Austin twins’ summer at camp filmed for Disney Channel show ‘Bug Juice’

Imagine having your 11-year-old self filmed for a summer at camp. Now imagine having all your tween jubilance and awkwardness air on the Disney Channel a year later.

Austin twins Juliet and Scarlett Embry are featured in “Bug Juice: My Adventures at Camp,” a reality show filmed at Camp Waziyatah in Waterford, Maine.

The camp, where the Embry twins have spent the past four summers, was also featured in the late 1990s version of “Bug Juice.” This most recent version features a sixth-grade girl cabin and a sixth-grade boy cabin. Each cabin was filmed from when the campers woke up through nighttime activities.

Austin twins Juliet and Scarlett Embry have been going to the same summer camp in Maine for four years. Last year, their camp experience was filmed for the Disney Channel’s show “Bug Juice,” which has been on TV this month. Disney

The girls say last year was different than previous years or even this year. “People were following us around,” Juliet says. “We had to wear mikes; you had to change your mike battery.”

“We were pretty aware of it,” Scarlett says of the filming.

There were some good things about being the kids who were being filmed. “We got preference on things,” Scarlett says. “We got to be first for stuff.”

Yet, says Scarlett, “They tried to make us have a normal camp experience.”

The producers and film crew weren’t always on the twins, they say, because sometimes they were following other campers around.

The girls and their parents found out “Bug Juice” would be filming the girls about six weeks before camp was going to start. They had the option of not being in the show. If they chose not to, the camp would move them up to the seventh-grade girl bunk instead. A few kids did opt for that, but the Embry twins are into dance and acting. This was exciting to them.

The girls had a Skype interview with producers before they got to camp so that the producers could get a sense of who the film crews would be following around. The campers were also told that they could tell the crews if they didn’t want something to be filmed, Juliet says, “and they would respect that.”

Scarlett says they never felt like they needed to do that.

The girls said they felt like all the campers were being themselves and not putting on a show for the cameras. About half the bunk were returning campers that the girl knew. “I don’t think they acted differently,” Juliet says. “They didn’t seem any different.”

“I didn’t think we did,” Scarlett says.

Mom Shannon Embry has watched a few episodes. “They seem very much like my regular kids,” she says.

On their last day of camp last year, Scarlett Embry, center in the blue, and her sister Juliet, third from the right, take a picture with their cabin. (Disney Channel/Mauricio Handler)

The sixth-grade cabins did end up with three extra kids and an extra counselor. The girls say they also had more campers in their cabin on scholarship than usual, which helped make the cabin more diverse. The Embrys say they originally chose the camp after Shannon Embry did research on New England camps because it met her criteria. She wanted it to be co-ed, out of the Texas heat, and include a diverse set of kids, which she says the twins have benefited from every year.

Even with all the cameras and the extra campers, the twins say they were still comfortable in their cabin and they got to meet even more people because of it. They now keep up with their camp friends throughout the year because they now have cell phones and Instagram and they set up Facebook house parties.

The people are the best part about camp, they say. “When you don’t see someone for a year and then you see them … you get to become closer,” Scarlett says. “The show says a lot, they say, ‘it’s like you’re a family.'”

That doesn’t mean that there wasn’t a lot of drama last year. There was, but there was also drama this year, too. They noticed in the episodes that they have watched that sometimes the show made something bigger out of a small thing, such as at Vegas night when one of the girls lost all the cabin’s money. The girls understand that the show needed to introduce her as a character. “We were not that upset about it,” Scarlett says, about their friend losing their money.

What they love about camp is all the stuff they get to do, like climb a tower or go water skiing. “You’re encouraged to try new things,” Scarlett says.

“You’re not just sitting around on your phone,” Juliet says. “You actually go out and do stuff that you don’t normally get to do.”

“Bug Juice: My Adventures at Camp”

6:30 p.m. Monday-Thursdays

Disney Channel

Keep cool this hot weekend with these Austin family events, July 20-22

I’m not going to lie. This weekend might be unbearable. We’re talking 100+ all three days and not a rain drop in sight. Ick!

