The Weekenders: Events for Austin Families, March 22-24, 2013

Featured Events:

Movie in the Park: Hotel Transylvania- Friday, March 22, 2013 at 8:00pm. Bring your blankets and lawn chairs to Milburn Park on Friday, March 22, 2013 to enjoy a free screening of Hotel Transylvania.  Concessions will not be available, but you are welcome to bring a picnic. Glass containers are prohibited. FREE!! Elizabeth Milburn Park, 1901 Sun Chase Blvd., Cedar Park.

The Magikhana Show- Friday, March 22, 2013 at 6:30pm (gates open at 6:00pm). With world renowned magicians, Arsene Dupin and the Magical Mystical Michael with special guests Peter the Adequate, Alicia Whiteacre and Owl Morrison.  This family-friendly magic show is March’s Evening Under the Oaks! This is a great evening for a family picnic!  Be sure to bring your lawn chairs, blankets and picnic dinners! Cost: $5. The French Legation Museum, 802 San Marcos Street.

Family Fun Night: Bug Bonanza- Friday, March 22, 2013 from 6:30-8:30pm. Have you even wondered how bugs communicate? Enter the fascinating world of insects and view them in their habitat. Bring the whole family on a quest to find out what a cockroach feels like and why arthropods come in so many shapes and sizes. Limit 60 spaces. Pre-registration required. Cost: $5. Austin Nature and Science Center, 301 Nature Center Dr.

Rodeo Austin- Through March 23. Live music, cook-offs, rodeo competitions, a carnival, pig races and more- it’s all part of Rodeo Austin!  For a complete schedule of events,  click here. Star of Texas Fair and Rodeo, 9100 Decker Lake Road, Austin.

Learning Express - Friday, March 22, 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., and Saturday, March 23, 10:30 – 11:30 a.m. FREE photos with the Easter Bunny. Bring your own camera. Each child will get an egg with treat. Learning Express Toys, Hill Country Galleria, 12901 Hill Country Blvd., Bee Cave.

Archeology Day- Saturday, March 23, 2013 from 10:00am- 3:00pm.  Activities include pottery making, flintknapping, art rocks and the opportunity to visit with archeologists and Native Americans to learn about Williamson County history.at Berry Springs County Park and Preserve. The event is FREE!! Berry Springs County Park and Preserve, 1801 C.R, 152, Georgetown.

Easter Eggstravaganza- Saturday, March 23, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m., Grab your basket and hop on by Givens Recreation Center. Don’t forget your camera! The Easter Bunny will be available for photos after the EGGstravagant Easter EGG Hunt! FREE!! Givens Recreation Center, 3811 E. 12th St.

South Austin Eggxtreme Family Event- Saturday, March 23, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.  Egg hunts will begin promptly at 11:10 a.m. for ages 2 – 12 years. Light refreshments, local community vendors and carnival games will be available for all. FREE!! South Austin Recreation Center., 1100 Cumberland Rd.

Pflugerville Spring Pfling- Saturday, March 23, Noon – 3 p.m. The Parks and Recreation Department has combined the ever popular Spring Pfling with the Easter PFestival. Celebrate the components of Pflugerville’s Eco initiatives; learn about Parks and Recreation Programs for the year; and browse vendors sharing Pflugerville’s local opportunities for fitness, healthy living, landscaping and conservation. There will be plenty of family fun with face painters, petting zoo, moonwalks, and balloon clowns. All the children are invited to bring a basket and hop along the bunny trail to the local vendors to gather Spring goodies. FREE!! Heritage Park, 901 Old Austin Hutto Rd., Pflugerville.

Goodnight Moon- Saturday, March 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.
The University of Texas Pow Wow- Saturday, March 23, 2013, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Longhorn American Indian Council presents The University of Texas Pow Wow on the South Mall Lawn. This cultural event is open to the public and involves traditional Native American dancing, drumming and singing. FREE!! UT South Mall Lawn.

Play for All Special Needs Egg Hunt-  Saturday, March 23, 9 a.m. The first ever special needs Easter egg hunt is a family-centered event, focusing on active participation for children with various disabilities or limitations. Siblings are welcome to participate in the hunt. This event is FREE, but pre-registration for is required, as there are a limited number of participants allowed in each hunt. No event day registration will be allowed. You may pick up your egg hunt wristband on March 21 and 22 at the Clay Madsen Recreation Center or on site the day of the event. Please bring your registration confirmation to pick up your wristband. Please arrive 20 minutes prior to your hunt time to ensure that you are able to attend your designated hunt time. (151 North A.W. Grimes Blvd.  Hunting Schedule:9:00am: Special needs children ages 5 and under with siblings of any age. 9:30am: Special needs children ages 5 and under with siblings of any age. 10:30am: Special needs children ages 6 and older with siblings of any age.11:00am: Special needs children ages 6 and older with siblings of any age. Play For All Abilities Park, 151 N A.W. Grimes Blvd., Round Rock.

