Win tickets to see ‘Go, Dog. Go!’ at the Paramount Theatre

“Go, Dog. Go!” was one of those books that got read a lot in my house when my children were younger. In fact, the P.D. Eastman book about a group of dogs on the go was the first book my son Ben could read.  And he read it a lot. Now he’s reading books in Latin. It’s weird how they grow up.

If your kids love this book, you can see it as a musical at the Paramount Theatre.

I have two sets of two tickets for the show on Jan. 14. Want to win them? Email nvillalpando@statesman.com with your name and phone number and put “Go Dog Go” in the subject line by Jan. 11 at noon.

Want to buy tickets?

Here are the details:

“Go, Dog. Go!”

2 p.m. Jan. 14

$19-$15

Paramount Theatre, 713 Congress Ave.

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Win free tickets to ‘Pinklalicious’ at the Paramount Theatre Austin

“Pinkalicious” is coming! The children’s books by Victoria and Elizabeth Kann are now a musical. Pinkalicious is a  girl who loves pink. Everything in her world should be pink.

“Pinkalicious” by Victoria and Elizabeth Kann.

The musical will be at Paramount Theatre Nov. 5.

I’ve got two sets of two tickets to give away. If you want to enter this contest, send an email to nvillalpando@statesman.com with your name and phone number and put Pinkalicious in the subject line. I’ll pull the winners at noon on Wednesday, Nov. 1.

“Pinkalicious: The Musical.” 

2 p.m. Nov. 5

Paramount Theatre, 713 Congress Ave.

$20-$18

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Take in these Halloween family events around Austin

We love Halloween! How are you going to celebrate it with your family?

Here are some local events to take in this month before the big day:

Barton Hill Farms in Bastrop has a corn maze and other activities for kids to enjoy. Photos: Barton Hill Farms

 

Fall festivals

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. Saturdays and Sundays 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. Saturdays, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sundays, through Nov. 5. $14, 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, 1-5 p.m. Sunday, through Nov. 8. Pay per activity. 1801 FM 1980, ​Marble Falls. sweetberryfarm.com

Elgin Christmas Tree Farm Fall Farm Fun. Explore a corn maze, hay bale maze and a crazy maze, plus go on a hay ride, visit animals and get a mini pumpkin to decorate. Big pumpkins to purchase. $7. Beginning Oct. 6. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday, noon-5:30 p.m. Sunday. Pumpkin Festival, Oct. 14-15, with special activities. Elgin Christmas Tree Farm, 120 Nature’s Way, Elgin. elginchristmastreefarm.com

Evergreen Christmas Tree Farm Pumpkin Hunt. Go hunting pumpkins, launch pumpkins, train ride, maze, mini golf, fishing pond pony rides and bounce house. $2.50 for each activity. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturdays and 1-5 p.m. Sundays in October. 242 Monkey Road. evergreen-farms.com

Fall Family Fun Days. Enjoy raptor shows, snake shows, sheep shearing, corn shucking, apple cider making, live music, and lots of local vendors selling everything from fresh organic produce, eggs, honey, jam, and bread and more. $9-$3. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturdays in October. Crowe’s Nest Farm, 10300 Taylor Lane. crowesnestfarm.org

Halloween Carnival and Haunted House. 75 cent games, $1 haunted house. 5:30-8 p.m. Oct. 12. Metz Recreation Center, 2407 Canterbury St. austintexasgov

Pumpkin Carving. Free pumpkins based on household size, plus games, face painting and more. 11 a.m. Oct. 28. Saturday, Carver Center, 1165 Angelina St. 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. Austin Zoo, 10808 Rawhide Trail. austinzoo.org

The Austin Zoo puts on Boo at the Zoo next month. DEBORAH CANNON / AMERICAN-STATESMAN

Events

Dress up for Littles. Kids ages 1-5 can play dress up in different costumes. 10 a.m. Oct. 2. Brentwood Social House, 1601 W Koenig Lane.

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: Spooked. Free. 10 a.m. to noon Oct. 4. Reservations required. domainnorthside.com

Museums

Bullock MuseumSpooktacular. Come dress for Halloween activities. 5 p.m. Oct. 27. Bullock Museum, 1800 N. Congress Ave. thestoryoftexas.com

Thinkery.  Monster Masterpieces. 9:30 a.m. 1-year-olds, 10:30 a.m. 2-year-olds, 11:30 a.m. 3-year-olds. Oct. 9. $20. Family Night: Halloween Hootenanny. Come in costume and ready for fun. $15 adults, $13 children. 6-9 p.m. Oct. 27. Whisks and Wizards. Make Halloween-themed food. For ages 4 and up. 10:30 a.m., noon, 2 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. Oct. 7-9, Oct. 21-22. $8. Costume Design. Make your own costume. For ages 4 and up. $8. 10:30 a.m., noon, 2 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. Oct. 14-15, Oct. 28-29.Thinkery, 1830 Simond Ave. thinkeryaustin.org

