Thursday, November 8th, 2018 is National S.T.E.M./S.T.E.A.M. Day – a day dedicated to inspiring kids of all ages to discover their passions for science, technology, engineering, art and math. Help your littles discover their love of S.T.E.A.M. at one of these fun places or events around town.
Explore a Museum
Ann Arbor Hands on Museum
220 E. Ann St., Ann Arbor, MI 48104 | 734.995.5439
Take your kids to a museum where nothing is off limits! The Ann Arbor Hands on Museum has four floors and more than 250 exhibits, special programming every weekend, and evening workshops – all designed to inspire curiosity and wonder in children through activities, interaction and play.
Cranbrook Institute of Science
39221 Woodward Ave, Bloomfield Hills, 48304 | 248.645.3200
Let your big kids witness science from centuries past at the Da Vinci Machines & Robotics exhibit featuring Leonardo’s amazing flying machines, nautical, hydraulic and architectural innovations, groundbreaking applications of civil engineering, artwork, and incredible war machines. Younger kids can watch Elmo and friends explore outer space. And everyone will enjoy seeing the dinosaur bones up close! We love FREE – explore the museum free of charge after 5pm on the first Friday of each month.
Flint Children’s Museum
1602 W. University Ave. Flint, MI 48504 | 810.767.5437
The Flint Children’s Museum has over 40 hands-on educational and fun exhibits that are tucked in every corner for kids ages 2 to 10. The Discovery Zone changes every three months, so there’s always something new to discover! We love FREE – play the day away for free on Sunday, November 11.
Michigan Science Center
5020 John , Detroit, MI 48202 | 313.577.8400
Sit in a rocket ship, let loose at the STEM Playground and learn about the sciences of space, motion, health and engineering at the Michigan Science Center in Midtown Detroit. We love FREE – the museum is free and open to the public on November 6th, 11th, 21st and 23rd.
The Henry Ford
20900 Oakwood Boulevard, Dearborn, MI 48124 | 313.982.6001
Learn about science, technology, engineering ad mathematics at the museum founded by one of the greatest innovators of all time. The Henry Ford museum showcases the evolution of S.T.E.M. in American farming, flight, and, of course, transportation! Kids 8-12 can become inventors on Make Something Saturday – hosted each weekend – and tiny tots can tinker with engineering tools at Tinkering for Tots on November 12th.
MARK YOUR CALENDARS!
Outdoor Adventure Center – STE(A)M Day!
Sunday, November 4
1801 Atwater St, Detroit, 48207 | 844.622.6367
See STEAM in action and talk to professionals in the field to learn how science impacts every day life.
Shop, Drop-In or Sign Up for a Class
28265 Beck Road, Suite #C17, Wixom, MI 48393
32640 Concord Drive, Madison Heights, MI 48071
AccelerateKID can teach your kids to code, build a robot, make a movie or a video game! They can also find friends who share their passion for S.T.E.A.M. at monthly club meet-up events.
Detroit Robot Factory
1351 Winder Street, Detroit, MI 48201 | 313.818.0255
Detroit Robot Factory is a robotics shop whose profits supports the ‘arts’ workshops offered free of charge to kids at 826michigan. Stop by Eastern Market and pick out a toy that will help your kid and others learn to love S.T.E.A.M.
The Robot Garage
637 S Eton St, Birmingham, Michigan | 248.723.9100
172 N. Adams, Rochester Hills MI 48309 | 248.213.9960
Drop-in and enjoy some family time with Legos of all shapes and sized at The Robot Garage. Find what you like, buy some for home or come back another day to play. You can also drop your kids off for Kids Night Out on Friday, November 16th. In addition to shopping, drop-in and drop-off fun, the store also offers classes and camps for kids as young as 4!
6389 Orchard Lake Rd., West Bloomfield, MI 48322 | 248.562.7524
208 N Adams Rd, Rochester Hills, MI 48307 | 248.266.6861
119 South Main St., Royal Oak, MI 48067 | 248.268.1412
6558 Telegraph Rd. Bloomfield Hills, MI, 48301| 248.579.5110
From a start-up circuit kit for babies to a coding bot for older kids, Toyology has plenty of technology toys to inspire S.T.E.A.M. fun at home. The experienced team can help you find a toy for any age and you can enter to win a giftcard to check out the shop on us.
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About Alex Burnstein
Alex Burnstein is a Marketing Director and contributing writer for Little Guide Detroit. She has worked in the tech world for over 10 years. She lives with her husband, Jeremy, and son Dylan in Huntington Woods. She loves exploring the city with her family and is always up for checking out events and activities in and around Detroit.