Free Indoor Family Fun in Austin

Museums & Galleries


The Fish Gallery

  • The Fish Gallery – Kids can enjoy an interesting array of display tanks.
  • Austin Aqua-Dome – The Aqua-Dome sells all kinds of fish — rainbow-hued, striped and spotted; fish with exotic, nonsensical names like Bushynose Pleco and Harlequin Rasboras and Albino Cory Cats; fish ordered straight from Bali, Sri Lanka and the Philippines. They also sell corals from places like Jakarta and Kupong. You can find shrimp as small as your pinkie nail and as bright-blue as cobalt glass, and plants and statues to turn an aquarium into a watery diorama with any theme imaginable.
  • BookPeople – Visit Austin’s favorite independent book store for a marvelous, FREE storytime! Choose from Tuesday, Wednesday, or Saturday morning.  See the store calendar here.
  • All Things Kids – Visit the play zone in the back of this fun toy store in The Domain and stay for a FREE storytime.  For storytime updates, visit the All Things Kids in the Domain Facebook page.
  • Kaleidoscope Toys – This toy store in Round Rock offers FREE signing storytimes on Monday. See the store calendar here.





    • BabyEarth Round Rock – From playgroups to concerts, there is always something happening at this store.  Most events are FREE; some have a small fee. See the schedule here.
    • Cabela’s – Walk through this mega-store in Buda to see huge aquariums stocked with a variety of fish, giant taxidermy displays, and more! Read more about visiting the store with kids here.
    • Nature’s Treasures – This store is best for older kids, who won’t be tempted to grab all the small rocks and stones within arm’s reach. You may also want to set a budget before heading inside, because everything looks so appealing to young rock-lovers!  Read about exploring this store with kids here.
    • Toybrary Austin – Enjoy Teddy Bear Picnics, crafts, concerts, and more! Some events are FREE and some have a small fee to participate. Check the calendar for details.
    • Zoo Keeper Exotic Pets – Check out this unique pet store with a sloth and other unusual animals!  It’s small, but interesting to see the exotic pet selection. You may leave with your child begging for a ferret.

      Lakeline Mall

    • Lakeline Mall – Just in front of Dillard’s (on the north side of the mall) is an enclosed, carpeted play area with a clubhouse and lots of low play structures. Great for tiny tots, but beware nearby exciting attractions that are not free (a train!). See a map of the mall here.
    • Trader Joe’s – This could be a great indoor adventure for your little one, as they have miniature-shopping carts! While you do your grocery shopping, your child can push around a mini cart and “help you shop.” Also, ask about finding a stuffed cow in the store to get a FREE lollipop.
    • IKEA Round Rock – FREE childcare and fun for your kids. Go shop and enjoy yourself, maybe grab a drink and find a chair to “test out” for a good twenty minutes while your kids enjoy the indoor playscape and numerous planned activities throughout the week. Just be sure to arrive early because the play area, Småland, fills quickly. See the store calendar here. Kids eat FREE on Tuesdays in the IKEA Restaurant. Also, if they complete a scavenger hunt from Småland, kids can get a $1 off frozen yogurt coupon (which costs $1, so it’s FREE). 

Bonus Fun on the Cheap

 photo is a place where mothers can find community, encouragement, real mom stories, and information on everything related to the journey of motherhood. Be sure to follow along on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram! MOMquery hosts daily mom discussions, so be sure to join in!