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1830 Simond Ave.

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3.7scorecard
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  • 4.0Facilities
  • 4.0Atmosphere

Thinkery offers activities that combine science, technology, engineering, arts and math, aimed at children up to age 11. Permanent exhibits at Thinkery range from Currents, which focuses on water, to the straightforwardly named Kitchen Lab and Light Lab. The museum also houses an enormous outdoor playground with water elements for kids to enjoy. Not to mention, an array of programs designed to facilitate date nights for parents or appeal to children with special needs occur regularly at Thinkery (additional fees apply).

Recent visitors appreciated its assortment of hands-on activities, which they claimed did an excellent job of keeping their children entertained. These past travelers also recommend bringing a change of clothes, as the museum’s water room all-but-guarantees to soak your children. Overall, the museum makes an excellent destination on a rainy (or exceptionally hot) day in Austin.

Thinkery sits about 4 miles northeast of downtown Austin, and travelers relying on public transit can take the No. 10 bus. The museum opens from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday. The Baby Bloomers program (when the museum is only open for visitors ages 0 to 3 and their families) is on Monday from 9 a.m. to noon and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. Wednesday and Saturday also have extended hours, from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and 6 p.m., respectively. Finally, from 4 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday is Community Night at Thinkery, when the museum caters to underserved communities and doesn’t charge admission. Otherwise, general admission costs $12 and children younger than 23 months are free. Check out Thinkery’s website to learn more about its varied offerings.

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