What’s Up Weekly: June 16-20, 2014

This week’s edition of What’s Up? Weekly is brought to you by Bright Horizons at Bee Cave, a new early education and preschool center which will be opening in Bee Cave 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!

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Now, on to what’s happening around Austin this week.

Happening All Week

Alamo Kids Camp: Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole – Monday, June 16 – Thursday, June 19. 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 Slaughter, 5701 W Slaughter Ln, Austin.

Alamo Kids Camp: Mary Poppins – Monday, June 16 – Thursday, June 19. 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 Village, 2700 West Anderson Ln, Austin.

Alamo Kids Camp: Space Jam – Monday, June 16 – Thursday, June 19. 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: Epic (Round Rock) – Monday, June 16 – Thursday, June 19 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 Movies 8, 2132 N Mays St #800, Round Rock.

Summer Movie Series: The Croods – Monday, June 16 – Thursday, June 19 at 10:00 a.m. Cost: $1 per person. Southwest Theaters, 13729 Research Blvd, Ste 1500, Austin.

Free Admission at the Umlauf – Wednesday, June 18 – Friday, June 20 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, June 16 from 9:00 a.m. to Noon. Here a square, there a square, everywhere are squares! Children age 0-3 and their families will focus on finding some exciting ways to explore squares. Staci Gray will join the fun with sing-a-longs to 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, June 16 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, June 16 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, June 16 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.

Storytime with Dr. Candra – Monday, June 16 at 11:00 a.m. Dr. Candra will captivate your children with a variety of stories, songs, dances, and games. FREE! Brilliant Sky Toys and Books, 701 S Capital of Texas Hwy, Ste D-480, Austin.

Craft Crew – Monday, June 16 at 12:30 p.m. Join Ms. Kristi and Ms. Mary Beth for a fun new craft, specially designed for ages 4 and up. This week, make animal paper bag puppets. The first 30 children receive priority, but as many kids as possible will be served. FREE! Laura’s Library, 9411 Bee Cave Rd, Austin.

Lego Lab – Monday, June 16 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. FREE! Recommended for ages 5 and up. APL – Faulk Central Library, 800 Guadalupe St, Austin.

Music for Kids with Neal Kassanoff – Monday, June 16 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 – Spicewood Springs Branch, 8637 Spicewood Springs Rd, Austin.

Not-so-Scary Stories with Bernadette Nason – Monday, June 16 at 2:00 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 – Windsor Park Branch, 5833 Westminster Dr, Austin.

Crafternoon – Monday, June 16 at 2:00 p.m. Drop in for some arts-and-crafts time. FREE! APL – Manchaca Road Branch, 5500 Manchaca Rd, Austin.

Tech Camp: Photo Collages – Monday, June 16 at 2:30 p.m. Kids love taking pictures. What better way to add more fun to those pictures than putting them into collages? In this fun tech camp, kids will learn how to add special designs, color themes, and layouts to their different pictures. They will be able to pick how many pictures they want in one frame and where each one goes. After they are done, the kids can save their work and take it home or work on another one. For kids in 3rd grade and up. Although not required, it is a good idea to bring your own laptop or tablet. FREE! Laura’s Library, 9411 Bee Cave Rd, Austin.

Summer Superhero Film Festival – Monday, June 16 at 4:00 p.m. Double Feature: Iron Man (Rated PG-13) and The Incredible Hulk (Rated PG-13). FREE! APL – Ruiz Branch, 1600 Grove Blvd, Austin.

Family Movies: The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug – Monday, June 16 at 4:00 p.m. Bilbo Baggins continues on in his journey with the wizard Gandalf and thirteen dwarves, led by Thorin Oakenshield, on an epic quest to reclaim their lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor. Rated PG-13. FREE! APL – Cepeda Branch, 651 N Pleasant Valley Rd, Austin.

The Magic of Gusto the Great – Monday, June 16 at 4:00 p.m. The Magic of Gusto the Great, is fun, friendly, and amazing. Find out what magic can be found in books when you know where to look. Seating is limited at all programs. Please arrive a few minutes early to gain entrance. For ages 5 and up. FREE! APL – Howson Branch, 2500 Exposition Blvd, Austin.

