The Weekenders: Events for Austin Families, September 6-8, 2013

Final Weekend for Splash Pad Fun - Friday, September 6 – Sunday, September 8, from 9 a.m. – 8 p.m. Sunday is the last day that City of Austin splash pads will be operating (excluding Liz Carpenter Fountain, which is open year-round). Get out there and have a splish splashing good time! To see the splash pad schedules, visit the City of Austin website.

Movie in the Park: Rise of the Guardians (Round Rock) - Friday, September 6 after sunset. Please bring your own chairs/towels/blankets to sit on. The movie will begin shortly after sunset. Attendees are invited to arrive an hour before the movie starts for pre-movie activities sponsored by the Brushy Creek Municipal Utility District. Cat Hollow Park, 8600 O’Connor Drive, Round Rock.

Movie in the Park: Madagascar 3(Cedar Park) - Friday, September 6 at 8 p.m.  Bring your blankets and lawn chairs as there will be plenty of grass area available. Concessions will not be available; you are welcome to bring a picnic. Glass containers are prohibited. Admission is FREE. For more information, call 512-401-5500. Elizabeth Milburn Park, 1901 Sun Chase Blvd., Cedar Park.

Fairytale Threads Consignment Sale (Cedar Park) - Friday, September 6, from 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. and Saturday, September 7, from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Shop for new and gently used clothes, toys, furniture, and gear for little ones at this fall consignment event! FREE admission. 1420 Toro Grande Blvd, Cedar Park.

TechShop Open House and BBQ (Round Rock) - Saturday, September 7, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. TechShop Austin-Round Rock is hosting a BBQ and Open House, with DIY Backyard and Tailgating Games. Visit the store to play pre-assembled games or to build your own. Event entry and BBQ will be FREE and all ages are welcome. Game kits will be available for purchase.  BBQ will be available from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. TechShop – Austin-Round Rock, 120 Sundance Parkway, Suite 350, Round Rock.

Home Depot Kids Workshop: Ring Toss Game  - Saturday, September 7, from 9 a.m. – noon. Kids are invited to make a Football Ring Toss Game for FREE at their local Home Depot store. Workshops are designed for kids age 5 to 12.

Free Improv Show and Class for Kids -  Saturday, September 7, 2013 at 10 a.m. Move Your Tale and ColdTowne Theater collaborate to present What’s the Story Steve, a fully improvised, theatrical journey through a story of the audience’s making. This is a great, theatrical way to spend a Saturday morning, with Steve the improvising poodle! Arrive early because the theatre only holds 39 people. The first 30 people to sign up can take a FREE improv class following the show! ColdTowne Theater, 4803 Airport Blvd, Austin.

ShobouCon (Georgetown) -  Saturday, September 7, from 3 – 6 p.m. ShobouCon is a mini Manga/Anime convention held at the Georgetown Public Library. This year’s fun includes Fan Panels lead by local teens, Taiko Drumming, Voice Actress Tiffany Grant, a Maid Cafe staffed by Kira Kira Entertainment, video games, anime screenings, a fan art display, and crafts. Cosplay is encouraged! ShobouCon is FREE and open to teens and families. Georgetown Public Library, 402 W. 8th St, Georgetown.

Ghosts Along the Brazos Concert (Bee Cave) – Saturday, September 7, from 7 – 9 p.m. Kick off the fall Saturday Night Concert Series in the Hill Country Galleria amphitheater. Hill Country Galleria, 12700 Hill Country Blvd., Bee Cave.

The Lorax in The Rose Garden - Saturday, September 7 at 8:30 p.m. The Austin Parks and Recreation Department and Chipotle Mexican Grill invite the community to a special movie screening in the garden. This is a rare event for the Zilker Botanical Garden, so bring your blankets and chairs to enjoy an enchanting children’s movie in the magical Rose Garden at Zilker Botanical Garden. Come early with blankets or chairs to get a good spot, meet the pollinator pals, learn about trees, and enjoy family friendly activities. Sodas and water will be available for purchase. All attendees will also receive a buy one get one FREE burrito card from Chipotle! The gates open at 7:30 p.m. and the film begins at 8:30 p.m. Admission is $2.00 per adult (ages 13 to 61); $1.00 per child (ages 3-12) and seniors (ages 62 and older), cash only. FREE parking is available at 2236 Stratford Road. Zilker Botanical Garden, 2220 Barton Springs Rd., Austin.

Zilker Elementary Clothing & Book Swap - Saturday, September 7, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.  Zilker Elementary will host its annual Clothing and Book Swap in the school cafeteria. Bring what you can and take what you need! You are not required to donate in order to shop.  This event is open to everyone in the community. Zilker Elementary, 1900 Bluebonnet Lane, Austin.

Public Safety Day (Lakeway) - Saturday, September 7, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. A cavalcade of helicopters, police cars and motorcycles, SWAT trucks, ambulances, fire trucks, and more will converge for the fourth annual Lakeway Public Safety Day, one of the largest events of its kind in Central Texas. The FREE family-friendly event will take place at Lake Travis Educational Development Center, next to Lake Travis Elementary School. Vendors from around Lakeway will offer food, drinks and a kid’s fun zone with a Home Depot of Bee Cave’s craft workshop. Crowds can rock to live music from local bands including Broken Rains and The Sassy Spurs. Lake Travis Educational Development Center, 607 RR 620 North, Lakeway.

The Hey Lollies Kid’s Show- Saturday, September 7 at 10am. Kids are FREE parents pay $5. Food and drinks additional. Laura Freeman has been writing songs for kids since she picked up the phone at a temp job and took a message from Ethel Shockett. Ethel may not know it but she inspired a song about visiting every planet in our solar system. Since then Laura has written a song for every color in the rainbow, an ode to math and the big hit My Brother’s a Monster! (because everyone secretly wants to roar and stomp around like monsters). Strange Brew, 5326 Manchaca Road.

