- Free Admission at the LBJ Library – Monday, February 17 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. FREE! The LBJ Presidential Library, 2313 Red River St, Austin.
- Baby Bloomers – Monday, February 17 from 9:00 a.m. to Noon. Red will be the inspiration this week as children age 0-3 and their families explore science, technology, engineering, arts and math. Rupert Reyes of Teatro Vivo will lead bilingual storytime at 10:00. Kristin Henn of Move Your Tale will lead Baby Bloomers in an interactive, creative movement inspired storytelling experience at 10:30. 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.
- Mr. Will’s Music Class for Kids – Monday, February 17 at 10:00 a.m. Mr. Will sings classic and original songs just for kids. Check him out upstairs in the Buzz. FREE! Whole Foods Bee Cave, 12601 Hill Country Blvd, Austin.
- Lions & Tigers & Toys Storytime – Monday, February 17 at 4:00 p.m. Storytime and games every Monday. All ages welcome. FREE! Lions & Tigers & Toys, 4301 W William Cannon Dr, E-220, Austin.
- Free Karate Class(Del Valle) – Monday, February 17. Ages 3-12 years from 6-7:00 p.m.; Ages 12 to adult from 7-8:00 p.m. FREE Karate class with Instructor Frank Selvera, a sixth-degree black belt. Elroy Library, 13512 FM 812, Del Valle.
- Community Screening: Out of Sight – Monday, February 17 at 6:30 p.m. Join UT Austin’s Department of Radio-Television-Film for a special community screening of Steven Soderbergh’s entertaining George Clooney/Jennifer Lopez 1998 crime thriller, Out of Sight (R). Colin Tait (PhD ’13) will introduce the film. Tait and Professor Tom Schatz will hold a Q&A after the screening. Rated R. FREE! Moody Auditorium in the Belo Center for New Media, 300 W Dean Keeton St, Austin.
- Free Admission to Pet Sounds – Tuesday, February 18 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Charles Long’s Pet Sounds is installed outdoors at Laguna Gloria. Titled after the 1966 Beach Boys album of the same name, these playful sculptures in bright, candy colors begin as railings and morph into luscious, playful blobs that engage the viewer with murmurs, vibrations, and strange sounds when touched. Read about Emily’s recent visit here. FREE! The Contemporary Austin, Laguna Gloria, 3809 West 35th St, Austin.
- Signing Storytime at Kaleidoscope Toys(Round Rock) – Tuesday, February 18 at 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. RSVP appreciated (but not required) by calling 512-388-5048. FREE! Kaleidoscope Toys, 110 N IH 35, Ste 375, Round Rock.
- Armstrong Community School Storytime – Tuesday, February 18 at 10:30 a.m. Come 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, Austin.
- Mr. Pete’s Train Stories - Tuesday, February 18 at 11:00 a.m. Storytime plus general play time before and after the reading. Read about the store’s Free Play Zone here. FREE! All Things Kids @The Domain, 3220 Feathergrass Ct, Austin.
- Free Admission to The Jones Center – Tuesday, February 4 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. The Contemporary Austin, The Jones Center, 700 Congress Ave, Austin.
- Lego Lab – Tuesday, February 18 at 3:30 p.m. (Windsor Park) and 5:00 p.m. (Manchaca). 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 – Windsor Park Branch, 5833 Westminster Dr, Austin and APL – Manchaca Road Branch, 5500 Manchaca Rd, Austin.
- Discovery! Instrument Petting Zoo – Tuesday, February 18 at 4:30 p.m. Come learn a little history of bluegrass music. Eddie Fisher will play plenty of demonstrations that you can sing along with. Afterwards, come and try out some of the instruments yourself! Especially designed for kids third grade and up. FREE! Laura’s Library, 9411 Bee Cave Rd, Austin.
- Family Craft Night: Carnival – Tuesday, February 18 at 6:00 p.m. From the novice to the proficient, Family Craft Night will provide crafts and supplies for every member of the family. FREE! APL – Ruiz Branch, 1600 Grove Blvd, Austin.
