Thanks to our friends at Friendly Fox School for sponsoring The Weekenders!
Friendly Fox School is a pre-kindergarten program that provides the quality of a private school experience in the comfort of a home setting. With a safe and welcoming environment, low class size, a curriculum that is heavily weighted towards literacy, and a certified teacher who is passionate about your child’s education, Friendly Fox School provides a foundation for young learners to grow and thrive. Learning should be a fun, interactive experience where children are engaged. One of the advantages of teaching from home is that teachers have the freedom to explore those “teachable moments” that inadvertently pop up during your lessons when a child curiosity has been sparked.
Friendly Fox School is located at 9200 Heatherwood Drive and is open Monday – Friday from 8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. For more information call 512-788-5523 or visit our website at www.friendlyfoxschool.com.
Hot Science – Cool Talks – Friday, September 12 at 5:45 p.m. Chemistry is easy. Dr. David Laude, Professor of Chemistry, is tired of everyone taking three steps back every time he tells them that he is a chemist. He will demonstrate how a few simple, recurring ideas in chemistry can help you understand concepts like climate change, how batteries work, and how food is made. Dr. Laude will also create explosions and cap your evening by making liquid nitrogen ice cream for everyone. Interactive Fair from 5:45-7:00 p.m.; Talk begins at 7:00 p.m. FREE! UT Campus, Welch Hall Auditorium, 105 E 24th St, Austin.
Music in the Park – Friday, September 12 at 6:30 p.m. Bring a blanket, a picnic, and the kids for a relaxing evening listening to the Mount Pressmore band. FREE! Mueller Lake Park Amphitheater, Corner of Aldrich St & Simond Ave, Austin. Postponed due to the threat of rain.
Head for the Hill’s: Free Music Fridays – Friday, September 12 from 7-9:00 p.m. Hill’s Cafe is excited to announce the return of a live, local music series to the historic Hill’s stage. This week, Bottom Dollar String Band performs. A special backyard menu will be available for purchase. Family-friendly and FREE! Hill’s Cafe, 4700 S Congress Ave, Austin.
Monarch Appreciation Day- Saturday, September 13, from 10:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m. We depend on pollinators to produce one out of three bites of the food we consume. Over the last few years, studies show a rapid and significant decline in the number of pollinators. Come learn what you can do to provide food and habitat for these important members of our food web and ecosystem! For a complete schedule and list of activities, click here. Free with paid admission: $1 for children (ages 3-12) and seniors (age 62 and over), $2 for adult residents of Austin (ages 13-61), and $3 for non-resident adults (ages 13-61). Zilker Botanical Garden, 2220 Barton Springs Road, Austin.
Family Fun Fest and Diaper Drive- Saturday, September 13, from 10:00 a.m.- 1:00 p.m. All the FREE FUN you can handle! Austin Diaper Bank and City of Austin are co-sponsoring Family Fun Fest and Diaper Drive, a FREE event designed to bring awareness to diaper need in Central Texas. Bring size 4 diapers or larger to say thanks or donate your kid’s stash! Cloth diapers in good condition also accepted. Enjoy fun sessions for preschool and elementary school kids on dance, music, art, science and more, musicians, cooking demonstrations, goody bags, giveaways, food trucks, bounce house, puppet show and other treats. Northwest Recreation Center, 2913 Northland Drive, Austin.
Harvest Moon Festival- Saturday, September 13, from 10:00 a.m.- 3:00 p.m. Celebrate the eighth full moon of the year at the Harvest Moon Festival! Enjoy cultural performances of music, dance, Taiko Drums, Lion Dance, martial arts demonstration and traditional food at this annual event. FREE! Traditional Mooncake will be served. Asian American Cultural Center, 11713 Jollyville Road, Austin.
Rocket Fizz Grand Opening Party- Saturday, September 13, from 10:00 a.m.- 9:00 p.m. Come out to the Domain’s newest candy store to celebrate their grand opening with balloon twisting (from noon- 2pm), face painting (from 2-4pm), visits from Princess Anna and Elsa from Frozen, Obi Wan Kenobi and Batman. Austin’s newest ABA basketball team, The Austin Boom, will be there handing out autographs as well! FREE! Rocket Fizz at the Domain, 3220 Feathergrass Court, Suite 120, Austin.
