Salt’s grandfather has a secret that he doesn’t want his grandson to know: He never learned how to read or write.
Salt sees letters all around him, but sometimes they jumble up and don’t make any sense. He, too, has trouble reading, but his best friend, Pepper, is a whiz at reading and she helps Salt make sense of all the letters.
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“Salt & Pepper”
When: 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 19, Oct. 26 and Nov. 2; 4:30 p.m. Oct. 20
Where: Whisenhunt Stage, 1510 Toomey Road
Tickets: $16 adults, $14 children
Information: 512-476-0541, ext. 1, www.zachtheatre.org
More family events this month
Day Out With Thomas. Thomas the Tank Engine rolls into Central Texas on Saturday and Sunday. Austin Steam Train Association will be his engineer. You’ll get to take a 25-minute ride on a train pulled by Thomas. And there will be games and activities; an imagination station with crafts, train tables, coloring and temporary tattoos; storytelling, live music, mini golf, a rock wall, magicians, jugglers and face painters; and you might even meet Sir Topham Hatt. $18 for anyone ages 2 and older, and you should buy them in advance at www.austinsteamtrain.org. Trains run every 50 minutes starting at 8:30 a.m. to 5:40 p.m., but all the other activities run from 7:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Burnet Community Center, 401 E. Jackson St., Burnet.
Fall Festival & Corn Maze. Barton Hill Farms in Bastrop opens its Willie Nelson-themed corn maze on Saturday for the season. It will be open 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturdays and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sundays through Nov. 10. You’ll find a pumpkin patch, farm animals, face painting, a 2,000-square-foot jumping pillow, a train and food from Cindy’s Gone Hog Wild restaurant. Tickets are $10 for ages 11 and older, $7 for ages 3-10, and free for children 2 and younger. 1115 FM 969. bartonhillfarms.com
Strange Brew Kids Show. Each week it’s a different musician. 11 a.m. Saturdays. Free. 5326 Manchaca Road. www.strangebrewloungeside.com.
Free Day of Dance at Tapestry Dance Company. Come dance ballet, tap, jazz, hip-hop and more in Tapestry’s studios. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. Register at www.tapestry.org or call 512-474-9846.
Starry Nights. Head to Girlstart’s new mini planetarium the first Thursday of every month for a star show and astronomy demonstration. 6-7:30 p.m. Oct. 3. Free. 1400 W. Anderson Lane. girlstart.org.
Austin Kiddie Limits. Kids 10 and younger get in free with a parent with a wristband. There will be kids’ music, rock star hairdos, karaoke, pottery painting, hip-hop dance workshops, a drum circle, a musical petting zoo and more. 11 a.m to 4:30 p.m. Oct. 4-6 and 11-13. Zilker Park. www.aclfestival.com
Beautiful Bellies Prenatal Fitness Series for Moms-T0-Be. Mickey Morrison, creator of BabyWeight TV, hosts a free fitness class. 8:15-10 a.m. Oct. 5, Lululemon Athletica, 116 11600 Century Oaks Terrace. Beyond the Belly: Postnatal fitness. Another free class by Morrison. Lululemon Athletica. 1016 W. Sixth St. RSVP to both classes at http://www.bumpclubandbeyond.com/austin/
“Too Many Stories.” Kallie catches Sam and Bogus with things they’ve stolen from a department store. Now she needs the audience to help her get the bad guys. $8.50 adults, $6.50 children 12 and younger. 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Oct. 5, Oct. 12 and Oct. 19; 12:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. Oct. 6, Oct. 13 and Oct. 27; 2:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. Oct. 20. Scottish Rite Theatre, 207 W. 18th St. scottishritetheater.org.
Texploration Family Story Time. Come to the Bullock Texas State History Museum and hear a story. 2 p.m. Oct. 6. Free the first Sunday of the month. 200 E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. thestoryoftexas.com.
Free family concert with José-Luis Orozco. The bilingual children’s author and creator or the new online channel Bilingual Plus will perform songs from his “Mamiverse Bilingual Plus” albums. Free. 6 p.m. Oct. 7. Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center, 600 River St. 512-974-3785, http://www.austintexas.gov/page/macc-youth/.
Second Saturdays at Contemporary Austin. Make art at these family-friendly workshops. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Oct. 12. Laguna Gloria, 3809 W. 35th St. thecontemporaryaustin.org.
“The Boy Who Loved Monsters and the Girl Who Loved Peas.” Pollyanna Theatre Company’s new production tells of 7-year-0ld Evan who hates peas and his baby sister loves them. Evan wishes a monster will come and eat his family. $9 children 11 and younger, $10 students 12 and older and seniors, $11 adults. The Long Center for the Performing Arts, 701 W. Riverside Drive. 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. Oct. 12; 2 p.m. Oct. 13; 11 a.m., 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. Oct. 19, and 2 p.m. Oct. 20. 512-743-7966, www.thelongcenter.org.
Transforming the Lives of Children with Special Needs. A one-day workshop for parents and professionals with author Anat Baniel. 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Oct. 13, $249. Dell Jewish Community Campus, 7300 Hart Lane. www.anatbanielmethod.com.
Texas School for the Deaf Foundation Run for All. Run in a costume, watch “Beetlejuice,” plus hear two bands, and enjoy a carnival, face painting, pumpkin decorating and Halloween pictures. $10 festival entrance, $30 entrance to the festival plus race registration. 5:30-10 p.m. Oct. 19. 512-633-7898, www.RunforallATX.com.
“Peter and the Wolf.” Ballet Austin performs this classic for a young audience. $12. 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. Oct. 19, 20, 26 and 27. Attend a family dance workshop about the ballet 2:30 p.m. Oct. 13. $10. 501 W. Third St. 512-476-2163, balletaustin.org
Texas Book Festival. Grab the kids and head to the Capitol to hear the latest from children’s book authors. Oct. 26-27. Free. The children’s book signing tent will be at 13th and Colorado Streets. Check the schedule as the festival gets closer, www.texasbookfestival.org.