The Weekenders: Events for Austin Families, October 12-14, 2012

Fall Concert in the Park- 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 with Radiostar. Bring your lawn chairs or blankets as there will plenty of area available, but don’t get too comfortable in your chair as you will be sure to dance the night away.
Food concessions will be available, but you are welcome to bring a picnic and your own ice chest. Glass containers are prohibited. Admission is FREE!! Friday, 7:00- 10:00pm. Elizabeth Milburn Park, 1901 Sun Chase Blvd.

Special Needs Halloween DanceAge 15 and up. Admission $5 (Caregiver/family member is free) Food, dancing, photos, prizes! Hosted by Georgetown Parks & Recreation Department, Friday 6:00- 8:00pm. Georgetown Community Center, 445 E. Morrow St, Georgetown.

Movies in Your Park: Journey to the Center of the Earth– Austinites are invited to attend a free, big-screen series of outdoor movies and related kids’ activities. Kids’ activities begin on Friday at 6 p.m. with the movie beginning at dusk (around 7:30 p.m.). So, grab your family, your blanket (please no chairs) and your picnic filled with snacks to enjoy the movie and the crisp fall air! FREE!! Mueller Lake Park Amphitheater, near the roundabout along Simond Avenue.

Metz Movies in the Park: Monster House- Bring your lawn chairs, blankets and snacks to enjoy a movie under the stars. FREE!! Enjoy free popcorn and drinks. Movie begins on Friday at dusk. Metz Recreation Center, 2407 Canterbury Street.

Friday Night Storytime- Enjoy two delightful new books this evening: Llama Llama Time to Share by Anna Dewdney and Knuffle Bunny Too by Mo Willems. FREE!! Friday, 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.  Here is the lineup of FREE entertainment.

  • Friday,  6:30 – 9:00pm- Cienfuegos performs a diverse array of latin genres with a focus on traditional Cuban styles such as Son, Bolero, Guajira, and Cha-Cha.
  • Saturday, 6:30-79:30pm-Morena Soul is a band with the intention of bringing a variety of Brazilian beats to their own creative light an treat them with modern arrangements and plenty of musicality.
  • Saturday, 7:30- 9:00pm- Native American Song and Dance- Austin Pow Wow & Great Promise for American Indians present: The Eagle Point Singers in a rare performance of traditional Native American songs & dance. This group has had the privilege to be the host drum for many powwows across the state including the Austin Powwow in

Harry Potter Halloween Party– Join us as we host a Harry Potter Halloween Party for ages 7-16 on Saturday, October 13. Dress up as your favorite Harry Potter character and join us for a scavenger hunt and costume contest. FREE!! Saturday, 7:00pm. Barnes and Noble, 10000 Research Blvd, #158.

Kids Bike Safety Expo-Wearing a helmet is the single most effective way to reduce bicycle-related fatalities. Yet, nationally, only about one in four children ages 4 to 15 years of age wear bicycle helmets when riding, and teen use of helmets is nearly zero, according to the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention. Take steps to improve your children’s safety with a free bicycle helmet and fitting at the Kids Bike Safety Expo from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 13, sponsored by the Seton Medical Center Williamson Pediatric Program. Additional activities include a complete road safety course by American Cycling Association, head trauma education, bicycle safety checks and adjustments by AJ’s Cyclery and photo identification cards for children and adolescents.The Kids Bike Safety Expo will take place at Seton Medical Center Williamson on 201 Seton Parkway in Round Rock, Texas.

Costume Swap at The Little Gym  In addition to the swap, there will be complimentary food and drink, raffle drawings and an open gym for the kiddos to play. The swap is an excellent opportunity to recycle your kids’ used Halloween costumes and pick up something new-to-them for this year’s trick-or-treating.  FREE but RSVP required. Saturday, 3:00- 6:00pm. The Little Gym, 3203 S. IH-35, Round Rock.

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

Lowe’s Build and Grow Clinic: Ghoul Bus – Halloween is right around the corner! Get in the spirit with this spooktacular Ghoul Bus! Saturday clinics begin at 10:00am.  FREE!! Kids will also get a free apron, goggle, patch and more! Must pre-register. Only at participating Lowe’s locations.

