Weekday Events for Austin Families: March 24-28, 2014

Happening All Week

Anne Frank: A History for Today (Georgetown) – Monday, March 24 – Thursday, March 27 from 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. and Friday, March 28 from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. This Anne Frank traveling exhibit (presented in both English and Spanish) is open for public viewing during normal library hours. FREE! Georgetown Public Library, 402 W 8th St, Georgetown.

Monday

Baby Bloomers – Monday, March 24 from 9:00 a.m. to Noon. Baby Bloomers will be using Orange as the inspiration for children age 0-3 and their families to explore science, technology, engineering, arts, and math. At 10:30, Staci Gray will get you dancing with her sing-a-longs. Be sure to stick around for the grand finale—bubbles! 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, March 24 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.

Storytime with Dr. Candra – Monday, March 24 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.

Lions & Tigers & Toys Storytime – Monday, March 24 at 4:00 p.m. Storytime and games every Monday. All ages welcome. FREE! Lions & Tigers & Toys, 4301 W Wm Cannon Dr, E-220, Austin.

Free Karate Class (Del Valle) – Monday, March 24. 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.

Tuesday

Cine de Oro: Bella – Tuesday, March 25 at 9:30 a.m. Sooner or later every one of us will face an irreversible moment that will change our lives forever. If it hasn’t happened to you yet…it will. Bella is a true love story about how one day in New York City changed three people forever. Spanish with English subtitles. FREE! ESB-MACC, 600 River St, Austin.

Free Admission to Pet Sounds – Tuesday, March 25 from 10:00 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. Read about our recent visit hereFREE! The Contemporary Austin, Laguna Gloria, 3809 West 35th St, Austin.

Tiger Woman, A Puppet Show – Tuesday, March 25 at 10:15 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 – Cepeda Branch, 651 N Pleasant Valley Rd, Austin.

Armstrong Community School Bilingual Storytime – Tuesday, March 25 at 10:30 a.m. There is a commonly held belief that learning a second language should ideally begin as early as possible in a child’s life. What better way to learn new words and phrases than through song? Armstrong Community School will lead a Canta y Habla sing-along where participants will learn traditional Spanish songs, as well as a few originals. FREE! BookPeople, 603 N Lamar, Austin.

Semillitas de Español at Westbank – Tuesday, March 25 at 10:30 a.m. Semillitas de Español programs teach children Spanish in a lively, engaging, and nurturing way so that their enthusiasm for learning is fostered throughout. For kids ages 0 – 5. FREE! Westbank Library, 1309 Westbank Dr, Austin.

Mommy Sense Workshop – Tuesday, March 25 at 10:30 a.m. and at 7:00 p.m. Do you trust your intuition? Are you a mom or caregiver who wants to be more connected to your kids? In this insightful talk you will learn to do just that. You will discover how you receive intuitive insight and become aware of your intuitive language so you know what is you and what is intuition. You will leave with a variety of tools and tips for better connecting and understanding your kiddos while gaining confidence in trusting this dynamic and invaluable natural resource, your intuition. FREE! Toybrary Austin, 7817 Rockwood, Suite 101, Austin.

Free Admission to The Jones Center – Tuesday, March 25 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. The Contemporary Austin, The Jones Center, 700 Congress Ave, Austin.

Music with Mr. Will – Tuesday, March 25 at 11:30 a.m. Rock out with local children’s singer, “Mr. Will” Dupuy. FREE! Brilliant Sky Toys & Books, The Village at West Lake, 701 S Capital of Texas Hwy, Suite D-480, Austin.

Discovery! Flying Theater Machine – Tuesday, March 25 at 4:30 p.m. The Discovery hands on program explores all sorts of different topics, including science, literature, and much more, designed especially for older kids (third graders and up). This week, The Flying Theatre Machine will create a fun and supportive environment for kids to learn the basics of creating improv, storytelling, and stagecraft. The classes are taught primarily through games, play, and improvised stories. FREE! Laura’s Library, 9411 Bee Cave Rd, Austin.

Teen Craft Night - Tuesday, March 25 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.

Pajama Storytime – Tuesday, March 25 at 6:30 p.m. Come cuddle at Laura’s 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! Laura’s Library, 9411 Bee Cave Rd, Austin.

Wednesday

Whole Foods Storytime – Wednesday, March 26 from 9:30-10:30 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 – Wednesday, March 26 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.

