Sensory Friendly Hours presented by Variety
Oct
22
8:00am 8:00am

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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Nov
18
9:00am 9:00am

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).

Packet Pickup Information

Registered runner packets may be picked up at Thinkery on Friday, November 17 from 3–6 pm or on the day of the event beginning at 9 am.

If picking up a packet on the day of the event, please plan to arrive 30 minutes prior to the start time of your child’s run.

Sponsorship & In-Kind Donation Opportunities

Interested in sponsoring our first-ever Gingerbread Fun Run 1K? There are a few ways you can support this program for children of all abilities!

Gingerbread Fun Run 1K Sponsorship Levels
Gingerbread Fun Run 1K Sponsorship Form
Gingerbread Fun Run 1K In-Kind Form

Volunteer Opportunities

Opportunities to volunteer are available for packet stuffing, packet pick-up, day before set-up and race day assistance. Volunteers must apply by October 31, 2017.

Click here to apply to be a volunteer!

FAQ

Can I exchange my ticket or get a refund?

The deadline for registration is November 16, 2017. All registrations are non-refundable and non-transferable. Adjustments to your list of participants is not allowed after submitting your registration.

Who can accompany my child on the route?

A limit of one adult per registered child may accompany for free. Additionally, children ages 0–23 may accompany for free. Registration is required for all individuals planning to be on the route, including adults or children ages 0–23 months. Museum entrance and registration benefits (t-shirt, swag bag, running bib, running medal) are not provided to adults or children ages 0–23 months. Spectators are welcome to enjoy the hands-on activities at the finish line for free.

My child is old enough to run alone. Do I have to run with them?

No, you do not have to run with your child. The course is less than 1K (about one half-mile) and we will have volunteers along the course. If you feel your child is old enough and able to run the course without you, you may meet them at the finish line.

Can I bring my stroller?

Yes, strollers are welcome on the Fun Run course! Registration is required for all individuals planning to be on the Fun Run route, including accompanying adults and children ages 0–23 months in strollers. We ask that those with strollers line up at the back of the wave of runners. For safety reasons, dogs, wagons, bikes, skates and rollerblades are NOT allowed on the course.

Can my child ride a bike, skate, rollerblade, etc.?

For safety reasons, dogs, wagons, bikes, skates and rollerblades are NOT allowed on the Fun Run course. Strollers, wheelchairs and walkers are permitted on the Fun Run route.

How long is the route?

It is an almost 1K (about one half-mile) route around Mueller Lake on a mostly paved path. It is wheelchair- and walker-accessible, with one unpaved 30-foot section covered in decomposed granite.

Are the runs timed? Are there prizes for the first finishers?

This is a Fun Run, not a race! Runners will not be timed and there will be no special prizes for the first finishers. Everyone is a winner and all registered children runners ages 2–18 will receive:

  • T-shirt
  • Swag bag
  • Official race number
  • Completion medal
  • Museum entrance on the day of the event for the registered child

Are any items prohibited on the Fun Run course?

For the safety of our runners, volunteers and vendors, the following items are prohibited:

  • Wagons
  • Bicycles, roller blades/skates, skateboards, etc.
  • Animals or pets
  • Alcoholic beverages and illegal substances of any kind

Have more questions?

Please contact Todd Moore, Public Programs Manager at tmoore@thinkeryaustin.org or 510-469-6241.

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

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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