All Around Austin… At Thinkery!


You know it, we know it, we all know it. We live in a truly amazing city, one defined by its endlessly creative and innovative spirit. From cultural landmarks to world-class attractions to stunning outdoor spaces, there’s always something to do, see and experience. There’s no place like Austin, and we wouldn’t have it any other way.

In July and August, Baby Bloomers—our program designed specifically for children ages 0–3—showcases the various spaces and places that make Austin, well, Austin. Each week, toddlers and their caregivers explore a different stop on our citywide “tour” while enjoying hands-on, age-appropriate activities that support the social, emotional and cognitive development of early learners. And all while never leaving Thinkery!

Come celebrate this amazing city of ours. Join us as we explore everything Austin has to offer… at Thinkery!

All Around Austin - Texas State Capitol

Texas State Capitol
Saturday, July 9, 9–10 am
Monday, July 11, 9 am–12 pm
We kick off our Austin area tour by celebrating the State Capitol Building. Join us at Thinkery as we take an imaginative tour of the capitol, make Texas Flags and share our favorite book about Austin.

All Around Austin - HOPE
Photo credit: Jules Aboloff.

HOPE Outdoor Gallery
Saturday, July 16, 9–10 am
Monday, July 18, 9 am–12 pm
Bring your little one to Thinkery—we’re making amazing street art! We’ll create different kinds of graffiti using familiar materials like spaghetti, shaving cream, water colors and more. Inspired by the popular community paint park, we’ll create our own large scale art pieces.

All Around Austin - Lady Bird Lake

Lady Bird Lake
Saturday, July 23, 9–10 am
Monday, July 25, 9 am–12 pm
Paddle on over! We’re taking an imaginative tour of Lady Bird Lake. Learn about Mexican Free-Tailed Bats, create sculptures like ones found along the Ann and Roy Butler Hike-and-Bike Trail and build a replica of the Congress Avenue Bridge.

All Around Austin - Zilker Park

Zilker Park
Saturday, July 30, 9–10 am
Monday, August 1, 9 am–12 pm
Hike over to Thinkery and bask in the beauty and wonder of Zilker Park! Come paint with trains, get wet in a Barton Springs-themed sensory bin and explore the Zilker Botanical Garden in this hands-on exploration of Zilker Park.

All Around Austin - Austin Zoo
Photo credit: Austin Zoo.

Austin Zoo
Saturday, August 6, 9–10 am
Monday, August 8,
 9 am–12 pm
Lions and tigers and bears, oh my! Join us for a roarin’ good time as we celebrate Austin Zoo at Thinkery. We’ll make fun fingerprint characters, create animal tracks in play dough and monkey around in Move! Studio.

All Around Austin - Mount Bonnell

Mount Bonnell & Mayfield Park
Saturday, August 13, 9–10 am
Monday, August 15,
 9 am–12 pm
Pretend you’re climbing the steps up Mount Bonnell, a Lake Austin hot spot. We’ll use our senses to explore a rock-inspired sensory bin and make koi fish puppets to look like those in Mayfield Park’s pond.

All Around Austin - Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
Photo credit: University of Texas at Austin.

Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
Saturday, August 20, 9–10 am
Monday, August 22, 9 am–12 pm

Stop and smell the wildflowers as we explore native flora and fauna. We’ll even make our very own version of a wildflower garden!

All Around Austin - UT
Photo credit: University of Texas at Austin.

University of Texas
Saturday, August 27, 9–10 am
Monday, August 29, 9 am–12 pm

We wrap up our Austin adventure with an imaginary trip to the University of Texas at Austin, where we’ll build our own tower, make Blanton Museum of Art-inspired masterpieces and cheer loud like we’re at Darrell K. Royal on game day. Together, we’ll learn what it means to be a Longhorn.

Tickets for Baby Bloomers are $2.50 for Members and $4.50 for Non-Members, and may be purchased online or at Admissions. All Around Austin kicks off Saturday, July 9 with Texas State Capitol.

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