New children’s store opening near downtown Austin

St. Edward’s University alum Karina Drake is opening up a new children’s boutique near downtown Austin Saturday. The store, Alexa James Baby, is named after Drake’s own daughter.

She was inspired by raising Alexa James in New York City until the family moved home to Texas.

“Living in the city had its challenges, but exploring NYC through Alexa’s eyes was very inspiring,” Drake says in a press release. “There was something really special about mixing the magic of childhood with such a modern, adult setting.”

The store will feature clothing from sizes newborn to 6 toddler as well as toys, books, items for the nursery and cards. Drake will stock items from local designers as well as European designers.

The new Alexa James Baby boutique opens on Saturday. Kate Weaver

Drake wanted the store to be more than a place to buy things. Interior designer Claire Zinnecker created reading nooks as well as play areas. Drake plans to offer story times, happy hours, coffee and more events.

You can find clothing and toys at Alexa James Baby. Kate Weaver

Drake said she wanted “to create a space that fostered community, especially for mothers. After having Alexa, I found myself searching for escapes and destinations in the neighborhood. I would walk to beautiful baby shops in Tribeca and SoHo more for the amazing experience they offered than the actual items I was purchasing. My goal is to create an environment like that here in Austin.”

The store at 908 W. 12th St., No. C, will celebrate its grand opening 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. The first 20 people will get special gift bags, but you’ll also find samples, in-store discounts and more. RSVP on Eventbrite. Find more information on AlexaJBaby.com

Alexa James Baby. Kate Weaver

Dive into summer this weekend with these family events, June 1-3

We’re heading into June this weekend with some family fun that will take you inside and outside.

Check our these events:

FRIDAY

Día de los Niños Game Day. 2 p.m. Friday, Little Walnut Creek Branch.

Art Smart Día de Los Niños, 10:30 a.m. Friday, Central Library.

Lego Lab. 4 p.m. Friday, North Village Branch.

The Woodland Faerie Trail is open at Zilker Botanical Garden. Zilker Botanical Garden

FRIDAY-SATURDAY

Zilker Botanical Garden opens its Woodland Faerie Trail now through Aug. 10. The trail is full of homes people have created for the fairies. Maybe you’ll see a fairy. Reserve your spot online at and on austintexas.gov/parksonline. Zilker Botanical Garden, 2220 Barton Springs Road. zilkergarden.org

The Little Mermaid. 8:15 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays through July 1. $10. EmilyAnn Theatre & Gardens, 1101 FM 2325, Wimberley. emilyann.org

“The Lego Movie” is at the Alamo Drafthouse this weekend. Warner Bros. Pictures

FRIDAY-SUNDAY

Alamo Drafthouse Kids Club. “How to Train Your Dragon,” 10 a.m. Friday-Sunday, Lakeline. “The Neverending Story,” 10:15 a.m. Friday and Sunday, Slaughter Lane. “The Lego Movie,” 10:30 a.m. Friday-Sunday, Mueller. drafthouse.com

Characters from “Hotel Transylvania 3” will be out and about this weekend. Friday take your photo 3:30-4 p.m. in front of the  “Hi, How Are You?” wall art on 2100 Guadalupe St. and 4:30-5:30 p.m. at Amy’s Ice Creams, 3500 Guadalupe St. Saturday, 10-11:30 a.m. take photos in front of the “I Love You So Much” mural, 1300 S. Congress Ave.; noon-2 p.m. at Drafthouse Mueller, 1911 Aldrich St. Suite 120; or 3-4 p.m. at the Zilker Zephyr train in Zilker Park. Sunday, you’ll find them from 9-9:30 a.m. at Whole Foods, 525 N. Lamar Blvd.; 10-10:30 a.m. in front of the “Greetings from Austin” mural, 1720 S.First St.; 11 a.m.-noon at Big Top Candy, 1706 S. Congress Ave; and 1 to 2 p.m. Amy’s Ice Creams, 12420 Galleria Circle.

SATURDAY

RED Arena Round-Up. Family fun and inclusive rodeo play day with a petting zoo, kid games and mini horses. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday. Free. Dripping Springs Ranch Park, 1042 Event Center Drive, Dripping Springs. redarena.org

Ask a Vet. Bring your questions to hear from Thundering Paws veterinarian Lauren Cannon. 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Barnes & Noble Sunset Valley, 5601 Brodie Lane. barnesandnoble.com

Science Mill. Kids ages 8 and older can learn to turn Trash to Treasure and make art with artist McKay Otto. 10 a.m.-noon and 1-3 p.m. Saturday. Free, but reserve your spot at programs@sciencemill.org. Science Mill, 101 Lady Bird Lane, Johnson City. sciencemill.org

Thinkery. Baby Bloomers for children younger than 3. 9 a.m. Saturday. In June, it’s all about what’s Under the Sea. $5. Thinkery, 1830 Simond Ave. thinkeryaustin.org

George Washington Carver Museum. First Saturdays at the Carver Museum. Noon-4 p.m. Saturday. George Washington Carver Museum, 1165 Angelina St. austintexas.gov

Toybrary Austin music events. Toybrary Reptile Show. 10:30 a.m. Saturday. $12. Toybrary Austin, 2001 Justin Lane. toybraryaustin.com.

“Thor Ragnarok,” 2 p.m. Saturday, University Hills Branch.

Día de los Niños Celebration. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Central Library.

Ice Cream Social. 1 p.m. Saturday, Howson Branch.

Book People events. Jennifer Donaldson reads “Lies You Never Told Me,” 6 p.m. Saturday. 10:30 a.m. story times, Zumbini, Saturday. BookPeople, 603 N. Lamar Blvd. bookpeople.com

Barnes & Noble story times. Each Saturday all Barnes & Noble locations offer 11 a.m. story times. In June, find “Oh the Places You Will Go,” Saturday. barnesandnoble.com

SATURDAY-SUNDAY

Instant Ice Cream workshop, for ages 4 and up. 10:30 a.m., noon, 2 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Thinkery, 1830 Simond Ave. thinkeryaustin.org

“The Wizard of Oz” is at the Paramount Theatre. Warner Bros.

SUNDAY

Austin Symphony Hartman Concerts in the Park. 7:30 p.m. Sunday. Free. The Long Center, 701 W. Riverside Drive. thelongcenter.org

Bullock Museum. Free First Sunday events around the theme Rodeo. Yippee Yay! The rodeo exhibit comes to life with trick roping. 2 p.m. Sunday. Bullock Museum, 1800 N. Congress Ave. thestoryoftexas.com

Paramount Summer Movie Classics. Show your kids all the great films you or your parents grew up on. “The Wizard of Oz,” 1 p.m. Sunday; “Back to the Future” 3:15 p.m. Sunday.$6-$12. Paramount Theatre, 713 Congress Ave. austintheatre.org

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lessons learned this school year

Another school year in the books. Hallelujah! (This is the time parents everywhere are praising whatever higher power they believe in).

Your kids did it, parents! And so did you — because we all know that even in middle school and high school (but hopefully not by college) you are doing some serious pushing kids toward the finish line.

For some kids, it’s helping to keep track of all the assignments or all the things they are supposed to bring to school each day.

For other kids, it’s reminding them to breathe and eat and sleep occasionally. Each kid has a moment at least once a week that reminds us why we’re needed.

Travis Bradley and Julian Gonzalez run for the bus. Remember that first day of school? Doesn’t it seem like a distant memory? DEBORAH CANNON / AMERICAN-STATESMAN

Each school year, my kids always learn a lot — from U.S. history to calculus, physics to chicken-raising — but they, and their teachers also teach me a lot.

Here’s what I learned this year — their eighth-grade and 11th-grade years:

  • Even kids that seem to be really confident are very awkward and self-conscious at these ages.
  • They are still like puppies that haven’t grown into their feet. They’re trying out things, but they’re constantly tripping up over themselves.
  • Their best-laid-plans always seem to have a hitch or two in them.
  • They have to want to succeed. You can’t make them succeed, which is really, really hard.
  • It’s really hard to watch them stumble, but you have to let them and hope that it’s not something that has lasting consequences.
  • Middle-school friendships and romances have more twist and turns in them than any TV soap opera. Just when you think you’ve figured out all the alliances, you’re wrong, Mom.
  • I used to worry that my kids would never ever be dating. Now I’m worried that my kid is dating too much. No one, not even my son, could have seen this one coming. Even late-bloomers blossom.
  • Kids are never going to be who you think they are. They are always surprising us with how their likes and dislikes can change so quickly.

    Benjamin Villalpando holds up his learners permit after getting it last week. Nicole Villalpando/Austin
  • College may not be for everyone, yet life-skills are hard to come by. We’re having to work at these. Laundry? Check. Driving? Not yet. Cooking? Dear God.
  • Some teachers really get your kids. Some teachers desperately want to but just don’t. Others don’t even try. The good ones help us all get through the school year. They will sit in a car with your child and get her to smile, and then laugh, and then help her climb out of that car, walk into the building and start the day — even if that process might take 30 minutes some days.
  • Good teachers will meet your child where he’s at and take him farther than he ever thought he could go and make it fun, interesting and exciting. Calculus is apparently fun. Who knew?
  • No one’s kid is perfect. Even that kid who is on every A-team of sports and has all A’s and has no pimples. Even they have something they are struggling with. Don’t believe the Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, etc.
  • Every kid should get to take an off-the-wall kind of class for fun. My kid watched “Hitchcock” movies for a grade, and, you know what, he learned a lot — and not just about films. He learned about human nature and cinema and history.
  • All kids are bullied. All kids have been bullies in some way. Kids can be terrible people.

