Weekly Planner: July 6-12, 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 6, 2015

Baby Bloomers: Exploring the World- 9:00am – noon. Explore the beautiful continent of Asia with us this week at Baby Bloomers! We will venture to India by making paper plate peacocks, join China’s festival of kites with goldfish kites, dive into Russia with nesting doll science 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.

Music with Mar (Round Rock) – 10:00 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, so no advance sign-up needed. The class costs $10/family, payable directly to Angie, the class leader. A 5-class punch card is $35/family. As always, our family pricing allows for moms or caregivers to bring all little ones (in one family) for one price. Baby Earth, 106 E. Old Settlers Blvd., Round Rock.

Austin Reptile Shows Reptile Adventure (Round Rock)- 10:30am. Get ready for creepy crawly fun! Mr. Mike will fascinate your child with this up-close experience with LIVE snakes, lizards and turtles from around the world. Twelve reptiles big and small will give kids an educational  first hand look at these awesome—and often misunderstood—creatures. Appropriate for all ages! Cost is $10 includes admission to Safari Champ. Safari Champ, 1400 East Old Settlers Blvd.,  # 200, Round Rock.

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.

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 Congress.

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.

Music for Kids – 2 p.m., The Music Division of the City of Austin offers a spectacular series for families featuring a variety of Austin musicians. Lucas Miller, The Singing Zoologist will entertain as he educates! FREE! APL – Spicewood Springs Branch, 8637 Spicewood Springs Road.

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.

Visit with a Park Ranger at Austin Public Library – 2 p.m.,  Join us for a special visit from a City of Austin Park Ranger! The Ranger will share a story and information about animals that live in Texas. There will be a “touch table” where children can get up close and personal with furs and skulls. FREE! APL – Windsor Park Branch, 5833 Westminster Drive.

Tech Camp: Picture Collage and Graphic Design (Bee Cave) – 2 p.m., Children love playing with pictures and drawing and with the online tools provided in class, they will be able to take all of their pictures and turn them into colorful and unique collages. They also will learn how to add graphics and cool effects to their pictures with various free graphic editing tools. Kids will learn how to add text, special features, remove things, and then piece them all together which they can either print out or email to themselves after they are done. Recommended for 3rd grade and up. FREE! Laura’s Library, 9411 Bee Cave Road.

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.

Bonzo Crunch at the Library – 4 p.m., Bonzo Crunch will thrill with a show that includes music, eccentric juggling, and audience participation style magic. FREE! APL – Howson Branch, 2500 Exposition Blvd.

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.

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

Tuesday, July 7, 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.

Storytime: Cupcakes and & Milk (Pflugerville) – 10 and 11 a.m., Build language and social skills through books, songs, rhymes, and fun. Followed by an age appropriate craft. Free! Materials available while supplies last. FREE! Pflugerville, 1008 W. Pfluger Street, Pflugerville.

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.

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.

Terrence Taps (Cedar Park) – 10:30 – 11:00 a.m. for toddlers and 11:15 – 11:45 for preschool aged. As part of the Summer Reading Club, the Library will host special performers for the toddler age group. Join us as we welcome Terrence Taps for a fun and exciting tap dance show. FREE! Cedar Park Public Library, 550 Discovery Blvd., Cedar Park.

All the Little Things Storytime – 10:30 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.

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

Dual Language Storytime – 11 a.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- Cepeda Branch, 651 N. Pleasant Valley Road.

Barnes & Noble Storytime (Round Rock) – 11 a.m., Enjoy two delightful new books this morning: Interstellar Cinderella by Deborah Underwood and Meg Hunt and Not All Princesses Dress in Pink by Jane Yolen and Heidi Y. Stemple.  FREE! Barnes & Noble, La Frontera Village, 2701 Parker Road, 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.

Sensory Storytime – 11:15 a.m., 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. Children of all abilities and ages are welcome! FREE! APL – Carver Branch, 1161 Angelina Street.

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.

Austin Reptile Show – 2 p.m., Find out exactly what a reptile is when the Austin Reptile show visits the library with some fine specimens to share! FREE! APL – Southeast Branch, 5803 Nuckols Crossing Road.

Music for Kids: Joe McDermott – 2 p.m., The Music Division of the City of Austin offers a spectacular series for families featuring a variety of Austin musicians. Joe McDermott has been obsessed with music ever since he was a little kid growing up in Chicago, the youngest of eight children. He’s been called “The maestro of imagination” for his creative approach and appeal. FREE! APL – Cepeda Branch, 651 N. Pleasant Valley Road.

Literature LIVE! Found Puppet Lab – 4 p.m., Bring your own special found object to the program and turn trash into treasure in this imagination-building workshop from the library’s own puppetry troupe, Literature LIVE! Participants will learn how to find a puppet in any kind of object. The lab will conclude with free play time on a stage where new puppeteers can debut their creations! FREE! APL – Old Quarry Branch, 7051 Village Center Drive.

