The historic Austin Scottish Rite Theater, built in 1871, is proud to bring you an exclusive staged production based on the beloved song, Puff, the Magic Dragon. Austin Scottish Rite Theater features newly restored seats, a gorgeous starry ceiling, and plenty of carpets for kids to sit on in front of the stage to be up close to the action!
WHAT TO DO
On Saturday, December 17th, Santa Claus is coming to town and he’ll be at Top Golf! This time, he’s bringing his own cookies … and cocoa. Bring the little ones to get a complimentary photo taken with Santa, and receive a FREE holiday-themed gift and, of course, cookies and cocoa. Free for the first 200 kids playing at Top Golf!
WHAT TO BUY
A bike with a bow under the tree is a classic gift to give. Shop local this year when you buy a WOOM BIKE, an Austin company that focuses all of its time and energy on designing high quality and lightweight bikes for children of all ages. With attention to detail including safety, ergonomics, handling, design, and non-toxic parts to create environmentally friendly bikes for kids, these bikes are ideal for families looking to give their kids their first bike or an Upcycle option bike that grows with them. WOOM bikes are designed in Europe. Research & Development takes place in Austria, with the US headquarters located right here in Austin, Texas (5555 N. Lamar STE D101)! For more information visitus.woombikes.comor follow WOOM BIKES USA on Facebook or Instagram @woombikesusa.
(1) WOOM1 Balance Bike Bundle: Includes WOOM 1 Balance bike (Red, blue, green or purple) + Plus Melon Helmet + Personalized Name Sticker + Anodized Bell, valued at $249. Winners can claim the prize of the package or apply the value of the package ($249) to any other bike purchase in the store. (2) A $50 gift card to Top Golf.
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When the kids feel the need to play, hit up one of Catch Air’s two locations in the Austin area. Perfect for children ages 1-12 years old, these indoor play places make for the perfect antidote to the age old, “Mom, I’m bored!” issue. For the smaller kiddos in the family, separate play areas are perfect for those not quite big enough to take on the massive slides, ball pit, and climbing structures. For families with younger and older kids, this is the perfect place to satisfy the play needs for a wide age range. The Catch Air Round Rock location is brand new and offers an out of this world space-themed experience!
Planning a birthday party? Make it special by having it at Catch Air. Scroll down to enter to win a birthday party for up to eight children!
HERE’S THE DEAL
Present the coupon below for $2 off a child’s admission.
WHAT TO BUY
Expedition Austin: A Kid’s Guide to the Weirdest Town in Texasis a brand new, locally-written book that can turn a ho-hum day into an interactive family adventure through Austin’s cool pools, rad family night sites, foolproof goof-off spots and quirky works of art. Its 120 colorful pages highlight36 awesome local places like the Cathedral of Junk, Campbell’s Hole, Pinballz Arcade and the LBJ Library in chapters like “Wonder,” “Splash,” “Family Night,” and “Cool School.” Though it includes useful guidebook info like an event calendar and logistics,it is also full of kid-centric add-ons like fun facts, games and missions that makeExpedition Austinmuch more than just a guide.
Looking to pick up a copy? Head to one of these Austin-area locations or order online.
WHERE TO GIVE SafePlace and the Austin Children’s Shelter provides on-campus services for children, young adults and families affected by abuse, exploitation and neglect. Donations are currently being matched by former board members, so now is a great time to provide essentials for the men, women and children who have experienced assault or abuse and are spending their holidays in the shelter. Donating is easy and can be done online here. If you’re looking for a gift for someone who has it all, make a donation in their name as a Tribute gift!
(1) A birthday party for up to eight children at Catch Air, valid at either the Austin or Round Rock location, valued at $249. (2) A signed copy of Expedition Austin.
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The Hill Country Science Mill invites you to be a part of creating a monumental holiday mosaic. Join us at the Science Mill to be a part of the coolest mosaic ever made. Use your imagination and creativity to design your original piece that will fit into the 10×10 ft mosaic artwork. They supply the materials, you supply the artistic touch. Fun for all ages! Be sure to keep an eye on their Facebook page each day to see the the image come together. And while you’re there, explore the unique museum exhibits, customized avatar experience, interactive maker stations and our new 3D movie: Titans of the Ice Age.
