The Weekenders: Events for Austin Families, May 14-16, 2010

Be sure to check the websites for updates on events this weekend as many will be taking place outdoors. Some will still go on, rain or shine, while others have already been canceled. Nevertheless, bring an umbrella along and have a wonderful weekend! Feel free to update LiveMom with any cancellations by leaving a comment here.

DREAM! A Midsummer Night’s Dream- Experience Shakespeare’s classic A Midsummer Night’s Dream with a 1960s rock ‘n roll edge as Austin Shakespeare presents the 25th incarnation of free Shakespeare in Zilker Park. The show, featuring a four piece rock band live on stage, will enliven and entertain the audience at Zilker Hillside Theatre for five weeks starting Thursday, April 29 at 8 p.m., running through the end of May. Shows are every Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 8:00pm. FREE!! Audience members are encouraged to dress in 60s-era clothes to join in the spirit of the show.

Statesman Auto Show- Kids’ Zone, Climbing Wall, NASCAR Simulator, Double-shot Basketball, Iron Man (Saturday 11:00am- 5:00pm) and CARS! Check website to get FREE ticket information.Tickets at the door cost $5 for adults, $3 senior citizens, 12 and under free. Friday and Saturday, 10:00am- 10:00pm. Sunday, 10:00am- 6:00pm. Austin Convention Center, 500 E. Cesar Chavez Street.

Williamson County Symphony Orchestra- Bring the family out to these FREE concerts to wrap up the season. Friday, 7:30 pm located at Anderson Mill West Park, Dagma Dr. at El Salido Pkwy. Saturday, 7:30pm at the Lakeside Pavilion in Old Settlers Park, Round Rock.

BookKids Storytime- Enjoy a FREE storytime every Saturday at 11:30am! BookPeople, 603 N. Lamar Blvd.

Southpark After Dark- Enjoy live music by Eggmen and Marc Utter. Saturday, 7:30pm. FREE!! The Grove at Southpark Meadows, 9300 IH-35 South.

MacGillivray Freeman’s Arabia 3D- The Museum is hosting an IMAX Family Day celebrating Arabia 3D in the IMAX Theatre. Planned activities include a talk-back panel and poster signing with Hamzah Jamjoom, a Saudi Arabian film student at Chicago’s De Paul University and the film’s main narrator; a presentation from the Texas Camel Corps with a chance to get up close with real camels; live music from Austin’s own 1001 Nights Orchestra; bellydancing; learning Arabic script writing with students from UT’s Center for Middle Eastern Studies; and more! Activities are FREE and fun for the whole family! Saturday, 1:00- 4:00pm. Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum, 1800 N. Congress Ave.

Crafts for Kids- Bring the kids, ages 3 and up, to make a Mini Megaphone. FREE!! Saturday between 11:00am- 3:00pm. Lakeshore Learning Store, 9828 Great Hills Trail.

Merry Fairy May Festival- Calling all fairies, woodland elves and gnomes! Join us at the farm for pony rides, games, face painting and more!  Concessions available. Admission $3 per person, 1 and under free. Pony rides, $2 and face painting, $1. $1 off admission with the donation of two healthy, non-perishable food items to be donated to the Hill Country Ministries Food Pantry. Saturday, 10:00am- 1:00pm. The Good Earth Day School, 10820 E. Crystal Falls Pkwy, Leander.

Taste North Austin at the Domain- Sample a delicious array of food from North Austin restaurants.  Enjoy live music by local bands and fabulous shopping.10 tastes for $20. Bring the kids for performances by the Biscuit Brothers and Joe McDermott!  Also, there will be Arts & Crafts, face painting, and a chance to meet characters from Star Wars! Saturday, 11:00am- 5:00pm. The Domain, 11600 Century Oaks Terrace.

Sign Language Storytime- Enjoy a FREE sign language storytime at the Wells Branch Community Library. Saturday, 1:00pm. Wells Branch Community Library, 15001 Wells Port Dr.
AdvertisementFamily Yoga with Cindy- Enjoy a FREE (with purchase from cafe) yoga session for the entire family! Saturday, 10:00-11:00am. Ruta Maya Coffee Shop, 3601 S. Congress Ave.