    Ava Villalpando holds Georgia, her new favorite chicken. Nicole Villalpando/American-Statesman
  • Just when you think your kid has become hardened by school, they do something completely empathetic and go out of their way to help someone else. My kid gave her lunch to a homeless woman because she said she could always wait until she got home to eat. Then she made me take one of the school’s chickens to the vet and now comes to school twice a day even on the weekends to give this chicken antibiotics. Every kid has that thing that lights a fire under them. You just never know when and how it will happen.
  • We sweat so much of the small stuff every day… when really, that homework assignment didn’t matter as much as we thought it did in the grand scheme of things. (Just don’t tell my kids. They probably still need to get something done and turn something in).
  • My kids learn so much more than will ever be on any standardized test they will take. The good stuff stays with them and is the least-likely-to-be-on-a-standardized-test kind of information.
  • Before kids could text, how did we ever know when and where they were going to be after school. Plans can change from one minute to the next. You just have to keep up, Mom.
  • You can make yourself crazy looking at the online grading system. Kids can go from F to A in 10 seconds flat. My kid did. I had to stop looking except once a week. One day, maybe I’ll stop looking entirely.
  • No matter how stocked up you think you are on school supplies, your kids always need the one thing you are out of and they needed it at 9 p.m. for the next day.
  • Every day requires some serious deep breaths.
  • Every day requires some serious standing over beds and telling people that they actually have to leave these beds.
  • Every day requires some sort of reminder to go to bed at the end of the day.
  • The school year is a rat race that never seems like it will end, and then it’s over, and you get nostalgic about it. They will never be in that grade again. (Cue the tears.)
  • That backpack that they are bringing home today is disgusting. It probably has crumbs from September in it. It might just need to go in the trash, but, of course, it probably will sit wherever it is that they leave it today until August.

    Remember those new backpacks at the beginning of the school year? They are probably now gross. 
    RALPH BARRERA/ AMERICAN-STATESMAN

Have a fabulous summer vacation! You’ve earned it, parents.

RELATED: Plan your family fun in Austin this summer

Share your favorite lesson of the school year by leaving a comment below.

Looking for summer camps? We have your last-minute guide for Austin

As school ends or has ended, now is the time parents often do the last-minute scramble to line up summer camps. Maybe the camp you thought would be the perfect fit for your child, suddenly isn’t, or the camp let’s you know right before it was supposed to start that it isn’t.

Below are some all-around camps that usually have some availability, as well as some camps that have contacted us about their availability:

Find more camps in our summer camp guide, campguide.austin360.com. Austin company Kwaddle, has created an website  that has more than 8,000 camps and activities for you to search. You can search by type of camp, by your kids’ interest or search by ZIP Code or your child’s interest. Find it at kwaddle.com.

Jessica Gonzales, from the Oak Hill YMCA, is outnumbered as her camp kids spray her with water guns as part of the festivities in the summer camp Olympics. The YMCA of Austin is hosting its 2015 Summer Camp Olympics Friday, July 24, at the Texas School for the Deaf. The Summer Camp Olympics is designed to engage children in good old fashioned fun and to get a little wet on a hot day.
RALPH BARRERA/ AMERICAN-STATESMAN

YMCA

In addition to being a schools at at YMCA centers, its overnight camp location on Onion Creek is having day camps this summer in anticipation of opening up for overnight stays the summer of 2020.

Here is this summer’s lineup: 

  • Week 1: Kids vs Nature, ages 6-8 (June 11-15)
  • Week 2: Kids vs Nature, ages 9-13 (June 18-22)
  • Week 3: Canoe 101, ages 8-13 (June 25-29)
  • Week 4: Canoeing Adventure, ages 8-13 (July 9-13)
  • Week 5: Aim High, ages 8-12 (July 16-20)
  • Week 6: STEAM Camp, ages 8 -12 (July 23-27)

You can register by clicking this link.

Find the YMCA’s other camps at austinymca.org. Camps are typically $178-$240 a week.

Extend-a-Care For Kids

Elementary kids can find an Extend-a-Care For Kids camp at their school or at nearby schools throughout Austin and Hays County. $190 a week. Find their locations and details at eackids.org.

Camp Double Creek

This camp in Round Rock gives kids the experience of an overnight camp, but while they sleep at home at night. It also buses kids from throughout Austin to the camp in Round Rock. $355 a week.  campdoublecreek.com

BHW 2018 Mobile App Development Camp

Learn how to create apps with a free hands-on camp. 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. June 27-28. The BHW Group, 6011 W. Courtyard Drive, Suite 410. Apply at thebhwgroup.com/summer-camp.

Austin Film Society

Find camps on these topics:

  • Animation Creation, June 4-8 (Ages 9-11); July 30-Aug. 3 (Ages 11-13)
  • Girls Camp, June 11-15 (Ages 12-15)
  • Documentary Workshop, June 25-29 (Ages 14-17)
  • Austin Public Young Producer’s Workshop, July 9-13 (Ages 15-17)

The camps are held at Austin Public, 1143 Northwestern Ave. Most are $345 for the week. austinfilm.org/classes/summer-camp/

Mudcat Puppet Camp

Kids 6 and older can learn how to make puppets and work with them at Mudcat Puppet camps.

  • Hand puppet camp, June 4-8, June 25-29, July 9-13, July 16-20, and Aug. 6-10
  • Giant puppet camp, for ages 10 and up, July 23-27 (Dragons and Monsters), July 30-Aug. 3 (Aliens and Robots)

The camps are at Paragon Prep Middle School, 2001 Koenig Lane. Camps are $300 a week. Register at mudcatpuppet@gmail.com

Camp Red Bird at the Austin Center for Grief & Loss

Kids ages 6-12, who are going through the loss, can attend a day camp that will help them with therapeutic games, crafts and activities.

The camps run 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 11-15 and Aug. 6-10 at Austin Center for Grief & Loss, 2413 Greenlawn Parkway.  www.austingrief.org

Make ATX Camps

Make ATX has some fun camps for young makers this summer. Use their lasers to create art.

  • Laser Day Camp, June 4-8, ages 8-12
  • Architecture Laser Day Camp, June 18-22
  • Board Game Design Laser Day Camp, July 9-13 for ages 8-12

The camps are $250, 9 am. to 1 p.m. and held at Make ATX, 1109 Shady Lane. makeatx.com

ATX Ballers

Pick up better basketball skills this summer.

  • 9 a.m. to noon June 25-28, ages 7-14, St. Austin Catholic School, 1911 San Antonio St.
  • 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. July 9-12, ages 7-14, Covenant Presbyterian Church, 3003 Northland Drive
  • 9 a.m. to noon,  July 16-19, grades 9-12, St. Austin Catholic School, 1911 San Antonio St.

The camps are $110.  atxballers.com

Code Wizard HQ camps can be done at home.

CodeWizardsHQ

This one you don’t even have to leave home for. Sixth- through 12th-graders can learn to code in three weeks by taking one-hour online classes Monday through Thursday. You can learn Java Script, HTML/CSS and Python. The camps are 11 a.m., 12:30 p.m. or 2 p.m. June 11-28, July 9-26 or July 30-Aug. 16. $149 each week or $399. codewizardshq.com/summer-program/

Moolah U

Have your kids learn about how to create business and earn money.

The one-week camps are throughout Austin:

  • Austin Java Barton Springs, 1608 Barton Springs Road, June 4, July 30, Aug. 13
  • Casa Chapala, 9041 Research Blvd., June 25, July 30, Aug. 13
  • St. Edward’s University, 3001 S. Congress Ave., July 9, July 16, Aug. 6
  • Mangia Pizza, 12001 Burnet Road, June 18, July 16
  • La Madeleine, 5493 Brodie Lane, July 23
  • Capital Factory (teens only), 701 Brazos St. June 18, July 23
  • Logan’s Roadhouse, 2702 B. Parker Road, July 9, Aug. 6

The camps are $315 a week, plus lunch if it’s in a restaurant. https://moolahu.com/austin/camps/

Westwood Summer Camps

Many high schools offer summer camps for young athletes. Westwood High School sent us their schedule:

Volleyball
June 11-14: 9 a.m. to noon, Sand Volleyball Camp (fourth-eighth graders)

July 16-19: 8 a.m. to noon, Future Warriors Volleyball Camp (fourth-eighth graders)

Baseball

June 4-6: 1-4 p.m. (third-sixth graders)

June 11-13: 1-4 p.m.(seventh-ninth graders)
Soccer 
June 4-7: 8 a.m. to noon, (first-ninth graders)
Football camps
June 4-6: 6-8 p.m. Lil’ Warriors (first-sixth graders)
June 4-6: 6-8 p.m. Future Warrior Football (seventh-eighth graders)
June 13-15: 5-8pm, 8-11 a.m. (third day) Lonestar Passing Academy (fourth-12th graders)

Softball

June 4-7: 1-4 p.m. (second-ninth graders)

Girls basketball

June 18 -21: 1-5 p.m. (fourth-ninth graders)

Boys basketball
June 4-7: 8 a.m.-noon (third-sixth graders), 12:30-4:30 p.m. (seventh-ninth graders)
Swim and tennis
June 4-7: 8 a.m.-4 p.m. (kindergarten-ninth graders)
Tennis

June 11–14: 8-9:30 a.m. (kindergarten-ninth graders)

Register at warriorssports.org.

If you love Girls Empowerment Network’s We Are Girls conference, you can send your daughter to a camp just like it. DEBORAH CANNON / AMERICAN-STATESMAN

Girls Empowerment Network

Girls Empowerment Network holds two camps for camp sessions for girls who are in third-eighth grades.

  • campGEN – Part 1, held June 18-22,“Own My Power.” This camp focuses on building confidence and self-love. Girls will explore stress management, identity, self-compassion and body positivity. Activities include yoga, art and craft projects, writing, talent shows and games.
  • campGEN – Part 2, held July 16-20,  “Use My Power.” Girls will focus on using their confidence to advocate for themselves and others. Girls will explore and practice confident communication, advocacy, healthy friendships and values. Activities include role playing, skits, a fun community advocacy project, and games.

