Plan your October with books, spooks and pumpkins

October is upon us. That means heading to pumpkin patches, celebrating Halloween and Day of the Dead. It also means enjoying music and great weather outside.

Barton Hill Farms in Bastrop is open for pumpkin plucking. Barton Hill Farms

Events

Domain Northside Kids. Come to the lawn at the Domain Northside for activities for kids 18 months to 6 years old. This month’s theme: Bewitched. Free. 10 a.m.-noon Oct. 3. Reservations required. domainnorthside.com

Starry Nights. See a star show in the mini-planetarium and see how the Ancient Greeks saw the universe. 5:30-7 p.m. Oct. 4 Free. Girlstart. 1400 W. Anderson Lane. girlstart.org

Roots & Wings Festival. A combined celebration of Arbor Day and Monarch Appreciation Day. Come in costume or create one there. Visit the butterfly release station, climb a tree, make crafts and more. Free with admission. 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Oct. 27. Zilker Botanical Garden, 2220 Barton Springs Road. austintexas.gov

Family Hasya Laughter Yoga. 10:30 a.m. Oct. 27. Asian American Resource Center, 8401 Cameron Road. Free with RSVP to AARCATX.Eventbrite.com.

Round Rock Premium Outlets opens new Texas-themed play area. Celebrate with music, activities, self-station and more. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Oct. 6. 4401 N. Interstate 35, Round Rock.

Fall festivals

Robinson Family Farm Pumpkin Patch. Walk through a corn maze, go on a hay ride, pet the goats and pick a pumpkin. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays through Nov. 4. Free, but pay for each activities and pumpkins, or get a $10 wristband for everything. 3780 White Owl Lane, Temple. therobinsonfamilyfarm.com

Barton Hill Farms. Corn maze, farm animals and more than 30 activities, plus pumpkin-picking. 10 a.m.-7 pm. Saturdays, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sundays, through Nov. 4. $15.95, extra for pumpkins and face painting. 1115 FM 969, Bastrop. bartonhillfarms.com

Sweet Berry Farm. Hay rides, corn mazes, pick-your-own-pumpkin patches and more. 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday, through Nov. 4. Pay per activity. 1801 FM 1980, ​Marble Falls. sweetberryfarm.com

Evergreen Farms Pumpkin Hunt. Chuck a pumpkin, race with a pumpkin, take a train ride, go golfing, jump in the bounce house and pick a pumpkin. Activities $2.50-$5 each. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturdays, 1-5 p.m. Sundays. Evergreen Farms, 242 Monkey Road, Elgin.evergreen-farms.com

Elgin Christmas Tree Farm Fall Fun. Mazes, animals, pumpkin decorating, train ride, hay ride and more. $8 admission. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, noon-5:30 p.m. Sunday. Oct. 5-31. Pumpkin Festival Oct. 13-14, Oct. 20-21. Elgin Christmas Tree Farm, 120 Natures Way, Elgin. elginchristmastreefarm.com

Vida La Vida Festival and Parade. Celebrate Día de lost Muertos with this parade and festival around Mexic-Arte Museum. Noon-6 p.m. Oct. 27. 419 Congress Ave. mexic-artemuseum.org

Halloween Carnival and Haunted House. 25-cent game tickets, $1 haunted house, plus a costume contest with prizes and trunk-or-treating. 5:30-8 p.m. Oct. 18. Metz Recreation Center, 2407 Canterbury St. austintexas.gov

Austin Code Spooktacular Bash. Games, face painting, costume contest, bounce house, spooky house exhibit. 4:30-7 p.m. Oct. 25. Free. Fiesta Gardens Building, 2101 Jesse E. Segovia St.  austintexas.gov

Pumpkin Carving on the Dock. Play games, carve pumpkins, compete in a costume contest. 11 a.m. Oct. 27. George Washington Carver Museum, 1165 Angelina St. austintexas.gov

Howl-O-Scream. Games, treats and a haunted house. 10 free tickets or $3 for unlimited tickets. 5-7 p.m. Oct. 27. Dittmar Recreation Center, 1009 W. Dittmar Road; Givens Recreation Center, 3811 E. 12th St.; Gus Garcia Recreation Center, 1201 E. Rundberg Lane; Turner-Roberts Recreation Center, 7201 Colony Loop Drive.  austintexas.gov

Boo at the Zoo. Dress up and enjoy the zoo with Halloween-themed activities. 6:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays in October. $17.50. Reserve tickets early. Austin Zoo, 10808 Rawhide Trail. austinzoo.org

Spooktacular at the Bullock Museum will offer Halloween activities. Bullock Museum

Museums

Mexic-Arte Museum. Family Day with the artist collective, Kuniklo. Make decorative masks and alebrije caterpillars with recycled materials. Noon-5 p.m. Oct. 21. 419 Congress Ave. mexic-artemuseum.org

First Saturdays at the Carver Museum. Enjoy family events. Free. Noon Oct. 6. Carver Museum, 1165 Angelina St. austintexas.gov

Bullock Museum. H-E-B Free First Sunday. Free family fun around westward expansion. Noon Oct. 7. Living History Days. Re-enactors stroll through the museum. 10 a.m. Oct. 4. Homeschool Day. 10 a.m. Oct. 11. Little Texans: Gallop. 10 a.m. Oct. 11. Science Thursdays. 10 a.m. Oct. 189. Story time: Halloween. 10 a.m. Oct. 25. Spooktacular. Come dress for Halloween activities. 5 p.m. Oct. 26. Bullock Museum, 1800 N. Congress Ave. thestoryoftexas.com

Thinkery. Baby Bloomers for kids age birth to 3 learn about Fall on the Farm this month., 9 a.m. Monday and Saturdays, except Oct. 8. $5. Art Start: Nature as our Canvas workshop. 9:45 a.m. for 1-year-olds, 10:45 a.m. for 2-year-olds and 11:45 a.m. for 3-year-olds, Wednesdays, through Oct. 24. $20 per class. Namaste & Play: Get into Shapes. 9:45 a.m. for 1-year-olds, 10:45 a.m. for 2-year-olds and 11:45 a.m. for 3-year-olds, Fridays, through Oct. 26. $20 per class. Silly Science. Play with bubbles, foam and more. 9:30 a.m. 1-year-olds, 10:30 a.m. 2-year-olds, 11:30 a.m. 3-year-olds, Sept. 3. $20. Whisks & Wizards workshop for ages 4 and up. 10:30 a.m., noon, 1:30 p.m. Oct. 6-8, Oct. 20-21. $8. Spark Shop Scribble Bots for ages 4 and up. Learn to use a robot to draw. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Oct. 13-14, Oct. 27-28. $6 for a kit. Community Night Spotlight: Disabilities Awareness. Explore the tools and technologies that empower people of all disabilities. 4-8 p.m. Oct. 17. Free. Sensory Friendly Hours. 8-10 a.m. Oct. 14. Family Night: Halloween Hootenanny. Play at night with a Halloween theme. 6-9 p.m. Oct. 26. $15-$13. Thinkery, 1830 Simond Ave. thinkeryaustin.org

Neill-Cochran House Museum. History Lab: Paint a Landscape Scene. Go outside with your paints and paintbrushes. 1 p.m.-4 p.m. Oct. 14. Free. 2310 San Gabriel St. nchmuseum.org

Contemporary Austin. Families Create: Branching Out. Make art with botanical supplies and learn about trees with Tree Folks. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Oct. 13. Free. Laguna Gloria, 3809 W. 35th St. thecontemporaryaustin.org

Science Mill. Kooky Spooky Chemistry Day. Learn about chemistry with a Halloween theme. Kids in costume get a free Halloween excavation kit. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Oct. 27. Science Mill, 101 S. Lady Bird Lane, Johnson City. sciencemill.org

Umlauf Sculpture Garden & Museum. Straw Fest. Pumpkin-carving, petting zoo, zombie makeovers and more. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Oct. 28. Umlauf Sculpture Garden & Museum, 605 Azie Morton Road. umlaufsculpture.org

Wildflower Center. Movies in the Wild: “Coco.” See the movie outside. $12-$8, free for kids younger than 4. 6-9 p.m. Oct. 31. Fire & Water Walk. See how fire and water are used to maintain the garden. 10 a.m. Oct. 25. Free. Sprouts. Hands-on preschool program. 10 a.m. Wednesdays and Fridays. Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave. wildflower.org

Toybrary Austin. Drop-in Dance Class. 10:30 a.m. Tuesdays. Baby Play Date. 1 p.m. Tuesdays. Music Class with Miss Ariel. 10:30 a.m. Wednesdays. $10. Theater Class for Littles. 10:30 a.m. Fridays. $10. CD Release Party with Miss Ariel. 5-7 p.m. Oct. 6. Free. Date Night Child Care. 5 p.m. Saturdays. $25, $10 extra sibling. Make a Halloween Ghost. 10:30 a.m. Oct. 18. $7. Halloween Slime Day. 10:30 a.m. Oct. 20. $10. Nappy Time Halloween Portraits. 10:15 a.m. Oct. 27. Toybrary Austin, 2001 Justin Lane. toybraryaustin.com

The Williamson Museum. Hands on History. Make a music craft. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 13. The Williamson Museum, 716 S. Austin Ave., Georgetown. williamsonmuseum.org

“Beetlejuice” is at the Alamo Drafthouse.

Movies

That’s My Face: Youth and Young Adult Film Series: “Birth of a Movement.” Free. 6:30 p.m. Oct. 12. Carver Museum, 1165 Angelina St. austintexas.gov

Movie on the Lawn: “Monster House.” Free. 8 p.m. Oct. 19. Northwest Recreation Center, 2913 Northland Drive. austintexas.gov

Alamo Drafthouse events. “Little Shop of Horrors” Movie Party. 4 p.m. Oct. 7, Lakeline. 1 p.m. Oct. 6, Mueller. 4:15 p.m. Oct. 7, Slaughter Lane. “Beetlejuice” Party. 7 p.m. Oct. 21, Lakeline. Alamo for All, sensory-friendly screening “The House with a Clock in Its Walls.” 1:30 p.m. Oct. 2, Lakeline, Noon and 2:50 p.m. Oct. 2, Mueller, Noon Oct. 2, Slaughter Lane and 2:50 p.m. Oct. 3, Mueller. “Small Foot.” 1:15 p.m. Oct. 2, Lakeline, 11:05 a.m. and 1:45 p.m. Oct. 2, Slaughter Lane. drafthouse.com.

“Tortoise and the Hare” musical is at Zach Theatre. Kirk Tuck

Theater

“Tortoise and Hare” at Zach Theatre. The Aesop fable becomes a musical for ages 5 and up. 2 p.m. Oct. 20-21, Oct. 27-28. $18-$24. Kleburg Stage, 1421 W. Riverside Drive. zachtheatre.org

Pollyanna Theatre presents “The Mystery of the Green Teeth Ghost.” 9:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. Oct. 1, Oct. 4-5, 2 p.m. Oct. 6-7. $10.50 and up. The Long Center, 701 Riverside Drive. thelongcenter.org

Emily Ann Theatre presents “Little Red Riding Hood.” See this classic children’s tale on stage. $10-$8. 10 a.m. Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays, through Oct. 21.1101 Ranch Road 2325, Wimberley. emilyann.org

“Rosita y Conchita.” See this bilingual Día de los Muertos play about two sisters who try to reunite. $8-$12. 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Oct. 6-7, Oct. 14, Oct. 20-21, Oct. 27-28. 6:30 p.m. Nov. 2. Scottish Rite Theater, 207 W. 18th St. scottishritetheater.org.

“Tomás and the Library Lady.” Paramount Theatre is working with Mexic-Arte Museum for the kick-off of its Discovery Series for the year. 2 p.m. Oct. 21, show, preceded by crafts from Mexic-Arte Museum and followed by family day at Mexic-Arte Museum. Paramount Theatre, $18-$10. Paramount Theatre, 713 Congress Ave. austintheatre.org

“The Ugly Duckling.” Ballet Austin II presents this show for ages 3-10. 2 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. Oct. 20-21, Oct. 27-28. $15. AustinVentures StudioTheater, 501 W. Third St. balletaustin.org

Austin Symphony’s Halloween concert brings out the spooky sounds. Austin Symphony Orchestra

Music

Halloween Concert. Hear Halloween-themed music from the Austin Symphony. $10-$15. 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. Oct. 28. Austin ISD Performing Arts Center, 1925 E. 51st St. austinsymphony.org.

