What’s Up? Weekly: March 27-31, 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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Gymboree Play and Music Open House (RSVP) – Monday, March 27 – Friday, March 31. Try each of Gymboree’s Play, Art and Music classes for FREE at their Spring Open House. Plus, get a great deal when you enroll or book a birthday party. Sign up for your age-appropriate Open House classes here. Gymboree Play & Music Arboretum Crossing, 9333 Research Blvd, Ste C240, Austin.

TuneBugz! Demo Classes (RSVP) – Monday, March 27 – Friday, March 31. Children ages 0-5 and their caregivers are invited to sing, dance, bounce, and play with TuneBugz! View locations, schedule, and reserve your child’s FREE spot here.

Heartsong Demo Classes (RSVP) – Tuesday, March 28 – Friday, March 31. 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.

Monday

Baby Bloomers: In the Garden: – Monday, March 27 from 9:00 a.m. to Noon. 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.

Dress-Up Time for the Littles – Monday, March 27 from 10:00 a.m. to Noon. Get silly in all kinds of costumes. Little ones from 1-5 years old are welcome to dress up while parents relax. Be an octopus, flower, superhero, fairy, shark, firefighter, ladybug, or so much more. FREE! Brentwood Social House, 1601 W Koenig Ln, Austin.

Dog Storytime – Monday, March 27 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 cancelations. FREE! Laura’s Library, 9411 Bee Cave Rd, Austin.

Daddy and Me Evening Storytime – Monday, March 27 at 6:00 p.m. Young ones and their favorite guys are invited to this very special monthly storytime. Together, dads, grandpas, other extraordinary men and their kids will read, sing, craft and laugh—all while developing important literacy skills and having fun. Recommended for ages 5 and under. FREE! APL – Hampton Branch, 5125 Convict Hill Rd, Austin.

Pajama Storytime – Monday, March 27 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 – Carver Branch, 1161 Angelina St, Austin.

Evening Storytime (Round Rock) – Monday, March 27 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: Macrame & Air Plants (17+) – Monday, March 27 from 6:30-8:00 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, March 28 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, March 28 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. FREE! The Contemporary Austin, Laguna Gloria, 3809 West 35th St, Austin.

Literature Live! Presents Little Peep – Tuesday, March 28 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 – Cepeda Branch, 651 N Pleasant Valley Rd, Austin.

Heartsong Music Storytime– Tuesday, March 28 at 10:30 a.m. Enjoy a mellifluous storytime with friends from Heartsong Music. They’ll lead a music lesson intended for little ones aged 0 to 5. FREE! BookPeople, 603 N Lamar, Austin.

Armstrong Community Music School – Tuesday, March 28 at 10:30 a.m. Children ages 0-5 will love thisinteractive 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. Sing, dance, and play! FREE! Westbank Library, 1309 Westbank Dr, Austin.

Hindi Bilingual Storytime (Round Rock) – Tuesday, March 28 at 10:30 a.m. This program, developed for ages 3 and up, celebrates Indian culture with stories, fingerplays, songs, and other activities in both English and Hindi. FREE! Round Rock Public Library, 216 E Main St, Round Rock.

Sensory Storytime – Tuesday, March 28 at 11:15 a.m. This 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. Recommended for ages 5 and under. FREE! APL – Carver Branch, 1161 Angelina St, Austin.

Storytime Yoga (RSVP) – Tuesday, March 28 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, March 28 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, March 28 at 4:00 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 – Windsor Park Branch, 5833 Westminster Dr, Austin.

Family Flicks: Beauty and the Beast – Tuesday, March 28 at 4:00 p.m. Watch Disney’s classic animated film. Popcorn will be served. Rated G. FREE! Lake Travis Community Library, 1938 Lohmans Crossing, Austin.

Tabletop Tuesday – Tuesday, March 28 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.

Teen Cupcake Battle (Pflugerville) – Tuesday, March 28 at 6:00 p.m. Do you have awesome cupcake decorating skills? This is your chance to show off and prove you are the best cupcake decorator. The competition is limited to teens ages 12-18, but spectators of all ages are welcome. Registration will take place from 6:00-6:20 p.m. and the competition will begin at 6:30 pm. Teens will compete in teams of 2-3, with a maximum of 5 teams. The competition will include 3 rounds. Each round will be judged by library staff on a scale from 1-10. The team with the most points will receive commemorative chef hats. Win or lose, all competitors can eat their cupcakes after the battle is over. FREE! Pflugerville Public Library, 1008 Pfluger St W, Pflugerville.

Family Night: Pajama Storytime – Tuesday, March 28 at 6:00 p.m. Get comfy in your favorite pajamas, grab your sleepy toy, and settle in for the best bedtime stories ever. Milk and snacks provided. FREE! Westbank Library, 1309 Westbank Dr, Austin.

