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Candy Chemistry Workshops (Kitchen Lab)
From 12/3/2016 through 12/24/2016

Join us in Kitchen Lab for a 2.5-hour workshop as we make Gingerbread House decorating even sweeter! Learn to make and use spun sugar, moldable marzipan and piping techniques to decorate your unique Gingerbread House. Participants will also make a delicious treat that can be used as decoration, holiday gift or something sweet to nibble on throughout the winter!
When the building is complete, we will move your house to the Gingerbread Village where you can pick it up after playing in the museum. Don’t forget to snap a memory at the Gingerbread Photo Booth!


Ages 7+.
Gingerbread Tech Workshops (Space 8)
From 12/3/2016 through 12/24/2016

Join us in Space 8 for a 2.5-hour workshop that combines the science of circuitry with the art of making gingerbread houses. This twist on a classic incorporates lights and spinning parts with a cool winter theme! Participants are welcome to explore Thinkery and play with friends afterward. When the building is complete, we will move your house to the Gingerbread Village where you can pick it up after playing in the museum. Don’t forget to snap a memory at the Gingerbread Photo Booth!

Ages 8+.
TOT Gingerbread Workshops (Program Room 1)
From 12/3/2016 through 12/24/2016

Perfect for mini-makers! Tot Gingerbread Workshops are available for families with children ages 5 and under. These hour-long workshops feature easy-to-build houses and tot-friendly decorations.
Traditional Gingerbread Workshops (Program Room 3)
From 12/3/2016 through 12/24/2016

Traditional Gingerbread Workshops celebrate creative families in a collaborative environment. These hour-long, educator-led workshops are appropriate for all ages and offer everything needed to build and decorate a charming gingerbread house.
Baby Bloomers: A Nature Study (Thinkery)
From 12/3/2016 through 12/31/2016

December is a time when most plants and animals go dormant. But there’s still so much nature to explore during this chilly month. Let’s discover the beauty of winter together!

Stop by our Mini Maker Lab, where you’ll find plenty of parts to create a perfect snowperson, snow animal or snow sculpture.
Next, head over to Spark Shop, where you can whip up your own blizzard by tossing snowflakes into The Power of Air. How long can you keep your snowflakes afloat?
Animate your very own version of a snowy day at Animation Station. Use materials from Mini Maker Labto create a super snowy scene.
Help us build an igloo in Innovators’ Workshop, where we’ll figure out how to get all the “ice bricks” to fit just right. After, we’ll climb inside to keep warm from the cold winter “frost.”
Visit Light Lab and make a glowing, symmetrical snowflake on our Light Peg Wall. What colors are in your snowflake?
Before heading upstairs, visit our Paint Wall, where you can paint a perfect winter scene with beautiful winter paint.
Climb the stairs and head to MOVE! Studio, where you can slowly fall from the sky like a gentle snowflake, or run circles around the mats like a snowflake in a blizzard.
General Admission: Pre-Sale (Thinkery)
From 12/3/2016 through 12/31/2016

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.

Thinkery es una evolución del Museo de Niños en Austin. Es el nuevo hogar de Austin del “por qué” y “cómo.” Un lugar donde la ciencia y familias juegan lado a lado. Donde personas pueden conectarse con ideas al hacer, fabricar y vivir. Es la fundidora para la nueva generación de innovadores y solucionadores de problemas creativos. ¡Y es divertidísimo!
Deluxe Birthday Party (Thinkery)
From 12/3/2016 through 2/26/2017

Take your party to the next level with this Deluxe option! This 2-hour party option includes a private birthday party room, self-guided activities to entertain guests as they gather in the room, plus an exclusive 45-60 minute educator-led activity designed to make for a memorable party. Additionally, each participating child leaves with a free pass to return to the Thinkery. What a cool party favor! Party goers enjoy unlimited access to the museum after the party and/or 1 hour prior to afternoon parties!

