Think Labs

Think Labs are for families with children ages 4 & up!

Get the entire family diving deep into art and science topics! 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:


Space 8
Programmable Possibilities (Ages 4+), 1 hour

Hello, World! Using objects made from everyday materials like cardboard, paper and tape, join us as we tinker and manipulate a digital program all without typing a single stroke.

Dates Times
Friday, May 26  11:15 am or 1:15 pm
Saturday, May 27 11:15 am or 1:15 pm
Sunday, May 28 11:15 am or 1:15 pm
Monday, May 29 11:15 am or 1:15 pm


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Member Child: $6
Member Adult: $6
Non-Member Child: $8
Non-Member Adult: $8

Please make sure to reserve both Adult and Child tickets for your Think Lab! Think Lab price does not include General Admission, General Admission tickets are required for museum entry.

Mechanical Wonders (Ages 8+), 1 hour

How does pushing down on a bicycle pedal cause you to move forward? We’ll explore how different motions can be transformed into another by tinkering with simple mechanism. Together, we’ll build cardboard machines that change your body’s energy into movement!

Dates Times
Friday, May 26  3:15 pm
Saturday, May 27 3:15 pm
Sunday, May 28 3:15 pm
Monday, May 29 3:15 pm


PURCHASE TICKETS

Member Child: $6

Member Adult: $6
Non-Member Child: $8
Non-Member Adult: $8

Please make sure to reserve both Adult and Child tickets for your Think Lab! Think Lab price does not include General Admission, General Admission tickets are required for museum entry.

Kitchen Lab
Shark Tank (Ages 4+), 1 hour

Have you ever wondered why fish do not sink to the bottom of the ocean? Join us in Kitchen Lab to create your own model shark and use it to test why they are able to control their buoyancy.

Dates Times
Saturday, June 3 11:15 am or 1:15 pm or 3:15 pm
Sunday, June 4 11:15 am or 1:15 pm or 3:15 pm
Saturday, June 17 11:15 am or 1:15 pm or 3:15 pm
Sunday, June 18 11:15 am or 1:15 pm or 3:15 pm


PURCHASE TICKETS
Member Child: $6
Member Adult: $6
Non-Member Child: $8
Non-Member Adult: $8

Please make sure to reserve both Adult and Child tickets for your Think Lab! Think Lab price does not include General Admission, General Admission tickets are required for museum entry.

Space 8
Build a Better Boat (Ages 4+), 1 hour

Take a splash into how engineers are inspired by nature when designing and making. You’ll design, build and test your own model boat!

Dates Times
Saturday, June 10 11:15 am or 1:15 pm
Sunday, June 11            11:15 am or 1:15 pm
Saturday, June 24 11:15 am or 1:15 pm
Sunday, June 25 11:15 am or 1:15 pm


PURCHASE TICKETS
Member Child: $6
Member Adult: $6
Non-Member Child: $8
Non-Member Adult: $8

Please make sure to reserve both Adult and Child tickets for your Think Lab! Think Lab price does not include General Admission, General Admission tickets are required for museum entry.

Build a Better Boat (Ages 8+), 1 hour

Take a splash into the field of biomimetics [bi·o·mi·met·ics] and explore how engineers are inspired by nature to create innovative products while designing, building, and testing your own model boat! You might not need a bigger boat, but you can always make it better.

Dates Times
Saturday, June 10 3:15 pm
Sunday, June 11           3:15 pm
Saturday, June 24 3:15 pm
Sunday, June 25 3:15 pm


PURCHASE TICKETS
Member Child: $6
Member Adult: $6

Non-Member Child: $8
Non-Member Adult: $8

Please make sure to reserve both Adult and Child tickets for your Think Lab! Think Lab price does not include General Admission, General Admission tickets are required for museum entry.

Kitchen Lab
Cow Eye Dissection (Ages 4+), 1 hour

Learn about your own anatomy by exploring an eyeball in this biology-focused Think Lab. You’ll dissect a cow eye and explore the science behind the incredible sense of sight! The cow eyes used are preserved in a solution safe and free of formalin odor.

Dates Times
Saturday, July 1 11:15 am or 1:15 pm or 3:15 pm
Sunday, July 2 11:15 am or 1:15 pm or 3:15 pm
Saturday, July 15 11:15 am or 1:15 pm or 3:15 pm
Sunday, July 16 11:15 am or 1:15 pm or 3:15 pm
Saturday, July 29 11:15 am or 1:15 pm or 3:15 pm
Sunday, July 30 11:15 am or 1:15 pm or 3:15 pm


ON SALE SOON
Member Child: $6
Member Adult: $6
Non-Member Child: $8
Non-Member Adult: $8

Please make sure to reserve both Adult and Child tickets for your Think Lab! Think Lab price does not include General Admission, General Admission tickets are required for museum entry.

Space 8
E-Wearables (Ages 4+), 1 hour

Join us in Space 8 as we combine simple circuitry and textile art to make futuristic light-up wearables!

Dates Times
Saturday, July 8 11:15 am 
Sunday, July 9          11:15 am 
Saturday, July 22 11:15 am 
Sunday, July 23 11:15 am 


ON SALE SOON
Member Child: $6
Member Adult: $6
Non-Member Child: $8
Non-Member Adult: $8

Please make sure to reserve both Adult and Child tickets for your Think Lab! Think Lab price does not include General Admission, General Admission tickets are required for museum entry.

