Equal pay for equal chores? Parents send girls a message early

Busy Kid, an app that helps parents assign chores to their kids, analyzed how parents assigned chores on its app and how much they paid their kids for those chores. What it found was that of the top 20 chores, boys were getting paid about twice as much as girls.

Pay inequity starts early, apparently.

Are your kids helping to wash the dishes? About three-fourths are not. LemiShine

In your house, how are you assigning chores? How are you deciding how much to pay for them?

Wendy Mogel, a Los Angeles psychologist who wrote “Voice Lessons for Parents: What to Say, How to Say It, and When to Listen” ($27, Simon & Schuster), talked to us about the importance of chores earlier this year. She would love for parents to start their children on chores from the time they are little. “They can’t pay rent or the mortgage, and they can’t drive, but there are a lot of things they can do that you are doing for them,” she says.

What happens when kids don’t have chores? “It makes you tired, it makes you resentful, and you won’t have patience.”

A lot of parents must have run out of patience. One study found that 75 percent of kids didn’t have any assigned chores. 

Chores also can help cut down on sibling rivalry. Kids feel like they are part of the family. You can also create a chore chart in which the chores rotate so that there is a fairness about who gets to do the icky dishes and who gets to take out the stinky dishes. One friend with two kids had a system in which odd days of setting and clearing the table were assigned to the first child, even days were assigned to the second child. If a month had 31 days, the chores were assigned to Mom.

Remember, giving kids chores now, sets them up for an easier time adulting when the time comes. San Antonio psychiatrist Melissa Stennett Deuter talked to us about the phenomenon of kids coming home from college because of anxiety. Many of them in high school were high achievers who excelled at school and extracurriculars, but had didn’t know how to do a lot of real-world things. “We have kids who reach adulthood, and they really have no confidence in themselves; … they have limited skills,” she says.

Don’t forget that when you assign chores and kids earn an allowance, some should be saved for something big, some should be something you donate and some should be available for spending. You can get whole piggy banks that divide the allowance for you. E


Stitch Fix enters the kids’ clothing realm with Stitch Fix Kids

Parents, hate to shop with your kids? Hate to drag them into the store, to the dressing room, through the check-out line? Need inspiration for what clothes to put them in?

A boys box from Stitch Fix Kids.

Stitch Fix is moving into children’s personal styling with Stitch Fix Kids. They will outfit kids sizes 2 Toddler to 14. Prices range from $10 to $35 per item. Each of the Kids Fixes boxes contain 8-12 items from brands such as Under Armour, Nike, Toms, Hanna Anderson, Sovereign Code. Stitch Fix also has an exclusive brand Rumi + Ryder as well.

Stitch Fix Kids says its focus is on clothing that can stand up to kids’ active lives.

A girl’s outfit from Stitch Fix Kids.

New and existing Stitch Fix clients can fill out a style profile on stitchfix.com/kids for each of their children and then pick the date to receive the first Kids Fix. You pay a $20 styling fee, which is applied to the purchase of clothing. You buy what you want and send back the rest. If you keep the whole box, you get a 25 percent discount.

Do you think this would be a good fit for you child?

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More kids are taking vitamins than a decade ago, but do they do any good?

Every morning you make your kids breakfast and that breakfast includes a multivitamin in chewable or gummy form. You think, “Hey, even if they aren’t eating as many of the fruits and vegetables the food pyramid might recommend, at least this is something healthy we’re doing.” Right?

Well, it turns out that you wouldn’t be alone. According to a study published in the June issue of the Journal of American Medical Association Pediatrics,  a third of U.S. children and adolescents would say they “had taken any vitamins, minerals, herbals or other dietary supplements in the last 30 days.” And the use of alternative or herbal supplements has almost doubled from 3.7 percent to 6. 3 percent from 2003-2004 to 2013-2014.

As Cookie Monster is learning, real fruit and vegetables are good for you. Sesame Workshop,Richard Termine

It had us wondering, do kids even need a multivitamin or other dietary supplement on a regular basis?

