Weekly Planner: October 5-11, 2015

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Monday, October 5, 2015

Fall Fun at Sweet Berry Farm (Marble Falls)  –  8:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m., Harvest the fall fun at Sweet Berry Farm with  mazes, Berry Bouncers, pumpkin painting, stuff your own scarecrow, hay rides, horse rides, ice cream and lots more. Admission and parking are FREE, but activities have a fee. Sweet Berry Farm, 1801 FM 1980, Marble Falls.

Baby Bloomers: Nursery Rhymes – 9 a.m. to noon.Discover what happened to Jack & Jill after they went up the hill! We’ll make crowns, investigate frozen jewels, explore sand foam and much more! Cost: $2.50 (members) and $4.50 (non-members). Thinkery, 1830 Simond  Ave.

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.

Mr. Will’s Music Class for Kids (Bee Cave) – 10-11 am. Mr. Will is back with his popular kid’s music class!  Kids get to sing along to old favorites and Mr. Will originals! FREE! Whole Foods, 12601 Hill Country Blvd., Bee Cave.

Storytime with Dr. Candra 11:00 am. Dr. Candra will captivate your children with stories, songs, dances, and games. FREE! Brilliant Sky Toys and Books, 701 S Capital of Texas Hwy, Ste D-480.

Books and Babies – 2 p.m., A lapsit storytime program especially for babies and their caregivers.  Very short stories are interspersed with songs, rhymes, and fingerplays for babies and parents.  A brief playtime follows. FREE! APL – Twin Oaks Branch.

Baby Play Group (Round Rock) – 3:30 – 4:15 pm.  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.  Older children are welcome to attend our free-time play, dance, music and story time classes. Baby Earth, 106 East Old Settlers Blvd., Round Rock.

Dual Language Storytime – 6 p.m., All ages storytime which uses both English and Spanish to present books, rhymes and songs. It differs from a traditional bilingual storytime in that some material is presented in English while other material is presented in Spanish, allowing for a natural transition between stories and activities and exposing children to both languages in an inviting environment. FREE! APL – University Hills Branch.

Paws & Read (Pflugerville) – 6-7 p.m., Independent readers share a good book with a canine member of the Austin Dog Alliance. Grades K – 2. Free! Children register for a shared 15 minute slot. Two children can register for the same slot. They take turns reading and petting the dog. Registration begins 9/14. FREE! Pflugerville Public Library, 1008 W. Pfluger Street, Pflugerville.

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Fall Fun at Sweet Berry Farm (Marble Falls) –  8:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m., Harvest the fall fun at Sweet Berry Farm with  mazes, Berry Bouncers, pumpkin painting, stuff your own scarecrow, hay rides, horse rides, ice cream and lots more. Admission and parking are FREE, but activities have a fee. Sweet Berry Farm, 1801 FM 1980, Marble Falls.

Whole Foods Domain Kids Club – 9:30 – 10:30 a.m., Looking for something fun and free to do with the kids? Come to Kids Club every Tuesday at 9:30 am! We’ll have different crafts and/or story time each week. Appropriate for ages 2-5yrs old. Story-time is held in our community room upstairs (to the left of the elevators/stairway) and parental supervision is requested. FREE! Whole Foods, 11920 Domain Drive.

Books and Babies – 10 a.m., A lapsit storytime program especially for babies and their caregivers.  Very short stories are interspersed with songs, rhymes, and fingerplays for babies and parents.  A brief playtime follows. FREE! APL – North Village Branch.

Free Admission to Contemporary Austin at 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.

Todler Storytime – 10:15 am. A storytime program designed for toddlers and their parents, featuring stories, songs, fingerplays, and games.  Ages 18 months – 3 years. FREE! APL – multiple locations.

Golden Books Storytime – 10:30 a.m., Today we’re celebrating those lovely and classic gold-fringed books that we all love—Golden Books.  First, we’ll read The Poky Little Puppy, along with other great tales about picnicking bears, monstrous monsters and shy kittens.  A great storytime indeed! FREE! BookPeople, 603 N. Lamar Blvd.

Preschool Storytime – 11 am. Storytime for preschoolers and their parents featuring stories, songs, fingerplays, rhymes, and crafts.  FREE! APL – multiple locations.

