Get out of the house and explore what’s around you and what makes Austin a natural wonder. Here are five easy things to see and do that will help kids appreciate what’s around you?
- Zilker Botanical Garden opens its Woodland Faerie Trail Saturday. The trail is full of homes people have created for the fairies. Maybe you’ll see a fairy. The trail is open through July 30 during regular hours, and on June 9-10, you can see it at night from 8-10 p.m. for $6. Learn to make a home at the Forts and Faerie Homes Workshop, 11 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. June 24. $18. Zilker Botanical Garden, 2220 Barton Springs Road. zilkergarden.org
- Wildflower Center. It’s beautiful to explore the gardens, arboretum and prairie trails any time of year, but in summer, the free Nature Nights at 6 p.m. on Thursdays give us even more reasons to head here. Reptiles and Birds of Prey, June 8; Habitats, June 15; Pollinators, June 22; Water, Rocks and Mud, June 29. You also can find hands-on programs for preschoolers through its Sprouts program, 10 a.m. Wednesdays and Fridays, and during the Nature Play Hour, 11 a.m. Saturdays. Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave. wildflower.org
- Find a new-to-you park. We love the trails of Mary Moore Searight Metropolitan Park, 907 W. Slaughter Lane; the peacocks of Mayfield Park, 3505 W. 35th St.; the playground and Zilker Zephyr train at Zilker Park, which doesn’t look a day over 100, 2100 Barton Springs Road; the splash pad and hill to climb at Bulter Park, 1000 Barton Springs Road; and the accessibility of Play for All Park, 151 N. A.W. Grimes Blvd., Round Rock.
- Texas Nature Challenge. Register your “team,” aka family, for this challenge and start exploring. One great stop is the Austin Nature and Science Center, where you can go on a scavenger hunt. Find more information and sign up at austintexas.gov/page/ansc-programs-exhibits.