What’s Up? Weekly: April 17-21, 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.

What's Up? Weekly - Austin

Monday

Baby Bloomers: Up, In the Sky – Monday, April 17 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 17 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 cancellations. FREE! Laura’s Library, 9411 Bee Cave Rd, Austin.

Rockin’ Kids Club: Make and Build Day (Round Rock) – Monday, April 17 at 4:30 p.m. Are you a maker? Or do you want to check out the Maker Movement? This special Rockin’ Kids Club features many of the Library’s building sets and kits for elementary school students. The sets will be in stations that kids can explore at their own pace, sharing and learning with each other according to their own interests. FREE! Round Rock Public Library, 216 E Main St, Round Rock.

Pajama Storytime – Monday, April 17 at 6:00 p.m. Feel free to wear pajamas to this family evening storytime featuring stories, songs, rhymes, games, crafts, and other activities. Recommended for children 5 and under. FREE! APL – Carver Branch, 1161 Angelina St, Austin.

Daddy and Me Evening Storytime – Monday, April 17 at 6:00 p.m. Young ones and their favorite guy are invited for a special monthly storytime. Together, dads, grandpas, other extraordinary men and their kids will read, sing, craft and laugh—all while developing important literacy skills and having fun. Recommended for ages 5 and under. FREE! APL – Hampton Branch, 5125 Convict Hill Rd, Austin.

Evening Storytime (Round Rock) – Monday, April 17 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 18 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 18 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. FREE! The Contemporary Austin, Laguna Gloria, 3809 West 35th St, Austin.

Armstrong Community Music School Storytime – Tuesday, April 18 at 10:30 a.m. Sing songs with one of the talented Early Childhood Development faculty members from the Armstrong Community School. An Armstrong teacher will engage your child with music and movement, plus they’ll read some stories for you too! This session is perfect for kids up to 6 years old. FREE! BookPeople, 603 N Lamar, Austin.

Sensory Storytime – Tuesday, April 18 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.

Baby Gym at Champions South – Tuesday, April 18 at 11:15 a.m. Bring your little ones (ages 6-15 months) to play at Champions’ new South location for FREE! Give your kiddos the chance to play at the best play date in town with time to explore, make new friends, and spend special time with you. Champions Ranch Road 1826 Gymnastics & Cheer, 360 Lotus Circle, Austin.

Storytime Yoga (RSVP) – Tuesday, April 18 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.

Crafternoon – Tuesday, April 18 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.

Crafternoon – Tuesday, April 18 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 – Cepeda Branch, 651 N Pleasant Valley Rd,, Austin.

Lego Lab – Tuesday, April 18 at 4:30 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 – Manchaca Road Branch, 5500 Manchaca Rd, Austin.

Pajama Storytime – Tuesday, April 18 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 – Milwood Branch, 12500 Amherst Dr., Austin.

PJ Storytime and Stuffed Animal Sleepover – Tuesday, April 18 at 6:15 p.m. Bring a furry friend to PJ Story Time (or anytime on April 18th), then tuck them in and say good night for a sleepover at the library. Pick up your friend the next day to find out about their night. FREE! Lake Travis Community Library, 1938 Lohmans Crossing Rd, Austin.

Family Laughter Yoga – Tuesday, April 18 at 6:30 p.m. Laughter Yoga is like kindergarten recess for adults, with lots of eye contact, high energy, movement, and an atmosphere filled with child-like playfulness. Bring joy to your body through lots of laughter, silliness, and deep inhalation and exhalation, which increase the net supply of oxygen to your body and your brain. FREE! Westbank Library, 1309 Westbank Dr, Austin.

Art Smart: Green Man Leaf Art – Tuesday, April 18 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. This week, get creative with leaves! Recommended for ages 3 and up. FREE! APL – Willie Mae Kirk Branch, 3101 Oak Springs Dr, Austin.

Wednesday

Kids Club – Wednesday, April 19 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.

Tiny Tails to You Petting Zoo Storytime – Wednesday, April 19 at 10:30 a.m. If you’re a fan of chinchillas, bunnies, ducklings, guinea pigs, chickens, and stories then you’re in luck. The Tiny Tails to You Petting Zoo will be reading stories and introducing some of the cutest, softest, most adorable little creatures in Austin. FREE! BookPeople, 603 N Lamar, Austin.

Round Rock Express: Strike Out Hunger and Education Day – Wednesday, April 19 at 11:35 a.m. Help Strike Out Hunger with the Capital Area Food Bank by bringing two H-E-B branded canned goods in exchange for a FREE lawn ticket to watch the Express take on the Omaha Storm Chasers. The special 11:35 a.m. first pitch perfect for school field trips and homeschools. Students will enjoy pregame presentations by Express players, the Austin Zoo, and others. Dell Diamond, 3400 E Palm Valley Blvd, Round Rock.

