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Family-Friendly Activities (Many Virtual) for Jan., Feb.

Looking For Something For the Kids To Do?

We have rounded up some of the best events around town for you and your family. Because we still can’t gather in person, a lot of the events below are virtual activities you can enjoy from the comfort of your own home. You can click on the links to learn more about each event.

Wells Branch Community Library – Craft in a Bag – Bags filled with everything you need to do a creative craft at home. The crafts have corresponding storytimes, which can be viewed every Tuesday at 6:30pm and Saturday at 10:30am on the Wells Branch Community Library Facebook page. Craft bags available every day starting at 2pm.

JAN. 13

Indigo Play – Free KinderDance Class – Indigo Play, 13520 Research Boulevard, Suite 102 from 10 – 10:45 AM recommended for ages 2-5yrs. This high energy class starts with a blend of free-flow creative movement, and then dives into ballet and tap techniques in the second half. No special shoes, clothing, or reservations needed.

JAN. 14

Blanton Museum of Art – Visit for free every Thursday – The Jack S. Blanton Museum of Art at the University of Texas at Austin is one of the largest university art museums in the U.S. Advance online timed tickets are required.

JAN. 15

Wells Branch Community Library – Virtual Event – Zoom Alphabuddies Storytime every Friday at 10:30am. Explore letters, sounds and phonics each week in this interactive Zoom program for ages 2-5. Registration required.

JAN. 19

Wells Branch Community Library – Virtual Event – Zoom Circle Time in SPANISH every Tuesday at 10:30 AM. Kids ages 0-4 learn basic concepts and vocabulary through interactive songs on Zoom. Registration required.

Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center – Virtual Event – Parent & Toddler Yoga on Zoom from 10 – 10:45 AM. Families find fun, laughter and calm practicing yoga poses and breathing exercises together in this virtual yoga class recommended for ages 18mo – 3yrs. Registration required $12

JAN. 20

Wells Branch Community Library – Virtual Event – Zoom Circle Time every Wednesday at 10:30 AM. Kids ages 0-4 learn basic concepts and vocabulary through interactive songs on Zoom. Registration required.

Indigo Play – Free With Admission KinderDance Class – Indigo Play, 13520 Research Boulevard, Suite 102 from 10 – 10:45 AM recommended for ages 2-5yrs. This high energy class starts with a blend of free-flow creative movement, and then dives into ballet and tap techniques in the second half. No special shoes, clothing, or reservations needed.

JAN. 21

Blanton Museum of Art – Visit for free every Thursday – The Jack S. Blanton Museum of Art at the University of Texas at Austin is one of the largest university art museums in the U.S. Advance online timed tickets are required.

JAN. 22

Wells Branch Community Library – Virtual Event – Zoom Alphabuddies Storytime every Friday at 10:30am. Explore letters, sounds and phonics each week in this interactive Zoom program for ages 2-5. Registration required.

JAN. 24

Mexic-Art Museum – Free Family Day from 2 – 3 PM – The Mexic-Arte Museum is dedicated to cultural enrichment and education through the collection, preservation and presentation of traditional and contemporary Mexican, Latino, and Latin American art and culture to promote dialogue and develop understanding for visitors of all ages. Spanish tours available upon request.

JAN. 26

Wells Branch Community Library – Virtual Event – Zoom Circle Time in SPANISH every Tuesday at 10:30 AM. Kids ages 0-4 learn basic concepts and vocabulary through interactive songs on Zoom. Registration required.

JAN. 27

Wells Branch Community Library – Virtual Event – Zoom Circle Time every Wednesday at 10:30 AM. Kids ages 0-4 learn basic concepts and vocabulary through interactive songs on Zoom. Registration required.

Indigo Play – Free With Admission KinderDance ClassIndigo Play, 13520 Research Boulevard, Suite 102 from 10 – 10:45 AM recommended for ages 2-5yrs. This high energy class starts with a blend of free-flow creative movement, and then dives into ballet and tap techniques in the second half. No special shoes, clothing, or reservations needed.

JAN. 28

Blanton Museum of Art – Visit for free every Thursday – The Jack S. Blanton Museum of Art at the University of Texas at Austin is one of the largest university art museums in the U.S. Advance online timed tickets are required.

