What’s Up? Weekly (March 28 – April 1, 2016)

Wondering what’s up around 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

Happening All Week

TuneBugz! Demo Classes (RSVP) – Monday, March 28 – Friday, April 1. 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.

Music Forever Music Together Sample Classes (RSVP) – Monday, March 28 – Friday, April 1. Kids ages 0-5 can enjoy a free Music Forever Music Together sample class with lots of singing, dancing, moving, grooving, and music-making. View locations, schedule, and reserve your child’s FREE spot here.

Monday

Baby Bloomers: Little Owl Lost – Monday, March 28 from 9:00 a.m. to Noon. Children ages 0-3 and their families are invited to hear the tale of how Little Owl lost and then found his mama with the help of a special squirrel. Have a hoot creating paper towel tube owls, investigating a forest-themed sensory bin, and discovering how mama owl and the other forest friends look similar and different. ZACH Theatre joins the fun at 10:00 a.m. Cost: Members $2.50 each / Non-Members $4.50 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.

Mr. Will’s Music Class for Kids (Bee Cave) – Monday, March 28 at 10:00 a.m. Mr. Will is back with his popular kids music class. Sing along to old favorites and Mr. Will originals. FREE! Whole Foods Bee Cave, 12601 Hill Country Blvd, Bee Cave.

Storytime Yoga (RSVP) – Monday, 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, 1211 Parkway, Austin.

Minecraft Club – Monday, March 28 at 3:00 p.m. Kids ages 7 and up are invited to enjoy two hours of Minecraft free play. Laptops are available, or you can bring your own device that has Minecraft downloaded. FREE! APL – Terrazas Branch, 1105 E Cesar Chavez St, Austin.

Crafternoon –Monday, March 28 at 3:30 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 – Manchaca Road Branch, 5500 Manchaca Rd, Austin.

Night Crafters (17+) – Monday, March 28 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 – Faulk Central Library, 800 Guadalupe St, Austin.

Daddy and Me Evening Storytime – Monday, March 28 at 6:30 p.m. Young ones and their favorite guys are invited to this special storytime. Dads, grandpas, other extraordinary men and their kids will read, sing, craft, and laugh—all while developing important literacy skills and having fun. Children of all ages are welcome. FREE! APL – Hampton Branch, 5125 Convict Hill Rd, Austin.

Evening Storytime (Round Rock) – Monday, March 28 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

Storytime and Crafts – Tuesday, March 29 at 9:30 a.m. Kids ages 2-5 will hear a new story each week. After the book, they’ll do crafts related to the story. Parental supervision is requested. FREE! Whole Foods Domain, 11920 Domain Dr, Austin.

Free Admission to Laguna Gloria – Tuesday, March 29 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. FREE! The Contemporary Austin, Laguna Gloria, 3809 West 35th St, Austin.

Brand New Storytime – Tuesday, March 29 at 10:30 a.m. There is nothing like the smell of a new book fresh from the store. It smells like ink and paper and the promise of undiscovered friendship. Enjoy reading books that are new to BookPeople’s shelves, including the wonderful tale How To Find Gold. FREE! BookPeople, 603 N Lamar, Austin.

Sensory Storytime – Tuesday, March 29 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.

Literature LIVE! Presents: The Selfish Gardener  – Tuesday, March 29 at 3:30 p.m. What happens when a band of native plants and insects gets a new neighbor who isn’t very friendly? Will the band get the boot, or will gardener and insect learn to live together? Find out in this musical spin on the Oscar Wilde classic, The Selfish GiantRecommended for ages 4 and up. FREE! APL – St. John Branch, 7500 Blessing Ave, Austin.

Family Night: Board Games – Tuesday, March 29 at 6:00 p.m. FREE! Westbank Library, 1309 Westbank Dr, Austin.

Wednesday

Car Seat Fitting Station (RSVP) – Wednesday, March 30 from 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Learn how to keep your infant, toddler, and big kid safer when you travel. Child must be present. To schedule your FREE appointment call 512-972-SAFE (7233) or email [email protected] Dove Springs Recreation Center, 5801 Ainez Dr, Austin.

Puppet Show Storytime – Wednesday, March 30 at 10:30 a.m. BookPeople’s practically perfect and positively preposterous puppeteers will perform a very special surprise story. FREE! BookPeople, 603 N Lamar, Austin.

Chinese Story Share – Wednesday, March 30 at 10:30 a.m. Learn Chinese, have fun, and make friends. Stories, rhymes, and songs in Mandarin. Designed for children 2 to 5 years old. FREE! Laura’s Library, 9411 Bee Cave Rd, Austin.

