Weekly Planner: September 14-20, 2015

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Monday, September 14, 2015

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) – 10-10:45 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.

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 Scavenger Hunt (Pflugerville) – 1:30-2:30 pm. Learn about what the library has to offer with a library tour and scavenger hunt. The scavenger hunt winners will receive free YA books. Any teens ages 12-18 who homeschool are invited to attend this weekly program. FREE! Pflugerville Public Library, 1008 W. Pfluger Street, Pflugerville.

Baby Play Group (Round Rock) – 3:30 – 4:15 pm.  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 East Old Settlers Blvd., Round Rock.

Lego Lab – 3:30 pm. 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 – Howson Branch.

Crafternoon – 3:30 pm. 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 Branch.

Rockin’ Kids Club: Art Week (Round Rock) – 4:30 – 5:15 pm. It’s Art Week! Elementary students are welcome to explore the creative arts with open-ended projects and creative materials at the Round Rock Public Library‘s Rockin’ Kids Club for elementary students. FREE! Round Rock Public Librarym,, 216 E. Main Street, Round Rock.

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Whole Foods Domain Kids Club - 9:30 – 10:30 am. 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. This week join Heather, Youth Services Librarian at the Austin Public Library Spicewood Springs Branch, for a fun & interactive storytime with PUPPETS!  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. FREE! Whole Foods, 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 am. Join us for a fun morning in the Buzz Bar – just for kids! We’ll be reading Planting a Rainbow and will be making yummy rainbow fruit kabobs in partnership with the Bee Cave Library. No RSVP is necessary, however we do recommend arriving a few minutes early. FREE! Whole Foods, 12601 Hill Country Blvd., Bee Cave.

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.

Bilingual Storytime: American Sign Language (Round Rock) – 10:30 – 11 am. Join teacher Amy McNight from The Signing Connection as you and your child explore sign language together. No preregistration is required unless you plan to bring six or more children. FREE! Round Rock Public Library, 216 E. Main Street, Round Rock.

Armstrong Community School Storytime – 10:30 am. 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.

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.

Crafternoon – 4 pm. 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 – Terrazas Branch.

Lego Lab – 4:30 pm. 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 – Manchaca Branch.

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, September 16, 2015

Storytime at Whole Foods (Arbor Trails) – 9:00 to 10:00 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 am.  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.

Tiny Tails to You Petting Zoo Storytime – 10:30 am. 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.

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.

Discovery! Fantastic Contraptions – 4:30 pm. 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! Join us with special guest Chris Lopez for this hands on demonstration of Fantastic Contraption, an online physics puzzle game.  Participants will be able to use the Pod computers and tablets in the library or they can choose to bring their own tablets in as well. Recommended for 3rd grade and up (through middle school). FREE! Laura’s Lbrary, 9411 Bee Cave Road.

Chess Club – 5-6 pm.  Learn to play chess! Children under 10 must be accompanied by an adult. All levels welcome. Recommended for ages ten years and above. Chess sets are limited. Chess timers are welcome. FREE! APL – Willie Mae Kirk Branch.

Diez y Seis De Septiembre Neighborhood Fiesta - 5-7 pm. Come join Paruqe Zaragoza Recreation Center as we celebrate Mexico’s independence from Spain! Enjoy FREE Pinata, Tortilla Making, Hot Dogs, 2nd Annual Homemade Salsa Contest, Raffle Prizes and more! Parque Zaragoza Rec Center, 2608 Gonzales St.

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.

Big Screen Classics: The Princess Bride – 7 pm. Welcome to our Big Screen Classics series, weekly showings of films that have helped shape our world. Be inspired, be romanced, and enjoy your favorite movies like you’ve never seen them before! Reserve your half-priced recliner and take a trip down memory lane with one of our hand-picked classics from the past. Moviehouse & Eatery, 8300 N. FM 620.

Thursday, September 17, 2015

The 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. to 5:00 p.m., Thursdays are free to the public. FREE! Blanton Museum of Art, 200 E Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Austin.Advertisement

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

Dual Language Storytime - 10:15 am. 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.

Art Lab for the Littles – 11 am. Come do a playful art project geared towards the littles! There will be paint, glue, and other messy art supplies! Recommended for ages 3-6 years old. FREE! APL – Terrazas Branch.Advertisement
Sensory Storytime - 11:30 am. Children of all abilities and ages are welcome! 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.

Explorers Club: Exciting Explorations (Cedar Park) – 3:30 – 4 pm. Each Thursday, kids in grades K-5 will meet at 3:30pm to explore a set of rotating monthly programs. This week, kids will learn a new skill or try a new activity.  FREE! K-5th grade welcome to attend. Cedar Park Public Library, 550 Discovery Blvd., Cedar Park.

