For kids who are geeked about space, one of the coolest ways to learn about the cosmos is to take a trip to a metro Detroit 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: $19/adults, $16/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: Henry Ford College, 5101 Evergreen Road, in Dearborn
- Phone: 313-317-1536
- Hours: Hours vary; contact for details
- Cost: Free
This Dearborn planetarium, which is named after decorated World War II veteran and Henry Ford College supporter Guy Hammond, is a state-of-the-art auditorium seating 48 people. Free planetarium shows are open to the public.
- Address: 1310 E. Kearsley St., Flint
- Phone: 810-237-3400
- Hours: Lobby open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Wednesday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Thursday-Friday, 11:30 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday, 11:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday. 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: 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 planetarium shows 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 7 and 8:30 p.m. Friday evenings, free young astronomers planetarium shows happen 11 a.m. one Saturday per month
- 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.
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