Play Read Grow: Early Literacy Workshop – Wednesday, April 19 at 2:00 p.m. This workshop will give you an overview of the basics of early literacy and show you how to incorporate five simple practices into every day that will help ensure your child’s success. Then, you’ll have plenty of hands-on time to practice what you’ve learned at the five early literacy stations where you and your child can learn together through playful literacy activities, and make some fun literacy toys to take home with you. Designed for parents and children under 5. FREE! APL – Willie Mae Kirk Branch, 3101 Oak Springs Dr, Austin.

T(w)een STEAM Lab – Wednesday, April 19 at 3:00 p.m. Drop by the library this fall and be challenged to create a new STEAM (Science Technology Engineering, Art, and Math) activity. Recommended for ages 7 and up. FREE! APL – Carver Branch, 1161 Angelina St, Austin.

Community Night at The Thinkery – Wednesday, April 19 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.

Pajama Storytime – Wednesday, April 19 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 19 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 19 from 6-8:00 p.m. Texas Radio Live brings you the very best Texas music with performances from Texas musicians.  This week, hear performances from The Bluebonnet Band and John Gaar. 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 19 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, Sieker Band will perform bluegrass tunes. 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.

Annual Fashion Show: Synthesis – Wednesday, April 19 at 7:00 p.m  The largest student-run fashion show in the country attracts 5,000 annually to the Frank Erwin Center. See the creative evening wear and other clothing designed by 22 UT Austin Textiles and Apparel seniors. Prizes for collections awarded at end of evening. Kid-friendly and FREE! Frank Erwin Center, 1701 Red River St, Austin.

Lick Honest Ice Creams Mueller Grand Opening – Wednesday, April 19 from 7-10:00 p.m. Lick is inviting the public to celebrate its grand opening with one FREE scoop of ice cream. All proceeds from the shop’s opening day will benefit Urban Roots. Lick Honest Ice Creams – Mueller, 1905 Aldrich St, Ste 150, Austin.

Wednesday Night Star Party at UT – Wednesday, April 19 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

Third Thursday at The Blanton – Thursday, April 20 from 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. In addition to offering free admission, The Blanton is open late and offers a variety of activities from yoga to live music. Find the complete schedule of events here. FREE! Blanton Museum of Art, 200 E Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Austin.

Sensory Storytime  – Thursday, April 20 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 20 at Noon. Take a 30-minute lunchtime break to hear a concert by violist Michael Domjan. FREE! Central Presbyterian Church, 200 E 8th St, Austin.

Explorer’s Club: Super Science (Cedar Park) – Thursday, April 20 at 3:30 p.m. Each Thursday, kids in grades K-5 meet to explore a set of rotating programs. This week: Super Science! Learn about a science concept and do a fun activity. FREE! Cedar Park Public Library, 550 Discovery Blvd, Cedar Park.

Hogwarts Training Camps 2017: Hogwarts Sports – Thursday, April 20 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 you can participate in Hogwarts Sports – play indoor Quidditch and other wizard games. Recommended for ages 7 and up. APL – Yarborough Branch, 2200 Hancock Dr, Austin.

Beat the Rush: Peter Stopschinski – Thursday, April 20 at 5:30 p.m. Composer and multi-instrumentalist Peter Stopschinski presents a set of new music selected in conjunction with the Blanton’s collection of contemporary art. FREE! Blanton Museum of Art, 200 E Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Austin.

2017 Armadillo Awards & AIBA’s 15th Birthday Party (RSVP) – Thursday, April 20 from 5:30-9:00 p.m. Get ready for a fabulous evening of entertainment with the Armadillo Awards Party and 15th Birthday. There is no charge to attend the show. Enjoy a great buffet from local restaurants, local music, a special raffle with goods and services donated by local business members, and more for a fun evening in recognition of our most beloved local businesses. Party starts at 5:30 p.m. Awards begin at 7:00 p.m. FREE with RSVP. Scottish Rite Theater, 207 W 18th St, Austin.

Board with Books: A Board Game Meet-Up – Thursday, April 20 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Are you bored with books? A wide range of modern and traditional board games will be available to play. Learn something new or bring a personal favorite and teach someone else. FREE! APL – Yarborough Branch, 2200 Hancock Dr, Austin.

