If ever there was a beautiful weekend to head outdoors with the kids this would be one. Try your hand at the City nature Challenge at local parks, or try out a new playground with our guide of the best in Austin.
Find more events for the family with our list:
City Nature Challenge. Find things in nature and record and share what you find. Friday-Tuesday. Get help at these events: 3 p.m. Friday, JJ Seabrook Greenbelt; 9 a.m. Saturday, Mabel Davis District Park; 3 p.m. Saturday, Willowbrook Reach; 3 p.m. Sunday, Gracywoods Neighborhood Park. tpwd.texas.gov/naturechallenge
Game Chica Conference. For girls ages 9 to 18. Learn how to design video games with experts from Austin technology companies. $15, includes lunch. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. HomeAway at the Domain, 11800 Domain Blvd. No. 300. gamechica.com
“Pancho Rabbit and the Coyote.” Pancho Rabbit goes through a dangerous journey with little help from his guide. 11 a.m. Saturday and Sunday; 12:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. $8-$12. Scottish Rite Theater, 207 W. 18th St. $3 adults, $1 children. scottishritetheater.org
“Disney on Ice: Reach for the Stars.” Mickey and friends in a star-studded extravaganza. $15-$50. 7 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Saturday, 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. Sunday. H-E-B Center, 2100 Avenue of the Stars, Cedar Park. hebcenter.com
Thinkery. Sensory Friendly Hours. Free breakfast tacos from Hat Creek Burger Company and a free screening of “Trolls” at the Alamo Drafthouse Mueller. 8 a.m. Sunday. Thinkery, 1830 Simond Ave. thinkeryaustin.org
Toybrary Austin. Firetruck visits. 10:30 a.m. Friday. $7. Family concert and picnic. 5 p.m. Saturday. Toybrary Austin, 2001 Justin Lane. toybraryaustin.com
Safe Baby Academy. Learn how to care for your baby. 9 a.m. Saturday, CommUnity Care Clinic, 2901 Montopolis Drive. austintexas.gov
Fairytale Tea Party. Dress in princess attire, play games and make crafts. Free. 10 a.m. Saturday. Gus Garcia Recreation Center, 1201 E. Rundberg Lane. austintexas.gov
Thinkery. Seed Paper Making. Ages 4 and up. 10:30 a.m., noon, 2 p.m. or 3:30 p.m. Saturday-Sunday. $8. Thinkery, 1830 Simond Ave. thinkeryaustin.org
Zach Theatre presents “Goodnight Moon.” The classic children’s book comes to the stage. 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays through May 27. $18-$24. Kleberg Stage, 1421 Riverside Drive. zachtheatre.org
Thinkery. Namaste and Play: Sense-ational: 9:45 a.m. (2-year-olds), 10:45 a.m. (3-year-olds), Fridays, through May 11. $20 a class, $140 for the series.
Thinkery. Baby Bloomers: Spring has Sprung. Learn about light. 9 a.m. Saturday. For birth to age 3. $5. Thinkery, 1830 Simond Ave. thinkeryaustin.org
World Dance Day. Noon Sunday, Central Library.
That’s My Face Film Series: “The Making of Claudia Rankin.” For young adults. 6:30 p.m. Friday. Free. George Washington Carver Museum, 1165 Angelina St. austintexas.gov
Barnes & Noble Events: 11 a.m. Saturdays, story times at all locations: “Scientist, Scientist, Who Do You See?” 11 a.m. Saturday.
Tween Anime Club: “Sgt. Frog.” 2 p.m. Friday, Twin Oaks Branch.