Hot and sunny Mother’s Day weekend for these family events, May 12-14

Maker Faire Austin features interactive exhibits and hands-on workshops on everything from making soaps to using 3D printers. Contributed by Maker Faire Austin

It’s going to be a gorgeous Mother’s Day weekend. Hint: Dads, take the kids to these events and let mom have a day/weekend to herself — after breakfast in bed, of course.


KUTX Live at Mueller. Spare the Rock brings together family-friendly music. This month it’s Yes Ma’am Brass Band. 7 p.m. Friday. Free. Lake Park Amphitheater.

Tinkering Tots: Mini Music Makers! 9:45 a.m. Fridays for 2-year-olds; 10:45 a.m. Fridays for 3-year-olds through May 26. Thinkery, 1830 Simond Ave.

Star Party. Look at the stars. 8 p.m. Fridays. Texas Museum of Science & Technology, 1220 Toro Grande Drive, Cedar Park.

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

Art Workshops: Shaping Spaces. 4 p.m. Friday, Southeast Branch.

Screenwriting Class. 4 p.m. Friday, Manchaca Road Branch.

Friday Movie Matinee: “Pete’s Dragon.” 3 p.m. Friday, Old Quarry Branch.

Family Night. Lone Star Victims Advocacy Project hosts 4-9 p.m. Friday with 35 percent of proceeds going to help abuse survivor. Mt. Playmore, 13609 N. Interstate 35.


“Never Grow Up: A Disney Art Show.” Mondo Gallery presents this show through Saturday. Mondo Gallery, 4115 Guadalupe St.

“Playing Possum” from Pollyanna Theatre Co. is at the Long Center this week and next.


Disney on Ice: Dream Big. Tinkerbell takes you on a tour of some of Disney’s favorite characters. 7:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 11:30 p.m. Saturday, 3:30 p.m. Saturday, 1 p.m. Sunday. $12.75-$47.75. H-E-B Center, 2100 Avenue of the Stars, Cedar Park.

“Playing Possum: A Trickster Tale from Mexico.” Pollyanna Theater presents a folk tale. 11:30 a.m. Friday; 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. $10-$14. The Long Center, 701 W. Riverside Drive.


Contemporary Austin. Families Create: Recycled Robots. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday.Free. Laguna Gloria, 3809 W. 35th St.

Geology and Fossil Hunt. Shoal Creek Conservancy and Austin Science & Nature Center team together for this event. Free. 9 a.m. Saturday. Seider Springs Park, 1380 W. 34th St.

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

Umlauf Sculpture Garden & Museum. Kids Kraft Art ′Zines. 9 a.m. Saturday kindergarten through second grade; 11 a.m. Saturday third through fifth grade. $15. Umlauf Sculpture Garden & Museum, 605 Robert E. Lee Road.

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

Clay bowls and magnets. 10:30 a.m. Saturday. $10. Toybrary Austin, 7817 Rockwood Lane, Suite 101.

BookPeople story time. Blanton Museum of Art, 11:30 a.m. Saturday.

Barnes & Noble Events: Amy Jackson reads “Cassandra and the Night Sky,” 11 a.m. Saturday, Arboretum. Saturday story times 11 a.m. at all locations: Mother’s Day Story time, Saturday.

Saturday Family Movie: “Jason Bourne,” 2 p.m. Saturday, University Hills Branch.

Community Block Party. Facebook and Austin Moms’ Network host this event for local entrepreneurs, with kids activities such as karaoke, crafts and childcare. Noon-4 p.m. May 13,  The Belmont, 305 W. Sixth St.

Dell Seton Medical Center at The University of Texas open house. Play the giant Operation game, tour the hospital and see robot demonstrations from Diligent Droids. Special activities for kids hosted by Thinkery and local high school students. 1-5 p.m. Saturday. Dell Seton Medical Center at The University of Texas, 1500 Red River St.


Maker Faire Austin. See artists, scientists and crafters make things, and make some things with them. $9-$30. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Palmer Events Center, 900 Barton Springs Road.

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


Family Day. The Art & Geometry of Sebastián’s Transformables. Fold paper in art inspired by Sebastián. 1-4 p.m. Sunday. Free. Mexic-Arte, 419 Congress Ave.

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 She tweets at @raisingaustin.

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