Family Friendly Activities In And Around Austin Texas!

Battling Austin’s summer heat can be challenging when planning events as a family. Doulas of Austin is here to help you build yourself an arsenal of activities for every type of summer day.

Visiting a farmers market as a family is not only a great opportunity to spend a day adventuring the fresh and local products of Austin, but also to educate your children on making healthy and sustainable choices.

You can gather ingredients to make an unforgettable summer meal under the stars or plan a larger party and invite friends and neighbors all with finds from bustling local markets.

Eating and buying local is easy to do with Austin’s countless open air marketplaces and incorporating these events into your family’s summer fun keeps your children excited about living, cooking, and eating fresh.

HOPE Farmers Market – Lone Star Farmers Market – Texas Farmers’ Market at Mueller

Gather your farmer’s market ingredients together with your family to create preservative free and fresh treats to cool down.

Incorporating farm to table ingredients and fresh ingredients bring summertime staples to a whole new level. Ice pops are a refreshing burst of energy that cool you down when you aren’t looking for a heavier treat like ice cream.

Home made ice pops bring a bright and delicious way to consume more of the fruits and vegetables grown in your own backyard here in Austin. Create snacks and treats that fuel you and your kids on all your summertime adventures.

Austin is rich in outdoor parks and resources that offer an amazing scenic backdrop for a weekend away with the family.

A main objective when planning a family getaway or adventure is to take advantage of lush summertime natural spaces. A camping trip can be a classic summer event that is cost effective and really engages your family to work as a team while still managing to have fun outside your home.

You can hike to the campsite or simply drive to the park and set up camp, on a flexible schedule that can’t be found at a traditional hotel stay.

Campsite options vary so you can choose to stay connected with access to electricity or spend a weekend or longer completely off the grid and unplugged.

McKinney Falls State Park – Sandy Creek Park – Lockhart State Park

Think beyond the swimming pool this sumer. Pack the kids and a lunch and head over to Austin’s beautiful swimming holes.

There is nothing quite like the feeling of the summer.

The summer’s fresh air in your lungs, the wind in your hair, and the sounds of your children splishin’ and splashin’ about. You don’t have to seek out big ocean beaches to go swimming and spend a day picnicking. Local swimming holes provide a rich environment for children to explore their environment, plants and wildlife in a safe and supervised space.

Most swimming hole areas offer a place to grill and even restrooms, giving a day on the water all the comforts of home and all the feeling of a big vacation.

Utilize the stunning natural swimming areas that Austin has to offer!

Barton SpringsDeep EddyBarton Creek Greenbelt

Summertime crafts are a great way to bond with your kids and spark their creativity, putting all their energy into an expressive outlet.

Summer is bright, fun and colorful and your kids can bring that energy to life in home made lanterns for your garden, paint landscapes inspired by historic Austin landmarks they recognize or even record their growth milestones with tiny footprint steppingstones cast from their feet.

Make crafting a whole family event and jump in with them, showing them new materials and mediums. Encourage your children to create animal sanctuaries, butterfly houses and birdbaths that reconnect them with their summer environment and use the opportunity to establish an awareness and appreciation of their surroundings.

The possibilities are endless when you can get out in Austin and be inspired, or inside on days where the sun is too strong and dangerous. Dare to create! Get messy and create mementos of this year’s amazing summer.