A Holiday Gift: 12+ Days of STEM in the Great Lakes Bay

12+ Days of STEM in the Great Lakes Bay

Our holiday gift to the parents of the Great Lakes Bay is 12+ days of STEM Christmas!  The Great Lakes Bay Regional Alliance – STEM Pipeline and Great Lakes Bay Moms want to share the joy of discovering STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) by promoting the many family-friendly business located in the Great Lakes Bay, that create special programs that engage children.  For this holiday season consider visiting one of these organizations and let your child develop a love for STEM! ***Reminder: Your child’s STEM passport has discounts, coupons and promotional advertisements. If you do not have a passport contact me!

On the FIRST day of STEM Christmas the Great Lakes Bay gave to me:


100 Center Ave., Bay City, MI 48708 (989) 667-2260

Delta College Planetarium The Delta College Planetarium inspires exploration through immersive programs and special events in its state-of-the-art Dome360 Theater. It provides both original programming and award-winning full dome productions from around the world. Themes can range from current night sky and space exploration to family science adventure and music under the stars. The facility also holds special events with hands on activities for children and families, as well as telescope viewing on its rooftop observation deck.  


On the SECOND day of STEM Christmas the Great Lakes Bay gave to me:


400 S Badour Rd., Midland, MI 48640 989-631-0830

Chippewa Nature Center

Chippewa Nature Center offers FREE admission to its Visitor Center and 19 miles of trails. The Visitor Center offers a hands-on Nature Discovery Area and Ecosystem Gallery, River Overlook, Wildlife Viewing Area and more. Nature Day Camp is offered each summer, and Nature Preschool each school year. CNC offers numerous FREE programs throughout the year! Annual events include Maple Syrup Day, Fall Harvest Festival and Nature Fest (biennially) and more.

FREE: Admission to the Visitor Center & the 19 miles of trails  & FREE programs throughout the year!


On the THIRD day of STEM Christmas the Great Lakes Bay gave to me:


315 W. Genesee Ave., Saginaw, MI 48602 (989) 399-6626

Mid-Michigan Children's Museum

From play-and-learn gallery fun to STEM-rich summer camps to hands-on field trips, your Mid-Michigan Children’s Museum was made just for kids! Open Tuesday through Saturday (plus Sundays October through May!), MMCM invites kiddos to use their curiosity and creativity to learn about the wonders of the world.



On the FORTH day of STEM Christmas the Great Lakes Bay gave to me:

CASTLE MUSEUM of Saginaw County History

500 Federal Ave., Saginaw, MI 48706 (989)752-2861

Castle MuseumThe Castle Museum of Saginaw County History offers a day full of discovery and learning for kids and adults alike. Located inside a historic French chateau-inspired landmark, the museum features three stories of exhibits and displays including, “Lumbering in Saginaw,” “Geared for Automotive,” our popular “Post Office” and a variety of rotating temporary exhibitions. Each area offers interactive and hands-on components to engage your mind, all while learning about Saginaw County’s history.


On the FIFTH day of STEM Christmas the Great Lakes Bay gave to me:


321 Washington Ave., Bay City, MI 48708 989-893-5733

Bay County Historical Society

For a moment visualize a tree-lined path to an Anishinabe settlement or the riverbank camp of a voyageur. Gaze at a white pine or venture into a lumberjack’s camp. Come aboard the tug the Witch and explore Bay City’s ship building past…these are some of the images that will come to life when you visit the Historical Museum of Bay County. Located in a former National Guard Armory building constructed in 1910, two floors of exhibits share the distinctive heritage of Bay County from pre-contact days through the present and highlight the unique location of Bay County along the Saginaw River and Bay. The Museum also features a theater with several documentary choices.

Call for information on changing exhibits and STEM program schedules and Mornings at the Museum opportunities.

FREE: Admission


On the SIXTH day of STEM Christmas the Great Lakes Bay gave to me:


324 S Saginaw Rd. Midland, MI 48640 (989) 486-3255

Engineering for KidsAt Engineering For Kids, we bring the fun of science, technology, engineering, and math education to kids, ages 4 to 14, through exciting camps, after-school activities, parties, classes, and more. Our young engineers have the opportunity to design, build, test, and refine their own creations in a safe and fun environment.      


On the SEVENTH day of STEM Christmas the Great Lakes Bay gave to me:


HOYT MAIN LIBRARY 505 Janes Ave, Saginaw, MI 48607 (989) 755-0904

BUTMAN-FISH LIBRARY 1716 Hancock St, Saginaw, MI 48602 (989) 799-9160

WICKES LIBRARY 1713 Hess Ave, Saginaw, MI 48601 (989) 752-3821

ZAUEL LIBRARY 3100 N Center Rd, Saginaw, MI 48603 (989) 799-2771

Public Libraries of Saginaw

The Public Libraries of Saginaw have a variety of STEM/STEAM programs at all four of our branches throughout Saginaw. Our programs are FREE and dates and times vary.

