The Weekenders: Events for Austin Families, June 28-30, 2013

Friday Family Fun Night- Friday, June 28 at 6:30pm.The Zoo Show brings 6 exotic and gentle zoo animals to Kaleidoscope Toys. The Zoo Show presents a demonstration of live exotic reptiles, mammals and birds which emphasizes a message of respect for the living world. An educational presentation is delivered in a fun and exciting way, making every program an interactive adventure! Admission is a canned good to be donated to the Serving Center. Recommended for ages 3+. Kaleidoscope Toys, 110 N. IH-35, Round Rock.

Bat Flights at S. Congress Street Bridge- Friday, June 28 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.

Top Notch Movie Night: Troop Beverly Hills- Friday, June 28, 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.

Hyatt Summer Cinema: Hotel Transylvania- Friday, June 28 and Saturday, June 29 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.

Alamo Kids Camp -  Friday, June 28 – Sunday, June 30.  FREE movies for kids age 3 and up at Alamo Drafthouse theaters. Double check showtimes before heading out, as they are subject to change:

  • Bee Movie - Friday to Sunday at 10 a.m. Alamo Drafthouse Lake Creek, 13729 Research Blvd, Austin.
  • Happy Feet- Friday at 10:20 a.m., Saturday at 10 a.m., Sunday at 10:15 a.m. Alamo Drafthouse Slaughter Lane, 5701 W. Slaughter Ln, Austin.
  • The Land Before Time – Friday to Sunday at 10 a.m. Alamo Drafthouse Village, 2700 W. Anderson Ln, Austin.
  • Something Wicked This Way Comes - Saturday, June 29 at 1 p.m. Ain’t It Cool, Austin Chronicle, and Toy Joy present a 35mm screening of the film Something Wicked This Way Comes (1983) (PG). This screening is for kids age 6 and up. The Ritz, 320 E 6th Street, Austin.

Fairytale Threads Consignment Sale - Friday, June 28, from 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. and Saturday, June 29, from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Shoppers can score new and gently used clothes, toys, furniture, and gear for little ones.  On Friday, items marked “reduce” will be 25% off.  On Saturday, items marked “reduce” will be 50% off. Parking and admission are FREE. 425 Woodward St., Austin.

Metz Movie in the Park - Friday, June 28 at dusk. Enjoy a family-friendly movie under the stars. If you’d like to arrive early, let kids play on the playground or the splash pad (water stays on until 8 p.m.). Call (512) 478-8716 for more information. Metz Recreation Center, 2407 Canterbury Street, Austin.

Outdoor Play: Shipwrecked! – Friday, June 28 and Saturday, June 29 at 8 p.m. Arrive early for a pre-show at 7:30 p.m. Based on actual events, Shipwrecked! takes audience members 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. Running time is about 1:40, including one intermission. For all ages. Admission is FREE but donations are appreciated. Round Rock Amphitheater, 301 W. Bagdad Avenue, Round Rock.

Literature Live! Presents: The King’s Daughter Who Lost Her Hair- Saturday, June 29 at 1pm.This story from the Akamba people of East Africa tells of a vain princess who refuses to give even one strand of her beautiful hair to a bird building her nest. For ages 5 and up. Seating is limited at all programs.  Please arrive a few minutes early to gain entrance.  note that in some locations, free tickets (available in the branch on the day of the program) will be required for admittance in order to ensure safety.  If you have a group of five or more children, please call the branch and ask to speak with the Youth Librarian to make arrangements.  Groups of five or more that arrive without contacting us in advance may not be seated due to space limitations. FREE!! Recycled Reads, 5335 Burnet Road.

Formula Sun Grand Prix 2013 Official Public Day – Saturday, June 29, from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. For this annual collegiate solar car track event, teams design and build solar powered vehicles. The Official Public Day is FREE and open to the public. Parking is also free. All activities will be set up in the paddock area, with the ability to see the race from the stands and participate in the additional educational activities setup outside and inside the Event Center. You will also be able to walk on the paddock side of the garages and chat with the teams. The racing hours are 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. If you come as early as 7:30 a.m., you can see the teams in their charging configuration.  Be sure to sign up for a solar car model workshop upon arrival (workshops are from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.).  Click here for a summary of events and exhibitions planned. Circuit of The Americas.

All Ages Storytime- Saturday, June 29 at 11:00am. A Saturday storytime for families with kids of all ages. FREE!! Wells Branch Community Library, 15001 Wells Port Drive.