Plan your weekend fun with the kids accordingly. (Hint: indoors in the heat of the day, plenty of water, sunscreen and bug spray!)

Here are some fun things to do:

Jude Kozakiewicz, 3, paints a picture at the Blanton’s WorkLab on in 2014. Art supplies are provided for children of all ages to create, paint, draw, design, and doodle. Julia Robinson/ for American-Statesman


Blanton Museum. Deeper Dives for ages 8-10, 10 a.m. Friday; Free Diving for ages 11-14, 1 p.m. Friday.  Blanton Museum. 200 E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.

Literature Live Presents “King Midas.” 2 p.m. Friday, Yarborough Branch.

Teen Videogame Free Play. 2 p.m. Fridays, Central Library.

Lego Lab. 2 p.m. Friday, University Hills Branch.

“Black Panther,” 3:30 p.m. Friday, Carver Branch.

LittleBits Theme Park. 2 p.m. Friday, Howson Branch.

“All Aboard” is for children ages 2-4 at Pollyanna Theatre Company.


Pollyanna Theatre Company Theater for the Very Young’s “All Aboard.” 9:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. Friday-Saturday. $6.75. The Long Center, 701 W. Riverside Drive.

Family programs at Zilker Botanical Garden include fairy landscaping and tea parties, learning about pioneer days and exploring plants. Zilker Botanical Garden


Zilker Botanical Garden Woodland Faerie Trail is open now through Aug. 10. The trail is full of homes people have created for the fairies. Woodland Faerie Trail by Moonlight. 8 to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday (last entry at 9:30 p.m.). Nighttime admission, $6 adult non-Austin residents, $4 Austin residents, $2 children and seniors. Cash and check only at the gate. Zilker Botanical Garden, 2220 Barton Springs Road.

Zilker Summer Musical “All Shook Up.” Zilker Summer Musical returns with the music of Elvis. 8:15 p.m. Thursday-Sunday. Free, but donations are welcome. Zilker Hillside Theatre, 2206 William Barton Drive.

“Beauty and the Beast” Disney musical at Zach Theatre. 7:30 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday, 2:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. $25-$150. Zach Theatre, 202 S. Lamar Blvd.

Alamo Drafthouse Kids Club. “Monsters Vs. Aliens.” 10 a.m. Friday-Sunday, Lakeline. “Muppets Take Manhattan.” 10:30 a.m. Friday-Saturday, 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Mueller. 10 a.m. Friday, Slaughter Lane.  PBS Kids: “Nature Cat: Summer of Adventure.” 9:45 a.m. Saturday, Slaughter Lane. “Special sensory-friendly viewings: “Hotel Transylvania 3.” 11 a.m. Sunday, Lakeline; 9:45 a.m. Sunday, Slaughter Lane.

Laura Freeman of Hey Lolly Puppets performs for children in the community during a recent summer program.


Hey Lolly Music Sing-Along. 10 a.m. Saturday. $3. Scottish Rite Theater, 207 W. 18th St.

Thinkery. Baby Bloomers for children younger than 3. 9 a.m. Saturday. Learn about animal adventures this month. $5.  Thinkery, 1830 Simond Ave.

Book People events. David Bowles reads “Feathered Searpent, Dark Heart of Sky, Myths of Mexico.” 2 p.m. Saturday. Kids Book Club with Austin Allies reads “A Long Walk to Water.” 12:30 p.m. Saturday. 10:30 a.m. story time Super Magic Rainbow, Saturday. BookPeople, 603 N. Lamar Blvd.

Barnes & Noble events. Summer Game Night Series. 7 p.m. Thursday, all locations. 11 a.m. Saturday story times. Hear “Happy Dreamer” this week, all locations.

Magician John O’Bryant. 2 p.m. Saturday, Manchaca Road Branch.

Arcade Night: An After-Hours Family Event. 6 p.m. Saturday, University Hills Branch.


