The Weekenders: Events for Austin Families, July 5-7, 2013

Music Under the Star – Friday, July 5, from 6 – 9 p.m. Every Friday in July, bring your camp chairs and blankets (but no coolers, please) and dance the evening away to the hottest sounds in Austin. This FREE concert series features a fantastic line-up of Texas musicians who will play from 6 to 9 p.m. on the Bullock Museum’s Lone Star Plaza. This week you can hear Butch Hancock with special guest Heather Bishop. In between sets, cool off with a trip through the exhibits, which will be FREE and open to the public during the concerts. Natural Ear Music School will also be on-site, with some instruments for the public to try out. Bullock Texas State History Museum, 1800 N. Congress Avenue, Austin.

Top Notch Movie Night: Troop Beverly Hills- Friday, July 5, 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.

Friday Family Fun Night- Friday, July 5 at 6:30pm. Join us for Family Game Night at Kaleidoscope Toys! Learn how to play games that will vary in age-range,so there is something for everyone! Games will include: Set Jr, Skippity, Tenzi, and Fastrack! Plus, all games featured that night will be 20% OFF! Admission is a canned good to be donated to the Serving Center. Recommended for ages 3+. Kaleidoscope Toys, 110 N. IH-35, Round Rock.

Metz Movie Under the Stars – Friday, July 5 at sundown. BYOB – Bring Your Own Blanket – for a FREE fun-filled family movie night under the beautiful oak trees at Metz Recreation Center. This week, the movie will be Cloudy with a Chance of MeatballsFREE popcorn and drinks provided. Call 512-478-8716 for more information. 2407 Canterbury Street, Austin.

Hyatt Summer Cinema: Wreck It Ralph- Friday, July 5 and Saturday, July 6 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 Drafthouse Kids Camp - Friday, July 5 – Sunday, July 7. FREE movies for children age 3 and up (kids under 3 will not be admitted).  Showtimes vary by date and by location:

Home Depot Despicable Me 2 Workshop – Saturday, July 6, from 9 a.m. – noon. Children ages 5 – 12 can build a surprise Despicable Me 2 craft at this FREE hands-on workshop. Kids get to keep their craft, receive a FREE certificate of achievement, a Workshop Apron, and a commemorative pin. Go here to register at your local Home Depot.

Round Rock Market Days-Saturday, July 6 from 9:00am- 4:00pm. Market Days features farmers market items, arts and crafts, food vendors, and live music all day. Attendance is FREE! Downtown Round Rock.

Story Time with Ms. Lisa the Puppeteer - Saturday, July 6 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, Highlights Gametime Grill, and MetroMoms Austin, Austin Steam Train and Tot Smarts. Millie & Mox Children’s Boutique, 5145 N. FM 620, Suite B110, Austin.

Pioneer Farms Independence Day- Saturday, July 6 from . Enjoy a family-friendly history adventure festival with live music, horse-drawn wagon rides, a new Tonkawa Indian exhibit, an 1800s Medicine Show, food, an historic flag display, pies, watermelon seed-spitting contests, farm animals and lots more! Come early, stay late. Coupons honored. Come experience Texas history like no place else! Admission: $8 for adults and $6 for kids over age 2 — an old-fashioned bargain. Pioneer Farms, 10621 Pioneer Farms Drive.

Splash Mob on 6th Street - Saturday, July 6 at 2 p.m. Bring squirt guns, water balloons, and coolers (for refilling). Everyone armed with water weapons on the corner of 6th and Trinity will get wet. Invite your friends and join in the fun! This event is FREE to attend. For more information, visit the Facebook event page or the Kickstarter page. 6th Street and Trinity, Austin.

Independence Day Fireworks Display- Saturday, July 6 at 9:30pm. Watch a spectacular fireworks display held annually at Barton Creek Resort. Open to the public. FREE!! Barton Creek Resort and Spa, 8212 Barton Club Drive.

KIDS CLUB: Summer Game - Saturday, July 6 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.

Deep Eddy Movie Night -  Saturday, July 6 at dusk. Deep Eddy Movie Nights, a family-friendly summer tradition since the 1940s, return on Saturday with a screening of Grease (PG), on a giant inflatable screen. The movie is FREE with pool admission ($1-$3). To see the schedule of upcoming movie nights, click here. 401 Deep Eddy Ave., Austin.

