If you’re wondering where to spend your time this coming weekend and beyond, or you’re planning a trip to Austin with the kids and need the 411 on where to take them to entertain them, don’t worry because we got it all sorted out for you!
Austin is not only home to awesome kid-friendly museums, but also to indoor playgrounds, trampoline parks, educational spots, and much more- There are places for every season, every age, and every interest!
Without further ado, we give you our roundup of some of the best things to do in Austin with kids:
Where: 1830 Simond Ave, Austin, Texas 78723, USA
Hours: Monday: (Baby Bloomers), 9 AM – 12 PM ONLY | Tuesday: 10 AM–5 PM | Wednesday: 10 AM –8 PM (Community Night from 4–8 PM- Admission by donation) | Thursday: 10 AM –5 PM | Friday: 10 AM–5 PM | Saturday: 10 AM –6 PM (Baby Bloomers, 9–10 AM) | Sunday: 10 AM–5 PM
Before becoming The Thinkery, this awesome kids’ destination was known as Austin’s Children Museum.
The Thinkery offers play-based, hands-on learning experiences for kids and parents with 40,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor activities for families that guarantee kids will have a great time while learning through play.
Where: 101 South Lady Bird Lane, Johnson City, TX 78636, USA
Hours: Wednesday-Saturday: 10 AM – 4 PM | Sunday: Noon – 4 PM | Closed Mondays, except for selected school holidays. Closed Tuesdays except for pre-registered school groups and private events
When we talk about places for kids, we can’t leave the Science Mill aside.
This family destination offers fun, interactive learning exhibits, games, and programs! A perfect place for kids who love maths, science, and technology!
Where: 13609 North Interstate Highway 35, Austin, TX 78753, USA
Hours: Sunday: 10 AM – 8 PM |Monday: 10 AM – 8 PM | Tuesday: Closed | Wednesday: 10 AM – 8 PM | Thursday: 10 AM – 8 PM | Friday: 10 AM – 9 PM| Saturday: 10 AM – 9 PM
This place has something for all ages!
Toddlers can enjoy the toddler-only area with age-appropriate games and toys, and older kids can have a blast running around the giant playscape! The entire family can enjoy the arcade and the great cafe!
Where: 400 N. Liberty Ave., New Braunfels, TX 78130
Schlitterbahn New Braunfels Waterpark and Resort is located in New Braunfels between San Antonio and Austin and it features the most exciting collection of water slides in Texas!
If you have a daredevil in the family, you’ll find many thrilling rides. However, if you prefer calmer activities, there are many to choose from! This is a must when it comes to water parks.
Where: 6800 West Gate Blvd, Austin, TX, USA
Hours: Monday – Tuesday Closed | Wednesday – Thursday 12 PM – 7 PM | Friday – Saturday 10 AM – 10 PM | Sunday 1 PM – 8 PM
With 40,000 square feet of high-energy attractions, kids (and also adults) will jump for hours in this amazing trampoline park!
The park features 10 high-energy attractions including performance trampolines, a rock climbing wall, a trapeze bar, extreme dodgeball, trampoline basketball, battle beam, gymnastics tumble tracks, main court, kid’s court, foam pit, and more!
Where: 16231 IH 35, Pflugerville, TX 78660, USA
Hours: Daily 10 AM- 11 PM
The perfect choice for a family night!
This place offers great entertainment for all ages with indoor and outdoor attractions such as go-kart tracks, rock climbing walls, arcade games, mini-golf, bumper boats, and so much more! Try the amazing menu with varied options and you have yourselves a perfect night!
Where: 10808 Rawhide Trail, Austin, TX 78736, USA
Hours: Regular Hours: Monday through Friday from 9:30 AM – 5 PM | Saturday, Sunday, and holidays from 9:30 AM – 6 PM | Winter Hours: Open daily from 9:30 AM – 5 PM
Every kid loves a visit to the zoo!
Families will get to see more than 300 animals including exotic species as well as Texas natives such as goats, pigs, donkeys, and more!
Austin Zoo assists animals in need through rescue, rehabilitation, and education.
Where: 1910 Fortview Road, Austin, Texas, USA
When it comes to museums and educational spots for kids, fun is a must-have requirement.
At Snapology, kids will feel in paradise with all the LEGO-themed programs, classes, summer camps, and birthday parties offered! Children 1-14 will learn and have a blast by using LEGO bricks, K’Nex, and technology!
