On this blustery Austin morning, I decided to let the kids have one of their Christmas presents early: a membership to the Thinkery, Austin's new children's museum. Against my better judgment, I braved the crowd (alone...with the three) on a Saturday to see if the hype was just hype. I have to admit--even after being caught in a sea of helicopter parents and screaming kids wondering what in the world I had been thinking--the museum is much better than its predecessor. My favorite installation was the light room, but the kids fell in love with the splash zone located on the second floor. Note to self: bring towels and/or a change of clothes for the children on our next visit...they will get soaked in this museum.