Blog2022-09-07T08:15:15-05:00

Fall Family Fun

The weather is finally getting cooler, the leaves are changing, and it’s the perfect time to get out with the family for some fall fun.

Check out these family friendly events and celebrate the changing of the seasons!

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          1Family Storytime at Round Rock Public LibraryFamily Storytime at Round Rock Public LibraryTime: 11:00 am
Enjoy books, songs, and rhymes alongside your toddlers and preschoolers. Many weeks you’ll find a little extra sparkle–fun additions such as puppets, creative movement, or playful activities. Families with children of all ages are welcome. Children ages 18 months – 6 years old will enjoy it best. Meet at 11 a.m. on Saturdays in Room A. Pre-registration is not required for this activity.
Round Rock Public Library
216 E Main St, Round Rock, TX
Saturday Family FundaySaturday Family FundayTime: 3:45 pm - 5:45 pm
Each Saturday, families can come to the YMCA to participate in a variety of activities. Look out for alternating special events between 3:45 PM and 5:45 PM each Saturday which may include, but are not limited to, crafts, Yoga, basketball, volleyball, and more!
North Austin YMCA
1000 W Rundberg Ln, Austin, TX
2Free Family Sundays at Mexic-Arte MuseumFree Family Sundays at Mexic-Arte MuseumTime: 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Each week the Mexic-Arte Museum hosts Free Family Sundays. Everyone is invited to join and explore the museum to get a free tour at 2:00pm or 3:00pm. Museum admission is free all day from 12 - 5 PM.
419 Congress, Austin, TX, 78701
Free Community Night at ThinkeryFree Community Night at ThinkeryTime: 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Every Sunday from 3 pm-5 pm, Thinkery opens their doors to provide free admission for children & families from all over Central Texas. Community Night is part of Thinkery’s Open Door Initiative, created to give every child a chance to explore & develop a lifelong love of learning, regardless of means.
1830 Simond Ave, Austin, Tx 78723
3Virtual Story Time with Wells Branch Community LibraryVirtual Story Time with Wells Branch Community LibraryTime: 10:30 am
Join us for virtual storytime every Monday at 10:30 AM on the Wells Branch Community Library Facebook page
Wells Branch Community Library Facebook Page - Virtual Event
4Storytime & CraftsStorytime & CraftsTime: 6:30 pm
Join us on Tuesdays at 6:30 PM for Storytime & Crafts on the Wells Branch Community Library Facebook Page. Craft bags are available at Wells Branch Community Library every day starting at 2pm.
Wells Branch Community Library Facebook Page - Virtual Event
5Toddler Story Time at Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower CenterToddler Story Time at Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower CenterTime: 10:00 am - 10:30 am
Bring your little ones to the Family Garden for nature-themed storytimes especially for ages 5 and younger. A new seasonal, age-appropriate story is featured each week. Story time will be held outdoors, so please come dressed for the weather. Bring a blanket if you like and choose a spot in the Family Garden Pavilion to give your neighbors plenty of distance.
Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
4801 La Crosse Ave
Austin, TX 78739
6Free Thursdays at Blanton Museum of ArtFree Thursdays at Blanton Museum of ArtTime: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
World class art experiences in the heart of Austin. Free admission every Thursday is generously provided by the Moody Family Free Day Endowment.
200 E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd, Austin, TX 78712
Toddler Story Time at Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower CenterToddler Story Time at Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower CenterTime: 10:00 am - 10:30 am
Bring your little ones to the Family Garden for nature-themed storytimes especially for ages 5 and younger. A new seasonal, age-appropriate story is featured each week. Story time will be held outdoors, so please come dressed for the weather. Bring a blanket if you like and choose a spot in the Family Garden Pavilion to give your neighbors plenty of distance.
Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
4801 La Crosse Ave
Austin, TX 78739
7 8Family Storytime at Round Rock Public LibraryFamily Storytime at Round Rock Public LibraryTime: 11:00 am
Enjoy books, songs, and rhymes alongside your toddlers and preschoolers. Many weeks you’ll find a little extra sparkle–fun additions such as puppets, creative movement, or playful activities. Families with children of all ages are welcome. Children ages 18 months – 6 years old will enjoy it best. Meet at 11 a.m. on Saturdays in Room A. Pre-registration is not required for this activity.
