What’s Up? Weekly: August 12-16, 2019

Looking for things to do in Austin this week? What’s Up Weekly highlights some of the exciting Austin events featured on our Free Fun Calendar!

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Monday

Maker Zone: Kindness Rocks & Music Composition
Monday, August 12 | from 2 to 4 p.m. | APL – Little Walnut Creek Branch, 835 W Rundberg Ln.
Step into the Maker Zone, a two-part makerspace series to include a variety of hands-on makerspace activities. 
Kindness Rocks – Rock with kindness in the Library’s makerspace! What better way to spread kindness to others but by inscribing inspiring words to share with others. Decorate rocks with inspirational messages to hide in public places, beautify a yard, or express love for your library. Recommend for all ages.
Music Composition – Check out our newest addition at the branch! Our music keyboard can hook up to a computer to access Noteflight.com (free), a program for music composition. Learn how to play the piano and create original music using Noteflight. Recommend for all ages.

Tuesday

Sing and Shout for Kids (Round Rock)
Tuesday, August 13 | from 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. | Calvary Apostolic Church, 2701 Sam Bass Rd, Round Rock
Sing & Shout for KIDS! is a faith-based interactive show/program teaching life lessons and good values through action songs, skits with our loveable (and hilarious) characters, and PUPPETS! Kids ranging in age from toddler to pre-teen will fall in love with Jack and Maggie, Harriet,  Gertrude, Rufus Badnasty,Cordelia and the rest of the Sing & Shout squad as they get into all sorts of shenanigans! Adults are sure to have a good time right along with their kiddos! Lots of music and Loads of Laughs with this crazy crew- and  you won’t want to miss the black light puppet show! You can meet a few of our puppets by clicking the link below. Program length is approximately one hour, followed up with prizes and a cookie and drink or other type of snack. Your kids are sure to ask to come back for the next adventure, which takes place every second Saturday of the month!!   This event is free and open to the public.

Wednesday

Tinkergarten Trial (Cedar Park)
Wednesday, August 14 | from 9 to 10:15 a.m. | Champion Park, 3830 Brushy Creek Rd., Cedar Park
At Tinkergarten, families meet outdoors to connect and learn through play. In this free trial class, Tinkergarten Leader Sarah Gardner will facilitate an expert-designed play scenario, allowing children of various ages and needs to explore, problem solve, communicate, collaborate, and create together. Parents and caregivers learn, too, as we’ll share insight into your child’s development. This trial class is designed for children ages 18 months-8 years. Child/children are accompanied by an adult. Siblings of any other age are most welcome. Limited to the first 15 families who register.

Mommy N Me Storytime Gymnastics
Wednesday, August 14 | from 10 to 11 a.m. | Astrokids, 13450 N HWY 183 Ste. 106
FREE Mommy N Me Story Time & Gymnastics at AstroKids Gym. Story time, bubbles, music, instruments, puppets and more!

Donation Based Storytime Yoga
Wednesday, August 14 | from 9:30 to 10 a.m. | Little Yoga House, 2700 W Anderson Ln Suite. 229
Bring your kids of all ages (babies are very welcome) to watch their favorite stories come to life through yoga poses in this donation based class! If you’ve never visited our studio, this is a great way to get an idea of what kids yoga looks like! *please register online beforehand*

Worm Pets: Generation Zero Waste
Wednesday, August 14 | from 2 to 3 p.m. | APL – Little Walnut Creek Branch, 835 W Rundberg Ln.
Wiggle your way to the library, discover different types of composting and the role of decomposers. Specifically the role worms play in turning food into soil.  Explore a Red Wiggler Worm compost bin and get to interact with the worms A Keep Austin Beautiful youth education lesson in Partnership with Austin Resource Recovery

Thursday

Summer Family Playgroup Town Lake YMCA
Thursday, August 15 | from 2 to 4 p.m. | Town Lake YMCA, 1100 W Cesar Chavez St.
Looking for a fun way to beat the Texas heat this summer? Come play, learn & explore with your child at the Y! Discover our interactive stations at the YMCA two times a month this summer! Come and enjoy our tumbling station, imagination station, puzzle station group circle time and more. Open to families with children up to 6-years-old. Locations in North Austin, East Austin and Downtown Austin!

