Happening All Week
SXSW Eco in Brush Square Park – Monday, October 6 – Wednesday, October 8, from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Head to Brush Square Park, located across from the Austin Convention Center each day of SXSW Eco for demos and lunchtime concerts! This event is FREE and open to the Austin community. Sun Radio will be broadcasting live each day and hosting a lunchtime concert series you won’t want to miss! The park will remain open after lunch to provide registrants and the community an outdoor space to enjoy throughout the event. Brush Square Park, 409 E 5th St, Austin.
The Making of Gone with the Wind – Monday, October 6 – Friday, October 10 from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (Exhibit is open until 7:00 p.m. on Thursday.) Go behind the scenes of one of the classic films of Hollywood’s Golden Age. Featuring more than 300 rarely seen and some never-before-exhibited materials, the exhibition is drawn entirely from the Ransom Center’s collections. This insider view reveals why Gone With The Wind remains influential and controversial 75 years after it was released. FREE! Harry Ransom Center, 300 W 21st St, Austin.
Baby Bloomers – Monday, October 6 from 9:00 a.m. to Noon. Little ones ages 0-3 and their families will use their Noggins as they Navigate around the letter N. They will explore their senses with Neon Noodles, create Neat Neckties, experiment with No-mess finger painting, and more. Mr. Louis, a music educator from the Armstrong Community Music school, joins 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.
Mr. Will’s Music Class for Kids – Monday, October 6 at 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, Austin.
Signing Storytime (Round Rock) – Monday, October 6 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.
Making Literacy Accessible: StorySign Storytime – Monday, October 6 at 10:15 a.m. This storytime features an American Sign Language storyteller, signed and vocal songs and fingerplays, and a craft activity. All ages are welcome. FREE! APL – Twin Oaks Branch, 1800 S Fifth St, Austin.
Firefighters Visit Preschool Story Time – Monday, October 6 at 10:30 a.m. Recognize Fire Prevention Week at this special story time. Meet real firefighters and tour a fire truck. FREE! Lake Travis Community Library, 1938 Lohmans Crossing, Austin.
Storytime with Dr. Candra – Monday, October 6 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.
Hot Science – Cool Talks – Monday, October 6 from 5:45-8:15 p.m. This month’s Hot Science – Cool Talks is still FREE, open to the community, and fun for all ages like it always is, but it will be at the Eco conference downtown. Kevin Kloesel will be speaking about “Extreme Weather” and the National Weather Service will be bringing a tornado machine. In addition, there’ll be a Van de Graaff generator to make lightning with, and an activity where folks can erupt snow to make an avalanche. FREE! SXSW Eco at Austin Convention Center, Ballroom D, 500 E Cesar Chavez St, Austin.
Latino Heritage Month Movies: Bless Me Ultima – Monday, October 6 at 6:00 p.m. A drama set in New Mexico during WWII, centered on the relationship between a young man and an elderly medicine woman who helps him contend with the battle between good and evil that rages in his village. Rated PG-13. FREE! APL – Cepeda Branch, 651 N Pleasant Valley Rd, Austin.
Game Night at Cafe Ruckus – Monday, October 6 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, October 7 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, October 7 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. FREE! The Contemporary Austin, Laguna Gloria, 3809 West 35th St, Austin.
Free Admission to The Jones Center – Tuesday, October 7 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. FREE! The Contemporary Austin, The Jones Center, 700 Congress Ave, Austin.
Golden Books Storytime – Tuesday, October 7 at 10:30 a.m. Join in celebrating those lovely and classic gold-fringed books that we all love—Golden Books. First, enjoy a reading of The Monster at the End of This Book, followed by other great tales about picnicking bears, poky puppies and shy kittens. FREE! BookPeople, 603 N Lamar, Austin.
Reading Dog – Tuesday, October 7 at 11:00 a.m. Handler Holly with Dog Chula will be at Laura’s Library to read and or or visit with kiddos. Pre-readers and readers are welcome. FREE! Laura’s Library, 9411 Bee Cave Rd, Austin.