Texas Museum of Science & Technology. Science Saturday: HalloweenSTEAM. Noon-4 p.m Oct. 28. Texas Museum of Science & Technology, 1220 Toro Grande Drive, Cedar Park. txmost.org

Toybrary Austin. Halloween Party with Slime! 10: 30 a.m. Oct. 26. $10 per child. Toybrary Austin, 2001 Justin Lane. toybraryaustin.com

Movies

Alamo Drafthouse events. “Ghostbusters” Party. 7 p.m. Oct. 1, Mueller. “The Addams Family” Party. 4 p.m. Oct. 15, Mueller. “Goosebumps” with introduction by R.L. Stine. 4 p.m. Oct. 21, Mueller.  drafthouse.com

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

Theater

“Rosita y Conchita.” See this bilingual Día de los Muertos play about two sisters who try to reunite. $8-$12. 11 a.m. Sept. 30-Oct. 1, 8, 14-15, 22 and 28-29; 1 p.m. Oct. 14-15, Oct. 22, Oct. 28-29. Scottish Rite Theater, 207 W. 18th St. scottishritetheater.org

Ballet Austin’s “Not Afraid of the Dark.” See glowing ballet in the dark. $15. 2 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. Oct. 21-22, Oct. 28-29. Ballet Austin Studio Theater, 501 W. Third St. balletaustin.org

 

Austin Symphony’s Halloween concert brings spooky music to audiences. Credit: 2011 Austin Symphony Orchestra

Music

Halloween Concert. Hear Halloween-themed music from the Austin Symphony. $14-$19. 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. Oct. 29. Austin ISD Performing Arts Center, 1925 E. 51st St. austinsymphony.org

 

Books

BookPeople Halloween-themed story times: Monsters are our Friends, 11:30 a.m. Oct. 7; Halloween Trick-or-Treat for Books, 10:30 a.m. Oct. 31. BookPeople, 603 N. Lamar Blvd. bookpeople.com

Barnes & Noble 11 a.m. Saturdays story times at all locations:  “Mary McScary,” Oct. 28.

“Coraline” is at the library this month. Focus Features

At the library

 

 

 

Family Movie Night: “Coraline.” 6 p.m. Oct. 10, Twin Oaks Branch; “Ghostbusters: Answer the Call.” 3:30 p.m. Oct. 13, Old Quarry Branch.

Día de los Muertos. 4 p.m. Oct. 12, Twin Oaks Branch; 5 p.m. Oct. 23, Windsor Park Branch; 3:30 p.m. Oct. 27, Recycled Reads Bookstore; 4 p.m. Ruiz Branch, Oct. 31; 6:30 p.m. Oct. 31, Dove Springs Recreation Center.

 

 

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.
LAURA SKELDING/AMERICAN-STATESMAN

FRIDAY

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.”

FRIDAY-SUNDAY

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

SATURDAY

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.

SATURDAY-SUNDAY

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

SUNDAY

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

 

 

Plan your weekend with the family with our calendar, Aug. 11-13

 

It’s going to be a hot weekend, with temperatures hovering around 100 and only a 10 percent chance of rain. Find something fun to do with the kids, including many science activities as we get ready for the eclipse Aug. 21.

Friday

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

Toybrary Austin. Africa Safari with Elizabeth Kahura. $10. 10:30 a.m. Friday. Toybrary Austin, 2001 Justin Lane. toybraryaustin.com

 

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

LBJ Presidential Library Summer Storytime. Austin Fire Department Chief Rhoda Mae Kerr will read a story followed by a visit from Austin Fire Department firefighters and a fire truck. 10 a.m. Friday. LBJ Presidential Library and Museum, 2313 Red River St. lbjlibrary.org

Andrew Cannata, Hannah Roberts and Jordan Barron perform in “The Wizard of Oz,” the 59th annual Zilker summer musical presented by Zilker Theater Productions. (TAMIR KALIFA/ AMERICAN-STATESMAN)

Friday-Saturday

“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 Allen Robertson. 11 a.m. Friday-Saturday. Tickets $17 and up.The Long Center, 701 W. Riverside Drive. thelongcenter.org

“The Wizard of Oz.” Zilker Summer Musical returns with adventure on the yellow brick road. 8:15 p.m. Friday-Saturday. Free, but donations welcome. Zilker Hillside Theatre, 2206 William Barton Drive. zilker.org.

Friday-Sunday

Alamo Kids Club. $1-$3 children’s movies, which support a local nonprofit. The Secret Life of Pets.” 10 a.m. Friday-Sunday, Lakeline. “Song of the Sea.” 10 a.m. Friday-Sunday, Slaughter Lane. “Speed Racer.” 10 a.m. Friday-Sunday, Mueller.

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.

Saturday

BookPeople events. Chandler Baker reads “This is Not the End.” 6 p.m. Saturday. Story times: Get Your Giggles. 11:30 a.m. Saturday. BookPeople, 603 N. Lamar Blvd. bookpeople.com.

