The Weekenders: Events for Austin Families, April 26-28, 2013

Featured Events:

Evening Under the Oaks- Friday, April 26, gates open at 6:30pm, music starts at 7:00pm. The French Legation Museum is excited to host Michael Fracasso at April’s Evening Under the Oaks! This is a family-friendly event and guests are encouraged to bring chairs, blankets and picnic dinners! Cost: $5 cash and all major credit cards accepted. The French Legation Museum, 802 San Marcos Street.

Red Poppy Festival- Friday, Saturday and Sunday April 26-28, 2013. There is the Red Poppy Market Place, which features artisans from across the nation, the Open Car Show, the Safe Place Kids Village, and the Saturday Night Concert and Street Dance.A Georgetown and Central Texas tradition, the Red Poppy Festival is a time to enjoy family and friends, music, food, and fun. Come early and stay late. Family-friendly entertainment doesn’t get any better than this! FREE!!  Click here for complete schedule.

Texas Community Music Festival - Saturday, April 27 – Sunday, April 28, from 11 a.m. – 9 p.m. Texas Community Music Festival is two weeks of diverse music events. From Big Band to banjos, every performance is family friendly and free! Central Market, 4001 N Lamar, Austin.

Springfest-Maifest - Saturday, April 27, from 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. Enjoy a fun, family festival German Texan style. Music by The Austin Saengerrunde, The Polkadillos, Joe Klaus, and German Bluegrass with the Siekers. Fun for the kids, including a May pole and a bounce house. German food and drink for all ages. Adults are $5 in advance ($6 at the door) and children 12 and are under free. German Free School, 507 East 10th Street, Austin.

Pflugerville Bike Rodeo - Saturday, April 27, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Pack up your kids, bikes, and safety helmets and head to the Pflugerville High School parking lot for this FREE event, sponsored by the Pflugerville Police Department. Officers will be on hand for bike registration, safety instructions, and eight different challenges for young bike riders. If you don’t have a bike, come anyway! There will be loaner bicycles available. Pflugerville High School parking lot, 1301 W. Pecan Street, Pflugerville.

Story Time: Worry Woo Wince – Don’t Feed The Worry Bug- Saturdays in April at 10:30am. FREE to attend! We will host a story time, dedicated to our new line of Worry Woo books. When we found the Worry Woo books we fell in love instantly with the quality of the stories being told and the artwork of Andi Green. These stories help deal with feelings of loneliness, insecurity, confusion, innocence, frustration and worry. You will be impressed with how well these books portray human emotions and deal with issues that many kids struggle with. The stories are fantastic, and the artwork is absolutely incredible! Toy Time, 101-B Pecan Street West, Pflugerville.

Austin Nature Day – Saturday, April 27, from 1 – 5 p.m. This year’s Austin Nature Day theme is “Incredible Insects.” The event will feature free fun for the whole family. Austin Nature and Science Center, 301 Nature Center Drive, Austin.

Earth Day Celebration at the San Marcos Springs - Saturday, April 27, from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. Early morning yoga, a walking tour of Spring Lake Greenbelt, arts and crafts, live music, food vendors, Doc Edwards puppet show, and Folklorico dancers. Free admission. Aquarena Center, 167 Spring Lake, San Marcos.

Groundwork Music Project Concert - Saturday, April 27, from 3:30 – 5 p.m. Second and Third grade students at Blackshear Elementary and Maplewood Elementary partnered with Groundwork Music Project this year on a songwriting project, which integrated arts across the curriculum in a meaningful, engaging way. Songs composed by the students will be featured in a free “We Write It, We Sing It” concert with the Groundwork Music Orchestra, which the public is invited to attend.Complimentary food will be provided by Black Sheep Lodge. George Washington Carver Museum & Cultural Center, 1165 Angelina Street, Austin.

International Green Fest – Saturday, April 27, from 4-7 p.m. Spring family sustainable event. Come enjoy live entertainment, carnival games and eco-friendly activities, an unstructured play area, as well as food from around the world. Free multicultural entertainment will include: Texas Dragon and Lion Dance Team, Salsa lessons for kids, Taekwando demonstration, international crafts, an international cake walk, Chinese calligraphy, Hawaiian leis, Papel picado, Kente cloths, Brazilian masks, a fortune teller, recycled cans/ball throw, fishing on the Amazon, Tijuana tattoos, bouncy house, Angry Birds Rio, a photo booth, wet sponge toss, and Lotería. Bring your electronic waste to be collected, and celebrate Earth Month! Admission is free. The Magellan International School, 7938 Great Northern Boulevard, Austin.

