Baby Bloomers – Monday, March 3 from 9:00 a.m. to Noon. There will be plenty of purple this week at Baby Bloomers as children age 0-3 and their families make their own paint and create simple puppets! Mr. Louis, a music educator from the Armstrong Community Music School, will have all the little ones singing and dancing at 10:30 a.m. 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.
Making Literacy Accessible: StorySign Storytime – Monday, March 3 at 10:15 a.m. Enjoy a storytime featuring 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.
Read Across America Storytime – Monday, March 3 at 11:00 a.m. Join the celebration of Read Across America and Dr. Seuss’s birthday with one of his most beloved stories, Green Eggs and Ham. The reading will be followed by lots of Seussical activities. FREE! Barnes & Noble Arboretum, 10000 Research Blvd #158, Austin.
Lions & Tigers & Toys Storytime – Monday, March 3 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 3. 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.
Free Admission to Pet Sounds – Tuesday, March 4 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. FREE! The Contemporary Austin, Laguna Gloria, 3809 West 35th St, Austin.
French Legation Museum Children’s Storytime – Tuesday, March 4 at 10:00 a.m. Join in an exciting 30 minutes of reading and play on the museum grounds. Feel free to bring snacks, blankets, and your imagination! FREE! French Legation Museum, 802 San Marcos St, Austin.
Signing Storytime at Kaleidoscope Toys (Round Rock) – Tuesday, March 4 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.
Mardi Gras Toddler Story Time – Tuesday, March 4 at 10:30 a.m. Celebrate a very special Mardi Gras themed story time with beads and more. FREE! Lake Travis Community Library, 1938 Lohmans Crossing, Austin.
Tiger Woman, A Puppet Show – Tuesday, March 4 at 10:30 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! Dougherty Arts Center, 1110 Barton Springs Rd, Austin.
Armstrong Community School Storytime – Tuesday, March 4 at 10:30 a.m. Bring your preschoolers ages 0-5 to a very special Musical Storytime presented by The Armstrong Community Music School. FREE! Westbank Library, 1309 Westbank Dr, Austin.
Chinese Bilingual Storytime (Round Rock) – Tuesday, March 4 at 10:30 a.m. This program, geared for ages 3-6, celebrates Chinese culture with stories, fingerplays, and songs both English and Mandarin. FREE! Round Rock Public Library, 216 E Main St, Round Rock.
Squirrels Gone Wild Storytime – Tuesday, March 4 at 10:30 a.m. Squirrels climb, jump, raid our bird feeders, and steal our hearts all the while. This storytime is all about them, with a reading of the hilarious book Squirrels on Skis, along with other silly & squirrelly tales just for you. FREE! BookPeople, 603 N Lamar, Austin.
Mr. Pete’s Train Stories – Tuesday, March 4 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 Admission to The Jones Center – Tuesday, March 4 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. FREE admission to the exhibits on Tuesdays. The Contemporary Austin, The Jones Center, 700 Congress Ave, Austin.
SXSWedu Education Expo – Tuesday, March 4, from 2:00 – 8:00 p.m. The SXSWedu Education Expo celebrates the Central Texas community’s hunger and passion for lifelong learning. Exhibitors this year include educational software companies, college readiness resources, colleges and universities, afterschool and summer camps, career development programs and more. Through interactive exhibits, learners of all ages will be able to explore current and future educational and career goals. FREE and open to the public. Austin Convention Center, 500 E Caesar Chavez St, Austin.
Discovery! Mad Science – Tuesday, March 4 at 4:30 p.m. The Discovery hands on program explores all sorts of different topics, including science, literature, and much more. This week, Watts Up! This “electrifying” event presented by Mad Science demonstrates the exciting world of electricity. Students will be immersed in the world of Physics with astonishing experiments. FREE! Laura’s Library, 9411 Bee Cave Rd, Austin.
Weeknight Cinema: Texas Tunesmiths – Tuesday, March 4 at 6:30 p.m. Weeknight Cinema showcases stellar cinema. Double feature. A Well Spent Life (1971, NR) is a deeply moving tribute to the Texas songster, Mance Lipscomb, considered by many to be the greatest guitarist of all time. Chulas Fronteras (1976, NR) is a documentary about the music of the Mexican community on both sides of the Texas-Mexico border, particularly of migrant farmers. It includes material about the roots of the music, but devotes principal attention to the music as a form of social protest against oppression and racism. FREE! APL – Milwood Branch, 12500 Amherst Dr, Austin.
