The Weekenders: Events for Austin Families, November 2-4, 2012

Friday Night Storytime- Enjoy the autumn leaves with two delightful books: Leaf Man by Lois Ehlert and There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed Some Leaves! by Lucille Colandro and Jared Lee. 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,  6:30 – 9:00pm- 5th Annual Dia de los Muertos Parade w/ Las Monas de San Antonio (giant Day of the Dead puppets) & Acadêmicos da Ópera (the Austin Samba School). Brazilian carnival style parade through our park. D.J. Manolo Black will be spinning all your Latin favorites to keep the spirits lively.
  • Saturday, 6:30-9:00pm- Roxy Roca is a funky soul tour de force. It’s all funk, all soul all the time. Funky back beat, thumping bass, guitar licks like a kung fu chop to the soul, and a red hot horn section.
  • Sunday, 2:00- 7:00pm. Austin Jazz Alliance’s Jazz Festival. The Austin Jazz Alliance’s mission is to support jazz music and jazz musicians in Austin and Central Texas, so come out and enjoy some of the best jazz in Austin.

Passport to Imagination– On Friday from 7:00- 8:00pm, children ages 3 and up can make a FREE Christmas stocking. On Sunday from 1:00- 2:00pm, children ages 3 and up can make an Advent calendar for FREE. While supplies last. All participating Michael’s locations.

TEXploration– Where will your imagination take you? Join us for Family Story Time on the first Saturday of each month, and on the third Tuesday of each month, 2-5 year olds will enjoy a FREE Story Time that is geared just for them with hands-on activities, stories, songs, games, and more! Story Time will take place on the Second Floor Lobby. FREE!! The first Saturday of every month, the museum if FREE from 2:00- 6:00pm. Saturday, 2:00pm. The Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum, 1800 N. Congress Ave.

The Cat in the Hat Storytime- Join us for Storytime this morning for a very special appearance from the Cat in the Hat himself. Bring your cameras and take pictures of your little ones with Dr. Seuss’ classic character. FREE!! Saturday, 11:00am. Barnes and Noble, Lakeline Crossing, 14010 US Hwy. 183.

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. Saturday at 10 a.m. ColdTowne Theater, 4803 Airport Blvd.

Touch-A-Truck– Kids can see, touch, and climb into over 20 vehicles. There will be a fire truck, ambulance, recycling truck, police car, limousine, RV, and more! You’ll find excellent Austin cuisine, along with a bounce house, petting zoo, face painting, and glitter tattoo station! Admission is $5 at the door per person (children 1 and under are free), and proceeds will go to the Austin Children’s Shelter. Saturday, 10:00am- 3:00pm (from 2:00- 3:00pm, it will be horn-free!). Valley View Elementary School, 1201 S. Capital of Texas Hwy.

Brain Quest Challenge Bring the kids out to take part in a special Brain Quest Challenge with a spelling bee, an obstacle course, or a team challenge. There will be giveaways and a Drive 4 Kids benefit taking place as well. FREE!! Saturday, 3:00pm. BookPeople, 603 N. Lamar Blvd.

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

Home Depot Kids Workshop: Turkey Napkin Holder- 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. Saturday, 9:00am- Noon. FREE!! All participating Home Depot locations.

Kayak the Colorado– There’s no better way to usher in your weekend than with a serene and refreshing morning on the water. Listen for the salute of waterfowl greeting the day, catch a glimpse of the waking wildlife along the river banks and bask in the breathtaking scenery. Relax and recharge as you kayak the Colorado. This trip is great for all skill levels. Preregistration is required. $40 per person. Adults and kids 14 and up in solo boat, kids ages 10-13 in tandem boat with an adult. Saturday, 9:00am-Noon. McKinney Roughs Nature Park.Advertisement
International Games Day– Enjoy games for kids and adults that include:Board games, including Chess and Scrabble,Playing cards,Wii Sport, Guessing game. There will also be a demonstration of the spinning arts of yo-yos, spin tops and diabolos by Valerie Oliver at the Main Street Plaza at 11:00am.  FREE!! All ages welcome. Saturday, 10:00am- 3:00pm. Round Rock Library, 221 E. Main Street, Round Rock.

Austin Powwow and American Indian Heritage Festival- Bring the entire family out to enjoy dancing, storytelling, five drums, crafts, musicians and more. Saturday, 9:00am- 10:00pm. FREE!! Open to the public. Toney Burger Center, 3200 Jones Road.