Thinkery. Pop and Fizz chemistry workshop, for ages 4 and older. 10:30 a.m., noon, 2 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. Saturday-Sunday. Thinkery, 1830 Simond Ave.

Summer Stock Austin’s “The Music Man.” 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday. $26-$33. The Long Center, 701 W. Riverside Drive.

Robin Hood.” The children’s version of the classic story. 10 a.m. Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday. $8-$10. EmilyAnn Theatre & Gardens, 1101 FM 2325, Wimberley.

Small ensembles from the Austin Symphony Orchestra perform free, casual concerts on the Long Center City Terrace for the Concerts in the Park series. Austin Symphony Hartman Foundation


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

Ashley Herring Blake and Brandy Colbert read “Ivy Aberdeen’s Letter to the World” and “Little & Lion,” 2 p.m. Sunday. BookPeople, 603 N. Lamar Blvd.

Paramount Summer Movie Classics. Show your kids all the great films you or your parents grew up on. “Annie” 1 p.m. Sunday; $6-$12. Paramount Theatre, 713 Congress Ave.








Dell Children’s becomes 11th hospital in the country to earn highest level for surgery

Dell Children’s Medical Center of Central Texas is the 11th children’s hospital in the country to be verified by the American College of Surgeons as a Level I Children’s Surgery Center. It earned the certification by meeting the highest criteria in the college’s new Children’s Surgery Verification Quality Improvement Program.

The program will help the hospital to continue to improve the quality of surgical care and ensure it is following the highest standards of care.

“I’m a mom,” said Dell Children’s chief surgeon Dr. Nilda Garcia. “One of the things I fear most is anything happening to my child. For me, being a mom, it means this hospital has gone above and beyond in their care of my child.”

Related: A day in the life of Dell Children’s chief surgeon Dr. Nilda Garcia

Dr. Nilda Garcia is the chief surgeon at Dell Children’s Medical Center of Central Texas. The hospital received a Level I certification by the American College of Surgeons. Only one other Texas hospital has achieved this level of certification. Seton

Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston is the only other hospital in Texas to receive this verification.

Dell Children’s had to meet strict criteria and send a lot of data to the verification team over the course of about a year. Three doctors representing the college came to Austin in late April to verify Dell Children’s had met the criteria.

To meet this certification level, Dell Children’s had to make some changes. It joined the National Surgical Quality Improvement Program, which requires sending a lot of data about procedures, outcomes and complications to the college. The college gives feedback about how Dell Children’s compares to other hospitals in the country.

The hospital also created an office specifically to look at surgical quality, what kinds of criteria it should establish, why certain cases fell out of that criteria and how the hospital can improve.

Dave Golder, who is the director of the surgical quality program at Dell Children’s, says the hospital has reduced the number of CT scans it uses to diagnose things such as an appendicitis, instead relying on a physical exam by a doctor and an ultrasound by someone trained in detecting an appendicitis to diagnose one. This reduces radiation exposure to kids. Staff have reduced the number of Foley catheters used in surgeries, which reduces the risk of infections, and have reduced the amount of blood transfusions given.

Golder says he’s most proud of how the hospital outperformed other hospitals in preventable harm events such as sepsis, surgical infections and urinary tract infections following surgeries.

“Standardized care is a cultural thing and it has taken off (at Dell Children’s) in the last five or six years,” Garcia says. “The interest in adhering to (criteria) has been remarkable really.”

Going forward, the hospital is working on how it controls patients’ pain to reduce the amount of opioids given, as well as reducing the amount of unnecessary antibiotics given. It’s also working on how to implement Enhanced Recovery After Surgery programs that will do things such as give carbohydrates to patients before surgery, get patients moving quicker after surgery and shorten the length of stay after surgery.

RELATED: St. David’s surgery recovery program reduces the amount of opioids, hospital stay

Dell Children’s will continue to submit data every year to the college and will be reverified for the Level I certification every three years.

“We are maturing,” says Garcia, “and this is a step toward that.”

Should women still use baby powder after Johnson & Johnson lawsuit?

