Looking for a fun, unique way to engage as a family?  Family Events are the perfect way to communicate, explore, and be creative together!  As a Center, we host monthly family events to welcome makers of all ages into a space typically occupied by students and teachers. We know the importance of creating memories as a family and the value of making; it is our hope that these events provide space and time for you and your children to do just that.

What to Expect:

Family events are designed to work for you.  In keeping with maker mentality, we want to get you making as soon as possible.  Our staff has thoughtfully designed activities with enough support while maintaining the freedom to explore.  The space and resources allow parents and children to ask questions and collaborate with one another.  While many events have designated timeframes, that is mainly for planning purposes, and the nominal fee helps cover some of the cost of materials.  You can come, make, and head home when you are finished.

Why Attend?

Families participate in these monthly events for a variety of reasons.  Some are interested in the topic or theme, while others appreciate the informal time spent together doing something creative and different.  Whatever the reason for attending, a common response families share upon departure is how much fun they had and how they are inspired to find new activities to try at home.  


Click here for highlights of past family events!



Wiggly Widgets 
Wednesday, September 25, 2019
4:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. | EHS Building, Rm. 134

​$12 per family (2 adults and up to 3 children)


Now that you're settled into the back-to-school routine, take an hour to get creative as a family.  Bring your ideas and inspiration to create a one-of-a-kind spinning, flipping, wooden toy.  Registration for each hour of the event is available by following the links below.



MASK-or-MADE
October 23, 2019

4:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. | EHS Building, Rm. 134

​$12 per family (2 adults and up to 3 children)


Join us for an evening of family fun creating masks or costume accessories using typical makerspace materials such as cardboard, craft sticks, sequins and more!  To take full advantage of dark fall nights, we challenge participants to illuminate their design or add movement to their creation. 




Wouldn't it be nICE?
December 11, 2019

4:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. | EHS Building, Rm. 134

$12 per family (2 adults and up to 3 children)


Michigan winter brings all sorts of fun!  Join us to explore, experiment, and create with one of our favorite seasonal resources – ICE!  Families will engage with various stations each with different challenges or projects.  Enjoy getting curious together and leave with ideas you can use throughout the remaining winter months ahead.



The work of the Center for Excellence in STEM Education is generously supported in part by the Herbert H. and Grace A. Dow Foundation.