This Weekend

November 25 and 26

Every weekend features two different Maker Studios, special workshops, and themed Open Explore activities.

Thanksgiving Family Weekend: Join us for special maker challenges for the whole family! FREE with general admission, and no registration needed.

  • This to There – Build an invention that can move an object, test the distance, and then change the design to make it go even farther.
  • Design a Playground – Design and prototype a piece of playground equipment. Add your invention to a communal playground.
  • Bridge Engineer – Create a bridge that can span a distance and bear weight.
  • Coding Corner – Participate in coding activities and learn the basics.

Regular Hours

Saturdays & Sundays
10:00am – 5:00pm

Admission

Nonmembers
$12 (includes child + 2 adults)

Members
Free

Workshops

Kibo Hokey Pokey
KIBO Robotics: Hokey Pokey

Using KIBO robots, specifically designed for ages 4-7, participants will explore the major concepts of programming in a fun, familiar, and developmentally appropriate way while programming their bots to dance the “Hokey-Pokey.” Ages K-1st.

Saturday, November 25 | 11:00
Members: $14; nonmembers: $16 + $12 museum admission

Hummingbird components
Robotic Creatures

Create robotic creatures using cardboard, art materials and Hummingbird microcontrollers. Using visual coding the creatures will come alive with motorized parts and lights that are triggered by sensors. Creatures can be taken home, but the robotic parts will stay at the museum. 2nd grade+.

Saturday, November 25 | 1:30
Members: $10; nonmembers: $12 + $12 museum admission

Stuffies

Join Small Things Matter and make a stuffie to brighten a sick child’s day at Children’s Hospital in Washington, D.C. Decorate fleece stuffie blanks using felt, safety eyes, tulle, polyfil, etc. to create a personalized plush toy. Gift tags will be provided for each participant to sign so that each child will know that it was made especially for them. 2nd grade+.

Sunday, November 26 | 1:00 – 3:00
Free with admission

Maker Studio and Open Build

TinkerCad
Fab Lab, LEVEL 2

Take your design skills to the next level by creating 3D models of our world’s coolest monuments. Build columns, domes, and towers. Learn how to measure in 3D and how to create pieces that fit together. Print your creation in different parts so you can mix and match colors to enhance your design. 3rd grade+.
Required: Level 1 certification.

Saturday, November 25 | 11:00
Members: $10; nonmembers: $11 +$12 museum admission

Saws
Woodshop, LEVEL 1

An intro to basic skills, tools and safety procedures in the woodshop. Learn how to measure and cut wood with precision, use a hammer and nails, and a power drill and screws to attach pieces of wood together. 3rd grade+.
Required: Closed-toe shoes.

Saturday, November 25 | 1:00
Members: $10; nonmembers: $11 +$12 museum admission

3D Printing
Fab Lab Open Build

Hone your skills and troubleshoot projects with Fab Lab educators.
Required: Level 1 Certification.

Saturday, November 25 | 3:00
Members: $6; nonmembers: $7 +$12 museum admission

Electronics - Wires
Electronics, LEVEL 2

Take your circuit skills up a notch as you learn to create parallel circuits. Join wires together by soldering and create a parallel circuit project controlled by multiple switches. 3rd grade+.
Required: Level 1 certification.

Sunday, November 26 | 11:00
Members: $10; nonmembers: $11 +$12 museum admission

Sewing - Textiles
Textiles, LEVEL 1

Learn the fundamental skills needed to sew your own creations. Practice hand-sewing, get comfortable with needles, thread, and patterns, and begin exploring different fasteners and sewn closures. Put these skills to use by making a felt bag with a double drawstring. 3rd grade+.

Sunday, November 26 | 1:00
Members: $10; nonmembers: $11 + $12 museum admission

Circuits
Electronics Open Build

Polish your skills and troubleshoot projects in the electronics studio.
Required: Level 1 certification.

Sunday, November 26 | 3:00
Members: $6; nonmembers: $7 +$12 museum admission

See our full calendar to plan ahead.

Full refunds (minus 5% processing fee) are given up to 24 hours prior to workshop. If a participant is more than 10 minutes late for a workshop, participant will not be admitted and will not be given a refund. Workshops may be cancelled due to low enrollment. For more information, view our complete Cancellation Policies.