Music with Mr. Will – Tuesday, October 7 at 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.
Literature LIVE! Presents: Not So Scary Stories – Tuesday, October 7 at 3:30 p.m. Not So Scary Stories is a splendiferously snazzy story spectacular that is anything but scary. Children ages 3 and up will have a marvelous time with these interactive stories and puppet tales, leaving the program knowing that they “ain’t afraid of nuthin’!” FREE! APL – Twin Oaks Branch, 1800 S Fifth St, Austin.
Discovery! Mad Science – Tuesday, October 7 at 4:30 p.m. The Discovery hands on program explores all sorts of different topics, including science, literature, and much more, especially designed for older kids (fourth grade and up). This week, Mad Science performs exciting science tricks. FREE! Laura’s Library, 9411 Bee Cave Rd, Austin.
LEGO Mini Model Build – Tuesday, October 7 at 5:00 p.m. Learn how to build a cool LEGO Monster and take it home – for FREE! One per child. Event is open to children ages 6 to 14 only. Quantities are limited to approximately 250 per store and offer is good while supplies last only. LEGO Store, Barton Creek Square, 2901 S Capital of Texas Hwy, Austin.
Dittmar Recreation Center National Night Out – Tuesday, October 7, from 6-8:00 p.m. National Night Out promotes safety, crime prevention, and neighborhood camaraderie. To discover the many resources in this community, and to learn more safety tips for your home and family, join Dittmar Recreation Center for National Night Out, where you can enjoy a “drive in movie” viewing of Warner Bros.’ Space Jam, FREE food, and carnival games. Dittmar Recreation Center, 1009 W. Dittmar Rd., Austin.
Family Hiking Adventures (RSVP) – Tuesday, October 7 from 6-7:30 p.m. Explore the beauty of the outdoors in Austin. Families will hike and adventure into some of the most beautiful and famous parks Austin has to offer. An experienced instructor will guide your family and provide fun Austin nature facts along the way. Ages 5 and up welcome. Call 512-478-8716 to reserve your spot. FREE! Location provided at registration.
Meet Carole Sikes, Author of Hudson Bend and the Birth of Lake Travis – Tuesday, October 7 at 6:30 p.m. Author Carole Sikes will speak about the different migrations to the Lake Travis area, from the earliest visitors and settlers to the weekenders looking to buy lakefront property or searching for recreation opportunities. A book signing will follow the presentation and light refreshments will be served. FREE! Austin History Center, 810 Guadalupe St, Austin.
Community Cinema: Makers – Tuesday, October 7 at 7:00 p.m. Join the Austin Public Library and KLRU-TV for Community Cinema, a series screening films from the PBS series Independent Lens. After the film, lively discussions bring citizens and organizations together to encourage dialogue and action around important and timely social issues. Makers is a six-part PBS series profiling the impact women have had over the past 50 years in six industries—comedy, politics, space, war, business, and Hollywood. FREE! APL – Windsor Park Branch, 5833 Westminster Dr, Austin.
Pajama Storytime – Tuesday, October 7 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, October 8 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, October 8 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, October 8 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.
Baby Signs Storytime – Wednesday, October 8 at 10:30 a.m. Join Tina Cavanaugh and BeeBo the Baby Signs Bear for story time as they teach the signs for sea creatures. Bring your little ones for an interactive, fun time with books, songs and activities. FREE! BookPeople, 603 N Lamar, Austin.
Music Bats Class with Gene from the Que Pastas – Wednesday, October 8 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.
Story Time with CJ the Explorer – Wednesday, October 8 at 12:30 p.m. Enjoy the play zone before and after the reading. FREE! All Things Kids @The Domain, 3220 Feathergrass Ct, Austin.
Yoga in the Park – Wednesday, October 8 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.
