Weekday Events: April 6-10, 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

Monday, April 6, 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.

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 LEGO week at the Round Rock Public Library.  Elementary students, come build and share. FREE! Round Rock Public Library, 216 E. Main Street.

Paws and Read (Pflugerville)- 6-7 p.m. Independent readers share a good book with a canine member of the Austin Dog Alliance. Grades K – 2. FREE! No registration required. Pflugerville Public Library, 1008 W. Pfluger Street, Pflugerville.

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Youth Career Fest- 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. Austin Youth Council presents the 2nd Annual Career Fest. Career Exploration for high school students! Area employees will showcase their career options and share information about possible internships for high school students. Free event and free parking in the event garage. FREE! Palmer Events Center, 900 Barton Springs Road.

Children’s Storytime at French Legation Museum- 10-10:30 a.m. Join us on the front porch of the historic house for story time! All ages welcome. French Legation Musuem, 802 San Marcos Street.

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!!  Cost:  $5/child, payable directly to the instructor, Rebecca Faulkner. Baby Earth, 106 E Old Settlers Blvd., Ste D-100, Round Rock.

Pets are the Best Storytime- 10:30 a.m. Here at BookPeople we love pets almost as much as we love books (which is a lot). So to celebrate our love of dogs, goldfish, cats, guinea pigs, parrots, and bunnies, we’ll be reading The Octopuppy and other heartwarming animal tales full of barks, squawks, and meows! FREE! BookPeople, 603 N. Lamar Blvd.

Sensory Stroytime- 11 a.m. Sensory Storytime features interactive books, singing, and music and will incorporate some sensory activities, like movement and bubbles. It is geared toward children with special needs, their families and friends. Children of all abilities and ages are welcome! Seating is limited at all programs.  Please arrive a few minutes early to gain entrance. FREE! APL- Carver Branch, 1161 Angelina Street.

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.

Juggling Workshop- 4:30 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! This week, juggler Matt Tandy will be showing us his juggling abilities and teaching you how to do these amazing tricks as well.  Featuring his own brand of relentless, comedic wit and high energy stunts, Matt has amazed family audiences around the world with performances on Disney Cruise Lines, the International Juggling Festival, and even at The White House in Washington DC – three times! This show is filled with amazing juggling feats, unbelievable body contortions, audience participation, and hilarious comedy for all ages. Laura’s Library, 9411 Bee Caves Road.

Lego Store Monthly Mini Model Build- 5 p.m. until supplies last. Visit your local LEGO Store on the first Tuesday of every month and you can learn how to build a cool mini model, and take it home – for FREE! Quantities are limited and offer is good while supplies last only. Models are not for sale and cannot be purchased. One free per child. Event is open to children ages 6 to 14 only. Ask a Brick Specialist for details. Lego Store, Barton Creek Mall, 2901 S. Capital of Texas Highway.

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 8, 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.

Car Seat and Booster Check (Round Rock)- 10 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. On the 2nd Wednesday of every month, BabyEarth hosts a Car Seat & Booster Seat Inspection from 10am – 1pm. Please contact the store at 512-600-7050 to sign up for an appointment. During your appointment, Certified Child Passenger Safety Technicians from Texans In Motion will: Provides child safety seat inspections at no cost, Inspect car seats & boosters for recalls,  Instruct caregivers on proper installation. For more information, call Texans in Motion at 512-310-4751 or e-mail: texansinmotion@sw.org. Baby Earth, 106 E Old Settlers Blvd., Ste D-100, Round Rock.

Ms. Staci Storytime- 10:30 a.m. Ms. Staci is back in the store this morning to read some of her favorite stories and to sing some of your favorite songs. Kids, don’t forget your dancing shoes today! The fun begins up on the third floor at 10:30am. FREE! BookPeople, 603 N. Lamar Blvd.

Chicken Big, A Puppet Show – 10:30 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 – Terrazas Branch, 1105 E. Cesar Chavez.

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.

