November Kids and Family Activities in Austin

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Okay, so the leaves do not change in Austin like in this photo, but we do have lots of fun things we can do in our great city in November, while other folks are digging out from the snow. So, there’s that. Enjoy the lovely weather with your families and check out Enriched Family's roundup of family activities happening in the Austin area this month. As always, this list is not exhaustive, but includes a sampling of events and activities that caught my eye that I wanted to highlight. Additional good sources for activity lists are included at the end of the post. 

(Please note, the following is provided for informational purposes only; the information is accurate and true to the best of my knowledge, but there may be omissions, errors or mistakes, and no guarantees are made.)

Featured Events

Join Enriched Family around town this month for two informative events:

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Enriched Family’s Roundtable Discussion: A Systems Approach to More Harmony & Organization at Home and Work

Details: Feeling a little stretched thin? Want to explore ways to create more order and harmony in your work and home life? Grab a cup of coffee at The Hive Austin and join Esha Clearfield from Enriched Family for an informal and engaging facilitated discussion on implementing organizational systems to help you thrive in your personal and professional lives.

Presenter: The workshop will be presented by Esha Clearfield, M.P.Aff. and M.A. Esha is an educational consultant, productivity coach, and professional organizer with expertise in research, family organization, and project management. Esha is the President and Founder of Enriched Family.

When: Saturday, November 10th, 2018, from 10-11am. The first 30 minutes will consist of facilitated discussion and tips for home- and work-focused organizational systems, with the final 20-30 minutes open for Q & A.

Where: The Hive Austin, 10415 Old Manchaca Rd., Austin, Texas 78748

Cost: Free! I am testing out some new workshop formats and only ask that you fill out a quick survey at the end of the roundtable.

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The Enriched Family workshop - “Choosing the Best Preschool for Your Child: A Practical Workshop for Parents” - is coming up. I’d love to see you next week. Get your ticket today!

Details: Are you looking for a preschool for your child, but feel a bit overwhelmed by all the options out there? Curious about different educational approaches such as Montessori, Waldorf, or Reggio Emilia? Then this is the workshop for you! "Choosing the Best Preschool for Your Child-A Practical Workshop for Parents" will walk you through many key considerations and help you explore educational options. At the end of the workshop, you will have a clear plan, with step-by-step actions, that you can carry out as you investigate and ultimately choose the best educational environment for your unique child. The workshop will be presented by Esha Clearfield, Enriched Family President.

When: Sunday, November 11th, from 1-2pm. 

Where: Toybrary Austin, 2001 Justin Lane, Austin, TX 78757.

Cost: Tickets are $10/per family - available here. Childcare is available for $5/hour per child - please contact Toybrary Austin to arrange childcare only (512.765.4174 or info@toybraryaustin.com). If you have general questions about the workshop, please contact Esha Clearfield (512.454.8804 or hello@enrichedfamily.com). Thanks!

Free Educational/Cultural/Fun Activities

ATX Think Bilingual Preschool Expo 2018

Details: Think Bilingual Austin presents a showcase of bilingual preschools, enrichment programs, and resources in the greater Austin area. Participate in fun and engaging language-based activities for preschool-aged children and their caregivers. Languages include: Spanish, French, Mandarin and more.

  • Language Immersion Preschools

  • Language Immersion Group Classes and Activities

  • Child/Caregiver Programs

  • Language Learning Resources

  • And more!

When: Sunday, November 4th, 2018, 10:00am-1:00pm

Where: Asian American Resource Center, 8401 Cameron Road, Austin, TX 78754

Cost: Free and open to the public. Register here.

