The Weekenders: Events for Austin Families, June 29- July 1, 2012

Movies Under the Stars: Free Willy- Bring your lawn chairs, blankets and snacks to enjoy an outdoor movie! Enjoy free popcorn and drinks! Friday, dusk. FREE!! Metz Recreation Center, 2407 Canterbury Street.

Friday Night Storytime- Meet two remarkable and different kinds of fish in The Rainbow Fish by Marcus Pfister and The Pout-Pout Fish by Deborah Diesen and Dan Hanna. FREE!! Friday, 7:30pm. Barnes and Noble, La Frontera Village, 2701 Parker Road Bldg A Suite 700, Round Rock.

Friday Family Fun Night: Circus Chickendog- Trick Dogs, Performing Parrot, Magic, Juggling, Unicycling, Rope Spinning, Accordion Music, Giant Bubbles
& Lots more… Admission to ALL FFFN events is one non-perishable food item per person for the Round Rock Area Food Bank. Friday, 6:30pm. Kaleidoscope Toys, 1601 S IH35, Suite 325, Round Rock.

Central Market North LamarLive 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.  Here is the lineup of FREE entertainment:

  • Friday,  6:30 – 9:00pm Alice Spencer & The Rubber Band- Jazz swing music that you can dance to.
  • Saturday, 6:30- 9:00pm Akina Adderley & the Vintage Playboys is an Austin Soul band whose unique sound blends elements of rock, funk, and old-school R&B. Front person/vocalist Akina lights up the stage as “the little woman with the big voice.” Granddaughter of jazz trumpet great Nat Adderley, great niece of jazz saxophone legend “Cannonball” Adderley, and daughter of Nat Adderley Jr. (producer/pianist/band leader for Luther Van Dross), Akina brings a distinguished musical pedigree to the Vintage Playboys, who are a tight group of seasoned players from an eclectic musical background.

My Garden Storytime- The girl in this book grows chocolate rabbits, tomatoes as big as beach balls, flowers that change color, and seashells in her garden. How does your garden grow? Craft afterwards. FREE!! Saturday, 11:00am. Barnes and Noble, 10000 Research Blvd #158 in the Arboretum.

Literature LIVE! presents Why Cowboys Sing in Texas -Did you know there was a time when cowboys didn’t sing in Texas? Well, let me tell you, partner, it was a lonely time, indeed. Join Slim Jim Bean and the Old Timer as they set things straight in this traditional puppet show full of fun, laughs, and stampeding cows. Recommended for ages 5 – 12. Children in this age range will be seated first.  Arrive early to ensure you get a seat. Saturday, June 30 at 2 p.m. Faulk Central Library, 800 Guadalupe St.

LEGO Building Event- Parents and children ages 4 and up are invited to visit us for the LEGO Building Event. Kids will hone their fine motor skills while having a blast building with LEGO micro bricks. Space is limited, please call to R.S.V.P. FREE!! Saturday, 2:00pm.  Barnes and Noble, 12701 Hill Country Blvd., Ste O-140, Bee Cave.

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. Featuring Steve the improvising poodle, a portion of the show follows Steve through an original tale. Pay what you wish. Appropriate for audiences of all ages. Saturday at 10 a.m. ColdTowne Theater, 4803 Airport Blvd., Austin.

Sensory Friendly Film:Brave- 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 Cap. Tx. Hwy.

Passport to Imagination: Canada- Ages 3 and up can make a craft for FREE! Saturday, 1:00- 4:00pm. All participating Michael’s locations.

Red White and Blue Ball- The Red White and Blue Ball is an intimate music and camping event taking place on Saturday, June 30 at The Ball Farm, a beautiful outdoor venue located 25 miles southeast of downtown Austin. In addition to outstanding live music this family-friendly event will offer free camping in a shaded campground, tasty offerings from local food trucks, a giant water slide, a late-night fireworks show, and more There will be 7 bands on 2 stages. Saturday, 4:00pm- Sunday, 2:00pm. Tickets: $25 general admission. The Ball Farm, 119 Red Bird Lane, Dale.

