What’s Up? Weekly (February 24-28, 2014)

Monday

Baby Bloomers – Monday, February 24 from 9:00 a.m. to Noon. Black and white will be the inspiration this week as children age 0-3 and their families explore science, technology, engineering, arts and math. Music Forever, Music Together will join the fun, leading music and movement activities. 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, February 24 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.

Chinese Sing-along – Monday, February 24 at 10:30 a.m. To encourage Austin area families to expose their children to the sounds of Mandarin Chinese at an early age, thereby increasing their ability to learn Chinese, and to provide a place for like minded folks to find support. Presented in Chinese and English, and friendly for native and non-native speakers. FREE! Hallmark Baptist Church, 9023 Old Lampasas Trail Rd, Austin.

Dragons Love Tacos Children’s Show – Monday, February 24 at 10:30 a.m. Dougherty ARTSreach presents a theatrical production of the beloved children’s book Dragons Love Tacos by Adam Rubin. After the performance there will be an opportunity for interested families to take a tour of the Dougherty Arts School and learn more about the wonderful youth and adult programs they have to offer. FREE! Dougherty Arts Center Theatre, 1110 Barton Springs Rd, Austin.

Lions & Tigers & Toys Storytime – Monday, February 24 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.

Blazer Tag’s 15th Anniversary – Monday, February 24 from 4-9:00 p.m. Blazer Tag will celebrate its 15th anniversary with 15-cent laser tag games. There will also be giveaways throughout the birthday celebration. Players must be at least 7 years old to play laser tag. Cost: $0.17 per game (tax included). Cash only. Blazer Tag, 1701 W Ben White Blvd, Austin.

Family Matinee: Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs – Monday, February 24 at 4:00 p.m. Inventor Flint Lockwood thought he saved the world when he destroyed his most infamous invention. But Flint soon learns that his invention survived and is now creating food-animals – “foodimals!” Flint and his friends embark on a dangerously delicious mission to battle hungry tacodiles, shrimpanzees, hippotatomuses, cheespiders and other foodimals to save the world – again! Rated PG. FREE! APL – Cepeda Branch, 651 N Pleasant Valley Rd, Austin.

Tuesday

Cine de Oro: El Seminarista – Tuesday, February 25 at 9:30 a.m. Returning to his home town, seminarist Miguel is forced to trade the robes for a charro costume in order to solve several problems that appear in his way, including the female kind. FREE! ESB-MACC, 600 River St, Austin.

Free Admission to Pet Sounds – Tuesday, February 25 from 10 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. Read about Emily’s recent visit here. Admission is FREE on Tuesdays. The Contemporary Austin, Laguna Gloria, 3809 West 35th St, Austin.

Signing Storytime at Kaleidoscope Toys (Round Rock) – Tuesday, February 25 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.

Armstrong Community School Bilingual Storytime – Tuesday, February 25 at 10:30 a.m. There is a commonly held belief that learning a second language should ideally begin as early as possible in a child’s life. What better way to learn new words & phrases than through song? Armstrong Community School will lead a Canta y Habla sing-a-long where you’ll learn traditional Spanish songs, as well as a few originals. FREE! BookPeople, 603 N Lamar, Austin.

Keep Austin Weird Fest Kick-Off Event – Tuesday, February 25 from 11:00 a.m. to Noon. Every Austinite is invited to Amy’s Ice Creams 6th Street location for their Keep Austin Weird Festival & 5K kick-off event. There will be an obstacle course featuring costumes, an ice cream catch, hula hooping, and an ice cream eat-off. Those who participate will get a free Keep Austin Weird ice cream combo and anyone who comes to the event will receive free Keep Austin Weird Festival passes. FREE! Amy’s Ice Creams, 1012 W 6th St, Austin.

Mr. Pete’s Train Stories – Tuesday, February 25 at 11:00 a.m. Storytime plus general play time in the Play Zone before and after the reading. FREE! All Things Kids @The Domain, 3220 Feathergrass Ct, Austin.