The answer for most kids is no, says Dr. Steven Abrams, professor of pediatrics at Dell Medical School at the University of Texas. Abrams was the lead author of the recommendations made by the American Academy of Pediatrics last year that told parents to avoid giving children younger than 1 fruit juice.

“Most kids, if they take a supplement like a standard daily vitamin, it won’t cause any harm,” Abrams says. “For the most part, it probably won’t do any good, either.”

Dr. Steve Abrams is the chair of pediatrics at Dell Medical School at UT Austin.

Rather than giving them vitamins or supplements like Pediasure, he would rather parents concentrate on finding healthy foods their children like and encouraging them to try new things, but not force them. Remember that what they get in the food they eat is more than just the vitamins. In fruit it would be antioxidants and fiber as well.

Many parents will ask about their picky eaters, but he says, kids are probably getting more variety in their diet than we recognize. “If your child is growing normally, there’s a really good chance he’s eating better than you think.”

If not, talk to your pediatrician and do some tests to see if there is a vitamin deficiency, chronic illness or other circumstance that would make your kid an exception to the general rule that vitamin supplements aren’t necessary. For example, Abrams says, teenage girls sometimes might need an iron supplement if they become anemic.

Babies who are exclusively breastfed also might need Vitamin D, because breast milk doesn’t have any Vitamin D in it, but formula does, Abrams says. In Texas, often babies can get Vitamin D through a bit of sun exposure. Moms also can put Vitamin D drops either in a bottle of breast milk or on her nipple when nursing. Breastfed babies also need iron when they turn 4 months old, he says, until they are getting it through their diet after meat or fortified cereal is introduced.

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Taking vitamin supplements usually isn’t dangerous unless kids are treating them like candy or are using them instead of medication. Abrams gives examples like using Omega 3 instead of medication to control attention-deficient hyperactivity disorder, or using Vitamin D to try to prevent the flu instead of a flu shot.

Also, supplements with a high concentration of caffeine could be dangerous as well.

What about melatonin as a sleep aid? A new study released by the American Academy of Pediatrics Thursday indicated that melatonin could help children with developmental delays or autism sleep better.  That might be true for those kids, Abrams says, but most kids will do well without melatonin if parents concentrate on improving sleep hygiene by doing things like shutting of the screens before bed and reading a book instead.

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Keep the kids busy this post-Fourth of July weekend, July 6-8

In between the raindrops of this summer weekend, find fun things to do with the kids before work on Monday.

Here’s what’s on our list for the weekend.

Alexander Saldana, 5, laughs out loud as Makayo Haywood-Guerrero and his twin brother Max Haywood-Guerrero, 6 plays with Lego’s during the free event at the Carver Branch Library. RICARDO B. BRAZZIELL / AMERICAN-STATESMAN 2015


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

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

Music and Movement. 11 a.m. Friday, Old Quarry Branch.

Teen Book Club. 10:30 a.m. Friday, Cepeda Branch.

Feltastic and Filmazing. “The Emoji Movie,” 2 p.m. Friday, Spicewood Springs Branch.

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

A sign welcomes all to one of the homes at Woodland Faerie Trail. Carolyn Lindell, For American-Statesman


Alamo Drafthouse Kids Club. “Sing,” 10 a.m. Friday, Sunday, Lakeline.  “Monsters Vs. Aliens,” 10:30 a.m. Friday, 10 a.m. Sunday, Mueller. 9:10 a.m. Friday, 9 a.m. Saturday, 9:05 a.m. Sunday, Slaughter Lane. drafthouse.com

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. Zilker Botanical Garden, 2220 Barton Springs Road. zilkergarden.org

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

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


The Austin Humane Society Summer Kids Series! The Austin Humane Society offers events throughout the summer for children. Teddy Bear Surgery, 1 p.m. Saturday. Free, but you must register, AustinHumaneSociety.org, 512-646-7387. Austin Humane Society, 124 W. Anderson Lane.

