Homewood Science Center's facility is closed, but our team continues working from home, delivering virtual programming to inspire scientific wonder, learning, and pursuit.  Please note the following:

  • If you would like to be in touch with Homewood Science Center, please email Our office telephone line will not be answered. 

  • We will abstain from collecting toilet paper tubes and other recyclables until the COVID-19 virus is eradicated. Please do not leave your donations at our door.

  • Please stay in touch with Homewood Science Center on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. We will be sharing STEM learning resources and we are coming up with creative ways to stay engaged as a community throughout this unprecedented time.

  • As a reminder to all, please uphold your civic duty by completing your Census 2020.

During this stay-at-home period, we hope to offer support to parents with our Parenting Q & A video. In this 30 minute discussion, Kin Kong, Ph.D. shares simple parenting strategies for establishing healthy routines in response to the pandemic. 


Dr. Kong is a licensed clinical psychologist with more than twenty years of experience working with children, adolescents, and families, an associate professor at Chicago School of Professional Psychology, and has lead Homewood Science Center's Kids' Committee since 2016.

FREE Virtual Family Yoga

with Serendipity Yoga
All Ages

Saturdays  April 11- May 2 / 1pm-2pm

Sponsored by Homewood Science Center

Breathe. Stretch. Play. Relax. Explore!

Yoga and breath are powerful tools to add to your family's routine. Families will learn the science of mindfulness while practicing yoga together.

This all-ages class combines fun science themes and family movement.

Weekly themes include: Bug's Life, Day at the Beach, Under the Sea, Superheroes & Fairy Tales

Please tune into our Facebook Live for

Virtual Family Yoga.

New episodes WEDNESDAYS at 1pm
April 8 - April 29

Give your K-5th grade kids a Brain Break with a new episode every Wednesday at 1pm until school goes back in session! Homewood Science Center is proudly partnering with The Cancer Support Center in hosting art exploration and appreciation lessons using materials that you can find around your own home. 


Photo Contest Kick-Off

Wed April 1 // 2pm

Click Here to Join the Google Hangout

Census Day 2020 is April 1. 
Make your household count by completing the Census 2020 online at

Homewood Science Center is hosting a Google Hangout on April 1 Census Day at 2pm to celebrate the #Census2020 and announce our #Silly4Census Photo Contest!

Join in this virtual gathering to learn a little about Census 2020 with our friends from 
Illinois Action for Children and hear how you can show our country that you made the count.

Have questions about the Census?

Get them answered!

Spanish translation available during the hangout.


Facebook Photo Contest Official Rules for Entry

  • Upload your photo to Facebook no earlier than April 1.

  • Your photo must include a sign or visual about completing Census 2020.

  • All materials must be family friendly, no foul language or adult content 

  • In your post, you must include all 4 hashtags: #Census2020 #GetCounted #ILCountMeIn2020 #Silly4Census

  • You must tag the Homewood Science Center Facebook Page in your post.

  • Winner will be selected and notified on May 1.

  • Winner must be over 18 years of age.

  • Prize for most likes $100.

  • Prize for most shares $100.

Tips for making #Silly4Census photos:

  • Get the whole family involved!

  • Choose a decade or theme to celebrate and go for it!

  • Dress up in costumes, build a set, or use props to make your photo silly.

  • Share it with your friends and ask your friends to share the photo too!

Frame by Frame Film Festival Screening & Awards
April 18, 2020 / 7pm

Tune in for a live casting of the Frame by Frame Film Festival and Awards on April 18 at 7pm by visiting the festival's website,  Frame by Frame is a high school film festival focusing on the use of digital software and editing to enhance the stories being told in film.

For more information or to submit a student film, please visit the festival website.

Questions? Email 

Middle School Conservation Ecology Internship / Grades 6-8

High School LEADERS / Grades 9-12

Service Dates May 9 - June 27

See applications for more details

Homewood Science Center is sponsoring a conservation ecology internship for middle school school students.

