The Weekenders: Events for Austin Families, April 13-15, 2012

Metz Movies Under the Stars – Bring a blanket or chairs and head to Metz Recreation Center for some family entertainment.  Get FREE popcorn and drinks, then settle in to watch  We  Bought a Zoo. Friday, 7:30pm.  2407 Canterbury Street, Austin.

The Long Center Terrace Concert Series- Come out to this FREE concert and dance to the sound of big band music! The Stardust Orchestra of Austin was formed in 2002 by Anthony and Jeanine Corroa along with a local group of fourteen talented jazz musicians.  The orchestra specializes in swing music of the 30’s, 40’s and 50’s and performs over 100 of the original arrangements of the Big Bands including those of Glenn Miller, Tommy Dorsey, Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Doc Severinsen, Buddy Rich and many others. Friday, 6:30pm. Bring your own lawn chairs, blakets and food but leave the pets and alcohol at home. The long Center for the Performing Arts, 701 West Riverside Drive.

Friday Night Storytime- Celebrate the magic of books and the joy of reading with a very special little bear who sets out on a very big adventure in Otto the Book Bear by Katie Cleminson. FREE!! Friday, 7:30pm. Barnes and Noble, La Frontera Village, 2701 Parker Road Bldg A Suite 700, Round Rock.

Central Market North LamarLive 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.  Here is the lineup of FREE entertainment:

  • Friday, April 13, 6:30 – 9:00 PM Warren Hood is an accomplished musician who plays violin, fiddle, and mandolin, and he composes and sings as well. He lives in Austin and performs with his local band, Warren Hood and the Goods, in a blend of jazz, blues, and newgrass Americana.
  • Saturday, April 14, 6:30 – 9:00 PM Seu Jacinto is a music group interested in developing and introducing traditional Northeastern Brazilian culture to Central Texas. Since 2005 this grassroots collective has been focused on the traditional regional music forms such as Forró (pronounce Fo-ho), Coco, Ciranda, Banda de Pifanos, Maracatu, and other traditional rhythms of Brazil. This music is GREAT for dancing and enjoying!

Make-It Take-It- Have some fabulous fun with body paint. Ages 3 and up. While supplies last. Saturday, 1:00pm – 3:00pm. FREE!! All participating Michael’s locations.

Engineering Saturday-Work with inspiring role model from UT College of Engineering who will help you design, build and test during a fun,hands-on activity. Admission: $6.50- $4.50. Saturday, 10:00am- Noon. Austin Children’s Museum, 201 Colorado Street.

The Que Pastas Storytime- The musical duo that is sweeping Austin with its groovy tunes & silly antics is stopping off at BookPeople for a little show! Come dance and cut loose with some of Austin’s most intriguing & goofy musicians for children! FREE!! Saturday, 11:30am. BookPeople, 603 N. Lamar Blvd.

LCRA Earth Day Festival- Celebrate the Earth at this free festival for the whole family. Participate in guided hikes through the wildflowers and pocket prairies at McKinney Roughs. Enjoy nature crafts, conservation activity booths, nature and animal workshops, food and music! FREE!! Saturday, 10:00am- 3:00pm. McKinney Roughs Nature Park.

Cedar Park Heritage Festival- Enjoy live country music with a dance, a championship Hamburger Cook-off, a washer tournament, pony rides, carnival games, petting zoo, food concessions, face painting, photos with a longhorn, inflatables, train rides, historical displays, demonstrations, sack races, stick horse rodeo, corn on the cob eating contest and much more fun. You are welcome to bring your own ice chest. FREE!! Saturday, 4:00- 9:00pm. Elizabeth Milburn Park, 1901 Sun Chase Blvd.

Alice in Wonderland- In American Family Theatre’s musical production of the classic novel by author Lewis Carroll, we track the inquisitive Alice as she follows the White Rabbit into Wonderland. There she encounters enchanting characters — the Mad Hatter; irreverent twins Tweedledum and Tweedledee; the temperamental Red Queen; and the Cheshire Cat and Caterpillar, who cleverly invented self-esteem.  This lively show features more than 10 original songs along with special effects and lavish costumes. Saturday, Noon. Tickets, lts, $9 child. One World Theatre, 7701 Bee Caves Road.

The Magic of Recycling- Celebrate Earth Day at the library with a fun magic show all about recycling! Children will not only learn about recycling, but they will actually see recycling “magically” taking place during the show. Torn pieces of paper magically become whole again, glass bottles disappear, and ordinary rope is cut and magically restored! FREE!! Saturday, 11:00am. Wells Branch Community Library, 5001 Wells Port Drive.

