Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Back to School Event: See Ya Summer at Creative Action

Back to school is an exciting time of year for both parents and kids, and we want to celebrate the final day of Summer Break 2016 with a day of fun! Join us on Sunday, August 21, 2016 at Creative Action for the kick off to their Community Art Sundays, presented by H-E-B

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See Ya Summer! is a fun, FREE event featuring a variety of activities including for all ages including:

• A live set from Sugar Free Allstars
•Trampolines and play area with Springfree Trampoline Austin and Catch Air Austin, TX
•Weaving, paper crowns and book binding projects with Austin Book Arts Center and Austin Family Magazine
•Face-painting and a collaborative art project
•Infant sensory free play area and music class with Armstrong Community Music School
•Fun food activities with Sustainable Food Center
•Prize giveaways with Austin Regional Clinic
•Free snacks provided by H-E-B and KIND Snacks, and free beer from Oskar Blues Brewery Austin!

Come squeeze out the last drops of summer by making art, listening to music, and meeting new friends!

What: Community Art Sundays: See Ya Summer!
When: Sunday, August 21, 2016
Time: 2-5 p.m.
Where: Creative Action, 2921 E. 17th Street, Bldg. B
Cost: FREE
RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/280845845615610/

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Visit An Austin Museum


Summer is a great time to explore one of the many museums scattered all across Austin. Kids are little sponges, so many will enjoy learning new things, even when on "vacation". Whether you are interested in art, science, Texas culture or natural history, there is a museum which fits the bill, right in our backyard. Check each museum's website for hours and admission costs. Some are even free!

Austin Nature & Science Center
301 Nature Center Dr.
Austin
(512) 974-3888

Dig in the sand and uncover bones in the Dino Pit, meet animals, see the indoor and outdoor exhibits and bring natural treasures to the Trading Counter. FREE.

Blanton Museum of Art
200 E. MLK Blvd.
Austin
(512) 471-7324

Thursdays are free to the public, so it's a good excuse to check out some art and take a family tour. Check out tips for families visiting the Blanton here. Admission fees apply, except for Thursdays.

Bullock Texas State History Museum
1800 N. Congress Ave
Austin
(512) 936-8746

Take in some Texas history, see a movie on the huge IMAX screen, catch part of the Summer Free Family Film Series or visit during Free First Sunday or for another special event. Admission fees apply.

Capitol Visitors Center
112 East 11th Street
Austin
(512) 305-8400

Visit the oldest state office building in Texas and learn about soldiers during the Texas Revolution, ranching, construction of the Capitol and about famous writer O Henry, who worked in the building. FREE.

Elisabet Ney Museum
304 East 44th Street
Austin
(512) 458-2255

See works of art created by European sculptress Elisabeth Ney as you explore her studio and the surrounding grounds. FREE.

Read more about the Elisabet Ney Museum here

French Legation Museum
802 San Marcos St., Austin
(512) 472-8180

The French Legation Museum was built in 1841 to represent the French government in the new Republic of Texas. One of the oldest structures in Austin, the museum's grounds and house show how life was in the 1800's.

George Washington Carver Museum and Cultural Center
1165 Angelina Street
Austin
(512) 974-4926

Learn more about Juneteenth and the history of African-American scientists and inventors on our country. FREE.

LBJ Presidential Library
2313 Red River Street
Austin
(512) 721-0200

Gain insight into the life and accomplishments of our nation's 36th President and the political climate when he governed. Admission fees apply.

Mexic-Arte Museum
419 Congress Avenue
Austin
(512) 480-9373

Mexic-Arte features exhibits by Mexican, Latino and Latin American artists. Admission fees apply.

Neill-Cochran House Museum
2310 San Gabriel St.
Austin
(512) 478-2335

The Neill-Cochran House offers its visitors an intimate view of the fabric of the lives of prominent Austinites and some of those who lived among them from the mid-19th through early 20th centuries. Admission fees apply.

Pioneer Farms 
10621 Pioneer Farms Drive
Austin
(512) 837-1215

Pioneer Farms is a working living history museum featuring five themed historic areas: a Tonkawa Indian Encampment, a German Emigrant Farm, a Texian Farm, a Cotton Planter's Farm and a rural village called Sprinkle Corner. Admission fees apply.

Texas Memorial Museum
2400 Trinity St.
Austin
(512) 471-1604

Exhibits are the Texas Memorial Museum are based on the 5.7 million collected specimens from research conducted at the university. Exhibits focus on prehistoric life, evolution, rocks and minerals, and Texas wildlife. Admission fees apply.

