The Weekenders: Events for Austin Families, February 3-5, 2012

Friday Night Storytime- With light-footed rhymes and high-stepping illustrations, Giraffes Can’t Dance by Giles Andreae and Guy Parker-Rees is a gentle inspiration for every child with dreams of greatness. FREE!! Friday, 7:30pm. Barnes and Noble, La Frontera Village, 2701 Parker Road Bldg A Suite 700, Round Rock.

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 Cienfuegos and Saturday, The Marshall Ford Swing Band. Friday and Saturday, 6:30- 9:00pm. Central Market, 4001 N. Lamar Blvd.

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

BookKids Storytime- Join us for a wonderfully artistic storytime celebrating children’s book author and poet, Ezra Jack Keats. We’ll not only be reading the classic story The Snowy Day and other stories, but also making paper snowflakes! A perfect storytime celebrating the weather and the beginning of Black History Month. FREE!! Saturday, 11:30am. BookPeople, 603 N. Lamar Blvd.

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. Pan Am Recreation Center, 2100 East 3rd Street.

TEXplorations: Making a Difference- This month, Story Time will feature favorites about making a difference in your community. Come to our monthly Story Time programs to learn more about what’s happening in the world around you! FREE!! Saturday, 2:00 and 2:30pm. The Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum, 1800 N. Congress.

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.

Family Storytime- Family Storytime is open to all ages. Come enjoy books, music and crafts with Miss Kit. Call 512-401-5634 for more details. FREE!! Saturday, 10:00am. Cedar Park Public Library, 600 N. Bell Blvd., Cedar Park.

Walk on the Wild Side- Enjoy an interpretive hike as a park naturalist brings together a unique blend of human and natural history to tell the story of the Colorado River. Discover how the river influences animal, plant and human life along its banks. After your hike, visit McKinney Roughs Visitors Center gift shop with live native animals and interactive exhibits. Bring a picnic lunch and make it a nature day! Hike is limited to the first 20 participants. Clubs or groups of more than five people should schedule a private hike. Pre-registration is required. FREE!! Adults and children ages 8 and up. Saturday, 10:00am- Noon.  McKinney Roughs Nature 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.

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.

Sherwood Forest Faire Preview Day- Enjoy an afternoon of music from some of the fine musicians of Sherwood Forest Faire! Presented by Things Celtic, this is a FREE show that is open to the public. Stop by Things Celtic to enjoy a preview of some of the fine entertainment that will be featured at Sherwood Forest Faire. There will also be a drawing to win free passes to Sherwood Forest Faire! No purchase necessary, and you don’t have to be present at the drawing to win. Saturday, Ky Hote – 1:00pm, Tulstin Troubadours – 2:00pm , Owl Morrison – 3:00pm , The Bedlam Bards – 4:00pm. Things Celtic, 1806 W. 35th Street.

2012 FUMP Music Festival- Live music featuring Austin’s own Staci Gray and Joe McDermott, arts and crafts, snacks and an instrument petting zoo. It’s indoors so come rain or shine and bring a blanket to sit on. Saturday, 10:00am- 1:00pm. Tickets: $10 adults and children, children under 2 are free. FUMC Family Life Center, 1300 Lavaca Street.

Make-It Take-It Valentine Crafts- Create a fun foam mailbox for Valentine’s Day Goodies. Make-It Take-It with purchase of foam or white craft mailbox While Supplies Last. Ages 3+. Saturday, 1:00- 2:00pm. From 2:00- 3:00pm, craft a sophisticated card for a loved one. Free Make-It Take-It While Supplies Last. Ages 3+. All participating Michael’s Locations.

Daddy Daughter Dance- Dad’s grab your star for this Star Studded Night and daughters put on the shine! The theme will be “You are my Shining Star.” A special star studded night full of dancing and fun that will leave you with special shining memories. Light refreshments will be served at each dance.  Dad’s and daughters of all ages are welcome. Dad’s with daughter’s in each category may pick to bring both daughters to the dance of their choice. Professional photography will be available for an additional fee. Tickets are presale only; while supplies last.  Cost is $7 per ticket. Saturday, ages 0-7, 5:30- 7:30pm and ages 8 and up from 8:00- 10:00pm. Clay Madsen Recreation Center, 1600 Gattis School Road, Round Rock.Advertisement
Kid Activities at Elgin Farmers Market- Mom’s can shop and the kids can get engaged in art! The activities are provided and supervised by the Elgin Arts Association and there it’s FREE! Saturday, 10:00am- 2:00pm. Elgin Main Street.