Con nuestra opción de lujo, eleva tu fiesta al siguiente nivel! Esta opción de 2 horas incluye un cuarto privado para fiesta de cumpleaños, actividades autoguiadas para entratener a los acompañantes mientras llegan los demás invitados, y también 45 a 60 minutos exclusivos de actividades conducidas por un educador diseñadas para una fiesta memorable. Adicionalmente, cada niño participante recibirá un boleto de entrada gratuita para regresar al Thinkery. Todos los invitados disfrutaran de acceso ilimitado al museo después de la fiesta y/o 1 hora antes de las fiestas vespertinas!
Private Birthday Party Room (Thinkery)
From 12/3/2016 through 2/26/2017

Keep it simple and create a home base for your birthday party. Thinkery will provide you with a private party room for 2 hours that includes tables, chairs, buntings and table coverings. Additionally, a birthday party coordinator will be onsite to assist with questions and…here’s the best part…handle all of the clean up. Party goers enjoy unlimited access to the museum after the party and/or 1 hour prior to afternoon parties!

Mantenlo sencillo y elige tu casa como base para tu fiesta. El Thinkery proveerá con un cuarto privado para fiesta de cumpleaños por 2 horas que incluye mesas, sillas, banderines y cubiertas de mesa. Adicionalmente, un coordinador de fiestas estará disponible en case de que tenga alguna pregunta y lo mejor de todo… se encargará de la limpieza. Todos los invitados disfrutaran de acceso ilimitado al museo después de la fiesta y/o 1 hora antes de las fiestas vespertinas!

DECEMBER BIRTHDAYS: Due to Gingerbread Workshops, all Private Birthday Party Room Rentals taking place December 3rd-25th will be located in Kitchen Lab. Deluxe Parties in December will be in the program rooms as normal. With three tall lab bench style-tables, Kitchen Lab is a unique space to host your private birthday party in December. Kitchen Lab has easy access to Fresh Farmer’s Market, Move Studio and Bloom and its many windows offer a great view of Our Backyard and the Climber.
Member Mornings (Thinkery)
From 12/4/2016 through 12/18/2016

It’s almost like having the Thinkery all to yourself! 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. The Thinkery is open early the first Sunday of every month from 8:30-10 am exclusively for Members. Reservations are recommended.

Escomo tener todo el Thinkery solo para ti! Tu familia puede jugar al lado de la ciencia y disfrutar de grandes actividades y las exhibiciones innovadoras que el Thinkery ofrece antes de abrir para el publico. El Thinkery esta abierto el primer domingo de cada mes de 8:00 am a 10:00 am exclusivamente para miembros. Sugerimos hacer reservaciones. Boletos limitados estarán disponibles en admisiones.
Exclusive Gingerbread Workshop (Program Room 3)
From 12/4/2016 through 12/21/2016

Share this special winter tradition with your friends and family. Reserve a private Gingerbread Workshop with real gingerbread for your masterpieces and all the candy fixings to create your winter wonderlands. There is limited availability for the Exclusive offerings, so book early to get your preferred spot.
• Educator-led Gingerbread Workshop for up to 36 participants
• 2-hour long private room rental
• Families may explore the museum after their workshop for as long as they would like.
• Food and drink allowed in the workshop rooms
Art Start: Modern Artists (12-24 Months) (Program Room 1)
From 12/7/2016 through 1/25/2017

Let’s explore famous artists by investigating their work. We will focus on Modern Female artists like Yayoi Kusama, Alma Thomas, and Georgia O’Keefe and let their use of lines, color and shape inspire our own works of art.

Ages 12 - 24 months.
Art Start: Modern Artists (24-36 Months) (Program Room 1)
From 12/7/2016 through 1/25/2017

Let’s explore famous artists by investigating their work. We will focus on Modern Female artists like Yayoi Kusama, Alma Thomas, and Georgia O’Keefe and let their use of lines, color and shape inspire our own works of art.

Ages 24 - 36 months.
Tinkering Tots: Soundscape ( 36-48 Months) (Program Room 1)
From 12/9/2016 through 1/27/2017

Let’s play with natural and recycled materials to create sound in unexpected ways. We will explore volume, rhythm, and acoustics as we create the narrative to our sound story.

Ages 36-48 months.

Tinkering Tots: Soundscape (24-36 Months) (Program Room 1)
From 12/9/2016 through 1/27/2017

Let’s play with natural and recycled materials to create sound in unexpected ways. We will explore volume, rhythm, and acoustics as we create the narrative to our sound story.

