Happening all week
Free Admission to Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center – Tuesday, January 14 – Saturday, January 18 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, January 19 from Noon to 5 p.m. Enjoy all the center has to offer for FREE including indoor art exhibits, store, café and Little House for kids. Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave, Austin.
Baby Bloomers – Monday, January 13 from 9 a.m. to Noon. Baby Bloomers is an opportunity for children age 0-3 and their families to experience the Thinkery together in an environment focused on early learners. Guided activities like Storytime, Sing-alongs, and Little Explorers Lab time are designed to engage the youngest visitors in fun learning and investigation. Cost: Members $2.50 each / Non-Members $4.50 each. All people attending, regardless of age, must purchase a ticket. Purchase a ticket online as limited walk-up tickets will be available. The Thinkery, 1830 Simond Ave, Austin.
Storytime with Dr. Canda at Brillianr Sky Toys – Monday, January 13 at 11:00 a.m. FREE!! Brilliant Sky Toys & Books, The Village at West Lake (360 and Bee Caves Rd), 701 S. Capital of Texas Hwy Suite D-480, Austin.
Mr. Will’s Music Class for Kids- Monday, January 13 from 10- 10:45 a.m. Mr. Will sings classic and original songs just for kids! Check him out Mondays in the Buzz. FREE!! Whole Foods Bee Cave, 12601 Hill Country Blvd., Bee Cave.
Story Time at The Rhythm Studio – Monday, January 13 from 10-10:30 a.m. Develop your toddler’s pre-literacy skills in this 30 minute magical musical event. During this story time, participants will explore an age-appropriate book and then sing, dance, and play to build a foundation for a life-long love of the arts. Toddlers from 1 to 2 years old and their caregivers will enjoy this bonding and socializing time in a safe atmosphere. FREE but pre-registration is required. The Rhythm Studio, 12129 Ranch Rd 620 North, Ste 310, Austin.
Lego Lab – Monday, January 13 at 3:30 p.m. With LEGO, you can build anything you can imagine and tell any story you can dream up. Come to the Lego Lab to hear, see, make, and create different stories, all while building with LEGOs provided by the Library. FREE! Recommended for ages 5 and up. APL – Howson Branch, 2500 Exposition Blvd, Austin.
Big Band Bash (Lakeway) – Monday, January 13 at 7:30 p.m. Put on your dancing shoes and bring your own beverages and snacks. Enjoy big band music from the 17-piece Republic of Texas Big Band, featuring David Cummings and Lisa Clark on vocals. FREE and open to all ages. (The band accepts donations after the show.) Lakeway Activity Center Ballroom, 105 Cross Creek, Lakeway.
Free Admission to Laguna Gloria – Tuesday, January 14 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Laguna Gloria, 3809 West 35th St, Austin.
Free Admission to The Jones Center – Tuesday, January 14 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. The Jones Center, 700 Congress Ave, Austin.
Animal Babies Storytime – Tuesday, January 14 at 10:30 a.m. January is the time to turn over new leaves, make new resolutions, and celebrate everything that’s fresh and new. What’s fresher and newer than adorable little babies? Enjoy a reading of A Book of Babies and other tales sure to make you say awwww! FREE! BookPeople, 603 N Lamar, Austin.
Mr. Pete’s Train Stories – Tuesday, January 14 at 11:00 a.m. Mr. Pete, a storyteller, a PaPa, a poet and advocate for children will be sharing his stories in the Play Zone. Bring in your little ones for an hour of poems and stories as told through the characters he creates. FREE! All Things Kids @The Domain, 3220 Feathergrass Court (Between iPic and Dillards), Austin.
Music with Mr. Will at Brilliant Sky Toys & Books – Tuesday, January 14 at 11:30 a.m. Rock out with local children’s singer, “Mr. Will” Dupuy. FREE!! Brilliant Sky Toys & Books, The Village at West Lake (360 and Bee Caves Rd), 701 S. Capital of Texas Hwy Suite D-480, Austin.
