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As you prepare your gift lists for the holidays, consider supporting your local community through charities and by buying from small, local businesses. Choices like this put your dollars right back into the place you live and help keep local economies thriving.

Texas is big in land and heart. We can't wait to see how (and what!) you give this season! 

Give Texas-Made Gifts

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! There’s lots of things going and room for heart growing with holiday cheer. Join your YMCA friends for a December to remember. This month is packed full of family-friendly events and celebrations for all ages to enjoy. Stop by one or all of your favorite events during the holiday season.

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With the holidays approaching, many families are gearing up to travel near and far. No matter where you're headed, or how long it takes to get there, we've compiled our favorite travel tips right here so you can be confident, stay sane, and enjoy the journey!

The holiday season is a great time to reflect on blessings and give back to our community. And getting our children involved can help strengthen family bonds, reinforce family values and provide lessons in caring. With that in mind, here are some ways the whole family can lend a helping hand.

With a new season finally here, we wanted to share some autumn-themed crafts that your toddler will love. These festive activities bring fun twists to everyday crafts, and will allow your toddler to embrace fall.

Fall Leaf Potato Stamp

As the Texas heat becomes a memory and fall weather sets in, October is a great time to get outside and enjoy nature with a family hike. Perfect for all ages, hiking can be as gentle or as challenging as your group wants to make it. Just pick a destination, pack some gear and hit the trail!

Choose Your Path

November is Military Family Month, and as a leading nonprofit dedicated to strengthening community through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility, the YMCA of Austin offers the following tips to help children of military families in the Greater Austin community cope while loved ones serve overseas.

The temperature is finally dropping and pumpkin spice everything has made its way to coffee shops and grocery store shelves just about everywhere. So you know what that means: fall is officially here! We’ve rounded up 18 awesome family-friendly Halloween and autumn-themed outings and events for you to attend this season, and we guarantee you won’t be disappointed.

September 9 is Grandparents Day, and it’s a fabulous reminder to join in activities that span age groups. But you don’t have to have a grandparent to celebrate. Older neighbors and family friends will appreciate you reaching out, too. Here are some ideas for what to do on Grandparents Day or any time you want to connect the generations.

Eating dinner as a family is one of the best ways to connect as a family, share what’s going on, and enjoy each other’s company. In today’s world, it’s easy to let our phones distract us at the dinner table. In an effort to strengthen family relationships and help parents connect with their children, we want to share 25 questions you can ask around the dinner table to help cultivate conversations with your children.

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