What’s Up? Weekly: September 12-16, 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: Touring Texas – Monday, September 12 from 9:00 a.m. to Noon. Children age 0-3 and their families are invited to hike over to Thinkery and explore the natural beauty of Enchanted Rock. Discover dark caves, play with pink granite inspired materials, make a sand paper cactus, and investigate White Tailed Deer tracks. Heartsong Music joins the fun at 10:00 a.m. and 11:00 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.

Lego Lab – Monday, September 12 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, September 12 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, September 12 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

HAAM Benefit Day – Tuesday, September 13. HAAM Benefit Day is a uniquely Austin event where businesses donate a portion of the day’s proceeds to HAAM to support musicians’ health. Musicians, most of whom are HAAM members, perform throughout the day at retail stores, outside stages, and more. The event runs from 6 a.m. to well past midnight and community members are invited to shop, eat, listen to great live music, and enjoy. View lineup and locations here. FREE!

Kids Club with Ms. Jodi – Tuesday, September 13 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, September 13 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. FREE! The Contemporary Austin, Laguna Gloria, 3809 West 35th St, Austin.

Silly Storytime – Tuesday, September 13 at 10:30 a.m. Okay, young prank lovers, jokesters, and comics, this storytime is for you. Strap on your best twirly ties and squeaky shoes and join BookKids for some super silly stories that will have you rolling on the floor laughing. Read That’s Not a Hippopotamus! along with other hilarious tales to tickle your funny bone. FREE! Book People, 603 N Lamar Blvd, Austin.

Chinese Storytime – Tuesday, September 13 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, September 13 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, September 13 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.

Kids Rhythm Jam – Tuesday, September 13 at 1:00 p.m. Positive RePercussions presents Kids Rhythm Jam where everyone gets permission to play and make noise to create rhythm and song. This program is tailored to homeschoolers ages 5 to 10, but is open to all. FREE! Lake Travis Community Library, 1938 Lohmans Crossing, Austin.

Lego Lab – Tuesday, September 13 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 and APL – Twin Oaks Branch, 1800 S Fifth St, Austin.

Family Craft Night: Toad Abode – Tuesday, September 13 at 6:00 p.m. Invite toads to come live in your backyard by making them a home. FREE! Westbank Library, 1309 Westbank Dr, Austin.

Art Smart – Tuesday, September 13 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.

Family Movie Night: Zootopia – Tuesday, September 13 at 6:30 p.m. Rated PG. FREE! APL – Twin Oaks Branch, 1800 S Fifth St, Austin.

Wednesday

Ms. Staci Storytime – Wednesday, September 14 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! Book People, 603 N Lamar Blvd, Austin.

Homeschool StoryLab – Wednesday, September 14 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.

Lego Lab – Wednesday, September 14 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, September 14 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 Real Story – Wednesday, September 14 at 4:30 p.m. Enjoy reading The True Story of the Three Little Pigs and talking about point of view. Then, choose your own fairy tale to rewrite from the villain’s perspective. Maybe the Evil Stepmother wasn’t so evil after all, or maybe Maleficent was just misunderstood. What do you think the real story is? FREE! Laura’s Library, 9411 Bee Cave Rd, Austin.

Whiskey Myers Acoustic In-Store Performance – Wednesday, September 14 at 5:00 p.m. FREE! Waterloo  Records, 600A N Lamar, Austin.

Teen Geek Night – Wednesday, September 14 at 5:00 p.m. Play crazy board games, discuss books, comics, anime, fandoms and more. Recommended for ages 12 and up. FREE! APL – University Hills Branch, 4721 Loyola Ln, Austin.

Krispy Kreme Family Night – Wednesday, September 14 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, September 14 from 6-8:00 p.m. Texas Radio Live brings you the very best Texas music with performances from Texas musicians. This week, Greyhounds and Emily Gimble 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.

Thursday

Third Thursday at The Blanton – Thursday, September 15 from 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. In addition to offering free admission, The Blanton is open late and offers a variety of activities from yoga to live music. Find the complete schedule of events here. FREE! Blanton Museum of Art, 200 E Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Austin.

Unicorn Princess Storytime – Thursday, September 15 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, September 15 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, September 15 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, September 15 at Noon. Take a 30-minute lunchtime break to hear a concert by Pecan Street Brass. FREE! Central Presbyterian Church, 200 E 8th St, Austin.

