When it rains… find something inside to do this weekend

Control the robotic longhorn at the Hill Country Science Mill. Hill Country Science Mill
Control the robotic longhorn at the Hill Country Science Mill.
Hill Country Science Mill

We’re headed to a three-day weekend of rain on and off. While you might be planning that barbecue and pool party, here are a couple of things you can do to switch gears and go inside.

Hit a museum

Many museums will be open this weekend including Monday. Head to The Thinkery, the Hill Country Science Mill in Johnson City, the Bullock Museum and Texas Museum of Science & Technology, which are all open on Monday. The Blanton and the Contemporary Austin are only open on Saturday and Sunday.

Thinkery events:

Judo Bots, for ages 8 and older. 2:30 p.m. Saturday, $34 one adult and child. Baby Bloomers 9 a.m. Saturday with Dr. Seuss ABC. he Thinkery has special hours on Monday and will be open from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Plant Lab dissects a flower for ages 8 and older, 2:30 p.m. Monday, $34 one adult and child.  Thinkery, 1830 Simond Ave. thinkeryaustin.org

Nini (Katy Smaczniak) holds her mother (Laura Freeman) as ash monsters surround her.
Nini (Katy Smaczniak) holds her mother (Laura Freeman) as ash monsters surround her in  “Ashes, Ashes.”

See some theater

“Cenicienta.”

A modern, bilingual Cinderella story. 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday. $15 adults, $12 children. Zach Theatre’s Whisenhunt Stage, 1510 Toomey Road. zachtheatre.org.

“Ashes, Ashes.”

A dystopian play that won the 2007 Kennedy Center Theatre for Youth Playwriting Award, for ages 6 and older. 11 a.m. Saturday; 2 p.m.. $12 adults, $8 children 12 and younger. Scottish Rite Theater, 207 W. 18th St. scottishritetheatre.org.

Pick up a new book

Storytime BookPeople: Batty for BookKids story time, 11:30 a.m. Saturday. Book People, 603 N. Lamar Blvd. bookpeople.com

At the library: Sunday Movie Matinee. Watch “The Red Balloon.” 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Yarborough Branch.

Go see a movie

I can personally recommend for the late elementary, middle-school crowd “Pitch Perfect 2” and “Avengers 2.”

Play a board game like "Q's Race to the Top: from EQtainment.
Play a board game like “Q’s Race to the Top: from EQtainment.

Play inside

This is also a great time to pull out the board games, playing cards, Legos and crafts.

Let it rain

Or embrace the rain. Put on the boots, pull on the rain jackets and grab an umbrella. Jump in puzzles, make mud pies and then hose off outside before coming inside. It could be fun.

 

 

 

Author: Nicole Villalpando

Nicole Villalpando writes about families in the Raising Austin blog and the Raising Austin column on Saturdays. She also offers a weekly and monthly family calendar at austin360.com/raisingaustin. She tweets at @raisingaustin.

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