Last week, a jury in Missouri awarded 22 women $4.7 billion in a case that linked Johnson & Johnson baby powder to asbestos and ovarian cancer. 

The company announced it would appeal and issued this statement:

“Johnson & Johnson remains confident that its products do not contain asbestos and do not cause ovarian cancer and intends to pursue all available appellate remedies,” spokeswoman Carol Goodrich said.

Ingredients in baby powder have been linked legally to ovarian cancer. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

What does this mean to women who use baby powder as a moisture absorber in delicate areas?

Dr. Angela Kueck, gynecologic oncologist with St. David’s North Austin Medical Center and Texas Oncology, says she definitely has patients asking her about the case and other cases and baby powder, and she has patients with ovarian cancer who believe the baby powder they used might be the cause, but she cautions them, “In reality, it’s hard to link each individual case,” she says.

The problem with baby powder seemed to be the talc that was in it through the 1970s. (Talc is still found in makeup and other products.) The talc or talcum powder would be sucked up and doctors would find talc crystals inside women.

Dr. Angela Kueck is a gynecologic oncologist with St. David’s North Austin Medical Center and Texas Oncology.

The research isn’t there to indicate how much baby powder over how many years would cause cancer, she says. “The data,” she says, “is not really strong.”

Even though there still are questions about the link to baby powder and ovarian cancer and even though talc is no longer in most baby powders, should you still use it?

Kueck says you can use baby powder, but look for powders that are pure corn starch, or have baking powder or baking soda or are specifically made for that area. Anti-fungal powders can work, too. Avoid using anything with fragrance because that can irritate the area.

Also, don’t use home remedies, Vasoline or deodorant. “In reality, if it’s not for that area, it doesn’t go down there,” she says. Anything you put there can ascend inside you, she says.

The purpose of the powders is to avoid excess moisture because that can lead to yeast infections on the skin, which can be painful. Moisture in that area especially in the summer can be an issue.

If you are finding that you’re needing to use a powder every day for more than two weeks, you should be having a conversation with your doctor about why that is, she says. There could be something happening medically that needs to be addressed in a different way.





Can dogs make pregnant women sick like cats can?

For a long time, we’ve known that cats (specifically their poop) can carry toxoplasmosis, which can infect pregnant women and their fetus. It could affect the eyes or the brain of the baby. We’ve been telling pregnant women to have someone else in the house deal with the kitty litter. Pregnant women everywhere were happy to heed this advice.

What about dogs, birds and farm animals? Would the same caution about pregnant women avoiding feces be true?

Pregnant dogs and puppies can be carriers of a disease that could cause miscarriages in women or preterm labor. Nicole Villalpando

Recently, there have been a few cases of pregnant women or children contacting a disease from dogs — specifically pregnant dogs or newborn puppies. You see, mama dogs, or wannabe mama dogs in heat, can carry a disease called brucellosis. They also can pass it onto their puppies through the birth canal. Humans tend to get it by handling newborn puppies or helping in the delivery of the puppies.

Dr. Sina Haeri, director of perinatal research and co-director of maternal fetal medicine at St. David’s Women’s Center of Texas, says brucellosis can cause people to have a fever, joint weakness and fatigue. In pregnant women, they could miscarry if they are in the first trimester. Later on, they have a higher risk of preterm labor and stillbirth. Doctors will want to monitor their cervix closely for signs of preterm labor and the fetus throughout the pregnancy. We don’t have enough data about birth defects from brucellosis, Haeri says.

Contacting brucellosis from dogs, though, is rare. In Haeri’s career here, where he also works in the Marble Falls and Fredericksburg area, and in rural North Carolina, he has seen seven cases. None of them from dogs. Instead, they have happened after a pregnant woman helps a mama sheep, goat or cow deliver their babies. His most recent case was a mama goat biting her pregnant human helper during labor. (See goats don’t handle labor well, either.)

