What’s Up? Weekly: September 18-22, 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.

What's Up? Weekly - Austin

Monday

Baby Bloomers: Color Creations – Monday, September 18 from 9:00 a.m. to noon. Find yourself somewhere over the rainbow as you create colorful creations all month long. 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.

TuneBugz! Demo Classes (RSVP) – Monday, September 18 at 10:00 a.m. (mixed age) and noon (babies). TuneBugz! offers Music Together ® music and movement classes for early childhood (birth through 5 years old) where parents and/or caregivers also sing, dance and play along. It’s music – don’t wait – the best years for learning music are before age 7 and starting as early as possible has the longest lasting impact into adulthood. Reserve your child’s FREE spot here. Studio B, 5811 Berkman Dr, Ste 107, Austin.

Dog Storytime – Monday, September 18 at 1:00 p.m. Handler Holly with Dog Chula will be at Laura’s Library to 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.

Rockin’ Kids Club: Paleontology and Fossils (Round Rock) – Monday, September 18 at 4:30 p.m. Take a big look at paleontology, fossils, and dinosaurs! There will be come-and-go stations set up for elementary-aged kids to explore at their own pace. FREE! Round Rock Public Library, 216 E Main St, Round Rock.

Bow Wow Readers (Cedar Park) – Monday, September 18 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. Registration starts at 3:30 on the day of the program. FREE! Cedar Park Public Library, 550 Discovery Blvd, Cedar Park.

Evening Storytime (Round Rock) – Monday, September 18 at 6:30 p.m. Guests to this pajama-friendly reading activity will enjoy a fun combination of books, fingerplays, songs, and sometimes a short film or app for preschool children ages 3 to 6. FREE! Round Rock Public Library, 216 E Main St, Round Rock.

Tuesday

Kids Club – Tuesday, September 19 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, September 19 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. FREE! The Contemporary Austin, Laguna Gloria, 3809 W 35th St, Austin.

Armstrong Community Music School Storytime – Tuesday, September 19 at 10:30 a.m. Sing songs with one of the talented Early Childhood Development faculty members from the Armstrong Community School. An Armstrong teacher will engage your child with music and movement, plus they’ll read some stories too. This session is perfect for kids up to 6 years old. FREE! BookPeople, 603 N Lamar Blvd, Austin.

Sensory Storytime – Tuesday, September 19 at 11:15 a.m. Sensory Storytime features interactive books, singing, and music and will incorporate some sensory activities, like movement and bubbles. This program welcomes children of all abilities to create an inclusive environment. Recommended for ages 5 and under. FREE! APL – Carver Branch, 1161 Angelina St, Austin.

LEGO Lab – Tuesday, September 19 at 3:30 p.m. With LEGO, 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 – Pleasant Hill Branch, 211 E William Cannon Dr, Austin.

LEGO Lab – Tuesday, September 19 at 4:30 p.m. With LEGO, 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 – Manchaca Road Branch, 5500 Manchaca Rd, Austin.

Literature Live Presents: Strega Nona – Tuesday, September 19 at 4:30 p.m. The hilarious tale of a wise old woman, a magic pasta pot, and a foolish young man who learns the hard way that sometimes there really can be too much of a good thing. Based on the book by Tomi dePaola. Recommended for ages 3 and up. FREE! APL – Little Walnut Creek Branch, 835 W Rundberg Ln, Austin.

Family Laughter Yoga – Tuesday, September 19 at 6:30 p.m. Laughter Yoga is like kindergarten recess for adults, with lots of eye contact, high energy, movement, and an atmosphere filled with child-like playfulness. Participants of all ages will leave with a few techniques they can begin using immediately to feel energetic, more relaxed, and able to transform frustrations into happy, endorphin filled meditative experiences through Laughter Yoga. Wear clothes that you can move in and that don’t restrict your abdomen. No yoga mats or props needed. FREE! Westbank Library, 1309 Westbank Dr, Austin.

Wednesday

Kids Club – Wednesday, September 20 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.

Storytime Yoga (RSVP) – Wednesday, September 20 at 9:30 a.m. Bring your kids of all ages (babies are very welcome!) to watch their favorite stories come to life through yoga poses. FREE with RSVP. The Little Yoga House, 2700 Anderson Ln, Ste 229, Austin.

