Free Fun In Austin For Kids And Families

This list of free fun in Austin for kids and family will keep the youngsters entertained without breaking the bank for mom and dad.

Cherrywood Coffee House Free Kids Shows
Web Site: Free Kids Shows at Cherrywood Coffee House
1400 E 38th-1/2 Street
Austin, Texas 78722

Phone: (512) 538-1991
Cherrywood Coffee House presents free fun in Austin with a kids show every Sunday at 10 AM. Cherrywood Coffee House has some of the best kids performers in Austin play at their Sunday morning shows. Staci Gray, Hey Lollies, Big Don, The Que Pastas, Mr. Johnny and Sharon and Groundwork Music Orchestra are just some of the entertainers who perform for free at Cherrywood Coffee House on Sunday mornings. Even though the show is free, tips are appreciated. Cherrywood Coffee House is a casual restaurant with a large outdoor patio serving New Orleans inspired food along with Ruta Maya coffee, beer and wine. Usually the children’s shows take place on the outdoor stage. It is a good idea to arrive early to find parking. The parking lot is small, but there is also parking available on the street and in the adjacent neighborhood. Food is ordered inside at the counter and the barristas bring it out to the table when the order is ready. The free kids show at Cherrywood Coffee House usually lasts between 45 minutes to an hour and a half.

City of Austin BMX and Skate Park
Web Site: City of Austin BMX and Skate Park
1213 Shoal Creek Boulevard
Austin, TX 78701
Phone: (512) 974-6700
The City of Austin BMX and Skate Park is free fun in Austin for skateboarders and BMX bicyclists. BMX bicycles are small bikes designed for spinning and doing tricks. The BMX and Skate Park is 30,000 square feet and features a skate bowl, a large plaza with streetscape elements, shade structures, unisex restroom and skateable public art pieces. The Austin skate park project was funded by 2006 Bond Election and designed by New Line Skateparks from British Columbia, Canada. City of Austin BMX and Skate Park is located in central Austin next to House Park high school football stadium and the Shoal Creek Recreation Center. The skate park is designed for all skill levels. Use of helmets and pads is encouraged. The City of Austin BMX and Skate Park is open from 5 AM to 10 PM daily.

Laguna Gloria Second Saturdays
Website: Laguna Gloria Second Saturdays
3809 W 35th Street
Austin, Texas 78703

Phone:(512) 323-6380
Laguna Gloria art museum has free fun in Austin for kids and families every second Saturday with hand-on art making workshops. The art workshops usually tie into a current exhibition at the Laguna Gloria art museum. Laguna Gloria Second Saturdays are also a chance for kids to meet local artists and hear live music from local performers. Second Saturdays at Laguna Gloria are recommended for children ages 2 through 11.

Austin Nature and Science Center
Web Site: Austin Nature and Science Center
2389 Stratford Drive
Austin, Texas 78746

Phone: (512) 327-8180
The Austin Nature and Science Center is great free fun in Austin for kids that like wild animals or dinosaurs. The Austin Nature and Science Center is located on the west side of Zilker Park and is operated by the City of Austin. The Nature and Science Center is open seven days a week and admission is free. The Nature Center features live animal exhibits with more than 90 native birds and animals including hawks, owls, a bobcat, skunks and snakes. The animals at the Austin Nature and Science Center are rescued animals that cannot be returned to the wild. Younger children especially like the Dino Pit where kids can use shovels, buckets and brushes to dig in four large sand pits for replicas of fossils found in Texas. There are also indoor exhibits about bugs, flowers and other nature found in Central Texas.

Alamo Drafthouse Kids Camp
Web Site: Alamo Drafthouse Kids Camp
1120 South Lamar Boulevard (Plus 5 Other Locations)
Austin, Texas 78704

Phone: (512) 861-7040
The Alamo Kids Camp at Alamo Drafthouse movie theaters provided free fun in Austin for kids and families for many years. Today, the Alamo Kids Camp is a summer film series and is practically free with requested donations of $1, $2 or $3 to reserve tickets in advance. All proceeds from the Alamo Kids Camp are donated to local nonprofits that work to make Austin a great place for kids to grow up. Films for the Alamo Kids Camp include family movie classics as well as more recent kid friendly movies. The Alamo Drafthouse movie chain was founded in Austin in 1997 by movie lovers Tim and Karrie League. Alamo Drafthouse offers a food and beverage menu served inside the movie theatre. The Alamo Kids Camp summer series is presented at Alamo Drafthouse theaters all over Austin. There are also special film events for the Alamo Kids Camp during the school year. The best way to find out about film titles, screening times, locations and to reserve tickets online for Alamo Kids Camp is on the Alamo Drafthouse website.

Liz Carpenter Splash Pad at Butler Park
Web Site: Liz Carpenter Splash Pad at Butler Park
2101 Barton Springs Road
Austin, Texas 78704

Phone: (512) 495-1963

Movies in the Park at Republic Square
Web Site: Movies in the Park at Republic Square
422 Guadalupe Street
Austin, Texas 78701
Phone: (512) 477-1566
The Austin Parks Foundation and Alamo Drafthouse bring free fun in Austin to local parks with free outdoor movies at Republic Park in downtown Austin and other local parks. Austin Parks Foundation is a non-profit organization advocating for local parks. Alamo Drafthouse brings the giant, portable outdoor movie screen they use in their Rolling Roadshows. Dogs, picnics and lawn chairs are welcome. Alcoholic beverages are not permitted in the parks. Movies begin at dusk which is usually around 8:30. Check the Movies in the Park website for a schedule of upcoming movies in the parks. Kids love to lay on a blanket with food picnic and watch a movie outdoors. Admission to Movies in the Park at Republic Square is free.

Austin Summer Musical for Children
Website: Austin Summer Musical for Children
Boyd Vance Theater
1165 Angelina Street
Austin, Texas 78702

(512) 605-9018
Austin Summer Musical for Children has staged musical theater as free fun in Austin for kids since 1987. Austin Summer Musical for Children is a non-profit organization producing free public performances of musicals aimed at children ages 3 through 10 every summer. All of the actors, stage crew and support staff are volunteers. Many of the volunteers are part of other musical community groups like Chorus Austin, River City Pops, Austin Singers and the Round Rock Community Choir. Austin Summer Musical for Children is a fully costumed and choreographed musical. Recent Austin Summer Musical for Children productions have taken place at the Vance Boyd Theater inside George Washington Carver Museum in East Austin. Tickets are free, but it is a good idea to get in line early for performances as tickets are limited to the theater capacity of 130 seats. Four tickets allowed per family and tickets are released 30 minutes before show time. Austin Summer Musical for Children productions over the past few years have included Junie B. Jones The Musical, The Wizard of Oz, Peter Pan and Alice in Wonderland.

For more ideas on kids activities in Austin, check out our things to do in Austin with kids that your family will love list.