Ages 24 - 36 months.


Early Learners Workshop: Not a Box! (12-24mo) (Program Room 1)
On 12/26/2016

You are about to embark on an amazing adventure into the imagination. All you need to take you there is a cardboard box…. Follow us on a journey that starts with the book, It’s Not a Box written by Antoinette Portis and ends wherever your little ones imagination takes them.

Ages 12-24 months.


Early Learners Workshop: Not a Box! (24-36mo) (Program Room 1)
On 12/26/2016

You are about to embark on an amazing adventure into the imagination. All you need to take you there is a cardboard box…. Follow us on a journey that starts with the book, It’s Not a Box written by Antoinette Portis and ends wherever your little ones imagination takes them.

Ages 24-36 months.


Early Learners Workshop: Not a Box! (36-48mo) (Program Room 1)
On 12/26/2016

You are about to embark on an amazing adventure into the imagination. All you need to take you there is a cardboard box…. Follow us on a journey that starts with the book, It’s Not a Box written by Antoinette Portis and ends wherever your little ones imagination takes them.

Ages 36-48 months.


Early Learners Workshop: A Snowy Day (12-24mo) (Program Room 1)
On 1/2/2017

Want to play with snow while staying warm and dry? Join us for a fun exploration that takes our imaginations to a winter wonderland. Together we’ll play with “snow”, dance like snowflakes, make snow globe keepsakes and more!

Ages 12-24 months.


Early Learners Workshop: A Snowy Day (24-36mo) (Program Room 1)
On 1/2/2017

Want to play with snow while staying warm and dry? Join us for a fun exploration that takes our imaginations to a winter wonderland. Together we’ll play with “snow”, dance like snowflakes, make snow globe keepsakes and more!

Ages 24-36 months.


Early Learners Workshop: A Snowy Day (36-48mo) (Program Room 1)
On 1/2/2017

Want to play with snow while staying warm and dry? Join us for a fun exploration that takes our imaginations to a winter wonderland. Together we’ll play with “snow”, dance like snowflakes, make snow globe keepsakes and more!

Ages 36-48 months.


Kitchen Lab Think Lab: Petri Dish Art (Kitchen Lab)
From 1/7/2017 through 1/22/2017

Ever wonder how a Petri dish could become an art canvus? Inspired by images of bright and beautiful bacteria, we’ll create unique designs using gels, paint and more!

Ages 4+.
Baby Bloomers: Light it Up! (Thinkery)
From 1/7/2017 through 1/30/2017

As we start off a new year let’s explore the wonder of light and shadow! Together we will use our exhibits to experiment with all the possibilities of light.
Watch your little one’s eye light up at our Mini Maker lab, where we will be tinkering with flash lights, prisms, and projectors. Explore what happens to light when we shine it through a prism. Can you create a rainbow?
We’ll also be highlighting our very popular Light Lab as we add props to enhance this awesome space. Create a story at Colored Shadows using shadow puppets. Build a light house on the light table with Magna Tiles. Then head over to our giant light wall and create the sun using yellow and orange light pegs.
After visiting Light Lab stop by Animation Station to create a shadowy movie.
Before heading upstairs, visit our Paint Wall where you can explore neon paint that glows so bright.
Climb the stairs and head to Story Nook where you can sit in the window and read books all about colors.
In Move Studio we’ll pretend to be light particles, using energy to play with our rainbow parachute.
Join us each week to try something new or build on the previous week’s activities!
Space 8 Think Lab: Digital Bling (Space 8)
From 1/14/2017 through 1/29/2017

Explore the basics of sewing while designing your own unique light up bling! We’ll combine older and newer technologies by sewing with conductive thread to construct a working and wearable circuit. Watch your friends’ eyes light up as you light up your LED accessory.

Ages 8+.
Space 8 Think Lab: Plush Pillows (Space 8)
From 1/14/2017 through 1/29/2017

Let’s mix and match colors and patterns to make a soft, simple-stitch pillow! Gain access into Space 8 while exploring with needle and thread to stitch together your own keepsake.

