The Weekenders: Events for Austin Families, December 4-6, 2009

Please be sure to check the weather conditions and possible closures before heading out to any events tonight and tomorrow morning. Be safe!

Skating on the Plaza- Join us for our most exciting holiday attraction, Austin’s first and only outdoor ice skating rink on our rooftop plaza! Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 10:00am- 10:00pm with the last skating session beginning at 9:00pm. Tickets, $10 per person for one hour, includes skate rental. Whole Foods, 525 N. Lamar Blvd.

TEXplorations Family Storytime- This month, Family Story Time will feature a reading in Spanish of The Grinch Who Stole Christmas at 3:00pm, as well as other Spanish language Story Time favorites. Complete a fun puzzle, and win a prize. Saturday, 3:00pm. FREE!! Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum, 1800 N. Congress Ave.

Crafts for Kids- Brings the kids, ages 3 and up, to make a Celebration Candle! FREE!! Saturday between 11:00am- 3:00pm. Lakeshore Learning Store, 9828 Great Hills Trail.

Home Depot Kids’ Workshop- A FREE Do-It Yourself Workshops designed for children ages 5-12. This month’s project is building a wagon. Saturday, between 9:00am and Noon. All Home Depot locations.

Home Slice Carnival-O-Pizza- Dough Tossing contest, extreme pizza eating, music, hands on a sub, prizes, and more!  Saturday, Noon- 7:00pm. All proceeds benefit Austin Pets Alive. Home Slice Pizza, 1415 S. Congress Ave.

The Nutcracker- If the music sounds sweeter than sugarplums, the dancers seem lighter than air, and the snowflakes sparkle more brightly than ever before, you’re not dreaming. After all, experiencing the 47th annual production of Austin’s holiday tradition is sure to be an exceptionally festive feast for the senses. Ballet Austin’s production of The Nutcracker is Texas’ longest running production of this classic and with a different “celebrity” playing the role of Mother Ginger in each performance, every show guarantees an extra bit of memory-making merriment. Saturday, 7:30pm and Sunday, 2:00pm. The Long Center for Performing Arts, 701 West Riversdie Dr.

Holiday Lights Spectacular- Light shows begin on the hour beginning at 6:00pm Friday (tonight’s show has been canceled due to inclement weather) and Saturday night. Entertainment is a t6:30, 7:30 and 8:30pm. FREE!! Southpark Meadows, 9300 IH-35 South.Advertisement
TEXplorations Puppet Show- Austin Public Library is back at the Museum for more puppet fun! Literature Live! presents The Nutcracker. The Nutcracker is a classic favorite, a charming tale of holiday adventure that follows a little girl’s journey through a fantasy world of fairies, princes, toy soldiers and an army of mice. Clara travels to the Land of Sweets with her Nutcracker Prince where she meets the Sugar Plum Fairy, dancing candy canes and many other colorful characters. In the end, Clara is left to wonder whether it was all a dream. Enhanced by Tchaikovsky’s much-loved score, Literature Live! brings the story to life with puppets. This event is recommended for ages 5 and over, and is presented at the Museum by the Austin Public Library’s Literature Live. After the puppet show, stay and create your own puppets, and complete a fun puzzle to win a prize! FREE!! Saturday at 1:00pm. Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum, 1800 N. Congress Ave. 

Holiday Sing-Along and Downtown Stroll- Gather on the south steps of the Capitol to sing the songs of the season during John Aielli’s Holiday Sing-Along at 6:00pm. As the clock chimes 7:00pm, the countdown begins to the lighting of the Capitol tree – a Cedar beauty rising nearly 40 feet. From 7:00– 9:00pm, Congress Avenue will be buzzing with holiday cheer during the Congress Avenue Stroll. Shops, restaurants, galleries and museums will be open late and will feature special activities, offers or refreshments to visitors. Performances from The Invincible Czars, Myrna Cabello, Knights of Steel, The Minor Mishap Marching Band and many more along Congress Avenue will be sure to delight children of all ages. FREE!!

Book Box Storytime- Each Saturday, a guest will sing songs, read stories and then wrap it all up with a fun arts & craft project! FREE!! Saturday at Noon. Beth’s Book Box, 15803 Windermere Dr., Pflugerville.

Gingerbread House Workshops- Fun for the entire family! Experience the thrill of making a mess in someone else’s kitchen! Kids and parents will love covering themselves in sugar icing while building a gingerbread house with real, soft gingerbread baked right here in Austin! Friday, Saturday and Sunday, for times and open spots, check website. Must register. $30 member/ $35 non-member. Austin Children’s Museum, 201 Colorado Ave.

Holiday Open House- Celebrate a season of goodwill at the annual Holiday Open House. There will be a harpist, light refreshments and crafts for the kids. FREE!! Saturday from 2:00- 4:00pm. Pleasant Hill Branch Library, 211 E. William Cannon Dr.

A Christmas Carol- With a few twists on Charles Dickens’ classic tale, Scottish Rite Children’s Theatre presents A Christmas Carol. Written for young audiences with original music and songs by Michael McKelvey, the interactive play teaches the values of kindness and sharing. On Christmas Eve, Scrooge sits alone counting his cash and is visited by friendlier, funnier versions of the ghosts of Christmas Present, Past and Future. The ghosts show Scrooge the errors of his crotchety ways and help him make an overnight transformation from grouchy to grateful! A perfect holiday treat for children ages 2-Adult. Saturday, 10:00am and Sunday at 2:00pm. Tickets, $10 adults, $7 children. Scottish Rite Children’s Theatre, 207 W. 18th Street.

Sunday Morning Kid’s Show- Comedy, juggling and balancing the world on one wheel is what Connie Leaverton does best. Come enjoy the fun and antics of an international performer who brings miles of smiles across the world and to Austin Ruta Maya! FREE!! Sunday, 10:30am. Ruta Maya Coffee Shop, 3601 S. Congress Avenue.

Catherine Prystup
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