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Plan your April with Easter Bunny, nature and more

Nicole Villalpando
Sloan Meris, 15 months old pushes the bunny hand away as his father, Lyndon Meris, tries to reassure him it's all OK during a visit with the Easter Bunny at Barton Creek Square. [AUSTIN AMERICAN-STATESMAN 2016]

Get ready for an April filled with Easter fun and spring celebrations.

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Easter Bunny. His trail passes through a mall near you, where you can take your picture with him. Daily through April 20 at Barton Creek Square, Lakeline Mall and Round Rock Premium Outlets. Breakfast with the Easter Bunny is 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. April 13 at Round Rock Premium Outlets. A Caring Bunny, for kids with sensory differences, arrives 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. April 7 at Barton Creek Square and 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. April 7 at Lakeline Mall.

Easter Bunny. Meet the Easter Bunny and get photos taken. Hill Country Galleria between Panera Bread and Learning Express Toys. 3-8 p.m. April 12 and April 18, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. April 13 and April 20, Noon-6 p.m. April 14, 3-7 p.m. April 15-17 and April 19.

Spring Fling. Meet the Easter Bunny and go on an egg hunt. Free. 10 a.m. April 13. Turner-Roberts Recreation Center, 7201 Colony Loop Drive; Gus Garcia Recreation Center, 1201 E. Runberg Lane; Givens Recreation Center, 3811 E. 12th St.; and Dittmar Recreation Center, 1009 W. Dittmar Road.

South Congress East Egg Hunt. Stop by stores, do little tricks with your kids and earn your Easter egg. There are grand prizes at the end for all kids. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 13. Pick up your map at Little Limbo, 1700 S. Congress Ave. $5. Find tickets on EventBrite.

Easter Party. Pet real bunnies, find candy-free eggs, make a fluffy bunny. 10:30 a.m. April 19. $12. Toybrary Austin. 2001 Justin Lane.

Easter Egg Hunt at the Austin Zoo. See the animals while looking for eggs. 8:30 a.m. April 20. $5. Austin Zoo, 10808 Rawhide Trail.

Bethany Easter Celebration. Bouncy houses, Easter Bunny, egg hunt, petting zoo and more. For children through fourth grade. 10 a.m. April 20. Bethany Lutheran Church, 3701 W. Slaughter Lane.

Easter Egg Hunt and Duck Derby. Hunt for eggs, get your picture taken with a therapy horse, adopt a duck for $5. The event is free. 10 a.m. April 21, Healing With Horses Ranch, 10014 FM 973, Manor.


Eastside Community STEAM Festival and College & Career Fair. Enjoy demonstrations, summer camp registration, performances, college information and more. Free. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 6. Martin Middle School, 1601 Haskell St.

Community Health Fair. Get vaccines, do kids activities and more. 9 a.m. to noon April 6. Asian American Resource Center, 8401 Cameron Road.

Parents' Night Out. The kids swim and play while the parents really play. 6:30 p.m. April 12. $50. Tom's Dive and Swim, 5909 Burnet Road.

"Double Dare Live." The Nickelodeon show comes to life with slime! $29-$53.50. 7 p.m. April 14. Bass Concert Hall. 2350 Robert Dedman Drive.

Monster Jam. Watch the big trucks roll through the Erwin Center. $20-$40. 7 p.m. April 13. 2 p.m. April 14. Erwin Center, 1701 Red River St.

Little Seedlings: Thailand. Hear a story and make crafts about Thailand. Free. 10 a.m. April 19. Asian American Resource Center, 8401 Cameron Road.

Children's Mental Health Awareness Day. Speakers, carnival games, music, resource fair and more. 10 a.m. April 27. Free. Browning Hangar, 4550 Mueller Blvd.

Austin Public Library Kids Block Party. Music, dance, technology play, construction and creative play, family resource fair and an appearance by Rosemary Wells of the Max and Ruby books. Free. 10 a.m. April 27. Austin Central Library, 710 W. Cesar Chavez St.


KUTX’s Rock the Park. Free, family-friendly concerts curated by KUTX return to the amphitheater at Mueller Lake Park this spring. Come early to grab your spot on the lawn and grab dinner from a food truck. There will be activities for the kids, including face painting. This month, DJ Jester the Filipino Fist and White Denim will play. 6:15 p.m. April 5. 4550 Mueller Blvd.

Rock and Roll Playhouse. The Mohawk hosts the Music of Phish for Kids. 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. April 28. $12-$15. Mohawk, 912 Red River St.

Disney Junior Music Play Day. Activities, music, a photo booth and a dance party will happen by the Disney Store Outlet. 10 a.m. to noon April 6 Barton Creek Square. 10 a.m. to noon April 13, Lakeline Mall hosts one. At the Barton Creek Square one, Hey Lolly Band will play.

