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Come on down to the Long Center tonight for Sound & Cinema with Galaxy Quest and the indietronica sounds of The Octopus Project before the movieThousands of Austinites will be flocking to the lawn to watch this unforgettable space opera on a giant inflatable screen with the gorgeous city skyline in the background.

This is all ages and free to the public. Bring folding chairs, blankets, and personal water bottles—but leave your alcohol, coolers, glass bottles, and boom boxes (Boom boxes? Yes it says “boom boxes”) at home please. There will be a ton of great food trucks, so come hungry!

When: Tonight, July 19th

Doors and Food Trucks Open – 6:00 p.m.
The Octopus Project – 7:30 p.m.
Movie Starts at Dark – around 8:45 p.m.

The Long Center for Performing Arts
701 W Riverside Dr.
Austin, TX 78704

Photo by roho foto via Austin Sound and Cinema’s Facebook page

If you’re up early on Friday, stop by for Rodeo Austin’s annual Cowboy Breakfast at The Long Center. The Cowboy Breakfast is a super-sized Texas breakfast that kicks off the Fair and Rodeo. Enjoy pancakes, authentic chuck wagon biscuits, doughnuts, brisket tacos and more at this FREE event. Featuring western-themed entertainment, live music, world renown trick roper, a longhorn and two-stepping lessons, the Cowboy Breakfast is fun for all ages.

The full menu includes:
  • Cowboy Coffee from Texas Coffee Traders
  • Hot Chocolate
  • Biscuits & Gravy
  • Brisket Tacos
  • Smoke Sausage Wraps
  • Catfish Toes
  • Doughnuts
  • Mini Muffins
  • Pancakes and Sausage Link Wraps
  • Kettle Corn
  • Pralines
  • Milk & Juice

What: Rodeo Austin’s Cowboy Breakfast
When: Friday, March 3, 2017
Time: 6-9 a.m.
Where: The Long Center for Performing Arts, 701 W. Riverside Drive, Austin
Cost: FREE

For more information: http://www.rodeoaustin.com/events/special-events/cowboy-breakfast/


Welcome to the seventh day of our 12 Days of Christmas for Austin Families! Be sure to scroll down to the bottom for your chance to win some awesome Austin prizes. Good luck!

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


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.

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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This Black Friday, come out to the Long Center for a day of holiday cheer to welcome Santa Claus back to the City Terrace for the FREE holiday event of the year! On November 25, 2016, the entire family is invited out to Santa on the Terrace to kick off the holidays on the busiest shopping day of the year.

The festive activities will include:

  • A FREE family picture with Santa Claus overlooking the best view in Austin
  • Coloring station
  • Post a letter to Santa
  • Live music
  • Food and drinks
  • Raffles and prize giveaways

The Long Center will also be on hand offering holiday deals for you and your loved ones that you won’t want to miss. Can’t wait for opening night of the Broadway musical, ANNIE, that evening in Dell Hall? Stop by to get your tickets while enjoying family-friendly activities.

Santa on the Terrace is weather permitting—check our website and social channels for updates. Pictures will take place from 10am – 1pm on a first-come first-serve basis—being in line is no guarantee of getting your picture taken, so plan to arrive early to be sure you get that favorite picture of Santa with the kids!

What: Santa on the Terrace

Where: The Long Center for Performing Arts, 701 W. Riverside Drive, Austin

When: 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Cost: FREE

RSVP: https://business.facebook.com/events/912846375514558/


Pollyanna Theatre Company is the first to bring ‘Theatre for the Very Young’ (TVY), a variety of theatre work and practices intentionally designed for children under the age of 6, to the Central Texas region. Whether the Weather – An Interactive Experience for Very Young Children, written and directed by Bethany Lynn Corey, runs November 9-12 and 16-19 at The Long Center.

Created for children 18 months – 5 years old, Whether the Weather follows two best friends, Sunny and Gus, as they explore the meaning of the British nursery rhyme. The pair moves between scenes with different types of weather—sunny, windy, rainy, snowy, etc.—discovering what makes each type of weather unique and confirming the strength of their friendship. Sunny and Gus learn that those we love and who love us are always by our side because they’ll “weather the weather whatever the weather.”

What: Whether the Weather by Bethany Lynn Corey

When: November 9-12 and 16-19 at 9:30 and 11:00 a.m.

Where: AT&T Conference Room in the Long Center for the Performing Arts , 701 W. Riverside Drive, Austin

Cost:  Tickets are $6.50 – seating is limited to 40 children per performance. Discounts available for groups of 10 people or more, call (512) 743-7966 or email pollytheatre@gmail.com. Tickets may be purchased by calling (512) 743-7966 or online by visiting http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2638781.


Bring the entire family out to the City Terrace at the Long Center for Bubblepalooza!, returning for its fifth year! This FREE annual celebration of open play, includes live music, chalk art, trailer food and tons of bubbles!

