Engineering Day

Sunday, February 19, 10 am–2 pm

Member/Non-Member Child: FREE
Member Adult: FREE
Non-Member Adult: $10

In celebration of National Engineers Week, we’re inviting Central Texas families to explore engineering through special programming on Sunday, February 19. From 10 am–2 pm, engineering professionals and students will lead engaging, hands-on activities around the museum—paper towers, cotton ball catapults and puff mobiles, to name a few.

Thanks to sponsorship from American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) and National Instruments, children under the age of 18 will receive FREE admission on February 19 from 10 am–2 pm. Please note, pre-sale tickets are not available for Engineering Day. Admission will be available on a first-come, first-served basis beginning at 10 am.

Engineering Day is sponsored by the Austin branch of the American Society of Civil Engineers and National Instruments.


Thinkery #AmplifyTheFuture

Thursday, March 2, 6 pm–Friday, March 3, 6 pm

About Amplify

Amplify Austin Day is a community-wide day of online giving, connecting local donors with Central Texas nonprofits. A 24-hour day of digital philanthropy, Amplify Austin Day 2017 kicks off Thursday, March 2 at 6 pm and wraps up Friday, March 3 at 6 pm. In 2016, $8.5 million was raised for 600+ organizations. Click here to learn more!

In 2017, Thinkery’s goal is to #AmplifyTheFuture and raise $75,000 for our Community Night program, which provided free museum access to 28,000+ Central Texas children and families in 2016. Thanks to a generous Thinkery donor, all Amplify Austin donations to Thinkery made during this campaign are matched, dollar for dollar! Click here to donate to Thinkery—and to #AmplifyTheFuture with a matched gift!

Want to set up an individual fundraising page? You rock! Click here for step-by-step instructions.

About #AmplifyTheFuture

Thinkery supports our community by exciting and engaging children in science, technology, engineering, art and math (STEAM) through innovative and unique learning experiences. We equip and inspire the future generation of creative problem solvers every single day. And with money raised during Amplify Austin, we can multiply our efforts—and amplify the future—even further.

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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