The Weekenders: Kid-Friendly Events in Austin, October 8-10, 2010

RBFCU Movies in the Park: Planet 51- Movies begin at dark.  Please bring your lawn chair or blanket for seating.  Concessions are available or you may bring your own.  Alcohol and glass containers are prohibited. Robin Bledsoe Park, 601 S. Bagdad Road.

Haunted House- Did you hear? You may not want to enter Twin Lakes Park on Friday & Saturday evenings (as well as Halloween Night) from 7:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. this October … it’s more than just haunted, it’s possessed! The question is … can you muster the nerve to enter Camp Twin Lakes’ annual Haunted House in Cedar Park? Admission is $8 per person and ages 10 and up are welcome … if they dare. Of note, a “Behind the Scenes” viewing (with lights on and no actors – where we will take time in each room to discuss the characters that would be in the room as well as the ideas that led us to the creation of the room) of the Haunted House will also be made available for younger ages each evening that the Haunted House is open from 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. at a reduced per person cost. Camp Twin Lakes YMCA, 204 E. Little Elm Trail.

Movies in the Park: Furry Vengeance- Bring your blankets and lawn chairs as there will be plenty of grass area available. Concessions will be available, but you are welcome to bring a picnic. Glass containers are prohibited. Admission is FREE!! Friday, 7:00pm. Elizabeth Milburn Park, 1901 Sun Chase Blvd.

Live Music Friday- Enjoy live music in a family-friendly setting every Friday night from 7:00- 10:00pm. FREE!! Star Co. Coffee, 114 E. Main Street, Round Rock.

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. Registration is not required. FREE!! Friday, 9:00- 10:30pm. McKinney Roughs State Park, Hwy 71 East.

Storytime- It’s another special Halloween-themed storytime tonight with two books to enjoy: A Vampire Is Coming to Dinner! by Pamela Jane and Pedro Rodriguez and The Zombie Nite Cafe by Merrily Kutner. FREE!! Friday, 7:30pm. Barnes and Noble, La Frontera, Round Rock.

Children at Heart Family Music Arts Festival- Family friendly music, food, vendors, artist booths and demonstrations, chalk walk, and an auction. FREE!! Saturday, 9:00am. Downtown Round Rock.

Explore the Story: Let’s Fly- It’s a day full of high-flying adventure! Learn to build a variety of flying contraptions from paper airplanes to kites and parachutes to helicopters in this exploration of all things airborne. Compete for prizes for best design, longest flight and much more. FREE!! Saturday, 1:00- 3:00pm. The Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum, 1800 N. Congress Avenue.

Bilingual Storytime- Enjoy a FREE bilingual storytime at the Wells Branch Community Library. Saturday, 1:00pm. Wells Branch Community Library, 15001 Wells Port Dr.

Engineering Saturday- This gallery program is sure to get your mental gears turning! On select Saturday mornings, children and families can explore engineering first hand through playful activities presented in collaboration with students from The University of Texas’ Cockrell School of Engineering. Saturday, 10:00am- Noon. Adults and children ages 2 and up are $6.50, under 2 $4.50 and one and under are free. Austin Children’s Museum, 201 Colorado Street.

Second Saturdays are for Families: A Stitch Through Time- Family Collages with guest artist Lance Letscher. Past, present, and future!  Include all generations of your family to create a collage depicting your favorite traditions and customs.  Enjoy live readings of artist Lance Letscher’s new children’s book The Perfect Machine at 2 and 3pm, and meet the author as he brings his unique creativity to the collage activity. Drop in and create! $7 for the whole family; $5 member families. Saturday, Noon- 4:00pm. Austin Museum of Art, 823 Congress Avenue.

