Weekly Planner: November 2-7, 2015

Many thanks to KLRU for sponsoring the Weekly Planner! Take note: KLRU schedule changes, starting 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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Monday, November 2, 2015

Baby Bloomers: Nursery Rhymes - 9-10 a.m., Get ready for some fun playing with pumpkins! Investigate pumpkin guts, create pumpkin prints and explore pumpkin sensory dough! 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: Green Screen Photography (Pflugerville) – 1:30-2:30 p.m., Take photos against a green screen and learn how to use green screen software to put yourself in amazing settings. Any teens ages 12-18 who homeschool are invited to attend this weekly program. FREE! Pflugerville Public Library, 1008 W. Pfluger Street, Pflugerville.

Crafternoon – 3:30 p.m., Drop by the library and make a craft while you search for books, movies and music. We’ve got paper crafts, easy sewing and more fun projects for the whole family. We provide the supplies; you provide the creativity. FREE! Manchaca Road Branch, Austin Public Library.

Rockin’ Kids Club: LEGO Free Build (Round Rock) – 4:30 – 5:15 p.m., It’s LEGO week at the Round Rock Public Library.  Elementary students, come build and share. FREE! Round Rock Public Library, 216 E. Main Street, Round Rock.

Día de los Muertos – Day of the Dead – 5:30 p.m., Acompáñenos en esta celebración familiar para honrar a los muertos. Habrá libros y cuentos, arte y manualidades, música y calaveras de azúcar. Este evento es apto para todas las edades. Join us for an all-ages celebration of books and stories, arts and crafts, music and sugar skulls to honor the dead! FREE! Windsor Park Branch, Austin Public Library.

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.

Tuesday, November 3, 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.

Día de los Muertos – Day of the Dead – 10:15 a.m., Acompáñenos en esta celebración familiar para honrar a los muertos. Habrá libros y cuentos, arte y manualidades, música y calaveras de azúcar. Este evento es apto para todas las edades. Join us for an all-ages celebration of books and stories, arts and crafts, music and sugar skulls to honor the dead! FREE! Carver Branch, Austin Public Library.

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.

Chinese Bilingual Storytime – 10:30-11 a.m., This program, developed for ages 3 and up, celebrates Chinese culture with stories, fingerplays, songs, and other activities in both English and Mandarin. FREE! Round Rock Public Library, 216 E. Main Street, Round Rock.

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

Pottery Barn Kids Storytime: The Day the Crayons Came Home - 11-11:30 a.m., Join Pottery Barn Kids for a FREE weekly storytime! Pattery Barn, Barton Creek Square, 2901 S. Cap. Tx. Hwy.

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.
28th Annual Monster Concert and Carnival – 4:30-8:30 p.m., Enjoy performances by the Austin High School Orchestra; the Martin, O. Henry and Small Middle School Orchestras and the combined Barton Hills, Bryker Woods, Maplewood, Mathews and Pease 6th Grade Beginner Orchestras, plus ghoulish games, a haunted house, fun house and tasty food. Food and games tickets available for pre-purchase or at the event. Rescheduled due to last week’s rainy weather. Austin High School Performing Arts Center and school grounds, 1715 W. Cesar Chavez St.
Lego Lab – 5:30 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! FREE! Ruiz Branch, Austin Public Library.

Wednesday, November 4, 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.

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.

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

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.

Books and Babies – 2 p.m., Recommended for ages 0-18 months. A lapsit storytime program especially for babies and their caregivers.  Very short stories are interspersed with songs, rhymes, and fingerplays for babies and parents.  A brief playtime follows. FREE! APL – multiple locations.

Lego Lab - 3 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! FREE! Southeast Branch, Austin Public Library.

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.

Krispy Kreme Family Night – 6-8 p.m., Kids can decorate one FREE doughnut each, plus enjoy crafts and more. Krispy Kreme, 701 E Stassney Lane and 12586 Research Blvd, Austin.
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Thursday, November 5, 2015

AdvertisementAdvertisementThe 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 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.

All Ages Storytime - 10:15 am. Storytime featuring stories, songs, fingerplays, rhymes, and crafts. Recommended for ages 5 and under. FREE! APL –  Terrazas Branch.

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

Sensory Storytime – 11:30 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. FREE! APL – Ruiz Branch.

Explorer’s Club: Crafty Kids (Cedar Park) – 3:30 p.m., Kids in grades K-5 will meet to explore a set of rotating monthly programs. The first meeting of the month, the kids will do a fun craft. FREE! Cedar Park Public Library, 550 Discovery Blvd., Cedar Park.

Crafternoon: Fairy and Ninja Bead Friends – 3:30 p.m., Recommended for ages 5 and up. Join us for stories, crafts, games and more. FREE! Yarborough Branch, Austin Public Library.

Wild & Wacky Weather – 6:30 p.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! APL – University Hills Branch.

Movies in the Park: The Dark Knight – 6:30 p.m.,  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 to watch a FREE movie! Palm  Park, 601 E. 3rd Street.

Harry Potter Fest at Blue Starlite Drive-In Theater – 7:30 p.m., On November 5-22, the Drive-In hosts the 2nd Annual Harry Potter Fest: 10 nights and three weeks of Harry Potter! 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.” 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 St.

Friday, November 6, 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.

Storytime Art – Monkeys - 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. Go bananas with this Monkey-themed Storytime Art.  We’ll sing our favorite monkey songs and read books about monkeys.  Our painting project is this adorable monkey ceramic figurine.  Cost is $12 per child, or buy a punch-card and get 6 classes for $60! The Art Garage, 11190 Circle Drive.

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

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! FREE! North Village Branch, Austin Public Library.

