We’ve spent the day curating our list. Use it as your guide to schedule the family fun next month. Are we missing something? Email nvillalpando@statesman.com.


Families Create! at Contemporary Austin.

Austin Museum Day. Find many free museums, both the tried and true and the unusual. Free. Sept. 18 austinmuseums.org

Bullock Museum. Free First Sunday. Discover the “La Belle: The Ship That Changed History.” Noon Sept. 4. American Indian Heritage Day. Performances and activities. Free. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., 6:30 to 8 p.m. Sept. 30. Bullock Museum, 1800 N. Congress Ave. thestoryoftexas.com.

Neill-Cochran House Museum. Sunday Funday. “Selfies on Paper.” Learn early photography techniques and make a pinhole camera. Free. 1-4 p.m. Sept. 4. Neill-Cochran House, 2310 San Gabriel St. nchmuseum.org

Thinkery. Little Builders! for kids 12 to 24 months. 9:45 a.m. Sept. 3 and Sept. 5; for kids 24 to 36 months, 10:45 a.m. Sept. 3 and Sept. 5, $20 one child and adult. Baby Bloomers for kids infant to 3. Learn about The Alamo, 9 a.m. Sept. 3; Enchanted Rock, 9 a.m. Sept. 10 and Sept. 12; the Johnson Space Center, 9 a.m. Sept. 17 and 19; Big Bend National Park, 9 a.m. Sept. 24 and 26. $4.50. Suminagashi Fabrics for kids 4 and older. Create Japanese marbled fabric. 11:15 a.m., 1:15 and 3:15 p.m., Sept. 3-4, Sept. 17-18. $8 child, $8 adult. Tinkering with Tools for ages 4-7. 12:15 p.m. Sept. 10-11, Sept. 24-25. $8 child, $8 adult. Woodworking for ages 8 and up. 2:15 and 4:15 p.m. Sept. 10-11, Sept. 24-25. $8 child, $8 adult. Spark Club: Get Amped. Design electric guitars. For ages 8-12. 3:30-5:30 p.m. Wednesdays. $80 a month. Thinkery, 1830 Simond Ave. Thinkeryaustin.org.

Contemporary Austin. Families Create! Waterworks. Learn how to make waves. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Sept. 10. Free. Laguna Gloria, 3809 W. 35th St. thecontemporaryaustin.org.

Texas Museum of Science & Technology Star Party. Every Friday in September, look at the stars in the parking lot. 8-10 p.m. Fridays. Science Saturday. Learn about the Science of Gaming. 4-6 p.m. Aug. 27. Texas Museum of Science & Technology, 1220 Toro Grande Drive, Cedar Park. txmost.org.

Monarch Appreciation Day. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Sept. 10. Children’s events, a butterfly tent and release. Zilker Botanical Garden Center, 2220 Barton Springs Road. zilkergarden.org.


Waller Creek Conservancy Sunday Funday. Crafts from Austin Creative Art Center, Austin Art Garage, Imagination Playground, Quick Draw Photo Booth and more. Entertainment Hey Lolly puppet show, Hideout Theater Improve and the Peterson Brothers. Plus food trucks and free frozen treats for the first 100 kids.  2-6 p.m. Sept. 18. Palm Park, 711 E. Third St. www.wallercreek.org

Austin Zoo Conservation Day. Celebrate the zoo’s 26th anniversary with activities and demonstrations from Texas Parks and Wildlife, Austin Astronomical Society, Travis Audubon, The Natural Gardener, TreeFolks, Travis County Master Gardeners, Horned Lizard Conservation Society, Millberg Farms, Two Hives Honey, Austin EcoNetwork, Texas Master Naturalists, 4-H Central and Girl Scouts. The first 200 visitors to Conservation Day will receive a free packet of native/heritage flower or vegetable plant seeds from Seed Savers and Native American Seed. 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Sept. 17. 10808 Rawhide Trail. austinzoo.org


“Mary Poppins.” See everyone’s favorite nanny come to life. $29-$79. 7:30 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday, 2:30 p.m. Sunday through Sept. 4. Zach Theatre’s Topfer Theatre, 202 S. Lamar Blvd. zachtheatre.org.

“Jamie Doesn’t Want to Take a Bath” will be in Round Rock next month.
Pollyanna Theatre Company

“Jamie Doesn’t Want to Take a Bath” from Pollyanna Theatre. 9 a.m. Sept. 10 and 17. Allen R. Baca Center, 301 W. Bagdad Ave. 11 a.m. Sept. 12 and 19, 9 a.m. Sept. 13 and 20. Round Rock Public Library, 216 E. Main St. $6.50. pollyannatheatrecompany.org.


The Alamo Drafthouse. “PBS Kids: Peg + Cat Mystery Hour.” Enjoy activities and watching several episodes of the show. 10 a.m. Sept. 10-11, Lakeline. Reserve tickets for $1-$3 donation online. drafthouse.com.


Children’s music from Front Door Concerts. Hear music from the likes of Staci Gray, Ms. Kat, Joe McDermott, Mr. Will, Terrence Taps, French to Music and more. 10 a.m.-noon Sept. 10. Central Market North. 4001 N. Lamar Blvd. frontdoorconcerts.com.


