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Show Your Kids Love With These February Events

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    1Toddler 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
2Free 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
3 4Solar Saturday Block Party! Black History Month Kick OffSolar Saturday Block Party! Black History Month Kick OffTime: 3:00 pm - 7:00 pm
George Washington Carver Museum, Cultural and Genealogy Center‎ 1165 Angelina St. Austin, TX 78702 - Kick off Black History Month at the Carver with the first ever Solar Saturday! Solar Saturdays are a new quarterly program at Carver Museum ATX that invites Austin residents and beyond to a free afternoon of programming for all. As a full-site activation, there will be happenings in the sunken garden, the Boyd Vance Theatre, the classroom, the dance studio, the plaza, and the drum - not to mention the gallery will be open! Vinyl records on long play will fill the halls, Black Maker's Market will be poppin', and food trucks will be pulling up, along with interactive genealogy arts and crafts programming to engage the brain. There will be tours throughout the day, and 2023 Black History Month with the Carver!
George Washington Carver Museum,
Cultural and Genealogy Center‎
1165 Angelina St. Austin, TX 78702
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
5Free 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
6Virtual 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
7Storytime & 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
8Toddler 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
Toddler Valentine's PartyToddler Valentine's PartyTime: 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Join Bridges to Growth for unstructured play, sensory play, story time, songs, and Valentine's Day fun for 1-4 year olds and their caregivers. Reserve one ticket per child. Parents/caregivers do not need to reserve a separate ticket.
Bridges to Growth
805 West University Avenue
Georgetown, TX 78626
9Free 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
10 11TLE Cedar Park's 4th BirthdayTLE Cedar Park's 4th BirthdayTime: 10:30 am - 12:30 pm
Join The Learning Experience for a free fun-filled family event on Saturday, February 11th, from 10:30 am - 12:30 pm! Games, Petting zoo, Face painting, Snacks, and a special visit from Bubbles the Elephant.
The Learning Experience - Cedar Park
800 West Whitestone Boulevard
Cedar Park, TX 78613
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
12Free 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
13Virtual 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
14Storytime & 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
15Toddler 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
16Free 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
17 18Austin Dad WalksAustin Dad WalksTime: 9:00 am - 11:00 am
Austin Dad Walks is a community for dads to walk, hang out, spend time with their kids, and support each other. Meet up 9:00 am at Juiceland Lake Austin
Juiceland Lake Austin
2307 Lake Austin Blvd Austin, TX 78703
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
19Free 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
20Virtual 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
21Storytime & 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
22Toddler 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
23Free 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
24 25Black History Month Kid's Day at Carver MuseumBlack History Month Kid's Day at Carver MuseumTime: 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Join the Carver Museum for Black History Month Kids' Day featuring CDF Freedom Schools Austin, with crafts and activities focused on the 2023 BHM theme "Black Resistance." Black History Month Kids' Day is a cultural event for children and families that celebrates the contributions of African American trailblazers. Through educational activities, crafts, and music people of all ages better understand the contributions of Black Americans.
George Washington Carver Museum,
Cultural and Genealogy Center‎
1165 Angelina St. Austin, TX 78702
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
26Free 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
27Virtual 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
28Storytime & 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
         

Love Texas WIC Program All Year Long

There are so many things to love about Texas WIC. 

For starters, it’s a great place for parents to turn for help. The pros at Texas WIC can also show parents the ropes for self love during pregnancy and after. Plus, nutrition tips and free healthy food packages help moms and babies eat healthy.

PRO PARENTING TIPS

Texas WIC is the perfect place to turn for your parenting questions. Whether you are pregnant and wondering what is safe for expecting moms to eat or you want help feeding your infant, Texas WIC has the answers. Plus, the program is free for qualifying Texas mothers. 

As your baby grows, Texas WIC offers tips and guidance about developmental milestones and how to care, feed your baby so they grow up healthy. 

SELF LOVE DURING AND AFTER PREGNANCY

Texas WIC also helps mothers stay healthy. A healthy mother helps create healthy babies. Texas WIC pros offer tips on how to eat, exercise and take care of you and your baby while you are pregnant and while breastfeeding. 

HEALTHY NUTRITION

Some might say the best part of Texas WIC is the free healthy food packages for WIC clients. The packages start when moms learn they are expecting. They are also adapted for children until they turn 5 years old.  So mom and babies can get free, nutritious foods like milk, bread, healthy cereal, baby formula, fruits and vegetables and so much more. The Texas WIC program is for qualifying Texas mothers and children up to age 5. To apply for Texas WIC, visit them online at Texaswic.org.

