Be a ‘Feng Shui Mommy’ with Austin author Bailey Gaddis

It’s sometimes hard to embrace your inner Feng Shui Mommy, that essence of Zen in which all of life’s troubles just flow right over you.

Childbirth educator, doula and hypnotherapist Bailey Gaddis has a new book “Feng Shui Mommy” ($16.95, New World Library) that helps expecting moms get through their pregnancy and delivery with one big deep cleansing breath. Gaddis lives in California but owns property in Austin.

Bailey Gaddis is the author of “Feng Shui Mommy.”

She tells you what nutrients you need, what exercises you should be doing, how to prepare for labor, how to set up your bedroom, how to labor and how to prepare for the first few months of your baby’s new life.

Gaddis will present the book at BookPeople at 7 p.m. Tuesday. 603 N. Lamar Blvd. bookpeople.com

Parenting hack: Take the kids to see a movie for free or very little in Austin

“Moana” is at multiple locations throughout the summer. Disney

Let’s face it. There’s only so many movies on streaming devices you can see this summer and sometimes, hopefully often, you’re going to want to leave the house. Austin’s incredibly lucky because we have multiple free to little-cost movie options that include recent movies as well as classics.

Check out our list:

  1. Sound and Cinema. Watch a movie and hear a concert at the same time on the lawn of the Long Center. 6 p.m. June 21, June 28, July 19 and July 26. Movies to be announced. The Long Center, 701 W. Riverside Drive. thelongcenter.org

    See the “The Wizard of Oz,” Warner Bros. at the Paramount this summer. Warner Bros.
  2. Paramount Summer Movie Classics. Show your kids all the great films you or your parents grew up on. “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory” 1 p.m. June 17; “The Sound of Music” 2 p.m. June 24; “Iron Giant” 1 p.m. July 1; “Who Framed Roger Rabbit” 3:05 p.m. July 1, 4 p.m. July 2; “Swiss Family Robinson” 1 p.m. July 8; “The Wizard of Oz” 1 p.m. July 16; “Babe” 1 p.m. July 29; “E.T.” 1 p.m. Aug. 5; “Back to the Future” 3:30 p.m. Aug. 5, 4:10 Aug. 6; “The Parent Trap” 1 p.m. Aug. 13. $6-$12. Paramount Theater, 713 Congress Ave. austintheatre.org
  3. Movies in the Park. Roll out the blanket and enjoy a free movie. “Sister Act” 8:45 June 1. Rosewood Park, 2300 Rosewood Ave. “Aladdin” 9 p.m. July 6. Patterson Park, 4200 Brookview Road. “Mighty Ducks” 9 p.m. July 13. Dick Nichols District Park, 8011 Becket Road. austinparks.org

    “Cars 3.” Contributed by Disney Pixar
  4. Alamo Drafthouse Kids Club. Find movies like “Sing” and “Matilda” each morning at local Alamo Drafthouses. It’s a $1-$5 donation, but you should reserve your tickets online. Check drafthouse.com for the movie and showtimes. The Alamo Drafthouse also throws parties around new movie premieres. In June, celebrate “Cars 3” at 9 a.m. June 18 at Lakeline and 10 a.m. June 17 at Slaughter Lane; and “Captain Underpants” at 10:10 a.m. June 3 at Slaughter Lane. You also can watch PBS Kids shows at the Alamo; “Nature Cat: Ocean Commotion” plays at noon June 10-11, Lakeline.

    The sequel to “Rio” is at Flix. 20th Century Fox
  5. Flix Jr. Flix offers $2 children’s movies at 11 a.m. Wednesdays. “Madagascar 3” June 7, “Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel” June 14, “Night at the Museum 2” June 21, “Rio 2” June 28. 2200 S. Interstate 35, Suite B1, Round Rock. flixbrewhouse.com

    “The Lego Batman Movie” is in theaters and at the library all summer. Warner Bros. Pictures
  6. Regal Summer Movie Express. 10 a.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays at Westgate Stadium 11 and Gateway Stadium 16. “Kung Fu Panda 3” and “Ice Age: Collision Course” June 6-7; “Trolls” and “Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked” June 13-14; “Monster Trucks” and “Penguins of Madagascar,” June 20-21; “Rio” and “Boxtrolls” June 27-28; “The Secret Life of Pets” and “Sing” July 4-5; “Kubo and the Two Strings” and “Rachet and Clank” July 11-12; “The SpongeBob Move: Sponge out of Water” and “The Adventures of Tintin” July 18-19; “Happy Feet Two” and “Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore” July 25-26; “Storks,” and “The Lego Batman Movie” Aug. 1-2. Tickets are $1. regmovies.com/movies/summer-movie-express

    In ‘The Secret Life of Pets,’ Max’s life as a favorite pet is turned upside down when his owner brings home a mutt named Duke.
  7. Cinemark Summer Movie Clubhouse. Offers $1 movies 10 a.m. Monday through Thursdays at Round Rock 8. “The Secret Life of Pets” June 5-8; “The Lego Batman Movie” June 12-15; “Trolls” June 19-22; “Shrek the Third” June 26-29; “Goosebumps” July 3-6; “The Iron Giant” July 10-13; “Hotel Transylvania 2” July 17-20; “Megamind” July 24-27; “The Angry Birds Movie” July 31-Aug. 3; “Sing” Aug. 7-10. cinemark.com/summer-movie-clubhouse

    The Secret of Kells.
  8. The Bullock Museum is offering its Summer Free Family Film Series: “Matilda” 2 p.m. June 3; “Alice in Wonderland” 2 p.m. June 10; “Black Cauldron” 2 p.m. July 1; “My Neighbor Totoro” 2 p.m. July 22;Secret of Kells” 2 p.m. Aug. 5; “Where the Wild Things Are” 2 p.m. Aug. 12; Bullock Museum, 1800 N. Congress Ave. thestoryoftexas.com

