The Weekenders: Events for Austin Families, October 7-9, 2011

Sunset Supper Cinema: Annie- Bring the whole family and get ready to sing-a-long with this classic Broadway hit movie about an orphaned girl and her dog in search of a loving home. FREE!!Food available for purchase. Friday, seating at 6:30pm, movie at dusk. Whole Foods Market, 525 N. Lamar Blvd.

Movies in the Park: Yogi Bear- Often described as a combination of state-of-the-art technology and nostalgia of the 1950’s drive-in, the Movies in he Park series provides families the opportunity to spend time together under the stars while enjoying first run movies on a 20 foot tall screen…. all for FREE! Movies begin at dusk. Bring lawn chairs, blankets and a picnic dinner. Concessions available. Alcohol and glass containers prohibited. Friendly pets welcome. Friday, dusk. Robin Bledsoe Park, 601 S. Bagdad Road, Leander.

Friday Night Storytime- Who will save the pastry chef from having a crumby birthday? Find out in The Little Bitty Bakery by Leslie Muir and Betsy Lewin. FREE!! Friday, 7:30pm. Barnes and Noble, La Frontera in Round Rock.

Movies in Your Park: Tangled- 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.

Live Music at the Domain- Enjoy live music all weekend long for FREE!! Friday, 6:00- 8:30pm Saturday and Sunday from 2:00- 5:00pm. Music in the Park. On Saturday, enjoy Music on the Plaza from 3:00- 5:00pm and from 5:30- 8:30pm. The Domain, north Austin.

Round Rock Chalk Walk and Arts Festival- Stroll along Main Street as artists create chalk drawings on the pavement, and enjoy food, art vendors and booths, live music, art demonstrations and the Take A Seat art chair auction. Activities include: More than 50 chalk artist on the street, Kids’ chalk walk, Plein Air art demonstration, Exhibit at the ArtSpace, Youth performance stage, Art vendors and booths, Artist demonstrations, Kids fun area with free and low cost interactive art and games, Race2U Slot Car Racing, Meet the mini horses and Lewis the mini donkey that creates art!, Amusement rides. FREE!! Friday, 2:00- 7:30pm and Saturday, 9:30am- 8:00pm. East Main Street, Downtown Round Rock.

Charlotte’s Web- Join us as Theatreworks USA spins the timeless tale of Charlotte’s Web. It is the story of a pig named Wilbur who finds friendship in an unlikely place- a talented spider named Charlotte who weaves a clever plan to save Wilbur from his destination- Zuckerman’s dinner table! This classic story of courage, creativity and selflessness will leave everyone thinking Wilbur is “some pig.” Saturday, Noon. Tickets range from $9-$12. One World Theatre, 7701 Bee Caves Road.

Meet Clifford Storytime- Out of all the holidays, Emily Elizabeth and Clifford like Halloween the most. They play games, trick-or-treat and tell ghost stories. Best of all, they can wear costumes! Come meet Clifford and see what he decides to dress up as this year! FREE!! Saturday, 11:00am. Barnes and Noble, 10000 Research Blvd.

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.

Lowe’s Build and Grow Clinic: Monster Machine- Your kids will love building this Halloween Monster Machine and creating lots of funny monster combinations afterwards! Saturday, 10:00am. FREE!! All participating Lowe’s 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.

Family Saturday- We’re kicking off our Family Film Series with Kid Flix Mix, a showcase of the best film and animation shorts from around the world.  Stick around for a fun art activity inspired by the films!  Recommended for ages 3-6. Saturday, Noon- 3:00pm. Admission: $10 per family or $5 per member family. Austin Museum of Art, 823 Congress Ave.

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.

BookPeople Skeleton Storytime: Your Elbow’s Connected to Your Funny Bone - A traditional staple in any good haunted house or abandoned pirate ship, a skeleton is not only scary but undeniably useful – without them, we’d be puddles of goo. Today’s storytime is all about our marvelous human infrastructure. We’ll read Skelly & Femur along with other bone rattling tales that will totally tickle your funny bones! FREE!! Saturday, 11:30am. BookPeople, 603 N. Lamar Blvd.

