School is out!
That means parents are scrambling to schedule fun activities to keep their kids active and learning during the summer break.
Fortunately, Austin is a place where healthy living is valued and boredom is hard to achieve. If you’re new to the area or simply looking for a reminder of the fun places to take your kids, we’ve narrowed down some of our favorite healthy summer activities.
1. Explore The Greenbelt
For locals, this one is the most obvious. For newbies, this is arguably the best gem we can provide. Miles and miles of beautiful nature trails run right through Austin’s backyard. Find the entrance nearest your home, and your kids will swim and explore to their hearts’ content.
2. Swim At Deep Eddy
Don’t forget your sunscreen! Deep Eddy is a giant and historic public pool where kids can splash, swim, or even play chase in the nearby grass. This spot can be popular during the summer, which means you and your children can expect to make great new friends as you take in some sun.
3. Bounce At One Of Austin’s Trampoline Parks
Trampoline parks are great for birthdays or just the treat of a bouncy and active afternoon. The best part is: these trampoline parks exist in several locations across Austin, so the commute is never too far away.
Residents in South Austin can try out Altitude Trampoline Park, and those living north can give Urban Air Trampoline Park a try. Of course, there are others. Explore the one that looks best to your family!
4. Catch Some Sun At Barton Springs & Zilker Park
Everyone loves a brisk swim on a hot summer day. This spot on our list is a generous two-for-one. Barton Springs and Zilker Park show up on just about every tourist-oriented website out there. But when it comes to something as incredible as a natural spring beside a giant park, we can’t really help but add this to our list. After all, what’s not to enjoy?
Bring some floaties, sunblock, and your favorite book. There’s plenty of grass for lying out on a towel, and ample water for swimming the afternoon away.
5. Attend A Summer Camp
When school lets out, the summer camps begin. Austin is home to far too many camps for us to even begin to make a dent in our list of recommendations.
Across the city, organizations offer educational camps for kids of all ages to learn great lessons while having an absolute blast. Creative Action and Zach Theatre are two wonderful places for children to experience engaging camps. But there are many, many more that you can uncover with some simple investigation.
6. Practice Your Putt
Can you out-putt your little ones? Your child probably doubts it, but at least try to keep up! Austin is home to some great putt-putt courses. Peter Pan or Duke’s Adventure Golf can be a fun way to spoil a child with an active afternoon.
7. Bring Your Bikes To Lady Bird Lake
Bring your bike and colorful helmet. Lady Bird Lake has wide biking and walking trails for the entire family to explore. This can be an awesome spot for a picnic, and kids will have no trouble spotting beautiful wildlife as they meander their way through this beautiful trail.
8. Attend Events At The Library
Sometimes you need a little break from the summer heat. Many parents find that the best breaks from the outdoors involve visiting a local library. Books are wonderful in and of themselves, but library visits don’t have to exclusively be about reading.
Many Austin libraries offer simple classes or presentations that kids will love. Check the library nearest your home to find out what they’re offering this summer. You may be impressed by some of the free events.
9. Take A Day Trip To A Museum
Whether your child enjoys art, history, or science, Austin is in no short supply of fun museums to investigate. The interactivity and exploration involved in museums can bring their love for the humanities to life! Visiting a local museum is one of the few experiences so close to home that offer such a wealthy mix of fun and learning.
10. Tour The Capitol Grounds And Building
The Capitol building is a central location in Austin. The building has existed through famous moments in Texas history. Its grounds and interior are decorated with statues and paintings that retell some of the real stories of heroes from Texas’ past. Go early enough to explore the Capitol’s library – it closes earlier than the rest of the grounds and is the highlight of some families’ visit.
Austin is a family-friendly city. Kids can attend ambitious schools, and take part in numerous fun activities during the summer. If you are looking for a new home in Austin, contact JB Goodwin or speak directly with one of our agents today to find an Austin home that fits your lifestyle and budget.