Thinkery strives to be an inclusive, friendly, inspiring space to learn for our entire community, including, but not limited to low-income, mental/physical abilities, ethnicity, nationality, race, sexual orientation, gender expression/identity or family status. By providing accessible experiences to underserved and underrepresented audiences, the museum broadens its ability to equip and inspire the next generation of creative problem solvers. We’re able to reach these goals through our community outreach programs, supported by the annual gifts of the Thinkery Clubhouse and our Open Door Initiative.

Community Nights

Wednesdays from 4–8 pm

Admission is by donation, with a suggested $1 dollar donation.

MAKE and DO together at Community Night! Every Wednesday, Thinkery stays open late for families to discover new ideas and learn together. Enjoy the exhibits and educational programs facilitated by staff.

Bilingual Storytime Wednesdays at 6 pm*

Bilingual Storytime fosters early literacy through the presentation of themed stories, songs and activities.

*Time subject to change during Community Night Spotlight evenings.

Community Night Spotlights

Community Night Spotlight: Black Heritage


Wednesday, February 20 from 4–8 pm

Admission is by donation, with a suggested $1 dollar donation.

During Community Night Spotlight evenings, Thinkery shines a light on a unique aspect of the rich diversity that makes Austin such an amazing place to live, play and learn with educational activities facilitated by staff and special community presenters.

On February 20, join us for a playful evening in celebration of Black history, culture, art and scientific contributions, featuring hands-on activities and community presenters.


Community Partners Include:

Learn about the history and the present-day STEM summer camp offerings of Huston-Tillotson University

Create a handprint mural with Six Square Austin’s Black Cultural District

Practice yoga, learn some Portuguese and enjoy story time with the George Washington Carver Museum

Explore a future career in filmmaking and expand your knowledge of Black filmmakers with the Black Film Student Association from the University of Texas

Pick up some new moves with Austin Capoeira

Test your Black Heritage trivia with Austin Justice Coalition

The University of Texas Athletics will be participating through its Diversity and Inclusion Council Initiative


Open Door Initiative

Maintaining affordable access for everyone is a top priority for Thinkery. Each year, our Open Door Initiative provides subsidized admissions, camp scholarships and group tours to thousands of children and families with limited financial resources. Learn more!