Family-Friendly Arts Venues in Austin, Texas: A Guide for Families

If you're looking for a family-friendly arts venue in Austin, Texas, you're in luck! Austin is home to a variety of venues that offer something for everyone. From craft breweries and wineries to outdoor entertainment venues and live music, there's something for everyone in the family to enjoy. The Beer Garden Brewing Company (ABGB) is the perfect place to hang out with your Austin friends, puppies, family, or colleagues. Kids can unload energy on the playground while adults enjoy adult beverages and listen to live local music every Wednesday and Sunday night.

Plus, they offer delicious pizza and great sandwiches. Central Machine Works is another great option for families. Located in East Austin, this craft brewery and pub food menu is housed in a spacious factory converted to Machine Works. Almost every day of the week, events such as live music, Austin FC viewing parties and more are held, open to guests of all ages.

Treaty Oak is one of our favorite weekend spots. This distillery offers food and drinks and has a play area for children and a huge field for running and playing. Plus, they offer live music every Saturday and Sunday. Unplugged at the Grove is another great option for families.

Shady Grove has been doing Unplugged at the Grove for 25 years and these shows are free and open to all ages. The concerts are held every Thursday night at 8 pm and run from April to September. Let the kids stay up late and enjoy dinner and fabulous music for a true Austin experience. Bodega El Gaucho is touted as being extremely family-friendly and has live music on Saturdays and Sundays.

Peter Pan mini golf is a famous spot in Austin, where you can see a giant T-Rex watching Lamar and Barton Springs. The Art Garage also hosts art parties, personalized events and walk-in projects, all perfect for families to enjoy together. Book your spot at the Gospel Brunch, ideal for the whole family, and enjoy authentic Texan barbecue and live music every Sunday. The Mohawk is a one-of-a-kind live music venue, event space and bar where everyone is welcome.

Nestled in the heart of downtown Austin, it's perfect for families. Dreamland is an outdoor entertainment venue sure to appeal to both children and adults. Located in Dripping Springs, it's a must-visit destination when visiting Austin with kids. The live entertainment scene is making a comeback in Austin, which means that some of its favorite live music venues have reopened their doors and are planning incredible shows.

Don't forget the many festivals and seasonal events held in Austin such as ACL, SXSW, The Rodeo Austin, Pecan Street Festival, The Austin Symphony Children's Events and Music Under the Star at the Bullock Museum - all with live music and an ideal environment for the whole family. The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center is another great option for families visiting Austin. Located in South Austin but owned by the University of Texas at Austin, it's a wonderful place for children of all ages to explore.

Diane Willibrand
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