The Weekenders: Events for Austin Families, April 29- May 1, 2011

RBFCU Movies in the Park: Despicable Me- 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 on a 20 foot tall screen…all for FREE!! Movies begin at dusk. We encourage you to bring your lawn chairs, blankets, and a picnic dinner. Concessions are also available. Alcohol and glass containers are prohibited.  Friendly pets are welcomed on a leash. Movies are shown at the Amphitheater in Robin Bledsoe Park, 601 S. Bagdad Rd.

Friday Night Storytime- In the big red barn one very sleepy sheep wants nothing more than a good night’s sleep. Will he ever get it? Find out in No Sleep for the Sheep! by Karen Beaumont and Jackie Urbanovic. FREE!! Friday, 7:30pm. Barnes and Noble, La Frontera, Round Rock.

Texas Swing Into Spring Concert Series- The Long Center for the Performing Arts announces the first in a series of free concerts to take place on the Long Center City Terrance. The kickoff concert for this series, Texas Swing Into Spring with the Lucky Tomblin Band, will take place on Friday, from 6:30pm. until dusk.Food and Drink will be available for purchase.  Cash bars will be open starting at 6p.m.   Patron may not bring their own alcoholic beverages onto the property.  Parking will be available in the garage for $7. FREE Admission. Long Center for Performing Arts, 701 West Riverside Drive at South First Street.

The Big Squeeze Accordion Contest- Enjoy an afternoon of squeezebox greats! The Museum is pleased to once again host the semifinals of The Big Squeeze Accordion Contest, sponsored by Texas Folklife. Semi-finalists will perform before a panel of judges and the public on the Lone Star Plaza. Following the performances of the semi-finalists, stick around for a great afternoon of music featuring some of the best accordionists in the state. Dancing is highly encouraged. For those who want to sit for a spell, we recommend bringing your own folding chairs. The music happens rain or shine. If the weather is bad, the event will be held inside. FREE!! Saturday, 2:00- 5:30pm. The Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum, 1800 N. Congress Ave.

Crafts for Kids- Bring the kids, ages 3 and up, to make a Buzzing Bee. FREE!! Saturday between 11:00am- 3:00pm. Lakeshore Learning Store, 9828 Great Hills Trail.

Eeyore’s Birthday Party- An Austin tradition that also serves as a fund-raiser to benefit non-profit groups in Austin. Wear a costume and participate in a costume contest and other games with prizes for children of all ages, face painting and temporary tattoos, Musicians playing non-amplified instruments are invited to play, there will be Maypoles for the young and young at heart, live music, concessions and more! FREE!! Saturday, Noon- 6:00pm. Pease District Park, 1100 Kingsbury Street.

BookKids Storytime- Join us today for another production full of just the perfect amount of mischief, music, and mayhem – and this time, it’s about one of our favorite fairy tales. One of the best stories about a sneaky wolf of all time – Little Red: A Fizzingly Good Yarn, puts a clever spin on the Little Red Riding Hood fable. Oh, doesn’t that sound fun?! Get here early to get a good spot, kittens. FREE!! Saturday, 11:30am. BookPeople, 603 N. Lamar Blvd.

Sensory Friendly Film: Rio- AMC Theatres (AMC) and the Autism Society have teamed up to bring families affected by autism and other disabilities a special opportunity to enjoy their favorite films in a safe and accepting environment on a monthly basis with the “Sensory Friendly Films” program. In order to provide a more accepting and comfortable setting for this unique audience, the movie auditoriums will have their lights brought up and the sound turned down, families will be able to bring in their own gluten-free, casein-free snacks, and no previews or advertisements will be shown before the movie. Additionally, audience members are welcome to get up and dance, walk, shout or sing – in other words, AMC’s “Silence is Golden®” policy will not be enforced unless the safety of the audience is questioned. Tickets: $4-6. Saturday, 10:00am. AMC Barton Creek 14, 2901 Cap. Tx. Hwy.

Wildflower Walk- On this easy 2.5 mile hike, explore a part of the park normally closed to the public. See the flowering dogwoods and other fabulous displays of spring wildflowers. Adults, $4, 12 and under free. No pre-registration needed. Bastrop State Park, 3005 Hwy 21 East, Bastrop.

Storytime at Mitchie’s- Enjoy a FREE storytime and language featuring African-American folktales from 1:00-2:00pm every Saturday. Kids receive free refreshments, a free book and a 30% discount! Mitchie’s Gallery, 7801 N. Lamar Blvd., Bldg. B, Suite 148.

The Knack Make-It Take-It Mother’s Day Event- Make this Mother’s Day unique. Decorate a fun and creative T-shirt or apron for mom. While supplies last with purchase of t-shirt or apron. Ages 3 and up. Saturday, 10:00am- Noon. All participating Michael’s locations.

13th Annual Día de los Niños ~ Día de los Libros- Join us for performances by children’s dance groups and musical groups from around Austin. The event will also include hands-on educational activities, free books, and the opportunity to meet some of your favorite PBS characters, including Clifford the Big Red Dog, Maya, and Miguel. FREE!! Saturday, 10:00am- 2:00pm. St. John Branch Library and Community Center, 7500 Blessing Ave.

Saturday Morning Kids Club: The Valley of Gwangi- Ever try to lasso a Tyrannosaurus rex? It ain’t easy, pardner! This magical Technicolor action-adventure brings you cowboys ‘n’ dinosaurs unleashed from an otherworldly rodeo, featuring the classic stop-motion wizardry of immortal effects artist Ray Harryhausen! Jimmy the cowboy is intent on wowing the audience with some prehistoric heroics, but a couple dinosaurs bust loose and go on a rampage across the Mexican roadside, chasing after any human lunchmeat they can see. FREE!! Kids ages 6 and older must be accompanied by an adult. Saturday, 11:15am. Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, South Lamar.

