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Austin's take on an octopus's garden!

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Welcome to Kidville

The Mueller district has become a mecca for walkable fun for children and adults alike!


The Thinkery is one of the country’s premier children’s museums. Thinkery is filled with interactive, scientific learning experiences that teach without the preaching that makes learning dull. Prepare to be soaked – which might be a good thing on a hot August day – because the interactive water play area are amazing.

1830 Simond Ave

Mueller Lake Park


A wonderful place k with wide open spaces for sports and games, kids and pets – and lots of food trucks and ice cream spots dotted around nearby - Mueller Lake Park is the perfect place to spend a day with your favorite cute little things – your children or puppies, watching birds, fish and turtles splash in the sun.

4550 Mueller Blvd

Colleen’s Kitchen

You’ve worked up at appetite, and help is at hand at this cool spot with great cocktails for caregivers, and arguably the best salted chocolate chip cookies in Austin for anyone with a sweet tooth.

1911 Aldrich Street

B.D. Riley’s

Right next door to Colleen’s is this hub for sports fans of all ages – especially European soccer, where the chanting and cheering really makes this a fun weekend place to people watch. They also have a "Leprechaun's menu” so parents can kick back with a pint and enjoy the game while keeping their kiddos nourished and happily quiet.

1905 Aldrich Street

Lilla & Beth

Shop local and fabulous at this boutique and Aladdin’s cave for little ones who love trinkets and toys. They offer a fab selection of cuddly animals and coloring books as well, making it a great place for family shopping. You can never start attacking your winter holiday gift list too soon, right?

1911 Aldrich St #130

Jessie Andrews Park and Ocho the Octopus 

Jessie Andrews Park is a culture vultures happy place, with many different activities and attractions for kids and teens – and big kids who love nature and art, including Ocho the Octopus, a 20-foot-tall art installation meant to inspire childlike wonder in the park.

2601 Philomena St

The Origin Hotel

If you tire yourself and your family out with all the fun in the summer heat, no fear. A great new hotel, Origin Austin, opened this year, and is a walkable rest stop for a staycation. With its beautiful restaurants (serving old-fashioned comfort food, every bite filled with nostalgia) and cool yet welcoming bars, it’s the perfect place for some relaxing family time - for pets and kids alike. Everyone is welcome! Some rooms feature bunk beds with capacity to sleep up to six, and Kids Adventure Kits are available on request, with sleeping bags and tents for a cool glamping experience.

1825 McBee Street

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