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Best Family Friendly Things to Do with Kids in Waco TX

Known for the HGTV show Fixer Upper with Chip and Joanna Gaines, Waco has quickly become a top tourist attraction. With all of the fun things to do with kids in Waco TX, from museums to outdoor adventures, it also happens to be one of the best places for families!

As people who visit Waco frequently, let us be your tour guide of Central Texas with our list of the best family friendly things to do in Waco TX!

Be sure to check out our list of free things to do in Waco for more activities that are great for the whole family!

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Stay at the Ice Cream House at Casa Kumwesu

For the perfect family friendly stay, we thought we would recommend the ice cream themed rental we created! The Ice Cream House at Casa Kumwesu is not just a delightful and unique accommodation option, but a whimsical haven designed with families in mind.

From the moment you step inside, you’ll be transported to a world of ice cream-inspired wonder. Every corner of the house is adorned with vibrant and whimsical ice cream-themed art, creating an immersive and playful environment that both kids and adults will adore. 

The furnishings are carefully curated to evoke a sense of joy and fun, with colorful chairs and tables that resemble melting ice cream cones, and cozy beds that are decorated with scoops of creamy goodness.

Whether you’re indulging in homemade ice cream from one of our two ice cream makers or playing Pac-Man in the upstairs loft, the Ice Cream House offers a truly unforgettable experience for families seeking a magical getaway. Not to mention, it’s a great place for kid’s birthday parties!

Excited for your stay? Click here to book now!

Interior and exterior view of Casa Kumwesu

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Our Favorite Things to Do in Waco with Kids

Visiting Waco with kids can be a great experience! Every time we visit Waco, which is just about every month, we are amazed at all the family friendly things to do!

Waco Mammoth National Monument

This is easily one of the best family friendly things to do in Waco! The kiddos will have the chance to see magnificent fossils of the Columbian Mammoths that roamed Central Texas during prehistoric times.

From the colossal size of these ancient creatures to unraveling the mysteries of their existence, it’s an educational adventure that will spark their curiosity and ignite their imagination.

General entrance to the park is free, but the admission fee to enter the Dig Shelter is as follows:

​Adults (18-61): $6

Seniors (62+): $5

Youth (4-17): $5

Infants & Toddlers (3 and under): Free

Dr. Pepper Museum

A fun attraction for older kids is the Dr. Pepper Museum, where they can immerse themselves in the fascinating history of Dr. Pepper.

From the origins of this iconic soda to its rise in popularity, visitors can explore the evolution of the brand through interactive exhibits and engaging displays. You’ll learn so many interesting facts about Dr Pepper!

One unique highlight is kids can even participate in a hands-on workshop where they create their own personalized soda!

End your trip to this popular tourist attraction with a stop at the ice cream counter. Redeem your free Dr. Pepper coupon (included with paid admission) or share a Dr. Pepper float!

Prices:

General Admission: $10

4 years and under: Free

Make-A-Soda: GA + $10 per person (reservation required)

Waco Paddle Company

You can rent kayaks, canoes, or paddleboards and explore the river at your own pace. It’s a great, fun-filled way for the family to enjoy the beauty of the Brazos River and perhaps leave with a new, favorite activity you can do as a family!

Paddles and life jackets come in multiple sizes for children and adults. Refer to their website for rental costs.

Waco Tours

One of the best ways to experience all that Waco has to offer is through a guided tour. Waco Tours offers a variety of options, ranging from scenic (seasonal) river tours to cultural and historical city tours.

These guided experiences provide insight into Waco’s rich heritage and visits to hidden gems, making them a must-do activity for both first-time visitors and seasoned locals.

The tours aren’t just informative, they are also entertaining and filled with fun, making them an excellent way to spend a day exploring this charming Texas city with the entire family! You’ll even walk away with a coupon book to use on the rest of your Waco trip!

Prices (Classic Waco Tour):

Adults: $69

Kids (12 and under): $64

Waco Surf Park

Here, families can take on the challenge of surfing in a controlled environment, which makes it a fantastic choice for both beginners and seasoned surfers. The park provides surfboards and offers lessons from experienced instructors, ensuring a safe and enjoyable experience for all ages. A trip to the surf park not only offers thrilling fun but also an opportunity to learn a new skill.

