Make a Fun Desk Calendar at The Home Depot – Saturday, January 4, from 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.
What’s the Story Steve? – Saturday, January 4 at 10 a.m. The theatre capacity is only 39, so be sure to arrive early! Holiday songs inspire original, improvised stories, performed by the cast with help from the audience. Help Steve the improvising poodle and his friends deck the halls. All ages welcome. Pay what you wish. ColdTowne Theater, 4803 Airport Blvd., Austin.
Family Matinee: Turbo – Saturday, January 4 at 2 p.m. See this FREE screening of Turbo (PG). A freak accident might just help an everyday garden snail achieve his biggest dream: winning the Indy 500. Austin Public Library, Windsor Park Branch, 5833 Westminster Drive, Austin.
Hot Texas Swing Band at Central Market Westgate – Saturday, January 4, from 6:30 – 9 p.m. A new experience to the sound of western swing. Feel the thrill of jazzy horns combined with fiddle, steel guitar and the hot licks of some of the finest musicians in Texas. Central Market Westgate, 4477 S. Lamar Blvd., Austin.
The Que Pastas at Cherrywood Coffeehouse – Sunday, January 5 at 10:30 a.m. FREE kids’ show! Cherrywood Coffeehouse, 1400 E. 38th 1/2 St, Austin.
Free First Sunday at the Bullock Museum – Sunday, January 5 at noon. Enjoy FREE admission to the exhibits, from noon to 6 p.m. Families are invited to participate in Totally Texan activities from 12 – 3 p.m. Start the year off right with an exploration all of things Texas. From toads to two-step, Texas is full of species, traditions, and places that you can’t find anywhere else. What’s totally Texan to you? Meet some legends of the Lone Star State and make your own symbols of this great state. Drop in anytime for this program that is perfect for families with children ages 5 and up. Kids will also like the FREE TEXploration storytime at 2 p.m. on the second floor lobby. To read about the Museum’s current exhibit, Extreme Mammals, click here. Bullock Texas State History Museum, 1800 N. Congress Ave., Austin.
Free Puppet Show – Sunday, January 5 at 2 p.m. In celebration of the new Bee Cave location, Music Forever Music Together invites you to Iris in the Land of Black and White, a FREE puppet show performed by Heather Jarry and Laura Freeman of The Hey Lollies. The Land of Black and White is ruled by a king who has banned all color. It’s up to Iris and the kids to bring back color to the land. This interactive puppet show mesmerizes children as they get to play trumpets with sunflowers, sing lullabies to whales, and more! West Austin Dance Academy, 12918 Shops Parkway #500, Austin.
Japanese New Year Event – Sunday, January 5, from 4:30 – 5:45 p.m. As the first Cultural Program of 2014, Japan-America Society of Greater Austin will host Oshogatsu (New Year) event with a Shishi Mai performance by Keito Academy of Ethno-Cultural Performing Arts and Japanese Minyo (folk) dance by the Canyon Creek Elementary Multicultural Fair Japanese performers. Participants will also watch and enjoy Charms of Japan, a short film. Japanese sweets and tea will be served. Open to the public. Casa de Luz, 1701 Toomey, Celio South Room, 2F, Austin.
Mozart’s Coffee Roasters Light Show – Friday, January 3 – Sunday, January 5. This is the final weekend to see Mozart’s Coffee Roasters’ FREE 12-minute light show. Shows start at the top of each hour: 6 p.m., 7 p.m., 8 p.m., 9 p.m., 10 p.m., 11 p.m., and midnight. Mozart’s Coffee Roasters, 3825 Lake Austin Blvd., Austin.
[author] [author_image timthumb=’on’]http://www.livemom.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/05/Picture-2.png[/author_image] [author_info]Heidi Gollub loves exploring Austin and beyond with her 5 kids. For more local adventures for families, visit FreeFuninAustin.com. [/author_info] [/author]