The Weekenders: Events for Austin Families, June 14-16, 2013

Featured Events:

Stargazing at the Roughs- Friday, June 14 from 9- 10:30pm. FREE, all ages. Don’t miss this opportunity for the whole family to explore the galaxy together as our astronomer takes you on a tour of the Milky Way that’s truly out of this world! Behold the wonder of the cosmos through our Dobsonian telescopes and venture beyond the boundaries of our planet Earth. Learn about the constellations and marvel at the beauty and mystery of the universe in this spectacular free program for the whole family. Bring lawn chairs, refreshments and blankets for comfort and enjoy this family event. McKinney Roughs Nature Park.

Bat Flights at S. Congress Street Bridge- Friday, June 14 from 8-9pm. Visit with Park Rangers for an informational, up close look at the largest urban bat colony in North America. FREE!! South side of Lady Bird Lake near Austin American Statesman parking lot.

Kyle Movies in the Park- Friday, June 14, 30 minutes after sunset. Bring along a lawn chair, blanket, and snacks and enjoy Here Comes the Boom. FREE!! Gregg-Clarke Park, 1100 W Center St, Kyle.

Friday Family Fun Night- Friday, June 14 at 6:30pm. Mr.Puppet likes to say he’s “in the business of laughter.” Performing since 1996, Mr. Puppet is a Texas family favorite ventriloquist using unique and fun characters for his marionettes. Join us for this special performance that kids and adults with both love! Admission is a canned good for the Serving Center. Recommended for ages 3yrs+. Kaleidoscope Toys, 110 N. IH-35, Round Rock.

Movies in the Park: The Sandlot- Friday, June 14 at 7:30pm with the movie beginning at dark.Attendees are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and picnic blankets in order to comfortably enjoy the movie. Refreshments including popcorn, candy and a variety of drinks will be available for purchase from HomeField Grill. FREE!! Old Settlers Park Lakeview Pavilion, 3300 Palm valley Blvd., Round Rock.

Alamo Kids Camp – Free movies for ages 3 and up.  Double check the showtimes before heading out as they frequently change:

  • Muppets Take Manhattan – Friday, June 14 at 10:10 a.m., Saturday, June 15 at 10:15 a.m., and Sunday, June 16 at 9:45 a.m. Alamo Drafthouse Village, 2700 W. Anderson Lane, Austin.
  • Speed Racer - Friday, June 14 at 9:35 a.m., Saturday, June 15 at 9:25 a.m., and Sunday, June 16 at 9:25 a.m. Alamo Lake Creek, 13729 Research Blvd., Austin.
  • Casper – Friday, June 14 at 10:15 a.m., Saturday, June 15 at 10:00 a.m., and Sunday, June 16 at 10:00 a.m. Alamo Slaughter Lane, 5701 W. Slaughter Lane, Austin.

Juneteenth Rhythm & Ribs Celebration-   Friday, June 14 from 7:30- 11:30pm and Saturday, June 15 from 2pm- midnight.  The festivities begin with a headlining performance by DJ Cut Creator with the celebration continuing at 2 p.m. Saturday, June 15. The barbeque cook-off participants will already have their pits fired up and meat cooking for judging starting at 1 p.m. At 4 p.m., the opening welcome from Round Rock Mayor Pro-Tem Kris Whitfield kicks off the day’s festivities. The entertainment on Saturday includes the headliner, The Sonia Moore Experience! There will also be carnival rides, clowns, games, food, retail vendors and much, much more! Rabb Pavilion in Old Settlers Park.Old Settlers Park, 3300 Palm Valley Blvd., Round Rock.

Outdoor Play: Shipwrecked! - Friday, June 14 and Saturday, June 15 at 8 p.m. Arrive early for a pre-show at 7:30 p.m.  Based on actual events, Shipwrecked! takes audience members of all ages on a high seas adventure populated by exotic islanders, giant sea turtles and a monstrous man-eating octopus. Louis’ hair-raising tale – told by three actors and an explorer-sized helping of theatrical magic – challenges us to wonder how far we are willing to blur the line between fact and fiction in order to leave our mark on the world. Shipwrecked! is the third production in Penfold Theatre Company’s “Penfold in the Park” series, an annual offering of free, outdoor summer theatre, made possible by the Round Rock Parks & Recreation Dept. FREE!! Round Rock Amphitheater, 301 W. Bagdad Avenue, Round Rock.

Kids’ Summer Reading Series with Mary Beth Bruton - Saturday, June 15 at 10 a.m. Millie & Mox and Jack and Jill Nanny Agency have teamed up to bring you special summer story times with local authors. FREE!! There will be door prizes from Austin Zoo, and MetroMoms Austin. Millie & Mox Children’s Boutique, 5145 N. FM 620, Suite B110, Austin.

Family Craft Event- Saturday, June 15 at 3pm. 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.

Elisabet Ney Day- Saturday, June 15 from Noon- 5pm. Take a tour of the newly re-opened Elisabet Ney Museum & enjoy live music by Sara Hickman, Fiddlisa & Friends, Mark Rubin, and Christine Albert. Activities from clay sculpting to free caricature portraits. FREE!! Elisabet Ney Museum, 304 East 44th Street.