Austin Kiddie Limits. Hear kids’ music, build things, make art and dance. Free for kids 10 and younger with parent with a wristband. 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Oct. 5-7, Oct. 12-14. Zilker Park. aclfestival.com/kids.

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

Books

Texas Teen Book Festival. See some of your favorite young adult authors. Free. 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Oct. 6. St. Edward’s University. texasteenbookfestival.org

Texas Book Festival. Hear from children’s authors, middle-grade and young adult authors at this free festival. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 27, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 28. Capitol Building and the grounds. texasbookfestival.org.

BookPeople events: Girl Scout CEO Sylvia Acevedo reads “Path to the Stars,” 6:30 p.m. Oct. 1. Erin Hunter reads “Bravelands No. 3: Blood and Bone,” 6:30 p.m. Oct. 3. Tillie Walden reads “On a Sunbeam,” 7 p.m. Oct. 4. Property Brothers read, “Builder Brothers: Big Plans,” 4 p.m. Oct. 7. Kwame Alexander reads “Swing,” 7 p.m. Oct. 8. Don Zolidis reads “The Seven Torments of Amy and Craig,” 2 p.m. Oct. 14. Spooky Story Celebration, Oct. 20. Jon Lasser and Sage Foster-Lasser read “Grow Grateful,” 2 p.m. Oct. 20. Kids Book Club with Austin Allies, 12:30 p.m. Oct. 20. Marit Weisenberg reads “Select Few,” 7 p.m. Oct. 23. Dylan Thuras reads “Atlas Obscura for the World’s Most Adventurous Kid,” 6 p.m. Oct. 24. Mark Falkin reads “The Late Bloomer,” 7 p.m. Oct. 30. 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday story times. Best Friends Forever, Oct. 2. Favorite Characters, Oct. 3. Illustrator Spotlight, Oct. 6. Brand New Books, Oct. 9; Susan Kralovansky, Oct. 13. Monsters Are Our Friends, Oct. 20. Pets are the Best, Oct. 23. Great Outdoors, Oct. 24. BookPeople, 603 N. Lamar Blvd. bookpeople.com

Barnes & Noble Events: Kids’ Book Hangout. 2 p.m. Oct. 20, Round Rock; 11 a.m. Saturdays story times at all locations: “Builder Brothers: Big Plans,” Oct. 6; “I Lost My Tooth!,” Oct. 13; “Featuring Elbow Grease,” Oct. 20. barnesandnoble.com

Little Seedlings Story Time: Korea. Learn about Korea while making a paper fan and hearing a story. 10 a.m. Oct. 19. Asian American Resource Center, 8401 Cameron Road. austintexas.gov

At the library

Crafternoon. 3 p.m. Mondays, Southeast Branch. 3 p.m. Wednesdays, Ruiz Branch. 3:30 p.m. Oct. 11, Twin Oaks Branch. 4:30 p.m. Oct. 15, Carver Branch.

Literature Live presents “Tales from Graves.” 3:30 p.m Oct. 1, Spicewood Springs Branch. 1 p.m. Oct. 3, Ruiz Branch. 3:30 p.m. Oct. 5, Ruiz Branch. 6:30 pm. Oct. 8, Central Library. 10:30 a.m. Oct. 10, Willie Mae Kirk Branch. 6:30 p.m. Oct. 15, Old Quarry Branch. 3:30 p.m. Oct. 25, North Village Branch. 10:30 a.m. Oct. 26, Yarborough Branch. 4 p.m. Oct. 30, Little Walnut Creek Branch. 11 a.m. Oct. 31, University Hills Branch.

Lego Lab. 4:30 p.m. Oct. 1, Carver Branch. 3 p.m. Oct. 3, Southeast Branch. 4 p.m. Oct. 5, North Village Branch. 3:30 p.m. Oct. 9, Twin Oaks Branch. 3:30 p.m. Oct. 10, Spicewood Springs Branch. 4 p.m. Oct. 10, Howson Branch. 3:30 p.m. Oct. 16 Milwood Branch. 3:30 p.m. Oct. 16, Pleasant Hill Branch. 3:30 p.m. Oct. 16, Ruiz Branch. 2:30 p.m. Oct. 23, Yarborough Branch. 3:30 p.m. Oct. 24, Willie Mae Kirk Branch.

Pajama Story Time. 6 p.m. Mondays, University Hills Branch. 6:30 p.m. Mondays, Central Library. 6 p.m. Oct. 2, Yarborough Branch. 6:30 p.m. Wednesdays, St. John Branch. 6:30 p.m. Oct. 10, St. John Branch. 6:30 p.m. Thursdays, Manchaca Road Branch. 6 p.m. Oct. 15, Milwood Branch. 6 p.m. Oct. 25, Spicewood Branch. 6 p.m. Oct 25, North Village Branch.

College Planning Workshop: Award Winning Essays. 6:30 p.m. Oct. 1, Howson Branch. Studying film, music and more. 11 a.m. Oct. 13, Willie Mae Kirk Branch.

Book Circle. 3:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Twin Oaks Branch.

Science Fun. 3:30 p.m. Oct. 2, Pleasant Hill Branch.

Rubik’s Cubing Club for ages 8-18. 4 p.m. Tuesdays, Central Library.

Healthy Bodies for Healthy Kids. 4 p.m. Tuesdays, Central Library.

Family Board Game Night. 5:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Central Library.

Board with Books. 6 p.m. Oct. 2, Central Library.

Story time and Movement with Ballet Austin. (Reservation Required). 1 p.m. Wednesdays Central Library.

Bow Wow Reading with Roo the Dog. 4:30 p.m. Wednesdays, Little Walnut Creek Branch. With Bonnie the Dog. 11:30 a.m. Saturdays, Yarborough Branch. With Daisy the Dog. 11:15 a.m. Oct. 25, Ruiz Branch.

Music & Movement. 10:15 a.m. Thursdays, Carver Branch. 11 a.m. Thursdays, Howson Branch. 11 a.m. Oct. 5, Old Quarry Branch. 11 a.m. Oct. 8, Pleasant Hill Branch. 11 a.m. Oct. 9, Spicewood Springs Branch. 11 a.m. Oct. 23, Ruiz Branch.

Thursday Night Teen Writers Room. 6 p.m. Thursdays, Central Library.

Friday Movie Matinee: “The Lego Batman Movie.” 3:30 p.m. Oct. 5, Ruiz Branch. “Goosebumps.” 3:30 p.m. Oct. 12, Carver Branch. “Coco.” 3:30 p.m. Oct. 12, Old Quarry Branch.

Dia de los Muertos. 6:30 p.m. Oct. 4, Manchaca Road Branch. 11 a.m. Oct. 6, Twin Oaks Branch. 3:30 p.m. Oct. 9, Milwood Branch. 3:30 p.m. Oct. 15, Howson Branch. 10:15 a.m. Oct. 16, Carver Branch. 4 p.m. Oct. 18, Little Walnut Creek Branch. 3:30 p.m. Oct. 24, St. John Branch. 10:15 a.m. Oct. 25, Cepeda Branch. 10:30 a.m. Oct. 26, Central Library. 11 a.m. Oct. 29, University Hills Branch.

Homeschool Social. 11:15 a.m. Oct. 10, Carver Branch.

NBTween Graphic Novel Club “Four Points.” 4:30 p.m. Oct. 10, St. John Branch. “Newsprints.” 4:30 p.m. Oct. 10, St. John Branch. “Posted.” 6 p.m. Oct. 18, Twin Oaks Branch. “She Loves You.” 6 p.m. Oct. 18, Spicewood Springs Branch. “The Time Museum.” 4:30 p.m. Oct. 24, St. John Branch.

Thursday Matinee: “Hotel Transylvania 2.” 1 p.m. Oct. 11; “Ghostbusters.” 1 p.m. Oct. 18; “Boo 2.” 1 p.m. Oct. 25, Terrazas Branch.

Family Craft Night. 7 p.m. Oct. 11, St. John Branch.

Animanga Club. 3:30 p.m. Fridays Ruiz Branch.

Robotics Beginners Class: Ages 5-8. 4 p.m. Oct. 12, North Village Branch.

Sewing After Dark. 5 p.m. Oct. 12, Central Library.

Southeast Branch 20th Anniversary and Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration. 5 p.m. Oct. 12, Southeast Branch.

Saturday Cinema: “Coco.” 2 p.m. Oct. 13, Southeast Branch.

Halloween Costume Total Reuse Event. 1 p.m. Oct. 13, Recycled Reads Bookstore.

Austin Ukestra Ukulele Group. 1 p.m. Oct. 14, Recycled Reads Book Store.

Teen Book Club: “Alanna.” 6:30 p.m. Oct. 16, Howson Branch.

Walking on Sunshine Early Literacy Sing-along Adventure. 10:30 a.m. Oct. 17, Oct. 24, Oct. 31, Central Library.

Platform Nine and Teen Quarters Harry Potter Meetup. 2 p.m. Oct. 21, Central Library.

Maker Night Halloween Mini Die-o-rams. 7 p.m. Oct. 23, Twin Oaks Branch.

Mother Daughter Book Club “The Shadow Cipher.” 6 p.m. Oct. 24, Pleasant Hill Branch.

Tween and Teen Anime Club. 3:30 p.m. Oct. 26, Twin Oaks Branch.

Saturday Crafts. 11 a.m. Oct. 27, Milwood Branch.

Night Crafters. 6:30 p.m. Oct. 29, Central Library.

Halloween Party Literacy Costume Bash. 7 p.m. Oct. 31, Milwood Branch.

Plan your September of family fun in Austin with our calendar

Summer is over. The kids are back in school. But that doesn’t mean the family fun has ended. September is full of fun events, including two different museum days and the start of fall festivals and pumpkin patches.

Dive into fall (even if it’s still 100 degrees) with this calendar of family fun.

Events

Domain Northside Kids. Come to the lawn at the Domain Northside for activities for kids 18 months to 6 years old. Free. Discovery, 10 a.m. to noon Sept. 5. Reservations required. domainnorthside.com

Shrine Circus is in Cedar Park this weekend.

Shine Circus. The big top comes to H-E-B Center. 11 a.m., 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. Sept. 1. 1:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. Sept. 2. $35-$19. H-E-B Center, 2100 Avenue of the Stars, Cedar Park. hebcenter.com

Third Annual Austin Skipathon. Skip around Mueller Lake Park while helping Foster Angels of Central Texas. $25 per person, $10 kids ages 4-10, free for children younger than 3. 8:30 a.m. to noon Sept. 22. Mueller Lake Park Browning Hangar, 4550 Mueller Blvd. austinskipathon.com

Starry Nights. See a star show in the mini-planetarium and see how the Ancient Greeks saw the universe. 5:30-7:30 p.m. Sept. 6. Free. Girlstart. 1400 W. Anderson Lane. girlstart.org

Join the karaoke at Barrel O’ Fun. RICARDO B. BRAZZIELL/AMERICAN-STATESMAN

Music

KUTX Rock the Park. The show “Spare the Rock, Spoil the Child” currates this monthly free show. Hear Mobley and Groundwork Music Orchestra. 6:30 p.m. Sept. 21 (Sept. 28 rain date). Mueller Lake Park. kutx.org

Kidz Bop Live! You’ve heard them coming from your child’s room and in your car in the carpool lane. Now you can hear them live. 7 p.m. Sept. 21. $30.25-$50.25. H-E-B Center, 2100 Avenue of the Stars, Cedar Park. hebcenter.com

Bring the Sing: Family Karaoke. 1-4 p.m. Sept. 30. Barrel O’ Fun, inside the Alamo Drafthouse Mueller, 1911 Aldrich St. Suite 120. Free. drafthouse.com

Barton Hill Farms in Bastrop will open again at the end of September.
Barton Hill Farms

Fall festivals

Robinson Family Farm Pumpkin Patch. Wander through a corn maze, go on a hay ride, pet the goats and pick a pumpkin. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sept. 22-Nov. 4. Saturdays and Sundays. Free, but pay for each activities and pumpkins, or get a $10 wristband for everything. 3780 White Owl Lane, Temple. therobinsonfamilyfarm.com

Barton Hill Farms. Corn maze, farm animals and more than 30 activities, plus pumpkin picking. 10 a.m.-7 pm. Saturdays, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sundays, Sept. 29-Nov. 4. $15.95, extra for pumpkins and face painting. 1115 FM 969, Bastrop. bartonhillfarms.com

Sweet 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, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 22-Nov. 4. Pay per activity. 1801 FM 1980, ​Marble Falls. sweetberryfarm.com

 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 during Austin Museum Day. American-Statesman 2004

Museums

Austin Museum Day. Tour some of Austin’s most well-known and little-known museums for free Sept. 23. Museums also host special events such as fossil, bones and more identification day at Texas Memorial Museum. Get the full list at austinmuseums.org.

