Happening All Week
Music Forever Music Together Sample Classes (RSVP) – Monday, January 5 – Friday, January 9. Join the fun during a FREE Music Forever Music Together class with lots of singing, dancing, moving, grooving, and music-making. View times, locations, and reserve your space here.
Monday, January 5, 2015
Baby Bloomers – 9:00 a.m. to Noon. Little ones ages 0-3 and their families will explore the colors of the rainbow. They will create rainbow spin art, conduct an awesome rainbow science experiment, explore their senses with rainbow noodles, and much more. Armstrong Community Music School will join the fun with a sing-along. 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.
Capitol Christmas Tree – 10:00 a.m. until 10:30 p.m. This is your last chance to see the 45-foot tree on the South side of the Capitol shining brightly with 137,000 LED lights. 10 choreographed light shows set to local music play at the top and bottom of every hour. FREE! 11th & Congress, Austin.
Signing Storytime (Round Rock) – 10:00 a.m. Join the Baby Signing Time revolution. This class is geared toward 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 N IH 35, Ste 375, Round Rock.
Storytime with Dr. Candra – 11:00 a.m. 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, Austin.
Tuesday, January 6, 2015
Storytime and Crafts – 9:30 a.m. Kids ages 2-5 will hear a new story each week. After the book, they’ll do crafts related to the story. Parental supervision is requested. FREE! Whole Foods Domain, 11920 Domain Dr, Austin.
Free Admission to Laguna Gloria – 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. FREE! The Contemporary Austin, Laguna Gloria, 3809 West 35th St, Austin.
French Legation Museum Children’s Storytime – 10:00 a.m. Feel free to bring snacks, blankets, and your imagination to this special storytime on the front porch of the historic house. FREE! French Legation Museum, 802 San Marcos St, Austin.
Chinese Bilingual Storytime (Round Rock) – 10:30 a.m. This program, geared for ages 3 and up, celebrates Chinese culture with stories, fingerplays, and songs in both English and Mandarin. FREE! Round Rock Public Library, 216 E Main St, Round Rock.
Do Re Me Fa So La Ti Do Storytime – 10:30 a.m. This mellifluous storytime is for all the young songbirds out there. Hear a reading of the Caldecott Award winning There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly along with other lyrical tales. Whistle your way to the store for a marvelous storytime full of songs, stories, and surprises. FREE! BookPeople, 603 N Lamar, Austin.
Signing Story Time – 10:30 a.m. Communication is a critical part of your young child’s life. Learn American Sign Language to help create a more confident and less frustrated toddler. FREE! The Natural Baby Company, 515 S Congress Ave, Ste 200, Austin.
Free Admission to The Jones Center – 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. FREE! The Contemporary Austin, The Jones Center, 700 Congress Ave, Austin.
Music with Mr. Will – 11:30 a.m. Rock out with local children’s singer, “Mr. Will” Dupuy. FREE! Brilliant Sky Toys & Books, 701 S Capital of Texas Hwy Suite D-480, Austin.
Storysign Storytime – 4:00 p.m. Sign language storytime for deaf and hearing families of all ages. Includes stories, songs, plus a craft activity. Children of all ages are welcome. FREE! APL – Old Quarry Branch, 7051 Village Center Dr, Austin.
Discovery! Zoofari – 4:30 p.m. Kids in third grade and up will enjoy this special animal show presented by Wild Things Zoofari. See real-life exotic animals up close and learn about them and their environments. FREE! Laura’s Library, 9411 Bee Cave Rd, Austin.
Austin Symphony Orchestra Release Party and Signing – 5:00 p.m. Join Maestro Peter Bay and members of the Austin Symphony as they celebrate the release of their first commercial CD. Maestro Bay will be available to sign your CDs. FREE! Waterloo Records, 600A N Lamar, Austin.
LEGO Mini Model Build – 5:00 p.m. Learn how to build a cool LEGO Alien and Space Dog and take them home – for FREE! One per child. Event is open to children ages 6 to 14 only. Quantities are limited to approximately 250 per store and offer is good while supplies last only. Arrive early if possible as there will be a line. LEGO Store, Barton Creek Square, 2901 S Capital of Texas Hwy, Austin.
Lego Lab – 5:00 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. Recommended for ages 5 and up. FREE! APL – Ruiz Branch, 1600 Grove Blvd, Austin.
