Mad Scientist Workshops

Step into our laboratory, perform amazing feats of science and earn your Mad Scientist badge!

Ages 3-5

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Feathers, Fur or Scales

Blandford Nature Center will teach about animals with backbones and the different groups of vertebrates, with this program geared towards younger students. Natural artifacts from different animals and real live specimens allow students a multi-sensory experience. Will have live examples of a reptile (snake or turtle), bird (falcon or owl), and mammal (rabbit).

Wednesday, June 25, 10:30 am
Seymour Branch – 2350 Eastern NE

Wednesday, July 9, 3:00 pm
Yankee Clipper Branch – 2025 Leonard NE

Wednesday, July 16, 10:30 am
West Leonard Branch – 1017 Leonard NW

Thursday, July 17, 11:00 am
Ottawa Hills Branch – 1150 Giddings SE

Friday, July 18, 3:00 pm
Madison Square Branch – 1201 Madison SE

Magnet Power

Preschoolers will love exploring the power of magnets through interactive magnet play.

Tuesday, July 1, 10:30 am
Main Library – 111 Library St NE

Thursday, August 21, 10:30 am
Van Belkum Branch – 1563 Plainfield NE

Ages 6-8

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Making Music with Water

Let’s make a water xylophone and explore sounds with liquid, volume and vibrations.

Friday, June 27, 3:00 pm
Madison Square Branch – 1201 Madison SE

Wednesday, July 16, 3:00 pm
Yankee Clipper Branch – 2025 Leonard NE

Thursday, August 7, 11:00 am
Ottawa Hills Branch – 1150 Giddings SE

Wednesday, August 13, 6:30 pm
Main Library – 111 Library St NE

Coming Down For a Landing

Learn about air resistance and gravity while making an awesome parachute!

Thursday, June 19, 10:30 am
West Leonard Branch – 1017 Leonard NW

Thursday, July 24, 10:30 am
Seymour Branch – 2350 Eastern NE

Wednesday, August 13, 2:00 pm
West Side Branch – 713 Bridge NW

Thursday, August 14, 10:30 am
Van Belkum Branch – 1563 Plainfield NE

Ages 9-11

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Build a Terrarium

Have some old 2-liters lying around? Would you like to grow things? Come and build your own terrarium. You’ll learn what it takes to make an ecosystem work and create a mini-habitat. Please bring your own bottle to use.

Tuesday, July 8, 2:00 pm
West Side Branch – 713 Bridge NW

Saturday, August 9, 3:00 pm
Yankee Clipper Branch – 2025 Leonard NE

Tuesday, August 12, 3:00 pm
West Leonard Branch – 1017 Leonard NW

Friday, August 22, 3:00 pm
Madison Square Branch – 1201 Madison Ave SE

Something About Bees

Thornapple Woodlands beekeepers will talk about bees, how they find nectar, how honey is harvested, nutritional honey facts and more!

Tuesday, July 29, 10:30 am
Main Library – 111 Library St NE

Wednesday, July 30
10:30 am – Seymour Branch – 2350 Eastern SE
2:00 pm – Van Belkum Branch – 1563 Plainfield NE

Thursday, July 31
11:00 am – Ottawa Hills Branch – 1150 Giddings SE
6:30 pm – West Side Branch – 713 Bridge NW

Ages 12-14

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Soda Geysers

Come and see what really happens when you mix Mentos and other reactors in soda.

Wednesday, July 9, 6:30 pm
Main Library – 111 Library St NE

Wednesday, August 6, 2:00 pm
West Side Branch – 713 Bridge NW

Friday, August 8, 3:00 pm
Madison Square Branch – 1201 Madison SE

Fruit and Veggie Batteries

Can fruits and vegetables produce energy? Come make batteries out of lemons, potatoes and hook them up to various things to see if they and produce energy.

Wednesday, July 23, 3:00 pm
West Leonard Branch – 1017 Leonard NW

Friday, July 25, 3:00 pm
Madison Square Branch – 1201 Madison SE

Wednesday, July 30, 3:00 pm
Yankee Clipper Branch – 2025 Leonard NE

Ages 15-18

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Science of Aromatherapy

Come experiment with different fragrances, and making of skin care products.

Saturday, June 21, 3:00 pm
Yankee Clipper Branch – 2025 Leonard NE

Friday, August 8, 3:00 pm
Main Library – 111 Library St NE

Friday, August 29, 3:00 pm
Madison Square Branch – 1201 Madison SE

Forensic Science

Learn about forensic science in this special workshop led by the Michigan State Police Forensics Department.
Friday, June 13, 2:00 pm
West Side Branch – 713 Bridge NW

Monday, July 21, 3:00 pm
Seymour Branch – 2350 Eastern SE

Friday, August 15, 11:00 am
Main Library – 111 Library St NE