Engineers Day at the Thinkery – Saturday, February 15, from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. The Austin branch of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) and the Greater Austin Contractors and Engineers Association (ACEA) will host an array of fun hands-on activities, including: Make a Hoop Glider, Build a Spaghetti Bridge, Construct a Super Golf Tower, Make a Paper Helicopter and more. The first 300 children will get in FREE. Adults will need to pay for admission. The Thinkery, 1830 Simond Avenue, Austin.
Black History Month Special Storytime- Saturday, February 15 at 11 a.m. Join us as we celebrate Black History Month with a very special storytime featuring Henry’s Freedom Box: A True Story from the Underground Railroad. Henry Brown doesn’t know how old he is. Nobody keeps records of slaves’ birthdays. All the time he dreams about freedom, but that dream seems farther away than ever. Join us to find out how Henry finally has a birthday — his first day of freedom. Stay afterwards to learn more about Black History Month and do activities. FREE!! Barnes and Noble in the Arboretum, 10000 Research Blvd., Austin.
Dental Health Storytime with Dr. J- Saturday, February 15 at 11:30 a.m. Join us for a morning of sparkling stories centered around your teeth! To celebrate February as National Children’s Dental Health month, Dr. Daniel Johnson of Central Park Pediatric Dentistry will be reading a series of stories about teeth, the tooth fairy, and you! Come prepared to sing, dance, listen and craft with Dr. J! FREE!! BookPeople, 603 N. Lamar Blvd.
Craft Time for Kids: Collage Picture Frame- Saturday, February 15 from 11- 3 p.m. Bring the kids to get crafty. A super-special picture frame that children decorate with sequins, sparkles and tons of other fun craft materials! FREE!! Saturday, 11:00am- 3:00pm. Lakeshore Learning Center, 9828 Great Hills Trail.
Peter Pan- Saturday, February 15 at Noon. Journey to Never Land in this TheatreworksUSA production of Peter Pan. In this adapted version of J.M. Barrie’s classic tale kids join along in the adventures of a group of children in turn-of-the-century London who use their imaginations to reenact the story of Peter Pan. This story empowers children to create their own world of make-believe. As the children fly to Never Land and escape the evil Captain Hook and Mr. Smee, they recognize the importance of friendship as well as the value of being part of a family. This production encourages children to let their imaginations take “flight” and to create their own adventures using household objects as props and puppets as characters.. Cost: $12 adults, $9 children. One World Theatre, 7701 Bee Cave Road.
MapJam- Saturday, February 15 from Noon- midnight. MapJam is a daylong music festival that brings the Austin Music Map to life. The second annual MapJam will showcase some of the hidden musical spaces in one of the most exciting cities in the world. This year, eight bands — from Afrobeat and bluegrass, to hip hop and pop punk — will perform in five locations across East Austin from noon to midnight. MapJam is FREE and open to the public and is an all-ages event. For event locations and times, click here.
Kite Workshop at South Austin Recreation Center - Saturday, February 15, from 1-3 p.m. To help you prepare for the Zilker Kite Festival coming up on March 2, The City of Austin Parks and Recreation and The Exchange Club of Austin invite the public to attend a FREE kite workshop. Materials will be provided and organizers will be on hand to help adults and children make kites. The workshop is recommended for ages five and up. South Austin Recreation Center, 1100 Cumberland Road, Austin.
Curlilocks and the Three Pink Pandas Storytime- Saturday, February 15 from 1-3 p.m. Author Yolanda King will read her work Curlilocks and the Three Pink Pandas, a new twist on an old classic, “Goldilocks and the Three Bears”. Following the author’s reading, we will have craft activities for kids especially inspired by the story as well as a book signing. Ms. King, a wife and mother of two young children, lives and writes in Central, Texas. To RSVP, call 512 974-4926. FREE!! Carver Museum and Cultural Center, 1165 Angelina Street, Austin.
Kids in the Kitchen- Saturday, February 15 from 3-4 p.m. Shop in peace for 45 minutes while your kids make you healthy HSH (Health Starts Here) treats. Your kids will explore their culinary side and learn several fun and easy recipes. Suggested age: 6- 12. Class will meet at guest services. Cost: $10. Whole Foods Arbor Trails, 4301 W. William Cannon Dr
Central Market Live Music: Carper Family Band- Saturday, February 15 from 6:30- 9:00 p.m. The Austin-based trio of Melissa Carper [upright bass], Beth Chrisman [fiddle], and Jenn Miori [guitar] applies their signature, stunning three-part harmonies to bluegrass, old-time, country and swing tunes of the standard and original variety, pushing and honoring American musical traditions at every step. FREE!! Central Market, 4001 N. Lamar Blvd.
Big Don at Cherrywood Coffeehouse- Sunday, February 16 from 10:00- 11:30 a.m. Bring the kids out to hear Big Don spin for the wee ones. FREE!! Cherrywood Coffeehouse, 1400 East 381/2 Street.
Tiger Woman: A Puppet Show- Sunday, February 16 at 2:00 p.m. Austin Public Library’s performance troupe Literature LIVE! presents Tiger Woman from the book by Laurence Yep, a Bunraku-style puppet show based on a traditional Chinese folktale. This is the tale of a greedy old woman who will not share her food with a beggar. When the old man turns out to be a wizard, he teaches her a lesson in generosity. FREE!! It is recommended for children ages 5 and up. Faulk Central Library, 800 Guadalupe Street.