Weekday Events in Austin: October 28- November 1, 2013

Happening All Week Long:

  • Fall Festival- Monday, October 228, Tuesday, October 29, Wednesday, October 30, Thursday, October 31 from 10:00am – 2:00pm, and Friday, November 1 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 28, Tuesday, October 29, Thursday, October 31 and Friday, November 1 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.


  • Bloomers in the Park- Monday, October 28 from 9- 11 a.m. Join us for stories, songs and activities designed for children ages three and under and their caregivers. FREE!! Mueller Lake Park, Mueller Central Drive.
  • Kids Music Class with Mr. Will- Monday, October 28 at 10:00 a.m. Mr. Will’s popular music class now has a residency!  Find him every Monday morning at the Buzz for a fun and interactive kid’s live music!  FREE!! Whole Foods Bee Cave, 12601 Hill Country Blvd.
  • Storytime at Brilliant Sky Toys & Books – Monday, October 28 at 11am. Miss Jessamine 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.
  • Books and Babies- Monday, October 28 at 2 p.m.A lapsit storytime program especially for babies and their caregivers.  Very short stories are interspersed with songs, rhymes, and fingerplays for babies and parents.  A brief playtime follows. Recommended for ages 0-18 months. FREE!! Twin Oaks Branch Public Library, 1800 S. Fifth Street.
  • Baby Play Group (Round Rock) - Monday, October 28 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.
  • Try It- Monday, October 28 from  3:30-4:30pm. A weekly after-school program for kids ages 5-12 at the Wells Branch Community Library. Kids will get to try a new activity each week, presented by professional instructors. All programs this month are FREE, no registration required.This week’s activity: Kickboxing with Kids with Fighting Fit Austin. Wells Branch Community Library, 15001 Wells Port Drive.
  • Scary Teddy Bear Picnic – Monday, October 28, from 5 – 8 p.m. The Highland Neighborhood invites you to pack a picnic, grab a teddy and head down to the spooky woods for family fun and live entertainment by The Telephone Company, Staci Gray, and Dead Music Capital Band! Toddler area, games for older children and cash bar for grown ups! Admission is FREE; donations gladly accepted. The Marchesa Hall & Theater, 6406 N IH 35 # 3100, Austin.


  • Literature Live! Presents Jack and the Beanstalk- Tuesday, October 29 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 Library, 835 W. Rundberg Lane.
  • Tech Tots: Safari- Tuesday, October 29 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.
  • Day of the Dead Storytime- Tuesday, October 29 at 10:30 a.m. Come to BookPeople this morning for a Dia de los Muertos-Day of the Dead celebration! We will learn traditional songs, singing games and we will do a joyful esqueleto skeleton dance! We will play maracas and we will color calaveras-skulls that can be made into masks at home! And, of course, we will enjoy a wonderful Día de los Muertos story. Please note: If you would like (optional), if your child has experienced the loss of a grandparent or a family pet, they can bring a photo of their loved one, or maybe a flower, or a favorite food that was specially enjoyed by their loved one, and we will create a miniature altar to honor and celebrate their lives! Nos vemos! See you there! FREE!! BookPeople, 603 N. Lamar Blvd.
  • (Round Rock) Sing-Along with Staci Gray- Tuesday, October 29 at 10:30 a.m. 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 29 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, Austin.
  • Thinkery at East Farmers Market- Tuesday, October 29 from 3 -7 p.m. Visit us at the market for fun, engaging STEAM activities for your whole family. FREE!! East Farmers Market, MLK & Miriam Ave.
  • Literature Live! Presents the Dead Family Diaz- Tuesday, October 29 at 3:30 p.m. A young boy from the land of the dead travels with his family up to the land of the living for Dia de los Muertos. But he’s afraid… of humans! See if he overcomes his fear in this lighthearted shadow puppet show. This show is recommended for children ages 3 and up. FREE!! Twin Oaks Branch Library, 1800 S. Fifth Street.
  • Discovery! Halloween Stories (Bee Cave)- Tuesday, October 29 from 4:30- 5:50 p.m. The Discovery hands on program explores all sorts of different topics, including science, literature, and much more! Join us this week with special guest Bernadette Nason, who will talk about the history and lore of Halloween.  Stick around afterwards for a skull craft to bring home! This event is recommended for elementary aged kids. FREE!! Laura’s Library, 9411 Bee Cave Road.
  • Austin Film Festival Family Series: If You Build It – Tuesday, October 29 at 7:15 p.m. The film follows Emily Pilloton and Matt Miller as they teach the fundamentals of design, architecture, and construction to a class of high school juniors in rural North Carolina. Faced with rising unemployment rates, a struggling educational system, and simmering racial tension, the people of Bertie County, North Carolina, turn to Pilloton, Miller, and their students for help. We discover that what the class designs and builds for their hometown has a chance to transform their community for generations to come. Austin Film Festival’s Family Film Series is FREE and open to the public! No badges or Film Passes needed. Everyone is seated on a first come, first serve basis. State Theatre, 713 Congress Avenue, Austin.