Yoga & Meditation for 3 to 5 year olds – Tuesday, January 14 at 12:30 p.m. Ms. Ruxi’s class focuses on a story in which poses are used; books that foster emotional intelligence; breath exercises; brain gym exercises; affirmations; music and movement; and meditations. FREE! Toybrary Austin, 7817 Rockwood Ln #101, Austin.
Discovery Writing Workshop – Tuesday, January 14 from 4:30 – 5:30 p.m. Bring your New Year’s resolutions to Laura’s, where you’ll make a Dream Star, writing your dreams, hopes, and wishes for the New Year inside each star. Whether you have one big dream or a dozen little wishes for 2014, you’ll be taking your Dreams Stars home with you to keep, look at, and think about as the brand new year unfolds. The writing workshop is recommended for 4th Grade and up, including middle schoolers. FREE! Laura’s Library, 9411 Bee Cave Rd, Austin.
Crafty Crew – Tuesday, January 14 at 6:30 p.m. Seasonal crafts that are fun for kids of all ages! FREE! Laura’s Library, 9411 Bee Cave Rd, Austin.
Whole Foods Domain Grand Opening Ceremony – Wednesday, January 15 from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Celebrate the Domain store’s grand opening with coffee and pastries; live music; store-wide sampling and demonstrations; kids activities and crafts; and more. View full schedule. FREE! Whole Foods Domain, 11920 Domain Dr, Austin.
Whole Foods Storytime- Wednesday, January 15 at 9a.m. Enjoy a storytime that includes a FREE story reading, an activity, and a snack! All ages. Whole Foods, 525 N. Lamar Blvd. and Whole Foods Arbor Trails, 4301 W. William Cannon.
Creative Movement Preschool Dance – Wednesday, January 15 at 9:30 a.m. Take advantage of this FREE sample class! Grow your child’s imagination and rejuvenate your playful spirit with this interactive creative movement class. This class will include everything from parent-child cooperative activities, song and dance, yoga, imaginative play, and mini lessons on anatomy, nature, letters, and numbers. This is not a dance technique class. Emphasis is on playing together and promoting physical activity. While this class is geared towards preschool-age children, parents should come dressed in comfortable clothes and be prepared to get some exercise alongside their kids. Interact Austin, 9313 Anderson Mill Rd, Ste D, Austin.
Tiny Tails to You Petting Zoo Storytime – Wednesday, January 15 at 10:30 a.m. If you’re a fan of chinchillas, bunnies, ducklings, guinea pigs, chickens AND stories then you’re in luck! Tiny Tails to You will be reading stories and introducing some of the cutest, softest, most adorable little creatures in Austin! What a wonderful way to make new friends. FREE! BookPeople, 603 N Lamar, Austin.
Construction Zone – Wednesday, January 15 at 1:30 p.m. (Homeschool Edition) and at 4:30 p.m. (Afterschool Edition) Science + engineering + art! Hear a story and build stuff! Listen to The True Story of the Three Little Pigs by Jon Sczieska, then do some Straws & Connector Construction. Recommended for ages 5 and up. FREE! APL – Faulk Central Library, 800 Guadalupe St, Austin.
After School Craft (Kyle) – Wednesday, January 15 at 4:00 p.m. Children ages 4 to 9 will enjoy crafting dream catchers. All supplies provided FREE. Kyle Public Library, 550 Scott St, Kyle.
Community Night at The Thinkery – Wednesday, January 15 from 5-8:00 p.m. At the Thinkery, science and families play side by side. Every Wednesday the Museum stays open late for families to discover new ideas and learn together. Admission is by donation only, with a suggested $1 donation. The Thinkery, 1830 Simond Ave, Austin.
Krispy Kreme Family Night – Wednesday, January 15 from 6-8:00 p.m. Kids can decorate their own doughnuts, enjoy crafts, balloons, paper hats, coloring sheets and more. FREE! Krispy Kreme, 701 E Stassney Ln and 12586 Research Blvd, Austin.
