Looking for fun, family-friendly events this weekend? Check out our weekly roundup of activities to keep your family happy.
Happening All Weekend
Crafts and Storytime at Barnes and Noble- Saturday, November 22, 10 a.m. Create With ArtFolds: Customers are invited to transform a book or card into a piece of art using the ArtFolds technique. Customers are encouraged to arrive early, as space and supplies are limited. Recommended for ages 13 and up. At 11 a.m., Learn to Draw Like Mo Willems – Storytime & Activity: Children will enjoy a reading of Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus, then learn how to draw the beloved Pigeon with instructions created by the award-winning author and illustrator. Recommended for children ages 4 and up. 1 p.m.: Puppet Making & Holiday Sing-Along: Young ones are invited to create a puppet and sing with their newfound puppet friends. Customers are encouraged to arrive early, as space and supplies are limited. Recommended for children ages 4 and up. 7 p.m.: Holiday Fluxx Game Night: Customer are invited to get introduced to this unexpected holiday card game with ever-changing rules – even the object of the game changes as often as players draw a card or say “Go”! Recommended for ages 12 and up. Sunday, November 23, 1 p.m.: Snowmen at Night – Storytime, Crafts & Activities: Kids will enjoy a reading of this winter tale that follows the secret life of snowmen at night, then create one to bring home. Recommended for ages 4 and up. FREE! Barnes and Noble in the Arboretum, 10000 Research Blvd.
East Austin Studio Tour (EAST) – Saturday, November 22 and Sunday, November 23, 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 22 at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. and Sunday, November 23 at 2 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.
Amber and Nick Radio Hour- Saturday, November 22 at 11 a.m. and Sunday, November 23 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: $6 per child, $10 per adult. Scottish Rite Theater, 207 W. 18th Street.
Hot Science – Cool Talks – Friday, November 21 at 5:45 p.m. Drones have been all over the media as well as our imaginations. What’s real and what’s possible for these remarkable flying machines? Assistant Professor of Aerospace Engineering and Engineering Mechanics Todd Humphreys will consider the ways drones can be used in the future versus what is portrayed in the movies. He will also show us how his team was the first to successfully demonstrate that drones could be commandeered by GPS hacking. Interactive Fair from 5:45-7:00 p.m.; Talk begins at 7:00 p.m. FREE! UT Campus, Welch Hall Auditorium, 105 E 24th St, Austin.
Michael’s Kids Club: DIY Felt Stocking- Saturday, November 22, 10 a.m. – noon. Drop in and take home a completed project. Just $2 per child for 30 minutes of creative craft fun. Ages 3 and up. All participating Michael’s locations.
Big Don Show at Strange Brew- Saturday, November 22, 10-11 a.m. Big Don Robinson is an award winning Hip Hop musician based in Austin, Texas. He has been involved in the music scene in Austin for 22 years and a member of the Austin Music Hall of Fame. Big Don will introduce a hip and new musical element to the art of story telling. FREE! Strange Brew, Lounge Side, 5326 Manchaca Rd.
ImprovEd Shakespeare presents Shakespeare for Kids by Kids in “Henry IV (Part 1)- Saturday, November 22, from 3-4 p.m. Frustrated with your parents? So was Prince Harry. Only his dad was King. Join our 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. Hey-ho! Get ye to our play! It’s FREE! APL – Carver Branch, 1161 Angelina St.
The Domain’s Lighting of the Great Tree – Note: This event, originally scheduled for Saturday, has been rescheduled to Sunday, November 23, due to possible inclement weather. Activities begin at noon, tree lighting at 6 p.m. The Domain will kick off the holiday season with the lighting of its 40-foot Christmas tree – featuring 6,000 twinkling lights, 400 ornaments and a 5-foot star topper – during the eighth annual lighting of The Great Tree. The 30-minute tree-lighting show will feature dynamic musical performances, culminating with the lighting of the tree by Santa himself at 6 p.m. Starting at noon in the Domain II, guests can enjoy free holiday entertainment, performances by area schools, special in-store events, craft activities, face painting, caricature drawings, balloon twisting stations and more. FREE! 11410 Century Oaks Terrace.
Literature LIVE! Presents: Follow the Elves- Sunday, November 23 at 2 p.m. Watch online and follow the elves to libraries around Austin this winter for our four-part series of video episodes, along with related stories and crafts! Enjoy a new multimedia experience each week as the story unfolds. Join us at the Grand Finale (December 13) to watch the entire movie and craft our hearts out! FREE! Recommended for ages 4 and up. Faulk Central Library, 800 Guadalupe St.
Austin Empty Bowl Project – Sunday, November 23, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. Potters from all over Central Texas donate bowls of all sizes, shapes, and colors. Then, on the Sunday before Thanksgiving, friends and families come together to purchase a bowl for $20, have it filled with soup, and enjoy the music. The bowl is yours to keep, as a reminder of those whose bowls are empty. The proceeds go to Meals on Wheels and More’s Meals for Kids, and the Capital Area Food Bank to help sponsor the Kids Cafe Program. Marchesa Hall, 6226 Middle Fiskville Rd.
School House Rock Live- Sunday, November 23 at 2 and 4:40 p.m. A pop culture phenomenon returns to the musical stage! Academic subjects will never seem boring again when presented through megahits like “Conjunction Junction,” “Just a Bill,” “Interplanet Janet” or “Three is a MagicNumber.” Schoolhouse Rock explodes onto the Paramount stage with songs you know and love updated for a whole new generation! Let’s rock the Schoolhouse! The Paramount Theatre, 713 Congress Ave.
Kol Halev Winter Bazaar- Sunday, November 23, from noon- 5 p.m. With over 30 vendors and family-focused entertainment, there is something for everyone at this holiday bazaar. There will be a huge variety of products from local artists and artisans- Hannukah gifts and Christmas decorations, Mexican crafts, jewelry, clothing and bedding- truly something for everyone. Entertainment starts with a puppet show and sing-along at noon. Family/adult entertainment will include local musicians and singers, closing with the Kol Halev Band. There will be healthy snacks and quiet places to eat and converse. FREE Admission. Jewish Community Center, 7300 Hart Ln.
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