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 in Michigan’s southeast region.
- 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/ages 2-12, seniors 65-plus until 5 p.m., free/kids under 2, free/members; Friday and Saturday evenings 5-10 p.m.: $6.50/adults, $5.50/ages 2-12 and seniors 65-plus, free/kids under 2, free/members
Planetarium: $5 plus museum admission/ages 13-adult, $5/ages 2-12 and seniors 65-plus, $1/kids under 2, $4/standard members, free/enhanced members
At this science museum’s planetarium for kids and adults alike, 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.
- Address: Michigan Science Center, 5020 John R St., Detroit
- Phone: 313-577-8400
- Hours: Specific show times vary Wednesdays-Sundays
- Cost: Admission plus one planetarium show: $20/adults, $17/ages 2-12, free/kids under 2, $3/members
See more than 9,000 stars – and don’t forget the planets – on this gigantic dome that’s three stories high and 50 feet wide. It features a Digistar II projection system with 13,000-watt surround sound.
- Address: 1310 E. Kearsley St., Flint
- Phone: 810-237-3400
- Hours: Office open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday. Show hours vary; contact for details
- Cost: $6/adults, $4/ages 2-11 and seniors 60-plus, free/kids under 2
Michigan’s largest star-gazing facility has shown the universe to more than 2.5 million people since 1958. It features 129 seats under a 52 1/2-foot dome. Shows are offered daily.
- Address: 1109 Geddes Ave., Ann Arbor
- Phone: 734-764-0480
- Hours: Museum: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Saturday, noon-5 p.m. Sunday Planetarium: check site for program schedule
- Cost: $5/adults, seniors and children
Experience space with the fun presentations at this Ann Arbor spot. With the Uniview all-dome digital projection system and the Digital Universe Atlas, viewers can travel from the surface of Earth to the far fringes of space. The show times stay the same, but each month, some of the shows are different. For a list of public shows, visit the museum’s planetarium website.
- Address: Morris Adler Elementary School, 19100 Filmore St., Southfield
- Phone: 248-746-8800
- Hours: 7 p.m. Wednesdays in winter, spring and fall; call for details on additional shows; private shows any time
- Cost: $5-$5.50/prepaid at Southfield Parks and Recreation Department, $7-$7.50/at the door
Vollbrecht’s 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 90 minutes with an interactive lecture, star show and visual presentation. You can look forward to door prizes, too.
- Address: Room 0209 Old Main Building, Wayne State University, 4841 Cass Ave., Detroit
- Phone: 313-577-2107
- Hours: Public shows and lectures are usually offered Friday evenings
- Cost: Most shows are free
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. Reservations are not required for public planetarium shows.
This post was originally published in 2014 and has been updated for 2017 by Aleanna Siacon.