The Weekenders: Events for Austin Families, May 30- June 1, 2014

All Weekend:

Ballet Under the Stars: Impressions- Friday, May 30 and Saturday, May 31 at 8 p.m. Ballet Under the Stars: Impressions will be presented by Austin Metamorphosis Dance Ensemble. This long standing tradition has become a favorite way for many Austinites and surrounding communities to kick off the summer. Come early and watch the company warm-up, bring a picnic and a blanket, and stretch out under the stars as the stunning and powerful dancers of AMDE take the stage. This performance is FREE, but donations will be collected during intermission. Concessions are also available, so bring cash. Both donations and concessions go towards production expenses, so we encourage you to give generously so we can continue this tradition for many years to come. Zilker Hillside Theater, 2201 Barton Springs Road, Austin.

Something for Nothing Presents Shakespeare’s Hamlet - Friday, May 30 and Saturday, May 31 at 8 p.m. Shake out your picnic blankets for a night of Shakespeare under the stars! Something for Nothing Theater will perform Hamlet with minimal props, costumes, and lighting, focusing on storytelling and the rich language of Shakespeare. Performed by a cast of nine actors, featuring Jon Cook as Hamlet, Hamlet concludes at a brisk two hours. FREE! Ramsey Park, 4301 N Rosedale Ave, Austin.

Sound of Music Sing-a-long- Saturday, May 31 at 7 p.m.; Sunday, June 1 at 2 and 6 p.m. Sing Along to The Sound of Music! Three chances to sing along with Maria and the Von Trapp Family. And of course we’ll be booing the Nazis. Tickets: $15. The Paramount Theatre, 600 Congress Avenue, Austin.

Friday

Friday Night Films: Dirty Dancing (PG-13) – Friday, May 30 at 8 p.m. Alamo Drafthouse presents Dirty Dancing on the lawn at South Shore District. Rated PG. Dinner and snacks will be available for purchase from some of Austin’s favorite food trailers. FREE! South Shore District, 1333 Shore District Drive, Austin.

Movie Night at Arbor Trails: Jurassic Park – Friday, May 30 at 8 p.m. Join Whole Foods Market under the stars at The Shops at Arbor Trails’ green space near the pond for a family night of fun. FREE! Arbor Trails, 4301 W William Cannon Dr #800, Austin.

Family Movie Night at Ski Shores Cafe: Lady and the Tramp – Friday, May 30 at dusk. Enjoy a movie and FREE s’mores for the kids! 2905 Pearce Rd, Austin.

Saturday

Laura’s Library Summer Reading Kickoff Event (Bee Cave)- Saturday, May 31, from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. Come join us as we kick off our summer reading program with special events for all ages. Schedule of Events: 10:00 – 1:00: Mini Horses from Northwind Farms 10:00 – 1:00: Bungee Trampoline will be outside by the entrance to the Madrone Canyon Trail 10:30: Sugar Free Allstars will perform 11:00 – 1:00: Nate the Great – Balloon Animal Artist Extraordinaire will roam the library 12:00: Lucas Miller – Children’s author and songwriter will perform There will also be face painting, crafts for all ages, and the annual Book Walk. Pick up your reading log. This year, we challenge everyone to participate in summer reading! Moms, dads, brothers, sisters, aunts, uncles, grandparents, & friends: ready, set, start reading just for fun! FREE! Laura’s Library, 9411 Bee Cave Rd, Austin.

North Village Branch 5th Birthday - Saturday, May 31, from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Enjoy story time, crafts, chalk art, live music, a piñata, cake, and a FREE screening of The Hobbit: an Unexpected Journey. Austin Public Library, North Village Branch, 2505 Steck, Austin.