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 Court.

Bilingual French Storytime- 3:30 p.m. Bonjour and welcome to this très special French/English dual language storytime! Join us, s’il vous plait, on the second Wednesday of the month at 3:30 PM for stories, songs and crafts in French and English. Children of all ages are welcome. FREE! APL- Hampton Branch at Oak Hill, 5125 Convict Hill Road.

Crafts and Face Painting with GlitteeRee (Round Rock)- 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.

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.

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.

Music on Main Street: Jonas Alvarez (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. Advertisement

Thursday, April 9, 2015

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.

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.

Thinkery at the Library- 3:30-5:30 p.m. The Thinkery will be coming to do technology based crafts at the Library. Youth can create electric circuits, learn simple coding and participate in fun physics activities! Recommended for ages 8-14. FREE! APL- Windsor Branch, 5833 Westminster Drive.

Live Music at Central Market North – 6:30-9:00 p.m. Swing Jazz by The Hot Pursuits with a special performance by The Austin Children’s Choir starting at 5 p.m. FREE! Central Market, 4001 N Lamar Blvd, Austin.

Science Under the Stars- 8 p.m. There’s more to mouse noises than a squeak! Mice use all kinds of vocalizations to communicate with each other in a variety of contexts. Come learn about what the mice are saying to each other and how they say it! Science Under the Stars is a FREE public outreach lecture series in Austin, Texas. Arrive early for refreshments and fun activities for kids of all ages! Guided tours of the field are available (wear sturdy shoes and bring water)! Events start at 8:00pm outdoors at Brackenridge Field Laboratory, 2907 Lake Austin Blvd, Austin.

Friday, April 10, 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.

Tiny Tales Petting Zoo at Safari Champ (Round Rock)- 10:30 a.m. Austin’s Traveling Petting Zoo is coming to Safari Champ every 2nd Friday of every month. Tickets: $12 per child 2yrs and up, with passes $7, $9 per child 12-23 months. Admission includes: Admission to Safari Champ , storytime, 15-20 minutes of holding and petting adorable animals, an age-appropriate educational animal craft or activity (music or easy animal pose movements!) Call 512-828-0000 to reserve your spot. Safari Champ, 1400 East Old Settlers Blvd.,  # 200, Round Rock.

Storytime Art: Butterflies- 10:45 a.m. Storytime Art, or StArt! is a great opportunity for your young child to experience art! Storytimes are geared to the 3 – 5 year old preschooler, but some projects could easily translate into a Mommy and Me project for those a little younger. And, of course, anyone older is welcome, as well! Flutter & fly over for a storytime all about butterflies!  We’ll learn about how caterpillars transform into butterflies, make a beautiful butterfly craft, and read stories about these beautiful creatures.  Storytime will end with painting your own butterfly! Cost is $12 per child, or buy a punch-card and get 6 classes for $60! Please call to register.  512-852-9900.  The Art Garage, 11190 Circle Drive, Suite 202.

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- 3:30 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- Tarrazas Branch, 1105 E. Cesar Chavez.

Faces of Humanity Photography Exhibit Opening Reception- 6-8 p.m. Powerful portrait series by Ali Khataw with sales from each photograph to benefit a charity of your choice, from a selected list. Live sitar and sufi music by Professor Ghulam Farid Nizami and refreshments. FREE! Asian American Resource Center,  8401 Cameron Road.

Mueller Music in the Park- 6-8 p.m. Music in the Park is a FREE event in Mueller’s Lake Park Amphitheater. Rich Restaino and the Obits will be performing. Bring a blanket and picnic and enjoy the music.  Free parking in available in the McBee Parking garage behind the Thinkery. Special thanks to the Mueller Property Owner’s Association Resident Activities Committee for hosting. Mueller Austin, 4550 Mueller Blvd.

