What’s Up? Weekly: August 1-5, 2016

Looking for things to do in 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.
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Alamo Kids Camp: Horton Hears a Who – Monday, August 1 – Thursday, August 4. Alamo Kids Camp now has a “choose-your-own-ticket price” model ranging from $1-$3 per person – you choose the amount. This new model not only allows for tickets to be purchased online, in advance with reserved seating, but also 100% of ticket sales will be donated to local nonprofits helping families. Now, while you’re enjoying some summer movie fun, you’re also helping your local community. Confirm showtime and reserve your tickets here. No children under the age of 3 will be admitted (except on Baby Day, which is Tuesday, when all ages are welcome to attend). Alamo Drafthouse Village, 2700 W Anderson Ln, Austin.

Alamo Kids Camp: Minions – Monday, August 1 – Thursday, August 4. Alamo Kids Camp now has a “choose-your-own-ticket price” model ranging from $1-$3 per person – you choose the amount. This new model not only allows for tickets to be purchased online, in advance with reserved seating, but also 100% of ticket sales will be donated to local nonprofits helping families. Now, while you’re enjoying some summer movie fun, you’re also helping your local community. Confirm showtime and reserve your tickets here. No children under the age of 3 will be admitted (except on Baby Day, which is Tuesday, when all ages are welcome to attend). Alamo Drafthouse Slaughter, 5701 W Slaughter Ln, Austin.

Alamo Kids Camp: Babe – Monday, August 1 – Thursday, August 4. Alamo Kids Camp now has a “choose-your-own-ticket price” model ranging from $1-$3 per person – you choose the amount. This new model not only allows for tickets to be purchased online, in advance with reserved seating, but also 100% of ticket sales will be donated to local nonprofits helping families. Now, while you’re enjoying some summer movie fun, you’re also helping your local community. Confirm showtime and reserve your tickets here. No children under the age of 3 will be admitted (except on Baby Day, which is Tuesday, when all ages are welcome to attend). Alamo Drafthouse Lakeline, 14028 N US Hwy 183, Bldg F, Austin.

Alamo Kids Camp: The Neverending Story – Monday, August 1 – Tuesday, August 2. Alamo Kids Camp now has a “choose-your-own-ticket price” model ranging from $1-$3 per person – you choose the amount. This new model not only allows for tickets to be purchased online, in advance with reserved seating, but also 100% of ticket sales will be donated to local nonprofits helping families. Now, while you’re enjoying some summer movie fun, you’re also helping your local community. Confirm showtime and reserve your tickets here. No children under the age of 3 will be admitted (except on Baby Day, which is Tuesday, when all ages are welcome to attend). Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar, 1120 S Lamar Blvd, Austin.

Cinemark Summer Movie Clubhouse: Shaun the Sheep Movie (Cedar Park) – Monday, August 1 – Thursday, August 4 at 10:00 a.m. The Cinemark summer movie program offers 10 movies throughout the summer for only $1 per ticket. Cinemark Cedar Park1890 Ranch Shopping Center, 1335 E Whitestone Blvd, Cedar Park.

Cinemark Summer Movie Clubhouse: Shaun the Sheep Movie (Round Rock) – Monday, August 1 – Thursday, August 4 at 10:00 a.m. The Cinemark summer movie program offers 10 movies throughout the summer for only $1 per ticket. Cinemark Movies 8, 2132 N Mays St #800, Round Rock.

Free Admission at the Umlauf – Tuesday, August 2 – Friday, August 5 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Through the generous donations of our community during Amplify Austin, the museum and garden will waive admission fees all summer long. Read about the Umlauf scavenger hunt for kids here. (Please note that the garden is closed on Monday.) FREE! Umlauf Sculpture Garden, 605 Robert E Lee Rd, Austin.

Teachers’ Day Out (Johnson City) – Wednesday, August 3 – Friday, August 5 from 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. K-12 teachers, administrators, and employees can enjoy FREE admission, plus brief field trip info sessions at 11:00 a.m, 1:00 p.m., and 3:00 p.m. each day. View ID requirements here. Friends and family are welcome (regular admission rates apply). Hill Country Science Mill, 101 S Ladybird Ln, Johnson City.

Monday

Baby Bloomers – Monday, August 1 from 9:00 a.m. to Noon. Children age 0-3 and their families are invited to celebrate the beauty and wonder of Zilker Park. Paint with trains, get wet in a Barton Springs-inspired sensory bin, and explore the Botanical Gardens in a hands-on exploration of Zilker Park. Plus, sing along with Armstrong Community Music School 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.

