Santa’s Shopping Locally for STEM Holiday Gifts

The Great Lakes Bay Region is a unique place to live and shop. This year let’s support both our children’s STEM interest and our local STEM-rich businesses by shopping locally. These businesses offer unique gifts, including membership, STEM kits, and gift cards. Use a membership year-round to play and learn at our region’s museums, nature parks, and zoos. Kids will love STEM kits created locally by professionals who specialize in children’s education. Gift certificates are a perfect way to support local businesses and enable kids to pick out a present they will love.


SUPPORT STEM-RICH BUSINESSES

 

STEM Gifts Kids Will Love

*Unique Gift Shops (in-person & online) with STEM kits,

*Membership

*Gift Certificates

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STEM HOLIDAY GIFTS

 

Holiday STEM-Gifts – Suggestion For Student

A guide to STEM items that your child will love!  This list was created by one of our region’s teachers, Mark Lyons.  His website contains a list of distance learning resources that may be helpful for your family.

HOLIDAY STEM GUIDE

STEM PASSPORT

 

Parent Resource

The STEM Passport list STEM-rich organizations in the Great Lakes Bay Region.  Participants who visit or attend 5 events (in-person or virtual) will receive a $25 gift card* courtesy of the MiSTEM  network

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*only available while supplies last

 

 


SHOP LOCAL in the GREAT LAKES BAY REGION

BAY CITY STATE PARK – Bay City

CASTLE MUSEUM – Saginaw

CHIPPEWA NATURE CENTER – Midland

DOW GARDENS/ WHITING FOREST – Midland

MATH IN THE MAIL – Regional

MIDLAND CENTER FOR THE ARTS – Midland

MID-MICHIGAN CHILDREN’S MUSEUM – Saginaw

MT. PLEASANT DISCOVERY MUSEUM – Mt. Pleasant

SAGINAW CHILDREN’S ZOO – Saginaw

THE HISTORICAL MUSEUM OF BAY COUNTY – Bay City

MARSHALL M. FREDERICKS SCULPTURE MUSEUM – Saginaw

 

BAY CITY STATE PARK

Address: 

3582 State Park Dr. Bay City, MI

Phone Number:

Visitor Center/ Gift Shop –
(989) 667-0717

Campground – (989) 684-3020

WEBSITE

Gift ideas from the Bay City State Park:

VISITOR CENTER GIFT SHOP (Closed until December 8th) is filled with STEM gift ideas for all ages.  The shop is managed by volunteers and is open only on Saturday and Sunday from 10 am-4 pm.  Please call (989) 667-0717 before visiting to ensure hours have not changed.

RECREATION PASS is a gift that can be used at any Michigan State Park.  It cost $17 when purchased at any State Park, but the license plate number of the individual receiving the pass is required.  Visit the Bay City State Park campground office to buy the PASS. Please call (989) 684-3020 first as hours vary at this time of year.

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CASTLE MUSEUM

Address: 

500 Federal Avenue, Saginaw, MI

Phone Number: 

(989)752-2861

WEBSITE

Gift ideas from the Castle Museum:

MEMBERSHIP

Family Memberships/ $30 – Includes everyone living in the household.

Membership Benefits:

  • Free admission to Castle Museum for members and their guests
  • 10% discount at gift shop
  • Advance notice of events and museum programs
  • Special member rates for events and programs Castle Courier monthly newsletter

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CHIPPEWA NATURE CENTER

Address: 

400 S Badour Rd., Midland, MI

Phone Number:

(989) 631-0830

WEBSITE

Gift ideas from the Chippewa Nature Center:

NATURE KITS

Aquatic Adventures Kit

Tucked in a cinch backpack, your young explorer will find all they need to enjoy exploring ponds and other aquatic environments. A small net, bucket, identification cards, observation notebook, activity suggestions and more will help them discover life in and around the pond. Available now through CNC’s online store or at the Nature Center Store in the Visitor Center.

Price $25.00

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Nature Art & Exploration Kit: Ecosystems

Nature Art and Exploration: Ecosystems is designed for children ages 4-9 and will guide you through explorations and activities for the forest, meadow, and pond. Projects in this kit include a walking stick (stick not supplied), spider web weaving, watercolor, colored pencil, clay projects, and more. Suggestions for extensions are also included.

Kits may be ordered through the online store and will be available for curbside pick-up at the Visitor Center the following day (while supplies last).

Price $20.00
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Nature Art & Exploration Kit: Food Chains

The Food Chains Kit is designed for children ages 7+ and will guide you through explorations and activities for the sun, producers, consumers, and decomposers. Projects in this kit include solar beads, sun paper, pressed plant keychains, plant poundings, nature critter creation, painting rocks, chalk drawings, and worm paintings.

