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

Round Rock Youth Fishing Derby– Saturday, April 13 from 7 a.m. to  10:30 a.m. The City of Round Rock Parks and Recreation Department presents the first annual Youth Fishing Derby. The event is FREE but please register. All children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. There will be three age divisions in this catch and release derby:Perch Division (ages 3-5), Snapper Division (ages 6-9), Redfish Division (ages 10-12). Please bring your own fishing equipment. Prizes and snacks at the end of the tournament. Old Settlers Park, 3300 Palm Valley Blvd., Round Rock.

Sunset Supper Cinema at Whole Foods: The Sandlot – Friday, April 12 at 8 p.m.  Head to The Plaza tonight for a free screening of The Sandlot.  Enjoy a fun menu of your favorite game day foods and take in this fun favorite under the stars. Seating and reception at 7 p.m. Film begins at 8 p.m. FREE!! Whole Foods, 525 N Lamar Blvd, Austin.

Stargazing at the Roughs –  Friday, April 12, from 9:30–11 p.m. Stargazing at the Roughs is a FREE, family-friendly event held at McKinney Roughs Nature Park. No registration is required and all ages are welcome. Bring lawn chairs, refreshments, and blankets for comfort. Take the whole family to explore the galaxy together as an astronomer takes you on a tour of the Milky Way that’s truly out of this world. Behold the wonder of the cosmos through Dobsonian telescopes and venture beyond the boundaries of our planet. Learn about the constellations and marvel at the beauty and mystery of the universe. The program will be canceled in the event of inclement weather. Please call 512-303-5073 to find out program’s status the day of the event. An alternate activity will be provided if the program cancels. McKinney Roughs Nature Park, 1884 Texas 71, Cedar Creek.

Super Heroes Community Night at The Little Gym – Friday, April 12, from 5:30 – 7 p.m. Dress up as your favorite super hero and come out for fun team-building games.  Enjoy light snacks. FREE!! The Little Gym of South Austin, 4301 W. William Cannon.

Zoppe Italian Family Circus– Friday, April 12 at 7:00pm; Saturday, April 13 at Noon, 4pm and 7pm; Sunday, April 14 at Noon and 4:00pm. A 160-yr-old tradition that began near Venice, Italy, will come to life under a giant tent on the Long Center’s West Lawn. The Zoppe Family will take you to a world of acrobatics, equestrian showmanship, canine capers, clowns and lots of audience participation. Bring the whole family! Great for all ages. Tickets from $35. Long Center for Performing Arts, 701 West Riverside Drive.

Cardboard Boat Building School – Saturday, April 13, from 10:30 a.m. – noon. Can you build a boat out of cardboard? Want to learn how? Join the Boat Building School! Build a cardboard boat so you can participate in our annual Round Rock Regatta! Attend this boat building school and you will learn all the information you need to make your own cardboard boat. Cardboard will be available at the workshop. FREE!! REI, 201 University Oaks Blvd, #1100, Round Rock.

Walk on the Wild Side– Saturday, April 13 from 10:00am- noon. Enjoy an interpretive hike as a park naturalist brings together a unique blend of human and natural history to tell the story of the Colorado River. Discover how the river influences animal, plant and human life along its banks. After your hike, visit McKinney Roughs Visitors Center gift shop with live native animals and interactive exhibits. Bring a picnic lunch and make it a nature day! Hike is limited to the first 20 participants. Clubs or groups of more than five people should call ahead to schedule a private hike. No registration required. Cost: $4/adult, free children 12 and under, adults and children ages 8 and up. McKinney Roughs Nature Park, 1884 Texas 71, Cedar Creek.

Boats- Saturday and Sunday, April 13-14 at 2:00 and 4:30pm. By Finegan Kruckemeyer and directed by Frank Newman,Boats is a story about a sailor called Jof, told by his friend Nic. The two of them are life-long friends who meet through bizarre circumstances involving a chicken, a deserted island and a sombrero. It is a story of two mariners fleeing their past and embracing adventure. The play is enacted with puppets, acrobatics, singing and sound effects created on stage with two microphones, one of which goes in water. The magic unfolds in front of the audience from simple objects that would be found on a boat’s galley. The sound effects are created live, a boat is cut from bread, a bird tied from a rope, a circus hides in a jacket. And finally a storm is made with a teacup. Tickets: Starting at $12. The Paramount Theater, 713 Congress Ave.

Kyle’s 6th Annual Family Fun Ride & Bike Rodeo– Saturday, April 13 at 9:00am- Noon. On-Site Registration Begins at 8:30am. Join us for a Bike Rodeo for the children in addition to a helmet and bike safety presentation.  After the Bike Rodeo the families will go on a pre-determined bike ride through downtown Kyle. We hope to provide a fun day for the whole family. Cost: On-Site Registration (Includes a t-shirt):  $10.00 if registered after March 29, 2013. Gregg-Clarke Park, 1100 W Center St, Kyle.

