The Weekenders: Events for Austin Families, July 26-28, 2013

Friday Family Fun Night- Friday, July 26 at 6pm. Experience for yourself the wild and wacky world of Safari Greg and his Amazing Urban Safari! Combining magic, comedy and a wide array of animal friends he creates a fun filled program that can only be described as a must see experience for all ages! Admission is a canned good to be donated to the Serving Center. This event is targeted to families with children over 3 years. Kaleidoscope Toys, 110 N. IH-35, Round Rock.

Movie in the Park: Monsters, Inc. – Friday, July 19 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.

Pflugerville Music in the Park (Emmerson Biggins)– Friday, July 26 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, Pflugerville.

Music Under the Star – Friday, July 26, from 6 – 9 p.m. Every Friday in July, bring your camp chairs and blankets (but no coolers, please) and dance the evening away to the hottest sounds in Austin. This FREE concert series features a fantastic line-up of Texas musicians who will play from 6 to 9 p.m. on the Bullock Museum’s Lone Star Plaza. This week, you can hear Guy Forsyth with special guest Jean Synodinos. In between sets, cool off with a trip through the exhibits, which will be FREE and open to the public during the concerts. Kids can decorate wooden star cutouts and turn them into wearable art: pins, necklaces, bolo ties and more! Bullock Texas State History Museum, 1800 N. Congress Avenue, Austin.

Top Notch Movie Night: Edward Scissorhands Friday, July 26, 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.

Hyatt Summer Cinema: The Muppets– Friday, July 26 and Saturday, July 27 at 6pm. Hyatt Regency Austin is offering family friendly movies on Fridays and Saturdays this summer, in their Southwest Bistro’s mini-theatre.  Let the kids watch a movie while the adults dine in peace! Hyatt Regency, 208 Barton Springs Road.

Zilker Summer Musical: Little Shop of Horrors – Friday, July 26 – Sunday, July 28 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.

Alamo Kids Camp – Friday, July 26 to Sunday, July 28. FREE movies for kids age 3 and up. Click on the links below for showtimes: The Spongebob Squarepants Movie – Alamo Drafthouse Village, 2700 W. Anderson Ln., Austin. Stuart Little – Alamo Drafthouse Lakeline, 14028 N US Highway 183, Bldg F;  Spy Kids – Alamo Drafthouse Slaughter Lane, 5701 W. Slaughter Ln., Austin.

Deep Eddy Movie Night: Wreck It Ralph – Saturday, July 27 at dusk. FREE with paid pool entry for the day: FREE Infant (under 12 months), $1 age 1 to 11, $2 age 12 – 17, $3 age 18 – 61, $1 age 62+. Deep Eddy Pool, 401 Deep Eddy Drive, Austin.

Local Author Story Time: Brian Anderson – Saturday, July 27 at 10 a.m. Jack & Jill Nanny Agency and Millie & Mox are hosting Story Time Saturdays all summer long. This week, Brian Anderson will be doing an interactive story time presentation. There will be door prizes as well! Millie & Mox, Steiner Ranch, Quinlan Crossing shopping center, 5145 North FM 620, Ste. B110, Austin.

Lakeway Movies in the Park: Brave Saturday, July 27 at dusk (about 8:45pm). Movies In the Park is a summertime series presented by the City of Lakeway. 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.  FREE!! Please, no dogs at this event. . . . but bring the kids and tell your neighbors! Lakeway City Park, 502 Hurst Creek Road.

KIDS CLUB: Elmer’s Frog – Saturday, July 27 from 10am- noon. Let your kids explore their creativity while you shop! Only $2 per child reserves 30 minutes for your creative kid. Sessions starting every half hour from 10am – 11:30am. See a store associate to join the fun! All participating Michael’s locations.

