The Weekenders: Events for Austin Families, March 5-6, 2016

Spend the weekend doing fun activities in Austin with your family!

Saturday, March 5, 2016

It’s My Park Day – 9 a.m., It’s My Park Day is the biggest city-wide volunteer event that brings thousands of volunteers together to work to improve parks and greenbelts throughout the city. There are over 100 projects to choose from, so come show your parks some love, and volunteer along side your friends, family and neighbors! All volunteers will receive an It’s My Park Day shirt, snacks and more goodies.  Locations located throughout Austin. Registration here:

Home Depot Kid’s Workshop: Toy Wagon – 9 a.m. – noon,Kids can build a FREE rolling toy wagon and decorate it with Home Depot stickers. All kids get to keep their craft, receive a  certificate of achievement, a Workshop Apron, and a commemorative pin while supplies last. FREE! All participating Home Depot locations.

Decorate a Kite (Round Rock) – Two session: 10 and 11 a.m., Get ready for sunny springtime fun and decorate your own kite! Start with a high-quality constructed Tyvek kite, and use our markers, crayons and art materials to color the kite of your dreams! Cost: $5.00 registration covers all materials. Must register in advance, sign up in-store, or call to buy a spot: 512-388-5048. Kaleidoscope Toys, 110 N. I-35, Round Rock.

French Legation Birthday Party – 11 a.m. – 2 p.m., The French Legation is turning 175 years old and is throwing a big birthday party with performances, book signing, storytelling, free tours of the home, face painting, jugglers, food, and even birthday cake. FREE! French Legation Museum, 802 San Marcos Street.

Happy Face Storytime – 11:30 a.m., Happy Face Productions is here to celebrate Dr. Seuss’ birthday! We’ll have a spectacular performance of the Dr. Seuss classic The Cat in the Hat, featuring the Cat in the Hat himself! FREE! BookPeople, 603 N. Lamar Blvd.

Explore UT - 11 a.m. – 5 p.m., Held annually at UT Austin, Explore UT aims to inform students, parents, teachers and community members from across the state about the importance of the public research institution and higher education in Texas. The day-long event invites Texans of all ages to experience robust research experiences, hands-on demonstrations and experiments, and participate in the richness of the university’s scholarship and knowledge. UT campus.Advertisement
Hurlyburly Art Opening – Noon – 3 p.m., Come explore the outdoor, interactive art installation Hurlyburly by internationally renowned artist Orly Genger. Created using repurposed lobster rope, Hurlyburly is a massive outdoor piece of painted and hand-knotted rope. Recalling the languid flow of the creek, the undulating, woven structure invites visitors to interact with each other, with the work, and with the surrounding parkland. Opening day includes family-friendly activities, a weaving wall, complimentary frozen treats from GoodPop, sandwiches from Toasties Sub Shop, and a variety of refreshing juices from JuiceLand. FREE! Waller Delta, adjacent to the Waller Creek Boathouse, 74 Trinity.

Spring Holidays Fair - Noon – 4 p.m., Kids can learn about how different cultures celebrate spring with crafts, activities, performances and more. FREE! Asian-American Resource Center, 8401 Cameron Road.

Recycled Reads 7th Anniversary Party – Noon – 6 p.m., The Austin Public Library celebrates the seventh anniversary of our book store. Live music, FixIt Clinics, shopping and surprises await you at this family-friendly event directly benefiting the Library. FREE! Recycled Reads, 5335 Burnet Road.

Sunday, March 6, 2016

Kite Fest –  10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Kids and adults will enjoy the wide open space at Zilker Park to fly kites! Bring your own, buy one there, or make one. There’s Kite Flying Contests happening all day, refreshments, vendors and more.  FREE! Head over to the Zilker Hillside Theatre to hear live music from local musicians at Moss Fest. Zilker Park.

Free First Sunday at Bullock – Noon – 5 p.m., FREE exhibit admission all day. From Non – 3 p.m., kids can celebrate Texas’ storied past and exciting future through performances, hands-on activities, trivia, and more! There will be costumed interpreters, historic games, or create your own Texas flag all while exploring what Texas was like as an independent nation, and more. Bullock Museum, 1800 Congress Avenue.

Sunday Funday: Invisible Ink –  1-4 p.m., Museums don’t always have to be hands-off! Sunday Fundays at the Neill-Cochran House Museum feature historically-inspired activities for children, scavenger hunts in the historic house (a bit less hands-on, please!), and informal tours of the museum. FREE! Neill-Cochran House Museum, 2310 San Gabriel Street.

Kids’ Music Series at Whole Foods Domain: Mr. Will – 2-4 p.m., Located just outside of the west entrance, the Public Domain is a shipping container eatery that will host a new music series for families each Sunday in March. There’s a play area, food and drinks for both kids and adults. The event is FREE! Whole Foods Domain, 11920 Domain Drive.

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