Weekly Planner: July 13-19, 2015

Welcome to the all new Weekly Planner on LiveMom.com! We’ve combined our two most favorite weekly posts, The Weekenders (weekend events) and What’s Up Weekly (weekday events) into one! Wondering which family-friendly events are happening during the week? Want to plan your weekend out a little early? You’ll find the top happenings in the Austin area here each week.

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Monday, July 13, 2015

Baby Bloomers: Exploring the World – 9:00am – noon. Join us for the last week of exploring the world! Grab your parka and adventure to the chilly continent of Antarctica. We will discover chilly ice caps, make our very own paper tube penguins, create a seal masterpiece and more! Recommended for ages 0-3. Price: $4.50 Non-Members/ $2.50 Members. Thinkery, 1830 Simond Avenue.

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.

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.

Wild Things Zoofari (Round Rock) – 10:30 – 11:00 a.m., Fun, interactive, educational event for all ages with LIVE exotics animals!  Cost is $10 includes admission. Safari Champ, 1400 East Old Settlers Blvd.,  # 200, Round Rock.

Family Story Time – 11:00 a.m. Where will your imagination take you? At Family Story Time, 2-6 year olds will enjoy a FREE experience just for them with hands-on activities, stories, songs, games, and more. Every Monday, explore a new topic related to the Lone Star State. Bullock Texas State History Museum, 1800 N. Congress Avenue.

LEGO Lab – 1 p.m., 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- Faulk Central Library, 800 Guadalupe Street.

SRP Event: Cantaro – 2 p.m., Cántaro is a Spanish language vocal and musical ensemble that devotes its artistic endeavors to children, creating songs and mixing them together with acting and puppetry.  FREE! APL – Windsor Park Branch, 5833 Westminster Drive.

Crafternoon – 2 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! APL- Manchaca Road Branch, 5500 Manchaca Road and Carver Branch, 1161 Angelina Street.

Tech Camp: Online Art Studios <strong(Bee Cave) – 2 p.m., Art is fun to learn when kids are allowed to create their own works of art. They will be able to do that with fun painting games, interactive art games as well as sculpt and play music. They will be able to do all this in their own online art studio room. They will have the chance to print out their work at the end of class or just start another one and see what else they can learn. The online art studio is one that most kids enjoy playing with once they realize art is all about expressing themselves. Recommended for 3rd grade and up. FREE! Laura’s Library, 9411 Bee Cave Road.

Rockin’ Kids Club: Art Club (Round Rock) – 2:30 to 3:15 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.

Baby Play Group at Baby Earth (Round Rock)- 3:30- 4:15 p.m., Join us every Monday at 3:30pm for Baby Play Group!  We sing songs, play with musical instruments and let babies have lots of interactive, social, free-play time.  Since this class is designed for our smallest of customers to socialize, we encourage families with non-mobile, crawling and/or cruising babies to attend.  Older children are welcome to attend our free-time play, dance, music and story time classes. Baby Earth, 106 E. Old Settlers Blvd., Round Rock.

SRP Event: There’s Something Fishy Going on in Texas – 4 p.m., Join Bill Balboa from Sea Grant Texas (A Texas A&M University and NOAA affiliated program) and learn about marine and coastal habitats. You’ll learn who, and what, lives there! This includes the different animals on the Texas and Gulf Coasts, as well as sharks and rays. FREE! APL – Howson Branch, 2500 Exposition Blvd.

Family Craft Night: Grapevine Wreath Decoration (Pfugerville) – 6-7 p.m., Parents & Children work together to decorate a grapevine wreath with sunflowers. Recommended for ages 5 and up. Every family gets a craft. FREE! RSVP. Pflugerville Public Library, 1008 W. Pfluger Street, Pflugerville.

Dual Language Storytime – 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. FREE! APL- University Hills Branch, 4721 Loyola Lane.

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

Summer Movie Mondays: Hercules – Dusk. Enjoy FREE movies for the whole family! Amy’s Ice Creams, 5624 Burnet Road.

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

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.

Whole Foods Storytime and Crafts – 9:30 a.m., Looking for something fun and free to do with the kids? We’ll be reading a new story each week! After the book, we’ll be doing crafts related to the story. Appropriate for ages 2-5yrs old. Story-time is held out on our mezzanine and parental supervision is requested. FREE! Whole Foods Domain, 11920 Domain Drive.

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.

