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Parent’s Guide: Kid-Friendly Picks in Austin

Are you bringing your children to Conclave and wondering how to keep them busy while you are in class or attending a networking event? We have put together a few ideas!


Photo courtesy of ABC Kite Festival

Want a day out with the family? Check out the 96th annual ABC Kite Fest on Sunday, April 14th, from 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. This event includes a kite-flying contest, bounce houses, and even a children’s music concert!

Photo courtesy of Austin Aquarium
This Aquarium has so many fish and animals! There are sharks, stingrays, giant Pacific octopus, lorikeets, macaws, reptiles, and amphibians. Plus, new mammals like kinkajous and lemurs. The best part is you can pet and feed them all. If you visit, you might even spot a Mermaid or Princess!
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The center lets kids explore and discover the natural Austin environment and learn about geology, animals, paleontology, astronomy, and more!
Photo courtesy of Austin Zoo Facebook page
The mission of Austin Zoo is to help animals in need through rescue, conservation, and education. Embark on an adventure in a Hill Country setting where children and adults can enjoy an up-close experience with rescued animals. You will be able to see lions and tigers and bears, oh my!
Photo courtesy of Inner Space Cavern
Located just outside of Austin in Georgetown, Inner Space Cavern is a karst cave discovered in the 1960s. It is a wonderful spot to learn about geology and the formation of minerals and even has gemstone panning.
Photo courtesy of Thinkery Austin

The Thinkery is an evolution of the Austin Children’s Museum. Austin’s sparkling new home for “why” and “how.” It is the place where science and families play side by side, people connect with ideas by doing, making, and experiencing, and offers the Baby Bloomers program for ages 0–36 months.

Photo courtesy of Zilker Botanical Garden
The Botanical Garden features a 28-acre garden with a Prehistoric garden with a preserved dinosaur track, and so much more!
You can also check out the Austin Visitors Center for even more family-friendly activities!


Photo courtesy of Big Top Candy Shop
If you need a sweet treat, Big Top is a must-see! Dubbed “The Most Amazing Candy Store the World has Ever Known,” they offer over 3,000 wrapped candies in an antique circus atmosphere. In addition, they have an old-fashioned soda fountain, ice cream, fudge, and much more to satisfy your sweet tooth.
Photo courtesy of Fareground Food Hall

Looking for something within walking distance? Make sure to check out Fareground Food Hall, Austin’s first-ever food hall. With over six eateries, there are plenty of dining options for even the pickiest eaters!

Image courtesy of Hat Creek Burger Company

This is not your average burger joint! With unique play yards at every location and a great menu, this restaurant offers a fun experience for the whole family.


Austin Child Care Resources: If you want to research different childcare options, the city of Austin has created a comprehensive list of different childcare providers in the area.

Jovie: Need childcare services while at Conclave? Jovie has you covered with their reliable, on-demand babysitters. With over 20 years of experience, they are ready for anything. Click here to learn more about scheduling with Jovie Sitters.

SeekingSitters: Founded in 2004 by a mom and dad team, SeekingSitters began as a safe and convenient solution to the childcare dilemma.

Texas Child Care Connection: The state of Texas has created a tool for families to search for available childcare providers based on location, dates, and age of children to help find current availability.