Egg hunts, hot air balloons, butterflies, children’s theatre, pet parades and more! There are so many opportunities to fill your weekend with fun family time. Many thanks to ZACH Theatre for sponsoring this weekend’s list of our Top 10 Family Events… FamTopPicks-OnSite_header-1Other stuff:

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— Visit this historic Neill-Cochran House Museum today from 12- 4 p.m. for an afternoon of hands-on Easter egg dyeing, scavenger hunts, self-paced tours, and lawn games with space to picnic in the shade. At the annual Easter Egg Dye-o-Rama the museum will provide blown (emptied) eggs, dyes, wax resists. The suggested donation for each egg is $2 with all proceeds benefiting Generation Serve. Visitors are also welcome to bring their own boiled or blown eggs. Museum admission is free for the day.

— Earth Day is just around the corner, so start celebrating early with a daytrip out to the Science Mill in Johnson City for their Butterfly Bonanza from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Release a butterfly in their brand new Aquaponics Greenhouse, visit a freshly planted butterfly garden in the Science & Art Park, and learn about what kinds of plants attract butterflies so you can create your own garden at home! Regular museum admission applies.

— You won’t want to miss ZACH Theatre‘s family-friendly production of Matilda the Musical. This big Broadway show was the winner of 5 Tony Awards®, and can now be enjoyed right here in Austin. See the Roald Dahl’s story come to life on stage through May 12 with evening and matinee showtimes. Tickets start at $30 and can be purchased online here or by calling 512-476-0594 ext 1.

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Rise and shine early for the 7th Annual Balloons Over Horseshoe Bay festival hosted at the Horseshoe Bay Resort Ranch near Marble Falls! See 20 beautiful hot air balloons take flight in the early morning or watch a balloon glow at night. This big event includes live music concerts, sky divers, and a festival-like atmosphere with tons of children’s entertainment, good food, arts and crafts, and a whole lot more! You can purchase general admission tickets which are $30 per adult, $5 for kids ages 5-12 and free for kids under age 5. Click here for the full schedule of events.

— Celebrate Austin Nature Day!  Visit the Austin Nature and Science Center today from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. for a day dedicated to getting outdoors with free activities for the whole family.

— Want to peek inside some of Austin’s most unique abodes? Check out the 6th Annual Austin Weird Homes Tour today only from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m., where you can take a self-guided tour between 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. of some of the area’s most eccentric homes. Tickets are $35, and kids ages 13 & under are free.

— Cuteness overload — it’s Jo’s 20th Annual Pet Parade! Costumed pets will parade down South Congress at 12 p.m. and finish at Jo’s Coffee for a costume competition, some food and drinks, and live music too. Want to participate? Sign up your pet here for $20, and all proceeds from the entry fees benefit local animal non-profits.

— Your family can enjoy pirate adventure like you’ve never seen before! Treasure Island in the Bay of Bengal is a favorite English classic with a Bollywood twist. The Sacred Cowgirls, Devi Dance Company, and Austin Scottish Rite Theater present music, dance, and action on the high seas! Tickets are $10-$15 and showtimes are 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. both Saturday and Sunday. Yarrr!

— Bring the family out to Rudy’s Country Store & BBQ 360’s for live music from Family Shiloh at 12 p.m. followed by an Easter Egg Hunt at 2 p.m. for kids ages 10 and under. Free ice cream for the kids, too!

—  Grab your baskets and head over to Pioneer Farms for Austin’s historic Pioneer Easter Scramble from 1-4 p.m. Enjoy 1800’s crafts, activities and Easter-themed sweets for sale. The gates will open at 1 p.m. with the first hunt at 1:30 p.m. Egg hunts will be staged based on children’s age: Ages 1-3 at 1:30 p.m. in the Town Square; Ages 4-7 at 2 p.m. in Sprinkle Field; Ages 8-11 at 2:30 p.m. at the German Emigrant Farm, and Ages 12- 15 at 3 p.m. at the Cotton Plantation. Tickets are $10.


WAIT, THERE’S MUCH MORE: You can browse our full list of Top Picks for Weekend Events for even more listings.

Have a great weekend!