Weekly Planner Extended: December 21 – January 3, 2016

Welcome to Holiday Break, 2015! We’ve put together an extended planner as we’ll be taking a little time off to spend with our friends and family. Happy Holidays!

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Mozart’s Light Show – 6 p.m., Gather friends and family to watch one of the best light shows in Austin. The 12-minute long celebration happens on the deck and has holiday music to get everyone into the festive spirit. FREE! Mozart’s Coffee Roasters, 3825 Lake Austin Blvd.

Whole Foods Ice Skating on the Plaza - 10 a.m. – 9 p.m., Tickets are $10 and include skate rental. Whole Foods, 525 N. Lamar Blvd.

Alamo Kid’s Camp: Annie – Multiple times and locations. Kids Camp is an affordable way for families to watch great films together all summer.  Choose your own ticket price – $1-$3 and buy your tickets online to reserve your seats in advance.  100% of ticket sales are donated to local nonprofits working to make our community a better place.  Please, no infants at Kids Camp (but bring them along on Baby Day).  Regular no talking/texting policies apply and noisy families may be asked to leave.

Omni Barton Creek Resort & Spa Holiday Lights and Ice - December 18- January 6, various times (Grand Opening on December 18, 6:30 p.m.). Join us for our 6th Annual Holiday Lights & Ice event benefiting Make-A-Wish® Central & South Texas. Get in the holiday spirit with skating on our indoor ice rink that overlooks the scenic hill country that is accompanied by a display of twinkling lights and festive activities for the whole family to enjoy. Holiday-inspired treats and hot beverages will be served along with ornament and gingerbread cookie decorating in Santa’s Workshop. Christmas comes to life at the Grand Opening of our Holiday Lights & Ice season on December 18 at 6:30 pm with a special Winter Wonderland on Ice production by Ice Couture, featuring international dancers Kristen Nardozzi and Nick Traxler and Austin’s very own Chaparral Ice skaters. Enjoy a very special opportunity to take the ice with Santa Claus during our first skating session beginning at 7:00 pm. The ice rink is open to the public. Omni Barton Creek Resort & Spa, 8212 Barton Club Drive.

Monday, December 21, 2015

Mr. Will’s Music Class at Whole Foods Kid’s Club (Bee Cave) – 10 a.m., Mr. Will plays classics, covers and original music. Kids can dance and sing to their hearts delight! Come early as seats fill up fast. FREE! Whole Foods, 12601 Hill Country Blvd., Bee Cave.

40th Annual Armadillo Christmas Bazaar  – 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily.  Hot music, fine art, and cold beer make the Armadillo Christmas Bazaar the place where Austin shops in the giving season. The show is actually two events in one: an art fair and music festival with a vibrant community-driven vibe. Visitors can explore an amazing array of handmade items from 160+ artists while enjoying live local music and sips from a full bar. On exhibit will be everything from statement-making collectible pieces to modestly priced stocking stuffers. While Texas artists predominate, there are a select few carefully chosen from around the country. The Armadillo stage showcases some of Austin’s favorite musical talent, with live, intimate performances at least three times a day. Featured musicians range from new and emerging stars to local legends, to Grammy winners. Admission: $8. Palmer Event Center, 900 Barton Springs Road.

Gingerbread Workshops at Thinkery – various times and availability. Gingerbread Workshops celebrate creative families in a fun and festive atmosphere. These hour-long workshops provide everything needed to build and decorate a gingerbread house to take home and enjoy. Workshop participants are welcome to explore the Thinkery and play with friends afterward. The Thinkery, 1830 Simond Avenue.

Storytime with Dr. Candra 11:00 am. Dr. Candra will captivate your children with stories, songs, dances, and games. FREE! Brilliant Sky Toys and Books, 701 S Capital of Texas Hwy, Ste D-480.

Tuba Christmas – noon. 2015 is the 42nd anniversary for TUBACHRISTMAS concerts/events, which are presented throughout the world. Watch a special tuba concert on the south steps of the Texas State Capitol Building. FREE! Texas State Capitol Building, 1100 Congress Avenue.