Exhibit Opening – Beth Consetta Rubel’s Higher Learning: Educational Toys – Thursday, April 20 at 7:00 p.m. Beth Consetta Rubel’s newest series, Higher Learning: Educational Toys, transforms popular childhood games into interactive toys for the adult mind. Featuring innovative and satirical renditions of trending topics–from the racial passing of Rachel Dolezal to the ongoing protests at Standing Rock–Rubel explores the intersection of pop culture and identity, questioning the role of mass media in our collective education. Rubel encourages visitors to play with the familiar toys of youth in a sensorial way to think about how people are transformed into spectacles that linger, spread, polarize, and distract. FREE! George Washington Carver Museum, Cultural, and Genealogy Center, 1165 Angelina St, Austin.

Movies in the Park: Ferngully – Thursday, April 20 at 8:30 p.m. This year–to celebrate Movies in the Park’s 25th anniversary (and Alamo’s 20th!)–they’re screening an all 1992 series of films. Enjoy a host of family-friendly 90’s throwbacks in parks all over Austin. This week’s selection is Fergully: The Last Rainforest. Bring your blanket or lawn chairs (and don’t forget a picnic!) for a fun and relaxing evening under the beautiful Austin night sky. FREE! Palm Park, 711 E 3rd St, Austin.

Unplugged at the Grove: Swimming with Bears – Thursday, April 20 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

Play Group for All Abilities (Ages 0-3) (RSVP) – Friday, April 21 at 9:00 a.m. Play Groups are open to the public for kiddos ages 0-3 of all abilities. The group will provide both structured and free play time, opportunities to engage with peers, and a chance for parents to have some fun, too. Structured activities may include yoga, music, nature activities and more. FREE with RSVP. Easterseals Central Texas, 8505 Cross Park Dr #120, Austin.

Play Read Grow: Early Literacy Workshop – Friday, April 21 at 10:30 a.m. This workshop will give you an overview of the basics of early literacy, and show you how to incorporate five simple practices into every day that will help ensure your child’s success. Then, you’ll have plenty of hands-on time to practice what you’ve learned at the five early literacy stations where you and your child can learn together through playful literacy activities, and make some fun literacy toys to take home with you! Designed for parents and children under 5. FREE! APL – Cepeda Branch, 651 N Pleasant Valley Rd, Austin.

KinderDance Class – Friday, April 21 at 10:30 (age 2) and 11:00 a.m. (ages 3-5) KinderDance of North Austin’s programs encourage children to have fun and gain a love for learning by associating it with something that comes naturally — movement, music, dance, and fitness. FREE! Rattan Creek Community Center, 7617 Elkhorn Mountain Trail, Austin.

Austin Playhouse Theatre for Youth Production: The Imaginators (RSVP) – Friday, April 21 at noon. Austin Playhouse, one of Austin’s most popular professional theaters, is excited to open their second FREE Theatre for Youth Production of The Imaginators this spring. After Tim and Anne move to a new town, their neighbor Nina takes them on a make-believe adventure to fight off a child-eating monster using only the boxes and junk in their garage. Dwayne Hartford’s imaginative show, targeted to grades 2-6, encourages children and adults alike never to lose their sense of play and creativity. Reservations are recommended. Austin Playhouse at ACC’s Highland Campus – South Entrance, 6001 Airport Blvd, Austin.

Art Workshops: Shaping Spaces – Friday, April 21 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. This week: Amazing Mazes. For youth in 4th through 9th grade. FREE! APL – Southeast Branch, 5803 Nuckols Crossing Rd, Austin

Classical Music For the World: World of Joy – Friday, April 21 at 7:00 p.m. In World of Joy, Six Suites for Cello Solo by J. S. Bach, CMFW Artistic Director Francesco Mastromatteo, Violincello, performs these extraordinary works. The program is divided into two parts: the first (Bach Cello Suites I, II, III, & IV) takes place on Friday, April 21 at 7:00 p.m. and the second (Bach Cello Suites V & VI) on Saturday, April 22 at 4:00 p.m. All ages welcome. FREE! Oak Hill United Methodist Church, 7815 US-290, Austin.

Community Cinema: Avatar – Friday, April 21 at 7:30 p.m. Grab chairs and a blanket, bring family and friends, and enjoy a special screening of Avatar. 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 8:30 p.m. Rated PG-13. 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 21 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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Jaelyn Penner
Jaelyn was born and raised in Kansas, but she got to Texas as soon as she could! After a few years of youthful fun in Dallas, Jaelyn decided to make her passion her career and headed to west Texas to make it happen. There, she honed her musical chops while studying Commercial Music, and then headed straight for Austin to help keep it weird. Once here, she unexpectedly found her soul mate, and loves that her husband and two boys are now her biggest fans! Besides being a musician, Jaelyn also works as a corporate event planner, is a self-proclaimed “celebratory expert” and a long-time foodie. She doesn’t feel complete unless she is keeping up with all the cool stuff Austin has to offer.