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Baby Bloomers: Exploring the World, Asia! (Thinkery)
On 7/6/2015

Explore the beautiful continent of Asia with us this week at Baby Bloomers! We will venture to India by making paper plate peacocks, join China’s festival of kites with goldfish kites, dive into Russia with nesting doll science and more!
HydroExplorers (PM) - Jul - Grade PK-K (Thinkery)
On 7/6/2015

Splash into one of Austin’s greatest treasures – its rivers and lakes – and discover the powerful world of water in Central Texas. Learn how engineers harness the phenomenal power of the Colorado River by building dams. Convert a rushing river into enough energy to power an entire city. Dive deep into the Edwards Aquifer and get to know the cave-dwelling critters and unique climate of Barton Springs, and equip yourself with the knowledge to influence Texas’ water conservation efforts.

This onsite half day camp is for children who are 4 by January 1,2015 and who have completed Pre-K or Kindergarten.
General Admission: Pre-Sale (Thinkery)
From 7/6/2015 through 8/31/2015

THE THINKERY is an evolution of the Austin Children’s Museum. It’s Austin’s sparkling new home for “why” and “how.” A place where science and families play side by side. Where people connect with ideas by doing, making and experiencing. It’s a foundry for a new generation of innovators and creative problem solvers. And it’s a heck of a good time.

Limited walk-up tickets will be made available.
Spark Club: Color and Light (Spark Shop)
On 7/8/2015

Travel back in time with us as we investigate the science behind some of the art world's greatest inventions! From early paint making to the camera obscura, and from analog film to kinetic light sculptures, this 4 week program will explore how we can use color and light to create new and interesting works of art.
Early Learners Workshop: Nature Play! (Program Room 1)
On 7/11/2015

Celebrate the summer weather as we explore nature! Create an edible cone feeder for some feathered-friends and a water marbled pot to plant in. We’ll explore local birds and plants that we find right here in Austin! Then take it all home to decorate your outdoor space!

Ages 24 - 36 months.
Baby Bloomers: Exploring the World, Antarctica! (Thinkery)
From 7/11/2015 through 7/13/2015

Join us for the last week of exploring the world! Grab your parka and adventure to the chilly continent of Antarctica. We will discover chilly ice caps, make our very own paper tube penguins, create a seal masterpiece and more!
Fantastic Human Machine (Girls) - Jul - Grade 3-5 (Thinkery)
On 7/13/2015

Discover the intricate inner workings of the human body. How does the body work? Can you build a heart? How does your nose keep dust out? From cells to senses, explore the ins and outs of the machine that is your body, and even reinvent your own functioning anatomical component. Become aware of the tremendous work your body achieves each day as we unravel the science and art of the human body.

This onsite full day camp includes field trips and is for girls who are entering 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade in the fall of 2015.
Fantastic Human Machine (PM) - Jul - Grade PK-K (Thinkery)
On 7/13/2015

Discover the intricate inner workings of the human body. How does the body work? Can you build a heart? How does your nose keep dust out? From cells to senses, explore the ins and outs of the machine that is your body, and even reinvent your own functioning anatomical component. Become aware of the tremendous work your body achieves each day as we unravel the science and art of the human body.

This onsite half day camp is for children who are 4 by January 1,2015 and who have completed Pre-K or Kindergarten.
Fantastic Human Machine - Jul - Grade 3-5 (Thinkery)
On 7/13/2015

Discover the intricate inner workings of the human body. How does the body work? Can you build a heart? How does your nose keep dust out? From cells to senses, explore the ins and outs of the machine that is your body, and even reinvent your own functioning anatomical component. Become aware of the tremendous work your body achieves each day as we unravel the science and art of the human body.

This onsite full day camp includes field trips and is for children who are entering 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade in the fall of 2015.
Kitchen Lab Workshop: Ripe for the Picking (Kitchen Lab)
On 7/17/2015

Have you ever heard of a salmonberry? Did you know avocados and bananas are considered berries? Come explore various berries while making some berry art and make your own berry-filled muffin.

Ages 4 - 7 years.
Early Learners Workshop: Things that Glow! (Program Room 1)
On 7/18/2015

Join us as we turn off the lights and have fun with things that glow! Together, we’ll deepen our senses by investigating glitter slime and glowing foam. We’ll make creations using sand and paint with a different look and feel while exploring the world in the dark!

