May the 2015 Austin Bucket List Adventures Begin!

2015 Austin Bucket Lists

I’ve already seen lots of lists of things people are going to start doing and stop doing in 2015. Mostly, after I read them, I feel…tired. Don’t get me wrong – I’m an avid list-maker and doer, but actually crossing things off any given list is easier said than done.

That’s why I really appreciated being a part of the 2014 Austin Bucket List project. Three of us were committed to getting out there and crossing one item off our list, each month (you can read more about the project and track our progress here). Now that it’s 2015, we have a new set of lists and a few new faces. Learn more about these mamas, up for Austin adventures, and see if this inspires you to get out there and do something new in our town!

After growing up in Pittsburgh and bouncing around The West, Lisa Caldwell settled in Austin in 2012 with her husband and daughter with the dream of eating tacos for the majority of her meals. Lisa counts among her favorite things local beer, hearing her daughter laugh at inappropriate moments, searching for the best burger in town with her husband, cross-stitching offensive phrases and queso. She went to five different colleges, dabbled in graphic design and writing and now works for a branding studio in south Austin. In her spare time, she writes at Hip-Baby Mama.








Here’s Lisa’s Bucket List:

___ Take a Bat cruise or Duck tour

___ See a show at Continental Club

___ Tour the Johnson Ranch

___ Swim at Hamilton Pool

___ Esther’s Follies

___ SXSW Kids event

___ Go to the top of the UT Tower

___ Tour the Capitol building

___ Eat tacos for all three meals at different places in one day

___ East side bar crawl

___ See a UT football game

___ Rent a pontoon boat on Lake LBJ

___ Eat at Franklin Barbecue

A native Austinite and soccer-playing mom, Nicole Basham uses her 8-year-old son as an excuse to rediscover her hometown through his eyes. In Thoreau’s words, her mission is to “suck out all the marrow of life”, or in her son’s words, to cultivate in him a love of “advenchers”. Nicole is the Content Manager at LiveMom and writes for Free Fun in Austin, as well as doing marketing and operations for Barb Steinberg, LMSW.








Here’s Nicole’s Bucket List:

___ Go to a Texas Stars hockey game

___ Have a girls’ night out at the Black Star Co-op

___ Visit Roy Guerrero Park

___ Take a walk on the Boardwalk

___ Run the Capitol 10k or do a triathlonAdvertisement
___ Visit Lost Maples when the fall leaves are in full display

___ Go to a dude ranch

___ Spend a day at a lake on the water

___ Go to Top Golf

___ Indoor skydiving at iFly

___ S’mores at Halcyon

___ Visit the Harry Ransom Center

___ Karaoke Underground

___ Hip hop dancing on a Monday at Nasty’s

___ Visit the French Legation

___ Brewery tasting (where you can bring a slightly-older kid and they can hang with friends so a babysitter isn’t needed)

___ See a performance at the Austin Playhouse

___ Austin Ghost Tour

___ Go to a Round Rock Express baseball game

___ Eat barbecue at Snow’s in Lexington

___ Stay at the Hyatt Lost Pines

Skye got back to Austin in 2000 and she’s never moving away again. She blogs her geeky mom life to a six year old boy at Planet Jinxatron, reviews Austin on Yelp, and gets unreasonably happy when people follow her on Pinterest.








Here’s Skye’s Bucket List:

___ Volunteer with at least two Austin organizations, using Little Helping Hands to find opportunities

___ Attend a Lone Star Jedi event

___ Roller skating

___ Mt. Playmore

___ Cathedral of Junk

___ Spicewood Park

___ Bartholomew Pool

___ Landa Park – New Braunfels

___ At least one event at the Mexican American Cultural Center

___ Laguna Gloria

___ Visit Bricks and Minifigs Store in San Antonio as a day trip

What are you still trying to cross off your Austin Bucket List? If you had a great time doing something here in Austin with or without your kids, we’d love to hear about it! Email us at if you are interested in having a story of your family’s adventures in Austin being featured on LiveMom. Submissions will be reviewed based on length, clarity and space on our editorial calendar.



About Nicole Basham 793 Articles
A native Austinite and soccer-playing mom, Nicole uses her 10-year-old son as an excuse to rediscover her hometown through his eyes. In Thoreau's words, her mission is to "suck out all the marrow of life", or in her son's words, to cultivate in him a love of "advenchers".

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