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.

Monday, September 29, 2014

Friday Night, Movie Night - 10/03/2014

(59 minutes)
Friday, October 3 at 6:30 p.m.
Wildflower Church, 1314 E Oltorf St, Austin

How would you feel about eating deep fried locusts, ant egg salad, or barbecued tarantulas? With 40 tons of insects to every human, perhaps insects could offer a real solution to the global food crisis - where billions go hungry every day while the meat consumption of the rich draws vast amounts of grain out of the global food chain. After the film, Robert Nathan Allen of Little Herds will answer questions about the environmental and nutritional benefits of eating insects. Participants will also enjoy free samples of protein bars made out of cricket flour from Hopper Foods. Water and lemonade provided. FREE! Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and film begins at 7:00 p.m. More information at First-Friday Film Series: Can Eating Insects Save the World?

Friday, October 3 at 6:30 p.m.
Mueller Lake Park Amphitheater, Corner of Aldrich St and Simond Ave, Austin

Bring the kids and enjoy a free family-friendly movie at the Mueller Lake Park outdoor amphitheater. Make yourself comfortable by bringing snacks and blankets, but please no chairs or other equipment that could block the view of other attendees. Feel free to stop by one of the Mueller food eateries to purchase a quick bite to eat. Activities will start at 6:30 p.m. and movie will begin at dusk. FREE! More information at Movies in Your Park at Mueller: The Jungle Book

Friday, October 3 at 7:30 p.m.
Elizabeth Milburn Park, 1901 Sun Chase Blvd, Cedar Park

Bring your blankets and lawn chairs as there will be plenty of grass area available. Concessions will not be available; you are welcome to bring a picnic. Glass containers are prohibited. Rated PG. FREE! More information at Movies in the Park: Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Green Fest Austin - Saturday, 09/27/2014

Green Fest Austin is a family-friendly zero-waste event with live music, healthy food and activities for all ages. The event includes showcases for green schools and nonprofit organizations, health and wellness vendors, and a fall plant sale. Attendees can earn community service hours at this U.S. Green Building Council-sponsored Green Apple Day of Service. 
Live music by Guy Forsyth & the Hot Nut Riveters - 3:30-4:45
Check out for more information.

Cost is $10.00 per person for a wristband that allows you access to all areas and activities, including the live music performance at the festival. Goodie bags that include swag, the annual collector's item t-shirt and a wristband are available for $20.00.  Wristbands, t-shirts and goodie bags may be purchased the day of the festival at the door.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Painter Hall Telescope Public Viewing - Fridays and Saturdays

September 5 to November 1
8:00 - 10:00 p.m.

November 7 to December 6
7:00 - 9:00 p.m.
(No viewing November 28 and 29 due to the Thanksgiving holiday)

Please note - there will be no public viewing at the Painter Hall Telescope on nights when there is a UT home football game. Not all games have a start time set as of the start of the season, so please check the schedule before planning your visit.

Every Friday and Saturday while UT is in session the Department of Astronomy hosts free viewing on the Painter Hall Telescope. Both Friday and Saturday nights are open to the general public. Painter Hall is located at the corner of 24th street and Inner Campus Drive, just to the north of the UT Tower.

Click here for map to Painter Hall and nearby parking garages. All ages are welcome, but we ask that younger children be under adult supervision at all times. Viewing times change throughout the year, so please check before planning your visit (

Please call 512-232-4265 for weather cancellation information. (This line is updated approximately 30-45 minutes before the scheduled start time.) To get to the telescope, take the elevator to the 5th floor and exit to the left. Follow the 5th floor hallway to the end and take the stair case through the double doors on the left. Once you reach the 6th floor, go to your right and follow the signs up to the telescope.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Austin ISD College Fair - Wednesday, 9/24/2014

Wednesday, September 24, 2014
9:30-11:30 a.m.
Delco Center 4601 Pecan Brook Dr. Austin, TX 78724

This event is in partnership with the Texas Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers. Austin ISD 11th and 12th graders will have the opportunity to meet with more than 125 college and universities. Contact your child's campus to see if they are participating.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Austin Museum Day - Sunday, 09/21/2014

Sunday, September 21, 2014

The Austin Museum Partnership is proud to present Austin Museum Day—a free community-wide rediscovery of the Austin-area’s museums and cultural organizations. Take the entire family out on the town to enjoy local exhibits and activities at more than 35 participating institutions!
La Asociación de Museos de Austin orgullosamente presenta Día Anual del Museo de Austin—un redescubrimiento gratuito de los museos de Austin para toda la comunidad. ¡Haz clic o elige una de las siguientes categorías para empezar a explorar!