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Explore nature, go back in time, more family fun in Austin, April 1-7

Nicole Villalpando
Austin Playhouse presents “The Smartest Girl in the World” in April. Contributed


GirlStart Starry Nights. Look at the mini planetarium and enjoy hands-on activities. 5:30 p.m. Thursday. GirlStart. 1400 W. Anderson Lane.

Insect Safari Hike on the Water Quality Protection Lands. Find and look up bugs in this family-friendly event. 10 a.m. Saturday. Register and then get directions.

Sherwood Forest Faire. Travel back in time to merry ol’ England with this fair. 10 a.m. to dusk, Sunday and Saturday. $12-$22. 1883 Old U.S. 20, McDade.

Domain Northside Kids. Come to the lawn at the Domain Northside for activities for kids 18 months to 6 years old. This month it’s all about the Earth. Free. 10 a.m. to noon Wednesday. Register at

Safe Baby Academy. Learn how to care for your baby. In Spanish, 4 p.m. Monday, People’s Clinic, 1101 Camino La Costa. 9 a.m. Saturday. Seton Southwest Medical Center, 7900 FM 1826.

Car seat check. 9 a.m. Tuesday, Dove springs Recreation Center, 5801 Ainez Drive. 9 a.m. Friday, Buda Fire Station 2, 151 FM 2001, Buda.


Blanton Museum of Art. Look. Think. Make. Drop in and make art every Thursday. Noon to 4 p.m. Admission is free on Thursdays. Blanton Museum of Art. 200 E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.

Bullock Museum.Living History Days: Re-enactors stroll through the museum, 10 a.m. Thursday. Bullock Museum, 1800 N. Congress Ave.

Neill-Cochran House Museum. Getting the Message: The Telegraph & The Crystal Radio. 1 p.m. Sunday. Neill-Cochran House Museum. 2310 San Gabriel St.

Thinkery.Art Start: My Many Colored Days: 9:45 a.m. Wednesdays (1-year-olds), 10:45 a.m. Wednesdays (2-year-olds), Wednesdays through May 9. $20 a class, $140 for the series. 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. Baby Bloomers: Spring has Sprung. Learn about light. 9 a.m. Mondays and Saturdays. For birth to age 3. $5. Decoding DNA. Ages 4 and up. 10:30 a.m., noon, 2 p.m. or 3:30 p.m. Saturday. $8.$8. Thinkery, 1830 Simond Ave.

Toybrary Austin. Spanish class. 10:30 a.m. Tuesday. $5. Gardening Class. 10:30 a.m. Tuesdays. Free with admission. Music Class with Miss Ariel. 10:30 a.m. Wednesdays. $10. Peppa Pig Visits. 10:30 a.m. Thursday. $12.Toybrary Austin, 2001 Justin Lane.

Wildflower Center. Sprouts. Preschool program. 10 a.m. Wednesdays and Fridays. Free with admission. Nature Play Hour. 10 a.m. Saturdays. Free with admission to the gardens. Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave.

The Williamson Museum on the Chisholm Trail. Chisholm Trail Day in Round Rock.Live cowboy music, Dutch oven cooking, hands-on activities and more. Free. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. 8 Chisholm Trail, Round Rock.


“Pancho Rabbit and the Coyote.”Pancho Rabbit goes through dangerous journey with little help from his guide. 11 a.m. Saturday-April 8, 14-15, 21-22, 28-29, 12:30 a.m. April 21-22, April 28-29. $8-$12. Scottish Rite Theater, 207 W. 18th St. $3 adults, $1 children.

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.

Austin Playhouse presents “The Smartest Girl in the World.” Two kids dream of helping their family by going on a game show. For grades second- through sixth-graders. Pick your price. 7 p.m. Tuesday, 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday and April 14. Austin Playhouse at ACC’s Highland Campus, 6001 Airport Blvd., South Entrance.


Movies in the Park. “The Lion King.” 8:15 p.m. Thursday. Northwest District Park, 7000 Ardath St. Free.


BookPeople events:Junot Díaz reads “Islandborn.” 6:30 p.m. Wednesday. Charlie Rose and Dan Peeler read “Dragons of Romania: Star of Doom.” 2 p.m. Saturday. 10:30 a.m. storytimes:Pets are the Best, Tuesday. Poets Who Know It, Wednesday. Imagination Station, Saturday. BookPeople, 603 N. Lamar Blvd.

Barnes & Noble11 a.m. Saturdays, story times at all locations: “The Giving Tree.”

At the library

Crafternoon. 3 p.m. Monday, Dove Springs Recreation Center.

Pajama Storytime. 6 p.m. Monday, University Hills Branch. 6 p.m. Tuesday, Yarborough Branch.

Book Circle. 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, Twin Oaks Branch.

Tabletop Tuesday. Play games every Tuesday. 5 p.m. Tuesdays. Central Library.

Art Smart: Celebrating Asian Dragons. 10:15 a.m. Wednesday, Howson Branch. 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Willie Mae Kirk Branch. 3:30 p.m. Friday, University Hills Branch.

Bow Wow Reading with Aussie. 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, North Village Branch.

Music and Movement. 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, Ruiz Branch. 11 a.m. Thursday, Manchaca Road Branch. 11 a.m. Thursdays, Howson Branch.

Chess Club. 5 p.m. Wednesday, Willie Mae Kirk Branch.

Money Smart Week: Savvy Shopper. 3:30 p.m. Thursday, Carver Branch.

Express Yourself with social media. 1 p.m. Saturday, Ruiz Branch.

Saturday Family Movie: “Coco.” 1 p.m. Saturday, St. John Branch.