Both campGEN summer camp sessions will be held in Downtown Austin at First Baptist Church, 901 Trinity St, Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m.–4 p.m. Each five-day session costs $330. girlsempowermentnetwork.org

Esquina Tango & Kids Acting Dance & Theatre Camp

In the morning campers will be learning different Latin Dances and their cultural backgrounds with La Esquina del Tango experienced instructors. In the afternoon kidsActing Foundation will take over and campers will work on a Musical where they will act, dance and sing. They will also work on props and scenery Culminating into a final showcase on Friday with costumes, lights and a live accompanist.

The camp is at July 23-27, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.  Esquina Tango, 209 Pedernales St. The camp is $210. Register at https://esquinatangoaustin.wufoo.com/forms/r183to421njwhoy/

Do you have a summer camp that is open or one you would love to recommend? Give Austin families the information by leaving a comment in the comment section of the blog.

 

Orajel for teething? No, says new FDA statement, which links drug to breathing problems

Wednesday, the Food and Drug Administration told manufacturers to stop marketing over-the-counter teething products with the drug benzocaine. You know these products as  Anbesol, Baby Orajel, Cepacol, Chloraseptic, Hurricaine, Orabase, Orajel and Topex as well as the store-brand versions.

In its press release, the FDA stated “teething products containing benzocaine pose a serious risk to infants and children.”

“Because of the lack of efficacy for teething and the serious safety concerns we’ve seen with over-the-counter benzocaine oral health products, the FDA is taking steps to stop use of these products in young children and raise awareness of the risks associated with other uses of benzocaine oral health products,” said FDA Commissioner Dr. Scott Gottlieb in the press release.

Orajel is displayed for sale in a pharmacy in New York Wednesday. Stephanie Nano/Associated Press

So, what’s the problem with a little Baby Orajel on your baby’s gums?

People noticed that babies sometimes struggled to breathe when using these treatments. They had a condition called methemoglobinemia, which is an elevated amount of methemoglobin in the blood. That reduces the amount of oxygen in the blood.

Dr. Arti Lal, a pediatrician at Baylor Scott & White Clinic – Austin, Northwest, says that babies were being sent to the emergency room to get an antidote for methemoglobinemia. Even with an antidote, it’s still scary to see your baby struggling to breathe, she says.”You don’t want your baby to have that.”

The first signs that there were problems with benzocaine, were about a decade ago, Lal says, but Thursday’s announcement is a much stronger statement from the FDA.

Of course, let’s also go back to the fact that those over-the-counter treatments also didn’t really work.

Dr. Arti Lal, pediatrician at Baylor Scott & White Clinic – Austin, Northwest

Lal says she likes to remind parents that teething is a normal physiological occurrence. It’s what the body does in the process of getting teeth.

Most babies start teething around 5 or 6 months, but it can start as early as 4 months and as late as 10 months, Lal says. It usually goes until age 2 or 2 1/2. The first year is definitely the most painful because of the type of teeth as well as it being a new experience for babies.

To ease that pain, Lal recommends cleaning your hands and then rubbing your baby’s gums gently with your finger.

You also can keep teething toys in the refrigerator or clean, wet washcloths. The cold is soothing, but only use the refrigerator, not the freezer. The freezer could damage gum tissue and cause it to die.

Parents also can give babies ibuprofen or acetaminophen to help with the pain.

Your grandmother’s trick of putting a little bourbon on a wash cloth or on your finger on baby’s gums, also isn’t a good idea. It doesn’t really work on the actual teething problem and now you have an intoxicated baby.

Teething often comes with a lot of drool. Sometimes the gums will be very red, and they can even bleed. If that’s happening a lot, you should see a pediatric dentist, Lal says.

Teething does not cause a fever. If your baby has that, something else is happening. Lal says she’s known parents who thought it was just teething when it was meningitis. A fever should be checked out.

Teething also should not be causing babies to wake up at night, she says.

It also doesn’t make babies more hungry. They might seem like they want to eat all the time, but that’s just because they want to gnaw on something, Lal says. She likens it to the puppy who always wants to tear something up.

“They’re just trying to feel better,” Lal says.

 

Plan your Memorial Day weekend with the kids with our calendar

Parents, it’s going to be a long weekend. And hot, with highs in the upper 90s. If you’re going outside, don’t forget your sunscreen and your bug spray.

RELATED: Get a jump on summer with our family calendar

We have a few ideas of how to keep kids having fun in and around Austin this weekend. Don’t forget: Sometime this weekend, try to remind your children what Memorial Day is really about — not hot dogs and hamburgers, but soldiers who gave their lives.

FRIDAY

Tween Anime Club: “Wolf Children.” 3 p.m. Friday, Twin Oaks Branch.

El día de los niños/El día de los libros Celebration. 3 p.m. Friday, St. John Branch. 10 a.m. Saturday, Milwood Branch.

Kids Create: Engineering Challenge. 2:30 p.m. Friday, Yarborough Branch.

Enjoy the Ladybird Johnson Wildflower Center. DEBORAH CANNON / AMERICAN-STATESMAN

SATURDAY

Wildflower Center. Nature Nets. Explore creatures in the creek with a net. Noon Saturday. $15 each parent/child. Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave. wildflower.org

BookPeople 10:30 a.m. story times: Elephant and Piggie, Wednesday; Baby Signs, Wednesday; Modern First Library, Saturday; BookPeople, 603 N. Lamar Blvd. bookpeople.com

Barnes & Noble 11 a.m. Saturdays, story times at all locations: An Elephant & Piggie Story time.

Thinkery. Baby Bloomers: Away We Go. Learn about things that take flight. 9 a.m. Saturdays. For birth to age 3. $5. Thinkery, 1830 Simond Ave. thinkeryaustin.org

“Goodnight Moon” is in its final weekend at Zach Theatre. Kirk Tuck

SATURDAY AND SUNDAY

Zach Theatre presents “Goodnight Moon.” The classic children’s book comes to the stage. 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. $18-$24. Kleberg Stage, 1421 Riverside Drive. zachtheatre.org

The Woodland Faerie Trail is back at Zilker Botanical Garden. Zilker Botanical Garden

SATURDAY-MONDAY

Thinkery. Birdhouses. Ages 4 and up. 10:30 a.m., noon, 2 p.m. or 3:30 p.m. Saturday-Monday. $8. Thinkery, 1830 Simond Ave. thinkeryaustin.org

Science Mill. Fun with Chemistry. Scavenger Hunt. Become a code-breaking secret agent. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday-Monday Science Mill, 101 Lady Bird Lane, Johnson City. sciencemill.org

Woodland Faerie Trail. See fairy houses on this trail. Saturday-Aug. 10. Free with admission. Zilker Botanical Garden, 2220 Barton Springs Road. zilkergarden.org

MONDAY

Thinkery. Early Learners: Color Wonders. Mix colors and make portraits. 9:30 a.m. Monday, age 1, 10:30 a.m. age 2, 11:30 a.m. age 3. $20. Thinkery, 1830 Simond Ave. thinkeryaustin.org

 

What are you going to do this summer in Austin, kids? Check our family calendar for ideas

School is finally almost over. The temperature is on the rise, and soon, a chorus of “I’m bored,” might be heard coming from your house. It’s summer in Austin.

Luckily, it is summer in Austin, which means you can find something to do with the kids every day.

Check out our list and find more at austin360.com/raisingaustin.

A-list: Families play on the Long Center Terrace during Bubblepalooza on Saturday, July 16, 2016.
Suzanne Cordeiro For American-Statesman

Only in Austin

Bricks and Blocks Bonanza. We know you love to build things, and the Thinkery lets you do that at various stations all around Legos and Duplos as well as Jenga and more. All ages. 6-9 p.m. June 8. $15-$13. Thinkery, 1830 Simond Ave. thinkeryaustin.org

Bubblepalooza. Who doesn’t love bubbles? This free event is all about making bubbles, plus there’s live music. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. June 9. The Long Center, 701 W. Riverside Drive. thelongcenter.org

Austin Ice Cream Festival. Sure there’s chocolate and vanilla, but we bet there will be bacon flavor, too. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 6 to 10 p.m. June 23. $15-$67.50. Fiesta Gardens, 2101 Jesse E. Segovia St. austinicecreamfestival.com

Austin Bat Fest. Yes, we love our bats underneath the Anne Richards Congress Avenue Bridge. This festival celebrates everything bat. Congress Avenue Bridge, 100 S. Congress Ave. 4 p.m. to midnight. Aug. 18. $15. Kids 8 and younger Free. http://www.roadwayevents.com/event/bat-fest/ You don’t have to wait for the fest to celebrate them. They come out every night around dusk.

Cedar Park Rodeo is coming to the H-E-B Center.

Entertainment

Domain Northside Kids. Come to the lawn at the Domain Northside for activities for kids 18 months to 6 years old. Free. Camped, 10 a.m.-noon June 6. Heroed, 10 a.m.-noon Aug. 1. Reservations required, domainnorthside.com.

