Hours: Mon-Sat, 9:30 am-5:00 pm

Spatial Games Club

Program Details

Wednesdays, 4:00-4:30 p.m.*
Ages 3 and Older, with Adult
Meets in the Creation Station

Included with Museum Admission

Child development research shows that play with “spatial toys” – puzzles, building blocks, and construction toys like Legos, K’nex, circuit kits, and Lincoln Logs – can prepare children for STEM learning, and the Virginia Discovery Museum is excited to introduce a new weekly program for 2017 called Spatial Games Club,* with Dr. Jamie Jirout. Part of a collaboration with UVA’s Curry School of Education, these “Spatial Learning as Play” playgroups offer your kids a fun and educational playtime while helping us learn more about how children understand objects in space, such as physical attributes, relationships to other objects, and how things move and change.

Want to Be Included in Research Studies?

All Museum visitors are invited to participate in the Spatial Games Club, but an adult guardian’s consent is required in order for children to be included in any research studies associated with these playgroups. Consent forms may be:

  • Filled out in person at the beginning of the program.
  • Downloaded, filled out, and turned in at the beginning of the program.
  • Downloaded, filled out, and emailed to Dr. Jirout at jirout@virginia.edu.

Consent Form

For more information, email Jamie Jirout or Kaitlin German or call the Museum at (434) 977-1025 x104.

*This program will replace our Wednesday Kids Club, which is moving exclusively to Thursday afternoons for 2017.


Additional Resources
  1. Research Highlight: Spatial Play
    Research Highlight: Spatial Play

    Children with higher spatial skills are more likely to become scientists or engineers, and these skills are used in all STEM domains; however, not all children have “equal opportunity” when it comes to spatial play. Parents of girls report less play with spatial toys than boys, which is reflected by lower spatial performance.

    Learn More