Baby Bloomers

Toddlers take over the museum during Baby Bloomers! Baby Bloomers is a specially designed program where the museum is open just for visitors ages 0–3 years and their families. Held Mondays (9 am–noon) and Saturdays (9–10 am), the program provides caregivers and early learners the opportunity to experience Thinkery together in an environment focused solely on them. Monthly themes and special guests engage our youngest visitors in fun, hands-on explorations and learning through play. In addition to story time and other guided experiences, free-play is encouraged in museum galleries that support the social, emotional and cognitive development of our earliest learners.

Please note, Saturdays are limited to the second level of the museum, which includes Let’s Grow, Story Nook and Currents.

Learn & read more about the program below:

 


Animal Adventures!

Lions and tigers and bears—oh my! This summer, embark on an animal adventure with sensory activities and hands-on activities that will make your little one want to ROAR!

Mini Maker Lab (Mondays and Saturdays) – Chirp! Oink! Moo! Use your senses to explore and identify different animals and the sounds they make. Use your imagination to create colorful art inspired by animals both large and small.

Move Studio (Mondays and Saturdays) – Unleash your inner cat cow, downward-facing dog and leaping frog! We’ll wiggle and giggle while moving our bodies through various animal-inspired yoga movements and shapes.

Story Nook (Mondays and Saturdays) – Grab a book and get cozy with stories all about animals.

Let’s Grow (Mondays and Saturdays) – Cock-a-doodle-doo! Gather “eggs” from the Chicken Coop while caring for our hens, roosters and baby chicks.

Our Backyard (Mondays) – Will you build a barn, a stable or a nest? The possibilities are endless at Imagination Playground! Use big blocks, connectors and more to design a “home” for your imaginary animal friends.

Innovators Workshop (Mondays) – What is your favorite animal? Paint its portrait at Paint Wall. Want to invent your own? Go right ahead! Then, make your way to Micro Eye to take a closer look at teeny-tiny creatures. Ready for a barnyard bash? Create a fun stop-motion movie at Animation Station using animals found on a farm.

REGISTER NOW – MONDAYS
REGISTER NOW – SATURDAYS
Member: $3
Non-Member: $5

Special Guests

 

Saturday, August 19
Special Guest @ 9:30 am April & Amy Rankin—“Good things come in pairs!” April and Amy have become one of the most talked about new duos in contemporary country music.

Monday, August 21
Special Guest @ 10:30 am April & Amy Rankin—“Good things come in pairs!” April and Amy have become one of the most talked about new duos in contemporary country music.

Saturday, August 26
Special Guest @ 10:30 am and 11 amBallet Austin’s Creative Movement is an exciting and sensory-rich movement experience designed to gently introduce young children to dance while instilling the physical and emotional confidence to explore and create. Come join the fun!

Monday, August 28
Special Guest @ 10 am – As the largest non-profit pet and adoption center in Austin, Austin Humane Society is dedicated to saving Austin’s homeless cats and dogs, educating our community about responsible pet ownership and reducing pet over-population. Join us at Baby Bloomers and say hello to some young furry friends. For more information on AHS, please visit www.austinhumanesociety.org.

Special Guest @ 10:30 am Music Together Music Forever gives youngsters and the adults who love them a chance to enjoy their natural birthright as musical beings. You’ll wiggle, giggle and bond with your child as you make music together.

Color Creations!

There’s no place like Baby Bloomers! Join us somewhere over the rainbow as we create colorful creations all month long.

Mini Maker Lab (Mondays and Saturdays) – Let’s explore the spectacular color spectrum! Use your sense of sight to investigate and identify all the colors of the rainbow. What happens when colors are blended? Join us as we discover the art of mixing colors to create new colors!

Move Studio (Mondays and Saturdays) – Boogie on down! Grab a colorful scarf and dive right in to our creative movement dance party.

Story Nook (Mondays and Saturdays) – Grab a book and snuggle up to stories all about colors.

Let’s Grow (Mondays and Saturdays) – Pop by Fresh! Farmers’ Market to hand-pick colorful produce for a yummy “picnic.”

Our Backyard (Mondays) – What happens when you create a tunnel in the water? Build a rainbow bridge using the colorful tubes and spouts found throughout Springs.