Two Guys on Your Head: Are We Conscious Automata? – Tuesday, March 28 from 6-8:00 p.m. In this exciting collaboration, the Elisabet Ney Museum teams up with KUT Radio to present Two Guys On Your Head, Dr. Art Markman and Dr. Bob Duke, UT professors whose weekly broadcast explores different aspects of human behavior and the brain. This discussion will consider the eternal question “Are We Conscious Automata?” as posed in an 1890s paper written by Edmund Montgomery, Elisabet Ney’s philosopher husband. Hosted by KUT’s Rebecca McInroy, the Two Guys will discuss the topic with the usual robust inquiry that has brought them on-air, podcast, and book fame. FREE, but be sure to get in line early for entry. Cactus Cafe in the Texas Union, 2247 Guadalupe St, Austin.

Art Smart: Fairies – Tuesday, March 28 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

Kids Club  Wednesday, March 29 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.

Preposterous Puppet Show Players Storytime – Wednesday, March 29 at 10:30 a.m. Enjoy an over-the-top puppet show performance that will leave everyone giggling for hours. BookKids’ very talented performers will be doing a lively rendition of the adorable book, The Three Little Pigs & the Somewhat Bad Wolf! FREE! BookPeople, 603 N Lamar, Austin.

Heartsong Music – Wednesday, March 29 at 10:30 a.m. Bring your children from birth through age seven for music, movement, and fun. Each child participates at his or her own level in singing, moving and chanting. FREE! Westbank Library, 1309 Westbank Dr, Austin.

Community Night at The Thinkery – Wednesday, March 29 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! All About Moths – Wednesday, March 29 at 4:30 p.m. We have some amazing moths right here in Austin. Help whip up their favorite food of mashed bananas, brown sugar, and other sweet juices for them to dine on. Then, paint the mixture on the trees at the library and take some home for your own yard. Increasing the moth population also makes our Mexican-freetail bats happy, as moths are their favorite food. Especially designed for elementary aged kids. FREE! Laura’s Library, 9411 Bee Cave Rd, Austin.

Lili Blessing In-Store Performance – Wednesday, March 29 at 5:00 p.m. FREE! Waterloo Records, 600 N Lamar Blvd, Austin.

Pajama Storytime – Wednesday, March 29 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, March 29 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, March 29 from 6-8:00 p.m. Texas Radio Live brings you the very best Texas music with performances from Texas musicians. This week, Kathy & The Kilowatts and The Watters 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, March 29 from 8:30-10:30 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

Free Admission at The Blanton – Thursday, March 30 from 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. FREE! Blanton Museum of Art, 200 E Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Austin.

Preschool Art Hour – Thursday, March 30 at 10:15 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 – Carver Branch, 1161 Angelina St, Austin.

Music & Movement – Thursday, March 30 at 11:00 a.m. Bring your favorite little one to stretch, sing, dance & explore music with rhythm instruments. Recommended for ages 3-5. FREE! APL – Howson Branch, 2500 Exposition Blvd, Austin.

Sensory Storytime  – Thursday, March 30 at 11:15 a.m. This 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. Recommended for ages 5 and under. FREE! APL – Ruiz Branch, 1600 Grove Blvd, Austin.

Lenten Concerts at Noon – Thursday, March 30 at Noon. This popular midday series of half-hour concerts by distinguished musicians is St. David’s gift to the community. This week, enjoy Bach’s Sixth Suite for (five-stringed) cello by cellist Eunhye Lim. FREE! St. David’s Episcopal Church, 301 E 8th St, Austin.

Free Noon Concert – Thursday, March 30 at Noon. Take a 30-minute lunchtime break to hear a concert by pianists Michael Crocker and Matthew Maglaya. FREE! Central Presbyterian Church, 200 E 8th St, Austin.

Just Between Friends Presale (Pflugerville) – Thursday, March 30 from 2-9:00 p.m. Just Between Friends is a huge children’s consignment event where bargain-savvy shoppers can save 50–90% off retail prices on quality brand-name items. Whether you need maternity clothes, baby gear, kids’ clothes or toys, children’s furniture or room decor, strollers or swings, JBF is the event for you. Want first crack at all the goodies? Attend this presale event. There’s a $10 entry fee, unless you qualify for a FREE pass. Also note that kids and strollers are not allowed at the presale event, except infants in slings/carriers/caregivers’ arms. Typhoon Texas (formerly Hawaiian Falls Waterpark), 18500 TX-130 Service Rd, Pflugerville.

Explorer’s Club (Cedar Park) – Thursday, March 30 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.

Pajama Storytime – Thursday, March 30 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.

