20 very Texas things to do with the kids in Austin this weekend, March 2-4

It’s a great weekend to be living in Texas. You can explore the University of Texas, eat a real cowboy breakfast, celebrate Texas Independence Day and go fly a kite.

Daniel McLean, 7, gets excited as he runs behind a kite with Julian Martinez during the 2015 ABC Zilker Kite Festival. (RICARDO B. BRAZZIELL / AMERICAN-STATESMAN)

  1. Rodeo Austin Cowboy Breakfast. Eat breakfast like a cowboy. 6 a.m. Friday. Long Center, 701 W. Riverside Drive. rodeoaustin.com.
  2. Texas Independence Day Parade. Celebrate the history of Texas. Free. 9:30 a.m. Saturday. Congress Ave. celebratetexas.org.
  3. Explore UT. Find activities throughout the University of Texas campus. Free. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. exploreut.utexas.edu
  4. ABC Zilker Kite Festival. Go fly a kite or watch them fly, plus a kids club of activities. Free. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday (rain date March 11). Zilker Park. abckitefest.org
  5. Bullock MuseumH-E-B Free First Sunday: Texas Heroes. Free family fun around the museum with the theme, noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. Bullock Museum, 1800 N. Congress Ave. thestoryoftexas.com
  6. Neill-Cochran House Museum. Sunday Funday: Off the Rack: Simple Fabric Dyeing. 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. Free. 2310 San Gabriel St. nchmuseum.org
  7. Thinkery.  Cow Eye Dissection: Ages 4 and older. 10:30 a.m., noon, 2 p.m. or 3:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. $8. Thinkery, 1830 Simond Ave. thinkeryaustin.org
  8. Zach Theatre presents “Goodnight Moon.” The classic children’s book comes to the stage. 7 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Sensory friendly performance 11 a.m. Saturday. $18-$24. Kleberg Stage, 1421 Riverside Drive. zachtheatre.org
  9. Thinkery.  Baby Bloomers: Light it Up. Learn about light. 9 a.m. Saturday. For birth to age 3. $5. Thinkery, 1830 Simond Ave. thinkeryaustin.org
  10. Toybrary Austin. Daddy and Me Playdate: Shark Saturday. 10:30 a.m. Saturday. Toybrary Austin, 2001 Justin Lane. toybraryaustin.com
  11. Hideout Theatre Presents: Improv for Cool Kids “Stories from Around the World.” Join the cast in creating the story. 11 a.m. Sundays. $5. Hideout Theatre, 617 Congress Ave. hideouttheatre.org
  12. Asian American Resource Center. Little Seedlings Storytime. Hear Dr. Seuss’ stories in Korean, Chinese and English. 10 a.m. Friday. Asian American Resource Center, 8401 Cameron Road. austintexas.gov/aarc.
  13. Saturday Family Movie: “Captain Underpants Movie.” 1 p.m. Saturday, St. John Branch.
  14. BookPeople 10:30 a.m. story times: Susan Kralovansky reads, Saturday. BookPeople, 603 N. Lamar Blvd. bookpeople.com
  15. BookPeople events: Story Time Pirates “Stuck in the Stone Age”: 2 p.m. Sunday. BookPeople, 603 N. Lamar Blvd. bookpeople.com
  16. Barnes & Noble Events: Dr. Seuss Birthday Celebration. 6:30 p.m. Friday, all locations. 11 a.m. Saturdays story times at all locations: “The Very Hungry Caterpillar.”
  17. “Anasi and the Golden Box of Stories.” For ages 5 and older.  3:30 p.m. Friday, St. John Branch. 3 p.m. Saturday, Central Library.
  18. Express Yourself through Media and Technology. 1 p.m. Saturday, Ruiz Branch. 10:30 a.m. Saturday, St. John Branch.
  19. Dr. Seuss Storytime. 11 a.m. Saturday, Carver Branch.
  20. Bow Wow Reading with Bonnie the Dog. 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Yarborough Branch.


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