Weekday Events: July 8-12, 2013

Arts and Crafts at IKEA- Monday, July 8 happening all day. FREE arts and crafts activities in the restaurant with the Girl Scouts of Central Texas. Activities are geared toward boys and girls aged 4-10. IKEA, 1 IKEA Way, Round Rock.

Movie Monday at Amy’s Ice Cream: Despicable Me- Monday, July 8 at dusk. FREE!! Amy’s Ice Creams, 5624 Burnet Rd.

Baby Play Group – Monday, July 8 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.

Music for Kids: Gina Chaves- Monday, July 8 (2pm) and Tuesday, July 9 (4pm). 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!! Monday’s event is happening at the Spicewood Springs Public Library, 8637 Spicewood Springs Road. Tuesday’s event is at the Twin Oaks Library, 1800 S. Fifth Street.

Fantastic Magic Camp- Monday, July 8, Tuesday, July 9, Wednesday, July 10, Thursday, July 11 and Friday, July 12 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, The Fantastic Kent Cummins;Tuesday, Bonzo Crunch; Wednesday, Peter the Adequate; Thursday, Steve Farmer, the Blue Saint and Friday, Black Bert. FREE!! Highland Mall, 6001 Airport Blvd.

Passport to Imagination – Monday, July 8; Wednesday, July 10 and Friday, July 12. 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 Europe. Register at your preferred Michael’s — space is limited.

Cinemark Summer Movie Clubhouse: Dolphin Tale – Monday, July 8, Tuesday, July 9, Wednesday, July 10, and Thursday, July 11 at 10am. Cost: $1 per show, and 10 films for $5. 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.

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 8 at Howson Branch Library, 2500 Exposition Blvd.(4pm)
  • Wednesday, July 10 at Manchaca Road Library, 5500 Manchaca Road (4pm)
  • Thursday,July 11 at Pleasant Hill Library, 211 E. William Cannon Drive (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.

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.

Hillside Concert Series- Tuesday, July 9 from 7 – 10 p.m. This week’s performances: Big Band Tejano / Jonny Martinez / Eddie Gonzales. FREE!! A. B. Cantu Pan American Recreation Center, 2100 East 3rd Street.

Ms. Staci Storytime- Tuesday, July 9 at 10:30am. Ms. Staci is back in the store this morning to read some of her favorite stories and to sing some of your favorite songs. Kids, don’t forget your dancing shoes today! You’re going to want to dance to some great tunes. FREE!! BookPeople, 603 N. Lamar Blvd.

Nuty Brown Kids Nite – Tuesday, July 9 from 6-8pm. Kids can enjoy 99 cent kids meals, twistin’ art balloons and a moonbounce. Nutty Brown Cafe, 12225 U.S. 290.

Wild Things Zoofari Animal Show- Tuesday, July 9 from 4:30- 5:30pm. Head to the Pflugerville Public Library for an all ages animal show. FREE!! Pflugerville Library, 1008 W. Pfluger Street, Pflugerville.

Family Film Festival – Tuesday, July 9.  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 Hotel Transylvania. Proceeds benefit the Boys & Girls Club. City Lights Theater in Georgetown, 420 Wolf Ranch Parkway.

Regal Summer Movie Express – Tuesday, July 9 and Wednesday, July 10 at 10am.  Cost: $1. This week’s films are Coraline and Para Norman. 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).
AdvertisementCraft: Watercolor Workshop- Tuesday, July 9 and Wednesday, July 10 at 10:30 and 11:30am. Make your own Masterpiece! Imagine something that happened this summer, then create it on real artist paper with gel sticks, watercolors, and watercolor pencils. We will teach the tips and techniques, and then kids can create, sign their work and tell Mom “it’s too good for the fridge”! Recommended for: Ages 5 yrs +. Cost: $5. Pre-Registration is required, in-store, online, or via telephone: (512) 388-5048 or www.kstoy.com.

Storytime with Phillip- Wednesday, July 10 from 9-10:30am. Join Phillip for a free activity, story and snack! FREE!! Whole Foods, Mezzanine, 525 N. Lamar Blvd.

Whole Foods Arbor Trails Kids Club Storytime and Craft- Wednesday, July 10 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 with Mar- Wednesday, July 10 from 9:00am- 10:00am. 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. BabyEarth, 106 East Old Settlers Boulevard, Suite D100, Round Rock.

Blues on the Green (Bob Schneider with Max Frost)- Wednesday, July 10 at 6:30pm. Every other Wednesday from May 29th to August 7th, Zilker Park will be filled with thousands of people, blankets and lawn chairs, families and music lovers for what is consistently ranked as a top annual entertainment event and has become a staple of the Austin lifestyle and a very casual and comfortable experience. FREE!! Zilker Park, 2100 Barton Springs Road.