Crafternoon! Letterboxing – Thursday, September 15 at 3:30 p.m. Settle in for a story or two and some hands-on activities. Create your own rubber stamp and a log book for recording the stamps you find in the original national scavenger hunt game. Recommended for ages 5 and up. FREE! APL – Yarborough Branch, 2200 Hancock Dr, Austin.

Explorer’s Club (Cedar Park) – Thursday, September 15 at 3:30 p.m. Each Thursday, kids in grades K-5 meet to explore a set of rotating programs. This week, it’s Fun with Circuits. FREE! Cedar Park Public Library, 550 Discovery Blvd, Cedar Park.

Yalla, Nurgus! Experience Bellydancing with the UT Libraries  – Thursday, September 15 from 4-6:00 p.m. Get your hips moving at this lesson, demonstration, and dancing event. Join the UT Libraries in the PCL Learning Commons to learn about the bellydancing tradition and how to bellydance, catch clips of their new digital Egyptian bellydance film collection, and try out your own moves with professional guidance. FREE! Perry-Castañeda Library (PCL), Learning Lab 1, 101 East 21st St., Austin.

Felt Friends World Tour: Dinosaur – Thursday, September 15 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 – Yarborough Branch, 2200 Hancock Dr, Austin.

Pajama Storytime – Thursday, September 15 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.

Mother Goose on the Loose – Thursday, September 15 at 6:30 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 – Willie Mae Kirk Branch, 3101 Oak Springs Dr, Austin.

Unplugged at the Grove: Jimmy LaFave – Thursday, September 15 at 8:00 p.m. Join KGSR every Thursday for 24 consecutive weeks at the iconic Shady Grove for one of Austin’s longest running FREE concert series. All ages welcome. Shady Grove, 1624 Barton Springs Rd, Austin.

Movies in the Park: Frozen – Thursday, September 15 at 8:00 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. Don’t be afraid to belt out your best rendition of Let It Go at this screening of the Disney smash hit Frozen. Be sure to bring a blanket and invite your friends – extra kudos to groups that come in full Elsa, Anna, Kristoff and Olaf regalia! Dogs, picnics, and lawn chairs are welcome. Rated PG. FREE! Dick Nichols Park, 8011 Beckett Rd, Austin.

Friday

Mother Earth Day Festival – Friday, September 16 from 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. This festival is designed for environmental awareness and fun, especially relating to Barton Springs and Barton Creek. A special emphasis is placed on water conservation. Every activity is made to ensure that kids from 4-13 years of age have a great time and an interactive learning experience. All families and all ages are welcome. FREE! Barton Springs, 2201 Barton Springs Rd, Austin.

Mother Goose on the Loose – Friday, September 16 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 – Hampton Branch, 5125 Convict Hill Rd, Austin.

Lone Star School of Music’s 10-Year Anniversary – Friday, September 16 from 5:30-8:30 p.m. Lone Star School of Music would like to thank all of their students and the Austin community for ten great years by inviting you to their anniversary party. Enjoy live music with FREE admission. Uncle Billy’s Brewery + Smokehouse, 1530 Barton Springs Rd, Austin.

Viva Mexico – Friday, September 16 from 6-9:00 p.m. Celebrate Mexico’s Independence Day with live entertainment by Ballet Folklorico Mexikayotl, Mariachi Amor, and other musical guests. FREE! ESB-MACC, 600 River St, Austin.

Shakespeare at the Market: Twelfth Night (RSVP) – Friday, September 16 at 6:30 p.m. Present Company, in partnership with Whole Foods Market, presents the third annual Shakespeare at the Market on the rooftop of the downtown Austin Whole Foods Market. Seating begins at 6:30 for a 7:00 p.m. performance. Guests are encouraged to bring a blanket or short chair, and grab picnic goodies before the show. Promoting the philosophy of “accessible & sustainable art,” Shakespeare at the Market is a FREE event, however a $20 donation is suggested for guests able to support. Reserve your tickets here. Whole Foods, 525 N Lamar Blvd, Austin.

Music in the Park: Savion (Pflugerville) – Friday, September 16 from 7:30-9:30 p.m. Bring lawn chairs, blankets, picnic baskets, friends, and neighbors for a FREE evening of music, entertainment, and relaxation. This week’s performer is Savion Wright. Food and drinks available for purchase. Pfluger Park, 515 City Park Rd, Pflugerville.

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

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