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.
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.
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.”
Fourth of July is almost upon us. This week and all summer long, we head to pools, to lakes, to any body of water we can get into with our families to cool off from the heat.
But a fun day in the water can turn tragic in a few minutes time.
Tina Van Winkle learned firsthand how quickly a child can become submerged in water June 9 while swimming with her son Teddy, 3, her baby Roger and her father at a neighborhood pool in the Wells Branch area. It was a quiet Saturday morning with two lifeguards in their stations and more in the office and about 15 people in the pool, Van Winkle says.
The Van Winkles had been swimming, and Teddy had asked to take off his Puddle Jumper flotation device so he could practice floating. Then, when they were all getting out of the pool, her father was carrying the baby and she thought he also had Teddy as well. She swam to the pool ladder to get out of the pool to follow her dad back to the picnic table.
“I had visually registered that Teddy was with my dad,” she says. She had even seen him out of the water and on the pavement next to the pool, following her dad back to their picnic table. “My dad thought I was bringing up the rear … it was a misunderstanding.”
Teddy had seen their beach ball floating in the pool and jumped in to grab it. When Van Winkle saw that Teddy wasn’t with her dad, she scanned the pool and saw him floating with just his arms above water in the shallow end, which was about 3 feet. She jumped in and pulled him out. The lifeguards had not registered yet what had happened, she says.
Teddy was limp, but hadn’t lost consciousness and he immediately started spitting out water. They walked home, thinking that everything was fine, but Teddy was lethargic and wasn’t himself.
She took him to the St. David’s Children’s Hospital in North Austin, where he stayed overnight for observation because he had fluid in his lungs.
Van Winkle and her father both had years of swimming experience, he as a lifeguard and swim instructor in his youth and she on the swim team in high school. “I know never to take my eyes off of kids,” she says. “And I did.”
“Even though I already knew a lot of the guidelines about water safety, I didn’t follow them to the letter,” she says.
The experience confirmed with her how quickly it could happen — she estimates he was out of her sight maybe two minutes — and the importance of having someone within arms’ length of a child anytime you’re around water, and the importance of verbally confirming who is watching each child. It’s also a reminder for parents and guardians to have strong swimming skills themselves, she says, because she could jump in quickly and pull him out of the pool.
Even though Teddy can talk about that day and how scared he was, it hasn’t stopped him from swimming. He has been back in the pool twice since then and will take swimming lessons next month.
“He was fearless again,” she says. “Maybe that’s a bad thing, because it led him to believe he could swim.”
Dr. Elinor Pisano, the pediatric hospitalist that saw Teddy at St. David’s, says the hospital has seen a spike in the number of drownings or near-drownings in the hospital this May and June.
“We do see a spike every spring and summertime,” she says, but this year the number of deaths seems higher. She could not give specific numbers.
Deaths can happen within five minutes she says and the likelihood of a fatality or severe brain damage goes up with each passing minute, she says.
“The key thing is supervision,” she says. “It’s not that there is a total absence of supervision; it’s a momentary lapse of supervision.”
Often it’s a case like the Van Winkles’, where there are multiple caregivers and someone assumes that someone else is watching the child.
“Someone turns their back for just a minute, and they later realized that child is underwater,” she says.
Make sure that there is a designated adult watching the child and that that adult is within arms’ length. If you’re that adult and you have to step away, confirm with someone else that they are watching the child, Pisano says.
If a child does become submerged, pull them out as quickly as possible, ask someone else to call 9-1-1 and start CPR. Make sure the child is seen by either an emergency medical technician or in the emergency room to confirm that their oxygen level is normal and that there are no lasting effects.
Other things you can do to prevent drownings include making sure you have a four-sided fence around your backyard pool with a locked gate that closes behind you; and giving kids swim lessons beginning at age 1. Pisano says there was some old thinking that it would give kids a sense of bravery that they could swim before they really could, but now there’s some evidence that it does provide some level of protection. She does warn, “There’s no way to drown-proof your child.”
While drowning is most common in children 4 and younger, it also is common in teenage boys and when there is alcohol or substances involved.
It also doesn’t always happen in in-ground pools. Wading pools, above-ground pools, lakes, hot tubs and bathtubs all can be dangerous.
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 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.
Don’t forget to wear your sunscreen and bug spray, too.
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.
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.
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)
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/
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
Many high schools offer summer camps for young athletes. Westwood High School sent us their schedule:
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)
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)
June 4-7: 1-4 p.m. (second-ninth graders)
June 18 -21: 1-5 p.m. (fourth-ninth graders)
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)
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Solar 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 Day, 10-4 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
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.
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
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.orgAt 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
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.
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
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 SummerFree 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
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 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
YMCA of Austin announced the name of the overnight camp it is building on 85 acres along Onion Creek in northern Hays County. It will be called Camp Moody after a $6.25 million gift from the Moody Foundation.
