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Play with bubbles and slime, pick up a book and more in May

Nicole Villalpando
Science Mill, Contemporary Austin, the Thinkery and Toybrary Austin will all celebrate bubbles this month. [RALPH BARRERA FOR STATESMAN]

May is for making things, reading, cats and slime. Check your schedules and add these family events to your calendar. Find more events online at


Future Chica Conference 2019. For Latina girls 9-18 years old. Learn about technology, business and design and more with hands-on activities. 9 a.m. May 4. $15, includes lunch. Oracle, 2300 Cloud Way.

Austin Area Train Show. See more than 16,000 square feet of model trains. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 4, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 5. $7, kids free with adult. Williamson County Expo Center, 5350 Bill Pickett Trail, Taylor.

Jarrell Community Library Grand Opening and Spring Festival. Bounce house, face painting and more. 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 4. Jarrell Community Library, 113 Limestone Terrace, Jarrell.

Start-Up Kids Market. See what young entrepreneurs have figured out. 1 p.m. May 5. Republic Square Station. 244 Guadalupe St.

Parents' Night Out. The kids swim and play while the parents really play. 6:30 p.m. May 10. $50. Tom's Dive and Swim, 5909 Burnet Road.

Community Fit Blast and A Better Me Celebration 2019. Health and fitness activities from Alliance for African American Health in Central Texas. Free. 10 a.m. May 18, Givens Recreation Center, 3811 E. 12th St.

Lemonade Day. Set up your own lemonade stand May 11 and learn how to run a business.

Maker Faire Austin. See artists and scientists and crafters make things, and make some things with them. $10-$42. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. May 4. Palmer Events Center, 900 Barton Springs Road.

PopCats. It's cats-meet-pop-meets-art festival. 10 am. to 7 p.m. May 4 and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 5. $10-$30. Palmer Events Center, 900 Barton Springs Road.

Slime Pop Austin. An event all about slime, including a slime playground and slime games. Noon to 4 p.m. May 26. $20-$65. Palmer Events Center, 900 Barton Springs Road.


Bullock Museum. H-E-B Free First Sunday: Colorful.Noon to 4 p.m. May 5. Living History Days. 10 a.m. May 2. "Little Texans: Tools." 10 a.m. May 9. Science Thursday. 10 a.m. May 16. Storytime: Wonderful World.10 a.m. May 23. Bullock Museum, 1800 Congress Ave.

Umlauf Sculpture Garden and Museum. Family Day: Families in the Garden. Play, make art and more. Noon to 4 p.m. May 12. Free. Umlauf Sculpture Garden and Museum, 605 Azie Morton Road.

Williamson Museum. Pioneer Days at Old Settlers' Park in Round Rock. Learn how to churn butter, make corn husk dolls and dip candles. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 4. Free. Kidz Korner. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 11, Georgetown location. Free. Pioneer Times. History comes alive with kids activities.10 a.m.-3 p.m. May 11, May 18, May 25. Chisholm Trail location. Mother Daughter Tea Party. 2-4 p.m. May 26. $30 for two. Chisholm Trail location. Williamson Museum, 716 Austin Ave., Georgetown, and 8 Chisholm Trail, Round Rock.

Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center. Milkweed Madness. Learn what you can do to help butterflies. 10 a.m. to noon May 4. Native Plants to Dye For. Learn how to use plants to dye fabric. 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 5. $45. Writing from a Bug's-eye view, creative writing class for kids in second through fourth grade. 10 a.m. May 5. $10. Sprouts preschool program 10 a.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays. Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave.

Science Mill.Bubble Fiesta. Make your own geometric bubbles, make bubble formulas and more. 11 am. to 2 p.m. May 4. Be a Coder Homeschool Day. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 9. Memorial Day Weekend Superhero Scavenger Hunt. Participate in special activities, wear a superhero costume and hunt together. May 25-27.  Science Mill, 101 S. Lady Bird Lane, Johnson City.

