What’s Up? Weekly: January 2-6, 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.

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Happening All Week

TuneBugz! Demo Classes (RSVP) – Monday, January 2 – Friday, January 6. Children ages 0-4 and their caregivers are invited to sing, dance, bounce, and play with TuneBugz! View locations, schedule, and reserve your child’s FREE spot here.

Monday

Armstrong Community Music School Storytime – Monday, January 2 at 12:30 p.m. Children ages 0-5 will love this interactive music class, presented by Armstrong Community Music School. Music-making brings children and caregivers together in a fun, creative environment and encourages bonding, brain development, and language acquisition. FREE! Laura’s Library, 9411 Bee Cave Rd, Austin.

Tuesday

Kids Club  Tuesday, January 3 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 3 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. FREE! The Contemporary Austin, Laguna Gloria, 3809 West 35th St, Austin.

Let It Snow Storytime – Tuesday, January 3 at 10:30 a.m. Oh, to be sledding down hills on trashcan lids and ending up laughing in some snowy bank – every kid’s wish. We might not get a real snowy blizzard this year, but we’ll have a storytime all about this lovely, cold, wintery mush. Hear a reading of The Snowy Day along with other tales unique as snowflakes. Plus, make your very own snowflakes to take home and have for the whole year. FREE! BookPeople, 603 N Lamar, Austin.

Armstrong Community Music School Storytime – Tuesday, January 3 at 10:30 a.m. Children ages 0-5 will love this interactive music class, presented by Armstrong Community Music School. Music-making brings children and caregivers together in a fun, creative environment and encourages bonding, brain development, and language acquisition. FREE! Westbank Library, 1309 Westbank Dr, Austin.

Sew Happy – Tuesday, January 3 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. Recommended for ages 10 and up. Adults are welcome to join in the fun. FREE! APL – Manchaca Road Branch, 5500 Manchaca Rd, Austin.

Family Night: Board Games – Tuesday, January 3 at 6:00 p.m. FREE! Westbank Library, 1309 Westbank Dr, Austin.

Wednesday

Milly McSilly Storytime – Wednesday, January 4 at 10:30 a.m. The fabulous Milly McSilly returns for a magical winter storytime. She’ll bring a frozen story extravaganza featuring costumes, balloons, and a little magic. FREE! BookPeople, 603 N Lamar, Austin.

Community Night at The Thinkery – Wednesday, January 4 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 4 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! Lucas Miller, Singing Zoologist – Wednesday, January 4 at 4:30 p.m. With a head full of science, a heart full of music, and a car full of truly goofy props, Lucas Miller’s hilarious–yet scientifically accurate–songs and stories are sure to entertain. FREE! Laura’s Library, 9411 Bee Cave Rd, Austin.

Krispy Kreme Family Night – Wednesday, January 4 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 4 from 6-8:00 p.m. Texas Radio Live brings you the very best Texas music with performances from Texas musicians. This week, Doug Strahan and the Joel Hoffman 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.

African Children’s Choir Concert – Wednesday, January 4 at 7:00 p.m. With a focus on education as a means for change, the African Children’s Choir is currently caring for underprivileged and destitute children throughout Africa. On their concert tour, the children of the Choir melt the hearts of audiences with their charming smiles, beautiful voices, and lively African songs and dances. The program features well-loved songs, Gospel spirituals, and contemporary favorites. This event is FREE and open to the public—please be aware that seating is first-come, first-served. Long Center, 701 W Riverside Dr, Austin.

Thursday

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

Preschool Art Hour – Thursday, January 5 at 11:00 a.m. Bring your little monster to a special literature-based program with The Contemporary Austin. They’ll read Monsters Love Colors by Mike Austin and then create drippy art inspired by the book. Recommended for children aged 3 to 5. FREE! APL – Hampton Branch, 5125 Convict Hill Rd, Austin.

Free Noon Concert – Thursday, January 5 at Noon. Take a 30-minute lunchtime break to hear a concert by the Austin Chamber Ensemble. FREE! Central Presbyterian Church, 200 E 8th St, Austin.

Crafternoon – Thursday, January 5 at 3:00 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 – Carver Branch, 1161 Angelina St, Austin.

Explorer’s Club (Cedar Park) – Thursday, January 5 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.

That’s My Face Young Adult Film Series – Thursday, January 5 at 6:30 p.m. That’s My Face is a Film Series for Young Adults will feature influential films and works by Black Filmmakers. January’s film is Jean-Michel Basquiate: The Radiant Child (2010). FREE with RSVP. George Washington Carver Museum, 1165 Angelina St, Austin.

Friday

Somos Amigos Demo Class – Friday, January 6 at 10:30 a.m. Somos Amigos is a parent/child program where parents have fun learning how to understand and speak Spanish with their children from birth to 5 years of age. Classes are music based, lively, interactive, creative and super fun. Reserve your FREE spot here. Dance Xplosion #1, 9600 Escarpment Blvd #750, Austin.

Preschool Art Hour – Friday, January 6 at 11:00 a.m. Bring your little monster to a special literature-based program with The Contemporary Austin. They’ll read Monsters Love Colors by Mike Austin and then create drippy art inspired by the book. Recommended for children aged 3 to 5. FREE! APL – North Village Branch, 2505 Steck Ave, Austin.

Music & Movement – Friday, January 6 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, January 6 at 4:00 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 – North Village Branch, 2505 Steck Ave, Austin.

Tomar & the FCs In-Store Performance – Friday, January 6 at 5:00 p.m. FREE! Waterloo Records, 600A N Lamar, Austin.

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

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