Whole Kids Club Storytime – 10 a.m., Join us for a fun morning in the Buzz Bar- just for kids! We’ll be reading Gregory, the Terrible Eater and will be tasting a yummy dip that’s easy to make at home. FREE! RSVP: julykidsclub.eventbrite.com. Ideal for ages 2-8, but all ages are welcome. Whole Foods, 12601 Hill Country Blvd., Bee Cave.

Toddler Storytime – 10:15 a.m., A storytime program designed for toddlers and their parents, featuring stories, songs, fingerplays, and games. Recommended for children aged 18 months to 3 years. FREE! Multiple Austin Public Library Locations.
Explore Music (Round Rock)- 10:15 and 11 a.m. Designed to provide children with unique musical experiences, the 30-minute EXPLORE MUSIC class will incorporate group play and interaction, pre-K skills (sharing, following simple directions, attending-to-task, etc.) and dancing/movement to work on gross/fine motor skills.  While music is highly motivating, it can also have a calming and relaxing effect. Bring your little ones in Tuesday morning for activities that are designed to be success-oriented and make the children feel better about themselves!!  Cost:  $5/child, payable directly to the instructor, Rebecca Faulkner. Baby Earth, 106 E Old Settlers Blvd., Ste D-100, Round Rock.
Poetic Summer Storytime – 10:30 a.m., July is why summer will never be a bummer! Pools to cool and beaches to teach us – summertime is the most poetically inspiring time of the year! That’s why we’ll be reading books full of rhythm and rhyme this morning, including selections from Firefly July. It will be noisy and neat, sibilant and sweet, and when we’re done with poems and all, we will write some more to hang on the wall! FREE! BookPeople, 603 N. Lamar Blvd.

Puppet Show with Ms. Jane and Ms. Kit (Cedar Park) – 10:30 – 11 am for toddlers and 11:15 – 11:45 am for preschool. As part of the Summer Reading Club, the Library will host special performers….  Join us as we put on a special puppet show! FREE! Cedar Park Public Library, 550 Discover Blvd., Cedar Park.

Pottery Barn Storytime – 11 a.m., Weekly storytimes feature kid’s favorite books and a chance to earn a free prize after attending five storytime events as a member. FREE! Pottery Barn, Barton Square Mall, 2901 S. Capital of Texas Hwy.

Barnes & Noble Storytime (Round Rock) – 11 a.m., Enjoy two delightful new books this morning: I Will Take a Nap! by Mo Willems and Ellie by Mike Wu. FREE! Barnes & Noble, La Frontera, 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 a.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, Austin.

Eulenspiegel Puppet Theatre: The Monkey and the Crocodile – 2 p.m., The Monkey and the Crocodile is a delightful hand puppet show adapted from a tale in the Panchatantra (one of the earliest collections of fables written in India). Written more than 2500 years ago, it features a tricky monkey, a good-natured crocodile, and his cunning wife! FREE! APL- Southeast Branch, 5803 Nuckols Crossing Road.

Tween Scene: Mad Science Electricity Workshop (Pflugerville) – 2:30- 3:30 p.m., Tweens can participate in an Electricity Workshop presented by Mad Science of Austin. Discover the positives and negatives of the circuit circus! Ages 8-12. FREE! RSVP. Pflugerville Public Library, 1008 W. Pfluger Street, Pflugerville.

Move Your Tale Class (Round Rock) – 3 – 4 p.m. for ages 3-8 years old, 4:30 – 5:30 p.m. for ages 8-12 years old and 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. for ages 12-18 years old. Explore storytelling as a collaborative art with this free Improv class by Move Your Tale. First come, first served space available. FREE! Round Rock Public Library, 216 E. Main Street, Round Rock.

Cool Chemistry – 3:30 p.m., Come learn a thing or two about chemistry and then try your own experiment. For ages 6-13. FREE! APL – Yarborough Branch, 2200 Hancock Drive.

SRP Event: There’s Something Fishy Going on in Texas – 4 p.m., Join Bill Balboa from Sea Grant Texas (A Texas A&M University and NOAA affiliated program) and learn about marine and coastal habitats. You’ll learn who, and what, lives there! This includes the different animals on the Texas and Gulf Coasts, as well as sharks and rays. FREE! APL – Old Quarry Branch, 7051 Village Center Drive.

Pajama Storytime – 6:30 p.m., Feel free to wear pajamas to this family storytime in the evening featuring stories, songs, rhymes, games, crafts, and other activities. Recommended for children of all ages. FREE! APL- Willie Mae Kirk Branch, 3101 Oak Springs Drive.

