Baby Bloomers

Toddlers take over the museum.

Members: $3 each
Non-Members: $5 each
Mondays: 9 am–12 pm and Saturdays: 9–10 am

Baby Bloomers is a specially designed program where the museum is open just for visitors ages 0–3 years—and their families! 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:

 


Splash into Summer!

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

Summer is here, let’s give a big cheer! This month we’ll soak up the sun while exploring all things summer!

On Mondays (1st and 2nd floor open):
Currents – Cool off from the summer heat, while exploring items that sink and float. Make fun rhythms with water droplets and drums or create a crashing wave by turning a cool crank.

Mini Maker Lab – Use paper, string and popsicle sticks to make a kite that flies high in the sky. Then try out your kite at the Power of Air in Spark Shop. How high will it soar?

Our Backyard – Climb to the top of the Orb and have a bird’s eye view of Thinkery! At Springs, build a boat and set it sailing through our waterway. Splish and splash as you try to catch fish and other critters floating about.

Light Lab – Imagine the sun shining down as you capture your shadow at the Frozen Shadow Wall. Create a beach scene at the Light Peg Wall by shaping beach balls, waves, sand castles and more!

Innovator’s Workshop – At Paint Wall, create a beautiful summer scene with your favorite outdoor activity. Stop by Animation Station and make a summer-inspired movie using ladybug puppets and daisies.

Let’s Grow – Stop by Fresh! Farmers’ Market, to gather strawberries, plums and corn for a yummy summer “picnic.”

Move Studio – Hang ten, dude! Imagine you are surfing a giant wave, diving deep into the ocean or wiggling around like a creepy-crawly hermit crab.

Story Nook – Grab a book and recreate your favorite scene, or put on a show with our puppet friends.

On Saturdays (2nd floor only):
Currents – Cool off from the summer heat, while exploring items that sink and float. Make fun rhythms with water droplets and drums or create a crashing wave by turning a cool crank.

Mini Maker Lab – Use paper, string and popsicle sticks to make a kite that flies high in the sky. Then try out your kite at the Power of Air in Spark Shop. How high will it soar?

Let’s Grow – Stop by Fresh! Farmers’ Market, to gather strawberries, plums and corn for a yummy summer “picnic.”

Move Studio – Hang ten, dude! Imagine you are surfing a giant wave, diving deep into the ocean or wiggling around like a creepy-crawly hermit crab.

Story Nook – Grab a book and recreate your favorite scene, or put on a show with our puppet friends.

Special Guests:
Saturday, July 1
Special Guest @ 9:30 am – TBD

Monday, July 3
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, July 8
Special Guest @ 9:30 am French to Music brings language acquisition to young children and their families. Sing a silly song while picking up some introductory French!

Monday, July 10
Special Guest @ 10:30 am  TBD

Saturday, July 15
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, July 17
Special Guest @ 10:30 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, July 22
Special Guest @ 9:30 am TBD

Monday, July 24
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, July 29
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, July 31
Special Guest @ 10:30 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!

Animal Adventures!

REGISTER NOW – MONDAYS
REGISTER NOW – SATURDAYS

Member: $3
Non-Member: $5

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.

Special Guests:
Saturday, August 5
Special Guest @ 9:30 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!

Monday, August 7
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, August 12
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, August 14
Special Guest @ 10 am  Tiny Tails To You—Austin’s adorable tiny traveling petting zoo—is fun and educational! They provide a unique interactive experience that combines petting and holding lovable animals while learning about them too. To learn more, visit www.tinytailstoyou.com.

Special Guest @ 10:30 am – Miss Ariel is a local Austin children’s musician performer. She has a great program that is geared for youngsters. Miss Ariel does a fantastic job mixing familiar preschool songs with original music, and includes special activities with shakers, scarves and puppets. Come join us and sing along!

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 @ 9:30 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!

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!

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

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.

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, and fun, 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 Miss Ariel is a local Austin children’s musician performer. She has a great program that is geared for youngsters. Miss Ariel does a fantastic job mixing familiar preschool songs with original music, and includes special activities with shakers, scarves and puppets. Come join us and sing along!

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 – TBD

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 – TBD

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