Price $20.00

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GIFT SHOP & ONLINE STORE is a STEM treasure. Find nature-base gifts that will foster a love of STEM in your child.  The gift shop is open Monday to Saturday 8am – 5pm and Sunday 12-5pm.  Please call (989) 631-0830 to check that the hours have not change.  Or shop online to find toys/ activities and nature kits.

MEMBERSHIPS can be purchased online.

Family/Grandparent Membership/ $50 – includes one or two adults residing in the same household and their children/grandchildren under 18.

Membership Benefits:

  • Special members-only rates for Nature Day Camp
  • Reduced rates for classes, workshops and programs
  • Invitation to members-only events including: Member Preview of Native Plant Sale, 4th of July Fireworks event, Members-Only Night of the
  • Nature Art Show & Sale
  • In-home and/or electronic delivery of quarterly newsletter
  • Free admission to Fall Harvest Festival and Maple Syrup Day
  • Opportunity to host birthday parties
  • 10% Nature Center Store discount
  • Free or reduced admission, program discounts and/or store discounts at over 180 nature centers nationwide!

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DOW GARDENS/ WHITING FOREST

Address: 

1809 Eastman Avenue, Midland, MI

Phone Number:

(800) 362-4874

WEBSITE

Gift ideas from the Dow Gardens/ Whiting Forest:

GIFT SHOP contains a children’s section that contains STEM toys for young children interested in gardening, insects, and outside fun.  The shop is open Tuesday – Sunday 10AM – 4:00PM.  Please call (800) 362-4874 to check that the hours have not change.

ANNUAL ADMISSION CARD/ $20 – Can be purchased on the Dow Gardens website and gives access to both the Gardens and Forest year round.

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MATH IN THE MAIL

Address: 

3860 Fashion Square Boulevard
Saginaw, MI

Phone Number:

(989) 399-7415

WEBSITE

Gift ideas from Math in the Mail:

MATH KITS for 3 year olds.

MATH KITS

Families enrolled in Math in the Mail™ receive a kit in the mail, 6 times per year (approx. every 8 weeks), which contains materials, resources, and instructions for math activities. Free enrollment is grant funded and allocated to three-year-old children in Michigan’s Great Lakes Bay Region, which encompasses Arenac, Bay, Clare, Gladwin, Gratiot, Isabella, Midland, and Saginaw counties. See qualification requirements.

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MIDLAND CENTER FOR THE ARTS

Address: 

1801 W. Saint Andrews
Midland, MI

Phone Number:

(989) 631-5930

WEBSITE

Gift ideas from Midland Center for the Arts:

GIFT CERTIFICATES are available in any denomination.  Midland Center Gift Certificates may be redeemed – in person at the Center or online – for ticketed events, museum admissions, class tuition or for purchases in the Gift Shop!

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MEMBERSHIPS can be purchase online and for anyone who joins right now, can be assured that we will extend their membership for the full time the Midland Center for the Arts might be closed.  When the Center reopens, the membership is right there, waiting to be used!

Family Plus Membership / $125 – includes access to the Alden B. Dow Museum and the Heritage Park.  It includes adults and children 18 and under in Home.

Membership Benefits:

  • FREE ADMISSION: Alden B. Dow Museum & Heritage Park
  • No up-charge for TRAVELING EXHIBITIONS
  • Informational Newsletter
  • Discounts on Classes, Camps & Workshops
  • Invitations to Members-Only Events
  • 10% DISCOUNT at the Center’s Gift Shop
  • ASTC Reciprocal Museum Admission (benefits to over 350 institutions worldwide)
  • Time Travelers Reciprocal Museum Admission (benefits to over 300 institutions nationwide)
  • Heritage Program Series
  • FREE Admission to Holiday Art Fair
  • 10% DISCOUNT on Birthday Party Reservations

Family Museum Membership / $75 – includes access to the Alden B. Dow Museum.  It includes adults and children 18 and under in Home.

Membership Benefits:

  • FREE ADMISSION: Alden B. Dow Museum
  • Informational Newsletter
  • Discounts on Classes, Camps & Workshops
  • Invitations to Members-Only Events
  • 10% DISCOUNT at the Center’s Gift Shop
  • ASTC Reciprocal Museum Admission (benefits to over 350 institutions worldwide)
  • 10% DISCOUNT on Birthday Party Reservations

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MID-MICHIGAN CHILDREN’S MUSEUM

Mid-Michigan Children's Museum

Address: 

315 West Genesee Avenue
Saginaw, MI

Phone Number:

(989) 399-6626

WEBSITE

Gift ideas from Mid-Michigan Children’s Museum:

PAL KITS

Adventure PAL

Did you know there are 8.7 MILLION species of animals in the world? Some you know well and most you probably haven’t met yet. What is your favorite type of animal? Is it a reptile or an amphibian? Maybe a mammal or a bird? No matter what animal you like, this kit will explore the differences between them and teach you what makes each creature unique.

