This weekend you can play tons of video games, eat free s’mores while watching Frozen, create your own awesome tie dye t-shirt, learn all about monarch butterflies, celebrate Mexico’s Independence Day, say SoLongSummer at a teen music fest, pet animals with tiny tails, play old-fashioned carnival games and much much more!

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Here are our Top 10 Austin Family Events



Ski Shores Cafe’s 60th Anniversary Party kicks off on Friday night with lots of family fun. At dusk you can enjoy free s’mores (yum!) while watching Frozen and check out a magic show, too! During the entire weekend, you can watch ski exhibitions, enjoy live music and get hot dogs, cookies, chips and salsa for only .54 cents!

— It’s National Video Games Day, and that means you’ve got to play just a game or two! Check out our list of kid-friendly arcades in Austin. Or stop into Pinballz Arcade where you can play one-token games from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.


— The entire family can have a blast at Northwest Recreation Center for the Family Fun Fest and Diaper Drive from 10 a.m. –  1 p.m. You can expect goody bags and giveaways, magic shows, costumed characters, a bouncy house, food trucks, classes for kids, and much more! Donations of size 4 diapers will be appreciated.

—  Austin Tie Dye Co. is having a grand opening Tie Dye Party from 8 a.m. – 2 p.m., and you are invited to drop in and create an awesome t-shirt. Stop in and learn how to create different tie dye patterns, do some screen printing, and walk away with a cool new t-shirt for only $10 (or $5 if you bring your own shirt)!

— The whole family can head to the MACC (Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center) from  7 -10 p.m. for ¡VIVA MÉXICO!  Celebrate Mexico’s Independence Day with music, art and tradition at this free, annual event.

— If your little artist wants to try something new, how about building a light sculpture? From 11 a.m. – 2 p.m., you can drop into the  The Contemporary Austin at Laguna Gloria for hands-on art-making workshops for children ages 2 – 11. Go create something amazing!

— Take the kids to meet butterflies, caterpillars, moths and more on Monarch Appreciation Day at Zilker Botanical Garden from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. This fun, family-friendly event will include lots of crafts for kids as well as gardening tips, a plant sale, guided tours of the Butterfly Trail, lectures and more!

— Sometimes it’s hard to find events geared just towards teens. So don’t miss this fun, free party at Austin Rec Center from noon – 6 p.m. SoLongSummer Music Festival is specifically for teens and includes a great music lineup, in addition to an art music project, a video game contest, and basketball, BMX and skateboarding competitions.


HOPE Farmers Market is planning some good, old-fashioned fun from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.. Take the kids to the free East Side County Fair for some carnival-style fun, a petting zoo, cake walk, face painting and kid-friendly music!

— Kids of all ages will get the giggles at the lively children’s play at The Scottish Rite Theater showing at 12:30 and 2:30 p.m. Too Many Stories! asks children in the audience to help a character named Callie outwit robbers through story, music, and improvisation.

Have a fun weekend!