Y’all…holiday shopping can be so stressful, we almost want to rely solely on online orders. Throw kids into the mix on these shopping trips, and we’re almost ready to pull our hair out! But to help save our sanity and keep the kiddos slightly more appeased, we’re rounding up a list of Austin-area shopping centers that have play places for the kids to get some wiggles out while you knock out your to-do list at the stores.

The Domain: The Domain features a few kid-friendly areas and events, including the Century Oaks Park. This play area features cushioned floors with sculptures and an outdoor fireplace. Better yet, it’s conveniently located by Starbucks, keeping your caffeine and hot cocoa source close at hand. There are also three interactive play areas for children of all ages located between Dick’s Sporting Goods and Dillard’s. If you find yourself in the Rock Rose area of The Domain, you can pop into Hat Creek Burger Company for a bite and let the kids play on their awesome backyard play structure. In the Domain NORTHSIDE, you can let the kids run around their spacious Lawn located near Culinary Dropout.

The Domain, Century Oaks Park, photo by Renee Dominguez

Lakeline Mall: The children’s play area at Lakeline Mall is located outside of Dillard’s Children & Men on the lower level. Sponsored by Springfree Trampoline, it’s a great space for little ones to get out some energy and also has a changing station right nearby.

Barton Creek Square: Located in front of JCPenney Court 2 near Brighton, the Disney Junior Play Zone has activities appropriate for toddlers and young children. This play area includes physical and digital activities inspired by such shows as “Vampirina,” “Muppet Babies,” “Puppy Dog Pals,” “Mickey and the Roadster Racers” and “Fancy Nancy.” It’s also a place where parents can sit and take a break and charge their mobile device.

Photo from the Barton Creek Square Facebook page

Southpark Meadows: The Grove is an outdoor area centrally located within Southpark Meadows. This space often hosts live music, has a large play area and large oak trees with grassy knolls. Grab a bite to eat or enjoy your coffee in the Grove.

The Triangle: The Park at Triangle Austin is located in the heart of the trendy retail and dining destination. Featuring a splash pad and playground for the kids, and live music events, it’s a great place to unwind when the shopping high wears off.

The Triangle play space

Graceland Grocery: Here you’ll find three full playscapes for kids to take advantage of while you grab tacos from Stubb’s, served inside. The grocery-meets-coffee-shop even hosts Kids’ Night on Tuesdays, with local children’s’ entertainers and activities.

Central Market North Lamar: Central Market has a lovely shady playground with multiple structures for various ages. Next to the cafe, this playground is a great spot for causally relaxing and having a bite to eat while the kids play.

Whole Foods: Right int he heart of the city and stocked with the one of the widest varieties of food out there, Whole Foods on Lamar is already a go-to spot for a break downtown. The rooftop seating and play area is the perfect space for the whole family to unwind. Bonus, currently you can even go ice skating on the plaza, too!

Go ice skating or climb around on the playground on the Whole Food’s rooftop. Photo by Renee Dominguez


*Cover photo of The Domain, by Renee Dominguez; Content contributed by Brooke Adams