What’s Up? Weekly (November 2-6, 2015)

What's Up Weekly

Monday

Baby Bloomers – Monday, November 2 from 9:00 a.m. to Noon. Children age 0-3 and their families are invited to investigate pumpkin guts, create pumpkin prints, and explore pumpkin sensory dough. Plus, Austin Reptile Shows will bring a dozen live reptiles to teach your kids about reptile diversity, adaptations, biology, and conservation in this high-energy learning experience. 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.

Lakeway Police Officer Visits Preschool Story Time – Monday, November 2 at 10:30 a.m. This special story time will include a visit from a Lakeway Police Officer and a tour of a police car. FREE! Lake Travis Community Library, 1938 Lohmans Crossing, Austin.

Dog Storytime – Monday, November 2 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.

Crafternoon – Monday, November 2 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.

Dia de los Muertos/Day of the Dead – Monday, November 2 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. A family celebration of books and stories, laughing skulls, dancing, music, arts and crafts, ‘midst fluttering butterflies. All ages welcome. FREE! APL – Windsor Park Branch, 5833 Westminster Dr, Austin.

Evening Storytime (Round Rock) – Monday, November 2 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

Storytime and Crafts – Tuesday, November 3 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, November 3 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Guests can enjoy activation of the outdoor, interactive foam installation A retrospective view of the pathway (2008-2015) by Roger Hiorns at 4 p.m. on Tuesday. FREE! The Contemporary Austin, Laguna Gloria, 3809 West 35th St, Austin.

French Legation Museum Children’s Storytime – Tuesday, November 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.

Dia de los Muertos/Day of the Dead – Tuesday, November 3 from 10:15-11:15 a.m. A family celebration of books and stories, laughing skulls, dancing, music, arts and crafts, ‘midst fluttering butterflies. All ages welcome. FREE! APL – Carver Branch, 1161 Angelina St, Austin.

Chinese Bilingual Storytime (Round Rock) – Tuesday, November 3 at 10:30 a.m. This program, developed for ages 3 and up, celebrates Chinese culture with stories, fingerplays, songs, and other activities in both English and Mandarin. FREE! Round Rock Public Library, 216 E Main St, Round Rock.

Part of the current, three-venue exhibition Strange Pilgrims, Roger Hiorns’s installation will be activated on Tuesday at 4 p.m. at The Contemporary Austin – Laguna Gloria

Part of the current, three-venue exhibition Strange Pilgrims, Roger Hiorns’s installation will be activated Tuesdays at 4 p.m. at The Contemporary Austin – Laguna Gloria

Interactive Foam Installation – Tuesday, November 3 at 4:00 p.m. Witness the activation of the outdoor, interactive foam installation A retrospective view of the pathway (2008-2015) by Roger Hiorns. Guests are encouraged to wear clothes that can get wet or messy and to bring towels and a change of clothes. FREE! The Contemporary Austin, Laguna Gloria, 3809 West 35th St, Austin.

Lego Lab – Tuesday, November 3 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: Kids Craft and Adult Coloring – Tuesday, November 3 from 6-7:00 p.m. Stop by to make a craft the whole family can enjoy. 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.

Pajama Storytime – Tuesday, November 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. 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.

Awesome Occupations: YA Author (Pflugerville) – Tuesday, November 3 at 6:30 p.m. Kids ages 10-18 are invited to learn about a different exciting career each month. This month’s guest is YA author and screenwriter Joe Shine. FREE! Pflugerville Public Library, 1008 W Pflugerville St, Pflugerville.

Wednesday

Storytime at Arbor Trails – Wednesday, November 4 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.

Chinese Story Share – Wednesday, November 4 at 10:30 a.m. Learn Chinese, have fun, and make friends. Stories, rhymes, and songs in Mandarin. Designed for children ages 2 to 5 years old. FREE! Laura’s Library, 9411 Bee Cave Rd, Austin.

Lego Lab – Wednesday, November 4 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.

