Invention Connection for Kids
Feb
25
12:00 pm12:00

Invention Connection for Kids

Sat. Feb 25 // 12-2 PM

Build an invention from your imagination. Tinker with electronics. Teach a robot new tricks. Drop in and play with Little Bits, Minecraft, Ozobots, Lego Mindstorm, Makey Makey, green screen kits, Lego bricks and more.

Silent Writing Party
Mar
7
7:00 pm19:00

Silent Writing Party

Tue. Mar. 7 // 7 PM

Writers of all stripes and inclinations, get ready for two hours of nonstop writing. Come fortified with pen and paper or your laptop. Wine and live music by Matt Mitchell of Folkinception will be your muse.

Pi{e} Day
Mar
14
7:00 pm19:00

Pi{e} Day

Tue. Mar. 14 // 7 PM

A wild celebration of the most exciting number: Pi. Enter a pie-making contest — or generously volunteer your pie-tasting services. Compete in a cutthroat Pi recitation war. Cheer on the Indie 3.14 race featuring Raspberry Pi-fueled race cars.

Maker Lab
Mar
18
3:00 pm15:00

Maker Lab

Sat. Mar. 18 // 3 PM

Study hall for makers of things! Looking for a space to work on your next big project? Hoping to meet fellow creators who want to collaborate? Supplies, equipment, music and company: We’ve got covered. You bring the inspiration and a friend.

Unloved: A Poetic Encyclopedia of Ostracized Animals
Mar
27
Apr 3

Unloved: A Poetic Encyclopedia of Ostracized Animals

Mon. Mar. 27 & Apr. 3 // 6 PM

Through a two-session writing workshop, we'll explore our experiences with creatures often left on the margins of affection and then workshop our pieces. Poems will appear in a limited edition Spark Central chapbook released during GetLit! on Tuesday, April 18th. This is a three-night commitment. 

The Two-Hour Graphic Novel
Mar
30
7:00 pm19:00

The Two-Hour Graphic Novel

Thu. Mar. 30 // 7 PM

Create your first graphic novel! Script your story and transform it into a polished mini-book — all in this two-hour session. Materials, inspiration and pro tips included. Registration required // $10.

LEGO Mindstorm Spring Break Camp
Apr
5
Apr 7

LEGO Mindstorm Spring Break Camp

Wed. Apr. 5 - Fri. Apr. 7 // 8-10 AM

GRADES 4-6 // Team up with friends to build and program a LEGO robot. In the process of building, students will learn basic programming and collaboration. Register online // No cost.

Finding Your Edge: How Teens Can Hone Their Writing
Apr
20
4:00 pm16:00

Finding Your Edge: How Teens Can Hone Their Writing

Thu., Apr. 20 // 4 PM

Young writers Lauren Gilmore (Outdancing the Universe), Ben Read, and Brittan Hart (editor of RiverSide Storybook) share how to go from good to exceptional in your writing craft. Topics include what useful workshopping looks like, how to find meaningful feedback and opportunities to grow your skills, how to keep writing when the "feeling" isn't there, and strategies to make time to write while balancing homework and extracurricular activities.

Storytelling Through Comics
Apr
25
Apr 27

Storytelling Through Comics

Tue. Apr. 25 & Thu. Apr. 27 // 6-9 PM

Create a story and bring it to life through illustration in this two-session workshop taught by local comic creator Derrick Freeland. Register online // $20.

Masterpieces Made by Two
May
20
10:00 am10:00

Masterpieces Made by Two

Sat. May 20 // 10 AM

AGES 2-7 // Parents, team up with your child to paint a masterpiece made by two. We’ll provide instruction and inspiration for a whimsical, imaginative collaboration you’ll be proud to hang in your living room. Registration required.


Drop in & Science!
Feb
18
3:00 pm15:00

Drop in & Science!

SAT. JAN FEB. 18 // 3 PM

Our resident mad scientist shares experiments that let us learn a little more about the world around us, from the gross to the glorious, inspiring the scientist in each of us to new experiments.

Masterpieces Made by Two
Feb
18
10:00 am10:00

Masterpieces Made by Two

Sat. Feb. 18

AGES 2-7 // Parents, team up with your child to paint a masterpiece made by two. We’ll provide instruction and inspiration for a whimsical, imaginative collaboration you’ll be proud to hang in your living room. No cost; registration required.

Fired Up Film Festival:  Kick-Off Workshop
Feb
16
7:00 pm19:00

Fired Up Film Festival: Kick-Off Workshop

Thu. Feb 16 // 6 PM

TEENS // Lights, camera, action! Join us for the kick off of Fired Up Film Festival (FuFF), where teens and amateur filmmakers have fun while creating a powerful film over a weekend. Register online. (Check back soon for the registration link!) 

Snarky Valentine's Cards
Feb
11
3:00 pm15:00

Snarky Valentine's Cards

Sat. Feb. 11 // 3 PM

Create paper cards or digital memes to express your squishy Valentine’s emotions—or your loathing for love and feelings in general—through humor, sarcasm and grumpy cat photos. 

Artist Trust Workshop
Feb
11
9:00 am09:00

Artist Trust Workshop

Sat. Feb. 11 // 9AM

Local arts organizations and creative spaces, including Spokane Arts, Laboratory Spokane, Terrain, and many others, gather to discuss their programs and resources for artists of all disciplines. You'll learn whats happening across Spokane's arts community, how you can benefit from their services, and what you can do to get more involved. Presentations are followed by a Q&A and informal meet-and-greet. No cost. No registration necessary. 

