The Weekenders: Events for Austin Families, October 5-7, 2012


Movies in Your Park: The Wizard of Oz Everyone’s invited to the free, big-screen series of outdoor movies and related kids’ activities! FREE!! Friday, 6:00pm. Mueller Lake Park’s amphitheater, near the roundabout along Simond Ave.

Cedar Park Movies in the Park: Puss in BootsBring your blankets and lawn chairs as there will be plenty of grass area available. Concessions will not be available; you are welcome to bring a picnic. Glass containers are prohibited. Admission is FREE!! Friday, 7:30pm. Elizabeth Milburn Park, 1901 Sun Chase Blvd., Cedar Park.

Metz Movies in the Park: Everyone’s Hero- 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: Bears in Beds by Shirley Parenteau and David Walker and Goldilocks and the Three Dinosaurs by Mo Willems. FREE!! Friday, 7:30pm. Barnes and Noble, La Frontera Village, 2701 Parker Road Bldg A Suite 700, Round Rock.

Movies in the Park: The Lorax– Often described as a combination of state-of-the-art technology and the nostalgia of the 1950s drive-in, the Movies in the Park series provides families the opportunity to spend time together under the stars while enjoying first run movies…all for FREE!! Movies begin at dusk. We encourage you to bring your lawn chairs, blankets, and a picnic dinner. Concessions are also available. Glass containers are prohibited.  Friendly pets are welcomed on a leash. All movies are rated “G” or “PG” by the Motion Picture Association of America unless otherwise indicated. Friday, dusk. Robin Bledsoe Park, 601 S. Bagdad, Leander.

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. Friday, 7:00pm; Saturday, 11:00am and 1:00pm. ZACH Theatre, 1510 Toomey Road.

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 The Brew- Latin flavored guitar with flamenco, jazz and a touch of rock.
  • Saturday, 6:30- 9:30pm- Hot Club of Cowtown- A supremely entertaining combo that plays hot jazz and western swing with spirit, skill, and technical musicianship that will leave any audience amazed and bewilder.

Disney Store Halloween Dress Rehearsal- Come dressed in your favorite Disney character costume, and join us for games and a costume parade! Friday, October 5 from 4:30pm – 7:00pm with the Costume Parade at 5:30pm and 6:30pm. Saturday, October 6 from 10:30am – 1:00pm with the Costume Parade at 5:30pm and 6:30pm. *Minimum age for participation is 3 years. While supplies last. Event limited per session based on store capacity. No lineups prior to 30 minutes before event begins. Event subject to change or cancellation without notice. The Disney Store, Lakeline Mall, 11200 Lakeline Mall Dr # F9 , Cedar Park.

Ballet Austin’s Taming of the Shrew– Shakespeare’s comedic tale of marital mismatch is given new life and modern energy in Ballet Austin’s uproarious recreation. This 17th century tale of the trials of courtship, marriage and common courtesy reminds us that true love is seldom achieved at first sight. Originally commissioned by the Kennedy Center, with dynamic choreography and breathtaking costumes, Ballet Austin’s Stephen Mills offers a masterful work that enhances Kate’s fiery petulance, Petruchio’s patience, Lucentio’s maneuvers and Bianca’s sweet, naiveté in ways that would make the bard himself proud. Tickets: $12 – $78. Friday and Saturday, 8:00pm; Sunday, 3:00pm. Dell Hall at The Long Center for the Performing Arts.

German-Texan Heritage Society Oktoberfest-  A full day of family fun, German food & drink, music, dancing and lots of children’s activities. Music by the Siekers, the polkadillos, Otto & Friends and more! Admission: Adults, $10; Children under 12 are free. Saturday, 11:00am- 7:00pm. German-Texan Heritage Society,  507 E. 10th Street in downtown Austin, at the corner of 10th & Red River.

Barnes and Noble’s Star Wars Reads Day- Join the nationwide Star Wars Reads Day celebration with readings, crafts and activities. FREE!! Saturday, 11:30am. Barnes and Noble, Sunset Valley Village, 5601 Brodie Lane Suite 300.

Home Depot Kids Workshop: Fire Truck- 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. Saturday, 9:00am- Noon. All participating Home Depot locations.

Fractured Fairy Tales Storytime– Fairy tales are some of our very favorite stories to read. Whether it’s about magical beans or kissy frogs, fairy tales appeal to everyone and we’re having a storytime today featuring fairy tales with a twist – classic tales with a little tweak making them even more bizarre and we love it! We’ll read Goldilocks & the Three Dinosaurs in addition to other great stories. FREE!! Saturday, 11:30am. BookPeople, 603 N. Lamar.
Advertisement First Saturday at Bob Bullock Museum – Explore the Museum exhibits for FREE from 2 – 6 p.m. Family Story Time, with a hands-on activity, songs, stories, and games, will take place on the second floor lobby at 2 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. October’s theme is Jobs and Their Uniforms. The Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum, 1800 N. Congress Avenue.

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. Cody Lawson will perform on Saturday at 7:00pm. Hill Country Galleria, 12700 Hill Country Blvd., Bee Cave.

Chalk Walk in Round Rock– Live music, art vendors, food, free activities for kids, street performers, trick dogs, jugglers, hula hoopers, community art experiences, interactive drumming, community partners,  art auction Saturday at 6pm, business vendors and much more! Something for the whole family! The Biscuit Brothers headline Saturday’s activities. FREE!! Friday, 5:30pm and Saturday beginning at 11:00am to 6:00pm. Downtown Round Rock.

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: Take Note Doodle Pad-  Children make and decorate a fun frame for reminders, lists, doodles and anything that fits on a sticky note. FREE!! Saturday, 11:00am- 3:00pm. Lakeshore Learning Center, 9828 Great Hills Trail.

BookPeople’s Star Wars Reads Day– Across the country today people are gathering to celebrate reading and Star Wars. We’ll be joining in with our own Star Wars party! Dress up as your favorite Star Wars character and join us as the local chapter of the 501st Legion patrols our second floor and poses for pictures. Make Star Wars origami, make your own Yoda bookmark, take a trivia quiz, enjoy complimentary pizza, giveaways, enter a raffle and more! FREE!! Saturday, Noon. 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. 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.

Whole Foods Pumpkin Palooza- Join Lamar team members on Saturday, October 6 and Sunday, October 7 from 11 AM until 3 PM for pumpkin games, pumpkin bites, and more! We want to celebrate one of fall’s most loved foods! Live music will play from noon until 2 PM each day. FREE!! Whole Foods, 525 N. Lamar Blvd.

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.

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.

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.

Maurice Sendak’s Really Rosie– Scottish Rite Theater is proud to present a unique production of Maurice Sendak’s 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. Sunday, 2:00pm. The Scottish Rite Theater, 18th and Lavaca.

Fall Concert in the Park-The Austin Symphonic Band presents its traditional Fall concert in Zilker Park. Bring a snack and spread your blanket under the pecan trees at the beautiful Hillside Theatre. Then watch the stars come out as the band showcases music as big as the great outdoors. FREE!! Sunday, 7:00- 8:30pm. Zilker Hillside Theatre, Zilker Park.

Groundwork Music Orchestra’s Fall Fundraiser– Groundwork Music Project is hosting an afternoon of music and fun with live music, bouncy castles, face painting, balloon animals and a silent auction! Performances by:Matt the Electrician, Paula Nelson, Jitterbug Vipers, Hello Wheels, Wild Child (special duet performance), and Jon Dee and William Graham.  Tickets: $10 adults, $5 kids. Sunday, 4:00- 7:00pm. The Nutty Brown Cafe, 12225 West Hwy. 290.


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