Top 20 Places to Take Kids In and Around Austin
Austin's favorite places to take kids for 2016
There are literally hundreds of wonderful places to take your kids in Austin! Each year, we survey Austin parents to find out where they love to take their kids. 2015's results are below. And make sure to sign up for our fantastic FREE weekly newsletter with dozens of ideas each week for local stuff to do with kids, many of them free.
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Laser Tag is a high tech form of hide-and-go-seek tag for everyone from age 7 to 97. This arena is the largest in Texas and has 3 "real" stories of towers and ramps for the ultimate adrenaline rush.
The Aquarium features thousands of species! Including Sharks, Stingrays, Corals, Lorikeets, Toucans, Macaws, Tropical Fish, Rain Forest Area including exotic reptiles and amphibians; Giant Pacific Octopus, and on select days….Mermaids!
Toybrary Austin is a toy lending library for children 5 and under. We stock only high quality, educational toys. A birthday party venue and place to take parenting classes, also offering music, dance, art, yoga and other children's classes.
The Austin Outlaws are a women's football team in the Women's Football Alliance. They are based in Austin, Texas. Home games are played at Chaparral Stadium on the campus of Westlake High School.
The Thinkery is an evolution of the Austin Children’s Museum. It’s Austin’s sparkling new home for “why” and “how.” A place where science and families play side by side. Where people connect with ideas by doing, making and experiencing.
The mission of the Austin Zoo & Animal Sanctuary is to assist animals in need through rescue, rehabilitation and education.
Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
The Center’s gardens display the native plants of the Central Texas Hill Country, South and West Texas, while the Plant Conservation Program protects the ecological heritage of Texas by conserving its rare and endangered flora.
Austin Nature & Science Center
The ANSC provides hands-on educational exhibits and recreational activities that increase awareness and appreciation of the natural environment. Located on the western edge of Zilker Park, they are dedicated to the exploration of the natural world.
New Farm Institute at Green Gate Farms
Farm-based education including: camps and workshops. Comprised of farmers, citizens and community activists, NFI is dedicated to engaging people of all ages and abilities in healthy foods and sustainable farming.
My Gym has developed an extraordinary program and facility devised to help children 6 weeks thru 10 years of age develop physically, cognitively and emotionally.
Austin Rock Gym
Austin Rock Gym is Austin's only dedicated rock climbing company and offers the most comprehensive climbing lessons and services available.
The Dinosaur Park is a unique outdoor museum setting with realistic life-size dinosaur replicas ranging from the 2-foot long Compsognathus to the 85-foot long Brachiosaurus. Walk through a tree-lined nature trail and imagine real dinosaurs in a natural environment. Other activities include a fossil-dig, playground, picnic area, and a Dinosaur Store stocked with a variety of gifts sure to please any dinosaur fan.
Safari Champ is Round Rock's indoor playscape. It is open 7 days a week! Don´t forget your socks!
Austin City Limits
Austin City Limits is a music performance television show that appears weekly on PBS
Bringing you the newest and most interesting arcade titles from Japan, Korea, the USA and other countries while providing a haven for the fighting game, music game and racing game communities.
Indoor Inflatable Fun for ages 10 and under. Exercise and have fun at the same time! Inflatable Wonderland is open every day during regular mall hours for your kids to come jump, run, and play! The all day pass gives you in and out privileges.
Peter Pan Mini Golf
A miniature golf facility for families and people of all ages to spend a great day or evening, Austin style. Family-owned and operated with the same laid back attitude that has made Austin what it is today.
Family-owned and operated, Schlitterbahn Waterparks has been a leader in family water entertainment since 1979.
The Bullock Texas State History Museum
The Bullock Texas State History Museum in downtown Austin, Texas, tells the “Story of Texas” with three floors of interactive exhibits; special effects shows in the Texas Spirit Theater; and Austin's premier IMAX Theatre
SeaWorld San Antonio offers roller coasters, rides, shows, tours, attractions and family-friendly activities for thrill seekers and animal lovers.
Winners in Special CategoriesIn the second part of our survey, we asked readers to select their favorites in several categories. Here were their choices.
Favorite Place to Have Fun INSIDEBlazer Tag
Favorite Place to Have Fun OUTSIDEZilker Metropolitan Park
Favorite Kid-Friendly MuseumThe Thinkery
Favorite Performing ArtsThe Long Center
Favorite Kid-Friendly FarmSweet Berry Farm
Favorite Nature CenterAustin Nature & Science Center
Favorite Sports TeamRound Rock Express
Favorite Arts EducationAustin Children's Theater