What’s Up? Weekly (September 1-5, 2014)

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

Happening All Week

Kids Yoga Classes (RSVP) – Monday, September 1 – Friday, September 5. View class schedule and RSVP hereFREE! The Little Yoga House, 1211 Parkway, Austin.

Heartsong Music Classes (RSVP) – Monday, September 1 – Friday, September 5. View class schedule and RSVP here. FREE! Heartsong Music, 2700 W Anderson Ln, Austin.

Kids Yoga and Fitness Classes (RSVP) – Monday, September 1 – Friday, September 5. View class schedule and RSVP here. FREE! The Rhythm Studio, 12129 Ranch Rd 620 North, Ste 310, Austin.

Monday

Austin Free Day of Yoga – Monday, September 1. All day long, participating studios across the Austin area offer FREE classes as an opportunity for people of every age and fitness level to try yoga for the first time; experience a new style of yoga; visit a new studio or take a class from a new instructor; or share yoga with friends and family. View schedule and locations here.

Storytime with Dr. Candra – Monday, September 1 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 1 at 2:00 p.m. Enjoy the play zone before and after the reading. FREE! All Things Kids @The Domain, 3220 Feathergrass Ct, Austin.

Game Night at Cafe Ruckus – Monday, September 1 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, September 2 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 2 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Laguna Gloria, 3809 West 35th St, Austin.

French Legation Museum Children’s Storytime – Tuesday, September 2 at 10:00 a.m. Join in an exciting 30 minutes of reading and play on the museum grounds. Feel free to bring snacks, blankets, and your imagination. FREE! French Legation Museum, 802 San Marcos St, Austin.

Heartsong Music Storytime – Tuesday, September 2 at 10:30 a.m. Enjoy a mellifluous storytime with friends from Heartsong Music. They’ll be leading a music lesson intended for little ones aged 0 to 5. FREE! BookPeople, 603 N Lamar, Austin.

Chinese Bilingual Storytime (Round Rock) – Tuesday, September 2 at 10:30 a.m. This program, geared for ages 3 and up, celebrates Chinese culture with stories, fingerplays, and songs in both English and Mandarin. FREE! Round Rock Public Library, 216 E Main St, Round Rock.

Music with Mr. Will – Tuesday, September 2 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.

Discovery! Mad Science – Tuesday, September 2 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, Mad Science will present some tricks to get children excited about science. FREE! Laura’s Library, 9411 Bee Cave Rd, Austin.

LEGO Mini Model Build – Tuesday, September 2 at 5:00 p.m. Learn how to build a cool LEGO Racing Plane and take it home – for FREE! One per child. Event is open to children ages 6 to 14 only. Quantities are limited to approximately 250 per store and offer is good while supplies last only. LEGO Store, Barton Creek Square, 2901 S Capital of Texas Hwy, Austin.

Pajama Storytime – Tuesday, September 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 – Willie Mae Kirk Branch, 3101 Oak Springs Dr, Austin.

Wednesday

Whole Foods Kids Club – Wednesday, September 3 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, September 3 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.

Music Forever Music Together Sample Class (RSVP) – Wednesday, September 3 at 9:30 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 3:30 p.m., and 4:30 p.m. Join the fun for lots of singing, dancing, moving, grooving, and music-making. FREE but space is limited. RSVP is required here. Oak Hill United Methodist Church, 7815 W Hwy 290 West, Austin.

Itty Bitty Playtime & Yoga – Wednesday, September 3 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.

Music Bats Class with Gene from the Que Pastas – Wednesday, September 3 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, September 3 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, September 3 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.

Community Night – Wednesday, September 3 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

Beer Garten Social: The Wit and Wisdom of Ann Richards – Wednesday, September 3 at 6:00 p.m. The Austin History Center invites you to celebrate the birth of Texas’ 45th Governor. Esther’s Follies will stage a variety show honoring Texas’ last female governor. There will also be music and a performance by a thespian student. In addition to the stage show, there will be fun family activities, birthday cake, a table-top exhibit celebrating the life of Ann Richards, and other surprises. Food and drinks will be available for purchase. FREE! Scholz Beer Garten, 1607 San Jacinto St, Austin.

Adult Craft Night – Wednesday, September 3 from 6-8:30 p.m. Join the Manchaca Road Branch’s inaugural craft night. This month, participants will make monogrammed tote bags. This no-sew craft, using fuseable webbing, is perfect for beginners and experts alike because you can keep it simple or take it to the next level. FREE! APL – Manchaca Road Branch, 5500 Manchaca Rd, Austin.

Krispy Kreme Family Night – Wednesday, September 3 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, September 3 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 Chris King and Micky and the Motorcars. FREE, but donations to support the KDRP Radio Mission are appreciated. Guero’s Oak Garden, 1412 S Congress Ave, Austin.

Wine Down Wednesday – Wednesday, September 3 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.

Thursday

Free Admission to The Blanton – Thursday, September 4 from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. FREE! Blanton Museum of Art, 200 E MLK Jr Blvd, Austin.

Free Noon Concert – Thursday, September 4 at Noon. Take a 30-minute lunchtime break to hear Michael Nigro on guitar. FREE! Central Presbyterian Church, 200 E 8th St, Austin.

Yoga in the Park – Thursday, September 4 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.