Make it Sweet’s Gingerbread Workshops – 1 & 2:30 p.m., The Capital Confectioners Cake Club is holding a Gingerbread Decorating Workshop at Make It Sweet. The house will already be assembled and there will be lots of fun sweet edibles to use for decorations as well as icing and more. The cost is $30 per house. Club members will be on hand to give decorating pointers, tips and tricks. Make it a family event and come in to decorate a gingerbread house together to display for the holidays. Since seating is limited a maximum of 4 people can work on 1 house together. All proceeds will benefit Capital Confectioners Cake Club. Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. Space is limited so register in advance to reserve your time. Make It Sweet, 9070 Research Blvd., Suite 203.

Ballet Austin’s The Nutcraker – 2:00 p.m., From the scrumptious sets and costumes to all of the colorful characters and Divertissements you love, Ballet Austin’s The Nutcracker is the longest-running production of the seasonal classic in Texas. Stephen Mills’ take on this timeless tale features a cast of hundreds of dancers, including the charming and talented students from the prestigious Ballet Austin Academy who share the spotlight with our professional company of artists. Celebrate the magic of the holidays by experiencing this sweet treat with your family and friends. Featuring live accompaniment by Austin Symphony Orchestra. Long Center for Performing Arts, 701 W. Riverside Drive.

Winter Solstice Lantern Parade5-8 p.m., Minor Mishap Marching Band invites you to join us under the dark Solstice sky in a PARADE OF LIGHT! Let’s gather on the shortest day of the year to celebrate light, darkness, music, community, nature and other things of general awesomeness. Also, let’s party down and shake our booties! It’s (finally) getting (slightly) cold around here: time to shake that thang and warm up. Please make a lantern to carry in the parade! and make some lanterns with your kiddos! The beauty of this event is created by YOU!  FREE!

Austin Trail of Lights – Running through December 22, from 7-10 p.m. nightly. Visit the AustinTrail of Lights and take a spin under the Zilker Tree! Kids will enjoy an interactive kids’ area, photo opportunities, visit with Santa, delicious food and more. Zilker Tree on display nightly.  General admission is FREE from December 8-15, and only $3 for ages 12+ from December 16-22. Zilker Park, 2100 Barton Springs Road.

Round Rock’s Rock ‘N Lights  Holiday Light Tour & Christmas Towne – 6-10 p.m., Sunday through Thursday, 6-10 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays.  Experience the fourth annual event featuring all new displays and a bigger and brighter Christmas Towne at the Old Settlers Association and Dell Diamond parking lot. Rock’N Lights is a drive-through light show that features thousands of sparkling lights through Old Settlers Park. With 2 million lights, the 1.5-mile path is the must-see event of the season. The 2015 show features a longer light tunnel.  Cost: $15 per car. Old Settlers Park, 3300 Palm Valley Blvd., Round Rock.

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Whole Foods Kid’s Club – 9:30 a.m., Looking for something fun and free to do with the kids? Come to Kids Club every Tuesday at 9:30 am! We’ll have different crafts and/or story time each week.Appropriate for ages 2-5yrs old. Story-time is held in our community room upstairs (to the left of the elevators/stairway) and parental supervision is requested. FREE! Whole Foods Domain, 11920 Domain Drive.

Free Admission to Contemporary Austin at Laguna Gloria - 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Visit the exhibits and the grounds of the Contemporary Austin at Laguna Gloria for FREE! The Contemporary Austin, Laguna Gloria, 3809 West 35th Street.