Literature LIVE! Presents: Not So Scary Stories – Wednesday, October 8 at 3:30 p.m. Not So Scary Stories is a splendiferously snazzy story spectacular that is anything but scary. Children ages 3 and up will have a marvelous time with these interactive stories and puppet tales, leaving the program knowing that they “ain’t afraid of nuthin’!” FREE! APL – Hampton Branch, 5125 Convict Hill Rd, Austin.
Teen Craft Night – Wednesday, October 8 at 5:00 p.m. Make cool stuff. All supplies will be provided. FREE! APL – University Hills Branch, 4721 Loyola Ln, Austin.
Community Night – Wednesday, October 8 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.
Krispy Kreme Family Night – Wednesday, October 8 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, October 8 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 Tex Thomas and Roxy Roca. FREE, but donations to support the KDRP Radio Mission are appreciated. Guero’s Oak Garden, 1412 S Congress Ave, Austin.
Stargazing at UT – Wednesday, October 8 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.
Free Admission to The Blanton – Thursday, October 9 from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. FREE! Blanton Museum of Art, 200 E MLK Jr Blvd, Austin.
Hola, Hola! – Thursday, October 9 at 10:30 a.m. Ann Benson, expert in bilingual education, will teach you how to effectively use books as a tool to teach your child Spanish. Each parent will learn to read a Spanish book to their child and take it home for Spanish reinforcement. For parents & their children ages 0-5. FREE! Laura’s Library, 9411 Bee Cave Rd, Austin.
Little Yoga – Thursday, October 9 at 10:30 a.m. This 30-minute class allows children 3 to 6 years old to experience exercise in a mellow environment. Children and their adults will practice breathing and age appropriate stretching. FREE! Lake Travis Community Library, 1938 Lohmans Crossing, Austin.
Free Noon Concert – Thursday, October 9 at Noon. Take a 30-minute lunchtime break to hear soprano Shelley Chen. FREE! Central Presbyterian Church, 200 E 8th St, Austin.
Yoga in the Park – Thursday, October 9 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.
Lego Lab – Thursday, October 9 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 – Yarborough Branch, 2200 Hancock Dr, Austin.
Explorers Club (Cedar Park) – Thursday, October 9 at 3:30 p.m. Each Thursday, kids in grades K-5 meet to explore a set of rotating programs. This week, they can learn about a science concept then make and take an activity during Super Science. FREE! Cedar Park Library, 550 Discovery Blvd, Cedar Park.
Adult Craft Night (Pflugerville) – Thursday, October 9 from 6-7:30 p.m. Build a jewelry stand using simple dishes. Materials provided while supplies last. 18 and up welcome. FREE! Pflugerville Public Library, 1008 W Pflugerville St, Pflugerville.
Yappy Hour on the Patio – Thursday, October 9 from 6-9:00 p.m. Enjoy live music on the dog-friendly patio. FREE! Whole Foods Domain, 11920 Domain Dr, Austin.
Shakespeare on the Farm: The Tempest (RSVP) – Thursday, October 9 at 7:30 p.m. Present Company presents Shakespeare’s classic tale of love, magic, and one helluva hurricane. Promoting the philosophy of accessible and sustainable art, Shakespeare on the Farm is a FREE event, but a suggested donation of $10-$20 helps support the event and the artists that create it. Guests are encouraged to bring a blanket or short chair and a picnic, although snacks and donation-based cocktails will be available. Suitable for all ages. Seating starts at 6:30 p.m. Show starts at about 7:30 p.m. RSVP here to guarantee your spot. Rain Lily Farm, 914 Shady Ln, Austin.
B.J. Novak Speaking & Signing The Book with No Pictures – Thursday, October 9 at 6:30 p.m. B.J. Novak – bestselling author and star of The Office – returns to BookPeople with a new book. We were skeptical when there weren’t pictures, but then– BLORK. Uh, excuse us. As we were saying– BLUURF. Hmm. This is embarassing. . . Well anyway, it’s a great book that you can’t help but read aloud BLAGGITY BLAGGITY and an event GLIBBITY GLOBBITY you don’t want to miss! BLERF! The speaking portion of this event is FREE and open to the public. In order to have anything signed at a BookPeople event, a copy of the event book must be purchased from BookPeople. BookPeople, 603 N Lamar, Austin.