Free Play Gaming – Wednesday, November 4 at 3:30 p.m. Enjoy free play gaming using one of the library’s new video game consoles including the PS4, WiiU, Xbox 360 and more.  Smash Bros., MarioParty, FIFA, Rocket League are just a few of the games we offer.  Come make some new friends and enjoy collaborative and competitive gaming. FREE! APL – Carver Branch, 1161 Angelina St, Austin.

Community Night at The Thinkery – Wednesday, November 4 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! Fun with Chemistry – Wednesday, November 4 at 4:30 p.m. Elementary school aged kids will be entertained by Dr. Kate Biberdorf from the Fun with Chemistry community outreach program that is provided by the Department of Chemistry at The University of Texas at Austin. In the presentation, students will discuss the fundamental principles of chemistry through various sensory stimulating demonstrations (e.g. explosions, liquid nitrogen ice cream, the production of slime, and instant snow). A few of the properly dressed students (i.e. long pants and closed-toe shoes) will be asked to assist Dr. B with some of the experiments. The lecture will conclude with a chemistry-themed circus designed to inspire students to focus on science and pursue a career in a chemistry-related field. FREE! Laura’s Library, 9411 Bee Cave Rd, Austin.

Krispy Kreme Family Night – Wednesday, November 4 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, November 4 from 6-8:00 p.m. Texas Radio Live brings you the very best Texas music with performances from Texas musicians. This week, The Peterson Brothers and The Jordan Sisters 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 (17+) – Wednesday, November 4 from 6-8:30 p.m. Call a sitter. It’s time to get crafty. The Austin Public Library offers many programs for the whole family, but what about when you just want to unwind and craft with some adults? Participants can learn how to make a rich variety of fun, functional, seasonal, and holiday-related crafts. All supplies provided. Adults only, please. FREE! APL – Manchaca Road Branch, 5500 Manchaca Rd, Austin

Play, Read, Grow! Early Literacy Training for Parents and Caregivers (RSVP) – Wednesday, November 4 at 6:30 p.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.  RSVP is requested here. FREE! APL – Ruiz Branch, 1600 Grove Blvd, Austin.

Thursday

Free Admission to The Blanton – Thursday, November 5 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, November 5 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.

Sensory Play – Thursday, November 5 at 10:30 a.m. Visit a room full of sensory activities to see, touch, smell, and more. Sensory experiences are an important part of a child’s development. Recommended for 0 to 3 years, but all ages are welcome. Limited to 20 participants; passes will be distributed 30 minutes prior to class. FREE! Lake Travis Community Library, 1938 Lohmans Crossing, Austin.

Sensory Storytime – Thursday, November 5 at 11:30 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, November 5 at Noon. Take a 30-minute lunchtime break to hear a piano concert by Dr. Timothy Woolsey. FREE! Central Presbyterian Church, 200 E 8th St, Austin.

Storybook Dance Making (RSVP) – Thursday, November 5 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.

Crafternoon – Thursday, November 5 at 3:30 p.m. Kids ages 5 and up will make fairy and ninja bead friends. FREE! APL – Yarborough Branch, 2200 Hancock Dr, Austin.

Starry Nights at Girlstart (RSVP) – Thursday, November 5 from 5:30-7:00 p.m. Girlstart’s Mini-Planetarium is a unique space for families to explore astronomy. November’s Starry Night will feature the Solar System. All ages welcome. FREE but RSVP is required here. Girlstart, 1400 W Anderson Lane, Austin.

1st Thursday Art Reception: Dia de Los Muertos (Round Rock) – Thursday, November 5 at 5:30-7:00 p.m. Come to the evening reception to celebrate November’s exhibit in ArtSpace. This month features Dia de Los Muertos art and artists. Beverages and snacks will be provided. FREE! ArtSpace, 231 E Main St, Round Rock.

Movies in the Park: The Dark Knight – Thursday, November 5 at 6:00 p.m. Back by popular demand, The Dark Knight….returns. The fall season of the Movies in the Park series continues with an outdoor screening of one of the greatest superhero movies ever made, The Dark Knight. Enjoy a FREE screening of this film, co-produced with the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema’s Rolling Roadshow presented by Austin City Limits Music Festival. Dogs, picnics, and lawn chairs are welcome. Rated PG-13. Palm Playground, 711 E 3rd S, Austin.