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

Asian American Resource Center Myanmar Cultural Day. Hands-on activities celebrating this culture. 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. 8401 Cameron Road. austintexas.gov/aarc

Thinkery. Baby Bloomers for children younger than 3. Learn about Animal Adventures. 9 a.m. Saturdays. $5. Thinkery, 1830 Simond Ave. thinkeryaustin.org

Domain Northside’s Summer Splash Bash. Cool down during the heat of summer with water games, a refreshing cooling zone, interactive bubble art, live music and a mechanical shark. (Yes, a mechanical shark!) Splash Bash is part of the mall’s monthly Northside Next series. 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday. 11700 Domain Blvd. domainnorthside.com.

Bullock Museum. Learn about how a real cowboy works with ropes in Yippee Yay! at 2 p.m. Saturday. Bullock Museum, 1800 N. Congress Ave. thestoryoftexas.com

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

Book People 10:30 a.m. story time Illustrator Spotlight, Saturday. BookPeople, 603 N. Lamar Blvd. bookpeople.com

Barnes & Noble story times. Each Saturday all Barnes & Noble locations offer 11 a.m. story times. This week: “Neck & Neck.”barnesandnoble.com

The Telephone Company. 2 p.m. Saturday, Manchaca Road Branch

Paper Circuits, 2 p.m. Saturday, Twin Oaks Branch.

PBS Kids: “Nature Cat: Summer Adventure.” 10 a.m. Saturday, Lakeline, 10: 30 a.m. Saturday, Mueller. drafthouse.com

Literature Live Presents “King Midas.” 3 p.m. Saturday, Recycled Reads Bookstore.


Thinkery. Pop and Fizz workshop, for ages 4 and older, where you can create your own “fireworks” in the kitchen, at 10:30 a.m., noon, 2 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Thinkery, 1830 Simond Ave. thinkeryaustin.org

Bianca Serra, 4, visited the Umlauf Sculpture Garden with her family where she prayed with a bronze statue of a nun. LAURA SKELDING / AMERICAN-STATESMAN


Umlauf Sculpture Garden & Museum. Family Day, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. Umlauf Sculpture Garden & Museum, 605 Robert E. Lee Road. umlaufsculpture.org

Movie Moxie Family Trivia for “Hotel Transylvania.” Form a team and test your knowledge. 1 p.m. Sunday, Barrel O’ Fun, Mueller. drafthouse.com

Be safe this Fourth of July with these fireworks, barbecue tips

Getting ready for a fun Fourth of July? Follow these tips from Dr. Ben Coopwood Jr., a trauma surgeon and burn specialist at Dell Seton Medical Center, which now has a burn unit.

Young children need to be supervised and able to follow directions before giving them a sparkler. From left, Levi Reynolds, Kambell Crites and Charlie McCorvey light their sparklers from a single flame. FRAN HUNTER FOR SMITHVILLE TIMES 2015

Firework safety

1. Sparklers are dangerous. They cause about 75 percent of the firework-related injuries in the U.S., which is also true for Austin. Sparklers burn at 2,000 degrees Fahrenheit, hotter than a blowtorch, Coopwood says. Often it’s young children who get burned. Make sure kids are able to follow directions and are supervised by adults before allowing them to use a sparkler. Handle the sparkler by the non-burning tip, and when it’s done, drop it on a nonflammable surface like the pavement. Douse it in water before putting it in the trash.

2. Never hold a firecracker in your hand and then light it. Instead, light it on a non-burning surface like the pavement.

3. Point Roman candles or bottle rockets (which are not legal in Austin) in a safe direction — away from yourself, other people, animals or a field that could burn. Injuries happen when either people get hit by these fireworks or they are holding a defective one that goes off in their hand. Those bottle rocket wars adults grew up on are a bad idea.

