Austin's favorite winter tradition returns December 7! 

Thinkery's Gingerbread Workshops let creative families use fresh gingerbread and sweet treats to build gingerbread houses in a fun and festive atmosphere. Build one house together as a group or let each family member create their own gingerbread masterpiece!

From tots to teens and all ages in-between, you'll find a workshop that's right for your family!  Each Gingerbread House Kit includes all the supplies you'll need—fresh gingerbread from La Mexicana Bakery, an assortment of candies and plenty of icing. After the workshop, participants are welcome to explore Thinkery while their houses dry in the Gingerbread Village.

With each of these amazing workshops, you’ll be building much more than a gingerbread house--you'll be building holiday memories for the whole family!  (But also gingerbread houses. Which are awesome!)

 

Choose the Gingerbread Workshop that's right for you

These tot-friendly, hour-long workshops are appropriate for all ages and offer everything you’ll need to build and decorate a charming gingerbread house. Follow our single-house instructions or purchase additional kits to combine and create your own design!

When the building is complete, we’ll move your house to the Gingerbread Village where you can pick it up after exploring Thinkery.

So that everyone can have a fun and successful time, we will provide kits with the proper materials for building based on the age of your child.  For kids 5 and under, our tot gingerbread kits will have larger candies and an easy-to-build platform.

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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 while making your own cotton candy. Master the phases of matter by creating lollipops and chocolate pops. Then, 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’ll move your house to the Gingerbread Village where you can pick it up after exploring Thinkery.

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Join us in Kitchen Lab for a 2.5-hour workshop that’s a sweet introduction to architecture and design.

Through a series of structural engineering challenges, you’ll discover the elements integral to building a sturdy gingerbread house. Then, incorporate your findings as you take inspiration from famous landmarks and draft plans for your own candy-coated creation.

When the building is complete, we’ll move your house to the Gingerbread Village where you can pick it up after exploring Thinkery.

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Share this special winter tradition with your friends and family. An Exclusive Gingerbread Workshop is perfect for:

  • A large family gathering
  • Family-friendly holiday parties
  • Corporate events
  • Parent meetups
  • Scout groups
  • An “ugly sweater” party
  • Class parties

Reserve an Exclusive Gingerbread Workshop full of real gingerbread for your masterpieces and all the candy fixings to create your winter wonderlands. Availability is limited, so book early to get your preferred spot!

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Planning for your Workshop

Making Your Reservation
  • Gingerbread Workshop tickets do not include Thinkery admission. Admission to the museum must be purchased separately.
    • No additional admission is required for Thinkery Members or children under 24 months
  • In addition to tickets, each group must purchase at least one gingerbread house. We recommend 2-3 people per house.
  • All children must be accompanied to Workshops by a ticketed adult.
  • We offer multiple Workshops at the same start time throughout the day; please be sure to note both the start time and the room assignment when making your reservation.
  • The Private Workshop price includes 10 or 15 Gingerbread House Kits and museum admission for all guests.
Arrival and Set Up
  • Plan to arrive at Thinkery at least 10 minutes before the start of your Workshop.
  • Room capacity is limited, so no one will be admitted to the Workshop without a Workshop ticket.
  • All children must be accompanied to Workshops by a ticketed adult.
  • In addition to tickets, each group must purchase at least one gingerbread house. We recommend 2-3 people per house.
  • So that everyone can have a fun and successful experience, we will provide kits with the proper materials for building based on the age of your child. For kids 5 and under, our tot gingerbread kits will have larger candies and an easy-to-build platform.
  • When you check in, Thinkery staff will confirm your total number of seats and gingerbread houses.  Based on availability, additional house kits may be purchased at time of check-in.
  • 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.
When your Workshop is over
  • Completed houses will measure approximately 8” x 8” and are about 10” tall and are made with real, fresh gingerbread.
  • At the end of each Workshop, houses will be collected and moved to the Drying Village to allow time for the icing to set
  • Families may explore the museum after their Workshop for as long as they would like during regular Thinkery hours
  • Houses must be collected before you leave the museum; houses left in the Drying Village at the end of the day will not be saved.

Cancellation Policy

Classic, Candy Chemistry and Seriously Sweet Structures

When possible, we allow a program participants to transfer to a different program if there are openings (minus a $5 processing fee per workshop).

Cancellations made 15 or more business days before the start of your program will receive a full refund (minus a $5 processing fee per workshop). Refunds cannot be made 2-weeks before the start of the program. Participants may not make up or receive a refund for missed programs.

Refunds are not available if 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.

Thinkery reserves the right to cancel a program or combine workshops if event registrations do not meet the minimum enrollment requirements.  If Thinkery cancels a program, a full refund will be issued to all Workshop registrants.

Private Workshops

If you must cancel your plans, please notify us at least 15 days prior to the event 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.