The Bryan / College Station area is a great place to have a family and raise kids. We’ve got great schools and neighborhoods, and a caring community that looks out for one another. We’ve also got so much to do! So many kid-friendly activities and destinations. Take a look at some of the wonderful places in BCS to go with kids.
Does your little monkey just love animals? You don’t need to go far to get your critter fix. We have some great options for appreciating exotic wildlife close to home here in the Brazos Valley!
Featuring both a drive-thru Safari and a walk-thru Adventure Zoo, you will get to see monkeys, giraffes, hippos and lots of other exotic and beautiful animals. They also have unique animal feeding experiences, camel rides, special events, and a kids’ activity and recreation area.
If you want to get a little further out of town, Franklin also has a great drive-thru safari. Besides the drive-thru portion of the park, there is also the Exotic Aviary, a Baby Animal Room where you can play with exotic baby animals, animal feeding opportunities, and private tours.
Do you have a budding artist in your home? There are plenty of ways for kids to get involved in the arts.
DEGALLERY offers art classes for kids aged 2 through teens, with age-appropriate lessons and goals. They also offer themed parties, private lessons, exhibits, special events, and competitions. If you think it looks like fun, they also offer tons of options for adults!
This social and educational experience will open doors of learning for your little one. Research has shown that young children who are heavily immersed in music may have higher IQs! Set your child up for success with music lessons for newborns through age 7.
The Theatre Company strives to “provide professional quality productions at an affordable price for all audiences.” A number of their volunteer performers have gone on to professional success. Take your kids to see a performance or audition for an upcoming production.
Looking for a fun way to spend a rainy afternoon? Look no further than these great indoor venues.
The kids will love not only eating their delicious chocolates, cakes and gelato, but also looking at all the chocolate sculptures and through the big picture windows into the kitchen, where you can see the chocolate chefs at work. They also host classes, tours and parties.
There’s something here for everyone! With bowling, laser tag, arcade games, mini golf, and even a sports bar for mom and dad, everyone is sure to have a good time. Party / event rentals are also available.
What a wonderful way to work out the wiggles! Jumping world has a variety of mostly trampoline-based activities the whole family can enjoy from “high-octane” activities like turbo trampolines, ninja warrior course, and supreme dodge ball, to mellower activities for smaller kids – like a foam pit, toddler court, and walk on water ball.
Stop by and introduce your kids to your own childhood-favorite arcade games (is it even fair that those are considered vintage now?) and play all day for $10! While you’re there, check out their awesome collection of nerd gear – games, action figures, and more. You can also rent their party room!
Offering tons of fun ways for the kids to burn off their energy, Urban Air features attractions like a ropes course, climbing walls, warrior obstacle course, tubes playground, trampolines, “battle beam” and more! Visit once, buy a membership, or host a party!
Looking for kid-friendly activities that are also educational? The Brazos Valley has several wonderful museums to explore. Besides the kid-focused museums listed below, check out other museums in the “Brazos Valley Museum Collective.”
The Children’s Museum’s mission is to help children learn through play. They receive tens of thousands of visitors each year to experience their interactive exhibits like Georgie’s Lily Pad, the Rocket Ship, Illumination Station, the Family Pet Center and more.
Some days, you just gotta play outside. BCS has a ton of great parks, but there are also plenty of other opportunities to soak up that vitamin D with these great outdoor venues!
This wonderful farmers’ market happens in Historic Downtown Bryan every Saturday, year-round, and features a variety of local vendors. Bring the kids down for breakfast, to look at all the fun items for sale, or to shop for ingredients to make a meal together as a family!
Do you have an aspiring young Tony Hawk? He or she will be pleased to know that College Station has its own skate park! Nestled within Bachmann Park, your skater can explore its obstacles, coin piece quarter pipe, sushi dish, and 2 bowls.
Come explore TAMU’s 27 acres of public teaching gardens. “See everything from delicate flowers to hearty crops and from buzzing fauna to serene flora.” Want to make it a more educational visit? Sign up for a tour, or even use your smartphone and take the self-guided audio tour!
The Green is the courtyard and heart of Century Square – a mixed-use destination with restaurants, bars, shopping, and lodging. Play corn hole and life-sized checkers, make a wish at the fountain, and gather in the open area to listen to live music, attend events, visit with friends and watch the kids do cartwheels and play tag.
Lake Walk is a mixed-use area with restaurants, shops, living, and lodging. It also features a lake with fountains, walking and biking trails, and an observation tower so you can look out over College Station or at the stars. They also have an event pavilion where they host events like live music, plays, pop-up shops and more.
Besides Lick Creek Park’s many trails, they also have a wonderful Nature Center, with an outdoor classroom, amphitheater, native plant displays, and a monarch butterfly garden. Check out their variety of youth programs to take a deeper dive into all they offer!
If you’ve driven through south College Station on TX-6 after sundown, you’ve probably seen this one! Open every November and December, this local treasure offers up a variety of holiday themed activities. See the amazing Christmas lights, meet Santa and Mrs. Claus, enjoy real outdoor ice skating and snow tubing, visit the petting zoo, slide down a toboggan chute, listen to live music, and play in Texas Sized snow globes.
This being Texas, it’s pretty important to have places to cool off! Check out the great variety of public pools available in Bryan & College Station.
Cindy Hallaran (Southwood) Pool is a 25-yard swimming pool. It features a beach entry in the shallow end, a clam-shaped slide, shade, swimming lanes and shallow water areas. There are also party packages available.
This pool features swimming lanes, splash features, shades, and a large swimming pool. With the park’s skate park, grills, sports fields and more all right there, it’s also a great place to spend the day or have a party.
The kids are sure to enjoy this great pool with lots of splash features, zero-depth entry, lounge chairs, shade, picnic tables and more.
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