What’s Up? Weekly: Austin Events Happening January 6 through 10, 2020

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

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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

Open House Week at Gymboree
Monday through Friday, January 6 through 10 | from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. | Gymboree Play and Music
, 1335 East Whitestone Boulevard #S120, Cedar Park
New year, new milestones! Join for a complimentary class during Open House week at Gymboree Play and Music in Cedar Park, January 6 through 12.


Family Movie Afternoon
Monday, January 6 | from 1 to 3 p.m. | Lake Travis Community Library,
1938 Lohmans Crossing
All ages welcome for a screening of Aladdin. Enjoy the new version of the Disney family classic on their big screen. Popcorn will be served!

Free Play
Monday, January 6 | from 4 to 7 p.m. | Laura Bush Community Library, 9411 Bee Cave Road

Make Mondays fun days! Meet up with your friends at the world’s best play date. Your kids can play with each other and make new friends, and you can sit back and play with other parents and make new friends as well! Fun for all, and no cooking or clean-up for you – a great way to start your week!
All ages welcome for a screening of Aladdin. Enjoy the new version of the Disney family classic on their big screen. Popcorn will be served!


Modern First Library Storytime
Tuesday, January 7 | at 10:30 a.m. | Book People, 603 North Lamar Boulevard
Start the new year with new, diverse books from our Modern First Library initiative! This is a fantastic way to explore fresh titles and authors along with classics we love.

Free Play Date 0-6 Months Old
Tuesday, January 7 | from 1 to 3 p.m. | Toybrary, 2001 Justin Lane
Have coffee and hang out with other new parents. This event is FREE for parents and babies between 0 to 6 months old.

Art Fair Bootcamp
Tuesday, January 7 | from 6:30 to 8 p.m. | Dougherty Arts Center, 1110 Barton Springs Road
The Artist Resource Center at the Dougherty Arts Center offers FREE Professional Development Workshops for Artists! Are you thinking of breaking into the art fair scene to sell your work? Fairs, markets, and festivals are a great way to show and sell your work to a large group of people, but do you know what it takes? Dig into the details of these shows including applications, fees, booth designs, and tips and tricks for sales success.


Donation Based Storytime Yoga
Wednesday, January 8 | from 9:30 to 10 a.m. | Little Yoga House, 2700 West Anderson Lane 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*

Wednesday, January 8 | from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. | Easter Seals of Central Texas, 8505 Cross Park Drive, #120
Parents of children with special needs are invited to take the morning off!  Drop your children off for a fun, social experience facilitated by Easterseals staff and volunteers, while you go to appointments, run errands, or get some much-needed self-care! Siblings are welcome! Registration is required. Go to Eventbrite.com and search “Respite at Easterseals” to sign up. Email [email protected] or call (512) 615-6871.

Dirt Divas After School Club
Wednesday, January 8 | from 4 to 6 p.m. | Camacho Activity Center, 35 Robert T Martinez Jr. Street
Dirt Divas is every Wednesday at Camacho Activity Center for ages 3rd through 5th grade. Dirt Divas is an outdoor recreation and environmental education program for young girl participants that emphasizes women’s leadership roles in the outdoor recreation and environmental fields. Throughout the year, the DD program will introduce the participants to a variety of outdoor activities based around a central theme for each session. The program will promote sustainable practices through low-to-no environmental impact activities. Activities will range from nature-based arts and crafts, to kayaking, archery, service learning, snorkeling, outdoor cooking, and more. All activities will be lead entirely by women staff and each session will have at least one special woman guest leader from the community. All activities are designed to foster a safe space and promote inclusiveness.


Free Circle Time With a Fun Teacher
Thursday, January 9 | from 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. | Toybrary, 2001 Justin Lane
Read stories, do fingerplays, and sing songs with a fun teacher! FREE Stay & Play before and after!

Yoga Storytime
Thursday, January 9 | at 11 a.m. | Austin Public Library – St. John’s Branch, 7500 Blessing Avenue

Practice your mindfulness, hear a story, and learn more about yoga. No mat is required. / Practique como mantenerse enfocado, escuche un cuento, y aprenda más sobre la práctica de Yoga. No necesita traer un tapete para yoga. Recommended for ages five and under.

Pre-School Storytime
Thursday, January 9 | at 11 a.m. | Austin Public Library – Hampton Branch at Oak Hill, 5125 Convict Hill Road

Storytime for preschoolers aged 3-5 and their parents featuring stories, songs, fingerplays, rhymes, and crafts. Program length can vary. Recommended for ages 3 to 5.


Friday Movie Matinee
Friday, January 10 | from 3 to 5 p.m. | Austin Public Library – Carver Branch, 1161 Angelina Street

Watch and discover family friendly films at the Austin Public Library. Today’s film is Dora and the Lost City of Gold. Teens 13 through 18 only.

Friday Movie Matinee
Friday, January 10 | from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. | Austin Public Library – Old Quarry Branch, 7051 Village Center Drive

Watch and discover family friendly films at the Austin Public Library. Today’s film is Smallfoot, rated PG.

2020 Visions Opening Art Exhibitions at the AARC
Friday, January 10 | from 6 to 8 p.m. | Asian American Resource Center, 8401 Cameron Road

Kick off the new year with four new art and history exhibits! From a teen anime/ manga art show to a journey through time with antique clocks, the Asian American Resource Center is proud to showcase works that reflect Austin’s diverse communities and cultures. An exhibit opening reception celebrating all participating artists and exhibitions will be held on Friday, January 10, 2020 from 6-8pm. The event is free and open to the public. All exhibitions will be on display January 10 to March 28, 2020. Click here to view the Facebook event. 

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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