Weekday Events for Austin Families: October 14-18, 2013

Happening All Week Long:

  • Fall Festival- Monday, October 14, Tuesday, October 15, Wednesday, October 16, Thursday, October 17 from 10:00am – 2:00pm, and Friday, October 18 from 10:00 am– 5:30pm. Admission: $6 per person (2 years old – senior citizen). Included with admission: Hayride, Animals to Visit, Mazes, Rubber Duck Races, Playgrounds, Picnic Areas, Pumpkin Photos, Hay Jumps. For an extra cost: Christmas Cottage and Barn Store, Great Selection of Pumpkins to Buy, and Mini Pumpkin Decorating. Elgin Christmas Tree Farm, 120 Nature’s Way, Elgin.
  • Harvest the Fall Fun at Sweet Berry Farm – Monday, October 15, Tuesday, October 15, Thursday, October 17 and Friday, October 18 from 8:30 a.m to 5:30 p.m. Stuff your own scarecrow, take a hayride, have the kids find their way through the candy corn maze, ride a barrel train, pick your own flowers, eat homemade ice cream and visit with the goats, horses and chickens. You can also pick up pumpkins, gourds, squash and other decorative items while you are there. FREE admission and activities are individually priced. Sweet Berry Farm, 1801 FM 1980, Marble Falls.

Monday

  • Petting Zoo Playgroup (Pflugerville)- Monday, October 14 at 10 and 11am. Each session lasts for one hour and includes: and interactive storytime, 15-20 minutes of holding and petting the animals, craft or activity and possible balloons and bubbles. Cost: $10 per child. Must register. Toy Time, 101-B Pecan Street W., Pflugerville. ​
  • Storytime at Brilliant Sky Toys & Books – Monday, October 14 at 11am. Ms. Sandy will captivate your child with a variety of stories and related crafts. FREE! Brilliant Sky Toys & Books, The Village at West Lake (360 and Bee Caves Rd), 701 S. Capital of Texas Hwy Suite D-480, Austin.
  • Baby Play Group (Round Rock) - Monday, October 14 from 3:30- 4:30pm. Join us every Monday, Wednesday and Friday afternoon for Baby Play Group! We sing songs, play with a parachute and let babies have lots of interactive, social, free-play time. This group is perfect for non-walkers. FREE!! Baby Earth, 106 East Old Settlers Boulevard, Round Rock.
  • Lego Lab- Monday, October 14 at 3:30pm. With Legos, 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!!  Howson Branch Library, 2500 Exposition Blvd.
  • Rockin’ Crafts Grades K-5 (Round Rock)- Monday, October 14 from 4:30pm- 5:15pm. Elementary students, come explore a new fun craft project every week. Sessions will last 30-45 minutes. FREE!! Round Rock Public Library, 216 E. Main Street, Round Rock.
  • Shake, Rattle & Drum Roll: An Interactive Clinic for Special Needs Children (Round Rock)- Monday, October 14 from 5:45 to 7 p.m.  Drum coach Ed Francess provides interactive clinics to teach audience members about drumming. Shake, Rattle & Drum Roll is a clinic designed specifically for the special needs community. Mr. Ed has worked with many children with a variety of unique life conditions and he enjoys working with people who posses special needs. Music therapy can improve motor skills and coordination. Though designed for special needs children, the drum clinic is not limited to the disabled community — everyone is welcome. FREE!! Play for All Abilities Park, 151 N. A.W.Grimes Park, Round Rock.
  • Family Concert with Jose- Luis Orozco- Monday, October 14 at 6:00 p.m. Hola Amigos!  Please join the Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center for a FREE family concert with José-Luis Orozco, where your children will sing, dance, clap and laugh, all while learning basic language and literacy skills in an interactive musical experience! MACC, 600 River Street.
  • (Lakeway) Big Band Bash- Monday, October 14 at 7:30 p.m. Put on your dancing shoes and bring your own beverages and snacks to enjoy big band music from the 17-piece Republic of Texas Big Band, featuring David Cummings and Lisa Clark on vocals. This event is FREE and open to all ages. The band accepts donations after the show. Sponsored by the Lakeway Arts Committee. Lakeway Activity Center, 105 Cross Creek Road.