Free Admission to The Blanton – Thursday, January 16 from 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. The Blanton stays open late on the third Thursday of each month. FREE! Blanton Museum of Art, 200 E Martin Luther King Junior Blvd, Austin.
Spanish Storytime – Thursday, January 16 at 10:30 a.m. A storytime for all ages, but en español! Join Ms. Ann or Ms. Paty for stories, songs and fingerplays in Spanish. FREE! Westbank Library, 1309 Westbank Dr, Austin.
Brown Bag Lunch Concert Series (Lakeway) – Thursday, January 16 at Noon. Prof. Rick Roemer and students from Southwestern University will perform Music of the Theatre. FREE! Lakeway Activity Center Ballroom, 105 Cross Creek, Lakeway.
Book Circle – Thursday, January 16 at 3:30 p.m. Build it Small! Visit the Library for a fun hour of literary activity where children ages 5 to 12 will build structures with wood sticks, toothpicks, and cardboard. FREE! APL – Yarborough Branch, 2200 Hancock Dr, Austin.
Round Rock Drums Dress Rehearsal (Round Rock) – Thursday, January 16 at 4:30 p.m. Round Rock Drums were personally invited by an America’s Got Talent casting agent to audition in Houston on Saturday, January 18th and they have a chance to win a spot on the nationally televised talent program. The entire community is invited to come and watch Round Rock Drums perform a dress rehearsal show. The kids would love an opportunity to perform before a live audience prior to their audition. FREE! Baca Center, 301 W Bagdad Ave, Round Rock.
Charles Thibodeaux and The Austin Cajun Aces – Thursday, January 16 from 6:30-9:00 p.m. Charles Thibodeaux and The Austin Cajun Aces have an authentic Cajun dance sound that represents the The Joy of Life. FREE! Central Market, 4001 N Lamar Blvd, Austin.
Son y No Son at Central Market Westgate – Thursday, January 16 from 6:30-9:00 p.m. Son y No Son is a long established Austin Latin dance ensemble led by Rey Arteaga and accompanied by some of the best musicians in Austin. They perform a diverse array of latin genres with a focus on traditional Cuban styles such as Son, Bolero, Guajira, and Cha-Cha. FREE! Central Market Westgate, 4477 S Lamar Blvd, Austin.
Williamson County Courthouse Tours (Georgetown) – Friday, January 17 at 1:30, 2:30 and 3:30 p.m. In celebration of the Williamson Museum’s 10th anniversary, FREE guided tours of the historic county courthouse will be offered on Fridays and Saturdays throughout January. Tours are free, last about 45 minutes and are handicapped accessible. Tours begin at The Williamson Museum, 716 S Austin Ave, Georgetown.
Free Play Gaming – Friday, January 16 from 3:30-5:30 p.m. Free play gaming using one of the library’s video game consoles and a variety of games that could include Mario Kart, Rock Band, Dance, Dance Revolution, and many other favorites. FREE! APL – Twin Oaks Branch, 1800 S Fifth St, Austin.
Friday Family Films: The Secret World of Arrietty – Friday, January 16 at 4:00 p.m. In a secret world hidden beneath the floorboards, little people called Borrowers live quietly among us. But when tenacious and tiny Arrietty is discovered by Shawn, a human boy, their secret and forbidden friendship blossoms into an extraordinary adventure. Rated G. FREE! Laura’s Library, 9411 Bee Cave Rd, Austin.
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In her life before kids, Emily held jobs as a zookeeper, a middle school teacher, and a tour bus driver in the wilds of Montana–not one of which prepared her for the adventures of motherhood. Now she’s living the good life in Austin with her husband, two sons and a Great Dane. When she’s not off gallivanting with her boys, you might find Emily baking up a mean batch of cupcakes, recalling obscure 80s song lyrics, or dreaming of peace and quiet.