What’s Up? Weekly (January 11-15, 2016)

What's Up Weekly

Happening All Week

TuneBugz! Demo Classes (RSVP) – Monday, January 11 – Friday, January 15. Children ages 0-5 and their caregivers are invited to sing, dance, bounce, and play with TuneBugz! View locations, schedule, and reserve your child’s FREE spot here.

My Library Keeps Me Healthy: Health Screenings – Monday, January 11 – Friday, January 15. Times vary. Blood pressure, blood glucose, blood cholesterol, BMI, and body fat percent testing is provided by Austin/Travis County Health and Human Services Health Unit nurses. FREE! View schedule and locations here.

Monday

Baby Bloomers – Monday, January 11 from 9:00 a.m. to Noon. Children age 0-3 and their families are invited to learn more about Three Billy Goats Gruff. They’ll construct bridges, experiment with size, and create their very own trolls. Plus, Staci Gray’s sing-alongs will get everyone dancing. 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 (Bee Cave) – Monday, January 11 at 10:00 a.m. Mr. Will is back with his popular kids music class. Sing along to old favorites and Mr. Will originals. FREE! Whole Foods Bee Cave, 12601 Hill Country Blvd, Bee Cave.

Homeschool Teens: Make a Mini Movie (Pflugerville) – Monday, January 11 at 1:30 p.m. Learn to use a green screen, Lego mini-figures, and the Green Screen by Do Ink app to make a mini-movie. All teens ages 12-18 who homeschool are invited to attend. FREE! Pflugerville Public Library, 1008 W Pflugerville St, Pflugerville.

Storytime Yoga (RSVP) – Monday, January 11 at 2:30 p.m. Bring your kids of all ages (babies are very welcome) to watch their favorite stories come to life through yoga poses. Reserve your child’s FREE spot here. The Little Yoga House, 1211 Parkway, Austin.

Lego Lab – Monday, January 11 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 – Howson Branch, 2500 Exposition Blvd, Austin.

Crafternoon – Monday, January 11  at 3:30 p.m. Drop by the library and make a craft while you search for books, movies, and music. There will be paper crafts, easy sewing, and more fun projects for the whole family. The library provides the supplies; you provide the creativity. FREE! APL – Manchaca Road Branch, 5500 Manchaca Rd, Austin.

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Felt Friends World Tour: Pocket Yeti – Monday, January 11 at 6:30 p.m. Join the fun and sew another felt project each month through May. Recommended for ages 10 and up. Adults are welcome to join in the fun. FREE! APL – Hampton Branch, 5125 Convict Hill Rd, Austin.

Evening Storytime (Round Rock) – Monday, January 11 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.

Tuesday

Storytime and Crafts – Tuesday, January 12 at 9:30 a.m. Kids ages 2-5 will hear a new story each week. After the book, they’ll do crafts related to the story. Parental supervision is requested. FREE! Whole Foods Domain, 11920 Domain Dr, Austin.

Free Admission to Laguna Gloria – Tuesday, January 12 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. FREE! The Contemporary Austin, Laguna Gloria, 3809 West 35th St, Austin.

Bad Kitty Storytime – Tuesday, January 12 at 10:30 a.m. Are you a fan of Bad Kitty and her adorable antics? Then you won’t want to miss this reading of her classic story, Bad Kitty, with Kitty herself as a special guest. FREE! BookPeople, 603 N Lamar, Austin.

Sensory Storytime – Tuesday, January 12 at 11:15 a.m. This special 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. FREE! APL – Carver Branch, 1161 Angelina St, Austin.

Crafternoon – Tuesday, January 12 at 3:30 p.m. Drop by the library and make a craft while you search for books, movies, and music. There will be paper crafts, easy sewing, and more fun projects for the whole family. The library provides the supplies; you provide the creativity. FREE! APL – Terrazas Branch, 1105 E Cesar Chavez St, Austin.

Lego Lab – Tuesday, January 12 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 – Twin Oaks Branch, 1800 S Fifth St, Austin and APL – Windsor Park Branch, 5833 Westminster Dr, Austin and APL – Yarborough Branch, 2200 Hancock Dr, Austin.

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Laguna Gloria

Interactive Foam Installation – Tuesday, January 12 at 4:00 p.m. Witness the activation of the outdoor, interactive foam installation A retrospective view of the pathway (2008-2015) by Roger Hiorns. Guests are encouraged to wear clothes that can get wet or messy and to bring towels and a change of clothes. Read about Addie’s experience hereFREE! The Contemporary Austin, Laguna Gloria, 3809 West 35th St, Austin.

