Showing posts with label Free Activity. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Free Activity. Show all posts

Light Saber Summit IX at Butler Park

 Wednesday, April 9, 2014


The Lone Star Saber Academy is hosting the ninth annual LightSaber Summit on Saturday, April 12, 2014, at 6 p.m. at Butler Park. This is an event for both Jedi and Sith to discover and develop lightsaber techniques and skills!

Come join Lone Star Saber Academy-Austin, the Chosen Ones (previously JTE, Austin), San Antonio's Lightsaber Knights, Dallas's North Texas Jedi, and Houston's Space City Sabers at the “Jedi Labyrinth” (Butler Park) for an evening of dueling, games, and training. This is going to be a blast, and you're not going to want to miss it!

Costumes are welcome, however they are optional.



Butler Park
1000 Barton Springs Rd.
Austin, TX 78704

Image credit: Lone Star Saber Academy

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2014 Texas Community Music Festival

 Tuesday, April 8, 2014


The 2014 Texas Community Music Festival, hosted by the Austin Civic Wind Ensemble, has been set for Saturday, April 12 through Wednesday, April 16, 2014, with a one-week break for Easter, and then will return Wednesday, April 23 through Sunday, April 27. Unless otherwise noted, all performances will take place at the Cafe at Central Market on North Lamar. The festival is free and open to the public.


Scheduled to appear:
...and many, many more! Find the full schedule on the Texas Community Music Festival website.

Texas Community Music Festival
Central Market North
4001 North Lamar Blvd.
Austin, TX 78756

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ACE Innovation Day


On Saturday, April 26, 2014, students, parents and teachers are invited to ACE Innovation, an event celebrating the teaching of vital innovation skills and techniques to K-12 students. At ACE Innovation 2014, visitors will celebrate, demonstrate and explore what it means to be creative and innovative in a city that has earned a worldwide reputation as a source for innovative thinking. The event takes place from 12 p.m. - 5 p.m. at the UT Thompson Conference Center. Admission is FREE, but VIP passes are also available for $10.

Activities include:
  • Interactive Tables - Hands on activities where visitors directly experience real innovations form both professional and student worlds.
  • Student Inventions - New gadgets and devices that visitors can test drive.
  • Student Business - Affordable, outside-the-box products/services, on the hunt for early customers.
  • Speakers and Entrepreneurs from the Community - Share the energy and wisdom.
The whole family is welcome. There will be games and building activities for the younger visitors, as well as in-depth and thought-provoking activities for adults and students of all ages. For more information, visit the ACE Innovation website.

ACE Innovation
UT Thompson Conference Center
2405 Robert Dedman Dr.
Austin, TX 78712

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Texas Cave Conservancy Cave Day


On Saturday, April 12, 2014, the Texas Cave Conservancy will host the 20th Cave Day at the Avery Ranch Cave, from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. This free event offers the opportunity to visit cave preserves and learn about the history of the area. Cavers will assist visitors while in the cave. This educational show cave has lights and a deck. Flashlights or headlamps are not necessary, but they may be fun to have along. 


This event will only be held at the Avery Ranch Cave. The Avery Ranch Cave is located at 9420 Morgan Creek Dr, and parking is available at the Avery Ranch tennis court at 9400 Morgan Creek Dr, Round Rock.

Unfortunately, due to funding cutbacks and other considerations, this will be the last Cave Day unless the Texas Cave Conservancy can locate corporate funding or other ways to continue. For more information, visit the Texas Cave Conservancy website.

Avery Ranch Cave
9420 Morgan Creek Dr.
Round Rock, TX
*Please park at the Avery Ranch tennis courts at 9400 Morgan Creek Dr.*

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South Asian New Year Festival


Come celebrate the South Asian New Year at the Zilker Hillside Theater on Saturday, April 12, 2014, from 12 p.m. - 8 p.m. The South Asian New Year Festival, or "Pohela Boishakh," is a free annual outdoor celebration showcasing the culture and diversity of South Asia. Now in its thirteenth year, The South Asian New Year Festival draws more than 5,000 people each year.

The Hillside Theater Stage will feature live dance and music performances along with authentic programs highlighting the colorful diversity of South Asian Culture. Offstage, visitors will be enticed to enjoy the wonderful foods and merchandise available in the Bazaar. With food, ethnic clothing, jewelry, crafts, henna and more, this festival has all the ingredients to represent the rich tapestry of South Asian Culture.

For more information, visit the Facebook page. The schedule of events is still to be announced, but check 
the South Asian New Year Fesitval website for updates.

South Asian New Year Festival

Zilker Hillside Theater
2201 Barton Springs Rd.
Austin, TX 78704

Image credit: South Asian New Year Festival

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What's Up? Weekly (Jan 13-17, 2014)

 Sunday, January 12, 2014


Happening all week

Free Admission to Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center - Tuesday, January 14 - Saturday, January 18 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, January 19 from Noon to 5 p.m. Enjoy all the center has to offer for FREE including indoor art exhibits, store, café and Little House for kids. Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave, Austin.


Monday

Baby Bloomers - Monday, January 13 from 9 a.m. to Noon. Baby Bloomers is an opportunity for children age 0-3 and their families to experience the Thinkery together in an environment focused on early learners. Guided activities like Storytime, Sing-alongs, and Little Explorers Lab time are designed to engage the youngest visitors in fun learning and investigation. 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.

Story Time at The Rhythm Studio - Monday, January 13 from 10-10:30 a.m. Develop your toddler’s pre-literacy skills in this 30 minute magical musical event. During this story time, participants will explore an age-appropriate book and then sing, dance, and play to build a foundation for a life-long love of the arts. Toddlers from 1 to 2 years old and their caregivers will enjoy this bonding and socializing time in a safe atmosphere. FREE but pre-registration is required. The Rhythm Studio, 12129 Ranch Rd 620 North, Ste 310, Austin.

Lego Lab - Monday, January 13 at 3:30 p.m. With LEGO, you can build anything you can imagine and tell any story you can dream up. Come to the Lego Lab to hear, see, make, and create different stories, all while building with LEGOs provided by the Library. FREE! Recommended for ages 5 and up. APL - Howson Branch, 2500 Exposition Blvd, Austin.

Adult Craft Night - Monday, January 13 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Keys. We've all got 'em. Keys for our houses, keys for our cars, keys for work, keys for this, that, and the other. How in the world are we supposed to tell all these keys apart? Adult Craft Night to the rescue! Make several amazing varieties of decorative key chains. FREE and open to adults; all supplies are provided. APL - Ruiz Branch, 1600 Grove Blvd, Austin.

