The Weekenders: Events for Austin Families, October 21-23, 2011

Texas Book Festival Kickoff-Join us for a special presentation as we help kick off the Texas Book Festival with special author presentations and book signings. Admission is FREE to the public! Doors open at 3:30pm and the event starts at 4:00pm on Friday. Austin Children’s Museum, 201 Colorado Street.

Sunset Supper Cinema: E.T.- Kid’s Club Alert: from 5:30 to 6:30 we will be getting ready for Halloween by painting the perfect pumpkin. While the pumpkins dry, join us under the stars for ‘E.T. – The Extra-Terrestrial’. Cheer on Elliot and the gang as they run from the authorities to get their new friend back home. Friday, 5:30pm. FREE!! Whole Foods, 525 N. Lamar Blvd.

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. FREE!! Friday, 9:00- 10:30pm. All ages welcome. McKinney Roughs Nature Park.

Movies in the Park: Nanny McPhee Returns- Often described as a combination of state-of-the-art technology and nostalgia of the 1950′s drive-in, the Movies in he Park series provides families the opportunity to spend time together under the stars while enjoying first run movies on a 20 foot tall screen…. all for FREE! Movies begin at dusk. Bring lawn chairs, blankets and a picnic dinner. Concessions available. Alcohol and glass containers prohibited. Friendly pets welcome. Friday, dusk. Robin Bledsoe Park, 601 S. Bagdad Road, Leander.

Friday Night Storytime- Watch out! This little vampire is looking for a bite. Enjoy Gibbus Moony Wants to Bite You! by Leslie Muir and Jen Corace. FREE!! Friday, 7:30pm. Barnes and Noble, La Frontera Village, Round Rock.

Scary Stories & Terrifying Tales- The moon is full, spirits are rustling through the leaves along Walnut Creek and our ghouls are ready to welcome you to our popular Halloween event. The Chisholm Trail that runs across Pioneer Farms was never this ghostly. Fun for the whole family. Appropriate for children. Come see our Spooky Scarecrows, haunted historic houses, ghost stories among other family-friendly frights along a walking tour through Hallow’s Eve, with fortune tellers, the Headless Horseman, eerie spooklights and much more. All our historic sites are brimming with spooky characters, many of them storybook characters from the past. When the fog rolls in off the creek, our Tonkawa Encampment is one spooky place. You can almost see ghosts passing through the mist! Experience Halloween like nowhere else in Texas! An Austin tradition with new displays and thrills! Friday and Saturday,  7:00-10:00 p.m. nightly. Admission is $10 a person. Reservations are not necessary. Pioneer Farms, 10621 Pioneer Farms Drive.

Boo at the Zoo- Wear a costume, bring a flashlight, pack a picnic! See the animals in a whole new light and meet the ghouls and goblins of the hill country on our one-of-a-kind haunted train ride. It’s the best Halloween treat around! Friday and Saturday from 6:30- 9:00pm. Trains runs every 20 minutes from 7:00 to 8:20.  $12.50 per  person, children under 2 admitted free. Austin Zoo, 10808 Rawhide Trail.

Cedar Park Fall Festival- This second annual event will take place on both Friday, from 6:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. and Saturday from 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m. and is sure to provide something for everyone in the entire family to enjoy. While kids who are 3 years and younger enter for FREE, admission is $8 per person per day. Activities included in admission: Live music, carnival games, inflatables, hay rides, craft fair, costume contest, climbing tower, super slide, kiddie carnival, cookie walk, pumpkin patch, pumpkin painting (with purchase of a pumpkin). Additional activities, food and drink are available for a fee. YMCA Camp Twin Lakes, 204 E. Little Elm Trail.

Kid Activities at Elgin Farmers Market- Mom’s can shop and the kids can get engaged in art! The activities are provided and supervised by the Elgin Arts Association and there it’s FREE! Saturday, 10:00am- 2:00pm. Elgin Main Street.

Food-Free Family Storytime- Enjoy 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.

Family Fun Day- Plenty of fun farm activities for the entire family plus good food and other products from local vendors. Family tours are at 10:00am and 11:30am. Admission: $6 adults, $5 children 2 and above. They do require an RSVP for the tour. Crowe’s Nest Farm in Manor.

Lowe’s Build and Grow Clinic: Halloween Monster Truck- This kit is awesome! This “Monster” truck includes a flashing light and glow in the dark stickers! Saturday, 10:00am. FREE!! All participating Lowe’s locations.

