What’s Up? Weekly: June 12-16, 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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Heartsong Music Demo Classes (RSVP) – Monday, June 12 – Friday, June 16. Connect with your child, meet new friends, and learn fun ways to support your child’s development with music. View schedule and reserve your child’s FREE spot here. Heartsong Music, 2700 W Anderson Ln, Austin.

Alamo Kids Camp Movies: Zathura: A Space AdventureSingMatilda, and The Pirates! Band of Misfits – Monday, June 12 – Friday June 16; each movie has various days and showtimes. Alamo Kids Camp now has a “choose-your-own-ticket price” model ranging from $1-$5 per person – you choose the amount. This new model not only allows for tickets to be purchased online, in advance with reserved seating, but also 100% of ticket sales will be donated to local nonprofits helping families. Now, while you’re enjoying some summer movie fun, you’re also helping your local community. Confirm showtimes and reserve your tickets here. All ages will be admitted to this show but families with loud children will be asked to leave. Alamo Drafthouse, various locations.

Southwest Theaters’ Summer Movie Series: Megamind– Monday, June 12 – Thursday, June 15 at 10:30 a.m. $1 per ticket. Southwest Theaters Lake Creek 7, 13729 Research Blvd, Ste 1500, Austin

Cinemark Summer Movie Clubhouse: The LEGO Batman Movie (Round Rock) – Monday, June 12 – Thursday, June 15 at 10:00 a.m. The Cinemark summer movie program offers 10 movies throughout the summer for only $1 per ticket. Cinemark Movies 8, 2132 N Mays St #800, Round Rock.

Monday

Baby Bloomers: Under the Sea! – Monday, June 12 from 9:00 a.m. to noon. Take the plunge and explore the world—underwater! Investigate plants, animals, and more. Children age 0-3 and their families are invited to explore and grow. 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.

ASL Storytime – Monday, June 12 at 10:30 a.m. Storytime in American Sign Language for children 18 months – 6 years and their parents. FREE! APL – Twin Oaks Branch, 1800 S 5th St, Austin, TX 78704.

Dog Storytime – Monday, June 12 at 1:00 p.m. Handler Holly with dog Chula will read with kiddos or visit with them. Pre-readers and readers are welcome. No registration is required. Be sure to call the library (512.327.3045) to confirm if Chula is in and to ask for any last minute cancellations. FREE! Laura’s Library, 9411 Bee Cave Rd, Austin.

Literature Live! Presents: Wiley and the Hairy Man – Monday, June 12 at 2:00 p.m. In this adaptation of a traditional southern folktale, a young Bayou boy named Wiley is challenged to outsmart the Hairy Man, a scary creature who threatens all who come to his swampy home. FREE! APL – Windsor Park Branch, 5833 Westminster Dr, Austin.

Sandbank Shadow Factory Presents: Rapunzel – Monday, June 12 at 2:00 p.m. A shadow puppet retelling of the classic story, set in contemporary times. The heroine is locked away in an abandoned high-rise building and lives at the mercy of a twisted, grafting landlady posing as her grandmother. FREE! APL – Spicewood Springs Branch, 8637 Spicewood Springs Rd, Austin.

Super Smash Bros. for Wii U Tournament – Monday, June 12 at 2:00 p.m. Are you ready to smash? Compete in the annual Super Smash Bros. for Wii U Summer tournament. All dates are seed tournaments for the Championship finals at the Yarborough Branch on August 12. Sign-up begins 30 minutes prior to start time; the first 32 people to sign up are guaranteed a spot to play. All ages welcome. FREE! APL – Hampton Branch, 5125 Convict Hill Rd, Austin.

Sanya Richards-Ross Book Signing – Monday, June 12 at 2:30 p.m. Five-time Olympic medalist Sanya Richards-Ross will be signing copies of her new book Chasing Grace at The University Co-op. In her new book, she shares triumphant and heartbreaking stories as she tells of her journey to becoming a world-class runner. Sanya helps readers learn how to run their best race and live their best life. Kid-friendly and FREE! The University Co-op, 2246 Guadalupe St, Austin.

