Happening All Weekend
Alamo Kids Camp - Alamo Kids Camp returns to the Slaughter, Village and Lakeline Alamo Drafthouse locations this Spring Break! Four family-friendly movies will be showing from Saturday, March 14 to Sunday, March 22, 2015. Admission to each film is $1 per person, which will be donated to one of three local nonprofits: Multicultural Refugee Coalition (Village), Any Baby Can (Slaughter), and Literacy Coalition of Central Texas (Lakeline). Click here for showtimes.
The Three Little Pigs at ZACH Theatre- Saturday, 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.; Sunday, 2 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. Take three little piglets, their devoted single-parent mom, and a misunderstood Big Bad Wolf, and you’ve got the perfect “Great Big Little Broadway Show” for audiences ages 3 and up. Filled with humor, this endearing tale will leave you squealing with glee and howling with laughter! Tickets: $15 youth, $20 adults. ZACH Theatre, Kleberg Stage, 1510 Toomey Road.
SX Create – Friday, March 13 – Sunday, March 15, from 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. Doing creative and revolutionary things with new technologies embodies the spirit of the SXSW Interactive Festival, and nowhere is this more evident than the diverse mix of activities at SX Create. From 3D printing to drones to biohacking and much more, this community event showcases the disruptive solutions that are shaping our future. Participants include Girlstart, Thinkery, Dremel, Raspberry Pi, and more. FREE with Guest Pass wristbands, available in advance or onsite at the event. The Long Center Terrace, 701 West Riverside Dr, Austin.
SXSW Gaming Expo – Friday, March 13 – Sunday, March 15, from 12-8 p.m. Drawing developers, manufacturers, and fans from all facets of the community, the Gaming Expo is the epicenter for gaming culture at SXSW. This diverse range of events combines well-loved elements of geek culture with the cross-console video game world. FREE with Guest Pass wristbands, available in advance or onsite at the event. Palmer Events Center, 900 Barton Springs Rd, Austin.
Friday, March 13, 2015
Just Between Friends Consignment Event (Round Rock) – Friday, March 13 and Saturday, March 14, from from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. On Friday, admission is $5 or FREE with the coupon you can get on their Facebook page. Saturday is FREE for all and many items will be half price. Old Settlers Association, 3300 Palm Valley Blvd, Round Rock.
Rockin’ Dudz Consignment Event – Friday, March 13, from 9 a.m. – 7 p.m. and Saturday, March 14, from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Buy gently-used merchandise in excellent condition! The Public Sale is FREE and open to everyone! Many items on Saturday will be marked 50% off. Frank Fickett Scout Conference and Event Center, 12500 N IH 35, Austin.
Rock The Lot – 4-11:00 p.m. Rock the Lot for music, food, and good times. Rocking out in the shadow of the Congress Avenue bridge during SXSW weekend, performers include: Graham Wilkinson, The Peterson Brothers, Whiskey Shivers, The Crooks, and the Dirty River Boys. Food trucks and tents will be on site with food, locally brewed beer, and other beverages available for purchase. FREE entry on a first-come, first-served basis. All ages welcome. Austin American-Statesman HQ, 305 S Congress Ave, Austin.
WCSO March Madness Concert (Round Rock) – 7:30 p.m. While the nation is into Basketball March Madness, the Orchestra’s “March Madness” concert will focus on the “March” style of music. Across the spectrum of music, listeners will be surprised by the versatility of this musical form of composition. Family friendly and FREE! First United Methodist Church, 1004 N Mays St, Round Rock.
Saturday, March 14, 2015
Rodeo Rumble -9:30 a.m. Registration opens at 9 a.m. The Rodeo Austin Rodeo Rumble Kid’s 1K Fun Run is a FREE event for children ages 12 and under. Held in Luedecke Arena the first Saturday of the Fair and Rodeo, children get the chance to race on the dirt where the cowboys and cowgirls compete each night! All participants receive a cowbell ribbon and treats! Register here. Travis County Expo Center, 9100 Decker Lake Road, Austin.
Community Easter Egg Hunt at Metz Recreation Center – 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Everyone is invited to come and participate in activities from 10-11:15 a.m. The Easter Egg Hunt will begin at 11:15 a.m. and will consist of age divisions 1-3, 4-6, 7-9 & 10-12. Call 512-478-8716 with questions. FREE! Metz Recreation Center, 2407 Canterbury Street, Austin.