Family Craft Night – Tuesday, January 12 at 6:00 p.m. Drop in to see what everyone’s making. You can build it in the library or take it home to share. There will also be adult coloring supplies available so the whole family can be creative. FREE! Westbank Library, 1309 Westbank Dr, Austin.

Night Crafters (17+) – Tuesday, January 12 from 6-7:30 p.m. Are you a crafter? Do you wish you were a crafter? Then Night Crafters is for you. Adults only, please. FREE! APL – Ruiz Branch, 1600 Grove Blvd, Austin.

Evenings Out: Arcade Night (RSVP) – Tuesday, January 12 from 6-8:00 p.m. Relive the glory days of the 1980s while playing classic arcade games like Pac-Man or Donkey Kong and participating in an 80’s costume contest. No need to bring a roll of quarters to play, but please don the big hair, acid-washed jeans, shoulder pads, and Members Only jackets. All ages welcome. FREE with RSVP here. Bullock Texas State History Museum, 1800 N Congress Ave, Austin.

Pajama Storytime – Tuesday, January 12 at 6:30 p.m. Feel free to wear pajamas to this family evening storytime featuring stories, songs, rhymes, games, crafts, and other activities. Children of all ages welcome. Seating is limited at all programs. Please arrive a few minutes early to gain entrance. FREE! APL – Willie Mae Kirk Branch, 3101 Oak Springs Dr, Austin.

Family Movie Night: Minions – Tuesday, January 12 at 6:30 p.m. Rated PG. FREE! APL – Twin Oaks Branch, 1800 S Fifth St, Austin.

Wednesday

Ms. Staci Storytime – Wednesday, January 13 at 10:30 a.m Ms. Staci will read some of her favorite stories and sing some of your favorite songs. Kids, don’t forget your dancing shoes. FREE! BookPeople, 603 N Lamar, Austin.

Chinese Story Share – Wednesday, January 13 at 10:30 a.m. Learn Chinese, have fun, and make friends. Stories, rhymes, and songs in Mandarin. Designed for children of 2 to 5 year old. FREE! Laura’s Library, 9411 Bee Cave Rd, Austin.

Lisons Ensemble French Bilingual Storytime – Wednesday, January 13 at 3:30 p.m. Bonjour and welcome to this très special French/English dual language story time  Join the fun, s’il vous plait, for stories, songs, and crafts in French and English. Children of all ages are welcome. FREE! APL – Hampton Branch, 5125 Convict Hill Rd, Austin.

Lego Lab – Wednesday, January 13 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 – Carver Branch, 1161 Angelina St, Austin.

The Thinkery

The Thinkery

Community Night at The Thinkery – Wednesday, January 13 from 4-8:00 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.

Discovery! Writing New Year’s Resolutions – Wednesday, January 13 at 4:30 p.m. Bring your New Year’s resolutions to Laura’s, where you can make Dream Stars and write your dreams, hopes, and wishes for the New Year inside each star. Whether you have one big dream or a dozen little wishes for 2016, you’ll be taking your Dreams Stars home with you to keep, look at, and think about as the brand new year unfolds. FREE! Laura’s Library, 9411 Bee Cave Rd, Austin.

Krispy Kreme Family Night – Wednesday, January 13 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, January 13 from 6-8:00 p.m. Texas Radio Live brings you the very best Texas music with performances from Texas musicians. This week, Extreme Heat and Love & Chaos perform. FREE but donations to support the KDRP Radio Mission are appreciated. Read about Catherine’s experience here. Guero’s Oak Garden, 1412 S Congress Ave, Austin.

Thursday

Teddy Bear Clinic (Round Rock) – Thursday, January 14 from 10-11:30 a.m. Children of all ages are invited to help their stuffed animals get a check-up at this Teddy Bear Clinic featuring healthcare professionals from Baylor Scott and White. Kids, please bring a stuffed animal and be ready to help a doctor or nurse perform a well-check.  The Library will have extra stuffed animals available for children who do not bring a toy of their own. FREE! Round Rock Public Library, 216 E Main St, Round Rock.

The Blanton

The Blanton

Free Admission to The Blanton – Thursday, January 14 from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. FREE! Blanton Museum of Art, 200 E Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Austin.