Sensory Storytime – 11:15 a.m., Sensory Storytime features interactive books, singing, and music and will incorporate some sensory activities, like movement and bubbles. It is geared toward children with special needs, their families and friends. FREE! APL – Carver Branch.

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.

Literature Live! Wild and Wacky Weather - 3:30 p.m., If you don’t like the weather in Texas, just wait a few minutes and it will change! Take a stroll through sunny songs, breezy stories, and wintry puppetry when Literature Live! presents their new show, Wild and Wacky Weather!  FREE! APL – Twin Oaks Branch.

Lego Club (Pflugerville) -4:30-5:15 p.m., Kids get to build with Lego blocks, Duplos, and K’Nex. The library will provide the Legos. Please leave your own blocks at home. Recommended for ages 4-12. The theme this month is Star Wars. FREE! Pflugerville Public Library, 1008 W. Pfluger St., Pflugerville.

Pajama Storytime – 6:30 pm. Feel free to wear pajamas to this family storytime in the evening featuring stories, songs, rhymes, games, crafts, and other activities.  Recommended for ages 5 and under. FREE! APL – Willie Mae Kirk Branch.

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Music with Mar (Round Rock)- 9:15 – 10:15 am. 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. Baby Earth, 106 East Old Settlers Blvd., Round Rock.

Sprouts at Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center – 10-11 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 a hands on activity, story, nature walk and of course, nature play! New program theme each week. Themes and topics are age and seasonally appropriate. Please come dressed for the weather and don’t forget your water bottle! Included in cost of admission. Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave.

All Ages Storytime - 10:15 am. Storytime featuring stories, songs, fingerplays, rhymes, and crafts. Recommended for ages 5 and under. FREE! APL –  Terrazas Branch.

Todler Storytime – 10:15 am. A storytime program designed for toddlers and their parents, featuring stories, songs, fingerplays, and games.  Ages 18 months – 3 years. FREE! APL – multiple locations.

Elephant & Piggie LIVE Storyime – 10:30 a.m., Join us for a very special storytime this morning featuring one of our favorite literary animal duos, Elephant & Piggie! A pair of our very talented storytellers will be performing four Elephant & Piggie stories for you all today – it’s going to be a laugh riot! Don’t miss it! FREE! BookPeople, 603 N. Lamar Blvd.

Preschool Storytime – 11 am. Storytime for preschoolers and their parents featuring stories, songs, fingerplays, rhymes, and crafts.  FREE! APL – multiple locations.

Story Time with CJ the Explorer – 12:30 p.m., Join CJ. the Explorer for her Award Winning Story Time, featuring songs and sign language. Then stay and play in our free Play Zone full of hand-picked toys from around the world! FREE! All Things Kids @ The Domain, 3220 Feathergrass Court.

Books and Babies – 2 p.m., Recommended for ages 0-18 months. A lapsit storytime program especially for babies and their caregivers.  Very short stories are interspersed with songs, rhymes, and fingerplays for babies and parents.  A brief playtime follows. FREE! APL – multiple locations.

Lego Lab – 3 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! FREE! APL – Southeast Branch.

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.,  Admission is by donation only. Entry is based on a first come, first served basis. The Thinkery, 1830 Simond Avenue.

Stand Up for Safe Families Paddle Parade – 5:30-7:30 p.m., The Travis County Family Violence Task Force invites the public to help make a big show of support for victims of family violence by wearing purple and hitting the lake with FREE kayak, paddleboard and canoe rentals on Lady Bird Lake.  The event is family-friendly.  Texas Rowing Center Dock, 1514 West Cesar Chavez.

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

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Fall Fun at Sweet Berry Farm (Marble Falls) –  8:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m., Harvest the fall fun at Sweet Berry Farm with  mazes, Berry Bouncers, pumpkin painting, stuff your own scarecrow, hay rides, horse rides, ice cream and lots more. Admission and parking are FREE, but activities have a fee. Sweet Berry Farm, 1801 FM 1980, Marble Falls.

Storytime at Whole Foods  – 9-10 a.m., Bring the little ones, it’s story time! Each week we will feature a different story, interactive craft and healthy snack. FREE! Whole Foods, 4301 W. William Cannon.

