What are you doing in September with your family? Check our calendar


Mother Earth Day Festival and Back-to-School Nature Bash. Hear Bill Oliver & the Otter Space Band, Hey Lollies Brass Bands, Ortega Superstars Choir, plus see pirates, science and watershed exhibits, solar-powered things, Austin Bat Refuge, magic and make art. 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sept. 15. Free. Zilker Park near the Zilker Hillside Theater and Barton Springs. motherearthdayfest.com

Second Annual Austin Skipathon. Skip around Mueller Lake Park while helping Foster Angels of Central Texas. $25 per person, free for children younger than 5. 9 a.m. to noon Sept. 23. austinskipathon.com

Youth Football Clinic. For ages 5-10. 9 a.m.-noon Sept. 23. Free. Gus Garcia Recreation Center, 1201 E. Runberg Lane. austintexas.gov

Lantern Festival. Release lanterns, dance, eat s’mores and more. $7-$60. Sept. 30-Oct. 1. 3 p.m. to past dark. Cotton Bowl Speedway, 1175 County Road 202, Paige. th elanternfest.com

Domain Northside Kids. Come to the lawn at the Domain Northside for activities for kids 18 months to 6 years old. Free. 10 a.m.-noon Sept. 6. Reservations required. domainnorthside.com

Starry Nights. See a star show in the mini-planetarium and see how the Ancient Greeks saw the universe.5-7 p.m. Sept. 7. Free. Girlstart. 1400 W. Anderson Lane. gi rlstart.org

Fit Kids Fest. Enjoy free activities such as trampolines, family workouts, yoga, climbing wall, cooking demonstrations, garden starter kits and more. 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sept. 16. Free. City Terrace, Long Center, 701 Riverside Drive. thelongcenter.org

Fall festivals

Robinson Family Farm Pumpkin Patch. Go through a corn maze, go on a hay ride, pet the goats and pick a pumpkin. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sept. 23-Oct. 29. Saturdays and Sundays. Free, but pay for each activities and pumpkins. 3780 White Owl Lane, Temple. the robinsonfamilyfarm.com

Barton Hill Farms. Corn maze, farm animals and more than 30 activities, plus pumpkin picking. 10 a.m.-8 pm. Saturdays, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sundays, Sept. 23-Nov. 5. $14, extra for pumpkins and face painting. 1115 FM 969, Bastrop. bartonhillfarms.com

Sweet Berry Farm. Hay rides, corn mazes, pick your own pumpkins and more. 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, 1-5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 23-Nov. 8. Pay per activity. 1801 FM 1980, ​Marble Falls. sweetberryfarm.com


Austin Museum Day. Local museums will be free this day, and many of them will have special events and hands-on activities. Sept. 17. austinmuseums.org

Museum Day Live! Museums connected to the Smithsonian will be open for free on Sept. 23. You can get a ticket and see which museums are free at smithsonian.com/museumday

Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center. Sábados en Familia. 10 a.m. Sept. 9. Free classes for the whole family as well as lunch. 10th Year Anniversary. Open house and family activities, 4-6 p.m. Sept. 16; grand opening performance on the plaza, 6 p.m. Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center, 600 River St. austintexas.gov

Bullock Museum. H-E-B Free First Sunday. Special family programs throughout the museum. Noon Sept. 3. American Indian Heritage Day. Celebrate with dancing performances, drumming, crafts and more. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Sept. 29. Bullock Museum, 1800 N. Congress Ave. thestoryoftexas.com

Thinkery. Building Biology. Learn about synthetic biology with scientists as a family. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Sept. 4. Free with admission. 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. Sept. 8. $45 first child, $25 second child. Community Night: Hispanic Heritage. 4-8 p.m. Sept. 27. Free. Little Thinkers Club. 1,2,3 … Paint with Me. Learn about painting. 9:45 a.m. for 1-year-olds, 10:45 a.m. for 2-year-olds. Wednesdays, Sept. 6-Oct. 25. $20 per class, $140 for the series. Little Thinkers Club. Get Into Shapes. 9:45 a.m. for 2-year-olds, 10:45 a.m. for 3-year-olds, Fridays, Sept. 8-Oct. 27. $20 per class, $140 for the series. Little Builders. 9:30 a.m. 1-year-olds, 10:30 a.m. 2-year-olds, 11:30 a.m. 3-year-olds. Sept. 4. $20. Baby Bloomers. Learn about colors. For infant to 3. 9 a.m. Mondays and Saturdays (except Labor Day). Special guests throughout the month. $5. 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. Sept. 2-4, Sept. 16-17. $8. Back to School Makershop. Make your own pencil bag. For ages 4 and up. 11:15 a.m. and 1:15 p.m. Sept. 9-10, Sept. 23-24. $8. For ages 8 and up. 3:15 p.m. Sept. 9-10, Sept. 23-24. Thinkery, 1830 Simond Ave. thinkeryaustin.org

