What’s Up? Weekly is presented by LEGO KidsFest! LEGO KidsFest is coming to the Austin Convention Center September 4 – 6 and tickets are on sale now! This event sells out quickly (both Saturday sessions only have a limited number of tickets left). To avoid disappointment, purchase tickets in advance at www.legokidsfest.com!
The City of Austin has temporarily banned public gatherings. Please stay home. The Free Fun in Austin calendar is only for live digital events at this time.
Happening All Week
TuneBugz! Music Together Sample Classes (RSVP) – Monday, August 31 – Thursday, September 3. Children ages 0-5 and their caregivers are invited to sing, dance, bounce, and play with TuneBugz! RSVP here to check out a FREE demo class. Balance Dance Studio, 4544 South Lamar Blvd, Austin.
Music Together Music Together Sample Classes (RSVP) – Tuesday, September 1 – Wednesday, September 2. Kids ages 0-5 can enjoy a free Music Together Music Together sample class with lots of singing, dancing, moving, grooving, and music-making. Please RSVP here to reserve your FREE spot. Multiple locations.
Heartsong Music Sample Classes (RSVP) – Tuesday, September 1 – Friday, September 4. Where can you have uninterrupted musical playtime with your child and be a part of a wonderful musical community while supporting your child’s musical development as she learns important life skills? Heartsong Music! You’re invited to be a part of their musical community. FREE! RSVP required here. View full schedule and locations here.
Youth Dance Sample Classes – Tuesday, September 1 – Friday, September 4. It’s “back to dance” time at all three Go Dance studios (North, South, and Lakeway), as they resume social and ballroom dance classes for ages 5-17. Try a FREE class and inspire a lifelong love of movement. View schedule and locations here.
Baby Bloomers – Monday, August 31 from 9:00 a.m. to Noon. Little ones ages 0-3 and their families are invited to discover the animals of the grasslands. They will use popsicle sticks to create ostriches, discover why we need bees, play with roly poly hedgehogs, and more. Semillitas de Español will present a free Canta demo class. 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.
Storytime with Puppets – Monday, August 31 at 9:30 a.m. Join Sukyi from Fifth Dimension Books – Austin’s Weird, Wandering Bookmobile – along with Octavia the puppet and her friends, as they bring the joy of reading to children ages 0-5 through stories, songs, games, and dance. FREE! In.gredients, 2610 Manor Rd, Austin.
Mr. Will’s Music Class for Kids (Bee Cave) – Monday, August 31 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.
Armstrong Community Music School – Monday, August 31 at 12:30 p.m. Bring your children ages 0-5 to a very special Musical Storytime presented by The Armstrong Community Music School. FREE! Laura’s Library, 9411 Bee Cave Rd, Austin.
Night Crafters: DIY Pencil Bags (17+) – Monday, August 31 from 6-7:30 p.m. Are you a crafter? Do you wish you were a crafter? Then Night Crafters is for you. Each month will focus on a different craft; you’ll learn the basics, you’ll learn the ins and outs, and then you’ll let loose. Adults only, please. FREE! APL – Faulk Central Library, 800 Guadalupe St, Austin.
Evening Storytime (Round Rock) – Monday, August 31 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.
HAAM Benefit Day – Tuesday, September 1. HAAM Benefit Day 2015 is a uniquely Austin event where businesses donate a portion of the day’s proceeds to HAAM to support musicians’ health. Musicians, most of whom are HAAM members, perform throughout the day at retail stores, outside stages, and more. The event runs from 6 a.m. to well past midnight and community members are invited to shop, eat out, listen to great live music and enjoy. View lineup and locations here. FREE!
Storytime and Crafts – Tuesday, September 1 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.
Heartsong Music Storytime – Tuesday, September 1 at 10:30 a.m. Little ones ages 0-5 will enjoy this mellifluous storytime music lesson with friends from Heartsong Music. Heartsong Music’s mission is to teach music techniques to children from the earliest age so as to coax their inherent musical ability as well as encourage their cognitive development. FREE! BookPeople, 603 N Lamar, Austin.
Armstrong Community Music School – Tuesday, September 1 at 10:30 a.m. Bring your children ages 0-5 to a very special Musical Storytime presented by The Armstrong Community Music School. FREE! Laura’s Library, 9411 Bee Cave Rd, Austin.
Chinese Bilingual Storytime (Round Rock) – Tuesday, September 1 at 10:30 a.m. This program, geared for ages 3 and up, celebrates Chinese culture with stories, fingerplays, and songs in both English and Mandarin. FREE! Round Rock Public Library, 216 E Main St, Round Rock.
Homeschool Gaming (Cedar Park) – Tuesday, September 1 from 1:30-3:00 p.m. Homeschoolers ages 7+ are invited to get together and game. Play Minecraft, Roblox, World of Warcraft, and more. The Library will provide an Xbox, Wii U, and some laptops, but participants are encouraged to bring their own laptops, tablets, and devices. FREE! Cedar Park Library, 550 Discovery Blvd, Cedar Park.