George Washington Carver Juneteenth Celebration- Saturday, June 15 from Noon- 4pm. Re-enactments, festivities, games, music, refreshments, and a Juneteenth Marketplace. Hear stories from the Texas Slave Narratives and listen to General Granger read the Third Command that freed Texas slaves. FREE!! George Washington Carver Museum and Cultural Center, 1165 Angelina Street.

Father’s Day Crafts- Saturday, June 15 from 1-2pm. It’s time to celebrate that special man in your life – DAD! Come by to make fun crafts and presents. FREE!! Brilliant Sky Toys and Books, 701 S. Capital of Texas Hwy, Suite D-480, The Village of Westlake (Between HEB and Office Depot), Austin.

KIDS CLUB: Father’s Day Duck Tape Frame- Saturday, June 15 from 10am- noon. Let your kids explore their creativity while you shop! Only $2 per child reserves 30 minutes for your creative kid. Sessions starting every half hour from 10am – 11:30am. See a store associate to join the fun! All participating Michael’s locations.

Juneteenth Celebration and Parade- Saturday, June 15. The parade kicks off at 10am and the celebration in the park begins at Noon. There will be live music, a kid’s area, food, exhibits and more. FREE!! Rosewood Park, 2300 Rosewood Ave.

Donuts with Dad- Saturday, June 15 at 10am. Kids, bring your dad (or uncle, or grandpa) to the Storytime Room for donuts, juice, coffee, and lots of great books to read together! FREE!! Wells Branch Community Library, 15001 Wells Port Drive.

Father’s Day at Pioneer Farms-Saturday, June 15 and Sunday, June 16 from 10am -5pm. Father’s Day this year at Pioneer Farms willbe an exciting Old Texas program that is not to be missed. Regular admission will be charged. Our 1841 Tonkawa Encampment will host avariety of historical demonstrations, including flint knapping — the ancient art of making tools by chipping stones. There will also be archery demonstrations,1800s reenactments, horse rides and blacksmithing. Fun for dads of all ages and their families. Pioneer Farms, 10621 Pioneer Farms Way.

Father’s Day Concert- Sunday, June 16 from 6-8pm. Austin Symphonic Band celebrates your Dad with this annual concert at the Zilker Hillside Theatre. Marches, patriotic melodies, and other familiar works are the order of the day – selections that will have your Dad’s toe tappin’ – as well as your own! Bring a picnic basket and spread out a blanket under the Pecan trees at the Hillside Theatre. FREE!! Zilker Hillside Theater, 2206 William Barton Drive.

Austin Symphony Hartman Foundation “Concerts in the Park” – Sunday, June 16 at 7:30 p.m. In its eleventh summer season, these free concerts take place in the Hartman Concert Park in front of the Long Center City Terrace. Each Sunday, a different ensemble of the Austin Symphony will be featured. This Sunday, it will be Wodwinds. Concertgoers are encouraged to bring a picnic dinner and blanket and make it a group outing. Free Parking is available at One Texas Center located on Barton Springs Rd. at S. 1st Street. Long Center, 701 W. Riverside Drive, Austin.

Story Time Series for Families at The Jones Center - Sunday, June 16 at 1 p.m. Sundays in June at The Jones Center, AMOA-Arthouse will host Austin families for a special Story Series. The June Story Series for Families is free with admission. Admission is free for youth age 18 and under. This week’s story times feature: Dinosaur Roar by Paul Stickland and The Umbrella Queen by Shirin Bridges. The Jones Center, 700 Congress Avenue.

Beer, Beards and Babies Father’s Day Fundraiser for the BeeHive- Sunday, 2:00pm. Nothing says Father’s Day like beers, beards, babies and bluegrass. We will be featuring Circle Brewing Company for the evening, so you can drink local beer to your heart’s content. And every time you purchase a pint of Blur, their Texas Hefe, half of the sales will go directly to The BeHive. Drink a pint of Blur and donate to the BeHive, it’s a win/win situation. The next best thing about this Father’s Day event? The beard competition. If you, or a father in your life, is rocking some fantastic facial hair, you’ll want to come out for this event. The winner will walk away with the ultimate bragging rights AND a beard and mustache grooming prize pack from the Bearded Bastard. We’ll have a raffle, live bluegrass, and activities for the little ones, all while raising money for The BeHive, a free afterschool and summer program dedicated to providing a safe haven and academic support to low income elementary school children.In.gredients, 2610 Manor Road.

Paramount Kids Classics: Shane- Sunday, 4:45pm. Paramount Kids Classics will offer an exciting and educational afternoon at the movies on 10 Sundays throughout the summer, furthering our mission to support film education and bring the world’s treasured film history to people of all ages. In addition to kid-themed specials and informational study guides, we will be offering discounted tickets for families with kids, valid at each of the Paramount Kids Classics Sunday matinee screenings at the Paramount. Reccommended for ages 8 and up. Cost: Film Fan Admission with Card at Box Office, $6; Online Advance Admission, $8; Telephone and Box Office Admission – $10. Paramount Theatre, 703 Congress Ave.

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.

Cirque du Steve -Saturday, June 8 at 10 a.m. What’s the Story Steve? transforms into an improvised circus! Follow the Bearded Lady, the Clown Crew and a host of other circus characters through adventures based on audience suggestions. Join the Move Your Tale troupe onstage to create original characters! Don’t just go see the circus, become the circus! Pay what you wish. FREE!! ColdTowne Theater, 4803 Airport Blvd., Austin.

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.

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