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Summer Group Programs 2014
Programs are available weekdays June 16 - August 29, 2014
Students (includes museum admission)
Chaperones (includes museum admission)
ONE Chaperone is admitted Free for every FIVE students.
Due to space limitations additional chaperones may not be able to attend programming. Minimum group visit size is 20 paid attendees. Member Discount does not apply to group visits.
Lunch spaces are not scheduled and will be available on a first come, first served basis.
To register, call 248 645.3210 or
Planetarium Programs: 9:30, 10:30 (30 minutes long)
One World, One Sky: Big Bird’s Adventure
Grades pre K-3
Big Bird, Elmo and Hu Hu Zhu take viewers on an exciting discovery of the Sun, Moon, and stars. They learn about the Big Dipper and the North Star, and take an imaginary trip to the Moon where they learn that it is a very different place than the Earth. They return to Earth to celebrate the idea that even though they live in two different countries, they still share the same sky.
Robot Explorers - NEW
Near the end of the twentieth century, we began launching unmanned probes into the far reaches of the solar system. What they discovered was amazing and in some cases unexpected. Now after dozens of probes have been deployed, the exploration continues. New space missions are underway, and many of these robust spacecraft are still operational, beaming their knowledge back to Earth every day. We will pay tribute to these robots who have explored in our place and experience what they have taught us about our solar system. Narrated by Brent Spiner from TV’s Star Trek: The Next Generation.
Join Charles Darwin during his voyage on the HMS Beagle to the Galapagos Islands where he was to study transmutation by natural selection. The thrill of a scientific discovery, the adventure of science, and the beauty of nature are central in this program.
Secret of the Cardboard Rocket
What is the secret of the cardboard rocket? Two young adventurers turn an old cardboard box into a rocket and blast off on an awesome adventure to the most amazing places in the solar system! Join them as they visit the planets to learn what makes each one unique and what makes Earth such a special place to live.
Ultimate Universe (Please note this is not a live-narrated program)
From the edge of space and time, through vast fields of wondrous galaxies, to the majesty of our solar system, this show will take audiences on a grand tour of the universe and let them experience its most provocative secrets. The Ultimate Universe is a three dimensional journey from the edge of the universe through space and time to reach our home planet, witnessing the major components of the cosmos along the way.
SpacePark360: Lucid Dreaming Edition
The same great visuals as SpacePark360 but this time set to the infectious music of A Burning Century, an Atlanta-based alternative-rock-electronica band with a sound that combines soaring melodies with hard-hitting rhythms. Songs featured:
Aware, Lucid Dreaming, Watch Me Go, Summer Storm, So Long, For Now, Stand Up, Float Away, Made of Light, A Million Voices Deep, and Day By Day. Lucid Dreaming, the debut album from A Burning Century is available for purchase in the Science Shop.
All ages; recommended ages 5 and above
OBC Programs: 9:30am, 10:30am, 11:30am, 1:30pm or 3:30pm (30 minutes long)
Bat Zone Tour
Grades pre K-Adult
Take a personal, behind the scenes tour with a bat expert at the Bat Zone and experience fruit bats in flight, owls, flying squirrels, owls, a two-toed sloth and the largest bats in the world! You can even meet a colony of Vampire bats! Learn about these unique nighttime animals as you explore this nocturnal animal sanctuary.
Grades pre K-1st
Can you fly with your hands? Bats can! Meet live bats from around the world and observe the many similarities and differences between these flying mammals. This program will engage early learners in a positive, first experience with bats.
Bats of the World
Bats have been surrounded by myths for years and it is time to learn the truth! Investigate the many amazing features of bats such echolocation, flight and feeding habits. Explore the unique roles these nocturnal mammals play in our world. Meet live bats and get inspired to protect these misunderstood creatures.
Discover the fascinating features and adaptations of Michigan’s native nocturnal animals. In this program, we will talk about what adaptations are, how they are formed and why animals develop these amazing tools for survival. This program may include an owl, bats and a flying squirrel.
Explore the amazing variety of wildlife on planet Earth. Discover the interconnectedness between plants and animals. Topics include the balance of natural ecosystems, how humans impact biodiversity and simple actions that can be taken to protect wildlife from extinction. Live animals may include a bearded dragon, sugar glider and a large fruit bat.