Austin Children's Museum

It's been a long time coming, but the 26-year-old Austin Children's Museum is finally realizing its goal of a new and larger home outside the confines and challenges of its Downtown site, where parking is at a premium. The new facility, under construction at 1830 Simond Ave., is expected to open late this year with 40,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor space, plenty of parking (a multistory lot intended also for neighborhood use is rising behind the museum), and an added emphasis on science, technology, and math displays designed for the next generation. The museum, with its futuristic design by California architectural firm Koning Eizenberg, is across from Mueller Lake Park.