What’s Up Weekly: July 7-11, 2014

This week’s edition of What’s Up? Weekly is brought to you by Bright Horizons at Bee Cave, an early education and preschool center which will be opening in early 2015! Bright Horizons at Bee Cave will offer Infant, Toddler, Twos, Preschool and Kindergarten Prep programs, in addition to summer camp and holiday care for school age children. The center’s features include a Movement Matters Zone complete with rock climbing wall and ballet bar, Art Studio, large outdoor playgrounds, 21st century technology with a SMART Board and touch screen computers, high-quality curriculum and more. The center will offer full- and part-time child care as well as drop-in/back-up care on a space available basis. Bright Horizons at Bee Cave will be located at 14058 Bee Cave Parkway and will be open from 6:45 a.m. to 6:15 p.m. on Monday – Friday, year-round. For more information call 512-263-9017 or visit the Bright Horizons at Bee Cave website!

Happening All Week

Alamo Kids Camp: Kung Fu Panda – Monday, July 7 – Thursday, July 10. Verify showtime before heading out. All Alamo Kids Camp screenings are FREE! Tickets are available at the box office on the day of the show, and seating is first come, first served. No children under the age of 3 will be admitted (except on Baby Day, which is Tuesday, when all ages are welcome to attend). Families with loud children will be asked to leave. Alamo Drafthouse Lakeline, 14028 N US Hwy 183, Bldg F, Austin.

Cinemark Summer Movie Clubhouse: Smurfs 2 (Round Rock) – Monday, July 7 – Thursday, July 10 at 10:00 a.m. The Cinemark summer movie program offers 10 movies throughout the summer for only $1 per ticket. Cinemark Movies 8, 2132 N Mays St #800, Round Rock.

Summer Movie Series: Ice Age 4 – Monday, July 7 – Thursday, July 10 at 10:00 a.m. Cost: $1 per person. Southwest Theaters, 13729 Research Blvd, Ste 1500, Austin.

Free Magic Shows – Monday, July 7 – Thursday, July 10 at 2:00 p.m. The Fantastic Magic Camp brings back another year of full-day summer camp at Highland Mall, along with FREE magic shows for the community, all summer long. Summer shows begin at 2:00 p.m., Monday through Thursday, until August 21, 2014. A priority seating area will be reserved for Fantastic Magic Camp campers. Highland Mall Center Court, 6001 Airport Blvd, Austin.

Free Admission at the Umlauf - Wednesday, July 9 – Friday, July 11 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Through the generous donations of our community during Amplify Austin, the museum and garden will waive admission fees all summer long. (Please note that the garden is closed on Monday and Tuesday.) FREE! Umlauf Sculpture Garden, 605 Robert E Lee Rd, Austin.

Monday

Baby Bloomers – Monday, July 7 from 9:00 a.m. to Noon. What do airplanes, apples and arms all have in common? The letter A. This week, friends age 0-3 and their families will begin a journey through the ABCs with activities around the letter A. Fly some paper airplanes, stamp apples to make art, and more. Mr. Louis, a music educator from the Armstrong Community Music school and one of Baby Bloomers’ favorite Sing-a-long guests, will join the fun. Cost: Members $2.50 each / Non-Members $4.50each. 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, July 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 and Snack (Round Rock) – Monday, July 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.

Hola, Hola! Spanish Camp – Monday, July 7 at 10:30 a.m. ¡Hola, hola! Spanish Camp is fun, interactive and creative; you will want to come back to all of them. 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 & children ages 0-5. FREE! Laura’s Library, 9411 Bee Cave Rd, Austin.

Lego Lab – Monday, July 7 at 1:00 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 – Faulk Central Library, 800 Guadalupe St, Austin.

The Tap Dance Experience with Terrence “Taps” Bennett – Monday, July 7 at 2:00 p.m. It’s a kinetic hour of fantastic moves and thrilling rhythms as The Tap Dance Man, Terrence Bennett, shares his art. Seating is limited at all programs. Please arrive a few minutes early to gain entrance. For ages 5 and up. FREE! APL – Windsor Park Branch, 5833 Westminster Dr, Austin.

