Looking for fun, family-friendly events this weekend? Check out our weekly roundup of activities to keep your family happy.
Happening All Weekend
A Year With Frog and Toad- Saturday, November 8 at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. and Sunday, November 9 at 2 p.m. Arnold Lobel’s well-loved characters hop from the page to the stage in this Tony-nominated musical. Follow two great friends waking from hibernation, planting gardens, raking leaves, sledding and learning life lessons along the way. Part vaudeville, part make believe, all charm, A Year With Frog and Toad tells the story of a friendship that endures, weathering all seasons. ZACH Theatre, 202 S. Lamar Blvd, Austin. Enter to win a family four pack of tickets here!
Barton Hill Farms Fall Festival and Corn Maze- Saturday, November 8, from 10 a.m. – 10 p.m. and Sunday, November 9, from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Barton Hill Farms is set amongst 100-year-old cottonwood trees, rolling grassy hills and the picturesque Colorado River. The Fall Festival & Corn Maze is the perfect setting to let your kids enjoy true outdoor entertainment, including rides, games, a corn maze, pumpkin patch, local vendors and farm animals. Admission: Ages 3-10 General Admission, $8; Adventure Pass, $13. Ages 11+ General Admission, $11; Adventure Pass, $15. Barton Hill Farms, 1115 FM 969, Bastrop.
Close Assault at Camp Mabry - Saturday, November 8 and Sunday, November 9 at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Remember the true meaning of Veterans Day with this stirring look back at World War II. Close Assault 1944 honors the service and sacrifice of America’s veterans by focusing on the history of the 36th Infantry Division of the Texas Army National Guard during World War II. The two-day event will provide guests the opportunity to witness firing demonstrations of the most famous U.S. and German small arms of World War II, as well as see everything from tents and radio equipment to GI baseball gloves and mess kits and operational vehicles such as an M4 Sherman Tank, M3 Halftrack and Jeeps. The event will take place rain or shine and bleachers will be available for seating. Souvenirs and concessions will be available. The Texas Military Forces Museum will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. during the weekend and on Veterans Day as well with FREE admission to the museum and event! Camp Mabry is open to the public and adults will need to show a valid photo ID such as a driver’s license or a military ID to come on post. Camp Mabry, 2200 W 35th St, Austin.
Friday, November 7, 2014
Beauty and The Beast – Friday at 7:00 p.m. Redeemer Middle School proudly presents a musical production of Beauty and the Beast. FREE! Redeemer Lutheran School & Church, 1500 W Anderson Ln, Austin.
Head for the Hill’s: Free Music Fridays – Friday, 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, Lennings performs. A special backyard menu will be available for purchase. Family-friendly and FREE! Hill’s Cafe, 4700 S Congress Ave, Austin.
Saturday, November 8, 2014
The 23rd Annual Austin Powwow and American Indian Heritage Festival- Saturday, from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Hosted by Great Promise for American Indians, the Austin Powwow and American Indian Heritage Festival is the largest single-day powwow in the country, and also has one of the larger Indian Markets. This year, the market features more than 90 vendor booths. The Food Court, with ten vendors, offers a varied menu of traditional American Indian food items, including the ever popular Fry Bread and Navajo Tacos. This annual event features outdoor storytelling, an American Indian dance contest, and more. The Arena offers Grand Entry dancing at three times throughout the day, with an educational program accompanying the 10 a.m. Entry. Outside, you will find a Heritage Stage with a full day of cultural outreach programming. Admission is a suggested donation of $3 for adults; free for kids under 12. Parking is free. Toney Burger Center, 3200 Jones Road, Sunset Valley.
Veterans Day Parade and Event (Cedar Park) – Saturday, 2014, from 9:30 a.m. – noon. Come honor our veterans and show your patriotic pride at Cedar Park’s Veterans Memorial Ceremony and Parade. Please bring blankets or lawn chairs, as seating is limited. Veterans Memorial Park, 2525 W. New Hope Dr., Cedar Park.
AirFest (Georgetown)- Saturday, from noon to 5 p.m. For the first time in Georgetown, see the Ford Tri-Motor, a 1929 metal aircraft known as the “Tin Goose” that was the first mass-produced airliner. Get up close to WW II-era warbirds like the P-51 Mustang “Pecos Bill” fighter plane, the Douglas R4D Skytrain, and the C-47 Southern Cross, an Army version of a DC-3. Also featured is Georgetown’s own warbird, the 1945 Devil Dog B-25 bomber. Climb inside and tour the R4D, C-47, or B-25 for a small fee. Check out a gyro-copter, gliders, and a police helicopter. Watch the precision formation flying team Falcon Flight perform fly-overs at 2 p.m. For a complete schedule of events, visit the AirFest website. AirFest is FREE, but attendees are encouraged to bring a canned food donation for The Caring Place. Georgetown Municipal Airport, 500 Terminal Drive, Georgetown.
Mueller Fall Fest- Saturday, from 10 a.m.- 1 p.m. . This event is guaranteed to be fun for the whole family, and all are welcome. We look forward to the cooler weather and seeing you there! The event will include a petting zoo, pumpkin bowling, pumpkin decorating, a cake walk, a temporary tattoo booth, and much more family fun! FREE! Mueller Hanger, 4550 Mueller Blvd., Austin.
