The Weekenders: Events for Austin Families, February 1-3, 2013

Home Depot Kids Workshop- Saturday, February 2 from  9:00am- Noon. Bring your kids to this FREE How-To Workshop for kids ages 5-12 years old where they will make a Valentine Card Holder, perfect for storing all of those Valentine’s Day cards! All participating Home Depot Locations.

2013 Lunar New Year Celebration – Saturday, February 2, from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. The Asian American Cultural Center invites everyone to celebrate the 2013 Lunar New Year. The center will host many different cultural performances of dance and music, as well as martial arts and calligraphy demonstrations. Guests can enjoy authentic Asian foods throughout the day. Admission is FREE, so bring the whole family and help welcome the “Year of the Snake!” See the program here. Scroll down to the second page for the celebration schedule. Asian American Cultural Center, 11713 Jollyville Rd, Austin.

Kite Making Workshop - Saturday, February 2, from 1 – 3 p.m. The City of Austin Parks and Recreation and The Exchange Club of Austin invite the public to attend a FREE kite workshop at Pan Am Recreation Center. Organizers will help adults and children make kites and materials will be provided. Volunteers are needed to help participants and no experience is required.The series of four workshops will continue every Saturday in February at recreation centers throughout Austin. Organizers encourage participants to fly the kites at the annual Zilker Park Kite Festival, coming up on March 3. Pan Am Recreation Center, 2100 E. 3rd St., Austin

TEXplorations: Making a Difference- Where will your imagination take you? Join us for Family Story Time on the first Saturday of each month.  Story Time will take place on the Second Floor Lobby. FREE!! Saturday, 2:00 and 2:30pm. The Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum, 1800 N. Congress.

Free Day of DanceSaturday, February 2, from 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. Austin’s fifth annual Free Day of Dance will be held on Saturday at various dance establishments all over the city. This annual day of FREE dance classes is the perfect opportunity to explore the wonderful world of ballroom and social dancing, as well as the benefits that dance provides, such as stress relief, physical activity, and even the opportunity to make new friends. Popular dance styles offered on Free Day of Dance will include tango, waltz, samba, swing, polka, and many more. There’s a FREE dance class for any taste! Visit the full class schedule for dance classes, times, and locations.

Goodnight Moon- Saturday, February 2 at 11:00am and 2:00pm. Step into the Great Green Room as one of the most iconic children’s books of all time is brought to life. In this lively musical, Bunny’s room magically comes alive with stunning puppetry, tap dancing bears, and even a trip through the night sky with a constellation light show. For ages 3 and up. Tickets starting at $16. ZACH’s Topher Theater, 202 S. Lamar..

Generations: Family First Sundays at Umlauf – Sunday, February 3, from 1 – 4 p.m. Families have the opportunity to explore Umlauf collection and exhibitions in the garden and museum while engaging in creative art making. Enjoy art activities, story times, and performances. Austin Public Library will host storytime at 1:30 p.m.  The Lindy Project will do the swing with guests at 2:30 p.m. FREE with admission ($0 – $3.50). Umlauf Sculpture Garden & Museum, 605 Robert E. Lee Road, Austin.

Chinese Lion Dance at Toy Joy – Sunday, February 3 at 2 p.m. Happy New Year! The Year of the Snake is almost upon us and Toy Joy is ready to party! Visit the store on Sunday, a week before the official start of Chinese New Year, as Toy Joy prepares with a traditional Lion DanceTexas Dragon / Lion Dance Team will be at the store on Sunday, sharing their knowledge and awesome Lion-powers! Show up early, or you might miss the Lion Dance! FREE. Toy Joy, 2900 Guadalupe St., Austin.

Afternoon in the Garden: Faerie Gardens- Sunday, February 3rd, Noon – 4pm. Plant the flowers that attract faeries and learn about special qualities of plants. FREE!! Zilker Botanical Garden

Recurring Events:

Friday Night Storytime- Enjoy a FREE storytime with the kids on Fridays at 7:30pm. Barnes and Noble, La Frontera Village, 2701 Parker Road Bldg A Suite 700, Round Rock.

Central Market North Lamar– Live music and dancing, oh my!  This is a great spot for parents to enjoy music while letting their kids burn some energy on the playground.  There are also ducks to feed in the nearby pond.  Fridays and Saturdays from 6:30- 9:00pm. Central Market, North Lamar Blvd.

Craft Time for Kids- Bring the kids to get crafty. The crafts change weekly and usually are themed for particular holidays or seasons. FREE!! Saturday, 11:00am- 3:00pm. Lakeshore Learning Center, 9828 Great Hills Trail.

Food-Free Family Storytime-The Round Rock Public Library presents Food-Free Family Storytime, a reading activity that welcomes families with children of all ages to a fun environment that’s safe for individuals affected by food allergies.This interactive program includes a variety of activities such as books, fingerplays, music, movies, and puppets. FREE!! Saturday, 10:30. The Round Rock Public Library, 216 E. Main Street, Round Rock.

BookKids Storytime- Join the wonderful staff at BookPeople as they entertain your kiddos with stories, crafts, guest storytellers, and sometimes even puppets! Saturday mornings at 11:30am. FREE!! BookPeople, 603 N. Lamar Blvd.

What’s the Story Steve?– Move Your Tale and ColdTowne Theater collaborate to present this fully improvised theatrical journey through a story of the audience’s making. Featuring Steve the improvising poodle, a portion of the show follows Steve through an original tale. Pay what you wish. Appropriate for audiences of all ages. A return to MYT’s classic event structure, kids will join us on the stage for the entire event, providing sound effects, characters and settings for for every story. This is a chance to create original tales, and to perform them right away! Saturday at 10 a.m. ColdTowne Theater, 4803 Airport Blvd.

Storytime- A weekend storytime for families with kids of all ages. (Circus Chickendog performs on January 19th) FREE!! Saturday, 11:00am. Wells Branch Community Library, 15001 Wells Port Drive.

Flying Theater Machine: Snowball Fight- Sundays at the Hideout, Flying Theater Machine presents kid-oriented improv right here in Austin. The audience will help us with suggestions and sound effects, and a few lucky kids will even get to join us on stage. Sunday, 2:00pm.Tickets: $8. The Hideout Theater, 617 Congress Ave.

Whole Foods Kids’ Club - Hey kids, stop by and check out what’s going on at Kid’s Club. Each week we have an exciting activity that will let you play with your food plus learn a couple things along the way. FREE!! Sunday, 1:00pm. Whole Foods Market, 525 N. Lamar.

Cherrywood Kid’s Show- Bring the kids out to see a FREE show while mom and dad sip on a hot cup of coffee! January 20th, The Hey Lollies; January 27, Boone Graham.  Sunday, 10:30am. Cherrywood Coffeehouse, 1400 E. 381/2 Street.

All Ages Storytime- Head downtown to hear an all ages storytime at the library! Sunday, 1:00pm. FREE!! Faulk Central Library, 800 Guadalupe Street.