Weekly Planner: January 25-31, 2016

Monday, January 25, 2016

Baby Bloomers: Fairy Tales – 9 a.m. – noon. You don’t have to climb a beanstalk to get to the Thinkery! Come on over and build your own sprout house, walk like a giant in our Move Studio and create your own magic harp while we learn all about how Jack went up the beanstalk. Included with regular admission. Join special guest Jamie Cano for a bilingual music at 9:30 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.

Rockin’ Kids Club (Round Rock) –  12-12:45 p.m., It’s gaming week at the Round Rock Public Library.  Elementary students, come to the library to play a variety of games with friends. This week is extra-special, because we’ll be celebrating our pet snake Rocksssanne’s 19th birthday. Guests will have an opportunity to meet Rockssanne during today’s session. FREE! Round Rock Public Library, 216 E. Main Street, Round Rock.

Homeschooling Round Rock – 12:30-2:30 p.m., Enjoy a Homeschooling Round Rock event for all agesJoin us for  a fun little Reader’s Theater/Poetry afternoon in the library meeting room. The older kids will be doing Reader’s Theater and the pre-readers will  be doing Poetry. For Reader’s Theater, the kids are given a script and then put on a play. No memorization is required! FREE! Round Rock Public Library, 216 E. Main Street, Round Rock.

Homeschool Teens: Online Scavenger Hunt (Pflugerville) – 1:30-2:30 p.m.,  Learn more about the library’s e-resources as we complete an online scavenger hunt. The winner will receive a free book! Any teens ages 12-18 who homeschool are welcome to attend. No registration required. FREE! Pflugerville Public Library, 1008 W. Pfluger Street, Pflugerville.

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.

Bow Wow Readers (Cedar Park) – 4:30-5:30 p.m., Kids in grades K-3 are invited to read to a certified Bow Wow Reading Dog. Practice your reading skills with Tex and read to him for 10-15 minutes! Registration starts at 3:30 on the day of the program. Call 401-5632 for details. FREE! Cedar Park Public Library, 550 Discovery Blvd., Cedar Park.

Paws & Read (Pflugerville) – 6-7 p.m., Independent readers share a good book with a canine member of the Austin Dog Alliance. Grades K – 2. Free! Children register for a shared 15 minute slot. Two children can register for the same slot. They take turns reading and petting the dog. Registration begins 1/16/16. FREE! Pflugerville Public Library, 1008 W. Pfluger Street, Pflugerville.

Dual Language Storytime – Hora de cuentos en dos idiomas – 6 p.m., 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. Austin Public Library, University Hills Branch.

Tuesday, January 26, 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.

Color Me Crazy Storytime – 10:30 a.m., Is there anything more enticing than opening up a brand-new, pristine box of crayons and inhaling the waxy potential just waiting to be unleashed? Today we are reading books like Monsters Love Colors that celebrate the crazy colors that brighten our world and inspire us to color outside the lines. FREE! BookPeople, 603 N. Lamar Blvd.

Barnes & Noble Storytime (Round Rock) – 11 a.m.,  Enjoy two delightful new books this morning: Max and Marla by Alexandra Boiger and Little Penguin Gets the Hiccups by Tadgh Bentley. FREE! Barns & Noble, La Frontera Village, 2701 Parker Road.

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.

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.

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.

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, Terrazas and Howson Branches.

Teen DIY: Mini Magnet Terrariums (Pflugerville) – 6:30-7:30 p.m., Make an adorably tiny terrarium to decorate your locker or refrigerator. No registration required. All materials will be provided while supplies last. Ages 12-18. FREE! Pflugerville Public Library, 1008 W. Pfluger Street, Pflugerville.

Pajama Storytime – 6:30 p.m., Recommended for children 5 and under. Feel free to wear pajamas to this family storytime in the evening featuring stories, songs, rhymes, games, crafts, and other activities. FREE! Austin Public Library, Willie Mae Kirk Branch.

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

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.

Imagination Station Storytime - 10:30 a.m., It’s when you let your imagination run wild that you can have the most interesting, magical adventures of all. Whether starring dancing pink elephants or monsters in a tropical jungle – you never know what your dreams will bring. This morning, we’ll read What Do You Do With an Idea? and see where our imaginations take us! 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 Japanese 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.
AdvertisementKrispy 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.

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Preschool Storytime (Round Rock) – 9:30-10 a.m., This reading activity is a fun combination of books, fingerplays, songs, and a short film or app for preschool children ages 3 to 6. 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.

Cuddle Up and Read: Lap-Sit Storytime – 10:15 a.m., Join us for a special lap-sit storytime designed for our youngest library users, ages 0-12 months. Together, we will sing, chant, read and play, helping parents incorporate early childhood literacy practices into their daily life. FREE! Austin Public Library, Manchaca Road Branch.

AdvertisementExplorers Club: Lab (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 have a free day pf Lego building. FREE! Cedar Park Library, 550 Discovery Blvd, Cedar Park.

Kids Club: Chinese New Year Dragon (Pflugerville) – 3:30-4:15 p.m., Children use their imagination to play games, re-tell stories, participate in book discussions, travel to different places, and/or make a craft. Materials available while supplies last. Recommended for ages 5 to 8. FREE! Pflugerville Public Library, 1008 W. Pfluger Street, Pflugerville.

Minecraft Club – 4 p.m., Join us for two hours of Minecraft free play! Laptops are available. You can also bring your own or other mobile device that has Minecraft downloaded! | Recommended for ages 7 and up. FREE! Austin Public Library, Twin Oaks Branch.

