The Weekenders: Events for Austin Families, July 15-17, 2011

Music Under the Star: Del Castillo- Families may bring chairs and blankets to place on the plaza under the 35-foot-tall bronze Lone Star and listen to local artists perform live music. The Museum will stay open late and guests are invited to explore the three floors of Main Exhibits FREE. In addition, FREE event parking is available in the underground garage. Friday, 6:00- 9:00pm. The Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum, 1800 N. Congress Avenue.

Kyle Movies in the Park: Shrek Forever After- All movies are rated G or PG, and are FREE to the public. Bring your lawn chairs, blankets and snacks. Friday, 30 minutes after dusk. Gregg-Clarke Park, 1100 W. Center Street, Kyle.

Friday Family Fun  Night: Magician Kent Cummins. 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.

Friday Night Storytime: When you think you have made a mistake, think of it as an opportunity to make something beautiful in Beautiful Oops by Barney Saltzberg. FREE!! Friday, 7:30pm. Barnes and Noble, La Frontera, Round Rock.

Hutto Centennial – Friday, 7:30pm the first 100 people get free frozen yogurt compliments of the Pink Penguin.  The free movie Despicable Me will start at around 9:00pm in Fritz Park.  Bring your own seating.  On Saturday, you can enjoy a hot air balloon lift off from 6 – 7 a.m. and a parade at 9 a.m. The parade route will run along Metcalf Street from Exchange Blvd and turn onto Live Oak Street and then straight over to Fritz Park.  Downtown Hutto.

Lucas Miller Concert- A fun & scientific concert the whole family will enjoy! FREE!! Saturday, 11:00am. Well Branch Community Library, 15001 Wells Port Drive.

Passport to Fun: United Kingdom- Travel to the UK through craft. Create an artful crown and shamrock. Make-It Take-It with purchase of crown. While supplies last. Ages 3 and up. FREE!! Saturday, 11:00am- 2:00pm. All participating Michael’s locations.

Light O’ the Moon Float Trip- Beat the heat and enjoy the river in a whole new way! Floating by the light of the moon, you’ll be serenaded under the stars by nocturnal creatures of the river corridor. Take in the beauty of the sun setting on the Colorado River and the cool comfort of the night air as your raft is gently guided down a stretch of tranquil river. Participants must be able to swim. $50 per person, ages 7 and up. Saturday, 7:00- 11:00pm. McKinney Roughs Nature Park.

Splash Party Movie Nights: Despicable Me- 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.

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.

Dino Dig at Lakeline Mall – Join the Kidgits Club and discover the pre-historic wonders of the world! Participants are invited to join in a free archaeological dig, dinosaur games, and create their own pre-historic treat. If you are a Kidgits Club member (not required to attend, but $5 per child per year if you would like to join). Saturday, Noon- 2:00pm. Dillard’s Women’s Court, Lakeline Mall.

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

Summer Gaming Tournament- Join us for this summer’s Gaming Tournament, featuring Super Smash Bros Brawl! Each branch’s tournament is a seed tournament for the final championship. The game is rated T for Teen by the ESRB. FREE!! Saturday, 2:00pm. Carver Branch Library, 1161 Angelina.

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.
AdvertisementPaper Palooza- In this hands-on program, join us to create 3-dimensional art with paper and cardboard. FREE!! Saturday, 2:00pm. Faulk Central Library, 800 Guadalupe.

Lakeway Movies in the Park: How to Train Your Dragon (PG) – Popcorn, hot dogs and juice bars 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. Please, no dogs at this event, but bring the kids and bring your neighbors! For more information, please call 512-261-7530. Saturday, 8:45pm. Lakeway City Park, 502 Hurst Creek Road, Lakeway.

Bastille Day Party- Fun for the whole family with live music, dancing, food and drink, silent and live auctions, and games. $10 tickets at the door, children 12 and under free. Saturday, 7:00- 11:00pm. The French Legation Museum, 802 San Marcos Street.

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

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.

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 Flight of the Navigator. Only children age 3 and older will be admitted, except on Baby Day when all ages are welcome. Saturday and Sunday, 10:20am. Alamo Drafthouse Lake Creek, 13729 Research Blvd.

Knifemaking- Demonstrations and classes. See the process of making cutlery and more in this advanced class. Sharpen your knowledge of historic metalworking in our 130-year-old blacksmith shop.  Saturday and Sunday, 10am- 3pm. Enroll here. Admission: $8 adults, $6 children, 2 and under free. Pioneer Farms, 10621 Pioneer Farms Drive.

Lego Robotics Fun  Days- Students, grades K – 12th will build 1 pre-programed project. Work in teams with friends or family and let your imagination soar! FREE!! Sunday, 3:00- 4:30pm. Kaleidoscope Toys, 1601 S. IH35, Suite 325, Round Rock.

Storytime- Enjoy a FREE Storytime for the entire family. Sunday, 1:00pm. Faulk Central Library, 800 Guadalupe.

Sunday Morning Kids Show: Staci Gray- 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.

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.

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.

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.

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