I’ve already talked about the Zilker Kite Festival coming up this Sunday (weather permitting) but there are a few other things worth mentioning before the weekend’s officially upon us:
This isn’t a huge parade, but lemme tell ya –my boy LOVES a parade. It could be two weird dudes marching down the street with cymbals and batons, and Sam would still be all,
“HEY!!! IS THAT A PARADE??!! DAD’S SHOULDERS. STAT!”
It kicks off on Congress Avenue at 9:30 Saturday morning and will probably run an hour or so… pick a fun spot for an early lunch afterward (we’ll probably head over to Freddie’s Place, where we can bring Napoleon and let Sam run around while we hang out) and voila! Fantastic Saturday? Done, and DONE.
(2) Also, Saturday is UT’s annual on-campus open house, called ExploreUT. Obviously this is more geared toward older kids considering college, but there’ll also be a set-up for the little ones called the Children’s International Festival. Taken from their list of special attractions:
The Children’s International Festival will be at the heart of the Explore UT Cultural Crossroads on the South Mall. Visitors to the festival will have the opportunity to experience the cultures of South Asia, Russia, Mexico, South America and the Middle East.
Go back in time and craft a medieval shield or crown, delve into Russian folklore by creating a firebird pin or engage in the time-honored tradition of South Asian henna hand painting. Learn how to make a tambourine, sing using overtones in the tradition of Tibetan monks or dance to the rhythm of Salsa and other Latin dances. A world of experiences awaits explorers at the Children’s International Festival.
Medieval shields and crowns? I AM SO TOTALLY IN.
(3) LivingSocial.com is running a fantastic deal today — Two movie tickets through Fandango.com for only $9. It’s only running through midnight tonight, so get going. If you don’t buy it now, you’ll be kicking yourself the next time it’s rainy and gross outside and a movie’s the best way to keep your kids entertained.
(4) If volunteerism is your thing, Saturday is also It’s My Park! Day. Put on by the Austin Parks Foundation, it’s an annual event where volunteers work to clean up our local parks. Not all of the projects are for families, but the Pease Park Rising project and Springdale Park Spruce Up are both listed as kid-friendly events. Put those kiddos to work!
It’s shaping up to be a super-busy, super fun weekend, y’all! Let’s make it count!