Weekday Events in Austin, Monday, September 30- Friday, October 4, 2013

Monday

The Thinkery’s Baby Bloomers- Monday, September 30 from 9-11am. Join the Children’s Museum for stories, songs and activities designed for children ages three and under and their caregivers. FREE!! Mueller Lake Park, 4550 Mueller Blvd.

Storytime at Brilliant Sky Toys & Books – Monday, September 30 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- Monday, September 30 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.

Rockin’ Crafts Grades K-5- Monday, September 30 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.

Tuesday

French Legation Storytime- Tuesday, October 1 from 10- 10:30am. Join us on the front porch of the historic house for storytime. Feel free to bring snacks, blankets, and your imagination. FREE!! The French Legation Museum, 802 San Marcos Street, Austin.

Banned Books Storytime- Tuesday, October 1 at 10:30am. Last week was Banned Books week. Throughout the United States, for various reasons, all kinds of books are banned in schools and libraries. We here at BookPeople embrace all things banned because that’s what a good bookstore should provide! To celebrate, our storytime today will include only books that have been banned somewhere in the country.  We’ll start with In The Night Kitchen and follow it up with other ‘controversial’ picture books.  Hooray for Freedom of Speech!  FREE!! BookPeople, 603 N. Lamar Blvd.

(Round Rock) Sing-a-long with Staci Gray- Tuesday, October 1 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.

Tech Tots: Virtues- Tuesday, October 1 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.

Music with Mr. Will at Brilliant Sky Toys & Books – Tuesday, October 1 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.

(Round Rock) Free-Time Play- Tuesday, October 1 from 1:30- 3:00pm. If you are simply running from structured activity to structured activity and your kids are over scheduled with lessons, consider cutting back a little and adding in some free-time play!  BabyEarth will set up our play area with a variety of blocks and toys for your little one to explore. FREE!! Baby Earth, 106 East Old Settlers Boulevard, Round Rock.

Discovery: Up, Up and Away with Mad Science- Tuesday, October 1 at 4:30pm. This action-filled event by Mad Science blends high-flying demonstrations, silly science and spectacular demonstrations to breath-taking effect.  The show is begun with a comic magic bag, but moves into a flattening bottle, a funny tug-of-plungers gag and a set of “inseparable” spheres, all to explain the drama of the air pressure all around us. Next, the Mad Scientist creates a hot-air balloon with the children, and sends it soaring over their heads.  Then a vortex (tornado) generator sends smoke circles out, blows out candles, and even safely knocks items off of heads, William Tell-style. A thrilling fireball demonstration is next, using air pressure and invisible dust to startling effect.  The Mad Scientist then introduces a real-life hovercraft that soars on air yet is strong enough to carry a child (or a teacher!) for a ride. The event concludes with a dinosaur-size sneeze, much like in the movies.  Each exciting experiment is complemented by funny jokes and scientific understanding. This program is appropriate for elementary aged children. FREE!! Laura’s Library, 9411 Bee Cave Road.

(Cedar Park) Neighbor Night Out – Tuesday, October 1, from 4:30 – 6:30 p.m. Retailers in Cedar Park are supporting National Neighbor Night Out by hosting a family fun event! Explore a fire truck, see an airplane flyover, enjoy a balloon artist and sidewalk chalk fun. There will be FREE food, drinks and live music! Village at Cedar Park, 700 E Whitestone, Cedar Park.

Lego Mini Model Build- Tuesday, October 1 at 5:00pm. Visit the LEGO Store for the monthly Mini Model Build! October Mini Model: A Witch! Quantities are limited to approximately 150 per store, offer is good while supplies last. Event is open to children ages 6-14 only.Barton Creek Square Mall, 2901 Capital of Texas Hwy.

National Night Out Kick Off Party – Tuesday, October 1, from 5 – 7 p.m. National Night Out is a great opportunity for citizens and law enforcement to partner up against crime. At the party you can enjoy games, food, and drawings for school supplies. Barton Creek Square, North Overlook Parking Lot.

Wednesday

Whole Foods Storytime- Wednesday, October 2 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.

Move Your Tale Interactive Storytime- Wednesday, October 2 at 10am. Move Your Tale invites children to create awesome characters and amazing tales at a moment’s notice!  This high energy class takes storytelling to the next level by inviting children to expand classic tales with their own ideas and creations. Why just talk about the elephant when you can become the elephant! Cost: $3 per child. Toybrary Austin, 7817 Rockwood, Suite 101.

Baby Signs Storytime- Wednesday, October 2 at 10:30am. Today we’ll be learning signs for getting dressed (shoes, socks, etc.) with BeeBo™ the Baby Signs® Bear! Using signs during story time greatly enhances the bond between a parent and child as the child can more actively participate in the book. Also, signing with a hearing baby helps them develop confidence and self esteem very early. So come join us for fun books, songs and ideas about how you can “talk” with your baby or toddler before they can talk. Also, snacks from Happy Family will be available! FREE!! BookPeople, 603 N. Lamar Blvd.

Barnes and Noble Storytime- Wednesday, October 2, 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.

Literature Live! Presents Jack and the Beanstalk- Wednesday, October 2 at 11:30am. 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!! University Hills Branch Library, 4721 Loyola Lane.

