What’s Up? Weekly: May 1-5, 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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Baby Bloomers: Spring Has Sprung! – Monday, May 1 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.

Dog Storytime – Monday, May 1 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.

Crafternoon – Monday, May 1 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.

Bow Wow Readers (Cedar Park) – Monday, May 1 at 4:30 p.m. Kids in grades K-3 are invited to read to a certified Bow Wow Reading Dog. Practice your reading skills with Tex and read to him for 10-15 minutes. FREE! Cedar Park Public Library, 550 Discovery Blvd, Cedar Park.

Rockin’ Kids Club: LEGO Free Build (Round Rock) – Monday, May 1 at 4:30 p.m. It’s LEGO® week at the Round Rock Public Library. Elementary students, come build and share! This program is FREE and open to elementary students (5+). Round Rock Public Library, 216 E Main St, Round Rock.

Evening Storytime (Round Rock) – Monday, May 1 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.


Kids Club – Tuesday, May 2 at 9:30 a.m. Kids ages 2-5 will enjoy snacks and a special storytime with Miss Jodi. Parental supervision is requested. FREE! Whole Foods Domain, 11920 Domain Dr, Austin.

Free Admission to Laguna Gloria – Tuesday, May 2 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. FREE! The Contemporary Austin, Laguna Gloria, 3809 West 35th St, Austin.

Healthy Texas Week: Rally at the Capitol – Tuesday, May 2 from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. You are invited to celebrate the healthiest week of the year in Texas! Healthy Texas Week is May 1-7, and there will be a kick-off rally at the Capitol South Steps and Great Walk with student performances, family-friendly physical activities featuring Camp Gladiator, speakers, and healthy vendors. This healthy living rally is FREE and open to the public. Texas State Capitol, 1100 Congress Ave, Austin.

The Contemporary Austin Presents: Preschool Art Hour – Tuesday, May 2 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 – Old Quarry Branch, 7051 Village Center Dr, Austin. This event has been canceled.

New Release Storytime: Olivia the Spy Tuesday, May 2 at 10:30 a.m. What better way to start off the month of May than storytime with everyone’s favorite pig? Hear all about Olivia’s latest adventures with a reading of Olivia the Spy. FREE! BookPeople, 603 N Lamar, Austin.

Baby Gym at Champions South – Tuesday, May 2 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.

Homeschool Program: Reptiles – Tuesday, May 2 at 1:30 p.m. Learn all about reptiles with Austin Reptile Service as they bring lizards, snakes, and more to the library. This program is tailored to homeschoolers ages 5-10, but is open to all. FREE! Lake Travis Community Library, 1938 Lohmans Crossing Rd, Austin.

Storytime Yoga (RSVP) – Tuesday, May 2 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.

Teen Night: Guardians of the Galaxy (Pflugerville) – Tuesday, May 2 at 5:45 p.m. Celebrate the new Guardians of the Galaxy sequel with crafts and a screening of the first film. Make your own Baby Groot keychain and a set of custom buttons.  All materials provided while supplies last. Ages 12-18. Rated PG-13. FREE! Pflugerville Public Library, 1008 Pfluger St W, Pflugerville.

Family Night: Board Games – Tuesday, May 2 at 6:00 p.m. You are invited to the library for family fun with board games this week at Family Night. FREE! Westbank Library, 1309 Westbank Dr, Austin.

UMLAUF After Dark – Tuesday, May 2 from 6-8:00 p.m. The UMLAUF Sculpture Garden & Museum’s  “UMLAUF After Dark” is back. The event features free evening yoga classes and local juice refreshments. A limited number of yoga mats will be available. FREE! UMLAUF Sculpture Garden & Museum, 605 Robert E Lee Rd, Austin.


Kids Club – Wednesday, May 3 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.

I Can Read! Storytime – Wednesday, May 3 at 10:30 a.m. Celebrate I Can Read’s 60th anniversary with BookKids. There will be fun activities and plenty of goodies to give away to little readers. You can also hear some favorite ICR titles like Pinkalicious and Pete the Cat – plus you will get a chance to meet a special mystery guest. FREE! BookPeople, 603 N Lamar, Austin.

Discovery! Drone Piloting – Wednesday, May 3 at 4:30 p.m. Learn the basics of drone piloting in a one-hour live demo. You’ll go over proper safety practices, the dos and don’ts, and demo some fun techniques anyone can learn from the moment of takeoff to landing. Especially designed for elementary aged kids. FREE! Laura’s Library, 9411 Bee Cave Rd, Austin9411 Bee Cave Rd, Austin.