JAN. 29

Wells Branch Community Library – Virtual Event – Zoom Alphabuddies Storytime every Friday at 10:30am. Explore letters, sounds and phonics each week in this interactive Zoom program for ages 2-5. Registration required.

FEB. 2

Wells Branch Community Library – Virtual Event – Zoom Circle Time in SPANISH every Tuesday at 10:30 AM. Kids ages 0-4 learn basic concepts and vocabulary through interactive songs on Zoom. Registration required.

Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center – Virtual Event – Parent & Toddler Yoga on Zoom from 10 – 10:45 AM. Families find fun, laughter and calm practicing yoga poses and breathing exercises together in this virtual yoga class recommended for ages 18mo – 3yrs. Registration required $12

FEB. 3

Wells Branch Community Library – Virtual Event – Zoom Circle Time every Wednesday at 10:30 AM. Kids ages 0-4 learn basic concepts and vocabulary through interactive songs on Zoom. Registration required.

FEB. 4

Blanton Museum of Art – Visit for free every Thursday – The Jack S. Blanton Museum of Art at the University of Texas at Austin is one of the largest university art museums in the U.S. Advance online timed tickets are required.

FEB. 5

Wells Branch Community Library – Virtual Event – Zoom Alphabuddies Storytime every Friday at 10:30am. Explore letters, sounds and phonics each week in this interactive Zoom program for ages 2-5. Registration required.

FEB. 9

Wells Branch Community Library – Virtual Event – Zoom Circle Time in SPANISH every Tuesday at 10:30 AM. Kids ages 0-4 learn basic concepts and vocabulary through interactive songs on Zoom. Registration required.

FEB. 10

Wells Branch Community Library – Virtual Event – Zoom Circle Time every Wednesday at 10:30 AM. Kids ages 0-4 learn basic concepts and vocabulary through interactive songs on Zoom. Registration required.

FEB. 11

Blanton Museum of Art – Visit for free every Thursday – The Jack S. Blanton Museum of Art at the University of Texas at Austin is one of the largest university art museums in the U.S. Advance online timed tickets are required.

FEB. 12

Wells Branch Community Library – Virtual Event – Zoom Alphabuddies Storytime every Friday at 10:30am. Explore letters, sounds and phonics each week in this interactive Zoom program for ages 2-5. Registration required.

FEB. 16

Wells Branch Community Library – Virtual Event – Zoom Circle Time in SPANISH every Tuesday at 10:30 AM. Kids ages 0-4 learn basic concepts and vocabulary through interactive songs on Zoom. Registration required.

Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center – Virtual Event – Parent & Toddler Yoga on Zoom from 10 – 10:45 AM. Families find fun, laughter and calm practicing yoga poses and breathing exercises together in this virtual yoga class recommended for ages 18mo – 3yrs. Registration required $12

FEB. 17

Wells Branch Community Library – Virtual Event – Zoom Circle Time every Wednesday at 10:30 AM. Kids ages 0-4 learn basic concepts and vocabulary through interactive songs on Zoom. Registration required.

FEB. 18

Blanton Museum of Art – Visit for free every Thursday – The Jack S. Blanton Museum of Art at the University of Texas at Austin is one of the largest university art museums in the U.S. Advance online timed tickets are required.

FEB. 19

Wells Branch Community Library – Virtual Event – Zoom Alphabuddies Storytime every Friday at 10:30am. Explore letters, sounds and phonics each week in this interactive Zoom program for ages 2-5. Registration required.

FEB. 23

Wells Branch Community Library – Virtual Event – Zoom Circle Time in SPANISH every Tuesday at 10:30 AM. Kids ages 0-4 learn basic concepts and vocabulary through interactive songs on Zoom. Registration required.

FEB. 24

Wells Branch Community Library – Virtual Event – Zoom Circle Time every Wednesday at 10:30 AM. Kids ages 0-4 learn basic concepts and vocabulary through interactive songs on Zoom. Registration required.

FEB. 25

Blanton Museum of Art – Visit for free every Thursday – The Jack S. Blanton Museum of Art at the University of Texas at Austin is one of the largest university art museums in the U.S. Advance online timed tickets are required.

FEB. 26

Wells Branch Community Library – Virtual Event – Zoom Alphabuddies Storytime every Friday at 10:30am. Explore letters, sounds and phonics each week in this interactive Zoom program for ages 2-5. Registration required.

