The Weekenders: Events for Austin Families, February 24-26, 2012

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 foosball 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.

Friday Night Storytime- No one likes bedtime, and Itsy Mitsy has had quite enough. Find out what happens in Itsy Mitsy Runs Away by Elanna Allen. FREE!! Friday, 7:30pm. Barnes and Noble, La Frontera Village, 2701 Parker Road Bldg A Suite 700, Round Rock.

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! Friday, 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.

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 Texas Eastside Kings and Saturday,Alice Spencer and the Rubber Band. Friday and Saturday, 6:30- 9:00pm. There will be a special live music performance for children with Freddie Carnes as part of the Grow your Kids’ Taste from Noon to 2:00pm on Sunday! Central Market, 4001 N. Lamar Blvd.

Jugglefest XIX- Celebrating its 19th year, Jugglefest is a three-day event full of workshops, games, demonstrations, and shows featuring juggling, unicycling, and related circus arts. Everyone is welcome to come on down to pick up the basics, learn some new tricks, meet some crazy people or just chill out and watch. Friday, Saturday and Sunday. $15 for an all-access wristband that covers all three days. For a complete schedule, click hereTexas School for the Deaf, 1102 South Congress Avenue.,

WeatherFest - Get an up close look at some of the world’s most dramatic natural events and the science behind them during a FREE, 10 a.m. screening of  Hurricane on the Bayou  in the IMAX® Theatre. Learn about the science behind predicting the weather and experiences in the field from a local meteorologist. Test your ability to predict and survive severe weather with activities presented by Girlstart, emergency preparedness teams, and more. This is a FREE public program. Regular exhibit and film admission prices apply (except for the free 10 a.m. screening of  Hurricane on the Bayou). Saturday from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. The Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum, 1800 N. Congress Avenue, Austin.

Music in the Park- Enjoy a day in the park while listening to FREE, live and diverse concerts set in various parks throughout Austin. This Saturday, spend an afternoon at the Northwest Rec Center’s Kite Festival and listen to some live music: Aftermath with Edison Chair & Hannah Hagar. Saturday, 1:00- 5:00pm. Northwest Recreation Center, 2913 Northland Drive.

Y at the Park: Camp Play Day and Bike Rodeo - Families will enjoy a FREE day of camp activities, bike safety, and family fun, along with free food and prizes such as bike helmets, t-shirts, and more, while supplies last. There will be a full bike rodeo, inflatables, climbing wall, arts & crafts activities, floor darts, balloon pop, and more! Saturday from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Mueller Lake Park, off Simond Avenue in Mueller.

Blue Chicken Storytime- All this chicken wants to do his help. But when she spills a pot of blue paint, the other animals sure don’t find her helpful. And things only get worse — and more and more blue — the harder she tries. Poor chicken! Can anything undo the blue? FREE!! Saturday, 11:00am. Barnes and Noble, Arboretum, 10000 Research Blvd #158.

MLK Learning Fair - Austinites will celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with the unveiling of a memorial mosaic on Southwest Key’s Walk of Heroes this Saturday. The dedication is part of a free community brunch and learning fair celebrating Black History Month at El Centro de Familia in East Austin. The event will feature interactive art and learning stations where visitors will listen to speeches and watch highlights from various parts of Dr. King’s life while constructing origami Peace Cranes or contributing to a civil rights art installation. Acclaimed poet-performer Zell Miller III, Sadé M. Jones of Ballet East, and the Huston-Tillotson University Concert Choir will perform. The event will close with the unveiling of MLK’s memorial on the Walk of Heroes. Saturday, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. Southwest Key’s Walk of Heroes at El Centro de Familia, 6002 Jain Lane.

Mother Falcon Children’s Matinee- Historic Scottish Rite Theater, Under New Leadership, Relaunches with a Family Music Matinee Featuring Mother Falcon and Les Rav
Doors open at 12:30 Show starts at 1:30. $5 Admission. Scottish Rite Theatre, 207 w. 18th Street.

Alamo Kids Club: Fantastic Voyage - Join the Alamo Kids Club for a  FREE screening of the 1966 classic  Fantastic Voyage (PG) at the Alamo South Lamar.  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. For more information, visit the  Alamo Kids Club site . Saturday, 11:00am. Alamo South Lamar, 1120 S Lamar Blvd.

