What’s Up? Weekly: August 22-26, 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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Free Admission at the Umlauf – Tuesday, August 23 – Friday, August 26 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.

Free Fun In Austin continues to highlight Austin area locations and activities that may not be available at this time. We encourage you to take all safety measures to keep yourself and your neighbors safe. It is our hope that the stories and features on this site will help inform your plans in the future.


Baby Bloomers – Monday, August 22 from 9:00 a.m. to Noon. Children age 0-3 and their families are invited to stop and smell the wildflowers as they explore Texas native plants, pond life, make a wildflower garden, and more. Plus, Laura Freeman’s rainbowlicious, puddle-stomping, monster-marching kids’ music will get you 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.

Story Time in the Garden: Where are They Going? Stories of Migration & Wildlife Behavior – Monday, August 22 at 10:00 a.m. Stories are a lovely way to introduce young children to nature and wildlife. Each storytime theme is based on the seasonal happenings found in the garden through the year. After visiting a garden feature and listening to stories, the children will bring the story to life through hands-on activities and a botanical expedition. FREE with Garden admission ($1-$3; kids under 3 are FREE). Zilker Botanical Garden, 2220 Barton Springs Rd, Austin.

Dog Storytime – Monday, August 22 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.

Semillitas de Español ARTE para Grandes Demo Class (RSVP) – Monday, August 22 at 4:30 p.m. ARTE para Grandes is an opportunity for older children (6-9 years) to be in an activity oriented immersion environment while learning and practicing Spanish through art. This is a drop off class, although parents are welcome to stay in the waiting area during the class. FREE with RSVP. Semillitas de Espanol, 12412 Tomanet Trail, Austin.

Evening Storytime (Round Rock) – Monday, August 22 at 6:30 p.m. This pajama-friendly reading activity is a fun combination of books, fingerplays, songs, and a short film or app for preschool children ages 3 to 6. FREE! Round Rock Public Library, 216 E Main St, Round Rock.


Kids Club with Ms. Jodi – Tuesday, August 23 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: Monsters vs. Aliens – Tuesday, August 23 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.

Free Admission to Laguna Gloria – Tuesday, August 23 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. FREE! The Contemporary Austin, Laguna Gloria, 3809 West 35th St, Austin.

Around the World Storytime – Tuesday, August 23 at 10:30 a.m. Pack your bags, because this storytime is taking a trip around the world. Start in Texas with a reading of the wonderful The Legend of the Bluebonnet followed by other stories from around the globe. FREE! BookPeople, 603 N Lamar, Austin.

Crafternoon – Tuesday, August 23 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.

Trailer Food Tuesdays – Tuesday, August 23 from 5-9:00 p.m. Sample the delicious food trucks of Austin in one convenient location featuring the best view in town. The downtown skyline is the backdrop as 14-16 of Austin’s finest food trailers roll on to the City Terrace. Add family-friendly live music and Austin’s Best Downtown View, and you’ve got a huge hit. Bring your picnic blanket, friends, and family. View the music and food truck lineup here. This event is FREE with food and drink available for purchase. The Long Center Terrace, 701 W Riverside Dr, Austin.

Pajama Storytime – Tuesday, August 23 at 6:00 p.m. A storytime for night owls of all ages. Get comfy in your favorite pajamas, grab your sleepy toy, and snuggle in to hear the best bedtime stories ever. Milk and snacks provided. FREE! Westbank Library, 1309 Westbank Dr, Austin.


Monkey in the Middle Storytime – Wednesday, August 24 at 10:30 a.m. Monkeys are pretty similar to people in a lot of ways. Like us, monkeys love bananas, have a penchant for mischief, and are also pretty darn resourceful. And that’s why they are so much fun. Read all kinds of stories about monkeys and their entertaining escapades, including Count the Monkeys by Mac Barnett. Eat a banana and get ready for some mischief. FREE! BookPeople, 603 N Lamar, Austin.

Community Night at The Thinkery – Wednesday, August 24 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! Board Games – Wednesday, August 24 at 4:30 p.m. Play some board games with your friends. FREE! Laura’s Library, 9411 Bee Cave Rd, Austin.

Krispy Kreme Family Night – Wednesday, August 24 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 24 from 6-8:00 p.m. Texas Radio Live brings you the very best Texas music with performances from Texas musicians. This week, Jaimee Harris and Ben Ballinger 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.

