What’s Up? Weekly: October 24-28, 2016

Get your costumes ready! This week is full of fall festivals and Halloween carnivals, with contests and prizes galore.

What's Up? Weekly - Austin

Monday

Baby Bloomers: Fall on the Farm – Monday, October 24 from 9:00 a.m. to Noon. When the harvest moon is high in the sky it’s time to bring in the harvest. Children age 0-3 and their families are invited to learn the difference between a fruit and a vegetable, work on color matching, and find out how to eat a vegetable rainbow. The Hey Lolly Band’s rainbowlicious, puddle-stomping, monster-marching kids’ music will get you dancing 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.

Dog Storytime – Monday, October 24 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.

Monstober: Frankenfigures – Monday, October 24 at 4:00 p.m. Cobble together a monster of your very own with broken toys. FREE! APL – Ruiz Branch, 1600 Grove Blvd, Austin.

Pajama Storytime – Monday, October 24 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.

Daddy and Me Evening Storytime – Monday, October 24 at 6:00 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. Recommended for ages 5 and under. FREE! APL – Hampton Branch, 5125 Convict Hill Rd, Austin.

Night Crafters (17+) – Monday, October 24 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.

Tuesday

Kids Club with Scrapkins– Tuesday, October 25 at 9:30 a.m. Kids ages 2-5 will enjoy snacks and a special recycled arts project. Parental supervision is requested. FREE! Whole Foods Domain, 11920 Domain Dr, Austin.

Free Admission to Laguna Gloria – Tuesday, October 25 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. FREE! The Contemporary Austin, Laguna Gloria, 3809 West 35th St, Austin.

Mother Goose on the Loose – Tuesday, October 25 at 10:15 a.m. So long ago that no one really remembers when or how, Mother Goose flew into our lives. She brought with her a world of imagination, songs, and stories so dear to our hearts that it seems they’ve always been with us. Enjoy the ride as Literature Live! lifts off into the wild blue yonder of words that rhyme and ring with tradition. Recommended for ages 3 and up. FREE! APL – Carver Branch, 1161 Angelina St, Austin.

Dogs vs. Cats Storytime – Tuesday, October 25 at 10:30 a.m. Dogs vs. Cats! Can a winner of the age-old battle ever truly be declared? Sure dogs wear their hearts on their wagging tails, and their affectionate greetings can brighten your whole day. But cats are sly charmers, winning you over with their elusive ways and carefully bestowed affection. Enjoy a reading of the new book Cat Knit and other stories about our dueling furry friends to see if the crown can be awarded once and for all. FREE! BookPeople, 603 N Lamar, Austin.

Chinese Storytime – Tuesday, October 25 at 10:30 a.m. Learn Chinese, have fun, and make friends. Stories, rhymes, and songs will be presented in Mandarin for children of 2 to 5 years old. FREE! Laura’s Library, 9411 Bee Cave Rd, Austin.

Unicorn Princess Storytime – Tuesday, October 25 at 10:30 a.m. Magical storytime with Andrea from A Cat of Impossible Colour. FREE! All Things Kids @The Domain, 3220 Feathergrass Ct, Austin.

Family Flicks: Goosebumps – Tuesday, October 25 at 4:00 p.m. Enjoy popcorn and family fun. Rated PG. FREE! Lake Travis Community Library, 1938 Lohmans Crossing, Austin.

RRPD Cancer Awareness Fire Truck Event (Round Rock) – Tuesday, October 25 at 5:00 p.m. October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and Irene, The Round Rock Fire Department Cancer Awareness Truck will be on site for anyone to sign the truck in honor of or memory of someone touched by cancer. FREE! Baylor Scott & White Medical Center, 300 University Blvd, Round Rock.

Whataburger Super Duper Celebration – Tuesday, October 25 from 5-7:00 p.m. It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s a Super Duper Celebration! In the heart of every child lives a superhero and Whataburger will celebrate the superhero spirit in all of us with an evening of family fun. Customers can spend quality time with their little heroes and treat them to a superhero-themed celebration of food, games, and giveaways. To add to the fun, a balloon artist and face painter will be at the event. Children 12 & under dressed in a superhero costume will receive a FREE kid’s meal. Whataburger, 11135 N I-35, Austin.

Pajama Storytime – Tuesday, October 25 at 6:00 p.m. A storytime for night owls of all ages, get comfy in your favorite pajamas, grab your sleepy toy and come for the best bedtime stories ever. The milk and snacks are on the library. FREE! Westbank Library, 1309 Westbank Dr, Austin.

Art Smart – Tuesday, October 25 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, October 26 at 9:30 a.m. Enjoy snacks, storytime, crafts, and more. All ages are welcome. FREE! Whole Foods, 525 N Lamar Blvd, Austin.

Preposterous Puppet Show Players Storytime – Wednesday, October 26 at 10:30 a.m. Little ghouls and goblins are invited to a super special and silly Halloween themed storytime featuring Book People’s puppeteers. They will be performing and thrilling everyone with their delightfully spooky senses of humor and puppeteering skills. Costumes encouraged. FREE! BookPeople, 603 N Lamar, Austin.