Yoga in the Park – Wednesday, October 2, 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.
Advertisement(Round Rock) Tiny Tails To You Playgroup- Wednesday, October 2 from 2:30- 4:30pm. For only $10, kiddos will enjoy an interactive story time, 15-20 minutes of holding and petting our adorable animals, an age-appropriate educational animal craft or activity (music or easy animal pose movements!). We may also include time with balloons and bubbles for our youngest guests. Baby Earth, 106 East Old Settlers Boulevard, Round Rock.

Lego Lab- Wednesday, October 2 at 3:00pm. 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!! Southeast Branch Library, 5803 Nuckols Crossing.

Thinkery at Triangle Farmers’ Market- Wednesday, October 2 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.

Family Night at Krispy Kreme – Wednesday, October 2, 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 2 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

Preschool Storytime with Dentist (Round Rock) - Thursday, October 3 from 10:30- 11:00am. The Round Rock Public Library welcomes Dr. Satish Thirumalai from La Frontera Dental to a special Storytime session. Dr. Thirumalai will have dental care tips and goodie bags for our guests, in addition to reading activities for ages 3 to 6. FREE!! Round Rock Public Library, 216 E. Main Street, Round Rock.

Literature Live! Presents Jack and the Beanstalk- Thursday, October 3 at 11:15 am and 3:30pm. 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!! (11:15 am) Faulk Central Library Library, 800 Guadalupe and (3:30pm) at Yarborough Branch Library, 2200 Hancock Drive.

(Cedar Park) Explorers Club: Crafty Kids- Thursday, October 3 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.

(Pflugerville) Story Crafternoon- Thursday, October 3 from 3:30- 4:30pm. Kids are invited to work on a fun craft project. Grades K-5. FREE!! Pflugerville Library, 1008 W. Pfluger Street, Pflugerville.

Starry Nights- Thursday, October 3 from 6-7:30pm. Head to Girlstart’s new mini planetarium the first Thursday of every month for a star show and astronomy demonstration. FREE!! 1400 W. Anderson Lane.

Upcycle This- Thursday, October 3 from 6:00- 7:30pm.Please join us in creating upcycled art such as paper jewelry, book folding and other activities that involve the reuse of materials that might otherwise go into the landfill. FREE!! Recycled Reads Bookstore, 5335 Burnet Road.

Live Music at Central Market- Thursday, October 3 from 6:30- 9pm. Blackbird 3 plays a lively mix of hard-bop, blues, New Orleans, Latin jazz, and soul groove jazz, but the group is best defined as a hard swingin’ jazz trio rooted in the bebop and post bop traditions. Grab some dinner, listen to live music and let the kids play on the playscape. FREE admission, free music and play. All you need to buy is dinner. Central Market, 4001 N. Lamar Blvd.

Friday

French Demo Class- Friday, October 4 from 9:30- 10:00am. Come try out this FREE French class by a native French speaker who has *beaucoup* experience with “les petits.” Toybrary Austin, 7817 Rockwood, Suite 101.

Hola! Hola! Teach Your Tot Spanish- Friday, October 4 from 10:30- 11:30am. A rich, fun musical experience is waiting for you guaranteed to immerse you  in the Spanish language and Latin culture! Would you like to introduce Spanish to your child, infants through age 5 years, but don’t speak Spanish?  Do you speak Spanish or a little Spanish but just don’t know how to go about it? Let Ann Benson, expert in the area of early childhood music and bilingual education be your guide! Each parent will leave the workshop having experienced three different kinds of activities that teach the young child Spanish in an age appropriate way. Parents will become acquainted with at least 3 simple songs, finger plays and singing games that their children will love and how to use simple, inexpensive props as an enhancement and “attention getter”. Parents will receive hand outs with an outline of a recommended 20 – 30 minute Spanish “Lesson”, a list of recommended bilingual children’s books with simple text and colorful illustrations, (some available in the Westbank library) and other useful handouts with useful resources. Vamanos! Let’s go! FREE!! Westbank Library, 1309 Westbank Drive.

Storytime Art: Bathtime- Friday, October 4 from 10:45-11:45. In this Storytime, we’ll read some really cute bathtime books, and then get messy painting a soap dish. So much fun! Recommended for ages 3-6. Cost: $12. Art Garage, 11190 Circle Drive, Austin.

Lego Lab- Friday, October 4 at 4pm. 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!!  North Village Branch, 2505 Steck Ave.

Round Rock Chalk Walk – Friday, October 4, from 2 – 9 p.m. and Saturday, October 5, from 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. The 4th Annual Round Rock Chalk Walk will be held in downtown Round Rock on October 4 and 5: Friday, 10/4 (2-9pm) – Saturday, 10/5 (11am-7pm). The Chalk Walk is the Round Rock Arts Council’s version of an Italian Street painting Festival. Artists create, with chalk pastels, works of art on the concrete. Drawings are created in full view of the public, who are encouraged to interact with the artists as they use their amazing talents to create beautiful “murals” before their audience’s eyes. New for this year is the Friday night party “Blues, Brews and BBQ” – Featuring delicious barbeque and music by the Belltower Trio. Downtown Round Rock.

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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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