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    You’re invited! 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!

      Youth from 12-18 years old, and over 4’11”, can walk into any SoulATX class as our guests (with a completed waiver signed in-studio by their parent) from now through August 20th! And they might be able to receive P.E. credits for riding. Ask our Soul staff for more info!

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        Come have fun at our annual fundraiser Spring Carnival. We’ll have lots of games and prizes, petting zoo, rocking climbing wall, bungee trampoline, bounce house, face painting, virtual reality, cake walk, music, fire truck, dunk tank, and more! A Silent Auction with lots of great items too!

        Wristbands are $20 purchased in advance, $25 at the door. Individual tickets can be purchased in advance or day of.

          Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Lucy Dacus, Kyle Craft, U.S. Girls, and Red Yarn will perform live for Austin kids and families at the 6th annual MyMusicRx + YOU WHO! Rock Show for Kids at the FADER FORT on Thursday March 15.

          The YOU WHO! Rock Show for Kids is a family friendly, morning concert that benefits MyMusicRx, the flagship program of the Children’s Cancer Association (CCA). MyMusicRx bedside and online music medicine programs deliver the healing power of music to hospitalized kids across the country.

          Since 2014, YOU WHO! shows have cultivated a devoted following of more than 2,500 influential Austin moms, dads, and kids, treating them to up-close performances from artists like Shakey Graves, Sara Watkins, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes, The Zombies, Best Coast, Heartless “Bathtubs”, Tacocat, Aloe Blacc, and Les Claypool. YOU WHO! has raised nearly $80,000 to fuel MyMusicRx programs.

          MyMusicRx has served more than 180,000 children along with their families, caregivers, and medical professionals across the country including through a local in-hospital concert partnership with Dell Children’s Medical Center. In 2018, MyMusicRx will launch its bedside service at St. David’s Children’s Hospital. To ensure long-term, sustainable program growth, CCA has assembled a local advisory board comprised of community members and executives from leading Austin businesses and firms. Proceeds from ticket sales will support MyMusicRx’s local programs.

          Celebrate trees in the Texas Arboretum at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center with tree climbing for kids and adults, walks and talks, s’more roasting, fort building, a native plant sale and more. The Arboretum features a scenic trail, swings under the Cathedral Oaks and a substantial native tree collection.

          Activities include:

          • Plant sale
          • Family activities, including: Tree-o-cache with TreeFolks, crafts, games, scavenger hunt
          • Cornhole (bag toss)
          • S’mores by the fire
          • Tree giveaway with TreeFolks
          • Tree climbing with arborists from the Wildflower Center and They Might Be Monkeys (ages 7 to adult)
          • Aerial tree yoga demonstrations by Yogapeutics (noon-3pm)

          Walks & Talks

          11 a.m. – Trees in the Landscape with Wildflower Center Land Steward, Michelle Bertelsen

          Noon – Trees of Central Texas and Their Benefits with Brad Hamel

          1 p.m. – Keys to Tree Identification with Colleen Dieter of Red Wheelbarrow Landscape Consulting

          1 p.m. – Tree Habitat Walk for Kids with Wildflower Center Education Coordinator, Anjoli Fry

          1:30 p.m. – Celebrating the Trees of the Arboretum with Don Gardener, arborist

          2 p.m. – Tree pruning demonstration with Jennifer Hrobar

          3 p.m. – Oak Wilt Explained with Chris Dolan, City of Austin

          Book Signings
          Noon – 3 p.m. in the Store

          • “Book of Texas Birds” by Gary Clark & Kathy Adams Clark
          • “Discovering Westcave” by S. Christopher Caran & Elaine Davenport

          What: Winter Tree Fest
          When: Saturday, January 28, 2017
          Time: 11 am – 4 pm
          Where: Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave., Austin
          Cost: Free with museum admission ($10 adults, $4 youth)

          For more information, visit the event page at:

          We don’t have many opportunities to see snow here in Austin, Texas. But at the Scottish Rite Theater, in the month of December, it’s guaranteed to snow a little bit! This Saturday is your last opportunity to watch SNOW QUEEN 2: Riddle of Eternity at one of the oldest theaters in town.


          Gabby ventures into the virtual world of a video game called “Snow Queen 2: Riddle of Eternity” determined to reclaim her best friend Kyle who has fallen under its gaming spell.

