Take Your Child To Work Day

Take Your Child to Work Day icon with date April 23, 20202020

This year's event, themed: There’s a Superstar Within You, will be held on April 23, 2020 from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. at locations across campus.

Each year units, departments and colleges across MSU’s campus participate in the Take Your Child to Work Day event, which is in connection with the National Take Your Sons and Daughters to Work Day. This is an incredible day to experience the wide variety of opportunities available at MSU and beyond.

You are invited to bring your children, your grandchildren, your best friend’s kid, the neighbor kid, or another child in your life to explore different programs and activities that are put on by units, departments and colleges across campus. Most activities are geared for kids ages 8-16. Younger ages are welcome. You’ll want to plan your day to visit the places they will enjoy. The list of activities from last year is below. The list for this year is still being compiled, but please don’t let that stop you from saving the date for this year’s event. 

Information will be posted as it becomes available.

Department/Unit Involvement Opportunities

MSU will be participating in this annual nationwide event  with a full schedule of activities on campus. 

Ways you can participate: 

  • Host a tour of your office or department
  • Present a career exploration program or other activity
  • Donate unit-branded items for gift bags for the participants
  • Encourage members of your unit to bring a child to participate 

It’s easy to participate. There are different timeframe choices and flexible options. To host a tour or career exploration program, please fill out this form  no later than March 13, 2020. 

Sign up for your unit to host a tour or career exploration program

Those who hosted events and activities in the past have some encouraging words about the best part of Take Your Child to Work Day for them:

  • Having the kids show interest in what we do.
  • Meeting people from campus and their families
  • Getting to show other parents at MSU what our department does 
  • Introducing our visitors to careers they've never imagined!
  • All the kids participated and seemed to enjoy all of the activities. The parents also seemed actively engaged in the tour/demos. 
  • The adults were as engaged as the kids, so we were pretty happy with that. We had 3 students from our building volunteer to help with the different activities.

 

Save the Date: You won't want to miss it. Here's what others have said!

This is a great event and we encourage all interested MSU faculty, staff and administrators to participate. But don't take our word for it. Here are some feedback from past participants:

Why did you choose to attend:

  • I think it's a great way to showcase what MSU is about and get kids excited about different avenues for their future. I also love spending the day with her and seeing her motivated by what we do. It's one of my absolute favorite days here.
  • It was an opportunity to see MSU in a completely different way and to spend time with my family."
  • It's fun the learn about the different departments on campus and teach my child about the awesome place where we all work.
  • All of the amazing things to see for my family. I wanted to see what my colleagues across campus were doing and I wanted to expose my daughter more to MSU.
  • I wasn't going to participate because my child is only 3, but then a colleague let me know they bring their younger children. I'm glad I did!
  • It is one of our favorite days of the year! Right up there with family vacations and major holidays!
  • MSU has so many amazing departments exposing my children to careers they've never even heard of!  This has become one of my favorite events, it's amazing exposure for my children!!!

What was the best part?

  • My boys played co-anchors in the Spartan Newsroom and Virtual Reality in the Greenhouse.
  • Seeing my child's reaction to everything.
  • The way MSU created a great event focusing on families.
  • The opportunity to experience campus with your child and see how incredible this University is. It makes me very proud to work here and show my daughter how great it is.
  • All of the activities that we had visited gave good information for the children, whether it's career related or even just general knowledge in that area. I think they are all educational and benefit both my daughter and even myself.
  • The sense of joy and community
  • Seeing my child's reaction to everything. 
  • Showing my kids all that MSU has to offer
  • The way MSU created a great event focusing on families
  • The opportunity to experience campus with your child and see how incredible this University is. It makes me very proud to work here and show my daughter how great it is.
  • All of the activities that we had visited gave good information for the children, whether it's career-related or even just general knowledge in that area. I think they are all educational and benefit both my daughter and even myself.
  • There are enough activities that are going on, all around campus, that there seems to be something for everyone AND enough activities to make an entire day of it!
  • For Staff - at the end, after learning more about the great programs on campus, I feel more pride for working at MSU
  • Seeing my children in a different light and learning right alongside them! 
  • We enjoyed it all. Lunch at Brody is always a favorite. The shooting range was the best, the kids really enjoyed it. They want to be police officers now. 

What did the kids learn?

  • If I go to MSU I will totally live at the library. I learned that I can trust the police and that their dogs come from Germany.
  • I learned that being a journalist is fun. I learned about a tech camp for girls through Comm Arts. I like Dantonios double chocolate fudge fake at the Dairy store. I am not afraid of public speaking. 
  • They learned we have a lot more horses than we thought, and there is ALOT of walking at college.
  • How to shoot a bow
  • The library has the largest comic book collection in the world.
  • The library has over 7 million books.
  • Ice skating is hard.
  • Building a tower out of spaghetti noodles is really hard.
  • Learned about game design and keeping plastics out of the lakes. 
  • They learned that they can stop by the horse farm most days and visit w horses and they learned about 3D printing at library
  • How caffeine works, how to edit video, how milk is made, and so much more!
  • There's an elevator!
  • Cows have 4 stomachs
  • She learned about heartbeats, arteries, veins, pulse, a very interesting Seeing AI app, how not to fall victim to phishing emails and computer viruses, power generated at MSU and the constellation. 
  • How many cool jobs there are with technology and how many MSU students who are working in tech.
  • That there is a girls who code program and some great coding camps for the future.
  • So many things. How much happens that you don't know because there are people working "behind the scenes". Also, you can do pretty much anything here. 
  • Campus is really big

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