Free Fun in Austin for weekend of March 4

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AUSTIN (KXAN) – We finally made it to Friday, and it’s time to plan out your weekend fun.

Here are some recommendations from our partners at Free Fun In Austin.

  1. It’s My Park Day– All day Saturday; hours vary by park. It’s My Park Day is Austin Parks Foundation’s biggest city-wide volunteer event when each year thousands of volunteers work to improve parks, trails, and greenbelts throughout the city. Register here to show your park some love. All volunteers will receive an It’s My Park Day t-shirt. FREE! View projects and locations here.
  2. Explore UT– Saturday from 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Have you ever wanted to create your own hover craft, sample ice cream made from liquid nitrogen, or launch a rocket into space? If so, Explore UT is for you. Austin families are invited to enjoy a day of hands-on educational fun at the University of Texas at Austin’s annual open house. Bring your future Longhorns out to explore the UT campus, while taking part in hundreds of activities that promote higher education. Students in grades K-12 will be encouraged to participate in various activities, no registration required. View the full schedule of activities hereFREE and open to the public.
  3. Zilker Kite Festival– Sunday from 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Go fly a kite! Kick off spring with exciting kite contests, the best food booths and food trucks that Austin has to offer, and exciting activities for kids of all ages. The ABC Zilker Kite festival is FREE for everyone and benefits Communities In Schools of Central Texas. Read about getting there. Zilker Park, 2100 Barton Springs Rd, Austin.
  4. Free First Sunday at the Bullock Museum: Texas Independence Day– Sunday from Noon to 5:00 p.m. Celebrate Texas’ storied past and exciting future through performances, hands-on activities, trivia, and more. Encounter costumed interpreters, play historic games, or create your own Texas flag all while exploring what Texas was like as an independent nation. Special family programs from 12-3:00 p.m. combine art creation, presentations by partner organizations, and gallery activities. FREE! Bullock Texas State History Museum, 1800 N Congress Ave, Austin.
  5. Sunday Funday: Invisible Ink– Sunday from 1-4:00 p.m. Methods of producing invisible messages have existed since antiquity, and though the principles of making and developing inks are well known, even as late as 2011, the US Government was hesitant to declassify documents written about (and with!) invisible inks. Experiment with the three common principles of making and reading messages written in invisible ink – all with safe, non-toxic materials. How do you disguise and deliver an invisible ink message? Which kind of ink works best? You be the judge. Especially shrewd spy-investigators can also try their hands at deciphering hidden messages in sample prepared documents. Weather permitting, snacks and lawn games will be set up on the museum’s front lawn. FREE! Neill-Cochran House Museum, 2310 San Gabriel St, Austin.

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