Kids & Family
2021 Readers Poll
2021 Critics Picks

courtesy of SparkleKids

Kids' Clothing

"The owner is the best! Their brands are awesome and quality is good. My go-to to find new items for growing kids." Abby Alwan

4800 Burnet Rd.

Party Place

"We love the nostalgia of the arcade games and always have a good time." Deborah Vasquez

Pinballz Arcade
8940 Research #100, 512/420-8458
Pinballz Kingdom, 15201 S. I-35, Buda, 512/523-4080
Pinballz Arcade Lake Creek, 13729 Research, 512/537-8737

photo by John Anderson

photo by David Brendan Hall

All-Ages Venue

"Everybody is a kid at the Thinkery." Rachel Helden

1830 Simond

Toy Store

"Fairy tea party, Christmas in July, and did you see their COVID response? SO respectful of the health and safety of their customers and employees." Jessica Tessler

Terra Toys
2438 W. Anderson Ste. 1-C

courtesy of Terra Toys

courtesy of Bake Austin

Summer Camp

"Thanks to Chef Pascal, my kids can now cook us dinner!" Karen Fligger

Bake Austin
1706 E. 38½

Youth Sports Program

"Supports many different activities in a safe environment for all kids." Vicki Dimock

photo by John Anderson

courtesy of Creative Action

Youth Arts Program

"Their counselors are great with the kids." Jenny Carroll

Creative Action
1023 Springdale Bldg. 3

Youth STEM Program

"The young women who run this program are outstanding role models who have become mentors to my daughter. I can't say enough about how valuable the Girlstart experience has been." Tiffany Garza

Girlstart STEM Center
1400 W. Anderson

courtesy of GirlStart

courtesy of Mariposas Spanish School for Kids

Online Tutoring / Children's Education

"Great school!" Emily Hong

Mariposas Spanish School for Kids
3501 Red River

Birthday Cakes

"Upper Crust has the best Italian cream cake and carrot cake." Su Lim

Upper Crust Bakery
4508 Burnet Rd.

courtesy of Upper Crust Bakery

photo by Zeke Barbaro

Family Restaurant

"Love the little extras the Waterloo does for kids (like the drive-in movie during COVID) and kids and adults have great selections on their awesome menu. Loving the healthier items I'm seeing more lately too." Shelby Barnes

Waterloo Ice House
8600 Burnet Rd., 512/458-6544
6203 Capital of TX Hwy. N., 512/418-9700
9600 Escarpment Blvd., 512/301-1007
9600 S. I-35 Ste. D-100, 512/292-7900


"It's huge and you can go hiking, splashing, dog petting, and people watching, too." Jenny Carroll

Zilker Park
2100 Barton Springs Rd.

photo by Jana Birchum

photo by David Brendan Hall

Family Festival

"Brilliantly staged, full of magic, totally safe. I’ve never loved Austin more." Eli Castro

photo by John Anderson

Kids and Family Wild Card

"My kids can play at Fortlandia for hours and look forward to seeing and exploring all the new creative and innovative structures and designs." Allyson Parma

Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
4801 La Crosse

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