What’s Up? Weekly (March 7-11, 2016)

Looking for things to do in 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.
What's Up Weekly

Monday

Baby Bloomers – Monday, March 7 from 9:00 a.m. to Noon. Brown Brown, Brown Bear, What Do You See? I see Thinkers at the Thinkery looking at me. Children ages 0-3 and their families are invited to read an Eric Carle classic as they learn, explore, and create with different colors and animals and see what animals they spy at the museum. Armstrong Community Music School joins the fun at 10:30 a.m. 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.

Dog Storytime – Monday, March 7 at 1:00 p.m. Handler Holly with dog Chula will read with kiddos or visit with them.  Pre-readers and readers are welcome.  No registration is required. Be sure to call the library (512.327.3045) to confirm if Chula is in and to ask for any last minute cancelations. FREE! Laura’s Library, 9411 Bee Cave Rd, Austin.

Storytime Yoga (RSVP) – Monday, March 7 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.

Crafternoon – Monday, March 7 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.

Literature LIVE! Presents: The Selfish Gardener – Monday, March 7 at 3:30 p.m. What happens when a band of native plants and insects gets a new neighbor who isn’t very friendly? Will the band get the boot, or will gardener and insect learn to live together? Find out in this musical spin on the Oscar Wilde classic, The Selfish Giant. Recommended for ages 4 and up. FREE! APL – Howson Branch, 2500 Exposition Blvd, Austin.

Evening Storytime (Round Rock) – Monday, March 7 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.

Tuesday

SXSWedu Expo (RSVP) – Tuesday, March 8 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Celebrate the Central Texas community’s hunger and passion for lifelong learning, from cradle to career and beyond. For learners of all ages, the Education Expo provides hands-on, interactive exhibits in eight pavilions designed to assist attendees in navigating the event: College Pavilion, Continuing & Informal Education Pavilion, Employer Pavilion, Schools Pavilion, Software & Resources Pavilion, STEM Pavilion, Music & Arts Pavilion, and Health & Wellness Pavilion. Prominent speakers will engage attendees within each pavilion, speaking on topics ranging from STEM education and college planning to informal education and local school initiatives. RSVP is required here. FREE! Austin Convention Center, 500 E Cesar Chavez St, Austin.

Free Admission to Laguna Gloria – Tuesday, March 8 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. FREE! The Contemporary Austin, Laguna Gloria, 3809 West 35th St, Austin.

Literature LIVE! Presents: The Selfish Gardener – Tuesday, March 8 at 10:15 a.m. What happens when a band of native plants and insects gets a new neighbor who isn’t very friendly? Will the band get the boot, or will gardener and insect learn to live together? Find out in this musical spin on the Oscar Wilde classic, The Selfish Giant. Recommended for ages 4 and up. FREE! APL – Cepeda Branch, 651 N Pleasant Valley Rd, Austin.

Elephant and Piggie Storytime – Tuesday, March 8 at 10:30 a.m. Join BookKids for a very special storytime featuring everyone’s favorite literary animal duo, Elephant and Piggie! A pair of talented storytellers will be performing three Elephant and Piggie stories. It’s going to be a laugh riot. FREE! BookPeople, 603 N Lamar, Austin.

Crafternoon – Tuesday, March 8 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.

Lego Lab – Tuesday, March 8 at 3:30 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 – Twin Oaks Branch, 1800 S Fifth St, Austin and APL – Windsor Park Branch, 5833 Westminster Dr, Austin.

Felt Friends World Tour: Bluebird – Tuesday, March 8 at 4:30 p.m. Join the fun and sew another felt project each month through May. Recommended for ages 10 and up. Adults are welcome to join in the fun. FREE! APL – Howson Branch, 2500 Exposition Blvd, Austin.

Family Night: Kids Craft and Adult Coloring – Tuesday, March 8 at 6:00 p.m. Drop in to see what everyone’s making. You can build it in the library or take it home to share. There will also be adult coloring supplies available so the whole family can be creative. FREE! Westbank Library, 1309 Westbank Dr, Austin.