4. Do not light more than one firework at a time. Not all of them will go off, and you will have unlighted fireworks all over the place.

5. Have a designated fireworks lighter. “People who are handling fireworks and are drinking make these same errors in judgment as people who are drinking and driving or drinking and boating,” Coopwood says.

6. Go to professionally run city or neighborhood firework displays and stay in the designated area away from the fireworks.

More Fourth of July safety tips

1. Stay hydrated. No, alcohol doesn’t count as hydration. It will be hot with an expected high of 95.

2. Be careful when lighting a barbecue. Don’t stand over the barbecue when lighting it. Use a long match or long lighter, and keep hair pulled back and avoid loose-fitting shirts. Usually when it comes to barbecue burns, Coopwood sees people who have tried to augment the barbecue grill by throwing something like gasoline on the coals. It flares up when they light it, and their shirt catches fire, burning their arm or chest.

3. Don’t drink and drive or drink and boat.

Could being married save your life? Doctor gives thoughts on new heart study

Last week, we revealed that people who were not married (either never married, widowed or divorce) had a 42 percent increase risk of developing cardiovascular disease and a 16 percent increased risk of coronary heart disease and a 43 percent greater risk of dying from coronary heart disease and a 55 percent great risk of dying form a stroke.

The study, which was published in the journal Heart, looked at the marital status of people enrolled in 34 different studies of 2 million people.

Why would marriage or not being married matter when it comes to being heart healthy?

Dr. Paul Tucker, a cardiologist who practices at St. David’s South Austin Medical Center, says the study made sense to him in what he’s observed in his practice. “I really do think there is truth to the study,” he says.

Melvin and Flora Mae Beck celebrated 60 years of marriage with a party at Sacred Heart Parish Hall on Oct. 7, 2017. Marriage could be a good thing in heart disease prevention. LEA ANN GOERTZ LEE FOR ACN

“When you’re married, you’ve got someone looking out for you,” he says. If your spouse sees that you are looking tired, or not looking well, or short of breath, “you’ve got someone looking out for you, calling you out on it, and saying, ‘Let’s get you to the doctor.'”

It could also be as simple as having someone there to call 9-1-1 if they do have a cardiac event, Tucker says, rather than being alone and not being able to call for help.

What he’s also observed is that patients often come in with their spouses when things aren’t going well. “There’s a lot of denial in men and women,” he says, “especially in men. They don’t want to believe that they (are sick). Typically, the wife spurs the visit.”

At that visit, the spouse will often reveal more information about what is really happening. “They definitely look out for each other and tattle on each other in a loving way,” Tucker says.

People who are married have this built-in support system, but you don’t have to be married to have that, Tucker says. Close friends, some sort of social network where people are looking out for you and expecting you to be there, can make a difference, too.

While we can’t point to specific marriage bio marker or biochemical in the body, we do know that people who are stressed have more cortisol or adrenaline, Tucker says.

Stress, emotional health and well-being, spiritual well-being, they all play a role in heart health, he says.

People who are not married, he says, can be prone to depression, which can create stress, and divorce or the loss of a loved one by death can be very stressful, he says. Marriage also might provide more financial stability and a feeling of more contentment in your life.

“We don’t know everything about heart disease,” Tucker says, but one thing he and other doctors see is something called stress cardiomyopathy. Doctors often refer to it as broken heart syndrome. It’s common in women who have lost a spouse, Tucker says, and it looks like a heart attack in that the heart muscle looks terrible, but there’s no blockage. “It’s been well-described around the world,” Tucker says. “We’ve all seen these cases.”



10 cool things to do with kids this summer

Yep, we know, it’s hot. That might make you not want to go outside at all this summer.

A life of sitting around the house in the air conditioning sounds amazing until you do it a few days and get stir crazy.

