What’s Up? Weekly: November 7-11, 2016

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.

What's Up? Weekly - Austin

Monday

Baby Bloomers – Monday, November 7 from 9:00 a.m. to Noon. Children age 0-3 and their families are invited to explore all things that take flight. You’ll design and construct an aerodynamic aircraft, test its aerodynamics, create an animated stop-motion story about your aircraft’s first flight, create a lighted runway to help safely bring your plane to the ground, paint a picture-perfect backdrop for your aircraft, and soar like a jet as you jump your way into flight. Small Wonders Puppet Theater joins the fun at 10:30 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.

Story Time in the Garden: Dinosaurs in the Ferns – Monday, November 7 at 10:30 a.m. Stories are a lovely way to introduce young children to nature and wildlife. Each storytime theme is based on the seasonal happenings found in the garden through the year. After visiting a garden feature and listening to stories, the children will bring the story to life through hands-on activities and a botanical expedition. FREE with Garden admission ($1-$3; kids under 3 are FREE). Zilker Botanical Garden, 2220 Barton Springs Rd, Austin.

Dog Storytime – Monday, November 7 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.

Literature Live! Presents The Nutcracker – Monday, November 7 at 3:30 p.m. This classic, charming tale of holiday adventure follows a little girl’s journey through a fantasy world of fairies, princes, and an army of mice. Enhanced by Tchaikovsky’s much-loved score, Literature Live! brings the story to life with puppets. Recommended for ages 5 and up. FREE! APL – Spicewood Springs Branch, 8637 Spicewood Springs Rd, Austin.

Lego Lab – Monday, November 7 at 5:30 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 – Ruiz Branch, 1600 Grove Blvd, Austin.

Pajama Storytime – Monday, November 7 at 6:00 p.m. Feel free to wear pajamas to this family evening storytime featuring stories, songs, rhymes, games, crafts, and other activities. Children of all ages welcome. Seating is limited at all programs. Please arrive a few minutes early to gain entrance. FREE! APL – Carver Branch, 1161 Angelina St, Austin.

Evening Storytime (Round Rock) – Monday, November 7 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

Election Day  Tuesday, November 8 from 7:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. Don’t forget to vote today. View a map of Travis County polling locations here. View a map of Williamson County polling locations here. View a map of Hays County polling locations here. View the League of Women’s Voters Voters Guide here.

Kids Club  Tuesday, November 8 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, November 8 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. FREE! The Contemporary Austin, Laguna Gloria, 3809 West 35th St, Austin.

Milly McSilly Storytime – Tuesday, November 8 at 10:30 a.m. Join the magnificent Milly McSilly for a truly magical storytime. Jump, play, and read some books, too. This storytime is perfect for kiddos ages 2-6. FREE! BookPeople, 603 N Lamar, Austin.

Chinese-Language Storytime – Tuesday, November 8 at 10:30 a.m. 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. FREE! APL – Old Quarry Branch, 7051 Village Center Dr, Austin.

Sensory Storytime – Tuesday, November 8 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.

43rd Annual Fall String Festival – Tuesday, November 8 at 12:15 p.m. AISD’s 800 beginning orchestra students representing 20 middle schools and 5 elementary schools will join together with the Senior String Players (representing Austin’s High school orchestra programs) to perform as one. This event is family friendly and FREE! Zilker Hillside Theatre, 2201 Barton Springs Rd, Austin.

Lego Lab – Tuesday, November 8 at 3:30 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 – Windsor Park Branch, 5833 Westminster Dr, Austin.

Family Craft Night – Tuesday, November 8 at 6:00 p.m. Bring the family and together create a colorful table runner for Thanksgiving. With stamps made from potatoes and vegetables, you can create a fall festival of leaves and pumpkins right on the fabric. Each family will take home one table runner. FREE! Westbank Library, 1309 Westbank Dr, Austin.