Free Admission to The Jones Center – Tuesday, February 25 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. FREE on Tuesdays. The Jones Center, 700 Congress Ave, Austin.

Discovery! Legos - Tuesday, February 25 at 4:30 p.m. The Discovery hands on program explores all sorts of different topics, including science, literature, and much more. This week, join in the Ultimate Lego Building Experience! Recommended for all ages. FREE! Laura’s Library, 9411 Bee Cave Rd, Austin.

Teen Craft Night – Tuesday, February 25 at 5:00 p.m. Make cool stuff! All supplies provided. For ages 10 and up. FREE! APL – Manchaca Road Branch, 5500 Manchaca Rd, Austin.

Pajama Storytime – Tuesday, February 25 at 6:30 p.m. Come cuddle at Laura’s Library! Kids of all ages, get comfy in your favorite pajamas, grab your sleepy toy and come for the best bedtime stories ever. The milk and snacks are FREE! Laura’s Library, 9411 Bee Cave Rd, Austin.

Wednesday

Whole Foods Kids Club – Wednesday, February 26 at 9:00 a.m. Join the fun for Storytime and a craft every Wednesday with Gracie. FREE! Whole Foods Arbor Trails, 4301 W. William Cannon, Austin.

Whole Foods Storytime – Wednesday, February 26 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, February 26 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.

Gymboree Storytime – Wednesday, February 26 at 10:30 a.m. In addition to a fun storytime, Gymboree helpers will be in attendance singing songs, blowing bubbles, and playing a fun parachute game. The storytime will end with a performance of the goodbye dance led by Gymbo the Clown. FREE! BookPeople, 603 N Lamar, Austin.

Indoor Rock Climbing – Wednesday, February 26 at 4-6:00 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.

Community Night at The Thinkery – Wednesday, February 26 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 donation. The Thinkery, 1830 Simond Ave, Austin.

Krispy Kreme Family Night – Wednesday, February 26 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.
AdvertisementTween Scene: Shrinky Dink Charms (Pflugerville) – Wednesday, February 26 from 6-7:00 p.m. Kids ages 8-12 will use Shrinky Dinks to make a keychain or necklace. All materials provided while supplies last. FREE! Pflugerville Public Library, 1008 W Pfluger St, Pflugerville.

Thursday

Free Admission to The Blanton - Thursday, February 27 from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. FREE! Blanton Museum of Art, 200 E Martin Luther King Junior Blvd, Austin.

Hopewell Middle School Orchestra Performance (Round Rock) – Thursday, February 27 at 10:30 a.m. Children ages 18 months and older can explore music and instruments during this special performance. FREE! Round Rock Public Library, 216 E Main St, Round Rock.

Play 2 Learn with Sarah (Pflugerville) – Thursday, February 27 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, February 27 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, February 27 at Noon. Take a 30-minute lunchtime break to enjoy the vocal offerings of Meredith Ruduski & friends. FREE! Central Presbyterian Church, 200 E 8th St, Austin.

Brown Bag Lunch Concert Series (Lakeway) – Thursday, February 27 at Noon. Celebrate Mardi Gras with The Second Line Jazz Band. FREE! Lakeway Activity Center Ballroom, 105 Cross Creek, Lakeway.

Tiger Woman, A Puppet Show - Thursday, February 27 at 3:30 p.m. Literature LIVE! presents Tiger Woman from the book by Laurence Yep, a Bunraku style puppet show based on a traditional Chinese story. This is the tale of a greedy old woman who will not share her food with a beggar; but when the old man turns out to be a wizard, he teaches her a lesson in generosity. Recommended for ages 5 and up. FREE! APL – Yarborough Branch, 2200 Hancock Dr, Austin.

Explorers Club – Lego Lab (Cedar Park) – Thursday, February 27 at 3:30 p.m. Each Thursday, kids in grades K-5 meet to explore a set of rotating programs. This week it’s Lego Lab. FREE! Cedar Park Library, 550 Discovery Blvd, Cedar Park.