Pirate and Princess Party – Monday, June 12 at 3:00 p.m. Channel your inner princess and pirate: create your very own princess or pirate name, “walk the plank,” and take photos in princess and pirate themed photo booths. Costumes are encouraged. Recommended for ages 5-10. FREE! APL – Howson Branch, 2500 Exposition Blvd, Austin.

Echo and the Bats Live Music – Monday, June 12 at 6:00 p.m. Dance along with Echo and the Bats, Austin’s first all Youth Librarian band! You’ve seen their storytimes, now come hear some of your favorite kid’s books put to music! FREE! APL – Carver Branch, 1161 Angelina St, Austin.

Family Craft Night: Painted Pots (Pflugerville) – Monday, June 12 at 6:00 p.m. Children ages 5 and up and adults will work together on a fun craft project. Materials available while supplies last. Space is limited. First come, first served. FREE! Pflugerville Public Library, 1008 Pfluger St W, Pflugerville.

Evening Storytime (Round Rock) – Monday, June 12 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.

Tuesday

Kids Club – Tuesday, June 13 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.

Summer Kids Camp: Storks – Tuesday, June 13 at 10:00 a.m. Tickets will be given out on a first-come, first-serve basis starting at 9:00 a.m. The movie itself will start at 10:00 a.m. in one of the dine-in theaters. FREE! Moviehouse & Eatery, 8300 N FM 620, Bldg B, Austin.

Regal Summer Movie Express: Trolls and Alvin & The Chipmunks: Chipwrecked – Tuesday, June 13 at 10:00 a.m. Admission is $1 and a portion of the proceeds will benefit the Will Rogers Institute. Regal Westgate Stadium 11, 4477 S Lamar Blvd, Austin and Regal Gateway Stadium 16, 9700 Stonelake Blvd, Austin.

Free Admission to Laguna Gloria – Tuesday, June 13 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. FREE! The Contemporary Austin, Laguna Gloria, 3809 West 35th St, Austin.

Chinese Language Storytime – Tuesday, June 13 at 10:30 p.m. This unique program is brought to you in partnership with Chinese with Meggie, Little Tiger Chinese Immersion School. Enjoy Chinese-language stories, songs and finger-plays for preschoolers, young children, and their parents. No prior experience with Chinese is necessary to participate and introduce the language to young patrons. All ages welcome. FREE! APL – Old Quarry Branch, 7051 Village Center Dr, Austin.

Heartsong Music Storytime – Tuesday, June 13 at 10:30 a.m. Heartsong Music will lead a music lesson for kids ages 0-5. Heartsong Music’s mission is to teach music techniques to children from the earliest age to coax children’s inherent music ability as well as encourage their cognitive development. FREE! BookPeople, 603 N Lamar Blvd, Austin.

Baby Gym at Champions South – Tuesday, June 13 at 11:15 a.m. Bring your little ones (ages 6-15 months) to play at Champions’ new South location for FREE! Give your kiddos the chance to play at the best play date in town with time to explore, make new friends, and spend special time with you. Champions Ranch Road 1826 Gymnastics & Cheer, 360 Lotus Circle, Austin.

Sensory Storytime – Tuesday, June 13 at 11:15 a.m. Sensory Storytime features interactive books, singing, and music and will incorporate some sensory activities like movement and bubbles. This program welcomes children of all abilities to create an inclusive environment. FREE! APL – Carver Branch, 1161 Angelina St, Austin.

Austin Opera Presents: Onsite Opera – Tuesday, June 13 at 2:00 p.m. Musicians will perform music from the classic opera repertoire and share fun facts and information to engage children and their families through this unique art form that has something for everyone. If you love music, art, dance, theatre, literature and/or technology, this event is for you. Recommended for ages 5-10. FREE! APL – Cepeda Branch, 651 N Pleasant Valley Rd, Austin.