Dog Storytime – Monday, August 1 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.

Literature Live! Presents Puppet Olympics – Monday, August 1 at 2:00 p.m. If Strega Nona and Goldilocks were matched up in a gymnastics competition, who would win? Find out in this irreverent mashup of many beloved Literature Live! puppets from shows past, as they bring your favorites together to compete in the Puppet Olympics. Recommended for ages 5 and up. FREE! APL – Windsor Park Branch, 5833 Westminster Dr, Austin.

There’s Something Fishy Going on in Texas – Monday, August 1 at 4:00 p.m. Join Bill Balboa from Sea Grant Texas (a Texas A&M University and NOAA affiliated program) and learn about marine and coastal habitats. You’ll learn who, and what, lives there. Recommended for ages 5 and up. FREE! APL – Howson Branch, 2500 Exposition Blvd, Austin.

Evening Storytime (Round Rock) – Monday, August 1 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 with Miss Jodi – Tuesday, August 2 at 9:30 a.m. Kids ages 2-5 will enjoy snacks and crafts and/or a story. Parental supervision is requested. FREE! Whole Foods Domain, 11920 Domain Dr, Austin.

Summer Kids Camp: Home – Tuesday, August 2 at 10:00 a.m. Tickets will be given out on a first-come, first-serve basis starting at 9:00 a.m. The movie itself will start at 10:00 a.m. in one of the dine-in theaters. FREE! Moviehouse & Eatery, 8300 N FM 620, Building B, Austin.

Regal Summer Movie Express: The Croods and Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax – Tuesday, August 2 at 10:00 a.m. Admission is $1 and a portion of the proceeds will benefit the Will Rogers Institute. Regal Westgate Stadium 11, 4477 S Lamar Blvd, Austin.

Free Admission to Laguna Gloria – Tuesday, August 2 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. FREE! The Contemporary Austin, Laguna Gloria, 3809 West 35th St, Austin.

Arts Are the Best Storytime – Tuesday, August 2 at 10:30 a.m. Arts and crafts are amazing. There are so many kinds of art–painting, music, dance, and more. Celebrate all of them by reading Drum Dream Girl and other fabulous books about art. FREE! BookPeople, 603 N Lamar, Austin.

Chinese Bilingual Storytime (Round Rock) – Tuesday, August 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.

Crowe’s Nest Farm Program – Tuesday, August 2 at 4:00 p.m. Learn about Raptors, also known as Birds of Prey, in this informative and educational program featuring live birds. Recommended for ages 5 and up. FREE! APL – Twin Oaks Branch, 1800 S Fifth St, Austin.

Sew Happy – Tuesday, August 2 at 5:00 p.m. Each month, participants in this new sewing program will tackle a different small hand-sewn project. From pocket ninjas to embroidered cards to sloths – it will be cuteness overload! You’ll be Sew Happy you joined the fun. All supplies are provided. Recommended for ages 10 and up. Adults are welcome to join in the fun. FREE! APL – Manchaca Road Branch, 5500 Manchaca Rd, Austin.

Holly & Emma Swift In-Store Performance – Tuesday, August 2 at 5:00 p.m. FREE! Waterloo Records, 600A N Lamar, Austin.

Mindfulness for Families: Origami Boats – Tuesday, August 2 at 6:00 p.m. Have you ever noticed how thoughts come and go like waves of an ocean or stream? You can’t stop the waves, but you can learn to ride them more easily. Have fun making an origami paper boat to remind you how a boat can ride the waves, and the mind can too. FREE! Westbank Library, 1309 Westbank Dr, Austin.

Hillside Summer Concert Series – Tuesday, August 2 from 7-9:00 p.m. Head to the hillside for free, live music every Tuesday in July. Hear live music by Marcos Orozco and Rumores. Bring the whole family, blankets, canned drinks, and lawn chairs, but please leave glass and radios at home. FREE! A.B. Cantu/Pan American Recreation Center, 2100 E 3rd St, Austin.

Wednesday

Regal Summer Movie Express: The Croods and Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax – Wednesday, August 3 at 10:00 a.m. Admission is $1 and a portion of the proceeds will benefit the Will Rogers Institute. Regal Westgate Stadium 11, 4477 S Lamar Blvd, Austin.

Bliss Kid Yoga Storytime – Wednesday, August 3 at 10:30 a.m. Join Bliss Kid Yoga on a magical story-time adventure. Reach for the stars, swim in the sea, fly with a bird, and climb up a tree. FREE! BookPeople, 603 N Lamar, Austin.

