How to have fun this summer in easy steps.

May 30

We are super excited to be partnering up with LiveMom.com as part of the Austin Summer Fun Checklist.  Here’s how to have fun this summer — most importantly, come dance with Koo Koo Kanga Roo this saturday!

1. Print the 2016 Austin Summer Fun Checklist for Kids or pick up a copy of Austin Family Magazine and tear out the Checklist.

OR

Come to the Summer Fun Launch Party on June 4th, from 9 am to noon, at Whole Foods Market Lamar to pick up a copy of the checklist. Koo Koo Kanga Roo will perform at 10am and there will be free breakfast tacos from Hat Creek Burger Co., free KIND Bars and Chameleon Cold Brew Coffee, activities and prizes! Tickets are just $5 for adults, free for kids with all proceeds benefiting Whole Kids Foundation.

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2. Pick an activity or two or three to do.

3. Do activity.

4. Check it off the list.

5. Once you’ve done at least three activities on the checklist, you can earn prizes for even more Summer Fun!

6. Upload photos of you and your kids doing activities on the Summer Fun Checklist for a chance to win prizes including a two-night stay at Omni Barton Creek, Chaparral Ice Skating Passes, free museum admission to the Bullock Museum, season passes to Hawaiian Falls, Terra Toys gift certificates, and free admission to the Hill Country Science Mill. Use #AustinSummerFun as the hashtag. Read more details about the weekly prize giveaways here.

We’ve mapped out all of the details for the activities on the 2016 Summer Fun Checklist for Kids in the 2016 Summer Fun Guide. Read about the different activities and events, including details on places to visit on your day trips, event dates to save on your calendar.

Check back here all summer long for more in-depth articles about our 2016 sponsors and activities.

Anytime Fun Includes:

  • Slide Down a Water Slide
  • Dig in the Sand
  • Take a Break from the Hear at Chaparral Ice
  • Find Art in Public Places
  • Watch the Bats Emerge at Dusk
  • Play a New Board Game
  • Rock Climb
  • Listen to Live Music
  • Star Gaze
  • Jump on a Trampoline at Springfree Trampoline
  • Take a Hike or Ride a Bike
  • Drink a Milkshake
  • Explore Science at the Hill Country Science Mill
  • Go Rollerskating or Skateboarding
  • Ride a Train
  • Go Bowling
  • Play Indoors at Catch Air
  • Visit a Farmer’s Market
  • Dive Into a Swimming Pool
  • Romp in a Splash Pad
  • Catch a Flick
  • Take a Picture in Front of a Mural
  • Kayak/Canoe/Paddle on your Favorite Waterway
  • Go Caving
  • Play Putt-Putt Golf
  • Sip a Smoothie
  • Play at a Park
  • Visit an Austin Museum

Or you can go to a few awesome Austin events this summer including:

  • Second Saturdays Are for Families at The Contemporary Austin
  • Mr. Will at Whole Foods Market, Bee Cave
  • Unplugged at the Grove
  • Children’s Day Art Park
  • Blues on the Green
  • Shrek the Musical at Zilker Hillside Theater
  • Live Music Sundays at Whole Foods Market, Domain
  • Summer Free Family Film Series at the Bullock Museum
  • Summer Fun Launch party at Whole Foods Market, Lamar
  • Pollyanna Theatre’s Cowboy in the Kitchen
  • Taste North Austin at The Domain
  • Family Eldercare’s Summer Fan Drive
  • Juneteenth Celebration
  • Pollyanna Theatre’s Trouble on the Double
  • 4th of July Fireworks
  • Back to School Bash at Creative Action
  • Austin Summer Musical’s Big Bad Musical

How about a day trip to explore other places that are still close to home?