FREE Doritos Locos Taco at Taco Bell – Tuesday, June 13 from 2-6:00 p.m. The Golden State Warriors “stole” a road game win during the NBA Finals, so Taco Bell is giving everyone one FREE Doritos Locos Taco! You can redeem yours from 2-6:00 p.m. at any participating Taco Bell location.

Tween STEAM: Wire Wearables – Tuesday, June 13 at 2:30 p.m. Explore science, technology, engineering, arts and math this summer with these activities offered in collaboration with the Thinkery. Each program will last approximately 90 minutes. Light up your wardrobe with conductive thread, circuitry and LEDs. Recommended for ages 8-12. FREE! APL – Milwood Branch, 12500 Amherst Dr, Austin.

Elephant and Piggie Party – Tuesday, June 13 at 3:00 p.m. Celebrate all things Elephant and Piggie. There will be masks, headbands, a photo booth, puppets, and terrible knock-knock jokes. You will walk around with a bird on your head! FREE! APL – Twin Oaks Branch, 1800 S 5th St, Austin.

Hey Lollies Present: Iris Saves the Land of Black and White – Tuesday, June 13 at 3:30 p.m. Iris, the goddess of the rainbow, brings the colors back to the land. Children will learn about the colors of the rainbow and participate in the music. FREE! APL – Old Quarry Branch, 7051 Village Center Dr, Austin.

The Regrettes FREE In-Store Performance – Tuesday, June 13 at 5:00 p.m. Celebrate The Regrettes new album, Feel Your Feelings Fool. Refreshments provided by Shiner Beer. All ages show. FREE! Waterloo Records, 600 N Lamar Blvd, Austin.

Tabletop Tuesday – Tuesday, June 13 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Family Board Game Night for ages 2-102. Bring your friends and family for a weekly night of all things board games. Play one of the library’s 30+ games or bring your own. FREE! APL – Faulk Central Library, 800 Guadalupe St, Austin.

Family Movie Night: Trolls – Tuesday, June 13 at 6:30 p.m. Rated PG. FREE! APL – Twin Oaks Branch, 1800 S 5th St, Austin.

Wednesday

Austin Symphony Children’s Day Art Park: Joe McDermott & The Teddy Bear Picnic – Wednesday, June 14 at 9:30 a.m. This exciting summer program features local musicians, dancers, storytellers, magicians, mimes, and crafts people. Youngsters can visit the Instrument Zoo (where they can see, touch, and try to play the instruments), talk to symphony musicians and hear them play their instruments, sing and clap along with the star of the show, and try their hands at different art projects under the Art Tent. This year, Austin favorite Bernadette Nason will act as Emcee and Storyteller. This week, enjoy a special teddy bear picnic! Bring your own special bear and sing along with songs from Joe McDermott. Admission is 50¢ per child; adults are FREE. Symphony Square Amphitheater, 1101 Red River St, Austin.

Kids Club – Wednesday, June 14 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.

Storytime Yoga (RSVP) – Wednesday, June 14 at 9:30 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.

Regal Summer Movie Express: Trolls and Alvin & The Chipmunks: Chipwrecked – Wednesday, June 14 at 10:00 a.m. Admission is $1 and a portion of the proceeds will benefit the Will Rogers Institute. Regal Westgate Stadium 11, 4477 S Lamar Blvd, Austin and Regal Gateway Stadium 16, 9700 Stonelake Blvd, Austin.

MamaLingua Meetup – Wednesday, June 14 from 10:30 a.m.  – 1:00 p.m. Hear inspiring stories from Non Natives that have taken the bilingual challenge raising bilingual kids, find out about resources you can start using to help you down the journey and, most importantly, mingle and meet other parents. There will be a Spanish book reading for the kiddos as well as song games. Light snacks and drinks will be provided. FREE! Garrison District Park, 6001 Manchaca Rd, Austin.

