- September 20, 2014

#GlobalReadyChallenge: 3D Chalk Experience


If you’ve ever read the “About” page on Free Fun in Austin, you know I have serious wanderlust. I went to primary school in Australia, vacationed as a kid in New Zealand and Hawaii, interned as a student in London, went to college in the south of France, and toured Europe with my husband before (briefly) settling in Canada. I bounced around a lot, and I loved it. 

Of course, I am delighted to have landed here in sunny Texas, but I do sometimes yearn for just a wee bit of jet-setting.  This morning, I got that tiny taste of travel, without even leaving Austin! 

Adelaide, South Australia is Austin’s sister city, so it seems fitting that I started this morning with a little jaunt Down Under.  This fun 3D Chalk Art installation is part of a blitz campaign that will have international-themed artwork popping up all over town this week.  You can find this picture of Australia at Barton Creek Square (2901 S Capital of Texas Hwy) through tomorrow, September 21, 2014. Head on over there and take a surfing selfie.  You may even win a prize — more on that in a bit!

After my lovely escape to a cooler climate (it’s spring in Australia, you know), I headed up north for a moped tour of Europe.  It’s not every Saturday you get to visit the Arc de Triomphe, Sagrada Familia and the Colosseum in one fell swoop!

These 3D chalk installations make for some great photo opps, and there are more to come!  This week, you can visit five continents, without needing a passport. Just grab your camera and go!  

Here’s the schedule:

  • Australia – Saturday, September 20 – Sunday, September 21, 2014, from 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. Barton Creek Square, downstairs from the food court (2901 S Capital of Texas Hwy)
  • Europe – Saturday, September 20 – Sunday, September 21, 2014, from 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.  The Domain, across the street from the Apple Store (11410 Century Oaks Terrace)
  • South America – Monday, September 22 – Friday, September 26, 2014, from 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. University Co-op (2246 Guadalupe St)
  • Africa – Saturday, September 27 – Sunday, September 28, from 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. Pecan Street Festival (E 6th St & Brazos St)
  • Asia – Saturday, September 27 – Sunday, September 28, from 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. Pecan Street Festival (E 6th St & Sabine St)

And now for the exciting part.  If you take a selfie of yourself at any of these locations and enter it in the #globalreadychallenge, you could win the trip of a lifetime, to one of 20 countries!

Countries the #GlobalReadyChallenge winner can choose from: Australia; Greek Islands; Paris, France; Bali, Indonesia; Thailand; Costa Rica; Barcelona, Spain; Italy; Amsterdam, Netherlands; Brazil; London, England; Dominican Republic; Mexico; South Africa; Peru; Iceland; Germany; Japan; Morocco; and Argentina.

    Here’s how to enter:

    1. Snap a photo of yourself posing at one of the five 3D Global Ready Chalk Art installations.
    2. Upload it to the #globalreadychallenge website.
    3. Share your picture and ask your friends to vote (the votes will count towards your final score in the contest).
    4. Win an epic adventure to 1 of 20 countries in the world (fingers crossed!).

    The fine print:

    No purchase necessary to enter or win. Begins (11:00 a.m.) CT on 9/20/14 and ends (12:00 p.m.) on 10/19/14. Open to legal residents of 50 U.S. & DC, 18 & older. Void where prohibited. For Official Rules, visit www.globalreadychallenge.com. Sponsor: Verizon Wireless.

      Good luck!  And if you win, please send me a postcard!