The Weekenders: Events for Austin Families, May 18-20, 2012

Night Out at Cat Hollow- Enjoy live music and a showcase of the Cat Hollow Aquatics Program, beginning at 6:00pm on Friday, followed by a showing of A Dolphin Tale at 8:45 p.m. FREE pool entrance, pool games, pizza, refreshments, and crafts for kids. Cat Hollow Pool & Park, 8600 O’Connor Dr, Round Rock.

Friday Night Storytime- In Dinosaur Pet by Neil Sedaka and Tim Bowers, a little boy cherishes something bigger and better than puppies or cats: his own dinosaur! FREE!! Friday, 7:30pm. Barnes and Noble, La Frontera Village, 2701 Parker Road Bldg A Suite 700, Round Rock.

Kyle Movies in the Park- Bring along a lawn chair, blanket, and snacks and enjoy Kung Fu Panda 2. Friday, 30 minutes after sunset.  Gregg-Clarke Park, 1100 W Center St, Kyle.

Movies Under the Stars, This week it’s the Adventures of Tin Tin, along with free popcorn and drinks. Friday, dusk. FREE!! Metz Recreation Center, 2407 Canterbury Street.

Top Notch Movie Night- Grab the kids and some chairs and enjoy a free screening of the original Toy Story! Friday, dusk (around 8:15 p.m.) Top Notch Burgers, 7525 Burnet Rd.

Pflugerville’s Deutschen Pfest- Celebrate Pflugerville’s German heritage with carnival rides, a parade, live music, food, and more! Gates open Friday at 5 p.m. The children’s parade kicks off at 10:45am on Saturday followed by the main parade which includes local marching bands, community groups and organizations. Next head to Pfluger Park for festival food, booth vendors, children’s petting farm and puppet shows. Enjoy Oma and Ompah, Lorelai & Schatzi, jugglers, 7 Dutchmen, Pflaming Glory, Whiskey Sisters and Matt Bowlin. Sunday features a 5K Pfun Run walk and Kids 1 K through downtown Pflugerville at 8 a.m. After the run, head out to Pfluger Park for more festival fun including Lonestar Dance Center for the Performing Arts and live music from the Detentions and the Eggmen. Also, consider a jump into Gilleland pool which is open for free on Saturday, May 19, a special Deutschen Pfest treat. Admission is $5 on Friday and Sunday, and $7 Saturday. Pfluger Park, 515 City Park Road.

Central Market North LamarLive 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 18, 6:30 – 9:00pm A true chanteuse, Christine Albert has a beautiful voice made for singing French love songs. She has brought together her love of Texas with her French roots and has come up with a sound that is part rustic Texas but smooth and sophisticated as an April Parisian night.
  • Saturday, May 19, 6:30- 7:30pm The show includes lots of Les Nubians, some Boubacar Traore (Je Chanterai Pour Toi, etc.), Nina Simone’s rendition of Ne Me Quitte Pas, and some sassy soulful dance driven la Chic French funk tunes.
  • Sunday, May20, 12:30am-3:00pm- Lex Land and her band play a mixture of French cabaret jazz and Parisian pop.

Willy Wonka Junior- Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired presents a stage adaptation of Roald Dahl’s Charlie and The Chocolate Factory, called Willy Wonka Junior. Featuring songs from the classic family film Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, this play brings to life the story of the famous candy man’s quest to find an heir. FREE!! Friday and Saturday, 7:00pm. Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired in the  Fine Arts Building, 1100 W. 45th Street.

Music in the Park-Enjoy at Mini Feast with music (Gian Chavez, Este Vato), food and artists. FREE!! Saturday, 1:00-4:00pm. Rosewood Recreation Center, 1182 North Pleasant Valley Road.

Storytime with Mayor Pro Tem Sheryl Cole-  The event will feature frozen chocolate custard treats and face painting. Demonstrations by the Texas Talking Book Program will be onsite with digital talking books, books in Braille and large print books in Spanish and English for those with special needs. We hope to see you there! Saturday, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. On the plaza at City Hall, 301 W. Second St. The event is FREE and open to the public.

YMCA Splash Day- Visit a Y near you for FREE swimming and activities! Splash Day activities include: FREE Family Swimming, FREE Swim Lesson Evaluations, FREE Water Safety Information,Plus…Water Sports & Games. Northwest Family Branch – Free swimming in the outdoor pool, from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m., 5807 McNeil Drive Austin, TX 78729. East Communities Branch – Free swimming from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m., 5315 Ed Bluestein Blvd. Southwest Family Branch – Participating; call for additional details. 6219 Oakclaire Dr. Hays Communities Branch – Activities from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.  Pool open to the public from 10a.m. – 7 p.m., 465 Buda Sportsplex Dr. Buda.

Family Movie Matinee- Come to the library for a FREE screening of Happy Feet 2. Saturday, 1:00pm. Austin Public Library Southeast Branch, 5803 Nuckols Crossing Rd.

