6911 North Interstate Hwy. 35
Austin, TX 78752
Phone: (512) 617-4900
Fax: (512) 459-9274
Every neighborhood needs a park. If it is in Texas, that park needs a pool if anyone is to survive the three digit summers! Shipe Park & Pool is located on 45th street and Avenue G, just minutes away from Daily Juices and across from the Elizabeth Ney museum. As the location is surrounded by residential accommodations, this is a family-friendly pool. You can hear the sounds of kids attempting the belly flop from the street. The park also comes with changing rooms, a playground, and a big field for games like frisbee and football. Annexed to the park are two tennis courts, and a basketball court. Shipe is only open during the summer!
Tom's Dive & Swim is one of the oldest dive shops in town, established in 1982 and serving Austin for over 25 years. It offers local diving trips and excursions to the coral reefs of the Cayman Islands and Honduras. The professional instruction team offers a variety of classes for all skill levels and the store is filled with ski equipment, scuba gear, rental equipment and a repair center. There are class schedules to fit your time frame. Check the website for further information.
This museum has grown into one of the most fabulous experiences for children in Austin. Find out about the development of children from birth to adolescence, climb a "time tower," and learn about everything from dinosaurs to computers. Special programs for children and their parents are regular parts of the museum's curriculum. Take tiny tots to the 2-and-under special explore time, or learn about multimedia with your teen. With excellent specialty programs and wonderful exhibits, this is a museum the whole family can enjoy.
This closely supervised kid's center is perfect for allowing children to open that urge to just go crazy. The center is full of activities perfect for the little ones. Arts, crafts, games and general kid fun are all part of the curriculum. Twice a week when the weather is appropriate, the kids walk down to Shipe, a public pool, for a quick dip to cool off. So pack up the kids with a swimsuit and let them romp and stomp at the Hancock Recreation Center.
Chaparral Ice Arena is an ice-skater's paradise. Skaters of all levels can enjoy this fun-filled and thrilling sport at this expansive space. Choose among group skating, curling, broomball and dodgeball and many other engaging activities. Or you can improvise your skills by enrolling for the skating classes. Apart from this, the arena also hosts corporate outings, summer camps, birthday parties and other events with the theme of skating. All in all, a great place to spend a day with the whole family.
The Northwest Recreation Center is a hub of activity and is frequented by locals looking to take a break and engage in some challenging physical activity. It has a gymnasium, ping-pong tables, volleyball court, and a playground. Picnics can be enjoyed in the grassy lawns that are fitted with picnic tables and a horse-shoe pit. Meeting room facilities are provided along with uninterrupted WiFi access. Chess and foosball can be played indoors.
If you are looking to introduce yourself or your children to a little high-culture, the Austin Chamber Music Center is the place to go. The works of Beethoven and Bach permeate the air as you wander past the classrooms. During the summer, a two-week chamber music camp creates a fun kid-friendly environment for teaching the great composer's works to younger generations. Regular professional performances are also available for the avid chamber music fan. Call for details on enrollment and current events.
Eastwoods Park is a family-friendly nine-acre (3.64-hectare) outdoor space located just shy of the border of the University of Texas campus. It is easy to completely forget about its existence as it is hidden behind student accommodations and fraternity housing. What this park offers is a place for families to relax on a sunny afternoon with a playground for the kids. You will also find students taking advantage of the open space to read and play some sports. The park includes two tennis courts, two basketball courts, a splash pad, walking trails, picnic tables, and four barbecue pits for those of you who love to grill in the great outdoors. Everything is free to use, courtesy of the Austin Parks Foundation.
Playland Skate Center is a skating arena located in the northern outskirts of Austin. This recreational rink welcomes skating enthusiasts of all ages, but most of the crowd is made up of kids. The on-site daycare center means kids have fun while being in safe hands. Roller-skating classes are also available for all ages, in addition to an equipment shop. The center makes for an ideal venue for a fun-filled birthday party for your kid. Refer to website for schedule and rates.
The Texas Volleyball team sometimes practices and has matches at the Gregory Gym, which happens to be one of the finest collegiate volleyball facilities in the country. The site, better known as the home of the Longhorns, reopened in 1998 after an eight-year layoff. Locker rooms, offices, meeting rooms and a players' lounge are available for jocks throughout the year. There are also an exercise room, climbing wall, badminton, handball, basketball and volleyball courts.
This is not just a place where the Lady Longhorns wag their tail feathers! This $4.5 million softball complex has witnessed the Longhorns winning the regional softball championship. Located next to UT's Disch-Falk field, the complex hosts 11 home games (mostly double headers) during the season from February to April. It is advised that you purchase your tickets in advance.
At River City Bingo, players can win cash and prizes while contributing to local charity. A friendly and safe environment has been provided for players since 1993, with a roomy hall and full-service concession stand. State of the art computer bingo is available, as is "pull tabs" instant bingo. Enjoy midnight bingo each Saturday, early bird games the first and third Saturdays every month at 10:30pm and a door prize give-away every Saturday at noon.