Bikes and Books Tour- In honor of Bike Month, The Austin Public Library and the Austin Cycling Association are hosting a family-friendly Bikes and Books Tour of Austin’s North-Central Libraries. The FREE!! guided tour will be led by certified ACA Ride Leaders through Austin neighborhoods and parks all while learning safe and scenic bicycle routes to your neighborhood library branches. The tour will begin at Recycled Reads, 5335 Burnet Road, then got to the North Village, Old Quarry, and Yarborough Branches before ending with a celebration back at Recycled Reads. Each stop will feature a mini tour of the branch, a light snack and the chance to check out as many books, CDs and DVDs as you can carry in your panniers. Register at Austin Cycling. Saturday, 9:00am- 1:00pm.

YMCA Splash Day- Enjoy a FREE!! day of swimming and family-friendly activities at all participating YMCA branches! Saturday, 10:00am- 2:00pm. For a map of locations, click here.

Flipnotics Kid’s Show- Enjoy a FREE performance by Laura Freeman and the Hey Lollies! Saturday, 10:00am. Flipnotics, 1601Barton Springs Rd.

Round Rock the Boat Regatta- Old Settlers Park will be full of spectators waiting to see who will float, sink or swim at the Round Rock the Boat Regatta on Saturday at 10:00 a.m. Contestants make boats out of cardboard and tape and will rely on their inventions to keep them afloat as they travel across the lake at Old Settlers Park, 3300 East Palm Valley Blvd., Round Rock.

Folk Music Concert- An afternoon with Jennings and Keller, Fusion Folk Americana. A stunning voice, smart lyrics, outstanding guitar, great musicianship and great sense of humor. FREE!! Saturday, 2:00- 3:00pm. Cedar Park Recreation Center, 1435 Main Street, Cedar Park.

Storytime at Mitchie’s- Enjoy a FREE storytime and sign language featuring African-American folktales from 1:00-2:00pm every Saturday. Kids receive free refreshments, a gift and a 30% discount! Mitchie’s Gallery, 7801 N. Lamar Blvd., Bldg. B, Suite 148.

Robin Hood- The Far, Far Away Kingdom may be in danger! In this new production, the King goes on a much needed vacation, leaving his niece Maid Marion and the sneaky Sheriff of Nottingham in charge of the Kingdom. Unfortunately, the King has forgotten his compass and may never find his way back from the forest!   This news delights the Sheriff, as he hopes to take over the Kingdom forever, force the townsfolk to pay hefty taxes, and marry Maid Marion against her will!  It’s up to Robin Hood, doer of good deeds, and his right hand man, John Little, to thwart the Sheriff and save Marian from the clutches of no-good Nottingham! This interactive adaptation of the classic tale is perfect for ages 3-10. Saturday, 10:00am and Sunday, 2:00pm. Scottish Rite Children’s Theatre, 207 W. 18th St.

35th Annual Deutschen Pfest- Deutschen Pfest is Pflugerville’s invitation to come out and join in the celebration of the community’s heritage! Music and dancing from pop to polka, lots of awesome food, arts and crafts you can’t pass up, two Saturday morning parades, a Pfun Run/Walk and Kids Run on Sunday and so much more…you just have to see for yourself! Friday, 5:00pm- Midnight, $4 per person; Saturday, 11:00am- Midnight, $5 per person; Sunday, 11:00am- 5:00pm, $4 per person. Pfluger Park, 515 City Park Road, Pflugerville.

Science Sunday- Join Pam Cook of the Texas Materials Institute at UT and her students as they bring big ideas down to a small-sized audience using a variety of hands-on activities. Tickets, $6.50- $4.50. Sunday 3:00- 5:00pm. Museum is free from 4:00- 5:00pm. Austin Children’s Museum, 201 Colorado Ave

Sunday Morning Kid’s Show- This week’s show features The Strollers- Rockabilly for kids! FREE!! Sunday, 10:30am. Ruta Maya Coffee Shop, 3601 S. Congress Avenue.

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