5 things to do with your kids this spring break in Austin.

Austin American-Statesman - - FRONT PAGE - By Ni­cole Vil­lal­pando nvil­lal­pando@states­man.com

5 fun things to do with kids dur­ing spring break

It’s spring break! Didn’t plan an ex­otic get­away to the beach? We didn’t ei­ther, but we’re plan­ning to have a lot of fun in and around Austin with our fam­i­lies. Here are some of the best events for fam­i­lies Cen­tral Texas has to of­fer:

1 Rodeo

Get away from down­town’s hip­ster hang­outs to find the cowboys and pig rac­ers at the Expo Cen­ter.

Rodeo Austin. We rec­om­mend go­ing to the Av­enue of Breeds, where you can see chick­ens hatch­ing, as well as dif­fer­ent live­stock, horses and poul­try; at­tend­ing the Rodeo to see kids ride sheep in mut­ton bustin’, cowboys ride bulls and cow­girls bar­rel race; head­ing to Kid­stown for pony rides and a pet­ting zoo; see­ing the pig races; and at­tend­ing the Wild West Show. Find the daily sched­ule on­line. 10 a.m. to mid­night Satur­day-March 25. $8 adults, $5 child ages 3-12, free 2 and younger. Rodeo, con­cert and car­ni­val ex­tra. Travis County Expo Cen­ter, 7311 Decker Lane. RodeoAustin.com

2 Mu­sic

It wouldn’t be spring break in Austin with­out mu­sic. This year Bill Childs of KUTX’s “Spare the Rock” chil­dren’s mu­sic show is of­fer­ing th­ese fam­ily mu­sic events dur­ing South by South­west. “Fam­ily Mu­sic Melt­down.” Hear mu­sic from Red Yarn, the Dee­dle Dee­dle Dees, Ralph’s World, Rid­ers Against the Storm, Strumero and El Tule. Free. 3 p.m.-6:30 p.m. Wed­nes­day. Pan Am Park, 2100 E. Third St. face­book.com/Fam­i­lyMu­sicMelt­down KUTX live broad­cast kids’ mu­sic lineup. The KUTX live broad­cast at the Four Sea­sons dur­ing South by South­west will fea­ture chil­dren’s mu­sic at 8:30 a.m. and 9:30 a.m. Wed­nes­day through March 18. Hear Ralph’s World and Red Yarn Wed­nes­day, the Que Pas­tas and Joe McDer­mott on Thurs­day, Lucky Diaz and the Fam­ily Jam Band and

the Dee­dle Dee­dle Dees on Fri­day and Lit­tle Miss Anne and Su­gar Free Al­ls­tars on March 18. Free. Four Sea­sons Ho­tel, 98 San Jac­into Blvd. foursea­sons.com Willie is for Ev­ery­one. Cel­e­brate Willie Nel­son’s mu­sic with the fam­ily with mu­sic from Lit­tle Miss Ann, the Bar­ton Hills Choir with very spe­cial guest Ray Ben­son, Ralph’s World, Red Yarn, the Que Pas­tas, Beth Chris­man, Suzanna Chof­fel, Su­gar Free Al­ls­tars, Rocka­roni & Cheese, Lucky Diaz, and the Dee­dle Dee­dle Dees. 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Fri­day. Scot­tish Rite The­ater, 207 W. 18th St. $3 adults, $1 chil­dren. face­book.com/ events/1385926451430887 Rock & Read at the Do­main. Mu­si­cians in­clude Rid­ers Against the Storm, Lucky Diaz, the Dee­dle Dee­dle Dees, Lit­tle Miss Ann and Su­gar Free Al­ls­tars. 2-5:30 p.m. March 18. Free. Do­main lawn by Dick’s Sport­ing Goods and Dil­lard’s. face­book.com/ events/343691162691502 Plus en­joy Austin Ukestra Ukulele group. 1 p.m. Sun­day, Re­cy­cled Reads Book­store.