Crafternoon – Monday, July 7 at 2:00 p.m. Drop in for some arts-and-crafts time. FREE! APL – Manchaca Road Branch, 5500 Manchaca Rd, Austin.

Tech Camp: Fantastic Contraptions – Monday, July 7 at 2:30 p.m. Special guest Chris Lopez will lead this hands on demonstration of Fantastic Contraptions, an online physics puzzle game. Participants will be able to use the Pod computers and tablets in the library or they can choose to bring their own. For kids in 3rd grade and up. FREE! Laura’s Library, 9411 Bee Cave Rd, Austin.

Family Craft Night (Pflugerville) – Monday, July 7 at 6:00 p.m. Fun for the whole family. Parents and children will work together on wooden flower pot frames. Materials available while supplies last. FREE! Pflugerville Public Library, 1008 W Pflugerville St, Pflugerville.

Summer Superhero Film Festival: Thor – Monday, July 7 at 6:00 p.m. The powerful but arrogant god Thor is cast out of Asgard to live amongst humans in Midgard (Earth), where he soon becomes one of their finest defenders. Rated PG-13. FREE! APL – Ruiz Branch, 1600 Grove Blvd, Austin.

Not for Human Consumption: Felt Food Workshop – Monday, July 7 from 6-8:00 p.m. Hand-sew your own non-edible, but absolutely adorable felt foodstuffs. Recommended for participants age 12 to 17. FREE! APL – Yarborough Branch 2200 Hancock Dr, Austin.

Schave and Reilly Performance (Round Rock) - Monday, July 7 at 6:30 p.m. Welcome to the bizarre world of Schave and Reilly, modern-day versions of Vaudeville’s baggy-pants comedians. This great family show will delight with an original blend of ridiculous dance, slapstick, and juggling. Recommended for ages 3 and up. Arrive at least 30 minutes before the program for best chance of admittance. FREE! Round Rock Public Library, 216 E Main St, Round Rock.

Movie Mondays at Amy’s: Hook – Monday, July 7 at 8:00 p.m. It’s another awesome summer in Austin. Bring the kids out to free outdoor viewings of classic childhood mooovies every Monday night. Movie starts around dusk. Rated PG. FREE! Amy’s Ice Creams, 5624 Burnet Rd, Austin.

Tuesday

Storytime and Crafts – Tuesday, July 8 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.

Cinemark Summer Movie Clubhouse: The Smurfs 2 – Tuesday, July 8 at 9:30 a.m. The Cinemark summer movie program offers 10 movies throughout the summer for only $1 per ticket. Cinemark Tinseltown 17, 5501 S IH-35 Frontage Rd, Austin.

Free Admission to Laguna Gloria – Tuesday, July 8 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Laguna Gloria, 3809 West 35th St, Austin.

Regal Summer Movie Express: Adventures of TinTin & Rise of the Guardians – Tuesday, July 8 at 10:00 a.m. Admission is $1 and a portion of the proceeds will benefit the Will Rogers Institute. Regal Arbor 8 @ Great Hills, 9828 Great Hills Trail, Austin; Regal Westgate Stadium 11, 4477 S Lamar Blvd, Austin; and Regal Lakeline Mall 9, 11200 Lakeline Mall Dr, Cedar Park.

Cinemark Summer Movie Clubhouse: Smurfs 2 – Tuesday, July 8 at 10:00 a.m. The Cinemark summer movie program offers 10 movies throughout the summer for only $1 per ticket, or you can purchase a pass for all 10 movies for only $5 (per person). Cinemark Cedar Park, 1335 E Whitestone Blvd, Austin.

Family Film Festival: Arthur Christmas (Bastrop) – Tuesday, July 8 at 10:00 a.m. Doors open at 9am; show begins at 10am. Seating is limited. No reservations available. 50¢ per person. Lost Pines 8, 1600 Chestnut St, Bastrop.

