Kick off the holiday season at The Domain’s Holiday Launch Party on Saturday, November 17, 2018!
Enjoy a family-friendly holiday celebration, including:
- Face painting
- Balloon twisting
- Games with prizes
- Trampoline fun with Springfree Trampoline
- Fun afternoon snacks
- A special performance by Mister G at 5:00 p.m.
- … and more!
After the event, stay for the first light show of the season at 6:00 PM, when all of the lights from Dick’s Sporting Goods to Dillard’s will dance to holiday music!
What: The Domain’s Holiday Launch Party
When: Saturday, November 17, 2018
Time: 4-6 p.m.
Click here for more Information.
Looking for some indoor holiday fun for the entire family? Head to the historic Scottish Rite Theater, where the kids can sit on rugs directly in front of the stage for some live theatre action for children of all ages. Hitting the stage for three weekends only this December: Pippi Longstocking.
Its Pippi’s after-Christmas party, where all the kids in the village are welcome, and no grumpy grown-ups are allowed! Join Pippi and her friends Annika and Tommy on one of her over-the-top adventures where surprises, cream cakes and new friends are around every corner. Just in time for the holidays, this show offers live music and lots of playful action.
What: Pippi Longstocking’s After Christmas Party
Saturday, December 1 at 11 a.m. & 1 p.m.
Sunday, December 2 at 11 a.m. & 1 p.m.
Saturday, December 8 at 11 a.m. & 1 p.m.
Sunday December 9 at 11 a.m. & 1 p.m.
Saturday, December 15, 11 a.m. & 1 p.m.
Where: Austin Scottish Rite Theater, 207 W. 18th Street, Austin
Cost: $15 adults, $10 children 2-12, under 2 are free; Tickets available online or at the door
Giveaway: Enter here for a chance to win a family four pack of tickets to see Pippi Longstocking’s After Christmas Party at the Austin Scottish Rite Theater. The winner picks which performance to attend. All you have to do is leave a comment or fill out the form below by 9:00 a.m. CST on Friday, November23, 2018.
Image Credit: Chuy's Children Giving to Children Parade
Can you believe it’s almost time for Thanksgiving?! Gather your friends and family for the 30th Annual Chuy’s Children Giving to Children Parade, happening on Saturday, November 24, 2018, from 11 am to noon.
In addition to the giant inflatable balloons, festive floats, children’s favorite characters in costume, superheroes, marching bands and more, spectators can look forward to special guests, including the world-famous Harlem Globetrotters, Santa and Mrs. Claus and 30 Elvis impersonators honoring the parade’s 30 years. Most important of all, in recognition of the parade’s anniversary, Chuy’s is inviting the greater Austin community to help them reach their goal of collecting more than 30,000 toys,encouraging all that are able to bring multiple toys to donate.
For those who have never been, towards the end of the parade, trucks stop along the parade route and kids run up to put the new, unwrapped toys into the bed of the trucks. This is an excellent opportunity to kick off a season of giving in your family while teaching kids the value and importance of taking care of those who are less fortunate.
What: Chuy’s Children Giving to Children Parade
When: Saturday, November 24, 2018
Time: 11 am; parade route will take longer to get to the end of Congress Avenue, depending on where you are situated. We typically arrive an hour early to get a good spot, some coffee and maybe a treat, too, from a local coffee shop.
Parade Route: Congress Avenue from the Texas State Capitol to Cesar Chavez
Cost: In the tradition of the 30-year-old parade, it will be FREE and open to the public—and will celebrate the joy of giving by inviting spectators to bring new, unwrapped toys to donate during the procession to support Austin Police Department’s Operation Blue Santa.
More Information: www.chuysparade.com
For Austinites who cannot make it to the parade yet wish to help Chuy’s reach its goal in support of Operation Blue Santa, toy donations can be made at Chuy’s locations in Austin starting Monday, Nov. 5. All toys collected at local Chuy’s restaurants and during the parade will be delivered by Operation Blue Santa volunteers on December 15, with hopes of brightening the holiday season for as many as 5,000 local families.
Back by popular demand, Rosita y Conchita is an imaginative adaptation of Erich Haeger and Eric González’s award-winning children’s book about two sisters who try to reunite on the Day of the Dead. Along the way Rosita keeps getting lost, but she miraculously finds her way to Conchita through familiar sounds and images. This touching story comes to life with live son jarocho music, professional actors, and puppetry. All ages will delight in the rhyming bilingual dialogue and stunning images.