Hands-On History (Georgetown)- Saturday, from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Celebrate Thanksgiving with Williamson County Citizens of the Past. Thanksgiving is a holiday to give thanks, come to the museum and listen to stories of families from the county and what they had to be thankful for from Pioneer times to World War II. Children will make Thanksgiving place-mats. FREE! The Williamson Museum, 716 S. Austin Avenue, Georgetown.
Michael’s Kids Club: Happy Snowman Ornament- Saturday, from 10 a.m.- 2 p.m. Drop in and take home a completed project for just $2 per child for 30 minutes of creative craft fun, supplies included. Ages 3 and up. All participating Michael’s locations.
4th Annual Children and Family Nature’s Workshop- Saturday, from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. The purpose of this series is to explore and appreciate nature with children of all ages. Bey Acupuncture seeks to share the sincerity of nature with the community at large, promote a healthy lifestyle, & creative expression. Please dress children in clothing designed for yoga and fun. FREE! George Washington Carver Museum and Cultural Center, 1165 Angelina Street, Austin.
Second Saturdays are for Families: Figure Casting- Saturday, 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! Learn how to capture your self-portrait in 3-D by casting with plaster! Get messy with local artist Erin Cunningham, then watch the talented students of Sky Candy Austin perform acrobatic feats inspired by the art on view. Admission: $10 per family, $5 for member families. The Contemporary Austin at Laguna Gloria, 3809 W. 35th Street, Austin.
Paddington Bear Storytime- Saturday, at 11 a.m. From his early days in Darkest Peru to his first adventures in England, Paddington Bear’s memories are fondly recorded in this one-of-a-kind scrapbook. Join us as we read facts from the world over and stay for fun activities afterwards. FREE! Barnes and Noble Arboretum, 10000 Research Blvd., Austin.
Neighborhood Toy Store Day (Round Rock)- Saturday, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Santa’s Magic Mailbox will be delivered. Children walk the store & complete their letters to Santa. We make a copy for the parents. Then the children sign, seal, stamp & mail it in our Magic Santa Mailbox. The Best Toys for Kids Award Winners will be unveiled. Kick off the Blue Santa drive – We will donate 1/2 the value of any toy purchased and donated to Blue Santa. (Example: If a $20 toy is purchased & donated, we will donate a $10 toy). FREE Arts & Craft Activity, toys & games will be available to test & play, Free Kaleidoscope with a $25 or more purchase (while supplies last), and FREE Cookies. Kaleidoscope Toys, 110 North IH35, Ste 375, Round Rock.
Sabados en Familia- Saturday at 1 p.m. Getting ready for the holiday season? Light up your nights by making some luminarias for your home and customizing them for a specific holiday. Luminarias (luminaries) are paper lanterns that illuminate and create a glowing environment traditionally used to light your walkway or doorstep. Families are invited to create unique Papel Picado Luminarias as a contemporary spin on this traditional craft. ¡Ven a crear con nosotros! Cost: $12 per guardian/ child pair. Ages 5 and up. Mexican American Cultural Center, 600 River Street, Austin.
La Plume et L’Épée- Saturday, from 3-5 p.m. Sniffing around for a swashbuckling Saturday? Get to the French Legation Museum for Austin Shakespeare’s LA PLUME ET L’EPPE, an afternoon of romantic poetry in English and French, swordplay, kids’ activities and treats too. FREE! French Legation Museum, 802 San Marcos.
Dia de los Muertos (Round Rock)- Saturday, from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Dia de los Muertos is a traditional Meso-American holiday dedicated to the ancestors; it honors both death and the cycle of life. Schedule of Events: 3 p.m. Remembrance Making, 6 p.m. Procession/Parade begins at Prete Plaza with live music until 8 p.m. 6 p.m. Participants are encouraged to dress up and join the procession to be part of the celebration. No vehicles will be allowed in the Procession. FREE! Centennial Plaza, 301 West Bagdad , Round Rock.
Sunday, November 9, 2014
Children’s Musical Workshop- Sunday, 1-2:30 p.m. Featuring traditional Chinese instruments. Kids will enjoy a short performance and then get to go on stage. Featuring: Guzheng, Pipa, Guqin, Hulusi (gourd flute) and traditional Chinese Drum. Audience members may browse the different instruments after the program and even play with them in this uniquely Asian musical petting zoo! Featuring the Austin Chinese Chamber Orchestra, Austin Peking Opera Club and Winlanes Education. FREE! Asian American Resource Center, 8401 Cameron Road, Austin.
ImprovED Shakespeare Presents: Henry IV Part 1- Sunday at 2 p.m. Frustrated with your parents? So was Prince Harry. Only his dad was king. Join the ImprovED troupe of youth players as they share the story of Harry before he became Henry V. Filled with breathless stage fights, clown-like antics, and one irate kid. A perfect introduction to Shakespeare! FREE! Faulk Central Library, 800 Guadalupe Street, Austin.
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