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
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
Austin is more than just the live music capital of the world; it’s also home — at least part of the year, anyway — to more than 1 million Mexican free-tailed bats. Migrating to Austin each March and typically staying through October, many of the bats give birth to pups over the summer, making their nightly display of flying out from beneath the Congress Avenue bridge even more spectacular in the latter months of their stay. That’s why Bat Fest was established nine years ago: to celebrate the weird, wild awesomeness of our furry friends in flight. With two live stages, 10 bands, 75 arts & crafts vendors, plenty of food & drink, and lots for the kiddos to do, it’s a truly unique event that shouldn’t be missed.
Bat Fest, Saturday, August 24, 4 pm – midnight
Congress Avenue Bridge, downtown (see website for parking details)
Around this time last year, a stunning spectacle presented itself on the lawn of the Long Center, temporarily changing the scape of the downtown skyline and making it look like something straight out of the future. Architects of Air brought a luminarium called “Mirazozo” that caught the imaginations of everyone who entered the airlocked interactive artscape filled with calming lights and echo chambers, and lines stretched around the block once word got out of its awesomeness. This year, a different structure from the series — this one’s called Exxopolis— takes up residence on the south shore of Town Lake, giving visitors a similarly transcendent experience. Get your tickets and hop in line early; the wait may be a little long, but the coolness of your time spent inside will be totally worth it.
January 19-27, 2012 from 11 am until sunset each day
The Long Center lawn, 701 West Riverside Drive
Tickets $10 at the door (not available online); get the full scoop here
Photo by Peter Tsai
More photos of luminarium here.
We can’t all be professional basketball players, football champions or even badminton badasses, but if there’s one thing that’s as much about luck as it is about skill, it’s Skee-ball. This arcade classic is being taken to the next level each Monday night for the next few weeks at Kung Fu Saloon, a laid-back bar in the heart of the Warehouse District downtown. “Brew Skee Ball Mondays,” as they’re called, pit players in a best-of-three tournament as they vie for a $50 bar tab. Feeling like a winner? Go back each week until the series ends in mid-December if you want to go down in history as a true “Skeelebrity.” Good luck!
Mondays at 8 pm through mid-December 2012
Kung Fu Saloon, 510 Rio Grande
Tickets: $5 at the door