Family events happening in March

Each month we put together a list of events for families happening the next month. Check out what’s coming to museums, movie theaters, stages, libraries and more near you. Did we miss something? Send it to

Daniel McLean, 7, gets excited as he runs behind a kite with Julian Martinez during the 2015 ABC Zilker Kite Festival. RICARDO B. BRAZZIELL / AMERICAN-STATESMAN

Daniel McLean, 7, gets excited as he runs behind a kite with Julian Martinez during the 2015 ABC Zilker Kite Festival. RICARDO B. BRAZZIELL / AMERICAN-STATESMAN


Domain Northside Kids. Come to the lawn at the Domain Northside for activities for kids 18 months to 6 years old. Free. 10 a.m.-noon March 1.

Explore UT. Enjoy different events throughout the University of Texas Campus, including fossil identifying, making clouds in a bottle, architecture out of spaghetti, playing with Shakespeare, popsicle stick catapults, balloon rocket racers, testing paper airplanes, fun with optics, mock law school class, computer science roadshow, learn Danish in 40 minutes, and more. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 4. 

This is Happening Without Your Permission. Women’s History Month event with Riot Grrrl. Workshops on podcasting, zine-making, and songwriting workshop from Girls Rock Austin. Free. Noon-5 p.m. March 4, Windsor Park Branch of the Austin Public Library.

It’s My Park Day. Volunteer as a family to clean up a park. March 4.

ABC Kite Festival. Fly a kite as well as make one. New this year, kids zone with face painting, kite making, hair braiding and more sponsored by St. David’s Children’s Hospital and MossFest Children’s Concert from Texas Mutual with bands like Hey Lolly and Trout Fishing in America. Free. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 5. (Rain date March 12). Zilker Park. Parking is available at the state garage at 1604 Colorado St., and at the Burger Activity Center, 3200 Jones Road. Shuttles will bring you to the park for $5 for people 12 and older. 

Easter Bunny photos. Get your picture taken with THE bunny. March 11 to April 15 at Barton Creek Square, Lakeline Mall and Round Rock Premium Outlets. A Caring Bunny, for kids who need a little extra time and understanding is 9-11 a.m. March 26 at Round Rock, 10-11:30 a.m. April 2 at Lakeline and 9 a.m.-10:30 a.m. April 2 at Barton Creek Square. Schedule your time with the bunny at

Bridging Cultures Storytime: Little Red Riding Hood tales from Asia. With a treasure hunt and story time. 10 a.m. March 11. Asian American Resource Center, 8401 Cameron Road.

Zilker Garden Festival. Many kids events within the garden festival including building birdhouses. $10 adults, $4 children 4-12. 10 a.m.-7 p.m. March 25, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. March 26. 2220 Barton Springs Road.

Cowboy Breakfast. Kick off Rodeo Austin with free breakfast chuckwagon style. 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. March 3. Long Center, 701 W. Riverside Drive. 

Rodeo Austin. Check out the rodeo, stock show, fair and more. 10 a.m. to midnight March 11-25. $8 dults, $5 child ages 3-12, free 2 and younger. Rodeo, concert and carnival extra. 9100 Decker Lake Road. 

Youth Ceramic Workshop. For ages 7-12.  10 a.m. March 14 or March 16. $25. Asian American Resource Center, 8401 Cameron Road. Register: 

Rockin’ Holi Party. South Asian Austin Families Got Talent – a parent and child talent show, organic Holi colors, DJ Anupi, tween and teen dance party, Holi games and food. $5 ages 2 and older, available online. Noon-7 pm. March 26. Asian American Resource Center, 8401 Cameron Road.


David Peńa as Gerald the Elephant and Amanda Clifton as Piggie in the 2017 production of “Elephant And Piggie: We Are In A Play!” at ZachTheatre. Photo by Kirk Tuck


“Elephant and Piggie: We Are in a Play!” The Mo Willems story comes to the stage. 2 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays through April 30 (except March 11). 11 a.m. Saturdays April 15, 22, 29. Sensory-friendly and sign-language interpreted 2 p.m. March 4. $16-$21. Zach Theatre’s Kleberg Theatre, 1421 W. Riverside Drive.

“Tales of Tenali.” Enjoy this Indian street music theater performance from Stage Sanchaar. $10-$6. 1 p.m. March 4, 11 a.m. March 5. Scottish Rite Theater, 207 W. 18th St.

