Don’t miss these family events in Austin in October

Austin Symphony s "Halloween Children's Concert  will turn Dell Hall into a place where spooky music and characters roam, but not in a scary way.
Credit: 2011 Austin Symphony Orchestra
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Austin Symphony s "Halloween Children's Concert will turn Dell Hall into a place where spooky music and characters roam, but not in a scary way. Credit: 2011 Austin Symphony Orchestra

Get ready for one busy month for the family.

Museums

From top left, Jennifer and Kevin Miller react as their daughter, Laurel, 4, center, takes part in an inertia game at the Bullock Texas State History Museum. DEBORAH CANNON / AMERICAN-STATESMAN

From top left, Jennifer and Kevin Miller react as their daughter, Laurel, 4, center, takes part in an inertia game at the Bullock Texas State History Museum. DEBORAH CANNON / AMERICAN-STATESMAN

Bullock Museum. Free First Sunday. Learn about butterflies, their life cycle and more. Noon-3 p.m. Oct. 2. Free. Little Texans. Drop in and play for ages 2 to 5. 10 a.m. Oct. 13. Science Thursdays. 10 a.m. Oct. 20. Hands-on activities from Central Texas Discover Engineering including boat races. Story time. 10 a.m. Oct. 27. Spooktacular. Come dressed in costume and enjoy spooky science, “Toy Story of Terror” and ghosts of the pirate ship La Belle. 5 p.m. Oct. 28. Bullock Museum, 1800 N. Congress Ave. thestoryoftexas.com.

Neill-Cochran House Museum. Sunday Funday: Off the rack. Learn how to dye fabric. 1-4 p.m. Oct. 2. Free. Neill-Cochran House, 2310 San Gabriel St. nchmuseum.org.

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. It’s the Great Pumpkin! Paint a pumpkin and look inside a pumpkin. 9:45 a.m. Oct. 10, for 1-year-olds; 10:45 a.m. Oct. 10, for 2-year-olds ; 11:45 a.m. Oct. 10 for ages 3-year-olds, $20 one child and adult. Little Thinkers Club: Art Start: Nature as our Canvas. 9:45 a.m. Wednesdays for 1 year-olds, 10:45 a.m. Wednesdays, for 2-year-olds through Nov. 16. $20 per class. Tinkering Tots: Make it Move. 9:45 a.m. Fridays for 2-year-olds; 10:45 a.m. Fridays for 3-year-olds through Nov. 18. $20 a class. Baby Bloomers for kids infant to 3. Learn about falling leaves, 9 a.m. Oct. 1; corn, 9 a.m. Oct. 8 and 10; farm animals, 9 a.m. Oct. 15 and 17; farm harvests; 9 a.m. Oct. 22 and 24; five little pumpkins, 9 a.m. Oct. 29; and Happy Halloween!, 9 a.m. Oct. 31. Special guests throughout the month. $4.50. Whisks & Wizards for kids 4 and older. Create magic in the kitchen. 11:15 a.m., 1:15 p.m. and 3:15 p.m. Oct. 1-2, Oct. 15-16, Oct. 29-30. $8 child, $8 adult. Superhero capes for ages 4 and older. 11:15 p.m. Oct. 8-9, Oct. 22-23. $8 child, $8 adult. Sewn Circuits for ages 8 and up. Make light-up embroidery. 1:15 p.m. and 3:15 p.m. Oct. 8-9, Oct. 22-23. $8 child, $8 adult. Family Night: Halloween Hootenanny. Many Halloween activities for the whole family to try. 6-9 p.m. Oct. 28. $15-$13. Thinkery, 1830 Simond Ave. Thinkeryaustin.org.

Contemporary Austin. Families Create! Tall Tales. Write a book with Austin Bat Cave. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Oct. 8. Free. Laguna Gloria, 3809 W. 35th St. thecontemporaryaustin.org.

Texas Museum of Science & Technology Star Party. Every Friday in October, look at the stars in the parking lot. 9 p.m. Fridays. Science Saturday with themed activities. 4-6 p.m. Oct. 22. Texas Museum of Science & Technology, 1220 Toro Grande Drive, Cedar Park. txmost.org.

Explore pollinators and other creatures during Wildflower Center's Nature Nights.

Explore pollinators and other creatures at the Wildflower Center.

