Splash parks, pools, and playgrounds have been in the rotation for weeks now, and your kids may be growing weary (shocking, we know). Shake things up with a class or camp that lets the littles keep their hands busy crafting, cooking, inventing, and building.

Spark!Lab

Light a spark in your young Einstein and give her the chance to dream up her own invention, sketch it, create it, and test it. This newly reopened hands-on invention activity center in the National Museum of American History guides kids ages 6-12 through the invention process using science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) and combines those topics with history, art, and creativity. “Things that Roll” is the theme for the summer, and kids can try inventing a skateboard, working with robotics, and adapting a vehicle to move without a driver’s legs.

Cost: Free

14th St and Constitution Ave, NW
(202) 363-1000
Online: americanhistory.si.edu

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Where do you take your kids to create something out of nothing? Tell us in the comments section below. 

—Emily Coleman Dibella