I love a museum, and my kids do, too. We’ve traveled all over the country exploring museums, from the largest natural history treasure chests to the tiniest, quirkiest hole in the wall.
What we haven’t yet done is explore all the museums Central Texas has to offer.
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Austin Museum Day
More than 40 museums open their doors for free. Times and activities vary. http://austinmuseumday.org.
More family events in September
Texploration Family Story Time. Come to the Bullock Texas State History Museum and hear a story. 2 p.m. Sunday. Free the first Sunday of the month. 200 E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. thestoryoftexas.com.
Generations: Family First Sundays. The Umlauf Sculpture Garden turns the first Sunday of every month into a family-friendly afternoon with art activities. Noon-4 p.m. Sunday. $3.50 adults, $2.50 seniors, $1 students, free for kids younger than 6. 605 Robert E. Lee Road. umlaufsculpture.org.
Afternoon in the Garden: Sensory Exploration. Enjoy kid-friendly activities at the Zilker Botanical Garden that allow you to touch and feel the garden. Noon-4 p.m. Sunday. $2 adults, $1 children 3-11 and seniors. 2200 Barton Springs Road. www.zilkergarden.org
Studio Spotlight with Ballet Austin. Get a behind-the-scenes look at “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” Noon and 6 p.m. Thursday. Free but registration required. 501 W. Third St. balletaustin.org.
Upcycle This! Make art with recycled items. 6-7:30 p.m. Thursday. Free. Recycled Reads Bookstore, 5335 Burnet Road. library.austintexas.gov/youth.
Child Safety Event. Keeping Kids Safe Project takes digital fingerprints and photographs of your children, which will help police find them if they should go missing. 3-7 p.m. Sept. 6, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sept. 7. Free. Howdy Honda, 5519 E. Ben White Blvd. www.keepingkidssafeproject.com
PJ Hoover and Mari Mancus book-signing. The authors of young adult books “Solstice” and “Scorched” talk about their books. 2 p.m. Sept. 7. BookPeople, 603 N. Lamar Blvd. 512-472-5050, www.bookpeople.com.
Special screening of “The Lorax.” Head to the Rose Garden at Zilker Botanical Garden to learn about the garden’s pollinators, trees and more and watch this eco-friendly film. 7:30 p.m. Sept. 7. $2 adults, $1 children 3-11 and seniors. 2200 Barton Springs Road. www.zilkergarden.org.
Family Matinee. See movies at the library. Sept. 7: “Rise of the Guardians.” Sept. 14. “Hotel Transylvania.” Sept. 21 “Paranorman.” Sept. 28: “Frankenweenie.” 2 p.m. Free. University Hills Branch, 4721 Loyola Lane. library.austintexas.gov/youth
Chickens in the Library. Learn all about keeping chickens plus a special chicken story time at 1 p.m. 1-4 p.m. Sept. 8. Faulk Central Library, 800 Guadalupe St. library.austintexas.gov/youth
Family Movie Night. Watch “The Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian.” 6:30 p.m. Sept. 10. Twin Oaks Branch, 1800 S. Fifth St. library.austintexas.gov/youth
Second Saturdays at Contemporary Austin. Make art at these family-friendly workshops. This month, it’s all about weaving. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Sept. 14. Laguna Gloria, 3809 W. 35th St. thecontemporaryaustin.org.
“The Wiggles: Taking Off! World Tour.” You can sing “Fruit Salad” as loud as you want to when the children’s entertainment group the Wiggles comes to town. This time, there’s even a female band member. 2 p.m. Sept. 15. $18-$74.50. ACL Live, 310 Second St. 877-435-9849. acl-live.com.
“It Gets Better.” The YouTube sensation of messages of hope for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered youth comes to the stage in this musical performance including the Conspirare and Capital City Men’s Chorus. 8 p.m. Sept. 20. $45-$25. $10 students. Long Center, 701 W. Riverside Drive. 512-457-5100, thelongcenter.org
“Salt and Pepper.” This bilingual play is about a boy whose family has a secret: The grandmother cannot read or write. $14-$16. 7 p.m. Sept. 27, 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturdays Sept. 28-Nov. 2 and 4:30 p.m. Oct. 20. Zach Theatre’s Whisenhunt Stage. 1510 Toomey Road. 512-476-0541, www.zachtheatre.org.
Austin Teen Book Festival. More than 40 authors including keynote speaker Maggie Stiefvater. 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Sept. 28. Free. austinteenbookfestival.com.