Discovery! Hieroglyphics – 4:30 p.m., 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! The ancient Egyptians created a complex and beautiful form of writing called hieroglyphics for their most important records on tombs and temples. For many centuries, no one could read these mysterious symbols. In this session, Liz Liu, Egyptian enthusiast, will teach you to write your name in hieroglyphics and even give yourself a promotion to Pharaoh! For ages 6 and up. FREE! Laura’s Library, 9411 Bee Cave Road.

Magik Theatre Presents: Jack and the Beanstalk – 4 p.m., Would you trade your best friend for three magic beans? When Jack does, he gets high-altitude adventure and more gold than he could ever spend. Even so, Jack is unhappy. Find out what happens when Jack learns that a true friend is the greatest treasure in the world. Don’t miss the chance to bring this classic fairy tale to life for your students – follow us as we climb up to the wondrous world of the beanstalk. Suitable for all ages. FREE! APL – Twin Oaks Branch, 1800 S. Fifth Street.

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. Schedule: 7 pm, Canonazo; 8 pm, Big Band Tejano. FREE! A.B. Cantu Pan American Recreation Center, 2100 E. 3rd Street.

Trailer Food Tuesday – 5 p.m., Sample the delicious food trucks of Austin in one convenient (not to mention gorgeous!) location.  The downtown skyline is the backdrop as 14 to 16 of Austin’s finest food trailers roll on to the City Terrace. Add family-friendly live music and Austin’s Best Downtown View, and you’ve got a HUGE hit! Bring your picnic blanket, friends and family, and join us for the biggest Trailer Food Tuesdays season this city has ever seen. FREE admission. Long Center for Performing Arts, 701 W. Riverside Drive.

Movies in Your Park: Maleficent (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 8, 2015

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, so no advance sign-up needed. The class costs $10/family, payable directly to Angie, the class leader. A 5-class punch card is $35/family. As always, our family pricing allows for moms or caregivers to bring all little ones (in one family) for one price. Baby Earth, 106 E Old Settlers Blvd., Ste D-100, Round Rock.

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.

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.

Little Kids, Big Games (Round Rock) – 9:30 – 11:00 a.m., Game-playing builds math and literacy skills. But shhhhhhhh don’t tell the kids–just come and play at the Round Rock Public Library‘s Little Kids, Big Games event. We’ll have several oversized and even life-sized games to play, including Connect Four, Chutes and Ladders, and Angry Birds. The activity is best enjoyed by ages 3 – 7. FREE! Round Rock Public Library, 216 E. Main Street, Round Rock.

Kids Club Whole Foods Lamar - 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, N. Lamar Blvd.

Children’s Day Art Park: The Hey Lollies- 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.

Dual Language Storytime – 10:15 a.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- Southeat Branch, 5125 Nuckols Crossing Road.

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.Advertisement

Roll in the Dirt Storytime – 10:30 a.m., We’re not really going to roll in the dirt today at storytime. Mainly because it would get on all the books. But wouldn’t it be fun if we could? We think one of the greatest things about summer is kicking off our shoes and walking outside without worrying so much about getting dirty. And who better to celebrate the glories of griminess with than a certain mess-prone dog we all know and love? Come on down today to read Harry the Dirty Dog and other stories about the joys of getting outside. FREE! BookPeople, 603 N. Lamar Blvd.

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

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.

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- Hampton Branch at Oak Hill, 5125 Convict Hill Road.

There’s Something Fishy Going On in Texas – 2 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 – Ruiz Branch, 1600 Grove Blvd.

Literature Live! 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- Little Walnut Creek Branch, 835 W. Rundberg Lane.

Music for Kids: Staci Gray – 4 p.m., The Music Division of the City of Austin offers a spectacular series for families featuring a variety of Austin musicians.Staci Gray is an Austin-based children’s performer who has mesmerized children all over Texas. FREE! APL – Manchaca Road Branch, 5500 Manchaca 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.

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

Thursday, July 9, 2015

All Ages Storytime – 10:15 a.m., Storytime for children aged 5 and under and their parents, featuring stories, songs, fingerplays, rhymes, and crafts. FREE! APL-  multiple locations.

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.

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.

Art Lab for the Littles – 11 a.m.,Come do a playful art project geared towards the littles! There will be paint, glue, and other messy art supplies! Recommended for ages 3 to 6. FREE! APL – Terrazas Branch, 1105 E. Cesar Chavez.