Hillside Concert Series – 7-9 p.m., This year’s hosts are Joe Morales & Jerry Avila with DJ Lil Sharky. See 80H Project and Castaneda Project this week. FREE! A.B. Cantu Pan American Recreation Center, 2100 E. 3rd Street.

Movies in Your Park: Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day (San Marcos) – Movies begin at dusk. Bring your blanket and lawn chairs for FREE movies in the park! Concessions available for purchase. Free movie games begin one hour before movie. San Marcos Plaza Park, 401 E. Hopkins Road, San Marcos.

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Children’s Day Art Park: Lehman High School Mariachi Band – 9:30 to 11:30 a.m., For just 50 cents per child, kids and adults can experience the magic of the arts at Children’s Day Art Park. This exciting summer program features local musicians, dancers, storytellers, magicians, mimes and craftspeople. Youngsters can visit the Instrument Petting Zoo (where they can see, touch and try to play the instruments), talk to symphony musicians and hear them play their instruments, hear a Latin jazz band, follow a real Pied Piper along the Lemonade Trail to the Magic Oak Tree and try their hands at different art projects under the Art Tent. Symphony Square Amphitheatre, 1101 Red River Street.

Storytime at Whole Foods (Arbor Trails) – 9:30 to 10:30 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.

Sprouts Preschool Program – 9:30 – 11:00 a.m., 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 story time, hands on activity, nature walk and of course, nature play! Regular admission rates apply. Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Avenue.

All Ages Storytime – 10:15 am. Storytime for children aged 5 and under and their parents, featuring stories, songs, fingerplays, rhymes, and crafts. FREE! APL – Terrazas Branch, 1105E Cesar Chavez.

Tiny Tails To You Storytime – 10:30 a.m., If you’re a fan of chinchillas, bunnies, ducklings, guinea pigs, chickens, AND stories then you’re in luck! Today our friends from Tiny Tails to You will be reading stories and introducing some of the cutest, softest, most adorable little creatures in Austin! What a wonderful way to make new friends – this morning at 10:30am. FREE! BookPeople, 603 N. Lamar 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.

SRP Event: Mad Science - 2 p.m., Mad Science special events are high-energy, entertaining, and exciting shows that capture the attention of children through captivating demonstrations and experiments that are educational and fun. FREE! APL – Hampton Branch at Oak Hill, 5125 Convict Hill Road.Advertisement
Family Movie Wednesday (Cedar Park)- 2:30 p.m., Each Wednesday at 2:30, the Library will screen family movies. Food and drinks (in closed-lid containers) are allowed.  This week will be showing Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day: “Alexander’s day begins with gum stuck in his hair, followed by more calamities. However, he finds little sympathy from his family and begins to wonder if bad things only happen to him, his mom, dad, brother and sister – who all find themselves living through their own terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day.” FREE! Cedar Park Public Library, 550 Discovery Blvd., Cedar Park.

Keep Austin Playing – 3-7 p.m., The City of Austin, Parks and Recreation Department is celebrating National Park and Recreation Month this July by hosting a citywide interactive play day to enrich, educate, and empower the Austin’s families. Keep Austin Playing is designed for children and parents to explore activities and programs offered throughout Austin that help create healthy, active and sustainable communities.  In addition to city programs, vendors will be on site to provide demonstrations and share information about recreational activities that support healthy lifestyle changes that are fun! This family event will feature a portable climbing wall, an inflatable batting cage, a bike rodeo, human foosball, an obstacle course, corn hole, tailgate games, prizes and informational booths relating to health, wellness and play. FREE! Palmer Events, Center, 900 Barton Springs Road.

SRP Event: Kim Lehman – 4 p.m., Join storyteller and musician Kim Lehman for a fabulously fun frog festival filled with silly songs, stories, and super-science. FREE! APL – Manchaca Road Branch, 5500 Manchaca Road.

Windsor Park Library Anniversary Celebration – 4 p.m., Join us to celebrate our 15th Anniversary with live music, dance performances and birthday cake! FREE! APL – Windsor Branch, 5833 Westminster Drive.

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.

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.Advertisement

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

Sound & Cinema: Ghostbusters featuring Latasha Lee & The Black Ties – 6 p.m., Do512 and Alamo Drafthhouse are proud to present Austin Sound & Cinema, six summer nights of great live bands paired with classic Hollywood movies. This 6-show series will take place on alternating Wednesdays all summer long on the beautiful lawn of the Long Center, with the perfect view of the downtown Austin skyline behind the stage and giant inflatable Alamo Drafthouse screen. FREE! Long Center for Performing Arts, 701 W. Riverside Drive.

