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    Austin Water Lantern Festival is coming up on March 7, 2020!

    Voted #1 Best Cultural Festival by USA TODAY!

    Water Lantern Festival is a floating lantern event that is all about connections. Magical nights in cities across the U.S. include food, games, activities, vendors, music and the beauty of thousands of lanterns adorned with letters of love, hope and dreams reflected upon the water.

    As the sun begins to set on the evening sky, Water Lantern Festival begins to shine with the launch of the lanterns onto the water as we Light The Water together. Watch your unique lantern drift out into the water as it joins other lanterns carrying hope, love, happiness, healing, peace, and connection. It’s a night that you’ll never forget.

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    Snow angels, snowball fights, snow tubing — it’s all happening this weekend! Check out the following events. They’re going to be SNOW much fun!

    Snow Day at the Science Mill, Johnson City

    More than 30 tons of snow will blanket the Science Mill this Saturday! Kids can jump right in to the snow pit to make snow angels, snowballs and more, build a mini snowman, watch ice sculpting, fire a snowball slingshot, run the abominable obstacle course, build and launch a snowball catapult, and much more! Food trucks will be on site to provide nourishment, and Kona Ice will be providing snow cones. 

    Where: 101 South Lady Bird Lane, Johnson City

    When: January 18; 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

    Cost: Included with museum admission, $9.50-$11 

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    Snow Day at Wolf Ranch Town Center, Georgetown

    This free event will feature two play areas — one for children 5 and under and one for 6 and up — and two giant snow hills for tubing. The event also features other fun activities for the family.

    Where: 1015 W. University Ave. Ste 601, Georgetown

    When: January 18; 12 – 3 p.m.

    Cost: FREE

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    Pflugerville boasts more than 40 miles of hike and bike trails, and they want you to get out and explore them! Join the Pforty Mile Challenge to earn some cool swag and a discounted entry to the Deutschen Pfest 5K in May.

    Simply walk, bike or run 40 miles on Pflugerville trails by January 31. Track your outings via or any other fitness app., and bring proof to the Pflugerville Recreation Center (400 Immanuel Rd.). Customize this challenge for your family. However you complete it, you must be outside and in Pflugerville! 

    Where: Pflugerville Trails

    Date: Through January 31

    Cost: FREE

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    Ring in the Noon-Year!

    Countdown to the new year with your kiddos at noon instead of midnight! This fun trend means that your kids (and you) don’t have to stay up late … unless you want to!

    Thinkery Noon Year’s Eve Balloon Drop & Bubble Wrap Stomp

    The Thinkery will host two different celebration times for you and your family to ring in the New Year; 9 a.m.-noon (drop & stomp at 11 a.m.) and 1-4 p.m. (drop & stomp at 3 p.m.). Each celebration will include three simultaneous balloon drops and bubble wrap stomps; two downstairs for young revelers of all ages and one upstairs exclusively for toddlers. All party-goers can enjoy music, winter crafts, the Texas “snowball” arena, and experience special performances during each 3-hour celebration. Tickets required for all attendees.

    Where: Thinkery, 1830 Simond Ave.

    Time: 9 a.m.-12 p.m. and 1-4 p.m.

    Cost: $20/members; $25 nonmembers: $20

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    PlayMazing will welcome 2020 with hourly dance parties (featuring a bubble machine), photo booth complete with props, games, crafts, bubble wrap stomp, giveaways, raffles, and more! All activities are included in the price of admission. Festivities will take place from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. with the balloon drop at noon. 

    Where: PlayMazing Austin: 13450 N Highway 183, Suite 107; PlayMazing Round Rock: 1401 S Interstate 35, Suite 130 

    Time: 9 a.m.-3 p.m.; balloon drop at noon

    Cost: $7-14; first two adults are free

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    Pinballz Arcade

    In addition to video games and pinball machines, Pinballz will have a balloon drop, crafts, and prizes for all party goers. Tickets are $10 and do not include arcade games. Parties will take place at three locations: The Original Pinballz, Pinballz Lake Creek, and Pinballz Kingdom in Buda.

    Where: The Original Pinballz, 8940 Research Blvd.; Pinballz Lake Creek, 13729 Research, Blvd.; Pinballz Kingdom, 15201 IH 35 S., Buda

    Time: 10 a.m.-12 p.m.

    Cost: $10 per child

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    Austin Aquarium Noon Year’s Eve Party

    Ring in the noon year with your favorite marine friends! The Austin Aquarium’s  kid-friendly celebration will feature a balloon drop. The event is free with paid admission. 

    Where: Austin Aquarium, 13530 US 183 #101

    Time: 11:30 a.m.-12 p.m.

    Cost: Adults $15.95; Children $10.95

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    Noon Year’s Eve at the Austin Public Library

    This bedtime-friendly celebration features all things that go pop! Party-goers will be treated to crafts, games, and fun for the whole family. Party with the St. John’s Branch or Hampton Branch at Oak Hill. 

    Where: APL St. John’s Branch: 7500 Blessing Ave.;  APL Hampton Branch at Oak Hill: 5125 Convict Hill Rd.

    Time: 11 a.m

    Cost: FREE

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    Georgetown Public Library

    Countdown to noon with the Georgetwon Public Library. The celebration features a dance party, balloon drop, and snacks! 

    Where: Georgetown Public Library, 402 W. 8th St.

    Time: 11:30 a.m.

    Cost: FREE

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    Lake Travis Community Library

    Toast the new year by creating hats and noisemakers. Children’s performer Joe McDermott will help revelers celebrate!

    Where: Lake Travis Community Library, 1938 Lohmans Crossing Rd.

