The Weekenders: Events for Austin Families, February 21-23, 2014

The Cat in the Hat- Friday, February 21 at 6:30 pm and Saturday, February 22 at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Sally and her brother are stuck home in the rain, when a Cat comes knocking at the window pane! But the Cat has brought friends, Thing One and Thing Two, who make messes and problems and oh, what to do?! Mischief and mayhem and laughter galore, bring the kids—they’ll clamor for more! Recommended for children ages 3 and older. Tickets: $16 adults, $14 youth. ZACH Theatre, Kleberg Stage, 1510 Toomey Road, Austin.

Austin’s Free Day of Dance – Saturday, February 22. More than 100 FREE dance classes will be offered in a variety of social and ballroom dance styles including salsa, swing, two step, waltz, tango and more. Dancers and non-dancers alike are invited to give these FREE classes a try! See the full Free Day of Dance Schedule, at 15 locations.

Marathon Kids Finisher Medal Celebration – Saturday, February 22, from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. Has your child been working toward the goal of running 26.2 miles this school year as part of the Marathon Kids challenge? Elementary schools students from around the city are invited to participate in the Marathon Kids Finisher Medal Celebrations on Saturday! AISD Schools celebrate from 9 – 11 a.m. All other Austin schools celebrate from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. The celebrations are FREE and open to the public. Burger Activity Center, 3200 Jones Rd., Austin.

Pirate Party (Round Rock) – Saturday, February 22, from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. Join a Pirate Party at Kaleidoscope Toys and meet Captain Jack Sparrow! Play pirate games, get a pirate hat, visit the pirate tattoo parlor for glitter tattoos, and make your own pirate “hook.” This is a FREE event and no RSVP is required. Kaleidoscope Toys, 110 N IH 35, Ste 375, Round Rock.

City of Austin Black History Month Celebrations - Saturday, February 22. There are two FREE celebrations to choose from:

  • Black History Celebration at Turner-Roberts Recreation Center – Saturday, February 22, from 11:30 a.m. – 2 p.m. Witness the 3-D timeline of African American history in Austin and enjoy dance performances by the Turner-Roberts dance groups and Overton drill team. FREE dinner and drinks will be provided. Turner-Roberts Recreation Center, 7201 Colony Loop Dr., Austin.

Daddy Play Date- Saturday, February 22 at 10:30 a.m. Robot making with dad! Cost: $3 per child; FREE for members. Toybrary, 7817 Rockwood Lane, Suite 101, Austin.

Dream a Little Dream Storytime- Saturday, February 22 at 11:30 a.m. When you let your imagination run wild you can have the most interesting, magical adventures of all. Whether its dancing pink elephants or the ability to fly – you never know what your dreams will bring. This morning, we’ll read the lovely Dream Animals and see where our imaginations take us! FREE!! BookPeople, 603 N. Lamar Blvd.Advertisement
Kite Workshop at Northwest Recreation Center – Saturday, February 22, 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. Northwest Recreation Center, 2913 Northland Dr., Austin.

Celebrating Urban Birds 2014 at Elisabet Ney Museum – Saturday, February 22, from 1 – 4 p.m. Enjoy homing pigeons demonstration and family activities. FREE! Elisabet Ney Museum, 304 E 44th Street, Austin.

African American Community Heritage Festival - Saturday, February 22, from 1 – 5 p.m. The 15th Annual African American Community Heritage Festival concludes Austin’s celebration of Black History Month. This year’s festival features musical performances, arts and crafts, food, and a health fair. This is a FREE event with activities suitable for all ages. Huston Tillotson University, 900 Chicon St, Austin

Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day – Saturday, February 22, from 2 – 5 p.m. Students and their parents or educators are invited to UT for an afternoon of engineering fun. On-site registration will be available the day of the event, in the tent next to NOA, from 1:30 – 3:00 p.m. Any participant in the 1st-8th grade who did not pre-register online must register on-site in order to participate in the hands-on activities or to receive a Girl Day giveaway. Participants that do on-site registration are limited to only the activities for “all ages” outdoors and may not participate in the activities for each age group within the buildings due to limited resources. To expedite on-site registration, please print and fill out the on-site registration form prior to coming to Girl Day.

Jugglefest- Saturday, February 22 at 7:30 p.m. On Saturday night we’re pulling out all the stops! We’ll be showcasing performers from Austin and all over the world as they demonstrate their skills in the circus arts. Come on down and check out the best family friendly show in Austin! Cost: $10 admission, free for 5 and under. Texas School for the Deaf, Davis Auditorium, 1102 South Congress Ave, Austin.

Ballet Austin II Hansel and Gretel- Saturday, February 22 and Sunday, February 23 at 2:00 and 4:40 p.m. Ballet Austin II — Ballet Austin’s second company — revives Hansel and Gretel, in the AustinVentures StudioTheater at Ballet Austin’s Butler Dance Education Center. Following a sold out run in 2012, Ballet Austin II’s playful re-imagining of the classic Grimm’s fairy tale with choreography by Nelly van Bommel, is recommended for children ages 3 to 10 years old and their families. Tickets: $15. AustinVentures StudioTheater at Ballet Austin’s Butler Dance Education Center, 501 West Third Street, Austin.

Cherrywood Kids’ Show- Sunday, February 23 from 10- 11:30 a.m. Kids enjoy free music with “Mr.Will” Dupry! FREE!! Cherrywood Coffeehouse, 1401 E. 381/2 Street.

Lunar New Year Open House – Sunday, February 23, from noon – 4 p.m. This FREE event in celebration of the 2014 Year of the Horse will be filled with fun activities for families. All ages will enjoy crafts, puppet shows, lion and dragon dances. Asian American Resource Center, 8401 Cameron Road, Austin.

Flying Theater Machine: Monster Families- Sunday, February 23 at 2:00 p.m. In Monster Families, we present our beloved Monster Family. Baby Monster believes in humans, but the rest of the Monster Family can’t see them and don’t believe. Watch as your kids share their experiences with Baby Monster’s family and their two worlds come together in a magical way. Who knows what will happen? Come find out! It’s story time for the imaginative and adventurous! This show is a blast for the entire family, but especially for ages four to ten. Cost: $7. Hideout Theater, 617 Congress Ave.

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