Bryce Hohertz, 7, of Dripping Springs, and his brother Cole, 5, look through spectroscopes to observe the spectrum of light at WeatherFest at the Bullock Texas State History Museum. JAY JANNER / AMERICAN-STATESMAN 2016

Here are FIVE not to miss events for kids in February, plus many more to choose from.

H-E-B Free First Sunday: Weather Fest.

Learn how weather is made, ask a meteorogist your weather questions, catch a cloud in a jar with GirlStart and more. Free. Noon-4 p.m. Feb. 5. Bullock Museum, 1800 N. Congress Ave.

Kite Workshop.

Make a homemade kite to fly in the Zilker Kite Festival in March. 1-3 p.m. Feb. 11. Gus Garcia Recreation Center, 1201 E. Rundberg Lane. 1-3 p.m. Feb. 25, Northwest Recreation Center, 2913 Northland Drive.


This year’s theme is Common Threads. Learn more about reality augmentation, exploring Mars and surviving Hollywood. Free for middle schoolers and high schoolers and teachers, $50 adults. Noon-6 p.m. Feb. 11. Westlake High School Performing Arts Center, 4100 Westbank Drive.

Black History Month Kids’ Day.

Women in Jazz Association presents art, filmmaking, song and more. 8-4 p.m. Feb. 20. Free, but must register. George Washington Carver Museum, 1165 Angelina St.

Aurora Lindsey, 7 and her father, Jake Lindsey made kites at the Austin Parks and Recreation annual kite workshop for kids. American-Statesman 2012

“Elephant and Piggie: We are in a Play!”

The Mo Willems story comes to the stage. 6:30 p.m. Feb. 17, 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday Feb. 18 through April 30 (except March 11). 11 a.m. Saturdays April 15, 22, 29. Sensory-friendly and sign-language interpreted, 2 p.m. March. 4. $16-$21. Zach Theatre’s Kleberg Theatre, 1421 W. Riverside Drive.

Other events

Domain Northside Kids. Come to the lawn at the Domain Northside for activities for kids 18 months to 6 years old. Free. 10 a.m.-noon Feb. 1.

Father Daughter Dance. 6 p.m. Feb. 4, Hancock Recreation Center, 811 E. 41st St.

Valentine’s Day Card Making. Make cards for Austin Children’s Shelter, Dell Children’s Medical Center and more. 5-7 p.m. Feb. 7. Dittmar Recreation Center, 1009 W. Dittmar Road.

Community Health Fair. Make Valentine’s Day crafts, learn about resources and get a free healthy meal. 4-6 p.m. Feb. 14. Montopolis Recreation Center, 1200 Montopolis Drive.

Parents’ Night Out. For kids ages 5-12. 6-10 p.m. Feb. 14. $10. Hancock Recreation Center, 811 E. 41st St.

ATX Youth Summit. Crafts, African drumming, story time and more. Noon-4 p.m. Feb. 18. George Washington Carver Museum, 1165 Angelina St.

Pollyanna Theatre Company presents “The Thing in Grandma’s Closet” Chase Brewer and Uyen-Anh Dang at the Long Center.


Ballet Austin’s Stories & Music in Motion —Valentine Fun. For preschoolers and parents. $15. 11 a.m. Feb. 8. Ballet Austin’, 501 W. Third St.

“The World According to Snoopy.” See Snoopy and the Peanuts gang on the stage. $18-$8. Patti Strickel Harrison Theater, Texas State Univeristy, San Marcos. 7:30 p.m. Feb. 14-18, 2 p.m. Feb. 18-19.

“The Ugly Duckling.” Lightwire Theater aka Dino Light tells the story in neon light. $17. Paramount, 713 Congress Ave.

“The Thing in Grandma’s Closet.” Pollyanna Theater presents this story of two siblings finding something mysterious in their grandmother’s closet. Best for third- to fifth-graders. 2 p.m. Feb. 4-5. $10.50-$13.50. The Long Center, 701 W. Riverside Drive.

“Skippyjon Jones Snow What.” This twist on “Snow White” comes to life. $15-$12. Noon Feb. 11. One World Theatre, 7701 Bee Cave Road.

“Puff, the Magic Dragon.” You know the songs and the story. $12-$18. 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Feb. 4-5, 11-12, 18-19, 25-26. Scottish Rite Theater, 207 W. 18th St.


The Lightwire Theater Company gives a new spin on the classic fairy tale, The Ugly Duckling.

Bullock Museum. Living History Day. Texas historicla figures wander the museum. 10 a.m. Feb. 2. Little Texans. Drop in and play for ages 2 to 5. 10 a.m. Jan. 12. Science Thursdays. Hands-on activities from Central Texas Discover Engineering including boat races. 10 a.m. Feb. 16. Story time. For ages 2 to 5. Learn about the new year. 10 a.m. Feb. 23. Bullock Museum, 1800 N. Congress Ave.

