This weekend you can rock out at ACL and the Hush Hush Music Bash, hunt for bugs by flashlight, be a mad scientist, watch Spy Kids under the stars, check out the chalk art festival in Round Rock, get lost in a corn maze, celebrate your love for football at the Bullock Museum, learn how to make pinatas — and much more!
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— Austin City Limits Music Festival starts today in Zilker Park! We love this 3-day Fest (this weekend and next) for the amazing music, the great local bites, drinks, art vendors and some of the best people-watching ever. If you’re heading to ACL, keep in mind that kids ages 10 & under can tag along for free. If you’re bringing the little ones, check out our Tips for Taking the Kids to ACL for all to consider before you go and look through our Guide to ACL for info about the lineup, getting there, shopping, eating & more at the festival.
— Take your little explorers to the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center for Bug Night Out from 6-9 p.m. Explore the Family Garden at night while you hunt for insects on a guided flashlight tour. You’ll find mercury light stations for viewing insects up close, guided nature walks, face painting, live critters on display and bug-themed meals & snacks in the Café. Regular admission applies. $10 for adults, $8 for seniors and children 13 and up, $4 for children ages 5-12, and free for children ages 4 and younger as well as members.
— The Yarborough Branch of the Austin Public Library is hosting a free Mad Science Maelstrom from 7-9 p.m. Get caught up in a vortex of Mad Science experiments, Minecraft, and creeptastic crafts. Recommended for ages 10 and up.
— It’s a great night for a Movie in the Park at Mueller Lake Park Amphitheater. See a free screening of Spy Kids at dusk. Popcorn will be served at 7 p.m., but you’re also welcome to bring picnics and blankets to spread out (no chairs). Free parking is available in the McBee Parking Garage near Simond Ave.
— Round Rock’s Centennial Plaza will transform into a super cool arts festival from 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. at the annual Chalk Walk! Hosted by Round Rock Arts Council, this event is FREE and open to the public. During the event, artists create works of art on the concrete using chalk pastels right before your eyes. Families can enjoy hands-on kids activities, food vendors, a concert from the Biscuit Brothers at 12 p.m. and much more entertainment. (Click here for more info.)
— Take the kids to a free mini music fest at The Domain from 4-7. The Hush Hush Music Bash will feature great children’s entertainers, cupcake decorating, a dance competition, games and more. All ages welcome.
— Shop for high quality goods at Rhea Lana’s Consignment Event from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. in the Round Rock Events Center (Christian Church). Find children’s clothing, toys, furniture, baby gear, maternity clothing, video game systems, books, DVDs, nursing items, sporting equipment and more. The Consignment Sale is open to the public with free admission and parking.
— Join a football-themed Sunday funday at the Bullock Museum. Celebrate Texan’s favorite sport with hands-on activities and art-making during their monthly Free First Sunday event. Free admission all day and special family programs from 12-3 p.m.!
— Barton Hill Farms’ Fall Festival & Great Pumpkin Corn Maze is the perfect setting for some outdoor fall fun. Open today from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. General admission is $8 for ages 3-10 and $11 for ages 11 & up and includes entry into the grounds, the corn maze, pumpkin patch and slides. An Adventure Pass can be purchased for $11 for ages 3-10 and $15 for ages 11 & up and includes unlimited access to the jumping pillow, cow train, trike track, pumpkin painting, and pony hops. Children ages 2 & under are free. SAVE $1 by ordering tickets in advance here. Read our review here.
Have a great weekend!