The Weekenders: Events for Austin Families, July 12-14, 2013

Pflugerville Music in the Park (The Rust Tones)- Friday, July 12 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.

Top Notch Movie Night: Uncle Buck- Friday, July 12, 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.

Stargazing at the Roughs- Friday, July 12 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.

Movie in the Park: Madagascar 3 - Friday, July 12, 30 minutes after sunset. Bring your own lawn chairs, blankets and snacks. Gregg-Clarke Park, 1100 W. Center St, Kyle.

Friday Family Fun Night- Friday, July 12 at 6:30pm. Magician JD Stewart brings amazing magic, improvisation and hilarious comedy to his show! You will laugh out loud with his blend of magic and clean comedy! Admission is a canned good to be donated to the Serving Center. Recommended for ages 3+. Kaleidoscope Toys, 110 N. IH-35, Round Rock.

Music Under the Star – Friday, July 12, 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 Elana James with special guest Katie Holmes Project.  In between sets, cool off with a trip through the exhibits, which will be FREE and open to the public during the concerts. Kids can decorate wooden star cutouts and turn them into wearable art: pins, necklaces, bolo ties and more! Bullock Texas State History Museum, 1800 N. Congress Avenue, Austin.

Movie in the Park: The Blind Side - Friday, July 12 at dusk.  Enjoy a family friendly movie under the stars. Free popcorn and drinks provided. For more information, call 512-478-8716. Metz Recreation Center, 407 Canterbury St., Austin.

Hyatt Summer Cinema: Pirates! Band of Misfits- Friday, July 12 and Saturday, July 13 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.

Zilker Summer Musical: Little Shop of Horrors - Friday, July 12 – Sunday, July 14 at approximately 8:30 p.m. Bring a blanket, or low chairs, and a picnic to enjoy while watching Little Shop of Horrors onstage. The musical is FREE, but bring $5 for parking. Beverly S. Sheffield Zilker Hillside Theater in Zilker Park, 2301 Barton Springs Road, Austin.

Alamo Drafthouse Kids Camp – Friday – Sunday. FREE movies for kids age 3 and up. Times vary by location. Check the links below for showtimes: Bee Movie - Alamo Drafthouse Village, 2700 W. Anderson Ln., Austin.Happy Feet – Alamo Drafthouse Lake Creek, 13729 Research Blvd., Austin. The Land Before Time – Alamo Drafthouse Slaughter Lane, 5701 W. Slaughter Ln, Austin.

Williamson County Old Settlers Celebration- Friday, July 12 at 6:30pm, and Saturday, July 13 with  live music beginning at 6:45pm and daytime activities from 9am- 4pm. Activities will include arts and crafts, trailer rides, fire truck tour and more. FREE!! Old Settlers Park, Round Rock next to the Dell Diamond.

Story Time with Brad Clossen - Saturday, July 13 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.

Lowe’s Build and Grow Clinics – Saturday, July 13 at 10 a.m. and Sunday, July 14 at 2 p.m. Kids can build a Toy Story Pizza Planet truck for FREE.  Preregister online at a Lowe’s near you.

Flying Theater Machine presents: Fairly Silly Fairy Tales! Saturday, July 13th at 11:00am.  Join us for kid-oriented improv, where the audience participates with suggestions, sound effects, and acting! Fairly Silly Fairy Tales takes some of your favorite fairy tales, and finds new ways to mix them up – with the help of the audience. You never know what will happen until the end! These are stories like no others because you help create them. In fact, you might even end up in the show! This FREE program will be a blast for the entire family, but especially for ages four to ten. Seating is limited and on a first-come basis.  Wells Branch Community Library, 15001 Wells Port Drive.

Dinosaur Dig Day - Saturday, July 13, from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Kaleidoscope Toys loves dinosaurs! Stop in and be a part of all the DINO excitement! Enjoy the Dino Dig Sensory Bin, a Dino Scavenger Hunt, make a Dinosaur Paper Plate Craft, and get a Dinosaur Tattoo. Kaleidoscope Toys, 110 North IH35, Ste 375, Round Rock.

KIDS CLUB: Summer Bugs - Saturday, July 13 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.

Bastille Day 2013- Saturday, July 13 from 6-10pm. Celebrate Bastille Day with live music from Rumbullion and Danielle Reich. Bring your dancing shoes! Pétanque contests, jugglers,caricature artist, face painting, Marionnettes, Balloon twisting, scrumptious French food and pastries: and plenty of French wine and kegs of beer! Cost: $10, children 12 and under are free. The French Legation Museum, 802 San Marcos Street. Bonus: La Patisserie will be giving away macarons- one per customer- on Sunday, July 14th. La Patisserie, 602 Annie Street.

Movie in the Park: An American Tail - Saturday, July 13 at approximately 9 p.m. The event starts at 8 p.m., with the movie at twilight. Ice cream and drinks will be available for purchase. Katherine Fleischer Park, 106 Klattenhoff Dr., Austin.

Groovy Girl Party - Saturday, July 13 at 1 p.m. Join Brilliant Sky Toys & Books for a fabulous, fashionista Groovy Girl party! Crafts will include decorating an outfit for your Groovy Girl and making your own stylish jewelry! Groovy Girl Lakenzie will make an appearance. Be sure to bring your favorite Groovy Girl to join the fun! Ages 5 and up welcome. No registration required. Brilliant Sky Toys & Books, 701 Capital of Texas Hwy, Suite D-480, The Village at Westlake (Between HEB and Office Depot), Austin.