Renegade Craft Fair- Look forward to hundreds of today’s brightest + best indie makers from the Lone Star State and beyond, as well as hands-on workshops, music, food, booze + more. There’s no better way to spend a weekend! Feeling a little crafty yourself? The creative folks from The WonderCraft will return with their Airstream o’ craft with make-and-take projects for all ages. You can get gussied up at the Gold & Glitter Folk booth before you strike a pose at the always free-to-use photobooth from the Magnolia Photobooth Co. As always, DJs from Austin’s finest record store, Waterloo Records, will be spinning records and providing the shopping + crafting soundtrack. FREE admission. Saturday and Sunday, 11:00am- 7:00pm. Palmer Events Center, 900 Barton Springs Road.

Mudquest Family Adventure- Round Rock Parks & Recreation Department presents the FREE MudQuest Family Adventure. The MudQuest Family Adventure is a themed adventure run offering the entire family more obstacles, more mud and more fun than your average run event. WARNING: You will get muddy from head to toe if you want to conquer the MudQuest Family Adventure! The event is free but you must pre-register. Saturday, 8:30am- 10:30am. Old Settlers Park, 3300 Palm Valley Blvd., Round Rock.

Craft Time for Kids:Rainbow-Colored Creatures- Children create eye-catching designs with amazing scratch paper that reveals a rainbow of colors underneath! FREE!! Saturday, 11:00am- 3:00pm. Lakeshore Learning Center, 9828 Great Hills Trail.Advertisement
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.

Mother Goose on the Loose with Literature Live!- Long, long ago, Mother Goose flew into our lives, bringing a world of imagination, songs, and stories so dear that it seems they’ve always been with us.  Enjoy the ride as we lift off into the wild blue yonder of words that rhyme and ring with tradition! FREE!! Saturday, 1:00pm. Recycled Read, 5335 Burnet Road.

Hill Country Galleria Saturday Night Concert Series- Listen to FREE live music by the Rosie and the Ramblers. Saturday, 7:00- 9:00pm. Hill Country Galleria, 12700 Hill Country Blvd.

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.Contestants make boats out of cardboard and tape and will rely on their inventions to keep them afloat as they race across the lake at Old Settlers Park. FREE!! Saturday, 10:00am. Old Settlers Park, 3300 Palm Valley Blvd., Round Rock.

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

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.

Explore the Story: Everyday Music Makers featuring Staci Gray- What do spoons, water glasses, and popsicle sticks all have in common? They can all be used to make music! Explore how you can use objects found around the house to create your own musical instruments. When your instruments are complete, join Austin children’s performer Staci Gray for a free concert packed with sing-along fun! FREE!! Saturday, 1:00- 3:00 p.m. The Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum, 1800 N. Congress.

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.

35th Annual O. Henry Pun Off World Championships- 32 contestants will compete in two different categories:  First, contestants will prepare a piece of “punny” material to be judged for “Punniest of Show,” and then “punslingers” will compete in a shoot out of sorts to see who has the quickest wit. The Pun Off begins on Saturday at noon, but music will begin at 11 a.m. There will also be door prizes, a Bargain Book Sale, and a live auction at the event, to benefit the museum and its programs. Revenue from refreshment and souvenir sales helps to support educational projects at the Museum, including writing programs for local students. O. Henry Museum, 409 E. 5th Street.

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.

Viva Streets- Join the energetic fun at VIVA STREETS! ­ —  a FREE festival that invites you to bicycle, play, get fit, people watch, and celebrate good health. On Sunday, May 20, over two miles of Sixth Street will become a car-free and tobacco-free playground for thousands of Austinites. This is a born-in-Austin take on the Ciclovia, has become an international phenomenon. Sunday, 10:00am- 3:00pm. Sixth Street From Brazos to Robert Martinez Street.

Hoops for Hope- Dust off that old hula hoop and get in the groove because we need your help to break the Guinness World Record for the largest hula hoop workout!  Join The Smile Never Fades and your fellow Austinites as we twirl, twist and roll our way into the history books. Out of practice? That’s okay. The only requirements are a hoop and a smile. Appropriate for all ages. There will be lots of entertainment as well including a magician and The Texas Juggling Society. It is FREE to attend! Sunday, Noon- 3:30pm. The Long Center for the Performing Arts, 701 West Riverside Drive.

The Center for Texas Music History FREE Concert Series: Blues and R&B 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-Each week we have an exciting activity that will let you play with your food plus learn a couple things along the way. This weekend’s activity is to create a Bike spoke, the perfect addition to your bicycle. 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.

Sunday Morning Kids Show- Enjoy a live performance by Magical Mystical Michael! FREE!! Sunday, 10:30am.  Ruta Maya, 3601 South Congress Avenue.

Esperanza De La Herencia- Enjoy the rich variety of Puerto Rico’s music and dance traditions with performances by the Cultural Arts Students and the PRFDance. FREE!! Open to the public. Sunday, 2:00- 4:00pm. The Emma S. Barrientos Mexica American Cultural Center, 600 River Street.

Special thanks to Free Fun in Austin for being so incredibly oragnized in their free movie listings!

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