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Pick your favorite October family treats

What are you doing this month with the kids? Check out our family calendar

Nicole Villalpando

October is almost here! That means pumpkins, costumes and treats. It also means visits from Peppa Pig and a baby shark.

Our monthly family calendar will keep the kids having fun all month long.


Texas Archeology Month Fair. Enjoy pottery-making, flintknapping, prehistoric hunting techniques, painting rocks, native dances and more.  10 a.m. Oct. 5. Free. Pickle Research Campus, 10100 Burnet Road.

"Baby Shark." That song you can't get out of your head comes to H-E-B Center. 6 p.m. Oct. 10. $30-$55. H-E-B Center, 2100 Avenue of the Stars, Cedar Park.

"Master Chef Jr. Live." Watch kids cook right on stage. 7 p.m. Oct. 12. $29.50-$79.50. The Long Center, 701 W. Riverside Drive.

"Peppa Pig's Adventure." Our favorite British animated pig comes to H-E-B Center. 6 p.m. Oct. 25. $25-$50. H-E-B Center, 2100 Avenue of the Stars, Cedar Park.

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Starry Nights. See a star show in the mini-planetarium and see how the ancient Greeks saw the universe. 5:30-7 p.m. Oct. 3. Free. Girlstart. 1400 W. Anderson Lane.

New Braunfels Science Fest. Girl Start hosts hands-on science activities. 3 p.m. Oct. 6. Free. New Braunfels Farmers Market, 186 S. Castell Ave., New Braunfels.

Simon & Siouxsie U.S. Tour. The stars of Nat Geo Wild's "Snake City" come to the Austin Zoo. $7-$9. 10 a.m. Oct. 12. Austin Zoo, 10808 Rawhide Trail.

Gardening and nature

Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center. Fortlandia Returns. Explore natural forts Oct. 5-Jan. 26. Sprouts. Preschool program to play in nature. 10 a.m. every Wednesday and Thursday. Free with admission. Parent and Toddler Yoga. 10 a.m. Oct. 1 and Oct. 15. $15. Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave.

Great Outdoors. Fairy Garden Workshops. 11 a.m. first Saturday of the month. Reserve online. $20. Great Outdoors. 2730 S. Congress Ave.

Roots and Wings Festival. Butterfly release, tree climbing, nature crafts, guided nature walks and more. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 26. $1-$3 admission. Zilker Botanical Garden, 2220 Barton Springs Road.

Fall festivals

Robinson Family Farm Pumpkin Patch. Wander through a corn maze, go on a hayride, shoot corn cannons, bounce on a giant pumpkin bounce house and pick a pumpkin. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturdays and Sunday through-Nov. 3. Free, but pay for each activity and pumpkins, or get a $10 wristband for everything. Younger than 3 free. 3780 White Owl Lane, Temple.

Barton Hill Farms. Corn maze, farm animals and more than 30 activities, plus pumpkin picking. 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sundays and Columbus Day through Nov. 3. $15.95, extra for pumpkins, fishing pond, face painting and food. Younger than 3 free. 1115 FM 969, Bastrop.

Sweet Berry Farm. Hayrides, corn mazes, pick your own pumpkins and more. 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sundays through Nov. 10. Pay per activity. 1801 FM 1980, Marble Falls.

Sweet Eats Fruit Farm. Fall Fest at the Farm. Corn maze, pig races, pony rides, a petting zoo, plus a pick-your-own pumpkin patch. 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesdays-Fridays and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays through Nov. 3. $16 a person. Kids younger than 2 free.

Flashlight Corn Maze. 7 p.m. Saturdays in October. $16. Sweet Eats Fruit Farm, 14400 E. Texas 29, Georgetown.

Evergreen Farms Pumpkin Hunt. Chuck a pumpkin, race with a pumpkin, take a train ride, go golfing, jump in the bounce house, explore a maze, go fishing, ride on a firetruck and pick a pumpkin. Activities $2.50-$5 each. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturdays, 1-5 p.m. Sundays. Evergreen Farms, 242 Monkey Road, Elgin.

