In Texas we are quickly approaching the beginning of school on August 17th. We have one week between middle school orientation camps and the actual beginning of school with nothing scheduled. What are some fun suggestions of things to do with kiddos that will end the summer on a high note?
I recommend a "Kids in Charge" week. Kids have no rules regarding screen time, bed time, or anything else, BUT they are in charge of all the housework for the week including laundry, cooking dinners, taking care of the dog, etc. I've given them a budget for food/shopping and a budget for entertainment that they can spend however they want: movies, bowling, etc. I have to give them rides when they ask, but they have to give me notice.
Purple martin roost travisaudubon.org/?event=pu... This link is for the Travis Audubon event on this Saturday, but the birds will be there every night. It's a public space, so we could go any time, and it's free.
Things to do in Austin
Bracken Bat Cave - sunset- about 1hr+ drive south of Austin, with an estimated 20 million Mexican free-tailed bats!! Sign up at www.batcon.org. Gate: 29.687649°, -98.330215°; Cave: 29.687068°, -98.352554°
Cathedral of Junk. roadsideamerica.com/story/7816 Also has a Facebook page. 4422 Lareina Dr., Austin, TX. Directions: Go south on Congress Ave., turn right on St. Elmo Rd, then take the second left onto Lareina. Private home, owner is Vince Hannemann. By appt only. (Call to verify) 512-299-7413
Free public places
Larry Monroe Forever Bridge (Eastside Drive, about 3 blocks from our house)
The Stick your Head Here sculpture at 2204 S. Congress Ave., Austin, TX; in the median between W. Live Oak St. and Bartlett St. where they intersect the west side of S. Congress Ave.