The good thing about brucellosis is it is avoidable in most farm animals because they can be vaccinated against it. Also avoid it by not performing those birthing and breeding activities during pregnancy.  In dogs, though rare, pregnant women also should not handle dogs giving birth or their newborn puppies.

Brucellosis is not something that doctors will screen for, so if you are pregnant and have been exposed to birthing farm animals or dogs, let your doctor know about that if you have a weird fever or joint pain. The treatment would be a six-week course of a two antibiotics.

Toxoplasmosis from cats is much more of a concern. Haeri calls it, “the bane of my existence” and the No. 1 reason why women get referred to him by their obstetricians. The screening for toxoplasmosis comes with a lot of false positives. If you have a negative reading, you can be sure it is negative. If you have a positive one, don’t panic, don’t make any drastic decisions, you might not have it and your baby might not have it. See a specialist for further screening.

Haeri encourages women to exercise good caution. Most indoor-only cats are probably fine; outdoor cats are typically the carriers of toxoplasmosis. If you cannot get someone else to do the kitty litter, wear a mask, gloves and wash your hands afterwards.

He also encourages pregnant women to avoid bird droppings as well because of parrot fever aka psittacosis. It gives women flu-like symptoms.

A good rule–  no matter what the pet — is to practice good hygiene and have someone else deal in the droppings during pregnancy. Haeri also says why not throw in the dishes and cleaning the house, too?

Why do mosquitoes bite some people and not others?

They’re back. After a bit of reprieve in June, the mosquitoes seem to have found their way to the backyard again — probably, that rain Fourth of July week.

So why is it that I can stand in the yard for five minutes and be consumed by mosquitoes like the way my co-workers consume a box of doughnuts and my daughter will be untouched? Why aren’t mosquitoes equal-opportunity biters?

City of Austin collects samples of mosquitoes to be tested for Zika. AUSTIN AMERICAN-STATESMAN 2016

We talked to Dr. Albert Gros, the chief medical officer at St. David’s South Austin Medical Center, about why that might be. Here’s what we know:

Mosquitoes love carbon dioxide, which you exhale. That’s why they like to swarm around your head. Some people might naturally exhale more C02, attracting the suckers.

Mosquitoes love hot, sweaty people. They might be attracted to certain pheromones that some people excrete more than others.

Mosquitoes also love pregnant women. It has to do with the increase in C02 you exhale when you’re pregnant, and the temperature coming off the pregnant belly. Yes, you’re pregnant and hot; yes, the mosquitoes sense that. Perhaps it’s also pheromones as well.

Clothing color might matter. Mosquitoes like people who wear dark clothing. Of course, there’s some debate about this, but why not go for lighter-colored clothing if you’re outside in summer?

Mosquitoes also like people with 0-positive blood. Lucky me.

Dr. Albert Gros

Dr. Gros’ trick is to take a daily Vitamin B complex tablet that he gets at a big box store. He’s not sure which particular part of the Vitamin B complex works, but it’s water soluble and not likely to do any harm. His theory is that it changes the way the blood smells to mosquitoes, while not being noticeable to himself or those around him. Since he started taking it, the number of bites he gets has gone down.

He also recommends spraying your body with a repellent that has DEET in it, but you don’t have to have the highest concentration of DEET to be effective. It just might mean that you will have to spray more often with the lower concentrations.

Luckily right now, Dr. Gros says, it’s been quiet when it comes to mosquito-borne illnesses such as Zika, West Nile and chikungunya.

Last year, we tested 16 repellents and found many of the best ones did contain DEET, but we also found one magic one that didn’t.

What are kids given opioids for most often? It might surprise you

What do we really know about opioids and children?

Well, we know that the number of kids treated for opioid use in the emergency room has doubled from 2004-2015. Many of those were kids age 1 to 4 who had found someone else’s prescription.

And, we know that American Academy of Pediatrics is looking at opioid use and the number of kids who come out of hospitals with opioid prescriptions. For every 10,000 hospital discharges from 2003-2012, 16.6 children left with opioid-related problems.


