There is always something to do in Austin. Here is a brief look at some of the events in and around town. Click here for other suggestions from Free Fun In Austin.
Austin Creative Reuse Grand Opening Celebration– Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Celebrate the Grand Opening of the Creative Reuse Center. The celebration will include paper crafting, reuse games, and refreshments. Activities appropriate for all ages. FREE! Austin Creative Reuse in Lincoln Village, 6406 N IH 35, Ste #1801, Austin.
Darwin Day– Saturday from Noon to 5:00 p.m. The Center for Inquiry-Austin presents this celebration of the 207th anniversary of Darwin’s birth. There will be something for everyone—fun learning activities for children and teens, fascinating lectures and trivia contest for adults, and professional development credit for teachers. FREE! University of Texas Commons Learning Center at the JJ Pickle Research Campus, 10100 Burnet Rd, Austin.
Nancy Mims: The Passed Looms Present– Saturday and Sunday from Noon to 5:00 p.m. Austin artist Nancy Mims will transform the Ney’s landscape north of Waller Creek in this one-of-a-kind site-specific participatory installation. On three tree-bound looms, very large prints will come together with the help of string, cloth, ink, found objects, and rope. Visitors’ hands will be recruited for the weaving of these remarkable works. Enormous photographs will hang in the breeze as well. There will be an artist’s talk at 2:00 p.m. both days, and a reception on Saturday from 4-6:00 p.m. FREE! Elisabet Ney Museum, 304 E 44th St, Austin.
White Rabbit Release Party– Saturday from 1-10:00 p.m. Forget about Punxsutawney Phil, the more reliable sign of the return of spring in Texas is White Rabbit White Ale. Celebrate its return and ring in the spring at this family-friendly party. Highlights include: Tiny Tails to You Petting Zoo from 1-3:00 p.m. ($2 per session); live music by Teddy Long Band; and brewery tours at 2&4 p.m. Admission is FREE! Independence Brewing Co, 3913 Todd Ln, Austin.
Umlauf Family Day– Sunday from Noon to 4:00 p.m. Family Days offer special, hands-on programs designed for families with children, ages four to ten years old. Families have the opportunity to explore the UMLAUF while engaging in creative activities. Listen to stories, do yoga in the garden, watch sculpture demos, enjoy live music, and more. FREE! Umlauf Sculpture Garden, 605 Robert E. Lee Rd, Austin.
Bonus Daytrip Fun:
Science Mill’s First Birthday Party(Johnson City) – Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Throughout the day, smoke ring air cannons, an interactive Lissagraph, and Fruity Tunes, the Science Mill’s own large-scale interactive fruit piano will entertain the partygoers. One of the Science Mill’s silos will be converted into a slow motion photo booth, promising silliness and fun for all ages with video and crazy props. Exploding bottles, flying balls, an electric pickle, and other science demonstrations will be in the Science Mill’s backyard from 1-2:00 p.m., courtesy of The University of Texas Physics Circus. FREE admission all day. Hill Country Science Mill, 101 S Ladybird Ln, Johnson City.