When: December 19-23 and December 26-30 Where: Hill Country Science Mill, 101 S. Lady Bird Lane, Johnson City Cost: Free with admission
WHAT TO BUY Give the gift of dance this holiday season! Ballet Austin’s Butler Center for Dance & Fitness is passionate about helping you to adopt a healthy and active lifestyle. Their high quality classes appeal to the diversity of our community with an offering of classes that are current and cutting edge for the beginner to the more advanced participant, and they strive to provide a meaningful, enjoyable, and memorable experience every time.
HERE’S THE DEAL Purchase a gift certificate* to Ballet Austin’s Butler Center for Dance & Fitness and give the gift that lasts. Receive 15% off any gift certificate* amount with promo code 12days.
*Gift certificates, once purchased, never expire, and may be redeemed at Ballet Austin’s Butler Center for Dance & Fitness. A wide variety of dance & fitness classes for adults. Offer expires 12/18/2016.
WHERE TO GIVE
The Texas Baptist Children’s Home, located in Round Rock, serves and strengthens children and families in the midst of crisis by offering grace, stability, and support. Children, and single mothers with their children, who come to TBCH are often orphans of circumstance – lost, hurting, and hopeless, without a place to turn for help during their time of greatest need. The residential and community-based programs provide a safe home and a stable family environment where they can learn, grow, and ultimately experience a happy, healthy future.
Looking to make gift donations for the families at Texas Baptist Children’s Home. You can find their wish list for items here.
WHAT TO DO The Austin Trail of Lights is one of those must-do holiday events in Austin. Take a leisurely stroll through the trail while taking in the 40 lighted displays with over 2 million lights! Holiday activities include an interactive kids’ area, photo opportunities including the famous rainbow tunnel, a visit with Santa, food and drinks, a carousel with some of the best views of Austin, and more. Take a break by the Yule log and reflect on the memories made at this year’s Trail of Lights.
When: December 10-23, 2016, from 7-10 p.m. nightly; Zip Pass entry begins at 6pm. Where: Zilker Park, Barton Springs Road, Austin Cost: Free from December 10-16; General admission is $3 per person ages 12+ from December 17-23. Purchase tickets here in advance to avoid long admission lines at the gate.
WHAT TO BUY
When you give a gift membership to the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, you not only support their work in making a better world, you invite someone special to experience the outdoors. Delight your loved ones with a field brimming with bluebonnets, a swing under the canopy of a Texas live oak, the wonder of monarchs dancing among the goldenrods. Members enjoy free visits all year long, and with a Family Level Membership, two adults and their children or grandchildren can enjoy the wonders of every season together. Make memories building a fort in the Texas Arboretum. Make it a day in the Family Garden, learning about wildflowers, witnessing wildlife and splashing in Dino Creek. Join in on exclusive “Wild Family” events with behind-the-scenes tours, cave crawls and more. What’s better than a year of flowers? Give the gift of membership to your family or anyone on your list.
HERE’S THE DEAL
Use the code “365Family” when you purchase gift memberships and the gift will come in a pretty box with extra passes, a limited edition magnet set and other goodies. Purchase by December 15 for delivery by December 24!
WHERE TO GIVE
The 18th annual Austin American-Statesman Season for Caring is a partnership between the Statesman’s Editorial and Community Development departments to raise funds that will help families in need and the nonprofit agencies providing services to them. Cash and in-kind donations are used to buy gift cards for groceries, gas, clothing and household essentials; pay utilities; provide necessary medical and dental care; and fund higher education and technical training to allow these families to become self-sufficient. Since the campaign’s inception in 1999, in-kind donations have included everything from autos, home makeovers and new dentures to a state-of-the-art prosthesis and much more.
(1) 10 Admission Passes to the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, valued at $100! Go wild and bring your friends on a field trip to the Center. Make it a play date, an epic picnic or be the best Secret Santa on the block! Learn more about visiting here. (2) A Platinum 2-pack of tickets to the Austin Trail of Lights, valued at $150. The Platinum packages include: Valet parking, Passes to the Trail of Lights, access to the park at 6:00 pm, drink tickets valid at bars throughout the park, ride passes for the Ferris wheel or carousel, and access to the Lounge in Zilker Village where you’ll find restrooms, cookies, cocoa and seating. Purchase required for ages 6 and over; children 5 and under are free with a ticketed Platinum adult.
