What’s happening in April for Austin families? Check out our calendar

Grace Miller (from left), Aiden Carney and Anabelle Aranda and receive large Easter baskets after being prize-egg winners for 3- and 4 year-olds at the Lakeway Eggstravaganza on March 28.

April showers us with many outside activities, smart science opportunities and an Easter basket full of themed events. Check out what’s coming to museums, movie theaters, stages, libraries and more near you. Did we miss something? Let us know at nvillalpando@statesman.com.


Autism Ride/Run. Bike 9, 24, 42 or 68 miles or run/walk a 5k. Plus educational books and activities after. 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 2. Georgetown High School, 2211 N. Austin Ave., Georgetown. Race entrance fees vary. texasautismsociety.org

Domain Northside Kids. Come to the lawn at the Domain Northside for activities for kids 18 months to 6 years old. Free. 10 a.m.-noon April 5. domainnorthside.com

GirlStart: Starry Nights. See the indoor planetarium. Free. 5:30 p.m. April 5. GirlStart, 1400 W. Anderson Lane. girlstart.org.

Bridging Cultures Storytime: Tom Thumb tales from Asia. With a treasure hunt and story time. 10 a.m. April 7. Asian American Resource Center, 8401 Cameron Road. asianamericancc.com.

Dell Children’s Medical Center 5K and Family Fun Fair. With fun health information booths and activities. 7:45 a.m. to 11 a.m. April 8. 4900 Mueller Blvd. dellchildrens.net/5k

Zilker Park Free Day. The Austin Nature and Science Center, Barton Springs Pool, the Zilker Zephry, the Zilker Botanical Garden and the Umlauf Sculpture Garden will all be free in celebration of  the 100th Anniversary of Zilker Park. April 9

Nina Martinez watches as Jimena Gonzalez rolls a marble down a roller coaster the girls and others built at the GirlStart rockin’ roller coasters workshop. DEBORAH CANNON / AMERICAN-STATESMAN

Girls in STEM Conference. A day filled with science, technology, engineering and math activities from GirlStart. $35. 10 a.m. April 22. Travis High School, 1211 E. Oltorf St. girlstart.org.

Afternoon in the Garden: Faeries, pollinators and their wildflowers. Learn about pollinators, wildflowers and magical faeries. $2 adults, $1 children 3-12. 1-4 p.m. April 23. 2220 Barton Springs Road. zilkergarden.org

Monster Jam. Seriously big trucks crush other trucks. 7 p.m. April 22, 1 p.m. April 23. $15-$35. Erwin Center, 1701 Red River St. uterwincenter.com

Dragon Boat Festival. See the dragon boats race in this 2,000-year-old Chinese tradition. 9 a.m. April 29. Festival Beach. asianamericancc.com.

Y at the Park: Family Play Day. Join the YMCA for activities. Free. 10 a.m. April 29. Mueller Lake Park, 4550 Mueller Blvd. austinymca.org.

“Never Grow Up: A Disney Art Show.” Mondo Gallery presents this show April 28 through May 13. Opening reception, 3-10 p.m. April 28. “Mondo Clubhouse” Kids Party,  10 a.m. to noon April 29. Mondo Gallery, 4115 Guadalupe St. MondoTees.com.

Easter events

Teen Flashlight Easter Egg Hunt. 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. April 7. Dottie Jordan Recreation Center, 2803 Loyola Lane.

Dove Springs Recreation Center Easter Eggstravaganza. For toddlers to age 12. Free. 10 a.m. to noon April 8. 5801 Ainez Drive.

Community Easter Egg Hunt. 10 a.m. to noon April 8. $1 a child. Metz Recreation Center, 2407 Canterbury St.

Search for the Lost Eggs. Noon April 8. Free. Dittmar Recreation Center, 1009 W. Dittmar Road.

Bunny Bonanza. For toddlers-5-year-olds. $2.50 per child. 10:30 a.m. April 12. Northwest Recreation Center, 2913 Northland Drive.

