What’s Up? Weekly (April 11-15, 2016)

Wondering what’s up around Austin this week? Here are some of the exciting events featured on our Free Fun Calendar. Have an event to add to the calendar? Submit it here.

What's Up Weekly

Monday

Baby Bloomers – Monday, April 11 from 9:00 a.m. to Noon. Do you have your listening ears ready? Children ages 0-3 and their families are invited to explore musical instruments, paint with jingle bells, and listen closely to fizzy ice. Together, you’ll discover new things about your sense of hearing. The Hey Lolly Band’s rainbowlicious, puddle-stomping, monster-marching kids’ music will get everyone dancing at 10:30 a.m. 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.



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Mr. Will’s Music Class for Kids (Bee Cave) – Monday, April 11 at 10:00 a.m. Mr. Will is back with his popular kids music class. Sing along to old favorites and Mr. Will originals. FREE! Whole Foods Bee Cave, 12601 Hill Country Blvd, Bee Cave.

Storytime Yoga (RSVP) – Monday, 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, 1211 Parkway, Austin.

Crafternoon – Monday, April 11 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.

Lego Lab – Monday, April 11 at 3:30 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 – Howson Branch, 2500 Exposition Blvd, Austin.

Alice in Wonderland Ballet Visits Evening Storytime (Round Rock) – Monday, April 11 at 6:30 p.m. Metamorphosis Dance will present selections from Alice in Wonderland and let guests meet performers afterwards. Ballet enthusiasts of all ages are welcome, but the event will be best enjoyed by children ages 3 to 6. FREE! Round Rock Public Library, 216 E Main St, Round Rock.

Tuesday

Literature LIVE! Presents: The Selfish Gardener  – Tuesday, April 12 at 9:30 a.m. What happens when a band of native plants and insects gets a new neighbor who isn’t very friendly? Will the band get the boot, or will gardener and insect learn to live together? Find out in this musical spin on the Oscar Wilde classic, The Selfish GiantRecommended for ages 4 and up. FREE! Whole Foods Domain, 11920 Domain Dr, Austin.

Free Admission to Laguna Gloria – Tuesday, April 12 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. FREE! The Contemporary Austin, Laguna Gloria, 3809 West 35th St, Austin.

Pets Are the Best Storytime – Tuesday, April 12 at 10:30 a.m. To celebrate the love of dogs, goldfish, cats, guinea pigs, parrots, ferrets and bunnies, this storytime will be all about them. Enjoy a reading of the adorable Raybot and other adventurous, heartwarming animal stories. Come bark and squawk and meow in appreciation for books and your favorite pets. FREE! BookPeople, 603 N Lamar, Austin.

Sensory Storytime – Tuesday, April 12 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, April 12 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.

Lego Lab – Tuesday, April 12 at 3:30 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 – Twin Oaks Branch, 1800 S Fifth St, Austin and APL – Windsor Park Branch, 5833 Westminster Dr, Austin.

Family Craft Night – Tuesday, April 12 at 6:00 p.m. Drop in to see what everyone’s making. You can make your own puzzle 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.

Night Crafters (17+) – Tuesday, April 12 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 – Ruiz Branch, 1600 Grove Blvd, Austin.

Family Movie Night: The Peanuts Movie – Tuesday, April 12 at 6:30 p.m. Rated G. FREE! APL – Twin Oaks Branch, 1800 S Fifth St, Austin.

Art Smart: Charcoal/Pastel Landscape – Tuesday, April 12 at 6:30 p.m. Expand your imagination and artistic creativity in a side-by-side artistic experience for child and parent. Referencing book illustrations, you’ll explore art. All materials provided. For ages 5+ provided. FREE! APL – Willie Mae Kirk Branch, 3101 Oak Springs Dr, Austin.

Wednesday

Kids Club with Kiely – Wednesday, April 13 at 9:30 a.m. FREE! Whole Foods, 525 N Lamar Blvd, Austin.