21st Annual Mock Surgery- What do the masked doctors, nurses and technicians do inside those rooms? Find out when the Seton Healthcare Family presents the 21st Annual Mock Surgery & More event. Mock Surgery & More gives visitors the opportunity to learn what happens during surgical procedures and about many health care professionals and organizations that support surgical care. The self-paced program includes: Several operating rooms with mock set-ups of a variety of surgical procedures, Hands-on demonstrations and learning experiences with surgical equipment and other medical procedures, Seton associates, physicians and surgeons assuming their roles and explaining procedures. FREE!! Saturday, 9:00am- 2:00pm. Clinical Education Center at Brackenridge, 1400 N. IH35.

Austin Zoo’s Primate House Grand Opening- Join the zoo in a welcoming ceremony with family games and activities as the monkeys explore their new home. Regular museum admission. Saturday, 11:00am. The Austin Zoo and Animal Sanctuary, 10808 Rawhide Trail.

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.

LEGO Friends Launch n’ Build- Kids ages 5 and up can build a lemonade stand to go along with any LEGO Friends set. The LEGO Group will donate $1 for each stand built to Alex’s Lemonade Stand, an organization that raises money for research in the fight against childhood cancer. Saturday, Noon- 2:00pm. Toys “R” Us, 4025 Capital of Texas Highway.

Storytime- A weekend storytime for families with kids of all ages. FREE!! Saturday, 11:00am. Wells Branch Community Library, 15001 Wells Port Drive.

A.I.S.D. Diversity Fair- The district is hosting a Diversity Fair that will celebrate the amazing diversity found amongst the district’s student body which represents over 90 languages. Parents and students are invited to host booths and share information about their culture with event guests. The fair will also include cultural performances that you won’t want to miss. Come out and learn something new about another culture!Schedule:9:30 a.m. Korean Dance and Martial Arts,10:30 a.m. Vietnamese Drums, Student Performances and Dragon Dance, 11:15 a.m. Thai and Burmese Dances. FREE!! Saturday, 9:00am- Noon. Austin High School, 1715 W. Cesar Chavez.:

Crafts for Kids- Bring the kids, ages 3 and up, to design their own notebook.  FREE!! Saturday, 11:00am- 3:00pm. Lakeshore Learning Store, 9828 Great Hills Trail.

Tortuga del Mar Puppet Show- Mayan goddess Ixchel watches over two baby sea turtles on their journey across the ocean.  They encounter all the enchantment and mystery the great waters hold.  Can they swim free of the Pacific Trash Vortex that threatens their very existence? Recommended for ages 5 and up. Presented by Literature Live! FREE!! Sunday, 1:00pm. Faulk Central Library, 800 Guadalupe.

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.

Pflugerville Reads: The Wizard of Oz- Join the fun at Heritage House! Wizard of Oz themed puzzles, games and stories in Dorothy’s House! Check to see if you can find the Wicked Witch of the West. All ages welcome. FREE!! Sunday from 1:00- 4:00pm with a special storytime from 1:00- 2:00pm. Heritage House, 901 Old Austin Hutto Road.

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

Lego Fun Day- Learning Fun 101, our fabulous local Lego experts, are hosting a day full of Lego fun! Mark your calendars for a day of everything Lego! Help us build a Giant fireman mini figure, compete in the Lego Battle Tops arena, dig into a swimming pool full of Lego pieces for “Free Building”, Play Lego games, Enter to win a Lego game, Give-Aways. FREE!! Sunday, Noon- 4:00pm. Kaleidoscope Toys, 1601 S. IH35, Round Rock.

Whole Foods Kid’s Club- Everyone loves pizza! Join the Kid’s Club gang as we read an awesome book about pizza and make our very own personal pizzas. FREE!! Sunday, Noon- 3:00pm. Whole Foods, 525 N. Lamar Blvd.

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Catherine Prystup founded 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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