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Fall in love with these Austin family events in February

Nicole Villalpando, nvillalpando@statesman.com
Zach Theatre is presenting “The Very Hungry Caterpillar,” which includes that Eric Carle story and some others like “Brown Bear, Brown Bear” and “10 Little Rubber Ducks.” [Contributed by Kirk Tuck]

February for kids is marked by picking out the best Valentine’s cards to bring to your class, but this month in Austin you’ll also find the Austin Cave Festival at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, new theater productions, camp fairs and events to celebrate Valentine’s Day and Black History Month.

Valentine’s Day events

Toybrary Austin. Daddy & Me Valentine’s Play Date. 10:30 a.m. Feb. 9. $12. Pre-Valentine’s Mama Massage & Playtime. 3-6 p.m. Feb. 13. $10. Valentine’s Day Party & Singalong with Miss Ariel. 10:30 a.m. Feb. 14. $12. Valentine’s Day Dinner for Parents with child care. 5 p.m. Feb. 14. Toybrary Austin, 2001 Justin Lane. toybraryaustin.com

Valentine’s Dance. For ages 5-12. 5:30-7:30 p.m. Feb. 6. $1. Metz Recreation Center, 2407 Canterbury St. austintexas.gov

Be My Valentine: A Family Event. 6 p.m. Feb. 7, Southeast Branch of the Austin Public Library.

Valentine’s Day: Pop-Up Cards. Noon Feb. 8, Cepeda Branch.

Perler Bead Valentine’s Day Edition. Noon Feb. 8, University Hills Branch.

Black History Month Events

Thinkery. Community Nights: Black Heritage. 4-8 p.m. Feb. 19. Free. Thinkery, 1830 Simond Ave. thinkeryaustin.org

Black History Month Kick Off Block Party. Live entertainment and more. 11 a.m. Feb 1. Carver Museum, 1165 Angelina St. austintexas.gov

Historically Black Colleges and Universities Day. High schoolers get a taste of life at a historically black college and university at this event. 11 a.m. Feb. 15. Carver Museum, 1165 Angelina St. austintexas.gov

Black History Month: Design Your Family Reunion Shirt. 6 p.m. Feb. 4, Cepeda Branch. Family History Lockets. Noon Feb. 22, University Hills Branch. Family Tree Shadow Boxes. 1 p.m. Feb. 29, Carver Branch. Austin Public Library.

Art Smart: Echoes of Africa. 6:30 p.m. Feb. 13, Manchaca Road Branch. 3:30 p.m. Feb. 14, North Village Branch. 10:30 a.m. Feb. 22, Central Library. 11 a.m. Feb. 26, University Hills Branch.

What’s All That Jazz About? A Musical Black History Month Program. 3:30 p.m. Feb. 24, Hampton Branch.

Museums

Bullock Texas State History Museum. Free First Sunday. Take a deep dive into STEM with activities for all ages. Noon to 5 p.m. Feb. 2. Living History Days. 10 a.m. Feb. 6. Home School Day. 10 a.m. Feb. 13. Little Texans: Move. 10 a.m. Feb. 13. Science Thursday. 10 a.m. Feb. 20. Story Time: Four Seasons. 10 a.m. Feb. 27. Museum, 1800 Congress Ave. thestoryoftexas.com

Thinkery.Baby Bloomers. 9 a.m. Mondays and Saturdays except Feb. 17. Ages birth to 3. This month the theme is Boogie on Down. Special guests include Hana Bird, Feb. 1; Armstrong Music School, Feb. 3; Music with Miss Ariel, Feb. 8; April and Amy Rankin, Feb. 10; Tiny Tails to You petting zoo, Feb. 10; Hey Lolly! Music, Feb. 15; Uncle Jumbo, Feb. 22; Mi Casa Es Tu Casa, Feb. 24; Small Wonders Puppet Theatre, Feb. 29. Special events for babies and their humans. Baby Day. Register at babyday.us/event/austin. Engineering Day. Feb. 16. Hands-on engineering activities, plus local author Katie Jaffe reads “Fly, Fly Again.” Little Thinkers Club. Art Start. For kids 1-3. 9:30 a.m,, 10:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m., Feb. 7, 14, 21 and 28. $8. Early Learner’s Workshop: Dream big, Little One. Learn STEM concepts in a fun way for kids 1-3. 9:30 a.m., 10:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. Feb. 17. $8. Parents’ Night Out. For kids ages 4 and up. 5:30 p.m. Feb. 14. $45, $25 each additional child. Thinkery, 1830 Simond Ave. thinkeryaustin.org

