Happening all week
Free Admission to Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center – Tuesday, January 28 – Friday, January 31 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Closed Monday. Enjoy all the center has to offer for FREE including indoor art exhibits, store, café and Little House for kids. Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave, Austin.
Barton Springs Pool Free Swim – Monday, January 27 – Friday, January 31 from 5:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. **Closed Thursday, January 30 from 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. for cleaning** FREE! Barton Springs Pool, 2201 Barton Springs Rd, Austin.
Teach. Play. Learn. (Leander) – Monday, January 27 – Friday, January 31 from 10-11 a.m. The Goddard School is celebrating 21st century learning and innovation with Tinkertoy! Join them for a week full of fun, innovation, and building with timeless, classic toys! Don’t miss the opportunity to invent with your children using Tinkertoy and see what 21st Century Learning is all about! FREE! The Goddard School, 1730 Union St, Leander.
Baby Bloomers – Monday, January 27 from 9 a.m. to Noon. This week will feature a special visit from Tiny Tails to You, Austin’s mobile petting zoo. They will be bringing “Bunnies and Buddies” to the museum for a safe, well-organized petting zoo experience for children age 0-3 and their families. 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, January 27 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.
Story Time at The Rhythm Studio – Monday, January 27 at 10:00 a.m. Develop baby’s pre-literacy skills in this 30 minute magical musical story time. Attendees will explore an age-appropriate book or a rhyme and then sing, dance, and play to build a foundation for a life-long love of the arts. Babies and their caregivers will enjoy this bonding and socializing time in a safe atmosphere. This event is designed for our littlest friends, newborn to 1 year old. FREE but pre-registration is required. The Rhythm Studio, 12129 Ranch Rd 620 North, Ste 310, Austin.
Storytime with Dr. Candra – Monday, January 27 at 11:00 a.m. Dr. Candra will captivate your children with a variety of stories and related crafts. FREE! Brilliant Sky Toys and Books, 701 S. Capital of Texas Hwy, Ste D-480, Austin.
Family Matinee: Despicable Me 2 – Monday, January 27 at 4:00 p.m. Gru is recruited by the Anti-Villain League to help deal with a powerful new super criminal. Rated PG. FREE! APL – Cepeda Branch, 651 N Pleasant Valley Rd, Austin.
Cine de Oro: Los Tres Huastecos - Tuesday, January 28 at 9:30 a.m. This is the story of three brothers (a priest, a soldier and an outlaw) raised separately by their godfathers once their mother dies. Their paths cross again when the soldier and the priest move near the town where the outlaw lives. The drama unfolds once the three brothers meet. Spanish with English Subtitles. FREE! Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center, 600 River St, Austin.
Signing Storytime at Kaleidoscope Toys (Round Rock) – January 28 at 10:00 a.m. 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. RSVP appreciated (but not required) by calling 512-388-5048. FREE! Kaleidoscope Toys, 110 N IH 35, Ste 375, Round Rock.
Free Admission to Pet Sounds – Tuesday, January 28 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Charles Long’s Pet Sounds will be 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. FREE! The Contemporary Austin, Laguna Gloria, 3809 West 35th St, Austin.
Free Admission to The Jones Center – Tuesday, January 28 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. FREE! The Contemporary Austin, The Jones Center, 700 Congress Ave.
Family Flicks: Planes – Tuesday, January 28 at 4:00 p.m. Munch on popcorn while watching Dusty Crophopper dream of becoming a racer. FREE! Lake Travis Community Library, 1938 Lohmans Crossing, Austin.
Discovery! Dragon Drawing – Tuesday, January 28 at 4:30 p.m. Experience another fascinating culture by drawing your own Chinese Dragon! Children’s book author and illustrator Yangsook Choi will discuss unexpected and fun facts about the Chinese Dragon and teach step by step dragon drawing. Sharpen your pencils and free your hand because anyone can do it! Especially designed for kids third grade and up. FREE! Laura’s Library, 9411 Bee Cave Rd, Austin.
Teen Craft Night – Tuesday, January 28 at 5:00 p.m. Make cool stuff! All supplies provided. For ages 10 and up. FREE! APL – Manchaca Road Branch, 5500 Manchaca Rd, Austin.
Gymboree Storytime – Wednesday, January 29 at 10:30 a.m. In addition to storytime, Gymboree Helpers will be at BookPeople singing songs, blowing bubbles, and playing a fun parachute game. The storytime will end with everyone performing the “Goodbye Dance,” led by Gymbo the Clown. FREE! BookPeople, 603 N Lamar, Austin.
