The Weekenders: Events for Austin Families, November 16-18, 2012

Soft Toy Cirkus- Come one, come all to the IKEA Round Rock Soft Toy Cirkus! Fun Music, Face painting, Balloon art, Carnival games, Yummy food. FREE admission! Participation suggested is a soft toy donation of your choice. From November 4, 2012 through December 29, 2012 the IKEA Foundation will donate $1.29 to UNICEF and Save the Children for every soft toy and children’s book purchased in the store. Friday, from 5:00pm – 8:00pm in the Self-Serve Warehouse. IKEA, 1 IKEA Way, Round Rock.

Friday Night Storytime-Tonight, we have two versions of the classic story for you to enjoy: The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs! by Jon Scieszka and Lane Smith and The Three Ninja Pigs by Corey Rosen Schwartz and Dan Santat. FREE!! Friday, 7:30pm. Barnes and Noble, La Frontera Village, 2701 Parker Road; Bldg. A, Suite 700, Round Rock.

Central Market North LamarLive music and dancing, oh my!  This is a great spot for parents to enjoy music while letting their kids burn some energy on the playground.  There are also ducks to feed in the nearby pond.  Here is the lineup of FREE entertainment.

  • Friday,  6:30 – 9:00pm- Austin Lindy Exchange Presents: Tuby Skinny! Tuba Skinny is a New Orleans based blues, ragtime, swing dance band.
  • Saturday, 6:30-9:00pm- This Austin favorite all-women, West African style large percussion ensemble is a journey through a magical musical drum song landscape. Their heartfelt and soul pounding performances get the whole cafe deck dancing.

Austin Fan Fest- Austin Fan Fest Powered by Mobil 1 includes a lively downtown streetcelebration that is FREE to the public and located in an area bordered by 5th Street, Congress Avenue, 2nd Street and Lavaca Street (see map). The street party will include interactive exhibits and displays from Formula 1™ teams and sponsors, along with local food and live music on several stages presented by Bud Light, Clear Channel City of Austin Cultural Arts Group, Bazaar Voice and Univision,  interactive F1 activities including show cars, simulators, gaming, street performances, sponsor parties, a kids zone, and so much more.Friday, 6:00pm- 2:00am; Saturday and , 10:00am- 2:00am. Downtown Austin.

Thanksgiving Storytime- Gobble, Gobble, little ones! Thanksgiving is almost upon us. That means football, food, family and stories! Our storyime this morning is all about the yummiest of all holidays, so we’ll be reading seasonal books including Bear Says Thanks by Karma Wilson. So come into BookPeople this morning for some great tales to prepare you for your upcoming festivities. FREE!! Saturday, 11:30am. BookPeople, 603 N. Lamar Blvd.

Craft Time for Kids: Thanksgiving Turkey Collage -Celebrate Thanksgiving with a festive feathered craft that kids bring to life. FREE!! Saturday, 11:00am- 3:00pm. Lakeshore Learning Center, 9828 Great Hills Trail.

Doll Tea Party- A special tea-time benefiting St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital. For a $10 donation (100% goes to charity), kids will enjoy refreshments, stories, and crafting with a favorite doll or teddy bear. RSVP required.. Saturday, 3:00 and 4:00pm. Pottery Barn, Barton Creek Square, 2901 S. Cap.Tx. Hwy.

Wake Up Santa Event- Santa has been fast asleep at the North Pole and its time to wake him and welcome him to his holiday home at Highland Mall!  Children and parents are invited to come help figure out fun ways to wake Santa with music, merriment and fun. FREE!! Santa will be available for photos for purchase at the photo set following the event. Saturday, 10:00- 11:00am. Highland Mall, 6001 Airport Blvd.

Violet Crown’s Miss Princess- The Violet Crown Community Theatre Company is proud to announce performance times for its upcoming show, Miss Princess. When a game show goes awry will the contestants figure out who’s behind the scenes? Intended for children and their families, Miss Princess will perform in various Austin locations, FREE of charge. Saturday, Noon. Central Market, North Lamar Blvd.

Food-Free Family Storytime-The Round Rock Public Library presents Food-Free Family Storytime, a reading activity that welcomes families with children of all ages to a fun environment that’s safe for individuals affected by food allergies.This interactive program includes a variety of activities such as books, fingerplays, music, movies, and puppets. FREE!! Saturday, 10:30. The Round Rock Public Library, 216 E. Main Street, Round Rock.

Gingerbread House Raising- Children ages 6-11 can  decorate and keep their very own gingerbread houses while learning about Greek Revival architecture and the amazing history of the Neill-Cochran House Museum.  In addition, they will help choose and prepare materials for the miniature gingerbread Neill-Cochran House that will be taken to a local charity for kids to enjoy. $10 per child. Saturday, 11:00am. Neill-Cochran House Museum,  2310 San Gabriel.

