The Weekenders: Events for Austin Families, April 19-21, 2013

Featured Events:

Movies in the Park (Leander) – Friday, April 19 at dusk. The series of free movies under the stars continues with The Odd Life of Timothy Green. Bring your lawn chairs, blankets, and a picnic dinner. Concessions are also available. Glass containers are prohibited. Friendly pets are welcome if they are on a leash. Robin Bledsoe Park, 601 South Bagdad, Leander.

Movies in the Park (Cedar Park) – Friday, April 19 at 8 p.m. Bring your blankets and lawn chairs to Milburn Park to enjoy a free screening of Wreck it Ralph. Concessions will not be available, but you are welcome to bring a picnic. Glass containers are prohibited. Elizabeth Milburn Park, 1901 Sun Chase Blvd., Cedar Park.

20 Ft Wide Alley – Saturday, April 20, from 10 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. 20ft WIDE will temporarily activate a downtown alley as a vibrant public open space. The alley will host a mix of art installations and multi-generational happenings connecting the people with the dynamic past, present and future role of Austin’s urban alley system. Austin families are invited to explore the transformation of Alley #111 into an artist-driven playground for children and adults. 20ft WIDE Alley Kids and Family Day will include activities such as origami and writing workshops, story time, musical performances, and hula hooping. Throughout the day, Colibri Cuisine and Coolhaus Ice Cream will be selling food and drinks. Across the street from 912 Congress, Alley #111 on 9th Street between Congress and Brazos, Austin

Get Up, Get Green 2013 East Austin Garden Fair – Saturday, April 20, from 9:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. The East Austin Garden Fair will be held at Parque Zaragoza. The fair is free and open to the public. The 2013 fair,“Get Up, Get Green!”, will feature numerous booths, activities, and classes under the areas of Horticulture, Family Health & Nutrition, Greening Your Home, and Kiddos. This fair will be fun, hands-on, and interactive. There will be an assortment of DIY and demonstration activities, including make your own container garden station, produce tastings, garden planning, theatrical skits, cooking demonstrations, and free seedlings offered to participants. Mini-classes will also be held inside the Zaragosa community center throughout the day. 2608 Gonzales St., Austin.
Austin Family Music Festival- Saturday, April 20 from 10am until dusk. Enjoy live music from twelve bands on five stages while attempting to break the Guinness World Record Hula Hoop contest! There will also be horse rides, jugglers, concessions, and more. Tickets: $14 at the gate. Pioneer Farms, 10
Devine Lake Kite Festival- Saturday, April 20, Noon- 4:00pm. The Leander Parks and Recreation Department is inviting residents to enjoy the outdoors at the Devine Lake Kite Festival. Pack a picnic lunch and head to the park with your kites. Concessions will be available and The End of the Line kite team will hold demonstrations throughout the event.  Awards will be given for kiting events. FREE!! Devine Lake Park, 1807 Waterfall Drive in Leander.

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.

Austin Earth Day Celebration - Saturday, April 20, from noon – 7 p.m. A celebration with speakers, exhibits, Kid’s Area with a petting zoo, theater, music, magic, face painting and pony rides, local bands, workshops and presentations, food trailers, drum circles and more. Free. Historic Browning Hangar, 4550 Mueller Central Dr., Austin.
Shakespeare’s Birthday Student Festival - Saturday, April 20, from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. Join Austin Shakespeare in celebrating Shakespeare’s 449th Birthday with a Student Festival at the Zilker Hillside Theatre.  Area students, aged 12-20, will perform monologues and short scenes from Shakespeare before a panel of distinguished judges and a live audience. This event is free and open to the public. Free birthday cake will be served. Zilker Hillside Theatre, Zilker Park, 2201 Barton Springs Road, Austin.

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.

Earth Day Celebration at Kaleidoscope Toys- Saturday, April 20, from 10am – 1pm. Come celebrate the awesomeness of planet Earth! We are going to have various activities for kids of all ages, including decorating their own re-useable bag,a game using recyclable materials, tornado demos, and treats! FREE!! Kaleidoscope Toys, 110 N. IH 35 Ste. 375 Round Rock.Spring Fair – Saturday, April 20, from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. The All Austin Coop Spring Fair will feature music by Joe McDermott and Staci Gray, an appearance by Fire Engine #12 (11 a.m. to 12 p.m.), train rides (noon – 1 p.m.), crafts and games, face painting, a kiddie drum circle, and more.  All Austin Cooperative Nursery School, 2301 Hancock Drive, Austin.
Bengali New Year Festival - Saturday, April 20, from 11:30 a.m. – 7 p.m. Enjoy free admission and free parking at this Cultural Festival and Showcase of Tradition. The City of Austin sponsored event is organized by the Bangladesh Association of Greater Austin. Traditional Bangladeshi ethnic foods, ethnic dress, indigenous arts and crafts, open air performances of Bengali music and dance, and a Children’s cultural program will be featured at this festival. Fiesta Gardens, 2100 Jesse E. Segovia St., Austin.
The Big Squeeze Accordion Contest – Saturday, April 20, from 2 – 5:30 p.m. Texas Folklife presents The Big Squeeze accordion contest on the Bullock Texas State History Museum’s Lone Star Plaza. Semi-finalists in the statewide accordion contest will perform before a panel of judges at this free event. Following the competition, stick around for a great afternoon of music featuring some of the best accordionists in the state. Texas State History Museum, 1800 N. Congress Ave., Austin.

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.

Open House/Muster Day and American Heroes Air Show – Saturday, April 20 and Sunday, April 21, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. The Open House is FREE and open to the public and will offer activities and living history displays for the whole family as well as war reenactments, family activities, vendors of all kinds — and Puerto Rican Folkloric Dance! Be sure to bring a photo ID along for each adult entering Camp Mabry. Camp Mabry, 2200 W. 35th Street, Austin.

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Texas Community Music Festival - Saturday, April 20 – Sunday, April 21, from 11 a.m. – 9 p.m. This weekend, the Texas Community Music Festival kicks off two weeks of diverse music events.  From Big Band to banjos, every performance is family friendly and free! Central Market, 4001 N Lamar, Austin.

Clarksville Family Fun Fest-Sunday, April 21 from 1:00- 5:00pm.There will be lots fun for kids, including bouncy houses, petting zoo, face painter & balloon clown. Also, a silent auction with great stuff, yummy food and live music all afternoon. FREE!! Pauline Brown Clarksville Neighborhood Center, 1807 West 11th.

The NATY Kid’s Show- Sunday, April 21 at 11am. Come out for yummy food as well as music and bubbles with Staci Gray! FREE!! North Austin Trailer Yard, 1012 West Anderson Lane.

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.

The Hey Lollies Kids’ Show- Sunday, 10:30am. We make fun healthy music for kids. We have wonderful engaging puppet shows. FREE!! Cherrywood Coffee House, 1400 E. 381/2 Street.

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.

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