Sensory Friendly Film: Maleficient- Saturday, May 31 at 10 a.m. AMC Theatres (AMC) and the Autism Society have teamed up to bring families affected by autism and other disabilities a special opportunity to enjoy their favorite films in a safe and accepting environment on a monthly basis with the “Sensory Friendly Films” program. In order to provide a more accepting and comfortable setting for this unique audience, the movie auditoriums will have their lights brought up and the sound turned down, families will be able to bring in their own gluten-free, casein-free snacks, and no previews or advertisements will be shown before the movie. Additionally, audience members are welcome to get up and dance, walk, shout or sing – in other words, AMC’s “Silence is Golden®” policy will not be enforced unless the safety of the audience is questioned. Tickets: $4-6. AMC Barton Creek 14, 2901 Cap. Tx. Hwy.

LEGO Day of Fun- Saturday, May 31, from 10 a.m.- 1 p.m. Join us for a day of ALL THINGS LEGO! We will have Lego Bingo, a Lego Bracelet craft, Lego Cookies, AND Lego Minifigure Swap! FREE!! Kaleidoscope Toys, 110 N. IH-35, Round Rock.
AdvertisementLakeway Summer Kickoff- Saturday, May 31, from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Summer is just around the corner! Are you looking for activities and day camps in the Lakeway area? This event will familiarize children and their parents about the classes and camps that are being offered at the Lakeway Activity Center over the summer. The Austin Planetarium will set up an indoor exhibit inside the ballroom and around the perimeter of the room, tables full of instructors will offer hands-on introductions to their classes. Participating exhibitors include KinderDance, Abrakadoodle, Tae Kwon Do, Singing Bowl, Dog Training, Cook Learn Grow, CATS Summer Camp, Bits Bytes and Bots, Lego 101, Round Rock Fencing Club and SportBall. Try them out and take the opportunity to sign up for classes! We also be thanking the members of the Lakeway Activity Center in the courtyard with a free hotdog lunch served by Mayor David DeOme and the Lakeway City Council. Music will be provided by the Jeff Inman Band. FREE! Open to the public. Lakeway Activity Center, 105 Cross Creek, Lakeway.

ATX Kids Back to Summer Shopping- Saturday, May 31, from 10 a.m.- 2 p.m. ATX Kids Back to Summer Austin Style is a one day, pop-up shopping event for Austin kids. Established by four local brands that create and sell child-centered products, for babies to teens, the aim of the event is to provide kids a fun, creative, experiential shopping market that supports local businesses. Similar to the SoCo Artist Market, ATX Kids will be an outdoor pop-up market which will offer the best Austin-based kids brands in town. Food and drinks will be available for purchase at the event. 801 Barton Springs Road, in the food truck lot across from Palmer Auditorium.

Maifest- Saturday, May 31, from 11 a.m.- 6:00 p.m. Join us for a family friendly festival celebrating spring! Kinder-Fun: The Harms Marionette show, Face-painting, Balloons & Games. Children are encouraged to wear a costume & bring their favorite stuffed animal or toy. Children will meet resident house puppets, Merlin & Olgan, who will interview their stuffed companion & give out prizes. Traditional Music & Entertainment: The Sieker Band, Accordion & Vocals by Shirley Johnson, Maypole dances & much more.. Serving German Food & Beer including: The Best Wurst, Pfeifer’s Bakery, Hofbräu Lager & Dunkel, Stiegl Radler & Rieseling wine. Rain or Shine Event. Admission: $10/per adult at the gate. Kids 12/under free. German Free School, 507 East 10th Street, Austin.

Batty for BookKids Storytime- Saturday, May 31 at 11:30 a.m. We love nothing more than going to see the bats fly out from underneath the Congress Bridge at dusk. So we’ve decided to have a storytime devoted to our winged, bug eating, nocturnal friends. We’ll read Stellaluna along with other batty tales just for fun. Plus, we’ll be making our very own bat wings! FREE! BookPeople, 603 N. Lamar Blvd., Austin.

Saturday Night Concert Series: Guy Forsyth Band- Saturday, May 31 at 7 p.m. Bring your family, friends, and a blanket to lounge on the grassy lawn during the show. Get to-go food from one of the many Hill Country Galleria restaurants, or even get it delivered to your spot on the lawn! FREE!  Hill Country Galleria’s outdoor amphitheater, 12700 Hill Country Blvd., Bee Cave.

