Explore museums, nature and heritage this weekend in Austin, Sept. 29-Oct. 1

After some rain on Friday, it will be a beautiful weekend for getting out and seeing Austin with the family.

Try these family events.

Nan Blassingame performs the fancy shawl dance during American Indian Heritage Day performances at the Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum in 2014.


Bullock MuseumAmerican Indian Heritage Day. Celebrate with dancing performances, drumming, crafts and more. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday. Bullock Museum, 1800 N. Congress Ave. thestoryoftexas.com

Little Thinkers Club. Get Into Shapes.9:45 a.m. for 2-year-olds, 10:45 a.m. for 3-year-olds, Fridays, through Oct. 27. $20 per class, $140 for the series. Thinkery, 1830 Simond Ave. thinkeryaustin.org

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

Pollyanna Theatre Company presents “A Moon of my Own.”


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, 1-5 p.m. Sunday through Nov. 8. Pay per activity. 1801 FM 1980, ​Marble Falls. sweetberryfarm.com

Pollyanna Theatre Company presents “A Moon of My Own.” A young girl goes on an adventure with the moon. For kids kindergarten through second grade. 9:30 a.m. Oct. 2, Oct. 5-6; 11:30 a.m. Friday, Monday, Oct. 5-6; 2 p.m. Saturday, Sunday, Oct. 7-8. $10.50-$13.50. The Long Center, 701 W. Riverside Drive. thelongcenter.org


Engineer’s Day. Practice engineering with many hands-on activities led by engineers. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday. Free admission for the first 75 visitors. Hill Country Science Mill, 101 S. Lady Bird Lane, Johnson City. https://www.facebook.com/events/1507043482723110/

Baby Bloomers. Learn about colors. For infant to 3. 9 a.m. Mondays and Saturdays. Special guests throughout the month. $5. Thinkery, 1830 Simond Ave. thinkeryaustin.org

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

Toybrary Austin. Date night babysitting. For ages 1-5. $25 first child, $10 siblings. 5-8 p.m. Saturdays. Rainbow Party. Milly McSilly tells stories in this rainbow-themed party. $10. 10:30 a.m. Saturday. Toybrary Austin, 2001 Justin Lane. toybraryaustin.com

BookPeople Story times: Hello Autumn. 11:30 a.m. Saturday. BookPeople, 603 N. Lamar Blvd. bookpeople.com

Barnes & Noble 11 a.m. Saturday story time at all locations: “Runny Babbit Returns.”

Literature Live Presents: “Strega Nona.” 1 p.m. Saturday, Recycled Reads.

“Rosita y Conchita” is a bilingual Día de los Muertos play at Scottish Rite Theater.


Lantern Festival. Release lanterns, dance, eat s’mores and more. $7-$60. Saturday-Sunday. 3 p.m. to past dark. Cotton Bowl Speedway, 1175 County Road 202, Paige. thelanternfest.com

Robinson Family Farm Pumpkin Patch. Go through a corn maze, go on a hay ride, pet the goats and pick a pumpkin. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday through Oct. 29. Free, but pay for each activities and pumpkins. 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.-8 pm. Saturday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday through Nov. 5. $14, extra for pumpkins and face painting. 1115 FM 969, Bastrop. bartonhillfarms.com

Zach Theatre presents “The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe.” Head to Narnia in the C.S. Lewis tale. 11 a.m. Saturday; 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. More shows through Feb. 10. $18-$24. Whisenhunt Stage, 1510 Toomey Road. zachtheatre.org

Emily Ann Theatre presents “Thumbelina.” See this classic children’s tale on stage. $10-$8. 10 a.m. Saturday and Oct. 7, 14, 21; 2 p.m. Sunday, and Oct. 8, 15, 22. 1101 RM 2325, Wimberley.

“Rosita y Conchita.” See this bilingual Día de los Muertos play about two sisters who try to reunite. $8-$12. 11 a.m. Saturday and Sunday, plus more shows through Oct. 29. Scottish Rite Theater, 207 W. 18th St. scottishritetheater.org

Emily Ann Theatre presents “Thumbelina.” See this classic children’s tale on stage. $8-$10. 2 p.m. Sunday and 10 a.m. Saturday, plus more shows through Oct. 22. 1101 Ranch Road 2325, Wimberley.

Bill Murray, left, Dan Aykroyd and Harold Ramis in the 1984 movie “Ghostbusters.” Columbia Pictures


Austin School Expo. See what different preschools, private schools and charter schools are available to you. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Sunday. Pan Am Rec Center, 2100 E. Third St. and Austin Sports Complex, 1420 Grande Toro Blvd. Free. austinschoolexpo.com

Bullock MuseumH-E-B Free First Sunday. Go West. Free family fun around westward expansion. Noon Sunday. Bullock Museum, 1800 N. Congress Ave. thestoryoftexas.com

Neill-Cochran House Museum. History Lab: Pinhole cameras. Take your selfie with an old-fashioned camera you made yourself. 1-4 p.m. Sunday. Free. 2310 San Gabriel St. nchmuseum.org

Alamo Drafthouse events. “Ghostbusters” Party. 7 p.m. Sunday, Mueller. drafthouse.com

Big Don Kid Show. It’s a hip-hop storytelling show, plus CD release party. 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Sunday, Cherrywood Coffeehouse, 1400 E. 38th 1/2 St.

BookPeople events. Julie Fogliano and Christian Robinson read “When’s My Birthday?” 11:30 a.m. Sunday. BookPeople, 603 N. Lamar Blvd. bookpeople.com



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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