Read more about the Texas Memorial Museum here

Texas Military Forces Museum
2200 West 35th St., Bldg. 6
Austin
(512) 789-5659

The museum explores the story of the Lone Star State's militia and volunteer forces from 1823 to 1903 when Congress created the National Guard, as well as the story of the Texas Army and Air National Guard and the Texas State Guard in peacetime and war. FREE.

Texas Museum of Science & Technology
1220 Toro Grande Drive
Cedar Park
(512) 961-5333

This new museum offers exhibits and a planetarium with regular star shows. Admission fees apply.

The Contemporary Austin
3809 West 35th Street
Austin
(512) 458-8191

Explore the grounds of Laguna Gloria and the residence that prominent Austinite Clara Driscoll called home. Admission fees apply, except on Tuesdays.

Thinkery
1830 Simond Ave.
Austin
(512) 469-6200

Get wet in the Currents exhibit, tinker at the Innovators' Workshop, climb in the courtyard and experiment with light at this Austin children's museum. Admission fees apply.

Umlauf Sculpture Garden
605 Robert E. Lee Rd.
Austin
(512) 445-5582

This sculpture garden houses over 100 works of art, many of which are coated in wax and therefore available for gentle touching, primarily to benefit visually impaired guests. FREE during the summer months.

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Sunday, August 14, 2016

Weekly Storytime Roundup August 15 - August 20, 2016

Monday, August 15, 2016

Infant Storytime - 10:30 a.m. (Ages birth-1 year), This storytime is designed for babies from birth through one year.  Join us at Westbank Library1309 Westbank Drive.

Baby Bookworms (Wells Branch) 10:30 a.m. This storytime is offered twice on Mondays - 10:30 a.m. for babies 0 to 18 months, and 11:15 a.m. for babies 12 to 24 months. Wells Branch Library, 15001 Wells Port Drive.

Signing Storytime with The Signing Connection (Round Rock) - 10:00am – 10:30am., Join the Baby Signing Time revolution! This class is geared for 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 North IH35,  Ste 375, Round Rock.

Storytime with Dr. Candra – 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.

Bow Wow Readers (Cedar Park) -  4:30 to 5:30 p.m., Kids in grades K-3 are invited to read to a certified Bow Wow Reading Dog. Practice your reading skills with Tex and read to him for 10-15 minutes! Registration starts at 3:30 on the day of the program. Call 401-5632 for details.  FREE! Cedar Park Public Library, 550 Discovery Blvd., Cedar Park.

All Ages Storytime - 12:30 p.m. Come to our weekly storytime for the whole family at Laura's Library every Monday and Friday at 12:30 p.m. Laura's Library, 9411 Bee Cave Road.

Dog Storytime - 1:00 p.m. Handler Holly with Dog Chula will be at Laura's Library to read with kiddoes or visit with them.  Pre-readers and readers are welcome.  No registration is required. Be sure to call the library to confirm if Chula is in and to ask for any last minute cancelations. Laura's Library, 9411 Bee Cave Road.

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Lapsit Storytime (Cedar Park) -  9:45 to 10:15 a.m., Lapsit Storytime is for parents/caregivers and children ages 0-15 months. Miss Jane leads the group in songs, fingerplays, and a book for the first 15 minutes.  The last 15 minutes is baby social time, where babies can play and interact with each other. FREE! Cedar Park Public Library, 550 Discovery Blvd., Cedar Park.

Preschool Storytime - 10:30 a.m. (Ages 3 - 5 years): Preschoolers will enjoy songs, fingerplays, books, and crafts at this storytime. Join us at Westbank Library, 1309 Westbank Drive.

Barnes & Noble Storytime (Round Rock) - 11 a.m.,  FREE! Barnes & Noble, La Frontera Village, 2701 Parker Road, Round Rock. 

BookKids Storytime - 10:30 a.m. at Book People. 603 North Lamar Blvd.

Storytime and Craft (Wells Branch) 6:30 p.m. This storytime is geared toward kids of all ages.  Wells Branch Library, 15001 Wells Port Drive.


Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Tot Storytime - 10:30 a.m. (Ages 1 - 3 years): Bring your toddlers for storytime with songs, books, finger plays and crafts!  Join us at Westbank Library1309 Westbank Drive.

BookKids Storytime - 10:30 a.m. at Book People. 603 North Lamar Blvd.

