The Weekenders: Events for Austin Families, March 29-31, 2013

Austin Urban Music Festival– Friday, March 29 from 3:00- 9:00pm and Saturday, March 30 from Noon- 9:00pm. Bring the family out for an event that brings in chart-topping artists like Brandy, Anthony Hamilton and Cupid 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.   Auditorium Shores, 800 W. Riverside Drive.

SFC Green Easter Egg Hunt – Saturday, March 30 at 9:40 a.m. Come celebrate Green Easter with cascarones filled with grass-seed and fun-fun confetti. Kids of all ages will line up starting at 9:40 a.m. and will be grouped according to age, giving the littlest ones a couple of minutes for a head start. The Easter Bunny will also be visiting the market, so bring your camera for FREE photos. Texas Gas Service will be giving away a gas grill that day, so be sure to enter the drawing! (You may also be interested in this eco-friendly egg hunt on Sunday.) Republic Square Park, 4th and Guadalupe, Austin.

Texas Rollergirls Bout and Easter Egg HuntBout 2: Saturday, March 30 doors at 5pm. Easter Egg Hunt and “Pin The Star on the Jammer” in the lobby at 4:45pm. Hustlers vs Hotrod Honeys at 6pm, Hell Marys  vs Honky Tonk Heartbreakers  at 7:45pm. Tickets start at $15, 12 and under are free. Austin Convention Center, 500 E Cesar Chavez Street, and we play in Exhibit Hall 5, which has its main entrance on 4th Street.

The Whimsical Hocus Pocus Show– Saturday, March 30 at 10:00am. Family-friendly fun with magic, music, mentalism, and merrymaking! This fanciful show will amaze and delight as you experience the impossible. Tickets: $10, kids 3 and under free. The Institution Theater, 3708 Woodbury Drive.

Helicopter Egg Drop – Saturday, March 30 at 11 a.m. The Exchange Church will once again host a FREE Helicopter Egg Drop in Pflugerville’s Northeast Metropolitan Park. Registration begins at 11 a.m. but there are limited spots so be sure to arrive early. To save time onsite, print your registration forms now and bring the completed forms with you on Saturday morning. Every child who registers will get a goody bag with eggs before the hunt. $1 hot dogs will be available for lunch. Northeast Metropolitan Park, 2703 E Pecan Street, Pflugerville.

Steiner Ranch Egg Hunt– Saturday, March 30 from 9:00- 11:00am with the egg hunt beginning at 10:00am. Thousands of Easter eggs will be placed on the grounds of John Simpson Park and all children ages 10 and under are invited to gather for this “eggstra” special event. Bring your camera for special photo opportunities with the Easter Bunny! There will also be an appearance by the Easter Bunny, a Face Painter, Balloon Twister, Pony Rides, and a Petting Zoo. FREE!! John Simpson Park, Steiner Ranch Community.

Easter Egg Hunt on the Capitol Grounds – Saturday, March 30 at noon.  First United Methodist Church will host its annual Easter Egg Hunt and Picnic on the Texas State Capitol grounds. First Church and the Easter Bunny invite the community to join them at 11 a.m. for a B.Y.O.Picnic and family fun. Egg Hunt times are 12:00 p.m. for preschool children and 12:45 p.m. for elementary children. Colorado and 12th Street, Austin.

Sid the Science Kid Movie Premiere– Saturday, March 30 at 9:00am. Join KLRU and the Alamo Drafthouse as we present SID THE SCIENCE KID: THE MOVIE on the big screen.  This event is FREE but you must reserve your seat through Eventbrite. Come dressed in your best Hollywood glamour or mad scientist outfit. Walk the red carpet and take photos in our photo booth. Meet Clifford the Big Red Dog. Enjoy hands-on science activities in the lobby with the KLRU education team. All ages welcome bust must be accompanied by an adult. Alamo Drafthouse Lake Creek, 13729 Research Blvd., Austin.

Jo’s Pet Parade and Costume Contest – Saturday, March 30, from noon – 3 p.m. The parade will kick-off at 12 p.m. at Hudson’s Meat Market (1800 South Congress) and end at Jo’s Coffee (1300 South Congress). No pets required – the event is FREE to attend, and spectators are always welcome. If you’d like to register your pet to participate ($10 in advance), click here. All proceeds benefit Austin Pets Alive! South Congress Avenue, Austin.

