The Thinkery is a brand new take on the old Austin Children’s Museum. An open interactive place where science and families play side by side. Kids can connect ideas by doing, making and experiencing all sorts of cool things while having lots of fun in the process.
Things to See & Do
The Museum has 2 floors and each floor has many areas to explore. Each room has a fascinating theme with lots of hands-on opportunities for kids of every age.
There is a good-sized gated toddler/crawler area geared towards little ones, so, they are not left out. There is also a cozy reading area upstairs.
Light Lab is an interactive exhibit that lets children investigate the impact of color, light and shadows. Visitors can draw on walls with light from lasers, play with light to change their shadows from big to small, and build light structures using Lego-like mini blocks with LEDs.
Spark Shop engages older children and adults in learning experiences that are too big or too messy for the average family garage. Visitors will use tools and inspiring materials to design flying objects to launch in the projectile range.
Our Backyard invites guests outside to scale the heights of a universally-accessible, custom-designed climber, splash in a stream lined with native stone, gather on a log for natural science programs, or rest under the branches of a native elm tree.
Currents features watery science you can see, feel and hear. Visitors will get wet exploring the concepts of fluid dynamics and discover the connections between water and sound. Smocks and crocs are available as this activity is a wet one and should be enjoyed as such..
A favorite activity featires a plexiglass wall in which children (with plastic aprons on) can paint, use a spray bottle with water and a squeegee to make a big mess and be as creative as they want.
Kitchen Lab blends all the familiar elements of a kitchen space with a science lab. Equipped with real appliances, lab equipment and interesting materials,
In addition, without ever going into the museum, there is a wonderful outdoor playground across the street at Museller Park that you can enjoy any time, any day.
There are also ongoing workshops, camps & programs to take advantage of throughout the year.
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