New Alamo Drafthouse one more step in creating Kid City at Mueller

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When kids like Ava Villalpando have to spend a lot of time at the hospital and doctor's offices, it's great to have family friendly places nearby. Photo by Nicole Villalpando
When kids like Ava Villalpando have to spend a lot of time at the hospital and doctor's offices, it's great to have family friendly places nearby. Photo by Nicole Villalpando

When kids like Ava Villalpando have to spend a lot of time at the hospital and doctor’s offices, it’s great to have family friendly places nearby.
Photo by Nicole Villalpando

We were excited when the Thinkery came to Mueller neighborhood in 2013. And we’re equally thrilled that the Alamo Drafthouse will have a new theater there, one that is geared toward families. Read that story here.

It’s one more step in creating an area of town where families can hang out for a day and not run out of things to do. Families, north, south and west can access it fairly easily. Families in areas of town in East Austin that have felt underserved at times are a quick car ride or bus ride away.

It also pulls in another population that hangs out in Mueller that you might not have thought about — those that are regularly at Dell Children’s Medical Center and its nearby doctors offices. There have been many times in the past two years, when we’ve had a day full of appointments  with large chunks of time between appointments. What to do? At first there was not much.

Now we’ll have several options: Playing at Thinkery or the park right beside it (which is official my children’s favorite park); seeing a movie at the new Alamo Drafthouse; feeding ducks in the pond or going for a walk along the trails; picking up lunch or dinner at the H-E-B or the food trailers.

In my dream world, there would be a bowling alley, roller rink and bouncy house place. There would be more restaurants and children’s clothing stores. We would have a zoo and aquarium fit for the size of our city and a science museum and natural history museum, too. It would all be there.

In your dream world? What else would you put in Mueller, Austin’s new Kid City.


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