As an evolutionary benchmark of Austin’s original children’s museum, the Thinkery is the ultimate space for families to discover a plethora of “whys” and “hows” using fun, scientific and physical experimentation. The innovative building houses countless hours’ worth of activities: peering through microscopes or learning at the Animation Station in the Innovators’ Workshop; practicing concepts of aerodynamics with the object launcher in the Spark Shop; drawing with light or freezing shadows in the Light Lab; uncovering the link between water and sound in the Currents exhibit; releasing the inner mad scientist with chemical reactions in the Kitchen Lab; dancing the day away in the Move! Studio; or settling in with a wide variety of picture/story books in the cozy Story Nook. And if the weather’s right, don’t forget to visit the outdoor area complete with space-age playground and a stream stocked with buckets and sieves for water fun. Kids ages 8 and up are also welcome to snag some one-on-one time with Thinkery staff in the new Space 8 maker lab to practice soldering, sewing, drilling and many more hands-on activities (safety release required in advance).