Coloring Party Storytime – Wednesday, June 14 at 10:30 a.m. BookKids LOVE coloring. They try to stay inside the lines, but sometimes they wander out– and that’s okay, because it’s all part of the fun. This special storytime will include coloring and reading stories, including The Book of Mistakes, which teaches us how to turn a mistake into a masterpiece. FREE! BookPeople, 603 N Lamar Blvd, Austin.

Tween STEAM: Wire Wearables – Wednesday, June 14 at 2:00 p.m. Explore science, technology, engineering, arts and math this summer with these activities offered in collaboration with the Thinkery. Each program will last approximately 90 minutes. Light up your wardrobe with conductive thread, circuitry and LEDs. Recommended for ages 8-12. FREE! APL – Twin Oaks Branch, 1800 S 5th St, Austin.

Mariachi Amor – Wednesday, June 14 at 2:00 p.m. Fun and festive traditional Mexican folk music played acoustically with violin, trumpet, guitarrón, vihuela, and voice. Recommended for ages 5-10. FREE! APL – Ruiz Branch, 1600 Grove Blvd, Austin.

Literature Live! Presents: Wiley and the Hairy Man – Wednesday, June 14 at 2:00 p.m. In this adaptation of a traditional southern folktale, a young Bayou boy named Wiley is challenged to outsmart the Hairy Man, a scary creature who threatens all who come to his swampy home. FREE! APL – Hampton Branch, 5125 Convict Hill Rd, Austin.

Sandbank Shadow Factory Presents: Rapunzel – Wednesday, June 14 at 2:00 p.m. A shadow puppet retelling of the classic story, set in contemporary times. The heroine is locked away in an abandoned high-rise building and lives at the mercy of a twisted, grafting landlady posing as her grandmother. FREE! APL – Little Walnut Creek Branch, 835 W Rundberg Ln, Austin.

Super Smash Bros. for Wii U Tournament – Wednesday, June 14 at 3:00 p.m. Are you ready to smash? Compete in the annual Super Smash Bros. for Wii U Summer tournament. All dates are seed tournaments for the Championship finals at the Yarborough Branch on August 12. Sign-up begins 30 minutes prior to start time. The first 32 people to sign up are guaranteed a spot to play. FREE! APL – Terrazas Branch, 1105 E César Chávez St, Austin.

LEGO Lab – Wednesday, June 14 at 3:00 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! Program length can vary, please call branch for details. FREE! APL – Carver Branch, 1161 Angelina St, Austin.

Power Rangers Glow Party – Wednesday, June 14 at 3:30 p.m. Illuminate your inner Power Ranger at this glow-in-the-dark dance party. You can dance, play with glow sticks, make crafts, and rock out to Power Ranger music. Costumes are encouraged. Recommended for ages 5-10. FREE! APL – North Village Branch, 2505 Steck Ave, Austin.

Discovery! All About Dolphins – Wednesday, June 14 at 4:30 p.m. The Discovery hands on program explores all sorts of different topics, including science, literature, technology, and more. Especially designed for elementary aged kids. This week, learn about dolphins from author Polly Holyoke. FREE! Laura’s Library, 9411 Bee Cave Rd, Austin.

The Big Build at Community Night at The Thinkery – Wednesday, June 14 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. This week, as a special treat, Play-Well TEKnologies is teaming up with Thinkery to build Austin out of 40,000 LEGO® bricks. That’s right, 40,000 LEGOs®! Cost: Admission is by donation only, with a suggested $1 donation. The Thinkery, 1830 Simond Ave, Austin.

Krispy Kreme Family Night – Wednesday, June 14 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, June 14 from 6-8:00 p.m. Texas Radio Live brings you the very best Texas music with performances from Texas musicians. This week, hear performances from Rex Foster and Wayne Garner. 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.

