What’s Up Weekly: March 23-27, 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!

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Woodland Faerie Trail – Monday, March 16 – Friday, March 20 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Explore the abodes of the faeries and gnomes along the Woodland Faerie Trail through the escarpment pathway and see who is home. FREE with Garden admission ($1-3; kids under 3 are FREE). Zilker Botanical Garden, 2220 Barton Springs Rd, Austin.

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland – Monday, March 23 – Friday, March 27 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 St, Austin.

Free Ice Skating for ages 5 and under – Monday, March 23 – Friday, March 27 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 Ln, Austin.

Monday, March 23, 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.

Canta Spanish Demo Class (RSVP) – 10:15-10:45 a.m. Semillitas de Español presents CANTA: a parent and child Spanish class taught through music and movement for children ages 0-5. Canta is a wonderful way to introduce Spanish to your family, or reinforce already speak it at home. FREE! Semillitas de Español, 12412 Tomanet Trail, Austin.

Chicken Big, A Puppet Show – 3:30 p.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 – Howson Branch, 2500 Exposition Blvd, Austin.

Music Together Mixed-Age Demo Class (RSVP) – 3:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m. and 4:45 p.m. until 5:45 p.m. This is the essential Music Together® class, one that a child can attend from birth through age five through all nine song collections. This basic class follows the recommendations of child development researchers—grouping children of a variety of ages because this fosters natural, family-style learning. FREE! Heartsong Music, 2700 W Anderson Ln, Austin.

Open Chess – 5-6:30 p.m. On Mondays throughout the year, visit Laura’s from 5-6:30 p.m., when the library will have Chess sets available for kids (and adults) who wish to play recreational chess with other players. FREE! Laura’s Library, 9411 Bee Cave Rd, Austin.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Baby Day at the Alamo Drafthouse – Regular shows that start before 2:00 p.m. at the Alamo Village, Alamo South Lamar, Alamo Lakeline and Alamo Slaughter. The Alamo Drafthouse understands that it is hard for new parents to get out for an evening on the town. That is why we proudly offer Baby Day. Infants are welcome to these shows, and of course, are allowed in for FREE with regular adult admission. For our baby day shows, we keep the lights up a bit, and the sound down a bit, so your little one never has to know they even went to the movies! Participating theaters.

Breakfast with the Easter Bunny – 9:30 a.m.-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.

Music Together Mixed-Age Demo Class (RSVP) – 9:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m., Noon to 1:00 p.m., 3:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m. and 4:45 p.m.-5:45 p.m. This is the essential Music Together® class, one that a child can attend from birth through age five through all nine song collections. This basic class follows the recommendations of child development researchers—grouping children of a variety of ages because this fosters natural, family-style learning. FREE! Heartsong Music, 2700 W Anderson Ln, Austin.

Easter Bunny Handprints at Safari Champ (Round Rock)- 10:30 a.m. We will read Ollie’s Easter Eggs and paint a bunny handprint tile! Regular admission. Safari Champ, 1400 East Old Settlers Blvd # 200, Round Rock.

Crafternoon, Homeschool Edition – 1:30 p.m.-2:30 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! APL – Faulk Central Library, 800 Guadalupe St, Austin.

SFC Farmers’ Market East – 3:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m. Come east during mid-week, and enjoy the relaxed atmosphere of a small community farmers’ market. We’re serious about the veggies and fruits here, as well as a variety of other farm products, and some quick food and drinks to pick up. We also host educational & entertaining workshops on a regular basis. FREE! 2921 E 17th, St Bldg D, Austin.

Kids Yoga ages 7-12 (RSVP) – 3:45 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Join The Little Yoga House for two weeks of free after school yoga. We will be offering 2 FREE trial classes for kids ages 7-12 and will begin a 4 week series April 6th. FREE! Sukha Yoga Austin, 2324 S Lamar Blvd, Austin.

Crafternoon – 4:00 p.m.-5:00 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! APL – Faulk Central Library, 800 Guadalupe St, Austin.

