Baby Bloomers – Monday, May 12 from 9:00 a.m. to Noon. Follow your nose to Baby Bloomers to explore the sense of smell. There will be plenty of playful ways for children age 0-3 and their families to learn about sweet, sour, and even stinky. Plus, Austin-based children’s performer Staci Gray’s sing-a-longs will get you dancing. Be sure to stick around for the grand finale bubbles! Cost: Members $2.50 each / Non-Members $4.50 each. All people attending, regardless of age, must purchase a ticket. Purchase a ticket online as limited walk-up tickets will be available. The Thinkery, 1830 Simond Ave, Austin.
Mr. Will’s Music Class for Kids – Monday, May 12 at 10:00 a.m. Mr. Will sings classic and original songs just for kids. Check him out upstairs in the Buzz. FREE! Whole Foods Bee Cave, 12601 Hill Country Blvd, Austin.
Signing Storytime and Snack (Round Rock) – Monday, May 12 at 10:00 a.m. 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. RSVP appreciated (but not required) by calling 512-388-5048. FREE! Kaleidoscope Toys, 110 N IH 35, Ste 375, Round Rock.
Zumbini Story Time – Monday, May 12 at Noon. For kids age 0-3 years. Develop your child’s pre-literacy skills in this 30 minute magical musical event. In this story time, participants will explore an age-appropriate book and then sing, dance, and play to build a foundation for a life-long love of the arts. Kiddos and their caregivers will enjoy this bonding and socializing time in a safe atmosphere. FREE but pre-registration is required. The Rhythm Studio, 12129 Ranch Rd 620 North, Ste 310, Austin.
Musical Storytime – Monday, May 12 at 12:30 p.m. Bring your preschoolers ages 0-5 to a very special storytime presented by The Armstrong Community Music School. FREE! Laura’s Library, 9411 Bee Cave Rd, Austin.
Lego Lab – Monday, May 12 at 3:30 p.m. With LEGO, 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! Recommended for ages 5 and up. APL – Howson Branch, 2500 Exposition Blvd, Austin.
Lions & Tigers & Toys Storytime – Monday, May 12 at 4:00 p.m. Storytime and games every Monday. All ages welcome. FREE! Lions & Tigers & Toys, 4301 W Wm Cannon Dr, E-220, Austin.
Free Karate Class (Del Valle) – Monday, May 12. Ages 3-12 years from 6-7:00 p.m.; Ages 12 to adult from 7-8:00 p.m. FREE Karate class with Instructor Frank Selvera, a sixth-degree black belt. Elroy Library, 13512 FM 812, Del Valle.
Adult Craft Night – Monday, May 12 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Want to sharpen your embroidery skills? Head down to Ruiz where you can learn how to make a badge, patch, or magnet out of felt, fabric, and embroidery floss. Or make something with a hoop if the mood strikes your fancy. Open to adults; all supplies are provided. FREE! APL – Ruiz Branch, 1600 Grove Blvd, Austin.
Meet & Greet and Signing with Garrison Keillor – Monday, May 12 at 7:00 p.m. Grab yourself a slice of Bebop-A-Reebop Rhubarb Pie and take a seat as Garrison Keillor, host of A Prairie Home Companion, reads from The Keillor Reader, a collection of stories, essays, poems and personal reminiscences, including never before published work. The speaking portion of this event is FREE and open to the public. Tickets are required for the signing portion of the event. Get tickets here. BookPeople, 603 N Lamar, Austin.
Game Night at Cafe Ruckus – Monday, May 12 at 7:00 p.m. Sorry, Connect 4, Battleship, Fluxx, Ruckus – The Game, and more. Meet a lot of cool people, enjoy a tasty beverage, and play, Play, PLAY. Everyone who wins a board games gets a prize from Toy Joy. Family friendly – all ages welcome! FREE to play. Cafe Ruckus, 409 W 2nd St, Austin.
Big Band Bash (Lakeway) – Monday, May 12 at 7:30 p.m. Put on your dancing shoes and bring your own beverages and snacks. Enjoy big band music from the 17-piece Republic of Texas Big Band, featuring David Cummings and Lisa Clark on vocals. FREE and open to all ages. Lakeway Activity Center Ballroom, 105 Cross Creek, Lakeway.
