What’s Up? Weekly: May 16-20, 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 – Monday, May 16 from 9:00 a.m. to Noon. Children age 0-3 and their families are invited to experience Post Impressionism in an investigation of Vincent Van Gogh. Explore his most famous paintings with Starry Night and Sunflowers inspired sensory bins. Feel fizzy stars, finger paint in the style of Van Gogh, and much, much more. At 10:30 a.m., Laura Freeman’s rainbowlicious, puddle-stomping, monster-marching kids’ music will get you dancing. 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.

Storytime Yoga (RSVP) – Monday, May 16 at 2:30 p.m. Bring your kids of all ages (babies are very welcome) to watch their favorite stories come to life through yoga poses. Reserve your child’s FREE spot here. The Little Yoga House, 1211 Parkway, Austin.

Kendra Scott: Shop for a Cause – Monday, May 16 from 6-8:00 p.m. Enjoy sips and sweets while you shop for a cause. 20% of all in-store proceeds will benefit Bliss Kid Yoga programs. Show off your support with some new sparkle. Admission is FREE! Kendra Scott Jewelry, 1400 S Congress Ave #Ste A-170, Austin.

Evening Storytime Featuring Metamorphosis Dance (Round Rock) – Monday, May 16 at 6:30 p.m. Metamorphosis Dance returns with a program featuring many genres of dance, including modern and jazz dancing, in preparation for their annual park performance, Ballet Under the Stars. Dance enthusiasts of all ages are welcome, but the event will be best enjoyed by children ages 3 to 6. FREE! Round Rock Public Library, 216 E Main St, Round Rock.

Tuesday

Free Admission to Laguna Gloria – Tuesday, May 17 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. FREE! The Contemporary Austin, Laguna Gloria, 3809 West 35th St, Austin.

Armstrong Community Music School Storytime – Tuesday, May 17 at 10:30 a.m. Sing songs with one of the talented Early Childhood Development faculty members from the Armstrong Community Music School. An Armstrong teacher will engage your child with music and movement, plus they’ll read some stories for you too. Perfect for kids up to 6 years old. FREE! BookPeople, 603 N Lamar, Austin.

Bilingual Signing Storytime (Round Rock) – Tuesday, May 17 at 10:30 a.m. This program is a partnership with The Signing Connection, and is best enjoyed by children ages 1-6, along with their caregivers. FREE! Round Rock Public Library, 216 E Main St, Round Rock.

Scottyroo & Christini Storytime (Pflugerville) – Tuesday, May 17 at 10:30 a.m. A musical show featuring hilarious puppets, original music, and dances. FREE! Pflugerville Public Library, 1008 W Pflugerville St, Pflugerville.

Crafternoon – Tuesday, May 17 at 3:30 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 – Terrazas Branch, 1105 E Cesar Chavez St, Austin.

Free Play Gaming – Tuesday, May 17 at 3:30 p.m. Enjoy free play gaming using one of the library’s new video game consoles including the PS4, WiiU, Xbox 360 and more. Smash Bros., MarioParty, FIFA, Rocket League are just a few of the games offered. Come make some new friends and enjoy collaborative and competitive gaming at your library. FREE! APL – Windsor Park Branch, 5833 Westminster Dr, Austin.

PBS Kids at the Alamo: Thomas & Friends Tuesday, May 17 at 4:00 p.m. Thomas the Tank Engine, Percy, the Troublesome Trucks, and Sir Topham Hatt will hit the big screen for six episodes of great family adventure. Young train fans will have a blast seeing their favorite characters on the big screen while parents enjoy the great food and beverages the Alamo Drafthouse is known for. Reserve your seat with a donation of only $1-3, with all ticket sales benefitting education programs at your local PBS station. This is an all-ages show with Baby Day rules – noisy young fans won’t be asked to leave the theater. Alamo Drafthouse Lakeline, 14028 US-183, Austin.

Family Movie Matinee: The Good Dinosaur – Tuesday, May 17 at 4:00 p.m. Rated PG. FREE! APL – Cepeda Branch, 651 N Pleasant Valley Rd, Austin.

Lego Lab – Tuesday, May 17 at 4:30 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 – Manchaca Road Branch, 5500 Manchaca Rd, Austin.