Ages 4+
Early Learners Workshop: Things that Glow(24-36mo) (Program Room 1)
On 1/16/2017

Join us as we turn off the lights and explore things that glow! Together, we’ll deepen our senses by investigating materials that shimmer and shine in the dark and explore a different look and feel of the world around us.

Ages 24-36 months.


Early Learners Workshop:Things that Glow (12-24mo) (Program Room 1)
On 1/16/2017

Join us as we turn off the lights and explore things that glow! Together, we’ll deepen our senses by investigating materials that shimmer and shine in the dark and explore a different look and feel of the world around us.

Ages 12-24 months.


Early Learners Workshop:Things that Glow (36-48mo) (Program Room 1)
On 1/16/2017

Join us as we turn off the lights and explore things that glow! Together, we’ll deepen our senses by investigating materials that shimmer and shine in the dark and explore a different look and feel of the world around us.

Ages 36-48 months.


Kitchen Lab Think Lab: Soap Making (Kitchen Lab)
From 2/4/2017 through 2/20/2017

Let’s combine art & science by mixing ingredients to make fragrant soap. Choose from oils, herbs and other natural ingredients to create your own aromatic combination, while exploring what’s gives them germ-busting properties.

Ages 4+.
Space 8 Think Lab: Art Bots (4+) (Space 8)
From 2/11/2017 through 2/26/2017

Get a sneak peek into Space 8 while making your very own Arto Roboto. We’ll combine recycled materials with simple circuit building to make unique bots that scribble and draw!

Ages 4+.
Space 8 Think Lab: Art Bots (8+) (Space 8)
From 2/11/2017 through 2/26/2017

Combine motors, switches and recycled materials to build your very own Arto Roboto. Tinker with variables like weight, length and speed to see what different motions and patterns your contraption creates!

Ages 8+.
Thinkery21: Fermentology (21 & up only) (Thinkery)
On 2/16/2017

Yeah, that’s right. Fermentology. Get ready to sip and sample your way through Austin’s best booze, brews and fermented foods!

Join us Thursday, February 16 for Thinkery21: Fermentology, a special, limited-capacity event that explores the art and science of fermentation. At Fermentology, we’ll go beyond the “how-tos” of basic fermentation and dig deep into what’s really going on at the molecular level in your favorite fermentables.

Homebrew demos. Nitro beers. Cheese tastings. Catapult beer pong. This Thinkery21 has it all, y’all—and it’s all delicious. Come get your think on while getting your drink on!

All tickets purchased for Thinkery21: Fermentolgy include 1 drink voucher, 1 special Thinkery21 koozie and various tastings and samplings throughout the night.
Early Learners Workshop: Silly Science (12-24mo) (Program Room 1)
On 2/20/2017

Let’s giggle our way through some fun and silly science. Together, we’ll use our senses to explore materials that bubble, foam and even change color!

Ages 12-24 months.


Early Learners Workshop: Silly Science (24-36mo) (Program Room 1)
On 2/20/2017

Let’s giggle our way through some fun and silly science. Together, we’ll use our senses to explore materials that bubble, foam and even change color!

Ages 24-36 months.


Early Learners Workshop: Silly Science (36-48mo) (Program Room 1)
On 2/20/2017

Let’s giggle our way through some fun and silly science. Together, we’ll use our senses to explore materials that bubble, foam and even change color!

Ages 36-48 months.


Kitchen Lab Think Lab: Happy Birthday Dr. Suess! (Kitchen Lab)
From 3/4/2017 through 3/19/2017

Egg Planters and Truffula Trees: Celebrate Dr. Seuss’ birthday this year by recreating some interesting objects from his wonderful and imaginative books!

Ages 4+.
Space 8 Think Lab: Stop Motion Animation (Space 8)
From 3/11/2017 through 3/26/2017

Got a story you want to tell? Let’s create it together using 2D and 3D objects and then watch it all come together in an animation created by you!

Ages 8+.
Space 8 Think Lab: Storytelling with Ozobots (Space 8)
From 3/11/2017 through 3/26/2017

Tinker with basic computer programming in a digital design challenge! Gain special access into Space 8, and learn how to use code to lead a tiny robot through a story you create.

Ages 4+
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