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

Rainwater Revival- From the seven hills of ancient Rome to today’s Texas Hill Country, rainwater collection has spanned the globe and the ages. To celebrate this timeless conservation practice, rainwater collection professionals and enthusiasts will converge just outside of Austin in Dripping Springs for the Rainwater Revival. The festive day will be filled with informative and entertaining presentations by professionals and users of rainwater, water conservation-related business vendor booths, rainwater system displays, and plenty of experts to provide guidance and services. There will also be food booths, shopping, live music (Joe McDermott for the kiddos!), plus much more! FREE!! Saturday, 10:00am- 7:00pm. Roger Hanks Park in Dripping Springs.

Market Days on the Square- Stroll around downtown Georgetown and take a look at the booths featuring handmade arts and crafts, clothing, jewelry and more. Midway style food will be available for purchase and the kids will be entertained with train rides, a moon walk, face painting and a concert with the Biscuit Brothers! FREE!! Saturday. 9:00am- 4:00pm. Downtown Georgetown.
AdvertisementThe Crazy Pumpkin Event- Design an extreme craft pumpkin. Make-It Take-It with purchase of pumpkin. Ages 3 and up. While supplies last. Saturday, 1:00- 3:00pm. All participating Michael’s locations.

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!! Noon- 2:00pm. Whole Foods, 525 N. Lamar Blvd.

Meet Maya and Miguel- 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. FREE!! Saturday, 11:00am- 3:00pm. Barton Creek Square Mall, Macy’s entrance.

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

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.

The Pumpkin Festival Live Bluegrass Music, Mazes, Pumpkin Painting, Rubber Duck Races, Pumpkin Photo Opps, 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.

St. Elias Mediterranean Festival- Enjoy dancing and live music, kid activities, excellent food and beverages, live music and more! Saturday and Sunday from 6:00pm- midnight. Tickets: $5. Downtown Austin, 408 E. 11th Street.

Teddy Bear CPR- Join Seton Hospital and Kaleidoscope Toys for Teddy Bear CPR! Bring in your favorite stuffed special friend and learn “Teddy Bear CPR” and adult health screenings,  Take 10 – Hands Only CPR Presentation, Goodie Bags. FREE!! Sunday, 2:00- 4:00pm. Kaleidoscope Toys, 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.

Family Movie: Beethoven- Enjoy a FREE family viewing of Beethoven on Sunday from 2:00- 4:00pm at the Wells Branch Community Library, 15001 Wells Port Drive.

Sunday Morning Kids Show: Scotty Roo- Bring the kids out to enjoy kid-friendly performances by local Austin musicians and entertainers for FREE!! Sunday, 10:30am. Tips for performers appreciated. Sunday, 10:30am. Ruta Maya Coffee, 3601 S. Congress Ave.

Paper Bat Event- Go batty this All Hallows’ Eve. FREE Make-It Take-It. Ages 3 and up. While supplies last. Sunday, 1:00- 3:00pm. All participating Michael’s locations.

Family Fossil Fun Day- Fossil identifications, hands-on presentations by paleontologists, storytime, fossil dig pit, and paleo-themed crafts and activities. FREE admission and free activities. And the new dinosaur exhibit opens! Sarahsaurus aurifontanalis, an early ancestor to giant sauropod dinosaurs, will be on display for a limited time this year. Learn about its discovery and what makes this claw-handed dinosaur such an intriguing find! Sunday, 1:00- 4:45pm. 2400 Trinity Street.

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.

Fall Concert in the Park- Enjoy a FREE concert in the park with the Austin Symphonic Band. Sunday, 7:00- 8:30pm. Hillside Theatre at Zilker Park.

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