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

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.

Community Night Spotlight: LGBTQ Family Pride

Wednesday, August 8, 4-8 pm

On August 8, join us for a playful evening in celebration of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer families, as well as LGBTQ adults with children in their lives. Admission is by donation, with a suggested $1 dollar donation.

Thinkery strives to be an inclusive, friendly, inspiring space to learn for the entire community, regardless of financial status, mental/physical abilities, ethnicity, nationality, race, sexual orientation, gender expression/identity or family status. 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.

LGBTQ Family Pride Evening activities and community partners include:

Taste the colors of the rainbow with FREE ice cream generously donated by our friends at Lick Honest Ice Creams!

Getting cooking with Common Threads and learn healthy snack recipes, like rainbow fruit kabobs!

Mini-Pride Parade: Grab a rainbow flag, a noise maker and show your pride as we march through the museum.

Storytime with Austin International Drag Foundation drag queen storytellers.

Out Youth where youth of all sexual orientations and gender identities have a place where they are loved, acknowledged, and accepted for exactly who they are.

PFLAG an organization dedicated to offering free support groups that offer: acceptance, encouragement and answers to your questions about LGBTQ issues.

"What Makes a Family?" Art Wall – Add a picture of what family means to you - we’re more alike than different!

Parachute Play – Experience your kindergarten glory days while jumping under a colorful parachute.

Community Night Spotlights - Past

LGBTQ Family Pride Night, August 16, 2017

Hispanic Heritage Month, September 27, 2017

Disability Awareness, October 11, 2017

Native American Heritage Month, November 1, 2017

Black Heritage, February 27, 2018

Autism Awareness Month presented by Variety, April 18, 2018

*Check back for dates of future Community Night Spotlight evenings and details.

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!