Barnes & Noble 11 a.m. Saturday story time at all locations:“Goodnight Lab: A Scientific Parody.” Saturday.

ACT vs. SAT —What’s Right for Me? 10 a.m. Saturday, Ruiz Branch.

Bow Wow Reading with Bonnie the Dog. 11:30 a.m. Saturdays, Yarborough Branch.

 

Last year Bryan Mondragon, 7, yells for his mother and siblings to wait up as he packs his new backpack with more school supplies during the Austin Independent School District’s Back to School Bash 2015 held at the Palmer Events Center. RODOLFO GONZALEZ / AMERICAN-STATESMAN

AISD Back to School Bash. Get free backpacks and supplies, medical screenings and vaccinations with shot record. 9 a.m.-noon Saturday. Palmer Events Center, 900 Barton Springs Road. Buses leave from Guerrero Thompson and Summitt elementary schools; Bedichek, Martin, Mendez and Covington middle schools; and Lanier and Reagan high schools. austinisd.org/bash

Bastrop Back to School Bash. Receive free school supplies and more.8:30-10:30 a.m. Saturday at the Bastrop ISD Memorial Stadium in Cedar Creek. bisdtx.org

Back to School performance. Domain Northside is hosting Sol Scoundrel and the Bass. 10 a.m. to noon Saturday. domainnorthside.com.

Toybrary Austin. Date night babysitting. For ages 1-5. $25 first child, $10 siblings. 5-8 p.m. Saturdays. Toybrary Austin, 2001 Justin Lane. toybraryaustin.com

Summer Free Film Series: “Where the Wild Things Are.” 2 p.m. Saturday. Bullock Museum, 1800 N. Congress Ave. thestoryoftexas.com

Super Science Saturdays. 1 p.m. Saturday. George Washington Carver Museum, 1165 Angelina St.

Austin Ice Cream Festival. 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday. $15. Fiesta Gardens, 2101 Jesse E. Segovia St. austinicecreamfestival.com.

Dr. Katie Luke, chief veterinarian for the Humane Society, assists Nathaniel Morales, 4, with Scooby Doo, who has two hurt feet. Ralph Barrera/AMERICAN STATESMAN 2011.

Austin Humane Society kids event.  Teddy Bear Surgery. 1 p.m. Saturday. Register at austinhumanesociety.org. Humane Society, 124 W. Anderson Lane.

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

Thinkery. Baby Bloomers. Have an animal adventure. For infant to 3. Learn about the sea all month long. 9 a.m. Saturdays. Special guests throughout the month. $5. Thinkery, 1830 Simond Ave. thinkeryaustin.org

Contemporary Austin. Families Create: Ice Painting. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday. Free. Laguna Gloria, 3809 W. 35th St. thecontemporaryaustin.org

Saturday and Sunday

Austin Summer Musical for Children: “Jungle Book.” 9:15 a.m. Saturday, 11 a.m., 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. Saturday, , 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. Sunday. Free. Boyd Vance Theater at George Washington Carver Museum. 1165 Angelina St.

Hideout Kids Presents “Once Upon a Whaa?!” 11 a.m. Saturdays and Sundays through Aug. 27. Scottish Rite Theater, 207 W. 18th St. $12-$8. scottishritetheater.org

Thinkery.  Printmaking Galore. 11:15 a.m., 1:15 a.m. or 3:15 a.m. Saturday-Sunday, $8. Thinkery, 1830 Simond Ave. thinkeryaustin.org

Austin Summer Musical for Children: “Jungle Book.” 11 a.m. 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. Saturday, 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. Sunday. Free. Boyd Vance Theater at George Washington Carver Museum. 1165 Angelina St.

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

Sunday

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

“The Parent Trap.” See the original. 1 p.m. Sunday. $11. Paramount Theater, 713 Congress Ave. austintheatre.org

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

 

 

 

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

Storybook Dance Making. 2 p.m. Sunday, Recycled Reads Bookstore.

 

Plan ahead: Have fun this hot August with these family events in Austin

We know when you think of August in Austin, you think “Boy, it’s hot” and “Ugh, school is starting.” In between those two thoughts, have this one: Austin has a lot of fun things to do with families. Enjoy our list:

Events

Maggie Barnett, 3, and her sister Brooke, 1, have fun with a giant duck on hand for the Austin Duck Derby where 15,000 rubber ducks were launched from the Ann Richards Congress Avenue bridge into Lady Bird Lake and race to the finish line to win prizes. RALPH BARRERA/AMERICAN-STATESMAN 2016

Woodland Faerie Trail. See fairy houses on this trail. Through Aug. 6 Free with admission. Zilker Botanical Garden, 2220 Barton Springs Road. zilkergarden.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 Aug. 2. Reservations required, domainnorthside.com.

Austin Humane Society kids events. Humane Hero Hour with cats. 2 p.m. Aug. 1. Austin Wildlife Rescue. 1 p.m. Aug. 5. Story time with cats and dogs. 2 p.m. Aug. 8. Teddy Bear Surgery. 1 p.m. Aug. 12. Register at austinhumanesociety.org. Humane Society, 124 W. Anderson Lane.

