By Matt Norman
I need to sign the kids up for summer camp!
It's March. I have plenty of time. I'll do it tomorrow.
Oh right. Camp. It's just May. I still have time. Tomorrow I will definitely do it.
Wait, what's the date? Summer is almost half over?! I never scheduled camp! The kids are running through the house like capuchin monkeys! What am I going to do for the next two months?!
First thing's first: Don't panic! Forgetting to schedule summer camp for your kids isn't the end of the world. Austin is full of fun activities that can fill the rest of your summer days. Here are my six favorite summertime sanity savers for Austin-area parents:
My kids would spend all day playing with the giant-sized Lite Brite-style block wall in the light lab at Thinkery if I'd let them. And I probably would let them if there weren't so many other cool things inside this big red children's museum. Tip: Bring extra clothes for the kids. There's a good chance they'll get wet in the currents exhibit.
5. Road Trip!
Austin is perfectly located for multiple summertime day trips. San Antonio and its plethora of activities is a short drive down I-35. The Texas Sports Hall of Fame and Mammoth National Monument are a quick jaunt up 35 in Waco. Longhorn Caverns State Park lies just to our west, and Washington on the Brazos State Historic Site is a quick drive east. The options for road trips are endless. Gas up the car and get going!
4. Austin Zoo
Lions and tigers and bears in Austin? Oh my, yes! The Austin zoo has a wide variety of awesome rescued animals to check out. From pot bellied pigs to a house full of reptiles to exhibits full of monkeys, the Austin Zoo covers pretty much all of your animal sight-seeing needs. And if your kids are like mine, they won't care that there's a bengal tiger four feet from them...they'll be most interested in feeding the goats in the petting zoo area.
OK, I know this one doesn't sound as exciting as seeing a goat or a lion, but have you ever taken a kid bowling? Let me let you in on a little secret: Kids. Love. Bowling. During the week it's relatively cheap for the whole family. It's indoors (air conditioning!). There's that awesome sound of the ball rolling down the lane and busting up the pins. It's tons of fun. Also, there are bowling alleys all over town, so you don't have to look far to find one. Bowling. Try it.
2. Swimming Pools
Yes, they take some extra effort - lathering up the kids with sunscreen is the bane of my summer existence - but pools are well worth it. Most City of Austin pools are free, and the swimming holes that aren't free are well worth the price of admission. For an adult admission of $3 and kids only $1, a day at Barton Springs or Deep Eddy can't be beat.
1. Find a camp on Nurture My Child and sign your kids up!
There are so many camps offered all the way up until the start of school, it's really never too late in the summer to get going. Our FREE camp search will help you find the perfect match for your child.
Follow this advice, and when late August rolls around you and your kids will feel like you've had the summer of a lifetime!