Family Friendly Archives - 365 Things to Do in Austin, TX
Family friendly events in Austin, Texas are an ongoing occurrence. There are always great family friendly places and events to attend!

Plan to stay all day, EAT, SHOP and PLAY!

Gearing up for a full weekend of fun for the entire family, Cherrywood Art Fair is so much more than just a shopping destination — it is truly an Austin holiday tradition bringing together local eats, lively music and a plethora of engaging activities for the entire family!

Featuring 88 Texas artists and makers with perfect gifts for everyone on your holiday shopping list Including an eclectic group of goods ranging from whimsical toys for kids and pets to small batch functional ceramics to geometric jewelry and organic skincare products.
The music stage will come alive at 11am on Saturday morning to showcase a variety of musical genres including 18-year-old country singer Bethany Becker, sister pop trio Tiarra Girls, eight-piece brass band Interrobang Brass, indie group The Canvas People and Austin’s beloved School of Rock. Headlining this year’s Fair is the acclaimed singer-songwriter and past The Voice contestant Suzanna Choffel, who will take the stage on Saturday at 3pm.

On Sunday, the center stage will transition to entertainment with balloons and tricks from Magic by Carlos, an energizing performance from The Pink Flamenco Children’s Dance Academy, puppet fun with The Van Show, inspiring beats from Austin Community Steelband, Storytime with Sukyi McMahon and family friendly improv comedy by Hideout Theatre’s Flying Theater Machine.

Attendees can participate in a variety of offerings such as crafting with Catherine Prystup of, hair styling from Braid Babe, Face Painting by Ruth, a bike maintenance workshop with Yellow Bike Project, animal games with All Things Wild, a recycling education table by Break It Down, aerial performances by Circus of Hope, kid’s gardening activities with Gardenheads and many more fun-filled activity stations.

Be sure to stop by the Austin Creative ReUse booth for complimentary gift wrapping of all your Texas-made treasures. You’ll also be able to refuel at one of the many food trucks like Hat Creek Provisions, Heretic Handhelds, Jake Hates Coffee, Juana Taco, Mmmpanadas, Nothing Bundt Cakes, Texas Chili Queens and Wholly Kabob.

Cherrywood Art Fair benefits local nonprofit Chula League and the Little Artist Big Artist program – a free after-school arts mentoring program that pairs professional artists with East Austin elementary school children to teach them how to turn a concept into art, and art into a business. Look for their little artist creations at the 200+ item silent auction, which also features gift cards from popular local businesses and donated wares from each of the Fair artists.

For more information about the 2016 Fair, including the artist lineup, bands, food vendors, community partners, sponsors, schedule of events and more visit

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When: December 10th & 11th

Time: 10 am – 5 pm

Cherrywood Art Fair
3808 Mapplewood Avenue
Austin, Texas 78722

Hello winter in Austin. This is prime ice skating at Whole Foods weather (minus the rain). While the rink is not exactly huge, the entire experience is still pretty enchanting.

***Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays are always open to the public, but please contact the Lamar Guest Services team at (512) 476-1206 for updated information on public skate hours during weekdays, as they offer private party reservations on Monday – Thursday during the ice rink season.  Information on private party closures during rink operating hours will also be listed on the link below updated weekly.

Admission: $10 (per session /includes skate rental)

When: today, now – January 7th

Time: 10:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Whole Foods Downtown
525 North Lamar
Austin, Texas 78703


Attention Hello Kitty fans: The Hello Kitty Cafe Truck is here in Austin! The truck will be parked right by Men’s Warehouse at Barton Creek Square Mall all day today. If you are Christmas shopping, or just hankering for a sweet treat, make sure to stop by.  The yummy menu will include a three-piece Hello Kitty cookie set, a rainbow macaron box set with a surprise Sanrio character design, a 4-pack of mini cakes, and bow-shaped bottles of water.

When: Today, December 3rd

Time: 10:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m.

Barton Creek Square
2901 S Capital of Texas Hwy.
Austin, Texas 78746

Omni Barton Creek is officially kicking off the holiday season tonight. An evening at Barton Creek is the perfect way to get in the holiday mood. They have s’mores, Christmas lights, and an enchanting atmosphere.

Tonight they are having their 9th Annual Gingerbread House and Tree Lighting ceremony. The holiday shop is so fun to get lost in Christmas cheer. They will also have hot chocolate, games, and the gingerbread houses on display. There will be prizes announced for first, second, and third place in each age group for the gingerbread houses.

