The Weekenders: Events for Austin Families, April 23-25, 2010

Austin Nature Days- 2010 will mark the sixth year for Austin’s premier outdoor event, a city-wide celebration of Austin’s beauty, vitality and diversity of unique open spaces and natural places that make Austin the vibrant city that it is. Austin Nature Days offers a full month of activities to help you explore the wealth of natural wild landscapes and native habitats that are right in our back yard. Join us in April for a magical tour of Central Texas. Check website for locations and times.

Movies in the Park- Grab your blankets or lawn chairs and head to Milburn Park for a free Movie in the Park under the stars. This week’s film is “Up”. Concessions will be available. FREE!! Friday, 8:00pm. Elizabeth Milburn Park, 1901 Sun Chase Blvd., Cedar Park.

Texas Community Music Festival- Check out all of the Texas area musicians performing this weekend at Central Market! Grab a bite to eat, let the kids play on the playground and listen to some live music for FREE!! Friday, Saturday and Sunday– check schedule for exact times. Central Market, North Lamar.

Call It Courage- Mafatu’s name means “Stout Heart,” but he has lived his whole life in terror of the ocean. Now the time has come to face it. With his dog Uri, he climbs into a canoe and sets out on the sea to confront his fears. On the way he will battle sharks, boars, violent storms, and more. Will Mafatu survive to become the brave Chief he was meant to be, or will the sea conquer him after all? Join Mafatu on the journey of a lifetime in CALL IT COURAGE — a tale of excitement, adventure, and self-discovery on the stormy South Seas! Friday, 7:00pm; Saturday, 3:00 and 7:00pm; Sunday, 2:00pm. Tickets, $15. Zach Scott Theatre, 1510 Toomey Rd.

Red Poppy Festival- Rotel and the Hot Tomatoes will be performing at the Friday Night Kick-off Concert!  On Saturday, the festivities begin at 10 a.m., starting with the “Paint the Georgetown Red” Parade and vendors are open until dark!  On Sunday, events begin at 11 a.m. and close at 5 p.m.  Everyone is sure to have fun at the Red Poppy Festival! There will be a car show, Safe Place Kids Village and a concert and street dance! Don’t miss the Biscuit Brothers! FREE!! For directions and details, check website.

Austin Green Living Expo- Learn how easy it is to incorporate Green Living into your life. The expo features discussions, a cooking stage, educational seminars, a film festival, author book signings, free yoga classes, giveaways and educational activities for the kids in the Green Kids Zone. Friday, 2:00- 7:00pm, Saturday, 10:00am- 7:00pm; Sunday, 11:00- 5:00pm. Tickets, $10 adults; kids 16 and under free. Austin Convention Center, 500 Cesar Chavez.

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

Sunset Valley Artfest- This community event showcases original art from 50 local artists, local food, and live music. Kids can engage in their own creativity at the Eco Kids adventure build, which is based on the heritage of children creating their own playgrounds. This kids-only space is an opportunity for them to use cooperative learning to build their own playground and structure. Eco Kids is the environmentally based education program funded by the City of Sunset Valley. Other colorful activites include rides with the Austin Bike Zoo, face painting, henna art, children’s creativity center, and of course the art. FREE!! Saturday, 9:00am- 3:00pm. Toney Burger Center, 3200 Jones Road.

BookKids Storytime- Enjoy a FREE storytime every Saturday at 11:30am! BookPeople, 603 N. Lamar Blvd.

Lake Travis Springfest- Shopping, festival food, beer and wine, BBQ Cookoff, Bloody Mary Competition, live music, kid zone with bounce house, dunk tank and more! FREE!! Saturday, 10:30am- 9:00pm. Hill Country Galleria, 12700 Hill Country Blvd., Bee Cave.

Book Box Storytime- Each Saturday, a guest will sing songs, read stories and then wrap it all up with a fun arts & craft project. FREE!! Saturday at Noon. Beth’s Book Box, 15803 Windermere Dr., Pflugerville.

Family Yoga with Cindy- Enjoy a FREE (with purchase from cafe) yoga session for the entire family! Saturday, 10:00-11:00am. Ruta Maya Coffee Shop, 3601 S. Congress Ave.

Kidgits Little Planet Helper- Join us for Little Planet Helpers and celebrate Earth Day 2010 with a fun-filled day of activities that will instill respect for the planet. Fun Earth Day activities will include: Plant your own herb garden, Pitch-In Recycle Game, Eco-friendly Arts & Crafts, Giveaways and more! Free for members, $5 for non-member families. Saturday, Noon- 2:00pm. Kidgits in Lakeline Mall, 11200 Lakeline Mall Dr.

Flipnotics Kid’s Show- Enjoy a FREE performance by Laura Freeman and the Hey Lollies! Saturday, 10:00am. Flipnotics, 1601Barton Springs Rd.Advertisement
Crafts for Kids- Brings the kids, ages 3 and up, to make a Spring Picket Fence. FREE!!Saturday between 11:00am- 3:00pm. Lakeshore Learning Store, 9828 Great Hills Trail.

Bilingual Storytime- Enjoy a FREE bilingual storytime at the Wells Branch Community Library. Saturday, 1:00pm. Wells Branch Community Library, 15001 Wells Port Dr.

