Build, sculpt, perform and set your imagination free. The Imagination Lab serves as an introduction to our educational approach of inspiring visitors to IMAGINE, CREATE and SHARE. Here, the youngest visitors are encouraged to IMAGINE in our interactive hands-on environment, CREATE something original in the various studio spaces, and then SHARE what they’ve created with their friends and families or on display at the museum within our DIY Cloud Gallery.
In the Imagination Lab, the AR Sandboxes offer kids a hands-on introduction to topography, where they can move, dig, and shape Kinectic Sand into personalized landscapes. Experience two activities that help children understand the natural world through creative play.
Explore the interactive dynamics of water flow and watersheds in this sandbox exhibit as mountains, valleys, lakes, and shorelines display various colors. Notice how the sand changes color as you build mountains or dig rivers.
Discover digitally-produced creatures as they swim, wiggle, and scamper their way through an ever-changing landscape. Design a habitat to help both land and water creatures thrive in their environment.
View our AR Sandbox in this Global Map of AR Sandboxes.
Visit Storybook Park, our Early Childhood Literacy exhibit. Our San Francisco parklet is designed to encourage children ages 5 and under to participate in a variety of literacy activities.
Explore a sensory alphabet using your sense of touch to engage with letters.
Enjoy a changing selection of books to read with your family.
Magnetic Story Book
Engage in the narrative process while bringing stories to life.
Act out your favorite book or create your own original story.
Storybook Park is made possible in part by a grant from the Goldman Family Foundation