What’s Up Weekly: June 23- 27, 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!


Happening All Week

Alamo Kids Camp: Mary Poppins – Monday, June 23 – Thursday, June 26. 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: Space Jam – Monday, June 23 – Thursday, June 26. 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.

Cinemark Summer Movie Clubhouse: The Croods (Round Rock) – Monday, June 23 – Thursday, June 26 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: Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs – Monday, June 23 – Thursday, June 26 at 10:00 a.m. Cost: $1 per person. Southwest Theaters, 13729 Research Blvd, Ste 1500, Austin.

Free Magic Shows – Monday, June 23 – Thursday, June 26 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, June 25 – Friday, June 27 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 23 from 9:00 a.m. to Noon. With three points and three lines, triangles can make for all sorts of fun and fascinating activities for friends age 0-3 and their families. The Que Pastas will join the fun. 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 23 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 23 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 23 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, June 23 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.

Literature LIVE! Presents: Strega Nona – Monday, June 23 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 – Spicewood Springs Branch, 8637 Spicewood Springs Rd, Austin.

Air Power – Monday, June 23 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 – Windsor Park Branch, 5833 Westminster Dr, Austin.

Tech Camp: Creating Your Own Storybook – Monday, June 23 at 2:30 p.m. Reading books can be fun, but books can get even better when you can come up with your own story. In this fun, interactive class kids will have the opportunity to pick their own characters, add scenery to their pages, and write how the story will go. Using a click and drag method with typing kids will learn how to create their own storybook that they will be able to print out after they are done to take home. 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.

Family Matinee: The Lego Movie – Monday, June 23 at 3:00 p.m. An ordinary Lego construction worker, thought to be the prophesied ‘Special’, is recruited to join a quest to stop an evil tyrant from gluing the Lego universe into eternal stasis. Stay after the movie to join in a special Lego Lab. We have all the Legos; just bring your creativity. Recommended for ages 5 and up. Rated PG. FREE! APL – Manchaca Road Branch, 5500 Manchaca Rd, Austin.

Music for Kids with Neal Kassanoff – Monday, June 23 at 4:00 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 – Howson Branch, 2500 Exposition Blvd, Austin.

Family Craft Night (Pflugerville) – Monday, June 23 at 6:00 p.m. Fun for the whole family. Parents and children will work together on flower suncatcher wind chimes. Materials available while supplies last. FREE! Pflugerville Public Library, 1008 W Pflugerville St, Pflugerville.

Monthly Movie Mania: Happy Feet – Monday, June 23 at 6:30 p.m. Emperor Penguins from Antarctica each express their true love with a special heartsong of their own that expresses their very being. However, the misfit Mumble cannot sing. Instead he has an extraordinary talent to tap dance with almost magical energy and expression. Rated PG. FREE! APL – Milwood Branch, 12500 Amherst Dr, Austin.

Movie Mondays at Amy’s: Bolt - Monday, June 23 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. FREE! Amy’s Ice Creams, 5624 Burnet Rd, Austin.

Tuesday

Storytime and Crafts – Tuesday, June 24 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

Cinemark Summer Movie Clubhouse: The Croods – Tuesday, June 24 at 9:30 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 Tinseltown 17, 5501 S IH-35 Frontage Rd, Austin.

Free Admission to Laguna Gloria – Tuesday, June 24 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. FREE! Laguna Gloria, 3809 West 35th St, Austin.

Regal Summer Movie Express: Arthur Christmas & Despicable Me 2 – Tuesday, June 24 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: The Croods – Tuesday, June 24 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: Hotel Transylvania (Bastrop) - Tuesday, June 24 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: Hotel Transylvania (Georgetown) – Tuesday, June 24 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.

Summer Storytime – Tuesday, June 24 at 10:30 a.m. Join us this morning for a special summertime storytime! Silly stories and crafts all to celebrate sunshine, swimming, and no school. FREE! BookPeople, 603 N Lamar, Austin.

TEXplorations Family Storytime – Tuesday, June 24 at 11:00 a.m. Where will your imagination take you? At Family Story Time, 2-6 year olds will enjoy a FREE experience just for them with hands-on activities, stories, songs, games, and more! This week, we’ll explore journeys through Texas and beyond. Bullock Texas State History Museum, 1800 N Congress Ave, Austin.

Music with Mr. Will – Tuesday, June 24 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, Ste D-480, Austin.

Come & Go Crafts – Tuesday, June 24 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.

