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!

All about Art! - EVENT CANCELED
Saturday, March 14, 2020
10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. | EHS Building, Rm. 134

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

Identify and appreciate some mathematical and scientific concepts that can be found in art! Families will have a chance to explore various art-making stations that may include digital design, pendulum paintings, printmaking, and more!  While most family events are hands-on, this one has the potential to get a little bit messy, so keep that in mind when making your outfit selections.  This event is most appropriate for families with students in grades K-6.

Bug Hotels and Sustainable Food Storage - EVENT CANCELED
Saturday, April 18, 2020
10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. | EHS Building, Rm. 134

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

Celebrate Earth Day and encourage biodiversity in your own backyard! Participants will choose from available materials to build their very own bug hotel. Not only will this provide an opportunity to learn about the best materials for various insects, families can also get creative as they design and decorate their creations. Additionally, families can create their very own sustainable food wrap as another way to celebrate the environment and reduce waste. This event is most appropriate for families with students in grades K-6.

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