Spark!Lab® Smithsonian


In Spark!Lab, we believe everyone is inventive. Through hands-on activities and interactions with facilitators, children and their families will engage in the process of invention through activities that incorporate traditional science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) with art and creativity.

The self-led exploration that happens in this interactive space creates environments that support the creative and collaborative thinking so important to invention and entrepreneurship.

We provide opportunities to create, innovate, collaborate, and problem-solve—because these experiences empower kids to develop the skills and confidence they need to succeed today and in the future.

Activity choices for August 12 – September 2:

Invent-A-Vehicle Visitors sketch and then build a vehicle to solve a specific problem. The vehicles are made from reusable materials and components are in a scale that encourages collaboration, imaginative play, and even real functional testing.

Flying Machines Visitors engineer flying inventions using the construction materials provided. The inventions are then tested and tweaked in order to improve the distance or height achieved during flight. Challenge cards encourage visitors to create inventions that fly like a rocket, bird, airplane or hot air balloon.

Towering Teeter TableThe Towering Teeter Table challenges visitors to use blocks to build structures under challenging – and unstable – circumstances. To build towers, buildings, and other structures, visitors have to be creative in how they use the building space and balance their structure.


Activities change on a regular basis, ensuring that regular visitors have something new to explore.

Spark!Lab Hours

June 10, 2017 – September 3, 2017

Monday Closed
Tuesday 11 am –  1 pm; 2 pm – 5 pm
Wednesday 11 am –  1 pm; 2 pm – 5 pm
Thursday 11 am –  1 pm; 3 pm – 7 pm
Friday 11 am –  1 pm; 2 pm – 5 pm
Saturday 11 am –  1 pm; 2 pm – 5 pm
Sunday 1 pm – 4 pm

Spark!Lab is included with Full Museum admission. Entry is first come first served; space is limited

Generously supported by the Dow Corning Foundation and The Patricia & David Kepler Foundation