What’s Up? Weekly: April 10-14, 2017

Looking for things to do in Austin this week? What’s Up Weekly highlights some of the exciting events featured on our Free Fun Calendar! Have an event to add to the calendar? Submit it here.

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Heartsong Demo Classes (RSVP) – Monday, April 10 – Friday, April 14. Connect with your child, meet new friends, and learn fun ways to support your child’s development with music. View schedule and reserve your child’s FREE spot here. Heartsong Music, 2700 W Anderson Ln, Austin.

TuneBugz! Demo Classes (RSVP) – Monday, April 10 – Thursday, April 13. Children ages 0-5 and their caregivers are invited to sing, dance, bounce, and play with TuneBugz! View locations, schedule, and reserve your child’s FREE spot here.

Monday

Baby Bloomers: Up, In the Sky – Monday, April 10 from 9:00 a.m. to Noon. Children age 0-3 and their families are invited to explore and grow. Try something new each week or build on the previous week’s activities. Cost: Members $3 each / Non-Members $5 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.

Dog Storytime – Monday, April 10 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.

Lego Lab – Monday, April 10 at 5:30 p.m. With Legos, you can build anything you can imagine and tell any story you can dream up. Hear, see, make, and create different stories, all while building with Legos provided by the Library. FREE! APL – Ruiz Branch, 1600 Grove Blvd, Austin.

Literature Live! Presents Little Peep – Monday, April 10 at 6:00 p.m. A chick is warned by the other barnyard animals never to annoy the old rooster, because without him to bring up the sun, there may be no future. FREE! APL – Carver Branch, 1161 Angelina St, Austin.

Evening Storytime (Round Rock) – Monday, April 10 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

Kids Club – Tuesday, April 11 at 9:30 a.m. Kids ages 2-5 will enjoy snacks and a special storytime. Parental supervision is requested. FREE! Whole Foods Domain, 11920 Domain Dr, Austin.

Free Admission to Laguna Gloria – Tuesday, April 11 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. FREE! The Contemporary Austin, Laguna Gloria, 3809 West 35th St, Austin.

Poets Who Know It Storytime – Tuesday, April 11 at 10:30 a.m.  April is National Poetry Month and you can celebrate with books full of rhythm and rhyme, including the beautiful Out of Wonder: Poems Celebrating Poets. FREE! BookPeople, 603 N Lamar, Austin.

Sensory Storytime – Tuesday, April 11 at 11:15 a.m. This 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. Recommended for ages 5 and under. FREE! APL – Carver Branch, 1161 Angelina St, Austin.

Storytime Yoga (RSVP) – Tuesday, April 11 at 2:30 p.m. Bring your kids of all ages (babies are very welcome) to watch their favorite stories come to life through yoga poses. Reserve your child’s FREE spot here. The Little Yoga House Village, 2700 W Anderson Ln, Ste 229, Austin.

Let’s Go Fly a Kite (Brushy Creek) – Tuesday, April 11 at 3:00 p.m. This afternoon event will include kite flying (so bring your favorite kite), crafts, games, bounce castles, and activities for local children. FREE! Community Center Park, 16318 Great Oaks Dr, Round Rock.

Family Night: Spring Sun Catchers – Tuesday, April 11 at 6:00 p.m. This week’s craft is a colorful sun catcher with tissue paper to celebrate spring. FREE! Westbank Library, 1309 Westbank Dr, Austin.

Art Smart: Drawing Dragons – Tuesday, April 11 at 6:30 p.m. Love art? Be Art Smart and explore different ethnic arts, art media, and techniques at this weekly family art experience for all ages and generations. Recommended for ages 3 and up. FREE! APL – Willie Mae Kirk Branch, 3101 Oak Springs Dr, Austin.

Wednesday

Texas Autism Advocacy Day – Wednesday, April 12 from 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Join the Autism Society of Texas, Autism Speaks, Easterseals, Coalition of Texans with Disabilities, Texans for Special Education Reform, Texas Parent to Parent, and other nonprofit groups, stakeholders, parents, and concerned advocates, to spend the morning discussing legislative issues that affect individuals with autism, and their families. Following issues and advocacy training, there will be a complimentary lunch. After lunch, participants will visit with legislators or their staff. No advocacy experience is required. FREE! Texas Capitol, 1100 Congress Ave, Austin.