Chungaboo BookBash – Saturday, July 13, from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. Join Chungaboo in celebrating the print release of their children’s books, with live music, acrobatics, and entertainment for all! Austinites are invited to Central Market to enjoy FREE fun for the whole family. There will be performances by Joe McDermott (10 a.m.), The Biscuit Brothers (11 a.m.), and Staci Gray (noon). Central Market, 4001 N. Lamar, Austin.

Movie in the Park: Puss in Boots - Saturday, July 13 at 8:45 p.m., Lakeway City Park, 502 Hurst Creek Rd, Lakeway.

Georgetown Market Days on the Square- Saturday, July 13 from 9:00am- 4:00pm. Musicians, hoopers, balloon artists, and face painters entertain the crowd. Take some time to stop by all of Georgetown’s amazing boutiques and shops to experience a more charming, laid-back approach, to very cosmopolitan shopping! Enjoy lunch at one of our casual or fine dinning downtown restaurants. Kids will enjoy The Ultimate Play Zone, a fun and healthy active play center. It’s safe, secure enjoyment for the whole family.  With “something fun for everyone,” this center features a fabulous train, inflatables, clowns, face painting, an art center, & pet adoption centers! FREE!!  Downtown Georgetown.

Second Saturdays are for Families: Food Faces-  Saturday, July 13 from 11am- 3pm. Every second Saturday of the month, AMOA-Arthouse offers hands-on art making workshops at Laguna Gloria, inspired by the exhibitions on view. Join us between 11am–3pm to see family-friendly performances, meet local artists, and make art to take home. Recommended for ages 2–11. Sculpt an edible portrait inspired by art on view in the Driscoll Villa. We’ll borrow items from the kitchen to make these funny faces—you won’t know whether to eat it or display it! Cost: $10 per family or $5 for member families. AMOA at Laguna Gloria, 3809 West 35th Street.

SuperHero Saturday – Saturday, July 13, from 10:30 to noon. Dress up as your fave superhero, go through superhero stations, and make superhero crafts. Let’s just say it’s going to be “super!” This is a FREE event with no reservations required!  Learning Express Toys, Hill Country Galleria, 12901 Hill Country Blvd., Bee Cave.

Deep Eddy Movie Night: The Hunger Games - Saturday, July 13 at dusk. FREE with paid pool entry for the day: FREE Infant (under 12 months), $1 age 1 to 11, $2 age 12 – 17, $3 age 18 – 61, $1 age 62+. Deep Eddy Pool, 401 Deep Eddy Drive, Austin.

Teddy Bear Surgery- Saturday, July 13 from 1-4pm. Bring your child and their favorite stuffed animal to this FREE educational event at the Austin Humane Society sponsored by Jack Ryan Fine Jewelry! Kids learn about animal health care and play the role of surgical assistant as their favorite stuffed animal’s needs are addressed by AHS staff veterinarians.  Crafts, coloring and goodie bags fill the day with fun.  All ages welcome.  Children should bring their favorite stuffed animal. Austin Humane Society, 124 W. Anderson Lane.

Special Saturday Edition of Trailer Food Tuesdays - Saturday, July 13, from 4 – 11 p.m. Enjoy a FREE live show from The Memphis Strange, a FREE workout with Camp Gladiator (5:30 p.m.), and tons of local food trucks! Bring your appetite and money for good eats. Long Center, 701 W. Riverside Drive, Austin.

Hands on History: World Population Day- Saturday, July 13 from 10am- 2pm. Hands on History is a FREE, come and go event held monthly at the Museum. Make a craft to take home while learning about historical events around the county and the world. The Williamson County Museum, 716 S. Austin Ave.

Safe Summer Event- Saturday, July 13 from 11am- 1pm. Join us as we visit with law enforcement professionals from the Georgetown area to learn how they work to keep us safe. Participants include the Georgetown Police Department, Fire Department, EMS, WilCo Crime Stoppers, Animal Protection Services/ Adoption Center, NextCare Urgent Care, Williamson County Health District, YMCA, and more! There will also be complimentary face painting, kids arts & crafts, snowcones and interaction with Wolf Ranch retailers. And, the first 100 guests will have the opportunity to grab a free goodie bag!  The event will be under a large white tent in the parking lot between Yankee Candle and Ross. This event is FREE and open to the public! Wolf Ranch Town Center, 1015 W. University Ave., Georgetown.

The Funnybun Family Picnic- Saturday, July 13 at 2pm (pay what you like) and 4pm, Sunday, July 14 at 4pm with a special pay what you like party that will follow. It’s a fine summer Saturday and the Funnybuns are preparing to go off on their annual family picnic. But, being a clown family, nothing goes as planned. Papa Willie tries hard to keep the kids laughing, while Mama Lindy keeps putting on band-aids. Brother Happy likes to rope, roughhouse and goof off. But sister Buffy wants none of it. She’s embarrassed by her clown family, and wants to be different. Willie has a sad but true secret, one that threatens to pull the family apart. Can Buffy find a way to follow her dreams? Will the family stick together? Come and join the fun and see! For family audiences ages 4 and up. Cost: $7.75- 11. The Long Center for Performing Arts, 701 West Riverside Drive.

Charlotte’s Web- Saturday, July 13 at 11am and 1pm and Sunday, July 14 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.

Austin Symphony Hartman Foundation “Concerts in the Park” - Sunday, July 14 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 Brass. 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.

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.

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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