The Weekenders: Events for Austin Families, November 30- December 2, 2012

Anderson High School Orchestra Performance- Join us as we celebrate the Anderson High Orchestra with a Bookfair to ring in the holidays. They will perform holiday favorites in our upstairs mezzanine.This event will truly get us in the spirit of the holidays. FREE!! Friday, 7:00pm. Barnes and Noble, 10000 Research Blvd. in the Arboretum.

Georgetown Christmas Stroll- Bring the family and walk through a Bethlehem Village, watch a hometown holiday parade, enjoy live entertainment, sample tempting treats in the food court and browse 200 arts and crafts booths!  Children will love the various activities and rides in Whoo-Village! Have a chat with Santa!  FREE admission. Friday, 6:00 – 9:00pm and Saturday, 9:00am – 8:00pm. Historic Downtown Square in Georgetown.

Horse Drawn Carriage Rides at The Domain I and II – Complimentary horse drawn carriage rides (tips accepted) on Fridays and Saturdays through the holiday season. Go to Macy’s or Dillard’s for pickup.. FREE!! The Domain, 11410 Century Oaks Terrace, Austin.

Whole Foods Ice Skating on the Plaza- Join us for ice skating on the Plaza from 11:00 am until 8:00 pm daily at the Lamar store location on the Plaza. The cost per person is $10. Listen to music, sip cocoa, or buy a cup of soup. Enjoy the season with us. Whole Foods, 525 N. Lamar Blvd.

Central Market North LamarLive music and dancing, oh my!  This is a great spot for parents to enjoy music while letting their kids burn some energy on the playground.  There are also ducks to feed in the nearby pond.  Here is the lineup of FREE entertainment.

  • Friday,  6:30 – 9:00pm- Bordertown Bottleggers- Armed with the music of the legendary bands of Speedy West, Jimmy Bryant, Billy Jack Wills, The Texas Troubadors, and Spade Cooley, the Bordertown Bootlegers set out to blaze a new trail in Western Swing.
  • Saturday, Noon-9:00pm- Central Market Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony Sponsored by Zinger Hardware. Will Taylor & Strings Attached (the Christmas Show) 6:30pm. Light of the Christmas Tree Ceremony (6pm). Gingerbread House “HOHOHOdownCompetition (4pm). Barton Hills Children’s Choir Holiday Show (Noon). Visit w/ Santa Claus (11am to 7pm).

3rd Annual Holiday Lights and Ice- Get in the spirit with skating, s’mores, games, twinkling lights and more! This year, Austin’s largest outdoor ice rink is getting even better. Our new 4,100 square foot ice rink will be located next to our lighted tennis courts, and will be accompanied by a display of 200,000 lights! The ice rink will be open from Wednesday, November 21 through Sunday, January 6*, offering local residents, club members and resort guests the opportunity to lace up their skates and enjoy festive holiday cheer and seasonal treats. A portion of proceeds will be donated to the Make-A-Wish Foundation® of Central & South Texas, benefiting local children in need. Find out how much it will cost here. And the hours of operation here. Barton Creek Resort and Spa, 8212 Baton Club Drive.

Domain Holiday Movie Series- The Domain invites families to watch their favorite holiday movies on the plaza! Saturday, 12/1 National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation; 12/8 Home Alone; 12/15 Elf, 12/22 Polar Express. FREE!! Saturdays, 6:00 p.m. The Domain, 11410 Century Oaks Terrace. (Plaza in Domain II, Near The Range Golf Club & Sports Bar)

TEXploration- Where will your imagination take you? Join us for Family Story Time on the first Saturday of each month, and on the third Tuesday of each month, 2-5 year olds will enjoy a FREE Story Time that is geared just for them with hands-on activities, stories, songs, games, and more! Story Time will take place on the Second Floor Lobby. FREE!! The first Saturday of every month, the museum is FREE from 2:00- 6:00pm. Saturday, 2:00pm. The Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum, 1800 N. Congress Ave.

Food-Free Family Storytime-The Round Rock Public Library presents Food-Free Family Storytime, 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, 10:30. The Round Rock Public Library, 216 E. Main Street, Round Rock.

