What’s Up? Weekly (January 25-29, 2016)

What's Up Weekly

Wondering what’s up around 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.

Monday

Baby Bloomers – Monday, January 25 from 9:00 a.m. to Noon. Children ages 0-3 and their families are invited to build their own sprout houses, walk like giants in the Move Studio, and create their own magic harps while learning all about how Jack went up the beanstalk. Plus, Laura Freeman’s rainbowlicious, puddle-stomping, monster-marching kids’ music will get everyone dancing. 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.

Mr. Will’s Music Class for Kids (Bee Cave) – Monday, January 25 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.

Storytime Yoga (RSVP) – Monday, January 25 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, 1211 Parkway, Austin.

Minecraft Club – Monday, January 25 at 3:00 p.m. Laptops available, or you can bring your own laptop, tablet, or mobile device that has Minecraft downloaded for two hours of Minecraft free play. Recommended for ages 7 and up. FREE! APL – Terrazas Branch, 1105 E Cesar Chavez St, Austin.

Crafternoon – Monday, January 25 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.

Night Crafters (17+) – Monday, January 25 from 6-7:30 p.m. Are you a crafter? Do you wish you were a crafter? Then Night Crafters is for you. Adults only, please. FREE! APL – Faulk Central Library, 800 Guadalupe St, Austin.

Daddy and Me Evening Storytime – Monday, January 25 at 6:30 p.m. Young ones and their favorite guys are invited to this special storytime. Dads, grandpas, other extraordinary men, and their kids will read, sing, craft, and laugh—all while developing important literacy skills and having fun. Children of all ages are welcome. FREE! APL – Hampton Branch, 5125 Convict Hill Rd, Austin.

Rocksssanne Visits Evening Storytime (Round Rock) – Monday, January 25 at 6:30 p.m. Happy birthday, Miss Rocksssanne! Round Rock Public Library’s pet snake is celebrating her 19th birthday with a visit to storytime. 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

Storytime and Crafts – Tuesday, January 26 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.

Free Admission to Laguna Gloria – Tuesday, January 26 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. FREE! The Contemporary Austin, Laguna Gloria, 3809 West 35th St, Austin.

Color Me Crazy Storytime – Tuesday, January 26 at 10:30 a.m. Is there anything more enticing than opening up a brand-new, pristine box of crayons and inhaling the waxy potential just waiting to be unleashed? Enjoy reading books like Monsters Love Colors that celebrate the crazy colors that brighten our world and inspire us to color outside the lines. FREE! BookPeople, 603 N Lamar, Austin.

Sensory Storytime – Tuesday, January 26 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.

Crafternoon – Monday, January 26 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 – Terrazas Branch, 1105 E Cesar Chavez St, Austin and APL – Howson Branch, 2500 Exposition Blvd, Austin.

Family Flicks: Minions – Tuesday, January 26 at 4:00 p.m. FREE popcorn and family fun. Rated PG. Lake Travis Community Library, 1938 Lohmans Crossing, Austin.

Pajama Storytime – Tuesday, January 26 at 6:00 p.m. A storytime for night owls of all ages. Get comfy in your favorite pajamas, grab your sleepy toy, and snuggle in to hear the best bedtime stories ever. Milk and snacks provided. FREE! Westbank Library, 1309 Westbank Dr, Austin.

Pajama Storytime – Tuesday, January 26 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 – Willie Mae Kirk Branch, 3101 Oak Springs Dr, Austin.

Wednesday

Healthy Eating Kids Club with Kiely – Wednesday, January 27 at 9:30 a.m. Little ones will enjoy a reading of Rah, Rah Radishes! and munching on Back to Nature snack packs. Adventurous kiddos can try a bite of radish. FREE! Whole Foods, 525 N Lamar Blvd, Austin.

Imagination Station Storytime – Wednesday, January 27 at 10:30 a.m. It’s when you let your imagination run wild that you can have the most interesting, magical adventures of all. Whether starring dancing pink elephants or monsters in a tropical jungle – you never know what your dreams will bring. This morning, listen to What Do You Do With an Idea? and see where your imagination takes you. FREE! BookPeople, 603 N Lamar, Austin.

Chinese Story Share – Wednesday, January 27 at 10:30 a.m. Learn Chinese, have fun, and make friends. Stories, rhymes, and songs in Mandarin. Designed for children 2 to 5 years old. FREE! Laura’s Library, 9411 Bee Cave Rd, Austin.

Musical Storytime and Craft – Wednesday, January 27 at 10:30 a.m. Join Miss Vanessa for storytime, songs, and crafts. For ages 5 and under. FREE! Upper East Side, 5811 Berkman Dr, Ste 107, Austin.

Video Game Free Play – Wednesday, January 27 at 3:30 p.m. The library provides gaming consoles and laptops, you bring your enthusiasm. Kids ages 10-17 can play both collaborative and competitive games rated T or under. FREE! APL – Spicewood Springs Branch, 8637 Spicewood Springs Rd, Austin.