Pajama Storytime – Wednesday, June 14 at 6:00 p.m. Feel free to wear pajamas to this family storytime in the evening featuring stories, songs, rhymes, games, crafts, and other activities. Recommended for children 5 and under. FREE! APL – Windsor Park Branch, 5833 Westminster Dr, Austin.

Teen Manga/Anime Drawing Workshop – Wednesday, June 14 from 7-8:30 p.m. Illustrator, artist, and Austin native Brianne Kelli will provide a hands-on workshop to show you how to create female/male characters, chibis, and other manga-style favorites. All supplies will be provided. Participation will be strictly limited to those age 13 and up. FREE! APL – Little Walnut Creek Branch, 835 W Rundberg Ln, Austin.

Blues on the Green: Grupo Fantasma with Hard Proof – Wednesday, June 14 at 8:00 p.m. Austin’s favorite summer tradition is back! 93.3 KGSR’s Blues on the Green invites music lovers out to Zilker Park to enjoy a family and pet friendly night of homegrown music in a relaxed atmosphere. Grab your family, friends, dogs, and blankets, and join us for Austin’s largest FREE concert series. Zilker Park, 2100 Barton Springs Rd, Austin.

Thursday

Third Thursday at The Blanton – Thursday, June 15 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. Find the complete schedule of events here. FREE! Blanton Museum of Art, 200 E Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Austin.

Sensory Storytime – Thursday, June 15 at 11:15 a.m. Sensory Storytime features interactive books, singing, and music and will incorporate some sensory activities like movement and bubbles. This program welcomes children of all abilities to create an inclusive environment. FREE! APL – Ruiz Branch, 1600 Grove Blvd, Austin.

Elizabeth Kahura Presents: Folktales From Africa – Thursday, June 15 at 2:00 p.m. Ignite the imagination and the love of the oral storytelling tradition through African storytelling. Recommended for ages 5-10. FREE! APL – Pleasant Hill Branch, 211 E William Cannon Dr, Austin.

Free Noon Concert – Thursday, June 15 at Noon. Take a 30-minute lunchtime break to hear a concert by pianists Caelan Elliott and Lois Lee. FREE! Central Presbyterian Church, 200 E 8th St, Austin.

Movie Matinee: Storks – Thursday, June 15 at 2:00 p.m. Rated PG. FREE! APL – Carver Branch, 1161 Angelina St, Austin.

Hey Lollies Present: Iris Saves the Land of Black and White – Thursday, June 15 at 2:00 p.m. Iris, the goddess of the rainbow, brings the colors back to the land. Children will learn about the colors of the rainbow and participate in the music. FREE! APL – Milwood Branch, 12500 Amherst Dr, Austin.

Captain Underwear and the Underwear Fair – Thursday, June 15 at 2:00 p.m. Celebrate Captain Underpants and his crew with games and activities all about underwear. Toss the underwear into the toilet, make a superhero cape and much, much more. FREE! Willie Mae Kirk Branch, 3101 Oak Springs Dr, Austin.

Austin Opera Presents: Onsite Opera – Thursday, June 15 at 3:00 p.m. Musicians will perform music from the classic opera repertoire and share fun facts and information to engage children and their families through this unique art form that has something for everyone. If you love music, art, dance, theatre, literature and/or technology, this event is for you. Recommended for ages 5-10. FREE! APL – Southeast Branch, 5803 Nuckols Crossing Rd, Austin.

Spiral Stairs In-Store Performance – Thursday, June 15 at 5:00 p.m. Celebrate the release of Spiral Stairs’ new album Doris & the Daggers. All ages show. FREE! Waterloo Records, 600 N Lamar Blvd, Austin.

Nature Nights: Habitats – Thursday, June 15 from 6-9:00 p.m. Nature Nights are free, fun explorations of native plants, animals and Central Texas ecology. Learn who lives where and what makes an ideal home for critters and plants alike. Admission is FREE from 6-9:00 p.m.; regular admission prices apply during the day. Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave, Austin.

