Weekly Event Planner: August 31 – September 6, 2015

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Monday, August 31, 2015

Baby Bloomers: Discovering Animals, Grasslands – 9:00am – noon. Join us as we wrap up our animal discovery month for Baby Bloomers! This week we will discover the animals of the grasslands. We will use popsicle sticks to create an ostrich, discover why we need bees, play with rolly, polly hedgehogs and more! Price: $4.50 Non-Members/ $2.50 Members. Thinkery, 1830 Simond Avenue.

Signing Storytime with The Signing Connection (Round Rock) – 10:00am – 10:30am., Join the Baby Signing Time revolution! This class is geared for children 0-5 years and their parents. Amy from the Signing Connection will lead this storytime that incorporates classic children’s books to help you learn basic American Sign Language signs. FREE! Kaleidoscope Toys, 110 North IH35, Ste 375, Round Rock.

Mr. Will’s Music Class for Kids (Bee Cave) – 10-10:45 am. Mr. Will is back with his popular kid’s music class!  Kids get to sing along to old favorites and Mr. Will originals! FREE! Whole Foods, 12601 Hill Country Blvd., Bee Cave.

Storytime with Dr. Candra 11:00 am. 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.

Armstrong Community School Music (Bee Cave) – 12:30 pm. Children ages 0 – 5 will love this interactive music class, presented by Armstrong Community Music School. Music-making brings children and caregivers together in a fun, creative environment and encourages bonding, brain development, and language acquisition. Come sing, dance, and play with us! FREE! Laura’s Library, 9411 Bee Cave Road.

Rockin’ Kids: Book and Craft (Round Rock) – 4:30 pm.  Enjoy a book and extend the fun with a related craft. FREE! Round Rock Public Library, 216 E. Main Street, Round Rock.

Evening Storytime (Round Rock) – 6:30-7:00 pm. A pajama friendly storytime for all ages. FREE! Round Rock Public Library, 216 E. Main Street, Round Rock.

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Free Admission to Contemporary Austin at Laguna Gloria - 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Visit the exhibits and the grounds of the Contemporary Austin at Laguna Gloria for FREE! The Contemporary Austin, Laguna Gloria, 3809 West 35th Street.

Baby Day at The Alamo Drafthouse –  Movies before 2 p.m. The lights are up a bit, the sound is down a bit so moms and dads can head to the movies without the babies even knowing that they were at the movies. Infants are welcome to these shows, and of course, are allowed in for free. Take some time for yourself, pack up the kids, and head out to the Alamo Drafthouse for some much needed entertainment! Regular admission applies. Please note: Baby day is only on Tuesdays at the Alamo Village, Alamo South Lamar, Alamo Lakeline and Alamo Slaughter.

Heartsong Music Storytime – 10:30 am. 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 their inherent musical ability as well as encourage their cognitive development.  FREE! BookPeopl, 603 N. Lamar Blvd.

Chinese Bilingual Storytime (Round Rock) – 10:30 am. This program, developed for ages 3 and up, celebrates Chinese culture with stories, fingerplays, songs, and other activities in both English and Mandarin. FREE! Round Rock Public Library, 216 E. Main Street, Round Rock.

Storytime at Austin Zoo 11:15 a.m. and 1:15 p.m., Kids will enjoy a storytime in the Primate Pavillion! Included in zoo admission. Austin Zoo, 10808 Rawhide Trail.

Music with Mr. Will- 11:30 am. His sing-along style incorporates equal parts of teaching and performing for energetic young audiences. Infectious melodies combined with upbeat lyrics make him beloved among pre-schoolers and early-elementary students, who clap, march, jump and dance along to their favorite songs. Plus, the entire family can enjoy the music. FREE! Brilliant Sky Toys and Books, 701 S Capital of Texas Hwy, Ste D-480, Austin.

Homeschool Gaming - 1:30 – 3:00 pm. Homeschoolers ages 7+ are invited to the Library to get together and game! Play Minecraft, Roblox, World of Warcraft, and more. The Library will provide an Xbox, Wii U, and some laptops, but participants are encouraged to bring their own laptops, tablets, and devices as well. FREE! Cedar Park Public Library, 550 Discovery Blvd., Cedar Park.

Book Circle - 3:30 pm. Join us for stories, crafts, games and more. FREE! APL – Twin Oaks Branch, 1800 S. Fifth Street.