Circus Fairy Tails- Saturday, April 27 at 10:00am. Trick Dogs, Performing Parrot, Magic, Juggling, Unicycling, Rope Spinning, Accordion Music, Giant Bubbles
& Lots more. Cost: $10. The Institution Theater, 3708 Woodbury Drive.

Light o’ the Moon Float TripSaturday, April 27 from 7-11 p.m., $50 per person, Ages 7 and up. Beat the heat and enjoy the river in a whole new way! Floating by the light of the moon, you’ll be serenaded under the stars by the nocturnal creatures of the river corridor. Take in the beauty of the sun setting on the Colorado and the cool comfort of the night air as your raft is gently guided down a stretch of tranquil river. Participants must be able to swim. Preregistration is required. McKinney Roughs Nature Park.

14th Annual Dragon Boat Festival- Saturday, April 27 from 10:00am- 3:00pm. Enjoy friendly, competitive races in addition to cultural exhibitions, vendors, and kids’ activities. FREE!! Festival Beach at Lady Bird Lake.

Healthy Kids Day - Saturday, April 27, from 7 – 11 a.m. Healthy Kids Day is a free community event to get kids moving and learning and get families living healthier. This year, the YMCA of Austin has joined forces with the Texas RoundUp to feature fun active play and educational activities. Healthy Kids Day Festival will feature: games, healthy snacks, face painting, a photo booth, goodie bags, giveaways, a raffle, a bouncy house, an obstacle course, sample fitness classes, local vendors, Austin Fire Dept. fire truck and Austin Police Dept. cruiser, and more. Please click here for details on parking. More parking info. Across from Bullock Texas State History Museum, 1800 N. Congress Ave., Austin.

Round Rock Centennial Celebration - Saturday, April 27, from 11 a.m. – 9 p.m. The City of Round Rock is turning 100! Help them celebrate at the Centennial Celebration, a free, day long event featuring live music, a street party, a custom car show, and a 100-yard Centennial Dash. The event also coincides with the dedication of a new park plaza in southwest downtown, adjacent to the Baca Center and McConico Building. A free shuttle will be available from Micki Krebsbach Pool from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m.

2nd Annual West Austin Studio Tour (WEST) - Saturday, April 27 and Sunday, April 28, from 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.  WEST is a FREE, self guided tour of some of Austin’s artistic talents and the diverse creative community encompassing the area west of I-35, east of Mopac/Loop 1, south of Hwy 183, and north of Hwy 71/Ben White and Hwy 360. See working studios; learn about artists’ tools, techniques, and inspirations; explore galleries and a variety of exhibitions; and enjoy the arts and local business communities. All artist studios and exhibition spaces will be free and open to the public. For more information, including a full list of participating artists, visit the WEST website. For a free copy of the tour map, stop by any Austin Public Library location.

Artfest 2013- Saturday, April 27 from 9am-3pm.  ArtFest is a family-friendly festival offering varying forms of art: from classic paintings to music, local foods, jewelry, forging, sculpting; even activities for the kids is an art form in itself! The Kids stage will feature the Biscuit Brothers, Joe McDermott and Mr. Will, and on the Main Stage, the Carolyn Wonderland Band. FREE!! Toney Burger Center next to the SFC Farmers’ Market, 3200 Jones Road.

Blanton Museum of Art’s Fifty Fest – Saturday, April 27, from noon – midnight. What better way to celebrate a fiftieth birthday than with a BIG arts festival? All are invited to Blanton Fifty Fest, a FREE 12-hour extravaganza that will take over the Blanton’s two buildings and outdoor plaza. Experience a wide range of entertainment and activities for visitors of all ages. Visitors to Fifty Fest will be the first to preview new Blanton programming designed to highlight how the museum can function as a site for creativity. Museum admission and parking in the Brazos Garage is free during the event. Blanton Museum of Art, The University of Texas at Austin, 200 E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Austin.

Eeyore’s 50th Annual Birthday Celebration- Saturday, April 27 11am until dark (kid’s area is from 11am- 4pm.) Eeyores Birthday Party is a fund-raiser to benefit non-profit groups in Austin. Please wear a costume. There will be costume contests and other games with prizes for children of all ages. Artists will be doing face painting and temporary tattoos. Musicians playing non-amplified instruments are invited to play. There will be Maypoles for the young and young at heart. Come join us and wish Eeyore a Happy Birthday! FREE!! Pease District Park, 1100 Kingsbury Street.

