Weekly Planner: October 19-25, 2015

Monday, October 19, 2015

Fall Fun at Sweet Berry Farm (Marble Falls)  –  8:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m., Harvest the fall fun at Sweet Berry Farm with  mazes, Berry Bouncers, pumpkin painting, stuff your own scarecrow, hay rides, horse rides, ice cream and lots more. Admission and parking are FREE, but activities have a fee. Sweet Berry Farm, 1801 FM 1980, Marble Falls.

Baby Bloomers: Nursery Rhymes - 9-10 a.m., Be nimble, be quick and jump over your own candle stick creation at this Baby Bloomers! We’ll also catapult marshmallows, explore squishy Jello and use our senses to investigate what goes into a delicious apple pie. Cost: $2.50 (members) and $4.50 (non-members). Special guest: Music Forever Music Together at 9:30 a.m. and Staci Gray at 10:30 a.m., The Thinkery, 1830 Simond Ave.

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.

Mr. Will’s Music Class for Kids (Bee Cave) – 10-11 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.

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: Pumpkin Painting (Pflugerville) – 1:30- 2:30 p.m., Use your creativity to paint a mini pumpkin to take home. Any students ages 12-18 who are being homeschooled are invited to attend this weekly program. Register beginning October 1 to reserve a pumpkin. FREE! Pflugerville Public Library, 1008 W. Pfluger Street, Pflugerville.

Rockin’ Kids Club – Science Club (Round Rock) – 4:30-5:15 p.m., We Round Rockers love our Mexican Free-Tailed Bat colony at the McNeil Bridge. Celebrate our winged friends at a very special Rockin’ Kids Club at Round Rock Public Library as we look forward to Bat Week. The event features stories, crafts, and interactive science activities from Texas Parks and Wildlife. FREE! Round Rock Public Library, 216 E. Main Street, Round Rock.

IKEA’s Monday Funday: Magic with Black Bert (Round Rock) – 5:30 – 7:30 p.m., Enjoy a FREE magic show for the family. IKEA, 1 IKEA Way, Round Rock.

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.

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.

Halloween Cookie Decorating (Round Rock) – 6-7 p.m., Kids can decorate cookies with a Halloween theme. Cost is $10 and includes admission to Safari Champ. Safari Champ, 1400 East Old Settlers Blvd # 200, Round Rock.

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Fall Fun at Sweet Berry Farm (Marble Falls)  –  8:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m., Harvest the fall fun at Sweet Berry Farm with  mazes, Berry Bouncers, pumpkin painting, stuff your own scarecrow, hay rides, horse rides, ice cream and lots more. Admission and parking are FREE, but activities have a fee. Sweet Berry Farm, 1801 FM 1980, Marble Falls.

Whole Foods Domain Kids Club – 9:30 – 10:30 a.m., Join us for this Kid’s Club hosted by Marathon Kids! Plus, on this particular Tuesday, 5% of all store sales will be donated to Marathon Kids. Marathon Kids’ mission to be dedicated to improving the health of children by providing them with the tools, motivation and support to live happier, healthier lifestyles. With their methods tested and verified by the scientific community and with lots of exciting recent partnerships, Marathon Kids is certainly growing and making a difference. Bring your little ones for a craft, storytime, and some fun excercise! Learn all about Marathon Kids directly from its staff members. Be sure to grab something on your way out knowing 5% of your purchase goes to this wonderful organization. FREE! Whole Foods, 11920 Domain Drive.

Books and Babies – 10 a.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! APL – North Village Branch.

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.

Literature Live! Wild & Wacky Weather – 10:15 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! APL – Carver Branch.

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 Music 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. Call 512-474-2331 for more details about this storytime session, free demo classes, or for information about the ACMS Early Childhood Program. FREE! BookPeople, 603 N. Lamar Blvd.

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

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. FREE! APL – Carver Branch.

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.

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! APL – multiple locations.

Halloween Hand Print Tile at Safari Champ (Round Rock) – 4-5 p.m., Listen to storytime: Pete the Cat, Five Little Pumpkins, paint a spider handprint on a tile. Cost $12 per child, includes admission to Safari Champ. Safari Champ,  1400 East Old Settlers Blvd # 200, Round Rock.

