Weekday Events for Families: March 17- 21, 2014

Happening All Week

Anne Frank: A History for Today (Georgetown) – Monday, March 17 – Thursday, March 20 from 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. and Friday, March 21 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 17 from 9:00 a.m. to Noon. Green will be the inspiration for creating shamrocks and exploring how colors mix at Baby Bloomers this week. Heartsong Music will host music classes at 10:00 a.m. and 11:00 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.

Storytime with Dr. Candra – Monday, March 17 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.

Tiger Woman, A Puppet Show – Monday, March 17 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 – Howson Branch, 2500 Exposition Blvd, Austin.

Lions & Tigers & Toys Storytime – Monday, March 17 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 17. 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.

Meet-and-Greet and Book Signing with Tiffany Harelik – Monday, March 17 at 7:00 p.m. Tiffany Harelik will discuss the newest book in her series, Trailer Food Diaries Cookbook: Austin Edition, Volume 3. In the past years, Austin has grown, and its appetite has, too. Tiffany digs into her hometown’s vibrant food truck scene for a third helping of local recipes. FREE! Barnes & Noble Arboretum, 10000 Research Blvd #158, Austin.

Tuesday

Free Admission to Pet Sounds – Tuesday, March 18 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.

Signing Storytime at Kaleidoscope Toys (Round Rock) - Tuesday, March 18 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.

Tiger Woman, A Puppet Show – Tuesday, March 18 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 – Carver Branch, 1161 Angelina St, Austin 78702

Heartsong Music Storytime - Tuesday, March 18 at 10:30 a.m. Join us this morning for a mellifluous storytime with our friends from Heartsong Music. They’ll be here to lead us in a music lesson intended for little ones age 0 to 5. FREE! BookPeople, 603 N Lamar, Austin.

Mr. Pete’s Train Stories – Tuesday, March 18 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 18 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. The Jones Center, 700 Congress Ave, Austin.

Music with Mr. Will – Tuesday, March 18 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 (360 and Bee Caves Rd), 701 S. Capital of Texas Hwy Suite D-480.

Lego Lab – Tuesday, March 18 at 3:30 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 – Windsor Park Branch, 5833 Westminster Dr, Austin.

Discovery! Learn to Juggle – Tuesday, March 18 at 4:30 p.m. The Discovery hands on program explores all sorts of different topics, including science, literature, and much more. Especially designed for older kids (third graders and up). This week, learn how to juggle with Chicken Dog Man. FREE! Laura’s Library, 9411 Bee Cave Rd, Austin.

Lego Lab – Tuesday, March 18 at 5:00 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 – Manchaca Road Branch, 5500 Manchaca Rd, Austin.

PJ Story Time - Tuesday, March 18 at 6:15 p.m. Wear your pajamas, have some milk and cookies, then snuggle in for bedtime stories at PJ Story Time. All ages are welcome. FREE! Lake Travis Community Library, 1938 Lohmans Crossing, Austin.

Pajama Storytime – Tuesday, March 18 at 6:30 p.m. Come cuddle at the Westbank 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! Westbank Library, 1309 Westbank Dr, Austin.

Big Nate: In the Zone Author Signing and Meet & Greet (Round Rock) – Tuesday, March 18 at 7:00 p.m. Barnes & Noble Round Rock is proud to welcome author Lincoln Peirce and his new book, Big Nate: In the Zone. Mr. Peirce will provide a drawing demonstration and sign copies of his books. FREE!  Barnes & Noble, La Frontera Village, 2701 Parker Rd, Bldg A, Ste 700, Round Rock.

Wednesday

Whole Foods Kids Club – Wednesday, March 19 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 19 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 19 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.

Tiny Tails to You Storytime – Wednesday, March 19 at 10:30 a.m. If you’re a fan of chinchillas, bunnies, ducklings, guinea pigs, chickens, and stories then you’re in luck! 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, Austin.

Dragons Love Tacos Children’s Show – Wednesday, March 19 at 11:00 a.m. Dougherty ARTSreach presents a theatrical production of the beloved children’s book Dragons Love Tacos by Adam Rubin. FREE! APL – Old Quarry Branch, 7051 Village Center Dr, Austin.

Construction Zone – Wednesday, March 19 at 1:30 p.m. (Homeschool Edition) and at 4:30 p.m. (Afterschool Edition) Science + engineering + art! Hear a story and build stuff! The 13-Story Treehouse by Andy Griffiths, then build a newspaper fort. Recommended for ages 5 and up. FREE! APL – Faulk Central Library, 800 Guadalupe St, Austin.

Downton Abbey Tea Time – Wednesday, March 19 at 2:00 p.m. Downton Abbey Tea Time – Gather to watch the fourth season of Downton Abbey. Watch an episode, drink a cup of tea, and enjoy some good company. FREE! Lake Travis Community Library, 1938 Lohmans Crossing, Austin 78734

After School Craft (Kyle) – Wednesday, March 19 at 4:00 p.m. This after school craft is intended for children four to nine years of age. Materials provided. FREE! Kyle Public Library, 550 Scott St, Kyle.
AdvertisementIndoor Rock Climbing – Wednesday, March 19 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 19 at 4:30 p.m. Handler Holly with Dog Chula will be at Laura’s Library to read with kiddos 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 19 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.