What’s Your Favorite Animal? Storytime – Wednesday, January 29 at 11:00 a.m. Event features book by popular author and illustrator Eric Carle and 13 other children’s book artists who share their favorite animals and why they love them. Activities, crafts, enhanced NOOK Books® and refreshments round out the fun. FREE! Barnes & Noble Arboretum, 10000 Research Blvd #158, Austin.
Tiger Woman, A Puppet Show - Wednesday, January 29 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 – Milwood Branch, 12500 Amherst Dr, Austin.
Community Night at The Thinkery – Wednesday, January 29 from 5-8 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. Admission is by donation only, with a suggested $1 dollar donation. The Thinkery, 1830 Simond Ave, Austin.
Krispy Kreme Family Night – Wednesday, January 29 from 6-8:00 p.m. Kids can decorate their own doughnuts, enjoy crafts, balloons, paper hats, coloring sheets and more. FREE! Krispy Kreme, 701 E Stassney Ln and 12586 Research Blvd, Austin.
Take 10 CPR Class – Wednesday, January 29 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Learn compression-only CPR in only 10 minutes! The class is fast and fun and if you take 10 minutes you could learn to save a life. A new class starts every 15 minutes. For ages 10 and up. FREE! Westbank Library, 1309 Westbank Dr, Austin.
Early Silent Cinema: The Nickelodeon Years – Wednesday, January 29 at 6:30 p.m. Before majestic movie palaces like the Paramount Theatre, there were nickelodeons, in which audiences could see an entire program of silent short films for only five cents. In memory of those days gone by, the Paramount will be transforming itself into a nickelodeon for one night only. So grab that nickel underneath your couch cushion and don’t miss this opportunity to see some of the earliest silent films on the Paramount’s big screen. View the list of films here. Cost: 5 Cents for Admission! The Paramount, 719 Congress Ave, Austin.
Free Admission to The Blanton – Thursday, January 30 from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. FREE! Blanton Museum of Art, 200 E Martin Luther King Junior Blvd, Austin.
Decoupage Lanterns by Move Make Create (Round Rock) – Thursday, January 30 at 10:30 a.m. Kids will decorate a plastic jar with layers of tissue paper then watch it light up with a battery-operated tea light. Cost: $10 and includes admission to Safari Champ. Safari Champ, 1400 East Old Settlers Blvd #200, Round Rock.
Tiger Woman, A Puppet Show – Thursday, January 30 at 11:00 a.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 – Manchaca Road Branch, 5500 Manchaca Rd, Austin.
Brown Bag Lunch Concert Series (Lakeway) – Thursday, January 30 at Noon. Enjoy the sounds of Take Five – Classy, sassy singers with piano accompaniment. FREE! Lakeway Activity Center Ballroom, 105 Cross Creek, Lakeway.
Free Noon Piano Concert – Thursday, January 30 at Noon. Christopher Mauldin, pianist, plays a lunchtime concert for anyone who might need a relaxing break downtown in the middle of the day. FREE! Central Presbyterian Church, 200 E 8th St, Austin.
Explorers Club – Lego Lab (Cedar Park) – Thursday, January 30 at 3:30 p.m. Each Thursday, kids in grades K-5 meet to explore a set of rotating programs. This week: Lego Lab. FREE! Cedar Park Library, 550 Discovery Blvd, Cedar Park.
Charles Thibodeaux – Thursday, January 30, 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Charles Thibodeaux and The Austin Cajun Aces have that authentic Cajun dance sound that represents the The Joy of Life –Les Joie de Vivre. FREE! Central Market Westgate, 4477 S Lamar Blvd, Austin.
Interactive Story Time (Round Rock) – Friday, January 31 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.
Master Builder Play Day Event (Round Rock) – Friday, January 31 from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. This will be a come-and-go play event with LEGO® fun, games and prizes! All kids that attend this free event will be able to register for an entry to win a set of four tickets to the advance screening of the LEGO Movie. Parents must stay and attend the event with their child(ren); this is NOT a drop off event. FREE! Bricks 4 Kidz, La Frontera Village, 220 Sundance Pkwy, Ste 300, Round Rock.
Beekeeping Workshop (Taylor) – Friday, January 31 at 11:00 a.m. Learn all about honeybees: life cycle, queen bees, honey production, beeswax, beekeeping, and much more. All ages. FREE! Please RSVP to 512-955-4607. Brightside Books, 423 N. Main, Taylor.
Williamson County Courthouse Tours (Georgetown) – Friday, January 31 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 January. 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, January 31 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.
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.