Sprouts Preschool Program – 10:00 to 11:00 a.m., Bring your little ones to the Family Garden for our weekly Sprouts Preschool program that is geared towards ages 2-6. A Nature Play Guide will lead you through the Family Garden to explore all that it has to offer. Each program will include story time, hands on activity, nature walk and of course, nature play!  Regular admission rates apply. Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Avenue.

Lapsit Storytime (Cedar Park) -  9:45 to 10:15 a.m., Lapsit Storytime is for parents/caregivers and children ages 0-15 months. Miss Jane leads the group in songs, fingerplays, and a book for the first 15 minutes.  The last 15 minutes is baby social time, where babies can play and interact with each other. FREE! Cedar Park Public Library, 550 Discovery Blvd., Cedar Park.

Toddler Storytime (Cedar Park) - 10:30 to 11:00 a.m., Toddler storytime is for parents/caregivers and children ages 15-36 months.   Miss Jane reads 3 toddler-friendly stories based on a theme, with fun songs and fingerplays in between.  Toddler Storytime lasts 20-25 minutes. FREE! Cedar Park Public Library, 550 Discovery Blvd., Cedar Park. 

Baby Storytime - 9:30 a.m. The Round Rock Public Library presents Babytime, a storytime program for babies and their caregivers that encourages language development and learning. After the brief story session, babies and their caregivers will have social time with toys, bubbles, and even parachute play. Ages 0 – 12 months on Thursdays, and ages 12 – 18 months on Wednesdays or Fridays. For more information, please contact Virginia Hadley, 512-218-3279. FREE!  Round Rock Public Library, 216 E Main Street, Round Rock.

Toddler Storytime - Offered at both 9:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Stories, songs, and early literacy playtime for toddlers and their caregivers at the Round Rock Public Library. Ages 18 months - 3 years.. FREE!  Round Rock Public Library, 216 E Main Street, Round Rock.

Preschool Storytime (Cedar Park) - 11:15 a.m., Preschool storytime is for parents/caregivers and children ages 3 - 5 years old.   Miss Jane reads three books with songs, rhymes, and fingerplays in between, all based on a theme.  Stories are followed by a short film strip.  Once a month a craft will replace the film strip. FREE! Cedar Park Public Library, 550 Discovery Blvd., Cedar Park. 

Barnes & Noble Storytime - 11:00 a.m., Join us every Wednesday morning for great stories and amazing activities and hands-on crafts. Don’t miss out on all the fun! FREE! Barnes & Noble, Sunset Valley Village, 5601 Brodie Lane Suite 300.



Thursday, August 18, 2016


Tot Storytime - 10:30 a.m. (Ages 1 - 3 years): Bring your toddlers for storytime with songs, books, finger plays and crafts! Laura's Library9411 Bee Cave Road.

Lapsit Storytime (Cedar Park) -  9:45 to 10:15 a.m., Lapsit Storytime is for parents/caregivers and children ages 0-15 months. Miss Jane leads the group in songs, fingerplays, and a book for the first 15 minutes.  The last 15 minutes is baby social time, where babies can play and interact with each other. FREE! Cedar Park Public Library, 550 Discovery Blvd., Cedar Park.

Hola Hola Storytime (West Bank)- 10:30 a.m., Hola, Hola is an early literacy Spanish Program for adult and child to foster a love of the Spanish language and Hispanic Culture. It is designed to empower the parent to read simple, Spanish books to the child at home. Come and sing songs, watch video, learn rhymes, play traditional games and hear stories–all in Español! Each family will receive a Spanish songbook to practice at home. You do not need to have any Spanish language skills to participate.  All skill levels are welcome! FREE!  Westbank Library, 1309 Westbank Drive.

Toddler Storytime (Cedar Park) - 10:30 to 11:00 a.m., Toddler storytime is for parents/caregivers and children ages 15-36 months.   Miss Jane reads 3 toddler-friendly stories based on a theme, with fun songs and fingerplays in between.  Toddler Storytime lasts 20-25 minutes. FREE! Cedar Park Public Library, 550 Discovery Blvd., Cedar Park.  


Preschool Storytime (Cedar Park) - 11:15 a.m., Preschool storytime is for parents/caregivers and children ages 3-5 years old. Miss Jane reads three books with songs, rhymes, and fingerplays in between, all based on a theme. Stories are followed by a short film strip. Once a month, a craft will replace the film strip. FREE! Cedar Park Public Library, 550 Discovery Blvd., Cedar Park.  