Backyard at Waller Creek Family Sunday Funday. Music, bounce house, face painting and more. Free for kids, $10 for adults. 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 28. Backyard at Waller Creek, 701 E. 11th St.


Ney Day. Celebrate women in the arts, sciences and civic culture at this annual event. Noon to 5 p.m. April 13. Elisabet Ney Museum, 304 E. 44th St.

Austin Nature & Science Center: Austin Nature Day. Family activities all about Austin's wildlife and outdoors. 9 a.m. April 20. Free. Austin Nature & Science Center, 2389 Stratford Drive.

Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center. Bees, Butterflies, Beetles & Blooms. Drop in for family activities around these parts of nature. 1-3 p.m. April 6. Family Bird Walk. Discover birds around us. 7:30 a.m. April 7. $12-$6. Poetry & Prose From Your Eyes, Ears & Nose! Creative writing class for kids in third through fifth grades. 10 a.m. April 7. $10. Sprouts preschool program 10 a.m. Wednesdays and Fridays. Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave.

Bullock Museum. H-E-B Free First Sunday: Wide Open Spaces. Noon to 4 p.m. April 7. Living History Days. 10 a.m. April 4. "Little Texans: Create." 10 a.m. April 11. Science Thursday. 10 a.m. April 18.  Storytime: Stop and Go. 10 a.m. April 25. Bullock Museum, 1800 Congress Ave.

Science Mill. Be an Environmental Scientist Homeschool Day. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 10. Butterfly Bonanza! Release a butterfly in the Aquaponics Greenhouse and more activities. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 19. Science Mill, 101 S. Lady Bird Lane, Johnson City.

Umlauf Sculpture Garden and Museum. Family Day: Springtime in Texas. Play, make art and more. Noon to 4 p.m. April 14. Free. Umlauf Sculpture Garden and Museum, 605 Azie Morton Road.

Contemporary Austin. Second Saturday for Families: Food Art. Be inspired by the new Abraham Cruzvillegas exhibit and make edible art. Free. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 13. Contemporary Austin Jones Center, 700 Congress Ave.

Thinkery.Baby Bloomers. Kids up to age 3 talk about animals in April. 9 a.m. Saturdays and Mondays. $5. Art Start. 9:45 a.m., 10:45 a.m. and 11:45 a.m. Wednesday through May 15. $18. Tinkering Tots. 9:45 a.m., 10:45 a.m. and 11:45 a.m. Friday through May 17. $18. Nano Days. Learn about the little things. 10 to 3 p.m. April 6. Free with admission. Think Lab: Green Thumb Growing. For ages 4 and up. 10:30 a.m., noon and 1:30 p.m. April 6-7, April 20-21.  $8. Tinkering Take Homes: Wood Burning Art. 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 13-14, April 27-28. $6. Community Night Spotlight: Autism Awareness. 4-8 p.m. April 17. Free. Community Night: Health Hearts with Dell Children's Hospital. 5-7 p.m. April 24. Free. Sensory Friendly Hours. 8-10 a.m. April 28. STEAM on the Spot: Artly World. 10:30 a.m. April 6. UT Seek. 10 a.m. April 13. Thinkery, 1830 Simond Ave.

Toybrary Austin. Daddy & Me Pirate Playdate. 10:30 a.m. April 6. $12. Date Night Child Care. 5 p.m. Saturdays. $25. Meet Curious George. 10:30 a.m. April 16. $12. Miss Ariel's Playground Family Concert. Bring a picnic. 6 p.m. April 20. $12. Daddy & Me Reptile Adventure. Live reptile show with 12 creatures. 10:30 a.m. April 27. $12. 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. 2001 Justin Lane.


"Alice in Wonderland." The classic tale meets Indian Dance by Natya Sabhai Arts and Natyalaya School of Dance. $15-$20. 2 p.m. April 20. Travis High School, 1211 E. Oltorf St.

Sixth Annual Greater Austin High School Musical Theatre Awards. See who wins and be entertained by performances. 7:30 p.m. April 17. $35. Long Center, 701 Riverside Drive.

"Treasure Island in the Bay of Bengal." When a young girl finds a treasure map, she needs to sail the treacherous waters to recover the booty. 11 a.m. April 6-7, April 13-14, April 20-21, April 27-28. 1 p.m. April 20-21 and April 27-28. $10-$15. Scottish Rite Theater, 207 W. 18th St.

"Wake Up, Brother Bear!" For children 6 and younger. Bear wakes up and experiences the seasons. 2 p.m. April 7 and April 14. $12. Zach Theatre Whisenhunt Studio. 1510 Toomey Road.

