At Austin Woman, we’ve never lost our sense of childlike wonder and need for some good old-fashioned fun.
I went to Pease Park last month with a few friends and truly felt like I was 11 years old again. We were there pretty late, so the playground was completely empty. I think it’s probably been years since I’ve been on a swing set! If you’ve never been before, Pease Park’s main attraction is the big bird’s nest hammock located towards the back of the park. There are string lights lit up all around it so you can look out at the Austin night sky. The hammock itself is big enough to fit around 20 people. If you haven’t been yet, check it out!
Photo by Ashley Nava-Monteros
Community & Events Manager
Remember a time when arcade games were single player and you had your friends riled up around you, hyping you up to beat the high score? At Kung Fu Saloon in Downtown Austin those memories come back to life. With vintage arcade games, table football and dominoes, this bar is sure to bring out the kid in you. There is Skee-Ball and life-size Jenga for you to play while you enjoy pickle shots, 24 beers on tap or a build-your-own bloody mary bar on Sundays. As an added bonus, there’s a speakeasy just beyond the red-velvet curtain that transports you back in time to the Goonies movie. Kung Fu Saloon has made all our childhood dreams come true with the hunt for One-Eyed Willy’s treasure. Complete with cleverly themed cocktails and movie matching decor, you definitely want to add this to you list of things to do!
Growing up, my parents would always take my brother and me to Zilker Park. Whether that was for the Kite Festival, picnics or rides on the Zilker Zephyr. I remember running around and chasing my brother around the park. My mom would also pack us lunches, and we would sit on the big green picnic tables under the trees. Afterward, my dad would let me sit on his shoulders as we walked back to the car. There’s just something about sitting on the grass, eating with your hands and dogs walking around leisurely that’s reminiscent of being a kid again. Whenever I find myself at Zilker Park for Blues on the Green, ACL or just another weekend picnic, I am still reminded of these times from my childhood.
One of the most magical moments I’ve had in my short time in Austin is visiting the dessert pop-up the Museum of Ice Cream. Trust me, it’s as insane as you think it is. Hidden, among the tress, a nondescript pink building sitting on a corner at The Domain. The women at the door greet you like they’re your best friends. Then when it’s your turn to step in, they simultaneously open both big ornate doors. You step into an ice cream paradise! First, go in and create your own ice cream nametag with your own ice cream name (mine was Cookie). Then…let the games begin! A ’50s-style soda shop—complete with old-school soda fountains and baristas on pink roller skates—serves, what else, ice cream. You can also add a little “sauce” to go with your dessert (wink, wink). Once you’re ready, it’s time to explore the museum. Mazes and mirrors and candy, oh my! And the ball pit….is sprinkles! Past the sprinkles and candy, more adult fun at the actual grown-up bar where they serve large cocktails and allow you to partake in some of the exclusive Museum of Ice Cream merch. Yeah, I was a squealy mess walking in to this double scoop of childhood memories.