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Alamo Kids Camp Movies: Speed Racer, The Secret Life of Pets, Song of the Sea, and Jumanji. – Monday, August 7 – Friday, August 11; each movie plays various days and showtimes. Alamo Kids Camp now has a “choose-your-own-ticket price” model ranging from $1-$5 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 showtimes and reserve your tickets here. All ages will be admitted to this show but families with loud children will be asked to leave. Alamo Drafthouse, various locations.
Southwest Theaters’ Summer Movie Series: Trolls – Monday, August 7 – Thursday, August 10 at 10:30 a.m. $1 per ticket. Southwest Theaters Lake Creek 7, 13729 Research Blvd, Ste 1500, Austin.
Cinemark Summer Movie Clubhouse: Sing (Round Rock) – Monday, August 7 – Thursday, August 10 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 to the UMLAUF – Tuesday, August 8 – Friday, August 11 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Thanks to generous donors from Amplify Austin, admission is FREE through August 31, 2017. Take advantage of this opportunity to check out the current exhibit, Mentoring a Muse: Charles Umlauf and Farrah Fawcett, which runs through August 20. This groundbreaking exploration of the lifelong artistic friendship between Charles Umlauf and his most famous student, Farrah Fawcett, features never-before-seen work made by both artists. Plus, kids can participate in a fun, FREE sculpture safari during your visit. UMLAUF Sculpture Garden & Museum, 605 Robert E Lee Rd, Austin.
Baby Bloomers: Animal Adventures! – Monday, August 7 from 9:00 a.m. to noon. Lions and tigers and bears—oh my! Embark on an animal adventure with sensory activities and hands-on activities that will make your little one want to ROAR! 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.
Teddy Bear Clinic Preschool Story Time – Monday, August 7 at 10:30 a.m. Baylor Scott & White Medical Center of Lakeway will host a Teddy Bear Clinic to talk about health and wellness. Bring along your favorite stuffed animal or doll for a fun story time and craft session. FREE! Lake Travis Community Library, 1938 Lohmans Crossing, Austin.
Splash Mob Fountain Fun Event (Round Rock) – Monday, August 7 at 11:00 a.m. AND 6:30 p.m. Get soaked to celebrate the conclusion of the Round Rock Public Library’s Summer Reading Program. Bring your water guns, blasters, and your sense of adventure to a summer splash mob! FREE! Prete Main Street Plaza, 221 E Main St, Round Rock.
Dog Storytime – Monday, August 7 at 1:00 p.m. Handler Holly with Dog Chula will be at Laura’s Library to read with kiddos or visit with them. Pre-readers and readers are welcome. FREE! Westbank Library, 1309 Westbank Dr, Austin.
Literature Live! Presents: The Fifolet – Monday, August 7 at 2:00 p.m. Murder and mayhem in the swamp! What will happen to little Jolie as she meets the pirate ghost who is watching over his treasure? Will she survive the encounter? Find out in The Fifolet, Literature Live’s first production for older kids featuring live musical accompaniment by Joseph Palmer of Austin Classical Guitar. Recommended for youth ages 8-12. FREE! APL – Windsor Park Branch, 5833 Westminster Dr, Austin.
Full Moon Hike (Lockhart) – Monday, August 7 at 9:00 p.m. Ever wondered who uses the park after the moon comes up? In this program, you will listen to owl calls, search for creepy crawlies, and go for a hike to spot critters by the light of the full moon! Regular park entrance fee required ($3 per adult; children 12 & under are FREE!). Please use the self-pay station at park HQ to check into the park when you arrive. Lockhart State Park, 2012 State Park Rd, Lockhart.
Kids Club – Tuesday, August 8 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.
Summer Kids Camp: The LEGO Movie – Tuesday, August 8 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, Bldg B, Austin.
