The Weekenders: Events for Austin Families, August 1-3, 2014

Happening all weekend:

Alamo Kids Camp – Friday, August 1, Saturday, August 2 and Sunday, August 3. See An American Tail at Alamo Drafthouse Village (2700 West Anderson Ln, Austin), Babe at Alamo Drafthouse Slaughter (5701 W Slaughter Ln, Austin) or Rango at Alamo Drafthouse Lakeline (14028 N US Hwy 183, Bldg F, Austin). Verify showtimes before heading out as they frequently change. All Alamo Kids Camp screenings are FREE! Tickets are available at the box office on the day of the show, and seating is first come, first served. No children under the age of 3 will be admitted. Families with loud children will be asked to leave.

Zilker Summer Musical: Oklahoma! – Friday, August 1, Saturday, August 2, and Sunday,August 3 at 8:30 p.m. Set in a Western Indian territory just after the turn of the century, this high-spirited rivalry between the local farmers and cowboys provides a colorful backdrop for Oklahoma!, one of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s most cherished collaborations. Read what to know before you go.  FREE! The City of Austin charges $5.00 per car for parking in Zilker Park. Zilker Hillside Theater,‎ 2201 Barton Springs Rd, Austin.

Stone Soup- Saturday, August 2 at 10:00 a.m. and Sunday, August 3 at 2:00 p.m. In a grey town made entirely of stones, where everyone is afraid of everything, a charming stranger arrives with nothing to fear. Will he inspire the citizens to take back their city and tear down their thousand foot wall? Will his new-found friend find the courage to use her power to bring the magical city back to life?  This imaginative, high-energy, comedic re- telling of the classic folk tale uses an eclectic mix of rock/pop/folk and world music to create a fresh new musical.
All ages. Tickets: $10. The Long Center for Performing Arts, 701 W. Riverside Drive, Austin.


Mr. Johnny’s Family Band at Senor Buddy’s- Friday, August 1, from 7:00- 10:00 p.m. Bring the kids for a fun and interactive music show with scarves, bubbles, rhythm sticks, bean bag animals and more!  Plus Kiddie open mic and Special guests: The Que Pastas! Mom and Dad can enjoy a great meal while the kids sing, dance, jump, and play along with Johnny Sharon Amber & Nick! Music show is FREE! Arrive early and order dinner on the big outdoor patio! Senor Buddy’s Restaurant, 8600 Hwy 290 West, (turn on Circle Dr.).

Frozen Friday: Cool Off with Olaf! - Friday, August 1 at 7 p.m. Barnes & Noble is celebrating Disney’s Frozen, the highest-grossing animated film of all time, with Frozen Friday: Cool Off with Olaf!” a sing-along and Storytime event.  Barnes & Noble at the Arboretum invites fans of Olaf, everyone’s favorite summer-loving snowman, to a sing-along of Olaf’s “In Summer” song, a special Storytime, and crafts and activities such as building a sand castle and making a snow cloud and snowflakes so Olaf can go to the beach. Frozen Friday will thrill fans of all ages and prove to be the coolest summer celebration this year! FREE! Barnes and Noble Arboretum, 10000 Research Blvd., Austin.


Round Rock Market Days-Saturday, August 2 from 9:00am- 4:00pm. Market Days features farmers market items, arts and crafts, food vendors, and live music all day. Attendance is FREE! Downtown Round Rock.

KIDS CLUB: Summer Keychain and Bracelet -Saturday, August 2 from 10am- noon. Let your kids explore their creativity while you shop! Let your creativity bloom. Embrace summer style at Michaels. Make a must-have, one-of-a-kind DIY key chain or bracelet with your creativity. Only $2 per child reserves 30 minutes for your creative kid. Sessions starting every half hour from 10am – 11:30am. See a store associate to join the fun! All participating Michaels locations.

Austin Amazing Pet Expo- Saturday, August 3, from 10:00 a.m.- Bring your pet to the 2014 Austin Amazing Pet Expo! You’re welcome to bring your dog or your bird or even your lizard – just make sure that you have proof of current age-appropriate immunizations (if applicable) and that your canine companion is on a non-retractable lead. Check out a special appearance by Shorty Rossi (and his pit bull, Hercules), star of ‘PIT BOSS’ on Animal Planet, 165 + pet-friendly exhibitors and rescue groups, see live demonstrations in agility, obedience training, pet care, and activism, great giveaways and prizes, amazing discounts on your favorite pet products, talent contest and costume contest, and much more fun for the whole family.  And if you’re looking to add a new pet to your family, a mega-adoption event sponsored by Banfield Pet Hospitals will have more than 300 pets available for adoption.Admission is FREE. Palmer Events Center, 900 Barton Springs Rd, Austin.
AdvertisementRecycled Reads Storytime- Saturday, August 2 at 1:00 p.m. Please join us for our monthly storytime with Miss Aubrey and Miss Laura. We welcome story lovers of all ages! An upcycled craft follows the storytime. FREE! Recycled Reads, 5335 Burnet Road, Austin.

