Austin: The Kids' Way

While Austin has its fair share of adult-only attractions like the fairly new Prohibition Creamery, SoulCycle spin classes, and fancy restaurants like Lenoir or Juliet, there's no reason a kid can't enjoy the sunny, fun-spirited, weird city, too! Here are our #guildpicks for a kid-friendly, kid-filled weekend. Please share your own favorites that you've enjoyed with your family below in the comments.

Itinerary

Friday:

3pm - Checkin to your Guild room
4pm - Peter Pan Mini Golf
5:30pm - Chuy's/Casa de Luz
7pm - South Congress Bridge Bats

Saturday:

8am - Paperboy
9am - Deep Eddy/Barton Springs
9am - Zilker Zephyr/Zilker Park
11:30am - Counter Café
12:30am - Book People
2pm - Cathedral of Junk/Laguna Gloria/Bullock Museum
5pm - Via 313

Sunday:

8:30am - Brew & Brew
11am - The Thinkery/Austin Zoo


Friday

East 6th @ The Arnold Bedroom - Complete with Bill Murray

East 6th @ The Arnold Bedroom - Complete with Bill Murray

3pm - "Made it"

Check into your Guild room & get settled. A two-bedroom suite is perfect for a family of 4 or more! Let the kids chill with kid-friendly Netflix or grab them a snack from the kitchen (did you know you can personalize your stay & order groceries to be delivered before you even arrive?!). Meanwhile, introduce the baby to his own unique space and unpack your bags in the master bedroom where you'll be sure to get a good nights' reast on our Tuft & Needle mattresses.

Peter Pan himself!

Peter Pan himself!

4pm - "Pixie Dust"

Operating since 1946, Peter Pan Mini Golf features whales, castles & giant shoes. Kids love it! It's cash only, so hit the ATM first. Pro Tip: they also serve sno cones. (Coming here without the kids??? It's BYOB!)

Eclectic Chuy's

Eclectic Chuy's

Vegan & GF Casa de Luz

Vegan & GF Casa de Luz

5:30pm - "Grub Up"

Chuy's is the original spot for Tex-Mex in Austin. Dine amongst hubcaps and wooden fish: the décor is definitely unique and the food? Super-flavorful and comforting.
For a healthy alternative, check out Casa de Luz: a peaceful spot with set menus of vegan, organic & gluten-free breakfast, lunch & dinner. The self-service dining room is conducive to bringing the kiddo's along and there's even a playground for when they've finished eating.

Watch as millions of bats exit the South Congress Bridge

Watch as millions of bats exit the South Congress Bridge

7pm - "Batty"

The South Congress Bridge Bats are a sight for all ages. The Bats put on a nightly spectacular show of dynamic aerial flight typically lasting 45 to 60 minutes long, beginning at Sunset. In our opinion, the best spot to watch isn't from the bridge (because the bats blend in with the color of the water), but from the grassy knoll right below the South Congress bridge - there's a set of stairs leading you down on the south side of the bridge. Bring a picnic blanket, get cozy, and watch the show!


Saturday

Paperboy's sausage & egg sandwich

Paperboy's sausage & egg sandwich

8am - "Sweet Toast"

We know the kiddos wake up early, so make the most of it and walk (or rideshare!) on over to Paperboy from your Guild room. This sweet food truck will make all your breakfast dreams come true with yogurt parfaits, texas potato hash, and sweet toast. Kids guaranteed to fill their tummies. 

Deep Eddy Pool

Deep Eddy Pool

Barton Springs Pool

Barton Springs Pool

9am - "Swimmer's Paradise"

Head to Deep Eddy Pool where the water is clear, cold, and spring-fed. Kids and adults alike love this spot. $8 entry for non-residents. Spread out a blanket and chill in the shade for a minute, too!
Alternatively, try Barton Springs Pool. This pool has a more natural look and measures three acres in size. It is fed from underground springs with an average temperature of 68-70 degrees, ideal for year-round swimming.

Take a tour around Zilker Park

Take a tour around Zilker Park

Here in March? Check out the Kite Festival!

Here in March? Check out the Kite Festival!

