Sometimes, we host special events that take place at—where else?—Thinkery! Check out our web calendar to stay up-to-date with Thinkery events, or connect with us on FacebookTwitter or Instagram.

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Teddy Bear Clinic

Teddy Bear Clinic

Wednesday, August 28 from 5 pm - 7 pm

This event happens during community night  when admission is FREE, but donations are welcome!


Bring your favorite stuffed friend and enjoy a hands-on, fun-filled teddy bear clinic at Thinkery. Kiddos have the chance to become the healthcare provider and learn about what it’s like at Dell Children’s Medical Center. Come play with doctors, nurses, and staff of Dell Children’s as you take your stuffed friend through interactive stations including surgery, imaging, injury prevention, and more!

Explore a child sized “x-ray” machine and take home a copy of your bear’s insides with Dell Children’s Medical Center Imaging.


Learn how to create a cast for your finger or your bear’s arm or leg with CTPO, Dell’s Ortho Team.


Didn’t bring your own bear?  Color and decorate one with Child Life Specialists and take it to the clinic.


Move your muscles and joints alongside your bear with Dell Children’s Rehab.


Get health tips and resources with Redi Clinic.


Brush up on your handwashing techniques with AISD Student Health Services.


Dell Children’s Health Plan will be sharing resources about CHIP.


And, of course, Dell Children’s Medical Center Lab & Surgery departments will send you and your fuzzy pal through the whole hospital experience complete with a Teddy MRI and surgery attire!

Educators' Night

Educators' Night

Thursday, October 17, 6–8:00 pm.


Mix, mingle and kick off the 2019–20 school year at Thinkery Educators’ Night in collaboration with Austin Museum Partnership.

Educators’ Night features opportunities for educators to play in our galleries, connect with colleagues, discover other local museums, and learn more about our hands-on, STEAM-focused educational programs and resources.

Wear your school spirit and come ready to play! School teachers, administrative staff, and informal educators are all welcome to attend this FREE event. Ready for refreshments, door prizes, and tons of fun?

Stay tuned for more details on registration and programming!




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, including Educators’ Night.


Pay-by-phone, credit- and coin-operated metered street parking is also available around Mueller Lake Park.

Building with Biology

Building with Biology

Saturday August 31st from 10am-4pm


The Building with Biology event at Thinkery is part of a nationwide festival of educational programs designed to encourage conversations between the public and scientists. This special event invites our visitors to explore the exciting field of synthetic biology!


Visitors at our Building with Biology event can expect fun hands-on activities facilitated by scientists in the field of biology, synthetic biology, genetics, or other related science fields. Visitors will design a “super organism” to solve a problem, extract DNA from wheat germ, and discuss which future technologies they’d support, all while engaging with local scientists!

Be sure to check in and pick up your passport before you begin your exploration! Once you’ve filled your passport, turn it in for a prize!


Multi-Site Public Engagement with Science-Synthetic Biology project

and the National Informal STEM Education Network

Project website:

The Multi-Site Public Engagement with Science—Synthetic Biology project is led by the Museum of Science, Boston in collaboration with:



The Multi-Site Public Engagement with Science—Synthetic Biology project is supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant Number DRL-1421179. Any opinions, findings, or conclusions expressed in this material are those of the authors, and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.