Weekday Events: April 20-24, 2015

Monday, April 20, 2015

Baby Bloomers - 9am 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 our youngest visitors in fun learning and investigation. Members $2.50 each / Non-Members $4.50 each. The Thinkery, 1830 Simond Ave, Austin.

Signing Storytime with The Signing Connection (Round Rock)- 10:00am – 10:30am., Join the Baby Signing Time revolution! This class is geared for children 0-5 years and their parents. Amy from the Signing Connection will lead this storytime that incorporates classic children’s books to help you learn basic American Sign Language signs. FREE! Kaleidoscope Toys, 110 North IH35,  Ste 375, Round Rock.

Storytime with Dr. Candra – 11:00 a.m., Dr. Candra will captivate your children with stories, songs, dances, and games. FREE! Brilliant Sky Toys and Books, 701 S Capital of Texas Hwy, Ste D-480, Austin.

Bilingual Storytime: It is Raining (Pflugerville)- 11:00-11:30 a.m.,  Build language and social skills through books, songs, rhymes, and fun. Followed by an age appropriate craft. FREE! Materials available while supplies last. Pflugerville Public Library, 1008 W. Pfluger Street, Pflugerville.

Books and Babies- 2 p.m., A lapsit storytime program especially for babies and their caregivers.  Very short stories are interspersed with songs, rhymes, and fingerplays for babies and parents.  A brief playtime follows. FREE! APL- Twin Oaks Branch, 1800 S. Fifth Street.

Rockin’ Kids: Science Club (Round Rock)- 4:30 – 5:15 p.m., It’s science week at Round Rock Public Library. Elementary students, join us for some hands-on time to be curious and make discoveries. FREE! Round Rock Public Library, 216 E. Main Street, Round Rock.

Paws and Read (Pflugerville)- 6-7 p.m. Independent readers share a good book with a canine member of the Austin Dog Alliance. Grades K – 2. FREE! No registration required. Pflugerville Public Library, 1008 W. Pfluger Street, Pflugerville.

Dual Language Storytime: Special Green Day Theme- 6 p.m.  All ages storytime which uses both English and Spanish to present books, rhymes and songs. It differs from a traditional bilingual storytime in that some material is presented in English while other material is presented in Spanish, allowing for a natural transition between stories and activities and exposing children to both languages in an inviting environment.FREE! APL – University Hills Branch, 4721 Loyola Lane.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Whole Kids Club: The Honey Makers (Bee Cave)- 10 a.m., Join us for a fun morning in the Buzz Bar- just for kids! We’ll be reading a book all about bees and make a yummy sweet treat staring honey.  FREE! Whole Foods, 12601 Hill Country Blvd.

Explore Music (Round Rock)- 10:15 a.m. Designed to provide children with unique musical experiences, the 30-minute EXPLORE MUSIC class will incorporate group play and interaction, pre-K skills (sharing, following simple directions, attending-to-task, etc.) and dancing/movement to work on gross/fine motor skills.  While music is highly motivating, it can also have a calming and relaxing effect. Bring your little ones in Tuesday morning for activities that are designed to be success-oriented and make the children feel better about themselves!!  Cost:  $5/child, payable directly to the instructor, Rebecca Faulkner. Baby Earth, 106 E Old Settlers Blvd., Ste D-100, Round Rock.

Armstrong Community School StorytimeCome sing songs with Walter Tragert, one of the talented Early Childhood Development faculty members from the Armstrong Community School. Mr. Walter will engage your child with music and movement, plus he’ll read some stories for you too! This session is perfect for kids up to 6 years old. FREE! BookPeople, 603 N. Lamar Blvd.

Sensory Stroytime- 11 a.m. Sensory Storytime features interactive books, singing, and music and will incorporate some sensory activities, like movement and bubbles. It is geared toward children with special needs, their families and friends. Children of all abilities and ages are welcome! Seating is limited at all programs.  Please arrive a few minutes early to gain entrance. FREE! APL- Carver Branch, 1161 Angelina Street.

