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11 Tips for Choosing a Summer Camp for Your Child

  • March 17, 2017
  • Staff Writer
Summer is right around the corner and now is high time to start thinking about summer plans for your child. Choosing the right camp for your child might seem like a difficult task, but you have no need to worry. This article will give you concrete tips for choosing a...

University of Texas Girl Day 2017

  • February 24, 2017
  • Deven Hariyani
UT Girl Day is one of my favorite events all year, not just because I'm an uber nerd, but also because there are many studies that show how the future career of an individual is highly influenced by experiences and exposure a person receives as a child. Science, Technology, Engineering...

MLK Day – January 16th 2017 – Activities For Kids

  • January 16, 2017
  • nena
It's a federal holiday and it's raining outside! If you've already read our article 7 Lessons From Dr. Martin Luther King For Children, then you are probably ready for something more active to do with the kids. Here are a few of our favorite events to keep you busy during...

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The Journey to Enrich Children

  • February 2, 2016
  • Deven Hariyani
Growing up in Northern California, I felt like my childhood was like that of any other American child. We lived in a middle class neighborhood outside of Sacramento, CA. My dad worked on the military base and my mom worked at the local hospital. What I didn’t realize at the...

South Austin Fun Favorites for Family Friendly Feasting

  • February 4, 2016
  • Staff Writer
We are the proud parents of 2 beautiful little girls. Like any kids, sometimes they get hungry, often while hanging from the ceiling fans and bouncing off the walls. When we are looking for a place to grab a family meal that is fun for both parents and kids and...

7 Fun Activities To Do on President’s Day in Austin

  • February 14, 2016
  • Deven Hariyani
Most schools are out on Monday, February 15, 2016 for President's Day. As a parent that works and has a son, I know it can be difficult to figure out to do with your kids, especially if you (the parent) don't get the day off. Here are some ideas to...

Summer Camp Guide – Part 1

  • March 1, 2016
  • Deven Hariyani
Planning for the summertime seems to happen earlier and earlier each year, which is exciting, but also stressful. I completely understand the pressure and anxiety for parents to get their kids into a great summer camp, which is why I’m writing this blog to tell you about a few camps...

A Parent’s Guide to SXSW 2016

  • March 10, 2016
  • Deven Hariyani
It’s been raining like crazy the last few days, but even a little Texas thunder and lightening cannot stop the flurry of activity taking place in Austin for the start of SXSW. Dates for the events are (full schedule can be found here): SXSW Interactive: March 10th - 15th SXSW...

Summer Camp + $20 Amazon Gift Card

  • June 2, 2016
  • Deven Hariyani
  Summer Camp + Gift Card = Happy Family Kwaddle has hand picked the best summer camps in Austin. Choose from Sports & Outdoors, Arts, Music, Overnight and many other camps from www.kwaddle.com. Each week, Kwaddle will pick our favorite camp and parents will receive a $20 Amazon gift card...

Best Splash Pads and Spray Pools Around Austin 2016

  • July 26, 2016
  • Deven Hariyani
It’s almost the end of July and the past few weeks of triple digit heat are probably affecting you by now! Are you looking for fun and affordable ways of cooling the family down without having to trek your family all the way out to Schiltterbon? One of our favorite family-friendly...

Parenters Launches A New Resource for Parents

  • August 3, 2016
  • Deven Hariyani
We are proud to introduce you to Kwaddle's Partner of the Month for August, Parenters. Parenters is launching a new resource for the parent community of Austin and the surrounding area.   First, a brief Hello from our Founder, Annie Ferreri. Hi Parents and Caregivers of the Austin community! We...

Summer Bucket List for Austinites

  • August 11, 2016
  • Deven Hariyani
It feels like school just ended and the endless opportunities of summer just started, and now it's already two weeks into August and school is just around the corner. Don't let these last few days of summer slip away, here are some items that you need to make sure to...

Encourage your child’s curiosity by pursuing your hobbies

  • August 17, 2016
  • Avani Chhaya
It’s that time of year again: back to school. Time to stock up on fresh, crisp folders and shiny-covered binders. Time for kids to iconically rush up the stairs for the first day of school. Time for hands-on learning and rigorous academic content.   Yet, traditional learning isn’t confined to...

This fall’s STEM activities for your girls

  • August 18, 2016
  • Avani Chhaya
I am angry — steam-billowing-out-of-my-ears kind of angry. NBC announcers at the Rio Olympics are repeatedly comparing talented, amazing, female athletes to their male counterparts as a measuring stick for success. As Simone Biles, gold-winning American gymnast, flew through the air during the uneven bars, commentator Jim Watson said, “I...