Cirque du Soleil “OVO.” See artists do what insects do: fly, crawl and work and more 7:30 p.m. March 15-18, 4 p.m, March 18, 1:30 p.m. and 5 p.m. March 19. $25-$149. H-E-B Center at Cedar Park, 2100 Avenue of the Stars, Cedar Park.

“Sesame Street Live: Elmo Makes Music.” 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. March 24, 10:30 a.m., 2 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. March 25, and 1 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. March 26. $13-$75. Erwin Center, 1701 Red River St.


“Sesame Street Live” returns with “Elmo Makes Music.”

“All Aboard.” Pollyanna Theater presents this story for children 18 months to 4 years old about everything on wheels. 9:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. March 30-April 1, April 4-8. $6.50. The Long Center, 701 W. Riverside Drive.


The Bullock Texas State History Museum will be free on March 5. DEBORAH CANNON / AMERICAN-STATESMAN


Bullock Museum. Living History Days. Texas historical figures wander the museum. 10 a.m. March. 2. H-E-B Free First Sunday: Texas Heritage. See what your Texas roots say about you with special hands-on programs. Free. Noon-5 p.m. March 5. Science Thursday. Hands-on activities from Central Texas Discover Engineering including boat races. 10 a.m. March 9. Spring Break at the Bullock Museum. Drop in for hands-on activities. March 13-March 17. Story time. For ages 2 to 5. 10 a.m. March 23. Bullock Museum, 1800 N. Congress Ave.

Neill-Cochran House Museum. Sunday Funday: The Lightbulb and the Electric Motor. Learn how these technologies were revolutionary. 1-4 p.m. March 5. Free. Neill-Cochran House, 2310 San Gabriel St.

Thinkery. Little Thinkers Club: Art Start: My Many Colors. 9:45 a.m. Wednesdays for 1-year-olds, 10:45 a.m. Wednesdays for 2-year-olds through March 29. $20 per class. Tinkering Tots: Build the City! 9:45 a.m. Fridays for 2-year-olds; 10:45 a.m. Fridays for 3-year-olds through March 31. $20 a class. Baby Bloomers for kids infant to 3. Study the garden this month. 9 a.m. Mondays and Saturdays except March 13. Special guests throughout the month. $5. Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss: Egg Planters and Truffula Trees. For ages 4 and up. 11:15 a.m., 1:15 p.m. or 3:15 p.m. March 4-5, March 18-19. $8. Storytelling with Ozobots. Learn to code. For ages 4 and up. 11:15 a.m. March 11-13, March 25-26. $8. Stop Motion Animation. For ages 8 and up. 1:15 p.m. and 3:15 p.m. March 11-13, March 25-26. $8. Thinkery, 1830 Simond Ave.

Laguna Gloria Contemporary Art Museum holds family events on the second Saturday of each month.

Contemporary Austin. Art Free-For All! See what the Contemporary Austin has to offer and enjoy hands-on activity. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. March. 11. Free. Laguna Gloria, 3809 W. 35th St.

Hill Country Science Mill. World Music, World Stories. Hear bands playing music from around the world. $10 adults $8.50 kids and seniors, children 2 and younger, free. 1-6 p.m. March 18. Homeschool Day. See special demonstrations. March 8. Hill Country Science Mill, 101 S. Lady Bird Lane, Johnson City.

Texas Museum of Science & Technology. Wee-Searchers for children 5 and younger. Learn about science through song, play and stories. 9 a.m. March 8 and March. 22. Teenergy. Science geared toward teens. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. March 11. Star Party. Look at the stars. 8 p.m. March 31. Texas Museum of Science & Technology, 1220 Toro Grande Drive, Cedar Park.

Umlauf Sculpture Garden & Museum. Art Workshops: Shaping Spaces, Student Exhibition. Noon, March 4. Family Day. Celebrate female artists, make art, hear a story and more. Noon-4 p.m. March 12. Free. Kids Kraft Play with Prints. 9 a.m. March 18 kindergarten through second grade; 11 a.m. March 18 third through fifth grade. $15. Umlauf Sculpture Garden & Museum, 605 Robert E. Lee Road.

Wildflower Center. Sprouts. Hands-on preschool program. 10 a.m. Wednesdays and Fridays. Nature Play Hour. Play in the Family Garden. 11 a.m. Saturdays. Tracks, Scats and Signs. Learn how to identify which animals have been there. 10 a.m.-noon March 25. $10-$15. Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave.