    “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” is at the library. Lucasfilm
  9. The Austin Public Library. It’s free to see these movies. “Rogue One” at noon June 3, Carver Branch; “Trolls” at 2 p.m. June 3, Windsor Park Branch; 6:30 p.m. June 13, Twin Oaks Branch; “Doctor Strange” at 2 p.m. June 3, University Hills Branch; “Jurassic World” at 3 p.m. June 9, Old Quarry Branch; “The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water” at noon June 10, Carver Branch; “Moana” at 4 p.m. June 14, Cepeda Branch; 2 p.m. June 22, Old Quarry Branch; 6:30 p.m. July 11, Twin Oaks Branch; 2 p.m. July 13, Carver Branch; “Storks” at 2 p.m. June 15, Carver Branch; 2 p.m. July 27, University Hills Branch; 2 p.m. July 27, Old Quarry Branch; “Pete’s Dragon” at noon June 17, Carver Branch; “Captain America: Civil War” at 2 p.m. June 17, University Hills Branch; “Independence Day: Resurgence” at 2 p.m. June 24, University Hills Branch; “The Secret Life of Pets” at 2 p.m. June 29, Carver Branch; 2 p.m. July 22, University Hills Branch; 2 p.m. Aug. 10, Old Quarry Branch; “Sing” at noon July 1, Carver Branch; “Lego Batman Movie” at 2 p.m. July 1, Windsor Park Branch; 4 p.m. July 19, Cepeda Branch; “Inside Out” at noon July 8, Carver Branch; “Finding Dory” at 2 p.m. July 8, University Hills Branch; “Jungle Book” at 3 p.m. July 7, Old Quarry Branch; “The Good Dinosaur.” 2 p.m. July 27, Carver Branch; “Beauty and the Beast” (2017) at 2 p.m. Aug. 5, Windsor Park Branch.

6 ways to hear music with the kids this summer in Austin

The Austin Symphony Quintessentials Woodwind Quintet performs for parents and their children at the during the Austin Symphony Children’s Art Park event. RICARDO B. BRAZZIELL / AMERICAN-STATESMAN

We’re the live music capital of the the world, right? So, let’s enjoy some music with the kids this summer.

  1. Austin Symphony Hartman Concerts in the Park. 7:30 p.m. Sundays through June 4-Aug. 27. Free. The Long Center, 701 W. Riverside Drive. thelongcenter.org
  2. Austin Symphony Children’s Art Park. A different musician plays each week. June 7, Beto and the Fairlanes; June 14, Joe McDermott and the Teddy Bear Picnic; June 21, Stacy Gray; June 28, Laura Freeman, The Hey Lollies; July 12, April & Amy; July 19, Mr. Will Music; July 26, Nathalia. 9:30 a.m. Wednesdays June 7-July 26 except July 5. 50 cents per child. Symphony Square, 1101 Red River St. austinsymphony.org
  3. Gustafer Yellowgold. A multimedia performance of music, colored-pencil animations and storytelling. 11 a.m. June 4. $6-$10. Scottish Rite Theater, 207 W. 18th St. scottishritetheater.org
  4. “The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses.” All the music you love from the video game comes to the stage. 8 p.m. July 7. $19.50-$69.50. The Long Center, 701 W. Riverside Drive. thelongcenter.org

    The crowds arrived in record numbers to participate in the 4th of July, 2016, firework celebration at Auditorium Shores and the Long Center. JOHN GUTIERREZ/ FOR AMERICAN-STATESMAN

     

  5. 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
  6. At the library. Random Acts of Harping. 1 p.m. June 4, Recycled Reads Bookstore. Mariachi Amor. 2 p.m. June 7, Hampton Branch; 2 p.m. June 14, Ruiz Branch; 2 p.m. June 20, Cepeda Branch; 3 p.m. June 29, Southeast Branch; 2 p.m. July 6, Pleasant Hill Branch; 2 p.m. July 10, Windsor Park Branch; 2 p.m. July 17, Spicewood Springs Branch; 3 p.m. July 18, Twin Oaks Branch; 2 p.m. July 20, Milwood Branch; 2 p.m. July 27, University Hills Branch. Austin Ukestra, ukulele group. 1 p.m. June 11, July 9 and Aug. 13, Recycled Reads Bookstore. Echo and the Bats. 6 p.m. June 12, Carver Branch. The Hoots. 3 p.m. July 2, Manchaca Road Branch; 2 p.m. July 6, Milwood Branch; 2 p.m. July 10, Spicewood Springs Branch; 2 p.m. July 12, Hampton Branch; 2 p.m. July 13, Pleasant Hill Branch.

More than a dozen ways you can take your kids to see theater in Austin this summer

Peanut, a baby elephant, is part of “Circus 1903,” a staged circus event using puppeteers that will visit Austin. RALPH BARRERA/AMERICAN-STATESMAN

While some of Austin great theater for family companies take a summer break or turn their programs into summer camps, others ramp up. Check out what you could be seeing this summer.

  1. “Circus 1903: The Golden Age of Circus.” You can’t see the Ringling Bros. anymore, but you can see this circus that includes animal puppets instead of animals. 7:30 p.m. June 6-8. $29-$89. The Long Center, 701 W. Riverside Drive. thelongcenter.org
  2. “Clockwork Stories.” Flying Theater Machine presents this kids’ improv where you build a time machine. 2 p.m. Sundays through June 18. $5. The Hideout Theatre, 617 Congress Ave. hideouttheatre.com
  3. “A Shoe Story: A Brand New Musical.” Summer Stock Austin presents this family theater show based on “The Elves and the Shoemaker.” It’s written by Allen Robertson and Damon Brown and directed by Robertson. 7:30 p.m. July 25; 11 a.m. July 28, Aug. 3-4, Aug. 8; 10 a.m. July 29, Aug. 5, Aug. 11-12; 2 p.m. July 30. Tickets $17 and up. Summer Stock Austin also has one-day camps that include a performance Aug. 3, 4 and 8. $50. The Long Center, 701 W. Riverside Drive. thelongcenter.org
  4. “The Ragbag Shoes.” Pollyanna Theater presents this story of a girl who dreams of getting magical shoes but knows her father can’t afford them. For ages 4-10. 2 p.m. July 8, July 9 and July 15. $10.50-$13.50. The Long Center, 701 W. Riverside Drive. thelongcenter.org

