The Weekenders: Events for Austin Families, May 3-5, 2013

Dottie Jordan Rec Center Cinco de Mayo- Friday, May 3 from 4-6pm. Come celebrate Cinco de Mayo with FREE popcorn and drinks will be provided. FREE activities includes: games, music, face painting, and arts & craft. Dottie Jordan Recreation Center, 2803 Loyola Lane.

Leander Movies in the Park: Madagascar 3- Friday, May 3 at dusk. Often described as a combination of state-of-the-art technology and the nostalgia of the 1950s drive-in, the Movies in the Park series provides families the opportunity to spend time together under the stars while enjoying first run movies…all for FREE!! We encourage you to bring your lawn chairs, blankets, and a picnic dinner. Concessions are also available. Glass containers are prohibited.  Friendly pets are welcomed on a leash. Robin Bledsoe Park, 601 S. Bagdad Road, Leander.

Spring Concert in the Park- Friday, May 3 from 7-10pm. Bring your lawn chairs or blankets as there will plenty of area available, but don’t get too comfortable in your chair as you will be sure to dance the night away. Food concessions will be available, but you are welcome to bring a picnic and your own ice chest. Glass containers are prohibited. Admission is FREE!! Elizabeth Milburn Park, 1901 Sun Chase Blvd.

First Saturday at Bullock Texas State History Museum - Saturday, May 3, from 2 – 6 p.m.  Visit the Museum exhibits for free.  Enjoy Story Time at 2 and 2:30 p.m. in the second floor lobby.  Family Story Time features a hands-on activity, songs, stories, games and more. April’s Story Time theme is Heroes and Legends. This month, Story Time will feature favorites about stars, cowboy hats, bluebonnets, and other symbols of Texas. FREE!! Bullock Texas State History Museum, 1800 N. Congress Avenue.

Home Depot Kid’s Workshop: Build an herb planter- Saturday, May 4 from 9:00am- Noon. FREE hands-on workshops designed for children ages 5 – 12.Workshops teach children do-it-yourself skills, tool safety and instill a sense of pride and accomplishment. All kids get to keep their craft and receive a FREE Kids Workshop Apron, commemorative pin and certificate of achievement. Paint will be provided at the workshop for children to personalize their bird feeder craft! All participating Home Depots.

Star Wars Day at Kaleidoscope Toys- Saturday, May 4 from 10am – 2pm. Meet Darth Vadar, Play Star Wars Bingo, Help build a Lego R2D2, and make Star Wars characters from your thumbprint! FREE!! Kaleidoscope Toys, 110 N. IH 35 Ste 375 Round Rock.

Spring Youth Fishing Tournament- Saturday, May 4 from 9:00am- noon. Wells Branch hosts its spring youth fishing tournament for ages 17 and under from 9 a.m. to noon at Mills Pond. Enrollment into the tournament is FREE for all youth with trophies and prizes being awarded at the end. A rod and reel will be provided for those anglers who would like to borrow one. All state fishing regulations apply. Mills Pond.

Turner-Roberts Rec Center Cinco de Mayo-Saturday, May 4 from 11am- 1pm. Families will enjoy FREE games, food, door prizes and music while learning a few things about the Mexican heritage. Everyone is invited, so don’t hesitate to stop by! Turner-Roberts Recreation Center, 7201 Colony Loop Drive.

MudQuest Family Adventure- Saturday, May 4, 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. 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. The event is FREE for the entire family but we ask that each participant pre-register. Pre-registered participants will receive additional event information up until event day. Old Settlers Park, 3300 Palm Valley Blvd., Round Rock.

Parque Zaragoza Neighborhood Fiesta- Saturday, May 4 from 6-10pm. An evening where families in the community can gather in their neighborhood park to celebrate each other and our culture. We will have family games, live entertainment, activities for the youth, and food. FREE! Parque Zaragoza, 2608 Gonzales Street.

Hans Christian Andersen’s The Little Mermaid- Saturdays through May 11 at 11:00am and 2:00pm. This original retelling of Hans Christian Andersen’s classic combines modern technologies and the ancient art of storytelling to put a new twist on this well-loved fairy tale.  Using  projections, fabric and a whole lot of theatre magic, the ocean comes to life (along with your imagination) in this one-person journey of love, sacrifice and courage.  For ages 6 and up. Tickets: $18- 16. ZACH Theater, 202 S. Lamar Blvd.

