The Weekenders: Events for Austin Families, August 10-12, 2012

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.  Here is the lineup of FREE entertainment:

  • Friday,  6:30 – 9:00pm Son y No Son is a long established Austin, TX Latin dance ensemble led by Rey Arteaga and accompanied by some of the best musicians in Austin. This group was founded in October of 1999. They perform a diverse array of Latin genres with a focus on traditional Cuban styles such as Son, Bolero, Guajira, and Cha-Cha.
  • Saturday, 6:30- 9:00pm WC Clark “The Godfather of Austin Blues” – has been playing the blues from the east side of Austin to stages around the world for over 40 years.

54th Annual Zilker Summer Musical: The Sound of Music – An Austin summer tradition is back again this year with The Sound of Music! Bring blankets and settle down at dusk (approx. 8:30pm) every Thursday through Sunday until August 11th for FREE!! Beverley S. Sheffield Zilker Hillside Theatre, across from the pool at Barton Springs.

Friday Night Storytime – Mouse is waiting by the river for her Special Friends. Where are they? Find out in Very Special Friends by Jane Chapman. FREE!! Friday, 7:30pm. Barnes and Noble, La Frontera Village, 2701 Parker Road; Bldg. A, Suite 700, Round Rock.

Movies Under the Stars: The Incredibles – The FREE movie begins at sunset on Friday. Free popcorn and drink. Metz Recreation Center, 2704 Canterbury St.

Round Rock Movies in the Park: Dolphin Tale – The movie begins at dusk on Friday, but be sure to arrive early to see the exciting pre-movie presentation by Hanger, INC. Kona Ice will be on site serving dessert! FREE!! Lakeview Pavilion in Old Settler’s Park, 3300 Palm Valley Boulevard, Round Rock.

Bubbblepalooza- Music, chalk art and most importantly, bubbles! Join us for a morning of fun and rock out with your little ones to the sounds of Austin’s favorite kiddie rock bands. Local live music includes: Jenn Hartmann of the Snow Days, The Groundworks Orchestra and headlining group The Jellydots. Keep your kiddos moving and stretching during the music breaks with kiddie yoga by The Little Yoga House. Our friends over at ToyJoy will have an official “Bubble Professor” on hand for bubble demonstrations and a special photo area will provide the perfect keepsake! Saturday, 9:00am- Noon. FREE!! The Long Center for Performing Arts, 901 Riverside Drive.

Lowe’s Build and Grow Clinic: Shrek Dragon Ride - Shrek and Donkey are flying into Lowe’s this week! Bring your child to Lowe’s and they can build Shrek’s Dragon Ride! Saturday clinics begin at 10:00 A.M. Sunday clinics begin at 2:00 P.M.! FREE!! Kids will also get a free apron, goggle, patch and more! Must pre-register. Only at participating Lowe’s locations.

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. Saturday at 10 a.m. ColdTowne Theater, 4803 Airport Blvd., Austin.

A Year With Frog and Toad – Summer Stock Austin re-mounts B Iden Payne winner for Best Play for Youth 2011. Arnold Lobel’s amphibian friends are brought to life with verve and heart. We have the feeling of a friendship that can’t be shaken and will last these two a lifetime. That kind of friendship – trustworthy, steadfast, forgiving – may sound as old-fashioned to some as the Reales’ songs, a virtue of times past. But Lobel’s books tell a different story, and the way that director Michael McKelvey and his engaging young cast have realized them here, with sweetness and verve and heart, make it clear: True friendship never goes out of season. -By Robert Faires (Austin Chronicle). Acceptable for all ages. Saturday, 10:00am and Sunday, 2:00pm. Tickets: $10, $6 students. Rollins Theatre at the Long Center, 901 Riverside Drive.

Hands-On History:Integration of Schools in Williamson County – Learn what school life was like in 1964 through images and stories. Write your own newspaper article to document this historic event.  FREE!! All ages. Saturday, 10:00am- 2:00pm. The Williamson Museum, 716 S. Austin Ave. Georgetown.

Dragons Love Tacos Storytime – Join Ms. Monica every Saturday morning for awesome stories and amazing crafts! You do not want to miss out on all the fun! FREE!! Saturday, 11:00am. Barnes and Noble in the Arboretum, 10000 Research Blvd.

Alamo Kids’ Camp – Enjoy FREE movies for kids ages 3 and up at area Alamo Drafthouse locations. Double check show times before heading out, as they frequently change: Alamo Lake Creek —Rio, 11:00 a.m. Saturday and Sunday (13729 Research Blvd); Alamo South Lamar- Despicable Me,  Saturday and  Sunday at 10:30am; Alamo Slaughter Lane-Short Circuit, Saturday and Sunday at 10:35am. Alamo Village-  Bridge to Terabithia,saturday and Sunday, 10:10am.

Craft Time for Kids: Garden Collage- Children’s creativity will bloom as they turn colorful craft materials into a lush garden that’s crawling with critters.  FREE!! Saturday, 11:00am- 3:00pm. Lakeshore Learning Center, 9828 Great Hills Trail.

Hands-On Learning Klutz Explore the Galaxy – Have fun while learning about astronomy. Design and color your own custom stickers then use them to decorate the night sky and space-themed scenes. Parents and their children ages 4 and up. FREE!! Saturday, 11:00am. Barnes and Noble, The Homestead, 14010 US Hwy 183.
AdvertisementSummer Reading Finale – Grand prize drawings, followed by a program by Jungle Jim. See and learn about live insects, reptiles, and other critters. FREE!! Saturday, 11:00am. Wells Branch Community Library, 15001 Wells Port Drive.