Unplugged at the Grove
Thursday, August 15 | at 8 p.m. | Shady Grove, 1624 Barton Springs Rd.
Join Austin City Limits Radio in celebrating 26 years of ACL Radio’s Unplugged at the Grove with free live music every Thursday evening at the iconic Shady Grove on Barton Springs Road! It’s 23 consecutive weeks of the best live music, food, and fun you’ll experience under the clear, warm skies of Austin, Texas, with absolutely no cover charge! All ages are welcome to attend, and folks 21+ can enjoy $4 Ziegenbocks. The live music kicks off at 8 p.m.

Friday

Tinkergarten Trial (Cedar Park)
Friday, August 16 | from 9 to 10:15 a.m. | Champion Park, 3830 Brushy Creek Rd., Cedar Park
At Tinkergarten, families meet outdoors to connect and learn through play. In this free trial class, Tinkergarten Leader Sarah Gardner will facilitate an expert-designed play scenario, allowing children of various ages and needs to explore, problem solve, communicate, collaborate, and create together. Parents and caregivers learn, too, as we’ll share insight into your child’s development. This trial class is designed for children ages 18 months-8 years. Child/children are accompanied by an adult. Siblings of any other age are most welcome. Limited to the first 15 families who register.

Summer Family Playgroup East Communities YMCA
Friday, August 16 | from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. | East Communities YMCA, 5315 Ed Bluestein Blvd.
Looking for a fun way to beat the Texas heat this summer? Come play, learn & explore with your child at the Y! Discover our interactive stations at the YMCA two times a month this summer! Come and enjoy our tumbling station, imagination station, puzzle station group circle time and more. Open to families with children up to 6-years-old. Locations in North Austin, East Austin and Downtown Austin!

Friday Movie Matinee Bumblebee
Friday, August 16 | from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. | Old Quarry Branch, Austin Public Library, 7051 Village Center Dr.
Join for our Friday Movie Matinee on August 16, 2019 from 3:30 pm to 5:30 pm here at the Old Quarry Library located on 7051 Village Center Dr. Austin, TX 78731, 512-974-8860. Come and enjoy this free family event we will be featuring “Bumblebee” (pg-13).

Pixar’s Up Free Outdoor Screening
Friday, August 16 | from 8 to 11 p.m. | Community Cinema & Amphitheater, 9301 Hog Eye Rd

Mobile Loaves & Fishes invites you to a free movie night at our Community First! Village. Grab chairs and a blanket, bring family and friends, and enjoy this special screening. Come explore Community First! Village, pick your spot, and enjoy your favorite movie snacks from the Community Grille. Burgers, french fries, snacks, and drinks will be available for purchase (cards only, cash no longer accepted). The event is free, however a $5 donation would be highly appreciated. Donations can be made via donation bucket at the venue.

Metz Movies Under the StarsRemember the Titans
Friday, August 16 | from 8:45 to 10:30 p.m. | Metz Rec Center, 2407 Canterbury
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FREE outdoor movie at Metz Recreation Center. Bring lawn chairs, blankets and snacks. Movie begins at dusk (about 8:45ish). Splash pad on until 8pm. Join us at Metz Park for a fun family-friendly evening. FREE popcorn and drink (one per person) at every movie screening.

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

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Dani Dudek
Dani Dudek is an Emmy-winning marketer who has been active professionally in the entertainment industry for two decades. She has mastered the art of celebrity spotting across the country, but does so best in Austin, where she runs the website ATXGossip.com. With a special eye for even the most minor of celebs, she is basically Shazam and IMDB together in human form.
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