Round Rock Market Days-Saturday, May 4 from 9:00am- 4:00pm. Market Days features farmers market items, arts and crafts, food vendors, and live music all day. Attendance is FREE! Downtown Round Rock.

Violet Crown Festival- Saturday, 11:00am- 6:00pm. There’s no better way to enjoy a spring Saturday than by spending it at the Violet Crown Festival. Admission is FREE!! The festival will feature local arts and crafts vendors, family fun, children’s activities, live music, and refreshments.Parking is limited, so attendees are encouraged to walk or cycle to the festival. Brentwood Park, 6710 Arroyo Seco.

Dove Springs Rec Center Cinco de Mayo- Saturday, May 4, from 2 to 7 pm. There will be games, music, a moon bounce, food, and lots of fun for the entire family to enjoy. The Dove Springs Recreation Center ,5801 Ainez Dr.

Hill Country Galleria Saturday Night Concert Series- Saturday, May 4 from 7:00- 9:00pm. Listen to FREE live music by The Pop Tarts. Hill Country Galleria, 12700 Hill Country Blvd.

Pioneer Day- Saturday, May 4 from 10am- 3pm.  See how the pioneers lived, dip candles, play pioneer games, and check out the general store. FREE and open to the public. Old Settlers Park, 3300 East Palm Valley Blvd., Round Rock.

34th Annual Pecan Street Festival- Saturday, May 4 from 11:00am- 10:00pm and Sunday, May 5 from 11:00am- 8:00pm. The Pecan Street Festival is an Austin Tradition. It’s the oldest and largest art festival in Central Texas. Local musicians provide entertainment on three stages, beginning at noon and continuing into the late evening hours, and proceeds benefit local non-profit organizations.  The Festival is great for families and offers everything from interactive workshops for kids, to a petting zoo, face painting, magicians, and festival-inspired rides. Downtown Austin, 6th Street.

Fiestas Patrias of Austin Cinco de Mayo Celebration- Saturday, May 4 and Sunday, May 5. This two-day event will feature a variety of Tejano and Conjunto bands that will bring the extraordinary sound of the accordion and bajo sexto guitar to life through various rhythms and beats. The unique sound of these musical groups using a variety of musical instruments along with the vocal harmony of lead and backup singers brings the heart and soul of Mexico and Tejanos to life on the stage at Fiesta Gardens. Highlighting the two-day event will be performances by: Gary Hobbs, Da Krazy Pimpzs, Baraja de Oro, Joel Guzman y Sara Fox, Los Fantasmas del Valle, Yayo Castillo y grupo Rumores plus many more bands. Food concessions will be available. Free admission on May 4th until 5:00pm. $7 after 5pm. Kids 12 and under are free. Fiesta Gardens, 1901 Jesse Segovia Ave.

Family First Sundays at Umlauf – Sunday, May 5, from noon – 4 p.m. UMLAUF invites families to explore the sculptures in the garden and museum, while engaging in creative art making. Family First Sunday will offer art activities, yoga, and performances from noon – 4 p.m. All Family First Sunday events and activities are FREE with the cost of admission ($0-$3.50). UMLAUF Sculpture Garden & Museum, 605 Robert E Lee Rd., Austin.
AdvertisementMusic at the Blanton- Sunday, May 5 2:00- 3:00pm. In this installment of the ongoing Music at the Blanton series, UT Professor of Jazz Studies/Music Industry/Jazz Piano Jeff Hellmer leads a faculty trio from the UT Butler School of Music through improvisations inspired by the expressionist era in art and music. Cost: Included in museum admission.  The Blanton Museum of Art, 200 E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.

Austin Federation of Musician Music Series- Sunday, May 5 from 6:00- 8:30pm. The Museum is once again bringing live music to the Lone Star Plaza. In collaboration with the Austin Federation of Musicians, this FREE Spring concert series will feature some of Austin’s finest musical acts. This week’s performers are Son y No Son and John Arthur Martinez. Doors at 5:30pm. Bring chairs and picnics, no alcohol. Bullock Museum, 1800 N. Congress.

Cinco de Mayo at the Library- Sunday, May 5 from 4-5:30pm. Austin Music Award winner, Gina Chavez, will be playing live at the Ruiz branch for the delight of all! Ruiz Branch, 1600 Grove Blvd.

