Austin Children's Museum - Fun for the Whole Family!

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Real Estate Broker/Owner with Austin Texas Homes, LLC 453249

 The Austin Children's Museum in downtown Austin serves as a great outing for the entire family.  My wife and I have had a membership there previously, and it is well worth the money.  With a recent influx of funds, the museum has completely revamped many of the learning areas, and our kids, ages 9, 6, and nearly 2, had a terrific time on a recent excursion. 

 

Their hours are Tuesday through Saturday 10am-5pm, and Sunday 12pm-5pm (Closed Mondays).  Wednesday nights from 5pm-8pm are "community nights", which means FREE admission for everyone during that window of time.

 

The normal admission prices are as follows:

Adult: $5.50
Children 2 yrs.and up: $5.50
Children 12-23 months: $3.50
Children under 12 months: FREE

They accept cash, check, Visa, Mastercard, and American Express.

Memberships are only $75 for up to four visitors, and $125 for 5-6 visitors.

 

 I must admit that during our last visit, I had at least as much fun as my children.  The theme was "Play it by Ear", and it focused on making and experiencing sounds, and how sound waves travel.  One cool exhibit was the 100 foot sound tunnel which is capped on one end.  You can put your head inside and speak, yell, snap, or clap and listen as the sound echoes back to you a split second later.  I also got to wear a series of funky headphones that altered the sound dramatically. 

One of the permanent exhibits is an "Austin City Limits" stage complete with costumes for kids (and grown-ups like me who have no shame) to play along with a series of taped live music performances by Lyle Lovett, Willie Nelson, and a host of other stars.  They also have a few "instruments" and a set of bleachers for the "fans".  They also have a small kid-sized store with a cash register, and a really cool train exhibit in a tower above the main floor of the museum.  I always like going up there, since it includes some great tunes as well.

They have a large exploration/crafts area upstairs with gears to play with, small electric motor experiments, gravity lessons, and more.

 

I highly recommend checking out this museum for residents and visitors alike.  It is located at the corner of 2nd Street and Colorado, in the heart of downtown, so you can expect to pay $5-7 for parking.  Enjoy your trip to this great facility!

If you have any questions, please feel free to call me anytime at 512-796-7653 (cell) or email jason@austintexashomes.com.  My Austin real estate website is at http://www.austintexashomes.com/

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Jason Crouch
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Liz - You're right - I really am a big kid. 

I have a church in mind for your contest if I can get some time to go take some photos. 

Feb 22, 2008 03:03 PM #2
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Fran Gaspari
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Jason,

I've never been in a children's museum I didn't like!!! Look forward to visiting on one of our Texas visits!!! Thanks,   Fran

Feb 22, 2008 03:15 PM #3
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Judy Greenberg
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Jason,  its funny since my youngest are 12 we haven't been to a children's museum for a long time.  We used to have the best time when we visited them.
Feb 22, 2008 03:34 PM #4
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Jason~Our family quite enjoys the Children's Museum here in Utah and Austin's looks fantastic. Have a great weekend.
Feb 22, 2008 03:43 PM #5
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Jesse & Kathy Clifton
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Sounds like fun... so when exactly are we going to see your video rendition of Pancho and Lefty. I'd probably pay good money to see that.
Feb 22, 2008 04:32 PM #6
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Cynthia Tilghman, Realtor® Onslow County NC Home Specialist
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Jason,
Great way to spend a day with your kids and everyone learn something and is entertained.

Feb 22, 2008 09:08 PM #7
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Vanessa Stalets
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We have a great adventure science museum here and it is great fun! Yours looks and sounds like a blast and I can see you down with the kids getting into it all right with them! lol
Feb 22, 2008 10:25 PM #8
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Charity Lane
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Wow! That place looks like a whole lot of fun! My family just loves going to the museums.
Feb 22, 2008 11:37 PM #9
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Jill Wente
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Austin has a wonderful Children's Museum. Its a great place to take the kids on our rainy Spring days. I did not know about the Austin City Limits stage. It is one of my favorite programs. I saw Norah Jones on the program just a couple of weeks ago.
Feb 22, 2008 11:58 PM #10
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I have to admit Children's Musuem also bring out the child in me ! Glad to hear I am not the only one who has as much fun as the kids !
Feb 23, 2008 12:19 AM #11
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Dan Forbes
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These kind of exhibits for Kids are a lot of fun for us too!  Thanks for sharing your community, Jason.
Feb 23, 2008 12:54 AM #12
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Dave Woodson
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Indy has a great childerens museam,  We took our daughter there this year and she just loved it.  I have some great pics from there.  I will have to blog about it.

Dave

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Kelly Sibilsky
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I love a good children's museum. When the kids were younger, we loved taking them to Navy Pier and the Children's Museum in Chicago. It's great fun for the whole family.
Feb 23, 2008 02:01 AM #14
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Kay Perry
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Hi Jason, Sounds like a fun place for kids AND adults. 
Feb 23, 2008 02:06 AM #15
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Jan Wood
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Jason:  I bet you make everything fun for your children... you are such a kid a heart.  Thanks for sharing this with us.
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Jason, you know how I love reading about local places to visit. Thanks for sharing another one out of Austin.
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Jennifer Monroe
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This is one of my favorite things to do - I love interactive exhibits. And the price for an annual membership is fantastic! I hope you belong!
Feb 23, 2008 05:45 AM #18
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Rich Dansereau
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I hope Austin residents and visitors exuberantly support this museum. A few years back Atlanta had an extensive, interactive children's museum but it closed because of lack of support.

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Jason! That sounds like a blast with or without the kids! Although, I might look wierd there alone on stage singing Willie Nelson! Beautiful post! Later in the rain~Deb
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Jason- I love museums, especially kids museums. We have a great science museum where they offer homeschool science classes once a month. Our son loves them. 
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