From storytimes to live music and more, What’s Up Weekly lays out all of the family-fun events happening during the week in the Greater Austin-area.
Baby Bloomers – Monday, November 24 from 9:00 a.m. to Noon. This week, Baby Bloomers will be all about U. Little ones ages 0-3 and their families will dive into an Underwater exploration (don’t worry, no swimming required), create their very own Unicorn horns, paint USA masterpieces with finger paint, and make their own Umbrellas. Friends from Music Forever Music Together will join the fun. Cost: Members $2.50 each / Non-Members $4.50 each. All people attending, regardless of age, must purchase a ticket. Purchase a ticket online as limited walk-up tickets will be available. The Thinkery, 1830 Simond Ave, Austin.
Story Time in the Garden: Plants of the American Indian – Monday, November 24 at 10 a.m. Stories are a lovely way to introduce young children to nature and wildlife. Each storytime theme is based on the seasonal happenings found in the garden through the year. After visiting a garden feature and listening to a story, the children will bring the story to life through hands-on activities and a garden adventure. FREE with Garden admission ($1 – $3; kids under 3 are FREE). Zilker Botanical Garden, 2220 Barton Springs Rd., Austin.
Mr. Will’s Music Class for Kids (Bee Cave) – Monday, November 24 at 10:00 a.m. Mr. Will is back in action with his weekly kid’s music class. Arrive early to get a seat. FREE! Whole Foods Bee Cave, 12601 Hill Country Blvd, Bee Cave.
Storytime with Dr. Candra – Monday, November 24 at 11:00 a.m. Dr. Candra will captivate your children with stories, songs, dances, and games. FREE! Brilliant Sky Toys and Books, 701 S Capital of Texas Hwy, Ste D-480, Austin.
Sensory Storytime (Cedar Park) (RSVP) – Monday, November 24 at 3:30 p.m. This special story time is geared toward children age 8 and under who are on the autism spectrum, are sensitive to sensory overload, or have difficulty in large groups. This class features stories, songs, and movement activities, along with sensory playtime to enhance cognitive and social development. Space is limited; registration is required. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call (512) 401-5632. FREE! Cedar Park Library, 550 Discovery Blvd, Cedar Park.
Night Crafters – Monday, November 24 from 6-7:30 p.m. Are you a crafter? Do you wish you were a crafter? Then this program is for you. Get in the holiday spirit by making felt ornaments. Learn how to make mittens, mice, trees, and ball ornaments out of sequins, ribbons, buttons, and felt. Don’t know how to use a needle and thread? There will be plenty of craft glue to get you through. All supplies will be provided. Adults only, please. FREE! APL – Faulk Central Library, 800 Guadalupe St, Austin.
Little Kids, Big Fun (Round Rock) – Monday, November 24 from 6:30-7:30 p.m. The entire family is invited to play life-sized, preschooler-friendly board games in a relaxed, come-and-go atmosphere. It’s fun and FREE! Round Rock Public Library, 216 E Main St, Round Rock.
Game Night at Cafe Ruckus – Monday, November 24 at 7:00 p.m. Sorry, Connect 4, Battleship, Fluxx, Ruckus – The Game, and more. Meet a lot of cool people, enjoy a tasty beverage, and play, Play, PLAY. Everyone who wins a board games gets a prize from Toy Joy. Family friendly – all ages welcome. FREE to play. Cafe Ruckus, 409 W 2nd St, Austin.
Free Admission to Laguna Gloria – Tuesday, November 25 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. FREE! The Contemporary Austin, Laguna Gloria, 3809 West 35th St, Austin.
Blast from the Past Storytime – Tuesday, November 25 at 10:30 a.m. As the end of the year gets closer, BookPeople begins to reminisce. Enjoy readings from some of their favorite and most fantastic picture books from last year, including Unicorn Thinks He’s Pretty Great and other literary treasures. FREE! BookPeople, 603 N Lamar, Austin.
Little Kids, Big Fun (Round Rock) – Tuesday, November 25 from 10:30-11:30 a.m. The entire family is invited to play life-sized, preschooler-friendly board games in a relaxed, come-and-go atmosphere. It’s fun and FREE! Round Rock Public Library, 216 E Main St, Round Rock.