Kids Club – Wednesday, April 12 at 9:30 a.m. Kids of all ages will enjoy snacks, storytime, crafts, and more. Parental supervision is requested. FREE! Whole Foods, 525 N Lamar Blvd, Austin.

Ms. Staci Storytime – Wednesday, April 12 at 10:30 a.m. Ms. Staci is back to read some of her favorite stories and to sing some of your favorite songs. Kids, don’t forget your dancing shoes! FREE! BookPeople, 603 N Lamar, Austin.

Bunny Bonanza – Wednesday, April 12 at 10:30 a.m. The annual Bunny Bonanza is for children ranging from walking toddlers to 5 years old. The fee is $2.50 per child. There will be an egg hunt, a visit from the Easter Bunny, and some fun games to play. Please bring a basket to hunt with and a camera to take a picture with the Easter Bunny. Northwest Rec Center, 2913 Northland Dr, Austin.

Music & Movement – Wednesday, April 12 at 11:30 a.m. Bring your favorite little one to stretch, sing, dance, and explore music with rhythm instruments. Recommended for ages 3-5. FREE! APL – Manchaca Road Branch, 5500 Manchaca Rd., Austin.

Fusebox Festival – Wednesday, April 12 from noon to 11:00 p.m. Part performance festival, part film festival, part music and visual art festival, part culinary and social event, part public art project, and everything in between, the festival is truly a multi-track experience much like the world we live in. This year the festival will feature over 60 unique performances, installations, talks, and events from all over the world in 24 venues across Austin. The 2017 festival will be FREE to attend, but to help plan your festival experience, reservations to most performances and events will be available. View full schedule and locations here.

Community Night at The Thinkery – Wednesday, April 12 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! Writing: Poems for Mother Nature – Wednesday, April 12 at 4:30 p.m. It’s National Poetry Month, and Earth Day is coming up. Write nature poems – acrostic, diamante, and shape poems all about the environment. All earth-caring kids and tree-hugging tweens are welcome to celebrate Mother Nature. Especially designed for elementary aged kids. FREE! Laura’s Library, 9411 Bee Cave Rd, Austin.

Andy Griffiths Speaking & Signing The 65-Story Treehouse – Wednesday, April 12 at 6:00 p.m. New York Times–bestselling author Andy Griffiths invites readers to travel through time with him and his friend Terry in this fifth Treehouse chapter book, filled with their signature slapstick humor. The speaking portion of this event is FREE and open to the public. To get a book signed, a copy of the event book must be purchased from BookPeople. BookPeople, 603 N Lamar, Austin.

Pajama Storytime – Wednesday, April 12 at 6:00 p.m. Feel free to wear pajamas to this family evening storytime featuring stories, songs, rhymes, games, crafts, and other activities. Seating is limited at all programs. Please arrive a few minutes early to gain entrance. Recommended for children 5 and under. FREE! APL – Windsor Park Branch, 5833 Westminster Dr, Austin.

Krispy Kreme Family Night – Wednesday, April 12 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, April 12 from 6-8:00 p.m. Texas Radio Live brings you the very best Texas music with performances from Texas musicians. This week, Eliza Gilkyson and Ali Holder perform. FREE but donations to support the Sun Radio Foundation are appreciated. Read about Catherine’s experience here. Guero’s Oak Garden, 1412 S Congress Ave, Austin.

Music on Main Street (Round Rock) – Wednesday, April 12 from 6-8:00 p.m. The City of Round Rock brings you Music on Main Street, a music series Wednesdays from March through May. This week’s performer is Jonas Alvarez Band (Latin). Bring a lawn chair or blanket and the entire family. Visit the variety of dining options on Main Street or pack a picnic basket to enjoy the evening of fun and music. Food vendors will be on site. FREE! Prete Main Street Plaza, 221 E Main St, Round Rock.

Wednesday Night Star Party at UT – Wednesday, April 12 from 8:30-10:30 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 must be under adult supervision at all times. Please call 512-232-4265 for weather cancellation info. UT Campus – Robert Lee Moore Hall, Southeast corner of Dean Keeton and Speedway.

