Thinkery strives to be an inclusive, friendly, inspiring space to learn for our entire community, regardless of 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

Community Nights

Wednesdays from 4–8 pm

Admission is FREE, but donations are welcome!

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.


There is no pre-registration for admission.

In order to ensure a safe and enjoyable visit for all guests, Thinkery has a set number of visitors that can be allowed into the museum at any one time. Guests will be admitted on a first-come, first served basis.


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.

In order to make your Community Night visit enjoyable, please observe the following:

Stay in close proximity to your child.

Shoes are required at all times with the exception of Bloom.

We cannot guarantee admission for Groups traveling by bus or with more than 10 students for Community Nights.

Community Night Spotlights

Community Night Spotlight: Kindness Night

Wednesday, July 24, 4-8 pm

Admission is FREE, but donations are welcome!

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 July 24, join us for an event that promotes kindness toward others & teaches important kindness skills to families. Local organizations dedicated to spreading Kindness in Austin will share their expertise, resources, and stories.

This event is for everyone! Come learn about how to spread kindness in your life and communities.


Caritas of Austin Food Drive

July 1 - July 24

Caritas of Austin works to end homelessness and make Austin more vibrant for all.

In the lead-up to our Kindness Night event on July 24, Thinkery is partnering with Caritas for a Food Drive to collect food and select personal care products for those in need. As a "thank you" for each donated item, you’ll receive $2 off one General Admission ticket!

Caritas is requesting the following items:

Canned diced tomatoes
Canned spaghetti sauce
Canned pineapple
Hamburger or Tuna Helper (boxed)
Canned ravioli, lasagna, and spaghetti & meatballs (7.5 oz)
Canned chili with beans
Canned ranch style beans, refried beans, and pork & beans
Canned soup
Ready-made boxed rice
Cereal (all kinds)

Toilet paper
Body wash

Thank you for your generous support!


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!