Weekly Planner: September 27 – October 4, 2015

Monday, September 28, 2015

Baby Bloomers: Nursery Rhymes – 9 a.m. to noon. Join us as we explore twinkling stars and other things that glow! We will explore glow in the dark foam, create starry night masterpieces, make frozen stars fizzle and much, much more! 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: 3D Printer Demo (Pflugerville) – 1:30 – 2:30 p.m., Learn about the library’s 3D printers and scanner. Paint a 3D printed object to take home with you. Any teens ages 12-18 who homeschool are invited to attend this weekly program. FREE! Pflugerville Public Library, 1008 W. Pfluger Street, Pflugerville.

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! APL – Twin Oaks Branch.

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.

Minecraft Club – 3:30 p.m., Laptops are available. You can also bring your own or other mobile device that has Minecraft downloaded! | Recommended for ages 7 and up. Join us for two hours of Minecraft free play! FREE! APL – Terrazas Branch.

YouthSpark Learn to Code – 4-6 p.m., Want to power up your phone in a whole new way? Join us for this FREE, two-hour camp where you’ll get your programming power on, and learn to fix a phone app in no time flat. Beginners to programming discover the basics needed to code a game that runs as an app on a mobile phone or tablet. It’s all part of computer science. Then they can try out how it all works by fixing a Jetpack Jumper game on a Windows Phone, a Surface Pro 3, or maybe even a device of their own. The main character in the game is a crazy robot who is trying to make it through a maze of wacky obstacles. Reserve your spot and register today! The Microsoft Store in The Domain, 3309 Esperanza Crossing, Suite 104.

Rockin’ Kids Club: Game On! (Round Rock) – 4:30- 5:15 p.m., Elementary students, join your friends at the library to play various recreational games. Monday afternoons the Library hosts a rotating set of activities.  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.

Daddy and Me Storytime – 6:30 p.m., Storytime programs introduce young children to books, rhymes, music and other fun activities. Austin Public Library offers programs matched to the typical attention spans and developmental levels of different ages of children.  FREE! APL – Hampton Branch at Oak Hill.

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Whole Foods Domain Kids Club – 9:30 – 10:30 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. 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.

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.

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

 The Ecstatic, Easy Going, Extraordinary Letter E Storytime! - 10:30 a.m., Everybody, lend us your ears and join us for a party celebrating the elegant and elaborate letter “E”. We’ll read Edward the Emu along with other exceedingly expressive and emotive tales that will leave you in an extraordinarily ecstatic mood! 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.

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.

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.

Picky Eaters Cooking Class – 5:30 – 6:30 p.m., This class is perfect for families! We know how hard mealtime can be and we are here to help. Join Elena, Healthy Eating Specialist, and Jacky Lamenzo, Picky Eating Coach, as we talk about how to make meal time enjoyable for your family. Jacky will be sharing some good tips and Elena will be making some tasty snacks and sharing the recipes. It’s a great way to start off the school year! RSVP: beepicky.eventbrite.com. Whole Foods, 12601 Hill Country Blvd., Bee Cave.

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 30, 2015

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

Cowboy and Cowgirl Storytime – 10:30 a.m., Giddy-up, cowboys and cowgirls! Storytime this morning is all about saddling up. So put on the biggest hat, sharpest spurs, stompiest boots, or longest lasso you can find and head on down to read Every Cowgirl Needs a Horse and other stories about riding the range. And don’t forget to practice your Yee-haw on the way down. You’re gonna need it. 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.

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.

Discovery! Mad Science – 4:30 p.m., The Discovery hands on program explores all sorts of different topics, including science, literature, technology, and more.  Especially designed for our older kids (third graders and up), come back each week and learn something new! Join us this week for some exciting science tricks with special guest Mad Science. FREE! Laura’s Library, 9411 Bee Cave Road.

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.

Thursday, October 1, 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.Advertisement
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

Todler Storytime – 11a.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.

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

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! APL – Spicewood Springs Branch.

Literature Live! Wild and Wacky Weather – 3:30 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 – Howson Branch.

