The Weekenders: Events for Austin Families, May 17-19, 2013

 Featured Events:

Kyle Movies in the Park- Bring along a lawn chair, blanket, and snacks and enjoy Puss in Boots. Friday, 30 minutes after sunset.  Gregg-Clarke Park, 1100 W Center St, Kyle.

Leander Movies in the Park: Wreck It Ralph- Friday, May 17 at dusk. Often described as a combination of state-of-the-art technology and the nostalgia of the 1950s drive-in, the Movies in the Park series provides families the opportunity to spend time together under the stars while enjoying first run movies…all for FREE!! We encourage you to bring your lawn chairs, blankets, and a picnic dinner. Concessions are also available. Glass containers are prohibited.  Friendly pets are welcomed on a leash. Robin Bledsoe Park, 601 S. Bagdad Road, Leander.

Pflugerville’s Deutschen Pfest- Friday, May 17 through Sunday, May 19th. Check hours and schedule here. Celebrate Pflugerville’s German heritage with carnival rides, a parade, live music, food, and more! Gates open Friday at 5 p.m. The children’s parade kicks off at 10:45am on Saturday followed by the main parade which includes local marching bands, community groups and organizations. Next head to Pfluger Park for festival food, booth vendors, children’s petting farm and puppet shows. Also, consider a jump into Gilleland pool which is open for free on Saturday, May 18, a special Deutschen Pfest treat. Admission is $5 on Friday and Sunday, and $7 Saturday. Children 6 and under are free. Pfluger Park, 515 City Park Road.

Disney on Ice presents Worlds of Fantasy- 7:30 p.m. May 16-18, 11:30 a.m., 3:30 p.m. May 18, and 1:30 p.m., 5:30 p.m. May 19. Lightning McQueen, The Little Mermaid, Tinkerbell and Buzz Lightyear among other Disney stars put on their skates.  Tickets: $10-$55. Cedar Park Center, 2100 Avenue of the Stars, Cedar Park.

Plus Meets Minus- Saturday, May 18 at  11am, 2:00 and 4:00 p.m. (followed by a “PAY WHAT YOU LIKE” party  where you get to mix and mingle with the performers! Addy Plus loves to put things together, collecting all sorts of things into larger and larger groups. Addy finds great joy in adding. Minus Takeaway likes nothing more than taking things apart. When these two characters meet, there is considerable confusion and conflict! PLUS MEETS MINUS is a fun, colorful exploration of two very different personalities and the results are many discoveries about both human nature and math. Designed for very young learners, PLUS MEETS MINUS will be best enjoyed by children ages 4 – 7, but is entertaining for audiences of all ages. Tickets: Tickets to public performances are $7.75 for children under 12, $8.75 for students ages 12-18, seniors, & Austin Creative Alliance members, $9.75 for adults. Rollins Studio Theatre at the Long Center for the Performing Arts, 701 West Riverside Drive.

Kids Culinary Workshop- Saturday, May 18 from 10-11am. Join us for an hour long workshop that’ll teach your little ones about food, gardening and the joys of cooking. The folks from New Day Community Garden will host an outdoor cooking class for kids ages 6-12, teaching them how to make a simple dip/dressing using in.gredients found in our garden and store. After their culinary experience we will share, eat and play! FREE!!  In.gredients, 2610 Manor Road.

O. Henry Pun-Off World Championships- Saturday, May 18 from 11am-5pm.  Enjoy this annual competition of the best and worst puns with two core events: “Punslingers” and “Punniest of Show”?. The 36th Annual Championship featuring music by the Greatest American Heroes and food trucks from the Peached Tortilla and Mmmpanadas. FREE!! O. Henry Museum, 409 E. 5th Street.

Around the World Tea: Japan- Saturday, May 18 at 10:30am. An event for children ages 5+ to discover Japanese tea culture through learning about and seeing a live Japanese Tea Ceremony. Registration begins May 1st. FREE!! Wells Branch Community Library, 15001 Wells Port Drive.

The Odd Squad- Saturday, May 18 at 2pm. Central Texan and “Over the Hedge” creator presents his new children’s series. FREE!! Book People, 603 N. Lamar Blvd.

Tour a Fire Truck- Saturday, May 19 at 11am. The Westlake Fire Department with be at Brilliant Sky Toys and Books with a Fire Truck for your munchkins to check out! (Note: If the fire department receives an emergency call, the event will be cancelled). All Ages. FREE!! Brilliant Sky Toys and Books, 701 S. Capital of Texas Hwy.

Literature LIVE! Presents Mr. Tamarin’s Trees- Saturday, May 18 at 1pm. Join Austin Public Library’s Literature LIVE! for Mr. Tamarin’s Trees. In this traditional puppet show, Mr. Tamarin learns the true value of trees the hard way, and discovers what winter, spring, summer, and fall are like without them. The show is FREE to all.  Groups of 5 or more should contact the branch librarian before attending. Recycled Reads, 5335 Burnet Road.

