Science. Play. Art. Creativity. Exploration.
**These programs might be affected by the closure of the Duke Energy Children’s Museum. Please call (513) 287-7000 before your visit for further updates. Sign up for our Children's Programming newsletter to receive updates directly to your inbox.
**Please note that we will be making updates to sections of KidSPACE beginning in August to bring even more creativity and possibility into the space. KidSPACE is still open and available to guests during normal hours, but miniMAKERs programs will be suspended. Please see below for other programs that will be available.
That's what KidSPACE is all about. Let your imagination run wild in an interactive lab fueled by YOU!
Confront challenges and explore new opportunities while you use your hands and your minds to encourage invention. From free range exploration, to planned workshops and design challenges, KidSPACE offers a wide variety of learning opportunities that encourage STEAM education: science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics.
Explore five different "zones": a wet zone, where you can create masterpieces through painting, screen printing and ceramics; a textile zone for weaving and sewing; a light and dark zone for shadow play; an assembly zone where you can build and construct; and a high tech zone for experimenting with computers and 3D printing.
Programs in KidSPACE
ArtBUILD: Design + Engineering + Art! Work together to build something.
Collaborate to design and build a winter candy castle from gumdrops, toothpicks and craft sticks with gumdrops as the only connecting tool.
November 5 at 2 p.m.
Found Object Unicorn
Inspired by artist Deborah Butterfield, we will work together to make a one-of-kind unicorn sculpture out of recyclable materials and found objects.
January 28 at 2 p.m.
DesignCHALLENGE: Can you use your creativity and ingenuity to find a solution to our challenge?
Silent Jingle Bells
Can you figure out how to silence the sound of a bell? With a variety of materials, try to mask the sound of the bell when shaken.
November 19 at 1 p.m.
Create something made of tinsel and see if you can keep it floating!
December 17 at 1 p.m.
Just Out of Reach
You are stranded on a desert island, and all of your supplies are just out of reach. Can you design something to reach them?
January 7 at 1 p.m.
STEAM Team: Discover the relationship between art and science through these playful activities!
Flip Book Animation
Discover the basics of animation and create your own flip book.
November 18 at at 3 p.m.
Create a beautiful bouquet to brighten up your day and discover the magic behind color and chromatography.
December 3 at at 3 p.m.
Create a toy that tricks the brain and see what happens when you add motion to pictures.
January 13 at at 3 p.m.
SewWHAT? Whether by hand or machine, learn how to sew with these beginner projects!
Create a piece of food out of felt for a playful feast.
November 4 at 2 p.m.
Learn how to use a sewing machine and create a small fabric clutch.
January 20 at 2 p.m.
ArtAPPRENTICE: Learn tricks, tips, and techniques from a working artist!
Fun with Plarn
A little over a year ago Shari the Bag Lady started a hobby. Having never crocheted before, she learned how to turn grocery bags into plastic yarn. With this new skill she makes mats for the homeless and backpacks for youth, all while preserving our planet and natural resources. Join Shari the Bag Lady for her day-long workshop of crocheting with plarn!
November 11 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Zip Tie Creations
Artist Scottie Bellissemo will be on-site making unique sculptures out of zip ties! Join in the fun and make a small ornament to celebrate the festive season.
December 9 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.