Smithsonian Museum Day. Explore one of the participating Austin museums by printing out a free ticket for Sept. 22. Some of the museums participating include South Austin Museum of Popular Culture, Neill-Cochran House Museum, Texas Military Forces Museum, Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center. Find the museums by searching for your ZIP code at Smithsonian.com/museumday.

Science Mill. Labor Day Weekend Scavenger Hunt. Create your own team and use your smartphone to find items throughout the museum. Free with admission. Sept. 1-3. Homeschool Day: Concoctions of Chemical Conundrums. Hands-on activities planned throughout the day. 10 a.m. Sept. 13. Girl Scout Badge Day. Do activities and earn a badge based on your program level. Sept. 29. Science Mill, 101 S. Lady Bird Lane, Johnson City. sciencemill.org

Thinkery. Baby Bloomers for kids age birth to 3 learn about Color this month., 9 a.m. Monday and Saturdays. $5. Art Start: Nature as our Canvas workshop. 9:45 a.m. for 1-year-olds, 10:45 a.m. for 2-year-olds and 11:45 a.m. for 3-year-olds, Wednesdays, Sept. 5-Oct. 24. $20 per class. Namaste & Play: Get into Shapes. 9:45 a.m. for 1-year-olds, 10:45 a.m. for 2-year-olds and 11:45 a.m. for 3-year-olds, Fridays, Sept. 7-Oct. 26. $20 per class. Little Builders. Create structures and sculptures. 9:30 a.m. 1-year-olds, 10:30 a.m. 2-year-olds, 11:30 a.m. 3-year-olds, Sept. 3. $20. Slime Time workshop for ages 4 and up. 10:30 a.m., noon, 2 p.m. or 3:30 p.m. Sept. 1-3, Sept. 15-16, Sept. 29-30. $8. Spark Shop Sewn Circuits for ages 4 and up. Learn to sew with conductive thread and circuits. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Sept. 8 and Sept. 22. $6 for a kit. Community Night Spotlight: Hispanic Heritage. Celebrate food, performance and culture. 4-8 p.m. Sept. 12. Free. Parents’ Night Out, 5:30-10 p.m. Sept. 28. Kids must be 4 or older and potty-trained. $45 first child, $25 each additional sibling. Thinkery, 1830 Simond Ave. thinkeryaustin.org

Bullock Museum. Free First Sunday: Totally Texas. Fun hands-on events with a Texas theme. Noon-3 p.m. Sept. 2. Little Texans. Hands-on program for children ages 2-5.10 a.m. Sept. 13. Story time: Giddy up. 10 a.m. Sept. 27. American Indian Heritage Day. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. for school groups. 6 p.m.-8 p.m. for the public. Sept. 28. Bullock Museum, 1800 N. Congress Ave. thestoryoftexas.com

Contemporary Austin. Families Create: Sink or Swim. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 8. Free, but reservations required. Laguna Gloria, 3809 W. 35th St. thecontemporaryaustin.org

Neill-Cochran House Museum. History Lab: Making Folk Art. Make a whirligig and more. 4 p.m. Sept. 9. Free. Neill-Cochran House Museum. 2310 San Gabriel St. nchmuseum.org

The Williamson Museum. Hands on History. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 8. The Williamson Museum, 716 S. Austin Ave. williamsonmuseum.org

Toybrary Austin. Daddy & Me Foam Playdate. 10:30 a.m. Sept. 1. $10. Kids’ Cooking Classes. 10:30 a.m. Tuesdays. $15. Baby Play Date. 1 p.m. Tuesdays. Free. Music Class with Miss Ariel. 10:30 a.m. Wednesdays. $10. Scavenger Hunt. 10:30 a.m. Sept. 6. $10. Story time with Vanessa Roeder. 10:30 a.m. Sept. 7. $7. Magic with Silly Sparkles. 10:30 a.m. Sept. 12. $10. Art Class. 10:30 a.m. Wednesdays beginning Sept. 12. $20. Trees & Leaves Playday. 10:30 a.m. Sept. 13. Toybrary Austin, 2001 Justin Lane. toybraryaustin.com

Wildflower Center. Sprouts. Hands-on preschool program. 10 a.m. Wednesdays and Fridays. Fortlandia Grand Opening Weekend. Step inside forts from University of Texas students and Austin architects in the Texas Arboretum. Sept. 29-30. Nature Creations: Bracelets. Make bracelets using things from nature. 10 a.m. Sept. 29. Free. Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave. wildflower.org

“Tortoise and Hare” was at Summer Stock Austin but now is coming to Zach Theatre. 

Theater

“Beauty and the Beast” at Zach Theatre. The Disney story comes to life in musical form. 2:30 p.m. Sept. 1 and Sept. 2, 7:30 p.m. Sept. 7. $25-$150. Zach Theatre, 202 S. Lamar Blvd. zachtheatre.org

“Tortoise and Hare” at Zach Theatre. The Aesop fable becomes a musical for ages 5 and up. 2 p.m. Sept. 8-9, Sept. 15-16, Sept. 22-23, Sept. 29. 6:30 p.m. Sept. 28. $18-$24. Kleburg Stage, 1421 W. Riverside Drive. zachtheatre.org

Zach Theatre Open House. Try out some of the classes for children age toddler to fifth-grade. 10 a.m. to noon Saturday. This week it’s at the North Austin location, 12129 RM 620 N. location. RSVP on a link on zachtheatre.org.

“The Legends of Robin Hood.” Directly from Sherwood Forest Faire, Robin Hood and his merry band of outlaws are bringing mischief to Austin Scottish Rite Theater. Noon, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Sept. 1 and 10 a.m. and noon Sept. 2. $8-$12. Austin Scottish Rite Theater. 207 W. 18th St. brownpapertickets.com/event/3527404

Pollyanna Theatre presents “The Mystery of the Green Teeth Ghost.” 9:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. Sept. 28, Oct. 1, Oct. 4-5, 2 p.m. Sept. 29-30, Oct. 6-7. $10.50 and up. The Long Center, 701 Riverside Drive. longcenter.org

Emily Ann Theatre presents “Little Red Riding Hood.” See this classic children’s tale on stage. $10-$8. 10 a.m. Saturdays starting Sept. 29; 2 p.m. Sundays. 1101 Ranch Rd 2325, Wimberley. emilyann.org

“Rio” is at Flix Brewhouse.  (AP Photo/20th Century Fox)

Movies

Austin Film Society’s Sunday School. Introduce kids to “Safety Last,” a 1923 movie with Harold Lloyd performing death-defying stunts. 1 p.m. Sept. 9, 6:30 p.m. Sept. 10. $9. Austin Film Society Cinema, 6406 N. Interstate 35, Suite 3100. austinfilm.org

Alamo Drafthouse. PBS Kids at the Alamo: “Odd Squad.” 10:30 a.m. Sept. 8-9, Mueller. 10 a.m. Sept. 15-16, Lakeline and Slaughter Lane. drafthouse.com

Flix Jr. Flix offers $2 children’s movies. “Rio.” 11 a.m. Sept. 1. “All Dogs Go to Heaven.” 11 a.m. Sept. 8. “Sing.” 11 a.m. Sept. 15. “Annie Sing Along.” 11 a.m. Sept. 22. Flix Brewhouse, 2200 S. Interstate 35, Suite B1, Round Rock. flixbrewhouse.com

Max Brallier will present his latest “Last Kids on Earth” book at BookPeople.

Books

Texas Book Festival Books and Breakfast. Celebrate the Texas Book Festival and hear Cate Berry read “Penguin and Tiny Shrimp Don’t Do Bedtime!” at 9 a.m. and 10 a.m. 8:30-10:30 a.m. Sept. 22. 25 percent of all breakfast sales will go to the fest. Hat Creek Burger Company, 5902 Bee Cave Road, West Lake Hills. texasbookfestival.org

BookPeople events. Events: Alex Beard reads “The Lying King.” 6:30 p.m. Sept. 5. Kendra Fortmeyer reads “Hole in the Middle.” 7 p.m. Sept. 7. Sonia Sotomayor reads her new children’s book. (This event is sold out and at First Baptist Church.) 2 p.m. Sept. 8. Ngozi Ukazu reads “Check, Please!” 2 p.m. Sept. 23. Max Brallier reads “Last Kids on Earth and the Cosmic Beyond.” 6:30 p.m. Sept. 26. Matthew Cordell reads “King Alice.” 3 p.m. Sept. 30. 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday story times. Brand New story time. Sept. 1. Spectacular Superheroes. Sept. 4. Sens-Sational story time. Sept. 5. We Love our Grandparents. Sept. 8. Bold and Brave. Sept. 11. Ms. Staci Gray. Sept. 12. Lazy Morning. Sept. 15. Armstrong Community Music School. Sept. 18. Hello, Autum. Sept. 22. Hispanic Heritage. Sept. 25. Banned Books. Sept. 26. Let’s Get Moving. Sept. 29. BookPeople, 603 N. Lamar Blvd. bookpeople.com

Barnes & Noble Events: 11 a.m. Saturday story time at all locations: “Pig the Fibber.” Sept. 1. “Corduroy Takes a Bow.” Sept. 8. Check out the website barnesandnoble.com for future story times.

Alexander Saldana, 5, laughs out loud as Makayo Haywood-Guerrero and his twin brother Max Haywood-Guerrero, 6 plays with Lego’s during Lego Lab at the Carver Branch Library. (RICARDO B. BRAZZIELL / AMERICAN-STATESMAN)

At the library

Bow Wow Reading with Bonnie the Dog. 11:30 a.m. Saturdays. Yarborough Branch. With Roo the Dog. 4:30 p.m. Wednesdays, Little Walnut Creek Branch. Read to George. 3:45 p.m. Sept. 12. Pleasant Hill Branch. With Aussie. 3:30 p.m. Sept. 26, North Village Branch. With Daisy the Dog. 11:15 a.m. Sept. 27, Ruiz Branch.

DiversiTEENS Teen Art Showcase. 4 p.m. Sept. 1, Central Library.

Saturday Movie Matinee: “Avengers: Infinity War.” 1 p.m. Sept. 1, St. John Branch. “Despicable Me 3.” 2 p.m. Sept. 8, Yarborough Branch.

Minecraft Club. 4 p.m. Sept. 4. Little Walnut Creek Branch.

Pajama Storytime. 6 p.m. Sept. 4, Yarborough Branch. 6 p.m. Sept. 10, Sept. 17, Sept. 24, University Hills Branch. 6:30 p.m. Sept. 10, Sept. 17, Sept. 24, Central Library. 6:30 p.m. Sept. 12, Sept. 19, Sept. 26, St. John Branch. 6:30 p.m. Sept. 13 and Sept. 27, Manchaca Road Branch. 3 p.m. Sept. 17, Southeast Branch. 6 p.m. Sept. 25, Old Quarry Branch. 6 p.m. Sept. 26, Millwood Branch. 6 p.m. Sept. 27, Spicewood Springs Branch. 6 p.m. Sept. 27, North Village Branch. 10:15 a.m. Sept. 13, Sept. 20, Sept. 27, Carver Branch.

Tents and Tunnels. 10:15 a.m. Sept. 5. Howson Branch.

Thursday Night Teen Writers Room. 6 p.m. Thursdays, Central Library.

Early Learner Playtime. 10:30 a.m. Sept. 7. Central Library.

Music & Movement. 11 a.m. Sept. 7, Old Quarry Branch. 11 a.m. Sept. 10, Pleasant Hill Branch. 11 a.m. Sept. 11, Sept. 25, Ruiz Branch. 10:15 a.m. Sept. 13 and 20, Carver Branch. 11 a.m. Sept. 13, Sept. 20, Sept. 27, Howson Branch.

Friday Matinee: “A Wrinkle in Time.” 3:30 p.m. Sept. 7, Carver Branch. “Diary of a Wimpy Kid.” 3:30 p.m. Sept. 13, Old Quarry Branch.

Austin Ukestra Ukulele Group. 1 p.m. Sept. 9. Recycled Reads Bookstore.

Lego Lab. 4 p.m. Sept. 7. North Village Branch. 6 p.m. Sept. 10, Carver Branch. 3:30 p.m. Sept. 11, Twin Oaks Branch. 3:30 p.m Sept. 11, Milwood Branch. 3:30 p.m. Sept. 12, Spicewood Springs Branch. 2:30 p.m. Sept. 18, Yarborough Branch. 3:30 p.m. Sept. 18, Ruiz Branch. 3:30 p.m. Sept. 18, Pleasant Hill Branch. 2 p.m. Sept. 25, St. John Branch. 3:30 p.m. Sept. 26, Willie Mae Kirk Branch.