Family Movie Night: Brave – Wednesday, March 19 at 6:00 p.m. Determined to make her own path in life, Princess Merida defies a custom that brings chaos to her kingdom. Granted one wish, Merida must rely on her bravery and her archery skills to undo a beastly curse. Rated PG. FREE! APL – University Hills Branch, 4721 Loyola Ln, Austin.

Krispy Kreme Family Night – Wednesday, March 19 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.

Thursday

Third Thursday at The Blanton – Thursday, March 20 from 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. In addition to offering free admission, The Blanton is open late and offers a variety of activities from yoga to live music. Find the complete schedule of events here. FREE! Blanton Museum of Art, 200 E Martin Luther King Junior Blvd, Austin.

Story Time with Princess CJ – Thursday, March 20 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.

Studio Spotlight: New American Talent/Dance – Thursday, March 20 at Noon and 6 p.m.. Have you ever wanted to watch a professional dance company in action? Up-close, personal, and informal Studio Spotlight events give guests a free, behind-the-scenes look at the choreography and elements of an upcoming Ballet Austin production, while it is still in the works. Dancers perform excerpts from the show while Artistic Director Stephen Mills and Associate Artistic Director Michelle Martin lead a brief lecture and Q&A. The express lunchtime sessions also include an optional costume viewing and dancer-focused Q&A from 12:30 – 1 p.m. Reserve your seat here. Ballet Austin, AustinVentures StudioTheater, 501 W 3rd St, Austin.

Free Noon Concert – Thursday, March 20 at Noon. Take a 30-minute lunchtime break to celebrate Irish music with Joe Haggard & Vernon Moeller. FREE! Central Presbyterian Church, 200 E 8th St, Austin.

Explorers Club: Super Storytime (Cedar Park) – Thursday, March 20 at 3:30 p.m. Each Thursday, kids in grades K-5 meet to explore a set of rotating programs. This week it’s Super Storytime. FREE! Cedar Park Library, 550 Discovery Blvd, Cedar Park.

Story Crafternoon: Pipecleaner Butterflies (Pflugerville) – Thursday, March 20 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.

Lego Lab – Thursday, March 20 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 – University Hills Branch, 4721 Loyola Ln, Austin.

Yappy Hour on the Patio – Thursday, March 20 from 5-7:00 p.m. Enjoy live music on the dog-friendly patio. FREE! Whole Foods Domain, 11920 Domain Dr, Austin.

Music on Main Street (Round Rock) – Thursday, March 20 from 6-8:00 p.m. Bring a lawn chair or blanket and the entire family to hear tunes by Chris Bell Blues Explosion. 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.

Based On Books Film Series: The Perks of Being a Wallflower – Thursday, March 20 at 6:30 p.m. An introvert freshman is taken under the wings of two seniors who welcome him to the real world. Rated PG. FREE! APL – Yarborough Branch, 2200 Hancock Dr, Austin.

Live Music at Central Market Westgate – Thursday, March 20 from 6:30-9:00 p.m. ‘Devin Jake’ Preitauer has the true make-up of a classic country-roots singer–a small town boy from a musical family with first-hand knowledge of heartbreak and the lonesome, haunting lyrics and vocals to portray it. FREE! Central Market Westgate, 4477 S Lamar Blvd, Austin.

Live Music at Central Market North – Thursday, March 20, 6:30-9:00 p.m. Bamako Airlines is an 8-piece Afropop orchestra that melds their influences to create a dynamic, contemporary perspective of African styles of music. FREE! Central Market, 4001 N Lamar Blvd, Austin.

Friday

Yoga Story Time – Friday, March 21 at 9:30 a.m. Get ready to stretch, read, and breathe during this Story Time Yoga adventure. All ages are welcome. FREE! The Little Yoga House, 1211 Parkway, Austin.

Interactive Story Time (Round Rock) – Friday, March 21 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.

MamaCents Children’s Consignment Sale – Friday, March 21 at 10:00 a.m. Clothing, gear, furniture, maternity, books/educational/homeschool dept., and a boutique area that is amazing! Why would anyone shop retail when you can get the same things for 50-90% Less? FREE! Frank Fickett Center, 12500 N IH 35, Austin.

Fun Fridays: The Que Pastas – Friday, March 21 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 21 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.

Dragons Love Tacos Children’s Show – Friday, March 21 at 11:00 a.m. Dougherty ARTSreach presents a theatrical production of the beloved children’s book Dragons Love Tacos by Adam Rubin. FREE! APL – Hampton Branch, 5125 Convict Hill Rd, Austin.

Williamson County Courthouse Tours (Georgetown) – Friday, March 21 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.

Free Play Gaming – Friday, March 21 from 3:30-5:30 p.m. Free play gaming using one of the library’s video game consoles and a variety of games that could include Mario Kart, Rock Band, Dance, Dance Revolution, and many other favorites. FREE! APL – Twin Oaks Branch, 1800 S Fifth St, Austin.

Reading Dog – Friday, March 21 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.

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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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