AdvertisementThe Signing Connection: Baby Sign and Play (Round Rock) – 9:30 am. Baby Sign & Play Classes provide an interactive learning session for child and parent to begin the path to learn basic sign language communication skills. Research has shown how pre-verbal children, who learn ASL, have reduced frustration and stress by being able to convey their needs and feelings. Learning Sign Language is a fun way for the whole family to learn a second language.  Baby Sign & Play is designed for children ages 0-3. Cost: $7 per class. Baby Earth, 106 East Old Settlers Blvd., Round Rock.

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

Homeschool Day at Bullock Museum – 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., Just for Homeschool educators and their families—enjoy a day of exploration  and learning at the Bullock Museum! Explore three floors of Museum exhibitions, including special exhibitions Gridiron Glory: The Best of the Pro Football Hall of Fame and Tom Lea: Chronicler of 20th Century America for FREE all day, and enjoy school group rates for films in the IMAX® Theatre and Texas Spirit Theatre from 9:00 a.m. to  5:00 p.m. RSVPs for the day are appreciated but not required. Explore 20th Century Texas with special classes geared toward STEAM learning, free educator resources, special activities, and more. Bullock Museum, 1800 Congress Ave.

Free Admission at The Blanton – 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Thursdays are free to the public. FREE! Blanton Museum of Art, 200 E Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Austin.Advertisement
AdvertisementTodler Storytime – 10:15 a.m.,  A storytime program designed for toddlers and their parents, featuring stories, songs, fingerplays, and games.  Ages 18 months – 3 years. FREE! APL – multiple locations.

Literature Live! Wild and Wacky Weather - 10:15 a.m., If you don’t like the weather in Texas, just wait a few minutes and it will change! Take a stroll through sunny songs, breezy stories, and wintry puppetry when Literature Live! presents their new show, Wild and Wacky Weather! FREE! APL – Ruiz Branch.

Lego Lab – 3:30 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! FREE! APL – Yarborough Branch.

Crafternoon – 4 p.m., Drop by the library and make a craft while you search for books, movies and music. We’ve got paper crafts, easy sewing and more fun projects for the whole family. We provide the supplies; you provide the creativity. FREE! Faulk Central Library, 800 Guadalupe Street.

Friday, October 9, 2015

Fall Fun at Sweet Berry Farm –  8:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m., Harvest the fall fun at Sweet Berry Farm with  mazes, Berry Bouncers, pumpkin painting, stuff your own scarecrow, hay rides, horse rides, ice cream and lots more. Admission and parking are FREE, but activities have a fee. Sweet Berry Farm, 1801 FM 1980, Marble Falls.

Sprouts at Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center – 10-11 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 a hands on activity, story, nature walk and of course, nature play! New program theme each week. Themes and topics are age and seasonally appropriate. Please come dressed for the weather and don’t forget your water bottle! Included in cost of admission. Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave.

Storytime Art: Pumpkins- 10:45 am. 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! Storytimes always include at least one book and a related art project, but often include surprises like songs, poems, and coloring pages. Cost is $12 per child, or buy a punch-card and get 6 classes for $60! The Art Garage, 11190 Circle Drive.

Music with Mr. Will - 12-12:30 pm. His sing-along style incorporates equal parts of teaching and performing for energetic young audiences. Infectious melodies combined with upbeat lyrics make him beloved among pre-schoolers and early-elementary students, who clap, march, jump and dance along to their favorite songs. Plus, the entire family can enjoy the music. FREE! Brilliant Sky Toys and Books, 701 S Capital of Texas Hwy, Ste D-480.

Story Time with CJ the Explorer – 12:30 p.m., Join CJ. the Explorer for her Award Winning Story Time, featuring songs and sign language. Then stay and play in our free Play Zone full of hand-picked toys from around the world! FREE! All Things Kids @ The Domain, 3220 Feathergrass Court.Advertisement

Lego Lab – 3:30 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! FREE! APL – Hampton Branch at Oak Hill.

