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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!
Thinkery is teaming up with Variety – the Children’s Charity of Texas 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 Texas.
🍬 Registration Information 🍬
Candy Cane Runner registration benefits include (for each registered child):
🍭 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
CLICK HERE TO REGISTER: thinkeryaustin.org/special-events.
Candy Cane Runner (ages 2–18 years old) – 1 Child Runner Registration
Adults – Accompanying Registration*
FREE – Limit of one accompanying adult per registered child runner
Ages 0–23 months in strollers – Accompanying Registration*
*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 2–5 years old and participants with disabilities
10:30 am – Ages 2–5 years old and participants with disabilities
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) 🍬
🍭 Miniature horses from Variety's Peaceable Kingdom Retreat for Children
🍭 Carnival games and prizes with Alamo Drafthouse Mueller and Barrel O' Fun
🍭 All ages and all abilities obstacle course challenges with MYLO Obstacle Fitness, the host of Austin’s Kids American Ninja Warrior Competition
🍭 Orangetheory Fitness gets your blood flowing with fun warm ups and keeps you hydrated on the route
🍭 Create your own gingerbread person puppet and story with Joshua's Stage
🍭 Design your own wintery kite with Emergent Academy
🍭 Join Thinkery Camps to engineer a boat that helps a gingerbread person safely cross a river
🍭 Help Thinkery Gingerbread Workshops decorate our giant cardboard gingerbread house
🍭 Shake hands with H-E-B's H-E-Buddy
🍭 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)
🍬 Food & Refreshments for Purchase in Mueller Lake Park 🍬
🍭 El Cruz Ranch – Farm to plate breakfast tacos, coffee and warm apple cider
🍭 Cornucopia Popcorn – Get the holiday season popping with a popcorn bar samples and bags for purchase
🍭 Kona Ice – The coolest shaved ice truck around
🍬 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.
🍬 FAQ 🍬
Please visit thinkeryaustin.org/special-events for our Gingerbread Fun Run FAQ.