PJ Storytime – Tuesday, May 17 at 6:15 p.m. Wear your pajamas, have some milk and cookies, then snuggle in for bedtime stories. FREE! Lake Travis Community Library, 1938 Lohmans Crossing, Austin.

Family Laughter Yoga – Tuesday, May 17 at 6:30 p.m. During this fun and invigorating session adults and children will laugh, clap, play, breathe deeply, and stretch their bodies gently. FREE! Westbank Library, 1309 Westbank Dr, Austin.

Astronomy on Tap – Tuesday, May 17 at 7:30 p.m. In May there will be three exciting talks: Raquel Martinez will kick things off with wobbling stars and looking for exoplanets. Then, Bill Wren from McDonald Observatory will talk about his work trying to keep the skies dark. And just two weeks after the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death, Dr. Dave Pooley will speak on the (many!) Astronomy references in Hamlet. Plus, Astronomy in the News, trivia, and some brand new giveaways. All ages welcome. FREE! The North Door, 502 Brushy St, Austin.

Wednesday

Little Red Riding Hood’s Basket of Goodies (Round Rock) – Wednesday, May 18 at 9:30 a.m. (baby-friendly show) and 10:30 a.m. (18 months and up). This silly show takes the traditional Little Red Riding Hood folktale and gives it a library-friendly twist that’ll leave kids looking forward to the Summer Reading Program. FREE! Round Rock Public Library, 216 E Main St, Round Rock.

Tiny Tails to You Petting Zoo Storytime – Wednesday, May 18 at 10:30 a.m. If you’re a fan of chinchillas, bunnies, ducklings, guinea pigs, chickens, and stories then you’re in luck. Friends from Tiny Tails to You Petting Zoo will read stories and introduce some of the cutest, softest, most adorable little creatures in Austin. What a wonderful way to make new friends. FREE! BookPeople, 603 N Lamar, Austin.

Community Night at The Thinkery – Wednesday, May 18 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.

PBS Kids at the Alamo: Thomas & Friends  Wednesday, May 18 at 4:20 p.m. Thomas the Tank Engine, Percy, the Troublesome Trucks, and Sir Topham Hatt will hit the big screen for six episodes of great family adventure. Young train fans will have a blast seeing their favorite characters on the big screen while parents enjoy the great food and beverages the Alamo Drafthouse is known for. Reserve your seat with a donation of only $1-3, with all ticket sales benefitting education programs at your local PBS station. This is an all-ages show with Baby Day rules – noisy young fans won’t be asked to leave the theater. Alamo Drafthouse Slaughter, 5701 W Slaughter Ln, Austin.

Discovery! Watercolor Art – Wednesday, May 18 at 4:30 p.m. Everyone who loves color and creating with paint will enjoy learning some basic watercolor techniques. In this hour-long workshop you will learn and practice paintbrush techniques, create a colorful floral or abstract painting, and make notecards. Recommend for ages 7 and up. FREE! Laura’s Library, 9411 Bee Cave Rd, Austin.

Krispy Kreme Family Night – Wednesday, May 18 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, May 18 from 6-8:00 p.m. Texas Radio Live brings you the very best Texas music with performances from Texas musicians. This week, Two Hoots & A Holler and Two Tons of Steel 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.

Music on Main Street (Round Rock) – Wednesday, May 18 from 6-8:00 p.m. Folk music by Randy Brown and Pine Curtain. Bring a lawn chair or blanket and the entire family. Visit the variety of dining options on Main Street or pack a picnic basket to enjoy the evening of fun and music. Food vendors will be on site. FREE! Main Street Plaza, 221 E Main St, Round Rock.

Thursday

Little Red Riding Hood’s Basket of Goodies (Round Rock) – Thursday, May 19 at 9:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. This silly show takes the traditional Little Red Riding Hood folktale and gives it a library-friendly twist that’ll leave kids looking forward to the Summer Reading Program. Best enjoyed by children ages 18 months through age 7. FREE! Round Rock Public Library, 216 E Main St, Round Rock.

Fairytale Threads Consignment Event – Thursday, May 19 from 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Find excellent deals on new and gently loved clothes for children of all ages and stages, from newborns to kids’ size 16, as well as books, gear and toys for kids, babies and toddlers; maternity clothes for mama; and more. Admission is FREE! Austin Sports Center, 425 Woodward St, Austin.

Third Thursday at The Blanton – Thursday, May 19 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.

Hola, Hola! Spanish Camp – Thursday, May 19 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.

Art Lab for the Littles – Thursday, May 19 at 11:00 a.m. There will be paint, glue, and other messy art supplies for a playful art project geared towards the littles. Recommended for ages 3 to 6. FREE! APL – Terrazas Branch, 1105 E Cesar Chavez St, Austin.

Free Noon Concert – Thursday, May 19 at Noon. Take a 30-minute lunchtime break to hear a piano concert by Dr Joyce Wu. FREE! Central Presbyterian Church, 200 E 8th St, Austin.

Free Play Gaming – Thursday, May 19 at 3:30 p.m. Enjoy free play gaming using one of the library’s new video game consoles including the PS4, WiiU, Xbox 360 and more. Smash Bros., MarioParty, FIFA, Rocket League are just a few of the games offered. Come make some new friends and enjoy collaborative and competitive gaming at your library. FREE! APL – Twin Oaks Branch, 1800 S Fifth St, Austin.

Explorers Club (Cedar Park) – Thursday, May 19 at 3:30 p.m. Each Thursday, kids in grades K-5 meet to explore a set of rotating programs. This week, it’s Exciting Explorations. FREE! Cedar Park Library, 550 Discovery Blvd, Cedar Park.

Mobile River’s 1st Birthday Party – Thursday, May 19 from 4-7:00 p.m. Enjoy refreshments, water conservation games, and tours of the Mobile River and the Wilkerson Center for Colorado River Education. Family friendly and FREE! Redbud Center, 3601 Lake Austin Blvd, Austin. Update: due to weather, this event is rescheduled for May 26.

John Evans In-Store Performance – Thursday, May 19 at 5:00 p.m. Join the beloved Texas roots rocker in celebrating his first album in six years, Polyester. FREE! Waterloo Records, 600A N Lamar, Austin.

Music on the Lawn with Buzz & the Blue Cats – Thursday, May 19 from 6-9:00 p.m. Bring the whole family and invite your friends to a sock hop on the lawn of The Historic Charles Johnson House. BYOB and a picnic. Food trucks will be on site. $5 per person (cash only); children under 12 are FREE! Proceeds go to the American Legion. The Historic Charles Johnson House, 404 Atlanta St, Austin.

Pajama Storytime – Thursday, May 19 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.

Live Music at Central Market North – Thursday, May 19 from 6:30-9:00 p.m. Instrumental Jazz by Jeff Lofton. FREE! Central Market North, 4001 N Lamar Blvd, Austin.

Live Music at Central Market Westgate – Thursday, May 19 from 6:30-9:00 p.m. Jump blues by Huck Johnson & The Jackknives. FREE! Central Market Westgate, 4477 S Lamar Blvd, Austin.

Unplugged at the Grove: Charlie Mars – Thursday, May 19 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.

Free Shakespeare in Zilker Park: Macbeth – Thursday, May 19 at 8:00 p.m. This is 32nd year of FREE Shakespeare in Zilker Park, returning with a military-themed version of Shakespeare’s supernatural story of ambition gone awry. Audiences are encouraged to bring blankets and picnics. Admission is FREE! Zilker Hillside Theater, 2201 Barton Springs Rd, Austin.

Movies in the Park: Wall-E – Thursday, May 19 at 8:30 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. Dogs, picnics, and lawn chairs are welcome. Rated G. FREE! Wooldridge Park, 900 Guadalupe St, Austin. Update: this event is canceled due to rain.

Friday

Bike to Work Day – Friday, May 20 from 7-9:30 a.m. Try biking to work for just one day! Not an option for you? Then try using your bike for errands or entertainment. This year’s Bike To Work Day will feature more morning “fueling stations” with FREE coffee, snacks, and swag than ever. Don’t have a bike? Austin B-Cycle has got you covered for the day. Use code 2453 at any B-Cycle kiosk on 5/20 for a 24 hour membership at no cost. If you don’t want to ride alone and are interested in participating in a Bike Train, see your options and RSVP. FREE! Fueling stations are located all around Austin.

