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
Petri Dish Art (Ages 4+), 1 hour

Ever wonder how a petri dish could become an art canvas? Inspired by images of bright and beautiful bacteria, we’ll create unique designs using gels, inks and bacteria, too!

Dates Times
Friday, January 20 10:30 am or 12 pm or 2 pm or 3:30 pm
Saturday, January 21 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.

Spark Shop
Art Bots (Ages 4+), 1 hour

Combine motors, switches and recycled materials to build your very own Arto Roboto. Tinker with weight, length and speed to see what different motions and patterns your contraption creates!

Dates Times
Saturday, January 27 10:30 am or 12 pm or 2 pm or 3:30 pm
Sunday, January 28 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
Suminagashi Fabrics (Ages 4+), 1 hour

Join us in Kitchen Lab as we explore how oil and water can be used to create unique art! We’ll blend floating inks in pools of water to create custom art pieces to take home.

Dates Times
Saturday, February 3 10:30 am or 12 pm or 2 pm or 3:30 pm
Sunday, February 4  10:30 am or 12 pm or 2 pm or 3:30 pm
Saturday, February 17  10:30 am or 12 pm or 2 pm or 3:30 pm
Sunday, February 18 10:30 am or 12 pm or 2 pm or 3:30 pm
Monday, February 19 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.

Spark Shop
E-Wearables (Ages 4+), 1 hour

Whether a novice or expert at sewing, we invite you to explore the world of stitching with conductive thread and circuits! Combine art and technology to create a customized illuminating accessory.

Dates Times
Saturday, February 10 10:30 am or 12 pm or 2 pm or 3:30 pm
Sunday, February 11 10:30 am or 12 pm or 2 pm or 3:30 pm
Friday, February 24 10:30 am or 12 pm or 2 pm or 3:30 pm
Saturday, February 25 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
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, March 3 10:30 am or 12 pm or 2 pm or 3:30 pm
Sunday, March 4  10:30 am or 12 pm or 2 pm or 3:30 pm
Friday, March 16  10:30 am or 12 pm or 2 pm or 3:30 pm
Saturday, March 17  10:30 am or 12 pm or 2 pm or 3:30 pm
Sunday, March 18  10:30 am or 12 pm or 2 pm or 3:30 pm
Saturday, March 31 10:30 am or 12 pm or 2 pm or 3:30 pm
Sunday, April 1 10:30 am or 12 pm or 2 pm or 3:30 pm


ON SALE SOON
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.

Spark Shop
Take Apart for Art (Ages 4+), 1 hour

Ever wonder what’s inside your toys or electronic devices? We invite you to make some exciting and surprising discoveries about their inner parts when you dissect an old stuffed animal or remote-controlled car using real tools to deconstruct. Then, get creative and reconstruct it in new way!

Dates Times
Saturday, March 10 10:30 am or 12 pm or 2 pm or 3:30 pm
Sunday, March 11 10:30 am or 12 pm or 2 pm or 3:30 pm
Monday, March 12  10:30 am or 12 pm or 2 pm or 3:30 pm
Saturday, March 24  10:30 am or 12 pm or 2 pm or 3:30 pm
Sunday, March 25 10:30 am or 12 pm or 2 pm or 3:30 pm
Friday, March 30 10:30 am or 12 pm or 2 pm or 3:30 pm


ON SALE SOON
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.

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.