Children love to gather around on the rugs in front of the stage to watch the action in the historic Austin Scottish Rite Theater, Austin’s oldest and theater. Going through a recent renovation, parents can relax in the newly re-upholstered seating under a historically restored starlit ceiling. It’s magical!
What: Rosita y Conchita: A Dia de los Muertos Play in English and Spanish
Where: Austin Scottish Rite Theater, 207 W. 18th Street, Austin
When: Saturdays and Sundays, October 6 – November 2, 2018, 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.
Cost: $15 adults, $10 children 2-12, under 2 are free
More information: http://scottishritetheater.org/show/rosita-y-conchita/
On Saturday, November 17, Generation SERVE will host the 2nd annual Austin Families Give Back event at the Millennium Youth Entertainment Complex! Registration for Austin Families Give Back is now open.
Free and open to the public, this event allows families to come together to sample volunteer projects in support of more than 30 local nonprofit organizations. The projects are family-friendly and all ages are welcome. Shifts last just over an hour and run throughout the day.
Please pre-register your family for a shift at generationserve.org/familyvolunteerday
Generation SERVE engages children in volunteerism and empowers them to make a difference in their communities through Family Volunteering, Service Learning, and Youth Leadership programs throughout the year. This large event, set-up as a service fair, is a microcosm of what Generation SERVE offers to Central Texas families nearly each day of the year. Bring your family to Austin Families Give Back to experience the joy of family volunteering and to kick off a tradition of community service!
Kids and adults of all ages: get ready to be movin’ and groovin’ at the 5th annual Hush Hush Music Bash! This FREE, family-friendly event will take place at The Domain on Saturday, October 6, 2018, from 2-6 pm.
For those who can’t make it to Austin City Limits Music Festival and have FOMO (fear of missing out), Hush Hush Music Bash is the perfect way to get your live music fix while preparing your kids to be future festival-goers in a smaller, more intimate setting.
This year’s fantastic lineup includes performances by:
– El Tule (2-2:45 p.m.)
– Ms. Kat’s Music & Movement (3-3:45 p.m.)
– Riders Against the Storm (4-4:45 p.m.)
– Tim Kubart (5-6 p.m.)
In addition to live music, there will be lots of fun activities for little ones of all ages, including:
– Mini hockey with Chaparral Ice
– Jumping on a Springfree Trampoline with Springfree Trampoline Austin
– Cookie decorating for the kids with Baked by Amy’s
– Face painting and a photo booth, courtesy of Capital Pediatric Group
– Test out a bike with woomBikesUSA
– Handmade Egg Shakers at the Mi Casa Es Tu Casa booth
– Free KIND Snacks (while supplies last)
– Practice martial arts with Palacios ATA Martial Arts
– Giveaways and much more!
Bring a blanket or lawn chairs to set up in the plaza and enjoy the music and activities. Food and drinks will be available for purchase. The event will take place in Amy Donovan Plaza, located between Dick’s Sporting Goods and Dillard’s.
What: Hush Hush Music Bash
When: Saturday, October 6, 2018
Time: 2-6 p.m.
Hush Hush Music Bash is presented by LiveMom, Spare the Rock, Spoil the Child, The Domain, with music sponsored by Springfree Trampoline Austin.
Giveaway: Register to win a VIP Bag filled with swag and some treats, too! We’re giving away 50 VIP swag bags, and all you have to do is register on the form below for your chance to win. Winners will be notified by Wednesday, October 3, 2018. The bags will only be available for pickup during Hush Hush Music Bash on Saturday, October 6, 2018 from 2-5 pm. The bags can not be held for pickup or mailed to the winner.
Hear ye! Hear ye! Directly from Sherwood Forest Faire, Robin Hood and his merry band of outlaws are stirring up mischief this summer at Austin Scottish Rite Theater. Come see Robin, Maid Marian, Friar Tuck, Little John, and all the rest outwit the Sheriff of Nottingham in the original adventure story of Merry Olde England. With live music by Alan A Dale accompanying the fantastic Sherwood Forest Faire players, this is action-packed fun for the whole family!
Sherwood Forest Faire, now in its ninth year, is a popular Texas destination. This production, especially written and produced for Austin Scottish Rite Theater’s young audiences, provides a rare opportunity for families to experience the characters of Sherwood Forest Faire indoors in a convenient Austin space.