Wildflower Center. Bug Night Out! See the bugs come to life with your flashlight, plus hands-on activities. 6-9 p.m. Oct. 7. Wildflower Center, 4801 LaCrosse Ave. wildflower.org

Hill Country Science Mill. UT’s Fun with Chemistry Day. Blow up pumpkins, make magic potions and more. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Oct. 15. Hill Country Science Mill, 101 S. Lady Bird Lane, Johnson City. sciencemill.org

Theater

“Rosita y Conchita.” See this bilingual Día de los Muertos play about two sisters who try to reunite. $8-$12. Oct. 1-2, 8-9, 16, 22-23 and 30. Scottish Rite Theater, 207 W. 18th St. scottishritetheater.org

“Charlotte’s Web.” Aerial artists Sky Candy bring the spider to life. 6:30 p.m. Oct. 14; 2 pm. Oct. 15-16, 22-23, 29-30, Nov. 5-6, 12-13, 19-20, 25-27, Dec. 3; 11 a.m. Oct. 22, 29, Nov. 5, 12, 19, 26 and Dec. 3. $16-$21. Zach Theatre’s Kleberg Theatre, 1421 W. Riverside Drive. zachtheatre.org.

“Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood Live.” The PBS show hits the stage. 2 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. Oct. 16. $20-$55. Long Center. 701 Riverside Drive. thelongcenter.org.

“The Man Who Planted Trees.” Based on the book by Jean Giono, this play shows you what a man and his dog can do. 7 p.m. Oct. 28, 2 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. Oct. 29-30. $22. Stateside at the Paramount, 713 Congress Ave. austintheatre.org

Movies

The Alamo Drafthouse. “PBS Kids: Halloween Special.” 10 a.m. Oct. 29-30, Lakeline and Slaughter Lane. Reserve tickets for $1-$3 donation online. drafthouse.com.

Music

Austin Symphony s "Halloween Children's Concert  will turn Dell Hall into a place where spooky music and characters roam, but not in a scary way. Credit: 2011 Austin Symphony Orchestra

Austin Symphony’s “Halloween Children’s Concert will turn Dell Hall into a place where spooky music and characters roam, but not in a scary way.
Credit: 2011 Austin Symphony Orchestra

Halloween Concert. Hear Halloween-themed music from the Austin Symphony. $10-$15. 3 p.m. Oct. 23. Long Center. 701 Riverside Drive. austinsymphony.org.

Austin Kiddie Limits. Hear kids music plus build things, make art and dance. Free for kids 10 and younger with parent with a wristband. 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Oct. 1-2, Oct. 7-9. Zilker Park. aclfestival.com/kids

Events

Barton Hill Farms fall festival. Find a lot to do including the maze in the shape of Lonesome Dove, live music, pumpkin painting, train rides and more. 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday, plus Oct. 10. through Nov. 13. $11 adults, $8 3-10 years old, free for children 2 and younger. $1 off online. Barton Hill Farms, 1115 FM 969, Bastrop. bartonhillfarms.com.

Sweet Berry Farm fall fun. The Texas-shaped hay maze and smaller candy corn hay maze are open through Nov. 6. You can also find hay rides, pumpkin decorating, a train and more. Priced per event. 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday-Saturday and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday. 1801 FM 1980, Marble Falls. sweetberryfarm.com.

The Austin Zoo puts on Boo at the Zoo next month. DEBORAH CANNON / AMERICAN-STATESMAN

The Austin Zoo puts on Boo at the Zoo next month. DEBORAH CANNON / AMERICAN-STATESMAN

Boo at the Zoo. Dress up and enjoy the zoo with Halloween-themed activities. 6:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays in October. $15. Austin Zoo, 10808 Rawhide Trail. austinzoo.org

Fall Holidays Fair. Learn about festivals and celebrations in Asia and more. Free. Noon-4 p.m. Oct. 15, Asian American Resource Center, 8401 Cameron Road.

Recreation Center Halloween Carnivals. 5:30 p.m. Oct. 20, Metz; 6 p.m. Oct. 27, Givens; 6 p.m. Oct. 27, South Austin; 3:30 p.m. Oct. 28 Cantu; 6 p.m. Oct. 28, Dottie Jordan; 1 p.m. Oct. 29, Delores Duffie; 6 p.m. Oct. 29, Dittmar.

Books

Story time in the Garden. Learn about lifecycles. 10:30 a.m. Oct. 3; Naked Trees, Oct. 31. Zilker Botanical Garden Center, 2220 Barton Springs Road. zilkergarden.org.

Texas Teen Book Festival. Hear many young adult novel authors and get your books signed by them. 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Oct. 1. St. Edward’s University. Free. Texasteenbookfestival.org.