Second Saturdays are for Families: Light Sculpture- Saturday, September 13, from 11:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m. Every second Saturday of the month, The Contemporary Austin offers hands-on art-making workshops at Laguna Gloria, inspired by the exhibitions on view. Join us to see family-friendly performances, meet local artists, and make art to take home. Recommended for ages 2–11. Drop in and create! Create an extraordinary glowing sculpture using ordinary materials, inspired by artist Ursula von Rydingsvard’s Luna, a new addition to the Betty and Edward Marcus Sculpture Park at Laguna Gloria. Admission: $10 per family, $5 for member families. The Contemporary Austin at Laguna Gloria, 3809 W. 35th Street, Austin.
Medieval Fair (Pflugerville)- Saturday, September 13 at 2:00 p.m. As part of the city-wide, month-long reading of Pfairy Tales, the Pflugerville Public Library is hosting a Medieval Fair that includes some fun for your pfour-legged pfriends. Bring your Pfurry prince or princess dressed up as their favorite Pfairy Tale character. All well-socialized pets are welcome to come to the library with a leash escort! The Medieval fair also features the Austin branch of the Society for Creative Anachronism. Come enjoy crafts, activities and a costume contest for all ages. FREE! Pflugerville Public Library, 1008 Pfluger St W, Pflugerville.
¡Viva México! - Saturday, September 13 at 7:00 p.m. for children’s activities and music at 8:00 p.m. Feel the pride and joy of your Mexican roots as we celebrate Mexico’s independence day with music and tradition. Also, be our guest at the Aliento Tequila art exhibit opening reception in our main gallery. The exhibit features photographer Joel Salcido’s work about Mexican tequila producers. Free event for the entire family! Shuttle will be available at Sanchez Elementary and Martin Middle School. Free parking on Holly St. FREE! Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center, 600 River Street, Austin.
So Long Summer Music Festival For Teens- Saturday, September 13, from Noon- 6:00 p.m. The public is invited to enjoy free entertainment and activities which will include music performances, 3-on-3 basketball tournament, an Austin BMX and Skate Park skateboarding competition, a Roving Leaders video game contest and a Totally Cool Totally Art mural project.Austin Recreation Center. FREE! Austin Recreation Center, 1301 Shoal Creek Blvd., Austin.
Groundwork Music Orchestra Kid’s Show- Sunday, September 14, from 10:30- 11:30 a.m. Bring the entire family to enjoy Groundwork Music Orchestra’s music. FREE! Cherrywood Coffeehouse, 1400 E. 38 1/2 Street, Austin.
Too Many Stories- Sunday, September 14 at 12:30 and 2:30 p.m. With the help of the kids in the audience, a little girl named Callie outwits robbers Sam and Bogus through story, music, and improvisation. This popular touring show, which has delighted Austin Area kids over the past year, is back in the historic Scottish Rite Theater for three Sundays this September. Too Many Stories! is a lively, hilarious show for all ages, featuring Austin favorites Robert Deike, Chris Humphrey, and Katy Smaczniak. Playwright/director Susan Gayle Todd comments, “Imagine a touch of ‘Arabian Nights’ and a pinch of ‘The Ransom of Red Chief’ in a modern suburban setting.” All ages. Tickets: $6 for kids ages 12 and under, $10 for those ages 13 and up. Scottish Rite Theater, 207 West 18th Street, Austin.
BOMBA Dance Party- Sunday, September 14, from 2:00- 5:00 p.m. Puerto Rican Folkloric Dance & Cultural Center is celebrating our 17th anniversary with a BOMBAZO (Bomba dance for all). Our birthday celebration will also feature performances by our PRFDance Family of performers, and community youth presenting their multicultural talent. One talent will receive a spotlight in our 12th original musical in December, and be promoted on Facebook to our 8000 subscribers world-wide! FREE, family friendly, and open to the public. Puerto Rican Folkloric Dance & Cultural Center, 701 Tillery St, Austin.
Austin Family Classical Concert- Sunday, September 14, from 5:30- 6:30 p.m. Austin Family Classical Concerts is a concert series featuring local professional classical musicians performing some of their favorite music together. These concerts are open to everyone, including children of all ages. In fact, it is the perfect first classical music concert experience for young children! We will provide a quiet activity for those who may need something to keep hands busy, and will go over concert etiquette for the very young at the beginning of the concert. This month’s Austin Family Classical Concert features families making music together. You’ll hear violins, cellos, a piano, a harp, a bass and possibly more! Children of all ages and their parents are welcome! FREE! Blackerby Violin Shop Recital Hall, 1111 W Anderson Ln, Austin.