Weekday Events Austin: May 4-8, 2015

From storytimes to live music and more, What’s Up Weekly lays out all of the fun, family-friendly events in Austin for the week!

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Monday, May 4, 2015

Kerbey Lane Cafe Celebrates 35 Years- This May marks 35 years that Kerbey Lane Cafe has been making Austin greater with their delicious pancakes and queso. AdvertisementOn May 4th from 6 a.m. to May 5th at 6 a.m., Kerbey Lane will donate 100% of net proceeds from ALL Austin locations to the United Way of Central Texas! In addition, there will be a fun birthday celebration at all locations from 6-8 p.m. on May 4th, complete with miniature horses, face painting and balloon animals. Kerbey Lane is also giving away pancake mix, gift cards and t-shirts as part of the “35 til 35″ social media campaign. Check out the Kerbey Lane Facebook page for more.

Baby Bloomers: Celebrate Cinco de Mayo- 9 a.m. to noon. Bring your party spirit and join us for a special celebration! Discover the culture and language associated with the celebration of Cinco de Mayo. We will learn the Mexican Hat Dance, investigate circuits with cactus salt dough, make masterpieces with screen printing and much more! Guests: Armstrong: Armstrong Community Music school provides quality early childhood music education and is one of Baby Bloomers favorite Sing-a-long guests. For Ages 0-3. Cost: $4.50 Non-Members/$2.50 Members. The Thinkery, 1830 Simond Avenue.

Signing Storytime with The Signing Connection (Round Rock)- 10:00am – 10:30am., Join the Baby Signing Time revolution! This class is geared for children 0-5 years and their parents. Amy from the Signing Connection will lead this storytime that incorporates classic children’s books to help you learn basic American Sign Language signs. FREE! Kaleidoscope Toys, 110 North IH35,  Ste 375, Round Rock.

Baby Play Group at Baby Earth (Round Rock)- 3:30 p.m., We sing songs, play with musical instruments and let babies have lots of interactive, social, free-play time.  Since this class is designed for our smallest of customers to socialize, we encourage families with non-mobile, crawling and/or cruising babies to attend. FREE! Baby Earth, 106 E Old Settlers Blvd., Ste D-100, Round Rock.

Rockin’ Kids: LEGO Free Build (Round Rock)- 4:30-5:15 p.m., Monday afternoons the Library hosts a rotating set of activities that highlight science, technology, engineering, art, and math.. It’s LEGO week at the Round Rock Public Library.  Elementary students, come build and share. Round Rock Public Library, 216 E. Main Street, Round Rock.

Paws and Read (RSVP) (Pflugerville)- 6-7 p.m., Independent readers share a good book with a canine member of the Austin Dog Alliance. Grades K – 2. FREE! No registration required. FREE! Pflugerville Public Library, 1008 W. Pfluger Street, Pflugerville.

Star Wars vs. Star Trek Fan Celebration- 6-8:30 p.m., Fans of Star Trek and Star Wars are invited to come together to celebrate their love of science fiction space operas, utopian futures, dynamic characters and enthralling universes. Join a fan clip viewing, a trivia contest, crafts and games, live local music, a costume contest and more for enjoyment by all ages! FREE! APL- Windsor Park Branch, 5833 Westminster Drive.

Tuesday, May 5, 2015– Happy Cinco de Mayo!

Free Admission to Laguna Gloria- 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Visit the exhibits and the grounds of the Contemporary Austin at Laguna Gloria for FREE! The Contemporary Austin, Laguna Gloria, 3809 West 35th Street.

Explore Music (Round Rock)- 10:15 a.m. Designed to provide children with unique musical experiences, the 30-minute EXPLORE MUSIC class will incorporate group play and interaction, pre-K skills (sharing, following simple directions, attending-to-task, etc.) and dancing/movement to work on gross/fine motor skills.  While music is highly motivating, it can also have a calming and relaxing effect. Bring your little ones in Tuesday morning for activities that are designed to be success-oriented and make the children feel better about themselves!!  Cost:  $5/child, payable directly to the instructor, Rebecca Faulkner. Baby Earth, 106 E Old Settlers Blvd., Ste D-100, Round Rock.

