What’s Up? Weekly: February 20-24, 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.

What's Up? Weekly - Austin

 Monday

ATX Youth Summit (RSVP) – Monday, February 20 from 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Kids ages 8-17 are invited to attend a day of free workshops in celebration of teen creativity. Presented by Women in Jazz Association in partnership with Austin Parks and Recreation. View full schedule here. FREE with RSVP. George Washington Carver Museum, Cultural, and Genealogy Center, 1165 Angelina St, Austin.

Free Admission to The LBJ Presidential Library – Monday, February 20 from 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. To ensure President Johnson’s wish for the library to “be available to all,” entrance fees are waived on several days during the year, including Presidents Day. FREE! LBJ Presidential Library, 2313 Red River St, Austin.

Volunteer Activity Event (10+) – Monday, February 20 from 9:30 a.m. to Noon. Get your week off to a great start by joining Austin Creative Reuse for sorting, testing, rolling, packaging, and making. Stop in for 30 minutes or stay a few hours. Great for moms’ groups, homeschoolers, senior centers, and anyone else looking for a fun community service event. Families with children ages 10+ are invited to volunteer together. Parents/guardians must remain with their children and be engaged with the volunteering task for the duration of the session. FREE! Austin Creative Reuse Center, 6406 N IH35 #1801, Austin.

Tuesday

Kids Club  Tuesday, February 21 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 21 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. FREE! The Contemporary Austin, Laguna Gloria, 3809 West 35th St, Austin.

Armstrong Community Music School Storytime – Tuesday, February 21 at 10:30 a.m. Sing songs with one of the talented Early Childhood Development faculty members from the Armstrong Community School. An Armstrong teacher will engage your child with music and movement, plus they’ll read some stories for you too. Perfect for kids up to 6 years old. FREE! BookPeople, 603 N Lamar, Austin.

Signing Storytime (Round Rock) – Tuesday, February 21 at 10:30 a.m. This program is a partnership with The Signing Connection. Best enjoyed by children ages 3-6 and their caregivers. FREE! Round Rock Public Library, 216 E Main St, Round Rock.

Sensory Storytime – Tuesday, February 21 at 11:15 a.m. This special storytime features interactive books, singing, and music and will incorporate some sensory activities like movement and bubbles. It is geared toward children with special needs, their families, and friends. Children of all abilities and ages are welcome. FREE! APL – Carver Branch, 1161 Angelina St, Austin.

Storytime Yoga (RSVP) – Tuesday, February 21 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.

Crafternoon – Tuesday, February 21 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.

Book Circle – Tuesday, February 21 at 3:30 p.m. Settle in for a story or two and some hands-on activities. Recommended for ages 5 and up. FREE! APL – Twin Oaks Branch, 1800 S Fifth St, Austin.

Lego Lab – Tuesday, February 21 at 4:30 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 – Manchaca Road Branch, 5500 Manchaca Rd, Austin.

Tabletop Tuesday – Tuesday, February 21 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.

Volunteer Activity Night (10+) – Tuesday, February 21 from 6-8:30 p.m. Get your week off to a great start by joining Austin Creative Reuse for sorting, testing, rolling, packaging, and making. Stop in for 30 minutes or stay a few hours. Great for moms’ groups, homeschoolers, senior centers, and anyone else looking for a fun community service event. Families with children ages 10+ are invited to volunteer together. Parents/guardians must remain with their children and be engaged with the volunteering task for the duration of the session. FREE! Austin Creative Reuse Center, 6406 N IH35 #1801, Austin.

PJ Storytime – Tuesday, February 21 at 6:15 p.m. Wear your pajamas, have some milk and cookies, then snuggle in for bedtime stories. FREE! Lake Travis Community Library, 1938 Lohmans Crossing, Austin.

Black History Month Family Movie Night: Too Important to Fail – Tuesday, February 21 at 6:30 p.m. This documentary deals with the challenges facing African American teenage boys as they navigate their way through adulthood. FREE! APL – Carver Branch, 1161 Angelina St, Austin.

Exhibit Opening Reception: Finding Refuge in Austin, 1848 to 1980 – Tuesday, February 21 at 6:30 p.m. What does it mean to be a refugee in Austin? How would it feel to be forced to leave your homeland? What kind of home would you create for you and your family in Austin? Finding Refuge in Austin, 1848 to 1980 explores the experiences of displacement, forced migration, and resettlement among various communities in Austin from 1848 to 1980. By highlighting documents, photographs, and objects from the Austin History Center’s archival collections, Finding Refuge in Austin reveals the shared challenges and contributions among refugee communities in Austin and Travis County. The reception and exhibit are FREE and open to the public and will be catered by Chef Uyen Pham and the Auguste Escoffier School of Culinary Arts. Austin History Center, 810 Guadalupe St, Austin.

Family Laughter Yoga – Tuesday, February 21 at 6:30 p.m. During this fun and invigorating session adults and children will laugh, clap, play, breathe deeply, and stretch their bodies gently. FREE! Westbank Library, 1309 Westbank Dr, Austin.

Art Smart: Echoes of Africa Event – Tuesday, February 21 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.

