Get playing and learning with these Austin family events, July 16-22


Kids Helping Kids Hope Pack Drive. Carrying Hope, a local nonprofit that provides new items to children entering the foster care system, hosts this event with snow cones from Kona Ice, a family workout from Stroller Strides, face painting, balloon animals, games and more. Each person who creates and drops off a Hope Pack backpack filled with items kids in foster care need will receive a free family pass to the Thinkery (while supplies last) and be entered into a raffle. Go to to see what to donate. Free. 9 a.m. to noon, Saturday. Browning Hangar at the Mueller Development.

Woodland Faerie Trail. See fairy houses on this trail. Through July 30. Free with admission. Zilker Botanical Garden, 2220 Barton Springs Road.

Keep Austin Playing. Free activities including rock climbing, human foosball, bike rodeo and more. Free. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. Palmer Events Center, 900 Barton Springs Road.

Humane Society kids programs. Teddy Bear Surgery. 3 p.m. Saturday. Register at Humane Society, 124 W. Anderson Lane.


Bullock Museum. Museum Takeover, 10 a.m. Thursday. On the Map. 10 a.m. Tuesday. Summer Free Film Series: “My Neighbor Totoro.” 2 p.m. Saturday. Bullock Museum, 1800 N. Congress Ave.

Blanton Museum. 3ft Deep. For ages 3-5. Explore art and make art. 10 a.m. Tuesday. Artists and Authors. For ages 5-8. Hear a story and see and make art. 10:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. Thursday. Deeper Dives. Ages 8-12. 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. Friday. See the museum and make art. WorkLab. For all ages. Make art. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Wednesday. Family Art Quest. For families with children ages 8-12. Have an adventure in the museum. 11:30 a.m. Wednesday. Blanton Museum. 200 E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.

Thinkery. Baby Bloomers. For infant to 3. Learn about summer all month long. 9 a.m. Mondays and Saturdays. Special guests throughout the month. $5. Cow Eye Dissection. For ages 4 and up. 11:15 a.m., 1:15 p.m. or 3:15 p.m. Sunday. $8. E-Wearables. For ages 4 and up. 11:15 a.m., 1:15 p.m. or 3:15 p.m., Saturday. $8. Parent’s Night Out. You go to the Alamo to see a movie, your child stays at the Thinkery to play. 5:30-10 p.m. Friday. $45 for first child, $25 each additional child. Thinkery, 1830 Simond Ave.

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.

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.

Toybrary Austin. Date night babysitting. For ages 1-5. $25 first child, $10 siblings. 5-8 p.m. Saturdays. Daddy & Me Drum Classes. 10:30 a.m. Saturday. $10.Toybrary Austin, 7817 Rockwood Lane, Suite 101.


“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.


Austin Symphony Hartman Concerts in the Park. A different section of the symphony plays each week. 7:30 p.m. Sunday. Free. The Long Center, 701 W. Riverside Drive.

Austin Symphony Children’s Art Park. A different musician plays each week. This week, hear Mr. Will Music. 9:30 a.m. Wednesday. 50 cents per child. Symphony Square, 1101 Red River St.


Sound and Cinema. Watch a movie and hear a concert at the same time on the lawn of the Long Center. “Galaxy Quest,” 6 p.m. Wednesday. The Long Center, 701 W. Riverside Drive.

“The Wizard of Oz.” 1 p.m. Sunday. $6-$10. Paramount Theater, 713 Congress Ave.

Deep Eddy Splash Party Movie Nights. “Finding Dory.” 8 p.m. Saturday. Deep Eddy Pool, 401 Deep Eddy Ave. Regular pool fees apply.

Cinemark Summer Movie Clubhouse. Offers $1 movies 10 a.m. Monday through Thursdays at Round Rock 8. This week: “Hotel Transylvania 2.”

Regal Summer Movie Express. 10 a.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays at Westgate Stadium 11 and Gateway Stadium 16. This week: “The SpongeBob Move: Sponge out of Water” and “The Adventures of Tintin.” Tickets are $1.