Chinese-Language Storytime – Tuesday, August 8 at 10:30 a.m. Enjoy Chinese-language stories, songs, and finger-plays for preschoolers, young children and their parents. No prior experience with Chinese is necessary to participate and introduce the language to young patrons. FREE! APL – Old Quarry Branch, 7051 Village Center Dr, Austin.
Milly McSilly Storytime – Tuesday, August 8 at 10:30 a.m. Welcome back Marvelous Milly McSilly for a storytime full of magic and laughter! She has a great show planned with activities and fun stories for all young readers, so don’t miss out on silliness galore! FREE! BookPeople, 603 N Lamar Blvd, Austin.
LEGO Lab – Tuesday, August 8 at 3:00 p.m. With LEGOs, you can build anything you can imagine and tell any story you can dream up. Visit the LEGO Lab to hear, see, make, and create different stories, all while building with LEGOs provided by the library. FREE! APL – Ruiz Branch, 1600 Grove Blvd, Austin.
Family Night: Young Rembrandts – Tuesday, August 8 at 6:00 p.m. Spend a serene evening by the sea as you draw a picturesque New England lighthouse. A maritime image will reinforce how to develop a coherent composition and allow artists to practice their colored pencil shading skills. Life is better at the beach, so mark your calendars now. No sunscreen required. FREE! Westbank Library, 1309 Westbank Dr, Austin.
Family Movie Night: Sing– Tuesday, August 8 at 6:30 p.m. Rated PG. FREE! APL – Twin Oaks Branch, 1800 S 5th St, Austin.
Kids Club – Wednesday, August 9 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.
Storytime Yoga (RSVP) – Wednesday, August 9 at 9:30 a.m. Bring your kids of all ages (babies are very welcome!) to watch their favorite stories come to life through yoga poses. FREE with RSVP. The Little Yoga House, 2700 Anderson Lane, Suite 229, Austin
Ms. Staci Storytime – Wednesday, August 9 at 10:30 a.m. The wonderful Ms. Staci is back for a musical storytime. She will read a few of her favorite stories and play some tunes, so don’t forget your dancing shoes! FREE! BookPeople, 603 N Lamar Blvd, Austin.
Play Read Grow: Early Literacy Workshop – Wednesday, August 9 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 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. FREE for parents and caregivers of children under age 5. Children are welcome. APL – North Village Branch, 2505 Steck Ave, Austin.
Music & Movement – Wednesday, August 9 at 11:30 a.m. Bring your favorite little one to stretch, sing, dance, and explore music with rhythm instruments. This program focuses on the Sing and Play recommendations for early literacy, which help develop gross motor skills, listening skills, and social skills, while introducing new vocabulary. Recommended for ages 3-5. FREE! APL – Manchaca Road Branch, 5500 Manchaca Rd, Austin.
LEGO Lab – Wednesday, August 9 at 3:00 p.m. With LEGOs, you can build anything you can imagine and tell any story you can dream up. Visit the LEGO Lab to hear, see, make, and create different stories, all while building with LEGOs provided by the library. FREE! APL – Little Walnut Creek Branch, 835 W Rundberg Ln, Austin.
LEGO Lab – Wednesday, August 9 at 3:00 p.m. With LEGOs, you can build anything you can imagine and tell any story you can dream up. Visit the LEGO Lab to hear, see, make, and create different stories, all while building with LEGOs provided by the library. FREE! APL – Carver Branch, 1161 Angelina St, Austin.
Baby Gym – Wednesday, August 9 at 4:00 p.m. Join Champions Gym for baby gym time! Ages 6 months to 15 months. FREE! Champions Ranch Road 1826 Gymnastics & Cheer, 360 Lotus Circle, Austin.