Price $25.00 – 50.00

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Baker PAL

Bon appetite! Do you have an up-and-coming chef in your household? This kit focuses on the maker and baker in your kitchen and will teach them with fun foods and nutrition games.

Price $25.00 – 50.00

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Builder PAL

Leggo my LEGOs! This kit will challenge Lego lovers with a variety of STEM concepts like building cars, bridges, and more! Kids will practice analyzing data and experiment with their designs and solutions to change speeds, push/pull objects, and test what materials work best. What structures will your imagination bring to life?

Price $25.00 – 50.00

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Designer PAL

These hands-on engineering activities will spark your creativity and kick start your future in our technology driven world! Campers will design lots of different structures, test objects against each other, and analyze each project to determine if their solutions work or if changes need to be made. Can your project hold a lot of weight, stand super tall, or provide a solution to a problem in our world today?

Price $25.00 – 50.00

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Discover PAL

Are you a scientist or a M.A.D scientist? Most scientists try to control their experiments but M.A.D scientists know sometimes you need to get Messy in order to make an Academic Discovery. Turn your home into your own personal laboratory and conduct an investigation with some potentially messy interactive games and activities. Kid-scientists will compare the effects of different motions have on objects.

Price $25.00 – 50.00

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Explorer PAL

This kit is out of this world! Prepare for a journey into space and explore the intergalactic world with some beyond Earthly crafts and activities. With this kit, you will observe the sun, moon, and stars and describe their patterns. Explorers will also learn how the amount of daylight at different times of the year can impact observations.

Price $25.00 – 50.00

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Healer PAL

Paging Doctor YOU! Whether you want to be a dentist, physician, chiropractor, or other health professional, this kit will show you what it could be like to work with the human body in a fun and exciting way.

Price $25.00 – 50.00

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Learner PAL: A Mousy Mess

Being a toddler is so important. Designed specifically for little ones, the kit will give your brand-new learners a chance to explore the world around them and features activities that encourage early childhood development of math skills and fine and gross motor skills. Make sure you are participating with your tots so you can have fun learning right along with them. This kit is provided in partnership with our friends from Math in the Mail.

Price $25.00 – 50.00

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Learner PAL: Crayola Patterns

Being a toddler is so important. Designed specifically for little ones, the kit will give your brand-new learners a chance to explore the world around them and features activities that encourage early childhood development of math skills and fine and gross motor skills. Make sure you are participating with your tots so you can have fun learning right along with them. This kit is provided in partnership with our friends from Math in the Mail.

Price $25.00 – 50.00

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Renewer PAL

This kit will renew your outlook on the environment! Reduce, reuse, and recycle as you explore nature through a set of crafts and activities that will take your environmental knowledge to the next level! Discover how you can “go green” and help our Earth.

Price $25.00 – 50.00

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THE TINKERY™ MID-MICHIGAN CHILDREN’S MUSEUM GIFT GALLERY offers high-quality, educational specialty toys selected by the museum’s play experts.  It is temporarily closed but watch the Facebook page for updates or call (989) 399-6626.

MEMBERSHIPS include two named adults living in the same household and children (or grandchildren!), plus great discounts!

Premium Reciprocal Membership /$150: If you enjoy traveling the state and country with your family, this membership is perfect for you! Receive 50% off admission at more than 200 U.S. children’s museums, unlimited admission to the Mid-Michigan Children’s Museum galleries, 2 free guests per visit, 30% off birthday parties and 15% off gift shop purchases.

Basic Membership/ $75: Don’t miss out on huge savings! In addition to unlimited admission, you get 15% off birthday parties and 10% off gift shop purchases.

Grandparent Membership/ $75: Make memories to last a lifetime! Grandparents, bring all your grandchildren (under 17 years of age) for unlimited play in our galleries – plus receive 15% off birthday parties and 10% off gift shop purchases.

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GIFT CERTIFICATES give the gift of options! Order a gift certificate and let the recipient choose where to spend it – admission, fun toys in The Tinkery or maybe camp registration.

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MT. PLEASANT DISCOVERY MUSEUM

Address: 

5093 E. Remus Rd.
Mt. Pleasant, MI

Phone Number:

(989) 317-3221

WEBSITE

Gift ideas from Mt. Pleasant Discovery Museum:

GIFT SHOP is closed until December 7.   Please call (989) 317-3221 to check that the hours have not change.

GIFT CARDS can be purchased online or at the Museum.  Available in any denomination, and can be used towards admission, memberships, events and in our Discovery store.

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MEMBERSHIPS

The Honey Pot/ $250 – Allows named purchaser and up to 5 additional guests to receive unlimited free admission to MPDM and 1/2 price admission to all participating ACM museums. Also includes a $100 donation to MPDM with recognition in our annual report.

