Looking ahead: Check out my family events calendar for August

We’re looking ahead to what’s happening for families in August. Did we miss something? Email nvillalpando@statesman.com.


Bullock Museum. Storytime Mondays: Texas Animals, 11 a.m. Aug. 1; Summer Memories, 11 a.m. Aug. 8. Wednesday Workshops: Create a Fossil, 11 a.m. Aug. 3; Nature Writing, 11 a.m. Aug. 10. Discovery Fridays: Native Mammals, 11 a.m., Aug. 5; Exciting Artifacts, 11 a.m. Aug. 12. Summer Free Family Film Series: “A Cat in Parts,” 2 p.m. Aug. 6 and “The Secret of Nimh,” 2 p.m. Aug. 20. Bullock Museum, 1800 N. Congress Ave. thestoryoftexas.com.

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
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

Thinkery. “Silly Science.” For 12-24 months, 9:45 a.m. Aug. 6. $20 one child and adult. For 24-36 months, 10:45 a.m. Aug. 6, $20 one child and adult. “Tracking Termites.” For ages 4-7. 11:15 a.m., 1:15 p.m. and 3:15 p.m. Aug6-7, 20-21. $8 per person. “Simple Stitches.” For ages 4-7. Create a stuffed animal. 12:15 p.m. Aug. 13-14, Aug. 27-28. $8 per person. “Polymear Wearables.” For ages 8 and older. 2:15 p.m. and 4:15 p.m. Aug. 13-14, Aug. 27-28. $8 per person. Baby Bloomers for ages birth to 3. All Around series. Zilker Park, 9 a.m. Aug. 1 with storyteller Mrs. Purple Urple and Amstrong Community School. Austin Zoo, 9 a.m. Aug. 6 with Tiny Tails to You Petting Zoo; and 9 a.m. Aug. 8 with animal friends and music by Miss Ariel. Mount Bonnell and Mayfield Park. 9 a.m. Aug. 13; and 9 a.m. Aug. 15, both with Music Forever, Music Together; Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, 9 a.m. Aug. 20 with Music Forever, Music Together;and 9 a.m. Aug. 22 with Hey Lolly Band. Univeristy of Texas, 9 a.m. Aug. 27; and 9 a.m. Aug. 29, both with Heartsong Music; $4.50. Thinkery, 1830 Simond Ave. Thinkeryaustin.org.

Umlauf Sculpture Garden. Kids Kraft program on Saturday afternoons for kids in kindergarten through second grade. Shadow Sculptures, 10 a.m. Aug. 6; and Mad Mobiles, 10 a.m. Aug. 13. $15. Family Day. Enjoy yoga, story time, sculpting and more. Free. Noon-4 p.m. Aug. 14. umlaufsculpture.org.

Contemporary Austin. Families Create! Make ice paintings.. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Aug. 13. Laguna Gloria, 3809 W. 35th St. thecontemporaryaustin.org.

Texas Museum of Science & Technology Star Party. Every Friday in August, look at the stars in the parking lot. 8-10 p.m. Fridays. Science Saturday. Learn about the Science of Flavor with Amy’s Ice Creams. 4-6 p.m. Aug. 27. Texas Museum of Science & Technology, 1220 Toro Grande Drive, Cedar Park. txmost.org.


Summer Stock Austin: “The Addams Family.” 7:30 p.m. Aug. 1, Aug. 5-6, 10, 12-13. 2 p.m. Aug. 7. $34 adults, $27 children and seniors. “The Steadfast Soldier.” A new musical from The Biscuit Brothers. 10 a.m Aug. 5-6, Aug. 8-10, Aug. 12-13. $17 adults, $12 children and seniors. “Carnival.” 7:30 p.m. Aug. 3-4, 7, 9 and 11. 2 p.m. Aug. 6, 11-13. $34 adults, $27 children and seniors. Long Center, 701 W. Riverside Drive. thelongcenter.org.