Art City Austin- Celebrating 60 years, this temporary art utopia is set in downtown Austin’s 2ND Street District, where urban, green, civic and cultural environments intersect and play host to the 2-day Austin-style celebration of art. 190 juried artists, site-specific art installations, local live music and good eats, a kid’s block with interactive art projects and so much more. Join us. Together we make art happen. Saturday, 10:00am- 6:00pm; Sunday, 11:00am- 6:00pm. Tickets, $8; Children 12 and under free. Downtown Austin starting on Cesar Chavez Street.

Engineering Saturday- UT Engineering students will facilitate hands-on projects for kids and families in the Design Center of Tinkerer’s Workshop. Projects could include paper airplane design, catapults, building a working circuit, and sailboat cars. Saturday, 10:00am- Noon. Admission, $6.50- $4.50. Austin Children’s Museum, 201 Colorado Ave.

Dia de los Ninos- Join us for performances by children’s dance groups and musical groups from around Austin, including Capoeira Evolucao, Los Pollitos from Graham Elementary, Roy Lozano’s Ballet Folklórico de Texas, The Mathews International Dance Troup, The Texas Dragon / Lion Dance Team, and more. The event will also include hands-on educational activities, free books, and the opportunity to meet some of your favorite PBS characters, including Clifford the Big Red Dog, Maya, and Miguel. FREE!! Saturday, 10:00am- 2:00pm. St. John Branch Library and Community Center, 7500 Blessing Ave.

Imagine No Malaria Launch Party- Enjoy a FREE concert with Jars of Clay! The party will extend from the State Capitol lawn down to Colorado St., where food vendors and a family area are planned.  Learn to write your name in Swahili, make a pipe-cleaner mosquito, climb the rock wall or bounce around in an inflatable play area. Sunday, 2:00- 5:00pm. The Texas State Capitol South Lawn.

The Knack- Say Happy Mother’s Day with Pluffy™ Clay. Make Mom an adorable gift she can hang on the fridge and cherish all year long. Join us and create this great Pluffy™ magnet. Powered by Pluffy™. While supplies last. FREE!! Saturday, 10:00am- 1:00pm.

Robin Hood- The Far, Far Away Kingdom may be in danger! In this new production, the King goes on a much needed vacation, leaving his niece Maid Marion and the sneaky Sheriff of Nottingham in charge of the Kingdom. Unfortunately, the King has forgotten his compass and may never find his way back from the forest!   This news delights the Sheriff, as he hopes to take over the Kingdom forever, force the townsfolk to pay hefty taxes, and marry Maid Marion against her will!  It’s up to Robin Hood, doer of good deeds, and his right hand man, John Little, to thwart the Sheriff and save Marian from the clutches of no-good Nottingham! This interactive adaptation of the classic tale is perfect for ages 3-10. Saturday, 10:00am and Sunday, 2:00pm. Scottish Rite Children’s Theatre, 207 W. 18th St.

The Biscuit Brothers Live- The Biscuit Brothers is an Emmy Award winning TV show on PBS. It’s also a very successful live act that has performed for thousands of children and families in venues all across the US. A true Austin favorite! Sunday, 2:00pm. Tickets, $19. The Paramount Theatre, 713 Congress Ave.

Storytime at the Library- Enjoy a FREE storytime. Sunday, 1:00pm. Faulk Central Library, 800 Guadalupe.

Science Sunday- St. Edwards University Academy of Sciences will present fun, hands-on science and engineering activities for the whole Family. Sunday, 3:00- 5:00pm (free from 4:00- 5:00pm. Tickets, $4.50- 6.50. Austin Children’s Museum, 201Colorado Ave.

Sunday Morning Kid’s Show- Join Jungle Jill and The Jaybirds!  FREE!! Sunday, 10:30am. Ruta Maya Coffee Shop, 3601 S. Congress Avenue.

J-Fest- Celebrating 10 years of the Dell Jewish Community Campus with Fun & Educational Activities, Children’s Entertainment, Hands-on Crafts, Food, Israeli Wine Tasting, Calligraphers, Music & Singing, Israeli Dancing, Shuk (Marketplace), Storytelling, “Ask the Rabbi or Cantor”, Social Action Information. FREE!! Sunday, Noon- 5:00pm. Dell Jewish Community Center, 7300 Hart Lane.

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4 Comments on The Weekenders: Events for Austin Families, April 23-25, 2010

  1. Don’t forget the 12th Annual Dragon Boat Festival!

    Sat. April 24, 2010 10am – 3pm at Festival Beach at Lady Bird Lake
    * Twelfth year running with growing participation and attendance; held centrally on Lady Bird Lake.
    * Free admission to the public.
    * In addition to the friendly, competitive races, the festival will include many other cultural exhibitions, vendors, and kids activities.
    * Media coverage by KEYE, KVUE, KXAN, News8, Statesman, XLENT, Austin Chronicle, Daily Texas, KUT, and KLBJ last year.
    * This event principally depends on the financial support and participation from sponsors

  2. I really love the family activity suggestions, but have you thought about posting these sometime before Friday afternoon/evening? Thursday might be better for weekend planning for some folks. Just a suggestion, but thanks again for all the work!

  3. Thanks for the suggestion, Lee. Typically, I try to post Friday morning, as this is usually when I have a couple of kid-free hours to compile the list. I will try to get it out earlier when possible.

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