Storytime at Safari Champ - 10:30 a.m., Kids of all ages will enjoy a break from playing at this stroytime with Ms. Gloria Brown. Included with admission. Safari Champ,  1400 E. Old Settlers Blvd., Round Rock.

Pajama Storytime – 6:30 p.m., Feel free to wear pajamas to this family storytime in the evening featuring stories, songs, rhymes, games, crafts, and other activities.  FREE! APL- Manchaca Road Branch, 5500 Manchaca Rd.


Friday, August 19, 2016

Sprouts Preschool Program – 10 a.m. to 11:00 a.m., Bring your little ones to the Family Garden for our weekly Sprouts Preschool program that is geared towards ages 2-6. A Nature Play Guide will lead you through the Family Garden to explore all that it has to offer. Each program will include story time, hands on activity, nature walk and of course, nature play!  Regular admission rates apply. Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Avenue.

Toddler Storytime (Wells Branch) 10:30 a.m. This storytime is geared toward children who are 18 to 36 months old. Wells Branch Library, 15001 Wells Port Drive.

Preschool Storytime (Wells Branch) 11:15 a.m. This storytime is geared toward children who are 3 to 5 years old. Wells Branch Library, 15001 Wells Port Drive.

All Ages Storytime - 12:30 p.m. Come to our weekly storytime for the whole family at Laura's Library every Monday and Friday at 12:30 p.m. Laura's Library, 9411 Bee Cave Road.

Barnes & Noble Storytime - 7 p.m. FREE! Barnes & Noble, La Frontera Village, 2701 Parker Road, Round Rock. 


Saturday, August 20, 2016

Storytime and Craft (Wells Branch) 11:00 a.m. This storytime is geared toward kids of all ages. Wells Branch Library, 15001 Wells Port Drive.

Family Storytime - 12:30 p.m. Come to our weekly storytime for the whole family at Laura's Library every Monday and Friday at 12:30 p.m. Westbank Library, 1309 Westbank Drive.

Bow Wow Reading Dog (Wells Branch) 12:00 p.m. Have a one-on-one reading session with reading therapy dog, Ella! Wells Branch Library, 15001 Wells Port Drive.

Barnes & Noble Storytime - 11:00 a.m., Join us every Wednesday morning for great stories and amazing activities and hands-on crafts. Don’t miss out on all the fun! FREE! Barnes & Noble, La Frontera Village, 2701 Parker Road, Round Rock. Barnes & Noble, La Frontera Village, Sunset Valley Village, 5601 Brodie Lane Suite 300.

Storytime Art (RSVP) - 10:45 a.m. We will read some super fun books about pets.  Our ceramic project is a cute dog or cat to paint–your choice! Cost is $12 per child, or buy a punch-card and get 6 classes for $60! Please call to register.  512-852-9900.  The Art Garage, 11190 Circle Drive, Suite 202.

Friday, August 12, 2016

Day Trips From Austin: New Braunfels

The City of New Braunfels located in between Austin and San Antonio, was founded in 1845 under German charter and has grown into a bustling community with lots to offer. You can easily spend a full day checking out these family-friendly destinations: 


New Braunfels Railroad Museum

Exhibits at this train museum include a Pullman Dining Car, a Box Car, Caboose, Locomotive and more. Additionally, there are a variety of artifacts and photographs from the golden age of railroading on display. Right next to the museum is one of the busiest North/South Union Pacific railroad tracks with over 30 trains passing by each day, making it a great spot for train lovers in the family. Attend Kids’ Fun Day on the first and third Saturday of each month from 10 am to 2 pm. Kids of all ages 'Run the Train' and can become a Junior Engineer!

Hours: Monday-Friday 11am-4pm, Saturday 10am-4pm, Sunday noon until 4pm
Cost: FREE
Location: 302 W. San Antonio Avenue, New Braunfels
Phone: (830) 627-2447



Landa Park  

This 51-acre riverside park offers two swimming pools, a miniature train ride, jogging trails, paddle boats, miniature golf, playgrounds and more! Set in the shade of giant oak trees, picnics are in ample supply for enjoying a summer breeze on the Comal River. Read more about Landa Park here.

Note: Weekends can be incredibly busy in the popular park. If you plan to go on a Saturday or Sunday, try to get there as early as possible, especially if you're hoping to snag a bbq or picnic bench.

