The Weekenders: Events for Austin Families, March 7-9, 2014

Rodeo Austin- Through March 16. Live music, cook-offs, rodeo competitions, a carnival, pig races and more- it’s all part of Rodeo Austin!  For a complete schedule of events, ticket prices and more, click here. Star of Texas Fair and Rodeo, 9100 Decker Lake Road, Austin.

Free Movies at Alamo Drafthouse – Friday, March 7 – Sunday, March 9. Kids age 3 and up, and their parents, are invited to see The Muppet Movie at Alamo Lakeline (14028 N US Highway 183, Austin) or Follow That Bird at Alamo Slaughter Lane (5701 W Slaughter Ln, Austin). Pick up your FREE tickets at the Box Office on the morning of the screening. Seating is first come, first served, so be sure to arrive early. See the website for showtimes.

SXSW Create – Friday, March 7 – Sunday, March 9, from 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. Doing creative and revolutionary things with new technologies embodies the spirit of the SXSW Interactive Festival, and nowhere is this more evident than the diverse mix of activities at SXSW Create. From 3D printing to drones to biohacking and much more, this community event showcases the disruptive solutions that are shaping our future. FREE and open to the public. City Terrace of The Long Center, 701 W. Riverside, Austin.

Second Saturdays Art Workshop: Petting Zoo- Saturday, February 8 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Snort, baa, quack! Let your senses guide you as you meet real potbelly pigs, goats, and other mini creatures, then make your own animalistic art to take home. Inspired by Pet Sounds, artist Charles Long’s colorful interactive installation named for the 1966 Beach Boys album, on view now at Laguna Gloria. All ages welcome! Cost: $10 per family. The Contemporary at Laguna Gloria, 3809 W. 35th St.

The Cat in the Hat- Saturday, March 8 at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Sally and her brother are stuck home in the rain, when a Cat comes knocking at the window pane! But the Cat has brought friends, Thing One and Thing Two, who make messes and problems and oh, what to do?! Mischief and mayhem and laughter galore, bring the kids—they’ll clamor for more! Recommended for children ages 3 and older. Tickets: $16 adults, $14 youth. ZACH Theatre, Kleberg Stage, 1510 Toomey Road, Austin.

SXSW Gaming Expo – Friday, March 7, from 1 – 9 p.m., Saturday, March 8, from noon – 8 p.m. and Sunday, March 9, from noon – 8 p.m. SXSW Gaming is an integral part of the SXSW experience. This diverse and widely popular array of events combines well-loved elements of geek culture with the cross-console video game world. FREE and open to the public. Guests age 13 and up must have a free SXSW Guest Pass. Note: Some video games featured at the Expo are rated for adults, so you may want to keep this in mind if you have younger children. Palmer Events Center, 900 Barton Springs Road, Austin.

Pinkalicious Party- Saturday, March 8 at 1:30 and 3:00 p.m. (two parties). Join Pinkalicious for a Lemonade Party at Kaleidoscope Toys! Kids will get to meet and have storytime with Pinkalicious, decorate pink cookies, and craft their own Pinkalicious wand! Plus, every child will also receive a Pinkalicious necklace! Cost: $12 — Pre-Registration is required! To pre-register, please call Kaleidoscope Toys at 512.388.5048. Kaleidoscope Toys, 110 North IH35, Ste 375, Round Rock.

Mondo Disney Family Event – March 8, from 9 – 11 a.m. Austin families are invited to enjoy a morning of posters, activities and entertainment at Mondo and Oh My Disney’s “Nothing’s Impossible” gallery exhibit! Mondo Gallery will celebrate the magic of Disney with a FREE family friendly event! Mondo Gallery, 4115 Guadalupe St., Austin.

Hands on History: World Water DaySaturday, February 8 from 10:00am- 2:00pm.  Create your own Williamson County 3-D water collage to show how the dams and rivers work to control floods and provide water.  FREE! The Williamson Museum, 716 S. Austin Avenue, Georgetown.Advertisement
Leer y Crear: Family Story Time- Saturday, February 8 at 10:30 a.m. The Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center is proud to offer Leer y Crear, a bilingual story time for families, on a monthly basis.  Each program date, instructor  will read a story from our library and lead participants in a themed activity that relates to the book.  This week’s story is:  Dream Carver by Diana Cohn. This program is FREE and all ages are welcome.  The Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center, 600 River Street.

SXSW Eco Light Garden – Saturday, March 8 – Saturday, March 15 at dark.  New installations will play with light, sound and geometry. FREE and open to the public. Republic Square Park, 422 Guadalupe, Austin.

Birds of Prey Flight Show – Saturday, March 8, from 10 – 11 a.m.  This is a wonderful opportunity to see rehabilitated and rescued raptors such as hawks, owls, eagles, vultures, and falcons. The FREE program includes seeing the birds up close, even flying overhead. Come early to get a good seat. 512-891-9103. Sunset Valley City Hall, 3205 Jones Road, Sunset Valley.

WeatherFest – Saturday, March 8, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Get weather on your radar with a day of science and fun for the whole family. In addition to weather simulations, activities will range from demonstrating sophisticated technological advances in weather science and forecasting, and the latest storm-chasing vehicles and equipment, to creative activities for children including art and science projects. This event is FREE (regular admission to visit the Museum exhibits). Bullock Texas State History Museum, 1800 N. Congress Avenue, Austin.

Zilker Kite Festival – Sunday, March 9, from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m (Rescheduled from March 2, due to weather.) Bring a kite to fly or just sit back and marvel at the kites flying in the sky. You can bring a picnic or buy food from vendors. Bring your own bags to carry out your trash, if necessary. There are also kite making workshops, flying demonstrations, and competitions. FREE! Shuttles are available for $3 per person age 12 and older. Be sure to check the website for weather updates. Zilker Park, Barton Springs Road, Austin.

UMLAUF Family Day – Sunday, March 9, from noon – 4 p.m. (This event was rescheduled to avoid the Kite Festival, which is now happening on Sunday. You may want to call ahead to make sure they haven’t rescheduled a second time. 512-445-5582.) A special, hands-on program designed for families with children, four to 15 years old. Families will have the opportunity to explore the Umlauf collection and exhibitions in the garden and museum while engaging in creative activities. Family First Sundays feature Story Time with BookPeople (1 p.m.), Sculpture Demonstrations by representatives from Texas Society of Sculptors, Sculpture Scavenger Hunts and more! FREE and Open to the Public.  Umlauf Sculpture Garden & Museum, 605 Robert E. Lee Road, Austin.

Group Skate Lessons at Playland – Sunday, March  9, from 11 – 11:45 a.m.  All ages and skill levels are welcome to attend a FREE group skate lesson!  No reservations necessary. Group Lessons are designed to accommodate the different skill levels of all students attending the class. After the lesson, Playland Skate Center will be open to the public from 12-5 p.m. You are welcome to stay and practice what you’ve learned for the price of admission ($8, which includes skate rental). Playland Skate Center, 8822 McCann Drive, Austin.

Makie Doll Tea Time! – Sunday, March 9, from 1 – 2 p.m. Stop by Toy Joy for afternoon tea with the world’s first 3D printed dolls. Light snacks will be provided. This will be your last chance to visit Toy Joy before the store closes its doors on Sunday night. Be sure to call the store on Sunday morning to make sure the event will still happen as planned. 512-320-0090.Toy Joy, 403 W. 2nd Street, Austin.

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