The Weekenders: Events for Austin Families, October 14-16, 2011

Sunset Supper Cinema: Hook- Follow the “second star to the right and straight on till morning” or at least til dusk tonight for this great story about an adult Peter Pan who must return to Neverland and reclaim his youthful spirit in order to challenge his old enemy Captain Hook. FREE!! Friday at dusk. Whole Foods, 525 N. Lamar Blvd.

Friday Family Game Night- Enjoy family togetherness as you play games for ages 4 and up! Admission: one non-perishable food item per person. Friday, 6:30- 7:30pm. Kaleidoscope Toys, 1601 S. IH-35, Suite 325.

Friday Night Storytime-  Enjoy two delightful books this evening. Ten Little Caterpillars by Bill Martin Jr. and 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 in Round Rock.

Movies in Your Park: How to Train Your Dragon- The weather is cooling down just in time for Movies in the Park at Mueller! Join us at the Mueller Lake Park outdoor amphitheater for three different free, family-friendly movie events for your enjoyment, sponsored by Time Warner Cable and complete with pre-movie activities. FREE!! All movies begin at dusk with activities beginning around 6:30pm. Food will also be available for sale through the on-site Mueller trailer eateries. Friday, 6:30pm. Mueller Lake Park outdoor amphitheatre.

Chisholm Trail Days- Living history encampments, western demonstrators, pony and wagon rides, a children’s corral, authentic chuckwagons, live music at the gazebo, stick horse races, and a cattle drive along the river (beginning at 4:00pm). The chuckwagons and BBQ cookers arrive on Friday evening and the public is invited to visit the groups. FREE!! Activities and food cost extra.  Saturday, starting at 9:00am. San Gabriel Park, 445 E. Morrow Street, Georgetown.

Kids’ activities on Saturday will include: stick horse rodeos (starting at 9:30 a.m.), pony rides ($3 each), wagon rides ($3 each) Buffalo Soldiers and Living History Groups, blacksmiths from Balcones Forge, and learn about spanish mustangs.  Free Western Craft activities (from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.) will include: Rope a calf, stamp a bandana, brand a cow, Ride a saddle, pitch horseshoes, and toss a snake in the boot.

Kid Activities at Elgin Farmers Market- Mom’s can shop and the kids can get engaged in art! The activities are provided and supervised by the Elgin Arts Association and there it’s FREE! Saturday, 10:00am- 2:00pm. Elgin Main Street.

Texas Science and Engineering Festival Kickoff- FREE Gatti’s pizza, stunt show and more! Saturday. 3:00- 5:00pm. On the steps of the Texas Capitol.

Food-Free Family Storytime- Enjoy 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, 10:30am. Round Rock Public Library, 216 E. Main Street, Round Rock.

BookKids Release Party- It’s evening in the forest and Little Owl wakes up from his day-long sleep to watch his friends enjoying the night. Hedgehog sniffs for mushrooms, Skunk nibbles at berries, Frog croaks, and Cricket sings. A full moon rises and Little Owl can’t understand why anyone would want to miss it. Could the daytime be nearly as wonderful? Mama Owl begins to describe it to him, but as the sun comes up, Little Owl falls fast asleep.
Putting a twist on the bedtime book, Little Owl’s Night is sure to comfort any child with a curiosity about the night. Meet the author of Little Owl’s Night, Divya Srinivasan on Saturday at 2:00pm. FREE!! BookPeople, 603 N. Lamar Blvd.

Family Fun Day- Plenty of fun farm activities for the entire family plus good food and other products from local vendors. Family tours are at 10:00am and 11:30am. Admission: $6 adults, $5 children 2 and above. They do require an RSVP for the tour. Crowe’s Nest Farm in Manor.

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.

Crafts for Kids- Bring the kids, ages 3 and up, to make Eye-Spy  Binoculars ! FREE!! Saturday, 11:00am- 3:00pm. Lakeshore Learning Store, 9828 Great Hills Trail.

