Wondering what to do in January with kids? Here’s our calendar

Wondering what to do in January with kids? Here’s our calendar

The Harlem Globetrotters are coming to the Erwin Center in January.
The Harlem Globetrotters are coming to the Erwin Center in January.

“Tomás and the Library Lady.” Pat Mora’s story about the son of a young migrant farm worker comes to the Zach Theatre stage in partnership with the University of Texas at Austin Department of Theatre and Dance. For ages 5 and up. 6:30 p.m. Jan. 15, 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays through Feb. 14. Mora offers a post-show discussion Feb. 13. Special autism/sensory friendly show 11 a.m. Jan. 23. $12 children, $16 adults. Whisenhunt Stage, 1510 Toomey Road. zachtheatre.org.

“The Amazing Acro-cats,” with Tuna and the Rock Cats. 7 p.m. Jan. 14 and 16, 3 p.m Jan 16, 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. Jan. 17. $26-$31. Stateside at the Paramount Theatre, 713 Congress Ave. austintheatre.org.

“Ben Hur Shrine Circus.” 7:30 p.m. Jan. 15-18, 11 a.m. Jan. 16-18, 3 p.m. Jan. 16-18. $9-$35. Cedar Park Center, 2100 Avenue of the Stars. cedarparkcenter.com.

Happening at the Bullock Museum: Free First Sunday. Celebrate Texas ranching including exploring a chuck wagon, trying a lasso and designing your own brand. Noon-3 p.m. Jan. 3. “Star Wars” Family Fun Fest. See the movie in the IMAX theater, enjoy games and puzzles, snap a picture with your favorite “Star Wars” character, do arts and crafts, and maybe win a giveaway. Free, except the movie. Noon-4 p.m. Jan. 16. Science Thursday. Enjoy science activities. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Jan. 21. Bullock Texas State History Museum. 1800 Congress Ave. thestoryoftexas.com.

Second Saturdays with Contemporary Austin. Make a modern birdhouse. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Jan. 9. Free. Laguna Gloria, 3809 W. 35th St. thecontemporaryaustin.org.

Thinkery Workshops: Exploring Exposions Kitchen Lab. For ages 8 and up. 10:30 a.m. Jan. 9 and 2:30 p.m. Jan. 10. $34 one child and adult. Family Night: Get Super Powered! Explore the science and engineering of super powers. 6:30-8:30 p.m. Jan. 15. $15. Super Judobots. For ages 8 and up. Make a Hydraulic Bot. 10:30 a.m. Jan. 16 and 2: 30 p.m. Jan. 17. $34 one child and adult. Soda Science. For ages 4-7. Experiment with soda. 10:30 a.m. Jan. 23 and 2:30 p.m. Jan. 24. $29 one child and one adult. Stop Motion Animation. For ages 4-7. 10:30 a.m. Jan. 30 and 2:30 p.m. Jan. 31. $29 one child and one adult. The Thinkery, 1830 Simond Ave. ThinkeryAustin.org.

Harlem Globetrotters. See the high-flying action. Will they win? We’re betting yes. $17-$120. 7 p.m.  Jan. 28-29. Erwin Center, 1701 Red River St. TexasBoxOffice.com.

Book People events: Ashley Hope Perez reads “Out of Darkness.” 7 p.m. Jan. 8. Cynthia Levinson reads and signs her middle-grade book “Hillary Rodham Clinton: Do All the Good You Can.” 11:30 a.m. Jan. 9. Katherine Catmull reads “The Radiant Road.” 7 p.m. Jan. 20. Kiera Cass “The Siren,” 7 p.m. Jan. 28. Emma Virjan reads “What This Story Needs is a Hush and a Shush.” 1 p.m. Jan. 30. Book People, 603 N. Lamar Blvd.bookpeople.com.

Barnes & Noble story times: Various days, times and books throughout the week at various locations. 11 a.m. Saturday story times at all locations: “Lady Pancake & Sir French Toast,” Jan. 2; “I’ll Never Let You Go,” Jan. 9; “Pete the Cat I Love My White Shoes,” Jan. 16; “The Wonderful Things You’ll Be,” Jan. 23; Groundhog Day, Jan. 30.

Happening at the library:

Family Movie Matinee: “Shaun the Sheep,” 2 p.m. Jan. 2, Windsor Park Branch. “Minions,” 6:30 p.m. Jan. 12. Twin Oaks Branch.

Mario Kart 8 Wii U Tournament. 2 p.m. Jan. 4, Howson Branch; 2 p.m. Jan. 9, Pleasant Hill Branch; 12:30 p.m. Jan. 16, Twin Oaks Branch.

Sew Happy. For ages 10 and up. 5 p.m. Jan. 5, Manchaca Road Branch.

Graphic Novel Book Club. 6 p.m. Jan. 7, North Village Branch.

Felt Friends World Tour — Pocket Yeti. 6:30 p.m. Jan. 11, Hampton Branch at Oak Hill.

Teen Book Club — “Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children.” 7 p.m. Jan. 14. Yarborough Branch. “I Am Princess X,”6:30 p.m. Jan. 19, Howson Branch. “Shadow and Bone,” 6:30 p.m. Jan. 21, Spicewood Springs Branch.

Art Lab for the Littles. Art making for preschoolers. 11 a.m. Jan. 21,  Terrazas Branch.

Author: Nicole Villalpando

Nicole Villalpando writes about families in the Raising Austin blog and the Raising Austin column on Saturdays. She also offers a weekly and monthly family calendar at austin360.com/raisingaustin. She tweets at @raisingaustin.

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