Kyle G. Stephens as Shrek and Sara Burke as Fiona star in "Shrek the Musical" at Zilker Hillside Theatre through Aug. 13. (Photo credit to Dave Keslick, courtesy of Zilker Theatre Productions)
Kyle G. Stephens as Shrek and Sara Burke as Fiona star in “Shrek the Musical” at Zilker Hillside Theatre through Aug. 13.
(Photo credit to Dave Keslick, courtesy of Zilker Theatre Productions)

“Shrek The Musical.” Zilker Summer Musical is back. Free. 8:15 p.m. Thursdays-Sundays, through Aug. 13. Zilker Hillside Theater, 2206 William Barton Drive. zilker.org

“Mary Poppins.” See everyone’s favorite nanny come to life. $29-$79. 7:30 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday, 2:30 p.m. Sunday through Sept. 4. Zach Theatre’s Topfer Theatre, 202 S. Lamar Blvd. zachtheatre.org.

“Robin Hood and Maid Marian’s Wedding.” Sherwood Forest Faire presents this play. 11 a.m. Aug. 6-7, 13-14, 20-21; 8 p.m. Aug. 13. $12 adults, $8 children. Scottish Rite Theater, 207 W. 18th St. scottishritetheater.org.


Paramount Theatre Classic Film Series. “Aladdin,” 1 p.m. Aug. 6. “Jurassic Park” 5:30 p.m. Aug. 6 and 2 p.m. Aug. 7. “Annie,” 1 p.m. Aug. 14. “Mary Poppins,” 1 p.m. Aug. 20. $10 adults, $5 kids. Paramount Theatre, 713 Congress Ave. austintheatre.org.

The Alamo Drafthouse Kids Camp. “Babe,” 10:55 a.m. Aug. 1-4, Lakeline. “Minions,” 10:25 a.m. Aug. 1-4, Slaughter Lane. “The Karate Kid,” 10:20 a.m. Aug. 5, 10:25 a.m. Aug. 6-11, Slaughter Lane. “The Dark Crystal,” Aug. 12-18, Slaughter Lane. “The Lego Movie,” 10 a.m. Aug. 19-25, Slaughter Lane. “Horton Hears a Who,” 11 a.m. Aug. 1-4, Village. “Shaun the Sheep,” 11 a.m. Aug. 5-11, Village. Reserve tickets for $1-$3 donation online. drafthouse.com.

Regal Summer Movie Express. 10 a.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays at Westgate Stadium 11. “The Croods” and “The Lorax,” Aug. 2-3. Tickets are $1. regmovies.com/movies/summer-movie-express.

Cinemark Summer Movie Clubhouse. Offers $1 movies Monday through Thursday at Round Rock 8 and Cedar Park. “Shaun the Sheep,” Aug. 1-4. “Max,” Aug. 8-11. cinemark.com/summer-movie-clubhouse.


Sisters Stephanie, 5, left, and Jacquelin Costilla, 4, right, try on their new backpacks RALPH BARRERA/ AMERICAN-STATESMAN
Sisters Stephanie, 5, left, and Jacquelin Costilla, 4, right, try on their new backpacks

Back to School Bash. Attend a fair of 150 community groups while getting vaccinations, vision examsand eye glasses. Free backpacks while supplies last. 9 a.m.-noon Aug. 6. Palmer Events Center. Free shuttles from Bedicheck, Covington, Martin and Mendez middle school; Guerrero Thompson and Summitt elementary schools; and Reagan and Lanier high schools. austinisd.org/bash

Austin Ice Cream Festival. 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Aug. 13. $15. Fiesta Gardens, 2101 Jesse E. Segovia St. austinicecreamfestival.com

Back to School Bash. Activities to celebrate going bakc to school. 10 a.m. Aug. 20. Dove Springs Recreation Center, 5801 Ainez Drive.

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey “Circus XTreme.” 7:30 p.m. Aug. 24-27; 11:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Aug. 27; 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. Aug. 28. $10-$70. Everyone 2 and older must have one. Erwin Center, 1701 Red River St. www.uterwincenter.com


BookPeople events. Carnival of Books. Book-themed activities for all ages. 11:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Aug. 13. Story times. Arts are the Best, 10:30 a.m. Aug. 3; Simply Seussical, 10:30 a.m. Aug. 3; Down on the Farm, 11:30 a.m. Aug. 6; Alligators and Crocodiles, 10:30 a.m. Aug. 9; Staci Gray sings, 10:30 a.m. Aug. 10; A Very Special BookPeople Storytime, 11:30 a.m. Aug. 13; Armstrong Community Music School, 10:30 a.m. Aug. 16; Tiny Tials to You Petting Zoo, 10:30 a.. Aug. 17; Back to School, 11:30 a.. Aug. 20; Around the World, 10:30 a..m Aug. 23; Monkey in the Middle, 10:30 a.m. Aug. 24; and Classic Picture Books, 11:30 a.m. Aug. 27. BookPeople, 603 N. Lamar Blvd. bookpeople.com

