What’s Up Weekly: March 30 – April 3, 2015

Don’t wait until the weekend for fun! The What’s Up Weekly Planner post will help you find all the entertainment you need with your kids Monday through Friday!

What's Up Weekly

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Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland – Monday, March 30 – Friday, April 3 from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (Exhibit is open until 7:00 p.m. on Thursday.) The Ransom Center celebrates 150 years of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland with an exhibition for the curious and curiouser of all ages. Learn about Lewis Carroll and the real Alice who inspired his story. See one of the few surviving copies of the first edition of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. Discover the rich array of personal and literary references that Carroll incorporated throughout Alice. Explore the surprising transformations of Alice and her story as they have traveled through time and across continents. Follow the White Rabbit’s path through the exhibition, have a tea party, or watch a 1933 paper filmstrip that has been carefully treated by Ransom Center conservators. The Center’s vast collections offer a new look at a story that has delighted generations and inspired artists from Salvador Dalí to Walt Disney. Read about Katey’s experience here. FREE! Harry Ransom Center, 300 W 21st Street.

Free Ice Skating for ages 5 and under – Monday, March 30 – Friday, April 3 from noon to 5:00 p.m. Kids 5 and under skate FREE on our Monday-Friday afternoon public sessions with paid admission. (Admission is $6.00 and skate rental is $4.00 for children and adults.) Chaparral Ice, Northcross Mall, 2525 W Anderson Lane.

Monday, March 30, 2015

Baby Bloomers - 9am to Noon. Baby Bloomers is an opportunity for children age 0-3 and their families to experience the Thinkery together in an environment focused on early learners. Guided activities like Storytime, Sing-alongs, and Little Explorers Lab time are designed to engage our youngest visitors in fun learning and investigation. Members $2.50 each / Non-Members $4.50 each. The Thinkery, 1830 Simond Ave, Austin.

Mr. Will’s Music Class for Kids (Bee Cave) –  10:00 a.m. Mr. Will is back in action with his weekly kid’s music class. Arrive early to get a seat. FREE! Whole Foods Bee Cave, 12601 Hill Country Blvd, Bee Cave.

Signing Storytime with The Signing Connection (Round Rock)- 10:00am – 10:30am. 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. FREE! Kaleidoscope Toys, 110 North IH35,  Ste 375, Round Rock.

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

Rockin’ Kids Book and Craft (Round Rock)- 4:30 p.m. It’s Book & Craft Week at the Round Rock Public Library‘s Rockin’ Kids Club for elementary students. Enjoy a book and extend the fun with a related craft. FREE! Round Rock Public Library, 216 E. Main Street.

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Breakfast with the Easter Bunny – 9:30-11:00 a.m. Hop on over to Whole Foods Market Domain for breakfast with the Easter Bunny! Kids are invited to enjoy light snacks and coloring and have their picture taken with the infamous rabbit. FREE! Whole Foods Domain, 11920 Domain Dr, Austin.

Chicken Big, A Puppet Show – 10:15 a.m.  Bawk! It’s an elephant! It’s an umbrella! No, it’s a … chicken?! Join Literature LIVE! to see how the chickens in this coop make room for a giant new friend in a less-than-traditional puppet show production of Austin author Keith Graves’ wonderful book Chicken Big. Recommended for ages 4 and up. FREE! APL – Cepeda Branch, 651 N. Pleasant Valley Road.

Explore Music (Round Rock)- 10:15 a.m. Designed to provide children with unique musical experiences, the 30-minute EXPLORE MUSIC class will incorporate group play and interaction, pre-K skills (sharing, following simple directions, attending-to-task, etc.) and dancing/movement to work on gross/fine motor skills.  While music is highly motivating, it can also have a calming and relaxing effect. Bring your little ones in Tuesday morning for activities that are designed to be success-oriented and make the children feel better about themselves!!  The cost will be $5/child payable directly to the instructor, Rebecca Faulkner. Baby Earth, 106 E Old Settlers Blvd., Ste D-100, Round Rock.

