The Weekenders: Events for Austin Families, May 31- June 1, 2013

Ballet Under the Stars: Soundtrack of Your Life–  Friday, May 31 and Saturday, June 1 at 8pm. A dance production that features student and adult dancers with a variety of dance styles represented from local choreographers. FREE!! Zilker Hillside Theater, 2201 Barton Springs Road.

Kids’ Summer Reading Series– Saturday, June 1 at 10am. Millie and Mox and Jack and Jill Nanny Agency have teemed up to bring you local authors as well as entertainers  as they read from their books each Saturday through August 10th. June 1’s kickoff event features Liz Scanlon! There will be cookies from Blue Baker, juice and coffee, door prizes and fun! FREE!! Millie and Mox Boutique, 5145 North RM 620.

Mueller’s Fill the Square– Saturday, June 1 from 10am- Noon. Join in on the outdoor, family-friendly event that celebrates the unofficial start of summer and the grand opening of the new Paggi Square with outdoor games, pétanque lessons, music and delicious summer treats. FREE!! Mueller, Paggi Square Park is located on Robert Browning Street, between Page Street and Ruiz Street.

Round Rock Market Days-Saturday, June 1 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.

Be Well Bee Book Launch– Saturday, June 1 from 10am- noon. This is a family-focused all-ages event celebrating the successful launch of Be Well Bee. It will include a children’s book swap, with exciting activities all about bees and book building. Fun! FREE!! Soma Vida Garden Studio, 1210 Rosewood Ave.

Sensory Friendly Film:Rise of the GuardiansSaturday, June 1 at 10am. 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.

Safety Day– Saturday, June 1 from 10am- noon. Stop by Kaleidoscope Toys for a FREE Child ID. The ID will contain valuable information including a picture of your child, fingerprint, and a list of distinguishing physical characteristics.Kaleidoscope Toys, 110 N IH35 #375, Round Rock.

Home Depot Kid’s Workshop: Lawn Mower Pencil Holder- Saturday, June 1 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.

Dive Into Summer Read Event– Saturday, June 1 from 1-3pm. The Bee Cave Library’s kick-off to Summer Reading Program will begin on Saturday, June 1st from 1pm-3pm.  In partnership with Colin’s Hope, they will host water safety demonstrations in the splash pad.  Please join us as we review “Reach & Throw, Don’t Go” safety techniques which involves teaching kids not to jump in to save someone, but to throw them a life-saving ring, or lie down and reach for the struggling person.  Members of the Lake Travis High School Swim Team will be on hand, trained by Colin’s Hope, to teach the activity. FREE!! Hill Country Galleria, 4000 Galleria Parkway, Bee Cave.

Summer Reading Kickoff- Saturday, June 1 at 11am. Join us for a concert with Lucas Miller, the Singing Zoologist, as we kick of our 2013 Summer Reading Program. All ages are invited. Seating is limited, and is on a first-come basis. FREE!! Wells Branch Community Library, 15001 Wells Port Drive.

Kid Fish- Saturday, June 1 from 9am – noon. Each year, the City of Pflugerville partners with the KidFish Foundation, Inc to offer an outdoor fishing opportunity for the youth of our community. Directed at children under the age of 16, Kid Fish and Texas Parks and Wildlife stock additional fish in Lake Pflugerville to boost the fishing experience for the event. Held each year, on the first Saturday of June, Kid Fish hopes to teach children a deep appreciation for the sport of fishing as well as awareness and respect for the conservation of the environment and its natural resources. Unlike some fad sports, fishing is a lifelong pursuit as much about spending quality time on the water with family and friends as it is about catching fish. FREE!! Must pre-register. Lake Pflugerville, 18216 Weiss Lane, Pflugerville.

First Saturday at Bullock Texas State History Museum – Saturday, June 1, 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.

Generations: Family First Sundays– Sunday, June 2 from Noon- 4pm. Come explore the UMLAUF while engaging in hands-on art activities, story telling, yoga in the garden, and MUCH MUCH more! FREE!! Umlauf Sculpture Garden & Museum, 605 Robert E Lee Rd.
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Hartman Concert in the Park – Sunday, June 2 at 7:30pm. In its eleventh summer season, these FREE ensemble concerts take place in the Hartman Concert Park in front of the Long Center City Terrace. Each Sunday a different ensemble of the Austin Symphony will be featured.  This Sunday, it will be the Strings. Concertgoers are encouraged to bring a picnic dinner and blanket and make it a group outing. Free Parking is available at One Texas Center located on Barton Springs Rd. at S. 1st St.  The Long Center, 701 W. Riverside Drive.

Paramount Kids Classics: The Adventures of Robin Hood– Sunday, June 2 at 2pm (kickoff party at 1pm). This year we are excited to announce a new program for all the young movie buffs out there! Paramount Kids Classics will offer an exciting and educational afternoon at the movies on 10 Sundays throughout the summer, furthering our mission to support film education and bring the world’s treasured film history to people of all ages. Cost: Film Fan Admission with Card at Box Office – $6, Online Advance Admission – $8, Telephone and Box Office Admission – $10. The Paramount Theatre, 713 Congress Ave.

Hope FM Live First Sunday– Sunday, June 2 at 11am. Shop at Hope Farmer’s Market and listen to local music at Plaza Saltillo. There will be two bands performing: Groundwork Music Orchestra (kid-friendly) at 11am and Mariachi Relampago at 1pm. FREE!! Plaza Saltillo, East 5th and Comal.

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 and at the Whole Foods at Bee Cave location.

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