weekend!

Looking for something to do this weekend (other than celebrate Valentine's Day?) Here is are two ideas!


● Grand Opening of the Johnson City Hill Country Science Mill
February 14th, 10 am – 6 pm

Fall in love with Science and join us Valentine's Day for the grand opening of the Hill Country Science Mill!

Enjoy a fun-filled day for the whole family!

Exciting and unique exhibits
Hands-on science activities
Great White Shark 3-D movie
Create a personalized avatar “science buddy”
Snack at the Lady Bird Lane Café

Proceeds from the Grand Opening will benefit the Science Mill's Scholarship Program, which will help defray the admission and transportation costs for field trips and enrollment in science programs and camps for qualified students.

● Austin Marathon
February 15th
Looking for something fun to do today?  How about cheering on the 5,000 marathoners and 11,000 half marathoners? Having run the marathon twice in the past, I can tell you that every cheering spectator is appreciated!  When I ran the race, my boys held up "Free High Five" signs, and had a great time spreading the love.  Seriously, runners would cross the road just to get a high five.  Or bring some jolly ranchers, oranges or bananas or even play the radio on high.  With 26.2 miles, these runners appreciate any distraction!

Monday, February 9, 2015

Looking for a great FREE family camp this summer?

I have heard wonderful things about this camp - but spaces fill up quickly (limit 30 participants). So if you are interested, check it out and sign up as soon as possible!

Age for participants is between 9 and 14 years old and children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.


FREE Family Clean Creek Camp Join your kids outdoors this summer for 3-4 days of outdoor adventure at Clean Creek Camp.  We'll explore in and around Austin's creeks and aquifer.  Groups with adult leaders are welcome!  

Watershed 4 Day Camp (Session A: June 8 - 11, 2015 - 9:00am-noon)

Hike and explore Barton Creek with a scavenger hunt challenge
Wade in the creek and find out how bugs tell us about water quality
Clean up and float on Lady Bird Lake

Learn green gardening for clean water

Watershed & Aquifer 3 Day Camp (Session B: July 14 -16, 2015 - 9:30am-noon)

Wade in the creek and find out how bugs tell us about water quality
Get down into the aquifer through a local cave

Paddle and clean up Barton Creek

For more information visit www.austintexas.gov/CleanCreekCamp  or call 512-974-3540 

Friday, January 30, 2015

Two fun events this weekend!

Photo courtesy of Lara Gale
After some gorgeous sunny days this week, the weekend looks like it might be cold and wet... 

What a great time to put on a gorilla suit and run a few miles at the Austin Gorilla Run. 

Or to learn all about the weather at the free Weatherfest event at the Bolluck museum!

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Foucault's Pendulum on UT Campus



I recently heard there was a Foucault's Pendulum on the UT Campus.  With two science loving boys and one science loving husband, I figured Christmas break was the perfect time to check it out!


Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Looking for a fun date night this weekend?

Thinkery 21 presents:  New Habits, New Hobbies
January 29th fron 7pm - 9pm

Explore the Thinkery’s permanent exhibits & activities in a setting exclusively for 21 & up, with music, drinks, & more!


Make and create with ATX Hackerspace, try some on-site fashionable projects with Austin School of Fashion Design, or visit the Kitchen Lab with a baking demo from I Knead That, “good baked goods using good ingredients”.   Discover Engineering will show you how to get hands-on with science and engineering in local classrooms and much more.

Tickets are $15, $20 onsite


Please note: Thinkery21 is for adults 21+ only. There will be a cash bar (please bring cash as there’s not an ATM on site).



Monday, January 5, 2015

Spring Break Trip to Big Bend


Looking for a great Spring Break Trip?  

Located a short six and a half hour drive from Austin, this is a great place to visit on a long weekend or short week!

We have traveled all over the US on our trips and hit many countries as well, but only last year did we discover the gem in our own back yard!  We saw things we had never seen before.  It was truly amazing and I recommend it for *everyone*!

Now is the time to start planning. 

Below are the details from our trip to Big Bend last year.


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