Austin Area Entertainment

GattiTown

Area of Austin: Northwest, North, Northeast, West, Central, East, Southwest, South, Southeast, Price for a family of four: $35
Features: GattiTown is an indoor entertainment center featuring video games, arcade games, carousel, bumper cars, pizza/pasta/salad buffet, three different dining rooms, and birthday parties....
The Lowdown: A very fun entertainment center featuring a large game room with rides not found at other places.

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Alamo Drafthouse

Area of Austin: Northwest, North, Central, South, Price for a family of four: $60
Features: Alamo Drafthouse is an independent Austin movie theater that serves complete meals and beverages during the movie, including alcoholic beverages....
The Lowdown: Much more fun and tasty than the usual movie experience.

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Austin Children's Museum

Area of Austin: Central, Price for a family of four: $26
Features: The Austin Children's Museum features exhibits for kids, both permanent and changing, art activities, story times, concerts, camp programs, and birthday parties....
The Lowdown: An educational way to spend some quality time with your kids.

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Austin Zoo

Area of Austin: Southwest, Price for a family of four: $22
Features: The Austin Zoo is a small rescue zoo including birds, monkeys, bears, lions, tigers, deer, and many other animals. There is also a train ride and a petting zoo....
The Lowdown: A great place to make some new animal friends.

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Austin's Park n' Pizza

Area of Austin: North, Price for a family of four: $60
Features: Amusement complex with miniature golf, go-carts, bumper boats, laser tag, two rock-climbing walls, little shot ride, tea cups ride, a small train ride, arcade games, and a batting cage. There is a pizza and pasta buffet which is included with admission....
The Lowdown: An entertaining place with many attractions to celebrate a special occasion.

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Cabela's

Area of Austin: South, Price for a family of four: Free
Features: Cabela's is a large retail store featuring hunting, fishing, and outdoor gear, but also offering numerous fun displays of animals....
The Lowdown: A fun place to look around, whether you are into outdoor sports or not.

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Cafe Monet

Area of Austin: North, Southwest, Price for a family of four: Free
Features: Cafe Monet is a paint-your-own pottery studio. You choose a piece of pottery from their selection to paint, you paint it, stencil, and/or stamp it, and afterwards you leave it there to be glazed and fired and pick it up in five days....
The Lowdown: Let your little artists make a cute keepsake while having fun in the process.

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Cafe Monet

Area of Austin: North, Southwest, Price for a family of four: Free
Features: Cafe Monet is a paint-your-own pottery studio. You choose a piece of pottery from their selection to paint, you paint it, stencil, and/or stamp it, and afterwards you leave it there to be glazed and fired and pick it up in five days....
The Lowdown: Let your little artists make a cute keepsake while having fun in the process.

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Chuck E. Cheese

Area of Austin: North, South, Price for a family of four: $35
Features: Indoor entertainment center, with video and arcade games, a show on stage with large singing animals, birthday parties, pizza and other food, prizes and souvenirs....
The Lowdown: Not a calm and relaxing experience, but great fun and excitement for kids.

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Dave and Buster's

Area of Austin: Northwest, Price for a family of four: $40
Features: Dave and Buster's is an entertainment establishment marketed for adults, featuring a full-service restaurant, a midway with arcade games, two bars, billiards and shuffleboard tables, and a shooting gallery....
The Lowdown: A sophisticated and classy notch above other arcades.

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Inflatable Wonderland

Area of Austin: Northwest, Price for a family of four: $20
Features: Inflatable Wonderland is a large open indoor play space filled with inflatable slides and moonwalks that kids can bounce on after paying an admission fee....
The Lowdown: A great place to let your kids bounce to their hearts' content and burn all that extra energy off.

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Main Event

Area of Austin: Northwest, Price for a family of four: $65
Features: Main Event is a 75,000 square foot entertainment facility offering bowling, billiards, laser tag, video games, rock climbing, glow-in-the-dark miniature golf, and more....
The Lowdown: An awesome day of family fun, indoors, air-conditioned, and with a wide variety of activities to choose from.

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Peter Pan Mini-Golf

Area of Austin: South, Price for a family of four: $20
Features: Peter Pan has two different courses of mini-golf, one slightly more challenging than the other, both very fun. There are large fiberglass and concrete statues on most holes, including Peter Pan, of course. Snowcones are served in the concession area....
The Lowdown: A very fun way to spend an afternoon while ogling at the giant statues.

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RadiJazz Playnasium - Closed

Area of Austin: North, Price for a family of four: $12
Features: Radijazz is a children’s indoor playground, featuring a riverscape with foam animals like a crocodile and swans, and boats to climb onto and into, a large volcano pit filled with foam blocks, a lavascape sloping area to roll down or slide down, decorated like a volcano, a large playscape, and a toddler play area....
The Lowdown: (was) A safe and contained way to allow your kids to get some energy out and have a great time doing it.

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Texas Memorial Museum

Area of Austin: Central, Price for a family of four: Free
Features: The Texas Memorial Museum is a four-story museum on the University of Texas campus. It features displays of dinosaur bones and other prehistoric animal bones, fossils, gems, bird and wildlife dioramas, terraniums and aquariums, and a nice gift shop. ...
The Lowdown: A very educational way to entertain dinosaur-obsessed kids for free, plus a dose of traditional museum nostalgia.

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Zilker Park

Area of Austin: Central, Price for a family of four: Free
Features: Zilker Park is a huge (351 acres) and very popular park. It contains Barton Springs Pool, a large playground, a train that runs through the park regularly, numerous picnic tables, sports fields, sand volleyball courts, a disc golf course, a snack bar, access to Town Lake, canoe rentals, areas to fly kites, hike and bike trails, and an educational exhibit. ...
The Lowdown: Zilker Park is a very popular, beautiful, and entertaining park that is used for a wide variety of purposes.

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Zilker Park Boat Rentals

Area of Austin: Central, Price for a family of four: $10
Features: Zilker Park Boat Rentals has been in business since 1969. They rent canoes and kayaks by the hour, providing the paddles and life jackets....
The Lowdown: Try a canoe ride for an exotic hour-long vacation from real life.

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Boggy Creek Farm

Area of Austin: East, Price for a family of four: Free
Features: Boggy Creek Farm is a five-acre farm in East Austin that sells fresh produce twice a week. ...
The Lowdown: A very pleasant way to kick off your weekend, by meeting some friendly people and chickens while buying organic produce.

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East Communities Branch YMCA Pool

Area of Austin: Northeast, Price for a family of four: $70
Features: The East Communities Branch YMCA is an attractive facility that has a beautiful pool area, along the lines of a mini-water park, and offers birthday party packages for members and non-members....
The Lowdown: A fantastic and highly entertaining water playground with water slides that can be visited for free with a guest pass.

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Westgate Lanes

Area of Austin: South, Price for a family of four: $20
Features: Westgate Lanes is a 40-lane bowling alley with bumpers and an automatic scoring system, and also has a bar/snack bar and an arcade....
The Lowdown: For a trip down memory lane and a fun way to spend a hot afternoon, give Westgate Lanes a spin.

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The Big Bounce

Area of Austin: Northwest, Price for a family of four: $20
Features: A large, clean, well-run inflatable playground....
The Lowdown: A fun place to go burn off some energy!

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