Bug Out Storytime- 10:30 a.m., Today’s storytime is all about the creepy crawlies that live out in the garden and under the porch. That’s right, we’re talking about BUGS! It’s true that we don’t always like them in the house, but they make our gardens grow and the world would be a lot worse without them. So in honor of our exoskeletastic friends, we’ll be reading The Grasshopper and the Ants and other tales about these busy springtime critters. FREE! BookPeople, 603 N. Lamar Blvd.

Chinese Bilingual Storytime (Round Rock)- 10:30 a.m., This program, developed for ages 3 and up, celebrates Chinese culture with stories, fingerplays, songs, and other activities in both English and Mandarin. FREE! Round Rock Public Library, 216 E. Main Street, Round Rock.

Barnes & Noble Storytime (Round Rock)- 11 a.m. Enjoy two delightful new books this morning: The Octopuppy by Martin McKenna and Uh-oh Octopus! by Elle van Lieshout, Erik van Os and Mies van Hout. FREE! Barnes and Noble, La Frontera, Round Rock.

Storytime at Austin Zoo- 11:15 a.m. and 1:15 p.m., Kids will enjoy a storytime in the Primate Pavillion! Included in zoo admission. Austin Zoo, 10808 Rawhide Trail.

Baby Day at The Alamo Drafthouse-  Movies before 2 p.m. The lights are up a bit, the sound is down a bit so moms and dads can head to the movies without the babies even knowing that they were at the movies. Infants are welcome to these shows, and of course, are allowed in for free. Take some time for yourself, pack up the kids, and head out to the Alamo Drafthouse for some much needed entertainment! Regular admission applies. Please note: Baby day is only on Tuesdays at the Alamo Village, Alamo South Lamar, Alamo Lakeline and Alamo Slaughter.

Homeschool Gaming Group (Cedar Park)- 3 p.m., Homeschoolers ages 7+ are invited to the Library to get together and game!  Play Minecraft, Roblox, World of Warcraft, and more.  The Library will provide an Xbox, Wii U, and some laptops, but participants are encouraged to bring their own laptops, tablets, and devices as well. FREE! Cedar Park Public Library, 550 Discovery Blvd., Cedar Park.

LEGO Club (Pflugerville)- 4:30 p.m. Kids get to build with Lego blocks, Duplos, and K’Nex. The library will provide the Legos; please leave your own at home. Recommended for ages 4-12. This month’s theme will be airplanes. FREE! Pflugerville Public Library, 1008 W. Pfluger Street, Pflugerville.

Discovery! Mad Science- 4:30 p.m., The Discovery hands on program explores all sorts of different topics, including science, literature, technology, and more.  Especially designed for our older kids (third graders and up), come back each week and learn something new! Join us this week for some exciting science tricks with special guest Mad Science. FREE! Laura’s Library, 9411 Bee Cave Road.

LEGO Mini Model Build – 5:00 p.m., Learn how to build a cool LEGO Koala model and take it home – for FREE! One per child. Event is open to children ages 6 to 14 only. Quantities are limited to approximately 250 per store and offer is good while supplies last only. LEGO Store, Barton Creek Square, 2901 S Capital of Texas Hwy, Austin.

Seventh Annual Cinco de Mayo Downtown Block Party-  5:00 to 9:00 p.m., The annual festival covers the entire block of West Second Street between Guadalupe and San Antonio, and celebrates the rich heritage and culture of Mexico with food, beverages, and entertainment for all ages.  With more than 5,000 in attendance in 2014, this year1s Downtown Block Party returns with live performances by Mariachi Relampago, Celsius, Gina Chavez, Bidi Bidi Banda & Cilantro Boombox, in addition to face painting and a photobooth along the street of the celebration.  La Condesa will also serve a menu featuring grilled Mexican street corn, taquitos, and more from the restaurant’s taco truck, El Cubico. Stephen F. Frostin’, South Congress Hotel’s new ice cream truck will make it’s debut at the block party and will be serving up homemade ice creams. These popular street foods will be paired with La Condesa’s famous margaritas, agua frescas, and beverages by event sponsors Tequila Cazadores, Dos Equis, and Tecate.  Entry is FREE for the whole family, with parking available in all downtown garages, and paid valet at Third Street and Guadalupe.  Learn more and RSVP for the La Condesa Cinco de Mayo Downtown Block Party on their Facebook page at facebook.com/Cincoaustin.

