Annie Jr.

Local kids perform this classic musical for kids. Saturdays through Dec. 22, 11am & 1:30pm. $10 ($8, kids).

Topfer Theatre at Zach, 202 S. Lamar, 476-0594

Austin Public Library Events

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.


Camp Fire Nature Tikes

Toddlers and preschool age children can get started learning about nature at these monthly events. 10am. $2.

Beverly S. Sheffield Northwest District Park, 7000 Ardath, 974-6700

Children in History

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).

Zilker Botanical Garden, 2220 Barton Springs Rd., 974-3888

Children's Nutcracker

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).

Dougherty Arts Center, 1110 Barton Springs Rd., 496-5937

Gingerbread Workshop

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

Holidays at the Triangle

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.

Triangle Park, 4700 N. Lamar, 482-8383

Jingle Bells, Batman Smells

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).

Scottish Rite Theater, 207 W. 18th, 512/809-7799

Mario Kart Tournament

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.

Southeast Austin Community Branch Library, 5803 Nuckols Crossing, 974-7302

Ornaments de Navidad

Kids of all ages make traditional Navidad decorations to take home. 1-3pm. $12.

Mexican American Cultural Center, 600 River, 974-3785

The Elves and the Shoemaker

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

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