Contemporary Austin. Community Grand Opening: The New Moody Pavilions at Laguna Gloria and Second Saturdays are for Families: Recycled Robots. Explore the new pavilion and make recycled robots. Free. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 11. Contemporary Austin Laguna Gloria, 3809 W. 35th St.

Thinkery.Baby Bloomers. Kids up to age 3 talk about the sky in May. 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. Parent's Night Out. 5:30-10 p.m. May 3. $45-$25. Think Lab: World of Wildflowers. For ages 4 and up. 10:30 a.m., noon and 1:30 p.m. May 4-5, May 18-19. $8. Tinkering Take Homes: Wood Burning Art. 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 11-12, May 25-27. $6. Geometric Bubble Event. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 4. Celebrate National Math Festival with bubbles. Free with admission. Thinkery, 1830 Simond Ave.

Toybrary Austin. Painting with marbles. 10:30 a.m. May 3. $7. Bubbles Bigger Than You Can Believe. 10:30 a.m. May 7. $12. Salt painting. 10:30 a.m. May 10. $7. Daddy & Me Playdate: Spiderman. 10:30 a.m. May 11. $12. The Other Other Brother. 5:30 p.m. May 11. $12. Celebrate Austin with BAT. 10:30 a.m. May 14. $10 per child. Peppa Pig arrives. 10:30 a.m. May 18. $12. Family Concert with Cowabunga Dinosaur. Bring a picnic. 5:30 p.m. May 18. $12. Baby Play Group. Tuesdays 1-3 p.m. Date Night Child Care. 5 p.m. Saturdays. $25. Music Classes with Miss Ariel. 10:30 a.m. Wednesdays. $10. Gardening Classes. 10:30 a.m. Thursdays. $7. 2001 Justin Lane.


Groundwork Music Project presents the We Create Concert. Students from local elementary schools and preschools perform. Free. 5-7 p.m. May 2. George Washington Carver Museum and Cultural Center, 1165 Angelina St.

KUTX’s Rock the Park. Free, family-friendly concerts curated by KUTX. 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, Moving Panoramas and Kat's Pajamas will play. 6:15 p.m. May 3. 4550 Mueller Blvd.

Rock and Roll Playhouse. The Mohawk hosts the Music of David Bowie for Kids. 11 a.m. May 19. $12-$15. Mohawk, 912 Red River St.


Austin Playhouse's "Summer and Bird." Katherine Catmull adapts this middle-grade novel. After their parents go missing, sisters Summer and Bird get transported to a magical bird world. $7-$28, kids 4-18 free. Austin Playhouse, 6001 Airport Blvd. 7:30 p.m. May 3-4, May 10-11, and 2 p.m. May 4-5, May 11-12.

Pollyanna Theatre Company presents "Acorn and Robin." This theater for the very young show features friends exploring the forest with five senses and finding a new egg. 9:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. Thursdays through Saturdays, May 9-18. Carver Cultural Center's Dance Studio, 1165 Angelina St. $7.50.

"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 Through May 12. $30-$93. Zach Theatre's Topfer, 202 S. Lamar Blvd.

"Wake Up, Brother Bear!" For children 6 and younger. Bear wakes up and experiences the seasons. 2 p.m. May 19 and May 26. $12. Zach Theatre Whisenhunt Studio. 1510 Toomey Road.

Darci Lynne & Friends. Twelve-year-old singer, ventriloquist from "America's Got Talent." 3 p.m. May 5. $29.75-$49.75. Bass Concert Hall, 2350 Robert Dedman Drive.

Disney on Ice: "Frozen." 7:30 p.m. May 8-10, 11 a.m., 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. May 11. and 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. May 12. $15-$60. H-E-B Center, 2100 Avenue of the Stars, Cedar Park.

"Hideout Kids Presents: Trash Critters." You help create the show. 11 a.m. Sundays. $5. Hideout Theatre, 617 Congress Ave.