Neill-Cochran House Museum. Sunday Funday: The Pop-Up Book. Make what was considered multimedia before the tablet. 1-4 p.m. Feb. 5. Free. Neill-Cochran House, 2310 San Gabriel St.

Thinkery. Early Learner’s Workshops: Silly Science. Make materials that bubble and foam and change color. 9:45 a.m. Feb. 20 (1-year-olds); 10:45 a.m. Feb. 20 (2-year-olds); and 11:45 a.m. Feb. 20 (3-year-olds). $20. Little Thinkers Club: Art Start: My Many Colors. 9:45 a.m. Wednesdays for 1-year-olds, 10:45 a.m. Wednesdays for 2-year-olds Feb. 8-March 29. $20 per class. Tinkering Tots: Build the City! 9:45 a.m. Fridays for 2-year-olds; 10:45 a.m. Fridays for 3-year-olds Feb. 10-March 31. $20 a class. Baby Bloomers for kids infant to 3. Study the garden this month. 9 a.m. . Special guests throughout the month. $5. Soap Making. For ages 4 and up. 11:15 a.m., 1:15 p.m. or 3:15 p.m. Feb. 4-5, Feb. 18-20. $8. Art Bots. Make recycled robots. For ages 4 and up. 11:15 a.m. Feb. 11-12, Feb. 25-26. $8. For ages 8 and up. 1:15 p.m. and 3:15 p.m. Feb. 11-12, Feb. 25-26. $8. Thinkery, 1830 Simond Ave.

Contemporary Austin. Families Create! A-MAZE-Ing Paper. Find your way through a temporary maze and make three-dimensional paper art. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Feb. 11. Free. Laguna Gloria, 3809 W. 35th St.

Hill Country Science Mill. Dr. Kold’s Freezing Science Experiments. 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Feb. 11. Grandparent’s Day. Grandparent’s get 50 percent off. Feb. 19. Homeschool Day. See special demonstraations. Feb. 8. Hill Country Science Mill, 101 S. Lady Bird Lane, Johnson City.

Texas Museum of Science & Technology. Wee-Searchers for children 5 and younger. Learn about Astronauts Feb. 8 and Fabulous Fossil Finds Feb. 22 through song, play and stories. 9 a.m. Feb. 8 and Feb. 22. Science Saturday: Ancient Tech. Noon-4 p.m. Feb. 22. Texas Museum of Science & Technology, 1220 Toro Grande Drive, Cedar Park.

Umlauf Sculpture Garden & Museum. Family Day. Make art, hear a story and more. Noon-4 p.m. Feb. 12. Free. Kids Kraft Clay Creations. 9 a.m. Feb. 18 kindergarten-second grades; 11 a.m. Feb. 18 third-fifth grades. $15. Umlauf Sculpture Garden & Museum, 605 Robert E. Lee Road.

Wildflower Center. Sprouts. Hands-on preschool program. 10 a.m. Wednesdays and Fridays. Nature Play Hour. Play in the Family Garden. 11 a.m. Saturdays. Families Down Under Cave Tour. 9:30 a.m. Feb. 4. $10-$15. Children’s Book Fair. Meet authors and celebrate books. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Feb. 18-19. Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave.


PBS Kids at the Alamo Valentine’s Mix. 10:40 a.m. Feb. 12. Lakeline, 10 am. Feb. 12 Slaughter Lane.


Lego minifigure Batman (voiced by Will Arnett) stars in “The Lego Batman Movie.” Courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures

BookPeople events. Ellen Hopkins read “The You I’ve Never Known.” 7 p.m. Feb. 3. Write Like An Animal Workshop for ages 5-9. 10 a.m. Feb. 20. Natalie Grigson reads “Just Call Me Is.” 2 p.m. Feb. 25. Jon Lasser and Sage Foster-Lasser read “Grow Happy,” 2 p.m. Feb. 26. Story times. Baby signs, 10:30 a.m. Feb. 1; Giveaway story time, 11:30 a.m. Feb. 4; Dogs vs. Cats, 10:30 a.m. Feb. 7; Ms. Staci, 10:30 a.m. Feb. 8; Love is in the Air, 11:30 a.m. Feb. 11; Milly McSilly, 10:30 a.m. Feb. 14; Tiny Tails to You, 10:30 a.m. Feb. 15; Dream a Little Dream, 11:30 a.m. Feb. 18; Armstrong Community Music School, 10:30 a.m. Feb. 21; Preposterous Puppet Show Players, 10:30 a.m. Feb. 22; I Can Do Anything, 11:30 a.m. Feb. 25; I’m Not Afraid of the Dark, 10:30 a.m. Feb. 28. BookPeople, 603 N. Lamar Blvd.

Barnes & Noble Events: “The Lego Batman Movie Event,” 2 p.m. Feb. 25, Sunset Valley, Round Rock. Saturday story times at all locations: Disney Reads Day, Feb. 4; Valentine’s Day, Feb. 11; “Mighty, Mighty Construction Site,” Feb. 18; Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss, Feb. 25.

