Summer Group Programs 2015

Programs are available weekdays July 6 - August 28, 2015

Students (includes museum admission)

Museum Visit:$10.00
One program:$11.00
Two programs:$14.00
Three programs:$16.00
Four programs:$17.00

Chaperones (includes museum admission)

Museum Visit:$10.00
One program:$10.00
Two programs:$10.00
Three programs:$10.00
Four programs:$10.00

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

online registration button

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.

Secret of the Cardboard Rocket
Grades K-4
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
Grades 3-Adult
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.

Grades 3-Adult
Riders will dip toward molten pools on Io, dodge flying particles in the rings of Uranus, hold on tight through a loop-the-loop in the canyons of Mars and more. Nine different "rides" are set to popular music in an immersive experience unlike any other and is suitable for all ages.

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.

Basically Bats
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
Grades 1st-Adult
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.

Animal Adaptations
Grades 1st-Adult
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.

Biodiversity Live!
Grades 1st-Adult
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.

Creature Coverings
Grades pre K-1st
This live animal program will engage the children’s senses through hands-on participation. Children will learn how animals are classified by their body-coverings and learn basic differences between mammals, birds, reptiles and amphibians. Meet a large fruit bat, bearded dragon and an owl.

Night Creatures
Grades pre K-1st
What big eyes you have! Uncover the secrets to life after dark in this interactive program for young children. Encounter an owl, bats and other nocturnal animals as you learn about the fascinating adaptations and survival tools of nighttime creatures.