The Newsroom serves as a resource for media members and the public to access news releases, photos and other information about the Thinkery.

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When Grown-Ups Party at the Children’s Museum

December 12, 2016

Thinkery, the children’s museum in Austin, Texas, hosted its sold-out adult holiday party, coined JingleBooze, earlier in December. With giant red and white candies hanging from the ceiling and walls covered in wrapping paper, about 650 guests paid between $17 and $40 to get in. They sipped Whiskey A Ho Ho Ho cocktails, decorated gingerbread houses and hugged puppies provided by the Austin Humane Society.

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Austin360 – So much fun stuff to do in Austin with kids this weekend, Oct. 21-23

October 20, 2016

Thinkery workshops: Whisks & Wizards for kids 4 and older. Create magic in the kitchen. 11:15 a.m., 1:15 p.m. and 3:15 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. $8 child, $8 adult. Superhero capes for ages 4 and older. 11:15 a.m. Saturday and Sunday. $8 child, $8 adult. Sewn Circuits for ages 8 and up. Make light-up embroidery. 1:15 p.m. and 3:15 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. $8. Thinkery, 1830 Simond Ave. Thinkeryaustin.org.

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Pauly + Presley Blog – Best Places To Visit In Austin With Out of Town Guests

Thursday, September 1, 2016

Thinkery is a children’s museum devoted to helping children learn about STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) through interactive exhibits and programs. This is a great place to spend a day in Austin if you have kids visiting. Children ages 0 – 12 and their parents can hang out in exhibits like the Kitchen Lab, where kids can learn about lab equipment and explosions, or the Spark Shop, which helps them discover concepts of aerodynamics. There are 8 exhibits total to explore, plus special event nights like community night.

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parkbench – Thinkery in Mueller, meet the President Elect of the Board of Directors Jessica Palvino

Monday, August 25, 2016

Interview with Jessica Palvino, conducted by local REALTOR® Kathy Sokolic.
I’ve been on the board for 3 years. I have two kids who loved the Children’s Museum, and once I found out the Thinkery was coming to Mueller, I wanted to make sure our neighborhood had a voice on the board. So, it was a combination of my love for the kids, for the Museum, and our neighborhood having a voice.

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Zenoss Cares – Volunteering for Thinkery!

Monday, August 22, 2016

When our Zenoss Cares team sent out a call for volunteers at Austin’s Thinkery, I got really excited.  Thinkery is an evolution of Austin’s Children’s Museum (ACM), and it’s chock full of fun things for kids and parents to do together.  Thinkery is a place where families can connect with ideas through science making it an exciting hot bed of hands on adventure for future innovators.

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The Daytripper – Rainy Day Fun

Thursday, August 18, 2016

It’s always a bummer when it rains in the summer. Instead of splashing through swimming holes or trekking through State Parks, you find yourself stuck indoors, watching TV or snoring the day away.  But we’re here to tell you it doesn’t have to be that way! Turn off the TV, grab your rain coat and make your way through our list of Texas attractions that are epic rain or shine.

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Austin360 – What are you doing this long Fourth of July weekend with your kids? We’ve got ideas

Friday, July 1, 2016

Thinkery.  Fizz, Bang, Pop! Play with science and make noise. For ages 1-2, 9:45 a.m. Saturday. For ages 2-3, 10:45 a.m. Saturday. $20 child and adult. For ages 4-7, 11:15 a.m. or 1:15 p.m. Saturday. $8 child, $8 adult.Exploring Explosions. For ages 8 and older. 3:15 p.m. Saturday. $8 child, $8 adult. Baby Bloomers for ages birth to 3; Independence Day Party. 9 a.m. Saturday. $4.50. Thinkery, 1830 Simond Ave. Thinkeryaustin.org.

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Statesman – Thinkery working with UT Engineering students for HydroExplorers camp
Wednesday, May 25, 2016

This year, Thinkery worked with students from The University of Texas at Austin’s Cockrell School of Engineering to redesign an activity for HydroExplorers, a Thinkery summer camp that explores the wild, wonderful world of water. Four seniors from UT’s Department of Mechanical Engineering— Amy, Andrea, Carla and Sam—working on their Mechanical Engineering Senior Design Project, redesigned a prototype hydroelectric dam, modeling the very dam Thinkery’s 3rd-5th grade campers will design and construct throughout the week long HydroExplorers camp.

