What are you doing with the kids this Labor Day weekend? Sept. 1-4


It’s a long weekend in Central Texas, and because it’s a holiday weekend, our calendar might not be as full with events. Never worry.

This would be a perfect weekend to check out our Top 25 Best Playgrounds. It will be sunny to partly cloudy with highs in the low 90s all weekend.

If you do go, don’t forget to bring the mosquito repellent. Hurricane Harvey brought a lot of destruction throughout Texas as well as the mosquitoes.

And, if you have family in town from an evacuated area of Texas, they can go to Catch Air’s two locations and get in free.

Here are some events happening:

Enjoy the Ladybird Johnson Wildflower Center. DEBORAH CANNON / AMERICAN-STATESMAN


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

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

Ollie Mae Barnet and Luna Santana play in the Light Lab at the Thinkery. RESHMA KIRPALANI / AMERICAN-STATESMAN 2013


Toybrary Austin. Unicorn Party. Believe in unicorns and celebrate them. 10:30 -11:30 a.m. Saturday. $10. Date night babysitting. For ages 1-5. $25 first child, $10 siblings. 5-8 p.m. Saturdays. Toybrary Austin, 2001 Justin Lane. toybraryaustin.com

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. Learn about colors. For infant to 3. 9 a.m. Saturdays (Not happening on Monday this week.). Special guests throughout the month. $5. Thinkery, 1830 Simond Ave. thinkeryaustin.org

BookPeople. Story time: New Books. 11:30 a.m. Saturday. BookPeople, 603 N. Lamar Blvd. bookpeople.com

Barnes & Noble. 11 a.m. Saturday story time at all locations: “Uni the Unicorn” and “Dream Come True,” Saturday.

“Library Live.” Free concert. 2 p.m. Saturday, Carver Branch.

Saturday Family Movie, “Smurfs: Lost Village.” 2 p.m. Saturday, Windsor Park Branch.

“Smurfts: The Lost Village” will be showing at the library on Saturday. Sony Pictures Animation


Thinkery. Decoding DNA. Extract DNA from fruit and vegetables. For ages 4 and up. 11:15 a.m., 1:15 p.m. and 3:15 p.m. Saturday-Monday. $8. Thinkery, 1830 Simond Ave. thinkeryaustin.org

Hill Country Science Mill. Scavenger Hunt. Explore the museum’s newest exhibits including the Incredible Ball Machine, the fossil dig and the Axolotl salamanders. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday and Monday. Hill Country Science Mill, 101 S. Lady Bird Lane, Johnson City. sciencemill.org


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


Bullock MuseumH-E-B Free First Sunday. Special family programs throughout the museum. Noon Sunday. Bullock Museum, 1800 N. Congress Ave. thestoryoftexas.com

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

Neill-Cochran House Museum. History Lab: Make It Yourself. Make whirligigs, pinwheels or buzzers. 1 p.m.-4 p.m. Sunday. Free. 2310 San Gabriel St. nchmuseum.org


Thinkery. Building Biology. Learn about synthetic biology with scientists as a family. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Monday. Free with admission. Little Builders. 9:30 a.m. 1-year-olds, 10:30 a.m. 2-year-olds, 11:30 a.m. 3-year-olds. Monday. $20. Thinkery, 1830 Simond Ave. thinkeryaustin.org



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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