Curious George Red Carpet Family Event– Saturday, July 27 from 10:30am- 12:30pm. Join KLRU and the Alamo Drafthouse as we present CURIOUS GEORGE on the big screen to celebrate the opening of the new Alamo Drafthouse Lakeline location. Seats can be reserved with the purchase of a refundable $5 food/beverage voucher. Come dressed in your best Hollywood glamour, monkey suit or safari wear. Walk the red carpet and take photos in our photo booth with Curious George. Enjoy hands-on activities in the lobby with the KLRU education team. Full Alamo menu available for purchase. All ages are welcome, but children must be accompanied by a parent. Please reserve only the seats you expect to use, and reserve enough seats for all attendees, regardless of age. Schedule: 10:30 Doors open, guest check in, red carpet photos and lobby activities, 11:00 Movie starts on first screen, 11:15 Movie starts on second screen. 12:30 Event ends. Fidgety guests are welcome in the lobby for activities during the show. Alamo Drafthouse, Lakeline, 14028 N US Highway 183, Bldg F.

Ballet Austin’s National Dance Day- Saturday, July 27 from 9:30am- 4pm. National Dance Day is an annual event and grassroots initiative to encourage the nation, young and old, to move! At Ballet Austin we will be participating by offering classes through the Butler  Community School. Dance fans of all skill levels are invited to participate!  Ballet Austin’s Butler Community School is pleased to serve as the local venue for National Dance Day, an event highly promoted by the hit FOX series So You Think You Can Dance. The BCS will also offer several other favorite drop-in dance classes on July 27, each for the same $10 per class or $28 dance all day tax-deductible donation. Ballet Austin’s Butler Community School, 501 W. 3rd Street.

Pancake Social with Big Don– Saturday, July 27 from 11:00am- Noon. Parents pay $5, Kids are FREE. Food and Beverage additional. Strange Brew, 5326 Manchaca Road.

Baby U- Saturday, July 27 from 9am- 3pm. Tickets are FREE! Join us for a day of preparing for your bundle of joy! BabyEarth is bringing together a slew of experts for you. Whether you are just thinking about pregnancy or are “about to pop”, you will leave this event with a tremendous amount of information. We will have informative talks, interactive Q&A and hands on experience. Additionally we will have a few vendors set up with tables for you to browse between talks. You must register on EventBrite in order to receive a FREE gift bag! Baby Earth, 106 E. Old Settlers Blvd, Ste. D-100, Round Rock.

Whole Food’s Ice Cream Social- Saturday, July 27 from 2-5pm. FREE!! I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream! Join us for our first annual ice cream social. Sundae bar will be open with all the fixins to top that perfect scoop of ice cream. Stick around for our homemade ice cream competition. Whole Foods, Arbor Trails, 4301 W William Cannon Dr, #800; Whole Foods downtown, 525 N. Lamar Blvd. and Whole Foods Gateway (at Noon), 9607 Research Blvd.

Cheer For National Dance Day– Saturday, July 27 at 9:00am. Round Rock residents are invited to participate in National Dance Day. Grab your pom-poms, don your pig tails and bring your “Go Team” attitude. The City of Round Rock and Round Rock Arts Council is cheering for National Dance Day with a filmed group dance opportunity. Guys and girls should arrive at 9 a.m. to learn the National Dance Day routine from Sherry “Shamrock” Leetham. Or you can learn the Everybody Dance routine online from the At 10 a.m. everyone will perform the routines together while being filmed. The film will be uploaded to the Dizzy Feet Foundation. All footage has the opportunity of being aired on the television show “So You Think You Can Dance.” FREE!! Prete Main Street Plaza, Downtown Round Rock.Advertisement
Brilliant Sky Toys and Books 3rd Birthday Party– Saturday, July 27 at 10am. Enjoy live music by Mr. Will, Joe McDermott, face painting, balloon art, and a special visit by Elmo! FREE!! Brilliant Sky Toys and Books, 701 S. Cap. of Tx. Hwy.

