Weekend Top 5 Events for Families: December 2-4, 2016

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Lights of Love

When: Friday, December 2, 6-9 p.m.

Where: Mueller Browning Hangar, 4550 Mueller Drive, Austin

Join us for an evening of holiday festivities! Friends, family and even four-legged companions will enjoy an evening of traditional holiday fun including a walk around Mueller Lake adorned with holiday lights, a visit with Santa Claus, a snow slide, gingerbread house decorating, kids’ crafts, hot chocolate, photo booth, holiday music and much more under the Hangar!

DeSTEMberfest with Girlstart

When: Saturday, December 3, 9:30 a.m. – noon

Where: Girlstart STEM Center, 1400 W. Anderson Lane, Austin

Join Girlstart for a free, frosty DeSTEMber Fest Extravaganza at the Girlstart STEM Center on Saturday, December 3rd! Enjoy star shows in our mini planetarium, design avalanche rescue equipment to attach to a robot, and make a solar oven to roast your own s’mores at home. The whole family will discover the science behind this magical time of year with marshmallow slingshots, reindeer antlers, fluffy snow and more hands-on fun! FREE!

Elf Academy

When:  Saturday, December 3rd, 3-5pm

Where: Stores in Domain II between Dick’s Sporting Goods and Dillard’s. Participating store will be marked with a balloon column and we’ll have helpers on hand to guide you.

Enjoy all things holiday and elf with face painters, games with prizes, photo opportunities, Eelf ID station, giveaways, letters to Santa, balloon twisting and an afternoon snack! Elf training is certified and recognized with an Elf Academy Diploma.

Violet Crown Arts Festival

When: Saturday & Sunday, December 3-4, 10 a.m.–5 p.m.

Where: Brentwood Elementary School, 6700 Arroyo Seco

The Violet Crown Arts Festival is a free art show, music fest and neighborhood block party, all rolled into one fun weekend. Join us Saturday, Dec. 3, and Sunday, Dec. 4, outside Brentwood Elementary for relaxed holiday shopping, family-friendly activities, delicious food and even some dancing!

Launch Party: Expedition Austin

When: Sunday, December 4, Noon-2pm

Where: ABGB, 1305 W. Oltorf Street, Austin

Celebrate the launch of Expedition Austin: A Kid’s Guide to the Weirdest Town in Texas, a brand new, locally-written book full of adventures for families. The launch party will feature giveaways, signed books and posters, activities for the kids, beer, pizza, and more. FREE!