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Heidi Gollub – Founder and Editor of Free Fun in Austin

Hi there! I’m glad you found me at Free Fun in Austin. My life story, in a nutshell, is this: I visited 18 countries and lived in five, before marrying a Canadian boy at age 22. I have degrees in Theatre Arts and French and worked in professional theatre for eight years, before having my first baby. Shortly after she was born, our little family moved from Canada to Austin. Our daughter was followed by three bouncing baby boys, and recently another little girl.

We’ve been in Austin for 13 years now, which is the longest I have ever lived in one place. Our kids are 1, 6, 8, 12 and 14, so we no longer do a lot of international travel. Instead, I channel my wanderlust into exploring Austin and surrounding cities. There is a tremendous amount of fun packed into our area!

I hope you enjoy reading about all the free activities going on around town. Please follow Free Fun in Austin on Facebook if you can, as that is where I post the most information on a daily basis.

For more on Free Fun in Austin, be sure to check out the Press Page.

Thank you for reading,

Heidi Gollub



The Free Fun Gang!

Emily Dieringer – Calendar Gal and Contributing Writer
In her life before kids, Emily held jobs as a zookeeper, a middle school teacher, and a tour bus driver in the wilds of Montana–not one of which prepared her for the adventures of motherhood. Now she’s living the good life in Austin with her husband, two sons and a Great Dane. When she’s not off gallivanting with her boys, you might find Emily baking up a mean batch of cupcakes, recalling obscure 80s song lyrics, or dreaming of peace and quiet.


Nicole Basham – Contributing Writer
 When Nicole Basham returned to Austin after an almost 10-year hiatus, she was surprised to learn that being an Austin native made her unique. She embraces the challenge of trying to find free (or, at least, street) parking downtown, coming up with alternate routes to avoid Austin’s ever-growing traffic and keeping up with all that her burgeoning hometown now has to offer. Returning to Austin allowed her to appreciate the friendly people, the sunny skies and the breakfast taco. When she’s not planning her next adventures, you can find her writing at LiveMom and SavvySource, letting more people know about Great Moments in Parenting and helping teen girls and their families with Barb Steinberg, LMSW.


Catherine Prystup – Contributing Writer
Catherine Prystup is mama to three kiddos ranging in age from one to 14. Looking for more wisdom on how to spend your days? Head on over to LiveMom.com, a resource website for Austin-area moms (and dads, too!).

Catherine Avril Morris – Contributing Writer
Catherine Avril Morris is a writer as well as a once-and-future teacher, musician, jogger and triathlete living in southwest Austin, Texas. Yes, many of her former passions and pastimes have given way, at least temporarily, to her current, main passion and pastime: caring for her two children, Pearl and Zephyr, who make Catherine and her husband laugh (and cry) on a daily basis. In 2012, Catherine was in the cast of the Listen to Your Mother Show in Austin, in which she read her essay about her first child, August, dying unexpectedly at birth. Catherine writes about subjects ranging from parenting to politics, astrology and grief for various online publications. She also volunteers for Ruby’s Rainbow, a nonprofit organization that grants educational scholarships to adult students with Down syndrome. Visit Catherine on the Web at catherineavrilmorris.com.