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Make music, create art, play games as a family, July 21-27

Nicole Villalpando
Bravery and Indiana Bennett play with instruments at the Austin Symphony Children's Day Art Park event at the Austin Central Library earlier this month. [LOLA GOMEZ / AMERICAN-STATESMAN]


Classic Game Fest. Bring the classic video games you grew up with to your children. 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. July 28. Palmer Events Center, 900 Barton Springs Road. $25-$10, Kids younger than 12 free.

"Descendants 3" Event. Kick off the upcoming show on the Disney Channel with this event that includes show-themed crafts, back-to-school items, music, games and more. 1-3 p.m. Saturday, Barton Creek Square by J.C. Penney.


Thinkery. What's the Scoop? is for ages 4 and up. 10:30 a.m., noon, and 1:30 p.m. Sunday. Baby Bloomers: Make it Go. For ages 0-3. 9 a.m. Monday and Saturday. $5. Community Night Spotlight: Kindness. 4-8 p.m. Wednesday. Free. Tinkering Take Homes: No Sew Bags. For ages 4 and older. 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. $6 "Metamorphosis" at the Museum. Zach Theatre presents this interactive theater show. $13-$15. 6-8 p.m. Saturday. Thinkery, 1830 Simond Ave.

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

Bullock Museum.Sense-sational Thursdays, explore history with your senses at 10 a.m. on special Thursdays. This week: Very Berry. Make It Tuesdays. Create art at 10 a.m. This week: Alien Alter Egos, Tuesday. Bullock Museum, 1800 N. Congress Ave.

Blanton Museum. This is the last week for the special family programs. 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.

Toybrary Austin. "Toy Story Event," 10:30 a.m. Tuesday. $10 a child. Free Baby Play Date, 1 p.m. Monday, Meet Elmo 10:30 a.m. Saturday. $12. Toybrary Austin, 2001 Justin Lane.

Animals and nature

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. 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. Humane Hero Hour. 10 a.m. Tuesday. Make toys for cats and dogs and meet some furry friends. Children 8 and younger. Free, but you must register,, 512-646-7387. Austin Humane Society, 124 W. Anderson Lane


BookPeople events. Comics Workshop for Teens with author Joy Lin. 1-3 p.m. Saturday. 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday story times. Space Explorers, Tuesday; Best Friends Forever, Wednesday; "The Little Mermaid" story time and costume contest, Saturday. BookPeople, 603 N. Lamar Blvd.

Barnes & Noble events. 11 a.m. Sunday Baby and Me Story Time: "Never Touch a Crocodile." 11 a.m. Saturday story time: "We Don't Eat Our Classmates."


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. Sundays. Free. The Long Center, 701 W. Riverside Drive.

Austin Symphony Children’s Day Art Park. For the second year, the concerts and activities are at the Austin Central Library. A different musician plays each week with a different theme. This week: Joe McDermott. 10 a.m. to noon Wednesdays. Free. Austin Central Library, 710 W. Cesar Chavez St.

Saturday Morning Kids Live Concert at the Hive coworking space. 9 a.m. Saturdays. Groundwork Music Orchestra, Saturday; The Hive, 10415 Old Manchaca Road.

Rock and Roll Playhouse at the Mohawk. This month it's the Music of Ramones for Kids this month. 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Sunday. $12-$15. Mohawk, 912 Red River St.

Related: Five tips to enjoying summer music with kids


Paramount Theatre’s Summer Classic Film Series. Many of them are great for kids. “Gulliver’s Travels,” 1 p.m. Saturday. Paramount Theatre, 713 Congress Ave.

Alamo Drafthouse Kids Club. These morning movies can be seen with a donation of $1-$5 to a local charity or school. "Kung Fu Panda." 10 a.m. Monday, Friday and Saturday. “The Neverending Story,” 10 a.m. Friday and Saturday, Slaughter Lane and Lakeline. Other screenings: PBS Kids: "Wild Kratts: Alaska," 10 a.m. Saturday, Slaughter Lane; 1 p.m Saturday, Lakeline. "The Lion King" Family Party. 9:30 p.m. Sunday, Lakeline.

Movies in the Park. Pull up your lawn chair and watch these movies at dusk: “The Road to El Dorado,” Thursday, Dick Nichols Park.

Regal Summer Movie Express. 10 a.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays at Westgate Stadium 11, Regal Metropolitan and Gateway Stadium 16. This week:  “Lego Movie” and “Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie.” 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: “SpongeBob SquarePants Out of Water."


 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 through Aug. 7. Show up early to secure a good view. Zilker Hillside Theater, 2206 William Barton Drive.

Related: Time to celebrate 60 years of the Zilker Summer Musical

Summer Stock Austin: “Haunted: A Ghost Story.” An original musical from Allen Robertson and Damon Brown about a campfire story and a witch. Tuesday-Aug. 10.  The Long Center, 701 W. Riverside 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.

Austin Public Library

Buffalo Soldiers. Texas buffalo soldiers bring this history to life. 11 a.m. Tuesday, Twin Oaks.

Literature Life Presents “Jack and the Beanstalk.” 3 p.m Tuesday, St. John; 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, North Village; 2 p.m. Thursday, University Hills.

Magician John O’ Bryant. 2 p.m. Monday, Howson Branch; 6 p.m. Wednesday, Carver Branch.

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, Spicewood Springs; 2 p.m. Friday, Southeast.

Carolina Storyteller. Stories of children as heroes. 2 p.m. Monday, Windsor Park; 2 p.m. Saturday, Manchaca.

Elizabeth Kahura. African storytelling. 2 p.m. Thursday, Ruiz Branch.

Austin Reptile Show. 2 p.m. Tuesday, Old Quarry; 2 p.m. Thursday, Milwood.

Fairy Houses. Make your own, with supplies provided. 6 p.m. Monday, Southeast.

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

Art Smart: Let’s Paint Space. 4 p.m. Tuesday, University Hills; 2:30 p.m. Thursday, Carver.

Felt and Filmgazing. Sew felt characters based on movies. “Iron Giant.” 2 p.m. June 21, North Village.

UV Resin Jewelry. 2 p.m. Tuesday, Ruiz.