WHAT TO DO Build a Gingerbread House at Foodie Kids…. a sweet, completely edible gingerbread house! Kids will embellish freshly made, fragrant Gingerbread Houses with candies, cereals, marshmallows and Royal Icing. Gingerbread Men, Hot Chocolate and Warm Cider will be served. Recipes included. A wonderful family event! Thanks to Foodie Kids for making it easier than ever. No mess, no cleanup. They do it all.
When: December 10, 17 , 21, 22 and 23, 10-11 am
WHAT TO BUY Give the gift of looking good this holiday season. That’s right…. buy your friends and family gift cards to Birds Barbershop for the latest dos. Whether getting all gussied up for Aunt Pearl’s Ugly Christmas Sweater Party or just needing a trim to usher in the new year, a gift card would make a great present for friends and family members of all ages. With eight Austin-area locations, it’s convenient no matter which part of town you live in.
Here’s the DEAL: Buy a $25 gift card for only $20. Buy a $50 gift card for only $40. Gift cards must be purchased in the store.
WHERE TO GIVE Ballet Austin’s purpose is to create, nurture and share the joy of dance through classically innovative arts. But there’s so much more to what they do. Their community and education programs serve over 50,000 people each year. The Nutcracker School Showsprogram is one of these initiatives and brings 13,000 Central Texas elementary students to The Nutcracker each year. Its mission is to provide all children, regardless of financial capacity, the opportunity to see a live dance performance at a minimal cost. Teachers are provided with resources such as The Nutcracker Footnotes, a production-specific performance guide with pre- and post-performance details, activities and discussion points.
WIN A family four-pack of hair cuts at Birds Barbershop, any location, valued at $176 and a spot in a Gingerbread Workshop at Foodie Kids, winner’s choice of date unless the class is full, valued at $45.
WHAT TO DO Spin around the roller rink at Playland Skate Center! With a state of art sound system pumping out tunes in the 27,500 square foot rink, the entire family will have a blast skating and burning off some energy. Worried about how to entertain the kids when they are out of school for Winter Break? Playland will be open daily (excluding Christmas Eve and Christmas day) starting Monday, December 19 through January 2, 2017.
Cost: $8.00 per person includes roller skates
Where: Playland Skate Center, 8822 McCann Drive, Austin
WHAT TO BUY Tickets to a show at ZACH Theatre! Perfect for husbands, wives, sons and daughters, coworkers, grandparents and more, tickets to see A Christmas Carol – A Rockin’ Family Musical would make a great gift for anyone on your list.
Running from November 23 – December 31, 2016 in ZACH Theatre’s Topfer Theatre, A Christmas Carol – A Rockin’ Family Musical by Charles Dickens is Austin’s newest and most rockin’ holiday tradition! Each year, ZACH’s A Christmas Carol features new hit songs and reimagined carols that create an infectious spirit that will have everyone dancing in the aisles. ZACH’s fresh and inspired adaptation of Charles Dickens’ beloved classic juxtaposes the traditional Victorian setting and costumes with a modern musical score that spans all genres. Come celebrate the season with three soulful ghosts, the Cratchit family’s boundless love, and Ebenezer Scrooge’s miraculous and joyous transformation. Recommendation: Six and up. Tickets start at $25.
WHERE TO GIVE The Saint Louise Houseprovides housing and essential services in Austin to women with children who are experiencing homelessness. While their Christmas wish list is taken care of this year, they do need gift cards to various stores to help the families with their needs throughout the year. Some suggestions for which stores they need gift cards to: HEB, Target, Walmart. With 100 families on their wait list, making a cash donation (via mail or credit card online) is also a great way to help. Find more information here.
WIN A family four-pack of tickets to the December 17 matinee performance of A Christmas Carol: A Rockin’ Family Musical, valued at $260 and admission for a family of four to Playland Skate Center.
In the spirit of giving, the folks from Springfree Trampoline are giving 365 Things to do in Austin readers another chance to win a trampoline, just in time for Christmas!
As we approach the holiday season, Springfree Trampoline wants to provide one Austin family with the “Best Gift Ever” — a FREE Springfree Trampoline. Between now and November 30, 2016, you can enter for a chance to win a Large Oval Trampoline, FlexrHoop™ (basketball hoop), and FlexrStep™ (ladder), plus delivery and installation*. (A total value of $2,646.)