LONE STAR FAMILY MARKET

Lone Star Family Market stores help WIC clients get all their WIC foods in one easy stop. Bilingual clerks help customers shop for their foods. Find out how easy WIC shopping can be, and visit a store today. Lone Star Family Market is a service provider for the WIC program, not a part of the WIC program.

Ways Texas WIC Helps Moms, Babies

Mothers only want the best for their babies, and that usually starts with the news you are expecting. Luckily for qualifying Texas residents there is a program that helps mothers make sure their nutritional needs are being met to help ensure the best healthy start for their babies. Texas WIC offers nutrition education, free supplemental foods and support for moms and babies.

Here are some of the best ways Texas WIC offers help to expecting moms and moms with children up to age 5.

  1. WIC provides supplemental foods to qualifying pregnant, breastfeeding, and non-breastfeeding postpartum women.
  2. WIC helps to improve the health of pregnant women and their babies. That includes providing baby formula to babies in need.
  3. WIC provides nutrition education and counseling to help participants make healthy food choices. 
  4. WIC helps participants access other social services. 
  5. WIC has been shown to reduce the incidence of low birth weight babies, according to studies on USDA’s website.

If you want to learn more about Texas WIC, visit their website at texaswic.org. You can also apply on online at texaswic.org/apply.

For easy WIC grocery shopping, visit Lone Star Family Market stores in Austin, Round Rock and San Marcos. Bilingual clerks help WIC clients get all their WIC foods in one easy stop. Visit today to find out how easy WIC shopping can be. Find a store near you at lonestarfamilymarket.com/locations

WIC Produce Benefits Update

Expanded Dollar Amount For Fruit, Vegetable Benefits Offered Through Sept. 2023

Good news! Texas WIC’s temporary fruit and vegetable dollar amount increase is now being offered through September 30, 2023!  The increased dollar amount for WIC produce benefits (fruits and vegetables) are for the following amounts:

  • Children get $25 each month 
  • Pregnant, postpartum and some breastfeeding clients get $44 each month 
  • Fully and partially breastfeeding clients get $49 each month 

Texas WIC professionals provided the following example: if you are pregnant and have two children (ages 1-5) receiving WIC, you will get $94 ($44 mom + $25 child + $25 child = $94) to buy fruit and vegetables. 

You will see this new amount on your shopping list under your benefit amount, according to Texas WIC.

The fruit and vegetable benefits are expected to return to the normal amounts on Oct. 1, 2023.  WIC clients can use their benefits to buy fruits and vegetables that are fresh, frozen and in cans, glass jars and plastic containers.

USE WIC PRODUCE BENEFITS FOR THESE RECIPES

Pick up all your WIC foods at any Lone Star Family Market store. There are 7 locations in Austin, Round Rock and San Marcos to help you get your WIC foods in one easy, fast top. Visit today to find out how easy WIC shopping can be. Here are a few recipes using WIC-approved fruits, vegetables you might like:

Two Recipes Featuring WIC Foods

Ratatouille Recipe

For even more recipes, visit our blog.

WIC Inspired Recipe

Lemon Alfredo Bowties with Tuna & Peas

1 lb whole wheat pasta

1 cup frozen peas

2 cans tuna
Juice from ½ lemon 

(Add lemon zest to bring out more lemon flavor)

2 tablespoons minced garlic

2 tablespoons olive oil

2 ½ cups whole milk
½ stick butter

1 ¼ cup shredded parmesan cheese 

(Mozzarella works great too – Just be sure not to use pre-shredded cheese!)

¼ cup flour

Season with pepper, onion powder, & oregano to your taste

Boil pasta with 1 tablespoon of salt for 10-12 minutes, or suggested cook time on package.

Drain & set aside. In the same pot, heat olive oil at medium high heat and add minced garlic. Cook for about 3 minutes, or until golden. Add tuna and break up into smaller pieces. Add lemon zest and lemon juice, cook for 3 minutes, then add butter and half of the shredded cheese. Slowly add in milk and flour, while stirring well. Turn the heat down to medium and bring to a simmer while stirring often. Add in peas, and the other half of the shredded cheese. Cook for about 5 more minutes, stirring often, then turn off the heat. Slowly mix in the pasta.

Top with more shredded cheese if you like!

Enjoy!