STEAMSPACE Education Presents Cities in Space® Awards

STEAMSPACE Education Outreach presented the 5th annual Cities in Space conference and competition, hosting  close to 400 hundred students from 4th to 12th grade  in Austin, TX. These student teams gather annually to present their research and projects focused on the...

AISD School Campuses Closed “Indefinitely”

Superintendent Paul Cruz notified families and staff on Friday, April 3 that all 129 AISD physical school campuses are now closed indefinitely due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Schools will continue to operate via distance learning and district staff will remain...

Boys & Girls Clubs

To continue providing support for Austin-area kids, Boys & Girls Clubs of the Austin Area (BGCAA) will be distributing weekly “Club on the Go” kits to current members and their families while AISD and BGCAA’s 32 locations are shuttered for coronavirus-related...

STEM Competition

The 2020 Capital Area (Austin) Divisional STEM Competition was hosted at The University of Texas at Austin, Engineering Education & Research Center and brought together more than 209 student competitors from across the region for the free event. Texas students...

AISD Crisis Support Fund

Austin ISD is adapting quickly to serve students and families as guidance on curbing the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) is updated daily. AISD staff continues to serve students and the community by making plans for meal provision, remote learning, and attending...

Parenting During the Time of Coronavirus

This is an unprecedented time in our world and, understandably, there are many questions and concerns due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The shut down of schools, business establishments, and restaurants combined with social distancing, and self quarantine have resulted in...

YMCA Offers Virtual Class, Storytime, Craft

If the recent experience at the YMCA of Austin is any indication, shelter-in-place mandates and social distancing practices are no match for the human drive to form communities. Across metropolitan Austin, new YMCA virtual communities are springing up after the recent...
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Fun Family Hiking Ideas

Fun Family Hiking Ideas

What better way to spend quality time with your family and get in touch with nature than a fresh, invigorating walk in the woods, along a river, or at the beach? What’s more, family hikes make for fun learning opportunities for kids and parents alike. So, try some of...

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Dig This 10 Big Benefits of Gardening with Kids

Dig This 10 Big Benefits of Gardening with Kids

Most parents want their children to get outside away from phones, TV, and video games, and gardening is a great way to achieve this goal. However, recent research shows that there are several other benefits to gardening with kids. Here are 10 great reasons to get kids...

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Treating Bug Bites and Stings 

Treating Bug Bites and Stings 

As the weather becomes warmer, the risk of bug bites and stings increases. Although most bug bites are harmless, some can cause serious illness. The number of people who have contracted diseases from infected mosquitoes, ticks, and fleas has tripled in the past 13...

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The Benefits of Art Therapy 

The Benefits of Art Therapy 

Many people think that art therapy is coloring in an adult coloring book or taking a craft workshop. While those activities have definite mental health benefits, arts and crafts projects are not the same as art therapy.   What is Art Therapy? Art therapy is a...

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3 Steps to Building a Heart Healthy Lifestyle

3 Steps to Building a Heart Healthy Lifestyle

Every 37 seconds someone in the United States dies from cardiovascular disease. Adopting a heart healthy lifestyle can reduce your risk of heart attack, stroke, and other chronic illnesses. A heart healthy lifestyle is not a “diet.” It’s a pattern of eating and...

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Help Your Child Set a “60-a-Day” Activity Goal for 2020

Help Your Child Set a “60-a-Day” Activity Goal for 2020

Has your child set a physical activity goal for 2020? Many people think that kids just naturally get enough exercise. Unfortunately, this is not true. Only about 8% of children meet exercise recommendations. Not getting enough exercise can negatively impact a child’s...

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Education
How Nature Impacts Childhood Development

How Nature Impacts Childhood Development

The statistics on how much time American children spend outside each day is startling. The National Recreation and Park Association states that the average child spends only four to seven minutes engaged in unstructured play outdoors, while spending an average of...

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How to Help a Reluctant Reader

How to Help a Reluctant Reader

Getting some kids to read is like pulling teeth.  Actually, for most reluctant readers, pulling teeth would seem like a walk in the park— that’s how resistant they are to reading!   While most of us would agree that reading is good for children, we might not know...

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Why Educational Summer Camps Matter

Why Educational Summer Camps Matter

It’s February and love is in the air. I would say that a chill is also in the air, but we do live in Austin after all, so no guarantees! Good weather or bad, though, chances are that thoughts of summer and summer camps are not top of mind. You might want to try a...

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Encouraging Kids to Try Something New

Encouraging Kids to Try Something New

Childhood presents a wonderful opportunity to explore new activities and to try new things. Failure often doesn’t carry the same weight as it does in adulthood, and the playing field can be more level. By nature, many of those involved are also trying activities for...

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Family Matters
Is Your Family Ready for a Pet?

Is Your Family Ready for a Pet?

Q.  Our children are seven and nine years old. They’ve been asking us for a dog. How can we tell if our kids are ready to take on the responsibility of caring for a dog on their own?   A.  Your children are at an age when it’s possible for them to help with the...

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Can a Child Be His Own Superhero?

Can a Child Be His Own Superhero?

Q.  My first-grade student, Tony, is a little guy who always has his head hung low. When asked to do something, he says he doesn’t know how to do it, or he can’t. Recently he told me he is “no good.” His mother does not seem as interested or involved as other parents....

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6 Ways Parents Can Model Healthy Relationships

6 Ways Parents Can Model Healthy Relationships

By Betty Richardson Q: Sometimes I don’t like my husband much and often don’t agree with him or appreciate him. Will my lack of love for my spouse affect our kids negatively? A This question could have come from a husband, a partner of the same gender, or divorced...

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Making Kindness Your Family’s New Year’s Resolution

Making Kindness Your Family’s New Year’s Resolution

Q.  I am a single mother with two boys ages 10 and 14. It’s time for me to make my New Year’s resolutions. Every year I make resolutions and my boys see me break them. I’d like to be a better role model. What advice can you give me about New Year’s resolutions? Is...

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Out and About
For the Love of Live Oaks

For the Love of Live Oaks

Treaty Oak Estimated between 500-600 years old, the Treaty Oak is one of Austin’s oldest and most famous trees located in Treaty Oak Park. Back in 1989, the Treaty Oak was poisoned by a disgruntled feed store employee and the historic tree nearly perished. But,...

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Outdoor Art in 3D

Outdoor Art in 3D

Outdoor Art in 3D As the weather warms up, it’s a great time to get the kiddos and head outdoors. And in Austin, art is in the air (and on the grass and beside the lake and next to the library…). Private and public community visionaries have made Austin a place with a...

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Hearts of the City

Hearts of the City

By Jill Sayre February is the month for love, and Austin is a place that adores photo backdrop murals that feature sweet sentiments. There are too many vibrant, lovely pieces of public paint to cite in one piece, so we chose four that are especially LOVEly. Your kids,...

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Juicy January

Juicy January

A juice cleanse is a modern twist on the New Year’s resolution. But what is a cleanse, or detox, and is it right for you? And what will your kids eat while you try a cleanse? According to Juiceitup.com, a cleanse is a period of time where you replace meals with fresh...

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