Night Crafters (17+) – Tuesday, March 8 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 – Ruiz Branch, 1600 Grove Blvd, Austin.

Get Amplified with Austin Habitat – Tuesday, March 8 from 6-8:00 p.m. Austin Habitat for Humanity is hosting an Amplify kick-off party filled with music, great food trucks, and some good ol’ fashioned community building. All are welcome and attendees 21+ will each receive two free drink tickets. Admission is FREE but donations will be accepted. Radio Coffee and Beer, 4204 Manchaca Rd, Austin.

Children’s Heart Foundation TX Amplify Austin Kick Off Party – Tuesday, March 8 from 6-9:00 p.m. Kick off Amplify Austin and Amplify CHF TX at this party featuring a playscape, coloring by Little Engine Home Care, a Princess to meet the children, and more kids activities. FREE but donations will be accepted. In.gredients, 2610 Manor Rd, Austin.

Family Movie Night: Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 – Tuesday, March 8 at 6:30 p.m. Rated PG. FREE! APL – Twin Oaks Branch, 1800 S Fifth St, Austin.

4th Annual Texas Rising Stars Concert – Tuesday, March 8 at 7:30 p.m. This concert combines the best of the Austin community orchestras with the best from the Butler School of Music string studios in a collaborative concert FREE to the Austin community. Bates Recital Hall at the University of Texas, 2420 Robert Dedman Dr, Austin.

Wednesday

Ms. Staci Storytime – Wednesday, March 9 at 10:30 a.m. Ms. Staci will read some of her favorite stories and sing some of your favorite songs. Kids, don’t forget your dancing shoes. FREE! BookPeople, 603 N Lamar, Austin.

Chinese Story Share – Wednesday, March 9 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, March 9 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.

Play, Read, Grow! – Wednesday, March 9 at 11:00 a.m. Babies are born learning, and you can help prepare your child for success. Learn how to use play every day to get your children ready to read and succeed with this hands-on workshop for parents and caregivers of children under age 5. Children are welcome. FREE! APL – Twin Oaks Branch, 1800 S Fifth St, Austin.

Lego Lab – Wednesday, March 9 at 3:30 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 – Carver Branch, 1161 Angelina St, Austin.

Lisons Ensemble French Bilingual Storytime – Wednesday, March 9 at 3:30 p.m. Bonjour and welcome to this très special French/English dual language story time  Join the fun, s’il vous plait, for stories, songs, and crafts in French and English. Children of all ages are welcome. FREE! APL – Hampton Branch, 5125 Convict Hill Rd, Austin.

Community Night at The Thinkery – Wednesday, March 9 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! Tech Camp – Fantastic Contraption – Wednesday, March 9 at 4:30 p.m. Kids will have fun learning physics using this awesome online tool that lets them build different contraptions that help them reach their goal. Each level challenges kids to think differently about how to build better and smarter machines that can carry, lift, or swing an object into their goal box using real-world laws of physics. Great for aspiring inventors and budding engineers. FREE! Laura’s Library, 9411 Bee Cave Rd, Austin.

Lego Lab – Wednesday, March 9 at 5:00 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 – Ruiz Branch, 1600 Grove Blvd, Austin.

Krispy Kreme Family Night – Wednesday, March 9 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: Larry Monroe Memorial – Wednesday, March 9 from 6-9:00 p.m. Texas Radio Live brings you the very best Texas music with performances from Texas musicians. Lineup includes: Two Tons of Steel, Greezy Wheels, Tex Thomas and Danny Levin, Tish Hinohosa and Marvin Dykhus, Bill Oliver and the Otter Space Band, Jimmie Dale and Colin Gilmore, Planet Casper, Durawa, and the LeRoi Brothers. 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.

