The Thinkery changes the way Austin families learn and play.
What was once the Austin Children’s Museum has transformed
into an expansive 40,000 square foot creative foundry in
Austin’s Mueller community. The Thinkery strives to equip and
inspire the next generation of creative problem solvers by
focusing its efforts on science, technology, engineering, arts
and math (STEAM). Here kids learn the answers to “why?”,
develop the tools to explore “how?” and gain the confidence
to continue asking questions.
Numerous dedicated spaces throughout the facility offer
a range of daily activities. Our Backyard features a gentle
stream, native elms and a one-of-a-kind climber designed
to take kids’ sense of adventure to new heights. In Innovators’
Workshop, dedicated Thinkery staff facilitates hands-on, multi-disciplinary activities that change daily, so no two visits play
out the same. Next door, Spark Shop sends curiosity soaring
with hot wax painting, ferrofluid and a projectile range.
Elsewhere the luminous Light Lab allows visitors to manipulate
a giant, colorful peg board and hula-hoop against a
shadow wall, while the Currents exhibit offers splashy, musical
introductions to fluid dynamics. Kitchen Lab caters to budding
culinary artists and scientists alike, hosting everything from
chromatography to dry ice cream making. Let’s Grow
evokes the farmer’s market by promoting healthy living and
awareness of food sources.
For those approaching teenage years, Space 8 equips them
with the tools and know-how to tackle advanced STEAM
projects and turn ideas into tangible objects. Workshops also
pepper the events calendar and offer children and adults the
opportunity to collaborate in exploring complex processes,
tools and materials—from computer programming and soap
making to soldering and organic dissections.
And for those young ones still new to the world (0-3 years old),
Baby Bloomers is a special program series that fosters the early
stages of exploration and learning on Saturday and Monday
The Thinkery also offers seriously fun birthday parties with
various themes and activities. A popular field trip destination,
the Guided Tours program provides interactive demonstrations and activities relevant to K- 5th grade state and national
school standards. And once the school break begins, the
learning doesn’t stop – many families rely on the Thinkery for its
innovative spring break and summer camp options.
Although the Thinkery is geared towards children and families,
adults can get in on the fun as well. Thinkery21 is a recurring
after-hours series exclusively for adults 21 and over. Featuring
a new guiding theme every event, Thinkery21 lets adults grab
a drink and mingle with makers, scientists, artists, and other
interesting folks while exploring and tinkering in the museum.
As a nonprofit organization, the Thinkery is committed to
being an inclusive and accessible destination for all in the
Central Texas region. Offering several membership packages,
affordable daily admissions and weekly pay-by-donation
Community Nights, everyone is welcome to experience just
what goes on in that big red building in Mueller.