This weekend your kids can go on a LEGO NINJAGO challenge, watch family-friendly movies, listen to concerts in the park, make arts and crafts at Laguna Gloria and UMLAUF Sculpture Garden, go to a food festival, see children’s theatre — and much more!
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— The LEGO® NINJAGO™ Quest2NINJAGO™ WU-CRU Team Challenge, an interactive competition, is kicking off its summer tour at Mueller’s Browning Hangar today and tomorrow from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. each day. The competition course, anchored by large-scale LEGO brick models of two of the most popular characters, invites children ages 7-12 in teams of two to compete in eight timed, physical and mental challenges. The top team from Austin will be sent on an all-inclusive trip to LEGOLAND® California Resort to compete in the Finale. Click here to sign up to participate!
— Watch Finding Nemo as you help support the Austin community! Alamo Drafthouse Cinema is proud to join forces with Mobile Loaves and Fishes and their innovative Community First! Village, a 27-acre master-planned community that provides affordable, sustainable housing for the disabled, chronically homeless in Central Texas. The Community Cinema movie series invites you to watch a movie under the stars. This movie night will feature organized games, face painting, photo opportunities, and interactive activities for kids and families beginning at 8 p.m. Tickets are free (but reserved online here), and concession sales will help support the residents.
— The Austin Civic Orchestra presents their ever-popular two-night Free Summer Pops Concert at the Zilker Hillside Theater in Zilker Park tonight & tomorrow at 8 p.m.. This year’s theme is Oscar Winners, featuring music from scores which have won an Academy Award. Relax in the summer night and listen to songs from films such as Frozen, Star Wars, Lord of the Rings, The Wizard of Oz and more. Free!
— Pollyanna Theatre Company is back with another interactive theatre experience for young children. Cowboy in the Kitchen is the latest in their “Play & Play Series”, where kids ages 2-4 get to join in on the fun with the actors. You’ll be able to catch a show today at 9:30 a.m. & 11 a.m. at the Long Center. Tickets are $6.50, which you can purchase online here.
— North Austin has some delicious restaurants & talented chefs, and they’re ready to prove it to you. Head to The Domain for the annual Taste of North Austin event from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. This family-friendly festival will feature food & beverage sampling, cooking demos, giveaways and live music. And kids can have fun with face painting, balloon twisting, bouncing time on Springfree Trampolines. The music & children’s activities are free, but food samplings will require wristbands. Wristbands include 10 tastes, and will be available for $20 at The Domain’s Simon Guest Services or at the event on the day of.
— A missing cat, lost money—why are things suddenly vanishing at Laguna Gloria? Embark on a scavenger hunt to see if you can help solve this mystery, then stick around to make an artistic pet poster using tips from Austin’s own Pet Detective! This Second Saturday for Families workshop is ecommended for ages 2–11. This is a free family art-making event, but reservations are required. Please reserve your spot here.
— Check out the Bullock Summer Free Family Film Series that kicks off today with a screening of The Aristocats at the Bullock Museum. No RSVP required. These movie screenings start at 2 p.m. in the Texas Spirit Theater on the 2nd floor of the museum.
— — Enjoy a lovely afternoon at the Umlauf Sculpture Museum & Garden today during their free Family Day event from noon – 4 p.m. Take part in hands-on programs designed for families with children ages 4-10. Listen to stories, do yoga in the garden, create art, enjoy live music and more. Free and open to the public.
— It’s the 75th Anninversary of Dumbo. See it at 1 p.m. at the Paramount Theater as part of their summer Family Film Festival. Film admission is $10 for adults and $6 for kids ages 12 & under. (Both includes a $1 theater preservation fee). Click here to purchase your tickets online or you call the box office at (512) 474-1221 to purchase by phone.
— The Hartman Foundation “Concerts in the Park,” presented by the Austin Symphony Orchestra, is in its 14th summer season, presenting free ensemble concerts taking place in the Hartman Concert Park in front of the Long Center City Terrace on Sunday evenings at 7:30 p.m. Bring a blanket and picnic and enjoy. Free!
These are just some of the fun events happening in Austin this weekend. For more, browse our daily calendar of events!
Have a great weekend!