What’s Up? Weekly (February 8-12, 2016)

Wondering what’s up around Austin this week? Here are some of the exciting events featured on our Free Fun Calendar. Have an event to add to the calendar? Submit it here.
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AISD Youth Art Exhibit – Monday, February 8 – Friday, February 12 from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Austin ISD will celebrate Youth Art Month with more than 1,500 works of all kinds of art in an exhibit representing 113 elementary, middle and high schools. The exhibit includes painting, drawing, printmaking, mixed media, sculpture, collage, weaving, ceramics, photography, jewelry, and electronic media. FREE! AISD Performing Arts Center, 1500 Barbara Jordan Blvd, Austin.

Monday

Baby Bloomers – Monday, February 8 from 9:00 a.m. to Noon. Children ages 0-3 and their families are invited to paint with shaving cream snow, experiment with salt and ice, and play with snowy slime. Brrrr! ZACH Theater’s Performing Arts School will lead an exploration of the classic Ezra Jack Keats story The Snowy Day while Baby Bloomers use their bodies, voices, and imaginations to crunch through the snow, build snowmen, and climb mountains with Peter. 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, February 8 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.

Dog Storytime – Monday, February 8 at 1:00 p.m. Handler Holly with dog Chula will read with kiddos or visit with them.  Pre-readers and readers are welcome.  No registration is required. Be sure to call the library (512.327.3045) to confirm if Chula is in and to ask for any last minute cancellations. FREE! Laura’s Library, 9411 Bee Cave Rd, Austin.

Storytime Yoga (RSVP) – Monday, February 8 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, February 8 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.

Blazer Tag’s 17th Anniversary – Monday, February 8 from 4-9:00 p.m. Blazer Tag is thanking Austin for 17 spectacular years with an anniversary celebration. Join the celebration by getting 17¢ Laser Tag games. Players must be at least 7 years old to play. Cash only. Blazer Tag, 1701 W Ben White Blvd, Austin.

From Africa to America – Monday, February 8 at 6:30 p.m. This event highlights the importance of the achievements of African Americans and how they have contributed to their communities, the nation, and the world. FREE! APL – Carver Branch, 1161 Angelina St, Austin.

Evening Storytime (Round Rock) – Monday, February 8 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, February 9 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, February 9 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. FREE! The Contemporary Austin, Laguna Gloria, 3809 West 35th St, Austin.

Pinballz Arcade Party Gras – Tuesday, February 9 from 10:00 a.m. to Midnight. Celebrate Mardi Gras with Pinballz, where they will be giving out beads (while supplies last) and will give out 4 FREE tokens for anyone wearing beads on Fat Tuesday. Pinballz Arcade, 8940 Research Blvd, Suite 100, Austin.

I Can Do Anything Storytime – Tuesday, February 9 at 10:30 a.m. Sometimes it’s good to remind ourselves of the amazing things that are possible if we just keep trying. Enjoy a reading of The Little Engine That Could and other books about achieving our dreams. FREE! BookPeople, 603 N Lamar, Austin.

Mardi Gras Toddler Story Time – Tuesday, February 9 at 10:30 a.m. A very special Mardi Gras themed story time with beads, music, and more. FREE! Lake Travis Community Library, 1938 Lohmans Crossing, Austin.

Chinese Bilingual Storytime (Round Rock) – Tuesday, February 9 at 10:30 a.m. This program, developed for ages 3 and up, celebrates Chinese culture with stories, fingerplays, songs, and other activities in both English and Chinese. This week’s program will continue the Chinese New Year celebration from last week’s program, and look forward to Valentines Day. Enjoy stories and crafts. FREE! Round Rock Public Library, 216 E Main St, Round Rock.

Sensory Storytime – Tuesday, February 9 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, February 9 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, February 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 – Twin Oaks Branch, 1800 S Fifth St, Austin and APL – Windsor Park Branch, 5833 Westminster Dr, Austin.

Valentine’s Party Family Night – Tuesday, February 9 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Join the fun for a “Sweetheart Sundae” bar, games and prizes, and a FREE Valentine craft. The Cow will be celebrating, too. Chick-fil-A North Mopac, 12501 N Mopac Expy, Austin.

Family Night: Kids Craft and Adult Coloring – Tuesday, February 9 at 6:00 p.m. Stop by to make a craft the whole family can enjoy. 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, February 9 from 6-7:30 p.m. Call a sitter. It’s time to get crafty. The Austin Public Library offers many programs for the whole family, but what about when you just want to unwind and craft with some adults? Participants can learn how to make a rich variety of fun, functional, seasonal, and holiday-related crafts. All supplies provided. Adults only, please. FREE! APL – Ruiz Branch, 1600 Grove Blvd, Austin.

Pajama Storytime – Tuesday, February 9 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: Shaun the Sheep Movie – Tuesday, February 9 at 6:30 p.m. Rated PG. FREE! APL – Twin Oaks Branch, 1800 S Fifth St, Austin.

Wednesday

Healthy Eating Kids Club with Kiely – Wednesday, February 10 at 9:30 a.m. Little ones will enjoy a reading of The Biggest Valentine Ever by Steven Kroll. FREE! Whole Foods, 525 N Lamar Blvd, Austin.

Ms. Staci Storytime – Wednesday, February 10 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, February 10 at 10:30 a.m. Learn Chinese, have fun, and make friends. Stories, rhymes, and songs in Mandarin. Designed for children 2 to 5 years old. FREE! Laura’s Library, 9411 Bee Cave Rd, Austin.

Musical Storytime and Craft – Wednesday, February 10 at 10:30 a.m. Join Miss Vanessa for storytime, songs, and crafts. For ages 5 and under. FREE! Upper East Side, 5811 Berkman Dr, Ste 107, Austin.