Family Film Festival: Arthur Christmas (Georgetown) – Tuesday, July 8 at 10:00 a.m. Doors open at 9am; show begins at 10am. Seating is limited. No reservations available. 50¢ per person. City Lights Theatre, 420 Wolf Ranch Pkwy, Georgetown.

The Tap Dance Man Performance (Cedar Park) – Tuesday, July 8 at 10:30 a.m. (for toddlers) and 11:15 a.m. (for preschoolers). Terrance “Taps,” the Tap Dance Man, will entertain little ones with “The Amazing Tap Experience.” FREE! Cedar Park Library, 550 Discovery Blvd, Cedar Park.

All the Little Things Storytime – Tuesday, July 8 at 10:30 a.m. Today’s storytime is all about little things. Enjoy a reading of George Shrinks, along with other tales so irresistibly small that you’ll want them for your very own. FREE! BookPeople, 603 N Lamar, Austin.

Music with Mr. Will – Tuesday, July 8 at 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.

Puppetry Workshop – Tuesday, July 8 at 2:00 p.m. The Library’s own Literature Live! troupe will teach you how to make and use puppets. Learn how to bring your creations to life through the magic of puppetry. FREE! APL – Southeast Branch, 5803 Nuckols Crossing Rd, Austin.

Robots Unplugged – Tuesday, July 8 at 2:00 p.m. Create a low-tech robot using recycled and repurposed materials. Seating is limited at all programs. Please arrive a few minutes early to gain entrance. For ages 5 and up. FREE! APL – Cepeda Branch, 651 N Pleasant Valley Rd, Austin.

Glow in the Dark Dance Party – Tuesday, July 8 at 3:00 p.m. Dance to fun music in the dark with glow sticks and make-your-own glow stickers. Seating is limited at all programs. Please arrive a few minutes early to gain entrance. For ages 5 and up. FREE! APL – St. John Branch, 7500 Blessing Ave, Austin.

Not-so-Scary Stories with Bernadette Nason - Tuesday, July 8 at 4:00 p.m. Award-winning storyteller Bernadette Nason will delight your youngsters with a couple of lighthearted scary stories to make hair stand on end with horror and glee. These stories are suspenseful but safe. Seating is limited at all programs. Please arrive a few minutes early to gain entrance. For ages 5 and up. FREE! APL – Twin Oaks Branch, 1800 S Fifth St, Austin.

Discovery! Dinosaurs Rock – Tuesday, July 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 (4th grade and up). This week, learn about dinosaurs and explore awesome fossils with Dinosaurs Rock. FREE! Laura’s Library, 9411 Bee Cave Rd, Austin.

Drawing Club – Tuesday, July 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. FREE! APL – Ruiz Branch, 1600 Grove Blvd, Austin.

Family Movie Night: Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 – Tuesday, July 8 at 6:30 p.m. Flint Lockwood now works at The Live Corp Company for his idol Chester V. But he’s forced to leave his post when he learns that his most infamous machine is still operational and is churning out menacing food-animal hybrids. Rated PG. FREE! APL – Twin Oaks Branch, 1800 S Fifth St, Austin.

Rhythm on Stage – Tuesday, July 8 at 7:00 p.m. Another summer family favorite – free dance lessons on the Meredith Family Stage in Dell Hall. Learn many different styles of dance, featuring instruction by one of the professionals from Ballet Austin’s Butler Community School. This week, it’s Bollywood with Prakash Mohandas and Divya Dinakar. FREE but RSVP is requested here. The Long Center, 701 W Riverside Dr, Austin.

Hillside Concert Series – Tuesday, July 8 at 7:00 p.m. The annual Hillside Concert Series begins this week and will be held every Tuesday evening in July. This week, the Polacios Brothers take the stage at 7:00 p.m. followed by Alex Ruiz at 8:00 p.m. FREE! A. B. Cantu/Pan American Recreation Center, 2100 East 3rd St, Austin.