Umlauf Sculpture Park and Museum. Family Day. Enjoy yoga, make art and more. Noon to 4 p.m. Feb. 9. Free. Umlauf Museum, 604 Azie Morton Road. umlaufsculpture.org

Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center. Children’s Book Fair. Local authors read and sign their books. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Feb. 1 and Feb. 2. Free with admission. Parent and Toddler Yoga. 10 a.m. Feb. 4, Feb. 18. $15. Sprouts. Children ages 3-5. 10 a.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays. Austin Cave Festival. Hands-on cave exploration under the center. 10 a.m. Feb. 22. Free. Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave. wildflower.org

Contemporary Austin. Second Saturdays are for Families: Wobbly Weebles. Explore antigravity art. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Feb. 8. Laguna Gloria, 3809 W. 35th St. contemporaryaustin.org

Science Mill. Homeschool Day: Careers in Engineering. 10 a.m. Feb. 12. Engineering Day. Design a marshmallow bridge and other activities. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Feb. 15. Science Mill, 101 S. Lady Bird Lane, Johnson City. sciencemill.org

Williamson Museum. Night at the Museum. See the movie of the same name, plus crafts and activities. 6 p.m. Feb. 29. $5-$10. Williamson Museum, 716 Austin Ave., Georgetown. williamsonmuseum.org

Toybrary Austin. Daddy & Me Playdate: Ride the Firetruck Train. 10 a.m. Feb. 1. $12. Parents’ Night Out. 5 p.m. Saturdays. $35, $10 each additional child. Busy Bebes. 10:30 a.m. Feb. 15. $12. Music Class with Mr. Otis Other. 10:30 a.m. Feb. 29. $12. Toybrary Austin, 2001 Justin Lane. toybraryaustin.com

Theatre

Zach Theatre. “The Very Hungry Caterpillar.” For ages 3 and up. The beloved children’s story by Eric Carle comes to the stage along with other Eric Carle creations. 2 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, through March 14. Kleberg Theater, 1421 W Riverside Drive. $19-$43. “Somebody Loves You, Mr. Hatch.” Allen Robertson adapts this story of a lonely man who one day receives a note for Valentine’s Day. For ages 3 and up. 11 a.m. Saturdays, Feb. 29-Apri 11. $15-$27. Whisenhunt Theatre, 1510 Toomey Road. zachtheatre.org

“Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood Live: Neighbor Day.” The popular PBS show comes to the Long Center state. 2 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. Feb. 17. $20-$50. The Long Center, 701 W. Riverside Drive. thelongcenter.org

H-E-B Center. “Trolls Live!” The trolls hit the stage and sing and dance. 10 a.m. 2:30 p.m., 6:30 p.m. Feb. 1, 10 a.m. 2 p.m. Feb. 2. $19.75-$89.75. Robotters International Festival. 8 a.m. to 8 pm. Feb. 17-18. Watch the competition on Feb. 17 and then play with robots on Feb. 18. Free. H-E-B Center, 2100 Avenue of the Stars, Cedar Park. hebcenter.com

Pollyanna Theatre Company. “Last Visible Dog’s Through the Slumber-Glass.” Rush off to Slumberland and answer all the questions you’ve ever wondered, such as why is bedtime soooo early? Ages 7 and up. 2 p.m. Feb. 1. $9. Boyd Vance Theatre, Carver Museum, 1165 Angelina St. pollyannatheatrecompany.org

SaulPaul’s Alien Adventure.” An alien comes to Earth and makes a friend. Music by SaulPaul. 11 a.m. Saturdays and Sundays, Feb. 8-March 1. $10-$15. Scottish Rite Theater, 207 W. 18th St. scottishritetheater.org

Hideout Kids: “Out of This World.” Join the cast in creating the story. 11 a.m. Sundays. $5. Hideout Theatre, 617 Congress Ave. hideouttheatre.org

“Peter Pan.” 7:30 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays, through March 1. $36-$17. Palace Theater, 810 S. Austin Ave., Georgetown. georgetownpalace.com

Music

123 Andrés – Bilingual Concert for Kids. 10 a.m. Feb. 1-2. $10-$15. Scottish Rite Theater, 207 W. 18th St. scottishritetheater.org

Live at the Hive. Enjoy kids music for a featured act. 9:30 a.m. Saturday. The Hive, 10542 Menchaca Road. facebook.com/hiveaustin

The Purple Party: Music of Prince for Kids. 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Feb. 9. $12-$15. Mohawk. 912 Red River St. mohawkaustin.com

Events

Faerie Tea Parties. Enjoy tea, create your own fairy garden and look for fairies in the garden. 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Feb. 1, Feb. 2 and Feb. 22. $22. Zilker Botanical Garden, 2220 Barton Springs Road. zilkergarden.org