Kids Club: Paper Bag Puppets -  (Pflugerville) – 3:30 – 4:15 p.m., Children use their imagination to play games, retell stories, participate in book discussions, travel to different places, and/or make a craft. FREE! Materials available while supplies last.Ages 5-8. Pflugerville, Public Library, 1008 W. Pfluger Street, Pflugerville.

Crafternoon – 4 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! Faulk Central Library, 800 Guadalupe Street.

Gaming Night at Monkey’s Nest Coffee – 5 p.m. to midnight. Monkey’s Nest has joined forces with Extra Life and Dell Children’s Hospital for 4 fun-filled nights of gaming! A portion of sales from 5pm-Midnight will be donated to DCH. October 1st kicks off our first night with Mario Kart 64. Sign-ups for all 4 nights begin at 4pm and the controllers are picked up at 5pm. The winner of each tournament wins a Monkey Nest gift card. Bring your friends and family and show them who’s boss! We look forward to seeing y’all! Monkey’s Nest Coffee, 5353 Burnet Road.

Friday, October 2, 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., Storytime featuring stories, songs, fingerplays, rhymes, and crafts. FREE! Faulk Central Library.

Storytime Art: Pets- 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.

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

Literature Live! Wild and Wacky Weather – 2p.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 – Willie Mae Kirk Branch.

Crafternoon – 4 p.m., Drop by the library and make a craft while you search for books, movies and music. We’ve got paper crafts, easy sewing and more fun projects for the whole family. We provide the supplies; you provide the creativity. FREE! APL – Spicewood Springs Branch.

Round Rock Chalk Walk Arts Festival – 5-10 p.m. with Asleep at the Wheel performance at 8 p.m., Enjoy vendors and artists, including chalk artists, musicians vocal groups, theatrical performances, food and drinks, and children’s performances. FREE!  Chalk Walk is the Round Rock Art’s version of an Italian Street painting festival.  Artists are free to create, with chalk pastels, a picture on the concrete.  Drawings are created in full view of the public, who are encouraged to interact with the artists as they use their amazing talents to create beautiful “murals” before their audience’s eyes.  Centennial Plaza area and Brown Street, Round Rock.

Bug Night Out6-9 p.m., Enjoy a rare opportunity to see the Wildflower Center at night and explore the many insects in our gardens! Come early and enjoy a bug-themed dinner in our Café and then stay for one of our guided flashlight tours. You can also explore the gardens on your own, but don’t forget to bring your own flashlight (the Store will be closed). We’ll also have several mercury light stations, which attract some of the coolest critters of the night! Family-friendly.  Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave.

Mueller Movies in the Park: Spy Kids 6:30 p.m., Popcorn will be served beginning at 6:30 with the movie beginning at dusk. Free Parking is available in the McBee Parking GArage along Simond Ave. Movie-goers are welcome to bring picnics, and blankets but please refrain from bringing lawn chairs out of courtesy to other attendees. This event is free and open to the public, so bring your friends! Mueller Lake Park Ampitheater.

Mad Science Maelsrom - 7 p.m., Recommended for ages 10 and up. Get caught up in a vortex of MAD science experiments, Minecraft and creeptastic crafts! Cobble together a Frankenfigure of your very own, bottle up a creepy creature for your mad science shelf, freak out over spine chilling dry ice experiments, make your own monster foam explosion, shake up a batch of atomic slime and much, much more! FREE! APL – Yarborough Branch.

Concert in the Park: The Space Rockers (Cedar Park) – 7-10 p.m., Bring your lawn chairs or blankets as there will plenty of area available. Food concessions will be available, but you are welcome to bring a picnic and your own ice chest. Glass containers are prohibited. Admission is FREE! Elizabeth Milburn Park, 1901 Sun Chase Blvd., Cedar Park.

Saturday, October 3, 2015

The Home Depot Kids Workshop: Fire Truck – 9 a.m. – noon. Head to a Home Depot near you to build a Fire Truck! This FREE hands-on workshop is designed for children ages 5 – 12. All kids get to keep their craft, receive a FREE certificate of achievement, a Workshop Apron, and a commemorative pin, while supplies last. Kids Workshop activities are scheduled on a first come, first served basis. All particiapting Home Depot locations.

