Baby Bloomers – Monday, September 15 from 9:00 a.m. to Noon. K will be King as little ones ages 0-3 and their families create Kites, talk about Kangaroos, and do all Kinds of experiments. The Que Pastas 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.
Signing Storytime (Round Rock) – Monday, September 15 at 10:00 a.m. Join the Baby Signing Time revolution. This class is geared toward 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.
Police Officer Story Time – Monday, September 15 at 10:30 a.m. This special preschool story time will include a visit from a Lakeway Police Officer. FREE! Lake Travis Community Library, 1938 Lohmans Crossing, Austin.
Storytime with Dr. Candra – Monday, September 15 at 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.
Story Time with CJ the Explorer – Monday, September 15 at 2:00 p.m. Enjoy the play zone before and after the reading. FREE! All Things Kids @The Domain, 3220 Feathergrass Ct, Austin.
Evening Storytime (Round Rock) – Monday, September 15 at 6:30 p.m. This pajama-friendly reading activity is a fun combination of books, fingerplays, songs, and a short film for preschool children ages 3 to 6. FREE! Round Rock Public Library, 216 E Main St, Round Rock.
Game Night at Cafe Ruckus – Monday, September 15 at 7:00 p.m. Sorry, Connect 4, Battleship, Fluxx, Ruckus – The Game, and more. Meet a lot of cool people, enjoy a tasty beverage, and play, Play, PLAY. Everyone who wins a board games gets a prize from Toy Joy. Family friendly – all ages welcome! FREE to play. Cafe Ruckus, 409 W 2nd St, Austin.
Storytime and Crafts – Tuesday, September 16 at 9:30 a.m. Little ones, 2-5 years old, will enjoy a new story each week, followed by crafts related to the story. FREE! Whole Foods Domain, 11920 Domain Dr, Austin.
Free Admission to Laguna Gloria – Tuesday, September 16 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Laguna Gloria, 3809 West 35th St, Austin.
American Sign Language Bilingual Storytime (Round Rock) – Tuesday, September 16 at 10:30 a.m. Join teacher Amy Joines from The Signing Connection as you and your child explore sign language together. FREE! Round Rock Public Library, 216 E Main St, Round Rock.
Armstrong Community School Storytime – Tuesday, September 16 at 10:30 a.m. Come sing songs with Walter Tragert, one of the talented Early Childhood Development faculty members from the Armstrong Community Music School. Mr. Walter will engage your child with music and movement, plus he’ll read some stories too. Perfect for kids up to 6 years old. FREE! BookPeople, 603 N Lamar, Austin.
Don’t Let the Crayons Quit! Storytime – Tuesday, September 16 at 11:00 a.m. Enjoy Llama, Llama Red Pajama and a reading of Peach’s letter from The Day the Crayons Quit! Beige, Black, Pink and White need your help! After the event, show these under-utilized Crayons support by using only these colors in fun and creative ways. Customers will be invited to create a letter, make a list, draw or color a picture, and place it in the Support the Crayons! Message Box. FREE! Barnes & Noble Arboretum, 10000 Research Blvd #158, Austin.
Lego Lab – Monday, September 16 at 3:30 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 – Windsor Park Branch, 5833 Westminster Dr, Austin.
Discovery! Learn How to Build a Website – Tuesday, September 16 at 4:30 p.m. Learning to create websites doesn’t have to be hard. In fact, even kids can do it with this fun program that allows children to put together their own website with just a simple click and drag function. Participants will learn how to select a theme, add pages, type in text, and post pictures. Children will be able to use and see their working website by the end of the class. Although not required, it is a good idea to bring your own laptop or tablet. Recommended for 3rd grade and up. FREE! Laura’s Library, 9411 Bee Cave Rd, Austin.
Lego Lab – Monday, September 16 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.
Creative Crafters – Tuesday, September 16 at 5:30 p.m. Drop in for some arts and crafts time. All ages welcome. FREE! APL – Ruiz Branch, 1600 Grove Blvd, Austin.
Family Laughter Yoga – Tuesday, September 16 at 6:30 p.m. During this fun and invigorating session adults and children will laugh, clap, play, breathe deeply, and stretch their bodies gently. FREE! Laura’s Library, 9411 Bee Cave Rd, Austin.
Pajama Storytime – Tuesday, September 16 at 7:00 p.m. Feel free to wear pajamas to this family storytime featuring stories, songs, rhymes, games, crafts, and other activities. Children of all ages welcome. Seating is limited; please arrive a few minutes early to gain entrance. FREE! APL – Willie Mae Kirk Branch, 3101 Oak Springs Dr, Austin.
Whole Foods Kids Club – Wednesday, September 17 at 9:00 a.m. Join Tina for a great story and crafts for the kids. FREE! Whole Foods Arbor Trails, 4301 W. William Cannon, Austin.
