Weekly Planner: November 16-22, 2015

Many thanks to KLRU for sponsoring the Weekly Planner! Take note: KLRU schedule changes, which started November 2nd, include Sesame Street airing at 9 a.m. on weekdays while Curious George, Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood and Arthur move up one hour. Brand new episodes of Bob the Builder start November 2nd,  and a new series, Nature Cat, will debut on November 25th. You can find the complete schedule here.

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Happening All Week

Harry Potter Fest – Various times and dates available, check schedule. Fans of the flicks can dress up, explore the Diagon Alley artists market, and enjoy movie-inspired snacks like “Butterbeers”, chocolate frogs, pumpkin pasties, Bertie Bott’s Every Flavour Beans and even “Fizzy Popping PopCorn” during the 2nd annual Harry Potter Fest that takes place over 10 nights and 3 weeks. For $20, you can purchase a “Potter Fest Pass” that covers entry to every night of Potter Fest and half priced concessions. Blue Starlite Mini Urban Drive-In, 1901 E. 51st Street.

Junior League of Austin – A Christmas Affair Market Days – November 18-22, various times.  A Christmas Affair hosts approximately 200-vendors in a themed shopping extravaganza which includes parties, children’s events, a private shopping brunch, and the season’s biggest celebrity, Santa! Admission: $15/ day. Palmer Events Center, 900 Barton Springs Road.

Monday, November 16, 2015

Baby Bloomers: Community Helpers (Farmers) - 9-10 a.m., Put on your overalls and bandanas as we learn what it takes to farm! Help us milk cows, play with pigs in the mud, paint with corn cobs and more! Cost: $2.50 (members) and $4.50 (non-members).  The Thinkery, 1830 Simond Ave.

Storytime with Dr. Candra 11:00 am. Dr. Candra will captivate your children with stories, songs, dances, and games. FREE! Brilliant Sky Toys and Books, 701 S Capital of Texas Hwy, Ste D-480.

Homeschool Teens: Sharpie Mugs – 1:30- 2:30 p.m., Decorate a coffee mug using Sharpie markers. Any teens ages 12-18 who homeschool are invited to attend this weekly program. Any teens ages 12-18 who homeschool are invited to attend this weekly program. FREE! Pflugerville Public Library – Lantana room, 1008 W. Pfluger St., Pflugerville.

Homemade for the Holidays: Bike Tube Accessory Gifts – 3:30 p.m., Teens: Come and Deck the Halls with DIY this winter at one of our gift making programs. Join us at a workshop and delight your BFF (or your mom) with something of your own creation! At the Bike Tube Accessory Gifts programs you’ll be able to make couture rubber accessories of your own design in this tube-tastic workshop using upcycled bike inner tubes. Ages 10 and up. FREE! Austin Public Library, Terrazas Branch.

Rockin’ Kid’s Club (Round Rock) – 4:30-5:15 p.m., It’s science week at Round Rock Public Library, and we’re thilled to welcome the University of Texas Computer Science Roadshow to the November Rockin’ Kids Club: Science, just for students in grades K-5. With this hands-on, fun introduction to computer science featuring UT students, we’re hoping to whet everyone’s appetite for Computer Science Education Week coming in December. FREE! Round Rock Public Library, 216 E. Main Street, Round Rock.

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 9/14. FREE! Pflugerville Public Library, 1008 W. Pfluger Street, Pflugerville.

Hora de cuentos en dos idiomas – 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! Austin Public Library, University Hills Branch.

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

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. 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.

Todler Storytime – 10:15 am. A storytime program designed for toddlers and their parents, featuring stories, songs, fingerplays, and games.  Ages 18 months – 3 years. FREE! APL – multiple locations.

Armstrong Community School Storytime – 10:30 a.m., Come sing songs with one of the talented Early Childhood Development faculty members from the Armstrong Community School. An Armstrong teacher will engage your child with music and movement, plus they’ll read some stories for you too! This session is perfect for kids up to 6 years old. FREE! BookPeople, 603 N. Lamar Blvd.

