The Weekenders: Events for Austin Families, August 9-11, 2013

Pflugerville Music in the Park (The Zak Perry Band)– Friday, August 9 from 7:30- 9:30pm. This summer’s schedule provides a unique variety of entertainment.  Bring your lawn chairs, blankets, picnic baskets, friends and neighbors for a FREE evening of music and relaxation. Pfluger Park, 515 City Park Road.

Georgetown Music on the Square – Friday, August 9, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. Bring the family out to the Music on the Square Summer Concert with Mr. Johnny’s kid friendly entertainment. Kids open mic at 7 p.m. Downtown Georgetown.

Alvin & the Chipmunks – Friday, August 9 at 8:30 p.m.  FREE admission for the movie after 8 p.m. Extra fees for food and attractions apply. Austin’s Park, 16231 IH-35, Pflugerville.

Movie in the Park: The Chronicles of Narnia. – Friday, August 9 at dusk.  Enjoy a family friendly movie under the stars. Free popcorn and drinks provided. For more information, call 512-478-8716. Metz Recreation Center, 407 Canterbury St., Austin.

Top Notch Movie Night: The Goonies Friday, August 9, 8:00pm. Running every Friday night at 8pm throughout the summer, Top Notch Burgers will be showing some classics such as The Sandlot, Uncle Buck, The Goonies and Beetlejuice. FREE!! Top Notch Burgers, 7525 Burnet Road.

Texas Longhorns Open Practice – Friday, August 9 at 6:30 p.m. and Saturday, August 10 at 7:00 p.m. Longhorns fans can get a first-hand look at the 2013 Texas Football team during preseason practices this weekend. At the conclusion of each of practice, selected groups of players will be available for a limited period to sign autographs as they depart the field. On Friday it will be the linebackers, running backs and tight ends, and on Saturday it will be the quarterbacks, wide receivers and defensive backs. Open practices will be held at Denius Fields, and suggested parking for fans is in the Manor Garage (MAG), which is located on the East side of Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium.

Alamo Kids Camp – Friday, August 9 – Sunday, August 11.  FREE movies for children age three and up and their parents. Showtimes vary by location. This weekend you can see Madagascar (Alamo Drafthouse Lakeline, 14028 US 183, Austin), Muppets from Space Alamo Drafthouse Village, 2700 W. Anderson Ln, Austin), and Monsters vs. Aliens (Alamo Drafthouse Slaughter Lane, 5701 W. Slaughter Ln, Austin).

Zilker Summer Musical: Little Shop of Horrors – Friday, August 9 – Sunday, August 11 at approximately 8:30 p.m. Bring a blanket, or low chairs, and a picnic to enjoy while watching Little Shop of Horrors onstage. The musical is FREE, but bring $5 for parking. Beverly S. Sheffield Zilker Hillside Theater in Zilker Park, 2301 Barton Springs Road, Austin.

Strange Brew Family Show – Saturday, August 10 at 11 a.m. Bring the whole family for music, yummy food (including some of the tastiest pancakes EVER,) and BUBBLES! There is a $5 cover per adult but it all goes to the band! Strange Brew, 5330 Manchaca Rd, Austin.

Bubblepalooza– Saturday, August 10 from 8am- 4pm. The Long Center presents Bubblepalooza! FREE fun for the whole family. Music, chalk art, water fun, and most importantly, BUBBLES! Bubblepalooza is back for round two, and this time it’s going to be even bubblier! Come spend a whole day of fun with us and our friends at Toy Joy and rock out with your little ones to the sounds of Austin’s favorite kindie rock bands. Sponsored by Silicon Labs with Community Partners H-E-B, Toy Joy, and Yelp. The Long Center City Terrace, 701 West Riverside Drive.

Barton Springs Fest – Saturday, August 10, from 8 a.m. – 7 p.m. Diving competition, Barton Springs University speakers and workshops, live music, and FREE watermelon. Admission to the pool will be FREE until 2 p.m. Bring $5 to park in Zilker Park. Barton Springs, 2101 Barton Springs Road, Austin.

Second Saturdays are for Families at Laguna GloriaSaturday, August 10, from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. Cool down with ice painting! Make your own colorful painting to take home, and don’t forget to stop by the galleries in the Driscoll Villa to see the exhibition before it closes. Every second Saturday of the month, The Contemporary Austin offers hands-on art-making workshops at Laguna Gloria, inspired by the exhibitions on view. Recommended for ages 2–11. $10 per family. The Contemporary Austin, 3809 W. 35th.

Local Author Story Time: Mary Beth Bruton – Saturday, August 10 at 10 a.m. Jack & Jill Nanny Agency and Millie & Mox are hosting Story Time Saturdays all summer long. There will be door prizes as well from: Kids Kitchen, Austin Steam Train, Austin Zoo , Big Frog NW, Highlights Gametime Grill, and MetroMoms Austin. Millie & Mox, Steiner Ranch, Quinlan Crossing shopping center, 5145 North FM 620, Ste. B110, Austin.

Movie in the Park: Ella Enchanted – Saturday, August 10 at twilight. Event starts at 8pm and the movie will begin at twilight, approximately 9 p.m. Drinks and ice cream will be available for purchase. Katherine Fleischer Park, 2106 Klattenhoff Ln, Austin.

KIDS CLUB: Creativity Can – Saturday, August 10 from 10am- noon. Let your kids explore their creativity while you shop! FREE!! Sessions starting every half hour from 10am – 11:30am. See a store associate to join the fun! All participating Michael’s locations.