Teen Night: Doctor Who (Pflugerville) –  6-7:30p.m., Teens can celebrate Pflugerville’s 50th birthday with a night of Doctor Who crafts. Dress up as your favorite Doctor, companion, or villain to compete in a costume contest. Make a TARDIS snow globe, design your own Doctor, and more! Ages 12-18. FREE! Pflugerville Public Library, 1008 W Pfluger Street, Pflugerville.

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

Wednesday, October 21, 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 am. Storytime featuring stories, songs, fingerplays, rhymes, and crafts. Recommended for ages 5 and under. FREE! APL –  Terrazas Branch.

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.

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.

Literature Live! Wild & Wacky Weather – 11 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! APL – Old Quarry Branch.

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.

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.

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.

Drive-In Movie: Back to the Future II (Round Rock) – 7:30-10 p.m., The City of Round Rock wraps up its series of family-friendly drive-in movies with a 75-foot screen that allows optimal viewing. Cost is $5 walk in, $20 per car with a $5 donation to Round Rock Junior Police Academy. Movie snacks are on sale on site. 115 E. Bagdad Ave., Round Rock.

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Fall Fun at Sweet Berry Farm (Marble Falls)  –  8:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m., Harvest the fall fun at Sweet Berry Farm with  mazes, Berry Bouncers, pumpkin painting, stuff your own scarecrow, hay rides, horse rides, ice cream and lots more. Admission and parking are FREE, but activities have a fee. Sweet Berry Farm, 1801 FM 1980, Marble Falls.

Mother Goose Visits the Library (Round Rock) 9:30 & 10:30 a.m., Mother Goose will be visiting the library for two very special storytimes. Enjoy stories, rhymes, and songs for ages 0 – 6 at these FREE events. Local storyteller Betsy Kemper will perform the role of Mother Goose. Pre-registration is not required unless you are bringing a group of six or more children. Round Rock Public Library, 216 E. Main Street, Round Rock.
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.Advertisement

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 – Pleasant Hill Branch.

Literature Live! Wild & Wacky Weather – 12 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 – Southeast Branch.

Science Lab: Bug Lovers Clubhouse – 3:30 p.m., Recommended for ages 5 and up. Join us for stories, crafts, games and more. FREE! APL – Yarborough Branch.

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.  Ages 5 and under. FREE! APL – Manchaca Road Branch.

Family Craft Night – 7 p.m., Let’s make stuff together! Ladies and Gentlemen, Boys and Girls, step right up for Will Hampton’s Family Craft Night! At Family Craft Night attendees get to explore the different avenues of art by trying their hand at new mediums and exciting projects. FREE! APL – Hampton Branch at Oak Hill.

Movies in the Park: Casper – 8-10 p.m.,  Get in the Halloween spirit with us at Dick Nichols District Park! Bring the whole family (costumes welcome!) just before sunset for a FREE screening of this film. Dick Nichols Park, 8011 Beckett Rd.

Friday, October 23, 2015

Fall Fun at Sweet Berry Farm (Marble Falls)  –  8:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m., Harvest the fall fun at Sweet Berry Farm with  mazes, Berry Bouncers, pumpkin painting, stuff your own scarecrow, hay rides, horse rides, ice cream and lots more. Admission and parking are FREE, but activities have a fee. Sweet Berry Farm, 1801 FM 1980, Marble Falls.

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! APL – Faulk Central Library.

Storytime Art – Spiders - 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 learn about spiders! We’ll create a cute spider handprint craft, read and sing about spiders and then paint a spider figurine.  These spiders make great Halloween decorations! Cost is $12 per child, or buy a punch-card and get 6 classes for $60! The Art Garage, 11190 Circle Drive, Suite 202-4.

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.Advertisement

Dia de los Muertos – 3:30-5 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! APL – Terrazas Branch.

Empty Bowls Community Paint Nights - 6-8 p.m., Join us to paint a unique bowl to donate to the 18th Annual Helping Hands Empty Bowl Project in Dripping Springs, happening on November 1st!  For just $12 per bowl, you can create your own work of art and make a difference in our community.  We’ll have instructors and all the materials to help you create your bowl, which you’ll then leave at The Art Garage to be fired, wrapped, and delivered to the 2015 event.  The Art Garage will also donate all proceeds to Helping Hands of Dripping Springs. The Art Garage, 11190 Circle Drive, Suite 202-4.

