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. By providing 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 Spotlight: Native American Heritage Month

Wednesday, November 1 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 November 1, days before the 26th Annual Austin Powwow & American Indian Heritage Festival, join us for a playful evening in celebration of the histories, cultures, and the artistic and scientific contributions of individuals and families of Native American heritage.

Native American Heritage evening activities and community partners include:

5 pm, 6 pm & 7 pm – Native dance performances with drumming and regalia with Great Promise for American Indians.

5:30 pm & 6:30 pm – Story time with some of our favorite Native American children’s literature.

Ongoing throughout the evening:

Beadwork Armband Learn about American Indian beadwork while making your own colorful pattern armband with Bullock Texas State History Museum.

Frybread cooking demonstrations in Kitchen Lab – Join Jenny Kessler in a hands-on cooking demonstration to make a tasty flat bread while exploring the history of the recipe and the science behind the ingredients.

Dance Bells in Space 8 – Combine making and math as we explore ABC patterns and create your very own bracelet or anklet to wear during one of the evenings dance performances.

Exploring Regalia Share in a discussion as you explore handmade items and how they were created with Great Promise for American Indians.

More event details coming soon…


Community Night Spotlight 2017 Calendar

LGBTQ Family Pride Night, Wednesday, August 16, 2017, 4–8 pm

Hispanic Heritage Month, Wednesday, September 27, 2017, 4–8 pm

Disability Awareness, Wednesday, October 11, 2017, 4–8 pm

Native American Heritage Month, Wednesday, November 1, 2017, 4–8 pm

*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!