Parents’ Night Out

Friday, September 8 from 5:30–10 pm
Ages 4+ (child must be potty-trained)

Member: $40 for the first child/$20 for each additional sibling
Non-Member: $45 for the first child/$25 for each additional sibling

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Our next Parents’ Night Out is right around the corner! Enjoy a night out in Mueller while the kiddos experience an exclusive evening at Thinkery. During Parents’ Night Out, children ages 4 and up have the museum to themselves and live it up with pizza, hands-on STEAM activities, exhibit exploration and MORE!

Looking for ideas for your night out? Check out the special benefits offered by our Mueller community partners for the evening!

  • Alamo Drafthouse Cinema – Receive FREE snacks (popcorn or two cookies) at any location! For more information, see the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema Movie Ticket Information in the FAQ section below.
  • L’Oca d’Oro – Receive 10% off your meal. To make a reservation, call (737) 212–1876 or visit opentable.com.
  • Contigo – Receive 10% off your meal. To make a reservation, call (512) 614-2260 or visit opentable.com.
  • BD Riley’s – Receive 10% off your meal.

Parents’ Night Out tickets are limited, so don’t miss out on this unique night out!


Sample Parents’ Night Out at Thinkery Schedule

5:30–6:30 pm – Drop off with first floor exhibit exploration and hands-on activities

6:30–7:15 pm – Welcome circle and pizza dinner

7:15–8 pm – Age-appropriate STEAM activities

8–9 pm – Museum exhibit exploration

9–10 pm – Quiet time with snacks, PBS programming, activities and games

What is the payment and cancellation policy?

You will purchase tickets for each child participating in Thinkery’s Parents’ Night Out program through the Thinkery website. If you plan to watch a movie at Alamo Drafthouse Cinema during Parents’ Night Out (and enjoy your FREE snack!), you will purchase your movie tickets separately through Alamo’s website. If you would like to dine at one of our partner restaurants, you will need to make your separate reservations.

Refunds for Thinkery’s Parents’ Night Out cannot be made 7 or fewer business days before the start of the event. A non-refundable fee of $10 is included in the price of your Parents’ Night Out ticket. Cancellations made 8 or more business days before the start of the program will receive a full refund, minus the $10 processing fee. See the Alamo Drafthouse website for Alamo’s refund policy.

If minimum enrollments are not met, we reserve the right to cancel or reschedule. If this occurs, your entire fee will be refunded.

Where can I park?

Parking near Thinkery is available at the McBee Street District Garage, with entrances off McBee Street and Robert Browning Street. 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. Thinkery cannot validate your ticket during Parents’ Night Out.

Pay-by-phone, credit- and coin-operated metered street parking is also available around Mueller Lake Park. Parking in the lot next to Mueller Lake Park or in the AMLI at Mueller parking garage will result in towing.

Click here for more information about Mueller-area parking options.

Do I need to purchase separate tickets for Thinkery’s Parents’ Night Out program and my Alamo Drafthouse Cinema movie tickets?

Yes! You will purchase tickets for each child participating in Thinkery’s Parents’ Night Out program through the Thinkery website and separately purchase your Alamo Drafthouse Cinema movie tickets through Alamo’s website.

Purchase your Thinkery Parents’ Night Out tickets
Purchase your Alamo Drafthouse movie tickets (See Alamo Drafthouse Cinema Movie Ticket Information below)

Alamo Drafthouse Cinema Movie Ticket Information

You may attend a movie and use your coupon for two free cookies or popcorn at any Alamo Drafthouse Cinema location. We recommend the two locations closest to Thinkery—Mueller (1 block away) and Village (6 miles away).

How will my child be supervised?

* As this event occurs outside of Thinkery’s normal operating hours, we will hire an off-duty officer to oversee the museum entrance during Parents’ Night Out for an extra level of security.

* We maintain a 1 staff to 6 child ratio for children ages 4–6 and a 1 staff to 8 child ratio for children ages 6 & up.

* Attendees are split into groups based on grade level and assigned at least one lead educator, 1–2 assistant educators and trained volunteers. Depending on the ages of attendees, groups will roughly be split up into these grade level ranges: Pre K–K; 1st–2nd; 3rd–5th and 6th+. If siblings that cross these age ranges would prefer to stay together, accommodations can be made.

* Attendees will be escorted, as a group, to and from the bathroom by a Thinkery staff member.

How does Thinkery maintain safety during exhibit exploration and activities in the museum?

During Parents’ Night Out, Thinkery is closed to the general public. Exhibit exploration in Thinkery is limited up to 25 children to one exhibit space at a time. Staff maintain a 1:8 ratio (ages 6 & up) or 1:6 ratio (ages 4–6) during exhibit exploration and activities to ensure children are enjoying both a safe and enriching time while at the museum.

Medical Release Form

For the safety of your child, Thinkery requires that all Parents’ Night Out attendees fill out a Medical Release Form for each child participating in this event. Even if you have filled out a different Medical Release Form in the past for a previous Thinkery program, please submit your Thinkery Parents’ Night Out Medical Release Form.

Alamo Drafthouse has a strict no phone policy during shows. How can parents/caregivers be reached in the event of an emergency?

When you fill out the Medical Release Form, you will be required to leave your movie title and theater row/seat number. Thinkery will have the direct phone line to the Alamo Drafthouse Mueller manager-on-duty to reach you in the event of an emergency.

Who will be interacting with my child?

Thinkery staff members at Parents’ Night Out are excited, caring and creative people.

Our staff goes through a rigorous four-stage interview process that includes: Application, group and one-on-one interviews, reference check and a national background check. Those who meet our standards and maintain Thinkery values are invited to join the Thinkery team. Once hired, every Thinkery staff member receives 25 hours of training on Thinkery’s learning philosophy and care-giving standards. After training, staff are mentored with ongoing supervision and feedback provided by the Education Management Team. We are very proud of our dedicated and accomplished Thinkery staff.

What activities will my child enjoy?

Each Parents’ Night Out offers museum exhibit exploration, pizza dinner, hands-on activities and quiet time activities.

Parents’ Night Out attendees enjoy exclusive access to museum exhibits when Thinkery is closed to the general public.

-A pizza dinner with cheese and pepperoni pizza will be provided.

-Each event includes age-appropriate, hands-on activities in science, technology, engineering, art and math (STEAM).

-During quiet time from 9 pm until pick up, children will choose from a variety activities in one of our Program Rooms. Activities may include PBS educational programming, board games, story time and coloring.

Can you accommodate special diets?

A pizza dinner with cheese and pepperoni pizza will be provided. We are not able to fulfill special meal requests but can accommodate children with allergies/dietary restrictions.

If your child has allergies or dietary restrictions, please plan on packing an alternative meal and be sure to include this information in your child’s Medical Release Form so our staff will be informed.