Gingerbread Fun Run 1K - A Fun Run for Kids of All Abilities
Nov
18
9:00 AM09:00

Gingerbread Fun Run 1K - A Fun Run for Kids of All Abilities

Gingerbread Fun Run 1K – A Fun Run for Kids of All Abilities

Saturday, November 18 from 9 am–noon
All Ages

Get ready to run, run as fast as you can, Austin. Kick off the holiday season with a special Gingerbread Fun Run for kids—it’s almost 1K! Your task: Go as fast as you can while chasing Thinkery’s festive Gingerbread Man around Mueller Lake Park across from Thinkery. Enjoy seasonal hands-on activities for the entire family before and after the run in Mueller Park—and inside the museum, of course!

Variety is teaming up with Thinkery to ensure this Fun Run is open and accessible to kids of all abilities. The mostly paved and mostly flat route around Mueller Lake is wheelchair- and walker-accessible, with one unpaved 30-foot section covered in decomposed granite.

Sponsored by Google Fiber.

Presented in partnership with Variety – the Children’s Charity of Texas.

Registration Information

Candy Cane Runner registration benefits include (for each registered child):

  • T-shirt
  • Swag bag
  • Official race number
  • Completion medal
  • 10% off Gingerbread Workshop registrations for the entire family for reservations made the day of the Fun Run
  • Museum entrance on the day of the event for the registered child

Candy Cane Runner (ages 2–18 years old) – 1 Child Runner Registration
Member: $18
Non-Member: $22

Adults – Accompanying Registration*
FREE – Limit of one accompanying adult per registered child runner

Ages 0–23 months in strollers – Accompanying Registration*
FREE

All participants, regardless of age, must register—including infants in strollers and accompanying adults. *Accompanying registrations do not receive runner registration benefits: T-shirt, swag bag, official race number, completion medal or museum entrance on the day of the event. If accompanying adults and ages 0–23 months wish to enter the museum after the Fun Run, regular museum admission fees apply.  

Run Start Times

The route path is narrow. To accommodate as many runners as possible, we’ll have multiple start times with a limit to the number of registrants per heat.

9:30 am – Ages 2–5 years old and participants with disabilities
10 am – Ages 25 years old and participants with disabilities
10:30 am – All ages and all abilities
10:50 am – All ages and all abilities
11:10 am – All ages and all abilities
11:30 am – All ages and all abilities

Event Activities in Mueller Lake Park (9 am–noon)

Plus, join us inside Thinkery for special winter-themed activities, including “snowball” fights, igloo explorations, snowflake designs, winter wonderland stop motion animation, and story time (11 am).

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Studio Movie Grill's Special Needs Screenings
Nov
25
11:00 AM11:00

Studio Movie Grill's Special Needs Screenings

A pillar of SMG’s Outreach since 2001, our monthly Special Needs Screenings are designed for families raising children with special needs. Special Needs Screenings are shown with the lights up and the volume lowered and children are free to move around, talk, or even dance in the aisles during the movie.

The sensory friendly screenings are free for children with special needs and their siblings. Adult tickets are available at before-noon price. There are no advance ticket sales. Parental guidance is always suggested.

Special Needs Screenings are shown at 11:00am at all SMG locations except EpiCentre, Downey, Monrovia and Redlands. 

SMG Downey, Monrovia and Redlands look forward to offering our special needs screening program in the near future. We are currently in process of installing new seating and will subsequently undergo remodeling to our full concept. These locations will offer special needs screenings as soon as this work has been completed. 

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Variety's Annual Holiday Party and Sensory Friendly Movie Screening!
Dec
2
9:00 AM09:00

Variety's Annual Holiday Party and Sensory Friendly Movie Screening!

Come one come all to Variety's Annual Holiday Party and Sensory Friendly Movie Screening! The lobby of Cinemark will open at 9am for face-painting, refreshments, snacks and a visit with Santa Claus, followed by a sensory friendly movie screening at 9:30a of a newly released kid-friendly movie screening!  Be sure to sign your kiddos up for the event!

