The Weekenders: Events for Austin Families, February 22-24, 2013
Evening Under the Oaks- Friday, February 22, 2013, 7:00p.m. (gates open at 6:30p.m.) The Gilbert and Sullivan Society will perform under the oaks at the French Legation Museum. Guests are invited to bring chairs, blankets, food, and pets on leashes. Concessions will be available. Tickets: $5 at the gate. The French Legation Museum, 802 San Marcos Street.
Consignment Sales- One north and one south:
- Just Between Friends North Austin/ Pflugerville - Friday, February 22, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. and Saturday, February 23, 7 a.m. – 1 p.m. Just Between Friends sales are shopping events that happen twice a year in North Austin. Consignors bring their new and gently-used children’s and maternity items to sell, and shoppers can then browse and purchase these items at great savings, often 50-90% off of retail price. $2 on Friday (or FREE with the coupon found here); FREE on Saturday. Pflugerville Lions Club, 500 N. Railroad Ave., Pflugerville.
- ABC Children’s Sale - Friday, February 22, 9:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.; 6:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. and Saturday, February 23, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. (with additional discounts from 12 – 4 p.m.). The MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) group at First Evangelical Free Church in South Austin will host its fourth annual consignment sale featuring quality kids, baby and maternity items. Cash and credit cards only. FREE. Childcare available for $5. First Evangelical Free Church, 4220 Monterey Oaks Blvd., Austin.
Jugglefest- Public show is on Saturday, February 23, 2013 at 7:30pm. Celebrating its 20th year, Jugglefest is a three-day event full of workshops, games, demonstrations, and shows featuring juggling, unicycling, and related circus arts. Everyone is welcome to come on down to pick up the basics, learn some new tricks, meet some crazy people or just chill out and watch. The Public Show happens on Saturday night, and we’re pulling out all the stops! We’ll be showcasing performers from Austin and all over the world as they demonstrate their skills in the circus arts. Unicycles, yo-yos, diabolos, poi, juggling – Come on down and check out the best family friendly show in Austin! Admission: $10, free for 5 and under. Texas School for the Deaf – Davis Auditorium , 1102 South Congress Ave.
Kite Making Workshop- Saturday, February 23, 2013 from 1:00- 3:00p.m. Fly on by and learn how to make a kite before the annual Zilker Kite Festival! Children will have the opportunity to make multiple kites and then fly them in the park. Fly your kite and jump and jive to the jazz and swing tunes provided by Aunt Ruby’s Sweet Jazz Babies. FREE! Northwest Recreation Center, 2913 Northland Drive.
Global Sports Day at St. Edward’s - Saturday, February 23, 2013. The event will begin with registration at 9:30 a.m. and will conclude with a Soccer Exhibition featuring The Nationals, Austin’s newest women’s professional soccer team, versus Monterrey Tech University at noon. Other activities during the event include a youth soccer clinic led by the Nationals, Monterrey Tech, and the St. Edward’s Soccer team, along with family friendly activities such as pinatas, arts and crafts, food and a performance by Matachines de San Jose. Participants will receive a free t-shirt while supplies last. For more information and a map of the campus, visit the St. Edward’s University website. You can also download the event flyer here. St. Edward’s University, Lewis-Chen Family Field, 3001 South Congress Ave, Austin.
Capital Confectioners’ 10th Annual Sugar Art Show & Cake Competition- Saturday, February 23, 2013 10:30a.m.- 6:00p.m. and Sunday, February 24, 2013 from 9:00a.m.- 5:00p.m. Hundreds of cakes and other works of sugar art will be on display. This all-ages public event features judged competitions ranging from beginner through master levels, classes, demonstrations, vendors, and kid events which include a kids cupcake and cookie decorating station (an additional $1 for each cookie/ cupcake)! New this year : a free hands-on micro-class area sponsored by Craftsy. These short classes will admit a limited number of students on a first-come, first-served basis to let anyone of any skill level learn something new. All hands-on demos are for ages 12 and up except for the children’s classes scheduled for 1 and 1:30 on Saturday. .Admission: One Day Pass – $10; Weekend Pass – $18; Children under 18 – FREE! when accompanied by a paying adult. Bring a canned good for the Capital Area Food Bank and receive $1 off! North Austin Event Center, 10601 Lamar.
Save Texas Schools March and Rally- Saturday, February 23, 2013 at 10:45a.m. Bring out the family to take part in a march for Texas schools that begins at the Congress Avenue Bridge (Gather at the Austin American-Statesman at the corner of Riverside and S. Congress) and ends with a rally at the Capitol. The Kashmere HS Marching Band will lead the march up Congress Avenue. FREE!!
MapJam - On Saturday, February 23, from noon – 11 p.m. Austin music lovers can take part in a revolutionary kind of music festival. Austin Music Map’s MapJam 2013 is a day long, movable music festival in East Austin. Nine bands will perform in seven different venues, allowing you to experience the diversity of Austin’s music in a single day. Attendees can catch all the shows as they happen throughout the day, or they can check out the schedule and show up for the ones they want to see. MapJam is FREE and open to the public and the shows are all-ages. (The White Horse is the only venue on the route that will NOT be all-ages. Underage MapJam attendees should head down the street to Cheer Up Charlie’s to catch the Residual Kid show.) Visit the Facebook event page for updates.