Diving into Hands-on Creativity

  • August 27, 2016
  • Avani Chhaya
Bring on the blank canvas. I will splatter it with bright, bold acrylic paints from the sunniest yellows to the deepest reds and the saddest blues. I believe a roll of electrical tape can be transformed into soaring skylines or the sharpest origami cranes on even the plainest of walls....

New recess policy at play

  • August 31, 2016
  • Avani Chhaya
Summer is about climbing leafy trees to get to the very top. It’s about feeling the rush of wind while bicycling down the highest hill. Summer is about trying to get across the jungle gym without walking on the molten lava, commonly known as mulch. Summer is reluctantly winding down...

Head Start continues to make waves

  • September 7, 2016
  • Avani Chhaya
On Aug. 27, the Lyndon Baines Johnson Library and Museum celebrated the former president’s birthday in style with free admission and lemon cake. With my crisp ticket in hand, I listened to recorded conversations between LBJ and other historical figures from his glory days, such as Martin Luther King Jr....

Spark a love for reading, even with teenage kids

  • September 14, 2016
  • Avani Chhaya
Growing up, I could easily retreat to the written world. Hiding in my bedroom reading Harry Potter books, making bedsheet forts with my grandfather and telling stories by the dim glow of a flashlight filled my childhood. For struggling teen readers, it’s much harder to inspire that kind of love...

Indulge in adventure

  • September 21, 2016
  • Avani Chhaya
While Roald Dahl’s 100th birthday was celebrated on Sept. 13, I was transported back to middle school. With braces, glasses and Matilda in hand, I was ready to conquer anything that puberty threw at me. Matilda Wormwood, the fictional Roald Dahl character, stands for all things courageous. From sticking up...

Try out the theater

  • September 30, 2016
  • Avani Chhaya
Does your child pretend that his or her macaroni noodle is a spaceship landing on Earth? Can your child fabricate an elaborate story at the drop of a hat, detailing fiery dragons and a stampede of elephants? Is your child constructing sailor hats, bonnets and pirate bandanas out of an...

30 family-friendly outdoor activities

  • October 7, 2016
  • Avani Chhaya
There’s something inspiring about watching a child conquer the tallest slide on an ordinary Saturday morning. It’s truly remarkable witnessing your son create a vivid tale around an ant — Mr. Ant — in the grass of your backyard. There’s something astonishing watching your daughter feel pride after finishing her...

Breaking down reading skills for toddlers

  • October 14, 2016
  • Avani Chhaya
In a tent or in a hammock, on the stairs or in the bath, reading can happen anywhere and everywhere. According to a Goodreads user poll, the most unusual place to read is on the toilet followed by reading in bed with a book light and reading while eating. No...

The Fall Festival-O-Fun – Barton Hill Farms!

  • October 17, 2016
  • Deven Hariyani
It was a crisp fall afternoon, a cool 85 degrees Fahrenheit (this is Texas after all) as we drove up to the entrance to Barton Hill Farms. My wife, my 3-year-old son and I had no idea what to expect, as this was our first trip out to Bastrop, TX....

7 spooky Halloween events for the family

  • October 26, 2016
  • Avani Chhaya
Move over, Superman, there’s a new superhero in town. Supergirl, the DC comic heroine currently featured in her second television season, is humble, compassionate and tough. Using her superhuman strength, speed, flight, heat vision and hearing, this new hero fights off the most fiendish villains. The tale is as old...

4 easy fall recipes

  • November 6, 2016
  • Avani Chhaya
I spent a great deal of my childhood sitting in the kitchen, watching my mom cook everything under the sun, from flavorful falafels and colorful stir fries to the spiciest chicken curries. This little corner of my childhood home felt like the source of life; it was bursting with fresh...

The 8 best sports and activities this fall

  • November 13, 2016
  • Avani Chhaya
There’s no doubt about it: The seasonal arrival of cooler temperatures means summer is indeed over. Don’t fear, there are plenty of classes to keep your child engaged and moving this fall. As you gleefully drink your weight in apple cider or get swaddled under layers of blankets, you can...

6 winter break camps to keep kids active

  • November 20, 2016
  • Avani Chhaya
We get things done. We make a million to-do lists on every color Post-it, from the blindingly pink ones to the brightest neon yellows. We take an immense joy in crossing off an item on our to-do list. We are planners, and there’s a sense of pride that comes with...