Charlotte’s Web- Saturday, July 6 at 11am and 1pm and Sunday, July 7 at 12:30 and 2:30pm. The beloved childhood classic, based on the book by E.B. White and  re-imagined by acclaimed director Jenny Larson, is a play that will enchant audiences with a story of loyalty and friendship. Wilbur, an affectionate and spirited pig, is valiantly saved by a young girl named Fern from a deadly fate. But after being sent away to live on the Zuckerman farm, Wilbur finds it difficult to adjust without Fern. Wilbur soon befriends some local farm animals, including a kindhearted and clever spider named Charlotte. Unbeknownst to Wilbur, he is being well fed to meet his tragic fate. In an effort to save Wilbur’s life, Charlotte weaves a plan with the help of an unlikely character. This new adaptation captures a warmhearted tale with the help of live music arranged by Emily Marks, captivating puppetry designed by Caroline Reck, video projections by Chris Hatcher, and a stellar cast. Tickets: adults and kids 12 and up $10; kids ages 3-12, $8. Scottish Rite Theater, 207 W. 18th Street.

Family First Sunday at Umlauf Sculpture Garden and Museum – Sunday, July 7, from 12 – 4 p.m. First Sundays offer a special, hands-on program designed for families with children ages 4 to 15. Families have the opportunity to explore the Umlauf collection and exhibitions in the garden and museum while engaging in creative activities. This month’s Family First Sunday will feature Ice Painting, story time with BookPeople, Karate fun, Sculpture Scavenger Hunts, and more! Generations: Family First Sundays are now FREE! Admission to the museum and gardens is also FREE through August 31, 2013. Umlauf Sculpture Garden and Museum, 605 Robert E. Lee Road, Austin.

Children in History - Sunday, July 7, from 1 to 4 p.m.  Austin Parks & Recreation is hosting a FREE American Girl program in Zilker Park. Bring along a doll and enjoy an afternoon of interactive learning about children in history.  Parking in Zilker Park is $5 per car. Two locations: Zilker Botanical Garden, 2220 Barton Springs Rd. (Program is FREE; garden entry is $2 adults/$1 children and seniors) and The Sheffield Education Center, Barton Springs Bathhouse, Zilker Park (Program is FREE; admission is FREE).

First Sunday at Bullock Museum – Sunday, July 7, from noon – 6 p.m. Visitors are invited to explore the Museum at no cost on the first Sunday of each month, from noon to 6 p.m. Special programming on Sunday, July 7 will include: FREE exhibit admission from noon – 6 p.m., TEXploration Family Story Time, from 2 – 3 p.m., and the 4th Annual “Made in Texas Family Film Series” screening of the movie Holes at 3 p.m. Bullock Texas State History Museum, 1800 N. Congress Avenue, Austin.

Live Music Series at Plaza Saltillo- Sunday, July 7 at 11am and 1pm. HOPE FM Live! First Sundays, a collaborative partnership with HOPE Farmers Market brings a four-part concert series that will feature Walter Tragert at 11 am (Music for Kids) and Money Chicha at 1pm at Plaza Saltillo, 412 Comal Street.

Austin Symphony Hartman Foundation “Concerts in the Park” – Sunday, July 7 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 Strings. 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.

Staci Gray at the NATY – Sunday, June 9 at 11 a.m. Come to The NATY (North Austin Trailer Yard) for a FREE show with children’s  artist,Staci Gray! NATY, 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.

Family Storytime-Saturday, 11am.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!! 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 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.

Flying Theater Machine: Dinosaurs- Sunday, 2pm. Join the Award-Winning Flying Theater Machine every Sunday at 2pm in July and August as we explore what it was like to be a Dinosaur! Can T-Rex and Triceratops ever get along?  Will the Dino families be able to accept a big purple dinosaur?  What will Maiasaura do when the Ovarapter moves in next door!?!  We don’t know until the show happens, and you can help us.  Feel free to come along in Dinosaur costume we may need your help on stage. Join us for our journey back in time, for a limited time only! Get ‘em before they’re gone! (Pun intended!) Tickets: $8. The Hideout Theater, 617 Congress Ave.

Whole Foods Kids’ Club - Sunday, 1:00pm. 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!!  Whole Foods Market, 525 N. Lamar and at the Whole Foods at Bee Cave location.

Sunday Funday- Sunday, 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.

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