The Weekenders: Events for Austin Families, March 28-30, 2014

Movies Under the Stars – Friday, March 28.  There are two opportunities to see movies in the great outdoors on Friday night!  Catch a FREE screening of Ratatouille on the Whole Foods rooftop plaza (525 N Lamar Blvd) at 8:30 p.m. or enjoy Monsters University in Cedar Park’s Elizabeth Milburn Park (1901 Sun Chase Blvd.) at 8 p.m.

Pajama Storytime- Friday, March 28, from 6:30- 7:30 p.m. Come in your jammies and bring your blankie or favorite stuffed animal! Andrea from the Round Rock Library will be reading some of her favorite fairy tales! And of course Milk and Cookies will be served! This event is FREE and no RSVP is required! Kaleidoscope Toys, 110 N. IH-35, Round Rock.

Austin Urban Music Festival- Friday, March 29 from 3:00- 10:30pm and Saturday, March 30 from Noon- 10:30pm. Bring the family out for an event that brings in chart-topping artists like Kool and the Gang and Morris Day and the Time, as well as a Kid Zone, arts and crafts and more. Cost: $40 for two-day tickets. $25 general admission. Kids 6 and under are free.   Butler Park at Town Lake, 800 W. Riverside Drive.

Youth Fishing Derby (Round Rock) – Saturday, March 29, from 7 – 11 a.m.  The City of Round Rock Parks and Recreation Department presents the Youth Fishing Derby at Bright Lake in Old Settlers Park. The event is FREE, but pre-registration is strongly encouraged. This event is for ages 3-12 years and all children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Participants must provide all their own equipment and one fishing pole per child. There will also be demonstrations and other activities. Bright Lake, Old Settlers Park, 3300 Palm Valley Blvd., Round Rock.

Kids’ Day with Joe McDermott Concert (Cedar Park) – Saturday, March 29, from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. This special event will feature singer songwriter Joe McDermott, a giant slide, a farm animal petting zoo, a Teddy Bear Clinic, free bike helmets, and more!  Cedar Park Regional Medical Center, 1401 Medical Parkway, Cedar Park.

Westcave Outdoor Discovery Center Open House- Saturday, March 29, from 10:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Mark your calendars for Westcave’s Spring Open House and Field Day featuring special topical tours on birds, wildflowers, insects and geology as well as fun activities for the family. Prime timing for possible Golden Cheeked Warbler sightings. Bring a picnic lunch to enjoy under the shade of oaks and junipers. Rocky Creek BBQ available for purchase! $10 adult, free for children 12 and under with parents. 24814 Hamilton Pool Rd., Round Mountain.

Alamo Kids Club: The Great Muppet Caper – Saturday, March 29 at noon. Kids age 3 and up are invited to see a FREE movie!  Seating is first come, first served, so be sure to arrive early. Double check the showtime before heading out as they are subject to change. Alamo Drafthouse Ritz, 320 E 6th Street, Austin.

Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day- Saturday, March 29 at noon. Have you ever had a really rotten day? Alexander has… He wakes up with gum in his hair, he trips on a skateboard, and then he accidentally drops his sweater in the sink – all before breakfast! Alexander can already tell – it’s going to be a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day. Alexander’s day continues to go downhill as he gets smushed in the car on the way to school, his teacher doesn’t like his drawing of an invisible castle, and Paul doesn’t want to be his friend anymore. There’s no dessert for lunch, there’s lima beans for dinner, and even worse: there’s kissing on television! Laugh and sing along with Alexander’s misadventures in this hilarious musical based on the best-selling book by Judith Viorst. Discover along with Alexander that sometimes, everyone has a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day. Tickets: $15 adult, $12 children. One World Theatre, 7701 Bee Caves Road.

Annual Spring Pfling (Pflugerville) – Saturday, March 29, from noon – 4 p.m. Vendors will share Pflugerville’s local opportunities for fitness, healthy living and landscaping. Pfamily pfun with face painters, free pony rides, petting zoo, moonwalks and balloon artists. FREE! Heritage Park, 901 Old Austin Hutto Road, Pflugerville.
AdvertisementChickens in the Library – Saturday, March 29, from 1 – 4 p.m. Over a dozen breeds of chickens will be on display, with an educational presentation by each breeder/owner. Chickens in the Library is FREE and open to the public.  APL – Milwood Branch, 12500 Amherst Dr, Austin.

