Exploring Austin with Kids book

For Immediate Release

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

Local Author Launches Austin’s Only Kid-Focused Guidebook

Exploring Austin with Kids Guidebook and Mobile App to be Released March 1, 2014

Austin, Texas, February 10, 2014 - 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 – until now.

Exploring Austin with Kids, written by Annette Lucksinger, was created to give parents – Austin residents and visitors alike – an insider’s perspective on the best places and events to take the kids. With over 100 places to visit and 25 annual events included in the 240-page book, even the most seasoned Austin parent 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, the new Austin’s Children’s Museum. But it also contains places and events that are often overlooked. For example, how many parents know about the amazingly zany Public Show for “Juggle Fest” or “Muster Days” 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 your family. Instead of just an alphabetical listing, 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. Although just the right size for tossing into the car or stroller for easy reference, for those who prefer electronic formats, Exploring Austin will also be available as a mobile app.

For more information about Exploring Austin With Kids and the book launch party, visit the website at or contact

Annette Lucksinger is a writer living in Austin, Texas. She teaches writing and literature at St. Edward’s University.

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