Literature Live “Tales from Graves.” 2 p.m. Sept. 8, Howson Branch. 6 p.m. Sept. 13, Spicewood Springs Branch. 3:30 p.m. Sept. 19, Milwood Branch. 6:30 p.m. Sept. 20 Manchaca Branch. 3:30 p.m. Sept. 25, Twin Oaks Branch. 11 a.m. Sept. 26, Yarborough Branch. 10:15 a.m. Sept. 28, Cepeda Branch.

Weekend Builders Family Lego Lab. 2 p.m. Sept. 8, Twin Oaks Branch.

Crafternoon. 3 p.m. Sept. 10, Sept. 17, Sept. 24, Southeast Branch. 3 p.m Sept. 12, Sept. 19, Sept. 26, Ruiz Branch. 3:30 p.m. Sept. 13, Twin Oaks Branch. 3:30 p.m. Sept. 17, Carver Branch. 3:30 p.m. Sept. 18, Howson Branch.

Family Craft Night. 6 p.m. Sept. 10. Willie Mae Kirk Branch. 7 p.m. Sept. 13, St. John Branch.

NBTween Graphic Novel Club “Secret Hero Society.” 4:30 p.m. Sept. 12, St. John Branch. “Brave.” 4:30 p.m. Sept. 12, St. John Branch. “Tumble & Blue.” 6 p.m. Sept. 20, Twin Oaks Branch. “The Blachorn Key,” Sept. 20, Spicewood Springs. “The Nameless City,” 4:30 p.m. Sept. 26, St. John Branch. “The Oceans of Secrets.” 4:30 p.m. Sept. 26, St. John Branch.

Homeschool Social. 11:15 a.m. Sept. 12. Carver Branch.

Early Literacy Playgroup. 11 a.m. Sept. 13, Southeast Branch. 11 a.m. Sept. 19, Willie Mae Kirk Branch. 11 a.m. Sept. 25, Old Quarry Branch. 10:15 a.m. Sept. 28, Pleasant Hill Branch.

Song of Peace. 3:30 p.m. Sept. 13, Howson Branch.

Animanga Club. 3:30 p.m. Sept. 14, Carver Branch. 3:30 p.m. Sept. 14, Ruiz Branch. 3 p.m. Sept. 19, Southeast Branch.

Sewing after Dark for Teens. 5 p.m. Sept. 14, Central Library.

Batman Day. 10:30 a.m. Sept. 15, Little Walnut Creek Branch.

Platform Nine and Teen Quarters Teen Harry Potter Meetup. 2 p.m. Sept. 16, Central Library.

College Planning Workshop: College Admissions 101. 6 p.m. Sept. 17, Central Library. 6:30 p.m. Sept. 27, Central Library.

Teen Book Club “Shadowshaper.” 6:30 p.m. Sept. 18. Howson Branch.

BluePrint 3-D Printing and Design Bootcamp. 3 p.m. Sept. 22, Central Library.

Perler Bead Saturdays. Noon-4 p.m. Sept. 22, University Hills Branch.

Mother Daughter Book Club. “Firegirl.” 6 p.m. Sept. 26, Pleasant Hill Branch.

Tween and Teen Anime Club. 3:30 p.m. Sept. 28, Twin Oaks Branch.

Read It, Sing it, Let Us Hear It Open Mic! 1 p.m. Sept. 29, Carver Branch.

Enter to win tickets to Pollyanna Theatre Company’s “If Wishes Were Fishes”

This month, Austin’s Pollyanna Theatre Company is bringing the new play by Holly Hepp-Galvan, “If Wishes Were Fishes. It will tell the story of a fish caught in a net who grants wishes and what three friends do with those wishes. The play is ideal for children ages 4 to 9.

I am giving away a set of four tickets for the 2 p.m. June 23 performance at the Long Center.

Want to win them? Email nvillalpando@statesman.com with your name and telephone number by June 19. Put in the email subject line: Fishes. 

I will let the winners know by June 21.

Here are all the opportunities to see the show:

Pollyanna Theatre Company’s “If Wishes Were Fishes.” 2 p.m. June 23-24, and 2 p.m. June 30-July 1. $10.50-$13.50. The Long Center, 701 W. Riverside Drive. thelongcenter.org

At the library: 2 p.m. July 11, Hampton Branch; 2 p.m. July 19, Pleasant Hill Branch; 2 p.m. July 23, Howson Branch; 11 a.m. July 24, Twin Oaks Branch; 2 p.m. July 26, University Hills Branch; 2 p.m. July 28, Manchaca Road Branch.

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New PBS Kids show ‘Kid Stew’ features Austin girl

Saturday and Sunday, PBS unveils a new TV show “Kid Stew” that promises to be about kids, for kids and made by kids. The first episodes features Austinite Matilda Solis, who is a ballerina. She talks about her art in the Amazing Kids portion of the show., which was developed by author James Patterson.

Matilda Solis is featured in ‘Kid Stew’ episode. Family photo

Matilda filmed the show, which is made in South Florida, when she was in the pre-professional program at the Miami City Ballet. She is now at the School of American Ballet on a full scholarship, the show tells us. She began dancing at Ballet Austin.

The show airs 8:30 a.m. Saturday and Sunday on KLRU. The episode will repeat June 30.

You can watch the trailer below, which features, Solis.

What are you going to do this summer in Austin, kids? Check our family calendar for ideas

School is finally almost over. The temperature is on the rise, and soon, a chorus of “I’m bored,” might be heard coming from your house. It’s summer in Austin.

Luckily, it is summer in Austin, which means you can find something to do with the kids every day.

Check out our list and find more at austin360.com/raisingaustin.

A-list: Families play on the Long Center Terrace during Bubblepalooza on Saturday, July 16, 2016.
Suzanne Cordeiro For American-Statesman

Only in Austin

Bricks and Blocks Bonanza. We know you love to build things, and the Thinkery lets you do that at various stations all around Legos and Duplos as well as Jenga and more. All ages. 6-9 p.m. June 8. $15-$13. Thinkery, 1830 Simond Ave. thinkeryaustin.org

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

Austin Ice Cream Festival. Sure there’s chocolate and vanilla, but we bet there will be bacon flavor, too. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 6 to 10 p.m. June 23. $15-$67.50. Fiesta Gardens, 2101 Jesse E. Segovia St. austinicecreamfestival.com

Austin Bat Fest. Yes, we love our bats underneath the Anne Richards Congress Avenue Bridge. This festival celebrates everything bat. Congress Avenue Bridge, 100 S. Congress Ave. 4 p.m. to midnight. Aug. 18. $15. Kids 8 and younger Free. http://www.roadwayevents.com/event/bat-fest/ You don’t have to wait for the fest to celebrate them. They come out every night around dusk.

Cedar Park Rodeo is coming to the H-E-B Center.

Entertainment

Domain Northside Kids. Come to the lawn at the Domain Northside for activities for kids 18 months to 6 years old. Free. Camped, 10 a.m.-noon June 6. Heroed, 10 a.m.-noon Aug. 1. Reservations required, domainnorthside.com.

Teen Turn Up. Teens ages 11-17 enjoy teen parties all summer long at Austin’s recreation centers. Balling Out. Three on Three basketball, 6-9 p.m. June 22, Dittmar Recreation Center, 1009 W. Dittmar Road. Pool Palooza, 6-9 p.m. July 27, Dittmar Recreation Center, 1009 W. Dittmar. Road. Back to School Dance, 6-9 p.m. Aug. 24, Givers Recreation Center, 3811 E. 12th St. austintexas.gov

Greater Austin Comic Con. 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. June 16 and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. June 17. $24-$49. H-E-B Center, 2100 Avenue of the Stars, Cedar Park. hebcenter.com

The Original Harlem Globetrotters. Start your whistling now as you get ready to watch the tricks on the court. 7 p.m. July 13. $24.25 and up. H-E-B Center, 2100 Avenue of the Stars, Cedar Park. hebcenter.com

Cedar Park Rodeo. See the ropers and riders inside an air-conditioned venue. 7:30 p.m. Aug. 17-18. $27-$12. H-E-B Center, 2100 Avenue of the Stars, Cedar Park. hebcenter.com

Marvel Universe Live! Now you can see your favorite action heroes live. 7 p.m. Aug. 23-25, 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Aug. 25, 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. Aug. 26. $25-$90. Erwin Center, 1701 Red River St. uterwincenter.com

Game play at the Austin Public Library. Whether it’s board games or computer games, join the fun. Día de los Niños Game Day. 2 p.m. June 1, Little Walnut Creek Branch. Free Play Gaming. 3:30 p.m. June 7, July 23, Aug. 6, Carver Branch. Family Board Game Night. 5:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Central Library. Teen Videogame Free Play. 2 p.m. Fridays, Central Library. Tech Chicos. 9 a.m. June 25-29, Ruiz Branch. Lego Lab. 4 p.m. June 1, July 6, Aug. 3, North Village Branch; 2 p.m. June 6, June 20, July 17, Carver Branch; 3:30 p.m. June 8, July 13, Aug. 10, Hampton Branch; 2 p.m. June 12, July 10; Milwood Branch; 3 p.m. June 12, July 10, Aug. 14, Twin Oaks Branch; 2 p.m. June 13, July 18, Aug. 1, Willie Mae Kirk Branch; 2 p.m. June 15, July 20, Aug. 17, University Hills Branch; Noon, June 19, July 17, Aug. 21, Ruiz Branch; 3:30 p.m. June 19, July 17, Aug. 21, Pleasant Hill Branch; 3 p.m. June 28, July 27, Aug. 23, Cepeda Branch. Night Builders: Family Lego Lab, 7 p.m. June 14, July 12, Aug. 9, Hampton Branch. Master Builders, 1:30 p.m. June 14, 3:30 p.m. Aug. 14, Howson Branch. Arcade Night: An After Hours Family Event. 6 p.m. July 21, University Hills Branch. library.austintexas.gov

Toybrary Austin events. Meet Abby Caddaby. 10:30 a.m. June 12. $12.Superhero Party. 10:30 a.m. June 13. $10. Mermaid Party. 10:30 a.m. June 15. Father’s Day Event. Fix-it Clinic. 10:30 a.m. June 16. Fourth of July Party. 10:30 a.m. July 3. $10. Daniel Tiger visits. 10:30 a.m. July 17. $12. Hello Kitty visits. 10:30 a.m. Aug. 18, $12.Toybrary Austin, 2001 Justin Lane. toybraryaustin.com.

The Austin Symphony Children’s Art Park is moving from Symphony Square to the Central Library. RICARDO B. BRAZZIELL / AMERICAN-STATESMAN

Music

Austin Symphony Hartman Concerts in the Park. 7:30 p.m. Sundays through June 3-Aug. 26 (Except July 8). Free. The Long Center, 701 W. Riverside Drive. thelongcenter.org

Austin Symphony Children’s Day Art Park. This year the concerts move from the Symphony Square to the Austin Central Library. A different musician plays each week with a different theme. “Trolls” and April & Amy, June 6; “Martina the Beautiful Cockroach,” All Rhythms Percussion Ensemble, June 20; “Peter and the Wolf,” Austin Symphony Orchestra woodwinds, June 27; “Frogs, Cockroaches and things that go boom!” Austin Symphony Orchestra brass quintet, July 11; “Hansel and Gretel,” Austin Symphony Orchestra woodwind quintet, July 18; “From Robots to Zombies: A Musical Adventure,” Joe McDermott, July 25. 10 a.m. to noon Wednesdays. It’s now free! Austin Central Library, 710 W. Cesar Chavez St. austinsymphony.org

National Geographic’s “Symphony for Our World.” Hear music by the Austin Symphony Orchestra while watching scenes from nature. 8 p.m. July 28. $29-$59. The Long Center, 701 W. Riverside Drive. thelongcenter.org

H-E-B Austin Symphony July 4th Concert and Fireworks. Hear the symphony and then watch the sky light up. 8:30 p.m. July 4. Free. Vic Mathias Shores. austinsymphony.org

Hey Lolly Music Sing-Along. 10 a.m. Saturdays, July 7-Aug. 4. $3. Scottish Rite Theatre, 207 W. 18th St. scottishritetheater.org.

