Amusement parks & zoos

The Austin Zoo. Primates, big cats, birds, reptiles and other animals inhabit this kid-oriented, privately run sanctuary. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily; no one admitted after 5 p.m. 10807 Rawhide Trail. $5-$8. 288-1490, www.austinzoo.org.

Capital of Texas Zoo. Nonprofit zoo dedicated to education and conservation. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekends. 376-A Jenkins Road, Cedar Creek. $6.99-$7.99. 303-6675, www.capitaloftexaszoo.org.

Workshop

'Writing Your Life as a Woman.' Community writing workshop taught by Dean Lofton. 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesdays through March 23, 10 a.m. to noon Wednesdays through March 24. $75 for class. 636-1346, www.deanlofton.com.

Nature & outdoors

Austin Nature and Science Center. Nature exhibits such as the Dino Pit and Zilker Nature Preserve. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays, noon to 5 p.m. Sundays. 301 Nature Center Drive in Zilker Park. Free. 327-8181, www.ci.austin.tx.us/ansc.

'Gardening 101.' Learn basics of Central Texas gardening. 10 a.m. to noon Saturday. Free. Zilker Botanical Garden, 512 Barton Springs Road. 854-9600.

Markets & Bazaars

Home and Garden Show. Featuring remodeling, landscape, kitchen, technology and more. 2 to 7 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. $5 to $7.50. Austin Convention Center, 500 E. Cesar Chavez St. 404-4000.

Museums & exhibits

Austin Children's Museum. Opening Saturday : 'Air Fair: It'll Blow You Away,' through May 22. Bilingual Storytime program, 'Sueños,' through Feb. 24. Tuesdays-Saturdays, noon to 5 p.m. Sundays. $4.50 to $6.50. 201 Colorado St. www.austinkids.org.

Bullock Texas State History Museum. Interactive and traveling exhibits, plus an IMAX theater. 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays, noon to 6 p.m. Sundays. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and North Congress Avenue. $4-$7. 936-8746, www.thestoryoftexas.com.

Sports & fitness

Argentine tango classes. Beginner, intermediate, advanced classes offered. 6:30 Thursdays, 1 p.m. Saturdays. Esquina Tango, 209 Pedernales St. $12 drop in, $40 one session (4 to 5 classes). 524-2772, www.esquinatangoaustin.com.

Fitness at The Vortex. 'Yoga and Pilates Fusion,' 9 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. $7 per class. Register: missdoss@yahoo.com. 'Fitness for Mind and Body,' noon Mondays and Wednesdays. $99 per month. Register: sangerou@yahoo.com. 2307 Manor Road.

Yoga by Donation. Hatha flow yoga for all levels. 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays, 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Fridays, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Sundays. Esquina Tango, 209 Pedernales St. 524-2772, www.esquinatangoaustin.com.