The Weekenders: Events for Austin Families, September 14-16, 2012

Friday Night Storytime Unexpected things can happen when you jump on your bed. Find out more in Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed by Eileen Christelow and No Jumping on the Bed! by Tedd Arnold. 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 Rattletree- A true one of a kind group playing African Zimbabwe marimba music. Band leader Joel Laviolette learned the style first hand from African Zimbabwe Marimba masters while living in Zimbabwe, Africa. There he absorbed the style, meaning, and spirituality of this ancient yet modern music.
  • Saturday, 6:30- 9:30pm- Albert & Gage- Christine Albert and Chris Gage can rock, boogie, swing, trot down country roads and play sophisticated harmony while making it all sound as it should: like parts of a unified whole rather than a mishmash of different styles. Albert and Gage have that Americana magic, musicality, and charm.

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., Austin.

Diez y Seis at Emma Barrientos Mexican American Cultural CenterThe entertainment at the FREE Fiesta will begin at 6 p.m. The highlight of the evening will take place at approximately 9 p.m., when the Consul General of Mexico, Rosalba Ojeda, gives “El Grito”, the re-enactment of Father Hidalgo’s call for independence. Parking will not be available at the center. Free parking will be allowed at One Texas Center, located at South 1st and Barton Springs Road. A free shuttle will run every 20 minutes, starting at 5:30 p.m. and ending at 10 p.m., from there to the event and back. Check the Austin Parks and Recreations Department – Arts and Parks Facebook page for updates. Saturday, 6:00- 10:00pm. Emma S Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center, 600 River St, Austin.

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- 11:00am. The Round Rock Public Library, 216 E. Main Street, Round Rock.

Explore the Story: Be a Star!- What does it take to be a rock star? Kids will create their own stage names and styles with one-of-a-kind costumes and accessories. Be ready to show off on stage! Free with regular museum admission. Saturday, 1:00- 3:00pm. The Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum, 1800 N. Congress Ave.

The African Children’s Choir – The George Washington Carver Museum and Cultural Center and the George Washington Carver Ambassadors present The African Children’s Choir. Saturday at 2:00pm. Admission is FREEGeorge Washington Carver Museum and Cultural Center, 1165 Angelina Street, Austin.

Lakeway Public Safety Day – The Lakeway Police Department invites the community to Lake Travis Elementary School for the 3rd Annual Lakeway Public Safety Day. Fifteen different agencies will be participating in this FREE event.  The parking lot of the elementary school will be packed full of helicopters, police cars and motorcycles, SWAT trucks, ambulances, fire trucks, and more. Live music from local bands Broken Rains and Loose Wheels will be heard throughout the day. Vendors from around Lakeway will be onsite. There will also be a bicycle safety course, VIN etching, child ID fingerprinting, and a kids fun zone. Saturday, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.Lake Travis Elementary School, 607 Ranch Road 620 North, Lakeway.
AdvertisementSaturday 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. The Vintage 15 will perform on Saturday at 7:00pm. Hill Country Galleria, 12700 Hill Country Blvd., Bee Cave.

Kids Safety Fair-Old Navy has partnered with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children to host a Kids Safety Fair. Free safety kits will be available at the store from Sept. 13 to Sept. 16. Any donation will get 10 percent off in store purchase that day. The fair will feature fire fighters, police officers and an actual fire truck. Activities include fingerprinting, bike safety, car seat information, balloons and more. Saturday, 11:00am- 5:00pm. Old Navy at La Frontera in Round Rock.

Diez y Seis at Republic Square – For the 34th annual Diez y Seis celebrations, the Austin Parks and Recreation Department has scheduled a morning kick-off celebration at Republic Square to commemorate the historic ties of the park to Diez y Seis. This year’s celebration will take place during the SFC Farmers’ Market Downtown.  It will feature Council Member Mike Martinez reading El Grito, mariachi and folklorico performances, and more! Saturday, 10:00am- 1:00pm. Republic Square Park, 422 Guadalupe St, Austin.

Not Afraid of the Dark: The Show That Glows– A magical show that is a visual treat for all ages. Ballet Austin II delights with a production that turns darkness into a place to laugh, sing, clap, dream, dance, and do everything imaginable – except be afraid. Recommended for ages 2 and up. Run time: 1 hour. Tickets: start at $15.  Saturday and Sunday, 2:00 and 4:30pm.

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, Austin.

Renaissance Day in the Park- `Come get a taste of medieval times thanks to collaboration between Wells Branch MUD and the local chapter of the Society for Creative Anachronism. The Society is an international association of people who re-enact the Middle Ages as they will for Wells Branch with chivalric and rapier demonstrations along with individual guilds including clothiers, fiber artisans, leatherworkers, dancers, scribes, brewers, metal workers, glass engravers, enamellers, herbalists, and others. Many of the ancient arts will be on display in the baseball field at Katherine Fleischer Park. Saturday, 10:00am-2:00 p.m. FREE!! Open to the public. Wells Branch will sell turkey legs, roasted corn, and beverages. Katherine Fleischer Park.

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.

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

Craft Time for Kids: My Homework Folder- Kids will never lose their homework again with a handy folder they design and decorate! FREE!! Saturday, 11:00am- 3:00pm. Lakeshore Learning Center, 9828 Great Hills Trail.

Tomie de Paola’s Birthday Celebration– Tomie dePaola’s birthday is this week and we’re having ap storytime featuring some of his best books, including the wonderful Strega Nona’s Harvest. He’s written and or illustrated over 200 books & has received both the Caldecott and Newbery honors. Come for the stories and stay for the crafts & snacks! FREE!! Saturday, 11:30am. BookPeople, 603 N. Lamar Blvd.

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

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