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Zilker Summer Musical returns and more family fun in Austin, July 7-13

Nicole Villalpando
The crowd at the Zilker Hillside Theater watches "The Wizard of Oz," the 2017 Zilker Summer Musical. "The Little Mermaid" begins Friday. [AMERICAN-STATESMAN]


Keep Austin Playing. The Austin Parks & Recreation Department throws a play party. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Palmer Events Center, 900 Barton Springs Road.


Science Mill Incredible Insects. Learn more about these creatures including seeing Madagascar hissing roaches, learning about bugs in the greenhouse and using microscopes and magnifying glasses to investigate them. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. Free with admission. Science Mill, 101 S. Lady Bird Lane, Johnson City.

Thinkery What's the Scoop?, for ages 4 and up. Make ice cream and other frozen treats. 10:30 a.m., noon, and 1:30 p.m. Sunday. Tinkering Take Homes: No Sew Tote Bag. For ages $4 and up. Create a bag in the Spark Shop. $5 a kit. 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. Parents’ Night Out, 5:30-10 p.m. Friday. Kids must be 4 or older and potty-trained. $45 first child, $25 each additional sibling. Baby Bloomers for children younger than 3. 9 a.m. Monday and Saturdays. Each month has a theme, and every week there are special performances. In July, it’s Make It Go. $5. Thinkery, 1830 Simond Ave.

Bullock Museum. Free First Sunday events with themed programs. Noon to 5 p.m. Sunday  Sense-sational Thursdays: Parachutes. Explore history with your senses. 10 a.m. Thursday. Make It Tuesdays: Musical Window Clings. Create art at 10 a.m. Tuesday. Bullock Museum, 1800 N. Congress Ave.

Blanton Museum. Each summer, the Blanton brings creative programs for different age groups that have you learning about art as well as making it. Reserve your space a week in advance. 3ft Deep for ages 3-5, 10 a.m. Tuesday; Artists and Authors, for ages 5-7, 10:30-11:15 a.m. Thursday; Deeper Dives for ages 8-10, 10-11:15 a.m. Friday; Free Diving for ages 11-14, 1 p.m. Friday. Plus you can make art in the WorkLab, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday. Blanton Museum. 200 E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.

Contemporary Austin. Second Saturdays Are for Families. Free program. Rip, Cut, Sew, Saturday. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Laguna Gloria, 3809 W. 35th St.

Williamson Museum. Pioneer Times. History comes alive with kids activities. Outlaw Tales. Uncover the stories of outlaws, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays in July, Chisholm Trail location. Kidz Korner. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Georgetown location. Free. Williamson Museum, 716 Austin Ave., Georgetown, and 8 Chisholm Trail, Round Rock.

The Austin Humane Society Summer Kids Series. The Austin Humane Society offers events throughout the summer for children. Tail Talks. 2 p.m. Tuesday. This is your chance to ask all the questions about the animals in your life. Children 8-12. Teddy Bear Surgery. 1 p.m. Saturday. Bring your favorite stuffed animal and get a diagnosis and treatment for it. Children 8 and younger. Humane Society Storytime. 10 a.m. Tuesday. Read a story with a cat or a dog. Children 8 and younger. Free, but you must register,, 512-646-7387. Austin Humane Society, 124 W. Anderson Lane.


Paramount Theatre’s Summer Movie Classics. Many of them are great for kids. “The Goonies,” 1 p.m. Sunday; “Raiders of the Lost Ark,” 3:25 p.m. Sunday; “The Princess Bride,” 5:30 p.m. Sunday. Paramount Theatre, 713 Congress Ave.

Alamo Drafthouse Kids Club. Most of the schedule has not been set yet, but these morning movies can be seen with a donation of $1-$5 to a local charity or school. "Kung Fu Panda." 10 a.m. Sunday-Thursday, Lakeline.  "Madagascar," 10:45 a.m. Sunday-Thursday, Slaughter Lane; 10 a.m. Monday, Wednesday-Thursday, Mueller. “The Neverending Story,” 9:45 a.m. Friday-Saturday, Mueller. “Wallace and Gromit: The Were-Rabbit,” 10 a.m. July Friday-Saturday, Lakeline, 10:45 a.m. Friday-Saturday, Slaughter Lane.