Mueller Movie in the Park: Annie – 6:30 p.m., This week’s showing will be the most recent release of the beloved musical Annie, starring Jamie Foxx and Cameron Diaz! Popcorn will be served beginning at 6:30 with the movie beginning at dusk. Free Parking is available in the McBee Parking Garage along Simond Ave. Movie-goers are welcome to bring picnics, and blankets but please refrain from bringing lawn chairs out of courtesy to other attendees. This event is FREE and open to the public, so bring your friends! Lake Park Amphitheatre, 4550 Mueller Blvd.

Boo at the Zoo – 6:30-9 p.m., Wear a costume (no adult masks, please), ride the Haunted Train, explore the Haunted House and see the animals by the glow of your flashlight! Plus, bring a picnic to enjoy in the Picnic Grove. Austin Zoo will be illuminated and decorated for the occasion. Tickets are $12.50 and include a train pass and unlimited Haunted House visits. Austin Zoo, 10808 Rawhide Trail.

Haunted Halloween Trails – 7-10 p.m., This year’s theme will be “Grimm’s Ghostly Tales,” featuring three separate spooky trails each night — one for young children (amusing, rated G), another for those who want spooky surprises (rated PG) and a scary, scary trail for the adventurous (frights galore, rated PG-13).  Spook lights, ghoulish stories, pumpkins, food, drinks and souvenirs promise to add to the fun. Palm readers and fortune tellers will be on site all nights to give visitors a peek into their past or future. Admission is $12 a person, a real 1800s bargain for this spook-tenaous family fun event, Austin’s legendary Halloween experience for all ages. It’s family friendly, to boot. Pioneer Farms, 10621 Pioneer Farms Drive.

Cedar Park Movie in the Park: Paddington - 7:30 p.m., Bring your blankets and lawn chairs.  Food concession will not be available, but you are welcome to bring a picnic.  Please no glass containers. FREE! Elizabeth Milburn Park, 1901 Sun Chase Blvd., Cedar Park.

Saturday, October 10, 2015

Fall Fun at Sweet Berry Farm (Marble Falls) –  8:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m., Harvest the fall fun at Sweet Berry Farm with  mazes, Berry Bouncers, pumpkin painting, stuff your own scarecrow, hay rides, horse rides, ice cream and lots more. Admission and parking are FREE, but activities have a fee. Sweet Berry Farm, 1801 FM 1980, Marble Falls

Go Fish – 9 a.m. – noon. Want to go fishing or take your kids fishing, but don’t know where to start? Families can learn the basics of fishing through fun, hands-on activities at Go Fish! events at Texas State Parks. Kids can get fishing fun pack and enter the drawing for door prizes. Equipment and bait is provided, or you can bring your own. Some loaner rods are available. You don’t need a fishing license necessary, but adults must accompany children. Don’t forget to bring sun protection, a hat, sunglasses and water! Program for children ages 5 and up.
McKinney Falls State Park, 5808 McKinney Falls Parkway.

Fall Youth Fishing Tournament - 9 a.m. to noon. Wells Branch hosts the annual youth fishing tournament for ages 17 and under. Enrollment into the tournament is FREE for all youth and trophies and prizes will be awarded. Equipment will be provided for those anglers who show up without. We will have fishing poles, hooks and bait. The pond will be stocked by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department a week prior to the event. All state fishing regulations apply. Mills Pond, 15099 Mallard Green Drive.

Community Bike Mechanics Workshop - 10 a.m. – 1 p.m., Bring your bike, and learn how to fix a flat, check your brakes, and get a tune-up.  Professional bike mechanics will be on hand with tools, tubes and tires to teach families how to keep bikes tuned up and safe.  Kids and adults welcome! FREE! Dove Springs Recreation Center, 5801 Ainez Drive.

Michael’s Kids’ Club – 10 a.m. – noon. They craft, you shop! Kids 3 and up can enjoy a quick project and take home a finished masterpiece. Sign up in store or online, or just drop in. $2 per child, supplies included. All participating Michael’s locations.

Dia de los Muertos (Georgetown) – 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., Learn about the rich history and cultural traditions behind Dia de los Muertos – Day of the Dead. Create a Williamson County matchbox shrine to honor the deceased of our county and to keep their memory alive. FREE! The Williamson Museum, 716 S. Austin Avenue, Georgetown.

