Thinkery Camps

We are a home for a new generation of innovators
Thinkery Camp programs provide a creative, safe and challenging environment for campers to expand their problem solving potential—and have a whole lot of fun! In each weeklong camp, Pre-K–5th grade campers engage in playful learning experiences and develop critical thinking skills in a collaborative environment. Click here to explore our seven innovative 2018 Thinkery Camp themes!

What we do: Spark curiosity and inspire creative learning
Thinkery Camps offer hands-on activities in science, technology, engineering, art and math (STEAM) as a platform for innovation. Each weeklong program offers a variety of fun mental and physical challenges that activate campers’ creativity. Campers answer their questions of “how” and “why” through immersive, interactive learning experiences designed to keep them exploring, creating and moving.

Explore our age groups and FIVE locations | Find the perfect Thinkery Camp for your camper 

Program Information

Age Group Details

Campers are divided into the following age groups in order to provide the most developmentally-appropriate environment for them to play, learn and grow. Please note, the following age groups are recommended for students entering these grades in Fall 2018.

We have designed our camp themes to grow with our campers—in every single Thinkery Camp, activities and content are differentiated for each age group to maximize fun and engagement. As campers get older, they dive deeper into STEAM concepts and tackle more complex challenges and materials.

Pre-K–Kindergarten

(Must be 4 years old by March 1, 2017)
Full day sessions, 9 am–4 pm. Optional half-day program with pick-up at 1:00 pm for a discounted price.

Curious Pre-K–K campers receive structure and guidance as we nurture their innovative minds. Enticing projects and activities offer little learners problem solving practice and opportunities for group collaboration.

1st–2nd Grade

Full day sessions, 9 am–4 pm
Campers entering 1st or 2nd grade begin to stretch their wings by testing out new abilities. Budding innovators look beyond what is seen and explore how things work. Inquiry-based learning and a focus on the design process drive campers’ discovery of STEAM concepts. These campers enjoy a full day program and experience science in action through hands-on field trips and guest speakers.

3rd–5th Grades

Full day sessions, 9 am–4 pm
Campers entering 3rd, 4th or 5th grade delve deeper into the Thinkery experience through more advanced tools and multi-day challenges. Campers team up to perfect every phase of the design process and tackle the world’s emerging problems. These campers have the opportunity to meet and learn from Austin-based innovators, and they discover how science answers questions through hands-on field trips and guest speakers.

Location Details

We strive to make Thinkery Camps available and accessible to all Austin-area children. That’s why we’re so excited to host Thinkery Camps at several locations across Austin this year. With FIVE locations in the Austin area—no matter where you live—there’s a Thinkery Camp in your neighborhood!

Thinkery at the Meredith Learning Lab – East/Central

1830 Simond Ave., Austin, TX 78723

Camps offered for Pre-K–5th grade, just east of I-35 off of Airport Blvd. Campers at Thinkery’s home campus have the opportunity to learn through Thinkery exhibits every single day. STEAM-themed and Programming camps are hosted at Thinkery’s home campus all summer long. 1st–5th graders in non-programming camps will enjoy a field trip. Extended Care is available at this site from 8 am–5:30 pm.

Thinkery hosted at National Instruments – North/West

11500 N. Mopac Expy, Austin, TX 78759

Camps offered for 1st–5th grade, just west of MoPac near The Domain. Campers at the National Instruments campus have the opportunity to design, explore and play in the same facility where their robots were developed! Plus, campers enjoy a field trip to visit Thinkery. Thinkery does not offer Extended Care at this site.

Thinkery hosted at The Magellan International School – North/West

7938 Great Northern Blvd., Austin, TX 78757

Camps offered for 1st–5th grade, just east of MoPac near W. Anderson Lane. Campers at The Magellan International School campus will enjoy the classroom setting and access to The Magellan playground. All campers will enjoy a field trip to visit Thinkery. Campers in STEAM themed camps will also experience a second field trip in Austin. Extended Care at this site is hosted and run by The Magellan International School and runs from 4–6 pm.

Thinkery hosted at International School of Texas – West

4402 Hudson Bend Rd., Austin, TX 78734

Camps offered for Pre-K–5th grade, near Lake Travis and Steiner Ranch off FM 620. Campers at International School of Texas campus will enjoy the classroom setting and access to IST’s playground. All campers will enjoy a field trip to visit Thinkery. 1st-5th grade campers in STEAM themed camps will also experience a second field trip in Austin. Extended Care facilitated by Thinkery is available at this site from 8 am–5:30 pm.

