The Weekenders: Events for Austin Families, May 25-27, 2012

Friday Night Storytime- Take a goofy cross-country romp with two chicks and a crooning rooster who want to get their flock to rock the barnyard at every show in Bawk & Roll by Tammi Sauer and Dan Santat. FREE!! Friday, 7:30pm. Barnes and Noble, La Frontera Village, 2701 Parker Road Bldg A Suite 700, Round Rock.

Movies in the Park- Enjoy a screening of Puss in Boots at Robin Bledsoe Park. Bring a blanket, lawn chairs, or a picnic dinner. Movie begins as dusk. Robin Bledsoe Park, 604 S. Bagdad Rd., Leander.

Stargazing at the Roughs- Don’t miss this opportunity for the whole family to explore the galaxy together as our astronomer takes you on a tour of the Milky Way that’s truly out of this world! Behold the wonder of the cosmos through our Dobsonian telescopes and venture beyond the boundaries of our planet Earth. Learn about the constellations and marvel at the beauty and mystery of the universe in this spectacular free program for the whole family. Bring lawn chairs, refreshments and blankets for comfort and enjoy this family event. Program will be canceled in the event of inclement weather.  FREE!! All ages. Friday, 9:30- 11:00pm. McKinney Roughs Nature Park.

Movie Under the Stars- Bring a lawn chair or blanket to Metz Park for Friday night movies under the stars! This week you can enjoy The Fox and the Hound, with free popcorn and drinks! The movies start at dusk. Metz Recreation Center, 2407 Canterbury St.

Movies in the Park (plus music!)-- Enjoy a performance from young musicians Unleashed at 7:30 p.m., then settle in your chairs and blankets for Transformers: Dark of the Moon at dusk. Main Street Plaza, 221 E Main St., Round Rock (next to City Hall).

Hutto Movie in the Park- Kick off Memorial Day weekend with a variety of games, activities and more. Don’t forget to bring a blanket or your lawn chairs with your picnic dinner so that you can enjoy a night under the stars while watching the American dance film Footloose, starring , Kenny Wormald, Julianne Hough, and Dennis Quaid (rated PG-13). Movie starts at 9 p.m. Fritz Park, 306 E Live Oak St, Hutto.

Flick and Float- This screening is for members of the Y.  Come kick off the summer at the first Flick & Float of the season. Hot dogs, popcorn, & lemonade will be served! We will be showing Disney’s Tron at 7:30 p.m. and handing out complementary glow sticks! New Braunfels YMCA, 710 Landa St, New Braunfels.

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 25, 6:00 – 9:00pm t’s a pot of NYC funk and jazz soulful stew with a New Orleans strut and a great big Texas sound. Caribbean flavors meet Mexican favors in a big sexy beat gumbo. Bass lines so sweet and smoky guitar riffs so meaty that you wont walk away disappointed. This is downtown saxophone sophistication with greasy finger licking stories of life loved and love lived. No genre is safe from being sucked into the big smiling whirling vortex created by six incredibly creative musicians having flat out big time fun!
  • Saturday, May 26, 6:30- 7:30pm Cienfuegos performs a diverse array of Latin genres with a focus on traditional Cuban styles such as son, bolero, guajira, and cha-cha.

Craft Time for Kids:patriotic Wand- Children can show off their patriotic spirit this Memorial Day with a star-spangled wand they’ll love to wave. FREE!! Saturday, 11:00am- 3:00pm. Lakeshore Learning Center, 9828 Great Hills Trail.

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.

The 5th Annual Austin Asian Occasion-  Dances and music, the “Winner’s Concert” of the 6th Young Musicians Festival Competition and the “Master’s Concert” of the world acclaimed Asian artists. Ticket proceeds will support the mission of the People’s Community Clinic which provide primary health care services to the working people who have no health insurance. Tickets: $15 and $10. Saturday, 7:00pm. The Long Center for the Performing Arts, 701 West Riverside Drive.