Alamo Drafthouse Kids Camp. Movies for $1-$3 donation. “Iron Giant.” 10 a.m. Sunday-Thursday, Mueller. 10 a.m. Friday-Saturday, Slaughter Lane. “Muppets from Space.” 10 a.m. Friday-Saturday, Mueller. “The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie.” 10:10 a.m. Sunday, 10 a.m. Monday-Thursday, Lakeline. “Trolls.” 10 a.m. Friday-Saturday, Lakeline. “The Boxtrolls.” 10 a.m. Sunday-Thursday, Slaughter Lane.


BookPeople events. P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast: “Loved.” 7 p.m. Monday. Teen Summer Cosplay Camp. 1-3 p.m. Wednesday and 21. Jason Gallaher: “Whobert, Whover, Owl Detective.” 2 p.m. Saturday. Story time. Armstrong Community Music School. 10:30 a.m. Tuesday. Tiny Tails Petting Zoo. 10:30 a.m. Wednesday. “We 3 Dinosaurs.” 11:30 a.m. Saturday. BookPeople, 603 N. Lamar Blvd.

Barnes & Noble Events: Saturday story times 11 a.m. at all locations: “What Do You Do With a Problem?” Saturday.

At the library

Bow Wow Reading with Bonnie the Dog. 11:30 a.m. Saturdays, Yarborough Branch. Read to Scout! 3:30 p.m. Thursday, Old Quarry Branch.

Saturday Family Movie: “The Secret Life of Pets.” 2 p.m. Saturday, University Hills Branch.

That’s So Fandom: Ultimate Showdown. 1 p.m. Saturday, Carver Branch.

Hey Lollies Present: “Iris Saves the Land of Black and White.” 3 p.m. Monday, Howson Branch; 2 p.m. Friday, Yarborough Branch.

Magician John O’Bryant. 2 p.m. Thursday, University Hills Branch.

Bernadette Nason Presents: Stone Soup. 3 p.m. Sunday, Manchaca Road Branch.

Tween STEAM. LittleBits Theme Park. 2 p.m. Tuesday, Ruiz Branch; Makey Makey Madness. 2 p.m. Thursday, Terrazas Branch; Wireless Wearables. 3 p.m. Monday, Hampton Branch; Paper Circuits. 3 p.m. Wednesday, Spicewood Springs Branch.

Pirate and Princess Party. 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, Old Quarry Branch.

Music and Movement. 3:30 p.m. Monday, Manchaca Road Branch; 11 a.m. Thursday, Howson Branch.

Crafting for a Cause. 2 p.m. Thursday, Carver Branch.

Mariachi Amor. 2 p.m. Monday, Spicewood Springs Branch; 3 p.m. Tuesday, Twin Oaks Branch; 2 p.m. Thursday, Milwood Branch.

Camp Bluebonnet. Read books that could win the Bluebonnet Award. 3 p.m. Monday, Old Quarry Branch.

Elephant and Piggie Party. 3 p.m. Thursday, Southeast Branch.

Tabletop Tuesday: Family Board Game Night. 5:30 p.m. Tuesday. Faulk Central Library.

NBTween Book Club. “Full of Beans.” 6 p.m. Thursday, Twin Oaks Branch.

Movie Matinee: “ The Lego Batman Movie.” 4 p.m. Wednesday, Cepeda Branch.

Power Rangers Glow Party. 2 p.m. Monday, Windsor Park Branch

Spotlight on Opera Presents: “The Coyotes and Rabbits.” 2 p.m. Tuesday, Cepeda Branch; 2 p.m. Wednesday, Hampton Branch.

Teen Book Club: “I’d Tell You I Love You, But Then I’d Have To Kill You.” 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Howson Branch. “My Lady.” 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Spicewood Springs Branch.

Family Craft Night. 6 p.m. Wednesday, Howson Branch.

Mother-Daughter Book Club: “The Dreamer.” 6 p.m. Wednesday, Hampton Branch.

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