“Light” Up Your Day At Midland Center’s Newest STEM Exhibit!

Midland Center for the Arts has opened their newest pop-up STEM exhibit in the IFF & DuPont STEM Exhibit space. At the Speed of Light is a hands-on, immersive, and interactive exhibit where children and families can discover the vibrant world of light and the properties of the light spectrum. Learn about the physics of light as you experiment with its movement and bending, explore how our eyes perceive light and color, and uncover the tricks it can play on us, all while exploring nature’s forms of light!

“As an educator I believe that this exhibit bridges the gap between fun and a challenging topic,” says the Center’s Tour & Public Program Specialist Lauren Honaman. “The science of light, color, and our eyes is easily communicated through activities, workshops, and demos.”

A special focus is given to Earth’s most famous lightshow, the Northern Lights. Explorers can learn how different light lengths lead to the spectacular Aurora Borealis. Other activities feature laser mazes, creating optical illusions, prisms, and color theory. Get your hands on a giant Lite Brite, play with electricity, and discover the science of shadows. Some stations even offer take-home activities. Recommended for grades 2-8, At The Speed Of Light is open until May 26th.

At The Speed Of Light is sponsored by Blasy Electric and QRP.

Learn more about At The Speed Of Light HERE


2024 Summer Camps: Ages 3 – 14

Students in Grades PreK – 8 can explore a world of creative camps! Let your child build confidence, discover hidden talents, and explore new passions in a safe, positive environment. Sponsored by Fisher Companies.

Studio Saturdays: Ages 5 – 12

Get creative – and a little messy – the first Saturday of each month! Explore different art mediums as you learn about basic art-making techniques.  All supplies are included in the workshop fee.

Young Explorers: Ages 2 – 5

Join us for a monthly learn-and-play for the littles!  With Young Explorers Workshops, we meet in-person on the first Wednesday of each month to share storytime and an activity. Museum admission included in the ticket price!

Minis in the Museum: Ages 1-5

Join us for story time every fourth Saturday of the month in the IFF & DuPont STEM Exhibit space – explore our exhibits, treat yourself to a story-themed snack, and don’t forget to take home a special activity to do as a family!


Midland Center for the Arts is a cultural hub for the Great Lakes Bay Region and State of Michigan. Imagine a place where you can experience the best of art, science, history, music, theatre, dance, and film, all under one stunning roof. This vibrant and unique institution, housed within an architecturally significant building, is a haven for artists, students, historians, and audiences alike. With its impressive 1,500-seat auditorium, 400-seat theater, interactive museum of science and art, Midland County Historical Society, and Studio School art studios, the possibilities for entertainment and enrichment are endless. Ready to explore? Visit midlandcenter.org.

Learn more at midlandcenter.org