We’ve Got Spirit- Cheerleaders, pep squads, and drill teams all encourage their teams on to victory. Make pompoms, learn a cheer or two with the Stony Point High School cheerleaders, and get ready to show your team spirit! Saturday, 1:00- 3:00pm. FREE!! Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum, 1800 N. Congress.

Goodnight Goon Storytime- Come dressed in your costumes and enjoy treats (but no tricks!) as we celebrate Halloween with some of our favorite stories, including Goodnight Goon. FREE!! Saturday, 11:00am. Barnes and Noble, 10000 Research Blvd.

Oktoberfest- Live music and folk dancing, a Biergarten serving German beer, food and desserts, free family-friendly activities. Saturday, Noon- 6:00pm. $10 adults, kids twelve and under are free. German Free School, 507 East 1oth Street.

Halloween Howl- Join us for this spook-tacular event! Discover the science and nature of Halloween. This family event is perfect for children of all ages. Follow a knowledgeable guide on a moonlight hike through the Zilker Preserve. Visit a Mad Scientist Lab to experiment and play with slime! Encounter a bat, pet a hissing cockroach and then learn about lizards and snakes. Take a trip through space with a visit to the planetarium and much, much more! Costumes are encouraged. Bring a flashlight. All ages. $5. Saturday, 5:30- 8:30pm. Austin Nature and Science Center, 301 Nature Center Drive.

Halloween T-Shirt Event- Make a fun scary spider T-shirt. Make-It Take-It with purchase of shirt. Ages 3 and up. While supplies last. Saturday, 10:00am- Noon. All participating Michael’s locations.

Children’s Business Fair- The fair will showcase 100 extraordinary businesses built by children ages 6-13.  Admission: $2 per person, 5 and under free. Saturday, 10:00am- 2:00pm. Pease Mansion, 1606 Niles Road.

Crafts for Kids- Bring the kids, ages 3 and up, to make a Masquerade Mask ! FREE!! Saturday, 11:00am- 3:00pm. Lakeshore Learning Store, 9828 Great Hills Trail.

Lakeway Public Safety Day and Bike Rodeo- This event features vendors and displays to educate the public in all aspects of safety awareness and to show the teamwork between the Lakeway Police Department and different agencies across Central Texas. Be sure to check out police and fire vehicles, helicopters and a presentation by the National Guard. Visit with Smokey the Bear about fire safety. Have fun on the bicycle safety course, take advantage of VIN# etchings and child fingerprinting. Enjoy live music and a Kid’s Fun Zone. FREE!! Saturday, 9:00am- 4:00pm. Lake Travis Elementary School, 15303 Kollmeyer Drive.

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.

Star Party- Take a tour of the night skies at Westcave Preserve, a dark sky location convenient to the Austin area.  Ideal opportunity to enjoy an evening of gazing a the stars through a high-quality telescope. Tickets: $5 adults, $2 child or $15 for family. Saturday, 7:30- 9:30pm. Westcave Preserve, 24814 Hamilton Pool Road, Round Mountain.

Halloween Spooktacular- North Austin families wanting to get into the Halloween spirit in a fun, safe environment need look no further than their neighborhood YMCAs. Activities will include: haunted candy trail, face painting, pumpkin decorating, family games and prizes, bounce house, family arts and crafts, spooky music and more! FREE!! Saturday, 5:00- 8:00pm. Northwest Family YMCA, 5807 McNeil Drive.

Power Rangers Visit!-Characters from the series “The Power Rangers Samurai” will be visiting Fort Hood on Friday, October 21.  In addition, they will be at two Walmart stores on Saturday, October 22.  Kids of all ages have a chance to meet them and parents can bring their own cameras to take photos.  Two heroes will be in-store for an hour and a half at each location (longer at Fort Hood)—so parents should plan to get there early to guarantee their child has time to meet their favorite Power Rangers! FREE!! Friday,  5:00-8:30 pm at Fort Hood, Hood Main Store, Building 5004, Clear Creek Road,Fort Hood. This event open only to military card holders and their families. Saturday, 10:00-11:30 am at Walmart, 3401 S. 31 st St., Temple. and Saturday from 3:00-4:30pm at Walmart, 1400 Lowes Blvd., Killeen.Advertisement
Viva la Vida Fest- Viva la Vida Fest celebrates life and our environment through art and culture, using the traditions of Dia de los Muertos. The festival brings together a diversity of people in Austin to pay homage to friends, family, and heroes. The festival features a  grand procession followed by a costume contest and a street celebration with: natural and organic Mexican and Tex-Mex foods and beverages, hands-on art activities & artist demos, local artist and retail booths, spectacular, larger-than-life props, live music and dance performances. Saturday, 2:00- 10:00pm. FREE!! For times and locations, please check the website.