Texas Stars Watch Party (Cedar Park) – Monday, June 16 at 4:30 p.m. Join the official watch party for the Texas Stars vs. St. John’s Ice Caps. Concessions will be available. Puck drops at 5. FREE admission and parking. Cedar Park Center, 2100 Avenue of the Stars, Cedar Park.

The Wine Down – Monday, June 16 from 5-7:00 p.m. Cantina Laredo  will be on-site providing food samples while guests enjoy happy hour priced glasses featuring Thorny Rose Wines. Music by Shinyribs will be emceed by KGSR. Check out pop-up shops and merchandise giveaways from retailers around the 2nd Street neighborhood. FREE! ACL Live at The Moody Theater, 310 Willie Nelson Blvd, Austin.

Family Craft Night (Pflugerville) – Monday, June 16 at 6:00 p.m. Fun for the whole family. Parents and children will work together on a bird house decoration. Materials available while supplies last. FREE! Pflugerville Public Library, 1008 W Pflugerville St, Pflugerville.

Austin Handbell Ensemble Spring Concert - Monday, June 16 at 7:30 p.m. Explore the many facets of glorious luminescence and study “Light & Might” with the Austin Handbell Ensemble. Find out why handbells aren’t just for the holidays. Admission is FREE, but donations are graciously accepted. University Presbyterian Church, 2203 San Antonio St, Austin.

Tuesday

Storytime and Crafts – Tuesday, June 17 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, June 17 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Laguna Gloria, 3809 West 35th St, Austin.

Regal Summer Movie Express: Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 & The Pirates: Band of Misfits – Tuesday, June 17 at 10 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: Epic – Tuesday, June 17 at 10 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: The Smurfs 2 (Bastrop) – Tuesday, June 17 at 10 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: The Smurfs 2 (Georgetown) – Tuesday, June 17 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.

Heartsong Music Storytime – Tuesday, June 17 at 10:30 a.m. Enjoy a mellifluous storytime with friends from Heartsong Music. They’ll be leading a music lesson intended for little ones aged 0 to 5. FREE! BookPeople, 603 N Lamar, Austin.

Story Time with CJ the Explorer – Tuesday, June 17 at 11:00 a.m. Story Time with CJ the Explorer begins at 11am. Explore the play zone before and after the reading. FREE! All Things Kids @The Domain, 3220 Feathergrass Ct, Austin.

Spike’s Whataburger Summer Tour (Round Rock) – Tuesday, June 17 from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Meet Spike for your chance to win Round Rock Express tickets and prizes from the Express and Whataburger. FREE! Whataburger, 1501 S IH 35 Frontage Rd, Round Rock.

Music with Mr. Will – Tuesday, June 17 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.

Come & Go Crafts – Tuesday, June 17 from 1:30-3:00 p.m. Drop in and get creative with hands-on crafts. All the supplies provided. FREE! Lake Travis Community Library, 1938 Lohmans Crossing, Austin.

Doodle Mania! – Tuesday, June 17 at 2:00 p.m. Drawing, stamping and making art in the style of Ed Emberley. For ages 5 and up. FREE! APL – Cepeda Branch, 651 N Pleasant Valley Rd, Austin.

Robots Unplugged! – Tuesday, June 17 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 – Southeast Branch, 5803 Nuckols Crossing Rd, Austin.

Literature LIVE! Presents: Strega Nona – Tuesday, June 17 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 Tomi dePaola. 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.

The Magic of Gusto the Great – Tuesday, June 17 at 4:00 p.m. The Magic of Gusto the Great, is fun, friendly, and amazing. Find out what magic can be found in books when you know where to look. Seating is limited at all programs. Please arrive a few minutes early to gain entrance. For ages 5 and up. FREE! APL – Old Quarry Branch, 7051 Village Center Dr, Austin.

Discovery! Writing Workshop: Lost in Translation – Tuesday, June 17 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, celebrate the art of interpretation. The workshop will begin with a fun game of “Telephone Pictionary,” followed by abstract doodling by the group and written interpretations of each other’s artwork. The joy is that everyone will see something different. What will you see? FREE! Laura’s Library, 9411 Bee Cave Rd, Austin.

