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Austin Family Winter Bucket List

By Emily Savage

Winter and the holiday season is here & we tapped our amazing Austin BCB Market Leader, Robin Smith, to help put together an awesome Top Family Winter Bucket List of hot spots, hidden gems & fun things to do with your kiddos all winter around the city!  Robin, 41, has 3 kiddos, Nova age 4, Halle age 2, and a newborn, and these are some of their favorite places to go as a family!

Don’t forget to also keep checking our BCB site for monthly free events here — playdates, workouts + more to help you meet and keep connecting with other expecting and new mamas!


Austin  Winter Bucket List

  1.  My Gym Austin – When your kids need to burn off some energy but the weather is not cooperating, My Gym Austin will save the day! They have classes and programs to encourage meaningful play in their clean indoor playground.  Your child (ages 0-9) can roll, climb, swing, explore and play with other Bump Club members on Friday, February 28 for a private play group at My Gym Austin. (I don’t think the event is on Eventbrite yet or I would link).


  1.  Ladybug Music of ATX – Ladybug Music of ATX is a new music school in Austin.  Come meet the instructor, classically trained Puerto Rico native, Yayra Sanchez and experience a free class on Monday, January 13. Enjoy singing, dancing, and playing instruments with your child. Save your spot here!


  1.  The Little Yoga House https://thelittleyogahouse.com/offers a calming space to practice mindfulness this winter. From mommy and me yoga to a children’s yoga peace school, there is always something purposeful happening. Beat the post holiday blues by signing up for aerial yoga!

  1.  BookPeople – BookPeople is a downtown Austin gem! They host over 300 events a year, many of them for children.  From story times to petting zoos to music classes, you can always find something fun for you to do with your child. Besides an amazing book selection and impressive events calendar, BookPeople has a delicious cafe with your favorite beverages and food.


  1. Ceramics Bayou – Keep the mess out of your house and spark the kids creativity at Ceramics Bayou. All supplies are provided and all ages are welcome. Choose from over 400 pottery projects; your kids can make one of a kind holiday gifts for the grandparents. Don’t forget to check the app for your exclusive VIP discount.


  1. Tinkergarten – Sometimes winter in Austin is the best weather.  At Tinkergarten, weekly outdoor classes incorporate superhero play, lots of movement, cozy shelters and warm tea. Well designed guided play helps kids develop critical thinking skills while playing outdoors. Tinkergarten is great for moms with multiples because kids of all ages work together in the same class.
  2.  Ice skating at Whole Foods –Ice Skating on the Plaza at the Flagship Whole Foods store (located in Downtown) has become one of Austin’s most anticipated events of the holiday season! $10 includes skate rental. The skating rink is open from 10:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m. everyday through January 21. Bring your out of town guests and get in the holiday spirit!


  1.  Mozart’s – Local families know you can’t miss Mozart’s holiday light show. The beloved coffee shop is celebrating it’s 10th annual Christmas light show this year! Admission is always free with delicious hot chocolate, treats, and of course your favorite coffee available for purchase.

  1.  Ballet Austin Annual Get Fit Day – On Sunday, January 12 Ballet Austin celebrate it’s annual Get Fit Day.  Classes range from Pilates to Bollywood Dance Fitness to Kids Creative Movement; over 70 classes will be available to sample for the whole family. Health and wellness experts will be set up in the exhibit area to answer any questions and inspire you to live healthier.  Kids will love to spin the prize wheel for a chance to win some great prizes.

  1.  MLK Community Festival – The Annual Community March celebrates Dr. Martin Luther King’s legacy while uplifting diversity and multi-culturalism in our city. The MLK Community March kicks off on Monday, January 20 at 9 a.m. and continues with a community festival with a variety of vendors and local musicians.  This year participants are asked to bring donations for the Central Texas Food Bank.

Robin moved to Austin almost 4 years ago and considers herself the “opposite of a homebody” and is out and about exploring the city everyday.  What is her favorite part about living in Austin?  “When we moved to Austin 3.5 years ago from Denver, one of our reasons was the city’s reputation for being a great place for families. That has definitely held true for us. Besides all of the kid friendly businesses, there is a festival almost every weekend, our favorite huge neighborhood farmer’s market, amazing hiking trails and parks, and awesome local restaurants that welcome children. We live 2 miles from a winery and when we wanted to join their wine club, we asked if we could bring our children with us. Not only are they welcome there, but the staff all know our kids names and have toys and special craft kits for them.”

We hope you enjoy this round-up of super fun activities and adventures to do with your kiddos in Austin this winter!  Leave us a comment & let us know what else we should add to the list. 

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