Gustafer Yellowgold. 11 a.m. July 28. $10-$6. Scottish Rite Theatre, 207 W. 18th St. scottishritetheater.org.

Music at the Austin Public Library. The Telephone Company. 11 a.m. June 5, Twin Oaks Branch; 2 p.m. June 7, University Hills Branch; 6 p.m. June 11, Carver Branch; 2 p.m. June 14, Milwood Branch; 2 p.m. June 18, Spicewood Springs Branch; 2 p.m. June 20, Hampton Branch; 2 p.m. July 5, Pleasant Hill Branch; 2 p.m. July 7, Manchaca Road Branch; 2 p.m. July 27, Yarborough Branch. Music and Movement. 11 a.m. June 4, June 18, 11:30 a.m. July 16, Manchaca Road Branch; 3 p.m. June 6, June 20, July 18, Central Library; 10:15 a.m. Thursdays, Carver Branch; 11 a.m. Thursdays, Howson Branch; 11 a.m. June 11, July 9, Aug. 13, Pleasant Hill Branch; 11 a.m. July 6, Aug. 3, Old Quarry Branch. Jim Gill. 3 p.m. June 10, Central Library. Kupira Marimba. 3 p.m. June 24, Central Library. Echoes of Africa. 6 p.m. June 4, Carver Branch; 2 p.m. June 5, Cepeda Branch; 2 p.m. June 7, Pleasant Hill Branch; 2 p.m. June 11, Spicewood Springs Branch; 2 p.m. June 13, Hampton Branch; 2 p.m. June 18, Willie Mae Kirk Branch; 3 p.m. June 19, St. John Branch; 11 a.m. June 26, Twin Oaks Branch; 2 p.m. June 27, Ruiz Branch; 2 p.m. July 5, University Hills Branch; 2 p.m. July 6, Yarborough Branch; 2 p.m. July 11, Little Walnut Creek Branch; 2 p.m. July 12, Milwood Branch; 3:30 p.m. July 17, Old Quarry Branch; 2 p.m. July 19, Dove Springs Recreation Center. The Hoots. 2 p.m. June 6, Ruiz Branch; 2 p.m. June 14, University Hills Branch. Austin Ukestra. 1 p.m. June 10, July 8, Aug. 12, Recycled Reads Bookstore. Youth Songwriting Workshop. 3;30 p.m. June 15, July 13, Carver Branch. Lloyd H. Miller of the Deedle Deedle Dees. 2 p.m. June 23, Manchaca Road Branch; 2 p.m. June 25, Howson Branch; 3:30 p.m. June 26, Old Quarry Branch; 2 p.m. June 29, Terrazas Branch. library.austintexas.gov

Toybrary Austin music events. Music class with Miss Ariel. 10:30 a.m. Wednesdays. $10. Toybrary Austin, 2001 Justin Lane. toybraryaustin.com.

Blanton docent Gary Kattner, right, reads a book for (left to right) Mandy Kutz, and daughter Effie, 3, Cate Bowman, 3, and mother Jillian Bontke Bowman during a children’s event in the Blanton Museum of Art. Julia Robinson/ FOR AMERICAN-STATESMAN 2014

Museums

Bullock Museum. The history museum has special programs during the summer in addition to the programs it always runs. Check these out. Free First Sunday events with themed programs: Rodeo, June 3; Stars & Stripes, July 1; Friendship, Aug. 5. Sense-sational Thursdays, explore history with your senses at 10 a.m. on special Thursdays. Little Texans, June 14; Ranches and Rodeos, June 21; Story time, June 28; History Detectives, July 5; Little Texans, July 12 and Aug. 9; Story time, July 26. Make it Tuesdays create art. Round ‘em Up, June 12 and Aug. 7; Piecing History Together, June 19; Paint, June 26; Red, White and Yum, July 3; Comic Book Art Party, July 10; Artful Writing, July 17; Summer Window Clings, July 24; Mini Art, July 31; Daniel G. Benes Science Shows, Aug. 2. Workshop: Rodeo Leather Craft. Try it out for yourself. Noon, June 9. World Refugee Day, 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m. June 16. Yippee Yay! The rodeo exhibit comes to life with trick roping. 2 p.m. June 3, July 7, July 28, Aug. 4, Aug. 18. Bullock Museum, 1800 N. Congress Ave. thestoryoftexas.com

Blanton Museum. Each summer, the Blanton brings creative programs for different age groups that have you learning about art as well as making it: 3ft Deep for ages 3-5, 10 a.m. Tuesdays June 12-July 24; Artists and Authors, for ages 5-7, 10:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. Thursdays, June 14-July 26; Deeper Dives for ages 8-10, 10 a.m. Fridays, June 15-July 27; Free Diving for ages 11-14, 1 p.m. Fridays, June 15-July 27. Plus you can make art in the WorkLab, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Wednesdays, June 13-27, and July 11-25. Blanton Museum. 200 E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. blantonmuseum.org

Contemporary Austin. Families Create: For the Birds, June 9; Fanta-Sea Creatures, July 14; and Ice Painting, Aug. 11. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Laguna Gloria, 3809 W. 35th St. thecontemporaryaustin.org

Thinkery. Baby Bloomers for children younger than 3. 9 a.m. Monday and Saturdays. Each month has a theme, and every week there are special performances. In June, it’s all about what’s Under the Sea. $5. Instant Ice Cream workshop, for ages 4 and up. 10:30 a.m., noon, 2 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. June 2-3, 16-17, 30-July 1. The July and August workshops haven’t been announced yet. Parents’ Night Out, 5:30-10 p.m. July 13 and Aug. 3. Kids must be 4 or older and potty-trained. $45 first child, $25 each additional sibling. Thinkery, 1830 Simond Ave. thinkeryaustin.org

Hill Country Science Mill. In June, kids ages 8 and older can learn to turn Trash to Treasure and make art with artist McKay Otto. 10 a.m.-noon and 1-3 p.m. June 2. Free, but reserve your spot at programs@sciencemill.orgSolar Art. Make art using the sun. 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. June 8. Cyanotype Making. Use the sun and water to dye fabric. 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. June 16. Shark Week. Celebrate all things shark with movies, a fossil dig for teeth and more. July 25-July 29. Hill Country Science Mill, 101 S. Lady Bird Lane, Johnson City. sciencemill.org

Umlauf Sculpture Garden & Museum. Family Day10-4 p.m. June 10, Entangled; July 8, Happy Birthday, Charles Umlauf; and Aug. 12, Remembering LBJ. Umlauf Sculpture Garden & Museum, 605 Robert E. Lee Road. umlaufsculpture.org

George Washington Carver Museum. First Saturdays at the Carver Museum. Noon-4 p.m. June 2, July 7. Let It Ring Juneteenth Celebration. Noon-4 p.m. June 16. George Washington Carver Museum, 1165 Angelina St. austintexas.gov

The Williamson Museum. Midsommer Festival. Celebrate Swedish heritage. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. June 23. Free. 8 Chisholm Trail, Round Rock. Hands on History. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. July 14, Aug. 11. 716 S. Austin Ave. williamsonmuseum.org

NASA shows astronaut Clayton Anderson has written an alphabet book about space. He’ll be at BookPeople this summer. NASA 2010

Books

African American Book Festival. Explore new works for all ages. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. June 23. George Washington Carver Museum, 1165 Angelina St. austintexas.gov

Book People events. Jennifer Donaldson reads “Lies You Never Told Me,” 6 p.m. June 2. Stephanie Garber reads “Legendary,” 6 p.m. June 9. Space Party with Astronaut Clayton Anderson. Anderson reads his “A is for Astronaut: Blasting Through the Alphabet.” 4 p.m. June 13. Carrie Fountain reads “I’m Not Missing,” 7 p.m. July 12. 10:30 a.m. story times every Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday. Topics include Zumbini, June 2; Proud to Be Me, June 5; Milly McSilly, June 6; Ramadan, June 9; Heartsong Music, June 12; Ms. Staci, June 13; Father’s Day, June 16; Armstrong Community Music School; June 19; Tiny Tails Petting Zoo, June 20; Barking Book Buddies, June 26; Fourth of July with author Stephanie Ledyard, June 27, “Pete the Kitty,” June 30. Check the website for additional events and story times throughout the summer. BookPeople, 603 N. Lamar Blvd. bookpeople.com

Barnes & Noble story times. Each Saturday all Barnes & Noble locatioons offer 11 a.m. story times. In June, find “Oh the Places You Will Go,” June 2. “Incredibles 2: Sweet Dreams, Jack-Jack,” June 9; Father’s Day, June 16; “Jurassic Park,” June 23; “Pete the Kitty,” June 30. barnesandnoble.com

Book events at the Austin Public Library. Día de los Niños Celebration. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. June 2, Central Library. Ice Cream Social. 1 p.m. June 2, Howson Branch. Dog Man, create comics, 3:30 p.m. June 6, North Village Branch; 2 p.m. June 15, Yarborough Branch; 2 p.m. June 28, Pleasant Hill Branch; 6 p.m. July 2, Carver Branch; 6 p.m. July 10, Twin Oaks Branch. “Princess in Black” Party. 2 p.m. June 4, Howson Branch; 2 p.m. June 13, Ruiz Branch. 3:30 p.m. June 19, Old Quarry Branch; 3:30 p.m. June 20, North Village Branch; 2 p.m. July 5, Dove Springs Recreation Center; 11 a.m. July 17, Twin Oaks Branch. Pajama story time. 6 p.m. Mondays in June and July, University Hills Branch; 6:30 p.m. Mondays in June and July, Central Library; 6 p.m. June 5, July 3, Aug. 7, Yarborough Branch; 6 p.m. June 26, July 24, Old Quarry Branch; 6 p.m. June 28, North Village Branch; 6 p.m. June 28, Spicewood Springs Branch; 6 p.m. July 31, Milwood Branch. Camp Bluebonnet. Read the recommended books for grades 3-6. 2:30 p.m. Mondays in June, Old Quarry Branch; 2 p.m. Tuesdays in June, Howson Branch; 1 p.m. Tuesdays in July, Pleasant Hill Branch; 11 a.m. Wednesdays in July 11-Aug.8, Spicewood Springs Branch. NBTween Book Club. “Nerd Camp,” 4 p.m. June 13, Howson Branch. “Frogkisser!” 6 p.m. June 20, Hampton Branch. “Eleven and Holding,” 6 p.m. June 21, Spicewood Springs Branch. “The Harlem Charade,” 6 p.m. June 21, Twin Oaks Branch; “Garvey’s Choice,” 4 p.m. July 11, Howson Branch; “The Bicycle Spy,” 6 p.m. Hampton Branch; “Ghost,” 6 p.m. July 19, Spicewood Springs Branch; “Hereville,” 6 p.m. July 19, Twin Oaks Branch; “The Night Diary,” 4 p.m. Aug. 8, Howson Branch; “Sisters,” 6 p.m. Aug. 15, Hampton Branch. “Ms. Bixby’s Last Day,” 6 p.m. Aug. 16, Spicewood Springs Branch. Teen Writing Club. 2 p.m. Thursdays, June 14-July 12, Central Library. Teen Book Club. “Saints and Misfits,” 6:30 p.m. June 19, Howson Branch; “Uglies,” 6:30 p.m. July 17, Howson Branch; 10:30 a.m. June 22, July 6, July 20, Aug. 3, Cepeda Branch. library.austintexas.gov

Toybrary book event. “Penguin & Shrimp” story time. 10:30 a.m. June 22. Toybrary Austin, 2001 Justin Lane. toybraryaustin.com.

The Austin Humane Society will offer Teddy Bear Surgery again this summer. Austin Humane Society

Animals and nature

RED Arena Round-Up. Family fun and inclusive rodeo play day with a petting zoo, kid games and mini horses. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. June 2. Free. Dripping Springs Ranch Park, 1042 Event Center Drive, Dripping Springs. redarena.org

Ask a Vet. Bring your questions to hear from Thundering Paws veterinarian Lauren Cannon. 11:30 a.m. June 2, Barnes & Noble Sunset Valley, 5601 Brodie Lane. barnesandnoble.com

The Austin Humane Society Summer Kids Series! The Austin Humane Society offers events throughout the summer for children. Story times for children 8 and younger: 10 a.m. June 5, July 10, Aug. 7. Tail talks animal question session for children 8 and older: 2 p.m. June 5, 1 p.m. June 19, 2 p.m. July 10, 2 p.m. July 24, 2 p.m. Aug. 7. Teddy Bear Surgery, 1 p.m. June 9, July 7, Aug. 11. Austin Wildlife Rescue: All about Wildlife for children 8 and younger: 10 a.m. June 12, July 17, Aug. 14. Outdoor Movie Night: 7:30 p.m. June 14, July 12. Humane Hero Hour for children 8 and younger: 10 a.m. June 19, July 24. Art workshops for children 8 and younger: 10 a.m. June 26, July 31. Free, but you must register, AustinHumaneSociety.org, 512-646-7387. Austin Humane Society, 124 W. Anderson Lane.

