The Weekenders: Events for Austin Families, March 2-4, 2012

Friday Night Storytime- Mouse and Lion, Aesop’s fabled duo, renew their ancient bond in this warm retelling by Rand Burkert and Nancy Ekholm Burkert. FREE!! Friday, 7:30pm. Barnes and Noble, La Frontera Village, 2701 Parker Road Bldg A Suite 700, Round Rock.

Girlstart Starry Extravaganza-Stellar Stars, Space secrets, games galore, tasty treats! FREE! Prizes, experiments, games and more! No registration needed! Donations accepted. Friday, 7:00- 8:00pm. Dripping Springs Elementary School, 29400 Ranch Road 12.

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat- Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s hit musical bursts to life in vivid Technicolor as Austin Conservatory of Theater pre-professionals take the stage. A perfect show for the whole family to enjoy! Friday and Saturday at 7:00pm, Sunday, 2:00pm. Tickets: $10 in advance, $15 at the door. Hyde Park Baptist High School Auditorium, 11400 North Mopac.

Live Music at Central Market- Enjoy live music for FREE while the kids have a chance to work off some energy on the playscape. Friday from 6:30- 9:30pm features The Texas Independence Day Celebration with teenage powerhouse Ruby Jane, a fiddle prodigy, singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. A master of Texas fiddle styles, she has earned enough acclaim and recognition to play on the same stage as Willie Nelson and Asleep at the Wheel. Saturday from 6:30- 9:30pm, the Jeff Lofton Quartet will bring you live jazz. Central Market, 4001 N. Lamar Blvd.

Leaf for a Leaf Tree Celebration Finale – Bring the whole family to show some love for the trees at Ricky Guerrero Park. Join the Library and Parks Departments to mulch the park’s trees. There will be snacks, hands-on book and tree themed crafts for kids and adults. Everyone who attends will walk away with a FREE book bag, sapling and mulch. Austin Parks and Recreation’s Urban Forestry experts will be on hand to teach you how to care for your new tree-to-be. Saturday, from 9 a.m. – noon. Ricky Guerrero Park, 2006 S. Sixth St.

Celebrate Me! Ethiopia -  The Carver Museum in association with the Ethiopian Evangelical Christian Church presents Celebrate Me! Ethiopia! This FREE family-friendly, community event that will highlight Ethiopian culture through art, exhibits, crafts, food samples, presentations, and more. For more info email faith.weaver@austintexas.gov or call 512-974-3671. Saturday, from noon – 4 p.m. George Washington Carver Museum & Cultural Center, 1165 Angelina Street.

Kids’ Circus Camp- Join Circus Chickendog for a unique performance each week and learn new circus skills after each show! It’s fun for families and kids of all ages and great for birthday parties, too. Saturday, 9 to 9:30—A Make-Believe Dance Party with live musicians , 9:30 to 10:30—Circus/Musical Shaggy Dog “Tail” (Complete with Moral), 10:30 to 11:00–Learn to Juggle, Yo-Yo, and Train Dogs. Check out the weekly schedule on our Facebook page under the events section! $5 – kids, adults-free (Cash/Check at door). The Institution Theater, 3708 Woodbury Drive.

First Saturday and TEXplorations- The Museum offers FREE admission to the exhibits from 2 – 6 p.m. on the first Saturday of each month with First Saturdays. Visitors can also take advantage of the monthly thematic TEXplorations Family Story Time from 2 – 3 p.m. on First Saturdays. The Bob Bullock Texas Sate History Museum, 1800 N. Congress Ave.

Children’s Chess Open Play- Learn the basics of how to play chess, or just meet up with other chess fans to play a few games. All ages and abilities welcome. FREE!! Saturday, 1:30- 3:00pm.  Cedar Park Public Library, 600 N. Bell Blvd., Cedar Park.

Explore UT- Explore UT, the biggest open house in Texas, provides an opportunity for visitors to examine the rich and varied programs that are a part of everyday life on this campus. Explorers will discover in the schedule of activities something to thrill the kid in all of us. Activities include: The Children’s International Festival, Tower Tours, Campus Scavenger Hunt and more! FREE!! Open to the public. Saturday, 11:00am- 5:00pm. University of Texas Campus.