 

We Accept SNAP

WE ACCEPT SNAP

Did you know Lone Star Family Market, a primarily WIC grocery store, also accepts SNAP? SNAP Accepted

Our locations are near WIC Clinics to help make it easier for WIC Clients to redeem their benefits. While you are picking up your healthy WIC foods, you can also redeem your SNAP food benefits at our locations.

Also during times of low availability of standard grocery items, traditional grocery stores may limit the amount or number of WIC or SNAP items that can be redeemed. At our stores we never limit your redemptions. If you are approved by the government for the benefit, you can redeem as much as you like.

Many mothers on WIC also choose to use their SNAP benefit at our WIC store to purchase additional baby formula.

Woman Infants Children (WIC) is a nutrition supplement program to assist mothers get the healthiest start for their children, up to age 5. The program provides FREE nutrition education, breastfeeding support, classes and food packages for qualifying women.

WIC clients may also be eligible for SNAP, a program to help adults buy food. If you are a SNAP client, you can pick up qualifying food products at any of our locations.

SNAP BENEFITS INCREASING

Governor Greg Abbott announced last week that beginning in January, SNAP recipients will receive a 15 percent increase in their total benefits, which will continue monthly until June 2021. The additional 15 percent increase and the emergency allotment amount should appear in recipients’ accounts by Jan. 23.

“Thank you to the U.S. Department of Agriculture for extending these benefits and increasing the amount of benefits that Texas families will receive,” said Governor Abbott. “These emergency SNAP benefits continue to help put food on the table for many Texas families throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.”

Texans in need can apply for benefits, including SNAP and Medicaid, at YourTexasBenefits.com

Folic Acid Helps Prevent Birth Defects

Vitamin C helps fight colds. WIC Information

 

Calcium builds strong healthy bones. Folic acid can help prevent birth defects in babies.

Women who have never been pregnant may not be aware of the importance of folic acid during pregnancy.  It’s not a nutrient most of us talk about –  unless you are considering becoming pregnant. 

Folate is a type of Vitamin B found in the body that is important to the process of making new cells and to the creation of the neural tube that forms a baby’s brain and spinal cord.  These developments happen during the first month of pregnancy, which is why mothers need to have enough folate before they become pregnant.

Without enough folate a baby is at risk of being born with severe birth defects such as spina bifida.

If a woman can become pregnant, it is recommended she take 400 micrograms (mcg) of folic acid (the man-made version of folate) daily to help prevent birth defects, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines.  

Women can get the recommended amount by taking a vitamin with folic acid and/or eating foods high in folate.

The Texas WIC program, an educational and nutritional resource for expecting mothers, outlines that folate (the natural form of folic acid) can be found naturally in foods such as:  

  • Broccoli, 
  • Asparagus
  • Lima beans, dried beans, and peas
  • Spinach and turnip greens
  • Oranges, tangerines, and grapefruit
  • Nuts and sunflower seeds

Some rice, pasta, bread, and breakfast cereals are also enriched with folic acid.

Getting enough folic acid is just one way a woman can help ensure she has a healthy pregnancy. Visit a Texas WIC clinic near you to see if you are eligible for the free program aimed at helping Texas mothers ensure they have a healthy pregnancy. You can find a clinic by visiting our location page.

Explore Stages of Baby Feeding

Steps of Baby Feeding, 1-2-3

There are not many moments more rewarding than the first time you feed your baby. From the first feeding until they are throwing food on the floor in protest, your baby will go through several stages at mealtime.

No stage is predictable; no child is the same. Every parent has to take cues from their child and their physician to determine the best feeding practices. There are a few certainties. One of them is your child will go through several stages of eating in the first year.

BREASTFEEDING

Your first experience feeding your baby will likely be at the hospital. You will likely have help from trained professionals to advise and guide you about the best methods and techniques.

Every mom will have their own experience with breastfeeding. Some will nurse with ease for years. Others will have a harder time. Luckily there are free resources to help guide you along the way. We think one of the best resources is Texas WIC.

Experts at Texas WIC encourage mothers to breastfeed as long as possible. That’s because it’s both healthy for the baby and the mother. Texas WIC has created breastmilkcounts.com website that has everything you need to know about breastfeeding. There is even a hotline for WIC clients to call for breastfeeding support, 855-550-6667. To see if you are eligible to enroll, apply online or visit an Austin-area WIC clinic today.