Hill Country Galleria Independence Day Festival – Join in a unique experience showcasing the finest artwork and artisans, live music by Vallejo, Guy Forsythe, and more, delicious local and international foods, fireworks, and performing arts. Bring the entire family for a day of fun and excitement. The festivities will be capped off with a fabulous 4th of July Fireworks display that will be sure to impress.  FREE !Saturday from 11 a.m. – 9 p.m.! Hill Country Galleria, 12912 Hill Country Blvd., Bee Cave.
AdvertisementBeing Unique is the Jam! Storytime- Being the same as everyone else is no fun!  Here at BookPeople we think that being unique and different makes people really cool. But at the same time, we all sometimes have trouble appreciating ourselves for who we are. That’s why we love reading Edward the Emu and other special stories all about learning to see that being yourself rocks!  FREE!! Saturday, 11:30am. BookPeople, 603 N. Lamar Blvd.

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

Movie Night at Deep Eddy Pool:Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1- Bring your float and beach towel and enjoy a summer movie in the pool! All movies start at dusk on Saturday. Admission: $1 children 1-11, $2 children 12-17 and $3 for 18 and up. Deep Eddy Pool, 2315 Lake Austin 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, 10:30- 11:00am. The Round Rock Public Library, 216 E. Main Street, Round Rock.

Craft Time for Kids: Star Spangled Banner- Let freedom ring with this noisemaker that kids can shake. FREE!! Saturday, 11:00am- 3:00pm. Lakeshore Learning Center, 9828 Great Hills Trail.

Alamo Kids’ Camp – Enjoy FREE movies for kids ages 3 and up at area Alamo Drafthouse locations. Double check show times before heading out, as they frequently change: Alamo South Lamar — Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, 11 a.m. Saturday and Coraline, 11:15 a.m. Sunday (1120 South Lamar); Alamo Lake Creek — The Secret of Nimh, 11 a.m. Saturday and Sunday (13729 Research Blvd); Alamo Village — Babe, 10:45 a.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. Sunday. (2700 W Anderson Lane); Alamo Slaughter Lane — Rango, 10:35 a.m. Saturday and Sunday, (5701 W. Slaughter Lane).

NATY Market Days Inaugural Kick-off – Shop vintage dealers, let kids play in the play area, and get a bit to eat from one of the food trailers. Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. NATY (North Austin Trailer Yard), 1012 W. Anderson Ln., Austin.

Independence Day at Pioneer Farms- In the 1800s, Independence Day was a time for fun and patriotism. The same will be true come on Saturday, June 30, and Sunday, July 1, at our star-spangled, old-fashioned Fourth of July celebration. The fun-packed event has an all-day schedule: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Horse-drawn wagon rides from 10-3, artisan vendors, historical reenactments, display of historical independence flags, a reading of the Declaration of Independence, a watermelon seed-spitting contest, a “42” tournament in our Big Barn Loft (sponsored by the Austin 42 Club), horse-shoe games and other family-fun activities. At our Blacksmith Shop, you can see our artisans busy at the forge. At our 1873 Texian Farm, the sweet smell of wood-stove pioneer cooking wafts through the kitchen. A real old-fashioned hay ride will be running for visitors. Food will be available at our Sprinkle Corner town square. Admission: $8 for adults and $6 for kids over age 2 — an old-fashioned bargain. Pioneer Farms, 10621 Pioneer Farms Dr.

Whole Foods Kids’ Club - Kids can enjoy a FREE 4th of July activity. Sunday, 1:00pm. Whole Foods Market, 525 N. Lamar, Austin.

The Flying Theatre Machine: Fairly Silly Tales- Sundays at the Hideout, Flying Theater Machine presents kid-oriented improv right here 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. The Hideout Theater, 617 Congress Ave.

Sunday Morning Kids Show- Enjoy a live performance by The Telephone Company! FREE!! Sunday, 10:30am.  Ruta Maya, 3601 South Congress Avenue.

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

The Invincible Czars’ Olde Fashioned Independence Day Indoor Picnic & 1812 Overture Record Release & Concert- Schave and Reilly will open the show and Austin’s one and only Museum of Natural and Artificial Ephemerata will be on hand with their mobile exhibit of rarities and surprising antiques. Then they will perform the 1812 Cd in its entirety along with several other new pieces of music 99.99% of you haven’t heard them play yet. Tickets: $12, 12 and under free. Sunday, 2:00- 5:00pm. Scottish Rite Theater, 207 West 18th Street.


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