14 things to enjoy with kids this weekend in Austin

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Family programs at Zilker Botanical Garden include fairy landscaping and tea parties, learning about pioneer days and exploring plants. Credit: Zilker Botanical Garden

The weatherman says it’s going to be beautiful on Friday and Saturday, making them perfect days and nights to see stars or wander around gardens. Sunday is a different story, with 90 percent chance of rain. It’s a great day to head to a book store or see theater.

Here are my weekend picks for families:

Friday

Texas Museum of Science & Technology. Star Party. Every Friday in May, look at the stars in the parking lot. 8-10 p.m. Friday. Texas Museum of Science & Technology, 1220 Toro Grande Drive, Cedar Park. txmost.org.

BookPeople events: Jennifer Armentrout reads “The Problem with Forever.” 6 p.m. Friday. BookPeople, 603 N. Lamar Blvd. bookpeople.com.

Friday-Sunday

Family programs at Zilker Botanical Garden include fairy landscaping and tea parties, learning about pioneer days and exploring plants. Credit: Zilker Botanical Garden

Family programs at Zilker Botanical Garden include fairy landscaping and tea parties, learning about pioneer days and exploring plants.
Credit: Zilker Botanical Garden

Zilker Botanical Garden Woodland Faerie Trail. Open through June 24. Zilker Botanical Garden, 2220 Barton Spring Road. zilkergarden.org.

Saturday

Meet Me at the Market. Enjoy hands-on activities on a farming theme, plus a scavenger hunt and giveaways. 10 a.m.-noon Saturday. Lakeline Mall at the farmers’ market in the Sears parking lot, 11200 Lakeline Mall Drive, Cedar Park.

Contemporary Austin. Families Create! Recycled Robots. Make a robot and then bring it to life in the animation station. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday. Free. Laguna Gloria, 3809 W. 35th St. contemporaryaustin.org.

Umlauf Sculpture Garden. Kids Kraft. For grades kindergarten-2. Making Multiples. Experiment with casting techniques and colors. 10 a.m.-noon Saturday. $10 members. Umlauf Sculpture Garden, 605 Robert E. Lee Road. umlaufsculpture.org.

Ney Day. See a new sculpture and more family activities. Noon-5 p.m. Saturday. Elisabet Ney Museum, 304 E. 44th St.

Barnes & Noble Story time. 11 a.m. Saturday story times at all locations: ThankoRama Story Time, Saturday.  Corduroy visits, noon Saturday, Hill Country Galleria.

BookPeople story time. Bears, Bears, and More Bears, 11:30 a.m. Saturday. BookPeople, 603 N. Lamar Blvd. bookpeople.com.

Saturday and Sunday

Pollyanna Theatre’s “Young Bear: The Story of Frances Slocum.” The story of a young girl who is taken to an American Indian village in the 1800s. For grades 2-5. 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday and 4 p.m. Saturday. $12. Long Center, 700 W. Riverside Drive. thelongcenter.org.

Thinkery Workshops: Exploring Explosions. For ages 8 and older. 10:30 a.m. Saturday and 2:30 p.m. Sunday. $34 one adult and child. Baby Bloomers. For ages birth to 3. Learn about famous artists. 9 a.m. Saturday. The Thinkery, 1830 Simond Ave.thinkeryaustin.org.

Sunday

BookPeople events: Samantha Mabry and Joy Preble read and sign “A Fierce and Subtle Poison” and “It Wasn’t Always Like This,” 1 p.m. Sunday. BookPeople, 603 N. Lamar Blvd. bookpeople.com.

 


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