Seasonal & Special Events

Discover the details of the Cosmos with hands-on activities and demonstrations during Spring Break at the Institute of Science. Families will learn about the solar system, moon and stars. Activities are free with admission. Planetarium and Bat Programs are available at an additional charge.

The event features concepts from the Cranbrook Space Odyssey special exhibit! Join us as we explore Astronomy and the amazing Universe with the following stations:

  • Solar System in Your Pocket – Build a model of the solar system.
  • Worlds in Comparison - Gain an understanding of the relative sizes (volumes) of the planets.
  • Our Spectacular Solar System – Take the trivia challenge to see how much you know about planets.
  • Phases of the Moon - Explore how the moon’s appearance changes throughout the month with a stencil activity.
  • Sizing up the Moon – Learn about relative sizes and separation between the Earth and Moon through a demonstration.
  • Constellation Finder – Build a planisphere to help you identify constellations in the night sky.
  • Star Challenge – Use your planisphere to practice constellation identification
  • Comet Flip-book – Make your very own flipbook to trace the orbit of Halley’s Comet.

Activities are for elementary-age children and above. Stations may vary daily.

Bat Zone Tours will be available daily at 12:30 and 2:30 pm.

Planetarium shows will be available daily at the following times:

10:30am One World, One Sky: Big Bird’s Adventure
11:30am Invaders of Mars!
12:30pm Young Stargazers Sky Journey
1:30pm Michigan Sky Tonight
2:30pm Invaders of Mars!
3:30pm Michigan Sky Tonight
Ages 6 & Above Only