Cedar Park Summer Concert Series –  7-8 p.m., Join us for a FREE concert with Armadillo Swing Band. Veterans Memorial Park Amphitheater – 2525 W. New Hope Drive, Cedar Park.

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Laura Freeman & The Hey Lollies (Round Rock) – 9:30 and 10:30 a.m., Children ages 1-5 may join us for singing, dancing, and silliness.  Space is limited and will be granted on a first come, first serve basis. FREE! Round Rock Public Library, 216 E. Main Street, Round Rock.

Hola Hola Storytime (Bee Cave)- 10:30 a.m., Hola, Hola is an early literacy Spanish Program for adult and child to foster a love of the Spanish language and Hispanic Culture. It is designed to empower the parent to read simple, Spanish books to the child at home. Come and sing songs, watch video, learn rhymes, play traditional games and hear stories–all in Español! Each family will receive a Spanish songbook to practice at home. You do not need to have any Spanish language skills to participate. All skill levels are welcome! FREE! Laura’s Library, 9411 Bee Caves Road.

Toddler Storytime (Cedar Park) – 10:30 to 11:00 a.m., Toddler storytime is for parents/caregivers and children ages 15-36 months. Miss Jane reads 3 toddler-friendly stories based on a theme, with fun songs and fingerplays in between. Toddler Storytime lasts 20-25 minutes. FREE! Cedar Park Public Library, 550 Discovery Blvd., Cedar Park.

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.

 Spy Academy: Ninja Power - 2p.m., Join us each week to learn new special agent skills. We’ll start with a book and then move onto several top secret activities. Attend each week to complete your training. Recommended for school-aged children. FREE! APL – Manchaca Road Branch, 5500 Manchaca Road.

Kids Club: Scavenger Hunt (Pflugerville)-  3:30 – 4:15 p.m., Be the first to complete the list. Bring a friend to participate with you. Recommended for ages 5 – 8. FREE! Pflugerville Public Library, 1008 W. Pfluger Street, Pflugerville.

Pajama Storytime – 6:30 p.m., Feel free to wear pajamas to this family storytime in the evening featuring stories, songs, rhymes, games, crafts, and other activities. Recommended for children of all ages. FREE! APL- Manchaca Road Branch, 5500 Manchaca Road.

Nature Nights: Harnessing Fire –  6-9 p.m., Ever wondered why we use prescribed burns on our landscapes? Now is your chance to find out. Joining us for this special Nature Nights will be Austin Fire Department-Wildfire Division, Austin Water Utility, Balcones US Fish and Wildlife Service, the Nature Conservancy of Texas, Texas Forest Service, Texas Parks and Wildlife, and University of Texas at Austin Fire Prevention Services. They will bring some of their equipment for all to see. We will also have fire extinguisher training, a fire safety house and radio practice. There will be habitat hikes that discuss prescribed burns, and how we use them at the Wildflower Center to heal the land and promote healthy landscapes. We would love to see kids wear their fire gear!  FREE! Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Avenue.

Unplugged at the Grove – 8 p.m., Bring the family down to hear James McMurtry perform for FREE! All ages welcome. Shady Grove, 1624 Barton Springs Rd, Austin.

Hairspray at Zilker Park - Approximately 8:15 p.m., Winner of eight Tony Awards including Best Musical, Hairspray is a high-energy musical comedy phenomenon that will have the whole Hillside on their feet! Set in 1962 Baltimore, this musical is chock-full of dazzling, toe-tapping production numbers and soulful rhythm and blues. FREE! $5 per car parking fee. Read more about the show here. Zilker Park Hillside Theatre, 2201 Barton Springs Road.

Friday, July 17, 2015

Storytime Yoga – 9:30 – 10:00 a.m. Watch your favorite stories come to life through yoga poses! Storytime Yoga is FREE for all ages. The Little Yoga House, 1211 Parkway.

Sprouts Preschool Program – 9:30 – 11:00 a.m., 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 story time, hands on activity, nature walk and of course, nature play! Regular admission rates apply. Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Avenue.

Interactive Storytime (Round Rock)- 9:30 a.m. for 0-18 months and 10:30 a.m. for 18 months and up. This group meets every Friday at 9:30am and is perfect for children 18 months and younger. We will read a couple interactive books, sing songs, jam out with musical instruments, play with a parachute, AND pop bubbles!! FREE! Baby Earth, 106 E. Old Settlers Blvd., Round Rock.

