Free Fun In Austin continues to highlight Austin area locations and activities that may not be available at this time. We encourage you to take all safety measures to keep yourself and your neighbors safe. It is our hope that the stories and features on this site will help inform your plans in the future.
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Gymboree Play and Music Open House (RSVP) – Monday, January 16 – Friday, January 20 from 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Try each of Gymboree’s Play, Art and Music classes for FREE! Sign up for your age-appropriate Open House classes here. All three Austin-area Gymboree locations.
New PBS Kids Streaming Service Launch – Monday, January 16. KLRU and PBS are launching a new, FREE localized 24/7 children’s programming live stream services on Jan. 16th. The effort is KLRU’s latest initiative to support early learning in the community. This streaming service will make it easy for Central Texas children to watch their favorite series during primetime and other after-school hours when viewing among families is high. Viewers will be able to watch the KLRU-branded live stream through pbskids.org and on the PBS KIDS Video App, which is available on a variety of mobile devices.
MLK March, Festival, and Food Drive – Monday, January 16 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. The march will kick off with a short program at the MLK Statue on the University of Texas campus. Participants will then march to the south steps of the State Capitol before continuing on to the historic Huston-Tillotson University, where exciting activities are planned. Everyone is invited to march and celebrate Dr. King’s legacy. The MLK Community Festival will begin as soon the march arrives on location. It will include all types of vendors and local musical artists to make this year’s celebration the best ever. FREE but marchers are encouraged to bring canned goods or non-perishable food items, which will be donated to the Central Texas Food Bank. March: Begins at MLK Statue on UT Campus, East Mall. Festival: Huston-Tillotson University 900 Chicon St, Austin.
Free Admission to the LBJ Presidential Library – Monday, January 16 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 Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. FREE! LBJ Presidential Library, 2313 Red River St., Austin.
Trout Fishing Derby (Round Rock) – Monday, January 16 from 1-4:00 p.m. Rods and reels will be available to borrow if you don’t have your own. Measurements of fish size and quantity caught during the event will be recorded and used for awarding prizes. Requirements for Cub Scouts for the fishing badge and pin will be worked on during the event. Please note: A fishing license is not required for children under 17 in the state of Texas; however, ages 17 and older must have a license. FREE! Shirley McDonald Park Duck Pond, 4390 Brushy Creek Rd, Round Rock.
Kids Club – Tuesday, January 17 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 17 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, January 17 at 10:30 a.m. Come 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.
Sensory Storytime – Tuesday, January 17 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 17 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 17 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.
Crafternoon – Tuesday, January 17. 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 (3:30 p.m.) and APL – Cepeda Branch, 651 N Pleasant Valley Rd, Austin (4:00 p.m.).
Lego Lab – Tuesday, January 17 at 4:30 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 – Manchaca Road Branch, 5500 Manchaca Rd, Austin.
Teen Movie Night: Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children (Pflugerville) – Tuesday, January 17 at 5:30 p.m. Watch the movie based on Ransom Riggs’ bestselling novel. Rated PG-13. While watching the movie, take photos in front of the library’s green screen to create your own peculiar photographs. Ages 12-18. FREE! Pflugerville Public Library, 1008 W Pfluger St, Pflugerville.
PJ Storytime – Tuesday, January 17 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.
Family Laughter Yoga – Tuesday, January 17 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: Sculpey Clay – Tuesday, January 17 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, January 17 at 7:30 p.m. In the first show of 2017, AoTATX27 brings you three exciting talks about planets, life, and the overlap of science and fiction. Prof. Dan Jaffe will talk about the detectability of life on other planets; Dr. Mike Endl will tell us about the discovery of an Earth-sized planet in the habitable zone of Proxima Centauri, the star nearest to the Sun; Christina Soontornvat will explain how scientists and fiction writers have more in common than they think they do. In addition, there will be Astronomy in the News, trivia, and giveaways. Local artists will have astronomy related art on display and the 5th Dimension Books community book store will be parked outside. Plus, there will be telescopes on hand to look for exciting objects in the night sky (weather permitting). All ages welcome. FREE! The North Door, 502 Brushy St, Austin.
Happy Birthday, Snake Puppet Show (Round Rock) – Wednesday, January 18 at 9:30 a.m. (Baby-friendly show for 12-18 months) and 10:30 a.m. (18 months+) The library’s sweet snake Rocksssanne turns 20 on January 20. Celebrate her birthday with a fun puppet show. FREE! Round Rock Public Library, 216 E Main St, Round Rock.