Big Band Bash (Lakeway) - Monday, January 13 at 7:30 p.m. Put on your dancing shoes and bring your own beverages and snacks. Enjoy big band music from the 17-piece Republic of Texas Big Band, featuring David Cummings and Lisa Clark on vocals. FREE and open to all ages. (The band accepts donations after the show.) Lakeway Activity Center Ballroom, 105 Cross Creek, Lakeway.

Tuesday

Free Admission to Laguna Gloria - Tuesday, January 14 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Laguna Gloria, 3809 West 35th St, Austin.

Free Admission to The Jones Center - Tuesday, January 14 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. The Jones Center, 700 Congress Ave, Austin.

Animal Babies Storytime - Tuesday, January 14 at 10:30 a.m. January is the time to turn over new leaves, make new resolutions, and celebrate everything that's fresh and new. What's fresher and newer than adorable little babies? Enjoy a reading of A Book of Babies and other tales sure to make you say awwww! FREE! BookPeople, 603 N Lamar, Austin.

Mr. Pete's Train Stories - Tuesday, January 14 at 11:00 a.m. Mr. Pete, a storyteller, a PaPa, a poet and advocate for children will be sharing his stories in the Play Zone. Bring in your little ones for an hour of poems and stories as told through the characters he creates. FREE! All Things Kids @The Domain, 3220 Feathergrass Court (Between iPic and Dillards), Austin.

Yoga & Meditation for 3 to 5 year olds - Tuesday, January 14 at 12:30 p.m. Ms. Ruxi’s class focuses on a story in which poses are used; books that foster emotional intelligence; breath exercises; brain gym exercises; affirmations; music and movement; and meditations. FREE! Toybrary Austin, 7817 Rockwood Ln #101, Austin
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Discovery Writing Workshop - Tuesday, January 14 from 4:30 - 5:30 p.m. Bring your New Year’s resolutions to Laura’s, where you’ll make a Dream Star, writing your dreams, hopes, and wishes for the New Year inside each star. Whether you have one big dream or a dozen little wishes for 2014, you’ll be taking your Dreams Stars home with you to keep, look at, and think about as the brand new year unfolds. The writing workshop is recommended for 4th Grade and up, including middle schoolers. FREE! Laura's Library, 9411 Bee Cave Rd, Austin.

Crafty Crew - Tuesday, January 14 at 6:30 p.m. Seasonal crafts that are fun for kids of all ages! FREE! Laura's Library, 9411 Bee Cave Rd, Austin.

Wednesday

Whole Foods Domain Grand Opening Ceremony - Wednesday, January 15 from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Celebrate the Domain store’s grand opening with coffee and pastries; live music; store-wide sampling and demonstrations; kids activities and crafts; and more. View full schedule. FREE! Whole Foods Domain, 11920 Domain Dr, Austin. 


Creative Movement Preschool Dance - Wednesday, January 15 at 9:30 a.m. Take advantage of this FREE sample class! Grow your child’s imagination and rejuvenate your playful spirit with this interactive creative movement class. This class will include everything from parent-child cooperative activities, song and dance, yoga, imaginative play, and mini lessons on anatomy, nature, letters, and numbers. This is not a dance technique class. Emphasis is on playing together and promoting physical activity. While this class is geared towards preschool-age children, parents should come dressed in comfortable clothes and be prepared to get some exercise alongside their kids. Interact Austin, 9313 Anderson Mill Rd, Ste D, Austin.

Tiny Tails to You Petting Zoo Storytime - Wednesday, January 15 at 10:30 a.m. If you're a fan of chinchillas, bunnies, ducklings, guinea pigs, chickens AND stories then you’re in luck! Tiny Tails to You will be reading stories and introducing 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.

Construction Zone - Wednesday, January 15 at 1:30 p.m. (Homeschool Edition) and at 4:30 p.m. (Afterschool Edition) Science + engineering + art! Hear a story and build stuff! Listen to The True Story of the Three Little Pigs by Jon Sczieska, then do some Straws & Connector Construction. Recommended for ages 5 and up. FREE! APL - Faulk Central Library, 800 Guadalupe St, Austin.

After School Craft (Kyle) - Wednesday, January 15 at 4:00 p.m. Children ages 4 to 9 will enjoy crafting dream catchers. All supplies provided FREE. Kyle Public Library, 550 Scott St, Kyle.

Community Night at The Thinkery - Wednesday, January 15 from 5-8:00 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. Admission is by donation only, with a suggested $1 donation. The Thinkery, 1830 Simond Ave, Austin.

Krispy Kreme Family Night - Wednesday, January 15 from 6-8:00 p.m. Kids can decorate their own doughnuts, enjoy crafts, balloons, paper hats, coloring sheets and more. FREE! Krispy Kreme, 701 E Stassney Ln and 12586 Research Blvd, Austin.

Thursday

Free Admission to The Blanton - Thursday, January 16 from 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. The Blanton stays open late on the third Thursday of each month. FREE! Blanton Museum of Art, 200 E Martin Luther King Junior Blvd, Austin.

Spanish Storytime - Thursday, January 16 at 10:30 a.m. A storytime for all ages, but en español! Join Ms. Ann or Ms. Paty for stories, songs and fingerplays in Spanish. FREE! Westbank Library, 1309 Westbank Dr, Austin.

Brown Bag Lunch Concert Series (Lakeway) - Thursday, January 16 at Noon. Prof. Rick Roemer and students from Southwestern University will perform Music of the Theatre. FREE! Lakeway Activity Center Ballroom, 105 Cross Creek, Lakeway.

Book Circle - Thursday, January 16 at 3:30 p.m. Build it Small! Visit the Library for a fun hour of literary activity where children ages 5 to 12 will build structures with wood sticks, toothpicks, and cardboard. FREE! APL - Yarborough Branch, 2200 Hancock Dr, Austin.

Round Rock Drums Dress Rehearsal (Round Rock) - Thursday, January 16 at 4:30 p.m. Round Rock Drums were personally invited by an America's Got Talent casting agent to audition in Houston on Saturday, January 18th and they have a chance to win a spot on the nationally televised talent program. The entire community is invited to come and watch Round Rock Drums perform a dress rehearsal show. The kids would love an opportunity to perform before a live audience prior to their audition. FREE! Baca Center, 301 W Bagdad Ave, Round Rock.


Charles Thibodeaux and The Austin Cajun Aces - Thursday, January 16 from 6:30-9:00 p.m. Charles Thibodeaux and The Austin Cajun Aces have an authentic Cajun dance sound that represents the The Joy of Life. FREE! Central Market, 4001 N Lamar Blvd, Austin.


Son y No Son at Central Market WestgateThursday, January 16 from 6:30-9:00 p.m. Son y No Son is a long established Austin Latin dance ensemble led by Rey Arteaga and accompanied by some of the best musicians in Austin. They perform a diverse array of latin genres with a focus on traditional Cuban styles such as Son, Bolero, Guajira, and Cha-Cha. FREE! Central Market Westgate, 4477 S Lamar Blvd, Austin.