  • Whole Foods Storytime- Wednesday, October 30 from 9-10:30 a.m. 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.
  • Music with Mar- Wednesday, October 30 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.
  • Preschool Basic Bricks: Free Demo Class- Wednesday, October 30 from 10- 11 a.m.  Children build exciting models using DUPLO® and LEGO® bricks. In this class, children will: Learn about letters, numbers, shapes and colors, Build exciting models using DUPLO® and LEGO® bricks,  Play, invent new sculptures, perform a finger play or sing a song about their creations. This Basic Bricks Class is appropriate for 3-5 year olds who may or may not have building experience. We will introduce and reinforce sequential building by following a basic model plan, and also encourage creativity with their own custom creations. FREE!!  Toybrary Austin, 7817 Rockwood, Ste 101, Austin.


  • Barnes and Noble Storytime- Wednesday, October 30, times vary by location. All ages. FREE!! Barnes and Noble, La Frontera Village, 2701 Parker Road Bldg A Suite 700, Round Rock;  Lakeline Crossing, 14010 US Hwy. 183; Sunset Valley Village, 5601 Brodie Lane Suite 300.
  • Literature Live! Presents the Dead Family Diaz- Wednesday, October 30 at 10:15 a.m. Ruiz Branch Library, 1600 Grove Blvd. and at 7:00 p.m. at Southeast Branch Library, 5803 Nuckols Crossing.  A young boy from the land of the dead travels with his family up to the land of the living for Dia de los Muertos. But he’s afraid… of humans! See if he overcomes his fear in this lighthearted shadow puppet show. This show is recommended for children ages 3 and up. FREE!!
  • BookPeople’s Special Halloween Puppet Show- Wednesday, 10:30 a.m. Little ghouls & goblins, join us this morning for a super special & silly Halloween themed storytime featuring our puppeteers! They will be performing Leonardo the Terrible Monster and thrilling us all with their delightfully spooky senses of humor & puppeteering skills! Wear your costume to this extra special storytime! FREE!! BookPeople, 603 N. Lamar Blvd.
  • Yoga in the Park – Wednesday, October 30, 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.
  • Early Release Movie (Pflugerville)- Wednesday, October 30 from 1:30 to 3:00 p.m. Schools out early! Bring the kids to watch a spooky movie at the library. Rated PG. FREE!! Pflugerville Library, 1008 W. Pfluger St., Pflugerville
  • Thinkery at Triangle Farmers’ Market- Wednesday, October 30 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 30, 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 30 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.
  • Spooky Halloween Trail – Wednesday, October 30, from 6-8 p.m. A family friendly event featuring a carnival, costume contest, haunted house, trick or treating and more! FREE. South Austin Recreation Center, 1100 Cumberland Rd., Austin.
  • Spooktacular Halloween - Wednesday, October 30, from 6 – 8 p.m. Children of all ages and their parents can scare up some fun at the carnival where they will find games, inflatables, and much, much more. Kids love to show off their costumes for this event; parents are encouraged to dress up too! FREE. Givens Recreation Center, 3811 East 12th Street, Austin.


