In case you had any notion of lazy August days to round out your summer, think again! Here is a list of back to school and end of summer events we have rounded up. Please let us know in the comments section if there is anything we have missed. Happy almost-fall!
Saturday, August 16th
AISD Back to School Bash – From 9am-noon at the Austin Convention Center, learn more about the services and programs that can help students enjoy a safe and successful school year. More than 130 community and district organizations will offer exhibits for AISD families. Austin ISD is also providing free shuttles at locations throughout the city. Presentations on safety and educational best practices will help prepare both students and parents for the first day of school and beyond. Nurses from Dell Children’s/AISD Health Services will provide free vaccinations and Kids Vision for Life Central Texas may be providing free vision exams and eyeglasses. Students will also receive a free backpack filled with school supplies appropriate for their particular grade level. FREE.
Kidgits Back to School Event- From Noon- 2:00 p.m. at Lakeline Mall, Dillards Women’s Court, 11200 Lakeline Mall Drive, Cedar Park. Not quite ready to get back to school? Come along on a final summer vacation “Around the World”. Members begin the adventure when you check in at the tourist table and receive your “Passport” to an around the world mall adventure. Get your passport stamped at each country you visit, enjoying cultural activities along the way. Once your passport is filled, get a spin on the wheel for a neat Back-to-School surprise! Cost: $5 annual membership fee.
Camp Grace End of Summer Party – From 1-5pm, the First Evangelical Free Church will host a respite party for families with special needs with a water slide, outdoor sensory stations, slip-n-slides, outdoor water games, a bubble machine, popsicles and more. All individuals with special needs will be assigned a trained volunteer who will be with him/her for the entire event. The “pal” will help with transitions and safety. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org. FREE.
TRACE Ice Cream Social benefiting SafePlace – At the third annual Ice Cream Social, taking place from 3-5pm, sample frozen favorites crafted by Pastry Chef Angel Begaye, including treats like chocolate toffee ice cream sandwiches, peach swirl sorbet push-up pops, and even fido ice cream for your four-legged friends! Guests are encouraged to bring school supply donations for SafePlace‘s back-to-school drive. Learn more here: www.safeplace.org/
Sunday, August 17th
6th Annual Back to School Parade – The festival will take place from 1-7pm at Bartholomew Park and the parade will happen from 3-6pm. Vendors will be onsite and backpacks will be distributed to those who receive a wristband between 1 and 2:30pm at the Park. Donations of backpacks and school supplies are accepted at KT’s Deli and local Capital One bank branches. After the parade, a family-friendly concert will take place featuring gospel rap and Christian bands. FREE.
Monday, August 18th
Prayer Flags/Back to School Celebration – The beginning of the school year opens the door to a new era of life for children, teachers and parents. Come honor this new year by making some Artist prayer flags. These Artist Prayer flags are deeply personal, and can be created to honor your own spiritual beliefs and practices. In this class students focus their energies on techniques like dying, embroidering, sewing, writing, measuring, and painting their flags. There will be two week-long camps: 8:30-11:30am for toddlers and 12-2:45pm for ages 8-12 (although these are suggested ages). Each student will choose a unique set of colors for their flags and design a set of flags that embodies their own personal hopes, dreams and goals for the upcoming school year. $190 plus fees.
Wednesday, August 20th
Back to School Music Bash – Kids have been exploring Austin and checking off items from their I Heart Austin Summer Fun Checklist all summer long! Join us on Wednesday, August 20, 2014, from 5:00- 8:00 p.m. at the Thinkery to celebrate the last hurrah of Summer 2014! We’ll be in the Courtyard with live music, prizes, swag for the kids, entertainment, food and fun for all! We’ll also be jamming to the tunes of Lee Alexander, Elizabeth McQueen, The Que Pastas, Rosie Flores and Joe McDermott! Food and drinks will be available for purchase from Galaxy Cafe and Snap Kitchen. Be sure to bring a blanket to sit on as seating is limited. Admission is FREE! We are taking donations of new backpacks and/ or cash that will be donated to Cap City Kids, a local charity that helps children in need. Space is limited so please be sure to RSVP!
Friday, August 22nd
The Kissing Hand Storytime – The Art Garage is hosting its 4th annual celebration of back to school at 10:45am, including reading The Kissing Hand, creating a kissing handprint on a ceramic tile with personalization from one of the Art Garage artists and a few surprises. The cost per child is $12. Space is limited, so call to register at 512-852-9900.
