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Free Fun In Austin continues to highlight Austin area locations and activities that may not be available at this time. We encourage you to take all safety measures to keep yourself and your neighbors safe. It is our hope that the stories and features on this site will help inform your plans in the future.
Mozart’s Annual Light Show – Every evening except for Thursday. Starting 6 p.m. each evening, and replaying at the top of every hour until closing, enjoy dazzling lights set to music! The lights show will happen every night, excluding Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Don’t miss out on all the holiday fun! FREE! Mozart’s Coffee Roasters, 3825 Lake Austin Blvd., Austin.
Baby Bloomers – Monday, November 23 from 9:00 a.m. to Noon. Children age 0-3 and their families are invited to grab a stethoscope and learn how doctors help to keep us healthy and care for us when we’re sick. They’ll make their very own doctor’s bags, examine x-rays, and pretend to be doctors as they care for sick baby dolls. Plus, Jaime Cano will be making music in English y Espanol. Cost: Members $2.50 each / Non-Members $4.50 each. All people attending, regardless of age, must purchase a ticket. Purchase a ticket online as limited walk-up tickets will be available. The Thinkery, 1830 Simond Ave, Austin.
Play, Read, Grow! Early Literacy Training – Monday, November 23 at 10:30 a.m. Babies are born learning, and you can help prepare your child for success. Learn how to use play every day to get your children ready to read and succeed with this hands on workshop for parents and their little ones. FREE for parents and caregivers of children under age 5. Children are welcome. APL – Terrazas Branch, 1105 E Cesar Chavez St, Austin.
Armstrong Community Music School – Monday, November 23 at 12:30 p.m. Children ages 0-5 will love this interactive music class. Music-making brings children and caregivers together in a fun, creative environment and encourages bonding, brain development, and language acquisition. Come sing, dance, and play for FREE! Laura’s Library, 9411 Bee Cave Rd, Austin.
Dog Storytime – Monday, November 23 at 1:00 p.m. Handler Holly with dog Chula will read with kiddos or visit with them. Pre-readers and readers are welcome. No registration is required. Be sure to call the library (512.327.3045) to confirm if Chula is in and to ask for any last minute cancelations. FREE! Laura’s Library, 9411 Bee Cave Rd, Austin.
Movie Matinee: Cinderella – Monday, November 23 at 3:30 p.m. Rated PG. FREE! APL – Terrazas Branch, 1105 E Cesar Chavez St, Austin.
Family Craft Night: Fall Wreath Sun Catchers (Pflugerville) – Monday, November 23 at 6:00 p.m. This easy and fun craft captures the colors of the season, looks amazing in windows, and adds to your home decor. Materials provided while supplies last. Recommended for ages 5 and up. FREE! Pflugerville Public Library, 1008 W Pflugerville St, Pflugerville.
Storytime and Crafts – Tuesday, November 24 at 9:30 a.m. Kids ages 2-5 will hear a new story each week. After the book, they’ll do crafts related to the story. Parental supervision is requested. FREE! Whole Foods Domain, 11920 Domain Dr, Austin.
Free Admission to Laguna Gloria – Tuesday, November 24 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Guests can enjoy activation of the outdoor, interactive foam installation A retrospective view of the pathway (2008-2015) by Roger Hiorns at 4 p.m. on Tuesday. FREE! The Contemporary Austin, Laguna Gloria, 3809 West 35th St, Austin.
Brand New Books Storytime – Tuesday, November 24 at 10:30 a.m. There is nothing like the smell of a new book fresh from the store. It smells like ink and paper and the promise of undiscovered friendship. Come read books that are new to BookPeople’s shelves, including Robo-Sauce. FREE! BookPeople 603 N Lamar, Austin.
Armstrong Community Music School – Tuesday, November 24 at 10:30 a.m. Children ages 0-5 will love this interactive music class. Music-making brings children and caregivers together in a fun, creative environment and encourages bonding, brain development, and language acquisition. Come sing, dance, and play for FREE! Westbank Library, 1309 Westbank Dr, Austin.