Gymboree Storytime – Wednesday, March 26 at 10:30 a.m. In addition to a fun storytime, Gymboree helpers will be in attendance singing songs, blowing bubbles, and playing a fun parachute game. The storytime will end with a performance of the goodbye dance led by Gymbo the Clown. FREE! BookPeople, 603 N Lamar, Austin.

Hernandez Middle School Orchestra Performance (Round Rock) – Wednesday, March 26 at 10:30 a.m. The Hernandez Middle School Orchestra will perform a concert and introduce children to their musical instruments FREE! Round Rock Public Library, 216 E Main St, Round Rock.

Understanding the Minds of Boys Workshop – Wednesday, March 26 at Noon. Presented by Lisa W. Rothfus from Austin Kid Konnect, this workshop will look at the latest research on boys’ brain development and how this influences their learning, motivation, character, and sense of responsibility to themselves and others. We will discuss boys’ unique needs, strengths, weaknesses, and how parents can best support boys throughout their childhood & adolescent years. FREE! Westbank Library, 1309 Westbank Dr, Austin.

Downton Abbey Tea Time – Wednesday, March 26 at 2:00 p.m. Gather to watch an episode from season four, drink a cup of tea, and enjoy some good company. FREE! Lake Travis Community Library, 1938 Lohmans Crossing, Austin 78734

Anime Club – Wednesday, March 26 at 3:30 p.m. Kids ages 12 and up gather to watch and discuss anime films. This month: Vexille (Rated PG-13) FREE! APL – Southeast Branch, 5803 Nuckols Crossing Rd, Austin.

Indoor Rock Climbing – Wednesday, March 26 at 4:00 p.m. Can you make it to the top? Families are invited to enjoy FREE rockwall 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.

Reading Dog – Wednesday, March 26 at 4:30 p.m. Handler Holly with Dog Chula will be at Laura’s Library to read with kiddoes or visit with them. Pre-readers and readers are welcome. No registration is required. FREE! Laura’s Library, 9411 Bee Cave Rd, Austin.

Community Night at The Thinkery – Wednesday, March 26 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 dollar donation. The Thinkery, 1830 Simond Ave, Austin.Advertisement
Krispy Kreme Family Night - Wednesday, March 26 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.

Party Time at Art & Soul – Wednesday, March 26 from 6-9:00 p.m. Now that Art & Soul is settled into their new space, it’s time to celebrate! This party is to celebrate loyal friends and patrons, and to serve as an open house to encourage new friends to learn about Art & Soul’s programs. Enjoy painting, wine, socializing, and meeting new people in the local art community. RSVP here for this FREE event! Art & Soul, 3801 Berkman Dr, Austin.

Tween Scene: Movie Night! (Pflugerville) – Wednesday, March 26 at 6:00 p.m. Bring your tween (ages 8-12) to the library for a free movie night. Snacks provided while they last. FREE! Pflugerville Public Library, 1008 W Pfluger St, Pflugerville.

Thursday

Free Admission to The Blanton – Thursday, March 27 from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. FREE! Blanton Museum of Art, 200 E Martin Luther King Junior Blvd, Austin.

Play 2 Learn with Sarah (Pflugerville) – Thursday, March 27 at 11:00 a.m. Sing, play, craft, and learn with Sarah K. FREE! Toy Time, 101-B Pecan Street W, Pflugerville.

Story Time with Princess CJ – Thursday, March 27 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.

Free Noon Concert - Thursday, March 27 at Noon. Take a 30-minute lunchtime break with Paulina Pulijek on classical guitar. FREE! Central Presbyterian Church, 200 E 8th St, Austin.

Story Crafternoon: 3-D Dinosaurs (Pflugerville) – Thursday, March 27 at 3:30 p.m. Children listen to a story and make and take a craft. For children in grades K-5. FREE! Pflugerville Public Library, 1008 W Pflugerville St, Pflugerville.

Explorers Club: Lego Lab (Cedar Park) – Thursday, March 27 at 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.

Tiger Woman, A Puppet Show - Thursday, March 27 at 4:00 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 – Ruiz Branch, 1600 Grove Blvd, Austin 78741

Projects in Art – Thursday, March 27 from 4-6:00 p.m. This FREE art event will feature a live DJ, loads of giveaways, and interactive vendors that will encourage art creation and participation. There will also be food specials from the Co-op Food Court. Participants include: SprayTX graffiti artists, Sanctuary Screenprinting, Quickdraw sketch artist photobooth, The Thinkery, Art on 5th, Co-op Art Store and many more! University Co-op Food Court, 411 W 23rd St, Austin.