Where: 13450 US Highway 183, Austin, TX 78750, USA
Hours: Monday – Thursday 9 AM – 7 PM | Friday 9 AM – 8 PM | Saturday 10 AM – 8 PM | Sunday 10 AM – 7 PM
This amazing play center features 12,000 square feet of multi-level play structures with obstacle courses, slides, ball pits, bounce houses, climbing walls, and so much more for kids to have a super fun time!
Where: 2716 W William Cannon Dr, Austin, Texas, USA
Hours: Monday- Friday: 9 AM – 7.30 PM | Saturday: 8:15 AM – 2 PM | Sunday: 9 AM – 2 PM
The Little Gym offers unique educational classes that revolve around active play, as well as drop-in programs, and special events!
Kids will be given a space to direct their energy, build confidence, and develop critical skills.
Where: 1801 Clover Lane, Cedar Park, TX, USA
Hours:Monday – Tuesday: Closed for Private Events & Parties | Wednesday – Saturday 10 AM – 6 PM | Sunday 12 PM-6 PM
The Splash Shack is an amazing indoor water park for kids where adults can have fun too!
Kids will love the fun attractions and everyone will have a great time away from the Sun’s heat.
Where: 13265 U.S. 183, Austin, TX 78750, USA
Hours: Tuesday – Wednesday: 11 AM – 7 PM | Thursday: 11 AM – 9 PM | Friday: 11 AM – 7 PM | Saturday: 11 AM – 7 PM | Sunday: 11 AM – 9 PM | Closed: Monday | Martin Luther King Jr. Day: 11 AM – 9 PM
This is a great option for unique experiences for families!
Fly your body in a controlled manner in a wind tunnel, within the safety of a wall-to-wall air chamber! Make your dream of flying come true at iFly!
Where: 13530 US Hwy 183, Austin, TX 78750, USA
Hours: OPEN DAILY: 10 AM- 8 PM
At Austin Aquarium, families will experience everything that the sea has to offer!
There are unique interactive experiences, including hand-feeding sharks, rays, birds, and fish. You can also be face to face with kangaroos and Lemurs or pet one of the caiman lizards! Both kids and adults will get to experience meeting thousands of species and interactive exhibits!
Where: 9117 Anderson Mill Rd, Austin
This amazing park has it all!
Springwoods Park features many opportunities for fun, including tennis courts, a walking trail, a great playground, picnic tables, and restrooms and it’s very spacious so kids will run around for hours!
Where: 5400 Burnet Road, Austin, TX 78756, USA
Hours: Sunday- Thursday 7 AM – 9 PM | Friday and Saturday 7 AM – 9:30 PM | Breakfast is served daily from 7 AM – 10:30 AM
Besides amazing burgers, kids will enjoy a great playground while adults relax in the nearby seatings!
The Burnet Road location also features a drive-thru, indoor and outdoor big screen TV, and of course a fenced outdoor playground and outdoor patio seating.
Where: 6001 West Parmer Lane, Austin, TX, USA
Hours: JANUARY – MAY: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday – by appointment | Wednesday & Friday – 6 PM Escape Room bookings by appointment | 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Saturdays from 6-10:30 PM for Arcade Time/Kids Night Outs | Saturdays & Sunday for Birthday Parties (available times on booking page) | JUNE – AUGUST: Monday-Friday from 8 AM-6 PM for Summer Camp. Camp activities begin at 8:30 AM and end at 5:30 PM. 1st and 3rd Saturdays from 6-10:30 PM for Arcade Time/Kids Night Outs | Saturdays at 1:30 PM for Birthday Parties (available times on booking page) | SEPTEMBER – DECEMBER: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday – by appointment | Wednesday & Friday – 6 PM Escape Room bookings by appointment. 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Saturdays from 6-10:30 PM for Kids Night Out. Saturdays & Sundays for Birthday Parties (available times on booking page)
The Scholar Ship is the ultimate destination for kids who love educational fun!
From a science lab to an Xbox area, there are so many things to do! Kids will not know where to start.
Where: 12700 Shops Pkwy, Austin, TX 78738, USA
Rolly Pollies is a great gymnastics center that offers children 6 months to 6 years old some fun-filled gym, creative arts, and music programs!
This place combines fun with exercise and art! The facility features pre-school-sized, customizable gym equipment tailored expressly for the individual programs and the stand-alone creative arts and music room.
Where: 13201 Ranch Road 620 North, Austin, TX, USA
Hours: Monday- Thursday 11 AM- 7 PM | Friday- Sunday 11 AM- 9 PM
With state-of-the-art attractions for all ages, Urban Air will be your kids’ next favorite trampoline park!