Austin Bat Cave and Jane’s Due Process. “Let's Write About Sex Education: A Journalism Workshop for Grades 9-12.” 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Feb. 1 and Feb. 2. Relay Coworking, 1023 Springdale Road. janesdueprocess.org

Families Empowered. City Wide Open House. Get to know more than 25 schools across Austin. 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Feb. 1. Mueller Lake Park, 4550 Mueller Blvd. familiesempowered.org

Timbuktu Y.O.U. (Youth Out of School University). STEM and Social Emotional Learning program for kids in sixth through eighth grades. Learn about ancient African cultures and more. 3 p.m. weekdays, Feb. 3-May 15. $645. Carver Museum, 1165 Angelina St. austintexas.gov

Letterpress Printing for Children: Workshop for Print Austin. 10 a.m. Feb. 8. for kids 6-9, 2-4 p.m. Feb. 8 for kids 10-14. $50. 2300 S. Lamar Blvd. letterpressplay.com

Be Internet Awesome! The YMCA and Google present this workshop for kids on internet safety. Various times, Feb. 11. Free. All YMCA locations, plus Baranoff, Carpenter Hill, Laurel Mountain, Ridgetop and Shadowglen elementary schools. Register at austinymca.org/be-internet-awesome.

HappiFamily Camp Fair. 1 p.m. Feb. 16. Norris Conference Center, 2525 W. Anderson Lane. Free. happifamli.com

Black History Month Kids Day. 11 a.m. Feb. 22. Free. Carver Museum, 1165 Angelina St. austintexas.gov

Austin Family Camp Fair. Noon to 4 p.m. Feb. 23. Palmer Events Center, 900 Barton Springs Road. Free. austinfamily.com

Movies

Alamo Drafthouse. “Howl’s Moving Castle” Cereal Party. 9:30 a.m. Feb. 15, Mueller; 10 a.m. Feb. 22, Lakeline and Slaughter Lane. drafthouse.com

Austin Film Society family screenings. “Bye Bye Birdie.” 2 p.m. Feb. 1. $9-$11.25. Austin Film Society, 6406 N. I-35, Suite 3100. austinfilm.org/afs-cinema

Books

Barnes & Noble. Events: “InvestiGators” graphic novel launch. 2 p.m. Feb. 29. Baby & Me story time, 11 a.m. Sundays at all locations. “I Love Earth,” Feb. 2. Other weeks’ titles to be announced. Story time, 11 a.m. Saturdays, at all locations. Celebrating Elmo, Feb. 1. “Always More Love,” Feb. 8. “The President of the Jungle,” Feb. 15. Dr. Seuss, Feb. 29.

BookPeople. For kids: Katie Jaffee and Jennifer Lawson read “Fly, Fly Again.” 1 p.m. Saturday. 10:30 a.m. Vanessa Roeder reads “The Box Turtle.” 2 p.m. Feb. 15. For young adults: Linsey Miller reads “Belle Revolte.” 2 p.m. Feb. 8. Story times, 10:30 a.m. Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. BookPeople, 603 N. Lamar Blvd. BookPeople.com

At the Library

Just for Teens: Dev Launchers Coding Lab. Noon Saturdays, Central Library.

Board Games. 1 p.m. Feb. 1, Old Quarry Branch.

Weekend Builders. 2 p.m. Feb. 1, Hampton Branch.

Tech Familia: Robotics Workshop. 11 a.m. Saturdays, Cepeda Branch.

Happy Mail Art. For ages 8 and up. 3 p.m. Feb. 2, North Village Branch.

Pajama Story Time. 6:30 p.m. Mondays, Central Library. 6 p.m. Tuesdays, Windsor Park Branch. 6:30 p.m. Feb. 6, Manchaca Road Branch. 6 p.m. Feb. 25, Milwood Branch. 6 p.m. Feb. 25, Old Quarry Branch.

Early Literacy Playgroup. 10:30 a.m. Feb. 4, Tuesdays. 11 a.m. Feb. 6, St. John Branch. 11 a.m. Feb. 10, Howson Branch. 11 a.m. Feb. 14, North Village Branch. 10:30 p.m. Feb. 25, Terrazas Branch. 11 a.m. Feb. 27, St. John Branch.

Music & Movement. 10:30 a.m. Tuesdays, Little Walnut Creek Branch. 11 a.m. Tuesdays, Hampton Branch. 11 a.m. Thursdays, Howson Branch. 11 a.m. Feb. 7, Old Quarry Branch.

Teen Social Hour. 3 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, Carver Branch.