40th Annual Armadillo Christmas Bazaar  – 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily.  Hot music, fine art, and cold beer make the Armadillo Christmas Bazaar the place where Austin shops in the giving season. The show is actually two events in one: an art fair and music festival with a vibrant community-driven vibe. Visitors can explore an amazing array of handmade items from 160+ artists while enjoying live local music and sips from a full bar. On exhibit will be everything from statement-making collectible pieces to modestly priced stocking stuffers. While Texas artists predominate, there are a select few carefully chosen from around the country. The Armadillo stage showcases some of Austin’s favorite musical talent, with live, intimate performances at least three times a day. Featured musicians range from new and emerging stars to local legends, to Grammy winners. Admission: $8. Palmer Event Center, 900 Barton Springs Road.

Baby Day at The Alamo Drafthouse –  Movies before 2 p.m. The lights are up a bit, the sound is down a bit so moms and dads can head to the movies without the babies even knowing that they were at the movies. Infants are welcome to these shows, and of course, are allowed in for free. Take some time for yourself, pack up the kids, and head out to the Alamo Drafthouse for some much needed entertainment! Regular admission applies. Please note: Baby day is only on Tuesdays at the Alamo Village, Alamo South Lamar, Alamo Lakeline and Alamo Slaughter Lane.

Winter Catalog Storytime – 10:30 a.m., Every year we create a wonderful catalog that contains all of the books we think that you’ll love. BookKids is especially selective when it come to picking out the best — and this year is no exception! We’ll be reading Everyone Loves Bacon along with other catalog picks! FREE! BookPeople, 603 N. Lamar Blvd.

Make it Sweet’s Gingerbread Workshops – various times available. The Capital Confectioners Cake Club is holding a Gingerbread Decorating Workshop at Make It Sweet. The house will already be assembled and there will be lots of fun sweet edibles to use for decorations as well as icing and more. The cost is $30 per house. Club members will be on hand to give decorating pointers, tips and tricks. Make it a family event and come in to decorate a gingerbread house together to display for the holidays. Since seating is limited a maximum of 4 people can work on 1 house together. All proceeds will benefit Capital Confectioners Cake Club. Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. Space is limited so register in advance to reserve your time. Make It Sweet, 9070 Research Blvd., Suite 203.

Gingerbread Workshops at Thinkery – various times and availability. Gingerbread Workshops celebrate creative families in a fun and festive atmosphere. These hour-long workshops provide everything needed to build and decorate a gingerbread house to take home and enjoy. Workshop participants are welcome to explore the Thinkery and play with friends afterward. The Thinkery, 1830 Simond Avenue.

Ballet Austin’s The Nutcraker – 2:00 p.m., From the scrumptious sets and costumes to all of the colorful characters and Divertissements you love, Ballet Austin’s The Nutcracker is the longest-running production of the seasonal classic in Texas. Stephen Mills’ take on this timeless tale features a cast of hundreds of dancers, including the charming and talented students from the prestigious Ballet Austin Academy who share the spotlight with our professional company of artists. Celebrate the magic of the holidays by experiencing this sweet treat with your family and friends. Featuring live accompaniment by Austin Symphony Orchestra. Long Center for Performing Arts, 701 W. Riverside Drive.

Crafternoon – 3:30 p.m., Drop by the library and make a craft while you search for books, movies and music. We’ve got paper crafts, easy sewing and more fun projects for the whole family. We provide the supplies; you provide the creativity. FREE! Austin Public Library, Howson Branch.

Crafternoon - 4 p.m., Drop by the library and make a craft while you search for books, movies and music. We’ve got paper crafts, easy sewing and more fun projects for the whole family. We provide the supplies; you provide the creativity. FREE! Austin Public Library, Terrazas Branch.

Round Rock’s Rock ‘N Lights  Holiday Light Tour & Christmas Towne – 6-10 p.m., Sunday through Thursday, 6-10 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays.  Experience the fourth annual event featuring all new displays and a bigger and brighter Christmas Towne at the Old Settlers Association and Dell Diamond parking lot. Rock’N Lights is a drive-through light show that features thousands of sparkling lights through Old Settlers Park. With 2 million lights, the 1.5-mile path is the must-see event of the season. The 2015 show features a longer light tunnel.  Cost: $15 per car. Old Settlers Park, 3300 Palm Valley Blvd., Round Rock.

