September Kids and Family Activities in Austin

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We are swinging into fall, even though it still feels like summer in Austin! Now that we've had a couple of weeks to ease into the new school year, you may be looking for some fun, family activities to do in September....Check out Enriched Family's roundup of kids and family activities happening in the Austin area. As always, this list is not exhaustive, but includes a sampling of events and activities that caught my eye that I wanted to highlight. Additional good sources for activity lists are included at the end of the post. 

(Please note, the following is provided for informational purposes only; the information is accurate and true to the best of my knowledge, but there may be omissions, errors or mistakes, and no guarantees are made.)

Free Educational/Cultural/Fun Activities

Austin Museum Day

Details: Explore Austin-area museums -- for free! The 21st Annual Austin Museum Day is a free celebration of art, culture, history, music, nature, and science. More than forty-three museums in central Texas will welcome visitors with special programming - including guided exhibition tours, hands-on activities, and more - for visitors of all ages. Go here or here for more information. Participating museums are listed below:

Art Galleries at Black Studies at UT
Austin History Center, Austin Public Library
Austin Nature & Science Center
The Blanton Museum of Art
Dolph Briscoe Center for American History
Brush Square Museums: Susanna Dickinson Museum and O. Henry Museum
Bullock Texas State History Museum
Chateau Bellevue-Austin
City of Austin Cultural Arts Division
Creative Action
Dougherty Arts Center
Elisabet Ney Museum
Historic 1858 German Free School at German-Texan Heritage Society
Harry Ransom Center
Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
Landmarks, The Public Art Program of The University of Texas at Austin
Lyndon Baines Johnson Library and Museum
Mexic-Arte Museum
Historic Millett Opera House
Neill-Cochran House Museum
Old Bakery & Emporium
Jourdan-Bachman Pioneer Farms
Republic of Texas Museum
Robert G. Mickey History of Medicine Gallery at the Texas Medical Association
Save Austin's Cemeteries
Science Mill
South Austin Museum of Popular Culture
Texas Capitol Visitors Center
Texas DPS Museum & Research Center
Texas Memorial Museum
The Texas Military Forces Museum
Texas Music Museum
Texas State Capitol
Texas Wendish Heritage
The Contemporary Austin-- Jones Center
The Contemporary Austin -- Laguna Gloria
Sheffield Education Center
The Williamson Museum
The Williamson Museum on the Chisholm Trail
UMLAUF Sculpture Garden & Museum
Visual Arts Center
Waller Creek Conservancy
Women & Their Work Gallery

When: Sunday, September 23, 2018

Where: Various museums across Austin


Colin's Hope End of Summer & 10 Year Anniversary Celebration! 

Details: Colin's Hope (nonprofit focused on water safety resources to help prevent drowning) is proud of all the organization has accomplished over the last decade and so thankful for the support received from volunteers, athletes, and community partners working together to raise water safety awareness to prevent drowning. Please join in to celebrate all that has been done on the weekend of what would have been Colin Holst's 15th birthday. 

Ice cream is on Colin's Hope for the first 50 supporters who come to the event. Stop by the Colin's Hope tent outside and they'll give you a token for your free NadaMoo, if you are one of the lucky 50! Colin's Hope will then receive a portion of any additional NadaMoo purchases for those who say they are with Colin's Hope.

Door prizes will be given every 30 minutes beginning at 12:00pm. Must be present to win. Come take your chances at great prizes such as gift cards and Colin's Hope branded items.

At 1:00 pm, they will honor top pledge-raisers for their efforts in the Got2Swim Lake Austin 10K and Colin's Hope Kids Triathlon. Colin's Hope Athlete Ambassadors raise pledges which provide essential funds to the drowning prevention work they do all year.

