Fun Things To Do In Austin With Kids And Family

Looking for fun things to do in Austin with kids and family? Here are some suggestions for activities that adults and children will both enjoy.

Austin Steam Train Association
Web Site: Austin Steam Train Association
401 East Whitestone Boulevard
Austin, Texas 78613
Phone: (512) 477-8468
Boarding most trips at the Cedar Park depot off Highway 183, the Austin Steam Train Association operates a variety of train rides on vintage passenger trains through the Texas Hill Country. Some special excursions depart from train depots in the towns of Burnet and Bertram. Staffed by a dedicated group of volunteers, the trains operate most Saturdays and Sundays throughout the year. Special entertainment excursions include holiday trips like the “North Pole Flyer,” gunfighters wild west shoot outs, murder mysteries for adults and story book specials for kids including a “Day Out With Thomas The Tank Engine.” Advance reservations are recommended.

Austin Zoo
Web Site: Austin Zoo
10807 Rawhide Trail
Austin, Texas 78736

Phone: (512) 288-1490
With more than 300 animals across more than 100 different species, Austin Zoo and Animal Sanctuary is a private, non-profit zoo rescuing animals and serving the Austin community. Located just outside of town, the Austin Zoo provides a beautiful, relaxed, experience up close with the animals to hundreds of thousands of visitors a year. The Zoo is always having special events or receiving new animals, so no two trips will ever be the same.

Blazer Tag Adventure Center
Web Site: Blazer Tag Adventure Center
1701 West Ben White Boulevard
Austin, Texas 78745
Phone: (512) 462-0202
Situated within an old movie theater, Blazer Tag offers massive laser tag games inside of a three story, ten thousand foot arena. With party rooms, a high tech video arcade, and food, Blazer Tag has been the host of many a child’s birthday parties. They also offer occasional all night lock-ins, and are available for corporate or birthday rentals.

Chaparral Ice Center
Web Site: Chaparral Ice Center
2525 Anderson Lane
Austin, Texas 78757
Phone: (512) 451-5102
Located inside Northcross Mall, Chaparral Ice is a family owned business seeking to share their passion of Ice skating with the Central Texas area. Their mission is to promote their passion by offering a fun, safe, service oriented experience to skaters of all levels. If you don’t know how to skate, they offer a free 30 minute introductory lesson. Children interested in Hockey or Figure Skating can apply for their off-campus physical education program to receive PE credits.

Dinosaur Park
Web Site: Dinosaur Park
893 Union Chapel Road
Cedar Creek, Texas 78612

Phone: (512) 321-6262
Dinosaur Park is an educational and fun place, where people can learn about the majestic creatures that ruled our earth millions of years ago. Unlike most museums, Dinosaur Park doesn’t just show skeletons, but actual life sized dinosaur replicas, ranging in size from the 6-foot velociraptor to the 40-foot T-Rex, all in their natural habitat. Other activities include a fossil-dig, playground, picnic area, and a wonderful Dinosaur Store stocked with a variety of gifts sure to please any dinosaur fan!

Jourdan-Bachmann Pioneer Farms
Web Site: Jourdan-Bachmann Pioneer Farms
11418 Sprinkle Cut Off Road
Austin, Texas 78754

Phone: (512) 837-1215
Jourdan-Bachmann Pioneer Farms is a working farm showing what life was like in the 1800s. There are five historic sites spread over 90 acres to explore including an 1840s Tonkawa Encampment, an 1860s German Immigrant Farm, an 1870s Texian Farm, an 1880s Cotton Planters Farm and an 1890s Sprinkle Corner rural village, There are special events on a regular basis including a Halloween hayride.

Kiddie Acres
Web Site: Kiddie Acres
4800 Howard Lane
Austin, Texas 78728

Phone: (512) 255-4131
An oasis of classic days gone by amusement located on five acres in north Austin, Kiddie Acres is geared toward younger children under ten years old. This amusement park is open year-round with free admission and is a long-time favorite for birthday parties. Tickets must be purchases for rides and activities. Family owned and operated since 1979, Kiddie Acres features carousel rides, a ferris wheel and pony rides, as well as an 18 hole miniature golf course. Concessions including popcorn and cotton candy are available.

Millennium Youth Entertainment Complex
Web Site: Millennium Youth Entertainment Complex
1156 Hargrave Street
Austin, Texas 78702

Phone: (512) 472-6932
Millenium Youth Entertainment Complex is a facility with a 154-seat movie theater, a 16-lane bowling alley, video arcade area, a food court, and a 12,500 square foot roller skating rink. Serving as a safe place for east Austin youth to go, the complex hosts special events, job fairs, private receptions, and movie festivals on a regular basis.

Peter Pan Mini Golf
Web Site: Peter Pan Mini Golf
1207 Barton Springs Rd
Austin, Texas 78704

Phone: (512) 472-1033
Nestled under the trees at the top of a hill close to Zilker Park, family owned and operated Peter Pan Mini Golf has been the scene of birthday parties, teen outings and family fun for generation after generation of Austinites. Peter Pan’s 36 holes are divided up into two courses and though the 15 foot Peter Pan and the 20-foot T-Rex are hard to miss, every hole features some kind of obstacle or character to put around or through. Many of these fiberglass and concrete characters have been on the course since it was originally built in 1948 by the Dismukes family. Often open till midnight, Peter Pan Mini Golf is also a great date destination.

Playland Skating Center
Web Site: Playland Skating Center
8822 McCann Drive
Austin, Texas 78757

Phone: (512) 452-1901
Playland Skate Center has been offering skaters a safe, fun experience in Austin for the past 20 years. They are Austin’s largest skating rink, 27,500 square feet! They also feature an impressive light show, fog machine, and state of the art sound system. Available for private rentals, they also offer public skating at an affordable rate, and if you are looking to get away from the kids for a while, Tuesday is 18 and up only.

Thinkery Austin Children’s Museum
Web Site: Thinkery Austin Children’s Museum
1830 Simond Avenue
Austin, TX 78723

Phone: (512) 469-6200
Austin Children’s Museum, is a museum devoted to helping kids learn to think, using hands-on exhibits. Featuring a rotating feature exhibit area, as well as several permanent exhibits.

Texas Memorial Museum
Web Site: Texas Memorial Museum
2400 Trinity Street
Austin, Texas 78705
Phone: (512) 471-1604
Texas Memorial Museum is part of the Texas Natural Science Center at the University of Texas. Texas Memorial Museum has exhibits featuring dinosaurs and fossils, Texas wildlife and gems and minerals. Texas Memorial Museum also has a working Paleontology Lab where visitors can observe and ask questions as scientists work with real fossils. Exhibits of dinosaur fossils found in Texas include the largest flying creature ever found, the Texas Pterosaur, with a wingspan of nearly 40 feet, and the 30-foot Mosasaur that swam the shallow sea that once covered most of the state. The Texas Memorial Museum also has a gift shop with lots of fun and interesting gifts for kids. The Texas Memorial Museum is CLOSED for all University of Texas home football games.