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Blanton docent Gary Kattner, right, reads a book for (left to right) Mandy Kutz, and daughter Effie, 3, Cate Bowman, 3, and mother Jillian Bontke Bowman during a Storytime tour in the Blantan Museum of Art on Wednesday June 18, 2014. The half-hour thematic tours connect art with stories for children ages three to seven. Julia Robinson/ FOR AMERICAN-STATESMAN;

If you missed our summer guide, check it out at austin360.com/summer

Enjoy Nature Nights at the Ladybird Johnson Wildflower Center. DEBORAH CANNON / AMERICAN-STATESMAN

Enjoy Nature Nights at the Ladybird Johnson Wildflower Center. DEBORAH CANNON / AMERICAN-STATESMAN

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Here’s my list of family-friendly events happening in the next three months. Happy summer!

Movies

Alamo Drafthouse Kids Club. Most days in summer, find a different kids’ movie around 10 a.m. at area Alamo Drafthouse locations. New this year, you can reserve your tickets online for $1-$3 (you pick). It’s a donation to Creative Action. This summer’s movies are “The Land Before Time,” “Night at the Museum,” “Mary Poppins,” “Despicable Me,” “Charlotte’s Web,” “Chicken Run,” “Muppets Most Wanted,” “Matilda,” “The Parent Trap,” “Kung Fu Panda 2,” “How to Train Your Dragon 2,” and “Follow That Bird.” Find the movies and schedule at http://drafthouse.com/packages/2015-summer-kids-camp/austin.

Wildstyle (voiced by Elizabeth Banks), Emmet (Chris Pratt) and Vitruvius (Morgan Freeman) are three of the key characters in "The LEGO Movie." It will be showing at kids movie events around town. Credit: Warner Bros.

Wildstyle (voiced by Elizabeth Banks), Emmet (Chris Pratt) and Vitruvius (Morgan Freeman) are three of the key characters in “The LEGO Movie.” It will be showing at kids movie events around town. Credit: Warner Bros.

Regal Summer Movie Express. Regal theaters the Arbor and Westgate will be showing kids movies at 10 a.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays. This year’s movies are “Nut Job,” “Annie,” “Earth to Echo,” “Paddington,” “Turbo,” “Rio 2,” “How to Train Your Dragon 2,” “Mr. Peabody & Sherman,” “The Book of Life,” “Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb,” “Penguins of Madagascar,” “Madagascar 3,” “Dolphin Tale 2,” Muppets Most Wanted,” “Alexander and the Very Bad Day,” “The Lego Movie,” and “The Sponge Bob Movie: Sponge Out of Water.” Find the schedule at www.regmovies.com/movies/summer-movie-express.

Cinemark Summer Clubhouse. Find movies family movies for $1 or $5 for $10 at Cinemark Tinseltown Austin, Cinemark Cedar Park, Cinemark Movies 8 in Round Rock and Cinemark Hill Country Galleria. This year’s movies are “The Lego Movie,” “Penguins of Madagascar,” “Dolphin Tale 2,” “Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb,” “Mr. Peabody & Sherman,” “Rio 2,” “Nut Job,” “Diary of a Wimpy Kids: Dog Days,” “How to Train Your Dragon 2,” and “Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked.” Movies are 10 a.m. various days. Find the schedule at www.cinemark.com/summer-movie-clubhouse.

Museums

Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center Nature Nights. Find many fun, hands-on learning opportunities at this free event. 6-9 p.m. Thursdays, June 11-July 23. Topics are June 11: Plants; June 18: Pollinators; June 25: Snakes; July 9: Springs, Streams and Ponds Ecology; July 16 Fire Prevention; and July 23: Birds of Prey. At International Mud Day dress for a mess and make mud balls, mud pies, play in a giant mud mound and learn about mud-loving organisms. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. June 27.  Make Wildflower Center, 4801 LaCrosse Ave. www.wildflower.org.

Thinkery events. June workshops include June 6: Judo Bots; June 13: Paleontological Adventure: June 14: 3-D Printing; June 19: Dry Ice Cream, June 20: Animation and June 28: Making Preserves. July and August workshops have not been announced yet. Bricks & Blocks Bonanza Family Night offers many Lego and building activities, 6:30-8:30 p.m. June 12. $15-$13. Color — An Evening with Roy G. Biv Family Night features activities around the science of color. 6:30-8:30 p.m. Aug. 21. $15-$13. Thinkery, 1830 Simond Ave. thinkeryaustin.org.

