What’s Up? Weekly (May 26 – May 30, 2014)

Wondering what’s up around Austin this week? Here are some of the exciting events featured our Free Fun Calendar!

Monday

Free Admission to the LBJ Library – Monday, May 26 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The LBJ Library will be FREE to all guests visiting on Memorial Day. Visit the interactive exhibits and watch compelling films about LBJ and Lady Bird. Don’t forget to tour “Sixty From The ’60s,” a retrospective of the 60 most influential individuals of that seminal decade featuring music, clothing, artwork, books and posters, iconic items, and more. FREE! The LBJ Presidential Library, 2313 Red River St, Austin.

Memorial Day Ceremony (Georgetown) – Monday, May 26 at 9:30 a.m. The annual Memorial Day Ceremony, honoring the men and women of our armed forces who have given their lives in service to our country will be held at the Veterans Memorial Plaza. The guest speaker will be Dr. Charles Schwertner, our Texas State Senator. Music will be provided by the 36th Infantry Division Band of the Texas Army National Guard and a fly over will be performed by Falcon Flight, a Texas-based formation flying team. FREE! Georgetown-Williamson County Veterans Memorial Plaza, 2 Texas Dr, Georgetown.


Memorial Day Ceremony – Monday, May 26 at 10:00 a.m. The Daughters of the American Revolution will host a ceremony honoring all those who gave the ultimate sacrifice in service for our country. There will be a color guard and musket salute by Sons of the American Revolution in period dress, Brig. Gen. Richard T. Drury will speak, and Gary Knippa & The Friends will provide music. This service is open to all who wish to attend. 
*Due to a front developing west of Austin, Memorial Day Ceremonies have been moved inside the Cemetery gallery.* FREE! Texas State Cemetery, 909 Navasota St, Austin.


Alamo Kids Camp: Mousehunt – Monday, May 26. Times vary by location. All Alamo Kids Camp screenings are FREE! Tickets are available at the box office on the day of the show, and seating is first come, first served. Only children age 3 and up are permitted to attend. Alamo Drafthouse Slaughter, 5701 W Slaughter Ln, Austin and Alamo Drafthouse Lakeline, 14028 N US Hwy 183, Bldg F, Austin.

Mr. Will’s Music Class for Kids – Monday, May 26 at 10:00 a.m. Mr. Will sings classic and original songs just for kids. Check him out upstairs in the Buzz. FREE! Whole Foods Bee Cave, 12601 Hill Country Blvd, Austin.

Signing Storytime and Snack (Round Rock) – Monday, May 26 at 10:00 a.m. Join the Baby Signing Time revolution. This class is geared for children 0-5 years and their parents. Amy from the Signing Connection will lead this storytime that incorporates classic children’s books to help you learn basic American Sign Language signs. RSVP appreciated (but not required) by calling 512-388-5048. FREE! Kaleidoscope Toys, 110 N IH 35, Ste 375, Round Rock.

Rockin’ City Rollergirls Free Open Skate Session (Round Rock) – Monday, May 26 from 4:30-6:30 p.m. Want to learn a sport that will push you mentally and physically? The Rockin’ City Rollergirls are hosting an open skate for boys and girls ages 6-17 and adults interested in the Junior Derby and Rockin’ 101 adult beginners programs. Bring your own skates or rent them at the rink ($2 for quad skates; $4 for inlines), or just watch and chat up one of the trainers. FREE! Austin Sports Arena, 3918 Gattis School Rd, Round Rock.

Game Night at Cafe Ruckus – Monday, May 26 at 7:00 p.m. Sorry, Connect 4, Battleship, Fluxx, Ruckus – The Game, and more. Meet a lot of cool people, enjoy a tasty beverage, and play, Play, PLAY. Everyone who wins a board games gets a prize from Toy Joy. Family friendly – all ages welcome! FREE to play. Cafe Ruckus, 409 W 2nd St, Austin.