Sensory Friendly Film: Journey 2, The Mysterious Island-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.In order to provide a more accepting and comfortable setting for this unique audience, the movie auditoriums will have their lights brought up and the sound turned down, families will be able to bring in their own gluten-free, casein-free snacks, and no previews or advertisements will be shown before the movie. Additionally, audience members are welcome to get up and dance, walk, shout or sing – in other words, AMC’s “Silence is Golden®” policy will not be enforced unless the safety of the audience is questioned. Tickets: $4-6. Saturday, 10:00am. AMC Barton Creek 14, 2901 Capital of Texas Highway.

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.

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.Advertisement
Autism Fest- Educational programming and fun family activities are planned for the morning sessions followed by a variety of evening films and local musical artists. Funds raised at this event go to ATUSA’s We can Thrive outreach program for young adults with autism. Three Austin non-profit organizations present the first annual Austin Fest Austin Conference and Mardi Gras Festival to benefit The Autism Trust USA on Saturday from10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Suggested donation: $20. Haven Night Club, 409 Colorado St.

Scene-A + Rama Demo- Learn to make an impressive diorama for your next school project! Ages 3+. FREE!! Saturday, 2:00- 3:00pm. All participating Michael’s locations.

Recycled Reads Turns 3 - Join Austin Public Library’s used bookstore, Recycled Reads, to celebrate three years of giving books a second chance! Festivities will include live music, a puppet show, a craft workshop, a prize drawing and much more! The celebration is FREE and open to the public. Saturday, noon to 6 p.m. Recycled Reads , 5335 Burnet Road.

Kite Making Workshop – The Austin Parks & Recreation Department will host its final free kite making workshop, to get kids ready for the big festival on March 4, 2012. The workshop is geared for ages 5 and up and all materials will be provided. FREE!! There will also be live music  from 1 – 5 p.m. Saturday, 1:00pm.   Northwest Recreation Center , 2913 Northland Drive.

Lowe’s Build and Grow: Rumblin’ Race Car A FREE do-it-yourself clinic for kids! Your child won’t want to miss this Jimmie Johnson #48 race car! This kit comes with stickers and rumblin’ race car sound effects! Saturday, 10:00am. All participating Lowe’s locations.

Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day - Activities for first-third graders, fourth and fifth graders and sixth-eighth graders are housed in  UT’s engineering complex . Students are encouraged to build and experiment at their own pace with all of the age-appropriate activities in their specific building. There are no volunteers or guides to take students around to the activities, so parents, counselors, or teachers are expected to remain with students during the event. Information areas are available parents and counselors may collect additional information and resources about engineering for their students.  On-site registration will be in the tent in front of  ETC  from 1:30 – 3:00 p.m. Any participant in the 1st-8th grade who did not pre-register online must register on-site in order to participate in the hands-on activities or to receive a Girl Day giveaway. FREE!! Saturday from 2 – 5 p.m.

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.

Celebrate Dr. Seuss’ Birthday  –

  • Visit your local Target – Enjoy a reading of  The Lorax . The celebration, part of NEA’s Read Across America, will include free goody bags, fun activities and more. FREE!! Saturday, 9 a.m.
  • A Dr. Seuss extravaganza!- Saturday, February 25, noon – 2 p.m. Lakeline Mall is celebrating the 75th anniversary of the much-loved children’s classics with a special tribute. Kids will enjoy a visit from a Cat in the Hat costume character, a parade, decorating their own parade hat, Dr. Seuss activity booklets, book readings, goody bags, prizes and more! FREE!! Dillard’s Women’s Court, Lakeline Mall, 11200 Lakeline Mall Drive, Cedar Park.

Hansel and Gretel- Ballet Austin’s world premiere of Hansel and Gretel brings a playful spirit to the classic Grimm fairy tale with new choreography by Nelly van Bommel. Tickets: starting at $12. Saturday and Sunday at 2:00 and 4:30pm. AustinVentures StudioTheater, 501 West 3rd Street in the Butler Dance Education Center.

Sunday Morning Kids Show: ScottyRoo and Christini - Highly original children’s show with original music, puppets and dance. FREE!! Sunday, 10:30am.  Ruta Maya, 3601 South Congress Avenue.

Science Sunday: UT Hands on Science- Have fun with hands-on activities and meet inspiring role models who are studying or working in the sciences! Sunday, 3:00- 5:00pm. Admission is $6.50 adults and children 2 and up, $4.50for ages 12-23 months, under 12 months are free. FREE admission from 4:00- 5:00pm every Sunday! Austin Children’s Museum, 201 Colorado Street.

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.

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