Enjoy the historic Austin Scottish Rite Theater, built in 1871 with its newly restored comfy seats and a gorgeously restored starry ceiling! Kids get the best seats in the house—on carpets close to the action. Open seating for all. Free show parking as available with metered street parking also nearby. Tickets available online and at the door.
Location: Austin Scottish Rite Theater, 207 W 18th St., Austin
Tickets: Available online at https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3527404 until one hour before show time, and then sold at the door. $12 general 12 and up; $8 children under 12; under 2 years free
Saturday, August 25 – noon & 2:00 p.m.
Sunday, August 26 – noon & 2:00 p.m.
Friday, August 31 – 7:00 p.m.
Saturday, September 1 – noon, 2:00 & 7 p.m.
Sunday, September 2 – 10:00 a.m. & noon
More Information: http://scottishritetheater.org/show/the-legends-of-robin-hood/
Giveaway: Win a family four pack of tickets to see The Legends of Robin Hood at the Austin Scottish Rite Theater! Complete the form below by 9 a.m. on Wednesday, August 22, 2018. One winner will be selected and contacted by email. The winner will have 24 hours to respond to the email to claim the prize. If no response is received within 24 hours, a new winner will be chosen. The tickets are non-transferable and hold no cash value.
Fireworks light up the night sky every Fourth of July to celebrate our nation’s independence, and thanks to our friends at Springfree Trampoline, this handy roundup of Fourth of July events has all of the festivities happening in the Austin area.
As an alternative to heading out to a celebration or festival, gather your friends and family to celebrate in your backyard! Turn your backyard into the ultimate fun zone this Fourth of July with a Springfree Trampoline! Take advantage of the 4th of July sale… the BEST SALE OF THE YEAR and save up to $897 when you take 50% off ALL accessories! Plus, add delivery & installation starting from $99*, regularly priced at $299! Offer ends July 5, 2018.
When: Friday, June 29 (8 am to noon) – Saturday, June 30, 2018 (10 am – 10 pm)
Where: Fisherman’s Park, 1200 Willow St., Bastrop
This family-friendly even celebrates our Nation’s Independence with food booths and children’s activities, live music, a pet parade, skydivers, and fireworks!
When: Sunday, July 1, 2018, 10 am – 5 pm
Where: Pioneer Farms, 10621 Pioneer Farms Dr., Austin
Join the fun at this star-spangled Independence Day festival featuring an array of family fun — historical exhibits, hayrides, music and a colorful display of independence flags. Red-white-and-blue historical exhibits, farm animals and hayrides are planned, along with music and other other old-fashioned festivities straight from the 1800s. Check our calendar to see which events are offered on Sunday. The days will be Austin’s version of a midsummer festival, a popular activity in the late 1800s. Plan to come early and stay late for this old-fashioned weekend outing that replicates the family-friendly summer holidays in Old Texas.
When: Tuesday, July 3, 2018
Where: Dell Diamond, 3400 E. Palm Valley Blvd., Round Rock
Join the Round Rock Express on July 3 for the biggest fireworks show of the year, presented by eBay.
When: Wednesday, July 4, 2018, 8:30pm
Where: Vic Mathias Shores, 800 West Riverside Drive, Austin
Spend this Independence Day with 100,000 of your closest friends! Central Texans will hurry to claim their grassy spot with the Austin Symphony Orchestra this July 4th for the largest Independence Day Celebration in the state. Tens of thousands of families will be decked out in red, white, and blue and heading down to Vic Mathias Shores (formerly Auditorium Shores) this July 4th for an amazing event complete with a fireworks display over the city skyline backed by symphonic patriotic classics.
When: Wednesday, July 4, 2018, 3-10pm
Where: Entrance off of San Gabriel Pkwy
This free admission, family-friendly event includes live music, food and craft vendors, children’s activities, and a spectacular fireworks display.
When: Wednesday, July 4, 2018, 10am-10pm
Where: Katherine Fleischer Park, 2106 Klattenhoff Dr., Austin
The day begins with a short parade starting at KF Park at 10am. Spectators are welcome to line the street to watch. When the parade returns, there’ll be an afternoon of entertainment under the big tent, concessions from local restaurants and community service groups offering a variety of items to enjoy, and activities for the kids around Katherine Fleischer Park. KF pool will be open and free to the public as well. Fireworks begin at 9:30pm at the soccer field adjacent to the recreation center on Shoreline Dr.