Free Visits with the Easter Bunny- Saturday, March 23, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. The Easter Bunny is hopping his way into Kaleidoscope Toys and giving you and your family the opportunity to visit and take pictures for FREE! Be sure to also pick up your Easter Treasure Egg and join in on our Easter craft! Kaleidoscope Toys,  110 North IH-35, Ste 375, Round Rock.

Eggxtreme Family Event-  Saturday March 23rd 11am-1pm. Egg hunts will begin promptly at 11:10am for ages 2-12 years. Light refreshments, local community vendors and carnival games will be available for all, FREE! South Austin Recreation Center, 1100 Cumberland Road Austin.

Circus Chickendog: Circus Fairy “Tails”- Saturday, March 23, 2013 at 10:00am. Ladies and gentleman, boys and girls — step right up! The circus is in town…but they are missing their main animal attraction! Join the circus ringmaster as he searches for his new shining star at the local humane society. But who will he choose? Spoiled rotten lions? A clowning macaw? Or the smallest elephant with the biggest heart? Come see this mash up of all your favorite fairy “tails” – with a unique Circus Chickendog twist! Bring the whole family to enjoy this fabulous show together! Tickets: $10. The Institution Theater, 3708 Woodbury Drive.

Brushy Creek Egg Hunt- Saturday, March 23, 10 a.m. – noon. The District invites everyone to the Annual Egg Hunt at Cat Hollow Park. Hunt eggs with delicious candy inside. Age-specific egg hunt groups will start promptly on time so don’t be late! 0-3 years starts at 10 a.m.; 4-6 years starts at 10:15 a.m.; 7 years and up starts at 10:30 a.m. FREE activities include pictures with the Easter Bunny (bring your own camera), bounce house, bounce slide, face painting, craft table, trackless train, and family sack races.  Cat Hollow Park, 8600 O’Connor Dr., Round Rock.

Family Craft Event- Saturday, March 23, 2013 at 3:00pm. Come to a craft event at the Library! We’ll have the supplies to make lots of different projects – just bring your creativity and imagination! FREE!! Wells Branch Community Library, 15001 Wells Port Drive.

Search for the Lost Eggs – Saturday, March 23, 12 p.m. Come to Dittmar Recreation Center’s annual Easter event and help search for the lost eggs! Prize eggs and candy-filled eggs will scatter the field as the Easter Bunny starts the hunt. Come early to participate in Easter crafts and get your picture taken with the Easter Bunny. Registration begins at 12:00 p.m., and the hunt begins at 1:00 p.m. $1 per child, ages infant and up. Dittmar Recreation Center., 1009 W. Dittmar Rd.

Westcave Preserve’s 10th Anniversary- Saturday, March 23, 2013 from 11:00am- 4:00pm. Join us as we mark the 10th anniversary of Westcave’s award-winning Warren Skaaren Environmental Learning Center and celebrate the past, present and future of Westcave.  The day will include an official unveiling of our updated name and logo, a preview of our planned trail system on the Rim Property, guided tours of the canyon and ELC, as well as a special program and giveaways in honor of the ELC’s 10th anniversary and our new logo.  Kids will also be able to learn from their favorite arachno-naturalist, Spider Joe! Food and drinks will be available for purchase. FREE!! Westcave Preserve, 24814 Hamilton Pool Road, Round Mountain.

Free photos with the Easter Bunny- Saturday, March 23, 12 p.m. – 6 p.m. Hop into Highland Mall to visit the Easter Bunny in the Spring Garden for Easter Photos in the Center Court, on the lower level near the stairs. Photos are free if you take them with your own camera and each child will receive a free gift. The Bunny will take a 30 minute carrot break from 3:00 – 3:30 p.m. FREE!! Highland Mall, 6001 Airport Blvd.

