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.
Note: Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, some planetariums may have reduced hours or safety restrictions. Check ahead.
- Address: Cranbrook Institute of Science, 39221 Woodward Ave., Bloomfield Hills
- Hours: Open Wednesday-Sunday; check site for specific program schedule
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
- Hours: Specific show times vary Wednesdays-Sundays
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
- Hours: Hours vary; contact for details
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
- Hours: Show hours vary; contact for details
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
- Hours: 7 p.m. Wednesdays in winter, spring and fall; call for details on additional shows; private shows any time
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.
- Address: Room 0209 Old Main Building, Wayne State University, 4841 Cass Ave., Detroit
- 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. the second Saturday of each month.
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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