Wildflower Center. Nature Nights at 6 p.m.to 9 p.m. on Thursdays each have a theme: Outdoor Recreation, June 7; Fantastic Creatures & Where to Find Them, June 14; Bats, June 21; Water, June 28. Free. You also can find hands-on programs for preschoolers through its Sprouts program, 10 a.m. Wednesdays and Fridays, and during the Nature Play Hour, 10 a.m. Saturdays. Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave. wildflower.org

Zilker Botanical Garden opens its Woodland Faerie Trail today through Aug. 10. The trail is full of homes people have created for the fairies. Maybe you’ll see a fairy. Reserve your spot online at and on austintexas.gov/parksonline. Zilker Botanical Garden, 2220 Barton Springs Road. zilkergarden.org

Animals at the Austin Public Library. Welcome to Jurassic World for teens. 1 p.m. June 4, Central Library. Visit with a Park Ranger, 2 p.m. June 8, Yarborough Branch, 3:30 p.m. June 12, Old Quarry Branch; 2 p.m. June 25, Spicewood Springs Branch; 2 p.m. July 2, Pleasant Hill Branch. Crowe’s Nest Farm, 2 p.m. June 9, Manchaca Road Branch; 3 p.m. June 12, St. John’s Branch; 2 p.m. June 14, Pleasant Hill Branch; 2 p.m. June 15, Terrazas Branch; 2 p.m. June 21, Milwood Branch; 6 p.m. June 25, Carver Branch; 2 p.m. June 28, University Hills Branch; 3:30 p.m. July 10, Old Quarry Branch; 2 p.m. July 23, Spicewood Springs Branch; 2 p.m. July 25, Ruiz Branch. Dinosaur George, 3 p.m. June 3, Central Library. library.austintexas.gov

Toybrary Repitle Show. 10:30 a.m. June 2. $12. Toybrary Austin, 2001 Justin Lane. toybraryaustin.com.

Zilker Summer Musical returns to the hillside with an Elvis-themed show “All Shook Up.”

Theater

Zilker Summer Musical “All Shook Up.” Zilker Summer Musical returns with the music of Elvis. 8:15 p.m. Thursdays-Sundays July 7-Aug. 18. Free, but donations welcome. Zilker Hillside Theatre, 2206 William Barton Drive. zilker.org

Pollyanna Theatre Company’s “If Wishes Were Fishes.” 2 p.m. June 23-24, and 2 p.m. June 30-July 1. $10.50-$13.50. The Long Center, 701 W. Riverside Drive. thelongcenter.org At the library: 2 p.m. July 11, Hampton Branch; 2 p.m. July 19, Pleasant Hill Branch; 2 p.m. July 23, Howson Branch; 11 a.m. July 24, Twin Oaks Branch; 2 p.m. July 26, University Hills Branch; 2 p.m. July 28, Manchaca Road Branch.

Summer Stock Austin “The Music Man.” July 20-Aug. 11. Prices and specific times and dates of shows TBA. The Long Center, 701 W. Riverside Drive. thelongcenter.org

Summer Stock Austin “Rob1n.” This modern retelling of the Robin Hood tale puts a girl in the starring role in this musical by Allen Robertson and Damon Brown. July 24-Aug 11. Prices and specific times and dates of shows TBA. thelongcenter.org

The Little Mermaid. 8:15 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays June 1-30, 8:15 p.m. July 1. $10. EmilyAnn Theatre & Gardens, 1101 FM 2325, Wimberley. emilyann.org

Robin Hood. The children’s version of the classic story. 10 a.m. July 14, 21, 28. 2 p.m. July 15, 22, 29. $10-$8. EmilyAnn Theatre & Gardens, 1101 FM 2325, Wimberley.emilyann.org

Spoonful of Sugar Improv for Families with Hideout Theatre. 11 a.m. June 3, 9, 16-17, 23-24, 30, July 1. $12-$8. “Too Many Stories!” 10:30 a.m. Wednesdays, June 13-Aug. 1. $6. Scottish Rite Theatre, 207 W. 18th St. scottishritetheater.org.

“Beauty and the Beast.” The Disney movie comes to the stage. 7:30 p.m. July 11-Sept. 2. $25-$150. Zach Theatre, 202 S. Lamar Blvd. zachtheatre.org.

Literature Live Presents “King Midas.” 2 p.m. June 4, Spicewood Springs Branch; 3 p.m. June 5, St. John Branch; 2 p.m. June 6, Hampton Branch; 2 p.m. June 8, Terrazas Branch; 2 p.m. June 12, Cepeda Branch; 2 p.m. June 14, Willie Mae Kirk Branch; 3 p.m. June 17, Central Library; 11 a.m. June 19, Twin Oaks Branch; 2 p.m. June 21, Pleasant Hill Branch; 2 p.m. June 27, Little Walnut Creek Branch; 2 p.m. June 30, Manachaca Road Branch; 2 p.m. July 2, Howson Branch; 3:30 p.m. July 3, Old Quarry Branch; 2 p.m. July 5, Milwood Branch; 3 p.m. July 7, Recycled Reads Bookstore; 6 p.m. July 9, Carver Branch; 2 p.m. July 11, Ruiz Branch; 3:30 p.m. July 18, North Village Branch; 2 p.m. July 19, University Hills Branch; 2 p.m. July 20, Yarborough Branch. “Puppets, Puppets, Everywhere!” 2 p.m. June 7, Milwood Branch; 3 p.m. June 26, St. John Branch; 2 p.m. June 28, Willie Mae Kirk Branch; 2 p.m. July 10, Cepeda Branch. library.austintexas.gov

Sandbank Shadow Factory Presents: “The Legend of Walter Weirdbeard.” 3:30 p.m. June 5, Old Quarry Branch; 2 p.m. June 6, Little Walnut Creek Branch; 2 p.m. June 14, Ruiz Branch; 2 p.m. June 21, University Hills Branch; 2 p.m. June 22, Yarborough Branch; 2 p.m. June 26, Cepeda Branch; 2 p.m. June 28, Milwood Branch; 2 p.m. July 2, Spicewood Springs Branch; 2 p.m. July 14, Manchaca Road Branch; 2 p.m. July 18, Hampton Branch.library.austintexas.gov

Magik Theatre Presents: “The Three Little Pigs.” 2 p.m. June 13, Little Walnut Creek Branch; 2 p.m. June 16, Manchaca Road Branch; 2 p.m. June 27, Hampton Branch; 11 a.m. July 3, Twin Oaks Branch; 2 p.m. July 9, Spicewood Springs Branch; 2 p.m. July 19, Milwood Branch; 3:30 p.m. July 24, Old Quarry Branch. library.austintexas.gov

Other performances at the library: Terence Taps. 2 p.m. June 11, Howson Branch; 2 p.m. June 20, Little Walnut Creek Branch; 2 p.m. July 12, University Hills Branch; 2 p.m. July 16, Spicewood Springs Branch; 2 p.m. July 26, Milwood Branch. Magician John O’Bryant. 2 p.m. June 22, Terrazas Branch; 2 p.m. July 16, Howson Branch; 2 p.m. July 21, Manchaca Road Branch; 2 p.m. July 25, Hampton branch; 2 p.m. July 26, Old Quarry Branch. library.austintexas.gov

Wildstyle (voiced by Elizabeth Banks), Emmet (Chris Pratt) and Vitruvius (Morgan Freeman) are three of the key characters in “The Lego Movie.” It will be showing at kids movie events around town. Credit: Warner Bros.

Movies

Sound & Cinema. Watch a classic movie with a soundtrack by a local band. The movie titles have not been released yet, but some will be family-appropriate, some won’t be. Free. 6 p.m. July 11, July 25, Aug. 1, Aug. 15. The Long Center, 701 W. Riverside Drive. thelongcenter.org

Paramount Summer Movie Classics. Show your kids all the great films you or your parents grew up on. “The Wizard of Oz,” 1 p.m. June 3; “Back to the Future” 3:15 p.m. June 3; “Labrinth” 7 p.m. June 5; “The Princess Bride” 1 p.m. June 17; “The Little Mermaid” 1 p.m. June 24; “Mary Poppins” 1 p.m. July 1; “Annie” 1 p.m. July 22; “Superman.” 1 p.m. July 29; “The Nightmare Before Christmas” 1 p.m. Aug. 5; “Grease” 1 p.m. Aug. 11; “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs,” 1 p.m. Aug. 19; $6-$12. Paramount Theater, 713 Congress Ave. austintheatre.org

Alamo Drafthouse Kids Club. “How to Train Your Dragon,” 10 a.m. June 1-7, Lakeline. 10 a.m. June 25-26, 10:15 a.m. June 27-28, Slaughter Lane. 10:30 a.m. June 25-21, Mueller. “Trolls,” 10 a.m. June 8, June 10-14, 11:30 a.m. June 9, Lakeline. 10:05 a.m. June 18, 10:20 a.m. June 19, 10:10 a.m. June 20-21, Slaughter Lane. 10:30 a.m. June 25-28, Mueller. “The Neverending Story,” 10:30 a.m. June 8, June 11-14, Mueller. 10 a.m. June 18-21, Lakeline. 10:15 a.m. June 1, June 3-7, Slaughter Lane. “The Lego Movie,” 10:30 a.m. June 1-6, Mueller. 10:25 a.m. June 8, 10:10 a.m. June 9, June 10, June 12-13, 10 a.m. June 11, 10:15 a.m. June 14, Slaughter Lane. 10 a.m. June 25-28, Lakeline. “The Land Before Time,” 10 a.m. June 29-July 5, Lakeline. “Sing,” 10:30 a.m. June 29-July 5, Mueller. Coming in July: “The Muppets Take Manhattan,” “The Land Before Time,” and “Monsters vs. Aliens.” In August: “The Prince of Egypt,” “King Fu Panda,” and “Despicable Me.” Special sensory-friendly viewings: “How to Train Your Dragon,” 10 a.m. June 5, Lakeline; “Trolls,” 10 a.m. June 12, Lakeline; “The Lego Movie,” 10 a.m. June 26, Lakeline; “The Land Before Time,” 10 a.m. July 3, Lakeline. “Incredibles 2” Family Party, 9 a.m. June 17, Lakeline. 9:15 a.m. June 17, Mueller. 9 a.m. and 9:30 a.m. June 16, Slaughter Lane. drafthouse.com

Movies in the Park. Roll out the blanket and enjoy a free movie. “How to Train Your Dragon,” 9 p.m. June 21. Patterson Park. “10 Things I Hate About You” 8:30 p.m. Aug. 16, Martin Multipurpose Fields. austinparks.org

Flix Jr. Flix offers $2 children’s movies at 11 a.m. Wednesdays. “How to Train Your Dragon,” June 6. “The Iron Giant,” June 13. “The Secret Life of Pets,” June 20. “The Land Before Time,” June 27. Look for the July and August schedules online. 2200 S. Interstate 35, Suite B1, Round Rock. flixbrewhouse.com

Regal Summer Movie Express. 10 a.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays at Westgate Stadium 11 and Gateway Stadium 16. and “ “The Iron Giant,” and “Curious George,” June 5-6; “Despicable Me” and “Ice Age: Collision Course,” June 12-13; “Storks” and “Mr. Peabody & Sherman,” June 19-20; “Despicable Me 2” and “How to Train Your Dragon 2,” June 26-27; “The Lego Movie” and “Alvin and the Chipmunks,” July 3-July 4; “Sing” and “The Peanuts Movie,” July 10-11; “The Lego Ninjago Movie” and “Ferdinand,” July 17-18; “The Secret Life of Pets” and “Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel,” July 24-25; “The Lego Batman Movie” and “Trolls,” July 31 and Aug. 1. Tickets are $1. regmovies.com/movies/summer-movie-express

Cinemark Summer Movie Clubhouse. Offers $1 movies 10 a.m. Monday through Thursdays at Round Rock 8. “Boss Baby,” June 4-7; “Smurfs: The Lost Village,” June 11-14; “The Lego Ninjago Movie,” June 18-21; “Storks,” June 25-28; “The Nut Job 2,” July 2-5; “My Little Pony,” July 9-12; “Ferdinand,” July 16-19; “Paddington 2,” July 23-26; “Captain Underpants,” July 30-Aug. 2; “The Emoji Movie,” Aug. 6-9. . cinemark.com/summer-movie-clubhouse

