The Weekenders: Events for Austin Families, September 7-9, 2012

Friday Night Storytime– Enjoy two animal themed stories tonight: Horseplay! by Karma Wilson and Jim McMullan and If All the Animals Came Inside by Eric Pinder and Marc Brown. FREE!! Friday, 7:30pm. Barnes and Noble, La Frontera Village, 2701 Parker Road Bldg A Suite 700, Round Rock.

Metz Movies Under the Stars:  Lady and the TrampFriday, at dusk (about 8:20pm). Bring your lawn chairs, blankets and snacks to enjoy an outdoor movie! Enjoy FREE popcorn and drinks! Metz Recreation Center, 2704 Canterbury Street.

Cedar Park Movies in the Park: The Mysterious IslandBring 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, 8:00pm. Elizabeth Milburn Park, 1901 Sun Chase Blvd., Cedar Park.

Movies in the Park: Mirror Mirror– 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.

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 Brazilian Independence Day -Seu Jacinto plays traditional Northeastern Brazilian music. Since 2005 this grassroots collective has been focused on the traditional regional music forms such as Forró, Coco, Ciranda, Banda de Pifanos, Maracatu, and other traditional rhythms.
  • 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.

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: Apple Basket- A bushel-shaped basket that kids can fill with all the apples they can color.  FREE!! Saturday, 11:00am- 3:00pm. Lakeshore Learning Center, 9828 Great Hills Trail.

Georgetown Market Days– Join us as the downtown Square comes alive with booths featuring handmade arts and crafts, unique gifts, entertainment, food, and much more! Combined with the shops and restaurants around the Square, you’ll enjoy a delightful day for the whole family! Market Days are held the second Saturday of each month, March through November, in the heart of Downtown Georgetown. FREE!! Saturday, 9:00am. The Square in downtown Georgetown.
AdvertisementLowe’s Build and Grow Clinic:Chuck E. Roller -What kid doesn’t love Chuck E. Cheese’s? Your child will love building this awesome Chuck E. Roller! Saturday, 10:00 A.M. FREE!! Kids will also get a free apron, goggle, patch and more! Must pre-register. Only at participating Lowe’s locations.

Hands-On History:Grandparent’s Day Bring your grandparent(s) to the Museum to make a handprint painting. Stamp your handprints side by side to create a family memoir, and decorate your own paper frame. FREE!! All ages. Saturday, 10:00am- 2:00pm. The Williamson Museum, 716 S. Austin Ave. Georgetown.

Camp Fire Nature Tikes Program– Camp Fire facilitators guide parents and their toddlers in fun nature stories and activities. This month’s theme will be Theme will be Nature Sounds: Birds. Book will be Bird Calls: Who’s that singing in the trees and fields? by Frank Gallo. Cost: $2. Saturday,  from 10 to 11 a.m .Northwest District Park, 700 Ardath Street.

A Puuuuuuurrrrfect Storytime– Today it’s all about lovable, mouse chasing, tree climbing, often hilarious creating of homes & alleys — CATS! We’ll read Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons along with other fine feline stories. Plus, we’ll have face paint whiskers and goldfish crackers. Don’t miss it. FREE!! Saturday, 11:30am. BookPeople, 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., Austin.

Second Saturday for Families:Animal Palaces If you were an animal, what would your palace look like? Explore the exhibition Collection Selections: De-Luxe and create your very own animal palace out of clay inspired by the art in the galleries. Admission: $10 per family, $5 for member families. Saturday, 11:00- 3:00pm. Austin Museum of Art at Laguna Gloria.

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

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.

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.

Ballet Austin’s Family Dance Workshop: Not Afraid of the Dark-See excerpts from the show that glows, Not Afraid of the Dark, experiment with light, and play movement games with Ballet Austin dancers. Recommended for children ages 3 to 10 years old and their family members. Price: Kids Corps members – $5 per person – see your season ticket information for the promo code. Other guests and Girl Scouts – $10 per person. Girl Scout patches – $3 per patch, purchase at door or online. Sunday, 2:30- 4:00pm. Ballet Austin’s Butler Dance Education Center, 501 West 3rd Street.


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