Live Music at Central Market North – Thursday, October 9 from 6:30-9:00 p.m. Jazz/Neo-Soul from Temple Underground. FREE! Central Market, 4001 N Lamar Blvd, Austin.
Live Music at Central Market Westgate – Thursday, October 9 from 6:30-9:00 p.m. Avant Folk from Grace Park & The Deer. FREE! Central Market Westgate, 4477 S Lamar Blvd, Austin.
Pajama Storytime – Thursday, October 9 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.
Yoga Story Time – Friday, October 10 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, October 10 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, October 10 at 12:30 p.m. Enjoy the play zone before and after the reading. FREE! All Things Kids @The Domain, 3220 Feathergrass Ct, Austin.
Free Mobile Food Pantry – Friday, October 10 from 3-5:00 p.m. East Austin Children’s Promise, in partnership with the Capital Area Food Bank, hosts one of the largest mobile food pantries in Central Texas at Southwest Key’s El Centro de Familia. ALL families are eligible to receive food available: no ID required and there are no income or zipcode guidelines. You may also get help applying for Food Stamps upon request. FREE! Southwest Key, 6002 Jain Ln, Austin.
Fall Festival (Pflugerville) – Friday, October 10 from 3-9:00 p.m. Visitors will be entertained with a variety of games, family crafts stations, activities, live music, fall food favorites, and more while strolling though Hawaiian Falls’ decorated grounds. Admission to the festival is FREE! Tickets can be purchased for activities and crafts. Hawaiian Falls, 18500 N SH 130 Service Rd SB, Pflugerville.
Live Music at the Midway – Friday, October 10 from 6-8:30 p.m. Live music by Fingerpistol and trailer food under the lights–a perfect combination. FREE! Midway Food Park, 1905 S Capitol of Texas Hwy, Austin.
Movies in Your Park at Mueller: Home Alone – Friday, October 10 at 6:30 p.m. Bring the kids and enjoy a family-friendly movie. Make yourself comfortable by bringing snacks and blankets, but please no chairs or other equipment that could block the view of other attendees. Feel free to stop by one of the Mueller food eateries to purchase a quick bite to eat. Activities will start at 6:30 p.m. and movie will begin at dusk. Rated PG. FREE! Mueller Lake Park Amphitheater, Corner of Aldrich St & Simond Ave, Austin.
Shakespeare on the Farm: The Tempest (RSVP) – Friday, October 10 at 6:30 p.m. Present Company presents Shakespeare’s classic tale of love, magic, and one helluva hurricane. Promoting the philosophy of accessible and sustainable art, Shakespeare on the Farm is a FREE event, but a suggested donation of $10-$20 helps support the event and the artists that create it. Guests are encouraged to bring a blanket or short chair and a picnic, although snacks and donation-based cocktails will be available. Suitable for all ages. Seating starts at 6:30 p.m. Show starts at about 7:30 p.m. RSVP here to guarantee your spot. Rain Lily Farm, 914 Shady Ln, Austin.
Live Music at Central Market North – Friday, October 10 from 6:30-9:00 p.m. Cumbia/Parranda from La Frenetika. FREE! Central Market, 4001 N Lamar Blvd, Austin.
Live Music at Central Market Westgate – Friday, October 10 from 6:30-9:00 p.m. Traditional Irish from The Tea Merchants. FREE! Central Market Westgate, 4477 S Lamar Blvd, Austin.
Head for the Hill’s: Free Music Fridays – Friday, October 10 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, Jess & The Echoes perform. A special backyard menu will be available for purchase. Family-friendly and FREE! Hill’s Cafe, 4700 S Congress Ave, Austin.
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.