Discovery! Creating SmartApps – 4:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m. The Discovery hands on program explores all sorts of different topics, including science, literature, technology, and more. Especially designed for our older kids (third graders and up), come back each week and learn something new! FREE! Laura’s Library, 9411 Bee Cave Rd, Austin.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Market Days at Boggy Creek Farm – 8:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. Year-round Organic Produce at our Farm Stand. Labor intensive items (like salad mixes) are harvested the morning prior, but a lot of the produce is picked fresh that very morning, and to guarantee freshness to late-arriving customers, the harvest continues all morning long (or until heat or low humidity compromises quality.) Some items, such as garlic and onions, are usually harvested at one time period and stored, and are available as long as supplies last. FREE! Boggy Creek Farm, 3414 Lyons Rd, Austin.

Market Days at Springdale Farm – 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. Sustainable urban farm in the heart of east Austin offering fresh seasonal veggies and farm fresh duck and chicken eggs at the indoor farm stand. Visit the crops and the Hen House while you are here. FREE! Springdale Farm, 755 Springdale Rd, Austin.

Canta Spanish Demo Class (RSVP) – 9:00-9:30 a.m. Semillitas de Español presents CANTA: a parent and child Spanish class taught through music and movement for children ages 0-5. Canta is a wonderful way to introduce Spanish to your family, or reinforce already speak it at home. FREE! Semillitas de Español, 12412 Tomanet Trail, Austin.

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.

Naturalist Workshop & Trade Counter – 10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. The Naturalist Workshop is a perfect place to explore the natural world. Get a close-up view through microscopes and magnifying glasses, use a balance to check and compare objects’ weights and identify your finds with field guides and touchable specimens. If you’re a collector of natural objects, you’ll want to check out the workshop’s Trade Counter. Bring your favorite rock, seedpod, shell or other cool natural item and earn points for what you know and learn about it. Use the points to trade for new treasures, like sparkling minerals, exotic sea shells, animal bones, fossils, polished rocks and much more. FREE! The Austin Nature and Science Center, 301 Nature Center Dr, Austin.

Parent & Toddler Yoga (RSVP) – 10:00-10:45 a.m. Join The Little Yoga House for our first kids class at Sukha Yoga Austin. We will be offering two FREE parent & toddler classes 3/25 and 4/1 for those interested in trying out the class. The 4 week series will begin 4/7. FREE! Sukha Yoga Austin, 2324 S Lamar Blvd, Austin.

Spring Puppet Show Performance – 10:30 a.m.-11:00 a.m. Join us the morning for an over-the-top puppet show performance that will leave everyone giggling for hours! Our very talented performers will be doing a lively rendition of the adorable book, Pearl and Wagner: One Funny Day. It is a story all about April Fools Day which is just around the corner! FREE! BookPeople, 603 N Lamar, Austin.

SFC Farmers’ Market at the Triangle – 3:00-7:00 p.m. Set in the middle of the Triangle complex, this market started in 2007 and is a featured mid-week stop for loads of north-central, mid-town families and individuals. A great permanent band stand features weekly musicians, and you’ll find the lawn awaits you! FREE! Triangle Park at The Triangle, 4600 Lamar (46th & Lamar), Austin.

Kids Yoga ages 3-6 (RSVP) – 3:45-4:30 p.m. Join us for a FREE two weeks of afterschool kids yoga classes! The first two classes are free. Our 4 week series will begin April 7th. This class is for kids ages 3-6 and is considered a drop-off class, however the Sukha lounge is a beautiful place to hang out and sip on some tea or grab a Juiceland juice. FREE! Sukha Yoga Austin, 2324 S Lamar Blvd, Austin.

Step Into Spring: Community Night at The Thinkery – 4:00-8:00 p.m. Enjoy special performances and activities presented by the City of Austin during Community Night. Community Night is from 4-8 pm and special programming begins at 4:30. Entertainment includes a merry-go-round and butterfly fun with Austin Bike Zoo, engineering and racing activities by the Tinkering School, Soul Sessions break dancing demos and a Polka Dot Disco Party with DJ Mahealani.  Admission is by donation only. Entry is based on a first-come, first-served basis. The Thinkery, 1830 Simond Ave, Austin.
AdvertisementKrispy Kreme Family Night – 6:00-8:00 p.m. At these fun events, kids can decorate their own doughnuts! They also enjoy crafts, balloons, paper hats, coloring sheets and more. FREE! Krispy Kreme, 701 E Stassney Ln, 78745 and Krispy Kreme, 12586 Research Blvd.

