From storytimes to live music and more, What’s Up Weekly lays out all of the family-fun events happening each week in the Greater Austin-area.
Happening All Week
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland – Monday, February 23 – Friday, February 27 from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (Exhibit is open until 7:00 p.m. on Thursday.) The Ransom Center celebrates 150 years of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland with an exhibition for the curious and curiouser of all ages. Learn about Lewis Carroll and the real Alice who inspired his story. See one of the few surviving copies of the first edition of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. Discover the rich array of personal and literary references that Carroll incorporated throughout Alice. Explore the surprising transformations of Alice and her story as they have traveled through time and across continents. Follow the White Rabbit’s path through the exhibition, have a tea party, or watch a 1933 paper filmstrip that has been carefully treated by Ransom Center conservators. The Center’s vast collections offer a new look at a story that has delighted generations and inspired artists from Salvador Dalí to Walt Disney. Read about Katey’s experience here. FREE! Harry Ransom Center, 300 W 21st St, Austin.
Monday, February 23, 2015
Baby Bloomers – 9:00 a.m. to Noon. Little ones ages 0-3 and their families are invited to explore the color purple. They will activate their senses as they dive into lavender cloud dough, create art with salt and ice, explore absorption with walking water, and work on color blending with exciting color mixing bottles. Plus, Staci Gray will get everyone dancing with her sing-a-longs. 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: Bees, Bats, & Butterflies, Oh My – 10:00 a.m. Where are all the pollinators? Find out where they spend their winters with stories about migration and hibernation. 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.
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.
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.
Night Crafters – 6-7:30 p.m. Are you a crafter? Do you wish you were a crafter? Then Night Crafters is for you. This month, participants will learn the basics of Rigid Heddle Weaving. There will be small rigid heddles made from popsicle sticks ready for you to try, along with all sorts of yarn, thread, and floss. This is a very quick and satisfying way of weaving. Adults only, please. FREE! APL – Faulk Central Library, 800 Guadalupe St, 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.
Daddy and Me Evening Storytime – 7:00 p.m. Young ones and their favorite guys are invited to this special storytime. Dads, grandpas, other extraordinary men, and their kids will read, sing, craft, and laugh—all while developing important literacy skills and having fun. Children of all ages are welcome. FREE! APL – Hampton Branch, 5125 Convict Hill Rd, Austin.
Tuesday, February 24, 2015
Fit Kids Storytime and Snacks – 9:30 a.m. Kids ages 2-5 will hear a fun story before Healthy Eating Specialist, Emily, hosts a no-bake granola bar making class with the little ones. Parental supervision is requested. FREE! Whole Foods Domain, 11920 Domain Dr, Austin.
Down On the Farm Storytime – 10:30 a.m. Click, Clack, MOO. Click, Clack, MOO. Do you hear that? It sounds like the animals have taken over the storytime plans again. That probably means they’ll make everyone read Click, Clack, Moo along with the brand new Click, Clack, Peep and other stories about life on the farm. FREE! BookPeople, 603 N Lamar, 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.
Crafternoon – 1:30 p.m. and 4:00 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 – Faulk Central Library, 800 Guadalupe St, Austin.
Chicken Big, A Puppet Show – 3:30 p.m. 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 – Twin Oaks Branch, 1800 S Fifth St, Austin.
Family Flicks – Planes: Fire & Rescue – 4:00 p.m. Popcorn will be served. Rated PG. FREE! Lake Travis Community Library, 1938 Lohmans Crossing, Austin.
Discovery! Comic Book Coasters – 4:30 p.m. The Discovery hands on program explores all sorts of different topics, including science, literature, technology, and more. This week, kids in 3rd grade through middle school will design and create their own custom drink coasters using comic and manga pictures. FREE! Laura’s Library, 9411 Bee Cave Rd, Austin.
Child’s Pose (RSVP) – 4:30 p.m. You’re never too young to take your first downward dog or happy baby pose. Bring kids ages 3+ for 30 minutes of developing balance, coordination, and fun led by Miss Marie. Free healthy snacks provided by Kind Bar for kids. FREE but RSVP is required to firstname.lastname@example.org. TOMS, 1401 South Congress Ave, Austin.