Community Cinema: The Trials of Muhammad Ali – Tuesday, March 4 at 7:00 p.m. Community Cinema is a free monthly screening series featuring films from the Independent Lens series. After the screening, lively discussions bring citizens and organizations together to encourage dialogue and action around important and timely social issues. The Trials of Muhammad Ali covers the famed boxer’s toughest bout of all: his battle to overturn the five-year prison sentence he received for refusing U.S. military service. FREE! APL – Windsor Park Branch, 5833 Westminster Dr, Austin.
Whole Foods Kids Club – Wednesday, March 5 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, March 5 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 5 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.
Armstrong Community Music School Storytime – Wednesday, March 5 at 10:30 a.m. Bring your preschoolers ages 0-5 to a very special Musical Storytime presented by The Armstrong Community Music School. FREE! Westbank Library, 1309 Westbank Dr, Austin.
Paint Me a Story (Georgetown) – Wednesday, March 5 at 11:00 a.m. Community storytelling and art lesson with Miss Melanie and Honey. This event is FREE and ideal for pre-schoolers and their caregivers. All Things Kids in Georgetown, 703 S Main St, Georgetown.
Lego Lab – Wednesday, March 5 at 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. FREE! Recommended for ages 5 and up. APL – Southeast Branch, 5803 Nuckols Crossing Rd, Austin.
Tiger Woman, A Puppet Show – Wednesday, March 5 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 – North Village Branch, 2505 Steck Ave, Austin.
Indoor Rock Climbing – Wednesday, March 5 from 4-6:00 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 5 at 4:30 p.m. Handler Holly and Dog Chula will be at Laura’s Library to read with kiddos or visit with them. Pre-readers and readers are welcome. FREE! Laura’s Library, 9411 Bee Cave Rd, Austin.
Community Night at The Thinkery – Wednesday, March 5 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.
Krispy Kreme Family Night – Wednesday, March 5 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.
Free Admission to The Blanton – Thursday, March 6 from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. FREE! Blanton Museum of Art, 200 E Martin Luther King Junior Blvd, Austin.
Spring Homeschool Day at The Bullock – Thursday, March 6 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Home school educators and their students can explore the Museum during this drop-in event. Each student age 4-14 years will receive a complimentary pack of Extreme Mammals Trading Cards–a great companion piece to teaching the animal adaptations that students will discover in the Extreme Mammals exhibit. FREE! Bullock Texas State History Museum, 1800 N Congress Ave, Austin.
Play 2 Learn with Sarah (Pflugerville) – Thursday, March 6 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 6 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 6 at Noon. Take a 30-minute lunchtime break with a gospel concert by Becki Maye. FREE! Central Presbyterian Church, 200 E 8th St, Austin.
Story Crafternoon: Shamrock Suncatcher (Pflugerville) – Thursday, March 6 at 3:30 p.m. Children listen to a story and make and take a different craft each week. Ages: Grades K – 5. FREE! Pflugerville Public Library, 1008 W Pflugerville St, Pflugerville.
Explorers Club – Crafty Kids (Cedar Park) – Thursday, March 6 at 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.
Lego Club (Kyle) – Thursday, March 6 at 4:30 p.m. All children going into first grade or higher are welcome to attend this hour of Lego building fun. FREE! Kyle Public Library, 550 Scott St, Kyle.
Yappy Hour on the Patio – Thursday, March 6 from 5-7:00 p.m. Enjoy live music on the dog-friendly patio. FREE! Whole Foods Domain, 11920 Domain Dr, Austin.
Lego Lab – Thursday, March 6 at 5:30 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. FREE! Recommended for ages 5 and up. APL – Ruiz Branch, 1600 Grove Blvd, Austin.
Evening Out at The Bullock: Texas Heroes Game Night – Thursday, March 6 from 6-8:00 p.m. Draw your own line in the sand at this happy hour held on the 178th anniversary of the fall of the Alamo. Celebrate Texas’s most famous personalities at a Texas-themed game night with card and board games aplenty, live music, free food, and a cash bar. Coon-skin caps encouraged, though not required. Exclusively for guests ages 21 and up. FREE, but admission to the exhibits is not included. Bullock Texas State History Museum, 1800 N Congress Ave, Austin.
Music on Main Street: Radiostar (Round Rock) – Thursday, March 6 from 6-8:00 p.m. Bring a lawn chair or blanket and the entire family to hear 80s covers by Radiostar. 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.