Round Rock Public Library
216 E Main St, Round Rock, TX
Saturday Family FundaySaturday Family FundayTime: 3:45 pm - 5:45 pm
Each Saturday, families can come to the YMCA to participate in a variety of activities. Look out for alternating special events between 3:45 PM and 5:45 PM each Saturday which may include, but are not limited to, crafts, Yoga, basketball, volleyball, and more!
North Austin YMCA
1000 W Rundberg Ln, Austin, TX
9Free Family Sundays at Mexic-Arte MuseumFree Family Sundays at Mexic-Arte MuseumTime: 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Each week the Mexic-Arte Museum hosts Free Family Sundays. Everyone is invited to join and explore the museum to get a free tour at 2:00pm or 3:00pm. Museum admission is free all day from 12 - 5 PM.
419 Congress, Austin, TX, 78701
Free Community Night at ThinkeryFree Community Night at ThinkeryTime: 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Every Sunday from 3 pm-5 pm, Thinkery opens their doors to provide free admission for children & families from all over Central Texas. Community Night is part of Thinkery’s Open Door Initiative, created to give every child a chance to explore & develop a lifelong love of learning, regardless of means.
1830 Simond Ave, Austin, Tx 78723
10Virtual Story Time with Wells Branch Community LibraryVirtual Story Time with Wells Branch Community LibraryTime: 10:30 am
Join us for virtual storytime every Monday at 10:30 AM on the Wells Branch Community Library Facebook page
Wells Branch Community Library Facebook Page - Virtual Event
11Storytime & CraftsStorytime & CraftsTime: 6:30 pm
Join us on Tuesdays at 6:30 PM for Storytime & Crafts on the Wells Branch Community Library Facebook Page. Craft bags are available at Wells Branch Community Library every day starting at 2pm.
Wells Branch Community Library Facebook Page - Virtual Event
12Toddler Story Time at Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower CenterToddler Story Time at Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower CenterTime: 10:00 am - 10:30 am
Bring your little ones to the Family Garden for nature-themed storytimes especially for ages 5 and younger. A new seasonal, age-appropriate story is featured each week. Story time will be held outdoors, so please come dressed for the weather. Bring a blanket if you like and choose a spot in the Family Garden Pavilion to give your neighbors plenty of distance.
Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
4801 La Crosse Ave
Austin, TX 78739
13Free Thursdays at Blanton Museum of ArtFree Thursdays at Blanton Museum of ArtTime: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
World class art experiences in the heart of Austin. Free admission every Thursday is generously provided by the Moody Family Free Day Endowment.
200 E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd, Austin, TX 78712
Toddler Story Time at Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower CenterToddler Story Time at Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower CenterTime: 10:00 am - 10:30 am
Bring your little ones to the Family Garden for nature-themed storytimes especially for ages 5 and younger. A new seasonal, age-appropriate story is featured each week. Story time will be held outdoors, so please come dressed for the weather. Bring a blanket if you like and choose a spot in the Family Garden Pavilion to give your neighbors plenty of distance.
Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
4801 La Crosse Ave
Austin, TX 78739
14 15Play Day for a CausePlay Day for a CauseTime: 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
This free event has great games and fun activities for your kids while supporting Family Promise, the leading national nonprofit addressing family homelessness. With a focus on empowering families and children, Kiddie Academy Educational Child Care and Family Promise are working together to give every child what they deserve: a chance to succeed. The event is free and open to the public. Donations are appreciated, but not required to attend.
Kiddie Academy of Cedar Park West,
1301 Lakeline Blvd, Cedar Park, TX 78613
Family Storytime at Round Rock Public LibraryFamily Storytime at Round Rock Public LibraryTime: 11:00 am
Enjoy books, songs, and rhymes alongside your toddlers and preschoolers. Many weeks you’ll find a little extra sparkle–fun additions such as puppets, creative movement, or playful activities. Families with children of all ages are welcome. Children ages 18 months – 6 years old will enjoy it best. Meet at 11 a.m. on Saturdays in Room A. Pre-registration is not required for this activity.
Round Rock Public Library
216 E Main St, Round Rock, TX