Community Night at The Thinkery – Wednesday, March 30 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! Cartooning – Wednesday, March 30 at 4:30 p.m. Discover your personal cartooning style and learn to draw curious objects and creatures from cartoonist David Pitts. Especially designed for third graders and up. FREE! Laura’s Library, 9411 Bee Cave Rd, Austin.

Krispy Kreme Family Night – Wednesday, March 30 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 30 from 6-8:00 p.m. Texas Radio Live brings you the very best Texas music with performances from Texas musicians. This week, Sarah Sharp and Sarah Arenella 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.

Wednesday Night Star Party at UT – Wednesday, March 30 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 information. UT Campus – Robert Lee Moore Hall, Southeast corner of Dean Keeton and Speedway.

Thursday

Free Admission to The Blanton – Thursday, March 31 from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. FREE! Blanton Museum of Art, 200 E Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Austin.

Hola, Hola! Spanish Camp – Thursday, March 31 at 10:30 a.m. Ann Benson, expert in bilingual education, will teach you how to effectively use books as a tool to teach your child Spanish. Each parent will learn to read a Spanish book to their child and take it home for Spanish reinforcement. For parents and their children ages 0-5. FREE! Westbank Library, 1309 Westbank Dr, Austin.

Sensory Storytime – Thursday, March 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 – Ruiz Branch, 1600 Grove Blvd, Austin.

Free Noon Concert – Thursday, March 31 at Noon. Take a 30-minute lunchtime break to hear Jessica Mathaes, Concertmaster of Austin Symphony Orchestra, play Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto. FREE! Central Presbyterian Church, 200 E 8th St, Austin.

Crafternoon: Seed Heads – Thursday, March 31 at 3:30 p.m. Geared towards ages 5 and up. FREE! APL – Yarborough Branch, 2200 Hancock Dr, Austin.

Explorers Club (Cedar Park) – Thursday, March 31 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 Library, 550 Discovery Blvd, Cedar Park.

Family Night: I Love the ’90s (Pflugerville) – Thursday, March 31 from 6-7:30 p.m. Celebrate with “vintage” games, food, crafts, and episodes of popular ’90s TV shows. FREE! Pflugerville Public Library, 1008 W Pfluger St, Pflugerville.

Literature LIVE! Presents: The Selfish Gardener  –Thursday, March 31 at 6:30 p.m. What happens when a band of native plants and insects gets a new neighbor who isn’t very friendly? Will the band get the boot, or will gardener and insect learn to live together? Find out in this musical spin on the Oscar Wilde classic, The Selfish GiantRecommended for ages 4 and up. FREE! APL – Manchaca Road Branch, 5500 Manchaca Rd, Austin.

Live Music at Central Market Westgate – Thursday, March 31 from 6:30-9:00 p.m. Brazilian music by Veronica Nunes. FREE! Central Market Westgate, 4477 S Lamar Blvd, Austin.

Movies in the Park: Ferris Bueller’s Day Off – Thursday, March 31 at 8:15 p.m. Movies in the Park is a series of free films brought to you by the Austin Parks Foundation, and presented by the #1 movie theater in America, the Alamo Drafthouse. Dogs, picnics, and lawn chairs are welcome. Rated PG-13. FREE! Republic Square Park, 400 W Guadalupe, Austin.

Friday

Preschool Playdate – Friday, April 1 at 11:00 a.m. Sing, dance, and experiment with various musical instruments. FREE! APL – Howson Branch, 2500 Exposition Blvd, Austin.

Music with Mr. Will – Friday, April 1 at 11:30 a.m. Rock out with local children’s singer, “Mr. Will” Dupuy. FREE! Brilliant Sky Toys & Books, 701 S Capital of Texas Hwy Suite D-480, Austin.

Downtown Street Fair – Friday, April 1 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Join the Downtown Austin Alliance every Friday through June 3 for a festival including food vendors, retailers, entertainers, artists, and more. FREE! 9th and Congress, Austin.

Crafternoon – Friday, April 1 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 – Spicewood Springs Branch, 8637 Spicewood Springs Rd, Austin.

Lego Lab – Friday, April 1 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

HONK!TX – Friday, April 1 from 6-10:00 p.m. This nonprofit, community-driven festival 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. View the full schedule here. Various locations on South Congress Ave, Austin.

Movies in the Park: Inside Out (Leander) – Friday, April 1 at 7:30 p.m. Often described as a combination of state-of-the-art technology and the nostalgia of the 1950s drive-in, the Movies in the Park series provides families the opportunity to spend time together under the stars while enjoying first run movies. Bring your lawn chairs, blankets, and a picnic dinner. Concessions are also available. Movie begins at dusk. FREE! Robin Bledsoe Park, 601 S Bagdad Rd, Leander.

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

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