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Family events happening in May

Each month we put together a list of events for families. Check out what’s coming to museums, movie theaters, stages, libraries and more near you.


“Never Grow Up: A Disney Art Show.” Mondo Gallery presents this show through May 13. Mondo Gallery, 4115 Guadalupe St.

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 May 3. Reservations required

GirlStart: Starry Nights. See the indoor planetarium. Free. 5:30 p.m. May 4 GirlStart, 1400 W. Anderson Lane.

The Big Baby Bash & Family Jam. Find information on everything from prenatal to preschool. Test out the latest baby gear and network with parents. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 6. Free. Northwest Hills Methodist Church, 7050 Village Center Drive.

CelebrASIA Austin Asian Pacific American Food & Heritage Festival. See cultural performances, taste different foods and enjoy kids activities. This year it’s the year of the mango with mango-themed foods and activities. Free, food for purchase. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 6. Asian American Resource Center, 8401 Cameron Road

Disney on Ice: Dream Big. Tinkerbell takes you on a tour of some of Disney’s favorite characters. 7:30 p.m. May 10-13, 11:30 p.m. May 13, 3:30 p.m. May 13, 1 p.m. May 14. $12.75-$47.75. H-E-B Center, 2100 Avenue of the Stars, Cedar Park.

KUTX Live at Mueller. Spare the Rock brings together family-friendly music. This month it’s Yes Ma’am Brass Band. 7 p.m. May 12. Free. Lake Park Amphitheater.

Cassandra and the Night Sky (Bright Sky Press, $19.95) by Amy Jackson, who will be at Barnes & Noble Arboretum May 13.

Maker Faire Austin. See artists and scientists and crafters make things and make some things with them. $9-$30. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. May 13-14. Palmer Events Center, 900 Barton Springs Road.

Geology and Fossil Hunt. Shoal Creek Conservancy and Austin Science & Nature Center team together for this event. Seider Springs Park, 1380 W. 34th St.

Faerie month at Zilker Botanical Garden: Faerie Landscape Workshop. Learn how to make a garden suitable for a fairy. $5, plus $25 kit. 9 a.m. or noon May 7. Woodland Faerie Trail. See fairy houses on this trail. May 27-June 30. Free with admission. Zilker Botanical Garden, 2220 Barton Springs Road.

Fairytale Tea Party. Dress as a princess and play games and make crafts. 10 a.m. May 20. Gus Garcia Recreation Center, 1201 E. Rundberg Lane. 512-339-0016.

José Joaquín Hernández (Alessandro Sánchez) and Oscar Torres (Ben Bazán) do a special handshake over a new game in “JJ’s Arcade.” Kirk Tuck


“JJ’s Arcade.” Zach Theater and Teatro Vivo present this play about a boy who builds an arcade out of leftover cardboard. For ages 7 and up. 7 p.m. Fridays, 2 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, through May 7. $13-$15. Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center, 600 River St.

Stories & Music in Motion: “Alice in Wonderland.” For ages 18 months to 4 years old. Explore the story of “Alice in Wonderland” with movement and music. 11 a.m. May 3. $15. Ballet Austin, 501 W. Third St.

Popovich Comedy Pet Theatre. See 30 rescued pets put on a show with juggler Gregory Popovich. 7 p.m. May 6. $20-$33. Paramount Theatre, 713 Congress Ave.

“Playing Possum: A Trickster Tale from Mexico.” Pollyanna Theater presents folktale. 11:30 a.m. May 12, 15, 18-19; 2 p.m. May 13-14, 20-21; and 9:30 a.m. May 15, 18-19. $10-$14. The Long Center, 701 W. Riverside Drive.

The Bullock Texas State History Museum is free on May 7. DEBORAH CANNON / AMERICAN-STATESMAN


Bullock Museum. Living History Days. See historical figures dressed up. 10 a.m. May 4. H-E-B Free First Sunday: Family. Special family programs throughout the museum. 10 a.m. May 7. Little Texans. For ages 2-5. 10 a.m. May 11. Science Thursdays. Hands-on activities from Central Texas Discover Engineering including boat races. 10 a.m. May 18. Story time. For ages 2 to 5. 10 a.m. May 25. Bullock Museum, 1800 N. Congress Ave.

Neill-Cochran House Museum. History Lab: Printed Text and Images. Learn basic printing techniques.1-4 p.m. May 7. Free. Neill-Cochran House, 2310 San Gabriel St.