Austin Trail of Lights – Running through December 22, from 7-10 p.m. nightly. Visit the AustinTrail of Lights and take a spin under the Zilker Tree! Kids will enjoy an interactive kids’ area, photo opportunities, visit with Santa, delicious food and more. Zilker Tree on display nightly.  General admission is FREE from December 8-15, and only $3 for ages 12+ from December 16-22. Zilker Park, 2100 Barton Springs Road.

A Christmas Carol at ZACH Theatre7:30 p.m., The most popular show in ZACH’s history returns to rock in the holidays! ZACH’s fresh take on A Christmas Carol features three soulful Ghosts making a joyful noise, while moving our hearts with the Cratchit family’s love and Ebenezer Scrooge’s miraculous transformation. New hit songs and reimagined carols create an infectious spirit that has you dancing in the aisles. ZACH’s inspired adaptation of Charles Dickens’ beloved classic juxtaposes a traditional Victorian setting and gorgeous period costumes, with a modern musical score that spans genres and eras. Come celebrate the season in true ZACH style with this new Austin holiday tradition! ZACH Theatre, 202 S. Lamar Blvd.

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Whole Foods Kid’s Club – 9:30 a.m., Join us each Wednesday for Kids Club with Kiely! She’ll be reading a different story and hosting crafts each week. FREE! Whole Foods, 525 N. Lamar Blvd.

40th Annual Armadillo Christmas Bazaar  – 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily.  Hot music, fine art, and cold beer make the Armadillo Christmas Bazaar the place where Austin shops in the giving season. The show is actually two events in one: an art fair and music festival with a vibrant community-driven vibe. Visitors can explore an amazing array of handmade items from 160+ artists while enjoying live local music and sips from a full bar. On exhibit will be everything from statement-making collectible pieces to modestly priced stocking stuffers. While Texas artists predominate, there are a select few carefully chosen from around the country. The Armadillo stage showcases some of Austin’s favorite musical talent, with live, intimate performances at least three times a day. Featured musicians range from new and emerging stars to local legends, to Grammy winners. Admission: $8. Palmer Event Center, 900 Barton Springs Road.

Gingerbread Workshops at Thinkery – various times and availability. Gingerbread Workshops celebrate creative families in a fun and festive atmosphere. These hour-long workshops provide everything needed to build and decorate a gingerbread house to take home and enjoy. Workshop participants are welcome to explore the Thinkery and play with friends afterward. The Thinkery, 1830 Simond Avenue.

Make it Sweet’s Gingerbread Workshops – various times available. The Capital Confectioners Cake Club is holding a Gingerbread Decorating Workshop at Make It Sweet. The house will already be assembled and there will be lots of fun sweet edibles to use for decorations as well as icing and more. The cost is $30 per house. Club members will be on hand to give decorating pointers, tips and tricks. Make it a family event and come in to decorate a gingerbread house together to display for the holidays. Since seating is limited a maximum of 4 people can work on 1 house together. All proceeds will benefit Capital Confectioners Cake Club. Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. Space is limited so register in advance to reserve your time. Make It Sweet, 9070 Research Blvd., Suite 203.

Story Time with CJ the Explorer – 12:30 p.m., Join CJ. the Explorer for her Award Winning Story Time, featuring songs and sign language. Then stay and play in our free Play Zone full of hand-picked toys from around the world! FREE! All Things Kids @ The Domain, 3220 Feathergrass Court.

Ballet Austin’s The Nutcraker – 2:00 p.m., From the scrumptious sets and costumes to all of the colorful characters and Divertissements you love, Ballet Austin’s The Nutcracker is the longest-running production of the seasonal classic in Texas. Stephen Mills’ take on this timeless tale features a cast of hundreds of dancers, including the charming and talented students from the prestigious Ballet Austin Academy who share the spotlight with our professional company of artists. Celebrate the magic of the holidays by experiencing this sweet treat with your family and friends. Featuring live accompaniment by Austin Symphony Orchestra. Long Center for Performing Arts, 701 W. Riverside Drive.