Sound & Cinema: Tommy Boy – Wednesday, August 24 at 8:00 p.m. Sound & Cinema 2016 features unique pairings of classic movies with a diverse array of local musical guests. Each band plays a musical tribute to the night’s movie, followed by a screening of the film on the Alamo’s giant inflatable outdoor screen – all against the backdrop of the Austin skyline. This week, watch Tommy Boy with music by Matthew Logan Vasquez of Delta Spirit. Rated PG-13. Food trailers will open by 6:00 p.m. with food and beverages available for purchase. The sunset concert will begin at 8:00 p.m. The movie will immediately follow (around 9:00 p.m., or right after sunset). FREE! Long Center, 701 W Riverside Dr, Austin.

101x Summer Cinema Series: The Goonies – Wednesday, August 24 at 8:00 p.m. Arrive early at Central Market with your blankets, lawn chairs and appetites. Food specials in the café. Movie starts at dusk but you don’t want to lose your seat. Rated PG. Family friendly and FREE! Central Market, 4001 N Lamar Blvd, Austin.


Free Admission to The Blanton – Thursday, August 25 from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. FREE! Blanton Museum of Art, 200 E Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Austin.

Semillitas de Español CANTA Demo Class (RSVP) – Thursday, August 25 at 11:00 a.m. Canta, a parent and child Spanish class taught through music and movement for children ages 0-5, is a wonderful way to introduce Spanish to your family, or reinforce it if you already speak it at home. FREE with RSVP. Semillitas de Espanol, 12412 Tomanet Trail, Austin.

Free Noon Concert – Thursday, August 25 at Noon. Take a 30-minute lunchtime break to hear a cello concert by Nora Karakousoglou. FREE! Central Presbyterian Church, 200 E 8th St, Austin.

Minecraft Club – Thursday, August 25 at 4:00 p.m. Bring your own laptop, tablet, or mobile device that has Minecraft downloaded for two hours of Minecraft free play. Recommended for ages 7 and up. FREE! APL – Twin Oaks Branch, 1800 S Fifth St, Austin.

Pajama Storytime – Thursday, August 25 at 6:30 p.m. Feel free to wear pajamas to this family evening storytime featuring stories, songs, rhymes, games, crafts, and other activities. Children of all ages welcome. Seating is limited at all programs. Please arrive a few minutes early to gain entrance. FREE! APL – Manchaca Road Branch, 5500 Manchaca Rd, Austin.

Unplugged at the Grove: Jackie Venson – Thursday, August 25 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.


Semillitas de Español CANTA Demo Class – Friday, August 26 at 10:30 a.m. and 11:15 a.m. Semillitas de Español presents CANTA: a parent and child Spanish class taught through music and movement for children ages 0-5.  Canta is a wonderful way to introduce Spanish to your family, or reinforce it if you already speak it at home. FREE! Wells Branch Community Library, 15001 Wells Port Dr, Austin.

Bookmobile Open House – Friday, August 26 from 3-6:00 p.m. The library’s new bookmobile has arrived and the public is invited to take a tour of the vehicle. The bookmobile is a library on wheels, with books for children and adults, DVDs, audiobooks, and more. It will soon travel to stops in the library district including the Briarcliff Community Center, Sweetwater, Apache Shores, assisted living facilities, preschools, and more. FREE! Lake Travis Community Library, 1938 Lohmans Crossing, Austin.

Jack Ingram In-Store Performance – Friday, August 26 at 5:00 p.m. FREE! Waterloo Records, 600A N Lamar, Austin.

Music On the Square (Georgetown) – Friday, August 26 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 Roland Waits playing country, Southern rock and oldies. Georgetown Square.

Movies in the Park: Cinderella (Leander) – Friday, August 26 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.

Movie Night at Community Cinema: Inside Out (RSVP) – Friday, August 26 at 7:30 p.m. Grab chairs and a blanket, bring family and friends, and enjoy a special screening of Inside Out. Arrive early to explore Community First! Village, pick your spot, and enjoy a family favorite on the big screen. Candy, popcorn, water, and sodas will be available for purchase (cash only). Concession sales and tips help Community First! friends who will be serving you to earn a modest living income. Movie begins at sundown. Reserve your FREE tickets here. Community First! Village, 9301 Hog Eye Rd, Austin.

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

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