Hands-On History (Georgetown)- 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., Learn about Monarch Butterflies and their migration through Williamson County. Children will make their butterfly craft. FREE! Williamson County Museum, 716 S. Austin Avenue, Georgetown.
Leer y Crear, Family Story Time: The Lizard and the Sun by Alma Flor Ada- 10:30 a.m. The Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center is proud to offer Leer y Crear, a bilingual story time for families, on a monthly basis. A story from our library is read in an interactive setting and following the reading participants will be lead through a themed art activity related to the story. This program is FREE and all ages are welcome. Ages 3 and up. Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center, 600 River Street.
Art Free-For-All – 12-4 p.m. Enjoy a Spring Art Free-for-All at Laguna Gloria! FREE fun for all ages! Check out: Art School demos and art making activities, outdoor YOGA, live MUSIC from Jarebear, food trucks, gelato stand, TEEN fun, TOURS of new sculpture on the grounds, and more! Laguna Gloria, 3809 West 35th Street, Austin.
Surf by Surf East – 12-7:30 p.m. Avoid the huge crowds and parking hassles of that other music festival. Catch the best new local wave! It’s the 2nd Annual Surf By Surf East! Prepare to be destroyed by the largest gathering of Surf Rock bands ever assembled in Texas! It all starts at noon. Make a splash in the backyard of The VORTEX for a celebration with over 30 local artist / entrepreneurs, as well as 10 Texas Surf Rock Bands! This is a FREE show for all ages! It’s all part of the uniquely Austin relaxed outdoor shopping experience of local artisans known as The East Austin Handmade Arts Market at The Vortex, which features creations in a wide variety of mediums, all handmade and appropriate for all ages! The Butterfly Bar Austin will provide a pipeline of fine beverages all day! There is lots of convenient parking, it is on an easy bus route, and pets are also welcome!The VORTEX Theater, 2307 Manor Rd, Austin.
Literature LIVE! Presents Chicken Big- 1 p.m., Bawk! It’s an elephant! It’s an umbrella! No, it’s a…chicken?! See how the chickens in this coop make room for a giant new friend in Literature LIVE!’s less-than-traditional puppet show production of Austin author Keith Graves’ wonderful book, Chicken Big! This show is recommended for ages 4 and up. FREE! Recycled Reads Bookstore, 5335 Burnet Road.
Insurgent Challenges at BAM Academy - 3:30 p.m. Ages 12+ are invited to test their skills on four Insurgent-inspired challenges. FREE! BAM Academy, 8222 N Lamar Blvd F54, Austin.
Family Canvas Painting – Dr. Seuss Trees- 4:30 – 6 p.m., Austin canvas paintings made for family fun! Choose to all paint a canvas together or paint individual works of art for everyone in your group–whatever you choose, it’ll be perfect. Cost: $16 per painting, $30 for two, $15 for each additional in the group. All ages. Please call (512) 852-9900 to register, at least 48 hours in advance of the workshop date.
Smart Girls SXSW Party – 6:45 p.m. Join Amy Poehler’s Smart Girls at Bangers Sausage House & Beer Garden for music, giveaways, and a dance party! FREE and all ages are welcome. Bangers Sausage House & Beer Garden, 79 Rainey Street, Austin.
Sunday, March 15, 2015
St. Patrick’s Day Ceili at Central Market North – Sunday, March 15, from 3-5 p.m. Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with traditional Irish music by The Tea Merchants and dancing by The Irish Dance Center. FREE! Central Market North, 4001 N. Lamar Blvd., Austin.
Eco Light Garden - Sunday, March 15 – Saturday, March 21. Celebrate the intersection between innovative lighting technology and interactive public art. This annual project provides a peaceful escape from the crowd and offers a chance to interact with the latest efficient LED technologies. This year, explore projects from Aerosol Warfare Studios, Barco, Crash Alchemy, Charles Gadeken, Gavvot Productions, Houndstooth, Ink Tank Art Collective, Lumenpulse, and Praxis Creatives. FREE! Republic Square Park, 422 Guadalupe Street, Austin.
It’s SXSW time! And it’s also Spring Break! Busy time is what we call it at my house. Check out our Top Picks for Kid-Friendly SXSW Music Shows.
Interested in hearing some SXSW music without the kids? Check out our Monthly Music Mama Special SXSW Edition Music Roundup for ideas.
Or perhaps you would like to hide under the covers at home until the chaos leaves town? Check out Spike Gillespie’s Top Five Favorite Books in our Local Author Reading Post.