The Weekenders: Events for Austin Families, February 7-9, 2014

Visit With Elmo - Friday, February 7 and Saturday, February 8 at 11 a.m. Elmo is headed to Learning Express in Hill Country Galleria! He will visit the store from 11 a.m. to noon on Friday and Saturday. Children are invited to make a FREE Valentine craft from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. each day. Learning Express of Bee Cave, Hill Country Galleria, 12901 Hill Country Blvd., Bee Cave.

Mock Surgery and More – Saturday, February 8, from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. What really happens behind the closed doors of an operating room? What do the masked doctors, nurses and technicians do inside those rooms? Find out when the Seton Healthcare Family presents the 22nd Annual Mock Surgery & More event! The self-guided tour will take approximately two hours. Admission is FREE. Clinical Education Center at Brackenridge, 1400 North IH 35, Austin.

Hands on History: Honor Tex Avery- Saturday, February 8 from 10:00am- 2:00pm.  Celebrate cartoonist and Williamson County Native Tex Avery and make your very own cartoon to take home! Avery created memorable characters such as Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, and Porky Pig.  FREE! The Williamson Museum, 716 S. Austin Avenue, Georgetown.

FUMP Family Music Festival- Saturday, February 8 from 10:00am- 1:00pm.  The FUMP Family Music Festival is an annual half-day festival that gives young Austinites and their families a chance to enjoy Austin’s best live music together. The festival features the coolest kid-friendly live music, arts and crafts and much more. This year, come celebrate the 11th annual festival with great music by the Que Pastas, Staci Grey and Elmo as he plays the Ramones.   Tickets: $10 with $1.50 service fee. FUMCs Family Life Center, 1300 Lavaca Street.

Leer y Crear: Family Story Time- Saturday, February 8 at 10:30 a.m. The Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center is proud to offer Leer y Crear, a bilingual story time for families, on a monthly basis.  Each program date, instructor  will read a story from our library and lead participants in a themed activity that relates to the book.  This week’s story and craft is:  Adelita by Tomie dePaola with Valentine jewelry making activity. This program is FREE and all ages are welcome.  The Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center, 600 River Street.

Daddy Play Date- Saturday, February 8 at 10:30 a.m. Make a Valentine for Mommy! Can’t give too much away, since it’s a surprise! It’s artistic and sentimental, and you’ll take it home wrapped. Cost: $5 per child. Toybrary, 7817 Rockwood Lane, Suite 101, Austin.

Creativity Can and Valentine’s Day Storytime- Saturday, February 8th, 11:00 a.m. Join us for a special Valentine’s Day Storytime, featuring Love Monster. He is a slightly hairy monster who is just trying to fit in with the cuddly residents of Cutesville. Join us for the story and stay for fun crafts, snacks and more! Then, at Noon,  Kids ages 4 and up are invited to enjoy Hands-On Learning fun with a Creativity Can filled with feathers, stickers, bells and silly eyes, among other fun items. The only rules are to have fun and be as creative as you can be! FREE! Barnes and Noble in the Arboretum, 10000 Research Blvd.

Friend Fest – Saturday, February 8, from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. This celebration of friendship will include a variety of FREE activities for children, teens and adults. As a lead up to Valentine’s Day, guests will make friendship bracelets, valentines and other crafts to celebrate the season. There will also be cookie decorating and food demonstrations provided by Central Market. Brazilian band Seu Jacinto will perform at the event. At noon, children from Creative Action’s After School programs will lead everyone in a friendship parade filled with instruments, puppets and other art made by the students. Guests will also have the opportunity to learn about Creative Action Summer Camps. Central Market North, 4001 N Lamar Blvd, Austin.

Kids Juicing Class – Saturday, February 8 at 11 a.m. JuiceLand, a locally owned juice bar, will be holding a FREE kids juicing class on the store’s patio. The class will teach kids that juicing is not only nutritious, but can also be delicious and fun to make. Parents are encouraged to help their children throughout the class as they learn to make two JuiceLand favorites, the Peachy Green smoothie, made with spinach, kale, apple and peach, and The Fountain juice, made with carrot, ginger, beet, kale, spinach, parsley, celery and wheatgrass. The class is open to the public, and RSVP is not required. JuiceLand, 7329 North Burnet Road, Austin.

