Eight Family-Friendly Things to do in Austin Over Spring Break That You Will Not Need a Second Break From

Eight Family-Friendly Things to do in Austin Over Spring Break That You Will Not Need a Second Break From

Austin is great place to visit any time of year, but over the next few weeks your favorite Texas city will be abuzz with SXSW and spring breakers in addition to the normal local activities. Below is a list of activities to check out that will help keep both brains and bodies active over the break.


SXSW is in Austin from March 10 – 19. From music and comedy to film and gaming, there is something for everyone at this two week fest. The full schedule of events with can be found HERE or go to SXSW.com for more information.

Location, hours, and dates vary.


Science Mill


Have a hands-on Spring Break at Mechanical Marvels at the Science Mill. With special activities for your out-of-school scientist from 11 AM – 2 PM Tuesday through Friday during the spring break weeks, check out the Special Mechanical Marvels stations. Guide mBot robots through an obstacle course, control K’nex machines with joysticks, and invent and code your own K’Nex creations. 

Location: 101 S. Ladybird Ln., Johnson City, TX

Age and Cost of Admission: 0-2 years free, 3-18 (or with student ID) $9.50, Adults $11, Seniors (65+) $9

Special Spring Break Hours:
March 12 – March 16: 10 AM to 5 PM
March 17: Noon to 5:00 PM
March 19 – March 23: 10 AM to 5 PM
March 24: Noon to 5 PM


Austin Rodeo

Rodeo Austin is a family-friendly event that offers a little bit of something for everyone. Live music, Austin’s largest carnival, food trucks, livestock show, and a variety of special attractions to keep both small and big children entertained for hours.

Location: 9100 Decker Lake Rd., Austin, TX

Dates: March 16 – March 30

Fairground Hours: Opens at 10 AM

Carnival Hours:
March 16 – March 24: 11 AM to close
March 25 – March 29: 4 PM to close
March 30: 11 AM to close



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Want your kids to keep their brains moving during the break? Check out Thinkery. A fun, play-filled environment centered around STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math) activities.

Location: 1830 Simond Ave., Austin, TX

Hours: Monday 9 AM – 12 PM
Tuesday 10 AM – 5 PM
Wednesday 10 AM – 8 PM
Thursday 10 AM – 5 PM
Friday 10 AM – 5 PM
Saturday 10 AM – 5 PM
Sunday 10 AM – 5 PM

Admission: Ages 0-23 months free, over 2 years $12

Pioneer Farms 

Discover a little Texas history in a fun, hands-on way. Set on more than 90 acres, Pioneer Farms has six themed historic areas open for walking tours. There are several permanent and traveling exhibitions which allow visitors to experience Texas’ history in new ways. Classes in archery, metalwork and bladesmithing are available over the course of Spring Break. Check HERE for their calendar of events.

Location: 10621 Pioneer Farms Drive, Austin, Texas

Hours: 10 AM – 5 PM weekends; weekdays available with reservation

Admission: 2 and under free, 3-17 and Seniors $6, Adults $8


South Congress Street

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Head to South Congress for some shopping and lunch. There are cool murals, interesting shopping finds, and plenty to eat.  Monkey See, Monkey Do! will have you flashing back to the 80s and 90s with gag gifts and other humorous items. Try some pizza from Home Slice, a cupcake from Hey Cupcake, and top it off with some Amy’s ice cream!

Location: South Congress, Austin, Texas

Hours: Various


Hamilton Pool Preserve

Hamilton Pool Preserve is a beautiful grotto and waterfall outside of Austin. If you haven’t already, put this on your list. Reservations are necessary, so many sure you book before you go. Be prepared for a bit of a hike as the pool is a quarter mile from the parking area. There are guided hikes and additional hiking trails on the 232-acre park. Don’t forget your water or a pair of sturdy shoes.

Location: 24300 Hamilton Road, Dripping Springs, TX

Hours: Open daily. Morning reservations are available from 9 AM – 1 PM. Afternoon reservations are available from 2 PM – 6 PM.

Admission: With reservation, $11/Vehicle


The Dinosaur Park

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The Dinosaur Park takes you on a nature walk discovering dinosaurs ranging in size from 2-feet to a massive 85-feet in length! With spots to picnic, a playground, and a toy store on site, this is a Jurassic wonderland for children and adults to enjoy. Pets under 30 pounds are welcome.

Location: 893 Union Chapel Rd., Cedar Creek, TX

Special Spring Break Hours: Open Daily 10 AM – 4 PM

Admission: 0-23 months free
Children: $8
Adults and Teens $9