Family Laughter Yoga – 6:30 p.m. During this fun and invigorating session adults and children will laugh, clap, play, breathe deeply, and stretch their bodies gently. FREE! Laura’s Library, 9411 Bee Cave Rd, Austin.
Community Cinema: A Path Appears – 7:00 p.m. Join the Austin Public Library and KLRU-TV for Community Cinema, a series screening films from the PBS series Independent Lens. After the film, lively discussions bring citizens and organizations together to encourage dialogue and action around important and timely social issues. A Path Appears goes to the USA, Colombia, Haiti, and Kenya to reveal the incredible adversity faced every day by millions of women and girls, while also presenting glimpses of hope and change. FREE! APL – Windsor Park Branch, 5833 Westminster Dr, Austin.
Wednesday, January 7, 2015
Whole Foods Kids Club – 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.
Double Decker Dream Machine Goes to Mexico Speaking & Signing – 9:30 a.m. Board the bus with the author of the “Double Decker Dream Machine” series as she shares the crafts, music, and more from her upcoming book. FREE! Whole Foods Mezzanine, 525 N Lamar Blvd, Austin.
Itty Bitty Playtime & Yoga – 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.
Tea Time for Storytime – 10:30 a.m. Celebrate Lewis Carroll’s birthday month with a literary tea party worthy of the Mad Hatter. Hear a reading of Tea Party Rules and other festive, feast-y tales to salute the whimsy of Wonderland and it’s brilliantly bizarre creator. FREE! BookPeople, 603 N Lamar, Austin.
Story Time with CJ the Explorer – 12:30 p.m. Enjoy the play zone before and after the reading. FREE! All Things Kids @ The Domain, 3220 Feathergrass Ct, Austin.
Lego Lab – 3:00 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. Recommended for ages 5 and up. FREE! APL – Southeast Branch, 5803 Nuckols Crossing Rd, Austin.
Construction Zone – 3:30 p.m. Hear a story and build stuff. Recommended for ages 5-10. FREE! APL – Faulk Central Library, 800 Guadalupe St, Austin.
INSIGHTS: Casting in Bronze – 6-8 p.m. Members of Atelier 3D studio will take visitors through the stages of creating a bronze sculpture, culminating in a live bronze pour. FREE! Umlauf Sculpture Garden, 605 Robert E Lee Rd, Austin.
Krispy Kreme Family Night – 6-8 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.
Texas Radio Live – 6-8 p.m. Texas Radio Live brings you the very best Texas music with performances from Texas musicians. This week, hear music by Christy Hays and Carpetbagger. FREE, but donations to support the KDRP Radio Mission are appreciated. Guero’s Oak Garden, 1412 S Congress Ave, Austin.
Thursday, January 8, 2015
Free Admission to The Blanton – 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. FREE! Blanton Museum of Art, 200 E MLK Jr Blvd, Austin.
Hola, Hola! – 10:30 a.m. Ann Benson, expert in bilingual education, will teach you how to effectively use books as a tool to teach your child Spanish. Each parent will learn to read a Spanish book to their child and take it home for Spanish reinforcement. For parents and their children ages 0-5. FREE! Laura’s Library, 9411 Bee Cave Rd, Austin.
Lego Lab – 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. Recommended for ages 5 and up. FREE! APL – Yarborough Branch, 2200 Hancock Dr, Austin.
Explorers Club (Cedar Park) – 3:30 p.m. Each Thursday, kids in grades K-5 meet to explore a set of rotating programs. This week, it’s Crafty Kids. FREE! Cedar Park Library, 550 Discovery Blvd, Cedar Park.
Japanese Stories – 4:00 p.m. Experience Japanese kids’ tales told in English with puppets, toys, and a lot of imagination. You’ll also learn a few phrases and sayings in Japanese. For school age and up. FREE! Lake Travis Community Library, 1938 Lohmans Crossing, Austin.
Crafternoon – 4:00 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 – Twin Oaks Branch, 1800 S Fifth St, Austin.
Lego Lab – 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. Recommended for ages 5 and up. FREE! APL – Cepeda Branch, 651 N Pleasant Valley Rd, Austin.
Hill Country Galleria’s Wine Walk – 5-9 p.m. Get to know the eclectic mix of businesses in the Galleria while discovering great wines from all over the world. This event is open to everyone, so bring your friends, family, groups, or date for a fun way to spend a Thursday evening. Shopping bags filled with exclusive offers will be available to participants while supplies last. FREE! Hill Country Galleria, 12700 Hill Country Blvd, Austin.
