What’s Up? Weekly: December 5-9, 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.

What's Up? Weekly - Austin

Monday

Baby Bloomers – Monday, December 5 from 9:00 a.m. to Noon. Children age 0-3 and their families are invited to discover the beauty of winter together. Create a perfect snowperson, snow animal, or snow sculpture, whip up your own blizzard, animate your very own version of a snowy day, and more. At 10:30 a.m., Armstrong Community Music school joins the fun. 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: Wildlife Traits and Habitats – Monday, December 5 at 10:30 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, December 5 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.

Chibi Drawing Workshop – Monday, December 5 at 3:30 p.m. Interested in Manga, Anime, drawing Pokemon, or other Chibis? Learn to draw Chibi-style! This style of drawing emphasizes the cute, humorous, or child size versions of characters, with their oversized heads and huge eyes. Recommended for ages 6 years to adult. FREE! APL – Hampton Branch, 5125 Convict Hill Rd, Austin.

Asleep at the Wheel In-Store Performance – Monday, December 5 at 5:00 p.m. FREE! Waterloo Records, 600A N Lamar, Austin.

Lego Lab – Monday, December 5 at 5:30 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 – Ruiz Branch, 1600 Grove Blvd, Austin.

Evening Storytime (Round Rock) – Monday, December 5 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  Tuesday, December 6 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.

Free Admission to Laguna Gloria – Tuesday, December 6 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. FREE! The Contemporary Austin, Laguna Gloria, 3809 West 35th St, Austin.

Literature Live! Presents The Nutcracker – Tuesday, December 6 at 10:15 a.m. This classic, charming tale of holiday adventure follows a little girl’s journey through a fantasy world of fairies, princes, and an army of mice. Enhanced by Tchaikovsky’s much-loved score, Literature Live! brings the story to life with puppets. Recommended for ages 5 and up. FREE! APL – Cepeda Branch, 651 N Pleasant Valley Rd, Austin.

Heartsong Music Storytime – Tuesday, December 6 at 10:30 a.m. Enjoy a mellifluous storytime with friends from Heartsong Music who will lead a music lesson intended for little ones aged 0-5. FREE! BookPeople, 603 N Lamar, Austin.

Chinese Bilingual Storytime (Round Rock) – Tuesday, December 6 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.

Storytime Yoga (RSVP) – Tuesday, December 6 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 Village, 2700 W Anderson Ln, Ste 229, Austin.

T(w)een STEM Lab – Tuesday, December 6 at 3:00 p.m. Drop by the library and be challenged to create a new STEM activity.  Mix silly putty, grow crystals, and even build your own scribble bot. Recommended for ages 7 and up. FREE! APL – Carver Branch, 1161 Angelina St, Austin.

Sew Happy – Tuesday, December 6 at 5:00 p.m. Tackle a different small hand-sewn project each month. From pocket ninjas to embroidered cards to sloths, it will be cuteness overload. All supplies are provided. This program is recommended for ages 10 and up. Adults are welcome to join in the fun. FREE! APL – Manchaca Road Branch, 5500 Manchaca Rd, Austin.

Tween and Teen Steam – Tuesday, December 6 at 5:00 p.m. Explore a new science, technology, engineering, art or math activity each session. Recommended for ages 10 and up. FREE! APL – University Hills Branch, 4721 Loyola Ln, Austin.

11th Annual Tower Lighting – Tuesday, December 6 at 5:30 p.m. The Reagan High School Drumline and the Nash Hernandez Orchestra will move the crowd into the holiday spirit and provide entertainment for the entire family. FREE hot chocolate, hot cider and cookies will be served while supplies last. Food trucks will be on-site with food available for purchase. Texas State Representative Celia Israel will be counting down the moments until the Noel sign is lit across the Control Tower, honoring a tradition that dates back to the 1960s. FREE! Mueller Control Tower, Berkman Dr, Austin. New location: John Gaines Park, 2708 Sorin St, Austin.

Family Board Game Night – Tuesday, December 6 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Bring your friends and family for a night of all things board games. Games will be available for a wide variety of ages, from ages 2 through 102. Plenty of classics, but some new games you may not have seen before, including Settlers of Catan, Pandemic, Ticket to Ride, and Munchkin. Play the library’s games or bring your own. All ages welcome. FREE! APL – Faulk Central Library, 800 Guadalupe St, Austin.

Family Night: Mindfulness for Families – Tuesday, December 6 at 6:00 p.m. Make your own snow globe. Learn to recognize that our own minds can sometimes feel like a “flurry of snow” until we take some to be mindful and let our feelings “settle.” FREE! Westbank Library, 1309 Westbank Dr, Austin.

Christmas in the Community: Woodwinds – Tuesday, December 6 at 6:30 p.m. The Austin Symphony is once again bringing free music to all Austinites this holiday season. “Christmas in the Community” is a series of ten concerts held throughout the city of Austin featuring different ensembles of the orchestra playing familiar holiday music. FREE! George Washington Carver Museum, 1165 Angelina St, Austin.

Wednesday

Kids Club – Wednesday, December 7 at 9:30 a.m. Enjoy snacks, storytime, crafts, and more. All ages are welcome. FREE! Whole Foods, 525 N Lamar Blvd, Austin.

Milly McSilly Storytime – Wednesday, December 7 at 10:30 a.m. The fabulous Milly McSilly returns for a fabulous Christmas storytime. She’ll bring a holiday story extravaganza featuring costumes, balloons, and a little elf magic. FREE! BookPeople, 603 N Lamar, Austin.