Pottery Barn Kids Storytime: The Elf on the Shelf - 11-11:30 a.m., Join Pottery Barn Kids for a FREE weekly storytime! Kids will have fin learning about Santa’s North Pole helpers and enjoy a coloring activity after storytime. Pottery Barn, Barton Creek Square, 2901 S. Cap. Tx. Hwy.

Preschool Storytime – 11 am. Storytime for preschoolers and their parents featuring stories, songs, fingerplays, rhymes, and crafts.  FREE! APL – multiple locations.

Books and Babies – 2 p.m., A lapsit storytime program especially for babies and their caregivers.  Very short stories are interspersed with songs, rhymes, and fingerplays for babies and parents.  A brief playtime follows. FREE! Howson Branch, Austin Public Library.

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, Howson Branch.

Lego Lab – 4 p.m., Recommended for ages 5 and up. With Legos, you can build anything you can imagine and tell any story you can dream up. Come to the Lego Lab to hear, see, make, and create different stories, all while building with Legos provided by the Library! FREE! Austin Public Library, multiple locations.

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. FREE! Recommended for children 5 and under. Austin Public Library, Willie Mae Kirk Branch.

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

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

Music with Mar (Round Rock) – 9:15 – 10:15 am. Music with Mar. is a class where a caregiver and child (ages birth through preschool)participate together in musical activities. These classes are focused on the four main areas of development – cognitive, social, motor and language. Classes are drop-in. Baby Earth, 106 East Old Settlers Blvd., Round Rock.

Sprouts at Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center – 10-11 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 a hands on activity, story, nature walk and of course, nature play! New program theme each week. Themes and topics are age and seasonally appropriate. Please come dressed for the weather and don’t forget your water bottle! Included in cost of admission. Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave.

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, Terrazas Branch.

Tiny Tails to You Petting Zoo 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 Petting Zoo 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  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.

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.

Mother Daughter Book Club – 6 p.m., Recommended for ages 8 to 12. Bring your mom and discuss what you’re reading with the group. FREE! Austin Public Library, Hampton Branch at Oak Hill.

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, November 19, 2015

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

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

Todler Storytime – 10:15 a.m., A storytime program designed for toddlers and their parents, featuring stories, songs, fingerplays, and games.  Ages 18 months – 3 years. FREE! APL – multiple locations.

All Ages Storytime - 11 a.m., Storytime featuring stories, songs, fingerplays, rhymes, and crafts. Recommended for ages 5 and under. FREE! Austin Public Library, Manchaca Road Branch.

Preschool Storytime 11 a.m., Storytime for preschoolers and their parents featuring stories, songs, fingerplays, rhymes, and crafts.  FREE! Austin Public Library, Yarborough Branch.

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

Literature Live! Wild & Wacky Weather – 11:15 a.m., If you don’t like the weather in Texas, just wait a few minutes and it will change! Take a stroll through sunny songs, breezy stories, and wintry puppetry when Literature Live! presents their new show, Wild and Wacky Weather!  FREE! Faulk Central Library, 800 Guadalupe Street.

Homemade for the Holidays Bike Tube Accessory Gifts – 3:30 p.m., This program is recommended for ages 10 and up. Teens: Come and Deck the Halls with DIY this winter at one of our gift making programs. Join us at a workshop and delight your BFF (or your mom) with something of your own creation! At the Bike Tube Accessory Gifts programs you’ll be able to make couture rubber accessories of your own design in this tube-tastic workshop using upcycled bike inner tubes. FREE! Austin Public Library, Carver Branch.

Explorer’s Club: Lego Lab (Cedar Park) – 3:30 p.m., Kids in grades K-5 will meet to engage in Lego free build.  FREE! Cedar Park Public Library, 550 Discovery Blvd., Cedar Park.

Homemade for the Holidays Sensory Spa Gifts (Oak Hill) - 4:30 p.m., This program is recommended for ages 10 and up. Teens: Come and Deck the Halls with DIY this winter at one of our gift making programs. Join us at a workshop and delight your BFF (or your mom) with something of your own creation! FREE! The Sensory Spa Gifts program will have you get your mad scientist gloves on and start brewing up a batch of bath-time gift delights in this spa-riffic workshop. Austin Public Library, Hampton Branch at Oak Hill.