This is also a great venue for birthday parties! There are not only amazing trampolines, but kids will also get to enjoy climbing walls, ropes course, sky rider, warrior course, adventure hub, tubes playground, battle beam, sloam dunk zone, dodgeball, arcade, and so much more!
Where: 1207 Barton Springs Road, Austin, Texas 78704, USA
Hours: 10 AM- 10 PM Sunday through Thursday | 10 AM- 11 PM Friday and Saturday
Enjoy two 18-hole mini-golf courses with the whole family! Peter Pan Mini-Golf is great for people of all ages!
You will be welcomed by the giant Peter Pan and T-rex!
Where: 235 Zoo Trail, Johnson City, Texas 78636, USA
The Exotic Resort Zoo is home to more than 700 animals from 80 different species.
Visitors can feed and socialize with animals such as the American Bison, Scottish Highlanders, Zebras, and more!
Enjoy an informative tour, have a close-up encounter with the babies at the petting zoo areas, and have a great family day!
Where: 5620 Burnet Rd, Austin, Texas, USA
Hours: Sunday through Thursday 11 AM– 9 PM | Friday and Saturday 11 AM-10 PM
Phil’s Icehouse has three locations in Austin, the one on Burnet Road has a great playscape for kids to have a little fun while waiting for the food, or after!
All burgers are served with fries and there are many other tasty options too!
Where: 893 Union Chapel Rd, Cedar Creek, TX 78612, USA
Hours: Open Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday 10 AM – 4 PM | (Open on most holidays) | Note: Last trail entry is at 3:30 PM
Dinosaur Park is an outdoor museum featuring realistic life-size dinosaur exhibits!
Walk along a tree-lined nature trail and find the different dinosaur species and other amazing features!
Where: South I-35, Georgetown, TX 78626, USA
Hours: Monday – Friday 9 AM-4 PM | Saturday 10 AM-5 PM | Sunday 10 AM-5 PM
Hidden for over 10,000 years, Inner Space Cavern is one of the best-preserved caves in Texas and a great place to learn about these formations, prehistoric animal bones, and more.
You will get to see beautiful formations, large rooms, prehistoric animal bones, and a truly unique discovery story.
This amazing cave remains a constant 72 degrees year-round and it does not flood during rains.
Where: 412 E 6th St, Austin, Texas, USA
Hours: Saturday 10 AM-7 PM | Sunday 10 AM-7 PM | Monday 10 AM-7 PM | Tuesday 10 AM-7 PM | Wednesday 10 AM-7 PM | Thursday10 AM-7 PM | Friday 10 AM-7 PM
In this not-so-regular museum, kids will find much uncommon and interesting stuff.
They will love the strange collection of oddities, strange animals, zombies, monsters, and more! Weird things are more fun! This museum is a great option to visit with the family.
Where: 13530 Research Blvd, Austin, TX 78750, USA
Hours: Open Play: Monday – Saturday 9 AM – 6 PM | Sunday 11 AM – 6 PM
Kids will love the play experience at Indigo. They will enjoy social play, storytelling, narrative play, sensory and spatial discovery, puzzle-solving, imaginative play, and so much more!
Indigo Play is the perfect place for kids to play and learn! Children will love the huge educational playscape, the sensory room, imagination play area, baby and toddler area, and more spaces designed specifically for them!
Where: 3818 Far W Blvd, Austin, TX, USA
Hours: Monday-Friday 11 AM- 5 PM | Saturday 11 AM- 4 PM
For kids who love cooking, Foodie Kids is an excellent cooking school that offers classes for families or kids only, cooking camps, workshops, and more!
In addition to the amazing culinary school, you can enjoy a kid-friendly retail cooking supplies store and a unique drop-in, make-your-own snack counter called The Makery.
Where: 6001 West Parmer Lane, Austin, Texas 78727, USA
This American Ninja Warrior-style Obstacle Gym welcomes both adults and kids ages 5 and up! You will find classes, camps, and a great place to host birthdays!
Austin Ninjas is a member of the Texas Ninja League (TNL) and Ultimate Ninja Athlete Association (UNAA) and it hosts ninja warrior competitions throughout the year!
Where: 2500 Mc Hale Ct, Austin, TX, USA
K1 Speed is America’s premier indoor karting experience, and Austin is the home of Formula One racing in America!
If you want to live the racing experience, K1 Speed offers world-class indoor go-kart racing and an unforgettable experience! You will feel the thrill of the European-style 20hp electric karts and have a blast!
Where: Jourdan-Bachman Pioneer Farms, 10621 Pioneer Farms Drive, Austin, Texas 78754, USA
Hours: Open 10 AM to 5 PM. Thursday through Sunday. Guided tours are offered Monday to Friday with advance reservations.