Lego Lab – 5:30 pm. 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! APL – Ruiz Branch, 1600 Grove Blvd.

Family Night: Kids Craft and Adult Coloring (Bee Cave) – 6 pm. Join us in the evening on Tuesday for a craft for the whole family!  Between 6:00 and 7:00 p.m., stop by at any time to see what we’re making.  You can build it in the library or take it home to share. We will also have adult coloring supplies available so the whole family can be creative. FREE! Laura’s Library, 9411 Bee Cave Road.

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Storytime at Whole Foods (Arbor Trails) – 9:00 to 10:00 a.m., Bring the little ones, it’s story time! Each week we will feature a different story, interactive craft and healthy snack. FREE! Whole Foods, 4301 W. William Cannon.

Music with Mar (Round Rock)- 9:15 – 10:15 am. 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. Baby Earth, 106 East Old Settlers Blvd., Round Rock.

Whole Foods Kid’s Club – 9:30 a.m., Join Hannah on the mezzanine for Kids Club! Each week features a different craft or story. No RSVP is necessary, however we do recommend arriving a few minutes early. FREE! Whole Foods, 525 N. Lamar Blvd.

Sprouts at Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center – 10-11 am.  Bring your little ones to the Family Garden for our weekly Sprouts Preschool program that is geared towards ages 2-6. A Nature Play Guide will lead you through the Family Garden to explore all that it has to offer. Each program will include a hands on activity, story, nature walk and of course, nature play! New program theme each week. Themes and topics are age and seasonally appropriate. Please come dressed for the weather and don’t forget your water bottle! Included in cost of admission. Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave.

Baby Signs Storytime – 10:30 am. Today is Baby Signs® Story Time! Tina Cavanaugh, with the help of BeeBo™ the Baby Signs® Bear will introduce some signs for sea creatures from the More Sign, Say & Play® Classes. With fun books and songs you’ll see how signing with your baby can reduce tears and help them share their world with you. Come early to get a good seat! All age children are welcome. FREE! BookPeople, 603 N. Lamar Blvd.

AdvertisementStory Time with CJ the Explorer – 12:30 p.m., Join CJ. the Explorer for her Award Winning Story Time, featuring songs and sign language. Then stay and play in our free Play Zone full of hand-picked toys from around the world! FREE! All Things Kids @ The Domain, 3220 Feathergrass Court.

Lego Lab – 3:00 pm. 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! APL – Southeast Branch, 5803 Nuckols Crossing Road.

Crafts and Face Painting with GlitteeRee (Round Rock) – 4-6 p.m. Crafts and Face Painting by GlitteRee are included in regular admission. Safari Champ, 1400 East Old Settlers Blvd.,  # 200, Round Rock.

AdvertisementCommunity Night at The Thinkery - 4-8 p.m.,  Admission is by donation only. Entry is based on a first come, first served basis. The Thinkery, 1830 Simond Avenue.Advertisement

Discovery: Austin Reptile Show – 4:30 pm. The Discovery hands on program explores all sorts of different topics, including science, literature, technology, and more. Especially designed for our older kids (third graders and up), come back each week and learn something new! Get ready for creepy crawly fun with snakes, lizards and turtles from around the world! Austin Reptile Shows will bring live reptiles to Laura’s Library on to teach kids about reptile diversity, adaptations, biology and conservation in this high-energy learning experience. FREE! Laura’s Library, 9411 Bee Cave Road.

Chess Club – 5-6 pm. Learn to play chess! Children under 10 must be accompanied by an adult. All levels welcome. Recommended for ages ten years and above. Chess sets are limited. Chess timers are welcome. FREE!  APL –  WIllie Mae Kirk Branch, 3101 Oak Springs Drive.

Krispy Kreme Family Night – 6-8 p.m., Kids can decorate one FREE doughnut each, plus enjoy crafts and more. Krispy Kreme, 701 E Stassney Lane and 12586 Research Blvd, Austin.Advertisement

Cirque du Soleil: Kooza – 8 pm. KOOZA tells the story of The Innocent, a melancholy loner in search of his place in the world.  KOOZA is a return to the origins of Cirque du Soleil: It combines two circus traditions – acrobatic performance and the art of clowning. The show highlights the physical demands of human performance in all its splendor and fragility, presented in a colorful mélange that emphasizes bold slapstick humor. The Innocent’s journey brings him into contact with a panoply of comic characters such as the King, the Trickster and the Obnoxious Tourist and his Bad Dog. Between strength and fragility, laughter and smiles, turmoil and harmony, KOOZA explores themes of fear, identity, recognition and power. The show is set in an electrifying and exotic visual world full of surprises, thrills, chills, audacity and total involvement. Circuit of the Americas, 9201 Circuit of the Americas Blvd.

