Looking forward to the weekend? So are we! Here are some fun activities to keep your family busy this weekend.
Friday, September 11, 2015
Keeping Kids Safe Project- 3 -7 pm. FREE Digital fingerprint and photo program for all of the children that attend! Parents please bring your children of all ages to one of the top child safety programs in the country! There is no age limit. FBI quality digital fingerprints and photographs. S.I.P. Kids will take a child’s fingerprints and send them home directly with parents. Parents can use the record to turn directly over to authorities anywhere in the world to instantly aid in an investigation. FREE! Howdy Honda, 5519 E. Ben White Blvd.
Lego Lab – 3:30 pm. 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 – Terrazas and Hampton at Oak Hill Branches.
Diez y Seis – 5:30 – 8 pm. Help celebrate Mexico’s Independence with free games, prizes, music & food! Everyone is welcome. FREE! Metz Recreation Center, 2407 Canterbury Street.
Movies in the Park: Big Hero 6 (Leander) 7:30 pm. 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…all for FREE!! 601 S. Bagdad Road, Leander.
Movies in the Park: Strange Magic (Cedar Park) – 8 pm. All movies are shown at Elizabeth Milburn Park, 1901 Sun Chase Blvd. Bring your blankets and lawn chairs. Food concession will not be available, but you are welcome to bring a picnic. Please no glass containers. Elizabeth Milburn Park, 1901 Sun Chase Blvd., Cedar Park.
Saturday, September 12, 2015
Safari Champ’s Annual Local Biz Fair (Round Rock) 9 am – 2 pm. This annual Local Biz Fair allows your kids to have a fun FREE day of play at Safari Chanp while parents can shop local businesses and raise funds for the Austin Diaper Bank in a silent auction. Safari Champ, 1400 E. Old Settlers Blvd., Round Rock.
37th Annual Mexican Independence Day Celebration – 10 am. This fiesta will bring the Hispanic community together as they celebrate the rich heritage, history, and culture of their Mexican ancestors who fought for their independence from the Spanish government during the early 1800’s. Tejano and Conjunto bands including Jimmy Gonzalez y Grupo Mazz, Marcos Orosco, Los Dos Gilbertos, Los Badd Boyz del Valle, Fiesta Folklorico dance exhibition with a variety of dance groups from the central Texas area performing dances from different regions of Mexico in colorful festive dress ensembles, as well as food and craft booths and events for the kids, too. Fiesta Gardens, 1901 Bergman Drive.
Keeping Kids Safe Project- 10 – 4 pm. FREE Digital fingerprint and photo program for all of the children that attend! Parents please bring your children of all ages to one of the top child safety programs in the country! There is no age limit. FBI quality digital fingerprints and photographs. S.I.P. Kids will take a child’s fingerprints and send them home directly with parents. Parents can use the record to turn directly over to authorities anywhere in the world to instantly aid in an investigation. FREE! Howdy Honda, 5519 E. Ben White Blvd.
Cuentos – 10 am. This fall, Austin Public Library’s Cepeda Branch is teaming up with Texas-based grocery store, H-E-B, to offer Cuentos, a dual-language (Spanish and English) storytime series for children and their families. Each child will receive a free book while supplies last. FREE! H-E-B, 2701 E 7th St., near Pleasant Valley Road.
Kids Club Music Hour - 10-11 am. Weekend morning fun for young children. Sing, dance, jump, and shout with Johnny, Sharon, Nick, Amber & the Hoppettes! Shakers, streamers, scarves, rhythm sticks, bubbles, stuffed animals, and balloons. Weekly themes and a “come to life” storytime on the stage. Come early for juice, granola, coffee, muffins and more in the lobby. Cost: $3/person at the door. Scottish Rite Theater, 207 W. 18th Street.
Monarch Appreciation Day – 10 am. – 4 pm. Family-friendly free event with admission. 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. Rain or shine. Zilker Botanical Garden, 2220 Barton Springs Road. Parking for this event is in the overflow lot located at 2236 Stratford drive.
