The Weekenders: Events for Austin Families, July 27-29, 2012

Music Under the Star-Music Under the Star, the Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum’s popular free summer concert series, is back for its ninth season. Every Friday night in July, the Lone Star Plaza in front of the Bullock Museum is the place to be — where the whole family can take in some live music in a relaxed atmosphere from 6 – 9pm. Rain or shine! This year’s lineup features nationally known Texan artists! The Gourds and the Redd Volkaert Trio performs Friday, July 27th from 6:00- 9:00pm. FREE!! The Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum, 1800 N. Congress Ave.

Stargazing at the Roughs- Don’t miss this opportunity for the whole family to explore the galaxy together as our astronomer takes you on a tour of the Milky Way that’s truly out of this world! Behold the wonder of the cosmos through our Dobsonian telescopes and venture beyond the boundaries of our planet Earth. Learn about the constellations and marvel at the beauty and mystery of the universe in this spectacular free program for the whole family. Bring lawn chairs, refreshments and blankets for comfort and enjoy this family event. Program will be canceled in the event of inclement weather.  FREE!! All ages. Friday, 9:30- 11:00pm. McKinney Roughs Nature Park.

Friday Family Fun Night: Sarah Dinan and The Band- Sarah draws from her experiences as an educator, musician, performer and camp counselor to create an engaging, entertaining program the entire family can enjoy. Her children’s sets typically include a variety of folk, traditional Celtic, silly story, call and response, sing along and original songs. Children are encouraged to dance and sing as the music inspires them. Admission to ALL FFFN events is one non-perishable food item per person for the Round Rock Area Food Bank. Friday, 6:30pm. Kaleidoscope Toys, 1601 S IH35, Suite 325, Round Rock.

Movies Under the Stars: Curious George- Bring your lawn chairs, blankets and snacks to enjoy an outdoor movie! Enjoy free popcorn and drinks! Friday, dusk (around 8:30pm). FREE!! Metz Recreation Center, 2407 Canterbury Street.

Friday Night Storytime- Little Brown Bunny always wants just one more book read to him at bedtime. Enjoy Just One More! by Tracey Corderoy and Alison Edgson. FREE!! Friday, 7:30pm. Barnes and Noble, La Frontera Village, 2701 Parker Road Bldg A Suite 700, Round Rock.

Kyle Pool “Dive In Movie: Dolphin Tale -Pool staff will begin handing out admission tickets at 7 p.m., July 27, until all 230 tickets are handed out. The pool gates will reopen at 8 p.m. and only admit those 230 people with admission tickets. All regular pool rules apply to all attending, and maximum pool complex capacity is 230. Friday, 8:00pm. Kyle Pool, Gregg-Clarke Park, 1100 W. Center Street, Kyle.

Baby Glow Disco- This FREE, all ages dance party, aims to give parents of babies, kids, and tweens that love electronic dance music a safe and fun way to interact with their kids on the dance floor. Along with the cool music, there will also be awesome lights, a face painter, balloons, bubbles, hula hoops, and a photographer documenting the event. Guests will enjoy music from: 4 – 5 p.m. — DJ Kaycee Paul; 5 – 6 p.m. — DJ Guardian; 6 – 7 p.m. — DJ Big Rich.  Monetary tips for the DJs are appreciated, but are not required. Saturday. Ruta Maya, 3601 S. Congress Ave.

Music in the Park- The Lost Pines with the Bottom Dollar string Band will be performing for FREE on Saturday from 1:00- 4:00pm at Little Stacy Park, 1500 Alameda Drive.

Central Market North LamarLive 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.  Here is the lineup of FREE entertainment:

  • Friday,  6:30 – 9:00pm Hard Proof Afrobeat- This Austin-based collective of musicians is the sole purveyor of African funk in the state of Texas. They don’t just play Afrobeat per se, but funk and jazz music from and inspired by the whole of sub-Saharan Africa.
  • Saturday, 6:30- 9:00pm Timberos Del Norte is new group made up of vetern Austin Afroc-Cuban Latin jazz players. They perform a diverse array of latin genres with a focus on traditional Cuban styles such as Son, Bolero, Guajira, & Cha-Cha.

54th Annual Zilker Summer Musical: The Sound of Music- An Austin summer tradition is back again this year with The Sound of Music! Bring blankets and settle down at dusk (approx. 8:30pm) every Thursday through Sunday until August 11th for FREE!! Beverley S. Sheffield Zilker Hillside Theatre, across from the pool at Barton Springs.

LeapFrog Geography Hands-on Learning- Children ages 4 to 7 are invited to the Leapfrog Geography Relay. This fun event will teach children teamwork and map skills, while they learn the geography of the U.S. You must sign up for this event. Sign up sheets are kept at the information desk. FREE!! Saturday, 2:00am. Barnes and Noble. Hill Country Galleria, 12701 Hill Country Blvd Ste O-140, Bee Cave.
Peruvian Independence Day- Celebrate  Peruvian Independence Day with La Chaparrita. Enjoy Andean Music and Dance plus this year we will also celebrate our Latinoamerican friends independence days, so our closing group will sing bailable Latinoamerican music. Don’t miss this unique event in Austin which will be lots of fun!FREE!! Saturday, 6:00- 10:00pm. Highland Mall Food Court, 6001 Airport Blvd.
Craft Time for Kids: Keep Cool Summer Fan- This hand fan is a breeze to make and guaranteed to keep kids cool all summer. FREE!! Saturday, 11:00am- 3:00pm. Lakeshore Learning Center, 9828 Great Hills Trail.
Apocacon- It’s the end of the world as we know it! Test your survival skills; make your own mini survival kit; bring canned goods to barter and trade at the Trading Post Bar (food will be donated to a local food pantry); take a lesson in self defense; learn to transform yourself–and your old teddy bear!–into a Zombie. This program is intended for participants aged 12 to 17.  Children 12 and up will be given preference for admission over younger children.  Participation is limited at all programs.  Please arrive early to gain entrance. FREE!! Friday, July 27, 6-8 PM at Yarborough Library, 2200 Hancock Drive.