Thursday, September 3, 2015

AdvertisementThe Signing Connection: Baby Sign and Play (Round Rock) – 9:30 am. Baby Sign & Play Classes provide an interactive learning session for child and parent to begin the path to learn basic sign language communication skills. Research has shown how pre-verbal children, who learn ASL, have reduced frustration and stress by being able to convey their needs and feelings. Learning Sign Language is a fun way for the whole family to learn a second language.  Baby Sign & Play is designed for children ages 0-3. Cost: $7 per class. Baby Earth, 106 East Old Settlers Blvd., Round Rock.

AdvertisementFree Admission at The Blanton – 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Thursdays are free to the public. FREE! Blanton Museum of Art, 200 E Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Austin.Advertisement

French Legation Storytime - 10 am. Join us on the front porch of the historic house for storytime. Feel free to bring snacks, blankets, and your imagination. FREE!! The French Legation Museum, 802 San Marcos Street, Austin.

Storytime at Austin Zoo – 11:15 a.m. and 1:15 p.m., Kids will enjoy a storytime in the Primate Pavillion! Included in zoo admission. Austin Zoo, 10808 Rawhide Trail.

Crafternoon: Message Boards and Pencil Toppers – 3:30 pm. Recommended for ages 5 and up. Join us for stories, crafts, games and more. FREE! APL – Yarborough Branch, 2200 Hancock.

Explorers Club: Crafty Kids – 3:30 – 4:00 pm. Make a fun craft for FREE! Cedar Park Public Library, 550 Discovery Blvd., Cedar Park.

Unplugged at the Grove: Gina Chavez –  8 pm. Join KGSR 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. Shady Grove, 1624 Barton Springs Rd.

Cirque du Soleil: Kooza – 8 pm. KOOZA tells the story of The Innocent, a melancholy loner in search of his place in the world.  KOOZA is a return to the origins of Cirque du Soleil: It combines two circus traditions – acrobatic performance and the art of clowning. The show highlights the physical demands of human performance in all its splendor and fragility, presented in a colorful mélange that emphasizes bold slapstick humor. The Innocent’s journey brings him into contact with a panoply of comic characters such as the King, the Trickster and the Obnoxious Tourist and his Bad Dog. Between strength and fragility, laughter and smiles, turmoil and harmony, KOOZA explores themes of fear, identity, recognition and power. The show is set in an electrifying and exotic visual world full of surprises, thrills, chills, audacity and total involvement. Circuit of the Americas, 9201 Circuit of the Americas Blvd.

 

Friday, September 4, 2015

Sprouts at Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center – 10 – 11 am.  Bring your little ones to the Family Garden for our weekly Sprouts Preschool program that is geared towards ages 2-6. A Nature Play Guide will lead you through the Family Garden to explore all that it has to offer. Each program will include a hands on activity, story, nature walk and of course, nature play! New program theme each week. Themes and topics are age and seasonally appropriate. Please come dressed for the weather and don’t forget your water bottle! Included in cost of admission. Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave.

Storytime Art: Dinos - 10:45 am. Storytime Art, or StArt! is a great opportunity for your young child to experience art! Storytimes are geared to the 3 – 5 year old preschooler, but some projects could easily translate into a Mommy and Me project for those a little younger. And, of course, anyone older is welcome, as well! Storytimes always include at least one book and a related art project, but often include surprises like songs, poems, and coloring pages. Cost is $12 per child, or buy a punch-card and get 6 classes for $60! The Art Garage, 11190 Circle Drive.

AdvertisementStory Time with CJ the Explorer – 12:30 p.m., Join CJ. the Explorer for her Award Winning Story Time, featuring songs and sign language. Then stay and play in our free Play Zone full of hand-picked toys from around the world! FREE! All Things Kids @ The Domain, 3220 Feathergrass Court.

Lego Lab - 4:00 pm. 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! APL – North Village Branch, 2505 Steck Ave.