Movies in the Park- Planes: Fire and Rescue (Cedar Park)-  8 p.m. Bring your blankets and lawn chairs.  Food concession will not be available, but you are welcome to bring a picnic.  Please no glass containers. Elizabeth Milburn Park, 1901 Sun Chase Blvd., Cedar Park.

Leave the Kids at Home

Unplugged at the Grove- Thursday, April 9 at 8 p.m. Help us celebrate 22 years of FREE, live music as we kick-off the season on April 9th with Austin’s own Jamestown Revival! Join KGSR every Thursday for 24 consecutive weeks at the iconic Shady Grove on Barton Springs Road for one of Austin’s longest running free concert series. There’s still no cover charge, $3.50 ZiegenBock Drafts, and the best music, food, and fun you’ll experience under the clear, warm skies of Austin, Texas! The live music begins at 8pm. And we always reserve VIP parking for the first ten Subarus, courtesy of Austin Subaru. Additional parking is available at the Bicycle Sports Shop right down the street at 517 S. Lamar Blvd.

Look Ahead: Weekend Events

The South Asian New Year Festival- Saturday, April 11, from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. “Pohela Boishakh”is an annual outdoor celebration showcasing the culture and diversity of South Asia. Now in its thirteenth year, The South Asian New Year Festival draws over 5,000 people each year.  The Hillside Theater Stage will feature live dance and music performances along with authentic programs highlighting the colorful diversity of South Asian Culture. Off stage, visitors will be enticed to enjoy the wonderful foods and merchandise available in the Bazaar. With food, ethnic clothing, jewelry, crafts, henna & more – this festival has all the ingredients to represent the rich tapestry of South Asian Culture. FREE! Zilker Hillside Theater, 2206 William Barton Drive.

Music at Blanton- Saturday, April 11, from 1 – 2:30 p.m. The choirs of Ebenezer Baptist Church and Huston-Tillotson University will perform pieces in conjunction with the Blanton’s exhibition Witness: Art and Civil Rights in the Sixties. Regular admission applies.  Blanton Museum of Art, 200 E Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Austin.

Family Caving- Saturday, April 11, from 9 a.m. – noon. Come explore Whirlpool Cave, one of Austin’s finest underground ecosystems that is not open to the public.  Make sure you bring clothing that can get messy!  Cost:$4 (City of Austin resident) / $5 (non-resident). Please contact Camaro Recreation Center for more information.

The Trees of Govalle- Saturday, April 11 and Sunday, April 12 at 8 p.m. The Trees of Govalle is the 4th in a series of civic spectacles that brings together the Austin public for a live performance featuring city workers.  It is a FREE, outdoor performance that showcases the employees of the Urban Forestry Division from the Austin Parks and Recreation Department and it will highlight the challenging and often hidden work of Urban Forestry employees who maintain and nurture the city’s vital green spaces.  Through this performance, Forklift Danceworks will bring to life the tireless work of the Urban Forestry workers who are the day-to-day caretakers of thousands of the city’s trees. The performances are FREE, but you must reserve your seats online here. Reserve your seats before they are gone! Govalle Park, 5200 Bolm Road.

Sunday Funday: Lawn Games- Sunday, April 12, from 1-4 p.m. Every first Sunday of the month the Neill-Cochran House Museum will be open to the public for FREE! Each Sunday will include an activity highlighting a theme that embodies both the history of Texas and the Neill-Cochran House Museum. Walk-through tours of the house will also be available.

Young Metalsmiths Freebie Fun Day at Creative Side Jewelry Academy- Sunday, April 12th, 2015, 3:30-6:30 p.m. Join us for our Young Metalsmiths Freebie Fun Day at Creative Side Jewelry Academy! We are opening our doors to all of your budding artists to showcase our metalsmithing and jewelry program for age 10-16 years. Unlock the mystery of metalworking and join us for a FREE hands-on activity at our pendant making station, enter our raffle, enjoy healthy refreshments, take a tour of our studio, and view our Young Metalsmiths jewelry display. Creative Side Jewelry Academy, 321 W. Ben White Blvd., #204.

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