Huston-Tillotson Easter Egg Hunt. Free. 4 p.m. April 13. 900 Chicon St. htu.edu.

Givens Easter Camp. Ages 5-12. 7:30 a.m.-6 p.m. April 14. $20. Givens Recreation Center, 3811 E. 12th St.

Toddler Egg Hunt. Toddlers to Age 4. Free. 11 a.m. April 14. Gus Garcia Recreation Center, 1201 E. Rundberg Lane.

Givens Easter Egg Hunt. For ages 4-12. Free. Noon-3 p.m April 14. Givens Recreation Center, 3811 E. 12th St.

Spring Eggstravaganza Event. 10 a.m. to noon. April 15. South Austin Recreation Center, 1100 Cumberland Road.

David Peña as Gerald the Elephant and Amanda Clifton as Piggie in the 2017 production of “Elephant And Piggie: We Are In A Play!” at ZachTheatre. Photo by Kirk Tuck


Junie B’s Essential Survival Guide to School.” Barbara Park’s character comes to life. $15-$12. Noon April 1. One World Theatre, 7701 Bee Cave Road. oneworldtheatre.org.

“Elephant and Piggie: We Are in a Play!” The Mo Willems story comes to the stage. 2 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays through April 30. 11 a.m. Saturdays. $16-$21. Zach Theatre’s Kleberg Theatre, 1421 W. Riverside Drive. zachtheatre.org

“Jungle Book Jangal Ki Kahani.” Enjoy the original “Jungle Book” Bollywood style. $8-12. 11 a.m. April 1-2, 8-9, 15, 22-23, 29-30. Scottish Rite Theater, 207 W. 18th St. scottishritetheater.org.

“Love that Dog.” A play about a boy who hates poetry, but with the help of his teacher and his dog, he learns to love it. $16. 3 p.m. April 9. Paramount Theatre, 713 Congress Ave. austintheatre.org.

“The Imaginators.” Austin Playhouse presents a story of a make-believe adventure, monster included. Free, but make reservations. 2 p.m. April 15 and 22, Noon April 21. Austin Playhouse at Austin Community College’s Highland Campus., 6001 Airport Blvd. austinplayhouse.com.

JJ’s Arcade.” Zach Theater and Teatro Vivo present this play about a boy who builds an arcade out of leftover cardboard. For ages 7 and up. 7 p.m. Fridays, 2 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays except April 30, April 14 through May 7. 2 p.m. April 29 sign-language-interpreted and sensory-friendly performance. $13-$15. Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center, 600 River St. zachtheatre.org

“All Aboard.” Pollyanna Theater presents this story for children 18 months to 4 years old about everything on wheels. 9:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. March 30-April 1, April 4-8. $6.50. The Long Center, 701 W. Riverside Drive. thelongcenter.org

Kids run in the Nature’s Spiral at the Luci and Ian Family Garden. DEBORAH CANNON / AMERICAN-STATESMAN


Bullock Museum. H-E-B Free First Sunday: Texas Tunes. Celebrate Texas music with hands-on activities. Noon-5 p.m. April 2. Living History Days. Texas historical figures wander the museum. 10 a.m. April 6. Little Texans. For ages 2-5. 10 a.m. April 13. Science Thursdays. Hands-on activities from Central Texas Discover Engineering including boat races. 10 a.m. April 20. Story time. For ages 2 to 5. 10 a.m. April 27. Bullock Museum, 1800 N. Congress Ave. thestoryoftexas.com

Neill-Cochran House Museum. Sunday Funday: Simple MachinesLearn about simple machines and make some.. 1-4 p.m. April 2. Free. Neill-Cochran House, 2310 San Gabriel St. nchmuseum.org