- PJ Story Time – Tuesday, February 18 at 6:15 p.m. Wear your pajamas, have some milk and cookies, then snuggle in for bedtime stories at PJ Story Time. All ages are welcome. FREE! Lake Travis Community Library, 1938 Lohmans Crossing, Austin.
- Pajama Storytime – Tuesday, February 18 at 6:30 p.m. Come cuddle at the Westbank Library! Kids of all ages, get comfy in your favorite pajamas, grab your sleepy toy and come for the best bedtime stories ever. Milk and snacks provided. FREE! Westbank Library, 1309 Westbank Dr, Austin.
- Whole Foods Kids Club – Wednesday, February 19 at 9:00 a.m. Join the fun for storytime and a craft every Wednesday with Gracie. FREE! Whole Foods Arbor Trails, 4301 W. William Cannon, Austin.
- Whole Foods Storytime – Wednesday, February 19 from 9:30-10:30 a.m. Enjoy a story, 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 – Wednesday, February 19 at 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.
- Tiny Tails to You Storytime – Wednesday, February 19 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, February 19 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 Robot Zombie Frankenstein! by Annette Simon, then build a recycled robot sculpture. Recommended for ages 5 and up. FREE! APL – Faulk Central Library, 800 Guadalupe St, Austin.
- Don Tate Art Exhibit and Reception (Round Rock) – Wednesday, February 19 at 3:00 p.m. The work of children’s book author and illustrator Don Tate will be on display at the Round Rock Public Library throughout the month of February. Come meet the artist! Mr. Tate will make a brief presentation and light refreshments will be provided. FREE! Round Rock Public Library, 216 E Main St, Round Rock.
- Indoor Rock Climbing – Wednesday, February 19 at 4:00 p.m. Can you make it to the top? Families are invited to enjoy FREE rock wall climbing. A waiver will be required for each climber and all youth under 18 must be accompanied by an adult at all times. Gus Garcia Rec Center, 1201 E Rundberg Ln, Austin.
- Community Night at The Thinkery – Wednesday, February 19 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. Cost: Admission is by donation only, with a suggested $1 donation. The Thinkery, 1830 Simond Ave, Austin.
- Family Movie Night: The Goonies – Wednesday, February 19 at 6:00 p.m. In this classic tale, a group of kids embark on a wild adventure after finding a pirate treasure map. Rated PG. FREE! APL – University Hills Branch, 4721 Loyola Ln, Austin.
- Krispy Kreme Family Night – Wednesday, February 19 from 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.
- Finnish Folk Duo Vellamo in Concert – Wednesday, February 19 at 7:00 p.m. Vellamo combines the rich tradition of Finnish folksong with a “retro” sensibility, recalling the likes of Judy Collins or Richard and Mimi Fariña, to create an exotic acoustic experience. FREE! APL – Yarborough Branch, 2200 Hancock Dr, Austin.
- Third Thursday at The Blanton – Thursday, February 20 from 10:00 a.m. 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 Junior Blvd, Austin.
- Story Time with Princess CJ – Thursday, February 20 at 11:00 a.m. Storytime plus general play time before and after the reading. FREE! All Things Kids @The Domain, 3220 Feathergrass Ct, Austin.
- Story Time at The Rhythm Studio – Thursday, February 20 at Noon. 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. Children 2 to 3 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.
- Free Noon Concert – Thursday, February 20 at Noon. Take a 30-minute lunchtime break to enjoy Chris Mauldin’s Piano Sextet. FREE! Central Presbyterian Church, 200 E 8th St, Austin.
- Brown Bag Lunch Concert Series (Lakeway) – Thursday, February 20 at Noon. Robert “Beto” Skiles Quartet will perform popular songs with a taste of jazz. FREE! Lakeway Activity Center Ballroom, 105 Cross Creek, Lakeway.
