For those days where you’re looking for a random outing, here are some suggestions for anytime family fun in Austin!
–> Take a Hike: There’s nothing more satisfying that getting out and enjoying nature with the kids. Next time you’re in the mood for a family walk, bike ride or nature hunt, check out one of these spots:
- Lady Bird Lake Hike & Bike Trail
- Top 10 Family Hikes in Austin
- Shoal Creek Trail
- Southern Walnut Creek Trai
- River Place Nature Trail
- Wild Basin Wilderness Preserve
- Bull Creek Greenbelt
- McKinney Falls
- Mayfield Preserve
- Mount Bonnell
- Austin Nature & Science Center
- Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
–> Go to a Museum: Learn something together! Check out art, view artifacts, try hands-on science activities, learn about Texas history. There are many wonderful, high-quality museums in Austin. Take some time to check out the latest exhibits at one of these favorite local institutions:
- The Thinkery
- Bullock Texas State History Museum
- The Blanton Museum of Art
- Texas Memorial Museum
- Mexic-Arte Museum
- The Contemporary Austin (Laguna Gloria & Jones Center)
- UMLAUF Sculpture Garden & Museum
- Hill Country Science Mill
–> Get out and PLAY: One of the best thing about having kids is getting to play like kids. Children love it when we engage in a game of tag or play ball or push them (again and again) on the swings at the park. There’s no shortage of places to get out and play together. Check out our list of Favorite Playgrounds in Austin. For more ideas, read our reviews of Austin Bouldering Project, Mt. Playmore, TopGolf, iFly and Peter Pan Mini Golf. And take note of this list of Arcades in Austin, too.
–> See Live Music or Theatre: Live music — of course we’ve got that in Austin. But if you’re stumped about where to take the little ones to listen to some age-appropriate tunes, you can always check out the lineup at Central Market, Cherrywood Coffeehouse and Strange Brew for kid-friendly shows. And with ZACH Theatre, the Long Center, Austin Scottish Rite Theatre, and the Paramount Theater, you know that you can count on seeing some amazing children’s theatre year-round.
–> Sign up for a Class Together: For some legit one-on-one time, why not try a new hobby or activity together? There are plenty of parent/child classes in Austin. Learn ukulele together with Groundwork Music Project. Try a dance & fitness workshop together at Ballet Austin. Sign up for movement classes with your child at an area YMCA, Little Gym, Gymboree, or yoga studio such as The Little Yoga House. Try a cooking class together. Create some art with the kids at a drop-in studio such as The Art Garage or Cafe Monet. Sign up for a workshop at the Austin Tinkering School. The possibilities are endless!
Do you have other ideas for anytime Austin fun? Share in the comments below!