"Roald Dahl's 'Matilda' the Musical." The book about a little girl standing up against her parents and headmaster. 7:30 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday. 2:30 p.m. Sundays April 3-May 12. $93-$30. Zach Theatre's Topfer, 202 S. Lamar Blvd.


Alamo Drafthouse. "Shazam!" Cereal Party. 10 a.m. April 6, Mueller, 10 a.m. April 7, Lakeline. PBS Kids: Explore the Outdoors. 9:45 a.m. April 20-21, Lakeline.


BookPeople. Events: Matthew Gray-Gubler reads "Rumble Buttercup." 7 p.m. April 4. Laurie Halse Anderson reads "Shout" in conversation with Wendy Davis. 6 p.m. April 5, Central Presbyterian Church. Cassandra Clare & Wesley Chu read "The Red Scrolls of Magic." 7 p.m. April 9 at Central Presbyterian Church. Rhett Miller & Dan Santat read "No More Poems!" 6:30 p.m. April 15. Kate DiCamillo & Chris Van Dusen read "A Piglet Named Mercy." 6:30 p.m. March 16. Ashley Poston reads "The Princess and the Fangirl." 7 p.m. April 17. Adam Rubin reads "High Five!" 4 p.m. April 29.   10:30 a.m. storytimes Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday. BookPeople, 603 N. Lamar Blvd.

Barnes & Noble. 11 a.m. Saturday storytimes: "Family Forever." April 6. "Pete the Cat Big Easter Adventure." April 13. "Fresh Princess." April 20. "What Do You Do With a Chance?" April 27.


Crafternoon. 3 p.m. Mondays, Southeast Branch. 3:30 p.m. April 11, Twin Oaks Branch. 3:30 p.m. April 18, Howson Branch. 3:30 p.m April 23, Windsor Park Branch. 3 p.m. April 24, Ruiz Branch.

Songwriting with Ricardo Parra. 5:30 April 1, Southeast Branch.

Cultural Fun for Families. 2 p.m. April 1, Howson Branch. 2 p.m. April 5, Southeast Branch. 2 p.m. April 12, Ruiz Branch.

Pajama Storytime. 6:30 p.m. Mondays, Central Library. 6 p.m. Tuesdays, Windsor Park Branch. 6:30 p.m. Thursdays, Manchaca Road Branch. 6 p.m. April 23, Milwood Branch. 6 p.m. April 23, Old Quarry Branch. 6 p.m April 25, North Village Branch. 6 p.m. April 25, Spicewood Springs Branch.

Art Smart Storytime: Rain. 11 a.m. April 2, Old Quarry Branch. 10:15 a.m. April 3, Southeast Branch. 11 a.m. April 9, Spicewood Springs Branch. 6 p.m. April 9, Windsor Park Branch. 11 a.m. April 10, University Hills Branch. 10:30 a.m. April 11, Milwood Branch. 10:15 a.m. April 16, Carver Branch. 10:15 a.m. April 17, Howson Branch. 10:30 a.m. April 19, Central Library. 10:30 a.m. April 25, Little Walnut Creek Branch.

Early Literacy Playgroup. 11 a.m. April 2, Milwood Branch. 11 a.m. April 3, Willie Mae Kirk Branch. 11 a.m. April 11, Southeast Branch. 10:15 a.m. April 19, Manchaca Road Branch. 10:15 a.m. April 26, Pleasant Hill Branch. 11 a.m. April 29, Howson Branch.

Science Fun! Weather. 3:30 p.m. April 2, Pleasant Hill Branch.

Book Circle. 3:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Twin Oaks Branch. 5:30 p.m. Tuesdays, St. John Branch.

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

Bow Wow Reading with Quintana Roo. 4:30 p.m. Wednesdays, Little Walnut Creek. With Aussie. 3:30 p.m. April 24, North Village Branch.

Lego Lab. 3 p.m. April 3, Southeast Branch. 3:30 p.m. April 3, Willie Mae Kirk Branch. 4 p.m. April 5, North Village Branch. 4:30 p.m. April 8, Carver Branch. 5 p.m. April 8, Little Walnut Creek Branch. 3 p.m. April 9, Ruiz Branch. 3:30 p.m. April 9, Windsor Park Branch. 3:30 p.m. April 9, Milwood Branch. 3:30 p.m. April 9, Twin Oaks Branch. 4 p.m. April 10, Howson Branch. 3:30 p.m. April 12, Manchaca Road Branch. 3:30 p.m. April 16, Pleasant Hill Branch. 4 p.m. April 19, University Hills Branch. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. April 20, Central Library. Noon to 6 p.m. April 21, Central Library. 2 p.m. April 23, St. John Branch.