Ages 12 - 24 months.
Space 8 Workshop: Hovercraft Design (Kitchen Lab)
On 7/18/2015

Build, tinker and explore with the power of air as we challenge you to design a hovercraft! We’ll use basic circuitry to power them and put our flying machines to the test!

Ages 8 and up.
Baby Bloomers: Discovering Animals, Jungle! (Thinkery)
From 7/18/2015 through 7/20/2015

Adventure into our new theme of animals and the places they live! This week we will be explore tropical jungles and the animals that live there. We will discover why frogs have sticky feet, dive into a barrel of monkeys, use our hands to create tigers and much more!
Kitchen Lab Workshop: Discovering DNA (Kitchen Lab)
On 7/19/2015

DeoxyriboNucleic Acid, or DNA, is often called the blueprint for life because every living thing contains unique DNA. During this workshop participants will use microscopes to see cells of fruits and vegetables and then extract DNA!

Ages 8 and up.
Engineering with Music (AM) - Jul - Grade PK-K (Thinkery)
On 7/20/2015

Let’s make some noise! Explore the physics, tools and tactics that make up the sounds we hear everyday, from 100-piece orchestras to backyard crickets. Design your own instruments, investigate the components of sound and discover how your ears capture a beat. Ride a sound wave as you play with the technology of music.

This onsite half day camp is for children who are 4 by January 1,2015 and who have completed Pre-K or Kindergarten.
Engineering with Music (Girls) - Jul - Grade 1-2 (Thinkery)
On 7/20/2015

Let’s make some noise! Explore the physics, tools and tactics that make up the sounds we hear everyday, from 100-piece orchestras to backyard crickets. Design your own instruments, investigate the components of sound and discover how your ears capture a beat. Ride a sound wave as you play with the technology of music.

This onsite full day camp includes field trips and is for girls who are entering 1st and 2nd grade in the fall of 2015.
Engineering with Music (PM) - Jul - Grade PK-K (Thinkery)
On 7/20/2015

Let’s make some noise! Explore the physics, tools and tactics that make up the sounds we hear everyday, from 100-piece orchestras to backyard crickets. Design your own instruments, investigate the components of sound and discover how your ears capture a beat. Ride a sound wave as you play with the technology of music.

This onsite half day camp is for children who are 4 by January 1,2015 and who have completed Pre-K or Kindergarten.
Engineering with Music - Jul - Grade 1-2 (Thinkery)
On 7/20/2015

Let’s make some noise! Explore the physics, tools and tactics that make up the sounds we hear everyday, from 100-piece orchestras to backyard crickets. Design your own instruments, investigate the components of sound and discover how your ears capture a beat. Ride a sound wave as you play with the technology of music.

This onsite full day camp includes field trips and is for children who are entering 1st and 2nd grade in the fall of 2015.
Early Learners Workshop: Monster Masterpieces (Program Room 1)
On 7/25/2015

We invite you to explore the world of art as we splash and splatter our way to creating colorful monster friends! We’ll use fun techniques including the movement of air, melted crayons and crumpled paper to make unique pieces.

Ages 24 - 36 months.
Spark Shop Workshop: Franken-build Toys (West Gallery)
On 7/25/2015

Practice sewing while recreating a stuffed animal into a new customized creature! Mix and match pieces that you want to reassemble into a unique creation.

Ages 4 - 7 years.
Baby Bloomers: Discovering Animals, Safari! (Thinkery)
From 7/25/2015 through 7/27/2015

Discover the African safari this week at Baby Bloomers! We will explore how to be an elephant’s trunk, make a giraffe masterpiece, create our own zebras and more as we go on a safari!
Kitchen Lab Workshop: Clean Living Chemistry (Kitchen Lab)
On 7/26/2015

What happens when you mix borax powder, ivory soap, washing soda and hydrogen peroxide? What about when you mix water, vinegar and hair conditioner? Come find out the answers to these questions and explore more cleaning concoctions in this experiment-filled workshop! You will take home several recipes that will leave your home smelling fresh and shining bright, while creating a safer environment for the entire family, at a fraction of the cost of store-bought brands.

Ages 8 and up.
Illuminating Inventions (PM) - Jul - Grade PK-K (Program Room 1)
On 7/27/2015

Embark on an ambitious trip back in time as you become an apprentice to famous inventors from the Renaissance. Turn ideas into inventions as we look at the work of Galileo, Da Vinci, Michelangelo, and many more. Create contraptions that stand tall, lift a ton of weight, dive deep under the ocean, and record history. Paint your way out of the Dark Ages as you master the world of Renaissance innovation. Be inspired to make your dreams into realities and change the world!

