Michigan Science Center, Detroit for Hands-On Family Discovery


Need a dose of science? You’re in luck. The Michigan Science Center boasts tons of interactive fun in science, technology, engineering and math. The nonprofit organization, dubbed “MiSci” for short, features 250-plus interactive exhibits, plus five theaters – and loads of fun for families.

The museum, formerly known as the Detroit Science Center, isn’t just fun for kids – adults will love the hands-on fun, too. While you’re there, check out these must-sees for kids at the Michigan Science Center.

Hands-on exhibits

Space, motion and engineering are among the themes at the various permanent exhibits that greet young explorers and their families.

Blast off in the Space Gallery, featuring a rocket gallery full of models like an Apollo training capsule and much more. Plus, see the Heliostat, which gives you up-close views of the sun – and the Voyageur, where you’ll find a touch screen activity allowing you to explore even more science pertaining to the Earth and beyond.

The Health Gallery lets families puzzle out their BMI and get an inside view of the human body. Also, get the scoop on nutrition and wellness.

Another beloved staple is Kids Town. Designed just for ages 5 and under, it lets little scientists learn science basics.

Fresh rotating exhibits also are sure to draw plenty of buzz and foot traffic. MiSci welcomes cutting-edge attractions on a rotating basis. Visiting in summer 2017? Check out the Spark!Lab, which focuses on inventing. “Through hands-on activities, interactions with facilitators, and even conversations with inventors from the community, children and families engage in the process of invention,” the museum notes. “The self-led exploration that happens in this interactive space creates environments that support the creative and collaborative thinking so important to invention and entrepreneurship.”

Plus, stop by the STEM Playground to learn things like how to position a sail to travel in wind, how engineers design the things around us and so much more. “The STEM Playground consists of challenge spaces where guests will exercise their STEM skills to create and test paper airplanes, use their imaginations to build with blocks,” MiSci’s website notes.

See what’s on screen

A planetarium, IMAX screen and stages for live demos and learning – seriously, what can’t you see at MiSci?

Starry delights rule at the Dassault Systèmes Planetarium Shows (it’s fun for mom and dad, too!). A live offering, What’s Up? Your Guide to the Night Sky features the constellations, stars and planets – plus our place in space, facts on light pollution and more. A real live presenter takes you on your journey through space in the three-story-high dome.

Eye-popping, (much!) larger-than-life treats await you on at the Chrysler IMAX Dome Theatre. Check the schedule for the latest; the fare ties in with the museum’s themes, including topics like space, animals, nature and more.

Other attractions include the Toyota Engineering Theater, Chrysler Science Stage and DTE Energy Sparks Theater.

Extra fun

Be sure to discover the other goodies here, too. Famished? Swing by the Cosmic Cafe for some grub, and enjoy it in the Lunar Dining area.

Or plan an entire kids’ birthday party here. There are plenty of fun packages, including the Super Space Adventure, Science Spectacular and Music Magic parties.

So what are you waiting for? Plan your family’s visit to the Michigan Science Center in Detroit today! Prices for admission are $14 for adults and $11 for children ages 2-plus. There are package options available, too, varying in prices, for families who want to explore multiple aspects of the museum. Don’t forget to check out the family memberships if you want to take advantage of the jam-packed MiSci world all year round.

This post was originally published in 2012 and is updated regularly. 

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