Weekday Events: June 17-21, 2013

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Baby Play Group – Monday, June 17th from 3:30-4:30pm at Baby Earth, 106 East Old Settlers Boulevard, Suite D100, Round Rock. 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.

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.

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.

  • Tuesday, June 18 at Cepeda Branch Library, 651 N. Pleasant Valley Road
  • Wednesday, June 19 at Windsor Park Library, 5833 Westminster Drive
  • Thursday, June 20 at Carver, 1161 Angelina
  • Friday, June 21 at Terrazas, 1105 E. Cesar Chavez.

All shows this week begin at 2:00pm. 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.

Passport to Imagination – Monday, June 17th; Wednesday, June 19 and Friday, June 21. 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 North America. Register at your preferred Michael’s — space is limited.

Heartsong Music Storytime- Tuesday, June 18 at 10:30am. 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 aged 0 to 5. Heartsong Music’s mission is to teach music techniques to children from the earliest age so as to coax children’s inherent musical ability as well s encourage their cognitive development. FREE!! BookPeople, 603 N. Lamar Blvd.

Welcome to Our Science Lab- Tuesday, June 18 at 10:30 and 11:30am; Wednesday, June 19 at 10:30 and 11:30am. Explore super absorbency polymers! Using jelly ice crystals, garbled marbles and jumbo jelly spheres, kids will “EXPAND” their world with these amazing science experiments! Recommended for: Ages 6 plus. Cost: $5. 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.

Cinemark Summer Movie Clubhouse – Monday, June 17, Tuesday, June 18, Wednesday, June 19 and Thursday, June 20 at 10am. Cost: $1 per show, and 10 films for $5. This week’s film is Horton Hears a Who. Cinemark Tinseltown 17, 5501 S IH-35 and Cinemark Movie 8, 2132 N. Mays, Round Rock; Cinmark Hill Country Galleria, 12812 Hill Country Blvd.; Cinemark Cedar Park, 1890 Ranch Shopping Center, 1335 E. Whitestone Blvd., Cedar Park.

Nuty Brown Kids Nite – Tuesday, June 18 from 6-8pm. Kids can enjoy 99 cent kids meals, twistin’ art balloons and a moonbounce. Nutty Brown Cafe, 12225 U.S. 290.

Family Film Festival – Tuesday, June 18.  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 Rio. Proceeds benefit the Boys & Girls Club. City Lights Theater in Georgetown, 420 Wolf Ranch Parkway.

Regal Summer Movie Express – Tuesday, June 18 and Wednesday, June 19 at 10am.  Cost: $1. This week’s films are Mr. Popper’s Penguins and Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked. 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).

Happy Tails Live - Wednesday, June 19 at 2 p.m.and 3:30 p.m. Both visits will feature lots of interaction with exotic animals, explorations of the animals’ natural behaviors, and photo opportunities. Want to learn how to work with animals? These shows are for you! The shows will be very similar; we are offering two shows because we expect it to be very popular and want to accommodate as many guests as possible. We cannot exceed the fire code capacity of Room C. Please consider arriving up to 30 minutes before the show to claim your place. FREE!! Round Rock Public Library, Room C 216 E. Main St., Round Rock.

Children’s Day Art Park (Roy Lozano’s Ballet Folklorico)- Wednesday, June 19 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.

Tiny Tails Petting Zoo Storytime- Wednesday, June 19 at 10:30am. If you’re a fan of chinchillas, bunnies, ducklings, guinea pigs, chickens AND stories then you’re in luck! Today our friends from Tiny Tails to You (www.tinytailstoyou.com) 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 Blvd.
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Storytime with Phillip- Wednesday, June 19 from 9-10:30am. Join Phillip for a free activity, story and snack! FREE!! Whole Foods, Mezzanine, 525 N. Lamar Blvd.

Blanton Summer Family Programs – Thursday, June 20th and Friday June 21.  FREE with museum admission (kids 12 and under are always free and Thursdays are by donation). The Museum hosts an Art Lab on Thursdays and Friday from 9:30am-12:30pm, which is intended for all ages and is an open studio which allows kids to experiment with different types of materials. On Thursdays and Fridays at 10:30am, the Museum will host Story Time Tours, which are 30 minute tours intended for kids ages 3-7. Tour tickets are available at the Visitor Services Desk, and space is limited. On Thursdays and Fridays at 1pm, kids ages 8-13 are encouraged to take Deeper Dives to explore Lifelike, the Blanton’s special exhibition of contemporary art intended to fool the eye, with a special art project (see each week’s project on the Museum’s calendar). Space is limited to 15 participants, and tickets are available from the Visitor Services Desk. Blanton Museum of Art, The University of Texas at Austin, 200 E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.

