Seasonal & Special Events

Summer at the Institute of Science

The Institute of Science is open DAILY (except July 4) through August 31, 2014.

  • Monday - Thursday: 10am - 5pm
  • Friday & Saturday: 10am - 10pm
  • Sunday: Noon - 4pm

Courtesy of the MASCO Corporation Foundation, admission to the Institute is FREE AFTER 5pm on August 1.

The Institute of Science is closed July 4, and Labor Day through Sept. 9.

  • Adults: $13.00
  • Children (ages 2-12): $9.50
  • Seniors (ages 65+): $9.50
  • Children under 2 years: Free
  • Members: Free

Friday/Saturday Evening Admission 5 - 10pm

  • Adults: $6.50
  • Children (ages 2-12): $5.50
  • Seniors (ages 65+): $5.50
  • Children under 2 years: Free
  • Members: Free

Planetarium Tickets

  • General Fee: $5 per program plus museum admission
  • CIS Members: $4 per program
  • Children under 2 years: $1 per program

Acheson Planetarium & Cranbrook Observatory

Tickets are required for all planetarium and live animal programs. Observatory activities are included with admission.

Saturday
10:30am
One World, One Sky: Big Bird’s Adventure
Monday - Saturday
11:30am
Robot Explorers
Daily
12:30pm
Young Stargazers Sky Journey
Daily
1:30pm
Michigan Sky Tonight
Daily
2:30pm
Robot Explorers
Monday - Saturday
3:30pm
Michigan Sky Tonight
Ages 6 & Above Only
Friday/Saturday
7:00pm
Robot Explorers
Friday/Saturday
8:00pm
Michigan Sky Tonight
Friday/Saturday
9:00pm
Secret Lives of Stars

VISITOR'S TIPS

  • Programs begin promptly. We suggest you arrive an hour before showtime. Always leave yourself enough time to park the car, purchase tickets, check your coats and strollers, visit the restrooms, etc.
  • Planetariums are not like movie theaters. Planetariums are too dark to allow audience members to come and go as they please (it is dangerous and disruptive). Latecomers will not be admitted.
  • Visit the restrooms before the program begins. Once the lights go down, visitors can leave, but are not permitted to reenter (see above).
  • Planetariums are great places for kids, but to recreate a nighttime environment the planetarium theater has to be dark. Note that strollers are not permitted.
  • Please turn off cell phones, beepers and other noisy electronic or light emitting devices while inside the theater.
  • No children under the age of 16 are permitted in the planetarium unless accompanied by a parent or guardian.
  • Note: food and drink are not permitted in the planetarium.

The observatory is open every Friday/Saturday from 8:30 - 10pm during daylight savings and 7:30 - 10pm during standard time.  It is also open the first Sunday of the month from 1 - 4pm for safe viewing of the sun.  Observatory hours are subject to change based upon the current or expected weather conditions.  For specific information about observatory hours, please call ahead at 248 645.3200, and press 0.


Bat Zone

Tour the Bat Zone

September - May

  • Saturday 12:30 and 2:30pm
  • Sunday 1:30 and 2:30pm

Mid-June - August

  • Monday - Saturday 12:30 and 2:30pm
  • Sunday 1:30 and 2:30pm

Bat Zone Walks

Join the Organization for Bat Conservation at the Institute of Science for an evening Bat Walk every Friday (except July 4) from June 20-August 29 as they search for bats on the grounds of Cranbrook. Bat Zone educators will discuss bat habitat, the use of bat houses for pest control, and the threats bat face, as well as demonstrate echolocation using with bat detectors.

  • June 20 - July 25: 8pm
  • August 1 - 15: 8:30pm
  • August 22 7 29: 8pm

Tickets for all bat programs are $5 ($4 members) in addition to Museum admission.


Camp

Summer Camp at Cranbrook offers your child the chance to be a super hero, an archaeologist, or a victor in “The Hunger Games. Registration is open for kids ages 4-16. Additional camps offer adventures from traditional nature study to the secrets of the super heroes to how to survive in the wilderness. And, it’s all based on REAL science!


The Erb Family Science Garden

Consisting of water features and native plants, the Erb Garden is an excellent resource for information about using low-care, low-water plants in your home landscaping. Ask for a copy of a guide to the garden at the front desk. Free with admission.


Discovery Center

Cranbrook’s Discovery Center offers an exciting learning experience that feeds the curiosity of intergenerational learners every Sunday from 12:30-3:30pm. Designed to inspire a love of science through adult/child interaction, the intimate environment of the Discovery Center stimulates the senses through books, activities, plants, taxidermy, scientific specimens, the chance to play “dress up” using international costumes, and much more. Free with admission.


Science Shop Summer Sales Events and Activities

  • Monday - Thursday: 11am - 3pm
  • Friday: 11am - 9pm
  • Saturday: 11am - 4pm
  • Sunday: Noon - 4pm

July

Sale Item of the Month
20% off Selected Craft Kits
While supplies last.

Every Monday at 2pm
Native American Finger Weaving
Design and weave your own bracelet for ages 8 and up. Supplies provided.

Every Wednesday at 2pm
Story Hour with Miss Janie
Learn about Dinosaurs, Bats and Space for toddlers and early elementary students. Free Coloring Sheets. Starting July 9 a nature walk follows, weather permitting.

August

Sale Item of the Month
20% off Cranbrook Hoodies and Tee Shirts (Youth & Adult Sizes)
While supplies last.

Every Monday at 2pm
Jewelry Making with Rocks & Minerals
Create your own crystal earrings or bracelet for ages 8 and up. Supplies Provided.

Every Wednesday at 2pm
Story Hour with Miss Janie
Learn about Dinosaurs, Bats and Space for Toddlers and Early Elementary students. Free Coloring Sheets. A nature walk follows, weather permitting.

Monday and Wednesday events are FREE with museum admission.


Reflections Cafe'

The Café serves light meals and snacks. Download the current menu.

  • Monday - Firday: 7:45am - 3pm
  • Saturday: 11am - 3pm
  • Sunday: Noon - 4pm