Weekend family fun forecast: sunny days and new things to try, Sept. 8-10

Enjoy the slightly cooler temperatures (highs in the upper 80s) and the sunny skies this weekend. Check out these family events:

Evan Lynch, right, paints his alligator scales with teacher Iris Whitesnake and fellow camper Zane Laster at the the Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center summer camp. The center will be offering free art making on Saturday. Shelby Tauber/ American-Statesman


Thinkery.  Parent’s Night Out. You see a movie at Alamo Drafthouse Mueller, your kids ages 4 to 10 play at the Thinkery. 5:30-10 p.m. Friday. $45 first child, $25 second child. Thinkery, 1830 Simond Ave. thinkeryaustin.org

Thinkery. 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

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. Fridays. Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave. wildflower.org


Thinkery. Baby Bloomers. Learn about colors. For infant to 3. 9 a.m. Saturday. Special guests throughout the month. $5. Thinkery, 1830 Simond Ave. thinkeryaustin.org

Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center. Sábados en Familia. 10 a.m. Saturday. Free classes for the whole family as well as lunch. Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center, 600 River St. austintexas.gov

Contemporary Austin. Families Create: Lost Civilizations. Create a work of art inspired by totem poles. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday. Free. Laguna Gloria, 3809 W. 35th St. thecontemporaryaustin.org

Wildflower Center. 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. Toybrary Austin, 2001 Justin Lane. toybraryaustin.com

“Strong as Sandow” (Charlesbridge, $17.99) by Don Tate.

BookPeople events. Don Tate reads “Stong as Sandow.” 2 p.m. Saturday. Story time. Spectacular Superheroes. 11:30 a.m. Saturday. BookPeople, 603 N. Lamar Blvd. bookpeople.com

Barnes & Noble 11 a.m. Saturday story time at all locations: “How to Catch a Monster,” Saturday.

Saturday and Sunday

Back to School Makershop. Make your own pencil bag. For ages 4 and up. 11:15 a.m. and 1:15 p.m. Sunday. $8. For ages 8 and up. 3:15 p.m. Sunday. Thinkery, 1830 Simond Ave. thinkeryaustin.org

Zach Theatre presents “The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe.” Head to Narnia in the C.S. Lewis tale. 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday. Show continues through Feb. 10. $18-$24. Whisenhunt Stage, 1510 Toomey Road. zachtheatre.org

Ballet Austin’s “Come Dance” event allows you to try a variety of dance classes for free. Contributed by Ballet Austin


Come Dance. Ballet Austin’s annual free day of dance. RSVP is encouraged to help Ballet Austin plan. 1 p.m.-5:30 p.m. Sunday. Ballet Austin’s Butler Dance Education Center, 501 W. Third St. balletaustin.org.

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

BookPeople events. Events: Cory Putnam Oakes reads “Witchtown.” 3 p.m. Sunday. BookPeople, 603 N. Lamar Blvd. bookpeople.com

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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