Zilker Tree, Turkey Trot, Chuy’s Parade: So much to do in November for Austin families

Fill up your family dance card with these fun family events in November:

Events

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Girls Empowerment Network offers the We Are Girls Conference Nov. 5.

We Are Girls Conference For girls third through eighth grades and their parents. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Nov. 5. Austin High School, 1715 W. Cesar Chavez St. $30. genaustin.org

Barton Hill Farms fall festival. Find a lot to do including the maze in the shape of Lonesome Dove, live music, pumpkin painting, train rides and more. 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday. Through Nov. 13. $11 adults, $8 3-10 years old, free for children 2 and younger. $1 off online. Barton Hill Farms, 1115 FM 969, Bastrop. bartonhillfarms.com.

Sweet Berry Farm fall fun. The Texas-shaped hay maze and smaller candy corn hay maze are open through Nov. 6. You can also find hay rides, pumpkin decorating, a train and more. Priced per event. 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday-Saturday and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday. 1801 FM 1980, Marble Falls. sweetberryfarm.com.

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. Nov. 25-Dec. 21. 120 Nature’s Way, Elgin. elginchristmastreefarm.com

Evergreen Christmas Tree Farm. Cut your own tree and then play old-fashioned games or roast marshmallows. 10 a.m. to dark Nov. 25-Dec. 24. 242 Monkey Road, Elgin. evergreen-farms.com

Santa on the Terrace. Get your picture taken with Santa with Austin as a backdrop. Free. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Nov. 25. Long Center. 701 Riverside Drive. thelongcenter.org.

Turkey Trot Kids K. $8-$10 a kid. 8:15 a.m. Nov. 24. Long Center, 701 Riverside Drive. thundercloud.com/turkey-trot/event-info/

Jasper Czysz, 4, holds onto his Hot Wheels toy he is ready to donate, but first watches the annual Chuy's Children Giving to Children Parade. RALPH BARRERA/ AMERICAN-STATESMAN

Jasper Czysz, 4, holds onto his Hot Wheels toy he is ready to donate, but first watches the annual Chuy’s Children Giving to Children Parade.
RALPH BARRERA/ AMERICAN-STATESMAN

Chuy’s 28th Children Giving to Children Parade. Line the streets of Congress Avenue from the Capitol to Cesar Chavez Street to see this holiday parade. Bring an unwrapped gift for Operation Blue Santa. Free. 11 a.m. Nov. 26. chuysparade.com

Zilker Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony. Take a spin under the tree for the first time of the season. 6 p.m. Nov. 27. The tree will be lighted 6 p.m.-midnight Nov. 27-Dec. 31. Zilker Park. austintexas.gov/zilkerholidaytree

Museums

Bullock Museum. Living History Days. See history come to life. 10 a.m. Nov. 3. Free First Sunday. Learn about American Indian heritage in Texas with art, traditional dance and music and folklore. Noon-3 p.m. Nov. 6. Free. Little Texans. Drop in and play for ages 2 to 5. 10 a.m. Nov. 10. Family Workshop. See the play “Stille Nacht,” about the rise of Nazism, and write about it. It’s all tied to the exhibit “State of Deception: The Power of Nazi Propaganda.” For kids 10 and up. 1 p.m. Nov. 13. Science Thursdays. Hands-on activities from Central Texas Discover Engineering including boat races. 10 a.m. Nov. 17. Bullock Museum, 1800 N. Congress Ave. thestoryoftexas.com.

Neill-Cochran House Museum. Sunday Funday: Getting the Message — The Telegraph and the Crystal Radio. Learn about when the Cochran family installed their first phone. 1-4 p.m. Nov. 6. Free. Neill-Cochran House, 2310 San Gabriel St. nchmuseum.org.

Thinkery. Sensory friendly hours. Experience a quieter Thinkery.2-6 p.m. Nov. 7. Take a Look at Me! Look in the mirror and make a self-portrait. 9:45 a.m. Nov. 21 for 1-year-olds; 10:45 a.m. Nov. 21 for ages 2-year-olds; 11:45 a.m. Nov. 21 for 3-year-olds. $20 one child and adult. Little Thinkers Club: Art Start: Nature as our Canvas. 9:45 a.m. Wednesdays for 1-year-olds, 10:45 a.m. Wednesdays for 2-year-olds through Nov. 16. $20 per class. Tinkering Tots: Make it Move. 9:45 a.m. Fridays for 2-year-olds; 10:45 a.m. Fridays for 3-year-olds through Nov. 18. $20 a class. 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. Owl Pellets Investigation. For 4 and older. 11:15 a.m., 1:15 p.m. and 3:15 p.m. Nov. 12-13, Nov. 26-27. $8 child, $8 adult. Storytelling with Ozobots. For 4 and older. Learn code through a robot you create. 11:15 a.m. Nov. 5-6, 19-21. $8 child, $8 adult. NXT Mindstorms. For 8 and up. Play with Lego Mindstorms robots. 1:15 p.m. and 3:15 p.m. Nov. 12-13, Nov. 26-27. $8 child, $8 adult. Thinkery, 1830 Simond Ave. Thinkeryaustin.org.

