There are a myriad things going on at your local library every day. Go online for a schedule of their story times, puppet shows, book groups, instructional classes, meetings, and more. Not to mention they have a ton of great books.
The Austin City Ballet presents the 12th annual Nutcracker for the kids. It's a holiday tradition for all age groups, as long as you don't consider watching people leap in tights "adult." Fri.-Sat., Dec. 14-16. $25 ($15, children).
Kids and parents are invited to create their own sugary abodes made from locally baked gingerbread. Through Dec. 23: Wednesdays, 10am; Thursdays, 10am, 3:30pm; Fridays & Saturdays, 10am, 12:30, & 3:30pm; Sundays, 12:30 & 3:30pm. $35 ($30, members).
Thinkery, 1830 Simond, 472-2499 x201
Junie B. Jones and her classmates have an adventure that warms the heart with holiday cheer. Sat., Dec. 15 & 22, 11am & 1pm; Sun., Dec. 16, 12:30pm; Fri., Dec. 21, 7pm. $10 ($8, kids).
Kids over the age of 3 can get in the spirit of the season with this puppet show courtesy of your local library. Free.
Thu., Dec. 6, 10:15am, Little Walnut Creek Branch, 835 W. Rundberg; Fri., Dec. 7, 10:15am, Southeast Branch, 5803 Nuckols Crossing Rd.; Sat., Dec. 8, 1pm, Yarborough Branch, 2200 Hancock; Sun., Dec. 9, 1pm, Faulk Central Branch, 800 Guadalupe