Enjoy a night of playful exploration with thematic activities at Thinkery’s exclusive after-hours event for families.

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.

Come play with us!


Family Night: Halloween Hootenanny

Friday, October 27 from 6–9 pm

Member Adult: $13/Member Child: $11
Non-Member Adult: $15/Non-Member Child: $13
Children ages 0–23 months: FREE

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Celebrate Halloween, Thinkery-style. Dress in your Halloween best and learn to make your own spooky sounds, become a gross-ologist and face your fear of freaky foods. Activities for kids and adults make this fall celebration enchantingly fun for all. Complete all activity stations and receive a special prize!

Treat or Treat Cornucopia Popcorn brings you things that go POP in the night. (Popcorn, of course!)

Bones Tell a Tale – Discover all we can learn about an animal by looking at teeth, skulls and bones with Austin Nature & Science Center.

Toying Around – Check out Austin Toy Museum’s collection of spooky toys.

Step & Repeat (& SCREAM!)  Show off your fab costume (or create your own monster-piece!) with Supercuts’ Photo Booth.

Spider Climber – Learn about spiders as you scramble like everyone’s favorite eight-legged friends in our reimagined Climber exhibit.

Costume Parade – Stomp like a monster through Thinkery showing off your amazing costume in a silly and noisy group parade.

Trick or Eat?  Insects can be scary, but they can be tasty, too! Try edible insects with Little Herds.

More event details from Play-Well TEKnologies, Austin Books & Comics and MORE coming soon…

Family Night 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.