Exploring Austin with Kids book

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Contact: Annette Lucksinger
Phone: (512) 453-0947

Local Author Launches Austin’s Only Kid-Focused Guidebook

Updated fourth edition of Exploring Austin with Kids Released April 2023

Austin, Texas, April 25, 2023 – With Austin, Texas, being such a great city for families with kids, you might think finding a guidebook focusing solely on the best kid-friendly venues would be easy. But you would be wrong. That’s what Annette Lucksinger realized when she went to get such a book to gather ideas of things to do with her two children. So, she wrote one.

After selling over 10,000 copies since the first edition was published in 2014, an updated fourth edition is now hitting shelves. Exploring Austin with Kids was created to give parents – Austin residents and visitors alike – an insider’s perspective on the best places to take the kids. With over 100 places to visit, 25 annual events, and dozens of kid-friendly places to eat in this 252-page book, even the most seasoned Austin parents can discover someplace new to explore with their children.

Kami Wilt of the Austin Tinkering School describes Exploring Austin with Kids as an “engaging, inspiring guide to Austin fun. Full of great ideas and hidden treasures. This book is a boredom-buster that will inspire many family adventures."

The guidebook covers everything you would expect to find in an Austin guide, such as the Texas State Capitol, Zilker Park and the Thinkery. But it also contains places and events that are often overlooked. For example, how many know about the amazingly zany Public Show for Juggle Fest, the bold, brassy music festival Honk!ATX, or the vehicular festivities at Touch-a-Truck held at Camp Mabry? The venues and events covered reflect the unique, fun spirit of the city.

The categorical Table of Contents is cleverly designed to make it easy to find the most appropriate venue for each family. Instead of just an alphabetical listing of all entries, Lucksinger separates places from annual events, and organizes listings by location in town, age (from babies to tweens) and interest (for example, “Swimming” or “Dinosaurs” and even “Stargazing”).

Having personally visited each listing with one or both of her two children, Lucksinger took care to include a kid-centric viewpoint in the descriptions.

The revised, updated edition – released April 3, 2023 – includes even more places to go, restaurants to visit, and new annual events to attend. QR codes have been added to each entry to make it even easier for readers to access place websites and admission information.

With the summer season nearing, this resource will provide families with plenty of entertaining ideas. The guide is just the right size for tossing into the car or stroller for easy reference.

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Annette Lucksinger is a mom of two and a writer living in Austin, Texas. She spends her summers working as a summer camp director at Camp Longhorn. Author photographs can be found at

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