Bilingual Japanese Storytime – Wednesday, January 27 at 3:30 p.m. FREE! APL – Hampton Branch, 5125 Convict Hill Rd, Austin.

Community Night at The Thinkery – Wednesday, January 27 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! Calligraphy – Wednesday, January 27 at 4:30 p.m. Learn the basics of cursive writing, how to make letters, and join them into words. Then, use what you’ve learned to create an original piece of art to take home that includes fancy writing. Attendees are welcome to bring their favorite book, quote, word, recipe, poem, etc., that they would like to use as inspiration. FREE! Laura’s Library, 9411 Bee Cave Rd, Austin.

Krispy Kreme Family Night – Wednesday, January 27 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 27 from 6-8:00 p.m. Texas Radio Live brings you the very best Texas music with performances from Texas musicians. This week, El Trio Grande and Costello 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.

Wednesday Night Star Party at UT – Wednesday, January 27 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 information. UT Campus – Robert Lee Moore Hall, Southeast corner of Dean Keeton and Speedway.

Thursday

Free Admission to The Blanton – Thursday, January 28 from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. FREE! Blanton Museum of Art, 200 E Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Austin.

Hola, Hola! Spanish Camp – Thursday, January 28 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! Westbank Library, 1309 Westbank Dr, Austin.

Tot Time: PAIYH Dance Studio – Thursday, January 28 at 10:30 a.m. This class is an introduction to the world of Ballet and basic movement skills. Dancers learn Ballet terminology through creative movement and manipulative play. Class taught by Hilary from PAIYH Dance Studios. FREE! Laura’s Library, 9411 Bee Cave Rd, Austin.

Sign Language Story Time – Thursday, January 28 at 10:30 a.m. Enjoy kids’ tales told in American Sign Language and spoken in English. Learn some basic signs while enjoying classic songs and stories. All ages welcome. FREE! Lake Travis Community Library, 1938 Lohmans Crossing, Austin.

Sensory Storytime – Thursday, January 28 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 28 at Noon. Take a 30-minute lunchtime break to hear a bassoon concert by Laura McIntyre. FREE! Central Presbyterian Church, 200 E 8th St, Austin.

Thursday Matinee: Groundhog Day – Thursday, January 28 at 1:00 p.m. Rated PG. FREE! APL – Terrazas Branch, 1105 E Cesar Chavez St, Austin.

Explorers Club (Cedar Park) – Thursday, January 28 at 3:30 p.m. Each Thursday, kids in grades K-5 meet to explore a set of rotating programs. This week, it’s Lego Lab. FREE! Cedar Park Library, 550 Discovery Blvd, Cedar Park.

Minecraft Club – Thursday, January 28 at 4:00 p.m. Bring your own laptop, tablet, or mobile device that has Minecraft downloaded for two hours of Minecraft free play. Recommended for ages 7 and up. FREE! APL – Twin Oaks Branch, 1800 S Fifth St, Austin.

Crafternoon – Thursday, January 28 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 – Cepeda Branch, 651 N Pleasant Valley Rd, Austin.

Joe Blanda and Folkwine – Thursday, January 28 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. These guys will have you groovin’ in no time while you browse for your next read. FREE! Recycled Reads Bookstore, 5335 Burnet Rd, Austin. 78756.

Movie Night: Ant-Man (Pflugerville) – Thursday, January 28 at 6:00 p.m. Rated PG-13. Movie snacks will be provided while supplies last. FREE! Pflugerville Public Library, 1008 W Pflugerville St, Pflugerville.

Pajama Storytime – Thursday, January 28 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.

Live Music at Central Market North – Thursday, January 28 from 6:30-9:00 p.m. Jazz and Funk by Canned Beets. FREE! Central Market North, 4001 N Lamar Blvd, Austin.

Live Music at Central Market Westgate – Thursday, January 28 from 6:30-9:00 p.m. Jazz by Gil del Bosque Quartet. FREE! Central Market Westgate, 4477 S Lamar Blvd, Austin.

Family Craft Night – Thursday, January 28 at 7:00 p.m. Artists and crafters ages 5 and up can try their hand at a new medium and leave with a completed project. This month, attendees will be learning basic sculpture by making polymer clay rings. FREE! APL – Hampton Branch, 5125 Convict Hill Rd, Austin.

Friday

All Ages Storytime – Friday, January 29 at 10:15 a.m. Storytime featuring stories, songs, fingerplays, rhymes, and crafts. Recommended for children aged 5 and under. FREE! APL – Faulk Central Library, 800 Guadalupe St, Austin.

Live Music at Central Market North – Friday, January 29 from 6:30-9:00 p.m. Rockabilly and Roots by Ruby Dee & The Snakehandlers. FREE! Central Market North, 4001 N Lamar Blvd, Austin.

Live Music at Central Market Westgate – Friday, January 29 from 6:30-9:00 p.m. Classic Pop and Jazz by Brian Kremer. FREE! Central Market Westgate, 4477 S Lamar Blvd, Austin.

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

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