9am (alternate) - "Zilker Zephyr"

Your clan not so much the "swimmer" type? Not to worry - Zilker Park is home to a multitude of other activities. Little ones tend to go batty over The Zilker Zephyr Miniature Train, which provides a 20-25 minute train ride around the park. It's a great way to get a tour of Zilker - including Barton Creek & Lady Bird Lake - at a calm pace. $2 for kids, $3 for adults, babies under 1 ride free (don't forget cash)! The Zephyr opens at 10 am, so beforehand, why not bring a kite to the sprawling fields of Zilker Park and have the kid's try their hands at some kite flying? 

Sit at the counter for a fun old-timey vibe!

Sit at the counter for a fun old-timey vibe!

11:30am - "Burger Up"

Counter Café on North Lamar - just minutes from Zilker/Deep Eddy in a rideshare - is a great spot for all ages. Breakfast is served all day and everything is farm-fresh. The kids will enjoy classics like the Counter Burger while adults can indulge in plates such as the Counter Crab Cakes or the Polenta Fried Oysters.

Find the best books for kids (and adults) at Book People

Find the best books for kids (and adults) at Book People

12:30pm - "Book People"

If it's nearing nap time, head over to Book People and take a look upstairs in the kid's section for the best selection of kid's books. This bookstore is renowned for their selection, regular readings, and quirky gift items. 
Then, head back to your temporary Guild Homestead to let the little ones rest. While they sleep, enjoy some time on the patio with your loved one, get some work done at the desk, or simply Netflix & Chill!

The infamous Cathedral of Junk

The infamous Cathedral of Junk

Laguna Gloria Museum

Laguna Gloria Museum

The Bob Bullock History Museum

The Bob Bullock History Museum

2pm - "Culture Fix"

Depending on what your crew enjoys, there are a number of kid-friendly cultural options throughout Austin. If your group likes exploring, the Cathedral of Junk is only a 15-minute drive from Downtown Austin. "From the street, it's invisible. The man who built it, Vince Hannemann, is similarly unassuming. He didn't build the Cathedral to get attention. Although he's been dubbed a "yardist" by the local art community, he's a very down-to-earth guy who harbors no illusions about the significance of his creation. 'I just did it because it was kinda cool,' he tells us. 'It's my clubhouse. It's fun. Kids, when they come through, they know what it is.'"
Laguna Gloria is another option: roam through acres and acres of contemporary sculpture outside to let your little ones breath in the fresh air. The Laguna Gloria site has been declared a national treasure and is on city, state, and national registers of historic places.
Finally The Bullock State History Museum also proves an exciting stop. The museum has three floors of interactive exhibits; the first-floor theme is "land," the second-floor theme "identity," and the third-floor theme "opportunity." Before you make the trip, take a look at "What to See & Do" to plan your route!

Via 313

Via 313

5pm - "Via"

When all that exploring has you tuckered out, head to the East Side for some Detroit Style Za at Via 313. Their original location is the most fun, in our opinion: a food trailer right outside of Violet Crown Social Club (where mom & dad can get a cocktail, if they like).


Sunday

Wright Bros. Brew & Brew (the founders of!)

Wright Bros. Brew & Brew (the founders of!)

8:30am - "Caffeine Rush"

Send one of the parents out to grab coffee on-the-go and some breakfast tacos from Brew & Brew while the other parental gets the kiddos ready. This is also a great place to catch up on some work if one of you needs to catch up on the office emails.

The Thinkery

The Thinkery

One of the many roaming peacocks at The Austin Zoo

One of the many roaming peacocks at The Austin Zoo

11am - "Exploring Before Takeoff"

The best way to fly back home with kids? To make sure they'll fall asleep as soon as you board the plane. Make sure you tucker them out! The Thinkery is Austin's newest home for “why” and “how.” "A place where science and families play side by side. Where people connect with ideas by doing, making and experiencing. It’s a foundry for a new generation of innovators and creative problem solvers. And it’s a heck of a good time."
If you want the little ones to explore in the great outdoors before boarding, take them to The Austin Zoo. Peacocks roam free throughout the grounds and the zoo's mission is to assist animals in need through rescue, rehabilitation, and education -- so you can feel good about going here.


However you spend your time, Austin is a wonderful place to bring the whole family. Let us know how you enjoy this weird & beautiful city in the comments below.

10 Favorite Eateries: South Austin

Whether you've crossed over Lady Bird Lake to go swimming at Barton Springs Pool, to explore South Congress, or to take in the sights at The Cathedral of Junk, you'll be glad to know that the Southside is serving up tasty bites at every corner. Here's a few of our favorite Food Trucks, Taco Joints, and Restaurants (in no particular order) for you to feast your eyes (ahem, stomachs) on.

