Here’s what’s happening in May for families. Did I miss something? Email me at Don’t forget to read my weekly family events calendar each Sunday in the paper and on Saturday online at There’s usually a video highlighting one event.



Ballet Austin. International Dance Day. For ages 10 and older. 1-5 p.m. May 1. $9 per class or $20 for the day. Family Stories & Music in Motion — Cinderella. For toddlers and preschoolers and their adult. 11 a.m. May 4. $15 one parent and child.Ballet Austin, 501 W. Third St.

Cinco de Mayo Fiesta! 6-8 p.m. May 4. Food, music and crafts. Montopolis Recreation Center, 1200 Montopolis Drive.

Maker Faire Austin. Make all kinds of things and watch others make things. 10-6 p.m. May 7-8. $11-$28. Palmer Events Center, 900 Barton Springs Road.

Celebrasia Austin. Dance demonstrations, country experience rooms, cooking demonstrations and kids’ activities. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. May 14. Asian American Resource Center, 8401 Cameron Road.

Maker Faire Austin lets you be creative with the help of artisans.

PBS Kids at the Alamo: “Thomas & Friends.” Watch six episodes on the big screen. 11 a.m. May 14. $1-$3. Slaughter Lane Alamo Drafthouse.

Zilker Botanical Garden Woodland Faerie Trail. Open May 16-June 24. Special Woodland Faerie Trail by Silver Moonlight June 17-19. Zilker Botanical Garden, 2220 Barton Spring Road.

Girlstart Starry Nights. Learn about ancient Egyptian mythology. 5:30 p.m. May 5. 1400 W. Anderson Lane.

Wild Families: Bloom. Identify different wildflowers for ages 3-16 and their families.1-3 p.m. May 14. Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave.


Mr. Johnny’s Kids Club Music Hour. Sing and dance and come early for muffins and juice. 10-11 a.m. May 1 and May 8. $3. Scottish Rite Theatre, 207 W. 18th St.


“Disney on Ice: Let’s Celebrate.” Mickey and friends celebrate all kinds of parties with folks from “Alice in wonderland,” “The Little Mermaid,” “Toy Story” and more. 7:30 p.m. May 5-7. 11:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. May 7; and 1:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. May 8. $15.75-$45.75. Cedar Park Center, 2100 Avenue of the Stars, Cedar Park.

“The Town Musicians of Mumbai.” Scottish Rite Theatre collaborates with Sacred Cowgirls Indian Swing Band with a Bollywood adaptation of a known tale. 1 p.m. May 1. $8-$12. Scottish Rite Theatre, 207 W. 18th St.

The Red Queen and Alice face off in “Alice in Wonderland” at Zach Theatre. Kirk Tuck

“Alice in Wonderland.” See Alice, the Cheshire Cat, the White Rabbit, Caterpillar, the Mad Hatter, the March Hare, Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum and more as they move throughout the Zach Theatre property. 2 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays through May 15. 11 a.m. May 1 is a sign-interpreted performance. $23 adults, $18 children. Whisenhunt stage, 1510 Toomey Road.

Pollyanna Theatre’s “Young Bear: The Story of Frances Slocum.” The story of a young girl who is taken to an American Indian village in the 1800s.For grades 2-5. 2 p.m. May 14, 15, 21, 22 and 4 p.m. May 14 and May 21. $12. Long Center, 700 W. Riverside Drive.

“The Wizard of Oz.” See it on stage. 7:30 p.m. May 27-28, 2 p.m. May 28 and 1 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. May 29. Long Center, 700 W. Riverside Drive.


