The Weekenders: Events for Austin Families, February 15-17, 2013

Thanks to Heidi from FreeFunInAustin.com for helping me with this weekend’s list!

Featured Events:

Star Party in Round Rock – Friday, February 15, from 5:30 – 9:30 p.m. The Austin Planetarium will be on hand with the Discovery Dome. This mobile planetarium features a large inflatable dome and a state of the art projection system that can project educational program on the ceiling of the dome. There will also be hands-on activities for kids, an observation deck and a public talk. FREE.  ACC Round Rock Campus, 4400 College Park Drive, Lobby of Building 2000, Round Rock.

Star Party in Sunset Valley - Friday, February 15, from 7 – 8:30 p.m. Take a tour of the night sky, learn star lore stories, and how to use star charts. There will be activities inside City Hall as well. Snacks and drinks will be provided. If you have telescopes or binoculars bring them along for a great evening. For more information, call 512-891-9103.  FREE.  Sunset Valley City Hall, 3205 Jones Road, Sunset Valley.

Celebrate Urban Birds - Saturday, February 16, from 10 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Come learn all about the amazing birds you see right around you every day and why we want to celebrate their presence in our city! Activities for the entire family will include live bird demonstrations, bird sculpting, expert lectures, paddling on the lake for bird photography, kids bird drawing with art gallery shows, hands-on crafts and activities, bird scavenger hunt and more. Click here for the schedule. FREE. Austin Nature and Science Center, 301 Nature Center Drive, Austin and Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center, 600 River St., Austin.

Chinatown Center’s Year of the Snake Celebration - Saturday, February 16, from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Dragon and lion dance teams, cultural dances and lessons, firecrackers, free face painting and more. Click here to see the scheduleFREE.  Chinatown Center, 10901 N. Lamar Blvd. Austin.

Alamo Drafthouse Kids Club - Saturday, February 16 at 11 a.m. Ain’t It Cool, Austin Chronicle, and Toy Joy present a 35mm screening of Return to Oz (1985) at Alamo Drafthouse Ritz.  This event is absolutely FREE. Seating is on a first come, first served basis. Only children age 3 and over will be allowed at this show. No infants, however, and families with loud children will be asked to leave. The Ritz, 320 E 6th Street, Austin.

Goodnight Moon- Saturday, February 16, 2013 at 11:00am and 2:00pm. Step into the Great Green Room as one of the most iconic children’s books of all time is brought to life. In this lively musical, Bunny’s room magically comes alive with stunning puppetry, tap dancing bears, and even a trip through the night sky with a constellation light show. For ages 3 and up. Tickets starting at $16. ZACH Theater, 202 S. Lamar.

Kite Making Workshop – Saturday, February 16, from 1 – 3 p.m. The City of Austin Parks and Recreation and The Exchange Club of Austin invite the public to attend a FREE kite workshop. Organizers will help adults and children make kites and materials will be provided. Participants will be encouraged to fly their kites at the annual Zilker Park Kite Festival on March 3. South Austin Recreation Center, 1100 Cumberland Rd, Austin.

Staci Gray at NATY – Sunday, February 17, from 11 a.m. to noon. NATY (North Austin Trailer Yard) has launched a FREE Kids Show, which features live, interactive performers on Sunday mornings. This Sunday, children’s entertainer Staci Gray will return with live music and bubbles. NATY guests can bring the family (including pets) to hear the music while enjoying a variety of trailer food, covered seating, and a playground for the kids. NATY, 1012 W. Anderson Ln., Austin.

Circus Chickendog “I ‘Ruff You’”, A Circus Love Story- Saturday, February 16, 2013 at 10:00am. Trick Dogs, Performing Parrot, Magic, Juggling, Unicycling, Rope Spinning, Accordion Music, Giant Bubbles & Lots more. Tickets, $10. The Institution Theater, 3708 Woodbury Drive.

Williamson County Gemboree – Saturday, February 16, from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. and Sunday, February 17, from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. An exposition of gemstones, beads, jewelry, fossils, minerals, and artifacts.  Fun for the entire family, including: exhibits, demonstrations, games, educational displays, fluorescent minerals, and more. Admission is $3 for adults and $2 for youth (ages 6 – 15).  Kids under 6 get in FREE.  Community Center San Gabriel Park, 445 E. Morrow Street, Georgetown.

Engineers Weekend at Austin Children’s Museum - Saturday, February 16 and Sunday, February 17. Visit the Museum on Saturday, from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. for the 12th Annual Engineer’s Day hosted by the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) and the Greater Austin Contractors and Engineers Association (ACEA). Thanks to ASCE, the first 400 kids get in FREE! Come back on Sunday, from 12 – 5 p.m. to meet inspiring University of Texas student engineers and have fun with great hands-on activities. Thanks to UT Student Engineering Council, the first 100 kids get in FREE! Austin Children’s Museum, 201 Colorado Street, Austin.

Sesame Street Live: “Can’t Stop Singing- When Elmo gets his furry fingers on Abby Cadabby’s magic wand, there’s something in the air – and Sesame Street becomes a nonstop, all-singing, all-dancing musical montage! Grover and Baby Bear sing their highs and lows, Cookie Monster sings fast and slow, Bert and Ernie converse in song and Murray makes mouth music for all to sing along! Learn why it feels good to sing a song, but why it feels good to stop, too! What will Elmo learn about the power of musical magic? Join the conga line of fun to find out!Tickets: starting at $13. Friday, 7:00pm, Saturday, 10:30am,  2:00pm and 5:30pm and Sunday, at 1:00pm and 4:30pm. Frank Erwin Center, 1701 Red River.

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! Groundwork Music will be performing on 2/10. 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.

*Please be sure to click on the event links to check to make sure events are still happening. Once this list is published, it is not updated when changes occur to the scheduled events.