Springfree Trampoline, Manufacturers of the world’s first “Smart Trampoline” is located in the Domain. Sensors on the trampoline mat connect via Bluetooth® to your tablet. Using your body as a controller, the sensors track your movement creating an interactive experience. With games to exercise both the body and brain tgoma encourages families to go outside and be active.
Entering is easy! Complete the form below by midnight on Thursday, December 1, 2016. Good Luck! Only one entry per household. Must be at least 18 years old to enter. The prize holds no cash value and cannot be exchanged. A winner will be contacted via email and given 24 hours to respond to claim the prize. If no response is received, a new winner will be chosen.
*Free delivery and installation within 45 miles of any Springfree store. Fees and restrictions may apply.
What’s more American than baseball and fireworks? Join Round Rock Express as they celebrate a special Red, White & Blue Weekend to celebrate America’s Independence Day.
The Round Rock Express vs. Iowa Cubs games are scheduled for July 1, 2, and 3rd at 7:05 pm. Enjoy the game, munch on a hot dog or some delicious food and sip an ice cold beer. Then, stay for the fireworks after the last inning!
If you’ve never experienced a Round Rock Express baseball game, you and your family are in for a treat. The excitement, the excellent selection of food and drinks, the music and cheering, combined with two grassy lawn areas and a Fun Zone with a playground for the kids…. it all adds up to good, old fashioned family fun time!
On July 1st, wear red to red out the ballpark. On July 2nd, wear white to white out the ballpark, and July 3rd, wear blue to blue out the ballpark. On the 3rd, the team will be wearing patriotic blue jerseys that will be auctionedr off to benefit the 100 Club of Central Texas. July 3rd is also kids day, which means post-fireworks, all kids 12 and under will run the bases.
Three winners will receive four infield reserved seat tickets to each of the games on July 1, July 2, July 3.
What do you have to do to win?
Complete the form below by 9 pm CST on Monday, June 27, 2016. The winners will be chosen randomly and notified by email with 24 hours to respond to claim prize. The tickets hold no cash value. Tickets cannot be transferred or redeemed for different dates. Must be 18 years or older to enter.
Sample the delectable fares from restaurants from The Domain and north Austin at the 9th Annual Taste of North Austin on Saturday, June 11, 2016, from 11am to 4pm. In addition to the food and drink samples, this all-day family-friendly event also has free live music, children’s entertainment, and of course, fabulous shopping.
Aromas of the various cuisines will fill Domain II, enticing guests to sample fares from local restaurants while families can experience the one-of-a-kind children’s play areas and green space in the Domain II.
Family-Friendly Activities Include:
Fun with Springfree Trampoline
Live music by Austin Party Band
Participating Restaurants Include:
Black Walnut Cafe
The Brass Tap
California Pizza Kitchen
Copper Restaurant & Dessert Lounge
CRU Food & Wine Bar
Dos Chivos Mexican Restaurant
Fleming’s Prime Steak House & Wine Bar
Maggiano’s Little Italy
McCormick & Schmick’s Seafood
Mia Italian Tapas & Bar
Nothing Bundt Cakes Arboretum
Punch Bowl Social
The League Kitchen & Tavern
Tiff’s Treats Cookie Delivery
Tony C’s Pizza
Urban – an American Grill
When: Saturday, June 11, 2016
Time: 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Where: The Domain, Phase II between Dick’s Sporting Goods and Dillard’s
11410 Century Oaks Terrace
Austin, TX 78758
Cost: Live music and children’s entertainment are free. Food samplings and VIP access will require wristbands. Beer and wine will be available for purchase at select restaurant booths. Wristbands include 10 tastes will be available for $20 at The Domain’s Simon Guest Services or at the event.
Go big this year with a VIP experience! Receive a goody bag, complimentary drinks and access to the VIP lounge with VIP tickets for an additional $15.
Taste tabs will double as “votes” for a restaurant’s partner charity. The winning charities will receive a Simon Gift card donation.
Would you like to win two wristbands to Taste of North Austin? We’re giving away two wristbands to two lucky readers! What do you have to do to win? Complete the form below by midnight on Thursday, June 9, 2016. Two winners will be chosen randomly and contacted via email. The prize holds no cash value and can not be transfered. Must be 18 years or older to enter.