The ABC’s of Style – This event, produced in association with Teen Vogue Back to School Saturdays, features a live performance by AJR and The Summer Set, a fashion presentation, prizes and the best in back-to-school shopping. The ABC’s of Style will take place at the Century Oaks Terrace near Macy’s from 5-9pm.
ACE’s Back to School at the Belmont – This fundraising event for ages 18 and up, featuring Waterloo Revival, will raise money for ACE: A Community for Education. The organization’s mission is to provide low-income schools with trained AmeriCorps tutors to ensure that children advance to grade level in reading before third grade. The event lasts from 8-11pm and tickets are $40 in advance and $50 at the door.
Blazer Tag Back to School Lock-In – Check in at 11pm. Begins at midnight and ends at 7am the following day. Includes unlimited laser tag, trivia questions, raffle prize, a dance contest and other fun activities. Chances to win prizes and giveaways. Tickets can be purchased online for $21.95 each (plus tax) for 1-9 people and $16.95 each (plus tax) for 10 or more.
Back 2 School Lock-In – Starting at 11:30pm and lasting until 8am the following day, Austin Roller Rink will offer skating, movies, games and much more. Entry is $20 per person, and donuts and juice are provided for breakfast.
Saturday, August 23rd
Back to School Bash – The Dove Springs Recreation Center is hosting an event from 10am until noon. FREE.
Build a Better Bento Box – Andi Jo will be showing you how to build a healthy bento box for you and your kids at Whole Foods Arbor Trails as we all get back in the swing of things. Learn as she demos some healthy recipes, join in the fun as we create yummy snacks with the kids and go home with your own reusable bento box + back to school recipes! Samples and recipes included. Most suitable for ages 5-12. Parent supervision required. Event takes place from 11am until noon and tickets are $22 plus fees.
Back to School Bash – Whole Foods at the Domain is helping you get ready for the school year with a vendor fair featuring lunchbox-friendly foods, a kids sing-a-long and puppet show and a meet & greet with community groups offering afterschool programs. Whole Foods is collecting school supplies for Austin students in need throughout the month of August. Make your donation at Guest Services for a chance to win a $100 gift card. Event takes place from noon until 3pm and is FREE.
Sunday, August 24th
Thursday, September 4th
Thinkery21: Back to School – Thinkery21 is an evening series exclusively for adults 21 and up. Experience innovative exhibits, live demonstrations, hands-on activities and more, depending on each night’s program. Grab a drink and mingle with makers, scientists, artists, and other interesting folks. Start your night in our School Picture Photobooth, with fun, 80s-style backdrops and props. Go on a “field trip” in our Spark Yard to The SHOW on the Road, a climate controlled, fully functioning contemporary mobile art gallery, bringing art to the streets and the people of Austin, Texas. Join us at recess for a variety of playground games (foursquare, hop scotch, jumprope). Learn how to make a craft cocktail in Kitchen Lab with expert mixologists from Contigo. Short Bus Subs will be on site serving hot sandwiches to the masses in the most fun way possible, their school bus.The event starts at 7pm and tickets are $15 per person in advance ($13 for members) and $20 onsite ($18 for members). Each ticket includes one drink ticket.
Saturday, September 6th
MetroMoms Back to School Celebration – Bring the kids for indoor and outdoor play, kid snacks and crafts at Ashley’s Playhouse! Expert Cheryl Carey will give 15-minute information sessions at 9:45 and 10:30am about healthy snacks for toddlers and smart choices for big kids’ lunch boxes. Every mom will receive a Neat-Oh ZipBin Lunchbox filled with goodies and will be entered to win prizes, including a Britax Frontier 90 car seat. The event takes place from 9:30-11:30am, and tickets are $14/adult & child pair; $3/each additional child.
Friday, September 19th
Back to School Spirit Shirts – Instructors will help tie dye shirts from 3-7pm during this open studio time. The Art Garage will have all the local schools’ colors and ideas to create the perfect spirit wear. The $16 cost includes all materials and instructions. Call ahead with estimated arrival time and shirt sizes (512-852-9900).
Saturday, September 20th
Back to School BASH – Come send off summer and celebrate the beginning of a new school year! Bounce house, face painting, photo booth, gfcf snacks, games, and more! The Bash is co-hosted by the Greater Austin Chapter of the Autism Society and the Johnson Center, The event takes place at the Austin Recreation Center from 11:30am-2:30pm and is FREE. RSVP to email@example.com or 512-732-8400.
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