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.

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

Here are some other ideas:


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


Stepping Stone Kids K during Thundercloud Subs Turkey Trot. 8:45 a.m. Thursday. $8-$10. Long Center, 701 W. Riverside


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

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.

“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.

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.


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.

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.

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

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.


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.

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

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