Bill Childs of Spare the Rock on KUTX presents these fun music for family events:

“Family Music Meltdown.” Hear music from Red Yarn, The Deedle Deedle Dees, Ralph’s World, Riders Against the Storm, Strumero, and El Tule. Free. 3 p.m.-6:30 p.m. March 15. Pan Am Park, 2100 E. Third St.

“Willie is for Everyone.” Celebrate Willie Nelson’s music with the family with music from Little Miss Ann, the Barton Hills Choir with very special guest Ray Benson, Ralph’s World, Red Yarn, The Que Pastas, Beth Chrisman, Suzanna Choffel, Sugar Free Allstars, Rockaroni & Cheese, Lucky Diaz, and the Deedle Deedle Dees. 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. March 17. Scottish Rite Theater, 207 W. 18th St. $3 adults, $1 children.

Rock & Read at the Domain. Musicians include Riders Against the Storm, Lucky Diaz, the Deedle Deedle Dees, Little Miss Ann and Sugar Free Allstars. 2-5:30 p.m. March 18. Free. Domain lawn by Dick’s Sporting Goods and Dillard’s.

KUTx live broadcast kids’ music lineup. The KUTx live broadcast at the Four Seasons during South by Southwest will feature children’s music at 8:30 a.m. and 9:30 a.m. March 15-18. Hear Ralph’s World and Red Yarn March 15, The Que Pastas and Joe McDermott on March 16, Lucky Diaz and the Family Jam Band and The Deedle Deedle Dees on March 17, and Little Miss Anne and Sugar Free Allstars on March 18. Free. Four Seasons Hotel, 98 San Jacinto Blvd.

“Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” began the book and movie series.


Movies in the Park: “Aladdin.” 7 p.m. March 9. Patterson Park. 4200 Brookview Road.

Kids Camp: “Harry Potter & The Sorcerer’s Stone.” 10:10 a.m. March 10-11, 13-16, 10:15 March 12, Alamo Drafthouse Lakeline; “Shrek,” 10 a.m. March 10, 9:45 a.m. March 11-12, Slaughter Lane. 10 a.m. March 10-16, Village Theater, 12:25 p.m. March 13-15, Mueller.

PBS Kids “Odd Squad: The Movie.” 1:45 a.m. March 11, 1;50 a.m. March 12. Alamo Drafthouse Lakeline; 12:15 a.m. March 11-12 Slaughter Lane.

Harry Potter Fest. The new BlueStarlight South drive-in theater is showing two Harry Potter films each weekday of spring break, March 12-17, in order. $25 per person for the whole week.  12419 Lowden Lane.


“Beauty and the Beast” Family Party. 10 a.m. March 18, Alamo Drafthouse Slaughter Lane.


BookPeople events. PJ Hoover reads “Tut: My Epic Battle to Save the World,” 2 p.m. March 4; Yvette Grove reads “Lily’s Deliciously Different Day,” 2 p.m. March 5; Benjamin Alire Sáenz reads “The Inexplicable Logic of My Life,” 7 p.m. March 21; Danielle Paige reads “The End of Oz,” 7 p.m. March 22. Story times. Eric Carle, 10:30 a.m. March. 1; Dr. Seuss story time, 11:30 a.m. March 4; Ms. Staci, 10:30 a.m. March 8; Brand New Books, 11:30 a.m. March 11; Tiny Tails to You, 10:30 a.m. March 15; Family Favorites, 11:30 a.m. March 18; Armstrong Community Music School, 10:30 a.m. March 21; Spring has Sprung, 10:30 a.m. March 22; Paramount Theatre, 11:30 a.m. March 25; Heartsong Music, 10:30 a.m. March 28; Preposterous Puppet Show, 10:30 a.m. March 29. BookPeople, 603 N. Lamar Blvd.

“The LEGO Batman Movie,” from Warner Bros.

Barnes & Noble Events: “The Lego Batman Movie,” Event. 2 p.m. March 11, Sunset Valley, Lakeline. Saturday story times at all locations: “Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site,” (with sign language interpretation at Sunset Valley) March 4; Dance story time, March 11; Egg story time, (with sign language interpretation at Sunset Valley) March 18; Create Your Own Little Golden Book, March 25.

At the library

Music & Movement. 3:30 p.m. March 1, Hampton Branch; 11 a.m. March 3, Milwood Branch; 11:30 a.m. March 8, Manchaca Road Branch; 3:30 p.m. March 20, Manchaca Road Branch; 11 a.m. March 23, Howson Branch; 11 a.m. March 30, Howson Branch.

