With SXSW in full swing, Austin can turn into a madhouse. To add to the chaos, Spring Break directly overlaps with the 9-day festival, with ZERO chance of going anywhere near downtown. So what’s a parent to do? Here are our top five picks during Spring Break that you can take the family this Spring. Enjoy!

Museum of Illusions Austin

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Mesmerize the senses in this world of illusions. Packed with edu-tainment, this multi-exhibit interactive museum is over 6,000 square feet of puzzles, holograms, and more.  Fun fact: Austin’s own Amy Cook, artist of South Congress’ “I love you so much” mural, collaborated with the museum on “Building Illusion,” an exhibit that will have one of the biggest mirrors in the United States.

Opens March 11. Tickets are $24 for adults, $20 for kids

Spring Break Activities – Bob Bullock Museum

Brave the fringes of downtown (but we promise they have ample parking) at The Bob Bullock Museum for their Spring Break at the Bullock events. Check their calendar for mural making, art classes, and throwback movies like Homeward Bound (#TeamSassy).

March 11-14, prices vary | https://www.thestoryoftexas.com/visit/programs-events

Zilker Botanical Gardens Free Day

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Zilker Botanical Gardens, a gorgeous and lush sanctuary in the heart of Zilker Park, offers sprawling grounds, gardens, water fountains, dinosaur sculptures, a coffee cart, and a relaxing space for the whole family. March 14 marks one of their free days that you can stop by for, but donations are still encouraged. Enjoy!

March 14, free | https://zilkergarden.org/


Mueller’s museum for kids is the perfect place for them to build, create, explore, and learn. Enjoy multi-levels of exhibits and a vast outdoor playscape that will be sure to be hours of fun. When you’re wrapped up, head down the sidewalk to Lick Ice Cream for a treat or feed the ducks at Mueller Lake Park.

Kids 0-24 months are free, $14 for 24 months + | https://thinkeryaustin.org/

The Contemporary Austin: Laguna Gloria Second Saturdays are for families

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Head over to Laguna Gloria for their free event: Collaborative cylinders, curls, and connections. Join artist Carol Bove for an artistic endeavor that will elicit teamwork. Taking inspirations from her sculpture, From the Sun to Zurich, she’ll show the ropes on how to create unique sculpture and shapes through collaboration.

March 11, free | https://thecontemporaryaustin.org/event/second-saturday-are-for-families-collaborative-cylindars-curls-and-connections/


Looking for more things to do? We can customize family friendly events, from birthday parties to family reunions. Ask us about our nature hikes or InstaGLAM wig parties. Cheers!

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