LEGO Lab- 5 p.m., With Legos, you can build anything you can imagine and tell any story you can dream up. Come to the Lego Lab to hear, see, make, and create different stories, all while building with Legos provided by the Library! Recommended for ages 5 and up. FREE! APL- Ruiz Branch, 1600 Grove Blvd.

Mommy and Me Workshop at Whole Foods- 6-7 p.m., Join us for a FREE Mommy and Me Workshop that will focus on folding origami paper for kids and parents with local artist Debra Flanagan. Whole Foods, Arbor Trails, 4301 W. William Cannon.

Homeschool Teen Group: Craft Night (Pflugerville)- 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.,  Homeschool teens ages 12-18 are invited to join the Homeschool Teen Group. We couldn’t decide on just one craft, so we’ll have lots to choose from. Work on duct tape crafts, bead spiders, book end painting and more! FREE! Pflugerville Public Library, 1008 W. Pfluger Street, Pflugerville.

Cinco de May Celebration and Salsa Showdown-  6:30 – 8:00 p.m.  Families will enjoy free games, crafts, music, door prizes and food while learning about the Mexican heritage. Sign up for the Salsa Showdown! Judging will be based on ingredients used, taste and presentation. 1st, 2nd and 3rd place prizes will be awarded. Everyone is invited so don’t hesitate to stop by! All Ages. FREE! Turner-Roberts Recreation Center, 7201 Colony Loop Drive.

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Safari Chanp Half Price Day (Round Rock)- $3 admission all day long at Safari Champ in Round Rock! Safari Champ, 1400 East Old Settlers Blvd.,  # 200, Round Rock.

Music with Mar (Round Rock)- 9:15 a.m., Music with Mar. is a class where a caregiver and child (ages birth through preschool) participate together in musical activities. These classes are focused on the four main areas of development – cognitive, social, motor and language. Classes are drop-in, so no advance sign-up needed. The class costs $10/family, payable directly to Angie, the class leader. Cost: $10 per family or  5-class punch card is $35/family. As always, our family pricing allows for moms or caregivers to bring all little ones (in one family) for one price. Baby Earth, 106 E Old Settlers Blvd., Ste D-100, Round Rock.

Sprouts Preschool Program – 9:30 – 11:00 a.m., Bring your little ones to the Family Garden for our weekly Sprouts Preschool program that is geared towards ages 2-6. A Nature Play Guide will lead you through the Family Garden to explore all that it has to offer. Each program will include story time, hands on activity, nature walk and of course, nature play! Families with preschoolers can join Anjoli Fry, education coordinator at the Center,,to explore the world of plant parts and wildflowers by using shapes and patterns as the vehicle! Families also learn how a flower makes seeds and take a hand-held pollinator pal out for a wildflower walk to help with pollination. Regular admission rates apply. Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Avenue.

Seaside Storytime- 10:30 a.m., Now that it’s almost summer, we just can’t stop dreaming of the beach. So today we’re reading Pig Kahuna Pirates and other books all about the sparkling waves and murky depths of the ocean. So be sure to wear your sunblock and suit up for a morning of adventure on the big blue sea.  FREE! BookPeople, 603 N. Lamar Blvd.

Wednesday Storytime- 11 a.m., Join us every Wednesday morning for great stories and amazing activities and hands-on crafts. Don’t miss out on all the fun! FREE! Barnes and Noble Arboretim, 10000 Research Blvd.

Story Time with CJ the Explorer – 12:30 p.m., Enjoy the play zone before and after the reading. FREE! All Things Kids @ The Domain, 3220 Feathergrass Court.

Bits, Bytes and Bots (Round Rock) (RSVP)- 2:30 and 4 p.m. Love to build with LEGO and looking for a new adventure with like minded friends? Children, ages 5-10 and 11-16, are welcome to join us at Round Rock Public Library to build build STEM skills and explore the world of LEGO robotics! Spaces are limited in this hands-on program, so registration is required. FREE! Round Rock Public Library, 216 E. Main Street, Round Rock.

Construction Zone- 3:30 p.m., Hear a story and build stuff! Recommended for ages 5-10. FREE! APL- Faulk Central Library, 800 Guadalupe Street.

Crafts and Face Painting with GlitteeRee (Round Rock)- 4-6 p.m. Crafts and Face Painting by GlitteRee are included in regular admission. Safari Champ, 1400 East Old Settlers Blvd.,  # 200, Round Rock.

