image: The Long Center
It’s never not fascinating to step across the threshold into one of the creations dreamed by by Architects of Air, and this month, it’s possible again when the luminarium known as Miracoco comes through town. Due to the hypersensory experience’s popularity, advance tickets are only available to Long Center members; walk-up tickets are available to the public on site. Show up, step inside and watch time and space come to a serene and blissful halt as children romp through the chambers and adults meditate, stare up in wonder and snap many an Instagram photo — this visual feast is certainly something to capture.
Miracoco by Architects of Air
Jan 24-Feb 2: luminarium opens at 11 am weekdays, 10 am weekends
Long Center Lawn, 701 West Riverside Drive
Ticket prices: from $10 same day
If you’ve been wanting to let your creative side out but haven’t been sure what to do with it, a fun experience called Painting with a Twist
provides the perfect opportunity for you to cut loose and create. Hosting a never-ending series of basic painting classes, each one offering instruction on how to recreate a different work of art, the experience is wine-friendly, laid-back and fun. Ice and cups are provided; bring your own drinks and snacks and let the magic happen.
Painting with a Twist, 8820 Burnet Road, open seven days a week
Class times vary day to day; see calendar for exact dates & times
image: Blanton Museum of Art
Typically, when we think of museum tours, we don’t think about getting particularly hands-on with things. But when The Blanton Museum of Art hosts its Holiday Family Days event, things get interactive in a heartbeat. This year’s event focuses on the Blanton’s latest exhibition, a collective on German Renaissance art, and whether it’s printmaking, gallery games or just plain old art appreciation that you’re into, the museum has something for you and the kiddos alike.
The Blanton Museum, 200 E Martin Luther King Jr Blvd.
Holiday Family Days event: Friday, December 27, 11 am – 4 pm
Admission: $9 for adults, $5 for ages 13-21, free for kids under 12
image: Armadillo Christmas Bazaar
When something’s delighted locals for 38 years straight, chances are, it’s something worth checking out. The Armadillo Christmas Bazaar is a perfect example of one such longstanding tradition: boasting “hot music, fine art and cold beer,” the bazaar convenes at the Palmer Events Center, hosting 25 local musical acts over the course of the eight-day event and offering endless handmade items from more than 160 artists. An ideal one-stop shop for thoughtful holiday gifts, the bazaar offers a warm and wondrous way to spend the day, safe from the cold and supporting local music makers and craftsmen in the process. Happy holidays!
Palmer Events Center, 900 Barton Springs Road
$7 for a day pass; kids 12 and under get in free
A celebration of all artful things crafted with care, Renegade Craft Fair takes place every year in Austin, Brooklyn, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago and London, presenting a “curated indie-craft marketplace showcasing the brightest talents in contemporary craft and design.” For an overwhelming display of eye-catching wares, check out this year’s event in Austin at the Palmer Event Center, complete with the creations of hundreds of makers, all handmade, all independently created and all up for sale, just waiting to go home with you and make your life a bit more beautiful.