When: Saturday, September 1st, 12:00-4:00pm

Where: NEW NadaMoo! Scoop Shop, 1701 S Lamar, Austin, TX 78704 


Free Day of Yoga

Details: All day Monday, Labor Day, September 3, 2018, participating studios across the Austin area will offer free classes as an opportunity for people of every age and fitness level to:

  • Try yoga for the first time

  • Experience a new style of yoga

  • Visit a new studio or take a class from a new instructor

  • Share yoga with friends and family

  • Discover the benefits of yoga

Join in on Monday at Umlauf Sculpture Gardens for the 8am Free Day of Yoga Kick-off Class! See the full day's schedule here.

When: Monday, September 3, 2018 (various times)

Where: Various locations across Austin


Girlstart's Starry Nights are Back! 

Details: Girlstart’s STEM Studio and Mini-Planetarium is a unique space for families to explore astronomy! Starry Nights are held the 1st Thursday of every month (except in January, June, July, and August), with each month featuring a new astronomy experience and related hands-on activities. All ages are welcome to stop by anytime between 5:30pm and 7:00pm. RSVP is recommended, however it is not required, to join. The Thursday, September 6, 2018 Starry Night will feature Ancient Greek Mythology Star Shows. Hands-on activities include:

  • Explore sound with a Greek lyre harp instrument

  • Program drones to help Helios pull the Sun across the sky

  • Create a unique Olympic wreath

  • Design your own Greek god or goddess

When: Thursday, September 6, 2018, between 5:30pm and 7:00pm

Where: The Girlstart STEM Center, 1400 W. Anderson Lane, Austin, TX 78757


Hispanic Heritage Festival 

Details: Fiestas Patrias of Austin will present the 40th annual Hispanic Heritage festival at Fiesta Gardens Park under the Johnny Degollado pavilion. Once again, the festival will include musical groups, ballet folklorico dancers, mariachis, food and non-food vendors throughout the day. Schedule here

When: Saturday, September 15, 2018, from 12pm-9pm

Where: Fiesta Gardens Park, 2101 Jesse E Segovia St, Austin, Texas 78702


Life Ki-Do River Parenting Workshop: Finding the Flow

Details: Looking for more ease and flow in your family life? Join Sensei Jonathan, co-author of the award-winning book Life Ki-do Parenting: Tools to Raise Happy, Confident Kids from the Inside Out, and founder of Life Ki-do Martial Arts, for an experiential River Parenting workshop. Practice conscious communication and empathy to deepen your connection to your child while also learning tools for self-care, how to return to your center, and bounce back when your buttons are pressed. You’ll learn a common language you can share with your children to help the entire family with mindfulness and self-regulation.

Jonathan Hewitt has over 30 years of experience studying mindfulness, meditation, and the brain-body connection. He has taught martial arts and personal development to thousands of children, teens, and adults at his two Life Ki-do Martial Arts academies in Westlake and Lakeway over the past 25 years. He also teaches his life education system in local public and private schools to children, parents, and teachers alike.

When: Thursday, September 6, 2018, from 12:00–1:00pm

Where: Laura Bush Community Library, 9411 Bee Caves Rd, Austin, TX 78733


Long Center Presents Birthday Bash with Grupo Fantasma

Details: The Long Center is turning ten and having a celebration! The Long Center wouldn’t be what it is today without the community—and just to say thanks they are throwing the community a FREE party! Stop by, say hi, and jam out to Latin funk masters Grupo Fantasma—plus enjoy some true Austin art and many other fun activities. All ages. More information below:

  • Find your seat for Grupo Fantasma - Doors for Grupo open at 1:45pm & 3:45pm—seating is GA so pick a good one!

  • Sign-Up for Goat Yoga - GOGA is doing 4 sessions of 25 people throughout the day—sign up here to secure your slot, before they fill up.

  • Art of Everyone with Wiley Ross - It’s your turn to take the brush! With a guiding hand of course from local artist, Wiley Ross, and a technological twist.

  • Party On - Roam around our campus and celebrate in style with a bounce house, face painters, glitter tattoos, a brass quintet & string quartet, and get festive with your own piñata. If outside’s more your style, you can bring a blanket or some lawn chairs, order a cool drink from the bar, and get your fill of local eats from the best food trucks in town—leashed pups are welcome!

  • What can I bring? You can expect bag and cooler checks at the door, so please leave alcohol and weapons at home.

