Weekly Planner: January 11-17, 2016

Monday, January 11, 2016

Baby Bloomers: Fairy Tales – 9 a.m. – noon. Avoid the troll as you make your way to the Thinkery to learn more about Three Billy Goats Gruff! Join us as we construct bridges, experiment with size and create our very own trolls. Included with regular admission. Join special guest Ms. Staci at 10:30 am.  The Thinkery, 1830 Simond Avenue.

Mr. Will’s Music Class at Whole Foods Kid’s Club (Bee Cave) – 10 a.m., Mr. Will plays classics, covers and original music. Kids can dance and sing to their hearts delight! Come early as seats fill up fast. FREE! Whole Foods, 12601 Hill Country Blvd., Bee Cave.

Storytime with Dr. Candra 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.

Homeschool Teens: Make a Mini Movie (Pflugerville) – 1:30-2:30 p.m., We are going to use a green screen, Lego mini-figures, and the Green Screen by Do Ink app to make our own mini-movie. Any teens ages 12-18 who homeschool are invited to attend. No registration required. FREE! Pflugerville Public Library – Lantana room, 1008 W. Pfluger Street, Pflugerville.

Homeschool Teens: Digital Illustration (Pflugerville) – 1:30-2:30 p.m., Learn the basics of digital illustration. We’ll use a free software called Inkscape to complete basic tutorials. Any teens ages 12-18 who homeschool are welcome to attend. No registration required. FREE! Pflugerville Public Library – Lantana room, 1008 W. Pfluger Street, Pflugerville.

Lego Lab – 3:30 p.m., Recommended for ages 5 and up. 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! FREE! Austin Public Library, Howson Branch.

Crafternoon – 3:30 p.m., 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! Austin Public Library, Manchaca Road Branch.

Rockin’ Kids Club (Round Rock) –  4:30-5:15 p.m., It’s Art Week! Elementary students are welcome to explore the creative arts with open-ended projects and creative materials at the Round Rock Public Library‘s Rockin’ Kids Club for elementary students. FREE! Round Rock Public Library, 216 E. Main Street, Round Rock.

Reading Buddies (Cedar Park) – 4:30-5:30 p.m., Kids in grades K-3 are invited to read to a teen Reading Buddy. Practice your reading skills with a friendly face! Registration starts at 3:30 on the day of the program. Call 501-5632 for details. Cedar Park Public Library, 550 Discovery Blvd., Cedar Park.

Felt Friends World Tour: Pocket Yeti – 6:30 p.m., Join us each month through May 2016, as we sew another felt project. This program uses sharp sewing needles and so is recommended for ages 10 and up. Adults are welcome to join in the fun! FREE! Austin Public Library, Hampton Branch at Oak Hill.

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Whole Foods Kid’s Club – 9:30 a.m., Looking for something fun and free to do with the kids? Come to Kids Club every Tuesday at 9:30 am! We’ll have different crafts and/or story time each week.Appropriate for ages 2-5yrs old. Story-time is held in our community room upstairs (to the left of the elevators/stairway) and parental supervision is requested. FREE! Whole Foods Domain, 11920 Domain Drive.

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 Lane.

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.

Toddler Storytime -10:15 a.m., Recommended for children aged 18 months to 3 years. A storytime program designed for toddlers and their parents, featuring stories, songs, fingerplays, and games. FREE! Austin Public Library, multiple locations.

Bad Kitty Storytime – 10:30 a.m., Here at BookPeople, we’re huge fans of Bad Kitty and her adorable antics! This morning, we’re reading her classic story, Bad Kitty, with Kitty herself as a special guest! FREE! BookPeople, 603 N. Lamar Blvd.

Barnes & Noble Storytime (Round Rock) – 11 a.m., Enjoy two delightful books this morning: Strictly No Elephants by Lisa Mantchev and Taeeun Yoo and The Guild of Geniuses by Dan Santat. FREE! Barns & Noble, La Frontera Village, 2701 Parker Road.