Music on Main: Lost and Nameless (Round Rock) – Wednesday, March 9 from 6-8:00 p.m. Escape your routine and spend your Wednesday night in Downtown Round Rock. The perfect opportunity to kick off your shoes and relax into the sound of talented musicians, this 13-part concert series is FREE, family-friendly, and just the thing to put the boogie in your boots, the swing in your step, and the hometown in your hoe-down. Parking is FREE and easy to find in the public parking garage located off of Lampasas Street between Main Street and Bagdad Avenue. Public parking is also available in the lot behind City Hall located at 115 East Bagdad. Main Street Plaza, 221 East Main Street, Round Rock.

Wednesday Night Star Party at UT – Wednesday, March 9 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

Interactive Cat in the Hat Storytime (Round Rock) – Thursday, March 10 at 9:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Happy Face storyteller Lizzy Samples will lead this fun, interactive version of The Cat in the Hat for a belated birthday celebration of Dr. Seuss. Best enjoyed by ages 18 months-6 years. FREE! Round Rock Public Library, 216 E Main St, Round Rock.

Canta Demo Class (RSVP) – Thursday, March 10 at 10:00 a.m. Semillitas de Español presents a parent and child Spanish class taught through music and movement for children ages 0-5. Canta is a wonderful way to introduce Spanish to your family, or reinforce it if you already speak it at home. RSVP is required here. FREE! Semillitas de Español, 12412 Tomanet Trail, Austin.

Free Admission to The Blanton – Thursday, March 10 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, March 10 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.

Little Yoga – Thursday, March 10 at 10:30 a.m. This 30-minute class allows children ages 3-6 to experience exercise in a mellow environment. With adult participation, they will practice breathing and age appropriate stretching. FREE! Lake Travis Community Library, 1938 Lohmans Crossing, Austin.

Preschool Crafty Kids – Thursday, March 10 at 11:00 a.m. Preschoolers can explore experimentation with paint and paper in an hour of artsy creation. Recommended for ages 3 and up. FREE! APL – Yarborough Branch, 2200 Hancock Dr, Austin.

Lenten Concerts at Noon – Thursday, March 10 at Noon. This series of FREE concerts brings outstanding chamber musicians to St. David’s lofty Bethell Hall overlooking downtown Austin during the liturgical season of Lent. This week, Schola Aliquando performs Gregorian Chant for the feast of its namesake. St. David’s Episcopal Church, 301 E 8th St, Austin.

Free Noon Concert – Thursday, March 10 at Noon. Take a 30-minute lunchtime break to hear a piano concert by Tony TobinFREE! Central Presbyterian Church, 200 E 8th St, Austin.

Maker Mania  Thursday, March 10 at 3:30 p.m. Meet a scientist and make something. Enjoy an hour of hands-on science with Medical Device Engineer Adam Shallenberg. Recommended for ages 5-12. FREE! APL – Faulk Central Library, 800 Guadalupe St, Austin.

Crafternoon Thursday, March 10 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 – Twin Oaks Branch, 1800 S Fifth St, Austin.

Literature LIVE! Presents: The Selfish Gardener  Thursday, March 10 at 3:30 p.m. What happens when a band of native plants and insects gets a new neighbor who isn’t very friendly? Will the band get the boot, or will gardener and insect learn to live together? Find out in this musical spin on the Oscar Wilde classic, The Selfish Giant. Recommended for ages 4 and up. FREE! APL – Little Walnut Creek Branch, 835 W Rundberg Ln, Austin.

Explorers Club (Cedar Park) – Thursday, March 10 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 Library, 550 Discovery Blvd, Cedar Park.

Hill Country Galleria’s Wine Walk – Thursday, March 10 from 5-9:00 p.m. Get to know the eclectic mix of businesses in the Galleria while discovering great wines from all over the world. This event is open to everyone, so bring your friends, family, groups, or date for a fun way to spend a Thursday evening. FREE! Hill Country Galleria, 12700 Hill Country Blvd, Austin.

Pajama Storytime – Thursday, March 10 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, March 10 from 6:30-9:00 p.m. Brazilian beats by Grupo Massa. FREE! Central Market North, 4001 N Lamar Blvd, Austin.

