CultureMap Austin -- Kids at SXSW might seem like a local news story about bad parenting, but for those of us old enough and/or crazy enough to have made little kids, I offer hope.
You don't have to pay for a sitter for the whole twelve days and you don't have to stay home either. By choosing the right place at the right time, you can enjoy SXSW with your kids, WITHOUT involving a social worker.
Here are your best bets…
The City of Austin is hosting SXSW 2013 showcasing artists from around the world to play free for the public at Austin City Hall. How about this for a music-hiking-art combo – check out the art installation and music at Austin City Hall, then walk a few hundred feet south and walk the trails around Lady Bird Lake.
This is a Growing Up Austin trifecta that doesn’t happen every day. The art exhibit is a rotating exhibit of local Austin artists that have won a juried competition. Rumor is that there is a lot of variety in style and mediums. Paid parking is available at the city hall parking garage.
The School of Rock is an music school that combines traditional music lessons and "band" lessons, like how to how to get along with your band mates and how to play in front of people. I take my kids to see grown-ups play music, so why not take them to see music made by people closer to their own size?
Their house band, The B Team, and other kid bands will play music for free and food and drinks will be available. Parking shouldn’t be bad for this event, since it is a bit north of the action and there are several parking garages close by.