Innovators Workshop (Mondays) – What is your favorite color? Is it a vibrant violet, a beautiful blue or a pretty pink? Paint a portrait using your favorite shades at Paint Wall! Then, make your way to Micro Eye for a closer look at natural materials made of cool colors. Feeling creative? Of course! Head to Animation Station to make a movie using colors found in nature.

REGISTER NOW – MONDAYS
REGISTER NOW – SATURDAYS
Member: $3
Non-Member: $5

Special Guests

Saturday, September 2
Special Guest @ 9:30 am
Heartsong Music seeks to create a community of music-makers in a developmentally appropriate, engaging, fun and  participatory environment that nurtures music development in young children.

Monday, September 4
No Baby Bloomers! Thinkery is open for General Admission from 9 am–5 pm. 

Saturday, September 9
Special Guest @ 9:30 am The Rowena Project, a community geared towards movement and healing, invites you to come dance with your family!  Whether you want to introduce family exercise time or need an active way to re-connect with your loved ones, their Family Dance Party blends quality time with the love of dance.

Monday, September 11
Special Guest @ 10:30 am Armstrong Community Music School provides quality early childhood music education—and they’re one of Baby Bloomers’ favorite sing-a-long guests!

Saturday, September 16
Special Guest @ 9:30 am Chakra Kids Yoga specializes in yoga for children and offers a variety of unique, child-focused yoga trainings to people who love yoga and have a desire to share that love with children. They are passionate about sharing their knowledge and experience with others, and contributing what they can to the growing field of children’s yoga.

Monday, September 18
Special Guest @ 10:30 am April & Amy Rankin—“Good things come in pairs!” April and Amy have become one of the most talked about new duos in contemporary country music.

Saturday, September 23
Special Guest @ 9:30 am – Small Wonders Puppet Theater is a traveling puppet theater designed to entertain children, young and old. Their shows are all original, interactive, musical reviews which encourage kids to get up and dance with the puppets!

Monday, September 25
Special Guest @ 10:30 am Music Together Music Forever gives youngsters and the adults who love them a chance to enjoy their natural birthright as musical beings. You’ll wiggle, giggle and bond with your child as you make music together.

Saturday, September 30
Special Guest @ 9:30 am – Small Wonders Puppet Theater is a traveling puppet theater designed to entertain children, young and old. Their shows are all original, interactive, musical reviews which encourage kids to get up and dance with the puppets!

Fall on the Farm!

Fall is finally here! This month, we’re kicking off the spookiest, kookiest season of them all with a fall-themed Baby Bloomers. What can we say? We feel like celebrating!

ON SALE SOON – MONDAYS
ON SALE SOON – SATURDAYS

Member: $3
Non-Member: $5

Special Guests

Monday, October 2
Special Guest @ 10:30 am
April & Amy Rankin—“Good things come in pairs!” April and Amy have become one of the most talked about new duos in contemporary country music.

Saturday, October 7
Special Guest @ 9:30 am The Rowena Project, a community geared towards movement and healing, invites you to come dance with your family!  Whether you want to introduce family exercise time or need an active way to re-connect with your loved ones, their Family Dance Party blends quality time with the love of dance.

Monday, October 9
Special Guest @ 10:30 am Armstrong Community Music School provides quality early childhood music education—and they’re one of Baby Bloomers’ favorite sing-a-long guests!

Saturday, October 14
Special Guest @ 9:30 am – Sing and dance along with our friends from TuneBugz! With developmentally appropriate music and movement activities, families and children will enjoy the pleasures of making music from their very own hands, hearts and voices.

Monday, October 16
Special Guest @ 10:30 am  TBD

Saturday, October 21
Special Guest @ 9:30 am The Rowena Project, a community geared towards movement and healing, invites you to come dance with your family!  Whether you want to introduce family exercise time or need an active way to re-connect with your loved ones, their Family Dance Party blends quality time with the love of dance.

Monday, October 23
Special Guest @ 10:30 am Staci Gray is an Austin-based children’s performer. Her sing-a-longs will get you dancing. Be sure to stick around for the grand finale—bubbles!