At Pioneer Farms, besides getting up-close with amazing animals, you will also walk into five themed historic areas, including a German Emigrant Farm, a Tonkawa Indian Encampment, and a Cotton Planter’s Farm, a Texian Farm, and a rural village called Sprinkle Corner.
The entire family will experience Texas history and also meet friendly animals.
Where: 3830 Brushy Creek Rd, Cedar Park, TX 78613
Champion Park has lots of space for a fun day!
You will find a fitness area, a playscape and swings, and more! Dinosaur lovers will get to enjoy a covered children’s play area where they will discover dinosaur bones!
Where: 4831 FM2673, Canyon Lake, TX 78133, USA
Hours: Summer Hours (JUN 1 – AUG 15): Daily 10 AM – 4 PM | Winter Hours (AUG 16 – MAY 31):
Daily 1 PM– 5 PM. Open on July 4th | Closed for the following Holidays: Easter Sunday, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve/Day, New Years’ Eve/Day.
Little dinosaurs fans will love the Heritage Museum of Texas Hill Country!
Kids will find over 200 dinosaur tracks and separate trackways made 110 million years ago, in addition to model dinosaurs and real tracks. The museum features an antique collection with unique pieces, including fossil displays and much more!
Where: 2410 E Riverside Dr, Austin, TX, USA
Hours: Monday -Thursday: Closed | Friday: 11:30 AM – 9 PM | Saturday: 11:30 AM– 9 PM |
Sunday: 11:30 AM – 9 PM
Children will get to enjoy climbing structures, playscapes, arcades, a massive playground, amazing slides, as well as some circular rides.
Adults will get to enjoy a basketball game and air hockey, as well as different food options such as pizza or hot dogs!
Where: 7010 TX-71, Austin, TX 78735, USA
Hours: Mondays 9 AM- 6 PM | Tuesdays 9 AM- – 6 PM | Wednesdays 9 AM- – 6 PM | Thursdays 9 AM- – to – 6 PM | Fridays 9 AM- – 6 PM | Saturdays 9 AM- – to – 6 PM | Sundays 12 PM– to – 5 PM
This great gym provides special equipment for activities for children across the spectrum.
Kids can either enjoy an open play or join a class! We Rock the Spectrum offers a safe, nurturing, and fun environment.
Where: 400 E Ben White Blvd, Austin, TX 78704, USA
This amazing amusement park features rides for the entire family! You will find extreme rides, children’s rides, and family rides for everyone to have a blast!
The little ones can have fun too! The Children’s rides include a Circus Train, a Carousel, Looney Airport where kids will experience the thrill of simulated flight, and so many more!
Where: 945 County Road 118, Copperas Cove, TX, USA
Hours: March- September: Guests Admitted 9 AM- 5 PM. Everyone must be gone by 6 PM | October- February: Guests Admitted 9 AM- 4 PM. Everyone must be gone by 5 PM
At Topsey Exotic Ranch & Drive-Thru Safari visitors are able to get up-close and personal with the incredible exotic animals!
This amazing place is located on 350 acres, and the facilities have been designed to be mainly comprised of the free-range safari, allowing visitors to experience the magical wildlife in a natural setting!
Where: 2389 Stratford Dr, Austin, TX, USA
Hours: Monday – Saturday 9 AM – 5 PM | Sunday Noon – 5 PM
Another great option for outdoor museums and educational spots for the little ones is the Austin Nature Center!
Kids will get to explore and learn all about the natural world through hands-on exhibits, education programs, and recreation activities for the whole family!
Where: Epic Fun, Texas 71, Austin, TX, USA
Hours: Monday 10 AM- 9 PM | Tuesday 11 AM -9 PM | Wednesday & Thursday 10 AM- 9 PM | Friday & Saturday 10 AM- 10 PM | Sunday 10 AM- 8 PM
Epic Fun has many attractions for kids to have a blast, including an elevated ropes course, arcade games, laser tag, and so much more!
Kids will always be accompanied by the staff who is available at all times to teach kids how to interact safely and watch over them as they have fun!
Where: 11200 Lakeline Mall Drive, Cedar Park, TX, USA
Hours: Monday – Saturday: 11 AM– 7 PM | Sunday: Closed
Inflatable Wonderland offers indoor inflatable fun for ages 11 and under! Kids will jump, laugh, and play in a safe, clean, and sanitized location!
Kids can enjoy walk-in play with many inflatables like moonwalks, combos, obstacles, and a giant playscape to play on!