Literature Live! Presents The Nutcracker – Wednesday, December 7 at 10:30 a.m.This classic, charming tale of holiday adventure follows a little girl’s journey through a fantasy world of fairies, princes, and an army of mice. Enhanced by Tchaikovsky’s much-loved score, Literature Live! brings the story to life with puppets. Recommended for ages 5 and up. FREE! APL – Terrazas Branch, 1105 E Cesar Chavez St, Austin.

Lego Lab – Wednesday, December 7 at 3:00 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 – Southeast Branch, 5803 Nuckols Crossing Rd, Austin.

Felt Friends World Tour: Polar Bear Pin – Wednesday, December 7 at 3:30 p.m. Join the library each month to sew another felt project. This program uses sharp sewing needles and so is recommended for ages 10 and up. Recommended for ages 10 and up. Adults are welcome to join in on the fun. FREE! APL – Windsor Park Branch, 5833 Westminster Dr, Austin.

Community Night at The Thinkery – Wednesday, December 7 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! Make an Elf Hat – Wednesday, December 7 at 4:30 p.m. Sew your very own elf hat with the help of experienced felters and quilters. FREE! Laura’s Library, 9411 Bee Cave Rd, Austin.

Holiday Music at The Driskill – Wednesday, December 7 from 5-7:00 p.m. Enjoy seasonal music from a live string trio. FREE! The Driskill, 604 Brazos St, Austin.

Krispy Kreme Family Night – Wednesday, December 7 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, December 7 from 6-8:00 p.m. Texas Radio Live brings you the very best Texas music with performances from Texas musicians. This week, Walt Wilkins & The Mystiqueros and Jeff Plankenhorm Band 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.

Thursday

Free Admission to The Blanton – Thursday, December 8 from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. FREE! Blanton Museum of Art, 200 E Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Austin.

Little Yoga – Thursday, December 8 at 10:30 a.m. Children ages three to six are invited to experience exercise in a quiet, calming environment. FREE! Lake Travis Community Library, 1938 Lohmans Crossing, Austin.

Hola, Hola! Spanish Camp – Thursday, December 8 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.

A Ringing Christmas Concert – Thursday, December 8 at Noon. Take a 30-minute lunchtime break to hear a festive holiday concert by the Austin Handbell Ensemble. FREE! Central Presbyterian Church, 200 E 8th St, Austin.

Lego Lab – Thursday, December 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 – Yarborough Branch, 2200 Hancock Dr, Austin.

Literature Live! Presents The Nutcracker – Thursday, December 8 at 3:30 p.m. This classic, charming tale of holiday adventure follows a little girl’s journey through a fantasy world of fairies, princes, and an army of mice. Enhanced by Tchaikovsky’s much-loved score, Literature Live! brings the story to life with puppets. Recommended for ages 5 and up. FREE! APL – Milwood Branch, 12500 Amherst Dr, Austin.

Explorer’s Club (Cedar Park) – Thursday, December 8 at 3:30 p.m. Each Thursday, kids in grades K-5 meet to explore a set of rotating programs. This week, it’s a special puppet show performance. FREE! Cedar Park Public Library, 550 Discovery Blvd, Cedar Park.

Crafternoon – Thursday, December 8 at 4:00 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 – Twin Oaks Branch, 1800 S Fifth St, Austin.

Adult Craft Night: Hand Embroidery (Pflugerville) – Thursday, December 8 from 6-7:30 p.m. Learn to use basic embroidery stitches and embroidery patterns to make a work of art. Anyone 18 and up is welcome to attend. Materials provided while supplies last. FREE! Pflugerville Public Library, 1008 W Pfluger St, Pflugerville.

Holiday Music at The Driskill – Thursday, December 8 from 5-7:00 p.m. Enjoy seasonal music from a live string trio. FREE! The Driskill, 604 Brazos St, Austin.

Science Under the Stars: Zombie Parasites – Thursday, December 8 at 6:00 p.m. What if you learned that real zombies do exist? Maybe not the flesh-eating ones depicted in Hollywood, but even stranger ones in nature? You might be surrounded by zombies and not even know it! Hear unbelievable tales about the mind-bending powers of parasites in their hosts. Arrive early for refreshments and fun activities for kids of all ages, followed by the talk at 7:00 p.m. Event is held outdoors. FREE! Brackenridge Field Laboratory, 2907 Lake Austin Blvd, Austin.

Pajama Storytime – Thursday, December 8 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 are welcome. FREE! APL – Manchaca Road Branch, 5500 Manchaca Rd, Austin.

Friday

Miniature Horses – Friday, December 9 at 10:30 a.m. Northwind Farm will bring gentle and patient miniature therapy horses to visit the library, where you’ll have a chance to pet and groom them. FREE! Lake Travis Community Library, 1938 Lohmans Crossing, Austin.

Music & Movement – Friday, December 9 at 11:00 a.m. Bring your favorite little one to stretch, sing, dance, and explore music with rhythm instruments. Recommended for ages 3-5. FREE! APL – Milwood Branch, 12500 Amherst Dr, Austin.

Explore Asia: Holiday Storytime and Crafts – Friday, December 9 from 1-3:00 p.m. Enter a winter wonderland of tales with this holiday-themed storytime, then make your own crafts based on the books. Kids are invited to play in the artificial snow afterwards. FREE! Asian American Resource Center, 8401 Cameron Rd, Austin.

SlackLine Demo – Friday, December 9 from 2-4:00 p.m. Park Rangers will lead a Slacklining program and explain the process of setting up a slackline, which will include picking out the correct tree, making sure it is protected properly, laying out the line, tightening it up, and the proper technique of walking on the slackline. This program is great for all ages. FREE! Historic Zilker Caretaker’s Cottage, 2505 Andrew Zilker Rd, Austin.

Lego Lab – Friday, December 9 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 – Hampton Branch, 5125 Convict Hill Rd, Austin.

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

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