The Weekenders: Events for Austin Families, August 31- September 3, 2012

Metz Movies Under the Stars:  The Little Giants Friday, at dusk (about 8:20pm). Bring your lawn chairs, blankets and snacks to enjoy an outdoor movie! Enjoy FREE popcorn and drinks! Metz Recreation Center, 2704 Canterbury Street.

Full Moon Concert Series- Bring the family out to listen to The Mighty Pelicans! FREE!! Friday, 7:00- 9:30pm. Robin Bledsoe Park, 601 S. Bagdad Road, Leander.

Friday Night StorytimeIt’s Raining, It’s Pouring- Get ready for a rainy day with It’s Raining, It’s Pouring by Peter, Paul and Mary and Christine Davenier. FREE!! Friday, 7:30pm. Barnes and Noble, La Frontera Village, 2701 Parker Road; Bldg. A, Suite 700, Round Rock.

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
    Jeff Lofton Quartet- Jazz trumpet great Jeff Lofton will perform a special tribute concert in honor of the late great Austin jazz trumpet legend Kenny Dorham.
  • Saturday, 6:30- 9:30pm
    Dan Dyer- Dan Dyer is an amazing performer. His soulful voice and keyboard playing is top-notch. He continually draws comparisons to some of the most soulful performers every: Stevie Wonder, Dr.John, D’angelo, and Jim Croce.

How Do Dinosaurs Go to School 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, 10000 Research Blvd.

Mini Horses Storytime- Join us for Saturday Storytime at 11:00 am! This week we are so happy to welcome Minis and Friends. The mini horses will be available to pet. And, don’t forget your cameras, they would love to take a picture with you! FREE!! Saturday, 11:00am. Barnes and Noble, Sunset Valley Village, 5601 Brodie Lane.

Storytime- A weekend storytime for families with kids of all ages. FREE!! Saturday, 11:00am. Wells Branch Community Library, 15001 Wells Port Drive.

HITSquad Concert on the Georgetown Square – Friday, August 31, from 6 – 8 p.m. Celebrate the end of summer with the final Music on the Square performance in Georgetown’s Summer Concert Series. The HITSquad be performing ’80s and 90’s Rock and Pop hits on the beautiful Georgetown Square. Bring your own lawn chair or blanket to enjoy the free concert. Downtown Square, Georgetown.

French Storytime –Bonjour, BookKids! This week marks the anniversary of the Marquid de Lafayette’s birthday, the French general who saved us big time during the American Revolution. In his honor we’ll have a very FRENCH storytime. We’ll read Adele & Simon along with other French-y tales and make little French flags! FREE!! Saturday, 11:30am. BookPeople, 603 N. Lamar Blvd.

Craft Time for Kids: Where Am I? Door Sign- Customize your own double-sided door hanger with a shirt shaped collage collage that lets guests know if you’re in or out.  FREE!! Saturday, 11:00am- 3:00pm. Lakeshore Learning Center, 9828 Great Hills Trail.Advertisement
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.

Saturday Night Concert at Hill Country Galleria – Saturday, September 1 at 7 p.m. Hill Country Galleria will host FREE concerts in their outdoor amphitheater on Saturday nights this fall. Bring a blanket and enjoy this free Saturday Night Concert Series. Aaron Navarro will perform on Saturday. Hill Country Galleria, 12700 Hill Country Blvd., Bee Cave.

Free Goal Post Football Game Project at Home Depot – Saturday, September 1, from 9 a.m. – noon. The Home Depot offers FREE hands on workshops for kids ages 5 – 12. This Saturday, kids can build their very own goal post football game. In addition to their craft, kids will also receive a free kids workshop apron, a commemorative pin, and a certificate of achievement. To find a Home Depot near you, go here.

Liz Garton Scanlon Book Signing- Author of “Think Big,’speaks about her book. FREE!! Saturday, Noon. BookPeople, 603 N. Lamar Blvd. 472-5050,

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

Celebrate Me! Asia and China – Saturday, September 1, from noon – 4 p.m. Celebrate Me! is a travel exploration activity designed to celebrate similarity and diversity. Each time a Celebrate Me! event is held, the community is invited on a journey to explore a different culture and the artistic life of a community through language, food, geography, and history. Visit the George Washington Carver Museum and Cultural Center for free food, Chinese tea, music, dance, Kung Fu demonstrations and more.  George Washington Carver Museum and Cultural Center, 1165 Angelina, Austin.

Beach Bash with Joe McDermott – Saturday, September 1, from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. Join Northwest Family YMCA for a fun Family Beach Bash celebrating the end of summer and the beginning of a great school year! From 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. the outdoor pool will be open to community. There will also be a bounce house, face painting, family fun games and challenges, prizes, hot dogs, music and more! Joe McDermott will perform at 11 a.m. Please bring 3 cans of food to share with our neighbors in need.  For more information, visit the YMCA website or Joe McDermott’s website.  Northwest Family YMCA, 5807 McNeil Dr., Austin.

First Saturday at Bob Bullock Museum – Saturday, September 1, from 2 – 6 p.m.  Explore the Museum exhibits for FREE from 2 – 6 p.m. Family Story Time, with a hands-on activity, songs, stories, and games, will take place on the second floor lobby at 2 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. The Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum, 1800 N. Congress Avenue, Austin.

Del Castillo Concert at The Long Center – Saturday, September 1 at 7 p.m. The FREE City Terrace Concert series returns to The Long Center for the Performing Arts with a performance by Del Castillo. Bring your blanket and a picnic to enjoy this free concert on the terrace. The Long Center for the Performing Arts, 701 W. Riverside Drive, Austin.

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.

Splash Jam in Cedar Park – Sunday, September 2, from 4 – 9 p.m. The event is FREE and open to the public, and a great way to celebrate the end of summer!  Concessions and activities technically open at 5 p.m., but a washer tournament begins at 4 p.m. Guests can enjoy free live music, dancing, and inflatables. Other activities that involve a fee include food concessions, face painting, video games, laser tag, hamster balls, quad jump, spinner ride, super slide and rock wall. Milburn Pool will be open with regular pool admission rates. The night will finish off with a fabulous fireworks display. Elizabeth Milburn Park, 1901 Sun Chase Blvd., Cedar Park.

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Catherine Prystup founded 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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