Hope you all have a wonderful Independence Day! For more 4th of July events including many neighborhood celebrations happening, head over to Free Fun in Austin for their 4th of July Celebration Round Up.
Look Up to the Stars- Monday, July 1 at 7pm- The award-winning astronomy program Look Up to the Stars visits the library with a brief presentation and fun outside exploting the night sky together with astrophysicst and NASA consultant Kevin Manning. This family event welcomes participants of all ages. FREE!! The Round Rock public Library, Room C, 216 E. Main Street, Round Rock.
Baby Play Group – Monday, June 24th from 3:30-4:30pm. FREE! We sing songs, play with a parachute and let babies have lots of interactive social free-play time. This is a group is perfect for little ones under 2. Baby Earth, 106 East Old Settlers Boulevard, Suite D100, Round Rock.
Literature Live Presents: How the King’s Daughter Lost Her Hair- This story from the Akamba people of East Africa tells us the story of a vain princess who refuses to give even one strand of her beautiful hair to a bird building her nest. For ages 5 and up.
- Monday, July 1, Old Quarry Branch Library, 7051 Village Center Drive (4pm)
- Tuesday, July 2 at Southeast Branch Library, 5803 Nuckols Crossing (2pm)
- Wednesday, July 3 at Little Walnut Creek Branch Library, 835 W. Rundberg Lane (2pm)
The cost is FREE! Seating is limited at all programs. Please arrive a few minutes early to gain entrance. note that in some locations, free tickets (available in the branch on the day of the program) will be required for admittance in order to ensure safety. If you have a group of five or more children, please call the branch and ask to speak with the Youth Librarian to make arrangements. Groups of five or more that arrive without contacting us in advance may not be seated due to space limitations.
Fantastic Magic Camp- Monday, July 1, Tuesday, July 2, Wednesday, July 3 and Thursday, July 4 at 1pm.The Fantastic Magic Camp’s “Camp Shows” will be open to the public this summer at Highland Mall. This week’s performers: Monday, July 1, Close-up Magic Show (multiple performers);Tuesday, Cody Fisher; Wednesday, John Maverick; Thursday, Ian Varella. FREE!! Highland Mall, 6001 Airport Blvd.
Passport to Imagination – Monday, July 1; Wednesday, July 2 and Friday,July 5. 10am-noon at Michael’s Stores. $2 per child per session for kids 5 and up. Kids can explore the 7 continents and their amazing landmarks and icons on a 7-week voyage around the globe. This week is Asia. Register at your preferred Michael’s — space is limited.
Cinemark Summer Movie Clubhouse: Ice Age, Continental Drift – Monday, July 1, Tuesday, July 2, Wednesday, July 3, and Thursday, July 4 at 10am. Cost: $1 per show, and 10 films for $5. This week’s film is The Smurfs. Cinemark Tinseltown 17, 5501 S IH-35 and Cinemark Movie 8, 2132 N. Mays, Round Rock; Cinemark Hill Country Galleria, 12812 Hill Country Blvd.; Cinemark Cedar Park, 1890 Ranch Shopping Center, 1335 E. Whitestone Blvd., Cedar Park.
Alamo Kids Camp – Monday through Friday. Kids and their parents can watch movies on the big screen for FREE at the following theaters: Alamo Slaughter Lane, 5701 W. Slaughter Ln.; Alamo Lake Creek, 13729 Research; Alamo Village, 2700 W. Anderson Ln. Seating is on a first come, first served basis. Please check the site for show times as they do tend to change.
Lego Mini Model Build- Tuesday, July 2, 2013 for a Mini Model Build. Beginning at 5 p.m., kids can learn how to build a LEGO crab, which they will get to take home, for FREE! A new model is available on the first Tuesday of each month. Models are not for sale and cannot be purchased. One free per child. Quantities are limited and the offer is good while supplies last only. The event is open to children ages 6 to 14 only. LEGO Store, Barton Creek Square, 2901 S Capital of Texas Highway.
Music for Kids: Lucas Miller- Tuesday, July 2 at 2pm. The Music Division of the City of Austin offers a spectacular music series for families featuring a variety of Austin singer-songwriters. For ages 5 and up. Seating is limited at all programs. Please arrive a few minutes early to gain entrance. Note that in some locations, free tickets (available in the branch on the day of the program) will be required for admittance in order to ensure safety. If you have a group of five or more children, please call the branch and ask to speak with the Youth Librarian to make arrangements. Groups of five or more that arrive without contacting us in advance may not be seated due to space limitations. FREE!! Cepeda Branch Library, 651 N. Pleasant Valley Road.
Baby Signs at Storytime- Tuesday, July 2 at 10:30am. Signing during story time greatly enhances the bond between the parent and child. Also, signing with a hearing baby helps them develop confidence and good 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. Today we’ll be learning ASL color signs with BeeBo™ the Baby Signs® Bear! FREE!! BookPeople, 603 N. Lamar Blvd.