FREE: Kids and family programs


On the EIGTH day of STEM Christmas the Great Lakes Bay gave to me:


5093 E. Remus Rd. Mt. Pleasant, MI 48858 (989) 317-3221

Mt. Pleasant Discovery MuseumThe Mt. Pleasant Discovery Museum’s mission is to enhance the community by inspiring creativity, learning, and curiosity. Our exhibits offer a child-centered, inquiry-based setting for children ages 0-10 to play and learn. We also provide regular STEM programming including our summer camps, Science Sundays, and special events. Find out more by visiting



On the NINTH day of STEM Christmas the Great Lakes Bay gave to me:


WIRT PUBLIC LIBRARY 500 Center Ave., Bay City

SAGE BRANCH 100 E. Midland St., Bay City

AUBURN AREA BRANCH 235 W. Midland Rd., Auburn

PINCONNING BRANCH 218 Kaiser St., Pinconning

Bay County Library System

Bay County Library System offers many FREE events and programs, plus a multitude of online resources for all ages. From Story time to STEM programs like coding, Lego club, and family engineering, BCLS encourages a love of learning and literacy in children and their families.

FREE: Kid and Family Programs


On the TENTH day of Christmas the Great Lakes Bay gave to me:


1801 W St Andrews Rd. Midland, MI 48640 (989) 631-5930

Engage, explore and connect with your family in this multi-level art and science hands-on museum that features new and exciting exhibits including a Light Bright Wall, a Young Explorers Preschool area (children ages 5 and under), and permanent invention space: Spark!Lab® Smithsonian.



On the ELEVENTH day of STEM Christmas the Great Lakes Bay gave to me:



Snapology is a new learning concept that combines play with education. We provide a fun, interactive environment for children to learn science, technology, engineering, art math, robotics and video game design concepts using LEGO® bricks, K’Nex and technology. We do this through after school enrichment programs, summer camps, workshops, birthday parties, scouting events, field trips, play dates, creative play and custom events! Our programs are designed for children ages 2-14 and are inclusive.


On the TWELTH day of STEM Christmas the Great Lakes Bay gave to me:


The Midland Section of ACS offers FREE hands-on science activities at events like River Days, Kids Day at the Midland Mall, and the Great Lakes Bay STEM Festival. We also do FREE teacher workshops and other events/classroom presentations. In 2019, we will celebrate our 100th anniversary–our first section Chair was Herbert H. Dow. PLEASE VISIT our FREE History Exhibit (and look for related Outreach activities and special programs) at the Herbert D. Doan History Center (Midland Historical Society, 989-631-5930 x1310, 3417 W. Main St, Midland) May through December 2019, or request a tour for your school group. For information about Midland ACS, contact Michelle michelle.rivard@dow.com or Gina at reginamalczewski@gmail.com.

FREE:  Hands-on science activities at events like River Days, Kids Day at the Midland Mall, and the Great Lakes Bay STEM Festival


A BONUS day of STEM Christmas the Great Lakes Bay gave to me:


Saginaw, MI

Math in the Mail develops math skills in three-year-olds by providing the tools needed for parents/caregivers to help their child learn at home through play. Funded by the Dow Corning Foundation, it is a collaboration between the Bay-Arenac ISD, Clare-Gladwin RESD, Gratiot-Isabella RESD, Midland ESA, and the Saginaw ISD.Math in the Mail is part of a focus to prepare our students for K-12 STEM experiences and careers in the Great Lakes Bay Region of Michigan.  Low-cost to subscribe.


FREE for families living in Arenac, Bay, Clare, Gladwin, Gratiot, Isabella, Midland or Saginaw counties with household incomes at or below 250% of the federal poverty guideline.


7400 Bay Rd. University Center, MI 48710 (989) 964-4058

The STEM Center at Saginaw Valley State University links K-12 schools, university, and regional employers in order to develop a STEM talent pipeline that meets the current and future needs of the Great Lakes Bay Region. STEM@ SVSU offers a wide variety of school year and summer STEM programs for K-12 students and teachers, including the Chief Science Officers, the Dow Science and Sustainability Education Center, the Dow Corning – SVSU STEM Community Partnership, and many more.


1730 S Washington Ave, Saginaw, MI 48601 (989) 759-1408

Magical things happen in Saginaw each year on 10 acres of tree-filled park land, home to over 100 animals, colorful gardens, a miniature train, and the regions only hand carved carousel. Opportunities for learning at the Saginaw Children’s Zoo are limited only by your imagination!Admission to the Zoo means hours of affordable, hands-on explorative interaction like nowhere else in the area!    



*For fun FAMILY-FRIENDLY STEM events in the Great Lakes Bay check out the KIDS DAILY CALENDAR.

Information on the STEM Passport.