    Families watch Zilker Summer Musical at the Beverly S. Sheffield Zilker Hillside Theater. Xavier Mascareñas/AMERICAN-STATESMAN
  5. “The Wizard of Oz.” Zilker Summer Musical returns with adventure on the yellow brick road. 8:15 p.m. Thursdays-Sundays July 7-Aug. 12. Free, but donations welcome. Zilker Hillside Theatre, 2206 William Barton Drive. zilker.org
  6. Literature Live Presents: “Wiley and the Hairy Man.” 2 p.m. June 5, Spicewood Springs Branch; 2 p.m. June 6, Cepeda Branch; 2 p.m. June 8, Willie Mae Kirk Branch; 2 p.m. June 12, Windsor Park Branch; 2 p.m. June 15, University Hills Branch; 2 p.m. June 16, Terrazas Branch; 3 p.m. June 20, Twin Oaks Branch; 2 p.m. June 22, Pleasant Hill Branch; 2 p.m. June 23, Yarborough Branch; 3 p.m. June 25, Manchaca Road Branch; 6 p.m. June 26, Carver Branch; 2 p.m. June 28, Ruiz Branch; 2 p.m. June 29, Milwood Branch.
  7. Sandbank Shadow Factory Presents: “Rapunzel.” 3 p.m. June 5, Howson Branch; 3 p.m. June 6, Twin Oaks Branch; 3 p.m. June 11, Manchaca Road Branch; 2 p.m. June 12, Spicewood Springs Branch; 2 p.m. June 14, Little Walnut Creek Branch; 3:30 p.m. June 20, Old Quarry Branch; 2 p.m. June 29, University Hills Branch; 2 p.m. June 30, Yarborough Branch; 6 p.m. July 3, Carver Branch; 2 p.m. July 5, Ruiz Branch; 2 p.m. July 5, Little Walnut Creek Branch; 3 p.m. July 10, Howson Branch; 3:30 p.m. July 12, North Village Branch; 3:30 p.m. July 25, Old Quarry Branch; 3 p.m. July 27, Southeast Branch.

    Laura Freeman of Hey Lollies performs for children in the community during a recent summer program.
    COURTESY PHOTO
  8. Hey Lollies Present: “Iris Saves the Land of Black and White.” 6 p.m. June 5, Carver Branch; 2 p.m. July 7, Ruiz Branch; 3:30 p.m. June 13, Old Quarry Branch; 2 p.m. June 15, Milwood Branch; 3 p.m. June 18, Manchaca Road Branch; 2 p,m. June 25, Spicewood Springs Branch; 2 p.m. June 28, Little Walnut Creek Branch; 2 p.m. July 3, Spicewood Springs Branch; 3 p.m. July 17, Howson Branch; 2 p.m. July 21, Yarborough Branch.
  9. Literature Live! “Predicts the Forecast: Fantabulous Finger Fun.” 3:30 p.m. June 7, North Village Branch; 3 p.m. June 19, Howson Branch; 2 p.m. July 7, Terrazas Branch; 2 p.m. July 13, University Hills Branch; 2 p.m. July 14, Yarborough Branch; 4 p.m. Aug. 1, University Hills Branch; 6 p.m. Aug. 3, Manchaca Road Branch; 3 p.m Aug. 4, Little Walnut Creek Branch; 2 p.m. Aug. 6, Faulk Central Library; 2 p.m. Aug. 7, Windsor Park Branch; 3 p.m. Aug. 19, Recycled Reads Bookstore.
  10. Bernadette Nason Presents “Stone Soup.” 2 p.m. June 8, Pleasant Hill Branch; 2 p.m. June 21, Little Walnut Creek Branch; 2 p.m. June 22, Milwood Branch; 3 p.m. June 27, Twin Oaks Branch; 2 p.m. June 28, Hampton Branch, 3 p.m. July 3, Howson Branch; 2 p.m. July 6, University Hills Branch; 2 p.m. July 11, Cepeda Branch; 3 p.m. July 16, Manchaca Road Branch; 2 p.m. July 24, Windsor Park Branch.
  11. Austin Opera Presents: Onsite Opera. 2 p.m. June 8, Milwood Branch; 2 p.m. June 13, Cepeda Branch; 3 p.m. June 15, Southeast Branch; 3 p.m. June 16, Yarborough Branch; 2 p.m. June 19, Spicewood Springs Branch; 2 p.m. June 201, Hampton Branch; 2 p.m. June 22, University Hills Branch; 3:30 p.m. June 27, Old Quarry Branch; 2 p.m. June 29, Pleasant Hill Branch; 2 p.m. June 30, Terrazas Branch.

    Elizabeth Kahura will share African folktales at the library this summer. (RODOLFO GONZALEZ / AMERICAN-STATESMAN)
  12. Elizabeth Kahura Presents: Folktales for Africa. 2 p.m. June 8, University Hills Branch; 2 p.m. June 15, Pleasant Hill Branch; 2 p.m. June 21, Ruiz Branch; 2 p.m. June 27, Cepeda Branch; 2 p.m. July 5, Hampton Branch.
  13. Surapsari: Japanese Mask Dance and Drama. 3 p.m. July 9, Manchaca Road Branch; 6 p.m. July 10, Carver Branch; 3:30 p.m. July 11, Old Quarry Branch; 2 p.m. July 12, Little Walnut Creek Branch; 3 p.m. July 13, Southeast Branch.
  14. Spotlight on Opera Presents: “The Coyotes and Rabbits.” 2 p.m. July 18, Cepeda Branch; 2 p.m. July 19, Hampton Branch.

7 great Austin museums for kids to check out this summer

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

Sometimes you just need to head inside and feed young minds with art, science, natural history and more. Check out these museums and their summer activities.

  1. Bullock Museum. Yes, you might have been to the Bullock Museum before, but have you been there on Living History Days when people dress up as historical figures? The first one of the summer is 10 a.m. June 1. Also don’t miss the Free First Sunday events with themed programs: Road Trip, June 3; Red White and Blue, July 2; Game On, Aug. 6. Bullock Museum, 1800 N. Congress Ave. thestoryoftexas.com

    Jude Kozakiewicz, 3, paints a picture at the Blanton’s WorkLab. Art supplies are provided for children of all ages to create, paint, draw, design, and doodle. Julia Robinson/ for American-Statesman
  2. 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 13-July 25; Artists and Authors, for ages 5-8, 10:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. Thursdays, June 15-July 27; Deeper Dives for ages 8-12, 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. Fridays, June 16-July 28. Plus you can make art in the WorkLab, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Wednesdays, June 14-July 26; and families with kids ages 8-12 can go on a Family Art Quest, 11:30 a.m. Wednesdays, June 14-July 26. Blanton Museum. 200 E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. blantonmuseum.org

    Luke Keyes, of Austin Oddities was on hand to help kids and grown-ups in the art of super large bubble making much to the delight of his ever growing audience. Laguna Gloria Contemporary Art Museum holds a family day the second Saturday of the month. RALPH BARRERA/ AMERICAN-STATESMAN 2015
  3. Contemporary Austin. Explore modern art at the museum’s two locations: downtown and Laguna Gloria. You can even take classes there all summer. Its signature program for families is its free Families Create second Saturday of the month event 11 a.m.-3 p.m. at Laguna Gloria. Exploradores Del Arte, June 10; Out of the Past, July 8; and Ice Painting, Aug. 12. Laguna Gloria, 3809 W. 35th St. In June, you get a bonus family day with the opening of two new sculptures by Ai Weiwei 10 a.m.-noon June 3. Waller Creek Delta, 74 Trinity St., near the Boathouse. thecontemporaryaustin.org