Uchi

The Austin-established sushi spot pumping out decadent, gourmet, fresh fish nightly between 5pm and 10pm. Stick to the traditional sushi for the best experience and let your server choose a couple dishes for you if your daring enough. The Sake Social Hour (aka Happy Hour) is a great deal!
uchiaustin.com  |  801 South Lamar Blvd, 78704

Odd Duck

Odd Duck creators describe their restaurant as "shaped by our craftsmen's approach to cooking, the culture of our city, the creativity of our staff and the products from our amazing farmers." These (local!) farm-to-table meals will make your mouth water as soon as they're delivered by your server. Try one of the cocktails on special, too - crafted to perfection.  
oddduckaustin.com  |  1201 S Lamar Blvd, 78704

Lenoir

This sweet French Bistro seats few (make reservations!) but the French-country décor and the delectable cuisine, made up of a 3-course meal at a very affordable $45, make for an unforgettable night. And if you don't quite have the $45 in your dining out budget check out the wine garden in Lenoir's backyard for a simple, appetizers-and-wine-filled evening.
lenoirrestaurant.com  |  1807 S 1st St, 78704

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Hey, You Gonna Eat Or What?

Austinites and visitors alike love the famous Shiner Bock beer-battered Monte Cristo sandwich with homemade Cherry/Fig Jelly and fresh-cut potato chips. This sandwich (and all sandwiches at this popular Food Truck stop) will make your tastebuds think they've exploded. Come with an empty stomach - it'll fill you up for hours. Don't be offended if the owner insults you: it's part of his fun-loving shtick! 
heyyougonnaeatorwhat.com  |  1720 Barton Springs Rd, 78704

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Mellizoz Tacos

In the heart of South 1st since 2008, Mellizoz Tacos brings "family tradition and delicious food made with fresh ingredients." Everything is cooked fresh and served with homemade salsa. Plus, their entire menu is available all day. Try a taco, torta, the freshly made-to-order guac, or garlic fries. Fill up on tacos or save a bit of room to split a Gordough's Donut (found next door) with a friend. 
mellizoztacos.com  |  1503 S 1st St, 78704

Patika

This might just be the sweetest coffee-joint South of Ladybird Lake. The café has a Danish-designed flair, locally sourced coffee & espresso, plus baked goods. If you're looking for a little something extra for your rumbling stomach, Patika's food truck outside serves up gourmet breakfast toasts, breakfast sandwiches, quiches, and more.
patikacoffee.com  |  2159 S Lamar Blvd, 78704

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Home Slice

New York style Pizza -- so be prepared to fold your slice in half New-Yorker style. Home Slice is the Locals' favorite. If the wait is too long for sitting, grab a slice at the window next door, which is open even when Home Slice is closed on Tuesdays. You're a fool if you don't try the eggplant!
homeslicepizza.com  |  1415 S Congress Ave, 78704

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Ramen Tatsu-ya

Whether it's the middle of the summer or the first frost of the season, these soups will have you feeling fulfilled and happy. Try The O.G.: pork bone broth, chashu, ajitama, wood ear mushroom, and scallions. Don't be dissuaded by the long line outside -- it goes quickly!
ramen-tatsuya.com  |  1234 S Lamar Blvd, 78704

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Snooze AM Eatery

At Snooze, they believe life is for living and each person and each day is worth celebrating! Their mantra? It only takes a moment to make a difference. Funky, bright setting. Try the Chile Verde Benny, the Breakfast Pot Pie, or one of the many different flavors of pancake (all of which come with a Gluten Free option).
snoozeeatery.com  |  1700 S Lamar Blvd, 78704

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Central Standard Bar & Grill

If you're in the mood for classic bar & grill fare - this is the spot for you. Their Cheeseburger was recently named one of Texas Monthly's "50 Greatest Burgers in Texas." You'll also be happy if you're a wine buff; Central Standard features a rotating selection of more than 100 labels. Pro Tip: the deviled eggs and oysters are all aces. 
centralstandardaustin.com  |  1603 S Congress Ave, 78704


Did we forget anything? Let us know your favorites in the comments :) We're always looking for new feasting spots. 

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