Back to School STEM Saturday. Free STEM activities for the whole family. 9:30 a.m.-noon Aug. 5. Free. Girlstart. 1400 W. Anderson Lane. girlstart.org

Austin Duck Derby. See 15,000 rubber duckies floating through the river. 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Aug. 5. Ann W. Richards Congress Avenue Bridge. Benefits Austin Boys & Girls Clubs Foundation. austinduckderby.com

Big Don Kid Show. It’s a hip-hop storytelling show. 10 a.m. Aug. 6, Cherrywood Coffeehouse, 1400 E. 38th 1/2 St.

First Saturdays at the Carver. Enjoy family-friendly activities. 12:30 p.m. Aug. 5. Super Science Saturdays. 1 p.m. Aug. 12. George Washington Carver Museum. 1165 Angelina St.

Austin Ice Cream Festival. 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Aug. 12. $15. Fiesta Gardens, 2101 Jesse E. Segovia St. austinicecreamfestival.com.

Rhythm on Stage. Learn dances of popular music videos with Ballet Austin. 7:30 p.m. Aug. 3. Long Center, 701 Riverside Drive. thelongcenter.org

 

Katherine Van Hook, 10, hung out at the bat fest in her bat hat. Laura Skelding AMERICAN-STATESMAN 2007

Bat Fest. Celebrate all things bat with music, children’s activities and more. 4 p.m.-midnight Aug. 19. $15 adults, free for children younger than 8. Austin American-Statesman, 305 S. Congress Ave. roadwayevents.com

7th Annual Austin Pet Expo. See all kinds of pets and things for your pet. Free. Bring your pet. Palmer Event Center, 900 Barton Springs Road. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Aug. 19, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Aug. 20. austinpetexpo.com

Volunteer Kiley Ramos hands out backpacks to Scarlett and Kalee Moore with their grandma Renee Moore at Bastrop Back to School Bash. PHOTO BY FRAN HUNTER FOR BASTROP ADVERTISER 2016

Back to School

AISD Back to School Bash. Get free backpacks and supplies, medical screenings and vaccinations with shot record. 9 a.m.-noon Aug. 12. Palmer Events Center, 900 Barton Springs Road. Buses leave from Guerrero Thompson and Summitt elementary schools; Bedichek, Martin, Mendez and Covington middle schools; and Lanier and Reagan high schools. austinisd.org/bash

Bastrop Back to School Bash. Receive free school supplies and more.8:30-10:30 a.m. Aug. 12 at the Bastrop ISD Memorial Stadium in Cedar Creek. bisdtx.org

Round Rock ISD Partners in Education Foundation School Supplies Sunday/Kutz for Kidz Event. Get free supplies and more. Aug. 20 at Hernandez Middle School. rrisdeducationfoundation.org/school-supplies

Dell Children’s Medical Center will be at the Thinkery on Aug. 9, where your stuffed animal can be attended to. The Humane Society is offering Teddy Bear Surgery Aug. 12. Ralph Barrera/AMERICAN STATESMAN 2011

Museums

Bullock Museum. Make it Tuesdays: Texas Landmarks. 10 a.m. Aug. 1. Sense-sational Thursdays: History Detectives. 10 a.m. Aug. 3. Summer Free Family Film Series: “Secret of Kells.”2 p.m. Aug. 5. H-E-B Free First Sunday: Game On. Special family programs throughout the museum. 10 a.m. Aug. 6. Summer Free Film Series: “Where the Wild Things Are.” 2 p.m. Aug. 12. Bullock Museum, 1800 N. Congress Ave. thestoryoftexas.com

Thinkery. Community Night with Dell Children’s Medical Center of Central Texas. Bring your favorite stuffed animal and take him through different interactive stations. Free. First-come-first-served beginning at 4 p.m. Aug. 9. Community Night Spotlight on LGBTQ Family Pride. Sew a pride flag, cook up a healthy snack and more. Free. First-come-first-served beginning at 4 p.m. Aug. 16. Baby Bloomers. Have an animal adventure. For infant to 3. Learn about the sea all month long. 9 a.m. Mondays and Saturdays. Special guests throughout the month. $5. Suminagashi Fabrics. Learn the ancient Japanese marbling technique. 11:15 a.m., 1:15 a.m. or 3:15 a.m. Aug. 5-6, Aug. 19-20. $8. Printmaking Galore. 11:15 a.m., 1:15 a.m. or 3:15 a.m. Aug. 12-13, Aug. 26-27, $8. Thinkery, 1830 Simond Ave. thinkeryaustin.org

Family Day with Ashley Mireles. Learn to make cardboard relief prints like Mireles does. Free. 1-4 p.m. Aug. 6. Mexic-Arte Museum, 419 Congress Ave.

