What’s Up Weekly: Family-Friendly Events in Austin, April 7-11, 2014

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Anne Frank: A History for Today (Georgetown) – Monday, April 7 – Thursday, April 10 from 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. and Friday, April 11 from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. This Anne Frank traveling exhibit (presented in both English and Spanish) is open for public viewing during normal library hours. FREE! Georgetown Public Library, 402 W 8th St, Georgetown.

Monday

Baby Bloomers – Monday, April 7 from 9:00 a.m. to Noon. There will be plenty of flowers and plants to play with as children age 0-3 and their families get into gardening at Baby Bloomers this week. Participants will be looking at how plants grow and Mr. Louis, a music educator from the Armstrong Community Music school, will have all the little ones singing and dancing at 10:30am. 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, April 7 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 at Kaleidoscope Toys (Round Rock) – Monday, April 7 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.

Making Literacy Accessible: StorySign Storytime – Monday, April 7 at 10:15 a.m. Enjoy a storytime featuring an American Sign Language storyteller, signed and vocal songs and fingerplays, and a craft activity. FREE! APL – Twin Oaks Branch, 1800 S Fifth St, Austin.

Storytime with Dr. Candra – Monday, April 7 at 11:00 a.m. Dr. Candra will captivate your children with a variety of stories and related crafts. FREE! Brilliant Sky Toys and Books, 701 S. Capital of Texas Hwy, Ste D-480, Austin.

Lions & Tigers & Toys Storytime – Monday, April 7 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, April 7. 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.

Ron Kewin Concert for Kids (Round Rock) - Monday, April 7 at 6:30 p.m. Families, come enjoy a free concert by Round Rock’s own Ron Kewin. With strong roots in folk music, this singer/songwriter will be playing kid-friendly songs for ages 3 and up. FREE! Round Rock Public Library, 216 E Main St, Round Rock.

Tuesday

Breakfast and Crafts with the Easter Bunny – Tuesday, April 8 from 9-10:30 a.m. Bring the kiddos for complimentary breakfast and crafts and snap some photos with the store’s wily rabbit. FREE! Whole Foods Domain, 11920 Domain Dr, Austin.Free Admission to Pet Sounds – Tuesday, April 8 from 10:00 a.m. to 4 p.m. Charles Long’s Pet Sounds will be installed outdoors at Laguna Gloria. Titled after the 1966 Beach Boys album of the same name, these playful sculptures in bright, candy colors begin as railings and morph into luscious, playful blobs that engage the viewer with murmurs, vibrations, and strange sounds when touched. FREE! The Contemporary Austin, Laguna Gloria, 3809 West 35th St, Austin.

Nannywise Storytime with Ms. Staci – Tuesday, April 8 at 10:30 a.m. Join this fun-filled Nannywise-sponsored music time with Austin’s own Ms. Staci. Singing interactive songs with children fosters language development, encourages children to use their critical thinking skills and enhances communication skills. Great for all ages. FREE! BookPeople, 603 N Lamar, Austin.

Story Time with Princess CJ – Tuesday, April 8 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 Admission to The Jones Center - Tuesday, April 8 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. The Jones Center, 700 Congress Ave, Austin.

Music with Mr. Will – Tuesday, April 8 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 (360 and Bee Caves Rd), 701 S. Capital of Texas Hwy Suite D-480.

Let’s Go Fly a Kite (Round Rock) - Tuesday, April 8 from 3-4:30 p.m. Join your neighbors for a special spring play date! Bring your favorite kite to fly and help fill the Brushy Creek sky. There will be games, a craft, bouncies, snacks, and activities for the children to celebrate Spring. FREE! Brushy Creek Community Park, 16318 Great Oaks Dr, Round Rock.

Free Play Gaming – Tuesday, April 8 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.

Lego Lab – Tuesday, April 8 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 – Cepeda Branch, 651 N Pleasant Valley Rd, Austin.

