The Weekenders: Events for Austin Families, April 4-6, 2014

Sesame Street Live – Make a New Friend- April 4, 10:00 a.m. and 7:00 pm; April 5, 10:30 a.m., 2:00 p.m. & 5:30 p.m. April 6: 1:00 pm & 4:30 p.m. No matter where you’re from or where you’ve been, everyone is special – so join in! Elmo, Grover, Abby Cadabby, and their Sesame Street friends welcome Chamki, Grover’s friend from India, to Sesame Street. Together, they explore the universal fun of friendship and celebrate cultural similarities, from singing and dancing, to sharing cookies! Join the fun and make a memory with your friends and family! Tickets: $13 – $65 Frank Erwin Center, 1701 Red River, Austin.

Sunset Supper Cinema: The Incredibles- Friday, April 4, from 8:00 -10:00 p.m. Join us on the Plaza for family friendly films and favorites! Bring your favorite blanket, chair or picnic snack and join us as the sun goes down. FREE! Whole Foods, 525 N. Lamar Blvd., Austin.

Home Depot Kids Workshop- Saturday, April 5 , from  9:00am- Noon. Bring your kids to this FREE How-To Workshop for kids ages 5-12 years old where they will build a Birdfeeder/ Birdbath! All kids get to keep their craft, receive a FREE certificate of achievement, a Workshop Apron, and a commemorative pin. All participating Home Depot Locations.

Pflugerville Bike Rodeo- Saturday, April 5, from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Spend a fun-filled Saturday with Pflugerville’s finest! The annual Bike Rodeo is sponsored by the Pflugerville Police Department and offers the following: Bicycle Registration, Safety Instructions, Riding Instructions and 8 different challenges, Police, Fire and EMS demonstrations all day, Child ID’s, Displays by Central Texas Law Enforcement Agencies, Pflugerville Fire onsite with truck. FREE! Pflugerville High School Parking Lot, 1301 W. PEcan, Pflugerville.

Play for All Egg Hunt (Round Rock)- Saturday, April 5, at 9:00 a.m. The Round Rock Parks and Recreation Department and Seton Medical Center present the Play for All Egg Hunt for children with special needs The event is FREE but pre-registration is required. Register at roundrockrecreation.com. This event focuses on active participation for children with various disabilities or limitations. Siblings of any age are welcome to participate. Wristbands can be picked up early at the Clay Madsen Recreation Center on Thursday and Friday, April 3 and 4 or on site on the day of the event. Please bring your registration confirmation to pick up your wristband. Play for All Abilities Park, 151 N. A.W. Grimes Blvd., Round Rock.

Dove Springs Health and Wellness Fair- Saturday, April 5, from 9:00 a.m. to Noon. Austin Public Health Week is April 5-11, and to celebrate we are partnering with the Mendez Middle School Family Resource Center to hold a community-wide Health and Wellness Fair. Everyone is welcome! Come for health screenings, cooking demonstrations, fun physical activity demonstrations (like Zumba and Jazzercise!), lots of health-related information, music, raffles, and fun! FREE! Mendez Middle School, 5106 Village Square, off Nuckols Crossing in Dove Springs, Austin.

Round Rock Market Days- Saturday, April 5, from 9:00am- 4:00pm. Market Days features farmers market items, arts and crafts, food vendors, and live music all day. Attendance is FREE!! Main Street, Downtown Round Rock.

Meet the Easter Bunny and Get Your Face Painted- Saturday, April 5th from 10 a.m. -1 p.m. Meet the Easter Bunny and enjoy Face Painting!!! Use this coupon for 20% off! FREE!  Sky Toys and Books, 701 S. Capital of Texas Hwy.

Hancock Hop-a-Palooza- Saturday, April 5, from 10:00 a.m. to noon. Bring your friends, family, and neighbors and join the fun at this year’s Community Easter Egg Hunt. Activities include: Easter Egg Hunt, Face Painting, Field Games, Carnival Games, Bounce House, Easter Crafts, Cake Hop, Pictures with the Easter Bunny. Free food and great prizes! FREE! Bring your Easter basket and camera.  Hancock Recreation Center, 811 E. 41st Street,  Austin.

Montopolis Easter Celebration- Saturday, April 5, from 10:30 a.m. to noon. Come join the Montopolis Recreation Center, at 1200 Montopolis Drive, for this year’s eggstravaganza! Children up to 12 years old will have an opportunity to look for the golden egg! There will be arts and crafts, and face painting.  Also, expect a very special visit by the Easter Bunny.  Prizes for this event are donated by the Travis County Sheriff’s Posse.  FREE! Montopolis Recreation Center, 1200 Montopolis Drive, Austin.

The Cat in the Hat- Saturday, April 5, at 11 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. Sally and her brother are stuck home in the rain, when a Cat comes knocking at the window pane! But the Cat has brought friends, Thing One and Thing Two, who make messes and problems and oh, what to do?! Mischief and mayhem and laughter galore, bring the kids—they’ll clamor for more! Recommended for children ages 3 and older. Tickets: $16 adults, $14 youth. ZACH Theatre, Kleberg Stage, 1510 Toomey Road, Austin.

