The Weekenders: Events for Austin Families, June 17-19, 2011

Daddy Daughter Dance- Daddies, grab your little Princesses and get out your dancing shoes for a royal evening. Be her Prince Charming and bring her out for a special night with just the two of you. Compete in a dance-off and enjoy food, music and a souvenir picture of you and your daughter in her Princess attire. Advance registration is recommended. Cost is $10/member couple, $15/resident couple, $25/nonresident couple. Additional daughters are only $4. Friday, 6:00- 9:00pm. Brushy Creek Community Center, 16318 S. Great Oaks Drive.

Father’s Day Card Event- Create a thoughtful card for Father’s Day. Make it extra special with words of loving encouragement. While supplies last. Ages 3 and up. FREE!! Friday, 6:00- 8:00pm. All participating Michael’s locations.

I Love My Daddy Storytime- Come make a Father’s Day craft and enjoy I Love My Daddy by Sebastien Braun. This delightful new book follows a day in the life of a bear and his cub in this celebration of the bond between father and child. FREE!! Friday, 7:30pm. Barnes and Noble, La Frontera Village, Round Rock.

Friday Family Fun  Night –Capital of Texas Zoo Show.  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.

Home Depot Kid’s Workshops- FREE Do-It-Yourself workshop for kids ages 5-12 years old. Make a Lil Toolbox in this special Father’s Day Workshop! Saturday, 9:00am- Noon. All participating Home Depot locations.

Story and Craft- Ms. Lori will read a couple short child friendly books, sing a couple songs and follow with a simple craft. Come on over for some “cool” Saturday fun! FREE!! Saturday, Noon. Beth’s Book Box, 15803 Windermere Drive, Pflugerville.

Alamo Drafthouse Summer Kids Camp- See a FREE screening of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles at Alamo Lake Creek.  The movie will be showing daily from Friday, June 17 to Thursday, June 23.  Seating is on a first come, first served basis, so be sure to arrive early. Only children age 3 and older will be admitted, except on Baby Day, June 21, when all ages are welcome.  Friday at 10:30, Saturday at 10:40 and Sunday 10:05am. Alamo Lake Creek, 13729 Research Blvd.

Father’s Day Key Chain Event Make-It Take-It- Create a handmade keepsake for Father’s Day. Design your keychain creation with lots of love. While supplies last. Ages 3 and up. FREE!! Saturday, 10:00am- Noon. All participating Michael’s locations.

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.

Theatre Action Project Summer Pageant in the Park- Come celebrate “How our Food Grows”. Students will gather at the Sustainable Food Center Farmers’ Market Downtown at Republic Square Park to march in a grand procession of the year’s seasons, bringing all their puppets together culminating visual and aural spectacle. The public, you and your family, are invited to join the parade! Elementary students will incorporate larger than life puppets, banners and more. FREE!! Saturday, 11:00am. Republic Square Park, Downtown at 4th and Guadalupe.

Father’s Day Craft at Ikea- Bring the kids to Ikea Round Rock to make a FREE candy bar card for Dad in the IKEA Restaurant!  Kids who visit the restaurant will receive a Happy Father’s Day candy bar wrapper to color.  Once they have finished coloring, they can take the wrapper to the Ikea Food Market to get their FREE chocolate bar for Dad.  Tape the colored wrapper around the chocolate and voila!  They’ll have a card and gift in one.  Participating kids will also receive a FREE breakfast coupon, which they can redeem the following weekend. Sunday, Noon – 5 pm. Ikea, 1 Ikea Way, Round Rock. (thanks, Free Fun in Austin!)

Storytime- Enjoy a FREE storytime on Saturday at 11:00am at Wells Branch Community Library, 15001 Wells Port Drive.

Cars 2 Event at Disney Store- Join Disney Store for fun events every Saturday in June as we celebrate the upcoming release of Cars 2 in theaters June 24. June 18: City of Lights, City of Speed- Race 1 at 10:30am, Race 2 at 12:00pm, Race 3 at 1:30 pm. Minimum age for participation is 3 years. Event limited per session based on store capacity. No lineups prior to 30 minutes before event begins. Event subject to change or cancellation without notice. Outlet stores excluded. Call store for more information. FREE!! Disney Store, Lakeline Mall, 11200 Lake Stop Boulevard, Cedar Park.

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.

Dad’s Day Youth Fishing Derby- FREE event for families with children 5 and older. Learn the basics of fishing through fun, hands-on activities. Take away a fishing fun pack and enter the drawing for door prizes. Equipment and bait provided or bring your own. Accessible for the mobility impaired. No license necessary. Adults must accompany children. Bring sun protection and water. Saturday, 9:00am- Noon. McKinney Falls State Park.