Celebrate Me! France – Saturday, April 13, from Noon to 4 p.m.  Celebrate Me! France is a FREE, family friendly event that will held at the George Washington Carver Museum and Cultural Center. Past events in the Celebrate Me! travel series have included food, arts and crafts, music, and film screenings. To RSVP, call 512-974-4926. George Washington Carver Museum & Cultural Center, 1165 Angelina Street.

Dog Day Afternoon- Saturday, April 13 from Noon- 3:00pm. Whether you have a dog, want to adopt a dog, or just like being around dogs – Dog Day Afternoon has it all … including the Rockin’ Weenie Dog Races, Chihuahua Fun Run, kids activities, dog-related vendors of all sorts, rescue groups and a whole lot more! Admission is FREE!  The Triangle Courtyard, 4600 West Guadalupe.

Hans Christian Andersen’s The Little Mermaid- Saturdays through May 11 at 11:00am and 2:00pm. This original retelling of Hans Christian Andersen’s classic combines modern technologies and the ancient art of storytelling to put a new twist on this well-loved fairy tale.  Using  projections, fabric and a whole lot of theatre magic, the ocean comes to life (along with your imagination) in this one-person journey of love, sacrifice and courage.  For ages 6 and up. Tickets: $18- 16. ZACH Theater, 202 S. Lamar Blvd.

Healthy Kids Day (Taylor)– Saturday, April 13 from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. The YMCA of Greater Williamson County is encouraging all kids and parents throughout Central Texas to come to the Y and get a jump on summer and beyond by committing to being active every day. It’s all part of the Y’s Healthy Kids Day – the nation’s largest health day for families. The FREE event will feature activities such as health screenings, safety demonstrations, games, inflatables, summer program registrations and more more. For more information, contact your local Y branch location in Taylor (Taylor Family YMCA: 512-365-9622). Taylor American Legion Hall, 1310 Sycamore Street, Taylor.

The Art of Living Safe and Well Expo– Saturday, April 13 from 10:00am to 1:00pm. The event will include health screenings, a blood drive, nutritional and fitness information, a farmers market, rock-climbing wall, a 5K run, live music and more. Admission is FREE!! Pfluger Hall, 203 E. Pecan, Pflugerville.

South Asian New Year Festival – Saturday, April 13, from Noon – 9 p.m. Enjoy traditional authentic South Asian foods, ethnic dress, indigenous arts and crafts, open air performances of music and dance, henna, free kids’ entertainment, and more. FREE and open to the public. Zilker Hillside Theater, 2201 Barton Springs Rd, Austin.

Heritage Festival – Saturday, April 13, from 5 – 9 p.m. Enjoy FREE, family friendly activities such as a hamburger cook off, washer tournament, historical displays, and live music by bands Sprung and Fred Andrews & Honeybrowne. Kids can bounce around in inflatables and take free train rides, then take part in sack races and three legged races. The event is free and open to the public. Face painting, carnival games, a rock wall, super slide, mechanical bull, and more will be available for various fees. Elizabeth Milburn Park, 1901 Sun Chase Blvd, Cedar Park.

Lowe’s Build and Grow Clinic– Saturday, April 13 at 10:00am. The Croods are back at Lowe’s this weekend! Your child will love building this Planter and decorating it with their favorite creatures and characters from the movie! FREE!!  Must pre-register. All participating Lowe’s locations.

KAB Clean Sweep 2013- Saturday, April 13 (clean up) 9:00- 11:00am and party is from 11:00am- 1:30pm. Imagine over 5,000 volunteers joining together on an ordinary Saturday morning to make an extraordinary difference in the City of Austin. Each April KAB hosts Clean Sweep, a city-wide service day spanning 140 sites in 31 zip codes throughout Austin and resulting in over 29 tons of trash removed and more than 11,600 hours contributed. The network of cleanups is followed by a not to be missed volunteer party and environmental fair that features free lunch, live music, a climbing wall, children’s environmental activities, recycled art, a unique object contest, fantastic door prizes, and more! FREE!! Locations all over Austin. Register here.

Story Time: Worry Woo Wince – Don’t Feed The Worry Bug- Saturdays in April at 10:30am. FREE to attend! We will host a story time, dedicated to our new line of Worry Woo books. When we found the Worry Woo books we fell in love instantly with the quality of the stories being told and the artwork of Andi Green. These stories help deal with feelings of loneliness, insecurity, confusion, innocence, frustration and worry. You will be impressed with how well these books portray human emotions and deal with issues that many kids struggle with. The stories are fantastic, and the artwork is absolutely incredible! Toy Time, 101-B Pecan Street West, Pflugerville

Pippi LongstockingSaturday and Sunday, April 13-14 at 11:00am and 1:00pm and Sunday at 12:30 and 2:30pm. The precocious girl with the crazy braids comes to life. Tickets: $10 adults, $8 kids 3-12. Scottish Rite Theater, 207 W. 18th St.