Pottery Barn Kids Storytime - 11-11:30 a.m., Join Pottery Barn Kids for a FREE weekly storytime! Pottery Barn, Barton Creek Square, 2901 S. Cap. Tx. Hwy.

Spanish Storytime – Cuentos en español – 11 a.m., Children of all ages are welcome. All Ages storytime in Spanish / Una hora de cuentos en español para niños y niñas desde bebitos hasta edad escolar. FREE! Austin Public Library, North Village and Cepeda Branch.

Sensory Storytime: All Ages – All Abilities - 11:15 a.m., Children of all abilities and ages are welcome! Sensory Storytime features interactive books, singing, and music and will incorporate some sensory activities, like movement and bubbles. It is geared toward children with special needs, their families and friends. FREE! Austin Public Library, Carver Branch.

Lego Lab – 3:30 p.m., Recommended for ages 5 and up. 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! FREE! Austin Public Library, multiple locations.

Teen Tech Club: Fun with Circuits (Round Rock) – 4:30-5:30 p.m., Explore the world of circuits with snap together circuits littleBits , and Squishy Circuits, using play doh.  How creative can we be? Space is limited to 15, so sign up early! FREE! Round Rock Public Library, 216 E. Main Street, Round Rock.

Family Movie Night: Minions –  6:30 p.m., Join us for a movie screening. Watch and discover new films at the Austin Public Library. FREE! Austin Public Library, Twin Oaks Branch.

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

FREE Car Seat Safety Check (Round Rock) – 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., FREE Car Seat Safety Check!! Have your child’s safety seat checked by a nationally certified child passenger safety (CPS) technician on the second Wednesday of every month at BabyEarth, and determine if the seat is safe and being used correctly. Appointments run from 9am – 12pm. Must call to reserve your spot! 512-600-7050. Baby Earth, 106 East Old Settlers Blvd., Round Rock.

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

Kids Club with Kiely - 9:30 a.m., This week we are reading An Orange in January by Dianna Hutts Aston and munching on citrus and Back to Nature snack packs. FREE! Whole Foods Downtown, 525 N. Lamar Blvd.

Toddler Storytime -10:15 a.m., Recommended for children aged 18 months to 3 years. A storytime program designed for toddlers and their parents, featuring stories, songs, fingerplays, and games. FREE! Austin Public Library, multiple locations.

Ms. Staci Storytime – 10:30 a.m., 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! FREE! BookPeople, 603 N. Lamar Blvd.

Preschool Storytime – 11 a.m., Recommended for children ages 3 to 5. Storytime for preschoolers and their parents featuring stories, songs, fingerplays, rhymes, and crafts. FREE! Austin Public Library, multiple locations.

Wednesday Storytime – 11 a.m., Head to Barns & Noble in the Arboretum every Wednesday for a FREE storytime! Barnes & Noble, 10000 Research Blvd.

Story 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.

Bilingual French Storytime – 3:30 p.m., Children of all ages are welcome. Bonjour and welcome to this très special French/English dual language storytime! Join us, s’il vous plait, on the second Wednesday of the month at 3:30 PM for stories, songs and crafts in French and English. FREE! Austin Public Library, Hampton Branch at Oak Hill.

Community 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.

Chess Club – 5-6 p.m., Learn to play chess! Children under 10 must be accompanied by an adult. All levels welcome. FREE! Austin Public Library, Willie Mae Kirk Branch.

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.
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Thursday, January 14, 2016

Teddy Bear Clinic (Round Rock) – 10-11:30 a.m., The Round Rock Public Library welcomes children to help their stuffed animals get a check-up at a Teddy Bear Clinic featuring healthcare professionals from Baylor Scott and White. Kids, please bring a stuffed animal and be ready to help a doctor or nurse perform a well-check.  The Library will have extra stuffed animals available for children who do not bring a toy of their own. All ages are welcome. Our regular storytimes will also be happening in the meeting rooms just down the hall from the Gallery, at the following times: 9:30 storytime sessions: Babytime (ages 12 – 18 months) and Preschool Storytime (ages 3 and up). 10:30 storytime sessions: Toddlertime (ages 18 months – 3 years) and Preschool Storytime (ages 3 and up). FREE! Round Rock Public Library, 216 E. Main Street, Round Rock.

