It's always nice to have the kids home for the summer, but it can be challenging to plan events and outings to keep them occupied while school is out of session. Luckily, the Austin area is home to plenty of kid-friendly events and sites. Here are a few you won't want to miss.
1. Head to Catch Air
12450 US-183 #107, Austin
Catch Air is a children's play center that will keep little ones entertained with everything from bubble dance parties, to play castles, to laser shows. Their toddler play area is full of safe, soft interactive games and toys, and the balloon cannon area allows kids to shoot soft balls into the air, competing with others to reach the tallest height. Catch Air is the perfect destination for birthday gatherings or a play date with friends.
2. Twin Lakes Family YMCA
204 E Little Elm Tr, Cedar Park
This YMCA is a beloved resource to the community and offers activities and facilities to suit any interest. They have an indoor playscape, several gymnasiums, an outdoor pool and splash pad, and even a kids' gym. While the kids play, you can workout in the fitness center or take a group exercise class.
3. Ride The Bertram Flyer
401 E Whitestone Blvd, Cedar Park
The Bertram Flyer is a steam train that travels along the South San Gabriel River, stopping for a layover at Bertram Depot, and continuing on with a 3-hour ride. Kids and adults can ride the train and learn about the history of trains along the way. You can make reservations for your ride online and if the Bertram Flyer is booked, the Austin Steam Train Association also offers several other similar train rides.
4. Austin Fire Museum
401 E 5th St, Austin
The Austin Fire Museum is a small, friendly place where kids can learn about the history of firefighting in Austin. It's only open on weekend afternoons, but admission is free for all ages, and the volunteer firefighters who work at the museum give very educational and engaging tours. You'll see fire trucks from years gone by and also learn how the methods of fighting fires have changed over time.
5. Rock'N River Water Park
3300 E Palm Valley, Round Rock
When the temperature soars and you need to cool off, head to this local water park. They offer something for all ages, from a splash park for younger kids to larger pool slides for older kids who meet the height requirements. There's even a waterfall to play in and a lazy river where the whole family can relax. Daily admission is $8 for youth and $10 for adults, and season passes can be purchased for $60 per child and $70 per adult.
How do you plan to entertain your kids this summer? Share your ideas and favorite summer destinations in the comments below!