Weekday Events: February 2-6, 2015

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.

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Monday, February 2, 2015

Baby Bloomers – 9:00 a.m. to Noon. Baby Bloomers is going green this week. Little ones ages 0-3 and their families are invited to learn and grow as they create frog puppets, explore their senses at an imaginary farm, practice blending colors to create green, and strengthen their art skills by stamping with limes and other green fruits/veggies. Armstrong Community Music School will join the fun with a sing-along. 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.

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.

Mr. Will’s Music Class for Kids (Bee Cave) – 10:00 a.m. Mr. Will is back in action with his weekly kid’s music class. Arrive early to get a seat. FREE! Whole Foods Bee Cave, 12601 Hill Country Blvd, Bee Cave.

The Talking Book Story Time – 10:30 a.m. Join Heather Bailey from the Talking Book Program of Texas. Her story time will teach children all about Braille. All ages welcome! FREE! Lake Travis Community Library, 1938 Lohmans Crossing, Austin.

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.

Blazer Tag’s 16th Anniversary – 4-9:00 p.m. Blazer Tag is thanking Austin for 16 spectacular years with an anniversary celebration. Join the celebration by getting 16¢ Laser Tag games. Players must be at least 7 years old to play. Cash only. Blazer Tag, 1701 W Ben White Blvd, Austin.

Evening Storytime (Round Rock) – 6:30 p.m. This pajama-friendly reading activity is a fun combination of books, fingerplays, songs, and a short film for preschool children ages 3 to 6. FREE! Round Rock Public Library, 216 E Main St, Round Rock.

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

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! Read about Heidi’s experience at Laguna Gloria here. The Contemporary Austin, Laguna Gloria, 3809 West 35th St, Austin.

French Legation Museum Children’s Storytime – 10:00 a.m. Gather on the French Legation Museum grounds for Children’s Story Time–an exciting 30 minutes of reading and play. Feel free to bring snacks, blankets, and your imagination. FREE! French Legation Museum, 802 San Marcos St, Austin.

Signing Story Time – 10:30 a.m. Communication is a critical part of your young child’s life. Learn American Sign Language to help create a more confident and less frustrated toddler. FREE! The Natural Baby Company, 515 S Congress Ave, Ste 200, Austin.

Chinese Bilingual Storytime (Round Rock) -10:30 a.m. This program, geared for ages 3 and up, celebrates Chinese culture with stories, fingerplays, and songs in both English and Mandarin. FREE! Round Rock Public Library, 216 E Main St, Round Rock.

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.

Orphan Train Presented by Mosaic Children’s Theater – 2:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. Support a talented cast of middle and high school students and learn a dramatic part of American history. Orphan Train tells the historical story of nine orphans who were forced onto trains that left New York City in the late 1800-1920’s in search of homes in Midwestern Towns. Over 200,000 children were put on these orphans trains during this period; however, it’s a part of American history that is rarely discussed or even mentioned. FREE but a donation of $5-10 is suggested. Boyd Vance Theatre, Carver Cultural Center, 1165 Angelina St, Austin.

Storysign Storytime – 4:00 p.m. Sign language storytime for deaf and hearing families of all ages. All ages are welcome to enjoy stories, songs, plus a craft activity. FREE! APL – Old Quarry Branch, 7051 Village Center Dr, Austin.

Discovery! Austin Reptile Show – 4:30 p.m. Get ready for creepy crawly fun with snakes, lizards, and turtles from around the world. Austin Reptile Shows will bring a dozen live reptiles to teach kids in 3rd grade through middle school about reptile diversity, adaptations, biology, and conservation in this high-energy learning experience. FREE! Laura’s Library, 9411 Bee Cave Rd, Austin.

LEGO Mini Model Build – 5:00 p.m. Learn how to build a cool LEGO Mini Space Shuttle and take it home – for FREE! One per child. Event is open to children ages 6 to 14 only. Quantities are limited to approximately 250 per store and offer is good while supplies last only. Arrive early if possible as there will be a line. LEGO Store, Barton Creek Square, 2901 S Capital of Texas Hwy, Austin.