  • Questions? Call the 3M Box Office at (512) 474-LONG (5664), TTY (800) 735-2989.

When: Sunday, September 9, 2018 from 1:00-5pm 

Where: Long Center, 701 W. Riverside Drive, Austin, TX 78704


Mother Earth Day Festival and Back-to-School Nature Bash

Details: This Festival is designed for environmental awareness and fun, especially relating to Barton Springs and Barton Creek. Special emphasis is placed on water conservation. Every activity is made to ensure that kids from 4-13 years of age have a great time and an interactive learning experience. The event is completely FREE and open to kids of all ages and all families are welcome. An RSVP from school groups would be helpful. Contact Festival Producer, Bill Oliver: Phone: 512.350.4110; Email: .

When: Friday, September 14, 2018, from 9am-1pm

Where: Austin’s Zilker Park, in a large picnic area, across the parking lot from Zilker Hillside Theater, next to Barton Springs pool & bath house.  Click here for a map.


Open House at ZACH Theatre's North Campus

Details: Looking for a fun after school or weekend activity for your child? Check out ZACH Theatre's North Campus  (12129 Ranch Road N 620, 78750) Open House! There will be activities throughout the day, featuring onsite registration, demos and sample classes. RSVP here

As the premiere professional regional theatre serving thousands of students each year, ZACH’s Performing Arts School is committed to that same level of professionalism and excellence. Children learn life skills through theatre education to include creativity, confidence, and collaboration. All classes, taught by professionals in the field, train young actors about the process of creating theatre while having fun! Younger classes focus on creativity, confidence, and teamwork, all in a supportive environment. As classes progress, students become focused on deeper technique in how to perform, create characters, and prepare them for their next big role.

When: Saturday, September 1, 2018, 10:00am-12:00pm 

Where: ZACH Theatre’s North Campus, 12129 Ranch Road N 620, Austin, TX 78750


Senior Living Truth Series

Details: Westbank Libraries is partnering with Austin Senior Resource Alliance to present a year-long series of candid conversations with local experts focusing on the specific concerns faced by senior adults and their families. Join in on the fourth Tuesday of each month at 10:30am at Laura’s Library to be part of the conversation.

The Tuesday, September 25th talk will focus on "The Truth About Building, Buying, or Remodeling Your 'Last' Home -- Retirees often elect to build, buy, or remodel shortly after retirement expecting this house to be 'the last home' they will ever own. Fast forward 5, 10, or even 15 years and what was meant to be the 'last house' is no longer equipped for current needs. In this month’s seminar, we will share key considerations when building, buying, or remodeling to stay put into old age. Learn more about affordable accessibility and universal design features, remodel ideas, resale considerations, and cost saving strategies."

When: Tuesday, September 25th, 2018, 10:30am-12:00pm (series occurs on the fourth Tuesday of each month, from 10:30am-12pm)

Where: Laura Bush Community Library, 9411 Bee Caves Rd, Austin, TX 78733

General Events

Art Barn ATX Kids Night Out!

Details: Enjoy an evening out while the kiddos create beautiful art. Ages 6 and up, completed kindergarten and independently able children. Cheese pizza from Domino’s will be provided, gluten free pizza available for additional charge. If time allows after project, a G-rated movie will be shown (Disney’s Sword and the Stone). 

When: Saturday, September 8, 2018, from 6:00pm-10:00pm (recurring event on the second Saturday of each month, from 6:00pm-10:00pm)

Where: Art Barn ATX, 14284 FM 2769, Volente, Texas 78641

Cost: $45.00 per child (discount of $10 for siblings - use code “KNO”), available here.