Storytime with Mr. George- Wednesday, July 10 at 11am. Come join Mr. George as he plays music and reads popular books to kids and parents alike. FREE!! Barnes and Noble, Lakeline Crossing, 14010 US Hwy. 183.

Children’s Day Art Park (John Emory’s Teddy Bear Picnic)- Wednesday, July 10 at 9:30am. For just 50 cents per child, kids and adults can experience the magic of the arts at Children’s Day Art Park. This exciting summer program features local musicians, dancers, storytellers, magicians, mimes and crafts people. Youngsters can visit the Instrument Petting Zoo (where they can see, touch and try to play the instruments), talk to symphony musicians and hear them play their instruments, see a Ballet Folklorico, hear a Latin jazz band, follow a real Pied Piper along the Lemonade Trail to the Magic Oak Tree and try their hands at different art projects under the Art Tent. Symphony Square, 1101 Red River Street. Bring your bear today!

Music for Kids: Neal Kassanoff of the Groundwork Music Orchestra- Wednesday, July 10 and Thursday, July 11 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!! Wednesday’s event is at the Windsor Park Branch Library, 5833 Westminster Drive and Thursday’s event is at the Carver Branch Library, 1161 Angelina Street.

Rockin’ Readers: Ants Go Marching- Thursday, July 11 from 2:30- 3:30pm. This fun program will feature a different theme each week, and there will be stories, crafts and/or other activities. For kids in 2-5 grade. FREE!! Round Rock Public Library, Room C 216 E. Main St., Round Rock.

Movie in the Park: A League of Their Own- Thursday, July 11 at 8:30pm. Movies in the Park is a series of FREE films brought to you by the Austin Parks Foundation, and presented by the #1 movie theater in America, the Alamo Drafthouse. Austin residents and visitors bring their blanket or lawn chairs (and often a picnic dinner!) for a fun and relaxing evening under the beautiful Austin night sky.  Dogs, picnics, and lawn chairs are welcome. Alcoholic beverages, glass and styrofoam are not permitted in the park. Republic Square Park, 422 Guadalupe Street.

Storytime and Crafts- Thursday, July 11 from 3:30- 4:30pm. We will read a book, play with a parachute, create an awesome craft, pop bubbles and have a GREAT time! BabyEarth story times are great for all ages! FREE!! BabyEarth, 106 East Old Settlers Boulevard, Suite D100, Round Rock.

Nature Nights: Birds of Prey- Thursday, July 11 from 6-9pm. During summer evenings in the Texas Hill Country, people of all ages gather at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center to cultivate their inner adventurers, scientists, artists and — snake charmers? That’s right; at Nature Nights, free summer events hosted by the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, individuals have the chance to play many exciting roles in their quest for knowledge about native plants and wildlife. Families can learn about Central Texas nature topics through engaging activities and guest experts. The events are FREE thanks to sponsorship from H-E-B.  Admission is also free the day of Nature Nights so visitors can have more time to journey through the Center’s gardens, trails and exhibits. Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave.

Unplugged at the Grove – Thursday, July 11 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, Ruby Jane will perform. Shady Grove, 1624 Barton Springs Rd.

Mr. Johnny at the Library- Thursday, July 11 at 9:30 and 10:30am. The Round Rock Public Library presents a special summer performance by Mr. Johnny & Friends The 10:30 a.m. program is recommended for ages 2 and older. Children will love to sing, jump, dance, and play with scarves, bubbles and more with Mr. Johnny and Sharon. A 9:30 a.m. program is available for our youngest music fans, ages 12 months to 36 months. As with all of our special performances, we recommend that you arrive at least 30 minutes before the program for best chance of admittance. The room capacity is limited and programs may fill up. FREE!! Round Rock Public Library, 216 E. Main Street, Round Rock.

Summer Reading Program Performance- Friday, July 12 from 10:30- 11:30am. Bring the kids out for a FREE concert by Joe McDermott as part of the Dig Into Reading Program. Hutto Bible Church, 301 West Street, Hutto.

Summer Storytime- Friday, July 12 at 10:45am. Storytime Art, or StArt! is a great opportunity for your young child to experience art! Geared to the 31/2- 6 yer old pre-schooler, but some projects translate into a Mommy and Me project for those a little younger. And, of course, anyone older is welcome. Storytimes always include at least one book and a related art project, but often include surprises like songs, poems and coloring pages. Cost:$12 per child or 6 classes for $60. Call to register. This week’s theme is the zoo. Join us for a VERY special Storytime… all about zoo animals! We will have great fun creating zoo crafts, reading zoo books and painting a zoo animal figurine. We may even have a special animal guest, so be sure to sign up! Art Garage, 11190 Circle Drive.

And folks, there is always something happening at the Austin Public Library! Check out the site for a list of storytimes, crafting events, movies and more. Most events are FREE, open to the public and inside with AIR CONDITIONING!

Catherine Prystup
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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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