Lego Lab – Tuesday, June 17 at 4:30 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 – Manchaca Road Branch, 5500 Manchaca Rd, Austin.

Texas Stars Watch Party (Cedar Park) – Tuesday, June 17 at 4:30 p.m. Join the official watch party for the Texas Stars vs. St. John’s Ice Caps. Concessions will be available. Puck drops at 5. FREE admission and parking. Cedar Park Center, 2100 Avenue of the Stars, Cedar Park.

Creative Crafters - Tuesday, June 17 at 5:30 p.m. Make Cool Stuff! All supplies will be provided. Recommended for ages 7 and up. FREE! APL – Ruiz Branch, 1600 Grove Blvd, Austin.

Batteries Not Included: Old Fashioned Board Game Night – Tuesday, June 17 from 6-8:00 p.m. Go retro with your gaming. Join this night of games that don’t require any electric plugs, computers or consoles. Bring your own deck of cards to participate in a Yu-Gi-Oh! tournament. Recommended for participants aged 12 to 17. FREE! APL – University Hills Branch, 4721 Loyola Ln, Austin.

Family Laughter Yoga – Tuesday, June 17 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.

Movies in Your Park: Despicable Me 2 (San Marcos) – Tuesday, June 17 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. Rated PG. FREE! San Marcos Plaza Park, 201 N CM Allen Pkwy, San Marcos.

Wednesday

Whole Foods Kids Club – Wednesday, June 18 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.

Children’s Day Art Park: Joe McDermott – Wednesday, June 18 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.

Whole Foods Storytime – Wednesday, June 18 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.

Regal Summer Movie Express: Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 & The Pirates: Band of Misfits – Wednesday, June 18 at 10 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, June 18 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: Epic (Cedar Park) and (Bee Cave) – Wednesday, June 18 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.

Tiny Tails to You Storytime – Wednesday, June 18 at 10:30 a.m. Friends from Tiny Tails to You will be reading stories and introducing some of the cutest, softest, most adorable little creatures in Austin. What a wonderful way to make new friends. FREE! BookPeople, 603 N Lamar, Austin.

Not-so-Scary Stories with Bernadette Nason – Wednesday, June 18 at 2:00 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 – Ruiz Branch, 1600 Grove Blvd, Austin.
AdvertisementThe Magic of Gusto the Great – Wednesday, June 18 at 2:00 p.m. The Magic of Gusto the Great, is fun, friendly, and amazing. Find out what magic can be found in books when you know where to look. 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.

The Tap Dance Experience with Terrence “Taps” Bennett – Wednesday, June 18 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 – Little Walnut Creek Branch, 835 W Rundberg Ln, Austin.

Family Movie: Smurfs 2 (Cedar Park) – Wednesday, June 18 at 2:30 p.m. Each Wednesday at 2:30, the Library will screen family movies. Food and drinks in closed-lid containers are allowed. Rated PG. FREE! Cedar Park Library, 550 Discovery Blvd, Cedar Park.

Lego Lab – Wednesday, June 18 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 – Cepeda Branch, 651 N Pleasant Valley Rd, Austin.

Puppetry Workshop - Wednesday, June 18 at 4:00 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 – Manchaca Road Branch, 5500 Manchaca Rd, Austin.

Music and More – Wednesday, June 18 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.

Austin Diaper Bank Open House – Wednesday, June 18 from 5-7:00 p.m. Find out what Austin Diaper Bank is all about. Enjoy light refreshments while you learn about the diaper bank and its current opportunities for involvement, including board member service and serving as a volunteer. There is a small baby/toddler play area so you can volunteer with your kiddos. FREE! Austin Diaper Bank, 5555 N Lamar Blvd, Suite K-105, Austin.

Community Night – Wednesday, June 18 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, June 18 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.