Flor de Canto– Saturday, July 27 from 10am- 5pm. International Students, Artists and the Austin Community will join in to create a mural in the MACC Zócalo. Join us for this very special project and be part of creative activism. 10 am: Mural painting starts, 1 pm: Youth Performances and at 2 pm the live music by Como Las Movies, Johnny Degollado, Conjunto Aztlan begins. FREE!! Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center, 600 River Street.

The Bremen Town Musicians– Saturday, July 27 at 10am and Sunday, July 28 at 2pm. Austin Theatre Arist, 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.

Charlotte’s Web– Saturday, July 27 at 11am and 1pm and Sunday, July 28 at 12:30 and 2:30pm. The beloved childhood classic, based on the book by E.B. White and  re-imagined by acclaimed director Jenny Larson, is a play that will enchant audiences with a story of loyalty and friendship. Wilbur, an affectionate and spirited pig, is valiantly saved by a young girl named Fern from a deadly fate. But after being sent away to live on the Zuckerman farm, Wilbur finds it difficult to adjust without Fern. Wilbur soon befriends some local farm animals, including a kindhearted and clever spider named Charlotte. Unbeknownst to Wilbur, he is being well fed to meet his tragic fate. In an effort to save Wilbur’s life, Charlotte weaves a plan with the help of an unlikely character. This new adaptation captures a warmhearted tale with the help of live music arranged by Emily Marks, captivating puppetry designed by Caroline Reck, video projections by Chris Hatcher, and a stellar cast. Tickets: adults and kids 12 and up $10; kids ages 3-12, $8. Scottish Rite Theater, 207 W. 18th Street.

Lowe’s Build and Grow Clinic: Toy Story R.C.-Saturday, July 27 at 10:00am and  Sunday, July 28 at 2:00pm. Our summer of Build and Grow fun continues with Disney∙Pixar! Your child will love building RC from Toy Story! FREE!! Kids will also get a free apron, goggle, patch and more! Must pre-register. Only at participating Lowe’s locations.

Austin Symphony Hartman Foundation “Concerts in the Park” – Sunday, July 28 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 big band. 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.

Summer Story Series- Sunday, July 28 at 1pm. Let your imagination loose in the Jones Center galleries during our Summer Story Series. In a 30-minute tour, be guided through our art exhibitions while  our professional storyteller reads from related children’s books. Space is limited, so come early to claim your spot! Recommended for ages 8 and under. FREE with museum admission. The Jones Center, 700 Congress Avenue.

Lady Bird Johnson Tribute Day-Sunday, July 29 from 9:00am- 5:00pm. The Wildflower Center goes all out to honor our founder, Lady Bird Johnson, and all she has done for our nation’s treasured environment. Admission will be FREE for visitors. Enjoy exhibits, children’s activities and more during extended hours from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave.

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.

Food-Free Family Storytime-Saturday, 10:30- 11:00am. 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!! The Round Rock Public Library, 216 E. Main Street, Round Rock.

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. FREE!! Baby Earth, 106 E. Old Settlers Blvd.

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1 Comment on The Weekenders: Events for Austin Families, July 26-28, 2013

  1. Saturday, August 17, 2013, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. TexARTS Association for the Performing and Visual Arts welcomes the community to an open house to celebrate the kickoff the 2013-2014 Academy year.

    In addition to getting first chance at registering for the upcoming Fall classes, attendees can also participate in FREE dance and visual arts classes; meet the TexARTS instructors – many of who are Broadway veterans; watch selected performances from recent TexARTS productions; enjoy refreshments and win tickets to upcoming shows.

    TexARTS is a nonprofit organization that offers year-round classes in acting, voice, dance and the visual arts as well as completely staged youth and professional productions. TexARTS’ mission is to cultivate a thriving arts community by exposing all people to the visual and performing arts.

    For more information or to register for TexARTS’ upcoming after school and weekend arts education programs, please visit or call 512-852-9079.

    Where: 2300 Lohman’s Spur, Ste 160, Austin, TX 78734

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