Craft Time for Kids: Rain or Shine Mobile -Children make a stunning rainy day scene and then hang it up for a dazzling decoration. FREE!! Saturday, 11:00am- 3:00pm. Lakeshore Learning Center, 9828 Great Hills Trail.

deSTEMber Fest- Join Girlstart for a FREE, frosty DeSTEMber Fest Extravaganza on December 1st! Explore snowflake chemistry, igloo engineering, gingerbread architecture and more hands- on fun. The whole family will discover the mysteries behind this magical time of year! DeSTEMber is FREE from 11am-3pm and then head to the Museum from 2pm-6pm for free admission. The Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum, 1800 N. Congress Ave.

Christmas Movie at the Library- Join us for a screening of How the Grinch Stole Christmas(2000) rated PG starring Jim Carrey and directed by Ron Howard. Popcorn and refreshments will be provided. FREE!! Saturday, 1:00- 3:00pm.Willie Mae Kirk Branch,3101 Oak Springs Dr.

Home Depot Kids Workshop: Picture Frame- Hands-on workshops designed for children ages 5 – 12 .Workshops teach children do-it-yourself skills, tool safety and instill a sense of pride and accomplishment. All kids get to keep their craft and receive a FREE Kids Workshop Apron, commemorative pin and certificate of achievement. Saturday, 9:00am- Noon. FREE!! All participating Home Depot locations.

Storytime- A weekend storytime for families with kids of all ages. FREE!! Saturday, 11:00am. Wells Branch Community Library, 15001 Wells Port Drive.

Round Rock Market Days- Market Days features farmers market items, arts and crafts, food vendors, and live music all day. Operation Blue Santa will hold a toy drive at this month’s Market Days. Bring an unwrapped toy or make a cash donation. FREE!! Saturday, 9:00am- 4:00pm. Downtown Round Rock, 2000 Main Street.
AdvertisementBreakfast with Santa- The most highly-anticipated Kidgits event of the entire year, and a special tradition for our members and their families. Breakfast is provided by Chick-Fil-A for members only while supplies last, and Santa will be there with a special gift for members! This is your chance to spend some quality time with Santa before the crowds arrive, as well as write him a letter with your personal wishlist, and enjoy all kinds of holiday crafts! Saturday, 8:30- 10:00am. Admission: Yearly fee for Kidgits ($5). Lakeline Mall, 11200 Lakeline Mall Drive.

Lowe’s Build and Grow Clinic: Sandman’s Plane - The Guardians are back at Lowe’s this weekend! Bring your kids into Lowe’s to build Sandman’s Plane from DreamWorks Animation’s new movie Rise of the Guardians!. Saturday, 10:00am.  FREE!! Kids will also get a free apron, goggle, patch and more! Must pre-register. Only at participating Lowe’s locations.

Leander Christmas Tree Lighting and Parade- Choral performances, hay rides, vendors, photos with Santa and more! FREE!! Saturday, 5:00pm. Old town Leander.

What’s the Story Steve?– Move Your Tale and ColdTowne Theater collaborate to present this fully improvised theatrical journey through a story of the audience’s making. Featuring Steve the improvising poodle, a portion of the show follows Steve through an original tale. Pay what you wish. Appropriate for audiences of all ages. A return to MYT’s classic event structure, kids will join us on the stage for the entire event, providing sound effects, characters and settings for for every story. This is a chance to create original tales, and to perform them right away! Saturday at 10 a.m. ColdTowne Theater, 4803 Airport Blvd.

Chuy’s Children Giving to Children Parade FREE!! Bring along a toy to donate to the Operation Blue Santa program during the parade and it will be given to another child in time for the holidays. The parade will feature giant inflatable holiday floats, live music and dancing, marching bands, classic cars and more! Just grab a seat along Congress Avenue and watch the show as it passes you by. The parade will travel south from 11th and Congress to Cesar Chavez, ending just north of the bridge. Saturday, 11:00am.

German Christmas Market- The FREE event features items that include hand-crafted wooden nutcrackers and pyramids from the Erzgebirge region of Germany, hand-painted Tole-work by a German-Texan artist here in Austin, imported hand-blown glass ornaments and fine embroidered linens. And delicious home made sweets and treats! There will also be live performances of traditional German Christmas music and a special visit by Saint Nikolaus. Lunch will be available from VERTS Döner Kebap. Saturday, 10:00am- 4:00pm. The German Texan Heritage Society,  507 E. 10th Street.

