Family friendly events in Austin, Texas are an ongoing occurrence. There are always great family friendly places and events to attend!

Fall is undoubtedly my favorite time of year! I love everything about it from the cooler weather to the decorations.  And thanks to yesterday’s cool front it is really feeling like fall today!

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Today is the first day for one of my favorite pumpkin patches in Austin to open. The vast number of pumpkins are so easy to get lost in taking photos and enjoying. They have pumpkins of all shapes and sizes.

If you can’t make it out today mark your calendar for October 25 (10am – 2 pm) because they have an entire day of fall fun planned.

Here is a list (and map) of other places to find pumpkins around Austin: http://365thingsaustin.com/2014/09/24/find-austins-best-pumpkin-patches/.

Phone: 512-452-5737

Sundays – 12:00noon – 7:00pm
Mondays – 10:00am – 7:00pm
Tuesdays – 2:30pm – 7:00pm
Wednesdays – 10:00am – 7:00pm
Thursdays – 2:30pm – 7:00pm
Fridays – 10:00am – 7:00pm
Saturdays – 10:00am – 7:00pm

Location:
St. Johns United Methodist Church
(right across from Lamar Middle School)
2140 Allandale Drive
Austin, Texas 78756

http://stjohnsaustin.org/content.cfm?page_content=announcement_include.cfm&announcement_id=269

It’s a rainy morning and if you’re one of the lucky ones to have the day off a trip to the Harry Ransom Center may be just what you are looking for today.

They currently have a special exhibit that gives you a behind the scenes look of Gone With The Wind. They have over 300 rarely and never before seen materials.

For Gone With The Wind fans it is a one of kind opportunity to get an in-depth look at one of the most classic movies of all time.

Admission: free

10 a.m.–5 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday
10 a.m.–7 p.m. Thursday
Noon–5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday

Location:
Harry Ransom Center
21st and Guadalupe
Austin, Texas

http://www.hrc.utexas.edu/visit/gwtw/

Honor flight is an organization that flies WWII Veteran’s to Washington D.C. free of charge so they can see the WWII Memorial.

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Since 2012 they have flown over 600 of our Central Texas WWII Veterans to Washington D.C.  Tonight they arrive back in Austin. You can come out and give them a Texas sized welcome home. They’ll be at the Southwest Ticket counter upstairs.

Here is a video so you can learn more:

If you can’t make it today on October 18th Alamo Drafthouse is having a special screaning of Fury to honor local Veterans. http://www.honorflightaustin.org/2014/10/honor-flight-and-alamo-drafthouse-honor-the-greatest-generation/

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Both my grandpa’s are Veterans. I think this is an amazing opportunity to honor those who have served our country.

When: today, October 12th

Time: 8:30 pm

Location:
Austin Bergstorm Airport
3600 Presidential Avenue
Austin, Texas 78719

https://www.facebook.com/events/738510709531989/

And so we meet again ACL. If you’re looking to avoid the downtown area, Mueller Lake Park has just the event for you.

They’re showing Home Alone, which is such a classic. Yes, it is not quite the holiday season yet but this flick is always a favorite.

Bring snacks, blankets and come enjoy a movie under the stars!

Admission: free

When: today, October 10th

Time:  Activities 6:30 pm
Movie – 8 pm

Location:
Mueller Lake Park
4450 Mueller Boulevard
Austin, Texas 78722

 https://www.facebook.com/events/364581143705496/

The First Sunday of the month admission is free to the Bullock Texas History Museum and you are invited to come explore the museum.

For those who have not been the museum is amazing. It is three floors of Texas history through various exhibits and artifacts.

This Sunday they’re focusing on Veteran’s Voices. If you stop by be sure to make the time to write a letter to an active duty service member or wounded warrior.

Admission: free

When: the first Sunday of the month

Time: noon – 6 pm

Location:
Bullock Texas History Museum
1800 Congress Avenue
Austin, Texas 78701

http://www.thestoryoftexas.com/plan-your-visit/upcoming-events

Photo Credit: Bullock Texas History Museum

Today is one of the biggest events of the year for Austin bat watchers as it is the Bat Fest.  Living in Austin, hearing about the bats is something that you are probably familiar with but how often do you take the time to go do it? Take today’s event as an excuse to go down there and appreciate it!

