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 cute Canadian 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 15 years now, which is the longest I have ever lived in one place. Our kids are 3, 8, 10, 14 and 16, 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 share the most information on a daily basis.
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Thank you for reading,
The Free Fun Gang!
Emily Dieringer – Calendar Manager 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 two giant dogs. 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. You can contact Emily at Emily@freefuninaustin.com.
Addie Gross – Ambassador of Fun
Addie Gross is a stay at home mom with a passion for finding fun things to do with her kids, Mylo (7) and Gus (4). Addie grew up in Phoenix, AZ, was a theater major at the University of Washington in Seattle, became a yoga teacher, and then a mom. She and her family spent 7 years living in Champaign, IL before moving to Austin in 2014. She loves all the exciting things Austin has to offer and frequently posts her adventures on Instagram. Once the boys are in bed, she can be found reading, blogging, or watching Friends reruns (her claim to fame is seeing a live taping of the show in 2003).
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.
Heather Schuck Gimbel – Contributing Writer
Having grown up in New Braunfels, Heather Schuck is about as native to Austin as they come. After moving to Austin to attend UT, she fell in love with the city’s charm and never left (just like everyone else! ;)). These days, life hasn’t changed too much- you can still find her checking out live music several nights a week, exploring the city’s natural beauty, and hunting for Austin’s best kept treasures. When she’s not out and about with her husband and three children, Heather’s passions for fashion and music are cultivated in her two businesses. She is the CEO of Glamajama, a children’s fashion company she founded back in 2003, and glamaJAM, a one-day music festival with a mission of empowering teen girls.
Katie Hall – Advertising/Sales
Before moving to Austin in 2014, Katie was living with her husband and two little girls in a small northern Michigan town called Traverse City, with a career in marketing. When the opportunity arose for her family to move cross country, they jumped at the chance to explore a new city (and climate), and set off on their new adventure. Little did she know that this new city would bring much excitement, fulfillment and fun! When Katie and her family aren’t busy exploring all that Austin has to offer, she can be found chasing after her two little girls (4 years old and 18 months) and running her own business, WynnRuby.com. You can contact Katie at Katie@freefuninaustin.com.