Sound and Cinema – Wednesday, June 18 at 6:00 p.m. Crooks will perform a tribute to The Three Amigos, followed by the film screening on The Alamo’s giant inflatable outdoor screen. Folding chairs and blankets are encouraged. Picnics are allowed, but no outside alcohol may be brought onto the Long Center grounds. The food trailers will be open by 6 pm, and the sunset concerts will begin at 7:30 pm each evening. The movie will immediately follow (after dark). Rated PG. FREE! The Long Center, 701 W Riverside Dr, Austin.

Family Movie Night: The Little Mermaid – Wednesday, June 18 at 6:00 p.m. A mermaid princess makes a Faustian bargain with an unscrupulous sea-witch in order to meet a human prince on land. Rated G. FREE! APL – University Hills Branch, 4721 Loyola Ln, Austin.

Texas Radio Live – Wednesday, June 18 at 6:00 p.m. Texas Radio Live brings you the very best Texas music with performances from Texas musicians. This week, hear Quiet Company and Robert Banta. FREE but donations to support the KDRP Radio Mission are appreciated. Guero’s Oak Garden, 1412 S Congress Ave, Austin.

Dinner and a Movie in the Plaza (Round Rock) – Wednesday, June 18 at 6:00 p.m. Movies in the Plaza returns this summer with Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory at 8:30 p.m. Music by Milkdrive begins at 6 p.m. and food will be available from Round Rock Cafe. FREE! Centennial Plaza, 301 W Bagdad Ave, Round Rock.

Strike Out Hunger with the Round Rock Express (Round Rock) – Wednesday, June 18 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 Sacramento River Cats. Dell Diamond, 3400 Palm Valley Blvd, Round Rock.

101X Summer Cinema: Jurassic Park – Wednesday, June 18 at 8:00 p.m. Arrive early at Central Market with your blankets, lawn chairs and appetites. Food specials in the café. Movies start at dusk (around 8:30) but you don’t want to lose your seat. Rated PG-13. FREE! Central Market, 4001 N Lamar Blvd, Austin.

Thursday

Free Admission to The Blanton – Thursday, June 19 from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. FREE! Blanton Museum of Art, 200 E Martin Luther King Junior Blvd, Austin.

Mr. Will’s Music Class 2 – Thursday, June 19 at 10:00 a.m. Mr. Will’s Monday class getting too busy for you and your little one? No problem. A second time has been added so everyone can enjoy Mr. Will’s music this summer. FREE! Whole Foods Bee Cave, 12601 Hill Country Blvd, Austin.

Buffalo Soldiers Program (Pflugerville) – Thursday, June 19 at 10:30 a.m. A living history of the Texas Buffalo Soldiers presented by Texas Parks and Wildlife through hands-on learning experiences. All Ages. FREE! Pflugerville Public Library, 1008 W Pflugerville St, Pflugerville.

Storytime Tours at the Blanton – Thursday, June 19 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, June 19 at Noon. Take a 30-minute lunchtime break to hear the Austin Girls’ Choir. FREE! Central Presbyterian Church, 200 E 8th St, Austin.

Miss & Little Miss Juneteenth Scholarship Pageant – Thursday, June 19 from 1-5:00 p.m. A pageant you don’t want to miss–one that recognizes individuality, achievement, while encouraging community involvement. FREE! Doris Miller Auditorium, 2300 Rosewood Ave, Austin.

The Magic of Gusto the Great – Thursday, June 19 at 2:00 p.m. The Magic of Gusto the Great, is fun, friendly, and amazing. Find out what magic can be found in books when you know where to look. 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.

Literature LIVE! Presents: Strega Nona – Thursday, June 19 at 2:00 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 Tomi dePaola. Seating is limited at all programs. Please arrive a few minutes early to gain entrance. For ages 5 and up. FREE! APL – Pleasant Hill Branch, 211 E William Cannon Dr, Austin.

Doodle Mania! – Thursday, June 19 at 2:00 p.m. Drawing, stamping and making art in the style of Ed Emberley. For ages 5 and up. FREE! APL – Carver Branch, 1161 Angelina St, Austin.

Lego Party – Thursday, June 19 from 2-4:00 p.m. Block Party Rentals will deliver Lego building bricks so you can build, build, and build. Recommended for ages 5 and up. FREE! Lake Travis Community Library, 1938 Lohmans Crossing, Austin.