Boo at the Zoo –  6:30-9 p.m., Wear a costume (no adult masks, please), ride the Haunted Train, explore the Haunted House and see the animals by the glow of your flashlight! Plus, bring a picnic to enjoy in the Picnic Grove. Austin Zoo will be illuminated and decorated for the occasion. Tickets are $12.50 and include a train pass and unlimited Haunted House visits. Austin Zoo, 10808 Rawhide Trail.

Haunted Halloween Trails – 7-10 p.m., This year’s theme will be “Grimm’s Ghostly Tales,” featuring three separate spooky trails each night — one for young children (amusing, rated G), another for those who want spooky surprises (rated PG) and a scary, scary trail for the adventurous (frights galore, rated PG-13).  Spook lights, ghoulish stories, pumpkins, food, drinks and souvenirs promise to add to the fun. Palm readers and fortune tellers will be on site all nights to give visitors a peek into their past or future. Admission is $12 a person, a real 1800s bargain for this spook-tenaous family fun event, Austin’s legendary Halloween experience for all ages. It’s family friendly, to boot. Pioneer Farms, 10621 Pioneer Farms Drive.

Saturday, October 24, 2015

Touch a Truck (Round Rock) – 9 a.m. to noon. Name a child who wouldn’t love to climb aboard a fire truck, big rig or bulldozer! Touch a Truck provides a unique opportunity for children to explore vehicles of all types – public service, emergency, utility, construction, transportation, delivery and just plain cool – all in one place. Those young and young at heart will be allowed to touch, climb on and ask questions about their favorite trucks in a safe, supervised environment. Accompanying personnel will teach the children about the equipment displayed and how these machines help us and our community. There will be a “no horn hour” for those with sensitive ears or who do not respond well to loud noises from 1 to 2 p.m. FREE! Old Settlers Park-East Entrance, 700 N. Redbud Lane (TC Oatts and Redbud Lane).

Evergreen Farm Pumpkin Hunt10 a.m. – 5 p.m., The Pumpkin Hunt is a family-friendly event where children of all ages can enjoy fall activities. All activities are ongoing throughout the day, allowing families to customize their experience at the farm. Pumpkins of all sizes will be available for purchase. Free admission; $2.50 – $5.00 for some activities. The premier event, the Pumpkin Hunt ($2.50), includes a wagon ride into the Christmas tree fields where mini pumpkins are hidden in the trees. After the Hunt, enjoy pumpkin decorating on the pavilion along with the other activities and games. Evergreen Farm, 242 Monkey Road, Elgin

Fairies & Trolls Tea Party – 10-10:30 a.m., Join us for special Fairyland tea party. There will be tea and snacks, crafts, and stories. Costumes are welcome! FREE! Cedar Park Public Library, 550 Discover Blvd., Cedar Park.

My Way Matinee: Pan - 10:30 a.m., Enjoy a morning at the movies in a comfortable environment. The auditoriums dedicated to the program have their lights up, the sound turned down and audience members are invited to get up and dance, walk, shout or sing! Tickets: $6.50. Regal Gateway Stadium 16 & IMAX, 9700 Stonelake Blvd.

Spark Shop: Super Hero Capes – 10:30 a.m., It’s time to get super-stitched in Spark Shop! Learn the basics of sewing while designing your own unique superhero cape! For Ages 4-7 years. Price 1 Child $29 | 1 Member Child $25 | 1 Extra Child $17 | 1 Extra Member Child $15. The Thinkery, 1830 Simond Ave.

Echo & the Bats - 10:30 a.m., Come dance along with Echo and the Bats – Austin’s first All Librarian band! You’ve seen their storytimes, now come hear some of your favorite kid’s books put to music! Familiar stories, familiar tunes, all new fun for the whole family! FREE! APL – Manchaca Road Branch.