Elgin Christmas Tree Farm Fall Fun. Mazes, animals, pumpkin decorating, train ride, hayride and more. $8 admission. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays, 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, noon to 5:30 p.m. Sundays Oct. 5-31. Pumpkin Festival Oct. 12-13, Oct. 19-20. Elgin Christmas Tree Farm, 120 Natures Way, Elgin.

Family Fall Fest at Crowe's Nest Farm. Animal shows, local vendors and more. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays in October. $3-$10. Crowe's Nest Farm, 10300 Taylor Lane, Manor.

Viva la Vida Festival and Parade. Celebrate Dia de los Muertos with this parade and festival around Mexic-Arte Museum. Parade begins at noon, activities continue through 6 p.m. Oct. 26. 419 Congress Ave.

Family Pumpkin Carving. 10 a.m. to noon Oct. 12. $2. Dottie Jordan Recreation Center, 2803 Loyola Lane.

Spooktacular Bash. Play games, compete in a costume contest and go through a spooky house. 11 a.m. Oct. 26. Free. George Washington Carver Museum, 1165 Angelina St.

Boo at the Zoo. Dress up and enjoy the zoo with Halloween-themed activities. 6:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays in October. $17.50. Reserve tickets early. Austin Zoo, 10808 Rawhide Trail.

Halloween Carnival at Five Star ER. Costume contest, face painting, carnival games and more. 9 a.m. Oct. 26. Free. Five Star ER. 8721 Manchaca Road.


First Saturdays at the Carver Museum. Enjoy family events. Free. Noon Oct. 5. Carver Museum, 1165 Angelina St.

Bullock Museum. H-E-B Free First Sunday. Free family fun. Noon Oct. 6. Homeschool Day. 10 a.m. Oct. 11. Little Texans: Big, Bigger, Biggest. 10 a.m. Oct. 10. Story time: Mars. 10 a.m. Oct. 24. Spooktacular. Come dressed for Halloween activities. 5 p.m. Oct. 25. Bullock Museum, 1800 N. Congress Ave.

Thinkery. Baby Bloomers. Kids up to age 3 learn about shapes in October, 9 a.m. Monday and Saturdays. $5. Art Start. Make art together. 9:30 a.m., 10:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. Fridays through October. $8 per class. Customize Your Slime workshop for ages 4 and up. 10:30 a.m., noon, or 1:30 p.m. Oct. 12-14. $8. Tinkering Take Homes for ages 4 and up. String Art. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 12-13, Oct. 26-27. $6 for a kit. Early Learners: Silly Science. Ages 1-4. 9:30 a.m., 10:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. Oct. 14. STEAM on the Spot: UT SEEK (Student Engineers Educating Kids) offers hands-on engineering activities. 10 a.m. Oct. 9. 10 a.m. Oct. 19. STEAM on the Spot: Arly World. 10 a.m. Oct. 12.Community Night Spotlight: Native American Heritage. 5-8 p.m. Oct. 23. Thinkery, 1830 Simond Ave.

Contemporary Austin. Families Create: Make Like a Tree and Weave. Make art and go on a tree identification walk with Tree Folks. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Oct. 12. Free. Laguna Gloria, 3809 W. 35th St. Homecoming Mum Workshop. 6 p.m. Oct. 15. $10. Jones Center, 700 Congress Ave.

Science Mill. Homeschool Day: Careers in Chemistry. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 9. Bat Bazaar. Learn all about bats with live presentations. 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Oct. 19. Science Mill, 101 S. Lady Bird Lane, Johnson City.

Umlauf Sculpture Garden & Museum. Family Day. Make art, do yoga, hear a story. Noon to 4 p.m. Oct. 13. Straw Fest. Pumpkin-carving, petting zoo, zombie makeovers and more. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 27. Umlauf Sculpture Garden & Museum, 605 Azie Morton Road.

