Small Business – always changing

It’s been awhile, and things have changed since last November.  Kid Frolic took a little holiday break then moved out of the studio off Lamar to become online only beginning March 2018.  Although I’d never intended this little business to be online only, not going to an office/studio most of the week does have it’s advantages.

The original intent, Kid Frolic Austin will be a small locally based business that provides quality and unique pretend play with online options for convenience and out of town customers.  I really wanted to make a go of the original party rental aspect too.  Of course, change comes quickly and sometimes with short planning for small businesses.  This little business has definitely seen some changes this past year in trying to find it’s groove.  Rentals are no longer an option, handmades and upcycled has not grown as fast as I wished.  On the other hand, I am so happy to be able to offer great quality handmade decorations from a locally owned mom business and the retail offerings, while mostly commercially based, are of nice quality from trusted brands.

I particularly love that I was able to organize and host costume exchanges!  It is my intent to continue this fun swap.

Despite changes, Kid Frolic Austin is still here with fun stuff for the kiddos – pretend play and handmade products.

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!

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

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.

-angela

Pretend Play

An enchanting period of life when children can imagine freely and learn through playing … such a sweet and fantastic thing to be a part of.  I admire and love all the “kid work” our daughter does without hesitation.  It has been the inspiration for Kid Frolic Austin!  We hope to add a sparkle and unforgettable memories with our service and products.  Cheers!

Kid Cellular Phone

Riding in the car the other day, I hear a sudden burst of aggression from the backseat of the car. I look to find our daughter “talking on the phone”. Politely, I wait until she is done with the call… turns out she is a coordinator/host of an event company and is making things clear because people aren’t getting the job done to her specs or on time.

Several more calls are needed to get things on track – to Maui (from Moana), Moana, and Cat Noir (from Miraculous). Here is her phone: