Upcoming Events:

Gingerbread Fun Run 1K  | The Very Nervous Caterpillar


Gingerbread Fun Run 1K – A Fun Run for Kids of All Abilities

Saturday, November 18 from 9 am–noon
All Ages

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.  

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.

Sponsored by Google Fiber.

Presented in partnership with Variety – the Children’s Charity of Texas.

More Information on Gingerbread Fun Run:


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

Run Start Times

The route path is narrow. To accommodate as many runners as possible, we’ll have multiple start times with a limit to the number of registrants per heat.

9:30 am – Ages 2–5 years old and participants with disabilities
10 am – Ages 2–5 years old and participants with disabilities
10:30 am – Ages 2–5 years old and participants with disabilities
10:50 am – All ages and all abilities
11:10 am – All ages and all abilities
11:30 am – All ages and all abilities

Event Activities in Mueller Lake Park (9 am–noon)

Plus, join us inside Thinkery for special winter-themed activities, including “snowball” fights, igloo explorations, snowflake designs, winter wonderland stop motion animation, and story time (11 am).

Packet Pickup Information

Registered runner packets may be picked up at Thinkery on Friday, November 17 from 3–6 pm or on the day of the event beginning at 9 am.

If picking up a packet on the day of the event, please plan to arrive 30 minutes prior to the start time of your child’s run.

 

Sponsorship & In-Kind Donation Opportunities

Interested in sponsoring our first-ever Gingerbread Fun Run 1K? There are a few ways you can support this program for children of all abilities!

Gingerbread Fun Run 1K Sponsorship Levels
Gingerbread Fun Run 1K Sponsorship Form
Gingerbread Fun Run 1K In-Kind Form

Volunteer Opportunities

Opportunities to volunteer are available for packet stuffing, packet pick-up, day before set-up and race day assistance. Volunteers must apply by October 31, 2017.

Click here to apply to be a volunteer!

 

FAQ

Can I exchange my ticket or get a refund?

The deadline for registration is November 16, 2017. All registrations are non-refundable and non-transferable. Adjustments to your list of participants is not allowed after submitting your registration.

Who can accompany my child on the route?

A limit of one adult per registered child may accompany for free. Additionally, children ages 0–23 may accompany for free. Registration is required for all individuals planning to be on the route, including adults or children ages 0–23 months. Museum entrance and registration benefits (t-shirt, swag bag, running bib, running medal) are not provided to adults or children ages 0–23 months. Spectators are welcome to enjoy the hands-on activities at the finish line for free.

My child is old enough to run alone. Do I have to run with them?

No, you do not have to run with your child. The course is less than 1K (about one half-mile) and we will have volunteers along the course. If you feel your child is old enough and able to run the course without you, you may meet them at the finish line.

Can I bring my stroller?

Yes, strollers are welcome on the Fun Run course! Registration is required for all individuals planning to be on the Fun Run route, including accompanying adults and children ages 0–23 months in strollers. We ask that those with strollers line up at the back of the wave of runners. For safety reasons, dogs, wagons, bikes, skates and rollerblades are NOT allowed on the course.

Can my child ride a bike, skate, rollerblade, etc.?

For safety reasons, dogs, wagons, bikes, skates and rollerblades are NOT allowed on the Fun Run course. Strollers, wheelchairs and walkers are permitted on the Fun Run route.

How long is the route?

It is an almost 1K (about one half-mile) route around Mueller Lake on a mostly paved path. It is wheelchair- and walker-accessible, with one unpaved 30-foot section covered in decomposed granite.

Are the runs timed? Are there prizes for the first finishers?

This is a Fun Run, not a race! Runners will not be timed and there will be no special prizes for the first finishers. Everyone is a winner and all registered children runners ages 2–18 will receive:

  • T-shirt
  • Swag bag
  • Official race number
  • Completion medal
  • Museum entrance on the day of the event for the registered child

Are any items prohibited on the Fun Run course?

For the safety of our runners, volunteers and vendors, the following items are prohibited:

  • Wagons
  • Bicycles, roller blades/skates, skateboards, etc.
  • Animals or pets
  • Alcoholic beverages and illegal substances of any kind

Have more questions?

Please contact Todd Moore, Public Programs Manager at tmoore@thinkeryaustin.org or 510-469-6241.

The Very Nervous Caterpillar

A Special Collaboration Between ZACH Theatre & Thinkery

Thursday, January 4–Friday, January 5

SUBMIT A REQUEST FORM— ADD “ZACH THEATRE” IN COMMENTS

Looking for a unique way to engage your students in science? We’re teaming up with ZACH Theatre for a limited-run Guided Tour program that’s perfect for students in Pre-K–2nd grade!

Held January 4–5 at Thinkery, The Very Nervous Caterpillar is a special collaboration between ZACH Theatre and Thinkery. In this fun and interactive tour, students will meet Caterpillar, who is too nervous to come out of its chrysalis and is having a very bad day. Students will explore the museum with Thinkery tour guides, meet colorful characters and help them solve problems connected to science TEKS. By being expert scientists, students will gather clues to help Caterpillar feel safe and confident in becoming a beautiful butterfly.

Grades

Pre-K–2nd

Max Capacity

100 students, 5 classes

Tour Dates

January 4–5

Tour Times

9:30–11 am, 11:30 am–1 pm

Price Per Student

$10, Title I discounts not currently available

Chaperone Prices

$10

Interested in helping the Caterpillar? Join us for a special Guided Tour from ZACH Theatre and Thinkery. Submit a request form here and add “ZACH Theatre” in the comments.

*Please note this program is only available January 3–5 for Pre-K–2nd grade.