Barnes & Noble Events: Get Pop Cultured: Marvel, Trivia, activities and more. 7 p.m. Aug. 6, all locations. Lego Build Event. 4 p.m. Aug. 20, all locations. 11 a.m. Saturday story times at all locations: “Dinosaurs Love Underpants,” Aug. 6; “Milk Goes to School,” Aug. 13; “Mira Forecasts the Future,” Aug. 20; Summer Reading Triathlon, Aug. 27. Other story times: “The Fairiest Fairy,” 11 a.m. Aug. 2, Round Rock; “The Hole Story of the Doughnut,” 7 p.m. Aug. 5, Round Rock; “It Came in the Mail,” 11 a.m. Aug. 9, Round Rock; “Beachy and Me,” 7 p.m. Aug. 12, Round Rock; “The Secret Life of Figgy Mustardo,” 11 a.m. Aug. 16, Round Rock; “Elliot Gets Lost,” 7 p.m. Aug. 19, Round Rock; “A Tiger Tail,” 11 a.m. Aug. 23, Round Rock; “Bear’s Big Day,” 11 a.m. Aug. 26, Round Rock; “Make Way for Readers,’ 11 a.m. Aug. 30, Round Rock.

At the library


Positive RePrecussions: Family Rhythm Jam. 2 p.m. Aug. 5, Terrazas Branch.

Echo and the Bats. 2 p.m. Aug. 4, University Hills.

Music and Movement. 11 a.m.Aug. 19, Howson Branch.

Summer Animation Double Feature: “Phantom Tollbooth” and “Justice League New Frontier.” 2:15 p.m. Aug. 7, Yarborough Branch.

Family Movie Night: “Song of the Sea.” 5:30 p.m. Aug. 15, Carver Branch.

Saturday Movie Matinee: “Hotel Transylvania 2.” 2 p.m. Aug. 6, University Hills Branch; “Zootopia,” 2 p.m. Aug. 6, Windsor Park Branch; “The Good Dinosaur,” 2 p.m. Aug. 13, Unviersity Hills Branch; “Shaun the Sheep,” 2 p.m. Aug. 27, University Hills Branch.


Literature Live! presents “Puppet Olympics.” 2 p.m. Monday, Windsor Park Branch; 4 p.m. Aug. 8, Howson Branch; 4 p.m. Aug. 9, Twin Oaks Branch; 4 p.m. Aug. 10, Manchaca Road Branch.


Dave Williams feeds llamas, goats and emus at Crowe’s Nest Farms. Ralph Barrera/American-Statesman

There’s Something Fishy Going on in Texas. 4 p.m. Aug. 1, Howson Branch; 2 p.m. Aug. 11, University Hills Branch; 2 p.m. Aug. 12, Terrazas Branch.

Crowe’s Nest Farm visits. 4 p.m. Aug. 2, Twin Oaks Branch.

Read to Bonnie the Dog. 11:30 a.m. Aug. 6, Yarborough Branch; 11:30 a.m Aug. 20, Yarborough Branch.


Sew Happy. 5 p.m. Aug. 2, Manchaca Road Branch.

Crafternoon. 2 p.m. Aug. 8, Carver Branch; 3:30 p.m. Aug. 23, Howson Branch.

Other events

Chess Giants. Play with giant chess pieces. 11 a.m. Aug. 3, Faulk Central Library; 11 a.m. Aug. 17, Faulk Central Library.

Gusto the Great. 4 p.m. Aug. 3, Manchaca Road Branch.

Back to Hogwarts! Noon, every Sunday in August, Faulk Central Library.

StoryBook Dance Making. 2 p.m. Aug. 14,  Recycled Reads Bookstore.

NBTween Book Club “Roller Girl,” For ages 8-12 and their adult. 4 p.m. Aug. 10, Howson Branch. “The Vanishing Coin,” 6 p.m. Aug. 17, Yarborough Branch; “Chasing Vermeer,” 6 p.m. Aug. 18, Twin Oaks Branch.

Mother Daughter Book Club, “Flora & Ulysses,” 6 p.m. Aug. 17, Hamton Branch.

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