What’s Up? Weekly: September 26-30, 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 26 from 9:00 a.m. to Noon. Baby Bloomers’ tour of Texas ends with an imaginary stop at Big Bend National Park. Children age 0-3 and their families are invited to explore the desert terrain, play in a bird seed sensory bin, create beautiful Texas Bluebonnets with the tips of your fingers, and make your very own bird watching binoculars. Music Forever Music Together joins the fun with a sing-along 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.

Mother Goose on the Loose – Monday, September 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 – Spicewood Springs Branch, 8637 Spicewood Springs Rd, Austin.

Pajama Storytime – Monday, September 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 – Carver Branch, 1161 Angelina St, Austin.

Daddy and Me Evening Storytime – Monday, September 26 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. Children of all ages are welcome. FREE! APL – Hampton Branch, 5125 Convict Hill Rd, Austin.

Night Crafters (17+) – Monday, September 26 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.

Evening Storytime (Round Rock) – Monday, September 26 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, September 27 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 27 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. FREE! The Contemporary Austin, Laguna Gloria, 3809 West 35th St, Austin.

Puppet Show Players Storytime – Tuesday, September 27 at 10:30 a.m. BookPeople’s practically perfect and positively preposterous puppeteers will perform a fabulous rendition of one of their favorite stories about the Tooth Fairy – No Tooth, No Quarter. Don’t be late for this super silly performance. FREE! BookPeople, 603 N Lamar, Austin.

Chinese Storytime – Tuesday, September 27 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 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.

Sensory Storytime – Tuesday, September 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 – Carver Branch, 1161 Angelina St, Austin.

Mother Goose on the Loose – Tuesday, September 27 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 – Twin Oaks Branch, 1800 S Fifth St, Austin.

Family Flicks: Pokémon 4Ever – Tuesday, September 27 at 4:00 p.m. Enjoy popcorn and family fun. Rated G. FREE! Lake Travis Community Library, 1938 Lohmans Crossing, Austin.

Pajama Storytime – Tuesday, September 27 at 6:00 p.m. A storytime for night owls of all ages. Get comfy in your favorite pajamas, grab your sleepy toy, and snuggle in to hear the best bedtime stories ever. Milk and snacks provided. FREE! Westbank Library, 1309 Westbank Dr, Austin.

Art Smart – Tuesday, September 27 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

Mother Goose on the Loose – Wednesday, September 28 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 – Southeast Branch, 5803 Nuckols Crossing Rd, Austin.

April and Amy Storytime – Wednesday, September 28 at 10:30 a.m. Come on out for a fabulous musical storytime. April and Amy Rankin will be bringing their musical stylings to BookPeople to sing and groove with you. FREE! BookPeople, 603 N Lamar, Austin.

Homeschool StoryLab – Wednesday, September 28 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.

Cody Fisher Magic Show (Round Rock) – Wednesday, September 28 at 2:30 p.m. It is RRISD early release. Celebrate with Magician Cody Fisher. Recommended for ages 5+. Space is limited and is on a first-come/first-served basis. FREE! Round Rock Public Library, 216 E Main St, Round Rock.

Japanese Storytime – Wednesday, September 28 at 3:30 p.m. Enjoy stories, songs, and crafts in Japanese and English. FREE! APL – Hampton Branch, 5125 Convict Hill Rd, Austin.

Community Night at The Thinkery – Wednesday, September 28 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! Creating My First Website – Wednesday, September 28 at 4:30 p.m. This fun class will teach kids basic website building skills in order to help them create their first website. The kids will be using a simple click-and-drag method in order to create a simple 3 page website. They will learn how to add text, images, and even video to their pages. After they are done they will be able to share their website with their family or friends. FREE! Laura’s Library, 9411 Bee Cave Rd, Austin.

Doyle Bramhall II In-Store Performance – Wednesday, September 28 at 5:00 p.m. FREE! Waterloo Records, 600A N Lamar, Austin.

The Wine Down – Wednesday, September 28 from 5-8:00 p.m. Living Room at W Hotel will be on-site providing food samples. Music by Greyhounds. Check out a pop-up shop from Sikara & Co and giveaways from retailers around the 2nd Street neighborhood. FREE! 3TEN Austin City Limits Live, 310 W Willie Nelson Blvd, Ste 1A, Austin.

Family Movie Night: Zootopia – Wednesday, September 28 at 5:30 p.m. Rated PG. FREE! APL – Carver Branch, 1161 Angelina St, Austin.

Krispy Kreme Family Night – Wednesday, September 28 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 28 from 6-8:00 p.m. Texas Radio Live brings you the very best Texas music with performances from Texas musicians. This week, The Belle Sounds and David & Anne Ducharme-Jones 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, September 28 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

Art Showcase at the Co-op – Thursday, September 29 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Art show, discounts, demonstrations, and door prizes. FREE! University Co-op Art Store, 2234 Guadalupe St, Austin.

Free Admission to The Blanton – Thursday, September 29 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, September 29 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.

Play, Read, Grow! – Thursday, September 29 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 – Milwood Branch, 12500 Amherst Dr, Austin.

Hola, Hola! Spanish Camp – Thursday, September 29 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 29 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 29 at Noon. Take a 30-minute lunchtime break to hear a bassoon and guitar concert by Laura McIntyre. FREE! Central Presbyterian Church, 200 E 8th St, Austin.

Mother Goose on the Loose – Thursday, September 29 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 – Yarborough Branch, 2200 Hancock Dr, Austin.

Explorer’s Club (Cedar Park) – Thursday, September 29 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.

Crafternoon – Thursday, September 29 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 – Cepeda Branch, 651 N Pleasant Valley Rd, Austin.

Pajama Storytime – Thursday, September 29 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.

Friday

Domain NORTHSIDE Debut Celebration – Friday, September 30 from 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Celebrate the opening of many Domain NORTHSIDE benchmark brands, including Nordstrom, with fun for the whole family. Enjoy children’s activities at the NORTHSIDE Lawn, including a sidewalk chalk artist, balloon twisters, kite building, children’s storytelling, and puppet shows. FREE! Domain NORTHSIDE, Palm Way and Rock Rose, Austin.

Chaski in Concert – Friday, September 30 at 4:00 p.m. Chaski’s eclectic performance will incorporate the flute, harp, and other instruments to create oceanic themed musical pieces from classical to Celtic and beyond. FREE! Lake Travis Community Library, 1938 Lohmans Crossing, Austin.

Chalk Walk and Arts Festival (Round Rock) – Friday, September 30 from 5-10:00 p.m. Enjoy chalk artists creating artwork on the streets, festival groups, musicians, vocal groups, theatrical performances, food and drinks, and children’s performances by local organizations and schools. Admission is FREE! Centennial Plaza, 301 W Bagdad, Round Rock.

Shakespeare at the Market: Twelfth Night (RSVP) – Friday, September 30 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.

American Indian Heritage Day – Friday, September 30 from 6:30-8:00 p.m. Celebrate the traditional and contemporary arts of Texas’s American Indian groups. This FREE public program will honor American Indians of yesterday and today with dancing and drumming performances. Bullock Texas State History Museum, 1800 N Congress Ave, Austin.

Movie Night at Community Cinema: Ferris Bueller’s Day Off – Friday, September 30 at 7:00 p.m. Grab chairs and a blanket, bring family and friends, and enjoy a special screening of Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. Arrive early to explore Community First! Village, pick your spot, and enjoy a 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.

Painter Hall Telescope Public Viewing – Friday, September 30 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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