Mariachi Girl- Mariachi Girl is a new bilingual Spanish/English musical for children and family audiences! Eight-year-old Carmencita dreams of being in her father’s Mariachi band, but her father insists that mariachi groups can only include men.  When Carmencita reads a book about a famous female mariachi it expands her world and notion of what is possible.  Full of vibrant original mariachi music, this play explores how one girl can challenge her identity in a modern society while embracing her rich heritage.  Mariachi Girl is a co-production with ZACH Theatre and Teatro Vivo in partnership with the University of Texas.  For ages 7 and up. Saturday, 11:00am and 2:00pm; Sunday, 6:00pm. ZACH Theatre, 1510 Toomey Road.

Craft Time for Kids: Colors of Fall Wreath-Children make an awesome autumn decoration – a wreath with all the colors of fall! FREE!! Saturday, 11:00am- 3:00pm. Lakeshore Learning Center, 9828 Great Hills Trail.

Free to Breathe Austin 5K Run/Walk, 1 Mile Walk and Kids’ Dash– Enjoy a family-friendly event that brings the entire community together to inspire hope and create change for everyone impacted by lung cancer. Together, we can fuel the movement to defeat this disease and help those diagnosed live longer, better lives.  All proceeds help support the National Lung Cancer Partnership’s vital research, education and awareness programs. Saturday, registration begins at 7:30. Old Settlers Park, 1001 Harrell Parkway, Round Rock.

Sweet Berry Farm Fall Festival- Head out to the farm for horse rides, mazes, pumpkin decorating, pet the animals,  take a hayride, and you can even stuff your own scarecrow! Plenty of picnic areas available. Admission and parking are free but there are charges for the activities. Saturday, 8:30am- 5:30pm and Sunday from 1:00- 5:00pm. Sweet Berry Farms, Marble Falls.

Umlaufaloopa Arts Festival– The second annual  Umlaufaloopa Arts Festival, a family-friendly event featuring favorite local Austin food trailers, live music, all-ages entertainment, art activities, and artwork from some of Austin’s best-loved artists is happening on Saturday from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. and Sunday from  12noon-5 p.m..Umlauf Sculpture Garden, 605 Robert E. Lee Road.

Fall Festival & Corn MazeGet lost at the first annual Fall Festival & Corn Maze at Barton Hill Farms! Set amongst hundred-year-old cottonwoods on the banks of the Colorado River between Austin and Bastrop, Barton Hill Farms integrates live Texas Country music, Texas heritage, and traditional fall fun to create an experience the whole family can enjoy. Featuring a 5-acre corn maze, the Fall Festival & Corn Maze offers a dynamic outdoor experience for all ages. Moms and dads can kick back with a brew and listen to the music while the little ones explore The Lively, a 50 foot pirate ship wrecked on the banks of the river, play frontier games in a replica of the ol’ Wilbarger fort, and pick pumpkins from the pumpkin patch. Admission is $10 for adults, $7 for ages 3 – 12, and FREE for 2 and under Weekends through November 18 from 9:00am- 9:00pm. Barton Hills Farm, 1115 Farm to Market 969, Bastrop.

Austin Celtic Festival- Celebrate all things Celtic with Highland games for both adults and kids, live Irish and Scottish music, food, dancing, a Viking invasion, sheep herding demos and much more! Tickets: $12 all day pass for Saturday or Sunday, $20 for both days. Kids 13 and under are free. Saturday and Sunday from Noon- 7:30pm. Fiesta Gardens, 2102 Jesse E. Segovia on the shores of Ladybird Lake.

Baby Monster-Watch the Baby monster and its monster family learn that humans can be fun.  Tickets: $8. Sunday, 2:00pm. The Hideout Theatre, 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.

Sunday Storytime- Enjoy an all-ages, FREE storytime on Sunday at 1:00pm at Faulk Central Library, 800 Guadalupe Street.

Que Pastas CD Release Party– Join the Que Pastas and they celebrate the release of their new CD, “Sunglasses,” with a FREE show at Cherrywood Coffehouse. Joining us will be Jungle Jill and the Jaybirds and a face painter. Sunday, 10:30am. Cherrywood Coffeehouse, 1400 E. 381/2 Street.

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