There’s no shortage of great things to do with kids in downtown Austin, and the Texas Book Festival is one of those events that makes for a fun family outing. I’ve been lobbying my family to go every fall when it comes to town, but for one reason or another we’ve never made it out the door with our three-year old to explore the festival. Usually the prospect of negotiating traffic, finding a parking spot, and hauling a small child and his accouterments from the parking spot to where we need to be ends discussions of going to many a downtown activity.
Of course there are a few bus option to get us from our house to the downtown area – but to be honest, I wasn’t sure how simple it would be to take on bus travel with a squirmy toddler. And simplicity is a priority.
This year I was determined, though, so my small charge and I headed to the nearest 1L/1M bus stop.
Thanks to the QR codes at Cap Metro’s bus stops, I was able to see when the next bus was scheduled to arrive, and we had fun watching for its approach.
Alex is by now a RedLine expert, as we’ve taken the train many times to get to the Children’s Museum’s former downtown location. We hadn’t been on a bus in a while, though, so he had a great time looking out the window and asking questions about every aspect of the bus and how it works.
When we arrived at the Book Festival we hopped off the bus and walked right over to the children’s tents. I admit, I was pretty happy to pass signs like this on the way into the festival, knowing I didn’t have to worry about finding or paying for a parking space.
The real test came in the afternoon, when we’d hit that time of day where naptime was imminent and we needed to head home fast before a meltdown. The trusty 1M didn’t disappoint, and within a few minutes of arriving at the bus stop we were whisked back toward home. We’ll be back on the bus again soon, and maybe try our hand at some new routes next time! opped off the bus and walked right over to the children’s tents. I admit, I was pretty happy to pass signs like this on the way into the festival, knowing I didn’t have to worry about finding or paying for a parking space.