What’s Up? Weekly: Jan 30 – Feb 3, 2017

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: Light It Up! – Monday, January 30 from 9:00 a.m. to Noon. Children age 0-3 and their families are invited to explore the wonder of light and shadow. Use Thinkery’s exhibits to experiment with the possibilities of light all month long. 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.

Pajama Storytime – Monday, January 30 at 6:00 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 – Carver Branch, 1161 Angelina St, Austin.

Evening Storytime (Round Rock) – Monday, January 30 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.

Night Crafters (17+) – Monday, January 30 from 6-7:30 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.

Tuesday

Kids Club  Tuesday, January 31 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, January 31 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. FREE! The Contemporary Austin, Laguna Gloria, 3809 West 35th St, Austin.

All the Little Things Storytime – Tuesday, January 31 at 10:30 a.m. Today’s storytime is all about little things. Read the marvelous picture book Stand Tall, Molly Lou Melon, along with other tales so irresistibly small that you’ll want them for your very own. FREE! BookPeople, 603 N Lamar, Austin.

Sensory Storytime – Tuesday, January 31 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, January 31 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.

Book Circle – Tuesday, January 31 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.

Family Night: The Gift of Loving Yourself – Tuesday, January 31 at 6:00 p.m. Together, families will learn the power of positive affirmations and self-talk in daily life. When you practice positive self-talk in a loving and positive way, you begin to realize how unique you are, and amazing things happen. Positive attracts positive. Families will also create a positive affirmation art piece to hang on a mirror to view daily. FREE! Westbank Library, 1309 Westbank Dr, Austin.

Japanese New Year Cherry Blossom Painting – Tuesday, January 31 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.

Wednesday

NORTHSIDE Kids – Superpowered! – Wednesday, February 1 from 10:00 a.m. to Noon. It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s super fun for kids ages 18 months – 6 years old. The Boogaloo Crew will teach your young supers a “super moves” dance routine and help them pick their power by crafting their own masks and capes as well as lead them in other action-packed activities. End the morning by taking home a fun photo of your superkid (and a gift bag from select Domain NORTHSIDE and Rock Rose retailers and restaurants). FREE! Domain NORTHSIDE, Palm Way and Rock Rose, Austin.

Baby Signs Storytime – Wednesday, February 1 at 10:30 a.m. Austin gets all kinds of weather so come meet Tina Cavanaugh and BeeBo™ the Baby Signs® Bear and let’s talk about the weather. Bring your babies, toddlers and older children for a fun time with books, songs, ASL weather signs and fun activities that help reinforce the signs. FREE! BookPeople, 603 N Lamar, Austin.

Parenting “Outside of the Box” Children & Camp Fair – Wednesday, February 1 from 10:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. 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.

Community Night at The Thinkery – Wednesday, February 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 – Thursday, February 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! Bagel Bird Feeders – Wednesday, February 1 at 4:30 p.m. Spring is just around the corner and the birds are looking for a place to feast. Using bagels, almond butter, and seeds you can make an outdoor feeder for some hungry friends. You’ll also be shown photos of birds that are local to this area. FREE! Laura’s Library, 9411 Bee Cave Rd, Austin.

Lego Lab – Wednesday, February 1 at 5:00 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 – Ruiz Branch, 1600 Grove Blvd, Austin.

Pajama Storytime – Wednesday, February 1 at 6:00 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 – Windsor Park Branch, 5833 Westminster Dr, Austin.

Krispy Kreme Family Night – Wednesday, February 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.

Texas Radio Live – Wednesday, February 1 from 6-8:00 p.m. Texas Radio Live brings you the very best Texas music with performances from Texas musicians. This week, Jonathan Terrell and Kurt Grein 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.

First Wednesday Sip & Shop – Wednesday, February 1 from 6-9:00 p.m. Check out the unique charm of South First Street. Businesses will be open late for you to find those perfect gifts for a loved one or for yourself. For each shop you visit, you will get an entry form to a South First gift basket giveaway worth over $500. The more shops you visit, the greater your chances of winning. FREE! South 1st St, Austin.

Black History Month Community Sing-a-Long – Wednesday, February 1 at 6:30 p.m. Many great songs came out of the Civil Rights Movement. Here’s a chance to learn a few in community. Learn the lyrics of a special song and sing it together. FREE! Boyd Vance Theatre at George Washington Carver Museum, 1165 Angelina St, Austin.

Wednesday Night Star Party at UT – Wednesday, February 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.

Thursday

Music & Movement – Thursday, February 2 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 – Howson Branch, 2500 Exposition Blvd, Austin.

Sensory Storytime – Thursday, February 2 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 2 at Noon. Take a 30-minute lunchtime break to hear a concert by singer Dana Zenobi and pianist Jeanne Sasaki. FREE! Central Presbyterian Church, 200 E 8th St, Austin.

Texas Family Storytime – Thursday, February 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.

Explorer’s Club (Cedar Park) – Thursday, February 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.

Movie Night: Queen of Katwe (Pflugerville) – Thursday, February 2 at 6:00 p.m. Celebrate Black History Month with a movie screening. In this film, based on a true story, a Ugandan girl’s life changes forever when she discovers she has an amazing talent for chess. Rated PG. FREE! Pflugerville Public Library, 1008 W Pfluger St, Pflugerville.

Pajama Storytime – Thursday, February 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. 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.

Friday

Celebrate Feed the Birds Day – Friday, February 3 at 10:30 a.m. Hear stories and songs to help celebrate Feed the Birds Day. Plus, make bird feeders. Recommended for children aged 5 and under. FREE! APL – Faulk Central Library, 800 Guadalupe St, Austin.

Music & Movement – Friday, February 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.

Emily Scott Robinson Performance – Friday, February 3 at 4:00 p.m. Award-winning singer-songwriter Emily Scott Robinson will use just her acoustic guitar and clear voice to put on an intimate yet powerful performance. FREE! Lake Travis Community Library, 1938 Lohmans Crossing, Austin.

Lego Lab – Friday, February 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 Crowdfunding Launch Party – Friday, February 3 from 5-9:00 p.m. Musical guest Batty jr. will be performing live, with additional special guest performances. Local artisan vendors will be sharing samples and debuting prizes for donations to GROW in.gredients. Everyone’s invited to help keep the dream of a zero waste future alive for all of us. Admission is FREE! In.gredients, 2610 Manor Rd, Austin.

Painter Hall Telescope Public Viewing – Friday, February 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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