Iowa City Parks and Recreation announces the opening of the Robert A. Lee Recreation Center's brand new Maker Space, a place where children and families can come together to build, create, tinker, and discover. 

Each session will have a themed activity led by staff, but materials are available for free building and creating. Activities and supplies may robotics, rockets, lights and shadow exploration, and free building. Themes and activities will change on a regular basis.

The Maker Space will be held from 2-4 pm on Thursdays and Saturdays, from Jan. 25, 2020,  to April 25, 2020, in the Art Room at the Robert A Lee Recreation Center, 220 South Gilbert Street. The Maker Space is free and open to the public. Adult  supervision required for ages under 12.

A series of STEAM Fest special events on January 25, February 22, and March 28, will celebrate the opening of the Maker Space.  Each Saturday event will have a special activity or presentation along with hands-on activities.  Additionally, we will celebrate Earth Fest on Saturday April 25.

Saturday January 25 from 2:00 – 4:00 pm

  • Discovery Dome Mobile Planetarium from Putnam Museum sponsored by Hills Bank.
  • Participate in hands on, engaging STEAM activities from select community organizations.

Saturday February 22 from 2:00 – 4:00 pm

  • Special presentations from Science Center of Iowa sponsored by Green State Credit Union.
  • 2:00 – 2:45 pm: Boom! Why do things explode? We’ll explore the interactions of pressure, temperature and states of matter to explain why things pop, bang or blow up.  Suggested for grades K-8.
  • 3:00 – 3:45 pm: Global Soundscapes. What do vibrations look like in slow motion? How do animals use sound to survive? What do sounds tell us about the health of our planet?  Suggested for grades 3-12.

Saturday March 28 from 2:00 – 4:00 pm

  • Get up-close and personal with the exciting world of Arthropods with Iowa State University’s Insect Zoo sponsored by MidWestOne Bank. The Insect Zoo’s program will introduce the basics of arthropod (insects, spiders, tarantulas, millipedes, centipedes, scorpions, etc.) form and function.
  • Participate in hands on, engaging STEAM activities from select community organizations.

Date of publication

Tuesday, January 21, 2020