Now go be merry!

When: Today, November 30th

Time: 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Omni Barton Creek Resort & Spa
8212 Barton Club Drive
Austin, Texas 78735


Thanksgiving is over and we are heading full speed into Christmas! Kick off the holidays tonight at the Four Seasons Hotel, a place that really knows how to do Christmas. The kids will love the famous Gingerbread Village. The fairy tale is set to become reality with this year’s theme, revealing several whimsical—and completely edible— scenes from classic children’s stories and nursery rhymes. There will be hot apple cider, cookies, photos with Santa, and the opportunity to meet the talented pastry chefs behind the village.

The Holiday Open House takes place in the lobby and is complimentary for locals and visitors.

When: Today and Tomorrow, November 28th and 29th

Time: 5-6 p.m.

Four Seasons
98 San Jacinto Blvd.
Austin, TX 78701

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 10th – 23rd.

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 27th

Time: 6:00 p.m.

2100 Barton Springs Road
Austin, Texas 78704

Lots of us spent yesterday counting our blessings and feeling thankful—so maybe there is room in your wonderful life for one more? Today and through the weekend, the Austin Animal Center is offering free pet adoptions. What better way to spend this holiday weekend than saving a pet’s life? Give a playful pup or cuddly cat the gift of a forever home!, today announced it will work for a second year with Best Friends Animal Society to sponsor pet adoptions this holiday season. Beginning on Black Friday and continuing through Cyber Monday, customers at Austin Animal Center will have the opportunity to adopt a dog or cat through the Pawlidayz initiative. The company has pledged to donate a total of $1.25 million to Best Friends Animal Society.

All adoption fees are covered by!

When:  Today, Friday November 25th through Monday, November 28th

Time: 11 a.m.– 7 p.m.

Austin Animal Center
7201 Levander Loop Bldg A
Austin, TX 78702

After a successful run during our 2015-2016 season, the world premiere of Austin-based Lionheart Youth Theatre’s, Petra & the Wolf: A Texas-Based Adaptation of Peter & the Wolf, returns to the Stateside Theatre. This production unites the music of Universal Recording Artist Mother Falcon with the critically acclaimed puppetry of Glass Half Full Theatre. This new work inspired by the Prokofiev classic introduces young audiences to the journey of the fearless Petra. Her adventures are a showcase of female bravery and leave audiences walking away with a new sense of compassion and empathy. The show is a stunning piece of visual storytelling featuring magnificent puppetry set to a live score written and performed by Mother Falcon, a band NPR describes as “the little orchestra that can seemingly do the impossible.”

Best for Kindergarten and up

When: December 16th – December 18th

The Paramount
713 Congress Avenue
Austin, Texas 78701


Man, it’s going to be a beautiful day for this one—come one, come all! The 11th annual Carnival O’ Pizza is back for an afternoon of pizza-themed fun that’s bigger and better than before! Call all your pizza-obsessed friends and get down to South Congress to enjoy the perfect Austin day. Pants with an elastic waistband are highly recommended.

A celebration of Home Slice’s love for all things pizza, this free family-friendly event will have over-the-top pizza-themed activities and exciting prizes, with all proceeds to benefit Austin Bat Cave!

There will be carnival-inspired games, dancing, a photo booth,and raffles to win one of 60 prizes. One lucky raffle winner will be the only person in the world who can make a reservation at Home Slice for the next year!

When: Today, November 12th

Time: noon – 7 p.m.


Home Slice Pizza
1415 And 1421 South Congress Ave.
Austin, Texas 78704

It doesn’t get much more Austin than this: ultra-hip, custom designed, cooler-than-your-own-house houses for dogs. This Saturday, it’s the 12th Barkitecture design show, contest, silent auction and, most importantly, fundraiser! From its inception in 2005, Barkitecture has become an Austin favorite and gained national exposure. Hosted by Animal Lovers of Austin, Inc. this architectural dog-centric event showcases doghouses created by Austin’s best and brightest architects, interior designers,and builders. It’s a kid-freindly and pet-friendly event where attendees can check out and bid on these one-of-a-kind doghouses and learn about adoption opportunities from Austin Pets Alive!

You can also shop local vendor booths, enjoy a Fashound Show, hit the photo booth with your pooch, and check out face painting for the kiddos!

When: Saturday, November 12th

Time: noon – 4 p.m.

Jo’s Hot Coffee Good Food
1300 S Congress Ave.
Austin, Texas 78704