Ready, Set, Summer! – Think Labs


Written by Molly Strehl, Marketing Assistant.

Summer is finally here! How will you beat the heat? We hope you’ll spend your break with us as we build, explore and tinker together all summer long.

The next few months are jam-packed with hands-on, fun-filled and STEAM-fueled activities for your family to enjoy. Just take a look at our special summertime Think Labs!

Ready to dive deep into innovative art and science topics? Our summertime Think Labs were designed with families in mind! Think Labs take place on Saturdays and Sundays in either Kitchen Lab or Space 8, with sessions at various times to accommodate busy schedules. (We’ve all got ’em.) Perfect for caregivers and children ages 4+, each STEAM-focused Think Lab is held in a small group setting for a completely collaborative experience. Are you ready to create and collaborate? Join us this summer!

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Pop by Kitchen Lab for an anatomy lesson! In our biology-focused Cow Eye Dissection Think Lab, we’ll learn about human anatomy by exploring an eyeball. Together, each adult/child pair will dissect a cow eye and investigate the science behind the incredible sense of sight. The cow eyes used are preserved in a safe solution free of formalin odor. Ages 4+.

Need a wardrobe refresh? You’re in luck! We’re creating light-up E-Wearables in Space 8! Team up to tackle the basics of circuitry and textile art as you create a wearable work of electronic art. Ages 4+.


In August, explore science and technology through art! We’re using creative techniques to produce beautiful works of take-home art all month long. In Kitchen Labdiscover Suminagashi—an ancient Japanese marbling process. Blend floating ink in pools of water to produce custom swirling creations. Ages 4+

Get funky with everyday materials (and channel your inner Warhol!) in our Printmaking Galore workshop in Space 8. You’ll use familiar materials in unfamiliar ways to make unique edition prints with stamps, scribbles and doodles. Ages 4+.


Back to school—back to fun and learning! We’ll wrap up our summer Think Labs with two hands-on, family-friendly workshops. In Decoding DNA, we’ll explore scientific techniques to extract DNA from fruits and vegetables and take a closer look under microscopes. Ages 4+.

Over in Space 8, we’re setting up our Back-to-School Makershop! We’ll hone and sharpen our sewing skills as we create pencil bags using age-appropriate tools and materials. Programs available for ages 4+ and 8+. 

The best way to beat the heat this summer is by playing and learning at Thinkery. Join us for a Think Lab!

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Families create and collaborate in our hands-on Think Labs!

Think Labs are supported in part by the Cultural Arts Division of the City of Austin Economic Development Department. Visit Austin at

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