Tuesday

  • Armstrong Community School Storytime- Tuesday, October 15 at 10:30 a.m. Come sing songs with Walter Tragert, one of the talented Early Childhood Development faculty members from the Armstrong Community School. Mr. Walter will engage your child with music and movement, plus he’ll read some stories for you too! This session is perfect for kids up to 6 years old. FREE!! BookPeople, 603 N. Lamar Blvd.
  • Tech Tots: Solar System- Tuesday, October 15 from 10:30- 11:30am. Registration opens one week in advance. During TechTots we will have digital story time, hands-on technology learning with TechMouse, and a snack time for children ages two to five years old. Parent or caregiver must remain present. FREE!! The Microsoft Store at the Domain, 3309 Esperanza Crossing, Suite 104, Austin.
  • (Round Rock) Sing-a-long with Staci Gray- Tuesday, October 15 at 10:30am. Come sing and dance in the bubbles with Staci and then enjoy this wonderful indoor playscape at this weekly event! Cost: $3.00 children 12-23 months, $7.50 children 24 months or older. Safari Champ, 1400 East Old Settlers Blvd, # 200, Round Rock.
  • Music with Mr. Will at Brilliant Sky Toys & Books – Tuesday, October 15 at 11:30am. Rock out with local children’s singer, “Mr. Will” Dupuy. FREE!! Brilliant Sky Toys & Books, The Village at West Lake (360 and Bee Caves Rd), 701 S. Capital of Texas Hwy Suite D-480, Austin.

Wednesday

  • Whole Foods Storytime- Wednesday, October 16 from 9-10:30am. Enjoy a reading, an activity, and a snack! All ages are welcome, and parents can participate, too! FREE!! Whole Foods, 525 N. Lamar Blvd. on the Mezzanine.
  • The Boy Who Loved Monsters and the Girl Who Loved Peas- Wednesday, October 16 at 9:30 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. Evan, like many 7 year olds, does not like to clean his plate, especially when it is filled with peas. And to make matters worse, baby sister Sue loves them. When forced to remain at the table until his plate is clean, Evan makes a wish for a monster to come and eat his family. But watch out! Wishes can come true. Soon Evan and Sue find themselves trying to hide a six foot tall green monster named Pea from their parents. Among the laughs, Evan finds that although his parents discipline him, protecting those who he loves is his goal. Pea teaches Evan and the whole family many things including the importance of playing together, keeping imaginations alive, and that it is important to make room for surprises in every home. Perfect for audience members ages 5 and up. Tickets: $7.75- $11. The Long Center for Performing Arts, 701 W. Riverside Drive.
  • Music with Mar- Wednesday, October 16 from 9:15- 10:00 a.m. Music with Mar is a class where a caregiver and child (ages birth through preschool) participate together in musical activities. These classes are focused on the four main areas of development – cognitive, social, motor and language. Classes are drop-in, so no advance sign-up needed. The class costs $7, payable directly to Angie, the class leader. Music With Mar classes are every Wednesday. Baby Earth, 106 East Old Settlers Boulevard, Round Rock.
  • Tiny Tails Petting Zoo Storytime- Wednesday, October 16 at 10:30 a.m. If you’re a fan of chinchillas, bunnies, ducklings, guinea pigs, chickens AND stories then you’re in luck! Today our friends from Tiny Tails to You will be reading stories and introducing some of the cutest, softest, most adorable little creatures in Austin! What a wonderful way to make new friends. FREE!! BookPeople, 603 N. Lamar Blvd.
  • Barnes and Noble Storytime- Wednesday, October 16, times vary by location. All ages. FREE!! Barnes and Noble, La Frontera Village, 2701 Parker Road Bldg A Suite 700, Round Rock; 10000 Research Blvd #158; Lakeline Crossing, 14010 US Hwy. 183; Sunset Valley Village, 5601 Brodie Lane Suite 300.
  • Move Your Tale Improv Class – Wednesday, October 16 at 10 a.m. Bring kids age 3 – 6 to an improv interactive storytime with Move Your Tale. $3. Toybrary Austin, 7817 Rockwood, Ste 101, Austin.

