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Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Michigan Science Center STEM Playground

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My kids and I were in for a real treat on Friday when we visited the Michigan Science Center in Detroit. We were able to preview the new STEM Playground which was having its official grand opening on Saturday. 

Michigan Science Center STEM Playground

Here at Michigan Science Center, my five-year-old Jack got to play with his favorite giant building blocks, and nine-year-old Maggie built an adventurous marble track – complete with a jump to the final chute! 



Also available was the opportunity to make paper airplanes, either according to recommended plans or just using your own imagination. Then, you could throw them through targets to show how far they could fly! Experienced adults were always on hand to help troubleshoot with any of the activities, so you were really able to make imagined creations come to life. Be sure you don’t miss the STEM Playground, which is included with general admission to the center. It’s just before the exit and gift shop.


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We also enjoyed the regular activities, especially those that were hands-on. After racing their water rockets (two-liter bottles to which you added water and air with buttons and a pressure gauge, then launched), and exploring surface tension and scent molecules of mint and vanilla, we stopped into the Spark Stage. Maggie’s hair was perfect to demonstrate static electricity, and Jack was brave enough to test which metals were magnetic.


It was a really great family day out. For younger kids, the KidsTown area had a water table and make-believe area where the kids served us lunch in a diner-style pretend restaurant. I could go on and on with all the fun we had.

I had a chance to chat with Rachel Reardon, the Marketing Manager at Michigan Science Center while the kids were playing at the STEM Playground. She said around three hours is usually a good amount of time to explore the science center, with a little longer if you’re staying for the IMAX movie. I found great street parking on Farnsworth, one block north of Warren Ave (two hours on a meter for $2) or at the DIA lot on John R for $7. 

STEM Playground admission is included with general admission, and if you’re looking for something to do this 4th of July, admission to the science center AND the Extreme Weather 4D in the new Toyota Engineering 4D Theater is free from 10 am – 3 pm! Please reserve your spot at www.Mi-Sci.org


 Becki Bayley has been blogging about everything and nothing in her life close to the metro Detroit area since March 2002 at www.SweetlyBSquared.com