Pajama Storytime – Thursday, June 15 at 6:30 p.m. Feel free to wear pajamas to this family storytime in the evening featuring stories, songs, rhymes, games, crafts, and other activities. Program length can vary. Recommended for children 5 and under. FREE! APL – Manchaca Road Branch, 5500 Manchaca Rd, Austin.

Around the World in 80 Days (Round Rock) – Thursday, June 15 at 8:00 p.m. This new, hilarious take on the classic Jules Verne novel Around the World in 80 Days follows the fearless adventuress Phyllida Fogg, who agrees to an outrageous wager that puts her life and fortune at risk. Danger, romance and comic surprises abound as six actors playing dozens of characters circle the globe in a dramatic race against time! Recommended for ages 5 and up. FREE! Round Rock Amphitheatre, 301 W Bagdad Ave, Round Rock.

Troilus & Cressida Presented by Something for Nothing Theater Company – Thursday, June 15 at 8:00 p.m. Two armies, two lovers, two hours. This June, find out what William Shakespeare can do with the story of ancient Troy. Troilus and Cressida is Homeric fan fiction from Shakespeare’s pen. The play has a siege, battles, and the famous final showdown between Achilles and Hector. But there’s also a love story! For this production, the script has been cut down to less than two hours, so it will be a snappy experience, unlike the epic you may have read in school. Bring a blanket or chair and pack some snacks for this FREE Trojan journey. Ramsey Park Pavilion, 4301 N Rosedale Ave, Austin.

Unplugged at the Grove: Sarah Jaffe – Thursday, June 15 at 8:00 p.m. Experience Austin’s longest-running FREE live music series on Shady Grove’s beautiful pecan tree shaded patio. Unplugged will be featuring exceptional local, regional, and national acts. Shady Grove, 1624 Barton Springs Rd, Austin.

Friday

Summer Fan Drive Pancake Breakfast – Friday, June 16 from 7:00 a.m to 1:00 p.m. Family Eldercare is hosting a fan drive – their largest and most critical event of the year! Join KXAN’s Jim Spencer and a fantastic roster of local musicians at the iconic Threadgill’s World Headquarters in downtown Austin. Donors bringing a fan or $15 donation can pile up delicious pancakes as a sweet reward for their generosity, then stick around for great food, kids crafts, live music, and fun for all ages. Threadgill’s World Headquarters, 301 W Riverside Dr, Austin.

Taste of Black Austin Exhibit & Discussion – Friday, June 16 at 11:00 a.m. The Taste of Black Austin exhibit celebrates the history of African American contributions to foodways in Texas. This exhibit explores the economic development of African Americans in Travis County through foodways. LaToya Devezin, the Austin History Center’s African American Community Archivist who curated the exhibit, will present the collection. FREE! APL – Little Walnut Creek Branch, 835 W Rundberg Ln, Austin.

Literature Live! Presents: Wiley and the Hairy Man – Friday, June 16 at 2:00 p.m. In this adaptation of a traditional southern folktale, a young Bayou boy named Wiley is challenged to outsmart the Hairy Man, a scary creature who threatens all who come to his swampy home. FREE! APL – Terrazas Branch, 1105 E Cesar Chavez St, Austin.

Super Smash Bros. for Wii U Tournament – Friday, June 16 at 2:00 p.m. Are you ready to smash? Compete in the annual Super Smash Bros. for Wii U Summer tournament. All dates are seed tournaments for the Championship finals at the Yarborough Branch on August 12. Sign-up begins 30 minutes prior to start time; the first 32 people to sign up are guaranteed a spot to play. FREE! APL – North Village Branch, 2505 Steck Ave, Austin.

