The Weekenders: Events for Austin Families, August 5-7, 2011

Friday Night Storytime: Fandango Stew- Chili’s good, so is barbecue, but nothing’s finer than Fandango Stew by David Davis and Ben Galbraith. FREE!! Friday, 7:30pm. Barnes and Noble, La Frontera, Round Rock.

Music in the Park: Emerson Biggins- Bring your blankets and lawn chairs to enjoy FREE music in the park every other Friday. Friday, 7:00- 9:00pm. Pfluger Park, 515 City Park Road, Pflugerville

Dive In Movie Night- Enjoy a screening of Finding Nemo while cooling down in the pool. Movie is included in cost of admission ($3). Friday, 8:30pm. Lakeway Swim Center, 3103 Lakeway Blvd., Lakeway.

Live Music at the Domain- Live music at the Domain all weekend long! FREE!! Friday, 6:00- 8:30pm. Saturday, 2:00- 5:00pm and 6:00- 9:00pm.Sunday, 2:00- 5:00pm. The Domain, 11410 Century Oaks Terrace.

Free First Saturday: TEXplorations and Film- The museum offers FREE admission to the exhibits on Saturday from 2 – 6 p.m. on the first Saturday of each month with First Saturdays. Visitors can also take advantage of the monthly thematic TEXplorations Family Story Time from 2 – 4 p.m and the “Made in Texas Family Film Series”, a FREE screening of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius from 3:00- 5:00pm. The Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum, 1800 N. Congress Avenue.

Friday Family Fun Night: Lucas Miller, the Singing Zoologist. Admission is FREE with the donation of one non-perishable food item per person. Friday, 6:30pm. Kaleidoscope Toys, 1601 S IH35, Suite 325, Round Rock.

Opening Day Pep Rally- Come for a FREE day-long celebration of all things football. Hear from participants, supporters, and fans. Get a crash course in football rules, enjoy marching band performances, and watch dancers in action. Bring the whole family and explore why Texas high school football is more than just a game. Saturday, 11:00am- 3:00pm. The Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum, 1800 N. Congress Avenue.

Storytime with Austin Children’s Theatre- Austin Children’s Theater returns to Storytime! FREE!! Saturday, 11:00am. Barnes and Noble, Lakeline Crossing, 14010 US Hwy. 183.

Highland Mall Safety Fair- Visit over 12 agencies sharing safety information in a fun, informative way. Children can explore a fire truck, a railroad inspection vehicle, meet the bomb squad robots and more. There will be free, fun activities for the entire family including an appearance by the Austin Toros mascot, face painting, balloon artists, child identification and 10 minute CPR lessons. Enjoy fun and educational demonstrations and get up close and personal with safety equipment. FREE!! Saturday,  11am – 3pm. Highland Mall, 6001 Airport Blvd.

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

Mad About Science- Enjoy a FREE day of scientific exploration with live demos and a presentation by “Mad Science”. Saturday, 2:30- 4:30pm. Kaleidoscope Toys, 1601 S. IH35, Suite 325, Round Rock.

Family Matinee- Legend of the Guardians-Enjoy a FREE movie that is open to the public. Saturday, 2:00pm. Windsor Park Library, 5833 Westminster Drive.

ART Storytime- Today’s storytime is for all the finger painters, scribblers, and glue eaters out there – it’s a storytime all about ART! We’ll be reading The Dot and other books all about beautiful things. Then, perhaps we’ll do an art project of our own! FREE!! Saturday, 11:30am.  BookPeople, 603 N. Lamar Blvd.

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

Splash Party Movie Nights: Tangled- Float in the spacious spring fed pool, picnic on the lawn, enjoy refreshments from our concession stand and watch a feature film at dusk every summer Saturday night. FREE!! Deep Eddy Pool, 401 Deep Eddy Ave.

Superhero Summer Cinema- Join us for a screening of the film X-Men 2 as part of Superhero Summer Cinema Series. FREE!! Saturday, 1:30pm. University Hills Branch Library, 4721 Loyola Lane.

Little Lounge Lizards- Keep cool and celebrate Independence Day next weekend at Little Lounge Lizards’ next family dance party on Qua’s cool see through dance floor. DJ Syko will be spinning great dance hits! As always, families are invited to attend with children ages 10 and under to boogie the afternoon away!  Yummy Clif Bar snacks are included with admission. Tickets: $9.00 in advance, $10.50 at the door with a limited number available. Saturday, 1-4pm. Qua, 213 W. 4th Street.Advertisement
Home Depot Kids Workshop- Bring your kids to this FREE How-To Workshop for kids ages 5-12 years old where they will build a pencil box. Saturday, 9:00am- Noon. All participating Home Depot Locations.

Family Storytime- Family Storytime is open to all ages. Come enjoy books, music and crafts with Miss Kit. Call 512-401-5634 for more details. FREE!! Saturday, 10:00am. Cedar Park Public Library, 600 N. Bell Blvd., Cedar Park.

Sensory Friendly Films- The Smurfs- AMC Theatres (AMC) and the Autism Society have teamed up to bring families affected by autism and other disabilities a special opportunity to enjoy their favorite films in a safe and accepting environment on a monthly basis with the “Sensory Friendly Films” program. Tickets are $4-6 and can be purchased on the day of the event.  Saturday, 10am. AMC Barton Creek 14, 2901 Capital of Texas Highway.

Storytime- A storytime for all ages! FREE!! Saturday, 11:00am. Well Branch Community Library, 15001 Wells Port Drive.

