The Weekenders: Events for Austin Families, February 10-12, 2012

Becker Pachanga Dance Party- Featuring Grammy award-winning Adrian Quesada of Grupo Fantasma on the turntables, a Valentine’s Day craft area sponsored by Livemom, face painting by Patricia Calabrese, a family photo booth produced by Fun Loving Photos, and Latin-inspired cuisine provided by Thrice Café/Thai Fresh, this party is sure to be fun for the entire family. It’s FREE and open to the public. Friday, 5:30- 8:00pm. Becker Elementary, 906 West Milton Street.

Little Green Beans Customer Appreciation Event- Like your little green beans we are growing quickly and want to thank all of our customers and consignors that have helped us grow! On Friday, February 10th we want to honor all of you and your families at our Customer Appreciation Event! FREE entertainment by Scotty Roo (5:00pm), food and drinks (at 4:30 and 6:30pm) and special deals. Friday. Little Green Beans Consignment Store, 9070 Research Blvd.

Friday Night Storytime- Get ready for Valentine’s Day with two delightful books: The Best Kind of Kiss by Margaret Allum and Jonathan Bentley and All Kinds of Kisses by Nancy Tafuri. FREE!! Friday, 7:30pm. Barnes and Noble, La Frontera Village, 2701 Parker Road Bldg A Suite 700, Round Rock.

Science Under the Stars: Partners in Pollination- Jacob Soule, Graduate Student in Ecology, Evolution & Behavior at the University of Texas at Austin, will explain the many strange relationships that pollination produces. Arrive early for refreshments and activities for kids. FREE!! Friday, 7:30pm. Brackenridge Field Laboratory, 2907 Lake Austin Blvd.

Live Music at Central Market- Enjoy live music for FREE while the kids have a chance to work off some energy on the playscape. Friday features the band Dustin Welch and Saturday, BettySoo. Friday and Saturday, 6:30- 9:00pm. Central Market, 4001 N. Lamar Blvd.

Valentine’s Day Storytime- Join us for our Valentine’s Day Storytime! We will have stories, songs and a craft! FREE!! Saturday, 11:00am. Barnes and Noble, Lakeline Crossing, 14010 US Hwy. 183.

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. Improv is great way to approach collaborative storytelling. This production empowers children to help make the story happen or to just sit back and enjoy the ride! A great, theatrical way to spend a Saturday morning. Featuring Steve the improvising poodle, a portion of the show is inspired by the PBS series What’s the Story Wishbone. Pay what you wish. Appropriate for audiences of all ages. Saturday, 10:00am. ColdTowne Theatre, 4803 Airport Blvd.

Valentine’s Day Craft at the Disney Store- Kids are invited to Disney Store to create a unique Valentine’s Day card for their special someone. Saturday, 10:30 am – 1:00 pm. Minimum age for participation is 3 years. While supplies last. No lineups prior to 30 minutes before event begins. Event subject to change or cancellation without notice. Call store for more information.  FREE!! Disney Store, Lakeline Mall, 11200 Lakestop Boulevard.

Kite Making Workshop- Fly on by and learn how to make a kite for the 84th annual Zilker Kite Festival.  Children will have the opportunity to make multiple kites and then fly them in the park! All materials are provided, ages 5 and up. FREE!! Saturday, 1:00pm. Dove Springs Recreation Center, 5801 Alnez Drive.

BookKids Storytime-Join us this morning for a storytime workshop all about the Zach Scott Theatre’s upcoming live production of Laura Numeroff’s classic story of a curious & compulsive mouse, If You Give a Mouse a Cookie. He’ll be explaining the ins and outs of the show as well as how you can get tickets to see it live in person! FREE!! Saturday, 11:30am. BookPeople, 603 N. Lamar Blvd.

Hands on History: Vintage Valentine’s that “move” you- Create your own vintage Valentine with moving components. Learn about Victorian Valentine customs. FREE!! Open to children of all ages. Saturday, 10:00am- 2:00pm. The Williamson Museum, 716 S. Austin Avenue, Georgetown.

Kids’ Circus Camp- Join Circus Chickendog for a unique performance each week and learn new circus skills after each show! It’s fun for families and kids of all ages and great for birthday parties, too. Saturday, 9 to 9:30—A Make-Believe Dance Party with live musicians , 9:30 to 10:30—Circus/Musical Shaggy Dog “Tail” (Complete with Moral), 10:30 to 11:00–Learn to Juggle, Yo-Yo, and Train Dogs. Check out the weekly schedule on our Facebook page under the events section! $5 – kids, adults-free (Cash/Check at door). The Institution Theater, 3708 Woodbury Drive.Elmo Visits Learning Express Toys – Elmo will dance and interact with kids! Bring your own camera to take photos with Elmo. Young guests can also enjoy free Valentine’s Day crafts from 10:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. FREE!! Saturday, from 10:30 – 11:30 a.m. Learning Express Toys, 12901 Hill Country Blvd., #D1-103, Bee Cave.

Lowe’s Build and Grow: Valentine Card Creator- A FREE do-it-yourself clinic for kids! Valentine’s Day is right around the corner! Your child will love making their own personalized cards! Saturday, 10:00am. All participating Lowe’s locations.

