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Austin, fill your family calendar with fests, Valentine’s Day and more

February is filled with Valentine’s Day events and Black History Month as well as fests celebrating caves, dinosaurs and the weather. Plan your outings in Austin for the next month:


Valentine’s Day Card Making. Make cards for children in local hospitals. 5 p.m. Feb. 7, Dittmar Recreation Center. 1009 W. Dittmar Road.

Valentine’s Day Dance. Food, drinks, music and more for ages 5-12.$1. 5:30 p.m. Feb. 8. Metz Recreation Center, 2407 Canterbury St.

Valentine’s Show with Silly Sparkles. 8 a.m. to noon Feb. 8. Toybrary Austin, 2001 Justin Lane.

Hands on History. Make Valentine’s Day cards like the 1920s. Free. 10 a.m. Feb. 10. The Williamson Museum. 716 S. Austin Ave., Georgetown.

Valentine’s Day Party. Music with Ariel, cardmaking and cookie decorating. 10:30 a.m. Feb. 14. Toybrary Austin, 2001 Justin Lane.


Safe Baby Academy. Learn baby safety with Austin-Travis County EMS. 9 a.m. Feb. 3, Seton Southwest Medical Center, 7900 FM 1826. 5:30 p.m. Feb. 6, St. David’s Medical Center Round Rock, 2400 Round Rock Ave. 9 a.m. Feb. 10, Seton Northwest Medical Center. 2 p.m. Feb. 11, Baylor Scott and White Medical Center, Lakeway, 200 Medical Parkway. 9 a.m. Feb. 17, Seton Williamson Medical Center. 9 a.m. Feb. 23, CommUnity Care Clinic, 1210 W. Braker Lane. 9a.m. Feb. 24, CommUnity Care Clinic, 2901 Montopolis Drive.

Car seat check. Austin-Travis County EMS checks car seats. 9 a.m. Feb. 6, Dove Springs Recreation Center, 5801 Ainez Drive. 9 a.m. Feb. 12, CommUnity Care Clinic, 211 Comal St. 9 a.m. Feb. 21. Gus Garcia Recreation Center, 1201 E. Rundberg Lane.

Kite Making Workshop. Get ready for Kite Fest, which is March 4. Free. 1 p.m. Feb. 10. Gus Garcia Recreation Center, 1201 E. Rundberg Lane.

Austin Dinosaur Day. Find activities at Zilker Botanic Garden, Texas Memorial Museum and Austin Nature & Science Center. Feb. 3. Admission rates apply.


“Dark Girls.” Documentary screens as part of That’s My Face Film Series for young adults. 6:30 p.m. Feb. 9. Carver Museum, 1165 Angelina St.

Alamo Drafthouse PBS Kids “Pinkalicious & Peterrific.” 10 a.m. Feb. 3-4, Mueller. 10 a.m. Feb. 10-11, Slaughter Lane. 9:30 a.m. Feb. 17-18, Lakeline.

Austin Film Society Sunday School. “Mon Oncle.” This French film is full of sight gags. 1 p.m. Feb. 18. Austin Film Society Theater, 6406 N. Interstate 35, Suite 3100.


Faerie tea parties. Dress for the fairies and drink tea, eat mini cakes and go explore the fairy lands. 11 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Feb. 4 and Feb. 18. $20. Zilker Botanical Garden, 2220 Barton Springs Road. Register online at

Wildflower Center: Austin Cave Fest. Celebrate caves and tour two of them. Children must have an adult. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Feb. 10. Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave.

George Washington Carver Museum. Black History Month Kids Day. Crafts, activities, stories and more. Noon Feb. 17. Carver Museum, 1165 Angelina St.

Bullock Museum. Several events coming up. H-E-B Free First Sunday: Weather Fest: Free family fun around the museum with the theme. Noon to 5 p.m. Feb. 4. Living History Days: Re-enactors stroll through the museum. 10 a.m. Feb. 1. Science Thursdays: 10 a.m. Feb. 15. Homeschool Days: 10 a.m. Feb. 22. Storytime Dream Big: 10 a.m. Feb. 22. Bullock Museum, 1800 N. Congress Ave.

Umlauf Sculpture Garden Family Day. Learn different forms of exercise as a family, plus make art. Noon-4 p.m. Feb. 11. Free. Umlauf Sculpture Garden, 605 Robert E. Lee Road.

Neill-Cochran House Museum. Sunday Funday: Create pop-up books. 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Feb. 4. Free. 2310 San Gabriel St.

