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Family activities from hissing cockroaches to narwhals, July 14-20

Nicole Villalpando
Michael Foux shows a tortoise at an Austin Reptile Show presentation. The show will be at the Cepeda Branch of the Austin Public Library this week. [LUZ MORENO-LOZANO/LAKE TRAVIS VIEW 2018]


Thinkery: Radford's Roach Roadshop. See Madagascar hissing cockroaches perform. 10 a.m. to noon, Sunday. Tinkery Take Homes. No Sew Tote Bag. 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday. $6. Baby Bloomers: Make It Go. For ages birth to 3. 9 a.m. Monday and Saturday. $5. What's the Scoop? Use science to make ice cream. Ages 4 and up. 10:30 a.m., noon and 1:30 p.m. Saturday. $8. Thinkery, 1830 Simond Ave.

The Williamson Museum Outlaw Tales. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays, Chisholm Trail location. Free. 8 Chisholm Trail, Round Rock.

Bullock Museum. Sense-sational Thursdays. This week: History Detectives. 10 a.m. Thursday. Bullock Museum: Make It Tuesdays. This week: Postcards From Space. 10 a.m. Tuesday. Bullock Museum, 1800 N. Congress Ave.

Blanton Museum. 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. Reserve your space a week in advance for these events. Blanton Museum. 200 E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.


The Zilker Summer Musical. “The Little Mermaid.” Sit on the hillside with your blanket and picnic basket and with plenty of sunscreen and insect repellent on. It's a relaxing way to enjoy live theater, and it's free, but donations are welcome. 8:15 p.m. Thursdays-Sundays. Show up early to secure a good view. Zilker Hillside Theater, 2206 William Barton Drive.

“Snow White & Red Rose.” The children’s version of the classic story. 10 a.m. Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays. $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.


Zilker Botanical Garden. The Woodland Faerie Trail is open through Aug. 10. Zilker Botanical Garden, 2220 Barton Springs Road.

The Austin Humane Society Summer Kids Series. Austin Wildlife Rescue: All About Wildlife. 10 a.m. Tuesday. Learn about baby animals, what to do if you see them and how they live in the wild. Tito the Tortoise visits. Children 8 and younger. Free, but you must register,, 512-646-7387. Austin Humane Society, 124 W. Anderson Lane


BookPeople. Kids Book Club. 12:30 p.m. Saturday. 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday story times. Armstrong Community Music School, Tuesday. Tiny Tails Petting Zoo, Wednesday. Sharing Is Caring, Saturday. BookPeople, 603 N. Lamar Blvd.

Barnes & Noble events. Baby & Me Storytime 11 a.m Sunday: "Busy Bee: Copy Cat Peekaboo." Story time 11 a.m. Saturday: "Moon! Earth's Best Friend." Graphix Con: Celebrate graphic novels. 2 p.m Saturday.


Austin Symphony Hartman Concerts in the Park. Bring a picnic and listen to the music of one of the symphony’s sections. 7:30 p.m. Sunday. Free. The Long Center, 701 W. Riverside Drive.

Austin Symphony Children’s Day Art Park. This week: “Carnival of the Animals.” 10 a.m. to noon Wednesdays. Free. Austin Central Library, 710 W. Cesar Chavez St. Plus, “Carnival of the Animals.” 2 p.m. Thursday, Milwood library.

Saturday Morning Kids Live Concert at the Hive coworking space. 9 a.m. Saturdays. This week: Staci Gray. The Hive, 10415 Old Manchaca Road.


Bullock Museum. “Lilo & Stitch,” 2 p.m. Saturday. Bullock Museum, 1800 N. Congress Ave.

Alamo Drafthouse Kids Club. These morning movies can be seen with a donation of $1-$5 to a local charity or school.  “The Neverending Story,” 9:45 a.m. Sunday, 10 a.m. Monday-Wednesday, Mueller. “Wallace and Gromit: The Were-Rabbit,” 10 a.m. Sunday-Thursday, Lakeline, 10:45 a.m. Sunday-Thursday, Slaughter Lane. Other screenings: "The Lion King" Family Party. 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Slaughter Lane; 10 a.m. Saturday, Mueller.

Humane Society. Outdoor Movie Night. 7:30 p.m. Thursday. Watch a movie with the whole family either outside or in the auditorium if it rains. Games and concessions. Well-behaved dogs on a leash can attend. Austin Humane Society, 124 W. Anderson Lane.

Regal Summer Movie Express. 10 a.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays at Westgate Stadium 11, Regal Metropolitan and Gateway Stadium 16. This week: “Smallfoot” and “Secret Life of Pets.” 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: “The Lego Movie."

Austin Public Library

“Fortnite” Party. 6 p.m. Tuesday, Little Walnut Creek; 2 p.m. Friday, Southeast.

Magical Creatures. Help search for them. 2 p.m. Monday, Howson.

Austin Reptile Show. 2 p.m. Tuesday, Cepeda.

Super Narwhal and Jelly Party. Celebrate the narwhal and the jellyfish. 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, North Village; 2 p.m. Thursday, Ruiz Branch.

There’s Something Fishy Going On in Texas. Bill Balboa from Sea Grant Texas talks about marine and coastal life. 6 p.m. Monday, Southeast; 2 p.m. Tuesday, Old Quarry; 2 p.m. Thursday, Pleasant Hill.

Fairy Houses. Make your own, with supplies provided. 2 p.m. Monday, Windsor Park library.

Artist in Residence: Niku Arbabi. 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Central Library.

Art Smart: Let’s Paint Space. 1 p.m. Monday, Manchaca; 2 p.m. Thursday, Terrazas.

Felt and Filmgazing. Sew felt characters based on movies. Groot from “Guardians of the Galaxy.” 3 p.m. Thursday. Chewbacca from “Star Wars.” 2 p.m. Tuesday, Ruiz; 2:30 p.m. Thursday, Howson.

UV Resin Jewelry. 2 p.m. Tuesday, Windsor Park.

An Attitude of Gratitude With Bernadette Nason. A fairy helps a cranky woman who lives in a vinegar bottle be grateful. 3 p.m. Tuesday, St. John; 6 p.m. Wednesday, Carver.

Carolina Storyteller. Stories of children as heroes. 2 p.m. Monday, Spicewood Springs.

Elizabeth Kahura. African storytelling.2 p.m. Thursday, University Hills.

Camp Bluebonnet.  “Crown: An Ode to the Fresh Cut.” 2 p.m. Wednesday, Spicewood Springs. “El Chupacabras.” 2 p.m. Wednesday, Spicewood Springs.