    Kids learn to do woodworking at The Thinkery. Photo by Hunter Douglas
  4. Thinkery. Our children’s museum has come a long way. It’s brought down the prices of many of its programs. For the youngest among us (younger than 3), check out Baby Bloomers 9 a.m. Monday and Saturdays. Each month has a theme, and every week there are special performances. $5. We’re also looking forward to these $8 workshops for ages 4 and up: Shark Tank, 11:15 a.m., 1:15 p.m., 3:15 p.m. June 3-4, June 17-18; Build a Better Boat, 11:15 a.m. and 1:15 p.m. June 10-11, June 24-25. July and August workshops haven’t been announced yet. Thinkery, 1830 Simond Ave. thinkeryaustin.org

    A topographical sand map allows you to create mountains and watch the topography lines change.
    Hill Country Science Mill.


  5. Hill Country Science Mill. If you haven’t yet taken the one-hour drive to Johnson City to see this science museum, you’re missing out. It’s a true hands-on treasure. In June, kids ages 8 and older can also learn to turn Trash to Treasure and make art with artist McKay Otto. 11 a.m.-1 p.m. and 2-4 p.m. June 10. Free, but reserve your spot at programs@sciencemill.org. Hill Country Science Mill, 101 S. Lady Bird Lane, Johnson City. sciencemill.org

    A T. rex skull is part of “The Genesis Exhibit” at the Texas Museum of Science & Technology. Nicole Villalpando/American-Statesman
  6. Texas Museum of Science & Technology. The museum features a planetarium, dinosaurs and other prehistoric creatures, Egyptian artifacts and more. For children 5 and younger, its Wee-Searchers explores science through song and play at 9 a.m. the second and fourth Tuesdays of the month. Science Saturday offers special themed programs, typically on the fourth Saturday of the month. Look at the stars in the parking lot at the Star Party, 9 p.m. Fridays. 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
  7. Umlauf Sculpture Garden & Museum. When being indoors in a museum won’t do, you can explore art outside here. The Umlauf offers a monthly free themed Family Day, 10-4 p.m. June 11, July 9 and Aug. 13. Umlauf Sculpture Garden & Museum, 605 Robert E. Lee Road. umlaufsculpture.org

5 ways to explore nature in Austin with your family

Zilker Botanical Garden’s Woodland Faerie Trail opens on Saturday. Credit: Zilker Botanical Garden

Get out of the house and explore what’s around you and what makes Austin a natural wonder. Here are five easy things to see and do that will help kids appreciate what’s around you?

  1. Zilker Botanical Garden opens its Woodland Faerie Trail Saturday. The trail is full of homes people have created for the fairies. Maybe you’ll see a fairy. The trail is open through July 30 during regular hours, and on June 9-10, you can see it at night from 8-10 p.m. for $6. Learn to make a home at the Forts and Faerie Homes Workshop, 11 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. June 24. $18. Zilker Botanical Garden, 2220 Barton Springs Road. zilkergarden.org

    David Mazariegos, 5, looks over at the Texas Rat Snake that was passed around during the Reptiles edition of Nature Night in 2010 at the Wildflower Center. Thao Nguyen/AMERICAN-STATESMAN
  2. Wildflower Center. It’s beautiful to explore the gardens, arboretum and prairie trails any time of year, but in summer, the free Nature Nights at 6 p.m. on Thursdays give us even more reasons to head here. Reptiles and Birds of Prey, June 8; Habitats, June 15; Pollinators, June 22; Water, Rocks and Mud, June 29. 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, 11 a.m. Saturdays. Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave. wildflower.org

    The Zilker Zephyr train leaves the station across from Barton Springs in April during the park’s 100th anniversary celebration. TAMIR KALIFA/ AMERICAN-STATESMAN
  3. Find a new-to-you park. We love the trails of Mary Moore Searight Metropolitan Park, 907 W. Slaughter Lane; the peacocks of Mayfield Park, 3505 W. 35th St.; the playground and Zilker Zephyr train at Zilker Park, which doesn’t look a day over 100, 2100 Barton Springs Road; the splash pad and hill to climb at Bulter Park, 1000 Barton Springs Road; and the accessibility of Play for All Park, 151 N. A.W. Grimes Blvd., Round Rock.

    Kids dig in the dinosaur pit at the Austin Nature and Science Center. American-Statesman 2004
  4. Texas Nature Challenge. Register your “team,” aka family, for this challenge and start exploring. One great stop is the Austin Nature and Science Center, where you can go on a scavenger hunt. Find more information and sign up at austintexas.gov/page/ansc-programs-exhibits.

Enjoy the long Memorial Day weekend with these family events, May 26-29

The Woodland Faerie Trail opens this weekend at Zilker Botanical Garden. Credit: Zilker Botanical Garden

Friday

Wildflower Center. Sprouts. Hands-on preschool program. 10 a.m. Fridays. Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave. wildflower.org

Texas Museum of Science & Technology. Star Party. Look at the stars. 9 p.m. Fridays. Texas Museum of Science & Technology, 1220 Toro Grande Drive, Cedar Park. txmost.org

Tinkering Tots: Mini Music Makers! 9:45 a.m. Fridays for 2-year-olds; 10:45 a.m. Fridays for 3-year-olds through Friday. $20 a class. Thinkery, 1830 Simond Ave. thinkeryaustin.org

 

Saturday

Baby Bloomers. For infant to 3. Learn about spring on Saturday. 9 a.m. Saturday. $5. Thinkery, 1830 Simond Ave. thinkeryaustin.org

Wildflower Center. Nature Play Hour. Play in the Family Garden. 11 a.m. Saturdays. Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave. wildflower.org

Family Night Out with Staci Gray. 5:30 p.m. Saturday. $10 per child. Toybrary Austin, 7817 Rockwood Lane, Suite 101. toybraryaustin.com

BookPeople story time: Shapes, 11:30 a.m. Saturday. BookPeople, 603 N. Lamar Blvd. bookpeople.com

Barnes & Noble story times 11 a.m. at all locations: “Pete the Cat and the Cool Cat Boogie,” Saturday.

