Find the fun for the family in Austin this hot weekend, July 28-30

If the words to “Hot Child in the City” are in appropriately running through your head, don’t worry; there’s a reason for it. It’s going to be 100+ all weekend. Grab some shade, find some indoor events or go early in the day.

Bring sunscreen, water and bug spray with you if you are headed outside, and enjoy these family events in and around Austin this weekend:

Enjoy the Ladybird Johnson Wildflower Center during Nature Play Hour and Sprouts. DEBORAH CANNON / AMERICAN-STATESMAN

Friday

Wildflower Center. Sprouts. Hands-on preschool program. 10 a.m. Friday. Nature Play Hour. Play in the Family Garden. 11 a.m. Saturdays. Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave. wildflower.org.

Blanton Museum. Deeper Dives. Ages 8-12. 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. Friday. Blanton Museum. 200 E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. blantonmuseum.org.

Texas Museum of Science & Technology. Star Party. Look at the stars. 9 p.m. Fridays. Texas Museum of Science & Technology, 1220 Toro Grande Drive, Cedar Park. txmost.org.

Magician John O’Bryant. 2 p.m. Friday, Yarborough Branch.

It’s Shark Week next week. Time to find out more about sharks or whatever kids are interested in. Hill Country Science Mill can help. Discovery Channel

Friday-Saturday

Hill Country Science Mill. Shark Week. Special showings of Great White Shark 3-D, 2 p.m. Friday-Saturday. Dig for shark teeth at the Fossil Dig, separate fact from fiction with shark week factoids and more. Hill Country Science Mill, 101 S. Lady Bird Lane, Johnson City. sciencemill.org.

Andrew Cannata, Hannah Roberts and Jordan Barron perform in “The Wizard of Oz,” the 59th annual Zilker summer musical presented by Zilker Theater Productions. (TAMIR KALIFA/ AMERICAN-STATESMAN)

Friday-Sunday

Woodland Faerie Trail. See fairy houses on this trail. Through Aug. 6. Free with admission. Zilker Botanical Garden, 2220 Barton Springs Road. zilkergarden.org.

“A Shoe Story: A Brand New Musical.” Summer Stock Austin presents this family theater show based on “The Elves and the Shoemaker.” It’s written by Allen Robertson and Damon Brown and directed by Allen Robertson. 11 a.m. Friday; 10 a.m. Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets $17 and up. Summer Stock Austin also has one-day camps that include a performance Aug. 3, 4 and 8. $50. The Long Center, 701 W. Riverside Drive. thelongcenter.org.

“The Wizard of Oz.” Zilker Summer Musical returns with adventure on the yellow brick road. 8:15 p.m. Thursdays-Sundays. Free, but donations welcome. Zilker Hillside Theatre, 2206 William Barton Drive. zilker.org.

Alamo Drafthouse Kids Camp. Movies for $1-3 donation. “Speed Racer.” 10 a.m. Friday-Sunday, Lakeline. “Jumanji.” 10 a.m. Friday-Sunday, Slaughter Lane. “The Secret Life of Pets,” 10 a.m. Friday-Sunday, Mueller. “Song of the Sea.” 10 a.m. Saturday and Sunday, Village. drafthouse.com.

Baby Bloomers this week at the Thinkery will focus on summer. Tamir Kalifa for American-Statesman

Saturday

Thinkery. Baby Bloomers. For infant to 3. Learn about summer all month long. 9 a.m. Saturday. Special guests throughout the month. $5.  Thinkery, 1830 Simond Ave. thinkeryaustin.org.

Wildflower Center. Nature Play Hour. Play in the Family Garden. 11 a.m. Saturdays. Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave. wildflower.org.

Toybrary Austin. Date night babysitting. For ages 1-5. $25 first child, $10 siblings. 5-8 p.m. Saturdays. Daddy & Me Drum Classes. 10:30 a.m. Saturday. $10. CToybrary Austin, 7817 Rockwood Lane, Suite 101. toybraryaustin.com.

“Babe.” 1 p.m. Saturday. $6-$10. Stateside at the Paramount Theater, 719 Congress Ave. austintheatre.org.

PBS Kids at the Alamo Drafthouse. See “Wild Kratts.” 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Lakeline.

BookPeople. Things that Go. 11:30 a.m. Saturday. BookPeople, 603 N. Lamar Blvd. bookpeople.com.

Barnes & Noble Events: Saturday story times 11 a.m. at all locations: Celebration in Get Pop-Cultured featuring “Good Morning, Superman!,” “Be a Star, Wonder Woman,” and “Bedtime for Batman.” Saturday.

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

Saturday Family Movie: “Storks.” 2 p.m. Saturday, University Hills Branch.

Saturday-Sunday

Thinkery. Cow Eye Dissection. For ages 4 and older. 11:15 a.m., 1:15 p.m. or 3:15 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. $8. Thinkery, 1830 Simond Ave. thinkeryaustin.org.

Sunday

Austin Symphony Hartman Concerts in the Park. A different section of the symphony plays each week. 7:30 p.m. Sundays through Aug. 27. Free. The Long Center, 701 W. Riverside Drive. thelongcenter.org.

Austin Film Society Sunday School. “The Incredible Shrinking Woman.” Austin Film Society presents this Lily Tomlin classic. 1 p.m. Sunday. $9. Austin Film Society Cinema, 6406 N. Interstate 35, Suite 3100. austinfilmsociety.org

NEED MORE IDEAS? 

Check out our Playground Guide of Austin’s Best Playgrounds and our guide to waterparks.

Check out our Summer in Austin Family Guide.

 

 


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