Happening All Week Long:
- Fall Festival- Monday, October 21, Tuesday, October 22, Wednesday, October 23, Thursday, October 24 from 10:00am – 2:00pm, and Friday, October 25 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 21, Tuesday, October 22, Thursday, October 24 and Friday, October 25 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 21 from 9- 11 a.m. This week, we will construct a cardboard city in our Big Build! In addition to the Big Build, Tiny Tails to You Austin’s Traveling Petting Zoo will be joining us to bring along some animal friends for little ones to enjoy! What a great way to start the week! FREE!! Mueller Lake Park, Mueller Central Drive.
- Safari Champ (Round Rock)- Monday, October 21 at 10:00 a.m. for a FREE Sample class by Music Together, Music Forever. From 4- 6 p.m., enjoy arts and crafts and face painting by GilletteRee. Admission is just $5 per child all day long. Safari Champ, 1400 East Old Settlers Blvd, # 200, Round Rock.
- Kids Music Class with Mr. Will- Monday, October 21 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 21 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 21 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 21 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 21 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: Magic Workshop with magician, JD Stewart of The Magic Academy. Wells Branch Community Library, 15001 Wells Port Drive.
- Texas Community Music Festival – Monday, October 21, from 5:30 – 9 p.m. Enjoy live music at Central Market North. All performances are family friendly and FREE. Rain or shine. Central Market North, 4001 North Lamar, Austin.
- Literature Live! Presents Jack and the Beanstalk- Tuesday, October 22 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!! Cepeda Branch Library, 651 N. Pleasant Valley Road.
- Tech Tots: Mystery- Tuesday, October 22 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.
- Armstrong Community School Bilingual Storytime- Tuesday, October 22 at 10:30 a.m. There is a commonly held belief that learning a second language should ideally begin as early as possible in a child’s life. What better way to learn new words & phrases than through song! Our friends at Armstrong Community School will be here this morning for a Canta y Habla sing-a-long where we’ll all learn traditional Spanish songs, as well as a few originals. FREE!! BookPeople, 603 N. Lamar Blvd.
- (Round Rock) Sing-Along with Staci Gray- Tuesday, October 22 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.
- Music with Mr. Will at Brilliant Sky Toys & Books – Tuesday, October 22 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.
- Thinkery at East Farmers Market- Tuesday, October 22 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.
- Lego Lab- Tuesday, October 22 at 3:30pm. 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!! Faulk Central Library, 800 Guadalupe.
- Rory’s Story Cubes and Jungle Animals Make-a-Mask- Tuesday, October 22 at 5 p.m. Children 6 to 10 years of age are invited to join us for another Hands-On Learning event. Come create and share adventure-themed stories with Rory’s Story Cubes and Jungle Animals Make-a-Mask. This event is designed to introduce children to the art of storytelling. Rory’s Story Cubes combined with Jungle Animals Make-a-Mask will allow children to stretch their imaginations and explore the tenets of what makes for a good story, as well as express their own creativity. Space is limited so call the store in advance to register (512-418-8985). FREE!! Barnes and Noble in the Arboretum, 10000 Research Blvd #158, Austin.
- Pajama Storytime (Bee Cave)- Tuesday, October 22 at 6:30 p.m. Come cuddle at Laura’s Library! Kids of all ages, get comfy in your favorite pajamas, grab your sleepy toy and come for the best bedtime stories ever. The milk and snacks are on us! FREE!! Laura’s Library, 9411 Bee Cave Road.
- Texas Community Music Festival - Tuesday, October 22, from 6 – 8:45 p.m. Enjoy live music at Central Market North. All performances are family friendly and FREE. Rain or shine. Central Market North, 4001 North Lamar, Austin.
- Music with Mar- Wednesday, October 23 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.
- Whole Foods Storytime- Wednesday, October 23 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.
- Preschool Basic Bricks: Free Demo Class- Wednesday, October 23 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.
- Gymboree Storytime- Wednesday, October 23 at 10:30 a.m. In addition to a fun storytime, Gymboree helpers will be here today singing songs, blowing bubbles, and playing a fun parachute game. The storytime will end with us performing ‘the goodbye dance’ led by Gymbo the Clown! FREE!! BookPeople, 603 N. Lamar Blvd.
- Barnes and Noble Storytime- Wednesday, October 23, 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.
- Yoga in the Park – Wednesday, October 23, 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.
- Story Crafternoon (Pflugerville)- Wednesday, October 23 from 3:30- 4:30 p.m. Create a set of Alice in Wonderland shadow puppets! Grades K-5. FREE!! Pflugerville Community Library, 1008 W. Pfluger St, Pflugerville.
- Thinkery at Triangle Farmers’ Market- Wednesday, October 23 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 23, 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 23 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.
- Spanish Storytime- Thursday, October 24 at 10:15 a.m. Storytime in Spanish or presented bilingually in Spanish and English/Una hora de cuentos bilingües o en español para toda la familia. FREE!! Pleasant Hill Branch Public Library, 651 N. Pleasant Valley Road.
- EL MUNDO DE LIBRÍN: Más allá del gran río// A play in Spanish to honor Día de los Muerto- Thursday, October 24 at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. FREE Admission! Grade levels: K – 4, Call (512) 974-3785 to make reservations by October 22. Performed by ProyectoTeatro. The Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center and ProyectoTeatro present “El Mundo de Librín” with the story “Más allá del gran río” (Far away from the river). As an internationally acclaimed children’s book, written by Armin Beuscher, this story focuses on death and the emotions that may come after the passing of a loved one. The Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center, 600 River Street.
