10 Fun Spring Break Activities & Destinations for Kids in Austin

Friday, March 3, 2017

Spring Break is fast approaching here in Austin -- what are your plans? If you’re home with your kids and looking for some fun activities, we’ve got a great line-up of crafts, DIYs, and morning trips. There's something for every age group on our list:

  1. Make slime. Slime is strangely all the rage here in Austin for elementary kids, tweens, and even adults. It’s a great activity to do with your older kids while a younger sibling is taking a nap, or a simple enough DIY for your kids to do with friends. Bonus: it incorporates scientific concepts! Check out our simple tutorial here.

  2. Have a day at the Thinkery. If you haven’t been to the Thinkery yet, Spring Break is a great time to experience it. With everything from a light lab to an innovators’ workshop, kids with varying interests will all find something that they love. The outdoor climbing structure is also nothing short of incredible! 

  3. Have endless fun at High 5.  Located in Lakeway, High 5 has great activities for kids and adults. Featuring a huge arcade, bowling, and laser tag, kids could spend hours being entertained. The full size bar and delicious menu also wins over the parents.

  4. Ride the Zilker Zephyr Train. Zilker Park is a great Spring Break activity, boasting a huge playground, tons of grassy space, and a fun train ride around the park perimeter. Kids under one are free, children are $2, and adults are $3. Bring a picnic lunch and have a fun meal at a shaded bench or on the grass.

  5. Visit animals at the Austin Zoo. The Austin Zoo and Animal Sanctuary assists animals in need through rescue, rehabilitation, and education. This adorable zoo is easy enough to visit during an early morning, escaping just in time for lunch and naps. It even features a train ride through hill country with some pretty spectacular views.

  6. Take your dino lover to Dinosaur Park. Located just outside of Austin in Bastrop, Dinosaur Park features realistic, life size dinosaurs that are situated along a trail. There’s even a fossil dig, playground, picnic area, and Dinosaur store!

  7. Make your own sidewalk chalk. Kids love to DIY enjoy decorating the neighborhood sidewalks with chalk -- why not do both? You can even grab some silicone molds to make your chalk into fun shapes. We love this tutorial.

  8. Build a terrarium. This is a great activity for kids to teach them about the power of recycling, habitats, and ecosystems. You can be as fun and creative as you want with this activity, and most or all of the objects from this tutorial will be found around your house.

  9. Have inflatable fun at Catch Air. If your kids love to bounce, tire them out at Catch Air, located near Anderson Mill. There are tons of great inflatables for every age, plus barstools and charging stations for parents.

  10. Play "I Spy” at the Cathedral of Junk. Otherwise known as Vince Hannemann’s backyard, this Austin favorite is a wonderland for kids. It is currently estimated to contain over 60 tons of junk! We promise this hidden gem has some great photo ops, but make sure to call for an appointment.

Do you have a favorite on our list? Anything else to add? We want to hear about it!

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