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    On Friday, August 31st, Torchy’s Tacos will present a free screening of E.T. the Extra Terrestrial at Mueller Lake Park in celebration of their fifth annual Some Like It Hot August Taco of the Month campaign along with Alamo Drafthouse.

    Here’s what you need to know for this special one-night-only event:

    Torchy’s Tacos will have their Taco Truck onsite to serve up a selection of Torchy’s menu favorites
    This event is free to the public, but it’s BYOC (Bring Your Own Chair)
    The screening will start at dark (around 8:00PM) but there will be a pre-show and Torchy’s Tacos surprises starting at 6:30pm
    This event is on a first come / first serve in regards to seating. The park will fill up so come early!

    About E.T. the Extra Terrestrial
    It’s a true classic that’s got everything: An alien, a precious young Drew Barrymore, friendship, and an iconic music score.
    As Elliott discovers a lost alien hidden in his family’s tool shed, his only interest is to befriend, take care of, and protect E.T. While things escalate, Elliott’s connection to E.T. branches into a psychological and metaphysical world. A triumphant story of friendship, childhood, and adventure, E.T. has been found its way into the hearts of millions.

    Family fun is scheduled for Saturday, April 29, 2017 at Y at the Park: Family Play Day! Kids will enjoy age-appropriate booths and games alongside their parents. Families will also get to participate in the Family Fun 1K Challenge/walk through Mueller Lake Park!

    In addition to learning about YMCA programs, kids can jump from activity booth to activity booth (there will be over 15 booths to explore) learning about Summer Camp, Project SAFE, Early Learning Readiness, and more!

    What: Y at the Park

    Where: Mueller Lake Park, 4550 Mueller Blvd., Austin

    When: Saturday, April 29, 2017

    Time: 10 am – 2 pm

    Cost: FREE!

    Parking: Free parking is available in the garage behind the Thinkery.

    Haunted Halloween Trails

    When: Friday and Saturday, October 21 & 22, from 7-10 p.m.

    Where: Pioneer Farms, 10621 Pioneer Farms Drive

    Creepy scarecrows, ghost stories and all things scary will be featured at this annual all-ages Haunted Halloween Trails festival. This year’s event will feature three separate spooky trails each night — one for young children (amusing, rated G), another for those who want spooky surprises (rated PG) and a scary, scary trail for the adventurous (frights galore, rated PG-13). Spook lights, ghoulish stories, pumpkins, food, drinks and souvenirs promise to add to the fun. Palm readers (available for an extra fee) will be on site all nights to give visitors a peek into their past or future, along with other fun activities. Cost: $12 per person.

    A Super Curious Saturday: A Curious George Storytime in Round Rock

    When: Saturday, October 22, 2016, 10-11 am

    Where: Prete Main Street Plaza, downtown Round Rock

    Thanks to Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Curious George and his friend The Man in the Yellow Hat will be hosting a FREE story-time event. Enjoy a storytime from 10-10:30 a.m. and then stay for the Meet & Greet from 10:30-11 a.m.
    The first 200 people to donate $5 or more to the Round Rock Serving Center will receive a Curious George Book (valued at $10.99)!

    You may also be interested in the Touch a Truck event happening at Old Settlers Park in Round Rock on Saturday.

    Movie Music in the Park

    When: Saturday, October 22, 2016, 6-9:30 pm

    Where: Mueller Lake Park, 4550 Mueller Blvd., Austin

    The Grammy Award winning McCallum Orchestra will take attendees on a journey of movie music through the years. This year’s music will be played to a newly re-edited movie montage that will feature old favorites along with new arrangements and movies, beginning just after dusk and immediately following will be a FREE screening of the Original Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. Food trailers and a concession booth will be on hand starting at 6:00pm, so bring your blankets, family & friends, and your appetites! A portion of the food sales will benefit the McCallum Orchestra.

    UMLAUF’S Last Straw Fest

    The Last Straw Fest is a FREE fall festival for Austin-area families. The fun includes pumpkin carving, fall activities, games, face painting, crafts, balloon art demos, food trucks, crafts, yoga, music by DJ Gatsby,  and more. FREE, donations appreciated.

    When: Sunday, October 23, 2016, from 12-5 pm

    Where: UMLAUF Sculpture Garden & Museum, 605 Robert E. Lee Road, Austin

    Austin Symphony Halloween Children’s Concert

    When: Sunday, October 23, 2016 at 3 p.m.

