The Weekenders: Events for Austin Families, June 21-23, 2013

Friday Family Fun Night- Friday, June 21 at 6 and 7pm. Sandi Sylver does not put on puppet shows! A talented Ventriloquist from Chicago, she will be presenting her family of fabric, soft-faced puppets that love telling clever and very, very funny stories. She’ll also have her guitar on hand for even more great entertainment. Admission is a canned good to be donated to the Serving Center. Recommended for ages 3+. Kaleidoscope Toys, 110 N. IH-35, Round Rock.

Summer Solstice Parade, Community Lantern Parade- Friday, June 21, Parade line up: 8 pm, Parade rolls: 8:30 pm sharp! Parade ends: 9:30 pm. Let’s gather a midsummer’s night to celebrate the deliciously lazy-hot nights of summer, light, music, community, nature, and other things of general awesomeness! Minor Mishap Marching Band will provide the booty-shaking soundtrack. Please make lanterns! FREE!! All ages welcome! Map of parade/performance route:
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Top Notch Movie Night: Grease- Friday, June 21, 8:00pm. Running every Friday night at 8pm throughout the summer, Top Notch Burgers will be showing some classics such as The Sandlot, Uncle Buck, The Goonies and Beetlejuice. FREE!! Top Notch Burgers, 7525 Burnet Road

Pflugerville Music in the Park (Mike Milligan and the Altar Boyz)- Friday, June 21 from 7:30- 9:30pm. This summer’s schedule provides a unique variety of entertainment.  Bring your lawn chairs, blankets, picnic baskets, friends and neighbors for a FREE evening of music and relaxation. Pfluger Park, 515 City Park Road.

Movie Night at Whole Foods Arbor Trails-  Friday, June 21 at 8:45pm. FREE!! Great family fun! Bring your blankets and chairs and join us under the stars in South Austin. for Grease! Whole Foods, Arbor Trails, 4301 W William Cannon Dr, #800.

Bat Flights at S. Congress Street Bridge- Friday, June 21 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.

Cedar Park Rodeo- Friday and Saturday, June 21-22 at 7:30pm and Sunday, June 23 at 4pm. Watch bareback riding, bull riding, calf roping, barrel racing, mutton busting and more.Cost: $26-$16 adults, $21-$11 kids ages 2-12. Cedar Park Center, 2100 Avenue of the Stars.

Hyatt Summer Cinema: Brave- Friday, June 21 and Saturday, June 22 at 6pm. Hyatt Regency Austin is offering family friendly movies on Fridays and Saturdays this summer, in their Southwest Bistro’s mini-theatre.  Let the kids watch a movie while the adults dine in peace! Hyatt Regency, 208 Barton Springs Road.

Outdoor Play: Shipwrecked! - Friday, June 21 and Saturday, June 22 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.

Alamo Kids Camp – Friday, Saturday and Sunday, various showtimes. FREE movies for ages 3 and up.  Double check the showtimes before heading out as they frequently change. Locations: Alamo Drafthouse Village, 2700 W. Anderson Lane; Alamo Lake Creek, 13729 Research Blvd.; Alamo Slaughter Lane, 5701 W. Slaughter Lane, Austin.

Kids’ Summer Reading Series with Genia Hale - Saturday, June 22 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.

Summer Pagaent in the Park- Saturday, June 22 T 10am. Bring the kids to Creative Action’s annual Summer Pageant in the Park celebrating “How our Food Grows,” a parade of puppets and music through the SFC Farmers’ Market downtown. Show up early to make paper-plate watermelon shakers, then watch the parade, enjoy the music and join in! Kids will also learn more about healthy, local foods. The event promises to be a fun, interactive event for children of all ages. The Summer Pageant in the Park is the culmination of a summer program for under-served students from East Austin elementary schools. All summer long, students from these schools work with a local professional artist who employs creativity, field trips, guest speakers from local farms and more – all to teach them about the importance of the environment and climate and its effect on our access to fresh, local, affordable and healthy food. FREE!! Republic Square Park, 422 Guadalupe Street.

KIDS CLUB: Silly Shells - Saturday, June 22 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.

World Refugee Day- Saturday, June 22 from 11:30am- 3:00pm. Celebrate United Nations World Refugee Day. The day begins with a naturalization ceremony for new American citizens to- be and continues with live music, children’s games, food, face painting, and more. FREE!! The Bullock Texas State History Museum, 1800 N. Congress Ave.

Light ‘o the Moon Float Trip- Saturday, June 22, 7-11pm. Cost: $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.McKinney Roughs Nature Park.

French Storytime- Saturday, June 22 at 11:00am. Learn new French vocabulary through stories and songs. FREE!! Wells Branch Community Library, 15001 Wells Port Drive.

Keep Austin Weird Festival- Saturday, June 22 2pm (festival), 7pm (5K). It’s time to celebrate the great city of Austin at the 11th annual Keep Austin Weird Festival & 5K! Come check out the one-of-a-kind weirdness of Texas’ capital city, ranging from psychedelic music to local artisans and even a 5K race that will be sure to leave you wondering why it’s even been called a race. Bands will be rockin’ out, putting out the groovy vibes at the festival and vendors will be serving up tasty bites while we have the privilege of soaking it all in.The Long Center, 701 West Riverside Drive.

Random Acts of Harping- Saturday, June 22 at 1 and 2:30pm; Sunday, June 23 at 1pm. Each year harpists all over the world freely share their beautiful harp music with the public in an event called Random Acts of Harping. Austin harp enthusiasts  David Melanson and Cindy Schaufenbuel, will be performing at Recycled Reads, the Austin Public Library’s used bookstore. On Sunday, David and Cindy will lead an interactive discussion about the harp. Recycled Reads will have a harp “petting zoo” set up for participants to touch and strum. Harpists from the area are encouraged to bring their instruments for an informal open mic.The event is family friendly, FREE and open to the public. Recycled Reads, 5335 Burnet Road.

Lowe’s Build and Grow: Monsters University Chest- Saturday, June 22 at 10am and Sunday, June 23 at 2pm. The monster fun continues at Lowe’s this weekend! Your child will love building this chest inspired by Disney•Pixar’s Monsters University.  FREE!! Kids will also get a free apron, patch, and goggles. All participating Lowe’s locations.

Story Time Series for Families at The Jones Center - Sunday, June 23 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.

Austin Symphony Hartman Foundation “Concerts in the Park” – Sunday, June 23 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 Big Band. 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.

Sunday Funday- Sunday, June 23 from 3-4pm. Every Sunday we open up our big back room and invite you to enjoy unplugged play time. Get out of the house and get your little ones socializing. We have kiddie bowling, musical instruments, blocks, a parachute and more. FREE!! Baby Earth, 106 E. Old Settlers Blvd.

Toy Joy Grand Opening- Sunday, June 23 at 3pm. Moving Toy Joy to it’s new location has been a lot of hard work! Luckily, Hello Kitty is here to help! Join us for a special pink ribbon cutting ceremony, with Japan’s most famous cat. Hello Kitty will be officially opening the Sanrio Section at Toy Joy. Feel free to take photos with Hello Kitty, she’s not camera shy. The first 50 Hello Kitty customers will receive a free raffle ticket with their purchase. Arrive early, Hello Kitty is always on time. FREE!! Toy Joy, 403 W. 2nd 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.

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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