Catch some of Austin's favorite kids' entertainters at The Ruta Maya Kids Show, a Sunday morning program that combines children's entertainment and coffee (for the parents, of course). This local tradition can draw in crowds of over a hundred, and often includes music, dancing and live animals. Sit back, soak in the funky South Austin atmosphere and meet other like-minded parents while your kids get groovy by the stage.
Move Your Tale, a non-profit performing arts outreach program, teams up with Coldtowne Theater every Saturday morning to provide children with endless giggles through improv and storytelling. In the show, What's Your Story Steve, children have the opportunity to help create an original story about Steve the improvising poodle, or they can just sit back and enjoy the show. Not only is this show fun, it encourages positive collaboration, listening, supporting, and imagination. Open for all ages but intended for pre-school and elementary aged kids.
This year marks fifty-four fantastic years of summer musicals at the Zilker Hillside Theater. Starting July 6th, "the hillside will be alive with The Sound of Music" as Austin's outdoor theater company performs the 1968 classic, and it's free to the general public! Throw together a family picnic, spread out on a blanket, and shamelessly sing along to Do-Re-Mi while the kids roll around the grassy hillside. If the Von Trapp Family Singers isn't your thing, be on the lookout for future shows on the hillside.
Every Wednesday morning from 9:30 to 11:30am, the Austin Symphony hosts Children's Day Art Park, a festival of the arts including music from the Austin Symphony, local craftspeople, Ballet Folklorico, storytellers, mimes, and more! Kids even have the opportunity to get up close and personal with the symphony instruments (and musicians) at the instrument "petting zoo." At just 50 cents per child, kids will experience Austin culture at its finest, but get there early! Symphony Square gets pretty packed.
Getting out of the house doesn't necessarily mean getting out of the AC. Take refuge from the heat at The Blanton Art Museum on the University of Texas campus, which is free on Thursdays (and always free for kids under 12 years old). Go on one of the special summer family tours, or get your tiny tots excited about art through a museum-wide Scavenger Hunt. The museum has an amazing permanent collection as well as temporary exhibits throughout the year.