Upcycle This! – 6-8 p.m. Upcycle This! is a monthly craft night that emphasizes reuse of damaged or outdated books and other materials that might otherwise go into the landfill. This month, Austin Creative Reuse will lead the crafting of banners made from fabric samples. FREE! Recycled Reads, 5335 Burnet Rd, Austin.
Live Music at Central Market North – 6:30-9:00 p.m. Instrumental Jazz from Blackbird 3. FREE! Central Market, 4001 N Lamar Blvd, Austin.
Live Music at Central Market Westgate – 6:30-9:00 p.m. Swingin’ Blues by Jimi Lee. FREE! Central Market Westgate, 4477 S Lamar Blvd, Austin.
Friday, January 9, 2015
Yoga Story Time – 9:30 a.m. Join in a Story Time Yoga adventure where participants will stretch, read, and breathe. All ages are welcome. RSVP appreciated here, but not required. FREE! The Little Yoga House, 1211 Parkway, Austin.
Music Together, Music Forever Storytime (Round Rock) – 9:30 a.m. (babies) and 10:30 a.m. (toddlers). Join the fun and play with music in this free, highly interactive class. FREE! Round Rock Public Library, 216 E Main St, Round Rock.
Fun Fridays – 10:00 a.m. Sing! Dance! Play! Fun Fridays is a fun musical and entertainment hour featuring local Austin musicians. Complimentary refreshments will be served. FREE! Millie & Mox, 5145 North FM 620, Ste B110, Austin.
Canta Spanish Demo Class with Semillitas de Español – 10:30 a.m. and 11:15 a.m. Canta is a parent and child (0-5yrs) program that teaches Spanish through music and movement. Get ready to sing, dance, use instruments, and play with your child as you both learn a new language together. FREE! Wells Branch Community Library, 15001 Wells Port Dr, Austin.
Story Time with Princess CJ – 12:30 p.m. Enjoy the play zone before and after the reading. FREE! All Things Kids @The Domain, 3220 Feathergrass Ct, Austin.
Crafternoon – 3:30 p.m. Drop by the library and make a craft while you search for books, movies, and music. There will be paper crafts, easy sewing, and more fun projects for the whole family. The library provides the supplies; you provide the creativity. FREE! APL – Manchaca Road Branch, 5500 Manchaca Rd, Austin.
Lego Lab -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. Recommended for ages 5 and up. FREE! APL – Terrazas Branch, 1105 E Cesar Chavez St, Austin.
Free Mobile Food Pantry – 4-6 p.m. East Austin Children’s Promise, in partnership with the Capital Area Food Bank, hosts one of the largest mobile food pantries in Central Texas at Southwest Key’s El Centro de Familia. ALL families are eligible to receive food available: no ID required and there are no income or zipcode guidelines. You may also get help applying for Food Stamps upon request. FREE! Southwest Key, 6002 Jain Ln, Austin.
Faces & Places of Asia Opening Reception – 6-8 p.m. Rama Tiru has traveled around the world and she believes her journey is ever evolving. This solo exhibition beckons viewers to join in this journey, to soak in an expansive visual display of the Asian continent. Tiru hopes the features of the faraway, both soil and society, will conjure memories of home for Asian immigrants and spark an interest in the minds of young Asian Americans and others to learn about places they may have never been but may now want to go. Refreshments provided. FREE! Asian American Resource Center, 8401 Cameron Rd, Austin.
Live Music at Central Market North – 6:30-9:00 p.m. Swing with Floyd Domino’s All Stars. FREE! Central Market, 4001 N Lamar Blvd, Austin.
Live Music at Central Market Westgate – 6:30-9:00 p.m. Latin rhythms by Rey Arteaga. FREE! Central Market Westgate, 4477 S Lamar Blvd, Austin.
In her life before kids, Emily held jobs as a zookeeper, a middle school teacher, and a tour bus driver in the wilds of Montana–not one of which prepared her for the adventures of motherhood. Now she’s living the good life in Austin with her husband, two sons and a Great Dane. When she’s not off gallivanting with her boys, you might find Emily baking up a mean batch of cupcakes, recalling obscure 80s song lyrics, or dreaming of peace and quiet.