‘Batman’ and more fun things to do with kids this weekend

Adam West (Batman) and Burt Ward (Robin, the Boy Wonder) rely on their wits and their Batmobile to keep the streets of Gotham City safe in "Batman."
Adam West (Batman) and Burt Ward (Robin, the Boy Wonder) rely on their wits and their Batmobile to keep the streets of Gotham City safe in “Batman.”

Who do your kids think Batman is? Ben Affleck? George Clooney? Val Kilmer? Or Michael Keaton? If they don’t know the Adam West Batman, it’s time for an introduction. Paramount Theatre is celebrating the 50th anniversary of “Batman: The Movie,” with a screening 1 p.m. Saturday.  The Batmobile will be there a will Batman and Catwoman and Voodoo Doughnuts, plus giveaways from Toy Joy. Tickets are $10, $6 for kids. Purchase tickets at www.austintheatre.org

If Batman’s not your thing, there’s still a lot to do this weekend. Here are some ideas:


Friday Flutters. Search for butterflies and get a behind-the-scenes tour of the insectary. 7 p.m. Friday. $10 adult, $5 children. Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave. wildflower.org.

Texas Museum of Science & Technology Star Party. 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.

Will Dupuy. 2 p.m. Friday, University Hills Branch, Austin Public Library.


Summer Stock Austin: “The Addams Family.” 7:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday. 2 p.m. Saturday. $34 adults, $27 children and seniors. “The Steadfast Soldier.” A new musical from The Biscuit Brothers. 2 p.m. Sunday. 10 a.m Friday-Saturday $17 adults, $12 children and seniors. Long Center, 701 W. Riverside Drive. thelongcenter.org.


The Minions are back in the summer family film "Minions." Universal Pictures
The Minions are back in “Minions.” Universal Pictures

“Mary Poppins.” See everyone’s favorite nanny come to life. $29-$79. 7:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 2:30 p.m. Sunday through Sept. 4. Zach Theatre’s Topfer Theatre, 202 S. Lamar Blvd. zachtheatre.org.

“Shrek The Musical.” Zilker Summer Musical is back. Free. 8:15 p.m. Friday-Sunday through Aug. 13. Zilker Hillside Theater, 2206 William Barton Drive. zilker.org

The Alamo Drafthouse Kids Camp. “Horton Hears a Who!” 10 a.m. Friday-Saturday, 9:15 a.m. Sunday, Village. “Babe,” 10:55 a.m. Friday-Saturday, Lakeline. Minions,” 10:25 a.m. Friday-Saturday, 9:45 a.m. Sunday, Slaughter Lane.  Reserve tickets for $1-$3 donation online. drafthouse.com.


National Dance Day at Ballet Austin. Try out a new dance class. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. $10-$22. 501 W. Third St.balletaustin.org/dance-fitness/national-dance-day.

Kids Kraft program on Saturday afternoons for kids in kindergarten through second grade. Mixed Up Media, 10 a.m. Saturday. $15. Umlauf Sculpture Garden. umlaufsculpture.org.

The new Harry Potter book comes out July 31.
The new Harry Potter book comes out July 31.

BookPeople event: “Harry Potter & the Cursed Child” Midnight Release Party. 10 a.m. Saturday. Story times: Austin Summer Musical, 11:30 a.m. Saturday. BookPeople, 603 N. Lamar Blvd. bookpeople.com.

Barnes & Noble event: Harry Potter Countdown to Midnight Party. 8 p.m. Saturday, all locations.

Crowe’s Nest Farm visits. 2 p.m. Saturday, Yarborough Branch, Austin Public Library.


Saturday and Sunday

Thinkery. Fizz, Bang, Pop! Play with science and make noise. For ages 4-7, 11:15 a.m. or 1:15 p.m. Saturday and Sunday $8 child, $8 adult. Exploring Explosions. For ages 8 and older. 3:15 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. $8 child, $8 adult. Thinkery, 1830 Simond Ave. Thinkeryaustin.org.


Hartman Foundation Concerts in the Park. Hear the music of Big Band. 7:30 p.m. Sunday. Long Center City Terrace, 701 W. Riverside Drive. austinsymphony.org.

Back to Hogwarts! Noon, every Sunday in August, Faulk Central Library.


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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