Get Kids Curious with a Visit to Michigan Science Center

Inspire your child’s curious mind with a trip to Mi-Sci. Here’s how to explore the museum with kids.

Curious little minds of all ages can learn, play and — most importantly — have fun at the Michigan Science Center, also known as Mi-Sci.  

Families can explore over 200 exhibits that include hands-on activities and exciting science experiments. Enjoy educational theater shows and put your new discoveries to the test in kid-friendly workshops. There is even a recently revamped space with age-appropriate activities just for littles under the age of 5. 

Prepare for your family’s next museum day with these helpful tips, discounts on admission, exhibit highlights for kids and much more in our Family Museum Guide to Mi-Sci. 

Quick details about Michigan Science Center

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  • Hours: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesdays-Sundays
  • Cost: $18/ages 3 and up, free for children under 3
  • Parking: Metered street parking is available around Mi-Sci. Pay to park in the Cultural Center Lot or the Rackham Memorial Parking Garage operated by Wayne State University. Prices and hours vary. 

Mi-Sci is always adding exciting temporary exhibits — like the immersive flight simulator exhibit “Above and Beyond,” or the hi-tech gamer zone “Level Up” — to its impressive collection of STEM-focused exhibits. Here are just a few of the museum’s permanent exhibits and activities that we love checking out with kids. 

Things to do with kids at Mi-Sci 

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  • Create your own invention at the Smithsonian Spark!Lab, an interactive space that supports creative and collaborative thinking in children. 
  • Control the weather at Earth. Wind. Weather — a new interactive exhibit — by creating avalanches and geysers, exploring atmospheres and commanding the ocean tides.  
  • Explore the wonders of the universe in the Space Gallery.
  • Experiment with sounds, colors, reflections and more at Waves and Vibrations.
  • Make math into a fun game at Math Mountain. 
  • Learn about matter in motion at the hands-on Motion Gallery, an educational play-space filled with circuits, magnetic fields and more.
  • Inspire your future engineer by walking the 80-foot-long Mini Mac Bridge, explore a roundabout and more in Roads, Bridges, Tunnels. 
  • Discover how to make healthy choices and learn about good nutrition and fitness at the Health Gallery

Tips for families when visiting

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  • Visiting on a budget? Check out these special discounts offered by the museum. 
  • Guests ages 15 and younger must have a chaperone with them throughout their visit.
  • Mi-Sci has several levels with clearly marked and accessible exhibits. Familiarize yourself with the layout before your visit using this museum map
  • Family and gender-inclusive bathrooms are available on the Main Level, Lower Level 1 and Lower Level 2.
  • A nursing room is available on the Main Level. 
  • Is all this learning causing you to work up an appetite? (There’s probably some science behind that!) Stop by the Farmer’s Fridge vending machine for fresh sandwiches, salads, pasta, snacks and more. 
  • Benches and seating areas are available throughout the museum for guests who need to take a break during their visit.
  • Free wheelchair rentals are available on a first-come, first-served basis. 

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Nikki Roberts
Nikki Roberts
Nikki Roberts is the assistant editor on the Metro Parent team. She is always on the lookout for the coolest and trendiest new attractions, restaurants and events for metro Detroit families. Her newsletters, online family guides and exciting digital content keep families informed on all the latest happenings around town.

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