Storytime and Crafts - Tuesday, May 13 at 9:30 a.m. Enjoy a new story each week, followed by crafts related to the story. Juice and snacks will be provided for guests ages 2-5yrs old. Parental supervision is requested. FREE! Whole Foods Domain, Mezzanine, 11920 Domain Dr, Austin 78758
Free Admission to Laguna Gloria – Tuesday, May 13 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Laguna Gloria, 3809 West 35th St, Austin.
Musical Storytime – Tuesday, May 13 at 10:30 a.m. Bring your preschoolers ages 0-5 to a very special storytime presented by The Armstrong Community Music School. FREE! Westbank Library, 1309 Westbank Dr, Austin.
Children’s Book Week Celebration Storytime - Tuesday, May 13 at 10:30 a.m. Join in celebrating the 95th anniversary of Children’s Book Week! For this most auspicious of occasions, Book People will transform its regularly scheduled storytime into a Children’s Book Week-themed story hour, complete with activities and Book Week loot (while supplies last). FREE! BookPeople, 603 N Lamar, Austin.
Music with Mr. Will – Tuesday, May 13 at 11:30 a.m. Rock out with local children’s singer, “Mr. Will” Dupuy. FREE! Brilliant Sky Toys & Books, The Village at West Lake, 701 S. Capital of Texas Hwy Suite D-480, Austin.
Free Play Gaming - Tuesday, May 13 from 3:30-5:30 p.m. Free play gaming using one of the library’s video game consoles and a variety of games that could include Mario Kart, Rock Band, Dance, Dance Revolution, and many other favorites. FREE! APL – Windsor Park Branch, 5833 Westminster Dr, Austin.
Discovery Writing Workshop – Tuesday, May 13 at 4:30 p.m. The Discovery hands on program explores all sorts of different topics, including science, literature, and much more, especially designed for older kids (fourth grade and up). This week, blast off into summer! Doodling in your notebooks? Daydreaming about faraway places? Come to Laura’s to celebrate the end of the school year by writing and drawing your very own science fiction/fantasy comics. FREE! Laura’s Library, 9411 Bee Cave Rd, Austin.
Drawing Club – Tuesday, May 13 at 5:30 p.m. Artists ages 10 to 17 can learn, practice, and perfect their drawing skills. Prizes will be delivered for the best/most creative drawing of the month. In May, participants will draw cards, hearts, and all in-between to Mom. FREE! APL – Ruiz Branch, 1600 Grove Blvd, Austin.
Local Food Potluck Celebration – Tuesday, May 13 from 6-8:30 p.m. Sustainable Food Center and the Austin Permaculture Guild invite you to the Spring 2014 Local Food Potluck Celebration. At this event, a new crop of Citizen Gardeners and Permaculture Design Course graduates will be recognized. Participants will also honor farmers, ranchers, gardeners, chefs, and others building our local food movement. Everyone is welcome. Please bring a dish and beverage to share that feature local ingredients. How about greens from a local farmer, lemonade with mint from your herb garden, beer from a local brewery, or a tomato-cucumber salad from your home or school garden? FREE but RSVP is required. To thank the Barr Mansion for their hospitality, a $5 donation is suggested. Barr Mansion, 10463 Sprinkle Rd, Austin.
Family Movie Night: Planes – Tuesday, May 13 at 6:30 p.m. Dusty is a cropdusting plane with dreams of competing as a high-flying air racer. But Dusty’s not exactly built for racing, and he happens to be afraid of heights. So he turns to a seasoned naval aviator, who helps Dusty qualify to take on the defending champ of the race circuit. Dusty’s courage is put to the ultimate test. Rated PG. FREE! APL – Twin Oaks Branch, 1800 S Fifth St, Austin.
Crafty Crew – Tuesday, May 13 at 6:30 p.m. Join Ms. Kristi for a seasonal craft that is fun for kids of all ages. FREE! Laura’s Library, 9411 Bee Cave Rd, Austin.
Whole Foods Kids Club – Wednesday, May 14 at 9:00 a.m. Join Tina for a great story and crafts for the kids. FREE! Whole Foods Arbor Trails, 4301 W. William Cannon, Austin.
Whole Foods Storytime – Wednesday, May 14 from 9:30-10:30 a.m. Enjoy a story reading, an activity, and a snack! All ages are welcome and parents can participate, too. FREE! Whole Foods Mezzanine, 525 N Lamar Blvd, Austin.