Family Movie (Cedar Park) – 2:30-4 p.m., Enjoy a FREE screening of Inside Out. Cedar Park Public Library, 550 Discovery Blvd.

Community Night at The Thinkery - 4-8 p.m.,  Admission is by donation only. Entry is based on a first come, first served basis. The Thinkery, 1830 Simond Avenue.

Krispy Kreme Family Night – 6-8 p.m., Kids can decorate one FREE doughnut each, plus enjoy crafts and more. Krispy Kreme, 701 E Stassney Lane and 12586 Research Blvd, Austin.

Round Rock’s Rock ‘N Lights  Holiday Light Tour & Christmas Towne – 6-10 p.m., Sunday through Thursday, 6-10 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays.  Experience the fourth annual event featuring all new displays and a bigger and brighter Christmas Towne at the Old Settlers Association and Dell Diamond parking lot. Rock’N Lights is a drive-through light show that features thousands of sparkling lights through Old Settlers Park. With 2 million lights, the 1.5-mile path is the must-see event of the season. The 2015 show features a longer light tunnel.  Cost: $15 per car. Old Settlers Park, 3300 Palm Valley Blvd., Round Rock.

A Christmas Carol at ZACH Theatre7:30 p.m., The most popular show in ZACH’s history returns to rock in the holidays! ZACH’s fresh take on A Christmas Carol features three soulful Ghosts making a joyful noise, while moving our hearts with the Cratchit family’s love and Ebenezer Scrooge’s miraculous transformation. New hit songs and reimagined carols create an infectious spirit that has you dancing in the aisles. ZACH’s inspired adaptation of Charles Dickens’ beloved classic juxtaposes a traditional Victorian setting and gorgeous period costumes, with a modern musical score that spans genres and eras. Come celebrate the season in true ZACH style with this new Austin holiday tradition! ZACH Theatre, 202 S. Lamar Blvd.

Thursday, December 24, 2015

Gingerbread Workshops at Thinkery – various times and availability. Gingerbread Workshops celebrate creative families in a fun and festive atmosphere. These hour-long workshops provide everything needed to build and decorate a gingerbread house to take home and enjoy. Workshop participants are welcome to explore the Thinkery and play with friends afterward. The Thinkery, 1830 Simond Avenue.Advertisement
Free Admission at The Blanton – 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., Thursdays are free to the public. FREE! Blanton Museum of Art, 200 E Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Austin.AdvertisementAdvertisement

40th Annual Armadillo Christmas Bazaar  – 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily.  Hot music, fine art, and cold beer make the Armadillo Christmas Bazaar the place where Austin shops in the giving season. The show is actually two events in one: an art fair and music festival with a vibrant community-driven vibe. Visitors can explore an amazing array of handmade items from 160+ artists while enjoying live local music and sips from a full bar. On exhibit will be everything from statement-making collectible pieces to modestly priced stocking stuffers. While Texas artists predominate, there are a select few carefully chosen from around the country. The Armadillo stage showcases some of Austin’s favorite musical talent, with live, intimate performances at least three times a day. Featured musicians range from new and emerging stars to local legends, to Grammy winners. Admission: $8. Palmer Event Center, 900 Barton Springs Road.

Round Rock’s Rock ‘N Lights  Holiday Light Tour & Christmas Towne – 6-10 p.m., Sunday through Thursday, 6-10 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays.  Experience the fourth annual event featuring all new displays and a bigger and brighter Christmas Towne at the Old Settlers Association and Dell Diamond parking lot. Rock’N Lights is a drive-through light show that features thousands of sparkling lights through Old Settlers Park. With 2 million lights, the 1.5-mile path is the must-see event of the season. The 2015 show features a longer light tunnel.  Cost: $15 per car. Old Settlers Park, 3300 Palm Valley Blvd., Round Rock.

