Book Giveaway: Exploring Austin with Kids


If there’s one thing we like here at Free Fun in Austin, it’s a good kid-friendly adventure. So imagine our delight when we heard about a brand new guide book for Austin families that highlights more than 100 of them!  The author, local mama Annette Lucksinger, sent us an advance review copy of Exploring Austin with Kids! to read before the book’s March 1 release date and – spoiler alert – it’s pretty awesome.

After four years of dedicated exploring with her own two children, Annette has curated a list of the very best local family-friendly places to visit, plus 25 annual festivals and events.  The Table of Contents arranges the entries by kids’ ages, interests, and locations in town, making it easy to search for activities your own children will enjoy. On each page, helpful icons also denote whether the activity is an educational experience, a museum, outdoor fun, a playground, a cultural experience, entertainment, shopping, or kid-approved food and treats. 



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Annette’s writing is a joy to read.  It’s not dry guide book fare.  She writes as a mom who is excited about checking out new places with her kids and her enthusiasm is contagious.  Flipping through the pages I was reminded of places I’ve been meaning to visit, like Bright Leaf Preserve, and learned about spots I have yet to explore, like the Irving and Hazeline Smith Trail. 

Whether you are new to Austin or have lived here for years, Exploring Austin with Kids is sure to give you some fresh ideas for getting out and about as a family.  Head over to check out the book’s fun website and pre-order your copy to be delivered when the book launches on March 1, 2014.  Also on March 1, you will be able to purchase the Exploring Austin with Kids app for $7.
Free Fun in Austin has three copies of Exploring Austin with Kids to give away!  (Update: This giveaway is now closed.)

For your chance to win your very own copy, simply fill out the form below.  Three (3) winners will be chosen using random.org on February 18, 2014 and each will win one (1) copy of the book!  By submitting the form, you are agreeing to the Sweepstakes Official Rules.  Winners will be contacted by email.

Mark your calendar for the Exploring Austin with Kids book launch party at Hill’s Cafe on Sunday, March 2, 2014, from 4:00-6:00 p.m. There will be lots of fun family activities in addition to a book signing! A juggler and balloon twister will be performing and kids can enjoy tables of explorer crafts.

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