BookPeople story times. Story time with Angela Dominguez, who reads “Marta! Big and Small,” 11:30 a.m. Sep. 3. Jennifer Rustgi and Ashley White read “A Moon of My Own,” 2 p.m. Sept. 4. Ransom Riggs and Tahereh Mafi read “Tales of the Peculiar” and “Furthermore,” 7 p.m. Sept. 6. Sarah J. Maas reads “Empire of the Storms,” 6 p.m. Sept. 7. Christina Soontornvat reads “The Changeleings,” 3 p.m. Sept. 10. Bethany Hegedus reads “Be the Change: A Grandfather Gandhi Story,” 2 p.m. Sept. 11. Rafi Mittlefehldt reads “It Looks Like This,” 3 p.m. Sept. 18. Story time with Beth Guillot, who reads “Elizabeth the Dreamer,” 11:30 a.m. Sept. 24. Kristen-Paige Madonia reads “Invisible Fault Lines,” 7 p.m. Sept. 28. Ridley Pearson reads “Lock and Key: The Initiation,” 6 p.m. Sept. 29. Other story times: Riding Unicorns, 10:30 a.m. Sept. 6. Very Colorful story time, 10:30 a.m. Sept. 7. Gymboree, 11:30 a.m. Sept. 10. Silly story time, 10:30 a.m. Sept. 13. Ms. Staci story time, 10:30 a.m. Sept. 14. The Dark Knight story time, 11:30 a.m. Sept. 17. Armstrong Community Music School, 10:30 a.m. Sept. 20. Tiny Tails to You Petting Zoo, 10:30 a.m. Sept. 12. BookPeople Puppet Show Players, 10:30 a.m. Sept. 27. April and Amy story time, 10:30 a.m. Sept. 28.BookPeople, 603 N. Lamar Blvd. bookpeople.com

It’s all things Batman at Barnes & Noble.

Barnes & Noble Events: Batman Day. 2 p.m. Sept. 17, all locations. Phil Bildner reads “Rookie of the Year,” 2 p.m. Sept. 17, Round Rock. 11 a.m. Saturday story times at all locations: “If you Ever Want to Bring an Alligator to School, Don’t,” Sept. 3. “Ada Twist, Scientist,” Sept. 10. “Curious George,” Sept. 17. “The Cookie Fiasco!” Sept. 24.

At the library

Crafternoon. 3 p.m. Sept. 1. Carver Branch, 4 p.m. Sept. 8, Twin Oaks Branch; 3:30 p.m. Sept. 20, Howson Branch; 4 p.m. Sept. 29, Cepeda Branch.

Illustrator Angela Dominguez. 3:30 p.m. Sept. 2, Hampton Branch.

Saturday Family Movie: “Ghostbusters.” 2 p.m. Sept. 3, Windsor Park Branch.

Sew Happy. Learn to sew for ages 10 up. 5 p.m. Sept. 6, Manchaca Road Branch.

Tween and Teen STEAM. 5 p.m. Sept. 6, University Hills Branch, 5 p.m. Sept. 20, University Hills Branch.

Family Board Game Night. 5:30 p.m. Sept. 6, Faulk Central Library.

Teen Book Club “Nimona.” 7 p.m. Sept. 8, Yarborough Branch. “American Born Chinese,” 6:30 p.m. Sept. 20, Howson Branch.

Music and Movement. For ages 3-5. 11 a.m. Sept. 9, Milwood Branch, 11 a.m. Sept. 23, Howson Branch.

Made with Code. 1 p.m. Sept. 10, Ruiz Branch; 1 p.m. Sept. 17, Southeast Branch.

STEAM Saturdays. 2 p.m. Sept. 10, Little Walnut Creek Branch.

StoryBook Dance Making. 2 p.m. Sept. 11, Recycled Reads Bookstore.

Art Smart. 6:30 p.m. Sept. 13, Sept. 20 and Sept. 27, Willie Mae Kirk Branch,

Family Movie Night: Zootopia. 6:30 p.m. Sept. 13, Twin Oaks Branch; 5:30 p.m. Sept. 28, Carver Branch.

NBTween Book Club: “Gregor the Overlander.” 4 p.m. Sept. 14, Howson Branch. “Goose Girl.” 6 p.m. Sept. 15, Twin Oaks Branch. “The Twenty-One Balloons,” 6 p.m. Sept. 21, Yarborough Branch; “Roller Girl,” 6 p.m. Sept. 28, Spicewood Springs Branch.

Teen Geek Night. 5 p.m. Sept. 14, University Hills Branch.

Book Circle — Crafternoon! Letterboxing. 3:30 p.m. Sept. 15, Yarborough Branch. Alien invasion. 3:30 p.m. Sept. 22, Yarborough Branch.

Felt Friends World Tour: Dinosaur. For ages 10 and up. 6 p.m. Sept. 15, Yarborough Branch; 6 p.m. Sept. 21, Faulk Central Library.

The Best Nest Family Book Club: “The Secret Garden. 6 p.m. Sept. 15, Faulk Central Library.

Teen Book Club “Lumberjanes.” 6:30 p.m. Sept. 15, Spicewood Springs Branch.

Literature Live’s “Mother Goose on the Loose.” 6:30 p.m. Sept. 15, Willie Mae Kirk Branch;3:30 p.m. Sept. 16, Hampton Branch; 1 p.m. Sept. 17, Recycled Reads; 4:30 p.m. Sept. 20, Little Walnut Creek Branch; 10:30 a.m. Sept. 21, Terrazas Branch; 3:30 p.m. Sept. 22, Milwood Branch; 3:30 p.m. Sept. 26, Spicewood Springs Branch; 3:30 p.m. Sept. 27, Twin Oaks Branch; 3:30 p.m. Sept. 29, Yarborough Branch.

Perler Bead Palooza. 2 p.m. Sept. 18, Faulk Central Library.

Tween STEM Lab. 3 p.m. Sept. 21, Carver Branch.

Mother Daughter Book Club “The War that Saved My Life.” 6 p.m. Sept. 21, Hampton Branch.

Family Craft Night. 7 p.m. Sept. 22, Hampton Branch.

Daddy and Me Evening story time. 6 p.m. Sept. 26, Hampton Branch.