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The Congress Bridge will be turned in to a complete bat festival. They will have 2 stages with live music, more than 75 arts & craft vendors, tons of food and drink stands, children’s activities, a bat costume contest and more!

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Those bats are funny as you never know exactly what time they are going to decide to fly, it can be anywhere from 7:00-8:30ish. They have been flying early this year (7:30ish). Once they start emerging from under the bridge it can last up to 30 minutes. Needless to say, don’t forget to grab your camera!

Admission: $10.00 (Cash Only) Children 8 and under free with adult

When: today, August 23rd

Time: 4:00 p.m. – midnight

Location:
Ann Richards Congress Street Bridge
Austin, Texas

http://www.roadwayevents.com/event/bat-fest/

 

 

It’s August so that means movie in the pool season is slowly going to come to an end.

Tonight El Salado Pool is hosting a classic from my childhood, Free Willy.

Movie starts at 8 but they’ll have food trucks from 6 – 8 pm. Greengos, Uncle Louie G’s will be serving up the good stuff.

Entry to event is free but if you show up before the movie you’ll have to pay the drop in fee (adults $5, 17 & under $3).

When: today, August 8th

Time: 8 – 10:30 pm

Location:
El Salado Pool
11500 El Salido Parkway
Austin, Texas 78750

http://www.amld.org/index.cfm?load=event&event=1171

 

There are only a few more Monday’s left for you to enjoy Mooooooovie Monday at Amy’s Ice Cream. Tonight they’re showing Finding Nemo on their projection screen.

Grab a burger from Phil’s Ice House and then finish it off with ice cream. They’ll have themed ice cream flavors to go with the movie!

The mosquitos seem to be in full force lately, so don’t forget your off!

Admission: free

Time: dusk (8:00-ish)

Schedule:

8/4 Finding Nemo
8/11 101 Dalmatians
Season Finale: 8/18 Monsters Inc and Monsters University

Location:
Amy’s Ice Cream –Burnet Road
5624 Burnet Road
Austin, Texas 78756

http://www.amysicecreams.com/latest-scoop/2014/6/18/moooovie-mondays.html

 

 

I know I’ve already posted about this summer’s musical in the park but the weather we’re having this weekend is fantastic and it just seems like the perfect time to make this a priority!  Plus, it’s free.

Now in its 56th year, Zilker Theatre Productions is proud to bring you Oklahoma the musical. This is one of the most anticipated events in Austin every summer.

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The outdoor venue at Zilker is perfect for an evening under the stars, and once the sun goes down, the weather is much more bearable.

Don’t forget to bring a blanket, a loaded picnic basket, a cooler (no glass), bug spray, and anything else you need for a wonderful evening under the Austin sky. Unfortunately, no pets are allowed.

If you’re worried about rain, call the hotline at (512) 479-9491 and get the updates on the status of the show.

Admission: Free

Parking: $5.00 per car

When: Thursday-Sunday now – August 16th

Time: 8:30 p.m.

Location:
Zilker Hillside Theatre
2201 Barton Springs Road
Austin, Texas 78704

http://www.zilker.org

Photo: Zilker Hillside Theatre Facebook page

Hartman Foundation Concert in the Park will be the perfect, relaxing way to wind down the weekend. These weekly concerts are one of Austin’s true summer treasures. They are one of my favorite things to do to end a summer weekend in Austin.

Each week features a different ensemble of the Austin Symphony. They will play an array of everything from jazz, light classical, pop selections and film scores.

The city of Austin at sunset is a great background as you listen to live music. Remember to bring a picnic dinner and blanket!

If you’re looking for more free fun today, check out the free musical at Zilker Hillside Theatre, Oklahoma!

Admission: free

Time: 7:30 – 9:00 p.m.

2014 Schedule:

July 27 – Big Band

August 3 – Strings
August 10 – Brass
August 17 – Woodwinds
August 24 – Big Band

Location:
The Long Center Terrace
701 W. Riverside Drive
Austin, Texas 78704

http://www.austinsymphony.org/events/austin-symphony-hartman-foundation-concerts-in-the-park/