The Bullock Museum is offering its Summer Free Family Film Series: “The Many Adventures of Winnie-the-Pooh” 2 p.m. June 23; “The Land Before Time” 2 p.m. July 14; “Toy Story” 2 p.m. Aug. 11.Bullock Museum, 1800 N. Congress Ave. thestoryoftexas.com

That’s My Face, Youth and Young Adult Film Series. “A Strike and An Uprising (In Texas,)” 6:30 p.m. June 8. “Taking Israel: A Journey of African American Students,” 6:30 p.m. July 13. “The Mask You Live In,” 6:30 p.m. Aug. 10. George Washington Carver Museum, 1165 Angelina St. austintexas.gov

Austin Public Library screenings. Look for these movies to be shown at your local library. “Thor Ragnarok,” 2 p.m. June 2, University Hills Branch; “Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade,” 5 p.m. June 4, Willie Mae Kirk Branch; “Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull,” 5 p.m. June 11, Willie Mae Kirk Branch; “Grease” singalong: 1:30 p.m. June 4, Old Quarry Branch; “Trolls,” 2 p.m. June 16, Twin Oaks Branch; “Coco,” 2 p.m. June 19, Ruiz Branch; “House Party,” 6:30 p.m. June 20, Carver Branch; “Captain Underpants,” 3:30 p.m. June 22, Old Quarry Branch; “Peter Rabbit,” 3:30 p.m. June 29, Carver Branch: “Black Panther,” 2 p.m. June 30, University Hills Branch, 3:30 p.m. July 20, Carver Branch; “Rock Dog,” 2 p.m. Aug. 9, Old Quarry Branch; “My Little Pony: The Movie,” 3:30 p.m. Aug. 17, Carver Branch. library.austintexas.gov

Create art at the Austin Public Library with events like Crafternoon. American-Statesman

Art

Art at the Austin Public Library. In addition to creating art in museums, check out these art-creating events. Art Smart Día de Los Niños, 10:30 a.m. June 1, Central Library. Art Smart “We Read” Community Mural Project. 2 p.m. July 23, 30, Aug. 6, Aug. 13, Little Walnut Creek Branch; 4 p.m. July 24, 31, Aug. 7, Aug. 14, University Hills Branch; 1 p.m. July 25, Aug. 1, Aug. 8, Aug. 15, Carver Branch; 1 p.m. July 27, Aug. 3, Aug. 10, Aug. 17, Pleasant Hill Branch. Crafternoon. 3 p.m. Mondays in June, Dove Springs Recreation Center; 11 a.m. June 9, University Hills Branch; 3:30 p.m. June 13, July 18, Aug. 22, Carver Branch; 3 p.m. June 14, July 12, Aug. 9, Twin Oaks Branch; 2 p.m. June 20, July 11, Cepeda Branch; 3:30 p.m. June 26, July 24, Aug. 28, Howson Branch. Sew U for teens. 3 p.m. June 5, June 19, July 3, Central Library. Feltastic and Filmazing. “Ferdinand.” 2 p.m. June 9, Howson Branch. “Trolls,” 2 p.m. June 16, Twin Oaks Branch. “Coco,” 2 p.m. June 19, Ruiz Branch; 2 p.m. June 5, Carver Branch; 2 p.m. July 17, University Hills Branch; 6:30 p.m. July 26, Central Library. “The Emoji Movie,” 2 p.m. July 6, Spicewood Springs Branch; 2 p.m. July 12, Carver Branch. You Are the Artist for ages 5-10. 11 a.m. June 12, Twin Oaks Branch; 2 p.m. June 21, Dove Springs Recreation Center; 2 p.m. June 21, Willie Mae Kirk Branch; 2 p.m. July 3, Cepeda Branch; 2 p.m. July 12, Pleasant Hill Branch; 2 p.m. July 18, Ruiz Branch; 3:30 p.m. July 25, North Village Branch. The Contemporary Austin Presents Art Story time. 11 a.m. June 13, Old Quarry Branch; 11 a.m. June 14, Milwood Branch; 11 a.m. June 16, Pleasant Hill Branch; 11 a.m. June 27, Willie Mae Kirk Branch; 6 p.m. July 2, University Hills Branch; 10:15 a.m. July 3, Carver Branch; 11 a.m. July 12, North Village Branch; 11 a.m. July 30, Hampton Branch. library.austintexas.gov

Science/Technology

Science at the Austin Public Library. Tween Steam: Stop Motion Animation. 2 p.m. June 12, Ruiz Branch, 2 p.m. June 15, Little Walnut Creek Branch, 4 p.m. June 26, University Hills Branch, 2 p.m. Carver Branch, July 19; Wire Wearables, 4 p.m. June 12, University Hills, 2 p.m. June 13, Pleasant Hill Branch; Rita Want Artist in Residence Series, 6:30 p.m. Thursdays, June 14-July 5 Central Library; Paper Circuits, 2 p.m. June 21, Carver Branch, 2 p.m. June 22, North Village Branch, 2 p.m. July 7, Twin Oaks Branch, 2 p.m. July 10, Ruiz Branch; LittleBits Theme Park, 4 p.m. June 10, University Hills Branch, 2 p.m. July 20, Howson Branch. Spy Camp. 2 p.m. June 19, Cepeda Branch; 2 p.m. July 9, Howson Branch; 2 p.m. July 26, Pleasant Hill Branch. library.austintexas.gov

Plan your Mother’s Day weekend with the kids with these family events

 

It’s going to be a beautiful Mother’s Day Weekend. There’s a slight chance for rain, but it’s going to be in the upper 80’s, low 90’s.

We’ve got plenty of kid-related activities for the weekend. Hint: Dads, consider finding something on Sunday to take the kids to while Mom gets a well-deserved break!

 

Balloon maker Teddy Kim has a sword duel with Khoi Hoang, 2, after he outfitted the youngster with his choice of weapon during CelebrASIA Austin. RALPH BARRERA/ AMERICAN-STATESMAN 2015

Field Day. Waller Creek Conservancy hosts this event to get you moving, help you learn about healthy food and more. Free. 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday. (Rain day is May 19.) Palm Park, 711 E. Third St. wallercreek.org

CelebrAsia Austin Asian Pacific American Food & Heritage Festival. See cultural performances, taste different foods and enjoy kids’ activities. This year it’s five spice-themed. Free; food for purchase. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. Asian American Resource Center, 8401 Cameron Road. austintexas.gov/aarc

Contemporary Austin. Saturdays Are for Families: Recycled Robots. Enjoy a nautical-themed art-making day. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. Free. Laguna Gloria, 3809 W. 35th St. thecontemporaryaustin.org

Thinkery. Parents’ Nights Out. Go see a movie at the Alamo Drafthouse or go out to dinner nearby while your kids play. Children must be 4 and up and potty-trained. 5:30-10 p.m. Friday. $45 first child, $25 each additional child. Thinkery, 1830 Simond Ave. thinkeryaustin.org

Wildflower Center. Garden Bug Trackers. Find bugs in the wild as a family and create tools to find them in your yard. Noon, Saturday. $15 each parent/child. Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave. wildflower.org

Williamson Museum. Hands-on History. Learn about Texas wildflowers during National Wildflower Week. Free. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. Williamson Museum, 716 Austin Ave., Georgetown. williamsonmuseum.org

 

 

Kids Night Out at Color Me Mine! Play games, paint and have pizza. $35. 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday. Color Me Mine! 13500 Galleria Circle, U-110, Bee Cave. beecave.colormemine.com.

 

Thinkery. Baby Bloomers: Away We Go. Learn about things that take flight. 9 a.m. Saturday. For birth to age 3. $5. Thinkery, 1830 Simond Ave. thinkeryaustin.org

Thinkery. Birdhouses. Ages 4 and up. 10:30 a.m., noon, 2 p.m. or 3:30 p.m. Saturday-Sunday. $8. Thinkery, 1830 Simond Ave. thinkeryaustin.org

Umlauf Sculpture Garden Family Day. Learn different forms of exercise as a family, plus make art. Noon to 4 p.m. Sunday. Free. Umlauf Sculpture Garden, 605 Robert E. Lee Road. umlaufsculture.org

Zach Theatre presents “Goodnight Moon.” The classic children’s book comes to the stage. 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays through May 27. $18-$24. Kleberg Stage, 1421 Riverside Drive. zachtheatre.org

Pollyanna Theatre. “The Secret of Soap & Spin.” 10-year-old Vic finds magic in the laundry map as his mother goes missing. For grades second through fifth. 2 p.m. Saturday- Sunday, and May 19-20. $10.50-$12. Long Center, 701 Riverside Drive. pollytheatre.org

Ballet Austin’s final production of the season is the family-friendly “Peter Pan,” featuring all the characters you know from J.M. Barrie’s story. Ballet Austin

Ballet Austin. “Peter Pan.” Watch as Ballet Austin sprinkles a little pixie dust on the story. 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 2 p.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday. $27-$99. Long Center, 701 Riverside Drive. balletaustin.org

BookPeople 10:30 a.m. story times: Author Mary Sullivan, Saturday. BookPeople, 603 N. Lamar Blvd. bookpeople.com

Barnes & Noble 11 a.m. Saturdays, story times at all locations: Mother’s Day Story Time.

Tech Connect:  Robots in the Library, 2:30 p.m. Friday, Yarborough Branch. Digital Drawing for Kids. 3:30 p.m. Friday, Carver Branch, 11 a.m. Saturday, Pleasant Hill Branch. Stop Motion Animation. 1:30 p.m. Saturday.

Teen Book Club: “Falling Kingdoms.” 3 p.m. Saturday, Central Library.

Friday Movie Matinee: “The Last Jedi.” 3:30 p.m. Friday, Carver Branch.

Friday Movie Matinee: “Rio 2,” 3:30 p.m. Friday, Old Quarry Branch.

Perler Bead Saturdays. Noon Saturday, University Hills Branch.

 

 

 

Austin Ukestra Ukulele Group. 1 p.m. Sunday, Recycled Reads Bookstore.

 

 

New Pollyanna Theatre Company children’s play about opioid addiction

The opioid crisis has come to children’s theater. In May, Pollyanna Theatre Company is exploring the epidemic that has left a generation of kids growing up without their parents or growing up with a parent whose addiction brings an unpredictability to their lives.

“The Secret of the Soap & Spin” is a new work from playwright Jonathan Graham, whose works “The Boy Who Loved Monsters and The Girl Who Loved Peas” and “The Thing in Grandma’s Closet” also have been on Pollyanna’s stage.

Pollyanna Artistic Director Judy Matetzschk-Campbell, says she and Graham had been talking about doing another new work together. “We were intrigued by the notion that are for a wide variety of reasons of kids having to raise themselves,” she says.

It lead them to think about a laundry mat as a place where kids might congregate after school when there is no one to care for them at home. The conversation became more and more specific around “what the life of these children was really life,” she says.

Graham lives in Indiana, an area of the country that has been particularly hard hit by opioid addiction.

“I thought it was important to address,” he says, but “I didn’t want to address it in a graphic way.”

Instead, the story does it in a metaphorical way. “It is completely possible that some audience members will not necessarily know (the play is about addiction) and that’s probably OK,” he says. “The core of the story is the love between a parent and a child where the parent is the one who really needs help.”

“The Secret of the Soap & Spin” tells the story of 10-year-old Vic and his mom, who come to the laundry mat to do their laundry, but then she gets distracted. The staging for the play will have two levels: The upper level is the real world. The lower level is the fantastical world into which the mother’s addiction drags them. That world features characters that represent his mom’s struggle.

Lint is one of those characters. Like drug addiction, it sticks to you and won’t let you go. Dusty, the dust bunny, seems friendly at first, but then become menacing and chases you. The Broom is a good person in the underworld who tries to sweep bad elements away. Mop is clearly struggling with addiction, but ends up being Vic’s guide in the underworld.

Vic and the mother are the only people who are played by realistic looking actors. The others are played by puppets or people in mascot-like costumes.

The play was designed for kids in grades second through fifth grades. One of the things it addresses is that kids of addicts might feel like they have to try to fix things or if they could just be good enough, their parent will be better.

“Mop tells Vic it’s not his job to have to fix people and it’s OK to be a little boy,” Matetzschk-Campbell says.

