Family friendly events in Austin, Texas are an ongoing occurrence. There are always great family friendly places and events to attend!

“Can you drive in those heels?”

I didn’t think much of the question—I can run a marathon in heels higher than the ones I was wearing when I walked into K1 Speed Austin. And I’d been in a go-kart before… how hard could it be? The answer, as it turned out, was K1 racing was hard enough for me to have to ask for help putting my helmet on, but not so hard that I had to curse my favorite boots.

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I’m not exactly a speed demon; I’m more of a car-dancer which is probably the product of growing up in a city where ‘driving’ primarily consists of stop-and-go traffic on I-35. Naturally, getting behind the wheel of a K1 Speed European-style 20hp electric kart made me a bit nervous. With top speeds up to 45 mph, and a track with turns tighter than a Herve Leger bandage dress, this is definitely more thrilling than the amusement park go-karts I was expecting.

This Monday (Feb 15th), K1 Speed is hosting a special event, The Pirelli World Challenge Driver Shootout. Some lucky fans will be able to race with their favorite pro drivers and there will also be a meet and greet!

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When: February 15th, 7-9pm

Where:
K1 Speed
2500 McHale Ct.
Austin, Tx 78758

Website: https://www.k1speed.com/austin-location.html

Article written by Dani Barrow for 365 Things Austin

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Happy 2016 everyone!

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For the 36th year, people willing to brave the brisk jump into the springs are invited to make the plunge. We have it a little easier than some of our polar bear jumping neighbors from around the country, as Barton Springs stays at a constant 68 degrees. So in today’s case, the water will actually be warmer than the air temperature! Regardless of that detail, this is still going to be some feat today as it’s definitely the coldest it’s been outside in several years.

They’ll have coffee and donuts to warm you up, and they’ll be selling 2016 commemorative T-shirts.

When: Today, January 1st, 2016

Time: 5:00am-10:00pm (the actual plunge will take place at 9:00 a.m.)

Location:
Barton Springs Pool
2101 Barton Springs Road
Austin, Texas 78704

https://www.facebook.com/events/1546375302321288/

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I can’t believe that we’re already at the end of another year. Living in the greatest city on earth must make time fly.


Tonight, the city of Austin is hosting a family friendly, alcohol free event for those who are looking for a good old fashioned celebration of the new year. They’ll have live music, interactive art installations, performances, and creative activities throughout the night including:

Bike Zoo: Human-powered puppetry featuring larger-than-life creatures powered by bicycles.
The Flying Balalakai Bros: Roaming interactive performance of Gypsy Folk music.
Scare for A CureFace Painting and theater crafts.
Sky Candy: Breathtaking works of aerial drama.
The Thinkery: Combining science and art through crafts and 3D printer demonstrations.
Russian Nesting Doll: Artist Bradford Maxwell will do an interactive live painting of a NYE-themed Matryoshka Doll. Take photos with the masterpiece!

There will be local trailers on hand including:

• Chi’lantro, home of Kimchi Fries and Korean BBQ
• Tacos from La Sirena Fantabulous Taqueria
• BBQ from Mickelthwait Craft Meats
• Hot Beverages from Elixer Coffee
• Lobster Rolls from Garbos
• Hot Dogs and Sausages from The Evil Weiner
• F’Real Milkshake and Smoothie Truck
• Hot Sandwiches from Emoji Grilled Cheese

The great thing, as always, will be the firework finale over Austin. Remember, fireworks are forbidden within Austin city limits, so this is a real treat. The city makes a fantastic back drop for for the show!

Admission: Free

When: today, December 31st

Time: 5:00 p.m – 10:30 p.m.

Parking: There won’t be parking at Auditorium Shores – however there will be parking in nearby parking garages. Check the website for more details.

Please remember that it’s a no refusal weekend. Capital Metro will be offering FREE rides tonight from 6:00 p.m. – 2:30 a.m. for more details visit, https://www.facebook.com/capitalmetro.

Location:
Auditorium Shores
South First & Riverside
Austin, Texas 78704

http://www.austintexas.gov/department/austins-new-year

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If you’re looking to get a little more rowdy, take a peak at the rest of our Top Picks for NYE: http://365thingsaustin.com/2015/12/17/party-like-its-2016-best-new-years-eve-parties-in-austin/.

I want to take a moment to thank everyone who’s helped inspire and support me along the way this year. The unwavering support of my family, my friends – I don’t even know where to start. The overwhelming support of it has truly left me speechless. To my mom and dad, my most consistent readers, I love you! Ali, I couldn’t do it without your support, ideas and wittiness, you’re the best sister anyone could ask for. Neff, thank you for always helping me think differently,  see new ideas, and always being up for ‘research.’  And of course to the people that read the blog everyday, it wouldn’t be possible without you! I always appreciate the suggestions, new ideas and criticism, it helps me improve the blog throughout the journey.  Thank you and Happy New Year.

Here’s to many more adventures and good fortune in 2016!

We took some friends and co-workers out for this ‘immersive escape game experience’ and had an absolute blast! We can’t share a ton of the details because it would ruin the fun, but lets just say the challenge includes role-playing from the staff, a top secret mission, and a multi-room puzzle that is perfect for families, team building, or groups of friends!

The prize:

One private room experience for up to ten people, bookable anytime during their normal business hours.

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The Trail of Lights is back in all its glory!

