Spark!Lab® Smithsonian

Everyone can be an inventor!

Activities in Spark!Lab incorporate traditional science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) with art, museum, and creativity. Facilitators will assist Spark!Lab visitors by employing inquiry-based learning techniques to help participants work through challenges, identify design solutions, and create their own unique inventions!

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

Spark!Lab Hours

Fall & Winter Hours

Tuesday 9:30 am –  12 pm; 1 pm – 3 pm
Wednesday 9:30 am –  12 pm; 1 pm – 3 pm
Thursday  12:30 pm – 3:30 pm; 4 pm – 7 pm
Friday 9:30 am –  12 pm; 1 pm – 3 pm
Saturday 9:30 am –  12 pm; 1 pm – 3 pm
Sunday 1 pm – 5 pm

Activity choices for September 29 – October 26:

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.

Help catch a Dino- Oh No! One of our dinosaurs escaped from the museum! Using different materials, and their imagination, visitors are challenged to create something to safely return a dinosaur to the museum. Test and tweak your ideas to create the best and safest way to bring our dinosaur home.

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