Whole Foods Domain Girlstart Day- Saturday, January 18, 2014 from 10-4 p.m. One percent of sales today will be donated to Girlstart! Kids Activities include Girlstart interactive engineering crafts and Whole Kids Foundation games & crafts. There will also be live music at 11:30 a.m. on the patio. FREE!! Whole Foods Domain, 11920 Domain Drive.
Friends Forever Storytime- Saturday, January 18 at 11:30 a.m. Bert & Ernie; Pooh and Piglet; Charlotte and Wilbur: all great examples of friendship! Friendship is important to all of us; we need friends to ease our minds and keep our hearts warm. Today we celebrate friendship by reading One Cool Friend and other friendly tales with our best new pals (you)! FREE!! BookPeople, 603 N. Lamar Blvd.
Extreme Family Fest- Saturday, January 18 from Noon- 3 p.m. Discover the wild world of Texas mammals, both prehistoric and modern, through touchable items, art projects and a live mammal meet-and-greet. Meet live mammals from around the world with Safari Greg of the Austin Zoo. Get up close and personal with some of the wildlife found in your own backyard with a live animal meet-and-greet with Wild Times Edutainment. Learn about some of the mammals that once roamed Texas in Titans of the Ice Age, and enter to win free tickets to this IMAX film. What do you know about mammals? Try your hand at some extreme trivia. Plus, create your own mammal tracks to take home, touch real animal fur and much more! Free trading cards! Collect your own mammal all-stars with the Bullock Museum’s Extreme Survival trading cards! Every visitor 4-14 years of age will receive a free pack of Extreme Mammals Trading Cards, featuring wild animals and their wildest adaptations. Storytime from 2-2:30pm. Drop in anytime for this program that is great for kids ages 5 and up. Free with museum admission. Bullock Texas State History Museum, 1800 N. Congress Ave.
27th Annual Commemorative Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Walk and Celebration- Saturday, January 18 from 1:00- 3:15 p.m. Celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day with Round Rock’s 27th Annual MLK Commemorative Walk & Celebration. The commemorative walk will begin at CD Fulkes Middle School, 300 West Anderson Ave. Participants should be at the school between 1 and 1:30 p.m. The march will begin at 1:30 p.m. and end at the Allen R. Baca Center at approximately 2 p.m. The program is scheduled from 2 to 3 p.m. We will have local speakers and entertainment. Light refreshments will be served. The celebration is FREE of charge and open to the public. We are encouraging participants to bring canned goods that will be donated to the Round Rock Area Serving Center.
Craft Time for Kids: Soaring Skydiver- Saturday, January 18 from 11:00am- 3:00pm. Bring the kids to get crafty! Kids make miniature skydivers…complete with parachutes that work just like the real thing! FREE!! Lakeshore Learning Center, 9828 Great Hills Trail.
Lucas Miller Performance- Saturday, January 18 at 2:00 p.m. Join Austin’s own “singing zoologist,” Lucas Miller, at the Round Rock Public Library for a very special performance! The show will be filmed for footage to use in a promotional video and videos for Lucas Miller’s YouTube channel. You will need to sign a video release to attend this free show. FREE!! Round Rock Public Library, 216 E. Main Street, Round Rock.
Planet Music: Naga Valli- Saturday, January 18 from 7:30- 9:00 p.m. (doors open at 7 p.m.) The History Arts & Nature Division of the City of Austin Parks and Recreation Department is unveiling a new World music and dance series for 2014 called Planet Music. The first concert of the year will feature Naga Valli performing East Indian Soul. FREE and open to the public. Asian American Resource Center, 8401 Cameron Road, Austin.
