What’s Up? Weekly: January 9-13, 2017

Looking for things to do in 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.

What's Up? Weekly - Austin

Monday

Baby Bloomers: Light It Up! – Monday, January 9 from 9:00 a.m. to Noon. Children age 0-3 and their families are invited to explore the wonder of light and shadow. Use Thinkery’s exhibits to experiment with the possibilities of light all month long. Try something new each week or build on the previous week’s activities. Cost: Members $3 each / Non-Members $5 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.

Dog Storytime – Monday, January 9 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 cancelations. FREE! Laura’s Library, 9411 Bee Cave Rd, Austin.

Crafternoon – Monday, January 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 – Manchaca Road Branch, 5500 Manchaca Rd, Austin.

Lego Lab – Monday, January 9 at 5:30 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 – Ruiz Branch, 1600 Grove Blvd, Austin.

Pajama Storytime – Monday, January 9 at 6:00 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 – Carver Branch, 1161 Angelina St, Austin.

Evening Storytime (Round Rock) – Monday, January 9 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

Kids Club  Tuesday, January 10 at 9:30 a.m. Kids ages 2-5 will enjoy snacks and a special storytime. Parental supervision is requested. FREE! Whole Foods Domain, 11920 Domain Dr, Austin.

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

A Very Knightly Storytime – Tuesday, January 10 at 10:30 a.m. Would you like to be a knight? Quests, jousting, cool suits of armor? Learn what knighthood is all about by reading Mustache! and other tales of great feats. Perfect for every knight, prince, princess, or dragon. FREE! BookPeople, 603 N Lamar, Austin.

Semillitas de Español Visits Spanish Bilingual Storytime (Round Rock) – Tuesday, January 10 at 10:30 a.m. This program, developed for ages 1 and up, celebrates the Spanish language through song and creative movement. FREE! Round Rock Public Library, 216 E Main St, Round Rock.

Sensory Storytime – Tuesday, January 10 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.

Storytime Yoga (RSVP) – Tuesday, January 10 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 Village, 2700 W Anderson Ln, Ste 229, Austin.

Lego Lab – Tuesday, January 10. 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 (3:30 p.m.); APL – Windsor Park Branch, 5833 Westminster Dr, Austin (4:00 p.m.); and APL – Little Walnut Creek Branch, 835 W Rundberg Ln, Austin (4:30 p.m.)

Family Night: Paper Snowflakes – Tuesday, January 10 at 6:00 p.m. No two snowflakes are alike. Make your own unique paper snowflake using a variety of patterns provided or create your own. FREE! Westbank Library, 1309 Westbank Dr, Austin.

Art Smart: Sand Art Painting – Tuesday, January 10 at 6:30 p.m. Love art? Be Art Smart and explore different ethnic arts, art media, and techniques at this weekly family art experience for all ages and generations. Recommended for ages 3 and up. FREE! APL – Willie Mae Kirk Branch, 3101 Oak Springs Dr, Austin.

Family Movie Night: Finding Dory – Tuesday, January 10 at 6:30 p.m. Rated PG. FREE! APL – Twin Oaks Branch, 1800 S Fifth St, Austin.

Wednesday

Happy Birthday, Snake Puppet Show (Round Rock) – Wednesday, January 11 at 9:30 a.m. (Baby-friendly show for 12-18 months) and 10:30 a.m. (18 months+) The library’s sweet snake Rocksssanne turns 20 on January 20. Celebrate her birthday with a fun puppet show. FREE! Round Rock Public Library, 216 E Main St, Round Rock.

Parent and Me Yoga Demo – Wednesday, January 11 at 10:15 a.m. Join Broken Tusk Yoga for a FREE demo of their playful parent-and-me yoga class. The class is designed for children 18 months to 4 years and their caregivers, and will be offered on a continuing basis as a series pass. Give your child an early start on learning to self-regulate, grow her social skills, and move compassionately and confidently through the world. TuneBugz Studio B, 5811 Berkman Dr, Austin.

Ms. Staci Storytime – Wednesday, January 11 at 10:30 a.m. Ms. Staci is back to read some of her favorite stories and to sing some of your favorite songs. Kids, don’t forget your dancing shoes. FREE! BookPeople, 603 N Lamar Blvd, Austin.