    Time: 11 a.m.

    Cost: FREE

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    Central Texas winters may not always feel wintry, but that doesn’t mean we can’t do wintry things! Ice skating is fun for the whole family and these two spots offer winter fun both indoors and out.

    CultureMap Rooftop Rink at Whole Foods 

    Ice skate in downtown Austin at Whole Foods’ flagship store! The rooftop rink is open 10 a.m.-10 p.m. daily (holiday hours vary). Tickets are $12 in advance, $15 at the door.  The rink is open through January 20. Select Monday nights are community nights. Half of all ticket sales will go to local charities. Visit for the schedule.  

    Where: Whole Foods, 525 N. Lamar Blvd.

    Hours: 10 a.m.-10 p.m., through January 20.

    Cost: $12-$15

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    Chaparral Ice

    Chaparral Ice is an Austin institution, and offers public skating hours every day, as well as a variety of classes. Learn to skate, play hockey, or hone your figure skating skills. They also offer spring break and summer camps for the kids. Their in-house cafe offers a variety of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages and snacks. Standard admission is $10, kids 5 and under are $5; skate rental is $5. Check their site for hours and to sign an online waiver:

    If you’re more of a spectator, check out their holiday ice show. Austin Holiday Wonderland takes place on Dec. 20 at 7 p.m. and Dec. 21 at 4 p.m. Tickets range from $12-27. Purchase tickets here

    Where: 2525 W. Anderson Ln., Austin

    Hours: Public skate hours vary by day

    Cost: $10 standard admission; $5 for children 5 and under; skate rental $5

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    Construct the gingerbread home of your child’s dreams at one of the many workshops happening around town this month. Whether you want to learn the chemistry behind candy-making or discover the art of engineering, there’s a workshop that’s right for you and your family.


    Thinkery offers four different workshops for you and your family to create and construct a unique gingerbread house. Choose from the classic workshop, Candy Chemistry, Seriously Sweet Structures, or a private workshop. Classes are available throughout the month of December. Registration does not include admission to Thinkery. 

    When: Various Dates

    Where: Thinkery, 1830 Simond Ave, Austin, TX 78723

    Cost: $5 per person

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    Gingerbread Villas at Laguna Gloria

    Design your very own candy home at The Contemporary Austin’s free monthly workshop. Create a house inspired by the architecture of the Driscoll Villa at Laguna Gloria. Reserve your spot here.

    When: Dec. 14; 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

    WhereContemporary Austin – Laguna Gloria location; 3809 W 35th St, Austin, TX 78703

    Cost: Free

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    Frost and decorate a pre-constructed gingerbread house using piping bags, marshmallows, gingerbread people, and candy. And there’s hot chocolate!

    When: Dec. 15, 21-23

    Where: 3818 Far W Blvd #107, Austin, TX 78731

    Cost: $40

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    Bake Austin

    Children ages 8-14 years old will assemble and decorate a super fun gingerbread house and bake some gingerbread cookies from scratch. Royal Icing, fondant, and an assortment of candy will be used to fancy our gingerbread houses up to festive code. And to make this class even better we will tell tales of the history of gingerbread houses and finish by reading Handsel and Gretel!

    When: Saturday, Dec. 21, 10 am – 2 pm

    Where: 1706 E 38th 1/2 St., Austin

    Cost: $50

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      Good news for gamers of all ages. Starting November 18 through November 24, blood donors who donate, or attempt to donate to any We Are Blood fixed site or mobile drive will receive a $10 Pinballz Play Card. We Are Blood serves 10 counties in Central Texas and is the sole provider of blood to Central Texas hospitals. The need for donors is high during the holiday season so now is a great time to give!

        The Laura’s Library Artisans’ Market is a craft show featuring 40 Austin area artists, a large silent auction and 2 food trucks. This is a juried show with all handmade, high quality items and minimal overlap between types of items. All proceeds benefit student scholarships, as well as various library programs always offered free to the public. Indoor and outdoor booths, rain or shine. Free admission and parking. Located just 3 miles West of Hwy 360 at the Laura Bush Library (9411 Bee Cave Rd.). Come enjoy the beautiful Hill Country setting, eat lunch and shop! #LaurasArtMkt

          Celebrate Austin’s birthday at our second annual Austin’s Birthday Bash event on Saturday, August 3 at Republic Square. Join us for a free celebration of the city we love with great food, fun & games, and a live music lineup you don’t want to miss!

          LIVE MUSIC
          Kalu & The Electric Joint
          Bidi Bidi Banda
          Girlfriend ATX

          Salt & Time
          and more!

          FUN & GAMES
          Yard games including TopGolf
          mirmir Photo Booth

          and much more!

            What better way to show your appreciation for all the lovely mothers and the wonderful things they do than with decadent chocolates?!? Delysia Chocolatier invites you to spend the day honoring Mom. Treat her to a complimentary chocolate tasting with flavors inspired by the gentle, pure, and elegance of these beautiful women.

            Our Lemon curd apricot chocolate truffle gives a spectacular culinary experience as the perfectly balanced lemon curd and sweet apricots explode in your mouth. Enjoy milk chocolate infused with the floral notes of rose water, a spiced hint of cardamom, and a salty crunch of pistachio as you nibble on our Pistachio rose petal chocolate truffle. Lastly, find your way to our award-winning Spiced wine berry chocolate truffle. Explore the graceful hints of spiced wine blended with a trio of berries that will bring poise and elegance to your palette.

            Take a moment to spoil your wonderful Mother with Delysia Chocolatier’s delectable truffles. We look forward to sharing this special occasion with you and Mom.