Los Reyes Magos Octavitas- Sunday, January 19 from 2-5 p.m. Puerto Ricans are joyful people because our holidays last a LONG TIME! Los Reyes Magos (The Three Kings) are coming to Austin to celebrate Octavitas with us! Bring the children, because Los Reyes always travel bearing gifts! Los Reyes will honor someone who has made a significant contribution to our Central Texas community. Who is it? They wouldn’t tell us! Like dancing Salsa? Come enjoy our maple wood floors! This joyful afternoon will feature Salsa dancing for all, a Parranda, and a performance by Puerto Rican Folkloric Dance! FREE!! Puerto Rican Folkloric Dance & Cultural Center, 701 Tillery Street, Austin.
Afternoon in the Garden: Forts and Faerie Homes- Sunday, January 19 from 1-4 p.m. Create a hidden space in the Garden using natural materials. Learn about structure and construction. This event is part of our regular drop in programming and is free with admission. Free drop-in program. Admission: $1 for children (ages 3-12) and seniors (age 62 & over), $2 for adults, Austin resident (ages 13-61) and $3 for adults, non-resident (ages 13-61). Zilker Botanical Garden, 2220 Barton Springs Road, Austin.
Cherrywood Kid’s Show- Sunday, January 19 at 10:30 a.m. Bring the kids out to see a FREE show with The Hey Lollies while mom and dad sip on a hot cup of coffee! Cherrywood Coffeehouse, 1400 E. 381/2 Street.
Bonus MLK Day Event:
Joe McDermott Concert- Monday, January 20 at 11:00 a.m. Are you out of school on Martin Luther King Jr. Day? Then come on by to play your air guitar at this FREE concert by Joe McDermott, Austin-based award-winning children’s singer! FREE!! Brilliant Sky Toys and Books, 701 Capital of Texas Hwy Suite D 480.
MLK March, Community Festival and Food Drive- Monday, January 20 at 9:00 a.m. The Annual Community March celebrates Dr. Martin Luther King’s legacy while uplifting diversity and multi-culturalism in our city. The MLK Community March kicks off at 9am with a short program at the MLK Statue on the University of Texas campus. We will then march to the south steps of the State Capitol for a short program and marchers will continue on to the historic Huston-Tillotson University, where exciting activities are planned. The MLK Community Festival kicks off as soon the march arrives on location and will last until 3pm; it will include all types of vendors and local musical artists to make this year’s celebration the best ever! This year, we are asking marchers to help by donating can goods or non-perishable food items, which will be donated to the Capital Area Food Bank. Help to give to those in need by helping the Capital Area Food Bank fill their shelves with non-perishable food items. Donation receptacles will be available at The University of Texas and the Capitol, while the march is in those locations. Receptacles will also be available at the festival at Huston-Tillotson University.
Free Admission to LBJ Presidential Museum - Monday, January 20, from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. The LBJ Presidential Library is one of thirteen Presidential Libraries administered by the National Archives and Records Administration. It houses 45 million pages of historical documents which include the papers from the entire public career of Lyndon Baines Johnson and those of his close associates. The Museum now charges admission, but to ensure that President Johnson’s wish for the library to “be available to all”, entrance fees are waived on several days during the year, including MLK Day. 2313 Red River St, Austin.
Los Lonely Boys CD Release – Monday, January 20 at 4 p.m. Los Lonely Boys will perform and sign CDs. The band’s new CD, Revelation, must be purchased in order to get a wristband for the signing line. Barnes & Noble Arboretum, 10000 Research Blvd #158, Austin.
Bonus Budget-Friendly Events:
Flying Theater Machine: Monster Families- Sunday, January 19 at 2:00 p.m. Every Sunday in January and February, at the Hideout Theater, The Flying Theater Machine presents Monster Families. In Monster Families, we present our beloved Monster Family. Baby Monster believes in humans, but the rest of the Monster Family can’t see them and don’t believe. Watch as your kids share their experiences with Baby Monster’s family and their two worlds come together in a magical way. Who knows what will happen? Come find out! It’s story time for the imaginative and adventurous! This show is a blast for the entire family, but especially for ages four to ten. Cost: $7. Hideout Theater, 617 Congress Ave.