Thursday

Free Admission at The Blanton – Thursday, April 13 from 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. FREE! Blanton Museum of Art, 200 E Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Austin.

Sensory Storytime  – Thursday, April 13 at 11:15 a.m. This 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. Recommended for ages 5 and under. FREE! APL – Ruiz Branch, 1600 Grove Blvd, Austin.

Free Noon Concert – Thursday, April 13 at Noon. Take a 30-minute lunchtime break to hear a concert by pianist Nayden Coie. FREE! Central Presbyterian Church, 200 E 8th St, Austin.

Fusebox Festival – Thursday, April 13 from noon to midnight. Part performance festival, part film festival, part music and visual art festival, part culinary and social event, part public art project, and everything in between, the festival is truly a multi-track experience much like the world we live in. This year the festival will feature over 60 unique performances, installations, talks, and events from all over the world in 24 venues across Austin. The 2017 festival will be FREE to attend, but to help plan your festival experience, reservations to most performances and events will be available. View full schedule and locations here.

Literature Live! Presents Little Peep – Thursday, April 13 at 3:30 p.m. A chick is warned by the other barnyard animals never to annoy the old rooster, because without him to bring up the sun, there may be no future. FREE! APL – Pleasant Hill Branch, 211 E William Cannon Dr, Austin.

Explorer’s Club (Cedar Park) – Thursday, April 13 at 3:30 p.m. Each Thursday, kids in grades K-5 meet to explore a set of rotating programs. This week, it’s a puppet show. FREE! Cedar Park Public Library, 550 Discovery Blvd, Cedar Park.

Community Easter Egg Hunt – Thursday, April 13 at 4:00 p.m. Children of all ages are invited to hunt for the thousands of eggs hidden around the Huston-Tillotson University campus. The Easter egg hunt features a $500 scholarship prize egg, prize eggs for school supplies and gift certificates, and eggs with candy and coins. Children will gather in the Mary E. Branch Gymnasium for a brief meaning of Easter story time before joining their age groups and beginning the hunt. FREE! Huston- Tillotson University, 900 Chicon St, Austin.

Crafternoon – Thursday, April 13 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 – Twin Oaks Branch, 1800 S 5th St, Austin.

Hogwarts Training Camps 2017: Advanced Potions – Thursday, April 13 at 5:00 p.m. Get ready for the 20th anniversary of Harry Potter’s first visit to Hogwarts with a FREE magical mini-camp! This week in Advanced Potions, experiment with concocting weird and wizardly brews. Recommended for ages 7 and up. APL – Yarborough Branch, 2200 Hancock Dr, Austin.

Will Johnson and Greg Vanderpool In-Store Performance – Thursday, April 13 at 5:00 p.m. FREE! Waterloo Records, 600 N Lamar Blvd, Austin.

Wine Walk – Thursday, April 13 from 5-9:00 p.m. Get to know the eclectic mix of businesses in the Galleria while discovering great wines from all over the world. Start at Twin Liquors to pick up a map to guide you on the Wine Walk. Keep your map with you as your ticket for each wine walk stop. Hill Country Galleria Shopping Bags filled with exclusive offers will also be available to Wine Walk participants. FREE! Hill Country Galleria, 12700 Hill Country Blvd, Bee Cave.

Night Crafters: Yarn Art (17+) – Thursday, April 13 from 6-7:30 p.m. Are you a crafter? Do you wish you were a crafter? Then Night Crafters is for you. Adults only, please. FREE! APL – Old Quarry Branch, 7051 Village Center Dr, Austin.

Pajama Storytime – Thursday, April 13 at 6:30 p.m. Feel free to wear pajamas to this family evening event featuring stories, songs, rhymes, games, crafts, and other activities. Recommended for children 5 and under. FREE! APL – Manchaca Road Branch, 5500 Manchaca Rd, Austin.

Sound in Sculpture – Thursday, April 13 at 6:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. This event showcases original music composed and performed by UT students inspired by works in the public art collection. Each performance takes place against the backdrop of a site-specific work of art commissioned by Landmarks. Family friendly and FREE! UT Dell Medical School – Health Learning Building, 1501 Red River St, Austin.

