The Weekenders: Events for Austin Families, July 19-21, 2013

Dive-In Movie: Madagascar 3 – Friday, July 19 at 8:30 p.m. The pool area will be cleared at 8 p.m. Anyone wishing to see the movie will be charged $3 to come back into the pool area at 8:30 p.m. Swimming is allowed while the movie is being shown. Lakeway Swim Center, 103 Lakeway Blvd., Lakeway.

Movie in the Park: Fimding Nemo - Friday, July 19 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.

Music Under the Star – Friday, July 19, from 6 – 9 p.m. Every Friday in July, bring your camp chairs and blankets (but no coolers, please) and dance the evening away to the hottest sounds in Austin. This FREE concert series features a fantastic line-up of Texas musicians who will play from 6 to 9 p.m. on the Bullock Museum’s Lone Star Plaza. This week, you can hear Grupo Fantasma with special guest La Guerrilla. In between sets, cool off with a trip through the exhibits, which will be FREE and open to the public during the concerts. Kids can decorate wooden star cutouts and turn them into wearable art: pins, necklaces, bolo ties and more! Bullock Texas State History Museum, 1800 N. Congress Avenue, Austin.

Top Notch Movie Night: Ferris Bueller’s Day Off- Friday, July 19, 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.

Dive-In Movie: Shark Tale - Friday, July 19 at dusk. FREE. Bring your whole family to swim in the pool under the night sky while watching Shark Tale. Check the Facebook page for weather updates. El Salido Pool, 11500 El Salido Pkwy, Austin.

Hyatt Summer Cinema: The Lorax- Friday, July 19 and Saturday, July 20 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, July 19 – Sunday, July 21 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, July 19 to Sunday, July 21. FREE movies for kids age 3 and up. Click on the links below for showtimes: Stuart Little – Alamo Drafthouse Village, 2700 W. Anderson Ln., Austin. Spy Kids – Alamo Drafthouse Lake Creek, 13729 Research Blvd., Austin.  The Spongebob Squarepants Movie – Alamo Drafthouse Slaughter Lane, 5701 W. Slaughter Ln., Austin.

Deep Eddy Movie Night: Amazing Spider-Man – Saturday, July 20 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.

Local Author Story Time: Amanda Evans – Saturday, July 20 at 10 a.m. Jack & Jill Nanny Agency and Millie & Mox are hosting Story Time Saturdays all summer long. This week, join local author Amanda Evans as she reads from her children’s book, Sadie ~ The Paper Crown Princess. There will be door prizes. Millie & Mox, Steiner Ranch, Quinlan Crossing shopping center, 5145 North FM 620, Ste. B110, Austin.

Kayak the Colorado- Saturday, July 20 from 9:00am- Noon. $40 per person. There’s no better way to usher in your weekend than with a serene and refreshing morning on the water. Listen for the salute of waterfowl greeting the day, catch a glimpse of the waking wildlife along the river banks and bask in the breathtaking scenery. Relax and recharge as you kayak the Colorado. This trip is great for all skill levels. Preregistration is required. Adults and children 14 and up in solo boats, ages 10-13 in tandem boat with adult. McKinney Roughs State Park.

KIDS CLUB: Summer Totes - Saturday, July 20 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.

Pancake Social with Jungle Jill and the Jaybirds- Saturday, July 20 from 11:00am- Noon. Parents pay $5, Kids are FREE. Food and Beverage additional. Strange Brew, 5326 Manchaca Road.

Speed Stacking Workshop- Saturday, July 20 from 10am- noon. Sam Nelson is a 12-year-old World Champion Sport Stacker and is coming to Kaleidoscope Toys to teach you all about Speed Stacking! Sam has competed in various regional competitions throughout Texas and most recently traveled to Denver, Colorado to the World Championships where he placed 5th in the Individual World event and 2nd in the Team World event. Sam will be conducting (4) 20-minute classes where kids will learn correct stacking formations for the 3 individual events, rules, and speed tips. He will also teach the 3-3-3, the 3-6-3, and the Cycle, as well as Relay Team rules and procedures. The event will include mini competitions complete with prizes from the WSSA. Class times are: 10:00am, 10:30am, 11:00am, and 11:30am. Admission is a $3 donation to the Round Rock Serving Center. Pre-Registration is required by calling Kaleidoscope Toys at 512.388.5048. Kaleidoscope Toys, 110 N. IH-35, Round Rock.

Book Release Party: Sam in the Trees – Saturday, July 20, from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. Join local author Alexandra L. Cohen in celebrating the release of her children’s book, Sam in the Trees. The book release party will include music from three local singer-songwriters, treats from Good Pops, and face painting. There will also be story times with image projections from the book. FREE!! Central Market, 4001 N Lamar Blvd, Austin.

Healthy Kids Cooking Class- Saturday, July 20 at 11:00am. Cost: $5 per child. Recommended for ages 4-8 years old. Join Kelly & Karie for a Healthy Cooking Class especially for the little ones. They’ll have hands-on fun with their food, and learn how to make healthy snacks with seasonal fruits and veggies! Children must be accompanied by an adult–it’s fun for grownups, too. Advance registration required; sign up at the Guest Service Desk today. Whole Foods, Arbor Trails, 4301 W William Cannon Dr, #800.
AdvertisementSchool of Rock July Camp Show – Saturday, July 20 at 3 p.m. See a FREE School of Rock show. Strange Brew, 5326 Manchaca Road, Austin.

Lone Star Jedi Lightsaber Summit VI - Saturday, July 20, from 6:30 – 9:30 p.m. The Austin-based Lone Star Jedi are hosting Lightsaber Summit VI. Star Wars fans will gather in Butler Park to test their saber combat techniques and provide instruction to newcomers. This gathering is FREE for all to attend. The saber groups will take time to instruct newcomers in basic saber techniques and entertain the audience with dazzling displays of saber combat. The event begins at 6:30 but the real fun does not start until dusk. That is when the lightsabers really wow and dazzle! Butler Park, 1000 Barton Springs Road, Austin.

The Funnybun Family Picnic- Saturday, July 20 at 11am, 2pm and 4pm; Sunday, July 21 at 2pm. It’s a fine summer Saturday and the Funnybuns are preparing to go off on their annual family picnic. But, being a clown family, nothing goes as planned. Papa Willie tries hard to keep the kids laughing, while Mama Lindy keeps putting on band-aids. Brother Happy likes to rope, roughhouse and goof off. But sister Buffy wants none of it. She’s embarrassed by her clown family, and wants to be different. Willie has a sad but true secret, one that threatens to pull the family apart. Can Buffy find a way to follow her dreams? Will the family stick together? Come and join the fun and see! For family audiences ages 4 and up. Cost: $7.75- 11. The Long Center for Performing Arts, 701 West Riverside Drive.

Charlotte’s Web- Saturday, July 20 at 11am and 1pm and Sunday, July 21 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.

Austin Symphony Hartman Foundation “Concerts in the Park” - Sunday, July 21 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 Woodwinds. 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.

Summer Story Series- Sunday, July 21 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.

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 and at the Whole Foods at Bee Cave location.

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.


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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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