Funkytonk Farmers’ Market - Saturday, June 29, from 9:30 a.m. – noon. Kids are invited to cook at the Funkytonk Farmers’ Market. Join Kid’s Kitchen for a cookout using seasonal vegetables and watermelon! Featuring produce from local farms, kids will season and flavor veggies and fruit to prepare them for the grill. This is a FREE event, with a suggested $3 donation. Funkytonk Farmers’ Market, North Austin Trailer Yard, 1012 W. Anderson Lane, Austin.

KIDS CLUB: Fourth of July Hat - Saturday, June 29 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.

Improv with Zorro the Magician Chicken – Saturday, June 29 at 10 a.m. Zorro and his cast invite families to an improvised, interactive variety show that promises to astound and amuse! Arrive early, as seating in limited. The performance is FREE, but donations are appreciated. ColdTowne Theater, 4803 Airport Blvd, Austin.

Story Time with Puppets from “Trash” The Musical - Saturday, June 29 at 10 a.m. Millie & Mox and Jack and Jill Nanny Agency present this special summer story time with puppets!  The Puppet Improv Project will bring colorful puppet characters – created from “trash” and recycled materials – to tell an eco-friendly story. You could win door prizes from MetroMoms Austin or a family four pack to see “Trash” The Musical next weekend. FREE!!  Millie & Mox Children’s Boutique, 5145 N. FM 620, Suite B110, Austin.

Hill Country Galleria Independence Day Festival – Saturday, June 29, from 11 a.m. – 9 p.m. Head to this FREE 4th of July celebration to enjoy more than 75 local art vendors, live music, festival food, fireworks, kid’s area and a petting zoo.  There will be slip ‘n slide, water shooters, and splash pools all day. Arrive early to enjoy the water games, see real magicians, and have fun with a special performance by kiddie band, The Que Pastas, on the main stage at noon! Other bands performing in the outdoor amphitheater will include The Band of Heathens, Guy Forsyth, White Ghost Shivers, and more. Fireworks finale at 9 p.m. FREE admission and FREE parking. Hill Country Galleria, Bee Cave.

5th Annual Shipe Pool Opening Party – Saturday, June 29, from 7 – 11 p.m. Mural dedication at 7 p.m.; swimming and refreshments starting at 7:30 p.m. The pool will stay open until 9 p.m. The movie Pirates! Band of Misfits will show in the park, starting at 8:45 p.m. FREE. Shipe Pool, 4400 Avenue G, Austin.

Red White and Blue Ball- Saturday, June 29 at 5pm and Sunday, June 30 at 2pm. This year’s second annual event boasts outstanding live music, free camping in a shaded campground, tasty offerings from local food trucks, a giant water slide, misting stations, local artisan vendors, a family-friendly atmosphere and more. Tickets: $30 general admission. The Ball Farm, 119 Red Bird Lane, Dale.

Ruta Maya Kids Show: Circus Chickendog- Sunday, June 30 at 10am. Join us this Sunday at the Ruta Maya Cafe eSpress for its 1st kids show event featuring, Circus Chicken Dog! Bring the kids and family for this wacky, fun and entertaining kids show. FREE!! Trick Dogs, Performing Parrot, Magic, Juggling, Unicycling, Rope Spinning, Accordion Music, Giant Bubbles & Lots more. Ruta Maya, 1209 S. 1st Street.

Kids Culinary Workshop- Sunday, June 30 at 10am. Join us for our second Kids Culinary Workshop at in.gredients! We’re excited to invite back the folks from New Day Community Garden for another morning of fun with the little ones. We will be playing games, exploring the garden and cooking up some local goodies! This event is open to kids ages 6-12. The workshop will be held outside (in the shade), so bring plenty of water. The menu for the day: Gazpacho, raw crackers and a dessert! We’re asking for a $15 donation, all of which will go to New Day Community Garden. To make sure we have enough food for everyone, please RSVP here: http://kidsculinaryworkshop.eventbrite.com/. in.gredients, 2610 Manor Road.

Story Time Series for Families at The Jones Center - Sunday, June 30 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.

Staci Gray at Baby Earth- Sunday, June 30 from 10:30- 11:30am. Bring the kids to BabyEarth Round Rock for some toe-tappin’ music and super-silly stories! Staci Gray is a talented singer/song-writer who’s original, witty music gets the whole family to dance, sing, and act foolish! FREE!! Baby Earth, 106 E. Old Settlers Blvd., Round Rock.

The Invincible Czars’ Olde Fashioned Pre-4th of July Indoor Picnic- Sunday, June 30, doors open at noon. Enjoy face painting, music, dancing, hula hooping, a show by Schave and Reilly and a performance by The Invincible Czars! Tickets: $10 adults, $5 kids and $20 for a family of four.  All ages welcome. Scottish Rite Theater, 207 West 18th 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.

Sunday Funday- Sunday, June 30 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.