Itty Bitty Playtime & Yoga – Wednesday, May 14 at 10:00 a.m. Itty Bitty Playtime & Yoga is a playful, educational, and relaxing time for babies and toddlers up to 18 months. Learn new ways to connect with your with your baby through movement, stretching and song. Complimentary juice and coffee served. FREE! Millie & Mox, 5145 North FM 620, Ste B110, Austin.
Musical Storytime – Wednesday, May 14 at 10:30 a.m. Bring your preschoolers ages 0-5 to a very special storytime presented by The Armstrong Community Music School. FREE! Laura’s Library, 9411 Bee Cave Rd, Austin.
Ms. Staci Storytime – Wednesday, May 14 at 10:30 a.m. Ms. Staci is back to read some of her favorite stories and to sing some of your favorite songs. Don’t forget your dancing shoes. FREE! BookPeople, 603 N Lamar, Austin.
Music Bats Class with Gene from the Que Pastas - Wednesday, May 14 at 10:30 a.m. Based on the idea that music makes every day a little better, The Music Bats encourages young children and their caregivers to spread their wings through music and play. Through singalongs, dancing and hands-on time with instruments and props, Music Bats wants kids and their families to learn one thing in the class: music=fun. FREE! ($10 suggested donation per family.) Toybrary Austin, 7817 Rockwood, Suite 101, Austin.
Paint Me a Story (Georgetown) – Wednesday, May 14 at 11:00 a.m. Community storytelling and art lesson with Miss Melanie and Honey! Ideal for Pre-Schoolers and their caregivers. FREE! All Things Kids in Georgetown, 703 S Main St, Georgetown.
Yoga in the Park – Wednesday, May 14 at Noon. Yoga Yoga is proud to offer an all level Hatha Yoga class to participants at Yoga in the Park. Please bring your own yoga mat to class. FREE! Republic Square Park, 422 Guadalupe, Austin.
Making the Best for Your Very Best Baby Food Class - Wednesday, May 14 at 1:00 p.m. This class shares the benefits of making your own homemade baby food. Taste & See Healthy Baby Food offers support and guidance to parents with classes, hands-on demonstrations, information and resources, and food preparation. FREE but pre-registration is required. (Provide your name, email address, baby’s name, and baby’s age.) Toybrary Austin, 7817 Rockwood, Suite 101, Austin.
Downton Abbey Tea Time – Wednesday, May 14 at 2:00 p.m. Gather to watch an episode from season four, drink a cup of tea, and enjoy some good company. FREE! Lake Travis Community Library, 1938 Lohmans Crossing, Austin.
World Tales and Tunes – Wednesday, May 14 at 4:00 p.m. Master Storyteller Bernadette Nason will entertain kids of all ages. FREE! Laura’s Library, 9411 Bee Cave Rd, Austin.
Lego Lab – Wednesday, May 14 at 4:00 p.m. With LEGO, 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! Recommended for ages 5 and up. APL – Carver Branch, 1161 Angelina St, Austin.
Community Night – Wednesday, May 14 from 5-8:00 p.m. At the Thinkery, science and families play side by side. Every Wednesday the Museum stays open late for families to discover new ideas and learn together. Cost: Admission is by donation only, with a suggested $1 dollar donation. The Thinkery, 1830 Simond Ave, Austin.
Krispy Kreme Family Night - Wednesday, May 14 from 6-8:00 p.m. Kids can decorate one FREE doughnut each, plus enjoy crafts, balloons, paper hats, coloring sheets and more. Krispy Kreme, 701 E Stassney Ln and 12586 Research Blvd, Austin.
Family Laughter Yoga – Wednesday, May 14 at 6:30 p.m. Join Laughter Leader Lynne West for this fun and invigorating session. Adults and children will laugh, clap, play, breath deeply and stretch their bodies gently. FREE! Laura’s Library, 9411 Bee Cave Rd, Austin.
Explore a Fire Truck at the Library (Round Rock) – Thursday, May 15 from 9:45-10:30 a.m. Round Rock firefighters will be greeting kids and showing off one of their trucks. The truck will be in the library’s back parking lot off E. Liberty Avenue, near the outside book drop. Please note, the firefighters may be called away in their truck for an emergency at any time. FREE! Round Rock Public Library, 216 E Main St, Round Rock.
Third Thursday at The Blanton – Thursday, May 15 from 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. In addition to offering free admission, The Blanton is open late and offers a variety of activities from yoga to live music. Find the complete schedule of events here. FREE! Blanton Museum of Art, 200 E Martin Luther King Junior Blvd, Austin.