Bullock Museum events. Free First Sundays. June 7, it’s Travel Across Texas; July 5, it’s Story Telling; Aug. 2, it’s Texas Artists . Mondays enjoy Family Story Time at 11:30 a.m. Wednesdays it’s Exploration Stations from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. with activities around a theme such as Texas pioneer writings, Roller Derby Names and Flint Knapping. On Fridays from 11-11:45 a.m. it’s Create Your Own hands-on art activities including mini quilts and writing journals. Bullock Texas State History Museum, 1800 Congress Ave. thestoryoftexas.com.

Blanton Museum of Art. WorkLab drop-in open studio will be available 10 a.m.-12:30 a.m. Wednesdays and Fridays. June 10-Aug. 7. At Storytime Tours for kids 3-7, hear a story while looking at art, 10:30-11 a.m. Wednesday-Friday June 10-Aug. 7. Deeper Dives for kids ages 8-13, offers a conversation about art and then making art,1-2:30 p.m. Wednesdays and Fridays June 24-Aug. 7. Blanton Museum of Art, 200 E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. www.blantonmuseum.org.

Contemporary Austin. Make art and other activities at Second Saturdays are for Families. June 13 it’s Stringy Monsters inspired by John Grade’s sculptures. July 11, make Pinhole Cameras. Aug. 8 do Ice Paintings using watercolor and ice cubes. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Laguna Gloria, 3809 W. 35th St. www.thecontemporaryaustin.org.

Pioneer Farms. Wild West Father’s Day. See special reenactments, a Tonkawa Indian village, a stagecoach and horse-drawn carriages and the home of an Austin gunslinger. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. June 21. $8 adults, $6 children, free younger than 2. Pioneer Farms, 10621 Pioneer Farms Drive.

http://www.pioneerfarms.org/

Theater and entertainment

Blanton docent Gary Kattner, right, reads a book for (left to right) Mandy Kutz, and daughter Effie, 3, Cate Bowman, 3, and mother Jillian Bontke Bowman during a Storytime tour in the Blantan Museum of Art on Wednesday June 18, 2014. The half-hour thematic tours connect art with stories for children ages three to seven.  Julia Robinson/ FOR AMERICAN-STATESMAN;

Blanton docent Gary Kattner, right, reads a book for (left to right) Mandy Kutz, and daughter Effie, 3, Cate Bowman, 3, and mother Jillian Bontke Bowman during a Storytime tour in the Blanton Museum of Art.
Julia Robinson/ FOR AMERICAN-STATESMAN

The Long Center events. Bubblepalooza” celebrates all things bubbles in this free event, June 6. “Chuggington Live! The Great Rescue Adventure” rolls onto the stage 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. June 14. $19-$39. Pollyanna Theatre Co. presents “Sarah and the Dinosaur.” Sarah learns that roaring and stomping might not be the best way to get attention.  2 p.m. July 11-12, 18-19, 4 p.m. July 11, 18. $11-$15.50. ArcAttack science musical group performs with electricity, magnets, robotics and more. 7:30 p.m. July 24. $17-$23. “Tortoise v. Hare” from Summer Stock Austin presents this legendary battle. 10 a.m. July 25, Aug. 1, Aug. 5 and Aug. 8. 2 p.m. July 26 and Aug. 2. The Long Center, 701 W. Riverside Drive. thelongcenter.org.

Zilker Summer Musical. This year it’s “Hairspray,” which will be great for middle- and high-schoolers to see. Use your judgment for younger kids. 8:30 p.m. Thursday-Sundays, July 10-Aug. 15. Free, but donations encouraged. Zilker Hillside Theater, 2301 Barton Springs Road. zilker.org.

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey: “Legends.” The Greatest Show on Earth comes to the Erwin Center, Aug. 19-23.  7:30 p.m. Aug. 19-22, 11:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Aug. 22, 3:30 p.m.; 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. Aug. 23. $10-$65. Erwin Center, 1701 Red River St. http://www.uterwincenter.com/

Austin Symphony. Hartman Foundation “Concerts in the Park.” Bring a picnic dinner and a blanket and come to the Long Center’s City Terrace for 7:30 p.m. Sunday concerts from May 31-Aug. 23. The schedule is strings, brass, woodwinds, Big Band, which repeats twice.  The Long Center, 701 W. Riverside Drive.  Children’s Day Art Park. Explore music with a concert and art activities. 9-11:30 a.m. Wednesdays June 10-July 29, except July 1. The schedule of performers is June 10: Beto y Los Fairlanes; June 17: The Biscuit Brothers; June 24:  Joe McDermott; July 8:  The Hey Lollies; July 15: Lehman High School Mariachi Band; July 22: Sara Hickman; and July 29:  Mr. Johnny and Sharon. 50 cents a child, free for adults. Symphony Square, 1101 Red River St.  www.austinsymphony.org.

 


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