Where: 10601 N Lamar Blvd, Downtown, Austin, TX, USA
Hours: OPEN JUMP HOURS: Monday-Thursday: 11 AM – 9 PM | Holidays & School Vacations : 10 AM – 9 PM | Friday: 11 AM – 10 PM | Saturday: 10 AM – 10 PM | Sunday: 11 AM– 10 PM
This indoor sports and recreation center will have the whole family jumping for hours!
Everyone will have a great time enjoying the trampolines, the Ninja Warrior zone, inflatables, and so much more!
Where: 5640 N Interstate 35 Frontage Rd, New Braunfels, TX 78132, USA
Hours: Daily, 10 AM- 6 PM
The Animal World and Snake Farm Zoo protect biodiversity, promotes animal welfare, encourage sustainable living practices, and empower communities to care about the world in which we inhabit.
Visitors can also get up close and personal with some of your favorite Zoo residents! Just sign up for an animal encounter for an experience of a lifetime!
Where: 2027 S Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78704, USA
Hours: Open Daily: 11 AM to Midnight | 21+ after 10 PM
Bouldin Acres is the perfect place for family fun and good food! It features indoor and outdoor spaces to eat, with great food trucks; a full-service bar; pickleball courts; a playground for the little ones to not get bored; free wifi; TVs; a dog-friendly patio; lawn games; and more!
Where: 6120 W Hwy 290, Austin, TX 78735, USA
Mad Science offers hands-on experiences through summer camps, after-school programs, workshops, events, and birthday parties!
Kids will love the autonomous robots, secret coded messages, and more!
Where: 100 Congress, Congress Avenue, Austin, TX 78701, USA
At this innovative facility, kids will play and grow their imagination, creativity, and body with equipment designed by pediatric therapists!
Little Land Play Gym offers a play gym and child development services, children will play, imagine, and grow.
Where: 4005 West Parmer Lane, Austin, TX 78727, USA
Hours: Sunday- Thursday 11 AM – 9:30 PM | Friday & Saturday 11 AM – 11 PM
Aviator Pizza & Drafthouse is a great option to visit with the family and eat delicious pizza!
The Palmer Lane location is perfect for families with kids, as it features an amazing playscape and plenty of space to run around.
Where: 2220 Barton Springs Rd, Austin, TX 78746, USA
Hours: The garden is open to the public 7 days a week, year-round. | The garden is closed for major holidays and Austin City Limits Fest. | 9 AM – 6 PM Daily. Final entry 30 minutes prior to closing
Walk and see the beautiful themed gardens that are interconnected with pathways for all ages and abilities. There’s also a dinosaur habitat recreation to explore!
Visitors will enjoy seeing heritage live oaks, streams, and Koi-filled ponds, and experience a peaceful space in the middle of the city.
Where: 2001 Justin Lane, Austin, Texas, USA
Hours: Tuesday- Saturday 10 AM- 6 PM | Saturdays 5 PM- 8 PM
Toybrary Austin is a toy lending library, birthday party venue, and amazing play space where kids can enjoy slides, tents, bikes and trikes, tunnels, rocking horses, books, toys, and more!
The play area is designed especially for children aged 6 months to 5 years old.
Katherine Fleischer Park
Where: 2106 Klattenhoff Dr, Austin, Texas 78728
Kids will get to enjoy a shaded playground, giant playhouse, soccer field, sand volleyball court, a multi-use baseball field, and so much more!
Where: 9811 Vikki Terrace, Austin, TX 78736, USA
Hours: Monday -Saturday 10 AM – 7 PM | Sunday 11 AM – 6 PM
Loco-Motion Inflatable Play is a place where children ages 0-10 years old can play and enjoy a mix of fun, physical exercise, and creative, social play!
This locally owned family business offers inflatables and a play area called ”Little Town” where kids can get creative and make new friends!
Where: 1003 N Austin Ave, Georgetown, TX 78626
Creative Playscape combines play with art!
Kids will enjoy climbing walls, a giant rock, a two-level playground, and a teepee. Kids will find a wall with the story of the Georgetown area throughout the park.
Where: 3916 Gattis School Road, Round Rock, TX, USA
Hours: Monday -Thursday: 2 PM – 9 PM | Friday: 2 PM – 10 PM | Saturday: 11 AM – 10 PM | Sunday: 12 PM – 8 PM<spanstyle=”font-weight: 400;”>
This indoor monster-themed glow-in-the-dark 18-hole miniature golf course offers a variety of entertainment attractions!
Besides mini-golf, you can enjoy a laser tag arena, arcade, and so much more!