Hours: Vary, based on which attractions you visit
Cost: Varies, based on which attractions you visit
Location: 164 Landa Park Dr, New Braunfels
Phone: (830) 221-4350

McKenna Children’s Museum 

Discover a world of arts and creativity, science and technology, culture, health and history with exhibits that include: Lend-A-Hand Ranch, the Grocery Store, Outside the Lines Art Studio, the Tot Spot, Destination Space and many more. Your child can be a doctor, banker and gardener in the morning, a scientist, artist and inventor in the afternoon! Imagination is all it takes to invent a healthy adventure at The McKenna Children’s Museum. Note: Bring a change of clothing in case your kiddo gets wet at the Outdoor Water Table!

Hours: 10am-5pm Monday-Saturday (closed Sundays)
Cost: $7.50 per adult and child ages 12 months and up, infants 11 months and under FREE
Location: 801 W San Antonio St, New Braunfels
Phone: (830) 606-9525

Prince Solms Park  

Tube down the cool Comal River, play a round of disc golf, and enjoy the many amenities of the park. Tip: Get there early enough to snag a picnic bench and BBQ grill. The famous Tube Chute will please the adrenaline lovers in the family while there are wading areas along the Comal River for the younger members of the family.

Cost: FREE
Location: 100 Leibscher Drive, New Braunfels
Phone: (830) 608-2165


Hungry? A trip to New Braunfels wouldn’t be complete without a stop at Texas’ oldest bakery! Naegelin’s has been in business since 1868 and serves up strudel, cookies, pastries and more.


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Thursday, August 11, 2016

Fun Spots For Your (Board) Gamers In And Around Austin



Sick of Chutes and Ladders, Candy Land and Monopoly? Try out a new board game, or “tabletop game,” as the new breed of IRL gamers call it. For ages 5-8, Qwirkle and Enchanted Forest are easy-to-learn favorites. For 8-11, try out Catan: Junior or Kids of Carcassone; both are kids’ versions of mega-popular tabletop games. Ages 12 and up can play most adult games, but look up reviews to suit your comfort level with monsters and other mayhem. Dixit is great for all ages, with picture-only cards to get those creative juices flowing and a rule set that can be molded to fit your group.

Ready to play? Check out the Austin area’s bounty of game stores. Many have copies of games you can try out first, some have game nights (which may or may not be kid-friendly, call and check), and all of them have employees who can help you find the perfect new game for your family.

Dragon’s Lair Comics & Fantasy
2438 W. Anderson Ln., Suite B-1
Austin
(512) 454-2399

The store sells comics, graphic novels, board games, RPGs, CCGs, TCGs and miniatures, among other products. Events, which are posted on the store's calendar, take place every day of the week, from D&D meet-ups to a Pokemon league, Friday night Magic and more.

Emerald Tavern Games & Cafe*
9012 Research Blvd., Ste. C6
Austin
(512) 994-4649

Emerald Tavern sells board games and hobby games, in addition to offering a space to play and coffee, tea, wine, beer and light fare. The cafe also hosts demos, events and hobby gaming related activities which are posted on the events calendar.

Great Hall Games
2521 Rutland Dr., Ste. 600
Austin
(512) 505-0055

Great Hall Games specializes in high-quality puzzles, traditional and board games, RPGs and historical miniatures. There is also an in-store space for gaming events and special gaming nights every week, details of which can be found on the Events Page.

Mothership Books & Games
2121 W. Parmer Lane, #119
Austin
(512) 291-7399

Mothership is a social gaming center and tabletop game store which features LAN gaming with custom built PCs, collectable trading card games, board games, miniatures, role-playing games and snack food and drinks. Visit the weekly schedule and a special events page for more information about upcoming events.

Outlaw Moon Games & Toys
5000 N. Lamar Blvd., Ste. 105
Austin
(512) 454-6648

Outlaw Moon specializes in tabletop and role-playing games, both new and vintage. The store also buys and sells vintage games and toys. Visit Outlaw's Facebook page and click on Events to see what's going on at the store.


Rogues Gallery
1601 IH-35
Round Rock
(512) 279-8888

Rogues offers a variety of comics, graphic novels, board games, card games, role-playing games, comic-themed t-shirts and more. The store hosts game nights four nights a week. Details can be found on the events pages.

Tenth Planet Games
200 S. Bell Blvd., Ste. F1
Cedar Park
(512) 506-8500

Tenth Planet sells games and comics and hosts gaming events every night of the week. Check the website for event details.

Tribe Comics & Games
3005 S. Lamar Boulevard, Ste. D113
Austin
(512) 693-4300

Tribe sells comic books, board games, role-playing games and miniatures. The events calendar provides more information about upcoming events.

