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Disc Golf…more free exercise!

Ok, I know the previous post discusses something similar to disc golf, but the two are different!  And they are both cheap ways to have fun while getting fit.  Therefore, it is important to highlight them both!

So what exactly is disc golf?

“Disc golf is a disc game in which individual players throw a flying disc into a basket or at a target.”

And, according to the Professional Disc Golf Association:

“The object of the game is to traverse a course from beginning to end in the fewest number of throws of the disc.”

The discs are super cheap (about $7) and if you just head over to Pease District Park (24th and Lamar area) you can play for free! That’s right!  I could not believe it either!  You get to play 18 holes of disc golf for absolutely nothing.  What an excellent way to spend these beautiful spring days with friends!

Post by Kristin White

Keeping Kids Occupied

Kids are great fun to hang out with. Till they get bored. Moms, if you have a house full of whiny kids, here are a bunch of cool, cheap, even free things you can do in Austin to keep them entertained and productive!

Photo by foreversouls, Flickr. CC 2.0 Attribution.

Photo by foreversouls, Flickr. CC 2.0 Attribution.

  • As we have mentioned before, parks are great places to keep cool this spring and most of them are free of charge. Austin has no dearth of green havens with playgrounds, nature and hike trails, softball, volleyball and tennis courts, barbecue grills as well as picnic spots. An interesting one for kids is the Austin Nature and Science Center, which could make for a fun educational day trip with rescued animals, an indoor lab and a dinosaur track pit. Click here for more information. A complete list of free/cheap and fun parks for kids is here.
  • Texas Memorial Museum at the Texas Natural Science Center has a host of exhibits around the year. Admission is free. If pterasaur fossils, gem collections and meteorites fascinate your young’uns, this museum is a definitely a good idea. Click here for more info including a map and timings.
  • Boggy Creek Farm features fresh vegetables and fruits, cheese, cream, ice-cream and tofu on market and tour days. This would be a great to explain about food manufacturing, farming and horticulture to kids, not to mention enjoy fresh and delicious food! More info here.
  • Congress Bridge Bats are a major tourist attraction in Austin. The bridge, which spans Town Lake, is home to the largest urban bat colony in North America and is a great end-of-the-day activity with kids. It’s also a great photo opportunity!
Congress Bridge Bats. Photo by barron, Flickr. CC 2.0 Attribution.

Congress Bridge Bats. Photo by barron, Flickr. CC 2.0 Attribution.

The Austin Children’s Museum blog includes many fun ideas for activities with kids, events and games. An interesting event coming up this Saturday, April 4, is the Home Depot kids workshop. Park your kids here for a few hours as they contruct a birdhouse with pre-fabricated kits this month. Find a local store near you here.

Search for more ideas for activities here and here. To meet and communicate with other parents, visit ParentWise, a newsletter for Austin parents and Austin Parent, a blog about raising kids here.

Post by Simrat Sharma.

Science Fiction Film Festival

Even if you are not a Trekkie, you can enjoy some good sci-fi. It’s a plus when you can enjoy it for free! On Friday, March 27th the LBJ Library and the Alamo Drafthouse Rolling Roadshow are partnering to present Unbelievable Fun Outside, a science fiction film festival in conjunction with a current exhibit at the museum. The festival will continue on Saturday with three more sci-fi films for you to enjoy.

The current exhibit being showcased at the LBJ library is “To the Moon: The American Space Program in the 1960s.” The LBJ Presidential Library is free to the public and a great place to take the entire family. The “To the Moon” exhibit will run until July 20, so if you are unable to make it to the film festival you still have some time to learn about President Johnson’s involvement in the NASA Space Program.

The events Friday will also include live music and Amy’s ice cream. The movie Friday night will be a great look back at classic science fiction. The clip below for 1953’s “War of the Worlds” looks prrrretty entertaining. (Don’t let the robotic aliens scare you away!)

Post by Sarah Lacy

Cheap date idea

Loop 360 Bridge from Mount Bonnell

View from Mount Bonnell of the 360 bridge.

While the weather may not be at its best, here is a cheap idea for a day trip with friends, or even a date with that special someone.

Mount Bonnell is:

  • One of Austin’s oldest tourist attractions dating back to 1850.
  • The highest point within Austin City Limits at 785 feet,
  • A wonderful place to picnic in the sun.
  • Contains views of Town Lake and the Pennybacker Bridge as well as wonderful vistas of downtown.
  • a short hike from the road and there is no entrance fee.

    Steps leading up to Mount Bonnell. (photo courtesy of DigiDragon, flickr)

    Steps leading back down to the street by Mount Bonnell.

Mount Bonnell is located at:

Mt. Bonnell Austin
3800 Mt. Bonnell Drive
Austin, TX 78731

Did you know?

Hey Real World fans! Remember Real World Austin, when Danny and Melinda first met? Well, the lovebirds met at Mount Bonnell, before moving into the house together and eventually getting married