Austin Steam Train Association "Day Out With Thomas"

Details: Day Out with Thomas ticket includes a scheduled 25 minute train ride behind Thomas the Tank Engine, all day admission to the Day Out With Thomas events at the Burnet Community Center, and the following activities:

  • Photo opportunities with Thomas the Train and Sir Topham Hatt (*Photo packages can also be purchased from on-site photographer)

  • Rock climbing wall

  • Inflatable Cranky the Crane

  • Miniature golf

  • Thomas Imagination Station of interactive play

  • Temporary tattoo station

  • Arts and crafts at Imagination Station

  • Traveling balloon twisters

  • Wooden Thomas play station

  • Live children’s musical performances

  • Storytelling and videos

  • Magician

  • Gift shop

On board the train passengers enjoy a 25 minute ride in a vintage train car, photo opportunities, music, a special Engineer Certificate, and activities led by car attendants.

Parking is free, and is immediately adjacent to the Community Center. Food is available for purchase on-site.

When: Tickets are available for Friday-Sunday, September 28, 29 and 30, 2018

Where: Burnet Community Center, 401 E Jackson Street, Burnet, TX 78611

Cost: All tickets are $24, and include entrance into all onsite events! For this special event, everyone ages 2 and older must have a ticket (under the age of two is considered a lap rider, and must ride on the lap of an adult for the duration of the ride). Tickets are available here.


Friendship from the Heart Party for Tween Girls


  • Do you want your daughter to feel confident about her friendships this school year?

  • Be aware of how and when friendships are (and are not) working?

  • Connect with herself and her friends in ways that feel supportive and healthy?

  • Practice self-kindness as she navigates her social world?

Friendship from the Heart PARTY! for Tween Girls is an experiential workshop that supports tween girls ages 9-12 in developing self-awareness and confidence in their friendships this year AND BEYOND. Girls will be invited to dive into the complex realm of connecting with others in a heart-centered way. Together, the group will process successes and challenges with past friendships and set intentions for current and future friendships. Hosted by Courtney Harris Coaching

When: Saturday, September 29, 2018, from 1:30-3:00pm

Where: Genuine Joe Coffee House, 2001 W Anderson Lane, Austin, TX 78757

Cost: $47 a ticket, available here.


The Hive Austin Work at Home Mama Weekly Meetup

Details: Need a reason to get out of your yoga pants (or not, no judgement) and work alongside some other awesome boss mamas??? Head to The Hive every Thursday morning to work alongside other mamas. Feel free to come sans kiddos OR reserve a spot in the supervised childcare area for only $10/hr. Productivity here we come! There is a beautiful cafe area and lounge where any and all are welcome to visit or work at no charge.

When: Thursday, September 6, 2018, 10am-1pm (and weekly, every Thursday)

Where: The Hive Austin, 10415 Old Manchaca Road , Austin, TX 78748


Wide Variety of September Events at the Toybrary Austin

Details: Kids' cooking, art, and music classes, scavenger hunts, magic shows, free baby play dates, and more! Toybrary Austin is a toy lending library and kids' birthday party venue that also offers drop-in childcare in Austin, TX.

When: Various.

Where: Toybrary Austin, 2001 Justin Lane, Austin, TX 78757

Cost: Varies. See website for details. 


Alamo for All

Details: Welcome to Alamo for All - a movie program for young families and guests with special needs. All shows starting before 2pm on Tuesdays follow Alamo for All rules, with more shows on the weekends at Lakeline and Slaughter Lane. Schedule may vary during holidays. At sensory-friendly Alamo for All shows:

  • Lights are turned up and sound is turned down

  • All ages are welcome (including infants)

  • Talking and noise is allowed and guests can move around

  • Latecomers are admitted

  • Adaptive technology is welcome (but no other electronics, please)

When: All shows starting before 2pm on Tuesdays at various theaters, with more shows on the weekends at Lakeline and Slaughter Lane.

