The Weekenders: Events for Austin Families, May 4-6, 2012

Metz Movies Under the Stars – Bring a blanket or chairs and head to Metz Recreation Center for some family entertainment.  Get FREE popcorn and drinks, then settle in to watch The Muppets. Friday, 7:30pm.  2407 Canterbury Street, Austin.

Spring Concert in the Park: Radiostar- Who sang “She Blinded me with Science”, “Summer of 69″ and “Jessie’s Girl”? If you know these answers, dust off your Rubik’s cube, pull on your parachute pants and start crimping your hair because we’re about to go back in time. The City of Cedar Park is bringing the 1980s back in 2012 for a special concert in the park. Bring lawn chairs, pack a picnic (or purchase food from the concessions) and dress up in your favorite 80’s outfit for a chance to win the costume contest. FREE!! Friday, 7:00- 10:00pm. Elizabeth Milburn Park, 1901 Sun Chase Blvd.

Friday Night Storytime- Big bugs, small bugs, creep bugs, crawl bugs and more can be found in Bugs Galore by Peter Stein and Bob Staake. FREE!! Friday, 7:30pm. Barnes and Noble, La Frontera Village, 2701 Parker Road Bldg A Suite 700, Round Rock.

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 4, 6:30 – 9:00pm  The Marshall Ford Swing Band is a rotating lineup of young musicians from the Hill Country in Texas who combine traditional western swing with be-bop jazz and Texas blues. Drawing inspiration from artists as diverse as Nat King Cole, Bob Wills, T-Bone Walker, Django Reinhardt, and Johnny Gimble, the band plays music that can swing a dance floor into a full-tilt boogie.
  • Saturday, May 5, 6:30- 9:00pm Cinco de Mayo Celebration: Ritmo 3- Ritmo 3 was born in the spring 2005 on the patios of house parties in Austin. Four young men originally from Mexico began the project by arranging musical compositions of traditional son montunos, boleros, Colombian, Spanish, and Mexican cumbia into a hot salutary electrify mix that you can’t stop dancing to.
  • Sunday, May 6, 11:00am-8:00pm- A.I.S.D. Jazz & Pops Concert- 11 am: Austin High Stage Band; 11:45 am: Austin High Jazz Ensemble; 12:30 pm: High School New Orleans Funk Band; 1:15 pm: Lanier High School Viking Jazz Band; 2 pm: James Bowie High School Jazz Band II; 2:45 pm: James Bowie High School Jazz Band I; 3:30 pm: Lamar Middle School Jazz Factor; 4:15 pm: McCallum High School; 5 pm: Anderson High School; 5:45 pm: LBJ LASA Jazz Ensemble; 7:15 pm: AISD All City High School Jazz Band.

Family Nature Quest- Come to the park for a fun family hike as a naturalist guides you along one of our many beautiful trails. We’ll bring together a unique blend of natural history to describe how water conservation and land stewardship is vital to the animal, plant and human life along its banks. After your hike, visit McKinney Roughs’ interactive exhibits and enjoy a nature craft or borrow a trail pack and take the kids outside to enjoy one of our self-guided nature scavenger hunts together. Bring a picnic lunch, and make it a nature day! Hike is limited to the first 20 participants and is designed to include families with children of all ages. Clubs or groups should schedule a private hike. FREE!! Saturday, 10:00am- 1:00pm. McKinney Roughs Nature Park.

Writer’s Block Storytime- Writers are some of our favorite people in the world because they give us the wonderful gift of stories. But sometimes we forget how hard the writing process can really be. That’s why we’re going to honor our creative heroes today and read The Obstinate Pen and other funny tales of the trials and tribulations of literary life. FREE!! Saturday, 11:30. BookPeople, 603 N. Lamar Blvd.

Clifford’s Puppy Days Storytime- Come and meet Clifford the Big Red Dog in person! FREE!! Saturday, 11:00am. Barnes and Noble, Lakeline Crossing, 14010 US Hwy. 183.

TEXplorations and First Saturdays-Enjoy FREE admission to the exhibits from 2:00 – 6:00 p.m. on the first Saturday of each month. Visitors can also take advantage of the monthly thematic TEXplorations Family Story Time from 2:00 – 3:00 p.m.The Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum, 1800 N. Congress.