Play, Read, Grow! – Wednesday, August 3 at 11:00 a.m. Babies are born learning, and you can help prepare your child for success. Learn how to use play every day to get your children ready to read and succeed with this hands-on workshop for parents and caregivers of children under age 5. Children are welcome. FREE! APL – Twin Oaks Branch, 1800 S Fifth St, Austin.

The Magic of Gusto the Great – Wednesday, August 3 at 4:00 p.m. The Magic of Gusto the Great, is fun, friendly and amazing. Find out what magic can be found in books when you know where to look. Seating is limited at all programs. Please arrive a few minutes early to gain entrance. For ages 5 and up. FREE! APL – Manchaca Road Branch, 5500 Manchaca Rd, Austin.

Community Night at The Thinkery – Wednesday, August 3 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! Mad Science – Wednesday, August 3 at 4:30 p.m. Elementary aged kids are invited to enjoy a presentation by Mad Science. FREE! Laura’s Library, 9411 Bee Cave Rd, Austin.

Krispy Kreme Family Night – Wednesday, August 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, August 3 from 6-8:00 p.m. Texas Radio Live brings you the very best Texas music with performances from Texas musicians. This week, Saint’s Analogue and Tottsie & The Flames 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.

Blues on the Green – Wednesday, August 3 at 8:00 p.m. This year marks the 24th of the annual concert series KGSR’s Blues on the Green, consistently ranked as a top annual entertainment event. Zilker Park will be filled with thousands of people, blankets, lawn chairs, families and music lovers. This week, it’s Sweet Spirit and The Suffers. FREE! Zilker Park, 2100 Barton Springs Rd, Austin.

Movies in the Plaza (Round Rock) – Wednesday, August 3 at 7:00 p.m. The City of Round Rock is proud to present Movies in the Park, three summer nights of great live music paired with family-friendly movies. This week, watch Tangled and hear live music by the Colin Huntly Band. FREE! Prete Main Street Plaza, 221 E Main St, Round Rock.

Thursday

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

Austin Creative Reuse Back to School Tax-Free Shopping Days – Thursday, August 4 from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. What better time to get all the supplies you will need for school or for all those projects you have been wanting to complete? Plus, there will be a FREE kid-friendly craft activity from 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. Austin Creative Reuse Center, 6406 N IH35 #1801, Austin.

French Legation Museum Children’s Storytime – Thursday, August 4 at 10:00 a.m. Gather on the French Legation Museum grounds for Children’s Story Time–an exciting 30 minutes of reading and play. Feel free to bring snacks, blankets, and your imagination. FREE! French Legation Museum, 802 San Marcos St, Austin.

Spanish Songs with Semillitas de Español – Thursday, August 4 at 10:30 a.m. Semillitas de Español’s programs teach Spanish through music and movement, games, group activities, and self directed play. Children and parents are so busy playing, they forget they’re learning Spanish along the way. FREE! Westbank Library, 1309 Westbank Dr, Austin.

Free Noon Concert – Thursday, August 4 at Noon. Take a 30-minute lunchtime break to hear a concert by bassist Curtis Streetman and pianist Brad Bolan. FREE! Central Presbyterian Church, 200 E 8th St, Austin.

Echo and the Bats – Thursday, August 4 at 2:00 p.m. Dance along with Austin’s first all Youth Librarian Band. You’ve seen their storytimes, now hear some of your favorite kids’ books put to music. Familiar stories, familiar tunes, all new fun for the whole family. FREE! APL – University Hills Branch, 4721 Loyola Ln, Austin.

Fish Gallery Summer Reading Program – Thursday, August 4 at 3:30 p.m. Activities include fishy themed stories, demonstration feeding on one of our large display aquariums, touch tanks and educational info about some of our animals, crafts and refreshments. FREE! Fish Gallery Austin, 6500 N Lamar Blvd, Austin.

Unplugged at the Grove: Bonnie Bishop – Thursday, August 4 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.

Shrek the Musical – Thursday, August 4 at 8:15 p.m. Zilker Theatre Production’s summer musical is a cherished Austin cultural event. Shrek The Musical brings the beloved characters from the popular animated films to life on stage. Irreverently fun for the whole family, Shrek proves that beauty is truly in the eye of the ogre. There is no charge for parking on Thursdays and Fridays. On Saturdays and Sundays, you must pay $5 per car at the meter. FREE; donations greatly appreciated. Zilker Hillside Theater, 2201 Barton Springs Rd, Austin.