Mini Maker Faire: Meet the Makers and Meet and Collaborate (Round Rock) – 5 & 7 p.m., Collaborate: Join us in the Make & Collaborate space for these highly collaborative and interactive activities for a variety of ages. Featured materials included in the sessions: Ages 5+ LEGO BIONICLE Snap Circuits & Think fun Wheels & Gadgets, Ages 8+ littleBits Electronic Building Blocks & Cool Paper Machines, Adults 13+ LEGO Architecture Studio and Extraordinaires Design Studio Pro. Meet the Makers: Join us for this engaging session that will feature local makers, thought leaders and educators discussing projects and topics that can include the latest trends in designing, building, creating and making. Check back closer to the event date for updated details on specific speakers.  FREE! Barnes & Noble, 2701 Parker Road, Bldg A Suite 700, Round Rock.

Central Market North Lamar: Flying Balalaika Brothers – 6:30 p.m., Live music and dancing, oh my!  This is a great spot for parents to enjoy music while letting their kids burn some energy on the playground. FREE! Central Market, 4001 N. Lamar Blvd.

Saturday, November 7, 2015

FARE Walk for Food Allergies – 9 a.m. event begins with walk beginning at 10 a.m., Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE) works on behalf of the 15 million Americans with Food allergies, including all those at risk for anaphylaxis. With 15 million Americans affected, there are 15 million reasons to walk! FARE’s mission is to find a cure for food allergies, and to keep individuals with food allergies safe and included. This family-friendly event, presented by Mylan, seeks to raise funds and awareness for food allergy research, education, advocacy and awareness. Family-friendly activities include: bouncy houses, Games 2U, Rock Climbing Wall, tattoos, sponsor booths with free give-aways, family friendly DJ, and a performance by the Champions Westlake gymnastics team. Honorary Ambassador is Olympic gold medalist, Mitch Gaylord. Camp Mabry, 2200 W 35th Street.

Veterans Memorial Parade and Ceremony (Cedar Park) – 9:30 parade start time, ceremony begins at 11 a.m.,  Come honor our veterans and show your patriotic pride at the Veterans Memorial Ceremony and Parade. Please bring blankets or lawn chairs, as seating is limited. FREE! Veterans Memorial Park, 2525 W. New Hope Drive, Cedar Park.

The Peanuts Movie: A Charlie Brown Family Party – Doors open at 9:30 a.m., Join Snoopy and the whole PEANUTS gang for a special family party before the show.  Come dressed as your favorite character and be ready for fun food specials, games and activities for the whole family. Cost: Regular Admission applies. Alamo Drafthouse, 5701 W. Slaughter Lane.

Round Rock Market Days – 9 a.m. to 4 p..m., Market Days features farmers market items, arts and crafts, food vendors, and live music all day. FREE admission!  Centennial Plaza, behind the Baca Center, 301 W. Bagdad Road, Round Rock.

Day of the Dead Celebration (Round Rock) – 10 a.m. – 1 p.m., Drop in and join us for some colorful & creative Sugar Skull Crafts, face painting, and more. FREE! Kaleidoscope Toys, 110 North IH35, Ste 375, Round Rock.

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.

Fall Festival at Austin Nature & Science Center – 11 a.m. – 2 p.m., FREE Family Event.  All ages welcome! Learn interesting facts about our resident wildlife: See a bat and an owl up close, Examine differences in animals teeth, fur, and skeletons, Find constellations in the planetarium, xxplore the nature preserve on a guided hike. ANSC is proud to give rehabilitated animas a forever home. Show your appreciation for the animals by donating one of their favorite items at the Fall Festival: dry dog food, woodchip bedding, tennis balls, fish flakes.  Austin Nature & Science Center, 2389 Stratford Dr.

Austin Celtic Festival – Noon – 7:30 p.m., The largest gathering of Celts in Central Texas returns for its 19th Annual Celtic Fest. Internationally acclaimed as one of the few remaining festivals that celebrate the authentic music honed by the Celtic people, this event goes beyond gimmicks to highlight traditions and achievements in a way that reminds audiences of the extraordinary craftsmanship and study that made places like Ireland and Scotland leaders in folk music and dance. The festival includes performances, sports, workshops, historical demonstrations and more. Tickets: $18, kids 12 and under free. Fiesta Gardens, 2101 Jesse E. Segovia St.

Diwali Festival - 1-11 p.m., Royal Events Present Diwali, Festival Of Lights. Come and celebrate Diwali with family fun, food, shopping, Henna, kids’ activities, musical night and more!  Mela from 1pm to 5:15pm, Musical night from 5:25 pm to 10 pm. FREE! Zilker Hillside Theatre, 2206 William Barton Drive.

Sunday, November 8, 2015

Kid’s Show at Cherrywood Coffeehouse - Bring the kids out to see a FREE show by Groundwork Music! Sunday, 10:00am. Cherrywood Coffeehouse, 1400 E. 381/2 Street.

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.

Family Jam at Dittmar Recreation Center - 11 a.m. – noon. Family Jam provides an opportunity for families to drum together. Children may facilitate the drum circle, or sing on the open mic.  Drums will be provided.  Parents must accompany their children to attend. FREE! Dittmar Recreation Center, 1009 W. Dittmar Road.

Austin Celtic Festival – Noon – 7:30 p.m., The largest gathering of Celts in Central Texas returns for its 19th Annual Celtic Fest. Internationally acclaimed as one of the few remaining festivals that celebrate the authentic music honed by the Celtic people, this event goes beyond gimmicks to highlight traditions and achievements in a way that reminds audiences of the extraordinary craftsmanship and study that made places like Ireland and Scotland leaders in folk music and dance. The festival includes performances, sports, workshops, historical demonstrations and more. Tickets: $18, kids 12 and under free. Fiesta Gardens, 2101 Jesse E. Segovia St.

Winnie the Pooh - 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.

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