Imaginary Winter Party with Spunky Kids. Make your own snow and more. 10:30 a.m. Feb. 1. $10 a child. Play in Nature: 10:30 a.m. Fridays. $10. Magic & Balloons with Milly McSilly: 10:30 a.m. Feb. 6. Daddy and Me Playdate: Make valentines for Mommy (10:30 a.m. Feb. 10), Shark Saturday (10:30 a.m. Feb. 17), Go Fishing (10:30 a.m. Feb. 24), $15. Frozen Party: 10:30 a.m. Jan. 17. $10 a child. Mad Science Daddy and Me Time: 10:30 a.m. to noon Jan. 27. $12 a child for ages 3-5. Toybrary Austin, 2001 Justin Lane.

Thinkery. Parents’ Night Out: See a movie at the Alamo Drafthouse or go out for dinner while the kids play. Ages 4 and up. $45. 5:30-10 p.m. Feb. 16. Community Night. Black Heritage: Hands-on activities and community presenters from the George Washington Carver Museum, Six Square and Mo’ Math Mo’ Money. 4-8 p.m. Feb. 28. Free. Art Start: Super Sculptors! 9:45 a.m. Wednesdays (1-year-olds), 10:45 a.m. Wednesdays (2-year-olds), through Feb. 21. $20 a class, $140 for the series. Exploring Seasons: 9:45 a.m. (2-year-olds), 10:45 a.m. (3-year-olds) Fridays, through Feb. 23. $20 a class, $140 for the series. Early Learners: Little Builders: 9:30 a.m. (1-year-olds), 10:30 a.m. (2-year-olds), 11:30 a.m. (3-year-olds), Feb. 19. $20. Baby Bloomers: All about Senses. 9 a.m. Mondays and Saturdays, except Feb. 19. For birth to age 3. Suminagashi Fabrics: Ages 4 and up. 10:30 a.m., noon, 2 p.m. or 3:30 p.m. Feb. 3-4, Feb. 17-19. $8. E-Wearables: Ages 4 and up. 10:30 a.m., noon, 2 p.m. or 3:30 p.m. Feb. 10-11, Feb. 24-25. $8. Thinkery, 1830 Simond Ave.

Hill Country Science Mill. Colossal Robotic Hand Grand Opening. See the new exhibit of the 30-foot hand kids can operate. Feb. 10. Homeschool Day. Be An Engineer. Feb. 14. Hill Country Science Mill, 101 Lady Bird Lane, Johnson City.

Contemporary Austin. Families Create: Pipe Monsters. Make art inspired by the work of Carol Bove. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Feb. 10. Free. Laguna Gloria, 3809 W. 35th St.


“The Wazir of Oz.” A Bollywood-style version with music by the Sacred Cowgirls. $12-$8. 11 a.m. Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 3-25. Scottish Rite Theater, 207 W. 18th St.

“Liberty! Equality! and Fireworks!” A story of the Civil Rights movement. 2 p.m. Feb. 17. LBJ Library Auditorium on the University of Texas Campus, 2313 Red River St. Free.

Zach Theatre presents “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.” Head to Narnia in the C.S. Lewis tale. 2 p.m. Feb. 3, 4, 10, 17, 18, 24, 25, and 11 a.m. Feb. 10. $18-$24. Whisenhunt Stage, 1510 Toomey Road.

“The Adventures of Enoughie (Las Aventuras de Enoughie).” This bilingual puppet show features lessons about kindness and is a collaboration between Zach Theatre, Teatro Vivo, Glass Half Full Theatre and the Kindness Campaign. 11 a.m. Saturday, 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, through Feb. 25. Austin Pride Family Performance Feb. 10. $14-$16. Mexican American Cultural Center, 600 River St.

Hideout Theatre Presents: Improv for Cool Kids “Stories from Around the World.” Join the cast in creating the story. 11 a.m. Sundays. $5. Hideout Theatre, 617 Congress Ave.

“Cirque du Soleil Crystal.” It’s Cirque du Soleil on ice. $44-$155. 7:30 p.m. Feb. 14-17. 3:30 p.m. Feb. 16 and 17. 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. Feb. 18. H-E-B Center, 2100 Avenue of the Stars, Cedar Park.


BookPeople events: W. Stone Cotter reads “Saint Philomene’s Infirmary for Magical Creatures” at 2 p.m. Feb. 3. Laura Creedle reads “The Love Letters of Abelard and Lily” at 2 p.m. Feb. 4. “Fancy” Tea Party with Robin Preiss Glasser (“Fancy Nancy”) at4 p.m. Feb. 8. Bethany Hegedus and Erin McGuire read “Alabama Spitfire” at 2 p.m. Feb. 17. Emily Ecton reads “The Ambrose Deception” at 6 p.m. Feb. 17. Susan Dennard reads “Sightwitch” at 7 p.m. Feb. 20. 10:30 a.m. s tory times: “Keepin’ It Weird,” Feb. 3. Story time with Yolanda King, Feb. 6. Story time with Kat Kronenberg, Feb. 7. Story time with Ben Clanton, Feb. 10. Drag Queen story time: Be Yourself, Feb. 13. Ms. Staci, Feb. 14. Peter Rabbit, Feb. 17. Armstrong Community Music School, Feb. 20. Tiny Tails Petting Zoo, Feb. 21. Dogs vs. Cats, Feb. 24. Preposterous Puppet Show Players, Feb. 27. Cozy Bedtime, Feb. 28. BookPeople, 603 N. Lamar Blvd.