Hola, Hola! Spanish Camp – Thursday, January 14 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 and their children ages 0-5. FREE! Westbank Library, 1309 Westbank Dr, Austin.

Little Yoga – Thursday, January 14 at 10:30 a.m. This 30-minute class allows children ages 3-6 to experience exercise in a mellow environment. With adult participation, they will practice breathing and age appropriate stretching. FREE! Lake Travis Community Library, 1938 Lohmans Crossing, Austin.

Sensory Storytime – Thursday, January 14 at 11:15 a.m. This special 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. FREE! APL – Ruiz Branch, 1600 Grove Blvd, Austin.

Free Noon Concert – Thursday, January 14 at Noon. Take a 30-minute lunchtime break to hear a piano concert by David Gilliland. FREE! Central Presbyterian Church, 200 E 8th St, Austin.

Book Circle: Legos and Duplos – Thursday, January 14 at 3:30 p.m. Settle in for a story or two and some hands-on activities geared towards ages 5 and up. FREE! APL – Yarborough Branch, 2200 Hancock Dr, Austin.

Explorers Club (Cedar Park) – Thursday, January 14 at 3:30 p.m. Each Thursday, kids in grades K-5 meet to explore a set of rotating programs. This week, it’s Super Science. FREE! Cedar Park Library, 550 Discovery Blvd, Cedar Park.

Crafternoon – Thursday, January 14 at 4:00 p.m. Drop by the library and make a craft while you search for books, movies, and music. There will be paper crafts, easy sewing, and more fun projects for the whole family. The library provides the supplies; you provide the creativity. FREE! APL – Twin Oaks Branch, 1800 S Fifth St, Austin.

Japanese Stories – Thursday, January 14 at 4:00 p.m. Experience Japanese kids’ tales told in English with puppets, toys, and a lot of imagination. You’ll also learn a few phrases and sayings in Japanese. For Kindergarteners and up. FREE! Lake Travis Community Library, 1938 Lohmans Crossing, Austin.

Lego Lab – Thursday, January 14 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 – Cepeda Branch, 651 N Pleasant Valley Rd, Austin.

Hill Country Galleria’s Wine Walk – Thursday, January 14 from 5-9:00 p.m. Get to know the eclectic mix of businesses in the Galleria while discovering great wines from all over the world. This event is open to everyone, so bring your friends, family, groups, or date for a fun way to spend a Thursday evening. FREE! Hill Country Galleria, 12700 Hill Country Blvd, Austin.

Pajama Storytime – Thursday, January 14 at 6:30 p.m. Feel free to wear pajamas to this family evening storytime featuring stories, songs, rhymes, games, crafts, and other activities. Children of all ages welcome. Seating is limited at all programs. Please arrive a few minutes early to gain entrance. FREE! APL – Manchaca Road Branch, 5500 Manchaca Rd, Austin.

Central Market North

Central Market North

Live Music at Central Market North – Thursday, January 14 from 6:30-9:00 p.m. Jazz by Time Out. FREE! Central Market North, 4001 N Lamar Blvd, Austin.

Live Music at Central Market Westgate – Thursday, January 14 from 6:30-9:00 p.m. The Reveleros plays world and eclectic beats. FREE! Central Market Westgate, 4477 S Lamar Blvd, Austin.

Friday

Canta Demo Class – Friday, January 15 at 9:30 a.m. and 11:00 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 it if you already speak it at home. Reserve your child’s FREE spot here. Semillitas de Espanol, 12412 Tomanet Trail, Austin.

(Re)membering Martin Luther King, Jr – Friday, January 15 at 11:00 a.m. The public is invited to screenings of King – Go Beyond the Dream to Discover the Man at 11:00 a.m.; Eyes on the Prize: Vol. 5 at 12:40 p.m.; and Selma at 2:45 p.m. FREE! George Washington Carver Museum and Cultural Center, 1165 Angelina St, Austin.

Live Music at Central Market North – Friday, January 15 from 6:30-9:00 p.m. Texas troubadour Ricky Stein. FREE! Central Market North, 4001 N Lamar Blvd, Austin.

Live Music at Central Market Westgate – Friday, January 15 from 6:30-9:00 p.m. Silas Lowe plays Americana and Roots. FREE! Central Market Westgate, 4477 S Lamar Blvd, Austin.

Check out the Free Fun Calendar for even more ways to fill your week with fun.

About the Author

Emily D
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.