Shark Week, African safaris and more family adventures in Austin, July 27-29

With temps hovering around 100 this weekend, it might feel like a break from the 108 earlier this week. What will you do with the kids this weekend?

Check out our list:


Teen Turn Up. Teens ages 11-17 enjoy teen parties all summer long at Austin’s recreation centers. Pool Palooza, 6-9 p.m. Friday, Dittmar Recreation Center, 1009 W. Dittmar Road.

Elizabeth Kahura will be at the Toybrary Austin for an African Safari program. RODOLFO GONZALEZ / AMERICAN-STATESMAN

Toybrary Austin African Safari Programs. Folk tales, drumming, dancing, singing and more. 10:30 p.m. Friday, $12 per child. Toybrary Austin, 2001 Justin Lane.

Blanton Museum. This is the final week for the Blanton’s children’s programs. Deeper Dives for ages 8-10, 10 a.m. Friday; Free Diving for ages 11-14, 1 p.m. Friday. Blanton Museum. 200 E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.

Music at the Austin Public Library. The Telephone Company. 2 p.m. Friday, Yarborough Branch.

Teen Videogame Free Play. 2 p.m. Fridays, Central Library.

Lego Lab. 3 p.m. Friday, Cepeda Branch.

Art Smart “We Read” Community Mural Project. 1 p.m. Friday, Pleasant Hill Branch.

It’s Shark Week next week at the Science Mill. Discovery Channel


Zilker Botanical Garden opens its Woodland Faerie Trail now through Aug. 10. The trail is full of homes people have created for the fairies. Maybe you’ll see a fairy. Zilker Botanical Garden, 2220 Barton Springs Road.

Science Mill. Shark Week. Celebrate all things shark with movies, a fossil dig for teeth and more. Science Mill, 101 S. Lady Bird Lane, Johnson City.

Zilker Summer Musical “All Shook Up.” Zilker Summer Musical returns with the music of Elvis. 8:15 p.m. Thursday-Sunday. Free, but donations are welcome. Zilker Hillside Theatre, 2206 William Barton Drive.

Summer Stock Austin’s “The Music Man.” 2 p.m. Sunday, 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Friday-Saturday. $26-$33-$26. The Long Center, 701 W. Riverside Drive.

Summer Stock Austin “Rob1n.” This modern retelling of the Robin Hood tale puts a girl in the starring role in this musical by Allen Robertson and Damon Brown. 11 a.m. Friday-Saturday, 3 p.m. Saturday. $9-$18.

“Beauty and the Beast.” The Disney movie comes to the stage. 7:30 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday, 2:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. $25-$150. Zach Theatre, 202 S. Lamar Blvd.

Alamo Drafthouse Kids Club.  “Sing,” 10:15 a.m. Friday-Saturday, Mueller. 10:15 a.m. Friday-Saturday, Slaughter Lane. $1-$5 donation to benefit local charities. “Teen Titans Go! To the Movies” Family Party. 9:15 a.m. Saturday, Slaughter Lane. Teen Titans Go to the Movies,” Family Party. 9:45 a.m. Sunday, Lakeline.

Try a dance class at Ballet Austin on National Dance Day. Contributed by Ballet Austin


National Dance Day. Ballet Austin offers $10 classes all day Saturday, to benefit Ballet Austin’s Pink Pilates program for breast cancer survivors. Classes are available for people ate 10 and up. 9:45 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. 501 W. Third St. Sign up at

National Geographic’s “Symphony for Our World.” Hear music by the Austin Symphony Orchestra while watching scenes from nature. 8 p.m. Saturday. $29-$59. The Long Center, 701 W. Riverside Drive.

Gustafer Yellowgold. 11 a.m. Saturday. $10-$6. Scottish Rite Theater, 207 W. 18th St.

Bullock Museum. Yippee Yay! The rodeo exhibit comes to life with trick roping. 2 p.m. Saturday. Bullock Museum, 1800 N. Congress Ave.

Thinkery. Baby Bloomers for children younger than 3. Learn all about Animals. 9 a.m. Saturday. $5.  Thinkery, 1830 Simond Ave.

Book People events. Samantha M. Clark reads “The Boy, the Boat and the Beasts,” 2 p.m. Saturday. 10:30 a.m. story time Saturday. Spread the Joy, Saturday. BookPeople, 603 N. Lamar Blvd.

Barnes & Noble events. Kids Book Hangout. Meet other avid young readers. 2 p.m. Saturday, all locations. Story times. Each Saturday all Barnes & Noble locations offer 11 a.m. story times. This week: “Doll-E 1.0.”

Pollyanna Theatre Company’s “If Wishes Were Fishes.” 2 p.m. Saturday, Manchaca Road Branch.


Thinkery. Tinkering Take Homes: Scribble Bots, for ages 4 and up. 10 a.m. Saturday-Sunday. $6. Thinkery, 1830 Simond Ave.

Robin Hood.” The children’s version of the classic story. 10 a.m. Saturday. 2 p.m. Sunday. $10-$8. EmilyAnn Theatre & Gardens, 1101 FM 2325, Wimberley.

Small ensembles from the Austin Symphony Orchestra perform free, casual concerts on the Long Center City Terrace for the Hartman Concerts in the Park series.


Austin Symphony Hartman Concerts in the Park. 7:30 p.m. Sunday. Free. The Long Center, 701 W. Riverside Drive.

BackYard at Waller Creek Sunday Funday. Games, face-painting, bounce house and more. 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday. Free for kids younger than 12, $5 adults. 701 E. 11th St.

Paramount Classic Summer Movies. See “Superman.” 1 p.m. Sunday. $6-$12. Paramount Theatre, 713 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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