Friday

Zumbini Demo Class (Round Rock) - Friday, January 17 at 9:30 a.m. (0 to 18 months) and at 10:30 a.m. (19 months to 3 years) The new Zumbini™ program is where the science of child development meets the magic of Zumba®! Led by Ms. Tracy from the Rhythm Studio, adults and their young children will wiggle, sing, and learn together for the ultimate bonding experience! FREE but pre-registration is required. BabyEarth, 106 E Old Settlers Blvd, D-100, Round Rock.

Singing with Staci Gray - Friday, January 17 at 10:30 a.m. Staci Gray’s original music gets children to sing, dance and be just plain silly! Cost: $3/person. Toybrary Austin, 7817 Rockwood, Suite 101, Austin.

Williamson County Courthouse Tours (Georgetown) - Friday, January 17 at 1:30, 2:30 and 3:30 p.m. In celebration of the Williamson Museum’s 10th anniversary, FREE guided tours of the historic county courthouse will be offered on Fridays and Saturdays throughout January. Tours are free, last about 45 minutes and are handicapped accessible. Tours begin at The Williamson Museum, 716 S Austin Ave, Georgetown.

Free Play Gaming - Friday, January 17 from 3:30-5:30 p.m. Free play gaming using one of the library's video game consoles and a variety of games that could include Mario Kart, Rock Band, Dance, Dance Revolution, and many other favorites. FREE! APL - Twin Oaks Branch, 1800 S Fifth St, Austin.

Friday Family Films: The Secret World of Arrietty - Friday, January 17 at 4:00 p.m. In a secret world hidden beneath the floorboards, little people called Borrowers live quietly among us. But when tenacious and tiny Arrietty is discovered by Shawn, a human boy, their secret and forbidden friendship blossoms into an extraordinary adventure. Rated G. FREE! Laura's Library, 9411 Bee Cave Rd, Austin.

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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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Explore the Art in Public Places Collection

 Thursday, October 31, 2013

Austin is an art-loving town, but you don't have to go to the Blanton or to one of Austin's many local galleries to see beautiful artwork. Thanks to the City of Austin's Art in Public Places program, beautiful works of art are all around you, if you know how to find them.


Stevie Ray Vaughan Memorial
Art in Public Places (AIPP) is a program that was established in 1985 that collaborates with local and nationally known artists to create cultural landmarks that include the history and values of our community, and have become cornerstones of Austin’s identity. Austin has made a commitment to include works of art in local construction projects, with 2% of eligible capital improvement project budgets going towards the commission or purchase of art for that site. AIPP pieces and architectural detailings can be found in public places such as the airport, the convention center, police and EMS stations, parks, and even on the streets of Austin.

Finding some of these pieces around town is like a scavenger hunt of hidden gems. For example, I had no idea that this piece comprised of bent pine, Souls of the Trees, even existed at the Spicewood Springs Branch of the Austin Public Library, and I was there about once a week over the summer. In fact, most branches of the Austin Public Library hold an AIPP piece somewhere in the building.


Here are a few locations around town where you can find AIPP pieces. For the complete list, browse the Art in Public Places collection. Past temporary works are included, so make sure to look for the words "temporary installation" and the installation dates. I'm telling you this from experience.

Austin Convention Center
Big Chiller Blues. Image credit: Art in Public Places



























Big Chiller Blues, Ann M. Adams - Glass tile mosaic, Convention Center Parking Garage
Confabulating Orbits, Ben Livingston - Neon and copper, palazzo, level 1
Macro/Micro Culture, Rolando Briseno - Print media
Riffs & Rhythms, John Yancey - Broken tile mosaic, west corridor, level 1 (fun fact: I took several classes from Mr. Yancey at at UT's College of Fine Arts. Wonderful instructor and artist.)
Texas Botanicals, Jill Bedgood - 20 oil paintings, west corridor, level 3

Zilker Park/Lady Bird Lake Hike & Bike Trail
Philosopher's Rock
Big Snake, Elena Eidelberg and Kathleen Ash - Hand-shaped ceramic and sandblasted glass, Austin Nature & Science Center
Phantom Ship, Jill Bedgood - Cast concrete retaining walls, Zilker Park playscape
Philosopher's Rock, Glenna Goodacre - Bronze sculpture, entrance to Barton Springs Pool, Zilker Park
Lou Neff Point Gazebo, David Sanchez, Joe Perez - Round steel tubing and iron sculpture, lady Bird Lake Hike & Bike Trail, south bank at Barton Creek
Stevie Ray Vaughn Memorial, Ralph Helmick - Bronze scuplture, Lady Bird Lake Hike & Bike Trail, south bank at South 1st & Riverside Dr. (pictured at top)
Zilker Botalical Gardens main entry gate, Lars A. Stanley and Louis Herrera - Painted, forged mild steel, Zilker Botanical Gardens main entrance.

Austin-Bergstrom International Airport

Reality * Texas * Mythology. Image credit: Art in Public Places
Green Austin Series, Jimmy Jalapeeno - 7 oil on canvas paintings, located at the security check point.
Hill of the Medicine Man, Thomas Evans - 9 oil on canvas panels, east ticket lobby.
Leaf, Pod & Samara, John Christensen - Cast concrete in native Texas landscaping, west planter box (exterior).
Reality * Texas * Mythology, Jill Bedgood - Etched mirrors, baggage claim restrooms and special needs restrooms on the concourse level.

On the Streets
I feel the need to mention I was in the passenger seat here. Because you never know.

Angelina Eberly, Pat Oliphant - Bronze, west side of Congress between 6th and 7th Streets
High Water Mark, Deborah Mersky - Stainless steel panels with porcelain enamel insets, pedestrian railing, Cesar Chavez.
La Fuente en Calle Segundo, Roger Colombik - Bronze, aluminum, and water, 2nd and San Antonio Streets.
Moments, Carl Trominski - Paint, metal reflective signs, lights, Lamar Bridge Railroad Underpass.
Night Wings, Dale Whistler - Aluminum, steel rods, concrete base, Congress/Barton Springs Traffic Island (southwest of the Congress Avenue Bridge)

Other Fun Finds

Grotto Wall at Sparky Park, Berthold Haas - Karst stone, steel, mirror balls, various stone, aggregates, masonry, petrified wood, fossils, seashells, ceramic and found objects, Sparky Park (3701 Grooms St)
For Jeep with Love, ARCHAIC - Carved limestone, Palmer Events Center main entrance.

This is only a sampling of the AIPP collection that is sprinkled all over town. If you want to find something specific, browse the AIPP collection online. And keep your eyes peeled the next time you're out and about. You may just find a little unexpected work of art.