Cowgirl Sue Music Show (Pflugerville) – Thursday, May 15 at 10:30 a.m. Cowgirl Sue puts on a rootin’-tootin’ musical variety for children of all ages. FREE! Pflugerville Public Library, 1008 W Pflugerville St, Pflugerville.
Story Time with Princess CJ – Thursday, May 15 at 11:00 a.m. Storytime plus general play time before and after the reading. FREE! All Things Kids @The Domain, 3220 Feathergrass Ct, Austin.
Free Noon Concert - Thursday, May 15 at Noon. Take a 30-minute lunchtime break to hear the Texas State Viola Ensemble. FREE! Central Presbyterian Church, 200 E 8th St, Austin.
Yoga in the Park – Thursday, May 15 at Noon. CorePower Yoga strengthens, balances, detoxifies, and exhilarates the body and mind. CorePower Yoga classes will have you moving, breathing, and sweating. No matter your age, strength, or flexibility level, CorePower Yoga meets you where you are. Please bring your own yoga mat to class. FREE! Wooldridge Park, 900 Guadalupe St, Austin.
Explorers Club: Silly Storytime (Cedar Park) – Thursday, May 15 at 3:30 p.m. Each Thursday, kids in grades K-5 meet to explore a set of rotating programs. This week it’s Silly Storytime. FREE! Cedar Park Library, 550 Discovery Blvd, Cedar Park.
Yappy Hour on the Patio – Thursday, May 15 from 5-7:00 p.m. Enjoy live music on the dog-friendly patio. FREE! Whole Foods Domain, 11920 Domain Dr, Austin.
Music on Main Street: The Cruisers (Round Rock) – Thursday, May 15 from 6-8:00 p.m. Bring a lawn chair or blanket and the entire family to hear The Cruisers, featuring eight of the Navy’s most dynamic performers. Visit the variety of dining options on Main Street or pack a picnic basket to enjoy the evening of fun and music. FREE! Prete Main Street Plaza, 221 E Main St, Round Rock.
Based on Books: The Book Thief – Thursday, May 15 at 6:30 p.m. While subjected to the horrors of World War II Germany, young Liesel finds solace by stealing books and sharing them with others. In the basement of her home, a Jewish refugee is being sheltered by her adoptive parents. Rated PG-13. FREE! APL – Yarborough Branch 2200 Hancock Dr, Austin.
Live Music at Central Market North – Thursday, May 15 from 6:30-9:00 p.m. Cow Bop plays Western Swing. FREE! Central Market, 4001 N Lamar Blvd, Austin.
Live Music at Central Market Westgate – Thursday, May 15 from 6:30-9:00 p.m. Hawaiian sounds from Combo Mahalo. FREE! Central Market Westgate, 4477 S Lamar Blvd, Austin.
NWF Certified Wildlife Habitats Workshop – Thursday, May 15 at 6:45 p.m. Whether you have an apartment balcony or a 20-acre farm, you can create a garden that attracts beautiful wildlife and helps restore habitat in commercial and residential areas. Come learn more about how this fairly simple process can positively impact our neighborhood’s eco-system. Taught by Meredith Gray, Conservation Program Coordinator, Sustainable Urban Agriculture & Community Gardens, Austin Parks and Rec Dept. FREE! APL – Milwood Branch, 12500 Amherst Dr, Austin.
Free Shakespeare in the Park: As You Like It - Thursday, May 15 at 8:00 p.m. In celebration of its 30th Free Shakespeare in Zilker Park, Austin Shakespeare will bring new actors and company alumni together in a RenFaire-style production of As You Like It. Audience in costume welcomed. FREE! Zilker Hillside Theater, 2201 Barton Springs Rd, Austin.
Unplugged at the Grove – Thursday, May 15 at 8:00 p.m. This year marks the 21st Anniversary of KGSR’s Unplugged at the Grove. Bring the family down to hear Fort Worth indie rockers The Unlikely Candidates. FREE! Shady Grove, 1624 Barton Springs Rd, Austin.
Yoga Story Time – Friday, May 16 at 9:30 a.m. Join us for a Story Time Yoga adventure. Participants will stretch, read and breathe. All ages are welcome. FREE! The Little Yoga House, 1211 Parkway, Austin.
