Friday Night Storytime- Join us for two delightful books this evening, Charlotte Jane Battles Bedtime by Myra Wolfe and Maria Monescillo and The World Champion of Staying Awake by Sean Taylor and Jimmy Liao. FREE!! Friday, 7:30pm. Barnes and Noble, La Frontera Village, 2701 Parker Road Bldg A Suite 700, Round Rock.
Ice Skating on the Plaza- Join us on the plaza for the only outdoor skating rink in downtown Austin, Texas! Due to popular demand, tickets for ice skating will be available only for day-of sessions and can be purchased at the Guest Services desk located at the southwest corner of the store located near the produce entrance. Tickets for all skating sessions, for all ages, are $10.00 each and include skate rentals. Daily through January 15, 2012 from 9:00am- 9:00pm. This is the last weekend! Whole Foods, 525 N. Lamar Blvd.
Live Music at Central Market- Enjoy live music for FREE while the kids have a chance to work off some energy on the playscape. Friday features the band Ghost Along the Brazos and Saturday, Carper Family Band. Friday and Saturday, 6:30- 9:00pm. Central Market, 4001 N. Lamar Blvd.
I Want My Hat Back Storytime- The bear’s hat is gone, and he wants it back. Patiently and politely, he asks the animals he comes across, one by one, whether they have seen it. Each animal says no, some more elaborately than others. Join us to find out if he ever finds his hat! FREE!! Saturday, 11:00am. Barnes and Noble, 10000 Research Blvd. in the Arboretum.
Lowe’s Build and Grow: Castle- A FREE do-it-yourself clinic for kids! Your child is sure to love this kit! This castle comes with stickers, paperboard cutouts and a working drawbridge! Saturday, 10:00am. All participating Lowe’s locations.
The Que Pastas Performance Storytime- The musical duo that is sweeping Austin with its groovy tunes & silly antics is stopping off at BookPeople for a little show! Come dance and cut loose with some of Austin’s most intriguing & goofy musicians for children, Que Pastas! FREE!! Saturday, 11:30am. BookPeople, 603 N. Lamar Blvd.
Hands on History: Chinese New Year- Celebrate the Chinese New Year by making your very own paper lantern. Compare our New Year’s traditions with others. FREE!! Open to children of all ages. Saturday, 10:00am- 2:00pm. The Williamson Museum, 716 S. Austin Avenue, Georgetown.
Disney Princess and Friends Craft Event-The Disney Store cordially invites you to come dressed as your favorite Princess for an enchanting sing-along and royal craft event. FREE!! Saturday, Session 1 – 10:30 am, Session 2 – 11:30 am , Session 3 – 12:30 pm. Must be 3 years of age. The Disney Store, Lakeline Mall, 11200 Lakeline Mall Drive, Cedar Park.
Architect’s of Air- A luminarium is a sculpture people enter to be moved to a sense of wonder at the beauty of light and colour. Since 1992, over 2 million visitors in 37 countries across 5 continents have immersed themselves in the spectacular, luminous world of Architects of Air. Visitors remove their shoes before entering an airlock. Once inside they can wander freely or just lay back and enjoy the ambience of the structure. The first reaction is often one of delight at the unexpected beauty of the light.
The radiance of the daylight transmitted by the colored pvc of the luminarium is surprising in its luminosity and makes a direct impact on the senses. Through labyrinthine tunnels and cavernous domes, visitors move in a medium of saturated and subtle hues. Vivid reflections of liquid color spill across the curved walls creating a world apart from the normal and everyday. Saturday and Sunday, 10:00am- 5:00pm. Tickets: $8. The Long Center for Performing Arts, 701 West Riverside Drive.
Family Storytime- Family Storytime is open to all ages. Come enjoy books, music and crafts with Miss Kit. Call 512-401-5634 for more details. FREE!! Saturday, 10:00am. Cedar Park Public Library, 600 N. Bell Blvd., Cedar Park.
GPS Adventure Hike- Learn the basics of Global Positioning System (GPS) navigation the fun way! Explore McKinney Roughs’ beautiful trails while searching for hidden waypoints. At each waypoint you’ll find a fun mental or physical task to complete. Work alone or in a team to complete tasks and score points. Prizes for first place! Pre-registration is required. Register online at www.lcra.org/outdoorprograms. Saturday, 10:00am- 1:00pm. Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. $8 per person. McKinney Roughs Nature Park.
Children’s Poetry Reading- Join us for a children’s poetry reading of poems inspired by El Anatsui: When I Last Wrote to You about Africa presented in partnership with Badgerdog Literary Publishing, the Austin-based, literary arts non-profit. After the reading, visit the exhibition and write a poem of your own to share with visitors to the museum. Saturday, 1:00-3:00pm. Event is included in regular museum admission. Children 12 and under are free. The Blanton Museum of Art, MLK and Congress Ave.