Unplugged at the Grove: Charlie Mars Duo – Thursday, April 13 at 8:00 p.m. KGSR’s ‘Unplugged at The Grove’ is returning for its 24th season. Starting early April thru mid-September, people of all ages have the opportunity to experience Austin’s longest-running FREE live music series on Shady Grove’s beautiful pecan tree shaded patio. Unplugged will be featuring exceptional local, regional, and national acts. Shady Grove, 1624 Barton Springs Rd, Austin.

Friday

Fusebox Festival – Friday, April 14 from 10:00 a.m. to midnight. Part performance festival, part film festival, part music and visual art festival, part culinary and social event, part public art project, and everything in between, the festival is truly a multi-track experience much like the world we live in. This year the festival will feature over 60 unique performances, installations, talks, and events from all over the world in 24 venues across Austin. The 2017 festival will be FREE to attend, but to help plan your festival experience, reservations to most performances and events will be available. View full schedule and locations here.

Toddler Egg Hunt – Friday, April 14 at 11:00 a.m.  Bring a basket and your camera for an egg hunt and pictures with the Bunny. Appropriate for walking toddlers to 4 years old. FREE! Gus Garcia Rec Center, 1201 E Rundberg Ln, Austin.

Givens Easter Egg Hunt – Friday, April 14 from noon to 3:00 p.m. Enjoy games, food, and an Easter egg hunt for ages 4-12 years. FREE! Givens Rec Center, 3811 E 12th St, Austin.

Easter Egg Dye-O-Rama – Friday, April 14 from noon to 4:00 p.m. The house and grounds will be open for an afternoon of old-fashioned Easter egg dyeing, lawn games, and a chance to get to know one of Austin’s oldest landmarks at your own pace. Bring your own boiled (or blown!) eggs and the museum will provide wax resists, vinegar baths, and dyes. They’ll even take care of the clean-up. There will be prepared eggs available for purchase on a first-come, first-serve basis. Easter egg dyers of all skill levels are welcome. FREE! Neill-Cochran House Museum, 2310 San Gabriel St, Austin.

Family Gaming Tournament: Super Smash Bros. Wii U – Friday, April 14 at 2:00 p.m. Something for the whole family!  The game is rated E for Everyone and recommended for ages 6 and up.  Adults are welcome to compete. Sign-up begins 30 minutes prior to start time. The first 16 teams to sign up are guaranteed a spot to play. FREE! APL – University Hills Branch, 4721 Loyola Ln, Austin.

Friday Movie Matinee: Field of Dreams – Friday, April 14 at 2:00 p.m. Rated PG. FREE! APL – Old Quarry Branch, 7051 Village Center Dr, Austin.

Art Workshops: Shaping Spaces – Friday, April 14 at 4:00 p.m. Through STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) students will explore where innovation and nature overlap. You will create works, including enormous sculptures that defy gravity, mazes built from recycled materials, robotic creatures that move on their own, and a collaborative art project that uses technology to turn everyday objects into touch pads. FREE! APL – Southeast Branch, 5803 Nuckols Crossing Rd, Austin

Community Cinema: The Passion of the Christ – Friday, April 14 at 7:00 p.m. Grab chairs and a blanket, bring family and friends, and enjoy a special screening of The Passion of the Christ. Arrive early to explore Community First! Village, pick your spot, and enjoy a family favorite on the big screen. Plus, stop by the Community Market to check out all the beautiful art and handcrafted products that Community First! residents make in the various micro-enterprise programs at the Village. Candy, popcorn, water, and sodas will be available for purchase (cash preferred). Concession sales and tips help Community First! friends who will be serving you to earn a modest living income. Movie begins around 8:00 p.m. Please note: This movie is Rated R. Reserve your FREE tickets here. A donation of $5 is greatly appreciated. Community First! Village, 9301 Hog Eye Rd, Austin.

Painter Hall Telescope Public Viewing – Friday, April 14 from 8:30-10:30 p.m. Every Friday and Saturday while UT is in session the Department of Astronomy hosts viewing on the Painter Hall Telescope. Both Friday and Saturday nights are open to the general public. All ages are welcome, but children must be under adult supervision at all times. Please call 512-232-4265 for weather cancellation information. FREE! University of Texas – Painter Hall, 103 W 24th St, Austin.

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

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