Lego Lab – 5:00 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 – Ruiz Branch, 1600 Grove Blvd, 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.

Family Laughter Yoga – 6:30 p.m. During this fun and invigorating session adults and children will laugh, clap, play, breathe deeply, and stretch their bodies gently. FREE! Laura’s Library, 9411 Bee Cave Rd, Austin.

Wednesday, February 4, 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.

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.

African Safari (Round Rock) – 2:30 p.m. Join an imaginary African Safari with storyteller Elizabeth Kahura. Born in Kenya, Ms. Kahura will share her knowledge of Africa and its many wonders. All ages are welcome. FREE! Round Rock Public Library, 216 E Main St, Round Rock.

Lego Lab – 3:00 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 – Southeast Branch, 5803 Nuckols Crossing Rd, Austin.

Construction Zone – 3:30 p.m. Hear a story and build stuff. Recommended for ages 5-10. FREE! APL – Faulk Central Library, 800 Guadalupe St, Austin.

Community Night – 4-8:00 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.

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.Advertisement
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, hear Moonlight Towers and Ulrich Ellison & the Tribe. FREE, but donations to support the KDRP Radio Mission are appreciated. Read about Catherine’s experience here. Guero’s Oak Garden, 1412 S Congress Ave, Austin.

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Free Admission to The Blanton – 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. FREE! Blanton Museum of Art, 200 E MLK 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.

Amazing Mandarin Story Time – 10:30 a.m. Mei Szeto, a teacher with over 20 years of experience, will introduce the Chinese language and culture with stories, games, and song. All ages welcome. FREE! Lake Travis Community Library, 1938 Lohmans Crossing, Austin.

Baby Sign Language Class – Thursday, February 5 at 10:30 a.m. Understanding what your baby and toddler are trying to say can be hard! Learning simple ASL signs can fill a huge gap between the non-verbal/verbal stage. Come try a demo class for FREE to see how to use sign language with your baby or toddler. Not only is it educational, it’s also fun! Learn signs, sing songs, and have fun play time with your baby. This week the theme is family. Toybrary Austin, 7817 Rockwood, Ste 101, Austin.

Chicken Big, A Puppet Show – Thursday, February 5 at Noon. Bawk! It’s an elephant! It’s an umbrella! No, it’s a … chicken?! Join Literature LIVE! to see how the chickens in this coop make room for a giant new friend in a less-than-traditional puppet show production of Austin author Keith Graves’ wonderful book Chicken Big. Recommended for ages 4 and up. FREE! APL – Southeast Branch, 5803 Nuckols Crossing Rd, Austin.

CPC Thursday Noonday Concert – Noon. Take a 30-minute lunchtime break to hear a FREE concert by violinist Thomas McGregor. Central Presbyterian Church, 200 E 8th St, Austin.

Studio Spotlight: Belle Redux (RSVP) – Noon. Have you ever wanted to watch a professional dance company in action? Up-close, personal, and informal Studio Spotlight events give guests a free, behind-the-scenes look at the choreography and elements of an upcoming Ballet Austin production, while it is still in the works. Dancers perform excerpts from the show while Artistic Director Stephen Mills and Associate Artistic Director Michelle Martin lead a brief lecture and Q&A. The express lunchtime sessions also include an optional costume viewing and dancer-focused Q&A from 12:30 – 1 p.m. Reserve your seat here. FREE! Ballet Austin, AustinVentures StudioTheater, 501 W 3rd St, Austin.

Explorers Club (Cedar Park) – 3:30 p.m. Each Thursday, kids in grades K-5 meet to explore a set of rotating programs. This week, it’s Crafty Kids. FREE! Cedar Park Library, 550 Discovery Blvd, Cedar Park.