Teen Turn Up. Teens ages 11-17 enjoy teen parties all summer long at Austin’s recreation centers. Balling Out. Three on Three basketball, 6-9 p.m. June 22, Dittmar Recreation Center, 1009 W. Dittmar Road. Pool Palooza, 6-9 p.m. July 27, Dittmar Recreation Center, 1009 W. Dittmar. Road. Back to School Dance, 6-9 p.m. Aug. 24, Givers Recreation Center, 3811 E. 12th St. austintexas.gov

Greater Austin Comic Con. 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. June 16 and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. June 17. $24-$49. H-E-B Center, 2100 Avenue of the Stars, Cedar Park. hebcenter.com

The Original Harlem Globetrotters. Start your whistling now as you get ready to watch the tricks on the court. 7 p.m. July 13. $24.25 and up. H-E-B Center, 2100 Avenue of the Stars, Cedar Park. hebcenter.com

Cedar Park Rodeo. See the ropers and riders inside an air-conditioned venue. 7:30 p.m. Aug. 17-18. $27-$12. H-E-B Center, 2100 Avenue of the Stars, Cedar Park. hebcenter.com

Marvel Universe Live! Now you can see your favorite action heroes live. 7 p.m. Aug. 23-25, 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Aug. 25, 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. Aug. 26. $25-$90. Erwin Center, 1701 Red River St. uterwincenter.com

Game play at the Austin Public Library. Whether it’s board games or computer games, join the fun. Día de los Niños Game Day. 2 p.m. June 1, Little Walnut Creek Branch. Free Play Gaming. 3:30 p.m. June 7, July 23, Aug. 6, Carver Branch. Family Board Game Night. 5:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Central Library. Teen Videogame Free Play. 2 p.m. Fridays, Central Library. Tech Chicos. 9 a.m. June 25-29, Ruiz Branch. Lego Lab. 4 p.m. June 1, July 6, Aug. 3, North Village Branch; 2 p.m. June 6, June 20, July 17, Carver Branch; 3:30 p.m. June 8, July 13, Aug. 10, Hampton Branch; 2 p.m. June 12, July 10; Milwood Branch; 3 p.m. June 12, July 10, Aug. 14, Twin Oaks Branch; 2 p.m. June 13, July 18, Aug. 1, Willie Mae Kirk Branch; 2 p.m. June 15, July 20, Aug. 17, University Hills Branch; Noon, June 19, July 17, Aug. 21, Ruiz Branch; 3:30 p.m. June 19, July 17, Aug. 21, Pleasant Hill Branch; 3 p.m. June 28, July 27, Aug. 23, Cepeda Branch. Night Builders: Family Lego Lab, 7 p.m. June 14, July 12, Aug. 9, Hampton Branch. Master Builders, 1:30 p.m. June 14, 3:30 p.m. Aug. 14, Howson Branch. Arcade Night: An After Hours Family Event. 6 p.m. July 21, University Hills Branch. library.austintexas.gov

Toybrary Austin events. Meet Abby Caddaby. 10:30 a.m. June 12. $12.Superhero Party. 10:30 a.m. June 13. $10. Mermaid Party. 10:30 a.m. June 15. Father’s Day Event. Fix-it Clinic. 10:30 a.m. June 16. Fourth of July Party. 10:30 a.m. July 3. $10. Daniel Tiger visits. 10:30 a.m. July 17. $12. Hello Kitty visits. 10:30 a.m. Aug. 18, $12.Toybrary Austin, 2001 Justin Lane. toybraryaustin.com.

The Austin Symphony Children’s Art Park is moving from Symphony Square to the Central Library. RICARDO B. BRAZZIELL / AMERICAN-STATESMAN

Music

Austin Symphony Hartman Concerts in the Park. 7:30 p.m. Sundays through June 3-Aug. 26 (Except July 8). Free. The Long Center, 701 W. Riverside Drive. thelongcenter.org

Austin Symphony Children’s Day Art Park. This year the concerts move from the Symphony Square to the Austin Central Library. A different musician plays each week with a different theme. “Trolls” and April & Amy, June 6; “Martina the Beautiful Cockroach,” All Rhythms Percussion Ensemble, June 20; “Peter and the Wolf,” Austin Symphony Orchestra woodwinds, June 27; “Frogs, Cockroaches and things that go boom!” Austin Symphony Orchestra brass quintet, July 11; “Hansel and Gretel,” Austin Symphony Orchestra woodwind quintet, July 18; “From Robots to Zombies: A Musical Adventure,” Joe McDermott, July 25. 10 a.m. to noon Wednesdays. It’s now free! Austin Central Library, 710 W. Cesar Chavez St. austinsymphony.org

National Geographic’s “Symphony for Our World.” Hear music by the Austin Symphony Orchestra while watching scenes from nature. 8 p.m. July 28. $29-$59. The Long Center, 701 W. Riverside Drive. thelongcenter.org

H-E-B Austin Symphony July 4th Concert and Fireworks. Hear the symphony and then watch the sky light up. 8:30 p.m. July 4. Free. Vic Mathias Shores. austinsymphony.org

Hey Lolly Music Sing-Along. 10 a.m. Saturdays, July 7-Aug. 4. $3. Scottish Rite Theatre, 207 W. 18th St. scottishritetheater.org.

Gustafer Yellowgold. 11 a.m. July 28. $10-$6. Scottish Rite Theatre, 207 W. 18th St. scottishritetheater.org.

Music at the Austin Public Library. The Telephone Company. 11 a.m. June 5, Twin Oaks Branch; 2 p.m. June 7, University Hills Branch; 6 p.m. June 11, Carver Branch; 2 p.m. June 14, Milwood Branch; 2 p.m. June 18, Spicewood Springs Branch; 2 p.m. June 20, Hampton Branch; 2 p.m. July 5, Pleasant Hill Branch; 2 p.m. July 7, Manchaca Road Branch; 2 p.m. July 27, Yarborough Branch. Music and Movement. 11 a.m. June 4, June 18, 11:30 a.m. July 16, Manchaca Road Branch; 3 p.m. June 6, June 20, July 18, Central Library; 10:15 a.m. Thursdays, Carver Branch; 11 a.m. Thursdays, Howson Branch; 11 a.m. June 11, July 9, Aug. 13, Pleasant Hill Branch; 11 a.m. July 6, Aug. 3, Old Quarry Branch. Jim Gill. 3 p.m. June 10, Central Library. Kupira Marimba. 3 p.m. June 24, Central Library. Echoes of Africa. 6 p.m. June 4, Carver Branch; 2 p.m. June 5, Cepeda Branch; 2 p.m. June 7, Pleasant Hill Branch; 2 p.m. June 11, Spicewood Springs Branch; 2 p.m. June 13, Hampton Branch; 2 p.m. June 18, Willie Mae Kirk Branch; 3 p.m. June 19, St. John Branch; 11 a.m. June 26, Twin Oaks Branch; 2 p.m. June 27, Ruiz Branch; 2 p.m. July 5, University Hills Branch; 2 p.m. July 6, Yarborough Branch; 2 p.m. July 11, Little Walnut Creek Branch; 2 p.m. July 12, Milwood Branch; 3:30 p.m. July 17, Old Quarry Branch; 2 p.m. July 19, Dove Springs Recreation Center. The Hoots. 2 p.m. June 6, Ruiz Branch; 2 p.m. June 14, University Hills Branch. Austin Ukestra. 1 p.m. June 10, July 8, Aug. 12, Recycled Reads Bookstore. Youth Songwriting Workshop. 3;30 p.m. June 15, July 13, Carver Branch. Lloyd H. Miller of the Deedle Deedle Dees. 2 p.m. June 23, Manchaca Road Branch; 2 p.m. June 25, Howson Branch; 3:30 p.m. June 26, Old Quarry Branch; 2 p.m. June 29, Terrazas Branch. library.austintexas.gov

Toybrary Austin music events. Music class with Miss Ariel. 10:30 a.m. Wednesdays. $10. Toybrary Austin, 2001 Justin Lane. toybraryaustin.com.

Blanton docent Gary Kattner, right, reads a book for (left to right) Mandy Kutz, and daughter Effie, 3, Cate Bowman, 3, and mother Jillian Bontke Bowman during a children’s event in the Blanton Museum of Art. Julia Robinson/ FOR AMERICAN-STATESMAN 2014

Museums

Bullock Museum. The history museum has special programs during the summer in addition to the programs it always runs. Check these out. Free First Sunday events with themed programs: Rodeo, June 3; Stars & Stripes, July 1; Friendship, Aug. 5. Sense-sational Thursdays, explore history with your senses at 10 a.m. on special Thursdays. Little Texans, June 14; Ranches and Rodeos, June 21; Story time, June 28; History Detectives, July 5; Little Texans, July 12 and Aug. 9; Story time, July 26. Make it Tuesdays create art. Round ‘em Up, June 12 and Aug. 7; Piecing History Together, June 19; Paint, June 26; Red, White and Yum, July 3; Comic Book Art Party, July 10; Artful Writing, July 17; Summer Window Clings, July 24; Mini Art, July 31; Daniel G. Benes Science Shows, Aug. 2. Workshop: Rodeo Leather Craft. Try it out for yourself. Noon, June 9. World Refugee Day, 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m. June 16. Yippee Yay! The rodeo exhibit comes to life with trick roping. 2 p.m. June 3, July 7, July 28, Aug. 4, Aug. 18. Bullock Museum, 1800 N. Congress Ave. thestoryoftexas.com

Blanton Museum. Each summer, the Blanton brings creative programs for different age groups that have you learning about art as well as making it: 3ft Deep for ages 3-5, 10 a.m. Tuesdays June 12-July 24; Artists and Authors, for ages 5-7, 10:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. Thursdays, June 14-July 26; Deeper Dives for ages 8-10, 10 a.m. Fridays, June 15-July 27; Free Diving for ages 11-14, 1 p.m. Fridays, June 15-July 27. Plus you can make art in the WorkLab, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Wednesdays, June 13-27, and July 11-25. Blanton Museum. 200 E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. blantonmuseum.org

Contemporary Austin. Families Create: For the Birds, June 9; Fanta-Sea Creatures, July 14; and Ice Painting, Aug. 11. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Laguna Gloria, 3809 W. 35th St. thecontemporaryaustin.org