Book Circle: Marble Maze and Games - 3:30 pm. Recommended for ages 5 and up. Join us for stories, crafts, games and more. FREE! APL – Yarborough Branch.

Unplugged at the Grove: Doyle Bramhall II–  8 pm. Join KGSR at Shady Grove on Barton Springs Road for one of Austin’s longest running free concert series. There’s still no cover charge, $3 Ziegenbock Drafts, and the best music, food, and fun you’ll experience under the clear, warm skies of Austin, Texas! Additional parking is available at the Bicycle Sports Shop right down the street at 517 S. Lamar Blvd. Shady Grove, 1624 Barton Springs Rd.

Movies in the Park: Pitch Perfect – 8:15 pm. Movies in the Park is a series of FREE films brought to you by the Austin Parks Foundation and Alamo Drfathouse. 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. Beverley Sheffield NW District Park, 7000 Ardath Street.

Friday, September 18, 2015

Barton Springs University - 8:30 am to 7:00 pm. Barton Springs University is a day of outdoor learning at Barton Springs for high school and college students and the general public. Lectures, outdoor learning activities, and panel discussions on environmental science, natural and cultural history, environmental policy, and the arts will be happening simultaneously throughout the day. Presenters from the City of Austin will present information on topics like the flow of water from caves in south Austin through the Edwards Aquifer to Barton Springs and on Austin’s endangered salamander species. There will be breaks for swimming, and snorkeling tours will be offered. One or two live bands will play a “Poolside Live” concert on the banks of Barton Springs from 4:00 to 7:00 after the learning session. Barton Springs Pool, 2201 Barton Springs Road.

Sprouts at Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center – 10-11 am.  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

Create a Cape Activity Sponsored by Caped Wonders - 10:30 – 11:30 am. Kids will be provided with a cape and they can decorate their capes as they like. Activity sponsored by Caped Wonders. Cost is $12 per child includes admission to Safari Champ and the Activity. Parent Assistance is REQUIRED. Safari Champ, 1400 East Old Settlers Blvd.,  # 200, Round Rock.

Storytime Art: Peacocks- 10:45 am. 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. 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.Advertisement

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.

Public Art Dedication & Celebration: Geode – 6:30 – 8:30 pm. Meet artist Hunter Cross and learn more about Geode, the newest artwork in the Art in Public Places collection. The Austin Gem and Mineral Society will have activities for children, including fossil rubbings and examples of geodes from around the world. Light refreshments will be served. Northwest Greenway, Mueller (near the intersection of James Wheat & Robert Browning St.)

Music in the Park (Pflugerville) – 6:30-9:30 pm. The final week of the 7-week outdoor summer concert series held in Pfluger Park. Bring blankets, lawn chairs and the family and enjoy the music in the shade of the historic location in the heart of Pflugerville.Pfluger Park, 550 City Park Road, Pflugerville.

Poems for Peace – 7:30 pm. Celebrate International Peace Day by joining us for Austin’s 4th Annual “Poems For Peace”. Hosted by Laura Esparza, enjoy music, food, spoken word and audience participation. Performances by Kurt Heinzelman, Katherine Catmull and more. This Open Mic Open Mind event is family-friendly and FREE! Dougherty Art Center, 1110 Barton Springs Rd.

Saturday, September 19, 2015

Talk Like a Pirate for Free Doughnuts –  In honor of Talk Like a Pirate Day, Krispy Kreme Doughnuts is rewarding customers who visit the store and talk like a pirate with one FREE original glazed doughnut. If you visit a Krispy Kreme store dressed like a pirate, you will receive one FREE dozen original glazed doughnuts! Two Austin locations: 701 East Stassney Lane and 12586 Research Blvd.

Pflugerville Police Department Open House – 9am – 1 pm. Take a FREE tour of the Pflugerville Police Department. Visit with the K9 unit, take a tour of jail, visit with the Pflugerville Fire Department and more. Pflugerville Police Department, 1611 Pfennig Lane, Pflugerville.

Talk Like a Pirate Day at Austin Public Library – 10 am – 5 pm. Every year, the Yarrrborough Branch celebrates Talk Like a Pirate Day. Join us for a day of activities including: Watch the pirate classic film A High Wind in Jamaica at 2 PM. This film came out in 1965, the year the Americana Theater opened. #AmericanaMemories; Check out how you can learn Pirate with a Library Card using the Mango Languages Database; Kids can do a craft, grab a pirate sticker and see what’s in the treasure chest! FREE! APL – Yarborough Branch, 2200 Hancock Dr.

Talk Like a Pirate Party (Round Rock) – 10 am – Noon. Play Pirate Games, Visit our Pirate Tattoo Parlor, Make Your Own Pirate Hook, Go on A Treasure Hunt, Dress Like a Pirate & Learn Pirate Speak. Admission is one nonperishable food item for the Round Rock Serving Center. Kaleidoscope Toys, 110 North IH35, Ste 375, Round Rock.

