Looking for family events to do this weekend? Try these

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USE THIS PHOTO AS B1 CENTERPIECE. Dash Keep, 9, runs between openings at the new Architects of Air luminarium, Miracoco, at the Long Center on Sunday, January 26, 2014. The event runs through February 2. DEBORAH CANNON / AMERICAN-STATESMAN
Kim Ganoe and her daughter Madison, 9, far left, enjoy the family time at the ice rink. Her girls were too young to remember the last time they tried ice skating. Ice skating on the Plaza at Whole Foods downtown at 6th and Lamar . RALPH BARRERA/ AMERICAN-STATESMAN

Kim Ganoe and her daughter Madison, 9, far left, enjoy the family time at the ice rink. Ice skating on the Plaza at Whole Foods downtown at Sixth Street and Lamar Boulevard opens on Sunday.
RALPH BARRERA/ AMERICAN-STATESMAN

There are only so many movies and so much shopping you can do over the long holiday weekend.

Here are some other ideas:

Wednesday

At the library: Minecraft club. Bring a laptop or use one of the library’s. 4 p.m. Wednesday, Twin Oaks Branch.

Thursday

Stepping Stone Kids K during Thundercloud Subs Turkey Trot. 8:45 a.m. Thursday. $8-$10. Long Center, 701 W. Riverside Drive.thundercloud.com/turkey-trot/event-info/

Friday

Santa on the Terrace. Get a free photo with Santa and Rudolph with downtown Austin as your backdrop, plus hot chocolate and food trucks. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday. Long Center, 701 W. Riverside Drive. RSVP at TheLongCenter.org.

USE THIS PHOTO AS B1 CENTERPIECE. Dash Keep, 9, runs between openings at the new Architects of Air luminarium, Miracoco, at the Long Center on Sunday, January 26, 2014. The event runs through February 2.  DEBORAH CANNON / AMERICAN-STATESMAN

Dash Keep, 9, runs between openings at the Architects of Air last year. It’s back at the Long Center through Sunday. DEBORAH CANNON / AMERICAN-STATESMAN

Architects of Air. Travel through an inflatable wonderland. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday-Sunday. Tickets $12, $8 children 3-17, free for children 2 and younger. At least one adult per four children. Long Center, 701 W. Riverside Drive. TheLongCenter.org.

“Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical.” The live-action version of the animated TV show comes to life. 7 p.m. Friday-Saturday; 2 p.m. Saturday-Nov. 29. $24-$54. Long Center, 701 W. Riverside Drive. thelongcenter.org.

Bullock Museum Black Friday programming. Enjoy special activities and art projects on Black Friday. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Friday. Bullock Texas State History Museum. 1800 Congress Ave. thestoryoftexas.com.

Saturday

Chuy’s Children Giving to Children Parade. Bring a new toy to donate to Operation Blue Santa. 11 a.m. Saturday. Downtown along Congress Avenue.

Winnie the Pooh.” A.A. Milne’s story comes to life in musical form from Zach Theatre. 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays through Dec. 12. $15-$20. Kleberg Theatre, 202 S. Lamar Blvd. www.zachtheatre.org.

Thinkery Workshops.  Spark Shop Workshop: Woodworking. Ages 4-7. Learn woodworking basics. 10:30 a.m. Saturday, 2:30 p.m. Sunday. $29 one child and adult. Baby Bloomers learn about firefighters at 9 a.m. Saturday. The Thinkery is closed on Thursday but open on Friday with special Space 8 workshop hours for kids ages 8 and older. The Thinkery, 1830 Simond Ave. ThinkeryAustin.org.

BookPeople story times. Hear old favorites in a Blast From the Past story time, 11:30 a.m. Saturday. 603 N. Lamar Blvd.bookpeople.com.

Barnes & Noble events: Scout Elf Return Boot Camp. Prepare for your Elf on the Shelf to return. 11 a.m. Saturday, Arboretum and Round Rock.

“The Nutcracker” and “The Spirit of Christmas” story time. 11 a.m. Saturday, Lakeline.

Sunday

Afternoon in the Garden: Collecting Plants. Press different plants into a nature journal. 1-4 p.m. Sunday. $1 children and seniors, $2 adults who are Austin residents, $3 adult nonresidents. Zilker Botanical Garden, 2220 Barton Springs Road. zilkergarden.org.

Ice skating on the Plaza. $10 per person. 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Sunday-Jan. 9. Whole Foods Market rooftop, 525 N. Lamar Blvd.wholefoodsmarket.com

Zilker Holiday Tree lighting. Be one of the first to spin under the tree. 6 p.m. Nov. 29. Zilker Park. austintexas.gov/zilkerholidaytree.

 


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