Contemporary Austin. Families Create: Ice Painting. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Aug. 12. 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. Aug. 9 and 23. Science Saturday: The Sun. Noon-4 p.m. Aug. 19. Star Party. Look at the stars. 9 p.m. Fridays. Texas Museum of Science & Technology, 1220 Toro Grande Drive, Cedar Park. txmost.org

Hill Country Science Mill. The Incredible Ball Machine grand opening. Step inside a large ball track that you can control with levers and pulleys. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Aug. 16. Hill Country Science Mill, 101 S. Lady Bird Lane, Johnson City. sciencemill.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. Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave. wildflower.org

Umlauf Sculpture Garden & Museum. Family Day. 10-4 p.m. Aug. 13. Free. Umlauf Sculpture Garden & Museum, 605 Robert E. Lee Road. umlaufsculpture.org

Toybrary Austin. Gardening Class. 10:45 a.m. Tuesdays. Free. Salt painting. 10:30 a.m. Aug. 2 $7. Date night babysitting. For ages 1-5. $25 first child, $10 siblings. 5-8 p.m. Saturdays.Pizza Party with Spunky Kids. 10:30 a.m. Aug. 10. $10 per child/adult pair. Africa Safari with Elizabeth Kahura. $10. 10:30 a.m. Aug. 11. Daddy & Me Drum Classes. 10:45 a.m. Aug. 15. $10. Clown Show with Silly Sparkles. 10:30 a.m. Aug. 24. $10. Toybrary Austin, 2001 Justin Lane. toybraryaustin.com

“Back to the Future” will be at Paramount Theatre.

Movies

Austin Film Society Sunday School. “The Incredible Shrinking Woman.” Austin Film Society presents this Lily Tomlin classic. 1 p.m. July 306 p.m. Aug. 1. “Small Change.” Francois Truffaut’s tale of raucous children. 11 a.m. Aug. 27, 7 p.m. Aug. 30. $9. Austin Film Society Cinema, 6406 N. Interstate 35, Suite 3100. austinfilmsociety.org

“E.T.” 1 p.m. Aug. 5. $5-9. Paramount Theater, 713 Congress Ave. austintheatre.org

Deep Eddy Splash Party Movie Night: “Moana.” 8 p.m. Aug. 5, Deep Eddy Pool. 401 Deep Eddy Ave.Pool admission applies.

“Back to the Future. 3:30 p.m. Aug. 5, 4:10 Aug. 6. $11. Paramount Theater, 713 Congress Ave. austintheatre.org

“The Parent Trap.” See the original. 1 p.m. Aug. 13. $11. Paramount Theater, 713 Congress Ave. austintheatre.org

Cinemark Summer Movie Clubhouse. Offers $1 movies 10 a.m. Monday through Thursdays at Round Rock 8. “The Angry Birds Movie,” July 31-Aug. 3, “Sing,” Aug. 7-10. cinemark.com/summer-movie-clubhouse.

Regal Summer Movie Express. 10 a.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays at Westgate Stadium 11 and Gateway Stadium 16. “Storks,” and “The Lego Batman Movie,” Aug. 1-2. Tickets are $1. regmovies.com/movies/summer-movie-express.

Alamo Kids Club. $1-$3 children’s movies, which support a local nonprofit. “Speed Racer.” 10 a.m. Aug. 1, Aug. 3, Lakeline. “Jumanji.” 10 a.m. Aug. 1-3, Slaughter Lane. 10 a.m. Aug. 4-10, Lakeline. 10 a.m. Aug. 11, Village. “The Secret Life of Pets.” 10 a.m. Aug. 1-3, Mueller. 9:50 a.m. Aug. 4, 10 a.m. Aug. 5-10, Slaughter Lane. 10 a.m. Aug. 11-17, Lakeline. “Song of the Sea.” 10 a.m. Aug. 1-3, Village. 10 a.m. Aug. 4-10, Mueller. 10 a.m. Aug. 11-17, Slaughter Lane. “Speed Racer.” 10 a.m. Aug. 11-Aug. 17, Mueller.

“Jurassic Park” with UT Dino Museum. The museum brings the bones and other science materials. You watch the movie. 7 p.m. Aug. 19 and Aug. 26. $25 a car, plus admission for more than 2 people. Blue Starlight Mini Urban Drive-in. 12419 Lowden Lane. bluestarlitedrivein.com

PBS Kids at the Alamo. “Ready Jet Go! The Moon and More.” 11 a.m. Aug. 20, Lakeline.

Andrew Cannata, Hannah Roberts and Jordan Barron perform in “The Wizard of Oz,” the 59th annual Zilker summer musical presented by Zilker Theater Productions. (TAMIR KALIFA/ AMERICAN-STATESMAN)

Theater

“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 Allen 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

“The Wizard of Oz.” Zilker Summer Musical returns with adventure on the yellow brick road. 8:15 p.m. Thursdays-Sundays through Aug. 12. Free, but donations welcome. Zilker Hillside Theatre, 2206 William Barton Drive. zilker.org.