Where: Various Alamo Theaters, check out some top movie picks for kids here

Admission: Varies


Capital City Black Film Festival

Details: This intimate festival celebrates the beautiful storytelling and unique, and yet still universal, perspective of talented African American filmmakers. Capital City Black Film Festival (CCBFF) is a Texas film festival based in Austin. The festival’s goal is to bring together talented African Americans involved in media and the film industry. The festival’s main goal is to provide burgeoning Black filmmakers from across the nation an opportunity to showcase their work in Austin – one of the top cities in the United States for independent filmmakers. CCBFF also educates filmmakers on the vast resources available to them in Austin. The festival will screen feature films, documentary/feature films, short films, documentary/short films and music videos. As one of the fastest growing festivals in the southwestern region of the country, CCBFF is thrilled to present a slate of more than 50 films on five screens this year. The film ratings will range from G through the maximum of R. List of 2018 films here

When: The 6th Annual Capital City Black Film Festival is set for August 30 – September 2, 2018. Various times - see list of 2018 films here

Where: Austin Convention Center, 500 E. Cesar Chavez Street, Austin, Texas 78701

Admission: Varies. A Festival Pass is available for purchase by attendees and will give you access to all festival events (passes start at $50). Session Passes are also available at the same link for access to specific events, screening sessions or panel discussions. 


Paramount Summer Classic Film Series

Details: Austin has changed a lot over the past decade, but one tradition you can always count on is the Paramount Summer Classic Film Series, now in its 43rd year. 

When: Final weekend of the film series is Friday, August 31st and Saturday, September 1st, 2018.

  • Giant, Friday, August 31 at 7pm

  • Gone With The Wind, Saturday, September 1st, 7pm

Where: Paramount Theater, 713 Congresss Avenue, Austin, TX 78701 (parking information here).

Admission: Tickets are $12, available here and here, respectively. 

Museum Exhibits and Programs

Comanche Motion: The Art of Eric Tippeconnic

Details: Comanche Motion: The Art of Eric Tippeconnic tells the story of a thriving Comanche culture rooted in the past but evolving toward the future. Co-curated by Comanche artist and historian Eric Tippeconnic, the exhibition blends the past with the present to honor the Comanche people. Filled with symbolism and meaning, Tippeconnic's paintings highlight the strength, beauty, and grace of the Comanche past and present. The paintings are rich with history and the unbroken connection the Comanche people have with their roots, but they are not romanticized or stagnant expressions of a bygone era. Rather, Tippeconnic's art is full of movement, color, and life — a bold statement that Comanche culture is vibrantly alive in the modern world. The exhibition features 34 artworks by Tippeconnic paired with historical Comanche artifacts, a juxtaposition that shows the inspiration for the artworks, as well as the historical evidence that underscores the rich heritage of the Comanche people.

When: On view at the museum through January 2, 2019 (museum hours are Monday-Saturday 9am to 5pm and Sunday 12-5pm)

Where: Bullock Texas State History Museum, 1800 Congress Ave., Austin, TX 78701

Cost: Museum admission ($13 adults; $11 seniors; $9 youth for ages 4-17)


Duality and Dokdo, Lone Island: Dan Pham (The Banana's Identity Cookbook), Lauren Chai (A Place in this World), and Matthew Koshmrl (Dokdo, Lone Island) at the Asian American Resource Center

Details: The Asian American Resource Center is proud to host works from artists Dan Pham (The Banana’s Identity Cookbook), Lauren Chai (A Place in this World), and Matthew Koshmrl (Dokdo, Lone Island). In their vibrant paintings, artists Lauren Chai and Dan Pham explore the duality of identity as Asian Americans. Incorporating motifs derived from their lives, Pham’s the Banana’s Identity Cookbook and Chai’s a Place in this World expresses the desires of finding balance between two worlds. These exhibits are part of the Asian American Resource Center’s Community Art Exhibition Program. 

Dokdo, Lone Island, Matthew Koshmrl: The goal of Dokdo-Austin is to bring the island of Dokdo to Austin, Texas. The dispute of Dokdo is ongoing and still very present in modern Korean popular culture. Every year thousands of Koreans make the eight-hour journey by boat for a mere 15 minute visit to the symbolic island, before getting back on the return ferry to the mainland. Dokdo can be found in children's textbooks, in in the lyrics of Kpop songs, and often used as a political tool by politicians. The irony of the small island is that it is less than 50 acres, has no inhabitants, no exploitable resources, and no tangible importance. More than anything else, the significance of Dokdo is purely symbolic, a vestige of the dark period in Japanese/Korean history. And yet, each year thousands of Koreans go through great lengths to visit and pay homage to the island. Now, we are bringing the island to Austin, Texas.