The story doesn’t end with the mom suddenly becoming fixed, though, but it does have a happy ending. The mom comes back to the real world with Vic, and they are able to finish their laundry. They are able to go on with their day.

“It’s not suggesting that everything is going to be OK, but it is moving into the future with a sense of hope,” Graham says.

For those kids who understand what this play is about, who have that experience in their families, it’s important for them to see a reflection of themselves in the safe place of the theater, Matetzschk-Campbell says.

Pollyanna Theatre Company presents plays throughout the year for both public audiences and school groups that are new works and not adaptations of books. That’s one of the things Graham appreciates about the theater group. “It’s so important to provide stories for young audiences that are fresh and about things that are going on in the world right now,” he says.

Pollyanna’s next offering won’t be as serious. This summer, “If Wishes Were Fishes,” will tell the story of a fish caught in a net who grants wishes and what three friends do with those wishes. In fall, the theater for the very young show will present “Dog Jobs” about the jobs characters do around the neighborhood. For school-age kids, “The Mystery of the Green-teethed Ghost” will have kids doing math and science. Next winter the Civil Rights story “Liberty! Equality! and Fireworks!” returns to the LBJ Library and Museum.Pollyanna will round out the season with “The Texas Chili Queens,” about a true Texas story of women who went into the chili making business and fought the city of San Antonio.

Pollyanna Theatre. “The Secret of the Soap & Spin.”

When: 2 p.m. May 12-13, 19-20.

Where: Long Center, 701 Riverside Drive.

Tickets: $10.50-$12.

Information: pollytheatre.org

Look inside the 2018-2019 Zach Theatre family productions

At first glance, the Zach Theatre schedule for 2018-2019 that it released last week seemed curious. It’s theater for family show list only had two items on it, one in fall and one holiday classic.

In spring, there was nothing specific. Yet, Zach is getting smart about working with community partners, using the materials it already has created, adapting shows, and bringing them to more audiences where they are.

We talked with Zach Theatre representatives after expressing disappointment at the released schedule. They cleared up some of the confusion and let us in on some of the exciting new directions the education department, headed by Nat Miller, is headed.

First, let’s talk about the two productions on the Moody Foundation Theatre for Families schedule.

Allen Robertson, who will always be known as a “Biscuit Brother” in our minds, is revamping “Tortoise and Hare,” a musical he created for Summer Stock Austin in 2015. When he originally wrote it with Damon Brown, he wrote it for high school actors. For the Zach version, adults will do the roles. It’s recommended for ages 5 and up and puts modern music to the classic Aesop tale. Expect to see it Sept. 8-Feb. 27 at Zach’s Kleburg theater. Public shows are 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays.

“Tortoise and Hare” was Summer Stock Austin’s family show in 2015. It will be adapted to feature adult actors. 

“Holiday Heroes” returns in December, but this year, some of updates from last year are being taken out. If you didn’t like the character of Purple, you’ll be thrilled when holiday elves Ernest and Rupert return without him. New songs will be added to this holiday show that has become a classic. The show will be at the Topfer theater Nov. 29-Dec. 13, with public performances 11 a.m. Saturdays. It’s recommended for ages 3 and up.

“Holiday Heroes” at Zach Theater has become a holiday tradition. Kirk Tuck

Families also might enjoy “Matilda The Musical!,” which is part of the main slate of performances. It’s being directed by Miller and Abe Reybold, who both have a lot of experience with theater for families productions.

The musical takes the classic book about a little girl who stands up to her parents and authority and brings it to the stage in a full-length musical (translation: two and a half hours with an intermission, versus 55 minutes for typical theater for family shows). It’s recommended for ages 6 and up. See it April 3-May 12 in the Topfer theater.

“Matilda” will also come with an adult-sized ticket price versus the less than $20 a ticket of the theater for family shows. For the first time, Zach will open up one of its mainstage productions to school groups and allow them to see it for $4. As with all of its theater for family productions, “Matilda” will offer a sensory friendly show.

Last year,  Zach offered a sensory friendly show for one of its mainstage productions for the first time. The plan is to increase the number of sensory friendly performances across genres.

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What’s not on the official press release is some other ventures Zach is working on for next school year.

“The Adventures of Enoughie,” is being adapted for schools. Kirk Tuck

Zach will be working on bringing the bilingual “Adventures of Enoughie,” which opened in February this year and was a joint project of The Kindness Campaign, Zach Theatre, Teatro Vivo and Half Glass Full Theatre, to children in their schools. The play uses puppets to tell the story of two kids on a playground who come in conflict. They learn to work it out with the help of Enoughie, a magical creature.

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Zach also will be doing a theater for the very young production, “Wake Up, Brother Bear!”, at the beginning of 2019 for children 6 and younger. It will be more hands-on and provide sensory experiences. This production will be at Zach North, 12129 RM 620 N., where Zach began offering classes in 2016.

And finally, Zach is working with the Thinkery to develop an in-museum show in 2019. “The Very Scared Caterpillar” will be for kids in grades prekindergarten through second. Budding scientists will follow Caterpillar through his journey from chrysalis to butterfly by meeting characters around the museum.

You can find more information and already buy tickets for some of these shows at zachtheatre.org.

‘School of Rock’ star Gianna Harris teaches us what it takes to make musical theater

Gianna Harris plays the ukulele, the bass, the cello, the piano, but when she sets foot on the Bass Concert Hall stage this week for “School of Rock,” people will know her for her voice. She plays shy Tomika, aka “the voice.”

Her grandfather taught her the ukulele; she picked up the cello at school, and then the piano, before picking up the bass when she was in the show’s Broadway cast as Shonelle, one of the backup singers. Gianna, 13, was on Broadway for a year and half before the touring show came about and the chance to take on a bigger role.

Gianna Harris, center, plays Tomika in “School of Rock.” Matthew Murphy

Which is better, the 2003 movie starring Jack Black and directed by Austin’s Richard Linklater or the musical?

Well, of course, the musical, she says. She really loves that you get to see the scenery changing. “The songs are more exciting to watch,” she says. “Everyone is singing live.”

Gianna, who is from New Jersey, audition for one of three Broadway musicals with kids in them: “Annie,” “Matilda” and “School of Rock.” She was secretly hoping for “Matilda” when “School of Rock” called.

“I really wanted to sing,” she says. “Musicals are the easiest way to getting into singing.”

She’s thinking practically. She states that only 2 percent of kids who want to be a pop star become a pop star, but how many get to star in a musical on Broadway? Also not a lot.

“I love going into work every day and being able to do the songs I love,” she says.

Her favorite song, “If Only You Would Listen Reprise” is toward the end. It’s when the kids are trying to convince their teacher to do the battle of the bands.

The craziest thing that’s happened to her on stage was when her headband snapped in half and she had to do the first act of the show wearing the broken one.

The craziest thing that’s happened to the cast was when almost half of the kids were out sick with the flu, including herself. Some of the kids left standing where playing two roles, and one of the boys had to play a girl.

While the show is an anthem to kid empowerment and reminds parents to let your kids do music and have fun once in a while, she says, the cast actually has a lot of discipline.

Every day they wake up and have breakfast, then go to tutoring for four to six hours. Sometimes they squeeze in a cleanup rehearsal to check something that they need to work on. Sometimes they find something local to do such as a playground or they go rock climbing. “Sometimes we just sit downstairs (of the hotel) and jam,” she says.

They usually are at the theater about an hour and 10 minutes before the show for hair and makeup. In the girls’ dressing room, they go through the warmups. They warm up their voices and their whole bodies and get their energy up. “We’re fooling around to get excited for the show,” she says.

They don’t go too crazy, though, unlike their characters. “Back stage is not at all like the show is,” she says. They have to have discipline, she says. “We have to listen to our guardians and make sure we’re focused.”

Her guardian is her mom, who is on tour with her. Her dad and older and younger brother are back in New Jersey, but they’ve been able to come for visits throughout the tour.

It’s all worth it, though. “I like that I get to sing every single day and act and dance and just be myself on stage,” she says.

“School of Rock”

When: 8 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday, 2 p.m. Saturday, 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. Sunday

Where: Bass Concert Hall, 2350 Robert Dedman Drive

Tickets: $30-$120

Information: texasperformingarts.org

Roar like a dinosaur and more family fun in Austin, Feb. 2-4

This weekend is going to be what we love about winter in Austin. Sunny, highs in the 60s, possibly hitting 70. It’s a great weekend for doing things with the kids. Here are 20 events to get you started.

Louis Montanez, 9, plays on a mammoth rib cage cast in bronze at the Austin Nature and Science Center. LAURA SKELDING/AMERICAN-STATESMAN
  1. Austin Dinosaur Day. Find activities at Zilker Botanical Garden, Texas Memorial Museum and Austin Nature & Science Center. Saturday. Admission rates apply.
  2. Las Aventuras de Enoughie (The Adventures of Enoughie).” This bilingual puppet show teaches kids about kindness and is a collaboration between Zach Theatre, Teatro Vivo, Glass Half Full Theatre and the Kindness Campaign. 2 p.m. Sunday. More shows through February. Sign language, visual captions and sensory-friendly show Sunday. $14-$16. Mexican American Cultural Center, 600 River St. zachtheatre.org

    Bryce Hohertz, 7, of Dripping Springs, and his brother Cole, 5, look through spectroscopes to observe the spectrum of light at WeatherFest at the Bullock Texas State History Museum. JAY JANNER / AMERICAN-STATESMAN 2016
  3. Bullock MuseumSeveral events coming up. H-E-B Free First Sunday: Weather Fest: Free family fun around the museum with the theme. Noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. Bullock Museum, 1800 N. Congress Ave. thestoryoftexas.com
  4. Neill-Cochran House Museum. Sunday Funday. Create pop-up books. 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. Free. 2310 San Gabriel St. nchmuseum.org
  5. Suminagashi Fabrics. Ages 4 and older. 10:30 a.m., noon, 2 p.m. or 3:30 p.m. Saturday snf Dunfsy. $8. Thinkery, 1830 Simond Ave. thinkeryaustin.org
  6. “The Wazir of Oz.” A Bollywood-style version with music by the Sacred Cowgirls. $12-$8. 11 a.m. Saturday. Scottish Rite Theater, 207 W. 18th St. scottishritetheater.org
  7. Faerie tea parties. Dress for the fairies and drink tea, eat mini cakes and go explore the fairy lands. 11 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Sunday. $20. Zilker Botanical Garden, 2220 Barton Springs Road. Register online at austintexas.gov/parksonline.
  8. Hideout Theatre Presents: Improv for Kids. Join the cast in creating the story. 11 a.m. Sundays. $5. Hideout Theatre, 617 Congress Ave. hideouttheatre.org
  9. Zach Theatre presents “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.” Head to Narnia in the C.S. Lewis tale. Various times through Feb. 25. $18-$24. Whisenhunt Stage, 1510 Toomey Road. zachtheatre.org
  10. BookPeople events: W. Stone Cotter reads “Saint Philomene’s Infirmary for Magical Creatures” at 2 p.m. Saturday.  BookPeople, 603 N. Lamar Blvd. bookpeople.com
  11. Toybrary Play in Nature: 10:30 a.m. Fridays. $10. Toybrary Austin, 2001 Justin Lane. toybraryaustin.com
  12. BookPeople “Keepin’ It Weird” story time. 10:30 a.m. Saturday. BookPeople, 603 N. Lamar Blvd. bookpeople.com
  13. Thinkery. Exploring Seasons. 9:45 a.m. 2-year-olds, 10:45 a.m. 3-year-olds, Fridays. $20 per class, $140 for the series. Thinkery, 1830 Simond Ave. thinkeryaustin.org
  14. Barnes & Noble Events: 11 a.m. Saturdays story times at all locations: “I Am Harriet Tubman.”
  15. Baby Bloomers. All about Senses, 9 a.m. Saturday. For birth to age 3.  Thinkery, 1830 Simond Ave. thinkeryaustin.org
  16. World Play Your Ukulele Day: Free Lesson. 1 p.m. Friday, Recycled Reads Bookstore.
  17. “Anasasi and the Golden Box of Stories.” Ages 5 and older. 3:30 p.m. Friday, Yarborough Branch. 2 p.m. Saturday, Hampton Branch.
  18. Alamo Drafthouse PBS Kids “Pinkalicious & Peterrific.” 10 a.m. Sunday and Saturday, Mueller. drafthouse.com
  19. Saturday Family Movie. “Lego Ninjago Movie.” 1 p.m. Saturday, St. John Branch.
  20. Bow Wow Reading with Bonnie. 11:30 a.m. Saturdays, Yarborough Branch.