Friday, December 25, 2015

Round Rock’s Rock ‘N Lights  Holiday Light Tour & Christmas Towne – 6-9 p.m., Sunday through Thursday, 6-10 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays.  Experience the fourth annual event featuring all new displays and a bigger and brighter Christmas Towne at the Old Settlers Association and Dell Diamond parking lot. Rock’N Lights is a drive-through light show that features thousands of sparkling lights through Old Settlers Park. With 2 million lights, the 1.5-mile path is the must-see event of the season. The 2015 show features a longer light tunnel.  Cost: $15 per car. Old Settlers Park, 3300 Palm Valley Blvd., Round Rock.

A Christmas Carol at ZACH Theatre7:30 p.m., The most popular show in ZACH’s history returns to rock in the holidays! ZACH’s fresh take on A Christmas Carol features three soulful Ghosts making a joyful noise, while moving our hearts with the Cratchit family’s love and Ebenezer Scrooge’s miraculous transformation. New hit songs and reimagined carols create an infectious spirit that has you dancing in the aisles. ZACH’s inspired adaptation of Charles Dickens’ beloved classic juxtaposes a traditional Victorian setting and gorgeous period costumes, with a modern musical score that spans genres and eras. Come celebrate the season in true ZACH style with this new Austin holiday tradition! ZACH Theatre, 202 S. Lamar Blvd.

Saturday, December 26, 2015

Free Crafts for Kids – 11 a.m. – 3 p.m., Kids ages 3 and up can make Happy New Year Glasses. FREE! Lakeshore Learning Center,  9828 Great Hills Trail.

Christmas Carol at ZACH Theatre2:30 & 7:30 p.m., The most popular show in ZACH’s history returns to rock in the holidays! ZACH’s fresh take on A Christmas Carol features three soulful Ghosts making a joyful noise, while moving our hearts with the Cratchit family’s love and Ebenezer Scrooge’s miraculous transformation. New hit songs and reimagined carols create an infectious spirit that has you dancing in the aisles. ZACH’s inspired adaptation of Charles Dickens’ beloved classic juxtaposes a traditional Victorian setting and gorgeous period costumes, with a modern musical score that spans genres and eras. Come celebrate the season in true ZACH style with this new Austin holiday tradition! ZACH Theatre, 202 S. Lamar Blvd.

Round Rock’s Rock ‘N Lights  Holiday Light Tour & Christmas Towne – 6-9 p.m., Sunday through Thursday, 6-10 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays.  Experience the fourth annual event featuring all new displays and a bigger and brighter Christmas Towne at the Old Settlers Association and Dell Diamond parking lot. Rock’N Lights is a drive-through light show that features thousands of sparkling lights through Old Settlers Park. With 2 million lights, the 1.5-mile path is the must-see event of the season. The 2015 show features a longer light tunnel.  Cost: $15 per car. Old Settlers Park, 3300 Palm Valley Blvd., Round Rock.

Sunday, December 27, 2015

A Christmas Carol at ZACH Theatre2:30 & 7:30 p.m., The most popular show in ZACH’s history returns to rock in the holidays! ZACH’s fresh take on A Christmas Carol features three soulful Ghosts making a joyful noise, while moving our hearts with the Cratchit family’s love and Ebenezer Scrooge’s miraculous transformation. New hit songs and reimagined carols create an infectious spirit that has you dancing in the aisles. ZACH’s inspired adaptation of Charles Dickens’ beloved classic juxtaposes a traditional Victorian setting and gorgeous period costumes, with a modern musical score that spans genres and eras. Come celebrate the season in true ZACH style with this new Austin holiday tradition! ZACH Theatre, 202 S. Lamar Blvd.

Monday, December 28, 2015

Mr. Will’s Music Class at Whole Foods Kid’s Club (Bee Cave) – 10 a.m., Mr. Will plays classics, covers and original music. Kids can dance and sing to their hearts delight! Come early as seats fill up fast. FREE! Whole Foods, 12601 Hill Country Blvd., Bee Cave.

