Pongos Learning Lab

Learn. Have fun. Repeat! 

We are a community center for all things science, technology, engineering, arts, and math (STEAM). Located in Crofton, Maryland, we offer clubs, camps, classes, birthday parties, and enrichment programs in Grades PreK-8. Younger kids can enjoy our indoor play center, known as the Little Learners Lab. Adults can even get in on the fun with classes and special events created just for them. Ready to get started? Become a member, or book a preview session to learn more about who we are and what we do.

Clubs

Kids in grades PreK-8 can drop in for weekly clubs on topics like robotics, coding, LEGO building, video production, and more.

Birthday Parties

Host your next birthday party in our spacious Game Lab, with your choice of activities and themes. It’s fun for all ages.

Little Learners Lab Open Play

Our indoor play center is open 10am-2pm and 6-7:30pm Monday through Friday for kids under 6 to play with a responsible adult.

Camps

We offer one-day camps when school is out, and week-long camps all summer. They’re fun, but also educational.

STEAM Enrichment Programs

Our show can go on the road! We can provide after school clubs, assemblies, edutainment, and even a mobile escape room.

Mobile Escape Room

Want a unique experience for your birthday party or event? Book our mobile escape room, for a custom adventure.

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Clubs

Robotics (Grades K-8)

Learn to code by programming robots. Kids will have access to many of our programmable robots, including Botley, Dash & Dot, Cue, and Ozobo Evo & Bit,

Coder Kids (Grades PK-2)

Younger kids can learn how to code! Kids in grades PreK-2 will pre-coding skills and basic coding concepts, by playing games, creating code-based animations, and more. 

YouTube Stars (K-8)

Create awesome animations, legendary “let’s plays,” impressive interviews, top-notch tutorials, and much more. This is a favorite club with many of our members.

Just What is a Pongo, Anyway?

This post was written by Miss Chrissy. We are often asked where the name "Pongos" originated. It comes from the Genus name for the orangutans: Pongo. It's not Pongo's, as some folks sometimes write it, but rather Pongos. In other words, we're a bunch of orangutans!...

We Are Online!

When everything closed due to the COVID-19 crisis, we decided to beta test some of our programs online. So far, they've been working out very well! Virtual Clubs We currently have several live, instructor-led versions of our most popular clubs. Our Minecraft, Coder...

Toys We Tried: Professor Maxwell’s 4D Chef & Learning Resources Primary Science Lab Set (Guest Post by Christen Grozelle)

We have a special guest post from Christen Grozelle of Best Money Mom for this edition of Toys We Tried. She was kind enough to review toys that her children tried and enjoyed. If you would like us to review a toy, or you would like to send in a review to be included...

STEM Things to Do While the Kids are Home (Part 1)

Schools across the country are closed for at least the next two weeks. If you're scrambling to find things to do with your kids while they're out of school, we have a few suggestions! This is the first of what we hope will be several posts with suggestions for...

Toys We Tried: Ozobot Bit & Evo

We evaluate STEAM toys on a pretty regular basis, to see if they might fit into the programs at Pongos Learning Lab. If the adults think they’re promising, we’ll let the kids try the toys, to make sure they’re not just educational, but also fun! We participate in some...

(Games and) Toys We Tried: Robot Turtles

We evaluate STEAM toys, and games, on a pretty regular basis, to see if they might fit into the programs at Pongos Learning Lab. If the adults think they’re promising, we’ll let the kids try them, to make sure they’re not just educational, but also fun! We participate...

Fluffy Slime Recipe

We love making fluffy slime! It's relatively easy to make, even with younger kids, and it tends to smell pretty good if you can find the right shaving foam. This has become a favorite at our birthday parties and Girl Scout badge workshops (Home Scientist badge)!...

Play Center Update: Little Learners Lab Memberships

Members get unlimited access to our play center, or Little Learners Lab, when we're open for drop-in play. For the next few weeks, the price for our monthly Little Learners Lab membership is only $29/month per child. If you're coming at least once a week, it pays for...

Last Minute Holiday Gift Ideas

Are you still looking for something to get your kids for the holidays? We have some ideas that you can still get in time for Hanukkah or Christmas if you use Amazon Prime! Some items are also available in stores. Please note that we are Amazon affiliates, so we'll get...

Homeschool Clubs for 2020

We added some more clubs for our homeschool friends! Each one needs at least 4 kids to run, so please tell your friends. Arts & Crafts Club (Grades 3-8) - Wednesdays, 10:00am-11:00amCoder Kids Club (Grades PreK-2) - Mondays, 10:00am-11:00amCoder Kids Club (Grades...

Tentative 2020 Club Schedule

We're changing things up a bit for 2020! Instead of 90-minute clubs and 4-week classes, we're moving everything to 1-hour clubs. Kids can join a club at any time. Gamer Club will be moved to a monthly basis, and we're going to do some weekend workshops. The tentative...

No More Preview Sessions for Coder Kids Club or YouTube Stars & Animators Club

We have stopped offering free preview sessions for our Coder Kids and YouTube Stars & Animators Clubs, but we have a good reason for it! Those clubs generally require a lot more guidance from an instructor to get started, and we provide that instruction in...

Toys We Tried: Wonder Workshop Dash

We evaluate STEAM toys on a pretty regular basis, to see if they might fit into the programs at Pongos Learning Lab. If the adults think they’re promising, we’ll let the kids try them, to make sure they’re not just educational, but also fun! We participate in some...

Upcoming Classes, Clubs, & Camps

We have just complete the first two weeks of our fall programs. Register now for these upcoming classes, clubs, and camps! If you'd like us to add something, please let us know. Classes Classes meet for 90 minutes over the course of 4 weeks, for a total of 6 hours of...

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