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Find Camper Jack Giveaway!

Find Camper Jack Giveaway!

The Austin Kid's Directory Find Camper Jack Giveaway is back this June!

First look through a copy of the June issue to find the cute little dog, Camper Jack. You can also hunt for him by looking at our online version at http://austinkidsdirectory.com/directory/flip/. Once you find him just send an email to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) and tell us which ad you found him in and you will be entered into our drawing for some summer FUN prizes like:

* 4 tickets + a parking pass to a Friday Fireworks Round Rock Express Game
* 4 passes for a round of golf at Monster Mini Golf
* 4 tickets to Schlitterbahn New Braunfels
* 4 passes to Playland Skate Center

Drawings will be held each week during the month of June so the earlier you enter, the better your chances! One entry per person! Winners will be notified via email. Good luck!


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The 2019-2020 Childcare and School Guide is Here!

The 2019-2020 Childcare and School Guide is Here!

Are you in search of childcare or schools in Austin? Every year we publish a Childcare and School Guide to help parents find out what is available in the Austin metro area by publishing and distributing this annual publication. The latest edition is now being distributed!

This guide is organized by area making it easy to find childcares, preschools and schools in your neighborhood or close to work. You will also find information about enrichment activities, after school care, drop in child care, tutoring and more.

Take a look at the new 2019-20 online edition of the Childcare and School Guide by visiting our website!

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May 11th is Lemonade Day!!!

May 11th is Lemonade Day!!! May 11th is Lemonade Day!!!

Lemonade stands have a long history in the US, dating back to the late 1800’s. Having a lemonade stand for children is both early introduction to entrepreneurship and a fun rite of passage. While lemonade stands can range from simple to sophisticated, here are some tips for your kids to have the best stand in the ‘hood.

Question and answer yourself first: Before you make your first pitcher of lemonade, ask yourself important questions. Why do you want to start a business? What do you want to learn from this experience? Do you want a business partner or to work alone? Write down your answers and build your goals from that.

Figure our your costs and supplies: Determine the costs of running your business. Write a checklist of items—don’t forget lemonade and serving supplies, ice, your stand, posters, etc.—and figure out your cost per cup. Then determine how much to charge per cup. Your pricing should cover your costs and make some money on each cup, but not be so high that people will not buy. Also, finalize how you get the money to start your business—usually a loan from a friend or family member and make an agreement to pay them back after your stand.


Set your $ goals: Set your financial goals. How much do you wish to make once your costs and loans are repaid? What will you do with your money? Lemonade Day recommends that with their earnings kids, “Save Some, Share Some (non profit) and Spend Some.”


Location, location, location: Look for safe places with lots of vehicle or foot traffic. Or contact the managers of a local business to get permission to set up in front of their store. Wherever you locate your stand, check with your city or municipality beforehand to determine if a food permit is needed. If you’re going to be set up on a running/bike trail where people might not carry cash but have their phone with them, consider accepting Venmo or other wireless payments and listing that on your signage.

Determine what makes your stand unique and diversify your offerings: What makes your stand a step above the rest? Do you offer multiple flavors? Secret family recipe? Do you have the coldest lemonade or the warmest customer service? Will your proceeds benefit a charity? Will you offer baked goods, or free hugs or anything in addition to your lemonade? Whatever it is, make sure your customers know about it through your products, marketing and communications.

Make your stand…a stand out: Make sure your stand is functional and fabulous! Use pictures from the web, Pinterest or other sites to get inspiration for your stand. Signage should be easy to read, even from far away, and include name, pricing and important information. Decorate with props: fresh ingredients, flowers or objects that go along with your theme. Offer a free sample or something to giveaway with each cup sold. Try a 2-for-one or volume discount. Also, promote your stand ahead of time through social media or flyers in the neighborhood. Make sure people know when and where to find you!

Deliver great customer service: The most important asset to any business is its customers, so practice with your family before you go out to sell.  Determine ahead of time what you both will say to people when they walk up to the stand. Make good eye contact, remember your manners and thank your customers.

Recap after the event: A good entrepreneur never stops learning. Write down what you did well with your stand, what goals you achieved, didn’t achieve and what you could improve upon in the future. Compare your results against your goals and budget. Have fun and continue to learn about and spread the love of entrepreneurship.

For additional lemonade stand resources, please visit: https://lemonadeday.org/resources

Lemonade Day is a free entrepreneurial program for children. On May 11th, in Austin, kids will set up stands all around the city in honor of Lemonade Day. Registration is still open if you'd like to take part in Lemonade Day Austin 2019! Register at: https://lemonadeday.org/austin.