Thinkery. Baby Bloomers for children younger than 3. 9 a.m. Monday and Saturdays. Each month has a theme, and every week there are special performances. In June, it’s all about what’s Under the Sea. $5. Instant Ice Cream workshop, for ages 4 and up. 10:30 a.m., noon, 2 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. June 2-3, 16-17, 30-July 1. The July and August workshops haven’t been announced yet. Parents’ Night Out, 5:30-10 p.m. July 13 and Aug. 3. Kids must be 4 or older and potty-trained. $45 first child, $25 each additional sibling. Thinkery, 1830 Simond Ave. thinkeryaustin.org

Hill Country Science Mill. In June, kids ages 8 and older can learn to turn Trash to Treasure and make art with artist McKay Otto. 10 a.m.-noon and 1-3 p.m. June 2. Free, but reserve your spot at programs@sciencemill.orgSolar Art. Make art using the sun. 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. June 8. Cyanotype Making. Use the sun and water to dye fabric. 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. June 16. Shark Week. Celebrate all things shark with movies, a fossil dig for teeth and more. July 25-July 29. Hill Country Science Mill, 101 S. Lady Bird Lane, Johnson City. sciencemill.org

Umlauf Sculpture Garden & Museum. Family Day10-4 p.m. June 10, Entangled; July 8, Happy Birthday, Charles Umlauf; and Aug. 12, Remembering LBJ. Umlauf Sculpture Garden & Museum, 605 Robert E. Lee Road. umlaufsculpture.org

George Washington Carver Museum. First Saturdays at the Carver Museum. Noon-4 p.m. June 2, July 7. Let It Ring Juneteenth Celebration. Noon-4 p.m. June 16. George Washington Carver Museum, 1165 Angelina St. austintexas.gov

The Williamson Museum. Midsommer Festival. Celebrate Swedish heritage. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. June 23. Free. 8 Chisholm Trail, Round Rock. Hands on History. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. July 14, Aug. 11. 716 S. Austin Ave. williamsonmuseum.org

NASA shows astronaut Clayton Anderson has written an alphabet book about space. He’ll be at BookPeople this summer. NASA 2010

Books

African American Book Festival. Explore new works for all ages. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. June 23. George Washington Carver Museum, 1165 Angelina St. austintexas.gov

Book People events. Jennifer Donaldson reads “Lies You Never Told Me,” 6 p.m. June 2. Stephanie Garber reads “Legendary,” 6 p.m. June 9. Space Party with Astronaut Clayton Anderson. Anderson reads his “A is for Astronaut: Blasting Through the Alphabet.” 4 p.m. June 13. Carrie Fountain reads “I’m Not Missing,” 7 p.m. July 12. 10:30 a.m. story times every Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday. Topics include Zumbini, June 2; Proud to Be Me, June 5; Milly McSilly, June 6; Ramadan, June 9; Heartsong Music, June 12; Ms. Staci, June 13; Father’s Day, June 16; Armstrong Community Music School; June 19; Tiny Tails Petting Zoo, June 20; Barking Book Buddies, June 26; Fourth of July with author Stephanie Ledyard, June 27, “Pete the Kitty,” June 30. Check the website for additional events and story times throughout the summer. BookPeople, 603 N. Lamar Blvd. bookpeople.com

Barnes & Noble story times. Each Saturday all Barnes & Noble locatioons offer 11 a.m. story times. In June, find “Oh the Places You Will Go,” June 2. “Incredibles 2: Sweet Dreams, Jack-Jack,” June 9; Father’s Day, June 16; “Jurassic Park,” June 23; “Pete the Kitty,” June 30. barnesandnoble.com

Book events at the Austin Public Library. Día de los Niños Celebration. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. June 2, Central Library. Ice Cream Social. 1 p.m. June 2, Howson Branch. Dog Man, create comics, 3:30 p.m. June 6, North Village Branch; 2 p.m. June 15, Yarborough Branch; 2 p.m. June 28, Pleasant Hill Branch; 6 p.m. July 2, Carver Branch; 6 p.m. July 10, Twin Oaks Branch. “Princess in Black” Party. 2 p.m. June 4, Howson Branch; 2 p.m. June 13, Ruiz Branch. 3:30 p.m. June 19, Old Quarry Branch; 3:30 p.m. June 20, North Village Branch; 2 p.m. July 5, Dove Springs Recreation Center; 11 a.m. July 17, Twin Oaks Branch. Pajama story time. 6 p.m. Mondays in June and July, University Hills Branch; 6:30 p.m. Mondays in June and July, Central Library; 6 p.m. June 5, July 3, Aug. 7, Yarborough Branch; 6 p.m. June 26, July 24, Old Quarry Branch; 6 p.m. June 28, North Village Branch; 6 p.m. June 28, Spicewood Springs Branch; 6 p.m. July 31, Milwood Branch. Camp Bluebonnet. Read the recommended books for grades 3-6. 2:30 p.m. Mondays in June, Old Quarry Branch; 2 p.m. Tuesdays in June, Howson Branch; 1 p.m. Tuesdays in July, Pleasant Hill Branch; 11 a.m. Wednesdays in July 11-Aug.8, Spicewood Springs Branch. NBTween Book Club. “Nerd Camp,” 4 p.m. June 13, Howson Branch. “Frogkisser!” 6 p.m. June 20, Hampton Branch. “Eleven and Holding,” 6 p.m. June 21, Spicewood Springs Branch. “The Harlem Charade,” 6 p.m. June 21, Twin Oaks Branch; “Garvey’s Choice,” 4 p.m. July 11, Howson Branch; “The Bicycle Spy,” 6 p.m. Hampton Branch; “Ghost,” 6 p.m. July 19, Spicewood Springs Branch; “Hereville,” 6 p.m. July 19, Twin Oaks Branch; “The Night Diary,” 4 p.m. Aug. 8, Howson Branch; “Sisters,” 6 p.m. Aug. 15, Hampton Branch. “Ms. Bixby’s Last Day,” 6 p.m. Aug. 16, Spicewood Springs Branch. Teen Writing Club. 2 p.m. Thursdays, June 14-July 12, Central Library. Teen Book Club. “Saints and Misfits,” 6:30 p.m. June 19, Howson Branch; “Uglies,” 6:30 p.m. July 17, Howson Branch; 10:30 a.m. June 22, July 6, July 20, Aug. 3, Cepeda Branch. library.austintexas.gov

Toybrary book event. “Penguin & Shrimp” story time. 10:30 a.m. June 22. Toybrary Austin, 2001 Justin Lane. toybraryaustin.com.

The Austin Humane Society will offer Teddy Bear Surgery again this summer. Austin Humane Society

Animals and nature

RED Arena Round-Up. Family fun and inclusive rodeo play day with a petting zoo, kid games and mini horses. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. June 2. Free. Dripping Springs Ranch Park, 1042 Event Center Drive, Dripping Springs. redarena.org

Ask a Vet. Bring your questions to hear from Thundering Paws veterinarian Lauren Cannon. 11:30 a.m. June 2, Barnes & Noble Sunset Valley, 5601 Brodie Lane. barnesandnoble.com

The Austin Humane Society Summer Kids Series! The Austin Humane Society offers events throughout the summer for children. Story times for children 8 and younger: 10 a.m. June 5, July 10, Aug. 7. Tail talks animal question session for children 8 and older: 2 p.m. June 5, 1 p.m. June 19, 2 p.m. July 10, 2 p.m. July 24, 2 p.m. Aug. 7. Teddy Bear Surgery, 1 p.m. June 9, July 7, Aug. 11. Austin Wildlife Rescue: All about Wildlife for children 8 and younger: 10 a.m. June 12, July 17, Aug. 14. Outdoor Movie Night: 7:30 p.m. June 14, July 12. Humane Hero Hour for children 8 and younger: 10 a.m. June 19, July 24. Art workshops for children 8 and younger: 10 a.m. June 26, July 31. Free, but you must register, AustinHumaneSociety.org, 512-646-7387. Austin Humane Society, 124 W. Anderson Lane.

Wildflower Center. Nature Nights at 6 p.m.to 9 p.m. on Thursdays each have a theme: Outdoor Recreation, June 7; Fantastic Creatures & Where to Find Them, June 14; Bats, June 21; Water, June 28. Free. You also can find hands-on programs for preschoolers through its Sprouts program, 10 a.m. Wednesdays and Fridays, and during the Nature Play Hour, 10 a.m. Saturdays. Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave. wildflower.org

Zilker Botanical Garden opens its Woodland Faerie Trail today through Aug. 10. The trail is full of homes people have created for the fairies. Maybe you’ll see a fairy. Reserve your spot online at and on austintexas.gov/parksonline. Zilker Botanical Garden, 2220 Barton Springs Road. zilkergarden.org

Animals at the Austin Public Library. Welcome to Jurassic World for teens. 1 p.m. June 4, Central Library. Visit with a Park Ranger, 2 p.m. June 8, Yarborough Branch, 3:30 p.m. June 12, Old Quarry Branch; 2 p.m. June 25, Spicewood Springs Branch; 2 p.m. July 2, Pleasant Hill Branch. Crowe’s Nest Farm, 2 p.m. June 9, Manchaca Road Branch; 3 p.m. June 12, St. John’s Branch; 2 p.m. June 14, Pleasant Hill Branch; 2 p.m. June 15, Terrazas Branch; 2 p.m. June 21, Milwood Branch; 6 p.m. June 25, Carver Branch; 2 p.m. June 28, University Hills Branch; 3:30 p.m. July 10, Old Quarry Branch; 2 p.m. July 23, Spicewood Springs Branch; 2 p.m. July 25, Ruiz Branch. Dinosaur George, 3 p.m. June 3, Central Library. library.austintexas.gov

Toybrary Repitle Show. 10:30 a.m. June 2. $12. Toybrary Austin, 2001 Justin Lane. toybraryaustin.com.

Zilker Summer Musical returns to the hillside with an Elvis-themed show “All Shook Up.”

Theater

Zilker Summer Musical “All Shook Up.” Zilker Summer Musical returns with the music of Elvis. 8:15 p.m. Thursdays-Sundays July 7-Aug. 18. Free, but donations welcome. Zilker Hillside Theatre, 2206 William Barton Drive. zilker.org

Pollyanna Theatre Company’s “If Wishes Were Fishes.” 2 p.m. June 23-24, and 2 p.m. June 30-July 1. $10.50-$13.50. The Long Center, 701 W. Riverside Drive. thelongcenter.org At the library: 2 p.m. July 11, Hampton Branch; 2 p.m. July 19, Pleasant Hill Branch; 2 p.m. July 23, Howson Branch; 11 a.m. July 24, Twin Oaks Branch; 2 p.m. July 26, University Hills Branch; 2 p.m. July 28, Manchaca Road Branch.

Summer Stock Austin “The Music Man.” July 20-Aug. 11. Prices and specific times and dates of shows TBA. The Long Center, 701 W. Riverside Drive. thelongcenter.org

Summer Stock Austin “Rob1n.” This modern retelling of the Robin Hood tale puts a girl in the starring role in this musical by Allen Robertson and Damon Brown. July 24-Aug 11. Prices and specific times and dates of shows TBA. thelongcenter.org

The Little Mermaid. 8:15 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays June 1-30, 8:15 p.m. July 1. $10. EmilyAnn Theatre & Gardens, 1101 FM 2325, Wimberley. emilyann.org

Robin Hood. The children’s version of the classic story. 10 a.m. July 14, 21, 28. 2 p.m. July 15, 22, 29. $10-$8. EmilyAnn Theatre & Gardens, 1101 FM 2325, Wimberley.emilyann.org

Spoonful of Sugar Improv for Families with Hideout Theatre. 11 a.m. June 3, 9, 16-17, 23-24, 30, July 1. $12-$8. “Too Many Stories!” 10:30 a.m. Wednesdays, June 13-Aug. 1. $6. Scottish Rite Theatre, 207 W. 18th St. scottishritetheater.org.

“Beauty and the Beast.” The Disney movie comes to the stage. 7:30 p.m. July 11-Sept. 2. $25-$150. Zach Theatre, 202 S. Lamar Blvd. zachtheatre.org.

Literature Live Presents “King Midas.” 2 p.m. June 4, Spicewood Springs Branch; 3 p.m. June 5, St. John Branch; 2 p.m. June 6, Hampton Branch; 2 p.m. June 8, Terrazas Branch; 2 p.m. June 12, Cepeda Branch; 2 p.m. June 14, Willie Mae Kirk Branch; 3 p.m. June 17, Central Library; 11 a.m. June 19, Twin Oaks Branch; 2 p.m. June 21, Pleasant Hill Branch; 2 p.m. June 27, Little Walnut Creek Branch; 2 p.m. June 30, Manachaca Road Branch; 2 p.m. July 2, Howson Branch; 3:30 p.m. July 3, Old Quarry Branch; 2 p.m. July 5, Milwood Branch; 3 p.m. July 7, Recycled Reads Bookstore; 6 p.m. July 9, Carver Branch; 2 p.m. July 11, Ruiz Branch; 3:30 p.m. July 18, North Village Branch; 2 p.m. July 19, University Hills Branch; 2 p.m. July 20, Yarborough Branch. “Puppets, Puppets, Everywhere!” 2 p.m. June 7, Milwood Branch; 3 p.m. June 26, St. John Branch; 2 p.m. June 28, Willie Mae Kirk Branch; 2 p.m. July 10, Cepeda Branch. library.austintexas.gov

Sandbank Shadow Factory Presents: “The Legend of Walter Weirdbeard.” 3:30 p.m. June 5, Old Quarry Branch; 2 p.m. June 6, Little Walnut Creek Branch; 2 p.m. June 14, Ruiz Branch; 2 p.m. June 21, University Hills Branch; 2 p.m. June 22, Yarborough Branch; 2 p.m. June 26, Cepeda Branch; 2 p.m. June 28, Milwood Branch; 2 p.m. July 2, Spicewood Springs Branch; 2 p.m. July 14, Manchaca Road Branch; 2 p.m. July 18, Hampton Branch.library.austintexas.gov

Magik Theatre Presents: “The Three Little Pigs.” 2 p.m. June 13, Little Walnut Creek Branch; 2 p.m. June 16, Manchaca Road Branch; 2 p.m. June 27, Hampton Branch; 11 a.m. July 3, Twin Oaks Branch; 2 p.m. July 9, Spicewood Springs Branch; 2 p.m. July 19, Milwood Branch; 3:30 p.m. July 24, Old Quarry Branch. library.austintexas.gov

Other performances at the library: Terence Taps. 2 p.m. June 11, Howson Branch; 2 p.m. June 20, Little Walnut Creek Branch; 2 p.m. July 12, University Hills Branch; 2 p.m. July 16, Spicewood Springs Branch; 2 p.m. July 26, Milwood Branch. Magician John O’Bryant. 2 p.m. June 22, Terrazas Branch; 2 p.m. July 16, Howson Branch; 2 p.m. July 21, Manchaca Road Branch; 2 p.m. July 25, Hampton branch; 2 p.m. July 26, Old Quarry Branch. library.austintexas.gov

Wildstyle (voiced by Elizabeth Banks), Emmet (Chris Pratt) and Vitruvius (Morgan Freeman) are three of the key characters in “The Lego Movie.” It will be showing at kids movie events around town. Credit: Warner Bros.

Movies

Sound & Cinema. Watch a classic movie with a soundtrack by a local band. The movie titles have not been released yet, but some will be family-appropriate, some won’t be. Free. 6 p.m. July 11, July 25, Aug. 1, Aug. 15. The Long Center, 701 W. Riverside Drive. thelongcenter.org

Paramount Summer Movie Classics. Show your kids all the great films you or your parents grew up on. “The Wizard of Oz,” 1 p.m. June 3; “Back to the Future” 3:15 p.m. June 3; “Labrinth” 7 p.m. June 5; “The Princess Bride” 1 p.m. June 17; “The Little Mermaid” 1 p.m. June 24; “Mary Poppins” 1 p.m. July 1; “Annie” 1 p.m. July 22; “Superman.” 1 p.m. July 29; “The Nightmare Before Christmas” 1 p.m. Aug. 5; “Grease” 1 p.m. Aug. 11; “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs,” 1 p.m. Aug. 19; $6-$12. Paramount Theater, 713 Congress Ave. austintheatre.org

Alamo Drafthouse Kids Club. “How to Train Your Dragon,” 10 a.m. June 1-7, Lakeline. 10 a.m. June 25-26, 10:15 a.m. June 27-28, Slaughter Lane. 10:30 a.m. June 25-21, Mueller. “Trolls,” 10 a.m. June 8, June 10-14, 11:30 a.m. June 9, Lakeline. 10:05 a.m. June 18, 10:20 a.m. June 19, 10:10 a.m. June 20-21, Slaughter Lane. 10:30 a.m. June 25-28, Mueller. “The Neverending Story,” 10:30 a.m. June 8, June 11-14, Mueller. 10 a.m. June 18-21, Lakeline. 10:15 a.m. June 1, June 3-7, Slaughter Lane. “The Lego Movie,” 10:30 a.m. June 1-6, Mueller. 10:25 a.m. June 8, 10:10 a.m. June 9, June 10, June 12-13, 10 a.m. June 11, 10:15 a.m. June 14, Slaughter Lane. 10 a.m. June 25-28, Lakeline. “The Land Before Time,” 10 a.m. June 29-July 5, Lakeline. “Sing,” 10:30 a.m. June 29-July 5, Mueller. Coming in July: “The Muppets Take Manhattan,” “The Land Before Time,” and “Monsters vs. Aliens.” In August: “The Prince of Egypt,” “King Fu Panda,” and “Despicable Me.” Special sensory-friendly viewings: “How to Train Your Dragon,” 10 a.m. June 5, Lakeline; “Trolls,” 10 a.m. June 12, Lakeline; “The Lego Movie,” 10 a.m. June 26, Lakeline; “The Land Before Time,” 10 a.m. July 3, Lakeline. “Incredibles 2” Family Party, 9 a.m. June 17, Lakeline. 9:15 a.m. June 17, Mueller. 9 a.m. and 9:30 a.m. June 16, Slaughter Lane. drafthouse.com

Movies in the Park. Roll out the blanket and enjoy a free movie. “How to Train Your Dragon,” 9 p.m. June 21. Patterson Park. “10 Things I Hate About You” 8:30 p.m. Aug. 16, Martin Multipurpose Fields. austinparks.org

Flix Jr. Flix offers $2 children’s movies at 11 a.m. Wednesdays. “How to Train Your Dragon,” June 6. “The Iron Giant,” June 13. “The Secret Life of Pets,” June 20. “The Land Before Time,” June 27. Look for the July and August schedules online. 2200 S. Interstate 35, Suite B1, Round Rock. flixbrewhouse.com

Regal Summer Movie Express. 10 a.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays at Westgate Stadium 11 and Gateway Stadium 16. and “ “The Iron Giant,” and “Curious George,” June 5-6; “Despicable Me” and “Ice Age: Collision Course,” June 12-13; “Storks” and “Mr. Peabody & Sherman,” June 19-20; “Despicable Me 2” and “How to Train Your Dragon 2,” June 26-27; “The Lego Movie” and “Alvin and the Chipmunks,” July 3-July 4; “Sing” and “The Peanuts Movie,” July 10-11; “The Lego Ninjago Movie” and “Ferdinand,” July 17-18; “The Secret Life of Pets” and “Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel,” July 24-25; “The Lego Batman Movie” and “Trolls,” July 31 and Aug. 1. Tickets are $1. regmovies.com/movies/summer-movie-express

Cinemark Summer Movie Clubhouse. Offers $1 movies 10 a.m. Monday through Thursdays at Round Rock 8. “Boss Baby,” June 4-7; “Smurfs: The Lost Village,” June 11-14; “The Lego Ninjago Movie,” June 18-21; “Storks,” June 25-28; “The Nut Job 2,” July 2-5; “My Little Pony,” July 9-12; “Ferdinand,” July 16-19; “Paddington 2,” July 23-26; “Captain Underpants,” July 30-Aug. 2; “The Emoji Movie,” Aug. 6-9. . cinemark.com/summer-movie-clubhouse

The Bullock Museum is offering its Summer Free Family Film Series: “The Many Adventures of Winnie-the-Pooh” 2 p.m. June 23; “The Land Before Time” 2 p.m. July 14; “Toy Story” 2 p.m. Aug. 11.Bullock Museum, 1800 N. Congress Ave. thestoryoftexas.com

That’s My Face, Youth and Young Adult Film Series. “A Strike and An Uprising (In Texas,)” 6:30 p.m. June 8. “Taking Israel: A Journey of African American Students,” 6:30 p.m. July 13. “The Mask You Live In,” 6:30 p.m. Aug. 10. George Washington Carver Museum, 1165 Angelina St. austintexas.gov

Austin Public Library screenings. Look for these movies to be shown at your local library. “Thor Ragnarok,” 2 p.m. June 2, University Hills Branch; “Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade,” 5 p.m. June 4, Willie Mae Kirk Branch; “Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull,” 5 p.m. June 11, Willie Mae Kirk Branch; “Grease” singalong: 1:30 p.m. June 4, Old Quarry Branch; “Trolls,” 2 p.m. June 16, Twin Oaks Branch; “Coco,” 2 p.m. June 19, Ruiz Branch; “House Party,” 6:30 p.m. June 20, Carver Branch; “Captain Underpants,” 3:30 p.m. June 22, Old Quarry Branch; “Peter Rabbit,” 3:30 p.m. June 29, Carver Branch: “Black Panther,” 2 p.m. June 30, University Hills Branch, 3:30 p.m. July 20, Carver Branch; “Rock Dog,” 2 p.m. Aug. 9, Old Quarry Branch; “My Little Pony: The Movie,” 3:30 p.m. Aug. 17, Carver Branch. library.austintexas.gov

Create art at the Austin Public Library with events like Crafternoon. American-Statesman

Art

Art at the Austin Public Library. In addition to creating art in museums, check out these art-creating events. Art Smart Día de Los Niños, 10:30 a.m. June 1, Central Library. Art Smart “We Read” Community Mural Project. 2 p.m. July 23, 30, Aug. 6, Aug. 13, Little Walnut Creek Branch; 4 p.m. July 24, 31, Aug. 7, Aug. 14, University Hills Branch; 1 p.m. July 25, Aug. 1, Aug. 8, Aug. 15, Carver Branch; 1 p.m. July 27, Aug. 3, Aug. 10, Aug. 17, Pleasant Hill Branch. Crafternoon. 3 p.m. Mondays in June, Dove Springs Recreation Center; 11 a.m. June 9, University Hills Branch; 3:30 p.m. June 13, July 18, Aug. 22, Carver Branch; 3 p.m. June 14, July 12, Aug. 9, Twin Oaks Branch; 2 p.m. June 20, July 11, Cepeda Branch; 3:30 p.m. June 26, July 24, Aug. 28, Howson Branch. Sew U for teens. 3 p.m. June 5, June 19, July 3, Central Library. Feltastic and Filmazing. “Ferdinand.” 2 p.m. June 9, Howson Branch. “Trolls,” 2 p.m. June 16, Twin Oaks Branch. “Coco,” 2 p.m. June 19, Ruiz Branch; 2 p.m. June 5, Carver Branch; 2 p.m. July 17, University Hills Branch; 6:30 p.m. July 26, Central Library. “The Emoji Movie,” 2 p.m. July 6, Spicewood Springs Branch; 2 p.m. July 12, Carver Branch. You Are the Artist for ages 5-10. 11 a.m. June 12, Twin Oaks Branch; 2 p.m. June 21, Dove Springs Recreation Center; 2 p.m. June 21, Willie Mae Kirk Branch; 2 p.m. July 3, Cepeda Branch; 2 p.m. July 12, Pleasant Hill Branch; 2 p.m. July 18, Ruiz Branch; 3:30 p.m. July 25, North Village Branch. The Contemporary Austin Presents Art Story time. 11 a.m. June 13, Old Quarry Branch; 11 a.m. June 14, Milwood Branch; 11 a.m. June 16, Pleasant Hill Branch; 11 a.m. June 27, Willie Mae Kirk Branch; 6 p.m. July 2, University Hills Branch; 10:15 a.m. July 3, Carver Branch; 11 a.m. July 12, North Village Branch; 11 a.m. July 30, Hampton Branch. library.austintexas.gov

Science/Technology

Science at the Austin Public Library. Tween Steam: Stop Motion Animation. 2 p.m. June 12, Ruiz Branch, 2 p.m. June 15, Little Walnut Creek Branch, 4 p.m. June 26, University Hills Branch, 2 p.m. Carver Branch, July 19; Wire Wearables, 4 p.m. June 12, University Hills, 2 p.m. June 13, Pleasant Hill Branch; Rita Want Artist in Residence Series, 6:30 p.m. Thursdays, June 14-July 5 Central Library; Paper Circuits, 2 p.m. June 21, Carver Branch, 2 p.m. June 22, North Village Branch, 2 p.m. July 7, Twin Oaks Branch, 2 p.m. July 10, Ruiz Branch; LittleBits Theme Park, 4 p.m. June 10, University Hills Branch, 2 p.m. July 20, Howson Branch. Spy Camp. 2 p.m. June 19, Cepeda Branch; 2 p.m. July 9, Howson Branch; 2 p.m. July 26, Pleasant Hill Branch. library.austintexas.gov

Austin schools want parents to know the warning signs of suicide for the next season of ’13 Reasons Why’

On Friday, Netflix released the second season of “13 Reasons Why,” the show based on the book by Jay Asher, that is a suicide letter to people in a teen’s life after her suicide.

I got this letter from my daughter’s middle school counseling team:

“13 Reasons Why” (Beth Dubber/Netflix)

Even if your children are not watching the show, they may be hearing about it from their peers. Counselors and administrators are addressing concerns as they are brought to our attention. We take every report we receive seriously.

RELATED: Is your preteen, teen suicidal? Some hard facts about kids and mental health

Schools have an important role in preventing youth suicide, and being aware of potential risk factors is vital. We would like to ask you to partner with AISD to help students in need. You can make a world of difference by following these three simple steps:

Know the warning signs of suicidal ideation:

  • Talking or joking about suicide.
  • Seeking out weapons, pills or other ways to die.
  • Making statements about feeling hopeless, helpless or worthless.
  • Writing social media posts about death, dying or suicide.
  • Giving away prized possessions.
  • Saying goodbye to friends and family as if for good.
  • Changes in behavior can also be a warning sign:
    • Changes in school attendance or grades.
    • Changes in eating and sleeping habits.
    • Increased use of alcohol and/or drugs.
    • Change in friendships, or withdrawing from friends and social activities.
    • Mood swings or personality changes.
    • Loss of interest in activities.
    • Bullying (both the victim of bullying and the bully are at risk.)

Talk to your children:

  • Let your children know you care.
  • Do not be afraid to ask your children if they have or are thinking about suicide.

Seek help:

RELATED: Dell Children’s opens new 24-unit mental health unit Monday

I would also add these statistics given to us by Karen Ranus, the executive director of National Alliance on Mental Illness Austin:

  • One in five kids ages 13-18 in the U.S. experiences a mental health condition in any given year; only 50 percent of them actually receive services.
  • Fifty percent of all lifetime cases of mental illness begin by age 14 and 75 percent by age 24.
  • About 50 percent of children in the state and local juvenile justice systems have a mental health condition.
  • Suicide is the third leading cause of death for 10-24 year olds.
  • Although 50 percent of individuals began experiencing symptoms by age 14, the average delay between onset of symptoms and receiving treatment is eight to 10 years.

Ranus gave us these resources:

  • Teens, who we all know love to text, not talk, can also text START to 741-741, which is the Crisis Text Line, crisistextline.org.

Why are many kids not getting diagnosed with autism before age 2? New study has some answers

Monday, the American Academy of Pediatrics released a study done in Norway that might shed some light into why many kids are given a false-negative diagnosis for autism at 18 months.

Dylan Flint, 7, and Liesa Randel get their boarding passes for the Wings for All flight for children with autism to practice going through security and boarding a plane. Nicole Villalpando/American-Statesman 2016. 

The researchers looked at 68,000 kids whose parents had answered the screening questionnaire that is the first step in the diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder and then been told that they were not on the spectrum.

RELATED: New numbers show increase in autism rates, but there’s more to that

At 18 months, the kids in the false-negative group had delays in social, communication and motor skills compared with the kids who were truly negative for autism. Boys in the false-negative group were often labeled more “shy,” but girls were not labeled as shy as their true-negative counterparts.

What the study found was that often parents didn’t report delays or really understand the characteristics they saw as compared with what would be considered neurotypical. Gender also mattered how parents saw their children and how they answer questions on this test.