Upcycle This! – Thursday, March 6 from 6-7:30 p.m. Celebrate Recycled Reads’ extended hours on Thursday nights by dropping in on this crafting workshop. Bring something to work on or use the provided materials to create upcycled Springtime favor bags. FREE! Recycled Reads, 5335 Burnet Rd, Austin.
Starry Nights at Girlstart – Thursday, March 6 from 6-7:00 p.m. Mini planetarium star shows and out of this world activities for all ages. FREE but registration is required. Girlstart STEM Center, 400 W Anderson Ln, Austin.
Sonesta Bee Cave Hotel Ground Breaking Celebration – Thursday, March 6 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. The public is invited to join the ground breaking celebration held in the Hill Country Galleria’s outdoor amphitheater. The Hot Texas Swing Band will perform live music, complimentary BBQ bites from Schmidt Family Barbecue will be provided while they last, and a spectacular fireworks show will end the evening! Guests are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and blankets to enjoy the concert and fireworks. Each guest will receive a Sonesta Hotel swag bag while supplies last. FREE! 12700 Hill Country Blvd, Bee Cave.
Jess Klein – Thursday, March 6 from 6:30-9:00 p.m. A folk troubadour whose talents have been lauded on the national and international scene for almost a decade, Jess Klein writes songs that tell the story of the soul – from wrenching heartbreak to finding the strength to pick up and move on. FREE! Central Market, 4001 N Lamar Blvd, Austin.
Jimi Lee Band – Thursday, March 6, 6:30-9:00 p.m. The Jimi Lee Band is a blues R & B super group of veteran players fronted by the award winning harmonic virtuoso Jimi Lee. FREE! Central Market Westgate, 4477 S Lamar Blvd, Austin.
Interactive Story Time (Round Rock) – Friday, March 7 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.
Yoga Story Time – Friday, March 7 at 9:30 a.m. Join in a Story Time Yoga adventure. All ages are welcome to play, stretch, read, and breathe. FREE! The Little Yoga House, 1211 Parkway, Austin.
Fun Fridays: The Que Pastas – Friday, March 7 at 10:00 a.m. Sing! Dance! Play! Fun Fridays is a fun musical and entertainment hour featuring local Austin musicians the Que Pastas. Complimentary refreshments will be served. FREE! Millie & Mox, 5145 North FM 620, Ste B110, Austin.
Spanish Book Reading at Preescolarte – Friday, March 7 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. Spanish Book Reading at Preescolarte Pre-School every Friday at 10am. Spanish books, Spanish songs, and some fun art. FREE! Preescolarte, 8305 W Hwy 71, Ste 100, Austin.
Tiger Woman, A Puppet Show – Friday, March 7 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 – Windsor Park Branch, 5833 Westminster Dr, Austin 78723
Armstrong Community Music School Sing-along – Friday, March 7 at 10:30 a.m. Bring the kids to Brilliant Sky the 1st Friday of every month for this free event. Music educators from local business Armstrong Community Music School will be leading a Sing-along and everyone is invited! Get your clapping hands, tapping feet, and musical voices ready to join in the fun. FREE! Brilliant Sky Toys & Books, 701 S Capital of Texas Hwy, Ste D-480, Austin.
Street Food Fair – Friday, March 7 from Noon to 5:00 p.m. Sample street foods in every department. FREE! Whole Foods Domain, 11920 Domain Dr, Austin.
Williamson County Courthouse Tours (Georgetown) – Friday, March 7 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.
SXSW: Latinos in Tech – Friday, March 7 from 2-6:00 p.m. In its inaugural year, the Latinos in Technology Track will explore the impact of the Hispanic voice on technology and technology impacted sectors and, in turn, the impact of technology on the Hispanic voice. Attendees will see a broad range of thought-leaders and visionaries across all industries take the stage. From digital designers and developers to entrepreneurs and trendsetters from the Latino community, these speakers will help raise awareness about tech innovations both in and outside of the US. FREE and open to the public. Holiday Inn Town Lake, 20 N IH 35, Austin.
Reading Dog – Friday, March 7 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.
Lego Lab – Friday, March 7 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. FREE! Recommended for ages 5 and up. APL – North Village Branch, 2505 Steck Ave, Austin.
Artists’ Reception at The Old Bakery & Emporium – Friday, March 7 from 5-7:00 p.m. A reception for the Artists of the Hill Country Collective who will be exhibiting dozens of original artworks in this beautiful, historic gallery. Snacks will be served. FREE! The Old Bakery & Emporium, 1006 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.