The Weekenders: Events for Austin Families, June 7-9, 2013

Featured Events:

Friday Family Fun Night- Friday, June 7 at 6pm.  Join us this week for Mr Johnny & Sharon! This family-friendly duo has performed more than 1200 shows since 1998, giving audiences highly interactive theatrical and musical shows. Admission is a canned good to be donated to the Serving Center. Recommended for children 3 yrs+. Kaleidoscope Toys, 110 N. IH-35, Round Rock.

Pflugerville Music in the Park (Erin James and her Bad Habits)– Friday, June 7 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.

Metz Movie in the Park – Friday, June 7 at dusk.  Enjoy a family friendly movie under the stars.  If you’d like to arrive early, let kids play on the playground or the splash pad (water stays on until 8 p.m.). FREE!! Metz Recreation Center, 2407 Canterbury Street, Austin.

Outdoor Play: Shipwrecked! – Friday, June 7 and Saturday, June 8 at 8 p.m. Arrive early for a pre-show at 7:30 p.m.  Based on actual events, Shipwrecked! takes audience members of all ages on a high seas adventure populated by exotic islanders, giant sea turtles and a monstrous man-eating octopus. Louis’ hair-raising tale – told by three actors and an explorer-sized helping of theatrical magic – challenges us to wonder how far we are willing to blur the line between fact and fiction in order to leave our mark on the world. Shipwrecked! is the third production in Penfold Theatre Company’s “Penfold in the Park” series, an annual offering of free, outdoor summer theatre, made possible by the Round Rock Parks & Recreation Dept. FREE!! Round Rock Amphitheater, 301 W. Bagdad Avenue, Round Rock.

Mariachi Los Camperos- Friday, June 7 and Saturday, June 8 at 8pm. Los Camperos have been a fixture in the Los Angeles area and a driving force in the North American mariachi tradition for more than 40 years. The groups longtime association with Linda Ronstadt, performing live with her and on her milestone album, Canciones de mi padre, helped catapult mariachi music to unprecedented national prominence. Mariachi Los Camperos continues to raise the mariachi tradition to new heights, with an ever-growing following of Latino and non-Latino listeners and admirers. Their contribution to the musical life of Los Angeles and the entire southwest will remain for generations to come. Bring your friends and family and a picnic dinner and “¡acercerse a la música!” (get closer to the music!). Bring your friends, family and a picnic dinner! Tickets: $45. Palmer Events Center, 900 Barton Springs Road.

Alamo Kids Camp – Free movies for ages 3 and up.  Double check the showtimes before heading out as they frequently change:

  • Speed Racer – Friday, June 7 at 10 a.m., Saturday, June 8 at 10:10 a.m., and Sunday, June 9 at 10 a.m. Alamo Drafthouse Village, 2700 W. Anderson Lane, Austin.
  • Casper – Friday, June 7 at 10:15 a.m., Saturday, June 8 at 9:45 a.m., and Sunday, June 9 at 9:50 a.m. Alamo Lake Creek, 13729 Research Blvd., Austin.
  • Muppets Take Manhattan – Friday, June 7 at 10:45 a.m., Saturday, June 8 at 10:30 a.m., and Sunday, June 9 at 10:30 a.m. Alamo Slaughter Lane, 5701 W. Slaughter Lane, Austin.

Austin Civic Orchestra Concert at Zilker Park – Friday, June 7 and Saturday, June 8 at 8 p.m. Austin Civic Orchestra will be playing selections from Star Wars, The Titanic, Grease, Cats, and Les Miserables. The evening will conclude with a guest conductor – selected by a raffle of audience members – leading the Orchestra in Stars and Stripes Forever. Bring your blankets, your family, and friends for an enjoyable evening on the lawn of the Zilker Hillside Theater. Zilker Park, 2206 William Barton Drive, Austin.

Kids’ Summer Reading Series with Ms. Lisa, Puppeteer – Saturday, June 8 at 10 a.m. Millie & Mox and Jack and Jill Nanny Agency have teamed up to bring you special summer story times with local authors. FREE!! There will be door prizes from Austin Zoo, Highlights Gametime Grill, and MetroMoms Austin. Millie & Mox Children’s Boutique, 5145 N. FM 620, Suite B110, Austin.

