The Weekenders: Events for Families in Austin February 5-7, 2016

Saturday, February 6, 2016

Valentine’s Mailbox at Home Depot Kid’s Workshop – 9 a.m. – noon, Join our hands-on workshop and build a wooden Valentines mailbox to hold all your child?s valentine cards from their favorite friends. After the mailbox is built, your child can personalize their project with paint. All kids get to keep their craft, receive a FREE certificate of achievement, a Workshop Apron, and a commemorative pin while supplies last. Children must be present at the store to participate in the workshop and receive the kit, apron and pin. All participating Home Depot locations

Valentine Party at Kaleidoscope Toys10 a.m. – noon,  Make a cute puppy-shaped holder for your Valentine cards. FREE! Kaleidoscope Toys, 110 N. I-35, Round Rock.

Tomás and the Library Lady –  11 a.m. & 2 p.m., Tomás immigrates with his family from Mexico with fears of a new life and a lack of confidence in his language and culture. Then he meets a “library lady” who recognizes his thirst for knowledge and encourages him to read. Based on the true story of the Mexican-American author and education Tomás Rivera, this inspirational story suggests what reading – and self-respect – can make possible. Tickets: $16 adult, $13 child.  Zach Scott Theatre, Whisenhunt Stage, 1510 Toomey Road.

Lunar New Year Celebration – 11 a.m., Enjoy crafts and Lion Dance performance for FREE! Wells Branch Community Library, 15001 Wells Port Drive.

Pippi Longstocking – 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., Pippi Longstocking is a scrappy 9-year-old little girl who asks a lot of questions and always put bullies in their place. Along with a horse on the porch, a monkey in the kitchen and her best friends Tommy and Annika, this freckle faced, red-pigtailed, whirlwind of a girl in mismatched stockings is a delight for both children and adults. Tickets: $12 adults, $8 children. Austin Scottish Rite Theater, 207 W. 18th Street.

Austin Humane Society Puppy Bowl – Noon-2 p.m., The Austin Humane Society Puppy Bowl is a Super Bowl-themed, FREE, family-friendly community event featuring AHS adoptable puppies dressed in uniform, as well as some kitten cheerleaders. There will be live music, children’s activities, food trucks, vendors and more. Austin Humane Society, 124 W. Anderson Lane.

Kite Making Workshop – 1-3 p.m., Get a head start on making your custom kite for the Zilker Park Kite Festival! Materials and instruction will be provided courtesy of Communities In Schools and the City of Austin Parks and Recreation Department. FREE! Pan Am Rec Center, 2100 E 3rd Street.

Friend Fest at Central Market – 1-3 p.m., Celebrate friendship and unity with Creative Action and Do512 Family—just in time for Valentines Day! Activities include, friendship bracelet, card, and flag making, and a big parade to show ‘em off,  sweet treats and cookie decorating, live music from Seu Jacinto, face painting, photo booth, and more. FREE! Central Market, 4001 N. Lamar Blvd.

Father Daughter Dance – 6-8 p.m., All 2nd—8th grade girls & their dads, grandfather or positive male role model) are invited to Hancock Recreation Center’s first annual Father and Daughter Dance. Refreshments provided and free Ballroom dance instructions are included in the $10 admission per dad/ daughter pair. Hancock Recreation Center, 811 E. 41 Street.

Sunday, February 7, 2016

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Group Skate Lessons at Playland – 11 – 11:45 a.m.  All ages and skill levels are welcome to attend a FREE group skate lesson!  No reservations necessary. Group Lessons are designed to accommodate the different skill levels of all students attending the class. After the lesson, Playland Skate Center will be open to the public from 12-5 p.m. You are welcome to stay and practice what you’ve learned for the price of admission ($8, which includes skate rental). Playland Skate Center, 8822 McCann Drive, Austin.

Tomás and the Library Lady –  11 a.m., Tomás immigrates with his family from Mexico with fears of a new life and a lack of confidence in his language and culture. Then he meets a “library lady” who recognizes his thirst for knowledge and encourages him to read. Based on the true story of the Mexican-American author and education Tomás Rivera, this inspirational story suggests what reading – and self-respect – can make possible. Tickets: $16 adult, $13 child.  Zach Scott Theatre, Whisenhunt Stage, 1510 Toomey Road.

Watherfest - Noon – 3 p.m., Keep weather on your radar at Austin’s annual WeatherFest. Enjoy hands-on science experiments, weather-related films and panel discussions, hands-on activities, and more! Enjoy FREE exhibit admission all day during Free First Sundays, held the first Sunday of every month. Families can explore the Story of Texas through three floors of exhibits that showcase artifacts from around the state. The Museum is open from 12-5pm with special activities from 12-3pm. Hands-On Activities with Girlstart include: Explore aerodynamics and make a glider, make a LEGO building that could withstand an earthquake, learn about spectroscopes, be a weather reporter, create an extreme weather shelter, tell time with the sun and make a pocket sundial. Bullock Museum, 1800 N. Congress Ave.

Pippi Longstocking – 12:30 and 2:30 p.m., Pippi Longstocking is a scrappy 9-year-old little girl who asks a lot of questions and always put bullies in their place. Along with a horse on the porch, a monkey in the kitchen and her best friends Tommy and Annika, this freckle faced, red-pigtailed, whirlwind of a girl in mismatched stockings is a delight for both children and adults. Tickets: $12 adults, $8 children. Austin Scottish Rite Theater, 207 W. 18th Street.

Valentine Craft at Terra Toys1-3 p.m., Get ready to make a beautiful Valentine’s day gift for someone special! Why make a Valentine out of construction paper when you could color and decorate a hand-cut wooden heart at Terra Toys! All materials, including markers, glitter, beads, stickers, stamps and more, are provided. FREE! Note: Please RSVP for groups of five or more. Terra Toys, 2838 W. Anderson Lane

Sunday Funday: Pop-Up Books – 1-4 p.m., Join the staff and volunteers of the Neill-Cochran House Museum for an afternoon of making pop-up books! Learn how to make your own pop-up designs or just come by to decorate pop-up cards for Valentine’s Day. We’ll also have a museum scavenger hunt and, weather permitting, games on the museum grounds. RSVP here or stop on by–no tickets necessary for this FREE afternoon of at-your-own-pace Austin history. Neill-Cochran House Museum, 2310 San Gabriel Street.

Chinese New Year Festival – 2-4 p.m., Celebration of the Chinese New Year with dance and music. FREE and open to the public. Carver Museum Boyd Vance Theatre, 1165 Angelina Street.

For more Valentine’s Day themed events this weekend, check out our Kid-Friendly Valentine’s Day Events in Austin.

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