Thinkery. Little Thinkers Club: Art Start: Upcycle! 9:45 a.m. Wednesdays for 1-year-olds, 10:45 a.m. Wednesdays for 2-year-olds through May 24. $20 per class. Tinkering Tots: Mini Music Makers! 9:45 a.m. Fridays for 2-year-olds; 10:45 a.m. Fridays for 3-year-olds through May 26. $20 a class. Baby Bloomers for kids infant to 3. Study the the sky. 9 a.m. Mondays and Saturdays. Special guests throughout the month. $5. Get Pumped! For ages 4 and up. Learn about the circulatory system. 11:15 a.m., 1:15 p.m., 3:15 p.m. April 1-2, April 14-16, April 29-30. $8. Seed Surprises. Ages 4 and up. Make your own seed-spreading devices. 11:15 a.m. and 1:15 a.m. April 8-9, April 22-23. $8. Biomes in a Bottle. Ages 8 and up. Engineer a seed. 3:15 a.m. April 8-9, April 22-23, $8. Thinkery, 1830 Simond Ave. thinkeryaustin.org

Contemporary Austin. For the BirdsCelebrate birds, make art and play games. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. April 8. Free. Laguna Gloria, 3809 W. 35th St. Teen Create: Rooftop Justus. Make art inspired by sculpture. 6-9 p.m. April 7. Jones Center, 700 Congress Ave. Young Artists Portfolio Celebration. See what young artists are doing. 3-4 p.m. April 29, Jones Center, 700 Congress Ave. thecontemporaryaustin.org

Hill Country Science Mill. Homeschool Day. See special demonstrations. April 12. Hill Country Science Mill, 101 S. Lady Bird Lane, Johnson City. sciencemill.org

Texas Museum of Science & Technology. Wee-Searchers for children 5 and younger. Learn about science through song, play and stories. 9 a.m. April 12 and April 26. Science Saturday: Earth DayLearn more about ecology. Noon-4 p.m. April 22. Star Party. Look at the stars. 8 p.m. April 7, 14, 21, 28. Texas Museum of Science & Technology, 1220 Toro Grande Drive, Cedar Park. txmost.org

Bianca Serra, 4, visited the Umlauf Sculpture Garden with her family where she prayed with a bronze statue of a nun. LAURA SKELDING / AMERICAN-STATESMAN

Umlauf Sculpture Garden & Museum. Family Day. Celebrate Zilker Park at 100. 10-4 p.m. April 9. Free. Kids Kraft Eco Arts. 9 a.m. April 22 kindergarten through second grade; 11 a.m. April 22 third through fifth grade. $15. Umlauf Sculpture Garden & Museum, 605 Robert E. Lee Road. umlaufsculpture.org

Wildflower Center. Sprouts. Hands-on preschool program. 10 a.m. Wednesdays and Fridays. Nature Play Hour. Play in the Family Garden. 11 a.m. Saturdays. Birds that Boogie. Learn more about birds. 1 p.m.-3 p.m. April 2. Free. Botanical Art Drawing. For budding artists ages 10 and up. 9 a.m. to noon. April 14. $40. Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave. wildflower.org

Austin Nature & Science Center.  Austin Nature Day: Bees and Trees. Free. 9 a.m. to noon April 22. Austin Nature & Science Center, 2389 Stratford Drive. austintexas.gov/ansc


Movies in the Park: “Batman Returns,” 8 p.m. April 6, Pease Park; “Fern Gully,” 8:30 p.m. April 20, Palm Park. austinparks.org.

“The Wizard of Oz” Movie Party. 3:45 p.m. April 8, noon April 9, Alamo Drafthouse, Slaughter Lane. 7 p.m. April 8-9, Alamo Drafthouse Lakelinedrafthouse.com

“Jurassic Park” Movie Party. 6:45 p.m. April 11, Alamo Drafthouse Ritz; 7:45 p.m. April 19 and 7:15 p.m. April 25, Slaughter Lane; 7 p.m. April 25, Lakelinedrafthouse.com

PBS Kids “Explore the Outdoors.” With an episode of “Wild Kratts.” Noon April 22-23, Alamo Drafthouse Lakeline; 10:30 a.m. April 22-23, Slaughter Lane. drafthouse.com

“Cassandra and the Night Sky” (Bright Sky Press, $19.95) by Amy Jackson, who will be at BookPeople, April 23.


