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Celebrate the rodeo, gaming and more Austin family fun March 10-16

Nicole Villalpando
Sisters Zoe Lujano, 2, left, and Dulce Villanueva, 8, get a ride from a pony during Rodeo Austin. The two-week event begins March 16. [AMERICAN-STATESMAN]


Austin Regional Spelling Bee. The spellers face off to make it to the next round. 6 p.m. Thursday. The Church at Canyon Creek, 9001 N. FM 620. $12.

Dinosaur Day. Dress as a dinosaur, go on a scavenger hunt and more. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. Zilker Botanical Garden, 2220 Barton Springs Road.

Rodeo Austin. See the animals, watch the cowboys at work, ride the carnival rides and more. 10 a.m. to concert end, Saturday-March 30. $8-$5 fairground tickets; $20-$175 rodeo tickets. 9100 Decker Lake Road.

SXSW Gaming Expo. Explore new games, play in tournaments and more. $25-49. 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday-March 17. Austin Convention Center, 500 E. Cesar Chavez St.


Rock + Read. Hear music from Red Yarn, Riders Against the Storm, The Not Its! and Koo Koo Kanga Roo, plus authors Scott Fitzgerald, Jason Gallaher and Kat Kronenberg read their books. There will be crafts, trampolines, haircuts, book signings and more. 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, the Lawn at the Domain, near iPic Theaters.


Bullock Museum. "Little Texans: Bird's Eye View." 10 a.m. Thursday. Bullock Museum, 1800 Congress Ave.

Science Mill.Spring Break Week. Science Mill is doing two spring break weeks with activities 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday-Friday and March 19-22. Science Mill, 101 S. Lady Bird Lane, Johnson City.

Umlauf Sculpture Garden and Museum. Family Day. Play on a trampoline, make art and more. Noon to 4 p.m. Sunday. Free. Umlauf Sculpture Garden and Museum, 605 Azie Morton Road.

Thinkery.Baby Bloomers. Kids up to age 3 talk about spring in March. 9 a.m. Saturdays and Mondays. $5. Pollution Solution Think Lab. For ages 4 and up. 10:30 a.m., noon and 1:30 p.m. Saturday-March 18. $8. Tinkering Take Homes. Make light boxes. 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday. STEAM on the Spot: Suzuki Strings of Austin. 5-6 p.m. Wednesday. Thinkery, 1830 Simond Ave.

Toybrary Austin. Daddy & Me Building Playdate. 10:30 a.m. Saturday. $10. Red Party! 10:30 a.m. Monday. $10. Music Classes with Miss Ariel. 10:30 a.m. Wednesdays. $10. Gardening Classes. 10:30 a.m. Thursdays. $7. Sensory-Friendly Fun with Joshua's Stage. 10:30 a.m. Fridays. $12. Date Night Child Care. 5-8 p.m. Saturday. $25. 2001 Justin Lane.


BookPeople.10:30 a.m. story times:Spectacular Superheroes, Tuesday. Ms. Staci, Wednesday. Keep Storytime Weird, Saturday. BookPeople, 603 N. Lamar Blvd.

Barnes & Noble. Events: Leprechauns and Limericks. Learn how to leprechaun-proof your home, get your leprechaun name and more fun. 2 p.m. Saturday. 11 a.m. Saturday story times: "How to Catch a Leprechaun."


Music & Movement. ]11 a.m. Monday, Pleasant Hill Branch.

Lego Lab. 4:30 p.m. Monday, Carver Branch. 5 p.m. Monday, Little Walnut Creek Branch. 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, Windsor Park Branch. 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, Twin Oaks Branch. 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, Milwood Branch. 4 p.m. Wednesday, Howson Branch. 4 p.m. Friday, University Hills Branch. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Central Library.

Early Literacy Playgroup. 11 a.m. Monday, Howson Branch. 11 a.m. Thursday, Southeast Branch.

Bow Wow Reading with Quintana Roo. 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Little Walnut Creek Branch.

Family Board Game Night. 5:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Central Library.

Homeschool D&D Club for ages 9-18. 10 a.m. Wednesdays, Central Library.

Literature Live! Presents: "Tiger Woman." 11 a.m. Wednesday, University Hills Branch.

Art Smart Storytime: "Rain." 1 p.m. Monday, St. John's Branch. 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, Twin Oaks Branch.

Ukestra Ukulele Orchestra. 1 p.m. Sunday, Recycled Reads Bookstore.

College Planning Workshop: Award Winning Essays. 6:30 p.m. Monday, Carver Branch. 11:15 a.m. Saturday, Milwood Branch. College Admission 101. 10 a.m. Saturday, Milwood Branch.

Family Scrabble Night. 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Carver Branch.

Animanga Club. 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, Carver Branch.

STEM Builder Lab. 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, Spicewood Springs Branch.

Tween and Teen Anime Club. 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, Ruiz Branch.

NBTween Graphic Novel Book Club: "Space Dumplins." 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, St. John Branch. "Star Scouts." 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, St. John Branch.

Escape Room Design Club. 6 p.m. Wednesday, Central Library.

Family Craft Night. 7 p.m. Wednesday, St. John Branch.

Early Learner Playtime. 11 a.m. Friday, Central Library.

Family Movie Matinee: "A League of Their Own." 3:30 p.m. Friday, Spicewood Springs Branch.

Sewing After Dark for Teens. 5 p.m. Friday, Central Library.