Whose Turn Is It? Games
2708 S Lamar Blvd #100B
Austin
(512) 294-2740

Whose Turn Is It? sells board games, RPGs and miniatures. The event calendar provides details about nightly in-store gaming opportunities.

Wonko’s Toys & Games
13776 Hwy. 183, Ste. 116
Austin
(512) 335-1000

Wonko's sells action figures, board games, collectable card games, miniatures, role-playing games, Magic cards, WOW CCG, Munchkin, Yu-Gi-oh, with table space for casual gaming, tournaments, Magic the Gathering and FNM. Events are posted on the website.

What's your favorite place to take your tabletop gamer?

*As this is a restaurant and bar, children and teens 15 and under must be accompanied by an adult at all times, and daytime and early evening may be the most appropriate time for families.
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Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Second Saturdays Are For Families at Contemporary Museum of Art

Second Saturdays: Ice Painting


Beat the heat with this icy workshop! Make a colorful painting using ice cubes, then watch professional ice sculptor Sean Leahy create a one-of-a-kind work of art before your eyes.

The Contemporary Austin offers free monthly hands-on art-making activities, brought to you by HomeAway. Recommended for ages 2–11.

What: Second Saturdays Are for Families: Ice Painting
Where: The Contemporary Museum of Art, 3809 W. 35th Street
When: Saturday, August 13, 2016, from 11 am - 2 pm
Cost: Free
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Sunday, August 7, 2016

Weekly Storytime Roundup August 8 - August 13, 2016

Monday, August 8, 2016

Infant Storytime - 10:30 a.m. (Ages birth-1 year), This storytime is designed for babies from birth through one year.  Join us at Westbank Library1309 Westbank Drive.

Baby Bookworms (Wells Branch) 10:30 a.m. This storytime is offered twice on Mondays - 10:30 a.m. for babies 0 to 18 months, and 11:15 a.m. for babies 12 to 24 months. Wells Branch Library, 15001 Wells Port Drive.

Signing Storytime with The Signing Connection (Round Rock) - 10:00am – 10:30am., Join the Baby Signing Time revolution! This class is geared for 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 North IH35,  Ste 375, Round Rock.

Storytime with Dr. Candra – 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.

Bow Wow Readers (Cedar Park) -  4:30 to 5:30 p.m., Kids in grades K-3 are invited to read to a certified Bow Wow Reading Dog. Practice your reading skills with Tex and read to him for 10-15 minutes! Registration starts at 3:30 on the day of the program. Call 401-5632 for details.  FREE! Cedar Park Public Library, 550 Discovery Blvd., Cedar Park.

All Ages Storytime - 12:30 p.m. Come to our weekly storytime for the whole family at Laura's Library every Monday and Friday at 12:30 p.m. Laura's Library, 9411 Bee Cave Road.

Dog Storytime - 1:00 p.m. Handler Holly with Dog Chula will be at Laura's Library to read with kiddoes or visit with them.  Pre-readers and readers are welcome.  No registration is required. Be sure to call the library to confirm if Chula is in and to ask for any last minute cancelations. Laura's Library, 9411 Bee Cave Road.

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Lapsit Storytime (Cedar Park) -  9:45 to 10:15 a.m., Lapsit Storytime is for parents/caregivers and children ages 0-15 months. Miss Jane leads the group in songs, fingerplays, and a book for the first 15 minutes.  The last 15 minutes is baby social time, where babies can play and interact with each other. FREE! Cedar Park Public Library, 550 Discovery Blvd., Cedar Park.

Preschool Storytime - 10:30 a.m. (Ages 3 - 5 years): Preschoolers will enjoy songs, fingerplays, books, and crafts at this storytime. Join us at Westbank Library, 1309 Westbank Drive.

It Came In The Mail and Lion Lessons (Round Rock) - 11 a.m.,  EEnjoy two delightful new books about animals this morning: It Came In The Mail by Ben Clanton and Lion Lessons by Jon Agee. FREE! Barnes & Noble, La Frontera Village, 2701 Parker Road, Round Rock. 

BookKids Storytime - 10:30 a.m. at Book People. 603 North Lamar Blvd.

Storytime and Craft (Wells Branch) 6:30 p.m. This storytime is geared toward kids of all ages.  Wells Branch Library, 15001 Wells Port Drive.

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Tot Storytime - 10:30 a.m. (Ages 1 - 3 years): Bring your toddlers for storytime with songs, books, finger plays and crafts!  Join us at Westbank Library1309 Westbank Drive.

