Need a fun place to take the kids without breaking the bank or stressing yourself to the max? Check out the Domain!
The Domain is one of my favorite spots to take my kids.
Seriously, park once and play outside for a bit. Grab a bite to eat, stroll around, people watch, enjoy a miniature playscape, go indoors and cool off, eat again. There’s almost nothing you can’t do with kids at the Domain. If taking the kids to the Domain sounds overwhelming and you’re wondering what all you can do easily in one visit, I’m here for you. I’ve got two routes of fun for you and the kids that won’t break your bank and will entertain kids of all ages.
Route OneRoute one began at Hat Creek Burger. We parked in the nearby garage and headed straight there for some pancakes and playtime. Even though most of the stores at the Domain don’t open up until 10am, Hat Creek starts serving breakfast at 7am. The kids were happy playing on the playscape while I enjoyed my cup of coffee at our table. The Domain is so wonderfully still and charming during the early morning.
After breakfast and playtime, we strolled down Rock Rose Ave. with no particular place in mind to be. We found so many wonderful adventures. There’s a new Jeni’s Ice cream coming soon and lots of fun photo op walls.
Erin Condren has a fabulous wall outside for photos and a rainbow staircase inside that is so dreamy. By this point, the stores were open, so I told my kids they could each pick one thing from the It’s Sugar store since I felt like being a “Yes Mom” for our Domain Adventure Day. They picked lollipops despite my efforts of encouragement towards the package of all pink Starbursts. From there, we headed over to the Lawn, where the kids were able to run off a little bit of steam. You know, since we’d spent the morning playing at Hat Creek for an hour, walking just one block can really make you antsy to run again. There’s all kinds of fun things to see and do, as well as places to eat, right around the Lawn. Flower Child, Cyclones and Culinary Dropout are some of my favorite lunch, dinner and Happy Hour spots. It was getting pretty steamy outside and we weren’t ready for lunch just yet, so we headed indoors to cool off a bit at Amazon Books. Man, we were not disappointed in there. They have the latest and greatest reads plus a little section for kids with tablets to play and unwind. We also stopped in next door at Hanna Anderson just to browse their newest styles. They have coloring sheets for kids, which my children happily took and began creating masterpieces while I shopped. From here, we walked over to Sprinkles Cupcakes and picked a treat to cap off our morning. I found the Domain Northside to be such a welcoming and friendly place for moms with kids on our morning adventure.
On our second outing to the Domain, we headed to the other side of the Domain and parked in the Orange Garage. We started at Dicks Sporting Goods and walked toward the iPic theatre. This side of the Domain has a couple of little playgrounds between stores. This one is right outside of Springfree Trampoline. Springfree trampoline: Head inside to cool down and jump! We were the only ones in the store when we stopped inside and my toddler had a blast. They allow one person (kid or adult) to jump on a trampoline at a time and they have a fun drawing wall for anyone waiting for their turn. You just need to fill out a waiver to jump and promise you won’t do any flips.
Next we headed over to Bee Cave Coffee, but it wasn’t there! A new sign displayed Coffee + Crisp is coming soon and should be up and running by October.
We kept walking across the street to iPic and ran around in the Lawn for a bit. Mornings at the Domain have a very chill vibe and we mostly had the place to ourselves. We also made our way to the other mini playgrounds in the walkway between Flaming Pizza and The Brass Tap. Either spot would be great to grab some food and eat outside while little ones play on the playscapes. Have you been to The Yard yet? Confession: we drove over to see it but didn’t really have room in our bellies for the experience. It just shows that after two full mornings at the Domain, there’s still even more to see and do with your kids.