          Austin composer/musician Laura Freeman returns with this all new musical for young audiences just in time for the holidays. This modern-day take on the classic Snow Queen fairy tale deals with themes of friendship, climate change, and gaming. And who knows? It might even snow again at Scottish Rite as it did last year!

          When: December 17, 2016 at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.
          Where: Austin Scottish Rite Theater, 207 W. 18th Street
          Cost: $12 for ages 12 and up, $8 for children

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          WHAT TO DO

          If you’re looking for something fun and festive this holiday season, the Long Center is the place to go. If you’re hoping for a night out with the family or a magical date night to remember forever, there are several events happening between now and the end of the year to choose from.

          • Ballet Austin’s Nutcracker, running through December 23rd
          • Of Mice and Music – A Jazz Tap Nutcracker, running through December 18th
          • A Swingin Christmas, December 20-22
          • Shen Yun – All New Performance with Live Orchestra, December 26-28

          There’s a show for all tastes and ages happening at the Long Center! For more information on tickets and times, click here.

          Where: Long Center for Performing Arts, 701 W. Riverside Drive, Austin
          When: Various dates through the holidays


          WHAT TO BUY
          Any Odd Squad fans in your house? Experience gifts make for great presents, and tickets to see Odd Squad LIVE! at the Long Center on January 15, 2017 will be a sure hit!

          Based on the PBS series, Odd Squad LIVE! is asking for your help in solving some oddness in your town. Team up with brand new agents Orian and Oleanna in this live, interactive adventure. With help from Ms. O back at headquarters, kids will put their STEM skills to the test and decode, decipher and unravel clues to stop villains like Father Time and Lady Terrible. Featuring an original script by the creators of Odd Squad and new music including songs by Soundcheck, Odd Squad: Live! is a laugh-out-loud, action-packed experience not to be missed.

          Odd Squad is an Emmy Award-winning series about a spy organization run by kids that investigates anything strange, weird and especially odd. Each episode follows kid agents as they track down villains, stop odd creatures and help people with odd conditions like The Jinx or The Sing-Alongs. Odd Squad is a little Men In Black for kids, mixed with Airplane and elements of Get Smart. Also embedded in each episode is a math lesson aimed at kids 4 to 8, leading to the expression: Odd is the problem, math is the solution.

          The show is best for all ages. Tickets start at $15 with an extra option of buying VIP passes that will get you in to meet the cast after the show. Find more information here.

          WHERE TO GIVE
          The weather is cooling down in Austin and there are many children in need of a warm winter coat. Coats for Kids distributes over 30,000 coats to local children, and they could use your help. If you have coats that you or your kids have outgrown, you can still donate them through 7 pm TODAY. Drop off gently used coats, all sizes including adult-sized jackets, at any local Jack Brown Cleaners location. If you miss the deadline to donate, you can sign up to volunteer on distribution day this Saturday, December 10th, or you can make a monetary donation online.

          Donate $30 to celebrate Coats for Kids 30th anniversary and you’ll be buying winter coats for two kids!


          A family four pack of tickets to see Odd Squad LIVE! on January 15, 2017. Performances available at 2 and 5:30 pm.

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          The temperature is finally cooling down in Austin! Now would be a great time to catch one of your family’s favorite flicks at Blue Starlite Mini Urban Drive-In, a classic drive-in located close to Mueller in Austin (1901 E. 51st Street).

          Complete with popcorn, hot dogs, s’mores and more, this urban drive-in offers many family-friendly films in a classic drive-in movie set up. With only 50 spots available, it’s recommended to purchase tickets in advance, especially during the busy season. Walk-ins and bike-ins are also welcome.

          What’s Showing in November?

          November 11th, 7:30 p.m.

          James Bond Night: Goldfinger and Dr. No

          November 12, 6 p.m.

          The Neverending Story

          November 18,  Gates  open at 6 p.m.; family-friendly drag show at  7p.m.; Movie at 7:45 p.m.

          Drag at the Drive-In – Mrs. Doubtfire

          Drag at the Drive-In is the one-of-a-kind, made in Austin experience hosted by The Blue Starlite, co-presented by The Austin International Drag Festival. We combine the cinematic greatness of drag on film with the artistry and power of live drag performances. Live drag performances will precede the film! Bring your dollar bills to tip your favorite queen (or tip them all!).

