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Tinker, Build and Create at the Space Foundation Discovery Center this Spring Break

Written by: Space Foundation Editorial Team

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (March 19, 2018) Families looking for things to do in Colorado Springs this Spring Break need look no further than the Space Foundation Discovery Center.

Beginning Tuesday, March 27, the Space Foundation Discovery Center will begin its annual Spring Break Tinkering programming. A variety of activities are planned that are appropriate for children ages 4-8 with an adult helper, and ages 9-17 on their own. The week-long event will wrap up with the construction of a Rube Goldberg Machine (a chain-reaction machine), to be launched at noon on Saturday, March 31.

The following activities* are included in the daily admission price to the Discovery Center.


  • Strawbees®
  • K'NEX® toys for building and exploring
  • Wind tubes
  • Ball maze
  • KEVA® planks
  • Circuit blocks

Special daily activities from 11:00 a.m. - noon and 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Each daily activity will be on a first-come first-served basis. There will be 30 spots per session, and families can reserve their spot upon arrival at the front desk (limit three per family).

  • Tuesday - Make a "Fused" Fabric Mini Lamp
  • Wednesday - Paper Circuit Light Cards
  • Thursday - Cardboard Automatons
  • Friday - Mini Tabletop Marble Maze


  • Mars Robotics Laboratory 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
  • Chain Reaction Machine 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. (Rube Goldberg Machine): Show off your best science and engineering skills and help the Space Foundation Discovery Center create one massive chain reaction machine. Bring your own materials or chain reaction machine and add it to everyone else's to create one huge machine.
  • Toy/retro technology deconstruction 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. (reverse engineering): Ever wonder how things work? Why does your toy work the way it does? How has technology evolved over time? Join us for a time of deconstruction to find out what old technology and toys can teach us through reverse engineering.

*Activities subject to change without notice. Watch for the most up to date information.

About the Discovery Center
Located only five minutes from Garden of the Gods Park, at 4425 Arrowswest Drive, Colorado Springs, the Space Foundation Discovery Center is the Pikes Peak region's only public space, science and technology center. Military discounts are available. For hours, pricing and other information, please visit, or call the Space Foundation Discovery Center at 719.576.8000.

About the Space Foundation

Founded in 1983, the Space Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit and the world's premier organization to inspire, educate, connect, and advocate on behalf of the global space community. It is a leader in space awareness activities, educational programs, and major industry events, including the annual Space Symposium. Space Foundation headquarters is in Colorado Springs, Colo., USA, and has a public Discovery Center, including El Pomar Space Gallery, Northrop Grumman Science Center featuring Science On a Sphere®, and the Lockheed Martin Space Education Center. The Space Foundation has a Washington, D.C., office and field representatives in Houston and the Florida Space Coast. It publishes The Space Report: The Authoritative Guide to Global Space Activity, and through its Space Certification™ and Space Technology Hall of Fame® programs, recognizes space-based innovations that have been adapted to improve life on Earth. Visit both of our websites – and – and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn and YouTube.

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