Quiet Company In-Store Performance – 5:00 p.m. Celebrate the release of Austin’s own Quiet Company’s fourth full length record “Transgressor” FREE! Waterloo Records, 600A N Lamar, Austin.
Tween Scene Movie Night (Pflugerville) – 5:45 p.m. Visit the library for a viewing of Akeelah and the Bee. In celebration of Black History Month, all ages are invited to attend. Snacks provided while supplies last. Rated PG. FREE! Pflugerville Public Library, 1008 W Pflugerville St, Pflugerville.
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.
Pajama Storytime – 6:30 p.m. A storytime for night owls of all ages, get comfy in your favorite pajamas, grab your sleepy toy and come for the best bedtime stories ever. The milk and snacks are on us! FREE! Laura’s Library, 9411 Bee Cave Rd, Austin.
Wednesday, February 25, 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.
Homeschool Day – 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Featuring the La Belle shipwreck and special exhibition La Belle: The Ship That Changed History, this day is reserved specifically for Homeschool families. Meet archaeologists and other experts who are reassembling La Belle, take special classes geared toward STEAM learning, collect educator resources, and more. Museum exhibitions and all programs are FREE for Homeschool families on this date. Homeschool families can also receive school group rates for films in the IMAX Theatre and Texas Spirit Theatre. Bullock Texas State History Museum, 1800 N Congress Ave, Austin.
A Practically Ridiculous Puppet Show – 10:30 a.m. Join the BookPeople puppeteers as they perform a rousing rendition of the book Jackalope with some of the most amazing puppetry you’ve ever seen. FREE! BookPeople, 603 N Lamar, Austin.
ARTSreach: Kid Sheriff and the Terrible Toads – 10:30 a.m. Drywater Gulch has a toad problem. Not the hop-down-your-britches, croaking-all-night toad kind of problem. The thievin’, hootin’ and hollerin’, steal-your-gold never-say-thank-you outlaw toad kind of problem. Then hope rides into town. Sheriff Ryan might only be seven years old, and he might not know much about shooting and roping, but he knows a lot about dinosaurs. Yes, dinosaurs. And it turns out that knowing a thing or two about paleontology can come in handy when it comes to hoodwinking and rounding up a few no-good bandits. FREE! APL – Terrazas Branch, 1105 E Cesar Chavez St, Austin.
The Biscuit Brothers’ Fine Arts Farm Open House – 10:30-11:30 a.m. Meet and greet the spring teachers, do some fun activities, and maybe sing a song or two with Dusty. FREE! Fine Arts Farm, 6036 W US Hwy 290, 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.
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.
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 Max Frost and Lauren Silva. 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 26, 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.
ARTSreach: Kid Sheriff and the Terrible Toads – 10:15 a.m. Drywater Gulch has a toad problem. Not the hop-down-your-britches, croaking-all-night toad kind of problem. The thievin’, hootin’ and hollerin’, steal-your-gold never-say-thank-you outlaw toad kind of problem. Then hope rides into town. Sheriff Ryan might only be seven years old, and he might not know much about shooting and roping, but he knows a lot about dinosaurs. Yes, dinosaurs. And it turns out that knowing a thing or two about paleontology can come in handy when it comes to hoodwinking and rounding up a few no-good bandits. FREE! APL – Windsor Park Branch, 5833 Westminster Dr, Austin.
Sign Language Story Time – 10:30 a.m. Enjoy kids’ tales told in American Sign Language (and spoken in English). Learn some basic signs while enjoying classic songs and stories. All ages welcome. FREE! Lake Travis Community Library, 1938 Lohmans Crossing, 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.
Free Noon Concert – Noon. Take a 30-minute lunchtime break to hear celloist Hai Zheng-Olefsky and pianist Kiyoski Tamagawa. FREE! Central Presbyterian Church, 200 E 8th St, Austin.