Austin Families Give Back 2018

Details: In celebration of Family Volunteer Day, Generation SERVE will host their 2nd annual Austin Families Give Back event, bringing the joy of family volunteering to families across Central Texas, while supporting more than 30 local nonprofit organizations all in one day! Austin Families Give Back is organized in the style of a family service fair where parents/caregivers and their children are able to learn about our community's needs and sample service projects to support organizations that fall under the categories of Animal Care, Children, Education, Environment, Health & Wellness, Poverty, Refugees and Senior Support. We provide each attendee with a Holiday Giving Guide that includes a variety of ways to give back and support the needs of our community during the holiday season! To attend this event, please register your family for one shift (shifts are 1 hour and 15 minutes long) between 12 and 4:15pm.

When: Saturday, November 17th, 2018

Where: Millennium Youth Entertainment Complex, 1156 Hargrave St., Austin, TX 78702

*If you are interested in learning about other individual and family volunteer opportunities, check out Do512 Family’s great list of Thanksgiving Volunteer Opportunities in Austin.

Festival of Learning

Details: Alt Ed Austin is hosting an afternoon of FREE family fun and learning. There's something for everyone! Alt Ed Austin is proud to bring attention to the abundance and diversity of unconventional learning opportunities we are so fortunate to enjoy in the Austin area. There will be information & activity booths hosted by innovative learner-centered schools, preschools, and other amazing programs serving both kids and adults. The Festival of Learning will also feature popular food vendors, cool arts & crafts for all ages, and family-friendly entertainment on an outdoor stage, capped off with a teen talent showcase after the school fair winds down, from 4pm to 5pm. Visit the official Festival web page to see the growing list of participating organizations and vendors.

When: Sunday, November 18th, 2018, 12-5pm

Where: Fiesta Gardens, 2101 Jesse E Segovia St., Austin, TX 78702

Senior Living Truth Series

Details: Westbank Libraries is partnering with Austin Senior Resource Alliance to present a year-long series of candid conversations with local experts focusing on the specific concerns faced by senior adults and their families. Join in on the fourth Tuesday of each month at 10:30am at Laura’s Library to be part of the conversation. The Tuesday, November 27th talk will focus on "The Truth About Living, Dying, and Leaving a Legacy.”

When: Tuesday, November 27th, 2018, 10:30am-12:00pm (series occurs on the fourth Tuesday of each month, from 10:30am-12pm)

Where: Laura Bush Community Library, 9411 Bee Caves Rd, Austin, TX 78733

General Events 

4th Annual Laura’s Library Artisans’ Market

Details: The 4th Annual Laura’s Library Artisans’ Market is a Friends of the Library fundraiser which aids the organization in providing student scholarships and supporting the Westbank Community Library District. The Market consists of approximately 40 unique artist booths; a silent auction with items from the Artisans’ as well as local businesses; and delicious food trucks. Admission is free and the show goes on rain or shine. For more information visit the event’s Facebook page.

When: Saturday, November 10th, 2018, 10:00am-4:00pm

Where: Laura Bush Community Library, 9411 Bee Caves Rd, Austin, TX 78733

Bébé & Moi - Bienvenue to French-to-Music at The Little Yoga House

Details: Ever notice how you can recall ad jingles from ages ago? Voilà, how French-to-Music works in a nutshell. If you care to start your day with a song and some silliness ...and whoa, maybe even pick up a few basic French concepts without even noticing...then this is the right series for you! Spotlight on kiddos 0-5, but everyone is welcome! Both English and French are spoken so no background in French is necessary! Holiday mini-series dates:

  • Sessions will run Wednesdays 10:15-11am, including Nov 7, Nov 14, Nov 28, Dec 5 , and Dec 12

Where: The Little Yoga House, 2700 West Anderson Ln., Suite 229, Austin, Texas 78757

Cost: French-to-Music is offering a special discount for families who sign up for the holiday mini-series on or before November 7! You may choose to attend up to five of the Wednesday dates above for only $75! Tickets here. Families can still feel free to drop-in on a one-off basis instead of signing up for the package deal, if preferred. Drop-in rate is slightly higher at $20 per session. No RSVP required thru 2018.