Explorers Club (Cedar Park) – Thursday, September 4 at 3:30 p.m. Each Thursday, kids in grades K-5 meet to explore a set of rotating programs. This week, it’s Crafty Kids. FREE! Cedar Park Library, 550 Discovery Blvd, Cedar Park.

Karaoke – Thursday, September 4 at 4:00 p.m. Celebrate going back to school with a jam-packed hour of karaoke. Get your vocal chords ready and get set to sing and dance the day away. FREE! APL – Carver Branch, 1161 Angelina St, Austin.

LEGO Pictionary for Tweens (Round Rock) – Thursday, September 4 at 4:30 p.m. Just when you thought LEGO play couldn’t get any more awesome…This LEGO game is like Pictionary, but instead of using pen and paper, players will use LEGO building pieces. Recommended for Tweens ages 8-12. FREE! Round Rock Public Library, 216 E Main St, Round Rock.

Starry Nights at Girlstart (RSVP) – Thursday, September 4 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. FREE but RSVP is required here. Girlstart, 1400 Anderson Square, Austin.

Pfamily Pfun Night (Pflugerville) – Thursday, September 4 at 6:00 p.m. Bring the kids to paint wooden peg dolls based on popular fairy tale characters. Ages 5 and up. FREE! Pflugerville Public Library, 1008 W Pflugerville St, Pflugerville.

Upcycle This – Thursday, September 4 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: Mexican Folk Painting on paper bags. All supplies provided, just bring your imagination. FREE! Recycled Reads, 5335 Burnet Rd, Austin.

Yappy Hour on the Patio – Thursday, September 4 from 6-9:00 p.m. Enjoy live music on the dog-friendly patio. FREE! Whole Foods Domain, 11920 Domain Dr, Austin.

Canine Soldiers: Military Service Dogs – Thursday, September 4 from 6:30-8:00 p.m. Learn about the work of canine soldiers today and during World War II and watch excerpts from the documentary-in-progress, Canine Soldiers. Panelists will discuss the critical role dogs play in the military, how dogs are trained and paired with their handlers, as well as how dogs are selected, trained, and rotated. Community members who attend should come away with a deep appreciation for the role handlers, trainers, and canine soldiers play. FREE! APL – Carver Branch, 1161 Angelina St, Austin.

Live Music at Central Market North – Thursday, September 4 from 6:30-9:00 p.m. All-female acoustic trio The Carper Family Band play Americana and Bluegrass tunes. FREE! Central Market, 4001 N Lamar Blvd, Austin.

Live Music at Central Market Westgate – Thursday, September 4 from 6:30-9:00 p.m. Titan Saxophone Quartet. FREE! Central Market Westgate, 4477 S Lamar Blvd, Austin.

Pajama Storytime – Thursday, September 4 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.

First Thursday on South Congress – Thursday, September 4 from 7-10:00 p.m. First Thursday is a popular monthly event that takes place along South Congress Avenue. It is basically one big block party, and it is perfect for all ages. All of the stores that normally close early stay open late, many stores have special sales, and some of the restaurants and bars have drink specials. FREE! South Congress Ave from Barton Springs Rd to Elizabeth St.

Unplugged at the Grove – Thursday, September 4 at 8:00 p.m. This year marks the 21st Anniversary of KGSR’s Unplugged at the Grove. This week, Ray Wylie Hubbard performs. FREE! Shady Grove, 1624 Barton Springs Rd, Austin.

Friday

Yoga Story Time – Friday, September 5 at 9:30 a.m. Join in a Story Time Yoga adventure where participants will stretch, read, and breathe. All ages are welcome. FREE! The Little Yoga House, 1211 Parkway, Austin.

Fun Fridays – Friday, September 5 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.

¡Vamonos! Classical Guitar Music of Latin America in Concert – Friday, September 5 at Noon. Hear guitarist and music teacher Michael Nigro, known for his engaging commentary and expressive playing, perform a classical guitar concert celebrating Latin American music and composers. Family-friendly and FREE! APL – Faulk Central Library, 800 Guadalupe St, Austin.

Story Time with Princess CJ – Friday, September 5 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, September 5 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.

Live Music at Central Market North – Friday, September 5 from 6:30-9:00 p.m. Americana and Browngrass from Sour Bridges. FREE! Central Market, 4001 N Lamar Blvd, Austin.

Live Music at Central Market Westgate – Friday, September 5 from 6:30-9:00 p.m. Rockabilly and Country from Ruby Dee & The Snakehandlers. FREE! Central Market Westgate, 4477 S Lamar Blvd, Austin.

Mr Johnny’s Family Music Night – Friday, September 5 from 7-10:00 p.m. Parents can enjoy a great meal on the huge outdoor patio while the kids jump, dance, and play along to music with Mr Johnny’s Family Band. There’s plenty of bubbles, balloons, and interactive fun for all. Special guests The Que Pastas will join in the fun. Open mic for little ones, additional music by Amber & Nick, and great food available for purchase, too. FREE! Señor Buddy’s Backyard Restaurant, 8600 Hwy 290, Austin.

Movies in the Park: The Lego Movie (Cedar Park) – Friday, September 5 at 8:00 p.m. Bring your blankets and lawn chairs for a picnic and movie in the park. Concessions will not be available. Rated PG. FREE! Elizabeth Milburn Park, 1901 Sun Chase Blvd, Cedar Park.

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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