Tuesday

Storytime and Crafts – Tuesday, May 27 at 9:30 a.m. Enjoy a new story each week, followed by crafts related to the story. Juice and snacks will be provided for guests ages 2-5yrs old. Parental supervision is requested. FREE! Whole Foods Domain, Mezzanine, 11920 Domain Dr, Austin 78758

Free Admission to Laguna Gloria – Tuesday, May 27 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Laguna Gloria, 3809 West 35th St, Austin.

Armstrong Community School Bilingual Storytime – Tuesday, May 27 at 10:30 a.m. Armstrong Community School will lead a Canta y Habla sing-along where participants will learn traditional Spanish songs, as well as a few originals. FREE! BookPeople, 603 N Lamar, Austin.

Colores Spanish Demo Class – Tuesday, May 27 at 10:30 a.m. Listen to a book reading, learn about colors, do a fun craft project, and meet the teacher from Colores Spanish Immersion Pre-school, Señora Reka. FREE! Toybrary Austin, 7817 Rockwood, Suite 101, Austin.

Story Time with CJ the Explorer – Tuesday, May 27 at 11:00 a.m. Story Time with CJ the Explorer begins at 11am. Enjoy the play zone before and after the reading. FREE! All Things Kids @The Domain, 3220 Feathergrass Ct, Austin.

Music with Mr. Will – Tuesday, May 27 at 11:30 a.m. Rock out with local children’s singer, “Mr. Will” Dupuy. FREE! Brilliant Sky Toys & Books, The Village at West Lake, 701 S Capital of Texas Hwy, Ste D-480, Austin.

Family Flicks: Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2 – Tuesday, May 27 at 4:00 p.m. Enjoy a fun family movie and popcorn. FREE! Lake Travis Community Library, 1938 Lohmans Crossing, Austin.

Discovery! Outdoor Games – Tuesday, May 27 at 4:30 p.m. The Discovery hands on program explores all sorts of different topics, including science, literature, and much more, especially designed for older kids (fourth grade and up). Join in playing some outdoor games (weather permitting), including giant chess, bowling, and big Jenga. FREE! Laura’s Library, 9411 Bee Cave Rd, Austin.

Bruce Robison & Kelly Willis In-Store Performance – Tuesday, May 27 at 5:00 p.m. FREE! Waterloo Records, 600A N Lamar, Austin.

Teen Craft Night – Tuesday, May 27 at 5:00 p.m. Make cool stuff! All supplies provided. For ages 10 and up. FREE! APL – Manchaca Road Branch, 5500 Manchaca Rd, Austin.

Trailer Food Tuesdays – Tuesday, May 27 from 5-9:00 p.m. Austin’s premier mobile food event is back for another season. Sample the delicious food trucks of Austin in one easy location. Try popular local favorites and enjoy something new. Plus, enjoy music by Doug Strahan and the Good Neighbors. FREE! The Long Center, 701 West Riverside Dr, Austin. Update: this event has been canceled due to weather.

Pick Your Flick – Tuesday, May 27 at 5:30 p.m. The audience will pick from the following three film options: Frozen (Rated PG), Kung Fu Panda 2 (Rated PG) , or Sky High (Rated PG). FREE! APL – Ruiz Branch, 1600 Grove Blvd, Austin.

Pajama Storytime – Tuesday, May 27 at 6:30 p.m. Come cuddle at Laura’s Library. Kids of all ages, get comfy in your favorite pajamas, grab your sleepy toy, and come for the best bedtime stories ever. Milk and snacks provided. FREE! Laura’s Library, 9411 Bee Cave Rd, Austin.

Wednesday

Whole Foods Kids Club – Wednesday, May 28 at 9:00 a.m. Join Tina for a great story and crafts for the kids. FREE! Whole Foods Arbor Trails, 4301 W. William Cannon, Austin.

