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to the young & young at heart


At tinkrTOTS STEAM Childcare & Preschool in East Lansing, we provide a space to create things with your own hands, meet new friends, celebrate accomplishments and creativity, and work on projects together! In October of 2021, founder Melissa Rabideau created tinkrTOTS to introduce STEAM-focused learning to a younger age group.

We offer year-round care from infants to 5 years of age! 


Our mission is to foster a generation of independent thinkers who together can shape the future with the collaborative power of self-eSTEAM. 


Open hours are Monday thru Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. We hope to see you soon!

Full-Time Care

Full enrollment includes

Monday-Friday during open hours:


Part-Time Care

Attend 2 or 3 days per week OR

attend 5 half days per week

(4 hours per day)

Financial Aid

We do accept DHS payments.

Contact our director

via email to discuss!

Children participating in movement activity.

Engaging Classrooms

Brand new East Lansing childcare & pre-k facilities in 2022 offer crafted spaces for activities, dancing, building, art, reading, eating and napping.

Interior lobby of tinkrLAB childcare facility

Security & Structure

Everything you love about the tinkrLAB brand...In a licensed childcare setting with enhanced security. Combined with the structure that hungry minds crave.

Children playing in a sensory bin.

Healthy & Allergy Friendly

Morning and afternoon snacks are provided, and we offer the option to order select menu items from a local East Lansing restaurant.

Note: We are a NUT-FREE facility

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Real-Time Updates

Follow real-time photo updates in our app so you don't miss a step! Track learning, social, and health updates. Enjoy photos, videos, and private messages.

Children writing.

Balanced Curriculum

We provide a healthy blend of structured play, free play, and outdoor play. tinkr teachers will modify the difficulty of STEAM activities and traditional learning to best suit your child's needs!

The interior of the Learning Lagoon.

Free Memberships

Enrollment includes a tinkr2.0 Membership for free drop-in play outside of the classroom.  Children also take field trips to tinkr2.0 during inclement weather in place of outdoor play.

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