  • Johnson City
  • Waco
  • Wimberley
  • San Marcos
  • New Braunfels
  • Fredericksburg
  • LaGrange
  • Cedar Creek
  • Texas State Parks Close to Austin
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2016-05-28 Playlist & Stream

May 29

1st set
They Might Be Giants – It’s Spare the Rock
ID
They Might Be Giants – Stand On Your Own Head
Brady Rymer – Your Love Turns the World Around (new)
ID
Emily Arrow – The Dot Song (new)
123 Andres – El Danzon y el Cha Cha Cha (new)
Jose-Luis Orozco – Tortilla (new)
ID
Kermit Ruffins – Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner

[KUTX – SUMMER CHECKLIST UNDERWRITING

[WJFF/KCMJ – Walter Martin feat. Karen O – Sing To Me

2nd set
Kimya Dawson – Little Monster Babies
ID/prep to Rock
TMBG – Don’t Spare the Rock!
ID
Sugar Free Allstars – Monster Truck (new)
Spoon – The Fitted Shirt
Carl Kasell bumper
Joan Jett & the Blackhearts – Everyday People
The Good Miss Padgett – Lollipop Nightmare
Recess Monkey – Time to Make the Donuts (new)
ID

[KUTX – Lunch Money – Cookie as Big as My Head

3rd set
Tumble Podcast – Explorers Club
Frances England – Explorer of the World (new)
ID
Flannery Brothers – Best Adventures
Lucky Diaz – Explorer
ID
Koo Koo Kanga Roo – You Are The Best (brand new, 6/4 @ WFM, austinsummerfun.com)
ID
They Might Be Giants – Oh You Did w/ Robin Goldwasser)
They Might Be Giants – Spare the Rock

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Playlist & Stream for the weekend of 2016-05-21

May 22

1st set
They Might Be Giants – It’s Spare the Rock
ID
They Might Be Giants – James K. Polk
Carrie Rodriguez – Frio en el Alma
Bill Withers – Lovely Day
ID
Okee Dokee Brothers – Hard Road to Travel (new)
David Byrne – Don’t Fence Me In
ID

[KUTX – SUMMER CHECKLIST UNDERWRITING

[KUTX – Uncle Rock – Secret Spaceman

[WJFF/KCMJ – Christina Marrs – Ramblin’ Round

2nd set
Marian Call – Moving Right Along
ID/prep to Rock
TMBG – Don’t Spare the Rock!
Alkaline Trio – Movin’ Right Along
The Not-Its! – Granddad is a Spy (new)
Carl Kasell is prepared to rock
fIREHOSE – For the Singer of REM
Miss Paula & the Candy Bandits – Simon Says (new)
Fountains of Wayne – Laser Show
ID

[KUTX – Andrew Bird – Frogs Singing

[WJFF/KCMJ – Mista Cookie Jar – Jelly Beans

3rd set
Walk Off The Earth – Alright
Gladys Knight and the Pips – Friendship Train
ID
Brady Rymer – I Surprised Myself (new)
Queen Latifah – Dance For Me
ID
They Might Be Giants – Minimum Wage
They Might Be Giants – Spare the Rock

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2016-05-14 Playlist & Stream

May 15

1st set
They Might Be Giants – It’s Spare the Rock
ID
They Might Be Giants – I Am Not Your Broom
Zee Avi – Who Loves the Sun
Lunch Money – You Were a Basket of Flowers
ID
Rissi Palmer on Prince
Rissi Palmer – Best Day Ever
Little Mo McCoury – You’ve Got a Friend in Me
ID
Rufus Thomas – Can Your Monkey Do The Dog
[KUTX – SUMMER CHECKLIST UNDERWRITING

[KUTX – Lloyd Miller – Do The Tub Tub Tubman

[WJFF/KCMJ – Sun Ra & His Arkestra/Harry Nilsson/James Taylor – Technicolor Pachyderms

2nd set
Elena Moon Park – Picking Flowers
ID/prep to Rock
TMBG – Don’t Spare the Rock!
Egg – Zoom!
Matthew Sweet – Hombre Secreto
Hipwaders – Sesame Street Theme
The Replacements – Radio Hook Word Hit
The Not-Its! – Freeze Tag
ID

[KUTX – Justin Roberts – She Sits

3rd set
Tumble Science Podcast – Concussions
James Kolchaka Superstar – Hockey Monkey
Alphabet Rockers on Prince
Alphabet Rockers – Food Songs
Ziggy Marley – This Train
The Que Pastas – Jim the Giant (new)
ID
They Might Be Giants – Why Does the Sun Really Shine? (live)
They Might Be Giants – Spare the Rock

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2016-05-07 Playlist & Stream

May 08

If you missed the show on our broadcast affiliates, you can stream it here!

