The Weekenders: Events for Austin Families, August 20-22, 2010

Back to School Party- Join us for a special Back to School Party storytime event featuring two great books for you to enjoy: First Day Jitters by Julie Danneberg and Judy Love and Miss Nelson is Missing! by Harry Allard and James Marshall. Plus, fun, games and surprises! FREE!! Friday, 7:30pm. Barnes and Noble, La Frontera Shopping Center, Round Rock.

Music in the Park- Pack a picnic, bring the lawn chairs and listen to FREE live music by Inside Out Steelband while the kids play on the playscape. No glass containers allowed. Friday, 7:00- 9:00pm. Pfluger Park, 515 City Park Rd.

Hello Kitty Meet and Greet- Get ready to meet Hello Kitty in person!  Hello Kitty will be visiting Toy Joy from 4 – 6pm on Friday  and 2 – 4pm on Sunday! She looks forward to meeting you!  This will be a great opportunity for photos and to try out some special Hello Kitty refreshments! FREE!! Toy Joy, 2900 Guadalupe.

Sign Language Storytime- Enjoy a FREE sign language storytime at the Wells Branch Community Library. Saturday, 1:00pm. Wells Branch Community Library, 15001 Wells Port Dr.

Batfest- Enjoy arts, crafts, music, food,  bat watching, children’s activities, and educational displays with the scenic backdrop of Town Lake and downtown Austin. Come out and see between 1.5 and 2 million Mexican Free Tail Bats while shopping for creative items made in Austin. See over 20 bands on two stages. FREE Admission!! Saturday, 1:00pm- midnight. Congress Avenue Bridge.

Family Yoga with Cindy- Enjoy a FREE (with purchase from cafe) yoga session for the entire family! Saturday, 10:00-11:00am. Ruta Maya Coffee Shop, 3601 S. Congress Ave.

Crafts for Kids- Bring the kids, ages 3 and up, to make a Homework Helper. FREE!! Saturday between 11:00am- 3:00pm. Lakeshore Learning Store, 9828 Great Hills Trail.

Cupcake Smackdown- Enjoy noshing on some sweet morsels from local bakeries, challenging the current Guiness World Record for Most Jaffa Cakes Eaten in One Minute, participate in setting the World Record for Most People Simultaneously Frosting a Cupcake, check out local arts and crats, let out some energy whacking a cupcake pinata and launch some cupcakes from the cupcake cannon. FREE admission (must purchase cupcakes) with donations accepted. Saturday, 11:00am- 3:00pm. Le Cordon Bleu, 3110 Esperanza Crossing, and The Westin (across the street from Le Cordon Bleu), 11301 Domain Dr.

Pflugerville Police Department Open House- What a better way to introduce your family and new residents to the City than a tour and open house at the Police Department! Bring the family out to meet the officers, civilians and volunteers who work 24-7 to keep our city a safe and pleasant place to live. Tours of the Justice Center including the CID (criminal investigation division), the Communications Division (Dispatch), the incarceration areas, Patrol Division, Volunteers Center; Code Enforcement and Victim Services. Check out the motorcycle division and the Canine Division and don’t forget McGruff and the fingerprinting station! FREE!! Saturday, 10:00am- 2:00pm. Pflugerville Police Department, 1611 Pfenig Lane.

Twin Oaks Branch Library Grand Opening- There will be a building dedication ceremony, live music by the swinging Academy of Jazz Players, and abundant food and drink from local South Austin vendors. Bring the young ones out to enjoy a magic act and face painting fun! FREE!! Saturday, 10:00am. Twin Oaks Branch Library, 1800 S. Fifth Street.Advertisement
Hill Country Galleria Concert Series- Enjoy live music by Trey Werner Band with Blind Tactic  for FREE. Saturday, 7:00pm. Hill Country Galleria, 12700 Hill Country Blvd., Bee Cave.

Highland Mall Safety Fair- Connect with the  local agencies dedicated to keeping our community safe and families safe. FREE day of safety education, information, and fun which will feature a fire truck, APD bomb squad and robots, CPR lessons, child and senior ID kits and more. There will also be exhibits on crime prevention, drug and alcohol awareness, fire safety, bike safety, crime preventions and more. Saturday, 11:00am- 3:00pm. Highland Mall, 6001 Airport Blvd.

Storytime at Mitchie’s- Enjoy a FREE storytime and sign language featuring African-American folktales from 1:00-2:00pm every Saturday. Kids receive free refreshments, a gift and a 30% discount! Mitchie’s Gallery, 7801 N. Lamar Blvd., Bldg. B, Suite 148.

Butterflies! Storytime- This coming week marks the beginning of the Monarch butterfly Fall Migration! Because there are few things lovelier than a magnificent Monarch butterfly, we wanted to have a storytime all about these delicate, winged bugs. We’ll read the classic The Very Hungry Caterpillar along with other flittery and fluttery stories all about these gorgeous bugs. So bring your butterfly nets and open ears for a great storytime. FREE!! Saturday, 10:30am. BookPeople, 603 N. Lamar Blvd.

Family Storytime- Family Storytime is open to all ages. Come enjoy books, music and crafts. Saturday, 10:00am- 11:00am. FREE!! Cedar Park Public Library, 600 N. Bell Blvd.

Disney Film Festival- Enjoy a FREE viewing of Alice in Wonderland on Saturday at 1:00pm. Bring the entire family! Southeast Branch Austin Public Library, 5803 Nuckols Crossing Road.

Circus Chickendog- BANG! Who put a circus in my fairytale? Who put a fairytale in my circus? Circus Chickendog, that’s who! Come see the magical melee of mayhem created when a half dozen trick dogs, a singing Scarlet Macaw, a juggler, unicyclist, magician, and clown (along with some fantasy creatures) find themselves in a land of very strange rules sure to lead to entertaining predicaments that will test their moral fabric. Benefiting the Austin Humane Society. Saturday and Sunday, 1:00 and 2:30; Arrive 30 minutes prior to the show. Tickets, $12. Dougherty Arts Center, 1110 Barton Springs Rd.

Concerts in the Park- Join the Austin Symphony for their annual concert in the park series. Bring a picnic and lawn chairs while enjoying a range of music from pops to jazz. FREE!! Sunday, 7:30pm. Hartman Concert Park at the Long Center, 701 W.Riverside Dr.

Sunday Morning Kid’s Show- Bring the entire family for a FREE kid’s show with Greg Whitfield. Sunday, 10:30am. Ruta Maya Coffee Shop, 3601 S. Congress Avenue.

Austin Italian Festival- Join us with your family and friends for lots of fun and entertainment! Ferrari & Alfa Romeo Car’s Show, Moto Guzzi, Aprilia & Ducati Motorcycle’s Show, Vespa Scooters, T-Shirts, Art & Crafts, Portraits, Jewelry, Italian Food, Gelato, Espresso, Wine, Pizza, Olive Oil Tasting, Dj Live Music, Liric Opera Singers, Accordionists, Italian Violinist, Mediterranean Belly Dance, Face Painting, Hair braiding, Balloon Twister, Bocce game and much more! Sunday, 4:00- 9:00pm. $10 adults, free for kids under 12. Laguna Gloria, 3809 W. 35th Street.

Catherine Prystup
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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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