Cowboy and Cowgirl Storytime- Giddy-up, cowboys and cowgirls! Storytime this morning is all about saddling up. So put on the biggest hat, sharpest spurs, stompiest boots, or longest lasso you can find and head on down to read Every Cowgirl Loves a Rodeo and other stories about riding the range. And don’t forget to practice your Yee-haw on the way down. You’re gonna need it! FREE!! Saturday, 11:30am. BookPeople, 603 N. Lamar Blvd.

Lakeway Movies in the Park: Hugo- Bring your blankets and lawn chairs to enjoy a FREE movie in the park. Food will be available for purchase. Saturday, 8:30- 10:30pm. Lakeway City Park, 502 Hurst Creek Road, Lakeway.

Austin Under the Stars – Austin Under The Stars is a special event, free to the public, offering a full experience of astronomical observation, including safe solar viewing. Hosted by the Austin Astronomical Society and St. Stephen’s Episcopal School, the public is invited to join local astronomers who will be viewing our closest stellar neighbor, the Sun, in daytime skies, using special protective filters on several telescopes. After the Sun slips under the horizon, we’ll turn our attention to the celestial wonders in the night skies. Saturday, July 28, from 7:30 p.m. – midnight. Download the flier (pdf). 6500 St. Stephens Drive, Austin.

Lowe’s Build and Grow Clinic: Kung Fu Panda Stacking Friends-Your child’s favorite movie characters are back at Lowe’s this weekend! Bring your child to Lowe’s and they can master building and Kung Fu with this weekend’s project; Kung Fu Stacking Friends! Po has brought all of his friends to Lowe’s this week! Saturday clinics begin at 10:00 A.M. Sunday clinics begin at 2:00 P.M.! FREE!! Kids will also get a free apron, goggle, patch and more! Must pre-register. Only at participating Lowe’s locations.

Movie Night at Deep Eddy Pool: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part Two- Bring your float and beach towel and enjoy a summer movie in the pool! All movies start at dusk on Saturday. Admission: $1 children 1-11, $2 children 12-17 and $3 for 18 and up. Deep Eddy Pool, 2315 Lake Austin Blvd.

What’s the Story Steve? – Move Your Tale and ColdTowne Theater collaborate to present this fully improvised theatrical journey through a story of the audience’s making. Featuring Steve the improvising poodle, a portion of the show follows Steve through an original tale. Pay what you wish. Appropriate for audiences of all ages. Saturday at 10 a.m. ColdTowne Theater, 4803 Airport Blvd., Austin.

Storytime- A weekend storytime for families with kids of all ages. FREE!! Saturday, 11:00am. Wells Branch Community Library, 15001 Wells Port Drive.

Food-Free Family Storytime-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!! Saturday, 10:30- 11:00am. The Round Rock Public Library, 216 E. Main Street, Round Rock.

Jack and the Beanstalk- Another Scottish Rite World Premiere Production! Fresh from the acclaimed “Three Little Pigs” rock musical, director Susan Gayle Todd returns with another innovative update of a classic kids’ tale. Tickets: $8.50 adults, $6.50kids. Saturday, 10:30am and 12:30pm. Sunday, 2:00pm. The Scottish Rite Theater, 18th and Lavaca.

Alamo Kids’ Camp – Enjoy FREE movies for kids ages 3 and up at area Alamo Drafthouse locations. Double check show times before heading out, as they frequently change: Alamo Lake Creek — Coraline 3D, 11 a.m. Saturday and Sunday (13729 Research Blvd); Alamo South Lamar- Rango, Sunday at 11:00am and The Dark Chrystal at 11:00am on Saturday; Alamo Slaughter Lane- Babe, Saturday and Sunday at 10:30am. Alamo Village- Flushed Away, Saturday, 9:00am and Sunday, 9:30am.

Hartman Concert in the Park – In its tenth summer season, these FREE ensemble concerts take place in the Hartman Concert Park in front of the Long Center City Terrace and run on Sunday evenings through August 26th at 7:30 p.m. Each Sunday a different ensemble of the Austin Symphony will be featured.  This Sunday, it will be big band. Concertgoers are encouraged to bring a picnic dinner and blanket and make it a group outing. Sunday, 7:30pm. Free Parking is available at One Texas Center located on Barton Springs Rd. at S. 1st St.  The Long Center, 701 W. Riverside Drive.

The Flying Theatre Machine: Fairly Silly Tales- Sundays at the Hideout, Flying Theater Machine presents kid-oriented improv right here in Austin. The audience will help us with suggestions and sound effects, and a few lucky kids will even get to join us on stage.Tickets: $8. The Hideout Theater, 617 Congress Ave.

Sunday Morning Kids Show- Enjoy a live performance by Laura Freeman and the Hey Lollies! FREE!! Sunday, 10:30am.  Ruta Maya, 3601 South Congress Avenue.

Lady Bird Johnson Tribute Day-The Wildflower Center goes all out Sunday, July 29 to honor our founder, Lady Bird Johnson, and all she has done for our nation’s treasured environment. Admission will be FREE for visitors as we commemorate the centennial of Mrs. Johnson’s birth and unveil a new exhibit about her conservation focus that will travel nationally. Other offerings include a special one-day showing of historic pens Lady Bird received from LBJ that he used as president to sign conservation legislation inspired by her efforts. Enjoy exhibits, children’s activities and more during extended hours from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave.

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