  • Fall Fun Fest (Round Rock)- Thursday, October 31, from 9 – 11:30 a.m. This year’s theme is superheroes. Kapow! Bam! Pow! Zap! Superhero to the rescue! Fly into the park for a fun filled morning with all your favorite superheroes. There will be carnival games for toddlers and preschoolers, hayrides, cookies and punch and fun entertainment for all to enjoy. Be sure to wear your favorite costume! FREE, but guests are encouraged to bring a canned item for the Round Rock Serving Center. Lakeview Pavilion festival area of Old Settlers Park, 3300 Palm Valley Blvd., Round Rock.
  • Pumpkin Parade- Thursday, October 31, 10:30 a.m. Get dressed up in your best Halloween costume and come to the library for the annual Pumpkin Parade. There will be a brief story time, then parade around the library. FREE! Lake Travis Community Library, 1938 Lohman’s Crossing.
  • Literature Live! Presents The Dead Family Diaz- Thursday, October 31 at 11:15 a.m.  A young boy from the land of the dead travels with his family up to the land of the living for Dia de los Muertos. But he’s afraid… of humans! See if he overcomes his fear in this lighthearted shadow puppet show. This show is recommended for children ages 3 and up. FREE!! Faulk Central Library, 800 Guadalupe Blvd.
  • Reptile Show at Toybrary- Thursday, October 31 from 11:00 a.m. to noon. 30 minute presentation and one hour of hands-on time with the reptiles. Cost: $3 per child. Toybrary Austin, 7817 Rockwood, Ste 101, Austin.
  • Halloween Craft Time and Parade (Round Rock)- Thursday, October 31 from 3:30 – 5:15 p.m. With Halloween being on a Thursday this year, we will combine Craft Time with a fun Trick or Treat parade! Dressed up in their ghoulish garb, the kids will make their own reusable bag to fill up with goodies and giveaways as they parade around the store.  Children 0-18 months are still encouraged to come at 3:30pm, and over 18 months at 4:30pm. FREE!! Baby Earth, 106 East Old Settlers Boulevard, Round Rock.
  • St. John Fall Festival - Thursday, October 31 at 3:30 p.m. To all you trick-or-treaters, come out and enjoy some mini carnival games, good food, and have a lot of fun before you head out and trick or treat. Fee: $2 for wristband. Virginia L. Brown Recreation Center, 7500 Blessing Ave., Austin.
  • Monsters Festival- Thursday, October 31 from 5:30- 7:30 p.m.Come join the Austin Public Library as we celebrate Monsters for the second year in a row! Come dressed up in your favorite superhero or monster costume and join the fun! Face Painting Station available for all, Craft booths, Let the Monstruous flow:  Create your own scary story: write, draw, color, and more, Make your Own paper Monster, Family Movie: Monsters, Inc. @ 6 p.m. FREE!! Ruiz Branch Public Library, 1600 Grove Blvd.
  • Trunk or Treat- Thursday, October 31, 6 – 9 p.m.  Bring your trick-or-treat route by the Community Center parking lot off Klattenhoff Drive for Trunk-or-Treat. You will be able to vote for various decorated cars and play games on Halloween night. FREE! Wells Branch Community Center Parking Lot, 2106 Klattenhoff Drive.
  • Halloween Carnival- Thursday, October 31, 6 – 8 p.m. Come and enjoy a spooktacular time! There will be games, arts and crafts, and a haunted house. There will also be a family pumpkin decorating contest and a costume contest. FREE. Montopolis Recreation Center, 1200 Montopolis Dr., Austin.
  • Trick or Treat for Books- Thursday, October 31 at 6:00 p.m. Gather at BookPeople this Halloween for a storytime filled with our favorite type of treats – new books!  Storytime will be in our amphitheater starting at 6PM, featuring stories full of monsters, ghosts, and witches (but none of them will be too scary).  Then, at 6:30PM, join the costume parade around the store, which will start on our second floor and end at the front of the store where you’ll get your treat – a free book to bring home! This Halloween Party is perfect for witches and wizards ages 7 and under. Come have a Spook-tacular Halloween at BookPeople! FREE!! BookPeople, 603 N. Lamar Blvd.


  • Storytime Art: Dogs- Friday, November 1 from 10:45-11:45. We will have a blast reading and singing dog-themed books and songs! We’ll have a furry guest for the kids to pet, too! Storytime will end with painting dog figurines. Recommended for ages 3-6. Cost: $12. Art Garage, 11190 Circle Drive, Austin.
  • Literature Live! Presents the Dead Family Diaz- Friday, November 1 at 12:00 p.m. A young boy from the land of the dead travels with his family up to the land of the living for Dia de los Muertos. But he’s afraid… of humans! See if he overcomes his fear in this lighthearted shadow puppet show. This show is recommended for children ages 3 and up. FREE!! Terrazas Branch Library, 1105 E. Cesar Chavez.
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1 Comment on Weekday Events in Austin: October 28- November 1, 2013

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