Whole Foods Storytime – Wednesday, May 28 from 9:30-10:30 a.m. Enjoy a story reading, an activity, and a snack! All ages are welcome and parents can participate, too. FREE! Whole Foods Mezzanine, 525 N Lamar Blvd, Austin.

Itty Bitty Playtime & Yoga – Wednesday, May 28 at 10:00 a.m. Itty Bitty Playtime & Yoga is a playful, educational, and relaxing time for babies and toddlers up to 18 months. Learn new ways to connect with your with your baby through movement, stretching and song. Complimentary juice and coffee served. FREE! Millie & Mox, 5145 North FM 620, Ste B110, Austin.

Early Childhood Music Demo Class – Wednesday, May 28 at 10:00 a.m. Experience the Armstrong Community Music School’s class for children ages 6 weeks – 5 years and their caregivers. Participants will sing songs, play instruments, and dance in ways that are fun and valuable for child development. FREE but reservations are required by calling (512) 474-2331. Armstrong Community Music School, 404 Camp Craft Rd, Austin.

Gymboree Storytime – Wednesday, May 28 at 10:30 a.m. In addition to a fun storytime, Gymboree helpers will be in attendance singing songs, blowing bubbles, and playing a fun parachute game. The storytime will end with a performance of the goodbye dance led by Gymbo the Clown. FREE! BookPeople, 603 N Lamar, Austin.

Music Bats Class with Gene from the Que Pastas – Wednesday, May 28 at 10:30 a.m. Based on the idea that music makes every day a little better, The Music Bats encourages young children and their caregivers to spread their wings through music and play. Through singalongs, dancing and hands-on time with instruments and props, Music Bats wants kids and their families to learn one thing in the class: music=fun. FREE! ($10 suggested donation per family.) Toybrary Austin, 7817 Rockwood, Suite 101, Austin.

Paint Me a Story (Georgetown) – Wednesday, May 28 at 11:00 a.m. Community storytelling and art lesson with Miss Melanie and Honey! Ideal for Pre-Schoolers and their caregivers. FREE! All Things Kids in Georgetown, 703 S Main St, Georgetown.

Yoga in the Park – Wednesday, May 28 at Noon. Yoga Yoga is proud to offer an all level Hatha Yoga class to participants at Yoga in the Park. Please bring your own yoga mat to class. FREE! Republic Square Park, 422 Guadalupe, Austin.

Reading Dog – Wednesday, May 28 at 4:30 p.m. Handler Holly with Dog Chula will be at Laura’s Library to read with kiddoes or visit with them. Pre-readers and readers are welcome. No registration is required. FREE! Laura’s Library, 9411 Bee Cave Rd, Austin.

Community Night – Wednesday, May 28 from 5-8:00 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 dollar donation. The Thinkery, 1830 Simond Ave, Austin.

Krispy Kreme Family Night – Wednesday, May 28 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.

Strike Out Hunger with the Round Rock Express (Round Rock) – Wednesday, May 28 at 7:05 p.m. Help Strike Out Hunger with the Capital Area Food Bank by bringing two H-E-B branded canned goods in exchange for a FREE lawn ticket to watch the Express take on the New Orleans Zephyrs. Dell Diamond, 3400 Palm Valley Blvd, Round Rock.

Blues on the Green – Wednesday, May 28 at 8:00 p.m. This year marks the 24th annual concert series KGSR’s Blues on the Green, consistently ranked as a top annual entertainment event. Every other Wednesday from May 28th to August 6th, Zilker Park will be filled with thousands of people, blankets, lawnchairs, families and music lovers. This week, it’s Saints of Valory with The Wind + The Wave. FREE! Zilker Park, 2100 Barton Springs Rd, Austin. Update: this event has been rescheduled for Wednesday, June 4, due to weather.

Thursday

Free Admission to The Blanton – Thursday, May 29 from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. FREE! Blanton Museum of Art, 200 E Martin Luther King Junior Blvd, Austin.