This onsite half day camp is for children who are 4 by January 1,2015 and who have completed Pre-K or Kindergarten.

If your camper would like to be placed with a friend, please add their name in the “additional info” section of the participant info.
Illuminating Inventions - Jul - Grade 1-2 (Thinkery)
On 7/27/2015

Embark on an ambitious trip back in time as you become an apprentice to famous inventors from the Renaissance. Turn ideas into inventions as we look at the work of Galileo, Da Vinci, Michelangelo, and many more. Create contraptions that stand tall, lift a ton of weight, dive deep under the ocean, and record history. Paint your way out of the Dark Ages as you master the world of Renaissance innovation. Be inspired to make your dreams into realities and change the world!

This onsite full day camp includes field trips and is for children who are entering 1st and 2nd grade in the fall of 2015. If you would like to be placed with a friend please add their name in the ‘additional info’ section.
Early Learners Workshop: Edible Art (Kitchen Lab)
On 8/1/2015

This workshop is geared toward our youngest learners. Discover art that is made from things you have at home, including things you can eat! We will use ice cream cones for stamping, discover what happens when colored ice cubes melt, use spaghetti for painting and more!

Ages 12 - 24 months.
Kitchen Lab Workshop: Fantastic Felt Food (Kitchen Lab)
On 8/1/2015

Want to practice your sewing skills while making some fun toys? Join us in this fun sewing workshop while we make playfood out of felt!

Ages 4 - 7 years.
Baby Bloomers: Discovering Animals, Forest! (Thinkery)
From 8/1/2015 through 8/3/2015

Join us as we venture into the woods! This week our animals will all be forest creatures. We will go on a bear hunt, gather nuts, create our own paper tube owls and much more!
Members Only Hours: Pre-Sale (Thinkery)
On 8/2/2015

Your family can play side by side with science and enjoy all the great activities and innovative exhibits the Thinkery offers - before we open to the public. Beginning March 2, 2014, the Thinkery will open early the first Sunday of every month from 8:30AM-10AM exclusively for Members. Reservations are likely to sell out. To ensure your entry during Member-only hours, reserve your tickets in advance.

Limited walk-up tickets will be made available.
Animal Adaptations (Offsite) - Aug - Grade 3-5 (National Instruments)
On 8/3/2015

Budding biologists will study amazing animal adaptations from all around the world in this all new class. Why do frogs start out as tadpoles? How do bats forage for food in total darkness? Learn about a shrimp that can see many more colors than humans. Using motors and touch, color and infrared sensors, campers will design and build robotic animals that adapt to environmental challenges!

This full day camp (9am-4pm) located at National Instruments, 11500 N Mopac Expy, is for children who are entering 3rd through 5th grade in the fall of 2015.
HydroExplorers (AM) - Aug - Grade PK-K (Thinkery)
On 8/3/2015

Splash into one of Austin’s greatest treasures – its rivers and lakes – and discover the powerful world of water in Central Texas. Learn how engineers harness the phenomenal power of the Colorado River by building dams. Convert a rushing river into enough energy to power an entire city. Dive deep into the Edwards Aquifer and get to know the cave-dwelling critters and unique climate of Barton Springs, and equip yourself with the knowledge to influence Texas’ water conservation efforts.

This onsite half day camp is for children who are 4 by January 1,2015 and who have completed Pre-K or Kindergarten.
HydroExplorers (PM) - Aug - Grade PK-K (Thinkery)
On 8/3/2015

Splash into one of Austin’s greatest treasures – its rivers and lakes – and discover the powerful world of water in Central Texas. Learn how engineers harness the phenomenal power of the Colorado River by building dams. Convert a rushing river into enough energy to power an entire city. Dive deep into the Edwards Aquifer and get to know the cave-dwelling critters and unique climate of Barton Springs, and equip yourself with the knowledge to influence Texas’ water conservation efforts.