Discovery! Poems for Mother Nature – Tuesday, April 8 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, in honor of National Poetry Month and Earth Day, participants will be writing acrostic, diamante, and shape poems about the environment. FREE! Laura’s Library, 9411 Bee Cave Rd, Austin.

Taste Buds – Tuesday, April 8 at 4:30 p.m. Ages ten and up are invited to this hands-on cooking class. Learn a new hobby and make some tasty dishes. FREE! Lake Travis Community Library, 1938 Lohmans Crossing, Austin.

Austin Lyric Opera Presents “The Elixir Project” – Tuesday, April 8 from 4:30-6:00 p.m. In a partnership of operatic proportions, Austin Lyric Opera and the Butler Opera Center at UT – Austin announces The Elixir Project, a springtime series of live mini performances, adapted from the famous Italian opera The Elixir of Love. Everyone is invited – even the kids. FREE! SFC Farmer’s Market East, MLK & Miriam Ave, near M Station, Austin.

Drawing Club: Anime – Tuesday, April 8 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 April, participants will draw anime characters and play with the idea of writing graphic novels. FREE! APL – Ruiz Branch, 1600 Grove Blvd, Austin.

Crafty Crew – Tuesday, April 8 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.

Family Movie Night: Despicable Me 2 – Tuesday, April 8 at 6:30 p.m. Recruited by the Anti-Villain League, Gru helps deal with a powerful new super criminal. Rated PG. FREE! APL – Twin Oaks Branch, 1800 S Fifth St, Austin.

Wednesday

Whole Foods Kids Club – Wednesday, April 9 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.

Mommy & Me Lego Class – Wednesday, April 9 at 9:00 a.m. FREE Mommy & Me Lego class. Stay and play for $3 afterwards. Toybrary Austin, 7817 Rockwood Ln #101, Austin.

Whole Foods Storytime – Wednesday, April 9 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, April 9 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.

Baby Signs Storytime – Wednesday, April 9 at 10:30 a.m. Learn zoo animal signs with BeeBo™ the Baby Signs® Bear! Enjoy fun books, songs, and ideas about how you can “talk” with your babies or toddlers before they can speak. FREE! BookPeople, 603 N Lamar, Austin.

Paint Me a Story (Georgetown) – Wednesday, April 9 at 11:00 a.m. Community storytelling and art lesson with Miss Melanie and Honey! Ideal for preschoolers and their caregivers. FREE! All Things Kids in Georgetown, 703 S Main St, Georgetown.

Yoga in the Park – Wednesday, April 9 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.

Downton Abbey Tea Time – Wednesday, April 9 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.

Lego Lab – Wednesday, April 9 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.

Indoor Rock Climbing – Wednesday, April 9 at 4:00 p.m. Can you make it to the top? Families are invited to enjoy FREE rockwall climbing. A waiver will be required for each climber and all youth under 18 must be accompanied by an adult at all times. Gus Garcia Rec Center, 1201 E Rundberg Ln, Austin.

Reading Dog – Wednesday, April 9 at 4:30 p.m. Handler Holly with Dog Chula will be at Laura’s Library to read with kiddoes or visit with them. Pre-readers and readers are welcome. No registration is required. FREE! Laura’s Library, 9411 Bee Cave Rd, Austin.

Community Night at The Thinkery – Wednesday, April 9 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, April 9 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.Advertisement
Family Laughter Yoga – Wednesday, April 9 from 6:30-7:30 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.

Meet the Authors: Laini Taylor and Margaret Stohl – Wednesday, April 9 at 7:00 p.m. Join the Austin Public Library for a special Meet the Author program as they welcome two very popular Young Adult authors: Laini Taylor and Margarent Stohl! Activities include: Daughter of Smoke and Bone series-branded masks for everyone; Q&A with the authors; Book Signing of Laini Taylor’s latest release, Dreams of Gods & Monsters (sold by B&N at the event) and Margaret Stohl’s Icons; Daughter of Smoke and Bone series themed photo booth with wings, horns, blue wigs & more; Book-themed refreshments & more. FREE! APL – Yarborough Branch, 2200 Hancock Dr, Austin.