Opioids are given to children for a variety of reasons. (Dreamstime)

Today the American Academy of Pediatrics released a study that looked at opioid prescriptions given from 1999-2014 to children on Medicaid in Tennessee who did not have chronic diseases. During that time there were more than 1.3 million prescriptions of opioids given to these kids. This represented about 15 percent of the prescriptions this group was given.

  • 31.1 percent were following dental procedures
  • 25.1 percent were following out-patient surgery
  • 18.1 percent were following a trauma
  • 16.5 percent were following infection

The study also found that there were only 437 cases of an adverse event related to the prescription that could be confirmed. 88.6 percent were related to the child’s prescription and 71.2 percent of these events happened when there was no evidence of deviating from giving the medicine as prescribed.

The interesting thing about this study is that the rates of an adverse event happened increased with age and with dosage.


Hop on the Breast Express at Mothers’ Milk Bank, IBM to learn more about breastfeeding

The Breast Express is coming to Austin. On Monday, the traveling RV by breast-feeding support app PumpSpotting will be at IBM in North Austin, which PumpSpotting is recognizing for being a supportive company for employees who are lactating.

Woman breastfeeding baby. Getty Images

RELATED: When nursing moms want to work, IBM makes it easier for its employees 

At IBM from 10-11:00 a.m. Monday, the Breast Express will be offering families breastfeeding support, demonstrations of infant massage, babywearing and fitness. From 11 -11:30 a.m., a panel of local breastfeeding resources will offer tips and information on how to get more support.

Carlie Bower sits in one of the individual rooms in a Mother’s Room at IBM. Nicole Villalpando/American-Statesman

On Tuesday, the Breast Express heads over to the new Mothers’ Milk Bank location, 5925 Dillard Circle, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Mothers’ will be giving tours of the bank’s milk-processing labs. You can also see the Breast Express Pump Suite, where you can try different pumps; hear from experts, and learn how donating milk can help premature and medically-fragile babies.

Experts include Kim Updegrove, Mothers’ Milk Bank executive director; Amy Van Haren, founder of PumpSpotting; Angie Liuzza and Christine Snowden, donor milk recipient family; Megan Frocke, milk donor and PumpSpotting user, and  Megan Oertel, nursing mom, breastfeeding advocate and representing mother-friendly employer Sparefoot.

Katrina Hunt mixes milk from several donors at the Mothers’ Milk Bank in Austin. The bank has a new location and can process twice as much milk as its earlier locations. American-Statesman 2010

RELATED: New Mothers’ Milk Bank site will be able to process twice as much milk

Last year, the bank donated more than 5 million ounces, a record. 

Keep kids busy this hot summer weekend in Austin, July 13-15

The rain of last weekend is gone. Back is the sunny skies and the heat, with highs in the upper 90s. Plan your weekend fun with your family accordingly.

Don’t forget your sunscreen and your bug spray if you go outside, and of course, plenty of water.

Here are some local family events for you to enjoy:

The Harlem Globetrotters are at the H-E-B Center on Friday.


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

Blanton Museum. Deeper Dives for ages 8-10, 10 a.m. Fridays; Free Diving for ages 11-14, 1 p.m. Fridays. Blanton Museum. 200 E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.

Thinkery. Parents’ Night Out, 5:30-10 p.m. Friday. Kids must be 4 or older and potty-trained. $45 first child, $25 each additional sibling. Thinkery, 1830 Simond Ave.

That’s My Face, Youth and Young Adult Film Series. “Taking Israel: A Journey of African American Students,” 6:30 p.m. Friday. George Washington Carver Museum, 1165 Angelina St.

Teen Videogame Free Play. 2 p.m. Fridays, Central Library.

Lego Lab. 3:30 p.m. Friday, Hampton Branch.

Youth Songwriting Workshop. 3;30 p.m. Friday, Carver Branch.

“All Aboard” is for the toddler and preschool crowd.


Pollyanna Theatre Company’s Theater for the Very Young production “All Aboard.” 9:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. Friday-Saturday. $6.75. The Long Center, 701 W. Riverside Drive.

