It’s going to be a soggy weekend, but luckily, a lot of activities are indoors this weekend. Take a look at our list.


“Polar Express”

Thinkery. Tinkering Tots: Let’s Create a Soundscape. 9:45 a.m. Fridays for 2-year-olds; 10:45 a.m. Fridays for 3-year-olds through Jan. 27. $20 a class. Thinkery, 1830 Simond Ave.

Texas Museum of Science Technology Star Party. Every Friday in December, look at the stars in the parking lot. 8 p.m. Fridays. Texas Museum of Science Technology, 1220 Toro Grande Drive, Cedar Park.

Barnes Noble Events: “Polar Express” pajama story time. 7 p.m. Friday, all locations.


Elgin Christmas Tree Farm. Hayride, pick your own tree, crazy maze, playground and more. Open for the season beginning 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. through Dec. 21. 120 Nature’s Way, Elgin.

Evergreen Christmas Tree Farm. Cut your own tree and then play old-fashioned games or roast marshmallows. 10 a.m. to dark through Dec. 24. 242 Monkey Road, Elgin.

“Cici the Hip-Hopera.” A hip-hop version of the Cinderella story. $15-$20. 7:30 p.m. Friday, 4 p.m. Sunday. Scottish Rite Theater, 207 W. 18th St.


Santa in the Garden. Find your favorite jolly old elf among the plants. 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday. Zilker Botanical Garden. 2220 Barton Springs Road. $3-$1.

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“Charlotte’s Web” is at Zach Theatre through Dec. 3. Winnie Hsia from Sky Candy plays Charlotte. Kirk Tuck

Breakfast with Santa. A light breakfast, crafts, a sing-along and Santa. 9-11 a.m. Saturday Dittmar Recreation Center, 1009 W. Dittmar Road.

Hancock Candle Trail. 6:30-9:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday. Walk the luminaria-filled trails of Hancock Recreation Center with carols and a special guest. 811 E. 41st St.

Montopolis Holiday Celebration. With a performance by the Austin Symphony Orchestra. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday. Montopolis Recreation Center, 1200 Montopolis Drive.

Bullock Museum.  “The Muppet Christmas Carol” movie. $5. 1 p.m. Saturday. Bullock Museum, 1800 N. Congress Ave.

Thinkery. Baby Bloomers for kids infant to 3. Learn about making things move. 9 a.m. Mondays and Saturdays. Special guests throughout the month. $4.50. Thinkery, 1830 Simond Ave.

Neill-Cochran House Museum. Making History: Gingerbread Houses. $35 per house. 1-3 p.m. Saturday.Neill-Cochran House, 2310 San Gabriel St.

Zach Theatre Open House for Zach North. Get a sample of the classes you can take plus performances. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. Zach North, 12129 RM 620 N.

“Snow Queen 2: Riddle of Eternity.” This new musical from Laura Freeman tells the story of when Gabby steps into the video game of “Snow Queen 2” to reclaim her best friend Kyle. 11 a.m and 1 p.m. Saturday. $12-$18. Scottish Rite Theater, 207 W. 18th St.

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Ballet Austin’s production of “The Nutcracker.” Choreography by Stephen Mills. Photo by Tony Spielberg.

Ballet Austin’s “The Nutcracker.” 7:30 p.m. Saturday. $15-$89. The Long Center, 701 W. Riverside Drive.

BookPeople events. Audrey Coulthurst, Paula Gardner and Amy Tintera read their books “Of Fire and Stars,” “Phantom Limbs” and “Ruined.” 2 p.m. Saturday. BookPeople, 603 N. Lamar Blvd.

Barnes Noble events. 11 a.m. Saturday story times at all locations: “How the Grinch Stole Christmas,” (with sign language at Sunset Valley). Saturday.

Literature Live Presents: “The Nutcracker.” 1 p.m. Saturday, Recycled Reads Bookstore.

Bow Wow Reading with Bonnie! 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Yarborough Branch.

Saturday Family Movie “Elf.” 2 p.m. Saturday, Windsor Park Branch.


Teddy Bear Tea at the Four Seasons. Enjoy a traditional tea service, reading of “’Twas the Night Before Christmas” and a visit with Santa. Bring an unwrapped new teddy bear for Dell Children’s Medical Center. $45, must make reservation at 512-685-8300. Noon and 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Four Seasons, 98 San Jacinto Blvd.

 Thinkery. Candy Chemistry Gingerbread Workshop. For ages 7 and older. 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday-Sunday. $12 per person plus $30 per kit. Tech Gingerbread Workshop. For ages 8 and older. 2:30-5 p.m. Saturday-Sunday. $12 per person plus $30 per kit. Traditional Gingerbread Workshops and Tot Gingerbread Workshops (for ages 5 and younger). 9:30 a.m., 9:45 a.m., 10:45, a.m. 11 a.m., 2:45 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. Saturday-Sunday. $12 per person plus $20 per kit.  Thinkery, 1830 Simond Ave.

“Charlotte’s Web.” Aerial artists Sky Candy bring the spider to life. 2 p.m. Sunday and Saturday; 11 a.m. Saturday. $16-$21. Zach Theatre’s Kleberg Theatre, 1421 W. Riverside Drive.


From top left, Jennifer and Kevin Miller react as their daughter, Laurel, 4, center, takes part in an inertia game at the Bullock Texas State History Museum. DEBORAH CANNON / AMERICAN-STATESMAN

Caring Santa. Come get your picture taken with Santa in this special event for kids with sensory, physical and developmental differences. 9 a.m.-11 a.m. Sunday, Barton Creek Square and Round Rock Premium Outlets; 9:30-11:30 a.m. Sunday, Lakeline Mall.

Bullock Museum. Free First Sunday: Celebrate. Learn about diverse holiday traditions. Noon-3 p.m. Sunday.Bullock Museum, 1800 N. Congress Ave.

Neill-Cochran House Museum. Sunday Funday. The Natural History of the Board Game. Free. 1-4 p.m. Sunday. Neill-Cochran House, 2310 San Gabriel St.

“Expedition Austin” book release party. Meet the author and illustrator of this book, which gives ideas on what to do around town with children. Giveaways and kids activities. Noon-2 p.m. Sunday. ABGB, 1305 W. Oltorf St.

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