Bookpeople’s Practically Pos-i-tute-ly Phenomenal Puppet Show- Our delightfully mad and hilarious puppeteers will be performing for you once again this morning and we hope that you’re ready to laugh. This time the performance will feature a story all about the loveliest of the magical guardians, The Tooth Fairy. Make sure to arrive a little bit early as space in our amphitheater fills up quickly! Saturday, 11:30am. FREE!! BookPeople, 603 N. Lamar Blvd.

3rd Annual Christmas Market- The event is FREE of charge, open to the public and will feature 25+ local fair trade, direct trade, and social enterprise vendors who use their businesses to promote employment and well-being for people in Austin and around the world. Saturday, 10a.m.–7p.m. The For the City Center, 500 East St. Johns Avenue.

The Holiday Sing-Along & Downtown Stroll- A FREE family-friendly event that begins with community caroling at the Capitol grounds led by John Aielli, host of the KUT 90.5 show Eklektikos. When the caroling ends, the holiday tree in front of the Capitol is lit and participants stroll down Congress Avenue where they find the street alive with music, art, shopping and more. Saturday, 6:00- 9:00pm. Meet at the South Steps of the Capitol and Congress Avenue.

Violet Crown’s Miss Princess- The Violet Crown Community Theatre Company is proud to announce performance times for its upcoming show, Miss Princess. When a game show goes awry will the contestants figure out who’s behind the scenes? Intended for children and their families, Miss Princess will perform in various Austin locations, FREE of charge. Saturday, 10:00am at The Triangle,4600 W. Guadalupe and on Sunday, 10:30am at Cherrywood Coffee House, 1400 E. 381/2 Street

Violet Crown Arts Festival- Bring the family, friends & neighbors, pack a blanket and some lawn chairs, plan to spend the day. Enjoy great quality art from unique local artists, and live entertainment from all around Austin. New location at Triangle Commons provides plenty of parking, see map below. Admission is free. Saturday and Sunday from 10:00am- 5:00pm. The Triangle Commons, 722 W. 46th Street.

22nd Annual Fossil Fest- Bring the family out to enjoy door prizes, look at fossil specimens from around the world, check out fossil exhibits and demos, spin the Wheel of Fossils, dig pits and more! Saturday and Sunday, 9:00am- 5:00pm. admission $3 adults, $2 for kids 6-12 years old. Old Settler’s Heritage Association, Next to the Dell Diamond on Highway 79, Round Rock, TX 3 miles east of IH-35.

Whole Foods Kids’ Club - Hey kids, stop by and check out what’s going on at Kid’s Club. Each week we have an exciting activity that will let you play with your food plus learn a couple things along the way. FREE!! Sunday, 1:00pm. Whole Foods Market, 525 N. Lamar.

Storytime with Santa-Join us for a special bedtime stories with Santa! Children encouraged to wear pajamas and will enjoy cookies and milk.FREE!! Sunday, 6:00pm. Highland Mall, 6001 Airport Blvd.

Noel at the Neill-Cochran House- Father Christmas will be back from the past when the Neill-Cochran House Museum opens its doors to the community Sunday, December 2, 2012 from 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM. In fact, he will actually be on site wearing a traditional costume reproduced from a historic suit made by 19th-century German immigrants that will be on display during the event. Also featured will be the Adams Collection – a wonderful array of vintage Victorian decorations given to the NCHM by local artist, Barbara Adams. In addition to great (and free of charge!) photo opportunities for parents, there will be carols led by professional singers and a craft room for children to make their own Victorian-style decorations to take home. Non-alcoholic beverages plus sweet treats made from period recipes will be served. Tickets: $10 for adults and $5 for children. The Neill-Cochran House Museum, 2310 San Gabriel Street.

Monster Families-Sundays at the Hideout, Flying Theater Machine presents kid-oriented improv right here 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. Watch the Baby monster and its monster family learn that humans can be fun.  Tickets: $8. Sunday, 2:00pm. The Hideout Theatre, 617 Congress Ave.

Zilker Tree Lighting Ceremony- Join us for the tree lighting ceremony on Sunday at 6:00 pm.  Featuring local entertainment, food, novelties and live music. Prelude Music by the  Austin Civic Wind Ensemble, Robert Laguna, Conductor. Additional event music by the Barton Hills Choir, Gavin Tabone, Director, Kati Achtermann, Principal. FREE!! Zilker Park,

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