BookKids Storytime - 10:30 a.m. at Book People. 603 North Lamar Blvd.

Sprouts Preschool Program – 10:00 to 11:00 a.m., Bring your little ones to the Family Garden for our weekly Sprouts Preschool program that is geared towards ages 2-6. A Nature Play Guide will lead you through the Family Garden to explore all that it has to offer. Each program will include story time, hands on activity, nature walk and of course, nature play!  Regular admission rates apply. Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Avenue.

Lapsit Storytime (Cedar Park) -  9:45 to 10:15 a.m., Lapsit Storytime is for parents/caregivers and children ages 0-15 months. Miss Jane leads the group in songs, fingerplays, and a book for the first 15 minutes.  The last 15 minutes is baby social time, where babies can play and interact with each other. FREE! Cedar Park Public Library, 550 Discovery Blvd., Cedar Park.

Toddler Storytime (Cedar Park) - 10:30 to 11:00 a.m., Toddler storytime is for parents/caregivers and children ages 15-36 months.   Miss Jane reads 3 toddler-friendly stories based on a theme, with fun songs and fingerplays in between.  Toddler Storytime lasts 20-25 minutes. FREE! Cedar Park Public Library, 550 Discovery Blvd., Cedar Park. 

Baby Storytime - 9:30 a.m. The Round Rock Public Library presents Babytime, a storytime program for babies and their caregivers that encourages language development and learning. After the brief story session, babies and their caregivers will have social time with toys, bubbles, and even parachute play. Ages 0 – 12 months on Thursdays, and ages 12 – 18 months on Wednesdays or Fridays. For more information, please contact Virginia Hadley, 512-218-3279. FREE!  Round Rock Public Library, 216 E Main Street, Round Rock.

Toddler Storytime - Offered at both 9:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Stories, songs, and early literacy playtime for toddlers and their caregivers at the Round Rock Public Library. Ages 18 months - 3 years.. FREE!  Round Rock Public Library, 216 E Main Street, Round Rock.

Preschool Storytime - 10:30 a.m. Preschool Storytime features stories, songs, and fun at the Round Rock Public Library. Ages 3-6. FREE!  Round Rock Public Library, 216 E Main Street, Round Rock.

Preschool Storytime (Cedar Park) - 11:00 a.m., Preschool storytime is for parents/caregivers and children ages 3 - 5 years old.   Miss Jane reads three books with songs, rhymes, and fingerplays in between, all based on a theme.  Stories are followed by a short film strip.  Once a month a craft will replace the film strip. FREE! Cedar Park Public Library, 550 Discovery Blvd., Cedar Park. 

Barnes & Noble Storytime - 11:00 a.m., Join us every Wednesday morning for great stories and amazing activities and hands-on crafts. Don’t miss out on all the fun! FREE! Barnes & Noble, Sunset Valley Village, 5601 Brodie Lane Suite 300.


Thursday, August 11, 2016

Tot Storytime - 10:30 a.m. (Ages 1 - 3 years): Bring your toddlers for storytime with songs, books, finger plays and crafts! Laura's Library9411 Bee Cave Road.

Lapsit Storytime (Cedar Park) -  9:45 to 10:15 a.m., Lapsit Storytime is for parents/caregivers and children ages 0-15 months. Miss Jane leads the group in songs, fingerplays, and a book for the first 15 minutes.  The last 15 minutes is baby social time, where babies can play and interact with each other. FREE! Cedar Park Public Library, 550 Discovery Blvd., Cedar Park.

Toddler Storytime - Offered at both 9:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Stories, songs, and early literacy playtime for toddlers and their caregivers at the Round Rock Public Library. Ages 18 months - 3 years.. FREE!  Round Rock Public Library, 216 E Main Street, Round Rock.

Preschool Storytime - Offered at both 9:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Preschool Storytime features stories, songs, and fun at the Round Rock Public Library. Ages 3-6. FREE!  Round Rock Public Library, 216 E Main Street, Round Rock.

Hola Hola Storytime (West Bank)- 10:30 a.m., Hola, Hola is an early literacy Spanish Program for adult and child to foster a love of the Spanish language and Hispanic Culture. It is designed to empower the parent to read simple, Spanish books to the child at home. Come and sing songs, watch video, learn rhymes, play traditional games and hear stories–all in Español! Each family will receive a Spanish songbook to practice at home. You do not need to have any Spanish language skills to participate.  All skill levels are welcome! FREE!  Westbank Library, 1309 Westbank Drive.