BookPeople events. Cynthia Leonor Garza reads Lucía the Luchadora,” 11:30 a.m. April 1; Drew Daywalt reads “The Legend of Rock Paper Scissors,” 6 p.m. April 7Cinda Williams Chima reads Shadowcaster,” 2 p.m. April 8; Dan Hanna reads “Pout Pout Fish Far from Home,” 11:30 a.m. April 9; Kelly Jensen reads “Here We Are,” 5 p.m. April 9; Andy Griffiths reads “The 65-Story Treehouse,” 6 p.m. April 12; Margaret Petersen Haddix reads “In Over Their Heads,” 7 p.m. April 19; Chelsea Clinton reads “It’s Your World,” 6:30 p.m. April 22. Amy Jackson reads “Cassandra and the Night Sky,” 3 p.m. April 23; Liz Garton Scanlon and Audrey Vernick read “Bob, Not Bob!” noon April 22; Adam Bray and Tricia Barr “Star Wars The Visual Encyclopedia,” 6 p.m. April 26. Story times: “Not Quite Narwal giveaway story time, 10:30 a.m. April 4; Baby Signs, 10:30 a.m. April 5; Mary Sullivan, 11:30 a.m. April 8; Poets Who Know It, 10:30 a.m. April 11; Ms. Staci Gray, 10:30 a.m. April 12; “Happy Birthday Larry” giveaway story time, 11:30 a.m. April 15; Armstrong Community Music School, 10:30 a.m. April 18; Tiny Tails Petting Zoo, 10:30 a.m. April 19; Pets are the Best, 11:30 a.m. April 22; Preposterous Puppet Show Players, 10:30 a.m. April 25; Chakra Kids story time yoga, 10:30 a.m. April 26; Feminist Baby giveaway story time, 11:30 a.m. April 29. BookPeople, 603 N. Lamar Blvd. bookpeople.com

Barnes & Noble Events: Cathy Nickell reads “Arthur Zarr‘s Amazing Art Car,” 1 p.m. April 9, Arboretum. Saturday story times at all locations: Celebration of “Beauty and the Beast,” April 1; “The Legend of Rock Paper Scissors,” April 8; “Too Many Carrots,” April 15; “We are Dinosaurs,” April 22; “The Wonderful Things You will Be,” April 29.

Maui (voice of Dwayne Johnson) may be a demigod—half god, half mortal, all awesome— but he’’s no match for Moana (voice of Auli‘i Cravalho), who’’s determined to sail out on a daring mission to save her people in “Moana.” Disney

At the library

Badgerdog Writing Workshop. 10:15 a.m. April 1, Twin Oaks Branch, Yarborough Branch.

Bow Wow Reading with Bonnie the Dog. 11:30 a.m. April 1, April 8, April 15, April 22, April 29, Yarborough Branch. Read to Aussie! 3:30 p.m. April 13, North Village Branch.

Saturday Family Movie “Moana.” 2 p.m. April 1, Windsor Park Branch. “The Magnificent Seven.” 2 p.m. April 8, University Hills Branch. “Sully.” 2 p.m. April 15, University Hills Branch. “Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children.” 2 p.m. April 22, University Hills Branch. “Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens.” 2 p.m. April 29, University Hills Branch.

O’Clock Tunes: The Southsiders featuring Marcus Tharpe. 2 p.m. April 1. Twin Oaks Branch.

Crafternoon. 3:30 p.m. April 3, Manchaca Road Branch; 3 p.m. April 6, Carver Branch; 4 p.m. April 13, Twin Oaks Branch; 3:30 p.m. April 18, Howson Branch; 4 p.m. April 18, Cepeda Branch; 3 p.m. April 25, Terrazas Branch; 4 p.m. April 25, Windsor Park Branch.