Zoe Chandler, 7, and Alexandria Ligon, 10 stretch out while practicing their skating at the Chaparral Ice skating rink. Kelly West AMERICAN-STATESMAN 2007

Here are 10 things to do this summer with the kids that involve being somewhere really cool or doing something cool:

  1. Go ice skating. Chaparral Ice has public skating hours each day. Check the daily schedule on its website chaparralice.com  before you head out. It’s $9 to skate plus $5 for skate rental.  Chaparral Ice is at 2525 W. Anderson Lane.
Alisha Clark, 4, of Austin, spoons at her favorite flavored snow cone, rainbow, during a stop with her father, Albert Clark, at the Sno-Beach snow cone stand. AUSTIN AMERICAN-STATESMAN 2-16

2. Do a taste test of Austin snow cones and ice cream stores. Maybe you try a new one every few days.

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Make sure to have a healthy dinner or lunch beforehand and get exercise sometime that day. FYI: Kids are known to gain more weight in the summer than during the school year. 

Looking for more adventure? Make your own frozen treats such as ice cream or pops.

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On the first day of summer 2016, William Saunders, 8 jumps off of the diving board and into the deep end of Northwest pool. In the background, lifeguard Emery Henry keeps watch, while Lily Hobbs, 9 walks a newly surfaced walkway. AMERICAN-STATESMAN 2016

3. Hit the water. Try out a new-to-you water park or pool. Austin now has new water obstacle courses on Lake Travis, Quest ATX and Lake Travis Zipline Adventures’s Waterloo Adventures.

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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 tour in the Blanton Museum of Art. Julia Robinson/ FOR AMERICAN-STATESMAN 2014

4. Go to a museum. Many of our local museums amp up the activities for kids in the summer time. The Bullock Museum has Make It Tuesdays and Sens-ational Thursdays. Each Tuesday at 10 a.m., you get to make history-related art, and each Thursday at 10 a.m., you get to try something that plays to your senses. Bullock Museum, 1800 N. Congress Ave. thestoryoftexas.com

The Blanton Museum has regular programming for kids each week throughout this month. 3ft Deep is for ages 3-5, 10 a.m. Tuesdays; Artists and Authors is for ages 5-7, 10:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. Thursdays; Deeper Dives is for ages 8-10, 10 a.m. Fridays; Free Diving is for ages 11-14, 1 p.m. Fridays. Every Wednesday (except July 4), you can make art in the WorkLab, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Blanton Museum. 200 E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. blantonmuseum.org

The Thinkery is open all summer (except July 4). Mondays and Saturdays at 9 a.m., Baby Bloomers is just for kids younger than 3. For kids 4 and older, special workshops happen on Saturdays and Sundays. We strongly suggest buying tickets (and registering for workshops) ahead of time. Thinkery. 1830 Simond Ave. thinkeryaustin.org

Story time at BookPeople. American-Statesman file

5. Hit the library or bookstore. Yes, we want kids reading all summer long, but aside from that expand-your-brain recommendation, the Austin Public Library’s branch locations have stacked the summer schedule with story tellers, puppet shows, art classes, animal encounters and more. Search library.austintexas.gov to get the schedule.

BookPeople has story times at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. bookpeople.com All Barnes & Noble locations have 11 a.m. Saturday story times. Several locations also have additional story times throughout the week.  barnesandnoble.com

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The Minions are back in the summer family film “Minions.” Universal Pictures

6. Hit the movie theater. Yes, you could go for the latest summer blockbusters, but you also can take in last year’s or the year before’s animated hits at theaters’ special programming for kids. The Alamo Drafthouse locations at the Village, Slaughter Lane, Mueller and Lakeline host daily Kids Camp movies. You pick your price of $1, $3, $5 a ticket and the Alamo Drafthouse donates that to a local nonprofit. drafthouse.com You can also find special sensory friendly screenings of new movies Find that list at drafthouse.com/austin/program/alamo-for-all.