School-Age Special Performer: Lucas Miller (Cedar Park) – Thursday, June 19 at 1:30 p.m. and 2:45 p.m. As part of the Summer Reading Club, the Library will host special performers for kids in grades K-5. Join us as we welcome Lucas Miller, the Singing Zoologist for his silly songs all about the animal kingdom. FREE! Cedar Park Library, 550 Discovery Blvd, Cedar Park.

Do or DiY – Thursday, June 19 at 3:30 p.m. Bring your instruments and jam with some local musicians. This is open to all skill levels, and you can come even if you don’t have an instrument. Bring a lick you’ve been working on or simply come to listen – there’s no rules in rock and roll. Ages 10 & up. FREE! Laura’s Library, 9411 Bee Cave Rd, Austin.

Nature Nights – Thursday, June 19 from 5-8:00 p.m. If you are a fossil hunter, this Nature Night is for you. Explore the Paleontological Society of Austin’s hands-on fossil table. Try your jumping skills at the Dino Footprint Jump. Join the Austin Public Library for storytime in the Little House at 5:30 p.m. and 6:15 p.m. Dig for dinos with the Capital Area Master Naturalists. Just what is a petroglyph? Come on by and find out while exploring the Hill Country Grotto caves. 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, June 19 from 5-8:00 p.m. Enjoy live music on the dog-friendly patio. FREE! Whole Foods Domain, 11920 Domain Dr, Austin.

Live Music at Central Market North – Thursday, June 19 from 6:30-9:00 p.m. Swing/Hot Jazz with The Lucky Strikes. FREE! Central Market, 4001 N Lamar Blvd, Austin.

Live Music at Central Market Westgate – Thursday, June 19 from 6:30-9:00 p.m. Jazz-grass with Milk Drive. FREE! Central Market Westgate, 4477 S Lamar Blvd, Austin.

Romeo and Juliet (Round Rock) – Thursday, June 19 at 8:00 p.m. Penfold in the Park’s Romeo & Juliet takes place in the amphitheater of the Centennial Plaza. Audiences are welcome to arrive early with their own food and drink, or to purchase it from the concessions tent. For middle school ages and up. FREE but donations are appreciated. Round Rock Amphitheater, 301 W Bagdad Ave, Round Rock.

Unplugged at the Grove – Thursday, June 19 at 8:00 p.m. This year marks the 21st Anniversary of KGSR’s Unplugged at the Grove. This week it’s James McMurtry. FREE! Shady Grove, 1624 Barton Springs Rd, Austin.

Movies at the Park: Despicable Me 2 (Elgin) – Thursday, June 19 at 8:00 p.m. Bring the family and blankets or lawn chairs. Concessions available for purchase. Movie begins at dusk. FREE! Elgin Memorial Park, 1127 North Main St, Elgin.

Movies in the Park: Frozen (Georgetown) – Thursday, June 19 at 8:30 p.m. The movie will be held in the gazebo area and will begin at sunset, approximately 8:45 pm. FREE! San Gabriel Park, 445 E Morrow St, Georgetown.

Friday

Alamo Kids Camp: Space Jam – Friday, June 20. 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. Only children age 3 and up are permitted to attend. Families with loud children will be asked to leave. Alamo Drafthouse Village, 2700 West Anderson Ln, Austin.

Alamo Kids Camp: Mary Poppins- Friday, June 20. Verify showtime before heading out. All Alamo Kids Camp screenings are  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 Slaughter, 5701 W Slaughter Ln, Austin.

Interactive Story Time (Round Rock) – Friday, June 20 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, June 20 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.

Friday Performance @ Laura’s – Friday, June 20 at 10:30 a.m. Come enjoy a new performer this summer on Fridays at Laura’s. This week’s performance will be by The Que Pastas. Some say The Que Pastas are people from another planet. That planet, which may or may not have had oceans of hot cheese sauce and beaches of macaroni noodles, Parmesan rain and mountains made of meatballs, might have sent The Que Pasta family to earth to entertain kids of all ages with quirky, original music.. FREE! Laura’s Library, 9411 Bee Cave Rd, Austin.