Matt Tardy, Juggler – 1:30 and 2:45 p.m., As part of the Summer Reading Club, the Library will host special performers for kids in grades K-5. Join us as we welcome Matt Tardy for a fast-paced extreme juggling show. FREE! Cedar Park Public Library, 550 Discovery Blvd., Cedar Park.

Spy Academy: Disguises and Detection – 2 p.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.

Literature Live! 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- University Hills Branch, 4721 Loyola Lane.

There’s Something Fishy Going On in Texas – 2 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 – Carver Barnch, 1161 Angelina Street.

French Storytime – 3:30 p.m., 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! APL – Hampton Branch at Oak Hill, 5125 Convict Hill Road.

LEGO Lab – 4 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 – Cepeda Branch, 651 N. Pleasant Valley Road.

Nature Nights: Springs, Streams, and Ponds Ecology –  6-9 p.m., What is the difference between a spring, stream and pond? Find out on July 9 at our Springs, Streams and Ponds Ecology Nature Nights. Does our water ever get to the ocean? To get answers join us. The Austin Public Library will be here and have the puppet show “Tortuga del Mar” at 7:00pm. The puppet show is recommended for ages 5 and up. We will have information about the endangered Houston toad. Texas Parks and Wildlife will be here with information about benthic macro invertebrates. Enjoy a backyard bass activity. Follow the water at the Wildflower Center as you go on a scavenger hunt.  FREE! Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Avenue.

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.

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.

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

Movies in the Park: 180 Degrees South – 9:00 p.m., Movies in the Park is a series of free films brought to you by the Austin Parks Foundation, and presented by the #1 movie theater in America, the Alamo Drafthouse. Each year, APF and the Drafthouse bring you totally free movies right in downtown Austin. Residents and visitors bring their blanket or lawn chairs (and often a picnic dinner!) for a fun and relaxing evening under the beautiful Austin night sky.  Dogs, picnics, and lawn chairs are welcome. Alcoholic beverages, glass and styrofoam are not permitted in the park. We do provide recycling bins, but ask that you help us out by packing out all of your own trash. Smoking is also prohibited in the park, per city law. FREE! Wooldridge Square Park, 900 Guadalupe Street.

Friday, July 10, 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.

All Ages Storytime – 10:15 a.m., Storytime for children aged 5 and under and their parents, featuring stories, songs, fingerplays, rhymes, and crafts. FREE! Faulk Central Library, 800 Guadalupe Blvd.

Tiny Tails Petting Zoo at Safari Champ (Round Rock) – 10:30 a.m., Austin’s Traveling Petting Zoo is coming to Safari Champ every 2nd Friday of every month. Tickets are $12 per child 2yrs and up, with passes $7, $9 per child 12-23 months. Cost includes admission to Safari Champ, Story time, 15-20 minutes of holding and petting our adorable animals. An age-appropriate educational animal craft or activity (music or easy animal pose movements!). We may also include time with balloons and bubbles for our youngest guests. Safari Champ, 1400 E. Old Settlers Blvd., Round Rock.

Joe McDermott at Laura’s Library – 10:30 a.m., Come enjoy a new performer this summer through July 24th on Fridays at Laura’s!  This week’s performance will be by Joe McDermott. Recommended for ages 3 and up. FREE! Laura’s Library, 9411 Bee Cave Road. 

Storytime Art: Bugs (RSVP )- 10:45 a.m. Join us for a creepy crawly storytime art all about bugs. We’ll be painting a giant set of butterfly and ladybug magnets.  So cute! 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: Family Quilt - 11:00 a.m., Kids and families will make and take home their own artifacts in this art workshop. 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 N. Congress.

Westcave Preserve Canyon Tours – 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.,  To maximize visitor’s experience, tours are limited to the first 30 people. Tours are weather permitting. If weather is questionable call 830-825-3442 or visit www.westcave.org. FEES:Advertisement $10 per person, $5 per child (ages 4-12 years), $25 per family (immediate family only). Westcave Outdoor Discovery Center, 24814 Hamilton Pool Rd., Round Mountain.

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.

LEGO Lab – 4 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- North Village Branch, 2505 Steck Avenue.

Music Under the Star: Brownout w/ Sweet Spirit – 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.

Teen SRP Event: Adventure Time Party – 6:30 p.m., Shmow-zow! Have an algebraic time at the library with your pals Jake the dog and Finn the human – dress up like your favorite character, watch some episodes, make some rad Adventure Time crafts. Let’s get this lumpin’ party started! Program recommended for ages 12-17. FREE! APL – University Hills Branch, 4721 Loyola Lane.

Friday Family Fun Night (Round Rock) – 6:30-7:30 p.m., Nutty Scientist of Austin. Strap on your space suits and get ready to launch into the great unknown! Join the Nutty Scientist on an unforgettable flight into space where you will explore fascinating man-made technologies and perform dazzling experiments. Admission is food for the Round Rock Area Serving Center. Please bring a non-perishable item PER person attending. Kaleidoscope Toys, 110 N. IH-35, Round Rock.

