What’s Up? Weekly: October 3-7, 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

Story Time in the Garden: Life-cycles and Adaptations – Monday, October 3 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.

Tooth Fairy Preschool Story Time – Monday, October 3 at 10:30 a.m. Learn the importance of dental care at story time with Lone Star Pediatric Dental. FREE! Lake Travis Community Library, 1938 Lohmans Crossing, Austin.

Monstober: Frankenfigures – Monday, October 3 at 3:30 p.m. Cobble together a monster of your very own with broken toys. FREE! APL – Manchaca Road Branch, 5500 Manchaca Rd, Austin.

Monster Movies: Stop Motion Animation – Monday, October 3 at 4:00 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 – Ruiz Branch, 1600 Grove Blvd, Austin.

Eric Johnson In-Store Performance – Tuesday, October 3 at 5:00 p.m. Celebrate the release of Texas guitar legend and Grammy award winner Eric Johnson’s first all-acoustic solo album. FREE! Waterloo Records, 600A N Lamar, Austin.

Play, Read, Grow! – Tuesday, October 3 at 6:00 p.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 – Carver Branch, 1161 Angelina St, Austin.

Evening Storytime (Round Rock) – Monday, October 3 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

Kids Club with Ms. Jodi – Tuesday, October 4 at 9:30 a.m. Kids ages 2-5 will enjoy snacks and crafts and/or a story. Parental supervision is requested. FREE! Whole Foods Domain, 11920 Domain Dr, Austin.

Free Admission to Laguna Gloria – Tuesday, October 4 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 4 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 – Cepeda Branch, 651 N Pleasant Valley Rd, Austin.

Colors of Fall Storytime – Tuesday, October 4 at 10:30 a.m. The colors of fall are brown, red, golden yellow, and orange. During the crispest and coolest time of year, these colorful leaves whirl about decorating our streets and rooftops like seasonal confetti. This storytime is all about these colors and how we love them so. Enjoy reading Leaves along with other heartwarming stories all in celebration of these seasonal shades. FREE! BookPeople, 603 N Lamar, Austin.

Chinese Storytime – Tuesday, October 4 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.

Chinese Bilingual Storytime (Round Rock) – Tuesday, October 4 at 10:30 a.m. This program, developed for ages 3 and up, celebrates Chinese culture with stories, fingerplays, songs, and other activities in both English and Mandarin. FREE! Round Rock Public Library, 216 E Main St, Round Rock.

Unicorn Princess Storytime – Tuesday, October 4 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.

Sensory Storytime – Tuesday, October 4 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.

Homeschool Program: Improv – Tuesday, October 4 at 1:00 p.m. Enjoy a fun and interactive performance from the Hideout Theater improv group. Fueled by audience suggestions, this is a show you won’t want to miss. This program is tailored to homeschoolers ages 5-10, but is open to all. FREE! Lake Travis Community Library, 1938 Lohmans Crossing, Austin.

Monster Movies: Stop Motion Animation – Tuesday, October 4 at 3:00 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 – Southeast Branch, 5803 Nuckols Crossing Rd, Austin.

Día de los Muertos – Tuesday, October 4 at 3:30 p.m. It’s time for books, stories, and fun, with laughing skulls, lively music, and mask-making amidst fluttering butterflies. Come enjoy this family literacy-based art program. All ages welcome. FREE! APL – Twin Oaks Branch, 1800 S Fifth St, Austin.

Sew Happy – Tuesday, October 4 at 5:00 p.m. Tackle a different small hand-sewn project each month. From pocket ninjas to embroidered cards to sloths – it will be cuteness overload. You’ll be Sew Happy you joined the fun. All supplies are provided. This program is recommended for ages 10 and up. Adults are welcome to join in the fun. FREE! APL – Manchaca Road Branch, 5500 Manchaca Rd, Austin.

Mindfulness for Families: Fox Mask Making – Tuesday, October 4 at 6:00 p.m. Mindful listening is an exercise in training your attention. Join Elizabeth Hoisington on a walk and learn to “listen like a fox.” Afterwards you will make a fox mask to remind you to practice listening with “fox ears” at home. Recommended for ages 5 and up with their caregiver. FREE! Westbank Library, 1309 Westbank Dr, Austin.