For more information about the Art in Public Places program or to browse the collection, visit the City of Austin's website.




Leigh Ann Torres is a freelance writer and blogger living in Austin with her husband and three girls. She's a pretty good cook, a mediocre photographer, and a horrible housekeeper. She writes about the good, the bad, and the ridiculous of life with twins plus one at Genie in a Blog.

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Tour the Texas Governor's Mansion

 Tuesday, October 29, 2013


The Texas Governor's Mansion is the fourth oldest continuously occupied governor's residence in the United States, and the oldest one west of the Mississippi River. My three year old and I had the opportunity to take a tour of the mansion and feel like governors for the morning. Kind of. Please excuse any crooked or less than lovely photos, as I was photographing from behind velvet ropes while holding a three year old most of the time.

Governor's Mansion tours last 20 minutes and are free but must be scheduled at least one week in advance for security clearance. Tours run on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, from 10 a.m. - 12 p.m., but tour times depend on how many reservations are made. I worked with Eric from the Capitol Visitors Center, who was kind enough to help me reschedule my tour for another day when traffic unexpectedly kept me from my original reservation time.

After checking in at security at the corner of 10th and Colorado Streets, our tour group met in front of the mansion under the massive oak trees that grace the expansive front lawn, where we started with a bit of history.


Serving Texas governors since 1856, the mansion was built in the Greek revival style by Austin master builder Abner Cook. The house features a deep porch with Cook's signature "X and stick" railings. Large windows and a wide hallway allowed breezes to pass through the mansion in the days before air conditioning.

Our group had about 10 people in it, and I had the only child. The tour is restricted to the first  floor of the mansion, with all visitors gathering in the hallway, which is flanked on either side by parlors and the State Dining Room. The rooms are roped off, but it was easy to peek in and get a good look at the opulent furnishings and historical antiques. Our guide told many of her favorite stories about the history of the mansion, most notably how former governor James "Big Jim" Hogg drove nails into the stairway banister to discourage his children from sliding down.

Parlor fireplace, the same fireplace where Sam Houston is said to have burned a letter from President Lincoln offering him 50,000 troops and a major general's commission if he kept Texas in the Union.

Due to the museum-like nature of the mansion, it's hard to believe that the governor and his family live there, but our guide assured us that the family does actually inhabit the house (private quarters are upstairs, and a kitchen is just past the door under the staircase), and it's also used for many official state purposes as well.


In June of 2008, an unidentified arsonist threw a Molotov cocktail onto the front porch of the mansion, causing extensive structural and architectural damage. Luckily, thanks to plumbing and electrical maintenance that was underway at the time, the mansion was uninhabited and empty of most of its valuable contents, such as the four poster bed that Sam Houston slept in and Stephen F. Austin's writing desk. The mansion has since been fully repaired and restored.



Important parking and tour information:
  • Parking is available in metered areas surrounding the mansion on 10th Street, 11th Street, and Congress Avenue. We chose to park in the Capitol Visitors Parking Garage at 12th and San Jacinto. The first 2 hours in the garage were free, and it wasn't that far of a walk to the mansion at 11th and Colorado.
  • Upon arrival at the Governor’s Mansion, visitors are required to stop at the screening facility located at the corner of Colorado and 10th Streets and present photo ID to the DPS troopers.
  • No bags or purses of any kind are allowed in the mansion, so leave all bags in a safe place in your car, or don't bring them at all. There is no place to leave bags at the mansion, and you will be required to return to your car and possibly miss your tour.
  • Cameras are allowed, with no flash.
  • There is no bathroom on site. This isn't usually a problem for adults, as the tour is quite short, but 20 minutes can be a long time to wait for a young child.
To book a free tour of the Texas Governor's Mansion, call 512-305-8524 or email mansion.tours@tspb.state.tx.us. For more information and history on the mansion, visit the Officer of the Governor's website.


Leigh Ann Torres is a freelance writer and blogger living in Austin with her husband and three girls. She's a pretty good cook, a mediocre photographer, and a horrible housekeeper. She writes about the good, the bad, and the ridiculous of life with twins plus one at Genie in a Blog.

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What's Up? Weekly (Oct 28 - Nov 1, 2013)

 Monday, October 28, 2013


Happening All Week Long:


Fall Festival (Elgin) - Monday, October 28, Tuesday, October 29, Wednesday, October 30, Thursday, October 31 from 10:00am – 2:00pm, and Friday, November 1 from 10:00 am– 5:30pm. Admission: $6 per person (2 years old – senior citizen). Included with admission: Hayride, Animals to Visit, Mazes, Rubber Duck Races, Playgrounds, Picnic Areas, Pumpkin Photos, Hay Jumps. For an extra cost: Great Selection of Pumpkins to Buy, and Mini Pumpkin Decorating. Elgin Christmas Tree Farm, 120 Nature’s Way, Elgin.

Harvest the Fall Fun at Sweet Berry Farm (Marble Falls) – Monday, October 28, Tuesday, October 29, Thursday, October 31 and Friday, November 1 from 8:30 a.m to 5:30 p.m. Stuff your own scarecrow, take a hayride, have the kids find their way through the candy corn maze, ride a barrel train, pick your own flowers, eat homemade ice cream and visit with the goats, horses and chickens. You can also pick up pumpkins, gourds, squash and other decorative items while you are there. FREE admission and activities are individually priced. Sweet Berry Farm, 1801 FM 1980, Marble Falls.

Monday

Bloomers in the Park- Monday, October 28 from 9- 11 a.m. Join us for stories, songs and activities designed for children ages three and under and their caregivers. FREE!! Mueller Lake Park, Mueller Central Drive.

Kids Music Class with Mr. Will (Bee Cave)- Monday, October 28 at 10:00 a.m. Mr. Will’s popular music class now has a residency! Find him every Monday morning at the Buzz for a fun and interactive kid’s live music! FREE!! Whole Foods Bee Cave, 12601 Hill Country Blvd.

Storytime at Brilliant Sky Toys & Books – Monday, October 28 at 11am. Miss Jessamine will captivate your child with a variety of stories and related crafts. FREE! Brilliant Sky Toys & Books, The Village at West Lake (360 and Bee Caves Rd), 701 S. Capital of Texas Hwy Suite D-480, Austin.

Books and Babies- Monday, October 28 at 2 p.m.A lapsit storytime program especially for babies and their caregivers. Very short stories are interspersed with songs, rhymes, and fingerplays for babies and parents. A brief playtime follows. Recommended for ages 0-18 months. FREE!! Twin Oaks Branch Public Library, 1800 S. Fifth Street.

Baby Play Group (Round Rock)- Monday, October 28 from 3:30- 4:30pm. Join us every Monday, Wednesday and Friday afternoon for Baby Play Group! We sing songs, play with a parachute and let babies have lots of interactive, social, free-play time. This group is perfect for non-walkers. FREE!! Baby Earth, 106 East Old Settlers Boulevard, Round Rock.