Craft: Decorative Tape Designing- Tuesday, July 2 and Wednesday, July 3 at 10:30 and 11:30am. Cover a bracelet cuff and coin purse in crazy, colorful Tapeffiti tape. It is easy to use and fun to make up your designs. Change the ordinary into EXTRAordinary with style! Included in the fun, everyone gets a glimmery, sparkly tattoo! Recommended for: Ages 6 or older. Cost: $6. Pre-Registration is required, in-store, online, or via telephone: (512) 388-5048 or www.kstoy.com. Kaleidoscope Toys, 110 N. IH-35, Round Rock.
Family Film Festival – Tuesday, July 2. Doors open at 9am and the show starts at 9:30am. 50 cents admission, 12oz kids’ drink and popcorn for $3.50 with coupon. This week’s film is Madagascar 3. Proceeds benefit the Boys & Girls Club. City Lights Theater in Georgetown, 420 Wolf Ranch Parkway.
Regal Summer Movie Express – Tuesday, July 2 and Wednesday, July 3 at 10am. Cost: $1. This week’s films are Monte Carlo and Rio. Locations: Regal Westgate Stadium 11 (4577 S Lamar Blvd) , Arbor Cinema @ Great Hills (9828 Great Hills Trail) and the Lakeline Mall Cinema 9 (11200 Lakeline Mall Blvd).
Storytime with Phillip- Wednesday, July 3 from 9-10:30am. Join Phillip for a free activity, story and snack! FREE!! Whole Foods, Mezzanine, 525 N. Lamar Blvd.
Independence Day Celebration at Millie and Mox- Wednesday, July 3 from 11am- 2pm. “Mr Will” will be performing patriotic music, a Lake Travis fire rescue truck will be on hand outside of the store for kids to view, and there will be hot dogs and lemonade for all. FREE!! Millie and Mox, 5145 N. FM 620, Suite B110.
Tiny Tails to You Playgroup- Wednesday, July 3 from 2:30- 3:30pm. Each hour-long indoor program will include: 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!) and more. Please visit the Tiny Tails website to RSVP! Cost: $10 per child. Baby Earth, 106 East Old Settlers Boulevard, Suite D100, Round Rock.
Whole Foods Arbor Trails Kids Club Storytime and Craft- Wednesday, July 3 at 9:00am. FREE! Join us for story time and crafts with Adrianna.Whole Foods Arbor Trails, 4301 W. William Cannon, Bldg B, Ste 800.
Music for Kids:Gina Chaves, Indie Latin-folk Songstress- Wednesday, July 3 at 2pm. The Music Division of the City of Austin offers a spectacular music series for families featuring a variety of Austin singer-songwriters. For ages 5 and up. Seating is limited at all programs. Please arrive a few minutes early to gain entrance. Note that in some locations, free tickets (available in the branch on the day of the program) will be required for admittance in order to ensure safety. If you have a group of five or more children, please call the branch and ask to speak with the Youth Librarian to make arrangements. Groups of five or more that arrive without contacting us in advance may not be seated due to space limitations. FREE!! Ruiz Branch Library, 1600 Grove Blvd.
Lego Free Build- Wednesday, July 3 from 2:30- 3:30pm. Come build with us! The Round Rock Public Library’s LEGO collection has been growing over the last few months thanks to generous donations. The Youth Services Department invites elementary students (Grade K-5) to dig into our piles of bricks and create something cool. Builders will have an opportunity to share what they’ve made with other participants, and to display their handiwork in the Library. To ensure we have plenty of bricks for our builders, we will limit admission to the first 40 age-appropriate participants. Interested elementary students can pick up an admission ticket at the door for Room A beginning at 2 p.m. FREE!! Round Rock Public Library, 216 E. Main Street, Round Rock.
Austin Symphony HEB 4th of July Celebration- Thursday, July 4th, 8:30pm (fireworks begin at 9:30pm). More than 100,000 people gather at Auditorium Shores for the largest Independence Day celebration in Austin. The Austin Symphony will be under the apt baton of ASO Music Director Peter Bay. The Austin Symphony July 4th Concert and Fireworks features patriotic music and the ever-popular 1812 Overture and spectacular fireworks over Lady Bird Lake. FREE and open to the public. The Austin Symphony Orchestra will begin performing at 8:30 p.m. and the fireworks will begin at 9:30 p.m., ending at 10:00 p.m. Come early, bring a picnic, claim a grassy spot and enjoy the patriotic music of the Austin Symphony Orchestra. Concessions will be available on site. (Sorry, alcohol and glass containers are not permitted in the park.) Auditorium Shores at The Long Center, 701 W. Riverside Drive.
Fourth Fest in Wells Branch – Thursday, July 4, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., with fireworks at 9:45 p.m. The traditional parade begins at the community center at 10 a.m., followed by an afternoon of music, food and games and ending with fireworks above the Willow Bend Pool. Katherine Fleischer Park, 2106 Klattenhoff Drive.