Austin Samba at Zilker Hillside Theater – Saturday, March 29, from 7 – 9 p.m. As part of the City of Austin Planet Music series, Austin Samba will present Black Orpheus. Enjoy a family-friendly evening of Brazilian music, dance, color and pageantry. The tragedy of Orpheus and Eurydice will be played out to Brazilian music and dance featuring 150 performers, floats, giant puppets, West Lake High School jazz horn players, and more. FREE! Zilker Hillside Theater, 2201 Barton Springs Rd, Austin.

Zilker Garden Festival- Saturday, March 29 and Sunday, March 30 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For over 50 years, the annual Zilker Garden Festival has been a one-stop, garden shopping destination when spring arrives in Austin and Central Texas. A family-friendly event, the garden festival offers something for everyone including a flower show, live music, gardening talks, a fun and interactive kids’ corner and tasty food offerings! Plan to arrive early and bring your wagon! Cost: $7 Adults, $3 Children (age5-12); Parking $5. Zilker Botanical Garden, 2220 Barton Springs Road.

The Cat in the Hat- Saturday, March 29 at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. and Sunday, March 30 at 2:30 and 4:30 p.m. Sally and her brother are stuck home in the rain, when a Cat comes knocking at the window pane! But the Cat has brought friends, Thing One and Thing Two, who make messes and problems and oh, what to do?! Mischief and mayhem and laughter galore, bring the kids—they’ll clamor for more! Recommended for children ages 3 and older. Tickets: $16 adults, $14 youth. ZACH Theatre, Kleberg Stage, 1510 Toomey Road, Austin.

Children’s Picnic and Real Food Festival – Sunday, March 30, from 1 – 5 p.m. Bring a picnic, grow a garden, meet farmers and local food vendors. Enjoy cooking demonstrations, movies, music and more. FREE!  French Legation Museum, 802 San Marcos Street, Austin.

Holi Festival 2014 – Sunday, March 30, from 1 – 4 p.m. (Rescheduled from last week.) Join the Hindu Students Association (HSA) as they put on one of the largest Holi celebrations in the country! Approximately 6,000 people will celebrate at this FREE event that is open to the public. Enjoy entertainment by Deejay Chet and a messy good time. Holi is the Hindu festival celebrating the arrival and color of the spring season. Widely recognized as the Festival of Color, this event involves throwing colored powder (called “rang”) and water on friends and family. Wear a white shirt to the event and join in the fun! Rang (colored powder) will be given out for free at the event. There will be three different lines that will start right at 1 p.m. The earlier you arrive, the faster you will get some rang! LBJ Lawns, located at the cross-streets of Robert Dedman Jr Dr. and Clyde Littlefield Dr., Austin.

Dino-Light- Sunday, March 30 at 2:00 and 4:30 p.m. Lightwire Theater returns to the Paramount stage with their incredible glow in the dark adventure: DINO-LIGHT! In Dino-light!, electroluminescent creatures light up the darkness in a heart-rending original tale. Truly unique and visually dazzling, DINO has been praised for its cutting edge blend of puppetry, technology, and dance audiences all over the world. Paramount Theatre, 600 Congress Avenue.

Champions Westlake Grand Reopening Party- Sunday, March 30, from 2- 5 p.m. Come tour the expanded facility and see the gym’s new bells and whistles, including three in-ground trampolines, the new Parkour and cheer rooms, and the Flip Side Pro Shop featuring fashion sportswear, gifts and more. All ages are welcome, so bring the entire family! There will be multiple action-packed participation stations with prizes at every station, door prize drawings throughout the event, demonstrations by our experienced coaches and performances. FREE! Champions Westlake, 2805 Bee Cave Road.

ImprovEd Shakespeare Co. Perform “As You Like It” – Sunday, March 30 at 5:30 p.m. Enjoy Shakespeare by kids for kids! The show is FREE!  Pre-show begins at 5 p.m. Boyd Vance Theatre, Carver Cultural Center, 1165 Angelina St, Austin.

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