January is here and it’s full of free and cheap things to do with your family around Austin, Texas like art programs, free museum days and even some lingering Christmas light displays. Scroll down to check out the best events and activities for kids this month and mark your calendars!

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Art in Cahoots!

Socialize, cooperate, and connect over art! Further strengthen the one-on-one bond between caregiver and child, while being able to interact with other caregiver-child pairs. Each class will include themed group activities and collaborative, process-based art experiences. Registration required. Jan. 10 and 24. Event details


Free First Sunday at Bullock Texas State History Museum

Let history inspire you as you connect with Texas stories told by ever-changing artifacts, rare documents, photographs, and special exhibits. Jan. 5. Event details

Christmas Light Show at Mozart's Coffee

This Christmas Light Show has become an annual tradition for many Austinites. Every year, Mozart's Coffee decorate its deck with over 1 million LED lights and sets up a show to favorite holiday tunes. Daily through Jan. 5. Event details

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Make Your Own Growth Chart at JCPenny Kids Zone

Parents, bring your kids and join us on the second Saturday of every month from 11 a.m.-noon in store at the Kid's Zone. Jan. 11. Event details

Twinkle All the Way to Lakeview Trail of Lights

Come see thousands of twinkling lights all accompanied by delightful seasonal music. Daily through Jan. 1. Event details

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Make a Mini Hockey Game at Home Depot

Face off with fun in this Mini Hockey Game Workshop. Kids develop hands-on skills by sanding, nailing, painting and more. With help from parents and store associates, your child will make a merry memory this holiday season. Jan. 4. Event details

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Museums on Us Weekend

Bank of America cardholders can get free admission to many museums the first full weekend of the month, including the Bullock Museum. Jan. 4-5. Event details

Santa's Ranch

Bring your friends and family and enjoy one of the best holiday light exhibits in the state! You’ll take a drive through over a mile of winding country roads while taking in the beautiful lights, animated Christmas displays, and enjoying homemade hot cocoa, kettle corn and snacks. Daily through Jan. 4. Event details

Kids' Music Performance at Cherrywood Coffeehouse

Enjoy music and kid performers every Sunday. Event details

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Free Courthouse Tours

Meet at the Williamson Museum and take a trip back in time as you tour the historic County Courthouse. Tours are free, last about 45 minutes and are handicapped accessible. Fridays and Saturdays. Event details

Free Skate Lessons

Skaters of all levels can come on Sundays 11-11:45 a.m. for free lessons (with the $9 admission price). Stay and skate until 5 p.m. Sundays. Event details

—Kate Loweth


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