Whether she’s dreaming up an umbrella for your pet cat or a car wash for toys, a kidventor’s thirst for innovation needs to be quenched. There are plenty of places where it’s easy for creative juices to flow and we’ve rounded up 10 of the best. From building robots to experiments with wind tables, our favorite spots are fit for LEGO lovers and explorative thinkers alike. Flip through the gallery and let your imagination take it from there.

Oregon Museum of Science and Industry – Portland, Or

Remember when you were a kid and you couldn't wait for field trip day? And when you found out it was a super-cool destination the anticipation of it all kept you awake at night? That's basically how we feel about OMSI. It's just as much fun for parents as it is for kids. We're not kidding. But don't take our word for it. Pack up the kids and explore the day away at OMSI. The Innovation Station is major. Step inside the inventors ball room and let your budding inventor build crazy contraptions that whizz, zoom and bounce.

Good to know: Don't miss the new, mind-blowing suspension bridge. Step on up and take in views of all the exhibits as you stroll across.

Online: omsi.edu

photo: Oregon Museum of Science and Industry via Yelp

  • Oregon Museum of Science and Industry - Portland, Or
  • The Tinkering Lab at Chicago Children’s Museum - Chicago, Il
  • The Thinkery - Austin, Tx
  • Innovation Planet at Discovery World - Milwaukee, Wi
  • The Tinkering Studio at Reuben H. Fleet Science Center - San Diego, Ca
  • The Tinker Tank at Pacific Science Center  - Seattle, Wa
  • Invention Convention at Children’s Museum of Houston - Houston, Tx
  • Liberty Science Center - Jersey City, Nj
  • Columbus Center of Science and Industry - Columbus, Oh
  • Imagination Workshop at Kidspace Children's Museum - Pasadena, Ca

Where do you take your budding inventor? Share with us in a comment below.

—Meredith Mortensen