Storysign Storytime – Tuesday, November 25 at 11:00 a.m. This storytime will feature an American Sign Language storyteller, signed and vocal songs and fingerplays, and a craft activity. FREE! APL – Old Quarry Branch, 7051 Village Center Dr, Austin.
Free Admission to The Jones Center – Tuesday, November 25 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. FREE! The Contemporary Austin, The Jones Center, 700 Congress Ave, Austin.
Music with Mr. Will – Tuesday, November 25 at 11:30 a.m. Rock out with local children’s singer, “Mr. Will” Dupuy. FREE! Brilliant Sky Toys & Books, 701 S Capital of Texas Hwy Suite D-480, Austin.
Family Flicks – Tuesday, November 25 at 4:00 p.m. Enjoy fun family movies and popcorn. This month features Disneynature’s Bears. FREE! Lake Travis Community Library, 1938 Lohmans Crossing, Austin.
H-E-B Feast of Sharing – Tuesday, November 25 from 4-8:00 p.m. Join the festivities and experience the joy H-E-B’s annual Feast of Sharing holiday dinner. In addition to a holiday meal you can enjoy music, arts and crafts, and kids activities–even an appearance by Santa himself. FREE! Palmer Events Center, 900 Barton Springs Rd, Austin.
Pajama Storytime – Tuesday, November 25 at 6:30 p.m. Kids of all ages, get comfy in your favorite pajamas, grab your sleepy toy, and come for the best bedtime stories ever. Milk and snacks provided. FREE! Laura’s Library, 9411 Bee Cave Rd, Austin.
Pajama Storytime – Tuesday, November 25 at 7:00 p.m. Feel free to wear pajamas to this family storytime featuring stories, songs, rhymes, games, crafts, and other activities. Children of all ages welcome. Seating is limited; please arrive a few minutes early to gain entrance. FREE! APL – Willie Mae Kirk Branch, 3101 Oak Springs Dr, Austin.
Whole Foods Kids Club – Wednesday, November 26 at 9:00 a.m. Join Tina for a great story and crafts for the kids. FREE! Whole Foods Arbor Trails, 4301 W. William Cannon, Austin.
Whole Foods Storytime – Wednesday, November 26 at 9:30 a.m. Enjoy a story reading, an activity, and a snack. All ages are welcome and parents can participate, too. FREE! Whole Foods Mezzanine, 525 N Lamar Blvd, Austin.
Little Kids, Big Fun (Round Rock) – Wednesday, November 26 from 9:30-11:30 a.m. The entire family is invited to play life-sized, preschooler-friendly board games in a relaxed, come-and-go atmosphere. It’s fun and FREE! Round Rock Public Library, 216 E Main St, Round Rock.
Itty Bitty Playtime & Yoga – Wednesday, November 26 at 10:00 a.m. Itty Bitty Playtime & Yoga is a playful, educational, and relaxing time for babies and toddlers up to 18 months. Learn new ways to connect with your with your baby through movement, stretching and song. Complimentary juice and coffee served. FREE! Millie & Mox, 5145 North FM 620, Ste B110, Austin.
Thanksgiving Storytime – Wednesday, November 26 at 10:30 a.m. Gobble gobble, little ones. Thanksgiving is almost here. That means football, food, family, and stories. Prepare yourself for all the upcoming festivities with readings of seasonal books including Thanksgiving for Emily Ann. FREE! BookPeople, 603 N Lamar, Austin.
Story Time with CJ the Explorer – Wednesday, November 26 at 12:30 p.m. Enjoy the play zone before and after the reading. FREE! All Things Kids @ The Domain, 3220 Feathergrass Ct, Austin.
Thinkery at the Library – Wednesday, November 26 from 3:30-5:30 p.m. Youth can create electric circuits, learn to craft with redstone in Minecraft, and participate in fun physics activities. Recommended for ages 8-14. FREE! APL – Windsor Park Branch, 5833 Westminster Dr, Austin.
Community Night – Wednesday, November 26 from 5-8:00 p.m. At the Thinkery, science and families play side by side. Every Wednesday the Museum stays open late for families to discover new ideas and learn together. Cost: Admission is by donation only, with a suggested $1 donation. The Thinkery, 1830 Simond Ave, Austin.