Lego Lab – Tuesday, September 1 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.
Family Night: Craft and Coloring – Tuesday, September 1 at 6:00 p.m. Kids can drop in for a craft they can build in the library or take home to share. There will also be adult coloring supplies available so the whole family can be creative. FREE! Laura’s Library, 9411 Bee Cave Rd, Austin.
Weeknight Cinema: More Max – Tuesday, September 1 at 6:30 p.m. Mad Max: Beyond the Thunderdome (1985). Rated PG-13. FREE! APL – North Village Branch, 2505 Steck Ave, Austin.
Awesome Occupations: Archaeology (Pflugerville) – Tuesday, September 1 at 6:30 p.m. Kids ages 10-18 are invited to learn about a different exciting career each month. This month, Melissa Grzybowski will speak about her career as an archaeologist. FREE! Pflugerville Public Library, 1008 W Pflugerville St, Pflugerville.
Storytime at Arbor Trails – Wednesday, September 2 at 9:00 a.m. Bring the little ones, it’s story time. Each week will feature a different story, interactive craft, and healthy snack. FREE! Whole Foods Arbor Trails, 4301 W William Cannon Dr #800, Austin.
Baby Signs Storytime – Wednesday, September 2 at 10:30 a.m. Tina Cavanaugh, with the help of BeeBo the Baby Signs Bear, will introduce some signs for sea creatures from the More Sign, Say & Play Classes. With fun books and songs, you’ll see how signing with your baby can reduce tears and help them share their world with you. All ages welcome. FREE! BookPeople, 603 N Lamar, Austin.
Yoga in the Park – Wednesday, September 2 at Noon. Yoga Yoga is proud to offer an all level Hatha Yoga class to participants at Yoga in the Park 2015. Yoga Yoga is Austin’s home for traditional and advanced yoga studies, offering over 300 weekly classes at 5 Austin locations in everything from classic Hatha and Kundalini to Yoga for Health and Wellness. FREE! Republic Square Park, 400 W Guadalupe, Austin.
Lego Lab – Wednesday, September 2 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 – Southeast Branch, 5803 Nuckols Crossing Rd, Austin.
Community Night at The Thinkery – Wednesday, September 2 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! Austin Reptile Shows – Wednesday, September 2 at 4:30 p.m. Get ready for creepy crawly fun with snakes, lizards, and turtles from around the world. Austin Reptile Shows will bring live reptiles to teach kids about reptile diversity, adaptations, biology, and conservation in a high-energy learning experience. Especially designed for kids third grade and up. FREE! Laura’s Library, 9411 Bee Cave Rd, Austin.
Krispy Kreme Family Night – Wednesday, September 2 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, September 2 from 6-8:00 p.m. Texas Radio Live brings you the very best Texas music with performances from Texas musicians. This week, Shinyribs and Ernie Durawa & Murali Coryell 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.
Night Crafters: Botanically Dyed Wooden Beads (17+) – Wednesday, September 2 from 6-8:30 p.m. Call a sitter. It’s time to get crafty. This month’s Night Crafters will teach the eco-friendly crafter how to use botanical colors to dye beautiful wood beads, which will then be used to make a fantastic keychain. Receive a lesson in using berries and turmeric to dye wood beads and use a natural beeswax sealant to preserve and protect your new keychain. All supplies provided. Adults only, please. FREE! APL – Manchaca Road Branch, 5500 Manchaca Rd, Austin.
Free Admission to The Blanton – Thursday, September 3 from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. FREE! Blanton Museum of Art, 200 E Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Austin.
French Legation Museum Children’s Storytime – Thursday, September 3 at 10:00 a.m. Gather on the French Legation Museum grounds for Children’s Story Time–an exciting 30 minutes of reading and play. Feel free to bring snacks, blankets, and your imagination. FREE! French Legation Museum, 802 San Marcos St, Austin.
Hola, Hola! Spanish Camp – Thursday, September 3 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! Laura’s Library, 9411 Bee Cave Rd, Austin.
Staci Gray Concert – Thursday, September 3 at 10:30 a.m. Sing and dance to Staci Gray’s original music. FREE! Lake Travis Community Library, 1938 Lohmans Crossing, Austin.
Music with Mr. Will – Thursday, September 3 at 11:30 a.m. Rock out with local children’s singer, “Mr. Will” Dupuy. FREE! Brilliant Sky Toys & Books, 701 S Capital of Texas Hwy Suite D-480, Austin.
Free Noon Concert – Thursday, September 3 at Noon. Take a 30-minute lunchtime break to hear a concert by Dylan Anthony Morrongiello, tenor. FREE! Central Presbyterian Church, 200 E 8th St, Austin.