What’s the Story Steve?– Move Your Tale and ColdTowne Theater collaborate to present this fully improvised theatrical journey through a story of the audience’s making. Featuring Steve the improvising poodle, a portion of the show follows Steve through an original tale. Pay what you wish. Appropriate for audiences of all ages.November 3rd, 10th and 17th Steve and his cast create imaginary explanations for Thanksgiving traditions. Why does your family eat marshmallow casserole every year? How did the yearly post meal egg toss get started? The real answers don’t matter. Steve wants you to hear his version!  Saturday at 10 a.m. ColdTowne Theater, 4803 Airport Blvd.

Lowe’s Build and Grow Clinic: North’s Sleigh - The Guardians have arrived at Lowe’s! Bring your kids into Lowe’s to build North’s Sleigh from DreamWorks Animation’s new movie, Rise of the Guardians. Saturday, 10:00am.  FREE!! Kids will also get a free apron, goggle, patch and more! Must pre-register. Only at participating Lowe’s locations.

Storytime- A weekend storytime for families with kids of all ages. FREE!! Saturday, 11:00am. Wells Branch Community Library, 15001 Wells Port Drive.

Fall Festival & Corn Maze- Get lost at the first annual Fall Festival & Corn Maze at Barton Hill Farms! Set amongst hundred-year-old cottonwoods on the banks of the Colorado River between Austin and Bastrop, Barton Hill Farms integrates live Texas Country music, Texas heritage, and traditional fall fun to create an experience the whole family can enjoy. Featuring a 5-acre corn maze, the Fall Festival & Corn Maze offers a dynamic outdoor experience for all ages. Moms and dads can kick back with a brew and listen to the music while the little ones explore The Lively, a 50 foot pirate ship wrecked on the banks of the river, play frontier games in a replica of the ol’ Wilbarger fort, and pick pumpkins from the pumpkin patch. Admission is $10 for adults, $7 for ages 3 – 12, and FREE for 2 and under Weekends through November 24th from 9:00am- 9:00pm. Barton Hills Farm, 1115 Farm to Market 969, Bastrop.

Passport to Imagination- Children ages 3 and up can make a photo frame (must purchase frame) while using yarn to decorate.Saturday, 1:00- 3:00pm. On Sunday from 1:00- 3:00pm, kids ages 3 and up can make a FREE Thanksgiving craft.While supplies last. All participating Michael’s locations.

Whole Foods Kids’ Club - Hey kids, stop by and check out what’s going on at Kid’s Club. Each week we have an exciting activity that will let you play with your food plus learn a couple things along the way. FREE!! Sunday, 1:00pm. Whole Foods Market, 525 N. Lamar.

Kid’s Show- Bring the kids out to see a FREE show by the Hey Lollies! Sunday, 10:30am. Cherrywood Coffeehouse, 1400 E. 381/2 Street.

Sunday Storytime- Enjoy an all-ages, FREE storytime on Sunday at 1:00pm at Faulk Central Library, 800 Guadalupe Street.

Austin Empty Bowl Project- This is an Austin favorite for local artistry, gourmet soups and bread, live music and fun, all to help hungry Central Texans.  Purchase locally hand-crafted bowl(s) for $20 each to fill with your pick of delicious soups and bread donated by local chefs. Sunday, 11:00am- 3:00pm. Marchesa Hall & Theatre in Lincoln Village (across from Highland Mall).

Book Circle-Board Games- Visit the Library for a fun hour of literary activity.  Sometimes we read together, sometimes we play book-based games or make crafts.  Recommended for ages 5 to 12. FREE!! Sunday, 3:00pm. Faulk Central Library, 800 Guadalupe Street.

Farmers’ Market Grand Opening- Join us for the Grand Opening of the Barton Creek Farmers Market at Highland Mall! The Farmers Market will be open every Sunday from 10am – 2pm in the Highland Mall parking lot. Rain or shine, the weekly open-air market features fresh foods, live music, kids entertainment, specialty events and a great community vibe. The Grand Opening Celebration will include special activities for the entire family:Tiny Tails To You Petting Zoo with bunnies, hedgehogs, chicks, ducklings, geckos and more; Three Ring Circus Moonwalk, Slide and Playscape for Kids; Face painting by Melissa Morgan, Woo Who Kids!;Street Performers Schave & Reilly – ”baggy-pants” physical comedy duo; Live music with Avenue Elle featuring Chrissie Natoli and Alison Lumley.  Sunday, 10:00am- 2:00pm. Highland Mall, 6001 Airport Blvd.