Sound & Cinema. Watch a classic movie with a soundtrack by a local band. The movie titles have not been released yet, but some will be family-appropriate. Free. 6 p.m.  Wednesday, "Guardian of the Galaxy." The Long Center, 701 W. Riverside Drive.

Movies in the Park. Pull up your lawn chair and watch these movies at dusk: “Space Jam,” Thursday, Martin Middle School.

Regal Summer Movie Express. 10 a.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays at Westgate Stadium 11, Regal Metropolitan and Gateway Stadium 16. This week: “Lego Movie 2,” Tuesday-Wednesday; “How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World,” Tuesday-Wednesday. Tickets are $1.

Cinemark Summer Movie Clubhouse offers $1 movies 10 a.m. Mondays through Thursdays at Round Rock 8; 9:30 a.m. and 9:40 a.m. Wednesdays, Hill Country Galleria. This week:  “King Fu Panda."


Zilker Summer Musical: “The Little Mermaid.” Zilker Summer Musical returns all the music under the sea. 8:15 p.m. Friday-Saturday. Free, but donations are welcome. Zilker Hillside Theatre, 2206 William Barton Drive.

“Snow White & Red Rose.” The children’s version of the classic story. 10 a.m. Saturday. $10-$8. EmilyAnn Theatre & Gardens, 1101 FM 2325, Wimberley.

“Wake Up, Brother Bear!” For ages 6 and younger. Two bear siblings explore the seasons. 1 p.m. Sundays through Aug. 25. $10. Zach Theatre’s Whisenhunt Studio, 1510 Toomey Road.

Literature Life Presents “Jack and the Beanstalk.” 6 p.m. Monday, Southeast library; 2 p.m. Tuesday, Old Quarry; 2 p.m. Thursday, Pleasant Hill; 2 p.m. Friday, Terrazas.

Pollyanna Theatre Presents “Dog’s Job.” 2 p.m. Monday, Windsor Park library; 6 p.m. Wednesday, Carver; 2 p.m. Saturday, Manchaca.


BookPeople events. Bob Shea reads "Unicorn Is Maybe Not So Great After All," 2 p.m. Saturday. 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday story times. Cats vs. Dogs, Tuesday; Ms. Staci, Wednesday; Yoga, Saturday. BookPeople, 603 N. Lamar Blvd.

At the library

Buffalo Soldiers. Texas buffalo soldiers bring this history to life. 3 p.m. Tuesday, St. John; 2 p.m. Wednesday, Willie Mae Kirk; 2 p.m. Thursday, Milwood.

Art Smart: Let’s Paint Space. 2 p.m. Tuesday, Ruiz; 2 p.m. Wednesday, Milwood; 2:30 p.m. Thursday, Howson.

Felt and Filmgazing. Sew felt characters based on movies. “E.T.,” 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Central Library. Groot from “Guardians of the Galaxy,” 2 p.m. Tuesday, Windsor Park; 2:30 p.m. Thursday, Carver. Chewbacca from “Star Wars,” 2 p.m. June 12, Milwood.

Glow in the Dark Art. 3 p.m. Thursday, St. John.

“Fortnite” Party. 4 p.m. Tuesday, University Hills; 2 p.m. Friday, Spicewood Springs.

“Percy Jackson” Party. 6 p.m. Tuesday, Little Walnut Creek.

Austin Reptile Show. 11 a.m. Tuesday, Twin Oaks; 2 p.m. Thursday, University Hills.

Super Narwhal and Jelly Party. Celebrate the narwhal and the jellyfish. 2 p.m. Wednesday, Little Walnut Creek.

An Attitude of Gratitude With Bernadette Nason. A fairy helps a cranky woman who lives in a vinegar bottle be grateful. 2 p.m. Monday, Howson.

Carolina Storyteller. Stories of children as heroes. 2 p.m. Thursday, Ruiz.

“Geronimo Stilton” Party. Play games, solve puzzles and carry out the adventures of this spy mouse. 3:30 p.m. Wednesday.

Camp Bluebonnet. Celebrate the Texas Bluebonnet Award. “The Boo-boos That Changed the World.” 2 p.m. Wednesday, Spicewood Springs. “Crown: An Ode to the Fresh Cut.” 2 p.m. Monday, Carver. “El Chupacabras.” 2 p.m. Monday, Carver. “Game Changers: The Story of Venus and Serena Williams.” 2 p.m. Monday, Old Quarry. “Saving Winslow.” 1 p.m. Wednesday, St. John.