Super Duper Lil Chefs- Saturday, June 15 from Noon- 2pm. Whip up some fun during the Super Duper Lil Chefs event. This event is a FREE culinary event that shows kids the fun side of food through hands-on activities. Don’t forget to bring a non-perishable food item to donate to a local hunger relief organization. Kidgits Club Members will receive a free placemat and Qubo magnet (while supplies last). Lakeline Mall in the Dillard’s Women’s Court, 11200 Lakeline Mall Drive.

Hands on History- Saturday, June 8 from 10am- 2pm. Hands on History is a FREE, come and go event held monthly at the Museum. Make a craft to take home while learning about historical events around the county and the world. The Williamson County Museum, 716 S. Austin Ave.

Round Rock Mini Maker Faire – Saturday, June 8, from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. This FREE community event is for Do-It-Yourself (DIY) makers of all ages, experience, and interests. At the Round Rock Maker Faire you will see robotics, 3D printing, engineering, creative household projects, and more! Enjoy an energetic environment that is sure to inspire artists, entrepreneurs, children, engineers, and students alike. There is no entry fee to attend the Round Rock Mini Maker Faire. Local food trailers will be on site selling refreshments. TechShop Parking Lot (next to Lowe’s), La Frontera, 120 Sundance Pkwy Suite #350, Round Rock.

Keep Austin Beautiful Cleanup– Saturday, June 8 from 9:00- 11:00am. Join Keep Austin Beautiful for the summer fun cleanup of Lady Bird Lake!  Cleanups of the lake happen every other month throughout the year and offer a wide range of locations to clean.  If you’re looking to get out on the lake on a kayak or paddle board, sign up for one of our waterway cleanup sites!  If you would like to bring your family or stay dry, sign up for a shoreline site!  Also, prepare to go on a hunt for the most unique piece of trash to enter in the Most Unusual Item contest.  A prize is awarded to the contest winner, plus all volunteers receive a gift certificate to Whole Earth Provisions. On-the-Water volunteers should be 16 or older and be comfortable around water. Volunteers MUST pre-register for this event. Lady Bird Lake.

Pajama Party at Flix– Saturday, June 8 at 10:30am. Watch Jumanji in your Pajamas and eat some breakfast at Flix Brewhouse. The second Saturday morning of each month, we show a classic family film and pair it with breakfast! Guests are encouraged to wear their pajamas and relax with us. Bring a blanket, bring a pillow, bring whatever makes you feel at home! Every Pajama Party show is all ages. Cost: $5. Flix Brewhouse, 2200 IH-35, Round Rock.

Grand Opening of the Pflugerville Library – Saturday, June 8, from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.  Click here for the schedule, which includes Southwest Dairy Farms, Storytime String Puppets, and a Joe McDermott concert at 2 p.m. FREE!! 1008 W. Pfluger Street, Pflugerville.

Hasbro Studios’ Saturday Morning Cartoon Breakfast- Saturday, June 8, 2013 from 8:30-10:30am. Parents, bring your children in their pajamas (you can wear yours, too!) to the Stephen F. Austin Intercontinental Hotel for this family-friendly free event.  Breakfast will be served as we watch My Little PonyLittlest Pet Shop, and Transformers: Rescue Bots as a community, and maybe have a surprise visit by a voice actor of one of their favorite characters!   Hasbro Studios will provide giveaways to attending children. FREE!! Please be sure to RSVP. Stephen F. Austin Intercontinental Hotel Ballroom

Lake Travis Summer Reading Kick Off – Saturday, June 8, from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., join the library for the Summer Reading Program Kickoff Party with The Sassy Spurs, Tiny Tails to You! baby animal petting zoo, Papa Murphy’s pizza, free eye exams from the Lake Travis Lions Club, crafts, and more! Also, pick up reading logs and register for the summer reading program. FREE!! Lake Travis Community Library, 1938 Lohmans Crossing, Austin.

Walk on the Wild Side- Saturday, June 8 at 10am- Noon. Enjoy an interpretive hike as a park naturalist brings together a unique blend of human and natural history to tell the story of the Colorado River. Discover how the river influences animal, plant and human life along its banks. After your hike, visit McKinney Roughs Visitors Center gift shop with live native animals and interactive exhibits. Bring a picnic lunch and make it a nature day! Hike is limited to the first 20 participants. Clubs or groups of more than five people should call ahead to schedule a private hike. No registration required. $4/adult, free children 12 and under, adults and children ages 8 and up. McKinney Roughs Nature Park.

