A guide to Austin in December for animal lovers of all ages! Here are our top picks for Austin’s animal adventure seekers this month:
Tiny Tails to You Presents: Animal Cuddles at the Farmers Markets!
Make sure to join Tiny Tails To You every Sunday from 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM at the Mueller Farmer’s Market AND Saturday December 16th from 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM at the Barton Creek Farmer’s Market! These events are for kids AND grown-ups! Come see how we operate and meet our adorable animal friends. We will have bunnies, a hedgehog, a tortoise, a bearded dragon, guinea pigs, a blue-tongue skink, chicks and a miniature chicken for you to meet and learn all about!
$5 for 10 minutes in the zoo
Sustainable Food Center’s Holiday Stroll and Capitol Christmas Tree Lighting with Tiny Tails to You!
Congress Avenue from 9th St to 11th St
December 2nd from 5:00-9:00pm
Join us for an unforgettable evening with musical and dance performances, marching bands, kids activities, holiday caroling, games, ornament making, gingerbread making and of course a Tiny Tails to You petting zoo! Click here for the complete list of activities
Austin Area Catio Tour!
10 locations in Austin click here for location information
December 2nd from 10:00-3:00
Tour 10 of Austin’s own private cat patios and learn how they keep cats safe while keeping our bird and lizard populations safe as well. The goal of this unique event is to spread the word about the many benefits of Catios, and to inspire cat guardians to build one of their own or have one built! Free with a recommended donation of $10 Make sure to register here
DeSTEMber Fest Extravaganza at the Girlstart STEM Center
Girlstart STEM Center, 1400 W. Anderson Lane Austin, TX 78757
December 2nd 9:30 am - 12:00 pm
Enjoy star shows in the mini planetarium, build a device to launch a snowball, and explore how blubber keeps arctic animals warm. Plus enjoy reindeer circuits, dancing gingerbread men, fluffy snow, and more hands-on fun! Adults must stay with their children throughout the event. RSVP today!
Green Gate Gate Farms Family Farm Day
New Farm Institute, 8310 Canoga Avenue, Austin, Texas, 78724
December 2nd 10:00AM - 12:00PM
Bring the whole family to explore the farm and assist farmers as they work in the fields and tend to livestock. You may get to seed plants in the greenhouse, feed animals, set up the farm stand, play in the hayloft, and learn where their food comes from. Tasks are age-appropriate. Perfect for those who want an ongoing farm learning opportunity. Buy Tickets in advance. $10/participant
Austin Zoo Winter Workshop
Austin Zoo, 10808 Rawhide Trail, Austin, TX 78736
Saturdays: December 2nd & December 9th 9:00-11:00 AM
Join the Austin Zoo this holiday season to make animal treats and human sweets! Make a special treat for some of the zoo animals, have an animal encounter, and decorate a sugar cookie to take home! Families with children of all ages will love spending time learning and creating together. Cost: $15 for a pair, $10 for an additional person Non-members must also pay zoo admission. Click here for more info.
Become an Animal of the Park
Saturdays Dec 9 & 23 from 1:00pm to 2:00pm
Bastrop State Park, 100 Park Road 1A Bastrop, TX 78602. Meet: at the Historic Golf Shelter.
Have you ever wanted to walk in the footsteps of wildlife? This easy walk is an exploration into how the animals of Bastrop State Park move and sound in the wild and how we as humans are different and similar. More Info
Tomlinson’s Pet Photos with Santa
What could be better than pet photos with Santa? Photos for a good cause! All proceeds go to local animal care and rescue non-profit. More Info
Sat, December 9, 11am – 2pm Tomlinson's - Circle C, 5900 W Slaughter Ln #480, Austin, TX 78749
Sat, December 16, 11am – 1pm Tomlinson's - Lakeway, 2303 Ranch Rd 620 S #180, Lakeway, TX 78734
Sun, December 17, 11am – 1pm Tomlinson's - 12th Street, 916 W 12th St b, Austin, TX 78703
Sun, December 17, 1pm – 3pm Tomlinson's - Anderson Mill, 11521 N FM 620 #940, Austin, TX 78726
Ligers and Tigons and Pizzly Bears, Oh My!
Brackenridge Field Laboratory, 2907 Lake Austin Blvd, Austin, Texas 78703
December 14th, 6:00-7:00 activities, 7:00 lecture
Science Under the Stars presents kids activities and a talk about the amazing variety of animal and plant hybrid species that exist on planet earth! Blending two species can create some really amazing animals and plants, but it also has consequences to their evolutionary fitness. Come out to Science Under the Stars this December to learn more from IB graduate student Andrius Dagilis about why hybrids are important to both biology and society! More info
Jurassic Quest: The Largest Exhibition of Lifesize, Moving, Museum-Quality Dinosaurs in North America!
Austin Convention Center, 500 E Cesar Chavez St, Austin, TX 78701
December 15-17 at 3:00PM
A Dinosaur Adventure for the whole family. The main dinosaur exhibit features ultra-realistic, life-size animatronic dinosaurs; Over 80 life-size dinosaurs in all. Visitors can interact with these huge creatures, learn about them and even ride a few. There are huge T-Rex and Triceratops fossil digs where young paleontologists can uncover long hidden dinosaurs bones, the “Dino Bounce” area with several, towering, dinosaur theme inflatable mazes, face painting, Dino crafts and much more! Buy Tickets Here
Bow Wow Reading Events!
Many Austin Library locations and dates this month!
We love these events! Kids read stories to trained therapy dogs as a delightful way to improve reading and communication skills. Certified Austin Dog Alliance volunteer teams with trained therapy dogs will be waiting for kids to read stories to them.
Miniature Horses at the Lake Travis Library!
December 29th at 10:30AM
Lake Travis Community Library, 1938 Lohmans Crossing, Austin, TX 78734
Northwind Farm will bring gentle miniature therapy horses to visit the Lake Travis library! Get a chance to pet and groom one of these adorable miniature horses then check out this beautiful library and their awesome book collection.
Science Mill: Imagine Yourself as a Biologist!
December 29th at 10:30AM
Science Mill, 101 South Lady Bird Lane, Johnson City, TX, 78636
An all-out animal day to round out the year! Identify specimens with microscopes (11am-3pm), meet the museum’s new baby Axolotl (Mexican salamander, so cute!!), discover microscopic life at the Town Creek exhibit AND Explore the underwater world of the Great White Shark 3D movie. Details and tickets here
CANCELLED This Month: Tiny Tails to You! Free Storytime and Animals at Book People
Cancelled this month for the holiday rush. We’ll be back on January 17th!
Book People, 603 N Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78703
Our favorite event of the month! Tiny Tails to You returns to BookPeople for another wild storytime, featuring the furriest, friendliest guests around! If you love our adorable animals AND awesome books, then this is the perfect way to spend your morning. Expect to sing a song, and hear lots of stories and animal facts for an hour plus spend some time holding our adorable animals.