This weekend, watch free movies, tour wacky Austin homes, go ice skating, eat treats to support a citywide charity bake sale, enjoy a batty storytime, attend an X Games preview party, watch a children’s play, witness military demonstrations, and make plans for a great Memorial Day!

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Here are our Top Austin Family Events




— Enjoy watching a free movie under the stars at Metz Recreation Center. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014 version) starts at 8 p.m. Bring a blanket or chairs and snacks. If weather looks iffy, call 512-478-8716.

— Kick off Memorial Day Weekend with Military Skate at Chaparral Ice from 6:30-9:30 p.m. Present your military ID to skate free with any fully paid $10 admission (skate rental included!). RSVP on Facebook here.




— Indulge your sweet tooth for a great cause! Austin Bakes for Nepal is a citywide bake sale to benefit those affected by the devastating earthquakes in Nepal. The bake sales will take place at nine locations across Austin from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. with proceeds going to AmeriCares. Click here for a list of locations.

— Peek inside some of Austin’s most whimsical houses on The Austin Weird Homes Tour, a self-paced, self-driving tour focused on unique homes and spaces on Saturday, May 23 from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Visit abodes that are strange, kooky, magical, funky and eccentric! Tickets for the tour are on sale for $22. You can purchase them online here.

— Go see ZACH Theatre‘s children’s play, Cenicienta, today at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Tickets start at $12, and you can purchase them online here or call 512-476-0541 x 1. Our content manager had the chance to see this new bilingual adaptation of Cinderella. Read her review.

— Show your love for bats at BookPeople! Kids can enjoy the free “Batty for Books” storytime at 11:30 a.m. And stick around to make bat wings, too!




—  Whether you’re planning on attending X Games Austin in a few weeks or not, you are welcome to bring the kids to Torchy’s Tacos Mueller location for the free, exclusive filming party for ABC’s World of X Games preview show from 2-5 p.m. You’ll have chances to win X Games & Torchy’s swag, get autographs with X Games gold medalist, Chase Hawk, and enjoy a complimentary queso bar! A face painter and balloon twister will also be on hand for the kids.

— It’s your last chance to check out Austin Scottish Rite Theater’s production, Ashes, Ashes at 2 p.m. today. Read our review to learn all about this steampunk-style show. Child tickets (ages 12 and under) are $8, and adult tickets (ages 13 and over) are $12. You can click here to purchase tickets online.

— You can stop by the Texas Military Forces Museum at Camp Mabry for Close Assault: 1944, a program that honors America’s veterans by focusing on the history of the 36th Infantry Division of the Texas Army National Guard during World War II. This is a free, two-day event that provides guests the opportunity to witness firing demonstrations, military equipment and vehicles. Demonstration times are at 11 a.m. & 2 p.m. each day. The museum will be open from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Click here for more info.

— Visit Reveille Peak Ranch in Burnet, TX for Carry the Load, a 20.15 mile march & Memorial Day event that starts at 9 a.m. There will be plenty of children’s activities. Herpetologists, paramedics and wildlife experts will be on site to teach the kids about local wildlife, safe practices for hiking, basic first aid and more. Kids can also fish and just enjoy the base camp village where food, beverage, and music will be playing throughout the day. For more info, click here.

–> Looking for things to do on Memorial Day? Check out our round-up of special events, ideas for planning your own family play day, and a list of exclusive deals for military families. Look at our Guide to Memorial Day in Austin.

Have a fun weekend!