Canta y Habla Storytime – Thursday, May 29 at 10:30 a.m. A linguistically-based Spanish program that uses music-making and storytelling as a basis for exploring the Spanish language and culture. Presented by the Armstrong Community Music School for ages 0-5. FREE! Westbank Library, 1309 Westbank Dr, Austin.

Free Noon Concert – Thursday, May 29 at Noon. Take a 30-minute lunchtime break to experience a performance by Chaparral Eurythmy. Eurythmy is unique within the movement arts in that the gestures are the essence of the sounds of speech, a moving alphabet, a visible song, the entire piece ‘choreographed’ by the beauty of the spoken word. FREE! Central Presbyterian Church, 200 E 8th St, Austin.

Yoga in the Park – Thursday, May 29 at Noon. CorePower Yoga strengthens, balances, detoxifies, and exhilarates the body and mind. CorePower Yoga classes will have you moving, breathing, and sweating. No matter your age, strength, or flexibility level, CorePower Yoga meets you where you are. Please bring your own yoga mat to class. FREE! Wooldridge Park, 900 Guadalupe St, Austin.

Explorers Club (Cedar Park) – Thursday, May 29 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.

Yappy Hour on the Patio – Thursday, May 29 from 5-8:00 p.m. Enjoy live music on the dog-friendly patio. FREE! Whole Foods Domain, 11920 Domain Dr, Austin.

Music on Main Street (Round Rock) – Thursday, May 29 from 6-8:00 p.m. Bring a lawn chair or blanket and the entire family to hear Texas swing from Marshall Ford Swing Band. Visit the variety of dining options on Main Street or pack a picnic basket to enjoy the evening of fun and music. FREE! Prete Main Street Plaza, 221 E Main St, Round Rock.

Live Music at Central Market North – Thursday, May 29 from 6:30-9:00 p.m. Son y No Son is a long established Austin Latin dance ensemble led by Rey Arteaga and accompanied by some of the best musicians in Austin. They perform a diverse array of latin genres with a focus on traditional Cuban styles such as Son, Bolero, Guajira, and Cha-Cha. FREE! Central Market, 4001 N Lamar Blvd, Austin.

Live Music at Central Market Westgate – Thursday, May 29 from 6:30-9:00 p.m. The Jimi Lee Band is a blues R & B super group of veteran players fronted by the award winning harmonic virtuoso Jimi Lee. FREE! Central Market Westgate, 4477 S Lamar Blvd, Austin.

Something for Nothing Presents Shakespeare’s Hamlet – Thursday, May 29 at 8:00 p.m. Shake out your picnic blankets for a night of Shakespeare under the stars! Something for Nothing Theater will perform Hamlet with minimal props, costumes, and lighting, focusing on storytelling and the rich language of Shakespeare. Performed by a cast of 9 actors, featuring Jon Cook as Hamlet, Hamlet concludes at a brisk two hours. FREE! Ramsey Park, 4301 N Rosedale Ave, Austin.


Unplugged at the Grove – Thursday, May 29 at 8:00 p.m. This year marks the 21st Anniversary of KGSR’s Unplugged at the Grove. Quaker City Night Hawks are the spirit of rock n’ roll. Come shake your hips. FREE! Shady Grove, 1624 Barton Springs Rd, Austin.

Friday

Yoga Story Time – Friday, May 30 at 9:30 a.m. Join us for a Story Time Yoga adventure every Friday at 9:30! We will stretch, read and breathe. All ages are welcome. FREE! The Little Yoga House, 1211 Parkway, Austin.

Interactive Story Time (Round Rock) – Friday, May 30 at 9:30 a.m. (0-18 months) and 10:30 a.m. (19 months – 4 years). Interactive story time gets little ones moving. From hopping around to one story to using scarves to animate another, everyone has a great time. FREE! BabyEarth, 106 E Old Settlers Blvd, Ste D100, Round Rock.