Crafternoon - 4 pm. Drop by the library and make a craft while you search for books, movies and music. We’ve got paper crafts, easy sewing and more fun projects for the whole family. We provide the supplies; you provide the creativity. FREE! APL – Spicewood Springs Branch, 8637 Spicewood Springs Road.

Cirque du Soleil: Kooza – 4:30 and 8 pm. KOOZA tells the story of The Innocent, a melancholy loner in search of his place in the world.  KOOZA is a return to the origins of Cirque du Soleil: It combines two circus traditions – acrobatic performance and the art of clowning. The show highlights the physical demands of human performance in all its splendor and fragility, presented in a colorful mélange that emphasizes bold slapstick humor. The Innocent’s journey brings him into contact with a panoply of comic characters such as the King, the Trickster and the Obnoxious Tourist and his Bad Dog. Between strength and fragility, laughter and smiles, turmoil and harmony, KOOZA explores themes of fear, identity, recognition and power. The show is set in an electrifying and exotic visual world full of surprises, thrills, chills, audacity and total involvement. Circuit of the Americas, 9201 Circuit of the Americas Blvd.

Music in the Park (Pflugerville) – 6:30 – 9:30 pm. Bring blankets, lawn chairs and the family and enjoy the music (Tiarra Girls and the Brew)  in the shade of the historic location in the heart of Pflugerville.  FREE! Pfluger Park, 515 City Park Road.

Ballet Austin’s Hamlet – 8 pm. Ballet Austin’s 2015/16 season begins with one of Stephen Mills’ signature works. Hamlet is a contemporary ballet, based on the classic Shakespearean story of a young man and his incredible family drama. Ballet companies around the world perform this stunning, lush and emotionally driving dance work, set to music by American composer Philip Glass. In addition to its Austin return, this season Hamlet will be performed by The Washington Ballet at The Kennedy Center in the nation’s capital and by Ballet Augsburg in Augsburg, Germany. Tickets start at $15.  Long Center for Performing Arts, 701 W. Riverside Drive.

Saturday, September 5, 2015

Round Rock Market Days - 9 am to 4 pm.  Market Days features farmers market items, arts and crafts, food vendors, and live music all day. FREE! Centennial Plaza, behind the Baca Center, 301 W. Bagdad, Round Rock.

Nature Play Hour at Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center – 10-11 am. Come explore the Family Garden with a guided activity from 10 – 11 a.m.! This program is informal and led by experienced Nature Play Guides. Activities are inquiry based to allow the visitor to guide their own learning. New activity each week. Included in cost of admission. Be sure to pickup a free Discover Park. Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse.

Things That Go Storytime - 11:30 am. Who can resist the allure of a brand-new tractor sparkling in the morning sun or an endless string of shiny train cars stretching as far as the eye can see? If you’re nodding in agreement, then you’ll want to come read McToad Mows Tiny Island with us, along with other stories about all the different kinds of miraculous machines that rumble and rattle and go!  FREE! BookPeople, 603 N. Lamar Blvd.

Fresh Art Set - 1-3 pm. Teens, join us for a free drop-in session to explore opportunities specifically for you at The Contemporary. Stay to make art and see the park! (Ages 13–19).  The Contemporary Austin at Laguna Gloria, 3809 W. 35th Street.

All Ages Storytime – 3 pm. Storytime programs introduce young children to books, rhymes, music and other fun activities. Austin Public Library offers programs matched to the typical attention spans and developmental levels of different ages of children.  FREE! Recycled Reads, 5335 Burnet Road.

Fun Fun Fun Fest Presents Family Funday : Youth Gone Wild – 4-8 pm. Free with a suggested $5 donation that goes to Girls Rock Austin. Tickets: https://transmissionevents.queueapp.com/events/13561. The family will enjoy free bowling, rollerskating, an Alamo Drafthouse double feature, the first ever FFF Bowling Tournament and more! Millennium Youth Entertainment Complex, 1156 Hargrave Street.