Try It - Monday, October 28 from 3:30-4:30pm. A weekly after-school program for kids ages 5-12 at the Wells Branch Community Library. Kids will get to try a new activity each week, presented by professional instructors. All programs this month are FREE, no registration required. Arrive early as possible as space is limited. This week’s activity: Kickboxing with Kids with Fighting Fit Austin. Wells Branch Community Library, 15001 Wells Port Drive.

Scary Teddy Bear Picnic – Monday, October 28, from 5 – 8 p.m. The Highland Neighborhood invites you to pack a picnic, grab a teddy and head down to the spooky woods for family fun and live entertainment by The Telephone Company, Staci Gray, and Dead Music Capital Band! Toddler area, games for older children and cash bar for grown ups! Admission is FREE; donations gladly accepted. The Marchesa Hall & Theater, 6406 N IH 35 # 3100, Austin.

Tuesday

Literature Live! Presents Jack and the Beanstalk- Tuesday, October 29 at 10:15 am. When hungry young Jack trades his family’s cow for a peddler’s beans, his life takes a magical turn! For ages 4 and up. FREE!! Little Walnut Creek Library, 835 W. Rundberg Lane.

Tech Tots: Safari - Tuesday, October 29 from 10:30- 11:30am. Registration is required. During TechTots we will have digital story time, hands-on technology learning with TechMouse, and a snack time for children ages two to five years old. Parent or caregiver must remain present. FREE!! 
The Microsoft Store at the Domain, 3309 Esperanza Crossing, Suite 104, Austin.

Day of the Dead Storytime - Tuesday, October 29 at 10:30 a.m. Come to BookPeople this morning for a Dia de los Muertos-Day of the Dead celebration! We will learn traditional songs, singing games and we will do a joyful esqueleto skeleton dance! We will play maracas and we will color calaveras-skulls that can be made into masks at home! And, of course, we will enjoy a wonderful Día de los Muertos story. Please note: If you would like (optional), if your child has experienced the loss of a grandparent or a family pet, they can bring a photo of their loved one, or maybe a flower, or a favorite food that was specially enjoyed by their loved one, and we will create a miniature altar to honor and celebrate their lives! Nos vemos! See you there! FREE!! BookPeople, 603 N. Lamar Blvd.

Sing-Along with Staci Gray (Round Rock) - Tuesday, October 29 at 10:30 a.m. Come sing and dance in the bubbles with Staci and then enjoy this wonderful indoor playscape at this weekly event! Cost: $3.00 children 12-23 months, $7.50 children 24 months or older. You can get a coupon for $5 admission here. Safari Champ, 1400 East Old Settlers Blvd, # 200, Round Rock.

Music with Mr. Will at Brilliant Sky Toys & Books – Tuesday, October 29 at 11:30 a.m. Rock out with local children’s singer, “Mr. Will” Dupuy. FREE!! Brilliant Sky Toys & Books, The Village at West Lake (360 and Bee Caves Rd), 701 S. Capital of Texas Hwy Suite D-480, Austin.

Thinkery at East Farmers Market - Tuesday, October 29 from 3 -7 p.m. Visit us at the market for fun, engaging STEAM activities for your whole family. FREE!! East Farmers Market, MLK & Miriam Ave.

Literature Live! Presents The Dead Family Diaz - Tuesday, October 29 at 3:30 p.m. A young boy from the land of the dead travels with his family up to the land of the living for Dia de los Muertos. But he’s afraid… of humans! See if he overcomes his fear in this lighthearted shadow puppet show. This show is recommended for children ages 3 and up. FREE!! Twin Oaks Branch Library, 1800 S. Fifth Street.

Discovery! Halloween Stories (Bee Cave)- Tuesday, October 29 from 4:30- 5:50 p.m. The Discovery hands on program explores all sorts of different topics, including science, literature, and much more! Join us this week with special guest Bernadette Nason, who will talk about the history and lore of Halloween. Stick around afterwards for a skull craft to bring home! This event is recommended for elementary aged kids. FREE!! Laura’s Library, 9411 Bee Cave Road.

Halloween Stories at Westbank Library- Tuesday, October 29 at 6:30 p.m. Join storyeller Bernadette Nason for some not so spooky Halloween Tales. Costumes and pajamas are welcome! We’ll serve snacks and milk. FREE!! Westbank Library, 1309 Westbank Drive.

Austin Film Festival Family Series: If You Build It – Tuesday, October 29 at 7:15 p.m. The film follows Emily Pilloton and Matt Miller as they teach the fundamentals of design, architecture, and construction to a class of high school juniors in rural North Carolina. Faced with rising unemployment rates, a struggling educational system, and simmering racial tension, the people of Bertie County, North Carolina, turn to Pilloton, Miller, and their students for help. We discover that what the class designs and builds for their hometown has a chance to transform their community for generations to come. Austin Film Festival’s Family Film Series is FREE and open to the public! No badges or Film Passes needed. Everyone is seated on a first come, first serve basis. State Theatre, 713 Congress Avenue, Austin.

Wednesday

Whole Foods Storytime- Wednesday, October 30 from 9-10:30 a.m. Enjoy a reading, an activity, and a snack! All ages are welcome, and parents can participate, too! FREE!! Whole Foods, 525 N. Lamar Blvd. on the Mezzanine.

Music with Mar (Round Rock)- Wednesday, October 30 from 9:15- 10:00 a.m. Music with Mar is a class where a caregiver and child (ages birth through preschool) participate together in musical activities. These classes are focused on the four main areas of development – cognitive, social, motor and language. Classes are drop-in, so no advance sign-up needed. The class costs $7, payable directly to Angie, the class leader. Music With Mar classes are every Wednesday. Baby Earth, 106 East Old Settlers Boulevard, Round Rock.

Preschool Basic Bricks: Free Demo Class- Wednesday, October 30 from 10- 11 a.m. Children build exciting models using DUPLO® and LEGO® bricks. In this class, children will: Learn about letters, numbers, shapes and colors, Build exciting models using DUPLO® and LEGO® bricks, Play, invent new sculptures, perform a finger play or sing a song about their creations. This Basic Bricks Class is appropriate for 3-5 year olds who may or may not have building experience. We will introduce and reinforce sequential building by following a basic model plan, and also encourage creativity with their own custom creations. FREE!! Toybrary Austin, 7817 Rockwood, Ste 101, Austin.

Barnes and Noble Storytime- Wednesday, October 30, times vary by location. All ages. FREE!! Barnes and Noble, La Frontera Village, 2701 Parker Road Bldg A Suite 700, Round Rock; Lakeline Crossing, 14010 US Hwy. 183; Sunset Valley Village, 5601 Brodie Lane Suite 300.