When we visited Waco Surf for the first time, we were amazed at how young some of the surfers were and how quickly they caught on! Refer to their website for prices and availability.

Water Slide & Lazy River at Waco Surf Park

For families looking for more of a laid-back water experience, the water slide at Waco Surf provides a rush of adrenaline for thrill-seekers and high energy kiddos, while the lazy river offers a tranquil ride on inner tubes.

Both attractions guarantee a refreshing escape from the Texas heat and are suitable for family members of all ages. This unique combination of excitement and relaxation makes a visit to the water slide and lazy river at Waco Surf Park an experience not to be missed.

There are family passes available for purchase, among other admission options. See their website for a complete list.

Homestead Craft Village

At this interactive village, kids have the opportunity to immerse themselves in the rich world of traditional crafts. From the mesmerizing art of pottery, where they can mold clay with their hands, to the captivating craft of blacksmithing, there’s over 120 classes to choose from!

You can sign-up for workshops beforehand, or simply walk around Homestead Heritage (there isn’t an entry cost) and see all that they have going on. There are also some make-and-take items for sale and free video classes!

If you’re a Waco local with kids, there are also workshops that last for weeks where your family can eventually bring home something you crafted from beginning to end, such as furniture! See the full list on their website!

More Family Friendly Activities

  • Horse-drawn hay rides: Saturdays, 11:30am to 3:30pm (Adults: $6; Children $5)
  • Sorghum Festival: You can watch the process of creating sorghum syrup from raw sorghum using a horse-powered mill. There will also be a syrup cook-off, hayrides, craft demonstrations, make-your-own activities, sorghum samples, and food
    • September (admission is free)
  • Homestead Fair: There will be craft demonstrations, agricultural exhibits, music, shopping, food, and more!
    • 3-day festival in November

See their website for additional details and dates for the current year.

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Brazos Valley Cheese

Kids can learn how cheese is made and even try some for themselves. Nothing is more family-friendly than a tasty adventure! There’s even a cheese cave!

The Silos at Magnolia Market

A popular destination for fans of the HGTV show Fixer Upper, families can shop, eat and play yard games while soaking in the sun. There are food trucks and regular special events for families to enjoy as well! Be sure to pose for a family photo in front of the iconic silos!

There is also an interactive baseball field where families and kiddos alike are welcome to play a quick game!

Cameron Park Zoo

Home to more than 1,700 animals, this small zoo offers an engaging and educational day out for kids of all ages. Don’t miss the chance to feed the giraffes, go down the otter slide, or see the Komodo dragons. 

Prices:

Adults (13+): $14

Seniors (60+): $12

Kids (2-12): $10

Children (2 and under): Free

Hawaiian Falls Waco

Imagine a vibrant waterpark with thrilling slides, a relaxing lazy river, massive wave pool, and a splash pad; the ultimate escape from the scorching Texas heat. The Hawaiian Falls Water Park is full of aquatic enjoyment for visitors of all ages, perfect for high-energy little ones of all ages!

Hawaiian Falls Waco offers a variety of family options including the Waco Summer Splash Pass, where each family member can visit four times for just $49.99 each!

See their website for additional ticket options.

Heritage Creamery

Indulge your taste buds in the delicious, hand-crafted goodness of Heritage Creamery. Kids can learn about the process of making ice cream from scratch. No need to worry about any dyes or gums since they only use locally sourced ingredients! Plus, the chance to sample some truly unique flavors makes this an irresistible stop on your adventure. 

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More Family-Friendly Things to Do in Waco TX

King’s Landing

​King’s Landing is the perfect place to shop for the videogame lover or your family’s next favorite boardgame. Their selection goes from wall-to-wall, including themed décor from franchise’s like Harry Potter and more!

If you go to the back room, you’ll also find arcade games and a community collection of board games you can spend hours playing. They share their space with Butter My Biscuit (read more about them here), so drop by for brunch or one of their themed coffees and eat while you play!

Follow them on Facebook to keep tabs on what gaming events they’re hosting, like their weekly Pokémon nights!