What’s Up? Weekly (October 26-30, 2015)

What's Up Weekly

Monday

Baby Bloomers – Monday, October 26 from 9:00 a.m. to Noon. Children age 0-3 and their families are invited to explore the world of the Itsy Bitsy Spider. Participants will build handmade spider puppets, have fun catching and collecting spiders, investigate frozen ice spiders, and design their own spider creations in spider dough. Jaime Cano, an educator with Escualita del Alma, will join the fun to make music in English y Español. 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.

Little Red Riding Hoodie: A Fractured Fairytale of Fantastical Proportions – Monday, October 26 at 10:30 a.m. Prompted by a dream involving a genie and a magic lamp, Little Red commences a journey through the forest in order to bring her ailing mother her famous Gluten-Free Vegan Beet Kale Muffins. This hilarious, interactive, and visually compelling original piece about courage, empathy and resolution is suitable for all ages. Doors open at 10:00 a.m. FREE! Dougherty Arts Center, 1110 Barton Springs Rd, Austin.

Minecraft Club – Monday, October 26 at 3:30 p.m. Kids ages 7 and up are invited to enjoy two hours of Minecraft free play. Laptops are available, or you can bring your own device that has Minecraft downloaded. FREE! APL – Terrazas Branch, 1105 E Cesar Chavez St, Austin.

Halloween Events at IKEA (Round Rock) – Monday, October 26 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Halloween costume contest; scavenger hunt; prizes; and IKEA food offers. RSVP is appreciated to [email protected] FREE! IKEA Round Rock, 1 Ikea Way, Round Rock.

Night Crafters Junior – Monday, October 26 at 6:00 p.m. Enjoy kid-friendly crafts based on great picture books. Recommended for ages 5-10. FREE! APL – Faulk Central Library, 800 Guadalupe St, Austin.

Dia de los Muertos/Day of the Dead – Monday, October 26 from 6-7:30 p.m. A family celebration of books and stories, laughing skulls, dancing, music, arts and crafts, ‘midst fluttering butterflies. All ages welcome. FREE! APL – University Hills Branch, 4721 Loyola Ln, Austin.

Daddy and Me Evening Storytime – Monday, October 26 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.

Tuesday

Storytime and Crafts – Tuesday, October 27 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, October 27 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.

Literature Live! Presents Wild and Wacky Weather – Tuesday, October 27 at 10:15 a.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 – Cepeda Branch, 651 N Pleasant Valley Rd, Austin.

Where The Wild Things Are Storytime Performance – Tuesday, October 27 at 10:30 a.m. Let the Wild Rumpus start! Join the fun as a king or a wild thing during an interactive storytime of Where The Wild Things Are with creative interpretation by Lizzy Samples. Kiddos, be sure to dress up in your wildest costumes. The storytime and performance will get you amped up for Halloween with just the right amount of fun and spooky. FREE! BookPeople, 603 N Lamar, Austin.

Sensory Storytime – Tuesday, October 27 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 – Tuesday, October 27 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 – Howson Branch, 2500 Exposition Blvd, Austin.

Family Flicks: Hotel Transylvania – Tuesday, October 27 at 4:00 p.m. Rated PG. FREE! Lake Travis Community Library, 1938 Lohmans Crossing, Austin.

Crafternoon – Tuesday, October 27 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 – Terrazas Branch, 1105 E Cesar Chavez St, Austin.

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, October 27 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.

Kickstart: Green Screen Ghosts (Pflugerville) – Tuesday, October 27 at 4:30 p.m. Kids ages 8-12 are invited to join Kickstart, the library’s tech club for tweens, and learn how to use a green screen to turn themselves into haunting apparitions. FREE! Pflugerville Public Library, 1008 W Pflugerville St, Pflugerville.

Not So Spooky Halloween Tales – Tuesday, October 27 at 6:00 p.m. Join storyteller Bernadette Nason for some not so spooky Halloween tales. Costumes and pajamas are welcome. Snacks and milk will be served. FREE! Westbank Library, 1309 Westbank Dr, Austin.

Dove Springs’ Fall Festival – Tuesday, October 27 from 6-8:00 p.m. This evening of seasonal activities will include informational tables from local community groups, as well as carnival style games, a haunted house for those brave enough to try, and sweets and treats. FREE! Dove Springs Rec Center, 5801 Ainez Dr, Austin.

