Dear Fellow Central Texas Parents:
Soon and very soon, please do yourself and your kids a favor and take the whole caboodle to the Sauer Beckmann Farmstead. It's out west a bit (which being translated means: a beautiful Hill Country Drive, even without the wildflowers).
You can do the LBJ Ranch National Park and LBJ State Park if you so choose. That is, if you can tear the young 'uns away from the farmstead.
You will have the opportunity to purchase sunbonnets at the nearby State Park visitor center, so your girls can looks like Laura and Mary Ingalls. If you do, they may think you are the Best Mom Ever. (For now.) Can't beat the feeling!
You can laugh at the largest pig you've ever seen or chase sheep around or, if you time it right, gather eggs from the henhouse.
You can go crazy photographing all the very-early-1900's memorabilia inside the house. It may remind you of reading The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate or even Farmer Boy. Pig bladder canteen, anyone?
Your kids will fall right in love with history, because for a couple hours, they're living in it. They may discover that before amazon.com, there was the Sears-Roebuck catalog.
And aside from sunbonnets and snacks and the gas to get there, you need not spend a red cent.