Toybrary Austin. Free Baby Play. 1 p.m. Tuesdays. Music Classes with Miss Ariel. 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. Wednesdays. $10. Date Night Child Care. 4-8 p.m. Saturdays. $25. Make a Halloween Ghost. 10:30 a.m. Oct. 10. $7. Reptile Show. 10:30 a.m. Oct. 12. $12. Canciones Spanish Concert. 10:30 a.m. Oct. 19. $7. Make a Halloween Popcorn Shaker. 10:30 a.m. Oct. 24. $7. Fairy Party. 10:30 a.m. Oct. 26. $10. Bubblefest with Milly McSilly. 10:30 a.m. Oct. 29. $12. Halloween Party. 10:30 a.m. Oct. 31. $12. Toybrary Austin, 2001 Justin Lane.


Movies in the Park. "Hocus Pocus." 8 p.m. Oct. 25. Dottie Jordan Recreation Center, 2803 Loyola Lane.

Austin Film Society. "The Secret Garden." The book comes to the big screen. Noon Oct. 27. $9. Austin Film Society Cinema, 6406 N. Interstate 35, Suite 3100.

Flix Jr. “Beetlejuice," 7 p.m. Oct. 8. "The Monster Squad," 7 p.m. Oct. 15. $5. Flix Brewhouse, 2200 S. Interstate 35, Suite B1, Round Rock.

Mobile Loaves and Fishes Community First Village free screenings. "Men in Black: International," 6:30 p.m. Oct. 4. "Toy Story 4," 6:30 p.m. Oct. 11. "The Monster Squad," 6:30 p.m. Oct. 18. "Hocus Pocus," 6:30 p.m. Oct. 25. Mobile Loaves & Fishes Community First Village, 9301 Hog Eye Road.


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, except during ACL Music Festival. 11 a.m. Nov. 2 and 7 p.m Nov. 8. $19-$43. Kleberg Theatre at Zach Theatre, 1421 W. Riverside Drive.

Zach Theatre. "Wake Up Brother Bear!" 4 p.m. Oct. 19 and Oct. 26. Explore the seasons with a pair of bear siblings. For the preschool set. $13. Whisenhunt stage, 1510 Toomey Road.

Pollyanna Theatre presents “Dinosaur Roar." For ages 2-4. 9:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. Oct. 3-5, Oct. 10-12. $7.25. Carver Museum, 1165 Angelina St.

Emily Ann Theatre presents “Rumpelstiltskin.” See this classic children’s tale onstage. $8-$10. 10 a.m. Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays, Oct. 5-27. 1101 Ranch Road 2325, Wimberley.

“Rosita y Conchita.” See this bilingual Dia de los Muertos play about two sisters who try to reunite. $8-$12. 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Oct. 12-13, Oct. 20, Oct. 26-27, Nov. 2. and 7 p.m. Nov. 2. Scottish Rite Theater, 207 W. 18th St.

“Snow White.” Ballet Austin II presents this show for ages 3-10. 2 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. Oct. 19-20, Oct. 26-27. $20. AustinVentures StudioTheater, 501 W. Third St.


Halloween Concert. Hear Halloween-themed music from the Austin Symphony. $10-$15. 3 p.m. Oct. 27. The Long Center, 701 W. Riverside Drive,

Austin Kiddie Limits. Hear kids music, build things, make art and dance. Free for kids 10 and younger with parent with a wristband. 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Oct. 4-6, Oct. 11-13. Zilker Park.

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KUTX Rock the Park. The show “Spare the Rock, Spoil the Child” curates this monthly free show. This month: Saul Paul and Zettajoule. 6 p.m. Oct. 25. Mueller Lake Park.

Saturday Morning Kids Live Concert. 9 a.m. Saturdays. Stawbitty Yops, Oct. 5; Hey Lolly Music, Oct. 12; Staci Gray, Oct. 19; The Groundwork Music Orchestra, Oct. 26. The Hive, 10415 Old Manchaca Road.

Rock & Roll Playhouse. The Music of Phish for Kids Halloween Spooktacular. 11 a.m. Oct. 27. $12-$15. The Mohawk. 912 Red River St.


Texas Teen Book Festival. See some of your favorite young adult authors including keynote speakers Akilah Hughes and Erika L. Sánchez. 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Oct. 12. Southwestern University in Georgetown. Free.

