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Noon Year’s Eve Balloon Drop & Bubble Wrap Stomp

Noon Year’s Eve Balloon Drop & Bubble Wrap Stomp

December 31, 2018

9am-12pm & 1-4pm

Members Adult/Child: $18

Non-Member Adult/Child: $20

9 am - 12 pm - Balloon Drop at 11 am -  BUY TICKETS 

1 pm - 4 pm - Balloon Drop at 3 pm -  BUY TICKETS 

*Please note that after the 9 am - 12 pm  group Thinkery will be re-set for the 1 pm - 4 pm group


Ring in 2019 a wee bit early with Thinkery! On New Year’s Eve, head to Thinkery for our third annual Noon(ish) Year’s Eve Balloon Drop & Bubble Wrap Stomp! We’ll be hosting two different celebration times for you and your family to ring in the New Year; 9am-noon (drop & stomp at 11 am) and 1-4pm (drop & stomp at 3 pm). Each limited capacity Noon Year’s Eve celebration will include three simultaneous balloon drops and bubble wrap stomps; two downstairs for young revelers of all ages and one upstairs exclusively for toddler revelers. All party-goers can enjoy music, winter crafts, engineer your own noisemakers, enter the Texas “snowball” arena, and experience special performances during each 3-hour celebration. Did we mention everyone can celebrate the day with a mimosa or kid-mosa in their own hand-crafted champagne flute.


Why wait until midnight? The countdown to Noon Year’s is ON!

Trail of Lights - Light Bender Exhibit

Trail of Lights - Light Bender Exhibit

December 10 - 23, 2018

7 pm - 10 pm 


Thinkery helps celebrate the holiday season with our Light Bender Exhibit at the entrance at Starry Night in Trail of Lights at Zilker Park. Play around with shining stars filled with diffraction film to view the wonderful lights!

The AUSTIN TRAIL OF LIGHTS is Austin’s largest holiday tradition and 2nd largest event in the city. Run by the Trail of Lights Foundation, the annual event in Zilker Park celebrates the unique spirit and people that make Austin the place we love to call home.  
The Very Nervous Caterpillar

The Very Nervous Caterpillar

Friday, January 18 and Saturday, January 19

6 pm - 9 pm


Member Adult: $13

Member Child: $11

Non-Member Adult: $15

Non-Member Child: $13



In this fun and interactive performance, families meet a Caterpillar who is too nervous to come out of its chrysalis and is having a very bad day. Join Thinkery tour guides around the museum as the audience meet Chef the Hare, Mole the artist, Beaver the plumber, Dr. Adventurous the Inventor, and an aviator Penguin and help them solve problems and solve the mystery of the Caterpillar!  This special performance is a collaboration between ZACH Theatre and Thinkery. Recommend for ages 4 and up!