Squirrels Gone Wild Storytime- 10:30 a.m. Austin has its fair share of creatures and we think the cutest of them all is the SQUIRREL! Squirrels climb, jump, raid our bird feeders, and steal our hearts all the while. So storytime today is all about them. We’ll read the hilarious book Squirrels on Skis along with other silly & squirrelly tales just for you. FREE! BookPeople, 603 N. Lamar Blvd.

Music with Mr. Will –  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.

Baby Day at The Alamo Drafthouse-  Movies before 2 p.m. The lights are up a bit, the sound is down a bit so moms and dads can head to the movies without the babies even knowing that they were at the movies. Infants are welcome to these shows, and of course, are allowed in for free. Take some time for yourself, pack up the kids, and head out to the Alamo Drafthouse for some much needed entertainment! Regular admission applies. Please note: Baby day is only on Tuesdays at the Alamo Village, Alamo South Lamar, Alamo Lakeline and Alamo Slaughter.

Crafternoon- 4 p.m. Drop by the library and make a craft while you search for books, movies and music. We’ve got paper crafts, easy sewing and more fun projects for the whole family. We provide the supplies; you provide the creativity. FREE! Faulk Central Library, 800 Guadalupe Street.

Pajama Storytime- 6:30 p.m. Feel free to wear pajamas to this family storytime in the evening featuring stories, songs, rhymes, games, crafts, and other activities. Recommended for children of all ages.  FREE!  Willie Mae Kirk Branch APL, 3101 Oak Springs Drive.

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Whole Foods Kids Club –  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.

Music with Mar (Round Rock)- 9:15 a.m. Music with Mar is a class where a caregiver and child (ages birth through preschool) participate together in musical activities. These classes are focused on the four main areas of development – cognitive, social, motor and language. Classes are drop-in, so no advance sign-up needed. The class costs $10/family, payable directly to Angie, the class leader. A 5-class punch card is $35/family. As always, our family pricing allows for moms or caregivers to bring all little ones (in one family) for one price. Baby Earth, 106 E Old Settlers Blvd., Ste D-100, Round Rock.

Sprouts Preschool Program – 9:30 a.m.-11:00 a.m. Bring your little ones to the Family Garden for our weekly Sprouts Preschool program that is geared towards ages 2-6. A Nature Play Guide will lead you through the Family Garden to explore all that it has to offer. Each program will include story time, hands on activity, nature walk and of course, nature play! New program theme each week. Regular admission rates apply. Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave, Austin.

Story Time with CJ the Explorer – 12:30 p.m. Enjoy the play zone before and after the reading. FREE! All Things Kids @ The Domain, 3220 Feathergrass Ct, Austin.

Constructions Zone- 3:30 p.m. Hear a story and build stuff! Recommended for ages 5-10.  FREE! Faulk Central Library, 800 Guadalupe Street.

Community Night at The Thinkery- 4-8 p.m.  Enjoy special performances and activities presented by the City of Austin during Community Night on Wednesday, March 25 and April 1. Special programming begins at 4:30. Admission is by donation only. Entry is based on a first come, first served basis. The Thinkery, 1830 Simond Avenue.

Crafts and Face Painting with GlitteeRee- 4-6 p.m. Crafts and Face Painting by GlitteRee are included in regular admission. Safari Champ, 1400 East Old Settlers Blvd.,  # 200, Round Rock.

Music on Main Street: Alicia Adkins (Folk) (Round Rock)- 6-8 p.m. The City of Round Rock brings you Music on Main Street, a FREE music series, from  March through May. Bring a lawn chair or blanket and the entire family. Visit the variety of dining options on Main Street or pack a picnic basket to enjoy the evening of fun and music! Food vendors will be on site. Prete Main Street Plaza stage, 221 E. Main Street, Round Rock.

Krispy Kreme Family Night – 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 Young Composers Concert- 7:30 p.m. The Austin Symphony Orchestra and the Long Center for the Performing Arts will produce the 5th Annual Sarah & Ernest Butler Texas Young Composers Concert. This concert will take place on Wednesday, April 1 and will present the world premiere of new orchestral works composed by Texas students age 18 and under and performed by your Austin Symphony Orchestra! Tickets start at $8. Long Center for Performing Arts, 701 W. Riverside Drive.