Toddler Storytime (Cedar Park) - 10:30 to 11:00 a.m., Toddler storytime is for parents/caregivers and children ages 15-36 months.   Miss Jane reads 3 toddler-friendly stories based on a theme, with fun songs and fingerplays in between.  Toddler Storytime lasts 20-25 minutes. FREE! Cedar Park Public Library, 550 Discovery Blvd., Cedar Park.  


Preschool Storytime (Cedar Park) - 11:00 a.m., Preschool storytime is for parents/caregivers and children ages 3-5 years old. Miss Jane reads three books with songs, rhymes, and fingerplays in between, all based on a theme. Stories are followed by a short film strip. Once a month, a craft will replace the film strip. FREE! Cedar Park Public Library, 550 Discovery Blvd., Cedar Park.  

Spanish Storytime – 11:00 a.m., All Ages storytime in Spanish. FREE! Wells Branch Library, 15001 Wells Port Drive.

Storytime at Safari Champ - 10:30 a.m., Kids of all ages will enjoy a break from playing at this stroytime with Ms. Gloria Brown. Included with admission. Safari Champ,  1400 E. Old Settlers Blvd., Round Rock.

Pajama Storytime – 6:30 p.m., Feel free to wear pajamas to this family storytime in the evening featuring stories, songs, rhymes, games, crafts, and other activities.  FREE! APL- Manchaca Road Branch, 5500 Manchaca Rd.

Friday, August 12, 2016

Sprouts Preschool Program – 10 a.m. to 11:00 a.m., Bring your little ones to the Family Garden for our weekly Sprouts Preschool program that is geared towards ages 2-6. A Nature Play Guide will lead you through the Family Garden to explore all that it has to offer. Each program will include story time, hands on activity, nature walk and of course, nature play!  Regular admission rates apply. Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Avenue.

Toddler Storytime (Wells Branch) 10:30 a.m. This storytime is geared toward children who are 18 to 36 months old. Wells Branch Library, 15001 Wells Port Drive.

Preschool Storytime (Wells Branch) 11:15 a.m. This storytime is geared toward children who are 3 to 5 years old. Wells Branch Library, 15001 Wells Port Drive.

All Ages Storytime - 12:30 p.m. Come to our weekly storytime for the whole family at Laura's Library every Monday and Friday at 12:30 p.m. Laura's Library, 9411 Bee Cave Road.

Barnes & Noble Storytime - 7 p.m. Enjoy two delightful new books about food this evening: The Hole Story of the Doughnut by Pat Miller and Vincent X. Kirsch and I Really Like Slop! by Mo Willems. ! FREE! Barnes & Noble, La Frontera Village, 2701 Parker Road, Round Rock. 


Saturday, August 13, 2016

Storytime and Craft (Wells Branch) 11:00 a.m. This storytime is geared toward kids of all ages. Wells Branch Library, 15001 Wells Port Drive.

Family Storytime - 12:30 p.m. Come to our weekly storytime for the whole family at Laura's Library every Monday and Friday at 12:30 p.m. Westbank Library, 1309 Westbank Drive.

Bow Wow Reading Dog (Wells Branch) 12:00 p.m. Have a one-on-one reading session with reading therapy dog, Ella! Wells Branch Library, 15001 Wells Port Drive.

Barnes & Noble Storytime - 11:00 a.m., Join us every Wednesday morning for great stories and amazing activities and hands-on crafts. Don’t miss out on all the fun! FREE! Barnes & Noble, La Frontera Village, 2701 Parker Road, Round Rock. Barnes & Noble, La Frontera Village, Sunset Valley Village, 5601 Brodie Lane Suite 300.

Storytime Art (RSVP) - 10:45 a.m. We will read some super fun books about pets.  Our ceramic project is a cute dog or cat to paint–your choice! Cost is $12 per child, or buy a punch-card and get 6 classes for $60! Please call to register.  512-852-9900.  The Art Garage, 11190 Circle Drive, Suite 202.

Family Storytime (Cedar Park) - 10:00 a.m., Family Storytime (all ages) lasts about 30 minutes.  Miss Kit reads three books with fun and silly songs in between the stories.  Stories and songs are followed by a short (5-7 minute) film strip and a craft.  During the craft, Miss Kit has bubble time with the little ones.. FREE! Cedar Park Public Library, 550 Discovery Blvd., Cedar Park.