Second Saturdays– Saturday, April 13 from 11:00am- 3:00pm. AMOA-Arthouse offers hands-on family workshops. This month’s theme: Recycled Robots. Make your very own robotic friend using recycled materials and colorful lights! We’re putting an environmental spin on this high-tech art project, inspired by the exhibition on display in the Driscoll Villa. Cost: $5 member families, $10 nonmember families. 3809 W. 35th St.
Hats Off to Seuss! Exhibition- Now through April 20th from 10:00am- 6:00pm. For the first time in history, Dr. Seuss’s private hat collection will be shown, in celebration of the 75th anniversary of the Dr. Seuss’s book, The 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins. We would like to invite you to join us for the rare opportunity to view Dr. Seuss’s coveted hat collection and witness their direct impact on many of Ted Geisel’s paintings, as discussed by Dr. Seuss art curator, Bill Dreyer, from Chicago. FREE!! ART on 5th, 3005 S. Lamar Blvd.

Art City Austin– Saturday, April 13 from 10am to 6pm, Sunday, April 14 from 11am to 6pm. Get ready for Austin’s weekend-long arts festival that transforms the streets of downtown. The celebration of art, culture and creativity will invigorate the streets, plazas and open spaces along Austin’s Cesar Chavez Street and 2ND Street District with art of all kinds. Part art festival, part block party, Art City Austin features an outdoor art fair of nationally recognized artists, the People’s Gallery at City Hall with more than 150 works of art by Austin artists, local food trailers, craft beer and cocktails, live music on the main stage and interactive projects for kids of all ages. Downtown’s art festival brings the community together block-party style to celebrate Austin’s vibrant creative culture in one of the most lively and beautiful areas of downtown. Cost: Two-day art pass, $15. Downtown Austin – Cesar Chavez Street at Austin City Hall (from Lavaca Street to Lamar Boulevard) including the S. 1st Street Bridge. North entrance located on Guadalupe and south entrance on the S. 1st Street Bridge.

Spring Plant Sale and Gardening Festival- Saturday and Sunday from 9:00am- 5:00pm. Choose from nearly 300 species of hardy Texas natives bred to deal with our Central Texas climate. Take a Pollinator Walk, tour the Butterfly Garden, and enjoy children’s activities which include an interactive storytime about butterflies and their amazing life, make your own butterfly craft, and learn about native plants and take home a plant in an ecopot you make from newspaper.  The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave.

Admission: $9 adults, $7 seniors and students, $4 UT faculty, staff or students with identification, $3 children 5 through 12, members and children under 5 free.

Meet the Makers:- Sunday, April 14 from 1:00- 3:00pm. Makers who will be presenting in the 2013 Mini Maker Faire will be on hand to show off their stuff and answer visitor questions. Come meet the Makers and get excited for Mini Maker Faire on May 5! Admission: $6.50 adults, $4.50 children. Austin Children’s Museum, 201 Colorado Street.

Groundwork Music Kids Show – Sunday, April 14 at 10:30 a.m. The Groundwork Music Orchestra records and performs songs that are part of the Groundwork lesson plan. With guest appearances in and out of the studio, The Groundwork Music Orchestra shares the quality of its classroom content with the community at large. FREE!! Cherrywood Coffeehouse, 1400 E. 38 1/2 Street, Austin.

SpringFest- Sunday, April 14, 10am- 2pm. Join us for SpringFest at the Mueller Farmers’ Market! We’ll have a superslide, planting activities, giveaways, food from our trailer eateries and of course tons of fresh produce, meats and cheese from local growers. Majic 95.5 will also be at the Mueller hangar from 12-2pm to broadcast live and hand out prizes. FREE!! Mueller Farmer’s Market, 4550 Mueller Blvd.

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.

What’s the Story Steve?– Move Your Tale and ColdTowne Theater collaborate to present this fully improvised theatrical journey through a story of the audience’s making. Featuring Steve the improvising poodle, a portion of the show follows Steve through an original tale. Pay what you wish. Appropriate for audiences of all ages. A return to MYT’s classic event structure, kids will join us on the stage for the entire event, providing sound effects, characters and settings for for every story. This is a chance to create original tales, and to perform them right away! Saturday at 10 a.m. ColdTowne Theater, 4803 Airport Blvd.

Storytime- A weekend storytime for families with kids of all ages. (Circus Chickendog performs on January 19th) FREE!! Saturday, 11:00am. Wells Branch Community Library, 15001 Wells Port Drive.

Flying Theater Machine: Pirate Adventures- 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.

All Ages Storytime– Head downtown to hear an all ages storytime at the library! Sunday, 1:00pm. FREE!! Faulk Central Library, 800 Guadalupe Street.

*Please be sure to click on the event links to check to make sure events are still happening. Once this list is published, it is not updated when changes occur to the scheduled events.

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