What’s Up? Weekly (April 4-8, 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 4 from 9:00 a.m. to Noon. Children ages 0-3 and their families are invited to bring their peepers to the Thinkery to begin an exploration of the five senses. Use your eyes to investigate glow-in-the-dark slime, make shadow puppets dance, and create tie-dye art. Armstrong Community Music School joins the fun 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.

Mr. Will’s Music Class for Kids (Bee Cave) – Monday, April 4 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 4 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.

Free Play Gaming – Monday, April 4 at 3:30 p.m. Use one of the library’s new video game consoles including the PS4, WiiU, Xbox 360 and more to play Smash Bros., MarioParty, FIFA, Rocket League, and more. Make some new friends and enjoy collaborative and competitive gaming. FREE! APL -Carver Branch, 1161 Angelina St, Austin.

Evening Storytime (Round Rock) – Monday, April 4 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

Free Admission to Laguna Gloria – Tuesday, April 5 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 5 at 10:30 a.m. Celebrate National Poetry month by reading books full of rhythm and rhyme, including selections from Poems in the Attic – and more. It will be noisy and neat, sibilant and sweet, and when it’s done you’ll write some more to hang on the wall. FREE! BookPeople, 603 N Lamar, Austin.

Chinese Bilingual Storytime (Round Rock) – Tuesday, April 5 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.

Sensory Storytime – Tuesday, April 5 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 5 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 – Terrazas Branch, 1105 E Cesar Chavez St, Austin.

Felt Friends World Tour: Pocket Ninja – Tuesday, April 5 at 5:00 p.m. Join the fun and sew another felt project each month through May. Recommended for ages 10 and up. Adults are welcome to join in the fun. FREE! APL – Manchaca Road Branch, 5500 Manchaca Rd, Austin.

Family Night Meditation – Tuesday, April 5 at 6:00 p.m. Are your thoughts like butterflies, constantly fluttering through the garden? Our thoughts can be like untrained puppy dogs that keep running off. Learning how to refocus our thoughts takes training. Bring the whole family for some mindfulness exercises; afterwards, make a wool roving butterfly to represent your thoughts. FREE! Westbank Library, 1309 Westbank Dr, Austin.

Awesome Occupations: Industrial-Organizational Psychologist (Pflugerville) – Tuesday, April 5 at 6:30 p.m. Dr. Lacey L. Schmidt will speak about her experience as an Industrial-Organizational Psychologist. She specializes in helping teams work in extreme environments, such as astronauts, firefighters, and federal investigative units. Ages 10-18. FREE! Pflugerville Public Library, 1008 W Pflugerville St, Pflugerville.

Art Smart: Painting Tonal Landscape – Tuesday, April 5 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. Ages 5 and up. FREE! APL – Willie Mae Kirk Branch, 3101 Oak Springs Dr, Austin.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens – Tuesday, April 5 at 6:30 p.m. Rated PG-13. FREE! APL – North Village Branch, 2505 Steck Ave, Austin.

Lick Honest Ice Creams Free Scoop Night – Tuesday, April 5 from 7-10:00 p.m. Lick Honest Ice Creams is moving its flagship location to Greystar’s Lamar Union shopping district. Lick invites the public to celebrate the move with a FREE scoop. All proceeds on April 5th will benefit Hill Country Ride for AIDS (HCRA), and Lick will be accepting donations for the local nonprofit throughout the week. Lick Honest Ice Creams Lamar Union, 1100 S Lamar Blvd, Austin.

Wednesday

Fusebox Festival 2016 – Wednesday, April 6. 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 2016 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.

Bliss Kid Yoga Storytime – Wednesday, April 6 at 10:30 a.m. Join Bliss Kid Yoga on a magical storytime adventure. Reach for the stars, swim in the sea, fly with a bird, climb up a tree. FREE! BookPeople, 603 N Lamar, Austin.

Chinese Story Share – Wednesday, April 6 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.

Community Night at The Thinkery – Wednesday, April 6 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! Fossils – Wednesday, April 6 at 4:30 p.m. Join Erich Rose from the Paleontological Society of Austin for a talk on fossils through time and fossils around the Austin area. Touch-table specimens will be available, as well. Especially designed for third graders and up. FREE! Laura’s Library, 9411 Bee Cave Rd, Austin.

Lego Lab – Wednesday, April 6 at 5:00 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 – Ruiz Branch, 1600 Grove Blvd, Austin.