E-Wearables (Ages 8+), 1 hour

Join us in Space 8 as we combine circuitry and textile art to make futuristic light-up wearables!

Dates Times
Saturday, July 8 1:15 pm or 3:15 pm
Sunday, July 9         1:15 pm or 3:15 pm
Saturday, July 22 1:15 pm or 3:15 pm
Sunday, July 23 1:15 pm or 3:15 pm


ON SALE SOON
Member Child: $6
Member Adult: $6

Non-Member Child: $8
Non-Member Adult: $8

Please make sure to reserve both Adult and Child tickets for your Think Lab! Think Lab price does not include General Admission, General Admission tickets are required for museum entry.

Kitchen Lab
Suminagashi Fabrics (Ages 4+), 1 hour

Join us in Kitchen Lab as we learn about the ancient Japanese marbling technique of Suminagashi! We’ll blend floating inks in pools of water to create custom art pieces to take home.

Dates Times
Saturday, August 5 11:15 am or 1:15 pm or 3:15 pm
Sunday, August 6 11:15 am or 1:15 pm or 3:15 pm
Saturday, August 19 11:15 am or 1:15 pm or 3:15 pm
Sunday, August 20 11:15 am or 1:15 pm or 3:15 pm


ON SALE SOON
Member Child: $6
Member Adult: $6
Non-Member Child: $8
Non-Member Adult: $8

Please make sure to reserve both Adult and Child tickets for your Think Lab! Think Lab price does not include General Admission, General Admission tickets are required for museum entry.

Space 8
Printmaking Galore (Ages 4+), 1 hour

Use familiar materials in unfamiliar ways to make unique prints, scribbles and doodles. Pick your favorite and make your own printed keepsake.

Dates Times
Saturday, August 12 11:15 am 
Sunday, August 13        11:15 am 
Saturday, August 26 11:15 am 
Sunday, August 27 11:15 am 


ON SALE SOON
Member Child: $6
Member Adult: $6
Non-Member Child: $8
Non-Member Adult: $8

Please make sure to reserve both Adult and Child tickets for your Think Lab! Think Lab price does not include General Admission, General Admission tickets are required for museum entry.

Printmaking Galore (Ages 8+), 1 hour

Use familiar materials in unfamiliar ways to make unique prints, scribbles and doodles. Pick your favorite and make your own printed tote!

Dates Times
Saturday, August 12 1:15 pm or 3:15 pm
Sunday, August 13      1:15 pm or 3:15 pm
Saturday, August 26 1:15 pm or 3:15 pm
Sunday, August 27 1:15 pm or 3:15 pm


ON SALE SOON
Member Child: $6
Member Adult: $6

Non-Member Child: $8
Non-Member Adult: $8

Please make sure to reserve both Adult and Child tickets for your Think Lab! Think Lab price does not include General Admission, General Admission tickets are required for museum entry.

Kitchen Lab
Tracking Termites (Ages 4+), 1 hour

These natural recyclers do more than eat wood! We’ll explore how these colony creatures communicate without using words, while making some interesting art.

Dates Times
Saturday, September 2 11:15 am or 1:15 pm or 3:15 pm
Sunday, September 3 11:15 am or 1:15 pm or 3:15 pm
Monday, September 4 11:15 am or 1:15 pm or 3:15 pm
Saturday, September 16 11:15 am or 1:15 pm or 3:15 pm
Sunday, September 17 11:15 am or 1:15 pm or 3:15 pm


ON SALE SOON
Member Child: $6
Member Adult: $6
Non-Member Child: $8
Non-Member Adult: $8

Please make sure to reserve both Adult and Child tickets for your Think Lab! Think Lab price does not include General Admission, General Admission tickets are required for museum entry.

Space 8
Back to School Makershop (Ages 4+), 1 hour

School is back! Join us in Space 8 as we learn how to make our own pencil and pen bags using scissors, felt, scissors and some simple stitching!

Dates Times
Saturday, September 9 11:15 am 
Sunday, September 10      11:15 am 
Saturday, September 23 11:15 am 
Sunday, September 24 11:15 am 


ON SALE SOON
Member Child: $6
Member Adult: $6
Non-Member Child: $8
Non-Member Adult: $8

Please make sure to reserve both Adult and Child tickets for your Think Lab! Think Lab price does not include General Admission, General Admission tickets are required for museum entry.

Back to School Makershop (Ages 8+), 1 hour

School is back! Join us in Space 8 as we learn how to sew while making our own pencil bags.

Dates Times
Saturday, September 9 1:15 pm or 3:15 pm
Sunday, September 10   1:15 pm or 3:15 pm
Saturday, September 23 1:15 pm or 3:15 pm
Sunday, September 24 1:15 pm or 3:15 pm


ON SALE SOON
Member Child: $6
Member Adult: $6

Non-Member Child: $8
Non-Member Adult: $8

Please make sure to reserve both Adult and Child tickets for your Think Lab! Think Lab price does not include General Admission, General Admission tickets are required for museum entry.

Think Lab FAQ

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 that 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 multiples 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.