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Market Days at Boggy Creek Farm – 8:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. Year-round Organic Produce at our Farm Stand. Labor intensive items (like salad mixes) are harvested the morning prior, but a lot of the produce is picked fresh that very morning, and to guarantee freshness to late-arriving customers, the harvest continues all morning long (or until heat or low humidity compromises quality.) Some items, such as garlic and onions, are usually harvested at one time period and stored, and are available as long as supplies last. FREE! Boggy Creek Farm, 3414 Lyons Rd, Austin.

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.

Naturalist Workshop & Trade Counter – 10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. The Naturalist Workshop is a perfect place to explore the natural world. Get a close-up view through microscopes and magnifying glasses, use a balance to check and compare objects’ weights and identify your finds with field guides and touchable specimens. If you’re a collector of natural objects, you’ll want to check out the workshop’s Trade Counter. Bring your favorite rock, seedpod, shell or other cool natural item and earn points for what you know and learn about it. Use the points to trade for new treasures, like sparkling minerals, exotic sea shells, animal bones, fossils, polished rocks and much more. FREE! The Austin Nature and Science Center, 301 Nature Center Dr, Austin.

Free Noon Concert – Noon. Take a 30-minute lunchtime break to hear a concert by Chaparral Eurythmy. FREE! Central Presbyterian Church, 200 E 8th St, Austin.

Thinkery at the Library – 3:30-5:30 p.m. Youth can create electric circuits, learn simple coding and participate in fun physics activities! The programs are recommended for ages 8-14. FREE! APL – Windsor Park Branch, 5833 Westminster Dr, Austin

Chicken Big, A Puppet Show – 3:30 p.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 – Yarborough Branch, 2200 Hancock Dr, Austin.

Family Movie Matinee: Dolphin Tale 2 – 4:00-6:00 p.m. The team of people who saved Winter’s life reassemble in the wake of her surrogate mother’s passing in order to find her a companion so she can remain at the Clearwater Marine Hospital. FREE! APL – Cepeda Branch, 651 N Pleasant Valley Rd, Austin.

Minecraft Free Play – 4:00-5:00 p.m. Bring your own laptop, tablet, or mobile device that has Minecraft downloaded. Recommended for ages 7 and up. FREE! APL – Twin Oaks Branch, 1800 S Fifth St, Austin.

Canta Spanish Demo Class (RSVP) – 4:30-5:00 p.m. Semillitas de Español presents CANTA: a parent and child Spanish class taught through music and movement for children ages 0-5. Canta is a wonderful way to introduce Spanish to your family, or reinforce already speak it at home. FREE! Semillitas de Español, 12412 Tomanet Trail, Austin.

Austin Urban Music Fest 10th Anniversary Kick-Off Block Party – 6:00-9:00 p.m. AUMF is excited to present the Kick-Off Block Party to get the excitement rolling for this year’s festival for the hottest urban concert series to hit Austin during the nationally attended Clyde Littlefield Texas Relay’s Weekend. This year’s Kick-Off Block Party will be a free, fun-filled event for the entire family which will include entertainment, retail and food vendors, and social services. It will take the AUMF experience to the next level featuring local bands and artists such as Riders Against the Storm, Soul Tree Collective, Serafia, and many others. FREE! 912 E 11th St, Austin.

Live Music at Central Market North – 6:30-9:00 p.m. Tropical Latin by El Tule. FREE! Central Market, 4001 N Lamar Blvd, Austin.

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

Friday, March 27, 2015

Market Days at Boggy Creek Farm – 8:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. Year-round Organic Produce at our Farm Stand. Labor intensive items (like salad mixes) are harvested the morning prior, but a lot of the produce is picked fresh that very morning, and to guarantee freshness to late-arriving customers, the harvest continues all morning long (or until heat or low humidity compromises quality.) Some items, such as garlic and onions, are usually harvested at one time period and stored, and are available as long as supplies last. FREE! Boggy Creek Farm, 3414 Lyons Rd, Austin.