Free Admission to The Blanton – 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., FREE! Blanton Museum of Art, 200 E MLK Jr Blvd, Austin.

Storytime (Pflugerville) – 10 and 11 a.m., Children build language and social skills through books, songs, rhymes, and fun. Followed by a craft. FREE! Pflugerville Public Library, 1008 W. Pfluger Street, Pflugerville.

AdvertisementExplorers Club: Super Science (Cedar Park) – 3:30 p.m., Each Thursday, kids in grades K-5 meet to explore a set of rotating programs. This week,  kids will learn about a science concept and do a fun activity. FREE! Cedar Park Library, 550 Discovery Blvd, Cedar Park.

Toddler Storytime -10:15 a.m., Recommended for children aged 18 months to 3 years. A storytime program designed for toddlers and their parents, featuring stories, songs, fingerplays, and games. FREE! Austin Public Library, multiple locations.

Books and Babies – 2 p.m., Recommended for ages 0-18 months. 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. FREE! Austin Public Library, Spicewood Springs Branch.

Lego Lab - 3:30 p.m., Recommended for ages 5 and up. 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! FREE! Austin Public Library, Yarborough Branch.

Crafternoon – 4 p.m., 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! Austin Public Library, Twin Oaks Branch.

The Amazing Acro-cats – 7 p.m., Come see real rescued house cats roll on balls, ride skateboards, balance on balls and more! Witness the ONLY all cat band in the ENTIRE WORLD – Tuna and the Rock Cats – play real instruments! (Sorry they refuse to play Freebird.) Limited shows so buy your tickets online before they sell out! We proud to announce we will be partnering with Austin Pets Alive! An Austin-based animal welfare and rescue organization, Austin Pets Alive will have a cat-adoption event in the lobby as well as part of our proceeds will be donated to their cause! Live and in Purrson, the Amazing Acro-cats featuring Tuna and the Rock Cats is not to be missed! Stateside at the Paramount Theatre, 719 Congress Avenue.

Friday, January 15, 2016

Interactive Story Time (Round Rock) –  9:30-10:15 a.m. for 0-18 months meets, 10:30 a.m. for children older than 18-months. We will read a couple interactive books, sing songs, jam out with musical instruments, play with a parachute, AND pop bubbles!! Baby Earth, 106 East Old Settlers Blvd., Round Rock.

All Ages Storytime – 10:15 a.m., Recommended for children aged 5 and under. Storytime featuring stories, songs, fingerplays, rhymes, and crafts. FREE! Austin Public Library, Faulk Central.

Dual Language Storytime – 10:15 a.m., Children of all ages are welcome. All ages storytime which uses both English and Spanish to present books, rhymes and songs. It differs from a traditional bilingual storytime in that some material is presented in English while other material is presented in Spanish, allowing for a natural transition between stories and activities and exposing children to both languages in an inviting environment. FREE! Austin Public Library, Pleasant Hill Branch.

Storytime Art –Winter Weather  - 10:45 a.m., 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. It’s Winter; the weather is getting colder.  We’ll make a craft and read stories about cold weather, ice and snow. Our painting project is a bowl, perfect for warm soup on a cold day! Cost is $12 per child, or buy a punch-card and get 6 classes for $60! The Art Garage, 11190 Circle Drive.

Music with Mr. Will - 12-12:30 p.m., 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.

Story 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.

Live Music at Central Market North – 6:30-9:00 p.m., Casa Loma Playboys. FREE! Central Market, 4001 N Lamar Blvd, Austin.