Community Night at The Thinkery: Teddy Bear Clinic with Dell Children’s – Wednesday, August 9 from 4-8:00 p.m. Does your teddy have a tummy ache? Is your stuffed friend feeling feverish? Did your bear get a boo-boo? Bring your favorite stuffed friend to Thinkery and enjoy a hands-on, fun-filled Teddy Bear Clinic! During this special Community Night, kiddos have the chance to become the healthcare provider and learn about what it’s like at Dell Children’s Medical Center. Play with doctors, nurses, and staff from Dell Children’s! Take your stuffed friend through interactive stations including surgery, imaging, injury prevention, pediatric obesity, and more. (Teddy Bear Clinic takes place from 5-7:00 p.m.) Cost: Admission is by donation only, with a suggested $1 donation. The Thinkery, 1830 Simond Ave, Austin.
Discovery! Writing – Stealing from Goldilocks with Author Nikki Loftin – Wednesday, August 9 at 4:30 p.m. No fairy tale is safe from an author in search of a universal classic to spin into a new tale. Explore well-known examples of this “stealing,” and the ways in which an old story can be completely remade. Nikki Loftin is the author of three novels for young readers: Wish Girl; Nightingale’s Nest, and The Sinister Sweetness of Splendid Academy. Recommended for ages 5 and up. FREE! Laura’s Library, 9411 Bee Cave Rd, Austin.
Texas Radio Live – Wednesday, August 9 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 Milligan Vaughan Project and the Texas KGB. 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.
101X Summer Cinema: Old School – Wednesday, August 9 at 8:00 p.m. 101X Summer Cinema has a new home at Stubb’s Waller Creek Amphiteather. Movie starts at dark, but get there early to stake out a spot! Bring blankets, folding chairs, and your party pants. Please, no outside food or drinks, alcohol, or pets. Street parking is free after 6:00 p.m. Rated R. FREE! Stubb’s Waller Creek Amphitheater, 801 Red River St, Austin.
Free Admission at The Blanton – Thursday, August 10 from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The Blanton Museum offers FREE admission every Thursday. Blanton Museum of Art, 200 E Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Austin.
Bilingual Boogie – Thursday, August 10 at 10:30 a.m. Bilingual Boogie’s Sra. Garrett will be presenting a Spanish story time. This event introduces children to basic Spanish vocabulary while reinforcing preschool concepts such greetings, colors, animals, counting, the alphabet, and more. FREE! Lake Travis Community Library, 1938 Lohmans Crossing Rd, Austin.
Free Noon Concert – Thursday, August 10 at Noon. Take a 30-minute lunchtime break to hear a concert from Felicity Coltman and Friends. FREE! Central Presbyterian Church, 200 E 8th St, Austin.
Summer Film Fest: The Secret Life of Pets – Thursday, August 10 at 2:00 p.m. Rated PG. FREE! APL – Old Quarry Branch, 7051 Village Center Dr, Austin.
Summer Reading at the Fish Gallery – Thursday, August 10 at 3:30 p.m. Summer Reading is back! Head over to the Fish Gallery for an afternoon of stories, touch tanks, crafts, refreshments, and more. All ages welcome. Seating is first come, first serve. Bring a friend or two and escape the Texas summer heat. FREE! The Fish Gallery, 6500 N Lamar Blvd, Austin.
Milligan Vaughan Project In-Store Performance – Thursday, August 10 at 5:00 p.m. The Milligan Vaughan Project (or MVP) is a musical partnership between Austin’s highly acclaimed vocalist Malford Milligan and guitar slinger Tyrone Vaughan (son of the legendary Jimmie Vaughan), both of whom have a rich musical history steeped in blues and rock ‘n’ roll. The music on MVP is a powerful mix of blues, soul, rock and funk, with flourishes of jazz and gospel textured throughout. Check out this FREE all ages performance! Waterloo Records, 600 N Lamar Blvd, Austin.
Pajama Storytime – Thursday, August 10 at 6:30 p.m. Feel free to wear pajamas to this family storytime featuring stories, songs, rhymes, games, crafts, and other activities. Recommended for children 5 and under. FREE! APL – Manchaca Branch, 5500 Manchaca Rd, Austin.
Unplugged at the Grove: Ray Wylie Hubbard – Thursday, August 10 at 8:00 p.m. 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.