Worker Bee/ $200 – Unlimited admission for up to 2 named adults and 12 unnamed children for a calendar year.

Traveler/ $150 – Allows named purchaser and up to 5 additional guests to receive unlimited free admission to MPDM and 1/2 price admission to all participating ACM museums.

The Colony/ $130 – Unlimited admission for up to 2 named adults, all named children living in the same household, and 2 guests per visit for a calendar year. A named member must be present to bring guests.

The Hive with Nurse Bee/ $115 – Unlimited admission for up to 2 named adults, all named children living in the same household, and 1 unnamed adult for a calendar year.

Pollinator/ $105 – Unlimited admission for up to 1 named adult, 1 unnamed child, and 2 guests per visit for a calendar year. A named member must be present to bring guests.

The Hive/ $100 – Unlimited admission for up to 2 named adults and all named children living in the same household for a calendar year.

Beekeeper/ $85 – Unlimited admission for up to 2 named grandparents and all named grandchildren for a calendar year.

Sweet Pea/ $75 – Unlimited admission for up to 1 named adults and 1 unnamed child for a calendar year.

Blossom Nurse Bee/ $75 – Unlimited admission for up to 2 named adults , all named children in the household, and 1 unnamed adults for 3 months.

Blossom/ $60 – Unlimited admission for up to 2 named adults and all named children in the household for 3 months.

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SAGINAW CHILDREN’S ZOO

Address: 

1730 S. Washington Ave.
Saginaw, MI

Phone Number:

(989) 759-1408

WEBSITE

Gift ideas from Children’s Zoo:

GIFT SHOP is online and can be found on their Facebook page. 

MEMBERSHIP for all memberships, a named adult on the membership card must be present. Memberships are non-transferable. Grandchildren do not have to live in the same household.

Individual + Guest/ $60 – Membership for one adult plus any one (1) guest. Guest must be accompanied by the named membership holders.

Dual + Guest/ $70 – Membership for two adults who live in the same household plus any one (1) guest. Guest must be accompanied by the named membership holders.

Family/ $75 – Membership for two adults and their children under 18 years of age who live in the same household.

Family + Guest/ $95 – Membership for two adults and their children under 18 years of age who live in the same household. plus any one (1) guest. Guest must be accompanied by the named membership holders.

Family Caregiver/ $105 – Membership for two adults, their children under 18 years of age who live in the same household, plus one additional NAMED member.

Family Caregiver + Guest/ $125 – Membership for two adults, their children under 18 years of age who live in the same household, plus one additional NAMED member. plus any one (1) guest. Guest must be accompanied by the named membership holders.

Grandparent/ $75 – Membership for two adults who live in the same household plus their grandchildren under 18 years of age.

Grandparent + Guest/ $95 – Membership for two adults who live in the same household, their grandchildren under 18 years of age, plus any one (1) guest. Guest must be accompanied by the named membership holders.

Grandparent Caregiver/ $105 – Membership for two adults, their grandchildren under 18 years of age, plus one additional NAMED member.

Grandparent Caregiver + Guest/ $125 – Membership for two adults, their grandchildren under 18 years of age, plus one additional NAMED member. plus any one (1) guest. Guest must be accompanied by the named membership holders.

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THE HISTORICAL MUSEUM OF BAY COUNTY

Address: 

321 Washington Avenue
Bay City, MI

Phone Number:

(989) 893-5733

WEBSITE

Gift ideas from The Historical Museum of Bay County:

MEMBERSHIP members receive a copy of our quarterly print newsletter The Museum Record, invitations to members only events and 15% off in The Museum Store.

Family Membership/ $50

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MARSHALL M. FREDERICKS SCULPTURE MUSEUM

Address: 

Saginaw Valley State University,
7400 Bay Road, Saginaw, MI

Phone Number:

(989) 964-7125

WEBSITE

Gift ideas from the Marshall M. Fredericks Sculpture Museum:

ONLINE MUSEUM STORE list unique gifts including Carving Kits and books for all ages.

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MEMBERSHIP 

Family+/ $100 – Includes all of the benefits below for up to six people living at the same residence, plus: new member guided tour, 20% discount on MFSM gift memberships; Reciprocal Membership benefits including FREE general admission at over 1,000 North American cultural attractions

Membership Benefits:

  • Free admission to the Museum, exhibitions, and museum parking
  • Member Preview of exhibition openings
  • Discounts on Museum programs and events
  • 10% discount on Museum store merchandise
  • Museum Updates and Special Invitations
  • Satisfaction of knowing that your support makes a real difference!

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*This blog article was written in collaboration with STEM Pipeline.  STEM Pipeline’s mission is “to promote science, technology, engineering, and mathematics in the Great Lakes Bay Region.” 


 

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