Music with Mr. Will- 11:30 a.m. His sing-along style incorporates equal parts of teaching and performing for energetic young audiences. Infectious melodies combined with upbeat lyrics make him beloved among pre-schoolers and early-elementary students, who clap, march, jump and dance along to their favorite songs. Plus, the entire family can enjoy the music. FREE! Brilliant Sky Toys and Books, 701 S Capital of Texas Hwy, Ste D-480, Austin.

Baby Day at The Alamo Drafthouse-  Movies before 2 p.m. The lights are up a bit, the sound is down a bit so moms and dads can head to the movies without the babies even knowing that they were at the movies. Infants are welcome to these shows, and of course, are allowed in for free. Take some time for yourself, pack up the kids, and head out to the Alamo Drafthouse for some much needed entertainment! Regular admission applies. Please note: Baby day is only on Tuesdays at the Alamo Village, Alamo South Lamar, Alamo Lakeline and Alamo Slaughter.

Lego Lab- 3:30 p.m. With Legos, 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! Recommended for ages 5 and up. FREE! APL- Windsor Park Branch, 5833 Westminster Drive.

Discovery! Writing Workshop: Fantastic Contraptions- 4:30 p.m.The Discovery hands on program explores all sorts of different topics, including science, literature, technology, and more.  Especially designed for our older kids (third graders and up), come back each week and learn something new! Special guest Chris Lopez brings a hands-on demonstration of Fantastic Contraptions, an online physics puzzle game, to the library.  Participants will be able to use the Pod computers and tablets in the library or they can choose to bring their own tablets in as well. Recommended for 3rd grade and up (through middle school). FREE!  Laura’s Library, 9411 Bee Caves Road.

Crafternoon- 5 p.m., Drop by the library and make a craft while you search for books, movies and music. We’ve got paper crafts, easy sewing and more fun projects for the whole family. We provide the supplies; you provide the creativity. FREE! APL- Ruiz Branch, 1600 Grove Blvd.

Teen Movie Night (Pflugerville)- 5:30-7:30 p.m., Teens, before you go go see the sequel in theaters, catch up with the original Pitch Perfect. Movie snack provided while supplies last. Ages 12-18. Rated PG-13. (c) Universal Pictures. FREE! Plugerville Public Library, 1008 W. Pfluger Street, Pflugerville.

Pajama Storytime- 6:30 p.m. Feel free to wear pajamas to this family storytime in the evening featuring stories, songs, rhymes, games, crafts, and other activities. Recommended for children of all ages.  FREE!  Willie Mae Kirk Branch APL, 3101 Oak Springs Drive.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Music with Mar- 9:15- 10:15 a.m. Caregiver and child (ages birth through preschool) can participate together in musical activities in this class that focuses on the four main areas of development – cognitive, social, motor and language. Classes are drop-in, so no advance sign-up needed. Cost: $10/family, payable directly to Angie, the class leader. A 5-class punch card is $35/family. As always, our family pricing allows for moms or caregivers to bring all little ones (in one family) for one price. Baby Earth, 106 E Old Settlers Blvd., Ste D-100, Round Rock.

Sprouts Preschool Program – 9:30 a.m.-11:00 a.m. Bring your little ones to the Family Garden for our weekly Sprouts Preschool program that is geared towards ages 2-6. A Nature Play Guide will lead you through the Family Garden to explore all that it has to offer. Each program will include story time, hands on activity, nature walk and of course, nature play! New program theme each week. Regular admission rates apply. Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave, Austin.

Toddler Storytime- 10:15 a.m. A storytime program designed for toddlers and their parents, featuring stories, songs, fingerplays, and games. Recommended for children aged 18 months to 3 years. Seating is limited at all programs.  Please arrive a few minutes early to gain entrance. FREE! APL-  Old Quarry Branch, 7051 Village Center  Drive.

