Hands-on Learning Fun in Mueller
Thinkery Camp is where learning happens through play, and kids have a whole lot of fun doing it! Whether it’s by using REAL TOOLS, engaging in HANDS-ON TECHNOLOGY, or getting our hands dirty with MESSY MAKING, we’re on a mission to Keep Austin Playful this summer. And we can’t wait to have your camper join us for the ride!
Camp Location: Thinkery – Meredith Learning Lab
Grade levels: Rising Kindergarten – 5th grade
Dates: June 3 – August 2
Camp Hours: Monday – Friday, 9 AM – 3 PM
Aftercare: Available from 3 – 5 PM ($75/per camper per week)
Pricing: Member Price – $385; Standard Price – $425
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A New Theme Each Week to Jumpstart Learning
Ready to pick a uniquely Austin theme for a camper’s week of learning? These playful weekly themes will serve as the spark for your campers’ creative exploration. Learn more about how Thinkery educators and your camper will bring these themes to life each day at camp. Check out what themes look like in action!
June 3-7 – Cosmic Cowboys:
Blast off on an interstellar adventure
June 10-14 – Cryptid Quest:
Uncover legends and lore from Chupacabras to the Jackalope
June 17-21 – Mission Possible:
Sneak into a stealthy spy adventure
June 24-28 – Public Art:
Discover creativity in the city
July 1-5 - Lost Worlds:
Step into the past with Earth’s extinct creatures
July 8-12 – Celebration Fest:
Experience the magic of holidays, parades, and festivals
July 15-19 – Into the Ocean:
Dive into the wonders of our deepest waters
July 22-26 – Exploring Earth:
Venture into the diverse habitats of our planet
July 29 – August 2: Shine Bright:
Explore light, shadow, and things that glow
A Day in the Life of a Thinkery Summer Camper at Thinkery Mueller
What does Thinkery’s Camp Experience look like in action?
At Thinkery, we like to story tell about our experiences. Here is an example of what our Camp experience might look like in action with a space theme.
On the first day of Camp, educators will lead campers in games, activities, and conversations to learn about what excites them most about space. After learning that they are the most interested in space travel the rest of the week will be led by a prompt with corresponding activities like:
Educators present campers with an “email” from NASA asking them to complete tasks for an upcoming mission to Mars. This prompt would serve as the spark that will launch kids’ creative expression!
Real Tools: Campers might use felting machines or embroidery to create a patch for their space mission, inspired by NASA’s patches from the Apollo missions.
Hand-on Technology: Campers might code using Ozobots to plot the course through the solar system, avoiding asteroids and other obstacles.
Messing Making: Campers might make and study the slime of the extraterrestrials.
In addition to these playful activities, campers will explore Thinkery galleries throughout the day! There will also be intentional time for indoor and outdoor free play and friendship-making!
How does the camp experience differ by grade level?
Thinkery Camp at Meredith Learning Lab is for campers entering Kindergarten through 5th grade. The beauty of Thinkery Camp is that the experience is adjustable and scalable by age range. The themes and framework may be the same, but younger campers may spend more of their time tinkering with how things work or developing the skills to use certain tools. Whereas older campers, might dive straight in and spend more focus time making or building a project.
What skills will my camper gain at Thinkery Camp?
The skills nurtured in Thinkery Camp are the durable skills children need to thrive today and in the future such as compassion, collaboration, communication, creative problem-solving, critical thinking, tool fluency, leadership, self-expression, creativity, and resiliency.
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