Bike-In Book Swap- Kick off Bike Month with FREE bike tune-ups, courtesy of Bicycle Sports Shop, bicycle maintenance classes courtesy of The Yellow Bike Project (with free patch kits and tire levers for everyone who attends), a pannier-making class, bicycle registration with APD, a Kid’s Kup Bike Rodeo put on by Bike Texas, free City of Austin Bike Route Maps from the Public Works Department of the COA, all kinds of bike themed crafts ranging from sewing projects for adults to bicycle pennants for the kids and custom, handmade reflectors for all ages, a Flatland BMX demo put on by the pros from OG Flatland Stunt Team, and of course, our City’s famous “take a book, leave a book” style book swap. Bring the kids, bring your books, ride your bike and have some fun! Saturday, Noon- 3:00pm. Crafts: Noon-2:30, Kids Kup 12:30-2 p.m., OG Flatland Stunt Team BMX Demo 2:30-3 p.m. Twin Oaks Public Library, 1800 S. Fifth Street.

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

Sensory Friendly Film: Pirates! Band of Misfits- 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. Saturday, 10:00am. AMC Barton Creek 14, 2901 Cap. Tx. Hwy.

Home Depot Kids Workshop- 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. This month, kids will build a planter box. Saturday, 9:00am- Noon. All participating Home Depot locations.

Cinco de Mayo Block Party- The 4th Annual Cinco de Mayo Downtown Block Party kicks off this year on Saturday, May 5th from 4-10pm 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:Deejay Honeycomb, Este Vato, Mariachi Tamazula, La Guerrilla, Bombasta, Ocote Soul Sounds (DJ Set), Charanga Cakewalk.

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.

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 RoadAdvertisement
Spring Youth Fishing Tournament-Wells Branch hosts its spring youth fishing tournament for ages 17 and under. 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. Saturday, 9:00am- Noon. Mills Pond, 15099 Mallard Green Ln.

Family Movie Matinee: Puss in Boots- A story about the events leading up to the sword fighting cat’s meeting with Shrek and his friends. FREE!! Saturday, 2:00pm. Windsor Branch Public Library, 5833 Westminster Dr.

Violet Crown Festival-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.Other offerings include S-L-O-W Bicycle Races (in which the slowest cyclists win), massage therapy, native plant swap, obstacle course, tinker table, spin-art, and more. Parking is limited, so attendees are encouraged to walk or cycle to the festival. Saturday, 11:00am- 6:00pm. Brentwood Park, 6710 Arroyo Seco.

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.

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.

Round Rock Express Meet the Team Event- Meet your favorite players from the Round Rock Express and get their autographs! Spike the Mascot will also be there. FREE!! Saturday, 11:00am- 1:00pm. Highland Mall, 6001 Airport Blvd.

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

Craft Time for Kids: Thank You Bouquet Card- Show your teacher how much you care on National Teacher Day with a thank you card that’s bursting with a beautiful bouquet. FREE!! Saturday, 11:00am- 3:00pm. Lakeshore Learning Center, 9828 Great Hills Trail.

34th Annual Pecan Street Festival- A FREE, family event, 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. Kids can enjoy creating art in the Michael’s Art tent as well as face painting, carnival rides and a petting zoo. Saturday, 11:00am- 10:00pm and Sunday from 11:00am- 8:00pm.Downtown Austin, 6th Street.

Handmade Austin Women 7th Annual Spring Show and Sale- Join us for a family-friendly art event with an eclectic mix of handmade, high end art & craft. Feel the vibes of DJ Lovecat and an eclectic mix by the Hey Lollies as you take in the art by austin finest. Enjoy a beverage from the coffee truck and some tasty treats offered by Cornucopia. FREE admission. Saturday, 11:00am- 6:00pm and Sunday from 11:00am- 4:00pm. 1145 Perry Road.

The Center for Texas Music History FREE Concert Series: Cajun and Zydeco 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- Ole’! Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with a hand made sombrero and pinata. FREE!! Sunday, Noon- 2:00pm. Whole Foods, 525 N. Lamar Blvd.

Sunday Morning Kids Show: Super Cinderella- Bring the entire family for a FREE show presented by the Violet Crown Theatre! Super Cinderella is a half-hour theatrical adaptation of the popular children’s story, where Cinderella has a superpower! Sunday, 10:30am.  Ruta Maya, 3601 South Congress Avenue.

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.

Mother’s Day Craft- Create your own Mother’s Day card! Supplies like paper, glue, glitter, stickers, and more will be provided.  No reservations required!  This craft is FREE and for all ages. Sunday, 1:00-3:00pm. Terra Toys, 2438 West Anderson Lane.

Lemonade Day Austin- 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 can get lemonade, click here.

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Catherine Prystup founded 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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