Hey, it’s almost Summertime! Are you ready to beat the heat while keeping your kiddos entertained?

If this is your first Summer in Texas, you’ll find out quickly that Summer is really more of an indoor time–because you need air conditioning in order to not melt!

That said, Austin has many great spaces to have fun with your little ones–both indoor and out.

Here’s some of our favorite ideas:

Indoor/outdoor play spaces
Newly opened in Cedar Park/NW Austin area, Two Peas in a Pod Boutique offers an indoor play area, lounge area for parents, free wifi, coffee & snacks for purchase, and classes too!

The Coop Austin, near The Domain, has an espresso bar, seating, and wifi for adults, plus a play area for kiddos.

The LittleLand Play Gym is a play area for kids in northwest Austin.

iPlay offers a south Austin play space for kids.

The Hive Austin is located in the far south and has a supervised play area (parents must be on-premises); co-working area, and a coffee shop.

Mount Playmore is located in north Austin. It has a very large play space, an eatery, and seating area. This space is suitable for larger kids, though they do have a small area for little ones too. Parents are welcome to play on the playscape with their kids!

The YMCA in Oak Hill area has a playspace that’s friendly for kids on the spectrum.

The Thinkery is Austin children’s museum (located centrally). It offers lots to do for children 6 months to 10 years old! They have a small snack area, and both indoor and outdoor play areas.


Kids’ movies (free or low-cost)
Alamo Drafthouse has a kids’ summer camp, and The Moviehouse does, too.

The Regal has Summer Movie Express, which is a program that offers $1 admission to kids’ movies every Tuesday and Wednesday, all summer long.

Finally, Austin Library offers free kids’ movies all Summer.


Swimming pools

Both Barton Springs and Deep Eddy are spring-fed pools, which means their water stays cold even in 100-degree weather.

Deep Eddy has a beach entrance and lap lanes. They are cash only; come early because parking is limited. Bring your own floaties!

Barton Springs is an Austin treasure–a three-acre spring-fed pool with a beach entrance and lap lanes. It’s got a natural floor, so wear water shoes to avoid slipping. Barton Springs is often closed after a rainstorm, so call before you come just in case. Again, come early (or late!) to avoid the crowds.

Other great pools around town include Bartholomew Pool and El Salido Pool.

Bartholomew offers two waterslides for kids at least 48″ tall, a toddler slide for ages 2-4 in a shallow, shaded pool with a beach entrance. There’s also a lilypad crossing, diving board, and lap lanes. Bartholomew is cash only, and the best time to go is late afternoon to avoid the crowds.

El Salido offers a toddler pool with water playscape, beach entrance pools, and three diving boards. Complimentary life jackets are available to borrow!

Check this list for more pools in the surrounding areas of Cedar Park, Round Rock, Leander, Kyle, and Pflugerville.


Splash pads
Check out this great post listing the many splash pads around Austin–complete with details like how much shade they offer!


Hopefully, this list will make your summer more fun and easy to plan.

Did we forget anything amazing? Let us know!