Whole Food’s Block Party- Saturday, May 18 from 11am- 5pm. Join the downtown store for a block party! We’ve invited all of our neighbors out to host free activities, and we’re going to be grilling up a storm! Enjoy live music, free fun for the whole family, local beers, and grilled grub from 11 am until 5 pm in our front parking lot.  FREE!! Whole Foods, 525 N. Lamar Blvd.

YMCA Community Splash Day- Saturday, May 18, 2013, times vary by location. Join us for a FREE, fun, family day at the YMCA of Austin! Enjoy free swimming, swim lesson evaluations, water safety information, water sports and games, giveaways and more! Check the website for locations and times.

Art Museum Day- AMOA-Arthouse will celebrate Art Museum Day with FREE and programming at Laguna Gloria and the Jones Center. Visitors are invited to participate in family-friendly, interactive activities throughout the day, enjoy docent led tours from 1-3pm at both sites, and attend Küçük Sinemalar! Experimental Cinema from Turkey, a special film screening in the Jones Center Community Room at 7pm. AMOA- Arthouse, The Jones Center at 700 Congress Ave. and Laguna Gloria at 3809 West 35th Street.

Unity Park Community Garden Open House- Saturday, May 18 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.  Enjoy hands-on gardening demonstrations starting at 11 a.m., learn sustainable gardening tips from seasoned members, take a tour of the gardens and learn how you can be a part of a vibrant community garden experience. Children can make their own eco-friendly paper flowerpot and take home a plant start. Fun for the family and all are welcome. FREE!! Unity Park Community Garden, 2746 Gattis School Rd., Round Rock.

Hill Country Galleria Saturday Night Concert Series- Saturday, May 18 from 7:00- 9:00pm. Listen to FREE live music by Karen Goh. Hill Country Galleria, 12700 Hill Country Blvd.

SFC Farmers’ MArket 10th Anniversary- Saturday, May 18 from 9am- 1pm. Please join us at the SFC Farmers’ Market Downtown for the 10th anniversary celebration for the market at the historic Republic Square Park! We’ll have some giveaways and a back-to-back trio of chefs demos (just like we did 10 years ago!), along with customer appreciation drawings, children’s activities, and more.  FREE!! SFC Farmers’ Market downtown at 400 Guadalupe Street.

Austin Federation of Musician Music Series- Sunday, May 12 from 6:00- 8:30pm. The Museum is once again bringing live music to the Lone Star Plaza. In collaboration with the Austin Federation of Musicians, this FREE Spring concert series will feature some of Austin’s finest musical acts. This week’s performers are Bob Meyer’s Concept Quartet and     Larisa Montanaro. Doors at 5:30pm. Bring chairs and picnics, no alcohol. Bullock Museum, 1800 N. Congress.

Viva Streets- Sunday, May 19, Noon- 5:00pm. Join the energetic fun at VIVA STREETS! ­ –  a FREE festival that invites you to bicycle, play, get fit, people watch, and celebrate good health. On Sunday, May 19, over two miles of Sixth Street will become a car-free and tobacco-free playground for thousands of Austinites. This is a born-in-Austin take on the Ciclovia, has become an international phenomenon. Sixth Street From Brazos to Robert Martinez Street.

Esperanza De La Herencia- Sunday, May 19 from 2:00- 4:00pm. Each year, PRFDance brings the rich heritage of Puerto Rico to life with “Esperanza de la Herencia,” a performance event dedicated to inspiring Youth. This live music and dance recital showcases cultural arts students and our PRFDance & Jr Company. Children are the hope of the future. We hope our programs create a love for culture that lasts a lifetime. FREE!! Open to the public. The Emma S. Barrientos Mexica American Cultural Center, 600 River Street.

Scooby-Doo Live! Musical Mysteries- Sunday, May 19 Noon, 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. Scooby-Doo and friends hit the stage.Tickets:  $13-$65. Erwin Center, 1701 Red River St.

Art by the Glass Family Day- Sunday, May 19 from 4- 5:30pm. Bring the kids (recommend age 6 & up) for a day of family fun! Watch the kids paint or pick up a brush and join them. Each painter, kid or adult is $25. As always, we’ll provide the paint, canvas (11×14), brushes and apron. You provide the beverage of your choice and snacks. Art by the Glass, 2000 S. IH-35.

Sunday Morning Kids’ Show- Sunday, May 19, from 11am- noon. Join children’s entertainer Staci Gray for live music and bubbles galore! 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. There’s plenty of parking, too. FREE!! NATY (North Austin Trailer Yard), 1012 West Anderson Lane.

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. FREE!! Saturday, 11:00am. Wells Branch Community Library, 15001 Wells Port Drive.

Flying Theater Machine: GryffinPuffleClawsin- 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 and at the Whole Foods at Bee Cave location.

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

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