Thinkery Workshops and events: Candlemaking. For ages 4-7. 10:30 a.m. May 7 and 2:30 p.m. May 8. $34 one adult and child. Woodworking. For ages 8 and older. 10:30 a.m. May 14 and 2:30 p.m. May 15. $34 one adult and child. Exploring Explosions. For ages 8 and older. 10:30 a.m. May 21 and 2:30 p.m. May 22. $34 one adult and child. Hydraulic Robots. For ages 4-7. 10:30 a.m. May 28 and 2:30 p.m. May 29. $29 one adult and child. Baby Bloomers for ages birth to 3 learn about famous artists. 9 a.m. Mondays and Saturdays. Little Builders play with tools. For ages 1 to 2, 9:45 May 7 and 9:45 a.m. May 9, and for ages 2-3, 10:45 a.m. May 7 and 10:45 a.m. May 9. $29 one adult and child. Spark Club. For ages 8 and older. Learn about Groovy Graphics. 3:30 p.m. May 4s. $72 per child. The Thinkery, 1830 Simond Ave.

From top left, Jennifer and Kevin Miller react as their daughter, Laurel, 4, center, takes part in an inertia game at the Bullock Texas State History Museum. DEBORAH CANNON / AMERICAN-STATESMAN

Bullock Museum. Free First May 1: Journey into Big Bend. Enjoy hands-on activities about the park. Explore fossils, learn about the plantlife, listen to a story, learn how to take nature photography and more. Noon-5 p.m. May 1. Living History Days. Historical characters come to life. 10 a.m. May 5. Science Thursday. See the museum come to life Enjoy hands-on activities. 10 a.m. May 19. Bullock Texas State History Museum, 1800 Congress Ave.

Texas Museum of Science & Technology. Star Party. Every Friday in May look at the stars in the parking lot. 8-10 p.m. May 6, 13, 20, 27. Science Saturday. Enjoy talks about science. 4-6 p.m. May 28. Texas Museum of Science & Technology, 1220 Toro Grande Drive, Cedar Park.

Contemporary Austin. Families Create! Recyled Robots. Make a robot and then bring it to life in the animation station. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. May 21. Free. Laguna Gloria, 3809 W. 35th St.

Umlauf Sculpture Garden. Family Day. Do yoga, hear a story, play with clay. 1-5 p.m. May 8. Free. Kids Kraft. For grades kindergarten-2. Wired and Weird. Create abstract sculpture with wire and yarn. 10 a.m. May 14. Making Multiples. Experiment with casting techniques and colors. 10 a.m. Noon May 21. $10 members. Umlauf Sculpture Garden, 605 Robert E. Lee Road.

Hill Country Science Mill. Game Worlds Game Day. Professional game developers teach about animation, illustration, programming and graphic arts. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. May 7. Free with admission. Hill Country Science Mill, 101 S. Lady Bird Lane, Johnson City.

Ney Day. See a new sculpture and more family activities. Noon-5 p.m. May 21. Elizabet Ney Museum, 304 E. 44th St.


BookPeople events: Nanci Turner Stevenson reads “Swing Sideways.” 7 p.m. May 3. Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff with Amy Tintera read and sign “Illuminae” and “Ruined.” 2 p.m. May 8. Shannon Messenger and Chris Howard read and sign “Let the Wind Rise” and “Night Speed.” 7 p.m. May 12. Jennifer Armentrout reads “The Problem with Forever.” 6 p.m. May 20. Carolyn Cohagan reads “Time Zero.” 3 p.m. May 21. Samantha Mabry and Joy Preble read and sign “A Fierce and Subtle Poison” and “It Wasn’t Always Like This.” 1 p.m. May 22. Story times: “I Love Mom,” 10:30 a.m. May 3. “Costumed Story Time with Piggie and Gerald!” 10:30 a.m. May 4. Story time with Author Brian Lies, 11:30 a.m. May 7. Eat What You Want, 10:30 a.m. May 10. Ms. Staci Story Time, 10:30 a.m. May 11. Seaside Story Time, 11:30 a.m. May 14. Tiny Tails to You Petting Zoo, 10:30 a.m. May 17. Bears, Bears, and More Bears, 11:30 a.m. May 21. Things That Go, 10:30 a.m. May 24. Bliss Kid Yoga, 10:30 a.m. May 25. Monkeys and Gorillas, 11:30 a.m. May 28. Bug Out, 10:30 a.m. May 31. BookPeople, 603 N. Lamar Blvd.