HONK!TX- Friday, March 22 – Sunday, March 24, 2013. HONK!TX is a nonprofit, community-driven festival that brings brass bands from around the country to perform absolutely FREE in the public spaces of Austin, TX. Bands will perform in a range of styles and genres, transforming every day locations into venues. Friday, March 22 is the HONK!TX kickoff from 6 – 10 p.m. at the 1300 block of South Congress, where 19 bands will perform at Jo’s Coffee, Snack Bar, and the nearby food trailer parking lot. Saturday, March 23, enjoy HONK!TX in the Park! From 11:30 a.m. – 8 p.m., bands will perform nonstop in five performance spaces around the Adams and Hemphill Park neighborhoods, near 29th and Fruth Street. March Madness Marching Band kicks off the festivities with a neighborhood parade at 11:30 a.m. The vast majority of HONK!TX bands will be playing twice throughout the day.  Sunday, March 24 is HONK!TX Parade Day at Pan Am Park (4th and Chicon) from noon – 2 p.m. The parade kicks off at 12 noon sharp! The route will see 20 bands and plenty of spectacle marching their musical way through East Austin and returning to the park. Afterwards, the performers will participate in an all-band blowout revue from 2:30 – 5:30 p.m., where bands will have 8 minutes to strut their stuff for an adoring audience of fans and friends. From 6 – 9 p.m. on Sunday, head over to The Off Center for a special free screening of three movies about brass band culture: Trip to the Moon, Sousa on the Rez, and HONK! You Very Much.
Eggstravaganza- Saturday, March 23, 9 a.m. FREE!! Bring your basket for the Annual Easter Egg Hunt! There will be 25,000 candy eggs to gather and a grand prize egg for each age division. Each age division will be assigned a specific softball field to carry out their hunt. Age categories are 2 & under, 3-4, 5-6, 7-8, 9-10. The horn sounds promptly at 9:00 a.m. Please arrive at McMaster Athletic Complex by 8:45 a.m. Primrose School in Georgetown will also be raffling off a FREE children’s bike! McMaster Athletic Complex, 101 W. L. Walden Drive, east of San Gabriel Park, Georgetown.

Celebrate World Water Day- Saturday, March 23, 2013 from 1:00- 4:00pm. Visit the Sheffield Education Center, home to the Splash! Into the Edwards Aquifer exhibit, and explore the power and properties of Water in celebration of World Water Day with fun activities. Follow the journey of spring water as it gushes forth from Barton Springs on its way to the Gulf of Mexico, and investigate the fascinating characteristics of water that make it critical for life on this blue planet. FREE!!  Beverly S. Sheffield Education Center, 2201 Barton Springs Rd.

Eggstravaganza at City Park- Saturday, March 23, 2 p.m. The event will kick off at 2 p.m. with a petting zoo, the Easter Bunny, and music from special guest, Darren Peterson. Age specific egg hunts will begin at 2:45 p.m. with the 7 – 8 year olds, followed by the 5 – 6 year old group at about 2:55 p.m., the 3 – 4 year olds around 3:05 p.m., and the 1 – 2 year olds at approximately 3:15 p.m. Kids can also enjoy cookie decorating and glitter tattoo artists. Snowcones from Kona Ice and ice cream from IceCream2U will be available for purchase. FREE!! City Park, 502 Hurst Creek Rd., Lakeway.

Easter Extravaganza- Saturday, March 23, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Join Turner-Roberts Recreation Center in a community event celebrating the Easter holiday with snacks, games and music for the whole family to enjoy. There will also be Easter Egg hunts for kids ages 1-12 years old, with 1st-3rd place prizes for each division. FREE!!  Turner Roberts Recreation Center, 7291 Colony Loop Dr.

Southwest YMCA Easter Egg Hunt -Sunday, March 24, 1 – 3 p.m. FREE family friendly event, no membership required. Southwest YMCA, 6219 Oakclaire Dr.

Lowe’s Build and Grow- Saturday, 10:00am. Your child will love this kit! Bring them in this weekend to build this awesome Piranhakeet Chomper inspired by DreamWorks Animation’s THE CROODS! FREE!! All participating Lowe’s locations.

Spring Eggstravaganza-  Sunday, March 24, 2 p.m., Bring your basket to hunt for over 79,000 pieces of candy, prizes and goodies (age 12 and under). Bring your own camera and take your photo with the bunny until 2:45 p.m., and enjoy jumping in the inflatable and train rides. FREE!! There will also be face painting for a fee. Elizabeth Milburn Park, 1901 Sun Chase Blvd, Cedar Park.

Whataburger Super Duper Celebration- Sunday, March 24, 2013,  from 4:00- 6:00pm. The northwest Austin location of Whataburger will host a “Super Duper” afternoon of family fun from 4 to 6 p.m. with family-focused festivities will include games and free kid’s meals for children in costume. Customers can spend quality time with their little heroes and treat them to a superhero-themed celebration of food, games, giveaways and an appearance by WhataGuy, Whataburger’s mascot. Children 12 and under dressed in a superhero costume will receive a free four-piece Whatachick’n® Bites or Justaburger® Kid’s Meal. FREE!! Whataburher 8300 N. FM 620.

Free Concert- Sunday, March 24, 2013 at 4:00pm. The Long Center proudly presents the incredible Band of Heathens as our final FREE concert live on our City Terrace. Underwritten by members of the Long Center Concert Club and sponsored by H-E-B. The Long Center for Performing Arts, 701 W. Riverside Drive.

Spring Egg-stravaganza- Sunday, March 24, 2013 at 12:15 p.m.. Easter eggs hunts for ages 0 – 12. Ages 0 – 3 at 12:15, ages 4 – 6 at 12:30, ages 7 – 9 at 12:45, and ages 10 – 12 at 1 p.m. FREE!! Robin Bledsoe Park, 601 S. Bagdad Rd, Leander.

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.

*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.