Barnes & Noble Events: 11 a.m. Saturdays story times at all locations: “I Am Harriet Tubman,” Feb. 3. “Click, Clack, Moo. I Love You!” Feb. 10. “Mother Bruce,” Feb. 17. Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss, Feb. 24.


Music & Movement. 11 a.m. Feb. 1, 8, 15, 22, Howson Branch. 11 a.m. Feb. 2, Old Quarry Branch. 11 a.m. Feb. 12, Pleasant Hill Branch.

World Play Your Ukulele Day: Free Lesson. 1 p.m . Feb. 2, Recycled Reads Bookstore.

“Anasasi and the Golden Box of Stories.” Ages 5 and up. 3:30 p.m. Feb. 2, Yarborough Branch. 2 p.m. Feb. 3, Hampton Branch. 10:15 a.m. Feb. 6, Carver Branch. 3:30 p.m. Feb. 14, Milwood Branch. 3:30 p.m. Feb. 21, North Village Branch. 3:30 p.m. Feb. 28, University Hills Branch.

Express Yourself Through Media and Technology. Ages 8 and up. 10:30 a.m. Feb. 3, 10, 17, 24. St. John’s Branch.

Bow Wow Reading with Bonnie the Dog. 11:30 a.m. Feb. 3, Feb. 10, 17, 24, Yarborough Branch. Bow Wow Reading with Aussie. 3:30 p.m. Feb. 7, North Village Branch. Mornings with Moxie. 10 a.m. Feb. 10, Manchaca Road Branch. Read to George. 3:45 p.m. Feb. 14, Pleasant Hill Branch.

Saturday Family Movie. “Lego Ninjago Movie.” 1 p.m. Feb. 3, St. John Branch.

Crafternoon. 3 p.m. Feb. 5, Feb. 26, Dove Springs Recreation Center. 4:30 p.m. Feb. 8, Twin Oaks Branch. 3 p.m. Feb. 12, Dove Springs Recreation Center. 3 p.m. Feb. 27, Howson Branch.

Book Circle. 3:30 p.m. Feb. 6, Twin Oaks Branch. 3:30 p.m. Feb. 7, Willie Mae Kirk Branch. 3:30 p.m. Feb. 20, Twin Oaks Branch. 3:30 p.m. Feb. 27, Twin Oaks Branch.

Tabletop Tuesday. 5 p.m. Tuesdays, Central Library.

Ukulele Club. 4:30 p.m. Feb. 7, 14, 21, 28, Manchaca Road Branch.

“Minecraft” Club. 4:30 p.m. Feb. 7, Howson Branch. 4 p.m. Feb. 13, Pleasant Hill Branch. 4:30 p.m. Feb. 22, Twin Oaks Branch. 4:30 p.m. Feb. 27, Little Walnut Creek Branch.

Teen Book Club. “Goodbye Days.” 6:30 p.m. Feb. 8, Spicewood Springs Branch. “Allegedly.” 3 p.m. Feb. 10, Central Library. “Daughter of Smoke and Bone.” 6:30 pm. Feb. 20, Howson Branch.

Teen Manga Book Club. 5:30 p.m. Feb. 8, Little Walnut Creek Branch.

Night Builders: Family Lego Lab. 7:30 p.m. Feb. 8, Hampton Branch.

Friday Movie Matinee: “Beauty and the Beast.” 3:30 p.m. Feb. 9, Old Quarry Branch.

Black History Month Film Series: “Red Tails.” 1:30 p.m. Feb. 10, Carver Branch. “A Soldier’s Story.” 6:30 p.m. Feb. 21, Carver Branch.

Austin Ukestra. 1 p.m. Feb. 11, Recycled Reads.

NBTween Book Club. “Ghost.” 4 p.m. Feb. 14, Howson Branch. “The Truth About Twinkie Pie.” 6 p.m. Feb. 15, Spicewood Springs Branch. “Stella by Starlight.” 6 p.m. Feb. 15, Twin Oaks Branch.

Art Smart: Native American Celebration. 3:30 p.m. Feb. 20, Milwood Branch. 3:30 p.m. Feb. 21, St. John Branch. 10:15 a.m. Feb. 28, Dove Springs Recreation Center.

Mother-Daughter Book Club. “All’s Fair in Middle School.” 6 p.m. Feb. 21, Hampton Branch.

Family Craft Night. 6:30 p.m. Feb. 21, Howson Branch.

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