From storytimes to live music and more, What’s Up Weekly lays out all of the family-fun events happening during the week in the Greater Austin-area.
Monday, January 12, 2015
Baby Bloomers – 9:00 a.m. to Noon. Little ones ages 0-3 and their families will celebrate the color red. They’ll practice their ABCs with red salt dough, create their very own lady bugs, strengthen their skills as scientists with a red fizzy ice experiment, and explore their senses in an all things red sensory bin. Foodie Kids will be in the Thinkery Kitchen Lab for a hands-on cooking demo and The Que Pastas will perform. 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.
Story Time in the Garden: Spirit of the Garden – 10 a.m. Stories are a lovely way to introduce young children to nature and wildlife. Each storytime theme is based on the seasonal happenings found in the garden through the year. After visiting a garden feature and listening to a story, the children will bring the story to life through hands-on activities and a garden adventure. FREE with Garden admission ($1-$3; kids under 3 are FREE). Zilker Botanical Garden, 2220 Barton Springs Rd, Austin.
Signing Storytime (Round Rock) – 10:00 a.m. Join the Baby Signing Time revolution. This class is geared toward 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 N IH 35, 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.
Lego Lab – 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. Recommended for ages 5 and up. FREE! APL – Howson Branch, 2500 Exposition Blvd, Austin.
Crafternoon – 3:30 p.m. Drop by the library and make a craft while you search for books, movies, and music. There will be paper crafts, easy sewing, and more fun projects for the whole family. The library provides the supplies; you provide the creativity. FREE! APL – Manchaca Road Branch, 5500 Manchaca Rd, Austin.
Tuesday, January 13, 2014
Storytime and Crafts -9:30 a.m. Kids ages 2-5 will hear a new story each week. After the book, they’ll do crafts related to the story. Parental supervision is requested. FREE! Whole Foods Domain, 11920 Domain Dr, Austin.
Free Admission to Laguna Gloria – 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. FREE! The Contemporary Austin, Laguna Gloria, 3809 West 35th St, Austin.
Spanish Bilingual Storytime with Semillitas de Español (Round Rock) – 10:30 a.m. Natalie Kane of Semillitas de Español will lead this very special music-rich storytime. This active, participatory program welcomes children from birth to age 5. Afterwards, guests can meet the library’s beloved pet snake, Miss Rocksssanne, and wish her a happy birthday. FREE! Round Rock Public Library, 216 E Main St, Round Rock.
I’m in the Mood for a Good Storytime – 10:30 a.m. This storytime is all about moods. Hope you’re feeling happy rather than bitey but, just in case, hear a reading of Doodle Bites and other moody tales to help navigate your feelings. FREE! BookPeople, 603 N Lamar, Austin.
Free Admission to The Jones Center – 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. FREE! The Contemporary Austin, The Jones Center, 700 Congress Ave, Austin.
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, Austin.
Lego Lab – 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. Recommended for ages 5 and up. FREE! APL – Twin Oaks Branch, 1800 S Fifth St, Austin.
Discovery! Writing Workshop: Futureland – 4:30 p.m. What do you think the future will look like? At the beginning of 2015, imagine great things to come. Whether you think flying cars, robot maids, or underwater cities are on their way or totally passé, help imagine the future. Especially designed for older kids (3rd graders and up). FREE! Laura’s Library, 9411 Bee Cave Rd, Austin.
Kickstart: Squishy Circuits (Pflugerville) – 4:30 p.m. Kids ages 8-12 are invited to join Kickstart, the library’s new tech club for tweens. Tweens will use Squishy Circuits and homemade dough to make electric circuits. FREE! Pflugerville Public Library, 1008 W Pflugerville St, Pflugerville.
Family Movie Night: The Wizard of Oz – 6:30 p.m. Dorothy Gale is swept away to a magical land in a tornado and embarks on a quest to see the Wizard who can help her return home. Not rated. FREE! APL – Twin Oaks Branch, 1800 S Fifth St, Austin.
Pajama Storytime – 6:30 p.m. Feel free to wear pajamas to this family evening storytime featuring stories, songs, rhymes, games, crafts, and other activities. Children of all ages welcome. Seating is limited at all programs. Please arrive a few minutes early to gain entrance. FREE! APL – Willie Mae Kirk Branch, 3101 Oak Springs Dr, Austin.
Wednesday, January 14, 2015
Whole Foods Kids Club – 9:00 a.m. Join Tina for a great story and crafts for the kids. FREE! Whole Foods Arbor Trails, 4301 W William Cannon, Austin.
Whole Foods Storytime – 9:30 a.m. Enjoy a story reading, an activity, and a snack. All ages are welcome and parents can participate, too. FREE! Whole Foods Mezzanine, 525 N Lamar Blvd, Austin.
Itty Bitty Playtime & Yoga – 10:00 a.m. Itty Bitty Playtime & Yoga is a playful, educational, and relaxing time for babies and toddlers up to 18 months. Learn new ways to connect with your with your baby through movement, stretching and song. Complimentary juice and coffee served. FREE! Millie & Mox, 5145 North FM 620, Ste B110, Austin.
Ms. Staci Storytime – 10:30 a.m. Ms. Staci is back to read some of her favorite stories and to sing some of your favorite songs. Kids, don’t forget your dancing shoes! You’re going to want to dance to some great tunes. FREE! BookPeople, 603 N Lamar, Austin.
Dream Star Storytime & Book Signing – 10:30 a.m. Candy Barone, local children’s author, will be reading her brand new children’s book entitled Dream Star and showing a brief video of it as well. Come to this FREE, fun event where your kids will hear the story, then make their own “dream star” to take home. You can buy a signed copy of the book if you like as well. Toybrary, 7817 Rockwood Ln, #101, Austin.