Community Night at The Thinkery – Wednesday, May 3 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.

Krispy Kreme Family Night – Wednesday, May 3 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, May 3 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 High Plains Jamboree, and Slim Bawb and the Stumpgrinders. 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.

Music on Main Street (Round Rock) – Wednesday, May 3 from 6-8:00 p.m. The City of Round Rock brings you Music on Main Street, a music series Wednesdays from March through May. This week, Charles Thibodeaux and the Cajun Aces will perform. Bring a lawn chair or blanket and the entire family. Visit the variety of dining options on Main Street or pack a picnic basket to enjoy the evening of fun and music. Food vendors will be on site. FREE! Prete Main Street Plaza, 221 E Main St, Round Rock.

Wine Down Wednesday – Wednesday, May 3 from 6-9:00 p.m. This is the final Wine Down Wednesday of the spring. Event stations will be set up in four designated locations throughout the shopping center, each serving a different wine selection paired with small bites and live music. Sign in and pick up your wristband (worth 5 food/wine pairings) and event guide at the registration table near Amy’s Ice Cream. FREE! The Arboretum at Great Hills, 10000 Research Blvd, Austin.

Strike Out Hunger with the Round Rock Express (Round Rock)– Wednesday, May 3 at 7:05 p.m. Strike Out Hunger when you bring two H-E-B branded canned goods in exchange for one FREE lawn ticket to benefit the Central Texas Food Bank. May 3 vs. Nashville Sounds. Dell Diamond, 3400 E Palm Valley Blvd, Round Rock.

Wednesday Night Star Party at UT – Wednesday, May 3 from 8:30-10:30 p.m. Don’t miss the last Wednesday night star party of spring! 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. This is the last Star Party of the spring semester – don’t miss it! UT Campus – Robert Lee Moore Hall, Southeast corner of Dean Keeton and Speedway.


Free Admission at The Blanton – Thursday, May 4 from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Free admission to the Museum every Thursday. FREE! Blanton Museum of Art, 200 E Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Austin.

Free Noon Concert – Thursday, May 4 at Noon. Take a 30-minute lunchtime break to hear Alena Gorina perform pieces for piano. FREE! Central Presbyterian Church, 200 E 8th St, Austin.

Texas Capitol National Day of Prayer – Thursday, May 4 at noon. This is the 66th National Day of Prayer, in which prayer will be lifted up in thousands of events around the country, including many in the Central Texas area. Music for this event will be performed by the the Christian Academy of Performing Arts’ Master’s Singers. Participants will pray over the Seven Centers of Power: government, military, media, business, education, church, and family. Free parking is available for 2 hours at the Texas Capitol Visitors Center parking garage located at 1201 San Jacinto Blvd. FREE! Texas Capitol – Main Rotunda, 1100 Congress Ave, Austin.

Explorer’s Club: Crafty Kids (Cedar Park) – Thursday, May 4 at 3:30 p.m. Each Thursday, kids in grades K-5 meet to explore a set of rotating programs. This week: Crafty Kids. FREE! Cedar Park Public Library, 550 Discovery Blvd, Cedar Park.

The Contemporary Austin Presents: Preschool Art Hour – Thursday, May 4 at 3:30 p.m. Bring your little monster to a special literature-based program with The Contemporary Austin. We’ll read Monsters Love Colors by Mike Austin and then create drippy art inspired by the book! FREE! Recommended for children aged 3 to 5. APL – Milwood Branch, 12500 Amherst Dr, Austin.

Donna Janell Bowman Celebrates Children’s Book Week (Round Rock) – Thursday, May 4 at 4:30 p.m. Local author Donna Janell Bowman, author of Step Right Up: How Doc and Jim Key Taught the World About Kindness, will talk about her book, her writing process, and the path to publication. FREE! Round Rock Public Library, 216 E Main St, Round Rock.

Starry Nights at Girlstart (RSVP) – Thursday, May 4 from 5:30-7:00 p.m. May the 4th be with you! Join in the fun as Girlstart celebrates May the 4th with extra Star Wars activities, including: Engineer an AT-AT Walker, use a smartphone to create a 3D hologram, and additional activities and resources from the Austin Astronomical Society. FREE with RSVP. Girlstart, 1400 W Anderson Ln, Austin.