Community Night at The Thinkery- 4-8 p.m.,  Enjoy special performances and activities presented by the City of Austin during Community Night on Wednesday, March 25 and April 1. Special programming begins at 4:30. Admission is by donation only. Entry is based on a first come, first served basis. The Thinkery, 1830 Simond Avenue.

Krispy Kreme Family Night – 6-8:00 p.m., Kids can decorate one FREE doughnut each, plus enjoy crafts and more. Krispy Kreme, 701 E Stassney Ln and 12586 Research Blvd, Austin.

Music on Main Street: Roxy Roca (Round Rock)- 6-8 p.m., The City of Round Rock brings you Music on Main Street, a FREE music series, from  March through May. Bring a lawn chair or blanket and the entire family. Visit the variety of dining options on Main Street or pack a picnic basket to enjoy the evening of fun and music! Food vendors will be on site. Prete Main Street Plaza stage, 221 E. Main Street, Round Rock.

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Free Admission at The Blanton – 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Thursdays are FREE to the public. Blanton Museum of Art, 200 E Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Austin.Advertisement

Play, Read, Grow- 10:15 a.m., A FREE class for parents and caregivers of children under age 5.  Children are welcome! Babies are born learning, and you can help prepare your child for success! Learn how to use play every day to get your children ready to read and succeed with this hands on workshop for parents and their little ones!   Please RSVP here to help us plan for the number of participants. APL- Windsor Park Branch, 5833 Westminster Drive.

Hola Hola Storytime (Bee Cave)- 10:30 a.m., Hola, Hola is an early literacy Spanish Program for adult and child to foster a love of the Spanish language and Hispanic Culture. It is designed to empower the parent to read simple, Spanish books to the child at home. Come and sing songs, watch video, learn rhymes, play traditional games and hear stories–all in Español! Each family will receive a Spanish songbook to practice at home. You do not need to have any Spanish language skills to participate.  All skill levels are welcome! FREE! Laura’s Library, 9411 Bee Caves Road.

Storytime at Austin Zoo- 11:15 a.m. and 1:15 p.m., Kids will enjoy a storytime in the Primate Pavillion! Included in zoo admission. Austin Zoo, 10808 Rawhide Trail.
AdvertisementExplorer Club: Crafty Kids (Cedar Park)- 3:30 p.m. Each Thursday, kids in grades K-5 will meet at 3:30pm to explore a set of rotating monthly programs. This is the weekly schedule: First meeting of the month: Crafty Kids (do a fun craft!). FREE! Cedar Park Public Library, 550 Discovery Blvd., Cedar Park.

Kids Club: Paper Cupcakes for Mom (Pflugerville)- 3:30 p.m. Children use their imagination to work on different art project every week. Materials available while supplies last. Free. Recommended for ages 5 – 8. FREE! Pflugerville Public Library, 1008 W. Pfluger Street, Pflugerville.

Afternoon Tea at The Driskill- Thursday, May 7, 2015 – Sunday, May 10, 2015. Celebrate the mother in your life throughout Mother’s Day weekend with The Driskill’s afternoon tea service. Seatings at 3:00 and  5:00 p.m.  Cost: Adults $46, Children $23. Reservations Required. The Driskill Hotel, 604 Brazos Street.

LEGO Lab- 4 p.m., With Legos, you can build anything you can imagine and tell any story you can dream up. Come to the Lego Lab to hear, see, make, and create different stories, all while building with Legos provided by the Library! Recommended for ages 5 and up. FREE! APL- Cepeda Branch, 651 N. Pleasant Valley Road.

Mommy and Me Workshop at Whole Foods- 6-7 p.m. Join us for a FREE Mommy and Me Workshop that will focus on wine pairings for mom and juice pairings for kids. Whole Foods, Arbor Trails, 4301 W. William Cannon.

The Daytripper Round Rock Episode Premier (Round Rock)- 6:30 – 9 p.m. Join Chet Garner and his crew premier the Round Rock episode of The Daytripper. Bring the entire family to watch the episode and experience a little of the episode in real life. Come early and listen to the Jeff Martinec Band, meet Spike from Round Rock Express, bounce in a bouncy house, eat some Rudy’s BBQ, and shake hands with Chet! FREE! Prete Main Street Plaza, 221 East Main Street, Round Rock.

Live Music at Central Market North- 6:30 – 9 p.m. Enjoy live music on the patio from Atlas Maior. FREE! Central Market, North Lamar Blvd.

