Lots to see in the tiny Hill Country Science Mill in Johnson City, Texas.
Total drive time against traffic from 38th/Guadalupe in Austin: 1 hour, 5 minutes.
Homeschool day is a big thing around central Texas – we can find this event in many museums. Some are better than others (For example, the Bob Bullock has some work to do on this, but it could be because they’re trying to do too much).
Today’s lab was for 6th-12th grade. The museum staff claimed they restrict to these grades, so be aware that you could be turned away with a younger child. We sort of sneaked in my 5th grader since we needed a review (it wasn’t difficult, I just waited until the slightly cranky lady left her post and bought the ticket from someone else). She reported that she liked the lab (and she’s picky), and that you can get the Ozobots they used on Amazon.
The museum claims they carefully level their labs by grade, but she and another sneaky 5th grader had no problems following.
The cafe I’ve heard is tasty (and there were non-museum visitors using the street entrance to eat there), but it was too busy for us to order. We brought lunch and snacks (and this was okay).
Contact details and hours: http://www.sciencemill.org/
Hill Country Science Mill, 101 S. Ladybird Lane, Johnson City, Texas 78636