Happening All Weekend
Mozart’s Coffee Roasters Holiday Lights Display – Friday, Saturday and Sunday, starts at 6:00 p.m. and runs every hour until midnight. The show lasts fifteen minutes, but there is plenty of time before and afterwards to enjoy a hot chocolate or something from the dessert case. Mozart’s Coffee Roasters, 3825 Lake Austin Blvd.
Fifth Annual Holiday Lights & Ice – Friday, Saturday and Sunday, 9 a.m.–10:30 p.m. daily Get in the holiday spirit with ice skating, s’mores, twinkling lights and more. Lace up your skates, our rink is just steps away with a breathtaking Hill Country backdrop. Tickets and passes are sold in the lobby Coffee Market Shop. Omni Barton Creek Resort and Spa, 8212 Barton Club Dr.
Ice Skating at Whole Foods Downtown – Friday, Saturday, Sunday, from 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Skate on top of the world…well, at least on top of Whole Foods downtown. Cost: $10 per person, includes skate rental. 525 N Lamar, Austin.
Friday, January 2, 2015
Barnes and Noble Storytime (Round Rock)- 7 p.m. Enjoy two delightful new books about snow this evening: Blizzard by John Rocco and If It’s Snowy and You Know It, Clap Your Paws! by Kim Norman and Liza Woodruff. FREE! Barnes and Noble, La Frontera Village, 2701 Parker Road., Round Rock.
Saturday, January 3, 2015
Learn How to Make a Mini Sled at Home Depot- 9 a.m. to noon. Stop by your local Home Depot for this FREE hands-on workshop. These workshops, designed for kids age 5 to 12, teach children do-it-yourself skills and tool safety. All kids get to keep their craft, receive a FREE certificate of achievement, a Workshop Apron, and a commemorative pin.
Animal Mornings at Millie & Mox – 10 a.m. Tiny Tails to You Petting Zoo will bring chicks, chinchillas, bunnies, hedgehogs and more for children to hold. In the past, this event has been very popular, so expect a line. Millie & Mox Children’s Boutique, The Quinlan Crossing Shopping Center at Steiner Ranch, 5145 North RM 620, Suite B-110, Austin.
Special Storytime with Author Greg Foley- 11 a.m. Award-winning author of Thank You Bear Greg Foley will be here to read us two of his delightful picture books, Don’t Worry Bear and Willoughby and the Moon. After the stories, there will be a craft and Greg will sign copies of his books! FREE! BookPeople, 603 N. Lamar Blvd.
Sunday, January 4, 2015
Family Day at Umlauf Sculpture Garden- Join us for the free family fun in the New Year! 12:30 YOGA, 1:00 Story Time, 1:30 Sculpture Demo with Texas Society of Sculptors, 2:00 Music by Armstrong Community Music School, 2:30 Kakizome: the first calligraphy of the New Year presented by Japan-America Society of Greater Austin, All day: Design a calendar, Sculpture Safaris and MORE! There will also be drinks and treats for purchase from Elixer Coffee! FREE! Ulmauf Sculpture Garden, 605 Robert E. Lee Road.
Free First Sunday at Bullock Texas History Museum- Noon to 6 p.m. Enjoy FREE exhibit admission all day during Free First Sundays, held the first Sunday of every month. Families can explore the Story of Texas through three floors of exhibits that showcase artifacts from around the state. From noon to 3 p.m., kids can discover what its like to be an archaeologist. Find out what it took to uncover the ship La Belle through hands-on activities and art-making, perfect for families with kids ages five and up, and meet special guests from the Texas Historical Commission. Bullock Texas State History Museum, 1800 N. Congress Ave., Austin.
Afternoon in the Garden: Water World- 1 – 4 p.m. How do plants survive underwater? Discover the special traits of plants that grow inside the water world. Visit the smallest plant in the world and learn how fast it can cover a lake. Conduct experiments to see how water moves through our aquifer and our world. Family activity, free with Garden entry. Zilker Botanical Garden, 2220 Barton Springs Road.
Sunday Funday at the Neill-Cochran House Museum – 1-4 p.m. Every first Sunday of the month the Neill-Cochran House Museum will be open to the public for FREE from 1-4 p.m. Each Sunday will include an activity highlighting a theme that embodies both the history of Texas and the Neill-Cochran House Museum. The theme on January 4 is New Year’s Resolutions and Noisemakers. Walk-through tours of the house will also be available. Neill-Cochran House Museum, 2310 San Gabriel Street.