Thinkery hosted at Emergent Academy – South/West

1044 Liberty Park Dr., Austin, TX 78746

Camps offered for Pre-K–5th grade, just west of MoPac and south of Bee Cave Rd. Campers at Emergent Academy campus will enjoy the classroom setting and access to Emergent Academy’s grounds. All campers will enjoy a field trip to visit Thinkery. 1st-5th grade campers in STEAM themed camps will also experience a second field trip in Austin. Extended Care facilitated by Thinkery is available at this site from 8 am–5:30 pm.

Map of Locations

2018 Thinkery Camp Overview

Thinkery Camps at Meredith Learning Lab

March 12–16, 2018

Pre-K–K | Think Austin

1st–2nd | Think Austin

3rd–5th | Think Austin

June 4–8, 2018

Pre-K–K | Engineering with Sound

1st–2nd | Engineering with Sound

1st–2nd | RoboCircus

3rd–5th | Engineering with Sound

June 11–15, 2018

Pre-K–K | Once Upon a Design

1st–2nd | Once Upon a Design

3rd–5th | Once Upon a Design

3rd–5th | Secret Agent Robot

June 18–22, 2018

Pre-K–K | Up, Up and Away

1st–2nd | Up, Up and Away

1st–2nd | RoboCircus

3rd–5th | Up, Up and Away

June 25–29, 2018

Pre-K–K | Think Austin

1st–2nd | Think Austin

3rd–5th | Think Austin

July 2–3, 5–6, 2018

Pre-K–K | Engineering with Sound

1st–2nd | Engineering with Sound

1st–2nd | Medieval Minecraft

3rd–5th | Engineering with Sound

July 9–13, 2018

Pre-K–K | Once Upon a Design

1st–2nd | Once Upon a Design

3rd–5th | Once Upon a Design

3rd–5th | Medieval Minecraft

July 16–20, 2018

Pre-K–K | Up, Up and Away

1st–2nd | Up, Up and Away

1st–2nd | Secret Agent Robot

3rd–5th | Up, Up and Away

July 23–27, 2018

Pre-K–K | Think Austin

1st–2nd | Think Austin

3rd–5th | Think Austin

July 30–Aug 3, 2018

Pre-K–K | Engineering with Sound

1st–2nd | Engineering with Sound

1st–2nd | Secret Agent Robot

3rd–5th | Engineering with Sound

August 6–10, 2018

Pre-K–K | Once Upon a Design

1st–2nd | Once Upon a Design

3rd–5th | Once Upon a Design

3rd–5th | Medieval Minecraft

August 13–17, 2018

Pre-K–K | Up, Up and Away

1st–2nd | Up, Up and Away

1st–2nd | Medieval Minecraft

3rd–5th | Up, Up and Away

Thinkery Camps at National Instruments

June 4–8, 2018

3rd–5th | Medieval Minecraft

June 11–15, 2018

1st–2nd | Medieval Minecraft

June 18–22, 2018

3rd–5th | RoboCircus

June 25–29, 2018

1st–2nd | Secret Agent Robot

July 9–13, 2018

1st–2nd | Think Austin

July 16–20, 2018

3rd–5th | RoboCircus

July 23–27, 2018

1st–2nd | Secret Agent Robot

July 30–Aug 3, 2018

3rd–5th | Medieval Minecraft

August 6–10, 2018

1st–2nd | Medieval Minecraft

August 13–17, 2018

3rd–5th | Secret Agent Robot

Thinkery Camps at The Magellan International School

July 2–3, 5–6, 2018

1st–2nd | RoboCircus

3rd–5th | RoboCircus

July 9–13, 2018

1st–2nd | Secret Agent Robot

3rd–5th | Secret Agent Robot

July 16–20, 2018

1st–2nd | Engineering with Sound

3rd–5th | Engineering with Sound

July 23–27, 2018

1st–2nd | Once Upon a Design

3rd–5th | Once Upon a Design

Thinkery Camps at International School of Texas

June 11–15, 2018

Pre-K–K | Think Austin

1st–2nd | Think Austin

3rd–5th | Think Austin

June 18–22, 2018

Pre-K–K | Engineering with Sound

1st–2nd | Engineering with Sound

3rd–5th | Engineering with Sound

June 25–29, 2018

Pre-K–K | Once Upon a Design

1st–2nd | Once Upon a Design

3rd–5th | Once Upon a Design

Thinkery Camps at Emergent Academy

July 30–Aug 3, 2018

Pre-K–K | Up, Up and Away

1st–2nd | Up, Up and Away

3rd–5th | Up, Up and Away

August 6–10, 2018

Pre-K–K | Think Austin

1st–2nd | Think Austin

3rd–5th | Think Austin

August 13–17, 2018

Pre-K–K | Engineering with Sound

1st–2nd | Engineering with Sound

3rd–5th | Engineering with Sound