Saturday Family FundaySaturday Family FundayTime: 3:45 pm - 5:45 pm
Each Saturday, families can come to the YMCA to participate in a variety of activities. Look out for alternating special events between 3:45 PM and 5:45 PM each Saturday which may include, but are not limited to, crafts, Yoga, basketball, volleyball, and more!
North Austin YMCA
1000 W Rundberg Ln, Austin, TX
16Free Family Sundays at Mexic-Arte MuseumFree Family Sundays at Mexic-Arte MuseumTime: 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Each week the Mexic-Arte Museum hosts Free Family Sundays. Everyone is invited to join and explore the museum to get a free tour at 2:00pm or 3:00pm. Museum admission is free all day from 12 - 5 PM.
419 Congress, Austin, TX, 78701
Free Community Night at ThinkeryFree Community Night at ThinkeryTime: 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Every Sunday from 3 pm-5 pm, Thinkery opens their doors to provide free admission for children & families from all over Central Texas. Community Night is part of Thinkery’s Open Door Initiative, created to give every child a chance to explore & develop a lifelong love of learning, regardless of means.
1830 Simond Ave, Austin, Tx 78723
17Virtual Story Time with Wells Branch Community LibraryVirtual Story Time with Wells Branch Community LibraryTime: 10:30 am
Join us for virtual storytime every Monday at 10:30 AM on the Wells Branch Community Library Facebook page
Wells Branch Community Library Facebook Page - Virtual Event
18Storytime & CraftsStorytime & CraftsTime: 6:30 pm
Join us on Tuesdays at 6:30 PM for Storytime & Crafts on the Wells Branch Community Library Facebook Page. Craft bags are available at Wells Branch Community Library every day starting at 2pm.
Wells Branch Community Library Facebook Page - Virtual Event
19Toddler Story Time at Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower CenterToddler Story Time at Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower CenterTime: 10:00 am - 10:30 am
Bring your little ones to the Family Garden for nature-themed storytimes especially for ages 5 and younger. A new seasonal, age-appropriate story is featured each week. Story time will be held outdoors, so please come dressed for the weather. Bring a blanket if you like and choose a spot in the Family Garden Pavilion to give your neighbors plenty of distance.
Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
4801 La Crosse Ave
Austin, TX 78739
20Free Thursdays at Blanton Museum of ArtFree Thursdays at Blanton Museum of ArtTime: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
World class art experiences in the heart of Austin. Free admission every Thursday is generously provided by the Moody Family Free Day Endowment.
200 E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd, Austin, TX 78712
Toddler Story Time at Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower CenterToddler Story Time at Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower CenterTime: 10:00 am - 10:30 am
Bring your little ones to the Family Garden for nature-themed storytimes especially for ages 5 and younger. A new seasonal, age-appropriate story is featured each week. Story time will be held outdoors, so please come dressed for the weather. Bring a blanket if you like and choose a spot in the Family Garden Pavilion to give your neighbors plenty of distance.
Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
4801 La Crosse Ave
Austin, TX 78739
21 22Family Storytime at Round Rock Public LibraryFamily Storytime at Round Rock Public LibraryTime: 11:00 am
Enjoy books, songs, and rhymes alongside your toddlers and preschoolers. Many weeks you’ll find a little extra sparkle–fun additions such as puppets, creative movement, or playful activities. Families with children of all ages are welcome. Children ages 18 months – 6 years old will enjoy it best. Meet at 11 a.m. on Saturdays in Room A. Pre-registration is not required for this activity.
Round Rock Public Library
216 E Main St, Round Rock, TX
Saturday Family FundaySaturday Family FundayTime: 3:45 pm - 5:45 pm
Each Saturday, families can come to the YMCA to participate in a variety of activities. Look out for alternating special events between 3:45 PM and 5:45 PM each Saturday which may include, but are not limited to, crafts, Yoga, basketball, volleyball, and more!
North Austin YMCA
1000 W Rundberg Ln, Austin, TX
23Free Family Sundays at Mexic-Arte MuseumFree Family Sundays at Mexic-Arte MuseumTime: 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Each week the Mexic-Arte Museum hosts Free Family Sundays. Everyone is invited to join and explore the museum to get a free tour at 2:00pm or 3:00pm. Museum admission is free all day from 12 - 5 PM.
419 Congress, Austin, TX, 78701