1st set
They Might Be Giants – It’s Spare the Rock
ID
They Might Be Giants – Thinking Machine
Helen Austin – All The Letters
Salim Nourallah – Be Here Now (in-studio)
ID
April Smith & the Great Picture Show – Say, Say, oh Playmate
Cloud Cult – You Were Born
Gustafer Yellowgold – Gravy Insane
ID
Big Star – Watch the Sunrise

[KUTX – Mariana Iranzi – Hola Hello

[WJFF/KCMJ – Sarah Lee Guthrie & Family – Brush Your Teeth Blues #57

2nd set
Britta Phillips & Dean Wareham – Ginger Snaps
ID/prep to Rock
TMBG – Don’t Spare the Rock!
ScribbleMonster & His Pals – Loud And Soft
Pixies – Tony’s Theme
Julie Ruin – Cookie Road
The Jimmies – Every Day’s a Holiday
ID

[KUTX –

[WJFF/KCMJ –

3rd set
123 Andres – Dame Una A (new)
El Tule – El Nino (Mueller, Friday 5/13 at 7 with Tameca Jones)
ID
Billy Kelly (w/ Molly Ledford) – We Could Be Pen Pals
The Brothers Johnson – Strawberry Letter 23
ID
They Might Be Giants – Electronic Istanbul (Not Constantinople)
They Might Be Giants – Spare the Rock

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2016-04-30 Playlist & Stream

May 01

Wow, we love Prince. Thanks to all the artists who contributed their thoughts. If you missed the show on our broadcast partners, you can stream it here:

1st set
They Might Be Giants – It’s Spare the Rock
ID
They Might Be Giants – I Just Want to Dance
Prince – Starfish & Coffee
ID (intro Prince, DZ)
Dan Zanes on Prince
Dan Zanes & Friends – Red Tail Hawk
Dean Jones on Prince
Dean Jones – Snail Mail
Sandra Velasquez on Prince
Moona Luna – What Time Is It?
ID

[KUTX – Booker T. Jones – Everything is Everything

[WJFF/KCMJ – Baby Loves Jazz – Duck Jam

2nd set
Lucky Diaz on Prince
Lucky Diaz & the Family Jam Band – Aquel
Lloyd H. Miller on Prince
The Deedle Deedle Dees – Cool Papa Bell
Secret Agent 23 Skidoo on Prince
Secret Agent 23 Skidoo – Tastes Like Space (world premiere)
ID
Prince – FUNKNROLL

[WJFF/KCMJ – Bunny Clogs – Confessions of a Teenage Lima Bean

3rd set
Recess Monkey on Prince
Recess Monkey – Walkie Talkies
Mista Cookie Jar on Prince
Mista Cookie Jar – The Fresh (world premiere)
Sugar Free Allstars on Prince
Sugar Free Allstars – Mr. DJ
Prince – Let’s Go Crazy
ID
They Might Be Giants – 1999
They Might Be Giants – Spare the Rock

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2016-04-23 Playlist & Stream

Apr 24

1st set
They Might Be Giants – It’s Spare the Rock
ID
They Might Be Giants – What Is a Shooting Star?
Phoebe Lichty – Thingamajig (new)
ID
Justin Roberts – Field Trip
Barton Hills Choir – I Got You (At the End of the Century)
ID
John Legend & the Roots – Humanity

[KUTX – Lori Henriques – Sometimes Things

[WJFF/KCMJ – -Lori Henriques – Sometimes Things

2nd set
The Short Films – The Mysterious Okapi
ID/prep to Rock
TMBG – Don’t Spare the Rock!
ID/
Sir Crazy Pants – Caffeine (new)
REM – Stand
Jonathan Coulton – The Princess Who Saved Herself
Rush – The Spirit of Radio
ID

[KUTX –

[WJFF/KCMJ – Baby Loves Jazz – I Like Blue Lemurs

3rd set
Tumble Science Podcast for Kids – Edge of the Universe
ID
Pianosaurus – Center of the Universe
Psapp – Everybody Wants to be a Cat
ID
Lunch Money – Original Friend
Sturgill Simpson – Keep It Between the Lines (new)
ID
They Might Be Giants – Seven Days of the Week (I Never Go To Work)
They Might Be Giants – Spare the Rock

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