Unplugged at the Grove – 8:00 p.m., Bring the family down to hear Carolyn Wonderland perform for FREE! All ages welcome. Shady Grove, 1624 Barton Springs Rd, Austin.

The Taming of the Shrew- 8 p.m., Presented by The City of Austin in coordination with Austin Shakespeare.  FREE Admission! Showing Thursdays through Sundays at 8pm through May 24th. Zilker Hillside Theatre, 2206 William Barton Drive.

Movies in the Park: The Little Mermaid- 8:15 p.m., Come out to Republic Square Park for a FREE movie in the Park! Republic Square Park, 422 Guadalupe Street.

Friday, May 8, 2015

Mother Earth Day Festival at the Springs- 9 a.m. – 1 p.m., Designed for environmental awareness and fun, especially relating to Barton Springs and Barton Creek, with a special emphasis on water conservation. Every activity is made to ensure that kids from 4-13 years of age have a great time and an interactive learning experience with activities that include art projects, May pole, magic, pirates, music,  Science  & Watershed Interactive Exhibits,  Solar Powered and more! Barton Springs, 2201 Barton Springs Road

Sprouts Preschool Program – 9:30 – 11:00 a.m., Bring your little ones to the Family Garden for our weekly Sprouts Preschool program that is geared towards ages 2-6. A Nature Play Guide will lead you through the Family Garden to explore all that it has to offer. Each program will include story time, hands on activity, nature walk and of course, nature play! Families with preschoolers can join Anjoli Fry, education coordinator at the Center, to explore the world of plant parts and wildflowers by using shapes and patterns as the vehicle! Families also learn how a flower makes seeds and take a hand-held pollinator pal out for a wildflower walk to help with pollination. Regular admission rates apply. Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Avenue.

Tiny Tails Petting Zoo at Safari Champ (Round Rock)- 10:30 – 11:30 a.m., Austin’s Traveling Petting Zoo offers a story time, 15-20 minutes of holding and petting our adorable animals, an age-appropriate educational animal craft or activity (music or easy animal pose movements!). We may also include time with balloons and bubbles for our youngest guests. Tickets: $12 per child 2yrs and up, with passes $7,  $9 per child 12-23 months. Includes admission to Safari Champ.  Safari Champ, 1400 East Old Settlers Blvd.,  # 200, Round Rock.

Storytime Art: Cats (RSVP)- 10:45 a.m. Storytime Art, or StArt! is a great opportunity for your young child to experience art! Storytimes are geared to the 3 – 5 year old preschooler, but some projects could easily translate into a Mommy and Me project for those a little younger. And, of course, anyone older is welcome, as well! Cost is $12 per child, or buy a punch-card and get 6 classes for $60! Please call to register.  512-852-9900.  The Art Garage, 11190 Circle Drive, Suite 202.

Story Time with Princess CJ – 12:30 p.m. Enjoy the play zone before and after the reading. FREE! All Things Kids @The Domain, 3220 Feathergrass Ct, Austin.

Live Music at Central Market North- 6:30 – 9 p.m. Enjoy live music on the patio from Anthony da Costa FREE! Central Market, North Lamar Blvd.

Friday Night Storytime (Round Rock)- 7 p.m. Enjoy two delightful new books this evening: You Nest Here With Me by Jane Yolen, Heidi E.Y. Stemple and Melissa Sweet and Counting Crows by Kathi Appelt and Rob Dunlavey. FREE! Barnes and Noble, La Frontera Village, Round Rock.

Movies in the Park: Big Hero 6 (Leander) – 7:30 p.m. 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. Bring your lawn chairs, blankets, and a picnic dinner. Concessions are also available. FREE! Robin Bledsoe Park, 601 S Bagdad Rd, Leander.

The Taming of the Shrew- 8 p.m. Presented by The City of Austin in coordination with Austin Shakespeare.  FREE Admission! Showing Thursdays through Sundays at 8pm through May 24th. Zilker Hillside Theatre, 2206 William Barton Drive.

