Advanced Academic Services is part of the Austin Independent School District. This blog provides information, activities, and events regarding advanced academics and high ability children and teens. Smart without compromise. Potential without limits.

Sunday, April 14, 2019

See Austin from the 27th Floor of the UT Tower!

Information and Reservations

This is a non-historical tour. Information about the Tower's architecture is provided, and it is a wonderful opportunity for photos and a full 360 degree view of Austin and the UT campus.

The Tour
A 45 minute-long self-guided tour of the UT Tower escorted by UT student guides. Patrons will ride an elevator to the 27th floor of the Tower, then take three short flights of stairs to the observation deck. An auxiliary elevator is available to guests with restricted mobility.
Reserve A Ticket
Reserve a ticket by either stopping by the Texas Union Hospitality Center at 24th and Guadalupe, or by calling (512) 475-6636.
Tickets are reserved in advance, then paid for the day of the tour.
All guests must reserve a ticket, regardless of age.
Advance reservations are recommended as we’re frequently booked in advance.
Location and Parking Information
Guests can park in the University Co-op parking garage (directly behind the Co-op at 23rd and San Antonio).
The Texas Union is located at 24th and Guadalupe St.
The Hospitality Center is located on the ground floor of the Texas Union, across from the Starbucks.
Ticket Purchase & Pickup
Pick up and pay for your ticket on the day of your tour at the Texas Union Hospitality Center.
Tickets are $6.00 each, regardless of age.
You must pick up your tickets no less than 10 minutes prior to the start of your tour.
If tickets are not picked up by this time, they will be forfeited.
If a tour is completely reserved, we will begin a waitlist on the day of the tour.
No waitlists are made prior to the day of the tour.
You may call or come in person to be placed on the waitlist.
Any unclaimed tickets will be released for purchase starting 15 minutes before the start of the tour to those on the waitlist.
You MUST be present at the Hospitality Center 10 minutes before the hour to claim your waitlisted tickets.
We have a very strict no bag policy; this includes bags, purses, wristlets, backpacks, etc.
You might want to leave these items in the car, otherwise you can check them for $1.
Other items not allowed on the tour include food, beverages, umbrellas, strollers, car seats, or pocket knives.
Items allowed on the tour include cameras (without the bag), cell phones/electronic devices, and walkers/wheelchairs.
Tours will only be cancelled in the event of lightning, and our staff will attempt to call you (with the phone number provided) to let you know in advance.
Please note: restrooms are not available on the tour; however they will be available directly before and after.
Guests are not permitted to leave the tour early.
Guests are required to pass through a metal detector before entry onto the elevator.
Guests must defer to tour guides and UT police officers regarding all tour procedures.
Large Groups
For groups of 15 or more, please email
Parties of more than 25 must be split into more than one tour.
We can raise your numbers (as long as space is available), however we cannot reduce your numbers once the tour is officially booked.
Once your tour is booked, one person can pick up tickets at the Texas Union, and the rest of the party can meet directly at the Tower.
The carrying of any firearm, including a concealed handgun carried by a license holder, is prohibited on the UT Tower observation desk and in those immediate areas secured by The University of Texas at Austin Police Department (“UTPD”) in advance of any public or private tour. Notice conforming to Texas Penal Code, Section 30.06 will be provided.
There will be no gun storage lockers at the UT Tower or Texas Union.

Sunday, April 7, 2019

Tour the Texas State Capitol Building

Tour Hours
Capitol Tours are available during the following times:

Monday through Friday - 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Saturday - 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Sunday - 12:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

The Capitol is closed on Easter Sunday, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and New Year's Day.

View Specialty and Self-Guided Tour Times.

Guided Tours
Tours take visitors to key areas of the Capitol and offer information on the building, Texas history, and the legislature.

·       Capitol Tours are free.
·       All tours leave from inside the South Foyer outside the tour guides office in the Capitol.
·       Tours generally depart every 30 to 45 minutes and last for approximately 30 minutes.
·       Please call in advance to request a foreign language tour.
·       Photography is permitted. Visitors and building occupants may be walking through the area or you may be asked to move if you are blocking access.

For more information, visit the Capitol tours website. 

Monday, April 1, 2019

Bookmobile for All Ages! April 2, 2019

Bookmobile Services at Dick Nichols Park
Visit the mobile library every Tuesday from 10AM to 12PM at Dick Nichols Park for library services during the renovation of the Hampton Branch at Oak Hill.

10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Tuesday, April 2, 2019
What can I do at a Mobile Library?
  • Sign up for an Austin Public Library Card
  • Check out titles from a curated selection
  • See the Virtual Library in action on mobile devices
  • Discover new and useful resources for knowledge and entertainment

Sunday, March 24, 2019

Just for Teens: Science & Math Tutoring

Just for Teens: Science & Math Tutoring
Free Tutoring on select Tuesdays
Free math and science tutoring in Teen Central on select Tuesdays!

5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
March 26, 2019
Central Library

Teen Lounge (3rd floor)
710 W. César Chávez St.

Join physics teacher, Kelley Janes* for help with your math and science courses.
Best suited for students in physics, chemistry, astronomy, algebra (I or II), and geometry, ages 13-18. Bring the work you need help with and any resources you have (like class notes or your text book) for best results. Come one, come all!
Can't make it on Tuesdays? Your library card is your ticket for free, online tutoring daily from 2-11 PM, provided by Brainfuse.

Thursday, March 21, 2019

Austin Public Library Event: Tech Familia March 23, 2019

Tech Familia
AI | Inteligencia Artificial
Latinitas and the Ruiz Branch of the Austin Public Library welcome the entire family to participate in eight weeks of FREE workshops to explore technology and learn new things. Recommended for ages 8 and up.
Latinitas y la Biblioteca Ruiz de la Biblioteca Pública de Austin invitan a toda la famila a participar en ocho semanas de talleres GRATIS para explorar tecnología y descubrir algo nuevo. Recomendado para mayores de 8 años. Free and open to the public | Gratis y abierto al público.

11:00 AM
March 23, 2019
Ruiz Branch
1600 Grove Blvd.

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Austin Public Library Event: Sewing After Dark (Central Library/teens only)

An after-hours event for Teens!
An after-hours sewing workshop just for teens age 13-18! Bring a sewing project you're working on or start a new one and get personal coaching from an expert sewing instructor in this special series for teens!                                                                                                
Sign up online to reserve your spot today because each workshop is limited to just 5 participants!

5:00 PM to 8:30 PM
April 19, 2019
Central Library

Teen Lounge (3rd floor)
710 W. César Chávez St.

From 5-5:45 is our Sewing Machine Certification class, where you'll gain basic machine-sewing skills (or demonstrate your existing mastery!). Then at 6 PM the main doors to the library lock, and the party begins! Expect lots of sewing, laughter, learning, music, and FOOD at these after-hours events in the teen area. 

Friday, March 15, 2019

Austin Public Library Event: Chinese Mandarin-English Storytime March 19, 2019

Chinese Mandarin-English Storytime
This all-ages storytime uses both Chinese Mandarin and English to present books, rhymes, finger-plays, and songs. Materials are not necessarily translated. The storytime flows naturally using both languages, allowing children to feel comfortable in a multilingual environment. No prior experience with Chinese is necessary to participate in. Free and open to the public/ Gratis y abierto al publico.

3:30 PM
March 19, 2019
Milwood Branch
12500 Amherst Dr.