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The Weekenders: Events for Austin Families, August 27-29, 2010

Full Moon Concert Series- Enjoy live music by Boogie Dawg. Bring blankets and lawn chairs, let the kids play at the playscape and pack a picnic! Concessions will be available. FREE!! Friday, 7:00pm. Robin Bledsoe Park, 601 S. Bagdad Rd., Leander.

Dive In Movie Night- Going to the movies and taking a dip in the pool are always fun ways to spend your time during the summer, but what if you could combine the two? Well, the Twin Lakes Family YMCA has done just that with its Dive In Movie Night. Enjoy a family-friendly movie poolside at the Twin Lakes Family YMCA Pool on Friday from 8:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. Concessions available, bring lawn chairs and blankets for seating. Admission: Adult is $2 for members and $3 for non-members, Children over 2 are $1.50 for members and $2.50 for non-members, ages 2 and under are free. Twin Lakes Family YMCA, 204 E. Little Elm Trail, Cedar Park.

East End Fourth Fridays- The Finest Kind, African folktales with Debo Adejobi, kids’ activities, free East Side Pies for kids, free Live Oak Beer, and food and drinks. Admission is FREE until 8:00pm, $5 after. Kids area begins at 6:00pm. Kenny Dorham’s Backyard, 1106 East 11th Street.

Storytime: Not a Box- A bunny, a box– enjoy the award winning illustrated children’s book Not a Box by Antoinette Portis. FREE!! Friday, 7:30pm. Barnes and Noble, La Frontera, Round Rock.

Big Bird Air Show- Bring lawn chairs and blankets to watch large remote control airplanes fly around! Concessions available, free pizza nightly and FREE admission. Open to the public. Raffle drawings daily. Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Lester Field.

Family Storytime- Family Storytime is open to all ages. Come enjoy books, music and crafts. Saturday, 10:00am- 11:00am. FREE!! Cedar Park Public Library, 600 N. Bell Blvd.

Back to School Bash- The event is put on to help parents realize the effect that physical activity and nutrition have on educational performance. To help spread the word and to encourage everyone, there will be tons of activities for everyone! Football, basketball, soccer, baseball, dance, and cooking classes will be included. The event is FREE and open to any and everyone. Tell your friends to tell a friend! Come on out and play! Saturday, 10:00am- 2:00pm. Dr. John’s Sports Center, 1800 Clover Lane in Cedar Park.

Adventure Night- While parents and children in attendance will be able to participate in a number of outdoor adventure activities (including Archery, Skills Demonstrations, Canoes, Paddleboats, Tango Tower, Petting Zoo, Face Painting, Fire Building, Orienteering, Geo-caching & more) from 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m., everyone will also be able to take part in our Magic Campfire event from 8:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Admission is $10 per car. Saturday, 5:00- 9:00pm. Twin Lakes YMCA, 204 E. Little Elm Rd., Cedar Park.

Saturday Morning Storytime- Join us every Saturday morning for Storytime. We’ll read a different story every week and have a great time creating a special craft! Don’t miss it. FREE!! Saturday, 11:00am. Barnes and Noble, 10000 Research Blvd., 5601 Brodie Lane in Sunset Valley.

Alamo Kids Club: Matinee with Live Surprises- For this VERY special screening, we won’t just be showing a movie…we’ll be PUTTING YOU IN IT! Joe Dante’s rip-roaring comedy is a true riot, and celebrates the big-timey showmanship of classic kid-friendly monster matinees. John Goodman stars as a traveling, filmmaking huckster who brings his goofball epics to towns across America, and juices ‘em up with actual rubber monsters and bedsheet ghosts let loose in the auditorium! We’ll be taking up his lead and presenting this theatrical ode to craziness along with some surprises of our own (all child-safe, of course), so grab the lil’ ones, the big ones and anyone else you know that likes having fun, because we’re gonna bring down the HOUSE! FREE!! Children must be 6 and up. Saturday, 11:00am. Alamo Drafthouse, South Lamar.

Bilingual Language Storytime- Enjoy a FREE bilingual storytime at the Wells Branch Community Library. Saturday, 1:00pm. Wells Branch Community Library, 15001 Wells Port Dr.

Learn to Fish Day- Learn tips and techniques from experts, learn how to cast and tie knots, win prizes, visit with special guest Clark Wendlandt and do some fishing! FREE!! Saturday, 8:00am- 1:00pm. Southwest Williamson County Regional Park, 3005 CR 175, Leander.

