Category Archives: Austin Family Magazine

Commander Ben ziplining on the Cover of Austin Family Magazine

Commander Ben ziplining on the Cover of Austin Family Magazine

Austin Family Magazine contains information about fun activities for kids living in and around Austin, Texas.  You might remember that a number of months ago, I entered one of the magazine’s contests and was one of six winners chosen to have their picture on the cover of the magazine!

Well the time has arrived, and my picture is on the September issue of the magazine.  Also, the magazine, along with my cover picture, will be featured each Friday morning during the month of September during the show “Good Day” on the local Austin FOX affiliate KTBC channel 7.

My “photo shoot” was held at the Twin Lakes YMCA in Cedar Park, where I got to zip-line and rock climb.  The YMCA is a beautiful property with two lakes offering all sorts of nature oriented activities including canoeing, kayaking, swimming, and hiking.  I spent part of the afternoon there but I could have spent the entire day!

Austin Family Magazine is a free publication available at over 500 locations in the Austin metro area from Kyle to Georgetown including HEB, Whole Foods, Central Market, Randalls, Sam’s Club, Regal Cinemas, as well as schools, libraries, and recreation centers, so be sure to pick-up your copy soon!

Many thanks to Austin Family Magazine for a great day and for talking about my work helping to teach kids of all ages about invasive species!

Your friend,


Filed under Austin Family Magazine, Austin Texas KTBC FOX Channel 7, My FOX Austin Good Day, Rock Climbing, YMCA, Zip-line

Commander Ben Selected by Austin Family Magazine

Earlier this month, I was in the library looking for some new audiobooks. I really liked Christopher Paolini’s Inheritance Cycle, and I’m sorry that it’s his last book in the series.

In any event, while at the library, I picked up the January 2012 Austin Family magazine and was surprised to find that they picked me as one of the winners of their cover contest. (Wow! That was a cool surprise. Thanks for entering me, Mom, and thanks Austin Family for picking me!) I learned that I’ll be on one of their covers later this year.

If you’re looking for a camp this summer, don’t miss Austin Family’s Summer Camp Fair 2012 at the Palmer Events Center on Saturday, January 28. There will be a lot of booths and a lot of fun activities for kids.

I’ve been there before, and there’s a lot to do and a lot of goodies to get. I’m looking forward to science, acting, and sports summer camps. (And of course, I’ll be learning more Tae Kwon Do for my future Battles with Invasive Species videos!)

Hope to see you there!

Commander Ben signing off…


Filed under Austin Family Magazine, Battles with Invasive Species, Christopher Paolini, Tae Kwon Do