School’s out and the kids are having fun relaxing, sleeping in, and playing with electronics. But – as we all know – it’s inevitable that the words “I’m bored” are bound to be coming out of their mouths, sooner or later. Then we will be frantically trying to locate something to keep them occupied. However, Austin offers so much to do! There are so many fun activities for kids in the Austin area.
Fun Activities for Kids in the Austin Area
One place in Austin that every child would enjoy is the Austin Parks and Wildlife Austin Nature and Science Center located at 2389 Stratford Drive on the western edge of Zilker Park. The kids can enjoy hands-on nature exhibits for all ages including preschoolers all the way up to older children. Topics range from biology, astronomy, paleontology, and more. There is no fee to visit the center, and they are open Monday through Saturday 9 to 5, and Sunday noon to 5. In addition to the exhibits, there are nature trails for everyone to enjoy.
Another portion of the Austin Parks and Wildlife are the Nature and Science Center Camps. The Summer Camp 2016 Brochure will tell you what’s available. Ages 4-17 can sign up for summer camp to learn about insects, animals, camping, rock climbing, and much more.
Of course, all of the Austin favorites are around this summer. Fun activities for the whole family include Barton Springs, the Austin Bats, described in a guide by Kelli McDonald, touring the Texas State Capitol Building, and the Bob Bullock Museum, where kids can learn all about our Texas culture.
Water Activities for Kids in the Austin Area
If it’s a water park you are looking for to cool off from the summer heat, the kids would have a ball at the Volente Beach Waterpark which has several water slides, a “little kids” area, and a sandy beach, or Hawaiian Falls which is located in Pflugerville, with tube rides, a lazy river, and a zip line. Another great option is Rock ‘N River Water Park located in Round Rock, which has just recently expanded.
More Fun Activities For Kids in Austin
Animals are always a big hit with the kids, so how about a visit to the Austin Zoo . It has approximately 100 species of animals, and is located at 10808 Rawhide Trail.
Another idea that would be a hit is the Thinkery. What a treat this hands-on experience is! Everything from robots to a space lab is available to occupy your children for hours. It is located at 1830 Simond Ave. Every age group has something to do. Whether your kiddo is in the “Baby Bloomers”, ages 0-3, the “Hydraulic Robots”, ages 4-7, or the “Space 8 Maker Lab”, ages 8 and up, they will have a fantastic time exploring the museum.
If your child is really adventurous, you can surprise them with a trip to IFly Indoor Skydiving. They welcome flyers from 3 to 103. Described as “thrilling and amazing”, the kids can experience the feeling of freefall as they float through the air. There is no parachute and no jumping. What fun for your child and their friends to just fly through the air! They are located at 13265 North US 183.
Another really exciting time for the kids is a camp that has been around since 1971, Camp Doublecreek. This camp is for ages 4-14. Located in Round Rock, Doublecreek offers horseback riding, swimming, all kinds of sports including archery, tennis, and much more. Don’t live in Round Rock? Don’t worry – they have buses that pick up from various locations in town. Your kids will come home after a day at Doublecreek wanting to tell you about every exciting moment they have had.
If you would like to give your kids a look back into history, there’s also Pioneer Farms located at 10621 Pioneer Farms Dr. in Northeast Austin. Pioneer Farms has six themed historic areas for self-guided walking tours including an 1841 Tonkawa Encampment, an 1853 Walnut Creek Greenbelt, and 1868 German Emigrant Farm, an 1873 Texian Farm, an 1887 Cotton Planter’s Farm, and an 1899 Sprinkle Corner rural village. What fun to see how people lived in the 19th century!
One more idea is simply taking the kids to the library and checking out some fun books! They’ll enjoy the books, and they will continue to improve in their reading abilities at the same time.
So, this gives us an idea of the many wonderful things to keep kids busy in the summer in the Austin area. Some are free, and some will have a fee, but all of them have something that kids will enjoy. So you can certainly keep them occupied in our community with so many opportunities to choose from!
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