Astronomy on Tap – Tuesday, February 21 at 7:30 p.m. This month, hear three exciting talks about white dwarfs, distant galaxies, and space reconnaissance technology–including a hands on demonstration of some real gadgets used to spy from space. Additionally, there will be Astronomy in the News, trivia, and some brand new giveaways. Local artists will have astronomy related art on display and the 5th Dimension Books community book store will be parked outside. Plus, telescopes will be on hand to look for exciting objects in the night sky (weather permitting). All ages welcome. FREE! The North Door, 502 Brushy St, Austin.

Wednesday

Kids Club  Wednesday, February 22 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.

Literature Live! Presents Little Peep – Wednesday, February 22 at 10:15 a.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 – Southeast Branch, 5803 Nuckols Crossing Rd, Austin.

Preposterous Puppet Show Players Storytime – Wednesday, February 22 at 10:30 a.m. It’s time again for the magnificent puppet show players to bring their magical skills to BookPeople. They’ll be turning your favorite Mother Goose tales topsy turvy for maximum mayhem and hilarity. FREE! BookPeople, 603 N Lamar, Austin.

Japanese Dual Language Storytime – Wednesday, February 22 at 3:30 p.m. Enjoy stories, songs, and crafts in Japanese and English. FREE! APL – Hampton Branch, 5125 Convict Hill Rd, Austin.

Community Night at The Thinkery – Wednesday, February 22 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! Dot Painting – Wednesday, February 22 at 4:30 p.m. Create a dot masterpiece. FREE! Laura’s Library, 9411 Bee Cave Rd, Austin.

Pajama Storytime – Wednesday, February 22 at 6:00 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 – Windsor Park Branch, 5833 Westminster Dr, Austin.

Krispy Kreme Family Night – Wednesday, February 22 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, February 22 from 6-8:00 p.m. Texas Radio Live brings you the very best Texas music with performances from Texas musicians. This week, Rich Hopkins and Sour Bridges 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, February 22 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.

Thursday

Homeschool Day at The Bullock (RSVP) – Thursday, February 23 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Enjoy a day of exploration and learning reserved specifically for homeschool families. This spring’s Homeschool Day is all about storytelling. Discover your voice through spoken word or musical explorations. Participate in hands-on activities and special classes geared toward STEAM learning, collect educator resources, and leave with stories to tell. Museum exhibitions and all drop-in activities are FREE with RSVP for homeschool families all day. Special classes are available for a small fee. View class details here. Bullock Texas State History Museum, 1800 N Congress Ave, Austin.

Free Admission to The Blanton – Thursday, February 23 from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. FREE! Blanton Museum of Art, 200 E Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Austin.

Sensory Storytime – Thursday, February 23 at 11:15 a.m. This special storytime features interactive books, singing, and music and will incorporate some sensory activities like movement and bubbles. It is geared toward children with special needs, their families, and friends. Children of all abilities and ages are welcome. FREE! APL – Ruiz Branch, 1600 Grove Blvd, Austin.

Free Noon Concert – Thursday, February 23 at Noon. Take a 30-minute lunchtime break to hear a concert by Susan Richter’s Recorder Ensemble. FREE! Central Presbyterian Church, 200 E 8th St, Austin.

Texas Family Storytime – Thursday, February 23 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, February 23 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 – Old Quarry Branch, 7051 Village Center Dr, Austin.

Teen Trivia – Thursday, February 23 at 3:30 p.m. Test your knowledge on a variety of random trivia. Prizes will be awarded to the winning team. Recommended for ages 10+. FREE! APL – Carver Branch, 1161 Angelina St, Austin.

Explorer’s Club (Cedar Park) – Thursday, February 23 at 3:30 p.m. Each Thursday, kids in grades K-5 meet to explore a set of rotating programs. This week, it’s Lego Lab. FREE! Cedar Park Public Library, 550 Discovery Blvd, Cedar Park.

Minecraft Club – Thursday, February 23 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 – Twin Oaks Branch, 1800 S Fifth St, Austin.

Pajama Storytime – Thursday, February 23 at 6:00 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 – Cepeda Branch, 651 N Pleasant Valley Rd, Austin.

Black History Month: Show Your College Spirit Night – Thursday, February 23 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Local writer Zenobia Orimoloye will inspire students in the community to consider applying to college by telling her story. Join her for a night of sharing by wearing your college gear and telling a little about your college. It can be as simple as a hat, tie, sweatshirt or socks – anything to help get the word out that education matters. Light refreshments will be served. FREE! APL – Carver Branch, 1161 Angelina St, Austin.

Pajama Storytime – Thursday, February 23 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.

Friday

ABC Consignment Sale – Friday, February 24 from 9:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. and 6-8:30 p.m. This is one of the largest sales of gently used clothing for sizes newborn to 14, toys, furniture, books, strollers, and other baby gear in Austin. This year, they will also be selling upscale handbags. You’ll find a huge selection of high quality items at low prices. Proceeds of this sale help to offset the expenses of the Austin Oaks Church Mothers of Preschoolers (MOPS) groups. Admission is FREE! Austin Oaks Church, 4220 Monterey Oaks Blvd, Austin.

Celebrate National Tortilla Chip Day – Friday, February 24 at 10:30 a.m. Hear stories and songs about tortillas to celebrate National Tortilla Chip Day. Recommended for children aged 5 and under. FREE! APL – Faulk Central Library, 800 Guadalupe St, Austin.

Literature Live! Presents Little Peep – Friday, February 24 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 – Hampton Branch, 5125 Convict Hill Rd, Austin.

Painter Hall Telescope Public Viewing – Friday, February 24 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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