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This week you'll find lots of free family fun activities, some Christmas specials and more. Enjoy!

Family Fun

The cooler temperatures have definitely made it feel more like the holidays, and this Saturday, December 15th the Hill Country Galleria will provide the snow. It s true, they are bringing in snow machines, so you and your kids can build snow men, make snow angels and just feel like you ve escaped to a winter wonderland. The fun begins at noon and lasts until 4pm. Thanks Constance for the tip!

Pflugerville is hosting a fun free family event at Heritage Park this Friday, December 14th from 6 to 9pm. There will be hot chocolate and cookies,children's arts and crafts, a hay rideand freepictures with Santa plus several school choirs will perform. To see the full schedule go hereor call 512-990-6355.

Four Seasons Gingerbread Village-Wednesday, November 21 through January 1, 2013. I just shot a story on this which will air Sunday night and it is incredible. The village, created by the Four Seasons pastry chefs. This year s theme: Eclectic Austin landmarks. You ll see everything from The Salt Lick to the Cathedral of Junk to Hey Cupcake. It s FREE.The open houses are next Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday from 5 to 6pm and you can enjoy free cookies and Santa will be there too. Four Seasons Austin,98 San Jacinto Blvd.

Free fun in Austin.com has put together a terrific list of ways to save at Sea World San Antonio.

Freebies

Through Christmas Eve, Austin-area kids can receive a personalized phone call from Santa thanks to Austin-based start-up Audingo, creator of an innovative voice and video mobile messaging platform and Mix 94.7. Just text your child s name to 512-MIX-0054, and Santa rings the phone number within 10 minutes, addressing the recipient by name with a special message. Here s an example: http://audingo.me/VLwHla

Amazon.com has a great selection of Kindle freebies, but right now they have a free Twas the Night Before Christmas.

Amazon offers lots of free songs, including this free Christmas album.

And 12 free songs just for kids you can download free. Many of them are the classics you ll remember from when you were a child.

People magazine is offering more free music downloads, this time they have seven Christmas songs from some of the hottest country musicians like Brad Paisley, Lady Antebellum and Sara Evans. These songs will be available through January 4th.

This is always a great idea. You can record a free bedtime book recording of some really fun titles.

This is one of my favorite Christmas freebies. Here s a way for you to get Santa to send a personalized video message to your child. It s really cool. You supply your child s first name and the town and pictures of your child, even fun events and they do the rest. It s amazing and so memorable.

Free Car Seat Safety Checks

Scott & White and Texans in Motion are once again offering several free car seat safety checks in January. You need to call ahead to make a reservation for most of them:

  • 01/08/13 - Seton Medical Center Hays; 10am 1pm; 6001 Kyle Parkway, Kyle 78640; (512) 336-3423.
  • 01/09/13 - Baby Earth; 10am 1pm; 106 E. Old Settlers Blvd., Round Rock 78664; (512) 600-7050
  • 01/15/13 - Steiner Ranch Fire Station; 10am 1pm; 3048 Steiner Ranch Blvd., Austin 78726; 512-336-3423.
  • 01/16/13 - Marble Falls EMS Station; 10am 1pm; 609 Industrial Blvd., Marble Falls - 78654; (830) 693-7277.
  • 01/17/13 - Lockhart EMS Station; 10am 1pm; 1914 W. San Antonio St., Lockhart 78644; (512) 336-3423.
  • 01/12/13- Johnson City Check-up; 11am- 1pm; 105 No. LBJ Dr., Johnson City 78636; (512) 336-3423; No Appointment Necessary.
  • 01/24/13 - Leander Central Fire Station; 10am 1pm; 201 Brushy St. No., Leander 78641; (512) 259-9010

On line savings

Still need to do some shopping? You can enjoy free shipping at thousands of on line retailers Monday, December 17th. Just check out Free Shipping Day for all of the information. This site puts all the retailers in one place so all you have to do is shop.

Austin based Offers.com deal experts have compiled a list of some great site-wide coupons and product deals below to save money on gifts for everyone on your list. Thanks Shermayne for the tip!

Bath & Body Works Deal

Free product with $10 purchase

http://www.offers.com/bath-body-works/?offer_id=1044088

Kohls Deal

65% off Chenille Throw

http://www.offers.com/kohls/?offer_id=1072795

Was $49.99 - Now Only $16.99

Shoes.com Deal

20% off Sitewide

http://www.offers.com/shoes-com/?offer_id=1065374

Buy.com Deal

52% off Just Dance Game

http://www.offers.com/buy/?offer_id=1025236

Was $39.99 - Now Only $18.95

Ashford deal

52% off Women's Seiko Watch

http://www.offers.com/buy/?offer_id=1025236

Was $315 - Now Only $94

Free workshops

Apple offers all kinds of classes for people of all ages throughout the year to learn how to get full use from their Apple products. They usually pretty popular this time of year. To check out the full schedule go here.

Microsoft has a relatively new store at the Domain and they have all kinds of really cool classes for kids of all ages including toddlers all the way up to adults. You can check out the full calendar here.


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