Music & Movement – Wednesday, January 11 at 11:30 a.m. Bring your favorite little one to stretch, sing, dance, and explore music with rhythm instruments. Recommended for ages 3-5. FREE! APL – Manchaca Road Branch, 5500 Manchaca Rd, Austin.

Lego Lab – Wednesday, January 11 at 3:00 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 – Carver Branch, 1161 Angelina St, Austin.

French Storytime – Wednesday, January 11 at 3:30 p.m. Bonjour and welcome to this très special French/English dual language storytime. Join the fun, s’il vous plait, for stories, songs and crafts in French and English. Recommended for ages 5 and under. FREE! APL – Hampton Branch, 5125 Convict Hill Rd, Austin.

Community Night at The Thinkery – Wednesday, January 11 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: Futureland – Wednesday, January 11 at 4:30 p.m. What do you think the future will look like? At the beginning of 2017, imagine great things to come. Whether you think flying cars, robot maids, or underwater cities are on their way or totally passé, come help imagine the future. FREE! Laura’s Library, 9411 Bee Cave Rd, Austin.

Pajama Storytime – Wednesday, January 11 at 6:00 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 – Windsor Park Branch, 5833 Westminster Dr, Austin.

Krispy Kreme Family Night – Wednesday, January 11 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 11 from 6-8:00 p.m. Texas Radio Live brings you the very best Texas music with performances from Texas musicians. This week, Dave Scher and Jonathan Fox 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

Happy Birthday, Snake Puppet Show (Round Rock) – Thursday, January 12 at 9:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. The library’s sweet snake Rocksssanne turns 20 on January 20. Celebrate her birthday with a fun puppet show. Recommended for 18 months and up. FREE! Round Rock Public Library, 216 E Main St, Round Rock.

Free Admission to The Blanton – Thursday, January 12 from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. FREE! Blanton Museum of Art, 200 E Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Austin.

Music & Movement – Thursday, January 12 at 11:00 a.m. Bring your favorite little one to stretch, sing, dance, and explore music with rhythm instruments. Recommended for ages 3-5. FREE! APL – Howson Branch, 2500 Exposition Blvd, Austin.

Sensory Storytime – Thursday, 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 – Ruiz Branch, 1600 Grove Blvd, Austin.

Free Noon Concert – Thursday, January 12 at Noon. Take a 30-minute lunchtime break to hear a piano concert by Artina McCain. FREE! Central Presbyterian Church, 200 E 8th St, Austin.

Lego Lab – Thursday, January 12. 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 (3:30 p.m.) and APL – Cepeda Branch, 651 N Pleasant Valley Rd, Austin (4:00 p.m.)

Crafternoon – Thursday, January 12 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.

Explorer’s Club (Cedar Park) – Thursday, January 12 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 Public Library, 550 Discovery Blvd, Cedar Park.

Hard Proof In-Store Performance – Thursday, January 12 at 5:00 p.m. FREE! Waterloo Records, 600A N Lamar, Austin.

Night Crafters (17+) – Thursday, January 12 from 6-7:30 p.m. Are you a crafter? Do you wish you were a crafter? Learn to make keychains. All supplies are provided. Adults only, please. FREE! APL – Old Quarry Branch, 7051 Village Center Dr, Austin.

Pajama Storytime – Thursday, 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 – Manchaca Road Branch, 5500 Manchaca Rd, Austin.

Friday

Happy Birthday, Snake Puppet Show (Round Rock) – Friday, January 13 at 10:30 a.m. The library’s sweet snake Rocksssanne turns 20 on January 20. Celebrate her birthday with a fun puppet show. Recommended for 18 months and up. FREE! Round Rock Public Library, 216 E Main St, Round Rock.

MLK Day Film Screenings – Friday, January 13 from 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. King – Go Beyond the Dream to Discover the Man (11:00 a.m.); Eyes on the Prize: Vol. 5, Power! (1966-1968) and The Promised Land (1967-1968) (12:40 p.m.); and Selma (2:45p.m.). FREE! Boyd Vance Theatre at George Washington Carver Museum, 1165 Angelina St, Austin.

Lego Lab – Friday, 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 – Hampton Branch, 5125 Convict Hill Rd, 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.