Thursday, April 2, 2015

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Free Admission at The Blanton – 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Thursdays are free to the public. FREE! Blanton Museum of Art, 200 E Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Austin.

Chicken Big, A Puppet Show –10:15 a.m.  Bawk! It’s an elephant! It’s an umbrella! No, it’s a … chicken?! Join Literature LIVE! to see how the chickens in this coop make room for a giant new friend in a less-than-traditional puppet show production of Austin author Keith Graves’ wonderful book Chicken Big. Recommended for ages 4 and up. FREE! APL – Windsor Park 5833 Westminster Drive.

Hola Hola Storytime- 10:30 a.m. Hola, Hola is an early literacy Spanish Program for adult and child to foster a love of the Spanish language and Hispanic Culture. It is designed to empower the parent to read simple, Spanish books to the child at home. Come and sing songs, watch video, learn rhymes, play traditional games and hear stories–all in Español! Each family will receive a Spanish songbook to practice at home. You do not need to have any Spanish language skills to participate.  All skill levels are welcome! FREE! Laura’s Library, 9411 Bee Caves Road.

Easter Egg Hunt at Pan American Rec Center- 3:45p.m. Games, Prizes, Face Painting, Pictures with the Easter Bunny, Egg Hunt. FREE and open to the public. Ages 12 and under. Oswaldo A.B. Cantu/Pan American Recreation Center, 2100 E. 3rd Street.

Community Easter Egg Hunt- 4p.m. Children of all ages are invited to hunt for the thousands of eggs hidden around the Huston-Tillotson University campus during the Eighth Annual Community Easter Egg Hunt.  The Easter egg hunt features a $500 scholarship prize egg, prize eggs for school supplies and gift certificates, and eggs with candy and coins.  Children will gather in the Mary E. Branch Gymnasium for a brief meaning of Easter story time before joining their age groups and beginning the hunt. The event is FREE and open to the public. 900 Chicon Street.

First Thursday on South Congress- All ages are welcome to South Congress in what’s known as a big block party with vendors, entertainment, food and drinks and fun for the whole family. Some stores stay open until 10 p.m. Take advantage of many drink and food specials on First Thursday. FREE! South Congress Avenue.

Teen/ Tween Flashlight Egg Hunt- 5-9 p.m. For ages 12-16 years old. FREE! Givens Recreation Center, 3811 East 12th Street.

Girlstart’s Starry Nights- 5:30 – 7 p.m. Girlstart’s STEM Studio and Mini-Planetarium is a unique space for families to explore astronomy! Starry Nights are held the 1st Thursday of every month (except January, June, July and August), with each month featuring a new astronomy experience. April Starry Night will feature a Lunar presentation.Every culture has passed down stories explaining the images we see in the sky, the variations and interpretations of these stories are as varied as the people who tell them. FREE! Girlstart STEM Center, 1400 W. Anderson Lane.

Live Music at Central Market North – 6:30-9:00 p.m. Brazilian music by Trem do Samba. FREE! Central Market, 4001 N Lamar Blvd, Austin.

Flashlight Easter Egg Hunt and Movies in the Park featuring Guardians of the Galaxy- First egg hunt begins at 7:15 p.m. and the movie beings at 9 p.m. The sun has set and the moon shines bright; Join us for an egg hunt in the night. A treat filled hunt ring waits for you; Eggs, Candy, Prizes and lots of fun too! Bring your flashlight and a basket to fill;  It’s so exciting you can’t sit still! A few special prize eggs colored bright gold; Redeem it for a prize basket that you now hold! We encourage fair play and friendliness too; So please hunt nicely, it’s the right thing to do! You won’t want to miss so join in on the fun; Stay for a movie when the hunt is done! For hunt times and age groups, click here for schedule of hunt times and age groups. Registration: There will be no event day registration. Tickets are pre-sale only and sell out quickly.  No onsite or event day registration. Admission: $5 until April 1 unless sold out. You may purchase tickets online at www.RoundRockRecreation.com, in person at the Clay Madsen Recreation Center or the Parks and Recreation office or by calling 512-218-5540.