Crafts for Kids- Bring the kids, ages 3 and up, to make a Briefcase that has room for paper and supplies. FREE!! Saturday between 11:00am- 3:00pm. Lakeshore Learning Store, 9828 Great Hills Trail.
AdvertisementCLICK, CLACK, MOO- Will Farmer Brown give in to the animals’ demands (the cows want blankets and the hens are on strike!)? Will Jenny get her computer back after Farmer Brown declares a “tech-free zone” on the farm? Find out in a hilariously “mooooo-ving” new musical about negotiation and compromise, based on the Caldecott Honor Book by Doreen Cronin and Betsy Lewin. Tickets, $15 adult, $12 child. Saturday, 11:00am and 1:00pm. One World Theatre, 7701 Bee Caves Road.

Fable Fest- Join us for our second annual Fable Fest! This fun filled event t offers a complete showcase of drama, music, art, activities and storytelling. Money raised from this event’s sponsors, vendors and activities will benefit the Cedar Park Public Library, including paying for reading programs, advanced technologies and expanding the current library collections for years to come. FREE admission, cost for activities. Saturday, 1:00- 5:00pm. Heritage Oak Park, 875 Quest Parkway, Cedar Park.

MEOW! Look out for that Black Cat Storytime- Don’t let them cross your path for fear of bad luck, but do come into BookKids this morning when we’ll read stories all about black cats and their cat buddies! We’ll read Slinky Malinki along with other very feline stories for your enjoyment. Like catnip for your young brains, these stories will leave you happy and excited for my reading! Don’t miss these stories along with a super activity that is puuuuuurrrrfect for a kitty cat Halloween costume! FREE!! Saturday. 11:30am. BookPeople, 603 N. Lamar Blvd.

Hutto Olde Tyme Days- Live music, arts and crafts booths, entertainment for the kids, street dance, food, a parade and car show and more. It’s free during the day with a $10 fee for the evening activities. Children 3 and under are free. Saturday, parade beginning at 10:00am with the entertainment beginning at 11:00am. Downtown Hutto.

Star Night- 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 gazing at the stars through a high-quality telescope.Registration required. 6:30- 8:30pm. $5 adults, $2 per child. Westcave Preserve, 24814 Hamilton Pool Road, Round Mountain.

Family Yoga with Cindy- Enjoy a FREE (with purchase from cafe) yoga session for the entire family! Saturday, 10:00-11:00am. Ruta Maya Coffee Shop, 3601 S. Congress Ave.

Junior Naturalists Nature Club- Is there a budding naturalist in your family? This program will help them cultivate a deeper understanding of the natural world using the methods and techniques of a true naturalist. Through fun outdoor adventures, games and hands-on activities, they’ll hone their observational skills and learn to employ field study fundamentals like keeping a journal and tracking. Pre-registration is required. Ages 6-10 years old. $10 per child. Saturday, 10:00am- Noon. McKinney Roughs Nature Park, Hwy. 71 East.

Lowe’s Build and Grow Clinic- Bring your child to Lowe’s and they can build a Fun House Mirror! Even if you don’t have a pet, they will have a blast building it! FREE!! Supplies included. Pre-register here. Saturday, 10:00am. All participating Lowe’s locations.

Storytime at Mitchie’s- Enjoy a FREE storytime and sign language featuring African-American folktales from 1:00-2:00pm every Saturday. Kids receive free refreshments, a gift and a 30% discount! Mitchie’s Gallery, 7801 N. Lamar Blvd., Bldg. B, Suite 148.

Alamo Drafthouse Kid’s Club- Kids ages 6 and up are invited to watch a FREE showing of Nanny McPhee. Saturday and Sunday at 11:00am. First come, first served. Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, Lake Creek13729 Research Blvd.

Sunday Morning Kid’s Show- Bring the entire family for a FREE kid’s show with Mr. Leebot! Sunday at 10:30am. Ruta Maya Coffee Shop, 3601 S. Congress Avenue.

Guitar Lessons with Luis Banuelos- Guitar virtuoso Luis Banuelos whose repertoire includes flamenco, indy rock, soul and hip-hop offers FREE informal guitar lessons for all levels for ages 10 and up. Sunday, 5:00- 7:00pm. Ruta Maya Coffee Shop, 3601 S. Congress Avenue.

Catherine Prystup
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Catherine Prystup founded 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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