FORMULA FEEDING

Even though breastfeeding is highly encouraged, not all moms are able to feed this way. Your little one still has to get nutrients to grow. Since babies are not allowed to try cow’s milk before age 1, formula is how your baby will get all the nutrition they need.

There are many baby formulas on the market, including speciality prescription formulas for babies that have allergies or digestive issues. Talk to your child’s doctor about which one is best. You may need to try a few to find the right one. Remember to follow the manufacturer’s mixing instructions. They are not all the same. Mixing them properly is very important for the safety of your baby. Texas WIC offers these guidelines for mixing formulas.

Texas WIC clients can pick up their baby formula at any Lone Star Family Market, a grocery store chain that offers primarily WIC foods. They carry a large selection of baby formula and even prescription baby formulas. You can find a list of products online.  You can visit a  location near you, or schedule a time for pickup. Staff is also very knowledgeable about the WIC program and can help answer your questions.

BABY FOOD 

This is where it really starts to get fun. Once your baby is ready (your baby’s doctor can confirm when your little one can start sampling), they will start exploring new tastes and textures. It’s just as much fun for parents to discover what their little ones like and don’t like.

Aren’t sure if your baby is ready to move to the next stage? Texas WIC provides an outline online to help you recognize important baby milestones and signs your tot might be ready.

Around 6-months old (confirm your child is ready with their doctor or a Texas WIC nutritionist), your baby may be able start trying purees. As they get older (around 9 months, but confirm with your doctor), they might be able to try foods that are soft and easily mashed. Scrambled eggs, soft fruits like bananas and avocados, steamed veggies or even homemade hummus.

Once your baby starts trying foods other than breastmilk and formula, you will need to be on the lookout for possible reactions from food allergies. Some of the common allergies are soy, fish, shellfish, eggs, dairy, wheat or nuts (peanut butter for example since babies should not eat whole nuts because they may choke). Texas WIC offers great guidelines on signs your baby has a food allergy.

It’s important to always watch your child while they eat in case they choke. Be prepared in the event they need help.

Guiding your baby through the various stages of eating will be a joy to watch. Enjoy the process!

TEXAS WIC

The WIC program is free for pregnant and breastfeeding mothers, and their children up to 5 years old. It’s designed for mothers to help their kids get a healthy start. WIC participants are able to take home free nutritional food, enroll in free nutritional classes and visit WIC-approved clinics. To find out if you qualify visit an Austin-area clinic near you or apply online.

Bring on 2021!

NEW YEAR, HEALTHY START

Every year people hope to turn over a new leaf in the New Year. People have big plans for 2021, and why not make it the Year of Everything is Possible? If you want this year to be your big year of health, start with WIC.

WIC stands for Woman, Infant and Children and is a program designed to help mothers help their children get a healthy start in life. The program offers support with clinic visits, education classes and nutrition supplements for you and your children, including help with breastfeeding.

There is no better way to help your children than to be a great example.  WIC offers the tools you need to be a great example for you and your kids. Plus, they offer a ton of free resources to help along your health journey.

If you haven’t applied for WIC, do so today. To get started, you can apply online.

WIC SUPPORTS MOTHER’S HEALTH

To help be a healthy example for your kids, nutrition starts with mothers. WIC offers guidelines online about eating healthy. They even have suggested recipes to make at home. This time of year, their Chili recipe is perfect for New Year’s Day.

If you recently gave birth, WIC offers tips about how to get back to a healthy you, including getting enough sleep, getting back to a healthy weight and how to care for your emotional health. Baby blues are a real thing. If you think you are suffering from postpartum depression, there are resources.

WIC SUPPORTS CHILDREN’S HEALTH

No one is taught how to feed babies or children until they become a mother. We have to learn. WIC is a great teacher. They provide many resources on breastfeeding, how to use and mix formula and handle a picky eater.

WIC SUPPORT

Lone Star Family Market, a Primarily WIC grocery store chain, is also here to help. Our locations are located near WIC clinics, to help make it super easy to get your WIC groceries. Simply insert your WIC card in our card reader at the front counter and tell our staff which WIC-approved foods you would like to take home. We collect them for you to take home. Super easy and fast! Find a location near you today. Happy New Year!

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Lone Star Family Market is a service provider for the WIC program, not a part of the WIC program. This is not an official WIC blog.