Pajama Storytime – Tuesday, October 27 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.

Frank Turner In-Store Performance – Tuesday, October 27 at 6:30 p.m. FREE! Waterloo Records, 600A N Lamar, Austin.

Wednesday

Storytime at Arbor Trails – Wednesday, October 28 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.

BookPeople Puppet Show Players Storytime – Wednesday, October 28 at 10:30 a.m. BookPeople’s practically perfect and positively preposterous puppeteers will perform a fabulous rendition of one of their favorite stories–Abiyoyo. FREE! BookPeople, 603 N Lamar, Austin.

Chinese Story Share – Wednesday, October 28 at 10:30 a.m. Learn Chinese, have fun, and make friends. Stories, rhymes, and songs in Mandarin. Designed for children of 2 to 5 year old. FREE! Laura’s Library, 9411 Bee Cave Rd, Austin.

Literature Live! Presents Wild and Wacky Weather – Wednesday, October 28 at 11:30 a.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 – University Hills Branch, 4721 Loyola Ln, Austin.

Yoga in the Park – Wednesday, October 28 at Noon. Yoga Yoga is proud to offer an all level Hatha Yoga class to participants at Yoga in the Park 2015. Yoga Yoga is Austin’s home for traditional and advanced yoga studies, offering over 300 weekly classes at 5 Austin locations in everything from classic Hatha and Kundalini to Yoga for Health and Wellness. FREE! Shipe Park, 4400 Avenue G, Austin.

Nintendo Game Release Party (Round Rock) – Wednesday, October 28 from 2:30-4:00 p.m. Nintendo representatives are coming to the Round Rock Public Library. Participants will play Nintendo’s new “Mario Marker” and “Yoshi Wooly World” games on big screens. Giant games and board games will also be available. Snacks will be provided to first arrivals while supplies last. FREE! Round Rock Public Library, 216 E Main St, Round Rock.

Trick or Treat with Westbank Market Merchants – Wednesday, October 28 from 2:30-6:30 p.m. The Westbank Market Merchants will be welcoming little goblins, ghouls, and ghosts for trick or treating. Ages 12 and under welcome; must be accompanied by an adult. FREE! Westbank Market, 3300 Bee Cave Rd, Austin.

Bilingual Japanese Storytime – Wednesday, October 28 at 3:30 p.m. FREE! APL – Hampton Branch, 5125 Convict Hill Rd, Austin.

Halloween Story Time with Bernadette Nason – Wednesday, October 28 at 4:00 p.m. All are invited to this special spooky story time with everyone’s favorite storyteller, Bernadette Nason. FREE! Lake Travis Community Library, 1938 Lohmans Crossing, Austin.

Community Night at The Thinkery – Wednesday, October 28 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! Dia de los Muertos – Wednesday, October 28 at 4:30 p.m. Ann Benson of Somos Amigos will teach you why Day of the Dead is called a “Celebration of Life.” Best suited for ages 6-8. FREE! Laura’s Library, 9411 Bee Cave Rd, Austin.

Dia de los Muertos/Day of the Dead – Wednesday, October 28 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 – Cepeda Branch, 651 N Pleasant Valley Rd, Austin and APL – Southeast Branch, 5803 Nuckols Crossing Rd, Austin.

Family Fest – Wednesday, October 28 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Family Fest will feature carnival rides, games, petting zoo, go karts, obstacle course, sports activities, face painting, concessions, prizes, and more. FREE! Hyde Park Baptist Church, 3901 Speedway, Austin.

Krispy Kreme Family Night – Wednesday, October 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.

Texas Radio Live – Wednesday, October 28 from 6-8:00 p.m. Texas Radio Live brings you the very best Texas music with performances from Texas musicians. This week, Linda Gail Lewis and Ted Roddy 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.

Movie in the Park: Big Hero 6 – Wednesday, October 28 at 7:00 p.m. Rated PG. FREE! Virginia L. Brown Rec Center, 7500 Blessing Ave, Austin.