Friday, November 20, 2015

Sprouts at Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center – 10-11 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 a hands on activity, story, nature walk and of course, nature play! New program theme each week. Themes and topics are age and seasonally appropriate. Please come dressed for the weather and don’t forget your water bottle! Included in cost of admission. Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave.

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 Library.

Storytime Art – Family - 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. Let’s celebrate family!  For our craft we’ll draw and frame an adorable drawing of our family.  We’ll read books and a poem about family and then paint a candle holder centerpiece for the whole family to enjoy.Cost is $12 per child, or buy a punch-card and get 6 classes for $60! The Art Garage, 11190 Circle Drive.

Thankfully Simple Baby Food Class –  11 a.m. – noon. This FREE class will offer 5 ways that preparing homemade foods for babies and toddlers can be made SIMPLE!! Register by November 18th. Baby Earth, 106 E. Old Settlers Blvd., Round Rock.

Music with Mr. Will - 12-12:30 pm. His sing-along style incorporates equal parts of teaching and performing for energetic young audiences. Infectious melodies combined with upbeat lyrics make him beloved among pre-schoolers and early-elementary students, who clap, march, jump and dance along to their favorite songs. Plus, the entire family can enjoy the music. FREE! Brilliant Sky Toys and Books, 701 S Capital of Texas Hwy, Ste D-480.

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

Friday Night Storytime (Round Rock) – 7 p.m., Enjoy two delightful new books this evening, Get Out of My Bath! by Britta Teckentrup and There’s A Lion In My Cornflakes by Michelle Robinson and Jim Field.  FREE! Friday, 7:30pm. Barnes and Noble, La Frontera Village, 2701 Parker Road; Bldg. A, Suite 700, Round Rock.

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Kitchen Lab: Stuffed – 10:30-11:30 a.m., Join us in Kitchen Lab to make delicious, seasonal dishes! We’ll bake mini pumpkins with flavorful filling and sweet potators bursting with yummy goodness. You’ll leave stuffed with new recipes to recreate at home! Ages 4-7. Cost: $29 for 1 child, $25 for member child. Extra child, $17 non-member, $15 member. The Thinkery, 1830 Simond Avenue.

Winnie the Pooh at ZACH Theatre - 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., Winnie-the-Pooh finds himself involved in all sorts of frantic adventures, assisted by such friends as the dismal Eeyore, Piglet and Rabbit. Pooh’s intentions are always the best, but his passion for honey and condensed milk keeps getting him into trouble. Come see A.A. Milne’s beloved characters in this charming musical adaptation. Tickets: starting at $15. ZACH Theatre, 1510 Toomey Road.

Alamo Kids Camp: Space Jam – 11 a.m., Get ready to jam. If there was any possible way to make the Looney Tunes more incredible it would be to team them up with the greatest basketball player the world has ever known, Mr. Michael Jordan. Alamo Drafthouse Lakeline, 14028 N. Hwy 183.

14th East Austin Studio Tour – 11 a.m. – 6 p.m., EAST is a FREE, annual, self-guided art event occurring over two weekends, providing the public with an opportunity to meet the makers: the local artists and artisans who leave a lasting imprint on Austin’s vibrant, dynamic culture. Tour-goers are invited to discover new artistic talent, see working studios, learn about artists’ tools, techniques, and inspirations, and explore unique exhibition spaces and local businesses. EAST is divided into four participant categories: Artist Studios, Exhibitions, Happenings, and Select Events. Artist Studios and Exhibitions are free to the public and open on the weekends of November 14-15 & 21-22 from 11am – 6pm. Happenings are also free, occurring on the weekends of the tour with varying hours. Select Events happen on both of the tour weekends, as well as during the weekdays/nights in between and may cost money to attend. Exhibitions take place in spaces that are either dedicated to exhibiting art year-round or temporarily showcasing work for EAST.  Catalog and maps are available at all Austin Public Library branches starting on Monday, November 9th.

Paramount Theatre Storytime – 11:30 a.m., Our friends from the Paramount Theatre will be here today for very special storytime highlighting their upcoming production of Peter & the Wolf! Peter’s grandfather warns him about the wolves, but Peter goes ahead and captures one anyway. Come out this morning for a lively storytime and the chance to enter a raffle and win tickets to the show! FREE! BookPeople, 603 N. Lamar Blvd.