Green Storytime- 10:15 a.m. Storytime for children aged 5 and under and their parents, featuring stories, songs, fingerplays, rhymes, and crafts. FREE! APL- Southeast Branch, 5803 Nuckols Crossing Road.

Sharks Vs. Train Storytime- 10:30 a.m. One of our favorite books, Shark Vs. Train, is now a brand-new board book, which makes it perfect for little hands. To celebrate we’ll be reading stories about trains and then we will be reading stories about sharks and other sea creatures. You’ll have to join us to find out who wins! FREE! BookPeople, 603 N. Lamar Blvd.

Music with Mr. Will –  11:30 a.m. Rock out with local children’s singer, “Mr. Will” Dupuy. FREE! Brilliant Sky Toys & Books, 701 S Capital of Texas Hwy Suite D-480.

Story Time with CJ the Explorer – 12:30 p.m. Enjoy the play zone before and after the reading. FREE! All Things Kids @ The Domain, 3220 Feathergrass Court.

Books and Babies- 2 p.m., A lapsit storytime program especially for babies and their caregivers.  Very short stories are interspersed with songs, rhymes, and fingerplays for babies and parents.  A brief playtime follows. Recommended for ages 0-18 months. FREE! APL- Yarborough Branch, 2200 Hancock Drive.Advertisement
Crafts and Face Painting with GlitteeRee (Round Rock)- 4-6 p.m. Crafts and Face Painting by GlitteRee are included in regular admission. Safari Champ, 1400 East Old Settlers Blvd.,  # 200, Round Rock.

Community Night at The Thinkery- 4-8 p.m.  Enjoy special performances and activities presented by the City of Austin during Community Night on Wednesday, March 25 and April 1. Special programming begins at 4:30. Admission is by donation only. Entry is based on a first come, first served basis. The Thinkery, 1830 Simond Avenue.

Krispy Kreme Family Night – 6-8:00 p.m. Kids can decorate one FREE doughnut each, plus enjoy crafts and more. Krispy Kreme, 701 E Stassney Ln and 12586 Research Blvd, Austin.

Music on Main Street: The Sieker Band (Round Rock)- 6-8 p.m. The City of Round Rock brings you Music on Main Street, a FREE music series, from  March through May. Bring a lawn chair or blanket and the entire family. Visit the variety of dining options on Main Street or pack a picnic basket to enjoy the evening of fun and music! Food vendors will be on site. Prete Main Street Plaza stage, 221 E. Main Street, Round Rock. Advertisement

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Free Admission at The Blanton – 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Thursdays are free to the public. FREE! Blanton Museum of Art, 200 E Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Austin.Advertisement

Hola Hola Storytime (Bee Cave)- 10:30 a.m., Hola, Hola is an early literacy Spanish Program for adult and child to foster a love of the Spanish language and Hispanic Culture. It is designed to empower the parent to read simple, Spanish books to the child at home. Come and sing songs, watch video, learn rhymes, play traditional games and hear stories–all in Español! Each family will receive a Spanish songbook to practice at home. You do not need to have any Spanish language skills to participate.  All skill levels are welcome! FREE! Laura’s Library, 9411 Bee Caves Road.

Explorer Club (Cedar Park)- 3:30 – 4:00 p.m., Each Thursday, kids in grades K-5 will meet to explore a set of rotating monthly programs. This week’s theme is Exciting Explorations where kids will learn a new skill or try a new activity. FREE! Cedar Park Public Library, 550 Discover Blvd., Cedar Park.

Mini Makers at the Library (Round Rock)- 4-7 p.m.,  Parents, teens, and children of all ages are welcome to join us after school to create, explore, and have fun! Learn about circuits with the library’s new Little Bits sets, TechShop – Make something fun with Makey-Makey , LEGO Fun with Learning Fun 101 – LEGO Robotics, Explore our Raspberry Pi kits and create with Scratch , 3D Printer Demonstration, Learn to Rainbow Loom knit with Ana and much more. FREE! Round Rock Public Library, 216 E. Main Street, Round Rock.