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Texas Book Festival. Hear from children’s authors, middle-grade and young adult authors at this free festival. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 26, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 27. Capitol Building and the grounds.

BookPeople events: Max Brallier reads "Last Kids on Earth and the Midnight Blade." 6 p.m. Oct. 1. Debbie Dunn and Tami Lewis Brown read "Instructions Not Included." 6:30 p.m. Oct. 8. Donna Janell Bowman reads "King of the Tightrope." 2 p.m. Oct. 13. Markus Zusak reads "Bridge of Clay." 7 p.m. Oct. 17. Meredith Davis reads "Her Own Two Feet." 2 p.m. Oct. 19. Bethany Hegedus and Tonya Engel read "Rise! From Caged Bird to Poet of the People, Maya Angelou." 2 p.m. Oct. 20. Eva Chen and Derk Desierto read "Juno Valentine and the Fantastic Fashion Adventure." 6 p.m. Oct. 31. 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday story times. Hello Autumn, Oct. 1. Brand New Books, Oct. 2. Get Your Giggles. Oct. 5. Great Outdoors, Oct. 8. Ms. Staci. Oct. 9. Best Friends Forever. Oct. 12. Armstrong Community Music School. Oct. 15. Tiny Tails Petting Zoo. Oct. 16. Favorite Characters. Oct. 22. Pets Are the Best. Oct. 23. Monsters Are Our Friends. Oct. 29. BookPeople, 603 N. Lamar Blvd.

Barnes & Noble Events: Kids’ Book Hangout. 2 p.m. Oct. 19. IncrediBuilds Star Wars Event. 7 p.m. Oct. 25. "The Last Kids on Earth." Training Camp. 2 p.m. Oct. 26. 11 a.m. Sunday Baby & Me Storytime. Zoo, Oct. 6. Noses, Oct. 13. Moo, Oct. 20. 11 a.m. Saturdays story times at all locations: "A Night at the Bookstore." Oct. 5. "Elbow Grease vs. Motozilla." Oct. 12. "A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood: The Poetry of Mr. Rogers." Oct. 19. "No More Monsters Under Your Bed." Oct. 26.

At the library

Family Board Game Night. 5:30 p.m. Tuesdays. Central Library. 6:30 p.m. Oct. 29, Willie Mae Kirk Branch.

Pajama Storytime. 6 p.m. Tuesdays, Central Library. 6:30 p.m. Oct. 3, Thursdays, Manchaca Road Branch. 6 p.m. Oct. 22, Winsdor Park Branch, Milwood Branch and Old Quarry Branch. 6 p.m. Oct. 24, Spicewood Springs Branch. 6 p.m. Oct. 24, North Village Branch.

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

Crafternoon. 3 p.m. Oct. 2, Ruiz Branch. 3:30 p.m. Mondays, St. John Branch. 3:30 p.m. Oct. 7, St. John Branch. 4 p.m. Oct. 15, Manchaca Road Branch. 3 p.m. Oct. 16, Ruiz Branch. 3:30 p.m. Oct. 22, Windsor Park Branch. 3 p.m. Oct. 30, Ruiz Branch.

Dance a Story with Ballet Austin. For ages 3-5. Preregistration required 1 p.m. Wednesdays, Central Library.

Lego Lab with Play-Well Teknologies. 3 p.m. Oct. 2, Southeast Branch. Lego Lab. 3 p.m. Oct. 4, Ruiz Branch. 4 p.m. Oct. 4, North Village Branch. 3:30 p.m. Oct. 8, Windsor Park Branch. 3:30 p.m. Oct. 8, Milwood Branch. 4 p.m. Oct. 9, Howson Branch. 3:30 p.m. Oct. 15, Pleasant Hill Branch. 2 p.m. Oct. 15, St. John Branch. 2 p.m. Oct. 16, St. John Branch. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Oct. 19 and noon to 6 p.m. Oct. 20, Central Library. 3:30 p.m. Oct. 21, Little Walnut Creek.