Art Smart – Tuesday, October 4 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.

Awesome Occupations: Game Designer (Pflugerville) – Tuesday, October 4 at 6:30 p.m. Learn about a different exciting career each month. This month, meet Game Designer Wilson Villegas. Ages 10 and up. FREE! Pflugerville Public Library, 1008 W Pfluger St, Pflugerville.

Alton Brown Speaking & Signing – Tuesday, October 4 at 7:00 p.m. Celebrity chef Alton Brown, of Eat Your Science and Cutthroat Kitchen, will be talking food and signing copies of his new book. The speaking portion of the event is FREE! Tickets to have a book signed are only available with the purchase of a copy of EveryDayCook from BookPeople. BookPeople, 603 N Lamar, Austin.

Wednesday

Milly McSilly Storytime – Wednesday, October 5 at 10:30 a.m. Join Milly McSilly as she discovers bubbles. Big bubbles, small bubbles, pyramid bubbles, and cube bubbles. Then play with bubbles yourself. FREE! BookPeople, 603 N Lamar, Austin.

Mother Goose on the Loose – Wednesday, October 5 at 11:00 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 – Howson Branch, 2500 Exposition Blvd, Austin.

Homeschool StoryLab – Wednesday, October 5 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.

Community Night at The Thinkery – Wednesday, October 5 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! Mad Science – Wednesday, October 5 at 4:30 p.m. Make waves and make some noise in this fun and funky science show. The Mad Scientist will create crazy cacophony with a garbage can, a swinging sound tube, and a metal pipe. Children will cheer as pickles glow and potatoes pop. What are all the kids talking about? Sounds like Science. This program gets children excited about science, with a particular focus on the science of sound. FREE! Laura’s Library, 9411 Bee Cave Rd, Austin.

Adam Torres In-Store Performance – Wednesday, October 5 at 5:00 p.m. Falsetto folk-rock ‘n’ countrypolitan twang from the Texas-via-Ohio songsmith. FREE! Waterloo Records, 600A N Lamar, Austin.

Pajama Storytime – Wednesday, October 5 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.

Monstober: Robot Uprising – Wednesday, October 5 at 6:00 p.m. It has begun! Learn more and have fun with a range of robots – Sphero, Cubelets, Ollie, and more – before they take control. FREE! APL – Faulk Central Library, 800 Guadalupe St, Austin.

Krispy Kreme Family Night – Wednesday, October 5 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.

Wine Down Wednesday – Wednesday, October 5 from 6-9:00 p.m. 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. FREE! The Arboretum at Great Hills, 10000 Research Blvd, Austin.

Texas Radio Live – Wednesday, October 5 from 6-8:00 p.m. Texas Radio Live brings you the very best Texas music with performances from Texas musicians. This week, Terri Hendrix and Sefo 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 5 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

French Legation Museum Children’s Storytime – Thursday, October 6 at 10:00 a.m. Gather on the French Legation Museum grounds for Children’s Story Time–an exciting 30 minutes of reading and play. Feel free to bring snacks, blankets, and your imagination. FREE! French Legation Museum, 802 San Marcos St, Austin.

Free Admission to The Blanton – Thursday, October 6 from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. FREE! Blanton Museum of Art, 200 E Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Austin.

Unicorn Princess Storytime – Thursday, October 6 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.

Hola, Hola! Spanish Camp – Thursday, October 6 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.

Sign Language Storytime – Thursday, October 6 at 11:00 a.m. Learn sign language through songs, stories, and play with The Signing Connection. FREE! Wells Branch Community Library, 15001 Wells Port Dr, Austin.

Sensory Storytime – Thursday, October 6 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 6 at Noon. Take a 30-minute lunchtime break to hear a guitar concert by Mark Cruz. FREE! Central Presbyterian Church, 200 E 8th St, Austin.

