The Weekenders: Events for Austin Families, April 5-7, 2013

Cedar Park Movies in the Park: Brave–  Friday, April 5 at 8:00pm. Bring your blankets and lawn chairs as there will be plenty of grass area available. Concessions will not be available; you are welcome to bring a picnic. Glass containers are prohibited. Admission is FREE!! Elizabeth Milburn Park located at 1901 Sun Chase Blvd.

Austin Movie in the Park: Ratatouille Friday, April 5 at 8:00pm. Grab a blanket or your favorite low back lawn chair and come enjoy a movie under the starts. Pack a picnic for the family and hang out with our great community. FREE!! Northwest Recreation Center, 2913 Northland Drive.

Leander Movies in the Park: Brave Friday, April 5 at dusk. Often described as a combination of state-of-the-art technology and the nostalgia of the 1950s drive-in, the Movies in the Park series provides families the opportunity to spend time together under the stars while enjoying first run movies…all for FREE!! We encourage you to bring your lawn chairs, blankets, and a picnic dinner. Concessions are also available. Glass containers are prohibited.  Friendly pets are welcomed on a leash. Robin Bledsoe Park, 601 S. Bagdad Road, Leander.

Round Rock Market Days- Saturday, April 6 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.

Taste & See Healthy Baby Food Class– Saturday, April 6 from 10:00- 11:00am. Take a FREE class “Making the Best for Your Very Best” Baby Food 101. The class is open to anyone that has a baby 0 to 12 months old.  Baby Earth, 106 E. Old Settlers Blvd., Suite D-100, Round Rock.

Texas Veg Fest- Saturday, April 6 from 11:00am to 6:00pm.  Austin’s first vegan festival featuring great food, craft beer, speakers, cooking demos, kids’ activities, sampling, and live music, returns for its second year. Texas VegFest is a great family event, featuring children’s yoga and tennis, a kids’ cooking demo, a seed planting activity, story time, coloring, and a bean bag toss. Or just relax by Lady Bird Lake while the kids romp in the grass. When you’re hungry, local food vendors will be hawking falafel, burgers, tacos, funnel cake, curry, ice cream, cupcakes, and more. And don’t forget to check out our more than 70 sponsors and vendors! Fiesta Gardens, 2101 Jesse E. Segovia Street.

Truck-a-Palooza – Saturday, April 6, from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m., to see Big Rigs, construction equipment, custom choppers, and more. This family-fun, up close and personal experience with anything and everything on wheels will benefit Beyond Batten Foundation’s “Run to the Sun” Team Hope. FREE with a suggested donation of $10 per family. Vista Ridge High School, John Gupton Stadium, 200 S Vista Ridge Blvd, Cedar Park.

Hans Christian Andersen’s The Little Mermaid- Saturdays, April 6-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.
Story Time: The Lonely Little Monster 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.

Home Depot Kid’s Worskhop: Build a Bird Feeder- Saturday, April 6 from 9:00am- Noon. FREE hands-on workshops designed for children ages 5 – 12.Workshops teach children do-it-yourself skills, tool safety and instill a sense of pride and accomplishment. All kids get to keep their craft and receive a FREE Kids Workshop Apron, commemorative pin and certificate of achievement. Paint will be provided at the workshop for children to personalize their bird feeder craft! All participating Home Depots.

First Saturday at The Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum – Saturday, April 6, from 2 – 6 p.m.  Visit the Museum exhibits for free.  Enjoy Story Time at 2 and 2:30 p.m. in the second floor lobby.  Family Story Time features a hands-on activity, songs, stories, games and more. April’s Story Time theme is Heroes and Legends. This month, Story Time will feature favorites about stars, cowboy hats, bluebonnets, and other symbols of Texas. FREE!! The Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum, 1800 N. Congress Avenue, Austin.

Pippi LongstockingSaturdays and Sundays, April 7-22 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.

Williamson County Master Gardener’s Spring Garden Fair – Saturday,  April 6 from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. The FREE event will feature expert presentations on gardening, hands-on activities for children, including a “Chickens in the Garden” station with live chickens, books, garden items, plants (primarily native perennials) and food for purchase. In addition, the fair will offer demonstration stations providing step-by-step instruction on how to propagate a rose, create compost, develop rainwater harvesting, enhance your garden with herbs and vegetables, and much more!  AgriLife Extension Grounds, 3151 SE Inner Loop, Georgetown.

Hats Off to Seuss! Exhibition- April 6th 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.

Zilker Garden Festival– Saturday and Sunday, April 6 & 7 from 10am- 5pm. For over 50 years, the annual Zilker Garden Festival has been a one-stop, garden shopping destination when spring arrives in Austin and Central Texas. A family-friendly event, the garden festival offers something for everyone – the annual Flower Show in the Garden Center, featuring judged designs and an array of horticultural specimens. This year’s theme is “Remember Our Beginnings”, live music from the Soundstage in the Rose Garden – with a variety of musical offerings both afternoons, Gardening Talks under the big, white tent next to the Garden Center – where novice and seasoned gardeners will enjoy talks from local gardening experts, the always fun and interactive Kids’ Corner in the Rose Garden – where kids can build a birdhouse, have their faces painted, make dinosaur masks and butterfly wings, enjoy tasty food offerings at the Food Court in the Oak Grove on the Escarpment Trail. Cost: $7 adults, $3 children ages 5-12. Parking: $5. Zilker Botanical Garden, 2220 Barton Springs Road.

Kids Fest and Baby ExpoSaturday and Sunday, April 6-7 from 10:00am- 5:00pm. Baby races, face painting, kids cooking, pony rides, magic show, family yoga. Cost: $5 adults. Free for  kids. Palmer Events Center, 900 Barton Springs Road.Advertisement
Meet the Makers: Make Your Own Soap- Sunday, April 7 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.

Family First Sundays at Umlauf – Sunday, April 7, from noon – 4 p.m. UMLAUF invites families to explore the sculptures in the garden and museum, while engaging in creative art making. Family First Sunday will offer art activities, yoga, and performances from noon – 4 p.m. All Family First Sunday events and activities are FREE with the cost of admission ($0-$3.50). UMLAUF Sculpture Garden & Museum, 605 Robert E Lee Rd., Austin.

Big Day in the Park– Sunday, April 7, from 8:00am- 4:00pm. Join us for plenty of birding and nature walks including activities for families and children. While attendance and all activities are free, the Big Day in the Park will raise funds to continue the Commons Ford Prairie Restoration Project and tax-free donations of any amount are encouraged. FREE!! Commons Ford Park, 614 N. Commons Ford Rd.

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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