Storytime Art: Pony Power Party (RSVP )- 10:45 a.m. Wear your favorite MLP gear and join us for a party!  We’ll read My Little Pony books and paint our own MLP ceramic figurine.  Cool! Cost is $12 per child, or buy a punch-card and get 6 classes for $60! Please call to register. 512-852-9900. The Art Garage, 11190 Circle Drive, Suite 202.

Create Your Own: Storytelling Through Art - 11:00 – 11:45 a.m., Kids and families will make and take home their own artifacts in this art workshop featuring Smudge Studios. Each workshop features a short talk followed by hands-on art making. Ideal for families with children ages six and up, this experience is about 40 minutes in length. Museum members may make advance reservations by calling 512-936-4649. The program is first-come, first-served, and space is limited. Pick up a boarding pass (free with Museum admission) when you arrive. Bullock Texas State History Museum, 1800 Congress Ave.

All Ages Storytime – 11 a.m., Storytime for children aged 5 and under and their parents, featuring stories, songs, fingerplays, rhymes, and crafts.  FREE! APL – Faulk Central Library, 800 Guadalupe Street.

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.

Music Under the Star:Ben Kweller with East Cameron Folklore – 6-9 p.m., This July, the Bullock Museum’s FREE concert series, Music Under the Star, is presented in partnership with Fun Fun Fun Fest in celebration of the 10th anniversary of the popular Austin festival. For three Friday nights in July, the museum’s Lone Star Plaza will host these free shows from 6 to 9 p.m. Bring the whole family, your camp chairs and blankets and enjoy this special lineup of Texas artists. Bullock Texas State History Museum, 1800 N. Congress.

Concerts on the Square: The Escape Band playing classic Rock (Georgetown) – 6:30 – 8:30 p.m., All summer, enjoy live music on the Courthouse Square every Friday night in the Music on the Square Summer Concert Series. All concerts are FREE!  Pick up dinner at one of the Downtown Restaurants or bring your picnic (no glass please). Downtown Georgetown.

Metz Movies Under the Stars – 8 p.m., Bring your lawn chairs, blankets, and snacks to enjoy an outdoor movie at Metz every Friday at dusk. Free popcorn and drink at every showing. Movie nights will take place unless inclement weather occurs. Call 478-8716 to check on weather cancellations. FREE! Metz Rec Center, 2704 Canterbury Street.

Hairspray at Zilker Park - Approximately 8:15 p.m., Winner of eight Tony Awards including Best Musical, Hairspray is a high-energy musical comedy phenomenon that will have the whole Hillside on their feet! Set in 1962 Baltimore, this musical is chock-full of dazzling, toe-tapping production numbers and soulful rhythm and blues. FREE! $5 per car parking fee. Read more about the show here. Zilker Park Hillside Theatre, 2201 Barton Springs Road.

Saturday, July 18, 2015

KIDS CLUB: Minion Wood Frame – 10 a.m.- noon. Let your kids explore their creativity while you shop! Only $2 per child reserves 30 minutes for your creative kid. Sessions starting every half hour from 10am – 11:30am. See a store associate to join the fun! All participating Michaels locations.

Inter-Generational Fun Fair - 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., This family friendly health fair commemorates National Sandwich Generation Month and raises awareness of the special needs and community support available to those working so hard to maintain multi-generational families. FREE! Enjoy live entertainment, health screenings, kid’s activities, prizes and more.  Asian-American Resource Center, 8401 Cameron Road.

Get Pop-Cultured: Star Wars – 11 a.m., Enjoy a special Star Wars themed storytime, costume contest, and Hans Solo target practice. Fans of all ages can join us for exclusive products, activities, trivia and for a chance to win a Star Wars standee.  FREE! Barnes & Noble Arboretum, 10000 Research Blvd.

Sweet Siesta Storytime – 11:30 a.m., No one loves settling in for a nice mid-morning nap as much as we do. So today we are going to be reading The Napping House and some other snoozily soporific stories designed to lull us gently into slumber. Then we’ll throw some water on our cheeks and get back to work! So come on down and join us for a mid-morning break. FREE! BookPeople, 603 N. Lamar Blvd.

