Ways for Grownups to Act Like a Kid This July
Youthful diversions from kickball to video games
By Katherine McNevins,
3:00PM, Thu. Jun. 30, 2022
Remember when summer was all about Popsicles, pool parties, and playtime? If your summer has been all work and no play, make July your month to revisit childhood and do something fun. And of course, find lots more to do in our weekly listings in the paper on stands every Thursday and online at austinchronicle.com/events.
Play Childhood Sports & Recreation
Austin Sports & Social Club
All leagues are coed and focused on fun, with lots of options from dodgeball to kickball, plus postgame happy hours.
Adult Skate Night
Playland is 18 and up on select nights, so leave the rugrats at home!
Tuesdays, 7-11pm; Saturdays, 9pm-midnight. Playland Skate Center, 8822 McCann, 512/452-1901. playlandskatecenter.net.
Grown Folks Step 'n' Roll
An adult roller skating and dance party, with glow-in-the-dark bowling too. BYOB.
Sat., July 9 & 23, 9pm-1am. Millennium Youth Entertainment Complex, 1156 Hargrave, 512/472-6932. $5-10. myec.net.
Ash Pavilion Skate Nights
This one allows little ones, but it's no less fun. Bring skates and the whole family to enjoy the music, lights, concessions, and skating. Registration required.
Fri., July 15, 7-9pm. Gregg-Clarke Park, 1231 W. Center St. Kyle. $3-6 per person. cityofkyle.com.
Play With Toys
Adult Lego Night
Tap into your creativity and collaborate with other grown-up kids to create unique structures using color coordination, shape construction, measurement, and design.
Wednesdays through Aug. 10, 6pm. Twin Oaks Branch Library, 1800 S. Fifth, 512/974-9980. Free. library.austintexas.gov; Eventbrite registration.
See a massive display of custom Lego creations and enjoy Lego-related activities and vendors.
Sat.-Sun., July 2-3, 10am-5pm. Renaissance Austin Hotel, 9721 Arboretum Blvd., 512/343-2626. $10. brickrodeo.com.
Play in the Water
Film Screenings at Volente Beach
Rocket Cinema Texas presents five outdoor screenings, with tickets including access to the water park before each film. Catch Independence Day (July 2), Back to the Future (July 9), Top Gun (July 16), Die Hard (July 23), or the ultimate goofy Eighties comedy about two doofuses who maintain the farce their dead boss is still alive, Weekend at Bernie’s (July 30).
Volente Beach, 16107 FM 2769. rocketcinematexas.com
Poolside Fun at Austin Motel
The "so close, yet so far out" South Congress motel offers tons of youthful fun activities for aquaphiles. Join Erica Nix for poolside aerobics on Sunday mornings, enjoy summer camp movies and a swim on Fridays, and so much more - check their schedule for all the details.
Cavalier Backyard Party
The Cavalier sets up a giant waterslide and offers music and outdoor grillin' for a pre-Fourth party.
Sun., July 3, 2-7pm. The Cavalier, 2400 Webberville, 512/696-4318. thecavalieratx.com.
The Texas Playboys all-star baseball game supports mushroom fan club Central Texas Mycological Society, with "doornations" going to a raffle for a Yeti cooler packed with prizes. Also, sip mushroom-infused bevvies and play on the slip & slide as you root for the Playboys.
Sat., July 16, 4pm. The Long Time, 5707 N. Dunlap Rd. $10+. centraltexasmycology.org.
Play for Grown-up Indoor Kids
A podcasting, gaming, and animation convention bringing the best entertainment and community together for a wild weekend. See your fave Rooster Teeth personalities, cosplay, and visit panels, live shows, meet & greets, exhibits, and more.
July 1-3. Austin Convention Center, 500 E. Cesar Chavez, 512/404-4000. Badges start at $52. rtxevent.com.
Bi Bi Pride
Bid Pride adieu with sparkles and sprinkles at a celebration benefiting Out Youth, with drag hosted by May Magdalene, artsy and Scholastic Book Fair-esque vendors (including Best of Austin Critics Pick Reverie Books), sippables, and sweets at South Austin's fave queer-owned bakeshop.
Fri., July 1, 6-10pm. Crema Bakery, 9001 Brodie. fb.com/cremabakerycafe.
Greater Austin Comic Con
Two days of pop culture, with vendors, gaming competitions, cosplay contests, a superhero-themed car show, superstar guests, kids' entertainment, and more.
July 9-10. Sat., 10am-6pm; Sun., 10am-5pm. H-E-B Center at Cedar Park, 2100 Avenue of the Stars, Cedar Park, 512/600-5000. $20-40 per day; $30-55 for two-day pass. greateraustincomiccon.com.
Street Fighter Tournament
Ryus and Kens are invited to show off their skills at a double-elimination-style tournament for prizes.
Third Fridays, 5-8pm. Pinballz Arcade, 8940 Research #100, 512/420-8458. pinballzarcade.com/events.
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Katherine McNevins, Aug. 26, 2021
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Events Roundup, roller skating, Millennium Youth Entertainment Center, Playland, Austin Sports and Social Club, Ash Pavilion, Adult Lego Night, Austin Public Library, Brick Rodeo, Volente Beach, Rocket Cinema Texas, Austin Motel, Texas Playboys, RTX, Pinballz Arcade, Comic Con, Crema Bakery, Pride