Museum/Location: Asian American Resource Center, Ballroom, 8401 Cameron Road, Austin

When: The exhibit will be on display July 13 to September 23, 2018 (open M, Tu, F, Sat, 9am-5pm; W and Th, 9am-9pm) 

Admission: Free and open to the public.


George Washington Carver Museum, Cultural and Genealogy Center

Details: Below is a sampling of the permanent exhibits currently on view at the museum:

  • Juneteenth Gallery - A celebration of freedom, the Carver's core exhibit is dedicated to the history and evolution of Juneteenth. Juneteenth, also known as Freedom Day, is a holiday that commemorates the announcement of the abolition of slavery in Texas on June 19th, 1865, and more generally the emancipation of African-American slaves throughout the Confederate South. Through a combination of visual and interactive activities, every day is Juneteenth at the Carver Museum!

  • Children's Gallery - The Children’s Gallery, entitled Let’s Pretend Dr. Carver!, is a hands-on look at famous African-American scientists and inventors. Children can learn about some of history’s most creative minds while seeing that they, too, can achieve great things when they put their own minds to work. All visitors are invited to become an inventor for a day!

  • Families Gallery - This permanent exhibit on Austin African-American families highlights 10 families who have contributed greatly to the Central Texas landscape. From the area’s first black settlements to some of this generation’s strongest community leaders, this interactive gallery explores the history of Austin’s African-American community and allows guests to present their own family stories for all to see.

When: Permanent exhibits are open to the public during regular museum hours (M, T, W, & F - 10am to 6pm; Thursdays - 10am to 9pm; Saturdays 10am to 4pm; Closed Sundays) 

Where: George Washington Carver Museum, Cultural and Genealogy Center, 1165 Angelina St., Austin, TX 78702

Cost: Free and open to the public.

*If you and your family enjoy exploring Austin's many fantastic museums, check out Do512 Family's list of free times to visit Austin museums. 

Theatre and other Performances

Disney's Beauty and the Beast

Details: Zach Theatre presents Disney's Beauty and the Beast. Synopsis: Be Our Guest! This “tale as old as time” follows Belle, a book-smart and adventurous young woman and Beast, a formerly dashing young prince cursed by an enchantress. If the Beast cannot learn to love and be loved in return, he and his household including Lumiere, Cogsworth, Mrs. Potts, and Chip will be trapped forever under the spell. The Broadway smash hit showcases a merry, award-winning score with such favorites as “Beauty and the Beast,” “Gaston,” and “Be Our Guest.” This delightful family musical enchants and transforms hearts of all generations. Age recommendation: Six and up. Run time: Two hours and 40 minutes, including one intermission.

When: July 11 - September 2, 2018 at various times (matinees and evenings). 

Where: Zach Theatre, 202 South Lamar Blvd, Austin

Tickets: Start at $30, available here.


An Evening with Neil Patrick Harris

Details: The Alamo Drafthouse, BookPeople, and the Long Center are thrilled to be in partnership with Little, Brown Books for Young Readers in this celebration of the release of book two of Neil Patrick Harris’ New York Times bestselling The Magic Misfits series and passion project, The Second Story. Bringing his passion to the page, Harris packs The Second Story with plenty of new tricks and treats that will captivate old fans and entice new ones alike. A winning combination of adventure, friendship, and hidden secrets, Harris encourages today’s young readers—and future magicians—to find the magic in everyday life. Join in for an unforgettable evening featuring Neil Patrick Harris in conversation as he discusses his lifelong love of magic, his career as an accomplished actor, producer, director, host, and, of course, author.

  • Each ticket for this event comes with your own copy of The Second Story.

  • This event is happening outside—feel free to bring lawn chairs or a blanket to share. Please no outside food or beverages.

  • Seating for this event is general admission.

  • For this event, children ages 2 and under get in free with a ticketed adult.

