There are plenty of options for child care and children’s activities in the Westlake area. Click on the category you are interested in learning about for detailed information:Daycare & Preschools, Parks, Restaurants with Playgrounds, and Child Activities and Groups
Westlake Area Daycare & Preschools
Butterfly Christian Prescshool is located on Bee Cave Road (FM 2244). It opened in 1977 and offers programs for children 18 months – 4 years old. This Preschool is sponsored by Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church, licensed by the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS), and accredited by the Evangelical Lutheran Education Association (ELEA). Visit Butterfly Christian Prescshool for more information.
Childs Day is located in the Timberline Office Park near the intersection of Bee Cave Road (FM 2244) and Mopac Expressway (Loop 1). This child care center offers programs for infants through pre-kindergarten. The curriculum is structured in tight age brackets enabling teachers to be highly tuned to the developmental stages and temperament of every child. Visit Childs Day for more information.
Elsass Academy in Westlake rests on 3 beautiful, shaded acres in the Westlake Hills area. The family-owned and operated business maintains a lower student-teacher ratio than required by the Texas State Licensing Department, enabling children to receive extra attention. This eclectic facility is specifically designed for pre-school, after-school care and summer camps. The curriculum is focused on preparing children for elementary school both physically and mentally. Visit Elsass Academy for more information.
Bright Horizons is located at 4613-B Bee Cave Road (FM2244). It opened the Westlake location in January 2018. This child care center offers programs for infants through pre-kindergarten as well as a summer program. Bright Horizon is a child-centered approach to education with enrichment and extra-curricular activities. Visit Bright Horizons for more information.
Riverbend Preschool is located at 4214 Capital of Texas Highway (Loop 360), on the northwest corner of the intersection with Cedar Street This preschool has received a 4-star certification with Texas Rising Stars and is licensed by the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS). The preschool offers a “Learning Through Play” environment. Visit Riverbend Preschool for more information.
St. John Neumann’s Preschool is located at 5455 Bee Cave Road (FM 2244) in the St. John Neumann Catholic Church. This preschool program serves children 12 months – 5 years old. Classes are Monday through Friday from 8:45 am until 1:00 pm. Each age group participates in indoor and outdoor activities designed to develop each child’s potential. Visit St. John Neumann’s for more information.
The Children’s Center of Austin is located on Bee Cave (FM 2244) Road between Lowell Lane and Beardsley Lane. The center offers quality child care for infants to pre-kindergarten, and afterschool child care for kindergarten through 5th grade. Summer camps are also available for children ages 5-8 years old. The Children’s Center of Austin has the lowest child to teacher ratio in Austin and the curriculum is developmentally based. The staff also works closely with parents. Visit The Children’s Center of Austin for more information.
Primrose School of Westlake is located a 3423-A Bee Cave Road (FM 2244). This child care center offers care for infants through kindergarten. Highly educated and experienced staff members interact closely with each child, focusing on development and life skills. Visit Primrose School for more information.
Westlake Hills Presbyterian Preschool is located at 7127 Bee Cave Road (FM 2244) at the corner of Barton Creek Boulevard in the lower level of the Westlake Hills Presbyterian Church. This Austin Rising Star certified program serves families of children 17 months – 5 years old. The curriculum is based on developmentally appropriate activities and includes weekly Chapel, music and Spanish enrichment classes. Visit Westlake Hills Presbyterian Preschool for more information.
Westlake United Methodist Preschool is located at 1460 Redbud Trail. The preschool has been operating for 33 years and was accredited in 1987. The approach is child-centered and developmentally appropriate to meet the needs of each individual child. Visit Westlake United Methodist Preschool for more information.
Young Peoples Workshop Spanish Immersion School (Westlake Campus) is located on Bee Cave Road (FM 2244) and offers a unique variety of workshops in art, science, music, Spanish, and robotics for toddlers through children up to 12 years old. Programs are held year-round and are designed to provide new experiences not found in regular classrooms. YPW School, workshops and camps are taught by highly skilled and experienced instructors. Visit Young Peoples Workshops for more information.
Westlake Area Parks w/ Playgrounds
While there are many neighborhood parks, the following are public Westlake area parks featuring playgrounds:
Lost Creek Park is located just west of Capital of Texas Highway (Loop 360) in Lost Creek on Lost Creek Boulevard. It has a playground for children, grills and picnic tables.
Rollingwood Park is a quiet, hidden park in the Rollingwood neighborhood just west of Mopac Expressway (Loop 1) and north of Bee Cave Road (FM 2244). It has 2 play areas for children, a pavilion and baseball fields (Hatley Field). It is also near the Rollingwood community pool.
Zilker Metropolitan Park is located in the heart of downtown Austin, close to the Westlake area. It covers over 351 acres and provides visitors with picnic areas, sand volleyball courts and the popular Barton Springs Pool. Zilker Playground offers a miniature locomotive that families can ride together, a fire engine (perfect for climbing), along with a playscape full of bridges, ramps, chutes and slides. The park is also home to the Umlauf Sculpture Garden and Museum and the Austin Nature and Science Center.
Westlake Area Restaurants w/Playgrounds
Austin’s Pizza is located at 3638 Bee Cave Road (FM 2244). This local favorite has a large outdoor seating area and wooden playscape set in a big fenced area away from the busy road.
Chik-Fil-A (Westlake) is located at 701 Capital Of Texas Highway (Loop 360) in the Village at Westlake shopping center and features an indoor play area. This restaurant also offers a wide variety of family activities throughout the year.
Doc’s Backyard is located at 5207 Brodie Lane in Sunset Valley. This sports-themed restaurant features an outdoor seating and playground area that allows parents to supervise children while enjoying their meal.
Hat Creek is located at 5902 Bee Cave Road (FM 2244). This family-friendly restaurant at the corner of Capital of Texas Highway (Loop 360) and Bee Cave Road (FM 2244) features a large outdoor playground with swings and slides.
Kerbey Lane Cafe is located at 701 S. Capital of Texas Highway (Loop 360). This restaurant features a playground and pet friendly patio.
Waterloo Ice House (360) is located at 6203 Capital of Texas Highway (Loop 360). The restaurant offers a kid-friendly menu and large outdoor playground.
Westlake Area Children Activities & Groups
There are a variety of organizations and groups in the Westlake area that offer activities for children and opportunities for parents to meet other parents with similar aged children. We have compiled a list below. Please email us any additions.
Westlake Area Libraries
The Westlake area has 2 libraries, including the Westbank Library, created in 1983 and Laura’s Library, built in 2009. Current visitor numbers exceed 360,000 per year, with library circulation nearing 750,000 annually.
Laura’s Library is located at 9411 Bee Cave Road (FM 2244).
Westbank Library is located at 1309 Westbank Drive – This library features an outdoor play area with a slide and sandboxes.
Both locations offer a variety of Storytimes for a wide range of ages including infant, toddler, and preschool, as well as a Spanish Storytime, Nature Storytime and even a Pajama Storytime. The Krafty Kid program gives children the opportunity to create a new craft each month. The Westbank Library also features an outdoor play area with a slide and sandboxes. Visit Library Events for a full list of activities.
Westlake/Eanes Mom’s Group
Westlake/Eanes Mom’s Group is open to all mothers of young children in the Westlake/Eanes ISD area. Find out more about the group’s play dates, Moms’ nights out, family events, special speakers and interest groups by joining this Meetup Group.
Westlake Area Youth Sports Activities
Visit Westlake Youth Sports for information on youth sports activities in the Westlake area.