Homeschool StoryLab – Wednesday, October 26 at 2:00 p.m. Explore a different scientific idea each week, related books and stories, and end with hands-on science. Plus, learn what the library has for homeschool families. There will also be parent-child activities for younger brothers and sisters. Recommended for ages 5 to 10. FREE! APL – Faulk Central Library, 800 Guadalupe St, Austin.

Japanese Storytime – Wednesday, October 26 at 3:30 p.m. Enjoy stories, songs, and crafts in Japanese and English. FREE! APL – Hampton Branch, 5125 Convict Hill Rd, Austin.

Mother Goose on the Loose – Wednesday, October 26 at 3:30 p.m. So long ago that no one really remembers when or how, Mother Goose flew into our lives. She brought with her a world of imagination, songs, and stories so dear to our hearts that it seems they’ve always been with us. Enjoy the ride as Literature Live! lifts off into the wild blue yonder of words that rhyme and ring with tradition. Recommended for ages 3 and up. FREE! APL – North Village Branch, 2505 Steck Ave, Austin.

Community Night at The Thinkery – Wednesday, October 26 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! Día de los Muertos – Wednesday, October 26 at 4:30 p.m. Why is Day of the Dead called a “Celebration of Life?” Visit Laura’s to find the answer, to decorate “calavera” skull masks, and more. Presented by Ann Benson of Somos Amigos, this program is best suited for elementary aged children (ages 5 & up). FREE! Laura’s Library, 9411 Bee Cave Rd, Austin.

Monstober: Frankenfigures – Wednesday, October 26 at 5:00 p.m. Cobble together a monster of your very own with broken toys. FREE! APL – University Hills Branch, 4721 Loyola Ln, Austin.

Felt Friends World Tour: Panda Pin – Wednesday, October 26 at 6:00 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 – Faulk Central Library, 800 Guadalupe St, Austin.

Pajama Storytime – Wednesday, October 26 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, October 26 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, October 26 from 6-8:00 p.m. Texas Radio Live brings you the very best Texas music with performances from Texas musicians. This week, Elijah Ford and John Baumann will 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, October 26 from 8-10:00 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, October 27 from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. FREE! Blanton Museum of Art, 200 E Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Austin.

Día de los Muertos – Thursday, October 27 at 10:15 a.m. It’s time for books, stories, and fun with laughing skulls, lively music, and mask-making amidst fluttering butterflies. All ages are welcome at this family literacy-based art program. FREE! APL – Windsor Park Branch, 5833 Westminster Dr, Austin.

Unicorn Princess Storytime – Thursday, October 27 at 10:30 a.m. Magical storytime with Andrea from A Cat of Impossible Colour. FREE! All Things Kids @The Domain, 3220 Feathergrass Ct, Austin.

Pumpkin Parade with Mr. Will – Thursday, October 27 at 10:30 a.m. Wear your costume and enjoy a performance by children’s musician Mr. Will. Then parade around the library at the annual Pumpkin Parade. Trick-or-treat! FREE! Lake Travis Community Library, 1938 Lohmans Crossing, Austin.

Hola, Hola! Spanish Camp – Thursday, October 27 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.

World Vision Experience – Thursday, October 27 from 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. This award-winning mobile exhibit offers a unique opportunity to journey among those suffering in the margins of our world and emerge transformed. During the 20-minute journey, see, hear, and experience in a personal way the lives of children in the most vulnerable places: a brothel in Southeast Asia, a Syrian refugee camp, and in the midst of extreme poverty in Africa. Leave this experience empowered to make a difference. Parental discretion advised for children under 13. Reservations are recommended, but not required. FREE! Bethany United Methodist Church, 10010 Anderson Mill Rd, Austin.

Sensory Storytime – Thursday, October 27 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, October 27 at Noon. Take a 30-minute lunchtime break to hear a guitar concert by Stephen Krishnan. FREE! Central Presbyterian Church, 200 E 8th St, Austin.

Monster Movies: Stop Motion Animation – Thursday, October 27 at 3:30 p.m. Put on your director’s cap and learn how to make your very own stop motion movies with monsters, Minecraft, real slime, and more. FREE! APL – Carver Branch, 1161 Angelina St, Austin.

Glow-in-the Dark Costume Dance Party – Thursday, October 27 at 3:30 p.m. Recommended for ages 5 and up. FREE! APL – Yarborough Branch, 2200 Hancock Dr, Austin.

Monstober: Frankenfigures – Thursday, October 27 at 3:30 p.m. Cobble together a monster of your very own with broken toys. FREE! APL – Windsor Park Branch, 5833 Westminster Dr, Austin.

Explorer’s Club (Cedar Park) – Thursday, October 27 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.

Monstober: Die-oramas – Thursday, October 27 at 4:00 p.m. Make a creeptastic pocket die-orama that’s so cute,  you’ll just die. FREE! APL – Cepeda Branch, 651 N Pleasant Valley Rd, Austin.