Gingerbread Fun Run 1K

Details: Kick off the holiday season with a special Gingerbread Fun Run for kids—it’s almost 1K! Your task: Go as fast as you can while chasing Thinkery’s festive Gingerbread Man around Mueller Lake Park across from the Thinkery. Enjoy seasonal hands-on activities for the entire family before and after the run in Mueller Park—and inside the museum, of course (museum admission will be charged for accompanying children and adults). Thinkery is teaming up with Variety – the Children’s Charity of Texas to ensure this Fun Run is open and accessible to kids of all abilities. The mostly paved and mostly flat route around Mueller Lake is wheelchair- and walker-accessible, with one unpaved 30-foot section covered in decomposed granite. Rain or Shine.

Event activities (9 am-noon) will occur in Mueller Lake Park across from Thinkery:

When: Saturday, November 17, 2018, 9am—noon

Where: Mueller Lake Park, across from the Thinkery, 1830 Simond Ave, Austin, TX 78723

Cost: Runner registration for child participant ($25 for non-Thinkery members, $20 for members); accompanying adult (FREE); child 0-23 months accompanying in stroller (FREE). Click here to book.

Holiday Prenatal Yoga Series

Details: Join Austin Born for a 4-week prenatal yoga series focusing on calming your mind, connecting with your body and your baby, and restoring your energy. Each week your instructor, Rebecca Garry, will guide you with breath, meditations, and yoga practice to ensure you leave feeling rejuvenated and have the tools to navigate the holiday season. Workshop Topics:

  • Week 1 INTUITION: A practice to work on staying connected to yourself when surrounded by lots of family and friends.

  • Week 2 REVITALIZE: Deal with exhaustion, stress, and disrupted joints and digestion.

  • Week 3 PRESENCE: Slow down and connect with your breath to fully embrace this season of your life.

  • Week 4 PEACE: A full restorative/yin class to completely relax and fill your cup.

When: Mondays, November 26th-December 17th, 2018, 7-8pm

Where: Austin Born, 5555 N Lamar Blvd., L-121, Austin, TX 78751

Cost: $79 for four classes. Tickets here.

Infant Massage Class with Baby Strokes

Details: Learn about infant massage with Melanie Wattles, RN, certified infant massage instructor. Experience the many benefits of providing massage to your infant:

  • Quiet your fussy baby with patience and love through the power of infant massage

  • Discover simple techniques to help reduce your baby’s discomfort from teething pains, colic and gas, nasal congestion, and stress

  • Learn how to connect with your baby as you better understand the infant cues your baby uses to communicate his/her needs

When: Saturday, November 10th, 2018, 10:30am-12pm

Where: North-Round Rock, Global Kids Preschool, 4 Chisholm Trail, Round Rock, TX 78681

Cost: $45 per two family members. Reserve spot by emailing babystrokes@gmail.com.

Kids Night Out at ArtBarn Texas

Details: Kids Night Out - Children may choose between scarecrow or turkey art projects. All students will leave with their art project. Ages 6 and up, completed kindergarten. Cheese pizza from Domino’s will be provided, gluten free pizza available for additional charge. 

When: November 10th, 2018 (recurring event - second Saturdays of the month). Drop off 6:00pm, pick up by 10:00pm. 

Area: SW; 14284 FM 2769, Volente, TX 78641

Cost: $45 per child. Discount of $10 for siblings - use code “KNO”.

Fun and Productive Events at The Hive Austin in November

Details: Looking for a cool coworking space with childcare? A fun place to meet up for playdates with your kids? A place to get your fitness on? Or maybe get your happy hour on? All this and more is available at The Hive. Feel free to come sans kiddos OR reserve a spot in the supervised childcare area for only $10/hr. Productivity here we come! There is a beautiful cafe area and lounge where any and all are welcome to visit or work at no charge. This month’s activities include an Intro to Hand Lettering Workshop; A dad’s meetup - Beards, Beer & Babies; a Mom’s Mixer; a Friendsgiving event; a Holiday Festival & Vendor Market; and so much more. Check the Hive events page on Facebook for details!

