MOVE IT! The Art, Science, and Fun of Toy Design


April 7 – May 26
M - F, 9:00AM - 5:00PM, Free
Opening Reception Thursday, April 13, 5:30 – 7:30 pm, Free


In MOVE IT! we pull back the curtain on the design process from initial ideas to prototyping to final designs and distribution. 

Meet a duo of product designers who are rocking the ​toy ​world with their problem​ ​solving skills​ and adding fun along the way.​ ​ ​This exhibition shares a glimpse into the ​dynamic design world and work of Jon and Sarah Vanderbeek ​of Sweet Spot Studio, Inc.​ ​

Jon Vanderbeek has a background ​merging technology and toy design with invention think tanks you probably never heard of like The Obb and Bang Zoom. Sarah Vanderbeek has worked ​in product design ​with ​many ​gift and apparel companies including Coach, Amscan and Russ Berrie.  This ​creative ​​team ​formed Sweet Spot Studios​, Inc.​, and they partner and consult with industry leaders including Mattel, Hasbro, and Fisher Price​ designing the toys you and your kids love.​

Come play, learn, and laugh with us as we explore the intersections of science, technology, engineering, art, and math (S.T.E.A.M​.) and how all of this makes toys move!

Sponsors:  Perrigo Foundation, Michigan Council for Arts & Cultural Affairs