Did you know that Austin’s Childrens’ Museum, Thinkery, offers workshops for children (and adults)? These events occur weekly – especially during the summer – and are engaging, age appropriate and totally fun!
Last week, my son & I took a “Parent & Child” class on soldering. Truth be told, when I registered him, I did not realize that it was for parents too. I’m always game for a fun time, so this momma learned how to solder and to be honest, it was a ton of fun. It was as if I got to go to “summer camp” for a few hours too!
The workshop started with a through explanation of what soldering is and how to do it.
And then we were sent to our individual tables to practice.
Thinkery has a fantastic staff for these workshops that are extremely helpful. Case in point —> In our soldering workshop, we were soldering electrical wires to plates to make a blinking pin. This was right up my 11 year old’s alley and he took to it immediately. It required coordination and a steady hand – both of which I like to think I have.
Who finished their pin with 2 blinking lights perfectly?? My 11 year old.
And who messed up her one-light pin? Yeah, that was me.
Thankfully, the Thinkery staff were so patient and kind to help the mom out.
Personally, I love the variety of workshops Thinkery has to offer kids that appeal to BOTH boys & girls. They had kitchen workshops, electricity workshops, sewing workshops, computer programming workshops and more. In the month of August, you & your kids can learn how to program a computer, make a solar oven, sew a pillowcase and make some tasty pickles (to name a few).
They offer 2 hour classes that is for both the child and the adult and the prices range from $35-45 a class. That’s very reasonable for the quality time that is spent in the limited size class.
We have a whole month left until school starts and with the hottest temps coming, this is a perfect way to spend the afternoon. Check out their schedule here.
And before you visit Thinkery, check out a few tips to make it a great time.
Disclosure: My son & I were invited to attend the Thinkery Workshop as a guest. I was not paid to write this article. All opinions are my own.