AUGUSTA — A variety of hands-on activities and games that spotlight the fun and challenge of invention during February school vacation at The Maine State Museum and Maine State Library. All activities are open to the public and geared to families of all ages.

Tuesday, Feb. 16

Maine State Museum: Make a dream machine, set for 10 a.m. to noon and 2 to 4 pm., participants can take on an Inventor’s Challenge, or play the Path of Invention Game. Free with the price of museum admission.

Wednesday. Feb. 17

10 a.m.:

Maine State Library: Invent a Book! will begin at 10 a.m., with an interactive read-aloud program featuring storytelling, dancing and singing, this event if free. At the end of story time, participants can make a book. This program is designed for children younger than 5 and their parents or caregivers. Older siblings are welcome.

Maine State Museum: Make a dream machine is set for 10 a.m.-noon and 2-4 p.m., participants can take on an Inventor’s Challenge, or play the Path of Invention Game. Free with the price of museum admission.

Maine State Museum: Maine State Library staff will come to the museum for an afternoon of creativity. Join them from 1 to 3 p.m. and learn how to: use littleBits components to make a homemade flashlight or a creation of your choice; build a cellphone docking station with Legos; navigate a robot through an obstacle course using an iPad. This activity is free with the price of museum admission.

Thursday, Feb. 18

Maine State Museum: Make a dream machine, take on an Inventor’s Challenge, or play the Path of Invention Game from 10 a.m. to noon or 2 to 4 p.m. Free with the price of museum admission.

Friday, Feb. 19

Maine State Museum: Make a dream machine, take on an Inventor’s Challenge, or play the Path of Invention Game from 10 a.m. to noon or 2 to 4 p.m. Free with the price of museum admission.

1-3 p.m.: at the Maine State Museum — Maine State Library staff come to the museum for an afternoon of creativity. Join them and learn how to: * use littleBits components to make a homemade flashlight or a creation of your choice; * build a cell phone docking station with Legos; * navigate a robot through an obstacle course using an iPad. Free with the price of museum admission.

The Maine State Museum and Maine State Library are in the Cultural Building, adjacent to the Maine State House at 230 State St. For more information, check the Maine State Museum’s website www.mainestatemuseum.org or the Maine State Library’s website www.maine.gov/msl.