STEM Fun Calendar + 6 Places for Any Time Hands-On Science with Kids

Wondering where to take your small fry to experience STEM fun through hands-on science? We offer six ideas of places that offer education programs for a wide range of ages, many of them ongoing. Plus we keep track of fun STEM events and at-home fun here!

Hands-On Science At Home

  1. The Bell Museum’s Website is packed with STEM fun you can view at home – How to be a Citizen Scientist in your backyard, how to identify spring animal sounds, watch as they feed a baby box turtle, and more.
  2. Learn Natural Sciences by Getting Out Into Nature: 65+ Fun Nature Play Ideas for Kids
  3. Gianna has gathered some fun Science Activities for Kids.
  4. Check out one of the Kitchen Pantry Scientist books by Minnesota’s Liz Heinecke
  5. We’ve recently found two alternatives to those expensive subscription boxes that could keep a family happily occupied with STEM activities all year long!


For more fun hands-on science activities, Gianna has found some great activities you can try at home:

Hands-On Science Activities for Kids

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Current & Upcoming Events featuring STEM Fun

Check back this summer for events.

6 Places for Anytime Hands-on Science with Kids

Raptor Center Tours | Gabbert Raptor Center
1920 Fitch Ave, St. Paul

When: Every half hour, 10:30am-3:30pm, Tues-Fri & 12:30 pm-3:30pm, Sat/Sun
Cost: $3-$5/pp
Details: Bring kids of any age for a fun and educational visit to the University of Minnesota’s Raptor Center. Check out their remodeled raptor habitats, and get up close to bald eagles, kestrels, owls and falcons. The Raptor Center treats about 800 injured birds a year with the goal of releasing them back to the wild. Read more about taking kids to the Raptor Center here.

Hands-On Science at Gabbert Raptor Center

Gabbert Raptor Center

Bakken Museum
3537 Zenith Avenue South, Minneapolis

Cost: $10/adults, $8/students & seniors, under 4 FREE
Details: Whether you go on your own schedule or for a special program, The Bakken always has hands-on science fun to explore. Read more about it here.

Learning About Electricity at Bakken Museum

The Works
9740 Grand Ave, Bloomington

When: Hours vary throughout the year
Cost: $9/pp ($12/Special Events at the Door)
Details: Dig into the guts of machines and electronics and figure out how those gadgets work! All supplies provided.

Science Museum of Minnesota
120 W. Kellogg Boulevard, St. Paul

When: Open Daily. Sun-Wed 9:30 am-5:00 pm; Thurs-Sat 9:30 an-9:00 pm
Cost: $12.95-$18.95 (additional for Omni-Theatre).
Details: Three stories of permanent and traveling science exhibits. Find find hands-on science activities to go with whatever you are studying.

Hands On Science at the Science Museum of Minnesota

Science Museum of Minnesota

Kroening Interpretive Center
4900 Mississippi Court, Minneapolis
When: Hours vary throughout the year
Cost: Free (Some special activities have a fee)
Details: Explore on your own or in a special activity. Find this are more ideas for nature play here.

Window Games at Carl Kroening Interpretive Center

The Bell Museum of Natural History
2088 Larpenteur Avenue West, Saint Paul, MN, USA
When: Daily 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Cost: Ages 21-64: $12; 65+: $10; 3-21 $9; Under 3: Free
Details: The newly re-built and updated Bell Museum re-opened in the summer of 2018 and has brought back its popular planetarium along with natural history exhibits.

More to Look Forward to Throughout the Year!

U of M College of Science & Engineering Outreach Events

Throughout the year, kids are invited to a variety of one-time outreach events that are created to help spark and increase interest in science, technology, engineering, or mathematics. Some of these events require pre-registration:

Math & Science STEM fun

Signature Events at the Works Museum

The Works Museum has three large events a year, all of which feature hands-on activities and demonstrations to bring engineering and STEM to life in a uniquely kid-friendly way. These events are aimed at families with children ages 4-13.

FebruaryTech Fest  • Featuring kid-friendly demos of emerging technology and activities led by scientists, engineers, and educators.

April Robot Day • A day to watch demos by local robotics experts and local teens and learn about robots used in local industry. Hands-on activities with kid-friendly robotics,

SeptemberGirl Time • This event features women engineers and women in other STEM-oriented careers. This event is aimed at girls, but boys are welcome. 

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