Pumpkin Carving – 11 a.m. – 3 p.m., Fun for the entire family! Activities include, Costume Contest, Face Painting, and Games! FREE! George Washington Carver Museum Cultural and Genealogy Center, 1165 Angelina Street .

Crowes Nest Farm’s Fall Family Fun Festival (Manor)- 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.Bring the entire family for a fabulous day of wholesome fun:
Hayrides, cow milking, animal shows, FaerieWood, pumpkin patch, homemade foods and crafts, and so much more! Cost: $9 per adult; $7 per child (age 3-12); $3 per 2-year-old; FREE for babies under 2. Crowe’s Nest Farm, 10300 Taylor Lane, Manor.

Winnie the Pooh - 11 a.m. & 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.

Brushy Creek Hairy Man Spookyfest (Round Rock) –  1-4 p.m., Join us for the 21st Annual Hairy Man Spookyfest at Cat Hollow Park for a fun-filled day of food, arts & crafts fair, children’s activities, special performances, and live mu­sic! Participate in our Costume contest, trick or treating park scavenger hunt, pump­kin decorating, train rides, Halloween themed crafts, scary snacks station and more! There will be several local non-profit organi­zations in Williamson County raising money for a good cause. Costume contest begins at 1:00pm with prizes for: Judge’s Favorite, Cutest, Scariest, and Most Original. Hairiest Man Contest begins at 4:00pm. Cat Hollow Park located, 8600 O’ Connor Dr, Round Rock.

Halloween at the Y (Round Rock)2-9 p.m., Enjoy carnival games, inflatables, rides, and climbing walls, free candy, music, prizes, costume contests, concessions and more. Admission is $6 per person. Dell Diamond, 3400 East Palm Valley Blvd., Round Rock.

Boo-da Halloween  (Buda) – 5-7 p.m., Bring the kids to trick or treat with local businesses and enjoy FREE have arts and crafts, face painting, games and Halloween stories at the Buda Public Library. Downtown Buda.

Leander’s Fall Fun Festival – 5:30 – 10 p.m., Come join Leander Fire Department at our Annual Fall Fun Festival.  LFD has carnival style games, vendors, food, haunted house, silent auction and more at this family event.  All proceeds go to our Health & Safety Fund and the Benevolent Fund.  Tickets for games start at just $.50 and touring the Tower of Terror is only $5!  Leander Fire Department, 101 E Sonny Drive, Leander.

Spooktacular at Northwest YMCA – 5-8 p.m., Invite your friends and neighbors and join us for our Spooktacular Grand Re-Opening Event! Trick-or-treat trail, games, refreshments and so much more. Plus, take a tour of our new facility and be entered for a chance to win prizes! FREE! Northwest YMCA, 5807 McNeil Drive.

Dittmar’s Halloween Spooktacular – 6:30 p.m., Carnival, haunted house, movie in the park (Casper).  Carnival begins at 6:30 p.m. and the movie at sundown. FREE! Dittmar Recreaetion Center, 1009 W. Dittmar Road.

Boo at the Zoo –  6:30-9 p.m., Wear a costume (no adult masks, please), ride the Haunted Train, explore the Haunted House and see the animals by the glow of your flashlight! Plus, bring a picnic to enjoy in the Picnic Grove. Austin Zoo will be illuminated and decorated for the occasion. Tickets are $12.50 and include a train pass and unlimited Haunted House visits. Austin Zoo, 10808 Rawhide Trail.

Haunted Halloween Trails – 7-10 p.m., This year’s theme will be “Grimm’s Ghostly Tales,” featuring three separate spooky trails each night — one for young children (amusing, rated G), another for those who want spooky surprises (rated PG) and a scary, scary trail for the adventurous (frights galore, rated PG-13).  Spook lights, ghoulish stories, pumpkins, food, drinks and souvenirs promise to add to the fun. Palm readers and fortune tellers will be on site all nights to give visitors a peek into their past or future. Admission is $12 a person, a real 1800s bargain for this spook-tenaous family fun event, Austin’s legendary Halloween experience for all ages. It’s family friendly, to boot. Pioneer Farms, 10621 Pioneer Farms Drive.