Just Between Friends Consignment Event – 9:00 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Just Between Friends hosts these events in clean, well-organized venues where shoppers can find all they need for their family at substantial savings! Merchandise is inspected to insure only high quality items will be sold. At a typical Just Between Friends event, you can find clothing, toys, baby equipment, strollers, high chairs, cribs, joggers, nursery gear, sporting goods, maternity wear, baby carriers, play yards, play sets, coats, shoes. $3 Admission or Free Admission w/ pass or if you like us on Facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/JBFNorthAustin. Pflugerville Lions Club, 500 N Railroad Ave, Pflugerville.

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.

Weekend Wares – 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. At Weekend Wares, buyers get an up-close look, a feel, knowledge of how a product was made and many times a connection with the person that made the unique item. Our Weekend Wares is a business format designed to unify individual entrepreneurs. Crafters, artists and designers need and now have a consistent place to connect in Austin to sell unique products to each other, locals and visitors. FREE! Austin Food Park, 30 N IH 35, Austin.

Naturalist Workshop & Trade Counter – 10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. The Naturalist Workshop is a perfect place to explore the natural world. Get a close-up view through microscopes and magnifying glasses, use a balance to check and compare objects’ weights and identify your finds with field guides and touchable specimens. If you’re a collector of natural objects, you’ll want to check out the workshop’s Trade Counter. Bring your favorite rock, seedpod, shell or other cool natural item and earn points for what you know and learn about it. Use the points to trade for new treasures, like sparkling minerals, exotic sea shells, animal bones, fossils, polished rocks and much more. FREE! The Austin Nature and Science Center, 301 Nature Center Dr, Austin.

Mom and Me Yoga – 10:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m. This Yoga class is designed for children ages 3 and up, along with their caregiver. FREE! Laura’s Library, 9411 Bee Cave Rd, Austin.

Easter Seals Play Group (Ages 4-8) (RSVP) – 3:30-5:00 p.m. Easter Seals hosts a free Play Group every other Friday for kids of all abilities in our indoor playground space. The event is open to the public, and RSVPs are appreciated. FREE! Easter Seals Central Texas, 1611 Headway Circle, Bldg 2, Austin.

ACC Student Gallery Opening Reception (RSVP) – 6:00-9:00 p.m. Twenty-two student photographers will be featured in this show, representing the diversity of studio and digital work in the Photographic Technology program. Precision Camera and the featured students will be hosting an opening reception on Friday, March 27 from 6:00 to 9:00pm. Photographers will be available to answer questions and discuss their work. FREE! Precision Camera & Video, 2438 W Anderson Ln.

Live Music at Central Market North – 6:30-9:00 p.m. Afropop from Bamako Airlines. FREE! Central Market, 4001 N Lamar Blvd,.

Live Music at Central Market Westgate – 6:30-9:00 p.m. Vintage Swing from Casa Loma Playboys. FREE! Central Market Westgate, 4477 S Lamar Blvd,.

Head for the Hill’s: Free Music Fridays – 7-9:00 p.m. Hill’s Cafe is excited to announce the return of a live, local music series to the historic Hill’s stage. This week, The Gents performs. A special backyard menu will be available for purchase. Family-friendly and FREE! Hill’s Cafe, 4700 S Congress Avenue.

Metz Movies Under the Stars: Big Hero 6 – 8:00-10:00 p.m. Bring your lawn chairs, blankets and snacks to enjoy an outdoor movie at Metz Park every Friday night at dusk. We will have movie nights unless inclement weather occurs. Please call ahead if weather is bad. One free popcorn & drink per person! FREE! Metz Rec Center, 2704 Canterbury St, Austin.

Native American Campfire Stories – 8:00-9:00 p.m. Join a ranger for Native American tales told around a campfire. We will tell tales of the trickster Coyote, learn how Bat came to be, and discover why we have winter instead of eternal summer. Chairs, marshmallows, and roasting sticks are recommended! Event is free with admission to the park: Adults (13 & up) $6. Kids (13 & under) free. McKinney Falls State Park, 5808 McKinney Falls Pkwy, Austin.

 

About Nicole Basham 793 Articles
A native Austinite and soccer-playing mom, Nicole uses her 10-year-old son as an excuse to rediscover her hometown through his eyes. In Thoreau's words, her mission is to "suck out all the marrow of life", or in her son's words, to cultivate in him a love of "advenchers".

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