The Pumpkin Hunt – 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Children of all ages can enjoy fall activities, ongoing throughout the day, allowing families to customize their experience at the farm. Pumpkins of all sizes will be available for purchase. 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.

Round Rock Chalk Walk Arts Festival – 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Enjoy vendors and artists, including chalk artists, musicians vocal groups, theatrical performances, food and drinks, and children’s performances. FREE!  Chalk Walk is the Round Rock Art’s version of an Italian Street painting festival.  Artists are free to create, with chalk pastels, a picture on the concrete.  Drawings are created in full view of the public, who are encouraged to interact with the artists as they use their amazing talents to create beautiful “murals” before their audience’s eyes.  Centennial Plaza area and Brown Street, Round Rock.

Early Learners Workshop at Thinkery: Sound Symphony – 10:30 – 11:30 a.m.,We invite our youngest explorers to investigate the world of sound and music! We’ll tap into rhythm with tambourines, splash some notes with water instruments and even use paintbrushes and bells to jingle with.   For Ages 24-36 months. Cost: $29 1 Child & 1 Adult | $25 1 Member Child & 1 Member Adult | $17 Extra Child | $15 Extra Member Child. Thinkery, 1830 Simond Ave.

Storytime with Adam Rubin – 10:30 a.m., Oh how we love to love Dragons Love Tacos. It’s one of our favorite new picture books, a modern taco-inspired classic! This morning, we’re in for a special treat, because the author of Dragons Love Tacos, Adam Rubin, is here to read us his stroies! FREE! BookPeople, 603 N. Lamar Blvd.

Just a Minute: A Dia de los Muertos Play – 11 a.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. $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. Recommended for all ages! Austin Scottish Rite Theater  207 W 18th St.

Hush Hush Music Bash – 4-7 p.m., Bring the family out to rock out at the only ACL Kiddie Limits After Party in town! Live music by Elizabeth McQueen, Tim Kubart with Mother Falcon and Mario the Magician. In addition to the music, there will be lots of fun, free activities for the kids including cupcake decorating with Baked by Amy’s, slapshot with Chaparral Ice, free popcorn from Austin Diagnostic Clinic and more! FREE! Domain II in the Amy Donovan Plaza.

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Free First Sunday at Bullock Museum – Noon – 5 p.m., Enjoy FREE exhibition admission all day during Free First Sundays, held the first Sunday of every month. Families can explore The Story of Texas through three floors of exhibitions that showcase artifacts from around the state. Special family programs from 12-3 p.m. combine art creation, presentations by partner organizations, and gallery activities. Bullock Texas State History Museum, 1800 Congress Ave.

Just a Minute: A Dia de los Muertos Play – 12:30 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. $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. Recommended for all ages! Austin Scottish Rite Theater  207 W 18th St.

The Pumpkin Hunt – 1-5 p.m., Children of all ages can enjoy fall activities, ongoing throughout the day, allowing families to customize their experience at the farm. Pumpkins of all sizes will be available for purchase. 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.

Trick or Treat Geocaching – 1:30-2:30 p.m., Take trick or treating to the next level! Use GPS units to find hidden containers full of either tricks or treats! All materials and instruction will be provided. Please e-mail jenn.menge@tpwd.texas.gov to register. McKinney Falls Sate Park.

Pinata Making Workshop – 1-4 p.m., Mexic-Arte Museum is proud to host local piñata artisans Monica and Sergio Lejarazu for a total of 5 Sugar Skull Float Workshops for the general public. Using papier-mâché, Monica Lejarazu and Museum educators will guide the public in the creation of sugar skull piñatas, inspired by the tradition of Calaveras (“skulls”) in Dia de los Muertos, which have been used in Mexico since the 17th Century. During the workshops, Lejarazu will build a grand sugar skull float to be featured in the Viva la Vida parade. All artwork can be used alongside the sculpture in the Viva la Vida parade, as exhibited in the Piñata Graveyard on festival grounds. Participation is FREE and open to the public with materials provided. Mexic-Arte Museum, 419 Congress Avenue.

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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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