Thinkery at the Library – 3:30-5:30 p.m. Youth ages 8-14 can create electric circuits, learn to craft with redstone in Minecraft, and participate in fun physics activities. FREE! APL – Windsor Park Branch, 5833 Westminster Dr, Austin.
Chicken Big, A Puppet Show -3:30 p.m. 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 – Little Walnut Creek Branch, 835 W Rundberg Ln, 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 Lego Lab. FREE! Cedar Park Library, 550 Discovery Blvd, Cedar Park.
Family Movie Matinee: Book of Life – Thursday, February 26 at 4:00 p.m. Manolo, a young man who is torn between fulfilling the expectations of his family and following his heart, embarks on an adventure that spans three fantastic worlds where he must face his greatest fears. Rated PG. FREE! APL – Cepeda Branch, 651 N Pleasant Valley Rd, Austin.
Minecraft Free Play – 4-6:00 p.m. Don’t forget to bring your own laptop, tablet, or mobile device that has Minecraft downloaded. Recommended for ages 7 and up. FREE! APL – Twin Oaks Branch, 1800 S Fifth St, Austin.
Live Music at Central Market North – 6:30-9:00 p.m. Texas Troubadour Ricky Stein. FREE! Central Market, 4001 N Lamar Blvd, Austin.
Live Music at Central Market Westgate – 6:30-9:00 p.m. Mellow Vintage Swing from The Lucky Strikes. 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.
Capitol View Arts Presents “Growing the Tradition” (RSVP) – 7:30 p.m. This special recognition ceremony honors those who have helped pave the way for Austin’s urban music culture. This year’s honorees are the legendary Holmes Family; well known artist Bavu Blakes; and Austin long time DJ, Promoter, Label Executive, and Producer Stanley Cobble. Legendary Texas DJ and urban music mogul DJ Michael “5000” Watts will deliver the keynote address along with special performances by national recording artist Candi Redd and other local artists. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. All Ages. FREE with RSVP here. Stateside at The Paramount, 719 Congress Ave, Austin.
Friday, February 27, 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.
Mom and Me Yoga – 10:30 a.m. This yoga class is designed for a parent and children (ages 3+ only). Taught by Pixie Henry from Yoga Yoga. FREE! Laura’s Library, 9411 Bee Cave Rd, 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.
People’s Gallery Opening Reception – 6-9:00 p.m. Celebrate Austin’s creative talents in this exhibition featuring artworks by over 100 artists and special exhibits from United Way for Greater Austin, AISD Creative Learning Initiative students, and Art in Public Places. There will be a special musical performance by One Ounce Opera and the Ginger Armadillo food truck will be parked on site offering food for purchase. Family friendly and FREE! Austin City Hall, 301 W 2nd St, Austin.
Interactive Storytelling Night (Round Rock) (RSVP) – 6:30 p.m. Children ages 3 and up are invited to bring 3-5 small, interesting objects: a figure of a character or animal, a finger puppet, toys, marbles, doll house items – any interesting trinkets will work. They will all be put in a basket and Ms. Andrea will help the kids create a fairy tale. It’s anyone’s guess as to where these stories will go. Wear your jammies and bring a pillow and blanket. FREE but RSVP is required here. Kaleidoscope Toys, 110 N IH 35, Ste 375, Round Rock.
Live Music at Central Market North – 6:30-9:00 p.m. Rosie & The Ramblers play sweet Honky-Tonk tunes. FREE! Central Market, 4001 N Lamar Blvd, Austin.
Live Music at Central Market Westgate – 6:30-9:00 p.m. Old-timey swing with The Show & Tellers. FREE! Central Market Westgate, 4477 S Lamar Blvd, Austin.
Kim Gordon Speaking & Signing -7:00 p.m. Kim Gordon, founding member of Sonic Youth, will talk with Terry Lickona of Austin City Limits about Gordon’s new memoir, Girl in a Band. Tickets are required for the signing and cost as much as the price of one copy of Girl in a Band, plus tax. The speaking portion of this event is FREE and open to the public. BookPeople, 603 N Lamar, 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, Rusty Razors 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.