YA Halloween Horror Speaking and Signing – Wednesday, October 28 at 7:00 p.m. Be afraid… Be very afraid… Three authors of terrifying, spine-tingling, soul-shivering Young Adult novels will descend upon BookPeople for a night of Halloween horrors. Come dressed as your scariest best – there will be a prize for best costume. Ghoulish treats await as Gena Showalter (Alice in Zombieland), Amy Lukavics (Daughters Unto Devils) and Kady Cross (Sisters of Blood and Spirit) summon the spirits lurking on their pages. The speaking portion of this event is FREE! To get a book signed, a copy of the event book must be purchased from BookPeople. BookPeople, 603 N Lamar Blvd, Austin.

Thursday

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

Literature Live! Presents Wild and Wacky Weather – Thursday, October 29 at 10:15 a.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 – Windsor Park Branch, 5833 Westminster Dr, Austin.

Hola, Hola! Spanish Camp – Thursday, October 29 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.

Pumpkin Parade with Staci Gray – Thursday, October 29 at 10:30 a.m. Wear your costume and come to the library for the annual Pumpkin Parade. Staci Gray will perform, then everyone will parade around the library. Trick or Treat! FREE! Lake Travis Community Library, 1938 Lohmans Crossing, Austin.

Sensory Storytime – Thursday, October 29 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, October 29 at Noon. Take a 30-minute lunchtime break to hear a concert by Michael Domjan, Psychology of Music. FREE! Central Presbyterian Church, 200 E 8th St, Austin.

Free Chair Massages at the Capitol – Thursday, October 29 from 2-4:00 p.m. The American Massage Therapy Association and The Lauterstein-Conway Massage School have partnered to provide FREE chair massages to the Austin community in celebration of the 19th annual National Massage Therapy Awareness Week. Texas State Capitol, 1100 Congress Ave, Austin.

Glow-in-the-Dark Costume Dance Party – Thursday, October 29 at 3:30 p.m. For ages 5 and up. FREE! APL – Yarborough Branch, 2200 Hancock Dr, Austin.

Halloween Festival and Hayride (Georgetown) – Thursday, October 29 from 5:30-8:30 p.m. The Festival will feature various booths and activities inside the Community Center, as well as a friendly hay ride (fee charged) through the park with Halloween themed decorations aimed towards younger children. A Trick-or-treat Village will be set up in the Community Center front lawn with local businesses and non-profit organizations passing out candy. A showing of Disney’s Halloweentown (Rated PG) will begin at 6:45 p.m. at the Gazebo. Don’t forget to wear your favorite costume and enter the costume contest. Admission is FREE, but each booth or activity charges a fee to participate. San Gabriel Park, 445 E Morrow St, Georgetown.

Archives in ATXion: The Texas Picture Show – Thursday, October 29 at 6:30 p.m. Catch a rare glimpse of vintage home movies, newsreels, ad reels, broadcasts, and industrial and tourism films whose flickering images showcase part of what it means to be a Texan. Movie goers are invited to bring lawn chairs, blankets, and picnic baskets to complete the experience. Prior to the screening, live musical entertainment will be provided by Grammy Award winning Texas Swing artist Jason Roberts (Asleep at the Wheel) and his band starting at 6:30 p.m. with the screening itself kicking off after sundown at 7:30 p.m. Family friendly and FREE! Texas State Capitol East Lawn, 1100 Congress Ave, Austin.

Dia de los Muertos/Day of the Dead– Thursday, October 29 from 6:30-8:00 p.m. A family celebration of books and stories, laughing skulls, dancing, music, arts and crafts, ‘midst fluttering butterflies. All ages welcome. FREE! APL – Manchaca Road Branch, 5500 Manchaca Rd, Austin.

Sugar Skull Painting & A Movie (Pflugerville) – Thursday, October 29 from 6:30-7:45 p.m. Learn about the tradition of sugar skull painting for Día de los Muertos. Enjoy a screening of Tim Burton’s Corpse Bride (Rated PG) while you work on painting your own sugar skull. Anyone 12 and up may attend. Materials will be provided while supplies last. FREE! Pflugerville Public Library, 1008 W Pflugerville St, Pflugerville.

Movies in the Park: Beetlejuice – Thursday, October 29 at 7:00 p.m. Kick off your Halloween weekend with this spooky, off-beat classic – costumes welcome! Movies in the Park is a series of free films brought to you by the Austin Parks Foundation, and presented by the #1 movie theater in America, the Alamo Drafthouse. Dogs, picnics, and lawn chairs are welcome. Rated PG. FREE! Republic Square Park, 400 W Guadalupe, Austin.