Austin Nature & Science Center. Fall Festival. Meet Texas wildlife, see a planetarium, learn how to leave no trace and more. 9 a.m. to noon Nov. 5. Austin Nature & Science Center, 2389 Stratford Drive. austintexas.gov

Contemporary Austin. Families Create! Miffy’s Friends. Study rabbit sculpture “Miffy’s Fountains,” and learn more about rabbits before making your own sculpture. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Nov. 12. Free. Laguna Gloria, 3809 W. 35th St. thecontemporaryaustin.org.

Texas Museum of Science & Technology Star Party. Every Friday in November, look at the stars in the parking lot. 8 p.m. Fridays. Science Saturday with themed activities on the Foundations of Cognitive Applications. 4-6 p.m. Nov. 19. Texas Museum of Science & Technology, 1220 Toro Grande Drive, Cedar Park. txmost.org.

Bianca Serra, 4, visited the Umlauf Sculpture Garden with her family where she prayed with a bronze statue of a nun. LAURA SKELDING / AMERICAN-STATESMAN

Bianca Serra, 4, visited the Umlauf Sculpture Garden with her family where she prayed with a bronze statue of a nun. LAURA SKELDING / AMERICAN-STATESMAN

Umlauf Sculpture Garden & Museum. Family Day. Live music, yoga, stories and art-making. Free. Noon-4 p.m. Nov. 13. Kids Kraft. Make ecofriendly sculpture. $15. 9 a.m. Nov. 19 for kindergarten-second grade; 11 a.m. 3-5 grade. Umlauf Sculpture Garden, 605 Robert E. Lee Road. umlaufsculpture.org

Theater

“Charlotte’s Web.” Aerial artists Sky Candy bring the spider to life. 2 p.m. Nov. 5-6, 12-13, 19-20, 25-27, Dec. 3; 11 a.m. Nov. 5, 12, 19, 26 and Dec. 3. $16-$21. Zach Theatre’s Kleberg Theatre, 1421 W. Riverside Drive. zachtheatre.org.

“Whether the Weather.” Pollyanna Theatre Company presents this weather inspired play for ages 18 months to 4 years. $6.50. 9:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. Nov. 9-12, Nov. 16-19, Long Center. 701 Riverside Drive. thelongcenter.org.

“Annie.” See the classic musical. $99-$29. 8 p.m. Nov. 25-26, 2 p.m. Nov. 26. Long Center. 701 Riverside Drive. thelongcenter.org.

Movies

The Alamo Drafthouse. “Trolls Family Party” 10:35 a.m. Nov. 5, Slaughter Lane. Alamo for All sensory-friendly family movies. “Miss Peregrines Home for Peculiar Children.” 11:25 a.m. Nov. 1, Lakeline; 11:40 a.m. Nov. 1, Slaughter Lane; and 12:50 p.m. Nov. 1, South Lamar. “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.” 12:20 p.m. Nov. 19, Lakeline. drafthouse.com.

 

Books

Head to the children’'s tent of the Texas Book Festival in October. Ralph Barrera/AMERICAN-STATESMAN

Head to the children’’s tent of the Texas Book Festival.
Ralph Barrera/AMERICAN-STATESMAN

Texas Book Festival. Hear a story from favorite authors and get them to sign your books. Free. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 5-6. Texas State Capitol. texasbookfestival.org

BookPeople events. Betsy Devany reads “Lucy’s Lovey.” 2 p.m. Nov. 13. April and Amy story time. 10:30 a.m. Nov. 1. Baby Signs story time. 10:30 a.m. Nov. 2. Blast from the Past story time. 11:30 a.m. Nov. 5. Milly McSilly story time. 10:30 a.m. Nov. 8. Ms. Staci story time. 10:30 a.m. Nov. 9. Bundy Renfro reads story time. 11:30 a.m. Nov. 12. Armstrong Music School story time. 10:30 a.m. Nov. 15. Tiny Tails to You Petting Zoo. 10:30 a.m. Nov. 16. Paramount Theatre story time. 11:30 a.m. Nov. 19. Favorite Characters story time. 10:30 a.m. Nov. 22. Best Friends Forever story time. 11:30 a.m. Nov. 26. Brand New Books story time. 10:30 a.m. Nov. 29. Preposterous Puppet Show Players story time. 10:30 a.m. Nov. 30. BookPeople, 603 N. Lamar Blvd. bookpeople.com.