Alamo Kids Club: The Great Muppet Caper - Join the Alamo Kids Club for a  FREE screening of a film both kids and adults will love. Children age 3 and over will be allowed at all screenings of this show. No infants and families with loud children will be asked to leave. Saturday, 11:15am. Alamo South Lamar, 1120 S Lamar Blvd.

Lowe’s Build and Grow Clinic: Ice Cream Truck- Nothing says “summer” like ice cream! Your child will love building this Ice Cream Truck complete with stickers and paperboard cutouts! FREE!! Kids will also get a free apron, goggle, patch and more! Saturday, 10:00am. Must pre-register. Only at participating Lowe’s locations.
AdvertisementStorytime 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.

Amelia Bedelia Puppet Show- Join us this morning for a puppet show that will literally blow your socks off — this is according to our dear friend, Amelia Bedelia! Her tendency to take everything said aloud quite literally sure makes for some funny moments in her books and this morning’s show should have you laughing out loud at some of her classic moves. Come early to get a seat at this super silly puppet show performance by BookPeople’s own Practically Perfect Puppeteers. FREE!! Saturday, 11:30am. BookPeople, 603 N. Lamar Blvd.

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.

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

It’s a Small World- A unique cultural celebration will bring the sights, sounds and tastes of cultures from around the world to the local Austin community. Promoting community through cultural exploration and creation will prove that it is, in fact, a small world after all! The Queen of African Desert Blues Khaira Arby and her band from Mali and Austin’s only elementary aged Mariachi group will be providing worldly sounds. In addition, Austin Dance India will present a special performance. This cultural experience will also include arts and crafts, African mask making, percussion creation, food, dancing, and fun for all ages! Presented by The Scottish Rite Theater and Lucy the Poodle.Tickets, $8. Saturday, Noon- 3:00pm. Austin Scottish Rite Theater, 207 W 18th St.

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.

Fiesta Amistad-This year’s festivities feature a car show, live music and a service honoring veterans. Tickets are $5 per person. Saturday, gates open at 11:00am and Sunday, gates open at Noon. Lakeview Pavillion at Old Settlers Park, 1299 Harrell Pkwy, Round Rock.

Read Write Rock- The 5th annual READ WRITE ROCK benefit for CapCityKids is a family friendly, laid back celebration of music, food and stories from some of our kids and service workers. The Barton Hills Choir (4th Grade) will start us off at 5:30 plus Sara Hickman, and David Grissom will close us out aro…und 9:30. Tickets are only $10 at the door and we will have plenty of great food from some of Austin best restaurants for those that come early. We will also have some cool silent auction items including autographed items from Jonny Depp, coach Mike McCarthy and Robert Rodriguez; Hotels stays at some of Austin’s finest, Customs Guitar from PRS and many other treats. Sunday, 5:30pm, Antone’s, 213 West 5th Street.
The Center for Texas Music History FREE Concert Series: Western Swing and Jazz- 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, there are two events for the kiddos: Kid’s Bike Rodeo – Texas 4000 participant will be here to show the kid’s how to ride safe this summer on Saturday from Noon- 2:00pm. On Sunday from Noon- 2:00pm, Join Abrakadoodle for a Melon Madness Still Life. Paintings will be based on Cezanne and Frida Kahlo’s paintings of fruit and melons. FREE!! 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 Morning Kids Show- Enjoy a live performance by Mr. Johnny and Sharon! FREE!! Sunday, 10:30am.  Ruta Maya, 3601 South Congress Avenue.

Sunday Funday- Enjoy live music, balloon clown, face painting and $2 drink specials! Sunday starting at 2:30pm. The first 100 people get a FREE t-shirt! Hat Creek Burgers, 5902 Bee Caves Road.

Catherine Prystup
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Catherine Prystup founded LiveMom.com out of a desire to build a better community for Austin-area moms. She has three children, ages seventeen, eight and three years old.

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