Literature LIVE! Presents: Strega Nona – Tuesday, June 24 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 – Southeast Branch, 5803 Nuckols Crossing Rd, Austin.

The Magic of Gusto the Great – Tuesday, June 24 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 – Cepeda Branch, 651 N Pleasant Valley Rd, Austin.

Music for Kids with Mr. Habitat – Tuesday, June 24 at 4:00 p.m. The Music Division of the City of Austin offers a spectacular music series for families featuring a variety of Austin singer-songwriters. Mr. Habitat, “the environmental troubadour,” will educate and entertain with his lively songs. 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.

Robots Unplugged – Tuesday, June 24 at 4:00 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 – Twin Oaks Branch, 1800 S Fifth St, Austin.

Discovery! Dog Tricks – Tuesday, June 24 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, Chicken Dog Man will teach you how to train your dog. FREE! Laura’s Library, 9411 Bee Cave Rd, Austin.

Trailer Food Tuesdays - Tuesday, June 24 from 5-9:00 p.m. Austin’s premier mobile food event is back for another season. Sample the delicious food trucks of Austin in one easy location. Try popular local favorites and enjoy something new. Plus, enjoy music by Doug Strahan and the Good Neighbors from 6-9:00 p.m. FREE! The Long Center, 701 West Riverside Dr, Austin.

Teen Night: ’80s Cosplay Night (Pflugerville) – Tuesday, June 24 at 6:00 p.m. Come dressed as a ’80s character or give your favorite character an ’80s makeover. Pictionary, costume contest, and door prizes. Ages 12-18. FREE! Pflugerville Public Library, 1008 W Pflugerville St, Pflugerville.

Pajama Storytime – Tuesday, June 24 at 6:30 p.m. Kids of all ages, get comfy in your favorite pajamas, grab your sleepy toy, and come for the best bedtime stories ever. Milk and snacks provided. FREE! Laura’s Library, 9411 Bee Cave Rd, Austin.

Movies in Your Park: Frozen (San Marcos) – Tuesday, June 24 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, June 25 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: Sara Hickman – Wednesday, June 25 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. Don’t forget to bring your teddies this week for the Annual Teddy Bear Picnic. 50¢ per child. Adults are free. Symphony Square, 1101 Red River St, Austin.

Music and Puppets with Kim Lehman (Round Rock) - Wednesday, June 25 at 9:30 a.m. (18 months – 3 years) and 10:30 a.m. (3 years and up) Performer Kim Lehman’s dynamic and interactive show combines props, stories, music, puppets, and fingerplays. FREE! Round Rock Public Library, 216 E Main St, Round Rock.

Whole Foods Storytime – Wednesday, June 25 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.

Cinemark Summer Movie Clubhouse: The Croods – Wednesday, June 25 at 9:30 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 Tinseltown 17, 5501 S IH-35 Frontage Rd, Austin.

Regal Summer Movie Express: Arthur Christmas & Despicable Me 2 – Wednesday, June 25 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 25 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: The Croods – Wednesday, June 25 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.

Gymboree Storytime
– Wednesday, June 25 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.

Literature LIVE! Presents: Strega Nona – Wednesday, June 25 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 – Hampton Branch, 5125 Convict Hill Rd, Austin.

The Tap Dance Experience with Terrence “Taps” Bennett – Wednesday, June 25 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 – Ruiz Branch, 1600 Grove Blvd, Austin.
AdvertisementDoodle Mania – Wednesday, June 25 at 2:00 p.m. Drawing, stamping and making art in the style of Ed Emberley. For ages 5 and up. FREE! APL – Little Walnut Creek Branch, 835 W Rundberg Ln, Austin.

How a Picture Book is Created – Wednesday, June 25 at 2:00 p.m. Author Yangsook Choi will take the audience through the creative process of The Name Jar book making: the power of imagination, getting an idea, writing, storyboarding, and illustrating. Kids will then design a name stamp at the completion of the program. Recommended for grades K-5th. FREE! Laura’s Library, 9411 Bee Cave Rd, Austin.

Family Movie: The Pirate Fairy (Cedar Park) – Wednesday, June 25 at 2:30 p.m. This animated swashbuckler follows fiercely intelligent dust-keeping fairy named Zarina (voiced by Christina Hendricks) whose antics lead her out of Pixie Hollow and into the hands of the Pirates of Skull Rock. The duplicitous pirates make Zarina their captain, leaving Tinker Bell and her pals to find the wayward fairy and remove her from harm’s way. Food and drinks in closed-lid containers are allowed. FREE! Cedar Park Library, 550 Discovery Blvd, Cedar Park.

