Wondering what’s up around Austin this week? Here are some of the exciting events featured on our Free Fun Calendar!
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The Making of Gone with the Wind – Monday, September 29 – Friday, October 3 from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (Exhibit is open until 7:00 p.m. on Thursday.) Go behind the scenes of one of the classic films of Hollywood’s Golden Age. Featuring more than 300 rarely seen and some never-before-exhibited materials, the exhibition is drawn entirely from the Ransom Center’s collections. This insider view reveals why Gone With The Wind remains influential and controversial 75 years after it was released. FREE! Harry Ransom Center, 300 W 21st St, Austin.
Baby Bloomers – Monday, September 29 from 9:00 a.m. to Noon. Little ones ages 0-3 and their families will Make and do while celebrating the letter M. They’ll Make art out of Macaroni, explore the Moon, and maybe even Monkey around a bit with all things M. Mr. Johnny and Sharon will delight little ones with their Music. 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 – Monday, September 29 at 10:00 a.m. Mr. Will is back in action with his weekly kid’s music class. Arrive early to get a seat. FREE! Whole Foods Bee Cave, 12601 Hill Country Blvd, Austin.
Signing Storytime (Round Rock) – Monday, September 29 at 10:00 a.m. Join the Baby Signing Time revolution. This class is geared toward 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.
Storytime with Dr. Candra – Monday, September 29 at 11:00 a.m. Dr. Candra will captivate your children with stories, songs, dances, and games. FREE! Brilliant Sky Toys and Books, 701 S. Capital of Texas Hwy, Ste D-480, Austin.
Story Time with CJ the Explorer – Monday, September 29 at 2:00 p.m. Enjoy the play zone before and after the reading. FREE! All Things Kids @The Domain, 3220 Feathergrass Ct, Austin.
Literature LIVE! Presents: Not So Scary Stories – Monday, September 29 at 3:30 p.m. Not So Scary Stories is a splendiferously snazzy story spectacular that is anything but scary. Children ages 3 and up will have a marvelous time with these interactive stories and puppet tales, leaving the program knowing that they “ain’t afraid of nuthin’!” FREE! APL – Spicewood Springs Branch, 8637 Spicewood Springs Rd, Austin.
Night Crafters – Monday, September 29 at 6:00 p.m. The Central Library of Austin Public Library is kicking off a new monthly adult craft night recommended for ages 17 and up. Attend the inaugural event to give cross-stitch a try. All fabric, needles, and cross stitch floss will be provided. All skill levels are welcome. If you’re a novice, make sure to arrive on time to learn the how to’s; the last hour will be dedicated to making. Meet on the 2nd floor in the programming area. FREE! John Henry Faulk Central Library, 800 Guadalupe Street, Austin.
Tyler Whitesides ‘Janitors’ Book 4 Release Party – Monday, September 29 at 7:00 p.m. Celebrate the release of the 4th book in the ‘Janitors’ series, Strike of the Sweepers. Tyler will be on hand to read and discuss his latest release. Dress up as a ‘Janitors’ character to get a special surprise. FREE! Barnes & Noble Arboretum, 10000 Research Blvd #158, Austin.
Game Night at Cafe Ruckus – Monday, September 29 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.
Storytime and Crafts – Tuesday, September 30 at 9:30 a.m. Little ones, 2-5 years old, will enjoy a new story each week, followed by crafts related to the story. FREE! Whole Foods Domain, 11920 Domain Dr, Austin.
Free Admission to Laguna Gloria – Tuesday, September 30 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. FREE! The Contemporary Austin, Laguna Gloria, 3809 West 35th St, Austin.
Free Admission to The Jones Center – Tuesday, September 30 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. FREE! The Contemporary Austin, The Jones Center, 700 Congress Ave, Austin.
The Day the Crayons Quit! Storytime – Tuesday, September 30 at 10:30 a.m. Austin crayons have had enough! Between sloppy, outside-the-lines coloring, inequitable workloads, and unsatisfactory name awareness (BEIGE!), things have finally gone too far. And now the crayons have QUIT! They will be presenting their dissatisfaction live and in person during this storytime. FREE! BookPeople, 603 N Lamar, Austin.
The Day the Crayons Quit! Storytime – Tuesday, September 30 at 11:00 a.m. Duncan just wants to color. But when he opens his box of crayons, he finds only letters, all saying the same thing: His crayons have had enough! They quit! What can Duncan do to appease all of the crayons and get them back to doing what they do best? FREE! Barnes & Noble Arboretum, 10000 Research Blvd #158, Austin.
Music with Mr. Will – Tuesday, September 30 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.