Lisons Ensemble French Bilingual Storytime – Wednesday, February 10 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, February 10 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.

Community Night at The Thinkery – Wednesday, February 10 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: What Do You See? – Wednesday, February 10 at 4:30 p.m. Elementary aged kids are invited to play a game called “Blind Art.” In small teams, they’ll describe a painting to the team’s leader–a “blind artist” who has the painting taped onto their back. At the end of the game, each child will have made some awesome art–their own interpretations of some classic paintings. Some will be funny, some strange, some beautiful, but all of them fun. FREE! Laura’s Library, 9411 Bee Cave Rd, Austin.

Early Valentine’s Gift Market & International Dance Showcase – Wednesday, February 10 from 5:00 p.m. to Midnight. You will be treated to performances by diverse cultural dance groups, some accompanied by live bands, with costumes that are a show in themselves. You’ll also have the opportunity to shop with a dozen local artisans for something special for your Valentine — jewelry, clothing, natural body products, more. This is a FREE and family-friendly event celebrating cultures and exploring world markets. Parking is free after 6pm. Russian House, 307 E 5th St, Austin.

Buffalo Soldiers on the Texas Frontier – Wednesday, February 10 at 6:00 p.m. Meet real uniformed soldiers and hear stories about Buffalo Soldiers and their lives on the frontier. Compare and contrast their experiences with our modern lives. Presented by Texas Parks and Wildlife. FREE! APL – Cepeda Branch, 651 N Pleasant Valley Rd, Austin.

Krispy Kreme Family Night – Wednesday, February 10 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, February 10 from 6-8:00 p.m. Texas Radio Live brings you the very best Texas music with performances from Texas musicians. This week, Terri Hendrix & Lloyd Maines and Kathryn Legendre 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.

Wednesday Night Star Party at UT – Wednesday, February 10 from 7-9:00 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 must be under adult supervision at all times. Please call 512-232-4265 for weather cancellation information. UT Campus – Robert Lee Moore Hall, Southeast corner of Dean Keeton and Speedway.

Thursday

Free Admission to The Blanton – Thursday, February 11 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, February 11 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, February 11 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, February 11 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, February 11 at Noon. Take a 30-minute lunchtime break to hear music of a bygone era for Valentine’s by Stardust FourFREE! Central Presbyterian Church, 200 E 8th St, Austin.

Book Circle: Legos and Duplos – Thursday, February 11 at 3:30 p.m. Settle in for a story or two and some hands-on activities in celebration of the Lunar New Year. Geared towards ages 5 and up. FREE! APL – Yarborough Branch, 2200 Hancock Dr, Austin.

Maker Mania – Thursday, February 11 at 3:30 p.m. Enjoy an hour of hands-on science. Scientist Anita Johnson will help you turn everyday objects into touchpads using Makey Makey. Recommended for ages 5-12. FREE! APL – Faulk Central Library, 800 Guadalupe St, Austin.

Lego Lab – February 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 – Yarborough Branch, 2200 Hancock Dr, Austin.

Explorers Club (Cedar Park) – Thursday, February 11 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, February 11 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, February 11 at 4:00 p.m. Enjoy 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 kindergarten and up. FREE! Lake Travis Community Library, 1938 Lohmans Crossing, Austin.

Lego Lab – Thursday, February 11 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.

Youth Valentine’s Dance – Thursday, February 11 from 5:30-7:00 p.m. All elementary students are invited to have a blast dancing the afternoon away. Metz King and Queen 9-12 and Prince and Princess and ages 4-8 for 2016 will be crowned. The first 50 girls will receive a flower; all children will receive a hotdog, chips, and drink. Door prizes will be given. FREE! Metz Rec Center, 2704 Canterbury St, Austin.

Pajama Storytime – Thursday, February 11 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.

Live Music at Central Market North – Thursday, February 11 from 6:30-9:00 p.m. Jazz by Blackbird 3. FREE! Central Market North, 4001 N Lamar Blvd, Austin.

Live Music at Central Market Westgate – Thursday, February 11 from 6:30-9:00 p.m. Bluegrass and Troubadour tunes by High Plains Jamboree. FREE! Central Market Westgate, 4477 S Lamar Blvd, Austin.

Memories of Heart Mountain – Thursday, February 11 at 7:00 p.m. Japanese internment survivor Sam Mihara talks about his years in the Heart Mountain and Pomona internment camps, providing a moving first-hand account of this great civil rights injustice experienced by more than 120,000 Japanese Americans after the United States entered World War II. Audience members will have the opportunity to ask Sam questions after his presentation. Doors open at 6:30pm. FREE! Asian American Resource Center, 8401 Cameron Rd, Austin.

Friday

Play, Read, Grow! – Friday, February 12 at 10:30 a.m. Babies are born learning, and you can help prepare your child for success. Learn how to use play every day to get your children ready to read and succeed with this hands-on workshop for parents and caregivers of children under age 5. Children are welcome. FREE! APL – Terrazas Branch, 1105 E Cesar Chavez St, Austin.

Lego Lab – Friday, February 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 – Hampton Branch, 5125 Convict Hill Rd, Austin and APL – Terrazas Branch, 1105 E Cesar Chavez St, Austin.

Live Music at Central Market North – Friday, February 12 from 6:30-9:00 p.m. Jazz/World/Folk by Nori. FREE! Central Market North, 4001 N Lamar Blvd, Austin.

Live Music at Central Market Westgate – Friday, February 12 from 6:30-9:00 p.m. Gypsy Jazz by Hot Club of Austin. 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.