Fun things to do in Austin this weekend to celebrate kids making it through first week of school

The Danguir HIghwire Troupe. Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey
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The Danguir HIghwire Troupe. Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey

Hooray! You made it through the first week of school — and hopefully without too many tears (yours or the children’s).

Celebrate this weekend with these fun things to do:

The new planetarium at the Texas Museum of Science & Technology will allow the museum to show different types of star shows as well as do star talks before.

The new planetarium at the Texas Museum of Science & Technology will allow the museum to show different types of star shows as well as do star talks before.

Friday

Texas Museum of Science & Technology Star Party. Every Friday,  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

Friday-Sunday

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

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey “Circus XTreme.” See the circus for the first time without elephants. $10-$70. Everyone age 2 and older must have a ticket. 7:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday; 11:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Saturday; 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. Sunday. Erwin Center, 1701 Red River St. uterwincenter.com

Saturday

Texas Museum of Science & Technology Science Saturday. Learn about the Science of Flavor with Amy’s Ice Creams. 4-6 p.m. Saturday. Texas Museum of Science & Technology, 1220 Toro Grande Drive, Cedar Park. txmost.org

Thinkery Baby Bloomers for ages birth to 3. Learn about University of Texas, 9 a.m. Saturday with Heartsong Music; $4.50. Thinkery, 1830 Simond Ave. Thinkeryaustin.org.

BookPeople story times. Classic Picture Books, 11:30 a.m. Saturday. BookPeople, 603 N. Lamar Blvd. bookpeople.com

Barnes & Noble story times: 11 a.m. Saturday story times at all locations: Summer Reading Triathlon.

Saturday Movie Matinee: “Shaun the Sheep.” 2 p.m. Saturday, University Hills Branch.

Saturday-Sunday

Kids learn to do woodworking at The Thinkery. Photo by  Hunter Douglas

Kids learn to do woodworking at The Thinkery. Photo by Hunter Douglas

Thinkery. “Simple Stitches.” For ages 4-7. Create a stuffed animal. 12:15 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. $8 per person. “Polymer Wearables.” For ages 8 and older. 2:15 p.m. and 4:15 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. $8 per person. Thinkery, 1830 Simond Ave. Thinkeryaustin.org.

Sunday

Ballet Austin’s Come Dance. The annual free day of dance has returned for all dance levels, as a way for Austin’s dance and fitness center to show that dance is for everyone. 1 p.m. Sunday. Ballet Austin’s Butler Dance & Fitness Center, 501 W. Third St. 512-501-8704, balletaustin.org/dance-fitness-/come-dance.

Back to Hogwarts! Celebrate the new book and the classics as well. Noon Sunday, Faulk Central Library.


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