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Fun Stuff for Families
 

 

Fun Stuff for Families

Bring your 2.5 kids (or however many you've got!) and even your dog to Abilene - there's something here for 'em all to enjoy.

 

Places Where You Can Eat AND Play

PrimeTime

PrimeTime Family Entertainment Center
4541 Loop 322
325-690-5555

www.primetimeabilene.com

Family fun in Abilene. We have bowling, laser tag, go-karts, mini golf, an arcade, kid friendly food and a whole lot more!
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Gatti's

Gatti's Pizza
2665 Buffalo Gap Rd.
325-692-6326

gattispizzaabilene.com

Gatti's is the home of West Central Texas' only indoor roller coaster and a whole game room full of great games and rides. Check out our huge assortment of pizza and the full salad and soup bar.
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Chuck E. Cheese

Chuck E. Cheese's
4310 Buffalo Gap Rd.
325-691-1909

chuckecheese.com

Chuck E. Cheese's in the Mall of Abilene features games, shows, rides, prizes, pizzas, salad bar and fun for kids of all ages. It's a great place to take the family!

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Blue Sky

Blue Sky
3602 Catclaw Dr.
325-704-2563

blueskytexas.com

Enjoy burgers of all kinds, grilled chicken sandwiches, salads, fresh-cut fries, shakes, beer, wine and more from an extensive and delicious menu. The kids will love playing outside in the shade-covered play area with obstacle courses and plenty of things to climb on. Outside eating area as well. Blue Sky is a casual and comfortable restaurant....the kind of place you want to hang out with family and friends!

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WEEKEND PLANNER!

SATURDAY

Dress comfortably, it’s going to be a busy day! After the free breakfast that’s included with your room at the hotel, it’s time to hit the road. First stop: Downtown fun for the kids.
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NCCIL

National Center for Children’s Illustrated Literature (NCCIL)
102 Cedar St.
Tues. – Saturday, 10a.m. to 4p.m.
Free entrance and arts activities for kids. Gift Shop with signed books from well-known authors and illustrators.
325-673-4586

www.nccil.org

The National Center for Children’s Illustrated Literature was the first museum in the entire country devoted entirely to the original art of children’s books. The museum collaborates with award-winning illustrators to produce exhibitions of the highest quality. Following its debut at the NCCIL, the exhibits travel to museums, libraries and galleries across the nation.

Artists whose work has been exhibited at the NCCIL include Dr. Seuss, William Joyce, David Shannon, Eric Carle, Golden Book artists, Mo Willems and the Berenstain family. The NCCIL usually has three exhibits a year, and children can create art related to the artist on display.


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Garden

Storybook Sculptures
Adamson-Spalding Storybook Garden at the Abilene Convention Center, 1100 N. 6th St.
Everman Park, 1101 N. 1st St. at the T&P Depot.

Various other locations around downtown. Check out the map on the Adventure Guide here. All of the sculptures are outside and accessible day and night thanks to world-class lighting.

www.storybookcapitalofamerica.com

Abilene is home to the largest collection of public Storybook Sculptures of its kind in America, if not the world! There are nearly 30 sculptures scattered around downtown, including William Joyce's Guardians of Childhood. Everman Park has a set of six Dr. Seuss sculptures. Give the Cat in the Hat a high-five or take a selfie with the Grinch.

The Adamson-Spalding Storybook Garden is home to Mark Teague's "Good Night Dinosaur" as well as a set of six characters based on the illustrations of Garth Williams. Garth illustrated "Charlotte's Web" and the Little Golden Book "Three Bedtime Stories" about The Three Kittens who lost their mittens, Goldilocks and The Three Bears and The Three Little Pigs and the Big Bad Wolf.

Download the free Storybook Sculpture Audio Tour and the GooseChase scangener hunt to search for the sculptures and get a prize at the Depot.


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Lunch Time

There's plenty of places to eat in downtown Abilene. From steaks and grilled chicken to sandwiches, soup and salad, we can satisfy any appetite!

AbiHaus

AbiHaus

Beehive

Beehive

McKays

McKay's Bakery & Deli

McKay's Bakery
266 Cypress St.
Abilene, TX 79601
325-672-9737

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Bogie's Deli
241 Cypress St.
Abilene, TX 79601
325-672-3296

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AbiHaus
959 N. 2nd St.
Abilene, TX 79601
325-672-7452

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Beehive
442 Cedar St.
Abilene, TX 79601
325-675-0600

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Cypress Street Station
158 Cypress St.
Abilene, TX 79601
325-676-DINE

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Vagabond Pizza
1056 N. 2nd St.
Abilene, TX 79601
325-268-4321

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Fat Boss's Pub
216 Pine St.
Abilene, TX 79601
325-232-8775

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Back to Sightseeing!