Krispy Kreme Family Night – Wednesday, April 6 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 6 from 6-8:00 p.m. Texas Radio Live brings you the very best Texas music with performances from Texas musicians. This week, Amanda Pearcy and The Detentions 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 6 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

Fusebox Festival 2016 – Thursday, April 7. 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 2016 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.

Free Admission to The Blanton – Thursday, April 7 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 7 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.

Sensory Storytime – Thursday, April 7 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 7 at Noon. Take a 30-minute lunchtime break to hear a concert by Jeff B. Elliot on violin and piano. FREE! Central Presbyterian Church, 200 E 8th St, Austin.

Storybook Dance Making (RSVP) – Thursday, April 7 at 3:30 p.m. Enjoy a reading of the book Creature Count: A Prehistory Rhyme and dance like dinosaurs. This class is perfect for parents (or grandparents) with children ages 0-5. Each class consists of a warm-up, dance, book reading, guided dance making activity and mini-performance. FREE with RSVP here. APL – Howson Branch, 2500 Exposition Blvd, Austin.

Book Circle: Little Adventures Film Festival – Thursday, April 7 at 3:30 p.m. Featuring the Remarkable Riderless Tricycle and Paddle to the Sea. Geared towards ages 5 and up. FREE! APL – Yarborough Branch, 2200 Hancock Dr, Austin.

Literature LIVE! Presents: The Selfish Gardener  – Thursday, April 7 at 3:30 p.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! APL – Carver Branch, 1161 Angelina St, Austin.

Explorers Club (Cedar Park) – Thursday, April 7 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.

Starry Nights at Girlstart (RSVP) – Thursday, April 7 from 5:30-7:00 p.m. Girlstart’s STEM Studio and Mini-Planetarium is a unique space for families to explore astronomy. April’s Starry Night will feature Lunar Shows. All ages welcome. FREE but RSVP is required here. Girlstart, 1400 W Anderson Lane, Austin.

Pajama Storytime – Thursday, April 7 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 7 from 6:30-9:00 p.m. Vocal Jazz by Karen Tennison. FREE! Central Market North, 4001 N Lamar Blvd, Austin.

Live Music at Central Market Westgate – Thursday, April 7 from 6:30-9:00 p.m. Jazz by Blackbird 3. FREE! Central Market Westgate, 4477 S Lamar Blvd, Austin.

Unplugged at the Grove: Sweet Spirit– Thursday, April 7 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.

Friday

Fusebox Festival 2016 – Friday, April 8. 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 2016 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.

Music Forever Music Together – Friday, April 8 at 10:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. This program presents developmentally appropriate music and movement curriculum for infants, toddlers, preschoolers, and the adults who love them. FREE! Lake Travis Community Library, 1938 Lohmans Crossing, Austin.

Taste of Austin – Friday, April 8 from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Enjoy live cooking demonstrations, delicious food and live music, as well as games and prizes such as cook books, cookware set, kitchen utensils and local restaurant gift cards. FREE! Factory Builder Stores, 9715 Burnet Rd, Bldg 7, #100, Austin

Music with Mr. Will – Friday, April 8 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.

Downtown Street Fair – Friday, April 8 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.

33rd Annual Bluebonnet Festival (Burnet) – Friday, April 8 from 2-10:00 p.m. The annual Bluebonnet Festival has grown into one of the most exciting and successful small-town festivals in Texas. Always taking place the second weekend in April, the event draws crowds topping 30,000 each year. Each year, activities are added to keep the annual event exciting for first time visitors as well as repeat festival fans. View events and schedule. Burnet Historic Square.

Lego Lab – Friday, April 8 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 – Terrazas Branch, 1105 E Cesar Chavez St, Austin and APL – Hampton Branch, 5125 Convict Hill Rd, Austin.

Live Music at Central Market North – Friday, April 8 from 6:30-9:00 p.m. Cienfuegos performs. FREE! Central Market North, 4001 N Lamar Blvd, Austin.

Live Music at Central Market Westgate – Friday, April 8 from 6:30-9:00 p.m. Ethiopian Jazz by The Azmaris. FREE! Central Market Westgate, 4477 S Lamar Blvd, Austin.

Sunset Music Series (Hutto) – Friday, April 8 from 7-9:00 p.m. FREE performance by the ACC Stage Ensemble, directed by Steven Sodders. The Gin @ The CO-OP District, 420 US 79, Hutto.

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

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