Lowe’s Build and Grow Clinic: Game Show Chip Drop Game- Your child will love building this kit as much as playing this classic game show game! Kids will receive a free apron, goggles, patch and more. FREE!! Saturday, 10:00am. Must pre-register. Only at participating Lowe’s locations.Advertisement
Second Saturday for Families: Music Meets Art at Laguna Gloria- We’re bringing music and art together with Mr. Johnny & Sharon! Enjoy fun, family performances at 1pm and 2pm, and make your own music-inspired artwork to take home! Admission: $10 per family, $5 for member families. Saturday, 11:00- 3:00pm. Austin Museum of Art at Laguna Gloria.

Clean Sweep-Clean Sweep is KAB’s annual citywide cleanup that takes place all over Austin.  The clean up is followed by an awesome Volunteer Party and Environmental Fair at Fiesta Gardens which includes: free lunch, live music, kid’s environmental activities, recycled art, door prizes and more! Saturday, 9:00- 11:00am is the cleanup portion and the volunteer party goes from 11:30- 1:30m. Edward Rendon Sr. Park at Fiesta Gardens

Craft Time for Kids:Cowboy Boot Bag- Kids give boredom the boot as they design and decorate a wild west tote fit for any cowboy or cowgirl. FREE!! Saturday, 11:00am- 3:00pm. Lakeshore Learning Center, 9828 Great Hills Trail.

South Asian New Year Festival- Traditional open air non-stop live cultural program (music, dances, fashion show, concert, etc) – performers from India, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Nepal, China, Local, more…Special Attraction Performing Groups: Bollywood Shakes, NruthyaShakti Dance Academy (NSDA), Agni Dance, Texas Bhangra, Bengali Musical Group of Austin (BMGA), Sargam Dance School, BHuman Dance Production, much more…  Authentic traditional South Asian Cuisine,  Ethnic dresses, Jewelry, Crafts, Henna and much much more… Free kid’s entertainments (Moonwalk, face-painting, etc). FREE Admission! General public is cordially invited. Saturday, Noon- 9:00pm. Zilker Hillside Theatre, Zilker Park.

Children’s Chess Open Play- Learn the basics of how to play chess, or just meet up with other chess fans to play a few games. All ages and abilities welcome. FREE!! Saturday, 1:30- 3:00pm.  Cedar Park Public Library, 600 N. Bell Blvd., Cedar Park.

Saturday Morning Storytime- Many of the Barnes and Noble locations offer a FREE storytime for children on Saturday mornings at 11:00am. Click here to check for participating locations.

Storytime at Mitchie’s- Enjoy a FREE storytime and language featuring African-American folktales from 1:00-2:00pm every Saturday. Kids receive free refreshments, a free book and a 30% discount! Mitchie’s Gallery, 7801 N. Lamar Blvd., Bldg. B, Suite 148.

Art City Austin- Invigorating the streets, plazas and open spaces with art of all kinds, Austin’s Cesar Chavez Street and the 2ND Street District play hosts to a one-of-a-kind, weekend-long cultural celebration.  Part art festival, part block party, Art City Austin features nationally recognized artists, local food and musicians, kids’ activities and art installations that bring the community together to enjoy great art for the entire family in one of the most beautiful areas of downtown. Rarely car-free, Cesar Chavez Street becomes a vibrant community hub where Austin’s oldest art festival and biggest block party presents a celebration of culture that invites you to meet your neighbors, bring your friends, explore your city and be inspired. Saturday, 10am to 6pm & Sunday, 11am to 6pm. Admission $8 contribution for adults at the gate, FREE kids 12 and under and volunteers. Downtown Austin

Earth Day Tote Make-It Take-It- Decorate a trendy tote for Earth Day. Ages 3 and up. While supplies last. FREE!! Sunday, 1:00- 3:00pm. All participating Michael’s locations.

Sunday Morning Kids Show: Mr. Johnny and Sharon- Bring the entire family for a FREE show with live music! Sunday, 10:30am.  Ruta Maya, 3601 South Congress Avenue.

The Flying Theatre Machine: Story Sports- Kids vote on their favorite teams; The Pirates, The Wizards, The Aliens, and The Bakers.  These athletes and sometimes the audience will partake in events such as creating out-of-order stories, monster-catching or running an obstacle race and more! Watch these teams bring the laughs as they achieve victorious points in each event. Improv Olympic sports have never been more entertaining, especially when the audience chooses the winners. Come to the Hideout Theater to laugh and cheer on your favorite teams. Tickets: $8. Sunday, 2:00pm. The Hideout Theater, 617 Congress Ave.

Whole Foods Kid’s 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, Noon- 2:00pm. Whole Foods, 525 N. Lamar Blvd.

Hey Lollies Show- Come on down for some fun dancing and singing.  Quaff some coffee.  Enjoy this wonderful East Austin neighborhood hang. FREE!! Sunday, 10:00am. Cherrywood Coffee House, 1400 E. 38th 1/2 Street.

Catherine Prystup
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Catherine Prystup founded LiveMom.com out of a desire to build a better community for Austin-area moms. She has three children, ages seventeen, eight and three years old.

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