Think Labs

Get the entire family diving deep into art and science topics! Perfect for families with children ages 4 and up, each educator-led Think Lab is held in a small group setting for a focused and cooperative experience. Create and collaborate side by side as you explore complex processes, use real scientific tools and investigate using unique materials.

Learn & read more about the workshops below:


Kitchen Lab
Owl Pellet Dissections (Ages 4+), 1 hour

Join us in Kitchen Lab as we pull apart the diets of owls by dissecting owl pellets!  Adults and children will work together to uncover what your particular owl ate, where it might be from, and gain insight into the work of Ornithology (the study of birds) in this hands-on class.

Dates Times
Saturday, November 18 10:30 am or 12 pm or 2 pm or 3:30 pm
Sunday, November 19 10:30 am or 12 pm or 2 pm or 3:30 pm
Monday, November 20 10:30 am or 12 pm or 2 pm or 3:30 pm


BUY TICKETS
Member Child/Adult: $6
Non-Member Child/Adult: $8

Please make sure to reserve both Adult and Child tickets for your Think Lab! There must be an adult accompanying children in any Think Lab. There is a minimum of a 1:4 ratio, meaning that for every 4 children attending there needs to be 1 adult accompanying them. However, we aim for a 1:1 ratio so that each child has an adult partner to work alongside.

Think Lab price does not include General Admission, General Admission tickets are required for museum entry.

Space 8
Storytelling with Ozobots (Ages 4+), 1 hour

Your family will become digital directors and work with Thinkery’s robots. Together, you’ll code and program stage directions for your robot actor, create a stage with fantastic detail, and tell your story.

Dates Times
Friday, November 24 10:30 am or 12 pm or 2 pm or 3:30 pm
Saturday, November 25 10:30 am or 12 pm or 2 pm or 3:30 pm
Sunday, November 26 10:30 am or 12 pm or 2 pm or 3:30 pm


BUY TICKETS
Member Child/Adult: $6
Non-Member Child/Adult: $8

Please make sure to reserve both Adult and Child tickets for your Think Lab! There must be an adult accompanying children in any Think Lab. There is a minimum of a 1:4 ratio, meaning that for every 4 children attending there needs to be 1 adult accompanying them. However, we aim for a 1:1 ratio so that each child has an adult partner to work alongside.

Think Lab price does not include General Admission, General Admission tickets are required for museum entry.

Kitchen Lab
Candy Chemistry Gingerbread Workshops (Ages 7+), 2.5 hours

Ages 7+! Join us in Kitchen Lab for a 2.5-hour workshop where the chemistry of candy makes gingerbread house decorating even sweeter! Get molecular creating an edible sugar model. Put your special spin on sugar while making your own cotton candy. Master the phases of matter creating colorful lollipops and chocolate pops. Best of all, use your candy creations to decorate your own unique gingerbread house. When building is complete, we’ll move your house to the Gingerbread Village, where you can pick it up after playing in the museum. Don’t forget to snap a memory at the Gingerbread Photo Booth!

Pricing

BUY TICKETS
$5 Member Adult/Child Seat
$12 Non-Member Adult/Child Seat
$30 per Candy Chemistry Gingerbread Kit (Every group must purchase at least one house)

Dates & Times (2.5 hours)

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Workshop Times: 10:30 am–1 pm

See our registration page for availability. If a date and time does not appear, it is sold out or not available.

Space 8
Gingerbread Art & Architecture Workshops (Ages 7+), 2.5 hours

Ages 7+! Join us in our maker space for a 2.5-hour workshop as we use Gingerbread in this super sweet introduction to architecture and design. Warm up your young builder’s brain with a structural engineering challenge. Imagine how your building might be used and explore the strength of different sugary building supplies. Then, take inspiration from familiar Austin landmarks to design and draft the plans before constructing your very own creation! When building is complete, we’ll move your house to the Gingerbread Village, where you can pick it up after playing in the museum. Don’t forget to snap a memory at the Gingerbread Photo Booth!

Pricing

BUY TICKETS
$5 Member Adult/Child Workshop Fee
$12 Non-Member Adult/Child Workshop Fee
$30 per Gingerbread Architect Kit (Every group must purchase at least one house)

Dates & Times (2.5 hours)

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Workshop Times: 10:45 am–1:15 pm

December 24 – 10:30 am–1 pm

See our registration page for availability. If a date and time does not appear, it is sold out or not available.

How is a Think Lab different from other activities at Thinkery?

These educator-led Think Labs provide an opportunity for visitors to engage in a deeper and more advanced learning experience. Participants are provided the opportunity to take over a program space and engage with Thinkery staff in a more intimate setting,

What will we be doing during the Think Lab?

Most of our Think Labs build off of themes and concepts that are present throughout our museum, but involve more advanced tools or more complex processes. During these Think Labs, families and groups will work together to learn a new skill or work on a project.

How is the price of a Think Lab determined?

The Think Lab price helps to offset the cost of providing a deeper and more intimate learning experience, which includes the use of a program space and a lower staff to participant ratio. The cost of materials is also factored into the price of the Think Lab.

Who can attend?

Think Labs are designed for children ages 4–7 and 8 and older, with their adult. There must be an adult accompanying children in any Think Lab. There is a minimum of a 1:4 ratio, meaning that for every 4 children attending there needs to be 1 adult accompanying them. However, we aim for a 1:1 ratio so that each child has an adult partner to work alongside. Children who do not meet the ages for Think Labs will not be able to come into the program spaces. It is highly recommended that families with children of multiple ages plan to have more than one adult chaperone during their museum visit.

Think Lab Cancellation Policy

If you must cancel your plans, please notify us prior to event start to receive a refund of the ticket cost. Refunds are not available if you fail to notify us or do not attend the event.

Thinkery reserves the right to cancel a program if registration for the event does not meet the minimum enrollment requirements. If Thinkery cancels a program, a full refund will be issued to all registrants.