The Weekenders: Events for Austin Families, January 27-29, 2012

Friday Night Storytime- Enjoy two food related stories this evening: Rah, Rah, Radishes! A Vegetable Chant by April Pulley Sayre and You Are What You Eat and Other Mealtime Hazards by Serge Bloch. FREE!! Friday, 7:30pm. Barnes and Noble, La Frontera Village, 2701 Parker Road Bldg A Suite 700, Round Rock.

The Magikhana Show- The French Legation Museum invites you to a special evening of enchantment with The Magikhana Show featuring world renowned performers: Arsene Dupin, Bertil Fredstron, Kelsey Strauch, Magical Mystical Michael, and Owl Morrison. Visitors are invited to bring a picnic and enjoy the magic show. Tickets: $5. Friday, 6:00- 8:00pm. The French Legation Museum, 802 San Marcos Street.

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 Black Red Black and Saturday, The Flying Balalaika Brothers. Friday and Saturday, 6:30- 9:00pm. Central Market, 4001 N. Lamar Blvd.

Tree Talk Winter Walk – At this free event you can enjoy guided walks in the Wildflower Center and talks by local forestry experts. There will be family fun with a Kids Tree Climb and an educational tree scavenger hunt. TreeFolks will provide native tree saplings to those who complete the scavenger hunt. To see the schedule for this event, visit here.  Admission to the Wildflower Center is FREE during the month of January. Saturday, 9:00am- 5:00pm. Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Avenue, Austin.

Puppet Show: No Tooth, No Quarter- Join us this morning for another rousing performance by are absolutely almost perfect puppeteers as they perform a masterful rendition of the Tooth Fairy starring book, No Tooth, No Quarter – a cautionary tale of the tough job held by the wealthiest fairy of them all, the Tooth Fairy. It will be funny and loud and silly and crazy – so don’t miss it! Make sure to arrive early to get a seat. FREE!! Saturday, 11:30am. BookPeople, 603 N. Lamar Blvd.

Lowe’s Build and Grow: Build-a-saurus- A FREE do-it-yourself clinic for kids! This kit is awesome! Your child can build this cool dinosaur and then choose the stickers to make it a cartoon or a realistic dinosaur! Saturday, 10:00am. All participating Lowe’s locations.

Austin Family 14th Annual Annual Camp Fair- Kids will enjoy the carnival atmosphere with music, games, prizes and entertainment. There will be  over 100 camps available to speak with to learn more about the different camp options. FREE!! Saturday, 10:00am- 5:00pm. Fee for parking. Palmer Events Center, 900 Barton Springs Road.

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.

Jack Hanna’s Into the Wild Live- Jack Hanna’s live show features many of his favorite exotic animal friends, as well as fascinating, humorous stories and footage from his adventures around the world. Audiences give Jack rave reviews everyone from the youngest child to the oldest adult is entertained and inspired. Saturday, 2:00pm (doors open at 1:00pm). Tickets starting at $30. The Paramount Theatre, 713 Congress Ave.

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.

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.

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

AISD Feria Para Aprender – AISD presents the 6th annual Feria Para Aprender, a FREE education fair designed to aid Spanish speaking parents and students who are navigating the US educational system from elementary school through college. Parents and students can browse booths from AISD departments, nonprofit organizations, as well as colleges and universities. Ask questions on topics ranging from early childhood education to scholarship applications. There will also be professionals in many in-demand careers on hand to speak about their experiences and the importance of education. New to the Feria this year will be special “Teen Zones” and “Anti Bullying Zones.” Saturday, 10:00am- 3:00pm. North Austin Event Center, 10601 N. Lamar, Austin.Advertisement
Alamo Kids Club: The Original Bad News Bears- Yep, if there’s one thing that brings joy to the hearts of children across the world, it’s Walter Matthau. No…wait a minute…that’s not true at all. Anyway, ol’ Dogface was already a Hollywood legend before he decided to make the unlikely leap to playing the lead in a family film. Even more surprising is that the movie was a huuuge hit, spawning two sequels, a TV series, and a 2005 remake that we won’t talk about here. But the original movie is the best of the bunch, jam-packed with zany antics, childhood triumphs, PG swear words (okay…plus a few real ones), and the type of kids movie electricity that no one’s been able to match in decades! Sure, one kid smokes, another one’s kinda racist and the coach always has a beer in his hand. But these are all parts of what made THE BAD NEWS BEARS the most memorable, enduring little league epic of all time! So don’t be a wimp! Bring your kids on down, and if they end up hooked on Marlboros, we’ll refund your ticket price in its entirety. PS: This show is free.  No infants. Children 3 and up allowed. Saturday, 10:45am. Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, South Lamar.

Australia Day- Boomerang’s Gourmet Veggie & Meat Pies will celebrate its sixth anniversary and Australia Day on January 28th.   Benefiting Meals on Wheels and More, the anniversary celebration will feature food and drink specials, live entertainment, a silent auction and the much anticipated third annual ”fastest to eat a pie” contest. There will also be a bouncy house for the kids! FREE Admission!! Saturday, Noon- 10:00pm. Boomerang’s, 3110 Guadalupe Avenue.

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

Kid Activities at Elgin Farmers Market- Mom’s can shop and the kids can get engaged in art! The activities are provided and supervised by the Elgin Arts Association and there it’s FREE! Saturday, 10:00am- 2:00pm. Elgin Main Street.

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.

Symphony of Clouds- The childhood story of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Mozart was a famous musical prodigy at the age of five. Come see the young Mozart as his family and the rest of the world discover his amazing talent. Tickets:$12 online, $15 by phone. Saturday and Sunday, 2:00pm and 4:30pm. AustinVentures Studio Theater, 501 West 3rd 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.

Sunday Storyime- Enjoy an all-ages, FREE storytime on Sunday at 1:00pm at Faulk Central Library, 800 Guadalupe Street.

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

Chinese New Year Celebration – Celebrate the Chinese New Year with traditional Chinese firecrackers at the pagoda, followed by two different dragon and lion dance team troupes. There will also be face painting, martial arts, Chinese Calligraphy, and more! FREE!! Sunday, 10:45am- 5:00pm. Chinatown Center, 10901 N. Lamar Blvd.

For Mom:

Le Garage Sale- Le Garage Boutique Sale is a two day shopping event that brings together your city’s coolest independent boutiques all under one roof and all at clearance sale prices! You will find unbelievable markdowns at many of your favorite stores AND you will discover new, up and coming retailers with a fresh take on style. Spend the afternoon discovering great deals on everything from shoes to handbags to jewelry, to clothing for men, women and children as well as home furnishings and accessories. Now you can feel good about supporting your local businesses and saving money! Saturday (11:00am- 6:00pm) and Sunday (Noon- 5:00pm). Tickets: $10 per person, per day. Cash only. Austin Convention Center, 500 E. Cesar Chavez St.

Catherine Prystup
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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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