Tiny Tails Petting Zoo Storytime – Wednesday, September 20 at 10:30 a.m. The Tiny Tails Petting Zoo returns for another wild storytime featuring the furriest, friendliest guests around. If you love bunnies, guinea pigs, hedgehogs, and awesome books, then this is the perfect way to spend your morning. Make new friends and learn all about these fascinating creatures. FREE! BookPeople, 603 N Lamar Blvd, Austin.

Poetry on the Plaza – Wednesday, September 20 at noon. Anna Wright, of Actors from The London Stage, reads the work of contemporary British poets. Light refreshments will be served. FREE! Harry Ransom Center, 300 W 21st St, Austin.

Community Night at The Thinkery – Wednesday, September 20 from 4-8:00 p.m. Make and do together at Community Night. Every Wednesday, The Thinkery stays open late for families to discover new ideas and learn together. Enjoy the exhibits and educational programs facilitated by staff. Cost: Admission is by donation only, with a suggested $1 donation. The Thinkery, 1830 Simond Ave, Austin.

Discovery! Bollywood Dance Class – Wednesday, September 20 at 4:30 p.m. Enjoy a beginner Bollywood dance class with Agni Dance Company. Suitable for all levels with no dance experience required. Bollywood combines traditional Indian folk and classical dance with current, popular dance moves, and invigorating music. FREE! Laura’s Library, 9411 Bee Cave Rd, Austin.

Bow Wow Reading with Roo the Dog – Wednesday, September 20 at 4:30 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. FREE! APL – Little Walnut Creek Branch, 835 W Rundberg Ln, Austin.

Pajama Storytime – Wednesday, September 20 at 6:00 p.m. Feel free to wear pajamas to this family storytime featuring stories, songs, rhymes, games, crafts, and other activities. Recommended for children 5 and under. FREE! APL – Windsor Park Branch, 5833 Westminster Dr, Austin.

Wednesday Night Live: Dueling Piano Night – Wednesday, September 20 from 6-7:30 p.m. Wednesday Night Live is back with a FREE dueling piano night on the paseo walkway between the Thinkery and B.D. Riley’s Irish Pub. Pianists Dan Holmes and Heather Ray will use their energy and technical strengths take the art of piano dueling to new level. Parking available in the McBee District Garage. Mueller – Paseo Walkway, 1826 Simond Ave, Austin.

Texas Radio Live – Wednesday, September 20 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 Bill Kirchen and Albert & Gage. 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.

Family Craft Night – Wednesday, September 20 at 6:30 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 – Howson Branch, 2500 Exposition Blvd, Austin.

Yoga on the Plaza and Harvey Donation Collection – Wednesday, September 20 at 7:00 p.m. @stretchyogastudio and @wholefoods are partnering to bring you yoga on the rooftop at the Whole Foods North Lamar location. Decompress from your work day with a fun and detoxifying flow. Please bring your own yoga mat. No registration required. FREE! Whole Foods Lamar, 525 N Lamar Blvd, Austin.

Date Night @ The DAC: Reassembled Reality (RSVP) – Wednesday, September 20 at 7:00 p.m. Artful upcycling with a surrealist twist! You’ll be in charge of disassembling a decade of debris and elevating others’ excess into your own masterpieces. Have a blast from the past digging through old toys, electronics, and more. Explore surrealist shorts and video art in the theatre and add to an unending Exquisite Corpse using recycled paper and fiber materials. Get ready to reuse, recycle and reassemble reality. Adults only, pleaseFREE with RSVP. Dougherty Arts Center, 1110 Barton Springs Rd, Austin.

Wednesday Night Star Party at UT – Wednesday, September 20 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

Third Thursday at The Blanton – Thursday, September 21 from 10:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m. In addition to offering free admission, The Blanton is open late and offers a variety of activities. Find the complete schedule of events here. FREE! Blanton Museum of Art, 200 E Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Austin.

Hola Hola Spanish Camp – Thursday, September 21 at 10:30 a.m. ¡Hola, Hola! Spanish Camp for All Ages is designed to empower parents to read simple Spanish books at home and foster a love of Spanish language and Hispanic culture through singing, traditional circle games, rhythm instruments, puppets, and stories. You do not need to have any Spanish language skills to participate. All skill levels are welcome. Arrive early or stay after class to enjoy the beautiful playground and picnic area just outside the door and make new amigos. FREE! Westbank Library, 1309 Westbank Dr, Austin.

