Keeping Thinkery Clean & Healthy
Helpful information and tips for keeping kids healthy at Thinkery.
Thinkery will be closed to the public beginning Friday, March 13 through Sunday, March 22.
For the safety of our guests and staff, Thinkery will be closed through at least Sunday, March 22. This includes all programs, activities, and Spring Break Camps. We will follow up with existing registrants and ticketholders shortly. For additional updates, please visit this website, Thinkery’s social media channels, or sign up for email alerts.
We sincerely regret any inconvenience, but feel this closure is ultimately in the best interest of our museum family and the entire Austin community.
- We encourage all visitors to visit the CDC website to educate themselves about CoVID19, including how the virus spreads and how to prevent and treat it.
- We will continue to monitor news and guidance from city, state and federal health authorities and communicate any changes that impact Thinkery operations to the public immediately.
As a hands-on learning environment that caters to children and families, Thinkery is committed to keeping the museum clean and safe for guests. Below, you’ll find detailed information about our cleaning procedures, as well as suggestions for how you can help us keep Thinkery a clean, safe, and healthy environment.
We’re doing our part to keep our community healthy and safe from COVID-19 and other illnesses. There are additional steps that YOU can take to help prevent the spread of germs and viruses.
If someone in your group is sick, please visit us some other time
For the health and safety of all our guests, we ask that any child or adult with an elevated temperature or an illness that may be contagious (such as pink eye, a cold, or the flu) not visit Thinkery until they are fully recovered.
A good rule of thumb: if you’re too sick to go to school (or work), you should plan to visit Thinkery another time.
Be proactive! Take simple steps to protect your child.
- Wash your hands with soap and water frequently. It takes 15-20 seconds to get them clean enough.
- Avoid touching a person who is obviously sick.
- Avoid touching your own eyes and face (viruses can transmit from our hands into our bodies).
- Please cover your mouth and nose when you sneeze or cough. Remember to cough and sneeze into your elbow (the “vampire sneeze“) or into a tissue, not into your hand.
- Get your flu vaccine every year.
Thinkery strongly supports the US Center for Disease Control and Prevention recommendation that all children receive vaccinations. We request—but do not require—that Thinkery guests are vaccinated for MMR and other transmittable diseases; proof of vaccination is not needed to gain entry.
There is no 100% effective way to prevent illnesses, but we can all take steps to minimize risk and spreading germs. If you see an area or object that requires cleaning or attention, please notify Thinkery staff.
Thinkery does all we can to prevent illness and to maintain a clean, safe learning environment. This includes ongoing, thorough cleaning of museum and gallery components.
Museum Cleaning Procedures
- A professional cleaning team is on-site during Thinkery operating hours to sanitize and clean the restrooms, cafe, and common areas.
- Deep cleaning takes place when the museum is closed. The floors are mopped and vacuumed, restrooms are cleaned, and surfaces are sanitized.
- The air in the building is always circulated with fresh air to maintain clean, healthy air.
- Signs are displayed throughout the Museum to remind visitors to wash their hands.
- Hand sanitizer stations are located on each floor, throughout galleries and near all restrooms.
- Staff are required to consistently wash their hands.
- All surfaces that hands touch are cleaned daily to eliminate the spread of germs.
- Visitors are welcome to notify Thinkery staff if an area or object needs attention.
Gallery Cleaning Procedures
- The Guest Services Team sanitizes all exhibits daily, including loose parts such as play foods, blocks, balls and acrylic light pegs.
- Water exhibits utilize filtration systems and UV sterilization on a constant basis. They are treated daily with bromine, which is like chlorine, but milder. They are “shocked” weekly with a non-chlorine, potassium monopersulfate.
- It is developmentally appropriate when babies and toddlers put things in their mouths. Thinkery provides bins for these props and objects to be placed for disinfecting before being cycled back out for play. Dirty props and loose parts are constantly replaced with clean ones throughout the day.
- Bloom, which is designed for babies and early walkers, has a no-shoes policy to keep the carpet pristine. Hospital-grade booties are provided at the entrance for adults to slip over their shoes if they prefer.
Plan your next trip to Thinkery
We have tons of fun and exciting things to do, updated on a regular basis. Check out what we have to offer and see if you can join us!