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ZACH Theatre Sensory Friendly Performance: Las Aventuras de Enoughie
Jan
27
11:00 AM11:00

ZACH Theatre Sensory Friendly Performance: Las Aventuras de Enoughie

SENSORY FRIENDLY PERFORMANCES at ZACH Theatre include:

  • Environmental alterations including lighting, sound, and more relaxed house rules.
  • Glow sticks used to indicate where potentially loud noises, big movements, or changes may occur.
  • All seating will be general admission to better accommodate individual family needs.
  • Each family will have more space to spread out in the theatre before, during, and after the performance
  • Families will be allowed to come and go as needed during the performance.
  • We will provide quiet space in the lobby or on our plaza (should weather cooperate).
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Sensory Friendly Hours presented by Variety
Oct
22
8:00 AM08:00

Sensory Friendly Hours presented by Variety

Visit Thinkery for Sensory Friendly Hours from 8–10 am (plus enjoy a free breakfast taco provided by Hat Creek Burger Company!)—then head over to Alamo Drafthouse Mueller for an #AlamoForAll sensory-friendly screening of Trolls at 10:30 am!

Tickets for both events are FREE and generously sponsored by Variety Texas.

Separate reservations required for both events:

Reserve tickets for Thinkery's #SensoryFriendlyHours presented by Variety (8–10 am): thinkeryaustin.org/sensory-friendly-hours.

Rerserve tickets for Alamo Drafthouse Mueller #AlamoForAll screening of "Trolls" ($5 food and beverage voucher is required to reserve your seat):drafthouse.com/austin/show/2d-trolls.

In addition to exclusive museum access, Thinkery is partnering with some amazing organizations to provide fun, hands-on activities and tailored information:

8:30 am & 9:30 am: Shining Stars – Theatre arts and improv games with Joshua's Stage.

Autism Society of Texas – Helpful resources for improving the lives of all those affected by autism.

Center for Autism and Related Disorders – Build a tower with CARD’s BCBA therapists.

Sensory Friendly Hours at Thinkery are presented by Variety – the Children’s Charity of Texas. Variety is a nonprofit organization committed to empowering children with special needs in Texas.

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Community Night Spotlight: Disabilities Awareness Month Hosted by Thinkery & Variety
Oct
11
4:00 PM16:00

Community Night Spotlight: Disabilities Awareness Month Hosted by Thinkery & Variety

Where: Thinkery
at the Meredith Learning Lab
1830 Simond Ave
Austin, Texas 78723

Admission is by donation, with a suggested $1 dollar donation.

During Community Night Spotlight evenings, Thinkery shines a light on a unique aspect of the rich diversity that makes Austin such an amazing place to live, play and learn with educational activities facilitated by staff and special community presenters.


On October 11, learn how small modifications can enable just about anyone to compete in sports, communicate with friends and do so much more! Explore the tools and technologies that empower people with disabilities to do amazing things and learn how you can welcome friends of all abilities. Local organizations dedicated to serving and expanding awareness of the needs of people with disabilities will share their expertise, resources and stories.

Disabilities Awareness Month evening activities and community partners include:

5 pm – Storytime with Texas School for the Deaf—ASL Storytelling makes stories come alive for all.

6 pm – Storytime with Ana Camelo Jackson, author of “Stripes for Eliana,” followed by a book signing.

6:30 pm & 7:15pm – Shining Stars - Theatre arts and improv games with Joshua's Stage

Variety - the Children’s Charity of Texas – Get a sense of what it might be like to experience autism, blindness or hand differences with interactive activities like making s’mores!

Texas School for the Deaf – Providing interpreters throughout the museum. Plus, join them to experience bone conduction and a hearing loss simulator.

Texas Center for Disability Studies at The University of Texas at Austin – Showcasing and letting you try out assistive technology from their Texas Technology Access Program that enhances communication and mobility.

Easterseals Central Texas – Stop by for resources and learn about Easterseals’ inaugural Disability Awareness Day.

Too Much Information – Autism Society of Texas helps you feel what it might be like experience too much sensory input with a 360-degree virtual reality experience.

Braille Readers Do It with Feeling! – Join Criss Cole Rehabilitation Center, an innovative vocational training facility serving adults who are legally blind for interactive braille reading.

Camp In Motion - Austin – Get moving with activities from Dell Children's Medical Center of Central Texas' Adaptive Sports Camp in partnership with the YMCA of Austin.

World Without Sight - Staff from Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired teach you to rely on senses other than sight.

Pop-up Library: Austin Public Library – Sign up for a library card and check out books.

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