Thinkery. Little Thinkers Club: Art Start: Upcycle! 9:45 a.m. Wednesdays for 1-year-olds, 10:45 a.m. Wednesdays for 2-year-olds through May 24. $20 per class. Tinkering Tots: Mini Music Makers! 9:45 a.m. Fridays for 2-year-olds; 10:45 a.m. Fridays for 3-year-olds through May 26. $20 a class. Namaste and Play. It’s yoga, art and movement all together. 9:45 a.m. May 29 for 1-year-olds, 10:45 a.m. May 29 for 2-year-olds, 11:45 a.m. May 29 for 3-year-olds. $20. Baby Bloomers. For infant to 3. Learn about spring all month long. 9 a.m. Mondays and Saturdays. Special guests throughout the month. $5. Decoding DNA. For 4 and up. 11:15 a.m., 1:15 p.m., 3:15 p.m. May 6-7, May 20-21. $8. Programmable Possibilities. For ages 4 and up. 11:15 a.m. and 1:15 a.m. May 13-14, May 26-29. $8. Mechanical Wonders. For ages 8 up. 3:15 p.m. May 13-14, May 26-29. $8. Thinkery, 1830 Simond Ave.

Contemporary Austin. Families Create: Recycled Robots. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. May 13.Free. Laguna Gloria, 3809 W. 35th St.

Hill Country Science Mill. Girl Scout Day. Learning labs and badge earning possibilities. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. May 6. Home School Day. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. May 10. 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. May 10 and May 24. Star Party. Look at the stars. 8 p.m. Fridays. Texas Museum of Science & Technology, 1220 Toro Grande Drive, Cedar Park.

Bianca Serra, 4, visited the Umlauf Sculpture Garden with her family where she prayed with a bronze statue of a nun. LAURA SKELDING / AMERICAN-STATESMAN

Umlauf Sculpture Garden & Museum. Family Day. Mother’s Day with a Kimono Fashion Show hosted by the Japan America Society of Greater Austin. 10-4 p.m. May 14. Free. Kids Kraft Art 'Zines. 9 a.m. May 13 kindergarten through second grade; 11 a.m. May 13 third through fifth grade. $15. Umlauf Sculpture Garden & Museum, 605 Robert E. Lee Road.

Family Day. The Art & Geometry of Sebastián’s Transformables. Fold paper in art inspired by Sebastián. 1-4 p.m. May 14. Free. Mexic-Arte, 419 Congress Ave.

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. Garden Bug Trackers. Learn how to track bugs as a family. Noon May 25. Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave.

Toybrary Austin. Gardening Class. 10:45 a.m. Tuesdays. Free. Drop-in Music Class. 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. Wednesdays. $7. Mayday celebration. 10:30 a.m. May 4. Galaxy on a Canvas art class. 10:30 a.m. May 7. $10. Clay bowls and magnets. 10:30 a.m. May 13. $10. Meet Abby Cadabby from “Sesame Street.” 10:30 a.m. May 18. Sugar Cookie Decorating with La Patisserie. 10:30 a.m. May 25. Family Night Out with Staci Gray. 5:30 p.m. May 27. $10 per child. Toybrary Austin, 7817 Rockwood Lane, Suite 101.


Movies in the Park: “A League of their Own.” 8:30 p.m. May 4, Northwest District Park. “Aladdin” in Spanish. 8:45 p.m. May 18, Dove Springs District Park.

PBS Kids at the Alamo Drafthouse. “Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood.” 11 a.m. May 20-21, Lakeline. 10:35 a.m. May 20-21, Slaughter


BookPeople events. Michael Fry: “How to be a Supervillain.” 7 p.m. May 7. Lemony Snicket and Lisa Brown: “Goldfish Ghost.” 6 p.m. May 4. Elizabeth Wein “The Pearl Thief.” 7 p.m. May 5. “Caroline Leech and Jennifer Park. “Wait for Me” and “The Shadows We Know by Heart.” 2 p.m. May 6. Fierce Reads tour with Scott Westerfeld, Erin Beaty, Taran Matharu and Kristen Orlando. 7 p.m. May 15. Scholastic Summer Reading Road Trip. See what’s new with crafts and giveaways. 10 a.m. May 21. Story times: New Releases, 10:30 a.m. May 2, I Can Read, 10:30 a.m. May 3; I Love Mom, 11:30 May 6; Dragons Love Tacos 2, 10:30 a.m. May 9; Ms. Staci, 10:30 a.m. May 10; Blanton Museum of Art, 11:30 a.m. May 13; Armstrong Community Music School, 10:30 a.m. May 16; Tiny Tails Petting Zoo, 10:30 a.m. May 17; Eat What You Want Day, 11;30 a.m. May 20; Fantasy World, 10:30 a.m. May 23; Princesses and Pirates, 10:30 a.m. May 24; Shapes, 11:30 a.m. May 27; Best Friends Forever, 10:30 a.m. May 30, Modern First Library, 10:30 a.m. May 31. BookPeople, 603 N. Lamar Blvd.

