Enjoy this Austin summer weekend with the family while you can, Aug. 4-6

Next weekend is tax-free weekend. That really means that this school thing will be starting soon. Savor this weekend with your family by doing something fun together. The highs will only be in the upper 90s. Hooray!

Here are some ideas:

Maggie Barnett, 3, and her sister Brooke, 1, have fun with a giant duck on hand at the Austin Duck Derby. RALPH BARRERA/AMERICAN-STATESMAN


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

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

Literature Live! Presents: “The Fifolet.” For ages 8-12. 3 p.m Friday, Little Walnut Creek Branch.


“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. 11 a.m. Friday; 10 a.m. Saturday. Tickets $17 and up. Summer Stock Austin also has one-day camps that include a performance Friday. $50. The Long Center, 701 W. Riverside Drive. thelongcenter.org

Family programs at Zilker Botanical Garden include fairy landscaping and tea parties, learning about pioneer days and exploring plants. Credit: Zilker Botanical Garden


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

Alamo Kids Club. $1-$3 children’s movies, which support a local nonprofit.  “Jumanji.”  10 a.m. Friday-Sunday, Lakeline. “The Secret Life of Pets.” 9:50 a.m. Friday, 10 a.m. Saturday-Sunday, Slaughter Lane. “Song of the Sea.” 10 a.m. Friday-Sunday, Mueller.

“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 Humane Society kids event. Austin Wildlife Rescue. 1 p.m. Saturday. 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 Saturday. 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. Saturday. Ann W. Richards Congress Avenue Bridge. Benefits Austin Boys & Girls Clubs Foundation. austinduckderby.com

First Saturdays at the Carver. Enjoy family-friendly activities. 12:30 p.m. Saturday. George Washington Carver Museum, 1165 Angelina St.

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

Summer Free Family Film Series: “Secret of Kells.” 2 p.m. Saturday. Bullock Texas State History Museum, 1800 N. Congress Ave. thestoryoftexas.com

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

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

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

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

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

Barnes & Noble Events: Lego Boost. 3 p.m. Saturday, Lakeline. 11 a.m. Saturday story time at all locations: “Peterrific” and “Aqualicious.”

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

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

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

“Back to the Future” is at the Paramount Theatre.


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

Thinkery. Suminagashi Fabrics. Learn the ancient Japanese marbling technique. 11:15 a.m., 1:15 a.m. or 3:15 a.m. Saturday-Sunday. $8. Thinkery, 1830 Simond Ave. thinkeryaustin.org

“Back to the Future. 3:30 p.m. Saturday; 4:10 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

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

Family Day with Ashley Mireles. Learn to make cardboard relief prints like Mireles does. Free. 1-4 p.m. Sunday. Mexic-Arte Museum, 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 austin360.com/raisingaustin. She tweets at @raisingaustin.

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