Interactive Story Time (Round Rock) – Friday, May 16 at 9:30 a.m. (0-18 months) and 10:30 a.m. (19 months – 4 years). Interactive story time gets little ones moving. From hopping around to one story to using scarves to animate another, everyone has a great time. FREE! BabyEarth, 106 E Old Settlers Blvd, Ste D100, Round Rock.
Fun Fridays: The Que Pastas – Friday, May 16 at 10:00 a.m. Sing! Dance! Play! Fun Fridays is a fun musical and entertainment hour featuring Austin kindie musicians The Que Pastas. Complimentary refreshments will be served. FREE! Millie & Mox, 5145 North FM 620, Ste B110, Austin.
Spanish Book Reading at Preescolarte – Friday, May 16 at 10:00 a.m. Join Ms. Susy and Ms. Aileen for Spanish books, Spanish songs, and some fun art. FREE! Preescolarte, 8305 W Hwy 71, Ste 100, Austin.
Dougherty ARTSreach Presents Mr. Pusskins – Friday, May 16 at 11:00 a.m. The Dougherty Arts School in cooperation with the Austin Public Library Presents a theatrical production of the children’s book Mr. Pusskins by Sam Lloyd. Join the fun as Mr. Pusskins, a cantankerous and cranky old cat, runs away from his owner to make it on his own. Little does he realize just how much he will miss his owner, Emily. FREE! APL – Twin Oaks Branch, 1800 S Fifth St, Austin.
Free Play Gaming – Friday, May 16 from 3:30-5:30 p.m. Free play gaming using one of the library’s video game consoles and a variety of games that could include Mario Kart, Rock Band, Dance, Dance Revolution, and many other favorites. FREE! APL – Twin Oaks Branch, 1800 S Fifth St, Austin.
Friday Family Films: The Little Mermaid – Friday, May 16 at 4:00 p.m. Ariel is a fun-loving and mischievous mermaid who is enchanted with all things human. Disregarding her father’s order to stay away from the world above the sea, she swims to the surface and, in a raging storm, rescues Prince Eric, the man of her dreams. Determined to be human, she strikes a bargain with the devious seawitch, Ursula, and trades her fins and beautiful voice for legs. With her best friend Flounder, and her reluctant chaperone Sebastian at her side, Ariel must win the prince’s love and save her father’s kingdom. Rated G. FREE! Laura’s Library, 9411 Bee Cave Rd, Austin.
Live Music at Central Market North – Friday, May 16 from 6:30-9:00 p.m. Blackbird 3 plays a lively mix of hard-bop, blues, gypsy world music, New Orleans, Latin jazz, and soul groove jazz, but BB3 is best known as a hard swingin’ jazz trio heavily rooted in the bebop and post bop traditions. FREE! Central Market, 4001 N Lamar Blvd, Austin.
Live Music at Central Market Westgate – Friday, May 16, 6:30-9:00 p.m. The Austin-based trio of Melissa Carper (upright bass), Beth Chrisman (fiddle), and Jenn Miori (guitar) applies their signature, stunning three-part harmonies to bluegrass, old-time country, and swing tunes, pushing and honoring American musical traditions at every step. FREE! Central Market Westgate, 4477 S Lamar Blvd, Austin.
Williamson County Symphony Orchestra Free Concert (Cedar Park) - Friday, May 16 at 7:30 p.m. John Williams has created movie magic with his musical scores for some of the all-time record hit movies. Movie goers of all ages will enjoy listening to the orchestra perform music from Superman, E.T., and more. FREE! Elizabeth Milburn Park, 1901 Sun Chase Blvd, Cedar Park.
Free Shakespeare in the Park: As You Like It – Friday, May 16 at 8:00 p.m. In celebration of its 30th Free Shakespeare in Zilker Park, Austin Shakespeare will bring new actors and company alumni together in a RenFaire-style production of As You Like It. Audience in costume welcomed. FREE! Zilker Hillside Theater, 2201 Barton Springs Rd, Austin.
Friday Night Films: Fast Times At Ridgemont High – Friday, May 16 at 8:00 p.m. Alamo Drafthouse presents Fast Times At Ridgemont High on the lawn at South Shore District. FREE! Dinner and snacks will be available for purchase from some of Austin’s favorite food trailers. South Shore District, 1333 Shore District Dr, Austin.
Movies in the Park: Monsters University (Kyle) – Friday, May 16 at 8:15 p.m. Bring your lawn chairs, blankets and snacks. Movies begin 30 minutes after sunset. FREE! Lake Kyle Park, 700 Lehman Rd, Kyle.