Decorating Class- Moms can get help getting organized while the kids stay busy with a craft activity that will help keep treasured mementos organized. FREE!! Saturday, 10:00am. Pottery Barn, find your participating location here.
Family Library Day: Leaf for a Leaf- Bring the family out to celebrate the Texas tree-planting season. Family Library Day will include entertainment and activities. Little ones will enjoy Mr. Tamarin’s Trees, a puppet show by Literature LIVE! There will be a Bonsai Craft program for teens and adults and altered book crafts for all ages presented by Recycled Reads. Snacks will also be provided. Saturday, 1:00- 3:00pm. FREE!! Twin Oaks Branch of the Austin Public Library, 1800 S. Fifth Street.
Crafts for Kids- Bring the kids, ages 3 and up, to make a Hand in Hand Flower! FREE!! Saturday, 11:00am- 3:00pm. Lakeshore Learning Store, 9828 Great Hills Trail.
Food-Free Family Storytime- Enjoy a reading activity that welcomes families with children of all ages to a fun environment that’s safe for individuals affected by food allergies.This interactive program includes a variety of activities such as books, fingerplays, music, movies, and puppets. FREE!! Saturday, 10:30am. Round Rock Public Library, 216 E. Main Street, Round Rock.
Second Saturday for Families: Found-Object Sculptures- Create a one-of-a-kind art piece with the help of local artist Steve Wiman. And after you meet the artist, be sure to check out his art on display in the galleries! Cost: $10 per family, $5 for member family. Saturday, Noon- 3:00pm. Austin Museum of Art at Laguna Gloria, 3809 West 35th Street.
Storytime- A weekend storytime for families with kids of all ages. FREE!! Saturday, 11:00am. Wells Branch Community Library, 15001 Wells Port Drive.
Kid Activities at Elgin Farmers Market- Mom’s can shop and the kids can get engaged in art! The activities are provided and supervised by the Elgin Arts Association and there it’s FREE! Saturday, 10:00am- 2:00pm. Elgin Main Street.
Storytime at Mitchie’s- Enjoy a FREE storytime and language featuring African-American folktales from 1:00-2:00pm every Saturday. Kids receive free refreshments, a free book and a 30% discount! Mitchie’s Gallery, 7801 N. Lamar Blvd., Bldg. B, Suite 148.
Sunday Morning Kids Show: Gypsy Geoff- Geoff Marsh — aka “Gypsy Geoff” — claims to be “on permanent vacation,” and yet he works most days of the year. Perhaps the line between Marsh’s work and play is blurry because he’s a professional magician, clown, mime, circus arts instructor and fire manipulator. FREE!! Sunday, 10:00am. Ruta Maya Coffee Shop, 3601 S. Congress Ave.
Sunday Storyime- Enjoy an all-ages, FREE storytime on Sunday at 1:00pm at Faulk Central Library, 800 Guadalupe Street.
Flying Theatre Machine: The Adventure Room- Sundays at the Hideout, Flying Theater Machine presents the only kid-oriented improv in Austin. The audience will help us with suggestions and sound effects, and a few lucky kids will even get to join us on stage. Tickets: $8. Sunday, 2:00pm. The Hideout Theater, 617 Congress Ave.
Ground Work Music Kids Show-Come out for coffee and FREE live music for the kids on Sunday at 10:30 am. Cherrywood Coffee Shop, 1400 E.381/2 Street.
Austin Nerd Cave Showcase- Racketeer Robot and Jen Hearts Art are joining forces to present the coolest collection of action-packed nerdy goodness in Austin! In short, we’re showing off all the cool stuff we’ve been hiding in our nerd caves for one night only, and you won’t want to miss it. Come enjoy the work of some of Central Texas’s finest indie comic creators, artists, illustrators, and vendors. Featuring live sketching, rad comic-themed merch, fine art, toys, a photo booth, and more! FREE!! Sunday, 6:00- 9:00pm. Tribe Comics and Games, 2919 Manchaca Road.
Family Dance Workshop: Mozart Symphony of Clouds- See excerpts from Ballet Austin’s Symphony of Clouds, the childhood story of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, and create your own choreography with the help of Ballet Austin dancers. Recommended for ages 3 to 10 years old and their family members. Minors must be accompanied by an adult. All attendees, regardless of age, must purchase a ticket. Sunday, 2:00- 3:30pm. Tickets: $10 per person. Ballet Austin, 501 West 3rd Street.
MLK Community March and Festival- Take part in the 19th Annual Community March that celebrates Dr. Martin Luther King’s legacy while uplifting diversity and multi-culturalism in our city. The MLK Community March kicks off on Monday, January 16, 2012 at 9 a.m. with a short program at the MLK Statue on the University of Texas campus. We will then march to the Capitol for Gospel music and then on to historic Huston-Tillotson University, where exciting activities are planned. The MLK Community Festival kicks off as soon the march arrives on location and will last until 3 p.m.; it will include all types of vendors and local musical artists to make this year’s celebration the best ever!