Teen Read Week- Celebrate Teen Read Week Scott Pilgrim style with a photo booth, Guitar Hero, a comic book swap, snacks, prizes, and a costume contest!  Bring any comics you’d like to trade; everything else provided. FREE!! Saturday, 1:00pm. Manchaca Branch Public Library, 5500 Manchaca Rd.

Peter Rabbit Visits Storytime- Make sure to bring your cameras to this special Storytime visit from Peter Rabbit! FREE!! Saturday, 11:00am. Barnes and Noble, Lakeline Crossing, 14010 US Hwy. 183.

Gypsy Picnic Food Trailer Festival- More than 40 Austin carts, trailers, vans and push-carts will gather for stroll-around tastings (for $3) and live music. There will also be a special area setup for the kiddos! Bring blankets, collapsible chairs and the entire family, including the doggy! FREE!! Saturday, 11:00am- 8:00pm. Auditorium Shores, Riverside Drive.

Alamo Kid’s Club: The Villian- FREE Kids Club Screening! Special Thanks to the Texas Book Festival for their help in coordinating this event. With THE VILLAIN, Hal Needham did something that filmmakers have been trying to do for years: he brought the plasticity of film time that the Warner Brothers’ cartoons perfected into live-action film. Not surprisingly, it makes THE VILLAIN a lot of fun. Many of us watched it as kids and now we’re eager to pass it on to the next generation. It’s a broad western farce starring Arnold Schwarzenegger as The Handsome Stranger, who must escort beautiful heiress Charming Jones (Ann-Margret) across the desert to get her family inheritance. Along the way, they are continually assailed by the Wile E. Coyote-like Cactus Jack (Kirk Douglas, doing many of his own stunts), who falls off cliffs, blows himself up and generally makes an entertaining mess of it all. This film is one-of-a-kind. Come see it with the man who made it, the legendary Hal Needham. Children 3 and over. Saturday, 11:00am. Alamo Drafthouse South, 1120 S. Lamar Blvd.

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.

Tour de Fat- Enjoy a day of entertainment, musical acts and performances, all to promote cycling and raise money for Yellow Bike Project, Austin Cycling Association and Austin Ridge Riders Mountain Bike Club. Saturday, parade begins at 9:00am, entertainment from 11:00am- 4:00pm. FREE!! Fiesta Gardens, 2101 Jesse E Segovia S

Sesame Street Event- Sing & Dance with the New Let’s Rock Elmo! Come play with Elmo’s tambourine, drums & keyboard Dance to the music! FREE!! Toys”R”Us, all four locations in Austin.

YogaKids Storytime- Come bend and stretch and waaaaaake up! Certified yoga instructor Krista Phillips will be here to not only read a story or two, but to lead our young ones in a short and lively yoga lesson. Come and listen to some relaxing stories and stretch out Saturday morning at 11:30AM! FREE!! BookPeople, 603 N. Lamar Blvd.

The Pumpkin Hunt- Enjoy a  family-friendly event where children of all ages can enjoy fall activities, like picking out a pumpkin from the field. All activities are ongoing throughout the day, allowing families to customize their experience at the farm. Pumpkins of all sizes will be available for purchase. The premier event, the Pumpkin Hunt, includes a wagon ride into the Christmas tree fields where mini pumpkins are hidden in the trees. After the Hunt, enjoy pumpkin painting on the pavilion along with the other activities and games. The following activities are FREE:Wagon ride around the farm, toddler play area, pumpkin decorating (after purchase of pumpkin), bean bag toss, petting zoo, pictures with the pumpkins. Some activities cost between $2.50 and $5.00. Saturday, 10:00am- 5:00pm and Sunday from 1:00pm- 5:00pm. Evergreen Farm, Elgin.

Sweet Berry Farm Fall Festival- Head out to the farm for horse rides, mazes, pumpkin decorating, pet the animals,  take a hayride, and you can even stuff your own scarecrow! Plenty of picnic areas available. Admission and parking are free but there are charges for the activities. Saturday, 8:30am- 5:30pm and Sunday from 1:00- 5:00pm. Sweet Berry Farms, Marble Falls.