Upcycle This! – Thursday, November 5 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.

Literature Live! Presents Wild and Wacky Weather – Thursday, November 5 at 6:30 p.m. If you don’t like the weather in Texas, just wait a few minutes and it will change. Take a stroll through sunny songs, breezy stories, and wintry puppetry when Literature Live! presents their new show,Wild and Wacky Weather. Check out the trailer here. FREE! APL – Manchaca Road Branch, 5500 Manchaca Rd, Austin.

Living Springs (Almost) Full Moon Screening #2 – Thursday, November 5 at 7:00 p.m. Living Springs, a documentary project about the history, science, culture and spiritual practices of Barton Springs, will host a FREE public screening featuring the short videos “Community Central” and “Lifeguards” from their ongoing Barton Springs series. Bring a chair or blanket. Barton Springs Pool, 2201 Barton Springs Rd, Austin. This event has been canceled.

As You Like It – An Apocalyptic Romantic Comedy – Thursday, November 5 at 7:30 p.m. En Route Productions and Shakespeare On The Farm present As You Like It. Anyone and everyone is welcome. FREE but donations are appreciated. Rain Lily Farm, 914 Shady Ln, Austin.

Friday

Maker Faire – Friday, November 6 from 3-8:00 p.m. Makers are DIY-ers with a tech twist. Come make and collaborate—then share! The materials are provided; you dream up the product. The only limit is your imagination. Get hands-on experience in design, handcrafting, and construction in the spirit of collaboration and teamwork. See demonstrations that will amaze and inspire you. See product demos for 3D printers, drones, robots, coding, programming, and more. This is the future—come see it unfold before your eyes. Meet the leaders of the Maker movement–the people changing the way we learn, ideate, design, create, and build the future. They’ll be visiting your local Barnes & Noble store to talk about their process, their creations, and their vision. View event schedule hereFREE! Your local Barnes & Noble store.

Lego Lab – Friday, November 6 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.

Crafternoon – Friday, November 6 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.

Eddie Dickerson Concert – Friday, November 6 at 4:00 p.m. Growing up in a musical family, Eddie Dickerson was introduced to many styles of music like bluegrass and country. By the age of fourteen Eddie was playing in his own rock band. Family friendly and FREE! Lake Travis Community Library, 1938 Lohmans Crossing, Austin.

Blanton Elementary BooFest – Friday, November 6 from 4-7:00 p.m. This Halloween Carnival themed fundraiser will feature a hay ride, bounce houses, a haunted house, face painting, glitter tattoos, pumpkin and cookie decorating, and many other booths/activities. Food and tokens will be available for purchase. Admission is FREE! Blanton Elementary School, 5408 Westminster Dr, Austin.

Highland Park Elementary Fall Carnival (Pflugerville) – Friday, November 6 from 6-9:00 p.m. Come to the HPES fall carnival for lots of games, food, great prizes and fun galore. There will be Laser Tag, a Bungee Run, a Petting Zoo, Giant Slide, Moon Bounce, a Silent Auction, and much more. There will be food vendors, drinks, and desserts, so bring the whole family for dinner. Admission is FREE! Highland Park Elementary, 428 Kingston Lacy Blvd, Pflugerville.

Head for the Hill’s: Free Music Fridays – Friday, November 6 from 7-10:00 p.m. Hill’s Cafe is excited to announce the return of a live, local music series to the historic Hill’s stage. This week, Sean Devine performs. A special backyard menu will be available for purchase. Family-friendly and FREE! Hill’s Cafe, 4700 S Congress Ave, Austin.

As You Like It – An Apocalyptic Romantic Comedy  – Friday, November 6 at 7:30 p.m. En Route Productions and Shakespeare On The Farm present As You Like It. Anyone and everyone is welcome. FREE but donations are appreciated. Rain Lily Farm, 914 Shady Ln, Austin.

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

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