Steve Brooks Music Show- Thursday, June 20 from 6-7pm. FREE!! Learn Folk Music with Steve Brooks thanks to the Pflugerville Public Library Summer Reading Program! American folk music has a rich heritage of songs for kids of all ages. Veteran Austin folksinger Steve Brooks brings these songs to life. By singing them and telling the stories behind them, he entertains and educates at the same time. Steve’s shows are multicultural, showing how Irish, Mexican, Cajun, African-American and Native American songs have added their colors to the tapestry of American music. They’re multi-instrumental, introducing kids to instruments like the tinwhistle, the mandolin, the accordion and the rubboard. He’ll get kids K-6 singing along, clapping, tying their ears in knots and throwing them over their shoulders. Pflugerville Library, 1008 W. Pfluger Street, Pflugerville.

Mama Singer/Songwriter Music Series – Thursday, June 20th from 10:30am-12:30pm at Central Market on North Lamar. FREE. Music by mothers, for mothers. This week’s band is Byrd & Street.

Princess Ida - Thursday, June 20 at 7:30pm. $2 and up, plus service charge. The Gilbert & Sullivan Society of Austin summer 2013 Grand Production will be Princess Ida, or Castle Adamant. We are performing this classic, which was Arthur Sullivan & W. S. Gilbert’s eighth comic opera out of fourteen, for the first time in our history. Sullivan’s score is majestic, and a sequence of songs in Act II is so renowned for its beauty that it is sometimes called “the string of pearls.” Some consider Gilbert’s libretto one of his funniest. Brentwood Christian School, 11908 N. Lamar.

Storytime and Crafts at Baby Earth- Thursday, June 20 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!! Baby Earth, 106 East Old Settlers Boulevard, Suite D100, Round Rock.

The Secret Garden – Thursday, June 20 at 7:30pm. Cost: $20 and up. Eleven-year-old Mary, orphaned by a cholera outbreak, is sent from India to Yorkshire to live with her reclusive widower uncle. Lost in their grief and surrounded by visions and voices from the past, the family struggles to regain their footing. The young girl’s discovery of a secret garden, coupled with her dedication to revive the magical space, leads to rebirth and renewal for all. Mary Moody Northern Theater at St. Ed’s, 3001 South Congress.

Nature Nights – Thursday, June 20 from 6-9pm. FREE!! Join us for family fun Thursday evenings this summer. Nature Nights are fun explorations of plants, animals, and the ecology of Central Texas. Each evening features interactive presentations, hikes with experts in their fields, and nature crafting for kids of all ages. NEW! Each Auditorium presentation will be ticketed for the first 250 people who receive a free ticket at the Admissions table. First come, first served. Tickets will be taken at the doors. Admittance into the Auditorium will not be permitted without a ticket. This week’s theme is Roots to Shoots. Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Avenue.

Rockin’ Readers June 20: Animal DiggersII- Thursday, June 20 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.

Unplugged at the Grove – Thursday, June 20 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, Sons of Fathers will perform. Shady Grove, 1624 Barton Springs Rd.

Family Drop-In Tours – Thursdays and Fridays at 11:00am. FREE with museum admission. Each 30-minute session features art discussion, exploration, and a hands-on activity. Recommended for ages 3-6. Limit 10 children with caregivers. The Jones Center, 700 Congress Ave.

Spanish Vocabulary Class- Friday, June 21 at 10:30 and 11:15am. FREE demo classes of Semillitas de Espanol for all ages. Learn Spanish vocabulary through songs and play! Wells Branch Community Library, 15001 Wells Port Drive.

Silly Stories and Crafts- Friday, June 21 from 10-11am. Miss Dorothy is wonderfully engaging.  Children love her funny voices, her amazing energy, and thoughtful crafts. Join us every Friday for this wonderful story time! FREE!! Baby Earth, 106 East Old Settlers Boulevard, Suite D100, Round Rock.

Summer Storytime- Friday, June 21 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. 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!

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