When: Various.

Where: The Hive Austin, 10415 Old Manchaca Road , Austin, TX 78748

Cost: Varies. See website for details.

Thanksgiving Celebration at Sweet Berry Farm, in Marble Falls, TX

Details: Family-run Sweet Berry Farm is lovely and offers a wide range of activities. The girls and I made a visit last Fall and had a wonderful time -- they made colored sand necklaces, jumped on a bounce pad, explored the seasonal kid corn maze, took pictures in the pumpkin patch, checked out the amazing goat "house," and sampled pumpkin ice cream. From November 17th-November 25th, the farm will be featuring a “Thanksgiving Celebration.” Enjoy mazes, barrel train rides, sand art, Turkey Hunt, feeding the goats, yard games, a berry bounce, and flower picking and pumpkins for sale! 

When: Open daily (even on Thanksgiving!), Saturday, November 17th-Sunday, November 25th, 11am-5pm. Closed Wednesdays.

Cost: Special admission pricing and activities for this weeklong event (ages 2 and under, free admission; ages 3-15, $15 per person, includes a wide variety of activities; and ages 16 and up, $5.00 per person). Check the website for more details.

Where: Sweet Berry Farm, 1801 FM 1980, Marble Falls, Texas 78654

Wide Variety of November Events at the Toybrary Austin

Details: Nature play with a COA Park Ranger; massage & body work with Alexey; music and art classes; educational workshops; free baby play dates; daddy and me playdate; baby sign language; chair massages; bubble party; date night child care; Elmo; holiday sale; and more! Toybrary Austin is a toy lending library and kids' birthday party venue that also offers drop-in childcare in Austin, TX.

When: Various.

Where: Toybrary Austin, 2001 Justin Lane, Austin, TX 78757

Cost: Varies. See website for details. 

Museum Exhibits and Programs

Comanche Motion: The Art of Eric Tippeconnic

Details: Comanche Motion: The Art of Eric Tippeconnic tells the story of a thriving Comanche culture rooted in the past but evolving toward the future. Co-curated by Comanche artist and historian Eric Tippeconnic, the exhibition blends the past with the present to honor the Comanche people. The exhibition features 34 artworks by Tippeconnic paired with historical Comanche artifacts, a juxtaposition that shows the inspiration for the artworks, as well as the historical evidence that underscores the rich heritage of the Comanche people.

When: On view at the museum through January 2, 2019 (museum hours are Monday-Saturday 9am to 5pm and Sunday 12-5pm)

Where: Bullock Texas State History Museum, 1800 Congress Ave., Austin, TX 78701

Cost: Museum admission ($13 adults; $11 seniors; $9 youth for ages 4-17)

 

STORIED & Pop Japan

Details: STORIED & Pop Japan - Works by Katherine Leung and JU Salvant | Pieces curated by Vincent X. Torres. Stories of heritage have inspired artists Katherine Leung and JU Salvant to create vibrant bodies of work. Tuvan culture is reflected in Leung’s Faces of Central Texas as she incorporates the folklore of golden light gods in her paintings of her Asian American friends while Salvant draws upon the personal history of a young girl’s journey from Vietnam to America and created a stunning visual story, Red Sky in the Morning. Both artists bring relevance to these narratives as they highlight the importance of remembering the journey of a culture whether fable or historical. A group exhibition curated by Vincent X. Torres, Pop Japan depicts an array of notable characters from Japanese television, film, anime, and manga that have left their mark on popular culture.

Museum/Location: Asian American Resource Center, 8401 Cameron Road, Austin

When: The exhibit will be on display October 4 to December 14, 2018 (open M, Tu, F, Sat, 9am-5pm; W and Th, 9am-9pm) 

Admission: Free and open to the public.

*If you and your family enjoy exploring Austin's many fantastic museums, check out Do512 Family's list of free times to visit Austin museums. 