Alamo Kids Club: BMX Bandits – Saturday, April 27 at 12:00 p.m. In Sydney, Australia, three best friends with a penchant for all-day BMX bike stunt ridin’ unexpectedly find a case of stolen walkie-talkies that belong to some seriously mean dudes, local mobsters intending to pull a major bank heist. Empowered with a sense of honor, justice, and total responsibility, these three young heroes single-handedly take on the mob in an effort to prevent crime from spreading throughout their town. Featuring high-flying stunt work and breathtaking car vs. BMX chase sequences from the genre film master Brian Trenchard-Smith, BMX BANDITS is totally wacky, utterly sincere, and more than the sum of its wonderful parts on all accounts. Also, Nicole Kidman in her first film role! Get ready to ride! FREE! Kids age 3 and up, and their adults, are invited to attend the free screening. Tickets are first come, first served, so be sure to arrive early. Alamo Drafthouse The Ritz, 320 E 6th Street, Austin.

SpringFest - Saturday, April 27, from 11 a.m. – 10 p.m. SpringFest is the biggest time in the smallest town held at The Backyard in Bee Cave. SpringFest has something for everyone: live music, browsing for a new boatunique shopping, and a KidZone. Free admission, but parking is $10. 13801 Bee Cave Parkway, Bee Cave.

Wells Branch Pioneer Festival- Saturday, April 27 from Noon to 5:00pm. Celebrate Texas history at The Pioneer Festival which is centered around the historic Wells Branch Homestead, the 1850s-era cabin in Katherine Fleischer Park. Pioneer Festival will feature fun and educational activities throughout the day to experience the history of 19th Century Texas. Demonstrations include clothes washing, corn shelling, syrup making and butter churning, just to name a few. You will also find demonstrations of antique bikes, antique coins, Texas camel history, weavers, spinners, and all sorts of 1850s era displays. There will also be fun things for the kids to make and take. There will also be a special appearance from award-winning story teller Donna Ingham. Make sure to be there between 1:30 and 2:30pm inside the Homestead to hear some of the best stories of Texas history you’ve ever heard! FREE!! Katherine Fleischer Park, 2106 Klattenhoff Dr.

Hans Christian Andersen’s The Little Mermaid- Saturdays through May 11 at 11:00am and 2:00pm. This original retelling of Hans Christian Andersen’s classic combines modern technologies and the ancient art of storytelling to put a new twist on this well-loved fairy tale.  Using  projections, fabric and a whole lot of theatre magic, the ocean comes to life (along with your imagination) in this one-person journey of love, sacrifice and courage.  For ages 6 and up. Tickets: $18- 16. ZACH Theater, 202 S. Lamar Blvd.

16th Annual Buda County Fair and Wiener Dog Races - Saturday, April 27 and Sunday, April 28, from 8 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. Along with a day full of wiener dog races, the fair will have live music, arts and crafts booths, a washer tournament, a cook-off and bake-off, and the Buda Bee spelling bee for elementary school students. Click here for the full schedule. There will also be a Kids Zone with inflatable slides, a bounce house, obstacle course, train rides, a petting zoo, pony rides, rock climbing, and more. Activities in the Kids Zone vary in price, or guests can purchase a wristband for $10 for all-day fun. Admission is $3 for adults and kids over 12. Kids ages 12 and under are free. Buda City Park, 204 San Antonio St., Buda.

Meet the Makers:- Sunday, April 14 from 1:00- 3:00pm. Makers who will be presenting in the 2013 Mini Maker Faire will be on hand to show off their stuff and answer visitor questions. Come meet the Makers and get excited for Mini Maker Faire on May 5! Admission: $6.50 adults, $4.50 children. Austin Children’s Museum, 201 Colorado Street.

“Giselle” Family Dance Workshop- Sunday, April 28 from 2:30-4pm.  See excerpts from Ballet Austin’s Giselle, the most iconic Romantic era ballet, and try out choreography with the help of Ballet Austin dancers. Recommended for children ages 3 to 12 years old and their family members. Full, but a waiting list is available. $10 per person. Ballet Austin, 501 W. Third Street.

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: Pirate Adventures- 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.

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