Storytime with Dr. Candra 11:00 am. Dr. Candra will captivate your children with stories, songs, dances, and games. FREE! Brilliant Sky Toys and Books, 701 S Capital of Texas Hwy, Ste D-480.

Create Your Own: Fantastic Fossils - 11-11:45 a.m. and 1-1:45 p.m., Kids and families will make and take home their own artifacts in this art workshop. Each workshop features a short talk followed by hands-on art making. Ideal for families with children ages six and up, this experience is about 40 minutes in length. Rocks tell the story of Texas before humans were around. Learn about the ancient animals that once called Texas home and make your own fossil model to take home. Bullock Texas History Museum, 1800 Congress Ave.

Kickstart: Hour of Code (Pflugerville) – 1:30-2:30 p.m., We’ll use a tutorial from Code.org to learn how to use drag-drop blocks and JavaScript to build a Star Wars galaxy with code. Ages 8-12. Register online beginning December 15. FREE! Pflugerville Public Library, 1008 W. Pfluger St., Pflugerville.

Night Crafters Junior – 6 p.m., Recommended for ages 5-10. Enjoy kid-friendly crafts based on great picture books. FREE! Faulk Central Library, 800 Guadalupe Street.

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Whole Foods Kid’s Club – 9:30 a.m., Looking for something fun and free to do with the kids? Come to Kids Club every Tuesday at 9:30 am! We’ll have different crafts and/or story time each week.Appropriate for ages 2-5yrs old. Story-time is held in our community room upstairs (to the left of the elevators/stairway) and parental supervision is requested. FREE! Whole Foods Domain, 11920 Domain Drive.

Free Admission to Contemporary Austin at Laguna Gloria - 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Visit the exhibits and the grounds of the Contemporary Austin at Laguna Gloria for FREE! The Contemporary Austin, Laguna Gloria, 3809 West 35th Street.

Snowy Snowy Storytime – 10:30 a.m., Come yearn for wonderful wintry weather with a storytime celebrating the beautiful, blanketing allure of fresh snow. Come share the classic story Snow and other stories and make paper snowflakes to take home! FREE! BookPeople, 603 N. Lamar Blvd.

Baby Day at The Alamo Drafthouse –  Movies before 2 p.m. The lights are up a bit, the sound is down a bit so moms and dads can head to the movies without the babies even knowing that they were at the movies. Infants are welcome to these shows, and of course, are allowed in for free. Take some time for yourself, pack up the kids, and head out to the Alamo Drafthouse for some much needed entertainment! Regular admission applies. Please note: Baby day is only on Tuesdays at the Alamo Village, Alamo South Lamar, Alamo Lakeline and Alamo Slaughter Lane.

Create Your Own: Historic Writing Kit - 11-11:45 a.m. & 1-1:45 p.m., How did people write letters in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries with few supplies from the store? They made their own. In this workshop, you will make your own writing kit to take home. Kids and families will make and take home their own artifacts in this art workshop. Each workshop features a short talk followed by hands-on art making. Ideal for families with children ages six and up, this experience is about 40 minutes in length. Bullock Texas History Museum, 1800 Congress Ave.

Teen DIY: Gourmet Popcorn (Pflugerville) – 6:30-7:30 p.m., Learn how to make delicious gourmet popcorn. We’ll make chocolate caramel, honey butter, and more. Materials provided while supplies last. Ages 12-18. FREE! Pflugerville Public Library, 1008 W. Pfluger St., Pflugerville.

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Wild Card Storytime – 10:30 a.m., To close out an amazing year of new books, our storyteller will choose a selection of personal favorites to share. Prepare for anything. Who doesn’t love a surprise? FREE! BookPeople, 603 N. Lamar Blvd.