Summer Saturdays: Family Fun at the French Legation Museum- Saturday, August 2.  Tour times are 1:15, 2:00, 3:00 and 4:00 pm. Join us for family fun with outdoor activities when you come in for a guided tour of the historic house and detached kitchen. Tours of the Historic house and detached kitchen are $5 per person with children ages 5 and under free. This Saturday, kids will build a kite and see how high it goes! French Legation Museum, 802 San Marcos Street, Austin.

Summer Reading Club Party (Pflugerville)- Saturday, August 2, from 2:00- 4:00 p.m. Bring the whole family to celebrate the end of the Summer Reading Club and find out which team read the most hours this summer! This fun-filled event will feature roving entertainment by Bonzo Crunch, face painting by Sunny Blossom, and balloon animals by Ms. Poppy. Enjoy light refreshments and carnival-themed games throughout the library. FREE! Pflugerville Public Library, 1008 Pfluger Street W., Pflugerville.

There’s Something Fishy Going on in Texas- Saturday, August 2, from 2:00- 3:00 p.m. There is something fishy going on in Texas! Join Bill Balboa from Sea Grant Texas (a Texas A&M University and NOAA affiliated program) and learn about marine and coastal habitats. You’ll learn who, and what, lives there! This includes the different animals animals on the Texas and Gulf Coasts, as well as sharks and rays. You’ll even get to touch and see several common Texas marine species (and yes, that includes…gulp…sharks and rays!) Recommended for ages 5 and up. FREE! Yarborough Branch Public Library, 2200 Hancock Drive, Austin.

Deep Eddy Splash Movie Night- Saturday, August 2, dusk. Come enjoy the final movie night this summer! Watch Despicable Me 2 at Deep Eddy Pool with your floats and favorite beach towel to enjoy a truly unique movie experience with movies beginning at dusk (approximately 8:45pm). Sponsored by Alamo Drafthouse. Free with pool admission. Admission: FREE Infant (under 12 months); $1.00 – Child 1 to 11 years; $2.00 – Junior 12 to 17 years; $3.00 – Adult 18 to 61 years; $1.00 – Senior 62 years + (All fees are $1 more for non-residents). Deep Eddy Pool, 401 Deep Eddy Ave., Austin.


Bullock Texas Museum’s Free First Sunday- Sunday, August 3. Enjoy FREE exhibit admission all day during Free First Sundays, held the first Sunday of every month. Families can explore the Story of Texas through three floors of exhibits that showcase artifacts from around the state. Special family programs from 12-3pm combine art creation, presentations by partner organizations, and gallery activities. This Sunday, travel backward to the 1960s and explore this wild decade with fun for families. Kids will make their own wearable 1960s art, explore 1968 with exhibit guides just for them, and much more. Hippie attire encouraged! Bullock Texas State History Museum, 1800 N. Congress Avenue, Austin.

Umlauf First Sunday – Sunday, August 3, from noon – 4 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. This month’s Family First Sunday will feature Yoga for all ages with Leti Alvarez (12:30), Story Time (1:00), Sculpture Demo with Texas Society of Sculptors (1:30), Music by Austin Lyric Opera (2:00), All Day: Paper mosaics, drawing in the garden, Sculpture Safari. Umlauf Sculpture Garden and Museum, 605 Robert E. Lee Drive, Austin.

Flying Theatre Machine- Sunday, August 3 at 2:00 p.m.The Hideout Theatre, Flying Theater Machine presents a hilarious and delightful family friendly improv show: The Pirates of Hideout Cove! Raise the sails! Our loveable and motley band of pirates is sailing the seas once again. Welcome aboard! To while away the long hours of our ocean voyages, we play games and regale each other with tales of our legendary past adventures–which magically come to life, often with the help of kids and their parents. Kids (and their adults) are highly encouraged to wear their pirate costumes to the show! The more the merrier! Cost: $5 per person.  The Hideout Theatre, 617 Congress Avenue, Austin.

In.gredients 2nd Anniversary Party- Sunday, August 3, from 6:00- 10:00 p.m. Come celebrate our 2-Year Anniversary with us! We’ve got tons of good stuff planned, including: A special Hops and Grain Greenhouse Anniversary brew in collaboration with Johnson’s Backyard Garden and FRESH Pressed Juice! Live music, vendor samples, and fun activities including live screen printing with Fine Southern Gentlemen Clothing (Choose from 4 designs! Bring your own shirt/bag, or grab one at the event), Tiny Tails to You Austin’s Traveling Petting Zoo (6-7pm), Face Painting and Arts and Crafts for the Kids, Lawn games, hair Massage w/ Matt Arnold, and more! FREE! In.gredients, 2610 Manor Road, Austin.

Austin Symphony Concerts in the Park – Sunday, August 3 at 7:30 p.m. Each Sunday, a different ensemble of the Austin Symphony will be featured at the Hartman Park, located on the grounds of the Long Center. This week, you can enjoy String music. Concertgoers are encouraged to bring a picnic dinner and blanket and make it a group outing. FREE parking will be available at One Texas Center, located on Barton Springs Rd. at S. 1st Street. Paid parking will be available at the Palmer Garage for $7. Hartman Concert Park (directions), Long Center, 701 W. Riverside Drive, Austin.



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