Neill-Cochran House Museum. History Lab: Make It Yourself. Make whirligigs, pinwheels or buzzers. 1 p.m.-4 p.m. Sept. 3. Free. 2310 San Gabriel St. nchmuseum.org

Contemporary Austin. Families Create: Lost Civilizations. Create a work of art inspired by totem poles. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Sept. 9. Free. Laguna Gloria, 3809 W. 35th St. thecontemporaryaustin.org

Texas Museum of Science & Technology. Wee-Searchers for children 5 and younger. Learn about science through song, play and stories. 9 a.m. Sept. 27. Star Party. Look at the stars. 9 p.m. Fridays. Texas Museum of Science & Technology, 1220 Toro Grande Drive, Cedar Park. txmost.org Note: This museum will be closed for renovation through Sept. 22.

Wildflower Center. Sprouts. Hands-on preschool program. 10 a.m. Wednesdays and Fridays. Nature Play Hour. Play in the Family Garden. 11 a.m. Saturdays. Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave. wildflower.org

Umlauf Sculpture Garden & Museum. Family Day. Children’s yoga, sculpting, story time and more. 10-4 p.m. Sept.10. Free. Umlauf Sculpture Garden & Museum, 605 Robert E. Lee Road. umlaufsculpture.org

Toybrary Austin. Gardening Class. 10:45 a.m. Tuesdays. Free. Date night babysitting. For ages 1-5. $25 first child, $10 siblings. 5-8 p.m. Saturdays. Songs for Seeds Music Class. 10:30 a.m. Sept. 13. Free. Toybrary Austin, 2001 Justin Lane. toybraryaustin.com


Austin Film Society Sunday School. “Donkey Skin.” Catherine Deneuve stars in this fable. $9. Noon. Sept. 17. Austin Film Society Cinema, 6406 N. Interstate 35, Suite 3100. austinfilm.org

“Trolls” with a black-light party. 8:15 p.m. Sept. 16. $25 a car, plus admission for more than 2 people. Blue Starlight Mini Urban Drive-in. 12419 Lowden Lane. bluestarlitedrivein.com


Pollyanna Theatre Company presents “A Moon of My Own.” A young girl goes on an adventure with the moon. For kids kindergarten through second grade. 9:30 a.m. Oct. 2, Oct. 5-6; 11:30 a.m. Sept. 29, Oct. 2, Oct. 5-6; 2 p.m. Sept. 30. Oct. 1, Oct. 7-8. $10.50-$13.50. The Long Center, 701 W. Riverside Drive. thelongcenter.org

Zach Theatre presents “The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe.” Head to Narnia in the C.S. Lewis tale. 11 a.m. Sept. 9, Sept. 23, Sept. 30; 2 p.m. Sept. 9-10, Sept. 16-17, Sept. 23-24, Sept. 30 7 p.m. Sept. 22. More shows through Feb. 10. $18-$24. Whisenhunt Stage, 1510 Toomey Road. zachtheatre.org

Emily Ann Theatre presents “Thumbelina.” See this classic children’s tale on stage. $10-$8. 10 a.m. Sept. 30, Oct. 7, 14, 21; 2 p.m. Oct. 1, 8, 15, 22. 1101 Ranch Rd 2325, Wimberley.

Austin Playhouse presents “The Selfish Giant.” Austin Playhouse adapts this Oscar Wilde story of a giant that builds a wall to keep children out. 7 p.m. Sept. 12, Noon and 2 p.m. Sept. 16 and 23. Pick your price. Austin Playhouse at Austin Community College’s Highland Campus, 6001 Airport Blvd., South Entrance. austinplayhouse.com


Big Don Kid Show. It’s a hip-hop storytelling show. 10 a.m. Sept. 3, Cherrywood Coffeehouse, 1400 E. 38th 1/2 St.


