Empowered by Play


The San Luis Obispo Children’s Museum is home to The Thinkery, a museum-based enrichment program of natural curiosity that empowers kids to ask questions and encourages their innate sense of wonder and creativity.

Led by director, Karen Ames, The Thinkery provides a unique environment where children between the ages of two and a half and six years old can create, explore & discover. The Children’s Museum’s 8,400 square foot facility features an art center, outdoor playscape and three floors of exhibits designed with imagination and interactivity in mind.
Museum time is built into every session. As children explore, they advance their thinking skills, increase their confidence as learners, demonstrate increased socialization and practice early literacy skills.
Each day at The Thinkery includes exploration of each of the Museum floors, story time, art activities, snack and playscape time.
When you ask your child what he or she did in school today, be prepared for some wonderful answers!

Mondays from 9am - 1pm $160 per month




Hi! I’m Karen Ames, the director of The Thinkery, a unique preschool program offered at the San Luis Obispo Children’s Museum. I have my degree in Early Childhood Education and I've been involved in educating preschool age children for over twenty years. My love for the San Luis Obispo Children’s Museum and passion for education make it a perfect match for me to be the director of this amazing, unique, educational environment!

Karen Ames

For more information or to request registration forms, contact Karen at
or (805) 239-9333.