Austin No Kidding! (a childfree group)’s Frequently Asked Questions
How much does it cost?
Austin No Kidding! events are free. You pay for your own entrance (like to a movie) and food/drinks you purchase, but there are no membership fees.
The website (our only expense) is paid for by voluntary donation. Every 2-3 years we host a “Rent Party” where members can donate money for the website domain and hosting. A simple donation of $15 gets your name listed on the site for a whole month!
How do I attend an event?
The calendar has all the event information you need. Usually, you will be asked to Claim a Ticket either for directions or so we can make a reservation. (And, please let the event host/ess know if your ability to attend the event changes.)
All events are organized by members of Austin No Kidding!. Have an idea? Host an event!
How Do I Join?
Show up at an event! You are welcome at any of the events on the calendar. We also encourage you to join our email list to get notices of events and activities.
Who’s in charge?
Austin No Kidding! is run by our members. We have a small group of worker bees who help with administrative duties (web/email) and put events on the calendar, but that’s all. Do you see a way you could help? Volunteer.
Host an Event
I have a great idea for an event! How do I get an event on the Calendar?
Great! We love fresh ideas!
First, think about the basics: Where will you host it? What would you like guests to bring? What dates work best for you? (Think journalism: who, what, when, where, why, how) Email your idea and some details and someone will work with you to get your event on the calendar.
If you’d like to host an event but want or need a little help, don’t hesitate to ask!
To help you plan an event, we have some tips to help you.
Some of our best events started as someone having an idea, asking if anyone else is interested and then it progressed into a really fun event. So, whether it’s a wine tasting, a pop-culture celebration, or a trip to a museum, let us know how we can help with the semantics of your idea.
Yes, Austin No Kidding! is affiliated with the international NoKidding! organization. Members from any childfree group, independent or affiliated, are always welcome to visit.
My Children Are Grown. / I Have a Step-child. / I Am a Non-custodial Parent. Can I Still Join?
No. Austin No Kidding! is for people who have never been parents. People who chose never to have children as well as people who cannot have children and do not wish to adopt, are welcome.
Members who later choose to have children leave the organization but are not ostracized or ridiculed for their choice. Austin No Kidding! exists because we believe in the right to make your own choice.
Do You Not Like Children?
Some of our members adore children; some are not fond of them. We don’t require a stance, political or otherwise….only a willingness to get out and have fun!
Do You Talk About Children?
Generally, no. The subject isn’t taboo, but it just doesn’t come up.
You are not expected to explain your childfree status, your feelings toward children, or your politics. And, if someone asks you what you did last weekend and you say, “I spent it playing soccer with my brother and his kids”, you won’t be chased out of the room.
We do talk about everything else!