Book fest, nature center, girl power and more family things to do this weekend in Austin

Head to the children’'s tent of the Texas Book Festival.
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Head to the children’'s tent of the Texas Book Festival. Ralph Barrera/AMERICAN-STATESMAN

Whew! There is so much happening this weekend for families. Pick and choose your adventure.

Friday

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

Music & Movement. 11 a.m. Friday, Milwood Branch.

Friday-Sunday

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.

Saturday

Nina Martinez watches as Jimena Gonzalez rolls a marble down a roller coaster the girls and others built at the GirlStart rockin' roller coasters workshop at the Girls Empowerment Network's WE ARE GIRLS conference held at Austin High School on Saturday, November 14, 2015. This is the eighth annual WE ARE GIRLS conference in Austin. The event focuses on the development of girls ages 8-13, and helps parents and girls navigate challenges, empowers them to set goals, make healthy decisions, build strong relationships and get access to experts who can inspire and guide them. DEBORAH CANNON / AMERICAN-STATESMAN

Nina Martinez watches as Jimena Gonzalez rolls a marble down a roller coaster the girls and others built at the GirlStart rockin’ roller coasters workshop at the Girls Empowerment Network’s We Are Girls conference in 2015. DEBORAH CANNON / AMERICAN-STATESMAN

We Are Girls Conference. Girls Empowerment Network offers workshops for parents and girls ages third grade to eighth grade. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday. Austin High School, 1715 W. Cesar Chavez St. $30. genaustin.org

Austin Nature & Science Center. Fall Festival. Meet Texas wildlife, see a planetarium, learn how to leave no trace and more. 9 a.m. to noon Saturday. Austin Nature & Science Center, 2389 Stratford Drive. austintexas.gov Watch our video guide to the center. 

Alamo Drafthouse. “Trolls Family Party,” 10:35 a.m. Saturday, Slaughter Lane. drafthouse.com

Brian K. Diggs/AMERICAN-STATESMAN - From left, Briana So-Morris, 5, Alec Blondin, 13, and his sister, Ashley Randall, 5, (all cq) uncover a Mastadon at the Dino Pit at the Austin Nature and Science Center Sunday. Sunday was the 7th Annual Austin Museum Day on which people could visit any museum in the Austin area for free. 9.12.04

From left, Briana So-Morris, 5, Alec Blondin, 13, and his sister, Ashley Randall, 5, uncover a Mastadon at the Dino Pit at the Austin Nature and Science Center Sunday. American-Statesman 2004

BookPeople story time. Blast from the Past. 11:30 a.m. Saturday. BookPeople, 603 N. Lamar Blvd. bookpeople.com

Barnes & Noble 11 a.m. Saturday story times at all locations: “Footloose,” Saturday.

Bow Wow Reading with Bonnie the Dog. 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Yarborough Branch.

Made With Code. 1 p.m. Saturday, Carver Branch.

Badgerdog Creating Writing Workshops: Stealing a Fairy Tale. 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Terrazas Branch.

STEAM Saturdays. For ages 7 and older. 2 p.m. Saturday, Little Walnut Creek Branch.

Band Books. Hear Echo and the Bats and see authors Yuyi Morales and R.L. Stein. 7-9 p.m. Saturday, Terrazas Branch.

 

Saturday-Sunday

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 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

“Charlotte’s Web.” Aerial artists Sky Candy bring the spider to life. 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday; 11 a.m. Saturday. $16-$21. Zach Theatre’s Kleberg Theatre, 1421 W. Riverside Drive. zachtheatre.org.

Head to the children’'s tent of the Texas Book Festival. Ralph Barrera/AMERICAN-STATESMAN

Head to the children’’s tent of the Texas Book Festival.
Ralph Barrera/AMERICAN-STATESMAN

Texas Book Festival. Hear a story from favorite authors and get them to sign your books. Free. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday-Sunday. Texas Capitol and surrounding area. texasbookfestival.org Watch our video guide to taking the kids to the fest. 

Barnes & Noble Meet the Maker. Different makers show you how they work. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday- Sunday, all locations.

Thinkery. Storytelling with Ozobots. For 4 and older. Learn code through a robot you create. 11:15 a.m. Saturday and Sunday. $8 child, $8 adult. Thinkery, 1830 Simond Ave. thinkeryaustin.org

Sunday

Bullock Museum. Free First Sunday. Learn about American Indian heritage in Texas with art, traditional dance and music and folklore. Noon-3 p.m. Sunday. Free. Bullock Museum, 1800 N. Congress Ave. thestoryoftexas.com

Neill-Cochran House Museum. Sunday Funday: Getting the Message — The Telegraph and the Crystal Radio. Learn about when the Cochran family installed their first phone. 1-4 p.m. Sunday. Free. Neill-Cochran House, 2310 San Gabriel St. nchmuseum.org

 


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