Friday Night Storytime (Round Rock) – 7 p.m.,  Enjoy two delightful new books this evening: What The Dinosaurs Did Last Night: A Very Messy Adventure by Refe and Susan Tuma and The Nuts: Sing and Dance in Your Polka-Dot Pants by Eric Litwin and Scott Magoon. FREE! Barnes & Noble, La Frontera Village, 2701 Parker Road, Round Rock.

The Amazing Acro-cats – 7 p.m., Come see real rescued house cats roll on balls, ride skateboards, balance on balls and more! Witness the ONLY all cat band in the ENTIRE WORLD – Tuna and the Rock Cats – play real instruments! (Sorry they refuse to play Freebird.) Limited shows so buy your tickets online before they sell out! We proud to announce we will be partnering with Austin Pets Alive! An Austin-based animal welfare and rescue organization, Austin Pets Alive will have a cat-adoption event in the lobby as well as part of our proceeds will be donated to their cause! Live and in Purrson, the Amazing Acro-cats featuring Tuna and the Rock Cats is not to be missed! Stateside at the Paramount Theatre, 719 Congress Avenue.

Saturday, January 16, 2016

Michael’s Kid’s Club : Snowman Mobile – 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., They craft, you shop! Kids 3 and up can enjoy a quick project and take home a finished masterpiece. Sign up in store or online, or just drop in. $2 per child, supplies included. Parent or guardian must remain on premises during the event. All participating Michael’s locations.

Space 8 Workshop: Judobots – 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., This week is all about super powers! Engineer a hydraulic bot from simple materials, in a sophisticated way. Once you’ve built your super bot, enter into the battle arena and face off with other opponents! Ages 8+.  Cost: 1 Child + 1 Adult = $34 | 1 Member Child + 1 Member Adult = $30 | 1 Extra Child = $22 | 1 Extra Member Child = $20. The Thinkery, 1830 Simond Avenue.

French to Music Storytime – 11:30 a.m., Join us for a song and movement-based French lesson with our special guest Haleigh! Enjoy some singing and dancing, with a little learning, too! This intro-level storytime is suitable for any and all guests of all ages! FREE! BookPeople, 603 N. Lamar Blvd.

Star Wars Family Fan Fest – Noon – 4 p.m., Bring the entire family to celebrate all things Star Wars and see the newest film (or see it again) in IMAX® 3D on the biggest screen in Texas. FREE and fun event for all ages! (Event is free. Tickets required to see The Force Awakens or for museum exhibit admission.) Enjoy lightsaber demonstrations by the BAM Academy, hands on activites with Girlstart and intergalactic arts and crafts. Test your skills with family-friendly games from Austin Panic Room. Snap your picture with your favorite Star Wars characters from Austin’s 501st Legion. Make a Lego Star Wars masterpiece with Play Well TEKnologies. Don’t miss Star Wars prize giveaways as well as comic book giveaways courtesy of Dragon’s Lair Austin Comics and Fantasies.  Want to see the Star Wars: The Force Awakens (or see it again) in IMAX® 3D on the biggest screen in Texas? Film tickets are still available and can be purchased at the link above or at the Museum’s ticketing counter. But hurry, they are going fast. Bullock Museum, 1800 Congress Avenue.

Art Smart Storytime – 1 p.m., 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! Austin Public Library, Willie Mae Kirk Branch.

Austin Zoo’s Bear Cubs 2nd Birthday Party - 1 p.m., You’re invited to join us to celebrate Korben, Tilly and Ruby’s 2nd birthday with bear-themed refreshments served as long as they last. The bears will be demonstrating what they have learned in their training classes and then will dine on a special birthday lunch. Free with regular Zoo admission. Austin Zoo, 10808 Rawhide Trail.

Let’s Go Nihongo!Japanese Workshop – 2 p.m.,Ages 5-12. Celebrating the New Year with stories, songs and Crafts! This event is FREE and open to the public. FREE! Austin Public Library, Old Quarry Branch.