WeatherFest- Saturday, February 23, 2013 from 10:00a.m.- 3:00p.m. Get blown away by a full day of weather science and family fun. Get an up-close look at some of the most dramatic natural events and the science behind them. Learn about predicting the weather from local meteorologists. Test your ability to predict and survive severe weather, try out equipment used by storm chasers, and much more. Finally, don’t miss a special screening of Tornado Alley 3D in the IMAX Theatre and FREE screenings of Wild Texas Weather at 12:30 and 2:30 pm. FREE!! Regular admission applies other than stated free shows. The Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum, 1800 N. Congress Avenue, Austin.
Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day – Saturday, February 23, from 2 – 5 p.m. On-site registration will be available to participants who were unable to pre-register online. On-site registration will open at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday near the Check-in Tent front of ETC; please look for a table marked “On-site Registration.” Due to more than 2,000 participants expected at the event, only participants in the 1st-8th grades can register on-site. Parents/guardians/chaperones will need to fill out an on-site registration form for the students who wish to attend Girl Day. To expedite the process, you are welcome to print out this form; fill out BOTH SIDES and turn it in at the On-site Registration Table. Each participant will then receive a bag (with a survey, pencil and schedule of activties) and an ORANGE WRISTBAND. On-site registrants will only be allowed to do activities marked in ORANGE in the schedule. Orange activities will include: Geodome, Mud Milkshakes, Medieval Engineering; The Trebuchet, Dancing Polymers: Gangnam Style, Building Blocks: A Skyscraper Challenge, Texas Alliance for Minorities in Engineering, Chemical Engineers on Fire & Other Tricks, UT Solar Car and Racing Teams, Pedal Power: Power Bike, Freezin fun with Liquid Nitrogen, Race to Save the World Through Engineering, Organ Matching: Where’s Your Spleen, Water Rockets Straw Rockets, Girl Scout of Central Texas, Lemonade Day Austin, Girls, Inc., Girlstart, and iD Tech Camps. These are all outdoor activities that are open to “all grades”. After 4 p.m., participants will be allowed into activities that are marked for their own grades. Grade specific activities are hosted in buildings and divided into three different grade groups: 1st – 3rd grade; 4th & 5th grade; or 6th – 8th grade. After 4 p.m. participants with an ORANGE wristband can go into their grade appropriate building activities. UT’s Engineering Complex, Austin. (Go here for parking information.)
Interactive Butterfly Playground - Saturday, February 23, from 7 – 10 p.m. Scottish Rite Theater invites you and your young ones to come enjoy and interact with the “children’s cheering carpet” featured in TPO’s production of Farfalle! The centerpiece of this interactive performance will be available for all to enjoy and explore. You will be able to play on the sensor mat, which will transmit an image and/or sounds with your body movement. The playground will be open to the public for FREE from 7-10 pm. Scottish Rite Theater, 18th & Lavaca, Austin.
Goodnight Moon- Saturday, February 23, 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.
Ballet Austin’s Snow White- Saturday and Sunday, February 23- 24, 2013. Shows at 2:00 and 4:30p.m. World-premiere choreography propels this timeless fairytale and answers the question, who is the fairest one of all? Tickets starting at $12. AustinVentures Studio Theater, 501 West 3rd Street.
The Little Prince- Sunday, February 24, 2013 at 2:00 and 4:30p.m. All grown-ups were children once, although few of us remember the wonder of childhood. This astonishing and beautiful tale will remind you! A pilot crashes in the Sahara desert and while frantically trying to repair his wrecked plane he is interrupted by the apparition of a little boy who asks him to draw a sheep. As absurd as it seems, a thousand miles from all inhabited regions and in danger of death, he takes out a scrap of paper and a pen. And so begins their adventure. Share this magical journey of love, loss and laughter with your whole family. Tickets start at $12. The Paramount Theater, 713 Congress Ave.
The Telephone Company at North Austin Trailer Yard- Sunday, February 24, 2013 from 11:00a.m.- Noon. Bring the entire family out for a FREE performance by The Telephone Company! There will also be face painters, balloon artists and kids can play at the playground while mom and dad munch on the delicious food offerings. NATY, 1012 West Anderson Lane.
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– Fridays and Saturdays from 6:30- 9:00p.m. 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. Central Market, North Lamar Blvd.
Craft Time for Kids- Saturday, 11:00am- 3:00p.m. Bring the kids to get crafty. The crafts change weekly and usually are themed for particular holidays or seasons. FREE!! Lakeshore Learning Center, 9828 Great Hills Trail.
Food-Free Family Storytime- Saturday, 10:30a.m. 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!! The Round Rock Public Library, 216 E. Main Street, Round Rock.
BookKids Storytime- Saturday mornings at 11:30a.m. Join the wonderful staff at BookPeople as they entertain your kiddos with stories, crafts, guest storytellers, and sometimes even puppets! FREE!! BookPeople, 603 N. Lamar Blvd.
What’s the Story Steve?– Saturday at 10 a.m. 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! ColdTowne Theater, 4803 Airport Blvd.
Storytime- Saturday, 11:00a.m. A weekend storytime for families with kids of all ages. FREE!! Wells Branch Community Library, 15001 Wells Port Drive.
Flying Theater Machine: Snowball Fight- Sunday, 2:00pm. Enjoy 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. Tickets: $8. The Hideout Theater, 617 Congress Ave.
Whole Foods Kids’ Club - Sunday, 1:00p.m.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!! Whole Foods Market, 525 N. Lamar.
Cherrywood Kid’s Show- Sunday, 10:30a.m. 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. Cherrywood Coffeehouse, 1400 E. 381/2 Street.
All Ages Storytime- Sunday, 1:00p.m. Head downtown to hear an all ages storytime at the library! 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.
Thanks to Heidi from Free Fun in Austin for helping!