La Frenetika Concert at Austin City Hall – 5:30 p.m., The city of Austin is blessed with many creative musicians whose talent extends to virtually every genre, the music scene thrives because Austin audiences support good music produced by legends, our local favorites and newcomers alike. We are pleased to showcase and support local artists. FREE! City Hall, 301 W. 2nd Street.

Pajama Storytime – 6:30 p.m., Recommended for children 5 and under. Feel free to wear pajamas to this family storytime in the evening featuring stories, songs, rhymes, games, crafts, and other activities. FREE! Austin Public Library, Manchaca Road Branch.

Friday, January 29, 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 – Hibernating Bears - 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. Why do bears hibernate?  We’ll read books about hibernation–some serious and some silly, make a cute bear in a cave craft and paint bear magnets. Cost is $12 per child, or buy a punch-card and get 6 classes for $60! The Art Garage, 11190 Circle Drive.

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., Ruby Dee & the Snakehandlers. FREE! Central Market, 4001 N Lamar Blvd, Austin.

Friday Night Storytime (Round Rock) – 7 p.m., Enjoy two delightful new books this evening: The Curvy Tree: A Tale from the Land of Stories) by Chris Colfer and Brandon Dorman and Strictly No Elephants by Lisa Mantchev and Taeeun Yoo. FREE! Barnes & Noble, La Frontera Village, 2701 Parker Road.

Saturday, January 30, 2016

Free Day of Dance – 9 a.m. to 10 p.m., Over 180 FREE dance classes offered all over the Austin area in Country, Swing, Salsa, Ballroom, Tango and more!

Michael’s Kid’s Club : Love-in-Bloom Valentine  – 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.

Tomás and the Library Lady –  11 a.m. & 2 p.m., Tomás immigrates with his family from Mexico with fears of a new life and a lack of confidence in his language and culture. Then he meets a “library lady” who recognizes his thirst for knowledge and encourages him to read. Based on the true story of the Mexican-American author and education Tomás Rivera, this inspirational story suggests what reading – and self-respect – can make possible. Tickets: $16 adult, $13 child.  Zach Scott Theatre, Whisenhunt Stage, 1510 Toomey Road.

All the Little Things Storytime – 11:30 a.m., In BookKids, we have a high regard for all things little – be they the tiny humans that come in for storytime or the tiny treasures that make their ways into our pockets.  That’s why today’s storytime is all about little things.  We’ll be reading the classic picture book, George Shrinks, along with other tales so irresistibly small that you’ll want them for your very own. FREE! BookPeople, 603 N. Lamar Blvd.

Lego Skyline and Architecture Build – 2 p.m., , Adults and teenagers (ages 14 and up), join us to help build our new LEGO® Skyline in-store display and enjoy a LEGO Architecture build with Architecture Studio bricks after. FREE! Barnes & Noble, La Frontera Village, 2701 Parker Road, Round Rock and Lakeline Crossing, 14010 US Hwy. 183.

Pattern People – 2 and 4 p.m., This play is a theatrical exploration of many of the preliteracy skills needed to success in kindergarten.  It is also a fun-filled 45 minutes when four good friends explore what many different people in their world do to keep things in their community humming along.  But what happens when some of these people break their usual daily pattern of behavior?  Pollyanna’s new production will be best enjoyed by children in grades pre-k thru 2. All ages. Tickets: Start at $12. Long Center for Performing Arts, 701 W. Riverside Drive.

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Kung Fu Panda 3 Family Party – 10 a.m., Join Po and the gang as we celebrate the Lunar New Year (Chinese New Year) with KUNG FU PANDA 3.  We’ll have activities and games for the whole clan, including martial arts demostrations and traditional Chinese New Year celebrations.  KUNG FU PANDA 3 is all about family, so bring your brothers, fathers, mothers, sisters, grandparents, aunts, cousins, and crazy uncles!  Cost: $13. Alamo Drafthouse Lakeline, 14028 N US Highway 183 Bldg F.
Family Game Day (Pflugerville) – 1:30-3:30 p.m., Bring your whole family for an afternoon of board games and video games. We’ll have everything from Settlers of Catan and Apples to Apples to Mario Kart and Just Dance. All ages are welcome. FREE! Pflugerville Public Library, 1008 W. Pfluger Street, Pflugerville.

Pattern People – 2 p.m., This play is a theatrical exploration of many of the preliteracy skills needed to success in kindergarten.  It is also a fun-filled 45 minutes when four good friends explore what many different people in their world do to keep things in their community humming along.  But what happens when some of these people break their usual daily pattern of behavior?  Pollyanna’s new production will be best enjoyed by children in grades pre-k thru 2. All ages. Tickets: Start at $12. Long Center for Performing Arts, 701 W. Riverside Drive.

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.
Tomás and the Library Lady –  2 p.m., Tomás immigrates with his family from Mexico with fears of a new life and a lack of confidence in his language and culture. Then he meets a “library lady” who recognizes his thirst for knowledge and encourages him to read. Based on the true story of the Mexican-American author and education Tomás Rivera, this inspirational story suggests what reading – and self-respect – can make possible. Tickets: $16 adult, $13 child.  Zach Scott Theatre, Whisenhunt Stage, 1510 Toomey Road.

Enter the Pippi Longstocking giveaway for a family four pack of tickets. Details here.

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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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