Austin Summer Musical for Children: “Jungle Book.” 9:15 a.m. Aug. 12, 11 a.m. 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. Aug. 12, 19 and 26, 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. Aug. 13, 20 and 27. Free. Boyd Vance Theater at George Washington Carver Museum. 1165 Angelina St.

Hideout Kids Presents “Once Upon a Whaa?!” 11 a.m. Saturdays and Sundays Aug. 5-27. Scottish Rite Theater, 207 W. 18th St. $12-$8. scottishritetheater.org

Music

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

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.

Books

LBJ Presidential Library Summer Storytime. Austin Fire Department Chief Rhoda Mae Kerr will read a story followed by a visit from Austin Fire Department firefighters and a fire truck. 10 a.m. Aug. 11. LBJ Presidential Library and Museum, 2313 Red River St. www.lbjlibrary.org

BookPeople events. Chandler Baker reads “This is Not the End.” 6 p.m. Aug. 12. James Crowley reads “Monsterland.” 6 p.m. Aug. 19. Duncan Jones reads “The Zebra Just Couldn’t Decide.” 6 p.m. Aug. 22. Story times: Austin Summer Musical. 10:30 a.m. Aug. 1. Siblings Rock. 10:30 a.m. Aug. 2. Milly McSilly. 10:30 a.m. Aug. 8. Ms. Staci. 10:30 a.m. Aug. 9. Get Your Giggles. 11:30 a.m. Aug. 12. Armstrong Community Music School. 10:30 a.m. Aug. 15. Tiny Tails Petting Zoo. 10:30 a.m. Aug. 16. Back to School. 11:30 a.m. Aug. 19. Bilingual Boogie. 10:30 a.m. Aug. 22. Luchador Legends. 10:30 a.m. Aug. 23. Global Stories. 11:30 a.m. Aug. 26. Heartsong Music. 10:30 a.m. Aug. 29. Modern First Library. 10:30 a.m. Aug. 30.  BookPeople, 603 N. Lamar Blvd. bookpeople.com.

Barnes & Noble Events: Lego Boost. 3 p.m. Aug. 5, Lakeline. 11 a.m. Saturday story time at all locations: “Peterrific” and “Aqualicious.” Aug. 5. “Goodnight Lab: A Scientific Parody.” Aug. 12. “Nothing Rhymes with Orange.” Aug. 19. “How to Get Your Teacher Ready.” 11 a.m. Saturday.

At the library

Literature Live! Presents: “The Fifolet.” For ages 8-12.4 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.

Sew Happy. 5 p.m. Aug. 1, Manchaca Road Branch.

Camp Bluebonnet: “Whoosh! Lonnie Johnson’s Super-soaking Stream of Inventions.” 2 p.m. Aug. 2, Howson Branch. “Ada’s Violin: The Story of the Recycled Orchestra of Paraguay.” 2 p.m. Aug. 7, Howson Branch. “The Storyteller.” 2 p.m. Aug. 9, Howson Branch. “Follow the Moon Home.” 2 p.m. Aug. 14, Howson Branch. “The Princess and the Warrior.” 2 p.m. Aug. 16, Howson Branch.

Tween STEAM: LittleBits Theme Park. 3 p.m. Aug. 2, Spicewood Springs Branch.

Puppet Happy Hour. 6 p.m. Aug. 3. Recycled Reads Bookstore.

Bow Wow Reading with Bonnie the Dog. 11:30 a.m. Saturdays, Yarborough Branch. Reading with Aussie. 2 p.m. Aug. 10, North Village Branch.

Saturday Family Movie: “Beauty and the Beast.” (2017). 2 p.m. Aug. 5, Windsor Park Branch.

ACT vs. SAT —What’s Right for Me? 10 a.m. Aug. 5, 12, 19, Ruiz Branch.

Family Movie Night: “Sing.” 6:30 p.m. Aug. 8, Twin Oaks Branch.

Music and Movement. 11:30 a.m. Aug. 9, Manchaca Road Branch.

NBTween Book Club: “The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairy Land in Ship of Her Own Making.” 4 p.m. Aug. 9, Howson Branch. “The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate.” 6 p.m. Aug. 17, Twin Oaks Branch.

Kids Summer Film Fest. “Secret Life of Pets.” 2 p.m. Aug. 10, Old Quarry Branch.

Teen Manga Book Club. “Blue Exorcist.” 5:30 p.m. Aug. 10, Little Walnut Creek Branch.

Super Science Saturday. 1 p.m. Aug. 12, Carver Branch.

Austin Ukestra, ukulele group. 1 p.m. Aug. 13, Recycled Reads Bookstore.

Storybook Dance Making. 2 p.m. Aug. 13, Recycled Reads Bookstore.

