40 Kid Approved Summer Activities in Waco




Summer is almost here, ya’ll! Whether you are local or simply driving through, there is an activity for everyone.

Here are 40 activities to do with kids in Waco:


  1. Dr. Pepper Museum

    Did you know that the Dr. Pepper Museum has a happy hour? Large fountain drinks are 50% off Monday through Saturday from 11-1 and Sunday from 12-1. You don’t have to pay admission to visit the soda fountain or gift shop.

  2. Disney On Ice

    June 1-4 at the Extraco Events Center. Your little princess will love this show.

  3. Waco Mammoth National Museum

    Always a fun time at the Mammoth Museum. Add this one to your list.

  4. Playdate in Poage Park

    Poage Park recently had a facelift and it’s so much fun! Shade trees and plenty of spots to have a picnic lunch.

  5. Cameron Park Zoo

    You can never go wrong with the zoo!

  6. Hey Sugar

    Candy colored heaven. It’s no surprise why kids love this local candy store.

  7. Summer Movie Series at the Silos

    Magnolia, First Friday, Campus Town, and the Hippodrome are teaming up to put on another free family movie night at the Silos! Come and enjoy The (original) Parent Trap, food trucks, and after hours shopping until 8:30 p.m. oThursday, June 1st!  Movie begins at Sunset. They are also giving away 250 FREE cupcakes to our local guests and a redeemable coupon for locals who do not get a cupcake that night! Don’t forget a blanket to sit on, but please note that lawn chairs, alcohol and smoking will not be permitted on the grounds of the Silos.

  8. Splash Pads & Swimming Holes

    Kids love to splash and swim in the summer.  Click the link above for a list of local splash pads and swimming holes!

  9. Cheddar Box Wednesday’s

    Did you know that Cheddar Box offers $5 sandwiches to locals on Wednesday? It’s the perfect day to beat the crowds and take advantage of the beautiful Magnolia grounds.  

  10. Cotton Belt Trail

    Load up your bikes and take a 2.5 mile ride on Cotton Belt Trail. Enjoy the scenery before it gets too hot.

  11. Home Depot

    Home Depot has a free kids workshop on the 1st Saturday of the month from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. AND throughout the month, they hold workshops for adults too.

  12. My Little Play Place

    An indoor play area with open play times, classes, and where you can host a party or play date!

  13. Photo Ops in front of murals

    Here are the top 5 murals in Waco:
    *”City With A Soul”: 501 S. 8th St. On the backside of The Findery
    * “Dear Waco We Love You”: 926 La Salle. On the side of Shades of Shabby.
    *”WacoTown”: 217 S. 4th St.
    *”You Look Nice Today Waco” 115 N. 7th St.
    * “Starry Night”: 1000 Columbus Ave.

  14. Antique Shopping

     Laverty’s, LaSalle Shoppes, Junque in the Trunk, and Cedar Chest just to name a few.

  15. Common Grounds

    You must order a Cowboy coffee and let the kids play on the stage in the backyard seating area.

  16. Suspension Bridge/Feed the Ducks

    Take a stroll over the bridge and let your littles feed the ducks. Then, take a walk across the street for a California Heat taco from Fuzzy’s Taco Shop. Yum!

  17. The Art Center of Waco

    Check out the upcoming kids classes like “Squish, Scribble, and Splat” or “Cookies & Coloring”. Tons of choices for your little artist.

  18. Brazos Bluff Ranch

    Only 10 miles from downtown Waco, Brazos Bluffs Ranch offers horseback riding, fishing, and more.

  19. Practically Pikasso

    Waco’s only eclectic art studio. Fun for the whole family: painting, pottery, and more.

  20. Waco Tours

    The perfect way to see the best of Waco. A 2.5 hour tour featuring Lover’s Leap, home tours, Harp Design Co., and a guaranteed good time.

  21. BlueSky Helicopter Tour

    Waco’s newest tour. Take a quick 15 minute flight or splurge on a sunset flight for you and a loved one.

  22. Lansharx

    The perfect place if you have a kiddo that loves video  games. They have Xbox, ps4, wii, air hockey and a pool table. They also host lock-ins and teen night on Friday pizza included! Definitely a different and fun idea!  Stop by and take a look around 3126 Franklin Ave. or give them call at 254- 759-8884.

  23. BSB Cable Park

    Did someone say lazy river? The cable park and royal flush slides are for the thrill seeker and an absolute blast.

  24. Paddle Board

    From SUP Yoga to daily rentals, Pura Vida Paddle offers it all. Water is the perfect zen for a hot summer day!

  25. Bowling

    Bowling is always a family favorite and it’s air conditioned. Enough said.

  26. Mayborn Museum

    The Mayborn is a kids dream! It will not disappoint. Be sure and inquire about their memberships.

  27. Summer Camps

    Waco offers a variety of summer camps from sports to academics and perfect for all ages.

  28. Hawaiian Falls

    Hawaiian Falls is open for the season on Saturday, May 27!

  29. First Friday

    Events, food, drink and specials around downtown Waco all day on the first Friday of each month.

  30. Farmers Market

    Hands down, the best way to start your Saturday. Local farmers, good eats, and even better company.

  31. Visit the Bears

    Kids driving you crazy? Grab some ice cream from Heritage Creamery and walk to see the bears & fountain on campus.

  32. Hewitt Public Library

    From the gorgeous facility to story time, Hewitt Public Library is a family favorite. Check out their Summer calendar:

  33. VBS

    Vacation Bible School is a a popular summer choice. There are several in the area. Stay tuned for a complete list from us.

  34. Jump n Place

    You can chase your kids or get work done while your kids work off that energy on our many inflatables. Adults are always free!

  35. Urban Air

    Indoor trampoline park that is ideal for some family entertainment.

  36. Movie

    Over the hot temps? Grab some popcorn and enjoy a movie with the kids! It gives you a break, too.

  37. Day Trip to Austin

    Austin is only a short drive away and makes for the perfect day trip. Check out our neighbors, Austin Moms Blog, complete guide to fun!

  38. Posh Spa & Lounge

    Who doesn’t love getting pampered? I know I do and I’m sure your little girly girl will too!

  39. Swim Lessons

    From beginners to refresher courses, swim lessons are great for all ages.

  40. Lemonade Stand

    A great way to get your kiddos in the kitchen and teach them the value of a dollar. Plus, it makes for some super cute photo ops.

    What is your favorite way to enjoy summer in Waco? 



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