Wild West Father’s Day- Bring Dad and return to the Texas prairie in the days when horse-drawn wagons were SUVs. Gunfighters, blacksmithing, balloon-shooting gallery, horse-drawn wagon rides, cane-pole fishing, much more. Saturday, 10am- 5pm. Regular admission. Admission: $8 adults, $6 children, 2 and under free. Pioneer Farms, 10621 Pioneer Farms Drive.

World Refugee Day- Welcome our newest Texans as part of Austin’s annual commemoration of the United Nations World Refugee Day. The day will begin with a naturaliztion ceremony for new American citizens-to-e. Then, the celebration continues with FREE activities for the public, including live music and performances, children’s games, food, face painting, a fashion show and more! Saturday, Noon- 3:00pm. The Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum, 1800 N. Congress Blvd.Advertisement
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. Pre-registration required. McKinney Roughs Nature Park.

Saturday Morning Storytime- Children’s Storytime. FREE!! Saturday, 11:00am. Barnes and Noble locations: The Homestead,Westlake, and Sunset Valley.

Crafts for Kids- Bring the kids, ages 3 and up, to make a wallet for your dad for Father’s Day! FREE!! Saturday, 11:00am- 3:00pm. Lakeshore Learning Store, 9828 Great Hills Trail.

BookKids Storytime- Dinosaurs are the great, great grandparents of elephants and alligators, which make them super cool.  Whether your favorite dino is the stegosaurus or the T-Rex, we would love to have you come and join us this morning for a storytime all about our favorite prehistoric, extinct, giant lizards!  We’ll be reading When Dinosaurs Came With Everything along with other ferociously fun stories that’ll be jurras-tic!  Plus a dino-tastical activity to follow!  Yeahhhh! FREE!! Saturday, 11:30am. BookPeople, 603 N. Lamar Blvd.

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.

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.

Father’s Day in the Park- Austin Symphonic Band celebrates your Dad with this annual concert at the Zilker Hillside Theatre. Marches, patriotic melodies, and other familiar works are the order of the day – selections that will have your Dad’s toe tappin’ – as well as your own! Bring a picnic basket and spread out a blanket under the Pecan trees at the Hillside Theatre. FREE!! Sunday, 7:30- 9:30pm. Zilker Hillside Theatre, Zilker Park.

Juneteenth at the Carver Museum- Food, games, vendors, arts, crafts, historical characters in costume, museum tours, concert music & FUN!!! Come join us. FREE!! Saturday, Noon- 4:00pm. Carver Museum, 1165 Angelina Street.

Sunday Morning Kids Show- Join AndyRoo on a musical journey to a town of animals, where you’ll encounter Silly Sal the Salamander, monkeys climbing trees, and an affable platypus. FREE!! Sunday, 10:30am. Tips for performers appreciated. Sunday, 10:30am. Ruta Maya Coffee, 3601 S. Congress Ave.

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.

Succulent Celebration- Want to learn more about the perfect plants for Texas? Join us for our Celebration of Succulents. Some topics that will be discussed are How to Transplant Cactus, an Overview of Succulents and the kids will be planting Lithops and painting in the Kid’s Club! FREE!! Sunday, 9:00- 3:00pm. Whole Foods, 525 N. Lamar Blvd.

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.

NASA Spacecraft Viewing Event- The Orion Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle, which NASA announced last month would be the agency’s deep space crew module based on the original work on the Orion capsule, will make three stops, including The Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum, as it travels by truck from NASA’s Dryden Flight Research Center in California to the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The Orion display is FREE and open to the public at the Museum Sunday, June 19 and Monday, June 20, 2011. On Sunday, the Museum will have FREE educational activities for families in the Rotunda and Second Floor Lobby from noon – 4 p.m. A FREE screening of the award-winning Hubble 3D will be shown at Noon in the IMAX Theatre (seating is available for the first 380 visitors, no reservations, first come first served). Additionally, a NASA representative will host a Q&A session in the Texas Spirit Theater at 2 p.m. The Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum, 1800 N. Congress Ave.

Honoring Our Legacy: Health and Education- This year’s celebration includes a puppet show, a puppetry workshop, craft activities, a dance performance and a book presentation. FREE and open to the public. Sunday, 10:00am- 4:00pm. Carver Branch Library, 1161 Angelina.

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

Flying Theater Machine: Pirate Adventures- Each week we scurvy dogs set sail to plunder a new shore and you’re invited to join – at cutlass point! You’ll not just be watching these fish tales, no! We need smart lads and lasses to lend us a hand and set a course for our next adventure. If you’re not a yellow bellied scoundrel we’d be pleased to have you in the audience and the crew. Tickets: $8. Sunday, 2:00pm. The Hideout Theater, 617 Congress Ave.

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