Sunday

UMLAUF Family Day- Sunday, June 1,  noon- 4 p.m. During Family Day, UMLAUF offers a special, hands-on program designed for families with children, four to ten years old. Families have the opportunity to explore the Umlauf collection and exhibitions in the garden and museum while engaging in creative activities. Family Day includes Yoga in the garden (12:30pm), Story Time  (1pm), Sculpture Demonstrations by representatives from Texas Society of Sculptors (1:30 PM), music by Austin Jazz Workshop, Sculpture Scavenger Hunts and much much more! FREE and Open to the Public. UMLAUF Sculpture Garden, 605 Robert E. Lee Road, Austin.

First Sunday at Bullock Museum – Sunday, June 1, from noon – 6 p.m. The theme of this month’s First Sunday is Military Day.  Visit the Museum exhibits for FREE and explore the role that the military has played in Texas history through demonstrations, hands-on activities, and more. Head to TEXploration Family Story Time at 2 p.m. and stay for a FREE screening of Toy Story 2 in the Texas Spirit Theater at 3 p.m. Bullock Museum of Texas State History, 1800 N. Congress Ave., Austin.

Cheer Up Buttercups Meet the Experts- Sunday, June 1, from 1- 4 p.m. Please join us for an afternoon of games, treats, and conversations with some of the best experts in the parenting field at Ashley’s Playhouse. Cheer Up Buttercups is a locally-based Parent Consulting Company, supporting parents of children ages 0-5, and offering sleep consulting, nutritional counseling, lactation consulting, behavior, and potty training services. Their experts will be on hand to meet and greet parents and signups will be available for their summer workshop expo on Sunday June 22nd. Workshops at the expo include “Potty Training Boot Camp”, “Controlling Screentime”, and “Successful Transitioning to Summer and Back to School”. Guests will also be able to tour and enjoy Ashley’s Playhouse, including their two-story treehouse, acting stage, cinema room and outdoor playscape. This event is FREE and open to everyone! Ashley’s Playhouse, 13343 N. Hwy 183, Austin.

Wonderland at the Hideout- Sunday, June 1 at 2:00 p.m.- Wonderland is a magical, silly place, full of excitement and strange characters.  Our hero starts out in the real world with real world problems, but it is not long before s/he is swept away into Wonderland, there we will find amazing creatures, and obstacles to overcome.  But we can’t overcome them without your help!  You will help decide what wonderland it like, what sort of strange characters live there, and you will help us get through, and you might even play an amazing creature yourself! Who knows what will happen? Come find out! It’s story time for the imaginative and adventurous! This show is a blast for the entire family, but especially for ages four to ten. FREE on the first Sunday. Make sure to arrive early as there is limited seating. The Hideout Theatre, 617 Congress Avenue, Austin.

The Art Garage 3rd Birthday Party- Sunday, June 1, from 2- 5 p.m. The family owned, local walk-in art studio in Southwest Austin is turning three years old!  To celebrate, the store will host a big 3rd birthday bash that’s FREE and open to the public! Here’s what you can enjoy at the party: FREE spin art, face painting, arts & crafts in studio, FREE snow cones from 2 – 3 p.m., Discounts on in-studio art projects, and you can win awesome door prizes & giveaways. If you’d like to attend, please RSVP on Facebook.The Art Garage, 11190 Circle Drive, Suite 202-4, Austin.

Austin Symphony Hartman Foundation Concert in the Park – Sunday, June 1 at 7:30 p.m. Austin Symphony Hartman Foundation “Concerts in the Park” return to the Long Center for a 12th season of FREE ensemble concerts on Sunday evenings. Each Sunday, a different ensemble of the Austin Symphony will be featured at the Hartman Park, located on the grounds of the Long Center, performing music from jazz and light classical to pops selections and film scores. This Sunday, you can enjoy Brass. Concertgoers are encouraged to bring a picnic dinner and blanket and make it a group outing. FREE Parking will be available at One Texas Center, located on Barton Springs Rd. at S. 1st St. Paid parking will be available at the Palmer Garage for $7. Hartman Concert Park (directions), Long Center, 701 W Riverside, Austin.

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