Barnes & Noble Events: Meet the Maker Different makers show you how they work. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Nov. 5-Nov. 6, all locations. 11 a.m. Saturday story times at all locations: “Footloose,” Nov. 5; “Penguin Problems,” Nov. 12; Thanksgiving, Nov. 19; “Moana and the Ocean,” Nov. 26.

At the library

Sew Happy. For kids 10 and up. 5 p.m. Nov. 1. Manchaca Road Branch.

Tween and Teen Steam. For kids 10 and up. 5 p.m. Nov. 1 and Nov. 15. University Hills Branch.

What’s Your Story? NaNoWriMo for Youth. 5:30 p.m. Nov. 1 and Nov. 15, Faulk Central Library.

Art Smart. 6 p.m. Nov. 1, 8, 15, 22 Willie Mae Kirk Branch.

Dia de lost Muertos. 6 p.m. Nov. 1, Willie Mae Kirk Branch; 5:30 p.m. Nov. 2, Cepeda Branch.

Everybody Dance Now: Singin’ and Swingin’ Through the Ages. 2 p.m. Nov. 2, Old Quarry Branch.

Crafternoon. 3 p.m. Nov. 3, Carver Branch; 4 p.m. Nov. 10, Twin Oaks Branch; 3:30 p.m. Nov. 15, Howson Branch.

Book Circle. 3:30 p.m. Nov. 3, Yarborough Branch; 3:30 p.m. Nov. 15, Twin Oaks Branch; 3:30 p.m. Nov. 17, Yarborough Branch.

Music & Movement. 11 a.m. Nov. 4, Milwood Branch; 11:30 a.m. Nov. 9, Manchaca Road Branch; 11 a.m. Nov. 18, Howson Branch.

Bow Wow Reading with Bonnie the Dog. 3:30 p.m. Nov. 10, North Village Branch; 11:30 a.m. Nov. 5, 12, 19 and 26 Yarborough Branch.

Made with Code. 1 p.m. Nov. 5, Carver Branch; 1 p.m. Nov. 12, Cepeda Branch.

Badgerdog Creating Writing Workshops: Stealing a Fairy Tale. 1:30 p.m. Nov. 5, Terrazas Branch.

STEAM Saturdays. For ages 7 and up. 2 p.m. Nov. 5. Little Walnut Creek Branch.

Band Books. Hear Echo and the Bats and see authors Yuyi Morales and R.L. Stein. 7-9 p.m. Nov. 5. Terrazas Branch.

Literature Live! Presents “The Nutcracker.” 2 p.m. Nov. 6, Faulk Central Library; 3:30 p.m. Nov. 7, Spicewood Springs Branch; 4:30 p.m. Nov. 15, Walnut Creek Branch; 3:30 p.m. Nov. 16, North Village Branch; 3:30 p.m. Nov. 17, Yarborough Branch; 6 p.m. Nov. 28, Carver Branch: 3:30 p.m. Nov. 29, Twin Oaks Branch; 10:15 p.m. Nov. 30, Southeast Branch.

NBTween Book Club, “The Wild Robot,” 4 p.m. Nov. 9, Howson Branch; “The Book With No Pictures,” 6 p.m. Nov. 16, Yarborough Branch; “The War that Saved My Life,” 6 p.m. Nov. 17, Twin Oaks Branch; “Space Dumplins,” 6 p.m. Nov. 30, Spicewood Springs Branch.

Teen Geek Night for ages 12 and up. 5 p.m. Nov. 9, University Hills Branch;

Felt Friends World Tour: Owl. 4:30 p.m. Nov. 10, Carver Branch; 6 p.m. Nov. 16, Faulk Central Library;

Teen Book Club: “Throne of Glass.” 7 p.m. Nov. 10, Yarborough Branch; “The Book Thief,” 6:30 p.m. Nov. 15, Howson Branch.

Storybook Dance Making. 2 p.m. Nov. 13, Recycled Reads Bookstore.

T(w)een STEM Lab. For ages 7 and up. 3 p.m. Nov. 16, Carver Branch.

Manga Book Club “Hellsing.” 5 p.m. Nov. 16, University Hills Branch.

Mother-Daughter Book Club “Raymie Nightengale.” 6 p.m. Nov. 16, Hampton Branch.

The Best Nest Family Book Club “Fantastic Mr. Fox.” 6 p.m. Nov. 17, Faulk Central Library.

Teen Book Club “Relish.” 6:30 p.m. Nov. 17, Spicewood Springs Branch.

Perler Bead Palooza. 2 p.m. Nov. 20, Faulk Central Library.

Pecan Street Brass. 2 p.m. Nov. 20, Recycled Reads Bookstore.

Family Movie Matinee: “Finding Dory.” 4 p.m. Nov. 29, Cepeda Branch; “BFG,” 5:30 p.m. Nov. 30, Carver Branch.

Have a family event we should know about? Email nvillalpando@statesman.com.