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Family-friendly New Year’s celebrations and more family fun, Dec. 29-Jan. 4

Nicole Villalpando nvillalpando@statesman.com
Sydney Wright, 7, runs through bubbles at Austin's New Year's Eve celebration at Vic Mathias Shores in 2017. [JAY JANNER / AMERICAN-STATESMAN]

New Year’s Eve celebrations

New Year’s Eve Balloon Stomp. Celebrate New Year’s with this party. 9 a.m. to noon, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. New Year’s Eve. $20 per member/child. Thinkery, 1830 Simond Ave. thinkeryaustin.org

Austin’s New Year. This free family-friendly event begins at 7:30 p.m. on New Year’s Eve and ends with fireworks at 10 p.m. You’ll be home well before midnight. Vic Mathias Shores. austinsnewyear.com

New Year’s Eve: Family Barrel Bash. Crafting, dancing, karaoke and more. 1 p.m. Tuesday, Mueller Alamo Drafthouse.

Pinballz Noon Year’s Kids. A party and a balloon drop. $10. 10 a.m. to noon, Tuesday. pinballzarcade.com

Noon Year’s Party. 11 a.m. Tuesday, St. John Branch, Hampton Branch.

PlayMazing Austin and Round Rock. New Year’s Eve complete with a New Year’s Eve balloon drop at noon. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. with dance party and bubble machine, photo booth, games, crafts and more. 1401 S. Interstate 35, No. 130, Round Rock, and 13450 N. U.S. 183, Suite 107. PlayMazing.fun

Toybrary Austin. New Year’s Eve. Dress up. Decorate hats, glitter and confetti. Balloon drop at noon. 10:30 a.m. Tuesday. $12. 2001 Justin Lane. toybraryaustin.com

Holiday events

Holiday Light Stroll. Hyatt Regency Lost Pines Resort & Spa provides a free festive trail. At sunset through Wednesday. 575 Hyatt Lost Pines Road, Lost Pines. hyatt.com

Whole Foods’ ice skating rink. 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. through Jan. 20. Whole Foods, 525 N. Lamar Blvd. $12. Wholefoods.com

Theater

Hideout Kids: “Outrageous Holiday Tales.” Join the cast in creating the story. 11 a.m. Sunday. $5. Hideout Theatre, 617 Congress Ave. hideouttheatre.org

“A Christmas Carol.” Zach Theatre’s annual show for ages 6 and up. 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. Sunday. Tickets start at $30. Topfer Theatre, 202 S. Lamar Blvd. zachtheatre.org

Circus Chickendog, “The Mutt-Cracker (Sweet!)” See the dogs perform the classic story. 4:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Sunday, Thursday-Saturday. 4:30 p.m. Wednesday and Jan. 5. $37-$15. The Vortex, 2307 Manor Road. vortexrep.org

“Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical.” 3 p.m. Sunday. $38-$68. H-E-B Center, 2100 Avenue of the Stars, Cedar Park. Hebcenter.com

Museums

Thinkery. Cupcake Geology. For ages 4 and up. Practice geology in pastry and learn about Earth’s core. 11 a.m., 1 p.m. or 2:30 p.m. Friday-Jan. 5. $8. Baby Bloomers. Ages birth to 3. Mi Casa Es Tu Casa introduction to French and Spanish. 9 a.m. Saturday. $5. Thinkery, 1830 Simond Ave. thinkeryaustin.org

Events

Learn how to do archery. 1-3 p.m. Saturday and Jan. 5. Saturday is Military Appreciation. Jan. 5 is Teacher Appreciation. Central Texas Archery, 5400 E. Howard Lane, Manor. centraltexasarchery.org

Movies

Alamo Drafthouse. Kids Camp: “Sing.” 10 a.m. Monday-Thursday. Lakeline. 10:45 a.m. Sunday-Thursday, Slaughter Lane. “Paddington,” 9 a.m. Monday and Tuesday, Mueller.

Music

Live at the Hive. Kids music and play. Strawbitty Yops play Saturday. The Hive, 10542 Menchaca Road. facebook.com/hiveaustin

Book readings

Barnes & Noble. 11 a.m. Saturday story time: “Grumpy Monkey,” Saturday. Baby and Me story time at all locations, 11 a.m. Sundays: “Pop-up Peekaboo: Things That Go,” Sunday. barnesandnoble.com

BookPeople. BookPeople adds extra story times during winter break. All story times are at 10:30 a.m. Being Unique is the Jam, Sunday; Snowflake, Monday; Last Storytime of the Decade, Tuesday; Super Magic Rainbow, Wednesday; Princesses and Warriors, Thursday; Gutsy, Friday; Dance Party, Saturday. BookPeople, 603 N. Lamar Blvd. BookPeople.com.

At the library

Edge of Imagination Station: Make a Stop-Motion Animation. 11 a.m. Monday, Central Library.

Family Movie Afternoon: “Balto.” 1 p.m. Monday, Central Library.

Monday Night Movie: “Field of Dreams.” 5 p.m. Monday, Willie Mae Kirk Branch.

Family Movie Afternoon. “Mary Poppins Returns,” 1 p.m. Thursday, Central Library.

Just for Teens: Dev Launchers Coding Lab. Noon to 5 p.m. Saturday.