Second Saturday for Families: Cold as Ice Painting – Cool down from that Austin summer heat as we paint with ice cubes! Plus, don’t miss a special puppet show performance of “Tiger Woman” by the Austin Public Library’s Literature Live! at 2pm.Admission: $10 per family, $5 for member families. Saturday, 11:00- 3:00pm. Austin Museum of Art at Laguna Gloria.

Austin Summer Musical for Children: Alice in Wonderland – Enjoy a FREE musical for children! Tickets will be available at the door 90 minutes before showtime. Showtimes: Saturday, 11:00am, 2:00pm and 4:00pm; Sunday, 2:00pm and 4:00pm. The George Washington Carver Museum & Cultural Center, Boyd Vance Theatre, 1165 Angelina St.

Bats in the Belfry Storytime – We do live in the city, but in Texas the countryside is never too far away!  One of the best things to do in Austin is to watch the bats fly out from underneath the Congress Bridge at dusk.  Today’s storytime is all about our favorite little, squeaky mascot – the BAT!  We’ll read Bats at the Ballgameand we’ll do some batty crafts too! FREE!! Saturday, 11:30am. BookPeople, 603 N. Lamar Blvd.

Summer Reading Celebration – If you participated in our Summer Reading Program this year, then today’s the day to celebrate your reading success here at BookPeople! Bring in your completed bookmark listing all six books you read this summer and claim your prize! You can also add your name to our wall of Summer Reading Stars, and hear about some great new books coming out this Fall. We’ll also have pizza! FREE!! Saturday, Noon. BookPeople, 603 N. Lamar Blvd.

Hatch Me if You Can Green Chile Festival - Join the Lamar store for Hatch Me If You Can, a Hatch green chile festival! It’s green chile season, and we invite you to celebrate that extraordinary pepper! Don’t miss the fun: Kids Maze | Relay Race | In-Store Scavenger Hunt | Ristras | Loose and Pre-Packaged Hatch Chiles | Roasting On-Site | Live Music | Live Cooking Demos with Hatch Green Chiles. FREE!! Saturday, Noon-3:00pm. Whole Foods, 525 N. Lamar Blvd.

Back to School Celebration – The Domain invites area residents to their Back to School Celebration on Saturday, August 11, 2012, from 2 – 7:30 p.m. During the event, The Domain will host runway fashion shows at 3 p.m., 4 p.m., 5 p.m., 6 p.m. and 7 p.m. Each show will highlight this season’s trends for children and teens as they head back to school in style. The shows will feature looks from favorite retailers including Aeropostale, Buckle, Dillard’s, Forever 21, Free People, Macy’s, Michael Kors, Shasa and Southern Thread. In between each fashion show, shoppers will enjoy unique dance performances choreographed by Shepherd Allen, Hip Hop Dance Instructor at Ballet Austin’s Butler Community School. Area families who attend this year’s event will receive complimentary back-to-school goodies and enjoy a photo booth, face painters, caricature artists and music by TODDY B and DJ 2DQ.  Domain II – Plaza near iPic Theaters, 11010 Domain Drive.

Lego Fun DayLearning Fun 101 creates a Lego spectacular. Children visit the different stations building and experimenting with a multitude of Lego ideas. Admission is one non-perishable food item for the Round Rock Serving Center. Saturday, 2:00- 3:30pm. Kaleidoscope Toys, 1601 S IH35, Suite 325, Round Rock.

Kinect Summer Games- In the spirit of the Summer Olympics, the Austin Microsoft Store will be holding Summer Kinect Games. Bring in the family for a few hours of fun playing Summer Olympic sports on the Kinect! All participants will receive an Olympic medal and the best athletes will receive $25 Microsoft Store gift cards. Come on out to test your athletic abilities during the Summer Kinect Games! FREE!! Saturday, 4:00- 7:00pm and Sunday, 4:00- 6:00pm. The Microsoft Store in the Domain.

Movies in the Park: The Smurfs – Twilight, with pre-movie activities starting on Saturday at 8:00 p.m. FREE!! Katherine Fleischer Park, 2106 Klattenhoff Dr.

Eastside Movies in the Park: The Goonies - Bring a blanket and snacks! FREE!! Saturday, 8:30 p.m. Fiesta Gardens, 2101 E Jesse Segovia St.

Sunday Morning Kids ShowSoco Kid Follies- Lala’s daycare brings to stage her daycare kids, dancing and acting in full costume, nursery tales, motion picture classics, and international dances. FREE!! Sunday, 10:30am.  Ruta Maya, 3601 South Congress Avenue.

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, Austin.

The Flying Theatre Machine: Fairly Silly Tales – Sundays at 2pm 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. Tickets: $8. The Hideout Theater, 617 Congress Ave.

Hartman Concert in the Park – In its tenth summer season, these FREE ensemble concerts take place in the Hartman Concert Park in front of the Long Center City Terrace and run on Sunday evenings through August 26th at 7:30 p.m. Each Sunday a different ensemble of the Austin Symphony will be featured.  This Sunday, it will be brass. Concertgoers are encouraged to bring a picnic dinner and blanket and make it a group outing. Sunday, 7:30pm. Free Parking is available at One Texas Center located on Barton Springs Rd. at S. 1st St.  The Long Center, 701 W. Riverside Drive.

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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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