- (Pflugerville) Play 2 Learn Storytime- Thursday, October 24 from 11:00- 11:30 a.m. Join certified Baby Signs instructor Sarah Kostusiak for a FREE Play 2 Lean Story Time. She will read, sing & sign with you as well as offer a craft! Great for 1-5 year olds. Toy Time, 101-B Pecan Street, Pflugerville.
- Texas Book Festival Preview with the Penguin Book Truck- Thursday, October 24 from 3-5 p.m. The fine folks from Penguin Books will park their bright orange Penguin Book Truck in our lot so that we can give you a glimpse of what we’ll have on hand in the BookPeople-Penguin booth during the Texas Book Festival. We’ll raffle off a set of Penguin’s super cool new Classic Horror books along with a little something to get the kids ready for Halloween. In honor of the 75th anniversary of the publication of The Grapes of Wrath, our Penguin friends are giving away 75 tote bags! Fun times and free stuff. Join us! FREE!! BookPeople, 603 N. Lamar Blvd.
- Explorers Club: Lego Lab (Cedar Park)- Thursday, October 24, 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., Cedar Park.
- Halloween Carnival- Thursday, October 24 from 6-8 p.m. Every year the Pan Am Recreation Center offers family’s an alternative to door-to-door trick or treating. Join us for our Halloween Carnival where families can enjoy carnival games, prizes, candy, a costume contest, and dancing! FREE!! A.B. Cantu / Pan Am Rec Center, 2100 E. 3rd.
- Halloween Carnival at Dove Springs Rec Center- Thursday, October 24 from 6-8 p.m. Come and enjoy Games, booths, candy, many prizes. Costume contest for: Infants – 3yr olds; 4 year olds to 6 year olds and 7 years to 10 year olds. FREE!! Dove Springs Rec Center, 5801 Ainez Drive.
- Halloween Pumpkin Carving Carnival and Haunted House- Thursday, October 24 from 6:30- 8 p.m. Bring your whole family and your pumpkin-carving skills! Activities include pumpkin carving, carnival games, food, and haunted house. All ages welcome. Cost: FREE Admission, .25 cents for games, $1 for haunted house. Parque Zaragoza Park, 2608 Gonzalez Street.
- Live Music at Central Market- Thursday, October 24 from 6:30- 9pm. Austin’s first chicha group, incorporating the psychedelic sounds of guitars, fuzz, and reverb with heavy percussion, cumbia rythyms and the melodies of Colombia and Peru. Their music is an homage to the musical and cultural movement of the ’60s and 70’s that was known as chicha. FREE admission, free music and play. All you need to buy is dinner. Central Market, 4001 N. Lamar Blvd., Austin.
- Movies in the Park with Alamo Drafthouse: Ghostbusters- Thursday, October 24 from 7:30- 9:30 p.m. In honor of our effort to be heroes to parks in Austin, our theme for 2013 is “heroes and heroines.” Celebrate the good deeds of everyday superheroes with! The Alamo Drafthouse and APF present Ghostbusters (1989 | PG). The discovery of a massive river of ectoplasm and a resurgence of spectral activity allows the staff of Ghostbusters to revive the business. FREE! Republic Square Park, 422 Guadalupe Street.
- Mommy and Me Yoga- Friday, October 25 at 10:30 a.m. This Yoga class is designed for children age three and up (including school-age) along with their caregiver. Although this class is not targeted for those children under three, you are welcome to try the class and see how it goes! FREE!! Laura’s Library, 9411 Bee Cave Road.
- Storytime Art: Spiders- Friday, October 25 from 10:45-11:45. We’ll have a fun spider craft and learn about spiders. We’ll read a couple spider books and sing a spider song. We’ll finish with painting a spider figurine. Recommended for ages 3-6. Cost: $12. Art Garage, 11190 Circle Drive, Austin.
- Teddy Bear Picnic in Spanish- Friday, October 25 from 11 a.m. to noon. Bring a picnic for inside and your teddy bears. If you also need to wear a Halloween costume, go for it FREE!! Toybrary Austin, 7817 Rockwood, Ste 101, Austin.
- Northwest Trick or Treat Path & Carnival - Friday, October 25 from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. This year’s carnival will include a bounce house, popcorn, games, candy, a trip down the rabbit hole trail, and more Halloween fun for all ages! First 10 Tickets are FREE. Additional tickets can be purchased for 25¢ each. Northwest Recreation Center, 2913 Northland Dr., Austin.
- Turner-Roberts Halloween Carnival – Friday, October 25 from 7 – 9 p.m. Join the Halloween Celebration at Turner-Roberts for lots of FREE candy, games, door prizes, and arts & crafts. Music and snacks will be provided. Turner-Roberts Recreation Center, 7201 Colony Loop Dr., Austin.
- Spooktacular – Friday, October 25, from 6 – 9 p.m. When darkness falls at the Bullock Museum, history’s spookiest stories are brought to light. Discover terror-ific tales of Texas through games, storytelling, costumes and more. Families will enjoy this FREE event that features kid-friendly, fun-filled Halloween activities for ages five and up, plus FREE admission to three floors of interactive exhibits. At Spooktacular, children can discover what life is like for a bat and create their own pet bat to take home; have their faces painted like their favorite Halloween creature; answer spooky trivia; listen to scary stories; and watch terrifying science experiments, courtesy of Girlstart. Those who wear a costume may join in a parade across the museum, and visitors of all ages will enjoy interactive and entertaining performances for the whole family. Plus, treats and prizes for all who attend. Bullock Texas State History Museum, 1800 N. Congress Avenue, Austin.