Saturday Morning Storytime- Many of the Barnes and Noble locations offer a FREEClick here to check for participating locations.Advertisement
SpringFest- Bring the family to enjoy a BBQ cookoff, a huge KidZone to keep the little ones entertained, arts and crafts vendors, live music and more. FREE!! Saturday, 11:00am- 9:00pm. Hill Country Galleria, 12700 Hill Country Blvd.

Just So- The world has just begun and all the animals of Africa have yet to become unique. But, they are all united in their fear of the great Pau Amma, the Crab, who keeps flooding the lands. One curious little elephant is determined to find a way to stop her. On his journey to the base of the Limpopo River to confront Pau Amma, he makes new friends and helps them discover their special stories of becoming just so. How did the leopard get his spots? How did the rhinoceros get his skin? And how did the elephant get that long nose? Find out in JUST SO, an imaginative, family musical about growing up and being true to yourself. Saturday, 1:00pm and 4:00pm. Sunday, 2:00 and 5:00pm. Tickets, $14. Zach Scott Theatre, 1510 Toomey Road.

Family Storytime- Family Storytime is open to all ages. Come enjoy books, music and crafts with Miss Kit. FREE!! Saturday, 10:00am. Cedar Park Public Library, 600 N. Bell Blvd., Cedar Park.

The Wonder Ball- You princess will again enjoy many of their favorite activities at this year’s Ball: Dinner and dancing with dad, face painting and crafts, add a wish to our wish tree, receive a royal title form the Wonder Ball King, “Fairy dustings” from the Fairy Godmother, Tiara Crowning at the end of the Ball and more! Tickets: $100 for one dad and up to three daughters. Saturday, 5:30-9:30pm. The Palmer Events Center, 900 Barton Springs Rd.

13th Annual Dragon Boat Festival- Dragon boat races, dance, music and martial arts performances, authentic festival food, children’s activities and more. FREE!! Saturday, 10:00am- 3:00pm. Festival Beach, northeast corner of I-35 and Lady Bird Lake.

Sleeping Beauty- In the Far, Far Away Kingdom, Penelope, the party-pooping fairy, is back to her party-pooping ways. Upset that she was not invited to celebrate the birth of Princess Beauty, Penelope crashes the party and casts a spell on the baby: at the age of 18, Beauty is doomed to sleep for 100 years! In an attempt to foil the spell, the King enlists his page, Sleepy Pete, to guard the Princess at all times. Alas, Sleepy Pete has a napping problem and the audience must rouse him by yelling, “wake up Pete!” lest he shirk his royal duty. Tickets: $10 adults, $8 child, $4 infant. Saturday at 10:00am and Sunday at 2:00pm. Scottish Rite Children’s Theatre, 207 W. 18th Street.

Handmade Austin Women Spring Art Show- Join us for a family-friendly art event with an eclectic mix of handmade, high end craft, musical marionette matinees featuring handmade puppets and original song, and some energetic DJ funk. The kids will enjoy a special performance by The Hey Lollies on Saturday and Sunday at 11:30am and 1:30pm. FREE!! Saturday and Sunday, 11:00am- 6:00pm. The Ballroom at Spiderhouse, 2906 Fruth Street.

Sunday Morning Kid’s Show: Be Groovy, Be Green- Maureen Haskell presents a great musical puppet show about the environment. FREE!! Sunday, 10:30am. Ruta Maya Coffee Shop, 3601 S. Congress Ave.

Flying Theater Machine: Pirate Adventures- Each week we scurvy dogs set sail to plunder a new shore and you’re invited to join – at cutlass point! You’ll not just be watching these fish tales, no! We need smart lads and lasses to lend us a hand and set a course for our next adventure. If you’re not a yellow bellied scoundrel we’d be pleased to have you in the audience and the crew. Tickets: $8. Sunday, 2:00pm. The Hideout Theater, 617 Congress Ave.

Guitar Lessons by Luis Banuelos- FREE Guitar Lessons by Luis Banuelos, for anyone in the Austin community. Ages 12 and up. People are encouraged to donate their old or new guitars for underprivileged students. Sunday, 5:30- 7:00pm. Ruta Maya Coffee Shop, 3601 S. Congress.

Science Sunday with Girlstart- Girlstart’s mission is to empower girls in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) through hands-on, fun and informal programs. This is open to the public and included with Museum admission ($6.50 adults, $4.50 children). Also remember that the Museum is free from 4-5pm on Sundays so don’t miss out on the fun! Austin Children’s Museum, 201 Colorado Street.

Lemonade Day Austin- Lemonade Day is a nation-wide event that teaches kids the skills they need to be successful in the future. Youth learn to set goals, develop a business plan, establish a budget, seek investors, provide customer service, and give back to the community. Lemonade day is the perfect opportunity for a community to show kids they care and train the next generation of entrepreneurs through a FREE, fun, engaging, experiential activity. For a list of locations where you can get lemonade, click here.

For Mama: Get an early start on celebrating Mother’s Day! Grab your gal pals and head out to the Listen To Your Mother Show to listen to inspiring readings by local writers! This year’s lineup includes: Kristin Armstrong, Kimberly CockrillJulie CoombesJenny LawsonCathy Hale, Kathryn Harrison, Diane LeBleuBlythe Jewell, Krystin Crain Johnson, Esther Mizrachi Moritz, Elizabeth McGuire, Jennifer Newcomb MarineGigi Ross.The fabulous Wendi Aarons and Jennifer Sutton will emcee and read at the event as well. Tickets are $13.80 with a portion of the profits going to local charities. Saturday, 1:00- 3:00pm. AT&T Executive Education and Conference Center, 1900 University Ave.

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