Live Music at Central Market Westgate – Thursday, March 10 from 6:30-9:00 p.m. Brazilian beats by Gabriel Santiago. FREE! Central Market Westgate, 4477 S Lamar Blvd, Austin.

Science Under the Stars: DN-YAY! – Thursday, March 10 at 7:00 p.m. From bacteria to corals to puppies to trees—the instructions for all forms of life are recorded in the molecule we know as DNA. What is the nature of this molecule and how does it record instructions for life? Why do we look like our parents? How does forensic DNA typing work? For fun and concise answers to these questions, come to a short talk on DeoxyriboNucleic Acid. DN-Yay! Events start at 7:00 p.m. outdoors. Arrive early for refreshments and fun activities for kids of all ages. Guided tours of the field lab are available. Wear sturdy shoes and bring water. FREE! Brackenridge Field Laboratory, 2907 Lake Austin Blvd, Austin.

Movies in the Park: The Sandlot – Thursday, March 10 at 7:00 p.m. Movies in the Park is a series of FREE films brought to you by Austin Parks Foundation in partnership with Alamo Drafthouse. Bring your blanket or lawn chairs and a picnic dinner for a fun and relaxing evening under the beautiful Austin night sky. Rated PG. Rain Date is April 14. Check the Facebook event page for weather updates. Beverly Sheffield NW District Park, 7000 Ardath St, Austin.

Friday

Llano Earth Art Fest (Llano) – Friday, March 11 from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. Attend Texas’ most unique event–featuring art, music, food, crafts, and lots of rocks. Held on the banks of the Llano River–one block from Llano’s historic downtown–the Llano Earth Art Fest (LEAF) is an interactive experience for young and old alike. Watch internationally renowned rock-artists defy gravity with amazingly balanced sculptures. Listen to great musicians fill the park with song. Try your hand at rock balancing or see if you’ve got what it takes to compete in the 2016 World Rock Stacking Competition. For kids there are plenty of activities, including a climbing wall, face painting, and more. Adults can enjoy a cold beer while taking part in workshops, viewing the art, or just relaxing in the sun. Admission is FREE! Grenwelge Park, 199 E Haynie St, Llano.

SX Create (RSVP) – Friday, March 11 from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. The hardware hacking and maker arm of SXSW is at it again with more space, more fun, and even more hands-on excitement. Doing creative and revolutionary things with new technologies embodies the spirit of the SXSW Interactive Festival, and nowhere is this more evident than the diverse mix of activities at SX Create. From 3D printing to drones to biohacking and much more, this community event showcases the disruptive solutions that are shaping our future. SX Create is FREE with Guest Pass and open to all ages. No badge required. Palmer Event Center, 900 Barton Springs Rd, Austin.

Music with Mr. Will – Friday, March 11 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.

Lego Lab – Friday, March 11 at 3:30 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 – Hampton Branch, 5125 Convict Hill Rd, Austin and APL – Terrazas Branch, 1105 E Cesar Chavez St, Austin.

Live Music at Central Market North – Friday, March 11 from 6:30-9:00 p.m. World music by Atlas Maior. FREE! Central Market North, 4001 N Lamar Blvd, Austin.

Live Music at Central Market Westgate – Friday, March 11 from 6:30-9:00 p.m. Americana and Alt-Country by Carson McHone. FREE! Central Market Westgate, 4477 S Lamar Blvd, Austin.

Circuit Break – Friday, March 11 from 7-9:00 p.m. Spark your imagination. Have fun with circuits, bots, Redstone, Makey Makey, littleBits, and more. Give yourself a makeover in retro-future style with face painting and tech salvage jewelry. This Connected Youth event is funded by the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation. Recommended for ages 10+. FREE! APL – Ruiz Branch, 1600 Grove Blvd, Austin.

Williamson County Symphony Orchestra Concert (Round Rock) – Friday, March 11 at 7:30 p.m. Family friendly and FREE! First United Methodist Church Round Rock, 1004 North Mays St, Round Rock.

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

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