          November 18, 9:45 p.m. (Charlie Brown Thanksgiving pre-show starts 30 minutes before)

          Indiana Jones: Raiders of the Lost Arc

          November 19, 6 p.m.

          Goonies and Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark (With Charlie Brown Thanksgiving special Pre-Show). It’s a night full of adventure with a Spielbergian touch. A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving (30 minutes) will precede the features.

          November 25, 7:30 p.m.

          Goonies and Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark (With Charlie Brown Thanksgiving special Pre-Show). It’s a night full of adventure with a Spielbergian touch. A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving (30 minutes) will precede the features.

          November 26, 6 p.m.

          Grease the Sing-a-Long and Pretty in Pink (With Charlie Brown Thanksgiving special Pre-Show)

          Tickets start at $15 for small cars and go up to $35 for a large car. Tickets are available as a car slot with 1-2 people. You’ll have to add extra passengers if it’s over 2 people in the car. Walk-in and bike-in tickets are available as general admission. Read more about purchasing tickets here.

          Celebrate Halloween at in.gredients for a spectacular Boofest 2016 on Saturday, October 22, 2016 from 10 am – noon!

          Staci Gray will be performing some of her fantastically spooky songs while you and your little enjoy treats from Magnolia Lee Baking & Sugar Art, some costume fun from It’s My Party, free face painting, and carnival games. Jack’s Mom In Austin will be providing treat bags with healthy and organic treats from Happy Family and Eats For Tots.

          In addition to the fun above, there will also be a costume contest, raffles and giveaways benefiting:

          Prizes include:

          • Date Night art class from Imagine That – Art Space
          • Gift cards from Hat Creek Burger Co.
          • Pass to play from Toybrary Austin
          • Gift Certificate to Fit4MOM Sunset Valley
          • Mommy and Me Unicorn Costume from It’s My Party

          What: BooFest

          Where: in.gredients, 2610 Manor Road, Austin

          When: Saturday, October 22, 2016, from 10 am – noon

          Cost: FREE Admission with raffle tickets, food and drinks available for purchase

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          Celebrate fall, Halloween and Oktoberfest at these fun, family-friendly events happening this weekend in Austin!

          Boo at the Zoo

          When: Friday and Saturday, October 14 &15 from 6:30-9 p.m.

          Where: Austin Zoo, 10808 Rawhide Trail

          Boo at the Zoo is a fun-filled evening for ghosts and goblins of any age. Come dressed in your Halloween finest (no adult masks, please) and enjoy this Zoo-wide event including the Zoo bedecked in Halloween spookiness, nocturnal animals, unlimited trips through the Haunted Mansion and an eerie train ride. Cost: $15

          Oktoberfest at the German-Texas Heritage Society

          When: Saturday, October 15, 2016 from 11a.m. to 8 p.m.

          Where: German Free School, 507 East 10th Street

          Take a stroll through the beautiful historic gardens while listening to live music, sipping German beers and tasting German food! Kids of all ages will be entertained with a magic show, balloon art, storytime and more. Great food from Frank’s  and Pfeifers’s Bakery and outstanding German Beer are also at your fingertips during this fun filled event. Admission: $7 in advance, $10 at the door, 12 and under are free.

          Red Barn’s PumpkinFest 2016

          When: Saturday, October 15, 2016, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

          Where: Red Barn Garden Center, 12881 Pond Springs Road

          Kids of all ages will have fun at this annual festival with a bounce house, petting zoo and pumpkins, too! FREE!

          North by Northwest Oktoberfest

          When: Saturday and Sunday, October 15-16, 2016

          Where: North by Northwest, 10010 Capital Texas Highway, Austin

          Enjoy authentic German food and beer, live music, activities for kids including: bounce houses, face painting, Nate the Great Balloon Artist, and a bratwurst eating contest and a wiener dog costume contest, plus more at this event that gives back to local charities. Admission: $2 donation.

          Rosita y Conchita at Austin Scottish Rite Theater

          When: Sunday, October 16, 2016 at 11 am

          Where: Austin Scottish Rite Theater, 207 W. 18th Street

          Two sisters 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, sights and smells. Kids of all ages will love the rhyming bilingual dialogue and touching images. Cost: $12 adults, $8 children.

          Looking for more family fun this weekend?