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Mother Earth, hands-on gardening and more activities for the family

Nicole Villalpando
Serenity Hopes-Chartian, 8, wears a turtle costume at the Mother Earth Day Festival last year. [JAY JANNER / AMERICAN-STATESMAN]


Mother Earth Day Festival. Back-to-school nature event. 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday (rain date Sept. 17). Free. Barton Springs, Zilker Metropolitan Park.


Saturday Morning Kids Live Concert. 9 a.m. Saturdays. This week: Hey Lolly Music. The Hive, 10415 Old Manchaca Road.


Science Mill. Homeschool Day: Careers in Aerospace. Hands-on activities planned throughout the day. 10 a.m. Thursday. Science Mill, 101 S. Lady Bird Lane, Johnson City.

Thinkery. Baby Bloomers, kids up to age 3 learn about exploring their senses in September, 9 a.m. Monday and Saturdays. $5. Customize Your Slime workshop for ages 4 and up. 10:30 a.m., noon or 1:30 p.m. Sunday. $8. Tinkering Take Homes for ages 4 and up. Create 3D Letters using a scroll saw. 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. $6 for a kit. STEAM on the Spot: UT SEEK (Student Engineers Educating Kids) offers hands-on engineering activities. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. Thinkery, 1830 Simond Ave.

Bullock Museum. Little Texans: Suit Up. Hands-on program for children ages 2-5. 10 a.m. Thursday. Bullock Museum, 1800 N. Congress Ave.

Contemporary Austin. Families Create: Art Buffet. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. Free, but reservations requested. Laguna Gloria, 3809 W. 35th St.

Umlauf Sculpture Garden & Museum. Family Day. Yoga, storytelling and making art. Noon to 4 p.m. Sunday. Free. Umlauf Sculpture Garden & Museum. 605 Azie Morton Road.

The Williamson Museum. Textile History. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Chisholm Trail location. The Williamson Museum, 8 Chisholm Trail, Round Rock.

Toybrary Austin. Free Baby Play. 1 p.m. Tuesdays Music Classes with Miss Ariel. 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. Tuesdays. $10. Gardening for Kids. 10:30 a.m. Wednesdays. $7. Date Night Child Care. 4-8 p.m. Saturdays. $25. Kids' Yoga with Melanie. 11:15 a.m. Saturday, $10. Meet Skye. 10:30 a.m. Saturday, $12. Toybrary Austin, 2001 Justin Lane.

Wildflower Center. Sprouts. Hands-on preschool program. 10 a.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays. Botanical Art Illustration for Kids. 10 a.m. Saturday. $40. Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave.


Zach Theatre. "Jungalbook." An adaptation of the Mowgli stories of Rudyard Kipling. For ages 5 and up. 2 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays Through Nov. 10. $19-$43. Kleberg Theatre at Zach Theatre, 1421 W. Riverside Drive.


Alamo Drafthouse. "Spy Kids" Cereal Party. 11 a.m. Saturday, Lakeline. PBS Kids at the Alamo: "Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood." 10 a.m. Sunday, Mueller.

Mobile Loaves and Fishes Community First Village free screenings. "Aladdin." 7 p.m. Friday-14. "Mobile Loaves & Fishes Community First Village, 9301 Hog Eye Road.


BookPeople. Events: For teens: Kathryn Gonzales and Karen Rayne read "Trans+: Love, Sex, Romance and Being You." 2 p.m. Sunday. Ryan T. Higgins reads "Bruce's Big Storm." 6 p.m. Tuesday. PJ Hoover reads "The Hidden Code." 2 p.m. Saturday. Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday story times.We Love Our Grandparents, Tuesday. Ms. Staci, Wednesday. Bold and Brave, Saturday. BookPeople, 603 N. Lamar Blvd.

Barnes & Noble. 11 a.m. Saturday story time at all locations: Bonus storytime, "Hey Grandude!" Sunday. "Pete the Cat and the Perfect Pizza Party," Saturday.

Kiddie Academy Story Time. Pinkalicious and Curious George Visit. 10 a.m. Saturday. Free. Kiddie Academy of Bee Cave, 16003 Texas 71, Kiddie Academy of Pflugerville, 2617 Kelly Lane, Pflugerville. Register at

At the library

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

Pajama Storytime. 6 p.m. Tuesdays Windsor Park Branch. 6:30 p.m. Mondays, Central Library. 6:30 p.m. Thursdays, Manchaca Road Branch.

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

Crafternoon. 3:30 p.m. Mondays, St. John Branch.

Lego Lab. 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, Windsor Park Branch. 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, Milwood Branch. 4 p.m. Wednesday, Howson Branch.

Bow Wow Reading with Quintana Roo. 4:30 p.m. Wednesdays, Little Walnut Creek Branch.

Let's All Play Board Game Day. 3 p.m. Thursdays, St. John Branch.

Music & Movement. 10:15 a.m. Thursdays, Carver Branch. 11 a.m. Thursdays, Howson Branch.

Friday Matinee:"Fantastic Beasts." 3:30 p.m. Friday, Old Quarry Branch. 

College Planning Workshop: College Planning 101. 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Spicewood Springs Branch.

Just for Teens: Dev Launchers Coding Lab. Noon to 5 p.m. Saturdays, Central Library.

Austin Ukestra. 1 p.m. Sunday, Recycled Reads Bookstore.

Happy Mail Art Program. For ages 8 and up. 3 p.m. Sunday, North Village Branch.

Literature Live presents "Mr. Tamarin's Trees." 3:45 p.m. Monday, Old Quarry Branch. 11 a.m. Wednesday, University Hills Branch. 11 a.m. Thursday, Ruiz Branch. 1 p.m. Saturday, Recycled Reads Bookstore.

Just for Teens: Guitar and Bass Lab. 6 p.m. Mondays, Central Library.

Reading Unleashed. 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Manchaca Road.

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

NBTween Graphic Novel Book Club, "Crush." 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, St. John Branch. 

Yoga Storytime. 10:30 a.m. Thursday, St. John Branch.

Teen Social Hour. 3 p.m. Thursdays, Carver Branch.

Early Literacy Playgroup. 11 a.m. Thursday, Southeast Branch. 11 a.m. Friday, North Village Branch.

Tween and Teen Bullet Journaling. 4 pm. Thursday, Twin Oaks Branch.

Library GroovaRoo Dance! For babies and parents. 10:30 a.m. Friday, Twin Oaks Branch.

Perler Bead Palooza. 3 p.m. Friday, St. John Branch. 2 p.m. Saturday, Howson Branch.

Two of a Kind Crazy Critter Concert. 10:30 a.m. Friday, Central Library.

Bike Maintenance: How To. 2 p.m. Saturday, Twin Oaks Branch.

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