Kid’s Club: Fall Crafts Powered by Elmer’s- Saturday, September 7, 2013 at 10am. 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 10:00 – 11:30am. See a store associate to join the fun! All participating Michael’s locations.

BookPeople YA Author Discussion- Saturday, September 7, 2013 at 2pm. Join us as we welcome two of our favorite YA Author’s! PJ Hoover will be here with her first YA novel, Solstice, an imaginatice melding of mythology and dystopy. Mari Mancus will be here with Scorched, an action packed fantasy novel, and the first book in her trilogy featuring heroine Trinity Foxx. FREE!! BookPeople, 603 N. Lamar Blvd.

Art in the Park - Saturday, September 7, from 10 – 11 a.m. Join Austin Children’s Alliance of the Arts in Garrison Park to create earth friendly geometrical sculptures using recycled/upcycled materials. Garrison Park, 6001 Manchaca Rd, Austin.

Children’s Book Signing- Saturday, September 7 at Meet the author of Goodnight Austin and have your copy signed. FREE!!
Brilliant Sky Toys & Books, 701 S. Capital of Texas Hwy., Suite D-480, Austin.

International Music Festival - Saturday, September 7 and Sunday, September 8, from noon – 7 p.m. Celebrate the diverse cultures in Austin at this FREE live music festival hosted by Texas Music Museum. George Washington Carver Museum & Cultural Center, 1165 Angelina, Austin.

Groundwork Music Show at Cherrywood Coffeehouse - Sunday, September 8 at 10 a.m. The Groundwork Music Orchestra performs songs that are part of the Groundwork lesson plan. With guest appearances, The Groundwork Music Orchestra shares the quality of its classroom content with the community at large. Cherrywood Coffeehouse, 1400 E. 38 1/2 Street, Austin.

Chickens at the Library - Sunday, September 8, from 1 to 4 p.m. Join the Austin Public Library and the Austin Backyard Chicken Meetup Group for a Chicken Workshop for children and adults. There will be storytime, over a dozen live chickens, and presentations about a variety of chickens including Dominique, Polish, Campine, Belgian Quail D’Anvers, Araucana, Plymouth Rock Bantams, Phoenix, La Fleche, Showgirls, Silkies, Sebright, and Cornish. Faulk Central Library, 800 Guadalupe St., Austin.

The Burlap Bag Birthday Party - Sunday, September 8, from 7 – 8:30 p.m. The Burlap Bag is turning two and you are invited to a dessert extravaganza to celebrate! There will be five different dessert providers at the FREE event. Kids are welcome! The Burlap Bag, 502 West 30th Street, Austin.

Ladies Make Tradies Clothing Swap - Sunday, September 8, 2013, from 12-5 p.m. Admission is a suggested donation of $2 if you bring items to trade, or $5 if you don’t. Monetary donations will benefit Safaplace of Austin. The North Door, 502 Brushy St., Austin.

Give Synchro a Try Clinic- Sunday, September 8, 2013 from 8:30am- 12:15pm. Must arrive by 8:15. Your child will learn basic synchronized swimming skills to prepare them for becoming a member of the Austin Angelfish Team. The Austin Angelfish is a competitive synchronized swimming team of girls from all over Austin, between the ages of 7 and 18. Cost: $25 if you register in advance, $35 if you register at the door. The fee includes the clinic, a swim cap and nose clip, as well as a mid-morning snack. If she is a Girl Scout, she will receive a patch. Please be sure to wear a one piece suit and bring a good fitting pair of goggles and two beach towels. Plan on returning at 11:30 to see your swimmer perform. Swimmers must be between 7 – 11 years of age and able to swim standard swim strokes (free, back and breast) for several lengths of the pool and tread water for 2 minutes without tiring. For more info, contact Kara, karamyers@austin.rr.com.The Town Lake YMCA, 1100 W. Cesar Chavez.

Whole Foods Kid’s Club- Sunday, September 8 from Noon- 2pm. Join us each Sunday for a special Kids Club, where we’re have a fun kid related activity for our small guests! We do arts and crafts, play with our food, and learn about healthy eating! FREE!! Whole Foods, 12601 Hill Country Blvd., Bee Cave.

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– Fridays and Saturdays from 6:30- 9:00pm. 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. Central Market, North Lamar Blvd.

Craft Time for Kids- Saturday, 11:00am- 3:00pm. Bring the kids to get crafty. The crafts change weekly and usually are themed for particular holidays or seasons. FREE!!  Lakeshore Learning Center, 9828 Great Hills Trail.

BookKids Storytime- Saturday mornings at 11:30am. Join the wonderful staff at BookPeople as they entertain your kiddos with stories, crafts, guest storytellers, and sometimes even puppets!  FREE!! BookPeople, 603 N. Lamar Blvd.

Flying Theater Machine: Fairly Silly Fairy Tales- Sunday, 2pm. Take your favorite stories, shake them up, mix them around, pour them through a silly filter and what do you get? Fairly Silly Fairy Tales! We take some of your favorite fairy tales: The Three Little Pigs, Little Red Ridding Hood, or what have you, then you get to suggest ways to mix them up – like maybe we’ll create the Three Little Dinosaurs or maybe Little Red Ridding Hood is bringing pick up trucks to Grandma. You never know what will happen till the end!  These are stories like no others because you help create them. In fact, you might even end up in the show!  A blast for the entire family, but especially for ages four to ten. Help us discover this in our kid-friendly, audience interactive show on Sundays. Tickets: $7. The Hideout Theater, 617 Congress Ave.