When: Wednesday, July 4, 2018, 10am-11pm
Where: Old Settlers Park, 3300 Palm Valley Blvd., Round Rock
The Sertoma July 4th Parade, fireworks, carnival rides, jalapeno pepper eating contest, Swifty Swine Pig Races, children’s games, Sam Bass Shootout, Movies in the Park are all part of the City of Round Rock’s July Fourth Frontier Days Celebration. This year will feature an even grander firework show! The event is FREE!
When: Wednesday, July 4, 2018, 11am-11pm
Where: San Gabriel Park, 455 E. Morrow St., Georgetown
Come celebrate SERTOMA’s Annual 4th of July Family Celebration in San Gabriel Park, sponsored by the Georgetown Sertoma Club. Entertainment will be provided for the entire family! The event finishes with a “Spectacular Fireworks Finale” at dusk. The festivities will begin at 11:00 am, with over 60 Arts and Craft booths, and 20 Food vendors. Kiddie Rides, Bounce Houses, and Games along with a Petting Zoo are provided for the children. Entertainment at the gazebo will feature some of the best local and central Texas talent, beginning at 12 noon and will continue all day until the fireworks display.
When: Wednesday, July 4, 2018, 10am-2pm
Where: Sweet Eats Farm, Georgetown
Come enjoy the holiday at Sweet Eats Farm with a foam machine! There will also be fun farm activities including a petting zoo, pony ride, hay maze, jump pad, face painting and much more!
When: Wednesday, July 4, 2018, 10am (parade) 5-10:30pm (celebration)
Where: Milburn Park, 1901 Sun Chase Blvd., Cedar Park
The parade begins at 10 a.m. The route is along Discovery Blvd, starting at the H-E-B Center (Discovery Blvd and New Hope Dr) and ending at the Cedar Park Recreation Center. The event will feature live music, bingo, a washer tournament (at 4 pm), air castles, free watermelon and a fireworks display. Fees apply for food concessions, face painting, and carnival games and rides.
When: Wednesday, July 4, 2018, 5-9:30pm
Where: The Pfield, 1440 W. Pecan St., Pflugerville
Celebrate July 4th with pfun and pfamily in Pflugerville at the Pfirecracker Pfestival. Returning this year to the Pfield, you can enjoy music from Suede, food trucks, a kid’s area and of course… fireworks! PFREE!
When: Wednesday, July 4, 2018, 6-9pm with fireworks at 9:30pm
Where: Plum Creek Golf Course, 4301 Benner, Kyle
The pre-show celebration at the PCGC Clubhouse is free to the public and includes live music and fantastic viewing. Hot dogs and cold drinks will be sold under the large tent, along with other snacks.
When: Wednesday, July 4, 2018, 4-9:30pm
Where: Hill Country Galleria, 12700 Hill Country Blvd., Suite T-100, Bee Cave
Enjoy a day-long sidewalk sale! Stroll the streets of the Galleria and shop your favorite stores with outdoor displays. New this year, Hill Country Galleria is starting the festivities early at 4 p.m. with backyard games hosted by Camp Gladiator, including three-legged race, potato sack race, obstacle course, tug of war, and more, offering fun for the whole family. All games will be held on the lawn from 4pm-6pm and crowd participation is encouraged. Afterwards, bring chairs or blankets and enjoy the live music starting at 6:00 p.m. The splash pad will run from 9:00 AM to 9:00 PM on July 4th! Bring swimgear and water shoes for the kids. Firework show will take place at approximately 9:15 p.m. and subject to desirable wind and weather conditions. Parking and admission are always free.
When: Wednesday, July 4, 2018, 9am-9:30pm
Where: Buda Sportsplex, 310 Buda Sportsplex Dr, Buda
Join us for a Patriotic Parade on Main Street. Line up begins at 8:30 AM at City Hall. Awards will be given to the best decorated bikes. After the parade, enjoy free activities and more fun at the Buda Greenbelt near the Buda Public Library! Come back out to Buda Sportsplex for food, entertainment and a spectacular fireworks show! Fireworks begin at 9:30pm.
The Domain’s 11th annual food festival, Taste of North Austin, features local restaurants, cooking demonstrations, live music, and activities for all ages.