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 Ct, Austin.
Lisons Ensemble French Bilingual Storytime – 3:15 p.m. Bonjour and welcome to this très special French/English dual language story time Join the fun, s’il vous plait, for stories, songs, and crafts in French and English. Children of all ages are welcome but space is limited. FREE! APL – Hampton Branch, 5125 Convict Hill Rd, Austin.
Everything Art – 3:30 p.m. Explore different art techniques and art media using Caldecott Winning titles and other awesomely illustrated children’s books. FREE! APL – Ruiz Branch, 1600 Grove Blvd, Austin.
Lego Lab – 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. Recommended for ages 5 and up. FREE! APL – Carver Branch, 1161 Angelina St, Austin.
Krispy Kreme Family Night – 6-8:00 p.m. Kids can decorate one FREE doughnut each, plus enjoy crafts, balloons, paper hats, coloring sheets and more. Krispy Kreme, 701 E Stassney Ln and 12586 Research Blvd, Austin.
Texas Radio Live – 6-8:00 p.m. Texas Radio Live brings you the very best Texas music with performances from Texas musicians. This week, it’s the First Annual Larry Monroe Memorial with Butch Hancock, Tish Hinojosa, Bill Carter, Alvin Crow, and more. FREE, but donations to support the KDRP Radio Mission are appreciated. Guero’s Oak Garden, 1412 S Congress Ave, Austin.
Divided City: Civil War & Reconstruction in Austin – 6:30 p.m. May 2015 marks the end of the Sesquicentennial – the one-hundred-and-fiftieth anniversary – of the American Civil War. In recognition of this watershed moment, the Austin History Center invites you to the exhibit reception for this exhibit, which explores how this moment in American History impacted our local community. Enjoy refreshments prepared by students at the Escoffier School of Culinary Arts. FREE! Austin History Center, 810 Guadalupe St, Austin.
Thursday, January 15, 2015
Third Thursday at The Blanton – Noon to 9:00 p.m. In addition to offering free admission, The Blanton is open late and offers a variety of activities from yoga to live music. Find the complete schedule of events here. FREE! Blanton Museum of Art, 200 E Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Austin.
Hola, Hola! – 10:30 a.m. Ann Benson, expert in bilingual education, will teach you how to effectively use books as a tool to teach your child Spanish. Each parent will learn to read a Spanish book to their child and take it home for Spanish reinforcement. For parents and their children ages 0-5. FREE! Laura’s Library, 9411 Bee Cave Rd, Austin.
CPC Thursday Noonday Concert – Noon. Take a 30-minute lunchtime break to hear a FREE concert by pianist Nathan Quiring. Central Presbyterian Church, 200 E 8th St, Austin.
Music with Mr. Will (Cedar Park) – 12:15 p.m. Mr. Will is starting a new weekly residency at Sharkey’s every Thursday. This will be great for all of the NW Austin-area kiddos who aren’t able to travel down south every week for his other shows. FREE! Sharkey’s Cuts for Kids, 11066 Pecan Park Blvd, Ste D415, Cedar Park.
Live Music at Central Market North – 6:30-9:00 p.m. Latin rhythms by El Tule. FREE! Central Market, 4001 N Lamar Blvd, Austin.
Live Music at Central Market Westgate – 6:30-9:00 p.m. The Jankies play South Austin old-timey tunes. FREE! Central Market Westgate, 4477 S Lamar Blvd, Austin.
Pajama Storytime – 7:00 p.m. Feel free to wear pajamas to this family evening storytime featuring stories, songs, rhymes, games, crafts, and other activities. Children of all ages welcome. Seating is limited at all programs. Please arrive a few minutes early to gain entrance. FREE! APL – Manchaca Road Branch, 5500 Manchaca Rd, Austin.
Friday, January 16, 2015
Yoga Story Time – 9:30 a.m. Join in a Story Time Yoga adventure where participants will stretch, read, and breathe. All ages are welcome. RSVP appreciated here, but not required. FREE! The Little Yoga House, 1211 Parkway, Austin.
Fun Fridays – 10:00 a.m. Sing! Dance! Play! Fun Fridays is a fun musical and entertainment hour featuring local Austin musicians. Complimentary refreshments will be served. FREE! Millie & Mox, 5145 North FM 620, Ste B110, Austin.
Teddy Bear Picnic – 11:00 a.m. Bring a picnic lunch and your teddy bears and be ready for story time, dancing, healthy snacks from Beta’s Oven, and some cooking practice. FREE! Toybrary, 7817 Rockwood Ln, #101, Austin.
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.
Friday Family Films: How to Train Your Dragon – 4:00 p.m. Hiccup is a young Viking who defies convention when he befriends one of his deadliest foes – a ferocious dragon he calls Toothless. But humans and dragons are supposed to be mortal enemies, not buddies, and this unlikely pair must overcome many obstacles and one ultimate challenge – to save both their worlds. Rated PG. FREE! Laura’s Library, 9411 Bee Cave Rd, Austin.
Live Music at Central Market North – 6:30-9:00 p.m. JazzGrass by Milk Drive. FREE! Central Market, 4001 N Lamar Blvd, Austin.
Live Music at Central Market Westgate – 6:30-9:00 p.m. Instrumental Jazz by Blackbird 3. FREE! Central Market Westgate, 4477 S 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, Zack Walther & the Cronkites perform. A special backyard menu will be available for purchase. Family-friendly and FREE! Hill’s Cafe, 4700 S Congress Ave, Austin.
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.