What a perfect week to enjoy some quality time with the family! Here are our top picks for fun events this week, presented by IT’S TIME TEXAS. And you can always check out the Do512 Family Calendar to view many more listings of awesome kid events in the Austin area. Also, be sure to download the free Choose Healthier mobile app for great ideas for getting out and staying active with the kids.

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Top 10 Austin Family Events to Check Out This Week:

Architects of Air @ Long Center
Through Nov. 29 (except on Thanksgiving)
weekdays from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. & weekends from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
This stunning installation is truly worth a visit! This is an interactive exhibit to wander through and feel transformed into an amazingly beautiful space. Each luminarium is a dazzling maze of winding paths and soaring domes of light and color. Admission to Architects of Air is $12 per person over 18 years old, $8 for ages 3-17, and children 2 and under are free. Tickets available at the Long Center, same day as entrance.

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Holiday Model Train Show @ ArtSpace Round Rock
Wednesday, Nov. 25 – Saturday, Jan. 2, 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Calling all train enthusiasts…make plans to visit the 3rd Annual Holiday Model Train Exhibit at ArtSpace in Round Rock! The Tinplate Trackers will have trains on display from Wednesday, Nov. 25 through Saturday, Jan. 2. from 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. Admission is free, but donations are welcome.

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Thanksgiving Storytime @ BookPeople
Wednesday, Nov. 25, 10:30 a.m.
Gobble Gobble, little ones! Thanksgiving is almost upon us. That means football, food, family, and stories! Storytime this morning is all about the yummiest of all holidays, so they’ll be reading seasonal books including I Know An Old Lady Who Swallowed A Pie. Free!

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A Christmas Carol @ ZACH Theatre
Wednesday, Nov. 25 – Sunday, Dec. 27
evenings at 7:30 p.m. & weekend matinees at 2:30 p.m.
In this upbeat version of Charles Dickens classic, you can enjoy the traditional Victorian costumes and setting combined with modern music, re-imagined carols and the vocal talents of very soulful ghosts of Christmas past, present and future. Tickets start at $25 and can be purchased online here or by calling the Box Office at 512-476-0541 x1. (Click here to enter to win a 4-pack of tickets.)

Photo credit: Kirk Tuck

Photo credit: Kirk Tuck

 

ThunderCloud Subs Turkey Trot @ The Long Center
Thursday, Nov. 26, 8 a.m.
Before you settle in for that giant feast, get your bodies moving at the ThunderCloud Subs Turkey Trot. Sign up for either a 5-mile or 1-mile run/walk, and let the children get in on the fun with the Kids K. $30 for the 5-mile, $25 for the 1-mile, and $10 for the Kids K. This events supports Caritas of Austin.

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CANCELLED due to rain
Santa on the Terrace @ The Long Center

Friday, Nov. 27, 10 a.m.
Bring the kids for a FREE photo with Santa and Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer overlooking the best view in Austin! Kick off the holidays and take a break from mall madness this Black Friday when Santa Claus comes to the Long Center. Sip delicious hot chocolate, enjoy some of Austin’s most delicious food trucks. *Weather permitting. Pictures are on a first-come first-serve basis.

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Blue Genie Art Bazaar @ Marchesa Hall & Theatre
Friday, Nov. 27 – Thursday, Dec. 24, 10 a.m. – 10 p.m.
Now in its 15th year, the Blue Genie Art Bazaar is a fixture of the Austin holiday shopping season, offering up thousands of cool and unique gifts from 200+ local artists. The bazaar features paintings, photography, prints, sculptures, jewelry, clothing, accessories, glassworks, ceramics, and even lots of kitschy stuff that can’t find anywhere else. Free admission and free parking!

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Exploration Station: Black Friday Activities @ Bullock Museum
Friday, Nov. 27, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Escape the crowds for a fun family holiday visit to the Bullock Museum on Black Friday. Explore the Story of Texas with activities and art projects. Take a break from the hustle and bustle and bustle and drop in anytime between 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. and make holiday ornaments and souvenirs! Activities are free with regular admission ($12/adult, $8 for ages 4-17).
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Christmas Light Show @ Mozart’s Coffee Roasters
Now through January 2016
Take the kids for this Austin tradition where music and lights are choreographed in a most entertaining display. The light show runs daily (except Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve & Christmas). Shows last about 15 minutes, start at 6 p.m. and run every hour on the hour until midnight. Free!

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Chuy’s Children Giving To Children Parade @ Texas State Capitol & Congress Ave.
Saturday, Nov. 28, 11 a.m.
Come wave to our Do512 Family float in the annual Chuy’s Children Giving to Children Parade! See giant inflatable balloons, festive holiday floats, famous children’s characters, spectacular marching bands, cool classic cars and Santa! Bring a toy to be collected & distributed by the Operation Blue Santa Program to a child in need. The parade starts at the State Capitol at 11th and Congress, moving south all the way to Cesar Chavez, ending just north of the bridge. Click here for a parade map.

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Bonus Day-Trip Activity:

Homestead Fair @ Homestead Craft Village at Brazos de Dios (Waco)
Friday, Nov. 27 – Sunday, Nov. 29
Want to take a little day trip while the kids have extra time out of school? Head to Waco to help to milk a cow, lend a hand at a barn raising, watch a master craftsman fashion a fine Windsor chair straight from a rough log! Sample foods, ride in a horse-drawn hay wagon. Click here to browse the daily schedule for a complete list of make-your-own projects for kids, including beeswax candle dipping, felting, making soap balls, learning to cross-stitch, shaping a wooden spatula and many more. Free admission. To pre-order your $7 parking pass, click here.

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–> There so much more to explore this week! Check out our Daily Calendar for more events, and be sure to sign up for our weekly newsletter to get reminders about Top Picks for the weekend.

—> Choose Healthier App for more healthy family activities: Be sure to download the FREE Choose Healthier mobile app for local health-focused information, activities and events right at your fingertips. You can also like IT’S TIME TEXAS on Facebook and follow them on Twitter and Instagram for healthy tools, tips, activities and motivation, and to show your support for the cause.

Have a fun week!