Evergreen Farm Pumpkin Hunt (Elgin) – 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., The Pumpkin Hunt is a family-friendly event where children of all ages can enjoy fall activities. All activities are ongoing throughout the day, allowing families to customize their experience at the farm. Pumpkins of all sizes will be available for purchase. The premier event, the Pumpkin Hunt ($2.50), includes a wagon ride into the Christmas tree fields where mini pumpkins are hidden in the trees. After the Hunt, enjoy pumpkin decorating on the pavilion along with the other activities and games. Evergreen Farm, 242 Monkey Road, Elgin.

Pumpkin Festival (Elgin) – 10 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.,  Fall family fun for everyone! Parents can enjoy the live music (and eating great food) while the kids stay busy decorating pumkins, competing in the duck races and playing on the playground.  Plan to spend the day, there’s so much to do. Cost: $6/ kids, $8 / adults and children over 13. Elgin Christmas Tree Farm, 120 Nature’s Way, Elgin

Just a Minute! A Día de los Muertos Play - 11 a.m., Celebrate el día de los muertos with this staged adaptation of Yuyi Morales’s fantastical award-winning books Just a Minute and Just in Case. Señor Calavera wants Grandma Beetle to leave with him right away, but she still has one house to sweep, two pots of tea to boil, three pounds of corn to make into tortillas – and that’s just the start! Kids of all ages will love these bilingual counting and alphabet tales. Cost: $7 for kids 12 and under, $12 for adults. Available online at Brownpapertickets.com and sold at the door. Free show parking as available in Austin’s uptown museum district. Metered street parking also nearby. Tickets available online and at the door.  Recommended for all ages! Austin Scottish Rite Theater  207 W. 18th Street.

Second Saturdays are for Families: Bubble Blowout – 11 a.m. – 3 p.m., Learn how to sculpt a unique bubble wand, inspired by a foam-tastic new artwork, Roger Hiorns’s A retrospective view of the pathway, on the grounds of Laguna Gloria. Test your bubble-making skills, then catch a magical performance by a local bubble artist! Admission: $10 per family, $5 for member families. The Contemporary Austin at Laguna Gloria, 3809 W. 35th Street.

Dig In! Archaeology Day – 1-5 p.m., In celebration of Texas Archaeology Month, come out to the French Legation Museum to learn about archaeology through fun activities! On Bring the entire family to: Dig in! and excavate artifacts in a mock dig, display excavated artifacts in a mock museum, learn about layering with a stratigraphy activity, piece it together with a pottery shard activity. Tours of the house will be given at 1:15, 2:00, 3:00, and 4:00pm. Admission for tours is $5 per person.Advertisement FREE! French Legation Museum, 802 San Marcos Street.

Liberty! Equality! And Fireworks! by Gregory S. Perrin – 2 p.m., The action of Liberty! Equality! And Fireworks! is set in a history museum where the play’s characters (a group of 4th grade students) experience key elements of our national history when iconic images from that period come to life. These characters entertain and enlighten; taking children on a fascinating journey through history. Cost: $7 for children 12 and younger, and $9 for all others. LBJ Library Auditorium on the UT campus, 2313 Red River Street.

Star Wars Reads Day – 2-4:30 p.m., Join us for this annual celebration of Star Wars and reading! We’ll have games, crafts, a photo booth and more for Star Wars fans of all ages. Dressing in costume is highly encouraged. FREE! Pflugerville Public Library, 1008 W. Pfluger Street, Pflugerville.

Boo at the Zoo – 6:30-9 p.m., Wear a costume (no adult masks, please), ride the Haunted Train, explore the Haunted House and see the animals by the glow of your flashlight! Plus, bring a picnic to enjoy in the Picnic Grove. Austin Zoo will be illuminated and decorated for the occasion. Tickets are $12.50 and include a train pass and unlimited Haunted House visits. Austin Zoo, 10808 Rawhide Trail.

Saturday Night Concert Series: Whiskey Shivers (Bee Cave) – 7-10 p.m., Enjoy Saturday nights outdoors with live music, free kids activities and great shopping! Bring your family, friends, and a blanket to lounge on the grassy lawn during the show. Browse the vendors, order to-go food & have it delivered to your spot on the grassy lawn, and enjoy free kids activities like face painting or balloon twisters! Arrive early to ensure you get a free SWAG bag filled with fun items and discounts from the Hill Country Galleria merchants & sponsors! Hill Country Galleria, 12700 Hill Country Blvd., Bee Cave.