Making Literacy Accessible: StorySign Storytime – 4:00 p.m. This storytime will feature an American Sign Language storyteller, signed and vocal songs and fingerplays, and a craft activity. FREE! APL – Twin Oaks Branch, 1800 S Fifth St, Austin.

1st Thursday Art Exhibit Opening (Round Rock) – 5:30-7:00 p.m. A reception at ArtSpace to celebrate February’s exhibit: African Art and Artists. Snacks and beverages will be served, and there will also be live music. FREE! ArtSpace, 231 E Main St, Round Rock.

Starry Nights at Girlstart (RSVP) – 5:30-7:00 p.m. Girlstart’s Mini-Planetarium is a unique space for families to explore astronomy. February’s Starry Night will feature Chinese Mythology. All ages welcome. FREE but RSVP is required here. Girlstart, 1400 W Anderson Lane, Austin.

Upcycle This! – 6-8:00 p.m. Drop-in for this fun crafting workshop. Bring something to work on or participate in this month’s upcycled craft. All supplies provided, just bring your imagination. FREE! Recycled Reads, 5335 Burnet Rd, Austin.

Live Music at Central Market North – 6:30-9:00 p.m. Emilie Clepper plays Americana. FREE! Central Market, 4001 N Lamar Blvd, Austin.

Live Music at Central Market Westgate – 6:30-9:00 p.m. Instrumental Jazz by LONG HORN. FREE! Central Market Westgate, 4477 S Lamar Blvd, Austin.

Pajama Storytime – 7:00 p.m. Feel free to wear pajamas to this family storytime featuring stories, songs, rhymes, games, crafts, and other activities. Children of all ages welcome. Seating is limited; please arrive a few minutes early to gain entrance. FREE! APL – Manchaca Road Branch, 5500 Manchaca Rd, Austin.

Picasso at the Lapin Agile (18+) (RSVP) – 8:00 p.m. Present Company will absurdly bend the space-time continuum and invite you to ponder the definition of creativity, the surreal nature of existence, and the meaning of life (no big deal), while challenging you to not wet your pants from sheer joy and laughter, during their performance of Steve Martin’s Picasso at the Lapin Agile. They will also attempt to cross-pollinate, diversify, and strengthen the bonds within Austin’s arts communities by featuring live music and an exhibit of local painters, curated for the event. FREE, with a suggested $25 donation to support the artists that make this possible. Museum of Human Achievement, address will be revealed after you RSVP here.

Friday, February 6, 2015

Yoga Story Time (RSVP) –9:30 a.m. Join in a Story Time Yoga adventure where participants will stretch, read, and breathe. All ages are welcome. RSVP requested here. FREE! The Little Yoga House, 1211 Parkway, Austin.

Fun Fridays – 10:00 a.m. Sing! Dance! Play! Fun Fridays are 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.

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.

Lego Lab – 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 – North Village Branch, 2505 Steck Ave, Austin.

Live Music at Central Market North – 6:30-9:00 p.m. Flying Balalaika Brothers play Russian/Texan Gypsy Music. FREE! Central Market, 4001 N Lamar Blvd, Austin.

Live Music at Central Market Westgate – 6:30-9:00 p.m. Swing dance with the Jonathan Doyle Quintet 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, Valley Mountain performs. A special backyard menu will be available for purchase. Family-friendly and FREE! Hill’s Cafe, 4700 S Congress Ave, Austin.

Picasso at the Lapin Agile (18+) (RSVP) – 8:00 p.m. Present Company will absurdly bend the space-time continuum and invite you to ponder the definition of creativity, the surreal nature of existence, and the meaning of life (no big deal), while challenging you to not wet your pants from sheer joy and laughter, during their performance of Steve Martin’s Picasso at the Lapin Agile. They will also attempt to cross-pollinate, diversify, and strengthen the bonds within Austin’s arts communities by featuring live music and an exhibit of local painters, curated for the event. FREE, with a suggested $25 donation to support the artists that make this possible. Museum of Human Achievement, address will be revealed after you RSVP here.







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.

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