Thinkery's beloved winter tradition returns in December 2018! Creative families build with fresh gingerbread and sweet treats in a fun and festive atmosphere. Each Gingerbread House Kit includes all your supplies—fresh gingerbread from La Mexicana Bakery, an assortment of candies and plenty of icing. Build one house together as a family or order kits for each family member to create a gingerbread masterpiece of their own. From traditional houses and exclusive events to Candy Chemistry to Seriously Sweet Structures, there is a workshop for every family.

After the workshop, all participants are welcome to explore Thinkery while their house dries in the Gingerbread Village. Finally, capture a sweet memory by posing for a picture of your house at the Gingerbread Photo Booth.

In any of our amazing workshops, you’ll be building much more than a gingerbread house, you’ll be building memories.  Choose your family’s workshop below!

 

Gingerbread Fun Run

Saturday, November 17, 2018, 9am—noon

Get ready to run, run as fast as you can, Austin. Kick off the holiday season with a special Gingerbread Fun Run for kids—it’s almost 1K! 10% off Gingerbread Workshop registrations for the entire family for reservations made the day of the Fun Run. Buy tickets now

 

Explore workshops below:

Traditional Gingerbread
 
Traditional Gingerbread Workshops
All Ages, 1 Hour 
December 1, 2, 8, 9, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23 & 24 
Workshops offered at 9:30 am, 10:45 am, 12 pm, 1:30 pm, 2:45 pm, & 4 pm
 
BUY TICKETS - Sugar Plum Room
BUY TICKETS - Peppermint Room 
BUY TICKETS - Gum Drop Room
BUY TICKETS - Candy Cane Room
BUY TICKETS - Snowflake Room

These hour-long, educator-led workshops are appropriate for all ages and offer everything needed to build and decorate a charming gingerbread house. Each attendee must reserve a seat in the workshop and we recommend purchasing one Gingerbread House Kit for every 2-3 people. Follow our single-house design outline or combine kits to create your own design!
Based on the age of your child, we will provide kits with the proper materials for building.  For those 5 and under, our tot gingerbread kits will have larger candies and an easy-to-build platform, so that everyone can have a fun and successful time.
When the building is complete, we will move your house to the Gingerbread Village where you can pick it up after playing in Thinkery. Don’t forget to snap a memory at the Gingerbread Photo Booth!

Pricing
$5 Member Adult or Child Seat
$12 Non-Member Adult or Child Seat
$20 per Gingerbread House Kit (Every group must purchase at least one house)
Private Gingerbread Workshops

 

Private Gingerbread Workshops


All Ages, 2 Hours 
December 1, 2, 8, 9, 15, 16, 22 & 23
All workshops offered at 12:15

BUY TICKETS - Sugar Plum Room
BUY TICKETS - Peppermint Room 

Share this special winter tradition with your friends and family. A Private Gingerbread Workshop is perfect for:
  • A large family gathering
  • Family friendly holiday parties
  • Corporate events
  • A new office tradition
  • Parent meetups
  • Scout groups
  • Ugly sweater party
  • Class parties
 
Reserve a private Gingerbread Workshop with real gingerbread for your masterpieces and all the candy fixings to create your winter wonderlands. There is limited availability for the Private Workshop offerings, so book early to get your preferred spot!
 
Private Traditional Gingerbread Workshops (2 hours)
  • Educator-led Gingerbread Workshop for up to 36 participants
  • 2-hour long private room rental (includes workshop time)
  • Families may explore the museum after their workshop for as long as they would like
  • Food and drink allowed in the workshop rooms
 

Pricing


Private Traditional Workshop for 36 people plus 10 Gingerbread House Kits
$500 – Non-member Price
$450 - Member Price
Private Traditional Workshop for 36 people plus 15 Gingerbread House Kits
$550 – Member Price
$600 – Non-member Price
$20 per additional Gingerbread House Kit
Seriously Sweet Structures


Gingerbread: Seriously Sweet Structures


Ages 8 & up, 2.5 Hour
December 1, 2, 8, 9, 15, 16, 21, 22 & 23
Workshops offered at 2:30 pm
December 24
Workshop offered at 10:30 am
 
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Join us in Spark Shop for a 2.5-hour workshop as gingerbread and icing become our building materials in this sweet introduction to architecture and design.
Through structural engineering challenges, discover the shapes and forms integral to a sturdy gingerbread building and incorporate your findings into your design process while taking inspiration from Austin landmarks to draft plans for constructing your own creation.
When the building is complete, we will move your house to the Gingerbread Village where you can pick it up after playing in the Thinkery. Don’t forget to snap a memory at the Gingerbread Photo Booth!  

Pricing
$5 Member Adult or Child Workshop Fee
$12 Non-Member Adult or Child Workshop Fee
$30 per Gingerbread Structures Kit (Every group must purchase at least one house)
Gingerbread Candy Chemistry

Gingerbread: Candy Chemistry

Ages 7 & up, 2.5 Hours

December 1, 2, 8, 9, 15, 16, 21,22 & 23

Workshops offered at 10:45 am

December 24

Workshop offered at 10:30 am

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Join us in Kitchen Lab for a 2.5-hour workshop exploring the different forms of sugar at a molecular level!

Put a spin on sugar making your own cotton candy. Master the phases of matter creating lollipops and chocolate pops. Best of all, use your candy creations to decorate your own unique gingerbread house. As a finale, witness the dazzling display of sugar being converted to energy.

When the building is complete, we will move your house to the Gingerbread Village where you can pick it up after playing in the Thinkery. Don’t forget to snap a memory at the Gingerbread Photo Booth!  

Pricing

$5 Member Adult or Child Workshop Fee

$12 Non-Member Adult or Child Workshop Fee

$30 per Candy Chemistry Gingerbread House Kit (Every group must purchase at least one house)

FAQ

Planning for Your Workshop

  • Children must be accompanied to workshops by a ticketed adult.
  • Plan to arrive at the Thinkery 10 minutes before the start of your workshop.
  • Due to room capacity, each person who attends the workshop must reserve a space in the workshop by purchasing a ticket. Family members not attending the workshop must purchase general admission to enter the museum.  They will not be admitted to the workshop without a workshop ticket.
  • In addition to tickets, each group must purchase at least one gingerbread house. We recommend 2-3 people per house.
  • The Private Workshop price includes 10 or 15 Gingerbread House Kits.
  • Completed houses will measure approximately 8” x 8” and are about 10” tall and are made with real, fresh gingerbread.
  • Families may explore the museum after their workshop for as long as they would like.
  • No food or drinks are allowed in the workshop rooms during regular operating hours, except for Private Gingerbread Workshops.
  • Outside entertainment vendors are not permitted in workshops.
   

Cancellation Policy

Traditional, Candy Chemistry & Seriously Sweet Structures Workshops If you must cancel your plans, please notify us at least 7 days prior to the event start. Refunds are not available if we are notified less than 7 days prior to the event start or you fail to attend the event. Non-refundable, pre-ordered houses will be made available for pick-up in the form of a DIY kit.   The Thinkery reserves the right to cancel a program or combine workshops if registration for the event does not meet the minimum enrollment requirements.  If the Thinkery cancels a program, a full refund will be issued to all registrants.  

Private Gingerbread Workshops

If you must cancel your plans, please notify us at least 15 days prior to the event start to receive a refund of the ticket cost minus a $75 processing fee per workshop. Refunds are not available if we are notified less than 15 days prior to the event start or you fail to attend the event. Non-refundable, pre-ordered houses will be made available for pick-up in the form of a DIY kit.