Free Fun in Austin is the premiere local guide for central Texas families on a budget.

Thanks for reading Free Fun in Austin! As a longtime resident of Austin and a life-long Texan who is feeling the pinch of an increasingly expensive city, I know how important it is to have a community-oriented resource for families on a budget. That’s why we bring a sense of honor to our work with Free Fun in Austin.

My family faces the same challenges that inspired Free Fun in Austin’s founder, Heidi Gollub, to create this website as a service to mothers and families trying to save money however possible. When Austin.com and Free Fun in Austin came together in February 2017, we knew that there was an opportunity to really build upon something that had already become very special to many families in Austin, Texas. That is why Proud Highway Media Group is hard at work to make one of Austin’s best blogs better than ever, adding more information to each post, bringing new contributors to the site, and launching new features on top of all the regular content our audience has come to know and love.

If you enjoy our work, don’t forget to follow Free Fun in Austin on Facebook for all the latest info. Most of all, please know that we are always listening to our readers. If you have a question, comment, or suggestion, do not hesitate to get in touch with us via email or on social media. This website is 100% by and for Austinites, so if you live in this city and have an opinion about our site, we want to hear from you.

Why? Because…

-Stephen C. Webster, Executive Editor

The Free Fun Gang!

Dani Dudek – Editor-In-Chief

As a television producer and marketer, Dani has lived and traveled all over the country, but Austin is the place she always called home. After two decades and four Emmy Awards, she left the TV biz and returned to the ATX to pursue a new adventure. She loves sharing that adventure with others while being out and about in and around Austin. Whether she’s showing visitors around town, hanging with friends and their families or pushing her parents out of their comfort zone, you can always count on Dani to find and bring the fun. She’s also a pro at spotting celebs and shares those adventures on the website ATXgossip.com. You can contact her at [email protected].

Laurie Lyons-Makaimoku – Managing Editor

Hailing from Hawaii, Laurie first fell in love with the quirky charm, beautiful green spaces, and innovative thinking that makes Austin such a lovely place while attending the University of Texas for her undergraduate degree. After finishing her Masters Degree in New Media Journalism, Laurie worked in Austin’s nonprofits and school systems before circling back to her original passion as a writer. As a new wife and first time mom of baby Mata’i, family has moved to the top of her priority list, which means that finding free fun is always on her mind.


Lola Hagopian, Contributor

Hollywood born, Texas bred, Lola has worn many hats including, but not limited to, fashion and concert photographer, promoter, event planner, florist, and columnist. While Lola resides in Dallas, she calls herself a part time Austin local due to the fact that she’s lived here, is constantly traveling here, and the ATX is where her heart belongs. You can contact Lola at [email protected]

Christina Boudreaux, Contributor

Christina is a mom, traveler, grad student, blogger, and native Austinite who is smitten with her little family and adventures of every size.