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for Fri., April 3
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    Alamo Kids Club Fun at Home

    For the junior cineastes who are missing Alamo Drafthouse's Kids Club, they've got an online treasure trove of family-film-centric activity sheets and booklets you can print at home. Children can learn about all the animals from The Lion King, play the Frozen II memory card game, make their own thaumatrope, and so much more. And if the kiddos want to share their work, snap a photo and tag it #AlamoAtHome on Instagram and Twitter.
     
    At home
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    All Together ATX Fund

    Austin Community Foundation and United Way for Greater Austin have begun a community-led philanthropic fund, dubbed All Together ATX, to support communities experiencing economic and health-related hardships caused by COVID-19 in the Austin metro area. Donate online; grant applications are open until April 10, and funds will be distributed beginning May 1.
    Through April 17  
    Online
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    ATX Ballers Online Basketball Tutorials

    Local youth basketball organization ATX Ballers is providing free basketball video lessons that kiddos can do from home, even without a hoop! Expert coaches will upload a few engaging video lessons each week for the rest of the semester, complete with lesson goals to accomplish, for both beginners and experienced players.
    ATX Ballers Youth Sports YouTube channel
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    ATX Emergency Food Systems Exchange

    The city of Austin has set up a new community forum, dubbed the ATX Emergency Food Systems Exchange, to connect food assistance and volunteers with the people who need them. Do you need or have skills, materials, funds, space, et al.? Visit the site for more information and get connected.
     
    Online
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    Austin Scavenger Hunt

    Explore Downtown in search of storied buildings, green spaces, and famous concert venues, all while solving riddles, trivia questions, and completing photo challenges. Now available: "Roam From Home," with family and date night scavenger hunt activities you can do without leaving the house.
    Anytime. $12.99-24.99.  
    Online and at home
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    Bead It Kits

    Bead It has been providing Austinites with classes, jewelry supplies, and more since 2002. Now they're offering jewelry-making and meditation & crystal kits available to purchase online and work on at home. There's a beginner's box designed for ages 5 and up and several more options, and owner Ashley Schor is also available to create special orders based on your needs, because everyone can benefit from some meditation and a creative outlet right now. See the contact info on the website if one of the kits doesn't suit you.
    Online
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    Best Food Trucks

    Best Food Trucks is offering an order-ahead service to help practice social distancing, and bringing food trucks to underserved communities. You can find trucks near you by going to the online map.
    Ongoing  
    Citywide
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    Big Brothers Big Sisters Virtual Bowl for Kids

    This year, Bowl for Kids is going virtual. Get your team together and fundraise online all month, and get into the theme with a weekly Roaring Twenties costume contest. Teams raising the most funds win special prizes, too. Follow @BigMentoring on Facebook for more info leading up to the grand finale on April 25.
    Through April 25  
    Online
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    Breath & Body Yoga Online

    Austin's Breath & Body Yoga owner and director Desirae Pierce is available via phone or Skype to provide tips and guidance to Austinites looking to stay physically active and strengthen mental health during the COVID-19 pandemic. Breath & Body is also offering live remote Zoom classes daily that are available to the public.
    Ongoing  
    Online
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    Capital Metro Has 150 Job Openings

    Capital Metro has 100 openings for full-time bus operators and 50 for part-time bus cleaners. No experience is necessary, and training is provided. Get all the details online.
    Citywide
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    Celebration of Austin-Oita Sister City Committee

    Oita, Japan, has been one of Austin's sister cities since 1990, and for this special 30th anniversary, the Austin-Oita Sister City Committee invites the greater Austin community to join in celebrating with 30 days of Facebook programming. Tune in every day in April at 7pm for online events featuring local artists and experts touching on traditional and modern Japanese culture. There's a full slate of programs, including a performance by Peelander Yellow, an overview of Oita art, demonstrations of bento boxes and sumo exercises, and so much more.
    Daily through April 30, 7pm. Free.  
    www.facebook.com/austinoita
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    Central Texas Food Bank Donations Urgently Needed

