The Weekenders: Events for Austin Families, April 8-10, 2016

Friday, April 8, 2016

The Thinkery’s 2nd Annual Family Night: Bricks & Blocks Bonanza – 6:30-8:30pm. Calling all brick building fans! The Thinkery’s 2nd Annual Bricks & Blocks Bonanza Family Night is designed for brick building enthusiasts. Snap those blocks together and explore art, physics, and engineering with the brick building experts. Join us for a fun evening of creating with LEGO®, Duplo® and other blocks. Enjoy playful exploration with thematic activities at the Thinkery’s exclusive family after-hours event. Each Family Night features a different topic, but all include access to Thinkery’s exhibits and a cash bar with snacks, kid-friendly drinks, beer and wine. The Thinkery, 1830 Simond Avenue, Austin.

Saturday, April 9, 2016

Clean Sweep 2016 – 9 am – 2 pm. Each April, Keep Austin Beautiful hosts Clean Sweep, a city-wide service day spanning 130+ sites in 31 zip codes throughout Austin and resulting in over 29 tons of trash removed by 4,000 plus volunteer who contribute 8,700 combined service hours. The network of cleanups is followed by a not-to-be-missed volunteer party featuring free t-shirts, lunch, live music, children’s environmental activities, recycled art, a unique object contest, door prizes, and more! Register online. Locations throughout Austin.

Jamie Doesn’t Want to Take a Bath –  9:30 & 11:00 am. In this new play for very young children, Jamie’s mother is surprised when suddenly, the night before Jamie’s first day at pre-school, she simply refuses to take her bath. Young audience members will watch while Jamie’s mother tries all sorts of things to get her into the tub and to bed on time. The play presents a fun and tender tug of war that many children and caregivers will recognize. Jamie Doesn’t Want To Take A Bath invites Pollyanna’s youngest audience members to play along with Jamie and learn what it is to be an audience member all at the same time. Long Center for the Performing Arts, 701 W. Riverside Drive, Austin.

Second Saturday: Families Create - 11 am – 3 pm. Find your groove on the grounds of Laguna Gloria! Join us as we build a giant fort and experiment with fabric art inspired by the sci-fi disco world of Lise Haller Baggesen: Mothernism, on view in the Gatehouse Gallery. What will your flag look like? The Contemporary Austin offers free monthly hands-on art-making activities, brought to you by HomeAway. Recommended for ages 2–11. The Contemporary Museum of Art at Laguna Gloria, 3809 W. 38th Street, Austin.

South Asian New Year Festival – 11 am – 8 pm. The South Asian New Year Festival, or “Pohela Boishakh”, is an annual outdoor celebration showcasing the culture and diversity of South Asia. The Hillside Theater Stage will feature live dance and music performances along with authentic programs highlighting the colorful diversity of South Asian Culture. Off stage, visitors will be enticed to enjoy the wonderful foods and merchandise available in the Bazaar. FREE! Zilker Hillside Theater, 2206 William Barton Drive, Austin.

The Town Musicians of Mumbai –  11 am. The Town Musicians of Mumbai is an original Bollywood-inspired version of Grimms’ belovedBremen Town Musicians. When four loyal beasts become old and discarded, they set out to become famous musicians in the marvelous city of Mumbai. With live music from The Sacred Cowgirls (Austin’s own Bollywood swing band) and original Indian choreography and dance, this show will please one and all ages! Austin Scottish Rite Theater, 207 W. 18th Street, Austin.
AdvertisementGet Fit with BAM Academy at Springfree Trampoline - Noon – 5 pm. Celebrate National Public Health Week by navigating an obstacle course, learning some Parkour, and doing lots of jumping on Springfree Trampolines. The ultimate day of family fun is happening on the Lawn at The Domain. Enjoy free juice and snacks from KIND Bars, and then stick around for a free concert with the Que Pastas! FREE! The Lawn at The Domain, 3220 Amy Donovan Plaza, Austin.

Bliss Kid Yoga Fest – Noon – 4 pm.  Activities including a photo booth, mat decorating, AcroYoga, local vendors, family yoga classes, music, raffles every hour, silent auction and more! Silent auction and raffle items include jewelry from Kendra Scott, photo session with Chad W Adams Photography, Barton Creek Salon and Spa gift card, private yoga sessions and more! Ticket proceeds benefit family yoga programs at Easter Seals. Modo Yoga, 7010 Easy Wind Drive, Austin.

Family Movie Night at the Winery (Dripping Springs) – 7 pm. Watch The Princess Bride under the stars at the winery! Bring chairs and blankets. Food and drinks available for purchase. Cost: $10 for adults; children 12 and under are free. Bell Springs Winery, 3700 Bell Springs Road, Dripping Springs. 

Sunday, April 10, 2016

Sunday Music at Cherrywood Coffeehouse – 10 am. Enjoy a free performance by Groundwork Music Orchestra while enjoying coffee and brunch items. Cherrywood Coffeehouse, 1400 E. 38½ Street, Austin.

Kids Club Music Hour - 10 am. Drumming, dancing, singing, bubbles, scarf snowball fight, conga line, and a special mini-musical story with costumed characters, sets and cool backdrops. Join Johnny, Sharon, Amber, Nick and the “Hopsters” (our Kids Club youth performers), for a highly interactive music show! Experience the magic of a beautiful, historic Theater while Amber & the Hopsters greet your kids with a warm, friendly smile and encourage young audiences to participate and express themselves throughout the entire show. Get there early for snacks, coffee, juice and more in the lobby. Cost: $1 per person. Scottish Rite Theater, 207 West 18th Street, Austin.

Children’s Picnic: A Real Food Fair  – 1-5 pm. Pack a picnic and join Edible Austin, The SANDE Youth Project and the French Legation Museum for the fourth annual Children’s Picnic: A Real Food Fair. Enjoy live music, vendors, yoga, cooking demos, and more! The French Legation Museum, 802 San Marcos Street, Austin.

The Town Musicians of Mumbai1 pm. The Town Musicians of Mumbai is an original Bollywood-inspired version of Grimms’ belovedBremen Town Musicians. When four loyal beasts become old and discarded, they set out to become famous musicians in the marvelous city of Mumbai. With live music from The Sacred Cowgirls (Austin’s own Bollywood swing band) and original Indian choreography and dance, this show will please one and all ages! Austin Scottish Rite Theater, 207 W. 18th Street, Austin.

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