What’s Up? Weekly: February 13-17, 2017

Looking for things to do in Austin this week? What’s Up Weekly highlights 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: Water Play – Monday, February 13 from 9:00 a.m. to Noon. Children age 0-3 and their families are invited to splish, splash, and explore the wonders of water. 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.

Valentine Playtime (Round Rock) – Monday, February 13 at 10:00 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. Bring your little sweeties to this early literacy playtime featuring Valentine-themed activities. Read, write, sing, talk, and play together at come-and-go stations. You’ll go home with fun, simple ideas for activities kids will enjoy doing with you to develop pre-reading skills. Best enjoyed by ages 18 months and older. FREE! Round Rock Public Library, 216 E Main St, Round Rock.

Library’s 4th Anniversary Celebration – Monday, February 13 at 10:30 a.m. Time flies when you’re having fun. Wish the library a Happy Birthday with story time, crafts, and cake. FREE! Lake Travis Community Library, 1938 Lohmans Crossing, Austin.

Blazer Tag’s 18th Anniversary – Monday, February 13 from 4-9:00 p.m. Blazer Tag is thanking Austin for 18 spectacular years with an anniversary celebration. Join the celebration by getting 18¢ Laser Tag games. All ages welcome. Cash only. Blazer Tag, 1701 W Ben White Blvd, Austin.

Lemon Twigs In-Store Performance – Monday, February 13 at 5:00 p.m. FREE! Waterloo Records, 600A N Lamar, Austin.

Lego Lab – Monday, February 13 at 5:30 p.m. With Legos, 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, February 13 at 6:00 p.m. Feel free to wear pajamas to this family evening storytime featuring stories, songs, rhymes, games, crafts, and other activities. Seating is limited at all programs. Please arrive a few minutes early to gain entrance. Recommended for children 5 and under. FREE! APL – Carver Branch, 1161 Angelina St, Austin.

Tuesday

Kids Club  Tuesday, February 14 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.

Valentine Playtime (Round Rock) – Tuesday, February 14 at 10:00 a.m. Bring your little sweeties to this early literacy playtime featuring Valentine-themed activities. Read, write, sing, talk, and play together at come-and-go stations. You’ll go home with fun, simple ideas for activities kids will enjoy doing with you to develop pre-reading skills. Best enjoyed by ages 18 months and older. FREE! Round Rock Public Library, 216 E Main St, Round Rock.

Free Admission to Laguna Gloria – Tuesday, February 14 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. FREE! The Contemporary Austin, Laguna Gloria, 3809 West 35th St, Austin.

Milly McSilly Storytime – Tuesday, February 14 at 10:30 a.m. The marvelous Milly McSilly will read some magical books about dragons and love for this heartfelt holiday. Come on out for hearts and dragons, and bring your Valentine. FREE! BookPeople, 603 N Lamar, Austin.

Sensory Storytime – Tuesday, February 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 – Carver Branch, 1161 Angelina St, Austin.

Homeschool Program – Tuesday, February 14 at 1:30 p.m. Create valentines to send to seniors at Brookdale Lohmans Crossing. The library has all the craft supplies you need. This program is tailored to homeschoolers ages 5 to 10, but is open to all. FREE! Lake Travis Community Library, 1938 Lohmans Crossing, Austin.

Storytime Yoga (RSVP) – Tuesday, February 14 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, February 14 at 3:30 p.m. With Legos, 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.

Lego Lab – Tuesday, February 14 at 4:30 p.m. With Legos, 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 – Little Walnut Creek Branch, 835 W Rundberg Ln, Austin.

Tabletop Tuesday – Tuesday, February 14 at 5:30 p.m. Bring your friends and family for a weekly night of all things board games. There will be games available for a wide variety of ages, from ages 2 through 102. Plenty of classics, but some new games you may not have seen before, including Settlers of Catan, Pandemic, Dixit, Ticket to Ride, and SuperFight. Play the library’s games or bring your own. Librarian partners will be available to join you for a round and show you the ropes. FREE! APL – Faulk Central Library, 800 Guadalupe St, Austin.

Family Night: Valentine Collage – Tuesday, February 14 at 6:00 p.m. Make a festive mixed media Valentine collage. FREE! Westbank Library, 1309 Westbank Dr, Austin.

Art Smart: Heart Collage – Tuesday, February 14 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: The Secret Life of Pets – Tuesday, February 14 at 6:30 p.m. Rated PG. FREE! APL – Twin Oaks Branch, 1800 S Fifth St, Austin.

Wednesday

Kids Club  Wednesday, February 15 at 9:30 a.m. Kids of all ages will enjoy snacks, storytime, crafts, and more. Parental supervision is requested. FREE! Whole Foods, 525 N Lamar Blvd, Austin.