This onsite half day camp is for children who are 4 by January 1,2015 and who have completed Pre-K or Kindergarten.
HydroExplorers - Aug - Grade 3-5 (Thinkery)
On 8/3/2015

Splash into one of Austin’s greatest treasures – its rivers and lakes – and discover the powerful world of water in Central Texas. Learn how engineers harness the phenomenal power of the Colorado River by building dams. Convert a rushing river into enough energy to power an entire city. Dive deep into the Edwards Aquifer and get to know the cave-dwelling critters and unique climate of Barton Springs, and equip yourself with the knowledge to influence Texas’ water conservation efforts.

This onsite full day camp includes field trips and is for children who are entering 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade in the fall of 2015.
Kitchen Lab Workshop: Cooking with Cactus (Kitchen Lab)
On 8/7/2015

Nopal cactus is one of the oldest ingredients in Mexican cuisine. During this workshop we will explore two very different recipes to explore the various uses of nopal in the kitchen.

Ages 4 - 7 years.
Early Learners Workshop: Let's Experiment (Kitchen Lab)
On 8/8/2015

Come test your skills as a budding scientist with this fun workshop all about early science exploration. We will experiment with fizzy reactions, watch in wonder as we make colorful kaleidoscopes, explore our senses with slime and more. Join us as we sing and explore through the world of science!

Ages 24 - 36 months.
Baby Bloomers: Discovering Animals, Ocean! (Thinkery)
From 8/8/2015 through 8/10/2015

Explore the beauty that lives under the sea! This week we will dive into the ocean and discover the creatures that live there. We will make turtles into sun catchers, feed a very hungry shark, discover the jellyfish’s shocking secret and more!
Space 8 Workshop: Building Theremins (Space 8)
On 8/9/2015

Every wonder what instrument you can play with your hands but never actually touch? Explore how sensors and electricity can create musical madness by making your own theremin!

Ages 8 and up.
Fantastic Human Machine (AM) - Aug - Grade PK-K (Thinkery)
On 8/10/2015

Discover the intricate inner workings of the human body. How does the body work? Can you build a heart? How does your nose keep dust out? From cells to senses, explore the ins and outs of the machine that is your body, and even reinvent your own functioning anatomical component. Become aware of the tremendous work your body achieves each day as we unravel the science and art of the human body.

This onsite half day camp is for children who are 4 by January 1,2015 and who have completed Pre-K or Kindergarten.
Fantastic Human Machine (PM) - Aug - Grade PK-K (Thinkery)
On 8/10/2015

Discover the intricate inner workings of the human body. How does the body work? Can you build a heart? How does your nose keep dust out? From cells to senses, explore the ins and outs of the machine that is your body, and even reinvent your own functioning anatomical component. Become aware of the tremendous work your body achieves each day as we unravel the science and art of the human body.

This onsite half day camp is for children who are 4 by January 1,2015 and who have completed Pre-K or Kindergarten.
Fantastic Human Machine - Aug - Grade 1-2 (Thinkery)
On 8/10/2015

Discover the intricate inner workings of the human body. How does the body work? Can you build a heart? How does your nose keep dust out? From cells to senses, explore the ins and outs of the machine that is your body, and even reinvent your own functioning anatomical component. Become aware of the tremendous work your body achieves each day as we unravel the science and art of the human body.

This onsite full day camp includes field trips and is for children who are entering 1st-2nd grade in the fall of 2015.
Early Learners Workshop: Wonderful Weather (Kitchen Lab)
On 8/15/2015

Who says you can’t play in the rain while staying dry? Join us as we splash through a fun workshop all about wet weather! We’ll make rain drop art, investigate sticky clouds, create thunderstorm music and more as we sing and splash through the weather!

Ages 12 - 24 months.
Kitchen Lab Workshop: Dry Ice Cream (Kitchen Lab)
On 8/15/2015

Looking for a way to keep cool during the Texas summer heat? Join us in Kitchen Lab as we explore how dry ice is used to make homemade frozen treats!

Ages 8 and up.
Baby Bloomers: Discovering Animals, Desert! (Thinkery)
From 8/15/2015 through 8/17/2015

Adventure in the hot open desert this week! Join us as we discover animals that live in the hot desert. We will discover how sand dunes form, make our names into camel creations, use our art skills to make a mosaic lizard and more!
Space 8 Workshop: Programming with Scratch (Space 8)
From 8/16/2015 through 9/12/2015

Have you ever wanted to create your own computer program? We’ll show you how! Join us in Space8 to learn Scratch, a programming language for Kids!