YMCA of Austin is finishing out a $18.3 million capital campaign, which includes a $500,000 challenge grant from the J.E. and L.E. Mabee Foundation. It has about $2.8 million to go.
The goal of the new camp is to get more kids outdoors and provide more kids in the Austin area a chance to go to an overnight camp.
“Too many of our kids are spending too much time indoors, inactive, and in front of screens,” said Ellie Falcao, Co-Chair of the YMCA’s capital campaign, in a press release. “But YMCA Camp Moody will help get thousands of kids into the outdoors.”
The YMCA of Austin says it has been doing outdoor activities at its day camps since the 1970s, but it has been the largest YMCA in the country without an overnight camp.
The camp, which is expected to open the overnight portion in 2020, will be designed to be accessible for all. The first phase will include a dining hall, treehouse cabins, two bunk cabin villages, a 15,000-square-foot enclosed aquatics center, 700-foot dual zip lines, a climbing wall, archery range, ropes course, entertainment amphitheater, open-air sports space and accessible trails.
The camp is designed to house 240 kids in its overnight program. Most sessions will be a week long, but there might be shorter camps offered for younger kids. The overnight camp will be for kids age 7-17. In addition, kids 4-14 will have day-camp options, and the hope is that the YMCA will be able to provide buses to and from camp.
The aquatics center will support the swimming program for Hays Consolidated Independent School District. The swim center is expected to open in September 2019.
“There is a clear need to preserve more natural spaces in Central Texas where kids can be physically active, connect with nature, and just play and explore in a safe environment,” said James Finck, YMCA of Austin president and CEO, in a press release. “We’re addressing a need to provide an accessible overnight camp experience; one that is closer to the city, affordable to all families, and welcoming to people of all abilities.”
The property already is being being put to use by school groups. This summer, week-long day camps will be offered starting in June for $210 a week for nonmembers and $150 a week for members. Some financial assistance is available.
Austinite and University of Texas graduate Cristal Glangchai founded VentureLab to teach kids how to think like entrepreneurs using science technology engineering and math skills, and now she’s turned her work with kids into a book “Venture Girls: Raising Girls to be Tomorrow’s Leaders.” (Harper, $16.99)
Glangchai knows a thing or two about being an entrepreneur. She has a doctorate from UT in among other things biomedical engineering. She started a tech company using nanoparticles to deliver medications to diseased tissue, and then was the director of the Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation at Trinity University in San Antonio. She started VentureLab in 2013 to bring her love of trying new things, learning from failure and getting messy to kids, especially girls in the form of camps.
The book is her way of helping parents understand why encouraging kids to be entrepreneurs is important as well as giving them activities for the encouraging.
“I really wanted to give parents a practical way to empower their kids through the entrepreneurial mindset,” she says.
The book is also full of research that has been done on girls and STEM and how kids learn in general, which is different than what they might be learning in school. Instead of teaching kids how to do well on tests, Glangchai is big on teaching kids how to think, how to be inquisitive, make a hypothesis, do research and work to solve a problem.
One statistic she loves is that 65 percent of kids in primary school won’t have jobs that we can imagine. “We have to teach kids to take ideas and make it real,” she says.
Her concern is that if we give kids only those “hard skills” that have only one answer, if we don’t teach them how to think outside the box, they might struggle at transitioning to the new job market.
“It’s the softer skills they need to be learning,” she says.
There’s a lot of focus on girls in STEM right now. We know that in elementary school, girls tend to outperform boys in science and math skills, but then in middle school and high school girls start to fall behind the boys in the class.
Some of that might be the way we teach STEM classes. Girls are motivated by a desire to help people to solve problems. Glangchai, herself, wanted to be a firefighter as a kid because of this desire to help people, not because of the science of fire. Men and boys, she says, tend to be driven by the idea of innovation or the idea of growing in power and leadership. That’s why, as a study showed, girls do better in algebra when it’s taught as a word problem versus a straight equation.
“Women are slowly making progress,” in going into STEM fields, she says, “We want to get passed STEM. Entrepreneurship helps create confident women leaders in any field.”
Glangchai advocates for teaching entrepreneurship in schools. Some schools are really good on hands-on learning, but many are not. She likens it to coding, which took about a decade to become a regularly offered class.
Entrepreneurship is also good for boys, too. Kids do well when you take them out of their comfort zones and allow them to fail. “We’re teaching kids to be curious as opposed to being afraid,” she says.
Parents can be a big part of raising young entrepreneurs, she says. “Instead of saying to their daughters: ‘don’t get your dress dirty, don’t go play in the mud,’ tell them, ‘to be adventurous, to go out and explore.’ It’s a different way of raising their daughter.”