This image released by Disney shows Dan Stevens as The Beast, left, and Emma Watson as Belle in a live-action adaptation of the animated classic “Beauty and the Beast.” (Disney via AP)

Teen Book Club: “The Impossible Knife of Memory.” 6:30 p.m. Aug. 15, Howson Branch. “A Monster Calls.” 6:30 p.m. Aug 17, Spicewood Springs Branch. “The Cats of Tanglewood Forest.” 6 p.m. Aug. 30, Spicewood Springs Branch.

Crafternoon. 3:30 p.m. Aug. 15, Howson Branch.

Family Craft Night. 6 p.m. Aug. 16, Howson Branch.

Mother-Daughter Book Club. “Smile.” 6 p.m. Aug. 16, Hampton Branch.

Family Movie Matinee. “Beauty and the Beast” (2017). 4 p.m. Aug. 16, Cepeda Branch.

Teen Book Club: “A Monster Calls.” 6:30 p.m. Aug. 17, Spicewood Springs Branch.

Family Movie Matinee: “Wizard of Oz.” 3:30 p.m. Aug. 18, Old Quarry Branch.

Back to School Book Sale. 10 a.m. Aug. 19, 2 p.m. Aug. 20, Yarborough Branch.

Fix It Clinic. Learn how to fix your broken stuff. Noon Aug. 19, Recycled Reads Book Store.

Solar Eclipse Afternoon: Make Pinhole Projectors. Noon Aug. 21, Howson Branch.

Night Builders Family Lego Lab. 7 p.m. Aug. 24, Hampton 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.
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  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.

Straight out of sci-fi: Testing out New Neutrogena Light Therapy Acne Mask

When dermatologist Dr. Ted Lain first talked to us about Neutrogena’s Light Therapy Acne Mask, he was pretty excited about it. He’d been trying it out at American Academy of Dermatology conference.

Actress Olivia Holt sells the Neutrogena mask on TV.

The cool thing about the mask was that it’s a scaled down version of some of the therapy he does in his office near Steiner Ranch, except you can get it at the grocery store for $40 for the mask and about $17 a month for the activator packet that charges the light.

How does it work? First you plug in the activator. Then you wash your face with cleanser and put on the mask, which covers your whole face plus your eyes. You press and hold the start button and then you’re supposed to relax for 10 minutes with the light on.

The light goes after inflammatory acne (that’s the acne that is a big red bump on the face). Not the acne that is a blackhead or a whitehead.

In theory, the blue light kills bacteria and the red light reduces inflammation.

While dermatologists have been using light therapy for years, Neutrogena’s mask uses a much lower level energy than what doctors use.

“You have to take it with a grain of salt,” Lain says. “You’re not going to clear it 100 percent, but you could be 40 percent to 50 percent clearer.”

Dr. Ted Lain tried out the Neutrogena mask at a conference.
RALPH BARRERA / AMERICAN-STATESMAN

You still have to wash your face to get rid of the  debris on your face.

So, we asked one of our 13-year-old Girl Scouts to try it. She did it a couple of times. First, it was a little bit weird, she said. It didn’t hurt, but the light was really bright on her eyes even if she closed them.

Second, it was really boring. “You have to sit there for 10 minutes and you can’t do anything.”

Third, she never remembered to do it.

And therein lies the problem with all face products and the teenager. They don’t remember to use them.

“The biggest issue is compliance,” Lain said. “With a Type A personality child, this would be perfect.”

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There are two new over-the-counter products Lain is also excited about:

The first is lipohydroxy acid, which is related to salicyclic acid, but causes less irritation while it exfoliates, kills bacteria and helps with acne. It comes in La Roche Posay acne products, such as the Effaclar line.

The other is Differin, which is now over the counter. It’s a retinoid (like Retin-A, or tretinoin), so you have to worry about irritation and sun sensitivity. It’s applied as a thin layer on the face at night. And you should use moisturizer and sunscreen when you are using it.

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New “JJ’s Arcade” from Zach Theatre, Teatro Vivo among best family theater in Austin

 

“JJ’s Arcade” again confirms why Zach Theatre’s education department is doing the most innovative theater for families in town. Teamed up with Teatro Vivo and playwright and University of Texas alum José Casas, Zach reaffirms it’s commitment to doing bilingual theater that all children in Central Texas can see themselves within and can be understood by Spanish and nonSpanish speakers.  It’s also the first time that Zach is working at the Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center’s theater.

José Joaquín Hernández (Alessandro Sánchez) and Oscar Torres (Ben Bazán) do a special handshake over a new game in “JJ’s Arcade.” Kirk Tuck

The story, which was inspired by the YouTube video Caine’s Arcade, tells of sixth-grade student José Joaquín Hernandez (played by Diego Rodríguez and Alessandro Sánchez. We saw Alessandro at the performance we reviewed). Joaquín is a kid who loves to live in his dream world, which is illustrated by a fog machine and a video screen that shows us his universe. In his imagination, his mother (Martinique Duchene-Phillips), who died three months before, is still with him. He builds her a castle that looks like the Minecraft castles many in the audience build in their spare time. In his imagination, he can tell stories and words make sense to him.