Round Rock’s 4th of July Frontier Days and Setroma Parade- Thursday, July 4 at 10am lasting all day. Kicking off the Frontier Days Celebration is the annual Sertoma 4th of July Parade through downtown Round Rock. The parade will start at the corner of North Brown Street and Round Rock Ave. (next to Reid’s Cleaners) and will proceed through Historic Downtown Round Rock. Immediately following the parade, the Prete Plaza will come alive with face painting, caricature artists, a balloon artist, air brush tattoo artist and more for FREE family fun from 11am- 1pm. The Main Street Fountain will be on so kids can enjoy the geysers of water shooting into the sky to cool off. After the parade, guests are invited to Old Settlers Park, 3300 E. Palm Valley Blvd., for the Frontier Days Celebration beginning at 12 p.m. to enjoy vendor booths, a pepper eating contest, skydivers, Sertoma Rubber Duck Races, culinary delights and reenactments of the historic Sam Bass Shootout. The festivities will also include a petting zoo and pony rides and carnival rides. Also on the schedule is he Sam Bass Shootout , a live, historical reenactment of the infamous story of Sam Bass and his gang. Fireworks: Independence Day celebrations begin at 7 p.m. with free watermelon at the Lakeview Pavilion served by the Round Rock City Council and the Parks & Recreation Department. A skydiver will fly into the festivities before guests enjoy music from the Austin Symphonic Band. The HEB fireworks display will begin after dark with accompaniment from the Austin Symphonic Band. Movie in the Park: Immediately following the fireworks, there will be a showing of The Amazing Spiderman as part of the “Movies in the Park” summer series.
4th of July at Shore Club - Thursday, July 4, starting at dusk. Enjoy music and the famous Volente Beach fireworks. Admission is $10 for beach access after 6 p.m., or free with Volente Beach waterpark admission. Daily waterpark admission is $20.99 for 42″ and up, $15.99 for under 42 inches, and free for ages 2 and under. 16107 FM 2769, Volente.
Cedar Park 4th of July Celebration – Thursday, July 4, 4 – 10:30 p.m. Come celebrate with live music, dancing, bingo, a washer tournament, air castles, free watermelon, and a fireworks display. Fees apply for food concessions, face painting, carnival games, hamster balls, super slide, quad jump, Races2u, spinner ride, and rock wall. You may also cool off in Milburn Pool, which is open from 1 – 8 p.m., with daily pool admission rates of $3 for adults age 18+, $2 for students age 9 – 17, and $1 for seniors 55+ and children ages 4 – 8. Children ages 3 and under are free. Elizabeth Milburn Park, 1901 Sun Chase Blvd, Cedar Park.
Lakeway July 4th Celebration - Thursday, July 4, 8:30 a.m. – 10 p.m. Parade begins at 8:30 a.m. and runs along Lakeway Drive. Afterwards, enjoy the Pageant of the Flags and a keynote address by the Grand Marshall. The Lakeway Swim Center is open from noon – 9 p.m. ($3 per person). Block party and concert from 7 – 10 p.m. at Swim Center Park. Fireworks will be determined by drought level. Lakeway Activity Center and Swim Center, 3103 Lakeway Blvd.
Bob Schneider’s 8th Annual 4th of July Festival- Thursday, July 4 at 5pm. All ages welcome. Performances by Bob Schneider, Water and Rust, The wind and the Wave, and a stunningly amazing fireworks show! Tickets: $20 general admission or $62.50 for VIP ticket. Nutty Brown Cafe, 12225 U.S. 290.
Red White & Buda – Thursday, July 4, 9 a.m. – 10 p.m., Buda City Park. Bring a picnic, a blanket or your lawn chair to Buda City Park and enjoy a children’s parade at 9 a.m., children’s activities and a magician from 9 – 11 a.m., and fireworks at 9:30 p.m. 121 Main St, Buda.
Unplugged at the Grove – Thursday, July 4 at 8pm. FREE!! Join KGSR every Thursday for 24 consecutive weeks at Shady Grove on Barton Springs Road for one of Austin’s longest running free concert series. There’s still no cover charge, $3 Ziegenbock Drafts, and the best music, food, and fun you’ll experience under the clear, warm skies of Austin, Texas! Additional parking is available at the Bicycle Sports Shop right down the street at 517 S. Lamar Blvd. This week, Alpha Rev will perform. Shady Grove, 1624 Barton Springs Rd.
Pflugerville Pfirecracker Pfestival- Thursday, July 4 from 4 – 11 p.m. Come out July 4 and plan to spend an old-fashioned Independence Day on the shores of Lake Pflugerville. The event begins at 4 p.m. with live music and vendors on the north and south ends of the lake. Pfestival pfood and games for the kids, followed by a pfabulous pfireworks display and a concert to top off the evening, will make this a Pfamily Pfourth to remember. Lake Pflugerville, 18216 Weiss Lane, Pflugerville.
San Marcos Summerfest - Thursday, July 4, 6 – 10 p.m.The City of San Marcos is hosting the most exciting community independence celebration along the banks of the beautiful San Marcos River. This FREE event will feature live entertainment, food booths, children’s activities, children’s costume competition and parade. , San Marcos Plaza Park, 202 N. CM Allen Pkwy., San Marcos.
Summer Reading Program Performance- Friday, July 5 from 10:30- 11:30am. Bring the kids out for a FREE Fire Safety Demo by Hutto Fire Rescue as part of the Dig Into Reading Program. Hutto Bible Church, 301 West Street, Hutto.