Texas Book Festival- Among the entire list of festival writers, you’ll find a number of Pulitzer winners, some of the nation’s most beloved chefs and children’s writers, and revered novelists and short story writers. Join us for author panels and discussions, book signings, cooking demonstrations and local food and live music! There will be three tents set up just for kids with storytellers, costumes characters, live music, hands-on craft activities, and more.  FREE!! Saturday and Sunday, 10:00am-5:00pm. Texas State Capital.

Fall Harvest Festival- FREE and open to the public! Activities will include: face painting, Halloween crafts, family games, trick or treating (come in costume!), free food, drinks and candy and an inflatable jumparoo. Sunday, 4:00-6:00 p.m. North Park Family YMCA, 9616 N. Lamar.

Umlaufaloopa- A two-day family-friendly arts festival held on the grounds of the Umlauf Sculpture Garden & Museum – is excited to announce its line-up of local artists, live music, Austin food trailers and kids art education and activities. Austinites are encouraged to come out to enjoy this weekend of art, music, community fun and tasty treats – all within the beautiful sculpture garden located on the edge of Zilker Park in the heart of Central Austin. Live performances by Joe McDermott, Staci Gray, Circus Chickendog, as well as Tiny Tails to You, storytelling, and a children’s activity area presented by Abrakadoodle. Tickets: family of four for $10 or individual adult and children tickets for $4 and $2 respectively. Saturday, 10:00am.-6:00pm and Sunday from Noon-5:00pm. Umlauf Sculpture Garden & Museum, 605 Robert E. Lee Road.

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.

Flying Theater Machine: Fairly Silly Fairy Tales- 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. Take your favorite stories- shake them up, mix them around, and pour them through a silly filter and what do you have? Fairly Silly Fairy Tales! These are stories like no others because you are helping to create them. In fact, you might even end up in the show! Such a blast for the entire family, but especially for 4-10 years old. Tickets: $8. Sunday, 2:00pm. The Hideout Theater, 617 Congress Ave.

Sunday Morning Kids Show: Mr. Johnny and Sharon- Bring the kids out to enjoy kid-friendly performances by local Austin musicians and entertainers for FREE!! Sunday, 10:30am. Tips for performers appreciated. Sunday, 10:30am. Ruta Maya Coffee, 3601 S. Congress Ave.

Halloween Children’s Concert- It’s creepy, crawly and sooooo much fun…it’s spooky! Your little ghost or goblin will help haunt Long Center’s Dell Hall for Austin Symphony’s annual Halloween Children’s Concert. This exciting concert features frightfully fun symphonic music that is stimulating for young eyes and ears (ages 2-10). The entire family is invited to dress up in their favorite costume and enjoy “boo-tiful” music with their Austin Symphony Orchestra.Sunday, 2:00pm. Tickets: $12. Long Center for the Performing Arts, 701 West Riverside Drive.

Little Red Rocking Hood- Lace up those size 3 Doc Martens and join the Violet Crown Community Theater for Little Red Rocking Hood, a Punk Rock Fairy Tale. This FREE, kid-friendly performance follows the adventures of Riot Grrrl Red as she takes on the Big Bad Wolf in a punk rock battle of the bands. Featuring original music and direction by Toby Marsh. Violet Crown Community Theater is a sponsored project of the Austin Creative Alliance! Sunday, 5:00pm. Brentwood Elementary – Outdoor Stage, 6700 Arroyo Seco.

Storytime- Enjoy a FREE!! storytime on Sunday at 1:00pm at Faulk Central Library, 800 Guadalupe Ave.

Green City Festival- FREE!! Arts and crafts for the kids from 1:00- 4:00pm on Sunday, Live music from 4:00- 5:00pm, special exhibits, speakers and presentations, giveaways, door prizes and more throughout the day. Sunday 1:00- 5:00pm. City Hall, 301 West 2nd Street.

Science Sunday- Have fun with hands-on activities and meet inspiring role models who are studying or working in the sciences! This week’s group: UT Chemical Engineering Society and UT Club Outreach. Sunday, 3:00- 5:00pm. Admission: $6.50- $4.50. Remember, Museum admission is free on Sundays from 4-5pm! Austin Children’s Museum, 201 Colorado Street.

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