Made in Texas with Bion Tsang (RSVP) – Thursday, March 30 at 6:30 p.m. Austin-based musician Bion Tsang celebrates 15 years of music-making in Austin with a one-night-only performance on the occasion of his newest CD, The Blue Rock Sessions. Tsang and special guests including acclaimed singer/songwriter Carrie Rodriguez and Luke Jacobs and pianist Cecilia Lo-Chien Kao will turn Austin City Hall into a concert hall for a pop-up concert featuring a selection of virtuoso miniatures for cello and piano. Music begins at 6:30 p.m., please allow time for parking and security at City Hall. Seating will be available as space allows and refreshments will be served following the concert. The favor of your RSVP is greatly appreciated. FREE! Austin City Hall Atrium, 301 W 2nd St, Austin.

A Visual Gallery + Melodic Showcase – Thursday, March 30 at 6:30 p.m. Join Art is Cool and Austin Black Pride for an evening of drinks, light bites, vibrant music, and visual gallery by some of Austin’s most talented African American LGBT artists. The exhibiting artists will grace the stage to reflect on their culturally rich visual collections. Their amazing masterpieces represent pop culture, the deep south, stereotypes, lived experiences, self-reflexivity. All ages welcome. FREE! Greater Austin Black Chamber of Commerce, 912 E 11th St, Ste A, Austin.

Friday

Nature Fest – Friday, March 31 from 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Concordia University Texas is hosting its first annual Nature Fest. The FREE community event will include themed tours of the university’s federally protected preserve, campus tours, an outdoor speaker series, guided bird watching, wildflower photo and picnic opportunities, a Concordia Sustainability Club gardening demonstration, a hands-on drone demonstration, and local exhibitors. Concordia University Texas, 11400 Concordia University Dr, Austin.

Just Between Friends (Pflugerville) – Friday, March 31 from 9:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m. Just Between Friends is a huge children’s consignment event where bargain-savvy shoppers can save 50–90% off retail prices on quality brand-name items. Whether you need maternity clothes, baby gear, kids’ clothes or toys, children’s furniture or room decor, strollers or swings, JBF is the event for you. Admission is $3 at the door or claim your FREE pass online. Typhoon Texas (formerly Hawaiian Falls Waterpark), 18500 TX-130 Service Rd, Pflugerville.

RC Airshow: 3rd Annual Cubs N Cousins Event – Friday, March 31 from 10:00 a.m. to dusk. Join the Austin Radio Control Association for a day of lazy, bask in the sun fun flying. Cubs n Cousins is an annual event that pays tribute to the famed Piper J3 Cub and all of its siblings and cousins in the world of Aviation. All kinds of high wing and low wing tail dragger aiplanes, bush planes, and even biplanes will be flying. This is a low key, easygoing airshow that is all about watching the grace and beauty that these planes can bring to the sky. FREE! Austin Radio Control Association, 8705 Lindell Ln, Austin.

Free Dance Classes (Ages 2-5) – Friday, March 31 at 10:30 a.m. (Age 2) and 11:00 a.m. (Ages 3-5). Siblings of mixed age are welcome to join either class. KinderDance of North Austin’s programs encourage children to have fun and gain a love for learning by associating it with something that comes naturally — movement, music, dance, and fitness. Try a FREE sample class. No need to register, just drop in and dance. Rattan Creek Community Center, 7617 Elkhorn Mountain Trail, Austin.

The Compassion Experience (RSVP) – Friday, March 31 from 11:00 a.m. – 6:40 p.m. This family-friendly event features an interactive journey through the true stories of children living in developing countries like the Philippines, Kenya, Uganda, and the Dominican Republic. In over 2,000 square feet of interactive exhibit space, visitors will step inside homes, markets and schools — without getting on a plane. Each child’s story starts in poverty but ends in hope. Register for your preferred date and time. FREE! Great Hills Baptist Church, 10500 Jollyville Rd, Austin.

Juntos Online Tech Scavenger Hunt – Friday, March 31 from 3:45-5:45 p.m. The whole family is invited to an afternoon of online fun. Win prizes and learn to use different internet resources on your computer or smartphone. FREE! APL – Southeast Branch, 5803 Nuckols Crossing Rd, Austin.

HONK!TX – Friday, March 31 from 6-10:00 p.m. HONK!TX is a nonprofit, community-driven festival that brings street and brass bands from around the country to perform for free in the public spaces of Austin. Mobile and unamplified, HONK! bands transform everyday locations into spontaneous stages, dissolving the line between crowd and performers and inviting everyone to celebrate the joys of music and community. A range of genres will be represented: New Orleans second-line brass, European Klezmer and Balkan, Brazilian, West African and more. HONK! is a celebration of community, collaboration and creative expression. Join the revelry! View the schedule and locations here. FREE! South Congress Ave, Austin.

Community Cinema – Captain America: Civil War – Friday, March 31 at 7:00 p.m. Grab chairs and a blanket, bring family and friends, and enjoy a special screening of Captain America: Civil War. 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 8:00 p.m. Reserve your FREE tickets here. A donation of $5 is greatly appreciated. Community First! Village, 9301 Hog Eye Rd, Austin.

Painter Hall Telescope Public Viewing – Friday, March 31 from 8:30-10:30 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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