STEM-based children's play center opens in downtown Northville

More than 25,000 Magformers.

Over 7,500 Clickformers.

Not to mention an 8-foot LiteZilla.

A new open play-style play center has opened in downtown Northville, one that encourages the benefits of STEM-based early education but in a freeform style that allows children to do so in their own creative ways.

Stemville opened in the historic Old Church Square building in late June. The play center has children developing Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math, or STEM, skills as they explore a number of play stations.

"We decided to open Stemville in Downtown Northville because we saw an opportunity in our community to expose school-aged children to a variety of STEM-based play activities to hopefully spark a passion for a future career in a STEM field," says co-owner Andreea Harrington.

"Regardless of the future career path considered by these children, these skill sets go a long way in preparing them to be innovative," co-owner Kristin Arneson adds.

Among the numerous activities available, children have access to Magformers, Clicformers, and Everblocks, allowing them to build and experiment, combining STEM skills with creative skills. The LiteZilla lights up children’s designs.

For the parents, an on-site coffee bar features coffee from The Great Lakes Coffee Roasting Company.

Stemville features open play hours seven days a week. The play center is also available for private parties.

Lori Ward, director of the Northville Downtown Development Authority, says the city is thrilled to welcome Stemville to downtown.

"The studio supports the creative and innovative culture already established in the downtown," she says.

"We look forward to Stemville providing an outlet for children that is creative, fun and educational."

Stemville is located in Suite 201 at 141 N. Center St. in downtown Northville.

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