Circus Chickendog Kid’s Show- Bring the kids out to Highland Mall to enjoy the “Family-Friendly Circus That is Making Austin Weirder.” The acclaimed entertainer Darren Peterson will entertain with Magic, Juggling, Unicycling, Rope Spinning, Accordion Music, Giant Bubbles & Lots more. Join Circus Chickendog at Highland Mall as they travel throughout the mall entertaining kids and families and enjoy shows by the Three Ring Service Kiddie Train (lower level by Champs) on Saturday from 2:00pm – 4:00pm. FREE!! Highland Mall, 6001 Airport Blvd.

Music in the Park- Enjoy a day in the park while listening to FREE, live and diverse concerts set in various parks throughout Austin. This Saturday’s concert features The Eggmen with Big Don & School of Rock from 1:00-5:00 pm on Saturday at Dick Nichols Park, 8011 Beckett Rd.

Dr. Seuss Storytime- The Cat in the Hat exclaimed, “Dr. Seuss is 108″ Without Dr. Seuss none of us would have ever marveled at a Truffala Tree, dodged a tweetle beetle and foxes in sock(es), we are throwing a Seusstastical storytime. So please don your most impressive hat and join us! But that’s not all. Oh no. That is not all! We will be having all kinds of fun with silly activities and more. FREE!! Saturday, 11:30am. BookPeople, 603 N. Lamar Blvd.

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.

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. Guided hike leaves at 10 am from the Visitor’s Center and returns at 11 am. Nature crafts and self-guided scavenger hunts available until 1 pm.  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. Clubs or groups should schedule a private hike. FREE, all ages. Pre-registration is required for hike. McKinney Roughs Nature Park.

It’s My Park Day- It’s My Park! Day is an annual community service day focused on improvements to Austin’s park. Individuals and community groups lead projects ranging from simple cleaning and repair to trail building and playground installation. FREE!! Check the website to find out available volunteer opportunities and locations.

Play for All Abilities Grand Opening Celebration- The Play for All Abilities Park is a project that has been 5 years in the making and has truly been a community-wide effort. The park includes several pods each intended to develop specific skills for all children including Retreat Pod, Sensory Pod-Sand Box, Rock Band Pod, Rolling Hill/Performance Lawn, Sensory Pod, All Abilities Playscape, All Ability Swings and a Brushy Creek Village life skills area. The completed park is 51,000 square feet of outdoor fun for children of all abilities. City leaders, sponsors and Round Rock residents will officially open the park for public use with a Grand Opening Celebration that will feature an official ribbon cutting and live performances. Refreshments will be served compliments of Celebration Church. FREE!! Saturday, 10:00am- 1:00pm. Play for All Abilities Park, 151 North A.W. Grimes Blvd., Round Rock.

Craft Time for Kids- Kids design and decorate a fanciful mirror with sparkling gems, glitter paint and more! FREE!! Saturday, 11:00am- 3:00pm. Lakeshore Learning Center, 9828 Great Hills Trail.Advertisement
Texas Independence Day Parade- FREE!! Parade begins at on Saturday 9:30am on the Congress Avenue Bridge.

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

Home Depot Kids Workshop- Bring your kids to this FREE How-To Workshop for kids ages 5-12 years old where they will make #20 Race car. Saturday, 9:00am- Noon. All participating Home Depot Locations.

Joe McDermott at Bee Cave Library – The Bee Cave Public Library invites Seuss fans to Seuss on the Loose, the 7th Annual Dr. Seuss Birthday Celebration from 2 – 4 p.m. The FREE celebration includes games, crafts, and of course story times, and there will even be a live performance by the “maestro of imagination,” Joe McDermott. Saturday, from 2 – 4 p.m. Bee Cave Public Library, 4000 Galleria Pkwy., Bee Cave.

If You Give a Mouse a Cookie- It all starts so simply – a day like any other. A boy stays home alone when his mom goes to visit Aunt Rose.  With a few cookies and a good spot to read, everything seems so perfect. When the Mouse shows up, hungry – talkative – and not to be ignored. What can the boy do but give the Mouse a cookie? So… what do you get when an energetic mouse and an obliging boy spend the afternoon together? Cookie crumbs, spilled milk, and a whole lot of outrageous physical comedy that will have you rolling in the aisles. Perfect for ages 3 and up. Tickets: $15 per adult, $12 per child. Saturday, 11:00am and 2:30pm. ZACH Theatre, 1510 Toomey Road.

