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.

Explore workshops below:

April - Green Thumb Growing

Green Thumb Growing (Ages 4 and up), 1 hour, Kitchen Lab

Have you ever planted something only to have it wither away before the next season? Gardening in Austin’s challenging climate can make a fun task seem daunting. In this Think Lab, we’ll explore the Hardiness Zone Map and other unique factors to help you experience the positive side of planting.

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Date                                         Time

Saturday April   6                                  10:30am or 12:00pm or 1:30pm

Sunday, April 7                                      10:30am or 12:00pm or 1:30pm

Saturday, April 20                                  10:30am or 12:00pm or 1:30pm

Sunday, April 21                                    10:30am or 12:00pm or 1:30pm

May - World of Wildflowers

World of Wildflowers (Ages 4 and up), 1 hour, Kitchen Lab

Celebrate Wildflower Week by exploring the power behind pollinators, dissecting flowers and even creating springtime art. Investigate what brings different insects to its favorite pretty petals. Use your senses and explore how science blooms.

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Date                                         Time

Saturday, May 4                                    10:30am or 12:00pm or 1:30pm

Sunday, May 5                                      10:30am or 12:00pm or 1:30pm

Saturday, May 18                                  10:30am or 12:00pm or 1:30pm

Sunday, May 19                                    10:30am or 12:00pm or 1:30pm

June - Energy Transformations

Energy Transformations (Ages 5 and up), 1 hour, Kitchen Lab

Whether it’s cooking breakfast or flying an airplane, energy is used every day. Energy exists in many forms all around us, but will we ever run out? Explore where energy goes once it starts moving and how to transform it to do useful work.

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Date                                         Time

Saturday, June 1                       10:30am or 12:00pm or 1:30pm

Sunday, June 2                         10:30am or 12:00pm or 1:30pm

Saturday, June 15                     10:30am or 12:00pm or 1:30pm

Sunday, June 16                       10:30am or 12:00pm or 1:30pm

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 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.

Cancellations or Exchanges:

Cancellations made 15 or more business days before the start of your program will receive a full refund minus a processing fee. Refunds cannot be made 2-weeks before the start of the program. Participants may not make up or receive a refund for missed programs. 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. When possible, we allow a program participant to transfer to a different program if there are openings and the participant is the appropriate age. Two weeks’ notice is required.