Activities & Resources
Cranbrook Institute of Science453in Bloomfield Hills, MI 48303
about Cranbrook Institute of Science:
There are so many delightful features to experience - from a full-sized T-Rex to gorgeous crystals to a hands-on kids' area in the lower level. In the center's planetarium, kid-centric astronomy and laser shows result in wide-eyed amazement.
The museum has a kiddie play area with puzzles and games. Reflections Cafe serves sandwiches, salads, and beverages. A gift shop has some neat - but pricey - items. Find the restrooms, with changing stations, on the lower level.
Planetarium: A good variety of kid-focused shows are held in the planetarium. This is a small, intimate theater; your busy toddlers might not do well. And if you leave during a show, you can't return. Price is $1 for kids under two and $4 for ages two and up.
Bat Zone: The bat house is a particularly popular stop for kids. Just try to keep your little ones from causing too much fuss - they'll likely want to stir up the winged mammals, but bats are fragile creatures. Stink warning! Live animals have an odor, and this is a small house. Shrug it off as cool.
Classes and Camps: Preschool and homeschool programs are available, as are Scout outings. Cranbrook runs summer camps (they fill up fast) and has periodic workshops for adults.
Annual family membership is $65.