Literature Live! Presents The Dead Family Diaz- Wednesday, October 30 at 10:15 a.m. Ruiz Branch Library, 1600 Grove Blvd. and at 7:00 p.m. at Southeast Branch Library, 5803 Nuckols Crossing. A young boy from the land of the dead travels with his family up to the land of the living for Dia de los Muertos. But he’s afraid… of humans! See if he overcomes his fear in this lighthearted shadow puppet show. This show is recommended for children ages 3 and up. FREE!!

BookPeople’s Special Halloween Puppet Show- Wednesday, 10:30 a.m. Little ghouls & goblins, join us this morning for a super special & silly Halloween themed storytime featuring our puppeteers! They will be performing Leonardo the Terrible Monster and thrilling us all with their delightfully spooky senses of humor & puppeteering skills! Wear your costume to this extra special storytime! FREE!! BookPeople, 603 N. Lamar Blvd.

Yoga in the Park – Wednesday, October 30, from noon – 1 p.m. A certified instructor from Yoga Yoga will lead this FREE class. The class is appropriate for all ages and skill levels. Bring a water bottle and mat and wear clothing you can move in. Republic Square Park, 422 Guadalupe, Austin.

Early Release Movie (Pflugerville)- Wednesday, October 30 from 1:30 to 3:00 p.m. School's out early! Bring the kids to watch a spooky movie at the library. Rated PG. FREE!! Pflugerville Library, 1008 W. Pfluger St., Pflugerville.

Thinkery at Triangle Farmers’ Market- Wednesday, October 30 from 4-7pm. Shop for fresh fruits and veggies while the kids have fun in the Children’s Museum tent! FREE!! Triangle Farmers Market, 46th and Lamar.


2ND Street District Halloween Costume Stroll - Wednesday, October 30, from 5-9 p.m. Enjoy trick-or-treating in the heart of downtown for costumed humans, and their canine pals! All are welcome! Participating businesses will have the event poster displayed in their front window. Take a leisurely stroll through the 2ND Street District, in search of treats for kids and canines. Cesar Chavez-2nd-3rd St.,(Colorado-Lavaca-Guadalupe-San Antonio), Austin.

Family Night at Krispy Kreme – Wednesday, October 30, from 6 – 8 p.m. Kids are invited to get a FREE doughnut, which they can frost and sprinkle themselves. Families can also enjoy arts and crafts. Both Austin locations (12586 Research Blvd and 701 E. Stassney) and the San Marcos location (121 N. IH-35).

Live, Old Time Radio Show- Wednesday, October 30 at 7pm. Join 11 year old Amber and brother Nick, in an interactive family show featuring vintage tunes from the 40s and 50s. Kids of all ages can be a part of the broadcast by dancing, singing along, playing drums and more. Contests, games, prizes as well. Come early and be part of the studio audience sound effects team! FREE!! Cherrywood Coffeehouse, 1400 E. 381/3 Street.

Spooky Halloween Trail - Wednesday, October 30, from 6-8 p.m. A family friendly event featuring a carnival, costume contest, haunted house, trick or treating and more! FREE. South Austin Recreation Center, 1100 Cumberland Rd., Austin.

Spooktacular Halloween - Wednesday, October 30, from 6 – 8 p.m. Children of all ages and their parents can scare up some fun at the carnival where they will find games, inflatables, and much, much more. Kids love to show off their costumes for this event; parents are encouraged to dress up too! FREE. Givens Recreation Center, 3811 East 12th Street, Austin.

Thursday

Fall Fun Fest (Round Rock)- Thursday, October 31, from 9 – 11:30 a.m. This year’s theme is superheroes. Kapow! Bam! Pow! Zap! Superhero to the rescue! Fly into the park for a fun filled morning with all your favorite superheroes. There will be carnival games for toddlers and preschoolers, hayrides, cookies and punch and fun entertainment for all to enjoy. Be sure to wear your favorite costume! FREE, but guests are encouraged to bring a canned item for the Round Rock Serving Center. Lakeview Pavilion festival area of Old Settlers Park, 3300 Palm Valley Blvd., Round Rock.

Pumpkin Parade- Thursday, October 31, 10:30 a.m. Get dressed up in your best Halloween costume and come to the library for the annual Pumpkin Parade. There will be a brief story time, then parade around the library. FREE! Lake Travis Community Library, 1938 Lohman’s Crossing.

Literature Live! Presents The Dead Family Diaz- Thursday, October 31 at 11:15 a.m. A young boy from the land of the dead travels with his family up to the land of the living for Dia de los Muertos. But he’s afraid… of humans! See if he overcomes his fear in this lighthearted shadow puppet show. This show is recommended for children ages 3 and up. FREE!! Faulk Central Library, 800 Guadalupe Blvd.

Reptile Show at Toybrary- Thursday, October 31 from 11:00 a.m. to noon. 30 minute presentation and one hour of hands-on time with the reptiles. Cost: $3 per child. Toybrary Austin, 7817 Rockwood, Ste 101, Austin.

Halloween Craft Time and Parade (Round Rock)- Thursday, October 31 from 3:30 – 5:15 p.m. With Halloween being on a Thursday this year, we will combine Craft Time with a fun Trick or Treat parade! Dressed up in their ghoulish garb, the kids will make their own reusable bag to fill up with goodies and giveaways as they parade around the store. Children 0-18 months are still encouraged to come at 3:30pm, and over 18 months at 4:30pm. FREE!! Baby Earth, 106 East Old Settlers Boulevard, Round Rock.

St. John Fall Festival - Thursday, October 31 at 3:30 p.m. To all you trick-or-treaters, come out and enjoy some mini carnival games, good food, and have a lot of fun before you head out and trick or treat. Fee: $2 for wristband. Virginia L. Brown Recreation Center, 7500 Blessing Ave., Austin.

Monsters Festival- Thursday, October 31 from 5:30- 7:30 p.m.Come join the Austin Public Library as we celebrate Monsters for the second year in a row! Come dressed up in your favorite superhero or monster costume and join the fun! Face Painting Station available for all, Craft booths, Let the Monstruous flow: Create your own scary story: write, draw, color, and more, Make your Own paper Monster, Family Movie: Monsters, Inc. @ 6 p.m. FREE!! Ruiz Branch Public Library, 1600 Grove Blvd.

Trunk or Treat- Thursday, October 31, 6 – 9 p.m. Bring your trick-or-treat route by the Community Center parking lot off Klattenhoff Drive for Trunk-or-Treat. You will be able to vote for various decorated cars and play games on Halloween night. FREE! Wells Branch Community Center Parking Lot, 2106 Klattenhoff Drive.