Poetry Reading: Jane Wong & Quenton Baker
Jan
28
7:00 pm19:00

Poetry Reading: Jane Wong & Quenton Baker

SAT. JAN. 28 // 7 PM

Experience the work of Seattle poets Jane Wong and Quenton Baker as they read their poetry and discuss the Poetics of Haunting. “A poetics of haunting insists on invocation: a deliberate, powerful, and provocative move toward haunted places.”

Drop In & Geek Out
Jan
21
3:00 pm15:00

Drop In & Geek Out

Sat. Jan 21 // 3 PM

Check out our awesome collection of robotics toys, programming kits, and software. Drop in for some guided time in exploring the collection with fellow geeks of all ages. No previous experience required.

 

Fort Party for Kids
Jan
14
10:00 am10:00

Fort Party for Kids

Sat. Jan. 14 // 10 AM

GRADES K-3 // Team up with friends to build the fort of your dreams before transforming your new dwelling into a colorful light party using glow-in-the-dark and light-up toys. No cost; registration required.

Writing Workshop // Weird Sisters: Lilac City Fairy Tales
Jan
12
6:30 pm18:30

Writing Workshop // Weird Sisters: Lilac City Fairy Tales

Thu. Jan. 12 // 6:30 PM

A workshop for poets, writers and comics of all skill levels who plan to submit pieces for the third edition of Lilac City Fairy Tales. Award-winning author Sharma Shields jumpstarts your creative process with prompts and inspiration around the theme “Weird Sisters.” (Think: witches, hags, the fates, siblings, and power!) She’ll also review submission details for the third edition of the Lilac City Fairy Tales anthology. $10. Registration required.

Girls Rock Lab Jam Session
Jan
10
6:00 pm18:00

Girls Rock Lab Jam Session

Tue. Jan. 10 // 6 PM

DOWNTOWN LIBRARY, GROUND FLOOR CONFERENCE ROOM

GRADES 3-7 // Kids of all musical abilities are invited to jam with their friends and experiment with sound in an encouraging environment. Register online.

Make Your Own Podcast
Jan
7
10:00 am10:00

Make Your Own Podcast

Sat. Jan. 7 // 10 AM

Conceptualize, record and edit your first podcast using free audio editing software Audacity. Sign up with a friend, fly solo, or recruit a co-host when you arrive. Register online // $10.

Drop in & Draw
Dec
28
4:30 pm16:30

Drop in & Draw

Adults and teens with the spirit of an artist are invited to drop in and draw with us on Fridays. Niah Ferlito will provide a friendly atmosphere in which to explore our artistic imaginations and the art supplies to do so. Come draw with us!

Origin Stories: Superhero Creation Camp
Dec
28
Dec 29

Origin Stories: Superhero Creation Camp

  • Spark Center

GRADES 3-7 // Write and illustrate your own comic book with characters and narratives built around the idea of superpowers and super weaknesses. You'll also learn the secrets of superheroes in the process! Two-day playshop.

Drop In & Draw
Dec
21
4:30 pm16:30

Drop In & Draw

Adults and teens with the spirit of an artist are invited to drop in and draw with us on Fridays. Niah Ferlito will provide a friendly atmosphere in which we’ll explore our artistic imaginations and the art supplies to do so. Come draw with us!

Hour of Code
Dec
17
10:00 am10:00

Hour of Code

Saturday, Dec. 17 // 10-12 xPM

GRADES 3-6 // Every student should have the opportunity to learn computer science. It helps nurture problem-solving skills, logic and creativity. By starting early, students will have a foundation for success in any 21st-century career path. Join us for the fun of coding! Register online.

Drop In & Draw
Dec
14
4:30 pm16:30

Drop In & Draw

Adults and teens with the spirit of an artist are invited to drop in and draw with us on Fridays. Niah Ferlito will provide a friendly atmosphere in which we’ll explore our artistic imaginations and the art supplies to do so. Come draw with us!

Snarky Holiday Cards
Dec
10
3:00 pm15:00

Snarky Holiday Cards

Create paper cards, gift tags or digital memes to express your holiday cheer—or chagrin—through humor, sarcasm and grumpy cat photos. Meme pros on hand to assist with digital card creation. 

Bare Bones Writing with Writing Coach Diane Sherman
Dec
8
6:00 pm18:00

Bare Bones Writing with Writing Coach Diane Sherman

Thursday, December 8, 15 & 22 // 6 PM - 8 PM

Bared Bones Writing is when we come together in sacred space, to tell the stories held in our flesh and bones, and to listen to each other with open hearts, healing happens. Bare Bones Writing gives you a safe and sacred way to play with words, and the modality of writing. It is a place to begin to trust your voice and to silence the inner critic. We write from prompts, often jumping off a line from a poem and we write fast and furiously, keeping the pen moving at all times to sprint past the inner critic. Then we read aloud to one another. Each of us thinking, “Oh, no, I can’t read THAT to anyone.” Yet we do. We push through the fear and we are seen and heard by the group, who then offers a word or a phrase back to the writer. Perfect for the explorer, seeker, novice or seasoned writer. $75 includes all three sessions. Register online.

Drop In & Draw
Dec
7
4:30 pm16:30

Drop In & Draw

Adults and teens with the spirit of an artist are invited to drop in and draw with us on Fridays. Niah Ferlito will provide a friendly atmosphere in which we’ll explore our artistic imaginations and the art supplies to do so. Come draw with us!

Drop In & Draw
Nov
30
4:30 pm16:30

Drop In & Draw

Adults and teens with the spirit of an artist are invited to drop in and draw with us on Fridays. Niah Ferlito will provide a friendly atmosphere in which we’ll explore our artistic imaginations and the art supplies to do so. Come draw with us!