Create Your Own: La Belle Artifacts - 11 a.m. – noon and 1-1:45 p.m., Archaeologists uncovered almost two million artifacts on the ship La Belle. Learn about some of the most notable and make your own versions of some of the shipwreck’s most famous artifacts. Kids and families will make and take home their own artifacts in this art workshop. Each workshop features a short talk followed by hands-on art making. Ideal for families with children ages six and up, this experience is about 40 minutes in length. Bullock Texas History Museum, 1800 Congress Ave.

Story Time with CJ the Explorer – 12:30 p.m., Join CJ. the Explorer for her Award Winning Story Time, featuring songs and sign language. Then stay and play in our free Play Zone full of hand-picked toys from around the world! FREE! All Things Kids @ The Domain, 3220 Feathergrass Court.

Community Night at The Thinkery - 4-8 p.m.,  Admission is by donation only. Entry is based on a first come, first served basis. The Thinkery, 1830 Simond Avenue.

Krispy Kreme Family Night – 6-8 p.m., Kids can decorate one FREE doughnut each, plus enjoy crafts and more. Krispy Kreme, 701 E Stassney Lane and 12586 Research Blvd, Austin.

Thursday, December 31, 2015

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Noon Year Countdown Party – 10 a.m. – Noon. Party with Big Don and count down to the Noon Year with your kids! FREE! Springfree Trampoline in The Domain, 3220 Amy Donovan Plaza.

Free Admission at The Blanton – 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., Thursdays are free to the public. FREE! Blanton Museum of Art, 200 E Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Austin.AdvertisementAdvertisement

AdvertisementExplorer’s Club: Lego Lab (Cedar Park) – 3:30 p.m., Kids in grades K-5 will enjoy Lego free build at the library.  FREE! Cedar Park Public Library, 550 Discovery Blvd., Cedar Park.

Friday, January 1, 2016

Happy New Year!

New Year’s Day Polar Bear Splash – 10 a.m., Join us for the annual Polar Bear Splash at Barton Springs Pool on New Year’s Day. Save Our Springs will be set up with our commemorative shirts, coffee, and donuts! Don’t forget your warm clothes for when you get out. FREE! Barton Springs Pool, Zilker Park, Austin.

Saturday, January 2, 2016

Home Depot Kid’s Workshop: Kung Fu Panda Spinning Box9 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.

Family Storytime (Cedar Park) – 10-10:30 a.m., Family Storytime (all ages) lasts about 30 minutes.  Join us this week for special guest Mr. Will!  Dance and sing along to classic favorites as well as fun original songs. FREE! Cedar Park Public Library, 550 Discovery Blvd., Cedar Park.

Free Crafts for Kids – 11 a.m. – 3 p.m., Kids ages 3 and up can make a Silly Slithering Snake. FREE! Lakeshore Learning Center,  9828 Great Hills Trail.

Library Movie Matinee: The Minion Movie (Pflugerville) – 1:30-3:30 p.m., Enjoy a FREE movie at the library. Rated PG. Pflugerville Public Library, 1008 W. Pfluger St., Pflugerville.

Sunday, January 3, 2016

Bullock’s FREE First Sunday – Noon – 5 p.m., Enjoy FREE exhibit admission all day during Free First Sundays, held the first Sunday of every month, and family activities from 12 p.m. – 3 p.m. Explore the Story of Texas through three floors of exhibitions that showcase artifacts from around the state. Bullock Texas History Museum, 1800 Congress Ave.

Sunday Funday: Hot Air Balloons –  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. Museums don’t always have to be hands-off! Sunday Fundays at the Neill-Cochran House Museum feature historically-inspired activities for children, scavenger hunts in the historic house (a bit less hands-on, please!), and informal tours of the museum. Looking for that extra little bit of weekend time to come out and see something new? Between our spacious lawn and kid-friendly activities, we’re in it to offer a museum experience to folks of all ages and, (ahem!) attention spans. Come play! Walk-through tours of the house will also be available. Neill-Cochran House Museum, 2310 San Gabriel Street.

Catherine Prystup
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Catherine Prystup founded LiveMom.com out of a desire to build a better community for Austin-area moms. She has three children, ages seventeen, eight and three years old.

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