Haunted Halloween Trails – 7-10 p.m., This year’s theme will be “Grimm’s Ghostly Tales,” featuring three separate spooky trails each night — one for young children (amusing, rated G), another for those who want spooky surprises (rated PG) and a scary, scary trail for the adventurous (frights galore, rated PG-13).  Spook lights, ghoulish stories, pumpkins, food, drinks and souvenirs promise to add to the fun. Palm readers and fortune tellers will be on site all nights to give visitors a peek into their past or future. Admission is $12 a person, a real 1800s bargain for this spook-tenaous family fun event, Austin’s legendary Halloween experience for all ages. It’s family friendly, to boot. Pioneer Farms, 10621 Pioneer Farms Drive.

Sunday, October 11, 2015

The Pumpkin Express (Cedar Park) - 11 a.m., returns at 2:30 p.m., Join us for this new annual tradition! The Pumpkin Express takes you to the sleepy town of Bertram where we will step off for 30 minutes to pick a pumpkin from the Depot Pumpkin Patch. Kids of all ages will enjoy a chat with Farmer Brown, take a tour of our historic 1912 train depot, and sip apple cider. So pack a lunch and jump on board! All cars are pulled by our 1960 Alco diesel locomotive. Parties of two may be seated at shared tables. This ride is 3.5 hours round trip with a 30 minute layover. Tickets start at $26. Austin Steam Train Association, 401 E. Whitestone Blvd., Cedar Park.

Pumpkin Festival (Elgin) – Noon – 5:30 p.m.,  Fall family fun for everyone! Parents can enjoy the live music (and eating great food) while the kids stay busy decorating pumkins, competing in the duck races and playing on the playground.  Plan to spend the day, there’s so much to do. Cost: $6/ kids, $8 / adults and children over 13. Elgin Christmas Tree Farm, 120 Nature’s Way, Elgin

Just a Minute! A Día de los Muertos Play - 12:30 p.m., Celebrate el día de los muertos with this staged adaptation of Yuyi Morales’s fantastical award-winning books Just a Minute and Just in Case. Señor Calavera wants Grandma Beetle to leave with him right away, but she still has one house to sweep, two pots of tea to boil, three pounds of corn to make into tortillas – and that’s just the start! Kids of all ages will love these bilingual counting and alphabet tales. Cost: $7 for kids 12 and under, $12 for adults. Available online at Brownpapertickets.com and sold at the door. Free show parking as available in Austin’s uptown museum district. Metered street parking also nearby. Tickets available online and at the door.  Recommended for all ages! Austin Scottish Rite Theater  207 W. 18th Street.

Fall Fun at Sweet Berry Farm (Marble Falls) –   1-5 p.m., Harvest the fall fun at Sweet Berry Farm with  mazes, Berry Bouncers, pumpkin painting, stuff your own scarecrow, hay rides, horse rides, ice cream and lots more. Admission and parking are FREE, but activities have a fee. Sweet Berry Farm, 1801 FM 1980, Marble Falls.

Evergreen Farm Pumpkin Hunt (Elgin) – 1-5 p.m., The Pumpkin Hunt is a family-friendly event where children of all ages can enjoy fall activities. All activities are ongoing throughout the day, allowing families to customize their experience at the farm. Pumpkins of all sizes will be available for purchase. The premier event, the Pumpkin Hunt ($2.50), includes a wagon ride into the Christmas tree fields where mini pumpkins are hidden in the trees. After the Hunt, enjoy pumpkin decorating on the pavilion along with the other activities and games. Evergreen Farm, 242 Monkey Road, Elgin.

Looking for more fall fun? Check out our list of Top 10 Fall Events in the Austin area here.

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And don’t forget about Oktoberfest! Here’s a list of ways you can celebrate, complete with oompah bands and German bier!

CelebrateHalloween is right around the corner but events are already in full swing! Check out our list of Halloween Events happening in Austin here.

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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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