    Central Texas Food Bank is experiencing a dramatic increase in the need for their services and one of their major fundraising events has been canceled, leaving them in dire need of funding to bridge the gap. You can help by donating online; a $25 donation provides 100 meals for families in need. Get your friends and neighbors involved by hosting a virtual food drive or Facebook fundraiser. If everyone pitches in, the food bank can keep up with the demand caused by the pandemic and ensure no family in the community goes hungry.
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    Central Texas Pig Rescue Needs Donations

    CTPR is still accepting donations. They're aware that most of you are spending extra on your own families, but if you have an extra $16, you’ll cover the cost of one extra bag of feed. Any amount, even a dollar, helps to make sure the pigs don't go hungry.
    Online
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    Children's Books Read by Jayda Marie

    Local YouTuber Jayda Marie has been uploading videos of herself reading books for children, and so far has read The Very Hungry Caterpillar, The Berenstain Bears Get the Gimmies, and more. It's basically a virtual storytime at the library!
    Online
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    Covid Mask Makers Seeks Assistance

    Do you know how to sew? Covid Mask Makers needs people to help sew face masks, and they've got patterns and instructions, including a helpful video, on their website. If you're all thumbs in that regard, you can help by donating supplies or picking up and delivering finished masks. Sign up for the newsletter to get more details, but feel free to get going on the mask-making anytime.
    At home
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    COVID-19 Relief, Legal & HR Webinar

    It is difficult to keep up with the new relief provisions and changing rules related to the pandemic. In this webinar, Laura Fowler of the Fowler Law Firm will address available relief programs and the rights of business owners, employers, landlords, and tenants in the new COVID-19 environment. RSVP by April 8 to get the webinar link.
    RSVP until April 8; webinar: Thu., April 9, 1-2:30pm. Free.  
    Online
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    Creative Action Online Resources

    Creative Action's afterschool programs are suspended for the time being, so they've collected tons of resources for families to use at home. Check out their list of virtual learning activities, best TED Talks for kids, family-friendly documentaries, and more on their website.
    Ongoing  
    Online
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    Crux Climbing Center Online Classes

    Austin’s local climbing gym and fitness center is now offering online classes including training for climbing, yoga, HIIT, and circuit training to keep Austinites mentally and physically healthy. Classes are free and open to the public, with Venmo tips encouraged for trainers. Check out Crux’s Instagram stories to see how members are actually climbing the walls while their favorite neighborhood gym is closed. Ever seen someone climb a door frame?
     
    Online
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    DC Law Virtual Donation Drive for AGE of Central Texas

    Local nonprofit AGE of Central Texas helps older adults and their caregivers thrive, and is now in need of adult pull-ups and wipes. Austin-based law firm DC Law is supplying $1,000 worth of products, and has put together a drive to gather more of these supplies. As an incentive, they're offering a drawing for a $250 Amazon gift card. Simply purchase your donation online and ship it directly to AGE of Central Texas: 3710 Cedar #100, Austin, TX 78705. Then email a copy of your receipt and contact info to nathan@texasjustice.com to be entered in the drawing.
    Through Tue., April 14  
    Online
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    Dollar General Hiring

    With the increasing need for household supplies, Dollar General anticipates a need for double the employees and is actively hiring. Apply online.
    Various locations
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    Domino's Hiring Now

    Domino's is still offering carryout and delivery, and who doesn't love making people happy via pizza? Additional staff members are needed throughout the area, so apply now if you're interested in CSR, delivery, or management positions.
    Austin-area locations
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    Don't Mess With Texas Art Contest

    The Don't Mess With Texas® Art Contest is officially open! Keep Texas Beautiful and the Texas Department of Transportation invite Texas students in kindergarten through 12th grade to submit their best litter prevention-inspired artwork to be considered for the Don’t Mess With Texas calendar, with the top 14 designs featured. Each winner will also receive a Samsung Galaxy Tab A 10.1 tablet, a Buc-ee's gift basket, their artwork framed and returned, and the opportunity to share the work on websites and social media. Teachers representing student winners will receive a $100 H-E-B/Central Market gift card. Submissions must be postmarked by April 24.
    Feb. 12-April 24. Free.  
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    El Buen Samaritano