- Tiger Woman, A Puppet Show – Thursday, February 20 at 3:30 p.m. Literature LIVE! presents Tiger Woman from the book by Laurence Yep, a Bunraku style puppet show based on a traditional Chinese story. This is the tale of a greedy old woman who will not share her food with a beggar; but when the old man turns out to be a wizard, he teaches her a lesson in generosity. Recommended for ages 5 and up. FREE! APL – Pleasant Hill Branch, 211 E William Cannon Dr, Austin.
- Explorers Club (Cedar Park) – Thursday, February 20 at 3:30 p.m. Each Thursday, kids in grades K-5 meet to explore a set of rotating programs. This week: Silly Storytime. FREE! Cedar Park Library, 550 Discovery Blvd, Cedar Park.
- Lego Lab – Thursday, February 20 at 4:00 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 – University Hills Branch, 4721 Loyola Ln, Austin.
- Yappy Hour on the Patio – Thursday, February 20 from 5-7:00 p.m. Enjoy live music on the dog-friendly patio. FREE! Whole Foods Domain, 11920 Domain Dr, Austin.
- Based On Books Film Series: Parkland – Thursday, February 20 at 6:30 p.m. A recounting of the chaotic events that occurred at Dallas’ Parkland Hospital on the day U.S. President John F. Kennedy was assassinated. Rated PG. FREE! APL – Yarborough Branch, 2200 Hancock Dr, Austin.
- Harry Bodine – Thursday, February 20 from 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Enjoy slide guitarist Harry Bodine’s solid, fluid, soulful style. FREE! Central Market, 4001 N Lamar Blvd, Austin.
- Blackbird 3 – Thursday, February 20, 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Blackbird 3 plays a lively mix of hard-bop, blues, gypsy world music, New Orleans, Latin jazz, and soul groove jazz, but BB3 is best known as a hard swingin’ jazz trio heavily rooted in the bebop and post bop traditions. FREE! Central Market Westgate, 4477 S Lamar Blvd, Austin.
- Interactive Story Time (Round Rock) – Friday, February 21 at 9:30 a.m. (0-18 months) and 10:30 a.m. (19 months – 4 years). Interactive story time gets little ones moving. From hopping around to one story to using scarves to animate another, everyone has a great time. FREE! BabyEarth, 106 E Old Settlers Blvd, Ste D100, Round Rock.
- ABC Consignment Sale – Friday, February 21 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and 6:00 – 8:30 p.m. The ABC Consignment Sale is a unique opportunity to score great deals on quality children’s items at greatly discounted prices. This annual sale serves as a fundraiser for the Mothers of Preschoolers Group at First Evangelical Free Church. FREE! First Evangelical Free Church, 4220 Monterey Oaks Blvd, Austin.
- Olympics Celebration – Friday, February 21 at 10:30 a.m. Come make an Olympic torch and rings. Celebrate other countries and teach your child what the Olympics are all about. Cost: Free for Toybrary members; $3 each for non-members. Toybrary Austin, 7817 Rockwood, Ste 101, Austin.
- Williamson County Courthouse Tours (Georgetown) – Friday, February 21 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 February. Tours are free, last about 45 minutes and are handicapped accessible. Tours begin at The Williamson Museum, 716 S Austin Ave, Georgetown.
- Reading Dog - Friday, February 21 at 3:30 p.m. Handler Neel and dog Joey will read with kiddos or visit with them. Pre-readers and readers are welcome. FREE! Westbank Library, 1309 Westbank Dr, Austin.
- Free Play Gaming – Friday, February 21 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: Balto – Friday, February 21 at 4:00 p.m. Part husky, part wolf, Balto doesn’t know where he belongs. He’s an outcast in Alaska, except to his true friends-Boris, the Russian snow goose; polar bear cubs Muk and Luk; and the beautiful husky, Jenna. One day, a serious diphtheria epidemic spreads fast among the children of Nome. When a fierce blizzard closes off all routes of transport, there’s no way to obtain life-saving medicine… unless a team of sled dogs can race six-hundred miles through the blinding Arctic storm and bring back antitoxin. Rated G. FREE! Laura’s Library, 9411 Bee Cave Rd, 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.