Looking for fun, family-friendly events this weekend? Check out our weekly roundup of activities to keep your family happy.
Happening All Weekend
East Austin Studio Tour (EAST) – Saturday, November 15 and Sunday, November 16, from 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. EAST is a massive, FREE show and tell for creatives taking place this weekend and next. This self-guided art show features over 400 stops, located east of IH-35, west of 183, south of 290, and north of Lady Bird Lake. Unlike seeing a traditional art show in a museum, many EAST stops allow you to get an insider’s look into the creative process and materials used to create all types of works of art. For the scoop on how to enjoy EAST with kids in tow, head over here.
A Year With Frog and Toad- Saturday, November 15 at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. and Sunday, November 16 at 2 p.m.and 4:30 p.m. Arnold Lobel’s well-loved characters hop from the page to the stage in this Tony-nominated musical. Follow two great friends waking from hibernation, planting gardens, raking leaves, sledding and learning life lessons along the way. Part vaudeville, part make believe, all charm, A Year With Frog and Toad tells the story of a friendship that endures, weathering all seasons. ZACH Theatre, 202 S. Lamar Blvd, Austin. Enter to win a family four pack of tickets here!
Amber and Nick Radio Hour- Saturday, November 15 at 11 a.m. and Sunday, November 16 at 12:30 p.m. 12 year old Amber and brother Nick present a highly interactive, golden age radio show with vintage music, dance, commercials, foley sound table and zany characters, all performed live with help from a studio audience of families and kids. Come make sound effects with Outlaw Jack, play the drums for Jungle Joe, dance the Charleston like Daisy Mae, board the time machine with Johnny Angel and be ready to shout and cheer when the applause sign lights up. Cost: FREE on November 15, $6 per child, $10 per adult. Scottish Rite Theater, 207 W. 18th Street.
Free Music for Kids at Cherrywood Coffeehouse – Saturday, November 15 and Sunday, November 16 at 10 a.m. On Saturday, enjoy a sing-along with Music Forever Music Together. On Sunday, see children’s performer Staci Gray! FREE! Cherrywood Coffeehouse, 1400 East 38th 1/2 Street, Austin.
Fossil Fest (Round Rock) - Saturday, November 15 and Sunday, November 16, from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Learn about the fossils in your backyard! The Paleontological Society of Austin is sponsoring the 24th Annual Fossil Fest at Old Settlers Association Headquarters in Round Rock. Admission to Fossil Fest is $3 for adults, $2 for students, and FREE for children under 6. Tickets may be purchased at the door on the day of event. Cash only. Old Settlers Association Headquarters, 3300 Palm Valley Blvd. (intersection of Hwy. 79 & Harrell Pkwy., next to the Dell Diamond), Round Rock.
Halo Happy Hour – Friday, November 14 from 4-6:00 p.m. Enjoy game play of Halo: Combat Evolved. The first 80 individuals will receive a Halo branded fanny pack. Donut Holes and drinks will be available. Additionally, a Microsoft associate will teach you to draw Master Chief himself from 4:30 – 5:00. FREE! Microsoft Store at The Domain, 3309 Esperanza Crossing, Ste 104, Austin.
Sweetness Bakery Grand Opening – Saturday, November 15, from 7 a.m. – 7 p.m. Enjoy complimentary refreshments, mini cupcakes, and tours of the bakery. Children 12 and under can decorate their own cupcake with a variety of sweet toppings. FREE! Sweetness Bakery, 3742 Far West Blvd, Ste 106, Austin.
Kidgits Club Holiday Celebration (Cedar Park) – Saturday, November 15, from 8-10 a.m. Santa Claus is coming to Lakeline Mall! Children are invited to officially welcome jolly Ol’ Saint Nick and his elves to Lakeline Mall during the Kidgits Club Holiday Celebration. The morning of festivities will feature family-friendly holiday crafts and a special story read by Father Christmas himself. After meeting everyone on the nice list, Santa will return to his throne in Winter Wonderland, where he will continue to pose for photos and listen to holiday wishes through Christmas Eve. FREE for Kidgits Club members ($5 for annual membership). Lakeline Mall, 11200 Lakeline Mall Drive, Cedar Park.
Pfall Pfest Craft Show (Pflugerville) – Saturday, November 15, from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. It’s the best place in town to start your holiday shopping or find those one-of-a-kind items for a special friend. Handcrafted items, baked goods, jewelry and glassware are just a few of the unique gift items to choose from. Shop right through lunch as food proceeds benefit the Senior Activity programs. Food is available for purchase. Admission is FREE. Pflugerville Rec Center, 400 Immanuel Rd, Pflugerville.
MamaCents Children’s Consignment Sale - Saturday, November 15, from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Find maternity clothes, newborn to size youth 16 clothes, Juniors, boutique clothing, top brands, strollers, gear, toys, books, and shoes! You can also find toys for boys and girls from infant through school aged. Admission is FREE! Frank Fickett Center, 12500 N IH 35, Austin.
International Games Day (Round Rock)- Saturday, November 15, from 10 a.m.- 5 p.m.Play begins at 10 a.m. and continues until 5 p.m. All ages are welcome to this FREE event. Schedule: 10 to 4 p.m. — Board games in gallery; 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 3 to 5 p.m. — Video games and Scratch & Minecraft on Raspberry Pi in Meeting Room C; 2 p.m. — Magician Rob Tarry in Meeting Room C. Round Rock Public Library, 216 E. Main Street, Round Rock.