BookPeople events. Events: Chris Barton reads “Dazzle Ships: World War I and the Art of Confusion.” 6:30 p.m. Sept. 7. Cory Putnam Oakes reads “Witchtown.” 3 p.m. Sept. 10. Madeline Smoot and Jessica Lee Anderson read “The Monsters Hiding in Your Closet” and “Uncertain Summer.” 2 p.m. Sept. 17. Mike Lupica reads “Lone Stars.” 6:30 p.m. Sept. 19. Epic Reads tour featuring Annie Barrows, Zac Brewer, Katharine McGee and Kendare Blake. 7 p.m. Sept. 21. Patrick Ness reads “Release.” 6 p.m. Sept. 23. Paige Britt reads “Why Am I Me?” 2 p.m. Sept. 23. Story times: New Books. 11:30 a.m. Sept. 2. Sensational story time. 10:30 a.m. Sept. 5. Preposterous Puppet Show. 10:30 a.m. Sept. 6. Spectacular Superheroes. 11:30 a.m. Sept. 9. Cat in the Hat Birthday Party. 10:30 a.m. Sept. 12. Ms. Staci. 10:30 a.m. Sept. 13. Hats Off. 11:30 a.m. Sept. 16. Armstrong Community Music School. 10:30 a.m. Sept. 19. Tiny Tails to You Petting Zoo. 10:30 a.m. Sept. 20. Illustrator Spotlight. 11:30 a.m. Sept. 23. Banned Books. 10:30 a.m. Sept. 26. Modern First Library. 10:30 a.m. Sept. 27. Hello Autumn. 11:30 a.m. Sept. 30. BookPeople, 603 N. Lamar Blvd. bookpeople.com

Barnes & Noble Events: Author Reshma Saujani reads “Girls Who Code: Learn Code and Change the World,” 7 p.m. Sept. 14, Arboretum. Jason Gallaher reads “Whobert Whover, Owl Detective,” 11 a.m. Sept. 23, Arboretum. 11 a.m. Saturday story time at all locations: “Uni the Unicorn” and “Dream Come True,” Sept. 2; “How to Catch a Monster,” Sept. 9; “Princesses Wear Pants,” Sept. 16; “Big Words for Little Geniuses,” Sept. 23; “Runny Babbit Returns,” Sept. 30.

At the library

“Library Live.” Free Concert. 2 p.m. Sept. 2, Carver Branch.

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

Tween STEAM: Robotics. 4:30 p.m. Sept. 5, Windsor Park Branch.

Sew Happy. For ages 10 and up. 5 p.m. Sept. 5, Manchaca Road Branch.

Bow Wow Reading with Aussie. Read to a therapy dog. 3:30 p.m. Sept. 6, North Village Branch. Bow Wow Reading with Roo. 4:30 p.m. Sept. 13, Sept. 20, Sept. 27, Little Walnut Creek Branch.

Music & Movement. 3:30 p.m. Sept. 6, Hampton Branch at Oak Hill; 11 a.m. Sept. 11, Pleasant Hill Branch; 11:30 a.m. Sept. 13, Manchaca Road Branch; 11 a.m. Sept. 14, Sept. 21, Sept. 28, Howson Branch.

Graphic Novel Book Club: “Hellboy Volume 1: Seed of Destruction.” 6 p.m. Sept. 7, North Village Branch.

Puppet Happy Hour. 6 p.m. Sept. 7, Recycled Reads Bookstore.

Austin Ukestra, ukulele group. 1 p.m. Sept. 10, Recycled Reads Bookstore.

Crafternoon. 3:30 p.m. Sept. 11, Manchaca Road Branch; 4:30 p.m. Sept. 14, Twin Oaks Branch; 3:30 p.m. Sept. 26, Windsor Park Branch; 3:30 p.m. Sept. 26, Howson Branch.

Family Movie Night, “Beauty and the Beast.” 6 p.m. Sept. 12, Twin Oaks Branch.

NBTween Book Club: “Full of Beans.” 4 p.m. Sept. 13, Howson Branch. “The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate.” 6 p.m. Sept. 21, Twin Oaks Branch.

Night Builders: Family Lego Lab. 7 p.m. Sept. 14, Hampton Branch at Oak Hill.

Friday Movie Matinee: “E.T.” 3:30 p.m. Sept. 15, Old Quarry Branch.

Teen Book Club: “The Young Elites.” 6:30 p.m. Sept. 19, Howson Branch. “A Study in Charlotte.” 6:30 p.m. Sept. 21, Spicewood Springs Branch.

Mother-Daughter Book Club: “A Wrinkle in Time.” 6 p.m. Sept. 20, Hampton Branch at Oak Hill.

Family Craft Night. 6:30 p.m. Sept. 20, Howson Branch; 7 p.m. Sept. 28, Hampton Branch at Oak Hill.

Crafting for a Cause. For ages 7 and up. Make fleece blankets for Austin Pets Alive. 3:30 p.m. Sept. 25, Manchaca Road Branch.

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