Kids Costume Exchange Two

Sunday, October 22, 2017, 10am – 2pm

Kid Frolic Austin is thrilled to be hosting our 2nd Costume Exchange this weekend.  Our little event is an enjoyable time for all, kids and adults alike.  There will be plenty of masks to color and take home for the kiddos.  Plus, everyone enjoys the kinetic sand!  It’s hard to resist.

I can’t wait for the handmade cookies by Nando’s Cookies!  Nando’s Cookies is a local business owned and operated by Austin Mom and Cookie Artist Barbara Castro.  Find out more about Nando’s Cookies

We hope you can make it over by 11am.  It’s Storytime!  1-2 books will be read by Brittany Root.  Brittany is an Independent Book Consultant for Usborne Books & More.  She loves books and promotes reading for kids.  She’ll also have a great selection of books to shop at our event.  Find out more about Brittany Root and Usborne Books & More

Shop Kid Frolic Austin merchandise at 30% off!  First and only time this year to offer such a big discount on all retail and costumes reserved as a group for a party or play time.  Check out some of our kids stuff

It’s a relaxed and pleasant atmosphere at 1107 S. 8th Street, which is a modern warehouse style building owned and operated by Mercury Mambo.  The building is occupied by a variety of creative based businesses.  We have parking areas on either side of the building and street parking in front.

See you Sunday!

Simple Single Favor

Planning a party is no easy task.  No matter how simple you want it to be, there is always the core list of items that cannot be avoided.  From the get-go there’s a decent list of things to do.  Planning the timeline, location, food, cake, decorations, table supplies, other random supplies, gifts for the party kid, and a favor gift for the guest kids.  Yep, I said “a favor gift”, not a party bag, or goodie bag; one gift for each kid.

The favor is an area where you can keep it simple.  One small (or medium, if you only have a few guests) sized token of appreciation.  Pick one item, purchase the number you think you’ll need, check that off your list.

It’s become the norm these days to do lute bags.  It’s a great idea, particularly if all the items are to the theme of your party.  Since the popularity of goodie bags, it feels like maybe the pressure is on…gotta have a bag full of teeny tiny toys.  Honestly, I think one item is easier for the kids to appreciate.  Kids practically live for random one off things!  You know how it is, we could give them a shoe box or a hand full of feathers and they would find a way to make it fun.

It may take a little bit longer to decide on the one gift favor, but it’s easier to purchase and will save you time on putting things together and most likely it won’t need a bag.

Some ideas for simple single favors:  Blind bags of all kinds!  Personally I really like the Play Mobil bags.  Hot Wheels, wands, masks, pirate patch or hat, personal size bag of kinetic sand, book of jokes, fancy pens, smelly pencils, sketchbooks, kids watercolor paints, headbands, animal key chains, hats or crowns or tails.

Kids Costume Exchange

Super excited about this weekends Costume Exchange!  Grab those outgrown or unused costumes and head over to Kid Frolic Austin’s Studio & Shop this Saturday, September 9th.  There will be masks to color, sensory sand play, storytime at 11:30, Usborne Books, and a free raffle.

Time:  11:00am – 2pm

Date: Saturday, September 9, 2017

Place: 1107 S. 8th Street, Austin, 78704

Additional Information: on this site, Things to Know, Kids Costume Exchange

Kids Birthday – best day for a party

Saturday is the first day that pops to mind.  It makes sense.  First day of the weekend, when many parents are free from work and the pressure of school and weekly choirs eases for a short time.  But Saturdays are often deceivingly busy.  Saturday is the Fit Everything In Day.  If something fun is going to happen, it’s gonna happen on Saturday.  Sports, shopping, out of town jaunts, play meet ups, adult social activities, the list goes on.

Then there is Sunday.  Poor ol’ Sunday, somehow, it always seems to be the runner up day, the day to pick if Saturday is absolutely not available.  Sunday is an equally great, if not better, day to have a birthday party celebration.  It’s my 1st pick for Best Day For A Party.  It usually feels more relaxed after having done all the running around the previous day.  Sunday between 10:30 and 11 is perfect for a party!  There is plenty of time to come down from the sugar and excitement of friends before switching gears toward the Monday mindset.

Friday afternoon deserves a look as well.  It’s my 2nd pick.  Especially if it’s going to be at a kids party place.  It’s going to be a lot more comfortable and much less chaotic for everyone.  About 1 hour after school lets out if it’s during the school year.  That will give enough time to get to the location and do a quick set up if your party is at a kids party place.  Alternatively, just enough time to get home and set food and cake out and do a last minute check that everything is in order if it’s at home.  Offering to carpool some of the kids is a nice option for the Friday party.  A couple hours, the group is disbanding, it’s time for dinner and soon bedtime (and probably some present opening for the birthday kid)… The party is done before the weekend has begun…what a relief.

Upcycle that Costume

Upcycled costumes are important to Kid Frolic Austin.  It’s not always easy to find time to make significant progress in the upcycling department.  It’s time to refocus on what’s important!  In a few days, school will be back in session.  That means Mom, me, can get back to a steady work pace.  I’m very excited and looking forward to having some time to focus on the upcycle/reuse portion of Kid Frolic Austin.  Visit the Calendar here on the website for Open Hours, the unique upcycled items are only available in the studio.

By the way, Kid Frolic takes costume donations:  1107 S. 8th Street, 78704.  Near ish to Lamar Alamo Drafthouse.

Open Studio – what’s it all about

Kid Frolic Austin is a little business that, in addition to having a few name brand specialty items, also offers handmade items.  The hand crafted items are made by Angela at Kid Frolic Austin.  Kid Frolic also offers handmade decorations made by Party at Your Door, another Austin based Mom company.

Instead of a full blown retail shop (hopefully that’s next), Kid Frolic Austin has a studio office space located in a creative warehouse type building which is totally public friendly.  It’s a nice building in a good location just one block off of Lamar at Gibson St.  This is a work space where creating and making happens as well as a shop-shop, similar to a retail setup.  The space is a hybrid work and sell shop, our Studio.  We announce open hours as Open Studio times.

The Big Balance

I love my family time!  I love my business time!  From week to week, things get criss-crossed and sometimes mashed together.  And that’s when things are running smooth!  Add extracurriculars, like vacations, friends, hobbies, and holidays, and then pile on anything unexpected… It can be a challenge to keep things balanced.

Scheduling open studio/shop times for Kid Frolic Austin is a jumble some weeks.  It’s always subject to change or cancellation, most especially if our kiddo gets sick.  Summer can be especially chaotic.  I’m sure I don’t have to tell all you busy mom’s about summer when the kids are home from school.  Summer is settling and the kids will be back in school in exactly three weeks from today.  I’m making a commitment to have the studio/shop open more days and longer hours.

I hope to meet many people shopping for pretend play items and party supplies!  Whether it’s at the shop or because I get to save you time and hand deliver to your residence.  Check out the calendar for open times, stop in to see what we’re up to.