Family Nature Quest- Come to the park for a fun family hike as a naturalist guides you along one of our many beautiful trails. We’ll bring together a unique blend of natural history to describe how water conservation and land stewardship is vital to the animal, plant and human life along its banks.  After your hike, visit McKinney Roughs’ interactive exhibits and enjoy a nature craft or borrow a trail pack and take the kids outside to enjoy one of our self-guided nature scavenger hunts together. Bring a picnic lunch, and make it a nature day! Hike is limited to the first 20 participants and is designed to include families with children of all ages. Clubs or groups should schedule a private hike. Saturday, 10:00am- 1:00pm. FREE!! McKinney Rough Nature Park.

Food-Free Family Storytime-The Round Rock Public Library presents Food-Free Family Storytime, a reading activity that welcomes families with children of all ages to a fun environment that’s safe for individuals affected by food allergies. This interactive program includes a variety of activities such as books, fingerplays, music, movies, and puppets. FREE!! Saturday, 10:30am. Round Rock Public Library 216 E. Main Street, Round Rock.

A Year With Frog and Toad- Directed by Michael Mckelvey, this charming tale follows the lives of two amphibious friends, Toad, a nervous worrywort and the perky positive Frog. The musical follows the pair for a year …through a woodland adventure where they meet many crawling, buzzing and hopping friends along the way. A cute and colorful musical, A Year With Frog and Toad is sure to entertain the young ones with it’s sweet story and catchy songs. Acceptable for all ages. Saturday, 10:00am and Sunday, 2:00pm. Tickets: $10, $6 students. Rollins Theatre at the Long Center, 901 Riverside Drive.

Blacksmithing Demonstrations and Classes- See our smithy in operation and enroll for the basics of blacksmithing, or for an advanced class. Learn about this Old World trade in our historic shop. Saturday and Sunday, 10:00am- 3:00pm. Admission: $8 adults, $6 children, 2 and under free. Pioneer Farms, 10621 Pioneer Farms Drive.

53rd Annual Zilker Summer Musical: Footloose- An Austin summer tradition is back again this year with Footloose: The Musical! Bring blankets and settle down at dusk (approx. 8:30pm) every Thursday through Sunday until August 13th for FREE!! Beverley S. Sheffield Zilker Hillside Theatre, across from the pool at Barton Springs.

Alamo Drafthouse Summer Kids Camp- See a FREE screening of Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 3D.. Only children age 3 and older will be admitted, except on Baby Day when all ages are welcome. Saturday and Sunday, 10:30am. Alamo Drafthouse Lake Creek, 13729 Research Blvd.

The Curious Case of Rumpelstiltskin- There once was a strange little man with a hard to remember name and a knack for turning straw into gold. Years after trying to take the queen’s child, Rumpelstiltskin has served his time and completed his punishment. But, is he a changed man? Rumpelstiltskin is trying to prove that he is a legitimate business man. Things aren’t going too well for this shrewed salesman. When he sells straw and sticks to the pigs as house building material, trades Jack’s cow for a few magic beans, and sells the Emperor’s tailors some fabric like they’ve never seen, the people of Fairytale land want justice! The trial begins July 30, 2011! Saturday, 11:00am, 2:00 and 4:00pm. Sunday, 2:00 and 4:00pm. FREE!! See you there! The George Washington Carver Museum & Cultural Center in the Boyd Vance Theatre, 1165 Angelina St.

Cool Crafts and Summer Fun- On Saturday, kids can learn how to make altered books at 1:00pm. On Sunday, a storyteller, Lorene Stillwell, shares summer tales drawn from her Scottish and Celtic roots. FREE!! Saturday and Sunday at 1:00pm. Recycled Reads, 5335 Burnet Rd.

Hartman Foundation Concerts in the Park- In its ninth 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 from June 5th through August 28th at 7:30 p.m. A gift from the Hartman Family Foundation, these concerts are presented to the Austin community in thanks for its continued, generous support. Each Sunday a different ensemble of the Austin Symphony will be featured at the new Hartman Park, located on the grounds of the Long Center for the Performing Arts, performing music from jazz and light classical to pops selections and film scores. Concert goers are encouraged to bring a picnic dinner and blanket and make it a group outing. FREE!! Sunday, 7:30pm. Free Parking is available at One Texas Center located on Barton Springs Rd. @ S. 1st St.

Flying Theater Machine: Magic Clubhouse- Sundays at the Hideout, Flying Theater Machine presents the only kid-oriented improv 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.There is a magic clubhouse filled with books that appears from time to time in the woods…and it will appear onstage every week! Climb on up the ladder and join two best friends for fun in their clubhouse–and journey with them on magical adventures. What will they find in the clubhouse next, and where will it transport them each week? Help us select which book to open and get swept away on adventures, rescues and mysteries that take us through time. To the clubhouse!Tickets: $8. Sunday, 2:00pm. The Hideout Theater, 617 Congress Ave.

Guitar Lessons by Luis Banuelos- FREE Guitar Lessons by Luis Banuelos, for anyone in the Austin community. Ages 12 and up. People are encouraged to donate their old or new guitars for underprivileged students. Sunday, 5:30- 7:00pm. Ruta Maya Coffee Shop, 3601 S. Congress.

Sunday Morning Kids Show: Be Groovy, Be Green- Bring the kids out to enjoy kid-friendly performances by local Austin musicians and entertainers for FREE!! Sunday, 10:30am. Tips for performers appreciated. Sunday, 10:30am. Ruta Maya Coffee, 3601 S. Congress Ave.

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