Saturday-Monday

Thinkery. Programmable Possibilities. For ages 4 and up. 11:15 a.m. and 1:15 a.m. Saturday-Monday. $8. Mechanical Wonders. For ages 8 up. 3:15 p.m. Saturday-Monday. $8. Thinkery, 1830 Simond Ave. thinkeryaustin.org

Woodland Faerie Trail. See fairy houses on this trail. Through July 30. Free with admission. Zilker Botanical Garden, 2220 Barton Springs Road. zilkergarden.org.

Sunday

“Clockwork Stories.” Flying Theater Machine presents this kids’ improv where you build a time machine. 2 p.m. Sundays through June 18. $5. The Hideout Theatre, 617 Congress Ave. hideouttheatre.com

Share Your Stories. 3:30 p.m. Sunday, Recycled Reads Bookstore.

Monday

Namaste and Play. It’s yoga, art and movement all together. 9:45 a.m. Monday for 1-year-olds, 10:45 a.m. Monday for 2-year-olds, 11:45 a.m. Monday for 3-year-olds. $20.  Thinkery, 1830 Simond Ave. thinkeryaustin.org

 

5 ways to keep your summer in Austin weird for families

Austin resident Serenity Ewald, 8, plays in a foam pit during Bubblepalooza last year at the Long Center for the Performing Arts. The event had everything from foam pits to live music. Jessalyn Tamez / AUSTIN AMERICAN-STATESMAN

It wouldn’t be Austin if we weren’t looking for something unique to do. Try these events.

  1. Bubblepalooza. Who doesn’t love bubbles? This free event is all about making bubbles. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. June 3. The Long Center, 701 W. Riverside Drive. thelongcenter.org

    22-month old Ollie Mae Barnet and Luna Santana, 2, play in the Light Lab at the Thinkery. RESHMA KIRPALANI / AMERICAN-STATESMAN 2013
  2. Bricks and Blocks Bonanza. We know you love to build things, and the Thinkery lets you do that. Plus enjoy free Hat Creek Burgers and Lick ice cream.6-9 p.m. June 3. $15. Thinkery, 1830 Simond Ave. thinkeryaustin.org

    Explore pollinators and other creatures during Wildflower Center’s Nature Nights.
  3. International Mud Day. Why wouldn’t you want to celebrate all things mud? This year the Wildflower Center combines it with its free Nature Nights. 6-9 p.m. June 29, Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave. wildflower.org

    Londyn Targa-Stephan and her mother, April Targa, enjoys some ice cream at the Austin Ice Cream Festival on Saturday at Fiesta Gardens.
  4. Austin Ice Cream Festival. Sure there’s chocolate and vanilla, but we bet there will be bacon flavor, too. 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Aug. 12. $15. Fiesta Gardens, 2101 Jesse E. Segovia St. austinicecreamfestival.com

    “Wonder Woman” will be celebrated all summer long. Clay Enos/Warner Bros.
  5. Celebrate all things pop culture. Barnes & Noble hosts Wonder Woman Day 10 a.m. June 3 in all of its stores and a special pop-culture story time July 29 with “Good Morning, Superman!,” “Be a Star, Wonder Woman,” and “Bedtime for Batman.” The library offers Captain Underpants and the Underwear Fair 2 p.m. June 5, Windsor Park Branch; 3 p.m. June 8, Southeast Branch; 2 p.m. June 15, Willie Mae Kirk Branch; 3:30 p.m. June 28, North Village Branch; and hosts a Power Rangers Glow Party 3:30 p.m. June 14, North Village Branch; 2 p.m. June 29, Willie Mae Kirk Branch; 2 p.m. July 17, Windsor Park Branch; 3 p.m. July 24, Howson Branch. Teen Summer Cosplay Camp at BookPeople is 1-3 p.m. June 21, June 23, July 19 and July 21. BookPeople, 603 N. Lamar Blvd. bookpeople.com

What are you doing with the kids in June? Plan the start of the summer now

Austin resident Serenity Ewald, 8, plays in a foam pit during Bubblepalooza last year. Jessalyn Tamez / AUSTIN AMERICAN-STATESMAN

Events

Woodland Faerie Trail. See fairy houses on this trail. Through July 30. Free with admission. Plus Moonlight Faerie Trail. 8-10 p.m. June 9-10. $6. Forts and Faerie Homes Workshop. 11 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. June 24. $18. Zilker Botanical Garden, 2220 Barton Springs Road. zilkergarden.org.

Domain Northside Kids. Come to the lawn at Domain Northside for activities for kids 18 months to 6 years old. Free. 10 a.m.-noon June 7. Reservations required, domainnorthside.com.

Bubblepalooza. It’s all about making bubbles. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. June 3. The Long Center, 701 W. Riverside Drive. thelongcenter.org

RED Arena Round-Up. Family fun and an inclusive rodeo play day with a petting zoo, bounce houses and mini horses. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. June 3. Free. Dripping Springs Ranch Park, 1042 Event Center Drive, Dripping Springs. redarena.org

From top left, Jennifer and Kevin Miller react as their daughter, Laurel, 4, center, takes part in an inertia game at the Bullock Texas State History Museum. DEBORAH CANNON / AMERICAN-STATESMAN

Museums

Bullock Museum. Living History Days. See historical figures dressed up. 10 a.m. June 1. Summer Free Family Film Series: “Matilda.” 2 p.m. June 3. H-E-B Free First Sunday: Road Trip. Special family programs throughout the museum. 10 a.m. June 4. Summer Free Film Series: “Alice in Wonderland.” 2 p.m. June 10. World Refugee Day. Celebrate different cultures. 11:30 a.m. June 17. Bullock Museum, 1800 N. Congress Ave. thestoryoftexas.com

Blanton Museum. 3ft Deep. For ages 3-5. Explore art and make art. 10 a.m. Tuesdays June 13-July 25. Artists and Authors. For ages 5-8. Hear a story and see and make art. 10:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. Thursdays, June 15-July 27. Deeper Dives. Ages 8-12. 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. Fridays, June 16-July 28. See the museum and make art. WorkLab. For all ages. Make art. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Wednesdays, June 14-July 26. Family Art Quest. For families with children ages 8-12. Have an adventure in the museum. 11:30 a.m. Wednesdays, June 14-July 26. Blanton Museum. 200 E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. blantonmuseum.org.

