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Bored kids? Here’s how to keep them busy the rest of winter break in Austin

Nicole Villalpando
nvillalpando@statesman.com
Avery Harwood, 6, and Samantha Walker, 6, play in the water-filled Currents exhibit at the Thinkery. [American-Statesman Staff]

We know this is now the hardest time of winter break. All the festivities are done and you might be looking for something new to do with the kids until they head back to school next week.

Here are a few suggestions of things to see in and around Austin or events that are still going on.

Museums

If you haven’t been to one of these, this is a great time. Some of them also have events going on as well.

Bullock Texas State History Museum. The museum got an upgrade of its standard exhibits last year. If you haven’t checked it out, this is a great week to do it. Free First Sunday. This month’s theme is “stylish.” Sing and dance to Groundwork Music Project, make scented sachets and practice sewing with crafts by iKids U, explore fashion and design with the Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American-Cultural Center and more. Noon to 3 p.m. Sunday. Bullock Museum, 1800 Congress Ave. thestoryoftexas.com

Science Mill. Be a scientist in this highly interactive museum. Science Mill, 101 S. Lady Bird Lane, Johnson City. sciencemill.org

Thinkery. Buy your admission tickets in advance online for this museum to make sure that the museum is not overcapacity. 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-Sunday. $8. Baby Bloomers. 9 a.m. Monday and Saturday. Ages birth to 3. This month the theme is Light It Up. Special gueston Saturday: Mi Casa Es Tu Casa introduction to French and Spanish. $5. Little Thinkers Club. Amazing Magnetism. Ages 1 to 4. 9:30 a.m., 10:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. Monday. $8. Thinkery, 1830 Simond Ave. thinkeryaustin.org

Umlauf Sculpture Park and Museum. Get outdoors and see sculptural art as well. Umlauf Museum, 604 Azie Morton Road. umlaufsculpture.org

Wildflower Center. Even though things are not exactly in bloom, it’s a great time to walk through the gardens, especially the family garden. Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave. wildflower.org

Contemporary Austin. There is a downtown museum as well as the outdoor museum at Laguna Gloria. Pick your pleasure depending on your kids’ ages and whether or not you need to burn some energy. Mayfield Park and its peacocks are also nearby the Laguna Gloria site. Downtown, 700 Congress Ave. Laguna Gloria, 3809 W. 35th St. contemporaryaustin.org

Blanton Museum of Art. Explore different types of art, and then go home and make some based on your inspiration. Blanton Museum of Art. 200 E. Martin Luther King Junior Blvd. blantonmuseum.org

Austin Nature and Science Center. Explore the center. Have kids bring their favorite natural objects for identification and possible trading. 2389 Stratford Drive. austintexas.gov

Theater

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

Popovich Comedy Pet Theater. Clowns and their pets entertain for all ages. 6 p.m. Thursday. $30. Unity Church of the Hills, 9905 Anderson Mill Road. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/popovich-comedy-pet-theater-tickets-77362510351

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

Events

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

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

Music

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

Barnes & Noble Events:Saturday story times at all locations: “Grumpy Monkey,” 11 a.m. Saturday. barnesandnoble.com

BookPeople. BookPeople adds extra story times during winter break. All story times are at 10:30 a.m. Princesses and Warriors, Thursday; Gutsy, Friday; Dance Party, Saturday; Hooray for Birds, Sunday. BookPeople, 603 N. Lamar Blvd. BookPeople.com.

At the library

Let’s All Play: Board Game Day. 3 p.m. Thursday, St. John Branch.

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

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

Hot Cocoa Social. 3 p.m. Monday, St. John Branch.

Lego Lab. 3 p.m. Friday, Ruiz Branch.

Weekend Builders. 2 p.m. Saturday, Hampton Branch.

Play

We know kids don’t play enough, and they certainly don’t play enough outdoors.

Check our our best playgrounds in Austin guide.

We also recommend the trails behind the Nature Center, the trails around Mayfield Park, and the hike-and-bike trail around Lady Bird Lake for a great hike.