Literature LIVE! Presents: Not So Scary Stories – Tuesday, September 30 at 3:30 p.m. Not So Scary Stories is a splendiferously snazzy story spectacular that is anything but scary. Children ages 3 and up will have a marvelous time with these interactive stories and puppet tales, leaving the program knowing that they “ain’t afraid of nuthin’!” FREE! APL – Milwood Branch, 12500 Amherst Dr, Austin.
Discovery! Comic Book Coasters – Tuesday, September 30 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). This week, design and create your own custom drink coaster using comic and manga pictures. FREE! Laura’s Library, 9411 Bee Cave Rd, Austin.
Trailer Food Tuesdays – Tuesday, September 30 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 The Bar Brawl III. FREE! The Long Center, 701 West Riverside Dr, Austin.
Family Hiking Adventures (RSVP) – Tuesday, September 30 from 6-7:30 p.m. Explore the beauty of the outdoors in Austin. Families will hike and adventure into some of the most beautiful and famous parks Austin has to offer. An experienced instructor will guide your family and provide fun Austin nature facts along the way. Ages 5 and up welcome. Call 512-478-8716 to reserve your spot. FREE! Location provided at registration.
Pajama Storytime – Tuesday, September 30 at 7:00 p.m. Feel free to wear pajamas to this family storytime featuring stories, songs, rhymes, games, crafts, and other activities. Children of all ages welcome. Seating is limited; please arrive a few minutes early to gain entrance. FREE! APL – Willie Mae Kirk Branch, 3101 Oak Springs Dr, Austin.
Slow Food Austin Slow Session: Bee Rescue (RSVP) – Tuesday, September 30 from 7:15-9:15 p.m. Slow Sessions are educational events that provide opportunities for Austinites to learn more about their food and where it comes from. Daniel “DJ” Schmalz is a hive and swarm capture service extraordinaire specializing in chemical free bee removals and rescues. He strives to educate each and every individual and business he serves on the importance of the North American Honey Bee. Every hive removed is happily relocated to local farms, beekeepers or, in very rare cases, back to nature. Reserve your FREE spot here. in.gredients, 2610 Manor Rd, Austin.
Whole Foods Kids Club – Wednesday, October 1 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, October 1 at 9:30 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, October 1 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.
The Candy Jar’s First Birthday Party (Bee Cave) – Wednesday, October 1 from 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. The Candy Jar will celebrate its first birthday with a party full of treats and fun-filled activities for attendees. Guests can enjoy birthday cake and refreshments, which will be served all day. Kids in attendance will receive a variety of party favors, and additional gifts will be given to drawing and game winners. The Candy Jar’s “Candy Fairy” will make a special appearance at the party from 4-6:00 p.m. A portion of the day’s proceeds will benefit Austin Children’s Shelter. FREE! The Candy Jar, 12700 Hill Country Blvd, Ste T-110, Bee Cave.
Visit with a Park Ranger – Wednesday, October 1 at 10:15 a.m. Skunks and foxes and bobcats, oh my! Are you interested in animals? Would you like to learn more about animals that live in Texas? Enjoy a special visit from a City of Austin Park Ranger. The Ranger will share a story and information about animals that live in Texas. Plus, there will be a touch table where children can get up close and personal with furs and skulls. FREE! APL – Terrazas Branch, 1105 E Cesar Chavez St, Austin.
Ms Staci Storytime – Wednesday, October 1 at 10:30 a.m. Ms. Staci will be back to read some of her favorite stories and to sing some of your favorite songs. Don’t forget your dancing shoes. FREE! BookPeople, 603 N Lamar, Austin.
Music Bats Class with Gene from the Que Pastas – Wednesday, October 1 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 sing-alongs, 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.
Yoga in the Park – Wednesday, October 1 at Noon. Yoga Yoga is proud to offer an all level Hatha Yoga class. Please bring your own yoga mat to class. FREE! Republic Square Park, 422 Guadalupe, Austin.
Lego Lab – Wednesday, October 1 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.
Thinkery at the Library – Wednesday, October 1 from 3:30-5:30 p.m. Youth can create electric circuits, learn to craft with redstone in Minecraft and participate in fun physics activities! The program is recommended for ages 8-14. FREE! APL – Windsor Park Branch, 5833 Westminster Dr, Austin.
Community Night – Wednesday, October 1 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 donation. The Thinkery, 1830 Simond Ave, Austin.
Stand Up For Safe Families Paddle Parade – Wednesday, October 1 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. The Austin/Travis County Family Violence Task Force is asking the community to stand up against family and dating violence by joining the fourth annual Paddle Parade. This is a family friendly event and there will be FREE paddle board, canoe, and kayak rentals for attendees. Texas Rowing Center, 1541 W Cesar Chavez St, Austin.
