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What I love About Austin ~ Activities For Kids

Thursday, May 24th, 2018 at 11:29am Engel & Völkers Austin

 What I Love About Austin ~ Activities For Kids ~ Bob Bullock Texas History Museum

It's that time of year again.  School is almost out.  So the big question becomes what do we do now?  Austin is a family-friendly town with lots of activities for families with kids.  From museums and science exhibits to outdoors activities and events, the city caters to children, educating and exciting them with new and interesting activities and ideas.  There are always family-friendly activities and events, no matter the season.  And you don't have to be a kid to enjoy everything that is available.

Below is our list of things to do with your kids around Austin.

Texas Capitol Building
The Texas Capitol Building was completed in 1888 in Downtown Austin and contains the offices and chambers of the Texas Legislature and the Office of the Governor.   Tours are conducted daily and you are welcome to wander the building, conducting your own personal tour.

Bullock Texas State History Museum
The Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum includes an IMAX theater, store and many exhibits on Texas history.  Texas was once an independent nation that chose to join the United States.  The Bullock Museum covers this and many other Texas historical events.

Austin Nature and Science Center
Established in 1960, the Austin Nature & Science Center's (ANSC) mission is to provide hands-on educational exhibits and recreational activities that increase awareness and appreciation of the natural environment.

Austin’s 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. It’s a foundry for a new generation of innovators and creative problem solvers. And it’s a heck of a good time.

Texas Memorial Mesuem
In the early 1930s, James E. Pearce, The University of Texas at Austin Chair of Anthropology, later named the museum's first director, and A. Garland Adair, department historian for the Texas American Legion, joined forces to establish a state museum. They wanted the museum to contribute to the conservation of the historic treasures of Texas and also to the educational system of the state. With this joint effort, the Texas Memorial Museum (TMM) was born.

Austin Central Library
The Austin Public Library provides knowledge, technology and inspiration to the Austin community. The Library is a hub of books and education, a meeting place of minds and an incubator of ideas.

The Long Center for the Performing Arts
On any given day you can see Austinites on our HEB Terrace in a boot camp class, on the lawn doing yoga or the grand staircase posing for wedding pictures. A growing array of free events designed to share our facility with people who might not have visited us yet are now on the calendar. We truly think of the Long Center as a home, and we are always excited when we can invite you over to join us.

Congress Avenue Bridge Bats
Whether a bat enthusiast or not, many just love to take in an evening view of bats in Austin as one of the many local Austin, Texas attractions.  Simply put, people are batty for Austin’s world-renowned Mexico free-tailed bats and their night flight of 60-plus miles per hour and 2-mile high flight patterns, and feeding frenzy of Austin insects.

Mount Bonnell
Covert Park at Mount Bonnell is 5.1 acre historic linear park with a prominent overlook that is one of the most visited sites in Austin. Mount Bonnell is a 775-foot-high outcrop along the eastern shore of Lake Austin.

Zilker Park
Zilker Park sits just across Lady Bird Lake (formarly known as Town Lake) from Austin's skyline making it the perfect metropolitan park. Locals and visitors enjoy 351 acres land dedicated to running, jogging, biking, swimming, kayaking and many other outdoor activities. The park features trails, gardens, volleyball courts, natural springs, swimming area, and many more amenities.

ABC Kite Fest
The festival has been going on since 1929, making it the oldest kite festival in the country.

Mayfield Park and Nature Preserve
Mayfield Park/Community Project, sponsored by Friends of the Parks of Austin, a non-profit corporation, is restoring Mayfield Cottage and Gardens to the height of its development in the era of the 1920’s-1950’s.

Barton Springs Municipal Pool
Within Zilker Park's 358 acres lies one of the crown jewels of Austin - Barton Springs Pool. The pool itself measures three acres in size, and is fed from underground springs with an average temperature of 68-70 degrees, ideal for year-round swimming.

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Book People Storytime
Do you ever wonder who Pete the Cat was before he was such a famous cat?! If so, join us today as we read Pete the Kitty and the Groovy Playdate! Whether you’re a longtime fan or new to this beloved series, we guarantee you will fall in love with Pete the Kitty.

Chaparral Ice
Today, the facility is a gathering place for communities of figure skaters, hockey fans, kids’ camps and snow-shy Texans looking to escape the summer sun.

Austin Toy Museum
Today, the facility is a gathering place for communities of figure skaters, hockey fans, kids’ camps and snow-shy Texans looking to escape the summer sun.

Playland Skate Center
Playland Skate Center offers the finest in skating entertainment with an impressive light show, fog machine and state of the art sound system playing a wide variety of music. Our extra large skating facility at 27,500 square feet is Austin’s largest. Playland Skate Center has been in business since 1973 offering children and adults a safe, fun, clean and entertaining roller skating experience/

Inner Space Cavern
Inner Space cavern was discovered by a Texas Highway Department core drilling team in the Spring of 1963. Six inch core samples were taken to determine if the ground was stable enough to support a large highway overpass. As they were drilling one of the test holes, the bit suddenly dropped 26ft. and the highway crew knew there was something down there besides rock.

Austin Zoo and Animal Sanctuary
The mission of Austin Zoo is to assist animals in need through rescue, rehabilitation and education.  Located on the southwest edge of Austin, Texas, Austin Zoo draws visitors from around the world to learn about our rescued animals and spend quality time outdoors in the Texas Hill Country.

Peter Pan Mini-Golf
An Austin tradition since 1948, Peter Pan Mini Golf is fun for all ages.  Enjoy two 18-hole courses filled with a variety of characters, obstacles and surprises.

Austin Aquarium
Your child will enjoy a hands-on experience unlike any other. The ability to interact with exotic animals will make a lasting impression that will result in a better appreciation, respect, and understanding of our planets amazing animals. As a parent, you get this special opportunity to teach and show your children these animals and help them with their interactive experience, as well as be a kid again yourself!



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