Ages 8 and up.
Engineering with Music (AM) - Aug - Grade PK-K (Thinkery)
On 8/17/2015

Let’s make some noise! Explore the physics, tools and tactics that make up the sounds we hear everyday, from 100-piece orchestras to backyard crickets. Design your own instruments, investigate the components of sound and discover how your ears capture a beat. Ride a sound wave as you play with the technology of music.

This onsite half day camp is for children who are 4 by January 1,2015 and who have completed Pre-K or Kindergarten.
Engineering with Music (PM) - Aug - Grade PK-K (Thinkery)
On 8/17/2015

Let’s make some noise! Explore the physics, tools and tactics that make up the sounds we hear everyday, from 100-piece orchestras to backyard crickets. Design your own instruments, investigate the components of sound and discover how your ears capture a beat. Ride a sound wave as you play with the technology of music.

This onsite half day camp is for children who are 4 by January 1,2015 and who have completed Pre-K or Kindergarten.

If your camper would like to be placed with a friend, please add their name in the “additional info” section of the participant info.
Engineering with Music - Aug - Grade 1-2 (Thinkery)
On 8/17/2015

Let’s make some noise! Explore the physics, tools and tactics that make up the sounds we hear everyday, from 100-piece orchestras to backyard crickets. Design your own instruments, investigate the components of sound and discover how your ears capture a beat. Ride a sound wave as you play with the technology of music.

This onsite full day camp includes field trips and is for children who are entering 1st and 2nd grade in the fall of 2015.
Engineering with Music - Aug - Grade 3-5 (Thinkery)
On 8/17/2015

Let’s make some noise! Explore the physics, tools and tactics that make up the sounds we hear everyday, from 100-piece orchestras to backyard crickets. Design your own instruments, investigate the components of sound and discover how your ears capture a beat. Ride a sound wave as you play with the technology of music.

This onsite full day camp includes field trips and is for children who are entering 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade in the fall of 2015.
Thinkery21: Pantone-monium (21 & up only) (Thinkery)
On 8/20/2015

Brighten your perception – explore the science and art of color.
Early Learners Workshop: Toy Maker (Program Room 1)
On 8/22/2015

Create and Play as an inventor in this workshop all about tinkering! We’ll make puzzles, magnetic fishing poles, super bouncy balls that glow in the dark and more as we create new toys to play with!

Ages 24 - 36 months.
Space 8 Workshop: Woodworking (Space 8)
On 8/22/2015

Learn the basics of woodworking by tinkering with hammers, nails and screws. Learn effective and safe use of tools while making a wooden keepsake.

Ages 8 and up.
Baby Bloomers: Discovering Animals, Arctic! (Thinkery)
From 8/22/2015 through 8/24/2015

Grab a coat and bundle up as we explore the animals that live in the arctic! We will discover how to stay warm like a polar bear, create paper plate killer whales, dive our hands into chilly arctic foam dough and much more!
Early Learners Workshop: Silly Science (Program Room 1)
On 8/29/2015

This workshop is all about bringing out the budding scientist in our youngest learners! We will make apple explosions, use our senses to feel fizzy sidewalk chalk, create bubbles the size of our bodies and more as we discover, sing and explore together

Ages 12 - 24 months.
Baby Bloomers: Discovering Animals, Grasslands! (Thinkery)
From 8/29/2015 through 8/31/2015

Join us as we wrap up our animal discovery month for Baby Bloomers! This week we will discover the animals of the grasslands. We will use popsicle sticks to create an ostrich, discover why we need bees, play with rolly, polly hedgehogs and more!
Kitchen Lab Workshop: Candle Making (Kitchen Lab)
On 9/5/2015

Combine art and science by mixing ingredients to make your own fragrant colorful candle!

Ages 4 - 7 years.
Kitchen Lab Workshop: Science Bites (Kitchen Lab)
On 9/13/2015

It is time to be a science-chef! Molecular gastronomy is a branch of food science that blends chemistry with delicious food to create unique appearances. Come try out this unique style of cooking that blends science and food, learn three unique recipes in our kitchen laboratory, such as fruit caviar, popping chocolate strawberries and more!

Ages 8 and up.
Kitchen Lab Workshop: Sea Stars Dissection (Kitchen Lab)
From 9/19/2015 through 9/26/2015

Learn the basic anatomy of an echinoderm while improving your dissection and observation skills. In this fun and unique workshop students will dissect their own sea star to explore these invertebrates.

Ages 8 and up.
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