Krispy Kreme Family Night – Wednesday, November 26 from 6-8:00 p.m. Kids can decorate one FREE doughnut each, plus enjoy crafts, balloons, paper hats, coloring sheets and more. Krispy Kreme, 701 E Stassney Ln, and 12586 Research Blvd, Austin.
Texas Radio Live – Wednesday, November 26 from 6-8:00 p.m. Texas Radio Live brings you the very best Texas music with performances from Texas musicians. This week, hear music by Texas Intertribal Drum and Alex Dormont & The Hot Texas Swing Band. FREE, but donations to support the KDRP Radio Mission are appreciated. Guero’s Oak Garden, 1412 S Congress Ave, Austin.
A Christmas Carol at ZACH Theatre –Wednesday, November 26 at 7:30 p.m. Spectacular holiday carols and surprising time-bending classics whisk your family on a captivating ride with the three soulful, rockin’ ghosts in Scrooge’s transformative dream. This inspiring, original adaptation of Charles Dickens’ beloved holiday classic features a traditional Victorian setting and gorgeous period costumes, but with a musical score that spans genres and eras, from rousing gospel to rock-n-soul favorites, and from nostalgic harmony classics to contemporary hits. Just like the music in the films Moulin Rouge, Scrooged and The Great Gatsby, ZACH’s A Christmas Carol is infused with a playful, joyous and heartfelt celebration of the season. Tickets start at $50. ZACH Theatre, 1510 Toomey Rd.
Happy Thanksgiving from the LiveMom gang!
Santa on the Terrace – Friday, November 28 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Santa Claus is coming to town…to the Long Center, to be exact. Take a break from the mall madness and experience a Winter Wonderland on the City Terrace. Sip delicious hot chocolate, enjoy some of Austin’s most delicious food trucks, and kick off the holiday season in the greatest Winter Wonderland in town. Bring the kids for a FREE photo with Santa overlooking the best view in Austin. The Long Center Terrace, 701 West Riverside Dr, Austin.
Blue Genie Art Bazaar - Friday, November 28 from 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. The annual four-week holiday shopping extravaganza returns for its 14th year. Featuring more than 200 Texas artists, the bazaar offers FREE admission and a hassle-free shopping environment. All items featured at the bazaar must be handmade and include paintings, photography, prints, sculptures, jewelry, clothing, glassworks, and more. It is one of the best places to find unique gifts with a local touch. Marchesa Hall, 6226 Middle Fiskville Rd, Austin.
Story Time with Princess CJ – Friday, November 28 at 12:30 p.m. Enjoy the play zone before and after the reading. FREE! All Things Kids @The Domain, 3220 Feathergrass Ct, Austin.
East End 4th Friday – Friday, November 28 from 5-9:00 p.m. The East End IBIZ District combines a mix of rich cultural history with newer locally owned businesses, leading it to become one of Austin’s most attractive destinations. Come out and support your local businesses. The entire family can wander the streets while stopping to enjoy a variety of happy hours, music, shopping, and more. Many businesses will be offering special promotions, sales, deals, discounts, and even FREE goodies for attendees. East End IBIZ District, E 11th St & Rosewood Ave, Austin.
Live Music at Central Market North – Friday, November 28 from 6:30-9:00 p.m. World music from the Texas Magpies. FREE! Central Market, 4001 N Lamar Blvd, Austin.
Live Music at Central Market Westgate – Friday, November 28 from 6:30-9:00 p.m. Andre Hayward plays instrumental jazz. FREE! Central Market Westgate, 4477 S Lamar Blvd, Austin.
Head for the Hill’s: Free Music Fridays – Friday, November 28 from 7-9:00 p.m. Hill’s Cafe is excited to announce the return of a live, local music series to the historic Hill’s stage. This week, Them Duqaines perform. A special backyard menu will be available for purchase. Family-friendly and FREE! Hill’s Cafe, 4700 S Congress Ave, Austin.
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In her life before kids, Emily held jobs as a zookeeper, a middle school teacher, and a tour bus driver in the wilds of Montana–not one of which prepared her for the adventures of motherhood. Now she’s living the good life in Austin with her husband, two sons and a Great Dane. When she’s not off gallivanting with her boys, you might find Emily baking up a mean batch of cupcakes, recalling obscure 80s song lyrics, or dreaming of peace and quiet.