Science Tuesday. 3:30 p.m. Feb. 4, Carver Branch.

Family Board Game Night. 5:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Central Library.

Home School D&D Club. 10 a.m. Wednesdays, Central Library.

Tween Coding for Home Schoolers. 1 p.m. Wednesdays, Central Library.

Crafternoon. 3 p.m. Feb. 5, Ruiz Branch. 3 p.m. Feb. 5, St. John Branch. 3 p.m. Feb. 19, Ruiz Branch. 3:30 p.m. Feb. 20, Howson Branch. 3:30 p.m. Feb. 25, Windsor Park Branch. 3:30 p.m. Feb. 27, Willie Mae Kirk Branch. 3:30 p.m. Feb. 28, Hampton Branch.

Bow Wow Reading with Quintana Roo. 4:30 p.m. Wednesdays, Little Walnut Creek Branch. With Sadie, 10 a.m. Feb. 15, Central Library. With Aussie. 3:30 p.m. Feb. 18, North Village Branch.

Let’s All Play: Board Game Day. 3 p.m. Thursdays, St. John Branch.

Teen Tech Studio. 3:30 p.m. Feb. 6, Little Walnut Creek Branch.

Launch: Teen Entrepreneur Lab. 6 p.m. Feb. 6 and Feb. 27, Central Library.

College Planning Workshop: Scholarships & Financial Aid. 6:30 p.m. Feb. 6, Howson Branch. Award Winning Essays. 11 a.m. Feb. 29, Milwood Branch. College Planning 101. 10 a.m. Feb. 29, Milwood Branch.

Free Play Gaming. 3 p.m. Feb. 7, St. John Branch.

Family Movie Matinee. “Abominable.“ 3:30 p.m. Feb. 7, Ruiz Branch. ”Aladdin.“ 3:30 p.m. Feb. 7, Old Quarry Branch. ”Dora and the Lost City of Gold.“ 3:30 p.m. Feb. 28, Ruiz Branch.

Tween Crafters. 4 p.m. Feb. 7, Manchaca Road Branch.

Lego Lab. 4 p.m. Feb. 7, North Village Branch. 3:30 p.m. Feb. 10, Hampton Branch. 3:30 p.m. Feb. 10, Little Walnut Creek Branch. 3:30 p.m. Feb. 11, Windsor Park Branch. 3:30 p.m. Feb. 13, Willie Mae Kirk Branch. 4 p.m. Feb. 13, Howson Branch. 3 p.m. Feb. 14, Ruiz Branch. 3:30 p.m. Feb. 14, Manchaca Road Branch. Building the Ship in a Bottle. 4 p.m. Feb. 14, University Hills Branch. 10 a.m. Feb. 15. Central Library. 2 p.m. Feb. 19, St. John Branch.

Austin Ukestra. 1 p.m. Feb. 9, Recycled Reads Book Store.

Just for Teens: Math and Science Tutoring. 1 p.m. Feb. 9, Central Library.

Dog Manners 101 story time and demonstration. 3 p.m. Feb. 9, Manchaca Road Branch.

Just for Teens: Guitar and Bass Lab. 6 p.m. Feb. 10 and Feb. 24, Central Library.

Reading Unleashed. 6:30 p.m. Feb. 13 and Feb. 27, Manchaca Road Branch.

Perler Bead Palooza. 3 p.m. Feb. 14, St. John Branch. 6 p.m. Feb. 20, Central Library.

Maker Space, Cricut Open House. 10 a.m. Feb. 15, Twin Oaks Branch. 11 a.m. Feb. 29, University Hills Branch.

Closed Feb. 17 and Feb. 21.

Mother-Daughter Book Club: “Look Both Ways.” 6 p.m.m Feb. 19, Hampton Branch at Oak Hill.

Saturday Craft. 11 a.m. Feb. 22, Milwood Branch.

Games Galore and More! Noon Feb. 22, Cepeda Branch.

Platform Nine and Teen Quarters Harry Potter Meetup. 2 p.m. Feb. 23, Central Library.

Free Play Gaming. 4:30 p.m. Feb. 24, Ruiz Branch. 4:45 p.m. Feb. 28, Manchaca Road Branch.

Barker Book Buddies. 4 p.m. Feb. 25, Howson Branch.

STEMulating Playground. 4 p.m. Feb. 25, Little Walnut Creek Branch.

Neighborhood Science. 7:30 p.m. Feb. 25, Howson Branch.

Science Friday. 3 p.m. Feb. 28, St. John Branch.

Teen Book Club: “Maus.” 4 p.m. Feb. 28, Milwood Branch.