Calling all builders—Gingerbread Workshop season is here!

Join us Saturday, December 9–Sunday, December 24 for this beloved winter tradition.

Thinkery Members enjoy an exclusive Members-only Gingerbread Workshop pre-sale Monday, September 25–Monday, October 9.

Gingerbread Workshops go on sale to the General Public on Tuesday, October 10.

Thinkery’s beloved winter tradition returns this December! 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!

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 with your house at the Gingerbread Photo Booth.

 

From traditional houses to toddler designers and Candy Chemistry to Gingerbread Architect, there is a workshop for every family.

Children must be accompanied to workshops by a ticketed adult.

Choose your workshop:


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 very own design!

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

Pricing

BUY TICKETS – Member Pre-Sale September 25–October 9
$5 Member Adult/Child Seat
$12 Non-Member Adult/Child Seat
$20 per Gingerbread House Kit (Every group must purchase at least one house)

Dates & Times (1 hour)

December 2017

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Workshop Times: 

December 9–10, December 16–17 and December 23 – 9:30 am, 9:45 am, 10:45 am, 11 am, 2:45 pm & 4 pm
December 18–22 – 9:30 am, 9:45 am, 10:45 am, 11 am, 12 pm, 1:30 pm, 2:45 pm & 4 pm
December 24 – 9:30 am, 9:45 am, 10:45 am, 11 am & 12 pm

See our registration page for availability. If a date and time does not appear, it is sold out or not available.

Tot Gingerbread Workshops are designed for families with children ages 5 and under. These hour-long workshops provide everything needed to construct and decorate an easy-to-build gingerbread house. Each attendee must reserve a seat in the workshop, and we recommend purchasing one Gingerbread House Kit for every 2-3 people.

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

Pricing

BUY TICKETS – Member Pre-Sale September 25–October 9
$5 Member Adult/Child Seat
$12 Non-Member Adult/Child Seat
$20 per Gingerbread House Kit (Every group must purchase at least one house)

Dates & Times (1 hour)

December 2017

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Workshop Times:

December 9–10, December 16–17 and December 23 – 9:30 am, 9:45 am, 10:45 am, 11 am, 2:45 pm & 4 pm

December 18–22 – 9:30 am, 9:45 am, 10:45 am, 11 am, 12 pm, 1:30 pm, 2:45 pm & 4 pm

December 24 – 9:30 am, 9:45 am, 10:45 am, 11 am & 12 pm

See our registration page for availability. If a date and time does not appear, it is sold out or not available.

Ages 8+! Join us in our maker space for a 2.5-hour workshop as we use Gingerbread in this super sweet introduction to architecture and design.

Warm up your young builder’s brain with a structural engineering challenge. Imagine how your building might be used and explore the strength of different sugary building supplies. Then, take inspiration from familiar Austin landmarks to design and draft the plans before constructing your very own creation!

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

Pricing

BUY TICKETS – Member Pre-Sale September 25–October 9
$5 Member Adult/Child Workshop Fee
$12 Non-Member Adult/Child Workshop Fee
$30 per Gingerbread Architect Kit (Every group must purchase at least one house)

Dates & Times (2.5 hours)

December 2017

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Workshop Times: 10:45 am–1:15 pm

December 24 – 10:30 am–1 pm

See our registration page for availability. If a date and time does not appear, it is sold out or not available.

Ages 7+! Join us in Kitchen Lab for a 2.5-hour workshop where the chemistry of candy makes gingerbread house decorating even sweeter!

Get molecular creating an edible sugar model. Put your special spin on sugar while making your own cotton candy. Master the phases of matter creating colorful 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. It’s a real calorie burner!

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

Pricing

BUY TICKETS – Member Pre-Sale September 25–October 9
$5 Member Adult/Child Seat
$12 Non-Member Adult/Child Seat
$30 per Candy Chemistry Gingerbread Kit (Every group must purchase at least one house)

Dates & Times (2.5 hours)

December 2017

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Workshop Times: 10:30 am–1 pm

See our registration page for availability. If a date and time does not appear, it is sold out or not available.

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 parties
  • 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 our Private Workshop offerings, so book early to get your preferred spot!

Private Traditional & Tot Gingerbread Workshops

  • Educator-led Gingerbread Workshop for up to 36 participants
  • Two-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

BUY TICKETS – Member Pre-Sale September 25–October 9

Private Traditional or Tot Workshop for 36 people plus 10 Gingerbread House Kits
Members: $450
Non-Members: $500
$20 per additional Gingerbread House Kit
Private Traditional or Tot Workshop for 36 people plus 15 Gingerbread House Kits
Members: $550
Non: Members: $600
$20 per additional Gingerbread House Kit

Dates & Times (2 hours)

December 9–10 — 12:15–2:15 pm
December 16–23 — 12:15–2:15 pm

Private Gingerbread Architect & Candy Chemistry Gingerbread Workshops

  • Educator-led Gingerbread Architect and Candy Chemistry Gingerbread Workshop for up to 20 participants
  • Five-hour long private room rental
  • 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 Gingerbread Architect or Candy Chemistry Workshops for 20 people plus 10 Gingerbread House Kits

Members: $440
Non-Members: $460
$30 per additional Gingerbread House Kit

Dates & Times (2.5 hours)

Based on availability. Please email reservations at reservations@thinkeryaustin.org or call 512-469-6201 for available dates and times.

Gingerbread Fun Run 1K

Saturday, November 18 from 9 am–noon
All Ages

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! Your task: Go as fast as you can while chasing Thinkery’s festive Gingerbread Man around Mueller Lake Park across from Thinkery. Enjoy seasonal hands-on activities for the entire family before and after the run in Mueller Park—and inside the museum, of course!

Thinkery is teaming up with Variety – the Children’s Charity of Texas to ensure this Fun Run is open and accessible to kids of all abilities. The mostly paved and mostly flat route around Mueller Lake is wheelchair- and walker-accessible, with one unpaved 30-foot section covered in decomposed granite.

Click here for full event details!

Registration Information

Candy Cane Runner registration benefits include (for each registered child):

  • T-shirt
  • Swag bag
  • Official race number
  • Completion medal
  • 10% off Gingerbread Workshop registrations for the entire family for reservations made the day of the Fun Run
  • Museum entrance on the day of the event for the registered child

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

Candy Cane Runner (ages 2–18 years old) – 1 Child Runner Registration

Member: $18
Non-Member: $22

Adults – Accompanying Registration*
FREE – limit of one accompanying adult per registered child runner

Ages 0–23 months in strollers – Accompanying Registration*
FREE

All participants, regardless of age, must register—including infants in strollers and accompanying adults. *Accompanying registrations do not receive runner registration benefits: T-shirt, swag bag, official race number, completion medal or museum entrance on the day of the event. If accompanying adults and ages 0–23 months wish to enter the museum after the Fun Run, regular museum admission fees apply.  

Planning for Your Workshop

  • Children must be accompanied to workshops by a ticketed adult.
  • Plan to arrive at 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 gingerbread house.
  • The Private Workshop price includes 10 or 15 Gingerbread House Kits.
  • Completed houses will measure approximately 8”x8” and are about 10” tall. They’re also 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, Tot, Gingerbread Architect & Candy Chemistry Workshops

If you must cancel your plans, please notify us at least seven days prior to the event start. Refunds are not available if we are notified less than seven days prior to the event start or you fail to attend the event. Nonrefundable, 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 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.

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. Nonrefundable, pre-ordered houses will be made available for pick-up in the form of a DIY kit.