Thinkery. Bricks and Blocks Bonanza. Build all kinds of things at night in the museum, plus free Hat Creek Burgers and Lick ice cream.6-9 p.m. June 3. $15. Baby Bloomers. For infant to 3. Learn about the sea all month long. 9 a.m. Mondays and Saturdays. Special guests throughout the month. $5. Shark Tank. For 4 and up. 11:15 a.m., 1:15 p.m., 3:15 p.m. June 3-4, June 17-18. $8. Build a Better Boat. For ages 4 up. 11:15 a.m. and 1:15 p.m. June 10-11, June 24-25. $8. For ages 8 and up. 3:15 p.m. June 10-11, June 24-25.Thinkery, 1830 Simond Ave. thinkeryaustin.org

Hill Country Science Mill. Trash to Treasure. Learn how to make art out of your toys, household items and recyclables with artist McKay Otto. Ages 8 and up. 11 a.m.-1 p.m. and 2-4 p.m. June 10. Free by reserve your spot at programs@sciencemill.org. Hill Country Science Mill, 101 S. Lady Bird Lane, Johnson City. sciencemill.org

Ai Weiwei Public Opening and Family Day. Celebrate with Contemporary Austin the arrival of two new sculptures by Ai Weiwei. Free. 10 a.m.-noon June 3. Waller Creek Delta, 74 Trinity Street near the Boathouse. thecontemporaryaustin.org

Contemporary Austin. Families Create: Exploradores Del Arte. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. June 10. Free. Laguna Gloria, 3809 W. 35th St. thecontemporaryaustin.org

Texas Museum of Science & Technology. Wee-Searchers for children 5 and younger. Learn about science through song, play and stories. 9 a.m. June 14 and 28. Science Saturday. Noon-4 p.m. June 24. Star Party. Look at the stars. 9 p.m. Fridays. Texas Museum of Science & Technology, 1220 Toro Grande Drive, Cedar Park. txmost.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. Babies & Blooms Bootcamp. You bring the baby and work out. $15. 9:30 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. Nature Nights. Explore different topics each Thursday in June. 6-9 p.m. Reptiles and Birds of Prey, June 8; Habitats, June 15; Pollinators, June 22; Water, Rocks and Mud, June 29; Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave. wildflower.org

Umlauf Sculpture Garden & Museum. Family Day. 10-4 p.m. June 11. Free. Umlauf Sculpture Garden & Museum, 605 Robert E. Lee Road. umlaufsculpture.org

Carver Museum. Juneteen. Music, food, games and more. Noon-4 p.m. June 17. Carver Museum, 1165 Angelina St.

Toybrary Austin. Pirate and Mermaid Party with Austin Aquarium. 10:30 a.m. June 1. Date night babysitting. For ages 1-5. $25 first child, $10 siblings. 5-8 p.m. Saturdays. African Safari. Elizabeth Kahura brings Africa to the Toybrary. 10:30 a.m. June 9. $10. Daddy and Me Superhero Day. 10:30 a.m. June 17. Toybrary Austin, 7817 Rockwood Lane, Suite 101. toybraryaustin.com

 

Peanut, a baby elephant, is part of “Circus 1903, “a staged circus event using puppeteers that will visit Austin.
RALPH BARRERA/AMERICAN-STATESMAN

Theater

“Circus 1903: The Golden Age of Circus.” You can’t see the Ringling Bros. any more, but you can see this circus that includes animal puppets instead of animals. 7:30 p.m. June 6-8. $29-$89. The Long Center, 701 W. Riverside Drive. thelongcenter.org

“Clockwork Stories.” Flying Theater Machine presents this kids’ improv where you build a time machine. 2 p.m. Sundays through June 18. $5. The Hideout Theatre, 617 Congress Ave. hideouttheatre.com

The Austin Symphony Quintessentials Woodwind Quintet performs during the Austin Symphony Children’s Day Art Park. RICARDO B. BRAZZIELL / AMERICAN-STATESMAN

Music

Austin Symphony Hartman Concerts in the Park. 7:30 p.m. Sundays through June 4-Aug. 27. Free. The Long Center, 701 W. Riverside Drive. thelongcenter.org

Austin Symphony Children’s Art Park. A different musician plays each week. June 7, Beto and the Fairlaines; June 14, Joe McDermott and the Teddy Bear Picnic; June 21, Stacy Gray; June 28, Laura Freeman, The Hey Lollies; July 12, April & Amy; July 19, Mr. Will Music; July 26, Nathalia. 9:30 a.m. Wednesdays June 7-July 26 except July 5. 50 cents per child. Symphony Square, 1101 Red River St. austinsymphony.org.

Gustafer Yellowgold. A multimedia performance of music, colored-pencil animations and storytelling. 11 a.m. June 4. $10-$6. Scottish Rite Theater, 207 W. 18th St. scottishritetheater.org.

“Moana” will be at the library this summer. Disney

Movies

Sound and Cinema. Watch a movie and hear a concert at the same time on the lawn of the Long Center. 6 p.m. June 21 and June. 28. The Long Center, 701 W. Riverside Drive. thelongcenter.org

“Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.” 1 p.m. June 17. $10-$6. Paramount Theater, 713 Congress Ave. austintheatre.org

“The Sound of Music.” 2 p.m. June 24. $10-$6. Paramount Theater, 713 Congress Ave. austintheatre.org

Movies in the Park: “Sister Act.” 8:45 June 1, (June 8 rain date). Free. Rosewood Park, 2300 Rosewood Ave. austinparks.org.

Alamo Drafthouse Kids Camp. “Sing.” 10:35 a.m. June 2-4, 10:40 a.m. June 5-8, Lakeline, 10 a.m. June 9, Village. “The Pirates! Band of Misfits.” 9:25 a.m. June 9-11, 10 a.m. June 11-15, Lakeline. “Zathura.” 10 a.m. June 16-18, 10:10 a.m. June 19-22, Lakeline. “Matilda.” 10 a.m. June 23-29, Lakeline, and 9:30 a.m. June 2-3, June 5, June 7, 10 a.m. June 4, June 6, June 8, Village. $1-$5 donation. Check online for future showings. drafthouse.com

Alamo Drafthouse PBS Kids: “Nature Cat: Ocean Commotion.” Noon June 10-11, Lakeline. drafthouse.com

“Cars 3” Family Party. 9 a.m. June 18. Lakeline, 10 a.m. June 17 Slaughter Lane. drafthouse.com

“Captain Underpants” Family Party. 10:10 June 3, Slaughter Lane. drafthouse.com

Flix Jr. Flix offers $2 children’s movies. 11 a.m. Wednesdays. “Madagascar 3,” June 7, “Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel,” June 14, “Night at the Museum 2,” June 21, “Rio 2,” June 28. 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. “Kung Fu Panda 3,” and “Ice Age: Collision Course,” June 6-7; “Trolls” and “Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked,” June 13-14; “Monster Trucks” and “Penguins of Madagascar,” June 20-21; “Rio” and “Boxtrolls,” June 27-28. 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. “The Secret Life of Pets,” June 5-8, “The Lego Batman Movie,” June 12-15, “Trolls, June 19-22, “Shrek the Third,” June 26-29. cinemark.com/summer-movie-clubhouse.