Music & Movement – Thursday, September 21 at 11:00 a.m. Bring your favorite little one to stretch, sing, dance, and explore music with rhythm instruments. This program focuses on the Sing and Play recommendations for early literacy, which help develop gross motor skills, listening skills, and social skills, while introducing new vocabulary. Recommended for ages 3-5. FREE! APL – Howson Branch, 2500 Exposition Blvd, Austin.

Sensory Storytime – Thursday, September 21 at 11:15 a.m. Sensory Storytime features interactive books, singing, and music and will incorporate some sensory activities, like movement and bubbles. This program welcomes children of all abilities to create an inclusive environment. Recommended for ages 5 and under. FREE! APL – Ruiz Branch, 1600 Grove Blvd, Austin.

Free Noon Concert – Thursday, September 21 at Noon. Take a 30-minute lunchtime break to hear Fröhlich featuring Rebecca Berinsky, Clarinet, Valerie Fischer, Cello, Storm Knien, Piano. FREE! Central Presbyterian Church, 200 E 8th St, Austin.

Alex Cameron FREE In-Store Performance – Thursday, September 21 at 5:00 p.m. Celebrate the release of Alex Cameron’s brand new album Forced Witness on Dead Oceans. Refreshments provided by Austin Beerworks. All ages welcome. FREE! Waterloo Records, 600 N Lamar Blvd, Austin.

Pajama Storytime – Thursday, September 21 at 6:30 p.m. Feel free to wear pajamas to this family 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.

Movies in the Park: Wayne’s World and Air Guitar Contest – Thursday, September 21 at 8:00 p.m. Bring your blanket or lawn chairs (and don’t forget a picnic!) for a fun and relaxing evening under the beautiful Austin night sky. The movie starts around 8:00 p.m., but arrive early for pre-show fun. Prior to showing Wayne’s World, Pease Park Conservancy will be hosting an air guitar contest at 6:30 p.m. Pick your favorite song, put on your best outfit, and rock the stage for your 3 minutes of fame. Prizes will be awarded to the top performers. Please register to compete. FREE! Pease Park – Big Field, 1100 Kingsbury St, Austin.

Friday

Play Group for ALL Abilities (RSVP) – Friday, September 22 from 9-10:30 a.m. Join other parents and children of ALL abilities aged 0-3 for fun Friday mornings of play at Easterseals of Central Texas. Every other Friday from 9- 10:30 a.m., there is time for unstructured free play with lots of toys and a playscape, and there is time for a group activity, such as music with the Armstrong Community Music School, or yoga with Bliss Kid Yoga. These play groups are and open to everyone! FREE! Easterseals of Central Texas, 8505 Cross Park Dr, Austin.

Walker Lukens FREE In-Store Performance – Friday, September 22 at 5:00 p.m. Celebrate Walker Lukens brand new album Tell It To The Judge. Refreshments provided by Shiner Beer. All ages welcome. FREE! Waterloo Records, 600 N Lamar Blvd, Austin.

KUTX Live @ Mueller – Friday, September 22 at 7:00 p.m. Rock the amphitheater at Mueller Lake Park this fall with another round of family friendly concerts curated by KUTX and Spare the Rock, Spoil the Child. The fun starts at 7:00 p.m. with kid-friendly act Saul Paul, followed by Sarah Jaffe at 7:45 p.m. Bring the whole family for food trucks, fun, face painting, and live music on the lake! Please note: No chairs, glass containers or alcohol are permitted at the park. Guests may bring blankets or stadium cushions. FREE! Mueller Lake Park, 2016 Simond Ave, Austin.

Community Cinema: Boss Baby – Friday, September 22 at 7:00 p.m. Grab chairs and a blanket, bring family and friends, and enjoy a special screening of the animated version of Boss Baby. 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. Rated PG. Reserve your FREE tickets here. A donation of $5 is greatly appreciated. Community First! Village, 9301 Hog Eye Rd, Austin.

Flamenco Under the Stars – Friday, September 22 at 8:00 p.m. Flamenco Under the Stars presents some of A’lante Flamenco’s most compelling dance works from the last six years, all beneath the branches of Zilker Park’s oak trees, and the big, bright Texas stars. Bring a picnic, a blanket, and plenty of friends to enjoy a fiery flamenco show featuring the 10-member company that has twice earned the “Best Dance Ensemble” award from the Austin Critics’ Table. This is a FREE show appropriate for all ages. Zilker Hillside Theater, 2206 William Barton Dr, Austin.

Painter Hall Telescope Public Viewing – Friday, September 22 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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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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