Hansel and Gretel- Ballet Austin’s world premiere of Hansel and Gretel brings a playful spirit to the classic Grimm fairy tale with new choreography by Nelly van Bommel. Tickets: starting at $12. Saturday and Sunday at 2:00 and 4:30pm. AustinVentures StudioTheater, 501 West 3rd Street in the Butler Dance Education Center.

Sunday Morning Kids Show: Staci Gray - Bring the entire family for a FREE show with live music! Sunday, 10:30am.  Ruta Maya, 3601 South Congress Avenue.

Ghostbusters: The Play – The group of friends who last year brought us The Princess Bride: The Play, is back with another loose adaptation involving paper mache, rookie actors, and a lot of heart. With stunts spectacular and paranormal excitement, Ghostbusters: The Play will be just what you subcreatures have been waiting for! Bring your own blanket. Parking is limited, so please bike, walk, or carpool if you can. FREE!! Saturday and Sunday at 6 p.m. Metz Park, 2407 Canterbury Street (where Pedernales Street dead-ends into the Holly Street Power Plant).

Flying Theatre Machine: The Adventure Room- Sundays at the Hideout, Flying Theater Machine presents the only kid-oriented improv 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. Sunday, 2:00pm. The Hideout Theater, 617 Congress Ave.

Whole Foods Kids Club- Bring the kids for an adventure in food and fun. Every week we learn about important topics like healthy eating and the importance of organic and local products. FREE!! Sunday, Noon- 2:00pm. Whole Foods, 525 N. Lamar Blvd.

Community Purim Festival- Face painting, pony rides, carnival games, and more!  Our annual outdoor celebration is an event not to be missed!  Children in costume get five free tickets good for games!   Kosher food and traditional carnival snacks like popcorn, cotton candy, and sno cones will be available for purchase. FREE!! Sunday, Noon- 3:00pm. Jewish Community Center, 7300 Hart Lane.

Sunday Storyime- Enjoy an all-ages, FREE storytime on Sunday at 1:00pm at Faulk Central Library, 800 Guadalupe Street.

Laurie Berkner Live!- It’s every one’s birthday at the Laurie Berkner Band’s Birthday Party Concert! Tickets: starting at $25. Sunday, 1:00pm. The Paramount Theatre, 713 Congress Ave.

Zilker Park Kite Festival- Bring a kite to fly or just sit back and marvel at the kites flying in the sky. You can bring a picnic or buy food from vendors. There are also kite making workshops, flying demonstrations, and competitions. FREE!! Sunday, 10:00am- 5:00pm. Zilker Park, Barton Springs Road.

Clifford the Big Red Dog Live- It only takes a little to BE BIG!™ In conjunction with the beloved BIG dog’s 50th anniversary, celebrate the timeless values of Clifford’s BIG Ideas – Share, Play Fair, Have Respect, Work Together, Be Responsible, Be Truthful, Be Kind, Believe In Yourself, Be A Good Friend and Help Others. These sentiments have never been more fun as Clifford and his friends from Birdwell Island – Emily Elizabeth, Cleo and T-Bone – embark on new adventures. With memorable songs and choreography – there will be even more of him to love in this ALL NEW musical – sure to delight the entire family! Tickets: start at $14. Sunday, 3:00pm. The Long Center for Performing Arts, Dell Hall.

Read Across America and Dr. Seuss Celebration- Join us as we celebrate the 75th Anniversary of Dr. Seuss’ classic stories! All weekend long, we’ll host story times and activities in honor of the author’s spirit and imagination. FREE!! Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 3:30pm. Pottery Barn, 2901 S. Capital of Texas Hwy.

Star Wars Event in Bee Cave –  Learning Express, in Hill Country Galleria, will host a FREE Star Wars event on Sunday. Costumes are encouraged! Anyone in a Star Wars costume or t-shirt will receive 20% off the purchase of Star Wars items. Bring your camera for photo ops with Darth Vader, R2D2, Stormtroopers and an Imperial Guard. For more information (and a coupon!), click here. Sunday, from 1 – 3 p.m. Learning Express Toys, Hill Country Galleria, 12901 Hill Country Blvd. # D1-103, Bee Cave.

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Catherine Prystup founded LiveMom.com 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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