Vellamo: Folk Tunes from Finland. 7 p.m. March 1, Yarborough Branch.

Preschool Drive-In Movie. 11 a.m. March 2, Yarborough Branch.

Texas Family Storytime. 2 p.m. March 2, 9, St. John Branch.

Literature Live! Presents “Little Peep.” 3:30 p.m. March 2, North Village Branch; 3:30 p.m. March 6, Spicewood Springs Branch; 4:30 p.m. March 7, Little Walnut Creek Branch; 10:15 a.m. March 8, Windsor Park Branch; 3:30 p.m. March 9, Milwood Branch; 3:30 p.m March 21, Twin Oaks Branch; 6:30 p.m. March 23, Manchaca Road Branch; 10:15 a.m. March 28, Cepeda Branch; 10:30 a.m. March 29, Terrazas Branch.

Bow Wow Reading with Bonnie the Dog. 11:30 a.m. March 4, March 11, March 18, March 25, Yarborough Branch; 3:30 p.m. March 9, North Village Branch.

Express Yourself Through Social Media. Learn how to use social media for activism, music, art and filmmaking for ages 10 and up. 1 p.m.-2:30 p.m. Saturdays March 11-March 25. Ruiz Branch.

Seth and Evelyn Ledezma, 9 and 7 year-old, recreate Angry Birds characters “Bomb Bird” and “Atomic Bird” among other creatures at Crafternoon in 2014.

Crafternoon. 3:30 p.m. March 6, Manchaca Road Branch; 3 p.m. March 9, Carver Branch; 4 p.m. March 9, Twin Oaks Branch; 4 p.m. March 14, Cepeda Branch; 3:30 p.m. March 21; 4 p.m. March 28, Windsor Park Branch.

T(w)een STEAM Lab. For ages 7 and up. 3 p.m. March 7, Carver Branch.

Sew Happy. 5 p.m. March 7, Manchaca Road Branch.

Tabletop Tuesday. Play board games. 5:30 p.m. March 7, 14, 21, 28, Faulk Central Library.

Art Smart: Carnival Masks. 6:3 p.m. March 7, Willie Mae Kirk Branch. Holi Festival of Colors, 6:30 p.m. March 14; Phoenix Art, 6:30 p.m. March 21, Fairies, 6:30 p.m. March 28.

NBTween Book Club “Gone Crazy in Alabama.” 4 p.m. March 8, Howson Branch; “The Wild Robot.” 6 p.m. March15, Yarborough Branch; “Ghosts,” 6 p.m. March 16, Twin Oaks Branch; “Doll Bones,” 6 p.m. March 29, Spicewood Springs Branch.

Teen Book Club “The Ruins of Gorlan.” 7 p.m. March 9, Yarborough Branch; “Six of Crows,” 6:30 p.m. March 16, Spicewood Springs Branch; “Wolf by Wolf,” 6:30 p.m. March 21.

“Finding Dory” gives parents a reminder on how to talk to their children about differences.

Saturday Family Movie “Finding Dory.” 2 p.m. March 11, Windsor Park Branch.

Austin Ukestra Ukelele group. 1 p.m. March 12, Recycled Reads Bookstore.

Storybook Dance Making. 2 p.m. March 12, Recycled Reads Bookstore.

Spring Break Movie “Pete’s Dragon.” 4 p.m. March 13, Cepeda Branch. “Moana,” 4 p.m. March 15, Cepeda Branch.

Shere Khan the tiger, voiced by Idris Elba, appears in a scene from, “The Jungle Book.” Disney

Family Movie Night “The Jungle Book.” 6:30 p.m. March 14, Twin Oaks Branch.

Family Craft Night. For ages 5 and up. 6 p.m. March 15, Howson Branch.

Mother Daughter Book Club “Number the Stars.” 6 p.m. March 15, Hampton Branch.

Friday Night Matinee: “Night at the Museum.” 2 p.m. March 17, Old Quarry Branch.

The Contemporary Austin Presents: Preschool Art Hour. 10:15 a.m. March 21, Pleasant Hill Branch; 10:15 a.m. March 30, Carver Branch.

Read It, Sing It, Let Us Hear It: open-mic night. 1 p.m. March 25, Carver Branch.

Perler Bead Palooza. 3 p.m. March 26, Faulk Central Library.