- By Nicole Villalpando American-Statesman Staff
Chuy’s Children’s Giving to Children Parade. It’s early this year, so set your calendar now. Free. 11 a.m. Saturday. Bring an unwrapped new toy to donate to Operation Blue Santa while you see the floats go by. chuysparade.com
Child safety car seat check. 9 a.m. Monday, CommUnity Care Clinic, 211 Comal St. 9 a.m. Wednesday, Gus Garcia Recreation Center, 1201 E. Rundberg Lane. Register at 512-972-7233. austintexas.gov
Thinkery. Little Thinkers Club. Nature as Our Canvas! Make art inspired by nature. 9:45 a.m. for 1-year-olds, 10:45 a.m. for 2-year-olds. Wednesdays through Dec. 13. $20 per class, $140 for the series. Little Thinkers Club. Amazing Animals. Do art and yoga inspired by animals. 9:45 a.m. for 2-year-olds, 10:45 a.m. for 3-year-olds, Fridays through Dec. 15. $20 per class, $140 for the series. Baby Bloomers. Learn all about shapes. For infant to 3. 9 a.m. Mondays and Saturdays. Special guests throughout the month. $5. Owl Pellet Dissection. See what an owl ate by looking at its poop. For ages 4 and up. 10:30 a.m., noon, 2 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. Saturday. $8. Storytelling with Ozobots. Make your own costume. For ages 4 and up. $8. 10:30 a.m., noon, 2 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. Sunday, Thinkery, 1830 Simond Ave. thinkeryaustin.org
The Contemporary Austin’s Free Teen Night. The Contemporary Austin welcomes teenagers to the Jones Center for an entirely teen-led evening of activities. Teens can explore the art of Wangechi Mutu and John Bock. 6 to 9 p.m. Friday. 700 Congress Ave. thecontemporaryaustin.org.
Wildflower Center. Sprouts. Hands-on preschool program. 10 a.m. Wednesdays and Fridays. Nature Play Hour. Play in the Family Garden. 11 a.m. Saturdays. Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave. wildflower.org
Toybrary Austin. Gardening Class. 10:45 a.m. Tuesdays. Free. Date night babysitting. For ages 1-5. $25 first child, $10 siblings. 5-8 p.m. Saturdays.Thanksgiving story time and craft. A snack, craft and fun with Hideout Theater guest. $10:30 a.m. Friday. $10 per child. Meet Curious George! 10:30 a.m. Saturday. $10 per child. Toybrary Austin, 2001 Justin Lane. toybraryaustin.com
That’s My Face: Youth and Young Adult Film Series: “Born Again Artist.” The story of Vietnamese American artists Christine Hoang. Free. 6:30 p.m. Thursday. Carver Museum, 1165 Angelina St. austintexas.gov
Alamo Drafthouse events: PBS Kids “Wild Kratts.” 10 a.m. Sunday, Lakeline. drafthouse.com
Hideout Theatre Presents: “Block Heads,” improv based on Minecraft. 2 p.m. Sundays. $5. Hideout Theatre, 617 Congress Ave. hideouttheatre.org
Pollyanna Theatre Company presents “Chicken Story Time.” Why did the chicken cross the road? To get to story time. Hear stories with a lot of chickens. For ages 2-4. 9:30 a.m. Thursday-Saturday, 11 a.m. Thursday-Saturday. $6.75. The Long Center, 701 W. Riverside Drive. thelongcenter.org
Zach Theatre presents “The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe.” Head to Narnia in the C.S. Lewis tale. 11 a.m. Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday, Saturday. More shows through Feb. 10. $18-$24. Whisenhunt Stage, 1510 Toomey Road. zachtheatre.org
BookPeople events. Marissa Meyer reads “Renegades.” 7 p.m. Monday. Liara Tamani reads “Calling My Name.” 2 p.m. Saturday. Story times: Milly McSilly. 10:30 a.m. Tuesday. Tiny Tails Petting Zoo. 10:30 a.m. Wednesday. Favorite Characters. 11:30 a.m. Saturday. BookPeople, 603 N. Lamar Blvd. bookpeople.com
Barnes & Noble 1 1 a.m. Saturdays story times at all locations: “Bear Says Thanks.”
At the library
Bow Wow Reading with Aussie. Bow Wow Reading with Roo. 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Little Walnut Creek Branch. Bow Wow Reading with Bonnie. 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Yarborough Branch.
Music & Movement. 11 a.m. Sunday, Pleasant Hill Branch. 11 a.m. Thursday, Howson Branch.
The Contemporary Austin Presents: Glowing Aliens. For ages 3-5. 10:15 p.m. Monday, Carver Branch. 11 a.m. Thursday, Manchaca Road Branch.
“The Elves and the Shoemaker.” For ages 5 and up. 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, Milwood Branch. 3:30 p.m. Thursday, Pleasant Hill Branch.
Storybook Dance Making. 2 p.m. Sunday, Recycled Reads Bookstore.
NBTween Book Club “Frogkisser!” 6 p.m. Thursday, Twin Oaks Branch.
NaNoWriMo: Writing Workshop for Teens. 6 p.m. Wednesday, Central Library.
Austin Ukestra. 1 p.m. Sunday, Recycled Reads Bookstore.
Crafternoon. 3:30 p.m. Monday, Manchaca Road Branch. 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, Howson Branch.
Family Movie Night: “Captain Underpants.” 6 p.m. Tuesday, Twin Oaks Branch.
Mother-Daughter Book Club: “When the Sea Turned to Silver.” 6 p.m. Wednesday, Hampton Branch.
Family Craft Night. 6:30 a.m. Wednesday, Howson Branch.
Teen Book Club. 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Spicewood Springs Branch.
Friday Movie Matinee: “Nightmare Before Christmas.” 3:30 p.m. Friday, Old Quarry Branch.