Mobile Loaves and Fishes Community First Village free screenings. "Aquaman." 7:30 p.m. May 3. "Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald." 7:30 p.m. May 10. "Ratatouille." With Antonelli's Cheese Shop. 7:30 p.m. May 17. "Creed II." 8 p.m. May 24. "The Secret Life of Pets." 8 p.m. May 31. Mobile Loaves & Fishes Community First Village, 9301 Hog Eye Road.

Movies in the Park. "The Little Mermaid." 8:30 p.m. May 23. Dove Springs Park, 5801 Ainez Drive.

Alamo Drafthouse. "Pokemon: Detective Pikachu" Family Party. 9 a.m. and 9:30 a.m. May 15, Lakeline. 9:45 a.m. May 11, Slaughter Lane. PBS Kids, "The Daniel Tiger Movie." 9 a.m. May 5, Mueller. 10 a.m. May 18-May 19, Lakeline. 10 a.m. May 18-19, Slaughter Lane.


BookPeople. Events: Kate Williams & Michelle Campbell read "Let's Go on Safari." 2 p.m. May 5. Noemie Levy, Elle Celeste, Taylor Lustig, Molly Dillon and Jamie Woo read "Yes She Can!" 7 p.m. May 6. Carmen Oliver and Debbie Gonzalez read "A Voice for the Spirit Bears" and "Girls With Guts." 2 p.m. May 11. 5 Book Dive Presents: The 2019 Summer Reading Splash! 9:30 a.m. May 18. Emma Berquist reads "Missing, Presumed Dead." 7 p.m. May 30.10:30 a.m. storytimes Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday. Being Unique Is the Jam, May 1. Star Wars Day, May 4. Llama Destroys, May 7. Ms. Staci, May 8. Ramadan, May 11. Home Sweet, May 21. Baby Signs. May 22. Guest Storytime with Julian Hector. May 25. Get Your Giggles, May 28. Modern First Library. May 29. BookPeople, 603 N. Lamar Blvd.

Barnes & Noble. Lego Star Wars event. 2 p.m. May 4. Kids' Book Hangout. 2 p.m. May 18. Meet Kate Gilman Williams of "Let's Go Safari." 2 p.m. May 19, Arboretum. 11 a.m. Saturday storytimes: "High Five." May 4. "In a Minute, Mama Bear." May 11. "Oh, the Places You'll Go!" May 18. "Aladdin." May 25.


Homeschool D&D Club. 10 a.m. Wednesdays, Central Library.

"Little Red Riding Hood." Storytime and crafts. 10:15 a.m. May 1, Central Library.

Dance a Story: "Giselle" for ages 3-5. 1 p.m. May 1 and May 8. Central Library.

Early Literacy Playgroup. 11 a.m. May 1, Willie Mae Kirk Branch. 11 a.m. May 7, Milwood Branch. 11 a.m. May 9, Southeast Branch. 11 a.m. May 13, Howson Branch. 11 a.m. May 14, Spicewood Springs Branch. 11 a.m. May 21, Old Quarry Branch. 10:15 a.m. May 24, Manchaca Road Branch. 11 a.m. May 29, Spicewood Springs Branch. 10:30 a.m. May 30, Terrazas Branch.

Crafternoon. 3 p.m Wednesdays, Ruiz Branch. 3 p.m. Mondays, Southeast Branch. 3:30 p.m. May 9, Twin Oaks Branch. 4:30 p.m. May 13, Carver Branch. 3:30 p.m. May 16, Howson Branch. 3:30 p.m. May 28, Windsor Park Branch. 3 p.m. May 29, Ruiz Branch. 

Lego Lab. 3 p.m. May 1, Southeast Branch. 4:30 p.m. May 6, Carver Branch. 3:30 p.m. May 9, Willie Mae Kirk Branch. 3:30 p.m. May 10, Manchaca Road Branch. 4 p.m. May 10, North Village Branch. 4 p.m. May 13, Little Walnut Creek Branch. 3:30 p.m. May 14, Windsor Park Branch. 3:30 p.m. May 14, Twin Oaks Branch. 3:30 p.m. May 14, Milwood Branch. 4 p.m. May 15, Howson Branch. 4 p.m. May 17, University Hills Branch. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m May 18 and noon to 6 p.m. May 19, Central Library. 3 p.m May 21, Ruiz Branch. 3:30 p.m. May 21, Cepeda Branch. 3:30 p.m. May 21, Pleasant Hill Library Branch. 2 p.m. May 28, St. John Branch.