Night Crafters – Wednesday, October 1 from 6-8:30 p.m. This month, crafters will make fabric coasters. This is a straight-forward, no-sew craft that will leave you feeling content with your beautiful finished product. Adults only, please. FREE! APL – Manchaca Road Branch, 5500 Manchaca Rd, Austin.
Krispy Kreme Family Night – Wednesday, October 1 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 1 from 6-8:00 p.m. Texas Radio Live brings you the very best Texas music with performances from Texas musicians. This week, hear music by Hickoids and Woody Russell. FREE, but donations to support the KDRP Radio Mission are appreciated. Guero’s Oak Garden, 1412 S Congress Ave, Austin.
Wine Down Wednesday – Wednesday, October 1 from 6-8:00 p.m. Event stations will be set up in four designated locations throughout the shopping center, each serving a different wine selection paired with small bites and live music from local Austin artists. Guests are encouraged to sign in and pick up an event guide at the registration table near Amy’s Ice Creams. FREE! The Arboretum, 10000 Research Blvd, Austin.
Chibi-tastic Drawing Workshop – Wednesday, October 1 from 6:15-7:15 p.m. Love portrait art or drawing Manga Anime characters? Learn how to Chibi-size them into cute, big-eyed, big-headed little characters. This family based lliteracy program is recommended for ages 6 years and up. FREE! APL – University Hills Branch, 4721 Loyola Ln, Austin.
Stargazing at UT – Wednesday, October 1 from 8-10:00 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 should be under adult supervision at all times. FREE! Robert Lee Moore Hall, 2515 Speedway, Austin.
Free Admission to The Blanton – Thursday, October 2 from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. FREE! Blanton Museum of Art, 200 E MLK Jr Blvd, Austin.
Hola, Hola! – Thursday, October 2 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 & their children ages 0-5. FREE! Laura’s Library, 9411 Bee Cave Rd, Austin.
Literature LIVE! Presents: Not So Scary Stories – Thursday, October 2 at 11:15 a.m. Not So Scary Stories is a splendiferously snazzy story spectacular that is anything but scary. Children ages 3 and up will have a marvelous time with these interactive stories and puppet tales, leaving the program knowing that they “ain’t afraid of nuthin’!” FREE! APL – Faulk Central Library, 800 Guadalupe St, Austin.
ACLTV 40th Anniversary Pop-Up Concert (RSVP) – Thursday, October 2 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. KLRU-TV, Austin PBS & PBS Arts Fall Festival present Austin City Limits 40th Anniversary Pop-Up Concert.Party during your lunch hour! Dana Falconberry performs at Noon. Snap away in the #PBSArts #ACLTV40 Photobooth. Enter to win a pair of passes to the Sam Smith ACL TV taping later that evening. Enjoy free frozen banana halfsies from Bananarchy. Dock & Roll Diner, Tapas Bravas, and Burro Cheese Kitchen will have food available for purchase. RSVP here. FREE! ACL Live at The Moody Theater, 310 Willie Nelson Blvd, Austin.
Free Noon Concert – Thursday, October 2 at Noon. Take a 30-minute lunchtime break to hear pianist/composer John Churchill. FREE! Central Presbyterian Church, 200 E 8th St, Austin.
Yoga in the Park – Thursday, October 2 at Noon. CorePower Yoga strengthens, balances, detoxifies, and exhilarates the body and mind. 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.
Chibi-tastic Drawing Workshop – Thursday, October 2 from 3:30-4:30 p.m. Love portrait art, or drawing Manga Anime characters? Learn how to Chibi-size them into cute, big-eyed, big-headed llittle characters. This family based lliteracy program is recommended for ages 6 years and up. FREE! APL – Little Walnut Creek Branch, 835 W. Rundberg Ln, Austin.
Starry Nights at Girlstart (RSVP) – Thursday, October 2 from 5:30-7:00 p.m. Girlstart’s new STEM Studio and Mini-Planetarium is a unique space for families to explore astronomy. Enjoy mini-planetarium star shows and out-of-this-world activities for all ages. This month, explore the great significance Ancient Egyptians put in the sun, moon, planets, and stars and how these constellations link to the gods and goddesses the Egyptians worshiped and feared.All ages welcome. FREE but RSVP is required here. Girlstart, 1400 W Anderson Lane, Austin.
