Check out the local bouncy houses

Here’s a quick and simple list of the bouncy houses in the area.  These places are fabulous.  Let the kids jump around like kangaroos trying to kick off a bad case of fleas while you enjoy some ac time and a book or get some work done with their wifi.

 

Name

Number

Jump USA Park

(512) 838-6200

Jump! Gymnastics

(512) 593-6226

Jumpoline Park

(512) 310-1420

Pump It Up

(512) 832-1110

Jumpstreet

(512) 506-8583

Urban Air Trampoline Park

(800) 960-4778

Hop N Happy

(512) 215-0898

Mt. Playmore

(512) 989-8886

Inflatable Wonderland

(512) 377-5867

 

Personally, we have been to Jumpoline Park, Mt. Playmore and Jumpstreet.  All have unique offers, and we’ll leave some commentary on each, below!

 

Four children pictured in Austin bouncy house and one of the indoor play centers.  You can see they are having a blast, with grins from ear to ear.  There are so many things to do in the Austin area with your children, and this is one of them!
Bouncy houses in Austin are the best way to get out some energy and beat the heat!

 

 

Mt. Playmore is fabulous.  It hosts way more than simply tigger-iffic bouncing fun.  Children will have a ball as they scramble, dash, jump and leap their way through a giant indoor playscape with rope swings, slides, inflatable bouncy house obstacles and if that doesn’t take the cake, then they can… well… take the cake.  Mt. Playmore has food available, and it’s not bad.  There are salads for those of you looking for a lighter fare, pizza and goodies for the kiddos.

Looking for even more fun?  They’ve got video games, air hockey and some prizes that win the hearts of the children in all of us.  Check it out!

Pro Tip: You’ll have a blast running through the playscape with your kiddo.  C’mon, mom and dad!  Give it a go!

Actividades para niños

Actividad 1: vocabulario del cuerpo, colores y objectos; preguntas

Use tatuajes temporales para describir objetos.  Por ejemplo, si el tatuaje es un gato negro, descríbalo.  Diga: “Mira el gato.  Es negro!  ¿Qué hace el gato?  El gato hace…”  Durante el día, repita las descripciones y preguntas sobre el animal y color y ubicación en el cuerpo.

Al día siguiente, descríbalo otra vez.  Pregúntele al niño/ a la niña, “¿Dónde esta el gato?  ¡Esta en la mano!”

Esta actividad mejorará la memoria del niño/ de la niña.  Lo hace recordar el objeto, el color, la parte del cuerpo y otras cosas que tiene que ver con el objeto.  También, es un catalizador de conversaciones.

Make Healthy Eating a Part of Your Life

Some tips for how to encourage your child to develop a healthy palate:

 

1) Offer, don’t ask.  Children who are hungry will eat what they are given.  Start from a young age and provide a variety of colors and flavors in fruits and vegetables.  If your child isn’t hungry, save it for an hour later.  If you give in by providing cookies, crackers and bars (or any refined “unfoods” for that matter) then of course he or she will go for that.  McDonald’s, chips and chocolates are easy going down because they AREN’T food!  Take a look at the ingredients.  Even instant oatmeal has a plethora of dubious ingredients.  Real food has real texture and the flavor takes getting used to.  But I’ve found that once you get used to it, going back to “unfoods” (Jiffy!) is like eating plastic…. probably because that’s what it is!

2) Make your child’s plate fun.  Use shapes, numbers and faces to create a visually appetizing dish.  Let’s face it… it’s fun to eat someone’s nose.  Using shapes and sequences of numbers can help your child master fundamental educational concepts in a fun, sensory-packed way.  Remember when mom asked if you wanted your sandwich cut into triangles or squares?  Take it to the next level!

A snack plate created for a Mandarin class through AustinLessons.com: colorful fruits and vegetables
A snack plate created for a Mandarin class through AustinLessons.com

3) Start using seasonings early.  Babies can develop a taste for all kinds of healthy and colorful seasonings.  Five year old children can enjoy pepper, but not if that’s the first time they are exposed to it.

4) If at first you don’t succeed, try try again.  Children most likely will not like something the first time they try it.  Teach them that their taste will develop as they grow older and encourage them to take a “no thank you” bite.  Forcing children to eat food will likely result in resistance and strong negative feelings about food.  Helping them understand that part of growing is trying things and being polite at the table can foster a positive image about health, taste and company.

5) Invite your mini chef to give a hand.  Children enjoy preparing their food and learning about using seasonings.  Teach them that certain spices can be used more liberally than others.  This is a great opportunity to introduce simple math concepts about measurements and vocabulary words, such as “gradually,” or “halve.”

A face made out of healthy treats for an AustinLessons.com morning Mandarin Chinese class
Make a fun food face!

6) Have clean, healthy snacks on hand.  Children (let’s face it…. many adults too!) can turn into real grouches when they are hungry.  Granola bars with simple ingredients (no words that aren’t food ingredients that you would eat by themselves!), cheese sticks, vegetables and fruits are a great way to keep your little one’s sugar and energy levels steady.

7) Remember that the sum total is greater than the parts combined.  Pack a lot of punch with snacks that are well rounded with a vegetable, fruit, carbohydrate and protein.  The sum total is greater!  As people become more aware of vitamins and minerals that require…. other vitamins and minerals to be absorbed…! this will make more sense.  It’s a shame to lose any vitamins from vegetables, for example, because no fat was consumed.

Happy and healthy eating!

Practicing numbers and colors with goldfish crackers
Counting and colors: Reinforce the fundamentals with a fun treat