This weekend, you can check out all of the new features at Play for All Park, put on your costumes and head to Wizard World Comic Con, rock out with Sugar Free Allstars and Sweet Spirit in Mueller Park, donate toys at the Chuy’s Parade, take part in National Family Volunteer Day, see the Mozart’s light show — and so much more!

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— One of our favorite area parks is celebrating their Grand Re-Opening Celebration today! The Play for All Park in Round Rock has more than doubled in size and now features 3 additional themed play spaces, plus the 4 current play spaces have been greatly expanded! You can check it all out today with pre-opening activities outside the park starting at 9:30 a.m. with free refreshments and Chick-Fil-A sandwiches, listen to the dedication ceremony at 10 a.m, and head on in to play at 10:30 a.m.

Wizard World Comic Con kicks off today at the Austin Convention Center (and runs through Sunday). Take note that kids ages 10 & under are FREE with a paid adult. Plus kids can enjoy costume contests, karaoke, jedi training, a Pokemon Game Show and much more. You’ll also get to check out more than 100 vendors who’ll be showcasing rare comics, lightsabers, Minecraft and Dr. Who collectibles. Tickets start at $39.95 for a one-day Friday pass. Save by getting your tickets in advance online here.

— Rock out with the fam at the Mueller Lake Park Amphitheater tonight at a free, family friendly concert curated by KUTX and Spare the Rock, Spoil the Child. The fun starts at 7 p.m. with Sugar Free Allstars, followed by Sweet Spirit at 7:45 p.m. Food trucks, fun, and live music on the lake! Face painting runs from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Please note: No chairs, glass containers or alcohol are permitted at the park, but you can bring blankets.

— Watch Beauty and the Beast (2017 version) on the outdoor screen at Community First! Village. Arrive as early as 6:30 p.m. to explore the village, pick your spot, and get your concessions. The movie will start around 7:30 p.m. The event is free, but $5 donations suggested and greatly appreciated.

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— Don’t miss the Chuy’s Children Giving to Children Parade this morning. The parade starts at 11 a.m. at the Texas State Capitol and travels down Congress Ave., delighting kids of all ages with GIANT character balloons, marching bands, vintage cars, dancers, choirs, costumed Star Wars characters, superheros & princesses — and much more. Be sure to bringan unwrapped, new toy to donate to the Operation Blue Santa Program.

— It’s National Family Volunteer Day! Let’s give back to the community and participate in Generation Serve’s special event, Austin Families Give Back, at the Millennium Youth Entertainment Complex. This Family Volunteer Day event will provide families the opportunity to learn about giving back to our community while sampling hands-on service activities to benefit nonprofits across Austin. This event is free and open to the public, please pre-register your family for a shift between the hours of 10:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. You can sign up online here.

— Wanna take a little daytrip to Lockhart? Maverick Horseback Riding is hosting their Community Day at Spoaks Motorpark from 4-7 p.m. Enjoy FREE pony rides, photos with a unicorn, mechanical bull riding, arts and crafts and a bonfire. Free camping Saturday night! And listen to informational lessons and demonstrations by Lockhart State Park and Caldwell County Snake Relocation. Click here for more info.

— Tonight’s the final night to Creek Show. View light-based art installations along Waller Creek between 5th and 8th Streets, open from 6-10 p.m. Family-friendly activities will be hosted by the Thinkery at the Sabine Tree deck from 6-8 p.m, and you can stop by the Closing Party at Cheer Up Charlies from 6-9 p.m. to catch local music performances, featuring Rattletree. This show is free, ALL ages and family-friendly!
FamTopPicks-OnSite_Sunday (1)— Gather your friends and families to attend the Austin Empty Bowl Project‘s annual lunch from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. at the Central Texas Food Bank Warehouse. Purchase a bowl for $20, have it filled with soup, and enjoy live music. The bowl is yours to keep as a reminder of those whose bowls are empty. The proceeds go to the Central Texas Food Bank to help sponsor the Kids Cafe Program and Meals on Wheels Central Texas’ Meals for Kids.

— Visit Mozart’s Coffee Roasters for their annual Christmas Light Show and check out their new immersive, interactive experience this year, surrounded by more than one million LED lights. Please take note that this starts at 6 p.m. and provides an on-going holiday experience through 11 p.m. (Not a 15 min. show at the top of every hour like in year’s past.) This runs nightly through January 1, 2018 (except for Thanksgiving and Christmas day). Free!

Take note that there’s a WHOLE LOT MORE happening this weekend. You can browse our full list of Top Picks for Weekend Events for even more listings. Have a great weekend!

*Cover image from the Chuy’s Children Giving to Children Facebook page