The Weekenders: Events for Austin Families, March 1-3, 2013

Featured Events:

First Saturday and TEXplorations- The Museum offers FREE admission to the exhibits from 2 – 6 p.m. on the first Saturday of each month with First Saturdays. Visitors can also take advantage of the monthly thematic TEXplorations Family Story Time from 2 – 3 p.m. on First Saturdays. The Bob Bullock Texas Sate History Museum, 1800 N. Congress Ave.

Goodnight Moon- Saturday, March 2, 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.

Easter Celebration- Saturday, March 2, 2013 from 10:00am- 1:30pm. Celebrate Easter early with a celebration that includes a visit with the Easter Bunny, an egg hunt that has lots of secret goodies including a $100 gift certificate and Easter crafts! FREE!! Brilliant Sky Toys & Books, 701 Capital of Texas Hwy.,  Suite D 480.

Texas Independence Day Parade- Saturday, March 2, 2013 at 9:30am. FREE!! The parade will be the best ever!  Congress Avenue Bridge.

It’s My Park Day- Saturday, March 2, 2013. It’s My Park! Day is an annual community service day focused on improvements to Austin’s park. Individuals and community groups lead projects ranging from simple cleaning and repair to trail building and playground installation. FREE!! Check the website to find out available volunteer opportunities and locations.

Leaf for a Leaf Finale Party- Saturday, March 2, 2013 from 9:00am- Noon. The Leaf for a Leaf program promotes borrowing library books to reduce the number of trees that are cut down to make paper. Learn to improve the air we breathe, minimize environmental impact, and enhance our surroundings by joining this reading program. The more books you read, the better chance you have to win prizes. You must be present at the finale to win the drawing. So what are you waiting for? Start reading and celebrating trees now! The finale celebration will include kite-making workshops, free tree seedlings and a grand prize drawing! FREE!! Dick Nichols Park, 8011 Beckett Road.

Explore UT- Saturday, March 2, 2013 from 11:00am- 5:00pm with some early bird activities taking place at 9:00am. Explore UT, the biggest open house in Texas, provides an opportunity for visitors to examine the rich and varied programs that are a part of everyday life on this campus. Explorers will discover in the schedule of activities something to thrill the kid in all of us. Activities include: The Children’s International Festival, Tower Tours, Campus Scavenger Hunt and more! FREE!! Open to the public. University of Texas Campus.

Y Camp Play Day and Bike Rodeo- Saturday, March 2, 2013 from 10:00am- 2:00pm. In the park, try your hand at summer camp-like games, crafts, and activities. Get a taste of what Y summer camp is all about. In the parking lot, test your bike skills and learn how to be safe while riding. Trained bike rodeo instructors will guide you through the course. Kids can bring their own bike and have it looked at by a bike mechanic or they can borrow a bike. The first few hundred kids will receive free bike helmets thanks to the Texas Medical Association’s Hard Hats for Little Heads grant and Safe Kids Austin. There will also be: T-shirts,Raffle prizes, Free food and snacks (while supplies last), and a climbing wall and bounce house. Mueller Lake Park, Mueller Lake Park, 4550 Mueller Blvd.

Dr. Seuss Storytime- Saturday, March 2, 2013 at 3:00pm. Join fellow bookworms for a FREE Dr. Seuss storytime. All participating Half Price Books.

Circus Chickendog- Saturday, March 2, 2013 at 10:00am.  JuggleFest weekend is just over and the dogs have been working on some fun juggling tricks with me. Sure they drop a lot-but as they will tell the kids, dropping is the most important part of learning; What they are learning is perseverance! We will get them to tell a few really fun shaggy dog stories and Chickendog has already put me down for juggling while riding the unicycle while playing the accordion AND doing all of that at the same time AND on top of all of that, doing it all simultaneously. PLUS I think there will be an expert diablo (that’s the secret Chinese Yo-Yo) to demonstrate his mesmerizing skills. Tickets: $10. The Institution Theater, 3708 Woodbury Drive.