Día de los Muertos – Thursday, October 27 at 5:30 p.m. It’s time for books, stories, and fun with laughing skulls, lively music, and mask-making amidst fluttering butterflies. All ages are welcome at this family literacy-based art program. FREE! APL – Southeast Branch, 5803 Nuckols Crossing Rd, Austin.

Spooky Fiesta – Thursday, October 27 from 6-8:00 p.m. Enjoy a haunted house, carnival games, and a costume party. All ages welcome. Please bring your own bag for candy and prizes. FREE! South Austin Rec Center, 1100 Cumberland Rd, Austin.

Fall Festival – Thursday, October 27 from 6-8:00 p.m. Snacks, games, vendors, and a haunted house. FREE! Dove Springs Recreation Center, 5801 Ainez Dr, Austin.

Pajama Storytime – Thursday, October 27 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.

Family Craft Night – Thursday, October 27 at 7:00 p.m. At Family Craft Night, attendees get to explore the different avenues of art by trying their hand at new mediums and exciting projects. Recommended for ages 5 and up. FREE! APL – Hampton Branch, 5125 Convict Hill Rd, Austin.

Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet – Thursday, October 27 at 8:00 p.m. The tradition of Shakespeare in Ramsey Park continues with this new fall show. Something for Nothing Theater company produces the plays with minimal props, costumes, and lighting, focusing on storytelling and the wonderful language of Shakespeare. FREE! Donations accepted. Ramsey Park, 4301 Rosedale Ave, Austin.

Friday

Labor of Love Craft Show – Friday, October 28 from 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. This show will feature a wide variety of vendors to make your holiday shopping fun and easy. All proceeds go to fund Hillcrest’s youth ministry, and it helps pay for mission trips, youth camps, and other youth related activities. Food will be available for purchase. Admission is FREE! Hillcrest Church, 3838 Steck Ave, Austin.

Día de los Muertos – Friday, October 28 at 10:30 a.m. It’s time for books, stories, and fun with laughing skulls, lively music, and mask-making amidst fluttering butterflies. All ages are welcome at this family literacy-based art program. FREE! APL – Faulk Central Library, 800 Guadalupe St, Austin.

The Compassion Experience (RSVP)  – Friday, October 28 from 11:00 a.m. – 6:40 p.m. This 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. FREE! Registration is requested. Bethany Lutheran Church, 3701 W Slaughter Ln, Austin.

World Vision Experience – Friday, October 28 from 3-8:00 p.m. This award-winning mobile exhibit offers a unique opportunity to journey among those suffering in the margins of our world and emerge transformed. During the 20-minute journey, see, hear, and experience in a personal way the lives of children in the most vulnerable places: a brothel in Southeast Asia, a Syrian refugee camp, and in the midst of extreme poverty in Africa. Leave this experience empowered to make a difference. Parental discretion advised for children under 13. Reservations are recommended, but not required. FREE! Bethany United Methodist Church, 10010 Anderson Mill Rd, Austin.

Halloween Carnival – Friday, October 28 from 3:30-6:00 p.m. Fun, games, candy, prizes, and more. Costume contest at 5:00 p.m. All ages welcome FREE! AB Cantu/Pan American Recreation Center, 2100 E 3rd St, Austin.

Spooktacular – Friday, October 28 from 5-8:00 p.m. Skeletons of all shapes and sizes will find fun creating glow in the dark art, experimenting with “bony” science, and moving their bones to the spooky beats. Plus, explore the Museum’s exhibitions after hours while sporting your latest Halloween costume creation. FREE! Bullock Texas State History Museum, 1800 N Congress Ave, Austin.

Exémon Monster Ball – Friday, October 28 from 6-7:30 p.m. Get in the Halloween spirit with dancing, refreshments, and activities for the little ones. In addition to the festivities, the East Communities YMCA will be launching their Exémon Quest, a Pokemon Go-inspired Fitness challenge, full of exciting fitness quests and lots of monsters to “catch.” Open to the community and FREE! East Communities YMCA, 5315 Ed Bluestein Blvd, Austin.

Halloween Carnival – Friday, October 28 from 6-8:00 p.m. One stop fun with carnival games, snacks, music, a cake walk, and more. FREE! Dottie Jordan Recreation Center, 2803 Loyola Ln, Austin.

Rundberg Lane Trick or Treating – Friday, October 28 from 6-8:00 p.m. Grab a map of the trick or treating route at one of the Rundberg area schools or recreation centers and visit at least four of the stops marked on it in bold to enter a raffle. Fall festivals are happening in parallel at Dobie Middle School and Harmony Science Academy. FREE! Rundberg Lane from the North Austin YMCA to the Gus Garcia Rec Center.

Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet – Friday, October 28 at 8:00 p.m. The tradition of Shakespeare in Ramsey Park continues with this new fall show. Something for Nothing Theater company produces the plays with minimal props, costumes, and lighting, focusing on storytelling and the wonderful language of Shakespeare. FREE! Donations accepted. Ramsey Park, 4301 Rosedale Ave, Austin.

Painter Hall Telescope Public Viewing – Friday, October 28 from 8-10:00 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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