Barnes & Noble story times.

11 a.m. Saturday story times at all locations: Mother’s Day Story Time, May 7; “If you Ever Want to Bring a Piano to the Beach, Don’t!” May 14; ThankoRama Story Time, May 21; and “Our Great Big Backyard,” May 28. Other story times: “The Book with No Pictures,” 11 a.m. May 4, Lakeline; “Pig in a Wig,” 11 a.m. May 25, Lakeline; “Naughty Mabel,” 11 a.m. Tuesday, Round Rock; “Silly Wonderful You,” 7 p.m. May 6, Round Rock; “Mamasaurus,” 11 a.m. May 10, Round Rock; “I’ll Catch You if You Fall,” 7 p.m. May 13; “The Grumpy Pets,” 11 a.m. May 17, Round Rock; “Bug Zoo,” 7 p.m. May 16, Round Rock; “Let’s Go for a Drive!” 11 a.m. May 24, Round Rock; “Chicken Lily,” 7 p.m. May 27, Round Rock; and “Don’t Touch This Book!” 11 a.m. May 31, Round Rock. “Star-Wars” X-Wing Event. Celebrate May the 4th Be With You and learn to play the “Star Wars” X-Wing game. 7 p.m. May 4, Sunset Valley, Round Rock and Lakeline; 6:30 p.m. May 4, Arboretum and Hill Country Galleria.; Corduroy visits, noon May 21, Hill Country Galleria. Dr. Seuss Day, 11 a.m. May 18, Lakeline.


“This one blows up and this one inflates itself!” Seth and Evelyn Ledezma, 9 and 7 year-old, re-create Angry Birds characters at Crafternoon at the Manchaca Road Branch.

Crafternoon. 3:30 p.m. May 3, Terrazas; 4 p.m. May 6, Spicewood Springs Branch; 3:30 p.m. May 9, Manchaca Road Branch; 4 p.m. May 12, Twin Oaks Branch; 3:30 p.m. May 17, Terrazas Branch; 3:30 p.m. May 23, Manchaca Road Branch; 3:30 p.m. May 24, Howson Branch.

Sew Happy. For ages 10 and up. 5 p.m. May 3, Manchaca Road Branch.

“Star Wars” Jedi Training Camp. For ages 5-12. 3:30 pm. May 4, Yarborough Branch.

May the 4th Be With You — “Star Wars” Puppets. For ages 5 and up. 3:30 p.m. May 4, Manchaca Road Branch.

Little Builders with Tents and Tunnels and Blocks. For ages 15 months to 5. 10:30 a.m. May 5, Yarborugh Branch.

Book Circle: Screen-Free Week: Reader’s Theater and Puppets. 3:30 p.m. May 5, Yarborough branch.

“Star Wars” vs. “Star Trek” — Night to Nerd Out. 6 p.m. May 6, Windsor Park Branch.

Roller Derby Day. Noon, May 7, Manchaca Road Branch.

Family Movie Matinee: “The Peanuts Movie.” 2 p.m. May 7, Windsor Park Branch.

StoryBook Dance Making. 2 p.m. May 8, Recycled Reads BookStore.

Free Comic Book Day. Get a free comic book, 3 p.m. May 9, all branches.

Family Movie Night: “The Good Dinosaur.” 6:30 p.m., May 10, Twin Oaks Branch; 4 p.m. May 17, Cepeda Branch.

Felt Friends World Tour. Make a tiny cat. 4:30 p.m. May 11, Spicewood Springs Branch.

Book Circle: Legos and Duplos. 3:30 p.m. May 12, Yarborough Branch.

Maker Mania: Meet a Scientists and Make Something. For ages 5-12. Faulk Central Library.

Art Lab for the Littles. For ages 3 to 6. 11 a.m. May 19, Terrazas Branch.