The Weekenders: Events for Austin Families, August 2-4, 2013

Lakeway Dive-In Movie Night: Dolphin Tale- Friday, August 2 at dusk. Fee:  $3.00/person. The pool area will be cleared at 8:00 PM and anyone wishing to see the movie will be charged $3 at to be let back into the pool area at 8:30 PM to see it.  Swimming is allowed while the movie is being shown. Lakeway Swim Center, 3103 Lakeway Blvd., near the World of Tennis.

The Williamson Museum First Friday- Friday, August 2 at 6pm. Stop by the museum for light refreshments and to see our new Artifact of the Month. Also, on Fridays throughout the summer, enjoy Music on the Square.The Williamson County Museum, 716 S. Austin Ave.

Dog Days of Summer BBQ Bash and Fundraiser- Friday, August 2 from 6-10pm. Come join the HOPE Farmers Market family in kicking off the dog days of summer. We will celebrate the glory of the Texas summer the best way we know how: farm fresh food, cold drinks, great music and art! Family-friendly with activities for the kiddos. Cost: $25 per ticket. Sustain Center, 443 S Hwy 183, Austin.

Movie in the Park: Space Jam. - Friday, August 2 at dusk.  Enjoy a family friendly movie under the stars. Free popcorn and drinks provided. For more information, call 512-478-8716. Metz Recreation Center, 407 Canterbury St., Austin.

Top Notch Movie Night: Little Shop of Horrors- Friday, August 2, 8:00pm. Running every Friday night at 8pm throughout the summer, Top Notch Burgers will be showing some classics such as The Sandlot, Uncle Buck, The Goonies and Beetlejuice. FREE!! Top Notch Burgers, 7525 Burnet Road.

Hyatt Summer Cinema: Frankenweenie- Friday, August 2 and Saturday, August 3 at 6pm. Hyatt Regency Austin is offering family friendly movies on Fridays and Saturdays this summer, in their Southwest Bistro’s mini-theatre.  Let the kids watch a movie while the adults dine in peace! Hyatt Regency, 208 Barton Springs Road.

Zilker Summer Musical: Little Shop of Horrors - Friday, August 2 – Sunday, August 4 at approximately 8:30 p.m. Bring a blanket, or low chairs, and a picnic to enjoy while watching Little Shop of Horrors onstage. The musical is FREE, but bring $5 for parking. Beverly S. Sheffield Zilker Hillside Theater in Zilker Park, 2301 Barton Springs Road, Austin.

Alamo Kids Camp – Friday, August 2 to Sunday, August 4. FREE movies for kids age 3 and up. Click on these links for showtimes: The Spongebob Squarepants Movie – Alamo Drafthouse Lakeline, 14028 US 183; Spy Kids – Alamo Drafthouse Village, 2700 W. Anderson Ln; Stuart Little – Alamo Drafthouse Slaughter Lane, 5701 W. Slaughter Ln., Austin.

Local Author Story Time: Ms. Lisa, Puppeteer – Saturday, August 3 at 10 a.m. Jack & Jill Nanny Agency and Millie & Mox are hosting Story Time Saturdays all summer long. There will be door prizes as well from: Kids Kitchen, Austin Steam Train, Austin Zoo , Big Frog NW, Highlights Gametime Grill, and MetroMoms Austin. Millie & Mox, Steiner Ranch, Quinlan Crossing shopping center, 5145 North FM 620, Ste. B110, Austin.

Home Depot Kids Workshop – Saturday, August 3, from 9 a.m. to noon. Home Depot stores all over Austin will host a FREE hands-on workshop, where children age 5 – 12 are invited to make a Home Depot Load ‘n Go Truck. The monthly Home Depot Kids Workshops teach children do-it-yourself skills, tool safety, and instill a sense of pride and accomplishment. Participants get to keep their craft and also receive a FREE certificate of achievement, workshop apron, and commemorative pin.