Springfree Trampoline Grand Opening – 1-4 p.m., Enjoy unlimited jumping on several trampolines, free refreshments and a concert with joe McDermott at Springfree’s Grand Opening event! FREE! The Lawn of the Domain, 3220 Amy Donovan Plaza, Suite 116.

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Mr. Johnny’s Kid’s Club Music Sundays – 10 a.m.,  A lively, interactive music show for kids and families. Sing, dance, jump and shout with Johnny, Sharon, Amber, Nick & the Hoppettes! Shakers, streamers, scarves, rhythm sticks, bubbles, animals (stuffed), and a special “Come to Life” Story on Stage. Pre-show warm up games, art activities and more. Come early for coffee, snacks, juice, granola, muffins in the lobby. Doors open at 9:30am. Cost: $1 per person. Sponsored by Mrjohnny Productions. Scottish Rite Theater, 207 West 18th Street.

Children and Family Nature’s Workshop – 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., The purpose of this series is to explore and appreciate nature with children of all ages.  Bey Acupuncture seeks to share the sincerity of nature with the community at large, promote a healthy lifestyle, & creative expression.  FREE! George Washington Carver Museum and Cultural Center, 1165 Angelina Street.

Alamo Kids Camp: Space Jam – 11 a.m., Get ready to jam. If there was any possible way to make the Looney Tunes more incredible it would be to team them up with the greatest basketball player the world has ever known, Mr. Michael Jordan. Alamo Drafthouse Lakeline, 14028 N. Hwy 183.

Austin Empty Bowl Project - 11 a.m. – 3 p.m., The Austin Empty Bowl Project is an effort by Austin area potters to fight hunger. Always the Sunday before Thanksgiving, this annual family-friendly event invites you to select your favorite from thousands of locally crafted ceramic bowls, have it filled with gourmet soup and bread and listen to live music while enjoying your lunch. Your $20 donation goes to Kids Cafe, a program of the Capital Area Food Bank, and Meals for Kids, a program of Meals on Wheels & More. Take the bowl home with you to remind you that others have empty bowls.Marchesa Hall & Theatre in Lincoln Village, 6226 Middle Fiskville Road.

14th East Austin Studio Tour – 11 a.m. – 6 p.m., EAST is a FREE, annual, self-guided art event occurring over two weekends, providing the public with an opportunity to meet the makers: the local artists and artisans who leave a lasting imprint on Austin’s vibrant, dynamic culture. Tour-goers are invited to discover new artistic talent, see working studios, learn about artists’ tools, techniques, and inspirations, and explore unique exhibition spaces and local businesses. EAST is divided into four participant categories: Artist Studios, Exhibitions, Happenings, and Select Events. Artist Studios and Exhibitions are free to the public and open on the weekends of November 14-15 & 21-22 from 11am – 6pm. Happenings are also free, occurring on the weekends of the tour with varying hours. Select Events happen on both of the tour weekends, as well as during the weekdays/nights in between and may cost money to attend. Exhibitions take place in spaces that are either dedicated to exhibiting art year-round or temporarily showcasing work for EAST.  Catalog and maps are available at all Austin Public Library branches starting on Monday, November 9th.

Winnie the Pooh at ZACH Theatre - 2 p.m., Winnie-the-Pooh finds himself involved in all sorts of frantic adventures, assisted by such friends as the dismal Eeyore, Piglet and Rabbit. Pooh’s intentions are always the best, but his passion for honey and condensed milk keeps getting him into trouble. Come see A.A. Milne’s beloved characters in this charming musical adaptation. Tickets: starting at $15. ZACH Theatre, 1510 Toomey Road.

The holiday shopping season is upon us! If you are looking for that perfect local, handmade gift for your special someone, check out all of the Holiday Craft Fairs and Markets happening from now until Christmas Eve.

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There are many local nonprofits who need your help to make the holidays happy for everyone. If you have some spare time to give, or some spare funds, here’s a list of 2015 Holiday Volunteer Opportunities in Central Texas.

2015 HOLIDAY VOLUNTEERING

 

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