Walking through the one and a quarter miles of holiday awesomeness really gets you in the spirit. The various displays are all so different and each night has a different theme. There will also be performances, dancers and carolers along the trail. Vendors will also be present to serve you anything from hot chocolate (sounds nice right now) to hot pizza.

Don’t forget your camera or your holiday spirit! This is the 51st Anniversary!

For more holiday fun this month, check out our Top 25 Things To Do This December!

Admission: today – December 15th: Free
December 16th-December 22nd: $3.00

When: today – December 22nd

Time: 7 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Location:
Trail of Lights
2100 Barton Springs Road
Austin, Texas 78704

http://www.austintrailoflights.org/

Snow in Central Texas is obviously pretty rare. Some years we get a few flurries, but most of the time, nothing.

Today there is a 100% chance of snow at the Hill Country Galleria. They’re bringing in a load of snow that will be in front of the mall where kids can play and frolic until it melts.

If you’re looking for more fun this weekend check out our Weekend Top Picks or Top 25 Things To Do in December in Austin!

When: today, Saturday December 5th

Time: noon – 4 p.m.

Location:
Hill Country Galleria
12700 Hill Country Blvd.
Bee Cave, Texas 78738

https://www.facebook.com/events/446904552161328/

Set against a backdrop of twinkling lights, the 8th Annual Lights of Love 5K and Family Fun Run kicks off the holiday season. The fun begins in the Mueller Hangar with holiday festivities for everyone – family, friends, organizations, schools and even four-legged friends.

Strollers, walkers, joggers and runners don their best holiday outfit and enjoy a holiday inspired course in the Mueller neighborhood. Kids’ craft, photos with Santa Claus, festive music, hot chocolate and more round out an evening of fun for everyone!

Proceeds from the event benefit families with hospitalized children that rely on Ronald McDonald House Charities® of Central Texas.

If you’re looking for other fun around Austin, check out our Weekend Top Picks!

When: today, December 4

Time: 6:30pm – 9:30pm

Location:
Mueller Airport Hangar
4550 Mueller Dr
Austin, Texas 78722

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It officially feels like winter and tonight The Driskill kicks off an entire series of holiday fun.

The Driskill will be bright with holiday lights starting tonight at their annual Tree Lighting Ceremony. There will be choral performances to help get you in the holiday spirit!

After the tree lighting, The Driskill will continue to celebrate the holiday season through New Years so check out their Facebook page for a full line-up of the fun they have planned for this month.

When: Today, December 1st

Time: 6:00 p.m.

Location:
The Driskill
604 Brazos Street
Austin, Texas 78701

http://www.driskillhotel.com/austin-texas-holidays.php

Photo Credit: The Driskill Facebook Page

Tonight is the night, the famous Zilker Tree will be lit for the first time of the season..

I am so excited about the Tree Lighting this year as it is also a reminder that the Trail of Lights will be back this year as well. The Trail Of Lights will run December 8th – 22nd.

This 155-foot tall “tree” is composed of 39 streamers, each holding 81 multicolored, 25-watt bulbs totaling 3,309 lights. It’s really something to be seen and an absolute icon as you go past the park in December.

The Zilker Tree lighting dates back to December 10th, 1967.

The Zilker Tree will be lit every night from now – December 31st, 6 p.m. – midnight.

When: today, November 29th

Time: 6:00 p.m.

Location:
2100 Barton Springs Road
Austin, Texas 78704

http://austintexas.gov/zilkerholidaytree

The carnival is at once a celebration of the art of hand tossed pizza, a 10th birthday party for the restaurant and a charitable endeavor intended to give back to the neighborhood and the community that has made Home Slice one of Austin’s favorite eateries. All proceeds benefit this year’s non-profit recipient: Austin Bat Cave!

The Carnival-O-Pizza promises fun for all ages with:
• carnival-style games with a Home Slice spin
• kid themed offerings including our own invention: Pee Wee Pizzaioli
• A huge raffle featuring amazing prizes from business all over South Congress and Austin including the ability to make a reservation at Home Slice for an entire year
• Entertainment including music, fortune tellers, dancers, mustache painting, hairstyling and more
• Concessions including beer, Italian wines, beverages and of course pizza!
• Their now famous contests including dough tossing, the venerable pizza eating contest and last but not least, hands on an eggplant sub in which contestants vie to be the last person standing with their hand on 3 feet of sandwich for free pizza for a year; in 2010 the contest went on for an incredible 63 hours!

Schedule of Events

12:00 Gates Open
12:00  Fragile Rock
12:20 Raffle Drawing #1
12:50 Raffle Drawing #2
1:00 Big Don
1:20 Raffle Drawing #3
1:40 Parade of H.O.E.S
2:00 Hands on an Eggplant Sub (H.O.E.S) starts
1:50 Raffle Drawing #4
2:00 Pizza dough size competition
2:30 Raffle Drawing #5
2:50  Minor Mishap Marching Band
3:10 Pizza dough speed competition
3:50 Minor Mishap Marching Band
4:00 Raffle Drawing #6
4:15 Blitz Freestyle Breakdancers
5:10 Pizza Eating Contest Begins
5:45 Raffle Drawing #7
6:00 Grand Prize Raffle Drawing (must be present to win)
6:30 Happy Birthday to Slicey

When: today, November 14th

Time: 12 pm – 7 pm

Location:
Home Slice Pizza
1415 South Congress Ave.
Austin, Texas 78704

https://www.facebook.com/events/1475203659456247/