Ney Day Redux – Noon to 5 p.m., You can’t keep a good party down! So we are THRILLED to announce that you can CELEBRATE ELISABET NEY and her legacy of inspiration with live music from Elizabeth McQueen and EMQ, as well as Tiarra GIrls, Yes Ma’am Brass Band, Naga Valli, and the Djembabes! Witness the FIRST OPENING of “DANCE OF THE COSMOS” a new temporary outdoor sculpture by Elisabet Ney Museum Featured Artist Jennifer Chenoweth. Enjoy performances from Austin hoola hoop hero Hullaba Looa, visit a ton of booths with activities set up by organizations ranging from Girls Rock Camp to Tree Folks! Caricatures,… clay crafting, book making, science projects, sculpting demos and much, much, more for all ages. And food trucks, ice cream and more! FREE! ElisabetNey Museum, 304 E. 44th Street.

Literature LIVE! Presents: Tortuga del Mar – 2 p.m., Mayan goddess Ixchel watches over two baby sea turtles on their journey across the ocean. Join them as they encounter the enchantment and mystery of the sea, and find out if they will overcome the refuse of humans, which threatens their very existence. Recommended for ages 5 and up. FREE! APL – Yarborough Branch, 2200 Hancockl Drive.

Sarah the Dinosaur -  2 and 4 p.m., Perfect for Pollyanna’s summer production, this play will be enjoyed by children as young as four and as old as four-hundred. The production is the story of a young girl named Sarah who is tired of no one listening to her. But when her pre-school teacher tells her that she can “become anything she puts her mind to”, Sarah decides that the best way to get attention is to become a dinosaur and ROAR! Sarah soon learns that all attention is not positive when stomping and roaring turns the heads of everyone she encounters. Ultimately, Sarah finds her voice and the adults in her world learn to think twice before speaking. Watching Sarah the Dinosaur is part of the July Austin Summer Fun Checklist, so by attending, you can earn your family’s way towards FREE prizes! Tickets, $10. Long Center for Performing Arts, 701 W. Riverside Drive.

Hairspray at Zilker Park - Approximately 8:15 p.m., Winner of eight Tony Awards including Best Musical, Hairspray is a high-energy musical comedy phenomenon that will have the whole Hillside on their feet! Set in 1962 Baltimore, this musical is chock-full of dazzling, toe-tapping production numbers and soulful rhythm and blues. FREE! $5 per car parking fee. Read more about the show here. Zilker Park Hillside Theatre, 2201 Barton Springs Road.

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Que Pastas at Cherrywood Coffeehouse – 10-11:30 a.m.,  Enjoy coffee and brunch while the kids listen to the Que Pastas perform. FREE admission! Cherrywood Coffeehouse, 1400 East 38th 1/2 Street.

Sarah the Dinosaur -  2 p.m., Perfect for Pollyanna’s summer production, this play will be enjoyed by children as young as four and as old as four-hundred. The production is the story of a young girl named Sarah who is tired of no one listening to her. But when her pre-school teacher tells her that she can “become anything she puts her mind to”, Sarah decides that the best way to get attention is to become a dinosaur and ROAR! Sarah soon learns that all attention is not positive when stomping and roaring turns the heads of everyone she encounters. Ultimately, Sarah finds her voice and the adults in her world learn to think twice before speaking. Watching Sarah the Dinosaur is part of the July Austin Summer Fun Checklist, so by attending, you can earn your family’s way towards FREE prizes! Tickets, $10. Long Center for Performing Arts, 701 W. Riverside Drive.

Austin Symphony Hartman Foundation “Concerts in the Park” – 7:30 p.m. Each Sunday, a different ensemble of the Austin Symphony will be featured at the Hartman Park, located on the grounds of the Long Center, performing music from jazz and light classical to pops selections and film scores. This weekend, enjoy Woodwinds (program here). Concertgoers are encouraged to bring a picnic dinner and blanket and make it a group outing. FREE! Check the Facebook page for weather updates. Long Center, 701 W. Riverside Drive, Austin.

Splash Party Movie Nights: Jurassic Park – Dusk.  This family oriented program brings people of all ages together.  Come see some of the latest releases and your old favorites, while you cool off in the 72-degree water or picnic on the hill.  Free with regular admission. Deep Eddy Pool, 401 Deep Eddy Avenue.

Hairspray at Zilker Park - Approximately 8:15 p.m., Winner of eight Tony Awards including Best Musical, Hairspray is a high-energy musical comedy phenomenon that will have the whole Hillside on their feet! Set in 1962 Baltimore, this musical is chock-full of dazzling, toe-tapping production numbers and soulful rhythm and blues. FREE! $5 per car parking fee. Read more about the show here. Zilker Park Hillside Theatre, 2201 Barton Springs Road.

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