Friday Night Storytime (Round Rock)- 7 p.m.,  Enjoy two delightful new books this evening: Duncan the Story Dragon by Amanda Driscoll and Where Are My Books? by Debbie Ridpath Ohi.  FREE! Barnes & Noble, La Frontera Village, 2701 Parker Road, Round Rock.

City of Pflugerville Music in the Park – 8-9:30 pm, Ruby Dee and the Snakehandlers will be playing. Make sure you come out to this fun-filled party! There’s plenty of shade, and folks are encouraged to bring picnics and coolers filled with whatever your favorite beverages are- there will also be food trailers on hand. FREE! Pfluger Park, 515 City Park Road, Pflugerville.

Metz Movies Under the Stars: Madagascar 3 – 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.

Movies at the Lake: The Neverending Story (Kyle) – Movies begin 30 minutes after sunset. All movies are rated G or PG, and are FREE to the public. Bring your lawn chairs, blankets and snacks. Lake Kyle, 700 Lehman Road, Kyle.

Saturday, July 11, 2015

Alamo Kids Camp

Goodnight Austin Storytime and Book Signing – 10 a.m. to noon. Meet the author & illustrator of Goodnight Austin. Join us for storytime & book signing! FREE! Kaleidoscope Toys, 110 N. IH-35, Round Rock.

What’s the Story, Steve?: Steve Scott Solves Them All – A Small Dog Mystery- 10 a.m., Help Steve and his cast of improvisers bring original stories to the stage! These 50 minute live performances feature Steve the improvising poodle. Each show is a unique story inspired by audience suggestion. All ages welcome. Tickets at the door. Volunteer to be a part of the show or enjoy from your seat. Pay as you wish. ColdTowne Theater, 4803 Airport Blvd.

Second Saturdays are for Families: Pinhole Cameras- 11:00 a.m. to 3 p.m., Every second Saturday of the month, The Contemporary Austin offers hands-on art-making workshops at Laguna Gloria, inspired by the exhibitions on view. Recommended for ages 2–11. John Grade’s sculpture hangs from the trees at Laguna Gloria and frames a view of the sky. Make your own pinhole camera that will show you the world in a whole new way. Then, see how an entire room can be transformed into a giant pinhole camera when you step into our temporary camera obscura! Cost: General admission, $10; Member families, $5. The Contemporary Museum of Art at Laguna Gloria, 3809 W. 35th Street, Austin.

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 – Yarborough Branch, 2200 Hancock.

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.

Summer Free Family Series: Tale of Despereaux – 2-3:30 p.m.,  These programs are FREE and open to the public. You will find some old favorites, and discover some soon to be. With titles from all over the globe, there is a bit of something for everyone. Bullock Texas State History Museum, 1800 Congress.

Live Music at Doc’s Bar & Grill -7-10 pm. Join Ruby Dee and the Snakehandlers as they swing it on the playground at Doc’s Backyard in Sunset Valley for kids young and not so young! Stop on by for some good down-home grub, great local beers or other libations, and rockin’ rootsabilly, under the oaks! FREE admission. Doc’s Bar & Grill, 5207 Brodie Lane.

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.

Splash Party Movie Nights: Maleficent – 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.

Movies in the Park Wells Branch: Paddington – twilight (at about 9pm). Wells Branch MUD presents Movies in the Park at Katherine Fleischer Park. Admission is FREE! Ice cream will be available for purchase from Cub Scout Pack 140 and Boy Scout Troop 1409 will be selling drinks. Bring your blankets and chairs and enjoy these family events. Parking is limited so residents are encouraged to walk or ride a bike. Katherine Fleischer Park, 2106 Klattenhoff Drive.

Sunday, July 12, 2015

Alamo Kids Camp

Tartstock (New Braunfels) – Noon to 6 pm. 2tarts Bakery is celebrating  5 years of peace, love and flour power! As a thank you to our community of supporters, join us for a day full of groovy fun with live music, free beer, photo booth, face painting, flash tats, cupcake bake off, pie eating contest and more. ! All ages welcome. FREE! 2Tarts, 139 N. Castwell, New Braunfels.

UMLAUF Family Day – Noon to 4 p.m., Family Days offer special, hands-on programs designed for families with children, four to ten years old. Families have the opportunity to explore the UMLAUF while engaging in creative activities. Listen to stories, do yoga in the garden, participate in sculpture demos, hear live music and more! FREE admission. 605 Robert E. Lee Road, Austin.

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 Brass (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.

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.

 Be sure to look at our Free and Discounted Summer Movie Roundup for this week here.
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