BookPeople events. Kami Garcia and Jamie Mcguire in conversation “The Lovely Reckless” and “Providence.” 7 p.m. Oct. 3. James Dashner reads “The Fever Code,” 7 p.m. Oct. 5; Lauren Oliver and Kendare Blake read “Replica” and “Three Dark Crowns,” 7 p.m. Oct. 12; Marie Lu and Margaret Stohl read “The Midnight Star” and “The Black Widow,” 7 p.m. Oct. 17; Donna Janell Bowman reads “Step Right Up,” 3 p.m. Oct. 23. Laurie Halse Anderson reads “Ashes,” 7 p.m. Oct. 24; Jacqueline Kelly reads “Skunked!” 6 p.m. Oct. 26. Jay Asher reads “What Light,” 7 p.m. Oct. 28; Amie Kaufman, Jay Kristoff, Kiersten White and Jessica Cluess read “Gemina,” “And I Darken,” “A Shadow Bright” and “Burning,” 2 p.m. Oct. 30. Story times. Paramount Theatre “The Man Who Planted Trees,” 11:30 a.m. Oct. 1; Colors of Fall, 10:30 a.m. Oct. 4; Milly McSilly, 10:30 a.m. Oct. 5; Sandy Loker reads “Can I Sniff My Way To Heaven?” 11:30 a.m. Oct. 8; Golden Books, 10:30 a.m. Oct. 11; Staci Gray sings, 10:30 a.m. Oct. 12; Deborah Kadair Thomas reads, 11:30 a.m. Oct. 15; Tiny Tales to You Petting Zoo, 10:30 a.m. Oct. 19; Anna Westbrook reads, 11:30 a.m. Oct. 22; Dogs vs. Cats, 10:30 a.m. Oct. 25; Preposterous Puppet Show Players, 10:30 a.m. Oct. 26; Monster Mash, 11:30 a.m. Oct. 29. BookPeople, 603 N. Lamar Blvd. bookpeople.com.

Barnes & Noble Events: Lego Star Wars Rogue One build, 4 p.m. Oct. 1, all locations; Trenton Lee Stewart reads “The Secret Keepers,” 7 p.m. Oct. 20, Arboretum. 11 a.m. Saturday story times at all locations: Highlights magazine, Oct. 1; “Tek: The Modern Caveboy,” Oct. 8; “Pete the Cat and The Missing Cupcakes,” Oct. 15; Halloween, Oct. 22; “If you Give a Mouse a Brownie,” Oct. 29.

At the library

Read to Bonnie the Dog. 11:30 a.m. Oct. 1 and 15, Yarborough Branch.

Made with Code. 1 p.m. Oct. 1, Twin Oaks Branch; 1 p.m. Oct. 22, Hampton Branch.

Shere Khan the tiger, voiced by Idris Elba, appears in a scene from, "The Jungle Book." Disney

Shere Khan the tiger, voiced by Idris Elba, appears in a scene from, “The Jungle Book.” Disney

Saturday Movie Matinee, “The Woman in Black 2.,” 2 p.m. Oct. 1, University Hills Branch; “The Jungle Book,” 2 p.m. Oct. 1, Windsor Park Branch; “Victor Frankenstein,” 2 p.m. Oct. 8, University Hills Branch; “The Last Witch Hunter,” 2 p.m. Oct. 15, University Hills Branch; “Goosebumps,” 2 p.m. Oct. 29. University Hills Branch.

Monstober: Frankenfigures. 3:30 p.m. Oct. 3, Manchaca Road Branch; 4:30 p.m. Oct. 10, Willie Mae Kirk Branch; 4 p.m Oct. 17, Howson Branch; 3 p.m. Oct. 18 Southeast Branch; 4 p.m. Oct. 21, Twin Oaks Branch; 4 p.m. Oct. 24, Ruiz Branch; 5 p.m. Oct. 26, University Hills Branch; 3:30 p.m. Oct. 27, Windsor Park Branch; Robot Uprising, 6 p.m. Oct 6, Faulk Central Library; 5 p.m. Oct. 11, University Hills Branch; 3:30 p.m. Oct. 13, Carver Branch; 4 p.m. Oct. 17, Ruiz Branch; 4:30 p.m. Oct. 20, Willie Mae Kirk Branch; Die-oramas, 5 p.m. Oct. 6, Little Walnut Creek Branch; 3 p.m. Oct. 11, Southeast Branch; 3:30 p.m. Oct. 17, Manchaca Road Branch; 3:30 p.m. Oct. 20, Carver Branch; 5 p.m. Oct. 21, University Hills Branch; 4 p.m. Oct. 27, Cepeda Branch; Socktober Fest; 3:30 p.m. Oct. 13, Windsor Park Branch; 2 p.m. Oct. 29, Ruiz Branch.

