AUSTIN (KXAN)- April is almost over and if you want to usher in May without spending any money, here are some ideas from our partners at Free Fun in Austin.
- YMCA of Austin Family Play Day– Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Enjoy a fun and active day in the park as a whole family while learning YMCA programs. Participate in activity booths like Craft Corner, Feather Friend Feeders, Water Safety Bash, and Minute to Win It, plus enjoy a 1K Family Fun Run around the lake. FREE! Mueller Lake Park, 4550 Mueller Blvd, Austin.
- Sensory Friendly Concert: Sonic Diversity to Celebrate Neurodiversity– Saturday at 6:00 p.m. The first Sensory Friendly Concert at UT will feature three groups that reflect the beautiful sonic diversity of the UT Butler School of Music, marking the end of Autism Acceptance Month with an opportunity to celebrate the joy in neurodiversity. All ages and neurologies are welcome at this FREE non-amplified concert – come and go as you wish, move and stim and vocalize, interact with the music in whatever way moves you. University of Texas Union, T-House Suite (3.312), 2247 Guadalupe St, Austin.
- Austin Dragon Boat Festival– Sunday from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Watch spectacular 40-foot long boats racing to recreate a two-thousand-year-old Chinese tradition on Austin’s beautiful Lady Bird Lake. FREE for spectators. Festival Beach, 2101 Jesse E Segovia St, Austin.
- H-E-B Free First Sunday: Journey Into Big Bend– Sunday from Noon to 5:00 p.m. At May’s Free First Sunday, you can explore Texas’s ancient past by getting hands-on with fossils; make sun print works of art with plants native to the Big Bend region; meet staff from the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center and discover how they have worked to help improve Big Bend landscapes; learn how to take a great nature photograph with Smudge Studios and then try out your skills with a challenge in the Museum’s exhibits; listen to a story about camping with good friends then start packing your bag to set out on the trail; visit the Whole Foods Market Tasting Kitchen in Our Global Kitchen and get tips for a healthy camping recipe from Common Threads. Enjoy FREE exhibition admission all day. Bullock Texas State History Museum, 1800 N Congress Ave, Austin.
- Sunday Funday: Lightbulbs, Leyden Jars, and More– Sunday from 1-4:00 p.m. Conduct simple (and safe) experiments with static and dynamic electricity while imagining what life was like for Austinites before, during, and after electricity’s increasing availability in the beginning of the 20th With help from staff, kids can experiment with two early means of generating electricity: the Leyden Jar (static) and the Voltaic Pile (dynamic). They will also be able to build and test their own experimental light bulbs using batteries, graphite filaments, and mason jars. Rounding out the day’s displays, demonstrations of a Wimshurst machine and a simple electric motor/generator will let us look closer at both forms of electricity at work. FREE! Neill-Cochran House Museum, 2310 San Gabriel St, Austin.