3 Movies and The­ater

You could stay home and stream movies all day or you could go out and have a movie or the­ater ex­pe­ri­ence. Check out th­ese events: Kids and Camp:the Sorcerer’s“Harry Pot­ter Stone,” Mon­day-Thurs­day,10:10 a.m. Satur­day,10:15 Sun­day, Lake­line. Alamo “Shrek,” Draft­house9:45 a.m. Satur­day-Sun­day,Lane. 10 a.m. Sun­day-Thurs­day, Slaugh­ter p.m. Vil­lage Mon­day-Wed­nes­day,The­ater, 12:25 Mueller.PBS Kids draft­house.com“Odd Squad: The Movie.” 1:45 p.m. Satur­day, 1:50 p.m. Sun­day, Alamo Draft­house Lake­line; 12:15 p.m. Satur­day-Sun­day, Slaugh­ter Lane. draft­house. com Harry Pot­ter Fest. The new Blue Star­lite South drivein the­ater is show­ing two Harry Pot­ter films Sun­dayFri­day, in or­der. $25 per per­son for the whole week. 12419 Low­den Lane. blues­tar­lit­edrivein.com “Beauty and the Beast” Fam­ily Party. See the new live-ac­tion movie with spe­cial ac­tiv­i­ties. 10 a.m. March 18, Alamo Draft­house Slaugh­ter Lane. draft­house.com Movies at the li­brary: “Find­ing Dory,” 2 p.m. Satur­day, Wind­sor Park Branch. “Pete’s Dragon,” 4 p.m. Mon­day, Cepeda Branch. “The Jun­gle Book,” 6:30 p.m. Tues­day, Twin Oaks Branch. “Moana,” 4 p.m. Wed­nes­day, Cepeda Branch. “Night at the Mu­seum,” 2 p.m. Fri­day, Old Quarry Branch. “1001 Tricks in 1 Hour!” 1 p.m. Mon­day-Fri­day, 10 a.m. March 18. Cir­cus Chick­endog presents this show fea­tured res­cued an­i­mals, in­clud­ing dogs. $15. The In­sti­tu­tion The­ater, 3708 Wood­bury Drive. www.chick­endog.net “Ele­phant and Pig­gie:

We Are in a Play!” The Mo Willems story comes to the stage. 2 p.m. Satur­days and Sun­days through April 30 (ex­cept March 11). 11 a.m. Satur­days April 15, 22, 29. $16-$21. Zach The­atre’s Kle­berg The­atre, 1421 W. River­side Drive. zachthe­atre.org Cirque du Soleil “OVO.” See artists do what in­sects do: fly, crawl, work and more. 7:30 p.m. Wed­nes­day through March 18, 4 p.m. March 18, 1:30 p.m. and 5 p.m. March 19. $25-$149. H-E-B Cen­ter at Cedar Park, 2100 Av­enue of the Stars, Cedar Park. heb­cen­ter.com

4 Mu­se­ums

Spring break is a great time to hit an Austin-area mu­seum, es­pe­cially one that you haven’t been to in a while. Many have spe­cial spring break ac­tiv­i­ties or even camps. Texas Mu­seum of Science & Tech­nol­ogy. Teen­ergy.

Science geared to­ward teens. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Satur­day. Texas Mu­seum of Science & Tech­nol­ogy, 1220 Toro Grande Drive, Cedar Park. tx­most.org Con­tem­po­rary Austin. Art Free-For All! See what the Con­tem­po­rary Austin has to of­fer and en­joy hands-on ac­tiv­i­ties. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Satur­day. Free. La­guna Gloria, 3809 W. 35th St. the­con­tem­po­raryaustin.org

Um­lauf Sculp­ture Gar­den & Mu­seum. Fam­ily Day. Cel­e­brate fe­male artists, make art, hear a story and more. Noon-4 p.m. Sun­day. Free. Kids Kraft Play with Prints. 9 a.m. March 18, kinder­garten through se­cond grade; 11 a.m. March 18, third through fifth grade. $15. Um­lauf Sculp­ture Gar­den & Mu­seum, 605 Robert E. Lee Road. um­lauf­s­culp­ture.org Spring Break at the Bul­lock Mu­seum. Drop in for hands-on ac­tiv­i­ties. Mon­day-Fri­day. Bul­lock Mu­seum, 1800 N. Congress Ave. thesto­ry­of­texas.com

Thinkery. The Thinkery has camps for kids in grades pre-K to fifth grade as well as th­ese events: Baby Bloomers for kids in­fant to 3. Study the gar­den this month. 9 a.m. Satur­days (no Mon­day Baby Bloomers this week). Spe­cial

guests through­out the month. $5. Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss: Egg Planters and Truf­fula Trees, ages 4 and up. 11:15 a.m., 1:15 p.m. and 3:15 p.m. March 18-19. $8. Sto­ry­telling with Ozobots; learn to code. For ages 4 and up. 11:15 a.m. Satur­dayMon­day. $8. Stop Mo­tion

An­i­ma­tion, ages 8 and up. 1:15 p.m. and 3:15 p.m. Satur­day-Mon­day. $8. Thinkery, 1830 Si­mond Ave. thinkeryaustin.org Hill Coun­try Science Mill. Ro­bot Ma­nia. Live ro­bot demon­stra­tions and hands-on build­ing and pro­gram­ming ac­tiv­i­ties. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Tues­day-Thurs­day. World Mu­sic, World

Sto­ries. Hear bands play­ing mu­sic from around the world. $10 adults, $8.50 kids and seniors, chil­dren 2 and younger free. 1-6 p.m. March 18. Hill Coun­try Science Mill, 101 S. Lady Bird Lane, John­son City. sci­encemill.org Wild­flower Cen­ter.