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  • National Fossil Day – Wednesday, October 16, from 9 a.m. – 9 p.m.  Join paleontologists at Texas Memorial Museum in this nationwide celebration promoting awareness of fossils and the science of paleontology. Fossil Identifications at the Paleo Lab: 9 a.m.–noon and 2-4 p.m. Fossil Dig Pit: Young paleontologists can make their own discoveries from 2-4 p.m. Teacher Workshop (pre-registration required): Deep Time Explorations, 6-9 p.m. Texas Memorial Museum, 2400 Trinity St, Austin.
  • Yoga in the Park – Wednesday, October 16, from noon – 1 p.m. A certified instructor from Yoga Yoga will lead this FREE class. The class is appropriate for all ages and skill levels. Bring a water bottle and mat and wear clothing you can move in. Republic Square Park, 422 Guadalupe, Austin.
  • Thinkery at Triangle Farmers’ Market- Wednesday, October 16 from 4-7pm. Shop for fresh fruits and veggies while the kids have fun in the Children’s Museum tent! FREE!! Triangle Farmers Market, 46th and Lamar.
  • Mad Hatter Haberdashery (Pflugerville)- Wednesday, October 16 from 5:30- 6:40 p.m. Design your own mini Mad Hatter hat. Go completely mad with ribbons, trinkets, and feathers. Ages 13-18 FREE!! Pflugerville Public Library, 1008 W. Pfluger St, Pflugerville.
  • Family Night at Krispy Kreme – Wednesday, October 16, from 6 – 8 p.m. Kids are invited to get a FREE doughnut, which they can frost and sprinkle themselves. Families can also enjoy arts and crafts. Both Austin locations (12586 Research Blvd and 701 E. Stassney) and the San Marcos location (121 N. IH-35).
  • Live, Old Time Radio Show- Wednesday, October 16 at 7pm. Join 11 year old Amber and brother Nick, in an interactive family show featuring vintage tunes from the 40s and 50s. Kids of all ages can be a part of the broadcast by dancing, singing along, playing drums and more. Contests, games, prizes as well. Come early and be part of the studio audience sound effects team! FREE!! Cherrywood Coffeehouse, 1400 E. 381/3 Street.

Thursday

  • The Boy Who Loved Monsters and the Girl Who Loved Peas- Thursday, October 17 at 9:30 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. Evan, like many 7 year olds, does not like to clean his plate, especially when it is filled with peas. And to make matters worse, baby sister Sue loves them. When forced to remain at the table until his plate is clean, Evan makes a wish for a monster to come and eat his family. But watch out! Wishes can come true. Soon Evan and Sue find themselves trying to hide a six foot tall green monster named Pea from their parents. Among the laughs, Evan finds that although his parents discipline him, protecting those who he loves is his goal. Pea teaches Evan and the whole family many things including the importance of playing together, keeping imaginations alive, and that it is important to make room for surprises in every home. Perfect for audience members ages 5 and up. Tickets: $7.75- $11. The Long Center for Performing Arts, 701 W. Riverside Drive.
  • Literature Live! Presents Jack and the Beanstalk- Thursday, October 17 at 10:15 am. When hungry young Jack trades his family’s cow for a peddler’s beans, his life takes a magical turn! For ages 4 and up. FREE!! Little Walnut Creek Branch Library, 835 W. Rundberg Lane.
  • Mama Singer Songwriter Series – Thursday, October 17, from 10:30 – 12:30 a.m. Paula Held will perform a free concert for families, next to the giant playground at Central Market North. Come out for music, prizes, and good times.  Central Market, 4001 North Lamar, Austin.
  • F is for Fall and Fun Signing Storytime- Thursday, October 17 at 3:30 p.m. Bring the kids to a FREE signing storytime presented by The Signing Connection. Toybrary Austin, 7817 Rockwood, Ste 101, Austin.
  • (Cedar Park) Explorers Club: Silly Storytime- Thursday, October 17, from 3:30- 4:00pm. Each Thursday, kids in grades K-5 meet at 3:30 to explore a set of rotating monthly programs. FREE!! Cedar Park Library, 550 Discovery Blvd., Cedar Park.
  • All Ages Cardboard Fort Building – Thursday, October 17, from 6 – 7:30 p.m. Join Growin’ Together for a FREE evening of fort and box village building! This activity is not just for kids – grown ups are also invited to create! There will be huge boxes, bed sheets, tape, box cutters and a variety of recycled materials and art supplies. Also, enjoy homemade healthy snacks and beverages from Growin’ Together’s cooking class. 4105 Manchaca Rd, Austin.
  • Conspiraire Big Sing at The Blanton – Thursday, October 17 at 6:30 p.m. It’s the first Big Sing of the new season! Conspiraire collaborates with the Blanton Museum of Art to present the fall edition of the popular, FREE community outreach event where the audience is the choir. The fall Big Sing is presented in conjunction with the museum’s exhibit Imperial Augsburg: Renaissance Prints and Drawings, 1475–1540. The Big Sing is open to everyone, regardless of musical training and experience. Through a fun, no-pressure group singing experience, audience members learn basic vocal technique and sing as one with hundreds of others. Admission to the Blanton Museum is FREE on Thursday. The Big Sing is only one hour long, but the galleries will be open until 9 p.m. $4 parking for Blanton Museum visitors at Brazos Garage and Trinity Garage. Parking ticket must be validated by the Blanton. Blanton Museum of Art, The University of Texas at Austin, 200 E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Austin.
  • Live Music at Central Market- Thursday, October 17 from 6:30- 9pm. Garrett Lebeau is a natural player. New and old fans hear Van Morrison, Boz Scaggs, Al Green and J.J. Cale in his songs and vocals. His playing style veers from blues through rock, jazz into folk.  FREE admission, free music and play. All you need to buy is dinner. Central Market, 4001 N. Lamar Blvd., Austin.