Smart Opera Presents Opera Cat – Tuesday, November 24 at 3:30 p.m. Alma the cat lives with Madame SoSo, an opera diva. When Madame rehearses, Alma softly sings along. Madame doesn’t know Alma’s secret—in fact, she doesn’t pay Alma much attention at all. But on the night of the big performance, Madame comes down with laryngitis . . . and at last Alma is given a chance to prove she is no ordinary animal. FREE! APL – Twin Oaks Branch, 1800 S Fifth St, Austin.
Interactive Foam Installation – Tuesday, November 24 at 4:00 p.m. Witness the activation of the outdoor, interactive foam installation A retrospective view of the pathway (2008-2015) by Roger Hiorns. Guests are encouraged to wear clothes that can get wet or messy and to bring towels and a change of clothes. FREE! The Contemporary Austin, Laguna Gloria, 3809 West 35th St, Austin.
Family Flicks: Inside Out – Tuesday, November 24 at 4:00 p.m. Rated PG. FREE! Lake Travis Community Library, 1938 Lohmans Crossing, Austin.
Crafternoon – Tuesday, November 24 at 4:00 p.m. Drop by the library and make a craft while you search for books, movies, and music. There will be paper crafts, easy sewing, and more fun projects for the whole family. The library provides the supplies; you provide the creativity. FREE! APL – Terrazas Branch, 1105 E Cesar Chavez St, Austin.
Pajama Storytime – Tuesday, November 24 at 6:00 p.m. A storytime for night owls of all ages. Get comfy in your favorite pajamas, grab your sleepy toy, and snuggle in to hear the best bedtime stories ever. Milk and snacks provided. FREE! Westbank Library, 1309 Westbank Dr, Austin.
Weeknight Cinema: Star Wars – Tuesday, November 24 at 6:30 p.m. Rated PG. FREE! APL – North Village Branch, 2505 Steck Ave, Austin.
Storytime at Arbor Trails – Wednesday, November 25 at 9:00 a.m. Bring the little ones, it’s story time. Each week will feature a different story, interactive craft, and healthy snack. FREE! Whole Foods Arbor Trails, 4301 W William Cannon Dr #800, Austin.
Family Construction Zone (Round Rock) – Wednesday, November 25 from 9:30-11:00 a.m. Kids out of school? House full of relatives? Need a relaxing activity for many ages to enjoy together? Try some collaborative construction with the Library’s large collections of LEGOs, Keva Planks, and blocks. FREE! Round Rock Public Library, 216 E Main St, Round Rock.
TuneBugz! Storytime – Wednesday, November 25 from 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Miss Vanessa hosts a weekly storytime and guided craft each week on Wednesdays. FREE! TuneBugz Studio B, 5811 Berkman Dr. Suite 107, Austin.
Holiday Model Train Show (Round Rock) – Wednesday, November 25 from 12-5:00 p.m. The trains are back! Last year, over 7,000 people visited ArtSpace to see the model train show and local artwork. The train display is designed and operated by the Austin Tinplate Trackers. FREE but donations are welcomed. ArtSpace, 231 E Main St, Round Rock.
Thanksgiving Storytime – Wednesday, November 25 at 10:30 a.m. Gobble Gobble, little ones! Thanksgiving is almost upon us. That means football, food, family, and stories. This storytime is about the yummiest of all holidays, with readings of seasonal books including I Know An Old Lady Who Swallowed A Pie. FREE! BookPeople, 603 N Lamar Blvd, Austin.
Chinese Story Share – Wednesday, November 25 at 10:30 a.m. Learn Chinese, have fun, and make friends. Stories, rhymes, and songs in Mandarin. Designed for children ages 2 to 5 years old. FREE! Laura’s Library, 9411 Bee Cave Rd, Austin.
Minecraft Club – Wednesday, November 25 at 4:00 p.m. Bring your own laptop, tablet, or mobile device that has Minecraft downloaded for two hours of Minecraft free play. Recommended for ages 7 and up. FREE! APL – Twin Oaks Branch, 1800 S Fifth St, Austin.