Returning to its original location on Century Oaks Terrace between Macy’s and Neiman Marcus, The Domain’s 11th annual Taste of North Austin will feature delicious light bites and refreshing beverages from over 25 of the best restaurants in North Austin. The all-day family food festival will take place Saturday, June 16 from 11a.m. – 4 p.m. The community will also enjoy free live music, prize giveaways and children’s entertainment. Guests opting for the VIP experience will receive a goody bag, complimentary drinks and access to the VIP lounge.
Mouthwatering aromas will fill The Domain’s open-air corridor, enticing guests to sample fares from participating local restaurants, including:
- Black Walnut Café
- The Brass Tap
- California Pizza Kitchen
- Copper Restaurant & Dessert Lounge
- Corner Bakery Cafe
- Cream Whiskers
- CRU Food & Wine Bar
- Cyclone Anaya’s Tex Mex Cantina
- Grand Lux Cafe
- The League Kitchen & Tavern
- Maggiano’s Little Italy
- Michelle’s Patisserie
- North Italia
- Paradise Smoothies
- Paul Martin’s Austin Grill
- Punch Bowl Social
- Southern Pressed Juicery
- Sprinkles Cupcakes
- Sushi Zushi
- Tony C’s Coal Fired Pizza
- Topgolf Austin
- Urban-An American Grill
- Xian Noodles
- Yard House
- Z’Tejas Southwestern Grill
The FREE children’s entertainment includes:
- Glitter Tattoos
- Balloon twisting
- Live Music
What: Taste of North Austin at The Domain
When: Saturday, June 16, 2018
Time: 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
The Domain (between Macy’s and Neiman Marcus)
11410 Century Oaks Terrace
Austin, TX 78758
Cost: Live music and children’s entertainment are free. Food samplings and VIP access will require wristbands, which will be available for purchase at The Domain’s Simon Guest Services or at the event – 10-tastes for $20, or the VIP experience for an additional $15. Beer and wine will be available for purchase at select restaurant booths.
Taste tabs will double as “votes” for the restaurant’s partner charity. The three winning restaurants will receive a Simon Giftcard® donation to support their charity of choice.
Call 512.873.8099 or visit The Domain’s website for more information.
Hat Creek Burger Company got its start in a food truck on 6th Street in Austin, TX, in 2008. Founder, Drew Gressett, never intended for the burger concept to turn into a family-friendly restaurant; however, as years passed, and he started a family of his own, his dream morphed into creating a place for the whole family to have fun. With 11 locations spread across both Austin and Dallas and 12 more planned for the next year in cities including San Marcos, Allen, Waco, Temple, Houston, and San Antonio, Hat Creek Burger Company aims to be the family-friendly restaurant for families across all of Texas.
What makes Hat Creek a family destination? For starters, each location has a unique playscape for the kids to run free. This is the perfect solution for parents looking for a place to enjoy a hot meal and not have to worry about keeping the kids entertained. The outdoor patio is the perfect place for parents to relax and have conversation while being able to keep an eye on their children. When starting the building process, Hat Creek’s first questions is always “where is the playground going to go?”
At its start, Hat Creek’s menu only featured burgers, but now the restaurant offers a wide variety of breakfast, lunch and dinner items. Opening at 7 am, customers can stop by or hit up the drive-thru to grab the breakfast of their choice. For those parents on-the-go, they have plenty of hot meals to help make those hectic mornings a little less stressful. Its breakfast tacos, platters and sandwiches are all “build it yourself.” Hat Creek’s breakfast, lunch and dinner menus are all made with integrity featuring ingredients from local suppliers.
All items are made-to-order, so mom and dad can custom order for those picky eaters or those with dietary restrictions. Hat Creek offers Paleo and gluten free options, as well. Hat Creek’s menu has something for everyone. Whether you’re in the mood for a juicy burger (they offer a Skinny version on lettuce instead of the bun, too), a salad, or a sandwich, their menu fits with a ton of lifestyles.
Sticking with its family-friendly promise, Hat Creek also offers half-off burgers every Tuesday for their Family Nights from 5 p.m. until close (9 p.m.). Every Thursday it also has $1 draft beer and wine for adults who might be looking to kick back and enjoy a cold one with friends or get an early start to their weekend.
At Hat Creek, each restaurant is built with mom, dad and child in mind. As a father, Drew’s vision for Hat Creek is to continue to provide a place for parents to have fun alongside their children, while providing fellowship and burgers to everyone who comes in contact with them. Whether it be breakfast, lunch or dinner, let Hat Creek handle dinner and do the dishes.
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