The Weekenders: Events for Austin Families, June 3-5, 2011

Friday Family Fun  Night – Mr. Puppet & Friends at Kaleidoscope Toys.  Admission is FREE with the donation of one non-perishable food item per person. Friday, 6:30pm.  Kaleidoscope Toys, 1601 S IH35, Suite 325, Round Rock.

Max & Ruby Bunny Party- It’s a big day for someone special. Bunny siblings Max and Ruby have a-million-and-one things to do before the very exciting event; they embark on a musical bus ride to find the greatest present in the world before coming home to undergo an unpredictable make-over just for this happy occasion. When will the guest of honour arrive? Who will it be? Join Max & Ruby as their special guest is revealed at the Bunny Party of the year! Max & Ruby never quite want the same thing and their plans always collide – with hilarious results! Together, they will rely on their loving bond to solve life’s little problems, and celebrate the universal nature of sibling relationships. This fast-paced theatrical production will have the whole audience singing and hopping to original tunes alongside our favourite pair of bunny siblings, Max & Ruby!$20 – $37. Friday, 6:30pm. Austin Music Hall, 208 Nueces.

“Movies in the Park”- Once again Time Warner Cable presents “Movies in the Park” at Old Settlers Park in Round Rock. Bring your blankets and chairs and enjoy these free family events. Pre-movie activities start at 7:30pm and the movie Megamind will start at dark.  FREE!! Friday, 7:30pm. Lakeview Pavilion, Old Settlers Park, 3300 E Palm Valley Blvd., Round Rock.

Neverending Story at Whole Foods- Join us on the rooftop plaza for a fabulous feast and film! We’ve partnered with the Alamo Drafthouse Rolling Roadshow and Nulo Pet Food to present this classic movie on the giant screen beneath the twilight of the Austin sky. Snacks, beer and wine will be available for purchase à la carte, including themed specials from our Prepared Foods team. FREE!! Seating begins at 7:30pm. Friday at dusk. Whole Foods, 525 N Lamar Blvd.

Friday Night Storytime- Arthur Turns Green. Arthur turns green in the new book by Marc Brown. Do you want to turn green too? Enjoy this book to find out how as we celebrate World Environment Day. FREE!! Friday, 7:30pm. Barnes and Noble, La Frontera, Round Rock.

Ballet Under the Stars- Join the AMDE dancers for our annual show Ballet Under the Stars titled “ROCKED” at Zilker Park.  FREE!! Bring $3 for parking. Friday and Saturday at 8:30pm. Zilker Hillside Theater, 2201 Barton Springs Road.

KidFish- Each year, the City of Pflugerville partners with the KidFish Foundation, Inc to offer an outdoor fishing opportunity for the youth of our community.  Directed at children under the age of 16, Kid Fish and Texas Parks and Wildlife stock additional fish in Lake Pflugerville to boost the fishing experience for the event. Sign up onsite. FREE!! Saturday, 9:00am. Lake Pflugerville.

Make a Valet Organizer- Home Depot hosts a free workshop, where kids can make a Valet Organizer for Father’s Day. No pre-registration is necessary. The workshops are designed for 5 – 12 year olds. In addition to the newly constructed project kit, each child will receive a kid-sized orange apron and an achievement pin. FREE!! Saturday, 9:00am.

Sensory Friendly Films- Kung Fu Panda 2- 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. Tickets are $4-6 and can be purchased on the day of the event.  Saturday, 10am. AMC Barton Creek 14,
2901 Capital of Texas Highway.

Family Nature Quest- Come to the park for a fun family hike as a naturalist guides you along one of our many beautiful trails. We’ll bring together a unique blend of natural history to describe how water conservation and land stewardship is vital to the animal, plant and human life along its banks. After your hike, visit McKinney Roughs’ interactive exhibits and enjoy a nature craft or borrow a trail pack and take the kids outside to enjoy one of our self-guided nature scavenger hunts together. Bring a picnic lunch, and make it a nature day! Hike is limited to the first 20 participants and is designed to include families with children of all ages. FREE!! Saturday, 10:00- 11:00am. McKinney Roughs Nature Park.

Family Storytime- Family Storytime is open to all ages. Come enjoy books, music and crafts with Miss Kit. Call 512-401-5634 for more details. FREE!! Saturday, 10:00am. Cedar Park Public Library, 600 N. Bell Blvd., Cedar Park.

Alamo Drafthouse Summer Kids Camp- See a FREE screening of Ponyo (G) at Alamo Lake Creek.  The movie will be showing daily from Friday, June 3 to Thursday, June 9.  Seating is on a first come, first served basis, so be sure to arrive early. Only children age 3 and older will be admitted, except on Baby Day, June 7, when all ages are welcome.  Saturday and Sunday, 10:30am. Alamo Lake Creek, 13729 Research Blvd.