Art Smart – Tuesday, November 8 at 6:30 p.m. Expand your imagination and artistic creativity in a side-by-side artistic experience for child and parent. Referencing book illustrations, you’ll explore art: collage, drawing, painting, sculpture, landscape, portraits, Chibi, etc. All materials provided. For ages 5+ provided. FREE! APL – Willie Mae Kirk Branch, 3101 Oak Springs Dr, Austin.

Wednesday

Kids Club – Wednesday, November 9 at 9:30 a.m. Enjoy snacks, storytime, crafts, and more. All ages are welcome. FREE! Whole Foods, 525 N Lamar Blvd, Austin.

Play, Read, Grow! – Wednesday, November 9 at 10:15 a.m. Babies are born learning, and you can help prepare your child for success. Learn how to use play every day to get your children ready to read and succeed with this hands-on workshop for parents and caregivers of children under age 5. Children are welcome. FREE! APL – Southeast Branch, 5803 Nuckols Crossing Rd, Austin.

Ms. Staci Storytime – Wednesday, November 9 at 10:30 a.m. Ms. Staci is back to read some of her favorite stories and to sing some of your favorite songs. Kids, don’t forget your dancing shoes. FREE! BookPeople, 603 N Lamar Blvd, Austin.

Music & Movement – Wednesday, November 9 at 11:30 a.m. Bring your favorite little one to stretch, sing, dance, and explore music with rhythm instruments. Recommended for ages 3-5. FREE! APL – Manchaca Road Branch, 5500 Manchaca Rd, Austin.

French Storytime – Wednesday, November 9 at 3:30 p.m. Bonjour and welcome to this très special French/English dual language storytime. Join the fun, s’il vous plait, for stories, songs and crafts in French and English. Recommended for ages 5 and under. FREE! APL – Hampton Branch, 5125 Convict Hill Rd, Austin.

Lego Lab – Wednesday, November 9 at 3:30 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 – Carver Branch, 1161 Angelina St, Austin.

Community Night at The Thinkery – Wednesday, November 9 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! Writing: The Thank You Book – Wednesday, November 9 at 4:30 p.m. Enjoy a reading of The Thank You Book by Mo Willems, then create your own Thank You Book for someone special in your life. Who are you thankful for, and why? This will be the perfect gift to show them what they mean to you. FREE! Laura’s Library, 9411 Bee Cave Rd, Austin.

Pajama Storytime – Wednesday, November 9 at 6:00 p.m. Feel free to wear pajamas to this family evening storytime featuring stories, songs, rhymes, games, crafts, and other activities. Children of all ages welcome. Seating is limited at all programs. Please arrive a few minutes early to gain entrance. FREE! APL – Windsor Park Branch, 5833 Westminster Dr, Austin.

Krispy Kreme Family Night – Wednesday, November 9 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, November 9 from 6-8:00 p.m. Texas Radio Live brings you the very best Texas music with performances from Texas musicians. This week, Belcurve and Candy Coburn 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, November 9 from 7-9:00 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 to The Blanton – Thursday, November 10 from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. FREE! Blanton Museum of Art, 200 E Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Austin.

Little Yoga – Thursday, November 10 at 10:30 a.m. This 30-minute class allows children ages 3-6 to experience exercise in a mellow environment. With adult participation, they will practice breathing and age appropriate stretching. FREE! Lake Travis Community Library, 1938 Lohmans Crossing, Austin.

Hola, Hola! Spanish Camp – Thursday, November 10 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, November 10 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, November 10 at Noon. Take a 30-minute lunchtime break to hear concert by Chaski featuring Music of the Andes. FREE! Central Presbyterian Church, 200 E 8th St, Austin.

The Traveling Wall (Pflugerville) – Thursday, November 10 at Noon. The City of Pflugerville hosts The Traveling Wall exhibit from the American Veterans Traveling Tribute during the week of Veterans Day. It is an 80% scale version, at 360 feet wide, of the Vietnam Memorial in Washington, D.C. and includes every name that is on the permanent wall. Open for public viewing 24 hours a day, visitors will be able to find names on the wall by means of computer software on site. Paper for name rubbings will be provided free. FREE! Pfennig Park, 1301 W Pfennig Lane, Pflugerville.