Saturday Night Concert at Hill Country Galleria – Hill Country Galleria will host FREE concerts in their outdoor amphitheatre on Saturday nights this fall. Bring a blanket and enjoy this free Saturday Night Concert Series. Wiretree will perform on Saturday at 7:00pm. Hill Country Galleria, 12700 Hill Country Blvd., Bee Cave.

Fall Fest 2012– Located in Austin’s backyard, McKinney Falls will host a variety of events for all ages. This year’s archeology theme will feature flint knapping, archery, rock climbing, atlatl throwing, fishing, leather-working crafts, musket ball and shot making demonstrations, the Buffalo Soldiers, Dutch oven cooking, wilderness survival hikes, birding walks, a star gazing party, raffle, contest prizes and more. The event is FREE after park admission and open to the public. Children under the age of 13 are admitted without charge. Birding walks start at 7 a.m. and the star party starts after dusk. Saturday, 10:00am- 4:00pm. McKinney Falls State Park.

Sports Storytime– We Texans love a good game and today, the day of the UT v. OU game, is a big deal! Before the game begins, join us for a storytime all about SPORTS! We’ll read great stories about champions! FREE!! Saturday, 11:30pm. BookPeople, 603 N. Lamar Blvd.

Dino Day- Enjoy a fun filled day of exploration at the 4th Annual Dinosaur Day at Champion Park!  Activities include: Culin Karate Center performing at 10 a.m., Aubrey Crow will sing at 11 a.m.,  Free hotdogs until they last beginning at approximately 11 a.m., Dinosaur Bouncy House,  Dinosaur Arts & Crafts, Paleontologist from the Paleontological Society of Austin, Seedball making with the Williamson County Chapter of the Native Plant Society, and  the Goodwater Chapter of the Master Naturalist. In addition, heavy equipment from the Williamson County Road and Bridge Division will be at the park along with descriptions of how these current day giants compare to the size of prehistoric creatures.  Each piece of equipment will include a display with dimensions of a specific type of dinosaur and how it compares to the machine in front of them. FREE!! Saturday, 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m.  Champion Park, 3830 Brushy Creek Road, Cedar Park.

Hands-On History:Cowboy Art – Celebrate our rich history of cowboys and the Chisholm Trail. Create a collage of cowboy artifacts and images to take home. FREE!! All ages. Saturday, 10:00am- 2:00pm. The Williamson Museum, 716 S. Austin Ave. Georgetown.

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.
AdvertisementHispanic Heritage Month Fiesta- Students (K-12) will perform talent acts celebrating Hispanic Heritage month and compete for prizes. Following the talent show, enjoy live music by Mauricio Callejas Band and La Frenetika. FREE!! Saturday, 4:30pm (talent show) and 6:00pm for live music. Talent Show – 4:30 p.m.Highland Mall Food Court, 6001 Airport Blvd.

Sensory Friendly Film:Frankenweenie 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.

Camp Fire Nature Tikes- Camp Fire facilitators guide parents and their toddlers in fun nature stories and activities.The theme will be Seasons: trees and leaves. Book will be Red Leaf, Yellow Leaf by Lois Ehlert. $2. Saturday, 10:00am- 11:00am. Northwest District Park, 7000 Ardath Street.

Fall Youth Fishing Tournament- Wells Branch MUD hosts the annual youth fishing tournament for ages 17 and under.  Enrollment into the tournament is FREE for all youth and trophies and prizes will be awarded. Equipment will be provided for those anglers who show up without. We will have fishing poles, hooks and bait. The pond will be stocked by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department a week prior to the event. All state fishing regulations apply. Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon at Mills Pond, 15009 Mallard Green Lane.

Second Saturday for Families: Bizarre Birds – Buttons, wire and feathers: add it all up to create the funkiest flying creature you can imagine! Then stop by the Driscoll Villa to see the art that inspired it all, on display in the galleries. Admission: $10 per family, $5 for member families. Saturday, 11:00- 3:00pm. Austin Museum of Art at Laguna Gloria.