Sunday, October 25, 2015

Pumpkin Carving Competition – 12-4 p.m., Celebrating our 11th year, the UMLAUF Pumpkin Carving Competition is an afternoon for families to sculpt their holiday pumpkins and participate in the prizes. Overseen by “Professor Pumpkin” from the Texas Society of Sculptors, this event features community judges who will choose the most amusing, spooky, artistic and lovable creations. Non-perishable items will be accepted in lieu of admission. This event benefits the Capital Area Food Bank along with pumpkins generously donated by Whole Foods Market. UMLAUF Sculpture Garden & Museum, 605 Robert E Lee Road.Advertisement

JustAMinute_LETTERprintRevJust a Minute! A Día de los Muertos Play - 12:30 & 2:30 p.m.,  Celebrate el día de los muertos with this staged adaptation of Yuyi Morales’s fantastical award-winning books Just a Minute and Just in Case. Señor Calavera wants Grandma Beetle to leave with him right away, but she still has one house to sweep, two pots of tea to boil, three pounds of corn to make into tortillas – and that’s just the start! Kids of all ages will love these bilingual counting and alphabet tales. Cost: $7 for kids 12 and under, $12 for adults. Available online at Brownpapertickets.com and sold at the door. Free show parking as available in Austin’s uptown museum district. Metered street parking also nearby. Tickets available online and at the door.  Recommended for all ages! Austin Scottish Rite Theater  207 W. 18th Street.

Adult & Child Art Workshops: Halloween – 1-4 p.m., Create Picasso-esque witches, monster pop-up cards, and skeleton sculptures in this imaginative one-day class. Inspired by the Halloween season, we will work together to create take-home holiday decor. Cost: $49 + $15 supply fee for each adult/ child pair. Contemporary Museum of Art at Laguna Gloria, 3809 W. 35th Street.

Evergreen Farm Pumpkin Hunt1–5 p.m., The Pumpkin Hunt is a family-friendly event where children of all ages can enjoy fall activities. All activities are ongoing throughout the day, allowing families to customize their experience at the farm. Pumpkins of all sizes will be available for purchase. Free admission; $2.50 – $5.00 for some activities. The premier event, the Pumpkin Hunt ($2.50), includes a wagon ride into the Christmas tree fields where mini pumpkins are hidden in the trees. After the Hunt, enjoy pumpkin decorating on the pavilion along with the other activities and games. Evergreen Farm, 242 Monkey Road, Elgin.

Special Sunday Storytime - 2 p.m., Bring your young readers down to the store today to celebrate for a special Sunday afternoon storytime with two of our favorite Austin authors! Liz Garton Scanlon will read us In the Canyon, a beautiful new book that introduces readers to the marvels of the Grand Canyon through a child’s eyes. Susie Kralovansky will be here with Twelve Cowboys Ropin’, a rootin’, tootin’, cowboy’s version of Twelve Days of Christmas. Join us for a snack and storytime! FREE! BookPeople, 603 N. Lamar Blvd.

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.

Halloween Trunk or Treat (Round Rock) – 2-5 p.m., Here’s a chance to put on that Halloween costume before the big day. Bring the entire family out for a spook-tacular time filled with treats, face painting, a bounce house, games, and more. Trick or treat from trunk-to-trunk collecting candy, and prizes. Place your votes for the best decorated patrol car trunk. It’s fun for all ages in a safe place. The event is FREE, but folks are encouraged to offer toy and monetary donations for Operation Blue Santa. Round Rock Police Department, 2701 N. Mays Street, Round Rock.

Austin Symphony Halloween Children’s Concert - 3 p.m., It’s creepy, crawly and so much fun it’s spooky! Your little ghost or goblin will help haunt Long Center’s Dell Hall for the Austin Symphony’s annual Halloween Children’s Concert. This exciting concert features frightfully fun symphonic music that is stimulating for young eyes and ears (ages 2–10). The entire family is invited to dress up in their favorite costume and enjoy “boo-tiful” music with their Austin Symphony Orchestra! Tickets start at $8. Long Center for Performing Art, 701 W. Riverside Drive.

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Catherine Prystup founded LiveMom.com out of a desire to build a better community for Austin-area moms. She has three children, ages seventeen, eight and three years old.

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