Halloween Carnival- Thursday, October 31, 6 – 8 p.m. Come and enjoy a spooktacular time! There will be games, arts and crafts, and a haunted house. There will also be a family pumpkin decorating contest and a costume contest. FREE. Montopolis Recreation Center, 1200 Montopolis Dr., Austin.

Trick or Treat for Books- Thursday, October 31 at 6:00 p.m. Gather at BookPeople this Halloween for a storytime filled with our favorite type of treats – new books! Storytime will be in our amphitheater starting at 6PM, featuring stories full of monsters, ghosts, and witches (but none of them will be too scary). Then, at 6:30PM, join the costume parade around the store, which will start on our second floor and end at the front of the store where you’ll get your treat – a free book to bring home! This Halloween Party is perfect for witches and wizards ages 7 and under. Come have a Spook-tacular Halloween at BookPeople! FREE!! BookPeople, 603 N. Lamar Blvd.

Friday

Literature Live! Presents The Dead Family Diaz- Friday, November 1 at 12:00 p.m. A young boy from the land of the dead travels with his family up to the land of the living for Dia de los Muertos. But he’s afraid… of humans! See if he overcomes his fear in this lighthearted shadow puppet show. This show is recommended for children ages 3 and up. FREE!! Terrazas Branch Library, 1105 E. Cesar Chavez.






Catherine Prystup is mama to three kiddos ranging in age from one to 14. Looking for more wisdom on how to spend your days? Head on over to LiveMom.com, a resource website for Austin-area moms (and dads, too!).

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What's Up? Weekly (Oct 7-11, 2013)

 Monday, October 7, 2013


Monday

Harvest the Fall Fun at Sweet Berry Farm (Marble Falls) – Monday, October 7, Tuesday, October 8, Thursday, October 10 and Friday, October 11 from 8:30 a.m to 5:30 p.m. (Closed Wednesday.) Stuff your own scarecrow, take a hayride, have the kids find their way through the candy corn maze, ride a barrel train, pick your own flowers, eat homemade ice cream and visit with the goats, horses and chickens. You can also pick up pumpkins, gourds, squash and other decorative items while you are there. FREE admission; activities are individually priced. Sweet Berry Farm, 1801 FM 1980, Marble Falls.

Thinkery’s Baby Bloomers in the Park - Monday, October 7, from 9 – 11 a.m. During the Austin Children’s Museum’s transition to the Thinkery, storytime will be held in the park, across from the new, red Thinkery building. This Monday’s theme will be bubbles! Enjoy some FREE bubbly fun in Mueller Lake Park. Storytime will be at 9:30 a.m. and then at 10 a.m. Mr. Louis from Armstrong Community Music School will visit for some sing-along fun! Mueller Lake Park, Mueller Central Drive, Austin.

Storytime at Brilliant Sky Toys & Books – Monday, October 7 at 11am. Ms. Sandy will captivate your child with a variety of stories and related crafts. FREE! Brilliant Sky Toys & Books, The Village at West Lake (360 and Bee Caves Rd), 701 S. Capital of Texas Hwy Suite D-480, Austin.

Try It - Monday, October 7 at 3:30pm. Learn to Draw with author/illustrator Scott E. Sutton. FREE after-school program for kids ages 5 - 12. Wells Branch Community Library, 15001 Wells Port Drive, Austin.

Baby Play Group (Round Rock) - Monday, October 7 from 3:30- 4:30pm. Join us every Monday, Wednesday and Friday afternoon for Baby Play Group! We sing songs, play with a parachute and let babies have lots of interactive, social, free-play time. This group is perfect for non-walkers. FREE!! Baby Earth, 106 East Old Settlers Boulevard, Round Rock.

Rockin’ Crafts Grades K-5 (Round Rock) - Monday, October 7 from 4:30pm- 5:15pm. Elementary students, come explore a new fun craft project every week. Sessions will last 30-45 minutes. FREE!! Round Rock Public Library, 216 E. Main Street, Round Rock.

Tuesday

The Colors of Fall Storytime - Tuesday, October 8 at 10:30am. The colors of fall are brown, red, golden yellow, and orange. During the crispiest and coolest time of year, these colorful leaves whirl about decorating our streets and rooftops like seasonal confetti. Today’s storytime is all about these colors and how we love them so! BookPeople will read Leaves along with other heartwarming stories all in celebration of these seasonal shades. FREE!! BookPeople, 603 N. Lamar Blvd.

Tech Tots: Under the Sea - Tuesday, October 8 from 10:30- 11:30am. Registration opens one week in advance. During TechTots we will have digital story time, hands-on technology learning with TechMouse, and a snack time for children ages two to five years old. Parent or caregiver must remain present. FREE!! The Microsoft Store at the Domain, 3309 Esperanza Crossing, Suite 104, Austin.

Sing-a-long with Staci Gray (Round Rock) - Tuesday, October 8 at 10:30am. Come sing and dance in the bubbles with Staci and then enjoy this wonderful indoor playscape at this weekly event! Cost: $3.00 children 12-23 months, $7.50 children 24 months or older. Use the coupon here for $5 admission. Safari Champ, 1400 East Old Settlers Blvd, # 200, Round Rock.

Literature Live! Presents Jack and the Beanstalk- Tuesday, October 8 at 10:15 am. When hungry young Jack trades his family’s cow for a peddler’s beans, his life takes a magical turn! For ages 4 and up. FREE!! Carver Branch Library, 1161 Angelina Street.

Music with Mr. Will at Brilliant Sky Toys & Books – Tuesday, October 8 at 11:30am. Rock out with local children’s singer, “Mr. Will” Dupuy. FREE!! Brilliant Sky Toys & Books, The Village at West Lake (360 and Bee Caves Rd), 701 S. Capital of Texas Hwy Suite D-480, Austin.

Discovery Writing! (Bee Cave) - Tuesday, October 8 from 4:30- 5:30 p.m. Spookily Ever After – Ghosts, goblins, and ghouls galore! Come to Laura’s and get in the Halloween spirit with Discovery Writing! We’ll be making masks and writing frightening fairy tales featuring the creepiest creatures you can imagine. All tween writers, werewolves, and witches welcome! FREE!! Laura’s Library, 9411 Bee Cave Road.

Family Movie Night: Inkheart – Tuesday, October 8 at 6:30 p.m. Enjoy a FREE movie at the library. Austin Public Library, Twin Oaks Branch, 1800 S. Fifth Street, Austin.

Teen Craft Night - Tuesday, October 8 at 6:30 p.m. Make Cool Stuff! All supplies will be provided. This program is FREE and open to the public. Recommended for ages 10 and up. Manchaca Road Branch Library, 5500 Manchaca Road.

Wednesday

Halloween Costume Swap – Wednesday, October 9 at 10 a.m. Head to the Toybrary for a FREE Halloween Costume Swap. Bring a costume, leave with a costume! Toybrary Austin, 7817 Rockwood, Ste 101, Austin.