Family Fall Fest- Pumpkin decorating, child I.D. kits, crafts, snacks, Halloween costume photo ops, Halloween feature films. FREE!! Saturday, 3:00- 5:00pm. Springs Family YMCA Arena, 27216 RR !2, Dripping Springs.

6th Annual Great Goblin Glow- Hot air balloons will illuminate the night sky from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 15th and children from around the area are invited to trick-or-treat from the gondolas lined up along the water’s edge. Come one, come all! Don’t miss the sight of a lifetime! Attractions include glitter tattoo artists, balloon twisters, a carnival funhouse, caramel corn, hot dogs and snowcones. Special musical guest, The Gary Lee Cox Band, will perform onstage. Wear your costume! No dogs allowed. FREE!! Lakeway City Park, 502 Hurst Creek Road.

International Serendipity Festival- This annual festival celebrates the diverse cultures represented at CMS, as well as the joy of music, dance, art, science and more.  All events are FREE including food from around the world, drinks, kids’ activities and parking.  The festival is open to the greater Austin area, as well as friends and family from other cities and states.  So come one and come all for a great day of food, fun and festivity! Saturday from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm. Community Montessori School, 500 Pleasant Valley Drive, Georgetown.

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

Hutto Old Tyme Days- 100 booths will be participating offering a large variety of delicious foods, arts and crafts. It’s an excellent opportunity have fun, do some early Christmas shopping and enjoy the many activities offered during the day. Live entertainment on the Covert Hutto Stage. At night a concert / street dance under the stars to classic Rock n’ Roll and good time Country Music. A parade will kick off the event at 10:00am on Saturday. FREE!! Downtown Hutto.Advertisement

Hispanic Heritage Month- Enjoy a preview of Vme programming throughout the week and special festivities planned on select weekends beginning Saturday, Sept. 24, through Oct.15. Children and their families are invited to participate in several fun activities, including taking part in arts-and-crafts, learning new songs, meeting popular PBS characters, and joining in on puppet shows, face painting and balloon sculptures. This weekend’s event: Enjoy a bilingual puppet show, balloon sculpturing & more with Fonzie the Clown. FREE!! Saturday, 11:00am- 3:00pm. Barton Creek Square Mall, Macy’s entrance.

Family Storytime- Family Storytime is open to all ages. Come enjoy books, music and crafts with Miss Kit. Call 512-401-5634 for more details. FREE!! Saturday, 10:00am. Cedar Park Public Library, 600 N. Bell Blvd., Cedar Park.

The Pumpkin Festival- Live Bluegrass Music, Mazes, Pumpkin Painting, Rubber Duck Races, Pumpkin Photo Ops, Kiddy Train Ride, scenic Hayride, Hay Jumps, Play Grounds, Face Painting, Animals to Visit and Picnic Areas. Saturday, 10:00am-5:30  and Sunday from Noon- 5:30pm. Admission $5 kids ages 2-12 and $7 for adults. Elgin Christmas Tree Farm.

The Pumpkin Hunt- Enjoy a  family-friendly event where children of all ages can enjoy fall activities, like picking out a pumpkin from the field. All activities are ongoing throughout the day, allowing families to customize their experience at the farm. Pumpkins of all sizes will be available for purchase. The premier event, the Pumpkin Hunt, includes a wagon ride into the Christmas tree fields where mini pumpkins are hidden in the trees. After the Hunt, enjoy pumpkin painting on the pavilion along with the other activities and games. The following activities are FREE:Wagon ride around the farm, toddler play area, pumpkin decorating (after purchase of pumpkin), bean bag toss, petting zoo, pictures with the pumpkins. Some activities cost between $2.50 and $5.00. Saturday, 10:00am- 5:00pm and Sunday from 1:00pm- 5:00pm. Evergreen Farm, Elgin.

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.