Storybook Dance Making (RSVP) – Thursday, September 3 at 3:30 p.m. Love music, dance, or reading books? What about all three at the same time? Come together for Storybook Dance Making with your family and create a dance based on a story’s theme. All ages, mixed-abilities and drop-ins welcome. This class is taught by artists of Dance Waterloo, an interdisciplinary dance collective in Austin. FREE with RSVP. APL – Howson Branch, 2500 Exposition Blvd, Austin.
Explorers Club (Cedar Park) – Thursday, September 3 at 3:30 p.m. Each Thursday, kids in grades K-5 meet to explore a set of rotating programs. This week, it’s Crafty Kids. FREE! Cedar Park Library, 550 Discovery Blvd, Cedar Park.
Mike Flanigin In-Store Performance with Kat Edmonson and Jimmie Vaughan – Thursday, September 3 at 5:00 p.m. FREE! Waterloo Records, 600A N Lamar, Austin.
Starry Nights at Girlstart (RSVP) – Thursday, September 3 from 5:30-7:00 p.m. Girlstart’s Mini-Planetarium is a unique space for families to explore astronomy. September’s Starry Night will feature Greek mythology. All ages welcome. FREE but RSVP is required here. Girlstart, 1400 W Anderson Lane, Austin.
1st Thursday Art Reception (Round Rock) – Thursday, September 3 from 5:30-7:00 p.m. Celebrate September’s exhibit in ArtSpace. This month features Austin Pastel Society art and artists. Beverages and snacks will be provided. FREE! ArtSpace, 231 E Main St, Round Rock.
Upcycle This! – Thursday, September 3 from 6-8:00 p.m. Drop-in for this fun crafting workshop. Bring something to work on or participate in this month’s upcycled craft. All supplies provided, just bring your imagination. FREE! Recycled Reads, 5335 Burnet Rd, Austin.
Drawing Lines: Origami Lanterns Workshop – Thursday, September 3 from 6-8:30 p.m. Be a part of public art with artist Teruko Nimura. Drop in and create origami “wish lanterns,” part of an illuminated outdoor sanctuary to be installed this fall. FREE! Asian American Resource Center, 8401 Cameron Rd, Austin.
Pajama Storytime – Thursday, September 3 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.
Ingrid Law Speaking & Signing Switch – Thursday, September 3 at 7:00 p.m. Ingrid Law’s chapter books Savvy and Scumble are among BookPeople’s favorite stories to recommend to young readers. Ingrid’s books have been placed on more than 30 state reading lists and have earned numerous accolade. Bring your young readers to hear her speak about Switch, a heartwarming story about the magic of friendship and the power of family. Speaking portion of the event is FREE and open to the public. To get a book signed, a copy of the event book must be purchased from BookPeople. BookPeople, 603 N Lamar, Austin.
Unplugged at the Grove: Gina Chavez – Thursday, September 3 at 8:00 p.m. Join KGSR every Thursday for 24 consecutive weeks at the iconic Shady Grove for one of Austin’s longest running FREE concert series. Shady Grove, 1624 Barton Springs Rd, Austin.
Alamo Kids Camp: An American Tale – Friday, September 4. Alamo Kids Camp now has a “choose-your-own-ticket price” model ranging from $1-$3 per person – you choose the amount. This new model not only allows for tickets to be purchased online, in advance with reserved seating, but also 100% of ticket sales will be donated to local nonprofits helping families. Now, while you’re enjoying some summer movie fun, you’re also helping your local community. Confirm showtime and reserve your tickets here. No children under the age of 3 will be admitted. Families with loud children will be asked to leave. Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar, 1120 S Lamar Blvd, Austin.
Big Bird RC Aircraft Show – Friday, September 4 from 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Join Austin Radio Control Association for their annual show. Watch giant scale aircraft burn up the sky. See everything from scale WWII aircraft to gigantic civilian 3D aircraft to real turbine jets. Bring the family and spend the day. FREE admission and parking. Concessions available for purchase. Austin Radio Control Association, 8705 Lindell Ln, Austin.
Crafternoon – Friday, September 4 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 – Spicewood Springs Branch, 8637 Spicewood Springs Rd, Austin.
Lego Lab – Friday, September 4 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 – North Village Branch, 2505 Steck Ave, Austin.
Music in the Park (Pflugerville) – Friday, September 4 from 6:30-9:30 p.m. Bring lawn chairs, blankets, picnic baskets, friends, and neighbors for a free evening of music, entertainment and relaxation. Tiarra Girls and The Brew will play a little bit of everything–Latin rock, Latin jazz, Reggae, indie, and more. Food for sale on site. FREE! Pfluger Park, 515 City Park Rd, Pflugerville.
Check out the Free Fun Calendar for even more ways to fill your week with fun.