The book gives parents many different ideas of things you can do to encourage entrepreneurship and out-of-the-box thinking. It’s things like making edible play dough, trying different formulas of slime, rethinking the ordinary Oreo or pizza slice by changing out one thing at a time.
Here are a couple activities that Glangchai especially loves and does with her own four children:
SCAMPER with Oreos
What you need:
Pen and paper
Oreo or like cookies, other food items in your pantry or fridge
Think about a sandwich-style cookie like an Oreo. Examine one.
Start brainstorming what you could do with it. Write down your ideas.
Substitute: What could you change out about this cookie? The cream? The cookie? What with?
Combine: What could you combine with the cookie to make something new?
Adapt: How could you adapt or adjust this product?
Modify: How could you change the shape, the look, the feel of the product?
Put to another use: How could you use the product for another purpose?
Eliminate: What parts could you remove?
Reverse/rearrange: How could you change the design of the cookie?
Then you get to try out making something new with your Oreo cookies and your items in the kitchen.
What you need:
Pen and paper
Imagine what you could do with leftover Legos. Draw out a new design.
Gather your Legos and experiment with different ones in your design.
Create step-by-step guide with pictures of your design on the cardboard. Make it look like the designs and instructions you get when you buy Legos.
Put the Legos and the design guide in a zip-top bag.
Then you can promote and market and sell your designs.
In June, Glangchai will be offering a workbook that will have one activity for each of the 52 weeks of the year that families can do together. The RISE (Raising & Inspiring Successful Entrepreneurs) workbook will be on Glangchai’s website, venturelab.org.
“Venture Girls” Book Release
Cristal Glangchai will be talking about her book and offering an entrepreneurial activity for families to try.
Girls Empowerment Network has a cool program for girls who are in middle school, high school of college. Girls Advocacy Day teaches girls how to “advocate like a boss” on topics such as dating violence and sexual assault, sexual harassment on school campuses, bullying, discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender, and mental health. Attendees will meet with women who do this work. Lunch is provided
The program is 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday at First Baptist Church of Austin, 901 Trinity St.
Here’s what the topics for the day look like from the registration form:
The Power of Advocacy: What is advocacy and what can it look like? How can we use our voices and collective power to contribute to positive change in our circles (friends and peers), schools, neighborhoods, and communities?
Advocating Like a Boss: Learn best practices in communication and public speaking to grow your confidence and impact as an advocate.
Small Groups: Identify community needs you’re passionate about and create group consensus on how to address and solve these needs.
Power Chats: Meet women who work in politics, public policy, and community organizing! This is your chance to connect with relatable role models and learn about advocacy from women who do the work!
Stress Management and Self-Care: Avoiding advocate burnout.
January often feels too early to think about summer camp, right? It’s not.
Some of Austin’s most popular summer camps open their registration this month or next month and are full within days, sometimes minutes after opening for registration.
Here are four that tend to sell out quickly:
Science, technology, engineering, art and math-themed camps. Themes include designing and engineering a storybook problem, exploring STEAM in our city, engineering with sound, flight, robots and Minecraft.
Location: The Thinkery camps are at four locations, including at the Thinkery, 1830 Simond Ave.; (East); National Instruments, 11500 N. MoPac Blvd. (North near Domain); Magellan International School, 7938 Great Northern Blvd. (North Central); International School of Texas, 4402 Hudson Bend Road (West near Lakeway); Emergent Academy, 1044 Liberty Park Drive (Southwest).
When: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., or 9 a.m.-1 p.m. for part-day pre-kindergarten-kindergarten sessions. Extended care beginning at 8 a.m. and going until 5:30 p.m. for $50, but not available at National Instruments. One week sessions June 4-Aug. 17
Cost: $330 for members, $365 for non-members for first-graders-fifth-graders, $350 for members, $385 non-members for pre-kindergarten-kindergarten full-day, $80 off for part-day.
How to register: Registration for Thinkery members is happening now through Jan. 15. Non-members can register Jan. 16. Register online at thinkeryaustin.org or over the phone at 512-469-6201. You have to pay the full price to reserve your spot.
What if you don’t get in: The Thinkery does not maintain a waiting list, but you can check back on the website to see if a spot opens up.
Austin Science & Nature Center
Nature and science-based camps based on a theme each week. Some camps include off-site campouts.
Ages: 4-11 (half day for ages 4-5, full day for ages 5-11)
Location: 2389 Stratford Drive
When: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. for full day in one or two week sessions, June 11- Aug. 17. Before care beginning at 7:15 a.m. and late care until 6 p.m. is also available.
Cost: $200 standard price for one week, $150 for half day camp, $250 for a camp with camp outs
How to register: Go to austintexas.gov/ansc and select online registration. Select the camps you want. Registration is open to Austin residents 10 a.m. Feb. 10 and 1 p.m. Feb. 10 to non-residents. You pay a deposit for 20 percent of class price. If you don’t know your user name or password or have other questions, call the center at 512-974-3888 before Feb. 10.