Friday

  • The Boy Who Loved Monsters and the Girl Who Loved Peas- Friday, October 18 at 9:30 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. Evan, like many 7 year olds, does not like to clean his plate, especially when it is filled with peas. And to make matters worse, baby sister Sue loves them. When forced to remain at the table until his plate is clean, Evan makes a wish for a monster to come and eat his family. But watch out! Wishes can come true. Soon Evan and Sue find themselves trying to hide a six foot tall green monster named Pea from their parents. Among the laughs, Evan finds that although his parents discipline him, protecting those who he loves is his goal. Pea teaches Evan and the whole family many things including the importance of playing together, keeping imaginations alive, and that it is important to make room for surprises in every home. Perfect for audience members ages 5 and up. Tickets: $7.75- $11. The Long Center for Performing Arts, 701 W. Riverside Drive, Austin.
  • Spanish Storytime- Friday, October 18 from 10:00-  10:30 a.m. Bring the kids to a FREE Spanish storytime with Froggin Learning Center. Toybrary Austin, 7817 Rockwood, Ste 101, Austin.
  • Storytime Art: Pumpkins- Friday, October 18 from 10:45-11:45. In this special storytime, kids will learn the process of how pottery is made! We will read a couple pumpkin books and then kiddos get their own pumpkin pottery to paint. Recommended for ages 3-6. Cost: $12. Art Garage, 11190 Circle Drive, Austin.
  • Reading Dog at Library- Friday, October 18 from 3:30- 4:30 p.m.  Handler Neel with Dog Joey will be at Westbank Library to read with kiddos or visit with them.  Pre-readers and readers are welcome.  No registration is required. FREE!! Westbank Library, 1309 Westbank Drive.
  • Mueller Movies in the Park: Peter Pan- Friday, October 18 at 6:30 p,m., movie beginning at sunset. Bring the kids and enjoy a FREE family-friendly movie at the Mueller Lake Park outdoor amphitheater! Make yourself comfortable by bringing snacks and blankets, but please no chairs or other equipment that could block the view of other attendees. Feel free to stop by one of the Mueller food eateries to purchase a quick bite to eat. Free street parking along Simond Avenue and Mueller Boulevard, Austin.
  • Lego Lab- Friday, October 18 at 4:00 pm. With Legos, 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!!  Terrazas Branch Library, 1105 E. Cesar Chavez, Austin.
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