Artreach Fair Trade Gift Fair - Saturday, November 15, from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. The Artreach Fair Trade Gift Fair is a fun, family-friendly international holiday bazaar where you can find beautifully handcrafted toys, jewelry, coffee, and bags to give to everyone on your list. At the same time, you can give opportunity, encouragement and joy to hardworking artisans throughout the world. Admission is FREE! Westover Hills Church, 8332 Mesa Dr., Austin.
Jungle Jill and the Jaybirds – Saturday, November 15 at 10 a.m. FREE show for kids! Environmentally social learning and sing-along songs! Strange Brew, Lounge Side, 5326 Manchaca Road, Austin.
Acton Academy North Children’s Business Fair (Round Rock) - Saturday, November 15, from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. The one-day Business Fair is a culmination of ideas and hard work from great young minds. Kids develop a brand, create a product or service, build a marketing strategy, and then open for customers at this one-day marketplace. Admission is FREE. Acton Academy North, 22A Chisholm Trail, Round Rock.
little east - Saturday, November 15, from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. See a collaborative art exhibit, be a part of art in the garden and listen to family-friendly music performed by students and the Groundwork Music Project. FREE! Blackshear Elementary Fine Arts Academy, 1712 E. 11th St., Austin.
Trash Puppet Musical- Saturday, November 15 at noon. “Trash” is a puppet musical presented by Puppet Improv Project of Austin that tells a monster lesson for kids (and their adults) to reduce, reuse, and recycle. The story begins with a harmless compost pile that feeds off the city’s thoughtless waste. It quickly morphs into a monster trash heap that threatens to consume everything. Only when the city learns to manage their monster-sized waste problems do they regain control and rescue their citizens. This feel-good musical with original songs is created through the collaborative efforts of producer/director Sara Farr, writer/actor Joel Ausanka, and composer Ammon Taylor. Cost: $15 for adults, $12 for children. One World Theatre, 7701 Bee Caves Road.
R. L. Stine Speaking and Signing – Saturday, November 15, from 12-2 p.m. Be afraid. Be very afraid. R. L. Stine, master of terror for readers old and young, is coming to BookPeople with the first new book in his legendary Fear Street series in almost two decades. The speaking portion of this event is FREE and open to the public. Tickets are required for the signing and only available with the purchase of a copy of Party Games from BookPeople. BookPeople, 603 N Lamar, Austin.
Japanese Fall Festival - Saturday, November 15, from 12-4 p.m. Take in an afternoon of Taiko drums, Japanese traditional and festive dance, traditional musical instruments, the beauty of the Chanoyu ceremony, Japanese martial arts, and Okinawan traditional dance! Visitors will enjoy a range of Japanese food and sweets, art and Japanese goods, a Yukata booth, calligraphy, hands-on origami, Japanese games and entertainment. FREE for children under 18; $5 for non-members. O. Henry Middle School, 2610 W 10th St, Austin.
Center for Creative Action Grand Opening - Saturday, November 15, from 1-4 p.m. Celebrate the grand opening of the Center for Creative Action with activities for all ages! Create a work of art, join in on the drums, act out a character in the photo booth, watch student films, or learn a new craft! FREE snacks and drinks for kids, teens, and adults. This event is FREE and open to the public. Center for Creative Action, 2921 E 17th St, Bldg B, Austin.
Starlight Symphony Orchestra (Kyle) – Saturday, November 15 at 7 p.m. Enjoy a small ensemble performance of tranquil musical scores. FREE! Hays Performing Arts Center, 979 Kohler’s Krossing, Kyle.
Stargazing in Austin- Saturday, November 15, from 7-9 p.m. Explore our atmosphere like never before. Come learn about space and enjoy the view from our giant telescopes. Cost: $5 per family member. Camacho Activity Center, 35 Robert Martinez Jr. Street, Austin.
Family Dance Workshop: The Nutcracker- workshops engage children and adults of all ages and levels of dance experience with excerpts from the latest Ballet Austin production. Ballet Austin dancers lead groups in movement exercises to learn short pieces of choreography that build understanding of and appreciation for techniques essential to the production. There’s fun for everyone involved whether you’re moving on the stage or interacting from your seat! Recommended for children 3 to 12 years old and their family members. Cost: $10 per person, $5 person. Each group of children must be accompanied by at least one adult inside the theater. Ballet Austin’s AustinVentures StudioTheatere, 501 W. 3rd St., Austin.
ImprovEd Shakespeare Presents Shakespeare for Kids by Kids in Henry IV (Part 1) - Sunday, November 16 at 5:30 p.m. (Pre-show at 5 p.m.) Frustrated with your parents? So was Prince Harry. Only his dad was King. Join a troupe of youth players as they share the story of Henry before he became Henry V. Filled with breathless stage fights, clown-like antics and one irate kid. A perfect introduction to Shakespeare. Boyd Vance Theater, George Washington Carver Museum, 1165 Angelina Street, Austin.
Frozen Party on Ice – Sunday, November 16, from 1-4 p.m. Back by popular demand, Chaparral Ice is hosting another Frozen-themed public session, presented this time by Stars Austin Fsc! This event features performances by Olaf and Elsa, meet and greets with the Frozen characters (bring your own camera–photos available for $2 donation), treats, and free frozen yogurt coupons, while supplies last. Arrive early… this event will be a huge hit, and there are only so many rental skates available! The event is FREE for anyone who would like to attend to view the skating exhibitions. Anyone who wants to skate will need to pay regular admission prices ($6 ages 6+ plus $4 skate rental, or $5 ages 5 and under including rental). Chaparral Ice, Northcross Mall, 2525 W Anderson Lane, Austin.