exploratorium

Curious Contraptions Activities

Cardboard Automata, Cranky Contraptions, and Sound Machines

Wednesday, November 20–Sunday, January 26, 2020

Gallery 2, Tinkering Studio

Free for Donors and Daytime Members.

Note: These activities are drop-in on a first-come, first served basis. Space is limited.

Wednesday–Friday • 11:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.
Saturdays and Sundays • 11:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m. unless noted
Saturday, November 23, December 7 and 21, and January 4 and 18  • Noon–4:00 p.m.
Sunday, November 24, December 8 and 22, and January 5 and 19  • Noon–4:00 p.m.
Activities vary

Cardboard Automata
Explore the intersection of art and engineering, and tell playful stories with your contraptions. Use cams, cranks, and moving parts to investigate and build various contraptions made with everyday materials such as cardboard and paper.

Cranky Contraptions
Come and play with motion and make a cranky contraption of your own. Use cams, cranks, and moving parts to investigate and build various contraptions made with everyday materials such as wooden blocks, wire, and foam.

Sound Machines
Come and play with motion and mechanisms. Use LEGO technic pieces and sound instruments and explore linkage mechanisms to make music with bells, drums, shakers, and more. Create playful rhythms and unique sound machines.