Recycled Reads 4th Anniversary Celebration- Saturday, March 2, 2013 at Noon. Celebrate 4 years of Recycled Reads, the Austin Public Library’s used bookstore, community meet-up and recycling center. Purchase a limited edition book planter and autograph our new window sign. Browse books, CDs, LPs and DVDs. FREE!! Enjoy live music, a puppet show and craft demos. At 1:00pm, don’t miss Literature Live! Anansi and the Golden Box of Stories. Recycled Reads, 5335 Burnet Road.

Girlstart Starry Extravaganza-Saturday, March 2, 2013 from 7:00- 8:00pm. Stellar stars, space secrets, games galore, tasty treats! FREE! Prizes, experiments, games and more! No registration needed! Donations accepted. Friday, 7:00- 8:00pm. Dripping Springs Elementary School, 29400 Ranch Road 12.

Round Rock Express Fan Fest- Saturday, March 2, 2013 from 10:00am- 2:00pm. FREE and open to the public, fans will get to take a few swings in the cage during batting practice (Fans are encouraged to bring their own bats and helmets),test their speed pitch, take clubhouse tours, enjoy the “Fun Zone” rock wall and inflatables, see the Mustang Owners Club of Austin car show, taste-test several concession stand items,take part in a hot dog eating contest. New highlights to Fan Fest this year are an interactive stadium scavenger hunt, personal baseball card photos, and hot air balloons, courtesy of Central Texas Ballooning Association. Dell Diamond, 3400 Palm Valley Blvd., Round Rock.

Birthday Party for Dr. Seuss– Saturday, March 2, 2013 from 9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Enjoy book giveaways, student performances from drama club, band, choir, and cheerleaders, prize drawings for TVs and more, as well as games and activities. FREE!! East Austin College Prep, 5800 E. MLK Blvd.

Dr. Seuss Celebration at Bee Cave Library – Saturday, March 2, 2013 from 2:00- 4:00pm.  The Bee Cave Public Library invites Seuss fans Dr. Seuss for the 8th Annual Dr. Seuss Birthday Celebration. The FREE celebration includes games, crafts, and of course story times, and there will even be a live performance by the “maestro of imagination,” Joe McDermott. Bee Cave Public Library, 4000 Galleria Pkwy., Bee Cave.

Erth: Dinosaur Petting Zoo- Saturday, March 2, 2013 at 1:30 and 4:00pm and Sunday, March 3, 2013 at 11:00am, 1:30pm and 4:00pm. What would it look like if a Tyrannosaurus Rex and several of his close cousins were set loose on the Long Center’s City Terrace? All of Austin has the chance to find out! Travel back millions of years to the age of the dinosaurs with the Australian company Erth, as they take you on a journey through prehistoric Australia. Thanks to the wonders of some incredible puppetry, children and adults alike have the opportunity to experience an amazing selection of dinosaurs and creatures that roamed the earth millions of years ago. This dinosaur petting zoo allows heaps of interaction for everyone, meaning “anybody between the ages of 5 and 500,” according to the artistic director, Scott Wright. Children have the opportunity to feed, water, and care for these incredible prehistoric dinosaurs, creatures designed completely by artists in the show. Originally creating and building dinosaurs for museums only, Erth brought the dinosaurs out into the streets for an impromptu performance a few years ago, and since then, there was no turning back. As people-powered puppets, the dinosaurs can respond instantaneously to audiences for maximum interaction. Hatchlings might beg for a quick scratch behind an ear or the T-Rex could start a teeth-gnashing contest with a brave kid. Tickets: Starting at $19. The Long Center for Performing Arts, 701 West Riverside Drive.

Ballet Austin’s Snow White- Saturday and Sunday, March 2 and 3, 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.

Zilker Park Kite Festival- Sunday, March 3, 2013 from 10:00am- 5:00pm. Bring a kite to fly or just sit back and marvel at the kites flying in the sky. You can bring a picnic or buy food from vendors. There are also kite making workshops, flying demonstrations, and competitions. FREE!!  Zilker Park, Barton Springs Road.

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– 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.

Hill Country Galleria Saturday Night Concert Series- The FREE concerts begin at 7:00pm on Saturday night. Hill Country Galleria’s amphitheater, 12700 Hill Country Blvd., Bee Cave.

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!  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.