NanoDays 2017

Saturday, March 25, 10–6 pm

Explore hands-on nano! Have fun exploring nanoscience concepts with young scientists and engineers from The University of Texas. Discover the fun side of this super-small science as we celebrate this special day at Thinkery.

Activities are free with paid museum General Admission. General Admission is FREE for Thinkery Members!

Schedule of Events:

10 am–6 pm | Hands-on Activities
Measure Yourself – Discover just how small a nanometer is in comparison to many things we use every day.
Explore Kinetic Sand – Get a bit messy with this hands-on exploration of Kinetic Sand while comparing its properties to regular sand.
Gummy Capsules – Assemble polymer spheres that are used to deliver everything from medicine to food around the world.
Presentations & Hands-on Activities –  Enjoy hands-on fun with the UT Graduate Science Outreach student group and their Present Your PhD to a 12-year-old project!

11 am, 1 pm and 3 pm | Story Time
Story Time – Enjoy a special nano-themed story time—then use your sense of smell to explore scent molecules that are too small to see.

All special hands-on activities and performances are limited capacity and are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Sensory Friendly Hours

Sunday, April 30, 8–10 am

Member Child/Adult: $3
Non-Member Child/Adult: $5
Free breakfast tacos! Generously donated by El Cruz Ranch. Supplies limited—first-come, first-served.

Thinkery is committed to providing an accessible and interactive experience for all. During Sensory Friendly Hours, Thinkery extends a special invitation to learners with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) or other special needs to explore Thinkery with their families.

A typical visit to Thinkery can be challenging for those who feel overwhelmed by large crowds and excessive stimuli. In acknowledgement of this, the galleries will be modified to reduce extra stimuli and ticket sales will be limited to reduce crowding.  Special hands-on activities will engage children of all ages and abilities.

Preparing for Your Visit

To assist with planning and preparing for your visit we’ve created a few helpful resources.

Thinkery Floor Map

Thinkery’s Sensory Friendly Pre-visit Guide – Primary Social Story “My Visit to Thinkery”

Thinkery’s Sensory Friendly Pre-visit Guide – Intermediate Social Story


Can my child’s therapist or other caregiver attend?
Yes! Therapists working with clients may accompany the family free of charge. No pre-registration required for therapists. Therapists please check-in at Admissions desk upon arrival.

Can my typically developing child attend too?
Yes! We understand that it can often be difficult for families with children of mixed abilities/ages to find activities that will keep everyone entertained. At Thinkery, families learn and play together and we have exhibits and activities that appeal to many. We invite you to bring the whole family!

What did you do to prepare for the event?
Our Sensory Friendly Hours are modeled after similar programs held at other museums, including the Houston Children’s Museum and Seattle Children’s Museums. We modeled our Social Narrative after one produced by the Academy of Natural Sciences at Drexler University and have produced a special map for the event. To be sure we are implementing best practices we’ve consulted with therapists from the Center for Autism and Related Disorders and also consulted with The Autism Society of Texas.

When is the best time for a visit to Thinkery?
Weekends are generally busiest as are weekday mornings. Weekday afternoons are best and community night, from 4pm-8pm on Wednesdays is a great time to visit. You can always call ahead to find out if there is a school group or other big event on the day you plan to come.

I have other questions. Who can I ask?
For more info email Kate Moon at

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