Jessica O’Brien, left, and Riley Wesson perform in the musical “All Shook Up” at Zilker Hillside Theatre. Zilker Summer Musical begins his 60th anniversary in production this year. Stephen Spillman / for American-Statesman


Zilker Summer Musical “All Shook Up.” Zilker Summer Musical returns with the music of Elvis. 8:15 p.m. Friday-Sunday through Aug. 18. Free, but donations are welcome. Zilker Hillside Theatre, 2206 William Barton Drive.

Zilker Botanical Garden Woodland Faerie Trail is open now through Aug. 10. The trail is full of homes people have created for the fairies. Maybe you’ll see a fairy. Zilker Botanical Garden, 2220 Barton Springs Road.

“Beauty and the Beast.” The Disney movie comes to the stage. 7:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 2:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. $25-$150. Zach Theatre, 202 S. Lamar Blvd.

Alamo Drafthouse Kids Club. “The Muppets Take Manhattan,” 10 a.m. Friday-Sunday, Lakeline.  “The Land Before Time,” 10:10 a.m. Friday, Slaughter Lane.

Make art and explore the grounds of Laguna Gloria at Contemporary Austin’s Families Create event.


Hey Lolly Music Sing-Along. 10 a.m. Saturday. $3. Scottish Rite Theater, 207 W. 18th St.

Contemporary Austin. Families Create: Fanta-Sea Creatures, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. Laguna Gloria, 3809 W. 35th St.

Thinkery. Baby Bloomers for children younger than 3. 9 a.m. Saturdays. Learn about animals this month. $5. Thinkery, 1830 Simond Ave.

Robin Hood.” The children’s version of the classic story. 10 a.m. Saturday. $10-$8. EmilyAnn Theatre & Gardens, 1101 FM 2325, Wimberley.

The Bullock Museum is offering its Summer Family Film Series: “The Land Before Time,” 2 p.m. Saturday. $5. Bullock Museum, 1800 N. Congress Ave.

Book People 10:30 a.m. story time Saturday: Things that Go. BookPeople, 603 N. Lamar Blvd.

Barnes & Noble story times. Each Saturday all Barnes & Noble locations offer 11 a.m. story times. “The Princess and the Pit Stop.”

Sandbank Shadow Factory Presents: “The Legend of Walter Weirdbeard.” 2 p.m. Saturday, Manchaca Road Branch.

The Alamo Drafthouse is celebrating the opening of “Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation” with a party. Sony Pictures


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

Alamo Drafthouse. “Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation” Family Party. 9 a.m. Sunday Lakeline, 9:45 a.m. Sunday Mueller.

#IMomSoHard show returns to Austin: Enter to win tickets

#IMomSoHard, the video podcast and Facebook page from Kristin Hensley and Jennifer Smedley, which they turned into a stage show last year, is coming back to Austin in September. Before they were here last July, we talked to them by phone about the video podcast and the stage show.

Hensley told us about the stage show:  “We wanted to see our moms,” she says. “We wanted to meet them. The moms have been incredible. We’re having such a good time.”

Kristin Hensley and Jennifer Smedley created the #IMomSoHard video podcast and are now on tour. They will be in Austin in September.

These moms are real. They tell us they are flawed, they mess up, they are vulnerable.

“Every mom has felt the same,” Smedley says.

“It’s the universal language of being a mom,” Hensley says. “We’ve all had those great days. ‘Man I’m crushing it today.’”

“I don’t have a lot of crushing it days,” Smedley says.

RELATED: Read the #IMomSoHard interview

This year, they’re in a bigger venue, Bass Concert Hall. Plan your babysitter now!

Here are the details:


8 p.m. Sept. 26

Bass Concert Hall, 2350 Robert Dedman Drive

Tickets go on sale 10 a.m. July 13 at, the Bass Concert Hall ticket office and all Texas Box Office locations, or by calling 512-477-6060. Ticket prices start at $39.75.

I have two tickets to giveaway. Email me your name and phone number and tell me how you MomSoHard at