 

The Grace Museum
102 Cypress St.
Tues.-Sat.; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Free every Thursday from 5 to 8 p.m.
325-673-4587

www.thegracemuseum.org

The Grace has something for everyone—an interactive children’s museum that includes a tornado machine and two-level tree fort, art galleries that show some of the best artists from Texas nationally known and shows on loan from across the country, an interactive sound sculpture the whole family can play with together, and a history gallery that tells the story of Abilene and West Texas.
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A short walk down Cypress street from the Grace is McKay’s Bakery, a great place to stop for a sweet treat for the kids and Monk’s, the local coffee hangout where parents can get an iced, caffeinated treat of their own! Be sure and check out nearby Texas Star Trading Co. for souvenirs—including the cookbook from the Perini Ranch, where you’ll be heading for dinner tonight.
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Frontier Texas!
Texas Forts Trail Visitors Center
625 N. 1st. St.
325-437-2800
Mon.-Sat.; 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Sunday, 1 to 5 p.m.
$8—Adults; $6—Ages 60+ & Military; $5—Students & Teachers with ID; $4—Ages 3 to 12;
Free—Under Age 3
www.frontiertexas.com

Just a few blocks down First Street is Frontier Texas!, one of the most innovative museums of Texas history in the state. Special effects, holographic videos, and interactive exhibits combine to tell the real stories of West Texas. Along the way there’ll be a cattle stampede and thunderstorm, a chance to sit in a covered wagon, shootouts, and more.
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Dinner Time

Head just south of Abilene to the quaint little town of Buffalo Gap. Here's a little tip - make reservations! This restaurant is world famous.

 

Perini Ranch Steakhouse
Hwy 89, Buffalo Gap, Texas
325-572-3339 (Reservations recommended)
www.periniranch.com

After a cleanup at the hotel (hooray, more swimming!), we’re off to Buffalo Gap, a quick 20-minute drive, to enjoy dinner at Perini Ranch. And that’s just what it is—a working ranch (be careful of the cattle wandering the driveway…)—that also happens to be a fabulous restaurant that has catered the White House, been featured at the Aspen Wine and Food Festival, and ships their beef tenderloins to customers around the world. Eminently casual and comfortable, sit out back at a picnic table and enjoy one of the greatest steaks you’ll ever eat with a cold beer. Kid friendly food is available, too, and they will love playing outside while the grown-ups visit.
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SUNDAY

After another free hotel breakfast (isn’t free great??), there’s still time for a stop before heading home.
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Abilene Zoo
Hwy 36 & Loop 322 (across from the Taylor County Expo Center)
$4—Ages 13-59; $3—Ages 60+; $2—Ages 3 to 12
Open Daily: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. [Memorial Day to Labor Day—Thursday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.]
325-676-6085
www.abilenetx.com/zoo/

We’re off to the Abilene Zoo—home of the kid-favorite giraffe exhibit, which lets everyone see eye to eye (and occasionally get licked by--ewww!) Abilene’s tallest residents. The zoo is continually expanding and adding more exciting elements and attractions. After lions and turtles and a bear — oh my — let the kids burn off some energy for the ride home at the Fort Imagination playground and Splash Pad just outside the zoo parking lot. There's also swan paddle boats, train rides and a carousel.

If you’re lucky, the kids will sleep the whoooole way home.
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Adventure Cove Other Ideas:

Adventure Cove at Rose Park
2742 S. 9th St.
Free for kids 2 and under; $4—Kids under 48 inches; $6—Kids over 48 inches; $6.50—Adults age 18 and older
Only open during the summer.
325-676-6484
www.abilenetx.com

Play Faire

Play Faire Park
2300 N. 2nd St.
Free for kids 5 and under; $4—Ages 6-12 years old; $5—Adults and ages 13 and older.
10 a.m.-10 p.m. Monday-Thursday; 10 a.m.-11:30 p.m. Friday & Saturday; 1-10 p.m. Sunday. Closed mid-December through mid-March.
325-676-6484
www.playfairepark.com

Outdoor play museum and miniature golf course. The oldest continuously oprating miniature golf course in Texas!