While the weather in Austin has its ups and downs, you can always depend on our list of family friendly events! From educating your kids on the 10 Things I Hate About You to some legit educational activities, here are the top 10 FREE events happening in and around Austin this week.
A big thanks to this week’s sponsor, the ZACH Theatre’s production of Las Aventuras de Enoughie. Enoughie knows what it’s like to be different from other kids. He’s got a blue furry face and magical antennae. So when his new friends Esme and Hector get into an argument over their differences, Enoughie uses his magical antennae to help them resolve their disagreement and learn to empathize, trust, work together, and believe in themselves. Easily understood in English and Spanish, this bilingual puppet production will be presented in collaboration with ZACH Theatre, Teatro Vivo, Glass Half Full Theatre, and The Kindness Campaign. Enjoy a performance with your family from January 19 – February 23 at the Mexican American Cultural Center. Get tickets and additional info here.
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Weekend Top 10 FREE Events: January 19-21, 2017
- FREE Early Childhood Music Class Including Bilingual Classes!
Friday, Jan. 19 & Saturday, Jan. 20 | from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. | Armstrong Music Community School, 404 Camp Craft Rd.
Start your new year with music for you and your young ones! New students and families to our school are invited to sign up for one FREE Early Childhood Demo Class at our school. We have two locations (Westlake and Travis Heights) and lots of classes and class times to choose from. Classes are for ages 6 weeks – 5 years plus care givers and we even have classes for 3-5 year olds to take on their own. Call 512.474.2331 or visit our site. All attendees must make a reservation to attend class.
- Friday Movie Matinee
Friday, Jan. 19 | from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. | Old Quarry Library, 7051 Village Center Dr.
Watch and discover new films at the Austin Public Library. On Friday, they will screen the modern classic Frozen (PG).
- 10 Things I Hate About You
Friday, Jan. 19| from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. | Community First! Village, 9301 Hog Eye Rd.
Mobile Loaves & Fishes invites you to a free movie night at the Community First! Village. Grab chairs and a blanket, bring family and friends, and enjoy this special screening of 10 Things I Hate About You. Get there as early as 6:30 to explore Community First! Village, pick your spot, and enjoy your favorite movie snacks. Burgers, Hot dogs, milkshakes, popcorn, candy and drinks will be available for purchase at our Community Grille (cash & cards accepted). The event is FREE, however a $5 donation would be highly appreciated.
- Travis High School Rebels Expo
Saturday, Jan. 20 | 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. | Travis High School, 1211 Oltorf St.
See what Travis Early College High School has to offer! Make in their state-of-the art makerspace, TRILab. Attend the free social services fair and wellness check. Play with our latest video game design, robotics, and audio/video technology. Bring the kids to enjoy carnival games run by their Education department or run through the football tunnel and meet the football team. Find out how your student can attend college for free while in high school. Food, door prizes, fine arts performances – they have it all. Everyone welcome!
- Storybook Dance Making
Saturday, Jan. 20 | 10 to 10:30 a.m. | in.gredients, 2610 Manor Rd.
Dance with your family to live music, play games, and enjoy a storybook reading. Storybook Dance Making classes include a warm up, check-in activity, game, storybook reading, and dance making activity. Each lesson is aligned with the National Core Standards for Dance Education and taught by a Dance Waterloo artist. This class is best for families with children ages 4-7. Stick around afterwards to snack, sip, or shop at in.gredients!
- Austin Family Magazine’s 20th Annual Summer Camp Fair
Austin Family Magazine will be hosting their 20th Camp Fair event, which is free to the public. We will have camps from the area, plus Hill Country, and out-of-state. There will be day camps as well as overnight. There will be activities for kids and parents get chance to learn more about summer camp opportunities. Over 20 camps to be given away at the event. You can register in advance to win here.
- Winter Wonderland (Buda)
Saturday, Jan. 20 | 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. | The Learning Experience, 825 Main St., Buda
Join The Learning Experience on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. for a Winter Wonderland complete with a bounce house, face painting, cake walk, cotton candy and other fun activities! New families get special promotions on site. Enrolled families, bring a friend! If they enroll, your family will get one week off.
- Draft & Craft presents Sunday Funday at Idle Vine Brewing Co.
Sunday, Jan. 21| from 1 to 6 p.m. | Idle Vine Brewing Co., 16920 Joe Barbee Dr., Round Rock
Join Idle Vine for their first pop up market event! Enjoy local vendors, food, and music. Event is family and dog friendly and FREE to attend.
- Texas Farmer’s Market at Mueller
Sunday, Jan. 21 | 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. | Browning Hanger, 4209 Airport Blvd.Voted Austin’s favorite farmers’ market via Austin Chronicle in 2014, 2015 and 2016, TFM at Mueller is a fun event every Sunday to shop, eat and enjoy fresh vegetables and artisan foods from local vendors and farmers. They even offer free community composting every weekend. It is a festival of foods and tons of fun!
- Sparkle and Song Party
Sunday, Jan. 21 | at 12 p.m. | Barrel O’ Fun, Alamo Drafthouse Mueller, 1911 Aldrich St.
Get crafty and a little sparkly at Barrel O’ Fun’s monthly Sparkle & Song Party! Dance to some movie musical favorites, create some bright and shiny crafts and let yourselves glow. Each month is a different theme, but the idea stays the same: it’s an afternoon of fun for all ages and FREE to attend!
Bonus Nearly FREE Fun:
- Odd Squad: World Turned Odd ($1-5)
Saturday, Jan. 20 | at 11 a.m. | Alamo Drafthouse Mueller, 1911 Aldrich St.
Part of the ongoing PBS KIDS at the Alamo series. Reserve your seat with a donation of $1-$5, with all ticket sales benefitting your local PBS station. This is an all-ages show with Alamo for All rules – noisy young fans won’t be asked to leave the theater but we do ask that cellphones and other devices stay dark. Lights will stay a little brighter and the sound will be turned down during the show.
- Battle of the Badges ($5)
Sunday, Jan. 21 | 4 to 6 p.m. | Georgetown Parks and Rec, 1003 N. Austin Ave., Georgetown
Two Police Officers and two Fire Fighters will go head to head in the 2nd annual Dancing with the Stars competition! Proceeds will benefit the Boys and Girls Club of Georgetown. Classic cars, fire trucks, police cars, bounce house, face painting and more.
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