Austin’s New Children’s Museum – the Thinkery

At The Thinkery, Austin’s new children’s museum, kids can draw with lasers, create music with water, sculpt with magnetic fluid and much more. The $18 million, 40,000-square–foot facility made its debut Dec. 7, 2013 and targets infants through 11-year-olds.

To power kids’ creativity, the interactive exhibits use STEAM, an educational philosophy emphasizing the interdependence of science, technology, engineering, arts and math.

Thinkery light lab

In the Light Lab, kids can freeze their shadows and place illuminated pegs in a giant board. Older grade-schoolers get crafty and creative at the Spark Shop where they can manipulate magnetic fluid into sculptures, create a sign out of wax and craft foam planes then flight-test them.

Thinkery water area

Everyone gets wet at Currents (bring a change of clothes), a water play area that illustrates fluid dynamics. Kids tap brass bowls filled with water to hear different tones; place their fingers over the holes in the hydraulophone, a huge water pipe to make music; and crank handles to fill buckets and to create whirlpools.

Thinkery playscape

At Our Backyard, kids can float rubber duckies down a stream, climb rope walls or rest under an elm tree. In Let’s Grow, little ones crawl through caterpillar-shaped tunnels and preschoolers collect eggs and shop at a farmer’s market.

To learn more or purchase tickets, visit their site:

Text from: