Don't Miss Events in Austin this February

 Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Just like that, it's time to turn the calendar page again and head into the second month of 2015 here in Austin. February, the month we most often associate with love (although often Austin's coldest month), is upon us. 

What should you have on your calendar this month? Here's a great place to start:


Monochrome for Austin

Landmarks Public Art Tour - Sunday, February 1
Join Landmarks student docents from the University of Texas for a walking tour of the public art collection and get a sneak peek of the new Monochrome for Austin (pictured above)! Meet at Mark di Suvero’s Clock Knot near East Dean Keeton Street and Speedway to learn about the materiality of large-scale sculptures and the effect they have on surrounding space. 11 a.m until noon. Free.


Free First Sundays: WeatherFest at the Bullock Museum - Sunday, February 1
Keep weather on your radar at this event co-presented by the Bullock Museum and Time Warner Cable News. WeatherFest is part of the Bullock's Free First Sundays, held the first Sunday of the month. Families can explore the Story of Texas through three floors of exhibitions that showcase artifacts from around the state. From noon until 3pm, the family can enjoy WeatherFest, featuring hands-on science experiments by Girlstart, weather-related films and panel discussions, and family-friendly activities. Plus, meet your favorite local meteorologist, and more! For more information, click here. Free First Sundays take place from noon until 5 p.m. and WeatherFest takes place from noon until 3 p.m. Free.

Family Day at the Umlauf - Sunday, February 1
First Sundays offer a special, hands-on program designed for families with children, four to 15 years old. Families have the opportunity to explore the Umlauf collection and exhibitions in the garden and museum while engaging in creative activities. The theme of the February Family Day is Let's Celebrate Birds! For a full schedule, click here. Family Day takes place from 12:30 - 2:30 p.m. Free.

Sunday-Fundays: Old-Fashioned Valentine - Sunday, February 1

Every first Sunday of the month the Neill-Cochran House Museum will be open to the public. Each Sunday will include an activity highlighting a theme that embodies both the history of Texas and the Neill-Cochran House Museum. Walk-through tours of the house will also be available. 1 to 4 p.m. Free.

Free Kids Workshop: Learn How to Build a Heart Box - Saturday, February 7

Kids are invited to head to their local Home Depot to make a heart box, just in time for Valentine's Day! This hands-on workshop will be held from 9 a.m. - noon. Free.

Texas Wildlife Day - Saturday, February 7
Celebrate everything feathered, furred, smooth and scaled at Texas Memorial Museum! Family-friendly activities hosted by local naturalists and science educators. Museum exhibits open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and the activities run from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. Free. 


Awesome Animal Mornings at Millie & Mox - Saturday, February 7
Every first Saturday of the month, kids can learn about many different kinds of animals and have the opportunity to meet them up close. Help Austin Pets Alive by donating a can of pet food. Free photo provided for each family. Complimentary coffee and juice provided. 10 to 11 a.m. Free.

Austin Alternative School Fair - Saturday, February 7
Education Transformation Alliance will host this free, fun, and informative Fair on the downtown rooftop plaza of Whole Foods Market! Make plans to stop by the Fair from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. to enjoy hands-on activities for kids of all ages. Don't miss the free performance by Lucas Miller, the Singing Zoologist, at 1 p.m. Free. 

Friend Fest at Central Market - Saturday, February 7
Join Creative Action for a family celebration of friendship, featuring interactive fun for kids and adults. Create friendship bracelets, make Valentines for kids and adults, decorate cookies and sample sweet treats. Just in time for Valentine's Day! 1 to 3 p.m. Free. 

Hooked on Mueller - Sunday, February 8
The 2nd Annual Hooked on Mueller event invites everyone to come to Mueller Lake Park and catch one of the 2,000 rainbow trout that will be stocked by Texas Parks & Wildlife. The Mueller Farmers Market will run cooking demos and there will be fun prizes. A fishing license is not required for this event, but you need to bring your own fishing gear. 10 a.m. until noon. Free.

Creative Action Community Art Sundays - Sunday, February 8

Free Fun in Austin is proud to sponsor this monthly Sunday afternoon of art activities at the new Center for Creative Action in East Austin. Each event will include active workshops, interactive art experiences, and performances by professional artists that celebrate community through dance, music, food, gardening, parades, and inventing. These free activities are family friendly and open to all. 1 to 4 p.m. Free.

Free Family Fun at The Art Garage - Sunday, February 8
The Art Garage hosts a Free Family Fun event almost every month. This is a time that families are welcome to pop in and create crafts, get to know The Art Garage and enjoy in-studio discounts. Make some adorable Valentine's Day crafts during their I Heart Art! event. 2 to 4 p.m. Free. 

Sunday Funday with Staci Gray at BabyEarth (Round Rock) - Sunday February 8
On the second Sunday of every month, BabyEarth opens its back room for special activities, often including kiddie crafts, musical instruments, blocks, a parachute and more. Plus, enjoy a private concert with Staci Gray each month which starts at 4 p.m. Other special guests include The Signing Connection & Usborne Books. 3 to 4:30 p.m. Free.

Hello Lamp Post: Austin Launch Party - Thursday, February 12

Starting February 12, anyone can text the official Hello Lamp Post phone number and “wake up” objects around town to discover what they have to say. The public is invited to a free kick-off event, complete with drinks and bites, at Republic Square Park (422 Guadalupe Street). The event takes place from 4 to 6 p.m. and you can head over to Facebook to RSVP. For more about the Art in Public Places' Hello Lamp Post art project, click here. Free.

The Que Pastas at Strange Brew - Saturday, February 14
The Que Pastas are a funny and interactive family friendly band that serves up their music with a generous helping of fun sauce. 10 to 11:30 a.m. Free.

Heart Party at the Carver Museum and Cultural Center - Saturday, February 14
Kids can create tokens of love for Mom, Dad, family and friends at this event. 10 a.m. until noon. RSVP here. Free.

Totally Cool Totally Art Mid-Year Exhibition Reception - Wednesday, February 18
Totally Cool, Totally Art (TCTA) is a free after school art program that takes place in 16 recreation centers throughout Austin. Mexic-Arte Museum will host the opening reception from 6 - 7 p.m. Free.


Black History Program at Turner-Roberts Recreation Center - Friday, February 20
This program, honoring our African-American leaders of yesterday and today, features many forms of entertainment, including the children who are part of the Turner-Roberts afterschool program. 6 to 8 p.m. Free, with dinner and drinks provided. 

Chinatown Center

Year of the Goat Chinese New Year Celebration - Saturday February 21
Enjoy Lion and Dragon Dances, a community resource fair and rides. 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. (Opening ceremonies from 10 a.m. until noon) Free.

Austin Sustainable Swap at Cherrywood Coffeehouse - Saturday, February 21
The Austin Sustainable Swap provides a space to enjoy a few hours with friends, while practicing sustainability through re-use (redistribution of goods/stuff), sharing skills (learning is awesome!), and trading home-grown veggies and plants. Noon until 4 p.m. Free.

Celebration of Urban Birds at the Elisabet Ney Museum - Saturday, February 21
Look for birds near Waller Creek and create bird art. 1 to 4 p.m. Free.

Kite Workshop at Northwest Recreation Center - Saturday, February 21
Fly on by and learn how to make a kite for the annual Zilker Kite Festival while enjoying vibrant live music in the Park. Children will have the opportunity to make multiple kites and then fly them in the park. 1 to 3 p.m. Free.

KUTX 98.9's MapJam - Saturday, February 21
This year, nine bands — from Pan American and marimba, to singer-songwriters and rock, to Afridelic, electro groove and neo-soul — will perform in four locations across East Austin. Much like the East Austin Studio Tour, participants are encouraged to bike or walk to each destination. This is an all-ages event. Performances begin at 1 p.m. on on Saturday and last until midnight. Free.

2ND Street Soundcheck - Saturday, February 28
2ND Street Soundcheck is the locals' kickoff party to Austin's Month of music, featuring 22 artists and dozens of options for food, drinks, shopping and more. The music and street festival, now in its fourth year, benefits the Austin Music Foundation. 1 to 8 p.m. Free.

You may also be interested in Free Austin Festivals in 2015.




A recovering workaholic, Nicole Basham now spends her time rediscovering Austin through her 8-year-old son's eyes. A soccer-playing mom, Nicole also enjoys tickling too close to bedtime, taking in some live music and being silly. You can also find her writing at LiveMom.










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Celebration of Urban Birds


The City of Austin will celebrate urban birds at several free events in February and March. 
Enjoy activities for the entire family, including live bird demonstrations, expert lectures, kids’ bird drawing, hands-on crafts and activities, a bird scavenger hunt and more! 

Free events include:


February 1, 2015
12-4 p.m.
Bird Friendly Crafts & Activities
Umlauf Sculpture Garden & Museum
605 Robert E. Lee Road, 78704

February 18, 2015

9 a.m.
Birds of Lady Bird Lake Lecture
Jane Tillman, Habitat Steward, Travis Audubon
Guided birding paddling trip on Lady Bird Lake
Park Ranger Julie Webber. Space is limited. 
RSVP or call 512-391-1863 
Grandma Lorraine Camacho Activity Center
34 Robert Martinez Jr. Street, 78702

February 21, 2015

1–4 p.m. 
Bird Watch and Bird Art
Bird watch on Waller Creek and create bird art 

Elisabet Ney Museum
304 E 44th Street, 78751

March 7, 2015

10 a.m. - 2 p.m. 
Celebration of Urban Birds

Schedule of Activities:
  • 10:15 a.m .& 11:15 a.m. Beginner Bird Walk & Tour  
  • 10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m. Live Bird Comparison  
  • 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Kids’ Bird Drawing Activity  
  • 12 p.m. & 1 p.m. Bird of Prey Exhibit Tour
Ongoing Activities:
  • Making a Bird Feast  
  • Great Migration Challenge  
  • 10 minute Cornell Lab of Ornithology Bird Count  
  • Urban Bird Scavenger Hunt Activity  
  • Eat Like a Bird Activity
Austin Nature & Science Center
2389 Stratford Dr., 78746

For more information, visit the City of Austin website.

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Free Audition Workshops for Hairspray


Interested in being cast in the 2015 Zilker Summer Musical, HairsprayZilker Theatre Productions is offering free audition workshops to help you prepare. Join Hairspray's creative team for a fun, educational, and FREE workshop on Saturday, February 21, 2015 from 10 a.m. to noon or from 2 to 4 p.m. 

Each session of this two-hour workshop will include instruction on vocals, dancing/choreography, and general audition protocol. Attendees will receive immediate feedback and tips while learning the dos and don'ts of auditions and call backs!

Workshops are geared to ages 12+. All skill levels welcome!


Registration is required by February 15, 2015 to attendSign up here.

Lyndon B. Johnson Early College High School
7309 Lazy Creek Drive

Austin, TX 78724

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Art in Public Places: Hello Lamp Post - Austin


Have you ever wanted to chat with a lamp post? A fire hydrant? A tree? February 12 through April 27, 2015, inanimate objects around Austin, from manholes to mailboxes, will come to life via text message as part of Hello Lamp Post, an international art project created by London-based designers Pan Studio.


Starting February 12, anyone can text the official Hello Lamp Post phone number and “wake up” objects around town to discover what they have to say.  Watch the fun video here to learn more about the project.

Here’s how to play:

Step 1: Choose an item of street furniture with a unique reference code – a code can be a combination of numbers and letters, such as a serial number.

Step 2: Send a text message to the Hello Lamp Post phone number with a message in the format "Hello OBJECTTYPE #OBJECTCODE". For example: "Hello lamp post #402455" or "Hello moontower #BS2032."

Step 3: Follow the conversation – you should get a reply text soon. Answer the object’s questions and learn what other people have said.

The Hello Lamp Post phone number will be become available on February 12, 2015. The project is free to anyone, but standard text messaging rates apply.

The public is invited to a free kick-off event, complete with drinks and bites, on February 12, from 4-6 p.m. at Republic Square Park (422 Guadalupe Street). Head over to Facebook to RSVP. 

For more information on this project, visit Hello Lamp Post - Austin or read the press release.

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Free Cowboy Breakfast at the Long Center


The 2015 Star of Texas Fair and Rodeo will kick off with a free Cowboy Breakfast at the Long Center on Friday, March 6th at 6 a.m. 

Rise and shine to enjoy a super-sized Texas breakfast of free pancakes, authentic chuck wagon biscuits and more! There will be fun for all ages with western-themed entertainment, live music and two-stepping lessons!

For more information, visit the Facebook event page.

Long Center
701 W Riverside Dr

Austin, TX 78704

You may also be interested in FREE registration for the Rodeo Rumble Kid's 1K Fun Run

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Alamo Kid's Club: Ernest Goes to Jail


Children age 3 and up and their adults are invited to attend a free Alamo Kid's Club screening of Ernest Goes to Jail (PG) this Saturday, January 31, 2015 at 11 a.m. No children under the age of 3 will be allowed and families with loud children will be asked to leave. 

This screening is absolutely free, but tickets are distributed at the Box Office on a first come, first served basis. Arrive early to ensure you get seats. 

Showtimes are subject to change, so be sure to check the Alamo Drafthouse website to verify details before heading out. 

Alamo South Lamar
1120 S Lamar Blvd.
Austin, TX 78704

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Blazer Tag's 16th Anniversary Special

 Monday, January 26, 2015


Blazer Tag will celebrate its 16th anniversary with a special offer on Monday, February 2, 2015.  From 4-9 p.m. on February 2nd, guests are invited to play laser tag for just 16 cents per game (regularly $8.78).


The fine print: All anniversary specials apply to laser tag only and are not valid with any other daily specials or discounts. All players must be present at time of game purchase and only one game can be purchased at a time. No back to back games allowed. Players must be at least 7 years old to play laser tag. Cash only.

Blazer Tag
1701 W. Ben White Blvd.
Austin, Texas

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Free Classes: Love and Logic Early Childhood Parenting Made Fun


Bridges to Growth in Georgetown is excited to present the 5-week series of Love and Logic Early Childhood Parenting Made Fun!™ classes for FREE, beginning Wednesday, January 28, 2015.

Parents and caregivers of children 0-6 will get practical strategies and solutions to:

  • Put an end to whining and fighting 
  • Smooth-out mornings and bedtimes 
  • Take the battle out of meal times, tooth brushing, and bathing
  • Make potty training fun
  • End bad behavior in public 
  • Teach respect, responsibility and self-discipline 
  • Make parenting more fun!
5-week session dates: January 28, February 4, 18, 25, and March 4, 2015. Classes will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Please pre-register by calling (512) 864-3008.

For more information, visit the Bridges to Growth website. To see the calendar of free events Bridges to Growth is offering parents in spring 2015, click here.


Bridges to Growth Parent Center
805 W. University Avenue
Georgetown, TX 78626

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What's Up? Weekly (Jan 26-30, 2015)

 Sunday, January 25, 2015


Wondering what's up around Austin this week? Here are some of the exciting events featured on our Free Fun Calendar!

Monday

Baby Bloomers - Monday, January 26 from 9:00 a.m. to Noon. The sun shines brightly for inspiration as little ones ages 0-3 and their families explore the color yellow. Participants will create sun catchers, splash around with rubber duckies, practice their ABCs, build with lemonade dough, and create their very own bumble bees. Kristin Henn of Move Your Tale will entertain guests with interactive, creative movement-inspired storytelling. 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.


Artificial Intelligence Open House (RSVP) - Monday, January 26 from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. The Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence (AAAI) will be holding a public open house as part of their annual research conference. The public is invited to come and see a small sample of the latest work in Artificial Intelligence, including robotics, game-playing programs, and much more. FREE but RSVP is requested here. Hyatt Regency, 208 Barton Springs Rd, Austin.

Story Time in the Garden: Dinosaurs in the Ferns - Monday, January 26 at 10 a.m. Hear a story about dinosaur survival amid the cycads and mariposa plants in the Hartman Prehistoric Garden, search for ancient gar swimming in the pond where the Ornithomimus sculpture listens for predators, sing dinosaur songs, and play dinosaur match up. FREE with Garden admission ($1-$3; kids under 3 are FREE). Zilker Botanical Garden, 2220 Barton Springs Rd, Austin.

Signing Storytime (Round Rock) - Monday, January 26 at 10:00 a.m. Join the Baby Signing Time revolution. This class is geared toward children 0-5 years and their parents. Amy from the Signing Connection will lead this storytime that incorporates classic children's books to help you learn basic American Sign Language signs. FREE! Kaleidoscope Toys, 110 N IH 35, Ste 375, Round Rock.

Mr. Will's Music Class for Kids (Bee Cave) - Monday, January 26 at 10:00 a.m. Mr. Will is back in action with his weekly kid's music class. Arrive early to get a seat. FREE! Whole Foods Bee Cave, 12601 Hill Country Blvd, Bee Cave.

Storytime with Dr. Candra - Monday, January 26 at 11:00 a.m. Dr. Candra will captivate your children with stories, songs, dances, and games. FREE! Brilliant Sky Toys and Books, 701 S Capital of Texas Hwy, Ste D-480, Austin.


Chicken Big, A Puppet Show - Monday, January 26 at 3:30 p.m. Bawk! It’s an elephant! It’s an umbrella! No, it’s a ... chicken?! Join Literature LIVE! to see how the chickens in this coop make room for a giant new friend in a less-than-traditional puppet show production of Austin author Keith Graves’ wonderful book Chicken Big. Recommended for ages 4 and up. FREE! APL - Spicewood Springs Branch, 8637 Spicewood Springs Rd, Austin.

Night Crafters (18+) – Monday, January 26 from 6-7:30 p.m. Are you a knitter? Do you wish you were a knitter? Then this program is for you. Expert crafters will teach you how to cast-on, knit, and perl. Knitting needles (size 7) and beautiful yarn will be provided. Feel free to bring your own if you want. Adults only, please. FREE! APL - Faulk Central Library, 800 Guadalupe St, Austin.

Daddy and Me Evening Storytime - Monday, January 26 at 7:00 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.

Tuesday

Storytime and Crafts - Tuesday, January 27 at 9:30 a.m. Kids ages 2-5 will hear a new story each week. After the book, they'll do crafts related to the story. Parental supervision is requested. FREE! Whole Foods Domain, 11920 Domain Dr, Austin.

Free Admission to Laguna Gloria - Tuesday, January 27 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. FREE! Read about Heidi's experience at Laguna Gloria here. The Contemporary Austin, Laguna Gloria, 3809 West 35th St, Austin.

Snowy, Snowy Storytime - Tuesday, January 27 at 10:30 a.m. Yearn for wonderful wintry weather with a storytime celebrating the beautiful, blanketing allure of fresh snow. Share the classic The Snowy Day and other stories and make paper snowflakes to take home. FREE! BookPeople, 603 N Lamar, Austin.

Music with Mr. Will – Tuesday, January 27 at 11:30 a.m. Rock out with local children’s singer, “Mr. Will” Dupuy. FREE! Brilliant Sky Toys & Books, 701 S Capital of Texas Hwy Suite D-480, Austin.

Crafternoon - Tuesday, January 27 at 1:30 p.m. (Homeschool Edition) and 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 - Faulk Central Library, 800 Guadalupe St, Austin.

Frozen Sing Along - Tuesday, January 27 at 4:00 p.m. Watch and sing along with Frozen. Popcorn will be served. FREE! Lake Travis Community Library, 1938 Lohmans Crossing, Austin.

Discovery! Make a Snowglobe - Tuesday, January 27 at 4:30 p.m. The Discovery hands on program explores all sorts of different topics, including science, literature, technology, and more. This week, kids in 
3rd grade through middle school will create their own little snow globes. FREE! Laura's Library, 9411 Bee Cave Rd, Austin.

Pajama Storytime - Tuesday, January 27 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 - Willie Mae Kirk Branch, 3101 Oak Springs Dr, Austin.


Pajama Storytime - Tuesday, 
January 27 at 6:30 p.m. Kids of all ages, get comfy in your favorite pajamas, grab your sleepy toy, and come for the best bedtime stories ever. Milk and snacks provided. FREE! Laura's Library, 9411 Bee Cave Rd, Austin.

Wednesday

Kids Yoga (RSVP) - Wednesday, January 28 at 9:00 a.m. Little Turtle Yoga will host a
30-minute children's yoga class for ages 3-5. FREE but registration is required here. Northwest Rec Center, 2913 Northland Dr, Austin. 

Whole Foods Kids Club - Wednesday, January 28 at 9:00 a.m. Join Tina for a great story and crafts for the kids. FREE! Whole Foods Arbor Trails, 4301 W William Cannon, Austin.

Whole Foods Storytime - Wednesday, January 28 at 9:30 a.m. Enjoy a story reading, an activity, and a snack. All ages are welcome and parents can participate, too. FREE! Whole Foods Mezzanine, 525 N Lamar Blvd, Austin.

Itty Bitty Playtime & Yoga - Wednesday, January 28 at 10:00 a.m. Itty Bitty Playtime & Yoga is a playful, educational, and relaxing time for babies and toddlers up to 18 months. Learn new ways to connect with your with your baby through movement, stretching and song. Complimentary juice and coffee served. FREE! Millie & Mox, 5145 North FM 620, Ste B110, Austin.


Teddy Bear Clinic (Round Rock) - Wednesday, January 28 from 10:00 a.m. to Noon. Children are invited to help their stuffed animals get a check-up at a Teddy Bear Clinic featuring Scott & White healthcare professionals. All ages are welcome. FREE! Round Rock Public Library, 216 E Main St, Round Rock.

Puppet Show Storytime - Wednesday, January 28 at 10:30 a.m. BookPeople's practically perfect and positively preposterous puppeteers will perform a fabulous rendition of No Tooth, No Quarter. Don't be late for this super silly and wonderful performance. FREE! BookPeople, 603 N Lamar, Austin.

Story Time with CJ the Explorer - Wednesday, January 28 at 12:30 p.m. Enjoy the play zone before and after the reading. FREE! All Things Kids @ The Domain, 3220 Feathergrass Ct, Austin.

Community Night - Wednesday, January 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.

INSIGHTS: Jesus Moroles - Wednesday, January 28 from 6-8:00 p.m. Artist Jesús Moroles, who worked extensively with sculptor Luis Jiménez and assisted him in the making of the vibrant, 24-foot long polychrome fiberglass artwork 
Sodbuster, San Isidro, will detail his experiences and share insight into Jiménez’s process and the time they spent together. FREE but space is limited. Please RSVP: volunteer@umlaufsculpture.org. Umlauf Sculpture Garden, 605 Robert E. Lee Rd, Austin.

Krispy Kreme Family Night - Wednesday, January 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, January 28 from 6-8:00 p.m. Texas Radio Live brings you the very best Texas music with performances from Texas musicians. This week, hear The Blue Bonnets and Johnny Goudie 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

Free Admission to The Blanton - Thursday, January 29 from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. FREE! Blanton Museum of Art, 200 E MLK Jr Blvd, Austin.

Hola, Hola! - Thursday, January 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! Laura's Library, 9411 Bee Cave Rd, Austin.

CPC Thursday Noonday Concert - Thursday, January 29 at Noon. Take a 30-minute lunchtime break to hear a FREE concert by the Texas State Trombone Choir. Central Presbyterian Church, 200 E 8th St, Austin.

Music with Mr. Will (Cedar Park) - Thursday, January 29 at 12:15 p.m. Mr. Will is starting a new weekly residency at Sharkey's every Thursday. This will be great for all of the NW Austin-area kiddos who aren't able to travel down south every week for his other shows. FREE! Sharkey's Cuts for Kids, 11066 Pecan Park Blvd, Ste D415, Cedar Park.


Thinkery at the Library - Thursday, January 29 from 3:30-5:30 p.m. Youth can create electric circuits, learn simple coding, and participate in fun physics activities. Recommended for ages 8-14. FREE! APL - Windsor Park Branch, 5833 Westminster Dr, Austin.

Explorers Club (Cedar Park) - Thursday, January 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 Library, 550 Discovery Blvd, Cedar Park. 

Family Movie Matinee: How to Train Your Dragon 2 - Thursday, January 29 at 4:00 p.m. When Hiccup and Toothless discover an ice cave that is home to hundreds of new wild dragons and the mysterious Dragon Rider, the two friends find themselves at the center of a battle to protect the peace. Rated PG. FREE! APL - Cepeda Branch, 651 N Pleasant Valley Rd, Austin.

Live Music at Central Market North - Thursday, January 29 from 6:30-9:00 p.m. Nuevo Tango by Austin Piazzolla Quintet. FREE! Central Market, 4001 N Lamar Blvd, Austin.

Live Music at Central Market Westgate - Thursday, January 29 from 6:30-9:00 p.m. Bluegrass by The Lost Pines. FREE! Central Market Westgate, 4477 S Lamar Blvd, Austin.


Chicken Big, A Puppet Show - Thursday, January 29 at 7:00 p.m. Bawk! It’s an elephant! It’s an umbrella! No, it’s a ... chicken?! Join Literature LIVE! to see how the chickens in this coop make room for a giant new friend in a less-than-traditional puppet show production of Austin author Keith Graves’ wonderful book Chicken Big. Recommended for ages 4 and up. FREE! APL - Manchaca Road Branch, 5500 Manchaca Rd, Austin.

Picasso at the Lapin Agile (18+) (RSVP) - Thursday, January 29 at 8:00 p.m. Present Company will absurdly bend the space-time continuum and invite you to ponder the definition of creativity, the surreal nature of existence, and the meaning of life (no big deal), while challenging you to not wet your pants from sheer joy and laughter, during their performance of Steve Martin's Picasso at the Lapin Agile. They will also attempt to cross-pollinate, diversify, and strengthen the bonds within Austin’s arts communities by featuring live music and an exhibit of local painters, curated for the event. FREE, with a suggested $25 donation to support the artists that make this possible. Museum of Human Achievement, address will be revealed after you RSVP here.

Friday

Yoga Story Time (RSVP) – Friday, January 30 at 9:30 a.m. Join in a Story Time Yoga adventure where participants will stretch, read, and breathe. All ages are welcome. RSVP requested here. FREE! The Little Yoga House, 1211 Parkway, Austin.

Fun Fridays – Friday, January 30 at 10:00 a.m. Sing! Dance! Play! Fun Fridays are a fun musical and entertainment hour featuring local Austin musicians. Complimentary refreshments will be served. FREE! Millie & Mox, 5145 North FM 620, Ste B110, Austin.

Story Time with Princess CJ - Friday, January 30 at 12:30 p.m. Enjoy the play zone before and after the reading. FREE! All Things Kids @The Domain, 3220 Feathergrass Ct, Austin.

MezcladaGirl Opening Reception - Friday, January 30 at 6:00 p.m. MezcladaGirl is a photography exhibit generated in Latinitas' 12 afterschool programs and teen workshops focused on empowering Latina girls and teens using media and technology. MezcladaGirl represents the diversity of what it is to be Latina in Austin. Enjoy hot chocolate, snacks, and insight into the lens of Latinas and other girls of color in Austin. 
Childcare provided. FREE! Women's Community Center of Central Texas, 1704 San Antonio St, Austin.

Live Music at Central Market North - Friday, January 30 from 6:30-9:00 p.m. All-female acoustic trio The Carper Family Band play Americana and Bluegrass tunes. FREE! Central Market, 4001 N Lamar Blvd, Austin.

Live Music at Central Market Westgate - Friday, January 30 from 6:30-9:00 p.m. French Jazz by Rendez Vous. FREE! Central Market Westgate, 4477 S Lamar Blvd, Austin.

Head for the Hill's: Free Music Fridays - Friday, January 30 from 7-9:00 p.m. Hill’s Cafe is excited to announce the return of a live, local music series to the historic Hill’s stage. This week, Mayeux & Broussard perform. A special backyard menu will be available for purchase. Family-friendly and FREE! Hill's Cafe, 4700 S Congress Ave, Austin.

Picasso at the Lapin Agile (18+) (RSVP) - Friday, January 30 at 8:00 p.m. 
Present Company will absurdly bend the space-time continuum and invite you to ponder the definition of creativity, the surreal nature of existence, and the meaning of life (no big deal), while challenging you to not wet your pants from sheer joy and laughter, during their performance of Steve Martin's Picasso at the Lapin Agile. They will also attempt to cross-pollinate, diversify, and strengthen the bonds within Austin’s arts communities by featuring live music and an exhibit of local painters, curated for the event. FREE, with a suggested $25 donation to support the artists that make this possible. Museum of Human Achievement, address will be revealed after you RSVP here.

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



In her life before kids, Emily held jobs as a zookeeper, a middle school teacher, and a tour bus driver in the wilds of Montana--not one of which prepared her for the adventures of motherhood. Now she’s living the good life in Austin with her husband, two sons and a Great Dane. When she’s not off gallivanting with her boys, you might find Emily baking up a mean batch of cupcakes, recalling obscure 80s song lyrics, or dreaming of peace and quiet.


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Top 5 FREE Weekday Events (Jan 26-30, 2015)


Thanks to KXAN for sharing our top picks for weekday events. There's free fun for all ages this week:
  1. Artificial Intelligence Open House - Monday, January 26 from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. The Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence (AAAI) will be holding a public open house as part of their annual research conference. The public is invited to come and see a small sample of the latest work in Artificial Intelligence, including robotics, game-playing programs, and much more. FREE but RSVP is requested here. Hyatt Regency, 208 Barton Springs Rd, Austin.
  2. Night Crafters (18+) – Monday, January 26 from 6-7:30 p.m. Are you a knitter? Do you wish you were a knitter? Then this program is for you. Expert crafters will teach you how to cast-on, knit, and perl. Knitting needles (size 7) and beautiful yarn will be provided. Feel free to bring your own if you want. Adults only, please.  FREE! APL - Faulk Central Library, 800 Guadalupe St, Austin.
  3. CPC Thursday Noonday Concert - Thursday, January 29 at Noon. Take a 30-minute lunchtime break to hear a FREE concert by the Texas State Trombone Choir. Central Presbyterian Church, 200 E 8th St, Austin.
  4. Picasso at the Lapin Agile (18+) - Thursday, January 29 and Friday, January 30 at 8:00 p.m. Present Company will absurdly bend the space-time continuum and invite you to ponder the definition of creativity, the surreal nature of existence, and the meaning of life (no big deal), while challenging you to not wet your pants from sheer joy and laughter, during their performance of Steve Martin's Picasso at the Lapin Agile. They will also attempt to cross-pollinate, diversify, and strengthen the bonds within Austin’s arts communities by featuring live music and an exhibit of local painters, curated for the event. FREE, with a suggested $25 donation to support the artists that make this possible. Museum of Human Achievement, address will be revealed after you RSVP here.
  5. MezcladaGirl Opening Reception - Friday, January 30 at 6:00 p.m. MezcladaGirl is a photography exhibit generated in Latinitas' 12 after-school programs and teen workshops focused on empowering Latina girls and teens using media and technology. MezcladaGirl represents the diversity of what it is to be Latina in Austin. Enjoy hot chocolate, snacks, and insight into the lens of Latinas and other girls of color in Austin. Childcare provided. FREE! Women's Community Center of Central Texas, 1704 San Antonio St, Austin.
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Artificial Intelligence Open House Monday

 Saturday, January 24, 2015


Soccer-playing robots, tour-guiding robots, the Jeopardy-champion-beating AI system IBM Watson, and Cepheus the poker-playing robot are among the stars of the robotics world who Austin residents can see and interact with at an Artificial Intelligence Open House happening all day Monday.

Every year the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence holds its international conference for experts in robotics and smart machines, but this year, conference organizers decided to try something new with a free public event for high school students, families and the public at large. In conjunction with the conference this week in Austin, AI experts will be on hand to answer questions and conduct demos at the event on Barton Springs Road.

Demos and exhibits include:

  • The Austin Villa UT Austin Robocop Soccer Champions
  • Game-playing program offerings, including Angry Birds and Go & Hex
  • Eye-Motion Sensors
  • Virtual agent exhibits, including a crowd-powered interactive narrative generation
  • Search and rescue robots that helped in disasters such as Hurricane Katrina
  • At 1 p.m. and 4:30 p.m., keynote speakers from the University of California, Berkeley and Rice University will respond to critiques of artificial intelligence, including comments from public figures like Stephen Hawking and Elon Musk about what advances in artificial intelligence could mean for the human race. 
The Artificial Intelligence Open House runs from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Admission is free, but registration is requested here.

Hyatt Regency Austin
208 Barton Springs
Austin, Texas, USA, 78704

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Weekend Top 10 FREE Events (Jan 23-25, 2015)

 Thursday, January 22, 2015


  1. Planet Music: Dance Around the World - Friday, January 23 from 7-9 p.m. Dance Around the World will feature the Manjani West African Dance Group, The Love of China, Ballet Folklorico MariCruz, and Austin International Folk Dancers. The evening will include a folk fashion show of traditional costumes and dance lessons interspersed between performances. Family friendly and FREE! Dougherty Arts Center, 1110 Barton Springs Rd, Austin.
  2. Community Movie Night: Frozen - Friday, January 23 at 7 p.m. Bring your chairs, blankets, or sleeping bags to enjoy an indoor screening of the movie Frozen.  FREE admission and pizza! The Fellowship at Scofield Farms, 12424 Scofield Farms Dr, Austin.
  3. Tree Talk Winter Walk - Saturday, January 24, from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Celebrate Texas trees at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center while learning about trees for your yard, ideal trees for wildlife, and tree care. The Wildflower Center will offer guided walks and lots of family-friendly activities including a Kids' Tree Climb, shelter building with tree branches, a marshmallow roast and bonfire, swinging in the Cathedral of Oaks, and a tree scavenger hunt. TreeFolks is providing native tree saplings to those who complete the scavenger hunt. FREE! Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave, Austin.
  4. Free Admission to The Contemporary Austin - Saturday, January 24; hours vary. Enjoy FREE admission at both the Jones Center (700 Congress Avenue) and Laguna Gloria (3809 West 35th Street) locations to celebrate the opening of the new exhibition featuring Tom Sachs: Boombox Retrospective 1999-2015 and JJ PEET: BRAIN to HAND to OBJECT_. At 1 p.m., head to the Villa at Laguna Gloria for a playful conversation between artists Tom Sachs, JJ PEET, and curator Heather Pesanti. Bring your own handmade cup and tea will be served! At 2 p.m., head to the Gatehouse to JJ PEET’s BARTER_STATION where you may offer services (preferred) or goods in exchange for one of nine PROXY_CUPs. Offers will be considered, but not all will be accepted.
  5. Austin Family Camp Fair - Saturday, January 24, from 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. Head to this annual camp fair for FREE entertainment, giveaways, and fun! Palmer Events Center, 900 Barton Springs Road, Austin.
  6. Frozen Extravaganza (Pflugerville) - Saturday, January 24, from 1-4 p.m. Enjoy fun crafts and activities, including a photo booth with Elsa, Pin the Carrot on Olaf, and a Frozen Trivia Contest. The movie sing-along will start at 2:15 pm. Space is limited for the movie so be sure to arrive early. FREE! Pflugerville Public Library, 1008 W. Pfluger Street, Pflugerville.
  7. Mr. Will Kids' Show - Sunday, January 25, from 10 a.m. - noon. Mr. Will and the band will perform a FREE show just for kids! Cherrywood Coffeehouse, 1400 E. 38 1/2 Street, Austin.
  8. Boomerang's 9th Annual Australia Day - Sunday, January 25, from 12-6 p.m. The entire family can enjoy a day of fun with a bouncy castle, crafts for the kids, food and beer specials, live entertainment, a cricket game, a pie eating contest and more. Donate to Meals on Wheels and More to get a FREE sausage roll. Kids eat FREE with adult purchase. FREE admission! Austin Blacks Rugby Club, 6013 Loyola Lane, Austin.
  9. Family Day at Mexic-Arte Museum - Sunday, January 25, from 1-4 p.m. Join Mexic-Arte Museum for Family Day! In conjuction with the opening weekend of Selections from the Contemporary Art Collection, Artist Claudia Aparicio-Gamundi will lead guests in a zine-making workshop. A zine is a self-published and self-circulated magazine, normally containing images and writings. Claudia Aparicio-Gamundi is an accomplished artist, designer, and co-founder of the Puro Chingon Collective, whose self-published Chingozine has received city-wide acclaim. FREE! Mexic-Arte Museum, 419 Congress Avenue, Austin.
  10. Octavitas - Sunday, January 25, from 2-5 p.m. Los Reyes Magos (The Three Kings) are coming to Austin to celebrate Octavitas. Come sing aguinaldos one last time and enjoy Puerto Rican Folkloric Dance performances! Bring the kids, the Reyes always bring gifts! FREE; donations welcome. Entrance is in the back of the building, steps away from free parking. Puerto Rican Folkloric Dance & Cultural Center, 701 Tillery Street, in Austin. 
Bonus nearly free events:
  • Kidgits Music Mania (Cedar Park) - Saturday, January 24, from 12-2 p.m. Austin area kids are invited to jam on over to Lakeline Mall for Simon Kidgits Club’s “Music Mania”. Keep warm and join in the fun as Simon Kidgits members move, groove, and learn about different genres of music. All mini-musicians in attendance will receive a free toy instrument, while supplies last. FREE With an annual $5/child membership fee. Lakeline Mall, 11200 Lakeline Mall Drive, Cedar Park.
  • SoundSpace: Free Music & Community - Sunday, January 25, from 2-4 p.m. In anticipation of the exhibition "Witness: Art and Civil Rights in the Sixties," the Blanton Museum of Art presents SoundSpace: Free Music and Community. Featuring simultaneous music and dance performances throughout the Blanton’s galleries, January’s SoundSpace is inspired by groups of improvisers who, beginning in the 1960s, connected with their local communities through performance, art, education, and outreach. This event is FREE with museum admission. Museum admission is always FREE for members and UT students, faculty, and staff and FREE for kids 12 and under. Blanton Museum of Art, 200 E Martin Luther King Junior Blvd., Austin.
Plus one event for teens and adults:
  • Fun Fit Dance Fest - Saturday, January 24, from 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. Recharge your batteries with local and national dance fitness instructors as they lead a day of FREE fitness activities for the community. Local DJs, artists and businesses will join the celebration. This event is for age 13 and up. Tiempo Dance Studio, 2311 South Congress Avenue, Austin.
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