Mommy, Daddy, and Me Book Club. 11:30 a.m. Feb. 18. George Washington Carver Museum, 1165 Angelina St.

At the library

Lego Lab. 5 p.m. Feb. 1, Ruiz Branch, 4 p.m. Feb. 3, North Village Branch; 3 p.m. Feb. 8, Carver Branch; 3:30 p.m. Feb. 9, Yarborough Branch; 4 p.m. Feb. 9, Cepeda Branch; 3:30 p.m. Feb. 10, Hampton Branch; 5:30 p.m. Feb. 13, Ruiz Branch; 3:30 p.m. Feb. 14, Twin Oaks Branch; 4 p.m. Feb. 14, Windsor Park Branch; 4:30 p.m. Feb. 14, Little Walnut Creek Branch; 4:30 p.m Feb. 21, Manchaca Road Branch.

Music and Movement. 11 a.m. Feb. 2, Howson Branch; 11 a.m. Feb. 3, Milwood Branch; 11:30 a.m. Feb. 8, Manchaca Road Branch; 11 a.m. Feb. 9 , Howson Branch; 11 a.m. Feb. 23, Howson Branch.

Texas Family Storytime. 2 p.m. Feb. 2, Feb. 9, Feb. 16; Feb. 23 St. John Branch.

Art Workshops: Shaping Spaces. 4 p.m. Feb. 3, Feb. 10, Feb. 17, Feb. 24 Southeast Branch; 12:30 p.m. Feb. 4, Feb. 11, Feb. 18, Feb. 25 Twin Oaks Branch; 2 p.m. Feb. 4, Feb. 11, Feb. 18 Feb. 25 Little Walnut Creek Branch.

Saturday Family Movie: “The Secret Life of Pets.” 2 p.m. Feb. 4, Windsor Park Branch.

Crafternoon. 3:30 p.m. Feb. 6, Manchaca Road Branch; 4 p.m. Feb. 7, Cepeda Branch; 4 p.m. Feb. 9, Twin Oaks Branch; 3 p.m. Feb. 15, Carver Branch; 3:30 p.m. Feb. 21, Howson Branch; 4 p.m. Feb. 28, Windsor Park Branch.

Book Circle. 3:30 p.m. Feb. 6, Feb. 21 Twin Oaks Branch.

Sew Happy. 5 p.m. Feb. 7, Manchaca Road Branch.

Tabletop Tuesday: Family Boardgame Night. 5:30 p.m. Feb. 7, Feb. 14, Feb. 21, Feb. 28 Faulk Central Library.

Art Smart: Chinese New Year Dragon. 6:30 p.m. Feb. 7, Willie Mae Kirk Branch; Heart Collage. 6:30 p.m. Feb. 14, Willie Mae Kirk Branch. Echoes of Africa. 6:30 p.m. Feb. 21, Willie Mae Kirk Branch; Pet Rocks. 6:30 p.m. Feb. 28, Willie Mae Kirk Branch.

Free Play Gaming. 3 p.m. Feb. 9, Carver Branch; 3:30 p.m. Feb. 16, Feb. 23 Twin Oaks Branch.

Teen Book Club “Snow White.” 7 p.m. Feb. 9, Yarborough Branch. “Burn Baby Born,” 6:30 p.m. Feb. 16, Spicewood Springs.

Eat! A Feast in Four Courses: Soup and Salad. Noon Feb. 11, University Hills Branch. Entree. Noon, Feb. 18, University Hills Branch. Dessert. Noon, Feb. 25, University Hills Branch.

Fix it Clinic. Bring your broken stuff and learn how to fix it. Noon Feb. 11, Austin Habitat for the Humanity ReStore.

Austin Ukestra Ukelele Group. 1 p.m. Feb. 12, Recycled Reads.

Storybook Dance Making, 2 p.m. Feb. 12, Recycled Reads.

Family Movie Night “The Secret Life of Pets.” 6:30 p.m. Feb. 14, Twin Oaks Branch.

Literature Live! Presents: “Little Bo Peep.” 11 a.m. Feb. 15, University Hills Branch; 3:30 p.m. Feb. 16, Yarborough Branch; 10:15 a.m. Feb. 22, Southeast Branch; 3:30 p.m. Feb. 23, Old Quarry Branch; 3:30 p.m. Feb. 24, Hampton Branch.

Mother Daughter Book Club “Dealing with Dragons.” 6 p.m. Feb. 15, Hampton Branch.

NBTween Book Club “Mufaro’s Beautiful Daughters.” 6 p.m. Feb. 15, Yarborough Branch. “Key to the Extraordinary.” 6 p.m. Feb. 16, Twin Oaks Branch.

Friday Movie Matinee “The Devil Wears Prada.” 2 p.m. Feb. 17, Old Quarry Branch.

Perler Bead Palooza, 3 p.m. Feb. 26, Faulk Central Library.