Yappy Hour on the Patio – Thursday, March 27 from 5-7:00 p.m. Enjoy live music by Ryan Desiato on the dog-friendly patio. FREE! Whole Foods Domain, 11920 Domain Dr, Austin.

The Care and Feeding of Backyard Birds – Thursday, March 27 from 6-7:30 p.m. This spring, make your backyard come alive with birdsong and activity! earn about Austin’s backyard species and how to attract them using native plants, feeders, nest boxes and water features. Presented by the Travis Audubon Society. FREE and open to all ages. Wells Branch Library, 15001 Wells Port Dr, Austin.

Music on Main Street: The Sieker Band (Round Rock) – Thursday, March 27 from 6-8:00 p.m. Bring a lawn chair or blanket and the entire family to hear bluegrass tunes by The Sieker Band. Visit the variety of dining options on Main Street or pack a picnic basket to enjoy the evening of fun and music. FREE! Prete Main Street Plaza, 221 E Main St, Round Rock.

Live Music at Central Market Westgate – Thursday, March 27 from 6:30-9:00 p.m. The Biscuit Grabbers are a Hillbilly Jazz combo. They play original music inspired by Early Jazz, Western Swing and Classic Country. FREE! Central Market Westgate, 4477 S Lamar Blvd, Austin.

Live Music at Central Market North – Thursday, March 27 from 6:30-9:00 p.m. For eight years El Tule (el TOO-lay) has been honing its unique sound combining influences of Cumbia, Merengue, Salsa, Cuban and Reggae, in Austin. FREE! Central Market, 4001 N Lamar Blvd, Austin.

Anderson High School Project Graduation Bookfair – Thursday, March 27 from 7-10:00 p.m. Celebrate the seniors at Anderson High with a bookfair for their Project Graduation. Brian Yansky will be supporting the bookfair by signing copies of his books from 7-9:00 pm. A couple of other surprises are also planned. Stop by to find out what they are. FREE! Barnes & Noble Arboretum, 10000 Research Blvd #158, Austin.

Friday

Yoga Story Time – Friday, March 28 at 9:30 a.m. Join the Story Time Yoga adventure every Friday at 9:30. Participants will stretch, read, and breathe. All ages are welcome. FREE! The Little Yoga House, 1211 Parkway, Austin.

Interactive Story Time (Round Rock) – Friday, March 28 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.

Fun Fridays: Staci Gray – Friday, March 28 at 10:00 a.m. Sing! Dance! Play! Fun Fridays is a fun musical and entertainment hour featuring local Austin musician Staci Gray. Complimentary refreshments will be served. FREE! Millie & Mox, 5145 North FM 620, Ste B110, Austin.

Spanish Book Reading at Preescolarte – Friday, March 28 at 10:00 a.m. Come join Ms. Susy and Ms. Aileen for Spanish Book Reading. This activity and location provides a great atmosphere for expanding the child’s learning through language, music, art, and new friendships. FREE! Preescolarte, 8305 W Hwy 71, Ste 100, Austin.

Mom and Me Yoga – Friday, March 28 at 10:30 a.m. This yoga class is designed for a parent and children (ages 3+ only). Taught by Sat Nam Kaur from Yoga Yoga. FREE! Laura’s Library, 9411 Bee Cave Rd, Austin.

Teddy Bear Picnic and Book Signing – Friday, March 28 from 10:30 a.m. to Noon. Bring your favorite teddy bear and picnic snacks for a bear-themed story time. Local author Annette Lucksinger will be signing copies of her new guide, Exploring Austin with Kids, and leading little ones on a bear hunt. FREE! Toybrary Austin, 7817 Rockwood, Suite 101, Austin.

Williamson County Courthouse Tours (Georgetown) – Friday, March 28 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, March 28 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.

Wildflowers Concert - Friday, March 28 at 4:30 p.m. Members of the Wildflower Chorus will sing barbershop harmonies, providing musical fun for all ages. FREE! Lake Travis Community Library, 1938 Lohmans Crossing, Austin.

Check out the Free Fun Calendar for even more ways to fill your week with fun! 


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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Catherine Prystup founded LiveMom.com out of a desire to build a better community for Austin-area moms. She has three children, ages seventeen, eight and three years old.

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