Cars 2 Event at Disney Store- Join Disney Store for fun events every Saturday in June as we celebrate the upcoming release of Cars 2 in theaters June 24. June 4: Martial Arts Action- Race 1 at 10:30am, Race 2 at 12:00pm, Race 3 at 1:30 pm. Minimum age for participation is 3 years. Event limited per session based on store capacity. No lineups prior to 30 minutes before event begins. Event subject to change or cancellation without notice. Outlet stores excluded. Call store for more information. FREE!! Disney Store, Lakeline Mall, 11200 Lake Stop Boulevard, Cedar Park.

Elgin Public Library – Saturday, June 4, from 10:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.  Kick off the summer wtih dragon dancing!  Crafts and activities start at 10:30 a.m. The Texas Dragon Lion Team will perform at 12:00 p.m.  Summer Reading program begins – fun for all ages! FREE!! Elgin Public Library, 404 North Main Street, Elgin.

Lake Travis Community Library- Kick off summer reading on June 4 with Dinosaur George at 10:30 a.m. The program will take place at TexARTS in Lohman’s Crossing Shopping Center, then come to the library for face painting, arts, crafts, refreshments and reading logs. FREE!! Lake Travis Community Library, 2300 Lohman’s Spur, Suite 100.

Hey Lollies First Saturdays- It’s the first of the month again and the Hey Lollies want to sing with you.  Heather Jarry’s beautiful marionettes will be there.  Dancing, singing, snacks, oh my! FREE with suggested donation. Saturday, 10:30am. Flipnotics, 1601 Barton Springs Road.

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, 10:30am. Round Rock Public Library 216 E. Main Street, Round Rock

Meet Spot Storytime- Join us for a very special Saturday Storytime, with special guest… Spot!  FREE!! Saturday, 11:00am. Barnes and Noble, Hill Country Galleria, 12701 Hill Country Blvd Ste O-140, Bee Cave.

June B. Jones Storytime- June is Junie B. Month! Join us as we read about and play Junie B Jones games! Don’t miss it!  FREE!! Saturday, 11:00am. Barnes and Noble, Arboretum, 10000 Research Blvd #158, Austin.

Saturday Morning Storytime- Children’s Storytime. FREE!! Saturday, 11:00am. Barnes and Noble locations: The Homestead,Westlake, and Sunset Valley.

Crafts for Kids- Bring the kids, ages 3 and up, to make an Under the Sea Puppet Show. FREE!! Saturday, 11:00am- 3:00pm. Lakeshore Learning Store, 9828 Great Hills Trail.Advertisement
Storytime- Come for a FREE storytime that is for kids of all ages. Saturday, 11:00am. Wells Branch Community Library, 15001 Wells Port Drive.

Funmi and Friends Storytime- Funmi and Friends is an entertaining children’s show created to educate youth on the basic concepts of good nutrition and the benefits of physical activity! Currently, Funmi and Friends is on a Healthy Eating tour with children’s author Deborah Orr. Deborah Orr’s current book, The Little Cornbread Girl, details the adventure of cornbread that comes to life and tries to escape! Enjoy a puppet show by Funmi and Friends and fun story time with Mrs. Orr! Saturday at 11:30am. FREE!! BookPeople, 603 N. Lamar Blvd.

Free Fun at Bob Bullock Museum- First Saturday Free Admission to the Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum on Saturday from 2:00- 6:00pm. At 1:00pm., Austin Public Library’s Literature Live! returns with more puppet fun in Little Peep. Little Peep, despite warnings not to annoy the rooster who makes the sun rise each morning, tries to bring up the sun on his own! The show is recommended for ages 4 and up. From 2 – 3 p.m. TEXplorations Family Story Time will be held in the second floor lobby for free. Family Story Time features a hands-on activity, songs, stories, games and more.  This month’s theme is Monsters, Dragons, and Mice as Story Time explores fairy tales and the world of imagination. At 3:00pm, the Museum will present Made in Texas Family Film Series selection Cloak & Dagger, the 1984 spy adventure filmed in San Antonio. Lead actor Henry Thomas (E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial, Legends of the Fall) will be in attendance. FREE!! Saturday, 1:00- 4:00pm. The Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum, 1800 N. Congress Ave.

Little Lounge Lizards- A dance club party, where cool kids ages 10 and under along with the groovy “grown-ups”, can boogie down to dance hits from the 70’s on up. Spun by Austin’s popular live DJ Syko at a hip night club. Wear yellow to celebrate Livestrong. Tickets, $9. The first Saturday of every month from 1:00- 4:00pm. Qua, 213 W. 4th Street.

