Celebrate an early Valentine’s Day with family fun this weekend, Feb. 10-12

It should be a beautiful weekend for exploring Austin with your family. Try these family events:


Tinkering Tots: Build the City! 9:45 a.m. Fridays for 2-year-olds; 10:45 a.m. Fridays for 3-year-old. $20 a class. Thinkery, 1830 Simond Ave. thinkeryaustin.org

Wildflower Center. Sprouts. Hands-on preschool program. 10 a.m. Fridays. Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave. wildflower.org

Lego Lab. 3:30 p.m. Friday, Hampton Branch.


Art Workshops: Shaping Spaces. 4 p.m. Friday, Southeast Branch; 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Twin Oaks Branch; 2 p.m. Saturday, Little Walnut Creek Branch.


Baby Bloomers for kids infant to 3. Study the garden this month. 9 a.m. Saturday. Special guests throughout the month. $5. Thinkery, 1830 Simond Ave. thinkeryaustin.org

Wildflower Center.  Nature Play Hour. Play in the Family Garden. 11 a.m. Saturdays. Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave. wildflower.org

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. Saturday. Free. Laguna Gloria, 3809 W. 35th St. thecontemporaryaustin.org

Build race cars and race them. Hill Country Science Mill
Build race cars and race them.
Hill Country Science Mill

Hill Country Science Mill. Dr. Kold’s Freezing Science Experiments. 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Saturday. Hill Country Science Mill, 101 S. Lady Bird Lane, Johnson City. sciencemill.org

Kite Workshop. Make a homemade kite to fly in the Zilker Kite Festival in March. 1-3 p.m. Saturday. Gus Garcia Recreation Center, 1201 E. Rundberg Lane.

TedXYouth@Austin. 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. Saturday. Westlake High School Performing Arts Center, 4100 Westbank Drive. tedxyouthaustin.com

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

BookPeople story time. Love is in the Air, 11:30 a.m. Saturday. BookPeople, 603 N. Lamar Blvd. bookpeople.com

Barnes & Noble Saturday story times at all locations: Valentine’s Day, Saturday.

Eat! A Feast in Four Courses: Soup and Salad. Noon Saturday, University Hills Branch.

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


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

Kids learn to do woodworking at The Thinkery. Photo by Hunter Douglas
Kids learn to build things at The Thinkery. Photo by Hunter Douglas

Art Bots. Make recycled robots. For ages 4 and up. 11:15 a.m. Saturday- Sunday and Feb. 25-26. $8. For ages 8 and up. 1:15 p.m. and 3:15 p.m. Saturday-Sunday and Feb. 25-26. $8. Thinkery, 1830 Simond Ave. thinkeryaustin.org


“The Ugly Duckling.” Lightwire Theater aka Dino Light tells the story in neon light. 2 p.m. Sunday. $17. Paramount, 713 Congress Ave. austintheatre.org

Umlauf Sculpture Garden & Museum. Family Day. Make art, hear a story and more. Noon-4 p.m. Sunday. Free. Umlauf Sculpture Garden & Museum, 605 Robert E. Lee Road. umlaufsculpture.org

PBS Kids at the Alamo Valentine’s Mix. 10:40 a.m. Sunday. Lakeline, 10 a.m. Sunday Slaughter Lane. drafthouse.com

Austin Ukestra Ukulele Group. 1 p.m. Sunday, Recycled Reads.

Storybook Dance Making, 2 p.m. Sunday, Recycled Reads.

Author: Nicole Villalpando

Nicole Villalpando writes about families in the Raising Austin blog and the Raising Austin column on Saturdays. She also offers a weekly and monthly family calendar at austin360.com/raisingaustin. She tweets at @raisingaustin.

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