Little Helpers – Friday, June 16 at 2:00 p.m. Ages 4-8 are invited to meet community helpers, such as firefighters, police officers, dentists, energy workers, and learn how they can be helpers in their community. FREE! Wells Branch Community Library, 15001 Wells Port Dr, Austin.

Austin Opera Presents: Onsite Opera – Friday, June 16 at 2:00 p.m. Musicians will perform music from the classic opera repertoire and share fun facts and information to engage children and their families through this unique art form that has something for everyone. If you love music, art, dance, theatre, literature and/or technology, this event is for you. Recommended for ages 5-10. FREE! APL – Yarborough Branch, 2200 Hancock Dr, Austin.

Frost Bank Summer Sweet Treats – Friday, June 16 from 3-5:00 p.m. Frost invites families to come to participating Austin-area financial centers for a FREE cold and sweet summer treat as it puts a smile on people’s faces through the summertime heat. Frost will host a series of local providers offering guests a variety of frozen goodies. This week, guests can enjoy Casey’s New Orleans Snowballs. Frost Bank North Austin Financial Center, 111 E Anderson Ln, Austin.

Adult “Hoppy” Hour and Miniature Craft (18+) – Friday, June 16 from 7-8:30 p.m. Let your work week stress melt away at this special, extra cute, after-hours Hoppy Hour. Adults 18+ can kick back and make extra cute crafts or snuggle up to some of the cutest low-allergy animals in Austin. Tiny Tails to You will bring their sweet adorable petting zoo with over 25 animals for you to meet and cuddle while artist Rita Wang will teach you to sculpt itty bitty clay cacti complete with tiny terracotta pots. Adults only, please. FREE! APL – Manchaca Road Branch, 5500 Manchaca Rd, Austin.

Around the World in 80 Days (Round Rock) – Friday, June 16 at 8:00 p.m. This new, hilarious take on the classic Jules Verne novel Around the World in 80 Days follows the fearless adventuress Phyllida Fogg, who agrees to an outrageous wager that puts her life and fortune at risk. Danger, romance and comic surprises abound as six actors playing dozens of characters circle the globe in a dramatic race against time. Recommended for ages 5 and up. FREE! Round Rock Amphitheatre, 301 W Bagdad Ave, Round Rock.

Troilus & Cressida Presented by Something for Nothing Theater Company – Friday, June 16 at 8:00 p.m. Two armies, two lovers, two hours. This June, find out what William Shakespeare can do with the story of ancient Troy. Troilus and Cressida is Homeric fan fiction from Shakespeare’s pen. The play has a siege, battles, and the famous final showdown between Achilles and Hector. But there’s also a love story! For this production, the script has been cut down to less than two hours, so it will be a snappy experience, unlike the epic you may have read in school. Bring a blanket or chair and pack some snacks for this FREE Trojan journey. Ramsey Park Pavilion, 4301 N Rosedale Ave, Austin.

Community Cinema: Hidden Figures – Friday, June 16 at 7:30 p.m. Grab chairs and a blanket, bring family and friends, and enjoy a special screening of Hidden Figuresthe story of a team of African-American women mathematicians who served a vital role in NASA during the early years of the US space program. 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 8:30 p.m. Rated PG. Reserve your FREE tickets here. A donation of $5 is greatly appreciated. Community First! Village, 9301 Hog Eye Rd, Austin.

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

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Jaelyn Penner
Jaelyn was born and raised in Kansas, but she got to Texas as soon as she could! After a few years of youthful fun in Dallas, Jaelyn decided to make her passion her career and headed to west Texas to make it happen. There, she honed her musical chops while studying Commercial Music, and then headed straight for Austin to help keep it weird. Once here, she unexpectedly found her soul mate, and loves that her husband and two boys are now her biggest fans! Besides being a musician, Jaelyn also works as a corporate event planner, is a self-proclaimed “celebratory expert” and a long-time foodie. She doesn’t feel complete unless she is keeping up with all the cool stuff Austin has to offer.
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