Exploring our city also means exploring the people that make our city safe. Last week we talked about the Austin Emergency Center, this week it's the Firefighters turn. We get to learn all about their work through the Austin Fire Museum. It is located right downtown!
Nobody likes to go to an emergency room, unless it's for a tour! Austin Emergency Center offers family-friendly events at their three locations. We like to go to the one on South Lamar. Our kids learn about the importance of an ER in our community. They learn about X-Rays and CAT scans as well as stings and bites.
Exposing them to an ER in a non-threatening situation might help them relax if they ever need to go to an ER. Especially since they know that the people inside are as nice and helpful as we found out! Some of our kids were interested in health careers. This is a great place to come and ask about them.
Explore the Texas Military History in this museum. It covers both peace and war. Take a look at jet fighters, helicopters and tanks. Take photos in them. Wear a helmet and put on your warrior face!
We enjoy the battle dioramas. We learn about World Wars and the War on Terror. The best part is it's free. Museum opens from 10am to 4pm every day except Mondays. It's can be difficult to reach from public transportation so we usually take our 15 passenger van.
These past two weeks have shown us that rain doesn't have to ruin everything! Kids love being out in the rain and Austin offers plenty of things to do indoors. Even though we love to explore nature and be out, we pack our weeks with plenty of things that either hide us from the sun for a couple of hours or shield us from inclement weather. We even got a mention on the news! So if the sky is looking gray, don't worry! We have got you covered!
Did you know some movie theaters such as Alamo Drafthouse and Regal have a summer program? It is aimed at children and they feature children's blockbusters and classics. Our kids love going to the movies and every week we see something different.
Public libraries are another great place to go when the weather is not cooperating. We specially love the Austin Central Library. They have tons of books for every taste but they also have a huge selection of board games!
Step inside many of the largest museums of our city. The Texas State Capitol, the LBJ Museum and the Texas State History Museum offer many hours of indoor fun. Take a self guided tour through the capitol, meet LBJ and his family and walk through Texas history. All of them are located downtown, just a quick bus ride away!