Friday, July 6, 2007

An Abecedary of ...

... things to do in Austin with kids.

I know it's a day late, but it's a good one --for everything on this list, admission is $5.50 or less per person, excluding food.

Alamo Drafthouse children’s movies – last Saturday of each month (free!).

Watch the Bats at Congress Avenue bridge (free!).

Tour the state Capitol (free!).

Watch the water rush over the Dam at Red Bud Isle (free!).

Swim at Eilers Park, a.k.a. Deep Eddy (adults $3, kids $1).

Find fossils at the Dino Pit at Austin Nature and Science Center in Zilker Park (free!).

Play Peter Pan Mini-Golf ($5 adults, $3 for kids 5 and under).

Visit the Texas State History museum ($5.50/adult, $3/kid over 5).

Eat Ice cream at Amy’s (easily <$5 per kid).

Play with the Jumbo games exhibit at Austin Children’s Museum ($5.50/person over age 2).

Visit Kiddie Acres (admission is free, but the rides will cost you a little) (Wednesday is discount day). Also, Kerbey Lane -- kids eat free on Tuesdays.

See Littlefield Fountain on the UT campus (free!).

Climb Mount Bonnell (free!).

Walk the Nature trail at Stacy Park (free!).

Browse Over the Rainbow children’s bookstore (has a few things under $5) (no website).

Let the kids play on the playscape at Phil’s Ice House (free!).

Eat Queso, quesadillas or anything else at GΓΌero’s, which has an indoor fountain (free!).

See the Rutamaya Coffee House Sunday morning free kids shows (free!).

Attend the Umlauf Sculpture Garden kids’ workshops in Zilker Park (kids <6>

Browse Toy Joy (lots of cheap toys – not hard to get out of there for $5/kid).

Go up inside the UT Tower ($5/person).

Bike or rollerblade on the Veloway (free!).

Eat at Waterloo Ice House on Loop 360, which has a great sand play area (free!).

Explore Goat Cave Karst (free!).

Play at the Yates Park playground (free!).

Spend the day at Zilker Park, which has a playground (free!), a botanical garden (free!), mini-train rides (free?) plus Barton Springs pool ($3 adults, $1 kids).


  1. The train at Zilker park costs maybe $2 or so. So how many of these things have you guys actually done so far?

  2. I call shenanigans on the use of the word explore for the letter X.

  3. Um, it's killing this native Austinite that you know more things to do with kids her than I do... in alphabetical order, no less.