Music and Movement. 10:15 a.m. April 4, Carver Branch. 11 a.m. Wednesdays, Howson Branch. 11 a.m. April 5, Old Quarry Branch. 11 a.m. April 8, Pleasant Hill Branch. 10:15 a.m. Thursdays, Carver Branch.  11 a.m. April 16, Southeast Branch.

Literature Live Presents: "Tiger Woman." 6:30 p.m. April 4, Manchaca Branch. 3:30 p.m. April 5, Pleasant Hill Branch. 10:15 a.m. April 9, Terrazas Branch. 3:30 p.m. April 11, North Village Branch. 3:30 p.m. April 23, Twin Oaks Branch. 10:15 a.m. April 25, Cepeda Branch.

Creative Arts Society: Meet the Artist. 7 p.m. April 4, Twin Oaks Branch.

Friday Matinee: "Teen Titans Go! To the Movies." 3:30 p.m. April 5, Carver Branch.

Saturday Movie Matinee: "Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald." 2 p.m. April 6, Windsor Park Branch.

College Planning Workshop: Scholarships and Financial Aid. 6:30 p.m. April 8, Carver Branch. 10 a.m. April 13, Milwood Branch. 6:30 p.m. April 29, Howson Branch.  Studying film, music and more. 11:15 a.m. April 13, Milwood Branch. College Admissions 101. 6:30 p.m. April 18, Spicewood Springs Branch.

Family Scrabble Night. 6:30 p.m. April 9, Carver Branch.

Neighborhood Science. 7 p.m. April 9, Howson Branch. 7 p.m. April 25, Twin Oaks Branch.

Animanga Club. 3:30 p.m. April 10, Carver Branch. 3:30 p.m. April 12, Carver Branch.

Tween and Teen Anime Club. 3:30 p.m. April 10, Ruiz Branch.

Just for Teens: Escape Room Design Club. 6 p.m. April 10 and April 24, Central Library.

STEM Builder Lab. 3:30 p.m. April 10, Spicewood Springs Branch.

Family Craft Night. 7 p.m. April 11, St. John Branch.

Louis Sachar celebrates National Library Week. 2 p.m. April 12, Central Library.

Zine Power Workshop: Make your own tiny book. 3 p.m. April 12, St. John Branch.

NBTween Book Club: "CatStronauts." 4 p.m. April 12, Windsor Park Branch. Graphic Novel Book Club: "One Trick Pony." 4:30 p.m. April 10, St. John Branch. "Veda." 4:30 p.m. April 10, St. John Branch. "Saving Winslow," 6 p.m. April 18, Twin Oaks Branch. "The Stars Beneath Our Feet." 4:30 p.m. April 29, Carver Branch.

BluePrint for Teens: 3D Printing & Design. 6 p.m. April 12, Central Library.

All Abilities Rock. 1 p.m. April 13, Pleasant Hill Branch.

Unicorn University Heat Press Vinyl. Noon April 13, Twin Oaks Branch. Noon, April 27, University Hills Branch.

Reuse Series: Hedgehog Book Folding. 3 p.m. April 13, Recycled Reads Bookstore.

Saturday Cinema. "Small Foot." 2 p.m. April 11, Southeast Branch.

Austin Ukestra. 1 p.m. April 14. Recycled Reads Bookstore.

Just for Teens: Science and Math Tutoring. 2 p.m. April 14 and April 28, Central Library.

Platform Nine & Teen Quarters "Harry Potter" Meetup. 2 p.m. April 14, Central Library.

Teen Book Club: "The Belles." 6:30 p.m. April 16, Howson Branch. "Darius the Great Is Not Okay." 4:45 p.m. April 26, Manchaca Road.

Perler Lab. 3 p.m. April 19, St. John Branch.

Superhero Cinema: "Ant-Man and the Wasp." 3:30 p.m. April 19, Ruiz Branch.

Just for Teens: Sewing After Dark. 5 p.m. April 19, Central Library.

Bike Maintenance: How To. 1:30 p.m April 20, Windsor Park Branch.

"Peter Rabbit." 3:30 p.m. April 24, Old Quarry Branch.

Tameca Jones reads. 7 p.m. April 24, Central Library.

Mother Daughter Book Club: "Wishtree." 6 p.m. April 24.

The Great Pokemon Party. 2 p.m. April 27, Howson Branch.

Sunday Afternoon Matinee: "Spider-Man." 3 p.m. April 28, Little Walnut Creek Branch.

Vivien Goldman: "Revenge of the She-Punks." 7 p.m. April 29, Central Library.

Dance a Story: "Giselle" for ages 3-5. 1 p.m. April 24, Central Library.