Dirty Pigeon Storytime- Saturday, April 5 at 11:00 a.m. The Pigeon needs a bath! Except, the Pigeon’s not so sure about that. Besides, he took a bath last month! Maybe. Join us as we read the brand new Pigeon book for Storytime. Stay afterwards for fun, crafty activities! FREE! Barnes and Noble in the Arboretum, 10000 Research Blvd., Austin.Advertisement
Texas Veg Fest- Saturday, April 5, from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.  Local and national sponsors and vendors, educational lectures, cooking demonstrations, community outreach, a featured nonprofit, youth activities, fantastic food, craft beer, and live music are just a few of the activities Texas VegFest offers for everyone to enjoy! FREE! Fiesta Gardens on Lady Bird Lake, 2101 Jesse E. Segovia Street, Austin.

The Good-Pie Party with Liz Garton Scanlon- Saturday, April 5 at 11:30 a.m. Join us today for a good old pie party to celebrate the new book from Austin author and Caldecott Honoree Liz Garton Scanlon, The Good-Pie Party!  When Posty has to move away, only one thing can comfort her and her best friends: baking pie! Bring the kids down today as we celebrate good friends, good memories and, of course, PIE!  FREE! (We recently featured Liz’s reading list on LiveMom!). BookPeople, 603 N. Lamar Blvd., Austin.

Recycled Reads Storytime- Saturday, April 5, at 1:00 p.m. Join us for a special monthly storytime at Recycled Reads! FREE! Recycled Reads, 5335 Burnet Road, Austin.

Heritage Festival Cedar Park)- Saturday, April 5, from 1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. The 8th annual Heritage Festival will feature live music and dance, great food, demonstrations, pony rides, petting zoo, train rides, kids’ rodeo, games, face painting, rock wall, quad jump, washer tournament, photos with a longhorn (bring your camera), inflatables, sack races, mechanical bull, and carnival rides.  The festival will be held in conjunction with the Cedar park Chamber of Commerce Cedar Fest, which includes a Kansas City Barbeque Society sanctioned BBQ cookoff. FREE! Milburn Park, 1901 Sun Chase Blvd., Cedar Park.

Umlauf Family Day- Sunday, April 6, from Noon- 4:00 p.m. First Sundays offer a special, hands-on program designed for families with children, four to fifteen years old. Families have the opportunity to explore the Umlauf collection and exhibitions in the garden and museum while engaging in creative activities. April’s Family First Sunday will feature a Kimono Fashion Show by Japan-American Society of Greater Austin (2:30pm), story time with BookPeople (1pm), bronze sculpture demonstration with Texas Society of Sculptors (2pm), and Yoga for all ages (12pm). FREE!  Umlauf Sculpture Garden, 605 Robert E. Lee Road, Austin.

Matzah Making in the Spark Yard- Sunday, April 6, at 12:30, 2:30 and 6:00 p.m. Do you know what Matzah is or what it is made of? Stop by Spark Yard to join our friends from Chabad of Austin in making Matzah from start to finish! This event is part of our STEAM on the Spot series, and included with admission ($9 with $1 off when you show your IKEA Family Card in the month of April) for the day. Thinkery, 1830 Simond Avenue, Austin.

Concert Crawl- Sunday, April 6 on the hour beginning at 1:00, 2:00 and 3:00 p.m. A series of short, informal music concerts performed by talented students of the Butler School of Music will be presented at four of Austin’s most popular cultural destinations. Concert programs will last about 20 minutes, are FREE and open to the public. Each mini-concert will feature a variety of music masterworks specifically chosen to respond to the art and collections exhibited at the museums. Travel from each location to hear all four music programs, and enjoy an inspiring afternoon of music, history, art, and fun. The Bullock Texas State History Museum (1800 Congress Avenue, will feature a wind quartet performing John Harbison’s Quintet for Winds. Across the street at the Blanton Museum of Art (200 E Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard), a piano trio will perform Astor Piazzolla’s Four Seasons. A trombone quartet will perform at Mark di Suvero’s Clock Knot in Landmarks’ public art collection – look for the tall red abstract sculpture located on the lawn at the corner of East Dean Keeton & Speedway streets. And, at the Harry Ransom Center (300 West 21st Street), a string quartet will perform Beethoven’s Opus 59, No. 1.

TEXplorations- Sunday, April 6, at 2:00 p.m.  Where will your imagination take you? Join us for Family Story Time on the first Sunday of each month, 2-5 year olds will enjoy a FREE Story Time that is geared just for them with hands-on activities, stories, songs, games, and more! Story Time will take place on the Second Floor Lobby. Museum admission is FREE from Noon- 6:00 p.m. on the first Sunday of every month. Bullock Texas State History Museum, 1800 N. Congress Ave, Austin.

ImprovED Shakespeare’s As You Like It- Sunday, April 6, at 4:30 p.m. The ImprovEd Shakespeare’s company of youth players (ages 7-12) will introduce younger audiences to Shakespeare’s “As You Like It.” They will mix Shakespeare’s original verse with modern narration in one of the bard’s most beloved comedies. This will be a great introduction to the upcoming Free Shakespeare in the Park show produced by Austin Shakespeare at Zilker’s Hill side Theater coming up in May.  FREE! Austin Public Library- Ruiz Branch, 1600 Grove Blvd., Austin.

For more upcoming Easter events, check out our Easter Event Roundup post in Austin and the ‘burbs!

 

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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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