Fairytale Threads Consignment Event – Friday, May 20 from 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Find excellent deals on new and gently loved clothes for children of all ages and stages, from newborns to kids’ size 16, as well as books, gear and toys for kids, babies and toddlers; maternity clothes for mama; and more. Admission is FREE! Austin Sports Center, 425 Woodward St, Austin.

Little Red Riding Hood’s Basket of Goodies (Round Rock) – Friday, May 20 at 10:30 a.m. This silly show takes the traditional Little Red Riding Hood folktale and gives it a library-friendly twist that’ll leave kids looking forward to the Summer Reading Program. Best enjoyed by children ages 18 months through age 7. FREE! Round Rock Public Library, 216 E Main St, Round Rock.

Downtown Street Fair – Friday, May 20 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Join the Downtown Austin Alliance every Friday through June 3 for a festival including food vendors, retailers, entertainers, artists, and more. FREE! 9th and Congress, Austin.

Rebate Austin! – Friday, May 20 from 2:30-5:30 p.m. This event is a one-stop shop for all to learn about the residential rebates and freebies offered by the City of Austin and Texas Gas Service. Meet the folks who offer them and learn how to apply for: free fire alarms; rain barrel rebates; composting rebates; water heater rebates; clothes dryer rebates; solar panel rebates; Electric Vehicle Program; free xeriscaping classes. The Fire Department will have a truck on-site for families to explore as well as their Fire Safety House, a fire-safety simulation trailer, where folks can learn how fires spread and fire safety techniques for the whole family. FREE! APL – Hampton Branch, 5125 Convict Hill Rd, Austin.

Piano Concert – Friday, May 20 at 4:00 p.m. Hear live music at the library with pianist Randy Dennis, who has more than three decades of professional experience playing alongside musicians such as Kenny Chesney, George Strait, and Reba McEntire. FREE! Lake Travis Community Library, 1938 Lohmans Crossing, Austin.

Live Music at Central Market North – Friday, May 20 from 6:30-9:00 p.m. Jazz and Rock by Castile King. FREE! Central Market North, 4001 N Lamar Blvd, Austin.

Live Music at Central Market Westgate – Friday, May 20 from 6:30-9:00 p.m. Gypsy Jazz by Selmer’s Arch. FREE! Central Market Westgate, 4477 S Lamar Blvd, Austin.

KUTX Live at Mueller Friday, May 20 at 7:00 p.m. The fun starts with kid-friendly tunes by The Que Pastas followed by intense Afrobeats from Hard Proof. Food trucks, fun, and live music on the lake. FREE! Mueller Lake Park, 4550 Mueller Blvd, Austin.

Williamson County Symphony Orchestra Concert (Cedar Park) – Friday, May 20 at 7:30 p.m. Family friendly and FREE! Elizabeth Milburn Park, 1901 Sun Chase Blvd, Cedar Park.

Movies in the Park: The Good Dinosaur (Leander) – Friday, May 20 at 7:30 p.m. Often described as a combination of state-of-the-art technology and the nostalgia of the 1950s drive-in, the Movies in the Park series provides families the opportunity to spend time together under the stars while enjoying first run movies. Bring your lawn chairs, blankets, and a picnic dinner. Concessions will be available for purchase. Rated PG. FREE! Robin Bledsoe Park, 601 S Bagdad Rd, Leander.

Movie Night at Community Cinema: High Noon (RSVP) – Friday, May 20 at 7:50 p.m. Grab chairs and a blanket, bring family and friends, and enjoy a special screening of High Noon, in honor of Ishmael Mohammed Jr. – aka “Junior the Wendy’s Guy.” Arrive early to explore Community First! Village, pick your spot, and enjoy a classic Western 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.

Free Shakespeare in Zilker Park: Macbeth – Friday, May 20 at 8:00 p.m. This is 32nd year of FREE Shakespeare in Zilker Park, returning with a military-themed version of Shakespeare’s supernatural story of ambition gone awry. Audiences are encouraged to bring blankets and picnics. Admission is FREE! Zilker Hillside Theater, 2201 Barton Springs Rd, Austin.

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

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