Homewood Science Center, just south of Chicago in downtown Homewood, is a non-profit organization with a great calendar of community STEAM events. We are open during regular open hours and specially scheduled programs.  

Please check our event and program schedule as you plan your visit. 

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...Glacier Exploration

Thursday January 16 / 6:30pm-8:30pm

featuring the work of Clara Deck

Glaciers are a tool that can help us understand a much broader climate story. Clara Deck will talk about what we can learn from glaciers, and discuss her findings from the North Cascades Glacier Climate Project this past summer. Though they may seem out of sight and out of mind, glaciers affect all of our lives! 

MLK Day of Service
Monday January 20, 2020 | 1pm-3pm
@Homewood Science Center, 18022 Dixie Highway

Brownie Troop 65149 out of Western Avenue Elementary will sponsor a Crayon & Marker Recycling Project as part of Flossmoor's MLK Day of Service.  Donations of old crayons & markers (any brand) can be dropped off during the event at Homewood Science Center or in the lobby of Western Avenue Elementary. Volunteers on the day of will help sort the donations and peel crayons, open to anyone ages 4 and above. Markers will be recycled through Crayola's ColorCycle Program. Crayons will be recycled through SCARCE's Tools for Schools and Super Crayons project.

 If you are interested in volunteering, please sign up with Karen Cheung at russellke@gmail.com.  

“Roller Coasters: An Inventor’s Journey”
A 90 minute exploration for Daisy and Brownie Girl Scouts

Sunday January 12, 2020 | 1pm-2:30pm

$13 per Girl Scout (price includes badge)

Adult chaperones are free!

Registration closes on January 10

Invent a Roller Coaster!

Girls have amazing ideas and they will have an opportunity to become a modern day roller coaster inventor! Our afternoon will start with a look at Homewood's history in roller coaster inventions and the girls will go on an interactive 3D roller coaster ride.

Next, Girl Scouts will observe roller coasters, brainstorm ideas for their roller coaster, and then build out their own model roller coaster from recycled materials! Badges will be given at the end of the class!

Girls must come with a chaperone. This is NOT a drop off event. 

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With the support of Museum of Science and Industry, Homewood Science Center is excited to offer Science Minors Camp!

Students can engage in fun, hands-on science activities that build curiosity and encourage teamwork. Topics range across all aspects of science and engineering and support learning that happens during the school day.- MSI

Science Minors Clubs offer early, hands-on exposure to science through partnerships with a network of schools and community organizations.


Thurs Feb 6 to March 12, 5-6:30 pm

Grades 2-5

"Spy Club:  Agent Training"   Activities include solving codes, analyzing fingerprints, and analyzing clues to make inferences about people.

Students should bring a peanut free snack and refillable water bottle with them to class.

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ACT Now! Quality Standards Training
Wednesday Feb 12, 2020 / 9am-12pm
@ Homewood Science Center / 18022 Dixie Highway / Homewood, IL
FREE / Register online Earn CEU’s!

Afterschool for Children and Teens Now (ACT Now)  is statewide coalition that works to ensure that young people in Illinois have access to quality, affordable afterschool and youth development programs.  Now’s Quality Standards capture practices that have been demonstrated, through research, to lead to quality afterschool programs and positive outcomes for children. 

This training will:   

  • Provide participants with a background in the Standards

  • Discuss the benefits of the Standards and the research that links quality programming to positive outcomes for youth

  • Explore how to align the Standards with other quality tools

  • Assist providers in creating a plan for implementing the Standards and developing strategies for overcoming obstacles in implementing quality initiatives

  • Discuss how to use the Standards in work with parents, policymakers, funders, and educators  


Credit for the provider training will be available through the Gateways to Opportunity system and participants can also earn CEUs.

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“Exploring Pathways”
March 7, 2020 / 11am-3pm

Idlewild Country Club

19201 Dixie Highway

Homewood Science Center & Chicago Southland STEM Network 
invite 7th-12th grade female students and women in STEAM education and careers to connect during a free mentoring and networking luncheon.

Register online Dec 15 - Feb 11

Chicago Southland STEM Network
Tuesday March 10 / 6pm-9pm
FREE / Register online

Join our network to celebrate and strengthen STEAM initiatives and workforce development for students in the culturally and economically diverse region of Chicago’s Southland.

Afterschool for Children and Teens Now (ACT Now) Coalition;

LEGO Education;

Innovative Curriculum Resource Project 

Register online Jan 15- March 6

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Bookies New & Used Books and Homewood Science Center proudly present


FREE Family Events held at Homewood Science Center, 18022 Dixie Highway

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100 First Words for Little CEOs by Cheryl Sturm

Saturday March 14, 2020 / 10am-12pm

Babies, Toddlers, & Pre-K

Meet the author, book sales & signings, and Imagination Playground!

Readings at 10:30am & 11:30am

100 First Words for Little CEOs
Introducing 100 First Words for Little CEOs, a dashingly sharp primer for kids learning their first words! Forget apple and dog. Little CEOs are ready for revenue, philanthropy, and innovation. With terms from every aspect of business, these little CEOs will be ready to manage their own company, even at the age of 2.
(Or maybe just their families). Packed with fun illustrations and 100 words every boss baby should know, 100 First Words for Little CEOs is the perfect board book for executive families everywhere.

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18022 Dixie Highway    Homewood, IL 60430    (708) 206-3369