Activities include:

  • Live Music from the Kupira Marimba, Biscuit Brothers and Big Don
  • Theatre for the very young (0-4 years) presented by Pollyanna Theatre Company
  • Food Trucks
  • Arts & Crafts tent
  • Local vendors
  • Coloring Corner
  • Face painting
  • Ticket giveaways and more

What: Bubblepalooza

When: Saturday, July 16, 2016

Time: 9 am – 1 pm

Where: Long Center for Performing Arts, 701 W. Riverside Drive, Austin

Cost: Free

Parking available for $8.

Trouble on the Double by Holly Hepp-Galván and presented by Pollyanna Theatre, Central Texas’ most well-known children’s theatre company, will show at the Rollins Studio Theatre at the Long Center for the Performing Arts from July 9-17, 2016.

Best suited for kids ages 4-10 years old, Trouble on the Double follows the story of young twins who may look alike but have very different personalities. While one is brave and not afraid to try anything, the other is timid and does not like to take any risks. Can these siblings learn to balance each other out? How much adventure is fun and how much is dangerous? Hepp-Galvan’s newest play for Pollyanna will have audiences both thinking and laughing as the action unfolds. This production is sure to be a perfect summertime trip to the theatre for both summer campers and families.

Trouble on the Double is set in a larger than life world in which children can climb and jump vast distances, extremely large animals wave ten-foot-long tails, and shadows come to life. Set designers Holly and Patrick Crowley will construct the world, and projection designer and puppeteer Sara Farr will create the digital puppets and work with the performers to form the shadow puppets.

Parents, teachers and caregivers can download a free study guide to accompany the production by visiting www.pollyannatheatrecompany.org/teachers/lesson-plans/. The guide contains an overview of the play, educational objectives and pre/post discussion questions and activities.

What: Trouble on the Double by Holly Hepp-Galván

When: July 9 – 2:00 and 4:00 pm, July 10 – 2:00 pm, July 16 – 2:00 and 4:00 pm, July 17 – 2:00 pm

Where: Rollins Studio Theatre at the Long Center for the Performing Arts
701 W. Riverside Drive, Austin, TX  78704

Tickets: Tickets range from $12.50-$16.50. Discounts available for groups of 10 people or more, call (512) 743-7966 or email pollytheatre@gmail.com.

Happy Memorial Day weekend!

The Wizard of Oz at The Long Center

When: Friday, Saturday and Sunday, May 27-29, 2016, various show times available

Where: Long Center for Performing Arts, 701 W. Riverside Drve

Andrew Lloyd Webber’s new production of The Wizard of Oz is an enchanting adaptation of the all time classic, totally reconceived for the stage by the award-winning creative team that delighted audiences of all ages with their recent London Palladium revival of The Sound of Music. Developed from the ever popular MGM screenplay this new production contains all the much-loved songs from the Oscar winning movie score, all the favorite characters and iconic moments, plus a few surprises along the way, including new songs by Andrew Lloyd Webber. Tickets start at $29.

Monkeys & Gorillas Storytime

When: Saturday, May 28, 2016 at 11:30 am

Where: BookPeople, 603 N. Lamar Blvd.

HEY, HEY IT’S THE MONKEYS! Monkeys are great! They eat loads of bananas and bugs, can swing from trees by their tails and make for interesting, curious sidekicks in movies. Since we all love to celebrate our inner monkey, we’re having a storytime all about them! We’ll read Hand, Hand, Fingers, Thumb along with other super duper stories that will leave you wanting to swing from trees and eat bananas too. FREE!

Close Assault 1944

When: Saturday and Sunday, May 28 & 29, 2016

Where: Camp Mabry, 3038 W. 35th Street

Learn about uniforms and equipment, watch blank weapons firing demos, see armored vehicles, tanks and watch a reenactment attack on a German strong-point. Show times are at 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. both days. The 45,000 square-foot Texas Military Forces Museum will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. during the weekend and on Memorial Day as well. Members of the Texas Military Forces Living History Detachment will be exhibiting the uniform and equipment worn by the American GI in the European Theater of the Second World War, as well as those of his German opponent. FREE!

Live Kid’s Music at Whole Foods, Domain

When: Sunday, May 29, 2016, from 2-4 pm

Where: Whole Foods Domain, 11920 Domain Drive

Bring the kids out for a free show with Staci Gray at Domain Whole Foods Market’s Public Domain area. There’s a mini play area and food options for everyone. FREE!

Flying Theater Machine’s Pirates

When: Sunday, May 29, 2016 at 2 pm

Where: The Hideout Theatre,  617 Congress Avenue

Go on a journey on the high seas with a loveable and motley band of pirates in this improv show for kids. Search the seven seas for treasure, play games and listen to the cast as they regale each other with tales of legendary past adventures–which magically come to life, often with the help of kids and their parents. Kids (and their adults) are highly encouraged to wear their pirate costumes to the show! Cost: $5.

Bonus Memorial Day Events

Photo credit: Hideout Theatre.