    El Buen Samaritano's food pantry anticipates an increased need for their services in the coming months. They are also supporting community partners in their efforts to provide food for the families and individuals they serve. Right now, the pantry is open Tuesdays-Thursdays, 9-11am.
    Online
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    Escape to 1800s Texas

    Pioneer Farms' General Store is still open for limited hours on the weekends to sell handmade soaps and fresh eggs by the dozen, but all other operations are suspended until April 13. In the meantime, follow them on Facebook and Instagram for fun facts, livestreams of the farm, prairie trivia, archive exploration, and more. Their website has a bunch of fun games and crafts to keep the family entertained at home, which as they point out, is how the pioneers in the 19th century often lived.
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    Food Access Resources From SFC

    The Sustainable Food Center has put together a thorough compilation of food access resources for Central Texans, ranging from farmers' markets to CSAs to delivery options and everything in between, so you can ensure that healthy food stays on your table. And if you're able to contribute they are accepting online donations, which support farmers and low-income families facing food insecurity. Get all the details on their website.
     
    Citywide
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    Foundation Communities

    Foundation Communities has suspended volunteer operations, but you can donate to their Emergency Assistance Fund to help their residents who are experiencing health concerns and lost wages. The Emergency Assistance Fund will help affected residents afford rent, utilities, household items, necessary transportation and more.
    online
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    Free Internet at Full Circle Bar

    The Full Circle Bar is offering free public high-speed wi-fi from 8am to 8pm so that community members without home internet can access news and check in with work and children can keep up with their studies. Mission Possible is offering free parking across the street, and users must stay in their car or keep at least 6 feet away from each other if they do not have a car.
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    Generation Serve: Helping While Home

    Local nonprofit youth service organization Generation Serve has suspended volunteer activities through April, but published a thoughtful list of activities and ways to help the community from home. Create cards and wallets, become a translator, start online fundraisers, learn and serve in nature, and more. Check out their post for all the details.
     
    At home and online
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    Girlstart STEM at Home

    Nonprofit Girlstart has been empowering girls in science, technology, engineering, and math for decades, and they've made some of their programming available for use at home. Kids can learn about plate tectonics, light refraction, and so much more via fun, hands-on activities with household items. They aim to add new activities daily for livestreaming via their social media channels, so keep an eye out for that.
     
    Online
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    H-E-B Seeks New Hires

    The pandemic crisis has put all kinds of people out of work temporarily, and local grocery hero H-E-B has short-term positions open because of the crisis. If you're looking for work, apply here.
     
    Various locations
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    HC4A/Shalom Austin School Supplies Fundraiser

    HC4A and Shalom Austin had set a date of April 19 for their eighth annual event raising funds for school supplies for Austin-area homeless children, which last year supported over 1,300 children. The April event is now canceled due to coronavirus, but you can still help reach the fundraising goal of $34,000 to support 1,600 students. A small donation of $25 will help support one child. On Aug. 19, volunteers plan to gather to assemble the school supplies at Dell Jewish Community Center. Donate online at HC4A.org.
    Online
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    Help Feed the Animals at Pioneer Farms

    Moondog, Henry, Big Red, and their friends need your help. They're all part of Pioneer Farms' four-legged team of 13 horses, donkeys, and longhorns, who, along with 50 chickens, help tell the story of 19th-century Texas at Pioneer Farms. A donation of $10 gets them 60 pounds of hay, $15 buys 50 pounds of food, and $25 keeps the animals fed for almost three days. Check out their website to learn more about the animals you're keeping fed, and you'll get a shout-out in the newsletter when you donate.
    Online
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    Joy Organics Free Delivery

    Joy Organics now offers free delivery of their CBD gummies, salves, oils, and more, which could be just what the doctor ordered right about now. For free doorstep delivery, call or order online and select "local delivery" at checkout. For free shipping to your home, select "in-store pickup" at checkout.
    Order online or by phone
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    Keep Texas Beautiful Youth and Educator Awards

    Nominations are being accepted for the Keep Texas Beautiful Youth and Educator Awards, which recognize the efforts made by youth and educators working to improve and beautify their communities. Nominate a person or group, such as your favorite scout, student group, educational nonprofit, teacher, school ... the possibilities are wide open. Applications are due April 3.
    March 9-April 3. Free.  
    Statewide
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    Lights, Camera, Safety PSA Contest Deadline Extended