Whole Foods Storytime – Wednesday, September 17 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.
Itty Bitty Playtime & Yoga – Wednesday, September 17 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.
Tiny Tails to You Storytime – Wednesday, September 17 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.
Music Bats Class with Gene from the Que Pastas – Wednesday, September 17 at 10:30 a.m. Based on the idea that music makes every day a little better, The Music Bats encourages young children and their caregivers to spread their wings through music and play. Through sing-alongs, dancing, and hands-on time with instruments and props, Music Bats wants kids and their families to learn one thing in the class: music=fun. FREE! ($10 suggested donation per family.) Toybrary Austin, 7817 Rockwood, Suite 101, Austin.
Cuentacuentos: Storytime en Espanol – Wednesday, September 17 at 11:00 a.m. Enjoy a reading of Santiago the Dreamer in Land Among the Stars by Ricky Martin, a timeless story of a boy who follows his heart and a father who believes in his sons boundless potential. This a Spanish-language storytime with word practice activities afterwards. FREE! Barnes & Noble Arboretum, 10000 Research Blvd #158, Austin.
Yoga in the Park – Wednesday, September 17 at Noon. Yoga Yoga is proud to offer an all level Hatha Yoga class. Please bring your own yoga mat to class. FREE! Republic Square Park, 422 Guadalupe, Austin.
Anime Club – Wednesday, September 17 at 3:30 p.m. Kids ages 12 and up gather to watch and discuss anime films. FREE! APL – Southeast Branch, 5803 Nuckols Crossing Rd, Austin.
Lego Lab – Monday, September 17 at 4:00 p.m. With LEGO, you can build anything you can imagine and tell any story you can dream up. Come to the Lego Lab to hear, see, make, and create different stories, all while building with LEGOs provided by the Library. Recommended for ages 5 and up. FREE! APL – Carver Branch, 1161 Angelina St, Austin.
Christopher Cross In-Store Performance – Monday, September 17 at 5:00 p.m. FREE! Waterloo Records, 600A N. Lamar, Austin.
Community Night – Wednesday, September 17 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 donation. The Thinkery, 1830 Simond Ave, Austin.
Family Movie Night: Monsters University – Monday, September 17 at 6:00 p.m. Rated G. FREE! APL – University Hills Branch, 4721 Loyola Ln, Austin.
Krispy Kreme Family Night – Wednesday, September 17 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, September 17 from 6-8:00 p.m. Texas Radio Live brings you the very best Texas music with performances from Texas musicians. This week, hear music by Brannen Temple and Freddie Krc. FREE, but donations to support the KDRP Radio Mission are appreciated. Guero’s Oak Garden, 1412 S Congress Ave, Austin.
Boardwalk Bazaar – Wednesday, September 17 from 6-9:00 p.m. Boardwalk Bazaar will be a celebration of the new boardwalk at Lady Bird Lake and will also commemorate the grand opening of the Austin Music Foundation’s new headquarters. Live music from local favorites and delicious food from some of Austin’s most buzzed-about food trucks will come together to create one party that can’t be missed. FREE! South Shore District, 1333 Shore District Dr, Austin.
Stargazing at UT – Wednesday, September 17 from 8-10:00 p.m. Every Wednesday night while UT is in session the astronomy department sponsors free public star parties on the top roof of Robert Lee Moore Hall. All ages are welcome, but younger children should be under adult supervision at all times. FREE! Robert Lee Moore Hall, 2515 Speedway, Austin.
Third Thursday at The Blanton – Thursday, August 21 from 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. In addition to offering free admission, The Blanton is open late and offers a variety of activities from yoga to live music. Find the complete schedule of events here. FREE! Blanton Museum of Art, 200 E Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Austin.
Free Noon Concert – Thursday, September 18 at Noon. Take a 30-minute lunchtime break to hear Arnold Yzaquirre on guitar. FREE! Central Presbyterian Church, 200 E 8th St, Austin.
Yoga in the Park – Thursday, September 18 at Noon. CorePower Yoga strengthens, balances, detoxifies, and exhilarates the body and mind. No matter your age, strength, or flexibility level, CorePower Yoga meets you where you are. Please bring your own yoga mat to class. FREE! Wooldridge Park, 900 Guadalupe St, Austin.
Chibi-tastic Drawing Workshop – Thursday, September 18 at 4:30 p.m. Love portrait art, or drawing Manga Anime characters? Learn how to Chibi-size them into cute big-eyed, big-headed little characters. This family based lliteracy program is recommended for ages 6 years and up. FREE! APL – Carver Branch, 1161 Angelina St, Austin.
Family Fun Night (Cedar Park) – Thursday, September 18 from 4:30-7:00 p.m. Stop by for lots of fun activities for the kids including music, a bounce house, craft activities, and a balloon artist. Refreshments will also be provided. Door prizes and drawings will be held throughout the evening. FREE! College Nannies + Tutors, 11901 W Parmer Ln, Ste 220, Cedar Park.
