5 ways to keep your summer in Austin weird for families

Austin resident Serenity Ewald, 8, plays in a foam pit during Bubblepalooza last year at the Long Center for the Performing Arts. The event had everything from foam pits to live music. Jessalyn Tamez / AUSTIN AMERICAN-STATESMAN

It wouldn’t be Austin if we weren’t looking for something unique to do. Try these events.

  1. Bubblepalooza. Who doesn’t love bubbles? This free event is all about making bubbles. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. June 3. The Long Center, 701 W. Riverside Drive. thelongcenter.org

    22-month old Ollie Mae Barnet and Luna Santana, 2, play in the Light Lab at the Thinkery. RESHMA KIRPALANI / AMERICAN-STATESMAN 2013

  2. Bricks and Blocks Bonanza. We know you love to build things, and the Thinkery lets you do that. Plus enjoy free Hat Creek Burgers and Lick ice cream.6-9 p.m. June 3. $15. Thinkery, 1830 Simond Ave. thinkeryaustin.org

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

  3. International Mud Day. Why wouldn’t you want to celebrate all things mud? This year the Wildflower Center combines it with its free Nature Nights. 6-9 p.m. June 29, Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave. wildflower.org

    Londyn Targa-Stephan and her mother, April Targa, enjoys some ice cream at the Austin Ice Cream Festival on Saturday at Fiesta Gardens.

  4. Austin Ice Cream Festival. Sure there’s chocolate and vanilla, but we bet there will be bacon flavor, too. 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Aug. 12. $15. Fiesta Gardens, 2101 Jesse E. Segovia St. austinicecreamfestival.com

    “Wonder Woman” will be celebrated all summer long. Clay Enos/Warner Bros.

  5. Celebrate all things pop culture. Barnes & Noble hosts Wonder Woman Day 10 a.m. June 3 in all of its stores and a special pop-culture story time July 29 with “Good Morning, Superman!,” “Be a Star, Wonder Woman,” and “Bedtime for Batman.” The library offers Captain Underpants and the Underwear Fair 2 p.m. June 5, Windsor Park Branch; 3 p.m. June 8, Southeast Branch; 2 p.m. June 15, Willie Mae Kirk Branch; 3:30 p.m. June 28, North Village Branch; and hosts a Power Rangers Glow Party 3:30 p.m. June 14, North Village Branch; 2 p.m. June 29, Willie Mae Kirk Branch; 2 p.m. July 17, Windsor Park Branch; 3 p.m. July 24, Howson Branch. Teen Summer Cosplay Camp at BookPeople is 1-3 p.m. June 21, June 23, July 19 and July 21. BookPeople, 603 N. Lamar Blvd. bookpeople.com

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