Family Rock Climbing Adventures (RSVP) – Thursday, October 2 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Join a professionally certified rock climbing instructor as she guides your family on rock climbing adventures at various outdoor locations around Austin. Put on by Metz Recreation Center and the city of Austin Parks and Recreation Department, this adventure will provide your family with a team-building opportunity like no other. Plus you get to experience what the outdoor world of Austin has to offer! Program is FREE and all gear is provided, except climbing shoes. Ages 8 and up only. RSVP required; 512-478-8716 call to reserve your spot. Location provided at registration.
Pfamily Pfun Night – Bugbot Races (Pflugerville) – Thursday, October 2 at 6:00 p.m. Construct a simple bugbot using 3D printed bugs and simple motors. Use Legos to build race tracks and see how your bugbot performs. Ages 5 and up welcome. Materials provided while supplies last. FREE! Pflugerville Public Library, 1008 W Pflugerville St, Pflugerville.
Upcycle This – Thursday, October 2 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: upcycled costumes cohosted by Re-sourcery. All supplies provided, just bring your imagination. FREE! Recycled Reads, 5335 Burnet Rd, Austin.
Yappy Hour on the Patio – Thursday, October 2 from 6-9:00 p.m. Enjoy live music on the dog-friendly patio. FREE! Whole Foods Domain, 11920 Domain Dr, Austin.
Pajama Storytime – Thursday, October 2 at 7:00 p.m. Feel free to wear pajamas to this family storytime featuring stories, songs, rhymes, games, crafts, and other activities. Children of all ages welcome. Seating is limited; please arrive a few minutes early to gain entrance. FREE! APL – Manchaca Road Branch, 5500 Manchaca Rd, Austin.
Yoga Story Time – Friday, October 3 at 9:30 a.m. Join in a Story Time Yoga adventure where participants will stretch, read, and breathe. All ages are welcome. RSVP appreciated here, but not required. FREE! The Little Yoga House, 1211 Parkway, Austin.
Fun Fridays – Friday, October 3 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.
Literature LIVE! Presents: Not So Scary Stories – Friday, October 3 at 10:15 a.m. Not So Scary Stories is a splendiferously snazzy story spectacular that is anything but scary. Children ages 3 and up will have a marvelous time with these interactive stories and puppet tales, leaving the program knowing that they “ain’t afraid of nuthin’!” FREE! APL – Windsor Park Branch, 5833 Westminster Dr, Austin.
Story Time with Princess CJ – Friday, October 3 at 2:00 p.m. Enjoy the play zone before and after the reading. FREE! All Things Kids @The Domain, 3220 Feathergrass Ct, Austin.
Lego Lab – Friday, October 3 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.
Chalk Walk (Round Rock) – Friday, October 3 from 5-9:00 p.m. This family-friendly event will be host to an array of art activities for all ages, including musical performances on multiple stages, food vendors, area businesses, and artists. As a special feature, come see professional fine artists create their works before your eyes on the streets of downtown Round Rock. Or, buy a square of asphalt for the weekend as an individual, family, or just for your kids, and create your own masterpieces. FREE! Centennial Plaza, 301 W Bagdad, Round Rock.
Movies in Your Park at Mueller: The Jungle Book – Friday, October 3 at 6:30 p.m. Bring the kids and enjoy a free family-friendly movie at the Mueller Lake Park outdoor amphitheater. Make yourself comfortable by bringing snacks and blankets, but please no chairs or other equipment that could block the view of other attendees. Feel free to stop by one of the Mueller food eateries to purchase a quick bite to eat. Activities will start at 6:30 p.m. and movie will begin at dusk. FREE! Mueller Lake Park Amphitheater, Corner of Aldrich St & Simond Ave, Austin.
First-Friday Film Series: Can Eating Insects Save the World? – Friday, October 3 at 6:30 p.m. How would you feel about eating deep fried locusts, ant egg salad, or barbequed tarantulas? With 40 tons of insects to every human, perhaps insects could offer a real solution to the global food crisis – where billions go hungry every day while the meat consumption of the rich draws vast amounts of grain out of the global food chain.After the film, Robert Nathan Allen of Little Herds will answer questions about the environmental and nutritional benefits of eating insects. Participants will also enjoy free samples of protein bars made out of cricket flour from Hopper Foods. Water and lemonade provided. FREE! Wildflower Church, 1314 E Oltorf St, Austin.
Movies in the Park: Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 (Cedar Park) – Friday, October 3 at 7:30 p.m. Bring your blankets and lawn chairs as there will be plenty of grass area available. Concessions will not be available; you are welcome to bring a picnic. Glass containers are prohibited. Rated PG. FREE! Elizabeth Milburn Park, 1901 Sun Chase Blvd, Cedar Park.
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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.