A lot of schools have student holidays on Monday. That makes for a long weekend of keeping kids busy. You’re in luck. There are a lot of things happening in and around Austin for families this weekend. Here are a few ideas.




Texas Museum of Science & Technology Star Party. Every Friday in October, look at the stars in the parking lot. 9 p.m. Fridays. Texas Museum of Science & Technology, 1220 Toro Grande Drive, Cedar Park. txmost.org.

Thinkery. Tinkering Tots: Make it Move. 9:45 a.m. Fridays for 2-year-olds; 10:45 a.m. Fridays for 3-year-olds through Nov. 18. $20 a class. Thinkery, 1830 Simond Ave. Thinkeryaustin.org.

Explore all kinds of bugs at the Wildflower Center Friday night.

Wildflower Center. Bug Night Out! See the bugs come to life with your flashlight, plus hands-on activities. 6-9 p.m. Friday. Wildflower Center, 4801 LaCrosse Ave. wildflower.org.

Music & Movement. 11 a.m. Friday, Milwood Branch.


Boo at the Zoo. Dress up and enjoy the zoo with Halloween-themed activities. 6:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays in October. $15. Austin Zoo, 10808 Rawhide Trail. austinzoo.org


Austin Kiddie Limits. Hear kids music plus build things, make art and dance. Free for kids 10 and younger with parent with a wristband at the Austin City Limits Music Festival. 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday-Sunday. Zilker Park. aclfestival.com/kids.


Sweet Berry Farm fall fun. The Texas-shaped hay maze and smaller candy corn hay maze are open through Nov. 6. You can also find hay rides, pumpkin decorating, a train and more. Priced per event. 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday-Saturday and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday. 1801 FM 1980, Marble Falls. sweetberryfarm.com.


Baby Bloomers for kids infant to 3. Learn about corn, 9 a.m. Saturday. $4.50. Thinkery, 1830 Simond Ave. Thinkeryaustin.org.

Contemporary Austin. Families Create! Tall Tales. Write a book with Austin Bat Cave. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday. Free. Laguna Gloria, 3809 W. 35th St. thecontemporaryaustin.org.

Sandy Loker reads “Can I Sniff My Way To Heaven?” 11:30 a.m. Saturday. BookPeople, 603 N. Lamar Blvd. bookpeople.com.

Barnes & Noble. 11 a.m. Saturday story times at all locations: “Tek: The Modern Caveboy,” Saturday.

Saturday Movie Matinee, “Victor Frankenstein,” 2 p.m. Saturday, University Hills Branch.

“Rosita y Conchita” is on stage at Scottish Rite Theater.

Star Wars Reads Day. 2 p.m. Saturday, Windsor Park Branch.


“Rosita y Conchita.” See this bilingual Día de los Muertos play about two sisters who try to reunite. $8-$12. Saturday-Sunday and Oct. 16, 22-23 and 30. Scottish Rite Theater, 207 W. 18th St. scottishritetheater.org.

Barton Hill Farms fall festival. Find a lot to do including the maze in the shape of Lonesome Dove, live music, pumpkin painting, train rides and more. 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday. Through Nov. 13. $11 adults, $8 3-10 years old, free for children 2 and younger. $1 off online. Barton Hill Farms, 1115 FM 969, Bastrop. bartonhillfarms.com.

Superhero capes for ages 4 and older. 11:15 a.m. Saturday-Sunday and Oct. 22-23. $8 child, $8 adult. Sewn Circuits for ages 8 and up. Make light-up embroidery. 1:15 p.m. and 3:15 p.m. Saturday- Sunday and Oct. 22-23. $8child, $8 adult. Thinkery, 1830 Simond Ave. Thinkeryaustin.org.


“The Arkansaw Bear.” 2:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday and 11 a.m. Monday. Free, but reservations recommended. Austin Playhouse, 6001 Airport Blvd., South Entrance. www.austinplayhouse.com


“The Arkansaw Bear” is at Austin Playhouse this weekend.

Literature Live! “Mother Goose on the Loose.” 2 p.m. Sunday, Faulk Central Library.

Austin Ukestra Ukulele Group. 1 p.m. Sunday, Recycled Reads Bookstore.

Storybook Dance Making. 2 p.m. Sunday, Recycled Reads Bookstore.


Thinkery. The Thinkery is open on Monday, when it typically is closed except for Baby Bloomers. It’s the Great Pumpkin! Paint a pumpkin and look inside a pumpkin. 9:45 a.m. Monday for 1-year-olds; 10:45 a.m. Monday for 2-year-olds ; 11:45 a.m. Monday for 3-year-olds, $20 one child and adult. Baby Bloomers for kids infant to 3. Learn about corn, 9 a.m. Monday. $4.50. Thinkery, 1830 Simond Ave. Thinkeryaustin.org.

Monstober: Frankenfigures. 4:30 p.m. Monday, Willie Mae Kirk Branch.

Felt Friends World Tour: Panda Pin. 5 p.m. Monday, Ruiz Branch.