Lowe’s Build and Grow Clinic- Going back to school can be fun! Bring your child to Lowe’s and they can build a school bus! Includes stickers, a secret compartment, chalk and a chalkboard on top! FREE!! Supplies included. Pre-register here. Saturday, 10:00am. All participating Lowe’s locations.

Follow the Yellow Brick Road Storytime- Lions, Tigers and Bears—Oh My! This month back in 1935, The Wizard of Oz was released in theaters and started a phenomenon. Come to BookPeople this morning for a Wizard of Oz storytime celebration with lots of stories about lions and monkeys and magic and how there’s no place like home! FREE!! Saturday, 11:30am. BookPeople, 603 N. Lamar Blvd.

Family Yoga with Cindy- Enjoy a FREE (with purchase from cafe) yoga session for the entire family! Saturday, 10:00-11:00am. Ruta Maya Coffee Shop, 3601 S. Congress Ave.

Storytime at Mitchie’s- Enjoy a FREE storytime and sign language featuring African-American folktales from 1:00-2:00pm every Saturday. Kids receive free refreshments, a gift and a 30% discount! Mitchie’s Gallery, 7801 N. Lamar Blvd., Bldg. B, Suite 148.

Grand Opening Blooming Pregnancy Spa and Imaging- Get tips on how to photograph your newborn from Amber Snow Photography, enjoy a pickles and ice cream social, car seat safety checks and information, free yoga classes and prizes! FREE!! Saturday, 10:30am- 1:30pm.Blooming Pregnancy Spa & Imagine Center, 5601 Brodie Lane.

End of Summer Pool Party- Enjoy free pool admission with a bounce water slide and castle, pool games, live music, free food and drinks, a shaded kiddie pool and more. FREE!! Saturday, 2:00- 5:00pm. Sendero Springs Pool, 4203 Pasada Lane, Round Rock.

Hill Country Galleria Concert Series- Enjoy live music by the Mike Burns Band for FREE!! Saturday, 7:00pm. Hill Country Galleria, 12700 Hill Country Blvd., Bee Cave.

Crafts for Kids- Bring the kids, ages 3 and up, to make a Royal Crown. FREE!! Saturday between 11:00am- 3:00pm. Lakeshore Learning Store, 9828 Great Hills Trail.

Sunday Morning Kid’s Show- Bring the entire family for a FREE kid’s show with Mr. Leebot. Sunday, 10:30am. Ruta Maya Coffee Shop, 3601 S. Congress Avenue.

Concerts in the Park- Join the Austin Symphony for their annual concert in the park series. Bring a picnic and lawn chairs while enjoying a range of music from pops to jazz. FREE!! Sunday, 7:30pm. Hartman Concert Park at the Long Center, 701 W. Riverside Dr.

Identification Day- Have you ever wondered about a fossil you’ve found? Then bring it with you to Identification Day. Scientists and experts from all over Central Texas are on hand to look at and identify natural objects (fossils, bones, rocks, etc.) and archaeological materials (arrowheads, points, scrapers, etc.). Scientists from Texas Natural Science Center’s Non-vertebrate Paleontology Lab and Vertebrate Paleontology Lab, and Texas Natural History Collections are present at each ID Day, along with a variety of special guest experts from The University of Texas at Austin and the Austin area. FREE!! Sunday, 1:00- 4:45pm. Texas Memorial Museum, 2400 Trinity Street on the University of Texas campus.

Austin Chronicle Hot Sauce Festival- Join the fun, music and hot sauce. Food vendors will provide a wide array of foods – this year Aster’s Ethiopian Restaurant, Buffalo Billiards, Curra’s Grill, Matt’s Famous El Rancho, Santa Rita Tex Mex Cantina, Sun Garden Shaved Ice and Torchy’s Tacos will be on-hand serving up their specialty dishes! Test out different hot sauces and see if you can take the heat! FREE to the public (with a donation of three healthy, non-perishable food items or a cash donation to the Capital Area Food Bank of Texas). Sunday, 11:00am – 5:30pm at Waterloo Park, 12th and Red River.

Michael Jackson Birthday Bash- Celebrate the King of Pop’s Birthday with a look-alike and dance contest, watch the Texas Rollergirls perform the Thriller dance on skates, take part in an interactive Thriller group dance and more! Sunday, doors open at 3:30 pm until 7:00pm. $5 entry fee. Millennium Youth Entertainment Complex, 1156 Hargrave Street.