West Lynn Wednesdays - Wednesday, June 25 from 3-8:00 p.m. A fun evening for the entire family with sales, specials, giveaways, and more at locally owned businesses in the West Lynn IBIZ District, right in the heart of Historic Clarksville. FREE! West Lynn IBIZ District, West Lynn St between W 10th St & W 13th St, Austin.

Superhero Training Camp – Wednesday, June 25 at 4:00 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 – North Village Branch, 2505 Steck Ave, Austin.

The Magic of Gusto the Great – Wednesday, June 25 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 – Manchaca Road Branch, 5500 Manchaca Rd, Austin.

Music and More – Wednesday, June 25 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, June 25 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 25 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, June 25 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 Uncle Lucius and Lew Card. FREE but donations to support the KDRP Radio Mission are appreciated. Guero’s Oak Garden, 1412 S Congress Ave, Austin.

Movie Night: Singin’ in the Rain – Wednesday, June 25 at 6:30 p.m. Is summer making you nostalgic? We’re watching the lovely black and white classic Singin’ in the Rain. FREE! TOMS, 1401 South Congress Ave, Austin.

Blues on the Green – Wednesday, June 25 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 Shinyribs with Tameca Jones. FREE! Zilker Park, 2100 Barton Springs Rd, Austin.

Thursday

Free Admission to The Blanton – Thursday, June 26 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 26 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.

All Things Wild Rehabilitation Education Program – Thursday, June 26 at 10:30 a.m. All Things Wild Rehabilitation Education Program promotes wildlife conservation by teaching children and adults about the beauty and value of Texas wildlife. The program will include a visit from native Texas animals. All ages are welcome. FREE! Lake Travis Community Library, 1938 Lohmans Crossing, Austin.

Storytime Tours at the Blanton – Thursday, June 26 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 26 at Noon. Take a 30-minute lunchtime break to hear American roots music from Gar Knippa & The Friends. FREE! Central Presbyterian Church, 200 E 8th St, Austin.

School-Age Special Performer: The Tap Dance Man (Cedar Park) – Thursday, June 26 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 the fun with Terrance “Taps” the Tap Dance Man and his show, “The Amazing Tap Experience.” FREE! Cedar Park Library, 550 Discovery Blvd, Cedar Park.

Air Power – Thursday, June 26 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 – Pleasant Hill Branch, 211 E William Cannon Dr, Austin.

Puppetry Workshop – Thursday, June 26 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 – University Hills Branch, 4721 Loyola Ln, Austin.

Robots Unplugged – Thursday, June 26 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 – Carver Branch, 1161 Angelina St, Austin.

Crafternoon – Thursday, June 26 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.

PEC Watt’s Up Game Show (Round Rock) – Thursday, June 26 at 2:00 p.m. How much do you know about electrical safety, energy conservation, renewable energy, and recycling? More than your parents? Your friends? The Round Rock Public Library invites you to put your ecological awareness to the test–compete in a fun event inspired by televised game shows at 2 p.m. Thursday, June 26. Recommended for kids in grades K-5. FREE! Round Rock Public Library, 216 E Main St, Round Rock.

Do or DiY – Thursday, June 26 at 3:30 p.m. Join in making Perler Bead Creations. Melt your designs into a coaster or art for your bedroom wall. The library will provide templates, but bring your imagination. Ages 10 & up. FREE! Laura’s Library, 9411 Bee Cave Rd, Austin.

Nature Nights – Thursday, June 26 from 5-8:00 p.m. Discover just how wondrous water is at this Nature Night. “Singing Zoologist” Lucas Miller brings his blend of water and science-oriented songs and stories. Explore the waterfall at the Hill Country Grotto and splash your feet in Dinosaur Creek in the Luci and Ian Family Garden. See how rainfall works with the Hays County Master Naturalists. Do you know just how important the Colorado River is to us in Austin? Find out from our friends with the Colorado River Alliance. The Thinkery captivates with the science of capillary action. 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 26 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 26 from 6:30-9:00 p.m. Hot Jazz with Cats and the Canary. FREE! Central Market, 4001 N Lamar Blvd, Austin.

Live Music at Central Market Westgate – Thursday, June 26 from 6:30-9:00 p.m. Experience the incredible teenage blues talents of the Peterson Brothers Band. FREE! Central Market Westgate, 4477 S Lamar Blvd, Austin.