Made with Code – 1-4 pm. The Austin Public Library, the City of Austin’s Digital Inclusion Program and Google Fiber invite families to an open house to learn about kid-friendly coding and virtual reality activities including: Made with Code | A Google initiative inviting Austin families to try beginner coding projects in a visual and creative way. Designed as an introduction to the concept of coding, Made with Code offers basic projects such as working with animated figures and mixing music. Google Cardboard | A fun way to turn nearly any mobile phone into a virtual reality viewer. Kids will be able to put their own cardboard-based viewer together and try out virtual reality applications on-site. Staff from the Austin Public Library and the Digital Inclusion team will join representatives from Google Fiber to guide the activities and answer questions. FREE! APL – Ruiz Branch, 1600 Grove Blvd.

Halloween Fashion Show – 3-5 pm. Enjoy sips and bites as the latest Halloween fashions are revealed. Families will also enjoy pumpkin decorating. FREE! Pottery Barn Kids, Barton Creek Square Mall, 2901 S Capital of Texas Hwy.

Tet Trung Thu: Mid-Autumn Festival – 6-9 pm.  Lanterns, Moon Cakes, and Food, Live Band – The Blue Ocean, Lion Dance, Kids Activities including: Face Painting, Twisted Balloon Animals, Canvas Painting, Paper Origami, and Paper Lantern Making. FREE! Asian American Resource Center (AARC)
8401 Cameron Road.

Drive-In Movie: Big Hero 6 (Round Rock) – 8:30 pm. New in 2015 is a series of family-friendly drive-in movies at 115 E. Bagdad Avenue in Downtown Round Rock. A 75-foot screen 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.

Sunday, September 20, 2015

Austin Museum Day - The Austin Museum Partnership is proud to host the 18th annual Austin Museum Day,  a free, city-wide rediscovery of Austin museums held on the penultimate Sunday of the month of September. It provides the public with free access to exhibits and activities representing more than 40 Austin cultural institutions! See a few events below and check the map  for participating locations here.

The Contemporary Museum of Art at Laguna Gloria - Noon to 4 pm. Wander through Texas’s natural ecosystems and meet the animal inhabitants of its wildest landscapes at this art-and-nature-inspired event. Enjoy a lively performance of Jules Buck Jones’s Animal Facts Club Theater, get a handmade creature-themed coloring book, watch artist demonstrations, grab a snack from a food truck, and more!

Asian American Resource Center – 1-5pm. Take a journey through India though a special encore presentation of photographs by Rama Tiru including new works as well. Children are invited to participate in an exhibits-based Scavenger Hunt. Historical exhibit “Claiming America: Selected Stories of Asian Americans in U.S. History,” sculptures and international arts collections also on view.

Dougherty Arts Center – Noon to 4 pm. Keep Austin unique, fun, and weird by joining in a site-specific art installation at the Dougherty Arts Center.  Everyone is invited to enjoy our gallery, create a colorful and funky sculpture, participate in a Street Artist Development Workshop, practice printmaking, and play in our Pop-Up Maker Space.  We will be featuring demos in drawing, photography and clay, and have live performances by Dr. Bobby Banner MPC, Pacifist Ninjas, Austin Youth Samba, and more!

Elisabet Ney Museum – Noon – 5pm. Come enjoy “Portraiture in the Park!” What does “Portraiture” mean? How many ways can you make a portrait? What stories do you tell about a person and how? Think OUTSIDE the box! Find out through music, demos, exceptional art activities, caricatures, and more and it’s all FREE! Picnic in the park from food trucks while you’re here!

George Washington Carver Museum & Cultural Center and the Carver Genealogy CenterNoon – 4pm. Join us in continuing to celebrate the 150th Anniversary of Juneteenth. The museum will present a special viewing of the recently unveiled Juneteenth Monument. The day will be filled with special readings, refreshments, and crafts.

Brush Square Museums (O. Henry Museum & Susanna Dickinson Museum) - Noon – 3pm. Catch the final weekend of the O. Henry Museum’s Cisco Kid exhibit, about the famous outlaw, and pay tribute to the iconic character through an artistic exercise. Experience the Susanna Dickinson Museum’s Conversations to Create Unity exhibit, featuring oral histories of lifelong Austinites, and add your own touch by recording a recollection of life in Austin. Other activities include personalized haiku, photo opps with the museums’ subjects, and a walking tour hosted by the City of Austin’s Art in Public Places.

Identification Day – 1 pm. Are you curious about a fossil or other natural object you have found? If so, bring your discoveries to Texas Memorial Museum on Identification Day! University scientists and experts from Central Texas will be available to identify fossils, bones, rocks and prehistoric archeological materials.  FREE! Texas Memorial Museum, 2400 Trinity St.

 

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