What’s Up? Weekly: Feb 27 – Mar 3, 2017

Looking for things to do in Austin this week? What’s Up Weekly highlights 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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Baby Bloomers: Water Play – Monday, February 27 from 9:00 a.m. to Noon. Children age 0-3 and their families are invited to splish, splash, and explore the wonders of water. 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.

Daddy and Me Evening Storytime – Monday, February 27 at 6:00 p.m. Young ones and their favorite guys are invited to this very special monthly storytime. Together, dads, grandpas, other extraordinary men and their kids will read, sing, craft and laugh—all while developing important literacy skills and having fun. Recommended for ages 5 and under. FREE! APL – Hampton Branch, 5125 Convict Hill Rd, Austin.

Night Crafters (17+) – Monday, February 27 from 6:30-8:00 p.m. Are you a crafter? Do you wish you were a crafter? Then Night Crafters is for you. Adults only, please. FREE! APL – Ruiz Branch, 1600 Grove Blvd, Austin.

Evening Storytime (Round Rock) – Monday, February 27 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.


Kids Club  Tuesday, February 28 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, February 28 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. FREE! The Contemporary Austin, Laguna Gloria, 3809 West 35th St, Austin.

BOGO Admission – Tuesday, February 28 from 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Make February a little friendlier and bring a friend with you to Catch Air. Buy one admission and receive second admission of equal or lesser value FREE. Remember to bring socks for both children and adults. View pricing information here. Catch Air Anderson Mill, 13450 US-183, #107, Austin and Catch Air Round Rock, 1401 IH-35 Frontage Rd #130, Round Rock.

I’m Not Afraid Of The Dark Storytime – Tuesday, February 28 at 10:30 a.m. Who’s afraid of the dark? Not BookKids! Join in some emphatic proclamations about just how Not Afraid of the Dark we are while reading the new book Batman’s Dark Secret and more books about the world at night. FREE! BookPeople, 603 N Lamar, Austin.

Mardi Gras Toddler Story Time – Tuesday, February 28 at 10:30 a.m. Enjoy a very special Mardi Gras themed story time with beads, music, and more. FREE! Lake Travis Community Library, 1938 Lohmans Crossing, Austin.

Hindi Bilingual Storytime (Round Rock) – Tuesday, February 28 at 10:30 a.m. This program, developed for ages 3 and up, celebrates Indian culture with stories, fingerplays, songs, and other activities in both English and Hindi. FREE! Round Rock Public Library, 216 E Main St, Round Rock.

Cirque du Soleil FREE OVO Preview – Tuesday, February 28 at 12:30 p.m. Dressed in full costume as an elaborate spider and dragonfly, performers from the family-friendly and insect-themed OVO production will offer an exclusive preview of the show before it heads to Austin next month. Visitors will be able to watch the two OVO cast members preform awe-inspiring acrobatic acts from the show in an intimate outdoor setting, with the chance to meet and take photos with the cast members after the performance. Guests are encouraged to arrive to the Dino Pit by 12:15 p.m. All ages welcome. FREE! Austin Nature & Science Center, 2389 Stratford Dr, Austin.

Storytime Yoga (RSVP) – Tuesday, February 28 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.

Family Flicks: Pete’s Dragon – Tuesday, February 28 at 4:00 p.m. Rated PG. Popcorn will be served. FREE! Lake Travis Community Library, 1938 Lohmans Crossing, Austin.

Crafternoon – Tuesday, February 28 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 – Windsor Park Branch, 5833 Westminster Dr, Austin.

Tabletop Tuesday – Tuesday, February 28 at 5:30 p.m. Bring your friends and family for a weekly night of all things board games. There will be games 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, Dixit, Ticket to Ride, and SuperFight. Play the library’s games or bring your own. Librarian partners will be available to join you for a round and show you the ropes. FREE! APL – Faulk Central Library, 800 Guadalupe St, Austin.

Family Night: Pajama Storytime – Tuesday, February 28 at 6:00 p.m. Night owls of all ages are invited to get comfy in their favorite pajamas, grab their sleepy toys, and hear the best bedtime stories ever. Milk and snacks provided. FREE! Westbank Library, 1309 Westbank Dr, Austin.

Art Smart: Pet Rocks – Tuesday, February 28 at 6:30 p.m. Love art? Be Art Smart and explore different ethnic arts, art media, and techniques at this weekly family art experience for all ages and generations. Recommended for ages 3 and up. FREE! APL – Willie Mae Kirk Branch, 3101 Oak Springs Dr, Austin.


Kids Club  Wednesday, March 1 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.

Eric Carle Storytime – Wednesday, March 1 at 10:30 a.m. Enjoy several stories from the brilliant mind of Eric Carle and then make a colorful caterpillar and butterfly of your own. FREE! BookPeople, 603 N Lamar, Austin.

Parenting “Outside of the Box” Children & Camp Fair – Wednesday, March 1 from 10:30 a.m. to Noon. Participants will be introduced to the Nurtured Heart Approach®, a relationship focused parenting approach that helps transform even the most behaviorally, academically, and socially challenged children. This approach helps parents practice more compassion for themselves and their children while having more clarity around rules and boundaries. Stick around after the speaker for a small camp fair geared toward these Outside of the Box Children. FREE! Laura’s Library, 9411 Bee Cave Rd, Austin.

Music & Movement – Wednesday, March 1 at 3:30 p.m. Bring your favorite little one to stretch, sing, dance, and explore music with rhythm instruments. Recommended for ages 3-5. FREE! APL – Hampton Branch, 5125 Convict Hill Rd, Austin.

Community Night at The Thinkery – Wednesday, March 1 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.

