Metz Movies Under the Stars: Winnie the Pooh – Friday, at dusk. Bring your lawn chairs, blankets and snacks to enjoy an outdoor movie! Enjoy FREE popcorn and drinks! Metz Recreation Center, 2704 Canterbury Street.
Friday Night Storytime – Dotty and Sea Monster’s First Day- More back-to-school fun with Dotty by Erica S. Perl and Julia Denos and Sea Monster’s First Day by Kate Messner and Andy Rash. FREE!! Friday, 7:30pm. Barnes and Noble, La Frontera Village, 2701 Parker Road; Bldg. A, Suite 700, Round Rock.
Stargazing at the Roughs- Don’t miss this opportunity for the whole family to explore the galaxy together as our astronomer takes you on a tour of the Milky Way that’s truly out of this world! Behold the wonder of the cosmos through our Dobsonian telescopes and venture beyond the boundaries of our planet Earth. Learn about the constellations and marvel at the beauty and mystery of the universe in this spectacular free program for the whole family. Bring lawn chairs, refreshments and blankets for comfort and enjoy this family event. Program will be canceled in the event of inclement weather. FREE!! Friday, 9:30- 11:00pm. McKinney Roughs Nature Park.
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
Matt Smith’s World It’s a pot luck of NYC funk and jazz soulful stew with a New Orleans strut and a great big Texas sound. Caribbean flavors meet Mexican favors in a big sexy beat gumbo. Bass lines so sweet and smoky guitar riffs so meaty that you wont walk away disappointed.
- Saturday, 6:30- 9:30pm
100% guaranteed to put a THUMP in you Jump. Roxy Roca is a funky soul tour de force. It’s all funk, all soul all the time. Funky back beat, thumping bass, guitar licks like a kung fu chop to the soul, and a red hot horn section.
Alamo Kids’ Club: The Last Unicorn- Children age 3 and over will be allowed at all screenings of this show. No infants however, and families with loud children will be asked to leave. FREE!! Saturday, 11:00am. Alamo South Lamar.
Storytime- A weekend storytime for families with kids of all ages. FREE!! Saturday, 11:00am. Wells Branch Community Library, 15001 Wells Port Drive.
Baby Glow Disco- This is the Fourth instalment of Austin Baby Disco. Hosted by the lovely folks at Ruta Maya, and presented by LateNightHouseParty. Austin Baby Disco’s goal is to get like minded parents of babies, kids, and tweeners that love electronic dance music a safe and fun way to interact with their kids on the dance floor. There will also be lights, face painter, bubbles, hula hoops!!! Saturday, 4:00pm. Ruta Maya, 3601 S. Congress Ave.
The Greyhound Batfest- What will you see at BatFest this year? 1.5 million Mexican free-tailed bats emerging from under the bridge at dusk, 2 stages with live music, more than 75 arts & crafts vendors, delicious food and drinks, fun children’s activities, a bat costume contest and other bat activities, ALL FOR FREE!! Because bats are wild animals, it is hard to predict exactly when the emergence will begin but the flight usually begins between 7:00 – 8:30 p.m. The emergence can last up to ½ hour as 1.5 million Mexican free-tailed bats head out for their nightly flight. Bat Conservation International will have a festive booth on the bridge helping celebrate Austin’s favorite furry flying friends! Bring the entire family. Saturday, 5:00pm until midnight. The Ann Richards Congress Ave. Bridge.
Back to School Storytime –The smell of freshly sharpened pencils is in the air, which can only mean one thing: school’s about to start! Some of us are even heading off to school for the very first time, which can be scary and exciting and nerve-wracking all at once. So to calm some of those first day butterflies, we’re going to be reading How Do Dinosaurs Go to School along with other stories all about school! FREE!! Saturday, 11:30am. BookPeople, 603 N. Lamar Blvd.
Craft Time for Kids: Fun-to-Make bookmark- Create a personalized bookmark to save your place. FREE!! Saturday, 11:00am- 3:00pm. Lakeshore Learning Center, 9828 Great Hills Trail.