Family Rock Climbing Adventures (RSVP) – Thursday, September 18 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Join a professionally certified rock climbing instructor as she guides your family on rock climbing adventures at various outdoor locations around Austin. Put on by Metz Recreation Center and the city of Austin Parks and Recreation Department, this adventure will provide your family with a team-building opportunity like no other. Plus you get to experience what the outdoor world of Austin has to offer! Program is FREE and all gear is provided, except climbing shoes. Ages 8 and up only. RSVP required; 512-478-8716 call to reserve your spot. Location provided at registration.
Yappy Hour on the Patio – Thursday, September 18 from 6-9:00 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, September 18 from 6:30-9:00 p.m. Musica Tropical by Leticia Rodriguez. FREE! Central Market, 4001 N Lamar Blvd, Austin.
Live Music at Central Market Westgate – Thursday, September 18 from 6:30-9:00 p.m. Vintage Swing Trio Luke Hill & The Hot Pursuits. FREE! Central Market Westgate, 4477 S Lamar Blvd, Austin.
Pajama Storytime – Thursday, September 18 at 7:00 p.m. Feel free to wear pajamas to this family storytime featuring stories, songs, rhymes, games, crafts, and other activities. Children of all ages welcome. Seating is limited; please arrive a few minutes early to gain entrance. FREE! APL – Manchaca Road Branch, 5500 Manchaca Rd, Austin.
Science Under the Stars – Thursday, September 18 at 7:00 p.m. Coral reefs are important ecosystems that are currently experiencing massive global declines due to a variety of factors. The Matz lab at UT Austin looks for certain corals that may be more resistant to harmful environmental changes in hopes of securing a better future for our reefs. Come and learn about these beautiful ocean creatures. Arrive early for refreshments and fun activities for kids of all ages. Guided tours of the field lab start at 7pm (wear sturdy shoes and bring water). FREE! Brackenridge Field Laboratory, 2907 Lake Austin Blvd, Austin.
Unplugged at the Grove – Thursday, September 18 at 8:00 p.m. This year marks the 21st Anniversary of KGSR’s Unplugged at the Grove. This week, Jonathan Tyler performs. FREE! Shady Grove, 1624 Barton Springs Rd, Austin.
Yoga Story Time – Friday, September 19 at 9:30 a.m. Join in a Story Time Yoga adventure where participants will stretch, read, and breathe. All ages are welcome. RSVP appreciated here, but not required. FREE! The Little Yoga House, 1211 Parkway, Austin.
Fun Fridays – Friday, September 19 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.
Story Time with Princess CJ – Friday, September 19 at 2:00 p.m. Enjoy the play zone before and after the reading. FREE! All Things Kids Domain.
Free Play Gaming– Friday, September 19 from 3:30-5:30 p.m. Free play gaming using one of the Library’s video game consoles and a variety of games that could include Mario Kart, Rock Band, Dance, Dance Revolution, and many other favorites. FREE! APL – Twin Oaks Branch, 1800 S Fifth St, Austin and APL – Terrazas Branch, 1105 E Cesar Chavez St, Austin.
Friday Family Films – Friday, September 19 at 4:00 p.m. Lion King 2: Simba’s Pride. Rated G. FREE! Laura’s Library, 9411 Bee Cave Rd, Austin.
Frozen Sing-Along (Pflugerville) – Friday, September 19 at 6:30 p.m. With the summer heat cooling down, the expansive lawn on the grounds of Heritage Park is the perfect setting to relax and watch a movie under the Texas sky. Join in the Pfun with the Sing-Along version of Frozen. Food vendors available at 6:30 p.m. Movie begins at dusk. FREE! Heritage Park, 901 Old Austin Hutto Rd, Pflugerville.
Live Music at Central Market North – Friday, September 19 from 6:30-9:00 p.m. Beatles cover band The Eggmen. FREE! Central Market, 4001 N Lamar Blvd, Austin.
Live Music at Central Market Westgate – Friday, September 19 from 6:30-9:00 p.m. Russian Texas Gypsy music by the Flying Balalaika Brothers. FREE! Central Market Westgate, 4477 S Lamar Blvd, Austin.
Head for the Hill’s: Free Music Fridays – Friday, September 19 from 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, Sour Bridges performs. A special backyard menu will be available for purchase. Family-friendly and FREE! Hill’s Cafe, 4700 S Congress Ave, Austin.
Movies in the Park: Muppets Most Wanted (Cedar Park) – Friday, September 19 at 7:45 p.m. Bring your blankets and lawn chairs for a picnic and movie in the park. Concessions will not be available. Rated PG. FREE! Elizabeth Milburn Park, 1901 Sun Chase Blvd, Cedar Park.
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.