Tiny Tails to You Petting Zoo Storytime – Wednesday, January 18 at 10:30 a.m. If you’re a fan of chinchillas, bunnies, ducklings, guinea pigs, chickens, and stories then you’re in luck. Friends from Tiny Tails to You Petting Zoo will read stories and introduce some of the cutest, softest, most adorable little creatures in Austin. What a wonderful way to make new friends. FREE! BookPeople, 603 N Lamar, Austin.
Bow Wow Reading Dog – Wednesday, January 18 at 3:30 p.m. Certified Austin Dog Alliance volunteer teams with trained therapy dogs will be waiting for kids to read stories to them. This program improves children’s reading and communication skills by employing a powerful method: reading to a dog. Open to children of all reading levels. Suggested for ages 5 and up. Para niños de todos los niveles de lectura. FREE! APL – Twin Oaks Branch, 1800 S Fifth St, Austin.
Community Night at The Thinkery – Wednesday, January 18 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, January 18 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 – Little Walnut Creek Branch, 835 W Rundberg Ln, Austin.
Discovery! Manga Coasters – Wednesday, January 18 at 4:30 p.m. Create or design your own drink coaster with manga or comics from the newspaper. FREE! Laura’s Library, 9411 Bee Cave Rd, Austin.
Pajama Storytime – Wednesday, January 18 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.
Family Craft Night – Wednesday, January 18 at 6:00 p.m. At Family Craft Night, attendees get to explore the different avenues of art by trying their hand at new mediums and exciting projects. Recommended for ages 5 and up. FREE! APL – Howson Branch, 2500 Exposition Blvd, Austin.
Krispy Kreme Family Night – Wednesday, January 18 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, January 18 from 6-8:00 p.m. Texas Radio Live brings you the very best Texas music with performances from Texas musicians. This week, Giulia Millanta and Libby Koch 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.
Third Thursday at The Blanton – Thursday, January 19 from 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. In addition to offering free admission, The Blanton is open late and offers a variety of activities from yoga to live music. Find the complete schedule of events here. FREE! Blanton Museum of Art, 200 E Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Austin.
Music & Movement – Thursday, January 19 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, January 19 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, January 19 at Noon. Take a 30-minute lunchtime break to hear a concert by Austin Youth Music Ambassadors from Austin District Music Teachers Association. FREE! Central Presbyterian Church, 200 E 8th St, Austin.
T(w)een and Teen Steam – Thursday, January 19 at 3:00 p.m. Explore a new science, technology, engineering, art, or math activity. Recommended for ages 7 and up. FREE! APL – Carver Branch, 1161 Angelina St, Austin.
Free Play Gaming – Thursday, January 19 at 3:30 p.m. Enjoy free play gaming using one of the library’s new video game consoles including the PS4, WiiU, Xbox 360 and more. Smash Bros., MarioParty, FIFA, Rocket League are just a few of the games offered. Make some new friends and enjoy collaborative and competitive gaming at your library. FREE! APL – Twin Oaks Branch, 1800 S Fifth St, Austin.
Explorer’s Club (Cedar Park) – Thursday, January 19 at 3:30 p.m. Each Thursday, kids in grades K-5 meet to explore a set of rotating programs. This week, it’s Exciting Explorations. FREE! Cedar Park Public Library, 550 Discovery Blvd, Cedar Park.
Pajama Storytime – Thursday, January 19 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.
Penguin Day Storytime – Friday, January 20 at 10:30 a.m. Hear stories and songs to celebrate Penguin Day. FREE! APL – Faulk Central Library, 800 Guadalupe St, Austin.
Rocksssanne’s Birthday Party (Round Rock) – Friday, January 20 from 4-5:30 p.m. SSSomeone sssweet isss turning 20 yearsss old! Join the birthday celebration honoring the library’s pet snake, Rocksssanne. It’ll be a calm, come-and-go scene, just right for everyone’s favorite reptilian introvert. Enjoy refreshments, photo opportunities, and meet-and-greets with guests who can share expertise on reptiles, native snakes, and pet adoptions. FREE! Round Rock Public Library, 216 E Main St, Round Rock.
Jackie Venson In-Store Performance – Friday, January 20 at 5:00 p.m. FREE! Waterloo Records, 600A N Lamar, Austin.
ART for All / ALL for Art – Friday, January 20 from 6:30-9:00 p.m. Art for the People is coming together with Art from the Streets to create this special exhibition of art created by homeless and formerly homeless artists. FREE! Art for the People Gallery, 1711 S 1st St, Austin.
Check out the Free Fun Calendar for even more ways to fill your week with fun.