10 Things To Do In Austin With Kids

Visiting Austin with kids? You’ll all fall in love with this cool and vibrant city! Be sure to check out my top ten kid-friendly Austin spots below…

1. Safari Champ. This is a hidden gem in the suburbs of Round Rock but is ideal for the mommy blogger. I mean kids of mommy bloggers, of course. A huge, crazy-fun indoor playscape for them, and tasty caffeinated beverages and free WiFi for you. You may never leave.

2. Ice cream on the cows at Amy’s Ice Cream at the Arboretum. Is there anything more awesome than sitting on a lifesize stone cow and eating the magical frozen fruits of their udders? I think not.

3. Zilker Park. Free, unless you have to pay a couple bucks to park, and hours of fun. You can play on all the playscapes, feed the ducks, splash in the creek, ride the train – plan at least a whole morning or an entire afternoon – an hour won’t be enough.

4. Austin Children’s Museum. It’s really just flippin’ fun – for everybody. It’s one of those “Get out of the way, kid, and let mommy play” kind of places. You’ll love it too!

5. Camp Mabry. Closed army base with a museum, big grounds to run around on, and lots of cool weaponry for the kids to play with.

6. Boggy Creek Farm. Pick your own fruits and veggies. Fun, educational AND nutritious! Win for everyone.

7. One of the 4 Food Trailer Parks for Lunch. They’re usually cheap, there’s something to please everybody, and there’s plenty of room to run around and get the crazies out.

8. Visit the giant downtown Farmer’s Market on Saturday. It’s huge and well priced and there’s lots of strange dogs to pet and new foods to try – open year round, rain or shine!

9. Texas State Capitol. It’s cheesy and “touristy” but it’s really gorgeous and fun – and can be educational, but doesn’t have to be. Take your time and poke around, it’s very accessible!

10. The Drag. A popular section of Guadalupe, a street near the University of Texas campus, it’s full of trendy shops, an open air market, cool divey restaurants, college kids and weird “Drag rat” kids who attempt to look homeless before going home to their suburban mommies and daddies.

Got any other tips for getting the most out of Austin with kids? Leave them in the comments!

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Evin is a rare and exquisite creature – an Austinite, born in Austin, raised in Austin, who still lives in Austin. She is a stay-at-home mom of three who uses her blog to recount her parenting and cooking screw-ups and also stay sane, somehow. Read about her life at Food Good, Laundry, Bad.


Courtney 3 months ago

Don’t forget the thinkery its a great place in Austin and my daughter (3yr) loves it.

Ken Jacobs 3 months ago

My kids love What’s the Story, Steve? over at ColdTowne Theater. They do the show every Saturday at 10AM.
The theater itself is a little dark but the show is always funny and the kids get to play with a cute puppy!

Elizabeth 6 months ago

Ricky Guerrero park has a great splash pad. Totally free!

Monica 7 months ago

Drag Rats…poor kids that run away or are forced out and then strung out. Personal coaching experience with these youngs ones. Not a “suburban joke” as suggested. :-(

Liza 1 year ago

For those who are a little further north, there’s almost always kid-themed activities going on at the Dell Diamond in Round Rock, especially during the summer!

Susan 1 year ago

Scottish Rite Theater offers great programming for children, including camps, weekend shows, and field trips. Our historic theater provides an up-close theater experience where kids may sit on the floor near the action and meet the actors afterward. Visit our website for the new season, which begins Sunday, Sept. 7! scottishritetheater.org

Susan Gayle Todd 1 year ago

We have awesome programming for kids! Sherwood Forest Faire’s The Legends of Robin Hood opens Saturday, August 16. Check out our 2014-15 season here: http://scottishritetheater.org/

angela 1 year ago

What about ToyJoy on South Guadalupe. Best toy store ever, hours just looking. Lots of tiny toys for under a buck.

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Kamile Ko 2 years ago

Try also to visit theatre, I believe that in Austin there is plenty of them. For example my favourit is this one- Renginiai
just because it not only entertains, but also teaches values of life. I believe that your family will enjoy it :))

Phillip 2 years ago

Amy’s ice cream is an activity? Children’s museum closed. Food corts closed military bases and the capitol. What age kids want to do any of that besides Zilker?

    KatMama 2 years ago

    Yes…A trip to Amy’s at the Arboretum is a fun activity….There is NEW Childrens museum…The Thinkery….and our family has been to the state capitol several times and my 6 year old always has fun.

    Joy Milligan 2 years ago

    My son loves to roll down the hills at the Capitol and I just watch, laugh and smile! I would join him if I didn’t have chronic pain and back issues. We pick from the pecan trees when they have been fruitful at the Capitol too.

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Austin Texas | Kevin 2 years ago

Good list. I would like to add that the Austin Children’s Museum is moving from it’s downtown location and will now be located near Mueller, which is outside of the downtown area. I think it’s a good move, more family friendly with easier parking and close to the Dell Children’s hospital. It’s definitely a better vibe there.

Also, something to consider in October is Sweetberry Farms, in Marble Falls. They have pumpkin patches, tractor rides, carmel apples and a whole bunch more kid activities. It’s a fun day and worth the drive.

Becky 2 years ago

I wanted to mention that for the older kids/teens, don’t forget the Bullock Texas State History Museum. There are 4 floors, each representing a different era in Texas history. Be sure to go to the Texas Spirit Theatre and watch a slightly “interactive” history of Texas, called “The Star of Destiny.” We love it!


Anonymous 2 years ago

How about the park by Barton Springs or the swimming hole there.

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Stasha 3 years ago

Austin is on my to do list Great to find out the most fun things to do from a true native Evin!

Kelly 3 years ago

We LOVE Austin! It is a relatively short drive from the DFW area for a get-away and it is beautiful! I love to watch the rowing teams on the river in the morning! You can fish, walk around downtown for hours and shop – they have really cool vintage stores!

mika 3 years ago

Amazing especially the ice cream.It will surely make it less scary!

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Oh Austin. The farm sounds great! Austin is the only place in Texas I would remotely consider living, because it is full of awesomeness. This is coming from a New Yorker.

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melissa 3 years ago

This is awesome!! I’ve never been to Austin with kids, and all I’ve done there is drink, go to football games and go to concerts! This will come in handy whenever I get down to Texas again!

Elaine 3 years ago

I was raised in N. Austin and all of my family is still there so we often travel back to visit. Last time we where there we hit up S. Congress and went to the food trucks and shops. You definitely hit the highlights!! And for Summer visitors I would add the Quarry Splash Pad in Leander. We got rained out in July (I know, HARD to believe) but it is really fun and only a $1 a kid!

Brittany 3 years ago

Love Austin! And while so much of my time there is spent as a grown up without kids there are so many fun things to do with the little people! Mine love to see the bats under the bridge and yes, they are big fans of walks around parts of the lake.


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