Cirque du Soleil: Kooza – 4:30 and 8 pm. KOOZA tells the story of The Innocent, a melancholy loner in search of his place in the world.  KOOZA is a return to the origins of Cirque du Soleil: It combines two circus traditions – acrobatic performance and the art of clowning. The show highlights the physical demands of human performance in all its splendor and fragility, presented in a colorful mélange that emphasizes bold slapstick humor. The Innocent’s journey brings him into contact with a panoply of comic characters such as the King, the Trickster and the Obnoxious Tourist and his Bad Dog. Between strength and fragility, laughter and smiles, turmoil and harmony, KOOZA explores themes of fear, identity, recognition and power. The show is set in an electrifying and exotic visual world full of surprises, thrills, chills, audacity and total involvement. Circuit of the Americas, 9201 Circuit of the Americas Blvd.

Ballet Austin’s Hamlet – 8 pm. Ballet Austin’s 2015/16 season begins with one of Stephen Mills’ signature works. Hamlet is a contemporary ballet, based on the classic Shakespearean story of a young man and his incredible family drama. Ballet companies around the world perform this stunning, lush and emotionally driving dance work, set to music by American composer Philip Glass. In addition to its Austin return, this season Hamlet will be performed by The Washington Ballet at The Kennedy Center in the nation’s capital and by Ballet Augsburg in Augsburg, Germany. Tickets start at $15.  Long Center for Performing Arts, 701 W. Riverside Drive.

Sunday, September 6, 2015

Free First Sunday at Bullock Texas State History Museum – Noon to 3 pm. Enjoy FREE exhibition admission all day during Free First Sundays, held the first Sunday of every month. Families can explore The Story of Texas through three floors of exhibitions that showcase artifacts from around the state. Special family programs from 12-3 p.m. combine art creation, presentations by partner organizations, and gallery activities. Event Summary: Explore the vast world that lies underneath the surfaces of Texas’s rivers, lakes, and ocean.  Bullock Texas State History Museum, 1800 N. Congress Ave.

UMLAUF Family Day – Noon to 4 pm. Enjoy FREE children’s yoga, storytime, clay creations, music sculpture safaris, chalk drawing and more for FREE! UMLAUF Sculpture Garden, 605 Robert E. Lee Road.

Sunday Funday: Pinhole Camera – 1-4 pm. Sunday Fundays at the Neill-Cochran House Museum feature historically-inspired activities for children, scavenger hunts in the historic house (a bit less hands-on, please!), and informal tours of the museum. Looking for that extra little bit of weekend time to come out and see something new? Between our spacious lawn and kid-friendly activities, we’re in it to offer a museum experience to folks of all ages and, (ahem!) attention spans. Come play! FREE! Neill-Cochran House, 2310 San Gabriel Street.

Cirque du Soleil: Kooza – 1:30 and 5:00 pm. KOOZA tells the story of The Innocent, a melancholy loner in search of his place in the world.  KOOZA is a return to the origins of Cirque du Soleil: It combines two circus traditions – acrobatic performance and the art of clowning. The show highlights the physical demands of human performance in all its splendor and fragility, presented in a colorful mélange that emphasizes bold slapstick humor. The Innocent’s journey brings him into contact with a panoply of comic characters such as the King, the Trickster and the Obnoxious Tourist and his Bad Dog. Between strength and fragility, laughter and smiles, turmoil and harmony, KOOZA explores themes of fear, identity, recognition and power. The show is set in an electrifying and exotic visual world full of surprises, thrills, chills, audacity and total involvement. Circuit of the Americas, 9201 Circuit of the Americas Blvd.

 

Ballet Austin’s Hamlet – 3 pm. Ballet Austin’s 2015/16 season begins with one of Stephen Mills’ signature works. Hamlet is a contemporary ballet, based on the classic Shakespearean story of a young man and his incredible family drama. Ballet companies around the world perform this stunning, lush and emotionally driving dance work, set to music by American composer Philip Glass. In addition to its Austin return, this season Hamlet will be performed by The Washington Ballet at The Kennedy Center in the nation’s capital and by Ballet Augsburg in Augsburg, Germany. Tickets start at $15.  Long Center for Performing Arts, 701 W. Riverside Drive.

Splash Jam (Cedar Park) – 5-9 pm. Washer tournament will begin at 4 pm. Beginning at 5 pm, enjoy live music, food concessions and inflatables. Fees apply for face painting, mechanical bull, hamster balls, quad jump, carnival games & rides. Cool off in Milburn Pool from 1 – 8 pm (regular pool rates apply). The evening will end with a fabulous fireworks display. Elizabeth Milburn Park, 1901 Sun Chase Blvd., Cedar Park.

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