Music for Littles with Gina Chavez – Friday, June 20 at 11:00 a.m. Have younger kids? This music program is geared to the young or young at heart. Bring your toddlers and preschoolers and dance the morning away with Indie Latin-folk Songstress Gina Chavez. Seating is limited at all programs. Please arrive a few minutes early to gain entrance. All ages welcome. FREE! APL – Windsor Park Branch, 5833 Westminster Dr, Austin.

Teddy Bear Picnic – Friday, June 20 at 11:00 a.m. 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.

The Tap Dance Experience with Terrence “Taps” Bennett – Friday, June 20 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 – Terrazas Branch, 1105 E. Cesar Chavez St, Austin.

Yoga Story Time – Friday, June 20 at 3:00 p.m. All ages are welcome to stretch, read, and breathe. FREE! The Little Yoga House, 1211 Parkway, Austin.

Friday Family Films: The Aristocats – Friday, June 20 at 4:00 p.m. This tale begins in Paris, where a kind millionairess wills her entire estate to her family of cats. The butler, Edgar, catnaps the mother cat and her kittens. Abandoned, they are rescued by Thomas O’Malley, a rough and tumble alley cat. On the way home they stop at Tom’s place where Scat Cat and his band of jazz cats perform “Ev’rybody wants to be a cat.” Rated G. FREE! Laura’s Library, 9411 Bee Cave Rd, Austin.

Family Concert with The Sassy Spurs – Friday, June 20 at 4:00 p.m. Blending classic old country with pop country and R&B favorites, The Sassy Spurs’ voices resonate a warm, soulful tone. FREE! Lake Travis Community Library, 1938 Lohmans Crossing, Austin.

Movies at the Pool: Finding Nemo – Friday, June 20 at 5:00 p.m. Bring your whole family to lie out on blankets under the night sky. Food trucks available from 5-8:00 p.m. Finding Nemo begins at dusk. Rated G. FREE and open to everyone. El Salido Pool, 11500 El Salido Parkway Austin.

Music on the Square Summer Concerts (Georgetown) – Friday, June 20 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 Xander Ortiz playing Classic Rock. FREE! Courthouse Square, Georgetown.

Live Music at Central Market North – Friday, June 20 from 6:30-9:00 p.m. Rockin’ Bluegrass with Sour Bridges. FREE! Central Market, 4001 N Lamar Blvd, Austin.

Live Music at Central Market Westgate – Friday, June 20 from 6:30-9:00 p.m. Jazz from Blackbird 3. FREE! Central Market Westgate, 4477 S Lamar Blvd, Austin.

People Power! Parade – Friday, June 20 at 7:00 p.m. Celebrate the power of working together with a parade featuring giant puppets, banners and visual art. Join Creative Action at Mueller Lake for a summer spectacular empowering Austin to take better care of each other, ourselves, and our world. Students from nearby Creative Action Summer Camps will demonstrate all they have learned at camp. The parade will begin at the amphitheater and families are invited to join the parade or just watch.FREE! Mueller Lake Park, 4550 Mueller Blvd, Austin.

Juneteenth Rhythm and Ribs Festival (Round Rock) – Friday, June 20 from 7:30-11:30 p.m. The festivities begin with a headlining music performance by DJ Cut Creator. There will also be a health fair, carnival rides, clowns, games, food, retail vendors, and more. Admission and parking are FREE! Old Settlers Park, 3300 E Palm Valley Blvd, Round Rock.

Romeo and Juliet (Round Rock) – Friday, June 20 at 8:00 p.m. Penfold in the Park’s Romeo & Juliet takes place in the amphitheater of the Centennial Plaza. Audiences are welcome to arrive early with their own food and drink, or to purchase it from the concessions tent. For middle school ages and up. FREE but donations are appreciated. Round Rock Amphitheater, 301 W Bagdad Ave, Round Rock.

Looking for more Summer Fun? Check out the Summer Fun Checklist for 30 Austin-area activities that will keep your kids active and engaged this summer! Plus, they can earn prizes just by completing 5 activities per month from local businesses.


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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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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