The Weekenders: January 15-18, 2016 {Bonus MLK, Jr. Day}

Friday, January 15, 2016

Live Music at Central Market North – 6:30-9:00 p.m., Casa Loma Playboys. FREE! Central Market, 4001 N Lamar Blvd, Austin.

Friday Night Storytime (Round Rock) – 7 p.m.,  Enjoy two delightful new books this evening: What The Dinosaurs Did Last Night: A Very Messy Adventure by Refe and Susan Tuma and The Nuts: Sing and Dance in Your Polka-Dot Pants by Eric Litwin and Scott Magoon. FREE! Barnes & Noble, La Frontera Village, 2701 Parker Road, Round Rock.

The Amazing Acro-cats – 7 p.m., Come see real rescued house cats roll on balls, ride skateboards, balance on balls and more! Witness the ONLY all cat band in the ENTIRE WORLD – Tuna and the Rock Cats – play real instruments! (Sorry they refuse to play Freebird.) Limited shows so buy your tickets online before they sell out! We proud to announce we will be partnering with Austin Pets Alive! An Austin-based animal welfare and rescue organization, Austin Pets Alive will have a cat-adoption event in the lobby as well as part of our proceeds will be donated to their cause! Live and in Purrson, the Amazing Acro-cats featuring Tuna and the Rock Cats is not to be missed! Stateside at the Paramount Theatre, 719 Congress Avenue.

Saturday, January 16, 2016

Michael’s Kid’s Club : Snowman Mobile – 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., They craft, you shop! Kids 3 and up can enjoy a quick project and take home a finished masterpiece. Sign up in store or online, or just drop in. $2 per child, supplies included. Parent or guardian must remain on premises during the event. All participating Michael’s locations.

Space 8 Workshop: Judobots – 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., This week is all about super powers! Engineer a hydraulic bot from simple materials, in a sophisticated way. Once you’ve built your super bot, enter into the battle arena and face off with other opponents! Ages 8+.  Cost: 1 Child + 1 Adult = $34 | 1 Member Child + 1 Member Adult = $30 | 1 Extra Child = $22 | 1 Extra Member Child = $20. The Thinkery, 1830 Simond Avenue.

Phydeaux and Friends Grand Opening – 11 a.m. – 7 p.m., Celebrate the opening of Austin’s newest pet store with a grand opening celebration! There will be giveaways from 15+ vendors, specials, raffles, door prizes, pet adoptions and more. FREE! Phydeaaux and Friends, 7816 Burnet Road.

French to Music Storytime – 11:30 a.m., Join us for a song and movement-based French lesson with our special guest Haleigh! Enjoy some singing and dancing, with a little learning, too! This intro-level storytime is suitable for any and all guests of all ages! FREE! BookPeople, 603 N. Lamar Blvd.

Star Wars Family Fan Fest – Noon – 4 p.m., Bring the entire family to celebrate all things Star Wars and see the newest film (or see it again) in IMAX® 3D on the biggest screen in Texas. FREE and fun event for all ages! (Event is free. Tickets required to see The Force Awakens or for museum exhibit admission.) Enjoy lightsaber demonstrations by the BAM Academy, hands on activites with Girlstart and intergalactic arts and crafts. Test your skills with family-friendly games from Austin Panic Room. Snap your picture with your favorite Star Wars characters from Austin’s 501st Legion. Make a Lego Star Wars masterpiece with Play Well TEKnologies. Don’t miss Star Wars prize giveaways as well as comic book giveaways courtesy of Dragon’s Lair Austin Comics and Fantasies.  Want to see the Star Wars: The Force Awakens (or see it again) in IMAX® 3D on the biggest screen in Texas? Film tickets are still available and can be purchased at the link above or at the Museum’s ticketing counter. But hurry, they are going fast. Bullock Museum, 1800 Congress Avenue.

Art Smart Storytime – 1 p.m., Storytime programs introduce young children to books, rhymes, music and other fun activities. Austin Public Library offers programs matched to the typical attention spans and developmental levels of different ages of children. FREE! Austin Public Library, Willie Mae Kirk Branch.

Austin Zoo’s Bear Cubs 2nd Birthday Party - 1 p.m., You’re invited to join us to celebrate Korben, Tilly and Ruby’s 2nd birthday with bear-themed refreshments served as long as they last. The bears will be demonstrating what they have learned in their training classes and then will dine on a special birthday lunch. Free with regular Zoo admission. Austin Zoo, 10808 Rawhide Trail.

Let’s Go Nihongo!Japanese Workshop – 2 p.m.,Ages 5-12. Celebrating the New Year with stories, songs and Crafts! This event is FREE and open to the public. FREE! Austin Public Library, Old Quarry Branch.