Friday

Alamo Kids Camp: The Karate Kid – Friday, August 5. Alamo Kids Camp now has a “choose-your-own-ticket price” model ranging from $1-$3 per person – you choose the amount. This new model not only allows for tickets to be purchased online, in advance with reserved seating, but also 100% of ticket sales will be donated to local nonprofits helping families. Now, while you’re enjoying some summer movie fun, you’re also helping your local community. Confirm showtime and reserve your tickets here. No children under the age of 3 will be admitted. Alamo Drafthouse Slaughter, 5701 W Slaughter Ln, Austin.

Alamo Kids Camp: The LEGO Movie – Friday, August 5. Alamo Kids Camp now has a “choose-your-own-ticket price” model ranging from $1-$3 per person – you choose the amount. This new model not only allows for tickets to be purchased online, in advance with reserved seating, but also 100% of ticket sales will be donated to local nonprofits helping families. Now, while you’re enjoying some summer movie fun, you’re also helping your local community. Confirm showtime and reserve your tickets here. No children under the age of 3 will be admitted. Alamo Drafthouse Lakeline, 14028 N US Hwy 183, Bldg F, Austin.

Alamo Kids Camp: Shaun the Sheep Movie – Friday, August 5. Alamo Kids Camp now has a “choose-your-own-ticket price” model ranging from $1-$3 per person – you choose the amount. This new model not only allows for tickets to be purchased online, in advance with reserved seating, but also 100% of ticket sales will be donated to local nonprofits helping families. Now, while you’re enjoying some summer movie fun, you’re also helping your local community. Confirm showtime and reserve your tickets here. No children under the age of 3 will be admitted. Alamo Drafthouse Village, 2700 West Anderson Ln, Austin.

Mr. Johnny and Friends (Round Rock) – Friday, August 5 at 9:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Children ages 1-5 will love to sing, jump, dance, and play with scarves, bubbles and more with Mr. Johnny and Sharon. Space is limited and will be granted on a first come, first serve basis. FREE! Round Rock Public Library, 216 E Main St, Round Rock.

Summer Meals for Kids and Teens (Round Rock) – Friday, August 5 at Noon. Kids and teens facing food scarcity during the summer months are welcome to enjoy a FREE, nutritious meal. The Library will try to meet anticipated demand for lunches. Lunches will be distributed first come, first served, to children ages 0–18 until all meals are gone. There is no enrollment, no proof of need required, and no cost for this program. Round Rock Public Library, 216 E Main St, Round Rock.

Positive RePercussions Family Rhythm Jam – Friday, August 5 at 2:00 p.m. Enjoy active rhythm-making activities where everyone is offered the opportunity to participate in the joy of actively making rhythm and music. Positive RePercussions provides all of the necessary instruments, no prior musical experience necessary. Recommended for ages 5 and up. FREE! APL – Terrazas Branch, 1105 E Cesar Chavez St, Austin.

Jonas Alvarez Concert – Friday, August 5 at 4:00 p.m. A regular of the Austin music scene, Jonas Alvarez brings a rhythmic blend of Latin sounds and Americana roots. Don’t miss this concert for the whole family. FREE! Lake Travis Community Library, 1938 Lohmans Crossing, Austin.

Music On the Square (Georgetown) – Friday, August 5 at 6:30 p.m. The “Most Beautiful Town Square in Texas” will be the stage for FREE weekly Friday night concerts featuring regional musicians from June through August. Bring chairs or a blanket and beverages to enjoy music by jazz saxophonist Mike Hamilton. Georgetown Square.

Music in the Park: John Gaar Band (Pflugerville) – Friday, August 5 at 7:30 p.m. Bring lawn chairs, blankets, picnic baskets, friends, and neighbors for a FREE evening of music, entertainment, and relaxation. Food will be available for purchase. Pfluger Park, 515 City Park Rd, Pflugerville.

Shrek the Musical – Friday, August 5 at 8:15 p.m. Zilker Theatre Production’s summer musical is a cherished Austin cultural event. Shrek The Musical brings the beloved characters from the popular animated films to life on stage. Irreverently fun for the whole family, Shrek proves that beauty is truly in the eye of the ogre. There is no charge for parking on Thursdays and Fridays. On Saturdays and Sundays, you must pay $5 per car at the meter. FREE; donations greatly appreciated. Zilker Hillside Theater, 2201 Barton Springs Rd, Austin.

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

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