Lakeway Movies in the Park: Oz the Great and Powerful Saturday, August 10 at dusk (abiout 8:45pm). Free popcorn and other treats will be available for purchase. Bring a blanket or a lawn chair to set up at our ‘Theater Under the Stars’.  So that everyone can see the screen we request blankets to the middle and lawn chairs to the outside. Also, we request that any blinking/glowing items be put under your blanket while the film is being shown.  Please, no dogs at this event. but bring the kids and tell your neighbors! FREE!! Lakeway City Park, 502 Hurst Creek Road.Advertisement
Hands on History: David Crockett’s BirthdaySaturday, August 10 from 10am- 2pm. Have a birthday muffin to celebrate David Crockett’s birthday, read a story about the man and the legend, and learn about the fight for Texas Independence. Make a Texas Lone Star sun catcher to take home. FREE!! The Williamson Museum, 716 S. Austin Ave

Texas Rollergirls vs. Dallas and Houston– Saturday, August 10, doors open at 5pm. That’s right — it’s your last chance of the year to catch some Texas Rollergirls derby action at the Austin Convention Center. This double-header will see the all-star Texecutioners take on Houston Roller Derby, and the B-team Firing Squad go up against Assassination City Roller Derby. Get your tickets now — it’s sure to be a full house. T2K3… ready, aim, fire! 5 p.m.: Doors open;  6 p.m.: Firing Squad vs. Dallas; 7:45 p.m.: Texies vs. Houston. Tickets: $12 in advance, $15 at the door. Kids 12 and under are free. The Austin Convention Center, 500 E. Cesar Chavez Street.

Lowe’s Disney Planes Kids Clinic – Saturday, August 10 at 10 a.m. and Sunday, August 11 at 2 p.m. Register to attend a FREE Build and Grow Clinic where kids can make a “Dusty” plane from the Disney movie Planes. All participating Lowe’s locations.

Austin Summer Musical for Children: Peter Pan and His Lost Shadow – Saturday, August 10 at 11 a.m., 2 p.m., and 4 p.m. and Sunday, August 11 at 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. Tickets for the FREE performances will become available 90 minutes before each show. They will be distributed on a first come, first served basis, while supplies last. Boyd Vance Theatre in the George Washington Carver Museum and Cultural Center, 1165 Angelina Street, Austin.

The Bremen Town Musicians– Saturday, August 10 at 10am and Sunday, August 11 at 2pm. Austin Theatre Artist, Allen Robertson, brings The Bremen Town Musicians to life. Based on “The Musicians of Bremen Town,” written by the Brothers Grimm around 1910, four animals deemed too old to be useful by their owners flee their grisly fates in hopes of becoming Bremen town musicians. With a country, bluegrass, and gospel score, the familiar tale is set in 1930s America as the Donkey, Cat, Dog, and Rooster take a road trip in search of their musical careers. Tickets starting at $10. Open to all ages. The Long Center for Performing Arts, 701 W. Riverside Drive.

Austin Symphony Hartman Foundation “Concerts in the Park” – Sunday, August 11 at 7:30 p.m. In its eleventh summer season, these FREE concerts take place in the Hartman Concert Park in front of the Long Center City Terrace. 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. FREE Parking is available at One Texas Center, located on Barton Springs Rd. at S. 1st Street. Long Center, 701 W. Riverside Drive, Austin.

Chicapalooza (Hutto) – Sunday, August 11, from 5 – 11 p.m. Celebrate the launch of The Sandbox at Madeline’s Place in Fritz Park, with live music, volleyball, basketball, washers, face painting, food, and refreshments. Admission is FREE and all are invited to join in the fun. Fritz Park, 400 Park Street, Hutto.

Recurring Events:

Friday Night Storytime- Enjoy a FREE storytime with the kids on Fridays at 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.  Fridays and Saturdays from 6:30- 9:00pm. Central Market, North Lamar Blvd.

Craft Time for Kids– Bring the kids to get crafty. The crafts change weekly and usually are themed for particular holidays or seasons. FREE!! Saturday, 11:00am- 3:00pm. Lakeshore Learning Center, 9828 Great Hills Trail.

BookKids Storytime– Join the wonderful staff at BookPeople as they entertain your kiddos with stories, crafts, guest storytellers, and sometimes even puppets! Saturday mornings at 11:30am. FREE!! BookPeople, 603 N. Lamar Blvd.

Cirque du Steve –Saturday at 10 a.m. What’s the Story Steve? transforms into an improvised circus! Follow the Bearded Lady, the Clown Crew and a host of other circus characters through adventures based on audience suggestions. Join the Move Your Tale troupe onstage to create original characters! Don’t just go see the circus, become the circus! Pay what you wish. FREE!! ColdTowne Theater, 4803 Airport Blvd., Austin.

Flying Theater Machine: DinosaursSunday, 2pm. Join the Award-Winning Flying Theater Machine every Sunday at 2pm in July and August as we explore what it was like to be a Dinosaur! Can T-Rex and Triceratops ever get along?  Will the Dino families be able to accept a big purple dinosaur?  What will Maiasaura do when the Ovarapter moves in next door!?!  We don’t know until the show happens, and you can help us.  Feel free to come along in Dinosaur costume we may need your help on stage. Join us for our journey back in time, for a limited time only! Get ‘em before they’re gone! (Pun intended!) Tickets: $8. The Hideout Theater, 617 Congress Ave.

Whole Foods Kids’ Club – Sunday, 1:00pm. 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!!  Whole Foods Market, 525 N. Lamar.

Sunday Funday– Sunday, from 3-4pm. Every Sunday we open up our big back room and invite you to enjoy unplugged play time. Get out of the house and get your little ones socializing. We have kiddie bowling, musical instruments, blocks, a parachute and more. From 4:00- 4:45 pm, Bring the kids to BabyEarth Round Rock for some toe-tappin’ music and super-silly stories! Staci Gray is an Austin-based children’s performer who has mesmerized children all over Texas. FREE!! Baby Earth, 106 E. Old Settlers Blvd.

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