Ballet Austin’s Swan Lake- Friday, May 8 at 8 p.m., Saturday, May 9 at 2 and 8 p.m. and Sunday, May 3 at 3 p.m. Join us Mother’s Day weekend for the exquisite and iconic classic… Swan Lake. It’s the timeless tale of love and loss on everyone’s “ballet bucket list.” Performing ballets on Mother’s day weekend has become a Ballet Austin tradition, and offers everyone a unique and special way to spend Mother’s day. The Opening Night in Black & White takes place Friday May 8, from 6-11 p.m. Pick a color and show your true nature at the official kick-off to Ballet Austin’s production of the world’s most famous ballet, Swan Lake. Dress in black, or white-or both-and help us celebrate the end of our magical 2014/15 Season! Come early, stay late and get your groove on, as Ballet Austin lights up the Long Center with a live DJ and luscious illuminations on the Terrace, a massive red carpet entry, specialty cocktails and black-and-white theming reminiscent of the iconic swans Odette and Odile.

Afternoon Tea at The Driskill- Thursday, May 7, 2015 – Sunday, May 10, 2015. Celebrate the mother in your life throughout Mother’s Day weekend with The Driskill’s afternoon tea service. Seatings at 3:00 and  5:00 p.m.  Cost: Adults $46, Children $23. Reservations Required. The Driskill Hotel, 604 Brazos Street.

A Look Ahead: Weekend Events

Pollyana Theatre’s The Big Bolt- May 9-17, 2015 with a special Scout performance on Mother’s Day,  Sunday, May 10. This production is written and designed specifically to appeal to the developmental and educational needs of very young children ages 3 – 7. The play explores the concept of cause and effect as well as basic pre-math concepts through the story of a little girl named Jimmi. Jimmi discovers what can happen when a seemingly unimportant but very big bolt is taken out of its intended place. Long Center for Performing Arts, 701 W. Riverside Drive.

Dia de los Madres (Round Rock)- Saturday, May 9, from 10:00  a.m. to 1:00 p.m., The event features a performance by The Biscuit Brothers,  Hopewell Middle School mariachi group, the Isaac Sisters and Round Rock Ballet Folklorico. Other activities include: arts and crafts for kids, a chance to take pictures with mom, and free carnations for mothers. The event promises to be full of music and fun for the entire family! FREE! Prete Main Street Plaza, 221 E. Main Street, Round Rock.

Touch-a-Truck- Saturday, May 9, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Touch-A-Truck is a family friendly event that hosts a wide variety of vehicles for kids of all ages to play on while learning about the automobiles and how they help serve their communities. This year’s Touch-A-Truck will feature — in addition to the vehicles — live music, plenty of food trucks, and a Kid Zone complete with a petting zoo, face painting, barrel-train rides and much more. Touch-A-Truck is a fun way for families to bond as their children explore vehicles they have seen in movies, books, or just driving down the street. But more than that, the event raises funds for essential programs within Austin Children’s Services. Cost: $5 per person. $20 for VIP. Camp Mabry, 2200 W 35th Street.

Family Day at  Harry Ransom Center- Saturday, May 9, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Visit Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and enjoy activities for the young and young at heart. Participate in writing activities with teaching artists from Austin Public Library Friends Foundation’s Badgerdog Creative Writing Program or engage with Lewis Carroll-inspired math activities with local math literacy organization Math Happens. University of Texas at Austin museum theater students lead visitors through the galleries. Additional activities include docent-led exhibition tours and story times in the theater.  Family days are generously supported by a grant from the Austin Community Foundation, with in-kind support provided by Terra Toys. FREE! Harry Ransom Center, 300 West 21st Street

Lakeshore Learning Craft for Kids- Saturday, May 9, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Kids ages 3 and up can make a Garden Blooms Photo Frame… the perfect gift for mom! FREE! Lakeshore Learning Center, 9828 Great Hills Trail.

Mother’s Day Austin Flea- Saturday, May 9 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.,  Join us for our second Mother’s Day Flea. Buy a bottle of wine from the shop, then sip and stroll your way thru over 20 vendors’ works. The Flea features all local handmade items and vintage wares from some of Austin’s most amazing and talented vendors. Find one-of-a-kind gifts for Mother’s Day or any occasion including jewelry, glasswork, clothing, artwork, paper goods, textiles and so much more! Entrance to the event is FREE and open to all ages! Handmade. Vintage. Local. East End Wines, 1209 Rosewood Avenue.
28th Annual O. Henry Pun-Off- Saturday, May 9, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Come celebrate a day of wordplay at the O. Henry Museum.  Minor Mishap Marching Band as the live musical act at 11 a.m.  Competition runs from noon to 6 p.m. There will be food trucks, a used-book sale, and lots of mind-boggling wit. FREE!O. Henry Museum, 409 East 5th Street.

