The Weekenders: Events for Austin Families, February 17-19, 2012

Friday Night Storytime- Beatrice Bottomwell has never (not once!) made a mistake. Find out more about her in The Girl Who Never Made Mistakes by Mark Pett and Gary Rubinstein. FREE!! Friday, 7:30pm. Barnes and Noble, La Frontera Village, 2701 Parker Road Bldg A Suite 700, Round Rock.

Pfree Pfebruary Pfridays - The public is invited to enjoy FREE admission to the Pflugerville Recreation Center.  You can play basketball in the gymnasium, give billiards or ping pong a try, check out foos ball and air hockey in the game room, or try out NEOS, an electronic challenge.  There will be free play and refreshments.  Friday, 5:00- 9:00pm. Pflugerville Recreation Center, 400 Immanuel Road.

Family Movie Night: Lady and the Tramp- Gather your family together and come to the library for a FREE screening of a family friendly movie! Friday, 4:00- 6:00pm. Laura’s Library, 9411 Bee Cave Road.

Sesame Street Live: Elmo Makes Music- Elmo, Abby Cadabby, Big Bird and all their friends will return to The Theatre at the Frank Erwin Center Feb. 17-19 to share their love of music in Sesame Street Live “Elmo Makes Music.” The live performance begins when Jenny, an enthusiastic new music teacher, arrives on Sesame Street and discovers that her instruments are missing! The Muppets quickly jump in to action to help their new friend and soon find that normal objects such as rubber duckies, trashcan lids and even cookie jars can be used as instruments too. Elmo and friends teach children that everyone can make and enjoy beautiful music together! Tickets: starting at $13. Friday, 7:00pm, Saturday, 10:30am,  2:00pm and 5:30pm and Sunday, at 1:00pm and 4:30pm. Frank Erwin Center, 1701 Red River.

Live Music at Central Market- Enjoy live music for FREE while the kids have a chance to work off some energy on the playscape. Friday features the band East End Arcadians and Saturday, a pre-Mardi Gras party is in store with Charles Thibodeaux and the Austin Cajun Aces. Friday and Saturday, 6:30- 9:00pm. Central Market, 4001 N. Lamar Blvd.

BookKids Storytime: Hey Hey It’s the Monkeys- Monkeys are great! They eat loads of bananas and bugs, can swing from trees by their tails and make for interesting, curious sidekicks in movies. Since we all love to celebrate our inner monkey, we’re having a storytime all about them! We’ll read Caps For Sale along with other super duper stories that will leave you wanting to swing from trees and eat bananas too!FREE!! Saturday, 11:30am. BookPeople, 603 N. Lamar Blvd.

Kids’ Circus Camp- Join Circus Chickendog for a unique performance each week and learn new circus skills after each show! It’s fun for families and kids of all ages and great for birthday parties, too. Saturday, 9 to 9:30—A Make-Believe Dance Party with live musicians , 9:30 to 10:30—Circus/Musical Shaggy Dog “Tail” (Complete with Moral), 10:30 to 11:00–Learn to Juggle, Yo-Yo, and Train Dogs. Check out the weekly schedule on our Facebook page under the events section! $5 – kids, adults-free (Cash/Check at door). The Institution Theater, 3708 Woodbury Drive

Food-Free Family Storytime- Enjoy 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.

Craft Time: Express Yourself Tote- Fashion your own handcrafted tote bag. Make-It Take-It with purchase of bandana. While Supplies Last. Ages 3+. FREE!! Saturday, 10:00am- Noon. All participating Michael’s locations.

Discover Your Library- Celebrate your library with family fun and hands-on activities about nutrition, reading, art, science, and more!  Participating community organizations include: Sustainable Food Center, BookSpring, Ten Thousand Villages and area elementary schools. FREE!! Saturday, Noon. Windsor Park Branch Library, 5833 Westminster Dr.

If You Give a Mouse a Cookie- It all starts so simply – a day like any other. A boy stays home alone when his mom goes to visit Aunt Rose.  With a few cookies and a good spot to read, everything seems so perfect. When the Mouse shows up, hungry – talkative – and not to be ignored. What can the boy do but give the Mouse a cookie? So… what do you get when an energetic mouse and an obliging boy spend the afternoon together? Cookie crumbs, spilled milk, and a whole lot of outrageous physical comedy that will have you rolling in the aisles. Perfect for ages 3 and up. Tickets: $15 per adult, $12 per child. Saturday, 11:00am and 2:30pm. ZACH Theatre, 1510 Toomey Road.

National Engineers Weekend- In honor of National Engineers Week, the Austin Branch of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) and the Greater Austin Contractors and Engineers Association (ACEA) will host the 10th Annual Engineer’s Day at the Austin Children’s Museum on February 18th. Kids will get an opportunity to learn more about engineering by doing fun hands-on activities, like: Make a Hoop Glider, Build a Spaghetti Bridge, Construct a Super Golf Tower, Make a Paper Helicopter, and Create Balloon Rockets. The first 300 kids get in FREE!! Saturday, 10:00am- 2:00pm. Austin Children’s Museum, 201 Colorado Street.