Rock N Roll Day- Saturday, August 3 from 10am- 2pm. We’re changing things up and having a day dedicated to things that rock (think geology rocks!) and things that roll (think Y’all ball)! We will have all sorts of activities including rock painting, bowling, a drawing to win a 32″ Y’all Ball, a drawing to win a Rock Kit, and a Rock Stacking Game! There’s something for everyone! FREE!! Kaleidoscope Toys, 110 N IH35 #375, Round Rock.

Big Latch On- Saturday, August 3 at 10am. Attention Breastfeeding Mamas! Join us once again for the Big Latch On! We will join women all over the world in attempting to break the world record for the most number of women simultaneously breastfeeding. We all know how important breastfeeding is. This event helps us show everyone just how much we all value and support all breastfeeding women. Email or call (512)600-7050 for more info. FREE!! 106 E. Old Settlers Blvd., Round Rock.

Central Texas Ballooning Association Lake Travis Flight – Saturday, August 3 at sunrise. The balloons plan to launch from Mansfield Dam Park at sunrise, which is about 6:45 a.m. The pilots and crew will arrive at about 6 a.m. to get the balloons ready for launching. The balloons, WEATHER PERMITTING, will fly for about an hour. They will fly wherever the winds take them. The pilots will return to the park after the flight for a tailgate party. If you want to visit with the balloonists, stick around. Please do not park on the grass, as it is from there that the balloons will launch. Don’t forget your camera. Mansfield Dam Park, 4370 Mansfield Dam Park Rd., Austin.

KIDS CLUB: Handy Growth Chart - Saturday, August 3 from 10am- noon. Let your kids explore their creativity while you shop! Only $2 per child reserves 30 minutes for your creative kid. Sessions starting every half hour from 10am – 11:30am. See a store associate to join the fun! All participating Michael’s locations.

Om Shanti Bollywood Day – Saturday, August 3, from 5 – 8 p.m. Join in and celebrate all things Bollywood, as the musical Om Shanti – Once Upon a Time in Bollywood prepares for its premier at the Long Center. Austinites of all ages are invited to this FREE festival of delights, with food and craft vendors, music, dance numbers, and sneak peeks of what audiences can expect from the production’s celebrated arrival to the stage. The evening will culminate at 7 p.m., with an all-out Bollywood assault, as participants attempt to break the existing world record for the largest Bollywood dance. View these videos to practice before you go: Full Dance and Instructional (breakdown of steps). Long Center, 701 W. Riverside Drive, Austin.

Pancake Social with The Hey Lollies- Saturday, August 3 from 11:00am- Noon. Parents pay $5, Kids are FREE. Food and Beverage additional. Strange Brew, 5326 Manchaca Road.

Round Rock Market Days-Saturday, August 3 from 9:00am- 4:00pm. Market Days features farmers market items, arts and crafts, food vendors, and live music all day. Attendance is FREE! Downtown Round Rock.

French Storytime- Saturday, August 3 at 11am. A storytime for families with kids of all ages to learn French vocabulary through stories.  FREE!! Wells Branch Community Library, 15001 Wells Port Drive.

Deep Eddy Movie Night: The Avengers – Saturday, August 3 at dusk. FREE with paid pool entry for the day: FREE Infant (under 12 months), $1 age 1 to 11, $2 age 12 – 17, $3 age 18 – 61, $1 age 62+. Deep Eddy Pool, 401 Deep Eddy Drive, Austin.

Austin Summer Musical for Children: Peter Pan and His Lost Shadow – Saturday, August 3 at 11 a.m., 2 p.m., and 4 p.m. and Sunday, August 4 at 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. Tickets for the FREE performances will become available 90 minutes before each show. They will be distributed on a first come, first served basis, while supplies last. Boyd Vance Theatre in the George Washington Carver Museum and Cultural Center, 1165 Angelina Street, Austin.Advertisement
Round Rock’s Ballet Folklorico Summer Cultural Fest- Saturday, August 3 from 7-10pm.This multi-cultural event includes performers Monsoon Dance, The Love of China, Hawaiian Kona Isle, Mayura Blue and Fuze Move Fitness. Bring lawn chairs and blankets. FREE!! Prete Main Street Plaza, 221 E. Main Street, Round Rock.