Second Saturdays are for Families: Paper Sculptures and Puppets- Make your own paper sculpture inspired by the art of Lauren Fensterstock, on display in the Villa at Laguna Gloria. And the Austin Public Library’s Literature Live! will be bringing a storybook to life in a puppet show at 1:00pm. Cost: $10 per family, $5 for member family. Saturday, Noon- 3:00pm. Austin Museum of Art at Laguna Gloria, 3809 West 35th Street.

Storytime- A weekend storytime for families with kids of all ages. FREE!! Saturday, 11:00am. Wells Branch Community Library, 15001 Wells Port Drive.
AdvertisementDarwin Day- Join us for Darwin Day, a celebration of evolution and Charles Darwin himself from the Center for Inquiry Austin. We will have events for all ages.  In our amphitheater, kids can learn about fossils where we’ll have a bunch on display.  Up on our third floor, we will have talks on evolution for adults.  Rebecca Lewis, UT Anthropology, will be speaking on “The Evolution of Social Systems.” Ernie Lundelius, Emeritus Professor from UT Austin, will give the talk: “I Dig Fossils”. Steve Bratteng, from CFI Austin, will be giving the talk “Dr Darwin Makes a House Call” about the concept of evolutionary or Darwinian medicine.  FREE!! Saturday, 1:00-3:00pm. BookPeople, 603 N. Lamar Blvd.

Sweetheart Storytime- Join us for some “lovely” treats, stories, and crafts with Miss Kit. FREE!! Saturday, 10:00am. Cedar Park Public Library, 600 N. Bell Blvd., Cedar Park.

Food-Free Family Storytime- Enjoy 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, 10:30am. Round Rock Public Library, 216 E. Main Street, Round Rock.

Crafts for Kids- Bring the kids, ages 3 and up, to make a Be Mine! Valentine Mailbox.  FREE!! Saturday, 11:00am- 3:00pm. Lakeshore Learning Store, 9828 Great Hills Trail.

.Make-It Take-It Valentine Crafts- Create a memory book for your most cherished memories. Make-It Take-It with purchase of papaer sack. While Supplies Last. Ages 3+. Saturday, 10:00- noon. From 1:00- 3:00pm, craft a special gift for Valentine’s Day. Make-It Take-It with purchase of Wood Curly-Q Letter or Frame. While Supplies Last Ages 3+. All participating Michael’s Locations.

Storytime at Mitchie’s- Enjoy a FREE storytime and language featuring African-American folktales from 1:00-2:00pm every Saturday. Kids receive free refreshments, a free book and a 30% discount! Mitchie’s Gallery, 7801 N. Lamar Blvd., Bldg. B, Suite 148.

Community Games Day- Join the Goddard School of Cedar Park in promoting a positive message about friendship and “no bullying” with fun activities, games, and good times. Attendees can participate in various games and outdoor play (weather permitting), including Gymboree parachute time and a Spanish dance recital. Local clown Bonzo Crunch will be on hand to entertain the crowds from 10:30 – 11:30 a.m. Vista Ridge High School will host an anti bullying table, where students will share ideas on providing a culture of kindness and embracing diversity. Little ones can make play dough or visit the “Goop” table and have fun mixing different ingredients! FREE!! Saturday, 10:00am- noon. The Goddard School, 1905 El Salido Pkwy., Cedar Park.

Whole Foods Kid’s Club- Get ready for your Valentine’s Day with special homemade crafts. Create unique cookies and cards for your friends and family! FREE!! Sunday, Noon- 3:00pm. Whole Foods, 525 N. Lamar Blvd.

Sunday Morning Kids Show: The Strollers- Bring the family out for a FREE show for kids of all ages!! Sunday, 10:00am. Ruta Maya Coffee Shop, 3601 S. Congress Ave.

Flying Theatre Machine: The Adventure Room- Sundays at the Hideout, Flying Theater Machine presents the only kid-oriented improv 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. Tickets: $8. Sunday, 2:00pm. The Hideout Theater, 617 Congress Ave.

Sunday Storyime- Enjoy an all-ages, FREE storytime on Sunday at 1:00pm at Faulk Central Library, 800 Guadalupe Street.

Darwin Day- Enjoy a free, family-friendly event celebrating the anniversary of Charles Darwin’s birth. Travel on your own voyage of discovery as you explore specimens from the TNSC collections similar to those that Darwin saw during his journey while aboard the HMS Beagle, investigate how Darwin’s observations led him to develop fundamental theories of evolution, and learn more about Darwin’s influence on modern day science.FREE activities for the whole-family include:Arts and crafts, exploration of TNSC specimens at booths hosted by University of Texas at Austin scientists, and digging in the Fossil Dig Pit. FREE!! Sunday, 1:00- 4:45pm. Texas Natural Science Center, 2400 Trinity.

Ground Work Music Kids Show-Come out for coffee and FREE live music for the kids on Sunday at 10:30 am. Cherrywood Coffee Shop, 1400 E.381/2 Street.

Valentine Crafts at Highland Mall – Celebrate Valentine’s with family at the Highland Mall Food Court. The food court will be decked out in Valentine’s style, enjoy family lunch deals at the food court and themed crafts and activities including: Make your own Valentine’s Card, Heart frames, Photos with the Valentine’s Day mascot, and Sweet treats! FREE!! Sunday, Noon- 2:30pm. Highland Mall, 601 Airport Blvd.

Catherine Prystup
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Catherine Prystup founded LiveMom.com out of a desire to build a better community for Austin-area moms. She has three children, ages seventeen, eight and three years old.

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