Zilker Summer Musical: The Wizard of Oz – Thursday, August 10 at 8:15 p.m. This is the show’s final week! For more than a century, The Wizard of Oz has enchanted readers, theatre, and movie goers alike. Now, Zilker Theater Productions will bring this cultural treasure to the historic, outdoor theater at The Zilker Hillside. This summer, the ZTP team looks forward to welcoming over 45,000+ Hillside audience members to follow the yellow brick road “over the rainbow.” The “curtain” goes up right around dusk at 8:15 p.m., but arrive early with your low-backed chairs and blankets to get your spot. FREE but donations are gratefully accepted. Zilker Hillside Theater, 2206 William Barton Dr, Austin.
Back to School Fair – Friday, August 11 at 8:00 a.m. FREE backpacks, school supplies, and healthy snacks (while supplies last). Registration and outdoor activities begin at 8:00 a.m. Giveaways begin at 10:00 a.m. Montopolis Recreation Center, 1200 Montopolis Dr, Austin.
LBJ Presidential Library Summer Storytime (RSVP) – Friday, August 11 at 10:00 a.m. Join the LBJ Presidential Library for their Summer Storytime series. This week, enjoy a book with Fire Chief Rhoda Mae Kerr, including a visit from Austin Fire Department Firefighters and their fire truck! Best suited for children 10 years old and under. Admission into the library is FREE for all storytime participants. Let them know you’re coming here. LBJ Presidential Library, 2313 Red River St, Austin.
LEGO Lab – Friday, August 11 at 3:30 p.m. With LEGOs, you can build anything you can imagine and tell any story you can dream up. Visit the LEGO Lab to hear, see, make, and create different stories, all while building with LEGOs provided by the library. FREE! APL – Hampton Branch, 5125 Convict Hill Rd, Austin.
Keys of Piano Student Concert – Friday, August 11 at 4:00 p.m. Young local pianists from the Keys of Piano studio will play a variety of tunes from classical to movie hits, and more. FREE! Lake Travis Community Library, 1938 Lohmans Crossing Rd, Austin.
That’s My Face Film Series: A Raisin in the Sun – Friday, August 11 at 6:30 p.m. That’s My Face is a young adult film series. August’s screening is the classic A Raisin in the Sun (1961). Walter Lee Younger is a young man struggling with his station in life. Sharing a tiny apartment with his wife, son, sister and mother, he seems like an imprisoned man. Until, that is, the family gets an unexpected financial windfall. FREE! George Washington Carver Museum, Cultural and Genealogy Center, 1165 Angelina St, Austin.
Strength Seminar for Teens – Friday, August 11 at 6:30 p.m. Teens (13-19) are invited to a seminar hosted by Austin Parks & Recreation. They will learn about injury prevention, exercises for building strength and muscle, and creating a strength training plan. FREE! Dittmar Recreation Center, 1009 W Dittmar Rd, Austin.
Community Cinema: The Little Mermaid – Friday, August 11 at 7:30 p.m. Grab chairs and a blanket, bring family and friends, and enjoy a special screening of the animated version of The Little Mermaid. 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 G. Reserve your FREE tickets here. A donation of $5 is greatly appreciated. Community First! Village, 9301 Hog Eye Rd, Austin.
Zilker Summer Musical: The Wizard of Oz – Friday, August 11 at 8:15 p.m. This is the show’s final week! For more than a century, The Wizard of Oz has enchanted readers, theatre, and movie goers alike. Now, Zilker Theater Productions will bring this cultural treasure to the historic, outdoor theater at The Zilker Hillside. This summer, the ZTP team looks forward to welcoming over 45,000+ Hillside audience members to follow the yellow brick road “over the rainbow.” The “curtain” goes up right around dusk at 8:15 p.m., but arrive early with your low-backed chairs and blankets to get your spot. FREE but donations are gratefully accepted. Zilker Hillside Theater, 2206 William Barton Dr, Austin.
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