Weekend Events for Austin Families: January 24-26, 2014

Top 10 Weekend Events
  • Tree Talk Winter Walk – Saturday, January 25, from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Celebrate Texas trees in the Arboretum while learning about understory trees for your yard, ideal trees for wildlife habitat, and tree care. Kids can climb trees with professional arborists, build a fort with tree limbs and branches, go on a tree scavenger hunt and more while adults learn tree care tips and purchase native woody species for planting. TreeFolks is providing native tree saplings to those who complete the scavenger hunt.  Admission is FREE. Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave, Austin.
  • Big Don at Strange Brew – Saturday, January 25 at 10 a.m. FREE kids’ show with Don Robinson, an award winning Hip Hop musician based in Austin, Texas. Big Don has been involved in Austin’s music scene for 22 years and is a member of the Austin Music Hall of Fame. Strange Brew, Lounge Side, 5326 Manchaca Rd, Austin.
  • NAPO-Austin’s Clear Your Clutter Day – Saturday, January 25, from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Gather your donations, junk, and paper to be securely shredded. Fill the car and bring it all to the Bethany United Methodist church parking lot on Saturday. There will be prizes for the weirdest donations!  Bethany United Methodist, 10010 Anderson Mill Rd., Austin.
  • Science Discovery Day at TechShop – Saturday, January 25, from 12 – 4 p.m.  This FREE event, geared towards elementary school students, is a chance to see the wonders of science! Come and go between 12-4 to see robots, machines, reactions, and more. All attendees must sign release form. TechShop, 120 Sundance Pkwy #350, Round Rock.The
  • LEGO Movie Hands-On Learning Events - Saturday, January 25. Visit Barnes & Noble Round Rock (La Frontera Village, 2701 Parker Rd, Bldg A, Ste 700, Round Rock) at 11 a.m. or Barnes & Noble Sunset Valley (Barnes & Noble, Sunset Valley Village, 5601 Brodie Ln, Ste 300, Austin) at 4 p.m. for a Hands-On Learning event.  FREE activities, fun and surprises for all who attend! RSVP is required as there are only 50 spaces available per store.  Call to RSVP: Round Rock – 512-600-0088; Sunset Valley – 512-892-3493.
  • Australia Day Party at Boomerang’s – Saturday, January 25, from noon – 10 p.m. Boomerang’s Gourmet Veggie & Meat Pies will celebrate its anniversary and Australia Day with food and drink specials, a bouncy castle, face painting, a silent auction and a pie eating contest. Donate to Meals on Wheels and More to receive a FREE Sausage Roll! Kids under 12 can eat FREE (with adult purchase). Boomerang’s, 3110 Guadalupe St, Austin.
  • Alamo Kids Club: Little Nemo: Adventures in Slumberland – Saturday, January 25 at 1:05 p.m. This screening is absolutely FREE! Seating is first come, first served, so be sure to arrive early. Several people commented on our Facebook page that this movie scared them as a child, so you may want to read up on it before you go. Alamo Drafthouse Ritz, 320 E 6th Street, Austin.
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  • Light Saber Summit – Saturday, January 25 at 5:30 p.m.  Lone Star Jedi – Austin, a FREE community club for Star Wars fans and lightsaber enthusiasts, will host LightSaber Summit VIII. All are welcome to attend this FREE event at Butler Park, where both Jedi and Sith will hone their lightsaber skills and technique. Costumes are encouraged!  To participate in any lightsaber fighting at the summit, you must be at least 18 years old and sign a liability waiver, which will be available onsite. But all ages are invited to come and watch the fun. This evening of dueling, games, and training is FREE to attend, but guests are encouraged to bring a non-perishable food item for the Round Rock Area Serving Center. “Jedi Labyrinth,” Butler Park, 1000 Barton Springs Road, Austin.
  • Austin Family Magazine Camp Fair – Sunday, January 26, from noon – 4 p.m. Austin Family Magazine Camp Fair assists parents in finding the right spring and summer camps for their kids (ages 8-13). This FREE event at the Palmer Events Center allows families to explore a variety of camps (including science, technology, engineering and mathematics) all in one place. Palmer Events Center, 900 Barton Springs Rd, Austin.
  • Really Really Free Market – Sunday, January 26, from 1 – 3 p.m.  It’s like a garage sale, where everything is FREE! Come to the Really Really Free Market to enjoy a special mixture of reuse, recycling and community building. There will be lots of clothes… for absolutely FREE! Bring a friend and bring your own bags! Chestnut Community Park, 2207 E 16th St, Austin.

Bonus Budget-Friendly Events:

  • Architects of Air: Miracoco- Friday, January 24 starting at 11 a.m. with the last entry at 5:00 p.m.; Saturday, January 25 and Sunday, January 26 from 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. That’s right — it’s back! Everyone’s favorite kaleidoscope experience, Architects of Air, will return to the Long Center this spring with a brand new luminarium, Miracoco. Built in 2011, Miracoco represents a new step in the evolution of luminarium design.  Taking the best from what we have learnt from earlier structures we’ve achieved greater control over the inflated form. Functionally this means improvements in safety and in modularity but, most importantly, this new luminarium promises to be one of the most visually exciting that we have built. Miracoco closely resembles its sister structure Mirazozo in terms of the visitor’s journey and the disposition of its spaces. Its distinctive element is in the rendering of the domes. The dodecahedral domes follow a geometry made more precise by the increased use of reinforced restraints to define the structure.  The working of the illuminated seams enhances the sense of structure. Tickets, available for purchase at the entrance, are $10 with kids 2 and under free. Children under 16 years of age must be accompanied by an adult. Long Center, 701 W. Riverside Drive.
  • Sprites- Friday, January 24 at 7:00 p.m.; Saturday, January 25 at 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. (followed by a “Meet the Cast” party); Sunday, January 26 at 2:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. (followed by a “Meet the Cast” party). This new dance drama for young audiences introduces audiences to a young girl named Wren who is new to the neighborhood. Being new isn’t always easy and Wren learns this the hard way when Marlie, the neighborhood bully, talks her into posting a very hateful and untrue email about another girl. While Wren senses that this isn’t a good idea, her eagerness to fit in is strong. Pollyanna Audiences will see, right along with Wren, that words of hate are truly weapons whether spoken or launched into cyberspace. This collaboration with Ballet Austin features choreography and dance which bring Wren’s words to life. Ultimately, SPRITES is a story told through action and movement in a powerful way, one that will no doubt leave a lasting impression on audiences of all ages, especially those ages 8 and older. Tickets from $11. Long Center, 701 W. Riverside Drive.
  • Les Petites at La Patisserie: Coconut Date Truffles- Sunday, January 26 at 2:30 p.m. Bring the kids for a baking lesson, story time and songs! Recommended for ages 4-6. Space is limited and you must pre-register. Cost: $15/ $7 sibling. La Patisserie, 602 W. Annie.
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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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