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Things to do in Austin with the family, Dec. 31-Jan. 6


Austin’s New Year. A family-friendly New Year’s Eve party with events beginning at 3 p.m. Fireworks at 10 p.m. With a Bike Zoo, Dark Stack Media’s liquid light show, a giant Austin piñata, a stop-motion animation station, a crafting station, a magical fairy world and a train. Auditorium Shores, 900 W. Riverside Drive.

Mozart’s Christmas Light Show. 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. nightly through Monday. Mozart’s Coffee Roasters at Oyster Landing, 3825 Lake Austin Blvd.

New Year’s Eve Balloon Drop & Bubble Wrap Stomp! Ring in 2018 with crafts, snowball fights and balloon drops at noon and 2 p.m. Tickets required: $12. Thinkery, 1830 Simond Ave.

Whole Foods Skating on the Plaza. Ice skate from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. through Jan. 15. Closed Christmas Day. $10. Whole Foods Market, 525 N. Lamar Blvd.

Car seat check. By Austin-Travis County EMS. 9 a.m. Friday, Montopolis Recreation Center, 1200 Montopolis Drive.

Safe Baby Academy. With Austin-Travis County EMS. 9 a.m. Saturday.


“A Christmas Story: The Musical.” The classic Christmas movie comes to life. We double-dog dare you to go. 1 p.m. Sunday. $26-$86. The Long Center, 701 W. Riverside Drive.

“The Muttcracker (Sweet).” Circus Chickendog reenacts “The Nutcracker” with rescue dogs. 4:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Monday, Thursday-Jan. 7. $35-$15. Vortex Theatre, 2307 Manor Road.


Thinkery. Community Night. Get a sneak peek at Paramount Theatre’s “Go, Dog, Go.” 4 p.m. Wednesday. Free. Art Start: Super Sculptors! 9:45 a.m. Wednesdays: 1-year-olds; 10:45 a.m. Wednesdays: 2-year-olds. Through Feb. 21. $20 per class, $140 for the series. Exploring Seasons. 9:45 a.m. 2-year-olds, 10:45 a.m. 3-year-olds Fridays, Through Feb. 23. $20 per class, $140 for the series.Baby Bloomers. Boogie on Down in January. 9 a.m. Mondays and Saturdays, except Monday and Jan. 15. For birth to age 3. Petri Dish Art. Ages 4 and up. 10:30 a.m., noon, 2 p.m. or 3:30 p.m.Saturday. $8. Thinkery, 1830 Simond Ave.


Children’s Book Fair. Meet Peter Rabbit, Froggy and Ladybug Girl and hear stories. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave.

BookPeople story times. Things that Go, 10:30 a.m. Tuesday. Snow Day, 10:30 a.m. Wednesday. Paramount Theatre: “Go, Dog, Go.” 11:30 a.m. Saturday. BookPeople, 603 N. Lamar Blvd.

Barnes & Noble Events: 11 a.m. Saturdays story times at all locations: “What Do You Do with a Chance?”

At the library

Tabletop Tuesday. Play games in the children’s area and teen area. 5 p.m. Tuesdays. Central Library.

Bow Wow Reading with Aussie. 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, North Village Branch. Reading with Bonnie. 11:30 a.m. Saturdays, Yarborough Branch.

Music and Movement. 11 a.m. Friday, Old Quarry Branch.

Family Movie Matinee: “Alice in Wonderland,” the 1951 version. 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Twin Oaks Branch.

Express Yourself through Media and Technology. For ages 8 and up. 1 p.m. Saturday, Ruiz Branch.

Saturday Family Movie: “Despicable Me 3.” 2 p.m. Saturday, Windsor Park Branch.

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