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Fatherly.com – The Best Kids Museums In The Country For Building, Experimenting, And Blowing Stuff Up
Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Your parents used to take you down to the science museum to touch Tesla coils, poke hissing cockroaches, and stock up on astronaut ice cream (because for some reason the supermarket doesn’t carry it). But now that we’re in the golden age of STEM education, there are a bunch of science centers  that are reimagining their exhibits, getting more hands-on with activities, and catering to kids of all ages  — even those who try to eat the model of the solar system.

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Business Wire – National Instruments Celebrates 40 Years of Innovation
Saturday, May 14, 2016

To commemorate the 40thanniversary of the company’s founding, the City of Austin has proclaimed May 14, 2016 to be NI Day. To celebrate, NI invites the Austin community to enjoy a free day at the Thinkery, where the next generation of engineers and scientists can learn, explore and innovate.

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Austin360 – No way kids in Austin can say they’re bored this weekend. So many things to do
Friday, May 13, 2016

This weekend is one of those very full weekends for families in and around Austin. It will be hard to choose what to do, but here are some of the highlights (If you’re not already occupied by end-of-the-school-year activities). National Instruments Celebrates 40 Years in Austin at Thinkery. In honor of this milestone, the museum is FREE on Saturday, plus there will be some special activities. Reserve your time slot tickets in advance online. This weekend you can also take a Woodworking class.

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AustinTexas.org – Kid Friendly Austin
Wednesday, Apr. 13, 2016

Visiting Austin with a toddler in tow? Here is a list of kid-friendly attractions that you can enjoy before naptime!

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A Taste of Koko – 15 Best Things To Do In Austin On A Rainy Day
Wednesday, Apr. 13, 2016

It doesn’t rain often in Austin but when it does, us Austinites are left stranded. Here are my top picks for the 15 best things to do on a rainy day in Austin!

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Thinkery Meet Up Brings Exciting Start to SX Create
Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2016

The SX Create Meet Up, Meet The Makers, at Thinkery was a rousing success. Local makers came out in force to celebrate the beginning to a creative 2016. Keeping the spirit of the maker community alive, and getting to know one another, was the order of the evening.

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Community Impact – New CEO Hired to lead Thinkery beyond children’s museum origins
Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2016

“We want kids to be able to come in here and re-engage with the same exhibits across their developmental lifespan. So they discover new things because they’re at a different point in their development, and they realize new outcomes,” said Livingston, who took over the Thinkery’s top position Aug. 28. He relocated from the Museum of Life and Science in Durham, North Carolina, where he worked as vice president for innovation and learning.

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Statesman – 600 Thinkery supporters turn out for a good night of fundraising
Wednesday, Dec. 30, 2015

Thinkery’s Imaginarium:Good Night Austin recently celebrated iconic Austin by taking its theme from the beloved children’s bedtime book of the same name. The annual, adults-only fundraiser was co-chaired by Westbankers Elizabeth and Christopher Bray with Westbankers Tanya and Chief Art Acevedo. More than 600 black-tie glitterati gathered for the sold-out soiree at the JW Marriott.

“Tonight’s success was unprecedented and demonstrated the importance of equity, access and inclusion from our supporters,” said new Thinkery CEO Troy Livingston. “Scientists and artists are the official ‘noticers’ of our society by bringing things to our attention.”

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Statesman – New CEO has grand vision for the Thinkery
Sunday, Nov. 8, 2015

“My aspiration for leaving Durham was about going to a place where I could build one of the best science centers, museums, in the country, if not the world,” Livingston said. “Austin is uniquely positioned to do that because we don’t have a giant museum here that is like the Exploratorium in San Francisco. We have an opportunity here to create something unique in a city that is full of science resources.”

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KXAN News – Halloween Family Night
Friday, Oct. 30, 2015

With rain in the forecast Friday evening, you might want to consider taking your children to Thinkery for the museum’s Halloween Family night.
The Halloween Family night will feature many science-based exhibits and incorporate “Space 8” (a space with projects and exhibits designed for kids 8 and older), which goes along with Livingston’s goal of turning the Thinkery into a full science center one day.

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Thinkery Gets New CEO – Austin Business Journal
Friday, Oct. 23, 2015

Thinkery has a new CEO, with Troy Livingston appointed to the post. Livingston replaces Mike Nellis, who left in late 2014 to be the CEO of the Austin Community Foundation. Livingston has extensive experience in the science museum and children’s education world. He was previously the vice president for innovation and learning at the Museum of Life and Science in Durham, North Carolina. He also worked for six years in management at the Nanoscale Informal Science Education Network.
The Thinkery is the new version of the Austin Children’s Museum, which left its original location downtown in December 2013 for a bold red cube in a prominent location at Austin’s Mueller neighborhood.

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Google Field Trips
Thursday, Oct. 22, 2015

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