Movies in Your Park: The Polar Express (San Marcos) - Tuesday, July 8 at 7:30 p.m. Movie begins at sunset. Pre-movie games begin one hour before sunset. Concessions will be available for purchase. Bring your blankets and lawn chairs. FREE! San Marcos Plaza Park, 201 N CM Allen Pkwy, San Marcos.

Wednesday

Whole Foods Kids Club – Wednesday, July 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.

Whole Foods Storytime – Wednesday, July 9 at 9:30 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.

Children’s Day Art Park: The Hey Lollies – Wednesday, July 9 at 9:30 a.m. One thing Austin families can count on every summer is live music and fun galore at the weekly Children’s Day Art Park. From interaction with members of The Austin Symphony, who wander the crowds performing for children, to onstage jams by some of Austin’s most beloved children’s entertainers, it doesn’t get much better than these festive Wednesday mornings in the Symphony Square amphitheater. 50¢ per child. Adults are free. Symphony Square, 1101 Red River St, Austin.Canceled due to rain.

Cinemark Summer Movie Clubhouse: Smurfs 2 – Wednesday, July 9 at 9:30 a.m. The Cinemark summer movie program offers 10 movies throughout the summer for only $1 per ticket. Cinemark Tinseltown 17, 5501 S IH-35 Frontage Rd, Austin.

Regal Summer Movie Express: Adventures of TinTin & Rise of the Guardians – Wednesday, July 9 at 10:00 a.m. Admission is $1 and a portion of the proceeds will benefit the Will Rogers Institute. Regal Arbor 8 @ Great Hills, 9828 Great Hills Trail, Austin; Regal Westgate Stadium 11, 4477 S Lamar Blvd, Austin; and Regal Lakeline Mall 9, 11200 Lakeline Mall Dr, Cedar Park.

Itty Bitty Playtime & Yoga – Wednesday, July 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.

Cinemark Summer Movie Clubhouse: Smurfs 2 – Wednesday, July 9 at 10:00 a.m. The Cinemark summer movie program offers 10 movies throughout the summer for only $1 per ticket, or you can purchase a pass for all 10 movies for only $5 (per person). Cinemark Cedar Park, 1335 E Whitestone Blvd, Austin and Cinemark Hill Country Galleria, 12812 Hill Country Blvd, Bee Cave.
AdvertisementBaby Signs Storytime - Wednesday, July 9 at 10:30 a.m. Learn ASL color signs with BeeBo™ the Baby Signs® Bear. Experience great books, songs and fun ideas about how to teach your child classification skills using colors. FREE! BookPeople, 603 N Lamar, Austin.

Cartooning Workshop – Wednesday, July 9 at Noon. Multi-award-winning children’s author/illustrator and TV cartoonist Mike Artell will conduct this one-hour, basic cartooning workshop with an emphasis on fun. Kids will learn to draw some animals, funny faces, and objects (e.g. cars, trees, etc.). Mike will also share some cartooning tips and tricks. Recommended for children ages 7 – 12. FREE! Laura’s Library, 9411 Bee Cave Rd, Austin.

Air Power – Wednesday, July 9 at 2:00 p.m. Demonstrations and hands-on experiments with aerodynamics and propulsion. Seating is limited at all programs. Please arrive a few minutes early to gain entrance. For ages 5 and up. FREE! APL – Little Walnut Creek Branch, 835 W Rundberg Ln, Austin.

Superhero Training Camp – Wednesday, July 9 at 2:00 p.m. It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s…You! Transform yourself into a superhero with accessories and feats of awesomeness. Seating is limited at all programs. Please arrive a few minutes early to gain entrance. For ages 5 and up. FREE! APL – Ruiz Branch, 1600 Grove Blvd, Austin.

The Tap Dance Experience with Terrence “Taps” Bennett – Wednesday, July 9 at 2:00 p.m. It’s a kinetic hour of fantastic moves and thrilling rhythms as The Tap Dance Man, Terrence Bennett, shares his art. Seating is limited at all programs. Please arrive a few minutes early to gain entrance. For ages 5 and up. FREE! APL – Hampton Branch, 5125 Convict Hill Rd, Austin.