Sometimes, the Paramount Theatre shows classic movies that would be kid-appropriate as part of its Paramount Summer Movie Classics. Upcoming showings include,  “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 Theatre, 713 Congress Ave. austintheatre.org

Flix Jr. Flix offers $2 children’s movies at 11 a.m. Wednesdays. See “Minions,” July 4, “Hook,” July 11, “Ponyo” July 18, “Jumanji,” July 25, 2200 S. Interstate 35, Suite B1, Round Rock. flixbrewhouse.com

Regal Summer Movie Express shows $1 movies 10 a.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays at Westgate Stadium 11 and Gateway Stadium 16. “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.  regmovies.com/movies/summer-movie-express

Cinemark Summer Movie Clubhouse . Offers $1 movies 10 a.m. Mondays through Thursdays at Round Rock 8. “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 $5 Summer Family Film Series: “The Land Before Time,” 2 p.m. July 14; “Toy Story,” 2 p.m. Aug. 11. Bullock Museum, 1800 N. Congress Ave. thestoryoftexas.com

And you can also find free film screenings at the library. “Black Panther,” 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

Families can partake in ice painting workshops at Laguna Gloria’s August installment of its Second Saturdays program. American-Statesman 

7. Paint with colored ice. The Contemporary Austin regularly offers this event every August as part of its second Saturday Families Create event, but you could do it at home, too. Make your own colored ice cubes using food coloring or water-based paint. Pop a Popsicle stick or toothpick in the end of the cube before it freezes. Once it’s frozen, pop out the cubes and then color the paper or pavement with your creations. This year’s Ice Painting at the Contemporary Austin will be 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Aug. 11. Laguna Gloria, 3809 W. 35th St. thecontemporaryaustin.org

Ava Villalpando plays with a Play Day Fun Blaster. JAY JANNER / AMERICAN-STATESMAN 2016

8. Create your own water park in your backyard. Two years ago we tried out different water toys (Hint: Skip the slide.) Pick up some of these toys or bubble guns or make your own water balloons, put on the swimsuit and get to playing. You also can run through the sprinklers, but only on your designated watering days.

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“All Aboard” from Pollyanna Theatre Company is for the preschool crowd.

9. Go inside and see theater. Yes, you should go to the Zilker Summer Musical starting this Friday, but you’ll sweat in the sun as you’re waiting for it to begin. We have some indoor offerings happening as well. Summer Stock Austin returns with “The Music Man,” beginning July 20, and “Rob1n,” beginning July 24. “Rob1n” is a modern retelling of the Robin Hood tale, which puts a girl in the starring role, in a musical by Allen Robertson and Damon Brown. The Long Center, 701 W. Riverside Drive. thelongcenter.org

“Too Many Stories!” features a girl who outwits a robber. 10:30 a.m. Wednesdays July 11 through Aug. 1. $6. Scottish Rite Theater, 207 W. 18th St. scottishritetheater.org

“Beauty and the Beast” Disney musical is onstage at Zach Theatre. 7:30 p.m. July 11-Sept. 2. $25-$150. Zach Theatre, 202 S. Lamar Blvd. zachtheatre.org

Pollyanna Theatre Company‘s Theater for the Very Young production “All Aboard” is at the Long Center in July. 9:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. July 12-14, 16, 19-21. $6.75. The Long Center, 701 W. Riverside Drive. thelongcenter.org

A flight of ducks fly towards the east above Lady Bird Town Lake. You might not see ducks, but you might see other birds flying by the moonlight. RODOLFO GONZALEZ / AMERICAN-STATESMAN 2015

10. Go for strolls at dawn and dusk. Yes, the days are long in the summer, but if you’re hankering to play outside and not be in the heat, you can enjoy your neighborhood by taking a stroll as the sun comes up or begins to set. You could even bring out the flashlights and see how your neighborhood might be different at night. Can you see the stars? Do you hear the owl or the bugs? Do you see any lightening bugs? Any toads or foxes? Or maybe you just meet a bunch of other walkers trying to escape this heat, too.