Fun Fridays – Friday, May 30 at 10:00 a.m. Sing! Dance! Play! Fun Fridays is a fun musical and entertainment hour featuring local Austin musicians. Complimentary refreshments will be served. FREE! Millie & Mox, 5145 North FM 620, Ste B110, Austin.

Semillitas de Español Demos – Friday, May 30 at 10:30 a.m. and 11:15 a.m. Learn Spanish vocabulary through songs and play in this parent and child Spanish class. For children ages 0-5. FREE! Wells Branch Library, 15001 Wells Port Dr, Austin.

Reading Dog – Friday, May 30 at 3:30 p.m. Handler Neel and Dog Joey will read with kiddos or visit with them. Pre-readers and readers are welcome. FREE! Westbank Library, 1309 Westbank Dr, Austin.


Live Music at Central Market North – Friday, May 30 from 6:30-9:00 p.m. Albert & Gage can rock, boogie, swing, trot down country roads and stride down sophisticated boulevards, and make it all sound as it should: like parts of a unified whole rather than a mishmash of different styles. FREE! Central Market, 4001 N Lamar Blvd, Austin.

Live Music at Central Market Westgate – Friday, May 30 from 6:30-9:00 p.m. Flying Balalaika Brothers play beautiful Russian melodies on Balalaika instruments while weaving in American bluegrass. FREE! Central Market Westgate, 4477 S Lamar Blvd, Austin.

Music in the Park (Elgin) – Friday, May 30 at 7:30 p.m. Bring a lawn chair and several friends to enjoy some of the best music this side of Austin. All concerts this spring will start at 7:30pm. Come early and enjoy downtown before relaxing in the park with some music. Tres Womack & the Chubby Knuckle Choir. FREE! Veterans Memorial Park, 109 Depot St, Elgin.

Ballet Under the Stars: Impressions – Friday, May 30 at 8:00 p.m. Come early and watch the company warm-up, bring a picnic and a blanket, and stretch out under the stars as the stunning and powerful dancers of Austin Metamorphosis Dance Ensemble take the stage. This year’s production highlights styles of social dance and music that have influenced the art of dance and made lasting impressions. FREE but donations will be collected during intermission. Concessions are also available, so bring cash. Zilker Hillside Theater,‎ 2201 Barton Springs Rd, Austin.

Movie Night: Jurassic Park – Friday, May 30 at 8:00 p.m. Get cozy under the stars for a night of fun featuring Jurassic Park (Rated PG-13). FREE! Whole Foods Arbor Trails, 4301 W William Cannon Dr #800, Austin.

Friday Night Films: Dirty Dancing – Friday, May 30 at 8:00 p.m. Alamo Drafthouse presents Dirty Dancing on the lawn at South Shore District. (Rated PG-13.) Dinner and snacks will be available for purchase from some of Austin’s favorite food trailers. FREE! South Shore District, 1333 Shore District Dr, Austin.

Something for Nothing Presents Shakespeare’s Hamlet – Friday, May 30 at 8:00 p.m. Shake out your picnic blankets for a night of Shakespeare under the stars! Something for Nothing Theater will perform Hamlet with minimal props, costumes, and lighting, focusing on storytelling and the rich language of Shakespeare. Performed by a cast of 9 actors, featuring Jon Cook as Hamlet, Hamlet concludes at a brisk two hours. FREE! Ramsey Park, 4301 N Rosedale Ave, Austin.

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




In her life before kids, Emily held jobs as a zookeeper, a middle school teacher, and a tour bus driver in the wilds of Montana–not one of which prepared her for the adventures of motherhood. Now she’s living the good life in Austin with her husband, two sons and a Great Dane. When she’s not off gallivanting with her boys, you might find Emily baking up a mean batch of cupcakes, recalling obscure 80s song lyrics, or dreaming of peace and quiet.

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