Ms. Staci Storytime – Wednesday, April 13 at 10:30 a.m. Ms. Staci will read some of her favorite stories and sing some of your favorite songs. Kids, don’t forget your dancing shoes. FREE! BookPeople, 603 N Lamar, Austin.

Chinese Story Share – Wednesday, April 13 at 10:30 a.m. Learn Chinese, have fun, and make friends. Stories, rhymes, and songs in Mandarin. Designed for children 2 to 5 years old. FREE! Laura’s Library, 9411 Bee Cave Rd, Austin.

Lisons Ensemble French Bilingual Storytime – Wednesday, April 13 at 3:30 p.m. Bonjour and welcome to this très special French/English dual language story time  Join the fun, s’il vous plait, for stories, songs, and crafts in French and English. Children of all ages are welcome. FREE! APL – Hampton Branch, 5125 Convict Hill Rd, Austin.

Lego Lab – Wednesday, April 13 at 3:30 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 – Carver Branch, 1161 Angelina St, Austin.

Community Night at The Thinkery – Wednesday, April 13 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 Like Shel Silverstein – Wednesday, April 13 at 4:30 p.m. In honor of National Poetry Month, Discovery! will be honoring the poet Shel Silverstein. Read some of his funniest poems, illustrate them, and write some wacky ones of your own. As the man himself said, “If you are a dreamer come in…” and have a ball with your fellow poetry enthusiasts. Especially designed for third graders and up. FREE! Laura’s Library, 9411 Bee Cave Rd, Austin.

Krispy Kreme Family Night – Wednesday, April 13 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 13 from 6-8:00 p.m. Texas Radio Live brings you the very best Texas music with performances from Texas musicians. This week, Folk Family Revival and Don Leady & His Rockin’ Revue 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.

Wednesday Night Star Party at UT – Wednesday, April 13 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 information. UT Campus – Robert Lee Moore Hall, Southeast corner of Dean Keeton and Speedway.

Thursday

Free Admission to The Blanton – Thursday, April 14 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, April 14 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.

Little Yoga – Thursday, April 14 at 10:30 a.m. This 30-minute class allows children ages 3-6 to experience exercise in a mellow environment. With adult participation, they will practice breathing and age appropriate stretching. FREE! Lake Travis Community Library, 1938 Lohmans Crossing, Austin.

Sign Language Storytime – Thursday, April 14 at 11:00 a.m. Children of all ages and their caregivers learn sign language in this fun and interactive storytime with The Signing Connection. FREE! Wells Branch Community Library, 15001 Wells Port Dr, Austin.

Art Lab for the Littles – Thursday, April 14 at 11:00 a.m. Do a playful art project geared towards the littles ages 3-6. There will be paint, glue, and other messy art supplies provided. FREE! APL – Terrazas Branch, 1105 E Cesar Chavez St, Austin.

Sensory Storytime – Thursday, April 14 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 – Ruiz Branch, 1600 Grove Blvd, Austin.

Free Noon Concert – Thursday, April 14 at Noon. Take a 30-minute lunchtime break to hear a concert celebrating National Poetry and Storytelling Week. FREE! Central Presbyterian Church, 200 E 8th St, Austin.

Maker Mania – Thursday, April 14 at 3:30 p.m. Enjoy an hour of hands-on science. Create an Artbot and draw something cool for Dia de los Niños with “The Science Dude,” Baruch Garcia. Recommended for ages 5-12. FREE! APL – Faulk Central Library, 800 Guadalupe St, Austin.

Lego Lab – Thursday, April 14 at 3:30 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 – Yarborough Branch, 2200 Hancock Dr, Austin.

Explorers Club (Cedar Park) – Thursday, April 14 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 special puppet show performance. FREE! Cedar Park Library, 550 Discovery Blvd, Cedar Park.

A Day For Children – Thursday, April 14 at 4:00 p.m. Circle ’round the globe with multi-cultural songs and stories from Mexico, Brazil, Africa, Hawaii, and the Native American Northwest and Southwest. This interactive presentation features a folktale book display, colorful costumed storytelling, flannels, song, drumming, rhythm clap, dance movement, a short shadow show; and is followed by easy ethnic pattern hand art. FREE! APL – Little Walnut Creek Branch, 835 W Rundberg Ln, Austin.