Bow Wow Reading: Read to Aussie – Thursday, November 10 at 3:30 p.m. Certified Austin Dog Alliance volunteer teams with trained therapy dogs will be waiting for kids to read stories to them. This program improves children’s reading and communication skills by employing a powerful method: reading to a dog. Open to children of all reading levels. Suggested for ages 5 and up. FREE! APL – North Village Branch, 2505 Steck Ave, Austin.

Lego Lab – Thursday, November 10 at 3:30 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 – Yarborough Branch, 2200 Hancock Dr, Austin.

Explorer’s Club (Cedar Park) – Thursday, November 10 at 3:30 p.m. Each Thursday, kids in grades K-5 meet to explore a set of rotating programs. This week, it’s Super Science. FREE! Cedar Park Public Library, 550 Discovery Blvd, Cedar Park.

Crafternoon – Thursday, November 10 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 – Twin Oaks Branch, 1800 S Fifth St, Austin.

Felt Friends World Tour: Owl – Thursday, November 10 at 4:30 p.m. Visit the library each month to sew another felt project. This program uses sharp sewing needles and so is recommended for ages 10 and up. Adults are welcome to join in the fun. FREE! APL – Carver Branch, 1161 Angelina St, Austin.

Movies in the Park: The Goonies – Thursday, November 10 from 4:30-10:00 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. Pease Park Conservancy is hosting an epic season closer with a pre-show scavenger hunt. Movie begins at 7:00 p.m. Dogs, picnics, and lawn chairs are welcome. Rated PG. FREE! Pease Park, 1100 Kingsbury St, Austin. This event is postponed until Thursday, December 1, due to the weather. 

Community Thanksgiving Meal – Thursday, November 10 at 5:30 p.m. Give thanks in your community in this homemade thanksgiving meal. Entertainment for the whole family. FREE! Metz Rec Center, 2704 Canterbury St, Austin.

Night Crafters (17+) – Thursday, November 10 from 6-7:30 p.m. Learn to make embroidered felt ornaments. All supplies are provided. Adults only, please. FREE! APL – Old Quarry Branch, 7051 Village Center Dr, Austin.

Creek Show – Thursday, November 10 from 6-10:00 p.m. Creek Show is a way to celebrate Waller Creek and bring awareness to the future transformation coming to the creek, trails, and surrounding parks. During Creek Show, everyone is invited to experience the creek in a safe, fun, family-friendly environment while viewing five light-based art installations designed by local artists, architects, and landscape architects. FREE! Along Waller Creek between 5th and 8th St, Austin.

Pajama Storytime – Thursday, November 10 at 6:30 p.m. Feel free to wear pajamas to this family evening storytime featuring stories, songs, rhymes, games, crafts, and other activities. Children of all ages welcome. Seating is limited at all programs. Please arrive a few minutes early to gain entrance. FREE! APL – Manchaca Road Branch, 5500 Manchaca Rd, Austin.

Science Under the Stars: Meet the Lemurs – Thursday, November 10 at 6:30 p.m. Lemurs are primates found only in Madagascar. In fact, Madagascar is home to many animals and plants that are found nowhere else in the world. What makes Madagascar unique and how did over 100 species of lemurs evolve on this island? Learn about these fascinating and highly endangered creatures and how scientists and organizations are working to protect them. Arrive early for refreshments and fun activities for kids of all ages. Guided tours of the field lab are available. Wear sturdy shoes and bring water. FREE! Brackenridge Field Laboratory, 2907 Lake Austin Blvd, Austin.

Friday

The Traveling Wall (Pflugerville) – All day Friday, November 10. The City of Pflugerville hosts The Traveling Wall exhibit from the American Veterans Traveling Tribute during the week of Veterans Day. It is an 80% scale version, at 360 feet wide, of the Vietnam Memorial in Washington, D.C. and includes every name that is on the permanent wall. Open for public viewing 24 hours a day, visitors will be able to find names on the wall by means of computer software on site. Paper for name rubbings will be provided free. FREE! Pfennig Park, 1301 W Pfennig Lane, Pflugerville.

