The Weekenders: Events for Austin Families, March 23-25, 2012

Star of Texas Fair and Rodeo- Live music, cook-offs, rodeo competitions, a carnival, pig races and more- it’s all part of Rodeo Austin! The rodeo will go through March 24th. For a complete schedule of events,  click here. Travis County Exposition Center, 7311 Decker Lane.

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 Night Storytime- King Hugo’s Huge Ego by Chris Van Dusen is a hilarious story matched only by his outrageous illustrations. This is a picture book that is sometimes fairy tale, sometimes cautionary, and always laugh out loud funny. FREE!! Friday, 7:30pm. Barnes and Noble, La Frontera Village, 2701 Parker Road Bldg A Suite 700, Round Rock.

HONK! TX- Twenty community street bands will participate in transforming everyday locations into organic stages where the line between crowd and performers dissolves for three days: Friday, Saturday and Sunday. HONK!TX’s unique format will demonstrate the potential for creative use of our public spaces without the need for amplification or artificial stages. FREE!! For a complete schedule and locations, click here.

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:
  • Rattletree, a one-of-a-kind group! Band leader Joel Laviolette learned the style firsthand from marimba masters while living in Zimbabwe. There he absorbed the style, meaning and spirituality of this ancient yet modern music. Friday, 6:30- 9:00pm.
  • Children’s Show Choir Group- The Sunshine Generation will perform a variety of musical numbers. Saturday, 12:30- 2:00pm.
  • Manteca Beat- This band has a sound that is both familiar and fresh. Led by Paul Klemperer’s soulful sax, the group explores the best in classic R&B, blues and Latin music with a cool, jazzy edge. Original songs and arrangements five some extra spice to the recipe! Saturday, 6:30- 9:00pm.

Stickermania & Storytelling- Kids create their very own Disney Store party story using stickers. FREE!! Saturday, March 24, 10:30 am – 1:00 pm. The Disney Store in Lakeline Mall, 11200 Lakestop Blvd.

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.

Street Food Festival and Annual Garage Sale Benefiting the Whole Planet Prosperity Campaign- Celebrate South America during our First Annual Street Food Festival. Enjoy local vendors, music, food and so much more. FREE!! Saturday, 11:00am- 5:00pm. Here’s the lineup: 11am – Meet the Grower – Jeff Transeau of Charta Olive Farms and at 3pm – Rattle Tree Marimba will perform.. Our annual garage sale will be held from 12:00 – 5:00pm. You never know what you will find so come early and find the best deals. All proceeds form the street food festival and street food festival will benefit the Whole Planet Foundation. Whole Foods, 525 N. Lamar Blvd.

There was a little Froggie Easter Craft- Celebrate Easter with this friendly little froggie. Make-It Take-It with purchase of an egg. While Supplies Last / Ages 3 and up. Saturday, 1:00- 3:00pm. All participating Michael’s locations.

Save Texas Schools March and Rally- Last March, over 13,000 concerned Texas gathered to protest budget cuts to education. Despite our best efforts, the legislature chose to cut an unprecedented $5.4 billion from public education over two years. Over 12,000 teachers are gone in just the first year, leaving overcrowded classes, shut-down schools, and vital programs cut. Come out again this year to once again say NO! FREE!! Saturday, 11:00am. Starting from 12th & Trinity (1 block east of the Capitol grounds) Rally: Noon – 2:00 p.m. at the Texas State Capitol on the South Steps, Congress Ave. & 11th St.

Spring Crafts and the Easter Bunny- Bring your kids and your camera for a visit with the Easter Bunny and make spring crafts while you’re at it! FREE!! Saturday, 10:30am- 12:30pm. Learning Express in the Hill Country Galleria, 12901 Hill Country Blvd.

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.

National Geographic Little Explorers: Maps- We’re bringing the science museum experience to our stores with hands-on activities, quizzes, songs, and more. Kids ages 3 and up are invited to explore together with us as we learn all about bugs, birds and maps. Children will earn a badge for every event that they attend, and kids who attend all three events this season will get a special prize. FREE!! Saturday, 10:00am. Pottery Barn, Barton Creek Square Mall, 2901 S. Capital of Texas Hwy.Advertisement
Engineering Saturday-Work with inspiring role models from UT College of Engineers who will help you design, build and test during a fun, hands-on activivty. Admission: $6.50 adults, $4.50 children. Saturday, 10:00am- Noon. Austin Children’s Museum, 201 Colorado Street.

Brand New Books Storytime- There is nothing like the smell of a new book fresh from the store! It smells like ink and paper and the promise of undiscovered friendship. So today, we’re reading books that are new to BookPeople’s shelves, including the adorable Otto the Book Bear. And after our stories are read, we’re going to be making some stylish bear ears of our very own in honor of our brand new bearish friend. FREE!! Saturday, 11:30am. BookPeople, 603 N. Lamar Blvd.

Saturday Morning Storytime- Many of the Barnes and Noble locations offer a FREE storytime for children on Saturday mornings at 11:00am. Click here to check for participating locations.

Breakfast Bytes: Going Digital- Brunch for the Brain. Join us for cool talks and interact with technology as we serve up cutting-edge computer science. Now serving Saturdays from 10 a.m. to noon on the UT campus. Breakfast Bytes is a free Saturday morning program geared toward middle and high school students, and their parents. UTCS professors and industry guests lead interactive computer science discussions and activities. Senior Lecturer Mike Scott will demystify the digital process, and use cameras to show students how digital images are created. FREE!! Saturday, 10:00am- Noon. UT Campus in the W.C. Hogg building.

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 Derailers, Ruby Jane and Peewee Moore. Saturday,  1:00-5:00 pm. Given Recreation Center, 3811 E 12th.

Craft Time for Kids:Spring Flower bouquet- Children capture all the wonders of spring as they create their own charming, basket-shaped masterpiece! FREE!! Saturday, 11:00am- 3:00pm. Lakeshore Learning Center, 9828 Great Hills Trail.

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.

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

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

Whole Foods Kids Club-Learn about the Whole Planet Foundation with crafts! We will be focusing on brands and products that help everyone. Whole Planet Foundation was born out of Whole Foods Market’s desire to eliminate world poverty and hunger. It focuses on giving back to those who have helped us succeed. FREE!! Sunday, Noon- 3:00pm. Whole Foods, 525 N. Lamar Blvd.

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

The Flying Theatre Machine: Story Sports- Kids vote on their favorite teams; The Pirates, The Wizards, The Aliens, and The Bakers.  These athletes and sometimes the audience will partake in events such as creating out-of-order stories, monster-catching or running an obstacle race and more! Watch these teams bring the laughs as they achieve victorious points in each event. Improv Olympic sports have never been more entertaining, especially when the audience chooses the winners. Come to the Hideout Theater to laugh and cheer on your favorite teams. Tickets: $8. Sunday, 2:00pm. The Hideout Theater, 617 Congress Ave.


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