Whole Foods Storytime - Wednesday, October 9 from 9-10:30am. Enjoy a reading, an activity, and a snack! All ages are welcome, and parents can participate, too! FREE!! Whole Foods, 525 N. Lamar Blvd. on the Mezzanine.

Ms. Staci Storytime - Wednesday, October 9 at 10:30 a.m. Ms. Staci is back in the store this morning to read some of her favorite stories and to sing some of your favorite songs. Kids, don’t forget your dancing shoes today! You’re going to want to dance to some great tunes. FREE!! BookPeople, 603 N. Lamar Blvd.

Car Seat Inspection (Round Rock) - Wednesday, October 9 from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Texans In Motion will be on-hand to inspect your car seat and give you best practices for keeping little ones safe. FREE!! Please contact the store at 512-600-7050 to sign up for an appointment. BabyEarth, 106 East Old Settlers Boulevard, Round Rock.

Barnes and Noble Storytime - Wednesday, October 9, times vary by location. All ages. FREE!! Barnes and Noble, La Frontera Village, 2701 Parker Road Bldg A Suite 700, Round Rock; 10000 Research Blvd #158; Lakeline Crossing, 14010 US Hwy. 183; Sunset Valley Village, 5601 Brodie Lane Suite 300.

Yoga in the Park – Wednesday, October 9, from noon – 1 p.m. A certified instructor from Yoga Yoga will lead this FREE class. The class is appropriate for all ages and skill levels. Bring a water bottle and mat and wear clothing you can move in. Republic Square Park, 422 Guadalupe, Austin.

Literature Live! Presents Jack and the Beanstalk- Wednesday, October 9 at 3:30 p.m. When hungry young Jack trades his family’s cow for a peddler’s beans, his life takes a magical turn! For ages 4 and up. FREE!! Millwood Branch Library, 12500 Amherst Drive.

Thinkery at Triangle Farmers’ Market - Wednesday, October 9 from 4-7pm. Shop for fresh fruits and veggies while the kids have fun in the Children’s Museum tent! FREE!! Triangle Farmers Market, 46th and Lamar.

Lego Lab - Wednesday, October 9 at 4:00 p.m. With Legos, 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!! Carver Branch Library, 1161 Angelina Street.

Family Night at Krispy Kreme – Wednesday, October 9, from 6 – 8 p.m. Kids are invited to get a FREE doughnut, which they can frost and sprinkle themselves. Families can also enjoy arts and crafts. Both Austin locations (12586 Research Blvd and 701 E. Stassney) and the San Marcos location (121 N. IH-35).

Live, Old Time Radio Show - Wednesday, October 9 at 7pm. Join 11 year old Amber and brother Nick, in an interactive family show featuring vintage tunes from the 40s and 50s. Kids of all ages can be a part of the broadcast by dancing, singing along, playing drums and more. Contests, games, prizes as well. Come early and be part of the studio audience sound effects team! FREE!! Cherrywood Coffeehouse, 1400 E. 381/3 Street.

Thursday

Play 2 Learn Storytime (Pflugerville) - Thursday, October 10 from 11:00- 11:30 a.m. Join certified Baby Signs instructor Sarah Kostusiak for a FREE Play 2 Lean Story Time. She will read, sing & sign with you as well as offer a craft! Great for 1-5 year olds. Toy Time, 101-B Pecan Street, Pflugerville.

Explorers Club: Super Science (Cedar Park)
- Thursday, October 10, from 3:30- 4:00pm. Each Thursday, kids in grades K-5 meet at 3:30 to explore a set of rotating monthly programs. FREE!! Cedar Park Library, 550 Discovery Blvd.

LEGO® City Fire Mini Model Build!, Thursday, October 10 at 5:00 p.m. In honor of Fire Safety Week, kids are invited to the LEGO® Store to learn how to build a LEGO® Fire Plane and take it home – for FREE! Event is open to builders ages 6-14 years. Quantities are limited to 150 per store. Offer is good while supplies last. Download the October store calendar. LEGO Store, Barton Creek Square Mall, 2901 S. Capital of Texas Highway.

Live Music at Central Market - Thursday, October 10 from 6:30 - 9pm. Thrift Set Orchestra aims to play and create music from the 1920′s to 1930′s during the heyday of swing dancing and the Lindy Hop. Loved by dancers and music lovers alike, Thrift Set Orchestra is a rare occurrence where everything just comes together. FREE admission, free music and play. All you need to buy is dinner. Central Market, 4001 N. Lamar Blvd.

Friday

Interactive Storytime (Round Rock) - Friday, October 11 at 9:30am for children 18 months and younger, 10:30 a.m. for children older than 18 months. We will read a couple books, sing songs, jam out with musical instruments, play with a parachute AND pop bubbles!! FREE!! BabyEarth, 106 East Old Settlers Boulevard, Round Rock.

Literature Live! Presents Jack and the Beanstalk- Friday, October 11 at 10:15 am. When hungry young Jack trades his family’s cow for a peddler’s beans, his life takes a magical turn! For ages 4 and up. FREE!!Windsor Park Branch Library, 5833 Westminster Drive.

Reading Dog at Westlake Library - Friday, October 11 from 3:30- 4:30 p.m. Handler Neel with Dog Joey will be at Westbank Library to read with kiddos or visit with them. Pre-readers and readers are welcome. No registration is required. FREE!! Westbank Library, 1309 Westbank Drive.

Star Party (Round Rock) - Friday, October 11, from 5:30 -9:45pm. From 5:30-8:30pm, enjoy hands-on science activities for kids, including the Discovery Dome - Austin Planetarium's mobile planetarium shows for all ages. At 7pm, there will be a public talk by Dr. Jim Heath. From 8 - 9:45pm, the deck will be open for guided viewing of the night sky over Round Rock. FREE and open to the public! Educational and family friendly! ACC Round Rock Campus, 4400 College Park Dr, Round Rock.

Movie in the Park: The Lorax – Friday, October 11 at 6:30 p.m. Bring the kids and enjoy a FREE family-friendly movie at the Mueller Lake Park outdoor amphitheater! Make yourself comfortable by bringing snacks and blankets, but please no chairs or other equipment that could block the view of other attendees. Feel free to stop by one of the Mueller food eateries to purchase a quick bite to eat. Activities for the kids will start at 6:30 p.m. and the movie will begin at sunset. FREE street parking along Simond Avenue and Mueller Boulevard.

Want more? Check out the Free Fun Calendar or the Anytime Fun page!


 




Catherine Prystup is mama to three kiddos ranging in age from one to 14. Looking for more wisdom on how to spend your days? Head on over to LiveMom.com, a resource website for Austin-area moms (and dads, too!).

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