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15 Family-Friendly Austin Activities to Check Off Your Summer Bucket List

Find unlimited fun for all ages this season in the greater Austin area

Dell Diamond baseball stadium in Round Rock, Texas
Kids of all ages can enjoy a game at the Dell Diamond baseball stadium in Round Rock, Texas (photo courtesy of Round Rock Express)

The activities in Austin are endless, but finding engaging options for the entire family can sometimes be a challenge. We rounded up a list of family-friendly Austin events and destinations that will keep the fun times rolling through Labor Day. From parks to unique swimming holes to foodie adventures, your summertime itineraries will be chock-full of adventures to make for a season full of happy memories.

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1. Legally Blonde, the Musical at Zilker Hillside Theatre

Zilker Theatre Productions will present its 65th summer musical from July 12 to Aug 17 at the iconic Beverly S. Sheffield Zilker Hillside Theatre. The joyful show is centered around Elle Woods as she attends Harvard Law, embarking on her journey to tackle stereotypes while pursuing her dreams. Inspired by the romantic comedy film, this musical features a talented cast and incredible music.

Photo by Holly Cowart

2. Dreamland

An outdoor entertainment venue that is sure to engage both children and adults, Dreamland is a must-visit destination for the family, located just outside of Austin in Dripping Springs. With art everywhere you look, two excellent mini-golf courses, an exciting splash pad and 16 pickleball courts, activities abound at Dreamland.

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3. The Thinkery

The Thinkery is a play-based and STEM-inspired children’s museum that’s sure to delight the whole family in Austin. With enough interactive indoor and outdoor activities, it can keep any kid amused. Visit for free during Community Hours, send the kids to Thinkery Camp or become a member to receive benefits, discounts and invitations to special events.

baked goods at Brentood Social House bakery
Delicious baked goods pair well with tea time. (photo courtesy of Brentwood Social House)

4. Tea Party at Brentwood Social House

Brentwood Social House has many activities for the whole family in Austin — a playground, family-friendly live music and special events, but our favorite option is the Afternoon Tea, available for adults and children. Wonderful for special occasions or a simple family day out, tea parties are a fantastic way to enjoy the cozy environment at Brentwood Social House.

Photo by Ben Mitzner

5. Austin Bouldering Project

Get climbing with the youth program at ABP, a bouldering gym that has been loved by locals for years. Youth climbing camps run weekly from May 27 to August 16, giving children ages five to 12 an opportunity to learn climbing techniques while socializing with friends. Parents are also invited to bring their kids to climb together during regular hours.

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6. Kalahari Resorts and Conventions

There’s 223,000 square feet to explore at America’s largest indoor water park, which happens to be located just north of Austin in Round Rock. On top of that, Kalahari is also home to the Zambezi Outdoor Waterpark and Tom Foolerys Adventure Park. An ideal venue for a birthday party or a family weekend getaway, don’t miss out on this water-filled wonderland.

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7. Round Rock Express Games

With fun specials like $2 Taco Tuesdays, Kids Days and Thirsty Thursdays, sports-loving families can head out to Round Rock’s Dell Diamond to cheer on the Express! The Minor League Baseball team is the Triple-A affiliate of the Texas Rangers, offering a more affordable, but still fun, baseball experience — complete with classic concessions and a free 2024 Express Kids Club Membership for those 12 and younger.

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8. Austin Scottish Rite Theatre

Theater kids will love attending any and every show at Austin Scottish Rite Theatre, an educational and high-quality theater housed in a building that was erected in 1871, the year that Austin became the capital of Texas! The theater focuses on offering enriching programming for kids, including summer camps covering the subjects of acting, puppetry, stage combat, advanced theater and Shakespeare.

9. Quarry Splash Pad

Quarry Splash Pad is open for the season from May 25th through September 2, 2024! Located at Southwest Williamson County Regional Park, this is a low-cost, fun-filled outdoor water park that is worth the short drive to Leander. With picnic tables and grassy areas, parents can enjoy the sunshine as their children play in the water.

Photo by Rachel Fore-Harlow

10. Inner Space Cavern

The Inner Space Cavern was hidden for more than 10,000 years before being discovered by a Texas Highway Department core drilling team in 1963. The gorgeous formations and prehistoric animal bones contribute to the beauty of this natural wonder, which remains at a constant 72 degrees no matter the temperature outside.

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11. The Art Garage Summer Camps

Entertain with art at The Art Garage’s amazing summer camps. Every camp has a unique theme — there’s more than 20 themes to choose from throughout this summer! Campers will create 10 or more art projects each week in mediums like mosaics, glass fusion, painting, tie-dye and more. Beyond the camps, The Art Garage also hosts art parties, custom events and walk-in projects, all perfect for families to experience together.

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12. Lone Star Riverboat Bat Watching Tour

Experience the spectacle of the approximated 1.5 million bats under the Ann W. Richards Congress Avenue Bridge with a tour from Lone Star Riverboat on Lady Bird Lake. The cruise departs before sunset so attendees can watch as the bats emerge. Tours are open year-round for this recognizable Austin activity.

Beyond Van Gogh (photo courtesy of Paquin Entertainment Group)

13. Beyond Van Gogh & Beyond Monet: The Immersive Experience

Captivate your senses with the art of Van Gogh and Monet combined with the sounds of a symphonic score. Located inside the Austin American-Statesman building, this immersive experience will be up and running from May 31 through September 13. Artwork projected on the walls envelops the viewer into a world of colors with excerpts from the artists’ own writing.

Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center Dinosaurs Around the World (photo courtesy of Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center)

14. Dinosaurs Around the World

Meet these life-sized animatronic dinosaurs as Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center transforms into the prehistoric supercontinent of Pangea. The Great Outdoors is a collaboration between Imagine Exhibitions and esteemed paleontologist Dr. Gregory M. Erickson and features 11 dinosaurs from 238 million years ago. This family exhibit will stick around Austin through July 17. Kids and parents alike are invited to explore the exhibit, set against the beautiful landscape of the Wildflower Center.

Zilker Botanical Gardens Woodland Faerie Trail (photo courtesy of Zilker Botanical Gardens)

15. Woodland Faerie Trail

An annual family favorite, the Woodland Faerie Trail is back in Austin’s Zilker Botanical Gardens from May 18 to July 13. Follow the trail through the enchanting world of miniature faerie houses created by volunteers from the community using all natural materials. Many surprises await, including architectural features you would never expect to find in this imaginary faerie village.