Community Night at The Thinkery – Wednesday, November 25 from 4-8:00 p.m. At the Thinkery, science and families play side by side. Every Wednesday the museum stays open late for families to discover new ideas and learn together. Cost: Admission is by donation only, with a suggested $1 donation. The Thinkery, 1830 Simond Ave, Austin.
Krispy Kreme Family Night – Wednesday, November 25 from 6-8:00 p.m. Kids can decorate one FREE doughnut each, plus enjoy crafts, balloons, paper hats, coloring sheets and more. Krispy Kreme, 701 E Stassney Ln and 12586 Research Blvd, Austin.
Texas Radio Live – Wednesday, November 25 from 6-8:00 p.m. Texas Radio Live brings you the very best Texas music with performances from Texas musicians. This week, Hal Ketchum and Mike Stinson perform. FREE but donations to support the KDRP Radio Mission are appreciated. Read about Catherine’s experience here. Guero’s Oak Garden, 1412 S Congress Ave, Austin.
Blue Genie Art Bazaar – Friday, November 27 from 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. The annual four-week holiday shopping extravaganza returns for its 15th year. Featuring more than 200 Texas artists, the bazaar offers FREE admission and a hassle-free shopping environment. All items featured at the bazaar must be handmade and include paintings, photography, prints, sculptures, jewelry, clothing, glassworks, and more. It is one of the best places to find unique gifts with a local touch. Marchesa Hall, 6226 Middle Fiskville Rd, Austin.
Santa on the Terrace – Friday, November 27 at 10:00 a.m. Bring the kids for a FREE photo with Santa and Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer overlooking the best view in Austin! Kick off the holidays and take a break from mall madness this Black Friday when Santa Claus comes to the Long Center. Sip delicious hot chocolate, enjoy some of Austin’s most delicious food trucks, and kick off the holiday season with Rudolph! Weather permitting; pictures are on a first-come first-serve basis. Being in line is no guarantee of getting your picture taken. Long Center, 701 W Riverside Dr, Austin. This event has been canceled.
Exploration Station: Black Friday at the Bullock – Friday, November 27 from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Escape the crowds for a fun family holiday visit to the Bullock Museum. Explore the Story of Texas with FREE activities and art projects. Take a break from the hustle and bustle and bustle and drop in to make holiday ornaments and souvenirs. Exhibit admission is not included. Bullock Texas State History Museum, 1800 N Congress Ave, Austin.
Holiday Model Train Show (Round Rock) – Friday, November 27 from 12-6:00 p.m. The trains are back! Last year, over 7,000 people visited ArtSpace to see the model train show and local artwork. The train display is designed and operated by the Austin Tinplate Trackers. FREE but donations are welcomed. ArtSpace, 231 E Main St, Round Rock.
Wimberley Alive Music and Arts Festival (Wimberley) – Friday, November 27 from Noon to 8:00 p.m. Continuous live music; fine artist demos; kids’ activity village. View full event schedule here. FREE admission; donations encouraged. All donations will go to the Barnabas Connection for flood recovery. Downtown Wimberley Square.
Heritage House Museum Christmas Open House (Pflugerville) – Friday, November 27 from 1-5:00 p.m. Heritage House is decorated for the holidays, and provides a chance for shopping for quilts and other handmade items. Bring your camera because Santa Claus will be there for pictures with children on the Heritage House front porch. Admission to the house is FREE! Heritage House Museum, 901 Old Austin Hutto Rd, Pflugerville.
Annual Lighting of the Square (Georgetown) – Friday, November 27 at 5:30 p.m. Kick off the Holiday Season with Georgetown’s annual Lighting of the Square. Join in with the holiday carols provided by The Austin Carolers and warm your tummy with hot chocolate and cookies. Stay for pictures with Santa. Plan to get in some shopping, too, as merchants will stay open late. FREE! Georgetown Square.
Check out the Free Fun Calendar for even more ways to fill your week with fun.