    City of Austin's Safe Routes to School program invites seventh and eighth grade students to create their very own public service announcement (a short educational video) showing how to walk, bike, and roll to school safely. The winning filmmakers get Alamo Drafthouse gift cards, and their video will be shown in middle schools across Austin. Get all the details and submit your entry online.
    Deadline: Aug. 3  
    Online
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    Little Hummingbird Society

    Austin Parks Foundation's Little Hummingbird Society aims to keep kiddos healthy and busy with fun, educational activities. Their digital activity booklets, printable drawing and coloring sheets, and word searches are available online, and your little hummingbird will love learning how to make seed balls and playing the "Cleanup Game."
    Ongoing  
    Online
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    Million Mile Month With HealthCode

    Million Mile Month is a virtual challenge to complete one million miles of physical activity, together as one global community. All registration levels include the Million Mile Month Challenge, printable race bib, leaderboards, an account on HealthCode’s activity platform, and activity entry tools, and a T-shirt is included at the Gold/Platinum levels. Proceeds from your registration enable schoolchildren and low-income families to participate for free; there is no required fee. Your registration donation is tax-deductible and supports HealthCode, whose mission is to empower people to live healthier, happier lives.
    March 25-April 30  
    Virtual event
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    Omni Sound Project Online Instruction and Events

    The Omni Sound Project was created to provide educational and networking opportunities to people who identify as women who are involved in the creation, production, and recording of music and sound. Join to connect with other women in the audio industry and take advantage of one of the many upcoming online courses and events. An annual membership is only $25, and members get 25% off online courses. There are free events as well; check out the calendar for all the details and sign up soon for Getting Started With Synths, Beginner Bass Lessons, and more.
    Ongoing. Prices vary.  
    Online
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    Online Art Workshops With the Cathedral

    In an effort to continue to support artists and encourage people to stay home, the Cathedral is: now offering their artist-led workshops online. You can help support local artists by signing up for one of their workshops, which include a kit with all materials needed for the class. Kits are available for curbside pickup at 2403 E. 16th, or they can be shipped straight to your home. Check out the website to sign up for a workshop and order your kit.
    At home; register online
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    Pajama Drive for Foster Youth

    All Mattress Firm stores are accepting new pajamas to give foster children of all ages the comfort of a new pair of pajamas. You can also donate online or by mail.
    Through April 26
    All area Mattress Firm locations
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    PEAS Distance Learning

    Partners for Education, Agriculture, and Sustainability have a bunch of resources to keep kids engaged in outdoor and edible education. Learn to make oobleck, play dough, and slime; develop little green thumbs with their gardening tips; gather recipes for healthy DIY kids' snacks, and more. Check the site regularly for updates and new content.
    Ongoing  
    Online
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    Pinballz Brings the Arcade to You

    If you and the family are missing the arcade, fear not: Pinballz can bring the arcade to you. Titles vary, but they've got full-size arcade games like Ms. Pacman, Galaga, and Donkey Kong as well as pinball machines, sanitized and delivered to you for weekly rentals or purchase, and they're offering a discount for multiple-week rentals.
     
    Various locations
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    Randalls Stores Hiring Immediately

    Apply online or stop by your nearest Randalls location to be considered for immediate hire.
     
    Various locations
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    Rise and Run South Austin Online

    Rise and Run South Austin's community runs are suspended until further notice, but in the time being you can join their Strava club to log your miles, and connect on Facebook or Instagram to meet and cheer on other runners.
    Ongoing. Free.  
    online
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    SculptFest

    Originally planned for the town square in Round Rock, the show of Texas-made art goes on at the Texas Society of Sculptors website.
    Ongoing  
    Online
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    Sherwood Forest Virtual Faire

    Sherwood Forest Faire sadly had to close prematurely, but fear not: You can return to the faire virtually via their YouTube channel. Each Saturday (beginning March 28) a new episode will be broadcast featuring full performances filmed during the 2020 season. The virtual tip jar will be open as well, so feel free to drop some digital dollars as you enjoy the show.
    Ongoing; new episodes premiere each Saturday  
    Online
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    Storytime Everywhere!