Explorer’s Club (Cedar Park) – Thursday, October 6 at 3:30 p.m. Each Thursday, kids in grades K-5 meet to explore a set of rotating programs. This week, it’s Crafty Kids. FREE! Cedar Park Public Library, 550 Discovery Blvd, Cedar Park.

Crafternoon – Thursday, October 6 at 3:00 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 – Carver Branch, 1161 Angelina St, Austin.

Book Circle: Crafternoon – Thursday, October 6 at 3:30 p.m. Settle in for a story or two and some hands-on activities. Cut, tie, and stuff your own snuggly fleece pillow buddy. Recommended for ages 5 and up. FREE! APL – Yarborough Branch, 2200 Hancock Dr, Austin.

Monstober: Die-oramas – Thursday, October 6 at 5:00 p.m. Make a creeptastic pocket die-orama that’s so cute,  you’ll just die. FREE! APL – Little Walnut Creek Branch, 835 W Rundberg Ln, Austin.

Starry Nights at Girlstart (RSVP) – Thursday, October 6 from 5:30-7:00 p.m. Girlstart’s Mini-Planetarium is a unique space for families to explore astronomy. October’s Starry Night will feature Solar System and Galaxy Star Shows. All ages welcome. FREE but RSVP is required here. Girlstart, 1400 W Anderson Lane, Austin.

Daytripper Season 8 Premiere Party (Georgetown) – Thursday, October 6 from 6-8:00 p.m. Howdy, Trippers! Are you ready to party? Bring lawn chairs and your family to watch the premiere of the Big Bend episode. There will be food, prizes, fun, and more. For $5 (cash preferred) you can get a Rudy’s Bar-B-Q Chopped Beef Sandwich, chips and iced tea. Admission is FREE! Parking lot in the middle of 809 and 811 S Main St, Georgetown.

Pajama Storytime – Thursday, October 6 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.

Movies in the Park: Best in Show – Thursday, October 6 at 8:00 p.m. From Weimaraners to Westies, Austinites love their dogs. Bring your furry friends to this screening of everyone’s favorite off-beat mock-umentary about the competitive world of dog shows. Film starts at dusk. Dogs, picnics, and lawn chairs are welcome. Food and beverages will be available for purchase. Rated PG-13. FREE! Northwest District Park, 7001 Shoal Creek Blvd, Austin.

Friday

Play, Read, Grow! – Friday, October 7 at 10:30 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 – Faulk Central Library, 800 Guadalupe St, Austin.

Music & Movement – Friday, October 7 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, October 7 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 and APL – University Hills Branch, 4721 Loyola Ln, Austin.

First Friday Block Party – Friday, October 7 from 6-10:00 p.m. Join in.gredients for a FREE, family-friendly night of gathering the community around live music and a good cause. PDL Band (Worker’s Defense Project House Band), Amy Cook, and Brand New Key will be playing on the porch. Zilker Brewing Company will be there for a tap take-over. Get a chair massage from Devon of One Love Healing Center, check out the weird wandering bookmobile from Fifth Dimension Books, and celebrate Fair Trade month with samples from Equal Exchange. A portion of the evening’s sales will be donated to Workers Defense Project. in.gredients, 2610 Manor Rd, Austin.

Mobile Planetarium Show & Star Party – Friday, October 7 from 6:30-9:00 p.m. Celebrate World Space Week with an interactive mobile planetarium program exploring the stars, constellations, and planets visible in the sky. Join the Austin Astronomical Society for a Star Party in the parking lot. Recommended for ages 3+. No registration required but seating is limited. FREE! Wells Branch Community Library, 15001 Wells Port Dr, Austin.

Movies at Lake Park: Disney’s Mulan – Friday, October 7 at 7:00 p.m. Screening of Disney’s Mulan will begin at dusk. Arrive early for a performance from The Love of China Dance School at 7:00 p.m. Complimentary kettle corn will also be served at this time. Grab your friends, family, blankets and enjoy a fun evening under the stars. FREE! Mueller Lake Park, 4550 Mueller Blvd, Austin.

Painter Hall Telescope Public Viewing – Friday, October 7 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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