Literature Live! Presents “Little Peep.” 4 p.m. April 3, Howson Branch; 10:30 a.m. April 6, Willie Mae Kirk Branch; 11 a.m. April 8, Ruiz Branch; 6 p.m. April 10, Carver Branch; 3:30 p.m. April 13, Pleasant Hill Branch, 1 p.m. April 15, Recycled Reads Bookstore.

The Contemporary Austin Presents: Preschool Art Hour. 11 a.m. April 4, Cepeda Branch.

Sew Happy. 5 p.m. April 4, Manchaca Road Branch.

Learn Computer Coding. 6 p.m. April 4, April 11, April 18, Carver Branch.

Art Smart: Rain Art. 6:30 p.m. April 4, Willie Mae Kirk Branch. Drawing Dragons. April 11. Green Man Leaf Art. April 18. Celtic Sun. April 25.

Music & Movement. 3:30 p.m. April 5, Hampton Branch; 11 a.m. April 6, Howson Branch; 11 a.m. April 7, Milwood Branch; 11:30 a.m. April 12, Manchaca Road Branch; 11 a.m. April 27, Howson Branch.

Million Mile Month 2017. 3:30 p.m. April 6, Southeast Branch; 3:30 p.m. April 12, Windsor Park Branch; 3:30 p.m. April 20, North Village Branch; 3:30 p.m. April 25, Milwood Branch.

Learn to cast spells like Harry in “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone.”

Hogwarts Spring Training Camps: Magic Maker Fair. For ages 7 and up. 5 p.m. April 6, Yarborough Branch. Advanced Potions. 5 p.m. April 13, Yarborough Branch. Hogwarts Sports. 5 p.m. April 20, Yarborough Branch. Magical Creatures. 5 p.m. April 27, Yarborough Branch.

Made with Code. 1 p.m. April 8, Manchaca Road Branch. 1 p.m. April 29, Terrazas Branch.

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

Storybook Dance Making. 2 p.m. April 9, Recycled Reads Bookstore.

Free Play Gaming. 3 p.m. Terrazas Branch.

Family Movie Night: Pete’s Dragon. 6:30 p.m. Twin Oaks Branch. “Field of Dreams.” 2 p.m. April 14, Old Quarry Branch. “The Lorax.” 3 p.m. April 18, Terrazas Branch. TBD. 5:30 p.m. April 26, Carver Branch.

NBTween Book Club: “Lockwood & Co.: The Screaming Staircase. 4 p.m. April 12, Howson Branch; “Finding Winnie,” 6 p.m. April 19, Yarborough Branch. “When the Sea Turned Silver.” 6 p.m. April 20, Twin Oaks Branch. “Goodbye Stranger.” 6 p.m. April 26, Spicewood Springs Branch.

Teen Manga Book Club 5:30 p.m. April 13, Little Walnut Creek Branch.

Teen Book Club. “Code Name Verity.” 6:30 p.m. April 13, Spicewood Springs Branch. “Island of the Blue Dolphins.” 7 p.m. April 13, Yarborough Branch. “Snow White.” 6:30 p.m. Howson Branch.

T(w)een STEAM Lab. For ages 7 and up. 3 p.m. April 19, Carver Branch.

Mother Daughter Book Club. “Where the Mountain Meets the Moon.” 6 p.m. April 19, Hampton Branch.

Juntos Online Tech Scavenger Hunt. 2 p.m. April 20, Carver Branch.

Perler Bead Palooza. 3 p.m. April 22, Faulk Central Library.

Edible Austin Children’s Picnic. 1 p.m. April 23, Rosewood Park.

Open Mic Night. 1 p.m. April 29, Carver Branch.

Pecan Street Brass. 4 p.m. April 30, Recycled Reads Bookstore.

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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