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.

Craft Time for Kids: It’s a Hoot Puppet– Children let the creativity soar as they transform paper plates in a lovable owl.  FREE!! Saturday, 11:00am- 3:00pm. Lakeshore Learning Center, 9828 Great Hills Trail.

The Pumpkin Hunt-The Pumpkin Hunt is a family-friendly event where children of all ages can enjoy fall activities. 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 decorating on the pavilion along with the other activities and games. Free Admission and some activities are free as well, other activities have a small cost ($2.50- 5.00). Saturday, 10:00am- 5:00pm and Sunday from 1:00- 5:00pm. Evergreen Farm, Monkey Road, Elgin

Boo at the Zoo-See the animals at night and ride the haunted train, which runs every 20 minutes from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $12.50 and include your train ticket for a specific time. Please note that coupons and vouchers will not be valid for this event. Friday and Saturday, 7:00- 9:00pm. Austin Zoo and Animal Sanctuary, 10808 Rawhide Trail.

Maurice Sendak’s Really Rosie– Scottish Rite Theater is proud to present a unique production of Maurice Sendak’s2 classic family musical. Rosie, the self-proclaimed sassiest kid on her block of Brooklyn’s Avenue P, entertains everyone by directing and starring in an Oscar-winning movie based on the exciting, dramatic, funny (and slightly exaggerated) story of her life. Directed for the stage by Jenny Larson, with musical direction by SRT Artistic Director Emily Marks and starring a cast of young Austin rock musicians, including Lex Land as “Rosie”, James Robinson, Matt Puckett and Claire Puckett of Mother Falcon, Hannah Hagar and Cole Wilson. Tickets: $10 adults and kids over 12, $8 for kids under 12. Saturday, 10:30 and 12:30; Sunday, 2:00pm. The Scottish Rite Theater, 18th and Lavaca.

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 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.

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. Austin’s own educational music duo, The Biscuit Brothers, will visit Barton Hill Farms on Saturday, October 27th and Saturday, November 10th. 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.

Playground Superhero– Seth and his teacher mom are heading to both face their first day at a new school.  Moving to a new place can be sort of scary, but Seth’s Dad, who is away serving in the Army, has always taught him to be a real hero and to use his wits to turn scary times into fun times.  Seth quickly makes new friends but also faces the school’s bully.  armed with his bag of imaginative supplies, Seth soon saves the day and becomes the playground’s superhero! Tickets:$9.50/ adult, $7.5012 and under, $8.50/ student.  Saturday, 11:00am and 4:00pm and Sunday, 2:00pm. The Long Center for Performing Arts, 701 West Riverside Drive.

Wonderland-Wonderland is a magical, silly place, chock full of delightful and whimsical characters. Our heroes land there after being swept away from the real world and its boring problems. They meet astounding creatures, dazzling landscapes, and exciting challenges. Our audience helps us discover exactly what kind of world Wonderland is, and what marvelous creatures live there. They even help explore it, as kids (and sometimes their parents!) get to participate in the story as it unfolds, becoming the hero’s brave and daring sidekick, or perhaps a sparkling magical fairy – or anything else we can dream up! 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.

Book Circle- Duct Tape Halloween– Visit the Library for a fun hour of literary activity.  Sometimes we read together, sometimes we play book-based games or make crafts.  Recommended for ages 5 to 12. FREE!! Sunday, 3:00pm. Faulk Central Library, 800 Guadalupe Street.

Kid’s Show– Bring the kids out to see a FREE show by Boone Graham and Friends! Sunday, 10:30am. Cherrywood Coffeehouse, 1400 E. 381/2 Street.

Accessible Fishing For All Celebration- As part of a fundraiser to build a pier on Lady Bird Lake that is ADA Wheelchair Accessible, there will be a benefit featuring a catch and release catfish tank, fishing related games, basic skills instruction, casting lessons and fish education. FREE!! Sunday, 1:00- 4:00pm. Lady Bird Lake at Festival Beach, 2101 Bergman Street.


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