This internship will complement the classroom science content on ecosystems reflected in the Next Generation Science Standards for middle school. Led by Patricia Messersmith, Senior Education Museum of Science and Industry and Nicole Fuller, Chicago Public School Science Educator, 6th-8th grade interns will meet at Homewood Science Center and learn from experts as well as build a native demonstration garden. High school LEADERS will assist with the program. The internship will conclude at Homewood Science Center's Pop-Up Science Event “Go Green!” (June 27, 2020 9:00 am-2:00 pm) where the students will share their volunteer conservation ecology projects with the community.

This internship is open to 6th-8th grade students interested in conservation and ecology.

Students in 9th-12th grade may apply to become a High School LEADER.

The time commitment for the internship is approximately 16 hours.

Internship benefits
Participation will provide participating students with hands-on learning experience in project development, project management, and public presentation. They will also have the opportunity to meet and learn from leading experts in conservation and ecology. 

Application requirements
Student must complete this brief online application by April 30. 
Applicants will be notified on May 4, if they will be accepted to the program.

Join us as we shine a Spotlight On...STEAM initiatives and experts from the south suburbs and beyond!

Save the date for our upcoming events!

Spotlight On…
Forensic Science with Homewood-Flossmoor High School teacher Steve Banasiak 
Event Postponed- Date TBD

Think you have what it takes to solve a crime scene? Join us as we shine a Spotlight On...Forensic Science with Homewood-Flossmoor High School teacher, Steve Banasiak on Thursday March 19 from 6-8pm at Homewood Science Center. Starting with an interactive lecture and ending with plenty of time to explore hands-on stations, you’ll make and examine your own fingerprints, study skulls for a look into forensic anthropology, and learn how to detect, collect, and examine evidence under a microscope.

Spotlight On…Feel Free in the Forest Preserves of Cook County! 

featuring Kevin Kuhn from the Forest Preserve Volunteer Resource Center
Thursday April 9  / 6 - 8pm

The Forest Preserves of Cook County, with nearly 70,000 acres, is the largest forest preserve district in the United States. It receives an estimated 62 million visits each year, providing an escape into a world teeming with wildlife and rich with outdoor recreation and environmental education opportunities. Within its boundaries are rare habitats that offer plant and animal diversity on par with the rainforests of the world. This natural heritage offers something for everyone.
Who we are!         Fun events!         Volunteer opportunities!                 Conservation efforts!

Spotlight On…
Create a Sustainable Home Garden: Ecofriendly, Low Maintenance, and Beautiful

featuring Sue McCarthy, MS Environmental Management and Sustainability
Thursday, May 14 / 6 - 8pm

Learn how to use sustainable gardening practices in your garden.  Gardening sustainably just makes sense in this fragile world of climate change and environmental damage. Switching over to sustainable gardening practices goes a long way to building a garden that you and your family can enjoy, all while reducing your environmental footprint, by increasing carbon storage, reducing greenhouse gas emissions, and contributing to plant and animal biodiversity.

ENVIRONMENTAL: Biodiversity, Chemical-free, Less water,  etc.
FINANCIAL: Less fertilizers, less water, less annual costs
SOCIAL: Enhance your neighborhood's aesthetic, create a gathering place

Girls STEAM Ahead Juniors

Saturday May 2 / 10:30am-12:30pm

LEADERS: 9th-12th grades

LEARNERS: 3rd-6th grades


Girls STEAM Ahead Juniors is designed to foster 3rd-6th grade girls’ interest in STEAM. Led by female high school students, Girls STEAM Ahead Juniors welcomes 3rd-6th grade girls for a morning of hands-on activities celebrating science, technology, engineering, art, and math.


To learn more about sponsoring

Girls STEAM Ahead Juniors, email

Chess & STEAM at Homewood Science Center

Dates & Times: TBD

1st - 4th grade
Drop-in for $5 per person
Includes Chess +  other STEAM activities

Learn to play chess! We're going to have chess lessons during our open hours, perfect for anyone who has an interest in the game!

Bright Knights Coach Cook will be on hand to give guidance so you can learn as you play. An outlet for kids to learn and practice chess together. Chess can help your kids build self-esteem, recognize patterns, gain concentration, and sharpen critical thinking and problem solving skills!

Drop-in for $5. 

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