8 Great Tips for Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day

Thursday, April 27 is the official “Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day.”  This annual event is a way encourage kids to think about future careers. Many units have special events planned for the day or encourage children visits at specific times. Check with your supervisor to see if there are specific plans or guidelines to follow.

For those planning to participate, here’s some helpful information collected by the U-M Work-Life Resource Center. For background about the day and tips for organizing an event for your unit, take a look at the “Bright Ideas Guide” from the Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work® Foundation.

If you prefer to keep things simple, start with a tour of your own workplace, then head to campus for lunch and some exploration.

Here are 8 great activity tips:

Experience art at UMMA - the University of Michigan Museum of Art 

Location: 525 South State Street, Ann Arbor 48109-1354
Opens at 11:00 a.m.
Telephone: 734.764.0395

Who doesn’t like mummies? See an abundance of artifacts at the Kelsey Museum of Archaeology

Location: 434 South State Street, Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1390
Telephone 734.764.9304
Museum Entrance on Maynard Street (This is also the accessible entrance. Take the sidewalk to the ramp on the south side of the building.)

Did we mention dinosaurs, crystals, and space? See it all and more at the Museum of Natural History.

Location: 1109 Geddes Ave., Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1079.
Telephone 734.764.0478

Do a public art photo hunt!

This site shows you where to find scores of great pieces of public art on campus. Go on your own self-guides tour, or pick out your favorites ahead of time, like these next two suggestions:

Spin, spin spin, spin The Cube.

The Cube Endover is a 15’ x15’ sculpture that rotates on its axis, given a gentle push. It’s great fun for kids of all ages and a terrific photo op. 
Located on Central Campus; Regents' Plaza – next to the Michigan Union.

Run, jump and play at the Wave Field.

The Wave Field is an earthen designed and created by artist Maya Lin. 
Located on North Campus in the Courtyard, on the south-east side of Francois-Xavier Bagnoud Building.

Mad for music? Visit the Stearns Collection of Musical Instruments

Holding over 2,500 historical and contemporary musical instruments from all over the world, the Stearns Collection of Musical Instruments is located in the Earl V. Moore Building of the School of Music, Theatre & Dance on Baits Drive in the University of Michigan North Campus area. A limited number of instruments are on display in the second-floor lobby. 
Telephone: (734) 764-0583

Go Blue and experience Michigan Football history at Schembechler Hall

The newly renovated Towsley Family Museum inside Schembechler Hall is the place to be for U-M football fans. The state-of-the-art facility links Maize & Blue history with modern technologies for an experience like no other! Check out the Win Wall, retired jerseys, interesting artifacts and interactive displays as you embark on a winged-helmet journey of past, present, and future.
Location: 1200 State St., Ann Arbor, MI 48109
Telephone: 734.647.4310
Open: Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays
Hours: 9 a.m. through 4 p.m.  Free Admission

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