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April showers bring May flowers, but we all know those showers sometimes linger through the late spring. It can be tough to keep restless toddlers entertained indoors. That’s why we’ve rounded up four fabulous rainy day activities for your toddler that are sure to brighten the gloomiest day!

Cardboard Box Play

It has been a whirlwind of a winter/spring at the Y! The TownLake branch welcomed new Sports Director Alison Zacharias in March, and she already has a season of youth sports under her belt! Please join us in welcoming and getting to know Alison a bit more! 

By Michelle "Michie" Reid

TownLake YMCA Volunteer Coordinator

On Friday, April 26, students from Hill Country Middle School volunteered at the TownLake Y for their Community Project Day. It was a special experience for the students, teachers, and our Y community.

You probably know that yoga is a great way to move your body and relax your mind. But did you know that it’s a great outlet for kids, too? Today we’ll tell you about the benefits of yoga for your kids, and give you plenty of resources to help your little ones start their practice.

Benefits of Yoga for Kids

As the days warm up and get a little longer, March is a great time to get out and experience Austin as a family. Kids will enjoy this roundup of area events, and parents will love the price of admission!

Check out a few talking points to keep Valentine's Day conversation positive and fun with your child this February.

Welcome to February: the month of Valentine’s Day and the season of love. You might be filling out valentines for the class party or baking heart-shaped cookies alongside your child, so it’s a great opportunity to launch a chat about healthy relationships. Here are a few talking points to keep the conversation positive and on track.               

A well-executed timeout can quickly and simply put the chill on your toddler’s meltdown. But there’s a trick to getting the most out of an effective timeout, and it starts with shedding an outdated notion. Timeouts work best when delivered not as a punishment, but as a chance for your toddler to calm down and practice self-control. 

With the New Year well underway, parents are returning to work and kids are returning to daycare and school. However, the transition from holiday fun back to the daily grind isn’t always easy. The reality of the looming winter ahead without having the holidays to look forward to may leave your kids dealing with the post-holiday blues.

Every year the Bastrop Education Foundation chooses a select few students from a pool of candidates to be that years “Rising Stars,” a group of students who the teachers feel are truly exceptional in and out of the classroom.

Check out the awesome new mural in Child Watch, by renowned local artist and Y member Avery Orendorf. Did you know Avery's very first mural was painted at the Y a few years ago? Avery's sons, both elementary schoolers now, have been among the many wonderful kids in Child Watch over the years. There's nothing like the smiles from kids and parents when there's fresh art or toys in the kids' areas. 

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