Kids Yoga – Wednesday, July 9 at 2:00 p.m. Children ages 5-9 can enjoy this class taught by Sat Nam Kaur from Yoga Yoga. Parents must remain in the library. FREE! Laura’s Library, 9411 Bee Cave Rd, Austin.

Cartooning Workshop for Teens & Tweens (Round Rock) – Wednesday, July 9 at 2:30 p.m. Teens and Tweens (ages 7+) are invited to create great little cartoons and learn how cartoons can help improve reading, writing, and thinking skills. Workshop will be led by author, illustrator, and cartoonist Mike Artell. FREE! Round Rock Public Library, 216 E Main St, Round Rock.

Family Movie: Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 (Cedar Park) – Wednesday, July 9 at 2:30 p.m. After the kingdom of Arendelle is cast into eternal winter by the powerful Snow Queen Elsa, her sprightly sister Anna teams up with a rough-hewn mountaineer named Kristoff and his trusty reindeer Sven to break the icy spell. Food and drinks in closed-lid containers are allowed. Rated PG. FREE! Cedar Park Library, 550 Discovery Blvd, Cedar Park.

Lego Lab – Wednesday, July 9 at 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 – Carver Branch, 1161 Angelina St, Austin.

Doodle Mania – Tuesday, July 9 at 4:00 p.m. Drawing, stamping and making art in the style of Ed Emberley. For ages 5 and up. FREE! APL – Manchaca Road Branch, 5500 Manchaca Rd, Austin.

Literature LIVE! Presents: Strega Nona – Tuesday, July 9 at 4:00 p.m. The hilarious tale of a wise old woman, a magic pasta pot, and a foolish young man who learns the hard way that sometimes there really can be too much of a good thing. Based on the book by Tomie dePaola. Seating is limited at all programs. Please arrive a few minutes early to gain entrance. For ages 5 and up. FREE! APL – North Village Branch, 2505 Steck Ave, Austin.

Music and More – Wednesday, July 9 at 4:00 p.m. Ms. Mary Beth will enchant you with her guitar and everyone can join the dance party. Recommended for ages 5 and up, but engaged listeners are welcomed. FREE! Laura’s Library, 9411 Bee Cave Rd, Austin.

Community Night – Wednesday, July 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, July 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.

Texas Radio Live – Wednesday, July 9 at 6:00 p.m. Texas Radio Live brings you the very best Texas music with performances from Texas musicians. This week, hear music by Blue Squeezebox and Charlie Pierce. FREE but donations to support the KDRP Radio Mission are appreciated. Guero’s Oak Garden, 1412 S Congress Ave, Austin.

Strike Out Hunger with the Round Rock Express (Round Rock) – Wednesday, July 9 at 7:05 p.m. Help Strike Out Hunger with the Capital Area Food Bank by bringing two H-E-B branded canned goods in exchange for a FREE lawn ticket to watch the Express take on the Colorado Springs Sky Sox. Dell Diamond, 3400 Palm Valley Blvd, Round Rock.

Blues on the Green – Wednesday, July 9 at 8:00 p.m. This year marks the 24th of the annual concert series KGSR’s Blues on the Green, consistently ranked as a top annual entertainment event. Zilker Park will be filled with thousands of people, blankets, lawn chairs, families and music lovers. This week, it’s Grupo Fantasma with Greyhounds. FREE! Zilker Park, 2100 Barton Springs Rd, Austin.

Thursday

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

Storytime Tours at the Blanton – Thursday, July 10 at 10:30 a.m. These 30-minute thematic tours encourage young art lovers to look carefully and make connections between art, story, and life. Recommended for kids age 3-7 and their adult companions. Space is limited. Tickets available at the Visitor Service Desk. FREE! Blanton Museum of Art, 200 E Martin Luther King Junior Blvd, Austin.