Wells Branch Movie in the Park – Saturday, June 8 at 8 p.m. See a free screening of Rise of the Guardians. The event starts at 8 p.m. but the movie will not begin until twilight (approximately 9 p.m.). Admission is free and ice cream will be available for purchase from Cub Scout Pack 140. Bring your blankets and chairs. Katherine Fleischer Park, 2106 Klattenhoff Dr., Austin.Advertisement
Market Days on the Square– Saturday, June 8 from 9:00am- 4:00pm. Musicians, hoopers, balloon artists, and face painters entertain the crowd. Take some time to stop by all of Georgetown’s amazing boutiques and shops to experience a more charming, laid-back approach, to very cosmopolitan shopping! Enjoy lunch at one of our casual or fine dinning downtown restaurants. Kids will enjoy The Ultimate Play Zone, a fun and healthy active play center. It’s safe, secure enjoyment for the whole family.  With “something fun for everyone,” this center features a fabulous train, inflatables, clowns, face painting, an art center, & pet adoption centers! FREE!!  Downtown Georgetown.

Michael’s Kids Club: Father’s Day Cards– 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.

Author Chris Barton Visits Brilliant Sky – Saturday, June 8 at 11 a.m. Who is better – a shark or a train? Find out with local author, Chris Barton, as he reads his award-winning children’s book, Shark Vs. Train! FREE!! Brilliant Sky Toys & Books, 701 S. Capital of Texas Hwy, Suite D-480, The Village of Westlake (Between HEB and Office Depot), Austin.

Paramount Kids Classics: Sound of Music Sing-a-long– Saturday, June 8 at 7pm and Sunday, June 9 at 2pm. Admit it, you can hum half the songs to yourself right now. A timeless musical classic that should be seen on the big screen! Open to all ages. Cost: $15 general admission. The Paramount Theatre, 713 Congress Ave.

Lowe’s Build and Grow: Monsters University Scarers- Saturday, June 8 at 11am and Sunday, June 9 at 2pm. It’s going to be a monster summer at Lowe’s! Bring your child to Lowe’s this Saturday and they can build these awesome Mike and Sulley Scarers inspired by Disney•Pixar’s upcoming release Monsters University! FREE!! All participating Lowe’s locations.

Big Don at the NATY – Sunday, June 9 at 11 a.m. Come to The NATY (North Austin Trailer Yard) for a FREE show with children’s hip hop artist, Big Don! Kids can also make dad an Earth-friendly Father’s Day Gift hosted by Recycled Reads! NATY, 1012 West Anderson Lane.

The Most Spectacular Dreamtime Circus – Sunday, June 9, from 4 – 8 p.m. Austin’s own Circus of Hope and Horse Bay present 2053: The Future’s Not As Bright as it Could Be, an original performance for the benefit of autism awareness and empowering at-risk youth. Visit Stunt Ranch in Southwest Austin for a free, fun-filled theatrical circus production by the Dreamtime Circus of San Fransisco! Stunt Ranch, 13317 Fitzhugh Road, Austin.

Austin Symphony Hartman Foundation “Concerts in the Park” – Sunday, June 9 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 Brass. 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.

Story Time Series for Families at The Jones Center – Sunday, June 9 at 1 p.m. Sundays in June at The Jones Center, AMOA-Arthouse will host Austin families for a special Story Series. The June Story Series for Families is free with admission. Admission is free for youth age 18 and under. This week’s story times feature: Two Little Trains by Margaret Wise Brown and Dragons Love Tacos by Adam Rubin. The Jones Center, 700 Congress Avenue, Austin.

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.

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. The Round Rock Public Library, 216 E. Main Street, Round Rock.

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, June 8 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.

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

Flying Theater Machine: GryffinPuffleClawsin 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. Sunday, 2:00pm.Tickets: $8. The Hideout Theater, 617 Congress Ave.

Whole Foods Kids’ Club – 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!! Sunday, 1:00pm. Whole Foods Market, 525 N. Lamar and at the Whole Foods at Bee Cave location.


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