Alamo Kids Club – Saturday, March 30 at 12:45 p.m. See a movie created and co-written by Dr. Seuss! The 5,000 Fingers of Dr. T (1953) will be showing for FREE at Alamo Drafthouse The Ritz as this month’s Alamo Kids Club screening. Kids age 3 and up, and their adults, are invited to attend the free screening. Tickets are first come, first served, so be sure to arrive early. The Ritz, 320 E 6th Street, Austin.

Spring Egg-stravaganza in The Triangle – Saturday, March 30, from 3 – 5 p.m. Bring your own camera to snap FREE photos with the Easter Bunny. There will also be an Easter egg hunt, a petting zoo, field games, crafts, and more. The Triangle, 4600 W Guadalupe, Austin.

Holi Mela – Saturday, March 30, from noon – 7 p.m. Enjoy Food Mela (noon-7 p.m.), a cultural program (1-2:30 p.m.), Holi Pooja and Holika Dahan (3 p.m.), and Holi – Festival of Colors (3:15 – 5:15 p.m.) Gulal will be made available to play – dry color only. Admission is FREE. (You may also be interested in this Holi event on Saturday.) Austin Hindu Temple and Community Center, 9801 Decker Lake Rd, Austin.

Funky Chicken Coop Tour – Saturday, March 30, from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.  The Funky Chicken Coop Tour is a self guided tour through several of Austin’s urban chicken homes, from the fancy to the modest, all within Austin city limits. A map with descriptions and locations for each coop can be purchased for $10 and serves as the ticket for the tour. The map can be shared with as many people as you would like in your touring party, and you can purchase maps in one of three ways.

The NATY Kid’s Show and Easter Egg Hunt- Sunday March 31st 10:30am to 12:30pm. Music and puppets by Jungle Jill and the Jaybirds, face painting, egg hunt after the show,
Confetti eggs! Food available from Snarky’s (gourmet sandwiches and donuts,) Chilly Dogs (dogs and giant snow cones,) BBQ, & The Yogurt Experience (yummy frozen treats as well as coffee & hot cocoa!) FREE Admission! North Austin Trailer Yard, 1012 West Anderson Lane.Advertisement
Pioneer Farms Sunrise Service – Sunday, March 31 at sunrise. FREE admission. (Regular admission applies for afternoon activities, which include a Pioneer Egg Hunt for all ages at 2 p.m.) Call 512.837.1215 for more information. Sprinkle Corner entrance village, Pioneer Farms, 10621 Pioneer Farms Drive, 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– Fridays and Saturdays from 6:30- 9:00p.m. 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.  Central Market, North Lamar Blvd.

Craft Time for Kids– Saturday, 11:00am- 3:00p.m. Bring the kids to get crafty. The crafts change weekly and usually are themed for particular holidays or seasons. FREE!! Lakeshore Learning Center, 9828 Great Hills Trail.

Food-Free Family Storytime- Saturday, 10:30a.m. 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.

BookKids Storytime– Saturday mornings at 11:30a.m. Join the wonderful staff at BookPeople as they entertain your kiddos with stories, crafts, guest storytellers, and sometimes even puppets! FREE!! BookPeople, 603 N. Lamar Blvd.

What’s the Story Steve?– Saturday at 10 a.m. 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. A return to MYT’s classic event structure, kids will join us on the stage for the entire event, providing sound effects, characters and settings for for every story. This is a chance to create original tales, and to perform them right away! ColdTowne Theater, 4803 Airport Blvd.

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

Hill Country Galleria Saturday Night Concert Series– The FREE concerts begin at 7:00pm on Saturday night. Hill Country Galleria’s amphitheater, 12700 Hill Country Blvd., Bee Cave.

Flying Theater Machine: Snowball Fight-  Sunday, 2:00pm. Enjoy 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.

Whole Foods Kids’ Club –  Sunday, 1:00p.m.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.

*Please be sure to click on the event links to check to make sure events are still happening. Once this list is published, it is not updated when changes occur to the scheduled events.

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