Free Community Night at ThinkeryFree Community Night at ThinkeryTime: 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Every Sunday from 3 pm-5 pm, Thinkery opens their doors to provide free admission for children & families from all over Central Texas. Community Night is part of Thinkery’s Open Door Initiative, created to give every child a chance to explore & develop a lifelong love of learning, regardless of means.
1830 Simond Ave, Austin, Tx 78723
24Virtual Story Time with Wells Branch Community LibraryVirtual Story Time with Wells Branch Community LibraryTime: 10:30 am
Join us for virtual storytime every Monday at 10:30 AM on the Wells Branch Community Library Facebook page
Wells Branch Community Library Facebook Page - Virtual Event
25Storytime & CraftsStorytime & CraftsTime: 6:30 pm
Join us on Tuesdays at 6:30 PM for Storytime & Crafts on the Wells Branch Community Library Facebook Page. Craft bags are available at Wells Branch Community Library every day starting at 2pm.
Wells Branch Community Library Facebook Page - Virtual Event
26Toddler Story Time at Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower CenterToddler Story Time at Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower CenterTime: 10:00 am - 10:30 am
Bring your little ones to the Family Garden for nature-themed storytimes especially for ages 5 and younger. A new seasonal, age-appropriate story is featured each week. Story time will be held outdoors, so please come dressed for the weather. Bring a blanket if you like and choose a spot in the Family Garden Pavilion to give your neighbors plenty of distance.
Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
4801 La Crosse Ave
Austin, TX 78739
27Free Thursdays at Blanton Museum of ArtFree Thursdays at Blanton Museum of ArtTime: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
World class art experiences in the heart of Austin. Free admission every Thursday is generously provided by the Moody Family Free Day Endowment.
200 E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd, Austin, TX 78712
Toddler Story Time at Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower CenterToddler Story Time at Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower CenterTime: 10:00 am - 10:30 am
Bring your little ones to the Family Garden for nature-themed storytimes especially for ages 5 and younger. A new seasonal, age-appropriate story is featured each week. Story time will be held outdoors, so please come dressed for the weather. Bring a blanket if you like and choose a spot in the Family Garden Pavilion to give your neighbors plenty of distance.
Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
4801 La Crosse Ave
Austin, TX 78739
28 29Family Storytime at Round Rock Public LibraryFamily Storytime at Round Rock Public LibraryTime: 11:00 am
Enjoy books, songs, and rhymes alongside your toddlers and preschoolers. Many weeks you’ll find a little extra sparkle–fun additions such as puppets, creative movement, or playful activities. Families with children of all ages are welcome. Children ages 18 months – 6 years old will enjoy it best. Meet at 11 a.m. on Saturdays in Room A. Pre-registration is not required for this activity.
Round Rock Public Library
216 E Main St, Round Rock, TX
Saturday Family FundaySaturday Family FundayTime: 3:45 pm - 5:45 pm
Each Saturday, families can come to the YMCA to participate in a variety of activities. Look out for alternating special events between 3:45 PM and 5:45 PM each Saturday which may include, but are not limited to, crafts, Yoga, basketball, volleyball, and more!
North Austin YMCA
1000 W Rundberg Ln, Austin, TX
30Free Family Sundays at Mexic-Arte MuseumFree Family Sundays at Mexic-Arte MuseumTime: 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Each week the Mexic-Arte Museum hosts Free Family Sundays. Everyone is invited to join and explore the museum to get a free tour at 2:00pm or 3:00pm. Museum admission is free all day from 12 - 5 PM.
419 Congress, Austin, TX, 78701
Free Community Night at ThinkeryFree Community Night at ThinkeryTime: 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Every Sunday from 3 pm-5 pm, Thinkery opens their doors to provide free admission for children & families from all over Central Texas. Community Night is part of Thinkery’s Open Door Initiative, created to give every child a chance to explore & develop a lifelong love of learning, regardless of means.
1830 Simond Ave, Austin, Tx 78723
31Virtual Story Time with Wells Branch Community LibraryVirtual Story Time with Wells Branch Community LibraryTime: 10:30 am
Join us for virtual storytime every Monday at 10:30 AM on the Wells Branch Community Library Facebook page
Wells Branch Community Library Facebook Page - Virtual Event
           