Tiny Tails to You Petting Zoo Storytime – Wednesday, February 15 at 10:30 a.m. If you’re a fan of chinchillas, bunnies, ducklings, guinea pigs, chickens, and stories then you’re in luck! Friends from Tiny Tails to You Petting Zoo will be reading stories and introducing some of the cutest, softest, most adorable little creatures in Austin. What a wonderful way to make new friends. FREE! BookPeople, 603 N Lamar, Austin.

Literature Live! Presents Little Peep – Wednesday, February 15 at 11:00 a.m. A chick is warned by the other barnyard animals never to annoy the old rooster, because without him to bring up the sun, there may be no future. FREE! APL – University Hills Branch, 4721 Loyola Ln, Austin.

Crafternoon – Wednesday, February 15 at 3:00 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 – Carver Branch, 1161 Angelina St, Austin.

Community Night at The Thinkery – Wednesday, February 15 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.

Minecraft Club – Wednesday, February 15 at 4:30 p.m. Laptops are available. You can also bring your own or other mobile device that has Minecraft downloaded. Recommended for ages 7 and up. FREE! APL – Little Walnut Creek Branch, 835 W Rundberg Ln, Austin.

Discovery! Writing: Funny Fictional Valentines – Wednesday, February 15 at 4:30 p.m. Do you think Lord Voldemort ever had a secret admirer? Make silly Valentine cards and write funny haikus to/from/between/about your favorite book characters. FREE! Laura’s Library, 9411 Bee Cave Rd, Austin.

Pajama Storytime – Wednesday, February 15 at 6:00 p.m. Feel free to wear pajamas to this family evening storytime featuring stories, songs, rhymes, games, crafts, and other activities. Seating is limited at all programs. Please arrive a few minutes early to gain entrance. Recommended for children 5 and under. FREE! APL – Windsor Park Branch, 5833 Westminster Dr, Austin.

Krispy Kreme Family Night – Wednesday, February 15 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 15 from 6-8:00 p.m. Texas Radio Live brings you the very best Texas music with performances from Texas musicians. This week, George Ensle and Chris & Adam Carroll perform. FREE but donations to support the Sun Radio Foundation 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 15 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 info. UT Campus – Robert Lee Moore Hall, Southeast corner of Dean Keeton and Speedway.

Thursday

Third Thursday at The Blanton – Thursday, February 16 from 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. In addition to offering free admission, The Blanton is open late and offers a variety of activities from yoga to live music. Find the complete schedule of events here. FREE! Blanton Museum of Art, 200 E Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Austin.

Sensory Storytime – Thursday, February 16 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 16 at Noon. Take a 30-minute lunchtime break to hear a concert by Texas State University Opera Students. FREE! Central Presbyterian Church, 200 E 8th St, Austin.

Texas Family Storytime – Thursday, February 16 at 2:00 p.m. Join APL for six weeks of storytellers, snacks, and Texas tales. Participants will receive complimentary copies of the program books to read at home. This program was developed in partnership with Humanities Texas, the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. FREE! APL – St. John Branch, 7500 Blessing Ave, Austin.

Literature Live! Presents Little Peep – Thursday, February 16 at 3:30 p.m. A chick is warned by the other barnyard animals never to annoy the old rooster, because without him to bring up the sun, there may be no future. FREE! APL – Yarborough Branch, 2200 Hancock Dr, Austin.

Explorer’s Club (Cedar Park) – Thursday, February 16 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.

Delbert McClinton In-Store Performance – Thursday, February 16 at 5:00 p.m. FREE! Waterloo Records, 600A N Lamar, Austin.

Totally Cool Totally Art Mid-Year Teen Art Exhibition – Thursday, February 16 from 6-7:30 p.m. The art on exhibit in this show has been made by local teens with the instruction of local professional artists. There will be snacks, art activities, and an awards ceremony. FREE! Mexic-Arte Museum, 419 Congress Ave, Austin.

Pajama Storytime – Thursday, February 16 at 6:30 p.m. Feel free to wear pajamas to this family evening storytime featuring stories, songs, rhymes, games, crafts, and other activities. Seating is limited at all programs. Please arrive a few minutes early to gain entrance. Recommended for children 5 and under. FREE! APL – Manchaca Road Branch, 5500 Manchaca Rd, Austin.

Friday

Celebrate Kindness Day – Friday, February 17 at 10:30 a.m. Hear stories and songs to celebrate Kindness Day. Recommended for children aged 5 and under. FREE! APL – Faulk Central Library, 800 Guadalupe St, Austin.

Painter Hall Telescope Public Viewing – Friday, February 17 from 7-9:00 p.m. Every Friday and Saturday while UT is in session the Department of Astronomy hosts viewing on the Painter Hall Telescope. Both Friday and Saturday nights are open to the general public. All ages are welcome, but children must be under adult supervision at all times. Please call 512-232-4265 for weather cancellation information. FREE! University of Texas – Painter Hall, 103 W 24th St, Austin.

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