Lowe’s Build and Grow Clinic: Shrek Onion Carriage -Our DreamWorks Summer is coming to an end this week. Don’t miss the fun! You child will love this cool Onion Carriage featuring Shrek and Fiona! 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.
Sunday Morning Kids’ Show- Ruta Maya is closing it’s location on Congress Ave. on August 31st so this will be the last kid’s show until a new location opens. There will be a special double feature with Mr Johnny and Sharon (with a special performance by Nick and Amber) on Sunday at 10:00am and then at 10:45 the Que Pastas will be on stage. This show is FREE but tips for the performers are appreciated. Ruta Maya, 3601 S. Congress Ave.
Hartman Concerts in the Park – Sunday, August 19 at 7:30 p.m. 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 26. Each Sunday a different ensemble of the Austin Symphony will be featured. This Sunday, it will be Big Band/ Concertgoers are encouraged to bring a picnic dinner and blanket and make it a group outing. Free Parking is available at One Texas Center located on Barton Springs Rd. at S. 1st St. The Long Center, 701 W. Riverside Drive, 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.
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.
Identification Day- Have you ever wondered about a fossil you’ve found? Then bring it with you to Identification Day. Scientists and experts from all over Central Texas are on hand to look at and identify natural objects (fossils, bones, rocks, etc.) and archaeological materials (arrowheads, points, scrapers, etc.). Scientists from Texas Natural Science Center’s Non-vertebrate Paleontology Lab and Vertebrate Paleontology Lab, and Texas Natural History Collections are present at each ID Day, along with a variety of special guest experts from The University of Texas at Austin and the Austin area. Identifications are for educational purposes only. Participating scientists and experts do not provide authentications or appraisals for monetary (market) value or for legal purposes. FREE!! Sunday, 1:00- 4:45pm. Texas Natural Science Center, Texas Memorial Museum, 2400 Trinity Street.
Sunday Storyime- Enjoy an all-ages, FREE storytime on Sunday at 1:00pm at Faulk Central Library, 800 Guadalupe Street.
Come Dance 2012!-Dance FREE all afternoon! Everyone is invited! Refreshments, Discounts off class & workshop purchases will be offered at Come Dance so you will keep dancing all year!! Prize Drawings will include: One Month Unlimited dance & fitness classes, One Pilates New Client Package, Ballet Austin Season Tickets for 2, Ballet Austin fête*ish tickets for 2, Ballet Austin t-shirt. NO need to sign up ahead of time. Just come dance! Sunday, 1:00- 6:00pm. Ballet Austin’s Butler Dance Education Center, 501 W. 3rd St. (corner of 3rd & San Antonio).
22nd Annual Hot Sauce Festival- If you wanna beat the heat this summer, then you gotta eat the heat- join The Austin Chronicle for the world’s largest hot sauce festival with live music throughout the day. FREE to the public (with a donation of three healthy, non-perishable food items or a cash donation to the Capital Area Food Bank of Texas). Sunday, 11:00am- 5:30pm. Fiesta Gardens, 2100 Jesse E. Segovia St.
A Taste of Italy- Ferrari & Alfa Romeo’s Car Show, Fiat 500, Art & Crafts, Paintings, Portraits, Mosaics, Jewelry, Stained Glasses, Metal artworks, Lots of Italian Food from some of the best Italian restaurants in Austin: Siena, Carmelo’s, Trento, Gusto and Lucky’s Puccias; Pizza from Austin’s Pizza, Wine from Vino Vino, Gelato, and Espresso; Live Music from Austin Lyric Opera, and Accordionist, Violinist & Mandolin players. Dance: Mediterranean Belly Dance and much more!!! Cost: $10.00 per person; FREE for kids under 10. There will be face Painting & Balloon Twisters, Bocce Games, and much more for the kids! Sunday, 4:00- 9:00pm. Austin Museum of Art at Laguna Gloria, West 35th Street.