Come play with us! Enjoy a night of playful exploration with thematic activities during Family Night, Thinkery’s exclusive after-hours event for families.

Family Night – Halloween Hootenanny

Friday, October 26 from 6-9 pm

Member Child: $11/Member Adult: $13
Non-Member Child: $13/Non Member Adult: $15

(FREE for children 0–23 months)


Celebrate Halloween, Thinkery-style. Dress in your Halloween best with activities for kids and adults make this fall celebration spellbindingly fun for all.

Complete select activity stations and receive a prize! Cash bar with beer, wine and kid-friendly drinks available for thirsty mummy’s.


Spider Climber– What makes a spider a spider? Explore our 8-legged friends in Thinkery’s Climber exhibit.


Costume Parade – Stomp like a monster, stagger like a zombie. However you move, you’ll have a great time showing off your costumes in a group parade.


Electrifying Concoctions – Visit the WINS (Women in Natural Science) laboratory from UT Austin for a hair-raising good time making slime and other cool options.


Mummy Wrapping- How fast can you turn a friend or family member into a mummy? Use fabric strips and a timer to find out!


Spooky Tunes – Learn how to play some new Halloween themed songs at Thinkery’s Tube Tunes station!


The Rotten Truth - Unearth the realities of what happens to pumpkins when they're left to their own decay.


Get Bot Bit – Watch as 4546 SnakeByte robotics team from Vandergrift High School demo their latest robot creation and control the bot yourself to see what it can do!


Zombie Invaders! Explore 6-legged invasive species with Nathan the Insect Guy and the UT Brackenridge Field Laboratory! If fire ants bug you, then to take some time to learn more about where they’re from and how scientists are trying to stem their spread!


Franken-Toys – Give your favorite plush toy from home (or use one of ours!) a new makeover by dissecting, tinkering and reassembling in Spark Shop.


Spooktacular Tunes -- Get your bones shaking with Music with Miss Ariel as she plays the Halloween hits and new favorites from her latest album.


Pumpkin-drumkin - Explore circuitry and watch pumpkins come to life with this special drum set.


Corridor of Secrets – Crawl through Thinkery’s annual hall of mystery using UV flashlights to search for hidden messages.


The Things That Go Twinkle in the Night – Use your eyes, telescopes and the help of the Astronomy Students Association at UT to seek out interstellar constellations and stars that are out of this world!


Blood-suckers or Heart-warmers? -- Get up close and personal with some of Austin’s bridge-dwelling, winged mammals as Austin Bat Refuge fills you in on why bats deserve your admiration instead of your repulsion.


Bunny Boutique – Join Rose and Grace Mini Farm to cuddle and costume some sweet furry friends.

About Family Night

Each Family Night explores a different topic, but all include access to Thinkery’s exhibits and a cash bar with snacks, kid-friendly drinks, beer and wine. Depending on each evening’s lineup, you can enjoy entertaining performances, play educational games, tinker with Austin makers, learn from local scientists or explore cutting-edge technology.

Cancellation Policy

Thinkery will not issue a refund for the cost of the ticket if you are unable to attend the event. Thinkery reserves the right to cancel a program if registration for the event does not meet the minimum enrollment requirements. If Thinkery cancels a program, a full refund will be issued to all registrants.

Please note, Thinkery cannot validate parking in the McBee Street District Garage for special events or programs occurring outside of our General Admission operating hours.