Mario Hernández (Mario Mario Ramírez) and José Joaquín Hernández (Alessandro Sánchez) find common ground over a love of Plinko in “JJ’s Arcade.” Kirk Tuck

In his real world, he is living with his grieving father Mario (Mario Ramirez), who doesn’t know how to talk to his son or to handle it when Joaquín is suspended for school for fighting or the fact that Joaquín is failing because he struggles with reading. The adults in the audience will know that Joaquín has dyslexia and hasn’t received the intervention services he should be getting at school.

When he spends time in his father’s auto repair shop during his suspension, Joaquín turns cardboard boxes into arcade games. The kids in our school audience loved each time a new game would appear. They stood in their seats to better see the game. They loved watching the characters play the games and the suspense of waiting to see if the game would work and  just how many tickets the character will win.

Of course, the character that got the biggest laughs from our audiences was the sidekick, Oscar ((Ben Bazán). Oscar works in Mario’s shop and is encouraging Joaquín all along the way. While Mario wants Joaquín to concentrate on school so Joaquín won’t have to work as hard as he does, Oscar can’t wait to see what game Joaquín will come up with next.

Oscar helps Joaquín record a video for his arcade to help the kids at school believe him that he really does have an arcade. Oscar takes that commercial and gets it posted on Facebook. Of course, magic happens and a line forms around the block to play JJ’s Arcade.

In between is a lesson on how fathers and sons communicate with each other, how a father’s need for his son to be tough ignores the pain his son is feeling. It’s also a lesson in different learning styles and using your imagination.

Zach, Teatro Vivo and Casas created magic on that stage. Their characters reflect our community and feel real with real life problems. At its core, there is such heart in this play. Your kids will love it not for all that messaging. They’ll love it because Oscar is hysterical, Joaquín creates cool games and the video screen animation is how they increasingly think of their imaginations: ones that involve building castles in Minecraft and Lego-like blocks.

Casas has created a play, nurtured by Austin talent, that hopefully other theaters around the country will pick up. And while, Zach’s education department is funded by better-known stories like “Elephant &Piggie: We’re In a Play” and “Charlotte’s Web”, my hope is that the public audiences take a chance on plays like “JJ’s Arcade.”

“JJ’s Arcade.”

For ages 7 and up.

When: 7 p.m. Fridays, 2 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays except April 30, April 14-May 7. 2 p.m. April 29 sign-language-interpreted and sensory-friendly performance.

Where: Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center, 600 River St.

Tickets: $13-$15.

Information: zachtheatre.org

 

Step into the world of “The Imaginators” at Austin Playhouse and celebrate imagination

Griselda Silva and Chase Brewer star in “The Imaginators” at Austin Playhouse.

UPDATE: “The Imaginators” has had to cancel the shows for April 21 and April 22 because of construction at Highland Mall.

What happens when a brother and sister are new to town and meet their imaginative neighbor? The stories unfold in a garage full of boxes, waiting to be unpacked in “The Imaginators.”

“The Imaginators” is the newest theater for families play at Austin Playhouse. It’s an ode to the importance of children continuing to tell stories and using their imaginations. Older sister Anne (Jess Hughes) is skeptical of neighbor Nina’s zest for the imagination. Anne wants to play with Nina, but she’d rather they go on her computer in her room or write down stories. Meanwhile, brother Tim (Chase Brewer) is all in with the zany world that Nina (Griselda Silva) creates. He’s a dreamer himself.

But they all get on the imagination train as Nina tells the story of her older brother William (Harold Fisch). When William comes over to look for Nina, Nina turns him into the Mooklecratz, a child-eating monster. Anne becomes the queen in charge of a magical kingdom. Together, they must fight Mooklecratz.

Griselda Silva and Chase Brewer star in “The Imaginators” at Austin Playhouse.

The fun begins when they feel the Mooklecratz’s breath or see his red eyes or see his tail rise up. The set, which is just a bunch of boxes, comes an active part of the storytelling. Kids are on the edge of their seat waiting to see where the Mooklecratz will pop up next.

The beginning of the story takes patience, something our school audience didn’t have. They squirmed and sighed as actors went through page after page of dialogue. Important messages were delivered about being weird and embracing it, about not fitting in, about family dynamics, but it all felt a little preachy. Once the monster (who isn’t very scary) starts to appear, though, the audience’s attention was fully drawn to the stage.

The best part was after the play was over. The kids got to ask questions. Many wanted to know how the monster is done: How did the smoke get made? How did the red eyes work? How did the tail rise up? Where did the monster disappear when they moved the boxes? Fisch brought out the props and Silva showed them just how people can disappear behind the stage.

It was a lesson in the magic of theater delivered.

“The Imaginators.”

For elementary-school age.

When: 2 p.m. April 15 and 22, noon April 21.

Where: Austin Playhouse at Austin Community College’s Highland Campus., 6001 Airport Blvd. (Follow the signs to the south entrance of the building.)

Tickets: Free, but make reservations.

Information: austinplayhouse.com.