The Amazing Acro-Cats – 3 & 7 p.m., Come see real rescued house cats roll on balls, ride skateboards, balance on balls and more! Witness the ONLY all cat band in the ENTIRE WORLD – Tuna and the Rock Cats – play real instruments! (Sorry they refuse to play Freebird.) Limited shows so buy your tickets online before they sell out! We proud to announce we will be partnering with Austin Pets Alive! An Austin-based animal welfare and rescue organization, Austin Pets Alive will have a cat-adoption event in the lobby as well as part of our proceeds will be donated to their cause! Live and in Purrson, the Amazing Acro-cats featuring Tuna and the Rock Cats is not to be missed! Stateside at the Paramount Theatre, 719 Congress Avenue.

Sunday, January 17, 2016

PBS Kids at Alamo Drafthouse: Nature Cat  – 10 a.m., The Alamo Drafthouse and our local PBS station are teaming up for a family screening of PBS KIDS’ latest show, along with themed activities and giveaways.  We will enjoy three episodes from the new show on the big screen (including a sneak peak at two brand new episodes).  This is an all-ages show with Baby Day rules – noisy young fans won’t be asked to leave the theater but we do ask that cellphones and other devices stay dark. Cost: $1-3 donation. Alamo Drafthouse Lakeline, 14028 N. US Hwy 183.

Zilker Botanical Garden Faerie Tea Party – 11 a.m.- 3 p.m., Come dressed in your faerie best for a tea party overlooking the garden. Practice faerie etiquette, stroll through the garden on a faerie scavenger hunt and plant enchanted faerie florae in a faerie ring. Kids will create a greeting card, bookmark, and landscape with pressed plants. All parties include fruit, miniature cakes, tea, and juice. Ages 3-11 years old. Register online by January 11th. Be sure to register for the Valentine’s Day event early! Cost: $16 resident child, $18 non-resident child. Zilker Botanical Garden, 2220 Barton Springs Road.

Tufts University Wind Ensemble – Noon – 1 p.m., The Tufts University of Boston Wind Ensemble will perform with an “instrument petting zoo” following the performance. The group plays a wide variety of standard wind ensemble repertoire under the direction of Dr. John McCann. FREE! Recycled Reads Bookstore, 5335 Burnet Road.

The Amazing Acro-Cats – 1 & 5 p.m., Come see real rescued house cats roll on balls, ride skateboards, balance on balls and more! Witness the ONLY all cat band in the ENTIRE WORLD – Tuna and the Rock Cats – play real instruments! (Sorry they refuse to play Freebird.) Limited shows so buy your tickets online before they sell out! We proud to announce we will be partnering with Austin Pets Alive! An Austin-based animal welfare and rescue organization, Austin Pets Alive will have a cat-adoption event in the lobby as well as part of our proceeds will be donated to their cause! Live and in Purrson, the Amazing Acro-cats featuring Tuna and the Rock Cats is not to be missed! Stateside at the Paramount Theatre, 719 Congress Avenue.
AdvertisementFlying Theater Machine: Space Academy - 2 p.m., January and February features Space Academy: a science fiction adventure complete with spaceships and weird aliens. Using suggestions from the audience, the future world of Space Academy is created on the spot by Flying Theater Machine’s kid-approved cast of improvisers. Tickets: $5. The Hideout Theater, 617 Congress Ave.

All Ages Storytime – 3 p.m., Recommended for children aged 5 and under. Storytime featuring stories, songs, fingerplays, rhymes, and crafts. FREE! Austin Public Library, Manchaca Road Branch.

Bonus Day: Monday, January 18, 2016 (MLK, Jr. Day)

School’s out for the day! Find bonus activities and volunteer opportunities to celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

MLK Day EventsDate Night Idea

The Hightower turns 2 and they are celebrating with a special pairing menu through January 17th!

THE HIGHTOWER TURNS TWO-2

You Pick

–> Cocktail, beer or wine

–> Appetizer

–> Entrée

For only $22 per person! With the pairing, you get a choice of the following:
– Red or white wine, local draft beer, or Caipirinha, Paloma, Cherry Twist or the High Tail
– An appetizer choice of fried chickpeas, brussels sprouts, or blistered green beans
– An entree choice of grit fried chicken tacos, roasted pork jowl, or smoked tofu

On Sunday, January 17 they will be celebrating with brunch and all-night happy hour. More details here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1511349999169570/

Looking for more ideas for fun with kids of all ages? Check out our series of “Things to do in Austin” for ages infant through teen:

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Things to do with Infants & Toddlers (Ages 0-2)

Things to do with Preschoolers (Ages3-6)

Things to do with Elementary Schoolers (Ages 7-12)

Things to do with Teenage Kids

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Catherine Prystup founded LiveMom.com out of a desire to build a better community for Austin-area moms. She has three children, ages seventeen, eight and three years old.

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