Crafternoon – Thursday, April 14 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 Fifth St, Austin.

Lego Lab – Thursday, April 14 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 – Cepeda Branch, 651 N Pleasant Valley Rd, Austin.

Hill Country Galleria’s Wine Walk – Thursday, April 14 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. This event is open to everyone, so bring your friends, family, groups, or date for a fun way to spend a Thursday evening. FREE! Hill Country Galleria, 12700 Hill Country Blvd, Austin.

Night Crafters (17+) – Thursday, April 14 from 6-7:30 p.m. Are you a crafter? Do you wish you were a crafter? Then Night Crafters is for you. Learn to make decorated planters and seed bombs. Adults only, please. FREE! APL – Old Quarry Branch, 7051 Village Center Dr, Austin.

Pajama Storytime – Thursday, April 14 at 6:30 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 – Manchaca Road Branch, 5500 Manchaca Rd, Austin.

Live Music at Central Market North – Thursday, April 14 from 6:30-9:00 p.m. Rock with Forgotten Prophets. FREE! Central Market North, 4001 N Lamar Blvd, Austin.

Live Music at Central Market Westgate – Thursday, April 14 from 6:30-9:00 p.m. Jazz and Funk by Zachary Varner. FREE! Central Market Westgate, 4477 S Lamar Blvd, Austin.

Unplugged at the Grove: Emily Wolfe – Thursday, April 14 at 8:00 p.m. Join KGSR every Thursday for 24 consecutive weeks at the iconic Shady Grove for one of Austin’s longest running FREE concert series. All ages welcome. Shady Grove, 1624 Barton Springs Rd, Austin.

Movies in the Park: The Sandlot – Thursday, April 14 at 8:20 p.m. Movies in the Park is a series of FREE films brought to you by Austin Parks Foundation in partnership with Alamo Drafthouse and presented by Lyft. Bring your blanket or lawn chairs (and a picnic dinner!) for a fun and relaxing evening under the beautiful Austin night sky. Rated PG. Beverly Shefflied NW District Park, 7000 Ardath St, Austin.

Friday

Downtown Street Fair – Friday, April 15 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Join the Downtown Austin Alliance every Friday through June 3 for a festival including food vendors, retailers, entertainers, artists, and more. FREE! 9th and Congress, Austin.

Spring Football Happy Hour – Friday, April 15 from 3:30-5:00 p.m. Meet Longhorn greats Fozzy Whittaker, of the Carolina Panthers and Aaron Williams of the Buffalo Bills. FREE! University Co-op, 2246 Guadalupe St, Austin.

Pachanga Dance Party – Friday, April 15 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. There’s no party like a Becker Pachanga Dance party! Families are welcome to eat, play, or just shimmy, shake, and get down Pachanga-style. There will be a photo booth, a performance by the Akins Step Team, and DJ Baby G will spin old-school dance jams on the turntables. Admission is FREE! Becker Elementary School, 906 W Milton St, Austin.

Texas Community Music Festival – Friday, April 15 from 5:30-9:00 p.m. Bubba Coletrane & The Train Wrecks, Claiming Neptune, and 8 Rhythm Congress. FREE! Central Market North, 4001 N Lamar Blvd, Austin.

Live Music at Central Market Westgate – Friday, April 15 from 6:30-9:00 p.m. Jazz by Sean Giddings Trio, then Americana by Fall River Footmen. FREE! Central Market Westgate, 4477 S Lamar Blvd, Austin.

Movies in the Park: Pan (Leander) – Friday, April 15 at 7:30 p.m. Often described as a combination of state-of-the-art technology and the nostalgia of the 1950s drive-in, the Movies in the Park series provides families the opportunity to spend time together under the stars while enjoying first run movies. Bring your lawn chairs, blankets, and a picnic dinner. Concessions will be available for purchase. Rated PG. FREE! Robin Bledsoe Park, 601 S Bagdad Rd, Leander.

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

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