Please go out and support a future entrepreneur on 5/11! A map of stands can be found at: https://lemonadeday.org/austin/stands-map

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Stop Motion!

Stop Motion!

The Nightmare Before Christmas, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, and Fantastic Mr. Fox are some of the most entertaining movies. Aside from exciting storylines, these movies possess beautiful and lively characters and settings, creating a unique cinematic experience. What if I told you that you could make these types of films at home with a simple camera, getting all moviemaking materials at your local craft store?

These famous films are made through something called stop motion. Stop motion is an animation technique that is photographed instead of filmed where physical objects are moved in small increments, one photographed frame at a time, to give them the appearance of movement when all the frames are cut together. These physical objects can be anything, meaning your movies characters and sets can be made out clay, toothpicks, doll parts, food…the list is endless.

So how do we make the best stop-motion movie possible? Here are a couple tips and tricks to keep your film smooth and consistent.

1) Decide on your Concept: Stop-motion characters and sets can be made of anything, anywhere! Before making movie magic, decide what materials you will need, and gather them for your shoot.

2) Find your Shooting Location: Depending on what size your characters and props are, you will need to find an agreeable and accessible shooting location. For stop motion, stable surfaces are the best, as they ensure that your setup won’t move from shot to shot.

3) Keep Lighting Consistent: Because stop motion is composed of many, many photos, shooting what would be edited into a few seconds could take several hours, and during this time, natural lighting changes. Be sure to block out all natural light from your set to avoid lighting inconsistency while shooting.

4) Keep Your Camera Steady: Keeping your camera image steady is key in making stop motion films so that the frame doesn’t shift from shot to shot. This is best achieved through a good tripod, and perhaps a sandbag or two to keep it anchored down.

5) Decide Your Frame Rate: Different frame rates result in different animations. A lower frame (12 frames per second) rate will yield a choppy, broken movement, and a faster frame rate (24 frames per second) will produce a smoother movement. You can manipulate your frame rate by increasing or decreasing how many frames you use for an object to complete an action.

6) The Smoother the Production, the Smoother the Editing: Organized production pays off when importing the photos from your shoot to edit. The chronological organization saves you time from moving and organizing thousands of images into the right place.

Stop motion films are elaborate, unique, and exciting. The process can be contained to your bedroom desk, and the work of your hand alone. Precise and detailed, shooting these types of movies take time and attention, but with the right amount of patience, incredible works are possible!

Is your child interested in learning about stop-motion filmmaking? Try the Claymation Creations class at Austin Film Festival’s Summer Film Camp! Other camp sessions include Filmmaking 101, Script to Screen, Story Starter and Write Shoot Direct.

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Austin Kid’s Directory 4th Annual Fair

Austin Kid’s Directory 4th Annual Fair Austin Kid’s Directory 4th Annual Fair Austin Kid’s Directory 4th Annual Fair

Austin Kid's Directory is hosting our 4th Annual Spring Fair on March 23rd from 10am-2pm at the Austin Sports Center in Cedar Park. Come meet local businesses including: Mad Science, TLC Pediatric Dentistry, Catch Air, Kingdom Planners, Launch Code After School, Platinum Balloon Decor, Zach Theatre, Spare Time Texas, JD Stewart Magic Dude, Austin's Best Babysitters, Chaparral Ice, Bonzo Crunch, Monster Mini Golf, Avery Ranch Dance & Music, Crowns & Capes Elite Events, Austin Sports Center, Trips to the Mouse, Colin's Hope and more who will be offering information about summer camps, birthday parties, schools, childcare, family activities, medical services and all things kid!

Bonzo Crunch, Crowns & Capes, JD Stewart Magic Dude and Avery Ranch Dance & Music will also be performing in our entertainment area!

Admission and parking are FREE and there will be great prizes like a family 4 pack of tickets to Schlitterbahn New Braunfels, 2 family 4 packs of passes to Playland Skate Center, 1 hour of free bowling at Main Event along with giveaways, freebies, hands-on activities, entertainers and more! Attendees can register to win by visiting all booths and turning in a completed entry form.

Great news! Our event is being held in conjunction with the huge Fairytale Threads Children's Consignment Event where you can shop for kids clothing, toys, books, baby equipment and more!

Visit our Facebook event page for updates about the prize drawings and activities being offered at each booth - https://www.facebook.com/events/234730694081605/

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