The Amazing Acro-cats – 3 & 7 p.m., Come see real rescued house cats roll on balls, ride skateboards, balance on balls and more! Witness the ONLY all cat band in the ENTIRE WORLD – Tuna and the Rock Cats – play real instruments! (Sorry they refuse to play Freebird.) Limited shows so buy your tickets online before they sell out! We proud to announce we will be partnering with Austin Pets Alive! An Austin-based animal welfare and rescue organization, Austin Pets Alive will have a cat-adoption event in the lobby as well as part of our proceeds will be donated to their cause! Live and in Purrson, the Amazing Acro-cats featuring Tuna and the Rock Cats is not to be missed! Stateside at the Paramount Theatre, 719 Congress Avenue.

Sunday, January 17, 2016

PBS Kids at Alamo Drafthouse: Nature Cat  – 10 a.m., The Alamo Drafthouse and our local PBS station are teaming up for a family screening of PBS KIDS’ latest show, along with themed activities and giveaways.  We will enjoy three episodes from the new show on the big screen (including a sneak peak at two brand new episodes).  This is an all-ages show with Baby Day rules – noisy young fans won’t be asked to leave the theater but we do ask that cellphones and other devices stay dark. Cost: $1-3 donation. Alamo Drafthouse Lakeline, 14028 N. US Hwy 183.

Zilker Botanical Garden Faerie Tea Party – 11 a.m.- 3 p.m., Come dressed in your faerie best for a tea party overlooking the garden. Practice faerie etiquette, stroll through the garden on a faerie scavenger hunt and plant enchanted faerie florae in a faerie ring. Kids will create a greeting card, bookmark, and landscape with pressed plants. All parties include fruit, miniature cakes, tea, and juice. Ages 3-11 years old. Register online by January 11th. Be sure to register for the Valentine’s Day event early! Cost: $16 resident child, $18 non-resident child. Zilker Botanical Garden, 2220 Barton Springs Road.

Tufts University Wind Ensemble – Noon – 1 p.m., The Tufts University of Boston Wind Ensemble will perform with an “instrument petting zoo” following the performance. The group plays a wide variety of standard wind ensemble repertoire under the direction of Dr. John McCann. FREE! Recycled Reads Bookstore, 5335 Burnet Road.

The Amazing Acro-cats – 1 & 5 p.m., Come see real rescued house cats roll on balls, ride skateboards, balance on balls and more! Witness the ONLY all cat band in the ENTIRE WORLD – Tuna and the Rock Cats – play real instruments! (Sorry they refuse to play Freebird.) Limited shows so buy your tickets online before they sell out! We proud to announce we will be partnering with Austin Pets Alive! An Austin-based animal welfare and rescue organization, Austin Pets Alive will have a cat-adoption event in the lobby as well as part of our proceeds will be donated to their cause! Live and in Purrson, the Amazing Acro-cats featuring Tuna and the Rock Cats is not to be missed! Stateside at the Paramount Theatre, 719 Congress Avenue.

Flying Theater Machine: Space Academy - 2 p.m., January and February features Space Academy: a science fiction adventure complete with spaceships and weird aliens. Using suggestions from the audience, the future world of Space Academy is created on the spot by Flying Theater Machine’s kid-approved cast of improvisers. Tickets: $5. The Hideout Theater, 617 Congress Ave.

All Ages Storytime – 3 p.m., Recommended for children aged 5 and under. Storytime featuring stories, songs, fingerplays, rhymes, and crafts. FREE! Austin Public Library, Manchaca Road Branch.

Looking for more ideas for fun with kids of all ages? Check out our series of “Things to do in Austin” for ages infant through teen:

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Things to do with Infants & Toddlers (Ages 0-2)

Things to do with Preschoolers (Ages3-6)

Things to do with Elementary Schoolers (Ages 7-12)

Things to do with Teenage Kids

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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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