The Weekenders: Events for Austin Families, January 25-27, 2013

Featured Events:

Architects of Air-  Friday from 11:00am- 5:00pm, Saturday and Sunday from 10:00am- 5:00pm. The Exxopolis luminarium is a stunning sculpture that people enter to be moved to a sense of wonder at the beauty of light and color. Vivid reflections of liquid color spill across the curved walls creating a world apart from the normal and everyday. Since 1992, over 2 million visitors in 37 countries across five continents have immersed themselves in the spectacular, luminous world of Architects of Air.. Tickets: $10 (2 and under are free). The Long Center for Performing Arts, 701 West Riverside Drive.

Tree Talk Winter Walk - Saturday, January 26, from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.  Join the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center for their annual Tree Talk Winter Walk. This FREE event is the perfect time to explore the beauty and benefits of native trees and shrubs in the new Mollie Steves Zachry Texas Arboretum, while learning how to identify, select and plant them. Visitors can enjoy guided walks and talks by experts and lots of family-friendly activities including: Build a Fort, Marshmallow Roast, Swing in the Cathedral of Oaks, a Tree Scavenger Hunt, and a Kids’ Tree Climb. TreeFolks will provide native tree saplings to those who complete the scavenger hunt.  Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave, Austin.

AISD Feria Para Aprender – Saturday, 10:00am- 3:00pm. AISD presents the 7th annual Feria Para Aprender, a FREE education fair designed to aid Spanish speaking parents and students who are navigating the US educational system from elementary school through college. Parents and students can browse booths from AISD departments, nonprofit organizations, as well as colleges and universities. Ask questions on topics ranging from early childhood education to scholarship applications. There will also be professionals in many in-demand careers on hand to speak about their experiences and the importance of education.  North Austin Event Center, 10601 N. Lamar, Austin.

Butterfly Family Day - Saturday, January 26, from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.  Celebrate Flight of the Butterflies in 3D with an afternoon of FREE family activities as part of Butterfly Family Day at the Bullock Texas State History Museum. Learn about Central Texas flora that support butterflies, create beautiful monarch crafts, and discover more about our winged friends. Regular admission applies for the museum exhibits and IMAX movies. Bullock Texas State History Museum, 1800 N Congress Ave, Austin.

Australia Day Party - Saturday, January 26, from noon to 10 p.m. Celebrate Australia Day, and Boomerang’s seventh anniversary, with food and drink specials, live entertainment, a bouncy castle, face painting, a silent auction, and a “fastest to eat a pie” contest.  Donate to Meals on Wheels and More and receive a FREE Sausage Roll. Kids under 12 eat FREE (with adult purchase). Boomerang’s, 3110 Guadalupe Street, Austin.

The Family of Ree- Saturday, January 26, 2013 at 11:00am, 2:00 and 4:00pm) and Sunday, January 27, 2013 at 2:00pm.  Hundreds of readers have fallen in love with Scott E. Sutton’s colorful characters and illustrations after discovering his series of picture books featuring the imaginative world called Ree. This new play brings Sutton’s world of Erfs, BeeBees, and wise, talking trees to life. In Perry’s dramatization, the Long Legged Ploots are accused of a crime they did not commit and an untruth told reveals interconnected consequences for everyone living in Ree. Faithful to the well-loved characters and actions in Sutton’s stories, Pollyanna’s production will be enjoyed by audiences of all ages, especially children ages 4-8. Tickets: starting at $9.75. The Long Center for Performing Arts, 701 West Riverside Drive.

Carnival of Animals- Saturday and Sunday, January 26 and 27, 2013 at 2:00 and 4:30pm. While lions, kangaroos, elephants and other exotic animals fill the stage, children and parents alike will revel in the ironic music of Camille Sainte-Saens and the delightful choreography of Stephen Mills. The highlight of the performance is the change to help choreograph part of the ballet for the entire audience to see! Tickets starting at $12. Ballet Austin, 501 W. 3rd. Street.

Identification Day – Sunday, January 27, from 1 – 4:45 p.m. Have you ever wondered about a fossil you’ve found? Then bring it with you to Identification Day at Texas Memorial Museum. Scientists and experts from all over Central Texas will be 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 will be present at each ID Day, along with a variety of special guest experts from The University of Texas at Austin and the Austin area. Texas Natural Science Center, Texas Memorial Museum, 2400 Trinity St Stop D1500, Austin.

7th Annual Jo’s Chili Cook-Off-  Sunday, January 27 from 12:00pm-3:00pm. The celebration includes live music and a two stepping competition in addition to the cook-off and chili tasting. All proceeds benefit People’s Community Clinic, Austin’s only independent clinic offering comprehensive health and wellness care to the uninsured. The cost to enter the dance competition is $10 and the chili tasting is $20. Jo’s Coffee, 1300  South Congress.

Staci Gray Performance - Sunday, January 27 at 10:30 a.m. Bring the kids to BabyEarth Round Rock for some toe-tappin’ music and super silly stories! Staci Gray, an Austin-based children’s entertainer who has mesmerized children all over Texas, will perform at 10:30 a.m. BabyEarth Round Rock Store, 106 E Old Settlers Blvd Ste D-100, Round Rock.

Recurring Events:

Friday Night Storytime- Enjoy a FREE storytime with the kids on Fridays at 7:30pm. Barnes and Noble, La Frontera Village, 2701 Parker Road Bldg A Suite 700, Round Rock.

Central Market North Lamar– Live 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.  Fridays and Saturdays from 6:30- 9:00pm. Central Market, North Lamar Blvd.

Craft Time for Kids- Bring the kids to get crafty. The crafts change weekly and usually are themed for particular holidays or seasons. FREE!! Saturday, 11:00am- 3:00pm. Lakeshore Learning Center, 9828 Great Hills Trail.

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.

BookKids Storytime- Join the wonderful staff at BookPeople as they entertain your kiddos with stories, crafts, guest storytellers, and sometimes even puppets! Saturday mornings at 11:30am. FREE!! BookPeople, 603 N. Lamar Blvd.

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. A return to MYT’s classic event structure, kids will join us on the stage for the entire event, providing sound effects, characters and settings for for every story. This is a chance to create original tales, and to perform them right away! Saturday at 10 a.m. ColdTowne Theater, 4803 Airport Blvd.

Storytime- A weekend storytime for families with kids of all ages. (Circus Chickendog performs on January 19th) FREE!! Saturday, 11:00am. Wells Branch Community Library, 15001 Wells Port Drive.

Flying Theater Machine: Snowball Fight- Sundays at the Hideout, Flying Theater Machine presents kid-oriented improv right here in Austin. The audience will help us with suggestions and sound effects, and a few lucky kids will even get to join us on stage. Sunday, 2:00pm.Tickets: $8. The Hideout Theater, 617 Congress Ave.

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.

Cherrywood Kid’s Show- Bring the kids out to see a FREE show while mom and dad sip on a hot cup of coffee! January 20th, The Hey Lollies; January 27, Boone Graham.  Sunday, 10:30am. Cherrywood Coffeehouse, 1400 E. 381/2 Street.

All Ages Storytime- Head downtown to hear an all ages storytime at the library! Sunday, 1:00pm. FREE!! Faulk Central Library, 800 Guadalupe Street.