Minecraft Club – Wednesday, March 1 at 4:30 p.m. Laptops are available. You can also bring your own or other mobile device that has Minecraft downloaded. Recommended for ages 7 and up. FREE! APL – Howson Branch, 2500 Exposition Blvd, Austin.

Discovery! Board Games– Wednesday, March 1 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, March 1 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.

Wine Down Wednesday – Wednesday, March 1 from 6-8:00 p.m. Event stations will be set up in four designated locations throughout the shopping center, each serving a different wine selection paired with small bites and live music. FREE! The Arboretum at Great Hills, 10000 Research Blvd, Austin.

Texas Radio Live – Wednesday, March 1 from 6-8:00 p.m. Texas Radio Live brings you the very best Texas music with performances from Texas musicians. This week, The Resentments perform. 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.

Wednesday Night Star Party at UT – Wednesday, March 1 from 7-9:00 p.m. Every Wednesday night while UT is in session, the astronomy department sponsors FREE public star parties on the top roof of Robert Lee Moore Hall. All ages are welcome, but younger children must be under adult supervision at all times. Please call 512-232-4265 for weather cancellation info. UT Campus – Robert Lee Moore Hall, Southeast corner of Dean Keeton and Speedway.


Free Admission to The Blanton – Thursday, March 2 from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. FREE! Blanton Museum of Art, 200 E Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Austin.

Dr. Seuss Day (Pflugerville) – Thursday, March 2 at 10:30 a.m. Celebrate Dr. Seuss’s birthday with books and fun. Recommended for children up to age 5. FREE! Pflugerville Public Library, 1008 W Pfluger St, Pflugerville.

Preschool Drive-In Movie – Thursday, March 2 at 11:00 a.m. Watch short films based on children’s books while sitting in a “car box.” FREE! APL – Yarborough Branch, 2200 Hancock Dr, Austin.

Free Noon Concert – Thursday, March 2 at Noon. Take a 30-minute lunchtime break to hear a concert by violinist Eun-Mi Lee and pianist Sung Eun Park. FREE! Central Presbyterian Church, 200 E 8th St, Austin.

Texas Family Storytime – Thursday, March 2 at 2:00 p.m. Join APL for six weeks of storytellers, snacks, and Texas tales. Participants will receive complimentary copies of the program books to read at home. This program was developed in partnership with Humanities Texas, the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. FREE! APL – St. John Branch, 7500 Blessing Ave, Austin.

Literature Live! Presents Little Peep – Thursday, March 2 at 3:30 p.m. A chick is warned by the other barnyard animals never to annoy the old rooster, because without him to bring up the sun, there may be no future. FREE! APL – North Village Branch, 2505 Steck Ave, Austin.

Explorer’s Club (Cedar Park) – Thursday, March 2 at 3:30 p.m. Each Thursday, kids in grades K-5 meet to explore a set of rotating programs. This week, it’s Crafty Kids. FREE! Cedar Park Public Library, 550 Discovery Blvd, Cedar Park.

Starry Nights at Girlstart (RSVP) – Thursday, March 2 from 5:30-7:00 p.m. Girlstart’s Mini-Planetarium is a unique space for families to explore astronomy. March’s Starry Night will feature a Mayan Skies Star Show. All ages welcome. FREE but RSVP is required here. Girlstart, 1400 W Anderson Lane, Austin.

Pajama Storytime – Thursday, March 2 at 6:30 p.m. Feel free to wear pajamas to this family evening storytime featuring stories, songs, rhymes, games, crafts, and other activities. Seating is limited at all programs. Please arrive a few minutes early to gain entrance. Recommended for children 5 and under. FREE! APL – Manchaca Road Branch, 5500 Manchaca Rd, Austin.


Cowboy Breakfast – Friday, March 3 at 6:00 a.m. This super-sized Texas breakfast kicks off the Fair and Rodeo. Enjoy pancakes, authentic chuck wagon biscuits, and more. Featuring western-themed entertainment, live music, and two-stepping lessons, the Cowboy Breakfast is fun for all ages. FREE! The Long Center, 701 West Riverside Dr, Austin.

Music Forever, Music Together Demo Class (Round Rock) – Friday, March 3 at 9:30 a.m. (Ages 1-3) and 10:30 a.m. (Ages 2-5) Support and expand your child’s natural love for music with this fun and very active music class. FREE! Round Rock Public Library, 216 E Main St, Round Rock.

Music & Movement – Friday, March 3 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.

Lego Lab – Friday, March 3 at 4:00 p.m. With Legos, 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 – North Village Branch, 2505 Steck Ave, Austin.

GROW in.gredients Grand Finale Block Party – Friday, March 3 from 5-9:00 p.m. Join in.gredients for a rockin’ party as they make their last push to GROW in.gredients a.k.a. SAVE in.gredients. They’ve got some awesome musical guests with the Love Sprockets coming on first, followed by Brand New Key. Local brewery Hops & Grain will be taking over the taps, plus friends from Mom & Pops with be there with their Popsicle Cart to keep you deliciously refreshed. Admission is FREE! in.gredients, 2610 Manor Rd, Austin.

Community Cinema: The Incredibles  – Friday, March 3 at 6:00 p.m. Grab chairs and a blanket, bring family and friends, and enjoy a special screening of The Incredibles. 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 7:00 p.m. Reserve your FREE tickets here. A donation of $5 is greatly appreciated. Community First! Village, 9301 Hog Eye Rd, Austin.

Painter Hall Telescope Public Viewing – Friday, March 3 from 7-9:00 p.m. Every Friday and Saturday while UT is in session the Department of Astronomy hosts viewing on the Painter Hall Telescope. Both Friday and Saturday nights are open to the general public. All ages are welcome, but children must be under adult supervision at all times. Please call 512-232-4265 for weather cancellation information. FREE! University of Texas – Painter Hall, 103 W 24th St, Austin.

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



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