Friday Night Storytime- Join us for a special Mother’s Day Storytime tonight featuring two delightful new books: Dini Dinosaur by Karen Beaumont and Daniel Roode and Utterly Lovely One by Mary Murphy. FREE!! Friday, 7:30pm. Barnes and Noble, La Frontera Village, 2701 Parker Road Bldg A Suite 700, Round Rock.
Metz Movies Under the Stars – Bring a blanket or chairs and head to Metz Recreation Center for some family entertainment. Get FREE popcorn and drinks, then settle in to watch An American Tale. Friday, 7:30pm. 2407 Canterbury Street, Austin.
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. Here is the lineup of FREE entertainment:
- Friday, May 11, 6:30 – 9:00pm Lex Land and her band play a mixture of French cabaret jazz and Parisian pop.
Saturday, May 12, 6:30- 7:30pm Artistic Director Michael Lee, one of the last and most advanced students of the French master Marcel Marceau, appears with his new Austin-based ensemble. “The caliber of my own company,” says Marcel Marceau. “Pure comic genius,” says The Ann Arbor News.
- Saturday, May 12, 8:00- 9:30pm Continental Graffiti performs an intimate concert inspired by the swinging hot jazz sounds of 1930s Paris.
- Sunday, May136, 9:30am-2:30pm- Treat Mom to a Central Market brunch and live music by Danielle Riech Quartet.
Discovery Lab Grand Opening- Join The Austin Public Library, the APL Friends Foundation and Dell employees for the grand opening of the Discovery Lab, a place for teens to discover new computer technology and the fascinations of science, at the Willie Mae Kirk Branch (formerly the Oak Springs Branch,) 3101 Oak Springs Dr., on Saturday, May 12 from 2 to 4 p.m. This fun-filled celebration will include youth activities, prizes, and remarks by Nobel Laureate Professor Steven Weinberg, who will share what originally made him interested in science. Expect to see lots of people in bright T-shirts! Young people who have been participating in Dell Discovery Lab activities will be honored and there will be food and fun for everyone. The Discovery Lab is made possible through a Dell Powering the Possible Learning Grant. The grand opening and the Discovery Lab itself are FREE and open to the public.
Storytime- A weekend storytime for families with kids of all ages. FREE!! Saturday, 11:00am. Wells Branch Community Library, 15001 Wells Port Drive.
Second Saturday for Families: Multi-Color Maps-Get your creativity flowing in the Solarium of the Driscoll Villa as we create colorful maps inspired by the art on view in the galleries at Laguna Gloria. And Literature Live! is back with a special performance of Mother Goose on the Loose at 1pm! Admission: $10 per family, $5 for member families. Saturday, 11:00- 3:00pm. Austin Museum of Art at Laguna Gloria.
Family Storytime- (All ages) lasts about 30 minutes. It has 3 stories, familiar songs, fingerplays and a craft. FREE!! Saturday, 10:00am. Cedar Park Public Library, 600 N. Bell Blvd., Cedar Park.
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.
Hey Lollies Puppet Saturday- It’s a puppet show in the beautiful Spider House Ball Room. This first week we are performing the show Iris Saves the Land of Black and White. We visit the land of Black and White where the king has banned all color because of a horrible coloring accident he had as a child. Will Iris and the kids be able to bring color back to the land??!!! Come to the show and find out. There’s a song for every color in the rainbow. Cost: $2 per person. Saturday, 10:30am. 29th Street Ballroom at Spiderhouse, 501 West 29th Street.
Hands-On History: May Flowers-Learn about famous Mothers in Williamson County. Make a special flower bouquet for your own Mother. FREE!! All ages. Saturday, 10:00am- 2:00pm. The Williamson Museum, 716 S. Austin Ave. Georgetown.
Hill Country Galleria Saturday Night Concert Series- Listen to FREE live music by the Lake Travis High School Jazz Band. Saturday, 7:00- 9:00pm. Hill Country Galleria, 12700 Hill Country Blvd.
