Weekend Top 10 FREE Events: February 9-11, 2018

February is rolling along and we’ve got the best family friendly events to get your weekend going! From spelunking to history hunting to bounce house jumping, these are the top 10 FREE events happening in and around Austin this week.

A big thanks to this week’s sponsor, Bright Horizons. Enjoy a morning of family fun at the Grand Opening Celebration of Bright Horizon’s new Westlake Hills location! Meet their passionate educators, explore their vibrant classrooms, and celebrate the official opening of this new early education and preschool center. Bright Horizons at Westlake has infant, toddler, twos, preschool, and Kindergarten prep programs. In addition, they offer school-age holiday care and summer camp.  To learn more about enrollment or the grand opening celebration event, visit their website.

Weekend Top 10 FREE Events: February 9-11, 2018

  1. Free Dark Girls (2011) Screening – That’s My Face Film Series
    Friday, Feb. 9 | from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. | Old Quarry Branch – Austin Public Library, 7051 Village Center Dr.
    This young adult film series is FREE and open to the public. Dark Girls is a documentary exploring the deep-seated biases and attitudes about skin color—particularly dark skinned women, outside of and within the Black American culture. Film is not rated. For more information on film, click here.
  2. FIT4MOM Hill Country – National Pizza Day Play Date
    Friday, Feb. 9 | from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. | Liberty Hill City Park, CO Rd 200, Liberty Hill
    Enjoy a play date celebrating National Pizza Day. Your kids can enjoy some snacks and fun crafts while moms can get to know the FIT4MOM Hill Country tribe. Workout from 9:30 – 10:30 a.m. and enjoy a play date right after. Your first class is FREE. Text F4M Owner Ali for more info at 512-572-0337.
  3. Bright Horizons at Westlake’s Grand Opening Celebration
    Saturday, Feb. 10 | from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. | Bright Horizons at Westlake, 4613-B Bee Cave Rd.
    Enjoy a morning of family fun at Bright Horizons at Westlake’s upcoming Grand Opening Celebration! Meet their passionate educators, explore their vibrant classrooms, and celebrate the official opening of this new early education and preschool center. There will be children’s activities, live entertainment, refreshments, and raffles.
  4. The Empty Mug Project
    Saturday, Feb. 10| from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. | Grace Covenant Church, 9431 Jollyville Rd.
    There’s something for everyone at this FREE event – a ceramic art market with local, hand-crafted mugs, free coffee and cupcakes. All mug proceeds will go to the Restoration Art Center, a local non-profit serving at-risk youth in East Pflugerville. Support the community while enjoying a relaxed Saturday morning! Unique hand-crafted mugs are perfect for Valentine’s gifts or for your own morning caffeine fix. Click here for more information!
  5. Austin Cave Festival
    Saturday, Feb. 10| from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. | Ladybird Johnson Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave.
    Join the celebration of cave habitat and groundwater at this free, family-friendly event that will feature hands-on activities, cave explorations, guided hikes, science and adventure presentations, videos, live music, and more. Visitors will have the opportunity to meet animals that call Austin’s caves home, try on caving gear, and learn how to protect and conserve Austin’s water resources.
  6. History Hunt in Travis Heights
    Saturday, Feb. 10 | from 9 to 11 a.m. | Blunn Creek Greenbelt, Near the Intersection of East Side and Lockhart Drives
    Preservation Austin’s History Hunt is coming to Travis Heights! This FREE architectural scavenger hunt combines active learning, exercise, and games to get families outside and exploring Austin’s historic neighborhoods. This year’s event, presented with the South River City Citizens Neighborhood Association, will be our first in South Austin. Elementary-aged children will follow clues to (top secret) stops throughout the Blue Bonnet Hills section of Travis Heights, learning about historic architecture along the way. Sack races, hula hoops, and other activities will abound! Prizes will be awarded to the race champions at the finish line, where kids can make valentines dedicated to Austin’s historic buildings. Light snacks and hot cocoa provided. All children must have an adult chaperone.
  7. Staci Gray Kids’ Concert
    Sunday, Feb. 11 | from 10 to 11:30 a.m. | in.gredients, 2610 Manor Rd.

    Staci Gray’s original music gets children to sing, dance, and get their sillies out. Parents can relax and sip on a delicious cappuccino or latte, and of course, they are welcome to sing, dance, and get their sillies out, too!
  8. Free Day of Camp
    Sunday, Feb. 11 | from 1 to 5 p.m. | Shalom Austin Jewish Community Center, 7300 Hart Ln.
    Experience the Best Day Ever! Do you miss camp? Do you want to learn more about JCamps? If so, join the Shalom Austn Jewish Community Center for a Free Day of Camp! Campers get a snapshot of our three different camp departments, then come together for a Song Session with Mr. Max. Includes exclusive JCamps t-shirt and awesome camp swag. RSVP here by Feb. 8.
  9. February Family Day
    Sunday, Feb. 11 | from 12 to 4 p.m. | UMLAUF Sculpture Garden & Museum, 605 Robert E Lee Rd.
    Celebrate Black History Month at the UMLAUF! The UMLAUF will be hosting space for local artists of color to exhibit their work. Grab your entire family and meet in the garden for a full day of activities including arts & crafts, music, dance performances and so much more. February’s Family Day will feature a performance from Sylla Music, a short lecture from the African American Cultural & Heritage Facility Center, an opportunity to view UT Art History Professor – Dr. Christopher Adejumo’s wood carving in process, and mindfulness practice from a local practitioner. The event is totally FREE and open to the public.
  10. 2nd Sunday Family Day: Hey Lollies & Valentine crafts!
    Sunday, Feb. 11 | from 2 to 6 p.m. | Live Oak Brewing Company, 1615 Crozier Ln., Del Valle
    Make-your-own-Valentine station in the taproom till 6pm! All the stuff your kids need to make all kinds of fun paper crafts. At 2 p.m.. Hey Lollies perform and at 3 p.m., the bounce house goes up. Hey Lolly Music, created by Austin musician Laura Freeman, brings you an array of interactive, educational children’s shows that are fun for the whole family. Learn about other languages, the colors of the rainbow, enjoying our beautiful Mother Earth and more! Her album Color Wheel Cartwheel was recognized by Parenting Magazine as a baby must-have. Head over for a rainbowlicious, puddle-stomping, monster-marching good time!

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Dani Dudek
Dani Dudek is an Emmy-winning marketer who has been active professionally in the entertainment industry for two decades. She has mastered the art of celebrity spotting across the country, but does so best in Austin, where she runs the website ATXGossip.com. With a special eye for even the most minor of celebs, she is basically Shazam and IMDB together in human form.
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