Romeo and Juliet (Round Rock) – Thursday, June 26 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 26 at 8:00 p.m. This year marks the 21st Anniversary of KGSR’s Unplugged at the Grove. This week, it’s Reckless Kelly Acoustic Trio. FREE! Shady Grove, 1624 Barton Springs Rd, Austin.

Movies in the Park: Monty Python and the Holy Grail – Thursday, June 26 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: Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole – Friday, June 27. 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.

Alamo Kids Camp: Space Jam – Friday, June 27. 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 Slaughter, 5701 W Slaughter Ln, Austin.

Biscuit Brothers Concert (Round Rock) – Friday, June 27 at 10:00 a.m. Local musicians and stars of the Emmy Award-winning PBS children’s program The Biscuit Brothers play a FREE concert as part of the Round Rock Public Library’s Summer Reading Program. All ages are welcome. Prete Main Street Plaza, 221 E Main St, Round Rock.

Fun Fridays – Friday, June 27 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.

Capital of Texas Zoo – Friday, June 27 at 10:30 a.m. During this special visit from the Capital of Texas Zoo you can see and learn all about some wild animals. FREE! Laura’s Library, 9411 Bee Cave Rd, Austin.

Music for Littles with Gina Chavez – Friday, June 27 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 – Terrazas Branch, 1105 E Cesar Chavez St, Austin.

Super Smash Bros Brawl Tournament – Friday, June 27 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. All ages welcome. FREE! APL – Twin Oaks Branch, 1800 S Fifth St, Austin.

Bend it Like Crazy – Friday, June 27 at 2:00 p.m. Create incredible sculptures, jewelry and mobiles using wire, foil, and chenille stems. 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.

Glow in the Dark Dance Party - Friday, June 27 at 2:00 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 – Willie Mae Kirk Branch, 3101 Oak Springs Dr, Austin.

Flying Theater Machine – Friday, June 27 at 2:00 p.m. The audience will help with suggestions and sound effects, and a few lucky kids will even get to join the show. FREE! Lake Travis Community Library, 1938 Lohmans Crossing, Austin.

Northwest Rec Center’s Annual Summer Carnival – Friday, June 27 from 2-4:00 p.m. Games will be messy; please wear clothes that you do not mind getting dirty. All ages welcome. First 10 tickets are FREE! 25¢ for each additional ticket. Northwest Rec Center, 2913 Northland Dr, Austin.

Yoga Story Time – Friday, June 27 at 3:00 p.m. All ages are welcome to stretch, read, and breathe. FREE! The Little Yoga House, 1211 Parkway, Austin.

East End 4th Friday – Friday, June 27 from 5-9:00 p.m. The East End IBIZ District combines a mix of rich cultural history with newer locally owned businesses, leading it to become one of Austin’s most attractive destinations. Come out and support your local businesses. The entire family can wander the streets while stopping to enjoy a variety of happy hours, music, shopping, and more. Many businesses will be offering special promotions, sales, deals, discounts, and even FREE goodies for attendees. East End IBIZ District, E 11th St & Rosewood Ave, Austin.

Music in the Park (Pflugerville) – Friday, June 27 at 6:30 p.m. Relax and sway to the sounds of calypso and Caribbean tunes from Inside Out Steelband. 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, June 27 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 country tunes by Cowboy Nemo. FREE! Courthouse Square, Georgetown.

Live Music at Central Market North – Friday, June 27 from 6:30-9:00 p.m. Texas folk by Emilie Clepper. FREE! Central Market, 4001 N Lamar Blvd, Austin.

Live Music at Central Market Westgate – Friday, June 27 from 6:30-9:00 p.m. World music by Mundi. FREE! Central Market Westgate, 4477 S Lamar Blvd, Austin.

Romeo and Juliet (Round Rock) - Friday, June 27 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.

Music for Wilderness Lake – Friday, June 27 at 8:15 p.m. Twelve trombonists positioned around the lagoon play meditative music across the water to one another at dusk while the music is cued via flags from a raft in the lagoon. Music for Wilderness Lake, a piece of environmental music written by Canadian composer and sound theorist R. Murray Schafer, explores the natural soundscape present at these transformative times of day. The trombonists will also perform a companion work alongside the outdoor sculptural commission by Orly Genger. Teo Gelato will be on-site with sweet treats available for purchase. FREE! Laguna Gloria, 3809 West 35th St, 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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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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