Spark!Lab® Smithsonian

Everyone can be an inventor!

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.

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

Spark!Lab Hours

Fall Hours

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

Activity choices for September 30 – October 27:

Soundscapes – Visitors use the parts and pieces included in this activity to create music and sound pathways for marbles. They explore different configurations and try marbles of different sizes and materials to figure out which make the sounds they’re looking for. Can you create a musical marble symphony?


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.


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

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