RELATED: Mom shares less-than-pretty truth about raising a son with autism

That hotel pool could make you sick this summer, CDC study finds

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released this bit of information last week:

1 in 3 waterborne disease outbreaks traced happen in hotel pools or hot tubs.

There have been about 500 waterborne disease outbreaks from 2000 to 2014. In addition to hotel pools and hot tubs, water parks have also been to blame.

Infographic: Swim healthy, stay healthy

 

Diseases include things like Cryptosporidium, Pseudomonas, and Legionella. These diseases are also really tough to fight. Crypto can survive in even properly maintained pools and pseudomonas and legionella can survive disinfectants.

In the 493 outbreaks from 2000 to 2014, 27,219 people got sick and eight people died. More than half of them happened in the summer.

These disease cause things like skin infections, respiratory disease and diarrhea.

Austin had its own Crypto outbreak in 1998, when 1,300 people got sick.

RELATED: Before you go swimming know what’s lurking in the water

The CDC offers these suggestions:

Protect yourself and your family from germs spread through the water we swim in and share

Take the following steps to protect yourself and loved ones from germs when swimming in pools, soaking in hot tubs, or visiting water playgrounds:

  • Don’t swim or let your kids swim if sick with diarrhea. If Crypto is the cause of the diarrhea, wait until 2 weeks after diarrhea has stopped to go swimming.
  • Check the pools, hot tubs and water playground inspection scores.
  • Before getting in the water, use a test strip from your local retailer or pool supply store to check if the water’s pH and bromine or free chlorine level are correct.
  • Don’t swallow the water.
  • Take kids on bathroom breaks hourly, and change diapers in a diaper-changing area and away from the water.

Healthy and Safe Swimming Week

Healthy and Safe Swimming Week begins Monday. CDC encourages swimmers to help protect themselves, family and friends from germs and encourages the aquatics sector to follow recommendations for the design, construction, operation, and management of recreational water facilities. For more information and other healthy and safe swimming steps, visit www.cdc.gov/healthywater/swimming.

RELATED: How safe is your local pool?

Brigitte Decato, a swim instructor with the Swim Safe program at the YMCA, works with Octavio Ruiz, 5, (center) on the backstroke. 2007 Laura Skelding AMERICAN-STATESMAN

Follow our swim safety tips:

Don’t forget that even if the pool is safe, water can be a very unsafe place. Keep these things in mind when you head to the pool, lake or beach this weekend.

Before you dip your toes into whatever body of water you choose, practice these rules for water safety we compiled using experts from the YMCA, City of Austin’s Parks and Recreation Department, Colin’s Hope, Safe Kids Austin, the Lower Colorado River Authority and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

What does drowning look like?

Unlike what we see in the movies, “drowning is a silent thing. There’s no splashing, yelling or choking,” says Stephanie Hebert, the injury prevention coordinator at Dell Children’s Medical Center and the Safe Kids Austin coordinator. “They go under and when they are under, you don’t hear them, you don’t see anything.”

Drowning also doesn’t take long. Irreversible brain damage happens in as little as four minutes. Children who drown are usually missing for less than five minutes and usually are in the presence of at least one parent.

For children younger than 15, it’s the second-leading cause of unintentional injury-related deaths, behind motor vehicle accidents. Children younger than 5 are more at risk. Boys also are more susceptible because they tend to take more risks.

It can happen anywhere. Pools with lifeguards, natural bodies of water, bathtubs and toilets.

As of mid-May this year, 16 children already have drowned in Texas, according to the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services.

It’s also preventable, so let’s focus on that.

Watch the water

The No. 1 thing parents can do to prevent a child from drowning is supervise their children.

For young children, that means getting in the water and having hands-on contact or being within arm’s length.

For older children, that means watching them in the water at all times. Reading a book in a lounge chair or talking to a fellow parent or texting isn’t supervising.

The Austin-based drowning prevention nonprofit group Colin’s Hope distributes 75,000 water safety packets every year that include a Water Guardian bracelet. The bracelet slips on and signifies that you are the designated adult watching the children in your group. If you need to take a break, you hand it to another adult, whose sole job is watching the water.

The City of Austin ordinance requires that kids 9 and younger have an adult with them to be in a city pool and that kids ages 10 to 14 can be by themselves if they pass a swim test, but why chance it? Supervise everyone in your group.

Vacation is also no time to let your guard down. Kids can drown in cruise ships and hotel pools.

Always have a phone nearby and learn CPR. A water safety class is also a great idea.

Good swimmers drown, too

Even kids who know how to swim can drown, says Alissa Magrum, executive director of Colin’s Hope, which was started by the parents of Colin Holst, a 4-year-old who drowned in an Austin pool in 2008. Colin had had swim lessons and was at a life-guarded pool with his family and friends watching.

“A lot of families think, ‘My kids are decent swimmers; they’ve had swim lessons, they are fine,’ ” Hebert says.

But things happen. Children accidentally swallow water. Or they hit their heads. Or they misjudge their abilities. Or they get tired or dehydrated or hungry.

Donita Grinde-Houtman, the aquatic supervisor for Austin Parks and Recreation, says lifeguards respond most often between 2 and 6 p.m. because kids get tired. “Kiddos have been at the pool all day long, they’re getting tired, and they don’t recognize that they don’t have the energy to swim as far as they need to.”

Take frequent breaks. End earlier than you think you should. Rehydrate and refuel throughout the day.

Not-so-good swimmers need more help

That doesn’t mean water wings, pool noodles and other pool toys to stay afloat. Put a U.S. Coast Guard-approved life jacket on your budding swimmer. They have to have one on for getting in a boat, so why not extend that to any body of water?

Before you go to a pool, define where the shallow end is, especially for not-so-good swimmers. One of the most common reasons lifeguards make a water rescue, says Bret Kiester, the executive director of the Hays Communities YMCA and the aquatic directors liaison for all the Austin-area YMCAs, is when kids who aren’t good swimmers find the deep end. Sometimes they’ve monkey-crawled along the side of the pool to that end; other times they’re following an older sibling or they don’t know where the deep end starts.

Lifeguards are great but not a guarantee

Be hesitant to swim in a place without a lifeguard because they add a layer of protection. However, they’re not insurance.

One lifeguard Magrum was working with put it this way: “We are not baby-sitters. We are here in an emergency.”

Lifeguards have a lot of people to watch, not just your child. Their job gets even more difficult the more people are in the pool and the less-clear the water is. They also get distracted by children horsing around (i.e. running around the pool) and other emergencies not in the pool.

Lifeguards, who go through similar training programs, are supposed to scan 180 degrees every 10 seconds from top to bottom, from right to left. If you see a lifeguard who isn’t doing that or you notice that lifeguards aren’t getting frequent breaks and rotating out, alert a supervisor.

Swim lessons

Swim lessons statistically have been shown to reduce a child’s chances of drowning, but it’s not a magic shield.

The YMCA and the City of Austin’s Parks and Recreation Department start swim lessons as parent-and-child classes at age 6 months, old enough for a child to have good head control.

Those early classes are about familiarizing the baby with water and teaching parents good water safety with their children.

By age 3 or 4, children can take solo lessons, but if you’ve missed that age, don’t worry. “It’s never too late to learn how to swim,” Kiester says. He’s had students as old as 92 learn to swim.

Kids are grouped by age, then by ability, and there are adult classes, too — something parents who don’t know how to swim should consider in order to be able to save a child in danger.

Swim lessons are not just about learning strokes. They teach about being comfortable and water safety.

Sometimes kids will have a bad reaction to swimming lessons. It might be the time of day or it might be the coolness of the water, Grinde-Houtman says.

If your child is truly afraid of the water, Grinde-Houtman says, you might have to take a step back and start with something like sitting at the side of the pool and putting her feet in the water.

Free swim lessons are available from the Austin American-Statesman’s Swim Safe program, which provides lessons at YMCA locations and City of Austin pools.

A great time to do swim lessons is in the winter, Kiester says. They tend to be less crowded and when summer starts, kids won’t have to re-learn to be comfortable in the water again.

Natural bodies of water

Rivers, lakes, springs and oceans get tricky. The surface is uneven. “You might be wading in waist-deep water and the next step you’re in 16 feet of water,” says Clara Tuma of the LCRA.

You also can’t see the bottom to know if someone has fallen in.

It’s also hard to judge distances. People often get in trouble because they pick a point to swim to and underestimate how far it is. “They run out of energy halfway there,” Tuma says. “They can’t just stop and sit under a tree.”

Wearing a U.S. Coast Guard-approved life jacket allows them to rest and float if they need to.

And often people get confused as to where they are to report an emergency.

Swimming on natural bodies also means you’re not the only thing out there. Keep a look out for boats and personal water crafts that might not be able to see you.

In oceans, teach kids how to deal with rip currents that push swimmers away from the shore.

Never swim alone no matter what type of water you are in.

Keep safe at home

Each year many kids drown at home. Kids can drown in as little as 1 inch of water.

Never walk away from a young child in a bathtub, not even to answer the phone or grab a towel.

Keep locks on toilets if you have infants and toddlers. Keep plastic kiddie pools empty as well as mop buckets.

If you have a backyard pool, install a locking gate system on all four-sides of the pool. If a child goes missing, check the pool or hot tub first before looking inside the house.

Teach baby-sitters about pool safety.

Know which sunscreens work best and what to look for in a sunscreen. AMANDA VOISARD / AMERICAN-STATESMAN

Don’t forget to wear your sunscreen and bug spray, too. 

We tested more than 20 sunscreens last week to see which ones worked best and last year we tested 16 bug sprays to see which one actually repelled mosquitoes. 

Before you head out, read our research.

Have a safe summer!

Morgan Shirley, 7, leaps into Mabel Davis Pool. Shelby Tauber / AMERICAN-STATESMAN