An extra day off might mean sleeping in and lazing around the house without a care. But for those of you eager to get out and do something, we’ve rounded up a list of ideas for Labor Day in Austin, Monday, Sept. 1, 2014. No matter what you choose, go have a great time and enjoy your extra day of play!



Top Picks for Labor Day

— It’s the LAST Round Rock Express baseball game of the year! This game starts at 12:05 p.m. with $1 hot dogs and $1 sodas up for grabs. It is hot out there for sure, but hold on to that summer spirit for one last visit to the ballpark. Tickets start at only $7. Read a recent review for more info.



— Labor Day in Austin means it’s time for the annual Free Day of Yoga! You’ll find events all around town, all day long. Participating studios across the Austin area will offer free classes for people of every age and fitness level. The list of classes is super long, but we scrolled through to pick out the family-friendly options. Click here for our list.



— Want a classic Austin fun day? Pack a picnic and head over to Zilker Park, of course! Ride the Zilker Zephyr with the kids ($3 adults, $2 kids), take a dip in Barton Springs (click here for pool fees), go on a walk, throw a Frisbee around, or just find some shade under a tree and relax. So many options within one park!



— Take in a little history (and air conditioning) at the Bullock Museum Texas State History Museum. Dig the retro sights and sounds in the current 1968 Exhibit or browse the artifacts that help tell the story of Texas. Don’t forget that the Bullock is home to Austin’s IMAX movie theater. On Monday, Sept. 1 the Bullock will debut a NEW IMAX movie: Sea Monsters – A Prehistoric Adventure! Click here for specific showtimes and to see what else is showing on Monday.



Mayfield Park and Preserve is such great spot for an easy, free outing with the kids. You’ll surely love the pretty gardens and showy peacocks, but it’s also a terrific place for a short hike that’s manageable for small children. Read our step-by-step to hiking the trails.



— Take a dip in Lake Austin on the sandy shores of Emma Long Metropolitan Park. Perfect for kids of all ages, this park is open from 7 a.m. – 10 p.m. There is a $5 entrance fee Monday – Friday, but that sure is a deal for the whole family. You’ll find plenty of barbecue pits and picnic tables, so bring plenty of food for a day of grilling and chilling.



— While most of the pools have closed around town, area splash pads are still keeping us cool until Sept. 7. So grab your towels and sunscreen and let the kids splash away the day. Heck, don’t be shy about jumping in there too!  All splash pads are FREE and open from 9 a.m. – 8 p.m.

Here’s the list of area splash pads:

North Austin

  • Bailey – 1101 W. 33rd St.

East Austin

  • Bartholomew – 5200 Berkman Dr.
  • Chestnut – 1404 E. 16th St., Review
  • Lott – 1108 Curves -> closed Wednesdays for maintenance
  • Metz – 2407 Canterbury St., Review
  • Rosewood – 2300 Rosewood Ave., Review

South Austin

  • Ricky Guerrero – 1100 Brodie St.

West Austin

  • Clarksville – 1811 W. 11th St.
  • Eastwoods – 3001 Harris Park Blvd.
  • Pease – 1100 Kingsbury Dr.

Are swimming pools more of your thing than splash pads? Take note that Barton Springs, Deep Eddy and Stacy pools operate on a year-round basis; Northwest Pool will close on September 7th and Montopolis Pool will close on September 14th.



— Got some back to school shopping left to do? You’re in luck that you can certainly find some great bargains this weekend. Stop into the big Millie & Mox Labor Day Weekend Clearance Sale through Monday. Store hours are 10 a.m. – 7 p.m., and you can find 40 percent off summer items. Go snag a great deal!