Texas WIC’s Expanded Fruit & Vegetable Benefits Extended Thru Dec. 16

The WIC Fruit, Vegetable Bump Extended Thru Dec. 16

Texas WIC’s extended fruit and vegetable benefits are now extended thru December! Congress approved the expanded benefits last week, which were set to expire at the end of September. 

 The new benefits are now available thru Dec. 16. 

According to Texas WIC, “Participants who receive the increased benefits in December are able to redeem them throughout the entire month.”

According to Texas WIC, the new Cash Value Benefits (CVB) amounts for fruits and vegetables are:

  • $25 monthly for children
  • $44 monthly for pregnant and postpartum participants
  • $49 monthly for fully and partially breastfeeding participants
  • $73.50 for mothers breastfeeding multiple children

The expanded WIC fruit and vegetable benefits was expected to return to $11 for pregnant, breastfeeding and postpartum women and $9 for children Oct. 1.

WIC clients should contact a local WIC office if they have questions about these benefits. 

WIC clients can get all their WIC groceries in one easy stop at any Lone Star Family Market location in Austin + Round Rock + San Marcos. There are 7 stores conveniently located near WIC clinics. Find a location online.

Texas WIC Formula Changes Take Effect Oct. 1

On Oct. 1, Texas WIC’s new formula contract went into effect.

Texas WIC’s contract for milk-based formulas has switched from Abbott Laboratories, the makers of Similac, to Mead Johnson, the makers of Enfamil products. The new contract is only for milk-based formulas. All other formula products remain unchanged. 

“All WIC participants receiving standard milk-based infant formulas will be transitioned to Enfamil products for benefits beginning October 2022,” according to a statement from Texas WIC.

There is a Mead Johnson product equivalent for every Abbott Laboratories product.  

If you haven’t already discussed this change with your local WIC office, contact them at your earliest convenience. 

“The WIC program is required to have a contract with one specific formula company to help keep costs down. We renew the contract every 5 years. The award for the contract from October 2022 – September 2027 for milk based formula is Mead Johnson, the makers of Enfamil. The soy-based formula will continue to be with Abbott, the makers of Similac,” according to a statement from Texas WIC.

Quick, Easy Family Meal Features Whole Grains

Whole grains are a great source of nutrition. Texas WIC features several approved-foods that offer whole grains. This recipe for Pasta with Peas from the “staff favorites” from the Whole Grain Council is a super easy, quick meal that can be made in 15 minutes for the entire family. Find more recipes like this one on their website.




Pasta with Peas

2 eggs, beaten

½ cup grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese

1 cup frozen peas

12 ounces whole wheat pasta

1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil

1 large onion, thinly sliced

Salt and pepper to taste

Bring a large pot of water to a boil, and break linguini in half and cook according to package directions.

While the pasta is cooking, combine the eggs and cheese in a small bowl, beat, and set aside. Put peas in a strainer, rinse under hot water, and set aside.

Heat the olive oil in a large skillet. Add the onion and sauté for several minutes, until it softens. Add the peas to the skillet and cook for about one minute longer.

Drain the pasta and add to the skillet. Toss gently to mix. Create a well in the center, add the eggs and cheese, and cook until they are starting to firm up. Toss with the pasta and cook for another 2 minutes. Season with salt and pepper and serve hot.

Recipe Spotlight Using WIC Foods

In recognition of Hispanic Heritage Month, we will be spotlighting several recipes you can make in your kitchen. This one, “A Simple Mexican Salad” is from the USDA website and came from the Oregon State University Cooperative Extension Service. It’s a refreshing salad with a little bite. It’s cool and refreshing flavors are very comforting. 

A Simple Mexican Salad

Chili powder and lime juice are the secret ingredients in this cucumber and orange salad.

2 cucumbers

2 oranges

1 lemon or lime (the juice)

1/2 teaspoon chili powder

1/2 teaspoon salt

Wash the cucumbers, oranges and lemon or lime under cold running water. Slice the cucumbers. Peel and cut the oranges into small pieces. Place cucumber slices and orange pieces in a medium size bowl. Add chili powder, lemon or lime juice and salt.

Get all your WIC foods in one easy stop at any Lone Star Family Market.  There are 7 locations in Austin, Round Rock + San Marcos.