Sprouts. Hands-on preschool pro­gram. 10 a.m. Wed­nes­days and Fri­days. Na­ture Play Hour. Play in the Fam­ily Gar­den. 11 a.m. Satur­days. Wild­flower Cen­ter, 4801 La Crosse Ave. wild­flower.org Youth Ceramic Work­shop. For ages 7-12. 10 a.m. Tues­day or Thurs­day. $25. Asian Amer­i­can Re­source Cen­ter, 8401 Cameron Road. Reg­is­ter: austin­texas.gov/ park­sreg­is­ter

5 Read­ing

Just be­cause it’s spring break doesn’t mean all books go away. It’s a great chance to pick up books they ac­tu­ally want to read and en­joy them.

Bridg­ing Cul­tures Sto­ry­time: Lit­tle Red Rid­ing Hood tales from Asia. With a trea­sure hunt and story time. 10 a.m. Satur­day. Asian Amer­i­can Re­source Cen­ter, 8401 Cameron Road. BookPeo­ple story times. Brand New Books, 11:30 a.m. Satur­day; Tiny Tails to You, 10:30 a.m. Wed­nes­day; Fam­ily Fa­vorites, 11:30 a.m. March 18. BookPeo­ple, 603 N. La­mar Blvd. bookpeo­ple.com

Barnes & Noble Events. “The Lego Bat­man Movie” Event. 2 p.m. Satur­day, Sun­set Val­ley, Lake­line. Satur­day story times 11 a.m. at all lo­ca­tions: Dance story time, Satur­day; Egg story time with sign lan­guage in­ter­pre­ta­tion at Sun­set Val­ley), March 18.

Li­brary of­fer­ings. Bow Wow Read­ing with Bon­nie the Dog. 11:30 a.m. Satur­day and March 18, Yar­bor­ough Branch. Ex­press Your­self Through So­cial Me­dia. Learn how to use so­cial me­dia for ac­tivism, mu­sic, art and film­mak­ing for ages 10 and up. 1 p.m.2:30 p.m. Satur­days Satur­day and March 18. Sto­ry­book Dance Mak­ing. 2 p.m. Sun­day, Re­cy­cled Reads Book­store. Ruiz Branch. Crafter­noon. 4 p.m. Tues­day, Cepeda Branch. Table­top Tues­day. Play board games. 5:30 p.m. Tues­day. Faulk Cen­tral Li­brary. Art Smart: Holi Fes­ti­val of Col­ors, 6:30 p.m. Tues­day. NBTween Book Club “The Wild Ro­bot,” 6 p.m. Wed­nes­day, Yar­bor­ough Branch; “Ghosts,” 6 p.m. Thurs­day, Twin Oaks Branch. Teen Book Club, “Six of Crows,” 6:30 p.m. Thurs­day, Spice­wood Springs Branch. Fam­ily Craft Night. For ages 5 and up. 6 p.m. Wed­nes­day, How­son Branch. Mother Daugh­ter Book Club “Num­ber the Stars.” 6 p.m. Wed­nes­day, Hamp­ton Branch.


The ABC Kite Fes­ti­val was de­layed on Sun­day be­cause of rain. Fin­gers cross it will hap­pen this Sun­day. Here is all the in­for­ma­tion:

ABC Kite Fes­ti­val. Fly a kite as well as make one. New this year, kids zone with face paint­ing, kite mak­ing, hair braid­ing and more spon­sored by St. David’s Chil­dren’s Hos­pi­tal and MossFest Chil­dren’s Con­cert from Texas Mu­tual with bands like Hey Lolly and Trout Fish­ing in Amer­ica. Free. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sun­day. Zilker Park. Park­ing is avail­able at the state garage at 1604 Colorado St., and at the Burger Ac­tiv­ity Cen­ter, 3200 Jones Road. Shut­tles will bring you to the park for $5 for peo­ple 12 and older. abck­ite­fes­ti­val.org


Chil­dren and par­ents cheer on pigs as they race around the track dur­ing Rodeo Austin in 2015.


BookPeo­ple em­ployee Demi Mar­shall reads dur­ing story time.


You never know who, or what, you’ll see at Rodeo Austin.


Rid­ers Against the Storm per­form at the Austin City Lim­its Mu­sic Fes­ti­val in 2015. They will per­form sev­eral fam­ily-friendly shows dur­ing South by South­west.


Tins­ley Bouse, 2, of New Taiton, looks at the chicks hatch­ing at Rodeo Austin in 2013.


The Hill Coun­try Science Mill in John­son City will be cel­e­brat­ing ro­bots dur­ing spring break.


David Peña plays Ger­ald the Ele­phant in “Ele­phant And Pig­gie: We Are In A Play!” at Zach The­atre.


The Que Pas­tas will be play­ing KUTX shows at the Four Sea­sons as well as at Willie is for Ev­ery­one.


BookPeo­ple em­ployee Demi Mar­shall reads to moth­ers, fa­thers and nan­nies as they gather with their chil­dren for story time at BookPeo­ple.


The Beast (Dan Stevens) and Belle (Emma Wat­son) bring the live-ac­tion ver­sion of “Beauty and the Beast” to the screen.

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