Annie- The timeless tale of Little Orphan Annie is back, giving a whole new generation the chance to experience this classical musical about never giving up hope. Boasting one of Broadway’s most memorable scores, Annie is a delightful theatrical experience for the entire family. Friday, 8:00pm; Saturday, 2:00pm and 8:00pm; Sunday, 2:00pm and 7:30pm. Ticket prices, $18-$56. Bass Concert Hall, 2300 Robert Dedman Dr.
Southpark After Dark- Live music for the entire family- this week’s performance is by Mary Welch. FREE!! Friday,7:30pm. Southpark Meadows, 9300 IH-35 South.
Austin Shakespeare- “Romeo and Juliet” with a bilingual, bicultural twist, featuring Shakespeare’s own text, including some Spanish language! Set in Central Texas in 1940’s, this production boasts a Central Texas setting with a Mexican-American flavor. FREE!! Every Thursday through Sunday beginning May 7- June 7 at 8:00pm. The Sheffield Hillside Theatre, Zilker Park.
“Jack and the Beanstalk”- Presented by the Violet Crown Community Theatre, a forty-five minute interactive show that is family friendly. Bring a blanket and a picnic. FREE!! Saturday, 11:00am. Austin Farmers’ Market, Republic Square Park, 4th and Guadalupe.
BookKids Storytime: Batty About Texas- In this informative and fun picture book, Bo the bat introduces children to the amazing world of Mexican free-tailed bats in Texas. The largest urban bat colony exists in Austin, and it has become quite a tourist attraction. Readers will learn all about these bats and how they help the state control mosquitoes and other bugs. This is a gorgeously illustrated and incredibly fascinating look at the world of bats. Come and meet Louisiana native but Austin transplant author, J. Jaye Smith and get a copy of this great book signed! Saturday, 11:30am. FREE!! BookPeople, 603 N. Lamar Blvd.
Austin Pride Festival- Live entertainment, child-friendly. Gates open on Saturday at 4:00pm and the parade kicks off at 8:30pm from the parking lot at Auditorium Shores. $5 admission, children 12 and under free. Republic Square Park, 4th and Guadalupe.
GreenFest- Kick off of the 2009 Summer Reading Program, One Green World. Festivities include hands-on crafts and games with a special appearance by Storyteller Kim Lehman. Green snowcones will be provided. Saturday, 10:00am- Noon. FREE!! Pleasant Hill Library, 211 East William Cannon Dr.
Joe McDermott and the Smart Little Creatures- Bring a blanket and come enjoy an Austin music treasure as he performs at Symphony Square with his Smart Little Creatures.Hear such McDermott hits as “Everybody Play Air Guitar,” “Momma’s Gonna Have a Baby,” “Our Family Car is a Helicopter,” and many more! Saturday, 7:00pm. Adults, $14. Kids, $8. Symphony Square, 1101 Red River.
TEXplorations- Enjoy a themed storytime that the entire family will enjoy. FREE!! Saturday at 2:00 and 3:00pm. The Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum, 1800 N. Congress Ave.
Create Garden Signs- All paint and materials are supplied to create an awesome decoration for your garden or house. Great for families to do together (not suggested for children under 7), great for anyone needing a little creative help. You will be able to make several markers including one for the gardens at the library. Sign up in advance–limited supplies. $1. Saturday, 1:00pm.
Wells Branch Community Library, 15001 Wells Port Dr.
Take Steps for Crohn’s & Colitis- Participants will enjoy a casual 2 mile stroll around Dell Diamond Stadium as they are cheered on loudly! Prior to the walk, there will be music, food, games and an opportunity to explore the mission and advocacy area. In addition, youngsters will have a blast at The Kid’s Zone, complete with moonwalks, playscapes, basketball court, temporary tattoo parlor and more. FREE!! Saturday, 6:30pm; registration ends at 5:30pm. The Dell Diamond, 3400 East Palm Valley Blvd.
Bright Leaf Nature Trails Open House- Guided hikes, activities for children, and refreshments at Bright Leaf to celebrate spring. Hikes of varying lengths – arrive early for the longer hikes. Capital Area Master Naturalists will have special family nature activity tables, so bring the kids too! FREE!! Saturday, 9:00am- 1:00pm. Bright Leaf, 2222 at Creek Mountain Road.
Kids Workshop- The workshops teach children do-it-yourself skills and tool safety, while at the same time helping to instill a sense of accomplishment. Additionally, this fun time allows for quality one-on-one time between adults and children. This week, kids will build a Hardware Sorter. Saturday, 9:00am- Noon. FREE!! Recommended for children ages 5-12. All participating Home Depot locations.
Kid Fish- An excellent opportunity for your child to learn about the sport of fishing and enjoy a hands-on experience! All fishing supplies (i.e. rod, reel, bait, tackle) are provided on a first come, first serve basis, so it is recommended that children bring their own fishing supplies. Must register and bring form along. Saturday, 9:00am- Noon. Lake Pflugerville at the intersection of Pfluger Lane and Weiss Lane.
Austin Urban Market- There will be food, music and local entrepreneurs showcasing handmade jewelry, natural hair & skin care products, purses, African American books & accessories, t-shirts, candles and more. Celebrating 36 years of The Villager Newspaper. Saturday, 10:00am- 3:00pm. FREE!! The Villager Newspaper, 1223-A Rosewood Ave.
Hartman Foundation Concerts in the Park- Perfect for the entire family, bring a blanket and a picnic dinner while enjoying FREE music from the Austin Symphony. This week features Big Band music. Sunday, 7:30pm. (Every Sunday evening until August 23rd!) Hartman Concert Park at the Long Center, 701 W. Riverside Dr.
Science Sunday- Uno, America’s favorite beagle, will be a featured guest of the Museum as the vets share their knowledge about cats and dogs. Find out what it’s like to be a veterinarian and work with animals that are scaly, furry, with four legs or no legs! Vets from Austin Vet Care will be on hand with live animals to give you the scoop on how they work to make animals’ lives better. Learn about pet care, exotic animals, careers in veterinary science and find out just how similar we are to our animal relatives! Saturday, 3:00- 5:00pm. Adult: $6.50; Children 2 yrs.and up: $6.50; Children 12-23 months: $4.50; Children under 12 months: FREE. Austin Children’s Museum, 201 Colorado St.
Pool Side Live- Join us for an evening under the full moon with live music by the Onion Creek Crawdaddies. Sunday, 8:00pm. Concerts will continue throughout the summer on full moon nights. FREE with pool admission. Barton Springs Pool.