Science. Play. Art. Creativity. Exploration.

That's what KidSPACE, supported by The Dorsey Family Foundation, 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.


CMC Pride is made possible in part through the generous support of ArtsWave Pride and Summertime Kids.

Teaching Artists Dai Williams and Lizzy DuQuette will lead a mural making experience in KidSPACE featuring colorful “sticker-style” images that float and interact specifically with architectural features of the environment. By using an entirely collaborative design process, the murals will include the perspectives of youth participants The mural themes will be imagined futures, growth and possibility, and finding meaning through the act of collaboration. The mural will be human sized, and viewers will be able to interact and “step into” the world of the mural.

The Joy in You

June 25, 2022 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Join local artist and author, Jacob Boehne for a reading of his book The Joy in You from 11 to 11:30 a.m. followed by a Joy Journaling activity and spirited coloring.

Paint by Color

June 25, 2022 from 2 to 4 p.m.

  • Paint by color on parachute cloth
  • Participants will be able to make stickers to take home with them

Story Tree Time

June 30, 2022 from 11 to 11:30 a.m.
Celebrate CMC Pride with our amazing Museum Specialist Samantha Leone for a reading of And Tango Makes Three.


Young at Art

Develop artistic skills while exercising creative expression.

Cancelled – Charley Harper’s Tools

March 21 | 11 a.m. to noon

Have you ever wonder how Ohio based artist, Charley Harper created his works? Not with a computer, but with drafting tools! Try your hand at using these tools to create a Charley Harper inspired work as we celebrate Ohio History Day.

Cancelled – Pisanki Eggs

April 12 | 11 a.m. to noon

Create a colorful egg with wax resist techniques, inspired by the ancient Polish tradition.

Celebrating Women Artists

Join us for art making programs inspired by the work of women artists, past and present! *Denotes program led by local artist.

Cancelled – Pam Kravetz*

March 7 | 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Join local artist Pam Kravetz and create a wearable magical and empowering badge while learning some simple quilting and beading techniques.

Cancelled – Rain Barrel Project with Artist Erika Nj Allen

March 21 | 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

We're honored to have our Rain Barrel submission chosen as part of the 2020 Rain Barrel Project! In its 8th year, this is an initiative with Save Local Waters and the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden designed to educate about water conservation and pollution caused by storm water runoff. It was also created to promote the use of rain barrels throughout the Ohio River Valley through a creative and educational medium.

For our design, we wanted to celebrate Maya: The Exhibition (opening March 14) by highlighting Mayan culture and practices of catching and storing water in vessels, similar to the way we use modern rain barrels. And we'd love your help!

Join us, alongside local artist Erika Nj Allen, in our #CMCkidSPACE in The Children's Museum on March 21 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. to help us paint our barrel! Erika will also share more about her Guatemalan heritage, meaning behind the design glyphs and Mayan stories.

Free for CMC Members or included with Museum Admission.

Finished rain barrels will be displayed at the Cincinnati Zoo from April 1-23, 2020, when they will be auctioned off during the Zoo’s Party for the Planet Event. Learn more:

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Cancelled – Yayoi Kusama

March 22 | 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Join us for a collaborative mini-instillation inspired by the pattern of this Japanese born contemporary artist.

Cancelled – Beatrix Potter

April 19 | 11 a.m. to noon

Natural Scientist, conservationist and famous illustrator, Beatrix Potter loved to study the world around her. Learn to look close and create art based on observation.

Cancelled – Jessica Wolf*

April 18 | 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Join local artist Jessica Wolf of Paper Acorn to learn about her artistic processes by creating a collaborative paper chandelier.

This program is made possible, in part, by Ohio Humanities, a state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this website do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.