Monster Movies, Stop Motion Animation. 4 p.m. Oct. 3, Ruiz Branch; 3:00 p.m. Oct. 4, Southeast Branch; 6 p.m. Oct. 11, Faulk Central Library; 2 p.m. Oct. 15, Little Walnut Creek Branch; 5 p.m. Oct. 18, University Hills Branch; 4 p.m. Oct. 19, Howson Branch; 3:30 p.m. Oct. 20, Windsor Park Branch; 3:30 p.m. Oct. 27, Carver Branch.

Literature Live! “Mother Goose on the Loose.” 10:15 a.m. Oct. 4, Cepeda Branch; 11 a.m. Oct. 5, Howson Branch; 2 p.m. Oct. 9, Faulk Central Library; 3 p.m. Oct. 11, St. John Branch; 11 a.m. Oct. 12, University Hills Branch; 11:30 a.m. Oct. 13, Ruiz Branch; 10:15 a.m. Oct. 14, Pleasant Hill Branch; 11 a.m. Oct. 19, Old Quarry Branch; 6:30 p.m. Oct. 20, Manchaca Road Branch; 10:15 a.m. Oct. 25, Carver Branch; 3:30 p.m. Oct. 26, North Village Branch.

Día de los Muertos. 3:30 p.m. Oct. 4, Twin Oaks Branch; 5 pm. Oct. 13, Little Walnut Creek Branch; 10:15 a.m. Oct. 27, Windsor Park Branch; 5:30 p.m. Oct. 27, Southeast Branch; 10:30 a.m. Oct. 28. Faulk Central Library; 6 p.m. Oct. 31, Carver Branch.

Sew Happy. 5 p.m. Oct. 4, Manchaca Road Branch.

Family Board Game Night. 5:30 p.m. Oct. 4, Faulk Central Library.

Crafternoon. 3 p.m. Oct. 6, Carver Branch; 4 p.m. Oct. 13, Twin Oaks Branch; 3:30 p.m. Oct. 18, Howson Branch; 4 p.m. Oct. 27, Cepeda Branch.

Art Smart. 6:30 p.m. Oct. 4, 11, 18 25, Willie Mae Kirk Branch.

Homeschool Story Lab. 2 p.m. Oct. 5, 12, 19, 26, Faulk Central Library.

Music & Movement. 11 a.m. Oct. 7, Milwood Branch; 11 a.m. Oct. 14, Howson Branch.

Star Wars Reads Day. 2 p.m. Oct. 8, Windsor Park Branch.

Austin Ukestra Ukulele Group. 1 p.m. Oct. 9, Recycled Reads Bookstore.

Storybook Dance Making. 2 p.m. Oct. 9, Recycled Reads Bookstore.

Felt Friends World Tour: Panda Pin. 5 p.m. Oct. 10, Ruiz Branch; 6 p.m. Oct 26, Faulk Central Library.

Tween and Teen STEAM. 5 p.m. Oct. 11 and Oct. 18, University Hills Branch.

Family Movie Night: “Hotel Transylvania 2.” 6:30 p.m. Oct. 11, Twin Oaks Branch.

Teen Geek Night. 5 p.m. Oct. 12, University Hills Branch.

Teen Book Club: “The Crossover.” 7 p.m. Oct. 13, Yarborough Branch; “Kill the Boy Band,” 6:30 p.m. Oct. 18, Howson Branch; “Illuminae,” 6:30 p.m. Oct. 20, Spicewood Springs Branch.

Catch ‘Em All. 2 p.m. Oct. 15, Windsor Park Branch.

What’s Your Story? NaNoWriMo for Youth. 5:30 p.m. Oct. 18, Faulk Central Library.

Mother Daughter Book Club: “El Deafo.” 6 p.m. Oct. 19, Hampton Branch.

NBTween Book Club, “Sky Raiders.” 6 p.m. Oct. 19, Yarborough Branch; “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,” 6 p.m. Oct. 20, Twin Oaks Branch; “Three Times Lucky,” 6 p.m. Oct. 26, Spicewood Springs Branch.

The Best Nest Family Book Club, “Hilda and the Black Hound.” 6 p.m. Oct. 20, Faulk Central Library.

ReUse & Fix It Festival. Noon, Oct. 22 Recycled Reads Bookstore.

Monster Mash Bash. 2 p.m. Oct. 22, Twin Oaks Branch.

Glow-in-the-Dark Costume Dance Party. 3:30 p.m. Oct. 27, Yarborough Branch.

Family Craft Night. 7 p.m. Oct. 27, Hampton Branch.

Pecan Street Brass. 2 p.m. Oct. 30, Recycled Reads Bookstore.


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