    Where: Long Center for Performing Art, 701 W. Riverside Drive, Austin

    It’s creepy, crawly and so much fun it’s spooky! Your little ghost or goblin will help haunt Long Center’s Dell Hall for the Austin Symphony’s annual Halloween Children’s Concert. This exciting concert features frightfully fun symphonic music that is stimulating for young eyes and ears (ages 2–10). The entire family is invited to dress up in their favorite costume and enjoy “boo-tiful” music with their Austin Symphony Orchestra! Cost: $10-15.

    Looking for more family fun this weekend?

     

    Celebrate Friday night with a movie in the park! Bring friends, family, blankets and a picnic to a FREE Movie Night at Lake Park in Mueller’s outdoor amphitheater on Friday, October 14, 2016.

    Disney’s Alice in Wonderland will show at dusk, and in honor of Alice, there will be a Texas tea party! Arrive between 6:30 p.m. – 8 p.m. for a meet and greet with Alice and the Mad Hatter before the show. There will also be complimentary Starbucks ice tea and tea cookies while supplies last. Tea party attire is encouraged!

    What: Movie in Lake Park: Alice in Wonderland

    Where: Mueller Lake Park Amphitheater – Free parking will be available in the McBee Parking Garage near Simond Avenue

    When: Friday, October 14, 2016 6:30 pm with the movie beginning at dusk

    Cost: FREE

    More information: https://www.facebook.com/events/1677622272500791/

    Family fun is scheduled for Saturday, April 30, 2016 at Y at the Park: Family Play Day! Kids ages 4-14 years of age will enjoy age-appropriate booths and games alongside their parents. Families will also get to participate in the first Family Fun 1K Challenge/walk through Mueller Lake Park!

    In addition to learning about YMCA programs, kids can jump from activity booth to activity booth learning about Summer Camp, Project SAFE, Early Learning Readiness, and more!

    Activity booths include:

    • Craft Corner
    • Feather Friend Feeders
    • Water Safety Bash
    • Minute to Win It!

    What: Y at the Park

    Where: Mueller Lake Park, 4550 Mueller Blvd.

    When: Saturday, April 30, 2016

    Time: 10 am – 2 pm

    Cost: FREE!

    Parking: Free parking is available in the garage behind the Thinkery.

    Centrally located in Mueller, a mixed-use development in north central Austin, Lake Park is an ideal spot for kids of all ages as the park offers a multitude of options for playing and exploring.

    The park is situated just across the street from the popular Thinkery Children’s Museum and has a dedicated parking lot for attendees, ensuring a parking spot on the busiest of days. With art installations, a 6.5-acre lake complete with ducks, a walking/ jogging trail, picnic tables and lots of green space, young and old alike will be satisfied with the many different options offered in this community park.

     

    Some of our favorite features of Mueller Lake Park include:

    • Fenced in playground
    • Clean bathrooms with changing stations for babies
    • Unique, interactive play equipment
    • Smaller play structure for younger kids, larger one for older kids
    • Shady areas for parents to sit and relax while the kids play
    • Catch and release fishing in the lake is allowed
    • The incredible Nessy the dragon guards the park and is a must-visit for photo opportunities

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    Options, Options, Options

    When you or your kids need a park break, there are plenty of other options for fun within walking distance. The Thinkery is a great choice if you have a couple of extra hours, or head over to Lake Park Amphitheater, which is located close-by and hosts many events throughout the year. If you need to feed your sweet tooth, the newly-opened Bribery Bakery can satisfy your sugar craving. If you want to picnic but forgot to bring the food, you may find something delectable at the Mueller Trailer Eats Food Court close to the Browning Hangar.

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    Not so walkable but still close enough are plenty of lunch or dinner options including the newly opened PhoNatic and local favorite, Torchy’s Tacos.

    Construction is ongoing in the area which also makes for great entertainment for any kids who enjoy watching heavy machinery at work!

    Tip: Visit Mueller Lake Park on a Sunday and then hit up the Texas Farmers’ Market at Mueller in the Browning Hangar from 10 am – 2 pm for some fresh fruit and veggies!

    Whether you have an hour or an entire day, there is so much to do within the area to ensure that not only will the kids be entertained but so will mom and dad!

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    Location: Simond Avenue, Austin

    Hours: 5 am to 10 pm daily

    About the author: Catherine Prystup, founder of LiveMom.com, is mom to three kids ranging in age from 17 to 4 years old. She enjoys exploring the city and helping to spread the word about the vast amount of family-friendly events and businesses in the greater Austin area.