National Geographic Little Explorers: Birds- We’re bringing the science museum experience to our stores with hands-on activities, quizzes, songs, and more. Kids ages 3 and up are invited to explore together with us as we learn all about bugs, birds and maps. Children will earn a badge for every event that they attend, and kids who attend all three events this season will get a special prize. FREE!! Saturday, 10:00am. Pottery Barn, Barton Creek Square Mall, 2901 S. Capital of Texas Hwy.

Family Movie Day: Dolphin Tale- Enjoy a FREE movie at the library with your family. Saturday, 1:00pm. Southeast Austin Community Branch, 5803 Nuckols Crossing Road.

Celebrate Urban Birds- Come learn all about the amazing birds you see right around you everyday and why we want to celebrate their presence in our city! Activities for the entire family including live bird demonstrations, bird sculpting, expert lectures, paddling on the lake for bird photography, kids bird drawing with art gallery shows, hands-on crafts and activities, bird scavenger hunt and more. FREE!! Saturday, 10:00am- 2:00pm. Austin Nature and Science Center,  301 Nature Center Drive.Advertisement
Big Don’s Brand New Beat CD Release Party- Kids hip-hop artist Big Don is celebrating the release of his latest album with a FREE show!  Bring the whole family for an afternoon of great music, fun, and dancing!  Saturday, 1200pm-2:00pm. Beso Cantina, 307 B W 5th Street.

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. Improv is great way to approach collaborative storytelling. This production empowers children to help make the story happen or to just sit back and enjoy the ride! A great, theatrical way to spend a Saturday morning. Featuring Steve the improvising poodle, a portion of the show is inspired by the PBS series What’s the Story Wishbone. Pay what you wish. Appropriate for audiences of all ages. Saturday, 10:00am. ColdTowne Theatre, 4803 Airport Blvd.

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat- Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s hit musical bursts to life in vivid Technicolor as Austin Conservatory of Theater pre-professionals take the stage. A perfect show for the whole family to enjoy! Saturday, 7:00pm and Sunday, 2:00pm and 6:00pm. Tickets: $10 in advance, $15 at the door. Hyde Park Baptist High School Auditorium, 11400 North Mopac.

Circus Chickendog Kid’s Show- Bring the kids out to Highland Mall to enjoy the “Family-Friendly Circus That is Making Austin Weirder.” The acclaimed entertainer Darren Peterson will entertain with Magic, Juggling, Unicycling, Rope Spinning, Accordion Music, Giant Bubbles & Lots more. Join Circus Chickendog at Highland Mall as they travel throughout the mall entertaining kids and families and enjoy shows by the Three Ring Service Kiddie Train (lower level by Champs) on Saturday from 2:00pm – 4:00pm. FREE!! Highland Mall, 6001 Airport Blvd.

Kite Making Workshop- Fly on by and learn how to make a kite for the 84th annual Zilker Kite Festival.  Children will have the opportunity to make multiple kites and then fly them in the park! All materials are provided, ages 5 and up. FREE!! Saturday, 1:00pm. South Austin Recreation Center, 1100 Cumberland Road.

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

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

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.

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

Whole Foods Kid’s Club: The Lorax- Excited for Dr. Suess’ The Lorax movie? So are we! We will be reading the book Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax along with a special guest, the Lorax will be here as well. With inspiration from the book, we will be decorating pots and planting seedlings to speak for the trees. Also, pick up your passes to a special pre-screening of the movie to be held on March 1st at the Regal Cinema Gateway 16. FREE!! Sunday, Noon- 2:00pm. Whole Foods, 525 N. Lamar Blvd.

Sunday Morning Kids Show: Sarah Dinan- Bring the family out for a FREE show for kids of all ages!! Sunday, 10:00am. Ruta Maya Coffee Shop, 3601 S. Congress Ave.

Flying Theatre Machine: The Adventure Room- 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. Tickets: $8. Sunday, 2:00pm. The Hideout Theater, 617 Congress Ave.

Staci Gray at Baby Earth- 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!! Sunday, 10:30- 11:30am. Baby Earth, 106 E Old Settlers Blvd., Round Rock.

UT Engineering Day at the Museum- Meet inspiring UT student engineer role models and have fun with great hands-on activities! The UT Student Engineering Council (UT SEC) will have multiple activities for the whole family, including driving a robot, making a balloon-powered car, designing paper airplanes, and testing your strength! Thanks to SEC, the first 100 kids get in FREE!! Sunday, Noon- 5:00pm. Austin Children’s Museum, 201 Colorado Street.

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