Theatre Action Project’s Youth Arts Festival- This year’s festival will feature work by more than 100 students from 12 middle schools in 4 school districts from the Austin area. Festival hosts and keynote performers will be from the Changing Lives Youth Theatre Ensemble (CLYTE). CLYTE is done in partnership with Theatre Action Project and SafePlace. This year’s festival line up represents a broad spectrum of creativity from the region’s youth, from a movie about vampires, a digital story inspired by a classic opera, a mural created to inspire a school community, to a play about the voices that try to control our choices. In addition, TAP will be presenting its inaugural Shining Light Awards to school and community partners. FREE!! will be held on Saturday, May 12th from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Boyd Vance Theatre at the George Washington Carver Museum, 1165 Angelina Street.
Sideways Stories From Wayside School- When Wayside School was built, there was a terrible mistake made—single classrooms were piled on top of another, thirty stories high! (The builder said he was sorry.) Maybe that’s why all kinds of funny things happened at Wayside. Sideways Stories from Wayside School is a hilarious tale of Mrs. Jewels’ class on the 30th floor where things are pretty wacky: students are turned to apples for getting wrong answers, the new student turns out to be a dead rat and there is a loose cow in the building! Performed by students of ZACH’s Performing Arts School Pre-Professional program. Tickets $10 adult, $8 child. Saturday, 12:30 and 3:30pm. ZACH Scott Theatre, 1510 Toomey Road.
Austin Mini Maker Faire-The Faire will showcase the maker culture, from arts and crafts to science and engineering projects and everything in between. Some of the planned activities include:the Austin Children’s Museum will be presenting a woodcrafting activity where kids will get to use a real power drill, the Weavers and Spinners Society of Austin will have a giant loom that kids can use, Amateur Radio will be teaching kids about morse code, First Robotics teams will be having robot battles, and the real R2-D2 will even be there for kids to meet and interact with. over 60 booths will be set up on a show-and-tell format, so that attendees of all ages can learn from the makers and help inspire conversations and learning. Tickets: $10 per child, $15 per adult. Saturday, 10:00am- 6:00pm Hope Farmers’ Market at the Pine Street Station.
Saturday Morning Storytime- Many of the Barnes and Noble locations offer a FREE storytime for children on Saturday mornings at 11:00am. Click here to check for participating locations.
A.I.S.D. 100 Years of Libraries Celebration- There will be a festival of Austin’s most talented storytellers and authors including Angela Medearis, Carl Anderson, Bernadetter Nason, Karen Hodges and more. For primary age groups, look for Brian Anderson, Chris Barton, Liz Scanlon and Jeff Crosby. Middle and upper grades will enjoy Greg and Cynthia Leitich Smith, a panel discussion with Jenny Ziegler with the Delacorte Dames, as well as K. A. Holt with the Texas Sweethearts & Scoundrels. That’s just the beginning. BookPeople will have books for sale, and kids will be able to make bookmarks and paper bag puppets. FREE!! Celebrate 100 years of AISD School Libraries, Saturday, 2:00-6:00pm. Reagan High School, 7104 Berkman Drive.
Peter Pan-The Texas School for the Deaf presents Peter Pan as its Spring Student Drama Performance. Tickets are $7 for Adults and $5 for kids 6 and up. Children under 5 get in free.Friday and Saturday at 7:00pm.The performance will be at the R.L. David Auditorium at the Texas School for the Deaf on South Congress, Austin.
Super Cinderella- Bring the entire family for a FREE show presented by the Violet Crown Theatre! Super Cinderella is a half-hour theatrical adaptation of the popular children’s story, where Cinderella has a superpower! Saturday, 12:30pm. Central Market, 4001 N. Lamar Blvd.
Lowe’s Build and Grow: Picture Frame Planter- Spring has sprung! Your child will love building the Picture Frame Planter and personalizing it with photos. Plant something together! FREE!! Kids will also get a free apron, goggle, patch and more! Saturday, 10:00am. Must pre-register. Only at participating Lowe’s locations.
Craft Time for Kids:Handprint Keepsake- This is hands down the sweetest Mother’s Day gift ever made by kids. FREE!! Saturday, 11:00am- 3:00pm. Lakeshore Learning Center, 9828 Great Hills Trail.