Second Saturdays are for Families: No-Rules Cardoard – 11 am – 3 pm. Every second Saturday of the month, The Contemporary Austin offers hands-on art-making workshops at Laguna Gloria, inspired by the exhibitions on view. Enjoy family-friendly performances, meet local artists, and make art to take home. Recommended for ages 2–11.No-Rules Cardboard: It’s experimentation time! There are no rules to follow at this unique workshop. Make wearable art, small-scale sculptures, or even a fort out of a few basic materials. Cost: $10 per family, $5 per member family. The Contemporary Museum of Art at Laguna Gloria, 3809 W. 35th Street.
Riding Unicorns Into Storytime – 11:30 am. “A long time ago, when the earth was green, there were more kinds of animals than you’ve ever seen,” like UNICORNS! (or so claimed Mr. Shel Silverstein.) Today we will be reading Uni the Unicorn and other tales of fantastical creatures. FREE! BookPeople, 603 N. Lamar Blvd.
Whole Kids Foundation Bash – Noon – 4pm. Bring the family to #WFMBeeCave for a Whole Kids Foundation Bash. We will have tons of food samples and activities for the kids storewide. Help us raise funds to improve children’s nutrition and wellness with the goal of ending the childhood obesity epidemic. FREE! Whole Foods, 12601 Hill Country Blvd., Bee Cave.
#SoLongSummer Teenfest – Noon. Get the squad together for a whole day of epic snapchatme moments. From jamming in front of the main stage listening to local teen bands and DJs, to participating in a film competition, or showing how on fleek your human foosball/bubble soccer/skate game is…no doubt this is gonna be the best way to say So Long, Summer. FREE! RSVP to get a free poster designed by a HOPE Outdoor Gallery artist. Austin Rec Center, 1301 Shoal Creek Blvd.
Sunday, September 13, 2015
Groundwork Music Orchestra Kid’s Show- 10:00- 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.
VIVA Streets – Noon to 5 pm. Enjoy a car-free East 6th Street! Bring your family, pets (leashed, please), walking shoes, bikes, frisbees, your hula hoops– whatever you need to have fun in the street! Be prepared to dance, take come gardening/composting classes, make some crafts, learn a little history from the Buffalo Soldiers, partake in some aerial performances courtesy of SkyCandy and so much more. FREE! East 6th Street.
The Flying Theater Machine - 2 pm. In “Middle School Mysteries”, crime is sweeping the classroom, and your help is needed! 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! $5. Hideout Theatre,617 Congress Avenue.
One Hit Wonders & Drumaggedon – 3 pm. The Austin School of Rock Presents a Tribute to One Hit Wonders and Bands with multiple Drummers (Drummageddon). What do 867-5309, Safety Dance and My Sharonna have in common? They are all One Hit Wonders! We will be performing hits from the 60s, 70s, 80s, 90s and beyond! Sure to be the most anticipated show of the season! All your guilty pleasures and more! DRUMAGGEDON (5pm) : Featuring a wide range of material from bands that had TWO drummers: Allman Bros, Grateful Dead, Doobie Bros, 38 Special and more! Also featuring songs with heavy percussion. Tickets: $10. The Parish, 214 E 6th Street.
Ballet Folklorico de Mexico de Amalia Hernandez – 7 pm. In its capacity as an artistic ambassador for Mexico, the Folkloric Ballet of Mexico has transmitted the Mexican ‘feel’ around the world. Established over six decades ago, this Ballet has represented Mexico on the most renowned stages. It has been able to reach great audiences –both Mexican and foreign- with its wide repertoire and it has brought to them the aesthetic manifestations that are most profoundly rooted in our folklore, allowing the Ballet to sensitize those audiences emotionally and intellectually. Tickets: $29. Long Center for Performing Arts, 701 W. Riverside Drive.