Germany was the first country to use Daylight Saving Time to conserve electricity in 1916.
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Imagination Station, Toledo’s Science Center, is dedicated to making science, technology, engineering and mathematics fun and accessible. There are hundreds of interactive, hands-on exhibits that are fun and educational for the entire family. Whether you only have an hour or you have all day, there is plenty to see and do at Imagination Station. Come join us and explore everything that Imagination Station has to offer!
Directed by: John Andosca of JPA Entertainment
Tues. – Sat.: 10am – 5pm
Sunday: Noon – 5pm
Give your little scientists a birthday to remember and celebrate with us!
Located at 1 Discovery Way, on the corner of Summit and Adams Streets in Toledo.
Make sure to visit Imagination Station’s gift shop for unique gifts!
Plan your visit! Make every visit to the science center different from the last.
A lunch selection, ranging from fresh salads to a cooked to order grill menu.
April: It’s not just a box – it’s your very own new gaming contraption. Use everyday materials to create your own version of a pinball-like machine.
Every Saturday & Sunday in April: Our Think Tank Workshops have been overrun with LEGO bricks! Let your imagination run free and solve each of our Spring Break themed challenges. As the challenges increase in difficulty, your LEGO creations will increase in ingenuity.
April 29: See the exhibition before it leaves and join forces with a group of women who proudly call themselves "LEGO enthusiasts".
May: Link everyday materials together and turn them into a creature that moves according to your specifications. Have fun while you learn about the components of simple machines and how they set the world around us into motion.
Every Saturday & Sunday in May: Light up the room when you sew LED lights into a wearable that you’ve designed. Learn about circuits as you work with electrically conductive thread. The fashions you create are sure to make you shine!
Allow your creativity to flourish as you innovate and explore the dynamic, fun side of science. Problem solve and collaborate while turning funnels, tubes, clothespins and dowel rods into a creative marble run.
June: Design and build your own simple machine. Learn the basics of mechanics, including gear ratios, cams and followers. Bring to life a mechanical machine that dances and twirls or jumps and shakes as you get to choreograph all your character’s moves.
June 3 & 4: What makes a simple, complex or parallel circuit and how can you complete one using play-dough? Let us show you in this exciting workshop that allows students to explore the properties of circuits using unconventional materials.
June 10 & 11: Build off your newly developed circuitry skills and take them to a new level. Use new materials to create a critter that is entirely your own. Teach your critter to dance and doodle, slide and shake in a way that’s all your own. Finish the workshop by creating a badge that blinks and flashes thanks to your new soldering skills.
June 17 & 18: Begin this workshop by using special building blocks that contain inputs and outputs like motors, lights, batteries and buzzers and make them work together as part of a system you design. Then channel your inner seamstress to craft a conductive creation with LEDs and conductive thread that is sure to brighten any room.
June 24 & 25: In this final workshop, put your new skills to the test as you learn more about how different colors of light interact as you experiment with light and shadows. Complete the series by combining your knowledge of circuitry and creativity to create a greeting card that will truly shine.
July 8 & 9: Link everyday materials together and turn them into a creature that moves according to your specifications. Create a story, adjust the light and put on a show while you learn about the components of simple machines and how they set the world around us into motion.
July 15 & 16: Explore the engineering that goes into creating paths and obstacles. You will construct contraptions that meet specific design parameters. Then, create your own version of a pinball-like machine and decide what obstacles go where, what noises it should make and even what the rules are to win.
July 22 & 23: Put your observation skills to the test with a challenging activity that includes matching sounds to objects. Then, become a VIP builder for the Nerdy Derby. In a private build area, construct and engineer a car to race down the hills and valleys of a 40 foot track – the only rule... there are no rules. Attempt to build the fastest or slowest car for your chance to win a prize.
July 29 & 30: In this final workshop, become the true master of engineering by creating your very own robot. Begin with exploring the properties of movement using segmented joints to create a robot hand. Complete the series by programming a LEGO® robot to move through obstacles using drag and drop coding.
True: According to MSN.com, Germany was the first country to use Daylight Saving Time to conserve electricity in 1916. The United Kingdom followed suit within a few weeks and introduced "Summer Time."
For a family of four, a Family Membership saves you money after only two visits to Imagination Station.
Imagination Station is located at 1 Discovery Way at the corner of Summit and Adams Streets on the riverfront in downtown Toledo. Visitor tip: Imagination Station members receive discounted parking at select parking garages.
Tuesday – Saturday: 10am – 5pm
Sunday: Noon – 5pm
LEAVES APRIL 30!
Over half a million LEGO bricks, weighing 2,700 pounds and would stretch 11 miles long – this may be our biggest temporary exhibition yet!
Do you love designing, construction and building and want to learn more? Visit your local Toledo Lucas County Public Library today and check out these great books that will enhance your learning experience!