The Bremen Town Musicians- Saturday, August 3 at 10am and Sunday, August 4 at 2pm. Austin Theatre Arist, Allen Robertson, brings The Bremen Town Musicians to life. Based on “The Musicians of Bremen Town,” written by the Brothers Grimm around 1910, four animals deemed too old to be useful by their owners flee their grisly fates in hopes of becoming Bremen town musicians. With a country, bluegrass, and gospel score, the familiar tale is set in 1930s America as the Donkey, Cat, Dog, and Rooster take a road trip in search of their musical careers. Tickets starting at $10. Open to all ages. The Long Center for Performing Arts, 701 W. Riverside Drive.

Charlotte’s Web- Saturday, August 3 at 11am and 1pm and Sunday, August 4 at 12:30 and 2:30pm. The beloved childhood classic, based on the book by E.B. White and  re-imagined by acclaimed director Jenny Larson, is a play that will enchant audiences with a story of loyalty and friendship. Wilbur, an affectionate and spirited pig, is valiantly saved by a young girl named Fern from a deadly fate. But after being sent away to live on the Zuckerman farm, Wilbur finds it difficult to adjust without Fern. Wilbur soon befriends some local farm animals, including a kindhearted and clever spider named Charlotte. Unbeknownst to Wilbur, he is being well fed to meet his tragic fate. In an effort to save Wilbur’s life, Charlotte weaves a plan with the help of an unlikely character. This new adaptation captures a warmhearted tale with the help of live music arranged by Emily Marks, captivating puppetry designed by Caroline Reck, video projections by Chris Hatcher, and a stellar cast. Tickets: adults and kids 12 and up $10; kids ages 3-12, $8. Scottish Rite Theater, 207 W. 18th Street.

Advance Auto Parts Monster Jam- Saturday, August 3rd at 2 and 7:30pm & Sunday, August 4th at 2pm. Monster Jam stars the biggest performers on four wheels: Monster Jam monster trucks. These twelve-feet-tall, ten-thousand-pound machines will bring you to your feet, racing and ripping up a custom-designed track full of obstacles to soar over – OR smash through. Monster Jam provides a massive night’s entertainment tailored perfectly for your family’s budget, and these colorful, larger-than-life beasts. Tickets: Adults, $25, kids 2-12 $10. Cedar Park Center, 2100 Avenue of the Stars, Cedar Park.

TEXplorations and First Sunday- Sunday, August 4 at 2pm. Enjoy FREE exhibit admission all day! Where will your imagination take you? Drop in any time between 2PM and 3PM for a FREE story time geared toward 2-5 year olds. Enjoy hands-on activities, stories, songs and games that are all about Celebrations. Story Time takes place on the second floor lobby, in front of the Bob Bullock statue. Bullock Texas State History Museum, 1800 N. Congress Ave.

Umlauf First Sunday – Sunday, August 4, from noon – 4 p.m. First Sundays offer a special, hands-on program designed for families with children, four to fifteen years old. Families have the opportunity to explore the Umlauf collection and exhibitions in the garden and museum while engaging in creative activities. This month’s Family First Sunday will feature Sandcastle Building, Story Time with BookPeople (1 p.m.), ULTIMATE Hopscotch, Sculpture Scavenger Hunts and much more! Umlauf Sculpture Garden and Museum, 605 Robert E. Lee Drive, Austin.

Austin Symphony Hartman Foundation “Concerts in the Park” – Sunday, August 4 at 7:30 p.m. In its eleventh summer season, these FREE concerts take place in the Hartman Concert Park in front of the Long Center City Terrace. Each Sunday, a different ensemble of the Austin Symphony will be featured. This Sunday, it will be Strings. Concertgoers are encouraged to bring a picnic dinner and blanket and make it a group outing. FREE Parking is available at One Texas Center, located on Barton Springs Rd. at S. 1st Street. Long Center, 701 W. Riverside Drive, Austin.