Family Movie Matinee: Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day (PG) – 4 p.m., Alexander’s day begins with gum stuck in his hair, followed by more calamities. Though he finds little sympathy from his family and begins to wonder if bad things only happen to him, his mom, dad, brother, and sister all find themselves living through their own terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day. FREE! APL_ Cepeda Branch, 651 N. Pleasant Valley Road.

ImprovEd Shakespeare’s Taming of the Shrew- 4 p.m. Shakespeare for Kids by Kids. Love or Dominance? One of Shakespeare’s most hotly contested, yet widely performed, stories is brought to life by our troupe of youth players aged 8-13. Filled with girls dressed as boys, boys dressed as girls and slapstick humor, help us determine if Love or Dominance rules the day! FREE! APL- Terrazas Branch, 1105 E. Cesar Chavez Street.

Live Music at Central Market North – 6:30-9:00 p.m. Texas Community Music Festival.  FREE! Central Market, 4001 N Lamar Blvd, Austin.

Friday, April 24, 2015

Sprouts Preschool Program – 9:30 a.m.-11:00 a.m. Bring your little ones to the Family Garden for our weekly Sprouts Preschool program that is geared towards ages 2-6. A Nature Play Guide will lead you through the Family Garden to explore all that it has to offer. Each program will include story time, hands on activity, nature walk and of course, nature play! New program theme each week. Regular admission rates apply. Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Avenue.

Storytime Art: Weather- 10:45 a.m. Storytime Art, or StArt! is a great opportunity for your young child to experience art! Storytimes are geared to the 3 – 5 year old preschooler, but some projects could easily translate into a Mommy and Me project for those a little younger. And, of course, anyone older is welcome, as well! Cost is $12 per child, or buy a punch-card and get 6 classes for $60! Please call to register.  512-852-9900.  The Art Garage, 11190 Circle Drive, Suite 202.

All Ages Storytime (Bee Cave)- 12:30 p.m. Join a storytime for all ages with songs, books, fingerplays and crafts or activities! FREE! Laura’s Library, 9411 Bee Caves Road.

Story Time with Princess CJ – 12:30 p.m. Enjoy the play zone before and after the reading. FREE! All Things Kids @The Domain, 3220 Feathergrass Ct, Austin.

All Ages Storytime- 3 p.m. All ages storytime which uses both English and Spanish to present books, rhymes and songs. It differs from a traditional bilingual storytime in that some material is presented in English while other material is presented in Spanish, allowing for a natural transition between stories and activities and exposing children to both languages in an inviting environment. FREE! APL- Southeast Branch, 5803 Nuckols Crossing Road.

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Becker Pachanga- 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.,  Join in on the biggest dance party in south Austin at Becker Elementary with Adrian Quesada deejaying, Loteria-themed crafts with LiveMom and Creative Action, dance demonstrations, silent auction, a photo booth, food and drinks and FUN! FREE! Becker Elementary School, 916 W. Milton Street.

Shakespeare at the Market- Seating at 6:30 p.m., play begins at 7p.m. Present Company Theatre presents Shakespeare at the Market! That’s right! We are bringing back the much enjoyed event this April & May. Join us on the rooftop plaza every Friday, Saturday, & Sunday: April 17th – May 10th. You will be able to enjoy beverages and food items for sale on the plaza, and can always bring up items from the store as well! FREE! Whole Foods North Lamar, 525 N. Lamar Blvd.

Live Music at Central Market North – 6:30-9:00 p.m. Texas Community Music Festival.  FREE! Central Market, 4001 N Lamar Blvd, Austin.

Head for the Hill’s: Free Music Fridays –  7-9:00 p.m. Hill’s Cafe is excited to announce the return of a live, local music series to the historic Hill’s stage. This week, Band of Heathens and Sour Bridges perform. A special backyard menu will be available for purchase. Family-friendly and FREE! Hill’s Cafe, 4700 S Congress Avenue.