Bow Wow Reading with Quintana Roo. 4:30 p.m. Wednesdays, Little Walnut Creek Branch. With Wrangler the Dog. 4 p.m. May 10, Milwood Branch. With Aussie. 3:30 p.m. May 22, North Village Branch.

Saturday Family Matinee: "Into the Spider-Verse." 2 p.m. May 4, Windsor Park Branch.

Just for Teens: Science & Math Tutoring. 2 p.m. May 5 and May 19, Central Library.

Happy Mail Art with Rita Wang. For kids 8 and up. 3 p.m. May 5, North Village Branch.

Science Fun! Robots Unplugged. 3:30 p.m. May 7, Pleasant Hill Branch.

ACCIO: Rubik's Cubing Club. For ages 8-18. 4 p.m. May 7, Central Library.

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

Asian Pacific American Heritage Month: Celebrating with crafts and history. 6:30 p.m. May 7, Milwood Branch. Asian Food Crafts. 7 p.m. May 9, St. John Branch.

College Planning Workshop: College Admission 101. 6:30 p.m. May 7, St. John Branch. 6:30 p.m. May 20, Howson Branch.  College Essays. 6:30 p.m. May 16, Spicewood Springs Branch. 6:30 p.m. May 30, Manchaca Road Branch.

STEM Builder Lab. 3:30 p.m. May 8, Spicewood Springs Branch.

Tween and Teen Anime Club. 3:30 p.m. May 8. Ruiz Branch. 3:30 p.m. May 24, Twin Oaks Branch.

Just for Teens: Escape Room Design Club. 6 p.m. May 8, Central Library.

NBTween Graphic Novel Book Club. 4:30 p.m. May 8, St. John Branch.

Thursday Matinee: "Jumanji." 1 p.m. May 9, Terrazas Branch.

Music and Movement. 11 a.m. May 10, Old Quarry Branch. 11 a.m. May 13, Pleasant Hill Branch. 11 a.m. May 14, Southeast Branch.

Perler Lab. 3 p.m May 10, St. John Branch.

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

NBTween Book Club: "The Baby-sitters Club." 4 p.m. May 10, Windsor Road Branch. "The Cardboard Kingdom." 6 p.m. May 16, Twin Oaks Branch.

Unicorn University Stencils and Wooden Signs. Noon May 11, Twin Oaks Branch. Noon May 25, University Hills Branch.

Family Cooking Class, 12:30 p.m. May 11, Carver branch.

Saturday Cinema: "Incredibles 2." 2 p.m. March 11, Southeast Branch.

Austin Ukestra Ukulele Group. 1 p.m. May 12, Recycled Reads Book Store.

Family Yoga. 5:30 p.m. May 14, Twin Oaks Branch.

Family Scrabble Night. 6:30 p.m. May 14, Carver Branch.

Neighborhood Science. 7 p.m. May 14, Howson Branch.

Friday Matinee: "Avengers: Infinity War." 3:30 p.m. May 17, Ruiz Branch. "Nim's Island." 3:30 p.m. May 24, Old Quarry Branch.

Platform Nine & Teen Quarters: "Harry Potter" Meetup. 2 p.m. May 19, Central Library.

Teen Book Club: "Love, Hate & Other Filters." 6:30 p.m. May 21, Howson Branch. "If I Was Your Girl." 4:45 p.m. May 31, Manchaca Road Branch.

Mother Daughter Book Club: Book Share. 6 p.m. May 22, Pleasant Hill Branch.

Pajama Storytime. 6 p.m. May 23, North Village Branch. 6 p.m. May 28, Milwood Branch.