4 great ways to give back as a family

  • November 22, 2016
  • Staff Writer
Growing up, my parents instilled in me the values of gratitude and compassion. I was taught to be thankful for what we had and to always give back to others. As a mother, I’m trying to make these values resonate for my own 3-year-old son. At Kwaddle, we believe in...

Spread Holiday Cheer With $2,500 For Winter Camps!

  • November 30, 2016
  • Deven Hariyani
Update (12/23/2016): Thank you to everyone that took advantage of the promotion and helped us spread holiday cheer! This promotion is now expired, but contact us if you have any questions or ideas for our next promotion!   Kwaddle is here to spread holiday cheer, and we are giving away...

7 Lessons From Dr. Martin Luther King For Children

  • January 16, 2017
  • nena
Dr. Martin Luther King is an inspiration to so many people. Besides enjoying the federal holiday for his birthday today, we wanted to take a deeper look at his legacy in order to extract lessons that can be applied to the everyday lives of our kids. Us adults could also...

MLK Day – January 16th 2017 – Activities For Kids

  • January 16, 2017
  • nena
It's a federal holiday and it's raining outside! If you've already read our article 7 Lessons From Dr. Martin Luther King For Children, then you are probably ready for something more active to do with the kids. Here are a few of our favorite events to keep you busy during...

University of Texas Girl Day 2017

  • February 24, 2017
  • Deven Hariyani
UT Girl Day is one of my favorite events all year, not just because I'm an uber nerd, but also because there are many studies that show how the future career of an individual is highly influenced by experiences and exposure a person receives as a child. Science, Technology, Engineering...

Girls in Tech ATX

  • March 1, 2017
  • Deven Hariyani
Girls In Tech (GIT) is a global non profit focused on the engagement, education and empowerment of girls and women who are passionate about technology. Adriana Gascoigne founded GIT with the original intent of creating a support framework to help women advance their careers in STEM fields; however, the organization...

Joshua’s Stage

  • March 2, 2017
  • Deven Hariyani
Joshua's Stage mission is to enrich the lives of children with special needs by providing the opportunity for each child to demonstrate creativity; develop self-confidence; gain and maintain high self-esteem; and develop long-lasting relationships with children with similar needs in a warm and welcoming environment through fine arts classes, performances,...

Sammy’s House

  • March 2, 2017
  • Deven Hariyani
Sammy's House is a local non-profit organization providing care and educational services for children with special needs and their friends. They operate the only childcare center in Central Texas welcoming children who are medically fragile and children in economically disadvantaged families. Sammy's House has inclusive programs for infants, children, and...

BIG Love Cancer Care

  • March 2, 2017
  • Deven Hariyani
B.I.G Love Cancer Care Services is a 501c(3), non-profit, volunteer based organization committed to providing basic necessities and personalized care to cancer kids and their families at Dell Children's Medical Center(Austin), Texas Children's Hospital (Houston, Katy and The Woodlands) and beyond. Donate via Amplify ATX In January of 2014, B.I.G....

Camp Fire

  • March 2, 2017
  • Deven Hariyani
Camp Fire's, "Promise to Children," is, "Young people want to shape the world. Camp Fire provides the opportunity to find their spark, lift their voice, and discover who they are. In Camp Fire, it begins now. Light the fire within." Camp Fire fulfills this Promise to Children by delivering evidence-based,...

Circus of Hope

  • March 2, 2017
  • Deven Hariyani
Circus of Hope's mission is to empower youth with confidence and a safe creative learning environment, with focus on special needs and at-risk children, through traditional and adaptive circus arts programming. Donate via Amplify ATX Did you know that trapeze can help lower anxiety and increase confidence which is so...

Austin Dog Alliance

  • March 2, 2017
  • Deven Hariyani
Our mission is to improve the health and well-being of individuals and families through programs that incorporate the powerful connection between dogs and people. To achieve our mission, we: Offer Pet Therapy in nursing homes, hospitals, hospices, literacy programs in schools and libraries, courtrooms, and many other sites in the Greater...

Ecology Action of Texas

  • March 2, 2017
  • Deven Hariyani
Ecology Action's mission is to create a healthier environment through resource recovery operations, Brownfield remediation, and zero waste initiatives. Our vision is a world where landfills are no longer necessary. Donate via Amplify ATX Ecology Action continues to grow its brownfield remediation program through the development of the Circle Acres...

