For Jack’s first year of life, week days were spent endlessly rotating from story time to story time. Our days were scheduled around toddler art workshops, baby music classes, and even art museum trips that were more for me than him.
When Jack turned two our needs changed. He started daycare and I returned to work. I found myself suddenly looking for weekend activities that resembled our weekly schedule. I had heard in multiple mommy groups that weekend activities ran dry for parents working during the week but I was determined to find something. Within weeks I had a rotating schedule of activities we could do on weekends!
Book People – Every Saturday at 11:30 AM, Book People offers family storytime in their children’s section upstairs. This was one of our weekday favorites so it was great to find that they had a weekend storytime. Find their events calendar here. This event is Free.
Imagine That Art Studio – At least one Saturday a month Imagine That offers a Mommy and Me weekend art class where you and your kiddo get to explore art together! Price varies but it’s usually reasonable and under $15. Check out her calendar here or follow her on Facebook for notifications.
The Art Garage ATX – The Art Garage is a cute little place slightly on the outskirts of South Austin that offers several options for working with your hands including ceramics, painting, and tie dye classes. Several times a month they host family workshops on the weekend and during the summer have a story time art class on Saturdays where pre-schoolers 3-5 can paint a small ceramic figurine, engage in a story, and work on a paper craft. One of Jack’s favorite activities. Price varies depending on activity but they are all reasonably priced and worth it. Check out their website here and Facebook page here.
Toybrary Austin – A toy lending library settled near the Crestview neighborhood offers activities on the weekend particularly around the holidays. Even when there isn’t anything going on you can always take your kiddos to enjoy some play time with the toys in and outside of Toybrary for a reasonable price.
Dance Waterloo – this one is one of my favorites. They offer a story time dance class perfect for toddlers through young school aged children and it’s always on the weekend. The kids can work on a craft, listen to a story, and work out some wiggles and jiggles. They are hosted around town at places like in.gredients and Recycled Reads. This is also FREE. Follow them on Facebook!
In.gredients – this is another favorite. It’s in East Austin and they just replaced their old playground with a brand new one and it’s amazing. For fun family friendly activities check out their calendar. Children’s musician, Staci Gray, performs often and Dance Waterloo also hosts their storybook dance making class. Most events are FREE.
Cherrywood Coffeehouse – Every Sunday at 10am Cherrywood hosts a family friendly concert! You’ll find Staci Gray here as well as several other great local musicians that play just for kids! You also get to enjoy their brunch which is pretty amazing. Check out their calendar. The show is FREE.