  • In the event of rain, the event will be relocated to an inside location.

Questions? Call the 3M Box Office at (512) 474-LONG (5664), TTY (800) 735-2989.

When: Wednesday, September 26, 2018 at 7:00pm

Where: Long Center, 701 W. Riverside Drive, Austin, TX 78704. Outdoor event held on the HEB Terrace & Lawn

Tickets: Start at $34.25 and are available for purchase here.


Show: The Legends of Robin Hood

Details: Hear ye! Hear ye! Directly from Sherwood Forest Faire, Robin Hood and his merry band of outlaws are stirring up mischief this summer at Austin Scottish Rite Theater. Come see Robin, Maid Marian, Friar Tuck, Little John, and all the rest outwit the Sheriff of Nottingham in the original adventure story of Merry Olde England. With live music by Alan A Dale accompanying the fantastic Sherwood Forest Faire players, this is action-packed fun for the whole family! Sherwood Forest Faire, now in its ninth year, is a popular Texas destination. This production, especially written and produced for Austin Scottish Rite Theater’s young audiences, provides a rare opportunity for families to experience the characters of Sherwood Forest Faire indoors in a convenient Austin space.

When: Friday, August 31-Sunday, September 2, 2018 (various times). 

Where: Austin Scottish Rite Theater, 207 W 18th St., Austin

Tickets: $8/children; $12/adults; available here


The Mystery of the Green Teeth Ghost

Details: Pollyanna Theatre Company presents The Mystery of the Green Teeth Ghost, by Holly Hepp-Galvan. The residents of Eerie Cove have a new, frightening visitor, and it doesn’t look like it’s EVER brushed its teeth! Can it be a real ghost? Or is someone playing a trick? Cindy thinks she knows something the grown-ups do not. Children in K – 2 will use basic spelling, anagrams, and simple math to help solve the mystery along with its brave, young detective.

Pollyanna Theatre Company commissions and produces original theatre for young audiences that speaks to the needs, dreams, and imaginations of young people and the child that lives inside each of us. Pollyanna believes that it is possible to create a theatre organization where creativity thrives, where new dramatic literature is created, where general education is supported, where artists find a creative home, and where no child is turned away because of their inability to pay for their ticket.

When: Weekends, September 29-October 7, 2018 (2:00pm matinees)

Where: Rollins Studio Theatre at the Long Center, 701 W. Riverside Drive, Austin, TX 78704 

Tickets: Start at $10.50 and are available for purchase here.

Questions? Call the 3M Box Office at (512) 474-LONG (5664), TTY (800) 735-2989.



Details: Zach Theatre presents Once. Based on the 2007 Academy Award®-winning film, Once is an enchanting, modern love story about the complexities of relationships and the power of music to connect us all. Once tells the story of an Irish musician and a Czech immigrant drawn together by their shared love of music. Their unexpected friendship and collaboration evolves into a powerful but complicated romance, heightened by the raw emotion of the songs they create together. Winner of 8 Tony Awards® including Best Musical, this unique theatrical experience, with breathtaking melodies by Glen Hansard of the Irish band The Frames, will have you falling in love from the very first note. Age recommendation: 10 and up for language.

When: September 19–October 28, 2018 at various times (matinees and evenings). 

Where: Zach Theatre, 202 South Lamar Blvd, Austin

Tickets: Start at $30, available here.


Tortoise and Hare

Details: Zach Theatre's Theatre for Families presents the Tortoise and Hare,  a musical based on the story by Aesop. Ancient versus modern. Brain versus brawn. Peace versus war. Reptile versus mammal. The ultimate culture clash between two tribes and a fantastical race to decide the fate of them all. Written by the talented Allen Robertson and Damon Brown, with modern music and energetic re-imagining of the ancient fable that will delight turtles and hares of all ages! Age recommendation: 5 and up. Run time: 55 minutes and a 10 minute intermission.

When: Weekends, September 8, 2018–January 27, 2019

Where: Zach Theatre, 202 South Lamar Blvd, Austin

Tickets: $18 and up, available here.


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