Yappy Hour on the Patio – Thursday, February 27 from 5-7:00 p.m. Enjoy live music on the dog-friendly patio. FREE! Whole Foods Domain, 11920 Domain Dr, Austin.

Pick Your Flick – Thursday, February 27 from 5-7:00 p.m. The audience will pick from three movie options: The Incredibles (Rated PG), Toy Story 3 (Rated G), and Agent Cody Banks (Rated PG). FREE! APL – Ruiz Branch, 1600 Grove Blvd, Austin.

Seed Swap Potluck - Thursday, February 27 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. SFC is excited to announce its plans for starting a Seed Bank here in Austin! All local farmers, home or community gardeners, and any other seed lovers to bring your own saved seeds from your gardens and/or a tasty, local dish for the Seed Swap Potluck. This will be a time to mingle with members of the seed saving community, and learn about the new seed bank initiative. Even if you don’t currently garden or save your own seeds, there will be a seed saving demonstration and plenty of seed saving resources to get you started. FREE but participants must register here. Sustainable Food Center, 2921 E 17th St, Bldg C, Austin.

50th Anniversary Party for Chick-fil-A’s Chicken Sandwich – Thursday, February 27 from 5:30-8:00 p.m. To celebrate the 50th anniversary of Chick-fil-A’s famous and delicious Chicken Sandwich, Chick-fil-A at North Mopac is hosting a party. There will be lots of surprises and giveaways, including FREE Chick-fil-A Chicken Sandwiches to the first 50 guests and a celebratory cake. Chick-fil-A at North Mopac, 12501 N Mopac, Austin.

The Jitterbug Vipers – Thursday, February 27 from 6:30-9:00 p.m. The Jitterbug Vipers transport you to a dimly lit nightclub in 1940’s Chicago where Jerry Garcia is jamming with Count Basie. Vintage jazz, swing, whatever you want to call it. It’s hot, sultry, sophisticated and danceable. FREE! Central Market, 4001 N Lamar Blvd, Austin.

Carper Family Band – Thursday, February 27, 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.

Black History Month: Created Equal Film Series (Round Rock) – Thursday, February 27 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. The Williamson Museum, in collaboration with the Round Rock Public Library, is pleased to present the film Freedom Riders. This event is open to the public and includes a facilitated discussion by community members and local scholars. FREE! Round Rock Public Library, 216 E Main St, Round Rock.

Friday

Interactive Story Time (Round Rock) – Friday, February 28 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.

Just Between Friends Consignment Event (Pflugerville) – Friday, February 28 from 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Just Between Friends North Austin is a savings extravaganza that happens twice a year in Pflugerville. At these events, consignors bring their new and gently used children’s and maternity items to sell. Shoppers can browse and purchase these items at great savings, often 50-90% off. At a typical Just Between Friends event, you will find clothing, toys, baby equipment, strollers, high chairs, cribs, joggers, nursery gear, sporting goods, maternity wear, baby carriers, play yards, play sets, coats, shoes, and more! Cost: $3. FREE! with this coupon. Pflugerville Lions Club, 500 N Railroad Ave, Pflugerville.

Mom and Me Yoga – Friday, February 28 at 10:30 a.m. This yoga class is designed for a parent and children (ages 3+ only). Taught by Sat Nam Kaur from Yoga Yoga. FREE! Laura’s Library, 9411 Bee Cave Rd, Austin.

Teddy Bear Picnic – Friday, February 28 from 11:00 a.m. to Noon. Never fear–this event will be inside! Pack a picnic and have your child bring his or her favorite teddy bear or stuffed animal for a special teddy bear story time, a song, and treat. FREE! Toybrary Austin, 7817 Rockwood, Suite 101, Austin.

Williamson County Courthouse Tours (Georgetown) – Friday, February 28 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, February 28 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.




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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