“Wonder Woman” is being celebrated at Barnes & Noble in June. Clay Enos/Warner Bros.

Books

BookPeople events. Ryan Higa: “How to Write Good.” 7 p.m. June 1. Boldly Bookish Tour with Tara Altebrando, Sarah Tolcser, Emery Lord, and Brigid Kemmerer. 7 p.m. June 7. Kayla Olson: “The Sandcastle Empire.” 5 p.m. June 10. Summer Kickoff Party. Get excited about reading this summer. Noon June 17. Teen Summer Cosplay Camp. 1-3 p.m. June 21 and June 23. Cora Carmack: “Roar.” 6 p.m. June 24. Michael Merschel: “Revenge of the Star Survivors.” 2 p.m. June 24. Story times: Ramadan. 11:30 a.m. June 3. Milly McSilly. 10:30 a.m. June 6. Elephant and Piggie. 10:30 a.m. June 7. Father Knows Best. 11:30 a.m. June 10. Heartsong Music. 10:30 a.m. June 13. Coloring Party. 10:30 a.m. June 14. “Wizard of Oz.” 11:30 a.m. June 17. Armstrong Community Music School. 10:30 a.m. June 20. Tiny Tails Petting Zoo. 10:30 a.m. June 21. Adventures in Faraway Lands. 11:30 a.m. June 24. Modern First Library. 10:30 a.m. June 27. Ms. Staci. 10:30 a.m. June 28. BookPeople, 603 N. Lamar Blvd. bookpeople.com

Barnes & Noble Events: Wonder Woman Day. 10 a.m. June 3, all stores. Saturday story times 11 a.m. at all locations: “If You Ever Want to Bring a Circus to the Library, Don’t.” June 3. “Oh, the Places You’ll Go!” June 10. Father’s Day. June 17. Rainbow Fish. June 24.

At the library

Graphic Novel Book Club: “Kingdom Come.” 6 p.m. June 1, North Village Branch.

Bow Wow Reading with Bonnie the Dog. 11:30 a.m. Saturdays, Yarborough Branch; Read to Scout! 3:30 p.m. June 22, Old Quarry Branch.

Saturday Family Movie: “Rogue One.” Noon June 3, Carver Branch. “Trolls.” 2 p.m. June 3, Windsor Park Branch. “Doctor Strange.” 2 p.m. June 3, University Hills Branch. “The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water.” Noon June 10, Carver Branch. “Pete’s Dragon,” Noon June 17, Carver Branch; “Captain America: Civil War.” 2 p.m. June 17, University Hills Branch; “Independence Day: Resurgence.” 2 p.m. June 24, University Hills Branch.

Ice Cream Social. 1 p.m. June 3, Howson Branch.

Random Acts of Harping. 1 p.m. June 4, Recycled Reads Bookstore.

Camp Crafternoon. 3 p.m. Sundays. Faulk Central Library. 3 p.m. June 26, Old Quarry Branch.

Magician John O’Bryant. 3 p.m. June 4, Manchaca Road Branch; 2 p.m. June 7, Little Walnut Creek Branch; 2 p.m. June 19, Windsor Park Branch; 2 p.m. June 23, Terrazas Branch; 3 p.m. June 26, Howson Branch.

Captain Underpants and the Underwear Fair. 2 p.m. June 5, Windsor Park Branch; 3 p.m. June 8, Southeast Branch; 2 p.m. June 15, Willie Mae Kirk Branch; 3:30 p.m. June 28, North Village Branch.

Crafternoon. 2 p.m. June 5, Manchaca Road Branch; 2 p.m. June 26, Manchaca Road Branch; 3 p.m. June 27, Little Walnut Creek Branch.

Literature Live Presents: “Wiley and the Hairy Man.” 2 p.m. June 5, Spicewood Springs Branch; 2 p.m. June 6, Cepeda Branch; 2 p.m. June 8, Willie Mae Kirk Branch; 2 p.m. June 12, Windsor Park Branch; 2 p.m. June 15, University Hills Branch; 2 p.m. June 16, Terrazas Branch; 3 p.m. June 20, Twin Oaks Branch; 2 p.m. June 22, Pleasant Hill Branch; 2 p.m. June 23, Yarborough Branch; 3 p.m. June 25, Manchaca Road Branch; 6 p.m. June 26, Carver Branch; 2 p.m. June 28, Ruiz Branch; 2 p.m. June 29, Milwood Branch.

Sandbank Shadow Factory Presents: “Rapunzel.” 3 p.m. June 5, Howson Branch; 3 p.m. June 6, Twin Oaks Branch; 3 p.m. June 11, Manchaca Road Branch; 2 p.m. June 12, Spicewood Springs Branch; 2 p.m. June 14, Little Walnut Creek Branch; 3:30 p.m. June 20, Old Quarry Branch; 2 p.m. June 29, University Hills Branch; 2 p.m. June 30, Yarborough Branch.

Hey Lollies Present: “Iris Saves the Land of Black and White.” 6 p.m. June 5, Carver Branch; 2 p.m. July 7, Ruiz Branch; 3:30 p.m. June 13, Old Quarry Branch; 2 p.m. June 15, Milwood Branch; 3 p.m. June 18, Manchaca Road Branch; 2 p,m. June 25, Spicewood Springs Branch; 2 p.m. June 28, Little Walnut Creek Branch.

Elephant and Piggie Party. 3:30 p.m. June 6, Old Quarry Branch; 3 p.m. June 13, Twin Oaks Branch; 3:30 p.m. June 21, North Village Branch.

Sew Happy. For ages 10 and up. 5 p.m. June 6, Manchaca Road Branch.

Tabletop Tuesday: Family Board Game Night. 5:30 p.m. June 6, 13, Faulk Central Library.

Mariachi Amor. 2 p.m. June 7, Hampton Branch; 2 p.m. June 14, Ruiz Branch; 2 p.m. June 20, Cepeda Branch; 3 p.m. June 29, Southeast Branch.

