Local kids perform this classic musical for kids. Saturdays through Dec. 22, 11am & 1:30pm. $10 ($8, kids).
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.
Toddlers and preschool age children can get started learning about nature at these monthly events. 10am. $2.
Learn about how children in the Frontier era lived. Read about and explore the lives of Kirsten, a young Swedish girl, and Kaya, a Native American. Crafts, stories, and hikes bring the past to life. 1-4pm. Free (with entry to the garden).
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
Roll call for a great holiday party: Santa? Check. Cookie decorating? Yup. Carolers? You bet. Hair and face painting? Train rides? Inflatable obstacle course? Tree lighting? Affirmative. All they need are kids and adults to enjoy it. 4-6pm. Free.
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).
You might have thought Mario was nothing but a turtle-hater, but he's also a cutthroat driver. Test your skills against other players (6 years of age and older) to advance to the finals. 2pm. Free.
Kids of all ages make traditional Navidad decorations to take home. 1-3pm. $12.
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