Barnes & Noble Events: Austin Summer Musical takes over story time, 11 a.m. May 10, Arboretum; Amy Jackson reads “Cassandra and the Night Sky,” 11 a.m. May 13, Arboretum. Saturday story times 11 a.m. at all locations: “Dragons Love Tacos 2: The Sequel,” May 6; Mother’s Day Story time, May 13; “Lee Ree,” May 20; “Pete the Cat and the Cool Cat Boogie, May 27.

At the library

Art Workshops: Shaping Spaces. 4 p.m. May 5, Southeast Branch; 4 p.m. May 12, Southeast Branch.

Screenwriting Class. 4 p.m. May 5, 12, 19, 26, Manchaca Road Branch.

“Star Wars: Revenge of the Fifth.” 6 p.m. May 5, Windsor Park Branch.

Bow Wow Reading with Bonnie the Dog. 11:30 a.m. May 6, 13, 20, 27, Yarborough Branch; Read to Aussie. 3:30 p.m. May 11, North Village Branch.

2 O’Clock Tunes: Lion Heights. 2 p.m. May 6, Twin Oaks Branch;

Saturday Family Movie: “Sing,” 2 p.m. May 6, Windsor Park Branch. “Jason Bourne,” 2 p.m. May 13, University Hills Branch.

Crafternoon. 3:30 p.m. May 1; 4 p.m. May 11, Twin Oaks Branch; 3:30 p.m. May 16, Howson Branch; 4 p.m. May 16, Cepeda Branch; 3 p.m. May 17, Carver Branch; 3 p.m. May 23, Terrazas Branch; 4 p.m. May 23, Windsor Park Branch, 3 p.m. May 30, Terrazas Branch.

The Contemporary Austin Presents: Preschool Art Hour. 11 a.m. May 2, Old Quarry Branch; 3:30 p.m. May 4, Milwood Branch.

Sew Happy. 5 p.m. May 2, Manchaca Road Branch.


Music & Movement. 11 a.m. May 5, Milwood Branch; 11;30 a.m. May 10, Manchaca Road Branch; 3:30 p.m. May 15, Manchaca Road Branch.

Storybook Dance Making. 2 p.m. May 7, Recycled Reads Book Store.

Family Movie Night: “Storks.” 6:30 p.m. May 9, Twin Oaks Branch; 5:30 p.m. May 31, Carver Branch.

NBTween Book Club: “Ghosts.” 4 p.m. May 10, Howson Branch; “Belly Up,” 6 p.m. May 17, Yarborough Branch; “Some Kind of Courage,” 6 p.m. May 18, Twin Oaks Branch; “Sunny Side Up,” 6 p.m. May 31, Spicewood Springs Branch.

Teen Manga Book Club. 5:30 p.m. May 11, Little Walnut Creek Branch.

Teen Book Club: “The Amulet of Samarkand.” 7 p.m. May 11, Yarborough Branch; “Six of Crows,” 6:30 p.m. May 16, Howson Branch; “The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks,” 6:30 p.m. May 18, Spicewood Springs Branch.

Friday Movie Matinee: “Pete’s Dragon.” 3 p.m. May 12, Old Quarry Branch.

Family Craft Night. 6 p.m. May 17, Howson Branch.

Día de los niños: Family Literacy Celebration. 11 a.m. May 20, Ruiz Branch.

Echo and the Bats concert. 11 a.m. May 23, Little Walnut Creek Branch.

T(w)een STEAM Lab. 3 p.m. May 24, Carver Branch.

Open Mic Night. 1 p.m. May 27, Carver Branch.

Share Your Stories. 3:30 p.m. May 28, Recycled Reads Bookstore.