Cinco de Mayo Block Party- The 5th Annual Cinco de Mayo Downtown Block Party kicks off this year on Sunday, May 5th from 1-9pm on 2nd Street between Guadalupe and San Antonio. Parking available in all downtown garages. Valet on 3rd Street. Entry is FREE!! Sponsored by Cazadores Tequila, Dos Equis & Tecate and featuring musical performances by: Austin High Folklorico Dancers, CELSIUS, DJ Chicken George, DJ Chorizo Funk, Este Vato, La Guerrilla, Bombasta, VITERA, Charanga Cakewalk. There are also activities for the whole family: face painting, balloon making, dancing, street foods y mas!

Lemonade Day Austin- Sunday, May 5. Lemonade Day is a nation-wide event that teaches kids the skills they need to be successful in the future. Youth learn to set goals, develop a business plan, establish a budget, seek investors, provide customer service, and give back to the community. Lemonade day is the perfect opportunity for a community to show kids they care and train the next generation of entrepreneurs through a FREE, fun, engaging, experiential activity. For a list of locations where you buy get lemonade, click here.

Pflugerville Music in the Park- Sunday, May 5 from Noon- 5pm. Come out to this special kickoff event and enjoy live music by Austin Civic Wind Ensemble playing Musica de Mexico. Pfluger Park, 515 City Park Road, Pflugerville.

Sunday Morning Kids’ Show- Sunday, May 5, from 11am- noon. Join children’s entertainer Staci Gray for live music and bubbles galore! NATY guests can bring the family (including pets) to hear the music while enjoying a variety of trailer food, covered seating, and a playground for the kids. There’s plenty of parking, too. FREE!! NATY (North Austin Trailer Yard), 1012 West Anderson Lane.

Austin Mini Maker Faire- Sunday, May 5 from 10am- 6pm. A DIYer’s dream come true, the Austin Mini Maker Faire brings together hundreds of crafters to teach and be taught. Enjoy arts and crafts, science and engineering, food and music, and a whole lot of thinking, creating, and sharing. Tickets: Adult, $10; Child, $7. The Palmer Events Center,  900 Barton Springs Road.

Recurring Events:

Friday Night Storytime- Enjoy a FREE storytime with the kids on Fridays at 7:30pm. Barnes and Noble, La Frontera Village, 2701 Parker Road Bldg A Suite 700, Round Rock.

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.  Fridays and Saturdays from 6:30- 9:00pm. Central Market, North Lamar Blvd.

Craft Time for Kids- Bring the kids to get crafty. The crafts change weekly and usually are themed for particular holidays or seasons. FREE!! Saturday, 11:00am- 3:00pm. Lakeshore Learning Center, 9828 Great Hills Trail.

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. The Round Rock Public Library, 216 E. Main Street, Round Rock.

BookKids Storytime- Join the wonderful staff at BookPeople as they entertain your kiddos with stories, crafts, guest storytellers, and sometimes even puppets! Saturday mornings at 11:30am. FREE!! BookPeople, 603 N. Lamar Blvd.

What’s the Story Steve?– Move Your Tale and ColdTowne Theater collaborate to present this fully improvised theatrical journey through a story of the audience’s making. Featuring Steve the improvising poodle, a portion of the show follows Steve through an original tale. Pay what you wish. Appropriate for audiences of all ages. A return to MYT’s classic event structure, kids will join us on the stage for the entire event, providing sound effects, characters and settings for for every story. This is a chance to create original tales, and to perform them right away! Saturday at 10 a.m. ColdTowne Theater, 4803 Airport Blvd.

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

Flying Theater Machine: GryffinPuffleClawsin- Sundays at the Hideout, Flying Theater Machine presents kid-oriented improv right here in Austin. The audience will help us with suggestions and sound effects, and a few lucky kids will even get to join us on stage. Sunday, 2:00pm.Tickets: $8. The Hideout Theater, 617 Congress Ave.

Whole Foods Kids’ Club - Hey kids, stop by and check out what’s going on at 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. FREE!! Sunday, 1:00pm. Whole Foods Market, 525 N. Lamar.

All Ages Storytime- Head downtown to hear an all ages storytime at the library! Sunday, 1:00pm. FREE!! Faulk Central Library, 800 Guadalupe Street.

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