Second Saturdays Art Workshop: Tech Sounds- Saturday, February 8 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Learn the basics of analog sound circuits from Dr. Bleep, the creator of all manner of strange synthesizer gizmos, in this musical art project inspired by Charles Long’s interactive installation Pet Sounds, on view now at Laguna Gloria. All ages welcome! Cost: $10 per family. The Contemporary at Laguna Gloria, 3809 W. 35th St.
AdvertisementBuild Emmet’s Car from The LEGO Movie at Toys “R” Us – Saturday, February 8, from noon – 2 p.m. Build Emmet’s Car from The LEGO Movie at Toys “R” Us! This FREE event is intended for children ages 5 and up. Event materials will be available while supplies last and are available only to participating children. Limit one per child. Two locations: 9333 Research Blvd. and IH 35 & Parmer Lane, Austin.

Whole Foods Kid’s Club- Saturday, February 8 at 1:00 p.m. Join Mikaila, the 9 year old owner of BeeSweet Lemonade, for a peer-taught Valentine’s Day themed kids club! FREE! Space is limited and the class will fill up very quickly. Reserve your spot with Guest Services today! Whole Foods in the Domain, 11920 Domain Drive.

Kite Making Workshop – Saturday, February 8, 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. Dove Springs Recreation Center, 5801 Ainez Dr., Austin.

Kong Screenprinting Open House – Saturday, February 8, from 2 – 6 p.m. The Open House will be a family friendly event demonstrating textile screen printing by Kong masterprinters and featuring artworks by leading contemporary artists. Bring along a shirt to pull through the screens! Attendees as young as 7 can print their own shirts from a selection of designs. Admission is FREE, but there will be a small charge to print a shirt. Kong Screen Printing, 4704 E Cesar Chavez, Building C, Austin.

Valentine’s PartySaturday February 8th from 2:00- 4:00 p.m. Make a Valentine photo frame, play games, have some punch and cookies, and take home a party favor! RSVP Required. Cost: $5. Recommended for ages 4+. Kaleidoscope Toys, 110 North IH35, Ste 375, Round Rock.

All Shook Up- Saturday, February 8 t 1:00 and 6:00 p.m and Sunday, February 29 at 1:00 p.m. A whole lotta shakin’ will be goin’ on when the music of Elvis Presley comes to life in the TexARTS Teen Musical Theatre Academy production of All Shook Up.  This musical comedy is a madcap mash up of Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night and the rock ‘n roll, gospel, and rockabilly hits made famous by the King of Rock and Roll.  Jarod Watters plays the rockin’ rollin’ roustabout who shakes thing up when he arrives in a 1950’s small town.  Maddie McKowen is the town’s dreamer who falls under his spell.  Among the many classics that will have you jumping out of your blue suede shoes are, “Love Me Tender,” “Heartbreak Hotel,” “Hound Dog,” and “It’s Now or Never.” Tickets: $15. All ages welcome. Kam & James Morris Theatre at TexARTS, 2300 Lohman’s Spur, Austin.

Chinatown Center’s Chinese New Year Celebration – Sunday, February 9, from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Chinese New Year festivities will include family friendly fun from face-painting to firecracker displays. Dragon and Lion Dance Teams will perform throughout the day! Admission and entertainment is FREE, but some activities may have a fee to participate. Chinatown Center, 10901 N Lamar Blvd, Austin.

Group Skate Lessons at Playland – Sunday, February 9, from 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.

Family Day at UMLAUF – Sunday, February 9, from noon – 4 p.m. Join the UMLAUF for a Celebration of Urban Birds! Learn about the birds we see every day and celebrate their presence in our city with sculpture and nest building. Yoga for all ages (12:30 p.m.), story time (1 p.m.), and live sculpture demonstrations make Family Days at the UMLAUF a slam dunk! FREE! Umlauf Sculpture Garden & Museum, 605 Robert E Lee Rd, Austin.

Rainbow Loom Workshop- Sunday, February 9 from 2- 3 p.m. BYOLBC – Bring your own Looms,Bands,and Charms or purchase some at our store. We will have tables set up in the back where kids and parents can share Rainbow Loom tips and tricks and create new designs. Ms. Lauren will be teaching everyone how to make a TULIP charm out of bands, but depending on the skill level of the group we are open to new ideas, and the kids becoming the teachers!! Create your own Valentine’s Day craft! There are many heart ring, bracelet, and charm designs if you are an advanced loomer, or you can make simple bracelets and attach them to your Valentine’s Day Cards! FREE! No reservation required. Brilliant Sky Toys and Books, 701 Capital of Texas Hwy., Suite D 480, Austin.

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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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