    Austin Public Library's Cepeda Branch will be offering a range of read-alouds online until the branch opens back up. There are chapter books for everyone as well as preschool, kindergarten, and upper grade storytimes. Follow @StorytimeEverywhereATX on Instagram to get the full schedule and to receive alerts when the stories go live.
    Mon.-Fri., times vary  
    Online
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    Studio Satya Online Yoga Classes

    Local yoga studio Satya has live and recorded classes available online so you can get the exercise and meditation we all so desperately need right now. Donate any amount to get access, and keep your eyes peeled for short free classes coming soon via Instagram.
    $12 suggested donation.  
    Online
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    Take a (Virtual) Day Trip Around the World

    Learn something new, visit museums around the world, and explore the hidden mysteries of life at the website with enough cool stuff to outlast any pandemic.
    Any day, anytime  
    Online
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    Take a Hike in a Special Place

    About a 50-minute drive west of Austin, the wildlife refuge has miles of trails and you can walk for hours without seeing another person. The Warbler Vista/Sunset Deck and Shin Oak Observation Deck are two of the very special places.
    Daily, sunrise to sunset  
    Balcones Canyonlands National Wildlife Refuge, Lago Vista
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    Texas State Parks

    Update 4/7/20: State parks temporarily close tonight, but check back later to see when they will reopen. Read more here. Many state parks are still open for outdoor activities, although visitors are warned to maintain social distancing. Buildings, visitor centers, equipment rentals, and stores are closed and visitors are asked to purchase passes online. Check the “Alert Map” to see which parks are open.
    Ongoing  
    Statewide
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    Tomlinson's Feed & Pets Hiring

    Tomlinson’s Feed & Pets, Central Texas’ favorite pet supply store for 73 years and counting, is currently hiring for part-time and full-time positions at several locations around Austin. Apply online.
    All Austin-area Tomlinson's locations
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    VentureLab Entrepreneurial Curriculum

    Austin-based nonprofit VentureLab has entrepreneurial skills training available online for kids from elementary to high school age, aimed toward developing STEAM, design, creative, and collaborative skill sets. Their mission is to help create the next generation of innovators and encourage the type of thinking we need to overcome the crisis we face today, so now is a great time to spark your child's interest in problem-solving and build their skills.
     
    Online
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    Virtual YMCA

    YMCA of Austin's homepage has been reconfigured to serve as a one-stop resource with streaming exercise classes, information and classes tailored for seniors, activities for kids and families, kids’ educational resources, spiritual and emotional support, nutrition resources and tips, links to community information, as well as ways people can volunteer and give back. You can also follow them on social media for even more activities.
    Ongoing  
    Online
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    We Are Blood Urgently Needs Donations

    With concerns around coronavirus growing and more companies implementing work-from-home policies, some mobile blood drives have been canceled and turnout has been low. There is a pressing need for donations, so the community is urged to find active mobile drives or go to a donor center today.
     
    We Are Blood locations citywide
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    Wildflower Drives Are at Their Peak

    The wildflowers are off to an early and good start. The backroads around the Highland Lakes are especially colorful this year. However, it's advised at the moment to stay home and stay safe, and wait to check out the flowers.
    Now through April  
    All over the Hill Country
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    YMCA Child Care for Essential Workers

    YMCA of Austin is offering child care for children of health care workers, first responders, and all other essential workers. Care is available for children ages 3-12, and children are required to bring a sack lunch. During the day, kids will enjoy arts, crafts, exercise, games, movies, snacks, and supervision from experienced, expert Y staff. Children will be divided into small groups throughout the Y facilities, and proper social spacing will be maintained at all times. Register online.
    $40-50.  
    Austin-area YMCAs
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    Yoga With Adriene

    Local YouTuber and multiple "Best of Austin" winner Adriene Mishler has enough online classes to keep you busy through an extensive quarantine. There are videos specifically for kids and teens, and targeted sessions for any ailment you might be experiencing (anxiety, anyone?).
    Online

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