Friday, April 3, 2015

Sprouts Preschool Program – 9:30 a.m.-11:00 a.m. Bring your little ones to the Family Garden for our weekly Sprouts Preschool program that is geared towards ages 2-6. A Nature Play Guide will lead you through the Family Garden to explore all that it has to offer. Each program will include story time, hands on activity, nature walk and of course, nature play! New program theme each week. Regular admission rates apply. Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave, Austin.

Hop To It Easter Egg Hunt- 11 a.m. FREE child’s Easter Egg Hunt for children ages 12 and under. Bring your own baskets and hunt for colorful, prize filled Easter Eggs.  A few select eggs will even have 100, 250, and 500 PRIZE TICKET amounts inside to cash in for the fun redemption prizes! As an added bonus, you can “hunt” to find selected games set on only one token per play! Pinballz Arcade, 8940 Research Blvd.

6th Annual Easter Egg Dye-o-Rama- Noon – 4pm. Kids will be able to dye their own Easter eggs, play games on the g rounds and explore the museum in a playful, less-formal environment. Event is FREE, but donations are accepted. The Neill-Cochran Museum, 2310 San Gabriel Street.

Story Time with Princess CJ – 12:30 p.m. Enjoy the play zone before and after the reading. FREE! All Things Kids @The Domain, 3220 Feathergrass Ct, Austin.

Lego Lab- 4 p.m. With Legos, 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 Avenue.

Under the Big Red Box: Circus Family Night- 6:30-8:30 p.m. Circus science is coming to the Thinkery! Did you know some magic tricks involve simple math? Do you have the hand-eye coordination to be a juggler? How does regular sugar get turned into delicious, fluffy cotton candy? Discover the answers to these questions and explore the mysteries and wonders of the circus. Price: $15 Adult/Child, $13 Member Adult/Child, Free: Children under 2 years. The Thinkery, 1830 Simond Avenue.

Leave the Kids at Home!

Wine Down Wednesday-  Wednesday, April 1, from 6-8 p.m.  Join The Arboretum for awesome shopping in a fun, relaxed environment – and at just the right time for happy hour! Event stations will be set up in four designated locations throughout the shopping center, each serving a different wine selection paired with small bites and live music from local Austin artists! Sign in and pick up your wristband (worth 5 food/wine pairings) and event guide at the registration table near Amy’s Ice Cream. The Arboretum at Great Hills Trails, 10000 Research Blvd.

The Original Round Top Antiques Fair- April 1st 9am-7pm; April 2nd & 3rd 9am-6pm; April 4th 9am-4pm. The Original Round Top Antiques Fair invites you to join us in celebrating our 47th year in Round Top, a history earned through our consistent reputation for unsurpassed quality and unusual, one-of-a-kind antiques. The world renowned Spring & Fall Antiques Fairs, in all four of our venues. When you step through the door in the Big Red Barn, the Big Red Barn Tent, the Continental Tent, or Carmine Dance Hall, you will experience one of the Best Antique Shows in the nation. FREE Parking. Admission: $10.00 good for ALL days at ALL 4 venues.  Original Round Top Antiques Fair, 475 Tx. Hwy 237 S., Carmine.

Any One of Us: Words from Prison- Thursday, April 2, to Saturday, April 4, 2015, doors open at 7 and play begins at 7:30 p.m.  Play by Eve Ensler about intersection of violence, personal and systematic with events that have lead to women’s incarceration. Dougherty Arts Center Theater, 1110 Barton Springs Road.

First Fridays Wine and Food Tasting at Whole Foods Domain- Friday, April 3. Sip wine & sample delicious bites of food in each department around our store on the first Friday of every month, from 5-8 pm. Proceeds are donated to a different nonprofit organization each month. This month we are supporting Emancipet. Tickets are $10 per adult and can be purchased online at https://aprilfirstfridays.eventbrite.com or at the door. Children under 12 are free when accompanied by a paying adult. Whole Foods Domain, 11920 Domain Drive.

Looking for a day camp on Friday, April 3, 2015? Check out a few ideas in our Good Friday Camps Post.

One Day Good Friday Camps

Looking for Easter fun? You can find some here.

easter 2015

Looking for more inspiration for outings in Austin? Keep up with out Bucket Lists here.

2015 Austin Bucket Lists

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