Thursday

Free Admission to The Blanton – Thursday, April 10 from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. FREE! Blanton Museum of Art, 200 E Martin Luther King Junior Blvd, Austin.

Here We Grow Again Kids Consignment Sale – Thursday, April 10 from 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Pay less for quality items you need for your children. FREE! Gateway Square Shopping Center, 9503 Research Blvd, Austin.

Recorder Concert – Thursday, April 10 at 10:30 a.m. Enjoy music performed by a local Westlake recorder group. FREE! Laura’s Library, 9411 Bee Cave Rd, Austin.

Little Yoga – Thursday, April 10 at 10:30 a.m. This 30-minute class allows children 3 to 6 years old to experience exercise in a mellow environment. Children and their adults will practice breathing and age appropriate stretching. FREE! Lake Travis Community Library, 1938 Lohmans Crossing, Austin.

Play 2 Learn with Sarah (Pflugerville) – Thursday, April 10 at 11:00 a.m. Sing, play, craft, and learn with Sarah K. FREE! Toy Time, 101-B Pecan Street W, Pflugerville.

Story Time with Princess CJ – Thursday, April 10 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, April 10 at Noon. Take a 30-minute lunchtime break to celebrate National Poetry & Storytelling Month with music. FREE! Central Presbyterian Church, 200 E 8th St, Austin.

Yoga in the Park – Thursday, April 10 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.

Spring Into Action Celebration (Round Rock) – Thursday, April 10 from 3-7:00 p.m. Bring your family and friends to see health exhibitions celebrating National Public Health Week, connect with health professionals and local volunteers, and learn about healthy eating at local restaurants involved with Por Vida! A Better Choice For Life. FREE! Old Settlers Association Main Hall, 3300 Palm Valley Blvd, Round Rock.

Explorers Club: Super Science (Cedar Park) – Thursday, April 10 at 3:30 p.m. Each Thursday, kids in grades K-5 meet to explore a set of rotating programs. This week it’s Super Science. FREE! Cedar Park Library, 550 Discovery Blvd, Cedar Park.

Light of Hope – Thursday, April 10 from 5-7:00 p.m. Child Protective Services of Travis County, along with the Travis County Sheriff’s Office, is hosting this free family event with lots of great food, giveaways, and activities. Every child has the right to grow up safe. Come and help make that a reality for all children across Austin, and throughout the state of Texas. FREE but tickets should be reserved here. APL – Carver Branch, 1161 Angelina St, Austin.

Yappy Hour on the Patio – Thursday, April 10 from 5-7:00 p.m. Enjoy live music by Ryan Desiato on the dog-friendly patio. FREE! Whole Foods Domain, 11920 Domain Dr, Austin.

Show Up Show Off Show Show – Thursday, April 10 at 6:00 p.m. Austin Bat Cave is hosting this citywide talent show. During this fun-filled evening, adults and kids alike will Show Up & Show Off. Musicians, magicians, tap dancers, hat jugglers: all are welcome to apply and showcase their talent. Those who are talent-challenged and don’t love the spotlight are encouraged to bring the whole family out to enjoy the singular celebration. FREE! All proceeds from sponsored food, drinks, and the silent auction will benefit ABC’s free writing programs for kids. Jo’s, 1300 S Congress Ave, Austin.

Music on Main Street: Cienfuegos (Round Rock) – Thursday, April 10 from 6-8:00 p.m. Bring a lawn chair or blanket and the entire family to hear Cuban grooves by Cienfuegos. 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.Tom Angleberger & Jon Auxier Speaking & Signing – Thursday, April 10 at 6:30 p.m. Tom Angleberger, author of the bestselling Origami Yoda series is teaming up for an evening of fun with Jon Auxier, author of Peter Nimble and his Fantastic Eyes. Both authors will share and discuss their latest books. This event is FREE but in order to have anything signed a copy of the event book must be purchased from BookPeople. BookPeople, 603 N Lamar, Austin.