Literature Live! “Predicts the Forecast: Fantabulous Finger Fun.” 3:30 p.m. June 7, North Village Branch; 3 p.m. June 19, Howson Branch.

Music and Movement. 11 a.m. June 8, Howson Branch; 11:30 p.m. June 14, Manchaca Road Branch; 11 a.m. June 15, Howson Branch; 3:30 p.m. June 19, Manchaca Road Branch; 11 a.m. June 22, Howson Branch; 11 a.m. June 29, Howson Branch.

Austin Opera Presents: Onsite Opera. 2 p.m. June 8, Milwood Branch; 2 p.m. June 13, Cepeda Branch; 3 p.m. June 15, Southeast Branch; 3 p.m. June 16, Yarborough Branch; 2 p.m. June 19, Spicewood Springs Branch; 2 p.m. June 201, Hampton Branch; 2 p.m. June 22, University Hills Branch; 3:30 p.m. June 27, Old Quarry Branch; 2 p.m. June 29, Pleasant Hill Branch; 2 p.m. June 30, Terrazas Branch.

Bernadette Nason Presents “Stone Soup.” 2 p.m. June 8, Pleasant Hill Branch; 2 p.m. June 21, Little Walnut Creek Branch; 2 p.m. June 22, Milwood Branch; 3 p.m. June 27, Twin Oaks Branch; 2 p.m. June 28, Hampton Branch.

Elizabeth Kahura Presents: Folktales for Africa. 2 p.m. June 8, University Hills Branch; 2 p.m. June 15, Pleasant Hill Branch; 2 p.m. June 21, Ruiz Branch; 2 p.m. June 27, Cepeda Branch.

Tween STEAM: Paper Circuits. 2 p.m. June 8, Howson Branch, 2 p.m. June 12, Manchaca Road Branch; Wire Wearables. 2 p.m. June 8, Carver Branch, 2:30 p.m. June 13, Milwood Branch, 2 p.m. June 14, Twin Oaks Branch; 3 p.m. June 27, Yarborough Branch; Makey Makey Madness. 3 p.m. June 9, Little Walnut Creek Branch; LittleBits Theme Park. 2:30 p.m. June 20, Milwood Branch; 3:30 p.m. June 23, University Hills Branch; Stop Motion Animation. 2 p.m. June 27, Windsor Park Branch, 2 p.m. June 29, Old Quarry Branch.

Teen Manga Book Club: “Attack on Titan.” 5:30 p.m. June 8, Little Walnut Creek Branch.

Camp Bluebonnet. Read books that could win the Bluebonnet Award. For grades 3-6. 1 p.m. June 9, Manchaca Road; 3 p.m. June 12, Old Quarry Branch; 1 p.m. June 16, Manchaca Road Branch; 3 p.m. June 19, Old Quarry Branch; 3 p.m. June 26, Old Quarry Branch.

Pirate and Princess Party. 2 p.m. June 9, Terrazas Branch; 3 p.m. June 12, Howson Branch; 3 p.m. June 22, Southeast Branch.

You are the Artist: Watercolor and Scratch Art. 2 p.m. June 9, Yarborough Branch. 6 p.m. June 19, Carver Branch; 2 p.m. June 22, Willie Mae Kirk Branch.

Friday Night Movie Matinee: “Jurassic World.” 3 p.m. June 9, Old Quarry Branch.

Arcade Night. 6 p.m. June 10, University Hills Branch.

Austin Ukestra, ukulele group. 1 p.m. June 11, Recycled Reads Bookstore.

Storybook Dance Making. 2 p.m. June 11, Recycled Reads Bookstore.

Echo and the Bats. 6 p.m. June 12, Carver Branch.

Family Movie Night: “Trolls.” 6:30 p.m. June 13, Twin Oaks Branch.

Power Rangers Glow Party. 3:30 p.m. June 14, North Village Branch; 2 p.m. June 29, Willie Mae Kirk Branch.

Movie Matinee: “Moana.” 4 p.m. June 14, Cepeda Branch; “Storks.” 2 p.m. June 15, Carver Branch; “The Secret Life of Pets,” 2 p.m. June 29, Carver Branch.

NBTween Book Club: “Me and Marvin Gardens.” 4 p.m. June 14, Howson Branch; “Raymie Nightingale,” 6 p.m. June 15, Twin Oaks Branch; “The Wild Robot,” 6 p.m. June 28, Spicewood Springs Branch.

That’s so Fandom: Manga/Anime Drawing Workshop. 7 p.m. June 14, Little Walnut Creek Branch; 2 p.m. June 17, Twin Oaks Branch, 2 p.m. June 30, Manchaca Road Branch; Facebook Live: Voice Action. 10:30 a.m. June 22, Facebook.

Teen Book Club: “Jellicoe Road.” 6:30 p.m. June 15, Spicewood Springs Road. “To Kill a Mockingbird,” 6:30 p.m. June 20, Howson Branch.

Family Craft Night. 6 p.m. June 21, Howson Branch.

Mother-Daughter Book Club “The Girl Who Drank the Moon.” 6 p.m. June 21, Hampton Branch.

Crafting for a Cause. 2 p.m. June 22, Carver Branch.

Kids Summer Film Fest: “Moana.” 2 p.m. June 22, Old Quarry Branch.

Before you go swimming, know what’s lurking in the water

Does this kid know what she’s jumping into? Shelby Tauber / AMERICAN-STATESMAN

Last year, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports, that the Cryptosporidium outbreaks were double what they had been two years before. What’s that? It’s a parasite that has been linked to water in pools and water playscapes.

It gets there because our poop gets in the water. Then we swallow the water, and thus begins the vicious cycle.

Crypto, as it’s nicknamed, causes  watery diarrhea, stomach cramps, nausea, or vomiting, and can lead to dehydration.

It’s also hard to kill and can lurk in water for 10 days. It also doesn’t respond to normal disinfectants. To treat for it, the CDC recommends closing the pool and adding large amounts of chlorine.

To prevent your family getting sick or infecting others, follow these rules:

  1. Shower before going swimming.
  2. Don’t swallow pool water.
  3. Don’t go into a pool or lake if you’ve had recent stomach distress or diarrhea.
  4. Take frequent bathroom breaks and check diapers frequently in the bathroom and not poolside.
  5. Wash hands after using the bathroom or changing a diaper.

Austin did not have a Crypto outbreak last year, but we did have one in 1998 when city sewage spilled into Brushy Creek wells infecting 1,300 people with parasites.