Bee Cave Public Library- “Discover the Magic of Reading” at Bee Cave Public Library this summer!  The annual Summer Reading Program kicks off on Saturday, June 4.  Zach, the Austin Juggling Magician, will be performing tricks at the library between 2 and 4 p.m. FREE!! Bee Cave Public Library, 4000 Galleria Parkway, Bee Cave.

Teen Free-Play Gaming- Join us for free-play Wii and Kinect Gaming, as well as traditional board and card games. For ages 10-17. For more info call Ms. Kit at 401-5634. FREE!! Saturday, 1:00pm. Cedar Park Public Library, 600 N. Bell Blvd., Cedar Park.

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.

Spring Festival- Sponsored by Christ the King Church. FREE food, live music, FREE games, art pavilion, crazy hair booth and cupcake bar. Saturday, 4:00pm. Kiker Elementary, 5913 Lacrosse Avenue.

Georgetown Public Library – The 2011 children’s summer reading program kicks off when the Impact Dance Troupe will take the audience to Wonderland. While they’re the main attraction, you may be sure there will be fun of other kinds, too, and food for the hungry.  FREE!! Saturday, 4:00pm. Georgetown Public Library, 402 West 8th Street, Georgetown.

Cupcake Smackdown- Cupcake Smackdown 3.0 is a fun mash up of technology and cupcakes and barbeque on a Texas evening.  Proceeds this year will benefit the Texas Craft Brewer’s Guild and Keep Austin Dog Friendly.   This year’s event also celebrates the 9th birthday of Keep Austin Dog Friendly and @MousetheDog.  As always, admittance is FREE.   Bring some cash for the fun and nommables. Saturday, 5pm. Hops and Grain Brewery, 507 Calles Street.

Brahms in the Park – Enjoy performances by the High School Band, Chorus and Orchestra as well as the Temple Symphony Orchestra.  The concert will be followed by a display of fireworks. FREE!! Saturday, 8pm. Gazebo, San Gabriel Park, Georgetown.

Green Gate Farms Hootenany- Celebrating 5th Anniversary of Green Gate Farms, Farmers Erin and Skip’s birthdays,
and the launch of our educational nonprofit New Farm Institute, whose mission is to educate, assist and inspire a new generation of sustainable farmers, with a focus on the urban fringe. Activities include swimming, fishing, pony cart rides, yodeling workshop, Tai Chi Workshop, tree house building, and a tour of the new barn. Saturday, 3:00pm. $10 adults, $5 children — cash or checks only. Green Gate Farms, 8310 Canoga Ave.

Snout by Snoutwest Dog Festival- Goodie bag for first 500 attendees, complimentary pet photos, pet parade, dog demonstrations, doggie water park, FREE dog treats, and more.  FREE for dogs and kids, $5 for adults. Sunday,10am. Dell Jewish Community Campus, 7300 Hart Lane.

Sunday Morning Kids Show- Music all ages will enjoy, Austin Texas style! FREE!! Sunday, 10:30am. Ruta Maya Coffee Shop, 3601 S. Congress Ave.

Half Price Books Storytime – Visit your local Half Price Books to kick off their Summer Reading Program with The Biggest Story Time of the Summer. FREE!! Sunday, 2pm.

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.

Cash on the Green- Join Red River Church for a free outdoor music event featuring The Band in Black, a Johnny Cash tribute band.  Bring family, friends, a picnic, a blanket or lawn chairs, and your dog to the Red River Church lawn. Between sets, you can join in a game of Jeopardy, with prizes, so brush up on your Johnny Cash trivia!  There will also be a bake sale to benefit the church’s youth trip to Comachuen, Mexico.  Water will be provided compliments of Cielo. FREE!! Sunday, 1:00pm. Red River Church, 4425 Red River.

Hartman Foundation Concerts in the Park- In its ninth 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 from June 5th through August 28th at 7:30 p.m. A gift from the Hartman Family Foundation, these concerts are presented to the Austin community in thanks for its continued, generous support. Each Sunday a different ensemble of the Austin Symphony will be featured at the new Hartman Park, located on the grounds of the Long Center for the Performing Arts, performing music from jazz and light classical to pops selections and film scores. Concertgoers are encouraged to bring a picnic dinner and blanket and make it a group outing. FREE!! Sunday, 7:30pm. Free Parking is available at One Texas Center located on Barton Springs Rd. @ S. 1st St.

Wendy Colonna Band- Wendy’s music is a savory gumbo of Southern soul and poetic lyricism borne of her rich Gulf Coast heritage.  Evocative and powerful, her voice ignites both memory and desire. Wendy was voted “Best Singer Songwriter” by the Austin American-Statesman, received Grand Prize in the FameCast International Talent Competition and has earned multiple songwriting awards.  Join us for a spirited kickoff to the 2011 season! FREE!! Sunday, 7:30pm.  Sunset Valley City Hall, 3205 Jones Road.

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