What if you don’t get in: Complete registration and ask to be put on the waiting list.
Dougherty Art Center
The City of Austin art center offers affordable art camps.
Location: Dougherty Art Center, 1110 Barton Springs Road
When: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday in two-week sessions, June 11-Aug. 3, you can also add a before camp and after camp session
Cost: $432 for two weeks, $50 additional for before camp and $50 for after camp
How to register: Go to austintexas.gov/dougherty and select online registration. Select the camps you want. Registration is open to Austin residents 10 a.m. Feb. 17 and 1 p.m. Feb. 17 to non-residents. You pay the full amount of the class at the time of registration. If you’ve created an account before and don’t know what your user name and password is, contact the office in advance to get it reset, 512-974-4040, DACschool@austintexas.gov.
What if you don’t get in: Call the office or email and ask to be placed on the waiting list.
Crenshaw Athletic Club
A full-day camp with gym, computer time, field trips, swimming, games.
When: 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday in three weeks sessions; dates to be determined, but tentatively June 4, June 25, July 16 and Aug. 6 (two weeks).
Cost: $720-$750 for each three week session
How to register: Fill out the registration form on crenshaws.com and put it in the mail on March 1, not any earlier. Include a $100 deposit. Or you can register in-person beginning at 6 a.m. on March 5, but the mailed registrations postmarked March 1, 2, and 3 will be taken before you. Mailed registrations with an earlier date will be taken after the March 5 registrations.
What if you don’t get it: Asked to be put on the waiting list.
You can get more summer camp ideas by checking out last year’s camp guide, campguide.austin360.com. We’ll be introducing this year’s guide on Feb. 16.
Charles Mead, director of marketing and public relations at the local Capitol Area Council, Boy Scouts of America, says he’s not aware of any girls who have indicated their interest in becoming a Cub Scout.
He does note that the council wouldn’t necessarily get those requests. Instead, those requests would come to the charter organization — the church or school or other group — that sponsors the local den, pack or troop. Those charter organizations could decide to start Cub Scout dens for girls within their pack, or start a separate pack for girls, or not allow girls to join at all, he says.
Once charter organizations decide what to do, the council will then figure out how to roll out the program to those packs or dens that have girls within them, he says.
When it comes to older scouts, those at the Boy Scout level (after elementary school), those troops don’t have the option of having girls within their troops. They would have to have a separate troop for girls. What that would look like and what those girls and troops would be called has not been decided, Mead says. The council also has not decided what to do when it comes to Scout camps or camping arrangements.
Traditionally Cub Scouts camping is for the whole family, so girls are experiencing that already.
Boy Scouts, Mead says, is trying “to reflect and meet a need demonstrated by families to offer a program that can serve both their sons and daughters.”
The local council is looking for more announcements and guidance from Boy Scouts of America next year. What it will be able to offer girls, though, is “not some watered down offerings for young women,” he says. They will have the same program as the boys and be able to attain the rank of Eagle Scouts like the boys.
Right now through Girl Scouts, girls can become a Silver Girl Scout, which is a similar project to the Eagle Scout project as far as a time commitment, as a middle-schooler and a Gold Girl Scout, which is a more complicated project, as a high-schooler.
Mead doesn’t believe Boy Scouts’ decision to allow girls to join will hurt the relationship between the Capital Area Council of Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts of Central Texas. “We’ve had a good relationship in the past,” he says. “We don’t see why it would need to change because of this.”
“The Girl Scout Program is excellent,” he says. “They have a very important focus on leadership development. They have really invested a lot of time in the STEM skills program.”
In addition to increasing science, technology, engineering and math programming, Girl Scouts also has increased its outdoor offerings in the last three years, and continued to focus on leadership development and entrepreneurship.
Girl Scouts of Central Texas and Capital Area Council of Boy Scouts always have recruited together, says Lolis Garcia-Babb, director of marketing and communications of Girl Scouts of Central Texas. “We both recognize the importance of Scouting,” she says. It’s unknown where that relationship stands after the announcement, she says. She doesn’t understand why Boy Scouts would want to try to recruit girls rather than try to attract more of the 90 percent of boys who are not in Scouts.
Girl Scouts does not have any plans to recruit boys to its program, Garcia-Babb says.
“Girl Scouts remains committed to and believes strongly in the importance of the all-girl, girl-led, and girl-friendly environment that Girl Scouts provides, which creates a necessary safe space for girls to learn and thrive,” Girl Scouts of Central Texas said in a statement Wednesday. “The benefit of this type of girl-centered environment has been well-documented by educators, scholars, and other girl- and youth-serving organizations, as well as Girl Scouts themselves. We are dedicated to ensuring that girls are able to take advantage of a program tailored specifically to their unique developmental needs.”