Pajama Storytime – Thursday, May 4 at 6:30 p.m. Feel free to wear pajamas to this family evening storytime featuring stories, songs, rhymes, games, crafts, and other activities. Recommended for children 5 and under. FREE! APL – Manchaca Road Branch, 5500 Manchaca Rd., Austin.

Unplugged at the Grove: Ian Moore – Thursday, May 4 at 8:00 p.m. KGSR’s ‘Unplugged at The Grove’ is returning for its 24th season. Starting early April thru mid-September, people of all ages have the opportunity to 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.

Movies in the Park: A League of Their Own – Thursday, May 4 at 8:30 p.m. Movies in the Park is a series of FREE films brought to you by Austin Parks Foundation in partnership with Alamo Drafthouse and presented by Carvana. This year – to celebrate Movies in the Park’s 25th anniversary (and Alamo’s 20th!) – they’re screening an all 1992 series of films. Enjoy a host of family-friendly 90’s throwbacks in parks all over Austin. This week’s film is A League of Their Own. Rated PG. Bring your blanket or lawn chairs (and don’t forget a picnic!) for a fun and relaxing evening under the beautiful Austin night sky. FREE! Northwest District Park, 7000 Ardath St, Austin.


Babytime with a Music Therapist (0-12 mos) (Round Rock) – Friday, May 5 at 9:30 a.m. A music therapist from Baylor Scott & White will lead Babytime. After the brief session, babies and their caregivers will have social time with toys, bubbles, and even parachute play. FREE! Round Rock Public Library, 216 E Main St, Round Rock.

Music & Movement – Friday, May 5 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, May 5 at 4:00 p.m. With LEGOs, you can build anything you can imagine and tell any story you can dream up. 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.

Art Workshops: Shaping Spaces – Friday, May 5 at 4:00 p.m. Through STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) students will explore where innovation and nature overlap. You will create works, including enormous sculptures that defy gravity, mazes built from recycled materials, robotic creatures that move on their own, and a collaborative art project that uses technology to turn everyday objects into touch pads. Are you up for the challenge? This week: Robot Creatures. For youth in 4th through 9th grade. FREE! APL – Southeast Branch, 5803 Nuckols Crossing Rd, Austin.

BLVD First Fridays – Friday, May 5 from 5-8:00 p.m. Join Austin’s most stylish block for BLVD First Fridays. Sips, songs and steals from Joie, Marine Layer, Will Leather Goods Austin, The Frye Company, Guideboat Company, STAG – Provisions for Men, Warby Parker, and many more. Ruby & The Reckless will perform, plus enter to win a $1000 shopping spree. FREE! Domain NORTHSIDE (Just north of Nordstrom), 11700 Domain Blvd, Austin.

Cinco de Mayo Block Party – Friday, May 5 from 6-9:00 p.m. May’s First Friday Block Party this year falls on Cinco De Mayo! This also happens to be in.gredients’ first day back with Workers Defense Project as their Legacy Community Partner. They’ll receive 1% of proceeds from that day. The festive PDL Band (Proyecto Defensa Laboral Band – Workers’ Defense House Band!) will be playing tunes in celebration of the holiday. Argus Cidery’s special Vinho Pearde will be on tap, along with classic Argus Cider. Bring the kids, bring the dogs, and get ready for a Manor Road Cinco De Mayo shindig to remember. FREE! In.gredients, 2610 Manor Rd, Austin.

Star Wars: Revenge of the Fifth – Friday, May 5 from 6-8:30 p.m. What were Luke’s aunt and uncle’s job on Tatooine? In how many languages is C-3P0 fluent? Are you ready to have fun and play some Star Wars trivia? If not, prepare for the Revenge of the Fifth! Join in acitivies including a costume show, trivia contest, photo booth, crafts, snacks, and more. And May the Fourth Be with You! FREE! APL – Windsor Park Branch, 5833 Westminster Dr, Austin.

Eyes, Ears + Feet Performance – Friday, May 5 at 7:30 p.m. This annual performance of collaborative invention and experimentation showcases the talents of students and faculty from the Sarah and Ernest Butler School of Music and The University of Texas at Austin Department of Theatre and Dance. Admission is FREE but seating is limited. B Iden Payne Theatre, 300 E 23rd St, Austin.

Community Cinema: Batman (PG-13)– Friday, May 5 at 7:30 p.m. Grab chairs and a blanket, bring family and friends, and enjoy a special screening of Batman. 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. 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, May 5 from 8:30-10:30 p.m. Don’t miss the last Friday night star party of spring! 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.



About the Author

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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