Free Admission to the LBJ Library – Friday, November 11 from 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. To ensure President Johnson’s wish for the library to “be available to all,” entrance fees are waived on several days during the year, including Veterans Day. FREE! LBJ Presidential Library, 2313 Red River St, Austin.

Veterans Day Parade – Friday, November 11 at 9:30 a.m. Parade begins with a flyover at Ann W. Richards Congress Avenue Bridge and ends at 11th St & Congress Ave. Musical entertainment provided by the Del Valle High School Cardinal Band. Following the parade, a Commemoration Program will take place on the south steps of the Capitol. FREE! Downtown Austin. View parade route here.

Veterans Day Salute (Round Rock) – Friday, November 11 at 11:00 a.m. The Veterans Monument committee will host a salute to veterans. FREE! Veterans Park, 600 Pecan Ave, Round Rock.

Veterans Day Ceremony (Georgetown) – Friday, November 11 at 11:00 a.m. The guest speaker for the Veterans Day Ceremony will be Major General Douglas Chalmers, Deputy Commanding General (UK), III Corps and Fort Hood. The Georgetown High School band, orchestra, and choir will provide music beginning at 10:45 a.m. Two of the trees and plaques behind the Memorial Wall will be dedicated and wreathes will be placed at the Memorial Wall and the Williamson County Memorial Wall. FREE! Veterans Memorial Plaza, 2 Texas Dr, Georgetown.

Veterans Day Ceremony (Pflugerville) – Friday, November 11 at 11:00 a.m. Annual ceremony at the Fallen Warrior Memorial, organized by the American Legion Kerlin-Lyerly Post #154. FREE! Pfluger Park, 515 City Park Rd, Pflugerville.

Pablove Shutterbug Gallery Show – Friday, November 11 from 6-9:00 p.m. Pablove Shutterbugs, the signature arts program of The Pablove Foundation, teaches children and teens living with cancer to develop their creative voice through photography. Proceeds from sold prints directly support The Pablove Foundation’s Childhood Cancer Research Grants program. Enjoy an evening of beautiful photography and an incredible silent auction for a great cause. RSVP is requested hereFREE but donations will be gratefully accepted. Livestrong Foundation, 201 E 6th St, Austin.

Creek Show – Friday, November 11 from 6-10:00 p.m. Creek Show is a way to celebrate Waller Creek and bring awareness to the future transformation coming to the creek, trails, and surrounding parks. During Creek Show, everyone is invited to experience the creek in a safe, fun, family-friendly environment while viewing five light-based art installations designed by local artists, architects, and landscape architects. FREE! Along Waller Creek between 5th and 8th St, Austin.

Movie Night at Community Cinema: The Peanuts Movie (RSVP) – Friday, November 11 at 7:00 p.m. Grab chairs and a blanket, bring family and friends, and enjoy a special screening of The Peanuts Movie. Arrive early to explore Community First! Village, pick your spot, and enjoy a family favorite on the big screen. Candy, popcorn, water, and sodas will be available for purchase (cash only). Concession sales and tips help Community First! friends who will be serving you to earn a modest living income. Movie begins at sundown. Reserve your FREE tickets here. Community First! Village, 9301 Hog Eye Rd, Austin.

The Music Man – Friday, November 11 at 7:00 p.m. By turns wicked, funny, warm, romantic, and touching, The Music Man is family entertainment at its best. Meredith Willson’s six-time, Tony Award-winning musical comedy has been entertaining audiences since 1957 and is a family-friendly story to be shared with every generation. FREE! Redeemer Lutheran School, 1500 W Anderson Ln, Austin.

Painter Hall Telescope Public Viewing – Friday, November 11 from 7-9:00 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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