Movies in the Park (Cedar Park)- Big Hero 6 at 8 p.m.,  Bring your blankets and lawn chairs.  Food concession will not be available, but you are welcome to bring a picnic.  Please no glass containers. FREE! Elizabeth Milburn Park, 1901 Sun Chase Blvd., Cedar Park.

Movie in the Park: Big Hero 6- 8 p.m., When a criminal plot threatens the hi-tech metropolis of San Fransokyo, brilliant young robotics whiz Hiro Hamada leaps into action with his tech-savvy friends, and his robot  companion Baymax in Disney Animation’s adaptation of the popular Marvel Comics series. FREE! Northwest Recreation Center, 2913 Northland Drive.

Look Ahead: Weekend Events

Baby Bloomers: The Three Little Pigs- Saturday, April 25, from 9-10 a.m., Huff and puff and blow their house down! Join us as we explore the classic tale, The Three Little Pigs at Baby Bloomers. We will become one of the pigs and build our own house, use our lungs to huff and puff and make a masterpiece, discover what the wind can blow and much more! For Ages 0-3. Price: Members $2.50 each / non-members $4.50 each. Thinkery, 1830 Simond Avenue.

Little Planet Helpers- Saturday, April 25, from noon – 2 p.m., Kidgits members go GREEN! Come learn fun ways to keep the environment clean and healthy. Members will get to make their very own silly face recycled materials flower pots (while supplies last). The cost to join is only $5 for a year membership so come out and enjoy this eco-friendly event! Lakeline Mall, 11200 Lakeline Mall Drive, Cedar Park.

The Big Squeeze Accordion Competition and Concert- Saturday, April 25, from 1-5 p.m., For its sixth year on the Museum’s Lone Star Plaza, the Texas Folklife Big Squeeze Accordion Contest will host an afternoon of squeezebox greats, young and old. Watch the next generation of accordion players compete for three grand prizes in polka, zydeco, and conjunto accordion traditions. Following the competition, enjoy a free concert featuring some of the best accordionists across the state: Conjunto accordionist Eva Ibarra and Cajun accordionist Charles Thibodeaux, and 2014 Big Squeeze Champions Aaron Salinas, Garrett Neubauer, and Randall Jackson III. FREE! Bullock Texas State Museum, 1800 Congress Avenue.

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Listen To Your Mother Show- Saturday, April 25 at 3 and 7 p.m. LTYM features live readings by local writers on motherhood. Each production takes the audience on a well-crafted journey that celebrates and validates mothering through giving voice to motherhood–in all of its complexity, diversity, and humor. In addition to supporting motherhood creatively through artistic expression, attendees help support families in need financially, as a portion of the ticket sales benefit local nonprofits. Tickets: $15. AT&T Executive Education and Conference Center, 1900 University Avenue.

Art City Austin- Saturday, April 25 and Sunday, April 26. In 2015, Austin’s iconic art fair celebrates its 65th year! With an annual attendance of 20,000 people, this juried art fair is the biggest and best art marketplace in central Texas. At Art City Austin you will find: an outdoor art fair of nationally recognized artists featuring work ranging in medium from paint and photography to fiber and wood with more than 100 exhibiting artists, introducing the Austin Art Pavilion, featuring contemporary Austin art work presented by 5 Austin galleries, live musical performances that reflect the diversity and quality of the Austin music scene. This year Art City will feature the Black Fret Music Stage presented by KUTX Music 98.9, The Austin Music Experience, some of Austin’s favorite food trucks: Crepe Crazy, Coolhaus, Garbo’s Lobster Truck, Whole Foods, interactive projects and entertainment for kids of all ages. Come out, meet the artists, take home original museum quality artwork and celebrate Austin’s vibrant creative culture. Tickets: $10 per day with kids 12 and under free. Downtown Austin on Cesar Chavez in between Guadalupe and Lamar.

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