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Planetariums in Southeast Michigan

Kids can see starry skies any time and learn about the wonders of the universe at these planetarium destinations in metro Detroit and beyond

For kids who are geeked about space, one of the coolest ways to learn about the cosmos is to take a trip to a planetarium. While reclined back and watching a show, it feels like floating in the real starry sky – plus kids can book some knowledge about stars, constellations and the astronomical wonders of the universe. Take your family on a space adventure at one of these not-so-far-away planetariums.

Acheson Planetarium

  • Address: Cranbrook Institute of Science, 39221 Woodward Ave., Bloomfield Hills
  • Phone: 248-645-3200
  • Hours: Open Friday evenings, Saturdays and Sundays; check site for specific program schedule
  • Cost: Museum: $13/adults until 5 p.m., $9.50/kids ages 2-12, seniors 65+ until 5 p.m., free/kids 2 and under; Friday and Saturday evenings 5-10 p.m.: $6.50/adults, $5.50/kids 2-12, seniors 65+, free/kids 2 and under
  • Planetarium: $5 plus museum admission/ages 2-adult, $4/members, $1/kids under 2

At this science museum's planetarium, get a space experience thanks to its state-of-the-art Digistar projector. After some upgrades, the planetarium at Cranbrook offers a 360-degree view with surround sound. Note: The museum is closed on certain dates. Check ahead.

Dassault Systemes Planetarium

  • Address: Michigan Science Center, 5020 John R St., Detroit
  • Phone: 313-577-8400
  • Hours: Specific show times vary Wednesdays-Sundays
  • Cost: $18/one show adult (general admission and planetarium), $15/one show kid 2-12 (general admission and planetarium), $21/two shows adult (general admission and planetarium), $18/two shows kids 2-12 (general admission and planetarium), free/kids under 2

It boasts having "one of the finest digital planetarium projection systems in the world." See more than 9,000 stars – and don't forget the planets – on this gigantic dome that's three stories high!

Longway Planetarium

  • Address: 1310 E Kearsley St., Flint
  • Phone: 810-237-3400
  • Hours: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday for school groups; 12:30, 2 and 3:30 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays for public shows
  • Cost: $5/adults, $4/kids 3-11 and seniors 60-plus, free/2 and under

If you're in the Flint area, check out Longway Planetarium, which opened in 1958. See Are We Alone? through June 29, 2014. Be sure to visit the site to check out future shows. The schedule changes every few months.

University of Michigan Museum of Natural History Planetarium

  • Address: 1109 Geddes Ave., Ann Arbor
  • Phone: 734-764-0480
  • Hours: 11:30 a.m. and 12:30, 1:30, 2:30 and 3:30 p.m. Saturdays; 1:30, 2:30 and 3:30 p.m. Sundays
  • Cost: $5

Experience space with the fun presentations at this Ann Arbor spot. The show times stay the same, but each month, the shows are different. For a list of public shows, visit the museum's planetarium website.

Vollbrecht Planetarium

  • Address: Morris Adler Elementary School, 19100 Filmore St., Southfield
  • Phone: 313-770-7468 (Cliff Jones), 734-968-3496 (Mike Best)
  • Hours: 7 and 8:30 p.m. Wednesdays in winter, spring and fall; spring series begins April 2, 2014; private shows any time
  • Cost: $5-$5.50/prepaid at Southfield Parks and Recreation Department, $7-$7.50/at the door, $3.50-$5/private shows

Vollbrecht's three planetariums show you the stars at one of the largest indoor star spots in southeast Michigan – with a dome measuring 30 feet wide. Presentations on Wednesdays are 45 minutes with illustrations, the 30-minute star show plus a Q&A. You can look forward to door prizes, too.

Wayne State University Planetarium

  • Address: 0209 Old Main Building, Wayne State University, 4841 Cass Ave., Detroit
  • Phone: 313-577-2107
  • Hours: 7 p.m. Fridays for public shows (Run until end of June, start back up in September).
  • Cost: Free; $75/hour for special shows for groups

Featuring a Spitz High Definition Digital System. All are welcome to learn about the solar system at this local university's planetarium on most Friday evenings. Plus, groups looking to organize a show for a special trip can do that here, too.

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