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    Children, it is time to put those art skills to the test for a chance to win amazing chocolate! Delysia Chocolatier will host our annual chocolate Easter egg decorating competition on Palm Sunday, April 14th.

    Children from all over Central Texas are invited to visit our Culinary Center. You will be given a white chocolate Easter egg & edible ink markers for creative decorating purposes. The decorated eggs will be photographed & posted on Delysia Chocolatier’s website, our community & followers will vote for their favorite. The top three eggs that receive the most votes by 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, April 21st will receive a golden egg filled with our chocolate truffles, barks, and molded chocolates. The winners will be announced on Facebook, Instagram, & Twitter on Monday, April 22nd.

    Parents, as your children decorate their eggs, you’re invited to kick back, relax and enjoy a complimentary drink at our Culinary Center. We look forward to you joining us!

    Family fun is scheduled for Saturday, April 29, 2017 at Y at the Park: Family Play Day! Kids will enjoy age-appropriate booths and games alongside their parents. Families will also get to participate in the Family Fun 1K Challenge/walk through Mueller Lake Park!

    In addition to learning about YMCA programs, kids can jump from activity booth to activity booth (there will be over 15 booths to explore) learning about Summer Camp, Project SAFE, Early Learning Readiness, and more!

    What: Y at the Park

    Where: Mueller Lake Park, 4550 Mueller Blvd., Austin

    When: Saturday, April 29, 2017

    Time: 10 am – 2 pm

    Cost: FREE!

    Parking: Free parking is available in the garage behind the Thinkery.

    Head out to Central Market on North Lamar this Saturday, February 11th to celebrate friends. Creative Action is hosting this annual event for the family that celebrates friendship with interactive fun for kids and adults!

    Activities include:
    • Live music from Seu Jacinto
    • Friendship parade
    • Cookie decorating
    • Calentines and friendship bracelet creation stations
    • A friendship photo booth
    • And more!Don’t miss this fun and FREE event for the whole family!

    What: Friend Fest 2017
    When: Saturday, February 11, 2017
    Time: 1-3 pm
    Where: Central Market, 4001 N. Lamar Blvd., Austin
    Cost: FREE
    More Information: https://www.facebook.com/events/1445032538854267/

    Celebrate all things Star Wars with the family at the Bullock Museum on Saturday, January 7, 2017! This free event will feature:

    • Lightsaber demonstrations
    • Hands-on activities with intergalactic arts and crafts
    • Snap your picture with your favorite Star Wars characters from Austin’s The 501st Legion
    • Make a Lego Star Wars masterpiece with Play Well TEKnologies
    • Commence your Jedi training in a Star Wars virtual reality experience with Austin Virtual Reality
    • Star Wars prize giveaways
    • Sign the Princess Leia memorial banner and check out her iconic memorabilia courtesy of Dragon’s Lair Comics

    Make it a movie day and watch Rogue One: A Star Wars Story in IMAX® 3D on the biggest screen in Texas! Tickets are still available and can be purchased online or at the Museum’s ticketing counter. Screenings on Saturday, Jan. 7 at 1:00 p.m., 4:05 p.m., 7:15 p.m., and 10:20 p.m.

    Come dressed for the Rebellion! Please note: large props are not allowed into the theater and must be stored in a visitors service locker or vehicle prior to showtime.

    Where: Bullock Museum
    1800 Congress Avenue, Austin
    When: Saturday, January 7, 2017
    Time: 2-4 p.m.
    Cost: FREE! Note: Tickets are required to see Rogue One or for Museum exhibition admission.
    More information: http://www.thestoryoftexas.com/visit/calendar/star-wars-family-fun-day-2017

    Not one but TWO fabulous Dia de los Muertos events are happening this weekend – one in Austin, one in downtown Round Rock! Gather with your loved ones to remember friends and family members who have passed on and celebrate their lives at these annual festivals. Both are family-friendly and will feature processions, activities for kids, food and drinks, live music and more.

    Viva la Vida Festival & Parade

    Austin’s largest and longest-running Day of the Dead event features a grand procession and street festival with artist vendors, live music, food trucks, and community altars. Art activities for children and families will be also be available in the neighboring Frost Bank Tower Plaza, where the public will have an opportunity to take pictures with parade props, including large-scale moving sculptures and mojigangas. Additionally, the festival grounds have expanded this year to include Brazos Hall, where the public can enjoy even more vendors, face painting, lively performances, and a costume contest.

    Location: Downtown Austin (Congress to San Jacinto)
    Date: Saturday, October 29, 2016
    Hours: Noon – 8 p.m.
    Cost: FREE!

    Dia de los Muertos Procession and Festival

    Join the Williamson County Hispanic Heritage Committee, Round Rock Ballet Folklorico, City of Round Rock, Round Rock Arts and Univision for the fifth annual Dia de los Muertos procession and festival. Día de los Muertos is a traditional Mesoamerican holiday dedicated to the ancestors; it honors both death and the cycle of life. There will be crafts and activities for kids and art, craft and food vendors. Featured performers are Las Fenix.

    Location: Centennial Plaza, 301 West Bagdad, Round Rock
    Dates: Saturday, October 29, 2016
    Hours: 1-8 p.m.
    Cost: FREE!