What’s Up? Weekly: August 8-12, 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: Shaun the Sheep Movie – Monday, August 8 – Thursday, August 11. 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: The Karate Kid – Monday, August 8 – Thursday, August 11. 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: The LEGO Movie – Monday, August 8 – Thursday, August 11. 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 Dark Crystal – Monday, August 8 – Wednesday, August 10. 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: Max (Cedar Park) – Monday, August 8 – Thursday, August 11 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: Max (Round Rock) – Monday, August 8 – Thursday, August 11 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 9 – Friday, August 12 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.

Monday

Baby Bloomers – Monday, August 8 from 9:00 a.m. to Noon. Lions and tigers and bears, oh my! Children age 0-3 and their families are invited to have a roaring good time celebrating Austin Zoo at Thinkery. They’ll make fun fingerprint characters, create animal tracks with play dough and sponge stamps, monkey around in Move! Studio, and more. From 9-10:30 a.m., Austin Zoo will join the fun along with some animal friends. Plus, Miss Ariel will lead a sing-along 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.

Splash Mob Fountain Fun Event (Round Rock) – Monday, August 8 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 this splash mob. All ages welcome. FREE! Prete Main Street Plaza, 221 E Main St, Round Rock.

Dog Storytime – Monday, August 8 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.

Crafternoon – Monday, August 8 at 2:00 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 – Carver Branch, 1161 Angelina St, Austin.

Literature Live! Presents Puppet Olympics – Monday, August 8 at 4:00 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 – Howson Branch, 2500 Exposition Blvd, Austin.

Tuesday

Kids Club with Little Helping Hands – Tuesday, August 9 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: Alvin and the Chipmunks – Tuesday, August 9 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 9 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. FREE! The Contemporary Austin, Laguna Gloria, 3809 West 35th St, Austin.

Alligators and Crocodiles Storytime – Tuesday, August 9 at 10:30 a.m. After a while, Crocodile! Do you know the difference between an alligator and a crocodile? Their toothy grins look so much alike that it’s easy to get a little confused. Today, however, celebrate the alligator in honor of If You Ever Want to Bring an Alligator to School, Don’t! Enjoy reading some toothy tales and make a cute crocodile buddy to take home. FREE! BookPeople, 603 N Lamar, Austin.

Literature Live! Presents Puppet Olympics – Tuesday, August 9 at 4:00 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 – Twin Oaks Branch, 1800 S Fifth St, Austin.

Family Night: Drawing With Young Rembrandts – Tuesday, August 9 at 6:00 p.m. It’s hot outside, and even hotter inside as families draw this fun desert-inspired graphic. Artists will draw a stylized composition featuring cartoon-interpretations of a cactus, a coyote, and the sun. You’ll also learn to use contrasting warm and cool colors to finish off your cheery Southwestern masterpiece. FREE! Westbank Library, 1309 Westbank Dr, Austin.

Family Movie Night Kung Fu Panda 3 – Tuesday, August 9 at 6:30 p.m. Rated PG. FREE! APL – Twin Oaks Branch, 1800 S Fifth St, Austin.

Wednesday

Ms. Staci Storytime – Wednesday, August 10 at 10:30 a.m. Ms. Staci will read some of her favorite stories and sing some of your favorite songs. Kids, don’t forget your dancing shoes. FREE! BookPeople, 603 N Lamar, Austin.

Crafternoon – Wednesday, August 10 at 2:00 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 – Hampton Branch, 5125 Convict Hill Rd, Austin.

Community Night at The Thinkery – Wednesday, August 10 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.

Literature Live! Presents Puppet Olympics – Wednesday, August 10 at 4:00 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 – Manchaca Road Branch, 5500 Manchaca Rd, Austin.

Discovery! Writing – Superhero Comics – Wednesday, August 10 at 4:30 p.m. If you could be a superhero, what superpowers would you have? What would your superhero name be? And what would you try to do? Create your own superhero comic. FREE! Laura’s Library, 9411 Bee Cave Rd, Austin.

Krispy Kreme Family Night – Wednesday, August 10 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 10 from 6-8:00 p.m. Texas Radio Live brings you the very best Texas music with performances from Texas musicians. This week, Kalu James and Shawn Pander 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.

Movies in the Plaza (Round Rock) – Wednesday, August 10 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 Zootopia and hear live music by the Colin Huntly Band. FREE! Prete Main Street Plaza, 221 E Main St, Round Rock.

Strike Out Hunger with the Round Rock Express (Round Rock) – Wednesday, August 10 at 7:05 p.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 Nashville Sounds. Dell Diamond, 3400 Palm Valley Blvd, Round Rock.