Maifest- Saturday, May 9, 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. Join the German Free School for a family friendly festival celebrating spring with The Don Harms Marionette show (Shows at 1 & 3 pm), Face-painting, Raffles, Kid’s Costume Contests & Parades, Balloons & Games. Children are encouraged to wear a costume & bring their favorite stuffed animal or toy. Children will meet resident house puppets, Merlin & Olgan, who will interview their stuffed companion & give out prizes. Accordion & Vocals by Shirley Johnson, Maypole dances & much more. Serving German Food & Beer including: Frank-Purveyors of Artisan Sausage, Pfeifer’s Bakery, Hofbräu Lager & Maibock, Stiegl Radler & Rieseling wine. Admission: $7 per adult at the gate. Kids 12 & under free.  German Free School, 507 East 10th Street.

Whole Foods Kids Club- Saturday, May 9, noon to 4 p.m. Surprise Mom with a picture for Mother’s Day! Fun for the kids with no clean up and a gift for mom to boot! FREE! Whole Foods Bee Cave.

Afternoon High Tea at Cafe Ruckus- Sunday, May 10 at 11 a.m., 1:30 and 4:00 p.m. The special tradition of taking afternoon tea continues in the heart of downtown Austin. Tea time happens every Sunday afternoon when Cafe Ruckus transforms into a Victorian tea room. Step back in time as you sip bottomless cups of loose leaf tea, nibble on delicate finger sandwiches and indulge in decadent desserts presented on a three-tiered server. Whether it is a special occasion or simply special time with friends, it will be an afternoon to remember. Cost: Adults, $30; Kids, $17.

Flying Theater Machine: Three Wishes- Sunday, May 10, 2 p.m. Three Wishes uses suggestions from audience members to inspire the story of a group of kids who happen upon a playfully mischievous genie. Will they get what they’ve always wished for or will they discover they had what they wanted all along? Please join us for Three Wishes and see what happens when our wildest dreams come true! In these fully improvised stories, we’ll find many opportunities for the children in the audience (and sometimes their adults!) to participate and guide the story and even play on stage! And really, what more could you wish for? Cost: $5.  Hideout Theater, 617 Congress Avenue.

Blanton Museum of Art Drop-in Public Tour, Special Themed Tour: Mother’s Day- Sunday, May 10, from 3-4 p.m., This is special-themed tour celebrating Mother’s Day. A designed tour to celebrate motherhood (and grandmotherhood), care-giving, children and family, and more. Free with museum admission.

Moms Skate FREE at Playland Skate Center-  Sunday, May 10th. Playland Skate Center will be celebrating moms during our Sunday session from 12 noon to 5pm. Admission for moms is free with a paid child’s admission. Make it a family event or a special outing for mom and kids! Either way, it’s going to be great because mom doesn’t have to pay and she’ll get to spend time with her loved ones roller skating. As an added bonus, the little ones can play in the soft play indoor playground!

Music Under the Star- Sunday, May 10, 4-7:30 p.m. Bring your family, a picnic dinner, and a blanket or chairs to the Bullock Texas State History Museum every Sunday in May to enjoy free music concerts presented by the American Federation of Musicians. All concerts are free, family-friendly and highlight local musical talent. Each concert starts at 4 p.m. in the museum rotunda with performances outside in the Lone Star Plaza beginning at 5 p.m. Come claim your spot on the plaza starting at 3:30 p.m. Celebrate Mother’s day with a FREE concert of strong female musicians. Bullock Texas State History Museum, 1800 N. Congress Avenue.

Mother’s Day at the Capitol- Sunday, May 10, from 7-8 p.m.What better way to close out a great day with Mom than by taking her to a free concert at the Texas State Capitol in her honor? The band will perform well-known tunes, including marches and musical numbers, that you and your Mom are sure to enjoy! Get there early to select the best seating… this concert gets more popular every year. Texas State Capitol South Steps, 1100 Congress Avenue.

For more Mother’s Day events, brunches, craft sessions and gift inspiration, click here.

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For more Cinco de Mayo events and specials, check out our Cinco de Mayo post.

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Check out all of the shows coming up for both big and little people in Nicole’s May Theatre Mama Round Up Post.

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