Explore Austin

  • March 2, 2017
  • Deven Hariyani
Explore Austin equips underserved youth to make positive life choices like avoiding risky behavior, developing healthy relationships, and advancing their education. Through leadership training, long-term mentoring, and outdoor adventure Explore Austin is improving the well-being of each participant, their families, and the community.  Donate via Amplify ATX Research shows when...

Families in Nature

  • March 2, 2017
  • Deven Hariyani
The mission is to connect children and their families to nature and to each other through time spent learning, playing and volunteering outdoors. The vision is to inspire all families to fall in love with nature and foster the next generation of conservationists. Donate via Amplify ATX Families in Nature is...

Imagine Art

  • March 2, 2017
  • Deven Hariyani
Imagine Art is a Christian ministry, a 501c3 nonprofit, established in 1996. We operate a creative space, located at 2830 Real Street in Austin, Texas (78722). 65+ artists are engage in our community, accessing 9,500 square feet of studios and galleries. We offer specialized supports tailored to empower artists with...

KnockOut Volleyball

  • March 2, 2017
  • Deven Hariyani
KnockOut Volleyball, Inc. was created in order to serve as an outreach program to provide access to individuals with limited financial means that would otherwise exclude them from participating in competitive club volleyball outside of the school day, establishing an atmosphere where all players and family members feel a sense...

National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (TX Office)

  • March 2, 2017
  • Deven Hariyani
Established in 1984, the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children® is the leading nonprofit organization in the U.S. working with law enforcement, families and the professionals who serve them on issues related to missing and sexually exploited children. NCMEC has created a unique public and private partnership to build...

SSP Learning Center

  • March 2, 2017
  • Deven Hariyani
SSP Learning Center's mission is to build a community of dignity for families to realize their own success. Donate via Amplify ATX What's New In 2016, SSP provided over 8600 hours of instruction to our families! Our early childhood students' vocabulary increased at 1.5X the typical rate; and 100% of...

Successful Smiles of Texas

  • March 2, 2017
  • Deven Hariyani
We strive to positively impact oral healthcare for under-served students lacking dental insurance or access to care by providing onsite dental education, resources, and preventative procedures on a mobile clinic on the school campuses. Our Dental Decay Prevention Program’s mission is to stop decay through exams, x-rays, cleanings, sealants, and...

Symphony of Soul

  • March 2, 2017
  • Deven Hariyani
Symphony of Soul is an Austin-based nonprofit devoted to inspiring hope and joy through the healing power of live music. Symphony of Soul hires Austin's cherished professional musicians to provide live "musical medicine for the soul" to people in need. Inclusive of all races, ages and socio-economic backgrounds, Symphony of...

Texas Advocates

  • March 2, 2017
  • Deven Hariyani
Texas Advocates fights to stop unfair treatment and advocates for more and better services for people with disabilities to be included in their communities. Texas Advocates is recognized as the leader in self-advocacy in Texas. Donate via Amplify ATX What's New The 85th legislative session is upon us! We need...

The Young Journey Foundation

  • March 2, 2017
  • Deven Hariyani
The Young Journey Foundation (TYJF) creative placemaking initiatives transform youth into excellent leaders who excel at school, home and in their community. The target population is traditional underserved youth with the goal of impacting social change through youth-led projects. The mission of TYJF is to inspire young people worldwide to...

Austin Community Steelband

  • March 2, 2017
  • Deven Hariyani
Austin Community Steelband’s exposes the Austin community to the joyous Steelpan musical instrument, with special emphasis on teaching low income, disadvantaged youth who lack positive developmental opportunities to become proficient performers, empowering and motivating them to achieve. By stressing excellence we promote steelpan’s cultural origins from Trinidad and provide diverse...

Circle of Health International

  • March 2, 2017
  • Deven Hariyani
COHI's mission is working with women and their communities in times of crisis and disaster to ensure access to quality reproductive, maternal, and newborn care. We are Austin's bridge to providing maternal health care into international crisis settings. Every minute, at least one woman dies from complications related to pregnancy...

Farmgrass

  • March 2, 2017
  • Staff Writer
Overview Farmgrass is a central Texas based non-profit with the mission of promoting the mental and physical well-being of local, independent farmers. When the farmers who grow the food for our farmers markets and our favorite farm-to-table restaurants get sick or hurt, they struggle to maintain their jobs, their homes,...