Indoor Fun for Toddlers in Austin — Great Ideas for All Towns

Anyone else preferring to stay at home but suffering a bit from cabin fever crazies at home?   Here’s some ideas for getting out of your house and right back inside the warmth of someplace else fun:

Photo by Emily Starbuck Gerson

Photo by Emily Starbuck Gerson


$5.50—Kids and adults, $3.50—Toddlers 12-23 mo.

Free—Under cialis reviews 12 months

Monday Mornings 9am-noon: “Baby Bloomers” for ages 3 and under

Toddler Storytime, rotunda – 9:30am
Sing-a-long, rotunda – 10:30am

Location: 201 Colorado St, Austin, TX 78701

2. BOOK PEOPLE Story Time

FREE, Tuesdays and Wednesdays. 10:30 AM

Location: 603 N. Lamar, Austin, TX 78703

3. CAFE MONET Pottery Painting

The cost depends on which piece of pottery you choose. On Wednesdays, all children’s pottery is $3 off. A fun, paint-it-yourself pottery studio, all supplies are provided; instructions on how to paint provided as well.

Location: 4477 S Lamar Blvd # 560, Austin, TX


FREE, Story times, activities, and books, order medicine online books, books.

Complete listing of locations with maps on web site.   I personally can’t wait for the W. Mary/S. 1st library to open!


FREE/donation, Parking $3/hr

Dinosaur footprints/skeletons, Texas animals, fossils, insects, spiders, snakes, kids love it!!

Hours: Monday–Friday, 9 am–5 pm; Saturday, 10 am–5 pm; Sunday, 1–5 pm.

Location: 2400 Trinity Street (UT-Austin campus) Austin, TX

6. SCOTTISH RITE Children’s Theatre

Pricing for Regular Productions: $3—Infants under 1 year, $7—Children 1-12, $10—Adults

Pricing for Supper and Show Tickets (Special performances that include a catered meal at 5 pm): $3—Infants under 1 year, $15—Children ages 1-12, $20—Adults

Location: 207 West 18th Street, Austin, Texas 78701

7. FLIPNOTICS coffee house on Saturday Mornings

It’s the Hey Lollies show every Saturday morning at 10 am.  Cute, super-fun music – kids love it!

Location: 1601 Barton Springs Rd. Austin, TX 78704.

8.  RUTA MAYA coffee house Kids Shows on Sunday Mornings

Every Sunday at 10:30, check the web site calendar to see what the show is as it changes every week.  This Sunday (January 10), it’s a free Music Together sampler of with Michael Shay of Music Forever, Music Together.


Learned about the new Family Saturdays program from a fellow Austin AP Mama. Sounds super cool!  Every second Saturday, the first one is tomorrow, January 9 and will repeat Repeat on the second Saturday of the month until 12/01/2010
Time: 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM, Family Yoga (1 pm)

$7 for the whole family; $5 member families.

Location: 823 Congress Avenue at 9th Street, Austin, TX


Located in Tarrytown, Kula Yoga is great.  Classes for every member of the family — from prenatal and postnatal mom/baby, to toddler, children’s, teen, and more.

Mom & Baby: Wednesdays, 10:15 – 11:15

Parent & Tot:  Wednesdays, 10:15 – 11:15

Toddler:   Mondays, 11:30 – 12:30; Wednesdays, 11:30 – 12:30; Fridays, 10:00 – 11:15; Saturdays, 9:00 – 10:00.

For each of the these classes that are just for toddlers, there is another class at the same time that Moms or Dads can take.  And check this out, on Saturdays, the 9:00 – 10:00 class for adults is Hip Hop Yoga.  Rock!

Drop In – $15
5 Class Pass – $65 (Good for 2 months)
10 Class Pass – $120 (Good for 3 months)
20 Class Pass – $200 (Good for 5 months)

First class is free when you purchase a pass on your first visit. Monthly Unlimited – $115 per month with a 3 month commitment

Location: 2415 Exposition Blvd., Suites A & B, Austin, TX 78703, (512) 542-3334

Have a suggestion to add to this list?  Please drop me a line or comment here.

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2 Responses to “Indoor Fun for Toddlers in Austin — Great Ideas for All Towns”

  1. Jenn says:

    For my 2yo, I also like:

    Lakeline Mall: There is an area with lots of little rides (costing a quarter or 50 cents to ride) near the food court and a fantastic little toddler playground on the bottom floor next to Sears. There is also an inflatable jumping place that is suitable for crawlers-10yos across from that play area. It costs $10 per child, but only $5 on Tuesdays and Thursdays. We live nearby, so this is our rainy/very cold/very hot day go-to!

    Extreme Fun: This is an inflatable playplace on Anderson Mill Rd between 182 and 620. It’s cheap ($5 per child) and the place is huge. Adults can go down the slides with toddlers here, so that was a plus for us.

    Barnes & Noble Bookstores: I’m not generally a fan of huge chain bookstores, but these are fun places to hang out with my son. I get a coffee drink in the cafe and we head over to the children’s section, where there are lots of books and toys and a train table that will literally keep my son occupied for an hour. They also have storytimes, though we haven’t managed to make one yet.

    Lifetime Fitness (for members only) has a fantastic indoor pool with waterslides and a gradual slope in that’s great for little ones. It’s a fun place to go swimming year-round (there is also a great outdoor pool), but especially in the winter when it would otherwise be impossible. Members can check online for family pool hours.

    McDonalds: Yes, the evil empire of fast food, but they have good coffee! There are a few in town with indoor playplaces that are toddler-friendly, and we will head over on a rainy or cold morning and often have the place to ourselves. For the price of a cup of coffee and a fruit and yogurt tray, it’s not bad at all. My favorites are: Cypress Creek & Lakeline, and on I-35 at Round Rock Ave. I also like the one on 620 at Four Points, though the play area there is outside.

    We are members at Gymboree, which in addition to classes has open playtimes that can be fun to go on rainy days.

    • Thanks so much for the added suggestions Jenn! My suggestions were very downtown centric — so very cool to have your ideas in the comment section here for others to read and hear about fun places to go in different parts of Austin and the surrounding areas. I appreciate you taking the time to share these!

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