Paramount Summer Movie Classics. Sunday, August 4 watch Back to the Future at 2 p.m. and 6:45 p.m., The Karate Kid at 4:20 p.m. and The Neverending Story at 3:35 p.m. Aug. 10. $6-$10. Paramount Theatre, 713 Congress Ave.

Live Music Series at Plaza Saltillo- Sunday, August 4 at 11am and 1pm. HOPE FM Live! First Sundays, a collaborative partnership with HOPE Farmers Market brings a four-part concert series that will feature Gina Chavez at 11 am (Music for Kids) and Cilantro Boombox at 1pm at Plaza Saltillo, 412 Comal Street.

Summer Story Series- Sunday, August 4 at 1pm. Let your imagination loose in the Jones Center galleries during our Summer Story Series. In a 30-minute tour, be guided through our art exhibitions while  our professional storyteller reads from related children’s books. Space is limited, so come early to claim your spot! Recommended for ages 8 and under. FREE with museum admission. The Jones Center, 700 Congress Avenue.

Recurring Events:

Friday Night Storytime- Enjoy a FREE storytime with the kids on Fridays at 7:30pm. Barnes and Noble, La Frontera Village, 2701 Parker Road Bldg A Suite 700, Round Rock.

Central Market North Lamar– Live music and dancing, oh my!  This is a great spot for parents to enjoy music while letting their kids burn some energy on the playground.  There are also ducks to feed in the nearby pond.  Fridays and Saturdays from 6:30- 9:00pm. Central Market, North Lamar Blvd.

Craft Time for Kids- Bring the kids to get crafty. The crafts change weekly and usually are themed for particular holidays or seasons. FREE!! Saturday, 11:00am- 3:00pm. Lakeshore Learning Center, 9828 Great Hills Trail.

BookKids Storytime- Join the wonderful staff at BookPeople as they entertain your kiddos with stories, crafts, guest storytellers, and sometimes even puppets! Saturday mornings at 11:30am. FREE!! BookPeople, 603 N. Lamar Blvd.

Cirque du Steve -Saturday at 10 a.m. What’s the Story Steve? transforms into an improvised circus! Follow the Bearded Lady, the Clown Crew and a host of other circus characters through adventures based on audience suggestions. Join the Move Your Tale troupe onstage to create original characters! Don’t just go see the circus, become the circus! Pay what you wish. FREE!! ColdTowne Theater, 4803 Airport Blvd., Austin.

Food-Free Family Storytime-Saturday, 10:30- 11:00am. The Round Rock Public Library presents Food-Free Family Storytime, a reading activity that welcomes families with children of all ages to a fun environment that’s safe for individuals affected by food allergies.This interactive program includes a variety of activities such as books, fingerplays, music, movies, and puppets. FREE!! The Round Rock Public Library, 216 E. Main Street, Round Rock.

Flying Theater Machine: Dinosaurs- Sunday, 2pm. Join the Award-Winning Flying Theater Machine every Sunday at 2pm in July and August as we explore what it was like to be a Dinosaur! Can T-Rex and Triceratops ever get along?  Will the Dino families be able to accept a big purple dinosaur?  What will Maiasaura do when the Ovarapter moves in next door!?!  We don’t know until the show happens, and you can help us.  Feel free to come along in Dinosaur costume we may need your help on stage. Join us for our journey back in time, for a limited time only! Get ‘em before they’re gone! (Pun intended!) Tickets: $8. The Hideout Theater, 617 Congress Ave.

Whole Foods Kids’ Club - Sunday, 1:00pm. Hey kids, stop by and check out what’s going on at Kid’s Club. Each week we have an exciting activity that will let you play with your food plus learn a couple things along the way. FREE!!  Whole Foods Market, 525 N. Lamar.

Sunday Funday- Sunday, from 3-4pm. Every Sunday we open up our big back room and invite you to enjoy unplugged play time. Get out of the house and get your little ones socializing. We have kiddie bowling, musical instruments, blocks, a parachute and more. FREE!! Baby Earth, 106 E. Old Settlers Blvd.

Catherine Prystup
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Catherine Prystup founded 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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