Sound & Cinema: Labyrinth Quote-Along – Wednesday, August 10 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 Labyrinth with music by Sweet Spirit. Rated PG. 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: School of Rock – Wednesday, August 10 at 8:30 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-13. Family friendly and FREE! Central Market, 4001 N Lamar Blvd, Austin.

Thursday

Free Admission to The Blanton – Thursday, August 11 from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. FREE! Blanton Museum of Art, 200 E Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Austin.

Cantos y Cuentos – Thursday, August 11 at 10:30 a.m. Listen, sing, and move with bilingual storyteller and songwriter Sue Young. FREE! Westbank Library, 1309 Westbank Dr, Austin.

Free Noon Concert – Thursday, August 11 at Noon. Take a 30-minute lunchtime break to hear a concert by Nora Karakousoglou and friend — violin and cello duo. FREE! Central Presbyterian Church, 200 E 8th St, Austin.

There’s Something Fishy Going on in Texas – Thursday, August 11 at 2:00 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 – University Hills Branch, 4721 Loyola Ln, Austin.

Fish Gallery Summer Reading Program – Thursday, August 11 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.

Pajama Storytime – Thursday, August 11 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.

Rhythm on Stage: Michael Jackson’s Beat It (RSVP) – Thursday, August 11 at 7:00 p.m. Back for its 5th year, Austin’s only instructional dance series invites you to take center stage. Learn how to dance on the Dell Hall Stage as the Long Center partners with Ballet Austin to bring you a FREE evening of dance. The event is come and go. Dance instruction begins at 7:30 p.m. No experience is necessary. All ages welcome. Please RSVP if you plan to attend.  The Long Center, 701 W Riverside Dr, Austin.

Planet Cinema Series: Extraordinary Tales – Thursday, August 11 at 7:00 p.m. Building from Planet Music, this year there will be Planet Cinema, celebrating animation from the four corners of the world. Visual art and motion, these films are geared for both children and adults and feature themes with a spirtual, cultural or global focus. Enjoy a showing of Raúl García’s Extraordinary Tales, an animated anthology film of Edgar Allan Poe stories narrated by luminaries like Christopher Lee, Guillermo Del Toro and even Bela Lugose himself. FREE! ESB-MACC, 600 River St, Austin.

Unplugged at the Grove: Bob Schneider – Thursday, August 11 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 11 at 8:15 p.m. This is the final week to catch Zilker Theatre Production’s summer musical. 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 Dark Crystal – Friday, August 12. 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 12. 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.

Alamo Kids Camp: Shaun the Sheep Movie – Friday, August 12. 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.

There’s Something Fishy Going on in Texas – Friday, August 12 at 2:00 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 – Terrazas Branch, 1105 E Cesar Chavez St, Austin.

Pokemon Party – Friday, August 12 at 5:00 p.m. Are you playing Pokémon Go? This all ages Poke-Party will feature a Pokémon Go tutorial, trading cards, videogames, Poké-crafts, Poké-trivia, a Pokéball hunt, and more. The library is a PokéStop, and they will have lures going throughout the party. FREE! Wells Branch Community Library, 15001 Wells Port Dr, Austin.

Music On the Square (Georgetown) – Friday, August 12 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 Detentions Acoustic playing Coastal Vibe. Georgetown Square.

Planet Cinema Series: Sita Sings the Blues – Friday, August 12 at 7:30 p.m. Join the AARC in an outdoor screening of “the greatest break-up story ever told.” Sita Sings the Blues (2008) is the vision of director Nina Paley presenting an animated version of the epic Indian tale of Ramayana interspersed with scene from her own life, set to the 1920s jazz vocals of Annette Hanshaw. Rated PG. Chale Nafus, founding board member of the Austin Film Society, will provide introductory remarks for this film. Arrive early (7:30-8:15 p.m.) for a FREE Indian Bharat Nayam dance workshop led by dancers from Austin Dance India. Bring your own blankets and lawn chairs; outside food and drinks welcome. Mango lemonade provided; Indian snacks available for purchase. FREE admission, open to all ages. Asian American Resource Center, 8401 Cameron Rd, Austin.

Movies in the Park: Planes Fire and Rescue (Leander) – Friday, August 12 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.

Shrek the Musical – Friday, August 12 at 8:15 p.m. This is the final week to catch Zilker Theatre Production’s summer musical. 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.

Movies in the Park: Inside Out (Hutto) – Friday, August 12 at 8:45 p.m. Bring your chairs, blankets, coolers, and popcorn to enjoy a movie under the stars. Movie begins at sundown. FREE! Hutto Lake Park, 805 Estate Dr, Hutto.

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

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