The Biscuit Brothers- The Biscuit Brothers return for one weekend only at Scottish Rite! Buford and Dusty take the stage with their pals Buttermilk Biscuit and Tiny Scarecrow for some good ol’ musical fun! Saturday, 10:00am and Sunday at 1:00pm. Tickets: $12 adults, $10 child, $4 infant under 1. The Scottish Rite Children’s Theatre, 207 W. 18th Street.

Fall Plant Sale- Looking for new fall plants? Head over the the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center on Saturday and Sunday from 9:00am- 5:00pm.  There will be activities for the entire family including storytimes, author signings, crafts, nature walks and more! Admission: $8 adults, $7 seniors and students, $4 UT faculty, staff or students with identification, $3 children 5 through 12, members and children under 5 free. Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave. Use your LiveMom Discount card for $1 off admissio.

Whole Foods Kid’s Club- Bring the kids for an adventure in food and fun. Every week we learn about important topics like healthy eating and the importance of organic and local products. We also have fun trying new veggies and growing gardens. FREE!! Sunday, Noon- 2:00pm. Whole Foods, 525 N. Lamar Blvd.

Little Red Rockin’ Hood- A new age “punk rock” version of this classic fairy tale presented by Violet Crown Community Theater. This FREE, kid-friendly performance follows the adventures of Riot Grrrl Red as she takes on the Big Bad Wolf in a punk rock battle of the bands. Featuring original music and direction by Toby Marsh. Sunday, 10:30- 11:30am. Ruta Maya Coffee Shop, 3601 S. Congress.

Lego Fungineering Workshop- Kaleidoscope Toys is hosting a Lego Workshop with: Learning Fun 101! K – 7th Grade. Sunday, 2:30- 4:30pm. Cost: $10.00 Per Workshop. Pre-Registration with Required. Kaleidoscope Toys,  1601 S. IH-35, Suite 325.

Guitar Lessons by Luis Banuelos- FREE Guitar Lessons by Luis Banuelos, for anyone in the Austin community. Ages 12 and up. People are encouraged to donate their old or new guitars for underprivileged students. Sunday, 5:30- 7:00pm. Ruta Maya Coffee Shop, 3601 S. Congress.

Flying Theater Machine: Fairly Silly Fairy Tales- Sundays at the Hideout, Flying Theater Machine presents the only kid-oriented improv 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. Take your favorite stories- shake them up, mix them around, and pour them through a silly filter and what do you have? Fairly Silly Fairy Tales! These are stories like no others because you are helping to create them. In fact, you might even end up in the show! Such a blast for the entire family, but especially for 4-10 years old. Tickets: $8. Sunday, 2:00pm. The Hideout Theater, 617 Congress Ave.

Staci Gray Performance- Head out for a FREE concert with Austin’s own Staci Gray! There will even be doughnuts and coffee! Sunday, 11:30am. BabyEarth, 106 E. Old Settlers Blvd.

Archeology Day- Guests will enjoy free tours of the French Legation Museum, the oldest wood-frame structure in Austin and a Texas State Archeological Landmark. Hands-on activities include children’s mock dig, meet & greet with THC Archeological Stewards, fun info and coloring sheets, and displays of archeological findings from the historic site. FREE!! Sunday 1:00pm. The French Legation Museum, 802 San Marcos Street.

Family Dance Workshop: Peter and the Wolf- See excerpts from the classic children’s tale Peter and the Wolf, and explore how animals and other characters are created through dance. Then create your own choreography with the help of Ballet Austin dancers. Recommended for ages 3 to 10 years old and their family members. Minors must be accompanied by an adult. $10 per person, Kids Korps members up to three free workshops. Sunday, 2:00- 3:30pm. Ballet Austin, 501 W. 3rd. Street.

The Groundwork Music Project’s Fall Family Fun Fest- Live music by Guy Forsyth, Sarah Sharp, John Pointer, Sara Hickman & Family Time Rocks, and Suzanna Choffel. There will also be face painting, a bouncy castle, and balloon animals. Adults, $10; Kids 12 and under, $5. Sunday, 2:00- 7:oopm. Nutty Brown Cafe, 12225 W. Hwy 290.

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