Free Noon Concert – Thursday, July 10 at Noon. Take a 30-minute lunchtime break to hear Dr. Eugenio Zapata on piano and Paula Beard on violin perform works by Mozart, Massenet, and Bach. FREE! Central Presbyterian Church, 200 E 8th St, Austin.

School-Age Special Performer: Magician John O’Bryant (Cedar Park) – Thursday, July 10 at 1:30 p.m. and 2:45 p.m. Magician John O’Bryant will entertain kids in grades K-5. FREE! Cedar Park Library, 550 Discovery Blvd, Cedar Park.

Super Smash Bros Brawl Tournament – Thursday, July 10 at 2:00 p.m. Are you ready to brawl? Compete in the 2014 Super Smash Bros Brawl Summer Tournament. All dates are seed tournaments for the Championship Finals at the Yarborough Branch Library on August 9. Super Smash Bros Brawl is rated T for Teens by the ESRB. All ages welcome. FREE! APL – Cepeda Branch, 651 N Pleasant Valley Rd, Austin.

Music for Kids with Neal Kassanoff - Thursday, July 10 at 2:00 p.m. The Music Division of the City of Austin offers a spectacular music series for families featuring a variety of Austin singer-songwriters. Neal Kassanoff is the founder of the Groundwork Music Orchestra, which provides low-cost music education for kids. Seating is limited at all programs. Please arrive a few minutes early to gain entrance. For ages 5 and up. FREE! APL – University Hills Branch, 4721 Loyola Ln, Austin.

Crafternoon – Thursday, July 10 from 2-4:00 p.m. Don’t just sit around bored all summer. Get the DIY bug and create something awesome. 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 – Faulk Central Library, 800 Guadalupe St, Austin.

Do or DiY – Thursday, July 10 at 3:30 p.m. This week, kids ages 10 and up will learn how to use pictures to tell a story. Sequential artists combine the talents of the writer with the drawings of the illustrator to create comic books, graphic novels, cartoons, comic strips, Manga, children’s books and storyboards. Learn how to pace a story and show movement in your illustrations. After a quick lecture and demonstration, students will break down a given text to create their own sequential art. FREE! Laura’s Library, 9411 Bee Cave Rd, Austin.

Fish Gallery Summer Reading Program – Thursday, July 10 at 3:30 p.m. Kids can enjoy a story, crafts, touch tanks, and a demonstration feeding in one of the large display tanks. FREE! Fish Gallery, 6500 N Lamar Blvd, Austin.

Literature LIVE! Presents: Strega Nona – Thursday, July 10 at 4:00 p.m. The hilarious tale of a wise old woman, a magic pasta pot, and a foolish young man who learns the hard way that sometimes there really can be too much of a good thing. Based on the book by Tomie dePaola. Seating is limited at all programs. Please arrive a few minutes early to gain entrance. For ages 5 and up. FREE! APL – Milwood Branch, 12500 Amherst Dr, Austin.

Nature Nights – Thursday, July 10 from 5-8:00 p.m. One of the most popular Nature Nights is back: Snakes! Hear famed University of Texas herpetologist, Travis LaDuc, dispel myths and celebrate snakes. The Austin Reptile Service is the main attraction with a diversity of live snakes. Go on a habitat hike in search of snake evidence with City of Austin Park Ranger David Papke. The Horned Lizard Society touts the praises of the “horny toad”, a threatened species in Texas. Thanks to H-E-B, admission will be free the day of Nature Nights, as well as those nights. FREE! Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave, Austin.

Yappy Hour on the Patio – Thursday, July 10 from 5-8:00 p.m. Enjoy live music on the dog-friendly patio. FREE! Whole Foods Domain, 11920 Domain Dr, Austin.

Unplugged at the Grove – Thursday, July 10 at 8:00 p.m. This year marks the 21st Anniversary of KGSR’s Unplugged at the Grove. This week, it’s Waterloo Revival. FREE! Shady Grove, 1624 Barton Springs Rd, Austin.

Movies in the Park: Monty Python and the Holy Grail – Thursday, July 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. Rated PG. FREE! Republic Square Park, 400 W Guadalupe, Austin.

Friday

Alamo Kids Camp: Kung Fu Panda – Friday, July 11. Verify showtime before heading out. All Alamo Kids Camp screenings are FREE! Tickets are available at the box office on the day of the show, and seating is first come, first served. No children under the age of 3 will be admitted. Families with loud children will be asked to leave. Alamo Drafthouse Village, 2700 West Anderson Ln, Austin.

Alamo Kids Camp: Annie - Friday, July 11. Verify showtime before heading out. All Alamo Kids Camp screenings are FREE! Tickets are available at the box office on the day of the show, and seating is first come, first served. No children under the age of 3 will be admitted. Families with loud children will be asked to leave. Alamo Drafthouse Lakeline, 14028 N US Hwy 183, Bldg F, Austin.

Interactive Story Time (Round Rock) – Friday, July 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 – Friday, July 11 at 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.

Hey Lolly Puppet Show - Friday, July 11 at 10:30 a.m. Hey Lolly Productions performs Iris Saves the Land of Black and White. The Land of Black and White is ruled by a king who has banned all color. It’s up to Iris and the kids to bring back color to the land. This very interactive puppet show mesmerizes children, who will get to play trumpets with sunflowers and sing lullabies to whales. FREE! Laura’s Library, 9411 Bee Cave Rd, Austin.

If You Give a Mouse a Cookie Party – Friday, July 11 at 2:00 p.m. This story time will feature your favorite classic book about a mouse and a cookie. There will be activities, refreshments, and a very special guest. FREE! Lake Travis Community Library, 1938 Lohmans Crossing, Austin.

Lego Lab – Friday, July 11 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. Recommended for ages 5 and up. FREE! APL – North Village Branch, 2505 Steck Ave, Austin.

Local & Live at the Visitor Center – Friday, July 11 from 4-6:00 p.m. Live and Local is a music series put on by the Austin Convention and Visitors Bureau. Hear some of the best music Austin has to offer. Each performance will provide the audience with a closer, more intimate experience with the artists, who will usually be playing solo or acoustic sets. This week, Adam Ahrens performs. FREE! Austin Visitor Center, 603 E 4th St, Austin

Movies at the Pool: Lilo and Stitch – Friday, July 11 at 6:00 p.m. Bring your whole family to lie out on blankets under the night sky. Food trucks available from 6-8:00 p.m. Lilo and Stitch begins at dusk. Rated G. FREE and open to everyone. El Salido Pool, 11500 El Salido Parkway Austin.

Music in the Park (Pflugerville) – Friday, July 11 at 6:30 p.m. Kristyn Harris, 2014 Academy of Western Artists Female Performer of the Year, will be joined by fiddler Brook Wallace for a knock-out duo. Food will be available for purchase beginning at 6:30 p.m. and the music starts at 7:30 p.m. Pfamily, pfriends, and pfurry pets welcome. Bring lawn chairs, blankets, and cash for food — or enjoy your own picnic. There’s even a playground on site for the kids. FREE! Pfluger Park, 515 City Park Rd, Pflugerville.

Music on the Square Summer Concerts (Georgetown) – Friday, July 11 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. This summer, enjoy live music on the Courthouse Square each Friday night. Pick up dinner at a downtown restaurant or bring your own picnic (no glass please). This week, enjoy rock and pop favorites from Annie & Kate. FREE! Courthouse Square, Georgetown.

Zilker Summer Musical: Oklahoma! – Friday, July 11 at 8:30 p.m. Set in a Western Indian territory just after the turn of the century, this high-spirited rivalry between the local farmers and cowboys provides a colorful backdrop for Oklahoma!, one of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s most cherished collaborations. FREE! Zilker Hillside Theater,‎ 2201 Barton Springs Rd, 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.

 

 

Catherine Prystup
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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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