Saturday, October 28
Special Guest @ 9:30 am TBD

Monday, October 30
Special Guest @ 10:30 am – Use your imagination, body, and voice to experience the world with ZACH Theatre. Explore the wild jungle, dive underwater, or fly in a hot air balloon. The sky is the limit when you use your imagination!

All About Shapes!

November is the perfect time to get into SHAPES! Early exposure to simple geometric shapes can greatly benefit children’s understanding of the world around them. Join us all month long as we wiggle, giggle and explore together!

ON SALE SOON – MONDAYS
ON SALE SOON – SATURDAYS

Member: $3
Non-Member: $5

Special Guests

Saturday, November 4
Special Guest @ 9:30 am Small Wonders Puppet Theater is a traveling puppet theater designed to entertain children, young and old. Their shows are all original, interactive, musical reviews which encourage kids to get up and dance with the puppets!

Monday, November 6
Special Guest @ 10:30 am April & Amy Rankin—“Good things come in pairs!” April and Amy have become one of the most talked about new duos in contemporary country music.

Saturday, November 11
Special Guest @ 9:30 am – Sing and dance along with our friends from TuneBugz! With developmentally appropriate music and movement activities, families and children will enjoy the pleasures of making music from their very own hands, hearts and voices.

Monday, November 13
Special Guest @ 10:30 am Armstrong Community Music School provides quality early childhood music education—and they’re one of Baby Bloomers’ favorite sing-a-long guests!

Saturday, November 18
Special Guest @ 9:30 am – Music Together Music Forever gives youngsters and the adults who love them a chance to enjoy their natural birthright as musical beings. You’ll wiggle, giggle and bond with your child as you make music together.

Monday, November 20
Special Guest @ 10:30 am and 11 am  Ballet Austin’s Creative Movement is an exciting and sensory-rich movement experience designed to gently introduce young children to dance while instilling the physical and emotional confidence to explore and create. Come join the fun!

Saturday, November 25
Special Guest @ 9:30 am Heartsong Music seeks to create a community of music-makers in a developmentally appropriate, engaging, fun and  participatory environment that nurtures music development in young children.

Monday, November 27
Special Guest @ 10:30 am – Staci Gray is an Austin-based children’s performer. Her sing-a-longs will get you dancing. Be sure to stick around for the grand finale—bubbles!

Winter Wonders!

Winter is here, and we’re ready to celebrate! This December, we’ll explore all things winter during Baby Bloomers. We’ll create snowflakes, practice sock “skating” and explore winter wonders all month long!

ON SALE SOON – MONDAYS
ON SALE SOON – SATURDAYS

Member: $3
Non-Member: $5

Special Guests

Saturday, December 2
Special Guest @ 9:30 am Small Wonders Puppet Theater is a traveling puppet theater designed to entertain children, young and old. Their shows are all original, interactive, musical reviews which encourage kids to get up and dance with the puppets!

Monday, December 4
Special Guest @ 10:30 am April & Amy Rankin—“Good things come in pairs!” April and Amy have become one of the most talked about new duos in contemporary country music.

Saturday, December 9
Special Guest @ 9:30 am – Sing and dance along with our friends from TuneBugz! With developmentally appropriate music and movement activities, families and children will enjoy the pleasures of making music from their very own hands, hearts and voices.

Monday, December 11
Special Guest @ 10:30 am Armstrong Community Music School provides quality early childhood music education—and they’re one of Baby Bloomers’ favorite sing-a-long guests!

Saturday, December 16
Special Guest @ 9:30 am – Music Together Music Forever gives youngsters and the adults who love them a chance to enjoy their natural birthright as musical beings. You’ll wiggle, giggle and bond with your child as you make music together.

Monday, December 18
Special Guest @ 10:30 am and 11 am  Ballet Austin’s Creative Movement is an exciting and sensory-rich movement experience designed to gently introduce young children to dance while instilling the physical and emotional confidence to explore and create. Come join the fun!

Saturday, December 23
Special Guest @ 9:30 am Small Wonders Puppet Theater is a traveling puppet theater designed to entertain children, young and old. Their shows are all original, interactive, musical reviews which encourage kids to get up and dance with the puppets!

Monday, December 25
No Baby Bloomers! Museum is closed.

Saturday, December 30
Special Guest @ 9:30 am TBD

For more Early Learners offerings: Early Learners Workshops | Little Thinkers Club