Live Music at Central Market Westgate – Thursday, April 10 from 6:30-9:00 p.m. Ernie Durawa is one of Austin’s most beloved and respected drummers. Come out and hear his soulful, solid groove. FREE! Central Market Westgate, 4477 S Lamar Blvd, Austin.

Live Music at Central Market North – Thursday, April 10 from 6:30-9:00 p.m. The Jackie Myers Band is a singer-songwriter style band with heavy jazz, blues and funk influences. FREE! Central Market, 4001 N Lamar Blvd, Austin.

Unplugged at the Grove – Thursday, April 10 at 8:00 p.m. This year marks the 21st Anniversary of KGSR’s Unplugged at the Grove. Bring the family down to hear indie rockers What Made Milwaukee Famous. FREE! Shady Grove, 1624 Barton Springs Rd, Austin.

Movies in the Park: Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure – Thursday, April 10 at 8:30 p.m. Bring your blanket or lawn chairs and a picnic dinner for a fun and relaxing evening under the beautiful Austin night sky. FREE! Republic Square Park, 400 W Guadalupe, Austin.

Friday

Yoga Story Time – Friday, April 11 at 9:30 a.m. Join us for a Story Time Yoga adventure every Friday at 9:30! We will stretch, read and breathe. All ages are welcome. FREE! The Little Yoga House, 1211 Parkway, Austin.

Interactive Story Time (Round Rock) – Friday, April 11 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: Staci Gray – Friday, April 11 at 10:00 a.m. Sing! Dance! Play! Fun Fridays is a fun musical and entertainment hour featuring local Austin musician Staci Gray. Complimentary refreshments will be served. FREE! Millie & Mox, 5145 North FM 620, Ste B110, Austin.

Here We Grow Again Kids Consignment Sale – Friday, April 11 from 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Pay less for quality items you need for your children. FREE! Gateway Square Shopping Center, 9503 Research Blvd, Austin.

Spanish Book Reading at Preescolarte – Friday, April 11 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.

Williamson County Courthouse Tours (Georgetown) – Friday, April 11 at 1:30, 2:30 and 3:30 p.m. In celebration of the Williamson Museum’s 10th anniversary, FREE guided tours of the historic county courthouse will be offered on Fridays and Saturdays throughout February. Tours are free, last about 45 minutes and are handicapped accessible. Tours begin at The Williamson Museum, 716 S Austin Ave, Georgetown.

Reading Dog – Friday, April 11 at 3:30 p.m. Handler Neel and Dog Joey will read with kiddos or visit with them. Pre-readers and readers are welcome. FREE! Westbank Library, 1309 Westbank Dr, Austin.

The Jones Family Singers In-Store Performance – Friday, April 11 at 5:00 p.m. Come celebrate the release of The Jones Family Singers’ brand new album, The Spirit Speaks. Refreshments provided by Shiner. FREE! Waterloo Records, 600A N. Lamar, Austin.

Meet & Greet and Signing with Eoin Colfer – Friday, April 11 at 7:00 p.m. Artemis Fowl fans, today is a big day! Eoin Colfer is returning to BookPeople to present the first book in his brand new series, Warp: The Reluctant Assassin. This event is FREE but in order to have anything signed a copy of the event book must be purchased from BookPeople. BookPeople, 603 N Lamar, Austin.Sunset Supper Cinema: Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory – Friday, April 11 at 8:00 p.m. Gather on the Plaza for family friendly films and favorites. Bring your favorite blanket, chair, or picnic snack and watch Willy Wonka as the sun goes down. FREE! Whole Foods, 525 N Lamar Blvd, Austin.

Movies in the Park: Planes (Cedar Park) – Friday, April 11 at 8:00 p.m. Bring your blankets, lawn chairs, and a picnic dinner. FREE! Elizabeth Milburn Park, 1901 Sun Chase Blvd, Cedar Park.



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.

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