In Austin this time of year it’s hard NOT to be outdoors. The afternoons are perfectly delightful – even causing a bit of shade seeking on occasion. This weekend we’ve got lots of reasons to be outdoors and while we often do it solo, this weekend we’re doing it in groups.

We’re having a neighborhood creek clean up on Saturday morning. We’ll all 6 of us be there with our boots on and our gloves ready to pick up whatever we come across. Well, not whatever. We might save some of it for the more industrially clad members of the group.

Then there’s a Slow Family park day on Saturday afternoon from 2-4. If you’re in Austin that day come hang out with us at Butler Park. It’s a super swell park with lots of room for wheeled items of all varieties – particulary scooters and the like. There’s a hill to roll on. A field to run in. Rocks to climb and a little pond to throw rocks in. And if it’s hot, there’s even fountains to play in.

Saturday night it’s an indoor event and I’ll leave the family at home to attend LiveMom’s big mama blog event at IF&D in downtown Austin. Should be a blast.

Sunday it’s back outdoors with the first in a hopefully ongoing series of Family Nature Club hikes. This one is being put together by Marc LeFebre who has just recently named the South Austin Family Nature Club. The first family hike will be at McKinney Falls on Sunday from 2-5 p.m. McKinney Falls is probably one of the most urban of State Parks and is a mere 11 miles or so from the capital building. It’s a slice of natural beauty just minutes from our urban dwellings! We’ll meet at 2:00 at the Smith Visitors Center near the upper falls. Come out and hike and play with us!