Theatre and other Performances 

A Christmas Carol

Details: Austin’s most rockin’ holiday tradition returns to make merry with new music and surprises to get the party started. ZACH Theatre’s inspired adaptation of the Dickens’ classic is a musical sleigh ride through rhythm and time, infusing the traditional Victorian story with a score that spans all genres and eras. Motown meets the Ho-Ho-Holidays in this family-friendly spectacular, creating an infectious spirit that has everyone dancing in the aisles. Celebrate the season with the loving Cratchit family and three soulful ghosts as they take Ebenezer Scrooge on a joyride to rediscover his heart and love for human kindness. Age recommendation: 6 and up.

When: November 21-December 30, 2018

Where: The Topfer at ZACH Theatre, 202 South Lamar Blvd, Austin, 78704

Tickets: $30 and up, available here.

Erth’s Prehistoric Aquarium Adventure

Details: Long Center presents Erth’s Prehistoric Aquarium Adventure. The creators of Erth’s Dinosaur Zoo Live want to take your family on an all-new adventure—this time to the bottom of the ocean. Erth’s Prehistoric Aquarium Adventure is an immersive experience that invites you to jump in and explore unknown ocean depths where prehistoric marine reptiles lived eons ago—and maybe still live today! Erth shows are at the forefront of family entertainment, using actors, technology, puppets, science and imagination to create an amazing visual experience that connects young audiences to the real science of paleontology. All ages.

When: Sunday, November 25th, 2018 at 3:00pm

Where: Dell Hall at the Long Center, 701 W. Riverside Drive, Austin, TX 78704 

Tickets: Start at $29 and are available for purchase here.

Tortoise and Hare

Details: ZACH Theatre's Theatre for Families presents the Tortoise and Hare,  a musical based on the story by Aesop. Ancient versus modern. Brain versus brawn. Peace versus war. Reptile versus mammal. The ultimate culture clash between two tribes and a fantastical race to decide the fate of them all. Written by the talented Allen Robertson and Damon Brown, with modern music and energetic re-imagining of the ancient fable that will delight turtles and hares of all ages! Age recommendation: 5 and up. Run time: 55 minutes with a 10 minute intermission.

When: Weekends, September 8, 2018–January 27, 2019

Where: ZACH Theatre, 202 South Lamar Blvd, Austin, 78704

Tickets: $18 and up, available here.


Wake Up, Brother Bear!

Details: Theatre for the very young uses music, art and hands-on sensory experiences to connect children to literature. ZACH is proud to present Wake Up, Brother Bear! a unique, intimate production geared toward children ages 6 and under. Watch Brother Bear and Sister Bear experience a full year of glorious seasons: together we see a waterfall melt, meet a butterfly, chase an elusive fish and skate on an icy pond. Children are invited to join the action to help create magical moments.

When: October 16, 2018–April 2, 2019

Where: ZACH North Location, 12129 Ranch Road 620 N, Austin

Tickets: $12 (adults and youth), available here.

Also, check out these sites for lists of community activities for kids and families in the Austin area: 

http://austinkidsdirectory.com/events/all/ 

https://austinfamily.com

https://www.austintexas.org/events/

http://do512family.com

https://freefuninaustin.com

Happy exploring Austin's many offerings with your families! Please feel free to send us local kids and family events to: hello[at]enrichedfamily.com.

Esha/Enriched Family

Enriched Family is a unique, custom research and consulting business dedicated to providing families with the information, tools, and systems they need to live more organized and joyful lives. Services include: Custom family-focused research (child care, education, health and wellness resources, camps, and enrichment activities), family organization solutions (stuff and systems), and productivity consulting for busy, professional parents (planning and prioritizing, productivity coaching, and time management coaching). I offer a free, 20-minute initial phone consultation to all new clients to discuss matching your needs and priorities with my services. I invite you to check out my services and click the "Let's Get Started!" button below to contact me with questions.