The Hill Country Science Mill is a cool, children’s science center housed in a renovated 1880′s grist mill in Johnson City (about an hour from Austin). It’s full of so many wonderful hands-on learning stations and exhibits sourced from all over the world. It also includes a 3D movie theater, cafe, and pretty outdoor grounds to explore. (Read our review & check out our photos here.) This July they have several special events lined up. Check out the schedule so you can plan a little day trip with the kids.


July Events at the Hill Country Science Mill:

Soar to New Heights
Saturday, July 4, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Have a blast celebrating the 4th of July by exploring flight at the Science Mill. Build, design and launch straw rockets, film canisters rockets and other aircraft in a fun, family-friendly environment for all ages.

—  Shark Week
July 5 -11, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Watch Great White Shark in 3D at 2 p.m. every day this week. Explore shark migration patterns on the iGlobe, and build a shark with blocks!

— Grandparents Day – Third Friday of the Month
Friday, July 17, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
On the third Friday of every month, grandparents get 50% off the price of their admission when visiting with grandchildren.

— Solve a Crime using DNA Evidence
Saturday, July 25, noon – 3 p.m.
If you are middle school-aged, you can help solve a mystery. Mr. Potato Head has been dismembered at the Science Mill. Figure out whodunit using DNA fingerprinting. Cost for this special event is $5 in addition to your admission to the Science Mill. You must register in advance.

–> Hours & Admission:

  • Regular museum hours are Wednesday-Saturday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Sunday 12-5 p.m.
  • Admission is free for children under 2, $6.50 for ages 2-18 and students, $8 for adults, $6 for Seniors (65+) and Military.

The Science Mill offers field trips and homeschool classes, birthday parties and summer camps, too. For more information about the Science Mill, including directions from Austin, please visit their website.

Have fun!