As You Like It – An Apocalyptic Romantic Comedy – Thursday, October 29 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

FREE Scary Face Pancakes at IHOP – Friday, October 30 from 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. October marks the return of Scary Face Pancakes. Bring the kids to create their own legend—scary or silly—with strawberries, whipped topping, Mini Oreo® cookies and candy corn. All kids 12 and under get a FREE Scary Face Pancake at participating locations. One per child. Dine in only. Your local participating IHOP Restaurant.

Fall Fun Fest – Monsters and Mayhem (Round Rock) – Friday, October 30 from 9-11:30 a.m. Calling all little preschool monsters to jump in and join in the fun. This Monster Mash themed festival will be filled with lots of monstrous activities for little ghouls and goblins. Lots of Frankenstein fun including carnival games, hayrides, cookies and punch, storytime, and much more. FREE but canned food donations for the Round Rock Serving Center are encouraged. Old Settlers Park, 3300 Palm Valley Blvd, Round Rock. Due to forecasted rain, the Fall Fun Festival will be moved to the Dell Diamond Concourse, 3400 Palm Valley Blvd, Round Rock.

Music with Mr. Will – Friday, October 30 at Noon. 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. Update: Mr. Will will return to Brilliant Sky on November 13th.

Blanton Elementary BooFest – Friday, October 30 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. Update: Due to weather, BooFest is rescheduled for Friday, November 6.

Monster Concert & Carnival – Friday, October 30 from 4:30-8:30 p.m. Featuring ghoulish games, food, live music by local bands, a spectacular haunted house, a kid-friendly haunted house, and music performances by Austin High Vertical Team Orchestras. View performance schedule here. Admission and concerts are FREE! Prices vary for carnival games, activities, and food. Austin High School, 1715 W Cesar Chavez St, Austin.

Spooktacular – Friday, October 30 from 5-8:00 p.m. Families are invited to learn about Texas “creepy crawlies” during this special evening of treats, games, and hands-on art and science activities for kids ages 5 and up. Plus, receive FREE admission to the museum’s three floors of interactive exhibitions. Bullock Texas State History Museum, 1800 N Congress Ave, Austin.

Creative Action Kids’ Ball – Friday, October 30 from 5-8:00 p.m. You’re invited to celebrate kindness, strengths, treasures, and creativity during this FREE, interactive event with treats, kid and family-friendly activities, and grooving along to live music by White Ghost Shivers. Build your own costume or wear your own and add to the fun. Central Market, 4001 N Lamar Blvd, Austin. Update: canceled due to weather.

Halloween Party on the Plaza – Friday, October 30 from 6-8:00 p.m. Have fun with live music by Superband, face painting, balloon twisting, a pumpkin patch photo opportunity, cake walks, crafts, prize giveaways, and more. Costumes encouraged but masks are permitted only on children ages 12 & under. No toy weapons, please. FREE! Domain II, 3225 Amy Donovan Plaza, Austin. Update: Canceled due to weather.

Spooky Stories with Bernadette Nason – Friday, October 30 at 6:30 p.m. Award-winning storyteller Bernadette Nason will perform lighthearted scary stories for kids and families to enjoy. Ages 5+ only. FREE! Wells Branch Community Library, 15001 Wells Port Dr, Austin.

Sinister Circus Halloween Carnival – Friday, October 30 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Come one come all, step right up to the main event of the year under the Northwest Big Top. You’ll find everything to have a haunting good time: bounce house, popcorn, carnival games, candy, prizes, a sinister circus trick-or-treat trail, and even more Halloween fun. First 10 tickets and endless trips through the Trick-or-Treat Trail are FREE! Additional tickets are only 25¢. Northwest Recreation Center, 2913 Northland Dr, Austin. Update: Canceled due to weather.

Living Springs (Almost) Full Moon Screening #2 – Friday, October 30 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. Update: Due to rain, the screening is rescheduled for Thursday, November 5.

Head for the Hill’s: Free Music Fridays – Friday, October 30 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, The Lost Pines perform. 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, October 30 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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