20 not to miss things to do with the kids this weekend in Austin, Nov. 3-5

When it comes to gorgeous, this weekend can’t get much better. And when it comes to things to do with the family, it’s a weekend full of possibilities.

Here are 20 events you don’t want to miss. You’ll have to pick and choose because all of it can’t be done.

Head to the children’s tent of the Texas Book Festival.

Don’t forget to set your clocks back an hour on Sunday.

  1. Texas Book Festival. Head to the kids’ area and get your books signed, find new books and listen to authors read their stories. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday Capitol grounds. texasbookfestival.org
  2. We Are Girls. Girls Empowerment Network’s conference for girls in third through eighth grade and the people who love them. It’s the 10th year of this conference. Expect a birthday party extravaganza. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. Anderson High School, 8403 Mesa Drive. $30. girlsempowermentnetwork.org
  3. The last weekend of Sweet Berry Farms and Barton Hill Farms fall festivals.Barton Hill Farms. Corn maze, farm animals and more than 30 activities, plus pumpkin picking. 10 a.m.-8 pm. Saturday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday. $14, extra for pumpkins and face painting. 1115 FM 969, Bastrop. bartonhillfarms.comSweet Berry Farm. Hay rides, corn mazes, pick your own pumpkins and more. 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, 1-5 p.m. Sunday, through Nov. 8. Pay per activity. 1801 FM 1980, ​Marble Falls. sweetberryfarm.com
  4. Fall Festival and Star Party. It’s science and looking at the stars. 5-8 p.m. Saturday. Free. Austin Nature and Science Center, 2389 Stratford Drive. austintexas.gov/ansc

    Kensington Jordan dances to a DJ with other girls at the Girls Empowerment Network’s “We Are Girls” conference in 2015. DEBORAH CANNON / AMERICAN-STATESMAN
  5. Thinkery. Parents’ Night Out. Kids ages 4 and up play at the Thinkery while you see a movie at the Alamo Drafthouse Mueller. 5:30 p.m.-10 p.m. Friday. $40 for first child, $20 each additional child. Thinkery, 1830 Simond Ave. thinkeryaustin.org
    This weekend the Thinkery also has Baby Bloomers, from birth to age 3, learning about shapes. 9 a.m. Saturday. $5. Ages 4 and up can try Owl Pellet Dissection. See what an owl ate by looking at its poop. 10:30 a.m., noon, 2 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. Saturday-Sunday $8.
  6. Bullock MuseumH-E-B Free First Sunday. Free family fun around the museum. Noon-5 p.m. Sunday.  Bullock Museum, 1800 N. Congress Ave. thestoryoftexas.com
  7. Wildflower Center. Texas Arbor Day. Climb the trees in the arbor with harnesses. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave. wildflower.org
  8. Neill-Cochran House Museum. History Lab: Printing techniques. Learn how to create a message using old-fashioned techniques. 1 p.m.-4 p.m. Sunday. Free. 2310 San Gabriel St. nchmuseum.org
  9. First Saturdays at the Carver Museum. Enjoy family events. Free. Noon Saturday. Carver Museum, 1165 Angelina St. austintexas.gov
  10. “Bot Party 3.0.” It’s a robot game show. 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 2 p.m. Saturday-Sunday. $14-$20. Long Center, 701 Riverside Drive. thelongcenter.org
  11. Hideout Theatre Presents: “Block Heads,” improv based on Minecraft. 2 p.m. Sunday. $5. Hideout Theatre, 617 Congress Ave. hideouttheatre.org
  12. “Pinkalicious: The Musical.” The book comes to the stage. 2 p.m. Nov. 5. $18 and up. Paramount Theatre, 713 Congress Ave. austintheatre.org
  13. Big Don Kid Show. It’s a hip-hop storytelling show. 10 a.m. Sunday. Cherrywood Coffeehouse, 1400 E. 38th 1/2 St.

    “Pinkalicious” by Victoria and Elizabeth Kann
  14. Zach Theatre presents “The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe.” Head to Narnia in the C.S. Lewis tale. 11 a.m. Saturday; 2 p.m. Saturday-Sunday $18-$24. Whisenhunt Stage, 1510 Toomey Road. zachtheatre.org
  15. Celtic Fest. Music, dance, animals and Highland games. Noon-7:30 p.m. Saturday-Sunday. $15 adults, kids 12 and younger free. Pioneer Farms, 10621 Pioneer Farms Drive. austincelticfestival.com
  16. Toybrary Austin. Fairy Party. Make fairy crafts and more. 10:30 a.m.-noon Saturday. $10 a child. Toybrary Austin, 2001 Justin Lane. toybraryaustin.com
  17. Barnes & Noble 11 a.m. Saturday story times at all locations: “Bruce’s Big Move.”
  18. “The Elves and the Shoemaker.” For ages 5 and up. 2 p.m. Saturday, Recycled Reads Bookstore.
  19. Día de los Muertos. 10:30 a.m. Friday, Central Library. 3:30 p.m. Friday, Hampton Branch.
  20. Saturday Family Movie: “Boss Baby.” 2 p.m. Saturday, Windsor Park Branch.

Author: Nicole Villalpando

Nicole Villalpando writes about families in the Raising Austin blog and the Raising Austin column on Saturdays. She also offers a weekly and monthly family calendar at austin360.com/raisingaustin. She tweets at @raisingaustin.

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