Veterans Day Parade. Celebrate veterans while the parade goes down Congress Avenue downtown. 9 a.m. to noon Sunday. austinveteransparade.org
Central Texas Archery free shootout. For kids 8 and older. Try your hand at archery; no experience needed. Free. 2-4 p.m. Sunday. Central Texas Archery, 5400 E. Howard Lane, Manor. centraltexasarchery.org
Gingerbread Fun Run 1K. A fun run for kids of all ages and abilities that benefits the Thinkery. $18-$22. 9 a.m. Saturday. Thinkery, 1830 Simond Ave. thinkeryaustin.org
Pictures with Santa. Through Dec. 24, Barton Creek Square, Domain and Lakeline Mall. Reserve your time slot ahead of time at simon.com.
Bullock Museum. Science Thursdays. 10 a.m. Thursday. Bullock Museum, 1800 N. Congress Ave. thestoryoftexas.com
Thinkery. Baby Bloomers. Kids up to age 3 learn about exploring our senses this month. 9 a.m. Monday and Saturdays. $5. Art Start: Sculptors Workshop. 9:45 a.m. for 1-year-olds, 10:45 a.m. for 2-year-olds and 11:45 a.m. for 3-year-olds, Wednesdays. $20 per class. Namaste & Play. Explore our senses. 9:45 a.m. for 1-year-olds, 10:45 a.m. for 2-year-olds and 11:45 a.m. for 3-year-olds, $20 each class. Owl Pellet Dissection. Workshop for ages 4 and up. 10:30 a.m., noon, 1:30 p.m. Saturday. $8. Spark Shop Scribble Bots for ages 4 and up. Learn to use a robot to draw. 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday. $6 for a kit. Thinkery, 1830 Simond Ave. thinkeryaustin.org
Wildflower Center. Family Bird Walk. Explore the birds of Central Texas. 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. Saturday. $12 adults, $6 children. Sprouts. Hands-on preschool program. 10 a.m. Wednesdays and Fridays. Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave. wildflower.org
Toybrary Austin. Baby Sign Language classes. 1 p.m. Thursdays, $10. Messy Art Class. 10:30 a.m. Fridays, $12. Leave No Trace with a city of Austin park ranger. 10:30 a.m. Saturday. Drop-in Dance Class. 10:30 a.m. Tuesdays. Baby Play Date. 1 p.m. Tuesdays. Music Class with Miss Ariel. 10:30 a.m. Wednesdays, $10. Date Night Child Care. 5 p.m. Saturdays. $25; $10 extra sibling. Elmo's Coming! 10:30 a.m. Thursday, $12. Toybrary Austin, 2001 Justin Lane. toybraryaustin.com
Alamo Drafthouse events. PBS Kids at the Alamo: "Let's Go Luna." 10:15 a.m. Saturday. "The Grinch" Family Party. 9:30 a.m. Sunday, Lakeline.
“Tortoise and Hare” at Zach Theatre. The Aesop fable becomes a musical for ages 5 and up. 11 a.m. Saturday. 2 p.m. Saturday-Sunday. $18-$24. Kleburg Stage, 1421 W. Riverside Drive. zachtheatre.org
"Wake Up, Brother Bear!" This show for children 6 and younger tells the story of Brother Bear and Sister Bear as they go through the seasons. $12. 10 a.m. and noon Tuesdays and Thursdays, 2 p.m. Sundays. Zach North, 12129 N. RM 620. zachtheatre.org
BookPeople events: Kayla Olson reads "This Splintered Silence," 6 p.m. Saturday. Emiko Jean, Rebecca Schaeffer, Robin Lafevers and Megan Shepherd read "Empress of All Seasons," "Not Even Bones," "Grave Mercy" and "Grim Lovelies," 7 p.m. Wednesday. 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday story times: Wish Upon a Story Time! Tuesday. Ms. Staci. Wednesday. "Baby Feminists." Saturday. BookPeople, 603 N. Lamar Blvd. bookpeople.com
Barnes & Noble Events: Explore the Magic "Harry Potter." 2 p.m. Saturday, all locations. 11 a.m. Saturday story times at all locations: "Bear Says Thanks," Saturday. barnesandnoble.com
At the library
Lego Lab. 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, Twin Oaks Branch. 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, Spicewood Springs Branch.
Pajama Story Time. 6:30 p.m. Thursdays except Thanksgiving, Manchaca Road. 6:30 p.m. Wednesdays, St. John Branch.
Crafternoon. 3 p.m. Thursdays, Ruiz Branch.3:30 p.m. Thursday, Howson Branch.
Music and Movement. 11 a.m. Thursdays, Howson Branch.
Dance a story: "The Nutcracker." For ages 3-5. 1 p.m. Tuesday, Central Library.
"The Nutcracker": A Literature Live! Production. 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, Milwood Branch. 1 p.m. Wednesday, Ruiz Branch. 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Manchaca Road Branch.
Accio: Rubik's Cubing Club. For ages 8-18. 4 p.m. Tuesdays, Central Library.
Family Board Game Night. 5:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Central Library.
Walking on Sunshine Early Literacy Sing-Along Adventure. 10:30 a.m. Wednesdays, Central Library.
Bow Wow Reading with Roo the Dog. 4:30 p.m. Wednesdays, Little Walnut Creek Branch.
Early Literacy Playgroup. 11 a.m. Wednesday, Willie Mae Kirk Branch.
NBTween Graphic Novel Club: "Time Shifters." 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, St. John Branch. "Space Battle Lunchtime." 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, St. John Branch. "Pennyroyal Academy." 6 p.m. Thursday, Spicewood Springs Branch.
Library Escape Room: Mysteries of the Deep. 10 a.m. Saturday, University Hills Branch.
Mesoamerica Celebration. 10:15 a.m. Wednesday, Southeast Branch. 10:15 a.m. Thursday, Pleasant Hill Branch. 11 a.m. Saturday, Yarborough Branch.
Neighborhood Science: Fish Are Smarter Than You Think! 7 p.m. Thursday, Twin Oaks Branch.
Friday Movie Matinee: "Free Birds." 3:30 p.m. Friday, Old Quarry Branch.
Artly World: Explore Culture and Music of India. 1 p.m. Saturday, St. John Branch.