Storytime at Mitchie’s- Enjoy a FREE storytime and language featuring African-American folktales from 1:00-2:00pm every Saturday. Kids receive free refreshments, a free book and a 30% discount! Mitchie’s Gallery, 7801 N. Lamar Blvd., Bldg. B, Suite 148.
Everyone Reads: Dewey Kickoff- Learn to make special treats and toys for your pet. This free family program marks the beginning of our final book series for Everyone Reads Wells Branch. Through July, all ages are invited to read a book about Dewey: The Small-Town Library Cat That Touched the World. FREE!! Saturday, 4:00- 5:00pm. Wells Branch Community Library, 15001 Wells Port Drive.
PATTERN NATION: WAVES-PATTERN NATION: WAVES explores the colorful world of waves and is intended to support important pre-literacy skills needed for learning success among pre-school children. Though appropriate for elementary school children of all ages, PATTERN NATION: WAVES will be most enjoyed by students in pre-K, Kinder, and grades 1 & 2. Saturday, 11:00 a.m., 2:00 and 4:00 p.m. and Sunday at 2:00 p.m. (followed by a “PAY WHAT YOU LIKE” party where you get to mix and mingle with the performers! Tickets: Tickets to public performances are $7.25 for children under 12, $8.25 for students ages 12-18, seniors, & Austin Creative Alliance members, $9.25 for adults. Rollins Studio Theatre at the Long Center for the Performing Arts, 701 West Riverside Drive.
The Center for Texas Music History FREE Concert Series: Women in Texas Music Night- Celebrating the tremendous diversity of live music found throughout Texas! The shows are FREE and open to the public. Presented by the Bullock Texas State History Museum and the Austin Federation of Musicians and held in conjunction with the special exhibition, Texas Music Roadtrip, this live music series features different themes or genres each week, from cajun and zydeco to jazz and swing. Explore the dynamic musical traditions unique in Texas’s history and culture each Sunday night on the Museum’s Lone Star Plaza… then explore them in depth inside the Museum, where admission to the exhibits will be also be free. Sunday, 6:00- 9:00pm. The Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum, 1800 N. Congress.
Whole Foods Kid’s Club- Make Mom a special gift on her special day. FREE!! Sunday, Noon- 2:00pm. Whole Foods, 525 N. Lamar Blvd.
The Flying Theatre Machine: Scavenger Hunt-It’s time put on your adventure hats and come with us on a scavenger hunt! In the Hideout Theatre’s new improv show, Scavenger Hunt, we will go on a wild scavenger hunt together to find magical objects. Guided by hidden clues and exciting games, you will help them decide where to go and what they find. They might find a message in a bottle or a buried map that will take them across a desert safari to find imaginary objects like a box of gold or a magic carpet! Our hero will go where ever your imagination takes us: to an island, or even the moon! What other clues and objects will our hero find? Help us discover this in our kid-friendly, audience interactive show on Sundays in May and June at 2 pm at The Hideout Theatre! Tickets: $8. The Hideout Theater, 617 Congress Ave.
Sunday Storyime- Enjoy an all-ages, FREE storytime on Sunday at 1:00pm at Faulk Central Library, 800 Guadalupe Street.
Austin Symphonic Band’s Mother’s Day at the Capitol- What better way to close out a great day with Mom than by taking her to a free concert at the Texas State Capitol in her honor? The band will perform well-known tunes, including marches and musical numbers, that you and your Mom are sure to enjoy! Get there early to select the best seating .. this concert gets more popular every year. FREE!! Sunday, 7:00- 8:00pm. The Texas State Capitol South Steps, 1100 Congress Ave.
Sunday Morning Kids Show- Enjoy a live performance by Austin’s own, Staci Gray! FREE!! Sunday, 10:30am. Ruta Maya, 3601 South Congress Avenue.
Mother’s Day at The Umlauf- Mothers enjoy FREE admission with activities, performances and garden beauty. Sunday, 1:30- 4:30pm. Umlauf Sculpture Gardens, 605 Robert E. Lee.