Literature Live presents: "Mr. Tamarin's Trees." 3:30 p.m. Oct. 2, Milwood Branch. 10:30 a.m. Oct. 3, Windsor Park Branch. 3:30 p.m. Oct. 15, Twin Oaks Branch. 3:30 p.m. Oct. 18, North Village Branch. 6:30 p.m. Oct. 21, Central Library. 10:15 a.m. Oct. 22, Carver Branch.

Bow Wow Reading with Quintana Roo, 4:30 p.m. Wednesdays. Milwood Branch. Bow Wow Reading with Wrangler the Dog. 4 p.m. Oct. 11, Milwood Branch. Bow Wow Reading with Aussie. 3:30 p.m. Oct. 15, North Village Branch.

Music and Movement. 10:15 a.m. Thursdays, Carver Branch. 11 a.m. Thursdays, Howson Branch. 11 a.m. Oct. 4, Old Quarry Branch. 10:30 a.m. Oct. 15, Terrazas Branch. 11 a.m. Oct. 15, Southeast Branch. 11 a.m. Oct. 21, St. John Branch.

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

Colorful Paper Crafts. 3:30 p.m. Oct. 3, Willie Mae Kirk Branch.

Neighborhood Science: Bees go grocery shopping. 7 p.m. Oct. 3, Twin Oaks Branch. 7:30 p.m. Oct. 29, Howson Branch.

Badgerdog Young Authors Reading. 1 p.m. Oct. 5, Twin Oaks Branch.

Saturday Matinee: "McFarland, USA." 1:30 p.m. Oct. 5, Willie Mae Kirk Branch. La Bamba. 1:30 p.m. Oct. 12, Willie Mae Kirk Branch.

Saturday Movie Matinee: "Pokemon Detective Pikachu." 2 p.m. Oct. 5, Windsor Park Branch.

Happy Mail Art Program. For ages 8 and up. 3 p.m. Oct. 6, North Village Branch.

Monday Movies: "West Side Story." 5 p.m. Oct. 7, Willie Mae Kirk Branch. "The Book of Life." 5 p.m. Oct 14, Willie Mae Kirk Branch.

Tween STEAM "Tie Dye For" Tees. 4 p.m. Oct. 8, University Hills Branch. Doll-E Creepy Creations. 4:30 p.m. Oct. 22, University Hills Branch.

Reading Unleashed. 6:30 p.m. Oct. 8 and Oct. 22, Manchaca Road.

STEM Builder Lab. 3:30 p.m. Oct. 9, Spicewood Branch.

NBTween Graphic Novel Book Club: "Wings of Fire." 4:30 p.m. Oct. 9, St. John Branch. 4 p.m. Oct. 14, Howson Branch.

Homeschool Social. 11:30 a.m. Oct. 9, Carver Branch.

Perler Bead Palooza. 3 p.m. Oct. 11, St. John Branch. 6 p.m. Oct. 17, Central Library.

Friday movie matinee: "Casper." 3:30 p.m. Oct. 11, Old Quarry Branch.

Vision Board Workshop. 3 p.m. Oct. 12, Carver Branch.

Dia de los Muertos Art Smart. 10:30 a.m. Oct. 12, Carver Branch. 3:30 p.m. Oct. 12, Spicewood Springs Branch. 11 a.m. Oct. 26, Hampton Branch. 11 a.m. Oct. 30, University Hills Branch.

Austin Ukestra. 1 p.m. Oct. 13, Recycled Reads Bookstore.

Stamped Art Tees. 4 p.m. Oct. 15.

Early Literacy Playgroup. 10:15 a.m. Oct. 18, Manchaca Road Branch.

My Music Day. 1 p.m. Oct. 19, Manchaca Road Branch.

Homeschool Show & Tell. Share your hobby or superpower. 1 p.m. Oct. 21, Central Library.

STEMulating Playground. 4 p.m. Oct. 22, Little Walnut Creek Branch.

Science Friday. 3 p.m. Oct. 25, St. John Branch.

Tween and Teen Anime Club. 3:30 p.m. Oct. 25, Twin Oaks Branch.

Halloween Party and Costume Branch. 6:30 p.m. Oct. 31, Milwood Branch.